Chinese giant salamanders may already be virtually extinct

Chinese giant salamanders may already be virtually extinct

Chinese giant salamanders dwarf all other amphibiansAlamy By Andy Coghlan The largest amphibians in the world are on the very brink of extinction. Not only have wild populations of Chinese giant salamanders been decimated, it turns out there are five species rather than one, each with a truly minuscule population. Chinese giant salamanders (Andrias davidianus) […]

The Factory That Oreos Built

The Factory That Oreos Built

If walls could speak, the brick at New York’s Chelsea Market would have more than a few stories to tell. Alphabet (the parent company of Google) purchased the building in March of 2018 for $ 2.4 billion—an earth-shattering figure even in New York City’s real estate market—but this isn’t a glittering, 21st-century beacon, a symbol […]

US vows 'strongest sanctions in history' on Iran

US vows 'strongest sanctions in history' on Iran

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said the US is imposing the “strongest sanctions in history” on Iran. In a speech in Washington, America’s top diplomat said Iran would be “battling to keep its economy alive” after the sanctions took effect. He said he would work closely with the Pentagon and regional allies “to deter […]

Trump’s Bigly Military-Spending Is Not Enough for this Beltway Think Tank

Trump’s Bigly Military-Spending Is Not Enough for this Beltway Think Tank

M.I.C. Despite plans for near-record military spending, the influential American Enterprise Institute claims the US government is underfunding national defense. by Ryan McMaken Let’s block ads! (Why?) MintPress News fmsmnewsFMSMNews.com is a news aggregator and opinions blog. We aim to showcase news from various Alternative News Outlets to expand the reach away from MainStream Media […]

Beyond Fasting: What We Can All Learn From Ramadan

Beyond Fasting: What We Can All Learn From Ramadan

The Muslim holiday of Ramadan begins this week, and the first thing that many non-Muslims envision is a month of fasting under blazing desert suns. Ramadan isn’t as simple as that, even for Muslims who practice the holiday in the West. Muslims who observe Ramadan in majority non-Muslim countries face unique challenges. While many Muslims […]

Commoners told to ‘tidy up’ before they go|Humor

Over 2000 commoners trapped inside the grounds of Windsor Castle have been told they won’t be allowed to leave until the place is clean and tidy.  Those commoners who tried to get away a bit early to beat the rush found the portcullis locked and the drawbridge raised to prevent them from leaving. ‘One commoner […]

U.S., China putting trade war on hold, Treasury's Mnuchin says

U.S., China putting trade war on hold, Treasury's Mnuchin says

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. trade war with China is “on hold” after the world’s largest economies agreed to drop their tariff threats while they work on a wider trade agreement, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Sunday. Mnuchin and U.S. President Donald Trump’s top economic adviser, Larry Kudlow, said the agreement reached by […]

A Brief History of America’s Obsession With Sneakers

A Brief History of America’s Obsession With Sneakers

The way Bill Bowerman told the story, one of Nike’s greatest innovations came to him at breakfast. The University of Oregon track coach, who meticulously crafted custom shoes for each of his athletes, had been struggling to develop a shoe that the team could wear to train on surfaces other than the track. His “eureka” […]

Cheap shot? BBC takes aim at Trump with royal wedding crowd-size tweet

Cheap shot? BBC takes aim at Trump with royal wedding crowd-size tweet

Amid the royal wedding brouhaha, the BBC couldn’t help but celebrate the marriage of the UK’s most popular prince by trolling one of the world’s most divisive politicians – US President Donald Trump. READ MORE: Royal wedding: Forget the dysfunctional Markle family, it’s the Windsors Meghan needs to worry about The BBC Three Twitter account […]