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:: 2-23-17 The Jerusalem Post :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: ::

John Quincy Adams: Supporting the Jewish homeland with the Bible in hand

By Benjamin Glatt February 23, 2017 11:31

The sixth US president's expertise in the ‘Good Book’ made him encourage the ‘rebuilding of Judea.’ Long before God had awakened the Jewish people to return to their ancient homeland, experts of the Bible, such as sixth US president John Quincy Adams, were already in support of a Jewish state in the Holy Land. Immediately upon entering the White House, Adams, like his father, president John Adams, had written to Maj. Mordecai Manuel Noah in the first year of his presidency that he believed in the “rebuilding of Judea as an independent nation.” This love for the people who brought the Bible to the world was nurtured in the Adams puritan household.They were also deeply religious Unitarians who admired Jews and sympathized with those who dreamed of a return to their ancient homeland,” wrote Denis Brian in “The Elected and the Chosen: Why American Presidents Have Supported Jews and Israel.” Yet none of this could have happened had Adams not been so familiar with the Bible. In the American Jewish Historical Quarterly from 1955, the editors noted the fervor the Adams had for studying Scriptures and the importance he saw behind it. In the 1811 letter to his son, Adams wrote how happy he was to hear that his son was helping his aunt study the Bible every evening. “I advise you, my son, in whatever you read, and most of all in reading the Bible, to remember that it is for the purpose of making you wiser and more virtuous,” he said. “I have myself, for many years, made it a practice to read through the Bible once every year. I have always endeavored to read it with the same spirit and temper of mind, which I now recommend to you: that is, with the intention and desire that it may contribute to my advancement in wisdom and virtue.” Quincy Adams learned from his father that whoever reads the Bible can only come to the conclusion that God will fulfill his Word to the prophets and bring the Jewish people back to their ancient homeland. “I speak as a man of the world to men of the world; and I say to you, search the Scriptures! The Bible is the book of all others, to be read at all ages, and in all conditions of human life; not to be read once or twice or thrice through, and then laid aside, but to be read in small portions of one or two chapters every day, and never to be intermitted, unless by some overruling necessity,” he once proclaimed. These beliefs and knowledge of the Bible that the American people have, continue to support the strong US-Israeli ties till this day, with the Adams family helping establish this fact in the highest and most powerful office in the country – the Executive Office of the President of the United States. On February 23, 1848, at the age of 80, the sixth president of the US John Quincy Adams died in Washington DC. He is remembered as one of the first leaders of the free world to announce his support for the fulfillment of God’s Word to the prophets through the creation of a Jewish state in the Holy Land.

http://www.jpost.com/Christian-News/John-Quincy-Adams-Supporting-the-Jewish-homeland-with-the-Bible-in-hand-482375 

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etc. Keep your eyes; keep your eyes upon what is going on in the Mid-East, that is your tree, that is your tree, I have told you to watch Israel, that is your tree. etc.

:: 2-23-17 The Jerusalem Post :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: ::

‘$3.75 billion investment in Israel's Leviathan gas reservoir a blow to BDS’

By Sharon Udasin February 23, 2017 16:09

The development of Leviathan, which is scheduled to take about three years, constitutes both the largest energy project and financial investment in Israel in the country's history. The announcement that the partners of the Leviathan gas reservoir will invest $3.75 billion in its development is a devastating blow to the BDS movement, Eli Groner, director-general of the Prime Minister’s Office, told The Jerusalem Post on Thursday. The development of Leviathan, which is scheduled to take about three years, is both the largest energy project and financial investment in Israel in the country’s history. Groner hailed Thursday’s final investment decision (FID) for ending years of bureaucratic squabbles that all but froze Israel’s natural gas sector, the country’s largest resource, is officially on the road to development. “After seven years, after embarrassing delays, the message we’re getting today is that Israel is comfortably on its way to achieving full energy security,” Groner said. “This is the biggest investment ever in Israel.” Gas is expected to flow from the Leviathan reservoir to Israel’s shores by the end of 2019. The reservoir, located about 130 km. west of Haifa, will not only boost domestic gas supplies, but will also likely serve as an export outlet for Israel’s immediate neighbors and the wider Mediterranean region. Houston-based Noble Energy holds a 39.66% share of the Leviathan reservoir, while the Delek Group’s subsidiaries Delek Drilling and Avner Oil Exploration each have 22.67% and Ratio Oil Exploration has 15%. “In an era of the BDS [Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions] movement, when the Israeli government is going to such efforts to thwart BDS, this is a great victory,” said Groner, who was a guiding force on behalf of the Prime Minister’s Office in recent gas negotiations. “Almost tragically, there were many voices within Israel from the populist side that did everything in their power to thwart this investment,” Groner continued. “But thanks to leadership of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz, the haters were not able to succeed, and Noble was convinced that this is a place that’s worthwhile to invest in. The next stage is to ensure that many other energy exploratory companies form around the world will invest here.” “If you look at the history of the 20th century through the lens of energy, you realize that countries around the world would go to war over types of reservoirs that we had under our noses,” he said. Steinitz also celebrated the announcement, declaring that the FID puts an end to the claims of those who objected to the gas outline. “If we continue on a responsible and steadfast path, we will also succeed in discovering more gas fields, positioning Israel as an important player in the energy market alongside our neighbors in the Middle East and Europe,” Steinitz said. The energy minister pointed out the numerous benefits of the field to Israel, including financial profits, clean air for future generations and an increase in energy security. Netanyahu also voiced his support for the investment, adding that the process “provides a gas supply to the State of Israel and promotes cooperation with neighboring countries in the energy sector.” The $3.7b. project budget adds to the already approximately $1b. invested in various exploration, appraisal and planning activities to date. “Development of the Leviathan project is another milestone in the fulfillment of Israel’s energy security and will bring benefits in the air quality and health of Israel’s citizens, who will also benefit from increased government revenues and from a path to better relations with their neighbors in the region,” Bini Zomer, Israel country manager for Noble Energy, said on Thursday.

http://www.jpost.com/Business-and-Innovation/Leviathan-gas-partners-laud-375-billion-investment-decision-482381 

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etc.  for if you put the man in that I desire for you to put in, you will have good times until you go.  If not it shall be hell here on earth and you will think that you have been left behind, but that is not so.  

:: 2-22-17 Townhall :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: ::

Trump Administration To Overturn Guidance on Transgender Bathrooms in Schools UPDATE: Happened

Christine Rousselle Posted: Feb 22, 2017 6:05 PM

UPDATE: This has happened. The Trump administration cited "legal confusion" as to why they were lifting the guidance. ---Original Post---

President Trump is set to overturn an Obama administration guidance regarding transgender bathrooms in schools. The original guidance, which said that students should be permitted to use the bathroom of their "gender identity" rather than their biological sex. This was blocked by judge. From the Washington Post: In a letter to the nation’s schools, administration officials plan to say they are withdrawing guidance issued by the Obama administration that found that denying transgender students the right to use the bathroom of their choice violates federal prohibitions against sex discrimination, according to a draft of the letter obtained by The Washington Post. “This interpretation has given rise to significant litigation,” states the two-page draft, which indicates that the Education and Justice departments plan to issue it jointly. The draft says administrators, parents and students have “struggled to understand and apply the statements of policy” in the Obama-era guidance. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos was reportedly against overturning the guidance, but Attorney General Jeff Sessions was in favor.

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/christinerousselle/2017/02/22/transgender-bathrooms-n2289194 

:: 2-24-17 Elle :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: ::

Are You Going To Cast A Spell On Trump?

Get your coven. By Jaya Saxena Feb 23, 2017

Those who don't like Donald Trump and the current Republican administration are mobilizing in all sorts of ways. They're speaking up in town halls and calling their representatives. They're organizing protests and demonstrations. And, for the magically-inclined, they're casting spells. Starting at midnight on Friday, witches around the country are calling for a mass spell to be cast on Donald Trump every night of a waning crescent moon until he's driven from office. The spell was publicized by Michael M. Hughes, who told ELLE.com that it was tweaked from multiple spells he saw going around private witchcraft groups. He published it on Extra News Feed because he felt "it would be very welcome to a lot of people." It quickly spread, with events being formed around the country and support on social media. Hughes explained that he chose a binding spell because "we're not wishing harm on anyone, we're just trying to stop the harm they're doing. It's not the equivalent of punching a Nazi in the face, it's the equivalent of tying him up and taking his bullhorn away." The ritual itself is pretty standard magic working, binding Trump from doing harm to others and to himself, rather than asking any forces to do harm to him. There are objects to represent the elements and to represent Trump himself. The tarot card of the Tower represents ambitions built on lies, which are struck down by a lightning flash of truth. For those who believe in witchcraft, it looks to be an effective spell. However, even for those who don't, the ritual can have meaning. Witches have gathered to create spells for social justice before, whether it was to hex convicted rapist Brock Turner or exorcise the Pentagon. "My feeling was people were feeling so helpless in the face of all this," said Hughes, who sees the ritual, as much as anything, as a self-exorcism. "So many of us are overwhelmed by this guy's face, this energy―it's ever present and beating a lot of us down. I see this as a way of people reclaiming their own power...it's not just that we can stop him, but we can expunge him from ourselves." Hughes also says that all are welcome, even those highly skeptical of magic. "The real intention is just to get the energy focused at the same time, as many people as possible," he says. People can participate in their own religious rituals, or even perform this as a joke or an art project. "No matter how you approach it, it's still great to be part of it." Plus, we're sure you have some candles lying around.

http://www.elle.com/culture/career-politics/news/a43285/casting-spell-donald-trump/ 

:: 2-24-17 The Star :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: ::

Friday, 24 February 2017 | MYT 8:51 AM by farik zolkepli

IGP: Nerve agent used in Kim Jong-nam murder

KUALA LUMPUR: Police have identified the type of chemical used in the murder of Kim Jong-nam as the highly toxic VX-nerve agent. Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said the Centre for Chemical Weapons Analysis at the Chemistry Department carried out preliminary tests to identify the type of chemical used in the murder. "The centre did dry swabs on the eyes and face of the victim. "The chemical substance on the exhibits has been identified as VX-Nerve-Agent," Khalid said in a statement on Friday. He added that VX is classified as a chemical weapon under the Schedule 1 of the Chemical Weapons Convention Act 2005 and Chemical Weapons Convention Act 1997. "Other exhibits are still being analysed," he said. Jong-nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, was killed after two women splashed a chemical on his face at the KL International Airport 2 on Feb 13. Two women, a Malaysian man and a North Korean man have been arrested to assist in the investigations. VX (S2 ethyl diisopropylamino methylphosphonothioate) is an extremely toxic substance that has no known uses except in chemical warfare as a nerve agent. according to Wikipedia. It is a tasteless and odorless liquid with an amber-like color. 10 milligrams is sufficient for it to be fatal through skin contact and for inhalation it is estimated to be 30–50 mg·min/m3. As a chemical weapon, it is classified as a weapon of mass destruction by the United Nations in UN Resolution 687. The production and stockpiling of VX exceeding 100 grams per year per signatory was outlawed by the Chemical Weapons Convention of 1993. The only exception for its use is for research, medical or pharmaceutical purposes.

Read more at http://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2017/02/24/kim-jong-nam-nvx-nerve-agent-chemical-used-in-murder/#MXWByjg07zTRALrg.99 

:: 2-23-17 The Telegraph :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: ::

They won't admit it in Stockholm, but Donald Trump is right about immigration in Sweden

Fraser Nelson 23 February 2017 • 7:18pm

I was in Stockholm last Friday, an eyewitness on the great night that nothing happened. Donald Trump gave a speech in Florida the next day, asking his audience to look at what had occurred “last night in Sweden”. Something appalling, apparently, involving asylum seekers. The Swedes “took in large numbers,” he said. And now “they’re having problems like they never thought possible”. But he was wrong: nothing of note had happened that night. His mistake was used by much of the Swedish media (and politicians) to slate him, as if he concocted the whole idea of an immigration problem. The mockery lasted for days: what event could he have been referring to? Were some meatballs burned in Uppsala? Did an Ikea run out of Billy bookshelves? “What has he been smoking?” asked Carl Bildt, a former prime minister. He could almost have asked: Crisis? What crisis? The inside pages of most Swedish newspapers would carry the answer. Earlier this week, for example, a riot broke out in one of Stockholm’s suburbs, ending in a photographer being injured and a policeman opening fire. There were also stories about how six Afghan child refugees have committed suicide in Sweden in the last six months, failed by a government system that cannot cope with the 25,000 unaccompanied migrant children in its care. All this is shocking – but in Sweden nowadays, not so surprising. Sweden is not a country that is falling apart. You can still land in Stockholm’s gorgeous Arlanda airport, skate on the frozen lakes in special lanes polished by the local authorities, cook sausages on the communal barbecues. The Scandinavian paradise is still there, welcoming and inspiring. The government has, after great upheaval, managed to cut the refugee influx by four fifths. But its failure to integrate those already there has led to another Sweden, a country within a country characterised by gang violence and joblessness. It’s easier to ignore this in Stockholm than it is in Malmö, a smaller city which has long been the first port of call for immigrants who arrive over the bridge from Denmark. On the day I arrived in Sweden, a 23-year-old was murdered in the city square there, shot in the head in front of several witnesses. It was the third such murder in six weeks. The local press tends not to report the ethnicity of the victim or suspects in such attacks, but Swedes have learnt to recognise immigrant-related gang crime when the see it. Foreigners who visit the wrong part of Sweden can pay a heavy price: last summer a British boy was killed in a grenade attack in Gothenburg as he slept with his family. If grenades were being thrown into children’s bedrooms in Birmingham or asylum centres were being torched in Surrey, the immigration debate in Britain might be a little different. The word “crisis” might be used. But what’s striking about Sweden is how defensive policymakers are when confronted about all this; how insistent they are that things are under control. As the violence affects just a sliver of society, the overall Swedish crime figures are quite small. Trouble can be buried in the data. Wider discussion about all of this is also discouraged by what’s known as Sweden’s “opinion corridor”, the narrow parameters into which public debate is confined. Those who step outside, and talk about the immigration problems, risk being accused of bigotry. Or, perhaps worse, giving succour to the populist Sweden Democrats, now supported by one in six Swedes. The immigrants do want to work, but find themselves stuck outside a heavily-regulated jobs market that could have been designed by a populist demagogue to keep them out. For unskilled work in restaurants, for example, the trade unions’ unofficial (but strictly enforced) minimum wage is about £10 an hour. For unskilled immigrants, especially from countries like Afghanistan and Somalia with no properly functioning education system, this means the Swedish dream ends before it begins. A policy intended to lift everyone’s wages has ended up destroying entry-level jobs, and ensuring thousands of immigrants are shut out of the economy, denied the first rung on the ladder to work. Among Swedes, unemployment is about 4 per cent and falling. Among immigrants, it’s 22 per cent. No developed country has a higher differential: in Britain, there’s barely any difference at all. The Swedish government describes itself as a “humanitarian superpower” and accepted refugees on that basis, but its fatal mistake was failure to welcome so many without being able to integrate them. Hence the zones of joblessness and the criminality, and the inability to know what to do about it. The resulting shadow society is now quite advanced, with its own moral codes and even its own legal system. Tribal courts are now in operation, dealing with crimes – or, at least, what count as crimes in the underworld. The fine for a failed attempted murder is about £50,000, according to Malmö’s chief prosecutor. Of the 37 murders and attempted murders in the first half of last year, just seven have been solved. But what are police to do, when witnesses drop out and victims drop the charges? Officers admit that, when child refugees go missing from care homes – feared to have been passed into prostitution or criminal gangs – there is not much they can do. In so many fields – technology, music, retail – there are Swedish firms leading the world. But its social model, created from the best of intentions, has ended up incubating a violent underworld in which too many immigrants are ensnared. As a friend of mine puts it, Sweden is still “10 parts heaven to one part hell” and you can avoid the hell (if you’re not a refugee). But the problems it now faces are hideous: shadow societies, mafia courts, gangland killings and conundrums like how to handle adult refugees who turn up with a child bride in tow. And how to pacify suburbs that are slipping out of police control. These issues all fit a certain description. They stem from Sweden’s decision to take larger numbers than it could cope with, leading to problems that were once never thought possible. It will pain the Swedish government to admit it. But on this point, at least, Donald Trump was right.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/02/23/wont-admit-stockholm-donald-trump-right-immigration-sweden/ 

:: 2-23-17 Christian Today :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: ::

Blasphemy Laws In Denmark Used For First Time In Over 40 Years Against Man Who Filmed Himself Burning The Quran 

James Macintyre 23 February 2017

A man who filmed himself burning the Quran in December in 2015 has become the first person to be charged under Denmark's blasphemy law in 46 years. The 42-year-old recorded himself burning a copy of Islam's holy book in his back yard, and then posted the video on the anti-Islamic Facebook group 'Yes to freedom – no to Islam alongside the words, 'Consider your neighbour: it stinks when it burns.' In a statement yesterday afternoon, the Danish prosecutor Jan Reckendorff announced his decision to bring charges. 'It is the prosecution's view that circumstances involving the burning of holy books such as the Bible and the Quran can in certain cases be a violation of the blasphemy clause, which covers public scorn or mockery of religion,' he said. The case marks the fourth time in Danish history that anyone has been prosecuted under Denmark's blasphemy clause. Four people were sentenced for posting posters mocking Jewish teachings in 1938; two people were fined for carrying out a fake baptism at a masked ball in 1946; and two programme leaders at Danish Radio were exonerated in 1971 for airing a song mocking Christianity, according to Danish news outlet When the Jyllands-Posten newspaper famously published twelve cartoons in 2006 picturing the Prophet Mohammad, Danish prosecutors famously declined to invoke the country's blasphemy laws in 2006.

http://www.christiantoday.com/article/blasphemy.laws.in.denmark.used.for.first.time.in.over.40.years.against.man.who.filmed.himself.burning.the.quran/104977.htm?print=1 

:: 2-19-17 US Defense Watch :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: ::

Posted on February 19, 2017 by Ray Starmann

What’s Happening in Sweden? 24/7 Refugee Crime; That’s What!

The alt-left mainstream media has been in another delusional frenzy for the last 24 hours after President Trump made this comment at his rally in Melbourne, Florida, yesterday. “You look at what’s happening last night in Sweden,” Trump said. “Sweden. Who would believe this? Sweden. They took in large numbers. They’re having problems like they never thought possible.” The left was quick to move into their typical mode of complete denial. According to liberals in the USA and in Europe, nothing is going on in Sweden. It’s a virtual paradise right now. Nothing to see in Sweden folks, move on. Reuters claimed erroneously that crime has fallen in Sweden since 2005. Of course it has. When you bring in hundreds of thousands of young, single, Muslim men, crime always sinks. Muslim men are virtual rocks of civilized Gibraltar for European society. Wrong! According to the Gatestone Institute, ‘Forty years after the Swedish parliament unanimously decided to change the formerly homogenous Sweden into a multicultural country, violent crime has increased by 300% and rapes by 1,472%. Sweden is now number two on the list of rape countries, surpassed only by Lesotho in Southern Africa. Mass immigration is continuing to claim victims in Sweden. Murder, assaults and rape have become everyday occurrences in this small country, with a population just short of ten million, which last year opened its doors to almost 163,000 immigrants. Although the massive influx of asylum seekers has decreased drastically since January 4, when Sweden implemented border controls on the Swedish/Danish border, the people who are already here pose a giant problem to municipalities, police and citizens. The police are fighting a losing battle against street crime, as well as daily incidents at asylum houses – general disturbances that include fights, rapes and threats. Here are some highlights of various types of refugee-induced crime taking place in Sweden in February and June 2016. These are the facts the alt-left media doesn’t want you to know about. February 3: Teenage girls attending the Vårboskolan high school in the Malmö suburb of Arlöv were sexually assaulted and stalked by young migrants in their 20s who take Swedish language classes at the school, according to the local daily newspaper, Sydsvenskan. As most of the migrants are male, the gender balance at the school has been severely skewed. February 18: A Somali-Swedish girl, 17, who was arrested in Vienna on suspicion of planning to join the Islamic State in Syria, was sentenced to one year in prison. February 22: A 27-year-old asylum seeker from Iran was sentenced to 10 months in prison for sexually assaulting a mentally disabled woman. June 1: On the evening of May 31, a man was pushed in front of a speeding subway train in Stockholm. The victim was a 23-year-old Swedish student at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm. He received skull fractures and lacerations, lost half his foot, broke his ribs and collarbone and punctured one of his lungs; whether he will ever fully recover remains unclear. The day after, a 34-year-old Algerian-Swedish citizen was apprehended for the crime. June 8: Three Somali men in their 20s, who locked a 14-year-old girl in a room and took turns raping her, received very lenient sentences — and all three avoided deportation. Two of the men got two and a half years in prison. The third, who was also convicted of drug-related crimes and drunk driving, got three years. After serving their time, they will all be allowed to stay in Sweden, even though they are not Swedish citizens. June 9: Three young men, around 18, were indicted for a violent mugging attack against a Swedish man of about 25, outdoors in the town of Norrköping. One of the young men, Abdimalik Hassan Shido from Somalia, was also indicted for raping the victim at knifepoint in connection with the mugging. June 14: An exceptionally lenient verdict against a rapist from Yemen caused emotions to run high in Mariestad. Maher Al Qalisi attacked a 13-year-old girl, knocked her off a bicycle, knifed her in the face and raped her in a park — yet, he only got 18-months’ probation and will not be deported. June 23: Four men and a woman, all Syrians, were indicted at the Sundsvall Municipal Court for kidnapping, severely beating and sexually abusing a man. June 26: A 25-year-old Afghan was arrested at an asylum house in Mariannelund for the murder of his 22-year-old wife June 27: A Muslim man attacked the St. Pauli church in Malmö. He broke several windows, and when the police arrived, he was at the top of the church, shouting “Allahu Akbar!” A year before, in 2015, Swedes were in shock after learning of a double murder at an Ikea store. On August 10, two asylum seekers from Eritrea (the second largest source of asylum applicants in Sweden), were suspected of having grabbed knives from the kitchenware department and attacked two random Swedes. The victims were 55-year-old Carola Herlin and her 28-year-old son, Emil. What follows are excerpts from emails sent from private citizens to Prime Minister Stefan Löfven: From Mattias, a social worker and father of four, “a dad who wants my kids to grow up in Sweden the way I had the good fortune of doing, without explosions, hand grenades, car fires, violence, rape and murder at IKEA”: “Hi Stefan. I am a 43-year-old father of four, who is trying to explain to my children, ages 6-16, what is going on in Sweden. I am sad to say that you and your party close your eyes to what is happening in Sweden. All the things that are happening [are] due to the unchecked influx from abroad. You are creating a hidden hatred in Sweden. We are dissatisfied with the way immigration is handled in Sweden, from asylum housing to school issues. And it takes so long to get a job, many people give up before they even get close. Mattias” If the rapes and murders weren’t enough to shatter Sweden into a million pieces, the threat of ISIS infiltration among the refugee community has now reached Sweden’s shores. According to RT: Swedish security services are on high alert in connection with a potential terror threat, officials said. Reports in Swedish media say several Islamic State fighters have arrived in Sweden to carry out attacks on civilian targets in the capital Stockholm. Several months ago, a crew from 60 Minutes-Australia, traveled to Sweden to document the refugee crisis in the small country. The video below details their experiences as they are verbally and physically assaulted in a Somali no-go zone in Sweden. Yet, with all the crime taking place, courtesy of the Islamic invasion of Sweden, the left and their willing dupes in the Swedish government mock the President. Former Swedish foreign minister Carl Bildt wrote on Twitter: “Sweden? Terror attack? What has he been smoking? Questions abound.” Yes, question do abound, Mr. Bildt, as in why is your country committing national suicide and why do you and the liberal media continue to reject reality? Other Swedes mocked Trump’s remark on Twitter using the hashtag #LastNightInSweden, posting pictures of reindeer, Swedish meatballs and people assembling the country’s famous IKEA furniture. Keep on laughing Sweden, as your women are raped, your cities turned into burning no-go zones and your orderly and clean streets turned into labyrinths of terror, courtesy of the Sons of Allah. Veritas vos liberabit, Sweden and delusional liberals; the truth will set you free. The left despises Mr. Trump because he has the intestinal fortitude to tell the truth, while they are happy to wallow in their own politically correct cowardice. That’s what’s happening in Sweden; alt-left lying media, deranged Swedes and assorted left wing fools. Rapes, assault, petty crime, murder, terror, those are the crimes taking place right now at this very moment in Sweden. That’s what President Trump meant. You know what he meant, but you choose to live in a state of total denial as Third World Visigoths rape, pillage and plunder your country six ways from Sunday. You have no future Sweden. Your future is a minaret rising above every Swedish town, a Hijab wrapped around a head of blonde hair, a public caning and a weekly beheading. Your country is done. Take the fork out of the meatball and stick it in your nation.

http://usdefensewatch.com/2017/02/whats-happening-in-sweden-247-refugee-crime-thats-what/ 

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Lawmakers urge VA to explain rising cases of drug theft

By HOPE YEN Associated Press Feb 21, 5:25 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The heads of two congressional committees said Tuesday they want the Department of Veterans Affairs to better explain its efforts to stem drug theft and loss in light of rising cases of missing prescriptions and other unauthorized use at VA hospitals. Rep. Phil Roe, who chairs the House Veterans Affairs Committee, said his panel had scheduled a hearing for Monday. The Associated Press reported last Monday on government data showing a sharp increase since 2009 in opioid theft and drugs that had simply disappeared at the VA. He said the panel would call on VA officials to discuss what they were doing to improve internal controls and hold employees accountable. "The fact that drugs are going missing from VA facilities further underscores the importance of oversight," said Roe, R-Tenn., who is a physician, citing the AP story. "This is a serious issue, and it must be addressed quickly." Sen. Ron Johnson, chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, also described incidents of rising drug loss and theft as concerning. The Wisconsin Republican last year raised issues of possible unauthorized use at the Milwaukee VA medical center, involving allegations that drugs from the hospital's pharmacy was going to nonveterans. His office said Tuesday that committee review was continuing. Data obtained by the AP show that doctors, nurses or pharmacy staff at federal hospitals - the vast majority within the VA system - siphoned away controlled substances for their own use or street sales, or drugs intended for patients disappeared. Aggravating the problem is that some VA hospitals have been lax in tracking drug supplies. Congressional auditors said spot checks found four VA hospitals skipped monthly inspections of drug stocks or missed other requirements. Investigators said that signals problems for VA's entire network of more than 160 medical centers and 1,000 clinics, coming after auditor warnings about lax oversight dating back to at least 2009. Veterans groups urged full accountability. "Medical practitioners at the VA have a responsibility to provide the best care for the injured and ill veterans in their charge, and these actions are contradictory to the very nature of their professional obligations," said Garry Augustine, a Vietnam-era combat-wounded Army veteran, who is executive director of Disabled American Veterans' Washington headquarters. The VA acknowledged it has had problems keeping up with monthly inspections. It said it was requiring hospitals to comply with inspection procedures and develop plans for improvement. In a broadcast interview that aired Tuesday, newly confirmed VA Secretary David Shulkin reiterated his support for VA employees as the "best in health care" but pledged to remove any bad actors. Shulkin served as the department's undersecretary of health while the drug problem was growing. "When you have one or two or three people that really aren't doing their job, they bring everybody down," he told "Fox and Friends." The VA said Tuesday it was compiling information requested by the AP more than three weeks ago on cases of drug loss and theft at its hospitals. Reported incidents of drug losses or theft at federal hospitals jumped from 272 in 2009 to 2,926 in 2015, before dipping to 2,457 last year, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration. "Federal hospitals" include the VA's more than 1,100 facilities as well as seven correctional hospitals and roughly 20 hospitals serving Indian tribes.

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_VETERANS_AFFAIRS_MISSING_DRUGS?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2017-02-20-08-10-32 

:: 2-19-17 The Drive :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: ::

Has There Been A “Nuclear Incident” In The Arctic?

Increased levels of radioactive iodine isotopes have been detected across Europe, and now the deployment of the Air Force’s WC-135 “Constant Phoenix” atmosphere-sniffing jet has deepened the mystery.

By Tyler Rogoway February 19, 2017

There have been rumblings regarding some sort of nuclear incident—or possibly incidents—in the Arctic over the last month. Multiple reports, some of them from official monitoring organizations, have reported iodine 131—a radioactive isotope often associated with nuclear fission—has been detected via air sampling stations throughout the region. The first detection of the isotope came during the second week of January, via an air sampling station located in Svanhovd, on Norway’s border with Russia’s Kola Peninsula. Within days, air sampling stations as far south as Spain also detected the presence of small amounts of the isotope. The fact that iodine-131 has a half-life of just eight days would point to the release occurring just days earlier, and not being a remnant of a past nuclear event. Because of the low levels of concentration, there is no health risk to the public or the environment, at least on a wide scale. By comparison, these recent measurements are roughly 1/1000th the size of what was detected during the Fukushima incident and 1/1,000,000th the concentration found in the nuclear tainted cloud that washed across Europe following the Chernobyl disaster. Iodine 131 levels monitored across Europe last month (IRIN graphic): After weeks without answers, the story seemed to pass as a peculiarity, not nearly an unprecedented one at that, until Friday when the US dispatched its WC-135 Constant Phoenix atmospheric testing aircraft to Europe without explanation. The highly unique aircraft are specifically designed to respond to nuclear incidents—especially those that include the detonation of nuclear warheads. By sampling the air over wide areas and at altitude, the aircraft can provide critical data to better understand the “signature” of a radiation release. During nuclear tests, this can help scientists define what type of weapon was detonated, and, in conjunction with other data, how large the blast was. They can also be used to measure the effects and scale of other radiological events, like the meltdown of nuclear plants. For instance, the WC-135s went to work following the 2011 earthquake that resulted in the meltdown of Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power plant. This leaves us with a number of unanswered questions. The first: What are WC-135s doing up there? Was this a good opportunity for a training sortie and to support scientific endeavors, or is it in response to a specific incident? You can check twitter to see loads of people claiming this is proof that the Russians have restarted nuclear weapons testing at Novaya Zemlya near the Arctic. That assertion is problematic for a variety of reasons. The first is that we have no corresponding seismic data indicating a nuclear detonation from that region. Some have floated the possibility that a small tactical nuclear warhead may have been tested; once again, this still makes a big boom, and it is not clear if the levels of iodine-131 are indicative of such a test. Of course, politically speaking, restarting nuclear weapons testing would signal a massive shift in Moscow’s nuclear weapons policy. There has been some talk about even the US restarting its nuclear testing under President Trump, but this is largely speculation mixed with hyperbole. Even though we have seen Russia is willing to migrate away from key weapons treaties in order to obtain niche strategic capabilities, violating the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty would signal a whole other level of aggression and defiance. A more likely possibility is that some sort of limited nuclear material storage, research, or power generation incident has occurred. Russia uses nuclear propulsion for many of its active submarines as well as its Kirov class battlecruisers and its icebreakers. Russia also uses nuclear power in the arctic region for multiple applications. Not just that, but Russia’s northerly naval bases near the arctic are nuclear graveyards of the Cold War. The international community has worked with Russia over the last two decades to safely dispose of hundreds of Soviet-era nuclear submarines, but decommissioned hulls and reactor sections still sit idle waiting to be denuclearized and properly disposed of. Many have said that over the decades following the end of the Cold War, these vessels were just an accident waiting to happen. Some of these vessels remain on the Kola Peninsula near Murmansk. One of Russia’s largest nuclear waste containment facilities, where the reactors of these decommissioned submarines are stored, is also located nearby at Saida Bay. Today, some 80 reactors and their shredded components are stored there in massive casks. Eventually the facility will store 155 junked reactors and their waste. Disposing of such toxic, complex and ungainly machinery is no easy task and comes with its own share of risks. The Arctic is also dotted with other Cold War relics that relied on nuclear power to function, these include Russia’s nuclear lighthouses and outposts. And this is just what you can see, below the surface, hulks of sunken nuclear vessels and other waste still pose a major threat to the environment. It is not really a question of if they will do harm, but when. During the Cold War, Russia dumped all types of nuclear waste in the Kara Sea, including an estimated 17,000 containers and 19 vessels full of radioactive waste. The USSR also pitched 14 nuclear reactors, some with spent fuel rods, into the same body of water and other forms of lower-level nuclear waste was just poured directly into the sea. The Russian submarine K-27, which was scuttled in the Kola Sea, is said to be literally a ticking time bomb. That is just that one area, and other areas in the region, such as the Barents Sea (K-159) and Norwegian Sea (K-278), also have abandoned nuclear submarines and who knows what else lining the sea floor. Even the US left its own portion of nuclear waste in the northern latitudes, such as the once secret reactor at Camp Century, in Greenland, although this is minuscule compared to what the Soviets left behind. A graphic showing the known nuclear waste and wreckage sites near northern Europe and the Arctic (Bellona.org graphic): On top of all the Russian nuclear material that is actually rotting in arctic, there are also nuclear power, ship maintenance, and research stations that also dot Russia’s northern reaches. With all this in mind, if there was a peculiar release of iodine-131 into the atmosphere, it is much more likely to have come from the nuclear wasteland that the Soviet Union created, or from operational reactors in the region, and not from some sort of clandestine atomic testing. That doesn't mean it is impossible, just highly unlikely. There is even a possibility that it didn’t come from Russia at all, and was leaked by a reactor in Europe or elsewhere. Still, with the Arctic likely becoming a key battleground of the future—a reality that has been spurred by Russian military expansion into the region—and considering Moscow's great change in geopolitical tone and military stance over the last few years, suspicions surrounding Russia's true intentions in the region are at an all-time high. Now we’ll have to wait and see if the Pentagon releases more information on the movements and findings of its WC-135, and if there is yet another new spike in radiation coming from the region. If anything else, this mystery should serve of a stark reminder—and a warning—of what mankind has left behind near the arctic, and how perilous a threat it still poses nearly three decades after the Cold War officially ended. UPDATE: 2.22.17- The WC-135 Constant Phoenix along with a RC-135 Rivet Joint, as well as tanker support, have taken off on a mission to the Norwegian and Barents Sea. Read the update in full here. Contact the author: Tyler@thedrive.com

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'I was raped every day for a month in front of my children': Women reveal the horrors they endured as ISIS sex slaves... despite being SUNNI Muslims just like their captors

Abuses against Yazidi women are well documented under the brutal rein of ISIS

But Human Rights Watch says Sunni women are also being raped and tortured

Shocking reports come despite ISIS claiming to follow pure brand of Sunni Islam

One Sunni woman said she was blindfolded, beaten with cables and then raped

By Julian Robinson for MailOnline and AfpPublished: 02:08 EST, 20 February 2017 | Updated: 22:12 EST, 20 February 2017

Women have revealed the horrors they endured at the hands of ISIS sex slaves - despite being Sunni Muslims just like their captors. Abuses against Yazidi women have been well documented under the terror group's brutal rein in parts of Iraq and Syria. But according to Human Rights Watch there is now evidence that Sunni Arab women are now being targeted too with one victim telling the group how she was raped everyday for a month in front of her children. ISIS, which proclaimed a 'caliphate' straddling Iraq and Syria in June 2014, claims to follow a pure brand of Sunni Islam as it was practised in the time of Prophet Mohammed. But Human Right Watch has now documented cases of arbitrary detentions, beatings, forced marriages and rape by the jihadists on Sunni women who have fled the town of Hawijah, which is still under ISIS control. HRW recounted the story of Hanan, a 26-year-old whose husband had already fled Hawijah, who was captured by ISIS fighters along with 50 other women when they also attempted to escape the town in April 2016. ISIS fighters told the mother-of-three that her husband's flight made her an apostate and that she should marry the local jihadist leader. She refused, telling her ISIS captors 'Kill me, because I refuse to do that'. But she was blindfolded, beaten with plastic cables, suspended by her arms for some time and then raped. 'The same guy raped me every day for the next month without a blindfold, always in front of my children,' Hanan told HRW. 'My daughter suffers from an intellectual disability so she doesn’t really understand what she saw, but my older son brings it up often. I don’t know what to do.' A month after she was captured, Hanan’s father was able to locate her and gave ISIS a car and paid $500 for her release, she said. He was forced to sign a document stating that if she escaped ISIS-controlled territory, he would be killed. The ISIS fighter who had been raping her said he wanted to marry her, but she and her father refused, she said. In January 2017, she said, she escaped with the rest of her family to Kirkuk. She said she did not know what happened to the other women, but heard from the woman from another captive's family that she had been forced to marry her rapist. Another woman, 25, said she was captured while waiting to escape in October 2016 when ISIS fighters opened fire on her group and shot her son, six, in the back. She was hit in the shoulder with a gun butt and locked up with the other women in an abandoned house. Three female guards came and lashed each woman 65 times with a thin cane, she said. They were told that if they winced, they would get more lashes. Eventually her family paid for her release and found her son had survived after having four operations. Fawzia, 45, from Daquq said her house was occupied by three fighters after her husband fled to avoid being used as an ISIS spy. She said the men would bring girls aged about 16 into a room 'for about an hour' and that she could hear them crying. HRW said the issue was not given enough attention and that too little was being done to tackle the stigma that prevents many more victims from coming forward. 'Little is known about sexual abuse against Sunni Arab women living under ISIS rule,' said Lama Fakih, deputy Middle East director at HRW. 'We hope that the international community and local authorities will do all they can to give this group of victims the support they need,' she said. ISIS fanatics have justified the mass rape and sexual enslavement of women from the Yazidi minority - who are neither Arab nor Muslim - on the grounds that they are polytheists. The accounts collected by HRW often refer to ISIS fighters accusing the women of apostasy, or abandoning their faith, before abusing them.

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etc. Keep your eyes; keep your eyes upon what is going on in the Mid-East, that is your tree, that is your tree, I have told you to watch Israel, that is your tree. etc.

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'How is this ALLOWED?' Fury as Turkish PM holds election rally in GERMANY

HUNDREDS of protesters voiced their fury when Turkish Prime Minister visited a German city in a bizarre stunt for German-Turkish votes, after the leader was able to ban German-born journalists from the rally.

By Oli Smith PUBLISHED: 00:01, Sun, Feb 19, 2017 | UPDATED: 17:52, Sun, Feb 19, 2017

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim took a controversial detour on his visit to Germany on Saturday to stump for German-Turkish votes, ahead of a key national referendum. A whopping 1.5 million votes are up for grab in Germany, with the biggest Turkish diaspora outside of the country. However, many were outraged that a Turkish politician was allowed to hold a political rally as if he was in his own country. Others criticised the event as the PM banned several German journalists and restricted those who were allowed into the political speech. Those unhappy with the rally voiced their concern that the opposite scenario - a European politician campaigning in Turkey - would be unimaginable. The political address, which took place in a giant arena in Oberhausen, a city in western Germany, tried to rally support for April's constitutional referendum. Mr Yildirim told supporters that if they love their country, they have to vote yes - a decision which would dramatically expand the powers of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Critics claim the new presidential system would cement one-man authoritarian rule in the country. These fears prompted hundreds of opponents to protest outside the stadium. A German Government spokesman said of the event: "We assume that all people involved in the Oberhausen event will make sure that Germany will not become the setting for infighting among Turkish people." However, MPs criticised the planned speech after several German journalists were banned from covering the campaign event. People on Twitter also voiced concern that German taxpayers would have to foot the police bill for the massive arena rally. Those on social media also asked how this was allowed to happen in Germany. Others described the massive arena as being transformed into "mini-Istanbul". The event also comes just a day after Turkey detained a correspondent for German newspaper Die Welt. Rolf Mützenich a German MP from the Social Democrats, said: “Mr Yildirim should rather ensure the liberation of the journalist." Die Linke politician Sevim Dagdelen said Yildirim should be denied entry in order to prevent this "ad campaign for a Turkish dictatorship". Cem Ozdemir of the Greens added: "I find it shocking that a Turkish prime minister has no qualms about taking advantage of our democracy while he and his henchmen make their opponents disappear behind bars." German politicians said Turks in Germany should be politically involved in Germany, rather than flocking to Turkish politicians.

http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/769286/Erdogan-rally-authoritarian-German 

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“Steve Bannon: ‘I Could Care Less’ About Repairing Relationship with ‘Opposition Party’ Media” — BREITBART Posted on February 19, 2017 by State of the Nation

Trump agrees with Steve Bannon that media is the ‘opposition party’

Rebecca Harrington Business Insider

President Donald Trump agreed with top adviser Steve Bannon in characterizing the media as an “opposition party” in an interview with CBN News’ “The Brody File” released Friday. Bannon, Trump’s chief White House strategist, drew ire when he used that phrase during an interview with The New York Times. “You’re the opposition party,” Bannon told the Times. “Not the Democratic Party. You’re the opposition party. The media’s the opposition party.” David Brody asked Trump if he believed that, as well, and the president said he agreed. “I’m not talking about everybody, but a big portion of the media, the dishonesty, total deceit and deception. It makes them certainly partially the opposition party, absolutely,” Trump said. “I think they’re much more capable than the opposition party. The opposition party is losing badly. Now the media is on the opposition party’s side.” Trump complained that he didn’t think the media treated him fairly, but said it didn’t matter because he had a “big voice” that voters responded to. “I actually said to myself, I say, they treat me so unfairly it’s hard to believe that I won,” Trump continued. “The media is a disgrace, and they’ve called me wrong from the beginning.”

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:: 2-19-17 Got News :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: ::

BREAKING: @Reince’s Gal & @WhiteHouse Chief of Staff @KMWalsh_GOP Is Source Of Trump Leaks To @NYTimes & Others Feb 19, 2017 by GotNews

White House Deputy Chief of Staff and #NeverTrump Republican Katie Walsh has been identified as the source behind a bunch of leaks from the Trump administration to The New York Times and other media outlets, according to multiple sources in the White House, media, donor community, and pro-Trump 501(c)4 political group. “Everyone knows not to talk to her in the White House unless you want to see it in the press,” says a source close to the president. “The only question is whether or not she’s doing it at the behest of [White House Chief of Staff] Reince Priebus or if she’s doing it to advance herself in DC media circles.” One source in particular stands out: Walsh is close to Maggie Haberman, a New York Times reporter who wrote fawning pro-Republican National Committee stories during the presidential election. Walsh has also planted stories in The Washington Post and Politico. Walsh is referred to as “Madame President” in the White House, says a senior aide. “It isn’t a compliment.” You won’t hear this stuff from the lying mainstream media. Keep the GotNews mission alive: donate at GotNews.com/donate or send tips to editor@gotnews.com. If you’d like to join our research team, contact editor@gotnews.com. Walsh would have significant access as she controls the president’s schedule. There’s also reportedly a trove of e-mails where Katie Walsh and Reince Priebus discuss how to rid themselves of Trump, according to a former #NeverTrump consultant. “The president and his allies have been deliberately feeding her fake information in order to find her network,” says a source close to the president’s family. “It’s been going well.” Walsh was a #NeverTrump Republican during the campaign. Neither Walsh nor her family were supporters during the campaign, says a source from Walsh’s hometown of St. Louis. A White House investigation is planned into Walsh, who couldn’t be reached for comment. Stay tuned for more.

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etc. For the disasters that shall take place are many, the flooding shall be far greater than in times past, the mudslides far greater than in times past, the earthquakes shall be more numerous and far greater than in times past. The tornadoes, oh the savageness of the tornadoes that shall rip across the land, the straight winds, the hurricanes, the forest fires, the volcanoes shall erupt, the rising of the sea level that will be marked not in inches but in feet. etc.. 

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'Atmospheric river' drives ANOTHER catastrophic rain storm towards California - including its stricken dam - as state braces for MORE flooding and residents are told they could have just 15 minutes to evacuate

Rain and wind picked up in Northern California on Saturday renewing flood fears

Sections of Interstate-5 in Williams, CA overflowed, blocking traffic for hours

Rain is expected to continue through Tuesday prompting evacuations

By Anna Hopkins For Dailymail.com and Associated Press Published: 18:28 EST, 19 February 2017 | Updated: 07:36 EST, 20 February 2017

Engineers at the stricken Oroville Dam in Northern California have increased the rate at which they are draining water from the reservoir as a powerful rain storm driven by the phenomenon known as an 'atmospheric river' hits the state. In anticipation of the storm which threatens widespread flooding in many areas, supervisors increased the amount of water being channeled out of the dam to accommodate incoming rain. The amount of water flowing down the spillway was increased from 55,000 cubic feet a second (cfs) to 60,000 cfs on Sunday afternoon. Earlier this week, outflows were at nearly 100,000 cfs. However, an evacuation warning is still being issued as residents immediately below the dam could be at a major risk if the dam were to abruptly fail - as they would not be able to receive warning quickly enough to evacuate. The first outer rain bands from the powerful Pacific storm headed to Northern California brought light rain and wind and renewed warnings of possibly dangerous flooding in the already soggy region on Sunday. More wet weather is expected on Monday and Tuesday, and officials are preparing for the worst after Southern California was devastated by the strongest storm in decades earlier this week. The National Weather Service has reportedly urged California residents to be ready to leave their homes on a moment's notice. A discussion post said: 'If you were given less than 15 minutes to evacuate your home would you have everything you need and gas in your vehicle?' It continued: 'Northern California has become very vulnerable since being hit continuously with storms since early January and we want all residents in our region to plan ahead and be prepared.' The San Joaquin River at a measuring station near Vernalis remained at 'danger stage,' meaning it keeps approaching the top of levees, said Tim Daly, a spokesman with San Joaquin County Office of Emergency Services. 'When the water gets that high and more water is coming, there is just too much pressure and levees can break. They can be topped,' Daly said. Daly says residents of low-lying areas have been told to be ready to evacuate, especially those in San Joaquin River Club, a riverside, private neighborhood of 800 homes 10 miles south of Tracy. Residents of the community have been constantly patrolling the levees for signs of danger and holding meetings to discuss evacuation routes and preparedness, said Paula Martin, who is helping coordinate evacuation plans. 'We have a levee response team, a sand bagging team, teams to check on what walkers checking on the levees find,' Martin said. 'Our community is pulling together like real champs.' Water was also receding in the farm community of Maxwell, where dozens of people sought higher ground after creeks topped their banks and inundated houses on Friday, said Colusa County Assistant Sheriff Jim Saso said. Nobody was hurt as crews used boats to rescue residents from a low-lying neighborhood. 'We're telling those people to keep a bag close by and get ready to leave again,' Saso said. 'If the water comes back up, it's going to be those areas affected.' 'Widespread flooding will be likely as an atmospheric river (of moisture) takes aim somewhere along the central California coast,' the National Weather Service said. The damage to the spillway at Lake Oroville forced the evacuation of 188,000 people last weekend. The California Department of Water Resources said Sunday that the water level continues to fall even as they decrease the amount of water flowing down the spillway. During recent storms, authorities up and down the state have dealt with overflowing creeks, mudslide threats in foothill areas blackened by fires, road collapses and hundreds of toppled trees in neighborhoods. At least three deaths have occurred. Most of Southern California appeared to dodge any major disasters in heavy rain on Friday. But in the desert town of Victorville, several cars were washed down a flooded street and one man was found dead in a submerged vehicle after others were rescued, authorities said. The victim was later identified as 41-year-old Michael Douglas Williams of Victorville. The victim's wife Joel Williams told Victor Valley News: 'He was new to the area and would have never known how dangerous these streets can get. 'I just wish they would have closed the road, but it was still open.' She told the newspaper: 'He's leaving behind two children, an 11-year-old and a 16-year-old, it's going to be a tough to tell them.' The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department said in a release that Williams had been 'inside an almost completely submerged vehicle'. In the Sherman Oaks area of Los Angeles, a man was electrocuted when a tree falling in heavy rain downed power lines that hit his car. On Saturday, searchers found the body of a man in his 20s who was swept down a rain-swollen gully in Thousand Oaks a day earlier. Three other people stranded by the water were rescued.

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February 19, 2017 10:01 AM

Central Valley urged to be ready to ‘evacuate quickly’ as another storm approaches

By Ryan Sabalow and Adam Ashton rsabalow@sacbee.com

MAXWELL Forecasters with the National Weather Service offered a stark warning Sunday for just about everyone living in the soggy, soaked Central Valley. “Pretty much anybody needs to be prepared for the possibility that they may have to evacuate quickly,” said Sacramento meteorologist Brooke Bingaman. Though most of the Valley had avoided further flooding by Sunday evening, the worst may be yet to come Monday and Tuesday, Bingaman said. On Sunday, the weather service issued a flood warning in urban areas and along small streams through Thursday for the counties that make up the Sacramento and northern San Joaquin valleys, as well as for most of the counties that sit along the valleys’ rim. “We may see flooding in locations which haven’t been impacted in many years,” the alert reads. In other words, those living anywhere near a river, a slough, a levee, a creek or a canal need to be ready to flee floodwaters at a moment’s notice. Case in point: Maxwell, a rice-farming town of 1,100 people an hour north of Sacramento. It flooded early Saturday as storm runoff overwhelmed a creek, filling a neighborhood and small business district with more than a foot of water. Bingaman said the same scenario in Maxwell could happen in just about any low-lying area. “We have been hit hard with storm after storm after storm since early January, so our soils are very saturated and it’s getting to the point where there’s no place for the water to go,” she said. In Maxwell, the water was receding Sunday morning and only one person was still at a Red Cross shelter in nearby Williams, said Jim Saso, assistant sheriff at the Colusa County Sheriff’s Office. But with the next storm approaching, he urged residents to be ready to get out again. “If they were affected (by the floodwaters) before, they’ll probably be affected again,” Saso said. In Maxwell on Sunday, residents hurriedly stacked sandbags made from rice sacks around their houses as they prepared for that eventuality. “It’s going to be worse than the last one,” said Richard Airozo, 77. Firefighters awoke him about 4 a.m. Saturday with a knock on the door, as water was seeping into his garage. By noon Sunday, he had returned to his house and removed soaked carpet from his living room. It was piled in a damp stack next to his driveway. Inside the house, a portable heater and fan were drying the room. Kim Troughton, 52, spent Saturday and Sunday cooking meals for firefighters and police in Maxwell’s fire hall. She said she wasn’t sure it made sense to start cleaning out her restaurant, Kim’s Country Cafe, before the next storm hit. “If we get more water, it’s damned if you do, damned if you don’t,” she said. Instead, she planned to spend the afternoon laying sandbags around her house. Two hours south in the San Joaquin Valley, locals nervously were watching the swollen San Joaquin River. The river at a critical measuring station near Vernalis, southeast of Tracy, had filled to “danger stage” Saturday night. That’s the point that emergency officials say water could overtop levees. “We’re bracing for flooding,” said Jenny Rich, a spokeswoman for San Joaquin County. “We’re anticipating it happening.” Low-lying areas near the river, which passes by Manteca, Lathrop, Stockton and Tracy, are all are at risk. But Rich said most of the troubles are likely to occur in southern San Joaquin County. Along the river, between Manteca and Tracy, teams of volunteers have been patrolling levees every two hours, brushing up on emergency action plans, and filling some 900 sandbags at the San Joaquin River Club, a private community of more than 800 people, said Rick Hall, a 10-year resident who is helping lead the volunteer effort. The hope was that the community could make through the next few days without hearing a blast from emergency sirens installed at the clubhouse and at a church that would warn of incoming floodwaters, he said. “Everybody’s worried, of course, but we’re just trying to be proactive,” he said. Some of the concerns are due to the precariously full Don Pedro Reservoir, which captures water from the Tuolumne River, a key tributary of the San Joaquin. The reservoir, which has more than twice the capacity of Folsom Lake, remained close to cresting Sunday. If it goes over the top of its spillway, it would send a gush of water that could overwhelm the small Tuolumne River channel, flood part of Modesto and cause the San Joaquin to rise. Based on Sunday’s forecasts, the spillway could start sending out releases as early as Tuesday, said Brandon McMillan, a spokesman for the Turlock Irrigation District, which manages New Don Pedro Dam. “Of course everything’s based on the weather, and that can change,” McMillan said. Three and a half hours to the north, engineers at troubled Oroville Dam said Sunday that the lake is ready to handle the influx of water from the approaching storms. Officials said Sunday that the lake levels continued to dip and are where they should be for this time of year to catch additional rain and melting snow. The lake had dropped Sunday to nearly 50 feet below the dam’s emergency spillway. On Feb. 7, during a round of winter storms, state engineers discovered a cavernous hole in the lower section of the dam’s main spillway, a 3,000-foot concrete span that acts as the dam’s primary flood-control outlet during the rainy season. Fearing the spillway would become inoperable, dam operators stopped the flows for a time, then gradually reactivated releases. With runoff from the stormy Sierra Nevada still rushing in, reservoir levels climbed, and on Feb. 11, water overtopped the dam’s emergency spillway for the first time in its 48-year history. Unlike the main spillway, which is lined with concrete, the adjacent emergency spillway dumps water in uncontrolled sheets over a 1,700-foot concrete lip onto a steep, wooded hillside. The next afternoon, a day and a half after the emergency system activated, the hillside just below the spillway lip was showing serious erosion, raising fears the structure would collapse. The concerns prompted mandatory evacuation orders in Butte, Yuba and Sutter counties covering nearly 200,000 people. The orders were lifted Tuesday, after the state Department of Water Resources cranked up releases on the main spillway, despite the damage to its midsection, and managed to lower reservoir levels below the emergency lip. On Sunday, the flows out the main, damaged spillway had been reduced to nearly half what they were during the heat of the crisis. Officials said the lower flows were allowing crews to use cranes and dredges to clear the debris that formed in the channel below the spillways. The debris has raised water levels in the Feather River below the dam to the point that Oroville’s power plant – the dam’s primary release outlet outside of flood season – can’t operate. Once debris is cleared and the power plant is restarted, the facility is capable of draining another 14,000 cubic feet per second from the lake. “We’re shooting to be able to re-operate it a week from Monday if we need to,” said Chris Orrock, a spokesman for the DWR, which manages the dam. But he noted “it’s not a guaranteed date.” Meanwhile, despite the wet weather, crews continued to haul rock and cement into the eroded areas below the emergency spillway in case it needs to be used again.

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/news/weather/article133714379.html#storylink=cpy 

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21 women assaulted by 'transgenders' in restrooms

Saturday, February 18, 2017 Michael F. Haverluck (OneNewsNow.com

Men have assaulted or violated women’s privacy in public bathrooms 21 times due to pro-LGBT transgender restroom policies, according to a list compiled by a nationally recognized pro-family organization. The Family Research Council (FRC) insists that – contrary to what homosexual activists claim – transgender-friendly policies and laws escalate the risk of women becoming victims of sexual attacks at the hands of men who claim to be women. Setting up assault It is argued by the Christian nonprofit group that so-called “non-discrimination laws” working to permit all people to use restrooms based on their gender identity – as opposed to their natural sex at birth – provide sexual predators with the opportunity to take advantage of the situation so they can partake in voyeurism and sexually assault women and children. "It is important to note that the concern is not that transgendered individuals are more likely to be sexual predators, but rather that sexual predators could exploit such laws by posing as transgendered in order to gain access to women and girls," FRC attorneys wrote their issue brief. "Beyond this, when companies such as Target implement any-sex bathroom/dressing room policies, it encourages criminals to take advantage of these policies to commit crimes." According to the legal group based in Washington, D.C., transgender activists have made a habit of discounting and denying the existence of reported assaults on women at the hands of transgender men entering women’s public restrooms. The attorney group notes that such activists have actually “scoffed” at suggestions that men in women’s facilities heighten the risk of such incidents. A right to offend? A list of 21 reported cases of women being sexually assaulted by transgender men has been compiled by FRC – incidents that span from 1999 to 2017 – with the most of the incidents occurring in women’s restrooms, locker rooms and other private spaces taking place within the past decade. Target stores – which have been the subject of a nationwide boycott campaign led by the conservative American Family Association (AFA) for putting women and children at risk due to their transgender policies in women’s facilities – provided the venue for the latest recorded assault. “The most recent case was reported on Jan. 17 by WPRI, concerning a man who mounted a camera inside the family bathroom at a Target store in Lincoln, Rhode Island,” The Christian Post (CP) reported from FRC’s list. “Umit Cakmak, 41, of Providence, was arrested by Lincoln police and charged with video voyeurism, with reports noting that the man already had an active warrant for the same crime.” Just months earlier, a Target on the other side of the country was the location where another sexual predator staged an assault on a woman. “In a similar case from July 2016, in Idaho Falls, a man who identifies as transgender was arrested on one count of felony voyeurism for taking photos of another woman changing clothes at a Target store in Ammon,” CP’s Stoyan Zaimov informed. Call to stop transgender men from targeting women and children AFA produced a similar list late last year to draw attention to how Target’s pro-LGBT policies unnecessarily put women and children in jeopardy. “The American Family Association also compiled a list of 10 cases back in September to show why the retail giant's policies of allowing male customers who identify as female to go into women's bathrooms and dressing rooms is dangerous for women and children,” Zaimov added. AFA President Tim Wildmon noted at the time that more and more women and children will continue to be assaulted at the hands of transgenders if Target continues to refuse to protect and value its customers. "The overwhelming evidence continues to pile up against Target's policy to allow men into women's restrooms and dressing rooms in its stores," Wildmon expressed when AFA’s list was announced. "Target's policy is exactly how sexual predators get access to their victims – and the proof keeps mounting." The effort calling Target to take pro-family measures and put an end to its problematic pro-LGBT privileges has caused a national stir – one that many claim is responsible for the retail giant’s uncharacteristic decline in profits in recent months. "Clearly, Target's dangerous policy poses a threat to wives and daughters,” Wildmon continued. “Over 1.4 million people have pledged to boycott Target stores until protecting women and children is a priority." Taking little heed of the warnings issued by pro-family advocates, Target responded to the controversy by refusing to end its pro-LGBT policies, while defending its stance to champion transgenders at the expense of its customers’ safety in bathrooms and changing rooms. "We welcome transgender team members and guests to use the restroom or fitting room facility that corresponds with their gender identity,” Target declared in a public statement over the matter. “Everyone deserves to feel like they belong."

https://www.onenewsnow.com/culture/2017/02/18/21-women-assaulted-by-transgenders-in-restrooms 

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etc.. The world walks in confusion, there are those countries that desire their own monetary system to choke out others, and then there are those that desire a world monetary system, and the world monitory system will be the one that wins out, my word calls it the mark of the beast, etc..

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Infrastructure ‘in place’ for Mark of the Beast!

February 19, 2017

Commerce is key to human survival and those who control our commerce control the system and the people. Today, our money system is changing from a ‘substance’ system to a metaphysical ‘symbol’ system. Money is transitioning to cyberspace from our historical observable space. This change is monumental when understood. This means that our entire global monetary system will soon be cashless (no physical money units) and metaphysical (no substance units). Where does this eventually lead? I would suggest the ‘Mark of the Beast’ monetary system! Let’s see some evidence! What Is A Cashless Society? A cashless society is a society where currency notes or cash money are not used in monetary transactions. It is a hypothetical move or situation in favor of alternative means of exchange. Cashless societies in the past were based on the barter system where people exchanged their livestock for food crops or other goods. However, the present concept of a cashless society or country is a completely new thing. Here cashless transactions are made with the help of digital currencies. In a truly cashless society, legal tender (money) is exchanged and recorded only in the electronic digital forms. Our global economy is now mostly digital (computer driven). When Did The Trend To Go Cashless Begin? During the late 1980’s and the 1990’s, the growing popularity of electronic banking made the use of non-cash transactions and settlements popular. Digital payment methods became well established in countries across the world by the 2010’s. Online tools like Paypal, Google pay, NFC payments, Credit Cards, were the primary method for payments. Digital wallet systems operated by Apple, electronic banking and bill payment systems helped people make cashless transactions online. Some countries even started to set limits on transaction values that can be used for non-electronic payments to encourage cashless transactions. These limits are now growing in most countries. Countries which are now going Cashless and Digital: One country stands out as the flag bearer for digital money: Sweden. According to the Swedish central bank, cash transactions made up just 2 percent of the total value of payments made in 2015. The number is similar for 2016. An astonishing 900 of Sweden’s 1,600 bank branches no longer maintain cash deposits, a report in the Guardian said. As technology advances and the fight against tax evasion takes center stage globally, some countries are looking at Sweden as a possible model for promoting a digital (cashless) society. India’s attempt to digitize their economy has long been coming. Early in his term, Narendra Modi announced a much-needed drive to increase financial inclusion across the country and launched attractive financial schemes to bring India’s poor into the fold of the country’s banking system, from debit cards to pension plans. The goal is total digitization of the Indian economy. Paper notes are being called in and customers are being encouraged to open digital banking accounts. While digital payments are dominated by debit or credit cards in many Western countries, China’s consumers have jumped directly from cash to mobile. Of the country’s 710 million internet users – more than the United States and Europe combined – the utilization ratio of mobile online payments stands at 57.7%. This is growing exponentially. Put in plain English, the majority of people who go online are using their smartphones to pay for goods and services. 2016 has been the ‘Year of the Blockchain,’ with corporation after corporation, even nations, touting their interest and ability to use Bitcoin’s underlying advancement in their future business models. Will 2017 be the ‘Year of the National Digital Currency?’ Ukraine looks to enter the cashless society with a plan on creating their own national digital currency based on the Blockchain technology, according to Ukrainian news site Ukrinform. The United Nations ‘Better than Cash Alliance’ ( https://www.betterthancash.org/members/  government) currently has 25 nations that are members of the alliance. All are working on creating a cashless (digital) society for their countries. Pakistan, Afghanistan, Columbia, Peru, India, Philippines, Kenya, and Mexico are a few of the members. Which Are The World’s Most Cashless Countries? Rank Country Noncash Payments’ Share Of Total Value Of Consumer Payments % Of Population With A Debit Card

1 Belgium 93 86

2 France 92 69

3 Canada 90 88

4 United Kingdom 89 88

5 Sweden 89 96

6 Australia 86 79

7 The Netherlands 85 98

8 United States 80 72

9 Germany 76 88

10 South Korea 70 58

If we think about our global banking system, we can conclude that all banks are now part of the digital Swift payments system. Competitive payment systems which are emerging in Asia are also digital systems. All this is because we now have a computer driven global economy. Computers, algorithms, and select software programs determine what is happening within our global cyber markets. All businesses are converting their accounting systems to digital and this means that the ‘Mark of the Beast’ financial system is essentially here now. The implementation of the ‘Mark of the Beast’ system will likely start after our current bubble economy crashes. Our governmental authorities will then demand that everyone follow precise rules which mandate their economic behavior. Authorities will likely demand that everyone give allegiance to their digital (cashless) financial system. Those who refuse to comply will be restricted from using the system for their survival. This starts the clock for the ‘Mark of the Beast’ system which has been prophesied in scripture. Either you comply with the State or you must barter for your goods and services and take the risk of being arrested. Watch this video from Mr. Trump: https://youtu.be/vFofB6RaB4I  which reveals his inner sense that our global economy is now in a huge bubble. When will this bubble burst? It could happen any day now. It is currently being prevented from crashing by our Central Bank trading computers. Central Banks can continue this manipulation until confidence crashes due to all this manipulation and economic distortion. Watch: https://youtu.be/vFofB6RaB4I

https://kingdomecon.wordpress.com/2017/02/19/infrastructure-in-place-for-mark-of-the-beast/ 

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etc. Even though darkness is so great, even though it seems like there is no understanding I, your Father God, have given you my children the understanding. etc.

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BREAKING: Health Ranger threatened by left-wing media goons: “Destroy Alex Jones or we will destroy YOU”

Thursday, February 16, 2017 by: Mike Adams

(Natural News) FULL DISCLOSURE: I am being threatened with the “complete destruction” of my reputation, my brand and my character by left-wing media operatives who have issued a new threat this week: “Destroy Alex Jones or we will destroy YOU.” Alex Jones, of course, is the founder of InfoWars.com, one of the most popular multi-media publishers of pro-America news, videos and radio broadcasts in the world. The warning implies that a barrage of left-wing media stories will target me personally — obviously spreading “fake news” lies — unless I agree to go public with “opposition research” targeting Jones that was previously delivered to me on a physical thumb drive. I destroyed the thumb drive and refused to kow-tow to the insane, criminal agenda of destruction and lies now being pursued daily by the unhinged, delusional left-wing media (and its puppet masters such as George Soros). I have no doubt I am being targeted with this threat because I previously served as a substitute host for the Alex Jones Show, from 2011 – 2013. After I left the show in 2013, I was contacted by another left-wing media source that offered to pay me $50,000 to “expose” Alex Jones. I refused. Later, someone with access to some very advanced technology was able to engage me in a phone text conversation where they impersonated Alex Jones’ cell phone number, but I quickly realized it was a ruse and cut off communication. In various ways, I have been hounded since 2013 by left-wing criminals who are attempting to exploit my contact with Alex Jones to discredit his entire organization and silence him forever. Time and time again, I have refused to take part in their nefarious plots. I flat-out refuse to be manipulated through false fear and intimidation tactics deployed by manipulative “media spooks” who are obviously very well funded but incredibly misinformed. I do not consider myself to be a “competitor” of InfoWars. I consider myself to be a defender of liberty, truth and healthy living. I am on “team humanity” to defend humanity against the sinister agendas of the vaccine industry, the biotech industry and the sick-minded depopulation agenda of the most dangerous globalists of all. Anyone who is on “team humanity” is my ally, not my enemy. Malicious effort now under way to take out prominent Trump supporters and silence their support of our President Now, it seems, the stakes are even higher because of the victory of President Trump, a true patriot and determined warrior who is waging an epic battle against globalist forces, the “fake news” media and the corrupt elements of the so-called “deep state.” As the publisher of Trump.news, a pro-Trump REAL news website, I am being targeted as part of a left-wing media effort to discredit and destroy all Trump supporters who are prominent media innovators or personalities. The following document, entitled Democracy Matters, Strategic Plan for Action, reveals the sinister tactics of the left-wing media to discredit and destroy any people who support Donald Trump’s vision for America. The document states: (bold added) In the next four years, Media Matters will continues its core mission of disarming right-wing misinformation, while leading the fight against the next generation of conservative disinformation: The proliferation of fake news and propaganda now threatening the country’s information ecosystem. Here’s what success will look like: * Serial misinformers and right-wing propagandists inhabiting everything from social media to the highest levels of government will be exposed, discredited. * Internet and social media platforms, like Google and Facebook, will no longer uncritically and without consequence host and enrich fake news sites and propagandists. * Toxic alt-right social media-fueled harassment campaigns that silence dissent and poison our national discourse will be punished and halted. … Shareblue will take back social media for Democrats. We will delegitimize Donald Trump’s presidency by emboldening the opposition… * Trump allies will be forced to step down or change course due to news pushed by Shareblue. Media Matters will… “weaponize our research products to understand and take action against the changing media ecosystem and the extremists seeking to manipulate it…. Key alt-right figures will lose credibility and influence in response to our research and pressure.” A $13.4 million budget will allow Media Matters to “create a 34-person research department” [to destroy the opposition]. Intimidate Trump supporters into silence (or get them to turn on each other) It’s obvious from this document that a whole new effort of malicious intimidation and threats is being deployed against prominent Trump supporters who have achieved any substantial level of new media success. The goal is clear: To intimidate Trump supporters into silence, or — even better for the left-wing media — get pro-Trump publishers and journalists to turn on each other and destroy each other from within. I’ve already seen recent examples of insider attacks being leveled against Alex Jones and InfoWars. I have no doubt the very same cookie cutter-style attacks will also be recycled to target Natural News and the Health Ranger. It all stems from a blueprint plan that’s designed to demoralize Donald Trump supporters, then demonize and destroy them. It’s right out of the same playbook the radical left-wing media invoked in an attempt to destroy Trump from day one (an effort which spectacularly failed, by the way). In fact, that’s the bigger point in all this. Every person attacked by the left-wing media just gets more popular in the same way Trump became ever more popular as the media smeared him. Look at the case of Milo Yiannoupoulos from Breitbart: The malicious media attacks on his character — falsely labeling him part of the “alt-right” movement — resulted in him being offered a $250,000 advance on a book deal that has already seen his book reach the #1 ranking on Amazon even before its launch! Alex Jones, too, rode a wave of hit pieces and defamation against his character to become a powerful voice that now reaches more people than CNN! Every effort to destroy Alex, Milo, Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, Matt Drudge or Steve Bannon have only backfired on the insane left-wing media. It is precisely because of their malicious attacks and deceptions that Donald Trump won the election. The public was tired of the lies, and the backlash was truly historic. We must stand with Trump, or we’ll lose America forever But the battle has only just begun. As I’ve repeatedly warned in my Health Ranger Report podcasts, we must now stand with Trump and defeat the insane criminal forces that seek to destroy this nation and silence reason. The radical, unhinged Left is now the single greatest threat to the future of our nation, and they will use ANY means to silence or destroy their political opponents, including violating the law, committing acts of extreme violence, publishing malicious falsehoods, citing fictitious “sources” in their stories, misrepresenting their words with dishonest editing, etc. So I’m going to be crystal clear in my message to these criminal left-wing bullies and intimidation operatives: COME AND TAKE IT. You want to silence me? Bring a team and prepare to take casualties. Unless you somehow manage to put a bullet in my brain, there is no possibility whatsoever that I’m going to carry out your nefarious agenda and join your sick, demented cabal of insane f#cktardery. You might be able to pull it off if you bring a big enough force, but it’s going to cost you. I’m not going to lay down to your fake intimidation tactics… especially not when we have already won! We are the new media. We are rightfully trusted by the public because we’ve earned that trust by honestly reporting the real news. We are where people go for authentic news instead of the fake news you’ve been peddling for decades. I publish over 100 websites, and readership keeps rising by the day because we are taking your readers away from your lame “fake news” websites like the Washington Post and New York Times. People are turning off your lies and turning on the truth at Natural News, NewsTarget, Trump.news and other websites we run to protect liberty, defend the Republic and expose the destructive anti-human agendas of the political Left and the globalists that run them all. Listen to my full podcast to hear a more detailed explanation of these threats and why I refuse to take part in their sinister agenda.

http://www.naturalnews.com/2017-02-16-health-ranger-threatened-by-left-wing-media-goons-destroy-alex-jones-or-we-will-destroy-you.html 

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WikiLeaks Drops Bombshell Report Exposing CIA Involvement In 2012 French Election…

Posted on February 16, 2017 by sundance

Today WikiLeaks drops a bombshell exposing President Obama and Hillary Clinton using the CIA to manipulate the outcome of the 2012 election in France (full pdf below).

According to documents released today by WikiLeaks the CIA ordered covert targeted activity in the 2012 French presidential election which included French Politicians Francois Hollande, Nicolas Sarkozy & Marine Le Pen. WIKILEAKS – All major French political parties were targeted for infiltration by the CIA’s human (“HUMINT”) and electronic (“SIGINT”) spies in the seven months leading up to France’s 2012 presidential election. The revelations are contained within three CIA tasking orders published today by WikiLeaks as context for its forth coming CIA Vault 7 series. Named specifically as targets are the French Socialist Party (PS), the National Front (FN) and Union for a Popular Movement (UMP) together with current President Francois Hollande, then President Nicolas Sarkozy, current round one presidential front runner Marine Le Pen, and former presidential candidates Martine Aubry and Dominique Strauss-Khan. The CIA assessed that President Sarkozy’s party was not assured re-election. Specific tasking concerning his party included obtaining the “Strategic Election Plans” of the Union for a Popular Movement (UMP); schisms or alliances developing in the UMP elite; private UMP reactions to Sarkozy’s campaign stratagies; discussions within the UMP on any “perceived vulnerabilities to maintaining power” after the election; efforts to change the party’s ideological mission; and discussions about Sarkozy’s support for the UMP and “the value he places on the continuation of the party’s dominance”. Specific instructions tasked CIA officers to discover Sarkozy’s private deliberations “on the other candidates” as well as how he interacted with his advisors. Sarkozy’s earlier self-identification as “Sarkozy the American” did not protect him from US espionage in the 2012 election or during his presidency. The espionage order for “Non Ruling Political Parties and Candidates Strategic Election Plans” which targeted Francois Holland, Marine Le Pen and other opposition figures requires obtaining opposition parties’ strategies for the election; information on internal party dynamics and rising leaders; efforts to influence and implement political decisions; support from local government officials, government elites or business elites; views of the United States; efforts to reach out to other countries, including Germany, U.K., Libya, Israel, Palestine, Syria & Cote d’Ivoire; as well as information about party and candidate funding. Significantly, two CIA opposition espionage tasks, “What policies do they promote to help boost France’s economic growth prospects?” and “What are their opinions on the German model of export-led growth?” resonate with a U.S. economic espionage order from the same year. That order requires obtaining details of every prospective French export contract or deal valued at $200m or more. The opposition espionage order also places weight on obtaining the candidates’ attitudes to the E.U’s economic crisis, centering around their position on the Greek debt crisis; the role of France and Germany in the management of the Greek debt crisis; the vulnerability of French government and French banks to a Greek default; and “specific proposals and recommendations” to deal with “the euro-zone crisis”. The CIA espionage orders published today are classified and restricted to U.S. eyes only (“NOFORN”) due to “Friends-on-Friends sensitivities”. The orders state that the collected information is to “support” the activities of the CIA, the Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA)’s E.U section, and the U.S. State Department’s Intelligence and Research Branch. The CIA operation ran for ten months from 21 Nov 2011 to 29 Sep 2012, crossing the April-May 2012 French presidential election and several months into the formation of the new government. (LINK) Here’s the CIA Intelligence Release from WikiLeaks: To answer that question, you must also remember the research and evaluation rules. To understand activity within any intelligence action any observer must do two things: #1 You must stay elevated. If you try to get into the weeds you will be lost because your insight will be lacking specificity briefs.

#2 You must always reflect upon the recent historic context of the engagement you are observing. Including, most importantly, the engagements of the parties therein. CTH is in a unique position to highlight what could be happening because we have tracked the larger globalist movement through the key state and agency apparatus where their activity is most transparently obvious, specifically France. It was slightly less than a week ago when we shared the transparently obvious State Department effort to influence the 2017 French Election – SEE HERE – CNN began broadcasting a narrative that Russia was set to interfere and attempt influence over the upcoming election. Excerpt: Those who follow the messaging from within the unofficial news agency of the U.S. State Department, CNN or CNNi, might have noticed a report delivered by Wolf Blitzer yesterday claiming the Russians were set to influence another nationalist election victory, this time in France. With a vote coming in April, could French elections be targeted by the same Russian hackers accused of meddling in the US campaign? (CNN LINK) The entire proclamation by Blitzer, and the executive level CNN folks who put it together, was almost identical to the previous claims of a vast Russian conspiracy influencing the U.S. election and the victory of President Donald Trump. The difference between November 2016 and today, is this time CNN is attempting to get out ahead of an election rather than responding to the outcome therein. In essence, CNN -and by extension the progressive State Department officials remaining within the shadow deep state construct- is trying to influence the French Presidential Race. Blaming the Russians in advance is an attempt to weaken Marine Le Pen. But why would they do this, you might ask. Well, those of you who have followed the historic research on the State Department might well remember the “Rivkin Project“. The globalist agents who carry a vested interest are simply not willing to concede another loss in their decades long approach toward eliminating nationalist sentiment. (read more) This release today from WikiLeaks appears to be a push back against the U.S. State Department effort. [As outlined in the CNN and CNNi narrative.] However, it would also be naive to believe this release today was the exclusive work of WikiLeaks. The timing, against the backdrop, is just way too coincidental. This release today appears to be an outcome of Russia pushing back against the U.S. State Department intention (the shadow globalist operatives embedded there), by delivering information to WikiLeaks that would undercut the U.S. DoS objectives to undercut Marine Le Pen. This early in 2017 it’s not the U.S. Trump State Department engaging in France; this is activity from the remaining elements of the Obama Globalist State Department who are still in place. [might also explain Putin’s ship off the East coast – a ‘ping’ of sorts] In essence, what we could be witnessing is the very public visibility of two groups of interests, U.S. DoS and Russia, conducting a proxy psy-ops campaign – with each state actor using competing conduits. • The U.S. DoS using CNN and CNNi, • and Russia hitting back using WikiLeaks. [The French election outcome is the objective.] Holy Cats ! Yes, this is pretty darned stunning. Expanding and staying elevated – This confluence of events: If the Wikileaks source is Russia, as the motive would seem to be…. then this would also indicate, or at least support the notion, that Russia was the source of the 2016 WikiLeaks DNC and Podesta releases. Perhaps this entire construct of covert state sponsored activity is what explains why Team Clinton (Democrats, Media, professional left et al) are so violently vitriolic toward Russia as an outcome of their 2016 election defeat. Accepting that possibility does not indicate the information contained within either release is inaccurate, but rather to say there is a historic explanation here for current motives of both parties, Russia and Clinton. That motive is not being expanded by anyone. fbi-clinton-4-shadow-government 

The remaining globalists embeds within the U.S. Department of State are trying to influence the French election (CNNi as a participatory agent). Russia is pushing back against the U.S. activity by exposing the 2012 CIA activity via WikiLeaks. The Globalists (the shadow governments) are losing; with the losses they are getting dragged into the sunlight, and striking out. Things begin to make a lot more sense….

https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2017/02/16/wikileaks-drops-bombshell-report-exposing-cia-involvement-in-2012-french-election/ 

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etc For truly in the world right now, saith your Father God, is much trouble, trouble that they know not how to deal with. They know not how to stop the drought, the global warming, the flooding, they know not how to stop the rains, the forest fires, they do not know these things. They do not know how to stop the wars, the troubles that are taking place in the world and the troubles yet to come. etc.

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Manhattan-Sized Iceberg Just Broke Away from Antarctica

Environment 01:24 17.02.2017(updated 08:31 17.02.2017)

Rising temperatures in the waters surrounding Antarctica have caused an enormous chunk of ice the size of Manhattan to break away, according to experts. Satellite imagery from January shows a huge section of the Pine Island Glacier separating from the continent. Areas of Antarctic ice have scores of cracks, according to National Geographic, indicating that glacial calving may continue or increase. The break "is the equivalent of an "aftershock'" in the wake of a July 2015 calving event, Ohio State University glaciologist Ian Howat told NASA. While the last ice break-off was approximately 225 square miles, the most recent chunk is smaller, about the size of the island of Manhattan. “Such ‘rapid fire’ calving does appear to be unusual for this glacier,” according to Howat. Nevertheless, the incident “fits into the larger picture of basal crevasses in the center of the ice shelf being eroded by warm ocean water, causing the ice shelf to break from the inside out,” he said. The surface area of the ice has hit an all-time low of 872,204 square miles, according to the US National Snow and Ice Data Center. The Pine Island Glacier is "retreating and thinning," according to Simon Gascoin, of France’s National Center for Scientific Research. Waters below the Pine Island Glacier have gotten about 1 degree fahrenheit warmer over the past 27 years, Climate Central reports. "The recent rifting and calving could totally be evidence of an ongoing, rapid disintegration of the ice shelf, mostly due to ocean warming," Gascoin said.

https://sputniknews.com/environment/201702171050768233-manhattan-sized-iceberg-broke-antarctica/ 

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Summit of the Embattled: Trump-Netanyahu Meeting Couldn't Come at Better Time

Published February 15, 2017 By Benny Avni, The New York Post

Wednesday at the White House: the summit of the embattled.

After a combined 11 years as Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu is under police inquiry that may soon turn into a criminal-corruption investigation. With the resignation of his national security adviser Monday, President Trump is facing his first serious White House crisis. And that’s the moment Bibi, who as premier never enjoyed a friendly White House for even a moment, comes to say hi to an old buddy from New York. Truth is, both leaders could probably use a distraction and a friendly face. But though they’ll be discussing a range of Mideast issues, the only one that really matters is Iran. Oh yes, the Palestinian issue will be on the agenda, and Foggy Bottom-types, media eggheads and others in the ever-growing peacemaking industry will very carefully study every word for signs of change or continuity. But, for all Trump’s boast that he’s uniquely qualified to make the ultimate deal, there’ll be no serious breakthrough on this front. Maybe the Israelis or the Americans will budge a bit to one side on settlements.

http://nation.foxnews.com/2017/02/15/summit-embattled-trump-netanyahu-meeting-couldnt-come-better-time 

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Putin: NATO keeps trying to draw Russia into confrontation, meddle in internal affairs

Published time: 16 Feb, 2017 10:57 Edited time: 16 Feb, 2017 11:25

NATO is constantly trying to draw Russia into a confrontation, Russian President Vladimir Putin has said. He added that members of the alliance continue to interfere in Russia’s domestic affairs. The accusations came as Putin addressed senior members of the Russian intelligence agency FSB on Thursday. The president said that over the past years the global security situation “has not improved, but on the contrary, many existing threats have only become more serious.” NATO with its “newly-declared official mission to deter Russia” is one such threat, Putin said. “This is the goal behind the expansion of this military bloc. It happened before, but now they have found a new justification which they believe to be serious,” Putin said. “In fact, they are constantly provoking us, trying to drag us into a confrontation,” Putin stated, adding that NATO members “are continuing their efforts to interfere in our domestic affairs with the goal of destabilizing social and political order in Russia proper.” Putin added that foreign intelligence agencies continue intensive operations in Russia. “In the past year 53 foreign intelligence operatives and 386 agents of foreign intelligence services have been busted,” he said. The president also expressed regret over Russia and Western nations no longer coordinating efforts to fight against common enemies such as terrorist groups. “It's in everyone's interest to resume dialogue between the intelligence agencies of the United States and other members of NATO,” Putin said

https://www.rt.com/news/377538-nato-russia-confrontation-meddling/ 

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THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS CONGRESS

February 15, 2017

Let's compare what President Trump has accomplished since the inauguration (with that enormous crowd!) with what congressional Republicans have done. In the past three weeks, Trump has: staffed the White House, sent a dozen Cabinet nominees to the Senate, browbeat Boeing into cutting its price on a government contract, harangued American CEOs into keeping their plants in the United States, imposed a terrorist travel ban, met with foreign leaders and nominated a Supreme Court justice, among many other things. (And still our hero finds time to torment the media with his tweets!) What have congressional Republicans been doing? Scrapbooking? More than 90 percent of congressional Republicans kept their jobs after the 2016 election, so you can cross "staffing an entire branch of government" off the list. Only the Senate confirms nominees, which they've been doing at a snail's pace, so they've got loads of free time -- and the House has no excuse at all. Where's the Obamacare repeal? Where are the hearings featuring middle-class Americans with no health insurance because it was made illegal by Obamacare? The House passed six Obamacare repeals when Obama was president and there was no chance of them being signed into law. Back then, Republicans were full of vim and vigor! But the moment Trump became president, the repeals came to a screeching halt. After the inauguration (gigantic!), House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell put out a plan for repealing Obamacare ... in 200 days. They actually gave their legislative agenda this inspiring title: "The Two Hundred Day Plan.” TWO HUNDRED DAYS! What was in the last six Obamacare repeals? If we looked, would we find "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy" carefully typed out 1 million times? Seriously, what does Paul Ryan's day look like? This is the Silence of the Lambs Congress. They're utterly silent, emerging from the House gym or their three-hour lunches only to scream to the press about Trump. To the delight of the media, these frightened little lambs are appalled by nearly everything Trump does. They've been especially throaty about Trump's temporary travel ban from seven terrorist nations -- as designated by the Obama administration (and by everybody else who hasn't been in a deep freeze in a Finnish crevasse for the past decade). Just like the six Obamacare repeals, a refugee ban was already written and passed by one house of Congress. Then suddenly: the Silence of the Lambs. McConnell and Ryan are hiding under their desks, as Trump is being attacked from every side. Way, way back, 15 long months ago, congressional Republicans didn't have a problem with a total ban on Syrian and Iraqi refugees. Not for a mere three months like Trump's order -- but permanently, unless the director of the FBI, the secretary of the Department of Homeland Security and the director of national intelligence personally certified that a particular refugee posed no danger to the U.S. That bill passed the House with an overwhelming, veto-proof majority, including 47 Democrats. Then it went to the Senate to die. But when President Trump imposed a comparatively mild three-month ban on immigrants from Syria, Iraq and five other terrorist nations, the same Republicans who had voted for a limitless ban on refugees whiled away their days calling reporters to denounce Trump. A little more than a year ago, Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, bragged in a press release that he had introduced the House's refugee ban, calling it a bill that would "protect Americans from ISIS.” But when it came to Trump's three-month pause, McCaul told the Post that Trump's order "went too far.” I guess that ISIS problem just sort of faded away. (Or maybe we should check with Mrs. McCaul, inasmuch as it's her family money that makes Rep. McCaul one of the richest members of Congress.) Rep. Charlie Dent, R-Pa., who voted for the House's permanent refugee ban, demanded that Trump immediately rescind his travel ban, babbling on about the "many, many nuances of immigration policy" -- which he must have learned about on one of his congressional jaunts to a Las Vegas casino. Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., said that Trump's order "overreaches and undermines our constitutional system." Evidently, he was suddenly struck by the realization that it's "not lawful to ban immigrants on the basis of nationality," despite having voted to ban refugees on the basis of nationality just 15 months earlier. (I'm OK with this, provided the Syrians, Somalis and Yemenis are sent to live on Justin's street after being told about his support for gay marriage.) Sens. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., and Ben Sasse, R-Neb., both rushed to The Washington Post with this refreshingly original point: NOT ALL MUSLIMS ARE TERRORISTS! Why, thank you, senators! Where would the GOP be without you? The Post also quoted spokesmen -- spokesmen! -- for Republican Sens. Mike Lee of Utah, Rob Portman of Ohio and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina complaining about not having been briefed on Trump's order. The senators themselves were far too busy to talk to the press because they were -- wait, what were they doing again? Words With Friends? Decoupage? Since the election, Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., has been mostly occupied polishing his anti-Trump quotations to get a pat on the head from an admiring media. He complained about Trump's order, saying it was "poorly implemented" and that he had to find out about it from reporters. (I wonder why.) This is the moment we've been waiting for our entire lives, but Republicans in Congress refuse to do the people's will. Their sole, driving obsession is to see Trump fail. I am not presently calling for these useless, narcissistic, Trump-bashing Republicans to be defeated in their re-election bids, but they're on my Watch List. To be cleared, they can start by getting off the phone with The Washington Post and passing one of those six Obamacare repeal bills.

http://www.anncoulter.com/columns/2017-02-15.html 

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Dark Forces At Work To Start WW3 As War-Hungry 'Enemies Of America Within' Continue To Sabotage President Trump

- Gerald Celente's Advice To President Donald Trump: 'Play The Trump Card, There Are No Rules, That Is The Lesson'

February 15, 2017 By Stefan Stanford - All News Pipeline - Live Free Or Die

"His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor, gathering his wheat into the barn and burning up the chaff with unquenchable fire." Matthew 3:12 It has long been warned that when the time comes, the wheat will be separated from the chaff and recent events in Washington DC and across the planet show us that is the direction we are now headed. We warned yesterday in a story on ANP that a 'Biblical event' awaits us with globalists in America who hold 'terroristic tendencies' (and who quite literally armed and supported ISIS terrorists during the Obama regime) still pushing for a World War 3 with Russia. With their 'satanic nwo' completely falling apart with Brexit and the presidency of Donald Trump blowing massive holes in their plans, we get new indications today that 'enemies of America within' are once again pushing for our destruction. We also reminded you just days ago that only weeks before the election, tensions between the US and Russia were at a fever-pitch and quickly headed towards nuclear war and potential worldwide nuclear annihilation, especially had Hillary Clinton 'stolen' the US presidency, thus assuring a World War 3 with Russia according to Russian president Vladimir Putin. And now we hear from former Democratic Congressman Dennis Kucinich in the 2nd video below who argues what we're now watching coming from the Neocons who want death and destruction could blow up in America's faces. In the first video below, Christopher Greene of AMTV warns us the dark forces spoken of in this story are on a mad rush to start up World War 3 despite the will of President Trump. First, from the Fox News Kucinich interview. Former U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) was a guest Tuesday on "Mornings with Maria" discussing how the intelligence community is seeming to upend President Donald Trump in the wake of Michael Flynn's resignation as national security adviser. The former Democratic presidential candidate and Fox News contributor said the bigger issue here is that the phone conversations between Flynn and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak were intercepted and leaked to the media. "The American people have to know that there's a game going on inside the intelligence community where there are those who want to separate the U.S. from Russia in a way that would reignite the Cold War," Kucinich said. "That's what's at the bottom of all this. It's early in the morning, it's Valentine's Day, but wake up America!" He said he believes money is a factor for those looking to cash in on any conflict between the U.S. and Russia. "What's going on in the intelligence community with this president is unprecedented," he said. "They're making every effort to upend him. Who knows what the truth is anymore?" Kucinich said Trump must get a hold of the intelligence community because he believes there is "definitely something going on" to undermine the president. Why have terrorists supporters in America such as psychopaths Hillary Clinton, John McCain, Lindsey Graham and all of the other filth who've helped to put Christians in the crosshairs in the Middle East and around the world while arming our enemies as outright stated by Democratic Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard in her STOP ARMING TERRORISTS bill in Congress NOT been arrested in a massive round-up of 'terrorist supporters' and 'enemies of America within'? Or is it ok for terrorist-supporters like John McCain to arm the terrorists killing Christians in Syria and around the world just because they do the work of cowards in Washington DC? If you ask us, that 'terrorist-supporter-roundup' should have commenced long ago! We had reported on ANP as recently as October of 2016 that Steve Quayle might soon have to 'put up his red screen', thus indicating to us that nuclear was was imminent and it was time to hunker and bunker down. While the election of President Donald Trump had seemingly put off that possibility, new events both here in America and across the planet warn us that it may be once again time to revisit that dreadful thought. As Gerald Celente recently warned USA Watchdog Greg Hunter, there is a definite movement to take out President Donald Trump by the death-and-war-hungry neocons seeking death, war and destruction. You can hear the full interview with Hunter and Celente in the final video below. Trends forecaster Gerald Celente says the resignation of top security advisor Michael Flynn is further proof there is an ongoing “destabilization campaign” and a “definite movement to take out Trump.” Celente explains, “When Trump came in, one of the first things he said in his campaign is let’s stop this fighting with Russia, they’re not the threat that everyone says they are. Since he’s been saying that, he’s been attacked. Let’s go back to Michael Flynn. Trump and Flynn say the CIA has become too politicized. A lot of these agencies have been wasting money and giving us bad information. That was what a lot of Flynn was about. Let’s not forget that Obama dumped Flynn because those were the things that Flynn was saying that Obama didn’t want to hear.” The issues dreamed up to take out Trump have been ongoing since the day Trump won the 2016 election. Celente lists the top three and says, “The first issue was the Russians are coming, the Russians are coming. The second one was the Electoral College, and you remember the third one? It was we need a vote recount in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin. That’s all we heard. The media has been attacking Trump from day one. They are bringing in the Flynn thing because he was an anti-neocon. That’s the reason. The neocons want war. They want destruction. They want the military industrial complex to continue to build. . . . I don’t know why Trump is still campaigning. He should keep his people off the air. They shouldn’t go on the presstitute networks.” Celente says Trump can win by playing his own game. When it comes to his own GOP party, Celente explains, “He didn’t need them. He doesn’t need them now. Trump beat Hollywood. He beat the Katzenbergs, the Spielbergs, the Clooneys and De Niros. He beat Silicon Valley. . . . What I am saying is Trump can beat and win. He beat all of them. He beat Obama. It wasn’t the Russians that made the election go his way. . . . Play the Trump card. There are no rules. That is the lesson.” President Trump has something that the globalists seeking to blow up the world and destroy America will never have - the huge and unwavering support of the American people despite what the MSM or whining protesters in American streets will tell us. And now we hear directly from former Democratic Congressman Kucinich in the brand new first video below who also warns us "there’s a game going on inside the intelligence community where there are those who want to separate the US from Russia in a way that would re-ignite the cold war”. Kucinich doesn't hold back one bit, warning America bluntly that it's time to wake up! In the recent story over at the Daily Mail that Steve Quayle linked to on his website on Tuesday we learned that Russian military jets have once again buzzed a US destroyer in the Black Sea with 4 Russian military aircraft conducting low passes against the USS Porter back on February 10th. What the Daily Mail called just the latest of a series of belligerent moves of President Donald Trump's young presidency while the NSA in America is dealing with an internal crisis, we see that 'enemies of America within' will stop at nothing to get the war they so eagerly want, even if that means bringing down President Trump and America along with them. And as NATO continues to push Russia, we read in another new story from the Daily Mail that Russian troops in amphibious vehicles have been practicing 'invastion tactics' after NATO deployed troops to the Baltic states allegedly to provide them 'protection'. For those who think this is merely 'fear mongering', did you know that last week, Putin told the Russian air force to 'prepare for a time of war'? It's long been warned by Russian insiders living here in America that if America brings war to Russia, we should all be prepared for 'the end'. What does 'the end' mean? From the Russian insiders living here in America.: We now feel that it is our duty, as Russians living in the US, to warn the American people that they are being lied to, and to tell them the truth. And the truth is simply this: If there is going to be a war with Russia, then the United States will most certainly be destroyed, and most of us will end up dead. Thus, if tomorrow a war were to break out between the US and Russia, it is guaranteed that the US would be obliterated. At a minimum, there would no longer be an electric grid, no internet, no oil and gas pipelines, no interstate highway system, no air transportation or GPS-based navigation. Financial centers would lie in ruins. Government at every level would cease to function. US armed forces, stationed all around the globe, would no longer be resupplied. At a maximum, the entire landmass of the US would be covered by a layer of radioactive ash. We tell you this not to be alarmist, but because, based on everything we know, we are ourselves alarmed. If attacked, Russia will not back down; she will retaliate, and she will utterly annihilate the United States. Are YOU prepared to live without electricity, the internet, and all of the other luxuries that make living in America today 'modern', all to satisfy the blood lust of John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Hillary Clinton and the rest of the criminal globalists? America would be much better off if Trump just locked them all up for supporting ISIS terrorists. And why would globalists politicians such as McCain and Clinton want massive death and destruction in America? In the 3rd video below from Paul Joseph Watson over at Infowars he tells us all about the globalists take down of Michael Flynn, just the latest sign to us that those who hate 'life' and who hate 'America' will stop at nothing to complete their evil, satanic plans for Americans and the world while bringing us only more death and destruction.

http://allnewspipeline.com/Dem_Congressman_Drops_WW3_Bombshell.php 

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New World Order Forming Under Pagan Temple of Ba’al Arch?

By Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz February 16, 2017 , 12:30 pm

“For they have consulted together with one consent; against Thee do they make a covenant; The tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites; Moav, and the Hagrites.” Psalms 83:6-7 (The Israel Bible™)

A replica of a Roman arch that once stood in front of the pagan Temple of Ba’al was erected for the World Government Summit in Dubai this week, creating a scene that one rabbi claims symbolizes the dangerous fusion of Ishmael and Edom against Israel. The original Roman Victory Arch stood for 1,800 years in Palmyra, Syria, until it was destroyed by ISIS in October 2015. A full-size 28-meter tall replica of the arch was created last year by the Institute for Digital Archeology, a joint project of Oxford and Harvard universities, and has been displayed twice before. The replica was erected for the opening of the World Government Summit that opened on Sunday in Dubai. Based in the United Arab Emirates, the summit is an international organization for global dialogue where leaders in government, business, and technology discuss how governments operate and how policies are made. The first summit, held in 2013, was attended by former US President Barack Obama, former UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, and other world leaders. Though a Roman artifact recreated in a modern Arab metropolis may seem incongruous, Rabbi Pinchas Winston, a prolific author and End of Days scholar, saw a deeper meaning in it that is incredibly relevant today. Though Rome and the Arab Emirates appear in different parts of the world and at different points in history, Rabbi Winston sees them as connected ideologically and spiritually. “Tradition tells of four exiles, the last being the Roman exile. Israel is being assailed by the Arabs but nowhere do we hear of a fifth, Arab or Ishmael exile,” explained Rabbi Winston. “This Roman arch in Dubai symbolically ties them both together: Ishmael, the Arabs, and Edom, which was epitomized by Rome.” The original arch in Palmyra, built by Roman Emperor Septimius Severus, stood in front of a preexisting temple that was used by the Mesopotamians to worship the pagan god Bel, mentioned often in the Bible as Ba’al. For he built again the high places which Chizkiyahu his father had destroyed; and he reared up altars for Baal. II Kings 21:3 “Just like the Romans, the Arabs are trying to control the world, and succeeding,” said Rabbi Winston. “Even though it is the Arabs against the Jews, it is really the Arabs continuing the mission of Edom to conquer the world. This connection between Dubai and Rome is showing that Edom never ended. It just put on a different mask.” The first century Jewish sage Jonathan ben Uzziel wrote about how this Biblical alliance between Ishmael and Esau and would reappear at the End of Days. Clear evidence of the spiritual connection between these two seemingly disparate worlds can be found in the growing political cooperation between Rome and the Muslim/Arab world. The bond has manifested in the strengthening of ties between the Vatican and the Palestinian Authority, as well as Pope Francis’ meeting with the President of Iran. Though Edom and the desire to rule the world is personified by Rome, Rabbi Winston explained that the archetype has Biblical roots. “The push for one world government goes back to the Tower of Babel, trying to put the power in the hands of the wealthy, the powerful, and the arrogant,” he said. And they said: ‘Come, let us build us a city, and a tower, with its top in heaven, and let us make us a name; lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.’ Genesis 11:4 “The Arab desire to rule the world is part of their religion and that is also very Roman,” continued Rabbi Winston. “World rule is also the religion of the rich and powerful.” The motive behind world rule can sound altruistic, but Rabbi Winston noted a critical distinction. “The desire to fix the world and to make it a better place resembles a Messianic movement,” the rabbi said. “But unless it is based in God, it is twisted and turns destructive because it is based on ego. It has always attracted secular academia because it aggrandizes Human Intellect over the One who rules over us all.” The reproduction appeared for the first time in London on April 19 during the UNESCO Heritage Week, which coincided disturbingly with Beltane, a major pagan festival for worshiping Ba’al. The arch appeared again in New York City’s City Hall Park in September.

Read more at https://www.breakingisraelnews.com/83746/new-world-order-forming-pagan-temple-baal-arch/#jKH2D3lW28Q3u2UY.99 

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Heads Will Roll: Jason Chaffetz Requests Official DOJ Investigation Into Illegal Leaks Of Flynn-Russia Calls To The Press

by ZeroPointNow Feb 16, 2017 5:18 AM

Heads are about to roll, can you feel it? House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Jason Chaffetz along with Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) have submitted a letter to the Justice Department's inspector general, Michael Horowitz, requesting a formal investigation into both the surveillance and subsequent leaks of classified communications "of or regarding" former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn - citing the highly inappropriate release of information. Generally, collection activities by intelligence agencies are classified, as are the products that result from those activities. This is to ensure the continued integrity of the sources and methods used. Therefore, it seems probable that the fact that an intelligence agency monitored the call, if it did, as well as any recording of the call, would also be classified. Chaffetz and Goodlatte's letter cite "serious concerns" about mishandling of classified information, stating the release of which would, by definition, "have grave effects on national security." In a discussion with Fox's First 100 Days, Chaffetz also made clear that he's concerned about both the Flynn leaks and President Trump's conduct, following a letter the congressman to the White House over Trump's public discussion at Mar-a-Lago with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe regarding North Korea's recent missile launch. While it's perhaps to be expected that our intelligence agencies might monitor an incoming administration's communications, using those obviously classified conversations as a weapon for the purposes of propaganda designed to undermine a sitting US President is absolutely beyond the pale. "How does that information end up at the news media? The President has made some very serious allegations in his description in the movement of this information. See text of the Chaffetz / Goodlatte letter here (with Fox interview below):

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-02-16/heads-will-roll-jason-chaffetz-requests-official-doj-investigation-illegal-flynn-lea 

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Media Continues Bashing Trump, But New Poll Shows Americans Think He’s Exactly What We Need

Rusty Featured Contributor February 14, 2017

While the mainstream media continues to viciously attack President Trump and his administration, Americans continue to believe he is the answer to our nation’s biggest problems. A new Gallup poll indicates that the American people view Trump as a strong leader, and a man who keeps his promises. And why wouldn’t they? In the few weeks he’s served in the White House, President Trump has issued orders sending ISIS terrorists to Gitmo, shifted counterterrorism efforts to focus on radical Islam, laid the foundation for building the wall, and tried to institute a temporary travel ban for refugees coming from terrorist hotbeds. All of which were campaign promises kept. What’s more shocking is this – after the media fawned over Barack Obama for 8 years as the hope and change President, Americans believe the real agent of change in Washington is, in fact, President Trump. Via TheBlaze: During the elections, polls were not kind to now President Donald Trump, but they certainly seem to be now. A new Gallup poll released today shows that most Americans view Trump as a strong leader, but even more of them believe he’s a President who keeps his promises. According those polled, 62 percent believe that Trump “keeps his promises.” Moreover, 59 percent believe he “is a strong and decisive leader.” Most surprisingly, over half of Americans believe Trump “can bring about the changes this country needs” at 53 percent. During his RNC acceptance speech, candidate Trump acknowledged the need for change – from Obama, from Clinton, from Democrat policies in general. “The problems we face now – poverty and violence at home, war and destruction abroad – will last only as long as we continue relying on the same politicians who created them,” he said. “A change in leadership is required to change these outcomes.” Now 53% – a clear majority – still, after all the negativity coming from the hysterical media, believe Trump “can bring about the changes this country needs.” Gallup writes, “His series of executive orders and Cabinet appointments show a president who is decisive and trying to bring about change, also qualities that a majority of Americans (59% and 53%, respectively) say apply to him.” Compared to the same poll conducted in September, that 53% rate constitutes a 13% jump for Americans in general. Even 11% more Democrats believe he can bring about change than they did in September. We’d like to see the media report accurately on these views held by the American people, but we wouldn’t bet on it happening.

Read more: http://thepoliticalinsider.com/media-continues-bashing-trump-poll-change-shows-americans-support/#ixzz4Ys9ZVuox 

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Hundreds of thousands of dead fish cover beaches in the Gulf of Nicoya, Costa Rica

By Strange Sounds - Feb 15, 2017

Alarmed officials are investigating the cause of the unexplained and widespread fish mass die-off in Piedra Santa beach, La Mona, Ensenada and Los Moragas. This fish kill isn’t localized to one single place. No, here we have a giant mass die-off that stretches over several kilometers of beaches around the Gulf of Nicoya. It’s not a local problem. It’s a global problem! Thousands of fish were found dead on several beaches in the Gulf of Nicoya on Wednesday, but no apparent cause is known at this time. All the fish are the same species (Galician sardine). At the moment, no other affected animals have been found. Officials have no detail on how many beaches are being affected by this phenomenon, but it is known that dead fish covered Piedra Santa beach, La Mona, Ensenada, Manzanillo and the Moragas estuary. Dead fish carcasses are now starting to smell really bad. Biologists from the National Coast Guard Service are traveling to the Caldera and Níspero beach in emergency to determine the cause of the death. This occurs after three other fish die-offs were reported in Chile, Colombia and New Zealand in the last 4 days or so.

http://strangesounds.org/2017/02/hundreds-of-thousands-of-dead-fish-gulf-of-nicoya-costa-rica-video-pictures.html 

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US and Japan demand UN action after North Korea reveals pictures of new nuclear-capable missile that will be impossible for Western satellites to spot before it's fired

New type of rockets can be launched at short notice without much preparation

In addition, solid fuel engines also boost the power and range of ballistic rockets

They are also more difficult to track by satellite because they have fewer support vehicles in their entourage, expert warns

UN strongly condemned its launch describing it as a 'further troubling violation'

Missile flew about 310 miles before falling into the sea Sunday

Launch was seen as a test of response from President Trump

By Sarah Dean For Mailonline and Afp

Published: 01:55 EST, 13 February 2017 | Updated: 11:30 EST, 13 February 2017

The United States and Japan have demanded UN action after North Korea boasted about the launch of its latest ballistic missile, which is almost impossible for Western satellites to spot before it's fired. Kim Jong Un's men successfully launched a new type of medium-to long-range ballistic missile on Sunday, the first test of U.S. President Donald Trump's vow to get tough on the isolated regime. The missile test came as Mr Trump hosted Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Mr Abe condemned the launch as 'absolutely intolerable', and Mr Trump said Washington would stand behind Japan, 'its great ally, 100 per cent'. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday strongly condemned the launch, describing it as a 'further troubling violation' of UN resolutions. The North's state-run KCNA news agency said leader Kim Jong Un supervised the test of the Pukguksong-2, a new type of strategic weapon that can launch faster, is easier to hide from satellites and is capable of carrying a nuclear warhead. In addition to launching more quickly, the solid fuel engines on the new missile also boost the power and range of ballistic rockets. 'Solid-motor engines mean that the fuel is pre-stored and the missile can be launched quickly. For example, rolled out of a cave, tunnel, or bridge,' said Melissa Hanham, a senior research associate at the U.S.-based Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, California. 'They are also more difficult to track by satellite because they have fewer support vehicles in their entourage.' KCNA said the missile was fired at a high angle in consideration of the safety of neighbouring countries. A South Korean military source said on Sunday the missile reached an altitude of 550 km (340 miles). It flew about 500 km towards Japan, landing off the east coast of the Korean peninsula. The missile was propelled by a solid fuel engine and was an upgraded, extended-range version of its submarine-launched ballistic missile that was tested successfully last August, according to KCNA. South Korea's military said on Monday the missile had been launched using a 'cold-eject' system, whereby it is initially lifted by compressed gas before flying under the power of its rocket, a system used for submarine-launched missiles. North Korea's pursuit of large solid-fuelled missiles was 'a very concerning development', said Jonathan McDowell of the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. 'This new rocket is the type that we should be much more worried about. Solid fuel rockets can be launched at short notice without much preparation,' he said in an email. 'Large solid fuel motors are difficult to make work correctly so this is indeed a significant advance by North Korea,' McDowell said. The test also verified a 'feature of evading interception' and 'the mobility and operation of the new type missile launching truck', KCNA reported. The North's Rodong Sinmun newspaper showed pictures of a missile fired from a mobile launch vehicle resembling a tank, with a flame appearing only after it had risen clear of the vehicle. The United States, Japan and South Korea requested urgent U.N. Security Council consultations on the test, with a meeting taking place on Monday afternoon, an official in the U.S. mission to the United Nations said. 'The DPRK leadership must return to full compliance with its international obligations and to the path of denuclearization,' said UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in a statement. The UN Security Council will meet behind closed doors later Monday to discuss the missile test, the first carried out by Pyongyang since US President Donald Trump took office. Guterres appealed 'to the international community to continue to address this situation in a united manner,' in an apparent reference to the United States and China, Pyongyang's ally. Japan said on Monday further sanctions against Pyongyang could be discussed at the United Nations, and called on China to take a 'constructive' role in responding to the latest launch. China is North Korea's main ally and trading partner but is irritated by Pyongyang's repeated provocations, although it resists calls from the United States and others that it should be doing more to rein in its neighbour. 'We have asked China via various levels to take constructive actions as a permanent member of the U.N. Security Council and we will continue to work on it. At the same time, Japan will continue to urge North Korea to exercise self-restraint from provocative actions and comply with U.N. resolutions,' Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said on Monday. China's Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang on Monday said it opposed the launch. However, Beijing counters that its influence is overstated and suggests that Washington's refusal to talk directly to North Korea is impeding progress toward a solution. 'The root cause of the (North Korean) nuclear missile issue is its differences with the U.S. and South Korea,' Geng told reporters at a regular briefing. Geng said China, a permanent member of the U.N. Security Council, has been 'completely and comprehensively' implementing Security Council resolutions on the nuclear issue. He said Beijing 'has been striving for a settlement of the Korean Peninsula issue by proactively engaging in mediation and promoting peace talks.' Although generally dismissive of sanctions, Beijing has signed on to successive rounds under the U.N. Security Council, and last month banned more items from being exported to North Korea, including plutonium and dual-use technologies that could aid its nuclear program. Geng urged all sides to refrain from provocative action and said China would continue participating in Security Council discussions in a constructive and responsible way. North Korea has conducted five nuclear tests, including two last year, although its claims to be able to miniaturise a nuclear weapon to be mounted on a missile have never been verified independently. Before Sunday, the North's two most recent missile tests had taken place in October. Both were of intermediate-range Musudan missiles and both failed, according to U.S. and South Korean officials. A U.S. official said at the weekend the Trump administration had been expecting a North Korean 'provocation' soon after taking office. The latest test came a day after Trump held a summit meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and also followed Trump's phone call last week with Chinese President Xi Jinping. Late 1970s: North Korea starts working on a version of the Soviet Scud-B (range 300 kilometres or 186 miles). Test-fired in 1984 1987-92: Begins developing variant of Scud-C (500 km), Rodong-1 (1,300 km), Taepodong-1 (2,500 km), Musudan-1 (3,000 km) and Taepodong-2 (6,700 km) Aug 1998: Test-fires Taepodong-1 over Japan as part of failed satellite launch Sept 1999: Declares moratorium on long-range missile tests amid improving ties with US July 12, 2000: Fifth round of US-North Korean missile talks ends without agreement after North demands $1 billion a year in return for halting missile exports March 3, 2005: North ends moratorium on long-range missile testing, blames Bush administration's 'hostile' policy July 5, 2006: Test-fires seven missiles, including a long-range Taepodong-2 which explodes after 40 seconds July 15, 2006: UN Security Council adopts Resolution 1695, demanding halt to all ballistic missile activity and banning trade in missile-related items with the North Oct 9, 2006: North conducts underground nuclear test, its first Oct 14, 2006: Security Council approves Resolution 1718, demanding a halt to missile and nuclear tests April 5, 2009: North launches long-range rocket which flies over Japan and lands in the Pacific, in what it says is an attempt to put a satellite into orbit. The United States, Japan and South Korea suspect it is a disguised test of a Taepodong-2 April 13, 2009: UN Security Council unanimously condemns launch, agrees to tighten sanctions. North quits nuclear disarmament talks in protest, vows to restart its plutonium programme May 25, 2009: Second underground nuclear test, several times more powerful than the first June 12, 2009: Security Council passes Resolution 1874, imposing tougher sanctions on the North's atomic and ballistic missile programmes Feb 18, 2011: Satellite images show the North has built a launch tower at a complex on the west coast December 31, 2011: Kim Jong-Un declared the North's 'supreme leader' during memorial ceremonies for his late father Kim Jong-Il April 13, 2012: North launches what it has said is a long-range rocket to put a satellite into orbit, but it disintegrates soon after blast-off and falls into the ocean December 12, 2012: A multi-stage rocket successfully places an Earth observational satellite in orbit February 12, 2013: Third underground nuclear test January 6, 2016: Fourth underground nuclear test. North says it was a hydrogen bomb - a claim doubted by most experts February 7, 2016: North says its second successful space rocket launch has placed another Earth observation satellite in orbit March 9, 2016: Leader Kim Jong-Un claims the North has successfully miniaturised a thermo-nuclear warhead April 15, 2016: Failed attempt to test-fire what appears to be a medium-range missile on the birthday of founding leader Kim Il-Sung April 23, 2016: North test fires a submarine-launched ballistic missile July 8, 2016: US and South Korea announce plans to deploy an advanced missile defence system - the US THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defence) August 3, 2016: North fires a ballistic missile directly into Japanese-controlled waters for the first time August 24, 2016: Successfully test-fires a submarine-launched ballistic missile, in what it says is retaliation for large-scale South Korea-US military exercises. September 5, 2016: Fires three ballistic missiles off its east coast as top world leaders meet at the G20 summit in China September 9, 2016: Fifth nuclear test October 15, 2016: An intermediate-range Musudan missile, theoretically capable of reaching US bases on Guam, is tested but explodes shortly after launch February 3, 2017: US Defense Secretary James Mattis warns of an 'effective and overwhelming' response to any nuclear attack by the North February 7, 2017: US and Japan conduct the first interception of a ballistic missile target using a jointly-built ship-launched missile, that successfully hits its target in space February 12, 2017: North conducts new ballistic missile test. The missile is launched near the western city of Kusong and flies east about 500 kilometres (310 miles) before falling into the Sea of Japan (East Sea) Abe described the test as 'absolutely intolerable'. In brief comments standing beside Abe in Palm Beach, Florida, Trump said: 'I just want everybody to understand, and fully know, that the United States of America is behind Japan, our great ally, 100 percent.' The U.S. stance towards North Korea is likely to become tougher than before, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Monday. 'I believe that the stance of the United States towards North Korea will become much tougher, that is clear,' Abe said on a NHK public broadcasting news programme, after returning from meetings with Trump in the United States. Trump said the United States remained committed to Japan's security and that it was behind Japan '100 percent' in the aftermath of the missile launch, which occurred as Abe was wrapping up his visit. Trump and his aides are likely to weigh a series of possible responses, including new U.S. sanctions to tighten financial controls, an increase in naval and air assets in and around the Korean peninsula, and accelerated installation of new missile defence systems in South Korea, the administration official said. However, the official said that, given that the missile was believed not to have been an ICBM and that Pyongyang had not carried out a new nuclear explosion, any response would seek to avoid ratcheting up tensions. Kim said in his New Year speech the North was close to test-launching an ICBM and state media have said such a launch could come at any time. The Pukguksong-2,pictured, is a new type of strategic weapon capable of carrying a nuclear warhead +13 The Pukguksong-2,pictured, is a new type of strategic weapon capable of carrying a nuclear warhead The new type of solid fuel rockets can be launched at short notice without much preparation +13 The new type of solid fuel rockets can be launched at short notice without much preparation The new rocket flew about 500 km towards Japan, landing off the east coast of the Korean peninsula +13 The new rocket flew about 500 km towards Japan, landing off the east coast of the Korean peninsula North Korea's pursuit of large solid-fuelled missiles was 'a very concerning development', said Jonathan McDowell of the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics +13 North Korea's pursuit of large solid-fuelled missiles was 'a very concerning development', said Jonathan McDowell of the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics How does the new missile work? Pukguksong-2 translates as north star or Polaris, the same name as the first U.S. submarine-launched missile. It uses a large solid-fuel engine, which consist of a pre-mixed fuel and oxidizer in solid form which is then ignited. The system is less efficient than the liquid-fuel rockets used in previous generations of North Korean missiles, but it is more simple and less costly. It is also more difficult to engineer and launch successfully, as once the ignition process begins it cannot be altered or turned off, which is why world powers are concerned by North Korea's recent success. Previous generations of liquid-fuel rockets consist of a fuel and oxygen or, other oxidizer, in liquid state. The fuel flow to the engine can be controlled and the amount of thrust produced can be regulated or turned on and off as needed. 'Large solid fuel motors are difficult to make work correctly so this is indeed a significant advance by North Korea,' McDowell said. The test also verified a 'feature of evading interception' and 'the mobility and operation of the new type missile launching truck', KCNA reported. The North's Rodong Sinmun newspaper showed pictures of a missile fired from a mobile launch vehicle resembling a tank, with a flame appearing only after it had risen clear of the vehicle. The United States, Japan and South Korea requested urgent U.N. Security Council consultations on the test, with a meeting taking place on Monday afternoon, an official in the U.S. mission to the United Nations said. 'The DPRK leadership must return to full compliance with its international obligations and to the path of denuclearization,' said UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in a statement. The UN Security Council will meet behind closed doors later Monday to discuss the missile test, the first carried out by Pyongyang since US President Donald Trump took office. Guterres appealed 'to the international community to continue to address this situation in a united manner,' in an apparent reference to the United States and China, Pyongyang's ally. Japan said on Monday further sanctions against Pyongyang could be discussed at the United Nations, and called on China to take a 'constructive' role in responding to the latest launch. China is North Korea's main ally and trading partner but is irritated by Pyongyang's repeated provocations, although it resists calls from the United States and others that it should be doing more to rein in its neighbour. 'We have asked China via various levels to take constructive actions as a permanent member of the U.N. Security Council and we will continue to work on it. At the same time, Japan will continue to urge North Korea to exercise self-restraint from provocative actions and comply with U.N. resolutions,' Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said on Monday. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un guides the test-fire of Pukguksong-2 on the spo +13 North Korean leader Kim Jong Un guides the test-fire of Pukguksong-2 on the spo North Korean leader Kim Jong Un smiles as military staff cheer and congratulate him on the launch +13 North Korean leader Kim Jong Un smiles as military staff cheer and congratulate him on the launch In addition to launching more quickly, solid fuel engines also boost the power and range of ballistic rockets +13 In addition to launching more quickly, solid fuel engines also boost the power and range of ballistic rockets The benefits of 'cold-launch' missiles Vertical launch missile systems operate in two ways. In the first, known as a 'hot launch', the missile is expelled from its launch cell by igniting its rocket propulsion system immediately. The second, as used by the Pukguksong-2, is a 'cold launch', which are generally used in naval settings. In this type of system, the missile is expelled from its cell by gas produced by a generator. The benefit of this system is it avoids the need for additional systems designed to dispose of the heat and exhaust fumes generated by the missile's launch. It also afford the missile a slightly longer range, as less fuel is used in the initial launch process, as well as quicker launching and reloading times. Disadvantages may include problems with accuracy in strong winds, as the initial gas expulsion phase of the launch may be affected. China's Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang on Monday said it opposed the launch. However, Beijing counters that its influence is overstated and suggests that Washington's refusal to talk directly to North Korea is impeding progress toward a solution. 'The root cause of the (North Korean) nuclear missile issue is its differences with the U.S. and South Korea,' Geng told reporters at a regular briefing. Geng said China, a permanent member of the U.N. Security Council, has been 'completely and comprehensively' implementing Security Council resolutions on the nuclear issue. He said Beijing 'has been striving for a settlement of the Korean Peninsula issue by proactively engaging in mediation and promoting peace talks.' Although generally dismissive of sanctions, Beijing has signed on to successive rounds under the U.N. Security Council, and last month banned more items from being exported to North Korea, including plutonium and dual-use technologies that could aid its nuclear program. Geng urged all sides to refrain from provocative action and said China would continue participating in Security Council discussions in a constructive and responsible way. North Korea has conducted five nuclear tests, including two last year, although its claims to be able to miniaturise a nuclear weapon to be mounted on a missile have never been verified independently. Before Sunday, the North's two most recent missile tests had taken place in October. Both were of intermediate-range Musudan missiles and both failed, according to U.S. and South Korean officials. A U.S. official said at the weekend the Trump administration had been expecting a North Korean 'provocation' soon after taking office. The latest test came a day after Trump held a summit meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and also followed Trump's phone call last week with Chinese President Xi Jinping. Trump made a statement once the missile launch news made headlines. 'I just want everybody to understand and fully know that the United States of America stands behind Japan, its great ally, 100 per cent' +13 Trump made a statement once the missile launch news made headlines. 'I just want everybody to understand and fully know that the United States of America stands behind Japan, its great ally, 100 per cent. How North Korea's missile programme has grown Late 1970s: North Korea starts working on a version of the Soviet Scud-B (range 300 kilometres or 186 miles). Test-fired in 1984 1987-92: Begins developing variant of Scud-C (500 km), Rodong-1 (1,300 km), Taepodong-1 (2,500 km), Musudan-1 (3,000 km) and Taepodong-2 (6,700 km) Aug 1998: Test-fires Taepodong-1 over Japan as part of failed satellite launch Sept 1999: Declares moratorium on long-range missile tests amid improving ties with US July 12, 2000: Fifth round of US-North Korean missile talks ends without agreement after North demands $1 billion a year in return for halting missile exports March 3, 2005: North ends moratorium on long-range missile testing, blames Bush administration's 'hostile' policy July 5, 2006: Test-fires seven missiles, including a long-range Taepodong-2 which explodes after 40 seconds The reclusive regime carried out more than 20 missile tests last year, one of which reached Japanese-controlled waters after a launch in August. Pictured is a map of the North Korea missile test +13 The reclusive regime carried out more than 20 missile tests last year, one of which reached Japanese-controlled waters after a launch in August. Pictured is a map of the North Korea missile test July 15, 2006: UN Security Council adopts Resolution 1695, demanding halt to all ballistic missile activity and banning trade in missile-related items with the North Oct 9, 2006: North conducts underground nuclear test, its first Oct 14, 2006: Security Council approves Resolution 1718, demanding a halt to missile and nuclear tests April 5, 2009: North launches long-range rocket which flies over Japan and lands in the Pacific, in what it says is an attempt to put a satellite into orbit. The United States, Japan and South Korea suspect it is a disguised test of a Taepodong-2 April 13, 2009: UN Security Council unanimously condemns launch, agrees to tighten sanctions. North quits nuclear disarmament talks in protest, vows to restart its plutonium programme May 25, 2009: Second underground nuclear test, several times more powerful than the first June 12, 2009: Security Council passes Resolution 1874, imposing tougher sanctions on the North's atomic and ballistic missile programmes Feb 18, 2011: Satellite images show the North has built a launch tower at a complex on the west coast December 31, 2011: Kim Jong-Un declared the North's 'supreme leader' during memorial ceremonies for his late father Kim Jong-Il April 13, 2012: North launches what it has said is a long-range rocket to put a satellite into orbit, but it disintegrates soon after blast-off and falls into the ocean December 12, 2012: A multi-stage rocket successfully places an Earth observational satellite in orbit February 12, 2013: Third underground nuclear test January 6, 2016: Fourth underground nuclear test. North says it was a hydrogen bomb - a claim doubted by most experts February 7, 2016: North says its second successful space rocket launch has placed another Earth observation satellite in orbit March 9, 2016: Leader Kim Jong-Un claims the North has successfully miniaturised a thermo-nuclear warhead April 15, 2016: Failed attempt to test-fire what appears to be a medium-range missile on the birthday of founding leader Kim Il-Sung The UN Security Council will hold an urgent meeting on Monday on North Korea's missile launch, the first test since US President Donald Trump took office (file photo) +13 The UN Security Council will hold an urgent meeting on Monday on North Korea's missile launch, the first test since US President Donald Trump took office (file photo) April 23, 2016: North test fires a submarine-launched ballistic missile July 8, 2016: US and South Korea announce plans to deploy an advanced missile defence system - the US THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defence) August 3, 2016: North fires a ballistic missile directly into Japanese-controlled waters for the first time August 24, 2016: Successfully test-fires a submarine-launched ballistic missile, in what it says is retaliation for large-scale South Korea-US military exercises. September 5, 2016: Fires three ballistic missiles off its east coast as top world leaders meet at the G20 summit in China September 9, 2016: Fifth nuclear test October 15, 2016: An intermediate-range Musudan missile, theoretically capable of reaching US bases on Guam, is tested but explodes shortly after launch February 3, 2017: US Defense Secretary James Mattis warns of an 'effective and overwhelming' response to any nuclear attack by the North February 7, 2017: US and Japan conduct the first interception of a ballistic missile target using a jointly-built ship-launched missile, that successfully hits its target in space February 12, 2017: North conducts new ballistic missile test. The missile is launched near the western city of Kusong and flies east about 500 kilometres (310 miles) before falling into the Sea of Japan (East Sea) Abe described the test as 'absolutely intolerable'. In brief comments standing beside Abe in Palm Beach, Florida, Trump said: 'I just want everybody to understand, and fully know, that the United States of America is behind Japan, our great ally, 100 percent.' The U.S. stance towards North Korea is likely to become tougher than before, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Monday. 'I believe that the stance of the United States towards North Korea will become much tougher, that is clear,' Abe said on a NHK public broadcasting news programme, after returning from meetings with Trump in the United States. Trump said the United States remained committed to Japan's security and that it was behind Japan '100 percent' in the aftermath of the missile launch, which occurred as Abe was wrapping up his visit. Trump and his aides are likely to weigh a series of possible responses, including new U.S. sanctions to tighten financial controls, an increase in naval and air assets in and around the Korean peninsula, and accelerated installation of new missile defence systems in South Korea, the administration official said. However, the official said that, given that the missile was believed not to have been an ICBM and that Pyongyang had not carried out a new nuclear explosion, any response would seek to avoid ratcheting up tensions. Kim said in his New Year speech the North was close to test-launching an ICBM and state media have said such a launch could come at any time. A fully developed ICBM could threaten the continental United States, which is about 9,000 km (5,500 miles) from North Korea. South Korea's finance ministry said it would act 'swiftly and firmly' if financial markets reacted to the missile launch. The South Korean won and shares showed little reaction to the test.

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How algorithms (secretly) run the world

[AFP] Rob Lever AFPFebruary 11, 2017

Washington (AFP) - When you browse online for a new pair of shoes, pick a movie to stream on Netflix or apply for a car loan, an algorithm likely has its word to say on the outcome. The complex mathematical formulas are playing a growing role in all walks of life: from detecting skin cancers to suggesting new Facebook friends, deciding who gets a job, how police resources are deployed, who gets insurance at what cost, or who is on a "no fly" list. Algorithms are being used -- experimentally -- to write news articles from raw data, while Donald Trump's presidential campaign was helped by behavioral marketers who used an algorithm to locate the highest concentrations of "persuadable voters." But while such automated tools can inject a measure of objectivity into erstwhile subjective decisions, fears are rising over the lack of transparency algorithms can entail, with pressure growing to apply standards of ethics or "accountability." Data scientist Cathy O'Neil cautions about "blindly trusting" formulas to determine a fair outcome. "Algorithms are not inherently fair, because the person who builds the model defines success," she said. - Amplifying disadvantages - O'Neil argues that while some algorithms may be helpful, others can be nefarious. In her 2016 book, "Weapons of Math Destruction," she cites some troubling examples in the United States: - Public schools in Washington DC in 2010 fired more than 200 teachers -- including several well-respected instructors -- based on scores in an algorithmic formula which evaluated performance. - A man diagnosed with bipolar disorder was rejected for employment at seven major retailers after a third-party "personality" test deemed him a high risk based on its algorithmic classification. - Many jurisdictions are using "predictive policing" to shift resources to likely "hot spots." O'Neill says that depending on how data is fed into the system, this could lead to discovery of more minor crimes and a "feedback loop" which stigmatizes poor communities. - Some courts rely on computer-ranked formulas to determine jail sentences and parole, which may discriminate against minorities by taking into account "risk" factors such as their neighborhoods and friend or family links to crime. - In the world of finance, brokers "scrape" data from online and other sources in new ways to make decisions on credit or insurance. This too often amplifies prejudice against the disadvantaged, O'Neil argues. Her findings were echoed in a White House report last year warning that algorithmic systems "are not infallible -- they rely on the imperfect inputs, logic, probability, and people who design them." The report noted that data systems can ideally help weed out human bias but warned against algorithms "systematically disadvantaging certain groups." - Digital crumbs - Zeynep Tufekci, a University of North Carolina professor who studies technology and society, said automated decisions are often based on data collected about people, sometimes without their knowledge. "These computational systems can infer all sorts of things about you from your digital crumbs," Tufekci said in a recent TED lecture. "They can infer your sexual orientation, your personality traits, your political leanings. They have predictive power with high levels of accuracy." Such insights may be useful in certain contexts -- such as helping medical professionals diagnose postpartum depression -- but unfair in others, she said. Part of the problem, she said, stems from asking computers to answer questions that have no single right answer. "They are subjective, open-ended and value-laden questions, asking who should the company hire, which update from which friend should you be shown, which convict is more likely to reoffend." - The EU model? - Frank Pasquale, a University of Maryland law professor and author of "The Black Box Society: The Secret Algorithms That Control Money and Information," shares the same concerns. He suggests one way to remedy unfair effects may be to enforce existing laws on consumer protection or deceptive practices. Pasquale points at the European Union's data protection law, set from next year to create a "right of explanation" when consumers are impacted by an algorithmic decision, as a model that could be expanded. This would "either force transparency or it will stop algorithms from being used in certain contexts," he said. Alethea Lange, a policy analyst at the Center for Democracy and Technology, said the EU plan "sounds good" but "is really burdensome" and risked proving unworkable in practice. She believes education and discussion may be more important than enforcement in developing fairer algorithms. Lange said her organization worked with Facebook, for example, to modify a much-criticized formula that allowed advertisers to use "ethnic affinity" in their targeting. - Scapegoat - Others meanwhile caution that algorithms should not be made a scapegoat for societal ills. "People get angry and they are looking for something to blame," said Daniel Castro, vice president at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation. "We are concerned about bias, accountability and ethical decisions but those exist whether you are using algorithms or not."

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When a Pro-Donald Trump Fashion Statement Took Over The Grammy Awards Red Carpet

News18.com First published: February 13, 2017, 12:30 PM IST | Updated: 2 days ago

Joy Villa, a singer who has sung songs such as Get Your Freedom and Vagabonds, made herself stand out with her fashion pick at the Grammys this year. The 25-year-old singer arrived at the 59th edition of Grammy Awards in a white cape and soon tore it off to unveil the blue statement dress. Adorned with the statement 'Make America Great Again' in the front and 'Trump' printed on the lower back near the seams of her dress, the ensemble was one of its kind. Considering that the trend of anti-Donald Trump speeches has taken over award ceremonies, one would like to count the dress as a part of it too. But contrary to popular wave, the singer supports Trump and decided to wear this dress as an ode to the President. Joy, who is pretty active on social media, penned down why she opted for a dress like this. "Sometimes you just gotta be free to express yourself. thank you to all of my supporters and fellow believers. Life is about living free and loving it. Be your beautiful selves tonight! dr as by @officialandresoriano makeup by @nicholerayartistry Publicist: @mwprinc #grammys2017 #love #happygrammysday #joyvillagrammys #joyvilla". This was probably one of the very few stands in favour of Trump as most celebrities including host James Corden, Jennifer Lopez, Beyonce and Paris Jackson indirectly slammed Trump in their speeches.

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One in seven Belgian jihadists receives welfare benefits

Posted on February 11, 2017 13:00 By David Frankenhuis

Some 16 Belgian citizens who had previously joined the ranks of Islamic State, Al-Qaeda, and other Jihadist terror bands operating in Syria and Iraq, are back in their home country living off welfare funded by the Belgian State. Since the men “comply with all of the legal requirements,” the authorities claim, it cannot be prevented that they’re now growing fat on Belgian taxpayers’ money, even though they may have been involved in terrorism, mass murder, (child) rape, slavery, and the like. According to the most recent statistics produced by Belgium’s anti-terrorism agency, OCAD, 117 foreign terrorist fighters who had left for Syria have since returned to the little Western European country. About 1 in 6 of the Jihadists has these past 6 months been soaked in social benefits, the authorities admitted to Belgian daily De Tijd. Wouter Langeraert, spokesman for the national social security institution RVA, explains: “We’re simply living in a constitutional state, not every Syria fighter who has returned is in jail. Some returnees comply with all of the legal requirements: they’re not imprisoned, they’ve been registered in their municipalities, they’re available to the labour market, they answer calls from the public employment services, et cetera.” According to Langeraert, the RVA always asks OCAD and other relevant organisations to provide information on individuals asking for unemployment benefits. Approximately 600 Belgians are registered in OCAD’s Jihadist database, making Belgium the Western country with the highest number of foreign fighters per capita. In Brussels and certain parts of Flanders alone, recent reports have shown several dozens of Muslim terrorists have been cashing welfare grants, thereby possibly financing their genocidal Islamist backpacking journeys with tax money. In order to put a halt to this, Belgium started the BELFI-project in the autumn of 2014. Since then, almost a hundred illegitimate cases have been discovered. It turned out that not only unemployment benefits are used to fund Islam’s ‘holy war’, but child support payments as well. Denmark The Danes too have been struggling with Jihadist citizens living off welfare benefits. At least 34 of them have fought for Isis but continue to receive state grants, The Independent some two months ago reported. Islam poses big problems for Belgium Newly arrived immigrants are making the costs of the Belgian welfare system spiral out of control, recent reports proved. Furthermore, people from Islamic cultures pose specific problems for Belgium, for example keeping its specialized police officers increasingly occupied with paperwork on files concerning Jihadist terrorists and radicalised Islamic citizens. At the same time, the more ‘moderate’ Muslims turn parts of the country’s urban environment into virtual no-go zones even for police while others commit gang rapes singing Arab songs.

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Get Ready, Russia: Britain Is Sending Warships to the Black Sea

Is Britain girding for a fight in Russia’s backyard? For the first time since the Cold War, Britain is sending a warship to the Black Sea on a military mission. This time, the goal is to send a message to Russia: don’t invade Ukraine. The question is whether Russia will—or even should—bother to take the warning seriously. Last time Britain invaded the Crimea was in 1854, when an Anglo-French expeditionary force of several hundred ships and six hundred thousand men captured Sevastopol. This time, it’s just the single Type 45 destroyer HMS Diamond, which will carry sixty Special Boat Service and Royal Marine commandos, according to the Daily Mail. “HMS Diamond will lead a NATO task force and help protect 650 British troops who are involved in secret exercises in Ukraine—a country invaded by Russian-backed rebels in 2014,” the newspaper reported. Type 45 Destroyers—among Britain’s newest and most advanced warships—are armed with Sea Viper antiaircraft missiles, Harpoon antiship missiles and Phalanx point defense cannon. The Diamond, launched in 2007, will also carry Lynx helicopters to transport the commandos. However, the Type 45 has also suffered from engines that break down when the destroyers sail into warm waters such as the Persian Gulf. Fortunately for the Royal Navy, the Black Sea is not in the tropics. Britain’s Defense Secretary Michael Fallon told the Daily Mail that “the UK is sending a clear message that we are committed to defending democracy across the world and support Ukraine’s sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity.” Retired Royal Navy admiral Alan West also told the newspaper that Britain has “undertaken many naval exercises in the Black Sea in the past but these were much more benign circumstances and with benign intentions. This is an operation with a very serious purpose. HMS Diamond can really look after herself and President Putin is a man who respects hard military power. NATO has to show it won’t be threatened and that the UK takes the lead.” However, it seems unlikely that Putin and his government will feel particularly threatened by the British move. Militarily, a single warship with sixty commandos is merely symbolic. If deterrence escalates into war, then a single Type 45 destroyer, even as part of a NATO task force, wouldn’t survive long off Russia’s coast, which bristles with land-based aircraft, coastal defense missiles and the warships of the Black Sea Fleet. Nor would it help Ukraine much against a Russian land invasion. Even as a symbol, a lone destroyer doesn’t exactly send a strong signal that Britain will go to war with Russia to save Ukraine. But what’s particularly interesting is that the Black Sea deployment is part of what seems to be a more muscular British foreign policy. Royal Air Force jets are attacking ISIS in Iraq and Syria, British troops are training Ukrainian soldiers, a thousand troops will be deployed this summer in Estonia and Poland, and Typhoon fighters are headed to Romania. Meanwhile, other RAF Typhoons are headed to Japan for joint exercises, while Britain has announced that its Queen Elizabeth–class aircraft carriers will be deployed in the South China Sea once the ships are completed in the 2020s. All of which is quite a feat, considering that the Royal Navy has now shrunk to just nineteen destroyers and frigates, the RAF has also downsized, and the British Army has receded to fewer than eighty thousand regular soldiers. Michael Peck is a contributing writer for the National Interest. He can be found on Twitter and Facebook.

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Two-thirds of Navy strike fighter jets can't fly

By Zachary Cohen, CNN Updated 4:58 PM ET, Fri February 10, 2017

(CNN) Nearly two-thirds of the US Navy's F/A 18 strike fighter jets are currently unable to fly, grounded due to repair delays or because they are awaiting spare parts. With more than half of all Navy aircraft out of service and no budget agreement in place to increase defense spending levels, the top brass says its usable planes are being pushed to the limit. "For a variety of reasons, our shipyards and aviation depots are struggling to get our ships and airplanes through maintenance periods on time," Vice Chief of Naval Operations Adm. William Moran told lawmakers on the House Armed Services Committee earlier this week. The number of non-operational F/A 18 Hornets is "double where we should be," he said, confirming reports that 62% of the Navy's F/A 18s are unable to fly and 53% of the Navy's total air fleet is grounded. Defense News first reported the amount of grounded Navy aircraft ahead of Tuesday's hearing. Moran, joined by commanders from the Army and Air Force, described an aging, overworked and undermanned air fleet that is feeling the weight of sequestration and furlough budget cuts implemented by Congress and the Obama administration. But Peter Singer, a strategist for the Washington-based New America Foundation, said that "the readiness problems are a culmination of a series of decisions to keep kicking the can down the road, from Congress's budget issues to the Pentagon assuming there would be a new replacement jet by now." Democratic Rep. Adam Smith of Washington, however, cited budget caps implemented by Congress and President Barack Obama in 2011, coupled with the high demand for the fleet's services, as key factors contributing to the Navy's lack of fiscal flexibility. "The budget caps imposed on military and nonmilitary spending in the Budget Control Act have degraded our military readiness," Smith, the ranking member on the House Armed Services Committee, told CNN, adding that those constraints have been "compounded by over a decade of war" and "long delays in the development of replacement aircraft." Congress opted not to address restrictions resulting from the Budget Control Act this year, failing to produce a budget before the October 1 start of fiscal 2017. Instead, lawmakers chose to use stop-gap measures that kept defense spending at the 2016 levels. One Republican House Armed Services Committee aide told CNN that simply blaming Congress for the military's degraded readiness is an over-simplification of the issue and that today's problems are a result of a "disconnect between the previous administration and Congress" over matching budget cuts for domestic and defense programs under sequestration. Often described as the backbone of naval aviation, the F/A 18 was designed to have a lifespan of roughly 6,000 flight hours. Today, jets are being stretched to fly between 8,000 and 9,000 hours to fulfill mission expectations as a result of fewer operational aircraft, budget restrictions and delays to the fifth-generation F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. Moran warned that the shortage of flyable aircraft in an already aging fleet has left the Navy with "no depth on the bench" for future conflicts. John Venable of the Heritage Foundation said the problems highlighted by Moran and other commanders illustrates the US military's "extraordinarily low levels of readiness" and that things could get worse before they get better. Newly confirmed Secretary of Defense James Mattis has already outlined readiness, the increase of personnel numbers and recapitalization as some of the administration's top priorities. But according to Smith, the Trump administration and Congress will be faced with major challenges when it comes to fulfilling campaign promises like building a 355-ship Navy or adding more planes to the Air Force. "You can fantasize about spending as much money as you want, but the reality is we won't be able to fix our military readiness problems without repealing the Budget Control Act," Smith told CNN. "So far the Republicans haven't been able to show us any plan to do that." Ryan Browne contributed to this report.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/10/politics/us-navy-planes-grounded/index.html 

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Expert: Potential Global catastrophe from Fukushima unit 2 highly radioactive fuel Tokyo could be

Discussion in 'Current Events' started by MindWars, Sunday at 5:57 PM.

Expert: “Potential Global Catastrophe” from Fukushima Unit 2 highly radioactive fuel… Reactor could be destroyed, “making Tokyo area uninhabitable”… This is “most dreaded” scenario — Already “partially liquefying” below reactors Well it seems those reactor rods are melting, isn't this just special. It's even more amazing how msm doesn't report this. Guess the Global elites wants to make a few billion off the unknowing once cancer hits them back here in the US it's already reached the west coast. and look how many still deny it all. According to your article reactor 4 has 14,000 times the amount of radiation that Hiroshima had. This video is a report from 2014 which says there was a 500% radiation increase level in California.........and now? Now California is in very, very serious trouble. The Mainstream Media is too busy trying to ban Ivanka Trump's shoes from Macy's and no one is warning the people of California about the level of danger they are in. Very serious situation. You can be sure Michele and Barack Obama know about this as they didn't stay at their designated after inauguration friend's home in California but opted to leave the country and go to Necker Island owned by Richard Branson instead- therein staying as far away as possible from the growing radiation danger in California. It amazes me how liberal democrats trust the MSM to keep them informed and protect their children. If the MSM doesn't report it, in their world? It doesn't exist. Can't tell them anything. Even if they are laying in bed with cancer the Doctor will dream up every reason there is as to why they have cancer. Not saying every single doctor is going to say hey maybe it's radiation, but just like the Flint water situation it will take one Dr. to grow a pair risk their career and come out and admit it. When and if that happens that Doc. will either end up dead, or tormented over it by trendy liberal morons who are huge attackers on ppl who want to admit the truth of certain information. Being afraid freaks them out so they just react like lunatics. etc.. etc..

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Sabotage: Obama Is Commanding An Army Of 30,000 Anti-Trump Activists From His Home 2 Miles From The White House

This army has already been heavily involved in many of the protests and riots

Michael Snyder | The American Dream - February 13, 2017

Throughout American history, most ex-presidents have chosen to move away from Washington D.C. once their terms have ended, and the vast majority of them have tried very hard not to interfere with their successors. Unfortunately, Barack Obama has opted for the exact opposite approach. His new home is less than two miles from the White House, and from this “command center” he will be directing the activities of an army of more than 30,000 anti-Trump activists. In fact, as you will see below, this army has already been heavily involved in many of the protests and riots that have been popping up around the nation in recent days. “Sabotage” is a very strong word, but it is becoming apparent that Obama intends to do all that he can to sabotage the Trump administration, and that is very bad news for the American people. On Saturday, the New York Post ran an excellent article by author Paul Sperry that was entitled “How Obama is scheming to sabotage Trump’s presidency”. In that piece, Sperry actually accuses Obama of setting up “a shadow government” to oppose Trump… When former President Barack Obama said he was “heartened” by anti-Trump protests, he was sending a message of approval to his troops. Troops? Yes, Obama has an army of agitators — numbering more than 30,000 — who will fight his Republican successor at every turn of his historic presidency. And Obama will command them from a bunker less than two miles from the White House. In what’s shaping up to be a highly unusual post-presidency, Obama isn’t just staying behind in Washington. He’s working behind the scenes to set up what will effectively be a shadow government to not only protect his threatened legacy, but to sabotage the incoming administration and its popular “America First” agenda. The “army of agitators” that Sperry is talking about is actually a nationwide network of “community organizers” known as “Organizing for Action”. If you go to the official website of Organizing for Action, you will see that there is a big picture of Obama right in the background of the homepage. Organizing for Action “grew out of Barack Obama’s first presidential campaign”, and it claims to have 250 local chapters around the nation. If Hillary Clinton had won the election, Organizing for Action would almost certainly have faded from the spotlight, but now that Trump is in the White House they are rapidly raising money and gearing up for war. And one of the first things the organization is trying to do is to save Obamacare. The following comes from NBC News… To defend Obamacare, the group says it has planned 400 health care-focused events in 42 states this year with partners that include mainline liberal groups, like the Center for American Progress and Planned Parenthood, as well those from the progressive wing, like MoveOn.org. OFA says 20,000 people have used their tool to call senators’ offices to urge them not to repeal Obamacare and says one million supporters have already taken action with OFA. The goal is to further hinder the already stalling momentum around repeal the Affordable Care Act. But Organizing for Action is not just about peaceful political action. In fact, according to Sperry some of the anti-Trump marches that Organizing for Action helped put together actually “turned into riots”… Far from sulking, OFA activists helped organize anti-Trump marches across US cities, some of which turned into riots. After Trump issued a temporary ban on immigration from seven terror-prone Muslim nations, the demonstrators jammed airports, chanting: “No ban, no wall, sanctuary for all!” Run by old Obama aides and campaign workers, federal tax records show “nonpartisan” OFA marshals 32,525 volunteers nationwide. Registered as a 501(c)(4), it doesn’t have to disclose its donors, but they’ve been generous. OFA has raised more than $40 million in contributions and grants since evolving from Obama’s campaign organization Obama for America in 2013. So many people have been pointing the finger at George Soros for funding and organizing anti-Trump activists, but the truth is that Organizing for Action is perhaps even more involved than Soros is. And Barack Obama is guiding and directing Organizing for Action from his brand new compound less than two miles from the White House. The ironic thing about all of this is that Obama is currently building a very tall brick wall around his compound while at the same time his army of activists is highly criticizing Trump for wanting to build a border wall to protect the United States from unwanted intruders. If Obama doesn’t like walls, he should tear down his own wall first. Another form of sabotage against the Trump administration is coming from Obama loyalists that are still embedded within various government agencies. According to Trump, those loyalists are responsible for the very disturbing leaks that have been happening… President Donald Trump pointed the finger at Obama administration holdovers at the White House and National Security Council for leaking information about private phone conversations he had with leaders of Australia and Mexico. “It’s a disgrace that they leaked because it’s very much against our country,” Trump told Fox News Sunday, accusing “Obama people” in civil service positions for the leaks. “It’s a very dangerous thing for this country,” he added noting that these individuals were still being sought out and replaced. Needless to say, after eight years under Obama many government agencies are absolutely crawling with people that are still very loyal to him. Trump needs to do a major housecleaning, and that is going to take some time. What is going on between Obama and Trump is a microcosm of what is happening to society as a whole. Obama and his loyalists have totally bought into the radical progressive agenda of the global elite, and Donald Trump and his followers are very much against it. I don’t know that it is possible for there to be much compromise between the two sides, and so that means that more conflict is ahead. The election of Donald Trump has fired up the radical left like never before, and I believe that the protests and riots that we have seen so far are only just the beginning. And if things go really bad under Trump, it is very easy to imagine widespread civil unrest erupting all over the nation. Unfortunately, throughout all of this we are going to be having an ex-president sitting less than two miles from the White House guiding and directing the anti-Trump forces every step of the way.

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The Thugfinder on February 12, 2017

The Obamanation is Back, Obama is scheming to sabotage Trump’s presidency Leading Anti-Trump Organization Of 30,000 with Eric holder as his consiglio di mafia for civil war. Beware Obama Trump Supporters Are Not Taking Anymore shit(video) Former President Barack Obama spoke out Monday for the first time since leaving the White House, praising the protesters who have marched against President Donald Trump and saying he is “heartened” Protests against President Donald Trump’s immigration order are “exactly what we expect to see when American values are at stake,” former President Barack Obama said in a statement Monday. J. SCOTT by the groundswell of engagement.30 Jan 2017 The senseless protests we’re seeing break out on the campuses of the University of Missouri, Yale and other colleges, as well as on bridges and highway overpasses and outside police stations, are precisely the kind of thing Obama was trained to organize while attending leftist agitation schools founded by Chicago communist Saul Alinsky. He learned to a fare-thee-well how to “rub raw the sores of discontent.” Now Obama is returning the favor of his Alinsky masters, training and cloning an army of social justice bullies to carry on his revolution to “fundamentally transform America.” He’s doing it mainly through a little-known but well-funded group called Organizing for Action, or OFA, The Troops. OFA, formerly Obama for America, has trained more than 10,000 leftist organizers, who, in turn, are training more than 2 million youths in Alinsky street tactics. Obama has trained hundreds of thousands of junior agitators through AmeriCorps, a Clinton youth program he’s dramatically expanded, and through My Brother’s Keeper, the “racial justice” initiative he launched in the wake of the 2012 death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin. The New York Post has confirmed some bad news for Trump in what appears to be an attempt by the former president to derail Trump. With 30,000 protesters just 2 miles from the Oval Office, Obama will now lead the charge against Trump in an effort to disrupt the current president’s goals and ambitions—with the ultimate aim of impeachment. get ready for street protests all over How is Obama able to accomplish this? Obama is going to do it the Chicago way A network of non-profit organizations operating under the parent agency “Organizing for Action.” In a normal situation, and one that mirrors anything in past American political history, Obama would retire from politics, upholding the sacred tradition designed to protect the presidency from partisanship that could harm the democratic framework of our government system. But, as the election cycle showed us all, today’s America is anything from routine. The 55-year-old Obama is not content to go quietly into the night like other ex-presidents he wants to stay around and cause as much damage to America as he can. “They are protesters in search of an issue, agitators in search of a target. They aren’t even rabble-rousers so much as rubble-rousers picking through the charred remains of the last revolution. Obama’s job for the NWO was to weaken the US military cause social divisions and create a situation of disaster that destroys America through loss of jobs and poverty. He almost completed all his tasks Hillary was to finish the Job possibly including ww3 and the end of the USA. Thank God for Trumps election This is a headline from zero hedge on Obama’s dismal record shows Trump did more for American workers before he became president than Obama did in his first 8 years. Top Ex-White House Economist Admits 94% Of All New Jobs Under Obama Were Part-Time Never Before Seen Video: the man who was born with a silver spoon in his mouth “Through social media, they mobilize flash mobs against “biased cops,” “climate-change deniers,” “Wall Street predators” and “gun extremists.” They hold rallies against conservative foes of gay marriage, LGBT rights, abortion and amnesty for illegal immigrants” Since November 8th, the network of dissenters has grown dramatically, with the official position of their policy stating, “we’re not backing down.Obama is heavily involved in the day-to-day operations of the non-profit groups. In fact, he even posts from their official twitter account, giving orders to ‘activist soldiers’ on the ground. “Alinsky’s 13th rule for radicals — “Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it and polarize it” In a dramatic shift from his original promise of a “smooth” transition, Obama has now made his mission clear, stating “now is the time for some organizing.” Critical to the fight is rebuilding the ravaged Democrat Party. Obama hopes to install his former civil-rights chief Tom Perez at the helm of the Democratic National Committee. Perez is running for the vacant DNC chairmanship, vowing “It’s time to organize and fight . We must stand up to protect President Obama’s accomplishments;” while also promising, “We’re going to build the strongest grass-roots organizing force this country has ever seen.” UCLA students stage a protest rally in a show of solidarity with protesters at the University of Missouri on Nov. 12. AP Obama is leaving behind a generation of militant jerks — collectively known as his “family” — to continue to proliferate protests and militate against everything and nothing. These irritating, self-absorbed, belligerent brats will “hands-up, don’t shoot” themselves into every cobwebbed corner of society, and the liberal media will give them the national bullhorn to amplify their hatred every time. Alinsky advised Obama and other young radicals: “A revolutionary organizer must shake up the prevailing patterns of lives — agitate, create disenchantment and discontent with the current values [until] masses of people have reached the point of disillusionment with past ways and values. . . . The time is then ripe for revolution.” Hillary is also making a comeback -She praises the anti-trump Soros funded Pussy March encouraging more protests against Trump. Also initiating more divide and conquer between Male and Female. She is also going to join Obama and fight Trump with a possible run for New York Mayor in 2018. THE WITCH IS BACK-SICK HILLARY HAS A MESSAGE FOR PROTESTORS Eric holder is a master when it comes to race Baiting. (Via Investors business Daily) Racial Politics: Unable to pin racism charges on Ferguson policeman Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown, Attorney General Eric Holder is using half-baked data to manufacture a case of racism against his entire police force. Holder’s race-baiting civil rights crew combed through several years of Ferguson Police Department data on traffic stops, searches and arrests and “found a pattern of racial disparities in Ferguson’s police activities.” Obama will oversee the entire operation from a mansion located just two miles from the White House lawn. Ironically, Obama is currently building a tall brick wall around the complex, which will include a tax-payer funded office, filled with Obama’s own Chief of Staff and Press Secretary. From the Book of wisdom The wicked say, Come on, then, let’s enjoy the good things of life, and live in this world the way we did when we were young and free of care! 7 Let’s drink the most expensive wines and use the finest perfumes. Let’s not miss a single flower in the springtime!8 Before the roses wither, let’s pick them and wear them in our hair! 9 Let’s all join in and leave signs everywhere of our carefree revelry! Life owes us that much! 10 We’ll oppress the poor, even if they are righteous. We’ll show no respect for widows or old people. 11 We’ll call ourselves right if we are strong enough to get what we want. No one ever got anywhere by being weak! 12 Righteous people are nothing but a nuisance, so let’s look for chances to get rid of them. They are against what we do; they accuse us of breaking the Law of Moses and violating the traditions of our ancestors. 13 They claim to know God, and they call themselves the Lord’s children. 14 We can’t stand the sight of people like that; what they are contradicts our whole way of thinking.15 They are not like other people; they have strange ways That is how evil people think, but they are wrong. They are blinded by their own wickedness. 22 They have never known God’s secrets, never hoped for the rewards of a holy and blameless life.23 When God created us, he did not intend for us to die; he made us like himself. 24 It was the Devil’s jealousy that brought death into the world, and those who belong to the Devil are the ones who will die. There is hope Just as CNN and the large networks found out the more the left organizes and protests the more foolish wicked and evil they look and the more popular Trump will become. Get ready Obama the people are sick of your race baiting and protesting Trump Supporters Are Not Taking Anymore Shit..

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The smell that Wont go away Hillary Clinton, May run as mayor of New York?

on February 9, 2017

Even after the turmoil of the 2016 presidential bout, political hubbub continues. Consider that Hillary Clinton is now mulling a run for New York City mayor in an election that will take place in just nine months. No, really. She is being urged by “major Democratic donors and leaders” to challenge incumbent Bill de Blasio, says John Gizzi, White House correspondent for Newsmax who cites unnamed sources in local Democratic and media circles and suggests that Mrs. Clinton’s famous “inner circle” is intrigued by the whole idea of Madame Mayor. “If she ran, she’d win,” one insider told Mr. Gizzi. Well, who knows? Perhaps former President Bill Clinton will get to serve as a “first gentleman” after all. And if President-elect Donald Trump establishes a Manhattan White House of sorts at Trump Tower, the dynamics could be most interesting. The news media is keen on the notion of “Mayor Clinton”; a dozen major reports addressing the possibilities have appeared in the last 24 hours. It’s not a new idea, however. Convinced she was an ideal candidate, Michael Bloomberg – once Big Apple mayor himself – contacted Mrs. Clinton in 2012 and urged her to enter the race the following year, according to The New York Times. What about residency requirements? “The Clintons live in the Westchester County hamlet of Chappaqua, but state law requires only that a candidate for mayor be a New York City resident by Election Day, a spokesman for the State Board of Elections said,” The Times notes. Should she decide to take the plunge this time around, Mrs. Clinton has some serious competition: nine other Democrats are eyeing the plum post, along with Republican billionaire and talk radio host John Catsimatidis, who reportedly plans to reveal his ultimate mayoral plans some time this month “I’m a people person. I’m a law-and-order person. I believe our people from the inner city have to be helped. Maybe we should start a new party called the Common Sense Party,” Mr. Catsimatidis recently noted in a radio appearance.

http://countdowntozerotime.com/2017/02/09/the-smell-that-wont-go-away-hillary-clinton-may-run-as-mayor-of-new-york/ 

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Trump Plan to Prioritize Religious Minority Refugees Is American Tradition, Experts Say

By Samuel Smith , CP Reporter Feb 12, 2017 | 10:37 AM

The prioritization of religious minority refugees facing genocide is a "tradition" that has been carried out by the United States government on a number of occasions in the last century, leading religious freedom advocates are saying. As Christian organizations and others continue to voice their opposition to President Donald Trump's Jan. 27 executive order barring refugee resettlement for 120 days, many are speaking out against language in the order that calls for the State Department to prioritize individual asylum claims of religious minorities facing persecution once the order is lifted. Considering that Trump told CBN News that he does see Christian refugees in Syria as a "priority," critics have claimed that Trump plans to give special status for Christians. Although nothing in the order's actual language states that Christians will be favored over other persecuted religious minorities, staunch opponents of Trump's order have decried any attempt to prioritize Christians. An appeals court Thursday upheld a temporary suspension of the executive order and late Friday Trump said the White House is considering rewriting the executive order. Jenny Yang, the vice president of advocacy for the evangelical refugee resettlement organization World Relief, argues that "thinking [that] Christians are preferred to other religions actually perpetuates the risk they face." Additionally, Rev. Thomas Reese, a Jesuit who serves on the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, told The Washington Post that "any proposal that preferences Christians over Muslims as refugees makes Catholic leaders nervous because it feeds that narrative that this is a war between the Christian West and the Muslims." While Trump's order has received widespread criticism from leaders affiliated with various Christian faiths and federal courts continue to weigh whether or not the order's clause on prioritization is constitutional, experts who advocate for international religious freedom concerns have explained that there is nothing new about a U.S. policy taking religious persecution into consideration when aiding and resettling refugees. Given the fact that the U.S. Government has declared that the Islamic State has committed genocide against Christians, Yazidis and other persecuted religious minorities in Iraq and Syria, Andrew Walther, the vice president of communications and strategic planning for the Catholic fraternal organization Knights of Columbus, believes it would make sense to prioritize persecuted religious minorities victimized by IS. In fact, he told The Christian Post that, "religious persecution is one of the factors that establishes refugee status under American law, and prioritizing Syrian Christians and other religious minorities was the stated policy of the Obama administration as well, though the prioritization failed to materialize for any of the minority groups in terms of actual numbers of those admitted." "In previous cases of genocide, the United States government has prioritized religious minorities who were targeted for genocide, who were refugees, who were displaced, who were in need of humanitarian aid, immigration or resettlement assistance," Walther, who has been to Iraq twice in the last year, continued. "What we have is an unbroken history of prioritizing people that have been victims of genocide or targeted for genocide. That is a proud tradition for this country." Additionally, Samuel Tadros, a senior fellow with the Washington D.C.-based think tank Hudson Institute's Center for Religious Freedom, told nationally syndicated religion columnist Terry Mattingly that "there's nothing new about the United States taking religion into account when it's clear that refugees are part of persecuted minority groups." "Tragically, religion is part of the refugee crises we see around the world right now and that certainly includes what's happening in Syria and Iraq," Todros asserted. Walther explained that after both World War I and World War II, persecuted religious minorities, such as Armenians who experienced genocide perpetrated by the Ottomans and Jews who survived the Holocaust, received preference from the U.S. government on the basis of the persecution they endure. "You have World War II, where you have Jewish Holocaust survivors who were prioritized in terms of the number that were admitted for resettlement compared to the other groups," Walther explained. "There was certainly a much greater percentage resettled from the Jewish community towards the end the war and after than from some of the other communities that had refugees on a percentage basis. It was striking." In addition to the treatment of Jews and Armenians who faced genocide, Congress passed the Lautenberg Amendment through an appropriations bill in 1990 that loosened refugee status standards for persecuted religious minorities — Christians, Jews and Baha'is — fleeing from the Islamic Republic in Iran. "Year after year, the Lautenberg Amendment has been extended to provide a lifeline to Jews, Baha'is, Christians and others fleeing persecution in Iran, the former Soviet bloc and parts of Asia," Mattingly wrote.

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ISIS form deadly alliance with elite Hamas commandos to DESTROY the West

ELITE commandos are joining up with beleaguered ISIS from fellow terror group Hamas to wage war against the West.

By Jamie Micklethwaite / Published 10th February 2017

Members of the Hamas commando wing Nukhba have joined the under-pressure murder-cult as they face imminent destruction from numerous enemies. ISIS are believed to be resorting to desperate tactics as coalition forces close in on their last two strongholds of Mosul and Raqqa, killing civilians at the drop of a hat and imposing curfews throughout their territories. Among the Hamas exiles joining ISIS are believed to be highly trained bomb experts, to carry out the terror group's MO of suicide bombing. Hamas is one of the largest of the Muslim militant groups, aiming to "liberate Palestine from Israeli occupation". The Hamas commandos have joined the group in war-torn Sinai, Egypt, and could be deployed in either Raqqa or Mosul. US army chiefs revealed they expect the notorious group – who have waged a terror war for more than ten years – to be utterly destroyed this year after they are pushed out from strongholds Mosul and Raqqa. US Army LT Gen Stephen Townsend said: "Within the next six months, I think we'll see both conclude." The US-led operation to rid Mosul of ISIS has already seen the eastern side of the city retaken. Forces are now circling on the western half of ISIS' Iraqi capital, to liberate it for good and to prevent any of the terror rats from fleeing the battle. Terror cops in Turkey today foiled a huge ISIS bombing plan as 150kg of explosives and 24 suicide belts were seized from Gaziantep, near the Syrian border. This comes after an ISIS gunman massacred revellers at a nightclub in Istanbul on New Year's Day.

http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/586951/Islamic-state-of-Iraq-and-the-Levant-Hamas-deadly-alliance-axis-of-evil-Iraq-Syria 

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NFL players pull out of Israel trip

Three American footballers refuse to go on tour saying they don’t want to be “used” by Israeli government.

By Andrew Sherwood February 12, 2017, 9:11 am

Three NFL players who were set to go on a tour of Israel have pulled out of the trip, saying they don’t want to be “used” by the Israeli government. Eleven players were due to go on the trip, which is a joint-initiative between the Ministry of Strategic Affairs and Public Diplomacy. Taking in visits to Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, the Dead Sea and Christian sites, Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan said it was to give the players a balanced picture of Israel, while showcasing the country’s “true face” to the world. However, a trio of the stars have since decided not to go, with Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett the first to pull out. First tweeting a picture of Martin Luther King Jr., saying “I’m not going to Israel,” he then explained the reason for decisions. He said: “I was excited to see this remarkable and historic part of the world with my own eyes. I was not aware until reading this article about the trip in The Times of Israel that my itinerary was being constructed by the Israeli government for the purposes of making me, in the words of a government official, an ‘influencer and opinion-former’ who would then be ‘an ambassador of good will.’ “I will not be used in such a manner. “When I go to Israel — and I do plan to go — it will be to see not only Israel but also the West Bank and Gaza so I can see how the Palestinians, who have called this land home for thousands of years, live their lives.” Miami Dolphins wide receiver Kenny Stills retweeted Bennett, adding: “Couldn’t have said it any better. I’m in!”, before Bennett’s brother Martellus, who was part of the New England Patriots team that won the Super Bowl last week, joined the boycott. Adding how one of his heroes was Muhammad Ali, Michael Bennett, in his letter, said how Ali “always stood strongly with the Palestinian people,” and said that he wants to be a “voice for the voiceless…I cannot do that by going on this kind of a trip to Israel.”

http://jewishnews.timesofisrael.com/nfl-players-pull-out-of-israel-trip/ 

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KKK 'imperial wizard' found fatally shot near Missouri river after employer reports him as missing

BY Nicole Hensley NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Updated: Sunday, February 12, 2017, 10:19 PM

A Ku Klux Klan leader was reportedly found dead with a gunshot wound to the head near a rural river in Missouri after being reported missing by his employer. A body discovered on Saturday was identified as Frank Ancona, the self-proclaimed “imperial wizard” of a KKK chapter near St. Louis. The 51-year-old was last seen at his Leadwood home on Wednesday morning, his wife told authorities. Ancona's wife, Malissa Ancona, said he was called to work to make an out-of-state delivery. He packed a bag, took his guns and had not made contact with relatives since, according to the Daily Journal newspaper. Police said Ancona’s employer made no such call and reached out to authorities on Friday after he was a no-show at work. A safe inside the couple’s home was bashed in with a crowbar and its contents missing when an officer stopped by the home, the Journal reported. Leadwood Police Chief William Dickey said a burglary was not suspected. Cops also questioned Ancona's wife on a Facebook posting she made the day of his disappearance that sought a roommate for her husband. She said Ancona was filing for divorce when he returned and would likely need help paying for rent, according to authorities. Ancona's vehicle was found near the site of his body in Washington County. No arrests have been made and Leadwood police did not name a suspect. Ancona's son, whose name is also Frank, said in a Facebook post Thursday evening that his family had not had contact with his father since Wednesday night. "This isn't like my dad," the younger Ancona wrote. The Daily Journal report makes no mention of Ancona's affiliation with the hate group or that he runs a website dedicated to the "Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan." The site features Ancona wearing KKK regalia in front of a burning cross. In the wake of the police shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Ancona threatened that KKK members would use “lethal force” against protesters. The KKK leader was named in a 2013 lawsuit lodged by the American Civil Liberties Union against the city of Desloge for preventing Ancona’s KKK group from distributing neighborhood watch leaflets, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/kkk-leader-found-dead-missouri-river-missing-article-1.2970339 

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State Dept Whistleblower: Refugee Program ‘Full of Fraud’

Refugee specialist wants Trump ban expanded

Dan Lyman | Infowars.com - February 9, 2017

Whistleblower Mary Doetsch, an ex-State Department official and refugee coordinator, detailed reasons why President Trump’s refugee and travel moratorium was not only correct and necessary, but needs to be expanded. She begins – “I fully support President Donald Trump’s executive order that temporarily halts admissions from the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program and bans travel from nationals of countries that potentially pose a security risk to the United States; however, I don’t think the action goes far enough. Further, I believe there are many people throughout the country who feel the same way.” This assertion is supported by a recent poll conducted by Investor’s Business Daily showing that a majority of Americans (51%) support Trump’s executive order. Also of note, a poll of nearly 10,000 Europeans from around the continent revealed that over 55% want immigration from Muslim-dominated countries halted completely. “As a recently retired 25-year veteran of the U.S. Department of State who served almost eight years as a refugee coordinator throughout the Middle East, Africa, Russia and Cuba, I have seen first-hand the abuses and fraud that permeate the refugee program and know about the entrenched interests that fight every effort to implement much-needed reform. Despite claims of enhanced vetting, the reality is that it is virtually impossible to vet an individual who has no type of an official record, particularly in countries compromised by terrorism. U.S. immigration officials simply rely on the person’s often rehearsed and fabricated ‘testimony.’ I have personally seen this on hundreds of occasions.” FBI Director James Comey testified before the House Homeland Security Committee in October, 2015, stating that proper vetting of ‘refugees’ was virtually impossible, “We can only query against that which we have collected, and so if someone has never made a ripple in the pond in Syria in a way that would get their identity or their interests reflected in our database, we can query our database until the cows come home, but there will be nothing [that will] show up, because we have no record on that person.” Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, is on record as saying, “I don’t, obviously, put it past the likes of ISIL to infiltrate operatives among these refugees, so that’s a huge concern of ours.” WikiLeaks released text of a speech delivered by Hillary Clinton in 2013 in which she admitted, “jihadists are coming in along with legitimate refugees.” Despite this knowledge, she called for a ~550% increase in the number of ‘refugees’ already being admitted by the Obama administration. Ms. Doetsch concludes her stunning letter – “As a refugee coordinator, I saw the exploitations, inconsistencies and security lapses in the program, and I advocated strongly for change. Nonetheless, during the past decade and specifically under the Obama administration, the Refugee Admissions Program continued to expand blindly, seemingly without concern for security or whether it served the best interests of its own citizens. For instance, the legally questionable resettlement of refugees from Malta to the United States grew substantially, despite the fact that as a European country with a functioning asylum system, ‘refugees’ should have remained there under the internationally accepted concept of ‘the country of first asylum.’ Similarly, the ‘special’ in-country refugee programs in Cuba and Russia continue, although they are laden with fraud and far too often simply admit economic migrants rather than actual refugees.” President Trump’s executive order has been temporarily blocked by activist judges, despite the full legality of his decision as supported by the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952, which clearly grants the President express powers to control the entry of non-citizens into the United States on virtually any basis.

http://www.infowars.com/state-dept-whistleblower-refugee-program-full-of-fraud/ 

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20 metro areas are home to six-in-ten unauthorized immigrants in U.S.

By Jeffrey S. Passel and D’Vera Cohn

Most of the United States’ 11.1 million unauthorized immigrants live in just 20 major metropolitan areas, with the largest populations in New York, Los Angeles and Houston, according to new Pew Research Center estimates based on government data. The analysis shows that the nation’s unauthorized immigrant population is highly concentrated, more so than the U.S. population overall. In 2014, the 20 metro areas with most unauthorized immigrants were home to 6.8 million of them, or 61% of the estimated nationwide total. By contrast, only 36% of the total U.S. population lived in those metro areas. But the analysis also shows that unauthorized immigrants tend to live where other immigrants live. Among lawful immigrants – including naturalized citizens and noncitizens – 65% lived in those top metros. By far the biggest unauthorized immigrant populations were in the New York and Los Angeles metro areas (1.2 million and 1 million, respectively). No other metro area approached a million. Among the top 20 areas, the smallest unauthorized immigrant populations included Orlando (110,000) and Austin (100,000). Five of the 20 metros with the largest unauthorized immigrant populations are in California: Los Angeles, Riverside-San Bernardino, San Francisco, San Diego and San Jose. Three – Houston, Dallas-Fort Worth and Austin – are in Texas. Some of these areas could be affected by the Trump administration’s promise to take action against localities that do not cooperate with federal officials in identifying unauthorized immigrants. The president’s executive order promises to cut federal funds to these “sanctuary jurisdictions.” Mayors in several big cities have said they will not comply with the order. The top 20 metropolitan areas for unauthorized immigrants have been remarkably consistent over the past decade, according to the Center’s analysis. Nineteen of the 20 top metropolitan destinations for unauthorized immigrants in 2014 ranked among the top 20 each year over the previous decade. The Census Bureau dataset used for this analysis does not separate cities from the larger metro areas that contain them in all cases. But such a distinction is possible for 11 of the top 20 metro areas. Within those areas, the cities with the largest unauthorized immigrant populations include New York City, with an estimated 525,000 unauthorized immigrants; Los Angeles, with an estimated 375,000; and Chicago, with an estimated 140,000. Other cities with available data are Miami (55,000), Denver (55,000), Philadelphia (50,000), Boston (35,000), San Francisco (35,000), Washington, D.C., (25,000) and Seattle (20,000). Among the top 20 metro areas, only one city for which data were available – Phoenix – was home to a majority of the unauthorized immigrants in that metropolitan area, with about 140,000 out of a total 250,000. In the others, most of the unauthorized immigrants living in the metro area lived outside the borders of the largest city. The Center’s analysis relies on augmented data from the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, using the same residual method as its previous reports on unauthorized immigrants. Unauthorized immigrants include people who either crossed the border illegally or overstayed their visas. Because these estimates are from a sample, they have margins of error, so some apparent differences in unauthorized immigrant populations between metros or cities may not actually be significantly different. In 150 of the 155 metro areas analyzed, individual metro areas do not differ in rank from those immediately below them. The metro areas that do differ in rank from those immediately below them are New York, Los Angeles, Houston, Washington and San Francisco. Nationally, unauthorized immigrants made up 3.5% of the total population in 2014. The Philadelphia metro area is the only one of the top 20 metropolitan areas for unauthorized immigrants that had a lower share, the Boston metro area had a roughly equal share and the rest had a higher share than that, including 8.7% in the Houston metro and 8% in the Las Vegas metro. Unauthorized immigrants account for about one-in-four foreign-born U.S. residents. They make up a somewhat higher share of immigrants in the Houston (37%), Dallas (37%), Atlanta (33%), Phoenix (37%), Las Vegas (35%), Denver (37%) and Austin (34%) metro areas. They make up a somewhat lower share of all immigrants in the New York (19%), Miami (18%), San Francisco (17%) and San Jose (17%) metro areas. Note: A complete table based on data for the 155 metropolitan areas in the dataset that had foreign-born populations of at least 20,000 people – enough to provide a reliable estimate – can be found here in PDF form and Excel sheet. The Center’s methodology for estimating unauthorized immigrant populations can be found here. For an interactive graphic showing unauthorized immigrant population estimates and trends for the U.S., states and countries of birth, click here.

http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2017/02/09/us-metro-areas-unauthorized-immigrants/ft_17-01-31_unauthorizedmetros_table/ 

Luke 21:17 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake. (KJV) 

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etc.. You shall be hated by the world, the world shall be against you, etc.

John 15:18 If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. (KJV)

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Saeed Abedini: Anti-Christ Spirit Is Lurking in America Ready to Attack Christians

By Stoyan Zaimov , Christian Post Reporter

Feb 8, 2017 | 2:32 PM

Saeed Abedini, an Iranian-American pastor who spent three-and-a-half years imprisoned in Iran for his faith, is warning Americans that the "spirit of the anti-Christ" is coming in the face of activist judges who rule against Christians for their biblical beliefs. Abedini, who voted for President Donald Trump in his bid for the White House against Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, wrote in a Facebook post on Tuesday that last week the court system "stood against our country's security." He linked to an article in USA Today reporting on Trump's executive order temporarily banning refugees amid security concerns. The order was halted late last week by a Seattle judge's injunction, and is currently being reviewed by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Abedini wrote that he has a "serious problem" with the way some issues are handled by the judicial system, and warned that if the trajectory continues Christians could "go to prison or be punished for standing for their biblical beliefs." As an example, he pointed to the cases of conservative Christian business owners who've been sued or fined for refusing to participate in same-sex marriage ceremonies because of their belief that marriage is a union between one man and one woman. He argued that Christians are not only suffering persecution at the hands of extremists around the world, but also at the hands of "liberals and secularists." Pointing to 1 John 4:3 as found in the Bible, he wrote: "This is the spirit of anti-Christ, whom [the] Apostle John said thousands years ago is active in the world and would get more power by globalism in [the] future." The pastor suggested that Americans can "slow down" the "evil globalism" before the anti-Christ's coming by standing for "strong American nationalism, strong American military, strong American borders, strong American economy." Abedini warned that the spirit of the anti-Christ "has already started his fight against us even before we were born." "We are in this world for a spiritual fight for [the] Lord's Kingdom and [the] Lord has a plan for each of us. What's your spiritual fight today?" he asked. Conservative groups, such as the Family Research Council, have long been speaking out against the growing number of legal cases taking aim at Christian business owners. In December, the organization listed 12 major cases where Christians have been punished or threatened with punishment for adhering to biblical beliefs about marriage and being found guilty of not complying with LGBT anti-discrimination laws. International Christian Concern listed the U.S. among the top 12 nations where Christians are targeted for their faith for the first time in its "Hall of Shame" 2016 report, precisely because of the court cases against Christian business owners. "Decades of accumulated poor judicial decisions and precedents have twisted the First Amendment so that the courts, in defiance of the Founders, are pushing religion out of the public square, and into the small space of private expression," the ICC's report published in January stated. "In essence, the courts are deciding that you only have full religious freedom and expression in the church and your home. In the public domain, your religious views and thoughts must be restrained and controlled."

Read more at http://www.christianpost.com/news/saeed-abedini-anti-christ-spirit-lurking-america-attack-christians-174523/#OkmZ5yUqpUpxhY6s.99 

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Women's March Reveals Godless Nature of Feminism

By Julie Roys , CP Op-Ed Contributor Feb 3, 2017 | 12:24 PM

Madonna dropping F-bombs and talking about blowing up the White House. Actress Ashley Judd proudly proclaiming, "Yeah, I'm a nasty woman — a loud vulgar, proud woman." And mothers marching with their daughters while wearing female genitalia on their heads. The recent Women's March was enough to make most anyone think twice about supporting women's causes, especially those who are Christians. In addition to the march's vulgarity and verbal violence, it also championed abortion and banned pro-life groups from officially participating. Those, like Students for Life, who dared to march anyway were spat upon, jeered, and had signs ripped from their hands. It's no wonder a young woman from the pro-life group remarked, "If this is what feminism is, I don't want any part of it." In the past several years, there's been renewed interest among Christians to embrace feminism, spearheaded in large part by Sarah Bessey's popular book on the topic called Jesus Feminist. To Bessey, feminism — at least Jesus feminism — is simply "the radical notion that women are people too." And likely, there were Christians who participated in the Women's March simply because they believe women possess equal worth and should be treated with dignity and respect. But as the Women's March illustratedtoday's feminism has very little to do with dignity, respect, or even promoting what's best for women. Instead, it's become a hodgepodge of misguided ideas and platforms drawn from feminism's second, third, and fourth waves. Rather than jumping on this bandwagon, Christian women should educate themselves about what feminism truly is, and then strongly resist this movement. Second-Wave Feminism The organizers of the Women's March typify what's known as second-wave feminism, which began in the 1960s and was popularized by women like Betty Friedan, author of The Feminine Mystique. While the first wave of feminism in the late 19th- and early 20th-century embraced motherhood and family, the second wave of feminism viewed motherhood and family as an impediment to women's liberation. Simone de Beauvoir, the woman who inspired Friedan and to whom Friedan dedicated her book, once wrote: "Woman can be emancipated only when she can take part on a large social scale in production and is engaged in domestic work only to an insignificant degree." Similarly, Friedan compared modern housewives to "the millions who walked to their own death in the concentration camps." To second-wave feminists, the home is a prison and women can be free only when they secure financial independence and find fulfilling work outside the home. Marriage is okay, as long as women can continue on their path to self-actualization. And children are welcome — if they are planned, and fit into a woman's educational and professional goals. Since unplanned babies can sidetrack a woman's career — or equally abhorrent, make her dependent on a man — second-wave feminists are pro-choice. This pro-choice, anti-family agenda featured prominently in the Women's March. Planned Parenthood, one of two Premiere Partners of the Women's March, is the nation's largest abortion provider. Two other Women's March partners were the National Organization for Women (NOW) and NARAL Pro-Choice America, both of which are radically pro-choice, and were either co-founded or founded by Betty Friedan. This agenda of second-wave feminism is completely antithetical to Christianity. It rejects the sanctity of life and the goodness of marriage, institutions designed and established by God. It also tells women that to find their life, they must grasp it and put themselves first. Jesus, on the other hand, said that to find our life, we must lose it. This is so true when it comes to the choice between abortion and embracing motherhood. One comprehensive study showed that 81% of mothers who abort their children are more likely to experience subsequent emotional health problems. But mothers who keep their children enjoy the lifelong benefits of children, something Scripture repeatedly refers to as a blessing. Third-Wave Feminism The flaunting and promotion of female sexuality at the Women's March is typical of third-wave feminism. Unlike second-wave feminists, who oppose pornography because they view it as degrading to women, third-wave feminists (often the daughters of second-wave feminists) embrace pornography, as well as sexual license. Influenced by the message of the sexual revolution, they view unrestrained sexual expression as essential to women's freedom. As a result, many are as sexually aggressive and sexually vulgar as any predatory man. It's not surprising, then, that Ashley Judd yelled at the march, "Our p—ies are for our pleasure," or that thousands of women donned pink p—y hats or dressed as sex organs. Third-wave feminists are the women that make the rampant hook-up culture possible, who convince women that obsession with sex is normal, and that sex without commitment is somehow a positive-sum game, instead of a negative one. However, Scripture teaches that God intended sex to bind husband and wife together in a lifelong union reflecting the relationship of Christ and His church. Our sexuality is beautiful and sacred. It is something to be cherished as a gift to give our spouses, not as means of recreation, or a tool to exert our power. And just like defying God's mandate to cherish life hurts women, so does defying his command to reserve sex for marriage. As David Buss, a psychology professor specializing in sexuality at the University of Texas at Austin, notes, the hookup culture has made sex and women much more available to men. And since men don't have to make women a "priority," they don't. As one female student at Boston College told a reporter for Vanity Fair, "Sex should stem from emotional intimacy, and it's the opposite with us right now, and I think it really is kind of destroying females' self-images." Interestingly, a classmate Amanda, added: "But if you say any of this out loud, it's like you're weak, you're not independent, you somehow missed the whole memo about third-wave feminism." Fourth-Wave Feminism Fourth-wave feminism is all about "intersectionality" — about identifying how forces that oppress one group of people may interact or overlap with the forces that oppress other groups. This is why the Women's March included many causes seemingly unrelated to women, like LGBTQ rights, environmentalism, or Black Lives Matter. It's also why one marcher carried a sign that said, "Feminism Without Intersectionality Is Just White Supremacy." Fourth-wave feminists tend to be young and align themselves with groups they perceive to be similarly oppressed as women. Interestingly, this group of feminists tends to be much more open to the pro-life message because the unborn clearly qualify as an oppressed people group. As Students for Life President Kristan Hawkins told me recently, the women who were hostile to her group at the march were women over 40 (second-wave feminists). Young women, on the other hand, were much more receptive. Certainly, Scripture calls Christians to fight for the oppressed, and Christians can find some solidarity with feminists fighting racism, human trafficking, or other human rights abuses. But the problem with fourth-wave feminism is that it's based on certain assumptions and beliefs that are decidedly anti-Christian. Scripture teaches that our identity, for example, is not fundamentally rooted in our race, class or gender/sexuality, but in our relationship to Christ. And in regards to our sexual identity, Scripture teaches that we are male and female, and that our gender identity should correspond to our anatomy. Ultimately, fourth-wave feminism's alignment with the LGBTQ community will lead to feminism's complete undoing. After all, feminism is based on acceptance of a gender binary — that some people are objectively women and some are men. But this is something the LGBTQ community denies. Interestingly, transgender activists expressed dismay over the Women's March because the focus on female genitalia "sent a clear oppressive message to trans women" that "having a vagina is essential to womanhood." When society no longer accepts women as women, it will become virtually impossible to sustain feminism. offended by Hillary Clinton's. After all, what could be more misogynistic than attacking the sexual victims of your husband or promoting the faux right to kill one's own progeny? Sadly, we women are often our worst enemies — and by embracing feminism, we only hurt ourselves. Instead we should embrace womanhood as defined in Scripture. We should cherish children and the family, and reclaim motherhood as a noble and worthy pursuit. And instead of urging men to join us as we demand abortion, we should challenge men to provide and protect, and to begin taking responsibility for children, not paying for their extermination. We should reserve sex for marriage and value modesty and restraint. And we should accept that we are women — fundamentally and beautifully different than men. I doubt that a march upholding these principles would attract the media attention the Women's March did. But living these principles has the power to radically change our society, and to make this world a better place for women and men, and our children. A Path Forward There's no doubt that women today face many threats. Like many at the Women's March, I was offended by Donald Trump's past misogynistic statements and actions. But I was equally offended by Hillary Clinton's. After all, what could be more misogynistic than attacking the sexual victims of your husband or promoting the faux right to kill one's own progeny? Sadly, we women are often our worst enemies — and by embracing feminism, we only hurt ourselves. Instead we should embrace womanhood as defined in Scripture. We should cherish children and the family, and reclaim motherhood as a noble and worthy pursuit. And instead of urging men to join us as we demand abortion, we should challenge men to provide and protect, and to begin taking responsibility for children, not paying for their extermination. We should reserve sex for marriage and value modesty and restraint. And we should accept that we are women — fundamentally and beautifully different than men. I doubt that a march upholding these principles would attract the media attention the Women's March did. But living these principles has the power to radically change our society, and to make this world a better place for women and men, and our children.

Read more at http://www.christianpost.com/news/womens-march-reveals-godless-nature-of-feminism-174083/#vUXk1S1yJyhdvx23.99 

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etc. the whole world can tell you right now that Russia and North Korea has declared war on the United States of America.  The whole country can tell you an invasion is coming

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Should U.S. be preparing for a North Korean nuclear strike on the West Coast?

February 9, 2017 6:17 PM

WASHINGTON After listening to experts describe the threat posed by North Korea and its nuclear arsenal, U.S. Rep. Brad Sherman, a California Democrat, paused amid a Capitol Hill hearing earlier this week and made a suggestion. “We ought to have civil defense in this country,” said Sherman during a hearing of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. “Some of us are old enough to remember when we had civil defense and we were under our desks.” The congressman wasn’t calling for an immediate return to the “duck and cover” days of the Cold War. But his statement reflects heightened alarm among members of Congress – especially those from the West Coast – over North Korea’s continuing nuclear tests and advances in missile technology. In the last year alone, North Korea has conducted 20 missile tests and two nuclear tests. That’s a marked annual increase from the 42 missile tests and two nuclear tests of the previous seven years, according to Victor Cha, a Korea specialist with the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington. Cha and other experts say it is highly likely that North Korea’s Kim Jong Un will launch another intercontinental ballistic missile this year, in part to gauge the response from President Donald Trump. While some of North Korea’s missile tests have ended in failure, the regime seems to be learning from each launch to improve its capability. Many arms control specialists believe that, by 2020, North Korea could have the capacity to launch a miniaturized nuclear device on an ICBM, with the range to strike at least the West Coast. It might even have that capability sooner. “The difficulty here is the lack of visibility into North Korea’s nuclear program. It’s a black hole,” said Anthony Ruggiero, a Korea researcher who previously worked in the Treasury Department, the U.S. agency tasked with enforcing sanctions on Pyongyang. North Korea remains one of the world’s most closeted countries, and international inspectors haven’t had even partial access to its nuclear facilities since 2009. To slow North Korea’s nuclear advances, the United Nations has imposed increasingly harsh sanctions. Those sanctions have deprived Pyongyang of hard cash but have received spotty enforcement, especially by China, which is wary of squeezing North Korea too hard. Within Congress, there is increasing recognition that North Korea has gotten short shrift amid the intense foreign policy attention on the Islamic State, Iran and the Middle East. “Are we as focused on this threat as we should be? If you look over the last 10 years, the answer is clearly no,” Ruggiero, a senior fellow with the Foundation for Defense of Democracy, said in an interview. “We have not focused on that threat, and it has continued to grow.” Several members of Congress from the West Coast are aiming a spotlight at North Korea, particularly Rep. Ed Royce, a Republican from Southern California who chairs the House Foreign Affairs Committee. On Tuesday, Royce led a hearing examining how the United States and its allies could further squeeze North Korea financially and possibly slow its nuclear weapons program. Royce said he was particularly concerned about North Korea’s bomb miniaturization efforts, along with one of its missile tests last year from a submarine. “That is what has got our attention,” Royce said. “At this point it is clear that very, very soon, North Korea is going to be able to target all 50 states in the United States, as well as target our allies.” Some analysts doubt that North Korea, as it advances its weapons systems, would launch a first strike on the United States or its allies. Kim is pursuing the weapons program, they say, as a deterrent to a U.S. attack and also to enhance his stature at home. Yet U.S. officials feel compelled to remind Pyongyang what would happen if it were to strike first. “Any attack on the United States, or our allies, will be defeated, and any use of nuclear weapons would be met with a response that would be effective and overwhelming,” Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said last week during a visit to South Korea’s Defense Ministry. Given the failure to slow North Korea’s nuclear ambitions, some Asia specialists say the United States should consider a new strategy, attempting to negotiate with Pyongyang on a freeze, or “cap,” in missile and weapons development. Others say such a move would be a disaster, even if Kim abided by a freeze. “Agreeing to a cap means the U.S. accepts North Korea as a nuclear weapons state for the indefinite future, which would destroy our credibility not only with our allies but with other rogue regimes,” said Sue Mi Terry, a Korea analyst with the consulting firm Bower Group Asia, who testified at Tuesday’s hearing. She added that the U.S. must keep highlighting North Korea’s human rights abuses while trying to reach out to elites in Pyongyang susceptible to defection. Last year, Royce and Rep. Eliot Engel, a Democrat from New York who’s the ranking member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, led passage of the North Korea Sanctions and Policy Enhancement Act, an attempt to stanch the outside cash that flows into North Korea, bolstering the regime. Such laws, however, depend on the capacity and commitment of the U.S. Treasury Department to pursue alleged violators. Last year, federal prosecutors charged four Chinese businesspeople and a Chinese company with conspiring to create a web of shell companies to evade U.S. economic sanctions and funnel money to North Korea. But critics have questioned why the Treasury Department didn’t also hold Chinese banks accountable for their role in creating the shell companies. “The fact that a Chinese bank has not been punished for that is quite appalling,” said Ruggiero. He and other analysts have criticized the Obama administration, saying it was inconsistent in the region. While Obama once counseled a policy of “strategic patience” with Pyongyang, he left office reportedly advising Trump that nuclear North Korea should be the new president’s top foreign priority. How Trump will handle Korean affairs remains a mystery. When Kim hinted in a New Year’s speech that North Korea might test another missile, Trump responded with one of his trademark Twitter blasts: “It won’t happen!” Trump sent mixed messages during the presidential campaign on his support for Asian allies, such as South Korea and Japan, who face an immediate threat from North Korea missiles. Mattis’ trip to Asia last week – the first foreign trip by a Trump Cabinet member – was widely seen as an attempt to ease allies’ concerns about the new president. Sherman, a Democrat from Northridge, raised the possibility of restarting “civil defense” in the context of raising awareness about North Korea’s actions, including its reported sharing of nuclear technologies with Iran and other regimes. “We have a foreign policy establishment that will not admit to the American people that it (deterrence) may fail to prevent us from being hit,” he said. “We could prepare to minimize casualties. We won’t, because that means we’d have to admit that there’s the possibility we will face casualties.”

Read more here: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/nation-world/national/national-security/article131808834.html#storylink=cpy 

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'Big brother' mind reading is inevitable and controls need to be put in place now, experts warn

Experts find mind-reading algorithms could be used as lie detectors

Could create functional magnetic resonance showing lies and truths

Scans could be admitted as evidence in court, but will never be error proof

Technology still picks up false memories and could convict the innocent

By Julia Gottwald and Barbara Sahakian With The Conversation Published: 18:02 EST, 9 February 2017 | Updated: 18:08 EST, 9 February 2017

Are you lying? Do you have a racial bias? Is your moral compass intact? To find out what you think or feel, we usually have to take your word for it. But questionnaires and other explicit measures to reveal what's on your mind are imperfect: you may choose to hide your true beliefs or you may not even be aware of them. But now there is a technology that enables us to 'read the mind' with growing accuracy: functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). It measures brain activity indirectly by tracking changes in blood flow – making it possible for neuroscientists to observe the brain in action. Because the technology is safe and effective, fMRI has revolutionised our understanding of the human brain. It has shed light on areas important for speech, movement, memory and many other processes. More recently, researchers have used fMRI for more elaborate purposes. One of the most remarkable studies comes from Jack Gallant's lab at the University of California. His team showed movie trailers to their volunteers and managed to reconstruct these video clipsbased on the subjects' brain activity, using a machine learning algorithm. In this approach, the computer developed a model based on the subject's brain activity rather than being fed a pre-programmed solution by the researchers. The model improved with practice and after having access to enough data, it was able to decode brain activity. The reconstructed clips were blurry and the experiment involved extended training periods. But for the first time, brain activity was decoded well enough to reconstruct such complex stimuli with impressive detail. So what could fMRI do in the future? This is a topic we explore in our new book Sex, Lies, and Brain Scans: How fMRI Reveals What Really Goes on in our Minds. Some of your answers would be truthful, some would be lies. The computer model is told which ones are which in the beginning so it gets to know your 'brain signature of lying' – the specific areas in your brain that light up when you lie, but not when you are telling the truth. Afterwards, the model has to classify new answers as truth or lies. The typical accuracy reported in the literature is around 90%, meaning that nine out of ten times, the computer correctly classified answers as lies or truths. This is far better than traditional measures such as the polygraph, which is thought to be only about 70% accurate. Some companies have now licensed the lie detection algorithms. Reading minds is an ability only found in comic book heroes. But new research has revealed that computers can now analyse brain scans and work out who a person is thinking about. The AI system can even create a digital portrait of the face in question. Researchers at the Kuhl Lab at the University of Oregon used an innovative form of fMRI pattern analysis to test whether lateral parietal cortex actively represents the contents of memory. Using a large set of human face images, the first extracted latent face components, known as eigenfaces. Then machine learning algorithms were used to predict face components from fMRI activity patterns and reconstruct images of individual faces in digital portraits. Their next big goal: getting fMRI-based lie detection admitted as evidence in court. They have tried several times now, but the judges have ruled that the technology is not ready for the legal setting – 90% accuracy sounds impressive, but would we want to send somebody to prison if there is a chance that they are innocent? Even if we can make the technology more accurate, fMRI will never be error proof. One particularly problematic topic is the one of false memories. The scans can only reflect your beliefs, not necessarily reality. If you falsely believe that you have committed a crime, fMRI can only confirm this belief. We might be tempted to see brain scans as hard evidence, but they are only as good as your own memories: ultimately flawed. Still, this raises some chilling questions about the possibility for a 'Big Brother' future where our innermost thoughts can be routinely monitored. But for now fMRI cannot be used covertly. You cannot walk through an airport scanner and be asked to step into an interrogation room, because your thoughts were alarming to the security personnel. Undergoing fMRI involves lying still in a big noise tube for long periods of time. The computer model needs to get to know you and your characteristic brain activity before it can make any deductions. In many studies, this means that subjects were being scanned for hours or in several sessions. There's obviously no chance of doing this without your knowledge – or even against your will. If you did not want your brain activity to be read, you could simply move in the scanner. Even the slightest movements can make fMRI scans useless. Experts at the University of Washington have revealed how hackers could inserting images into dodgy apps and recording our brain's unintentional reaction using brain-computer interfaces. For example, when playing a video game users may see logos of familiar brands pop-up on the screen that just vanish. Hackers put those images in the game and they were recording your 'brain's unintentional response to them' using a BCI, which can be a wearable device that monitors stress levels or a cap covered in electrodes. This technology could one day be used by advertisers to gather more information about their customers. Also, police officers and government officials could use this method to convict criminals or as a 'remote lie detector test'. Although there is no immediate danger of undercover scans, fMRI can still be used unethically. It could be used in commercial settings without appropriate guidelines. If academic researchers want to start an fMRI study, they need to go through a thorough process, explaining the potential risks and benefits to an ethics committee. No such guidelines exist in commercial settings. Companies are free to buy fMRI scanners and conduct experiments with any design. They could show you traumatising scenes. Or they might uncover thoughts that you wanted to keep to yourself. And if your scan shows any medical abnormalities, they are not forced to tell you about it. Mapping the brain in great detail enables us to observe sophisticated processes. Researchers are beginning to unravel the brain circuits involved in self control and morality. Some of us may want to use this knowledge to screen for criminals or detect racial biases. But we must keep in mind that fMRI has many limitations. It is not a crystal ball. We might be able to detect an implicit racial bias in you, but this cannot predict your behaviour in the real world. The scientists used a technique called functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS). This involves shining long wavelength light through the scalp and measuring its absorption in the brain. At the same time, electroencephalogram (EEG) electrodes detected electrical activity. 'The machine records the blood flow... and calculates how (it) changes during 'yes' and during 'no', and the computer develops an idea, a pattern,' Birbaumer said. 'And after a while, we know what the patient is thinking, when he thinks 'yes', or when he thinks 'no', and from that we calculate the answer.' The 'known' questions elicited correct responses seven times out of 10, and the question 'Are you happy?' resulted in a consistent yes response from the four people, repeated over weeks of questioning. Or they might uncover thoughts that you wanted to keep to yourself. And if your scan shows any medical abnormalities, they are not forced to tell you about it. Mapping the brain in great detail enables us to observe sophisticated processes. Researchers are beginning to unravel the brain circuits involved in self control and morality. Some of us may want to use this knowledge to screen for criminals or detect racial biases. But we must keep in mind that fMRI has many limitations. It is not a crystal ball. We might be able to detect an implicit racial bias in you, but this cannot predict your behaviour in the real world. MIND-READING DEVICE HELPS THOSE WITH LOCKED-IN SYNDROME SPEAK AGAIN The scientists used a technique called functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS). This involves shining long wavelength light through the scalp and measuring its absorption in the brain. At the same time, electroencephalogram (EEG) electrodes detected electrical activity. 'The machine records the blood flow... and calculates how (it) changes during 'yes' and during 'no', and the computer develops an idea, a pattern,' Birbaumer said. 'And after a while, we know what the patient is thinking, when he thinks 'yes', or when he thinks 'no', and from that we calculate the answer.' The 'known' questions elicited correct responses seven times out of 10, and the question 'Are you happy?' resulted in a consistent yes response from the four people, repeated over weeks of questioning. fMRI has a long way to go before we can use it to fire or incarcerate somebody. But neuroscience is a rapidly evolving field. With advances in clever technological and analytical developments such as machine learning, fMRI might be ready for these futuristic applications sooner than we think. Therefore, we need to have a public discussion about these technologies now. Should we screen for terrorists at the airport or hire only teachers and judges who do not show evidence of a racial bias? Which applications are useful and beneficial for our society, which ones are a step too far? It is time to make up our minds. Julia Gottwald, PhD candidate in Psychiatry, University of Cambridge and Barbara Sahakian, Professor of Clinical Neuropsychology, University of Cambridge This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

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Lunar eclipse, comet, full moon all coming Friday night: Rare space TRIPLE event on February 10, 2017

By Strange Sounds - Feb 8, 2017

A “penumbra” lunar eclipse during the full “snow” moon… and the flyby of a comet. Here’s a look at what you will see if you set your eyes to the night sky: Eagle-eyed skywatchers will see a “penumbral” lunar eclipse Friday evening during the full moon. This rather subtle phenomenon occurs when the moon moves through the outer part of Earth’s shadow – the penumbra. The outer shadow of the Earth blocks part — but not all — of the sun’s rays from reaching the moon, making it appear slightly darker than usual. The exact moment of the penumbral eclipse is 7:43 p.m. ET (6:43 p.m. CT, 5:43 p.m. MT and 4:43 p.m. PT). Full “snow” moon As required during any eclipse, the moon will be full Friday night. According to the Farmers’ Almanac, Native Americans in the northern and eastern U.S. named February’s full moon the “snow” moon or the “hunger” moonh. The tribes kept track of the seasons by giving distinctive names to each recurring full moon. The Farmer’s Almanac reports some tribes referred to February’s moon as the , because harsh weather conditions made hunting difficult. Comet 45P A few hours after the eclipse, Comet 45P, which has been visible after sunset for the past two months through binoculars and telescopes, makes its closest approach to Earth, when it will be “only” 7.4 million miles away. Look to the east around 3 a.m. Saturday morning, where it will be visible in the sky in the constellation Hercules. Binoculars or a telescope could be helpful. Watch for a bright blue-green “head” with a tail. It will be visible in various points of the night sky until the end of February. If you miss it, don’t worry: It will return again in 2022. So on February 10, 2017 keep your eyes to the sky!

http://strangesounds.org/2017/02/rare-space-triple-event-eclipse-comet-full-moon-all-coming-friday-night-february-10-2017.html 

 

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etc. Babylon destroyed in twenty-four hours, and you shall see the other earthquake on the west coast, you shall see the one in the middle and that shall come unto you soon, just as soon as they divide my land again, saith your Father God, you shall see that.  For it is that hour and it is that time and it shall come to pass, etc.

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'I won't condemn Israel, it's been through enough'

Boaz Bismuth

In exclusive interview with Israel Hayom, U.S. President Donald Trump says he understands and respects Israel greatly • Trump stresses he would like to see peace in the Middle East and beyond, says he looks forward to meeting with PM Netanyahu next week. "I understand Israel very well and I respect Israel. ... I would like to see peace [between Israel and the Palestinians] and beyond," U.S. President Donald Trump told Israel Hayom in an exclusive interview Thursday -- the first interview the 45th president of the United States has given Israeli media since taking office on Jan. 20.

Q: On multiple occasions we spoke of your views on Israel and your determination to be Israel's friend. Can you share your general plan for improving Israeli-American relations after the past eight years?

"Well, I think we are going to have a better relationship. The deal with Iran was a disaster for Israel. Inconceivable that it was made. It was poorly negotiated and executed. Everything about that deal was something. ... You know, as a deal person, I understand all sides of deals. I understand good deals and bad deals, but this deal is not even comprehensible. Beyond comprehension. And you see the way Iran has reacted; unlike reacting as they should, which is being thankful for President [Barack] Obama for making such a deal, which was so much to their advantage. They felt emboldened even before he left office. It is too bad a deal like that was made."

Q: What is your biggest takeaway from your meeting with PM Netanyahu in September? People say you have good chemistry. Is that true?

"We do. We've always had good chemistry, and he is a good man. He wants to do the right thing for Israel. He would like peace; I believe that he wants peace and wants to have it badly. I have always liked him."

Q: How soon will you decide on the issue of relocating the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem?

"Well, I want Israel to be reasonable with respect to peace. I want to see peace happen. It should happen. After all these years. ... Maybe there is even a chance for a bigger peace than just Israel and the Palestinians. I would like to see a level of reasonableness of both parties, and I think we have a good chance of doing that."

Q: And the embassy?

"I am thinking about the embassy, I am studying the embassy [issue], and we will see what happens. The embassy is not an easy decision. It has obviously been out there for many, many years, and nobody has wanted to make that decision. I'm thinking about it very seriously, and we will see what happens."

Q: We heard from Washington this week that settlements are not an impediment to the peace process. I guess this is an issue you and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are going to discuss?

"They [settlements] don't help the process. I can say that. There is so much land left. And every time you take land for settlements, there is less land left. But we are looking at that, and we are looking at some other options we'll see. But no, I am not somebody that believes that going forward with these settlements is a good thing for peace."

Q: Will we see America condemn Israel a lot during your presidency?

"No, I don't want to condemn Israel. Israel has had a long history of condemnation and difficulty. And I don't want to be condemning Israel. I understand Israel very well, and I respect Israel a lot, and they have been through a lot. I would like to see peace and beyond that. And I think that peace for Israel would be a good thing for the Israeli people, not just a good thing, a great thing."

Q: You always speak about making good deals. Don't the Palestinians have to make concessions as well?

"Yeah. They do. Absolutely. It has to be good for everybody. No deal is good if it is not good for everybody, and we are in that process, and we will see what happens. People have been in that process for many decades, and it has been going a long for a long time. So many people think it cannot be made. I have very smart people that ... say a deal can't be made. I disagree with them. I think a deal should be made, and it can be made," he concluded.

http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=40265 

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Will Trump Back Israel in the Next War?

avatar by Ruthie Blum February 10, 2017 8:40 am

Analysts on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean — and of the political spectrum — have been scrutinizing every syllable uttered by members of the new administration in Washington to determine whether US President Donald Trump is as good a friend to the Jewish state as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hopes. So far, four issues have been discussed and debated ad nauseam: US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley’s pronouncement that her government would not abandon Israel at the world body, as the Obama administration did when it enabled the passage of Security Council Resolution 2234, which deemed all Jewish presence beyond the 1949 Armistice Lines illegal; the nomination of David Friedman — a settlements sympathizer who supports relocating the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem — as US ambassador to Israel; a recent Trump administration warning that Israeli settlement construction could be potentially harmful to peace negotiations toward Palestinian statehood (the “two-state solution”); and the omission of any mention of Jews in the statement issued by the administration on International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Where the bigger picture is concerned, Israel is observing Team Trump’s behavior toward Iran, telling Tehran that its saber-rattling and ballistic missile tests will incur serious consequences; imposing new sanctions on the mullah-led regime; and openly weighing the designation of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as a terrorist organization. But the one question that has not been raised is how the Trump administration will respond when Israel is forced to go to war, yet again, with Hamas in Gaza and/or with Hezbollah in Lebanon. Middle East experts have been predicting, albeit cautiously, that neither scenario is likely in the near future, due to the internal difficulties each terrorist group is currently experiencing. Hezbollah is deeply entrenched in the Syrian civil war, and has already lost many of its men in the fighting. Hamas is suffering from a loss of income, as a number of European countries begin to reconsider the process of transferring cash earmarked for the rehabilitation of Gaza, which ends up paying for the rebuilding and enhancement of tunnel and rocket infrastructure. Recent developments indicate, however, that more serious military action — in addition to retaliatory IDF moves following errant or aimed fire on Israel from just beyond its southern and northern borders — may be unavoidable. This week, a Haifa court ordered the temporary closure of the city’s 12,000-ton ammonia tank, pending further discussion on Sunday. This was after the municipality requested that it be shut down completely, following a report indicating that in any explosion, tens of thousands of people in the area would be killed. And since Hezbollah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah threatened in February to attack it, residents of the region have been living in fear. Meanwhile, over the past few days, Hezbollah has been engaging in a crowd-funding campaign on social media hashtagged “Money for jihad is a must,” with a video appeal featuring fighters and clerics asking people to donate to the “resistance. ”Though this is clearly a result of the organization’s dwindling resources, caused by its extended stint in Syria, Nasrallah’s deputy, Naim Qassem, said in an interview with the Lebanese newspaper Al-Binaa that the group’s message to Israel remains the same: “We are willing to pay the price of the conflict. Are you?” Hamas, too, has been busy threatening Israel online. In a new music video — titled “Zionist, You Will Die in Gaza” — the terrorist organization that reigns supreme in the enclave lodged between Israel and Egypt warns, “A rocket will come to you, Zionist, wherever you live. You will die sleeping, awake or on the mountain. I will make you drink from the glass of death; what a bitter taste.” It would appear, then, that war is on the horizon. During Operation Protective Edge, Israel’s battle against Hamas in Gaza in the summer of 2014, then-President Barack Obama said that though the Jewish state had a right to defend itself, it should exercise “restraint.” In a meeting at his New York office with Jewish journalists during the US presidential primaries, Trump was asked whether he agreed with the statement — made by Democratic hopeful Bernie Sanders to the editorial board of the Daily News — that Israel had used “disproportionate force” in Gaza. “When missiles are being shot into your country, I don’t know what ‘disproportionate force’ is supposed to mean,” he replied. It is a matter of when — not if — this attitude in relation to Israel and its enemies is put to the test. So far, Netanyahu, who will be convening with Trump on Wednesday in the White House, has good reason to believe that Obama’s successor will pass it with flying colors. Ruthie Blum is the managing editor of The Algemeiner.

https://www.algemeiner.com/2017/02/10/will-trump-back-israel-in-the-next-war/ 

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Jerusalem, Jerusalem

by Hal Lindsey

Throughout the 2016 campaign, President Donald Trump said he would move the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. But we’ve heard that before. In 1996, the Republican Party platform said, “A Republican administration will ensure that the U.S. Embassy is moved to Jerusalem by May 1999.” The Republicans lost that year, so we don’t know if they would have kept their promise. However, in 1995, Congress passed the “Jerusalem Embassy Act.” The bi-partisan bill stated, “Jerusalem should be recognized as the capital of the State of Israel; and the United States Embassy in Israel should be established in Jerusalem no later than May 31, 1999.” The act also contained a provision allowing the president to leave the embassy in Tel Aviv if he deemed it important “to protect the national security interests of the United States.” President Clinton chose to not to move it. Would a Republican president choose a different course? The party platform of 2000 promised, “Immediately upon taking office, the next Republican president will begin the process of moving the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Israel’s capital, Jerusalem.” Republican George W. Bush was elected, but nothing happened. Despite the inactivity of their president in the preceding four years, the 2004 Republican platform said, “Republicans continue to support moving the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Israel’s capital, Jerusalem.” But in his second four years, President Bush again kept the embassy in Tel Aviv. Nations place embassies in the capitals of countries because they want their ambassadors near the centers of power. The “Jerusalem Embassy Act” said, “The city of Jerusalem is the seat of Israel’s President, Parliament, and Supreme Court, and the site of numerous government ministries and social and cultural institutions.” The point of having an embassy and an ambassador is to have a local representative of one government to another. That means, the embassy needs to be located in the center of power. But the nations of the world have decided to make a political statement by not recognizing Israel’s right to name its own capital. In 2008, then-candidate Obama proclaimed unequivocally that Jerusalem was the capital of Israel. But as a president, he acted just like Presidents Bush and Clinton. In 2012, his White House spokesman at the time, Jay Carney, wouldn’t say whether Jerusalem was Israel’s capital or not. He just said, “our position hasn’t changed,” and “you know the answer.” What will President Trump do? He said throughout the campaign that he would move the embassy. For instance, he told the American Israel Public Affairs Committee in March, “We will move the American embassy to the eternal capital of the Jewish people, Jerusalem.” But now his administration has begun to equivocate. In his first full press briefing, new White House spokesman Sean Spicer was asked, “What is the U.S. strategic interest in moving the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem?” Spicer answered, “Well, I don’t — as I noted yesterday through several press inquiries, we haven’t — there’s no decisions. We’re at the very early stages of that decision-making process.” Wait a minute. We thought the decision had been made. We were given a promise, but now he tells us they’re at the “early stages of that decision-making process.” Isn’t this bait and switch? Isn’t this an example of the very swamp of Washington politics Donald Trump promised to drain? Later, Spicer repeated, “It’s very early in this process. We are at the beginning stages of this decision-making process and his team’s gonna continue to consult with stakeholders as we get there.” Later still, a reporter asked the question point blank. “At the end of the next four years, will the United States embassy be in Jerusalem?” Spicer answered, “Well, I — I think I’ve answered it twice now. I — we are at the early stages in this decision-making process.” The questioner then said, “But it’s not whether, it’s when and how?” Spicer said, “I — I — there’s a reason you go through a decision-making process. And that’s what we’re in the process of starting right now. So, I just don’t want to get ahead of — it would — if it was already a decision, then we wouldn’t be going through a process.” But if the decision hasn’t been made and they are in the early stages of the process, why would candidate Trump make a promise, then repeat it again and again? The 5th chapter of 2 Samuel tells how David made Jerusalem Israel’s capital. Dozens of scriptures from that point forward, show that God inspired and blessed that idea. Isaiah 14:32 says, “The Lord has founded Zion, and the afflicted of His people will seek refuge in it.” (NASB) A sovereign nation gets to choose the location of its capital, and Israel chose Jerusalem — three thousand years ago. One of the most important things to watch for over the next few weeks is whether the United States chooses to respect that choice.

http://www.hallindsey.com/ww-1-27-2017/ 

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etc. For truly the news media does not always tell you the truth, they tell you what they want you to hear, but not what is really going on, except for a little, do they know that later the truth will always find them out, for one can only cover up lies for so long before they come uncovered. etc.

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MSM Hides One Of The Biggest National Security Breaches Of The Century From Their Audience

February 10, 2017 By Susan Duclos - All News PipeLine

While the MSM is still in full "attack Trump" mode, breathlessly reporting each of his tweets, attacking his cabinet picks, gleefully celebrating how the most liberal court in the land, as well as the one that has the most over-turned rulings by the Supreme Court, has temporarily blocked the immigration pause, we see that one of the biggest bombshells was dropped on February 4, 2017, yet major outlets like Washington Post, New York Times and other mainstream outlets, has either downplayed it or simply hidden it from their audience. Three Pakistani brothers, are under criminal investigation for unauthorized access into congressional computers. The suspects had access to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence's and the House Committee on Foreign Affairs', most sensitive information. Brothers Abid, Imran, and Jamal Awan were barred from computer networks at the House of Representatives Thursday, The Daily Caller News Foundation Investigative Group has learned. Three members of the intelligence panel and five members of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs were among the dozens of members who employed the suspects on a shared basis. The two committees deal with many of the nation’s most sensitive issues and documents, including those related to the war on terrorism. All three brothers were employed by Democrats. Maria Bartiromo of Fox News discusses this issue in the short clip below. How sensitive is the information these men had access to? That is explained in detail by FrontPage: The offices that employed them included HPSCI minority members Speier, Carson and Joaquín Castro. Congressman Castro, who also sits on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, utilized the services of Jamal Moiz Awan. Speier and Carson’s offices utilized Imran Awan. Abid A. Awan was employed by Lois Frankel and Ted Lieu: members of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. Also on the committee is Castro. As is Robin Kelly whose office employed Jamal Awan. Lieu also sits on the subcommittees on National Security and Information Technology of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. Tammy Duckworth’s office had also employed Abid. Before Duckworth successfully played on the sympathy of voters to become Senator Tammy Duckworth, she had been on the Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces of the Armed Services Committee. Gwen Graham, who had also been on the Armed Services Committee and on the Tactical Air and Land Forces subcommittee, had employed Jamal Awan. Jamal was also employed by Cedric Richmond’s office. Richmond sits on the Committee on Homeland Security and on its Terrorism and Cybersecurity subcommittee. He is a ranking member of the latter subcommittee. Also employing Jamal was Mark Takano of the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. Imran had worked for the office of John Sarbanes who sits on the House Energy and Commerce Committee that oversees, among other things, the nuclear industry. Other members of the Committee employing the brothers included Yvette Clarke, who also sits on the Bipartisan Encryption Working Group, Diana DeGette, Dave Loebsack and Tony Cardenas. But finally there’s Andre Carson. Carson is the second Muslim in Congress and the first Muslim on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and, more critically, is the ranking member on its Emerging Threats Subcommittee. He is also a member of the Department of Defense Intelligence and Overhead Architecture Subcommittee. The bold print emphasis above is mine, showing the amount of critical, dangerous information that these men had access to. One would think that major media outlets would at least be asking why these people were accessing data they were unauthorized to access, to the point where there is now a criminal investigation into those security breaches, and more critically, what were they doing with the information they were accessing? According to Politico, Imran Awan, who has worked for more than two dozen Democrats since 2004, is still on the payroll of former DNC Chair and current Representative of Florida's 23rd congressional district, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, who was forced to step down from the DNC Chair after Wikileaks exposed her corrupt practices during the presidential campaign season. That same article reports that Imran Awan's wife, Hina Alvi, is also still employed by Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-N.Y.), pending investigation. In a follow up article, The Daily Caller, found that these men and Iman's wife, had massive debts and a history of suspicious activity, yet PJ Media reports that "the House passed a rule last year requiring all employees with access to IT to pass background checks in order to flag potential problems such as the credit and legal issues." Those background checks were applied retroactively and the only way to avoid them was if "a 'hiring authority' in a congressional office had signed a waiver attesting to the 'trustworthiness and judgment' of the privileged user." We have multiple Congressional employees, from Pakinstani descent, accessing information critical to national security on almost every level, with no idea what they have been doing with said information, all under criminal investigation ........ so where are the mainstream media reports? In the video below after a very brief description of why I am doing Google searches in the New York Times and Washington Post, in a one month time frame, for the names Abid, Imran, and Jamal Awan, we see that according to Google, all three names when plugged into their search engine come up as "did not match any documents," in both major newspapers. Below the video are screen shots from a direct search from over the last seven days at the NYT website itself, which comes up with the same results..... nothing, nada, zip. BOTTOM LINE We are left wondering why both the NYT and Wapo is hiding what could arguably be one of the biggest national security breaches of the century, from their readers. The Daily Caller exclusive was published on February 4, 2017, which has give the MSM outlets mentioned above six full days to report this to their audience.... so why haven't they? Over the last two years we have learned that when the media doesn't want the public to know something, it is usually something we should know.

http://allnewspipeline.com/Bombshell_MSM_Is_Hiding.php 

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Iraqi girl, 10, is 'bitten to death' with medieval torture device by female ISIS fanatics after her mother was asked to choose if she or the child would be punished for stepping outside their house

The girl, named Faten, died after being 'bitten' by a medieval torture device

She was being punished for stepping outside her home alone in Mosul, Iraq

Her mother was asked if she or her daughter should take the punishment

In another instance, a woman died after being given 30 lashings for lifting her veil

By Dave Burke For Mailonline Published: 05:02 EST, 7 February 2017 | Updated: 11:04 EST, 7 February 2017

A ten-year-old Iraqi girl was bitten to death with a medieval torture device, lined with poison, by ISIS 'morality police' in front of her horrified mother. The youngster, named Faten, was punished after stepping over the threshold of her home while cleaning. Under strict rules imposed by the fundamentalists in the city of Mosul, women were banned from leaving home on their own. Russian outlet Sputnik reports that the girl's mother was asked by the Hisbah police whether she or her daughter should endure the cruel punishment. Believing that a 'bite' would be administered by a person, the mother elected to let the young girl face the treatment. But members of the female al-Khansa brigade produced the torture device, and Faten bled to death from her wounds, a witness claimed. A woman in her 20s, identified only as S, also told the outlet that a woman died from her injuries after she was lashed 30 times for lifting her veil. S told Sputnik: 'I never felt like I was a human being. Why all of this black clothing? 'It’s like I’m getting into a bag and it’s closed on me so I can’t even breathe or enjoy the sun.' She said young girls are most likely to be targeted for abuse by the morality police in the Iraqi city, which came under ISIS control in 2014.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4199024/Girl-10-bitten-death-torture-device-ISIS.html#ixzz4Y7iUqUre 

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Trump: 'Dishonest press' won't report terrorist attacks

By Jordan Fabian and Rebecca Kheel - 02/06/17 02:21 PM EST

President Trump used his first speech to military service members Monday to accuse the news media of refusing to report on terrorist attacks. Speaking at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Fla., Trump rattled off a series of strikes carried out by “radical Islamic terrorists,” including Sept. 11 and the more recent violence in Orlando, Fla.; San Bernardino, Calif.; Paris; and Nice, France. “It’s gotten to a point where it’s not even being reported,” he told a group of senior commanders. “And in many cases, the very, very dishonest press doesn’t want to report it.” The president implied that media organizations have an ulterior motive to bury coverage of such attacks. “They have their reasons, and you understand that,” he said. Trump initially provided no evidence to back up his comments. Many found them baffling since terror attacks both at home and abroad often spark blanket coverage on cable news networks, in newspapers and among online outlets. Two of the earliest American victims of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria were James Foley and Steven Sotloff, journalists who were covering the war in Syria. Hours later, the White House circulated a list of 78 attacks carried out between September 2014 and December 2016, most of which it said “have not received the media attention they deserved.” The list includes major attacks Trump cited in his speech that dominated news coverage for weeks. It also included many strikes overseas that received limited media attention in the U.S., including killings in Dhaka, Bangladesh; Parramatta, Australia; and Zvornik, Bosnia. Trump continues a feud with the news media that stretches back to the very beginning of his presidential campaign. The comments resemble recent claims by Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway to MSNBC’s Chris Matthews that the media refused to cover the nonexistent “Bowling Green massacre.” After coming under criticism, Conway has since said that she “misspoke.” Separate reports on Monday indicated that Conway on at least two earlier occasions had talked of a violent incident in Bowling Green, Ky. No attack happened, but two Iraqi citizens were arrested in 2011 for attempting to send arms and money to terrorists in Iraq. The president earlier on Monday bashed The New York Times over its report on chaos and confusion within the White House. Trump also criticized news organizations for publishing opinion polls showing him with historically low approval ratings and for running stories highlighting the power amassed by his senior counselor, Stephen Bannon. “I call my own shots, largely based on an accumulation of data, and everyone knows it. Some FAKE NEWS media, in order to marginalize, lies!” he tweeted. In the first 17 days of his presidency, Trump has twice gone after the press at two major U.S. national security sites. Trump claimed in a speech to the Central Intelligence Agency one day after being sworn in as president that “dishonest” reporters downplayed the size of his inauguration crowd. Trump also used his speech to issue a stern ultimatum to ISIS and other Islamic militant groups, offering a defense of his efforts to shield the nation from terror plots, including his controversial travel ban. “Today we deliver a message in one very unified voice to these forces of death and destruction: America and its allies will defeat you,” the president said. “We will defeat them. We will defeat radical Islamic terrorism. And we will not allow to it take root in our country. Not going to allow it.” With his visit to Florida, Trump is trying to show that he’s a friend of the military. MacDill is home to U.S. Central Command and Special Operations Command, which are responsible for leading the fight against groups like ISIS and al Qaeda in the Middle East. He received a briefing from both military groups and ate lunch with enlisted personnel. Trump sought to highlight his bonds with the military by referring to polls that showed he was popular among service members during the 2016 campaign. “We had a wonderful election, didn’t we? And I saw those numbers — and you like me, and I like you,” he said. The president pledged to follow through on his goal of investing in “beautiful new equipment” for the armed forces. During the campaign, Trump outlined plans to buy more ships for the Navy and aircraft for the Air Force and to increase the size of the Army and Marines Corps. Once in office, Trump ordered Defense Secretary James Mattis to conduct a “readiness review” to kick off his military buildup, and Mattis has started by ordering the Pentagon to prepare a supplemental budget request for this fiscal year. Trump also sought to assuage concerns of some national security officials about the U.S. commitment to its NATO allies. During the campaign, Trump dismissed the Cold War-era alliance as “obsolete” and complained other member nations weren’t making large enough military contributions. “We strongly support NATO,” said Trump, who spoke with the organization’s secretary general over the weekend. “We only ask that all of the NATO members make their full and proper financial contributions to the NATO alliance, which many of them have not been doing. Many of them have not been even close.” The air base visit also follows a Navy SEAL raid against al Qaeda in Yemen, which is part of Central Command’s responsibility. The raid led to the death of one SEAL and an unspecified number of civilians. Trump visited Dover Air Force Base last week to witness the return of Chief Special Warfare Operator William Owens’s body, but he did not mention the operation during the speech Monday. Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.), a Marine veteran who fought in the Iraq War, slammed Trump for failing to mention the Yemen raid while touting his election win and denigrating the media. “The first thing he talks about is the political campaign?” Gallego said in a phone interview after the speech. “That’s just disgusting.” Gallego also said it was contradictory of Trump to pledge to give the military everything it needs while defending a travel ban that would hurt interpreters the military relies on overseas. “You say you’re going to give them everything you can to get the job done, but how are you not connecting the fact that the refugee ban is on Muslim interpreters that the military needs?” he said.

Updated at 8:58 p.m.

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/318100-trump-dishonest-press-wont-report-terrorist-attacks 

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PROPHET OF DOOM: John McAfee’s major cybersecurity predictions for 2017

February 7, 2017

John McAfee, CEO at MGT Capital Investments, Inc. (MGTI) provides CSO with his predictions for 2017.

1. “IoT denial of service attacks on major Internet carriers, like the one carried out on Dyn earlier year will become commonplace, and the severity will be orders of magnitude greater than what we have seen. The 2016 IoT DDoS attacks were, I am convinced, merely designed to calibrate their weaponized software. 2017 will see serious internet outages.”

2. “The anti-virus paradigm will finally been seen as a dead paradigm. I invented this paradigm and predicted its demise more than 10 years ago. Every major hack of the American government and American enterprises were protected by multiple anti-virus software products. The world must move to proactive systems that detect the presence of a hacker within milliseconds of the hackers’ entry – months or years before the hacker can plant the malware that [anti-virus] systems can detect.”

3. “Intelligence agencies will finally accept the fact that a sophisticated Nation State can perpetrate any hack and make it point to any Nation or agency that they choose. Attribution for a hack, in this day and age, is statistically, a near impossibility. Hopefully this will motivate our leadership to focus on cyber defense rather than cyber weaponry and abandon the futile and obviously erroneous pursuit of forensic science as a means of identifying a hacker. This works for a 15-year-old who obviously knew no better, but Nation States and organized hacking organizations will never be trapped in this manner. It’s like determining that America obviously developed the Atom Bomb because “America” and “Atom” start with the same letter. It is a futile, senseless science that completely disregards the fact that more than 75 percent of all hacks are social engineering. Only 25 percent is technology.”

Asked for more on what he expects in 2017, McAfee stated “Ashley Madison, multi-billion dollar company, went bankrupt because of a hack a little more than a year ago. We will see dozens of such cases in 2017.” McAfee also reveals that a major cyberattack on America’s power grid is not only possible but likely in the near future, that it would be devastating, and that the United States is shockingly unprepared.

http://www.survivaldan101.com/john-mcafees-cybersecurity-2017/ 

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Back to the Future: Will War Change Focus of Trump Presidency?

Posted by Sgt Tim on February 7, 2017

Sgt Tim Senior Editor, Outlaw Patriot News

Often overlooked in discussion of the George W. Bush presidency is the fact that in 2000, he campaigned on a platform of less military intervention and nation-building. After almost a decade of military interventionism and adventurism by the Clinton presidency, which saw actions taken primarily in Africa, the Middle East, and the former Yugoslavia, the American people were tired of playing police to a world that was growing increasingly more chaotic after the collapse of the bi-polar world system of the Cold War. Certainly, that campaign platform took a major back-burner following the actions on 11 September, 2001. No matter your opinion on those attacks, the persons responsible, or what exactly happened that day, it cannot be denied that in the days and weeks subsequent to that event, and the general feeling in the country, it would have been practically impossible for George W. Bush to follow his initial foreign policy platform. People can say what they wish of George W. Bush, but my personal opinion is that he likely believed in the platform. However, being surrounded by globalist hawks within his administration that saw the opportunity to establish a new enemy for the US military, and thus, secure funding for a major buildup in military spending and just cause for military action, he was not allowed to follow that policy. Whatever the case may have been – and none of us outside of his inner circle really will ever know for sure – after that fateful day in September, the American people also cried out for a response to the attack. In looking at the policies put forward by our newly-elected president, I see some similarities with the policy that Bush campaigned upon. Less interventionism, more policy directed at bringing America off its course of parity with the rest of the world. His policies have drawn the ire of the very people that have fought to bring this system of global economic parity into play, a plan that has been in the works for much of the last 70 years. With so much work having gone into this plan, it cannot be expected that these architects of a world order constructed upon a theory of global Marxism will simply vanish into the night so quietly. Already, we see tensions heating up around the world in the form of Chinese and Iranian saber-rattling with Chinese warships testing US resolve on statements made regarding islands in the South China Sea and Iranian missile testing. We see tensions at home with paid protests (riots) funded by those that are key players in the globalist system. Politicians that were funded in part by these same elements present themselves as stumbling blocks to his efforts to “Make America Great Again”. Attacks from those that see his policies as putting an end to the agenda they have worked so many years upon try unendingly to paint him as an asset of Vladimir Putin, all the while mocking Russia as far more backward than what it actually is. From the dying corporate media to politicians and agitators, the message is clear: they will not allow the agenda to be stymied without a fight. In 2000, it took those same powers until September, 2001 to put a plan in motion which would draw George W. Bush from his platform of non-interventionism. With the speed and ferocity that Donald Trump is moving with over the first weeks of his presidency, how long do you think it will take those powers to draw the US into an attack that will derail his plans? As the attacks upon his character, his policies, and his overall platform prove to only move the American people more resolutely in line with him, what plan will those that seek to thwart the renewed American spirit devise to disrupt the resurgence in American exceptionalism? These are the actions that we must be aware of, and we must guard against. Simultaneously, we must stay vigilant of any relenting on the part of Trump to the globalist agenda, and support his actions against it. We must continue to pray for our country’s new leadership, that they be given discernment to act in accordance with what is good for the American people and in accordance with the Word. Much needs to be done – but we cannot let the size of the work before us impact our resolve. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and even the largest boulder may be broken with steady strikes from a pickaxe. https://outlawpatriotnews.wordpress.com/2017/02/07/back-to-the-future-will-war-change-focus-of-trump-presidency/ 

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'Bloodbaths' In Brazil And Venezuela Are More Warning Signs Of Coming Upheaval

- As More Signs Emerge The Elite Are Preparing For 'The Apocalypse'

February 6, 2017 By Stefan Stanford - All News Pipeline - Live Free Or Die

The brand new story from the Daily Mail Monday morning reports that since military police have gone on strike in the state of Espirito Santo in Brazil, widespread looting, rape and murder have broken out in the streets with 'thugs randomly shooting at anyone who passes'. Describing the chaos on the streets of Brazil to something straight from the movie 'The Purge', we see more and more events every day that should sound a loud and clear alarm to us here in America. In a recent story from the Catholic News Agency, according to Archbishop Ubaldo Santana when asked by a reporter about the possibility of civil war in his nation of Venezuela, Santana responded "there is already a bloodbath of considerable proportions in Venezuela". Warning that the 30,000 people murdered in a year could rapidly go up if "we don't manage to find peaceful ways to understand each other", what's happening in Venezuela right now could be looked at as a microcosm for what is happening across much of the world. A September of 2016 story from the New York Post reported that socialism had left Venezuela a 'walking dead nation'. As we've reported on ANP time and again, what has been happening in Venezuela should also be looked at as a warning for Americans and as YouTube videographer Stefan Molyneux shares with us in brand new first video below, the 'death of Venezuela' is absolutely a sign for all of us to prepare ourselves accordingly. First, new from Brazil: Harrowing scenes were reported from all around the state, and one resident told Political Outsource: 'The thugs are randomly shooting at anyone who passes the street in Espírito Santo. My God what is happening.' Schools have been closed and even football matches cancelled in the affected areas due to the lack of security, which has meant many people are refusing to even venture outdoors. 'I won't even leave my house today,' one Brazilian resident in Espirato Santo told Political Outsource. 'Things are absolutely crazy, there are people running around with guns in pretty populated areas, dozens of people stealing from malls, even dead bodies on streets.' In the first video below, Molyneux interviews 'Gabriel' who lives in Venezuela and shares with us that the people of Venezuela are basically now living under a dictatorship and the national media is not reporting on anything really going on there. Claiming that under former President Chavez, the socialist government consolidated all of their powers under one arm, he warns that "the Venezuelan government can get away with whatever they want and whenever they want to". Another sign of possible impending disaster for the rest of the world, we see in his warning of a 'government out of control while the people suffer' as a very real look at what America has been going through over the past several decades as civil liberties of ordinary Americans were squashed while public servants in Washington DC enriched themselves at the expense of the middle class while they attempted to bring in a totalitarian, dictatorial world govt body. And while some might say that what is happening far, far away from us shouldn't be of any concern, the recent stories outlined below from across the internet prove to us otherwise. As we read in the brand new SQAlert republished below, if we pay close attention to what the 'elite' are doing with a new Trump presidency bringing the 'winds of change to the air', we might learn of 'impending upheavals' before the rest of the masses. Paying attention now to the signs we're getting from all over could be the difference between life and death.

HEADS UP: WHEN THE ELITE FLEE, YOU KNOW THE TIME HAS COME TO RECOGNIZE THEY ARE FLEEING FOR THEIR LIVES - Hi Steve I was chatting to a contact of mine who works all over Africa, he said abandoned mines are being re-purposed for deep underground bunkers for royals and elites. He came across the people involved and the areas where they are being built and the royals themselves. These royals are "doing good" in the area and giving things to the poor but their real reason was their hideout was being built. I can ask if he minds giving you more detail directly... SQ - THIS IS A VERY IMPORTANT ALERT, THAT TIES IN WITH WHATS GOING ON IN THE ANTARCTIC. ALSO, INFORMATION COMING IN, THAT THE RICH AND POWERFUL ARE BEING SUMMONED AND PREPPED FOR MAJOR REVELATIONS AND ALSO BEING TOLD TIMELINES OF IMPENDING UPHEAVALS - THEY WANT TO BE WHERE THE STARVING MASSES ARE NOT, IN OTHER WORDS, WHERE EVERYONE ELSE ISN'T! Back on February 4th we published a story on ANP within which we asked if all of the recent news coming to us from Fukushima, Japan, and the West Coast of the USA was the reason why so many 'elite' were moving to the Southern hemisphere. We reported within that story that 'extraordinary levels' of radiation had been detected at Fukushima, the highest levels since the plant had melted down back in 2011, and the endless poisons that the plant had been pushing out since then had 'blanketed the entire Northern hemisphere' while being detected all across the planet. And while the Daily Mail story reporting on all of these elitists moving to the Southern hemisphere neglected to mention Fukushima poisons blanketing the Northern hemisphere, it did bring out some excellent points. Claiming that 'tech billionaires' are building boltholes to escape social collapse or nuclear war, the DM also asks "what do the 'super rich' know that we don't know?" Their answers won't surprise most 'preppers'.: Attracted by a remote First World country that has the potential to be self-sufficient and is on no one’s list of nuclear targets, the super-rich kings of Silicon Valley and Wall Street are buying up vast tracts of its land — in anticipation of the day when they may need to live there. The controversy has revealed the extraordinary precautions being taken by the mega- rich to ensure that WTSHTF — a crude survivalist acronym for ‘when the **** hits the fan’ — they and their loved ones will be safe and comfortable. What the catastrophe will precisely be remains unclear, but possibilities include a devastating asteroid impact, giant earthquake, nuclear war, civil war, pandemic, zombie invasion and the Second Coming. Tellingly, the geeks of Silicon Valley appear to be most worried that it will be a struggle between rich and poor in a world economy turned upside down by new technology — with them as the main targets. And as Susan Duclos reported in her latest story today on ANP, "agent provocateurs" have infiltrated the 'patriot movement' and are pushing for martial law in America. Clearly being urged on and likely paid by George Soros and the globalists who've long been working to 'bring down America', its clear the dangers America faces despite Trump being voted into office are expanding as globalists join snowflakes in total meltdown mode. The stories from 3 mainstream websites over the past few weeks alone include CNBC reporting "The Super Rich Are Preparing For The End Of The World", Vanity Fair reporting "Silicon Valley Is Preparing For The Apocalypse" as well as The New Yorker reporting "Doomsday Prep For The Super-Rich" that came along with the subtitle: "Some of the wealthiest people in America—in Silicon Valley, New York, and beyond—are getting ready for the crackup of civilization." So, what do the 'super rich' know that we don't know? The fact that many believed that the US was heading towards economic collapse prior to President Trump's election can never be overlooked, especially with the US now nearly $20 trillion in debt and that debt growing by the second. And while story over at HeatStreet that the Drudge Report linked to on Friday reporting that a severe vegetable shortage has deprived many Europeans of spinach and broccoli this year due to a 'severe winter' is likely only a small symptom of the overall problem, the fact that we're seeing more and more such stories of the elite getting ready for catastrophe is a much bigger sign. As Steve Quayle mentioned in the previously republished SQAlert, in such a worst case scenario as total collapse or other upheavals, the very last place that we want to be is where everybody else is as it has long been reported that population density is one of the key indicators of the likelihood to survive many disasters. In the 2nd video below, videographer The Money GPS shares with us the better places we could be living that will increase the odds being in our favor should the worst case scenarios the rich are now preparing for come to pass. As we've reported previously on ANP, in such a scenario, the last place we want to be is the big cities in the US, 'death traps' by their very nature in a SHTF scenario.

http://allnewspipeline.com/Elite_Again_Preparing_For_The_End.php 

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etc.. Watch, watch, watch as you begin to see the monetary system totally crumble and collapse, etc..

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Silver Market Set Up For Much Higher Price Move Than Gold

Filed in News, Precious Metals by SRSrocco on February 6, 2017

When the paper markets finally collapse, the silver market is set up for much higher price gains than gold. Why? Because the fundamentals show that precious metals investment demand has put a great deal more pressure on the silver supply than gold… and by a long shot. There are three crucial reasons why the silver price will outperform the gold price when the highly inflated paper markets disintegrate under the weight of massive debt and derivatives. While many precious metals investors are frustrated by the ability of the Fed and Central Banks to continue to prop up the markets, the longer they postpone the day of reckoning, the worse the collapse. This chart shows that the U.S. relied upon 72% of its domestic silver demand from foreign sources in 2015. Thus, U.S. silver supply reliance (72%) is double that of copper (36%), while U.S. gold demand enjoyed a 48% surplus versus its domestic supply. The second reason the silver price will surge higher than the gold price is due to the amount of physical silver, in total ounces, purchased by investors versus gold: From 2010 to 2016, investors purchased a total of 1,505 million oz (Moz) of silver bar and coin compared to only 284 Moz of physical gold. Thus, precious metals investors purchased five times more silver ounces, than gold ounces during this seven year time period. Of course, the total value of physical gold investment was much higher than silver during this time period, but this tremendous amount of silver bar and coin demand has impacted the silver market much greater than the gold market. This brings me to the third reason. Due to the huge amount of silver bar and coin demand since 2010, the silver market suffered a net deficit of 801 Moz. However, the 284 Moz of gold bar and coin demand did not impact the gold market the same way. According to the World Gold Council, the gold market enjoyed a small 7.5 Moz net surplus during this time period: While it is true that World Gold Council may be underestimating Chinese physical gold demand, and its impact on the annual surplus of deficit figures, a 7.5 Moz surplus is only 3% of the 284 Moz total gold bar and coin demand figure 2010-2016. However, the 801 Moz net silver deficit is more than 50% of total silver bar and coin demand during that same time period. Which means, physical silver investment demand is causing much more stress on the silver market than it is on gold. While the silver market has been able to supplement the annual deficits with old silver coin stocks or large bars that were liquidated during the 1990’s, this is not an endless supply. According to the data I obtained from the GFMS Team at Thompson Reuters, invested dumped a net 580 Moz of silver bar and coin on the market between 1995-1999. Now compare that to the past five years (2012-2016) as investors purchased a net 1,152 Moz (1.15 billion oz) of silver bar and coin. And here is the CLINCHER. From 1985 to 2007, the total net silver bar and coin demand was a NEGATIVE 95 Moz. Which means investors sold a net 95 Moz of silver bar and coin in that 23 year period. However, investors purchased a net 1,785 Moz of silver bar and coin from 2008 to 2016. This is a huge TREND CHANGE. After the U.S. financial and economic meltdown in 2007, investors continue to purchase a record amount of silver bar and coin. This has put severe stress on the silver market as the total net deficit since 2008 surpassed 1,155 Moz. While the silver market will continue to supplement the ongoing annual deficits with old silver stocks, this supply is not endless. Furthermore, the days of the TRUMP STOCK MARKET RALLY are numbered. The last time the stock market crashed 2,000 points in the beginning of 2016, investors flocked into gold and silver in a BIG WAY. In conclusion, the fundamentals in the silver market are setting up for a much higher price spike than gold due to the three reasons stated in the article. The timing of these event is hard to forecast as it is difficult to pinpoint when the Fed and Central Banks lose control of their massive market intervention. My work is not meant to provide a short term outlook on the precious metals, rather it offers fundamentals that will win out over the medium to longer term. Precious metals investors need to look at buying and holding gold and silver the same way an individual puts money away each month in their 401K, pension plan or retirement account. The difference between the precious metals investor acquiring PHYSICAL METAL compared to individual acquiring PAPER ASSETS or DIGITS, is one is real wealth, while the other is an IOU. Those who transition out of PAPER-DIGIT IOU’s and into physical gold and silver before the FAT LADY SINGS, will be rewarded with much better options. To understand why the markets may be heading for big trouble, check out my article, A Large Crack Appeared In The Global Market… And No One Noticed.

https://srsroccoreport.com/silver-market-set-up-for-much-higher-price-move-than-gold/ 

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At least 231 children abused at Catholic boys’ choir run by Pope Benedict’s brother

on February 6, 2017

Posted In: catholic church, global pedophile rings, world religious news image above Georg Ratzinger, brother of Pope Benedict AT LEAST 231 children at a famous Catholic boys’ choir in Germany were victims of physical abuse, a lawyer commissioned to investigate the scandal said today. The Domspatzen, a 1,000-year-old choir in Regensburg, Bavaria, was dragged into the massive sexual abuse scandal plaguing the Catholic Church in 2010, when allegations of assaults that took place several decades ago went public. The choir was run by Pope Benedict’s elder brother, Georg Ratzinger, from 1964 to 1994 when most of the claimed abuses took place. Ratzinger has said that the alleged sexual abuse was “never discussed” in the time that he ran the choir attached to the boarding school. Lawyer Ulrich Weber, who had been commissioned by the diocese to look into the cases, said at a press conference today that his research, which included 70 interviews with victims, uncovered abuse that took place from 1945 to the early 1990s. “I have here 231 reports of physical abuse,” he said, announcing a figure far higher than had previously been assumed. These ranged from sexual assault to rape, severe beatings and food deprivation, said Weber. The reported cases of sexual abuse in Regensburg were mostly concentrated in the period of the mid to end 1970s. Weber added that “50 victims spoke of ten perpetrators”. MONSTER POPE BENEDICT OR BENNY THE RAT Pope Benedict is applauded by members of the Regensburger Domspatzen choir, now the subject of a wide-ranging abuse scandal, in 2006. The director and composer Franz Wittenbrink, a former pupil of the boarding school, had told Der Spiegel magazine in 2010 that there was a “system of sadistic punishments connected to sexual pleasure”. Several other German institutions have also been engulfed by the ongoing clerical abuse scandal, including an elite Jesuit school in Berlin which had admitted to systematic sexual abuse of pupils by two priests in the 1970s and 1980s. Most of the priests concerned are not expected to face criminal charges however, because the alleged crimes took place too long ago. However, there had been calls for a change in the law and for the church to pay compensation to victims. SOURCE

http://countdowntozerotime.com/2017/02/06/at-least-231-children-abused-at-catholic-boys-choir-run-by-pope-benedicts-brother/ 

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For third time this winter, the North Pole will warm to near melting point

By Andrew Freedman 2 days ago

An extraordinarily powerful storm system is spinning across the North Atlantic Ocean, just southeast of Greenland. Together with long-term climate change and other transitory weather systems, it is setting the stage for a dramatic and unusual warmup at the North Pole this week. For the third time this winter, such a storm is likely to vault unusually warm air toward the pole, potentially bringing temperatures across the sunless Arctic to near the melting point for a brief period late this week. SEE ALSO: No, U.S. climate scientists didn't trick the world into adopting the Paris deal The storm, an unnamed beast that looks like it came straight from meteorological central casting, exploded in intensity on Sunday. The air pressure at the center of the storm bottomed out at an astonishing 932 millibars, or 27.52 inches of mercury on a home barometer. In general, the lower the pressure, the stronger the storm, and a reading this low indicates that the storm means business. In fact, such a low pressure reading is more typically seen in Category 3 or 4 hurricanes, although this particular tempest is not tropical in origin, and therefore was not given a name by the National Hurricane Center. The National Weather Service's Ocean Prediction Center (OPC) has been keeping an eye out on this storm for a while. In fact, the center predicted that the storm would develop and intensify into a dangerous low pressure area that could doom ships caught in its path. According to the OPC, the weather system has clocked in with winds as high as 90 miles per hour, and churned up waves of greater than 46 feet along its southeastern flank. Arctic heat wave While this powerful storm is noteworthy on its own, its impacts across the Arctic will be especially significant. The Arctic has had a freakishly warm winter to follow its warmest year on record. Sea ice extent continues to limp along at an anemic record low for this time of year, due to weather patterns and long-term climate change. The Arctic is warming at twice the rate of the rest of the globe, mainly because of feedback loops in the climate system that kick in as snow and ice melts and darker land and sea surfaces are exposed to the sun. This winter has been anything but typical in the far north. On at least two occasions, so far, the North Pole itself has neared or reached the melting point of 0 degrees Celsius, or 32 degrees Fahrenheit, in part because of pulses of mild and moist air flooding the region from the Atlantic side of the Arctic Ocean. On Thursday, temperature departures from normal of 50 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit are projected for areas near the North Pole. Such anomalies would take actual air temperatures to near the melting point. This particular storm will cause the third such event since November, as the counterclockwise flow of air around the low pressure area teams up with the circulation around a high pressure area over northern Europe, funneling mild air toward the North Pole. While these relatively brief Arctic warmups are not unheard of, having so many of them in a single winter is rare. If this situation seems familiar to you, it's because a nearly identical event occurred in December 2015, causing alarm over a melting North Pole. During the last warm Arctic event, experts said that while storm systems are the major player in causing transient and dramatic warm spells, such events are most likely enabled by low sea ice cover as well. The second-lowest sea ice cover on record in the Arctic was recorded in September, and recent months have set monthly records as well. In the summer and fall, missing sea ice cover allows ocean waters to absorb heat from the sun, which is then slowly released into the air in the fall and early winter. Ice-covered areas stay cooler since sea ice reflects most incoming solar radiation. A study published in Nature Scientific Reports on Dec. 15 found that North Pole winter warming events are associated with low pressure systems, or cyclones, near the pole, as well as a polar vortex that is "perturbed," or weakened, which allows for areas of extreme cold to leak out into the midlatitudes. Both of these conditions are present this week, and have been at other times this winter. The author of that Nature study, Kent Moore, a physics professor at the University of Toronto, said in December that records of such events go back at least to 1959, with an observed frequency of about once or twice each decade. While there isn't a clear indication that these events are becoming more frequent, Moore said the magnitude of the temperature extremes are growing at twice the rate of general Arctic warming. Moore says this is consistent with the loss of winter sea ice near Norway, which allows a "reservoir" of warm air to move closer to the Pole, where storms can tap into it. "We’re getting to the point where extremes are becoming more extreme,” Moore said. According to Moore, sudden warming events like this one can cause serious problems for Arctic wildlife by causing rain to fall on top of snow, leading to an icy crust that prevents reindeer herds from accessing their food beneath the snow.

http://mashable.com/2017/02/06/storm-will-warm-north-pole-melting-point/#lVCIqO0Exaqm 

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NEW!!! Q-CAST: Fukushima - Third of Sea Life DEAD! 2-6-17

Steve Quayle Published on Feb 6, 2017

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=upKn54nxBlY 

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'Leftist Fight Club' trains UCF students to fight Republicans

Lauren Cooley Florida Campus Correspondent @laurenacooley on Feb 06, 2017 at 12:08 PM EDT

The “Knights for Socialism” group at the University of Central Florida (UCF) held a workshop Sunday to teach left-wing students how to “BASH THE FASH” with a “Leftist Fight Club” open to everyone but Republicans. “In response to the record number of hate crimes against Latinxs, Immigrants, Muslims, Women, the LGBTQIA+ community, Jews, African Americans and other minorities since the rise of Donald Trump and other Alt-Right Neo-Nazis, Knights for Socialism has decided to host a series of self-defense clinics for anyone that wants to learn how to BASH THE FASH,” asserts the Facebook event page for “Leftist Fight Club: The Rumbles at Lake Claire.” The description explains that a local amateur boxer was on hand to teach basic hand-to-hand combat techniques at the self-defense clinic, in order to help the socialist students better protect themselves from potential hate crimes performed by those sympathetic to “Donald Trump and other Alt-Right Neo-Nazis.” After the instruction, students were given the opportunity to practice what they learned by sparring with one another. The event planners specifically urged women to attend because they expect a rise in sexual violence due to the election of President Trump. “Ladies: The Commander in thief is a sexual predator and rapist,” the description warns. “He has normalised sexual assault and it is expected that sexual violence against women is going to skyrocket in the next 12 months. Please join us! There will be other women there for you to spar against!” The organizers also imply that they are looking forward to unprotected sparring, remarking that “We will have gloves and pads, no bare-knuckle yet ;).” Scott Benton, a UCF College Republican, told Campus Reform that he considers the impulse toward violence to be a natural consequence of the intellectual indefensibility of leftists beliefs, saying, “If you can’t hang with someone on a debate stage, then you resort to other means to try and justify your cause.” Other students, however, say they feel less safe on campus because of the event. Campus Reform obtained an email exchange in which a UCF student alerts the Dean of Student Conduct, Dana Juntunen, to the existence of the “disturbing event,” to which Juntunen replied by thanking the student for bringing the event to the school’s attention and stating that campus administrators would be “looking further into this.” “This event is open to everyone and anyone, EXCEPT REPUBLICANS,” the Facebook event page proudly proclaims. Karis Lockhart, chair of the UCF College Republicans, put it simply, telling Campus Reform that “the fact that the description of the event says ‘everyone except republicans’ means they don't want to hold an educational discussion about the issues, they just want to whine.” Neither Knights for Socialism nor UCF spokespersons responded to requests for comment from Campus Reform in time for publication.

http://www.campusreform.org/?ID=8741 

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Google Redefines ‘Fascism’ To Smear Conservatives

"Extreme right-wing, authoritarian, or intolerant views or practice.”

The word "fascist" is on the lips of every progressive these days who hysterically likens President Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler despite being unable to define the word correctly. In fact, its true definition is irrelevant to progressives, because all they care about is employing the nasty label as a scare tactic to paint Trump and conservatives as Nazis. For any progressive who might actually have the intellectual curiosity to look up the definition online, The Daily Caller reports that Google, the world’s most popular search engine, has now helpfully twisted the definition to smear the right. As the Daily Caller points out, Merriam-Webster defines the word “fascism” as “a political philosophy, movement, or regime (as that of the Fascisti) that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition.” The secondary definition is “a tendency toward or actual exercise of strong autocratic or dictatorial control.” This definition stresses the fact that Nazis were fascists of the left, who generally advocate for a powerful central government, as opposed to the right's preference for less intrusive government where power rests with the states and individuals. Google, on the other hand, now defines fascism as “an authoritarian and nationalistic right-wing system of government and social organization,” [emphasis added] and omitted the “severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition” part. Its secondary definition is, “extreme right-wing, authoritarian, or intolerant views or practice.” Here is a screen capture of the definition from Google: It's unknown why Google changed the definition, but Google co-founder Sergey Brin is a known progressive activist and Trump critic. You do the math. As the Daily Caller concludes, Many members of the mainstream media have unquestioningly adopted the new Google meaning without explaining why, leaving their audience with the impression that speech or advocacy contrary to liberal orthodoxy is fascistic when, by definition, it is not.

http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/google-redefines-fascism-smear-conservatives 

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STARBUCKS, GOOGLE, TESLA MOTORS, AND OTHERS- OPPOSITION TO TRUMP IS A PROJECTION OF GLOBALIST HATRED

Opposition to Trump is a Projection of Globalist Hatred of Nationalism, European America and Ethnic Nationalism in General

By Jack Mullen | The Government Rag | 4Feb2017

“If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face – forever.” George Orwell

Travel ban opposition aimed at Trump is the PROJECTION of a rabid, deep hatred of European America, Americans and ethnic nationalism in general. The Zionist world platform is based on infiltrating existing culture, slowly occupying positions which influence culture, media, art, science, education and the like – and, after a period of time, they begin to create their own culture, a rotten, fake, dirty, shallow, hallow, plastic culture. As time passes and they go unnoticed they slowly begin streaming their culture, illustrating fake lifestyles, featuring prurient and morally degrading images, manufacturing irrational, immoral, unnatural social situations, and creating narratives which reinforce fabricated, heavily publicized, events (fake news and history) which steer the culture toward the goals of the Zionist/Communist agenda. Companies such as Google, Starbucks, Tesla Motors and individuals and super too-good-to-be-true stars like Elon Musk are subversive enemies of nationalism, European culture, ethnic culture and natural mankind in general Starbucks promises to create 10,000 jobs starting in the USA — but not for the dominant, struggling, over taxed, licensed-to-death, insurance poor, mortgaged to the hilt, middle class American — nope — these haters of standard of living, outside of their “Hunger Games” elites and the American legacy plan to employ refugees. The unemployment rate in America is really, according to the reality based stats at Shadow Stats (shadowstats.com ) 22.7% and rising (government stats are shameless lies. ) Layoffs are conveniently never covered and the loss of primary manufacturing means the only sectors presenting openings are in restaurant and bar jobs, prison guards for growing prison populations and miscellaneous part time work. But there are many including Starbucks which support offshoring American jobs while importing illegal refugees to pick up the part time jobs that might open up — Please Boycott Starbucks, Elon Musk fairy tales and all the other globalist companies subversively hammering away at the old world of nations and building their dumbed-down planet of the morons – they like to call their New World Order. For your information and research queries, Starbucks was invited to participate in discussions about implementing and creating the Transpacific Partnership TPP. This agreement would have stamped out the American Standard of Living by forcing Americans to take wages for work that could be done elsewhere cheaper at the lower outside wage — For many that would mean $2 hour jobs for certain types of jobs Americans were told were being “created” in the USA. According to an article critical of Starbucks, there are 5 good reasons to stop buying this mega-corporations products ($14 billion a year) – These reasons include: Starbucks uses non-organic milk from factory farms Starbucks peddles mostly non-organic, GMO (junk) foods and drinks Starbucks is a member of the Grocery Manufacturers Association (which spends millions a year trying to block product labeling) Starbucks fails the Fair Trade test Starbucks is negotiating “free trade” in secret Are we not sick (literally) to death of these alien, hostile, globalist elitists and their bastard offspring corporations trying to destroy America ? Does anyone believe they will be better off as a tax slave in a One World Dictatorship? “All the time we are denying with our lips what we are doing with our hands.” - Professor Arnold Toynbee, in a June 1931 speech before the Institute for the Study of International Affairs in Copenhagen.

http://www.thegovernmentrag.com/starbucks-google-tesla-motors-elon-musk-others-opposition-to-trump-is-a-projection-of-hatred.html#.WJs_FTgoEdV 

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Reuters told their reporters to cover Donald Trump like a dictator :Who Owns The Media? Are you really getting the truth?

on February 7, 2017 Posted In: america, Donald Trump, DONALD TRUMP

Steve Adler, editor in chief of Reuters news agency, has written a memo for all Reuters journalists instructing them how to cover Donald Trump’s administration. In the memo, Adler acknowledged that Trump’s presidency is an entirely new challenge for United States political journalists, in that they are dealing with an administration that has already actively spread disinformation. He pointed to the outlet’s history in covering dictatorial regimes in ZImbabwe, Russia, Egypt and Turkey: To state the obvious, Reuters is a global news organisation that reports independently and fairly in more than 100 countries, including many in which the media is unwelcome and frequently under attack. I am perpetually proud of our work in places such as Turkey, the Philippines, Egypt, Iraq, Yemen, Thailand, China, Zimbabwe, and Russia, nations in which we sometimes encounter some combination of censorship, legal prosecution, visa denials, and even physical threats to our journalists. He continued: We don’t know yet how sharp the Trump administration’s attacks will be over time or to what extent those attacks will be accompanied by legal restrictions on our news-gathering. But we do know that we must follow the same rules that govern our work anywhere. He urged reporters not to worry about the “inside baseball,” and be resourceful in the event of the administration cutting off access channels. Adler then listed the Do’s and Don’ts for best practice; which included to “worry less about official access” and to not “take too dark a view of the reporting environment: It’s an opportunity for us to practice the skills we’ve learned in much tougher places around the world and to lead by example”. You can read the full briefing on the Reuters website. Question? Who Owns The Media? Who Owns Reuters? These are the 6 media companies that exist today. There used to be 88. These 6 all get their news from Reuters and the Associated Press. As many people have come to believe real journalism is dead. Gone are the days of objective fact-finding journalism. Most mass consumed media today is nothing more than state-sponsored propaganda. The non-stop partisan media shares one common trait. The political lines are nothing more than an illusion propagated by these 6 corporations. Who get their news from 2 sources. Whose agenda is being sold via the media to the unwashed masses? Let us take a look. Reuters was previously owned by the Rothschild banking family. They sold Reuters to the Thompson family in 2008. The new company is called Thompson-Reuters. The Thompson family owns a majority of shares at 53%. Historically, no single individual has been permitted to own more than 15% of Reuters, under the first of the Reuters Principles, which states, “Reuters shall at no time pass into the hands of any one interest, group or faction.” However, that restriction was waived for the purchase by the Thomson family. When you get all of your information from 6 corporations who then, get all their information from two sources. Are you really getting the truth? What will it take to get the truth out of the media? Perhaps water boarding might be a good start? When so few give out the news to so many rather than covering Trump like he is a dictator wouldn’t it be more fair to say that the propaganda emanating from such sources is like the news from a state run dictatorship? in other words FAKE NEWS EVERYDAY ALL DAY. No wonder Trump is in favor of waterboarding.

http://countdowntozerotime.com/2017/02/07/reuters-told-their-reporters-to-cover-donald-trump-like-a-dictator-who-owns-the-media-are-you-really-getting-the-truth/ 

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“Behead them in their own homes”: Pennsylvania Muslim’s assassination list of US military personnel

By Pamela Geller - on February 6, 2017

Interesting, I don’t see any New York Times, Washington Post, ABC, NBC, CBS, et al coverage of the story, but Islamophobia stories (that turn out to fake, of course) are splashed across their front/home pages.

February 6, 20175:10 pm By Robert Spencer: “After the hearing, Thornton described his client as ‘a young kid who was tweeting from his bedroom. He’s very sorry that he ever got himself involved in something like this.’His targets would have been even sorrier if this poor “young kid” had carried out his plans. “Pennsylvania man, 20, pleads guilty to charges he conspired to aid the Islamic State,” Associated Press, January 30, 2017 (thanks to Creeping Sharia): A 20-year-old Pennsylvania man pleaded guilty Monday to trying to help the Islamic State group and to tweeting out a list that identified and targeted people serving in the U.S. military. Jalil Ibn Ameer Aziz faces the potential of up to 25 years and a $500,000 fine after admitting to a charge of conspiring to provide material support to the Islamic State group and to transmitting a communication containing a threat, both felonies. Aziz, a natural born American arrested in Harrisburg in December 2015, used about 70 different Twitter accounts and an encrypted mobile messaging application to spread messages from the Islamic State group and to help people trying to travel to territory it controls, said federal counterterrorism prosecutor Robert Sander. In March 2015, Aziz published on Twitter a list of more than 100 American military personnel that included photos, rank and addresses, along with instructions to kill them, Sander told the judge. Aziz referred to it as an assassination list, Sander said. The message exhorted people to ‘kill them in their own lands, behead them in their own homes, stab them to death as they walk their street.’ Federal officials say the service members on the list were notified and appropriate security measures were taken. During a search in November 2015, authorities found five high-capacity magazines, a knife, a balaclava and other equipment in the home he shared in Harrisburg with his parents. Federal public defender Thomas Thornton said Aziz does not remember all of the messages he was accused of sending or retweeting. After the hearing, Thornton described his client as ‘a young kid who was tweeting from his bedroom.’ ‘He’s very sorry that he ever got himself involved in something like this,’ Thornton said. Authorities have said Aziz also expressed on Twitter his interest in ‘buying’ a Yazidi woman upon his arrival in Islamic State group territory. ‘I just want one girl 17 years old,’ he tweeted, according to federal prosecutors. In a filing last week that argued the Yazidi posts were irrelevant and should not be evidence at trial, Thornton called the communications ‘no more than the fantastical musings of an isolated and suppressed teenage boy.’ Yazidis, whose heartland is in Iraq’s remote Sijar region, have been targeted by Islamic State group militants for conversion and elimination, and Yazidi women have described being forced into sexual slavery….

http://pamelageller.com/2017/02/pa-muslim-behead-us-military-soldiers.html/ 

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Accepting the authority of Jesus

Jonathan McAnulty - Minister

Jesus was crucified on the cross and buried in a tomb. In fulfillment of His words and the words of Scripture, He rose from the dead on the third day and appeared to many witnesses. Chief amongst these witnesses were the apostles He had selected to carry His words to the world. (cf. 1 Corinthians 15:1-5) Having risen from the dead, when Jesus appeared to His apostles, He declared to them, “All authority has been given to me in Heaven and on earth.” (Matthew 28:18) The resurrection of Christ was the crowning of Jesus as King, and the fulfillment of the second Psalm, in which we read, “I have set my King on my holy hill,” and “you are my son, today I have begotten you.” This psalm declares the Jesus will rule the nations with a rod of iron, a rod that the New Testament confirms Jesus now has. (cf. Psalms 2:6-9; Revelation 2:27) The Bible calls Jesus the King of kings, and the Lord of lords. When Jesus claimed to possess all authority, He was claiming nothing less than the full power of divinity. His word is law. His judgment is absolute, and to Him, every knee shall one day bend. But what does that authority mean for us today? Many are willing to give faith in Jesus lip service, but are not actually willing to live their lives according to His commandments. When Jesus says, “all authority,” He is demanding a choice… do you believe that the Son of God rose from the dead and deserves to command your every word and deed by the power of His authority, or do you reject His authority? (cf. Colossians 3:17) It is not enough to nod in agreement with the words of Jesus. A king expects those things he commands to be carried out. In one place, Jesus said that the man who heard His words and did them was like a wise man, building his house on a firm rock, and was able thus to withstand the storm. But the man who hears the words of Jesus and refuses to do them, Jesus said, is a foolish man who has built his house on sand, and is destined for a great fall when the storm strikes. (cf. Matthew 7:24-27) Though there are many possible storms that can afflict a man’s soul, we cannot forget the rod of judgment the Bible says that Jesus possesses: that same rod He will use to dash the wicked and rebellious nations to pieces. It seems like a rod powerful enough to punish nations is likely effective against a single wicked and rebellious man. After declaring the force of His authority, Jesus then proceeded to give a command. His followers were authorized to go out and make disciples. Specifically Jesus commanded, “Go and make disciples, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.” (Matthew 28:19) Jesus was speaking, at this time, to those who were already disciples – men and women who already believed in Him and accepted His authority. He was telling them to go find others who would be willing to accept His authority, obey His commands, and follow Him all the way, wherever He would lead. A disciple of Christ is thus one who accepts the authority of Jesus and wants to obey Him. In obedience, that person is going to be baptized, beginning a walk of righteousness and obedience. This baptism, we are elsewhere taught, is a baptism of believers (cf. Mark 16:16), who have repented of their sins (cf. Acts 2:48) and who want to have those sins washed away through the blood and power of Christ (cf. Acts 22:16). This new birth of baptism (cf. John 3:5; Romans 6:4) is a burial with Christ, and a rising to walk a new life. This new life is one lived in conformity to the Lord, who also said that disciples to come were to be taught to obey all those things He had commanded. (Matthew 28:20) Obeying His commands brings us right back around, full circle, to His authority. The question for each one of us is this: do we believe that Jesus is the Son of God who is risen from the dead, and who has been given all authority in heaven and on earth? If so, then the wise man submits to Him in full obedience (cf. Psalm 2). Such a man will obey the commands of Christ, beginning with baptism, but certainly not ending there. And such a man, walking in the full authority of Christ will then seek to go out and find others who also desire to be the disciples of Christ, and teach them, just as he was taught of Christ. The church of Christ is a group of disciples who want to do all those things Jesus taught us, including the making of new disciples. We would love to have you study with us the words of Jesus, joining us in worship at 234 Chapel Drive, Gallipolis, Ohio. Likewise if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us through our website: chapelhillchurchofchrist.org. Jonathan McAnulty is minister of Chapel Hill Church of Christ.

http://mydailyregister.com/opinion/12198/accepting-the-authority-of-jesus 

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Witnessing For His Kingdom

Posted by Alex Wohler

Being God’s witness and bringing people to Christ is one of the most rewarding and challenging things anyone can ever do. Bringing people to Christ can be a challenge because not everyone will accept Him as their savior and their Lord. Some people may not believe the story of Jesus coming to Earth after a virgin birth, then preaching until He was 33, gathering 12 disciples and then dying on the cross for everyone’s sins. Some people will ultimately think that the entire story of Jesus, His life and ministry is a fake, untrue and even too extreme to be true. Some may even believe that His birth wasn’t even miraculous. Those people who don’t believe in Jesus are the ones we need to reach out to the most. Even though it’s important to continue to reach out to the believers, it is even more important that the unbelievers come to Christ. The fact that we can be witnesses to and for His story, to His glory and the ultimate gift of salvation that He gives, is a privilege we shouldn’t take for granted. People need to hear about Jesus in His word, through going to church and through Bible studies as well as through every day discussions. When someone asks how you are, you can respond with “I’m blessed.” Maybe that will open the door to them asking you why you say you feel like you’re blessed. Then it opens the door for you to tell them about how God has changed your life for the best and discuss how to gain His salvation. We can bring people to recognize Christ in us and in our lives through our words and through our actions. Maybe someone will see the kindness you bestow on others and in turn, return that favor to someone else. It can be as simple as holding a door for someone, opening a car door for someone, helping an elderly person or making dinner for one of your colleagues that is going through a death in the family. It can also be as simple as comforting a friend or a loved one after a stressful day on the job or at school. All of those actions show Gods love. Some people may have asked you, “how do you have that peace in your heart?” Or, “what can I do to gain the peace that you have? You always seem to be happy, why is that? What do you have that I don’t have?” Some of my favorite questions are: “what do I do about peace? I’ve prayed for peace and I never get it. I need that peace. How do I get the peace you have?” I explain that, God gives me the peace that I have, as well as the passion in my heart for my work and in my life. It is because of God, I am who I am today. He makes me who I am and continues to shape me into the person He wants me to be. Even if people don’t believe what I’m saying about Him, all I can do is try to teach them the one true way and how to ask for the salvation that God freely gives. Mathew 10:14, says,14 “If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, leave that home or town and shake the dust off your feet.” This verse says that all believers can do is try and share the good news with those who are suffering and those who don’t believe. If people don’t accept His message through the words He gives you, you can still pick yourself up, knowing that you did all you could. You can walk away with your heart full and your head held high. Don’t beat yourself up if someone doesn’t come to Christ through you. You will know full well in your heart that you did all you could for His Kingdom with that particular person. You can find the joy of teaching someone else about God too. All the people we talk to have to do is, ask God to come into their lives with all their heart, ask Him to forgive their sins and accept His forgiveness with their full heart. Some of the Bible verses that you can use in your discussions include: John 14:6. John 14:6 says, 6 “Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” Another verses to share with people is: John 3:16. it says says, 16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” This verse can be used to help people understand what Jesus did for them and that He wants a relationship with them, and that He wants to have a place prepared for them in Heaven. You can also explain to them that God wants everyone to come to Him so that they can be saved and have an eternal place in Heaven, one day when He returns. Romans 10:9 says, “If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” Another verse about witnessing for Him is, Ephesians 6:19: “19 Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.” This verse can be used to help others witness and through prayer for other believers. Witnessing and bringing people to Christ is one of the most challenging yet rewarding aspects of life. It is challenging because Satan is always prowling around like a Lion to devour us with his lies and schemes. He wants us to give up on bringing people to Christ. He can easily tell a believer that is it’s not worth pursuing God’s love or to help bring people to know Christ. He will tell people that they can make it on their own without God. Satan also spreads the fear that telling people about God will make people hate you and it will make you lose friends. Even though telling others the good news may cause you to loose friends, it can also save people’s lives. As Christians we learn not to believe Satan’s lies and trust in God’s almighty power. On the other hand, knowing and bringing people to Christ can be one of the most rewarding aspects in life, because He gives people the peace in life that we know only can come from Him. Philippians 4:7 says, “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Never give up on bringing people to Christ. He is who the world really needs. Don’t let anything hold you back from sharing the good news!

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Up to 13,000 secretly hanged in Syrian jail, says Amnesty

Thousands of other opponents of Assad died from torture and starvation at Saydnaya prison, witness reports suggest

As many as 13,000 opponents of Bashar al-Assad were secretly hanged in one of Syria’s most infamous prisons in the first five years of the country’s civil war as part of an extermination policy ordered by the highest levels of the Syrian government, according to Amnesty International. Many thousands more people held in Saydnaya prison died through torture and starvation, Amnesty said, and the bodies were dumped in two mass graves on the outskirts of Damascus between midnight and dawn most Tuesday mornings for at least five years. The report, Human Slaughterhouse, details allegations of state-sanctioned abuse that are unprecedented in Syria’s civil war, a conflict that has consistently broken new ground in depravity, leaving at least 400,000 people dead and nearly half the country’s population displaced. It suggests thousands more people could have been hanged in Saydnaya since the end of 2015, after which former guards and detainees who spoke to Amnesty no longer had access to verifiable information from inside the prison. Among the 84 people interviewed were four former guards at two key buildings, a “red building” in which civilian detainees were held and a “white building” that held former military members and where hangings were carried out in the basement. More than 12 months of research focused on 31 men who were held in both buildings. A military judge was also interviewed. The witnesses claimed that once or twice a week 20 to 50 people at a time were hanged after sham trials before a military court. Their bodies were taken to the nearby Tishreen military hospital where a cause of death was typically registered as a respiratory disorder or heart failure. They were buried on military land in Nahja, south of Damascus, and Qatana, a small town to the west. The report’s author, Nicolette Waldman, said the estimate of the number of people hanged ranged from a minimum of 5,000 to a maximum of 13,000. “There is no reason at all to expect that the hangings have stopped. We believe it is very likely that the executions are going on to this day and that many thousands more people have been killed,” she said. “They came for them on a Monday. Before they were hanged, victims were condemned to death in a two- to three-minute hearing. The death sentence was signed by the minister of defence, who was deputised to sign by President Assad. It is inconceivable that all of the top officials did not know about it. This was a policy of extermination.” Waldman said the hanging victims were separate to claims of the systematic killing of more than 11,000 detainees in Syria from March 2011 until August 2013, which were documented by a photographer codenamed Caesar who worked for the Syrian military police. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights claimed last May that at least 60,000 people had died as a result of torture or dire conditions in Syrian prisons from the earliest months of the anti-Assad insurrection. Since then, Syria has been gradually torn apart. The initial uprising was met with a brutal crackdown and mass detentions, and by late 2011 it had started to transform into an armed insurgency that aimed to topple the four-decade Assad dynasty and its supporting state structure. By mid-2012 the uprising had been joined by jihadists from outside Syria, who blended with hundreds of hardcore Islamists freed from Syrian prisons who had begun to splinter the opposition. All the while, mass arrests and detentions accelerated, as did an exodus of civilians from most parts of the country. The war soon sparked the biggest refugee crisis anywhere since the end of the second world war. Mass immigration has since been a focal point of political discourse in Europe and the US, feeding the rise of populism and nationalistic leaders such as Donald Trump, whose travel ban prevented Syrians, among others, from entering the US, until the order was overturned by a federal judge on Friday. Amnesty said non-state armed groups had also carried out serious human rights abuses against detainees. It singled out the al-Qaida-inspired Jabhat al-Nusra and Islamic State as perpetrators of war crimes. But it said the “vast majority of detention-related violations since 2011 have been carried out by Syrian authorities”. Witnesses to the killings in Saydnaya described a methodical routine in which those about to be hung were collected from their cell block in the red building in the afternoon and told they were to be transferred to another prison. They were instead taken to the basement of the white building, several hundred metres away, and repeatedly beaten. They were taken before a military judge and condemned, before being hanged between midnight and 3am. “Some of them initially did not know what the sounds were,” said Waldman. “It is such a dehumanising and horrible experience in prison already.” Amnesty said its witnesses had detailed each step of the process, with some giving graphic accounts of having heard the hangings being carried out in the room beneath them. The organisation said it had sought a response to its allegations from Syrian officials in mid-January but received no reply. Amnesty researchers are barred from entering Syria. “What we have uncovered is beyond anything else we have seen,” said Waldman. “This demands a new kind of response. These practices have to stop. It is one more step of diabolical intent by the Syrian authorities.”

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/feb/07/up-to-13000-secretly-hanged-in-syrian-jail-says-amnesty 

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etc. Keep your eyes; keep your eyes upon what is going on in the Mid-East, that is your tree, that is your tree, I have told you to watch Israel, that is your tree. etc.

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Israel legalises West Bank settler homes

Published: 10:03 pm, Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Israel's parliament has passed a law designed to legalise thousands of settler homes built on privately owned Palestinian land in the West Bank. The measure has drawn international concern, with UN Middle East envoy Nickolay Mladenov warning it will "greatly diminish the prospects for Arab-Israeli peace". Under the law, settlers could remain on the land if they built there without prior knowledge of Palestinian ownership, or if homes were constructed at the state's instruction. Palestinian owners would be compensated either with money or alternative land, even if they did not agree to give up their property. Jewish Israeli settlements on the West Bank and in East Jerusalem are illegal under international law. During a heated debate ahead of the vote, Israeli cabinet minister Ofir Akunis said: 'We are voting tonight on our right to the land. 'We are voting tonight on the connection between the Jewish people and its land. This whole land is ours. All of it.' The vote passed 60 to 52 in Israel's 120-member Knesset, but the law is expected to be challenged in the courts. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who was on a trip to London to meet Theresa May, had voiced misgivings about the law in the lead-up to the vote - and said he had wanted to delay it until his meeting with President Donald Trump in Washington on 15 February. Israel's attorney general has said it is unconstitutional and he will not defend it at the country's Supreme Court. Nabil Abu Rdeneh, a spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, said: 'This is an escalation that would only lead to more instability and chaos. It is unacceptable. It is denounced and the international community should act immediately.' Mrs May told MPs she had raised the issue of Israeli settlement building on Palestinian land during her meeting with Mr Netanyahu in Downing Street. Later, her spokeswoman said: 'We want to be able to support finding a resolution, finding a path to the two-state solution. 'In that context we want to work with Israel as a friend, recognise their right to be free from terrorism, but also be clear when we have concerns about that approach and how it can undermine trust.' During the meeting, Mrs May signalled her continued support for the international nuclear deal with Iran, despite Mr Netanyahu urging her to join President Trump in imposing fresh sanctions against Tehran. The Israeli PM believes the deal will do nothing to halt Iran's nuclear ambitions, but Mrs May's spokeswoman said the deal has 'neutralised the possibility of the Iranians acquiring nuclear weapons for more than a decade'. Co-operation on cybersecurity, innovation and technology were also discussed during his visit. Sky News UK

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Kremlin Wants Apology From Fox News Over Putin 'Killer' Comment, Says Iran Not 'Terrorist'

The Kremlin says it wants an apology from Fox News over what it said were "unacceptable" comments one of the U.S. channel's presenters made about Russian President Vladimir Putin. Speaking to U.S. President Donald Trump in an interview broadcast on February 5, Fox News's Bill O'Reilly called Putin "a killer." Trump responded, "There are a lot of killers. We've got a lot of killers. What do you think? Our country's so innocent?" Putin's spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said on February 6 that O'Reilly's comments were "unacceptable and insulting." He said the Kremlin would like "to receive an apology to the president" from Fox. Peskov declined to comment on Trump's response to O'Reilly's remark. Trump's remarks on the Russian president have been followed closely in the United States, where critics say he is too complimentary about Putin. U.S. intelligence agencies say Russia used hacking and other methods to meddle in the 2016 presidential election campaign with the aim of discrediting U.S. democracy, bolstering Trump, and undermining his rival in the November vote, Hillary Clinton. O'Reilly did not say who he believed Putin has killed. Some Kremlin opponents say they believe Putin was behind killings of critics such as journalist Anna Politkovskaya, who was shot dead in 2006, and politician Boris Nemtsov, who was gunned down in February 2015, as well as 1999 apartment-building bombings that killed hundreds of people in Russia and increased popular support for a second war against separatists in Chechnya. Putin and the Kremlin have denied involvement in these and other attacks. In January 2016, after a British judge ruled that Putin might have authorized the fatal poisoning of Aleksandr Litvinenko in London with the radioactive isotope polonium-210 in 2006. Trump noted that Putin had not been convicted of killing the former KGB officer and said: "Many people say it wasn't him. So who knows who did it?" Speaking to journalists on February 6, Peskov also said that the Kremlin did not agree with remarks by Trump in which he called Iran a "terrorist state." 'Don't Fix What's Not Broken' Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov, meanwhile, warned the United States not to try to "rewrite" a July 2015 deal between Tehran and six world powers that curtailed Iran's nuclear program in exchange for relief from economic sanctions. "My advice to our U.S. colleagues on the Iran nuclear deal is very simple: Don't try to fix what is not broken," Ryabkov said in an interview with the Russian PIR-Center think tank's magazine, Security Index. "It would be too risky to try to launch a new process on such a serious issue and seek new terms of the deal," he said. "This would be an undesirable and negative scenario, which would only add fuel to the fire in the Middle East." Trump has called the deal forged with Iran by the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France, and Germany "one of the worst deals we have ever made" and indicated during his campaign that he would seek to abandon or alter it, but has taken no specific steps to do so since he took office on January 20. His administration did, however, impose new sanctions on Iran on February 3, after Tehran carried out a medium-range ballistic-missile test. Russia has close relations with Iran, and both countries' military forces are backing the Syrian government in the country's civil war. While criticizing Trump's characterization of Iran, Peskov said that differences between Russia and the United States should not stop the two countries from building a mutually beneficial relationship. Ukraine Conflict The Kremlin also took issue with the White House's description of the conflict in eastern Ukraine, where government forces are fighting Russia-backed separatists in a war that has killed more than 9,750 people since April 2014. In a brief statement about Trump's February 4 telephone call with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, the White House said the two discussed topics including "Ukraine's long-running conflict with Russia." Peskov said: "There is no conflict between Ukraine and Russia. Donbas is exclusively an internal Ukrainian conflict." Russia has repeatedly denied involvement in the conflict, despite large amounts of evidence that it stirred up separatism in eastern Ukraine early in 2014 and has sent military forces and weapons into the region, which borders Russia, to help the separatists. The White House statement quoted Trump as saying the United States "will work with Ukraine, Russia, and all other parties involved to help them restore peace along the border." Trump's talk with Poroshenko came a week after he spoke by phone with Putin, their first conversation since Trump took office on January 20. An upsurge in fighting in the Donbas killed at least 35 people last week in a week of escalated fighting between Ukrainian troops and Russia-backed separatists. On February 2, the new U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, expressed "strong condemnation of Russia's actions" in eastern Ukraine. Haley also said that "Crimea is a part of Ukraine" and that U.S. sanctions related to Russia's seizure of Crimea in March 2014 "will remain in place until Russia returns control over the peninsula to Ukraine.” With reporting by Reuters, Interfax, AP, and TASS

http://www.rferl.org/a/russia-us-fox-news-apology-putin-killer/28282958.html 

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Putin orders Russia's air forces to prepare 'for a time of war' with 'special attention paid to air defence systems and readiness to repel aggression'

Defence minister Sergey Shoigu said Putin had ordered forces to 'evaluate readiness' for combat

Air defence systems are set to be deployed, he revealed

The move comes at a time of heightened tensions with Nato countries

By Dave Burke For Mailonline Published: 07:13 EST, 7 February 2017 | Updated: 10:04 EST, 7 February 2017

Vladimir Putin has ordered his air force to prepare for 'a time of war', Russia's defence minister has revealed. The Russian president has launched a spot check on the country's aerospace forces, in order to 'evaluate readiness' for combat. Air defence systems are set to be deployed, minister Sergey Shoigu revealed. He stated, TASS news agency reports: 'In accordance with the decision by the Armed Forces Supreme Commander, a snap check of the Aerospace Forces began to evaluate readiness of the control agencies and troops to carry out combat training tasks.' He continued: 'Special attention should be paid to combat alertness, deployment of air defense systems for a time of war and air groupings’ readiness to repel the aggression.' It comes during heightened tensions with Nato countries, and Putin has been publicly increasing his military strength in recent months. The defence minister said battalion task groups and tactical teams of ground troops had started to 'take steps in order to improve their interaction'. Fighter pilots have been practicing solitary excercises as well, he stated.

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etc. For I have warned you Russia is not your friend, I have warned you that China is not your friend, I have warned you that North Korea is not your friend and I have warned you that Iran is not your friend. etc.

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China sails warships near islands Mattis vowed to defend for Japan

By Lucas Tomlinson Published February 06, 2017 FoxNews.com

STATE-OF-THE-ART CHINESE BALLISTIC MISSILE APPEARS IN MILITARY DRILLS

The ships sailed within Japan’s territorial waters some 12 nautical miles off the islands in the East China Sea, roughly 140 miles northeast of Taiwan, a U.S. defense official told Fox News. On his first overseas trip as defense secretary, Jim Mattis, speaking in Tokyo, said China “has shredded the trust” of countries in the region by building up man-made islands in the South China Sea. He also said the U.S. commitment to protect Japanese territory applied to its islands in the East China Sea. CHINA'S FIRST LARGE HOMEMADE PASSENGER JET TO FLY IN 2017 Mattis later called for all regional disputes over territory to be handled peacefully during a press conference alongside his Japanese counterpart , Minister of Defense Tomomi Inada. The Chinese, who also lay claim to the Senkakus, call the uninhabited islands the Diaoyus. Japan has laid claim to the islands since the late 19th-century. China has claimed the islands since the end of World War II. “I made clear that our long-standing policy on the Senkaku Islands stands. The U.S. will continue to recognize Japanese administration of the islands,” Mattis said. “As such, Article 5 of the U.S.-Japan Security Treaty applies.” Article 5 commits the U.S. to defend Japan or its territories if attacked. Following Mattis’ pledge, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said, “We urge the U.S. side to take a responsible attitude, stop making wrong remarks... and avoid making the issue more complicated and bringing instability to the regional situation.” The three Chinese coast guard cutters were Haijing patrol boats with hull numbers 2302, 2305 and 2501, the U.S. official added. Chinese government ships intruded in Japanese waters at least 34 times in 2016, The Japan Times reported. The sailing of the Chinese warships close to the contested islands followed a series of other recent provocations in the region. China has flown nuclear-capable bombers around other contested islands, including the Spratly Islands, six times this year. The latest flight took place on Sunday, according to the official. In late November, China flew a pair of nuclear-capable bombers around Taiwan for the first time. Days later the Taiwanese president called then-President-elect Donald Trump to congratulate him on his election win. The call broke a decades-long “one-China” protocol with American leaders communicating directly with Beijing only. Japan scrambled eight F-15 fighter jets to intercept the Chinese flight while it was circumnavigating Taiwan, according to officials. In recent years, China has constructed seven artificial islands in the South China Sea and has placed runways on three of them. In recent months, China has added military fortifications to protect the islands In late December, China placed hundreds of surface-to-air missiles on Hainan Island off mainland China, which intelligence officials say could one day be moved to China’s man-made islands in the South China Sea to better defend them. President Trump’s newly confirmed secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, told lawmakers during his confirmation hearing last month that China’s buildup in the South China Sea was "akin to Russia’s taking Crimea” from Ukraine. "We’re going to have to send China a clear signal that, first, the island-building stops and, second, your access to those islands also is not going to be allowed,” he said. Mattis visited South Korea before arriving in Japan as part of his Asia trip. He also met Japan’s prime minister, Shinzo Abe. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/02/06/china-sails-warships-near-islands-mattis-vowed-to-defend-for-japan.html 

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BREAKING: CHINA JUST SENT JAPAN A BOLD MESSAGE AFTER MAD DOG MATTIS DECLARES US WILL DEFEND THEM

The Next News Network Published on Feb 6, 2017

sent three warships into Japanese waters close to the disputed Senkaku Islands. The ships entered Japanese territorial waters Monday and proceeded to approximately 12 miles from shore of the islands.

Sub for more: http://nnn.is/the_new_media  | Fred Maxwell for Western Journalism reports, Two days after Defense Secretary James Mattis criticized China and vowed to protect Japan in the event of an attack, China

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Trump's defense secretary warns North Korea there will be an 'effective and overwhelming' response if they use nuclear weapons as Kim Jong-un sacks his spy chief

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis pays first foreign visit in office to South Korea

Move is aimed at reassuring Seoul of US commitment to its security

Mattis warned North Korea that it face 'overwhelming response' if it attacked

North accused US and South of pushing peninsula to 'brink of nuclear war'

By Associated Press and Ariel Zilber For Dailymail.com Published: 20:52 EST, 2 February 2017 | Updated: 12:42 EST, 3 February 2017

Donald Trump's defense secretary James Mattis has warned North Korean despot Kim Jong-un his hermit state faces an 'effective and overwhelming response' if it uses nuclear weapons. During a visit to south east Asia, Mattis warned the dictator that he faces oblivion if he attacks either Japan or South Korea. Pyongyang responded by claiming Trump was pushing the peninsula to 'the brink of nuclear war' as it emerged Kim Jong-un had sacked his spy chief Kim Won-Hong for 'abuse of power'. Mattis issued the threat during a meeting with the South Korean defense minister Han Min Koo. He said: 'North Korea continues to launch missiles, develop its nuclear weapons program, and engage in threatening rhetoric and behavior. 'We stand with our peace-loving Republic of Korea ally to maintain stability on the peninsula and in the region,' he added. 'America's commitments to defending our allies and to upholding our extended deterrence guarantees remain ironclad: Any attack on the United States, or our allies, will be defeated, and any use of nuclear weapons would be met with a response that would be effective and overwhelming.' But the North says that Mattis' visit 'worked out a plan for a preemptive attack on the North and ... desperately pushed forward it, pushing the situation on the peninsula to the brink of a nuclear war.' Mattis's statement showed why he chose South Korea for his first visit overseas since becoming defense secretary January 20. He sought to reassure South Koreans of the longstanding US commitment to a defense treaty that President Donald Trump suggested during the campaign was a bad deal for America. Mattis also was discussing with the South Koreans a timetable for deploying an advanced US missile defense system, the Theater High-Altitude Area Defense, or THAAAD, that is meant to improve protection of South Korea and Japan — as well as US troops stationed in both countries — against a North Korean missile attack. The current caretaker South Korean government has said it supports THAAAD deployment, but the decision is in doubt because of approaching national elections. In his remarks Friday, Han echoed Mattis's concern about North Korea's nuclear and missile programs. He said they 'blatantly threaten' the international community and have created a 'severe security situation' on the Korean peninsula. He described Mattis's visit so early in his tenure as a warning to North Korea. After a series of meetings in Seoul, Mattis was scheduled to fly to Tokyo on Friday for further consultations. The US has 28,500 troops permanently based in South Korea and about 50,000 in Japan. Speaking to reporters as he traveled to South Korea, Mattis said he would consult with South Korean and Japanese officials about whether the current strategy for getting the North to curtail or eliminate its nuclear and missile programs was adequate. North Korea has said it was nearly ready to test-launch a ballistic missile of intercontinental range, meaning it could theoretically threat the United States. 'Were it not for the provocative behavior of North Korea, we would have no need for Thaad out here,' Mattis said in his breif remarks to reporters. Alluding to China's objections to having Thaad deployed in South Korea, Mattis said, 'Thaad should be a worry to no nation other than North Korea.' Following his trip to Seoul, Mattis continued to Tokyo to hold talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. He said: 'I want to make certain that Article 5 of our mutual defense treaty is understood to be as real to us today as it was a year ago, five years ago - and as it will be a year, and 10 years, from now.' Article 5 obliges the United States to defend territories under Japanese administrative control. Japan has been keen for assurances that Trump's administration would continue Washington's previous policy of committing to defend disputed East China Sea islands that are under Japanese control but claimed also by China. Abe said he was convinced that, with Trump and Mattis, the United States and Japan could demonstrate to the world their 'unwavering alliance'. Trump singled out both South Korea and Japan on the campaign trail, suggesting they were benefiting from the U.S. security umbrella without sharing enough of the costs. Mattis is due to hold sit-down talks on Saturday with Defense Minister Tomomi Inada, who has repeatedly said Japan is bearing its fair share of the costs for U.S. troops stationed there and has stressed that the alliance is good for both nations. Japan's defense spending remains around 1 percent of GDP, far behind China, which is locked in a dispute with Japan over the East China Sea islets, known as the Senkakus in Tokyo and the Diaoyus in Beijing. In Washington this week, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee held its first policy hearing since Trump took office to discuss North Korea. There were more questions than answers. Last month, Trump fueled speculation of possible US military action to pre-empt North Korea's weapons development. In response to Kim's threat, Trump tweeted, 'It won't happen!' But he didn't elaborate how he could be so sure. 'Does that mean we have drawn a red line?' Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., asked at Tuesday's Senate hearing. During the campaign, Trump complained that defense treaties disadvantaged the US and that he would not rule out abandoning signatories if they refuse to pay more for their defense. He also suggested that South Korea and Japan, which are already within the range of North Korean missiles, might acquire their own nuclear weapons rather than rely on US deterrence.

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Ex-Obama Official Suggests ‘Military Coup’ Against Trump

by Aaron Klein2 Feb 2017

In a blog post for Foreign Policy magazine, Rosa Brooks, a former Obama administration official, outlined four ways to “get rid” of President Trump, including declaring him mentally unfit for command or carrying out a military coup. Brooks is a Schwartz senior fellow at the New America Foundation, which is funded by billionaire George Soros’s Open Society Foundations. She served from 2009-2011 as Counselor to the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy and served as a senior adviser at Obama’s State Department. Her posting is titled “3 Ways to Get Rid of President Trump Before 2020,” although the piece actually outlines four ways. In what seems to be a deliberate tactic, Brooks repeatedly questions Trump’s mental stability, claiming that the president’s first week in office “has made it all too clear: Yes, he is as crazy as everyone feared.” Brooks, who is not a mental health professional, offered no evidence for her armchair psychological evaluation other than citing policies that she doesn’t like. Remember those optimistic pre-inauguration fantasies? I cherished them, too. You know: “Once he’s president, I’m sure he’ll realize it doesn’t really make sense to withdraw from all those treaties.” “Once he’s president, surely he’ll understand that he needs to stop tweeting out those random insults.” “Once he’s president, he’ll have to put aside that ridiculous campaign braggadocio about building a wall along the Mexican border.” And so on. Nope. In his first week in office, Trump has made it eminently clear that he meant every loopy, appalling word — and then some. Brooks listed four ways to get rid of a “crummy” president. Elect him out of office after his four-year term. “But after such a catastrophic first week, four years seems like a long time to wait,” she wrote. Impeachment. However, she lamented, “impeachments take time: months, if not longer — even with an enthusiastic Congress. And when you have a lunatic controlling the nuclear codes, even a few months seems like a perilously long time to wait.” Utilizing a claim of mental instability to invoke the 25th Amendment of the Constitution, which sets the path for the commander-in-chief’s removal if the “president is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office.” A military coup. She writes: “The fourth possibility is one that until recently I would have said was unthinkable in the United States of America: a military coup, or at least a refusal by military leaders to obey certain orders.” Regarding her suggested military coup, a creative Brooks proposes preposterous scenarios that she fears Trump might try to play out: What would top U.S. military leaders do if given an order that struck them as not merely ill-advised, but dangerously unhinged? An order that wasn’t along the lines of “Prepare a plan to invade Iraq if Congress authorizes it based on questionable intelligence,” but “Prepare to invade Mexico tomorrow!” or “Start rounding up Muslim Americans and sending them to Guantánamo!” or “I’m going to teach China a lesson — with nukes!” When it comes to invoking the 25th Amendment, Brooks argues for appealing to the “ambitions” of Vice President Mike Pence. That Amendment states: Whenever the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive departments or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall immediately assume the powers and duties of the office as Acting President. “Surely Pence wants to be president himself one day, right?” Brooks writes. “Pence isn’t exactly a political moderate — he’s been unremittingly hostile to gay rights, he’s a climate change skeptic, etc. — but, unappealing as his politics may be to many Americans, he does not appear to actually be insane. (This is the new threshold for plausibility in American politics: ‘not actually insane.’)” During the 2016 presidential campaign, opponents of Trump similarly attempted to delegitimize his policies by raising questions about his mental health. As I wrote at the time, the template for such attacks may have been set more than five decades ago when such claims were deployed against Senator Barry Goldwater during his 1964 presidential campaign, which was widely considered a threat to the political establishment. That theme has continued into Trump’s first two weeks in office. Earlier this week, U.S. News and World Report ran a story titled, “Temperament Tantrum: Some say President Donald Trump’s personality isn’t just flawed, it’s dangerous.” Apparently violating the so-called Goldwater Rule, established by the American Psychiatric Association after similar attacks against Goldwater, the magazine quoted numerous health care professionals attempting to categorize Trump’s mental stability. The APA’s Goldwater Rule forbids psychiatrists from commenting on someone’s mental status unless they first carry out an examination and the doctor is authorized by the patient to speak to the public. The U.S. News story, for example, quotes John D. Gartner, described as a “practicing psychotherapist who taught psychiatric residents at Johns Hopkins University Medical School” as claiming Trump is “dangerously mentally ill and temperamentally incapable of being president.” The Independent newspaper this week ran a story that also attempted to diagnose Trump. It was titled, “’Malignant narcisissm’: Donald Trump displays classic traits of mental illness, claim psychologists.” The article similarly cited mental health professionals commenting on Trump’s alleged psychological disorder. The Independent article partially drew from a New York Daily News story from this week titled, “President Trump exhibits classic signs of mental illness, including ‘malignant narcissism,’ shrinks say.” “Narcissism impairs his ability to see reality,” Dr. Julie Futrell, a clinical psychologist, told the newspaper while pointing out that she never actually treated Trump. During Goldwater’s candidacy, the campaign to distort the public’s perception of the politician culminated in an infamous 1964 article in Fact Magazine, which surveyed members of the American Psychiatric Association, or APA, on Goldwater’s mental stability, though none of the psychiatrists had personally examined the presidential candidate. The New York Times reported on the Goldwater smear: The survey, highly unscientific even by the standards of the time, was sent to 12,356 psychiatrists, of whom 2,417 responded. The results were published as a special issue: “The Unconscious of a Conservative: A Special Issue on the Mind of Barry Goldwater.” The psychiatrists’ assessment was brutal. Half of the respondents judged Mr. Goldwater psychologically unfit to be president. They used terms like “megalomaniac,” “paranoid,” and “grossly psychotic,” and some even offered specific diagnoses, including schizophrenia and narcissistic personality disorder. Only 27 percent of the respondents said Mr. Goldwater was mentally fit, and 23 percent said they didn’t know enough about him to make a judgment. Aaron Klein is Breitbart’s Jerusalem bureau chief and senior investigative reporter. He is a New York Times bestselling author and hosts the popular weekend talk radio program, “Aaron Klein Investigative Radio.” Follow him on Twitter @AaronKleinShow. Follow him on Facebook.

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/02/02/ex-obama-official-suggests-military-coup-trump/ 

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Facebook investing in neuroscience “telepathy” technology that can read minds, report your thoughts to the NSA

Thursday, February 02, 2017 by: Ethan Huff

(Natural News) Mark Zuckerberg and his team of social engineers are hoping to push the Facebook platform one step closer to singularity by developing new ways to invade the human mind in order to spy on people’s thoughts. According to reports, the social media giant is tasking a team of neuroscientists with developing a so-called “brain-computer interface” that will supposedly allow users to talk to each other telepathically, while also allowing Facebook to intercept this flow of communication for around-the-clock monitoring. Known conspicuously as the “Building 8,” or B8, team, the crew working on the project is using advanced neuroscience and electrical engineering to build a platform whereby it will one day be possible for Facebook to use artificial intelligence to map the thoughts and movements of users’ brain in order to exploit them. The technology will have the ability to “capture a thought,” to quote the words of Zuckerberg, who explained how it will all work at a question and answer session he attended back in 2016. In essence, the technology will give Facebook the ability to enter the human brain and extrapolate whatever is going on there, taking this information “in its ideal and perfect form in your head and shar[ing] that with the world,” Zuckerberg says. “The B8 team will apply DARPA-style breakthrough development at the intersection of ambitious science and product development,” reads a jobs announcement posted by Facebook about what the new project will entail. “It will operate on aggressive, fixed timelines, with extensive use of partnerships in universities, small and large businesses.” Using Facebook contributes to the enslavement of humanity by machines In an attempt to merge humans with machines, this latest Facebook endeavor is an absolute privacy and security nightmare that threatens to allow near-unlimited access into the human brain by advanced computer systems. Much like how Amazon’s “Alexa” can listen to speech and follow commands, Facebook’s B8 project will be able to listen to and track a person’s thoughts. An alarming ramification of such a prospect is the idea that Facebook, potentially working in lockstep with government spying programs like those at the National Security Agency (NSA), might gain access to the private thoughts of individuals who would rather keep such information to themselves. Facebook’s attempts to create a more “realistic and immersive” experience with its products could end up creating a thought prison of epic proportions. (RELATED: Read up on technological invasions of your privacy at PrivacyWatch.news) Whether such technology ever comes to fruition remains to be seen, but this certainly wouldn’t be the first time that Facebook as pushed the limits of spying and control — nor is it the first time that emerging Facebook technology has had such nefarious underpinnings. Facebook officials claim that users who are to become targets of active government monitoring or surveillance will be notified in advance, suggesting that anyone who has not received such a notice likely has nothing to worry about in terms of spying. But a statement released by Facebook’s security chief Alex Stamos about the company’s policy on this infers that only government “attacks” will be subject to such notification, and what exactly constitutes an attack? “While we have always taken steps to secure accounts that we believe to have been compromised, we decided to show this additional warning if we have a strong suspicion that an attack could be government-sponsored,” Stamos says. “We do this because these types of attacks tend to be more advanced and dangerous than others, and we strongly encourage affected people to take the actions necessary to secure all of their online accounts.” Stay informed on the abuse of technology to enslave humanity at GLITCH.news.

http://www.naturalnews.com/2017-02-02-facebook-investing-in-neuroscience-telepathy-technology-that-can-read-minds-report-thoughts-to-the-nsa.html 

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etc.. Watch, watch, watch as you begin to see the monetary system totally crumble and collapse, etc..

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America’s Student Debt Problem Is Much Bigger Than Anybody Realized

by Tyler Durden Feb 2, 2017 3:58 PM

The Department of Education recently released a memo admitting that repayment rates on student loans have been grossly exaggerated. Data from 99.8% of schools across the country has been manipulated to cover up growing problems with the $1.3 trillion in outstanding student loans. New calculations show that more than half of all borrowers from 1,000 different institutions have defaulted on or not paid back a single dollar of their loans over the last seven years. This comes in stark contrast to previous claims and should call into question any statistics provided by government agencies. The American people haven’t fully grasped the long-term implications of loaning a trillion dollars to young people who have no credit or assets. Increases in tuition seen over the past two decades have become a point of controversy and angst for those who don’t fully understand the contributing factors. Between 1995 and 2015, the average cost of a public, four-year university skyrocketed by well over 200%. Although federal student aid programs are often championed as a necessity, they have been instrumental in making higher education unaffordable. The opportunity to pay for college by working a part-time job evaporated as soon as huge sums of money were handed out to anyone with a pulse. Since students no longer pay their tuition upfront, colleges are able to raise prices in perpetuity, knowing the government will step in and make credit easier and easier to obtain. As an added bonus, outstanding student loans account for 45% of the government’s financial assets. Subsidizing the lives of an entire generation has turned personal growth and advancement into a choice instead of a necessity. After all, why take risks or work your way up from the bottom when with just a signature, the life you’ve always wanted could be laid at your feet? It’s not hard to figure out why so many people are tempted to take advantage of the instant gratification that comes from student loans, but like everything else in life, they have a price. The same safety net that delays the anxiety of the future also ensures that monthly payments will be owed for decades to come. Procrastinating when faced with pivotal life decisions is an instinct that used to be overcome as a teenager, but today it is worn like a badge of honor well into adulthood. The policies of intervention haven’t stopped at federal aid, and loan forgiveness is now being offered to those willing to work in the public sector or at a non-profit for ten years. This perverse incentive only serves to drive those desperately in debt further towards government dependence. Productive jobs are created when the needs of others are met in the free market, not by joining the ranks of the state for self-preservation. The idea that success comes exclusively through attending a university has created a stigma against some of the most valuable occupations. The lack of real skill sets has lead to a shortage of welders, electricians, carpenters, and other trade workers. Instead of learning through experience with apprenticeships, many students have embraced four years of sleeping in, drinking heavily, and getting an increasingly useless degree. While there are many fields that require specialized training, the surge in popularity of degrees like sociology, anthropology, and communications clearly illustrate a disconnect between the needs of the economy and the skills of the incoming workforce. The normalization of this system has blinded individuals to their own potential. Some of the most successful entrepreneurs and thinkers are those who have bypassed traditional education. Mark Zuckerberg, Steve Jobs, Richard Branson, and hundreds of other innovators achieved greatness by breaking from predictable paths to knowledge. Instead, passion and experience were the foundations that gave them the confidence needed to make groundbreaking strides. What it means to learn and be educated is changing rapidly as technology develops, and it will eventually force the State to adapt with it. Albert Einstein was able to spot the innate flaws in the education system even back in 1936, but it’s doubtful he could have fathomed how far things would go: “I want to oppose the idea that the school has to teach directly that special knowledge and those accomplishments which one has to use later directly in life. The demands of life are much too manifold to let such a specialized training in school appear possible…The development of general ability for independent thinking and judgment should always be placed foremost.” Those who do achieve their degrees often do so without developing important skills like critical thinking and individual discernment. The scariest part about this revelation is that almost 90% of outstanding private loans are co-signed by parents, making this an intergenerational problem. As the instability of pension funds, social security, and economic conditions continue, any additional burdens passed onto the baby boomers could have far-reaching ramifications. The vast distortions in information that this report exposes should motivate everyone to become an independent fact checker. The only way to reform this broken system is to shift the pursuit of knowledge towards the direction of each individual’s passion instead of creating more cogs for the machine.

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-02-02/america%E2%80%99s-student-debt-problem-much-bigger-anybody-realized 

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How Trump Can Help Persecuted Christians and Protect Americans with One Move

2017/02/03 by Raymond Ibrahim

During a recent interview on CBN, President Trump was asked if he thinks America should prioritize persecuted Christians as refugees. He responded: Yes. Yes, they’ve been horribly treated. If you were a Christian in Syria it was impossible, or at least very, very tough, to get into the United States. If you were a Muslim you could come in, but if you were a Christian, it was almost impossible and the reason that was so unfair — everybody was persecuted, in all fairness — but they were chopping off the heads of everybody but more so the Christians. And I thought it was very, very unfair. So we are going to help them. Trumps response is far different from that given by Barrack Hussein Obama back in November 2015. Then, as president, he described the idea of giving preference to Christian refugees as “shameful”: “That’s not American. That’s not who we are. We don’t have religious tests to our compassion,” he had added. While Obama was making such lofty admonishments, his administration was quietly discriminating against Mideast Christians in a myriad of ways—including, as Trump pointed out above, by very obviously favoring Muslim refugees over Christian ones. Indeed, despite the U.S. government’s own acknowledgement that ISIS was committing genocide against Syrian Christians—and not against fellow Sunni Muslims—the Obama administration took in 5,435 Muslims, almost all of whom were Sunni, but only 28 Christians. Considering that Christians are 10 percent of Syria’s population, to be merely on an equal ratio with Muslims entering America, at least 500 Christians should’ve been granted asylum, not 28. But questions of equal numbers aside, the idea of prioritizing Christian refugees over Muslims (which I argued for back in 2015) is not only more humane; it brings benefits to America as well. Consider: Unlike Muslims, Christian minorities are being singled out and persecuted simply because of their despised religious identity. From a humanitarian point of view—and humanitarianism is the reason being cited for accepting millions of refugees—Christians should receive top priority simply because they are the most persecuted group in the Middle East. Even before the Islamic State was formed, Christians were, and continue to be, targeted by Muslims in general—Muslim individuals, Muslim mobs, and Muslim regimes, from Muslim countries of all races (Arab, African, Asian)—and for the same reason: Christians are infidel number one. (See Crucified Again: Exposing Islam’s New War on Christians for hundreds of anecdotes before the rise of ISIS as well as the Muslim doctrines that create such hate for Christians.) Conversely, Muslim refugees—as opposed to the many ISIS and other jihadi sympathizers posing as “refugees”—are not fleeing religious persecution (as mentioned, 99% of Muslim refugees accepted into the U.S. are, like ISIS, Sunnis), but chaos created by the violent and supremacist teachings of their own religion. Hence why when large numbers of Muslims enter Western nations—in Germany, Sweden, France, the UK—tension, crimes, rapes, and terrorism soar. Indeed, what more proof is needed than the fact that so-called Muslim “refugees” are throwing Christians overboard during their boat voyages across the Mediterranean to Europe? Or that Muslim majority refugee centers in Europe are essentially microcosms of Muslim majority nations: there, Christian minorities continue to be persecuted. One report found that 88% of the 231 Christian refugees interviewed in Germany have suffered religiously motivated persecution in the form of insults, death threats, and sexual assaults. Some were pressured to convert to Islam. “I really didn’t know that after coming to Germany I would be harassed because of my faith in the very same way as back in Iran,” one Christian refugee said. Is persecuting religious minorities the behavior of people who are in need of refugee status in America? Or is this behavior yet another reminder that it is non-Muslims from the Middle East who are truly in need of sanctuary? The U.S. should further prioritize Christian refugees because U.S. foreign policies are directly responsible for exacerbating their persecution. Christians did not flee from Bashar Assad’s Syria, or Saddam Hussein’s Iraq, or Muamar Gaddafi’s Libya. Their systematic persecution—to the point of genocide—began only after the U.S. interfered in those nations under the pretext of “democracy.” All that these policies did is unleash the jihadi forces that the dictators had long kept suppressed. Now the Islamic State is deeply embedded in precisely all three nations, enslaving, raping, and slaughtering Christians and other minorities. Surely if U.S. policies were responsible for unleashing the full-blown jihad on Christians, the least humanitarian America can do is prioritize Christians as refugees? In fact, and as Trump pointed out during his CBN interview, it’s the opposite: According to one report, from May 1 to May 23 alone, 499 Syrian refugees were received into the U.S, 99% of them Sunnis. Zero Christians were admitted. Questions of fairness and humanitarianism aside, there are also benefits in absorbing Mideast Christians refugees instead of Muslims. Christians are easily assimilated in Western societies, due to the shared Christian heritage and outlook, and regularly become productive members of society. Muslims follow a completely different blueprint, Islamic law, or Sharia—which calls for constant hostility (jihad) against all non-Muslims, and advocates any number of distinctly anti-Western practices (misogyny, sex slavery, death for “blasphemers” and “apostates,” etc.). Hence it’s no surprise that many Muslim asylum seekers are anti-Western at heart—or, as a German police union chief once said, Muslim migrants “despise our country and laugh at our justice.” Mideast Christians also bring trustworthy language and cultural skills. They understand the Middle Eastern—including Islamic—mindset and can help the U.S. understand it. And unlike Muslims, Christians have no “conflicting loyalty” issues: Islamic law forbids Muslims from befriending or aiding “infidels” against fellow Muslims (click here to see some of the treachery this leads to in the U.S. and here to see the treachery Christians have suffered from their longtime Muslim neighbors and “friends”). No such threat exists among Mideast Christians. They too render unto God what is God’s and unto Caesar what is Caesar’s—not to mention they have no loyalty to the Islamic ideologies that made their lives a living hell in the Middle East, the Islamic ideologies that are also responsible for jihadi terror in America. Thus a win-win: the U.S. and Mideast Christians complement each other, if only in that they share the same foe. All the above reasons—from those that offer humanitarian relief to the true victims of persecution and genocide, to those that offer stability and benefits to the United States—are unassailable in their logic. President Trump understands this—even if most liberals and lying media don’t.

http://raymondibrahim.com/2017/02/03/trump-can-help-persecuted-christians-protect-americans-one-move/ 

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Western Europe braces its self for series of massive storms rolling in from Atlantic: Waves over 9 meters (30 feet) and 100mph winds

Friday, 3 February 2017

Photo The Sun Waves batter the Cornwall coast A series of massive storms rolling in from the Atlantic are unleashing powerful winds to Ireland the UK, France, Spain and neighboring Portugal through the first weekend of February. Northwestern France is likely to suffer the most extreme winds before the storms shifts southward later today. Winds of 150 km/h are expected on some exposed coastal areas possibly resulting in travel delays power outages and damage to trees and homes. Along with the threat for damaging winds, wind-driven rain will pound the same communities each day. No hiding place! Earthwind map shows the perfect storm! The greatest threat for flooding will be across northern Portugal and northwestern Spain where rainfall totals of 75-150 mm (3-6 inches) will be common with local amounts exceeding 200 mm (8 inches). Locations in western and central France can expect 25-75 mm (1-3 inches) of rain through Sunday, prompting localized flooding. “These storms will also bring a high risk for coastal flooding, especially during high tide,” said AccuWeather Meteorologist Tyler Roys. “Dangerous seas will also persist across the Bay of Biscay through Sunday with waves over 9 meters (30 feet) at times,” Roys added. Click on image to enlarge Additional unsettled weather is expected across France and Spain next week. However, the threat for damaging winds and flooding will lessen. A swell chart from Thursday at 9pm shows the largest waves reaching 36ft just off the coast of England and Ireland UK Storm Doris has arrived off the south coast of England and is battering Cornwall and will bring more gales and floods to the UK this weekend. As storm Doris takes aim for the UK some coastal areas are bracing themselves for winds of up to 100mph Met Office has issued severe weather warnings but has not named the low pressure system moving across, they have issued 42 flood alerts. Four people were rescued after getting stuck in 70mph winds on a Scottish coastal walk last night as storms brought huge waves and flash flooding across the west of Britain. With weather warnings in place, power cables have exploded, sending sparks flying, as stormy weather makes its way across the Atlantic to Britain. Trees have been blown over, crushing cars in Devon, while waves have battered the coastline in Dawlish. Coastguard rescue teams from Portpatrick, Stranraer, Drummore and Ballantrae were scrambled after a woman injured her leg and she and her three companions got stuck in inaccessible terrain near Dunskey Castle, in Dumfries and Galloway. In Stafford, a man had to be rescued by firefighters when his Mercedes was swamped with floodwater after a freak rain shower.  etc.. etc..

http://www.thebigwobble.org/2017/02/western-europe-braces-its-self-for.html 

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Australia's Unwanted Asylum Seekers (Mostly Iranians) to Be Resettled in the US

By Nayla Rush February 2017

UPDATE, 2/2/17: The deal to resettle Australia's unwanted asylum seekers made between Australia and the outgoing Obama administration is currently on hold. It is not certain yet whether the deal will be honored by the current Trump administration, especially following its latest executive order, temporarily halting refugee resettlement. After a contentious phone call with the Australian prime minister, President Trump on Twitter questioned the basis of such an agreement: "The Obama Administration agreed to take thousands of illegal immigrants from Australia. Why? I will study this dumb deal!" As we have written before, from the Australian point of view, this is a "great achievement," but it must be one of America's worst deals. (Originally published 12/5/16) The Obama administration is going to resettle in the United States an unspecified number of asylum seekers from Australia's offshore detention centers on the small island nation of Nauru and on Manus Island, part of Papua New Guinea. Australian officials hope to close both detention centers and resettle most (if not all) detainees before President Obama leaves office. Negotiations between the two governments have been ongoing for months but the deal was announced just last month, a few days after the U.S. presidential election. Homeland Security officials have already made the trip to Australia to interview detainees. Over 1,600 of them could be resettled into the U.S. by January 20, 2017. Australian Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, made the official announcement from Canberra on November 13: "I can now confirm that the government has reached a further third country resettlement arrangement for refugees presently in the regional processing centres. The agreement is with the United States." The PM insisted it was "a one-off agreement…not be repeated." The chief of Operation Sovereign Borders warned smugglers not to use this deal as an incentive to restart their illicit trade: "To the people smugglers, my message is simple: We have re-enforced our offshore law enforcement and intelligence cooperation and we have deployed more ships and more aircraft…Your boats will be intercepted and they will be returned safely." The U.S.-Australia deal comes only a couple of months after Australia announced it would take part in the U.S.-led effort to resettle Central American "refugees" from a processing center in Costa Rica. Australia is to increase its refugee intake to 18,750 (up 5,000 from 13,750) by 2018-19. The announcement was made in September at the Leaders' Summit on Refugees hosted by president Obama in New York. This surprise commitment leaves room for speculation of a possible "people-swap" between the two countries. The Australian PM rejected these allegations, insisting the agreement to resettle Central Americans was "not linked to any other resettlement discussions" involving Australia's refugees admitted into the U.S. What is certain is that President Obama was adamant to get world leaders to commit to more resettlement during his Refugee Summit. The success of this summit, it is safe to say, was personally important to him as he prepared to leave office and set up his legacy. Australia's Offshore Detention Policy under Pressure Australia follows a policy of mandatory and indefinite detention of unlawful noncitizens, including asylum seekers. Under Australia's tough border security laws, asylum seekers who are intercepted trying to reach the country by boat illegally are automatically sent to offshore processing centers. An offshore processing policy known as the "Pacific Solution" was introduced in 2001 to allow the transfer of unauthorized arrivals to offshore processing centers established on Nauru and Manus Island, where they are to remain while their asylum claims are processed. Those who were "found to be owed protection were eventually resettled either in Australia or in a third country, with the emphasis on trying to find resettlement solutions in a third country in preference to Australia." (Emphasis added). The Pacific Solution was criticized by human rights organizations as disproportionally costly, contrary to international refugee law and psychologically damaging for detainees. It was shut down in 2008 and reintroduced in 2012 in response to increases in boat arrivals and drowning. In July 2013, the government further toughened its immigration policy and announced that any asylum seeker who attempts to reach its shores without a visa would never be settled in Australia. Australia pays Nauru and Papua New Guinea to host these boat arrivals but could not get either one to settle them permanently, hence the search for resettlement in a third country. In September 2014, Australia and Cambodia signed an agreement to resettle refugees from Nauru. Australia provided Cambodia with $40 million in "development assistance" – not related to the resettlement deal according to officials – as well as $15 million for the resettlement program to be paid "on performance." The United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR, condemned the agreement as contrary to international norms, blaming Australia for attempting to shift its moral and legal protection obligation onto one of the least developed countries in the region. Most detainees on Nauru refused to go to Cambodia: protest marches were organized, many attempted suicide while others sewed their lips shut. Despite Australia's efforts to sell the deal through psychological pressure (reminding detainees they were never going to be admitted into Australia), cash incentives ($15,000 per person), and promises of family reunification (same cash amount to be given to every family member who joins in), only five refugees accepted to be resettled since the agreement was signed. The resettlement of offshore detainees reached a deadlock. Prime Minister Turnbull, whose recent poll numbers saw a 14-month low, was facing increased pressure from the opposition, the United Nations, and human rights groups to shut down the Nauru and Manus Island detention camps denounced as places of depression, despair, and violence. The conditions of over three years of detention have had enduring psychological damage on detainees, while mental health staff was scarce. Revolt and riots, incidents of self-harm, and suicide attempts (including swallowing poison and self-immolation) were alarmingly on the rise. Furthermore, the company that operates the offshore detention centers announced it will not renew its contract due to expire in three months. Since Australia cannot directly run its detention centers located in other sovereign nations, those are operated by Broadspectrum Limited, an Australian company contracted by the government. The company faced intense criticism by human rights groups. Accusations of sexual and human rights abuses carried out by its staff at the detention facilities put added pressure on the company despite its firm denial of any of these abuses. No Business in Abuse (NBIA), a movement "to shine a light on the corporations making money from an abusive detention system and to take practical actions to end it" is actively going after those involved in "the detention center business," calling upon investors not to work with companies that manage detention centers. Shen Narayanasamy, NBIA's executive director, warned: "Any company needs to know they face a massive public relations risk in running these centres." On April 2016, The Spanish company Ferrovial became the controlling shareholder of Broadspectrum Limited. Ferrovial subsequently announced it will not bid to get the new five-year contract (worth $2.7 billion) to run the offshore processing centers when its current contract expires in February 2017. The government of Papua New Guinea has also been under pressure after the supreme court ruled last April that the Regional Processing Centre was unconstitutional and ordered the closure of Australia's offshore detention facilities on Manus Island. Papua New Guinea's government agreed to close Manus Island's detention center while keeping a transit center facility open. Undoubtedly, the resettlement deal with the U.S. that could very well empty Australia's offshore processing camps comes as a relief for Turnbull's government. It also brings a substantial economic gain. The offshore detention centers cost the Australian government (and taxpayers) a lot of money. A recent report by UNICEF and Save the Children reveals that financial costs of at least $3.6 billion were incurred by Australian taxpayers between 2013 and 2016 in maintaining offshore processing Nauru and Papua New Guinea. "Offshore processing alone is estimated to cost over $400,000 per person, per year." The authors of the report recommend the following: "If Australia continues to refuse to resettle them in Australia, it must ensure third country resettlement by the end of 2016." This recommendation is about to be implemented as the United States may very well resettle Nauru and Manus Island detainees around that time frame. Australia's Offshore Asylum Seekers There are currently over 1,600 asylum seekers eligible for resettlement in the U.S. under the new deal reached between the two countries. According to Australian detention statistics released on September 30, 2016, there are 1,269 people in detention on Nauru and Manus Island, Papua New Guinea: 396 on Nauru and 873 on Manus Island (PNG). Of the 396 in Nauru, 300 are men, 51 women and 45 children. All 873 detained on Manus Island are men. Another 370 asylum seekers, also eligible for resettlement, came to Australia for medical treatment and refused to go back to the islands. According to refugee advocates, at least 10 are women, victims of sexual assault and rape while on Nauru. The other 360 include those receiving treatment for serious mental and physical health issues and their immediate family. All detainees who have left Nauru and Manus for medical treatment in Australia – including sexual assault victims and mental health patients – will have to return to the islands if they are to have any chance of being accepted under the U.S. resettlement deal. Asylum seekers who refuse offers to resettle or if their applications fail will be offered a 20-year visa to stay on Nauru, but no financial support. They could return to their country of origin or accept the Cambodian resettlement deal. They would be blocked from ever returning to Australia. A bill to ban for life those asylum seekers from ever coming to Australia is under discussion in the Senate. A total of 1,639 unwanted Australian asylum seekers could end up being admitted to the United States as refugees. Most are "Muslims from the Middle East, Africa and Asia" according to the Associated Press. A recent report released by the Australian government gives more insight: [T]he vast majority of asylum seekers at both Processing Centres [Nauru and Manus Island in Papua New Guinea] come from Iran. The PNG Processing Centre (which only accommodates males) is also largely composed of asylum seekers from the Middle East including countries such as Afghanistan, Iraq, and Pakistan. In contrast, the Nauru Processing Centre (which accommodates males, females and children) is also largely composed of asylum seekers from Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and with people who have no country of nationality (Stateless). The report includes a look at the composition of both processing centers: Multiple reports, including from the Australian parliament, have highlighted bad detention conditions, such as "inadequate healthcare, poor food and a lack of clean water, sewage pooling on the ground and allegations of brutal treatment by guards." The Nauru files reveal over 2,000 incidents of assault, abuse, and self-harm recorded on Nauru from May 2013 to October 2015. According to Dr. Peter Young, a former medical director of mental health for Australia's immigration detention system, long-term detention has serious mental health repercussions: "Self-harm and suicide attempts increase steadily after six months in detention." Under international law, Australia is legally responsible for the detainees on Nauru and Manus Island, but Australia says the welfare of the offshore detainees is the responsibility of their host state. How Many to Be Resettled and How Fast? It is not clear how many will be resettled in the U.S. under this arrangement. Michael Pezzullo from Australia's Immigration Department said it was up to the U.S. government to make that call. A spokesman said the U.S. State Department "will determine the size of this program in consultation with UNHCR. We outlined in a previous report the role of UNHCR in the selection and pre-screening process of refugees eligible for resettlement in the United States. According to the Australian Prime Minister, the U.S. is to give priority to the "most vulnerable," especially women, children and families on Nauru. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, however, was more inclusive: "We in the United States have agreed to consider referrals from UNHCR on refugees now residing in Nauru and in Papua New Guinea." (Emphasis added). Australian Immigration Minister Peter Dutton does want all asylum seekers resettled, including those whose refugee claims have been rejected but still refuse to go home. Iran (who is home to a majority of these asylum seekers) won't take back its nationals who won't agree to go home voluntarily. Australian media claim "the deal would see the transfer of up to 1800 detainees currently held on Manus Island and Nauru (many of whom have been detained by Australia for up two years) to the U.S. before Trump's presidency begins." It looks like the Turnbull government is, in the words of one report, "racing to implement an agreement for a one-off transfer of some of the 1800 detainees held in Australian immigration detention facilities on Manus Island and Nauru to the US." Australian Coalition frontbencher Christopher Pyne was confident there was "plenty of time" to put the deal in place before Trump takes office in January: "Two-and-a-half months is plenty of time, and if it's the case it will be another great achievement from the Turnbull Government." PM Turnbull also wished for the refugee resettlement deal to "proceed in a speedy manner." U.S. officials seem to be rushing as well; processing and security checks began soon after the deal was announced. "Officials from Homeland Security are in Australia right now, in fact and they will be going to Nauru shortly," Turnbull said on November 19 in Peru. We have no doubt the Obama administration can resettle all of Australia's unwanted offshore detainees in a couple of months or so if it wishes to do so. After all, it sped up resettlement processes in a "surge operation" this February in Jordan. Over 12,000 Syrian refugees were interviewed there in three months to meet President Obama's 10,000 FY 2016 target. 1,600 interviews in over two months seem like a child's play in comparison. Will President Trump Uphold the Deal? It is unclear if President Trump would honor the deal made between Australia and the outgoing Obama administration when he takes office this January. Prime Minister Turnbull did not discuss the deal with President-elect Trump: "We deal with one administration at a time and there is only one president of the United States at a time," he told reporters in Canberra. Turnbull did try to set up a meeting with Trump at his headquarters in New York a few days later on his way to the APEC forum in Peru, but was unsuccessful. The Trump administration could take a different position, acknowledged the secretary of Australia's Immigration Department, Michael Pezzullo, but "we have an agreement with the US Government". Former U.S. ambassador to Australia, John Berry, who was appointed by President Obama and returned to the U.S. this September, believes that Trump will honor the deal: "I do not foresee a big change on that issue, other than, you know, [Trump] may take a short while to learn and come up to the speed on the issues..." Contrary to Berry's prediction (and wish), President Trump might choose to stop the deal altogether instead of "coming up to speed" on it. But it could be too late: for refugees who already made it to the U.S. under the agreement, it doesn't seem like much could be done to reverse their resettlement, if for no other reason than it would be hard to find somewhere else to send them. Those who are still on the islands could be denied entry. President Obama and Australian PM Turnbull are well aware of that fact, hence their rush to implement the deal in full before January 20. Australia's Gain and America's Loss For the Australian government faced with intense criticism, political pressure, and huge financial costs, the deal with the U.S. is nothing short of a "great achievement," as its coalition leader, Christopher Pyne, put it. But it must be one of America's worst deals. Think of it this way, Australia's unwanted asylum seekers, originating for the most part from countries of turmoil (Iran, Afghanistan, Iraq) where violence and terrorism are not uncommon; those detained for years in offshore processing centers on two Pacific islands under horrible conditions, who suffer from serious physical and mental health problems, are to be admitted into the United States. The Obama administration expects these people in despair, traumatized by years of detention, to integrate and become "self-sufficient" after a few months in the United States? This is extremely optimistic, to say the least. But the recurrent question is, why bring Australia's unwanted asylum seekers here at all? According to Berry, the former U.S. ambassador to Australia, "this may be an opportunity for the United States to help Australia relieve some of the pressure on these sensitive areas." (Emphasis added). It certainly relieves Australia, which finally conceded that the island centers were unsustainable. But what's in it for the United States? Assuming President Obama was acting out of a humanitarian calling, the fact remains that immigration policies driven by humanitarian sensibility and compassion are nothing but a recipe for disaster. The truth is, this deal, to many if not most Americans, is beyond comprehension. There's another point to be made here: the refugee resettlement program is not about "picking and choosing" one's resettlement country. Resettlement, by definition, is to be implemented when no other viable option is available. Cambodia (or other countries) might not be ideal for asylum seekers trying to reach Australia and, for many, family members already settled there. But America is no consolation prize either. Prime Minister Turnbull met President Obama in Lima, Peru, for the last time and thanked him for, among other things, the refugee resettlement deal. He also added: "I'll leave it to Mr Trump when he is president of the US to advocate the interests of the United States, my job as Prime Minister is to look after Australia's interests." We hope and trust President Trump will do just that – defend first and foremost the interests of the United States. Meanwhile, we will keep asking, as we did before: What else might we expect to see from President Obama before he leaves office?

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UPDATE: REPORT DENIED: Secret Service Managers Fired, Escorted from White House Grounds

Kristinn Taylor Feb 3rd, 2017 12:47 am

UPDATE: The Secret Service has branded the report by reporter Steve Clemons that at least two managers were forced to resign overnight as “absolutely false”, the Washington Examiner reported. Friday morning. Clemons corrected and clarified his reports to now state that officials with White House cyber security were forced out. His new tweets have been added at the end of this article. “The report regarding the Secret Service personnel is absolutely false,” an agency spokeswoman said Friday. She referred all further questions to the White House press office, which did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Original TGP report based on Clemons reports: At least two manager level Secret Service officials were fired and escorted from the White House complex, according to a report by reporter Steve Clemons. The Secret Service was accused of slow-walking an investigation of an agent based in Denver who publicly stated she would not ‘take a bullet’ for President Donald Trump. “Reports coming in that some Secret Service mgr level personnel forced 2 resign 2nite & escorted out of EEOB. Two out but source says more…Repeat. Two (& perhaps more) @SecretService Mgr level staff abtuptly forced to resign tonight & escorted out of EEOB #trump #whitehouse”

http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2017/02/breaking-report-secret-service-managers-fired-escorted-white-house-complex/ 

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How on earth is all this stuff getting in the newspapers? Bob Haldeman told Richard Nixon that he had uncovered the culprit: Mark Felt, a top official at the FBI. “Now why the hell would he do that?” asked Nixon, who was secretly recording the exchange. Cracking down on Felt directly was out of the question, the two men agreed. “If we move on him, then he’ll go out and unload everything,” Haldeman said, of the man later revealed as Deep Throat. “He knows everything that’s to be known in the FBI. ”Donald Trump, a self-professed Nixon admirer, is learning this history lesson about the presidency in real time: His most dangerous enemies are people who ostensibly work for him. Modern presidents always feel hectored by the news media and harried by opposition legislators. But mortal threats to their power typically come from hostile forces inside the executive branch. The phenomenon has rarely been on more vivid display, with Trump buffeted by an unprecedented barrage of leaks about his decision-making and direct challenges to the decisions themselves—a new example coming almost daily—from within the permanent bureaucracy of government. On Trump’s first full day in office, he called National Park Service Director Michael Reynolds and ordered him to produce photos that would buttress Trump’s claims that reporters had falsely described the magnitude of his inaugural crowds. Trump’s intervention quickly found its way into the media. A draft executive order directing the CIA to consider reviving interrogation techniques widely regarded as torture was quickly publicized without White House approvalas was the news that Defense Secretary James Mattis and CIA Director Mike Pompeo were allegedly “blindsided” by the proposal. More than 1,000 State Department officials signed and submitted a “Dissent Channel” memo criticizing Trump’s executive order halting refugees from several predominately Muslim countries from entering the country. A memo from acting Attorney General Sally Yates to Justice Department officials telling them not to defend the order was quickly publicized, leading to Yates’ firing by Trump a few hours later. Extensive details of Trump’s combative phone calls with the leaders of Mexico and Australia—calls that ordinarily are private or are described in anodyne terms—were leaked shortly after the calls were over, from sources that likely included U.S. officials concerned by Trump’s unconventional brand of diplomacy. Reconstructions of a botched commando raid on Al Qaeda in Yemen— Trump’s first use of military force—noted that the decision-making meeting was attended by Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner and counselor Steve Bannon, an involvement by primarily political aides that offends many career national security officials. The examples are notable both for the speed in which they are coming and the obvious skepticism they convey from within the executive branch both about the merits of Trump’s agenda or the methods by which he is trying to impose it. “Where you have new Cabinet secretaries and unnamed officials speaking out on background across the board about the lack of input screams dysfunction and it’s dangerous and irresponsible,” said a former Bush administration official who did not want to be quoted by name criticizing the current administration. Trump reached his present station by mocking news media skeptics and humiliating establishment politicians who challenged him. He arguably has earned the right to be contemptuous of criticism from these quarters. But what he has experienced his first two weeks is different. It is an illustration of something most of his predecessors learned about the presidency: When people say “Yes, sir,” they might really mean “Screw you.” Nixon certainly knew it. It may have been the Washington Post that won fame for his fall. But as the Oct. 19, 1972, conversation with Haldeman in the White House tapes suggested, it was Felt and the institutional hostility of the FBI that was a primary engine of his undoing. Nixon and his most fearsome henchman had accurately fingered a key source for Watergate stories almost 33 years before Bob Woodward’s golden source was revealed. Nixon’s suspicion of institutional forces supposedly under his control was compulsive—but not necessarily inaccurate. Another passage in the tapes has him noting that Secretary of State William Rogers was vouching for the loyalty of Foreign Service officers. “He knows better. He knows better,” Nixon fumed, according to a transcript from the University of Virginia’s Miller Center. “Those sons of bitches are out to screw us.” The larger reality Nixon was describing—that presidential power can’t necessarily be captured in an org chart—is one that even presidents without his paranoid streak knew well. When Dwight Eisenhower, a five-star general who was used to having his orders followed, became president, his unadmiring predecessor Harry S. Truman supposedly remarked: “Poor Ike. He’ll say ‘do this’ and ‘do that’ and nothing at all will happen.” Unique among modern presidents, Trump arrived in office without government experience and without, so far as the public record is known, any deep reflection about how to use the levers of the executive branch to achieve his objectives. What’s unclear so far is whether his willingness to offend and defy the sensibilities of the executive branch servants assigned to carry out his policies simply reflects his own temperament or is part of a deliberate strategy. Asked about the State Department dissent channel memo, White House press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters: “These career bureaucrats have a problem with it? I think they should either get with the program or they can go.” “You can’t make omelets without breaking eggs,” was how Roger Stone, a longtime Trump adviser who also worked in the Nixon administration, put it. While Trump’s particular circumstances are extraordinary, the larger dynamic—like an unruly Rottweiler, the permanent bureaucracy will either be at your heel or at your throat—is one all presidents must reckon with. “I have often joked with people that one question that I heard more than once from the president is, ‘Don’t those people work for us?’” said Jack Quinn, former counsel to President Bill Clinton. Often presidents decide that accommodation, or sullen acquiescence, is the wiser course. During his first term, as President Barack Obama was deciding how rapidly to carry out his stated desire for withdrawal from Iraq and Afghanistan, the timing and substance of his policies often seemed to reflect his desire to avoid open warfare with the military. In particular, Gens. David Petraeus and Stanley McChrystal, before their own controversies forced them from office, were highly popular and well-connected commanders whose disagreement could have far-reaching implications for the administration even if they never went public with an open break. Clinton loathed Louis Freeh, his own appointee as director of the FBI, and mused to aides about whether Freeh was more disloyal or more incompetent. But because Freeh was investigating his own administration, and because Clinton had a distant-at-best relationship with Attorney General Janet Reno, he didn’t dare fire him. Asked if Clinton had confidence in his own appointee, press secretary Mike McCurry responded, “The president has great confidence that Louis Freeh is leading that agency as best he can.” While unsympathetic to Trump, Leon Panetta, a former chief of staff for Clinton and defense secretary and CIA director under Obama, sounded sympathetic to the larger challenge of getting the executive branch to yield to a president’s objectives. “To govern, frankly, it’s not a pretty-please process, it’s a kick-ass process,” Panetta said in an interview. One simple piece of advice Panetta has for Trump is face-time with his new bureaucrats to try to win their loyalty. “Most presidents take the time to visit the different departments and agencies and convey the fact that while they may not agree on all the issues, that they respect what they’re doing, what they’ve done and that they’re now part of a new administration. You gotta lay that groundwork or otherwise it all becomes guerrilla warfare,” he said. Extending that olive branch to your own government employees is a crucial step. “My experience is you’re far better off respecting the civil servants than you are by ignoring or dismissing them because it will come around and bite you in the end,” said David Gergen, a former adviser to four presidents, including Nixon. Though Trump’s style seems wildly improvisational, the public official in recent times who thought more methodically about how to control and dominate the executive branch was former Vice President Dick Cheney. Unlike Trump or his coterie, Cheney was intimately familiar with the hidden byways of the federal government due to his service as chief of staff under Gerald Ford, a member of Congress in the Reagan years and defense secretary in the George H.W. Bush administration. He believed that the presidency had been weakened by an overreaction to Watergate and was determined to restore presidential prerogatives to what he considered their rightful place. Along the way, he often faced a permanent bureaucracy hostile to his conservative ideology and hawkish military views. And he made it his mission to ensure that these forces did not thwart administration policies. “Cheney focused less on the Cabinet than subcabinet and assistant and deputy assistant secretaries because he knew the policy pivot points were there,” said Bart Gellman, senior fellow at the Century Foundation and author of “Angler: The Cheney Vice Presidency.” “He bypassed normal interagency and White House review, sending documents for Bush’s signature before even the staff secretary reviewed them,” Gellman noted. Cheney often got his way until Bush lost confidence in his hard-line ideas, and only then, said Gellman—pointing to the White House’s showdown with the Justice Department over warrantless wiretapping—when they became “a threat to his reelection and his presidency itself.” That’s a lesson that Trump, who is already revving up the 2020 machinery only 14 days into his term, can understand.

http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/02/trumps-enemies-within-214735 

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etc. Keep your eyes; keep your eyes upon what is going on in the Mid-East, that is your tree, that is your tree, I have told you to watch Israel, that is your tree. etc.

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Kuwait issues its own Trump-esque visa ban for five Muslim-majority countries

Published February 1st, 2017 - 09:17 GMT

Citizens from five Muslim-majority countries will no longer be able to obtain Kuwaiti visas, after reports the Gulf state issued tight entry restrictions that mirrored US President Donald Trump's Muslim ban. Syrians, Iraqis, Iranians, Pakistanis and Afghans will not be able to obtain visit, tourism or trade Kuwaiti visas with the news coming one day after the US slapped its own restrictions on seven Muslim-majority countries. Passport holders from the countries will no lot be allowed to enter the Gulf state while the blanket ban is in place and have been told not to apply to visas. Kuwaiti sources told local media that the restrictions were in place due to the "instability" in the five countries and that the ban would be lifted once the security situation improves. Pakistan and Afghanistan have all witnessed violence from extremist groups, while Syria and Iraq are embroiled in internal conflicts. Although mainly peaceful, tensions between Iran and the Gulf have ratched up over the past year with the GCC powers accusing Tehran of attempting to destabalise the region. Kuwait is concerned about the threat of extremist groups such as al-Qaeda and the Islamic State group with both militant organisations have a presence in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan. The Gulf state has witnessed a number of militant attacks over the past two years, including the bombing of a Shia mosque in 2015 which left 27 Kuwaits dead. Kuwait responded by arresting dozens of suspected Daesh sympathizers and rolling out mandatary DNA testing programme and database for the Gulf state's 4 million population. Kuwait reportedly issued a ban on all visas for Syrians in 2011, but allowed those inside the country to remain. It made Kuwait the only country in the world to officially bar entry to Syrians, until the US named Syria in seven countries banned from entering. Kuwait has issued a number of laws targeting foreigners in recent years, and made it one of the most unfriendly Gulf states towards expatriates. In 2015, Kuwait was named as the worst place in the world for expatriates in a 64 country InterNations survey. Meanwhile, Trump's Muslim ban has been met with widespread outrage since it was signed on Friday, although Gulf states have remained quiet on the issue. Dubai security chief Dhahi Khalfan outraged Syrians and other nationalities included in the ban when he publically backed Trump's decision.

http://www.albawaba.com/editorchoice/kuwait-issues-its-own-trump-esque-visa-ban-five-muslim-majority-countries-932174

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URGENT! NEW REPORT EXPOSES 6 TOP REPUBLICANS ON SOROS PAYROLL! GUESS WHO’S BEING PAID TO STOP TRUMP?

The Next News Network Published on Feb 2, 2017

Sub for more: http://nnn.is/the_new_media | Lindsey Bruce for Liberty Writers reports, We always knew that there were RINOS in Washington, but Opensecrets.org just revealed that some of those RINOS are actually traitors. Investment Watch: “The non-profit, non-partisan research group based in Washington, D.C., that tracks the effects of money and lobbying on elections and public policy, revealed that while George Soros is responsible for funding Democrats and progressive causes, he has also bankrolled Senator John McCain and a small but select group of other Republicans.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e_NxAmQOJmo&feature=youtu.be 

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Media Promotes Military Coup to Remove Trump from Office

February 2, 2017

(Intellihub) In yet another astonishing attack on the very legitimacy of the Trump presidency, multiple high-profile news outlets have published an article that floats the idea of using the military to remove Trump from office. Writing for Foreign Policy, Georgetown University professor and Schwartz senior fellow at the New America Foundation, Rosa Brooks discusses three ways that the left believes they may be able to remove the rightfully elected president from office. Brooks first touches on the ludicrous idea of impeaching Trump for literally nothing more than intelligence agency disinformation and political differences. She then moves on to the played out idea of using the 25th Amendment to remove the president which would require his entire cabinet turning against him. Finally Brooks gets to the more sinister idea being pushed in leftist circles which would amount to the end of American democracy as we know it and the beginning of using military force to remove leaders that parts of the country disagree with. “The fourth possibility is one that until recently I would have said was unthinkable in the United States of America: a military coup, or at least a refusal by military leaders to obey certain orders,” writes the Georgetown Professor. Brooks continues, “For the first time in my life, I can imagine plausible scenarios in which senior military officials might simply tell the president: “No, sir. We’re not doing that,” to thunderous applause from the New York Times editorial board…”

http://www.libertyheadlines.com/media-promotes-military-coup-remove-trump-office/#disqus_thread 

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Jerusalem, Jerusalem

by Hal Lindsey

Throughout the 2016 campaign, President Donald Trump said he would move the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. But we’ve heard that before. In 1996, the Republican Party platform said, “A Republican administration will ensure that the U.S. Embassy is moved to Jerusalem by May 1999.” The Republicans lost that year, so we don’t know if they would have kept their promise. However, in 1995, Congress passed the “Jerusalem Embassy Act.” The bi-partisan bill stated, “Jerusalem should be recognized as the capital of the State of Israel; and the United States Embassy in Israel should be established in Jerusalem no later than May 31, 1999.” The act also contained a provision allowing the president to leave the embassy in Tel Aviv if he deemed it important “to protect the national security interests of the United States.” President Clinton chose to not to move it. Would a Republican president choose a different course? The party platform of 2000 promised, “Immediately upon taking office, the next Republican president will begin the process of moving the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Israel’s capital, Jerusalem.” Republican George W. Bush was elected, but nothing happened. Despite the inactivity of their president in the preceding four years, the 2004 Republican platform said, “Republicans continue to support moving the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Israel’s capital, Jerusalem.” But in his second four years, President Bush again kept the embassy in Tel Aviv. Nations place embassies in the capitals of countries because they want their ambassadors near the centers of power. The “Jerusalem Embassy Act” said, “The city of Jerusalem is the seat of Israel’s President, Parliament, and Supreme Court, and the site of numerous government ministries and social and cultural institutions.” The point of having an embassy and an ambassador is to have a local representative of one government to another. That means, the embassy needs to be located in the center of power. But the nations of the world have decided to make a political statement by not recognizing Israel’s right to name its own capital. In 2008, then-candidate Obama proclaimed unequivocally that Jerusalem was the capital of Israel. But as a president, he acted just like Presidents Bush and Clinton. In 2012, his White House spokesman at the time, Jay Carney, wouldn’t say whether Jerusalem was Israel’s capital or not. He just said, “our position hasn’t changed,” and “you know the answer.” What will President Trump do? He said throughout the campaign that he would move the embassy. For instance, he told the American Israel Public Affairs Committee in March, “We will move the American embassy to the eternal capital of the Jewish people, Jerusalem.” But now his administration has begun to equivocate. In his first full press briefing, new White House spokesman Sean Spicer was asked, “What is the U.S. strategic interest in moving the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem?” Spicer answered, “Well, I don’t — as I noted yesterday through several press inquiries, we haven’t — there’s no decisions. We’re at the very early stages of that decision-making process.” Wait a minute. We thought the decision had been made. We were given a promise, but now he tells us they’re at the “early stages of that decision-making process.” Isn’t this bait and switch? Isn’t this an example of the very swamp of Washington politics Donald Trump promised to drain? Later, Spicer repeated, “It’s very early in this process. We are at the beginning stages of this decision-making process and his team’s gonna continue to consult with stakeholders as we get there.” Later still, a reporter asked the question point blank. “At the end of the next four years, will the United States embassy be in Jerusalem?” Spicer answered, “Well, I — I think I’ve answered it twice now. I — we are at the early stages in this decision-making process.” The questioner then said, “But it’s not whether, it’s when and how?” Spicer said, “I — I — there’s a reason you go through a decision-making process. And that’s what we’re in the process of starting right now. So, I just don’t want to get ahead of — it would — if it was already a decision, then we wouldn’t be going through a process.” But if the decision hasn’t been made and they are in the early stages of the process, why would candidate Trump make a promise, then repeat it again and again? The 5th chapter of 2 Samuel tells how David made Jerusalem Israel’s capital. Dozens of scriptures from that point forward, show that God inspired and blessed that idea. Isaiah 14:32 says, “The Lord has founded Zion, and the afflicted of His people will seek refuge in it.” (NASB) A sovereign nation gets to choose the location of its capital, and Israel chose Jerusalem — three thousand years ago. One of the most important things to watch for over the next few weeks is whether the United States chooses to respect that choice.

http://www.hallindsey.com/ww-1-27-2017/ 

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Did Obama just hack President Trump's statement on Israel?

By: Daniel Horowitz | February 02, 2017

The final major policy fight of Obama’s presidency was his public dispute with Israel over their right to build homes in their biblical homeland. The country was rightly appalled that Obama and then-Secretary of State John Kerry chose to focus on a few thousand Jewish homes in the foothills of ancient Samaria at a time when Islamic mayhem is breaking out all over Western Civilization. In many respects, this parting shot from Obama epitomized the moral dyslexia of his entire presidency. At the time, conservatives and even some intellectually honest liberals breathed a sigh of relief that a new a president would soon be welcomed — one who stopped condemning our ally as a way of apologizing to the Islamic world. We thought we could finally break away from the global elite’s maniacal obsession with the illogical and incoherent distraction of the two-state solution and focus on the root problem: Islamic supremacism. Thus, naturally, this statement from the Trump White House was shocking: The American desire for peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians has remained unchanged for 50 years. While we don’t believe the existence of settlements is an impediment to peace, the construction of new settlements or the expansion of existing settlements beyond their current borders may not be helpful in achieving that goal. As the President has expressed many times, he hopes to achieve peace throughout the Middle East region. The Trump administration has not taken an official position on settlement activity and looks forward to continuing discussions, including with Prime Minister Netanyahu when he visits with President Trump later this month. At first I thought this was a hoax, or that it was drafted by an Obama holdover. Some might suggest that at least Trump’s White House put some distance between this administration and his predecessor by recognizing some right for Jews to live in part of Judea and Samaria. Really folks? Is this the soft bigotry of low expectations? Are we aiming for pale pastels, haggling over a few inches in an area virtually invisible on a map compared to the mass of land controlled by Islam? At a time when the entire premise of this two-state solution has been countermanded by reality, are we going to continue the same failed recognition of the PLO terrorists the way Clinton, Bush, and Obama did? What exactly does it mean to “achieve peace” and why is the creation of a 23rd Arab state in our best interest? Why should we continue to invest our diplomatic capital into the foreign policy version of Obamacare? I spent the entire week robustly defending Trump’s immigration policy from a legal, political, historical, and philosophical perspective precisely because we don’t want to endanger our land with Islamic supremacism. Why is the Trump White House asking Israel to do something he wouldn’t want to do himself? Moreover, this is the very stupidity that embodies the anger people felt against the political establishment and why they voted for Trump. While on the campaign trail, President Trump boldly decried the “stupid” politicians who are “pathetic losers” and perpetuate failed policies that are devoid of common sense. There is nothing that better fits this description than the globalist elite obsession with creating a PLO terror state west of the Jordan River; one which will become saturated with ISIS and Al Qaeda elements within days. The two-state solution is the Obamacare of foreign policy. Much like Obamacare has locked up our economy and job market on the domestic front, the PLO nonsense has paralyzed our leverage in the Middle East and has consumed our foreign policy for 23 years. It is rooted in an apologetic concession to Islam instead of confronting the reality of Sharia-based Islam. Now, Saudi Arabia and the Muslim Brotherhood know that any time they want to leverage Trump into making a concession, they will call upon Hamas and the PLO to ratchet up attacks on Israel and criticize the presence of Jews in Jewish territory. We have lost our leverage now that they know we “fear the Arab street” as it relates to moving the embassy and our ally building homes wherever they damn please. What happened to the tough negotiator? Is this coming from his meeting with King Abdullah of Jordan today? A tough negotiator would tell Abdullah, “listen buddy, you create an Arab terror state on your western border and your country will fall to the Islamists within weeks. We won’t be there to save you.” Jordan would be just as adversely affected by such a dumb move as Israel. Finally, there is a background here that is probably missed in the media. The reason Israel announced more construction in Samaria today is because, thanks to Israel’s crazy Supreme Court [Robert Bork wrote a lot about it during his lifetime], the Israeli government just dismantled an entire community of Jews in a town called Amona and sent their own army in to kick out their own families who have been living there for 20 years. This is something, to my knowledge, no other nation has done in history. So the building of more homes was somewhat of a domestic compromise for kicking those people out. For the Trump administration to then issue a statement on the same day and rip that wound wide open is appalling to the many religious Christians and Jews who so enthusiastically supported him on the premise that he wouldn’t follow such policies. The bottom line is there was absolutely no reason to even focus on this issue at a time like this or issue any such statement. Silence in the face of Israel building homes would have been the refreshing change we all expected. It’s disappointing that Trump is willing to get us sucked into the foreign policy cause célèbre of the very political establishment he claims to detest. On the one hand, he (rightfully) proclaims that our political leaders have been stupid to try to create democracy in the Middle East among existing Arab nations. Yet at the same time, he is willing to expend American capital creating a new Arab state that hates America, exports terrorism, destabilize the region, strengthen the Muslim Brotherhood, and will become a client-state of Iran? We know you are better than this, Mr. President. Return to the inner voice of common sense and ignore the foreign policy elites.

- See more at: https://www.conservativereview.com/commentary/2017/02/did-obama-just-hack-president-trumps-statement-on-israel#sthash.kFw7dlVY.dpuf 

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US hits 13 people, 12 companies in new Iran sanctions

The Associated Press 2 hrs ago (0)

WASHINGTON • The Trump administration is imposing sanctions on 13 people and a dozen companies in response to Iran's recent ballistic missile test. The Treasury Department announced the action Friday. President Donald Trump's national security adviser, Michael Flynn, said this week that the administration was putting Iran "on notice" for its missile test Sunday and for supporting Shiite rebels in Yemen. Trump tweeted Friday that "Iran is playing with fire - they don't appreciate how 'kind' President Obama was to them. Not me!"

http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/us-hits-people-companies-in-new-iran-sanctions/article_0acdf57b-3ebc-5da2-8b02-2c97ab69f320.html 

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etc.  for if you put the man in that I desire for you to put in, you will have good times until you go.  If not it shall be hell here on earth and you will think that you have been left behind, but that is not so.  

For I have told you before this that this would be the last President, that this would be the last President as you know a President, therefore listen, pay attention, for it is your life it will affect, but it doesn’t need to affect it in a bad sense it can affect it in a good sense.  You can be the victors, you can be the overcomers, but hear, hear what I, your Father God, has to say. 

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Trump Reportedly Preparing to Issue Executive Order Protecting Religious Freedom

Veronica Neffinger | Editor, ChristianHeadlines.com | Thursday, February 02, 2017

A four-page draft of an executive order on religious freedom that President Trump reportedly plans to issue has been obtained by The Nation and The Investigative Fund. The document states that, "Americans and their religious organisations will not be coerced by the Federal Government into participating in activities that violate their conscience." This executive order would seem to have bearing on cases such as the Christian bakers who refused to bake a cake for a gay wedding or the Catholic hospitals which refused to provide contraception under the contraception mandate of the Affordable Care Act. The forthcoming executive order would reportedly provide exemptions for all religious companies and institutions based on “religious exercise,” which it defines as “any act or refusal to act that is motivated by a sincerely held religious belief, whether or not the act is required or compelled by, or central to, a system of religious belief.” Some experts have been questioning whether this order is legal. Marty Lederman, a professor at Georgetown University Law Center explained, "This executive order would appear to require agencies to provide extensive exemptions from a staggering number of federal laws – without regard to whether such laws substantially burden religious exercise." "Moreover, the exemptions would raise serious First Amendment questions, as well, because they would go far beyond what the Supreme Court has identified as the limits of permissive religious accommodations,” he added. Although Trump is preparing to issue this executive order in support of religious freedom, he decided earlier this week to leave in place anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people in the workplace.

http://www.christianheadlines.com/blog/trump-reportedly-preparing-to-issue-executive-order-protecting-religious-freedom.html 

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Breath test for stomach and esophageal cancers shows promise

Rich Haridy January 30th, 2017

There has been a significant amount of research over recent years in the field of diagnosing illness through breath tests. A quick exhale into a device could prove a cheap, effective revolution in early diagnosis, so it's no surprise we've seen everything from an artificially intelligent nanoarray that recognizes the chemical signatures of 17 different diseases in a person's breath to a hand-held breathalyzer that can indicate if a patient has diabetes. For several years, Professor George Hanna from Imperial College London has been directing work toward the development of a test that can detect cancers of the esophagus and stomach by measuring the levels of five chemicals in a patient's breath. These chemicals are butyric, pentanoic and hexanoic acids, butanal, and decanal, which previous research has identified as pointers to the presence of stomach or esophageal cancer. In 2015, Professor Hanna announced the results of the first clinical study analyzing the breath samples of 210 patients. The patents exhaled into a breathalyzer-like device, which used a selected ion flow tube mass spectrometer to detect the presence of any of the five aforementioned chemicals in the breath sample. The 2015 study achieved a 90 percent accuracy rate in correctly identifying the two cancers, and a recently completed, broader study has also proven successful. The new study collected samples from 335 people across four London hospitals. Around half of the group had been diagnosed with stomach or esophageal cancer and the other half had shown no evidence of cancer after having an endoscopy. After analyzing all the samples, the new breath test achieved an 85 percent accuracy rate, correctly identifying those both with and without cancer. Around 1.4 million people worldwide are diagnosed with stomach or esophageal cancer every year. Both cancers are known to be especially terminal, with a combined five-year survival rate of only 15 percent, as symptoms are often frustratingly abstract resulting in frequent late-stage diagnosis. "At present the only way to diagnose esophageal cancer or stomach cancer is with endoscopy," points out Dr Sheraz Markar, an NIHR Clinical Trials Fellow at Imperial. "This method is expensive, invasive and has some risk of complications. A breath test could be used as a non-invasive, first-line test to reduce the number of unnecessary endoscopies. In the longer term this could also mean earlier diagnosis and treatment, and better survival." While the results of these studies point to exciting new diagnostic possibilities, the researchers still have work to do. They are currently expanding to an even bigger trial over the next three years, using the test on patients who are undertaking endoscopies for undiagnosed gastrointestinal symptoms. Dr Markar hopes this will asses the ability of the test to pick up cases in a larger sample of patients containing a smaller percentage of cancers. The scientists are also attempting to broaden the scope of their studies to develop breath tests for other cancers including colorectal and pancreatic. The team presented their study this week in Amsterdam at the European Cancer Congress 2017 and it can be viewed here. Source: European CanCer Organisation (ECCO) via EurekAlert

http://newatlas.com/stomach-cancer-breath-test/47628/

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“Unprecedented”: Fukushima reactor “far worse than previously thought” — “Melted fuel has come in contact with underground water” — Molten core appears spread over “extensive area” — Japan “will have a much more difficult time decommissioning” — Official: “It’s a very big turning point” (VIDEO)

By ENENews, on January 31st, 2017

Asahi Shimbun, Jan 31, 2017: Images indicate bigger challenge for TEPCO at Fukushima plant… possible melted fuel is seen strewn on grating… Experts believe nuclear fuel melted the paint and components of equipment nearby and has hardened — If confirmed, the first images of melted nuclear fuel at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant show that Tokyo Electric Power Co. will have a much more difficult time decommissioning the battered facility. The condition of what is believed to be melted fuel inside the No. 2 reactor at the plant appears far worse than previously thought… [I]mages showed black lumps scattered on a wire-mesh grating in the lower part of the containment vessel… This indicates that the fuel melted through bottom of the pressure vessel, spilled through the grating and fell on the floor of the containment vessel… The images could show only part of the melted fuel in the No. 2 reactor. And there is still no indication on how widespread the black lumps were strewn, their volume and state. Mainichi Daily News, Jan 31, 2017: Footage points to difficulty in removing possible melted fuel at Fukushima plant — The footage released on Jan. 30 by [TEPCO] showing what could be melted fuel inside the No. 2 reactor… has highlighted the difficulty of salvaging the object, which is apparently stuck to footholds and other equipment at the facility… black and brown sediments — possible melted fuel — are stuck inside the reactor’s containment vessel over an extensive area. “If what was captured in the footage was melted fuel, that would provide a major step forward toward trying our hand at unprecedented decommissioning work,” said [TEPCO's] Yoshiyuki Ishizaki… there were 548 nuclear fuel rods totaling some 164 metric tons inside the No. 2 reactor… The melted fuel has since come in contact with underground water flowing from the mountain side, generating radioactively contaminated water every day… Yomiuri Shimbun, Jan 31, 2017: “It’s a very big turning point,” Yuichi Okamura, a senior official at TEPCO’s Nuclear Power and Plant Siting Division, said at a press conference Monday. “We’ve obtained some valuable data toward work to extract melted nuclear fuel.” Bloomberg, Jan 31, 2017: The unprecedented nature of the Fukushima disaster means that Tepco is pinning its efforts on technology not yet invented to get the melted fuel out of the reactors.

http://enenews.com/unprecedented-fukushima-reactor-far-worse-than-previously-thought-melted-fuel-has-come-in-contact-with-underground-water-molten-core-appears-to-be-widespread-over

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Scientists Find Alzheimer’s Drug Makes Teeth Regrow

Fillings may become a thing of the past after scientists recently discovered that this drug can encourage tooth regrowth and repair cavities. While teeth already have the capability of regenerating dentine, they can only naturally make a very thin layer that is not enough to fill the deep cavities caused by tooth decay. Tideglusib is able to switch off an enzyme called GSK-3 which keeps dentine from continuing to form. Scientists have found that it is possible to soak a small biodegradable sponge with the drug and insert it into a cavity. It then triggers the growth of dentine and repairs the damage within six weeks. The tiny sponges are made out of collagen so they melt away over time, leaving only the repaired tooth. The simplicity of this approach makes it ideal as a clinical dental product for the natural treatment of large cavities, by providing both pulp protection and restoring dentine all at once. Currently, dentists use harmful man-made cements or fillings, such as calcium and silicon-based products. Cement stays in the tooth and does not disintegrate. This means the normal mineral level of the tooth is never completely restored. This newly discovered technique could reduce the need for fillings of cements, which are prone to infection and need replacing. When fillings no longer work or infection occurs, dentists have to completely remove and fill an area that is larger than what is affected, and after multiple treatments the tooth may eventually need to be removed. Dr Nigel Carter, CEO of the Oral Health Foundation: “This is an extremely interesting and novel approach which shows great promise and we will look forward to it being translated into clinical application that could undoubtedly be a progressive step in the treatment of dental disease. “While fillings have remained highly effective in repairing large cavities, they are susceptible to wear-and-tear and can occasionally be in need of repair and replacement. This presents problems as the dentist could have to remove and fill a larger area each time and after numerous treatments the tooth may then have to be extracted. “Creating a more natural way for the tooth to repair itself could not only eliminate these issues, but also be a far less invasive treatment option for patients. With dental phobia still being very common, using a natural way to stimulate the renewal of dentine could be an especially comforting proposal for these groups, for which undergoing treatment can often be a cause great anxiety.” So far, the procedure has only been used in mouse teeth. It is being reported that Tideglusib has been shown to be safe in clinical treatment and could be fast-tracking into dental practices. While this is indeed an interesting discovery, fast-tracking experimental drugs has an ugly history. Not surprisingly, an additional undesired side effect may include liver complications.

http://www.realfarmacy.com/drug-cures-damaged-teeth/ 

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Study: Antipsychotic Drugs Are Killing Our Elderly

by Alliance for Natural Health – USA

More reason to question their common use among the very old and very young. A new study has found that taking powerful antipsychotic drugs significantly increases the likelihood of premature death for Alzheimer’s patients. The study looked at 58,000 people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s between 2005 and 2011. Those who were prescribed antipsychotics (usually to control the unruly behavior some Alzheimer’s patients display) had a 60% higher risk of dying than those who didn’t take the drugs. The study confirms current recommendations that antipsychotics be used only for the most difficult cases for a short period of time. As we’ve reported previously, this advice has not been heeded. A 2015 report from the Government Accountability Office found that nearly one third of seniors with dementia who spend more than 100 days in a nursing home were given antipsychotic drugs—despite the fact that the FDA has never approved such drugs to be used for behavioral problems from dementia. That’s just the beginning. We’ve also reported that antipsychotics are routinely given to kids in foster care and even toddlers as young as two years old. Brain-damaged veterans are also commonly given these drugs. Other than increasing risk of death, antipsychotics have many other side effects, including hypotension, movement disorders, and metabolic syndrome issues. The pain caused by these drugs is avoidable—but natural approaches are demonstrating far more exciting results: We’ve reported before that there has been strong evidence to show that coconut oil can prevent, and even reverse, Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Fish oil has also been found to reduce the inflammation associated with dementia, with one study finding that the risk of all forms of dementia could be reduced by almost half with fish oil. Encouraging work has shown that B vitamins could reduce the rate of brain atrophy in patient with mild cognitive impairment—50% of which go on to develop Alzheimer’s. HBOT (hyperbaric oxygen therapy) is one of the best treatments for brain damage. Most hospitals have the HBOT tanks. But because they are not FDA-approved for this use, they sit empty most of the time. Note the irony here: it’s fine to use antipsychotics for unapproved uses, even on toddlers, while it is not fine to use HBOT for anything not yet approved! And the FDA knows full well that because the tanks are generally beyond patent protection, nobody will spend the money to get other uses approved. Check out our latest videos for more: Imprecise Medicine I and II. Read the full article at ANH-USA.org.

http://healthimpactnews.com/2017/study-antipsychotic-drugs-are-killing-our-elderly/ 

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Spectacular strange phenomenon! Lights appear in or around Mexican volcano caught on offical video spokseman claims "Balloons!"

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

According to a WebcamsdeMexico spokesman these mysterious lights are balloons of cantoya. Cantoya balloons are big balloons made out of thousands of china paper sheets (from 4 to 2000 or more) and propelled to the sky by fire. I’m glad about that because I thought it was swamp gas! As to how they can suddenly quadrupole in size they didn’t say. Lights in and around volcanoes is a strange phenomenon, as for what the lights are I would only be adding to the speculation but this kind of light show is very common, so people who read The Big Wobble, what is it? LINK - http://www.webcamsdemexico.com/webcam...  Posted by Gary Walton at 12:38 pm

http://www.thebigwobble.org/2017/02/spectacular-strange-phenomenon-lights.html 

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Nancy Pelosi Caught On Hot Mic: ‘Tell Them You’re A Muslim’ [VIDEO]

Peter Hasson Reporter, Associate Editor 3:31 PM 01/31/2017

A hot microphone picked up House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi instructing a Democratic congressman to tell a crowd of anti-Trump protesters that he is a Muslim. Pelosi’s slip-up took place in front of a group of protesters demonstrating outside the Supreme Court against Donald Trump’s executive orders on immigration. Pelosi ceded the microphone to Indiana Rep. Andre Carson, whom she introduced as a “Muslim member of Congress.” “Greetings from the great state of Indiana. I’m Congressman Andre Carson!” Carson said, prompting Pelosi to badger him. “Tell them you’re a Muslim,” Pelosi mumbled. “Tell them you’re a Muslim.” Carson complied. “Not only do I represent Indiana’s seventh congressional district very proudly,” he said, “but I happen to be a Muslim and a former police officer.”

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2017/01/31/nancy-pelosi-caught-on-hot-mic-tell-them-youre-a-muslim-video/#ixzz4XY95FshY 

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Trump Fights to Take Down Bad Guys-Bix Weir

By Greg Hunter On February 1, 2017 In Politics By Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com

According to precious metals and financial expert Bix Weir, what’s going on in Washington now is simply a struggle for control between good and evil. Weir explains, “The left is going nuts. They say they are not violent, but they are causing all these riots and protests everywhere. I am convinced that this takedown of the bad guys is going to get a lot uglier. It will get uglier because the left leaning Obama people have been given so many rights that are not in the Constitution and are not anywhere in a capitalistic society. It’s more towards socialism, and when you try to take away the rights given to socialists, they get armed. They go into the streets.” Weir says Trump is attacking illegal immigration and voter fraud that are the basis of Democrat power. Weir contends, “Basically, the immigration issue and voting issue is all an attack on free will, and it’s a move towards socialism. They know if they open the borders, they know they are going to get a lot of people coming in who will vote Democrat and vote for the free things they get from society. Ron Paul has some great ideas about how to stop this, and it’s stop giving away the free stuff.” Weir says all the political and civil unrest are symptoms of an economic system on the edge of a giant reset. Weir says when the economic reset comes, it will come from trillions of dollars in unbacked derivatives. Weir contends, “It will destroy all the banks . . . all the banks go when the derivative implosion happens. That has always been sort of the home built nuclear bomb in the financial system—the derivative market. Hundreds of trillions of derivatives that are so dependent on third parties staying in business. . . . Once one large derivative holder goes, they all go.” Weir thinks Trump knows a crash is coming and is getting ready. Weir says, “Trump has the keys to ending this market rigging game. Once you end the market rigging game, then you can’t support the stock market, and everything has to go to its true fair market value with real trades and no more derivatives. Trump can do it, but it’s not just Trump. It’s also the people behind Trump. I call them the good guys. It’s people in the Pentagon, people in the military and patriots. All this goes back to what does Trump want to do. Do they want to fix things with the bubbles still there and with the Fed still printing money? Or, does he really want to fix it? Which means you crash the system first, and then you rebuild. I think it’s the latter. I think he’s trying to get people in place, and he will crash the system and then rebuild.” So, what would Weir sell, and what would he be buying? Weir says, “On the sell side, I’d sell anything that has a third party between you and your asset. That could be stocks and bonds. On the buy side, I’d buy Bitcoin with both feet . . . buy a lot of silver, as much silver as you can . . . and buy gold, as well. Join Greg Hunter as he goes One-on-One with Bix Weir of RoadtoRoota.com. (There is much more in the video interview.) After the Interview: Weir also says that “Trump knows the system is a scam. He knows a crash has to happen to fix the system.” Bix also told me that “half of Congress owns Bitcoin because they know where it’s going.” Weir has free information on his home page. Weir calls it “RoadtoRoota Public Road.” Weir also has a subscription service, click here to subscribe. Weir has a new report that gives a time line for prices of silver, gold and bitcoin in our volatile world. It’s called “Roota’s Timeline 2017.” It is free to subscribers, or it can be bought for a one-time fee by clicking here.

http://usawatchdog.com/trump-fights-to-takedown-bad-guys-bix-weir/ 

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Shocking video inside Sunset Boulevard Jack in the Box where police shot dead knifeman 'who stabbed three in horror daylight attack'

WARNING! GRAPHIC CONTENT

Four people suffered stab and gunshot wounds at a Jack in the Box

One was dead from a gunshot would when first responders arrived

Three were sent to the hospital and two are in critical condition

Witnesses saw police enter the restaurant with their guns drawn

There is also a report of a man running down Sunset Boulevard earlier threatening to stab people

By Kaileen Gaul For Dailymail.com Published: 19:24 EST, 31 January 2017 | Updated: 10:33 EST, 1 February 2017

A suspect was shot dead by police following a stabbing spree in broad daylight at a Jack in the Box. At 1.58pm emergency services were called to the fast food joint on Sunset Boulevard near the CNN building in Hollywood. There are reports that a man wielding a knife was in the area threatening to stab people on the busy street. Four people suffered stab and gunshot wounds. The suspect is dead and two victims are critically injured and one is in stable condition according to Los Angeles police. The suspected attacker was killed died before first responders arrived according to KTLA. Graphic video from inside the restaurant shows police hovering holding down a man in a purple shirt near several pools of blood and scattered french fries. A victim appears to be getting their arm tied up to stop blood flow. Blood was seen on the sidewalk and multiple ambulances were rushed to the scene. The deceased victim was seen being wheeled out of the building on a gurney. Witnesses nearby told told the station they saw officers enter the restaurant: 'Two of them just jet into the side door of the Jack in the Box, guns drawn, and we hear 'pop, pop, pop.' 'We don't know what happened inside the Jack in the Box at all.' CNN reporter Maeve Reston said there were reports of a man running down Sunset Boulevard trying to stab people. She tweeted: 'Unclear how many stabbing victims there are, but suspect ran down Sunset Blvd. trying to stab people outside our CNN office in Hollywood.' She reported the knife wielding person tried to enter a coffee shop too but was blocked by a customer holding the glass door. Aerial footage shows police have taped off the building.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4178300/One-person-dead-stabbing-Jack-Box.html#ixzz4XYBS7OYd 

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Introducing the next Antonin Scalia ...

Trump nominates judge to replace late justice on Supreme Court

Published: 15 hours ago. Updated: 01/31/2017 at 10:03 PM

At last, President Donald Trump has announced his nominee to replace Justice Antonin Scalia on the U.S. Supreme Court: federal Judge Neil M. Gorsuch, whom some have dubbed “Scalia 2.0.” At 49, Gorsuch is the youngest nominee to the Supreme Court in 25 years and, if confirmed, could serve on the high court for decades. In making the announcement Tuesday at the White House, President Trump said, “When Justice Scalia passed away suddenly last February, I made a promise to the American people: If I were elected president, I would find the very best judge in the country for the Supreme Court. “I promised to select someone who respects our laws and is representative of our Constitution and who loves our Constitution. And someone who will interpret [it] as written.” Trump added, “This may be the most transparent judicial selection process in history,” noting that he provided a list of candidates to the American people during his campaign and made a pledge to select an individual from that list. “Millions of voters said this list was the single most important issue to them when they voted for me for president. I am a man of my word,” Trump said. “I will do as I say, something that the American people have been asking for from Washington for a very, very long time.” Trump continued, “Today, I am making another promise to the American people by nominating Judge Neil Gorsuch … to the United States Supreme Court.” What do YOU think? What’s your reaction to Trump’s Supreme Court nominee? Sound off in today’s WND poll! Trump called Gorsuch to the stage and said, “I have always felt that after the defense of our nation, the most important decision a president of the United States can make is the appointment of a Supreme Court justice. Depending on their age, a justice can be active for 50 years, and his or her decisions can last a century or more and can often be permanent. “I took the task of this nomination very seriously. I have selected an individual whose qualities define, really, and I mean closely, define what we’re looking for. Judge Gorsuch has outstanding legal skills, a brilliant mind, tremendous discipline and has earned bipartisan support.” The president called Gorsuch’s resume “as good as I have ever seen.” “He is a man of our country and a man who our country really needs and needs badly to ensure the rule of law and the rule of justice,” Trump said. “I would like to thank Senate leadership. I only hope that both Democrats and Republicans can come together for once for the good of the country. Congratulations to you and your family. May God bless you. May God bless our glorious nation.” Gorsuch delivered the following remarks: Mr. President, thank you very much. Mr. President, Mr. Vice President, you and your team have shown me great courtesy in this process, and you’ve entrusted me with the most solemn assignment. Standing here, in a house of history, and acutely aware of my own imperfections, I pledge that if I am confirmed, I will do all my powers permit to be a faithful servant of the Constitution and laws of this great country. For the last decade, I have worked as a federal judge in a court that spans six western states, serving about 20 percent of the continental United States and about 18 million people. The men and women I’ve worked with at every level in our circuit are an inspiration to me. I’ve watched them fearlessly tending to the rule of law, enforcing the promises of our Constitution and living out daily their judicial oaths to administer justice equally to rich and poor alike, following the law as they find it and without respect to their personal political beliefs. I think of them tonight. Of course, the Supreme Court’s work is vital not just to a region of the country but to the whole, vital to the protection of the people’s liberties under the law and to the continuity of our Constitution, the greatest charter of human liberty the world has ever known. The towering judges that have served in this particular seat of the Supreme Court, including Antonin Scalia and Robert Jackson, are much in my mind at this moment. Justice Scalia was a lion of the law. Agree or disagree with him, all of his colleagues on the bench cherished his wisdom and his humor. And like them, I miss him. … I respect too the fact that in our legal order, it is for Congress and not the courts to write new laws. It is the role of judges to apply, not alter, the work of the people’s representatives. A judge who likes every outcome he reaches is very likely a bad judge, stretching for results he prefers rather than those the law demands. As WND reported, Gorsuch has been a federal judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit since 2006. Gorsuch didn’t face any organized opposition in the Republican-controlled Senate when he was appointed to the Tenth Circuit by President George W. Bush. Gorsuch is married with children and has been living in Boulder, Colorado. Born Aug. 29, 1967, in Denver, Colorado, Gorsuch’s mother, Anne Gorsuch Burford, was the first female head of the Environmental Protection Agency under President Ronald Reagan. Gorsuch earned his B.A. from Columbia University in 1988, his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1991, and his D.Phil. from the University of Oxford in 2004. While at Columbia, Gorsuch co-founded the Federalist newspaper and a magazine, the Morningside Review. Previously, he served as principal deputy, associate attorney general for the U.S. Department of Justice. Prior to that, he was in private practice. He was a law clerk for Supreme Court Justices Byron White and Anthony Kennedy. The U.S. Senate confirmed his appointment to the Court of Appeals by voice vote and was rated unanimously well qualified by the American Bar Association at the time. Immediately after Trump’s announcement, Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, tweeted: “Judge Gorsuch is a tremendous pick for the Supreme Court and I look forward to doing everything I can to ensure he is confirmed by Senate.” Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., said: “After the untimely death of the conservative lion Justice Antonin Scalia, I strongly believed that the American people deserved a voice in filling this critical vacancy. President Trump has made an outstanding selection in nominating Judge Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, and I am confident that he will preserve Scalia’s legacy on the bench for generations to come. “Our next Supreme Court Justice must be a steadfast supporter of the rule of law with an unwavering commitment to the Constitution. There is no doubt that Judge Gorsuch meets these necessary qualifications. I look forward to supporting his nomination and urge my Senate colleagues to join me.” House Speaker Paul Ryan released the following statement: “In Judge Neil Gorsuch, President Trump has fulfilled his pledge to nominate a judge who has a demonstrated loyalty to the Constitution and a strong commitment to life. He is a phenomenal nominee for the Supreme Court. His belief in judicial restraint will serve the Court – and the country – very well. I also commend his career-long fight to uphold the constitutional right of religious liberty. I am confident my colleagues in the Senate will confirm Judge Gorsuch.” What do YOU think? What’s your reaction to Trump’s Supreme Court nominee? Sound off in today’s WND poll! On Sept. 23, 2016, Gorsuch was included in a second list of individuals then-Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump “would consider as potential replacements for Justice Scalia at the United States Supreme Court.” The following is a photo of Gorsuch with Scalia on the Colorado River. Scalia appears to have addressed the photo to Gorsuch, writing: “To Neil Gorsuch, Fond memories of a day on the Colorado. With warm regards, Antonin Scalia.” An analysis of the nominee by the SCOTUSBlog website identified parallels between the legal approaches of Gorsuch and the late Scalia. “With perhaps one notable area of disagreement, Judge Gorsuch’s prominent decisions bear the comparison out,” the report said. “For one thing, the great compliment that Gorsuch’s legal writing is in a class with Scalia’s is deserved: Gorsuch’s opinions are exceptionally clear and routinely entertaining; he is an unusual pleasure to read, and it is always plain exactly what he thinks and why. Like Scalia, Gorsuch also seems to have a set of judicial/ideological commitments apart from his personal policy preferences that drive his decision-making. He is an ardent textualist (like Scalia); he believes criminal laws should be clear and interpreted in favor of defendants even if that hurts government prosecutions (like Scalia); he is skeptical of efforts to purge religious expression from public spaces (like Scalia); he is highly dubious of legislative history (like Scalia); and he is less than enamored of the dormant commerce clause (like Scalia). In fact, some of the parallels can be downright eerie.” Like the reporting you see here? Sign up for free news alerts from WND.com, America’s independent news network. Upon Scalia’s death in 2016, Gorsuch wrote a tribute to the late justice in which Gorsuch discussed and championed Justice Scalia’s method of legal interpretation. Gorsuch wrote: Judges should instead strive (if humanly and so imperfectly) to apply the law as it is, focusing backward, not forward, and looking to text, structure, and history to decide what a reasonable reader at the time of the events in question would have understood the law to be — not to decide cases based on their own moral convictions or the policy consequences they believe might serve society best. As Justice Scalia put it, “if you’re going to be a good and faithful judge, you have to resign yourself to the fact that you’re not always going to like the conclusions you reach. If you like them all the time, you’re probably doing something wrong.” Carrie Severino, policy director and chief counsel for the Judicial Crisis Network had this to say about Gorsuch: “He has a clear record of a consistent judicial philosophy and applying that in action. … One of the real values here is he’s someone with solid record and we’re able to assess his experience. Conservatives are still concerned about the ‘David Souter effect.’” The “Souter effect” is certainly a concern by many conservatives who have been promised originalist appointments in the past, only to see some, notably Souter, devolve into knee-jerk progressives after some time inside the beltway. Last month, law professor Justin Marceau described Gorsuch as “a predictably socially conservative judge who tends to favor state power over federal power … a judge who, while perhaps not as combative in personal style as Justice Scalia, is perhaps his intellectual equal … and almost certainly his equal on conservative jurisprudential approaches to criminal justice and social justice issues that are bound to keep coming up in the country.” In 2013, Gorsuch gave the 13th Annual Barbara K. Olson Memorial Lecture established by the Federalist Society in 2001 in honor of Barbara Olson, wife of former U.S. solicitor general Ted Olson, who died in the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Of particular note was Gorsuch’s dissent in the Tenth Circuit’s denial of rehearing en banc in Planned Parenthood Association of Utah v. Herbert. As background, in the aftermath of the Center for Medical Progress’ release of videos depicting various Planned Parenthood affiliates’ involvement in harvesting body parts, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert directed state agencies “to cease acting as an intermediary for pass-through federal funds” to Planned Parenthood’s Utah affiliate. But after the district court denied Planned Parenthood’s request for a preliminary injunction against Herbert’s directive, a divided panel ruled that Planned Parenthood was entitled to a preliminary injunction. His position on the “life” issue was fairly laid out in his book, “The Future of Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia,” which, noted Princeton University Press, “builds a nuanced, novel, and powerful moral and legal argument against legalization [of assisted suicide and euthanasia], one based on a principle that, surprisingly, has largely been overlooked in the debate – the idea that human life is intrinsically valuable and that intentional killing is always wrong.” Gorsuch also has written in favor of political term limits. In 1992, he authored a Cato Institute paper arguing that term limits are “constitutionally permissible.” “Recognizing that men are not angels, the Framers of the Constitution put in place a number of institutional checks designed to prevent abuse of the enormous powers they had vested in the legislative branch,” Gorsuch wrote. “A term limit, we suggest, is simply an analogous procedure designed to advance much the same substantive end.” The significance of the nomination by Trump couldn’t be more pronounced given the balance of the Supreme Court is at stake, with three conservative justices, one swing vote and four solid liberal jurists in place for the time being.

Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2017/01/introducing-the-next-antonin-scalia/#FDDGK8bOHQjV8YrL.99 

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The Wall Street Journal

Army Corps gets green light for Dakota pipeline permit

By Will Connors Published: Jan 31, 2017 10:49 p.m. ET

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has been given the green light to proceed with the final permit necessary to finish the Dakota Access Pipeline, according to North Dakota Sen. John Hoeven. But a local tribe opposed to the pipeline vowed to continue to fight the project in court. The Republican senator said in a statement late Tuesday that during a meeting with Vice President Mike Pence and Acting Secretary of the Army Robert Speer, Speer said he directed the Army Corps “to proceed with the easement needed to complete the Dakota Access Pipeline.” In December, under the directive of the Obama administration, the Army Corps denied the permit needed to complete the last leg of the $3.8 billion oil pipeline being built by Energy Transfer Partners ETP, +2.23% The tribe said it “will vigorously pursue legal action to ensure the environmental impact statement order issued late last year is followed so the pipeline process is legal, fair and accurate.”

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/army-corps-gets-green-light-for-dakota-pipeline-permit-2017-01-31 

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etc. Keep your eyes; keep your eyes upon what is going on in the Mid-East, that is your tree, that is your tree, I have told you to watch Israel, that is your tree. etc.

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Israel urges Trump, UN to act against Iran after ballistic missile test

ByJPOST.COM STAFF 31 January 2017 11:13

The United Nations Security Council was scheduled to hold an emergency meeting on the test; Iran says such trials don't breach nuclear deal, UN resolution. Israel is urging the world to take action after a US official said Monday that Iran carried out a test launch of a medium-range ballistic missile over the weekend, seemingly in violation of UN Resolution 2231, which forbids the Islamic Republic from carrying out such tests for a period of eights years. The United Nations Security Council was scheduled to hold an emergency meeting on the test at the request of the United States. The US request came after Israeli Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon called for the meeting, saying of the test, "This aggression is not only directed toward Israel, it is directed toward the entire Western world." New US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley was expected to take part in the Security Council talks. The call for the meeting was the first such request that the US has made since Haley was confirmed for her post last week. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday that in light of reports of the Iranian ballistic missile test, one of the issues he will raise with US President Donald Trump during their meeting on February 15 will be the re-imposition of sanctions on Iran. He said it is forbidden that Iranian “aggression” go without a response. Intelligence Minister Israel Katz told Army Radio on Tuesday that "there is no doubt that further sanctions on Iran are needed," following the ballistic missile test. Katz said that not only Iran's ballistic missile program, but also its entrenchment in Syria and the aid it gives to Hezbollah constitute threats to Israel's security. The intelligence minister suggested that the Trump administration, and its stance on Iran, offers new opportunities to thwart Iran's hegemonic ambitions in the region that endanger Israel. "The Trump administration - I was briefed on the conversations between Trump and the Saudi king, and other leaders - sees Iran in a negative light. This is a significant development in this region. There are initiatives, and it is possible, to advance initiatives to levy sanctions on Iran to prevent the aid that Iran gives to Hezbollah, preventing Iranian meddling in the region, preventing Iran's entrenchment in Syria. These are goals that we must promote," Katz said. According to a US official speaking on condition of anonymity, the medium-range ballistic missile launched by Iran in Sunday's test exploded after 630 miles. The official said the test was carried out from a site near Semnan, east of Tehran. The official added that the last time this type of missile was test launched was in July 2016. The White House said it was aware that Iran had tested a missile. "We're looking into that. We're aware that Iran fired that missile. We're looking into the exact nature of it, and I'll try to have more for you later," White House spokesman Sean Spicer said during a press briefing. Senator Bob Corker, chairman of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee, condemned Iran on Monday and said he would work with other lawmakers and Trump's administration to hold Iran accountable. On Tuesday, Iran said that the ballistic missile tests carried out by the country were neither part of a nuclear agreement with world powers, or the UN Security Council resolution endorsing the deal. Neither confirming or denying US accusations that Iran had carried out a missile test on Sunday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif stated that Iran would never use missiles made in Iran to attack another country. Zarif also said that such tests were not part of any United Nations resolution ratifying accord. "The missiles aren't part of the nuclear accords. Iran will never use missiles produced in Iran to attack any other country," said Zarif, speaking at a joint news conference held with French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault. "No Iranian missiles have been produced to carry nuclear warheads." Ayrault told reporters at the conference that France had made clear its concerns over the Iranian ballistic missile test, adding that it harmed the international community's confidence in Iran and contravened UN Security Council Resolution 2231. Reuters contributed to this report.

http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Iran-News/Israel-urges-Trump-UN-to-act-against-Iran-after-ballistic-missile-test-480120 

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Report: Hezblooah Rocket Hitting Haifa's Ammonia Stock Would Kill Thousands

By: David Israel Published: January 31st, 2017

Once a month, at regularly scheduled visits, a vessel loaded with ammonia docks at Haifa’s Kishon harbor, and over some 24 hours unloads 10,000 tons of its capacity of 16,700 tons of liquid ammonia into a local container. A report presented to the media on Tuesday by Haifa Mayor Yona Yahav, written by ten chemistry doctors and professors from four academic institutions, led by the Technion’s Prof. Ehud Keinan, suggests that metropolitan Haifa, with more than 300,000 is facing terrifying environmental consequences from a terrorist rocket direct hit on the vessel or the permanent container. It also suggests that even without an act of war, Haifa’s ammonia container “could disintegrate tomorrow.” Mayor Yahav says he is weighing a lawsuit to prevent the ammonia carrying ship from entering Israel’s territorial water. Prof. Keinan is adamant about the need to “close down the plant now.” He warns that “should the ammonia ship be hit, nothing will be left alive up to six miles away. Half a percent of ammonia in the air means certain death within 10 to 15 minutes.” The same is true if the permanent container is breached, argues Keinan, who notes that a third of the ammonia being unloaded from the vessel is shipped to the Haifa Chemicals plant and elsewhere in Israel, north to south, in trucks, on civilian highways – and trucks are known to get into accidents.” It can be said that life as we know it is impossible without ammonia, a colorless gas with a characteristic pungent smell. It contributes significantly to the nutritional needs of plants by serving as a precursor to food and fertilizers. Ammonia, either directly or indirectly, is also a building block for the synthesis of many pharmaceutical products and is used in many commercial cleaning products. And, in high doses, ammonia will kill you. According to a report submitted to Israel’s Environmental Protection Ministry, the bulk of the imported ammonia – 80% – ends up being processed and exported by Israeli manufacturers. Only a small portion is needed for all that life giving blessing of this compound. Also, according to the same report, that portion can be easily produced locally in different regions of Israel, rather than process all of it in an area that’s well within enemy fire. According to various reports, Hezbollah today is in possession of an estimated 130,000 rockets of various types. The distance from the Lebanese border and the Kishon harbor is 25 miles. Now do the math: the Grad rocket’s range is up to 25 miles; the Iran-made Fajr-3 reaches up to 47 miles; the Zilzal (also Iran-made) can do 150 miles; the Fatah and the M-110 reach 155 miles; and the Russian-made Scuds cover 435 miles. Utilizing underground launchers, truckbed launchers and dedicated mobile rocket carriers (such as the Kayuasha) the IDF estimates that Hezbollah will be able to shoot as many as 1,500 rockets per day of fighting – compared with 200 a day it shot during the 2006 Second Lebanon War. According to Prof. Keinan, for Hezbollah “to hit the ammonia ship would be a duck shoot.” Mayor Yahav shared with reporters on Tuesday that he had reviewed a report from Israel’s National Security Commission saying the Kishon Harbor ammonia container was completely resilient. “I asked my staff to find out who’s behind this report, which recommends keeping the container here. To my surprise I discovered that the report being used by the NSC was written by Haifa Chemicals, the plant’s owner.”

David Israel About the Author: David writes news at JewishPress.com.

http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/report-hezbollah-rocket-hitting-haifas-ammonia-stock-would-kill-thousands/2017/01/31/ 

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Bombshell: At Least 25 Million Dead and Fraudulent “Registered Voters” in 2016

Trump proven right: millions of dead and invalid voters not included in study showing 800,000 illegals for Hillary!

Kit Daniels | Infowars.com - January 27, 2017

A study revealing that over 800,000 non-citizens voted for Hillary Clinton doesn’t account for dead and fraudulent voters, which accounted for over 25 million “registered voters” during the 2012 presidential election – and little has changed since then. Illegal alien voters combined with dead and “multiple state” voters could easily explain Clinton’s “popular vote” margin over Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election, especially considering that her “victory” came from Democratic-controlled counties known for illegal immigration and loose voter ID laws such as in New York and California. “A report by the Pew Center on the States finds that more than 1.8 million dead people are currently registered to vote, and 24 million registrations are either invalid or inaccurate,” NPR reported in 2012, which is ironic given how NPR is heavily controlled by Democrats. And many of the dead, registered voters somehow keep voting Democrat from beyond the grave, most recently in Philadelphia, Penn. and Colorado. It’s also worth noting that the U.S. population has increased since 2012, meaning that there’s likely more dead and invalid voters than before. “…The Pew study found that almost 3 million people are registered to vote in more than one state,” NPR added. That’s because when a new resident registers to vote in a state, officials usually never bother to tell his former state about the change in voter residency. Under the “catch and release” immigration program by the Obama administration, illegal aliens were routinely given bus tickets to travel to other states by immigration officials, so it was theoretically possible for non-citizens to register to vote in a border country illegally, then register to vote in another state after their taxpayer-funded bus dropped them off. Clinton won most of the 163 most populous counties in the US that account for half of the total votes in the election, including dense urban areas in New York and California, yet she only won the popular vote by 2.8 million votes, which reveals the lack of enthusiasm voters had for her in comparison to Trump – and that Democrats would have depended more on illegal votes. A portion of the 24 million invalid voter registrations combined with a portion of the 1.8 million dead voters and the over 800,000 known illegal voters could explain the difference of 2.8 million votes, and it’s worth noting that the 800,000 figure could be a low, conservative estimate. That said, a popular vote victory is meaningless; if the president was elected by popular vote, then both Trump and Clinton would have campaigned in entirely different states because only densely population regions of the U.S. would decide who would become president. Without the electoral college, the United States of America would be reduced to the United States of New York and California, with 48 other vassal states. Yet notice how Clinton campaigned in other, less populated states. They knew the popular vote was meaningless ahead of the election. However, the popular vote is useful as a barometer for voter fraud since the most populous countries are also the most susceptible to election tamperingx  by illegal, invalid and dead voters.

http://www.infowars.com/bombshell-at-least-25-million-dead-and-fraudulent-registered-voters-in-2016/ 

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TRUMP: THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A GUN FREE ZONE

*Author's note - On Thursday January 26, Donald Trump was speaking in Philadelphia at a meeting of Republican lawmakers and he noted violent crime rates in some of the major American cities are out of control. In particular Donald singled out Chicago, saying "What the Hell is happening in Chicago?" Well Donald I can tell you the difference between say Chicago and its crime rate and cities like Houston, Salt Lake City or Oklahoma City, is the right to keep and bear arms. These cities and many others are helping America experience a large downturn in violent crime which has gone down every year since 1994, reaching 1978 levels in 2014, according to the FBI. These cities allow some form of concealed carry by permit or Constitutional carry, in accordance with the Supreme Law of the land. It is to the politically created reality which touts the benefits of disarming the citizen to order reduce crime that I speak to now, because, as you know and all men of reason know, There is No Such Thing as a Gun Free Zone. by Jack Mullen | The Government Rag | Re-published 28Jan2017 Gun-free zones are a magnet for those who want to kill many people quickly. Even the most ardent gun control advocate would never put “Gun-Free Zone” signs on their home. Let’s stop finally putting them elsewhere. - John Lott Jr. Theorem: There are NO GUN FREE ZONES "Gun Free Zones" are bounded regions where law abiding people are not allowed to be armed - formally being disarmed before entering. Gun Free Zones in Public Spaces (GFZPS) are a violation of the Constitution for the United States, violate many State Constitutions, and, more importantly, violate Natural Law. The fundamental law is the foundation of our society. In the United States of America, it is the U.S. Constitution. Through this document, our fundamental rights are secured and protected against infringement by the federal government and by the State governments, because the States are also parties to this contract. - Paul Andrew Mitchell, “The Federal Zone” No one is bound to obey an unconstitutional law and no courts are bound to enforce it. [16 Am. Jur. 2d, Section 177; later 2d, Section 256] The state of Nature has a law of Nature to govern it, which obliges every one, and reason, which is that law, teaches all mankind who will but consult it, that being all equal and independent, no one ought to harm another in his life, health, liberty or possessions. The natural liberty of man is to be free from any superior power on earth, and not to be under the will or legislative authority of man, but to have only the law of Nature for his rule. John Locke Gun Free Zones in Public Spaces are dangerous and, like cancer, can become a pathological process spreading ever widening areas, including cities, parks, government occupied buildings and properties. It can further metastasize over whole public regions including counties and States. COMPETITION FOR PEACE AND SECURITY Competition is a sin, therefore you must destroy it. John D. Rockefeller The theory of natural monopoly is an economic fiction. No such thing as a ―natural monopoly has ever existed. The history of the so-called public utility concept is that the late 19th and early 20th-century ―utilities competed vigorously, and like all other industries, they did not like competition. They first secured government-sanctioned monopolies, and then, with the help of a few influential economists, they constructed an ex post facto rationalization for their monopoly power. . . . The theory of natural monopoly is a 19th-century economic fiction that defends 19th-century (or 18th-century, in the case of the U.S. Postal Service) monopolistic privileges and has no useful place in the 21st-century American economy. - June 14, 1995 at the CATO Institute conference examining the question Postal Service in the 21st Century: Time to Privatize? DiLorenzo, Thomas J. It is an axiom: competition for solutions in the markets of human action produce outcomes maximizing the values which support mankind's life and happiness. Competitive forces maximize truth and transparency, while actively and invisibly minimizing deception, fraud and dissimulative activities which drain and dissipate the resources originally available for the problems. Values necessary for human survival include Peace and Security, without out either, mankind cannot evolve as a community and in the long term he cannot exist. Gun Free Zones reduce competition for peace and security. Proceeding with an analogy from economics, GFZPS have the same effect as cartel created monopolies, unnatural and forcibly defended barriers against competitors deliberately erected around lucrative high demand products such as medical drugs (legal) and recreational drugs (illegal), and services, such as the provision of security via police forces and law enforcement. Unable to maintain their government-granted monopoly, the powerful railroad interests turned to government to do the regulating and price-fixing which they were unable to do themselves. In fact, the pressure that induced Congress to enact the Interstate Commerce Act of 1887 did not come from reformers bemoaning abuses by the powerful railroad interests; it came from the railroad interests themselves, asking Congress to shield them against the harsh winds of competition. - THE BUSINESS END OF GOVERNMENT (1973). Dan Smoot Forcibly defended monopolies mean the only people and groups allowed to provide and profit from the monopolized products, or services, are cartel members (corporate or criminal gangs) or Government created gangs (police forces.) In the case of gun free zones, the only people carrying weapons (illegally) are criminals. Criminals of course are not bound by the laws of a monopoly because all observance of law is a voluntary decision and criminals do not, by definition, voluntarily observe the law. THE IDEA OF A GUN FREE ZONE IS MAGICAL THINKING: MANY PEOPLE ARE ARMED IN GUN FREE ZONES In a monopoly controlled Gun Free Zone, there still exists a market for peace and security, but market forces are nullified creating a vacuum of competing solutions which would provide life maximizing results. In this situation, cartel members and criminals are given exclusive control of peace and security and yet neither group has any personal concern or investment for return in those values. Legally armed cartel members are concerned with law abiding people remaining disarmed and criminals are also concerned with law abiding people remaining disarmed, however for the different reason of increasing their chances of committing lowered risk further crime. This is common sense and is consistent with natural law. Natural Law can be discovered and even understood and it can only be violated at some cost. In the case of an individual's ability to maximize his peace and security, Natural Law is clear, the Individual must be fully self-responsible, ie., he or she must be a competing market provider of peace and security, primarily focusing on preserving protecting their own. Competition, properly so-called, rests on the activity of separate, independent individuals owning and exchanging private property in the pursuit of their self-interest. It arises when two or more such individuals become rivals for the same trade. - Ayn Rand However as an individual provides for his own peace and security and brings his solution to the market, others will too, and must, bring their solutions thereby maximizing the number of competitive solutions providing peace and security. As the number of armed people increases, the incidence of violence and crime, inversely, is reduced. In an invisible way, crime and anti-life activity is minimized for all as the number of competing solutions for peace and security increase. COMPETITIVE MARKET IN WEAPONS In the case of weapons it’s also axiomatic that to support the Natural Law of competing solutions maximizing peace and security, there must be a competitive market of weapons available to competitors. It would be an unnatural (monopolized) market if only criminals and cartel members could be armed with the most powerful or technologically superior weapons. Again, criminals and unbalancing agents of the enforced monopoly would have a competitive edge in this market and peace and security would again be reduced if there were not competitive weapons available to everyone in the market. Thus it is important to recognize: calls for reducing or eliminating your access to the best possible weapons technology of the day, are really deceptive calls to unbalance the market for peace and security and place you at a disadvantage in terms of maximizing your peace and security. Gun Bans and Restrictions on Weapons Are Market Destabilizing Cartels and monopolies of force are often created as a result of criminal elements having eliminated or usurped third party representatives formerly considered to be functioning to increase your peace and security. The Constitution of the United States, acting as a clarifier and preserver of Natural Law, explicated the Natural Law of Self Defense. The Constitution did not make the Law, but was created to provide a legal framework wherein the government established by the document would have enumerated restrictions on how the government could legally act. It's clear that for a period of some years, the Constitution was a sufficient reminder and the court systems a sufficient deterrent against acting outside or in a manner inconsistent with Natural Law and the Laws restricting government action as codified in the Constitution. But consistent with our understanding of how deception, fraud and unbalancing of coercion free markets is necessary for criminals, and those seeking enrichment not via successful and productive efforts but rather by enslaving or stealing from others, we can directly correlate the creation of monopolies in all profitable markets required by man with a violation of Natural Law (with costs distributed to all not benefitting from the monopoly) and hence violations of the Constitution for the United States. The Constitution has now become powerless and no longer limits government action, but has been interpreted to limit the action of market actors; the market being all areas where men and women could and should rightly participate in commerce without coercive limitations on action. One such area is in the market for peace and security. Criminals, now actually parties with legal rights or cartel rights inside the created monopolies, are restricting free and open competition for maximizing the values of peace and security. It’s totally clear and fully transparent, gun free zones, proliferating in ever widening circles of enforcement, are spaces being made safe and for criminal activity, keeping in mind, criminals do not voluntarily recognize the legal restrictions of gun free zones. Arming the people has the effect of creating competition in economic markets - With more and more people armed the competition for peace provides MAXIMUM PEACE. And by way of economic principles, it is not the actual competition (outwardly carrying guns) that reduces violence, but rather it is the threat of competition (possible concealed weapons on everyone) -- the threat of people everywhere competitively armed - that reduces the violence and cost.. It is common sense and natural law. We are now witnessing the government acting in a manner that is consistent with favoring criminals, unbalancing the market and institutionalizing violence and predation. STATE SPONSORED TERRORISM History records time and time again, institutions organizing, at first in service or as representatives for individuals acting in a way supposedly beneficial to individuals. This usually starts out as a system of providing quasi-market solutions for problems individuals find troublesome or uncomfortable creating solutions. However, over time, criminal elements, psychopaths and their sycophants will begin to infiltrate and then escalate the number of services provided. Slowly at first, market solutions for many common problems are eliminated as government offers solutions sold as better than competitive services can provide. People of the same trade seldom meet together, even for merriment and diversion, but the conversation ends in a conspiracy against the public, or in some contrivance to raise prices. - Adam Smith This process easily continues as people, especially European people , (read about white Pathological Altruism), are very trusting and readily handover responsibilities and tasks they find troublesome, labor intensive, or otherwise not pleasurable. Over time these governments, Monarchies, or any system of controlling people begin to use fear, intimidation and the invention of problems for which they can provide monopoly solutions. Costly solutions that ultimately reduce peace and security as their veiled goal is really predation on those unbalanced toward a weaker position in the market place of human action. But though the law cannot hinder people of the same trade from sometimes assembling together, it ought to do nothing to facilitate such assemblies; much less to render them necessary. Adam Smith State Sponsored Terrorism is a natural and typical act of a fully evolving criminal, mentally ill, control system which attempts to surround populations in monopolies of force, eventually creating total gun free zones inside their nations, while terrorizing the people into giving up their competitive positions and, as criminals, preying on the unprotected individuals across all perceived dimensions of wealth and value. These governments and their masters know peace and security are increased by individual competitors, using the most competitive weapons technology available, freely offering (un-coerced) competitive solutions in the marketplace. Therefore, the only logical conclusion to be drawn is, the Government intends to do violent crimes against the people and naturally must reduce the number of firearms in the hands of the people to accomplish this goal. State Sponsored Terrorism is nothing more than marketing, albeit ruthless, often bloody, and always immoral, by a control system in support of a monopoly in the market of solutions and services offering peace and security Governments, collectivized gangs and pockets of mentally ill crime syndicates must still compete in the social and economic market place of human action in order to gain market share and market control. This is a fact most don't understand, much or all of the evil and injustice done by one group to another is done with permission, either overtly or covertly via tacit acceptance of the products, services and contracts of an illicit defacto control system. It’s not until, an organization within a market obtains a corner on the market that they can evolved into a fully coercive tyranny, closing the doors to any competition and then gouging takes places in areas of important services. This explains why the Obama Regime must continuously create false flag shootings in order to gain American's permission to begin the process of disarming. After a certain number of people provide support for the idea, the monopoly will have enough power to force its barriers around all peoples: Time is short. Gun Free Zones are the safe spaces where State sponsored terrorism can exist mostly unimpeded. Gun Free Zones are action zones, State actors and criminal actors artificially causing market unbalancing legal restrictions on people's ability to protect themselves. In the end, as all people are disarmed, the worst personality traits begin to monopolize the positions of authority in the control system until, a mentally ill monopoly of force begins its most egregious acts of terrorism, theft, rape and mass murder. This has been explored as the concept of Pathocracy wherein, organizations begin to populate with similar minded, mentally ill or psychopathic personality traits. Communism is such a political system and, over its nearly 200 years of implementation, every expression of this malignant political system has exhibited mentally ill and psychopathic behaviors leaving misery and wealth destruction as its legacy. When a government or system of control begins to demand it provide solutions for peace and security, not voluntarily, and when concomitantly, peace and security are reduced with violent and escalating attacks on people and property (and always "advertised" via a public media circus) you must immediately recognize the danger; the control system is marketing a mentally ill system of control. At this moment in time we have an emergency situation. The acts of Terrorism against the people, ie., Oklahoma City bombing, 9-11, mass shootings like the Batman Movie Theatre shootings, with James Holmes or the Safeway Shooting with Jared Loughner, or the TOTALLY FAKED attacks like the Sandy Hook School Shooting and likely the Boston Bombing, and attacks which may have been faked like those recently in Paris and San Bernardino, **are only the beginning**. Because when the people can no longer provide for their own defense, then anything and everything will be done to them -- history has shown. ARGUMENTS FOR IRRATIONAL ACTORS Many argue mass shooters are mentally ill and emotionally charged. Claiming such states of mind preclude rational thinking regarding the location of mass shooting. The Batman Shooter, James Holmes for example never mentioned in his notes or other clues the theatre's 'Gun Free Zone" policy had anything to do with his choice of venue for his "mass shooting". However, if one actually believes the Holmes shooting was not either encouraged, provocateured, engineered or otherwise influenced by State actors working toward an agenda of total disarmament of the American people, one has to realize by unintentionally choosing a "Gun Free Zone" Holmes was elevating his chances of not being shot while committing his crime. Further the death toll was statistically likely to be higher as a result of the "Gun Free Zone" location. It was also claimed in a 2002 study right to carry laws have no effect on the location of a mass shooting (This study does not include recent data, refuting this claim.) But again, it is not the location a "right to carry" law should affect, it's the elimination of a threat or shooting in progress that a Natural Law right to defend your life most certainly will affect. Most Americans cannot wrap their head around the fact that most of the recent escalation of mass shootings is in some way influenced by the control system which is attempting to disarm Americans. NATURAL LAW SOLUTIONS FOR REDUCING GUN AND OTHER VIOLENT CRIME If the government actually cared about insuring the least number of causalities were caused by mass a shooting situation (or other violent crime), then it would have no choice but to recommend the Swiss system of arming and training all people to defend themselves. Gun and weapons training could again be part of the education system and begin early in a child's life resulting in self-assured less fearful people aware of the fact that a virtual police officer was everywhere - all the time - in the form of citizens equally armed and trained to respond. Training people at a young age to use, respect and understand the importance and position, in a self-dependent individual's life tool complement, is the most responsible, rational and mature way to ensure self-defense is a basic component of healthy state of mind and part of creating, from birth, healthy and self-dependent personality traits. This system naturally reduces violent crimes, rapes, robberies, while minimizing damage due to mentally ill shooters who are not motivated to save their own lives in first place. Creating a state of dependency in which others are to stand up for your life and to be available in your instantaneous moment of need is childish thinking; the magical thinking of an undeveloped state of consciousness. This is a condition deliberated created by those planning to exploit this vulnerability; public education is culpable and complicit in the devolution of adult states of mind. Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety. Benjamin Franklin Clearly Natural Law requires adult people take responsibility for their own lives, otherwise third parties, who are under no obligation to risk their lives for yours, will convince you to transfer your self-responsibility to them in exchange for protection. Transferring self-responsibility to another makes you a ward, a slave, beholden to another for your physical safety and, by induction, anything similar to safety, eventually transferring responsibility for whole classes of actions you are no longer rightfully allowed to take. SILLY ARGUMENTS THAT GUNS IN HANDS OF THE PEOPLE DO NOT STOP TYRANNY Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives. James Madison There are many that argue (supporting their oppressors) guns in the hands of militias and the people could not have stopped the absolute torturous blood bath of the mentally ill Bolsheviks set loose on Russia by the European and American Jewry and other genocides prosecuted against defenseless peoples. In the myopic article called Militia Myths the author makes the claim: A historical analysis reveals that Militias are typically the gateway to tyranny, not the safeguard against it. A heavily armed population has little to no bearing on preventing tyranny. and then gives examples of nations using a militia to throw off foreign aggressors only to create some new form of dictatorship afterwards. He cites examples of the liberating militias degenerating into tyrannies in countries like Vietnam, Afghanistan, Cuba, Somalia, Iraq, and southern Lebanon. The rest of the article makes similar claims about Bolshevik Russia and other nations where blood baths resulted when unarmed and untrained peoples fell victims to violent psychopaths. The article referenced above is written by a person with absolutely no understanding, or apparent education regarding the psychologies and personality types of nations, races and cultures. Nations structured around forms of social hierarchy, having no long standing, historical and institutionalize protection of values, such as property rights, contract law, Individualism, Natural Law and other mainly Western values, as codified in common law principals, cannot be expected to create new governments or ruling bodies based on those values. Western culture (European white cultures) have for hundreds of years had an enlightened system of law and justice based on the Natural Law ideas of 1) Do all you have agreed to do – which is the basis of contract law; 2) Do not encroach on other persons and their property – which is the basis of criminal and tort law. Richard Maybury Additionally, nations and their peoples with NO HISTORY of identifying and enshrining moral philosophical values preserving individual rights OR isolating governments from assimilating a religious dogma as part of its system of law, cannot expect some liberating internal militia to afterward "promote a Free State". Again, this is childish or magical thinking, resulting in the formation of conclusions which are harmful to rational thought regarding maintaining peace and security and minimizing despotism, tyranny and mentally ill systems of control. The cultures and governments of the East and, in fact, isolated and heavily influenced by Eastern immigrants, Czarist Russia, did not or do not possess a law based on Scientific Law, or Natural Law, but rather on Political law. As Richard Maybury aptly points out: POLITICAL LAW IS BASED ON POLITICAL POWER. It has no requirement for logic or morality. It changes whenever the political wind changes. Fickle and tangled, no one can completely understand it…. You do whatever the power-holders say, or else. Right or wrong. This type of social structure will not allow or promote a system enabling individuals to grow and advance with an understanding of their right to self-defense and protection of their own property. To expect a "Free State” to just manifest after an untrained, either morally or philosophically, militia or organization of peoples with guns, throw off a given tyranny is just plain silly. But in fact, Americans, mostly educated (as the educational system has been hobbled and purposely dumbed-down) in a system of property rights, contract law, and the moral values of individualism, could easily and handily throw off tyrants and still retain the knowledge and understanding of how to reconstituted a system based on those principles of property rights, contract law and the common law (Natural Law) tenets of individual rights. A skilled common law judge would try to make all his decisions logically consistent with the two fundamental laws. Common law was not only a private legal system, it was a scientific one. Abraham Lincoln considered `Euclid's Geometry' to be one of his most important law books; he studied it to be sure the logic of his cases was airtight. One of the most important characteristics of common law was its certainty. It had evolved very carefully over many centuries, changing little from one decade to the next. The two fundamental laws remained always in place, a stabilizing force. The community could expect their legal environment to remain reasonably orderly. Richard Maybury] It has been shown repeatedly armed citizens reduce causalities or prevent mass shootings. The question for the American people, and not the usurped Federal or State Governments, is one of third party trust. Can American's expect their governments to protect them? Can American's in light of all of human history, expect their governments to not become immoral, corrupt or tyrannical? Do Americans feel safe, even as their governments invite mostly fighting age males from Eastern nations having no moral or philosophical training or upbringing in the ways of a Limited Republic or a religiously unconcerned system of control based on common law, including property rights and individual rights? Do American's feel safer disarmed as their own country is being overrun by criminals, former terrorists, rapists and people with other undesirable characteristics, a people that are not going to assimilate and become Western, but are rather going to struggle non-stop to make America more Eastern. Will Americans feel safer disarmed as a financial collapse of proportions never experienced in America, deliberately caused by the financial looting of a criminal banking system and the vitiated corporate monopolies they licensed, creates armies of hungry, homeless and outraged people forced to take to the streets looking for answers and shelter from the banker's caused financial nuclear winter? The Government, their corporate masters and the criminal banking families behind them all are desperate to be sure Americans do not throw off their intended tyranny and restore a Natural Law system of government and reinvigorate the moral justice system that was once America and finally come after those who have attempted, with extreme hubris, to collapse civilization and rebirth it into a deformed, mentally ill, fledging New World Tyranny. MY CONCLUSION: Hold On To Your Guns Like Your Life Depends On Them.

http://www.thegovernmentrag.com/trump-there-is-no-such-thing-as-a-gun-free-zone.html#. WI90izgoEdV 

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40 Men Control the Planet: It’s Trump and You vs. Everyone Else

Dave Hodges

President Trump has a nearly impossible job. The Mexican President, Nieto, spit in Trump’s face yesterday. Mexico says that they will refuse to negotiate with the Trump administration so long as they insist that Mexico will build the wall. The simple thing to do seems to consist of canceling NAFTA. Mexico enjoys a $60 billion dollar trade surplus . They play home to millions of manufacturing jobs that used to go to Americans. Some economists will quietly say that this costs the United States almost a trillion dollars per year. This means lower wages, higher taxes and a declining standard of living for America. To add insult to injury, the tens of millions of illegal immigrants that have flooded into America sent home $25 billion to Mexican private interests in 2015. This money is not taxed. The labor represented by this amount, which does not account for the under-the-table money that is sent to Mexico, is only a drop in the bucket. Conservatively, and this is a gross under-representation of the actual money that America is bleeding. The labor represented in this amount is not taxed, none of this goes to unemployment compensation, workmen’s compensation, social security and medicare. This greatly increases the burden on American citizens to cover these needs. Mexico will never build the wall unless this movement of money is controlled and taxed. However, Trump is taking on an entire global economic empire. If you wondered why the media vilifies Trump at every turn, their six owners of the entire media profit greatly from all free trade agreements. This is what Trump is trying to undo. However, what most Americans don’t realize is the entire American economy is controlled by a few men who controls goverment and virutally every major industry in America. Below is just a partial snapshot of how monolithic the corporate interests that controls our daily lives have beccome. Until Trump was elected, nothing ever happened without their approval. They own it all, they control it all. Take a look. Please keep in mind that this is just the tip of the iceberg. The entire American economy is owned by fewer than 40 men, except for the dwindling number of small businesss that were devastated by the Obama administration. These corporate giants dominate every aspect of your life and they own the media that tells what to think and how to behave. They control the voting process that stole about 20% of the popular vote. Yet, they still could not defeat Donald Trump and the American people. Donald Trump can shut down NAFTA and cause Mexico to lose $60 billion a year in lost revenue, courtesy of Americans, and they can be taxed on the $25 billion that leaves the country, in the form of wire transfers from America to Mexico. However, it is critical to remember, this is a drop in the bucket. These corporations benefit from bringing in cheap labor because they cannot export every job out of America. This is why we have massive illegal immigration. Your wages are lower and your working conditions are poor because the corporations have you where they want you. Ironically, they will NEVER allow immigrants to become citizens because they don’t want to pay employement costs of medicare, social security, unemployment compensation and workmen’s comp. The corporations are the biggest abuser of immigrants and yet, the media they control will never report this. For Trump to be successful in negating free trade agreements, he needs our help. Congress must be made to feel the heat. Any Congressmen supporting the anti-Trump movement needs to be removed from office because they are costing you and your kids a decent wage and standard of living. I have long advocated on shopping local, trading and bartering and removing your participation, as much as possible, from the corporate controlled economy. Eat out at Mel’s Diner and not Outback, for example. Go to Joe’s Hardware store and not Ace Hardware. The American people are caught in a war. We face politicans who are bought and paid for by the very corporations that enslave us. We face a media that is relentless in their propaganda. And we have become conditioned to be apathetic and uninvolved. Trump cannot do this alone.

http://www.thecommonsenseshow.com/2017/01/27/40-men-control-the-planet-its-trump-and-you-vs-everyone-else/ 

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Even now, saith your Father, they plot for a one world banking system, a one world government, a one world controlled by one man, etc..

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Europe Proposes "Restrictions On Payments In Cash"

Published: January 27, 2017 Source: Zero Hedge

Having discontinued its production of EUR500 banknotes, it appears Europe is charging towards the utopian dream of a cashless society. Just days after Davos' elites discussed why the world needs to "get rid of currency," the European Commission has introduced a proposal enforcing "restrictions on payments in cash." With Rogoff, Stiglitz, Summers et al. all calling for the end of cash - because only terrorists and drug-dealers need cash (nothing at all to do with totalitarian control over a nation's wealth) - we are not surprised that this proposal from the European Commission (sanctuary of statism) would appear.. The Commission published on 2 February 2016 a Communication to the Council and the Parliament on an Action Plan to further step up the fight against the financing of terrorism (COM (2016) 50). The Action Plan builds on existing EU rules to adapt to new threats and aims at updating EU policies in line with international standards. In the context of the Commission's action to extent the scope of the Regulation on the controls of cash entering or leaving the Community, reference is made to the appropriateness to explore the relevance of potential upper limits to cash payments. The Action Plan states that "Payments in cash are widely used in the financing of terrorist activities… In this context, the relevance of potential upper limits to cash payments could also be explored. Several Member States have in place prohibitions for cash payments above a specific threshold." Cash has the important feature of offering anonymity to transactions. Such anonymity may be desired for legitimate reason (e.g. protection of privacy). But, such anonymity can also be misused for money laundering and terrorist financing purposes. The possibility to conduct large cash payments facilitates money laundering and terrorist financing activities because of the difficulty to control cash payment transactions. Potential restrictions to cash payments would be a mean to fight criminal activities entailing large payment transactions in cash by organized criminal networks. Restricting large payments in cash, in addition to cash declarations and other AML obligations, would hamper the operation of terrorist networks, and other criminal activities, i.e. have a preventive effect. It would also facilitate further investigations to track financial transactions in the course of terrorist activities. Effective investigations are hindered as cash payments transactions are anonymous. Thus restrictions on cash payments would facilitate investigations. However, as cash transactions are moved to the financial system, it is essential that financial institutions have adequate controls and procedures in place that enable them to know the person with whom they are dealing. Adequate due diligence on new and existing customers is a key part of these controls in, line with the AMLD. Terrorists use cash to sustain their illegal activities, not only for illegal transactions (e.g. the acquisition of explosives) but also for payments which are in appearance legal (e.g. transactions for accommodation or transport). While a restriction on payments in cash would certainly be ignored for transactions that are in any case already illegal, the restriction could create a significant hindrance to the conduct of transactions that are ancillary to terrorist activities. Organised crime and terrorism financing rely on cash for payments for carrying out their illegal activities and benefitting from them. By restricting the possibilities to use cash, the proposal would contribute to disrupt the financing of terrorism, as the need to use non anonymous means of payment would either deter the activity or contribute to its easier detection and investigation. Any such proposal would also aim at harmonising restrictions across the Union, thus creating a level playing field for businesses and removing distortions of competition in the internal market. It would additionally foster the fight against money laundering, tax fraud and organised crime. And then right at the end, they mention "fundamental rights"... While being allowed to pay in cash does not constitute a fundamental right, the objective of the initiative, which is to prevent the anonymity that cash payments allow, might be viewed as an infringement of the right to privacy enshrined in Article 7 of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights. However, as complemented by article 52 of the Charter, limitations may be made subject to the principle of proportionality if they are necessary and genuinely meet objectives of general interest recognised by the Union or the need to protect the rights and freedoms of others. The objectives of potential restrictions to cash payments could fit such description. It should also be observed that national restrictions to cash payments were never successfully challenged based on an infringement to fundamental rights. Below are some recent thoughts on the matter from SovereignMan's Simon Black, who detailed previously that the war on cash is happening faster than we could have ever imagined, and predictably, is based on lies. Every time we turn around, it seems, there’s another major assault in the War on Cash. India is the most notable recent example– the embarrassing debacle a few weeks ago in which the government, overnight, “demonetized” its two largest denominations of cash, leaving an entire nation in chaos. But there have been so many smaller examples. In the US city of New Orleans, the local government decided earlier this month to stop accepting cash payments from drivers at the Office of Motor Vehicles. As I wrote to you recently, several branches of Citibank in Australia have stopped dealing in cash altogether. And former US Treasury Secretary Larry Summers published an article last week stating that “nothing in the Indian experience gives us pause in recommending that no more large notes be created in the United States, Europe, and around the world.” In other words, despite the India chaos, Summers thinks we should still curtail the $100 bill. The conclave of the high priests of monetary policy almost invariably sings the same chorus: only criminals and terrorists use high denominations of cash. Ken Rogoff, Harvard professor and former official at the International Monetary Fund and Federal Reserve, recently published a book blatantly entitled The Curse of Cash. Ben Bernanke’s called it a “fascinating and important book”. And, shockingly, a number of reviews on Amazon.com praise “brilliant” Rogoff’s “visionary concepts” in his “excellent book”. Rogoff, like most of his colleagues, contends that large bills like the $100 or 500 euro note are only used in “drug trade, extortion, bribes, human trafficking. . .” In fact they jokingly refer to the 500-euro note as the “Bin Laden” since it’s apparently only used by terrorists. Give me a break. My team and I did some of research on this and found some rather interesting data. It turns out that countries with higher denominations of cash actually have much lower crime rates, including rates of organized crime. The research was simple; we looked at the World Economic Forum’s competitive rankings that assesses countries’ levels of organized crime, as well as the direct business costs of dealing with crime and violence. Switzerland, with its 1,000 Swiss franc note (roughly $1,000 USD) has among the lowest levels of organized crime in the world according to the WEF. Ditto for Singapore, which has a 1,000 Singapore dollar note (about $700 USD). Japan’s highest denomination of currency is 10,000 yen, worth $88 today. Yet Japan also has extremely low crime rates. Same for the United Arab Emirates, whose highest denomination is the 1,000 dirham ($272). If you examine countries with very low denominations of cash, the opposite holds true: crime rates, and in particular organized crime rates, are extremely high. Consider Venezuela, Nigeria, Brazil, South Africa, etc. Organized crime is prevalent. Yet each of these has a currency whose maximum denomination is less than $30. The same trend holds true when looking at corruption and tax evasion. Yesterday we wrote to you about Georgia, a small country on the Black Sea whose flat tax prompted tax compliance (and tax revenue) to soar. It’s considered one of the most efficient places to do business with very low levels of corruption. And yet the highest denomination note in Georgia is the 500 lari bill, worth about $200. That’s a lot of money in a country where the average wage is a few hundred dollars per month. Compare that to Malaysia or Uzbekistan, two countries where corruption abounds. Malaysia’s top cash note is 50 ringgit, worth about $11. And Uzbekistan’s 5,000 som is worth a paltry $1.57. Bottom line, the political and financial establishments want you to willingly get on board with the idea of abolishing, or at least reducing, cash. And they’re pumping out all sorts of propaganda to do it, trying to get people to equate crime and corruption with high denominations of cash. Simply put, the data doesn’t support their assertion. It’s just another hoax that will give them more power at the expense of your privacy and freedom.

http://www.blacklistednews.com/Europe_Proposes_%22Restrictions_On_Payments_In_Cash%22/56536/0/38/38/Y/M.html 

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Ukraine Just Opened Its Doors to NATO 'Training' Missions. What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

Why does Russia insist on putting its country so close to NATO training missions? Curious minds want to know.

Richard Brandt Subscribe to Richard Brandt Sat, Jan 28, 2017

What is Poroshenko's escape plan, considering that he is now less popular than facial herpes, and the right-wing goons that he has cynically used to carry out terror in the Donbass are quickly turning on him? The answer is very simple: Do everything possible to provoke Russia (an actual war would be ideal). This solves the problem of right-wing goons lynching him (because they will all volunteer to go fight Russia, and immediately die), as well as provides a convenient distraction while Porky and his oligarch friends vacuum up the last crumbs of wealth from Ukraine before high-tailing it to London or wherever. Yes, we're being a bit dramatic here. But the fact remains: No one would benefit more from a NATO-led conflict with Russia than Poroshenko. Actually, he doesn't even need a real war. Just some good ol' fashioned Cold War provocations, to keep the Ukrainian people properly scared out of their wits. A good citizen is a scared citizen. They ask fewer questions, too. A NATO confrontation with Russia is the golden parachute that Poroshenko desperately needs and yearns for. And so, in keeping with his longstanding policy of being a terrible person, Poroshenko has signed a new decree, allowing troops from the United States and other NATO countries to carry out training missions in Ukraine. It said about 2,500 troops, up to 10 navy surface ships, five submarines, planes, helicopters and other equipment, would arrive for 25 days during the summer as part of the Sea Breeze 2017 training operation. Maneuvers under an operation called Rapid Trident will also be held in Ukraine during 2017. The Trump Administration has apparently pledged full support for NATO. In other words, the idea that Trump will bring a swift end to the insanity in Ukraine is looking less and less likely. But the questions remains: How much longer can the conflict in Ukraine stay "frozen" before the situation heats up?

http://russia-insider.com/en/ukraine-just-opened-its-doors-nato-training-missions/ri18727 

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Japan blanketed by anomalous sea effect snow so intense that it is creating wind vortices off the islands in the East China Sea

By Strange Sounds - Jan 27, 2017

Japan blanketed by sea effect snow so intense that it is creating wind vortices off the islands in the East China Sea. Tottori Prefecture received a full year worth of snow in one day. Highways cut, millions of people stranded, power outages in Hokkaido ski resorts closed due to too much snow. The weather currently sweeping across Far East Asia is anomalous… Deeply anomalous!

http://strangesounds.org/2017/01/weather-anomaly-japan-blanketed-by-sea-effect-snow-so-intense-that-it-is-creating-wind-vortices-off-the-islands-in-the-east-china-sea.html 

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As you can clearly see the evil in the world is almost fifty-fifty, my word has shown you that before, so that should not be a surprise.  For I have said that two shall be standing in the field and one shall go and one shall remain, that is fifty-fifty, and it has got to that place, that also means that the end is very, very near.  So you will still have half of the world that desires to do evil and half of the world that desires to do good, but only about thirty percent are true Christians. etc.

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George Soros: The “God” Who Should Be Jailed

Written by William F. Jasper Tuesday, 24 January 2017

George Soros, who fancies himself a god and intends to remake the world, is the Lord of Chaos and pursues a world order that is demonic, not divine. “I admit that I have always harbored an exaggerated view of self-importance — to put it bluntly, I fancied myself as some kind of god.” So confessed George Soros (shown) in his 1987 book The Alchemy of Finance. George Soros’ use of past-tense verbs in the admission above might lead some readers to assume his psychological deity complex was a passing narcissism that the maturing billionaire has conquered in the three decades since it was written. That would be a false assumption; if anything, the 86-year-old currency speculator has grown more megalomaniacal with each passing year. “It is a sort of disease when you consider yourself some kind of god, the creator of everything, but I feel comfortable about it now since I began to live it out,” Soros told the British newspaper The Independent in 1993. Yes, the hedge-fund mogul has been “living out” his delusional fantasies, sometimes elevating himself from merely “a god,” to actually being “God.” Naturally, claiming such supernatural attributes entails more than a bit of madness, something Soros has also publicly discussed on more than one occasion. “Next to my fantasies about being God, I also have very strong fantasies of being mad,” Soros once explained in a British television interview. “In fact, my grandfather was actually paranoid. I have a lot of madness in my family. So far I have escaped it.” Has the delusional billionaire really escaped the madness? He told his biographer, Michael T. Kaufman, that he views himself as “the conscience of the world.” And he is spending billions of dollars to remake the world to fit his fantasies. If a homeless derelict were to declare himself God and the conscience of the world, he would be ignored, shunned, or locked up; madmen with wealth and power are praised and sycophantically courted. The Roman emperors Nero and Ca­ligula are notorious for their murderous megalomania. They assigned themselves god status, but ruled as demented demons. Soros may not possess their dictatorial powers, but then, they didn’t possess his wealth and global influence. We intend in this article to examine some of the vast activist networks and political campaigns that George Soros funds. Certainly, the super-rich should have as much right as any other citizens to participate in the political system that governs us all. But Soros appears to be perfectly comfortable operating both within and outside the law to destroy (he would say “reform”) our political-economic system. In his book Soros on Soros, the would-be god says: “I do not accept the rules imposed by others.” After years of operating with impunity, he has become so brazen that he appears not to worry about doing the illegal, as well as the immoral. It is our contention that the prima facie evidence of criminal activity by George Soros and those he funds is sufficient to demand official investigations — by Congress, the U.S. Department of Justice, and state attorneys general. Utilizing the subpoena and other investigatory powers not available to the private citizen, these officials have the duty to take on powerful interests that are corrupting and undermining the rule of law in America — and endangering the freedoms we hold dear. At the very least, the Internal Revenue Service — which recently denied Tea Party groups non-profit status — could take away the tax-exempt status of Soros’ huge foundations, or force them to cease funding radical groups. And if federal authorities exercise even a fraction of the zeal they expended on prosecuting and persecuting conservative commentator Dinesh D’Souza, Soros the god-man could end up in jail. Organizing Chaos Over the past several years, American cities have been plunged into racial and civil turmoil at a level we have not experienced since the 1960s and 1970s. The anti-police riots in Ferguson, Baltimore, Milwaukee, and elsewhere have morphed into anti-Trump riots across the country, with many of the same organizations and individuals serving as instigators: Black Lives Matter, MoveOn.org, International Action Center, ANSWER Coalition, and other far-left, fake “grassroots” groups. They reliably perform on cue because they are lavishly funded by the Soros Open Society Foundations (OSF), the other big tax-exempt foundations (Rockefeller, Ford, Carnegie, et al.), and activist “pass through” organizations, such as the Tides Foundation, that bundle and launder hundreds of millions of dollars in “dark money” to the street revolutionaries. Black Lives Matter (BLM), which has become one of the most efficient riot-making operations, has been especially blessed with largess from the billionaire elites. As The New American noted in a 2014 article (“Rioting for a Reason”), BLM was founded by Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza, and Opal Tometi, three black lesbian Marxists “who idolize communist terrorist revolutionaries Assata Shakur and Angela Davis, as well as the Black Panther Party and the Black Liberation Movement.” Naturally, for Soros, that qualifies BLM for oodles of cash. An investigation of Soros/OSF financials by the Washington Times in 2015 found that Soros had showered BLM and its related network of activist organizations with more than $33 million. Not bad, but that was only seed money. The Ford Foundation, which has been funding revolution for decades, announced a few months ago it intends to raise $100 million in pooled donor funds for a newly formed Black-Led Movement Fund, of which the BLM (and its rioters) will be major beneficiaries. Following the Trayvon Martin shooting in Florida in 2012, Black Lives Matter grew from a hashtag slogan to a nationwide phenomenon, thanks largely to funding from Soros and a huge boost from the major media. However, BLM’s big break came with the police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, in 2014, and the organized “unrest” that followed. Two of the BLM groups that played a central role in the “Ferguson unrest” (that included riots, arson, shooting, and looting) are the Organization for Black Struggle (OBS) and Missourians for Reform and Empowerment (MORE), both of which are hardcore Marxist-Leninist organizations run by veteran communists who have been leading riotous “protests” for decades. A top founder/leader at OBS is Jamala Rogers, a professional “community organizer” since the 1970s and veteran member of the Revolutionary Communist League, the Freedom Road Socialist Organization, and the radical Black Power movement. MORE is simply the rebranded Missouri chapter of ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now), the former national organization of paid activists inspired by Marxist strategist Saul Alinsky and founded by 1960s SDS (Students for a Democratic Society) radical Wade Rathke. Like ACORN, the white “social justice” leaders at MORE pay protesters (mostly black or “people of color”) to create street theater that can be exploited to advance their causes. Some of MORE’s rent-a-mob activities in Ferguson were exposed in 2015 when black protesters occupied MORE’s offices and threatened the white radicals because they hadn’t been paid as promised. To placate the angry protesters, MORE provided them with documents showing that they had dispersed the funds appropriately. Where did the money go? The accounting documents list, among other things, payments for cellphones, walkie-talkies, banners, T-shirts, art supplies, van rentals, gasoline, catering, training sessions, organizer salaries, etc. In other words, virtually everything needed to give a purely AstroTurf production the appearance of a “grassroots” protest. Where did the funding come from? The Washington Times investigation found that one line of Soros funding for “police reform” in 2014 amounted to $5.4 million, with about half of those funds “earmarked to Ferguson, with the money primarily going to OBS and MORE.” Another significant recipient of Soros cash is Colorlines, an online news site that helped parlay Ferguson into a national road show. “More than 500 of us have traveled from Boston, Chicago, Columbus, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Nashville, Portland, Tucson, Washington, D.C., Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and other cities to support the people of Ferguson and help turn a local moment into a national movement,” wrote Akiba Solomon, a writer at Colorlines. Readying the Rioting The anti-Trump demonstrations and riots — both before and after the election — follow a pattern that we have seen over and over again, from the protests of Occupy Wall Street to Black Lives Matter to Dream Act/Open Borders. Not only are the tactics the same, but many of the same groups and individuals keep reappearing in all of these seemingly spontaneous outbreaks of organized chaos. Were the “Not My President” rioters that illegally blocked streets and freeways, set fires, threw Molotov cocktails, injured police officers, destroyed property, and defaced public buildings with graffiti day after day following the November 8 election merely Soros rent-a-mobs? There is good reason to believe so. Not only were well-known Soros-funded organizations such as Black Lives Matter and MoveOn.org prominently involved, but Soros-funded groups such as Washington Community Action Network (Washington CAN) ran advertisements on Craigslist and in newspapers for “full-time organizers” to “Fight the Trump Agenda!” at $15/hour, plus paid vacation and benefits. Many of the anti-Trump rioters traveled across state lines, which means they not only violated state laws against rioting and inciting to riot, but also federal law against the same crimes. Specifically, the rioters could be (and should be) charged under Title 18 U.S. Code § 2101, which provides that “whoever travels in interstate or foreign commerce … to incite a riot; or to organize, promote, encourage, participate in, or carry on a riot; or … to aid or abet any person in inciting or participating in or carrying on a riot or committing any act of violence in furtherance of a riot … shall be fined under this title, or imprisoned not more than five years, or both.” As to be expected, Soros PR minions deny that their boss has anything to do with the mayhem caused by those he funds. “George Soros is not funding these (anti Trump) protests,” Soros spokesperson Michael Vachon said in an interview with Value Walk. Of course, Soros also denied funding the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement. But financial records showed that he had provided millions of dollars to the Tides Foundation, which then passed through funding to the OWS activists. This is why official congressional and prosecutorial investigations are necessary. Soros and the other funders of the riots, subversion, and anarchy will continue to deny the obvious, as they have been doing for decades. The undercover videos of James O’Keefe’s Veritas Project have exposed top Democratic Party operatives boasting of their illegal activities, such as voter fraud, busing in demonstrators, fomenting riots, initiating fights, illegal funding, etc. This is happening on a massive scale and can only be stopped by utilizing the same legal bulwarks that are used against organized crime. The financial records of the funders and organ­izations involved must be subpoenaed, and individuals placed under oath, where they will face the full penalty of perjury. As the saying goes, “follow the money,” and prosecute those who are financing the ongoing demolition of America. Investigation and prosecution of the rioters — and especially those who fund and direct them — is important not only for redress of the crimes already committed and social harm already done, but also to deter plans for similar future havoc. Dark Money Campaign Cash According to a survey of official records by the Center for Responsive Politics, George Soros gave $19.5 million in political contributions during the most recent election cycle. That does not include funds he gave to nonprofits and activist groups that are not officially backing a particular candidate or ballot measure, but are nonetheless actively involved those campaigns. The Soros hypocrisy meter hits the highest levels when it comes to “dark money,” which the liberal-left media invariably associate with those labeled conservative. For the past two decades, Soros has led and funded the “campaign finance reform” movement. However, at the same time that he was decrying the “corrupting influence” of money on politics, he was pioneering the funding of “527 Groups” (so-called due to their status under Section 527 of the IRS Code) which can raise unlimited funds for political campaigns. He has organized Democracy Alliance, bringing together dozens of billionaires and millionaires to provide rivers of cash to his favored candidates and causes. Voter Fraud It is impossible to sustain our system of representative government if the election process is corrupted. Groups that encourage non-citizens to vote and that work to make it difficult-to-impossible to enforce election security and verify voter identity are undermining our Republic. The Soros network has generously funded many of these “open border” and “open voting” groups, such as the American Council of La Raza, America Votes, ACLU, America’s Voice, American Bridge 21st Century, and Project Vote. Although charges of widespread vote fraud, particularly involving illegal aliens, have been dismissed by the establishment media, there is ample reason to believe this fraud is significant and should be officially and aggressively investigated. Coopting the U.S. Government In a 2005 interview, National Public Radio’s Steve Inskeep noted that Soros has “been described as the only private citizen with his own foreign policy.” Inskeep remarked to Soros: “Uzbekistan, the Open Society Institute was actually receiving grants from the US State Department and spending millions of dollars of US government money on various programs.” That was under President George W. Bush; it was not an isolated incident, and got much worse under President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. It’s easy to be a “philanthropist” when you’re spending other people’s money — in this case (and others), American taxpayers’ money. Soros has similarly hijacked U.S. government policy (not by force, but by collusion) in Ukraine, Egypt, Albania, the European Union, and elsewhere — invariably with disastrous results. He has also been exposed as one of the major forces behind the calamitous “refugee crisis” that is swamping Europe with a tsunami of Muslim migrants — and that is threatening to do the same here, thanks to Soros-Obama-Clinton-Kerry collusion. A May 2016 internal report of the International Migration Institute (IMI), an official project of Soros’ Open Society Foundations, boasted of providing the funding for the “Sutherland Report,” the blueprint for Europe’s migration catastrophe authored by Goldman Sachs billionaire Sir Peter Sutherland, now the UN secretary-general’s special representative on international migration. The same report by top IMI staffers Anna Crowley and Kate Rosin, entitled “Migration Governance and Enforcement Portfolio Review,” calls for “accepting the current crisis as the new normal.” Soros also provides funding for the Columbia Global Policy Initiative (CGPI) at Columbia University, which hosts the secretariat for Peter Sutherland’s UN migration office. The Media “Echo Chamber” How does George Soros manage to keep getting away with it? Obviously, his billions have bought a lot of influence. One of the major keys to his success is the Teflon shield he has been provided by the establishment corporatist media, which also act as his “echo chamber.” That’s by design. A September 27, 2007 e-mail from John Podesta to Soros, Peter Lewis, Steve Bing, and other left-wing billionaires outlined his plans for parlaying the vast network they had financed into a media “echo chamber” that would “control the political discourse.” At the time, Podesta was president of the Soros-funded Center for American Progress. He went from that post to be Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman. “Now that this enhanced infrastructure is in place — grassroots organizing; multi-issue advocacy groups; think tanks; youth outreach; faith communities; micro-targeting outfits; the netroots and blogosphere — we need to better utilize these networks to drive the content of politics through a strong ‘echo chamber’ and message delivery system,” Podesta wrote. “Non-partisan voter registration can be highly effective in delivering progressive voters to the polls,” Podesta states in the memo. “The Sandler family and [Open Society Institute] are already deeply involved in funding organizations to do this work in communities of color and with respect to unmarried women.” This further underscores our point above regarding the ostensibly non-partisan nature of the Soros focus on voter registration. Several thousand hacked e-mails released by WikiLeaks and DCLeaks have provided plenty of damning evidence to justify initiating a whole series of investigations into the Lord of Chaos. Not surprisingly, the controlled establishment media has almost completely ignored this bonanza, prompting an editorial from Investor’s Business Daily this past September 19 entitled “The Bizarre Media Blackout of Hacked George Soros Documents.” Bizarre indeed. However, it would be worse than bizarre — it would be serious nonfeasance of office — for our elected and appointed officials to evade their responsibilities to investigate and prosecute the “malefactors of great wealth” who undermine our society while posing as its saviors.

http://www.thenewamerican.com/culture/biography/item/25189-george-soros-the-god-who-should-be-jailed 

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'An Enemy Within' – Keith Ellison exposed

New documentary reveals anti-American radical poised to take over DNC

He was put into office by dedicated communists. He supported the dissolution of the United States to create an ethnostate only for blacks. He’s been the biggest defender of the Muslim Brotherhood in Congress. And, now, he’s poised to take over one of America’s two major political parties. He’s Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota. And he’s one of “The Enemies Within” profiled in Trevor Loudon’s explosive new documentary of that name. Loudon, who has researched communism and leftist movements for decades, says Ellison has a long partnership with anti-American movements, dating back to when he was as student. “During his student days, Ellison was very close to the Maoists of Freedom Road Socialist Organization,” he told WND. “They believed in the Communist Party’s old 1930s dream of a black state in the South to split and weaken America to Soviet advantage. It’s no wonder then that Ellison supported a similar notion.” Writing under the name of Keith Hakim, Ellison defended the Nation of Islam while a student at the University of Minnesota Law School. Ellison additionally appeared on stage with notorious anti-Semite and anti-white activist Khalid Abdul Muhammad during an event to promote Louis Farrakhan’s Million Man March. Ellison also was involved in explicitly Communist movements. In June 1989, Loudon reports, Ellison was interviewed by the Freedom Road Socialist Organization’s publication Forward Motion on the subject of police brutality. “The responsible activist has to show young people … that white supremacy and capitalism are what’s putting them in the position they’re on,” Ellison stated in the interview. A few years later, Ellison participated with a leader of the Vice Lords gang in a rally against police. Loudon claims Ellison remained heavily involved with communists as he began his political career. “In the 2000s, Ellison was very close to the old Communist Party USA (CPUSA),” Loudon told WND. “He held several fundraisers in the home of CPUSA Minnesota leader Erwin Marquit, and the CPUSA supplied nearly half of the phone-bankers used by Ellison in one election cycle.” The late Erwin Marquit, a college professor who served on the Economics Commission and International Affairs Commissions of the Communist Party USA, recounted in his memoirs how he and his wife, also a CPUSA member, served as Democratic-Farmer-Labor delegates and “campaigned for Ellison before and at” the Democratic convention, helping to secure Ellison the DFL nomination. Marquit also recounted how when campaigning for Ellison, he was often recognized as “the communist at the University of Minnesota” but “the fact that I was campaigning for Ellison did not seem to bother any of them.” Ellison was praised during his congressional run by the People’s World, an online publication which, in its own words, is the “direct descendant of the [Communist] Daily Worker.” “The websites enjoy a special relationship with the Communist Party USA, founded in 1919, and publish its news and views,” according to the group’s website. The publication called Ellison “a fresh progressive voice in the tradition of Paul Wellstone” in August 2006 and boasted how “peace and justice activists have been volunteering in increasing numbers.” As Loudon details in “The Enemies Within,” communists and other leftists often make themselves indispensable to “mainstream” Democrats by performing the grunt work of campaigns. Ellison attended several house parties and meetings at the Marquits’ home and relied heavily on communists as campaign workers. In 2014, Ellison made the connection even more explicit by writing an article on “grassroots movements” for People’s World under his own name. Yet Ellison is not only directly tied to the Communist Party, he is also widely believed to function as an operative for the Muslim Brotherhood. The Muslim American Society, which has been called a national security threat, paid $13,500 of Ellison’s “Hajj,” or pilgrimage, to Mecca. WND’s Leo Hohmann reported in December 2016 Ellison held weekly meetings with the Council on American Islamic Relations, or CAIR, and is intricately involved with a host of organizations tied to the Muslim Brotherhood. Philip Haney, a founding member of the Department of Homeland Security, Islamic terror expert and co-author of “See Something, Say Nothing,” says Ellison will be in an awkward position if the Muslim Brotherhood is officially labeled a terrorist organization by the new administration. “If President Trump designates the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization, and Keith Ellison becomes the DNC chairman, then the DNC will be in a terribly compromised position,” said Haney. “Ellison is affiliated with CAIR and the Islamic Society of North America, as well as the Muslim American Society (MAS). All of these groups are tied to extremists. “CAIR are ISNA are unindicted co-conspirators in the federal Holy Land Foundation trial. CAIR has already been designated as a terrorist group by the United Arab Emirates, and the Muslim Brotherhood itself has been designated as a terrorist group by Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Russia.” Haney also argued Ellison is driven by a deep anti-Israel bias, referencing recently exposed comments Ellison made at a private fundraiser in which he accused the Jewish state of “governing” American foreign policy. Ellison stated: “The United States foreign policy in the Middle East is governed by what is good or bad through a country of 7 million people. A region of 350 million all turns on a country of 7 million. Does that make sense? Is that logic? Right? When the Americans who trace their roots back to those 350 million get involved, everything changes.” Haney claimed it is indisputable Ellison is closely aligned with the Muslim Brotherhood, its front groups and its ideological goals. He warned the Democratic Party not to align itself with such an extreme figure. “Despite Mr. Ellison’s claims that the Muslim Brotherhood is not active within the American political arena, should the DNC take the risk?” he asked rhetorically. “Should the Democrats elect someone as chairman of the Democratic Party who is a proven close affiliate of known Muslim Brotherhood front groups? Not unless the DNC wants to be labeled as a supporter of Hamas, or as a default supporter of an organization that President Trump has promised to designate as a terrorist organization.” Loudon explained Ellison’s simultaneous work in both communist and radical Islamic movements is not unusual. In “The Enemies Within,” he shows how the left has formed a tactical alliance with such groups to attack the United States from within. “I think he is essentially a communist first and Muslim second,” Loudon said of Ellison. “I think he still holds extreme communist and anti-American views. And the Democratic Party is doubling down on ‘progressivism.’ There will be no move back to the center now.” Indeed, the worst part of Ellison, according to Loudon, is not that he is an extremist. It’s that a figure so closely tied to communists, radical Islamists and black nationalists is perfectly mainstream for the modern Democratic Party. “The Democratic Party is essentially an anti-American party now,” Loudon said. “Its goal is to unite all progressive factions to form a permanent majority ruling bloc. Ellison is perfect for the job.” WND was unable to obtain comment from Ellison.

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The 'Enemies Of America Within' Are Still Within - John McCain's Ties To George Soros And ISIS Prove America Is Still In Danger As The Globalists Become Desperate To Bring Down President Trump Via Any Way Possible

By Stefan Stanford - All News Pipeline - Live Free Or Die January 27, 2017

The recent story from USAToday reports Arizona Senator John McCain has come out swinging against President Donald Trump and his new administration soon after McCain won another six-year term in the Senate, his sixth term in office. McCain, who back on December 29th of 2016 was reported to be seeking stronger sanctions against Russia, has also just warned Trump he'll fight him on his plans of lifting sanctions against them. In a new story over at the Gateway Pundit they report George Soros-funded Media Matters is secretly working with Facebook to fight 'fake news' aka anything that isn't globalist propaganda. According to an explosive report released by the Washington Free Beacon, the radical group is assisting Facebook with helping them identify what they deem to be “propaganda” and “fake news” in what many are calling a clamp down on free speech and a boxing out of conservative media on the social media giant. In another story published over at the Daily Mail that the Drudge Report linked to back on January 12th that had the Drudge headline "Demented McCain Turns Dirty", we see McCain admit "I did what any citizen should do" after he turned over the 'golden showers smear dossier' on Trump to the FBI. Doing so even though he admitted he had no idea whatsoever if the information it contained was credible, we see McCain's behavior akin to that of snowflakes melting down in the streets of America and Starbucks coffee shops: Senator John McCain pushing 'fake news' within the US Capitol. The story that came out on WND written by Jerome Corsi all the way back on February 12th of 2008 reported that McCain has long been funded by, of all people, George Soros....dating back to at least 2001. Corsi reported then McCain had founded an Alexandria, Virginia based Institute called 'the Reform Institute' under which it received funding from Soros' 'Open Society Institute'. McCain was even forced to cut his ties to 'the Reform Institute' when he ran for president back in 2008 but by then, the damage was done. The Reform Institute proves that Senator McCain is another 'Soros stooge'. With Trump now firmly in office, why should we be concerned? As we see in news headlines below from all across America over the first week of Trump's presidency, massive cases of Trump derangement syndrome are breaking out everywhere with more and more people calling for Trump to be impeached, removed from office or otherwise 'taken down'. And knowing Senator McCain's ties to ISIS terrorists as outlined below and his past as a 'songbird' that is more than happy to 'sing' gives us great reason to be concerned about where his loyalty lies. One week into Trump's presidency, the MSM is still in total 'meltdown mode'. Satanic, liberal Hollywood has also picked a fight with our new president. CNN's own president recently made a veiled threat at Trump while confirming that CNN is more than happy to 'push fake news' about him. As Susan Duclos reported days ago, 'nasty, man-hating women' are also going on an all-out offensive against Trump (most of their groups ALSO funded by George Soros as shared in this story and the 3rd video below) while leftists lunatics calling for love torch cars and outright verbally or physically attack anybody who doesn't see eye to eye with them. And as Susan Duclos tells us in the first video below, with the mainstream media still happy to push 'fake news', most recently with the Washington Post claiming that the entire upper tier of the US State Department had resigned when in all actuality they had been fired, we see that the 'enemies of America within' are going nowhere and are fighting on. As Stephen K. Bannon recently called them, the MSM is 'the opposition party'. Completely beholden to Hillary Clinton during the election, it appears the MSM will stop at nothing to bring down President Trump. Going back to 2014 in a viral John McCain interview with Sean Hannity on Fox News, McCain actually admitted to 'meeting with ISIS' and staying in contact with them. If you want to hear McCain himself making those admissions, you can hear him in the 4th video below. Knowing that McCain is still in Washington DC should send out a huge alarm. In fact, his face should have the very phrase 'TERM LIMITS' written all over it. Should America trust 'enemies of America within' who have very clear ties to terror, Senator John McCain leading the way? If you're one of the 'still sleeping' who believe that the US would never have ties to terrorists, we ask you to please take a look at Hawaii Democratic Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard's STOP ARMING TERRORISTS bill for clarification. When listening to Senator McCain's remarks in that 4th video, please keep in mind Gabbard's comments on her bill.: “Under U.S. law it is illegal for any American to provide money or assistance to al-Qaeda, ISIS or other terrorist groups. If you or I gave money, weapons or support to al-Qaeda or ISIS, we would be thrown in jail. Yet the U.S. government has been violating this law for years, quietly supporting allies and partners of al-Qaeda, ISIL, Jabhat Fateh al Sham and other terrorist groups with money, weapons, and intelligence support, in their fight to overthrow the Syrian government. “The CIA has also been funneling weapons and money through Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Qatar and others who provide direct and indirect support to groups like ISIS and al-Qaeda. This support has allowed al-Qaeda and their fellow terrorist organizations to establish strongholds throughout Syria, including in Aleppo." The new story from Infowars reports that the 'Stop Soros' movement is now sweeping Europe. The man largely behind the mass immigration of Muslim's into Europe, even his own home country of Hungary is making moves to eliminate all NGO's funded by globalist Soros. DC Clothesline reports that Stop Operation Soros, the massive operation to overthrow Soros' influence in Macedonia has also recently exploded. While continuing to fund anarchists and the extreme left here in America in their protests against President Donald Trump, we see that many in Europe have had enough of him.: During a press conference last week, SOS founders called on all “free-minded citizens,” regardless of race, ethnicity or religion, to “fight against one-mindedness in the civil sector, which is devised and led by George Soros,” the Vecer newspaper reported. This move comes on the heels of the Hungarian government announcing that it will use “all the tools at its disposal” to target and “sweep out” all non-governmental organizations funded by Soros, a Hungarian-born financier who has become one of the U.S. Democratic Party’s major sources of funding, according to Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s ruling party. And it's not just in America that Soros funded groups are turning towards violence as Infowars reports.: “The Open Society Foundation, operating under the Soros umbrella, used its funding and personnel to support violent processes in Macedonia,” he said in a press conference Tuesday. “That is unacceptable and goes beyond the principles of civic organizing.” Soros set up the Open Society Foundation in in the 1980s with the stated goal of helping former Soviet bloc countries transition from communism, but in reality, the foundation is used to destabilize governments and foment discontent within countries. And while McCain is a 'Republican' like Trump, he and Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina have come out against Trump 'guns ablazing'. Clearly part of a very concerted 'globalist snowflake effort' to take down our 45th President, we're incredibly grateful for all of the good people surrounding Trump, ready to give their own lives if necessary to protect him from all of the insanity that Soros, McCain and the globalists have unleashed upon the world. And as we read in the closing comments we'll give below to Theodore Shoebat, John McCain is no saint and what we're clearly witnessing with his ties to Soros and other 'enemies within' and to the ISIS terrorists who want to destroy us, a very real 'axis of evil' is aligned against the American people, willing and ready to take America down to the level they lie on. According to Theodore Shoebat, Communications Director for Rescue Christians, an organization that is on the ground in Muslim lands, rescuing Christians from persecution, and the author of two books, For God or For Tyranny and In Satan's Footsteps: The Source and Interconnections of all Evil.: "John McCain is a giant bag of scum; his mouth is a continual sewer of bile, his heart is a decayed rot of dung, his mind a river of filth, and his soul is amongst the damned. He is nothing but a murderous scumbag. His evils are so great, that the words of Trump don't even bother me. McCain is a demon incarnate. His service in Vietnam does nothing to justify the evils he has supported and pushed for."

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Jerusalem, Jerusalem

by Hal Lindsey

Throughout the 2016 campaign, President Donald Trump said he would move the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. But we’ve heard that before. In 1996, the Republican Party platform said, “A Republican administration will ensure that the U.S. Embassy is moved to Jerusalem by May 1999.” The Republicans lost that year, so we don’t know if they would have kept their promise. However, in 1995, Congress passed the “Jerusalem Embassy Act.” The bi-partisan bill stated, “Jerusalem should be recognized as the capital of the State of Israel; and the United States Embassy in Israel should be established in Jerusalem no later than May 31, 1999.” The act also contained a provision allowing the president to leave the embassy in Tel Aviv if he deemed it important “to protect the national security interests of the United States.” President Clinton chose to not to move it. Would a Republican president choose a different course? The party platform of 2000 promised, “Immediately upon taking office, the next Republican president will begin the process of moving the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Israel’s capital, Jerusalem.” Republican George W. Bush was elected, but nothing happened. Despite the inactivity of their president in the preceding four years, the 2004 Republican platform said, “Republicans continue to support moving the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Israel’s capital, Jerusalem.” But in his second four years, President Bush again kept the embassy in Tel Aviv. Nations place embassies in the capitals of countries because they want their ambassadors near the centers of power. The “Jerusalem Embassy Act” said, “The city of Jerusalem is the seat of Israel’s President, Parliament, and Supreme Court, and the site of numerous government ministries and social and cultural institutions.” The point of having an embassy and an ambassador is to have a local representative of one government to another. That means, the embassy needs to be located in the center of power. But the nations of the world have decided to make a political statement by not recognizing Israel’s right to name its own capital. In 2008, then-candidate Obama proclaimed unequivocally that Jerusalem was the capital of Israel. But as a president, he acted just like Presidents Bush and Clinton. In 2012, his White House spokesman at the time, Jay Carney, wouldn’t say whether Jerusalem was Israel’s capital or not. He just said, “our position hasn’t changed,” and “you know the answer.” What will President Trump do? He said throughout the campaign that he would move the embassy. For instance, he told the American Israel Public Affairs Committee in March, “We will move the American embassy to the eternal capital of the Jewish people, Jerusalem.” But now his administration has begun to equivocate. In his first full press briefing, new White House spokesman Sean Spicer was asked, “What is the U.S. strategic interest in moving the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem?” Spicer answered, “Well, I don’t — as I noted yesterday through several press inquiries, we haven’t — there’s no decisions. We’re at the very early stages of that decision-making process. ”Wait a minute. We thought the decision had been made. We were given a promise, but now he tells us they’re at the “early stages of that decision-making process.” Isn’t this bait and switch? Isn’t this an example of the very swamp of Washington politics Donald Trump promised to drain? Later, Spicer repeated, “It’s very early in this process. We are at the beginning stages of this decision-making process and his team’s gonna continue to consult with stakeholders as we get there.” Later still, a reporter asked the question point blank. “At the end of the next four years, will the United States embassy be in Jerusalem?” Spicer answered, “Well, I — I think I’ve answered it twice now. I — we are at the early stages in this decision-making process.” The questioner then said, “But it’s not whether, it’s when and how?” Spicer said, “I — I — there’s a reason you go through a decision-making process. And that’s what we’re in the process of starting right now. So, I just don’t want to get ahead of — it would — if it was already a decision, then we wouldn’t be going through a process.” But if the decision hasn’t been made and they are in the early stages of the process, why would candidate Trump make a promise, then repeat it again and again? The 5th chapter of 2 Samuel tells how David made Jerusalem Israel’s capital. Dozens of scriptures from that point forward, show that God inspired and blessed that idea. Isaiah 14:32 says, “The Lord has founded Zion, and the afflicted of His people will seek refuge in it.” (NASB) A sovereign nation gets to choose the location of its capital, and Israel chose Jerusalem — three thousand years ago. One of the most important things to watch for over the next few weeks is whether the United States chooses to respect that choice.

http://www.hallindsey.com/ww-1-27-2017/ 

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Trump Will Keep Vow on Jerusalem Embassy Move, Giuliani Says

by Michael Arnold and Jonathan Ferziger

January 26, 2017, 5:01 PM EST January 27, 2017, 5:39 AM EST

Ex-New York mayor delivers message from Trump to Netanyahu

Devising new approach to Mideast peace efforts may take months

President Donald Trump salutes as he exits Marine One at the White House, Jan. 26. Photographer: Drew Angerer/Getty Images President Donald Trump will keep his pledge to move the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani said, despite Palestinian warnings that such a step would spark violence and sabotage the prospect of renewed peace talks. Traveling to Israel with messages from Trump to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Giuliani said the new U.S. president and his advisers will probably take “six months or so” to develop a new strategy for American peace efforts in the Middle East. How and when the U.S. moves the embassy will be discussed when Netanyahu visits the White House in early February, Giuliani said. “I think you’ve got to wait a little bit, but it will get done,” Giuliani said of the embassy move, speaking in an interview at the Tel Aviv offices of Greenberg Traurig LLP. He heads the law firm’s global Cybersecurity, Privacy and Crisis Management practice. The fate of Jerusalem is among the most sensitive issues Israelis and Palestinians will need to address in any future peace negotiations. Israel took the eastern part of Jerusalem from Jordan in the 1967 Middle East War and considers all of the city as its capital, while the Palestinians want the eastern portion as the capital of their hoped-for state. Trump realizes the embassy decision “implicates four or five countries and how they’re going to react,” Giuliani said. “He needs to know how the prime minister of Israel is going to react and how he wants to see something like this done.” Warm Relationship Trump on Thursday told Fox News it was too early for him to speak publicly on the issue. Giuliani, who was known during his tenure for a hard-line attitude toward even petty crime in New York City, dismissed Palestinian warnings that moving the embassy would ignite the whole region. “I think this country is capable of dealing with waves of violence,” the former mayor said. Giuliani predicted Netanyahu and Trump would have a “very, very good, collaborative relationship,” as opposed to what he described as the “hostile relationship” between President Barack Obama and the Israeli leader. The changed atmosphere was already evident in the first week of Trump’s tenure. While construction plans beyond Israel’s 1967 border were a recurring source of friction with the Obama administration, Trump was silent this week as Israeli officials approved plans for 2,500 housing units in the West Bank and hundreds of apartments in eastern Jerusalem. Hanan Ashrawi, a member of the Palestine Liberation Organization’s Executive Committee, called the building plans a “flagrant violation of international law” and accused Israel of “exploiting the inauguration of the new American administration to escalate its violations and the prevention of any existence of a Palestinian state.” Cybersecurity Trump considered Giuliani for attorney general and secretary of state before ultimately naming him to head a committee on cybersecurity. Giuliani said he discussed cyberdefense with Netanyahu and other Israeli officials Thursday and will return in a few months for more substantive talks on the subject. Israel is among the global leaders in the field. “We realize in the United States that we have a cybersecurity defense problem,” Giuliani said. His committee is tasked with organizing private-sector experts into groups that can help address the government’s cyber priorities, he said.

https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2017-01-26/trump-will-keep-vow-to-put-embassy-in-jerusalem-giuliani-says 

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State department to reconsider releasing $221 million to Palestinians

By i24news Published: 01/25/2017 - 09:38am

The decision to release the funds was 'inappropriate', says one GOP lawmaker who previously placed hold The US State Department is reconsidering the decision made in the final hours of the Obama administration last week to transfer 221 million dollars over to the Palestinian Authority. Defying GOP members of Congress who had been blocking the funding, Secretary of State John Kerry, notified some lawmakers of the move hours before the end of his tenure on Thursday January 19, while aides said Congress received a written notice on January 20, hours before Trump's inauguration. The department announced on Tuesday, that it would review the funds and make adjustments in accordance to the new Trump administration. Initially, congress had approved the budget for Palestinian funding in years 2015 and 2016, but had been frozen by at least two Republican lawmakers over the Palestinian Authority's efforts to join international organizations. Such congressional holds are generally respected by the White House, but are not legally binding. The Obama administration had repeatedly pressed for the funds, which come from the US Agency for International Development (USAID), to be released. One of the lawmakers, Kay Granger, who sits on the House Appropriations Committee, released a statement on Tuesday expressing disappointment in former President Barack Obama’s decision to release the money, which "defied congressional oversight.” “I worked to make sure that no American taxpayer dollars would fund the Palestinian Authority unless very strict conditions were met," Granger stated. “While none of these funds will go to the Palestinian Authority because of those conditions, they will go to programs in the Palestinian territories that were still under review by Congress.” “The Obama Administration’s decision to release these funds was inappropriate,” she added. According to the notification sent to Congress, the funds are intended for humanitarian aid in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, political and security reforms in the Palestinian territories, and to establish the foundations for good governance in a future Palestinian State. In addition to the $221 million sent to the Palestinians, the former Obama administration informed Congress Friday that it would also allocate $6 million for foreign affairs spending, including $4 million for climate change programs, and $1.25 million in voluntary contributions to UN organizations, the Associated Press reported. The move by the former Democratic administration directly challenges the incoming Republican administration's agenda, with the new president, Donald Trump, having vowed to cancel billions of dollars in US funding to United Nations climate change programs and naming Scott Pruitt, a climate change denier, as head of the Environmental Protection Agency. Trump has also taken an ardently pro-Israel stance after eight years of acrimony between Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, peaking in December when the premier accused the now-former president of orchestrating a landmark UN Security Council vote which led to a resolution condemning Israel's settlement building in Palestinian territories. In a phone call with Netanayhu on Sunday evening, Trump affirmed his "unprecedented commitment to Israel's security" and invited the premier to visit the White House in early February.

http://www.i24news.tv/en/news/international/middle-east/135923-170125-state-department-to-reconsider-decision-to-release-221-million-to-palestinians 

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Trump says he will make Christian refugees a priority

William Cummings , USA TODAY Published 12:56 a.m. ET Jan. 28, 2017

President Trump said persecuted Christians would be treated as a priority as the White House implements major changes in the U.S. refugee program and immigration policy. Trump said Syrian Christians seeking refugee status in the U.S. have been treated unfairly in contrast to Syrian Muslims in an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network's David Brody on Friday. "The refugee program, or the refugee changes you’re looking to make. As it relates to persecuted Christians, do you see them as kind of a priority here?" Brody asked. "Yes," Trump replied. “They’ve been horribly treated," the president continued. "Do you know if you were a Christian in Syria it was impossible, at least very tough to get into the United States? If you were a Muslim you could come in, but if you were a Christian, it was almost impossible and the reason that was so unfair, everybody was persecuted in all fairness, but they were chopping off the heads of everybody but more so the Christians. And I thought it was very, very unfair. So we are going to help them.”

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2017/01/28/trump-christian-refugees-priority/97175800/ 

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Satanic Statue May Be Erected at Arkansas Capitol

by Bradley Eli, M.Div., Ma.Th. • ChurchMilitant.com • January 23, 2017

Last-ditch petition circulates prior to Wednesday's final meeting

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (ChurchMilitant.com) - An Arkansas state commission will hold a final meeting this week to determine if the Satanic Temple (ST) can erect its satanic image on the capitol grounds. A subcommittee of the Arkansas State Capitol Arts and Grounds Commission will meet Wednesday, January 25, to finalize its decision on the matter. John Horvat, vice president of Tradition, Family and Property (TFP), is circulating a petition with which to inform the subcommittee of the "growing opposition to this Satan statue by God-fearing Americans." "The Arkansas state capitol allowed the Ten Commandments on public property," Horvath relates. "This monument reminds Americans of the foundation of our laws and morality. The satanists were unhappy with this. So they are trying to counter the Ten Commandments monuments with a Satan statue of their own!" While claiming to advocate for separation of Church and State, the Satanic Temple has been trying to erect a statue of Baphomet — a demonic figure seemingly instructing two children — on the Arkansas capitol grounds since the summer of 2015. Arkansas state lawmakers had approved a Ten Commandments display, which precipitated the decision by the Satanic Temple to do likewise. The group had intended to set up its statue in protest. After the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled the state's display was unconstitutional, the Satanic Temple withdrew its plans. At that time, Temple spokesman Lucien Greaves revealed, "It was always our intention to take this wherever it was relevant, wherever it was necessary and wherever that dialogue needed to take place." Urging people to sign the petition, Horvath asks, "[W]hat freedoms are satanists reaching for ... what are their ideals for our society?" He continued, "We must hold to our Christian ideals. ... We must fight and pray." He reminded everyone that petitions do work, citing the stoppage of the "black mass" on Harvard's campus. He also noted Americans do not need such things as after-school Satan clubs or "invocations at our town council meetings" or "black masses," such as in Oklahoma. Horvath hopes the petition will garner at least 45,000 signatures. There are currently slightly more than 40,000 signatories. He urges all concerned citizens to sign the petition.

http://www.churchmilitant.com/news/article/will-satanic-statue-be-erected-at-arkansas-capitol 

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Miami first to accept Trump’s call to end sanctuary cities

By Todd Venezia January 26, 2017 | 7:26pm

One of America’s biggest metropolitan areas has submitted to President Trump’s call for an end “sanctuary cities” — as the Mayor of Miami-Dade County has ordered his jails to comply with requests from federal immigration officials, according to a report. Mayor Carlos Gimenez said he made the move for fear of Trump’s executive order threatening to cut funds to “sanctuary cities,” according to the Miami Herald. “In light of the provisions of the Executive Order, I direct you and your staff to honor all immigration detainer requests received from the Department of Homeland Security,” Gimenez wrote to one of his top jail executives, the report said. The Florida county — which a population of 2.9 million — has never officially called itself a “sanctuary city,” though they have in the past followed policies similar to such cities as they have refused federal immigration requests to hold certain inmates in its jails. Gimenez is a Republican who attended Trump’s inauguration, but who said he voted for Democrat Hillary Clinton.

http://nypost.com/2017/01/26/miami-first-to-accept-trumps-call-to-end-sanctuary-cities/ 

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Not even a full 24 hours after the inauguration of the new Trump administration, “jihadis in suits” have already made an appearance at an inaugural event.

On the morning of Saturday 21 January, President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and their families attended the traditional prayer service at the National Cathedral in Washington, DC. Billed as an interfaith service which began with a Navajo blessing, the event featured Baha’i, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Mormon, Muslim and Sikh clerics, each of whom was supposed to intone prayers asking protection and wisdom for the new Trump administration. Unfortunately, the two MuslimsImam Mohamed Magid and Mr. Sajid Tarar – are what might best be described as “jihadis in suits.” Magid is the outgoing president of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), the largest Muslim Brotherhood front group in the U.S. Magid also remains the head of the ADAMS (All Dulles Area Muslim Society) Center in Northern Virginia. The ADAMS Center is an openly shariah-adherent facility, whose website states that it collects zakat (annual obligatory tax for Muslims and firms doing shariah-compliant business), one-eighth of which must be donated to jihad, as per Islamic Law (shariah), as stipulated in Reliance of the Traveler (see pg. 272, Section h8.17) and the Qur’an itself. (See Q 9:60) Worse yet, Magid was named to President Obama’s Department of Homeland Security (DHS) ‘Countering Violent Extremism’ Working Group in 2010 and from that position helped persuade DHS to erase from its “Countering Violent Extremism” curriculum any suggestion that Muslim terrorism draws its inspiration from the laws and doctrines of Islam. The ADAMS Center was among the many Northern-Virginia-based Muslim organizations raided in March 2002 by federal agents in “Operation Green Quest” on suspicion they were providing material support to terrorists. For his prayers, Magid recited two specific Qur’anic verses: Sura 30:22 and Sura 49:13. The first of these is an encouragement to diversity, obviously a reference to the variety of the day’s denominations present at the service, and reads: “And of His signs is the creation of the heavens and the earth and the diversity of your languages and your colors. Indeed in that are signs for those of knowledge.” The second (Q 49:13) likewise emphasizes the diversity theme: “O mankind, indeed We have created you from male and female and made you peoples and tribes that you may know one another. Indeed, the most noble of you in the sight of Allah is the most righteous of you. Indeed, Allah is Knowing and Acquainted.” The other Muslim at the service to offer a prayer in Arabic was Mr. Sajid Tarar, a Pakistani native and naturalized U.S. citizen, who has made himself popular among Republican ranks and gave the closing prayer at the Republican National Convention in July 2016. He was an adviser to the National Diversity Coalition for Trump and founded a group called American Muslims for Trump. He attends the Raza-e Mustafa Islamic Center in Pikesville, MD, known as a Sunni mosque whose congregation can be seen from its Facebook page to be shariah-adherent, gender-segregated and including many from the Asian subcontinent. The Islamic Center’s website is almost studiously empty of content. The Qur’anic verse Tarar chose for the National Cathedral service is known as Al-Fatihah and is both the first and the shortest verse in the Qur’an. Al-Fatihah includes an invocation to Allah that is directly critical of both Christians and Jews in a way that subtly evokes Islamic supremacism. Al-Fatihah is repeated 17 times per day by every Muslim who attends regular services at a mosque or Islamic Center. “Guide us to the straight path – The path of those upon whom You have bestowed favor, not of those who have evoked [Your] anger or of those who are astray.” As all observant Muslims, Tarar included, know very well, the reference to “those who have evoked your anger” means those whom Muslims believe heard and know the truth of Islam but refuse to accept or follow it. This line is a very specific reference to the Jews. “Those who are astray” means Christians, whom Muslims believe also have wantonly taken a pathway away from Allah. Muslims know exactly what these verses mean and they recite them repeatedly every time they participate in Islamic prayer services at a mosque. In this instance, at the National Cathedral prayer service for the Trump inauguration, Tarar was literally throwing an insult – as well as a warning – in the face of every Christian and Jew in the Cathedral, confident in the knowledge that not one of them knew what he was saying. It is unclear how a man like Magid would be allowed to participate in an important public event organized for the new President of the United States – or how a mainstream, ubiquitous and insulting Qur’anic Sura like Al-Fatihah could be recited in its entirety before an audience with so many Christians and Jews in attendance. It is to be hoped that some fact-filled briefings might soon rectify this situation. Clare M. Lopez is Vice President for Research and Analysis at the Center for Security Policy and editor and co-author of the Center’s 2010 publication “Shariah: The Threat to America.” Read More

http://www.cnsnews.com/commentary/clare-lopez/jihadis-suits-infiltrate-trumps-national-prayer-service 

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Corn is turning French hamsters into 'deranged cannibals' that eat their own offspring

Researchers say a monotonous diet is leaving the animals starving

The problem is a lack of vitamins. In fact, one in particular: B3, or niacin

Hamsters ran in circles, 'climbing and pounding their feeders'

Females stored pups with their hoards of maize before eating them alive

By Afp Published: 18:42 EST, 27 January 2017 | Updated: 19:06 EST, 27 January 2017

A diet of corn is turning wild hamsters in northeastern France into deranged cannibals that devour their offspring, alarmed researchers have reported. 'There's clearly an imbalance,' Gerard Baumgart, President of the Research Centre for Environmental Protection in Alsace, and an expert on the European hamster, told AFP on Friday. 'Our hamster habitat is collapsing.' More common farther to the east, Cricetus cricetus in critically endangered in western Europe. Once nourished by a variety of grains, roots and insects, the burrowing rodents live today in a semi-sterile and unbroken ocean of industrially grown maize, or corn. The monotonous diet is leaving the animals starving, scientists discovered almost by accident. The problem is a lack of vitamins. In fact, one in particular: B3, or niacin. Researchers led by Mathilde Tissier at the University of Strasbourg had set out to determine whether hamster diet affects their ability to reproduce in the wild. Earlier work had looked at the impact of pesticides and mechanised ploughing, which can destroy their underground homes, especially during hibernation in winter. But the possible link with what they eat remained unexplored. A first set of lab experiments with wild specimens compared wheat and corn-based diets, with side dishes of clover or worms. There was virtually no difference in the number of pups born, or the basic nutritional value of the different menus.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4165780/Corn-turning-french-hamsters-deranged-cannibals.html#ixzz4X4liFQ5Q 

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etc.. For it is that hour, saith your Father God, it is an hour of great disaster, great disaster, when you see the eyes of the people, that they prefer a Muslim over others, it should wake you up, it should be a sign to you of the end times etc.

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etc.. For you made your choice, you made your choice on who would run the country even though you knew he didn’t know me, even though you knew he wasn’t a Christian, even though you knew he was a Muslim, even though you knew these things, you made your choice and now and now you shall see what that choice has brought.

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Trump Orders Removal Of Islamic Symbols, Practices In The White House

By Ike A. Offor

Obama was seen storming away from the West Wing after staffers from Donald Trump’s transition team began preparing the executive offices for the new administration. On Trump’s orders, one of Obama’s most secretive rituals is being reversed and all signs of it removed from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. For the past 8 years, to appease any Muslims working at or visiting the White House, silence has been ordered during the 5 times of Islamic prayer each day. In addition, prayer rugs and crescent moon symbols are available in several areas of the executive mansion to make Muslims more comfortable. The administration has defended the practice by asserting that it also observes several other religious moments of silence and prayer out of respect, including a full 15 seconds for Christianity on Sunday morning while a chaplain blesses a staff breakfast. None of the prayers is mandatory or led by a government official, which has allowed the administration to subvert 1st Amendment issues, but the obvious favouritism towards Islam, which is observed for 25 minutes per day 7 days a week, tells a story this president has denied for 8 years. President-elect Trump, who acknowledges that this country was founded by Christians and was built on Christian morals, is having all pagan symbols removed from the property unless they offer some historical significance. Only the cross in the White House chapel will remain for worship. Jim Mergernerlerny, head of the team that will transform the White House from the Obama’s home to the Trumps’ second home, told MSNBC: “Mr Trump doesn’t see the need to provide prayer rugs and false idols in a house built by Christians. Washington, DC offers a diverse cultural centre for the worship of any kind. You won’t find any special considerations for Judaism or crucifixes to appease Catholics, either. There is a simple chapel with a single cross on one wall that is suitable for prayer by anyone. Our government doesn’t need to be forcing prayer rituals down people’s throats just so we don’t “offend” apologising people looking to blow us up. Patriots around the U.S. can rest assured that apologising for our faith has come to an end. http://www.twitter.com/RNNetwork1 

https://therepublicannews.net/2017/01/23/trump-orders-removal-of-islamic-symbols-practices-in-the-white-house/ 

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The Day Trump Saved America: “A Nation Without Borders Is Not a Nation”

By Dave Hodges

Many great immigrants have come to America and contributed mightily to our way of life and I am sure they will continue to do so. However, the vast majority of immigrants, in previous stages of our history, came into our country the right way, the legal way and they did not come with an expectation and attitude of entitlement. Obama and Bush created an atmosphere of entitlement among many immigrants. Although most have come here and expected nothing but to work hard, the establishment has misused the resources of the people and created a sense of entitlement. Further, the previous two administrations displayed a sense of depraved indifference toward the safety of the citizens of this country. Obama’s catch and release program was criminal facilitation at best. When an illegal immigrant drives drunk, commits rape, robbery and even murder, they deserve the consequences that comes with our system of justice. Instead, Obama ordered thousands of felons released to only commit the same acts again and victimize more American citizens. Apparently, these days are over. Trump Signs Executive Orders Which Brings Sanity to Immigration Trump signed an executive order enacting his campaign promise to build “the wall” along the American border with Mexico. Trump is consistently standing by previous comments that the government of Mexico would ultimately pay for the wall, even if the method of payment was not yet clear. Trump promised that Mexican payment for the wall would commense very soon. President Trump has long held that “sanctuary cities” are breaking the law, and they are. In addition to the notion of building a wall, Trump signed a series executive actions on January 25th in which he ordered the construction of the wall, he also singled out sanctuary cities. As promised in his campaign, he is threatening to cut off all federal money to “sanctuary cities”. Critics are claiming this amounts to economic blackmail. They are correct and it is the same as what Obama did with Common Core, and nobody on the left cried foul. Under Obama, Our Nation Stopped Being a Nation “A nation without borders is not a nation, Beginning today, the United States existing law of America gets back control of its borders.” President Trump. As previously stated, one of Obama’s first executive orders calls for the “immediate construction of a physical wall on the southern border,” and orders the DHS secretary to take “all appropriate steps to immediately plan, design, and construct” the wall using authority under the existing law. Mexico Threatens to Break Off Talks “Ultimately it will come out of what’s happening with Mexico,” Trump told ABC News in a separate interview, adding construction could begin in a matter of months. Mexico has responded by saying that they will not conduct any negotiations with the United States unless Trump abandons his plans to try make Mexico finance the construction of a border wall on our southern border, according to Mexican Economic Minister Ildefonso Guajardo Villarreal. To Mexico, I say, “break off negotiations, lose NAFTA and risk losing the entire trade imbalance that exists between our two nations”. It is an empty threat and Trump needs to call Villarreal on his meangingless statement. Finally, A Screening Process to Determine National Security Risks President Trump issued other executive orders which are expected to temporarily close our borders to most refugees. The Trump administration will will block visas from being issued to citizens of Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen. This is a big middle finger to the UN Refugee/Resettlement Program. On July 4, 2016, FBI Director, James Comey, stated that 10% of all Muslim immigrants are radicalized and that ISIS had cells in all 50 states. Americans do not need to admit radicalized terrorists into the country. This does not mean excluding all Muslims on a permanent basis. It does mean establishing a proper screening process in order to protect the citizens of this country. The Trump administration limitations in this area include a months-long ban on admissions from all countries ” until government agencies can boost intensity of vetting process”. Conclusion America has a natural citizen birth rate of 1.8. We need a birth rate of 2.1 in order to maintain our population from which programs such as Social Security and Medicare are dependent on the maintenance of present population levels. America needs immigration. However, America does not need free-for-all immigration in which the American people forfeit resources to support and potentially risk property and life. Obama’s purpose to immigration was to deculturalize America, break the back of the economy irreversibly turn our back on American traditions, such as orderly immigration. Obama is a traitor to this country. Under President Trump, we are going to have immigration that benefits Americans first and immigrants second. There will be no “catch and release” and no Sharia Law to replace the Constitution. I do not need to sacrifice my country’s most cherished traditions to demonstrate how tolerant I am. I have long said that an immigrant’s rights end where my Constitutionally protected nose begins. If immigrants understand this principle, then I say welcome and I look forward to working with you.

http://www.thecommonsenseshow.com/2017/01/26/the-day-trump-saved-america-a-nation-without-borders-is-not-a-nation/ 

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Trump orders weekly publication of crimes committed by illegals in sanctuary cities

January 25, 2017 By Kyle Olson

In order to better inform Americans about the impact illegal aliens are having on crime rates in sanctuary cities, President Donald Trump today ordered the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security to publish a weekly list of crimes committed by illegals. In an executive order titled “Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States,” Trump directed Secretary John Kelly to be transparent with citizens. “To better inform the public regarding the public safety threats associated with sanctuary jurisdictions, the Secretary shall utilize the Declined Detainer Outcome Report or its equivalent and, on a weekly basis, make public a comprehensive list of criminal actions committed by aliens and any jurisdiction that ignored or otherwise failed to honor any detainers with respect to such aliens,” the order reads. The same executive order “directs that federal funds be withheld from cities and counties that don’t cooperate with immigration officials,” Patch reports.

http://www.theamericanmirror.com/trump-orders-weekly-list-crimes-committed-illegals-sanctuary-cities/ 

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INVASION USA

Abandoned Walmart opens as shelter for illegals

Angry residents of U.S. city sound off: 'Bulls--t! Send them all back!'

Published: 19 hours ago

An abandoned Walmart building in Brownsville, Texas, will be used to shelter illegal immigrants streaming across the U.S.-Mexico border. Brownsville, which is located at the southernmost tip of Texas, sits along the U.S.-Mexico border directly across from Matamoros, Mexico. The new facility is the fourth of its kind to open in Brownsville and the seventh in Cameron County, Texas. The nonprofit organization behind the effort, Southwest Key, says the building will open in March and house unaccompanied illegal-alien children under the age of 17, most of whom come from Central America.

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Get the hottest, most important news stories on the Internet – delivered FREE to your inbox as soon as they break! Take just 30 seconds and sign up for WND’s Email News Alerts! As Diana West noted in a 2014 WND column, Southwest Key has an annual budget of $150 million, much of it coming from federal government contracts. It is funded by the Office of Refugees Resettlement. It has 27 shelters in for illegal immigrants in Texas, Arizona and California, according to its website. West added, “The chairman of Southwest Key’s board of directors, Victor Garza, is an official of La Raza, which hopes to reclaim the Southwest for Mexico.” Once they cross the border and enter the facility, illegal immigrants are given food, a place to sleep, schooling, health care and access to counseling services, according to south Texas’ KRGV-TV.

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Soros, MasterCard Launch Venture to Profit from Mass Migration

Billionaire leftist looks to cash in on refugee crisis he helped create

by Edmund Kozak | Updated 19 Jan 2017 at 2:07 PM

Billionaire activist and arch globalist George Soros just won’t let his dream of a borderless, cultureless world free of Western values die. Soros is partnering with MasterCard Inc. to create Humanity Ventures, with the ostensible purpose of improving the lives of migrants through investments in education and health care, and fostering economic development in migrant communities. “Migrants are often forced into lives of despair in their host communities because they cannot gain access to financial, healthcare and government services,” Soros said on Thursday in a joint statement with MasterCard. “Our potential investment in this social enterprise, coupled with MasterCard’s ability to create products that serve vulnerable communities, can show how private capital can play a constructive role in solving social problems,” he continued. But while Soros’ previous political efforts have largely been almost entirely in the form of his foundation making grants to other entities, Humanity Ventures appears a longer-term, more intensive project. “Humanity Ventures is intended to be profitable so as to stimulate involvement from other business people,” Soros said in his statement. Clearly it’s not enough for Soros that he spends his money on encouraging mass migration — he wants other millionaires and billionaires to do so also and is enticing them to do so with the promise of profit. Soros is one of the world’s most prominent proponents of the displacement of Westerners and erosion of traditional Western identity through mass migration. His Open Society Foundations has donated millions of dollars to organizations and causes promoting everything from mass migration to radical feminism. His destructive activities are so prolific that last week, Szilard Nemeth, vice-chairman of Hungary’s ruling Fidesz Party, called for OSF and any organizations it funds to be banished from the country. “These organizations must be pushed back with all available tools, and I think they must be swept out, and now I believe the international conditions are right for this with the election of [Donald Trump],” Nemeth said. Nemeth's comments follow Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban's declaration in December that the year 2017 would be "about the extrusion of George Soros and the forces symbolized by him." Every country "will want to displace Soros," Orban said. "This can already be seen in Europe. They investigate where the money comes from, what kind of intelligence connections there are, which NGOs represent what interests." Unfortunately for those who cherish national sovereignty, border security, and traditional values, OSF is not prepared to go quietly into the night and leave sovereign nations to administer their own affairs. "The Open Society Foundation [sic] will continue to work in Hungary despite government opposition to our mission of fairer, accountable societies," the group's president, Christopher Stone, told Bloomberg last week. "In Hungary and around the world, we are more focused than ever on working with local groups to strengthen democratic practice, rights, and justice."

https://www.lifezette.com/polizette/soros-mastercard-launch-venture-profit-mass-migration/ 

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Yazidi Girls Sold as Sex Slaves while Women March against Trump

by Uzay Bulut January 24, 2017 at 4:30 am

Some Yazidi girls were "sold" for a few packs of cigarettes. "Some of those women and girls have had to watch 7-, 8-, and 9-year-old children bleed to death before their eyes, after being raped by ISIS militia multiple times a day. ISIS militias have burned many Yezidi girls alive for refusing to convert... Why? Because we are not Muslims..." — Mirza Ismail, chairman of the Yezidi Human Rights Organization-International. "This is genocide against women." — Zeynep Kaya Cavus, leading Alevi activist. Sadly, many of the organizers and participants of the "Women's March" in Washington chose to ignore women being tortured and exterminated by Islamic terrorists, and in other parts of the world, not being able to to receive an education or even leave the house without the permission of a male. If only these women felt as motivated to protest about the enslavement, rape and torture of Yazidi women and children, as about the cost of tampons. On January 21, some women's rights groups organized "Women's Marches" in many cities across the Unites States and around the world. The rallies largely targeted recently-inaugurated U.S. President Donald Trump. There were many speakers and participants. One, the actress Ashley Judd, read a poem in Washington D.C. that asked why "tampons are taxed when Viagra and Rogaine are not". As Ms. Judd talked about her devastating tragedy, thousands of Yazidi children and women were being forced into sexual slavery in Iraq and Syria at the hands of Islamic State (ISIS), and available for purchase at sex-slave markets. ISIS attacked the Yazidi homeland of Shingal in Iraq on August 3, 2014; more than 9,000 Yazidis were killed, kidnapped, or sexually enslaved. Yazidis are a historically persecuted religious minority in the Middle East. The Islamic State has institutionalized a culture of rape and sex-slavery. ISIS is waging a literal war against women. It has even published a "price list" of Yazidi and Christian girls -- as young as one to nine years of age. Middle East scholar Raymond Ibrahim wrote about one Yazidi girl enslaved when she was 15 years old and endured months of captivity before she managed to escape: "I remember a man who looked at least 40 years old coming and taking a ten-year-old girl. When she resisted him, he beat her severely, using stones, and would have opened fire on her if she had not gone with him. Everything against her will. They used to come and buy the girls without a price, I mean, they used to tell us Yazidi girls, you are sabiya [spoils of war, sex slaves], you are kuffar [infidels], you are to be sold without a price," meaning they had no base value. Some Yazidi girls were sold for a few packs of cigarettes. "Every day I died 100 times over. Not just once. Every hour I died, every hour. ... From the beating, from the misery, from the torture," she said. Mirza Ismail, founder and chairman of the Yezidi Human Rights Organization-International, said in his speech at the U.S. Congress: "According to many escaped women and girls to whom I spoke in Northern Iraq, the abducted Yazidis, mostly women and children, number over 7,000. "Some of those women and girls have had to watch 7-, 8-, and 9-year-old children bleed to death before their eyes, after being raped by ISIS militia multiple times a day. ISIS militias have burned many Yezidi girls alive for refusing to convert and marry ISIS men. Why? Because we are not Muslims, and because our path is the path of peace. For this, we are being burned alive: for living as men and women of peace." In December 2015, reports disclosed that ISIS was selling Yazidi women and children in the southeastern city of Gaziantep (or Antep), Turkey. Gaziantep has come to be known for the widespread Islamic State activities in the city. However, this and many other threats did not stop women's rights defenders in Gaziantep from protesting the Turkish government's inaction in the face of IS activities. An activist from the group "Gaziantep Democratic Women's Platform", Fatma Keskintimur, read a statement to the press, which said in part: "That the jihadi gangs fighting in Syria has received the biggest support from Turkey and that the cell houses they use... [are] known by everybody. Given what kind of a danger this situation creates for those who live in Antep, the uneasiness of people is intensifying every day." Even under these conditions, women's rights defenders in Turkey -- particularly Kurds -- kept struggling and protesting the government. Last year, for example, the "Yazidi Women's Assembly" commemorated August 3rd as "the day of international action against massacres against women and genocide". Members of the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) organized protests in many cities across Turkey to condemn the Yazidi genocide and show solidarity with the victims. Safak Ozanlı, a former MP from the HDP, said that ISIS still held 3,000 Yazidi women as sex slaves: "ISIS sees women in Shingal and Kobane as war booty. The women who remain alive are sold to Arab sheikhs. We -- as women -- will stand united against ISIS and all dictators." Members of the Alevi religious minority also supported the protest in Mersin. Zeynep Kaya Cavus, a leading Alevi activist, said that the Yazidi women are "kidnapped and enslaved as war booty and exposed to systematic sexual assaults and this is genocide against women". There are a few Americans, too, that are doing their best to help Yazidis, such as Amy L. Beam, a human rights activist who has been living with and advocating for Yazidis full time since 2014. Her book The Last Yezidi Genocide, is to be published shortly, and she is the executive director of "Amy, Azadi and Jiyan" (AAJ -- "Friend, Freedom, and Life"), a humanitarian organization in Iraqi Kurdistan. "Thousands of Yezidis have a long list of dead or missing family members under ISIS control in Iraq or Syria," she wrote. "Their psychology is very bad as they see very little international help on the one-year anniversary of the attack. "Yazidi girls and women with their children ... are subjected to repeated beatings and rape by ISIS fighters who each was given one girl as a war trophy. Over 1,000 of these girls and women have escaped independently or been liberated from ISIS". One wishes that the women activists in the U.S. would raise their voices against the genocidal attacks on Yazidi women and children. But they have not. "Women's rights groups in the U.S. have not supported the women in Iraq and Syria who really are oppressed, kidnapped, and raped," Beam told Gatestone. Some of the participants of the women's march in Washington claim that Trump will take away their rights -- an accusation that many women who suffer under Islamist governments or organizations would find laughable. They are worried about being able to get an abortion, and their concern is justified. But it is not ayatollahs that have come to power in the U.S. Moreover, Trump seems determined to fight radical Islamic terrorism, the greatest threat to the dignity and freedom of women all around the world. That already shows his commitment to liberty -- especially liberty for women. Radical Islamic ideology is a universal threat. Wherever it is weakened or defeated, this helps liberate victims in other parts of the world, as well. To so many persecuted peoples in the Middle East, Trump's presidency represents hope for a positive change. On November 7, the Yezidi Human Rights Organization-International issued a public statement titled "Yezidis look forward to a Trump presidency to help them wipe out ISIS." A Yazidi woman in Iraq has recently named her newborn baby boy "Trump." The women's march, for all the good intentions on the part of many, violated the core principle of human rights: "The worst first." Sadly, many of the organizers and participants of the march chose to stand by and ignore women being tortured and exterminated by Islamic terrorists, and in other parts of the world, not being able to receive an education or even leave the house without the permission of a male. If only these women felt as motivated to protest about the enslavement, rape and torture of Yazidi women and children, as about the cost of tampons. Acting like self-serving, delusional fanatics, whose sheer hatred of an elected president blinds their eyes to the real problems of the world, does not help anyone. There have been just as many people who might have hated other presidents. Let us with our actions remind women in the Middle East that we take their plight to heart.

Uzay Bulut, a journalist born and raised a Muslim in Turkey, is currently based in Washington D.C.

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https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/9824/yazidi-sex-slave-women-march 

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Organisms created with synthetic DNA pave way for entirely new life forms

E coli microbes have been modified to carry an expanded genetic code which researchers say will ultimately allow them to be programmed

Ian Sample Science editor Tuesday 24 January 2017 02.01 EST

From the moment life gained a foothold on Earth its story has been written in a DNA code of four letters. With G, T, C and A - the molecules that pair up in the DNA helix - the lines between humans and all life on Earth are spelled out. Now, the first living organisms to thrive with an expanded genetic code have been made by researchers in work that paves the way for the creation and exploitation of entirely new life forms. Scientists in the US modified common E coli microbes to carry a beefed-up payload of genetic material which, they say, will ultimately allow them to program how the organisms operate and behave. The work is aimed at making bugs that churn out new kinds of proteins which can be harvested and turned into drugs to treat a range of diseases. But the same technology could also lead to new kinds of materials, the researchers say. In a report published on Monday, the scientists describe the modified microbes as a starting point for efforts to “create organisms with wholly unnatural attributes and traits not found elsewhere in nature.” The cells constitute a “stable form of semi-synthetic life” and “lay the foundation for achieving the central goal of synthetic biology: the creation of new life forms and functions,” they add. Floyd Romesberg and his team at the Scripps Research Institute in California expanded the genetic code from four letters to six by adding two new molecules they call X and Y and adding them to the bugs’ genetic makeup. The microbes are modified to absorb the new genetic material which the scientists make separately and then feed to the cells. The need to supply the bugs with the X and Y molecules is meant to ensure that the cells will die should they somehow get out of the lab. But Romesberg said that despite the protective measure, he still gets asked if he has seen Jurassic Park. In the 1993 movie, Jeff Goldblum questions whether the park’s dinosaurs might breed in the wild despite the failsafes built into their genetic makeup. “What the movie depicted is very different to our failsafe,” Romesberg said. “Our failsafe is based on the availability of X and Y and the cell could never make them.” “In addition, evolution works by starting with something close and then changing what it can do in small steps. Our X and Y are unlike natural DNA, so nature has nothing close to start with. We have shown many times that when you do not provide X and Y, the cells die, every time,” he added. It is not the first time Romesberg has made microbes with an expanded genetic alphabet. In 2014, he announced the first such organisms, but these were sickly and soon died out. He compares the situation to having proved he could generate electricity, but not put it to good use. “We demonstrated that you could throw the switch and the light would go on, but then it would quickly go out,” he said. Over the past two years, his team worked out how to make the microbes hardier and pass on their synthetic genetic bases more faithfully when they divided. If the X and Y are not passed on, the bugs’ DNA quickly reverts to the standard four letter genetic code, he said. It took three crucial fixes for the microbes to survive and reliably pass on their new genetic material. In one key improvement, Romesberg modified the microbe’s immune system so that it destroyed any DNA that was missing the synthetic X and Y bases. The end result, he says, is that the bugs can hold the new genetic material indefinitely. “Now you throw the switch and the light stays on,” he told the Guardian. For now, the synthetic bases do nothing other than survive in the microbes. The next stage of the research is to have the microbes read the extra genetic material, and in the first instance, make new kinds of proteins that are not found in nature. “This will blow open what we can do with proteins,” Romesberg said. Details of the work are published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. “This is a major step forward in showing that a living cell such as a simple bacterium can be engineered to sustain a synthetic base pair not found in nature,” said Paul Freemont, who specialises in synthetic biology at Imperial College in London. “This leads to the concept of semi-synthetic living systems that could be engineered to perform specific functions that would rely on a distinct genetic code compared to the natural genetic code.” But he said that the “real power” of the approach would be in making microbes that carried multiple artificial DNA bases, or even a completely human-designed synthetic genome, which the study suggested was at least possible in principle. Romesberg said it was important for science to be explained to help “eliminate the fear of the unknown”, adding: “the benefits need to be weighed against the potential costs, and in this case the benefits include new and better drugs.”

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/jan/23/organisms-created-with-synthetic-dna-pave-way-for-new-entirely-new-life-forms 

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etc.. Hear my voice and know what hour this is. It is the hour just before the first three and a half years of the seven years. Do not fear the Islamic revolution, nor the Russian warhead, for I plan to break their power, for they have blasphemed my name and made little of my son Jesus and have established their own god and deliverer. Fear not the false prophet or the anti-christ nor his army. Fear not the anarchy and the terrorism and the monetary collapse. etc..

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2017’s Real Milestone (Or Why Interest Rates Can Never Go Back To Normal)

January 24, 2017 12 Comments

Forget about NAFTA or OPEC or TPP or crowd size or hand size or any other acronym or stat or concept that obsesses the financial press these days. Only two numbers actually matter. The first is $20 trillion, which is the level the US federal debt will exceed sometime around June of this year. Here’s the current total as measured by the US Debt Clock: To put $20 trillion into perspective, it’s about $160,000 per US taxpayer, and exists in addition to the mortgage, credit card, auto, and student debt that our hypothetical taxpayer probably carries. It is in short, way too much for the average wage slave to manage without some kind of existential crisis. It’s also way more than it used to be. During his tenure, president George W. Bush (2000 – 2008) nearly doubled the government’s debt, which is to say his administration borrowed as much as all its predecessors from Washington through Clinton combined. At the time this seemed like a never-to-be-duplicated feat of governmental profligacy. But the very next administration topped it, taking the federal debt from $10 trillion to the soon-to-be-achieved $20 trillion. And the incoming administration apparently sees no problem with continuing the pattern. The other meaningful number is 6.620. That’s the average interest rate the US government paid on its various debts in 2000, the year before the great monetary experiment of QE, ZIRP and all the rest began. When talking heads at the Fed and elsewhere refer to “normalizing” interest rates they’re proposing a return to this 6% average rate. But of course the last time that rate prevailed our debts were just a little lower. Run the numbers on today’s obligations and you get, well, let’s see: $20 trillion x 6% = $1.2 trillion a year in interest expense. To put that in perspective… It’s $15,000 a year per family of four, or about a fourth of what the typical American family earns. It’s 31% of the federal budget, which would mean massive cuts in every other spending program. The conclusion: It can’t happen without causing one of the following: Government spending cuts and/or tax increases that impose Greek-style austerity on Americans who won’t respond well to their sudden demotion to Third World status. A new round of monetary experiments involving the “forgiveness” of the government’s debts, financed with newly-created dollars. This will work – as long as dollars remain universally accepted as a store of value. History offers no examples of such a thing. An overt effort to devalue the dollar, with the goal of paying the interest in full, but (again) with newly- created, much-less-valuable currency. The resulting dilemma: If we hope to live within our means interest rates can never be allowed to rise. But if interest rates don’t rise, the Fed is forced to create a tsunami of new dollars to keep rates low, and must take its chances with inflation, currency war, crack-up boom, and all the other black swans that live in the land of monetary excess. Which is why the sound money community keeps harping on gold. All the politically-acceptable policy options have inflation/devaluation at their core, and those things are always and everywhere great for real assets.

http://dollarcollapse.com/interest-rates-2/2017s-real-milestone/ 

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A Horrific Ending As The World Moves One Day Closer To Armageddon

January 25, 2017

With the Dow surging above 20,000, while bonds and the dollar were weak once again, one of the greats in the business just warned that a horrific ending is coming as the world moves one day closer to Armageddon. John Embry: “Eric, I read Egon von Greyerz’s KWN interview over the weekend and it was such a tour de force that I’m not sure what I can add to what he already said. However, I agree with every word of his interview, and the fact that the vast majority of the population, including most of the rich and famous, seem oblivious to that reality and the resulting coming catastrophe, this virtually guarantees it can’t be avoided… John Embry continues: “In my lengthy career in the investment business I have never seen a disparity in price like the one that currently exists between the price of physical gold and silver, and the bloated valuations currently in effect for bonds, stocks, and real estate. I supposed it stands as testimony to the chicanery in the paper gold and silver markets, the resulting terrible price action in gold and silver, and the relentless propaganda attempting to validate that same price action. A Horrific Ending As World Moves One Day Closer To Armageddon This will all change violently, but the timing is difficult to predict. With the enormous increase in what I call ‘financial innovation’ — high frequency trading, algorithms, staggering quantities of derivatives, etc, the amount of leverage that has been introduced into the global financial system in the last couple of decades ensures a horrific ending. However, I have learned from experience that putting a price forecast and a specific date in the same sentence is a dangerous practice. But with each passing day we are one day closer to Armageddon. I recently returned from a 4 day stay in New York, which coincided with the inauguration of Donald Trump, and the women’s march was the following day. I have never seen as many police in one spot as I saw on 5th Avenue prior to the start of last Saturday’s march. The degree of discord in the U.S. is remarkable to me. Thus the new president has his work cut out for him and I wish him the best. However, as Egon detailed, the past excesses in the U.S. and globally are working against him. Unfortunately I think he has a better chance at being a latter day Herbert Hoover. But his misfortune will be primarily caused by what went before, rather than the specific actions of his administration. From the numbers I look at the U.S. economy is stagnating at best and inflationary pressures are building. With at historically elevated levels — government, corporate, and personal — this is a very dangerous situation. Gold, silver, and their respective stocks remain the obvious financial alternatives. But they are available in very limited amounts compared to other financial assets, so it would be wise to get there before the crowd.”

http://kingworldnews.com/a-horrific-ending-as-the-world-moves-one-day-closer-to-armageddon/ 

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etc. For the disasters that shall take place are many, the flooding shall be far greater than in times past, the mudslides far greater than in times past, the earthquakes shall be more numerous and far greater than in times past. The tornadoes, oh the savageness of the tornadoes that shall rip across the land, the straight winds, the hurricanes, the forest fires, the volcanoes shall erupt, the rising of the sea level that will be marked not in inches but in feet. etc.. 

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Energetic earthquake swarm detected at Takawangha volcano (Alaska) – Alert levels risen – No historical eruptions known

By Strange Sounds - Jan 25, 2017

The sequence is continuing. Is this the sign of an imminent explosion for a volcano that has no known historical eruptions? An energetic earthquake swarm on Tanaga Island started yesterday, January 23, and is continuing, but slightly decreasing. AVO is therefore raising the Aviation Color Code to Yellow and Alert Level to Advisory for Takawangha Volcano. The earthquakes locate 6 to 7 km ESE of Takawangha Volcano. This activity may be due to brittle failure in the surrounding rock caused by magma movement. However, no volcanic activity has been detected at the volcano in satellite data. Takawangha lies across a saddle from historically active Tanaga volcano to the west; older, deeply eroded volcanoes lie adjacent to Takawangha on the east. Numerous small post-caldera tephra cones are located within the caldera and on its rim and flanks. The youngest cones are some of those inside the caldera of the basaltic-to-dacitic volcano.

http://strangesounds.org/2017/01/energetic-earthquake-swarm-takawangha-volcano-alert-levels-risen-no-historic-eruptions.html 

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Google Permanently Bans 200 "Fake News" Sites

by Tyler Durden Jan 25, 2017 10:10 PM

The crackdown has begun. In a blog post by Scott Spencer, director of product management for sustainable ads, posted on Wednesday, Google said it has banned 200 publishers from accessing its Adsense advertising service for posting fake news stories. Google said it had cracked down on sites which contained 1) Ads for illegal products; 2) Misleading ads; 3) Bad ads on mobile; 4) Ads trying to game the system and, 5) Promoting and profiting from bad sites. But the emphasis was on the so-called "fake news" category which has dominated media buzz for the past two months. This is how Spencer explained his action: In 2016, we saw the rise of tabloid cloakers, a new type of scammer that tries to game our system by pretending to be news. Cloakers often take advantage of timely topics—a government election, a trending news story or a popular celebrity—and their ads can look like headlines on a news website. But when people click on that story about Ellen DeGeneres and aliens, they go to a site selling weight-loss products, not a news story. We've had long-standing policies prohibiting AdSense publishers from running ads on sites that help people deceive others, like a site where you buy fake diplomas or plagiarized term papers. In November, we expanded on these policies, introducing a new AdSense misrepresentative content policy, that helps us to take action against website owners misrepresenting who they are and that deceive people with their content. Google has faced criticism over its handling of fake news stories, including allowing a fake news website to rise to the top of its results displaying an incorrect story claiming that President Trump had won the popular vote. In his post explaining how Google attempted to crack down on “bad ads, sites and scammers,” Spencer explained that Google had expanded its policies against misleading websites in November, leading to the crackdown. From November to December 2016, we reviewed 550 sites that were suspected of misrepresenting content to users, including impersonating news organizations. We took action against 340 of them for violating our policies, both misrepresentation and other offenses, and nearly 200 publishers were kicked out of our network permantly. In total, Google took down 1.7 billion ads that they found in violation of their policies in 2016, more than double the 780 million they removed in 2015. It wasn't just fake news: Google provided the following examples of common policy violations among bad sites in 2016: We took action on 47,000 sites for promoting content and products related to weight-loss scams. We took action on more than 15,000 sites for unwanted software and disabled 900,000 ads for containing malware. And we suspended around 6,000 sites and 6,000 accounts for attempting to advertise counterfeit goods, like imitation designer watches. Some of the more conventional bans were the result of Google adding a policy mid-year prohibiting ads for payday loans, considered predatory. Roughly five million payday loan ads were disabled over the latter six months of 2016. Also among those the removed ads were what Google calls “tabloid cloakers.” These advertisers run what look like links to news headlines, but when the user clicks, an ad for a product such as a weight loss supplement pops up. Google suspended 1,300 accounts engaged in tabloid cloaking in 2016. Spencer concludes: In addition to all the above, we support industry efforts like the Coalition for Better Ads to protect people from bad experiences across the web. While we took down more bad ads in 2016 than ever before, the battle doesn’t end here. As we invest in better detection, the scammers invest in more elaborate attempts to trick our systems. Continuing to find and fight them is essential to protecting people online and ensuring you get the very best from the open web. Google has not disclosed the list of 200 sites it had permanently banned.

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-01-25/google-permanently-bans-200-fake-news-sites 

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etc. For I have warned you Russia is not your friend, I have warned you that China is not your friend, I have warned you that North Korea is not your friend and I have warned you that Iran is not your friend. etc.

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North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un 'will launch a nuke at the US as soon as his power is threatened' says high-powered diplomat who defected

Thae Yong-ho, former deputy ambassador in London, made the warning

He claims the leader will stop at nothing to develop a nuclear programme

He believes Kim Jong-un's regime 'one day would collapse by people's uprising'

By Hannah Al-othman For Mailonline

Published: 06:19 EST, 26 January 2017 | Updated: 10:41 EST, 26 January 2017

North Korea's most high profile defector has claimed Kim Jong-un would fire a suicidal nuclear weapon at Los Angeles if he felt his power was being threatened. Thae Yong-ho, the former deputy ambassador in London, and North Korea's most senior defector said the dictator would be prepared to 'press the button' despite the inevitable consequences. Mr Thae told the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire Show he believed the North Korean leader 'will press the button on these dangerous weapons when he thinks that his rule and his dynasty is threatened'. However, the defector has also said that he believes Kim Jong-un's regime 'one day would collapse by people's uprising'. When questioned as to whether he thought Kim would be prepared to launch a nuclear attack on the States even if meant his inevitable destriction, Mr Thae replied: 'Yes.' Mr Thae has previously said the country is aiming to complete its development of nuclear weapons by the end of this year. He claims the leader will stop at nothing to develop a nuclear programme - and would even turn down trillions of dollars if he was offered a pay-off to abandon the nuclear race. Thae Yong-ho appeared on the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire show Thae Yong-ho appeared on the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire show He added: 'Kim Jong-un knows quite well that a nuclear weapon is the only guarantee for his rule. If he lose the power then it is his last day. He may do anything.' Pyongyang has warned it will conduct its next nuclear missile test 'anytime and anywhere'. On the other side of the Pacific, President Trump has announced that the US is developing a 'state-of-the-art' missile defence system to protect the the country from potential attacks from Iran and North Korea. He made the announcement in a statement posted to the White House website just minutes after he was sworn into office.

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God welcomed back to D.C., says Land

Tuesday, January 24, 2017 Bill Bumpas (OneNewsNow.com

An evangelical leader says the feeling among Christian leaders attending Donald Trump's inaugural festivities is that God hasn't given up on the United States. "We didn't dodge a bullet. We dodged an atomic bomb," Dr. Richard Land says of the Nov. 8 election that put Donald Trump in the White House. During the presidential campaign, Land served on an advisory board of evangelicals that was repeatedly called on for advice as Trump sought to woo conservative evangelical voters. Land said in recent weeks that he and other conservatives "have been pinching ourselves" at the ongoing outreach from the Trump administration. Trump frustrated evangelicals during the campaign with his lack of biblical knowledge and crude statements, but Evangelicals voted for him 80-16 over Hillary Clinton, outpacing their support for past GOP candidates. Land tells OneNewsNow that the prayers offered during Trump's inauguration were "unabashedly strong" and "overtly Christian." He says he particularly appreciated that Franklin Graham quoted from the second Chapter of First Timothy, when Paul instructed Timothy to pray for those in authority and attempt to live in peace with them. The verse further states that "there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all people." "And of course what Franklin Graham did is presented the gospel. That's the gospel right there," Land says of the Bible verses. "And I thought Mr. Trump saying we are protected by our great military and by God - I'm sure the politically correct are looking for the smelling sauce at this point in time," he adds. OneNewsNow reported on the morning of Inauguration Day that Dallas pastor Robert Jeffress preached about Nehemiah to Trump's family and guests at an annual church service at St. John's Episcopal Church.

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etc. truly darkness, darkness is growing darker and darker and darker, war is being prepared, war is being made ready. Watch Russia, watch Turkey, watch China, watch Iran, watch Pakistan, watch Saudi Arabia, for they are not your friends nor have they ever been your friends.  They are not my friends, saith your Father God, for they shall wage war against me in the last days, these are the last days. etc.. 

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Senior manager at Kaspersky Lab cybersecurity firm arrested in Moscow

Nataliya Vasilyeva, The Associated Press 01.25.2017

MOSCOW — A manager in charge of investigating hacking attacks at Russia’s biggest cybersecurity firm has been arrested, the company said Wednesday. Kaspersky Lab on Wednesday confirmed reports in Russia’s respected Kommersant newspaper that Ruslan Stoyanov, head of its computer incidents investigations unit, was arrested in December. Kommersant said that Stoyanov was arrested along with a senior Russian FSB intelligence officer and that they both face charges of treason. Kaspersky’s spokeswoman, Maria Shirokova, said in a statement that Stoyanov’s arrest “has nothing to do with Kaspersky Lab and its operations.” She said the company has no details of the charges Stoyanov faces, but added that the investigation dates back to the time before Stoyanov was hired by Kaspersky. Stoyanov’s previous jobs, listed on the LinkedIn website, include a position at the Cyber Crime Unit at the Russian Interior Ministry in the early 2000s. U.S. intelligence agencies have accused Russia of meddling in the U.S. presidential election through hacking, to help Donald Trump win the vote, claims that Russia has rejected. U.S. and EU officials also have accused Russia of hacking other Western institutions and voiced concern that Russia may try to influence this year’s elections in Germany, France and the Netherlands. It wasn’t immediately clear if the arrests are somehow linked to these allegations. The FSB’s press office wasn’t immediately available for comment and Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov also declined comment. Andrei Soldatov, who has studied the internet and Russian security services for more than a decade, called the arrest of the Kaspersky manager “unprecedented.” “It destroys a system that has been 20 years in the making, the system of relations between intelligence agencies and companies like Kaspersky,” he told The Associated Press. “Intelligence agencies used to ask for Kaspersky’s advice, and this is how informal ties were built. This romance is clearly over.”

http://www.edmontonjournal.com/news/world/senior+manager+kaspersky+cybersecurity+firm+arrested/12783238/story.html 

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CIA Dir. Pompeo: 'Jesus Christ Our Savior Is Truly the Only Solution For Our World'

By Michael W. Chapman | January 25, 2017 | 10:51 AM EST

(CNSNews.com) -- Speaking at a church event in Wichita, then-Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kansas), the newly confirmed Diretor of the Central Intelligence Agency, said radical Muslims want "to wipe Christians from the face of the Earth," and that Christians need to pray, fight, and understand that "Jesus Christ our Savior is truly the only solution for our world." During his talk at the church in 2014, Pompeo said there is a "great debate" over the exact meaning of the Quran and he would not "explicate" it or the Bible because "there are scholars much greater than him who can explain the details and nuances of those books. "But I can tell you that this threat to America is from people who deeply believe that Islam is the way and the light and the only answer," said Pompeo. "So, as we think about what U.S. policy needs to be, how we will begin to combat this, we need to recognize that these folks believe it is religiously driven for them to wipe Christians from the face of the Earth," he said. Ad Feedback "They may be wrong," he continued. "There’s some debate about that, what the Quran actually says. They may be wholly misguided, and I will tell you that it is absolutely a minority within the Muslim faith." "But these folks are serious and they abhor Christians," said the future CIA director. "And [they] will continue to press against us until we make sure that we pray and stand and fight and make sure that we know that Jesus Christ our Savior is truly the only solution for our world.” Radical Muslim terrorists, members of ISIS, prepare to behead Coptic Christian men on the shores of Libya. (Screenshot: YouTube) Mike Pompeo served in Congress from 2011 to 2017. He was nominated by President Donald Trump to be the director of the CIA and the Senate confirmed his nomination. Pompeo began his new job on Monday, Jan. 23. Pompeo is a graduate of the West Point Military Academy and Harvard Law School. He served as a cavalry officer in Europe and in the Gulf War. He is married and has one child.

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Police carry pregnant woman six miles through the snow on their shoulders

Jen Mills for Metro.co.ukWednesday 18 Jan 2017 3:54 pm

Police officers carried a pregnant woman on their shoulders for six miles, when heavy snow blocked all the roads down the mountain. The 23-year-old woman, named as Kamini, went into labour in the early evening of January 9, and phoned for an ambulance to take her to hospital. However, heavy snow meant paramedics could not reach her remote Indian village of Bhont, near Shimla in the foothills of the Himalayas. Kamini and her mother Sarla were losing hope of getting treatment, but then six policeman arrived at the house. They wrapped Kamini in a quilt and asked her to lie down on the cot they brought with them, then started the long walk down the mountain, trudging for three and a half hours through the ice and snow to Shimla. They arrived at 9.30pm, and Kamini was admitted to the hospital where she gave birth to a healthy baby girl. Now her amazing story has been covered throughout India, with people applauding the heroic officers who rescued her. ‘Congrats, Shimla Police, for its great act of humanity,’ one man wrote.

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Stocks up on reinvigorated Trump rally; Dow tops 20,000

By Saqib Iqbal Ahmed | NEW YORK

Global equity prices rallied and the Dow Jones Industrial Average blew past the psychological 20,000 level on Wednesday, lifted by strong Japanese trade data, robust earnings and investor hopes that U.S. President Donald Trump will press ahead with a large fiscal spending package. The rally in stocks boosted U.S. Treasury debt yields, but lingering concerns about growing protectionism and the potential negative effects on global trade and growth pushed the U.S. dollar lower. MSCI's world index, which tracks shares in 46 countries, hit a 19-month high, up 0.8 percent. Data showing Japan's exports rose for the first time in 15 months in December and strong corporate results in Europe boosted the index. Rallying U.S. stocks pushed it higher. The Dow, which came within a point of 20,000 on Jan. 6, had struggled to top it as investors looked for clarity on the new U.S. administration's policies. Strong earnings and renewed focus on Trump's pro-growth initiatives, however, reignited a post-election rally and pushed the three major benchmark U.S. stock indexes to record highs. "It was definitely a milestone that the market has been focused on for really the better part of two months and you were starting to get a little bit of anxiety as to whether it was going to be surmounted or not," said Julian Emanuel, Equity Strategist at UBS in New York. "We are particularly encouraged to see financials acting well again because they have been the leadership." Trump has made several business-friendly decisions since taking office on Friday, including signing executive orders to reduce regulatory burden on domestic manufacturers and clearing the way for the construction of two oil pipelines. Sentiment was also lifted by better-than-expected fourth-quarter earnings. Of the 104 S&P 500 companies that have reported results through Wednesday morning, nearly 70 percent have beaten expectations, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. Earnings are expected to show growth of 6.8 percent for the quarter, the strongest in two years. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 155.8 points, or 0.78 percent, to finish at 20,068.51, the S&P 500 gained 18.3 points, or 0.80 percent, to end at 2,298.37 and the Nasdaq Composite added 55.38 points, or 0.99 percent, to close at 5,656.34. European shares rose sharply, boosted by strong earning from Logitech and Banco Santander. Europe's broad FTSEurofirst 300 index closed up 1.31 percent at 1,448.08. Rallying stocks sent U.S. Treasury debt yields higher. Benchmark yields hit a four-week high following a poor $34 billion auction of five-year Treasury notes, as investors further scaled back their bond holdings. Benchmark 10-year Treasury notes were down 14/32 in price to yield 2.521 percent, up from 2.471 percent late Tuesday. The rush to own stocks also eroded bullion's safe-haven attraction and gold prices fell to a 1-1/2-week low. Spot gold was down 0.68 percent to $1,200.51 an ounce. The dollar failed to maintain Tuesday's upward momentum and hit a roughly seven-week low against a basket of major currencies on lingering concerns about trade protectionism. "Rather than hearing about fiscal stimulus, which I think most people assume is the gateway to higher interest rates and a stronger dollar, out of the gate from Trump we've heard about building a wall and trade protectionism," said David Gilmore, partner at FX Analytics in Essex, Connecticut. The dollar index, which measures the greenback against a basket of six other major currencies, was down 0.41 percent to 99.942. Oil prices settled little changed, reversing earlier losses even after data showing a build in U.S. crude inventories reinforced traders' sentiment that oil is trapped in a range by expected OPEC production cuts and U.S. output growth. Brent crude settled down 36 cents, or 0.65 percent, at $55.08 a barrel, and U.S. crude settled down 43 cents, or 0.81 percent, at $52.75. (Reporting by Saqib Iqbal Ahmed; Additional reporting by Herbert Lash and Sam Forgione in New York and Tanya Agrawal in Bengaluru; Editing by Nick Zieminski and James Dalgleish)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-global-markets-idUSKBN157023 

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Top Divinity Schools Tell Professors to Refer to God with Gender-Neutral Language

Veronica Neffinger | Editor, ChristianHeadlines.com | Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Two prominent divinity schools have instructed their professors to use gender-neutral language when referring to God. According to National Review, the divinity schools at Duke and Vanderbilt Universities have told their faculty to give “consistent attention to the use of inclusive language, especially in relation to the Divine,” in an effort to be more “inclusive” and to “mitigate sexism. ”Although “It is up to the individual professor’s interpretation for their classes and is suggestive rather than mandatory,” National Review writer Katherine Timpf notes that most attendees at Duke’s divinity school, for example, are already part of the Methodist church, which believes that its God is a male. Therefore, although anyone has a right in America to refer to God however they see fit, they do not have the license to make the biblical God into an entity with no gender specificity when He is clearly spoken of as a male in the main Christian text, the Bible. “It would be like teaching Hamlet and calling Hamlet ‘she,’” Timpf points out. But Duke’s guidelines for their professors say that gender-specific pronouns and language should be replaced with simply “God” or even “Godself. ”Masculine pronouns for God “have served as a cornerstone of the patriarchy,” say the universities.

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Will America’s Counter-Revolution Be Successful?

Dave Hodges

America has been conquered from within. Many have said that this is not the America that they have grown up in and they are correct. However, few people realize that America is an occupied nation. There is a counter-revolution going on in America today and it is the Trump version of populism. The Cold War Never Ended Many Americans have adopted an historical view of the Cold War that is inaccurate and very dangerous. Many believe that when the Berlin Wall came down that was the end of the Communist threat for America. Nothing could be further from the truth. Russia has never been defeated, it is not in their DNA to ever quit. Although they were forced to abandon their arms race with the United States, they adopted a guerrilla style war with the United States by conquering America from within. If one doubts that Obama is part of a Communist plot to takeover the US government, please read the following with an open mind. The How and Why Behind Obama’s Mysterious Rise to the Presidency (parts 2 and 3 can be linked to from this article) High Ranking Russian Defectors Warned of Attacks Upon the American Media Please be aware that the two articles, linked to four articles, are only the tip of the iceberg. You could literally spend an entire day and investigating this by using the search engine on the website. The fact remains, that there is a Communist/Muslim Brotherhood movement to takeover this country. How effective have they been? The following is a snapshot answer to this question. Sources: US Treasury Department, US Bureau of Labor Statistics, US Department of Agriculture, US Congressional Budget Office.

Debt per US Citizen – Year 2009 = $31,000……..Year 2017 $61,340 (-$30,340)

Labor Force Participation Rate – Year 2009= 65.8%….Year 2017 = 62.8%

Home Ownership rate -Year 2009 = 67.3%….. Year 2017 = 63.5%

Real Median Household Income – Year 2009= $57,744….. Year 2017 = $54,045 (-$3,699). This does not include 5% per year, adjusted for inflation.

Average Hath Insurance Rate – Family Plan – $12,680….. Year 2017 = $18,142

Food Stamp Dependency – Year 2009 = 32 million……Year 2017 = 43.6 million (-10.4 million) !!

Persons living in poverty – Year 2009 = 38 million….. Year 2017 = 45 million (7 million) !!

Number of people on Obamacare private insurance…Year End 2016 = 334,867

Number of people on Medicaid supplemental – Year End 2016 = 17.4 million

National Debt – Year 2009 = $10.6 Trillion…….Year 2017 = $20.1 Trillion (-$9.5 Trillion)

$240 trillion dollar unfunded, but mandated liability of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.

Obama’s final economic gift to the American people includes a credit swap derivatives debt, of which Obama has granted full payment of $1.6 quadrillion credit swap derivatives debt with annual interest rate of $505 trillion. Please note that the US government only takes in $2 trillion per year. Beginning four years ago, I wrote that Obama was the manifestation of what the Soviet defectors said was coming. Namely, they said we would be conquered from within. A moron could look at these economic numbers and conclude that they are so bad and that the devastation of this economy had to be deliberate and NOBODY could be this incompetent. This was a deliberate communist takeover of this country by first destroying our means of production in classic Marxian theory and Obama succeeded in putting this economy on life-support. Trevor Loudon’s Stellar Work Trevor Loudon, through his magnificent work, The Enemies Within, documents the many groups (e.g. the Democratic Socialists of America) and identifies them as communist front groups designed to ensnare as many Democratic members of Congress as possible. , Loudon emphasizes expresses the belief that classic Marxist revolution, in which the “exploited” working class is recruited to participate in a “working class revolution” is a fool’s errand. The new breed of Congressmen, who are casting a long-shadow of Communism over the nation’s capital, can best achieve their communist goals by infiltrating traditional American society and creating a social revolution. If you don’t think that the bizarre policy changes coming from the Federal government such as the Target transgender bathroom issue is not the poster child for the undermining of the American society, then you are not paying attention. The communist ideals have penetrated and are dominating political parties, churches, civic groups, labor unions, our ultra liberal “snowflake universities, the media, Home Owners Associations (HOA), Planned Parenthood, radical fundamental Islamic terrorism. Wait, you thought I was only speaking about communism affiliations didn’t you? Loudon documents that when the Muslim Brotherhood was kicked out of Egypt, they were absorbed, in part, by Russian intelligence. The two groups are terrorist groups and people wonder why I do not trust or support Putin. I do not want a war with Russia, if it can be avoided, however, Putin is an old-line KGB Colonel who is dedicated to the destruction of the United States from within. Congressman Keith Ellison: The Poster Child for the Marriage Between the Radical Muslim Brotherhood and the Communist Party The man in-line to become the DNC chair, is as anti-American as they get. At least Obama tried to hide, to some degree, his Muslim Brotherhood and Communist Party affiliations. Ellison is as radical as they get and he is close to running the Democratic party. Ellison was a spokesman for the Nation of Islam who publicly espouses anti-Semitism. As a Congressional candidate, “he purposely accepted $50,000 in campaign contributions given and raised by Islamic radicals who openly supported Islamic terrorism and were leaders of front groups for Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood”. Ellison represents an increasing number of Congressmen who have ties to both the Communist Party and the Muslim Brotherhood as evidenced by his membership in the Communist front group, the Progressive Caucus. Trevor Loudon and former Congressmen West will tell you that there are 80 members of Congress who fit a similar profile to Ellison. I have found even more and the number may pass 100 before all is said and done. Here is merely a smattering of well-known names that fit this profile: The House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi Louis Gutierrez John Conyers Charles Rangel Marcy Kaptur Peter DeFazio Sheila Jackson Lee Jim McDermott Raul Grijalva Kyrsten Sinema …and a further cast of dozens. The Senate Barbara Boxer Dick Durbin Tom Harkin Barbara Mikulski Elizabeth Warren Ed Markey Debbie Stabenow Al Franken Sherrod Brown Ron Wyden Jeff Merkley Patty Murray Tammy Baldwin Source: The Enemies Within-Trevor Loudon I estimate before it is all said and done that a full 20% of the Congress (both houses) have ties to radical groups who are dedicated to Communist Party/Muslim Brotherhood ideals which means the eradication of the Constitution and the elimination of all civil liberties not granted by the state, the breakdown of traditional American morality, the subversion of the election process so that leaders are selected not elected and the establishment of Sharia Law in place of the Constitution. Conclusion Loudon documents how the US Communist Party enacted a stealth plan designed to infiltrate the Democratic Party. At its core, the plan was designed to form alliances among and between the radical elements in organized labor, along with fringe radical elements in the Black community and the feminist movement (e.g. Planned Parenthood) to establish a radicalized, leftist coalition that would control America’s national political agenda for decades to come. The abovementioned groups were in strong evidence as they marched through the streets of America recently. In light of this information, do you view the UNSCREENED importation of Syrians in a different light? The government of this country has successfully been overthrown. President Trump represents a counter-revolutionary movement designed to take the country back. If you thought you could sit on your backside and Trump would do the rest, you are delusional. We are in a war for cultural, religious, economic and physical survival. The American people must accept responsibility for putting pressure on a compromised Congress to tall into line with Trump’s populism, or face being thrown out of office.

http://www.thecommonsenseshow.com/2017/01/23/will-americas-counter-revolution-be-successful/ 

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Comparing the 1930s and Today

Guest Post by Doug Casey

You’ve heard the axiom “History repeats itself.” It does, but never in exactly the same way. To apply the lessons of the past, we must understand the differences of the present. During the American Revolution, the British came prepared to fight a successful war—but against a European army. Their formations, which gave them devastating firepower, and their red coats, which emphasized their numbers, proved the exact opposite of the tactics needed to fight a guerrilla war. Before World War I, generals still saw the cavalry as the flower of their armies. Of course, the horse soldiers proved worse than useless in the trenches. Before World War II, in anticipation of a German attack, the French built the “impenetrable” Maginot Line. History repeated itself and the attack came, but not in the way they expected. Their preparations were useless because the Germans didn’t attempt to penetrate it; they simply went around it, and France was defeated. The generals don’t prepare for the last war out of perversity or stupidity, but rather because past experience is all they have to go by. Most of them simply don’t know how to interpret that experience. They are correct in preparing for another war but wrong in relying upon what worked in the last one. Investors, unfortunately, seem to make the same mistakes in marshaling their resources as do the generals. If the last 30 years have been prosperous, they base their actions on more prosperity. Talk of a depression isn’t real to them because things are, in fact, so different from the 1930s. To most people, a depression means ’30s-style conditions, and since they don’t see that, they can’t imagine a depression. That’s because they know what the last depression was like, but they don’t know what one is. It’s hard to visualize something you don’t understand. Some of them who are a bit more clever might see an end to prosperity and the start of a depression but—al­though they’re going to be a lot better off than most—they’re probably looking for this depression to be like the last one. Although nobody can predict with absolute certainty what this depression will be like, you can be fairly well-assured it won’t be an instant replay of the last one. But just because things will be different doesn’t mean you have to be taken by surprise. To define the likely differences between this depres­sion and the last one, it’s helpful to compare the situa­tion today to that in the early 1930s. The results aren’t very reassuring. CORPORATE BANKRUPTCY 1930s Banks, insurance companies, and big corporations went under on a major scale. Institutions suffered the consequences of past mistakes, and there was no financial safety net to catch them as they fell. Mistakes were liquidated and only the prepared and efficient survived. Today The world’s financial institutions are in even worse shape than the last time, but now business ethics have changed and everyone expects the government to “step in.” Laws are already in place that not only allow but require government inter­vention in many instances. This time, mistakes will be compounded, and the strong, productive, and ef­ficient will be forced to subsidize the weak, unproductive, and inefficient. It’s ironic that businesses were bankrupted in the last depression because the prices of their products fell too low; this time, it’ll be because they went too high. UNEMPLOYMENT 1930s If a man lost his job, he had to find another one as quickly as possible simply to keep from going hungry. A lot of other men in the same position competed desperately for what work was available, and an employer could hire those same men for much lower wages and expect them to work harder than what was the case before the depression. As a result, the men could get jobs and the employer could stay in business. Today The average man first has months of unemployment insurance; after that, he can go on welfare if he can’t find “suitable work.” Instead of taking whatever work is available, especially if it means that a white collar worker has to get his hands dirty, many will go on welfare. This will decrease the production of new wealth and delay the recovery. The worker no longer has to worry about some entrepreneur exploiting (i.e., employing) him at what he considers an unfair wage because the minimum wage laws, among others, precludes that possibility today. As a result, men stay unemployed and employers will go out of business. WELFARE 1930s If hard times really put a man down and out, he had little recourse but to rely on his family, friends, or local social and church group. There was quite a bit of opprobrium attached to that, and it was only a last resort. The breadlines set up by various government bodies were largely cosmetic measures to soothe the more terror-prone among the voting populace. People made do because they had to, and that meant radically reducing their standards of living and taking any job available at any wage. There were very, very few people on welfare during the last depression. Today It’s hard to say how those who are still working are going to support those who aren’t in this depression. Even in the U.S., 50% of the country is already on some form of welfare. But food stamps, aid to fami­lies with dependent children, Social Security, and local programs are already collapsing in prosperous times. And when the tidal wave hits, they’ll be totally overwhelmed. There aren’t going to be any breadlines because people who would be standing in them are going to be shopping in local supermarkets just like people who earned their money. Perhaps the most dangerous aspect of it is that people in general have come to think that these programs can just magically make wealth appear, and they expect them to be there, while a whole class of people have grown up never learning to survive without them. It’s ironic, yet predictable, that the programs that were supposed to help those who “need” them will serve to devastate those very people. REGULATIONS 1930s Most economies have been fairly heavily regulated since the early 1900s, and those regulations caused distortions that added to the severity of the last depression. Rather than allow the economy to liquidate, in the case of the U.S., the Roosevelt regime added many, many more regulations—fixing prices, wages, and the manner of doing business in a static form. It was largely because of these regulations that the depression lingered on until the end of World War II, which “saved” the economy only through its massive reinflation of the currency. Had the government abolished most controls then in existence, instead of creating new ones, the depression would have been less severe and much shorter. Today The scores of new agencies set up since the last depression have created far more severe distortions in the ways people relate than those of 80 years ago; the potential adjustment needed is proportionately greater. Unless government restrictions and controls on wages, working conditions, energy consumption, safety, and such are removed, a dramatic economic turnaround during the Greater Depression will be impossible. TAXES 1930s The income tax was new to the U.S. in 1913, and by 1929, although it took a maximum 23.1% bite, that was only at the $1 million level. The average family’s income then was $2,335, and that put average families in the 1/10th of 1 percent bracket. And there was still no Social Security tax, no state income tax, no sales tax, and no estate tax. Furthermore, most people in the country didn’t even pay the income tax because they earned less than the legal minimum or they didn’t bother filing. The government, therefore, had immense untapped sources of revenue to draw upon to fund its schemes to “cure” the depression. Roosevelt was able to raise the average income tax from 1.35% to 16.56% during his tenure—an increase of 1,100%. Today Everyone now pays an income tax in addition to all the other taxes. In most Western countries, the total of direct and indirect taxes is over 50%. For that reason, it seems unlikely that direct taxes will go much higher. But inflation is constantly driving everyone into higher brackets and will have the same effect. A person has had to increase his or her income faster than inflation to compensate for taxes. Whatever taxes a man does pay will reduce his standard of living by just that much, and it’s reasonable to expect tax evasion and the underground economy to boom in response. That will cushion the severity of the depression somewhat while it serves to help change the philosophical orientation of society. PRICES 1930s Prices dropped radically because billions of dollars of inflationary currency were wiped out through the stock market crash, bond defaults, and bank failures. The government, however, somehow equated the high prices of the inflationary ’20s with prosperity and attempted to prevent a fall in prices by such things as slaughtering livestock, dumping milk in the gutter, and enacting price supports. Since the collapse wiped out money faster than it could be created, the government felt the destruction of real wealth was a more effective way to raise prices. In other words, if you can’t increase the supply of money, decrease the supply of goods. Nonetheless, the 1930s depression was a deflationary collapse, a time when currency became worth more and prices dropped. This is probably the most confusing thing to most Americans since they assume—as a result of that experience—that “depression” means “deflation.” It’s also perhaps the biggest single difference between this depression and the last one. Today Prices could drop, as they did the last time, but the amount of power the government now has over the economy is far greater than what was the case 80 years ago. Instead of letting the economy cleanse itself by allowing the financial markets to collapse, governments will probably bail out insolvent banks, create mortgages wholesale to prop up real estate, and central banks will buy bonds to keep their prices from plummeting. All of these actions mean that the total money supply will grow enormously. Trillions will be created to avoid deflation. If you find men selling apples on street corners, it won’t be for 5 cents apiece, but $5 apiece. But there won’t be a lot of apple sellers because of welfare, nor will there be a lot of apples because of price controls. Consumer prices will probably skyrocket as a result, and the country will have an inflationary depression. Unlike the 1930s, when people who held dollars were king, by the end of the Greater Depression, people with dollars will be wiped out. THE SOCIETY 1930s The world was largely rural or small-town. Communications were slow, but people tended to trust the media. The government exercised considerable moral suasion, and people tended to support it. The business of the country was business, as Calvin Coolidge said, and men who created wealth were esteemed. All told, if you were going to have a depression, it was a rather stable environment for it; despite that, however, there were still plenty of riots, marches, and general disorder. Today The country is now urban and suburban, and although communications are rapid, there’s little interpersonal contact. The media are suspect. The government is seen more as an adversary or an imperial ruler than an arbitrator accepted by a consensus of concerned citizens. Businessmen are viewed as unscrupulous predators who take advantage of anyone weak enough to be exploited. A major financial smashup in today’s atmosphere could do a lot more than wipe out a few naives in the stock market and unemploy some workers, as occurred in the ’30s; some sectors of society are now time bombs. It’s hard to say, for instance, what third- and fourth-generation welfare recipients are going to do when the going gets really tough. THE WAY PEOPLE WORK 1930s Relatively slow transportation and communication localized economic conditions. The U.S. itself was somewhat insulated from the rest of the world, and parts of the U.S. were fairly self-contained. Workers were mostly involved in basic agriculture and industry, creating widgets and other tangible items. There wasn’t a great deal of specialization, and that made it easier for someone to move laterally from one occupation into the next, without extensive retraining, since people were more able to produce the basics of life on their own. Most women never joined the workforce, and the wife in a marriage acted as a “backup” system should the husband lose his job. Today The whole world is interdependent, and a war in the Middle East or a revolution in Africa can have a direct and immediate effect on a barber in Chicago or Krakow. Since the whole economy is centrally controlled from Washington, a mistake there can be a national disaster. People generally aren’t in a position to roll with the punches as more than half the people in the country belong to what is known as the “service economy.” That means, in most cases, they’re better equipped to shuffle papers than make widgets. Even “necessary” services are often terminated when times get hard. Specialization is part of what an advanced industrial economy is all about, but if the economic order changes radically, it can prove a liability. THE FINANCIAL MARKETS 1930s The last depression is identified with the collapse of the stock market, which lost over 90% of its value from 1929 to 1933. A secure bond was the best possible investment as interest rates dropped radically. Commodities plummeted, reducing millions of farmers to near subsistence levels. Since most real estate was owned outright and taxes were low, a drop in price didn’t make a lot of difference unless you had to sell. Land prices plummeted, but since people bought it to use, not unload to a greater fool, they didn’t usually have to sell. Today This time, stocks—and especially commodities—are likely to explode on the upside as people panic into them to get out of depreciating dollars in general and bonds in particular. Real estate will be—next to bonds—the most devastated single area of the economy because no one will lend money long term. And real estate is built on the mortgage market, which will vanish. Everybody who invests in this depression thinking that it will turn out like the last one will be very unhappy with the results. Being aware of the differences between the last depression and this one makes it a lot easier to position yourself to minimize losses and maximize profits. So much for the differences. The crucial, obvious, and most important similarity, however, is that most people’s standard of living will fall dramatically. The Greater Depression has started. Most people don’t know it because they can neither confront the thought nor understand the differences between this one and the last. As a climax approaches, many of the things that you’ve built your life around in the past are going to change and change radically. The ability to adjust to new conditions is the sign of a psychologically healthy person. Look for the opportunity side of the crisis. The Chinese symbol for “crisis” is a combination of two other symbols—one for danger and one for opportunity. The dangers that society will face in the years ahead are regrettable, but there’s no point in allowing anxiety, frustration, or apathy to overcome you. Face the future with courage, curiosity, and optimism rather than fear. You can be a winner, and if you plan carefully, you will be. The great period of change will give you a chance to regain control of your destiny. And that in itself is the single most important thing in life. This depression can give you that opportunity; it’s one of the many ways the Greater Depression can be a very good thing for both you as an individual and society as a whole. Editor’s note: America is about to enter a crisis far more severe than what we saw in 2008–2009. It could all start after Trump’s inauguration and could change everything… in sudden, unexpected ways. This is exactly why Doug and his team put together a time-sensitive video explaining how it could all go down.

https://www.theburningplatform.com/2017/01/22/comparing-the-1930s-and-today/#more-141505 

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Trump Captures ISIS Leader On Day One Of Airstrikes

Posted on January 23, 2017 by Baxter Dmitry in News, US

The United States has wounded and captured ISIS leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi after one day of punishing airstrikes, according to reports from Iraq. President Trump convened his top generals on his first day in office and ordered them to provide a plan to eradicate ISIS within 30 days – a key election promise – and according to sources in the region the new tactics have drawn immediate success. Secretary of Defense James Mattis spent his first full day at the Pentagon by overseeing 31 strikes against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. A variety of fighters, bombers and remotely piloted aircraft engaged in the bombing run, which saw 25 strikes in Syria and six in Iraq. In Syria, two strikes destroyed ISIL units and artillery near the town of Bab. Daesh forces in Raqqa, the terrorist group’s stronghold, took a heavy beating, as 22 strikes destroyed 12 tactical units, nine fighting positions, two underground improvised explosive bomb factories and an ISIS headquarters. The final strike targeted two IS oil wells in Deir ez Zour. The account was backed up by the Iraq Oil Report, a respected source that gathers daily updates on security developments inside Mosul and surrounding ISIS-held areas from a network of local reporters, residents and fighters. “Increased coalition air activity spotted around Ba’aj fuels rumors of IS “Caliph” being surrounded“. As the dust settles on the fiercest bombardment ISIS have ever received, the word on the street in Iraq is that the new US administration have done what Obama could not, or would not, do – take out ISIS mastermind Al-Baghdadi. A cornerstone of President Trump’s campaign was the promise that he would destroy ISIS as quickly as possible. He convened his top generals on his first day in office and ordered them to provide a plan to eradicate ISIS once and for all within 30 days. As the new head of the Pentagon, Mattis would be expected to act on Trump’s plans and make them happen. The former Marine general, who once referred to Obama’s ISIS policy as full of “half measures” seems to have the plan on track.

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Experts: US hit with sudden spikes of rare radioactive material from Fukushima — Has 15.7 Million year half life — “Orders of magnitude” rise in levels on West Coast — Much higher amounts than were detected near Fukushima plant just after 3/11

Published: January 23rd, 2017 at 6:42 am ET By ENENews

Royal Society of Chemistry, National Institute for Physics & Nuclear Engineering, Romania, 2015 (emphasis added): AMS analyses of I-129 from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident in the Pacific Ocean waters of the Coast La Jolla, San Diego, USA — This paper presents the results of an experimental study we performed by using the Accelerator Mass Spectrometry (AMS) method with iodine 129 (Halflife = 15.7 Million years], to determine the increase of the radionuclide content in the USA West Pacific Coast waters, two years after the March 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident… The results of the experiments showed a significant increase of the radionuclide concentration during the late spring of 2013. Compared to the isotopic ratio 129I/127I, measured at a 40 km distance, offshore of Fukushima and immediately after the accident, our results show an increase on the USA West Coast that was more than a 2.5 factor higher. Also, compared with the pre-Fukushima background values [in San Diego], our results show an isotopic ratio of about two orders of magnitude higher… The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant… released an enormous amount of liquid waste of 129I and other fission isotopes directly into the Pacific Ocean that were subsequently dispersed eastwards. This paper reports on the determination of the nuclear plume impact on the West Coast of the USA that happened during April–July 2013… The determined maximum 129I concentration increase was in an amount of more than 2 times greater than the concentration of the isotope measured offshore of Fukushima at a 40 km distance immediately after the accident… 129I concentrations were measured… from the ocean water of the West Coast of the USA [at] La Jolla, San Diego… This work reports two sudden increases of the 129I/127I isotopic concentration in the ocean water, which were observed at the end of spring 2013… Our exploratory measurements on the USA West Coast started on samples collected at the beginning of 2013. The lowest 129I concentrations that we measured had values between [6-20 million] atoms per L. Such values correspond to the equilibrium concentration of iodine… offshore of La Jolla, San Diego… Our results… measured offshore of Cove La Jolla, San Diego, USA, during the spring of 2013, are presented in Fig. 5. Two high and distinct spike maxima are visible. They reveal the maximum concentration values of [1.2 billion] atoms per L measured on May 24, 2013 and [1.7 billion] atoms per L measured on June 18, 2013, with 24 days in between. Both peaks occurred in the measurement spectrum after a slow increase in concentration that started about 15-20 days before the main increase… Samples collected [by Fukushima Daiichi, Jun 2011] at a distance of about 40 km away from the coast [had] a maximum concentration value of [620 million] atoms per L for 129I in the surface water of the ocean. Taking into account this value as a reference value, the maximum 129-iodine concentration reaching the USA West Coast was 2.5 times stronger than in the contaminated ocean water offshore of Fukushima after the accident. If we compare it to the equilibrium value of 129I concentration in the ocean water [near San Diego], then during the impact its concentration was about 100 times higher… AMS measurements of 129I were performed on ocean water… offshore of Cove La Jolla, San Diego, USA, and definitely have shown an increase of the radioactivty

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They Are Coming For Your Cash! Currency Bans Are Sweeping The Globe

ThomasDishaw.com Jan 23, 2017

Greedy Governments continue to tell us a cash ban is needed to stop the terrorists, while they are the ones funding the terrorists. Governments tell us the cash ban is to stop tax dodgers, when some of the biggest tax offenders are the ruling class. Governments tell us a cash ban will kill the black market, when they are the ones who control the black market. I’m sure you see the pattern….Its all so Orwellian. And unfortunately it’s getting worse. Countries like Australia are getting more aggressive and calling for the $100 bill to banned. Economist Joseph Stiglitz is pushing the US to abandon cash as well, ignoring the fact that India’s currency ban has caused its economy to all but completely crash vity more than two orders of magnitude over the natural level of the Pacific Ocean before the accident… If the implications of a cashless society don’t concern you just take a moment to think about what would happen in a grid down situation, which would mean that we don’t have access to our finances and we cant purchase basic goods. There is also the access that the Government now has of your purchases, meaning now they can easily tap into what books you read, the church you give to and the guns you purchase. Should you still not be convinced at how quickly the transformation is taking place, look no further than the following list of countries that are at the forefront of banning cash. Sweden leads the race to become cashless society “I don’t use cash any more, for anything,” said Louise Henriksson, 26, a teaching assistant. “You just don’t need it. Shops don’t want it; lots of banks don’t even have it. Even for a candy bar or a paper, you use a card or phone.” Swedish buses have not taken cash for years, it is impossible to buy a ticket on the Stockholm metro with cash, retailers are legally entitled to refuse coins and notes, and street vendors – and even churches – increasingly prefer card or phone payments. According to central bank the Riksbank, cash transactions made up barely 2% of the value of all payments made in Sweden last year – a figure some see dropping to 0.5% by 2020. In shops, cash is now used for barely 20% of transactions, half the number five years ago, and way below the global average of 75%. And astonishingly, about 900 of Sweden’s 1,600 bank branches no longer keep cash on hand or take cash deposits – and many, especially in rural areas, no longer have ATMs. Circulation of Swedish krona has fallen from around 106bn in 2009 to 80bn last year. “I think, in practice, Sweden will pretty much be a cashless society within about five years,” said Niklas Arvidsson, an associate professor specialising in payment systems innovation at Stockholm’s Royal Institute of Technology (KTH). Norway’s Biggest Bank Calls For Country To Stop Using Cash The largest bank in Norway has called for the country to stop using cash, the Local reported Friday. This comes as the latest move in a country that has been leading the global charge toward electronic money in recent years, with several banks already not offering cash in their branch offices and some industries seeking to cut back on paper currency. DNB, the bank with the proposal, has said eliminating the use of cash would cut down on black market sales and crimes such as money laundering. “There are so many dangers and disadvantages associated with cash, we have concluded that it should be phased out,” he added. The country has already moved in this direction naturally. Bentestuen estimated that about 6 percent of Norwegians use cash on a daily basis, with the numbers higher among elderly people. Denmark is set to become the first country in the world to make cash payments obsolete DENMARK is on track to become the world’s first cashless nation, with its government pushing to free some stores, restaurants and petrol stations from accepting cash payments. The proposal to scrap cash transactions is part of a package of cost-saving measures being introduced ahead of the Danish election in September, the Independent reports. It is understood the government is hoping to get rid of the option to pay by cash by as early as 2016. Nearly a third of all Danish citizen prefer to use Danske Bank’s official app,MobilePay, to pay for services and transactions, and it is expected that the proposal will be met with little opposition. Cash May No Longer Be Needed in Finland Financial experts from the Bank of Finland suggested that banknotes could be phased out by 2030. Technological advancements surrounding mobile payments and the need for convenient banking services are largely responsible for this feasible prediction. Kari Takala, senior advisor at the Bank of Finland’s Currency Department, said, “Many see cash as a backup system. It’s quick and convenient to use. In the future we’ll have to see how quickly mobile payment methods replace cash.” Greece Unleashes ‘Soft’ Cash Ban The spread of global cash bans continues with Greece unveiling their so-called ‘soft’ approach by which taxpayers will only be granted tax-allowances or deductions when payments are made via credit or debit cards. AsKeepTalkingGreeece reports, the new guidelines refer to employees, pensioners, farmers, and also the unemployed. Indian Economy Grinds To A Halt After Cash-Ban: “Faith In System Shaken” Amid scenes of panic across India, following PM Modi’s shock decision to withdraw high-value bills in the middle of the sowing and wedding season, Reuters reports the move, aimed at cracking down on the shadow economy, has brought India’s cash economy to a virtual standstill. With over 90% of all transactions done in cash, money flows in and out of the black-and-white system… until now, as Devangshu Datta exclaims, “The system works because everybody believes that those pieces of paper will be accepted by everybody else… This move has shaken that trust.” Farmers have been left stranded as traders have no cash to pay for their produce, while millions of Indians lined up outside banks and post offices for the ninth day to exchange old banknotes or withdraw rationed money from their accounts. Venezuela Follows India’s Example and Voids Half of Its Cash Venezuela is taking nearly half the country’s bank notes out of circulation beginning Wednesday, threatening to ruin the holidays season for Venezuelans already suffering from dire cash shortages, hyperinflation and an economic meltdown. The country’s largest bill, worth 100 bolivars or just 3 U.S. cents on the black market, is to become illegal, in a move designed to combat contraband along Venezuela’s borders, the government said. President Nicolás Maduro said outlawing the notes would destroy what he claims are Colombian smuggling mafias that hoard bolivars to buy price-controlled food and gasoline in Venezuela, which is then resold at a markup. Mr. Maduro said Monday night he was closing the Colombian border until Thursday night to prevent stacks of bolivars from making it back to the country. Germany Unveils “Cash Controls” Push: Ban Transactions Over €5,000, €500 Euro Note It was just two days ago that Bloomberg implored officials to “bring on a cashless future” in an Op-Ed that calls notes and coins “dirty, dangerous, unwieldy, and expensive.” You probably never thought of your cash that way, but increasingly, authorities and the powers that be seem determined to lay the groundwork for the abolition of what Bloomberg calls “antiquated” physical money. We’ve documented the cash ban calls on a number of occasions including, most recently, those that emanated from DNB, Norway’s largest bank where executive Trond Bentestuen said that although “there is approximately 50 billion kroner in circulation, the Norges Bank can only account for 40 percent of its use.” That, Bentestuen figures, “means that 60 percent of money usage is outside of any control.” “We believe,” he continues, “that is due to under-the-table money and laundering.” DNB goes on to say that after identifying “many dangers and disadvantages” associated with cash, the bank has “concluded that it should be phased out.” Uruguay bans all cash payments over US$5,000 as of next year Uruguay yesterday sanctioned its Financial Inclusion Law, which will ban cash payments worth more than US$5,000 as of May 1 next year. Property transactions and car purchases will thus have to be made through banking mechanisms. The measure will affect thousands of Argentines who have snapped up properties across the River Plate, primarily in the summer-favourite destination of Punta del Este. According to Uruguayan daily El País, if a property is bought with funds located in another country, deeds will have to include details on how the transaction was made, including account numbers and the names of the buyer and the bank where the funds came from. The recipients of income from rent contracts already in place before May 1 of 2015 will have to declare a bank account to which the funds should be deposited. Management firms,’ lawyers’ and notaries’ fees as well as the commissions of real estate agencies will also have to be made electronically should they exceed the US$5,000 limit. In addition, all taxes will have to be paid electronically, regardless of the sum that is owed. The Solution To Argentina’s Banking Problems Is To Go Cashless There is no way back for Argentinian people to trust their own currency. Several governments have used the “Peso/Dollar” exchange to dig into people’s savings, reward their friends and limit the freedom of citizens to use other currencies. Short of Dollarizing the economy again, the only solution for the country is going cashless. People are desperate, and they’re looking for alternatives such as mobile payments, Amazon gift cards and Bitcoin to store their savings away from government control. A digital currency could help curb black market exchanges, fight corruption and restore the country’s image. $100 note to be scrapped? Australia to crack down on cash payments Australia looks set to follow in the footsteps of Venezuela and India by abolishing the country’s highest-denomination banknote in a bid to crack down on the “black economy”. Speaking to ABC radio on Wednesday, Revenue and Financial Services Minister Kelly O’Dwyer flagged a review of the $100 note and cash payments over certain limits as the government looks to recoup billions in unpaid tax. Monday’s midyear budget update will include the appointment of former KPMG global chairman Michael Andrew to oversee a black economy taskforce. The black economy accounts for 1.5 per cent of GDP, given many cash payments are untaxed. Ms O’Dwyer told the ABC not only is the lost revenue owed to the Australian people for schools and hospitals, but it’s also critical for those who do the right thing and pay tax. “The whole point of this crackdown on the black economy is to make sure we close down any potential loopholes,” she said. Despite the broad use of electronic forms of payment, Ms O’Dwyer warned there are three times as many $100 notes in circulation than $5 notes. Belgium bans cash transactions Several of Saturday morning’s newspapers report that the legal limit for payments in cash is to be reduced from 15,000 to 5,000 Euro. The new measures are intended to help in the battle against money laundering. The Federal Secretary of State responsible for tackling fraud John Crombez (Flemish socialist) told journalists that “There is evidence that payment by bank transfer reduces the risk of fraud”. Within the next few years, the maximum limit for cash payments will be further reduced. Mr Crombez hopes that by the end of the current legislature the limit will stand at 3,000 Euro. The government is to adopt a phased approach to reducing the limit, as it wants to ensure that it will be respected. “As far as I’m concerned, if we are successful in ensuring the limit is respected, it can be reduced still further in the future, as has been the case in some other countries.” Canada pushing toward a cashless society with a 70 per cent drop in cash transactions by 2030 By 2030, cash purchases will make up only 10 per cent of money spent in Canada, according to a prediction by Moneris Solutions Corporation (“Moneris”), Canada’s leading credit and debit card processor. Compared to 35 per cent of overall transactions in 20141, the 70 per cent decline will coincide with an increase in the use of digital payment technologies, especially among younger Canadians. Consumer misconceptions about (1) the security of mobile wallets and (2) the ability of mobile wallets to digitally store physical wallet contents (including plastic loyalty cards and receipts), are among the factors slowing the transition. China’s race to become a cashless society Although China still has some way to go before it catches up with countries such as the US and Sweden, the speed at which China has made the shift from cash towards cashless has surprised many. Non-cash payments have been growing by around 40 per cent a year and last year China moved into 4th place in the world for non-cash payments after the US, Europe and Brazil. There are many reasons for China’s rapid transition away from cash. One is urbanisation, as non-cash payments are becoming both easy and popular. This is especially the case in top-tier cities such as Shanghai, Shenzhen and Beijing where it is both trendy and convenient to pay without using cash. There is a huge variety of choices when it comes to making cashless payments and China UnionPay has definitely helped to encourage this, particularly in the case of debit cards, which outnumber credit cards in China by 10 to one. China has more than 4 billion cards on issue – almost enough for each adult to have about three each. Mobile payments have also taken off in China – it has the largest proportion of people in the world using their mobile phones to make payments, online and physically. The Chinese government is also pushing China towards a cashless society. As in Thailand the authorities are keen to encourage the use of non-cash payments as it will reduce the cost of printing, circulating and handling banknotes, and help in the battle against tax evasion and corruption, as well as other illegal activities. In order to accelerate the use of non-cash payments, the Chinese government has increased the availability of point-of-sale machines and opened up the domestic card-payments market to competition. Competition is intense, as pre-paid cards and electronic wallets such as Wechat, Mi Wallet and Alipay have become extremely popular, especially with young people. I have been using one of these electronic wallets to pay for my shopping at the bakery and convenience store for a few months now. Ecuador becomes the first country to roll out its own digital cash In 2000, Ecuador moved to ditch its stumbling currency for the U.S. dollar. Now more than 15 years later, the South American country is revamping its monetary system again—using digital currencies. Ecuador’s Sistema de Dinero Electrónico (electronic money system) kicked off in December by allowing qualifying users to set up accounts, and it will begin acting as a real means of transaction this month. Once the government flips the switch, the South American nation of 16 million will host the first-ever state-run electronic payment system. (Other countries, such as Sweden, use digital currencies widely, but they’re not state-sponsored.) But the Ecuadorean government says the scheme is designed to support its dollar-based monetary system, not replace it. France To Prohibit Cash Payments Over €1,000 France becomes the latest as Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault plans to erect new controls on cash transactions in order to tighten up tax collection and meet the country’s optimistic budget deficit target of 3% of GDP. The government needs euros and they need some fast. In the government plan labeled “Fight against fraud,” France’s fiscal residents would see the cash transaction limit decrease from €3,000 to €1,000 per purchase. However, in a nod to the exiled wealthy and what Wolf Richter calls the “Depardieu exception,” those fiscal residents of a country other than France would have their cash transaction limits reduced from €15,000 to €10,000 per purchase. Legislative measures could be finalized by the end of 2013. Why Hong Kong going cashless is no small change Hong Kong was one of the first places in the world with a cashless payment system when it ­introduced the Octopus card in 1997, but since then e-payment options have mushroomed globally. And despite the city granting 13 ­licences for stored-value ­e-payment services, uptake has been slow. Hong Kong prides itself on being up to date with the latest technology, and the ­government likes to call it a “smart city”, but to really embrace that concept, many believe ­Hongkongers must abandon the idea that cash is king and join the global trend towards electronic payments. Take Larry Salibra, a tech-savvy shopper, for example. He is frustrated that he is forced to carry cash whenever he is commuting around Hong Kong, even though at least a ­dozen e-payment options are available. Bank Of Ireland Bans “Small” Cash Withdrawals At Branches Now, in what should be a wake up call to the world, Bank of Ireland has banned branch withdrawals of less than €700. Seriously. Here’s The Irish Times explaining that tellers will still assist the “elderly” if they have trouble using automated methods of obtaining cash: Under new rules, designed to streamline in-branch services, Bank of Ireland said withdrawals of less than €700 will no longer be facilitated with the assistance of tellers. From mid-November, customers will have to use ATMs or mobile devices for small and modest-sized withdrawals. Lodgements of up to €3,000 and those involving less than 15 cheques will also have to use the bank’s dedicated lodgement ATMs. “Bank of Ireland understands these changes may be a new way of banking for some of our customers, and the branch teams will be available to help and guide them through this change,” the bank said in a statement. So, if you are, i) wanting less than €700, ii) have less than 15 checks to deposit, or iii) aren’t looking to put at least €3,000 into your account, you are no longer welcome inside Bank of Ireland branches. Israel Eyes Becoming a Cashless Society A special committee headed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s chief of staff, Harel Locker, has recommended a three-phase plan to all but do away with cash transactions in Israel. The motivation for examining a cash-less economy is combatting money laundering and other tax-evasion tactics, thereby maximizing potential tax collection and greatly expanding the tax base. This is important considering the enormous strain put on Israel’s national budget by the army, healthcare system and other public services. The committee estimated that the black market represents over 20 percent of Israel’s GDP, and cash is the facilitating factor. Cash enables tax evasion, money laundering and even financing terrorism. Large Cash Transactions Banned In Mexico Outgoing Mexican President Felipe Calderon has signed into law a ban on large cash transactions. The ban will take effect in about 90 days and it is part of a broader effort to control monetary flows within the country. Under the law, a Specialized Unit in Financial Analysis operating within the Attorney General’s Office will be created to investigate financial operations “that are related to resources of unknown origin.” For real estate transactions, cash payments of more than a half million pesos ($38,750) will be forbidden and, for automobiles or items like jewelry, art, and lottery tickets, cash payments of more than 200,000 pesos ($15,500) will be forbidden. The law carries a minimum penalty of five years in prison. In 2010, Mexico instituted strict limits on foreign exchange cash transactions to $1,500 per person per month, which caused several cash dollar exchanges to withdraw from the business and had the effect of penalizing tourists. SPAIN: Cash BANS above $1,000 euros are now in effect The government is working on a decree law that includes a series of means of fighting against fraud, among which include limiting cash payment of 1,000 euros instead of the current 2,500 . The intention of the Executive is to approve this measure in the Council of Ministers next Friday, although the Ministry of Finance says that this point is not yet closed and could be delayed somewhat more in time, and with it is intended to deter and curb fraud Which are discussed through VAT as well as the submerged economy. UK Scrap money and go digital, says Bank of England Andy Haldane has proposed that Britain should abandon our centuries-old system and opt for a government-backed digital currency. The Bank of England’s radical thinker argues such a move would give the bank new flexibility in the event of another economic downturn. Mr Haldane said negative interests could be necessary to protect the UK economy and would help the Bank of England fight off the next recession. He added that a switch to digital would help the bank to manage inflation by enabling it to bypass the current constraint against lowering rates below zero. Davos Elites Call For a Ban on Physical Cash… in the US Roughly two weeks ago, when writing about the cash ban in India, I stated: If you think the Elites aren’t watching this unfold with sheer delight you’re mistaken. Globally a war on cash has been declared. And India has now proved that it can be done with little consequence. The fact it INCREASE tax hauls (something every Government on the planet wants) is just icing on the cake. Fast forward to this week at the Davos Economic Forum in Davos Switzerland, and Nobel Prize winning economist Joseph Stiglitz all but said the exact same thing. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has already removed 86% of his country’s currency from circulation in an attempt to curb tax evasion, tackle corruption and shut down the shadow economy. Should the US follow suit? Joseph Stiglitz, Nobel Prize-winning economist, thinks so. Phasing out currency and moving towards a digital economy would, over the long term, have “benefits that outweigh the cost,” the Columbia University professor said on day one of the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting in Davos… “I believe very strongly that countries like the United States could and should move to a digital currency,” he said, “so that you would have the ability to trace this kind of corruption. There are important issues of privacy, cyber-security, but it would certainly have big advantages.”

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etc. The storms will be far greater than the storms you have seen before, more hurricanes, more tornadoes, more typhoons, more cyclones, more tidal waves, more earthquakes, more flooding, more mudslides, oh, the trouble, the trouble, the trouble that shall come.  At times you may wonder what is taking place, and I say unto you, get into my word, look in my word, know what Jeremiah has said, know what Ezekiel has said, know what Joel told you etc

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Monday, 23 January 2017

Chance of major quakes as new coronal hole on the Sun turns to face Earth

As a large coronal hole on the Sun moves away from facing the Earth another large one is turning to face us, therefore we could be in for more large quakes in the coming days.

Coronal holes are considered by some experts to be the primary earthquake factor. Look for the dark patches on our Sun, which indicate that the interplanetary magnetic fields connecting earth to the sun may be about to experience significant fluctuations of energy. Spaceweather.com reports: A coronal hole has opened in the sun's atmosphere, and it is spewing a stream of solar wind into space. An extreme ultraviolet telescope on board NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory photographed the structure turning to face Earth on Jan. 23rd: This is a "coronal hole" (CH)--a region in the sun's atmosphere where the magnetic field opens up and allows solar wind to escape to escape. A gaseous stream emerging from this coronal hole should reach Earth on or about Jan. 27th. Arctic sky watchers, mark your calendars. Auroras are in the offing later this week. According to Ben Davidson of quakewatch.net, the occurrence of geomagnetic storms appears to have a depressive effect on earthquakes during the peak of the storms. Often the primary risk window begins when a coronal hole begins facing earth, and ends when geomagnetic storms occur, or when the coronal hole leaves the earth-facing half of the sun. Home Posted by Gary Walton at 1:00 pm Email ThisBlogThis!Share to TwitterShare to FacebookShare to Pinterest

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More Religious Leaders Than Ever Before Take Part in President Trump's Inauguration: Record Breaking

News Staff : Jan 20, 2017 : CBN News

(Washington, DC) — [CBN News] Hollywood A-listers may be bypassing President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration, but several religious leaders are participating by praying for his administration and reading Scripture for the ceremony. (Photo Credit: CBN News) Jim Bendat, an author and historian of inaugural ceremonies, said six religious leaders will take part — the most ever for any president. A rabbi, a cardinal, and four Protestant preachers will have roles. Each will have a minute to a minute and a half to pray or read the Bible. "Some inaugurations have had just one, others have had two or three covering different religions, but this is a record," Bendat told The New York Times. Those who are scheduled to take part in Trump's inauguration include: Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of New York since 2009; Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, the president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference; Rev. Franklin Graham, the son of evangelist Billy Graham and the president and chief executive of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan's Purse; Pastor Paula White, a TV-evangelist and Florida pastor; Rabbi Marvin Hier, the founder and dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, a Jewish human rights organization which is named after the Holocaust survivor and 20th-century Nazi hunter; and Bishop Wayne T. Jackson, the leader of Great Faith Ministries International and Impact Television Network. "There are 364 days a year for politics, for the two sides to pile on each other," Hier told the Times. "Three hundred sixty-four days of that is enough. Once every four years, the president of United States deserves a pass from both sides from political bickering; otherwise, we weaken our democracy." CBN News

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Jeffress preaches on Nehemiah to president-elect

Friday, January 20, 2017 Billy Davis (OneNewsNow.com

An evangelical pastor who surprised many with his early support of Donald Trump preached to the president-elect this morning about the prophet Nehemiah. Robert Jeffress, pastor of First Baptist Church in Dallas, was chosen by the inaugural organizers to preach to the Trump family and others in a private ceremony at St. John's Episcopal Church before the inauguration. The private sermon to the president-elect continues an Inauguration Day tradition at the church, which is located steps away from the White House. Jeffress turned heads a year ago when he appeared at Trump campaign events in the battleground state of Iowa weeks before the caucuses. He predicted to OneNewsNow at the time that Evangelicals will support Trump because they believe Trump can win over a Democratic nominee. "Not because they believe he's the best candidate to lead Bible studies in the Oval Office," he said, "but they do believe maybe he's the best candidate who has a chance of beating Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders." Jeffress, 61, hosts radio program "Pathway to Victory" on American Family Radio. Nehemiah, a cup-bearer to Persian king Artaxerxes, returned to Jerusalem to oversee the rebuilding of the city's walls that had fallen into disrepair. The first chapter recalls Nehemiah telling the king that "those who survived the exile and are back in the province are in great trouble and disgrace. The wall of Jerusalem is broken down, and its gates have been burned with fire." Jeffress told Fox News on Thursday that he planned to focus on Nehemiah "as an example of why God blesses leaders." CNN predictably criticized Jeffress for his biblical views and comments about homosexuality and Islam, referring to him as an "inflammatory" pastor.

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There Never Was a Two-State Solution; It’s Time to Move On

January 19, 2017 7:29 am by Mitchell Bard

The answer to the question of how to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian dispute has been to partition “Palestine” into two states. This assumes, however, that the parties only have a dispute over land; but that has never been the case. The conflict has always had political, religious, historical, geographical and psychological dimensions. The international community’s unwillingness to accept this reality has led to the continued fantasy that a two-state solution is possible. An honest appraisal of the historical record indicates that it was never possible for one principle reason: The Palestinians have never been prepared to share any part of the land they claim as their own. This irredentism is based in large measure on the view that Jews have no place in the Islamic world — except as second-class citizens (dhimmis) under Muslim rule. No UN resolution or State Department formula will change this reality, and therefore, it is time acknowledge that the two-state idea, as presently conceived, is dead. Before readers pigeonhole me as a right-wing extremist, let me lay my cards on the table. In 1988, I wrote in Commentary that Israel should unilaterally withdraw from the territories. My logic was that Israel could not possibly negotiate more secure borders than it could draw for itself. At the time, the main alternative was the Jordan option; however, this wasn’t actually an alternative, since King Hussein had given up his claim to the West Bank. Moreover, I argued that Israel would be better off if a small Palestinian state were established in the West Bank, surrounded by two large countries that both had vested interests in preventing the Palestinians from becoming a threat. Even after the disengagement from Gaza I believed this. It was a minority view, but one held by some serious people like Michael Oren. It is true the evacuation from Gaza did not bring peace, but Israel has proven that it can address the threat posed by Hamas. Moreover, Gaza was never going to be annexed to Israel, so I still believe that Israel is better off without having responsibility for nearly two million Palestinians or the need to keep soldiers in constant danger to protect fewer than 9,000 settlers. The Gaza experience clearly shifted Israeli public opinion to the right. Today, there is little enthusiasm for territorial concessions to the Palestinians. Even those who believe that Israel should withdraw from the West Bank do not believe that it can be done so long as there is no evidence the Palestinians are interested in peace. For some time, I believed that the Palestinian people wanted peace but were denied the opportunity by their leaders. But decades of incitement and educational brainwashing regarding the evils of Jews and Israel have had an impact, and now poll after poll has found opposition to peace among Palestinians. The joint poll conducted in June by the Israel Democracy Institute and the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, for example, provides a devastating dose of reality to left-wing Jews, Arabists and other peace processors. Here are the percentages of West Bank Palestinians opposed to various proposals for a permanent settlement: Mutual recognition of Palestine and Israel as the homelands of their respective peoples. The agreement will mark the end of conflict, Israel will fight terror against Palestinians, and no further claims will be made by either side: 58% opposed. Demilitarized independent Palestinian state will be established in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip: 82% opposed. A multinational force will be established and deployed in the Palestinian state to ensure the security and safety of both sides: 63% opposed. The Palestinian state will have sovereignty over its air space, its land, and its water resources, but Israel will maintain two early warning stations in the West Bank for 15 years: 71% opposed. The Palestinian state will be established in the entirety of West Bank and the Gaza Strip, except for several blocs of settlement which will be annexed to Israel in a territorial exchange. Israel will evacuate all other settlements: 69% opposed. The territories Palestinians will receive in exchange will be similar to the size of the settlement blocs that will be annexed to Israel: 71% opposed. East Jerusalem will be the capital of the Palestinian state and West Jerusalem the capital of the Israel: 70% opposed. In the Old City of Jerusalem, the Muslim and Christian quarters and al Haram al Sharif will come under Palestinian sovereignty, and the Jewish quarter and the Wailing Wall will come under Israeli sovereignty: 73% opposed. Palestinian refugees will have the right of return to their homeland whereby the Palestinian state will settle all refugees wishing to live in it. Israel will allow the return of about 100,000 Palestinians as part of a family unification program. All other refugees will be compensated: 54% opposed. In the poll, large majorities opposed a two-state solution even if, in addition to everything proposed in the prior questions, Israel also agreed to accept the Arab Peace Initiative; acknowledged its “responsibility” for the creation of the refugee problem; and if free movement throughout Jerusalem — West and East — were ensured. Put simply, the majority of Palestinians have no interest in peace with Israel under any circumstances. This view is reinforced daily by their leaders’ pronouncements, the incessant terror and incitement, and an education system that teaches intolerance, denies the Jewish connection to the land of Israel and extols the virtue of martyrdom. Just to give one example of the disconnect between fantasy and reality, the same week John Kerry was extolling the virtues of the two-state solution and skewering Israel for allegedly creating obstacles to peace through settlement construction, the ruling Fatah party celebrated the 20 most outstanding terrorist operations of all time. As Andrew Friedman wrote in The Jerusalem Report, “To most Israelis, a single glorification of a murder speaks louder than a thousand statements about peace.” Why Kerry or anyone else would expect Israelis to make concessions to people who commemorate the murder of Jews is a psychiatric rather than a political question. It is truly bewildering how peace advocates can ignore the evidence of intransigence by Palestinians in both words and deeds. Kerry’s vituperative attack on Israel exemplified a reason for America’s consistent failure to facilitate a final peace agreement. The nefarious influence of the Arabists has led Kerry and others to pressure Israel to capitulate without exerting any pressure whatsoever on the Palestinians, and to maintain the fiction that peace can be achieved if Israel would only accede to Palestinian demands. Given this reality, what should Israel do? Here are the primary options: Do nothing. Maintain the status quo. Continue to pursue negotiations for a two-state solution. Stop or suspend settlement construction. Withdraw from some or all of the West Bank. Agree to the establishment of a Palestinian state. Resurrect the Jordanian option. Militarily defeat the Palestinians. Annex some or all of the territories. Let’s briefly look at each option in turn. The Status Quo An assumption often stated as fact is that Israel cannot maintain the status quo. Why not? Israel has administered the territories now for nearly 50 years and nothing has significantly changed during that time to indicate this could not continue for another 50. Yes, the recent UNSC resolution is an example of the frustration of the international community over the persistence of a problem they see primarily as an irritant to their relations with the Arab states. Still, even this latest attempt to coerce Israel has no teeth and will not alter Israeli policy. Moreover, even as countries cast votes for bankrupt and ineffectual political statements, they continue to engage Israel as a member in good standing of the international community. One problem is that the Palestinians will continue their delegitimization campaign aimed at turning Israel into a pariah, and convincing the international community to dismantle the Jewish State. Another concern with the status quo is that Palestinian terrorism fueled by hopelessness, incitement and radical Islam. I do not want to make light of this danger, but it is not an existential one and Israelis have proved capable of living with it for the last 50 years and, if necessary, can do so for another 50. Moreover, the idea that terrorism will cease if Israel were to yield to Palestinian demands or reach a peace agreement is wishful thinking; radical Muslims will not rest until the descendants of apes and pigs are driven from holy Islamic soil. Some argue that “occupation” corrodes Israeli values and exacts a psychological toll on soldiers; however, polls indicate that Israelis venerate the IDF, and remain healthy, happy and proud of their country — even after 50 years of administering the territories. This does not mean that administering the territories is good for the Israeli soul, and continuing to do so indefinitely is not supported by the Left or the Right. The bigger problem with the status quo is that it is not static. The Palestinians have adopted the strategy of seeking an imposed solution while Israel continues to engage in “creeping annexation.” In many ways this is the worst of all possible worlds for Israel, because the conflict does not end, the disposition of the territories remains in doubt and Israel bears the brunt of international opprobrium. Continue to Pursue Negotiations for a Two-State Solution For the last eight years, the Palestinians have refused to negotiate altogether, and their position has not changed in 80 years. Since 1937, the Jews have agreed to divide the land and share sovereignty, but the Arabs have rejected the idea. Today’s Palestinians are no more interested in compromise than their predecessors. As the poll data above indicates, the only acceptable solution is to have one state called Palestine that encompasses the West Bank, Gaza and what is currently known as Israel. A wholesale change in attitudes and leadership will have to occur if there is to be any prospect of negotiating a peace agreement. Even then, it is difficult to imagine a reversal of the Islamization of the conflict — and there can be no compromise with jihadists. Stop Settlement Construction Despite the ease with which it is possible to prove that settlements are not the obstacle to peace (e.g., did the Arabs agree to peace during the 19 years Jordan occupied the West Bank and Egypt occupied Gaza and not a single Jewish settlement existed?), President Obama never figured this out; but he is not alone. The obsession with settlements will not go away. Even when Israel agreed to Obama’s demand for a 10-month settlement freeze and the Palestinians responded by refusing to negotiate, Obama did not change his view. I’m not sure whether to call that naiveté or just stupidity. Still, his failure to learn anything in eight years was apparent in his last minute UN tantrum. If their statements are to be believed, the incoming Trump officials seem to understand reality and are prepared to act accordingly by rejecting the specious notion that settlements, rather than Palestinian implacability, are the obstacle to peace. Withdraw From Some or All of the Disputed Territories Been there, done that. Israel has evacuated approximately 94% of the territory it captured in 1967, which, it could be argued, has already satisfied UN Security Council Resolution 242’s expectation that Israel withdraw from territory. Most people, including all Arab leaders, ignore that resolution 242 also required that the Arab states guarantee the peace and security of Israel in exchange for withdrawal. Israel is still waiting. Israel withdrew from roughly 40% of the West Bank and 100% of Gaza, and this did not bring peace; it brought more terror and should have forever buried the myth that if Israel cedes land, it will receive peace in return. Like other inconvenient facts, however, the left ignores this one. Agree to the Establishment of a Palestinian State in Most of the West Bank Israel already made this offer, and the Palestinians turned it down. In light of recent events, however, the threat posed by a Palestinian state has grown. More than 20 years ago, Yitzhak Rabin recognized the danger and, in his final speech to the Knesset before his assassination, he reaffirmed his opposition to the establishment of such a state. Left-wing Israelis and Americans who lionize Rabin ignore his position. Rabin deserves to be praised because he was prepared to make compromises for peace, but, as a military man, he understood the risks and rejected the idea of allowing a potential terrorist base to be established on Israel’s border. Furthermore, as we have seen from the Arab spring, leadership in the Arab world is tenuous given the lack of democracy there. If a Palestinian Zionist emerges tomorrow, it will still be risky for Israel to make a deal because 5, 10, or 20 years down the road, a radical Islamist or other hostile leader may emerge. Advocates of the two-state solution on the Israeli side talk about a demilitarized Palestinian state, but this is not acceptable to the Palestinians because it would be a significant limitation on their sovereignty. This is another reason why the “solution” is flawed. Resurrect the Jordanian Option John Bolton is among the advocates of this idea. He also has proposed that Egypt take over Gaza. Bolton is one of the more clear-eyed analysts of the region, but he is off base in this case. First, Jordan has no more interest under the present king in taking responsibility for the West Bank than his father did. Second, the majority of the population in Jordan is already Palestinian and the demographic imbalance would be worsened by the addition of more than two million Palestinians who have no loyalty to the Hashemites, and would like to see Jordan become a Palestinian state. This would destabilize a country now at peace with Israel, and would threaten Jordan’s pro-Western orientation. As I argued in 1988, turning Jordan into Palestine would create a larger, more dangerous state on Israel’s border than a rump state of Palestine in the territories. As for the idea of Egypt taking over Gaza, that is not going to happen. The last thing Egypt wants is to be responsible for nearly two million Palestinians when it cannot take care of its current population. Hamas is also allied with the Muslim Brotherhood, and this would strengthen the Islamist threat to the government, which would not be in Israel’s interest. “Defeat” the Palestinians This is the idea of another of the most astute observers of the region, Daniel Pipes. Once again, this is a rare case where I disagree with his assessment. He makes a good point when he argues that peace can only be made with enemies that have been defeated, but his prescription for victory will not succeed because it is not sufficiently ruthless. Pipes calls for “a policy of commensurate and graduated response.” Minor transgressions, he says, merit moderate reactions while more serious actions should trigger more severe consequences. Though his examples are different, Israel already has a similar policy to what Pipes advocates. His suggestions, such as taking money from the PA to repair damage caused by “martyrs,” burying terrorists anonymously or seizing weapons from PA security forces used against Israelis are not going to coerce the Palestinians to accept Jews, Zionism and Israel. No, to defeat the Palestinians Israel would have to apply the Powell Doctrine, which says that “every resource and tool should be used to achieve decisive force against the enemy…and ending the conflict quickly by forcing the weaker force to capitulate.” Israel would have to be prepared to kill every terrorist with little regard for collateral damage; the Air Force would have to bomb refugee camps and other targets that would result in thousands of casualties rather than hundreds. The United States did not flinch from killing tens of thousands of Iraqis to defeat Saddam Hussein and is unapologetic when bystanders are killed in drone strikes (never mind examples such as the Allied bombing of Dresden or the US use of the atomic bomb). Israel would have to be equally callous to “defeat” the Palestinians. Israel has been unwilling to follow Powell’s guidance because the public would see the action as disproportionate and immoral, the international community would condemn Israel and the United States would force Israel to cease military operations before total victory out of moral indignation and fear of Arab/Muslim reaction. Israel has learned the hard way in battles with the Palestinians and Hezbollah that it does not have the same freedom as a superpower to use decisive force, and therefore cannot militarily defeat the Palestinians. Annexation Israel could have annexed the West Bank at any time in the last 50 years, but has not done so. “Right-wing” prime ministers who supposedly believed in “Greater Israel,” such as Begin, Shamir and Sharon, never did it. Netanyahu is vilified and accused of being an extremist; yet he is the one who agreed to withdraw from parts of the West Bank in the 1990s and has gone farther than Rabin ever did in stating a willingness to accept a Palestinian state. The reason that none of these men annexed the West Bank is well known: Israel cannot remain a democratic, Jewish state if it assimilates 2.7 million Palestinians (according to the 2013 CIA estimate). Some argue the demographic argument is bogus, that the Palestinian population is much smaller, their birthrate has declined and that many have or will emigrate. Meanwhile, the Jewish birthrate has increased, Aliyah will accelerate as global antisemitism worsens and the Palestinians will not become a majority in Greater Israel. It’s a straw man, however, as the Palestinians need only become a sizeable minority to change Israel’s character. Today, the third largest party in the Knesset is the Arab Joint List. Imagine what would happen if that number doubled or tripled: Israeli Arabs could hold the most seats. For these reasons, I do not believe Israel should annex the entire West Bank; but it should begin a gradual, strategic absorption of parts of Judea and Samaria. The idea is not as radical as it might sound. In fact, the respected Institute for National Security Studies in Israel recently released a similar plan. The Way Forward While the international community insists the settlements are an obstacle to peace, they actually can serve as a catalyst for peace. I believe that this is the reason the Palestinians entered the Oslo talks. “The Palestinians now realize,” Bethlehem Mayor Elias Freij said in 1991, “that time is now on the side of Israel, which can build settlements and create facts, and that the only way out of this dilemma is face-to-face negotiations.” The Palestinians continued to talk until President Obama took office, and gave them the false impression that he would force Israel to stop building settlements without their having to make any concessions in return. When Mahmoud Abbas concluded that Obama was too weak to coerce Israel, evident to him by the president’s inability to convince Netanyahu to freeze settlement construction in Jerusalem, he decided to seek international support to impose Palestinian terms on Israel. Obama’s refusal to veto the latest Security Council Resolution calling settlements illegal and labeling Judaism’s holiest places in Jerusalem “occupied territory” kept Abbas’ strategy in play, but the election of Donald Trump should derail this approach for at least the next four years. This creates an opening for Israel to use annexation as a lever to pressure the Palestinians to negotiate before the area for a potential state shrinks further. It’s unlikely to succeed because, as I argued at the outset, the Palestinians will not accept any compromise that involves coexisting with a Jewish state. The current leadership will remain obstinate and continue to seek international help in destroying Israel. Still, the opportunity for independence will be available should the Palestinians undergo a radical transformation. President Trump can make an important contribution to disabusing the Palestinians of the idea that Israel can be forced to capitulate to their demands by fulfilling the promise to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and moving the US embassy. This would send a clear message that the Palestinians have no legitimate claim to the city and will never have a capital in Eastern Jerusalem. There is still a compromise that would allow the Palestinians to claim “Jerusalem” as their capital: one that Abbas acceded to in negotiations with Yossi Beilin in 1995. Abbas agreed to establish the Palestinian capital in Abu Dis, a stone’s throw from Jerusalem and, in fact, the Palestinians constructed a building for a future parliament there. This is not ideal for either side since it places the Palestinian capital so close to Israel that terrorists could pose a threat to Israel’s capital — and the compromise doesn’t fulfill the Palestinian dream of controlling East Jerusalem and the Temple Mount. Nevertheless, the Palestinians should be told that this is their best option. To further hammer home the point that Jerusalem will not be divided, Israel should complete the long-delayed E1 project to connect Ma’ale Adumim with the capital. Israel should also immediately annex the so-called “consensus” settlement blocs of Ariel, Ma’ale Adumim, Gush Etzion, Modiin Elite and Givat Zeev, which constitute approximately 4% of the West Bank and are home to two-thirds of the settlers. Given their size, no Israeli government would ever agree to dismantle these communities. During this transition period, no new settlements should be constructed and new building should be restricted to natural growth. The Palestinians will scream, but in prior negotiations they acknowledged that these blocs would ultimately be incorporated into Israel, so this would not prejudge the outcome of any future talks. Such a move is also consistent with the 2004 Bush letter to Sharon recognizing that facts on the ground needed to be taken into account in any discussion of territorial concessions. The aim of this step would be to force the world to accept the reality that Israel will never relinquish these areas, and to increase pressure on the Palestinians to negotiate. If the Palestinians refuse to talk or recognize the right of the Jewish people to self-determination in their homeland, Israel should formally annex the Jordan Valley. This area, 75 miles long and 9 miles wide, extends from the northern Dead Sea in the south to the Green Line south of Beit She’an in the north, and is viewed across the political spectrum as essential to Israeli security. Approximately 60,000 Palestinians live in the area — most in greater Jericho — and they could be offered citizenship without jeopardizing Israel’s Jewish, democratic character. Another pause should follow to give the Palestinians yet another chance to open negotiations. If they remain obdurate, Israel’s leaders should consider annexing additional areas in Area C, where they exercise full control under the Oslo Accords. Yes, this is creeping annexation, but it can be stopped at any time by a negotiated agreement. The world may blame Israel for the growth of settlements, but the real culprits are Yasser Arafat and Mahmoud Abbas. If Arafat, for example, had accepted Begin’s autonomy offer in 1979, a state would inevitably have evolved and the number of Jews in the West Bank would have been frozen at 10,000. Similarly, construction would have ceased if the Palestinians had agreed to subsequent Israeli peace offers. Settlements have grown because of Palestinian rejectionism — and the situation will only get worse for them. What Will Be Left for a Palestinian State? It depends on negotiations. Israel could reverse or modify some of the steps outlined here if it receives the security guarantees it needs. If talks never take place or result in an agreement, the Palestinian Authority, which currently controls roughly 40% of the West Bank, and is home to at least 98% of the Palestinian population, can declare independence. It will not be fully independent, however, because Israel (and Jordan) will continue to take whatever steps are required to ensure their security, including preventing the importation of sophisticated weapons and conducting cross border counterterror operations as needed. Similarly, Gaza could declare independence with similar restrictions imposed by both Egypt and Israel. Ironically, the Palestinians could have two states instead of the one foreseen by proponents of the two-state solution. In the unlikely event of Palestinian reconciliation, a corridor could be created between Gaza and the West Bank as envisioned in the Clinton parameters. Meanwhile, Israel should also take measures to improve the lives of Palestinians. A certain number of Palestinians — 100,000 in previous negotiations — could be allowed to immigrate and become Israeli citizens. More entry permits to work in Israel should be issued and other incentives proposed by Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman, such as building a seaport for Gaza, could be offered as carrots for Palestinian cooperation. Unless Palestinians radically change their attitudes, they will reject any proposal that requires coexisting with Israel. This will leave them with a shrunken Palestinian state with limited power and the possibility for a larger state permanently closed off. This will not satisfy the Palestinians or the international community, but it will become a fait accompli. It may be difficult to accomplish in the next four years, but Israel’s best chance of achieving this “solution” is to take advantage of having a friend in the White House. Dr. Mitchell Bard is the author/editor of 24 books including the 2017 edition of Myths and Facts: A Guide to the Arab-Israeli Conflict; The Arab Lobby, and the novel After Anatevka: Tevye in Palestine.

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Commentary: Panic over school choice and the 'scary Christian'

Heather WilhelmHeather Wilhelm

My childhood in western Michigan was rather ordinary, I suppose. Together with my Dutch-imported family, I'd gather on weekends at the local Christian Reformed Church, eating piles of imported Voortman wafer cookies while plotting how to best install a theocracy in our unsuspecting Midwestern state. During the week, at my Christian high school, we'd secretly boil a big pot of oliebollen — traditional Dutch doughnuts that, to be honest, aren't as good as regular ones — and cook up a menu of ideas to destroy the American education system. In our free time, we'd do our best to enforce repressive and arbitrary laws in our small, idyllic, largely Dutch town, marching in lockstep as we aimlessly purchased windmill-shaped tchotchkes and engaged in the occasional public shaming. The tallest tulip, after all, always gets cut! I kid, I kid. But if you read the panicked media coverage of Betsy DeVos, the Christian Michigander nominated to be our nation's next education secretary, you could be forgiven for thinking that this is how things shake out daily in America's Calvinist Dutch heartland. "Betsy DeVos wants to use America's schools to build 'God's Kingdom,'" bellowed a Mother Jones headline Tuesday. DeVos, a "socially conservative Christian," represents "the worst of the school choice movement," declared Graham Vyse of the New Republic. Because of her conservative Christianity, DeVos is a "religious zealot" and "doesn't belong in a government job in which separation of church and state is crucial," huffed Michelangelo Signorile on the Huffington Post. In case it's never happened to you, it's both amusing and illuminating to see your childhood home inflated into a quietly sinister and exotic locale. The wide-eyed Mother Jones reporter, Kristina Rizga, leads her story with a list of the draconian rules of Holland, Mich. — Grass clippings must be picked up! Fences must be maintained! — while failing to mention, say, Los Angeles' recently overturned beach-Frisbee ban or the existing high-heel ban in California's Carmel-by-the-Sea. An analysis from Newsweek, meanwhile — subtly titled "Betsy DeVos is coming for your public schools" — examines the conservative Calvin College, DeVos' alma mater, like a newly discovered, mysteriously abandoned, alien time machine: "Any attempt to forecast what DeVos might do as the nation's education secretary must begin here, at this college of 4,000 that bids its students to act as 'Christ's agents of renewal in the world.'" Oh dear! What could this terrifying credo possibly inspire students to do? In DeVos' case, it may have inspired her to donate millions upon millions of dollars to charitable causes, including health care, the arts and, yes, school choice. DeVos has long supported charter schools and vouchers, which would indeed shake up the public school system as we know it, allowing parents to send their children to schools beyond the confines of their district or ZIP code — confines that are currently dictated by how much money a family has to spend on a house in the "right" neighborhood. In this government-sponsored stacking of the deck, rich kids almost always win, and poor kids often lose. For those who wail about the separation of church and state — an argument often aimed at vouchers or, to a lesser extent, education tax credits, which can be used to pay for private or religious schools — it's worth pointing out that we're talking about the taxpayers' own money. This money is helpfully taken by the state, wound through the system, skimmed off the top and then returned at a lower rate. It's also worth pointing out that widespread school choice — and the ability of parents to send their children to schools that echo their religious or personal beliefs — would defuse many of the child-related culture wars wreaking havoc today. Alas, school choice is scary stuff, especially for those entrenched in the current system. In this realm, DeVos' Christianity isn't the only tool used to whip up alarm. "The best argument against Betsy DeVos can be made with a single word," Newsweek opined. "Detroit." The Motor City, as the narrative goes, is plagued with failing schools, and school choice has simply made them worse. That's certainly news to many in Detroit. "DeVos is a sound choice, and would strive to improve education for all kids," the Detroit News Editorial Board wrote on Jan. 12, cautioning against "the hysteria surrounding the West Michigan native, fanned by teachers unions." As The Wall Street Journal pointed out over the weekend, "charter students in Detroit on average score 60 percent more proficient on state tests than kids attending the city's traditional public schools. Eighteen of the top 25 schools in Detroit are charters, while 23 of the bottom 25 are traditional schools." Oh. If the horror show surrounding DeVos' nomination is any indication, there's a lot at stake in the school-choice wars. But when it comes down to it, for most people, failing or unjust schools are a heck of a lot scarier than devout Christians with a penchant for charitable giving. When it comes to expanding educational opportunities, simply shouting, "The Christians are coming! The Christians are coming!" probably isn't going to fly. Let's hope it doesn't.

Heather Wilhelm is a National Review columnist and a senior contributor to The Federalist.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/commentary/ct-betsy-devos-charter-schools-perspec-0120-md-20170119-story.html 

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CNN Caught Lying Twice In One Day! Nancy Sinatra and Reddit Put The Brakes On #FakeNews

by ZeroPointNow Jan 20, 2017 7:31 PM

CNN just can't stop lying! The purveyors of #FakeNews have once again been caught, twice, peddling propaganda on Inauguration day. First, Nancy Sinatra called them out for a bullshit tweet suggesting she wasn't happy with Trump's use of a Frank Sinatra song during the Inauguration: Scribe note: Please click on Zero Hedge site.

Second, CNN published a bullshit article suggesting a low turnout compared to Obama, except the picture they used for Trump’s Inauguration appears to be from much earlier in the day: cnnfake1

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-01-20/cnn-caught-lying-twice-one-day-nancy-sinatra-and-reddit-put-brakes-fakenews 

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Why America needs a spiritual awakening

Exclusive: Greg Laurie on U.S. culture: 'We are rotting from within'

Published: 2 days ago Greg Laurie

The other day I read a resolution that was passed by the United States Senate: Resolved, That devoutly recognizing the supreme authority and just government of Almighty God in all the affairs of men and of nations, and sincerely believing that no people, however great in numbers and resources, or however strong in the justice of their cause, can prosper without His favor, and at the same time deploring the national offenses which have provoked His Righteous judgment, yet encouraged in this day of trouble by the assurance of His Word, to seek Him for succor according to His appointed way, through Jesus Christ, the Senate of the United States do hereby request the President of the United States, by his proclamation, to designate and set apart a day for national prayer and humiliation. There’s one thing I should point out, however: This resolution was passed on March 3, 1863. Can you imagine if such a resolution were passed today? We don’t hear phrases like “according to His appointed way, through Jesus Christ” anymore. But the faith of our Founding Fathers is clear. Abraham Lincoln made this statement when he saw the social ills of the country: “We have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace, and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us; and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become to self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us!” How true Honest Abe was. How right he was. And if this was true in his lifetime, how much more true it is of our culture today. We have forgotten God. We have thrown him out of the classroom. We have thrown him out of the courtroom. And we have done our best to throw him out of modern culture. God does not exist in the world of television sitcoms and movies for the most part. And when Christians are portrayed, they are usually portrayed as buffoons or fanatics or even crazed people. For years we have seen the chipping away of the American family. And in its present state, we have seen the disabling effect it has had on our society as a whole. Most of the social ills today, including drug abuse, gang activity and violent crime, can be directly traced to the breakdown of the family. This has been shown time and time again by exhaustive research and studies. Yet we live in a time when our culture doesn’t even think of marriage as a permanent thing. We just trade in our marital problems like used cars and think nothing of it. While my generation, the baby boomers, were out trying to get in touch with their inner child and build up their self-esteem, they neglected their own children. And in many cases as they sought their own happiness, trying to find themselves, their children got lost in the shuffle. Experts have concluded that the dramatic outbreak of things such as gang problems and violent crime are directly linked to the breakdown of the American family. It has been said the family can survive with a nation, but the nation cannot survive without the family. See all 28 Greg Laurie books and movies in the WND Superstore Sociologist Robert Nisbet wrote, “The ideologies which gained entry into the academy in the ’60s claimed that fundamental, intellectual principles of Western culture were illegitimate and must be overthrown. With that destroyed, terms like truth, good, evil and soul could be discarded.” And they were. Moral relativism is the rule of the day. There is no truth, there is no evil, there is no right, there is no wrong. And America is reaping what it has sown. What are we going to do? How will we change this? How will we turn things back? These are all symptoms of a deeper problem. Practically put, it is sin. It is sin’s effect that we are seeing all around us because we don’t have a set of absolutes concerning morality, honesty, and right and wrong. We live in a time of amazing contradictions. We have been so careful to arm ourselves to the teeth and arm against the enemy on the outside that we have forgotten the enemy on the inside. And we have missed one of the most important blessings of history. Historian Will Durant, in his book “Caesar and Christ,” spoke of the fall of Rome. He wrote, “A great civilization is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself within. The essential causes of Rome’s decline lay in her people, her morals.” We are rotting from within. How will we solve this dilemma? Let me say this. Politicians won’t do it for us. They can bring some help and assistance, but it won’t get to the root of the problem. Nor will government programs. There is no short-term solution. The only answer for the ills of this country is a heaven-sent spiritual awakening, a revival. I am not talking about a turn to spirituality or a turn to a god, whatever you conceive him or her or it to be. I am talking about a return to the Living God, the God cited in the March 3, 1863, resolution passed by the Senate. I am talking about the God we have always believed in from the beginning but have forgotten, as Abraham Lincoln said. There never will be a spiritual awakening in this country until we believe in the one and only true God and His Son, Jesus Christ. Without this, there never will be moral change or a cure to our nation’s countless social ills.

Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2017/01/why-america-needs-a-spiritual-awakening/#mH4tYsXWVBeTqPUW.99 

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etc But you must listen and understand what I have said. Your southern states will become a place far too hot to live and with the power shortages that will be there. The seashores shall be gone as far as twelve miles inland and further in some places. Hear what I have to say and listen. The northeast shall become a good place because of its water supplies, milder winters and not as hot summers. Larger cities will not be a place to live. I say unto you, wake up and hear and make some changes that it will be well with you. Soon the great earthquake that shall cause the West Coast to be unrecognized shall take place. Oh, that my people would listen and live. etc

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Seafloor valleys discovered below West Antarctic glaciers

Channels give warm ocean water access to their undersides, speeding glacier retreat

Date: January 18, 2017 Source: American Geophysical Union

Summary: Glaciologists have uncovered large valleys in the ocean floor beneath some of the massive glaciers flowing into the Amundsen Sea in West Antarctica. Carved by earlier advances of ice during colder periods, the troughs enable warm, salty water to reach the undersides of glaciers, fueling their increasingly rapid retreat. Glaciologists have uncovered large valleys in the ocean floor beneath some of the massive glaciers flowing into the Amundsen Sea in West Antarctica. Carved by earlier advances of ice during colder periods, the troughs enable warm, salty water to reach the undersides of glaciers, fueling their increasingly rapid retreat. "These oceanic features are several hundreds to a thousand meters deeper than what we thought before," said Romain Millan, a graduate student in Earth system science at UCI and lead author of the new study. "It gives new insight into the future fate of these glaciers and the potential influence of warm ocean water that can melt away ice from below." The discovery is the result of an analysis of gravity data from airborne NASA Operation Ice Bridge missions from 2009 to 2014 combined with ice motion measurements made by researchers at the University of California, Irvine (UCI), UCI's own mass conservation algorithm, and existing bed topography and ice thickness information. The new study has been accepted for publication in Geophysical Research Letters, a journal of the American Geophysical Union. In the new study, the researchers paid particular attention to sub-ice-shelf cavities in front of the Pine Island, Thwaites, Smith and Kohler glaciers in an area known as the Amundsen Sea Embayment. By obtaining a more high-resolution map of the ocean floor below the glaciers, they were able to detect an unmistakable cavity beneath the Pine Island Glacier and a slightly shallower depression beneath Thwaites Glacier. "Based on our research, we now have a much clearer picture of what is hiding under these large glaciers located in a particularly vulnerable sector of West Antarctica," Millan said. Millan said the study's most important findings were the gigantic submarine valleys under the Crosson and Dotson ice shelves. The channels start 1,200 meters (3,900 feet) below the masses of ice and slope up to points 500 meters (1,600 feet) beneath Crosson and 750 meters (2,500 feet) beneath Dotson. Should glaciers in the Amundsen Sea Embayment region of Antarctica completely collapse, the researchers said, the global sea level could rise an additional 1.2 meters (4 feet). As bad as that sounds, they noted, there are some features of the ocean floor topography that might work to slow down the process of glacier retreat. "We've revealed that West Antarctic glaciers include natural pathways for water intrusion, but all water sources are controlled by a 700-meter-deep [2,300-foot-deep] sill which blocks access to the truly warmest waters," said Eric Rignot, a professor of Earth system science at UCI and co-author of the new study. "This is good news in terms of having these glaciers not fully exposed, but it makes the projections more challenging because all tiny details will be important in controlling ocean heat access to the glaciers." He said the findings will be instrumental in guiding future investigations of this region of Antarctica, in particular a major study of Thwaites Glacier by the National Science Foundation and the United Kingdom's Natural Environment Research Council scheduled for 2018 to 2023. Story Source: Materials provided by American Geophysical Union. Note: Content may be edited for style and length.

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/01/170118125226.htm 

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One Heck of a Good Day

Posted on January 20, 2017 by Ray Starmann

It’s been a day of jubilation, celebration, prayer, forgiveness, determination, protests and oaths. It’s been a day of days; one of the greatest this republic has experienced in many years, if not decades. This morning Donald John Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States. As Trump raised his hand, I couldn’t help but think of the thousands of pundits, elitists and so-called political experts who hemmed, hawed and declared with absolute certainty that there was no way that Mr. Trump could ever be elected President, much less dog catcher of Manhattan. Whatever travails the nation has, America is still the land where anything can happen. Trump has proven that again today. He has sparked a populist movement, not seen in this country since the days of Andrew Jackson, whom President Trump has often been compared with. In fact, it is probably safe to say that President Trump is America’s ‘New Hickory.’ His speech today was like sandpaper, a Brillo pad, Lava soap; it was blunt, rough, tough and just what you would expect from Mr. Trump. There were no long winded poetic quotes from Emerson or Robert Frost. Instead, Mr. Trump did what he does best, he took the global elite, the Washington Establishment and radical Islam to the woodshed where he flogged them and then tossed whatever was left into a Fargo wood chipper. Most importantly, he spoke to the American people, the forgotten masses in fly over country who turned out in record numbers to cast a vote for the only man who could save them from globalism’s stranglehold on wages and jobs. The President said: “We are assembled here today issuing a new decree to be heard in every city, in every foreign capital, and in every hall of power, from this day forward, a new vision will govern our land, from this day forward, it’s going to be only America first. America first. Every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs will be made to benefit American workers and American families. We must protect our borders from the ravages of other countries making our products, stealing our companies, and destroying our jobs. Protection will lead to great prosperity and strength. I will fight for you with every breath in my body, and I will never, ever let you down. America will start winning again, winning like never before. We will bring back our jobs. We will bring back our borders.” “We will bring back our wealth, and we will bring back our dreams. We will build new roads and highways and bridges and airports and tunnels, and railways, all across our wonderful nation. We will get our people off of welfare and back to work, rebuilding our country with American hands and American labor. We will follow two simple rules — buy American, and hire American.” “Finally, we must think big and dream even bigger. In America, we understand that a nation is only living as long as it is striving. Now arrives the hour of action. Do not allow anyone to tell you that it cannot be done. No challenge can match the heart and fight and spirit of America.” “We will not fail. Our country will thrive and prosper again.” The man most compared to Jackson, seemed to channel Reagan when he spoke these words today: “The bible tells us, how good and pleasant it is when god’s people live together in unity. We must speak our minds openly, debate our disagreements honestly, but always pursue solidarity. When America is united, America is totally unstoppable. There should be no fear. We are protected, and we will always be protected. We will be protected by the great men and women of our military and law enforcement. And most importantly, we will be protected by god.” Of course, not all Americans are enamored with President Trump and his vision to make America great again. Protests broke out in the capitol today and anarchists and leftists clashed with the police. Those on the left are in a virtual mental spiral over President Trump. Perhaps, instead of labeling Trump and his supporters, racists, they should contemplate one very succinct question: what would Hillary Clinton have done for you? The answer is a veritable goose egg; nada, zippo and twice the usual, which is nothing. With the inauguration of President Trump, the global elite have been put on notice. They may be able to run roughshod over Western Europe, but in the land of the free their policies of open borders, endless immigration and world government are graveyard dead. With the inauguration of President Trump, radical Islam’s obituary has already been written. With the inauguration of President Trump, We the People are back in power, not the cigar smoking robber barons and their Beltway cronies and lobbyists. With the inauguration of President Trump, Americans once again have reason to hope. And, as Andy Dufresne said in the Shawshank Redemption, ‘Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.’ It’s been one heck of a good day…

God Bless America.

http://usdefensewatch.com/2017/01/one-heck-of-a-good-day/ 

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Trump gets to work: Donald enters the Oval Office for the first time as President and immediately signs executive order to 'ease the burden of Obamacare'

President Donald Trump signed his first executive orders in the Oval Office on Friday evening He declared General James Mattis Secretary of Defense and signed another targeted at Affordable Care Act The second order was less precise - it vowed somewhat vaguely to 'ease the burden of Obamacare' The orders came within minutes of Trump's official entrance to the White House after the Inaugural Parade They were joined by their 10-year-old son Barron for a brief appearance before hopping back into their limo Later, the couple will attend three inaugural balls in Washington DC after a long day of inaugural events President Trump was sworn in at noon and delivered an elegy to Americans who had been 'forgotten' Afterwards, the President and Vice President Mike Pence attended a luncheon in the Capitol Building He paid tribute to former rival Hillary Clinton who attended the day's events with her husband Bill

By David Martosko, U.s. Political Editor For Dailymail.com and Ashley Collman For Dailymail.com and Geoff Earle, Depty U.s. Political Editor For Dailymail.com and Jennifer Smith For Dailymail.com

Published: 15:37 EST, 20 January 2017 | Updated: 08:23 EST, 21 January 2017

President Donald Trump wasted no time getting to work on Friday night, heading straight to the Oval Office where he signed his first executive orders since arriving at the White House. He christened the Resolute Desk by signing an order to confirm General James Mattis as Secretary of Defense and another order to 'ease the burden of Obamacare'. He has already made changes to the Oval Office decor, swapping its formerly crimson drapes for gold curtains and putting back in its former place a bust of former British prime minister Winston Churchill. Later, he attended three inaugural balls with the first lady before spending his first night at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. President Trump's Obamacare order directs every government agency that implements or enforces the 'Obamacare' law to grant waivers, deferments, exemptions and delays in order to minimize or eliminate any costs associated with implementing Obama's signature medical insurance scheme. It also orders agencies to bend over backwards in order to 'provide greater flexibility to States and cooperate with them in implementing healthcare programs.' And in a nod to Trump's oft-stated goal of erasing geographic boundaries that established state-specific monopolies for insurers, his order requires federal agencies to 'encourage the development of a free and open market in interstate commerce for the offering of healthcare services and health insurance, with the goal of achieving and preserving maximum options for patients and consumers.' Moments earlier Trump had signed government commissions making James 'Mad Dog' Mattis the secretary of Defense and John Kelly the Homeland Security secretary. Both men are retired U.S. Marine Corps generals, and were sworn in moments earlier by Vice President Mike Pence. Trump's first official act as president was to sign a law allowing Mattis to serve as the Pentagon chief before he had been retired for the required seven years. 'Oh, boy, oh boy,' Trump told House Speaker Paul Ryan as he held it in his hands after his U.S. Capitol swearing-in. Trump has already begun to put his mark on the office that will be his workstation for at least the next four years. Minutes before taking his seat in the Oval Office, the president and First Lady Melania Trump made their way inside after watching the Inaugural Parade from the Reviewing Stand on the North Lawn. They will attend three inaugural balls on Friday night, capping off a marathon day of events for the couple and their family. The president and First Lady Melania Trump entered the White House in their new roles on Friday at around 6.30pm for a quick change before attending their first Inaugural gala. The couple and the rest of their family arrived at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue shortly before 5pm and immediately made their way to the North Lawn Reviewing Stand to take in the Inaugural Parade. After spending around an hour or so taking in the Inaugural Parade from a Reviewing Stand on the North Lawn, the couple went back inside to change for the first of three galas they will attend tonight. Earlier, they waved to crowds on Pennsylvania Avenue after emerging with his family from the presidential limousine for a brief appearance. President Trump held hands with his wife as they and their 10-year-old son greeted crowds who had gathered despite the drizzling rain. Later, he will attend three inaugural balls thrown in his honor. The first two events, Liberty and Freedom: The Official Presidential Inaugural Balls, were open to the public. There, the president and first lady are expected to have their first dance together since his inauguration. The third ball, the The Salute To Our Armed Services Ball, is by invitation only and honors the country's Armed Forces. They will cap off a marathon day of events for President Trump and his family who began their day with a morning church service. They then visited former President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle at the White House before making their way to the Capitol for the swearing in ceremony. Afterwards, and following a luncheon inside the Capitol building, they greeted fans on Pennsylvania Avenue while making their way to the Reviewing Stand. President Trump made two appearances along the parade route; stepping out first with his wife and 10-year-old son then later again with the rest of the family. Ivanka Trump held hands with three-year-old son Joseph, smiling as she took in the momentous occasion. After his swearing in ceremony and inaugural address, the president attended a luncheon in the Capitol Building. There, he gave a gracious acknowledgement of former foe Hillary Clinton who was sat at the same table as his daughter Tiffany. 'I was honored - very, very honored when I heard President Bill Clinton and Senator Hillary Clinton was attending today and I think it's appropriate to say...I'd like you to stand up. 'And honestly, there's nothing more I can say because I have a lot of respect for those two people,' he said. Earlier, in his highly anticipated Inaugural Address, the president spoke of 'American carnage' and 'rusted factories', vowing to restore the country to its former glory and bring it forward to new prosperity and global success. 'I will fight for you with every breath in my body,' he pledged. 'And I will never, ever let you down.' Trump promised 'America first' would become the central organizing principle around which his government is organized. 'We will follow two simple rules. Buy American and hire American,' Trump declared. At 1,453 words and just 16 minutes long, his inaugural address was the shortest since Jimmy Carter's in 1977. His slogans were just as tight. 'America first,' a mantra that he put into common use as he campaigned for the White House, found some flesh on its bone Friday. 'Every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration on foreign affairs, will be made to protect American workers and American families,' he said. Trump's oath of office – which he called 'an oath of allegiance to all Americans' – was marred by a protester blowing a whistle and another handful shouting muffled slogans in the distance. But the moment passed. Trump spoke his vows. And America had a new leader. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP'S INAUGURAL ADDRESS Chief Justice Roberts, President Carter, President Clinton, President Bush, President Obama, fellow Americans and people of the world, thank you. We, the citizens of America, are now joined in a great national effort to rebuild our country and restore its promise for all of our people. Together, we will determine the course of America and the world for many, many years to come. We will face challenges. We will confront hardships. But we will get the job done. Every four years we gather on these steps to carry out the orderly and peaceful transfer of power. And we are grateful to President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama for their gracious aid throughout this transition. They have been magnificent. Thank you. Today's ceremony, however, has a very special meaning because today we are not merely transferring power from one administration to another or from one party to another, but we are transferring power from Washington, D.C., and giving it back to you, the people. For too long, a small group in our nation's capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have bore the cost. Washington flourished, but the people did not share in its wealth. Politicians prospered but the jobs left and the factories closed. The establishment protected itself, but not the citizens of our country. Their victories have not been your victories. Their triumphs have not been your triumphs. And while they celebrated in our nation's capital, there was little to celebrate for struggling families all across our land. That all changes starting right here and right now, because this moment is your moment. It belongs to you. It belongs to everyone gathered here today and everyone watching all across America. This is your day. This is your celebration. And this, the United States of America, is your country. What truly matters is not which party controls our government, but whether our government is controlled by the people. January 20th, 2017, will be remembered as the day the people became the rulers of this nation again. The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer. Everyone is listening to you now. You came by the tens of millions to become part of a historic movement, the likes of which the world has never seen before. At the center of this movement is a crucial conviction that a nation exists to serve its citizens. Americans want great schools for their children, safe neighborhoods for their families and good jobs for themselves. These are just and reasonable demands of righteous people and a righteous public. But for too many of our citizens, a different reality exists. Mothers and children trapped in poverty in our inner cities, rusted out factories scattered like tombstones across the landscape of our nation. An education system flush with cash but which leaves our young and beautiful students deprived of all knowledge. And the crime and the gangs and the drugs that have stolen too many lives and robbed our country of so much unrealized potential. This American carnage stops right here and stops right now. We are one nation, and their pain is our pain. Their dreams are our dreams, and their success will be our success. We share one heart, one home and one glorious destiny. The oath of office I take today is an oath of allegiance to all Americans. For many decades we've enriched foreign industry at the expense of American industry, subsidized the armies of other countries while allowing for the very sad depletion of our military. We've defended other nations' borders while refusing to defend our own. And we've spent trillions and trillions of dollars overseas while America's infrastructure has fallen into disrepair and decay. We've made other countries rich while the wealth, strength and confidence of our country has dissipated over the horizon. One by one, the factories shuttered and left our shores with not even a thought about the millions and millions of American workers that were left behind. The wealth of our middle class has been ripped from their homes and then redistributed all across the world. But that is the past, and now we are looking only to the future. We assembled here today are issuing a new decree to be heard in every city, in every foreign capital and in every hall of power. From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land. From this day forward, it's going to be only America first, America first. Every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs will be made to benefit American workers and American families. We must protect our borders from the ravages of other countries making our product, stealing our companies and destroying our jobs. Protection will lead to great prosperity and strength. I will fight for you with every breath in my body, and I will never ever let you down. America will start winning again, winning like never before. We will bring back our jobs. We will bring back our borders. We will bring back our wealth, and we will bring back our dreams. We will build new roads and highways and bridges and airports and tunnels and railways all across our wonderful nation. We will get our people off of welfare and back to work, rebuilding our country with American hands and American labor. We will follow two simple rules: Buy American and hire American. We will seek friendship and goodwill with the nations of the world, but we do so with the understanding that it is the right of all nations to put their own interests first. We do not seek to impose our way of life on anyone, but rather to let it shine as an example. We will shine for everyone to follow. We will re-enforce old alliances and form new ones and unite the civilized world against radical Islamic terrorism, which we will eradicate completely from the face of the earth. At the bedrock of our politics will be a total allegiance to the United States of America, and through our loyalty to our country we will rediscover our loyalty to each other. When you open your heart to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice. The Bible tells us how good and pleasant it is when God's people live together in unity. We must speak our minds openly, debate our disagreements honestly, but always pursue solidarity. When America is united, America is totally unstoppable. There should be no fear. We are protected and we will always be protected. We will be protected by the great men and women of our military and law enforcement. And most importantly, we will be protected by God. Finally, we must think big and dream even bigger. In America, we understand that a nation is only living as long as it is striving. We will no longer accept politicians who are all talk and no action, constantly complaining but never doing anything about it. The time for empty talk is over. Now arrives the hour of action. Do not allow anyone to tell you that it cannot be done. No challenge can match the heart and fight and spirit of America. We will not fail. Our country will thrive and prosper again. We stand at the birth of a new millennium, ready to unlock the mysteries of space, to free the earth from the miseries of disease, and to harness the energies, industries and technologies of tomorrow. A new national pride will stir ourselves, lift our sights and heal our divisions. It's time to remember that old wisdom our soldiers will never forget, that whether we are black or brown or white, we all bleed the same red blood of patriots. We all enjoy the same glorious freedoms and we all salute the same great American flag. And whether a child is born in the urban sprawl of Detroit or the windswept plains of Nebraska, they look up at the same night sky, they fill their heart with the same dreams and they are infused with the breath of life by the same almighty creator. So to all Americans in every city near and far, small and large, from mountain to mountain, from ocean to ocean, hear these words: You will never be ignored again. Your voice, your hopes and your dreams will define our American destiny. And your courage and goodness and love will forever guide us along the way. Together we will make America strong again, we will make America wealthy again, we will make America proud again, we will make America safe again. And, yes, together we will make America great again. Thank you. God bless you. And God bless America.

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What Trump left out of his teleprompter-aided remarks was just as obvious as what he kept in. There was no act of reconciliation with journalists, who have become his ink-armed foils and a new enemy as vexing to Trump as the Democratic Party. Absent, too, was a spoken olive-branch to women who felt alienated after evidence of his 'locker room talk' and past coarseness around the fairer sex became part of his political epic Asked if Trump hit the right tones of contrition, Senator John McCain of Arizona told DailyMail.com: 'I just think it was a continuation of his campaign.' Asked if that was as it should be, McCain shrugged: 'It's his choice; he's the president-elect.' Other senators and top Trump advisers were more enthusiastic. 'I loved it,' said Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn, Trump’s national security advisor. 'I think it was an amazing speech,' Flynn told DailyMail.com. 'I think the American people know that they have a president that stands for them – and I mean for all Americans.' 'And I think the world actually heard a great message today.' Asked if Trump hit all the right notes, Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama – soon to be U.S. attorney general, said: 'Yeah. It was a good day.' Trump hinted at economic decline in America's rust belt and breadbasket during his predecessor's eight years in office. 'The wealth of our middle class has been ripped from their homes and redistributed all over the world,' he claimed. 'But that is the past. We are looking only to the future.' And in a hat-tip to one of his most famous catch-phrases, one that made hundreds of appearances on the campaign trail, the unlikeliest president promised that 'America will start winning again, winning like never before.'

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HILLARY'S HUMILIATION AT ATTENDING TRUMP'S INAUGURATION Hillary Clinton finally came face-to-face with her political rival, President Donald Trump, as he entered Sanctuary Hall to take part in the traditional inaugural lunch. Clinton, a guest of her ex-president husband, had her presidential ambitions swamped by Trump's populist November victory. She gamely participated in America's famed peaceful transfer of power, despite falling short of being the day's focus – but her face told the story of how she felt. And among the crowd some people chanted 'lock her up' at the moment she and her husband were announced. Some Democrats, including many in Congress, have questioned that decision, saying it tended to normalize the incoming president while their party aims to ostracize him. But she showed up in a white pantsuit and coat, alongside Bill and their daughter Chelsea, smiling for cameras during an appearance she never thought she would make without hearing 'Hail to the Chief' played in her honor. And she used Twitter to issued a veiled to rebuke to those who boycotted it - saying: 'I'm here today to honor our democracy & its enduring values. I will never stop believing in our country & its future.' Clinton won points from a former adversary for bucking up for the occasion. 'I think it takes a lot to show up in that situation after the kind of campaign that was run against her,' said Tad Devine, a top adviser to Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who challenged Clinton in the Democratic primaries.

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'We will bring back our dreams,' Trump said, and 'determine the course of America and the world for many, many years to come.' 'We will face challenges, we will confront hardships, but we will get the job done.' The billionaire's improbable resonance with the middle class and the poor found new voice on Friday, as he framed his election and inauguration as a power-shift from Washington to the rest of America. 'We are transferring power from Washington, D.C. and giving it back to you, the people,' he said to cheers. 'For too long a small group in our nation's capital have reaped the rewards of government while the people bore the costs.' 'The jobs left and the factories closed. The establishment protected itself. But not the citizens of our country. Their victories have not been your victories,' he said. 'That all changes starting right here and right now, because this moment is your moment. It belongs to you. 'It belongs to everyone gathered here today and everyone watching all across America. This is your day, this is your celebration, and this, the United States of America, is your country.' Speaking of the 'American carnage' of inner city blight, crime and failing schools, he vowed that it 'stops right here, and stops right now.' 'We are one nation, and their pain is our pain. Their dreams are our dreams, and their success will be our success. We share one heart, one home and one glorious destiny.' Trump pumped a fist in triumph after he finished speaking. Asked how it felt moments after the ceremony concluded, Eric Trump grinned and flashed a thumbs-up. Former Trump rival Ohio Governor John Kasich was in no mood to reflect on the change of leadership. 'I'm not doing any interviews right now,' he told DailyMail.com inside the Capitol. President Trump's Obamacare order directs every government agency that implements or enforces the 'Obamacare' law to grant waivers, deferments, exemptions and delays in order to minimize or eliminate any costs associated with implementing Obama's signature medical insurance scheme. It also orders agencies to bend over backwards in order to 'provide greater flexibility to States and cooperate with them in implementing healthcare programs.' And in a nod to Trump's oft-stated goal of erasing geographic boundaries that established state-specific monopolies for insurers, his order requires federal agencies to 'encourage the development of a free and open market in interstate commerce for the offering of healthcare services and health insurance, with the goal of achieving and preserving maximum options for patients and consumers.' Moments earlier Trump had signed government commissions making James 'Mad Dog' Mattis the secretary of Defense and John Kelly the Homeland Security secretary. Both men are retired U.S. Marine Corps generals, and were sworn in moments earlier by Vice President Mike Pence. The president signs a confirmation for Defense Secretary James Mattis in the Oval Office on Friday night The president signs a confirmation for Defense Secretary James Mattis in the Oval Office on Friday night The president was enthusiastic as he signed the orders on Friday evening before making his way to the Executive Residence to get changed for the first of three balls he will attend Trump's first official act as president was to sign a law allowing Mattis to serve as the Pentagon chief before he had been retired for the required seven years. 'Oh, boy, oh boy,' Trump told House Speaker Paul Ryan as he held it in his hands after his U.S. Capitol swearing-in. Trump has already begun to put his mark on the office that will be his workstation for at least the next four years. Minutes before taking his seat in the Oval Office, the president and First Lady Melania Trump made their way inside after watching the Inaugural Parade from the Reviewing Stand on the North Lawn. They will attend three inaugural balls on Friday night, capping off a marathon day of events for the couple and their family. The president and First Lady Melania Trump entered the White House in their new roles on Friday at around 6.30pm for a quick change before attending their first Inaugural gala. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump made their way into the White House, their new home, with their son Barron on Friday evening after watching the Inaugural Parade from a Reviewing Stand on the North Lawn President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump made their way into the White House, their new home, with their son Barron on Friday evening after watching the Inaugural Parade from a Reviewing Stand on the North Lawn The couple entered the White House from the North Lawn after taking in the Inaugural Parade with the rest of the family The couple and the rest of their family arrived at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue shortly before 5pm and immediately made their way to the North Lawn Reviewing Stand to take in the Inaugural Parade. After spending around an hour or so taking in the Inaugural Parade from a Reviewing Stand on the North Lawn, the couple went back inside to change for the first of three galas they will attend tonight. Earlier, they waved to crowds on Pennsylvania Avenue after emerging with his family from the presidential limousine for a brief appearance. President Trump held hands with his wife as they and their 10-year-old son greeted crowds who had gathered despite the drizzling rain. Later, he will attend three inaugural balls thrown in his honor. The first two events, Liberty and Freedom: The Official Presidential Inaugural Balls, were open to the public. There, the president and first lady are expected to have their first dance together since his inauguration. The third ball, the The Salute To Our Armed Services Ball, is by invitation only and honors the country's Armed Forces. They will cap off a marathon day of events for President Trump and his family who began their day with a morning church service. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump, their 10-year-old son Barron and the president's daughter Ivanka, take in the Inaugural Parade from the Reviewing Stand, set up at the foot of the North Lawn, after his swearing-in on Friday. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump, their 10-year-old son Barron and the president's daughter Ivanka, take in the Inaugural Parade from the Reviewing Stand, set up at the foot of the North Lawn, after his swearing-in on Friday. The president placed a tender arm around his wife's waist as she walked towards her seat at the Reviewing Stand Once in their seats, the First Family enthusiastically greeted the parade's many participants, smiling and waving as they passed by President Trump and Vice President Pence salute as they enjoy the Inaugural Parade from the reviewing stand on Friday President Trump and Vice President Pence salute as they enjoy the Inaugural Parade from the reviewing stand on Friday The president gave several enthusiastic gestures to passing marching bands as he watched the parade from his seat

The president and his family takes in the Inaugural Parade from the Reviewing Stand set up at the foot of the North Lawn The president and his family takes in the Inaugural Parade from the Reviewing Stand set up at the foot of the North Lawn They then visited former President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle at the White House before making their way to the Capitol for the swearing in ceremony. Afterwards, and following a luncheon inside the Capitol building, they greeted fans on Pennsylvania Avenue while making their way to the Reviewing Stand. President Trump made two appearances along the parade route; stepping out first with his wife and 10-year-old son then later again with the rest of the family. Ivanka Trump held hands with three-year-old son Joseph, smiling as she took in the momentous occasion. After his swearing in ceremony and inaugural address, the president attended a luncheon in the Capitol Building. President Trump salutes as a group carrying shimmering American flags make their way past the Reviewing Stand Barron Trump shared a private moment with his father as they took in the parade before fueling up on a warm drink as it continued. The 10-year-old appeared to enjoy the day's events, earlier waving to crowds on the parade route and cheering along to music once he took his seat Thirsty work: Barron Trump fueled up as his father saluted the parade's participants. The 10-year-old appeared to enjoy the day's events, earlier waving to crowds on the parade route and cheering along to music once he took his seat President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence give a firm thumbs up to a passing band as they take in the Inaugural Parade Vice President Mike Pence waves to a participant in the Inaugural Parade, his wife Karen cheering on alongside him Vice President Mike Pence waves to a participant in the Inaugural Parade, his wife Karen cheering on alongside him The president and first lady make their way from the White House to the Reviewing Stand to take in the Inaugural ParadeThe president and first lady make their way from the White House to the Reviewing Stand to take in the Inaugural Parade New home: The president and first lady make their way from the White House to the Reviewing Stand to take in the Inaugural Parade The Reviewing Stand was set up at the foot of the White House North Lawn several days ago in preparation for the event There, he gave a gracious acknowledgement of former foe Hillary Clinton who was sat at the same table as his daughter Tiffany. 'I was honored - very, very honored when I heard President Bill Clinton and Senator Hillary Clinton was attending today and I think it's appropriate to say...I'd like you to stand up. 'And honestly, there's nothing more I can say because I have a lot of respect for those two people,' he said. Earlier, in his highly anticipated Inaugural Address, the president spoke of 'American carnage' and 'rusted factories', vowing to restore the country to its former glory and bring it forward to new prosperity and global success. 'I will fight for you with every breath in my body,' he pledged. 'And I will never, ever let you down.' Trump promised 'America first' would become the central organizing principle around which his government is organized. 'We will follow two simple rules. Buy American and hire American,' Trump declared. President Trump and the First Lady earlier waved to crowds as they walked down Pennsylvania Avenue with their 10-year-old son Barron for the Inaugural Parade on Friday The president and his first lady were in high spirits as they walked a short stretch before getting back in the presidential limousine etc etc First lady Melania appeared to reapply lip gloss once she got in the presidential limousine (left). Barron Trump looked out to the crowd-lined streets from his seat inside the car (right) First lady Melania appeared to reapply lip gloss once she got in the presidential limousine (left). Barron Trump looked out to the crowd-lined streets from his seat inside the car (right) At 1,453 words and just 16 minutes long, his inaugural address was the shortest since Jimmy Carter's in 1977. His slogans were just as tight. 'America first,' a mantra that he put into common use as he campaigned for the White House, found some flesh on its bone Friday. 'Every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration on foreign affairs, will be made to protect American workers and American families,' he said. Trump's oath of office – which he called 'an oath of allegiance to all Americans' – was marred by a protester blowing a whistle and another handful shouting muffled slogans in the distance. But the moment passed. Trump spoke his vows. And America had a new leader. The president was joined by all of his children and grandchildren to sign his first executive orders at the US Capitol shortly after his swearing in The route was also scattered with protesters holding upside signs reading 'love not hate' as Trump's motorcade drove by

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP'S INAUGURAL ADDRESS

Chief Justice Roberts, President Carter, President Clinton, President Bush, President Obama, fellow Americans and people of the world, thank you. We, the citizens of America, are now joined in a great national effort to rebuild our country and restore its promise for all of our people. Together, we will determine the course of America and the world for many, many years to come. We will face challenges. We will confront hardships. But we will get the job done. Every four years we gather on these steps to carry out the orderly and peaceful transfer of power. And we are grateful to President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama for their gracious aid throughout this transition. They have been magnificent. Thank you. Today's ceremony, however, has a very special meaning because today we are not merely transferring power from one administration to another or from one party to another, but we are transferring power from Washington, D.C., and giving it back to you, the people. For too long, a small group in our nation's capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have bore the cost. Washington flourished, but the people did not share in its wealth. Politicians prospered but the jobs left and the factories closed. The establishment protected itself, but not the citizens of our country. Their victories have not been your victories. Their triumphs have not been your triumphs. And while they celebrated in our nation's capital, there was little to celebrate for struggling families all across our land. That all changes starting right here and right now, because this moment is your moment. It belongs to you. It belongs to everyone gathered here today and everyone watching all across America. This is your day. This is your celebration. And this, the United States of America, is your country. What truly matters is not which party controls our government, but whether our government is controlled by the people. January 20th, 2017, will be remembered as the day the people became the rulers of this nation again. The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer. Everyone is listening to you now. You came by the tens of millions to become part of a historic movement, the likes of which the world has never seen before. At the center of this movement is a crucial conviction that a nation exists to serve its citizens. Americans want great schools for their children, safe neighborhoods for their families and good jobs for themselves. These are just and reasonable demands of righteous people and a righteous public. But for too many of our citizens, a different reality exists. Mothers and children trapped in poverty in our inner cities, rusted out factories scattered like tombstones across the landscape of our nation. An education system flush with cash but which leaves our young and beautiful students deprived of all knowledge. And the crime and the gangs and the drugs that have stolen too many lives and robbed our country of so much unrealized potential. This American carnage stops right here and stops right now. We are one nation, and their pain is our pain. Their dreams are our dreams, and their success will be our success. We share one heart, one home and one glorious destiny. The oath of office I take today is an oath of allegiance to all Americans. For many decades we've enriched foreign industry at the expense of American industry, subsidized the armies of other countries while allowing for the very sad depletion of our military. We've defended other nations' borders while refusing to defend our own. And we've spent trillions and trillions of dollars overseas while America's infrastructure has fallen into disrepair and decay. We've made other countries rich while the wealth, strength and confidence of our country has dissipated over the horizon. One by one, the factories shuttered and left our shores with not even a thought about the millions and millions of American workers that were left behind. The wealth of our middle class has been ripped from their homes and then redistributed all across the world. But that is the past, and now we are looking only to the future. We assembled here today are issuing a new decree to be heard in every city, in every foreign capital and in every hall of power. From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land. From this day forward, it's going to be only America first, America first. Every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs will be made to benefit American workers and American families. We must protect our borders from the ravages of other countries making our product, stealing our companies and destroying our jobs. Protection will lead to great prosperity and strength. I will fight for you with every breath in my body, and I will never ever let you down. America will start winning again, winning like never before. We will bring back our jobs. We will bring back our borders. We will bring back our wealth, and we will bring back our dreams. We will build new roads and highways and bridges and airports and tunnels and railways all across our wonderful nation. We will get our people off of welfare and back to work, rebuilding our country with American hands and American labor. We will follow two simple rules: Buy American and hire American. We will seek friendship and goodwill with the nations of the world, but we do so with the understanding that it is the right of all nations to put their own interests first. We do not seek to impose our way of life on anyone, but rather to let it shine as an example. We will shine for everyone to follow. We will re-enforce old alliances and form new ones and unite the civilized world against radical Islamic terrorism, which we will eradicate completely from the face of the earth. At the bedrock of our politics will be a total allegiance to the United States of America, and through our loyalty to our country we will rediscover our loyalty to each other. When you open your heart to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice. The Bible tells us how good and pleasant it is when God's people live together in unity. We must speak our minds openly, debate our disagreements honestly, but always pursue solidarity. When America is united, America is totally unstoppable. There should be no fear. We are protected and we will always be protected. We will be protected by the great men and women of our military and law enforcement. And most importantly, we will be protected by God. Finally, we must think big and dream even bigger. In America, we understand that a nation is only living as long as it is striving. We will no longer accept politicians who are all talk and no action, constantly complaining but never doing anything about it. The time for empty talk is over. Now arrives the hour of action. Do not allow anyone to tell you that it cannot be done. No challenge can match the heart and fight and spirit of America. We will not fail. Our country will thrive and prosper again. We stand at the birth of a new millennium, ready to unlock the mysteries of space, to free the earth from the miseries of disease, and to harness the energies, industries and technologies of tomorrow. A new national pride will stir ourselves, lift our sights and heal our divisions. It's time to remember that old wisdom our soldiers will never forget, that whether we are black or brown or white, we all bleed the same red blood of patriots. We all enjoy the same glorious freedoms and we all salute the same great American flag. And whether a child is born in the urban sprawl of Detroit or the windswept plains of Nebraska, they look up at the same night sky, they fill their heart with the same dreams and they are infused with the breath of life by the same almighty creator. So to all Americans in every city near and far, small and large, from mountain to mountain, from ocean to ocean, hear these words: You will never be ignored again. Your voice, your hopes and your dreams will define our American destiny. And your courage and goodness and love will forever guide us along the way. Together we will make America strong again, we will make America wealthy again, we will make America proud again, we will make America safe again. And, yes, together we will make America great again. Thank you. God bless you. And God bless America.  etc

Trump didn't let the threat of Washington, D.C. rain showers spoil his inauguration, the long-time-coming culmination of an improbable political revolution that shows no sign of letting up. The brash billionaire capped off a three-day parade of dinners, speeches, prayers and a concert with pomp and circumstance in front of the U.S. capitol as hundreds of thousands of Americans who he has said were 'forgotten' during the Obama years cheered him on. The 45th president's hated 'dishonest media' watched as storm clouds threatened, along with four former presidents, most of the U.S. Congress and a sea of 'Make America Great Again' devotees. The sea of faces on the National Mall was dotted with red caps, Trump's signature campaign items bearing that slogan, itself an artifact from Ronald Reagan's 1980 campaign. When Trump was introduced, he turned and faced the crowd, smiled, and offered a wave. Quoting Abraham Lincoln, Missouri Senator Roy Blunt, who headed the inaugural committee in the Congress, told the nation: 'What we do here is both commonplace and miraculous.' Blunt called it 'not a celebration of victory,' but 'a celebration of democracy.' Other senators visible on the balcony overlooking reporters included West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin, who met with Trump at Trump Tower, and Senator Richard Burr of North Carolina. Burr will oversee a Senate Intelligence Committee investigation into Russian election-year hacking. Across the balcony to the south, House Appropriations chair Harold Rogers of Kentucky, who will oversee funding of Trump's proposed wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, picked a prominent standing position. Standing next to Rogers was Rep. Dana Rohrabacher of California, who had been a candidate for secretary of state. A U.S. Marine Corps band played Sousa marches. Chants of 'U.S.A.!' broke out. Cheers erupted when the vice-president elect, Mike Pence, was announced, among the standing-room crowd stretching more than a mile to the west.

And as giant TV screens flashed mobs of Americans their first glimpse of the new president behind the scenes, a rock concert-like whoop went up. Before he was introduced, screams of 'Trump! Trump! Trump!' reverberated on a scale even though he has never seen or heard. Among Trump's living predecessors, only George H.W. Bush failed to make the trip, owing to his hospitalization in Texas. He sent his regrets to Trump, writing that his doctor warned sitting outside in the cold would put him 'six feet under.' Standing on the dais were his son, George W. Bush; Jimmy Carter; Bill Clinton; and Barack Obama. Trump's crowd applauded the outgoing chief executive of the U.S., audibly surprising some members of the media whose seats were far to the front. They were less kind to Sen. Charles Schumer, the newly minted Democratic minority leader. As his speech stretched beyond their patience, they broke into shouts of 'We want Trump!' Obama and the former first lady released a video message Friday morning, saying they would take a break from public life and 'sit still for a little bit' as they become private citizens again. The message was an appeal for supporters to weigh in on the future of the Obama Presidential Center on the south side of Chicago. Clinton's wife, the Democrat whom Trump defeated soundly in the Electoral College more than ten weeks ago, also participated Friday in America's peaceful transition of power. Some Democrats, including many in Congress, have questioned that decision, saying it tended to normalize the incoming president when their party should be ostracizing him. But she gamely attended in a white pantsuit, alongside Bill and their daughter Chelsea, smiling for cameras during an appearance she never thought she would make without hearing 'Hail to the Chief' played in her honor. Clinton won points from a former adversary for bucking up for the occasion. 'I think it takes a lot to show up in that situation after the kind of campaign that was run against her,' said Tad Devine, a top advisor to Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who challenged Clinton in the Democratic primaries. Devine spoke to The Hill newspaper. Trump castigated Mrs. Clinton repeatedly as 'Crooked Hillary,' interrupting her during debates and projecting a generally belligerent attitude as he unseated the would-be first female president. Even in victory, he has thrown a few shoulders. Thursday night during a candlelight dinner at Washington's Union Station, Trump jabbed at the Clinton campaign for planning a fireworks display in New York City when they thought they had the presidency locked up. Ultimately, Team Clinton canceled its fireworks permit as Election Day closed in. 'They spent $7 million on fireworks. And they canceled it – and that's because history has proven that if you're going to lose, you don't want fireworks, right?' Trump joked. Trump's sprawling family, the most visible sign of his softer side as he stumped for the White House, were out in force Friday. Wife Melania, daughters Ivanka and Tiffany, and sons Don Jr., Eric and Barron beamed, along with three spouses and assorted Trump grandchildren. Ivanka Trump's power-husband, real estate investor Jared Kushner, will soon move into a White House office to become a 'senior adviser' to the president. The wealthy and well-connected Orthodox Jew (Ivanka converted before their wedding) is expected to have a broad foreign-policy portfolio that includes a Middle-East peace mission to reconcile Israel and the Palestinian Authority. Trump relied heavily on Kushner's counsel during the campaign. He said Thursday night at the dinner that 'all my life I've been hearing that's the toughest deal in the world to make. And I've seen it.' 'But I have a feeling Jared's going to do a great job,' Trump said, addressing his son-in-law. 'If you can't produce peace in the Middle East, nobody can.' Trump's sister Maryanne, a senior judge of the United States Court of Appeals in Philadelphia, made the trip. Trump noted her presence Thursday night. Nearly 70 Democrats from the House of Representatives said they would skip Trump's swearing-in, however. Trump allies decried them as politically motivated crybabies. The U.S. hasn't seen as large an inaugural boycott since southern Democrats stayed away from the Capitol when Abraham Lincoln took the oath of office in 1861. At that time, seven southern states had already declared war on the Union. New Jersey Rep. Frank Pallone was one Democrat who decided to attend on Friday. But he told DailyMail.com that the new president's remarks were 'not at all' sufficiently unifying. 'I think that it was very contemptuous of the previous administration,' Pallone said. 'I think in many ways he was suggesting that, you know, President Obama and the previous administration were not looking out for the needs of the people. And I would say just the opposite. I would say that the Trump policies are going to hurt the average American, not help.'

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The Shortcomings Of The International Conference For Peace                       

By DR. ALON BEN-MEIR \ 01/19/2017 19:47

The conference for peace between Israel and the Palestinians initiated by the French government that took place on January 15 in Paris was positive in many ways. The concluding declaration that collectively emerged pointed out the need to establish a Palestinian state as a prerequisite to peace and stability, urged the two sides to recommit themselves to a two-state solution, and emphasized the urgent need for both to take action to reverse the current trends of Palestinian incitement and Israel’s expansion of the settlements. Furthermore, it called for ending the occupation and accentuated the importance of the 2002 Arab Peace Initiative (API) to provide the framework for a comprehensive Arab-Israeli peace. The resolution also stressed the importance of public debate, strengthening the role of civil society, and addressing the humanitarian and security situation in Gaza. Perhaps one of the most important reasons, however, for holding the conference only a few days before the inauguration of President-elect Trump was to send a message to the new administration about the international consensus regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, hoping to prevent Trump from taking any measure that might threaten the prospect of a two-state solution. Of main concern to the conferees was Trump’s campaign promise to relocate the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and give Netanyahu a free hand to expand the settlements, which could torpedo the prospect of peace and provoke the Arab states at a time when they are needed to support any new peace initiative. Although the resolution was largely on target, it lacked specific suggestions that could be embraced by the Trump administration to help advance the peace process in a tangible way. I was directly involved in an effort to shed new light on the core issues that have and continue to separate the two sides, and I suggested specific measures to mitigate them—issues which I considered critical to the resumption of the negotiations that would substantially improve the prospect of reaching a durable peace. To that end, I wrote a major proposal which I discussed with top French Foreign Ministry officials. Subsequently, Pierre Vimont (France’s Middle East Special Envoy), EU Special Representative for the Middle East Process Fernando Gentilini, and I addressed the EU Foreign Relations Committee in November 2016, where I emphasized the need for a new approach. There were many areas in the conflict over which Mr. Vimont and I fully agreed—and were reflected in the final declaration of the conference—and other issues which were not spelled out. In my view, had such issues been clearly stated, they would have revealed the real causes behind the stalemate in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and offered ways to mitigate them. The first issue is the psychological dimension of the conflict and its impact on every conflicting issue. Unless major efforts are made to change the public narrative on both sides to reflect the truth from historical and religious perspectives, neither side can make the far-reaching concessions necessary to forge a peace agreement. The need to mitigate that through a process of reconciliation—people-to-people and government-to-government—is central to constructive negotiations. Such a process would allow both sides to nurture mutual trust, which is totally lacking, and allay concerns over national security, while also disabusing strong Israeli and Palestinian constituencies that still want to have it all. The second issue is Hamas and its political stance, which has and continues to impede any progress. The conference’s resolution stipulates the “importance of addressing the humanitarian and security situation in Gaza and called for swift steps to improve the situation.” Although this is necessary, as long as Hamas calls for the destruction of Israel and is not a signatory to the API, it plays into the hand of the hard-core Israelis who claim that the Palestinians simply want to eradicate rather than peacefully coexist with Israel. The conference should have called on Hamas to accept in principle Israel’s right to exist and beseeched countries like Turkey and Qatar, who enjoy substantial influence on Hamas, to embrace the API. This is necessary particularly because Hamas must be part and parcel of any final resolution to the conflict. Third, although the participants “expressed their readiness to exert necessary efforts toward the achievement of the two-state solution…,” who will exert such efforts—economic and other incentives? I took the position that the conferees should have established a commission composed of representatives from an Arab state, the EU, and the US to encourage the parties to take certain steps, review progress, and pin down the sources that impede it. Otherwise, the recommendation will be just words. Fourth, the conferees call for “ ending the occupation…satisfy Israel’s security need, and resolve all permanent status issues on the basis of [UNSC] Resolutions 242 (1967) and 338 (1973)…” This appeal is certainly valid and no solution is possible unless these requirements are met. Here again, though, there is nothing new. The participants should have also recommended the establishment of another commission to work closely with both Israel and the Palestinians to begin modifying their public position on several of the major conflicting issues. For example, everyone who is familiar with the conflict knows that the right of return of the Palestinian refugees cannot and will not be exercised, as this will almost instantly change the Jewish character of Israel. The Palestinian Authority should begin to speak publicly about the only viable option to resolve the Palestinian refugees through compensation and/or resettlement. Similarly, Israelis should also know that there will be no Israeli-Palestinian peace unless East Jerusalem becomes the capital of the state of Palestine. Here too, the Israeli public must begin to think in these terms and not buy into Netanyahu’s argument that a “united” Jerusalem will remain the eternal capital of Israel, which would foreclose any prospect for peace. To be sure, even though the conferees do not have any power of enforcement, by opening public debates on these issues they would have made a positive impact on the peace process. In the final analysis, as long as the Israeli and the Palestinian publics are led by leaders who do not promote the peace process along these lines and have different political agendas not necessarily consistent with a two-state solution, the public will remain in the dark and to a great extent become complacent. There is an urgent need for new leadership committed to reaching an agreement. Netanyahu will not allow the establishment of a Palestinian state under his watch and Abbas is incapable of delivering the necessary concessions that could make peace possible. The conference could have made a great contribution to the peace process not by merely repeating what is known, but by fostering a new dialogue that allows the public to become an active participant, which is critical to changing the dynamic of the conflict. To listen to an audio version of this article, click here.

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Israel steps up shadow war with Hezbollah

By Ed Blanche, The Arab Weekly | Jan. 17, 2017 at 11:19 AM

Israel's Institute for Nation­al Security Studies stressed in its annual strategic assessment, released Jan. 2, that Hezbollah remains the most serious threat the Jewish state faces. It urged Israel's intelligence es­tablishment to intensity efforts to block the transfer of advanced weapons systems to Hezbollah — a process that may already be under way with a spate of air and missiles strikes against Syria. The vast majority of the arms supplied to Hezbollah from Iran pass through Syria. Hezbollah, a key force keeping Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in power amid the war in the country, is reportedly building military bases and seek­ing to establish a presence in the disputed Golan Heights, a strategic volcanic plateau that overlooks Is­rael's agricultural heartland. Iran, Hezbollah's patron and arms supplier, is listed as the second-ranking military threat by INSS, in part because of its distance from Israel. Combined, Iran and Hezbollah, which serves as the Islamic repub­lic's strategic arm in the Levant, present a comprehensive threat to Israel that far exceeds any other. This ranges from Iran's growing bal­listic missile force and the nuclear weapons Israel's military leaders are convinced it will develop in the coming years to Hezbollah's emerg­ing tactical capabilities. Much of that is due to advanced weaponry it amassed in recent years despite repeated Israeli airstrikes against weapons convoys and targeted assassinations in Syria and Lebanon of key figures in ac­quiring or developing Hezbollah 's firepower. Hezbollah is estimated — largely by Israel — to possess more than 130,000 rockets and missiles, in­cluding long-range weapons capa­ble of destroying city blocks. In recent weeks, the covert war between Israel and Hezbollah that has dragged on for five years ap­parently flared again, possibly this time with higher stakes. There have been several missiles attacks reported in Syria, all pre­sumably Israeli weapons launched from either the Israeli-occupied sector of the Golan Heights or from Lebanese airspace. These were ap­parently aimed at curtailing de­liveries of advanced weapons to Hezbollah that in the past have reportedly included Soviet-era SA- 22 air defense missiles, which, for the first time, allow Hezbollah to directly challenge Israel's control of the air in Lebanon and Syria, and Yakhont anti-ship missiles that could be used against Israel's off­shore gas facilities. On Nov. 30, at least two missiles, apparently fired by Israeli jets in Lebanese airspace, hit a con­voy of trucks outside Damascus, triggering speculation the trucks were carrying advanced weapons to Hezbollah. On Dec. 2, Israel report­edly conducted two airstrikes us­ing Popeye missiles around Damas­cus, one against a weapons depot manned by the Syrian Army's crack Fourth Armored Division at Sabbou­ra, northwest of the Syrian capital. The other blasted several cars near the Damascus-Beirut highway. In a 3 a.m. strike on Dec. 7, several surface-to-surface mis­siles hit installations in the Mezzeh military airbase at Damascus Inter­national Airport, where Hezbollah maintains a high-security facility for receiving arms airlifted from Iran before they are trucked to Leb­anon. The missiles started several big fires at the airport, triggering major explosions. In a separate attack on that date, Hezbollah facilities in and around the town of Zabadani, on the bor­der with Lebanon and a key junc­tion in the overland arms route to Hezbollah strongpoints, were hit. On Friday, Syria accused Is­rael of another missile strike on the Mezzeh base in a predawn attack that triggered multiple explosions and caused casualties. Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu acknowledged for the first time in April 2016 that Israel has been mounting airstrikes in Syrian territory to curb shipments of what he called "game-changing weaponry" to Hezbollah. The Jerusalem Post suggested on Dec. 8 that the Israelis' strikes the previous day had tar­geted "the presumed base of the Syrian Army's secretive Unit 450, a branch of the Syrian Scientific Studies and Research Centre that is at the center of the Assad regime's chemical weapons program north of Damascus." On the same day, Israel's hawkish defense minister, Avigdor Lieber­man, raised the ante by claim­ing that the Israeli Air Force had thwarted a