Meet the General Who Ran Soleimanis Spies, Guns and Assassins

They're the Quds Force officers who tracked and killed Iraqis working with the U.S.-led coalition, hunted those deemed hostile to Iranian influence through a council of assassins, and smuggled the spies, money, weapons, and secrets into Iraq that sowed chaos across the country during the American occupation. Qassem Soleimani first gained the attention of Western media through his role in instigating a campaign of covert violence against the U.S. in Iraq which cost the lives of over 600 American troops. But underneath the now famous Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps icon, other officers managed the war that first made Soleimani notorious. For a period during the mid-2000s, one of those officers was Brigadier General Ahmed Foruzandeh, who rose to command the …

Leaked ‘Star Wars’ screenplay shows what the final film might have been

An alleged early draft of The Rise of Skywalker screenplay has leaked online, fanning the flames of conspiracy theories about narrative problems in the final film. The screenplay is credited toStar Wars IXs original writers, Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly, and went viral thanks to the popular /r/StarWarsLeaks subreddit and a YouTuber called Robert Meyer Burnett, who posted a two-hour review of the script. Neither Disney nor the two former Star Wars screenwriters have confirmed the screenplay is genuine (after all, there are a lot of fake leaks out there, including one that Trevorrow publicly debunked on Twitter), but A.V. Clubwas able to independently confirm that its the real deal. Its also total catnip for disgruntled Star Wars fans, because …

Former NPS director sounds alarm on the ‘systematic dismantling’ of America’s national parks

Jonathan B. Jarvis served for 40 years in the National Parks Service. He worked under presidents of both parties as a ranger, biologist, superintendent, and regional director, and ultimately became the agency’s director from 2009–2017. Jarvis’s brother, Destry, has worked with the past 12 NPS directors in various capacities as a conservation advocate. These men know the beauty and wonder of our National Parks well, and their chilling warning about what’s happening to these public lands is a must read for all Americans. In an op-ed published in The Guardian, the Jarvis brothers pulled no punches in their assessment of what has become of the National Parks Service under the current administration. “Under this administration, nothing is sacred as we …

Four years after being acquired, Hipmunk is shutting down

If you’re still using Hipmunk for trip planning, it’s time to find another site. Sooner than later, really. The Hipmunk team announced this afternoon that it’ll be shutting down in just one week’s time. Come January 23rd, says the blog post, both the Hipmunk website and app will be shuttered. The team also tweeted: In an FAQ about the announcement, Hipmunk clarifies that all accounts will go dark come January 23rd — and while it says existing reservations won’t be impacted by this, they note that all booking matters should go through whichever final provider they pointed you to. Original Article : HERE ; The Ultimate Survival Food: The Lost Ways