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SANA is Reporting 400 Ghouta Civilians Managed to Escape Through Safe Corridors Last Night

Just realized this is my 1st blog post of 2018. Thought I had posted at least once this year. Ah well, lots happening in the world, especially the middle east. At least we can be thankful that POTUS Trump hasn't nuked another country - yet!

English Bulletin:
Damascus Countryside, SANA- Hundreds of civilians who had been besieged by the terrorist organizations in Ghouta to use them as human shields on Tuesday managed to exit through the safe corridors established by the Syrian Arab Army. SANA correspondent to Eastern Ghouta said that around 400 civilians have exited Harasta area today via the corridor set up by the army on Saturday near the Water Resources building on the highway, adding that the army received the civilians upon arrival at the corridor and provided them with aid then transported them to temporary housing centers in Damascus Countryside. The correspondent added that hundreds of civilians, mostly women and children along with elderly and sick people, exited via the Ham…
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Punkin US UN Ambassador Nikki Haley

I love this, especially when it's on US political appointees, showing their lack of knowledge. Scary. Any ways, please enjoy this punking of the US UN Ambassador Nikki Haley by these famous Russian pranksters (or infamous depending on your point of view). Who are these pranksters?
From the Youtube description: Vovan & Lexus are famous for their pranks with Senator McCain and Senator Graham, Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Congressman Adam Shiff, the U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry, the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, the President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko, British singer Elton John and many other politicians and celebrities in Russia and the world.
Enjoy the video
Famous russian pranksters Vovan & Lexus played a phone trick on the U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley. Presenting themselves as The Prime-Minister of Poland they had a conversation with her that lasted for about 30 minutes. Nikky Haley was …

Russia & US UN Representative Nikki Haley on Khan Sheikhoun

Another excellent article from MintPress News on how they posit that the US Permanet Representative to the United Nations was successfully outmaneuvered by Russia's professional diplomats. It's a good read in my opinion. This report should be severely questioned by US media, but for some reason it isn't being ... You be the judge as to why.
Here is an excerpt of the article from MintPress.

"Analysis — The events at the United Nations Security Council surrounding the joint OPCW-UN-JIM investigation report (“the report”) into the alleged Khan Sheikhoun chemical weapon attack are not being widely reported.

This is unfortunate because they show that international opinion is swinging heavily against the report, which has lost credibility.

Here an account of what happened on the two most recent occasions when the UN Security Council discussed this issue is necessary.

On 24th October 2017 the Russians vetoed at the UN Security Council a resolution to extend the OPCW’s mandate i…

Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Refutes Point by Point, OPCW report on Syrian Khan Sheikhoun Incident

An Unfortunate Situation
A worthwhile watch!

Yours truly is very disappointed in how my western governments are approaching foreign policy in such a misleading way. It's clear to me that the US isn't holding the moral high ground in this endeavour.
From the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova weighs in (via Fort RussInessa Sinchougova, English Subs)

"The recent report of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and the United Nations accused the Syrian government troops of being responsible for the Khan Sheikhoun chemical attack, without providing any evidence.
The fact that the OPCW has not properly acknowledged the possibility that sarin gaas was in the possession of the rebels in Khan Sheikhoun, on April 4, 2017, is yet another major issue with regard to the veracity of the OPCW report and its findings.
There have been multiple sources of evidence in the past that the terrorists in Syria were getting toxic substances the same way they …

Ontario Fall Colours 2017 Edition

Colour Becomes Ontario in the Fall:
From BlogTo comes this excellent photo gallery. One of the things I most like about Canada is our 4 seasons - Well 5 if you count Hockey.

Fall brings the cycle of life to a close for the deciduous trees to shed their leaves. But first they must die and in doing so, change to brilliant colour hues. Enjoy the Gallery.

Zero-Day Vulnerabilities & US Government

via Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Software “vulnerabilities” are security flaws that can be exploited to launch cyberattacks. Normally the vendors of IT products seek to patch such bugs soon after they are discovered. This makes some “zero-day vulnerabilities” – the ones that vendors still do not know about –particularly valuable to a variety of actors, including the companies, national governments, and criminals. While some national governments retain zero-days without reporting them to vendors in cases where the vulnerabilities appear particularly valuable for national intelligence or military objectives, some corporations use “bug bounty programs” to encourage hackers and security researchers to report bugs they discover to the vendor. Export controls have also sought to limit the international trade of vulnerabilities and exploits, though such efforts have led to unintended consequences such as the disruption of international cybersecurity research collaborations. Katie …

Khan Sheikhoun "Sarin" attack - Questions

Adam Larson: author

A Meaningful Report from Independent Experts?
 On September 6, the latest report of the United Nations Independent Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic (hereafter CoI) was released for public review. [1] First circulated on August 8, the report focuses on many incidents in Syria over the reporting period (March 1 to July 7). But all the news reports place emphasis on the findings of clear government guilt for Khan Sheikhoun sarin attack that killed nearly 100 civilians on April 4. It was herald as a solid, if not surprising, report by informed and unbiased experts. [2] But the reality of the “independent” label on this commission is highly questionable.

The CoI was a three-member panel until the frequent dissenter, Carla Del Ponte, resigned prior to news stories of August 6, two days before this report was first circulated. [3] A former Attorney-General in Switzerland, Del Ponte is known to accuse Western-backed forces of grave crimes (organ harvesting…