Emirati ship, meet Houthi cruise missile. I’m sure you two will have a lot to talk about


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The Houthi-allied Yemeni Republican Guard were able to destroy an Emirati Navy HSV-2 Swift ship near the port city of Mokha with a C802 Cruise Missile.
The Saudi-led coalition condemned the event blasting the Houthis for allegedly destroying a ship carrying humanitarian cargo.
However, the allegation is borderline comical since the warship took off from Aden and was located in the vicinity of the embattled port city of Mokha, a front of incessant violent clashes.

https://archive.fo/t0uF7#selection-2449.27-2461.189


Saudi-Led UN Human Rights Council Declines Inquiry Into Saudi Abuses In Yemen
Senior U.N. officials have seen the Yemeni issue as a test of the council’s credibility after it also backed away a year ago from launching an independent inquiry.

Saudi-Led UN Human Rights Council Declines Inquiry Into Saudi Abuses In Yemen


FBI, DOJ And Their Forensic Scientists State They’ll Continue Using Discredited Junk Science To Put People Behind Bars
from the if-it-ain’t-working,-don’t-fix-it dept

For dozens of years, criminal prosecutions have relied on junk science. Forensic science, properly applied, can actually provide matches that identify suspects. But it’s not properly applied. In the hands of the DOJ, forensic evidence examination is a closed loop. Outside scientists have been granted access to the DOJ’s DNA work, but everything else — from fingerprints to hair samples — has been locked away in the government’s database.

Still, the DOJ insists its science is solid, something it bases on confirmation bias. The matches determined in its forensic labs are “scientifically certain” because the DOJ’s expert witnesses have said so in court. Not only are outside scientists locked out of examining evidence and forensic processes, but defense lawyers are as well.

The DOJ has finally decided to dial back its “scientific certainty” a bit by issuing guidance instructing its experts to not make this claim in court. This follows years of bogus matches being presented as sure things by forensic experts in court, leading to an unknown number of false convictions. This step back is a step forward for an agency that is mostly unwilling to admit to any mistakes or wrongdoing.

This small change is likely due to a damning report [PDF] issued by the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) that asserts that the “scientifically certain” evidence prosecutors rely on is severely flawed.

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https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20160925/10372835617/fbi-doj-their-forensic-scientists-state-theyll-continue-using-discredited-junk-science-to-put-people-behind-bars.shtml


Nobel Laureates who have been pushing the genetically modified organism agenda deep into scientific circles are being lambasted by a group called the Union of Latin American Scientists Committed to Society and Nature (UCCSN-AL).

A whopping third of Nobel laureates recently slammed Greenpeace for its anti-GM campaign, claiming that the issues which Greenpeace has highlighted “misrepresent the risks, benefits, and impacts” of genetically altered plants.

The UCCSN-AL thinks we should be aware of the true aims of companies like Bayer, Monsanto, Syngenta, and Dow Agrochemical, and others, even with glowing reviews from signatories who make GM-promoting claims without data to back them up.

Whether the public at large will take any anti-GM advice based simply on the Nobel pedigree remains to be seen, especially considering that email trails recently revealed that many high-level professors at universities and scientific journals were either bribed or funded by Dow, Syngenta, Monsanto, Bayer AG, and other chemical-ag champions.

Prominent Latin American Scientists Say Bill Gates’ Golden Rice Is a Total Failure


hundreds of millions of dollars have been doled out to thousands of informants over the last five years. Those informants include package delivery personnel, bus company employees, and Transportation Security Administration agents moonlighting as drug war spies — all operating with abysmal oversight and scant evidence of return on investment.

https://theintercept.com/2016/09/30/deas-army-of-18000-informants-pocketed-237-million-over-five-years/


A man with dual Russian-Israeli citizenship has been arrested in the Albanian capital of Tirana on suspicion of being involved in illegal organ transplants on the territory of Kosovo, local media report.
– Boris Igor Volfman, born in Ukraine in 1984, could be involved in the work of an illegal network that is engaged in human organ trafficking from Costa Rica to Kosovo, Kossev news said on Wednesday.

https://sputniknews.com/world/20160929/1045813465/volfman-human-organ-trafficking.html


Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has reiterated his intention to distance his country from the US, its former colonial master, saying he is about to pass “the point of no return” with the US.

“I am about to cross the Rubicon between me and the US,” the controversial Pacific leader told reporters, without elaborating.

Duterte reiterated that the Philippines would seek closer ties with Russia and China, the two nations that challenged American ambition for global leadership. But, he added, the ties with the US would not be broken completely, only driven to a point that would allow Manila to have an independent policy.

https://www.rt.com/news/360677-duterte-turn-russia-china/


Reykjavik’s city council voted last week to ban Israeli goods in a symbolic gesture to protest Israel’s treatment of Palestinians.

Iceland’s Capital Votes To Boycott All Israeli Products


, just weeks after Milan prosecutors shelved a probe against Monte Paschi’s former chairman and CEO for alleged market manipulation and false accounting as it “risked undermining investor sentiment”, a judge approved a request by Milan prosecutors to try the bankers on charges involving two separate derivative transactions arranged with Nomura and Deutsche Bank, ….

Just as importantly, the firms are also named as defendants in the indictment, as the Italian law provides for a direct liability of legal entities for certain crimes committed by their representatives. Which means even more legal charges, fines and settlements are looking likely in DB’s future.

A trial is scheduled for Dec. 15.

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