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May’s Plan In Jeopardy As 2 Cabinet Ministers Resign; Pound Tumbles

Theresa May’s draft Brexit plan isn’t dead yet – but its chances of survival certainly aren’t looking good. With only 10 days until a hoped-for EU summit, the government of Theresa May lost a key senior official Thursday morning when Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab, the senior cabinet official who would have been responsible for selling the plan to the House of Commons, tendered his resignation, saying he could not in good faith support May’s draft plan. His resignation comes after May’s cabinet reluctantly rubber-stamped the plan Tuesday night following threats from the EU to cancel a planned summit, dramatically increasing the odds of a “no deal” Brexit. In his resignation letter, Raab (the second Brexit secretary to quit May’s government in the past six months) said he couldn’t support the deal for two reasons: Its treatment of Northern Ireland would be a “very real” threat to the integrity of the UK, and the indefinite backstop would effectively grant the EU veto power over when the UK could leave. Today, I have resigned as Brexit Secretary. I cannot in good conscience support the terms proposed for our deal with the EU. Here is my letter to the PM explaining my reasons, and my enduring respect for her. pic.twitter.com/tf5CUZnnUz — Dominic Raab (@DominicRaab) November 15, 2018 Raab’s resignation doesn’t necessarily mean that May is toast – he said in his letter...

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Climate Scientists Admit To Major Math Error After Global Warming Study Debunked

The co-author of a widely-cited global warming study has owned up to a major math error uncovered six days after its Oct. 31 publication by an independent scientist.  The study used a new method of measuring the ocean’s absorption of heat, and concluded – through incorrect math – that 60% more heat had been absorbed than previously thought.  The report was covered or referenced by MSM outlets worldwide, including the Washington Post, New York Times, BBC, Reuters and others.  Shortly after the article was published, however, independent UK-based researcher Nicholas Lewis published a comprehensive blog post, claiming he had found a “major problem” with the research.  “So far as I can see, their method vastly underestimates the uncertainty,” Lewis said in an interview Tuesday, “as well as biasing up significantly, nearly 30 percent, the central estimate.” Lewis added that he tends “to read a large number of papers, and, having a mathematics as well as a physics background, I tend to look at them quite carefully, and see if they make sense. And where they don’t make sense — with this one, it’s fairly obvious it didn’t make sense — I look into them more deeply.” Lewis has argued in past studies and commentaries that climate scientists are predicting too much warming because of their reliance on computer simulations, and that current data from the planet itself suggests global warming...

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‘Alarming’ Study Claiming Global Warming Heating Up Oceans Based on Math Error

A highly circulated study claiming oceans are warming at a much higher rate due to global warming contains “key errors,” forcing researchers to issue a correction. The study published by the journal Nature on Oct. 31 by researchers at Princeton University and UC San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography claimed the oceans were warming at a rate 60 percent higher than previously thought. However, a mathematical error discovered by independent climate scientist Nic Lewis after he perused the study’s first page has led the journal to retract its key finding. The study has a much larger margin of error, making their findings of a 60 percent increase in ocean warming less precise, and actually between 10 percent and 70 percent. The lead researcher now says its findings are practically meaningless, with a margin of error “too big now to really weigh in” on ocean temperatures. When first published, the study led to “alarming” warnings in mainstream media outlets, claiming the “world has seriously underestimated the amount of heat soaked up by our oceans over the past 25 years.” CNN initially reported the planet is “‘more sensitive’ than thought” based on the study and would lead to “more dire” predictions than the U.N.’s latest, which gave Earth only 12 more years. CNN has since reported “errors were made” but is still defending the study claiming its scientific errors “do not...

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Bank Of England Unveils The Seven Deadly Paradoxes Of Cryptocurrency

Authored by John Lewis via The Bank of England ‘BankUnderground’ blog, Will people in 2030 buy goods, get mortgages or hold their pension pots in bitcoin, ethereum or ripple rather than central bank issued currencies? I doubt it. Existing private cryptocurrencies do not seriously threaten traditional monies because they are afflicted by multiple internal contradictions. They are hard to scale, are expensive to store, cumbersome to maintain, tricky for holders to liquidate, almost worthless in theory, and boxed in by their anonymity. And if newer cryptocurrencies ever emerge to solve these problems, that’s additional downside news for the value of existing ones. The congestion paradox For a conventional medium of exchange, the more people who use it, the better. Like in telecoms or social media networks, network externalities mean that the more users one has, the more attractive it is for others to sign up. Additionally, most conventional platforms benefit from economies of scale: because their costs are largely fixed, spreading them over more transactions lowers average costs. But cryptocurrency platforms are different. Their costs are largely variable, their capacity is largely fixed. Like the London Underground in rush hour, crypto platforms are vulnerable to congestion: more patrons makes them *less* attractive. Some (but not all) have very limited capacity: Bitcoin has an estimated maximum of 7 transactions per second vs 24,000 for visa. More transactions competing to get processed creates logjams  and delays. Transaction fees have to rise in order to eliminate the...

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Resistance Groups Rely on Crowdfunding to Fund Political Activism

Since the 2016 presidential election, crowdfunding sites have become a top fundraising destination for progressive activists forming the so-called resistance to President Donald Trump. Online platforms such as CrowdJustice, GoFundMe, and CrowdPAC, among others, have drawn in millions for political activism and progressive causes. Funds have been raised for purposes as varied as supporting the federal bureaucrat who lost her job for flipping off Trump’s motorcade to covering the security costs for Christine Blasey Ford, and even underwriting Stormy Daniels’s legal bills. These campaigns have garnered extensive media attention, especially as progressives have been eager to portray a growing citizenry rising in opposition to the president. Such campaigns, however, have often proven to be anything but organic. In most cases, they are either established by or linked to individuals with longstanding ties to the progressive movement. For instance, the GoFundMe campaign that raised nearly $210,000 for Blasey Ford’s security costs during the Kavanaugh confirmation battle was established by Heidi Li Feldman, a Georgetown Law professor and self-described “philosopher.” Feldman, who “is politically active in the effort to resist Donald Trump and those who enable him,” is a left-leaning academic specializing in tort and civil rights law. She is a noted speaker on the progressive lecture circuit, traveling the country discussing gun control and female enthusiasm for Hillary Clinton, according to the Women’s Media Center. In 2017, Feldman launched an organization aimed at...

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Criticism of Adelson Medal ‘Ridiculous,’ Supporters Say

Media outlets and liberal commentators have met President Donald Trump’s pick of Miriam Adelson, wife of Republican mega donor Sheldon Adelson, to receive the White House Medal of Freedom with indignation, attacking the prominent philanthropic family as a poor choice for such a prominent honor. But many of these same media outlets and political prognosticators remained silent as former President Barack Obama bestowed the same honor on a cadre of his liberal celebrity friends and donors, including Ellen Degeneres, a television host known for dancing, actor Robert DeNiro, an actor who wants to punch President Trump in the face, and singer Barbra Streisand, among other notables. The attacks on Miriam Adelson have waded into anti-Semitic waters as some criticize the wealthy Jewish family for its political donations to Republicans across the country. However, Adelson, a physician and active Jewish philanthropist, has spent decades working for charitable causes that have benefited the lives of many. The attacks on Adelson, according to sources close to the White House and elsewhere, are politically motivated and highlight a concerning double standard in the media between the actions of Obama and those of Trump, these sources say. In fact, nearly all of Miriam Adelson’s philanthropic work is non-partisan and focused on aiding the medically ill and pro-Israel organizations across America, according to a Washington Free Beacon analysis of the prominent family’s non-profit activity. Adelson,...

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Farage Blasts Merkel’s EU Army: “European Project Set Up To Halt German Domination”

Nigel Farage began his epic tirade by thanking Mrs. Merkel for her immigration policies, “without you, we’ve never had made it over the line with Brexit,” adding that many of the euroskeptic parties from the left, right, and center across Europe will be back in the European Parliament “directly as a result of your [Merkel’s] asylum policy.” Then Farage turned his attention to Merkel’s call (along with Macron) for an EU army: “It’s a European Union that is now to become an empire – a militarized European Union… 100 years on from the Armistice, we should be genuinely worried – the idea that this new militarized union is somehow a recipe for peace means you should all re-read history…” “The European project was set up to stop German domination. What you’ve seen today is a naked takeover bid! Brexit becomes a necessity after this.” Full speech below: WATCH | @Nigel_Farage‘s epic response to Merkel’s call for a militarized European Union: “The European project was set up to STOP German domination. What you’ve seen today is a naked takeover bid! Brexit becomes a necessity after this.” Support us at https://t.co/iICfFb8qqg pic.twitter.com/aqAWd5lqjv — Leave.EU (@LeaveEUOfficial) November 13,...

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U.S. May Impose Sanctions Against Turkey Over S-400 “Threat” To F-35

Authored and submitted by Al Masdar News Turkish officials have repeatedly insisted that Ankara’s purchase of the advanced Russian air defense system poses no threat whatsoever to the NATO alliance. Last month, the Turkish defense ministry announced that delivery of S-400s to Turkey would begin in October 2019. The United States continues to consider the S-400 air defense system a threat to its F-35 fifth generation stealth fighter platform, and may impose sanctions against Ankara, Turkey’s Anadolu news agency has reported, citing a high-ranking source in Washington. “I can’t say for certain whether sanctions will be imposed on Ankara over the S-400 contract, but the possibility is there. The US administration is not optimistic about this issue,” the source said. While admitting that Turkey was a sovereign state and therefore had the right to make decisions on whom it buys its weapons from, the source stressed that from the perspective of these weapons’ integration with NATO systems, the S-400 was “problematic.” The source also characterized the deployment of S-400s in areas where US F-35 fifth-generation stealth fighters are set to fly as “a threat,” without elaborating. Emphasizing that negotiations between Washington and Ankara on the issue were “continuing,” the source said that there were also “positive tendencies” in negotiations between the two countries on the procurement of the Patriot system, Washington’s closest analogue to the S-400 in terms of capabilities....

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“Asking For A Friend” – The Legal Status Of Prostitution Across Europe

According to a new Europe-wide report, criminalizing the purchase of sex, rather than the sale of sex, is the best way to end demand for prostitution and tackle the problem of trafficking. As Statista’s Niall McCarthy notes, in several European countries including Austria, Germany and the Netherlands, prostitution is legal and regulated. You will find more infographics at Statista Some other countries have a prohibitionist policy model where both the seller and buyer are sanctioned. Most countries are abolitionist. That means that prostitution is legal but that organized activities like brothels are...

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Conspiracy Within The German Military Uncovered: Armed Groups Pose Threat To Europe

Authored by Alex Gorka via The Strategic Culture Foundation, Sometimes real-life stories are the equal of the best screenplays for breathtaking action movies. You can’t make this stuff up – the facts seem stranger than fiction. It’s clear to everyone how political polarization is tearing up German society. Violence has become widespread and is drawing in the extreme right, radical left, and Salafists. In October, German police arrested six men on suspicion of belonging to a far-right terrorist group that had attacked foreigners in the city of Chemnitz. This time that terror ring had devised a conspiracy to sow chaos throughout the entire country and put an end to democracy. According to the British Sun, Germany’s Focus magazine has reported that some 200 far-right special operations forces (KSK) soldiers and vets had conspired to kill Green Party leader Claudia Roth, Germany’s Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, and former President Joachim Gauck, as well as the leaders of asylum groups. The plot was uncovered by German criminal police . The investigation found that far-right groups had tried to establish neo-Nazi cells within the German armed forces. A lieutenant colonel from military intelligence tried to obstruct the investigation and warned the plotters. This was surprising. Usually very serious vetting procedures are conducted before anyone can become a German serviceman, especially a commissioned officer. Far-right elements have normally been barred from military service, even back in the days of conscription. Marie-Agnes Strack-Zimmermann, defense spokeswoman for the Free Democratic Party (FDP),...

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