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The All Seeing Eye of Destruction: Google Creates ‘Image-Recognition AI’ For Your Smartphone

By Nate Brown - 05/18/2017

In 2016, Alphabet Inc. Patented ‘Google Lens,’ a computerized contact lens that gets embedded into the eye which can record and take pictures. In 2017, Alphabet Inc. brings about the first phase of ‘Google Lens’ in the form of an ‘image-recognition AI’ for your smartphone. The conglomerate corporation Alphabet the parent company to Google and YouTube has taken the first steps to bring about full-blown integrated image-recognition technology that places artificial intelligence in the hands of the user. Previously such technology has been available but not to this degree. Image-Recognition technology uses what is called computer vision, think of a robot that can see you, a store front, a price tag, your personal data, and recognize what is in-front of the camera. Google is selling the technology as; “With Google Lens, your smartphone camera won’t just see what you see, but will also understand what you see to help you take action.” In other words, Google is using its users to teach their computer scripts to recognize and remember what “they see.” Such can be very dangerous technology, especially when companies like Nvidia are using similar technology to relay the captured information to government officials. Embedded into the smartphone as an app, is not where this technology stops, rather Google is most likely going to take this a step further, and shortly Google will be actively placing this technology into the eyes of their users – literally. In May 2016 Google patented what is also called ‘Google Lens, ’ and it is a computerized contact lens that is embedded into the eye and cannot just be taken off. The idea is being sold to the public as ‘for medical purposes,’ as we similarly see with other technology that has come from the conglomerate technology giant. Google is not the only tech giant aiming to bridge the biological and technological gap, other companies such as Samsung and Sony are building a cyborg contact lens which can record, track, and transmit everything seen with the eyeball as well. Artificial intelligence will be used to govern the lives of the citizenry, all while the public is sold on the idea that the technology produced is a necessity when in reality mankind is building its own prison cells. 

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ALERT: Officials warn of more collapses at US nuclear site — “High spikes” in radiation levels recorded — Expert: Plutonium could go airborne — Major concern over radioactive releases — Gov’t delays revealing data to public (VIDEOS)

Published: May 18th, 2017 at 6:56 am ET By ENENews

KING 5 transcript, May 14, 2017 (emphasis added): Hanford official: Tunnel could collapse again — Less than a week after a tunnel collapse at Hanford’s PUREX site, Senator Cantwell visited the nuclear site Saturday, concerned about the recent collapse and the possibility of more. “There is still a potential that we could have an additional collapse of that tunnel,” said Doug Shoop, manager at the Department of Energy Richland Operations Office… “What we will be doing, weather permitting, will be putting a very large cover over the top of that tunnel number one,” said Shoop. That cover meant to keep radioactive particles in the dirt from flying into the air in the event of another collapse. KOMO, May 13, 2017: DOE spokesman Doug Shoop said they’re still at risk of another failure as the 360-foot long concrete and wood structure has not been shored up. To mitigate the risk of a radioactive release in the event of a second collapse, workers will place a heavy, industrial tarp over the entire length of the tunnel… KEPR, May 13, 2017: IMMEDIATE CONCERNS… “Now there is still the potential that we could have an additional collapse,” said Doug Shoop, site manager for the Department of Energy Richland Operations… Nuclear Waste Program Manager Alex Smith said the Department of Ecology[ said the] most immediate concern, of course, is the potential the wooden tunnel could collapse again… If a larger part of the tunnel were to collapse, she said they worry about a radiological release… With high winds in the area, Smith said radioactive dust can travel easily, that’s why they used extra precaution when dealing with the emergency on Tuesday. Shoop [said] they want to avoid airborne release of radioactive dust because the materials are difficult to contain and can be harmful to humans… “But what we do know for sure is that the material is very radioactive,” he said… Shoop said all the monitoring data that the DOE, contractors and the Department of Health conducted on the site, following the collapse, will be available to the public within the next week… Alex Smith, Washington Dept. of Ecology: “The integrity of the structure is compromised… Radioactive dirt and dust could be released… it is a high concern.” KNDO transcript, May 14, 2017: “There are still major concerns circling the tunnel collapse.” KING 5 transcript, May 10, 2017: “A danger still exists after that tunnel collapsed yesterday. It was really a statewide emergency… If the wind were to pick-up and the hole is still not filled in, that’s when the wind could come down, stir things up, and spread radioactive particles into the air… The bad news is the wind is about to pick up. We’ve got this low pressure system out in the Pacific… Once it traverses east of the Cascades we’re going to see that wind… You’re going to see wind speeds surpassing the 30 mph mark.” Nuclear Hotseat, May 10, 2017: (at 11:15 in) Robert Alvarez, former senior policy adviser at US Dept. of Energy: “It’s possible that radiation might have escaped into the open environment because of this collapse… This stuff could re-suspend — it probably has plutonium in it.” — (at 16:30 in) Julie Wert, Radiation Watch: “I pulled the [EPA RadNet data] for Hanford and it’s showing high spikes… That indicates that there’s some releases going on.” Tri-City Herald, May 13, 2017: Hanford radiological control technicians who questioned some unusual radiation readings are being credited with discovering the breach… When some readings were much higher than expected, they began checking for the cause…


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etc. Have you read my word, do you know that Ezekiel thirty eight and thirty nine is knocking on the door, as a matter of fact, its got a battering-ram and it is knocking the door down, but you are not aware of that.  Are you aware of how they are removing the Bible, are you aware of how they are fighting Christians, are you aware of the countries that are killing every Christian that is there?  And then you think I can delay another five years or another ten years.  Have you not read in my word where they are laying under my altar and they are crying out, how much longer, how much longer?  Oh what a sad state the world is in. etc.

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Days of Noah and The Demonic Wars – The Battle For The Minds of The World

By Ray Gano - May 16, 2017

The demonic wars are taking place right now and like it or not, the enemy is winning. How is he doing that? By winning the minds of the world. Christianity is under attack in a big way. “The Italian religious research group CENSUR (The Center for Studies on New Religions) has named Christians the most persecuted religious group in the world after calculating that one person of a Christian faith was murdered every six minutes in 2016.” (1) We have been witnessing a war on Christianity for the last 20+ years and body count is growing exponentially. Most of the deaths taking place are against Christians in the Middle East and in Northern Africa where Islam is prevalent and in most cases ruling those areas and countries. Like it or not, what is happening here in America is nothing compared to those brothers and sisters who are dying for the faith in those countries. But what is happening here in America is a literal battle for the minds of the world to demean, negate, demoralize and make Christianity totally ill relevant. What we are seeing take place in America is an increase in hostility and incredible intolerance towards Christians, our values, our beliefs, our way of life, our God and His Son Jesus Christ. Basically, if you are a Christian, people do not want to know or deal with it. The world says, “You keep your religious intolerance in the closet where it belongs and out of the public’s eye.” Folks, this is a tactic that is totally satanically driven. The enemy believes that the more it can take Christianity out of the public’s eye and make it ill relevant, the better their positions become at being the dominate ideal. This is the same tactic that Hitler used against the Jews in Nazi Germany, and like it or not, Hitler was then allowed to kill over 11 million people, 6 million of them were Jews. I am sighting this because we are beginning to see a rise of hatred against Christians and those of us on the right along with anyone who holds to our conservative ideas are being targeted. “a Huffington Post article that showed “how to really turn up the heat on elected officials” went viral. The author, Michaelangelo Signorile, called on protesters to harass Republicans at dinner, when they’re out shopping and even at home. Societal norms for the basic levels of decency one should afford political opponents, Signorile argued, no longer apply to liberals. “It’s time to move beyond polite protests within specified boundaries. It’s time to escalate the expression of our outrage and our anger in a massive way.” (2) We are seeing an attack on Christian businesses where atheist or LGBT groups are specifically targeting small business for the sole reason to put them out of business via a law suit. The basic mentality is that “If you don’t want to serve the public, don’t open a business saying you will serve the public.” We are witnessing a militaristic secularization of the Untied States and just because President Trump is in office is not stopping these people who are hell bent on destroying the Christian way of life. Again, at the very core of this militaristic secularization is the demonic and their control of the many people who are involved in this idea that Christianity needs to be squashed like a bug for the good of society. And that is where they are winning the minds of the world. The world is starting to agree with these demonic ideas and backing theses monstrous thugs who see that it is their right to what ever they want to us all in the name of their very skewed ideas. What we need to realize is that we are fighting with demons both in the spiritual and in the physical. The physical are demons who are possessing people and controlling them to do as much damage and harm as possible. These are free will humans who are working for the enemy and gladly doing so. This is why it is important that we recognize this and understand how to spot those who are in league with demons. This week I have produced a video which talks about how you can recognize someone who is demon possessed. You can watch this video here —  Folks, this battle is real and this is why we need to be prepared mentally physically and spiritually. Like it or not, many of us Christians are not ready for the fight and that is where the enemy has the better of us. We need to get organized and we need to be preparing so that no matter what happens, we are able to still stand in the gap and continue to fight the good fight. In later articles, I will be talking about this more. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. 

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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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Impressive flash floods engulf Taif – Huge dust storm changes day into night in Hail, Saudi Arabia

By Strange Sounds - May 18, 2017

Weather in Saudi Arabia is going crazy again.

While an impressive flash floods engulf Taif, a huge dust storm changing day into night swallowed up Hail, Saudi Arabia on May 17, 2017.

At almost the exat same time, about 900 km away in Hail, Saudi Arabia, a giant dust storm engulfed the region changing day into night. Impressive images below: 

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etc. Keep your eyes upon me, watch and listen, even as volcanoes begin to erupt, landslides and avalanches, flooding overseas, soon to America. But keep your eyes on the things that I have told you and realize that my church shall go through this time in great victory.

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Decades after catastrophic 1980 eruption, Mount St. Helens is 'recharging'

By Blair Shiff May 18, 2017, 5:06 AM ET

Mount St. Helens erupted on May 18, 1980, after two months of increasing volcanic activity. Since its most recent eruption in 2008, there has been a swarm of earthquakes, which are thought to be a result of the magmatic system's "recharging," according to the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network. Similar seismic swarms were detected during recharging periods before a small eruption in 2004 and through a period of volcanic activity that ended in 2008. In March through May of this year, swarms of deep earthquakes, not even felt on the surface, have been detected. Seismic swarms do not directly indicate that an eruption is imminent, because volcanic forecasting is difficult, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The 1980 eruption is widely considered the most disastrous volcanic eruption in U.S. history. It killed 57 people and destroyed hundreds of homes, 57 bridges and some 200 miles of roads, in addition to leveling tens of thousands of acres of forest. The eruption sent an ash cloud more than 12 miles into the atmosphere in just 10 minutes. Fine ash reached the Northeast two days later and circled the earth within 15 days, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The volcano had been dormant for more than 100 years until seismic activity started to increase in March 1980. A series of earthquakes caused cracks in the snow and ice at the top of the mountain. On March 27, 1980, ash began to spray from the mountain's peak. What happened next caught many scientists by surprise. At 8:32 a.m. on the day of the big eruption, a 5.1 magnitude earthquake shook the area, and the mountain's summit and much of its northern flank collapsed, sending a huge explosion out from the north side instead of a typical eruption from the top. Some 3.2 billion tons of ash spewed into the surrounding area, according to the United States Geological Survey. Streets and buildings were covered, and the eruption caused an estimated $1 billion in damage. Over the nearly four decades since the cataclysmic eruption, the USGS has noticed signs of recovery near Mount St. Helens. These signs of regrowth are positive, but there are also signs of increased seismic activity under the mountain. "Mount St. Helens is at normal background levels of activity," Liz Westby, a geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey–Cascades Volcano Observatory, told ABC News. "But a bit out of the ordinary are several small magnitude earthquake swarms in March to May 2016, November 2016 and April 16 to May 5, 2017. During the April 16 to May 5, 2017, swarm, we detected well over 100 earthquakes, all below a magnitude 1.3." Those quakes originated between sea level and 3 miles below sea level and were too small for people to feel on the surface, even if they had been directly above them, she said. Even though there has been a swarm of earthquakes, Westby said, that doesn't necessarily mean that an eruption of Mount St. Helens is coming soon. Volcanic forecasts can be tricky. "There are several reasons why it is very unlikely that this swarm is a precursor to imminent eruptive activity at Mount St. Helens. It is similar to ones in the past that did not lead to surface activity. It consists of very small earthquakes occurring at relatively low rates. There are no other geophysical indicators (like surface deformation, tilting, increased volcanic gas emissions) of unrest," she told ABC News. Westby said these swarms are extremely interesting and helpful to scientists, since each geophysical signal gives them a better understanding of how a volcano functions. "This is why we maintain a close watch over these giants, so we can detect the earliest signs of reawakening," she said. The agency sends out weekly updates on seismic activity around the volcano. Mount St. Helens' last eruption in 2008 was insignificant compared with the devastating eruption in 1980. 

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U.S. Household Debts Hit Record High in First Quarter--Update

By Ben Leubsdorf Published May 17, 2017

The total debt held by American households reached a record high in early 2017, exceeding its 2008 peak after years of retrenchment in the face of financial crisis, recession and modest economic growth. The milestone, announced Wednesday by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, was a long time coming. Americans reduced their debts during and after the 2007-09 recession to an unusual extent: a 12% decline from the peak in the third quarter of 2008 to the trough in the second quarter of 2013. New York Fed researchers, looking at data back to the end of World War II, described the drop as "an aberration from what had been a 63-year upward trend reflecting the depth, duration and aftermath of the Great Recession." In the first quarter, total debt was up 14.1% from that low point as steady job gains, falling unemployment and continued economic growth boosted households' income and willingness to borrow. The New York Fed report said total household debt rose by $149 billion in the first three months of 2017 compared with the prior quarter, or 1.2%, to a total of $12.725 trillion. "Almost nine years later, household debt has finally exceeded its 2008 peak, but the debt and its borrowers look quite different today," New York Fed economist Donghoon Lee said. He added, "This record debt level is neither a reason to celebrate nor a cause for alarm." The pace of new lending slowed from the strong fourth quarter. Mortgage balances rose 1.7% last quarter from the final three months of 2016, while home-equity lines of credit were down 3.6% in the first quarter. Automotive loans rose 0.9% and student loans climbed 2.6%. Credit-card debt fell 1.9%, and other types of debt were down 2.7% from the fourth quarter. The data weren't adjusted for inflation, and household debt remains below past levels in relation to the size of the overall U.S. economy. In the first quarter, total debt was 66.9% of nominal gross domestic product versus 85.4% of GDP in the third quarter of 2008. Balance sheets look different now, with less housing-related debt and more student and auto loans. As of the first quarter, 67.8% of total household debt was in the form of mortgages; in the third quarter of 2008, mortgages were 73.3% of total debt. Student loans rose from 4.8% to 10.6% of total indebtedness, and auto loans went from 6.4% to 9.2%. Mortgage lending to subprime borrowers has dwindled since the housing crisis in favor of loans to consumers considered more likely to repay. In the first quarter, borrowers with credit scores under 620 accounted for 3.6% of mortgage originations, compared with 15.2% a decade earlier. Borrowers with credit scores of 760 or higher were 60.9% of originations last quarter, versus 23.9% in the first quarter of 2007. Auto loans have remained relatively available to subprime borrowers, helping fuel the record vehicle sales of recent years as interest rates have been low. Some 19.6% of auto-loan originations last quarter went to borrowers with credit scores below 620, down from 29.6% a decade earlier. The median credit score for auto-loan originations in the first quarter was 706, compared with 764 for mortgage originations. Some 4.8% of outstanding debt was delinquent at the end of the first quarter, little changed from late 2016, with 3.4% at least 90 days late, known as seriously delinquent. Seriously delinquent rates have climbed recently for credit-card debt, 7.5% in the first quarter, and auto loans, 3.8% last quarter, and remained high -- 11% last quarter -- for student loans, according to Wednesday's report. Write to Ben Leubsdorf at  The total debt held by American households reached a record high in early 2017, exceeding its 2008 peak after years of retrenchment in the face of financial crisis, recession and modest economic growth. Much has changed over the past eight and a half years. The economy is larger, lending standards are tighter and less debt is delinquent. Mortgages remain the largest form of household borrowing but have become a smaller share of total debt as consumers take on more automotive and student loans. "The debt and its borrowers look quite different today," New York Fed economist Donghoon Lee said. He added: "This record debt level is neither a reason to celebrate nor a cause for alarm." The total-debt milestone, announced Wednesday by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, was a long time coming. Americans reduced their debts during and after the 2007-09 recession to an unusual extent: a 12% decline from the peak in the third quarter of 2008 to the trough in the second quarter of 2013. New York Fed researchers, looking at data back to the end of World War II, described the drop as "an aberration from what had been a 63-year upward trend reflecting the depth, duration and aftermath of the Great Recession." In the first quarter, total debt was up about 14% from that low point as steady job gains, falling unemployment and continued economic growth boosted households' income and willingness to borrow. The New York Fed report said total household debt rose by $149 billion in the first three months of 2017 compared with the prior quarter to a total of $12.725 trillion. The pace of new lending slowed from the strong fourth quarter. Mortgage balances rose from the final three months of 2016, while home-equity lines of credit were down. Automotive loans rose, as did student loans, but credit-card debt fell along with other types of debt. The data weren't adjusted for inflation, and household debt remains below past levels in relation to the size of the overall U.S. economy. In the first quarter, total debt was about 67% of nominal gross domestic product versus roughly 85% of GDP in the third quarter of 2008. Balance sheets look different now, with less housing-related debt and more student and auto loans. As of the first quarter, about 68% of total household debt was in the form of mortgages; in the third quarter of 2008, mortgages were roughly 73% of total debt. Student loans rose from about 5% to around 11% of total indebtedness, and auto loans went from roughly 6% to about 9%. Mortgage lending to subprime borrowers has dwindled since the housing crisis in favor of loans to consumers considered more likely to repay. In the first quarter, borrowers with credit scores under 620 accounted for less than 4% of mortgage originations, compared with more than 15% a decade earlier. Borrowers with credit scores of 760 or higher had about 61% of originations last quarter, versus about 24% in the first quarter of 2007. Auto loans have remained relatively available to subprime borrowers, helping fuel the record vehicle sales of recent years as interest rates have been low. About a fifth of auto-loan originations last quarter went to borrowers with credit scores below 620, down from roughly 30% a decade earlier. Still, standards have tightened. The median credit score for auto-loan originations in the first quarter was 706, compared with 764 for mortgage originations. In the first quarter of 2007, the median scores were 678 for auto loans and 712 for mortgages. Less than 5% of outstanding debt was delinquent at the end of the first quarter, little changed from late 2016, with 3.4% at least 90 days late, known as seriously delinquent. The overall seriously delinquent rate remains well below levels seen in the recession's immediate aftermath, though delinquencies have climbed recently for credit-card debt and auto loans and remain high for student loans, according to Wednesday's report. Write to Ben Leubsdorf at 

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Will There be a Civil War If Trump Is Impeached?

By Dave Hodges

Never before have we seen such a collection of mainstream media outlets to conspire to take a sitting President out of office. The Washington Post (a proven front for the CIA), ABC News, CNN (another CIA controlled operation) and the New York Times have presented a uniform front of falsfied evidence against Donald Trump with absolutedly no concrete evidence that Trump has violated the law and should be impeached and criminally convicted and sentenced. If Trump is impeached will there be a civil war. Allegations and Evidence Against Trump Trump is accused of conspiring with the Russians to fix the results of the election. He is also accused of leaking intelligence information to the Russians. Further, it is alleged that Trump obstructed justice. The evidence for these crimes is absolutely nonexistent. There has not been one shred of evidence to support any of these allegations. The closest that the Deep State has come to producing evidence is the word of one man immediately after being fired by Trump and I am referring to James Comey. Comey allegedly wrote down conent related to conversations he had with Trump in which Trump “obstructed justice” by telling Comey to stop investigating Flynn. If this were true, Comey would have been required to report this to the Department of Justice, IMMEDIATELY! Comey, by not reporting the allegation, either obstructed justice or is lying. There is no other evidence to support these allegations. As I said in yesterday’s article, the clear intent is to keep Trump and Putin divided because of their expressed common desire to eliminate child-sex-trafficking from the landscape of government and Deep State politics. Rules for Thee but Not for Me While the people of this country live under the mantra of repeating a big enough lie, often enough, the people will come to believe it, the MSM outlets have totally ignored the heinous and serial criminality of Hillary Clinton: Illegally brokered arms deals with 16 nations with terrorist ties and laundered the gifts into the Clinton Foundation through HSBC Bank while James Comey was on the bank’s board of directors. Illegally sold 25% of the nation’s uranium to Russia while husband Bill received overpriced speaking engagements in Russia. This is called treason. By the way, the New York Times first reported these allegations involving Uranium One as the front company. Illegally laundered her ill-gotten Clinton Foundation gains into her presidential campaign. The Clinton Foundation stole $2 billion dollars in Hatian relief money. Stored national security emails on her private server and attempted to cover it up. There’s your obstruction of justice violation along with Comey’s facilitation of this crime. There are a host of other serious crimes that have gone unpunished. But justice is selective in America, today, because there is an agenda to destroy the American dream. Why? Because in the New World Order, under the direction of the banksters, everyone is in debt so that they can be controlled. Impeachment and the Total Loss of Civil Liberties Because we are playing in a game with no rules, it is important to know that Trump will be impeached solely based on the strength of fabricated evidence and in most cases, no evidence at all. In today’s Deep State America, perception is reality. Opinion rules over fact, Intimidation rules over the free expression of ideas. We have officially entered the Nazi Germany period of the Enabling Act. Soon, your guns will be confiscated. The 1st Amendment and the Internet will soon become strangers. George Soros controls the modern day Brown Shirts. The fate that befell Seth Rich will become standard and with a completely controlled media, there will be nobody to identify and speak against the abuses of the ruling party. Donald Trump is the stop gap for this movement. With his removal, there is a clear road for the total subjugation of America. Will There Be a Revolution In America? The answer to the question is no, an emphatic no. Donald Trump’s campaign should have been enough to wake Americans up. There was no more of a salient issue as the Free Trade Agreements. These agreements remove American sovereignty. They destroy the employment market at home. They have done move to lower the standard of living that any other single factor. However, most Americans don’t know a free trade agreement from a free agent in football. America has become one of the most dumbed down countries in the world. A full two-thirds of Americans cannot find N. Korea on a map. We are buried in our entertainments. We are distracted to dumbness. Many Americans make the mentally retarded look informed by comparison. In short, we are being led to the slaughter with smiles on our faces! It is game over except for one possible factor. Can’t Anything Be Done? Won’t the people get tired of the abuse and when Trump is impeached and thrown out of office, won’t the people revolt? The short answer is no. The event will be theater for 3/4ths of the country, and nothing more. There is, however, one issue that could awaken a sleeping giant. It is not the loss of guns, Internet, First Amendment and the loss of jobs and ultimately the foreiture of our country’s sovereignty. The only thing that even the most ignorant will hold dear is the overall welfare of their children. America may not know what Internet freedom means, but they understand what sexual abuse of a child is all about. On this point, most species will defend their offspring to the death. This fact, alone, tells us where we in the Independent Media should focus our efforts. Quite simply, Pedogate and the Deep State connection to it must be hammered home day after day. Trump must be portrayed by us as a defender of Children. If he won’t say it, we need to say it for him. And what if we are successful in rousing our citizens to action based on the crimes committed against children? We will have a civil war and many will die. What will happen if we do nothing and the globalist agenda goes forward. Soon, 90% of you will not be around to see how this is going to end. America, you have a choice. You can distract yourself until death. Or you can risk death by defending what is precious. And to my colleagues in the Independent Media, I feel I have identified the anti-sleeping pill that America has taken and it is to fully expose child-sex trafficking. Tick, tick, tick, time is very short. 

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Dems: “Give us Trump’s head or we’ll bury you and your county!”

By Sher Zieve —— Bio and Archives May 18, 2017

If they weren’t so belligerent, nasty, petulant and dangerous to our country and humanity, one might—almost—be slightly inclined to have pity on the, now, increasingly desperate Democrats. Unfortunately, however, these Marxist Democrats exhibit all of these negative connotations…with increasing and even great regularity. The leftist US media have been working with—if not providing the instructions as to how to accomplish their goals—the Marxist Democrats and RINOs for well over a decade in order to take over the country for themselves and the globalist elites. Perverse and craven (these parasitic types have never had a courageous bone in their bodies), the media—along with the US indoctrination system formerly known as the “public school” system—in all of their many guises have diligently worked to transform the thinking of Americans. Now, that transformation begins as soon as toddlers can sit up to watch television. Ruling over us all from-cradle-to-grave is all the would-be demi-human globalist masters are demanding. And, like Islamic ISIS (not to be confused with the Roman goddess who was never known to behead humans), the US Islamo-Marxist Democrats are becoming more deranged and depraved with each passing day. Goals of the Islamo-Marxist Revolution in America The goals of those who wish us to see them as “downtrodden,” “put upon” and “demeaned” because members of the US electorate were “stupid” in that they voted for now President Donald J. Trump are demanding that same president of the United States be removed (after just shy of four months in office) because they hate him. If we-the-people refuse to comply, these same unprincipled politicos have told us they will forge ahead with their unceasing shouts and Dem Congress members (and a few RINOs…notably John McCain) will continue their refusals to engage in their jobs and will, instead, buck up their undereducated and paid ‘troops’ to continue their rioting, burning and pillaging against anyone who opposes their dark vision for mankind’s future. They will continue to harass us all until we remove President Trump from office. Make no mistake. Those who oppose individual freedom being replaced with the collective enslavement of group-think and actions are not pro-humanity. Those who want to control the human population via abortion and, likely, soon the regulation of the number of children allowed per family are not pro-human. Those who organize, spawn, foment and encourage violent attacks against any and all of their fellow citizens who disagree with their menacing and deviant ways are definitely not pro-humanity. The attacks against Constitutionalists are increasing almost exponentially each day. Conservative Constitutionalist (invited) speakers are being threatened by the Left with assaults at Universities nationwide and the Universities (recently and most notably University of California Berkeley) are now telling the anti-Communist speakers that they will have no police protection if they come. The leaders of these “bastions of higher learning” are telling the campus police forces to stand down if conservatives are attacked! Conservative Read stated that at UCB “according to YAF attorney prosecuting the case, the administrators instructed the police not to interfere in any anti-Coulter demonstrations no matter how violent, unless they endangered life. Of course this is nonsense because it’s pretty much impossible to know if life is endangered until someone is seriously hurt or killed. Obviously to be effective the police need to be prepared for the worst case scenario. “To give the police official cover for refusing to serve or protect as is their solemn duty, Chancellor Dirks issued a baldly disingenuous statement that gives the “heckler’s veto” the university’s stamp of approval.” President Trump is under one assault after another. Thus far, all of the news stories purporting that his ‘misdeeds’ rise to the level of impeachment have been discredited and proved to be malicious fake news mockup out of whole cloth by a progressively more virulent leftist attack-media. Note: Thus far, there have been no misdeeds proved to even successfully identify .We’re beginning to look more and more like Peronist Argentina. The supposed “Russian-connection” between President Trump and Putin has been investigated since—at least—July 2016…long before Trump was elected. Nothing has, to date, been found. The Democrats are throwing every attempt to create a Trump scandal they can find, in order to keep the president from doing his job for we-the-people. The Left’s latest attempt is the assertion by the Left’s ever-faithful fake-news source The New York Times that purports President Trump obstructed justice by telling Comey to stop the investigation of Michael Flynn. The NYT says there is a memo on it. Said memo has yet to be produced. Hmmm. Former FBI Director Comey knows full well that under 18 U.S. Code § 4 - Misprision of felony he was required to immediately report any suspected obstruction of justice. He did not. In fact, up until a day or so ago, he never even mentioned it. And, on 3 May 2017 Comey appeared before a Senate committee and said in answer to a committee member’s question that the Trump Administration “doesn’t obstruct investigations.” There is no “there…there” in any of these patently fabricated-by-the-Left fake stories against President Trump. Folks, all of this treacherous—and increasingly perilous for us all—fake news mischief is meant to bring down the US Republic so that the non-elected Marxist Dems can rule over us…again. Now, we even have a special counsel appointed. Bad move. This could go on forever and end any hope of Trump continuing to bring about his policies and programs, in order to actually make America great again. That’s the Democrat plan. The Left has even finally and negatively impacted the stock market with all of its lies and subterfuge. This must stop. We have entered a time period that could quite possibly end our country. And, the danger to us is coming from within the Democrat Party aided and abetted by the testosterone-free RINOs. It’s time to expunge the Left’s attempts to end our country. Elect no more Democrats….no more RINOs. We must take our country back, stand behind our not-guilty-of-anything-except-winning-the-presidency President Trump and vote out all Democrats possible. Their malicious stranglehold on us all must be broken. “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”—James 4:7 Young America’s Foundation Sues Berkeley for Squelching Free Speech: The FBI Has Been Investigating Trump’s Russia Ties Since July: 18 U.S. Code § 4 - Misprision of felony: FBI Director James Comey Testified Under Oath May 3rd That The Trump Administration Doesn’t Obstruct Investigations: Sher Zieve -- Bio and Archives | Click to view 13 Comments Sher Zieve is an author and political commentator. Zieve’s op-ed columns are widely carried by multiple internet journals and sites, and she also writes hard news. Her columns have also appeared in The Oregon Herald, Dallas Times, Sacramento Sun, in international news publications, and on multiple university websites. Sher is also a guest on multiple national radio shows. Sher can be reached at 

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etc. Watch, do you not see the signs throughout all the world, do you not see the coming judgment that shall come, do you not see the blood that shall be flowing in the streets soon?  Do you not see all the signs, or are you so asleep, that it will take disaster to wake you up?  Where are you my church, where are you? 

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RED ALERT: Attempted political coup now taking place in D.C. with effort to impeach Trump for fabricated “obstruction of justice”

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 by: Mike Adams

(Natural News) This is a high priority alert. The Washington Post, now exposed as a CIA propaganda front, and the New York Times (a fiction-pimping anti-American rag owned by a Mexican national) have tag-teamed their way to their desired finish line: The impeachment and indictment of President Donald J. Trump. This has been accomplished through the publishing of a seemingly endless stream of utterly fabricated fake news stories, nearly all of which are based on “anonymous sources” that are probably little more than schizophrenic voices in the heads of the reporters writing the “news” in the first place. The aim has been to accuse President Trump of every imaginable crime, from “leaking intel to the Russians” to “obstruction of justice.” Keep in mind that these same discredited media outlets gave Obama a pass when he laundered $1.7 billion in cash and delivered it to Iran on a military cargo plane. They are the same fake news media that looked the other way when Bill Clinton met with Loretta Lynch on the tarmac in a private meeting to pressure Lynch to back off any potential criminal investigation of Hillary Clinton’s long list of crimes. They are the same anti-American media that said nothing when Hillary Clinton cheated during the presidential debates by receiving the debate questions in advance from CNN. (She also pre-sold her anticipated presidency by collecting tens of millions of dollars in “donations” and “speaking fees” from foreign interests.) They are the same media that stood silent when former President Obama weaponized the IRS to suppress the speech of conservative non-profits. Similarly, nobody in the media seems to be alarmed at all that Obama abused the state surveillance apparatus to spy on his political opponents such as Rand Paul. These are all serious crimes, serious abuses of power and treasonous acts carried out by Obama, a Democrat. Yet the left-wing media remains silent on every one of them. What’s obvious from all this is that, according to the left-wing media, Democrats can do no wrong and all their crimes are whitewashed by default (even the obvious murder of Seth Rich). Yet Republicans are instantly guilty of the worst crimes imaginable, even when they’ve done nothing wrong at all. REAL crimes committed by Democrats are deliberately overlooked, in other words, while FAKE accusations against Republicans are hyped up until they’re made to look legitimate and damning, to the point where Democrats are all madly hyperventilating and claiming to be “triggered” by nearly everything. It is against this background of wild disinformation, media lies and conspiratorial plotting that President Trump is now facing the most serious challenge of his administration: An aggressive attempt to remove him from office through impeachment and indictment over entirely fabricated, baseless accusations that are lacking any real facts. Congressman Al Green just called for Trump’s impeachment on the House floor Right on cue, Texas congressman Al Green (a Democrat from Houston, no surprise) just called for Donald Trump’s impeachment. As Zero Hedge reports: For now it is unclear what Congressman Al Green’s reasoning is… apart from anonymously-sourced evidence-free reports from a clearly biased mainstream media perpetuating a narrative designed to ‘resist’. Apparently the argument is that Trump “obstructed justice”, although we hope Mr. Green has some evidence to back up his accusations. Indeed, nearly every media accusation against Trump has been based on nothing but innuendo, misleading headlines, fake “anonymous sources” (a Washington Post favorite) or outright misrepresentations of hard facts. The New York Times and Washington Post have deliberately published fake news, then whipped it all into a “media circle jerk” frenzy where the same false stories are repeated across the ‘net, all hyped up by Facebook’s selective oppression of liberty-oriented news so that left-wing media lies are more easily shared. Google then tweaks its search engine algorithms to censor truth media while giving extra rankings to the lies of the left-wing media, making sure that all searches on political topics return mainstream media propaganda results rather than independent media stories that are actually far more truthful. The fix is in, in other words, and it’s a coordinated network involving the media, tech giants, deep state intelligence organizations and of course late night television which drives all the false narratives into the brains of young, gullible hipsters. The goal of all this is the overthrow of the Republic and the final crushing of all voices of liberty As should be obvious by now, the Democrats seek to run a totalitarian, fascist police state that they control. It will be called a “tolerant” society, of course, where anyone who disagrees with any left-wing narrative is censored off the ‘net, labeled a threat to humanity and imprisoned or executed. The Boston Herald is already calling for mass executions of people who disagree with California’s SB 277 vaccine mandate which allows the state government to force mass injections of toxic substances into human babies. Netflix has now memory-holed videos that teach the science of genetics, making sure that nobody remembers how gender is determined by XX or XY chromosomes, not a “momentary feeling” of a gender-confused individual. Google eliminated the entire website from its index for a six-day period, attempting to memory hole 140,000+ independent news articles, and Facebook is now blocking nearly all sharing of independent media in order to make sure that only the fake news narratives of the delusional Left can be shared on its twisted social media platform (which serves as little more than a front for the NSA to collect intelligence on the citizenry). The real goal in all this — which is also being pursued by the evil globalist Jeff Bezos, founder of and owner of the fake news Washington Post — is the overthrow of the Republic. This will be followed, of course, by a massive false flag school shooting, a call for the complete disarmament of the U.S. citizenry, and a final rollout of the totalitarian police state run by Leftists. All liberty-oriented websites will be de-indexed from Google, banned from Facebook sharing, blocked by email ISPs and possibly even shut down at the domain level through government seizures of domain names. All voices of liberty will be silenced, and only obedient conformity will be tolerated in the name of “tolerance.” We are right now on the very precipice of this unfolding before our very eyes in the days ahead. An effort is under way to impeach President Trump or declare him mentally unfit. Rumors are swirling that his own cabinet is prepared to say he suffers from Alzheimer’s or dementia and is therefore “unfit for command” and must be replaced. An actual political coup is forming up at this very moment, and the anti-American forces within the media and the bureaucracy are planning to move swiftly to out-pace public awareness or dissent against the coup that’s taking place. Why a coup against Trump will likely set off a civil war and a catastrophic market collapse I plan to discuss this is more detail in a subsequent article, but according to my analysis, a coup against President Trump is likely to be the catalyst for the outbreak of civil war as well as a catastrophic market crash. In that civil war, I predict a strong possibility that the headquarters of Google, Facebook, Twitter and other tech gatekeepers will be overrun by pro-America forces in order to halt their collusion with fascist left-wing traitors who are trying to overthrow the Republic. We should expect to see similar strategic occupation efforts targeting the Washington Post and the New York Times, which is where all the anti-American propaganda originates, run by nefarious globalists who despise liberty and Trump. I would not be surprised at all to see all the major media centers of America seized and forced to stop running their anti-American, anti-liberty, fascist propaganda that has deliberately sought to overthrow the duly elected President of these United States. On the streets, the mass protests will of course spill out across every U.S. city, where brainwashed, delusional left-wing activists will carry out mass violence against innocent white people, looting white neighborhoods and torching white-owned businesses. This mass violence will be uncontrolled and unstoppable by local police, who will be vastly outnumbered. At some point, watch for local citizens who own firearms to start shooting back in their own defense, and from there it all escalates into open warfare on the streets of America. (Hint: Gun owners who can accurately shoot rifles will out-range the left-wing criminals who only know how to use handguns.) If you are not yet prepared for the outbreak of mass violence across America, your time is running short. You will obviously need a means of self-defense, and you will need plenty of organic survival food, a non-electric water filter, emergency first aid items and emergency communications gear. If you don’t yet own a firearm for your protection, find recommended choices for self-defense at and You will need plenty of hollow point ammo, which you can find at or My personal recommendation is to acquire a Glock 19 as your starting pistol, and get a rifle if it’s legal to own one in your area. (If it’s not legal to own a rifle, you are living in the wrong state. Time to move…) Prepare to defend your property, your community and perhaps even your country. It really is coming down to an outbreak of civil war across America, and the insane, fascist Left will stop at nothing to stomp out all voices of liberty and install their own totalitarian system of government under which no dissent is allowed at all. Leftism is fascism, remember. If you do not agree with all their insane, delusional narratives about climate change, transgenderism, government spending or socialized health care, then you will be silenced and punished. The book burnings have literally begun; the Left’s calls for the mass killings of the voices of liberty are on the rise, and the Left has become a mindless mass of dangerous zombies who are mentally ill (and extremely violent). This will obviously not end peacefully. PRIORITY: How to stay informed as the attempted coup and civil war unfolds STOP using Google as your search engine. Start using instead. STOP using Google News to find out what’s happening. Use instead. STOP using Facebook, period. Use instead. STOP buying from Every purchase funds the same owner as the Washington Post, which is a traitorous, fake news propaganda front that’s actively trying to overthrow the Republic. NEVER believe what you get from NPR, NYT, CNN, WashPost or other anti-American, left-wing media outlets. They are all deliberately fabricating fake news that’s intended to overthrow the Republic and crush all voices of liberty and reason, Each day, go directly to,, or other websites to find out what’s happening. Natural News is now updated every morning and evening, so check it at least twice a day. Subscribe to our email newsletter to receive email alerts. Do not use a gmail address, as gmail deliberately blocks Natural News content as a form of censorship. 

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Pat Buchanan: It Isn’t Watergate Yet, But How Long Can This Sustain?

Alex Pfeiffer Reporter 10:28 PM 05/17/2017

Pat Buchanan says the nonstop uproar following Trump’s firing of former FBI director James Comey is not comparable to Watergate, but he does wonder if the Trump presidency can function with this level of drama. Buchanan was a central figure in the Richard Nixon administration and just released “Nixon’s White House Wars: The Battles That Made And Broke a President and Divided America Forever.” He spoke to The Daily Caller Wednesday about the Trump presidency and other topics. You wrote on Monday that the firing of Comey is nothing like Watergate. Do you still think these comparisons are overblown in light of Tuesday’s New York Times report that Trump asked Comey to stop investigating Michael Flynn? I do. We haven’t got a single crime yet or a single indictment yet. By the time of the Saturday Night Massacre — in the middle of the Watergate scandal which lasted 18 months — you had people convicted and imprisoned, you had others who were on trial or facing indictment, you had others who had lawyered up and whose names had been dropped, you had congressional hearings, you had universal cries in the House for impeachment, and the White House was clearly deep in a crisis. To compare the situation then with the situation now is absurd. I will say there is a valid comparison between the blood-in-the-water atmosphere of this city now and the blood-in-the-water atmosphere of 1973/1974 after March ’73. There’s another difference, and that’s the media. You had The Washington Post, CBS and the networks. You had a morning newspaper and an evening newspaper and three networks. Now you’ve got a new headline, a new revelation every day at least. Sometimes twice a day. It seems like a great deal more activity going on, but I think in terms of the situation, they’re not comparable. This is not comparable to ’73. Will this distract him from his policy plans? What’s the effect this will have on his presidency? There’s no question that the agenda has been put on the back-burner. At least for the cable networks and the newspapers with all these conflicts. There’s no question that the agenda has suffered. I think the president has been hurt to a degree if his approval rating is around 38 or 40 percent. The Republican Party is sort of mute right now on Capitol Hill. This has been a dramatic four months. The question is, is can we sustain this kind of intensity for 44 more months? You don’t think so? [Laughing] I went through Watergate all 18 months and we’re only four months in. It’s fairly advanced in those terms. In terms of the division and the clamors and the rodomontade if you will. Ann Coulter recently told me that she hasn’t been too pleased with the opening months of the administration. Do you agree? I knew when Trump got in, he’s going to have to fight for his agenda every day. A part of the Republican Party disagrees with it and a part of the Republican Party will also seek to sabotage and stop it. It’s going to be a long slog. I accept that. Indispensable to the agenda is the president himself. It doesn’t depend as much on the people around him as long as he stays true to his goals and on trade it looks like he really is trying to do that. I’ve got my own ideas on what he ought to do. I think you’re going to need a tariff and then use all the revenues from the tariff to cut taxes on American corporations. I think he’s trying to do something there. He’s clearly working on something on the borders. He retains his reluctance to get involved in a major war in the Middle East. A new war which would consume his presidency. The people we’ve been battling with all these years they didn’t say, “Well it’s all over we’re going home.” As soon as the election was over, the same old interests began to advance the same old agendas without much opposition. Does the GOP eventually get around to embracing Trumpism completely? Trump was a good salesman for these ideas, and these ideas had real currency with the American people. I think the Republican Party will be brought around to these ideas because their previous ideas were unsustainable. Open borders, and refusing to protect the borders, and amnesties like Bush and McCain wanted was going to be a disaster for the country and the party. You keep up the same trade policies with China running $400 billion trade surpluses and you won’t have a manufacturing plant left in the country. And you get involved in a couple more wars over there, the American people will rise up against the Republican Party and throw them out the way they did in 2006 and 2008. It’s not the persuasiveness of tactics that got these issues elevated in the hearts and minds of millions. It’s what happened. We tried the wars, we tried the free trade globalism, and we tried the open borders and people don’t like the results. And they’re not going to like it better if we go back to the same approach. You’ve written much about your worries about how demographic changes will negatively affect the nation. What do you think is the political effect that will come from this? We are currently seeing the rise of the alt right, left-wing violence… If you see more of the cause, you will see more of the effect. How dumb can these people be. Take a look at what’s happening in Europe. You have secessionist movements in more than half a dozen countries. You’ve got nationalism across Europe, you’ve got ethno-nationalism, you’ve got pro-Russian governments rising, autocracy is more attractive to people. People got to take a look. This isn’t because a couple of guys have been preaching something for a few years. We’ve been predicting it. It’s the events that matter. They decide things. When we ran with these issues in the 90s, you had tremendous support, but the thing people said was what we’re doing right now isn’t that bad so let’s stick with this. If you don’t address the causes you will get the same results, and I don’t understand people who don’t realize that. This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity. 

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Gowdy Exposes Comey Cover-Up Of Clinton/Lynch 'Tarmac' Meeting As U.S. Media Becomes A Global Laughingstock With 'Fake News' Stories

May 17, 2017 By Susan Duclos - All News PipeLine

While the mainstream media just hit 'peak meltdown," in their attempts to smear President Trump, with "anonymous" claims they cannot back up with evidence or named sources, self-written memos called "leaks," and publishing outright "fake news" almost daily, the U.S. media has not only been turned into a global laughing stock, but the unintended consequences of their war on the Trump administration just exposed one of the biggest lies that came out of the Obama administration and the corruption that went all the way to the top of the intelligence community. THE MSM CLAIMS WITH NO EVIDENCE We'' start with the claim by the NYT once again by unnamed sources, and the response by the Senate Intel Chair Richard Burr. The huge "claim" of the day by the New York Times is that someone read them a partial part of an alleged memo, supposedly written by former FBI Director James Comey, claiming that President Trump asked Comey to end the Flynn investigation. PBS NewsHour's Lisa Desjardins spoke with Senate Intel Chair Richard Burr, who says that he and ranking member Mark Warner, spoke with Comey multiple times, including the day before his firing and he "never mentioned" President Trump's supposed request to back away from the Michael Flynn investigation. Burr also makes it clear that it is not President Trump's burden to disprove the NYT's article, it is the NYT burden to prove their assertion by obtaining the alleged memo. Yesterday the big claim and viral screeching by the MSM was a Washington Post story that President Trump shared classified information with the Russians during a meeting at the White House, once again the MSM using "anonymous" sources within the intelligence community, while U.S. National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster, who was present at the meeting in question, called the report false. (More on that here) In response to that claim, Russian President Vladimir Putin, saying the U.S. mainstream media was causing "political schizophrenia," in the U.S., stating "It's hard to imagine what else these people who generate such nonsense and rubbish can dream up next. What surprises me is that they are shaking up the domestic political situation using anti-Russian slogans. Either they don't understand the damage they're doing to their own country, in which case they are simply stupid, or they understand everything, in which case they are dangerous and corrupt." Putin also offered to send over a transcript of the meeting, proving the media allegations false, according to Reuters. Reuters also highlights Putin's sarcasm as he told reporters "I'll be forced to issue him (Lavrov) with a reprimand because he did not share these secrets with us. Not with me, nor with representatives of Russia's intelligence services. It was very bad of him." The sarcasm is clear there, but it is the video of his comments and the laughter from the audience and Lavrov himself, that shows exactly how much of a laughing stock the U.S. media has become globally. MSM REOPENS A CAN OF WORMS - OBAMA ADMIN/CLINTON CORRUPTION EXPOSED & COMEY COVER UP In researching the latest MSM claim and the reactions from congressional members that are part of the separate investigations occurring in Congress, I ran across an interview with Representative Trey Gowdy, a member of the House oversight committee, where he says he wants to see the actual memo, if it exists, in its entirety, and to speak with Comey, as part of the investigative process, because with all due respect, he says "There is a reason newspaper articles are not admissible in any courtroom in the United States." The shocker came towards the end of the interview though, while discussing Comey himself, to which Gowdy asserts he has had many disagreements with, including his determination to not recommend charges against Hillary Clinton in the private email server scandal and her negligence in handling classified information on said server. Previously Gowdy had taken issue with Comey's claim that while Clinton mishandled classified data, she should not be charged because she showed no "intent," with Gowdy asserting that "intent" was not the standard to charge Clinton criminally, because had intent been found, that would rise to the level of treason and Congress deliberately made sure that "intent" was not needed to be found in order to secure charges in a case like that. (Watch that assertion here) The reason I highlight that specifically is because it is part of the bigger picture, where Gowdy has often ripped into Comey for his handling of the FBI investigation and conclusions, because in the video below, he defends Comey's decision to take the decision out of the DOJ's hands, in the now-infamous July 5, 2016 speech by Comey where he explained the illegal actions taken by Hillary Clinton, but then stated no charges would be filed. Make no mistake, Godwy insists he still disagrees with the decision to file no charges against Clinton, but he agrees with the decision to usurp the DOJ's authority in making the determination not to prosecute Clinton..... and his reasons why will blow your mind. THE TARMAC MEETING BETWEEN BILL CLINTON AND FORMER AG LORETTA LYNCH In the midst of the FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton, it was huge news that Bill Clinton met with Obama's AG Loretta Lynch on a tarmac, before the decision as to whether to charge Clinton had been announced. At the time, Loretta Lynch claimed the meeting was "purely social," saying they talked about grandchildren and golf, and immediately made it clear that due to the optics of the meeting with Clinton on the tarmac, she would accept whatever recommendations FBI investigators and career prosecutors make about the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server, without recusing herself. Well, according to Gowdy in the interview below, there was much more to that "tarmac meeting" than what Lynch admitted to, so much more that it is "classified" information. Gowdy says he has seen that information and that Comey knew of it, and that was the reason he had to usurp the protocol where the DOJ is the final decision makers as to whether to prosecute Hillary Clinton. The portion of the aforementioned discussions starts at approximately the 5:30 minute mark below, when Martha MacCallum asks Gowdy "I want to go back a little further in the Jim Comey story. You put out a statement when he was fired, saying that he had a very tough job and access to the facts that perhaps the rest of us did not, is the way that you put it. A lot of people have said his performance on July 5th when he came out and said 'you know we have all this evidence, extreme carelessness on the part of Hillary Clinton and yet we are not going to prosecute her.' Was that news conference enough, in and of itself, to let him go do you think.?" Gowdy responds "No, and I think when history knows the full fact pattern that led director Comey to have that July news conference, I mean, I think what your viewers know is the meeting on the tarmac, between the spouse of a suspect, or the target of an investigation, and the Attorney General. What your viewers don't know Martha, and what Jim Comey frankly can't tell them because it's classified, and I can't tell them because it is classified, there were a lot of other reasons that Jim Comey decided to take that decision upon himself, and I think history, and I have had plenty of differences with Jim Comey, I want to be really clear about that, lots of them, but I think history is going to much kinder to Jim Comey and that July press conference, than the Democrats were when he had it. I think he had access information that because he is a stand up guy, and he's not going to disseminate classified information, although God knows everybody else is, he is not going to do it even if it casts him in a negative light. So all your viewers see is this meeting on the tarmac. Jim Comey had access to additional information, that I am convinced left him with no other choice than to make the decision he made in July." MacCullum then tries to nail him down on exactly what he means, asking him "So, you are saying he had no choice, that there was pressure on him to not prosecute Hillary Clinton, is that what you are suggesting." That is where we get to the can of worms that the MSM has managed to reopen, where Gowdy states straight out "No, no. I think he had access to information and he wanted to safeguard the integrity of the investigation, and the integrity of the process, and I probably just ought to leave it right there. I am not talking about pressure, I don't think the guy, I don't think the guy feels pressure. I think he wanted the public to have confidence in the investigation and the outcome, even though I disagreed with the outcome, he wanted you to have confidence in the process. He had access to information that your viewers don't have, and they may not ever have, because it is classified, but trust me when I tell you this Martha, I know what it was, and I have been a critic of Jim Comey in the past, but he made the only decision he could have made with respect to appropriating that decision away from the Department of Justice and making the decision himself, and history will be a hell of a lot kinder to him that the Democrats were at the time. MacCullum states "I only take away from that that you are suggesting that there were more entanglements between the Clintons and perhaps the Justice Department than everyone understands." Gowdy ends by saying "You're very perceptive."

Listen to the discussion, then we will go over the ramifications of what Gowdy just exposed to the public. May 17, 2017 Gowdy Exposes Comey Cover-Up Of Clinton/Lynch 'Tarmac' Meeting As U.S. Media Becomes A Global Laughingstock With 'Fake News' Stories

FAKE-NEWS-090-01.jpg By Susan Duclos - All News PipeLine

While the mainstream media just hit 'peak meltdown," in their attempts to smear President Trump, with "anonymous" claims they cannot back up with evidence or named sources, self-written memos called "leaks," and publishing outright "fake news" almost daily, the U.S. media has not only been turned into a global laughing stock, but the unintended consequences of their war on the Trump administration just exposed one of the biggest lies that came out of the Obama administration and the corruption that went all the way to the top of the intelligence community. THE MSM CLAIMS WITH NO EVIDENCE We'' start with the claim by the NYT once again by unnamed sources, and the response by the Senate Intel Chair Richard Burr. The huge "claim" of the day by the New York Times is that someone read them a partial part of an alleged memo, supposedly written by former FBI Director James Comey, claiming that President Trump asked Comey to end the Flynn investigation. PBS NewsHour's Lisa Desjardins spoke with Senate Intel Chair Richard Burr, who says that he and ranking member Mark Warner, spoke with Comey multiple times, including the day before his firing and he "never mentioned" President Trump's supposed request to back away from the Michael Flynn investigation. Burr also makes it clear that it is not President Trump's burden to disprove the NYT's article, it is the NYT burden to prove their assertion by obtaining the alleged memo. Yesterday the big claim and viral screeching by the MSM was a Washington Post story that President Trump shared classified information with the Russians during a meeting at the White House, once again the MSM using "anonymous" sources within the intelligence community, while U.S. National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster, who was present at the meeting in question, called the report false. (More on that here) In response to that claim, Russian President Vladimir Putin, saying the U.S. mainstream media was causing "political schizophrenia," in the U.S., stating "It's hard to imagine what else these people who generate such nonsense and rubbish can dream up next. What surprises me is that they are shaking up the domestic political situation using anti-Russian slogans. Either they don't understand the damage they're doing to their own country, in which case they are simply stupid, or they understand everything, in which case they are dangerous and corrupt." Putin also offered to send over a transcript of the meeting, proving the media allegations false, according to Reuters. Reuters also highlights Putin's sarcasm as he told reporters "I'll be forced to issue him (Lavrov) with a reprimand because he did not share these secrets with us. Not with me, nor with representatives of Russia's intelligence services. It was very bad of him." The sarcasm is clear there, but it is the video of his comments and the laughter from the audience and Lavrov himself, that shows exactly how much of a laughing stock the U.S. media has become globally. MSM REOPENS A CAN OF WORMS - OBAMA ADMIN/CLINTON CORRUPTION EXPOSED & COMEY COVER UP In researching the latest MSM claim and the reactions from congressional members that are part of the separate investigations occurring in Congress, I ran across an interview with Representative Trey Gowdy, a member of the House oversight committee, where he says he wants to see the actual memo, if it exists, in its entirety, and to speak with Comey, as part of the investigative process, because with all due respect, he says "There is a reason newspaper articles are not admissible in any courtroom in the United States." The shocker came towards the end of the interview though, while discussing Comey himself, to which Gowdy asserts he has had many disagreements with, including his determination to not recommend charges against Hillary Clinton in the private email server scandal and her negligence in handling classified information on said server. Previously Gowdy had taken issue with Comey's claim that while Clinton mishandled classified data, she should not be charged because she showed no "intent," with Gowdy asserting that "intent" was not the standard to charge Clinton criminally, because had intent been found, that would rise to the level of treason and Congress deliberately made sure that "intent" was not needed to be found in order to secure charges in a case like that. (Watch that assertion here) The reason I highlight that specifically is because it is part of the bigger picture, where Gowdy has often ripped into Comey for his handling of the FBI investigation and conclusions, because in the video below, he defends Comey's decision to take the decision out of the DOJ's hands, in the now-infamous July 5, 2016 speech by Comey where he explained the illegal actions taken by Hillary Clinton, but then stated no charges would be filed. Make no mistake, Godwy insists he still disagrees with the decision to file no charges against Clinton, but he agrees with the decision to usurp the DOJ's authority in making the determination not to prosecute Clinton..... and his reasons why will blow your mind. LynchClintonTarmacmeet1.png THE TARMAC MEETING BETWEEN BILL CLINTON AND FORMER AG LORETTA LYNCH In the midst of the FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton, it was huge news that Bill Clinton met with Obama's AG Loretta Lynch on a tarmac, before the decision as to whether to charge Clinton had been announced. At the time, Loretta Lynch claimed the meeting was "purely social," saying they talked about grandchildren and golf, and immediately made it clear that due to the optics of the meeting with Clinton on the tarmac, she would accept whatever recommendations FBI investigators and career prosecutors make about the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server, without recusing herself. Well, according to Gowdy in the interview below, there was much more to that "tarmac meeting" than what Lynch admitted to, so much more that it is "classified" information. Gowdy says he has seen that information and that Comey knew of it, and that was the reason he had to usurp the protocol where the DOJ is the final decision makers as to whether to prosecute Hillary Clinton. The portion of the aforementioned discussions starts at approximately the 5:30 minute mark below, when Martha MacCallum asks Gowdy "I want to go back a little further in the Jim Comey story. You put out a statement when he was fired, saying that he had a very tough job and access to the facts that perhaps the rest of us did not, is the way that you put it. A lot of people have said his performance on July 5th when he came out and said 'you know we have all this evidence, extreme carelessness on the part of Hillary Clinton and yet we are not going to prosecute her.' Was that news conference enough, in and of itself, to let him go do you think.?" Gowdy responds "No, and I think when history knows the full fact pattern that led director Comey to have that July news conference, I mean, I think what your viewers know is the meeting on the tarmac, between the spouse of a suspect, or the target of an investigation, and the Attorney General. What your viewers don't know Martha, and what Jim Comey frankly can't tell them because it's classified, and I can't tell them because it is classified, there were a lot of other reasons that Jim Comey decided to take that decision upon himself, and I think history, and I have had plenty of differences with Jim Comey, I want to be really clear about that, lots of them, but I think history is going to much kinder to Jim Comey and that July press conference, than the Democrats were when he had it. I think he had access information that because he is a stand up guy, and he's not going to disseminate classified information, although God knows everybody else is, he is not going to do it even if it casts him in a negative light. So all your viewers see is this meeting on the tarmac. Jim Comey had access to additional information, that I am convinced left him with no other choice than to make the decision he made in July." MacCullum then tries to nail him down on exactly what he means, asking him "So, you are saying he had no choice, that there was pressure on him to not prosecute Hillary Clinton, is that what you are suggesting." That is where we get to the can of worms that the MSM has managed to reopen, where Gowdy states straight out "No, no. I think he had access to information and he wanted to safeguard the integrity of the investigation, and the integrity of the process, and I probably just ought to leave it right there. I am not talking about pressure, I don't think the guy, I don't think the guy feels pressure. I think he wanted the public to have confidence in the investigation and the outcome, even though I disagreed with the outcome, he wanted you to have confidence in the process. He had access to information that your viewers don't have, and they may not ever have, because it is classified, but trust me when I tell you this Martha, I know what it was, and I have been a critic of Jim Comey in the past, but he made the only decision he could have made with respect to appropriating that decision away from the Department of Justice and making the decision himself, and history will be a hell of a lot kinder to him that the Democrats were at the time. MacCullum states "I only take away from that that you are suggesting that there were more entanglements between the Clintons and perhaps the Justice Department than everyone understands." Gowdy ends by saying "You're very perceptive." Listen to the discussion, then we will go over the ramifications of what Gowdy just exposed to the public. ANALYSIS & QUESTIONS Not one of the MSM hit jobs on Trump has brought up that long ago controversial meeting between Bill Clinton, the spouse of a woman that was the target of a massive FBI investigation, and whether you agree with Gowdy whether or not Comey is a stand up guy or not, the fact that he brought that "tarmac" meeting up in his analysis of the reasons written by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein as justification to fire Comey, where he wrote that Comey was "wrong to usurp the Attorney General's authority on July 5, 2016, and announce his conclusion that the case should be closed without prosecution." It is very interesting that as part of that letter, Rosenstein also wrote "The Director now defends his decision by asserting that he believed attorney General Loretta Lynch had a conflict." Gowdy has just admitted, on television, that not only did Comey believe Lynch had a conflict, but that the nature of the conflict included "classified" information. What exactly is "classified" about discussing "grandchildren and golf," which is what Lynch claimed her and Bill Clinton discussed at the time? This also brings up the question as to whether Rosenstein, or the Attorney General Jeff Sessions, has been given access to the "classified" information about the meeting between Lynch and Clinton. Did Comey, or any member of the FBI, hide said information from the Trump administration? If not, wouldn't Rosenstein's letter have reflected that by using different wording, and if so, what was Comey and the FBI covering up about that "tarmac meeting?" Take this a step further. If Loretta Lynch, the Attorney General for the Obama administration, was discussing classified information with Bill Clinton, who at the time held no administrative position within the government, is that not itself a criminal act? We now know that whatever they discussed has been listed as classified, because Gowdy just exposed it. Wasn't it the FBI's job to hold Lynch accountable and could they, given that the FBI is listed as a Department of Justice agency, making Lynch officially Comey's boss? BOTTOM LINE Given the fact that Comey had a long history of ending cases in a favorable manner to the Clintons, going back to 2004, as well as the Comey/Clinton Foundation connections, the FBI should now be initiating a new investigation into Hillary Clinton, starting from scratch, as well as an in-depth investigation into former Attorney General Loretta Lynch, specifically detailing the "tarmac meeting" between Bill Clinton and Lynch. It is this writer's sincere hope that President Trump be made aware of Gowdy's interview, the "classified" information pertaining to the Clinton/Lynch tarmac meeting, as well as the fact that the previous administration, with the help of the FBI, covered up the nature of the discussion between Clinton and Lynch. Representative Gowdy just told them exactly where to look. It is time to stop ignoring the real stories, the real scandals, using named sources like Gowdy in this interview, in favor of the fake news stories being pushed by the MSM using unnamed and anonymous sources that provide no evidence of their assertions. 

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Israeli ambassador:'full confidence in US intelligence'

Iyar 20, 5777 , 16/05/17

Israel's ambassador to the US, Ron Dermer, referred to the report Tuesday that the source of the classified information which President Trump revealed to the Russian foreign minister was Israel. "Israel has full confidence in our intelligence relationship with the US and we expect to deepen that relationship in the coming years under President Trump," said Dermer. 

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Trump should not trust words of Israel's enemies

CAL THOMAS Tribune Content Agency May 10, 2017

President Donald Trump is about to score a religious trifecta, visiting Saudi Arabia, Israel and Rome, the “home” of three monotheistic religions. The president has said he wants to make the ultimate deal and achieve peace between Israel and the Palestinians. While the goal is similar to a high school kid attempting to hit a curveball from an all-star pitcher, the scenario cannot end well for Israel. How do I know this? One has only to look at history. There has never – never – been a time when an American president has sought to lessen tensions in the region that Israel has not been smeared as the main impediment and required to “do more” to make peace happen. Israel is not an impediment to peace. Her enemies are. Here’s the danger for Trump. The Koran allows Muslims to lie to “nonbelievers” in pursuit of Islam’s goal of an earthly kingdom ruled by their religion. An example occurred last week when Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas met at the White House with Trump. Abbas said, “Mr. President, I affirm to you that we are raising our youth, our children and grandchildren, in a culture of peace.” That is a flat-out lie, as even a cursory Google search or visit to the Palestinian Media Watch website proves. Trump correctly saw the problem in a campaign speech to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee: “In Palestinian textbooks and mosques, you’ve got a culture of hatred that has been fomenting there for years. And if we want to achieve peace, they’ve got to go out and they’ve got to start this educational process. They have to end education of hatred.” Which country promotes the most extreme form of Islam in children’s textbooks, mosques and their media? It is Saudi Arabia. If a person, or nation, believes they have a mandate from their “god” to lie to achieve their goals, how likely is it that even a president is not regarded as an “infidel” whose desire for peace can be used to damage Israel’s best interests? As Jerusalem Post columnist Caroline Glick correctly noted last week: “Israel is the most immediate casualty of Trump’s decision to embrace Abbas and the PLO, because the PLO is Israel’s enemy. Abbas is an anti-Semite. His doctoral dissertation, which he later published as a book, is a Holocaust denying screed. “Abbas engages in anti-Semitic incitement on a daily basis, both directly and indirectly. It was Abbas who called for his people to kill Jews claiming that we pollute Judaism’s most sacred site, the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, with our ‘filthy feet.’ The Palestinian media and school system which he controls with an iron fist both regularly portray Jews as evil monsters, deserving of physical annihilation.” This is not the attitude of one with whom a president or prime minister of Israel can make peace. A virus of hatred toward Israel and Jews is epidemic throughout the region. One is as likely to change the minds of such people as persuade a serious Christian to deny the resurrection of Jesus, or an Orthodox Jew to accept Him as Messiah. The difference is that Christians and Jews do not have world domination as their goal and violence as their method. Trump should re-read his AIPAC speech, because he was right to say what he said then. Abbas lied to the president during his visit. Trump can expect more lies on his trip to Saudi Arabia, whose leaders may promise all sorts of things and tell the president what he wants to hear, but won’t mean it. The proof is in their interpretation of their religion. As always, the West must pay less attention to what the enemies of Israel say and more attention to what they do. – Readers may email Cal Thomas at 

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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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Netanyahu denies privately urging Trump not to move embassy to Jerusalem

Fox News reporter tweets ‘everyone’ in DC says PM told president not to do it; PM’s office calls report a ‘lie,’ releases minutes from White House talks

By Alexander Fulbright May 15, 2017, 9:23 pm

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vehemently denied a Fox News reporter’s claim that he told President Donald Trump not to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. In a post on his Twitter account on Monday, Fox News correspondent Conor Powell wrote that “everyone” he has spoken to familiar with the deliberations on moving the embassy has confirmed that Netanyahu told Trump not to go through with the move. “Everyone I’ve spoken to in DC that has been briefed on #Jerusalem embassy move says #Netanyahu told #Trump not to move embassy at this time,” he tweeted. Netanyahu’s office firmly denied the report, flatly calling it a “lie,” and, in a highly unusual move, released what it said were partial minutes of Netanyahu’s conversations with Trump at the White House in February to disprove the claim. “The embassy — the PM supports moving it,” wrote then-national security adviser Yaakov Nagel, following Netanyahu and Trump’s meeting in the Oval Office, according to the PMO. “The PM was asked about the embassy and explained [that moving it] would not lead to bloodshed in the region, as some were trying to intimidate [President Trump] into believing,” Nagel wrote after the two leaders met over lunch. The PMO also released a portion of a summary from a conversation in January between Israel’s Ambassador to the US Ron Dermer and then US national security adviser designate Michael Flynn prior to Trump’s inauguration. “[Dermer] explained why moving the embassy would help advance peace and not the opposite. “This would send the message that we are in Jerusalem to stay. Moving the embassy would force the other side to contend with the lie they’ve constructed — that Israel has no connection to Jerusalem — and will cause them to understand that Israel will be here forever with Jerusalem as its capital.” Powell’s tweet on Monday came after Netanyahu again publicly reiterated his support on Sunday for moving the US embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv, rejecting sniping from the Israeli right that he does not privately enthuse about the idea, and saying it would help advance peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians. “Israel’s position has been stated many times to the US government and to the world,” Netanyahu said in a statement. “Moving the US embassy to Jerusalem will not only not harm the peace process, it will advance it by correcting a historical wrong and by shattering the Palestinian fantasy that Jerusalem is not the capital of Israel.” Netanyahu’s remarks came in response to comments by US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that Trump is currently assessing whether moving the US embassy to Jerusalem would help or hurt prospects for clinching an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal. “The president is being very careful to understand how such a decision would impact a peace process,” Tillerson said in an interview broadcast Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” He said Trump’s decision would be informed by feedback from all sides, “most certainly” including “whether Israel views it as helpful to a peace initiative or perhaps a distraction.” Since taking office, Trump has backed away from his campaign pledge to move the embassy in a gesture to Israel, saying he’s still studying the issue. But Tillerson linked Trump’s deliberations directly to his aspirations for brokering Mideast peace. Jerusalem’s status is one of the most emotionally charged issues in the conflict, with both sides laying claims. Israel captured East Jerusalem — claimed by Palestinians for the capital of a future independent state — from Jordan in the 1967 war and annexed it, a move not internationally recognized. The Palestinians argue that moving the embassy would prejudge one of the most sensitive issues in the conflict, undermining America’s status as an effective mediator. US presidents of both parties have repeatedly waived a US law requiring the embassy be moved to Jerusalem. The most recent waiver — signed by former president Barack Obama — expires on June 1. Trump is seen as increasingly likely to sign a six-month renewal of the waiver before it expires, as he continues deliberating. On Monday, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said that while he believes the US embassy should be moved to Jerusalem, the issue should not be turned into a public spat with Washington, in apparent rebuke of political leaders from both sides of the aisle who have echoed Netanyahu in urging that the US embassy be brought to the capital as a way of cementing Israeli sovereignty over the city. Times of Israel staff and AP contributed to this report. 

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Single mum in China raises disabled son to become Harvard law student

He was born disabled, and doctors told his parents he was "not worth saving". But thanks to his mother's unflinching support, Chinese man Ding Ding, who has cerebral palsy, defied the odds by gaining admission into Harvard University nearly 30 years later. Mr Ding, 29, attributes much of his success to his mother Zou Hongyan, Chinese news agency Xinhua reported on Monday (May 15). In 1988, he nearly suffocated during a birth complication, which left him with cerebral palsy. Doctors in Hubei province, China, told Ms Zou that her child was "not worth saving", saying that he would grow up either disabled or with low intelligence. To Ms Zou's dismay, her husband sided with the doctors. "Let's not have this child. He will be a burden to us all our lives," he said. Ms Zou insisted on saving their baby, and soon the couple divorced. To support her son, Ms Zou took up a full-time position at a college in Wuhan, and also worked part-time as a protocol trainer and insurance salesman. In her free time, she took Ding to rehabilitation sessions, regardless of the weather. She taught herself how to massage his stiff muscles, and would also play educational games with him. To some, Ms Zou might have seemed like a harsh parent. She insisted on teaching him how to use chopsticks during mealtimes, even though he found this extremely difficult at first, so he would not have to always explain his disability to others when he had meals with them. "I didn't want him to be ashamed about his physical disability," she said. "Because he is less skilled than others in many areas, my expectations of him are higher, so as to get him to work harder." Mr Ding graduated with a degree in environmental science from Peking University's school of engineering in 2011. That same year, he enrolled in a second degree programme at the university's international law school. In 2016, after working for two years, Mr Ding was accepted into Harvard Law School. "I never dared to dream of applying to Harvard. It was my mother who never stopped encouraging me to give it a try. Whenever I had any doubts, she would guide me forward," Xinhua quoted Mr Ding as saying. Mr Ding, who describes his mother as his "spiritual mentor", said that although Harvard has awarded him a scholarship covering 75 per cent of his school fees, the remaining sum was no small burden for his mother. "At 29, I am still dependent on my mother. I hope I will soon become more successful and self-reliant, so she can have a better life," he said. 

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Sheriff David Clarke Says He’s Joining DHS

Clarke: 'I'm both honored and humbled to be appointed to this position'

BY: Natalie Johnson May 17, 2017 3:26 pm

The Trump administration tapped Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke to serve as assistant secretary of the Department of Homeland Security for partnership and engagement. Clarke, a tough-talking, conservative firebrand recognized by his penchant for cowboy hats, announced the appointment during an interview with a local Wisconsin radio station Wednesday afternoon. "I'm both honored and humbled to be a appointed to this position by [DHS Sec. John Kelly], working for the Trump administration in this position," Clarke told WISN Milwaukee. Clarke, a Trump loyalist who served as a surrogate during the campaign, was one of three black speakers who endorsed President Donald Trump at the Republican National Convention. He is a vocal proponent of gun rights with close ties to the National Rifle Association. His name has been floated as a possible replacement to former FBI Director James Comey, but the announcement Wednesday scraps those rumors. Clarke's brazenness and tendency to fire-off provocative, off-hand comments have contributed to his rise as one of Wisconsin's most controversial political figures. The law-and-order sheriff has frequently told Black Lives Matters protesters to "stop trying to fix the police, fix the ghetto" and referred to Ferguson demonstrators as "vultures on a roadside carcass." Clarke is also facing scrutiny for the death of a mentally ill inmate who died of dehydration at the Milwaukee County Jail after being refused water for seven days. No criminal charges have been filed, but the case is under review by the Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office. The 38-year-old man was one of four people, including the newborn of an inmate, who died last year at the jail overseen by Clarke. The sheriff will replace the current acting assistant secretary John Barsa. CNN's Jim Acosta tweeted following publication of this story that DHS said, "No such announcement with regard to the Office of Public Engagement has been made." 

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Putin offers transcript of Trump-Lavrov meeting to prove US president didn't pass secrets

Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that U.S. President Donald Trump had not divulged any secrets during a meeting in Washington with Russian officials and offered to prove it by supplying Congress with a transcript. But a leading U.S. Republican politician said he would have little faith in any notes Putin might supply. Two U.S. officials said on Monday Trump had disclosed classified information about a planned Islamic State operation to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov when they met last week, plunging the White House into a fresh controversy just four months into Trump's tenure. Trump, whose administration has been dogged by allegations that Russia helped him win the White House and that he and his allies are too cozy with Moscow, has defended his decision to discuss intelligence with the Russians after media reports of the meeting alarmed some U.S. and foreign politicians. President Putin deployed his trademark sarcasm on Wednesday to make clear he thought the accusation that Trump had divulged secrets absurd. "I spoke to him (Lavrov) today," a smiling Putin told a news conference with Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi. "I'll be forced to issue him (Lavrov) with a reprimand because he did not share these secrets with us. Not with me, nor with representatives of Russia's intelligence services. It was very bad of him." Putin, who still hopes Moscow can repair battered ties with the United States despite a deepening political scandal in the United States related to Trump's purported Russia ties, said Moscow had rated Lavrov's meeting with Trump highly. If the Trump administration deemed it appropriate, Putin said Russia could hand over a transcript of Trump's meeting with Lavrov to U.S. lawmakers to reassure them that no secrets were revealed. A Kremlin aide, Yuri Ushakov, later told reporters that Moscow had a written record of the conversation, not an audio recording. 

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The Trojan's New Horses

By Hal Lindsey

Is an American computer virus responsible for the many failed North Korean missile tests? In March, the New York Times reported, “Three years ago, President Barack Obama ordered Pentagon officials to step up their cyber and electronic strikes against North Korea’s missile program in hopes of sabotaging test launches in their opening seconds.” North Korea’s missile program started with a surprising level of success. But in the last three years, whether caused by U.S. computer sabotage or not, they have had a stunning number of test launch failures. The experts say that North Korean scientists learn from every failure. While that’s usually true, it may not be in this case. The scientists may already know the problem. It could be that their impetuous young “Supreme Leader,” Kim Jung-un, is pressing too hard, not giving them the time needed to do the job. If that’s the case, the question is not whether the scientists are learning the lesson, but is he? Kim might also be sabotaging himself in another way. He has a reputation for impromptu executions and imprisonments. He may be depleting the talent pool he needs in order to get his missiles working. President Obama’s 2014 order for sabotaging missile tests involves techniques that are considered “left of launch.” That means they start before the missiles leave the ground, or shortly after take-off. While bolstering missile defense systems in Alaska and California, President George W. Bush also used a “left of launch” approach in dealing with North Korea. He ordered that the supply chain of missile parts be sabotaged, so that the end product would be full of defects. Supply lines for rockets go back years. For instance, two minor mistakes caused Apollo 13’s near catastrophe in 1970. Both mistakes happened years before the actual space flight. In other words, the recent test launch failures in North Korea might be attributable to presidential orders from Obama, Bush, or both. In the recent test failures, the North Koreans were trying to do something relatively simple. It’s still rocket science, but launching a weapon from the Korean Peninsula to the Sea of Japan should be fairly routine. Many of North Korea’s scientists once worked for the Soviet Union — a nation that put the first man in space, and had a long history of intercontinental ballistic missiles. Employing such knowledgeable people led to unprecedented success in the early stages of the North Korean program. Usually, missile technology testing shows improvement over time. But for the North, it’s been a downhill slide, especially for the last few years. On the surface, this may seem heartening to Americans. But look a little deeper. Despite billions in defense spending, the United States is vulnerable to the same sort of mischief wreaking havoc in North Korea. No one has the cash to compete with the United States military budget, but writing computer viruses and trojan horses doesn’t take much cash. It takes talent and desire. Computer scientists, software engineers, and hackers are cheap compared to aircraft carriers, cruise missiles, and high end military aircraft. Yet all of those big-ticket hardware items are vulnerable to computer scientists, software engineers, and hackers. A twenty-year-old with a knack for it, could conceivably disable a fleet. We live in a new era of warfare. The muscle of heavy artillery still has its place, but the computer code necessary for command and control of that artillery had better be bulletproof. The problem is, no one can ever know for certain that it is actually secure until it is successfully used. These facts should rip away the illusion that American military might makes it invulnerable to attack. The U.S. today is as invulnerable as the Titanic was unsinkable. But that’s really always been true. Psalms 33:12 says, “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.” (NASB) It was speaking primarily of Israel during the reign of King David, but the truth contained in those words applies to all peoples of all times — including the United States today. Psalms 127:1 says, “Unless the Lord guards the city, The watchman keeps awake in vain.” (NASB) At any given moment, thousands of young men and women around the world stand watch for the United States of America. Many of them are a long way from home, doing jobs with far too little thanks. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate each one. Yet, according to this scripture and others, if America does not turn to God, our warriors’ heroic efforts will wind up being for nothing. These are the days to humble ourselves and pray. These are not the days for bragging celebrations, but for humility before the God who created all things. 

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VLAD GOES BALLISTIC Vladimir Putin demands the West ‘stop intimidating North Korea’ despite crackpot Kim Jong-un launching a missile that landed just 60 miles off Russia

Vlad said: 'We must stop intimidating North Korea and find a peaceful solution to this problem'

By Danny Collins 15th May 2017, 12:25 pm Updated: 15th May 2017, 1:40 pm

VLADIMIR Putin waded into the North Korea crisis this morning and told Donald Trump: ‘Stop bullying Kim. ’Russia’s ironman leader warned the “intimidation” of Kim Jong-un’s regime must end. Kim Jong-un has observed a number of missile tests in recent months He said: "We must stop intimidating North Korea and find a peaceful solution to this problem." But Vlad also had words of warning for the wannabe nuclear state - telling Kim he must not build his nuclear arsenal. One test landed within 60 miles of Russia's Far Eastern coast on Saturday night. At a meeting on his state visit to China, Putin added: "We are categorically against the expansion of the club of nuclear powers. "We consider [the missile test] counter-productive, harmful and dangerous." Despot Kim is trying to fit a nuclear warhead to one of his ballistic missiles - the largest of which it is feared could hit the US. Following the latest test, a White House statement said: "With the missile impacting so close to Russian soil – in fact, closer to Russia than to Japan – the President cannot imagine that Russia is pleased. “North Korea has been a flagrant menace for far too long. South Korea and Japan have been watching this situation closely with us. Donald Trump's White House team issued a statement saying Russia "would not be pleased" about Kim's latest test “The United States maintains our ironclad commitment to stand with our allies in the face of the serious threat posed by North Korea. “Let this latest provocation serve as a call for all nations to implement far stronger sanctions against North Korea.” Russian President Vladimir Putin is currently in Beijing for a two-day ‘Belt and Road’ conference hosted by Chinese President Xi Jinping. Officials in Japan and South Korea were quick to slam the test. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe branded the missile “totally unacceptable” and a “grave threat” to Tokyo. He said: "We strongly protest against North Korea." 

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North Korea 'would hold talks' with Trump administration

13 May 2017 From the section Asia

North Korea has said it will hold talks with the US "if the conditions were right", South Korean media reports. A senior North Korean diplomat said dialogue with the Trump administration was possible following a meeting with ex-US government officials in Norway. Earlier this month US President Donald Trump said he would be "honoured" to meet Kim Jong-un. The comments follow months of rising tensions over North Korea's ballistic missile and nuclear programme. Choe Son-hui, an official in the North Korean foreign ministry responsible for North American affairs, told reporters in Beijing that bilateral talks between Pyongyang and Washington would be considered. The BBC's Korea correspondent Stephen Evans says North Korea would probably have to agree to at least discuss relinquishing or limiting its nuclear weapons for the US to participate. Ms Choe, who has been involved in nuclear negotiations in the past, made the comments during a stop-over on her return to Pyongyang following a meeting in Oslo. North Korea's missile programme Could Trump's foreign policy work? Mr Trump has previously said that he would like to solve the North Korea crisis diplomatically, but that a "major, major conflict" is possible. The country has engaged in several military shows of strength in recent weeks including missile tests. The US has responded by sending warships to the region to install a controversial anti-missile system in South Korea. 

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Putin Jabs NSA For Letting The Ransomware "Genies Out Of The Bottle"

by Tyler Durden May 15, 2017 8:32 AM

Following the worldwide "Wanna Cry" cyber attack that was launched last Friday and quickly spread to thousands of computers, Vladimir Putin took a jab at the NSA for authoring tools that "may harm their own authors and creators" should the "genies be let out of the bottle." Per The Hill: "We are fully aware that the genies, in particular, those created by secret services, may harm their own authors and creators, should they be let out of the bottle." “Microsoft’s management has made it clear that the virus originated from US intelligence services." For those who haven't followed the story closely, the outbreak of the virus, dubbed WannaCry, began last Friday. According to cybersecurity experts, and subsequently confirmed by Microsoft, the WannaCry virus is based on an NSA-developed tool that was leaked to the public by a group called Shadow Brokers. The virus, which is ravaging computer networks worldwide, encrypts user files and demands a ransom in cryptocurrency Bitcoin to release them. Here is an animated map from the NYT showing how quickly the virus spread: Microsoft, which has criticized the American spy agencies for their alleged role in creating the situation, released a patch for its no longer supported Windows XP operating system to prevent computers still running it from being infected. The tech company patched a vulnerability in its newer supported software last month after the leak was made public, but operating systems that were not updated are still vulnerable. Meanwhile, Microsoft President and Chief Legal Officer Brad Smith, blasted "the stockpiling of vulnerabilities by governments" which then get leaked into the public domain as equivalent to the "U.S. military having some of its Tomahawk missiles stolen."We have seen vulnerabilities stored by the CIA show up on WikiLeaks, and now this vulnerability stolen from the NSA has affected customers around the world,” Microsoft President and Chief Legal Officer Brad Smith wrote in a blog post this afternoon. “This attack provides yet another example of why the stockpiling of vulnerabilities by governments is such a problem.” "Repeatedly, exploits in the hands of governments have leaked into the public domain and caused widespread damage" Smith wrote, adding that an "an equivalent scenario with conventional weapons would be the U.S. military having some of its Tomahawk missiles stolen. And this most recent attack represents a completely unintended but disconcerting link between the two most serious forms of cybersecurity threats in the world today – nation-state action and organized criminal action." And while the U.S. continues to implode over whether Hillary Clinton lost an election over "Russian hacking", Putin gets to sit back an watch the show as the "U.S. hacking" tools, which are far more detrimental than an email phishing scheme which apparently duped John Podesta, are put on public display for all to see. 

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Merkel: Germany Won’t Step Up Fight Against ISIS Even If NATO Does

Saagar Enjeti Reporter 12:17 PM 05/12/2017

German Chancellor Angela Merkel does not plan on increasing the country’s commitment to the fight against the Islamic State even if NATO increases its commitment to the fight, she declared Thursday. Merkel appeared with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg who has indicated he is amenable to President Donald Trump’s insistence that the alliance increase its commitment to the U.S. led anti-ISIS effort. Trump pushed Stoltenberg to “adapt to the challenges of the future” during his April 12 visit. “This includes upgrading NATO to focus on today’s most pressing security and all of its challenges, including migration and terrorism,” he continued. NATO is reportedly considering establishing an office solely dedicated to counter-terrorism. NATO officials, however, are reluctant to commit to the post without agreement from allies that counter-terrorism should be a priority. They are also seeking extra funding for training initiatives. “I want to state very clearly, that even if such a decision is made, it will not mean that any military activity that Germany currently carries out, for instance, AWACS surveillance, will be expanded or something like that,” Merkel emphatically declared. Germany only contributed approximately 150 troops to the anti-ISIS mission to train, advise, and assist forces according to an August 2016 Congressional Research Service report. Trump also pressed Merkel to increase Germany’s contribution to NATO, saying in March he “reiterated to Chancellor Merkel our strong support for NATO, as well as the need for our NATO allies to pay their fair share for the cost of defense.” Merkel also indicated she would not join the U.S. or NATO in increasing the number of troops in Afghanistan. Both the U.S. and NATO are considering a proposal to increase the number of troops by nearly 13,000 to train, advise, and assist the Afghan National Security Forces in the fight against the Taliban. Merkel drew a similar line in the sand demurring on sending more German troops to Afghanistan, saying, “I don’t think we’re first in line to expand our capacities there. It’s more important to ensure that … stability is guaranteed in the north.” 

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Is Italy's SUPERVOLCANO about to blow? Experts warn that Campi Flegrei is at a 'critical stage' in the build up to a devastating eruption

Campi Flegrei is a supervolcano located outside the western suburbs of Naples

Its last devastating eruption was in 1538, following a century of unrest

The volcano has been restless again since 1950, with regular earthquakes

There is now a build up in energy in the crust similar to the 1538 eruption

If it does erupt, experts believe it would affect 360,000 people living across the caldera and Naples' population of nearly one million

By Shivali Best For Mailonline Published: 05:45 EDT, 15 May 2017 | Updated: 06:27 EDT, 15 May 2017

While the Campi Flegrei volcano hasn't erupted since 1538, experts have warned that it could be building up to another devastating eruption. By studying patterns of unrest over the last 500 years, the researchers have predicted that we are reaching a 'critical stage' where further unrest will lead to an eruption. They hope their findings will urge local authorities to prepare for an eruption, which they say would affect the 360,000 people living across the caldera and Naples' population of nearly one million. If the volcano was to erupt, it could cause havoc for those trying to fly in the area. Dr Christopher Kilburn, who led the study, told MailOnline: 'An eruption might disrupt air traffic, if only for precautionary measures and the immediate effect would be in Campi Flegrei and Naples.' Experts from UCL and the Vesuvius Observatory in Naples have been studying the patterns of unrest since Campi Flegrei's last eruption 500 years ago. The volcano has been restless for 67 years, with two-year periods of unrest in the 1950s, 1970s and 1980s causing small, local earthquakes and ground uplift. Similar unrest occurred over 500 years ago, when it took a century to build up to an eruption in 1538. Using a new model, the researchers investigated whether Campi Flegrei may again be preparing to erupt. They found that the unrest since the 1950s has been causing a build-up of energy in the crust and making the volcano more vulnerable to eruption. Until now, scientists had thought that the energy needed to stretch the crust was lost after each period of unrest. Dr Kilburn said: 'By studying how the ground is cracking and moving at Campi Flegrei, we think it may be approaching a critical stage where further unrest will increase the possibility of an eruption, and it's imperative that the authorities are prepared for this. 'We don't know when or if this long-term unrest will lead to an eruption, but Campi Flegrei is following a trend we've seen when testing our model on other volcanoes, including Rabaul in Papua New Guinea, El Hierro in the Canary Islands, and Soufriere Hills on Montserrat in the Caribbean. 'We are getting closer to forecasting eruptions at volcanoes that have been quiet for generations by using detailed physical models to understand how the preceding unrest develops.' The episodes of unrest are caused by the movement of magma around three kilometres below the volcano. An eruption becomes more likely when the ground has been stretched to its breaking point. This is because the molten rock can escape to the surface when the ground splits apart. But it is difficult to pinpoint when an eruption will occur, because even if the ground breaks, it is possible for the magma to stall before reaching the surface. Although it hasn't erupted, unrest at the volcano has alredy caused severe social disturbanced in Campi Flegrei. Together, the three episodes of uplift have pushed the port of Pozzuoli more than three metres out of the sea. Dr Stefano Calino, who also worked on the study, said: 'The unrest in 1970 and 1983 caused tens of thousands of people to be evacuated from Pozzuoli itself.' Campi Flegrei covers more than 100 square kilometres (38.6 square miles) outside the western suburbs of Naples. The researchers predict that an eruption today would affect the 360,000 people living across the caldera and Naples' population of nearly one million. Professor Giuseppe De Natale, who also worked on the study, said: 'Most damage in previous crises was caused by the seismic shaking of buildings. 'Our findings show that we must be ready for a greater amount of local seismicity during another uplift and that we must adapt our preparations for another emergency, whether or not it leads to an eruption.' HISTORY OF CAMPI FLEGREI The Phlegraean Fields, or Campi Flegrei, volcano system has had a colourful history. The Romans thought an area called Solfatara - where gas is emitted from the ground - was the home of Vulcan, the god of fire. Meanwhile, one of the craters in the system, Lake Avernus, was referred to as the entrance to Hades in ancient mythology. Additionally, Campi Flegrei has long been a site of geological interest. In Charles Lyell's 1830 Principles of Geology, he identified the burrows of marine fossils at the top of the Macellum of Pozzuoli, an ancient Roman market building, concluding that the ground around Naples rises and falls over geological time. Two eruptions have occurred at the site, one in 1158 at Solfatara and the other in 1538 that formed the Monte Nuovo cinder cone. But more recently the ground around Naples has shown signs that the supervolcano may be preparing to erupt again. In 1969-72 and 1982-84 the Earth's crust in the area around Pozzuoli rose by 11 feet in just a few months. This phenomenon is called bradisism - a slow movement of the earth's surface, as opposed to fast movement due to an earthquake.

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Brazilian builds water-powered motorbike, gets 310 miles out of 1 liter of water

By Erin Elizabeth - May 15, 2017

Brazilian engineer, Ricardo Azevedo, has developed a hydrogen-powered engine that has an external car battery and runs on water. Dubbed the “T Power H20,” it works by splitting H2O into hydrogen and oxygen and using the hydrogen as fuel; the resulting combustion moves the vehicle. RELATED ARTICLES: The Solar Powered Cooker that Stores the Sun’s Energy for Fuel-Free Grilling Every Night Germany Produced So Much Green Energy, It Had to Pay People to Use It Solar Seawater Distiller Turns Salt Water into Drinking Water Using Only Sunlight In the following video, the inventor shows how even polluted water can make the bike move. Azevedo explains, “the advantage of this motorcycle, which works with the hydrogen that comes from the water, is that the result that comes out of the exhaust is water vapor. This is different from gasoline, which [produces] carbon monoxide.” Spread the word. The best way to keep the idea alive is to spread it to as many people as possible. 

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Why ARE parked BMWs spontaneously catching fire across the country? Owners demand answers as dozens of the luxury German cars burst into flames while the engines were OFF

New report finds more than 40 cases of US BMWs catching fire in past five years

In each case, the cars were parked and not under recall by the German carmaker

Various models between one and 15 years old implicated in the ABC News report

Similar issue reported in other countries, sparking investigation in South Korea

BMW denies 'any pattern related to quality or component failure' in fires

Luxury car company blames improper maintenance and even 'rodents' for fires

By Keith Griffith For Published: 14:44 EDT, 11 May 2017 | Updated: 17:19 EDT, 11 May 2017

Concern over the safety of BMW cars is mounting in the wake of a new report that found dozens of examples of mysterious fires breaking out in vehicles that had been parked for as long as several days. More than 40 parked BMWs that are not under an open recall have caught fire in the US over the past five years, with similar incidents in Sweden, China, India, and South Korea, the ABC News report from Thursday found. The inexplicable fires range across several models, years, and generations of the iconic luxury brand's vehicles, which can range in price to over $100,000. BMW is denying that they've found 'any pattern related to quality or component failure' and says that out of the 4.9million vehicles it has on US roads, fire incidents are exceedingly rare. After a spate of BMW fires in South Korea, a government investigation found a possible fuel leak, leading to a 1,700-car recall, but it is unknown if the American fires are related to that issue. The dramatic, sudden fires in parked cars have left dozens of drivers bereft of their prized luxury vehicles, and at least one man homeless when a car fire in his garage burned his home down. In December of 2015, Bill Macko was in his Olney, Maryland when his wife parked their 2008 BMW X5, which originally retailed for $46,200, in the garage after a short drive, Macko, a lifelong BMW enthusiast who had purchased seven of the high-end cars over the years, told ABC that he walked into the garage to investigate a strange smell, and heard a 'snap, crackle, pop' as he entered. The car burst into flames, and Macko and his wife ran out of the house and watched as firefighters battled the inferno, which ultimately engulfed and gutted their home. Sixteen months later, he and his wife are still staying with relatives, unsure when they will be able to return to their rebuilt home. In another case, in New York's Westchester County, the owner of a 2003 BMW told fire crews it had been sitting parked for three or four days before bursting into flames. 'Which we thought was a little peculiar,' Mamaroneck Fire Chief Tracey Schmaling told WABC. In October of 2016, Tar Zaide had just parked his 2011 BMW 328 in an Oshwa, Canada parking lot on his way to visit a client when it began smoking and then burst into flames. 'My son saved by seconds,' wrote the person who posted a video of the fire on YouTube. 'Cannot believe what we were seeing.' In Brookhaven, Georgia, after an unexpected snowfall in January 2014, one motorist left his BMW E36 M3 on the impassable road overnight. Before he returned the next day, the car was engulfed in flames, the Associated Press reported. Across the Atlantic, John Minkhe of Sweden got a rude surprise in April 2014. 'An explosive fire started in our BMW X5 a few minutes after my wife and two kids switched off the engine and left the car,' he explained in a post on YouTube. The car was 'totally flashed over' within 10 minutes, Minkhe wrote. 'My family has had BMW since beginning of 2000s, we thought we invested in quality and safety according to the premium brand BMW considered to be - unfortunately we were wrong,' he added. FIRE SCANDAL LATEST US-MARKET WOE FOR GERMAN CARMAKERS The spate of mysterious fires in BMW vehicles is only the latest trouble for a German car manufacturer in the US market. Volkswagon is still recovering from the 2015 'Dieselgate' emissions testing scandal, in which it was found the German company had used vehicle software to intentionally trick emissions tests. The company was sentenced in a criminal trial in April, has agreed to spend up to $25 billion in the US to address claims from owners, environmental regulators, states and dealers, and has offered to buy back about 500,000 polluting US vehicles. Mercedes, another German carmaker, announced on Tuesday that it would not seek to sell 2017 year diesel vehicles in the US due to increased regulatory scrutiny in the wake of Dieselgate. Tar Zaide had just left his 2011 BMW 328 for a few minutes when it burst into flames Tar Zaide had just left his 2011 BMW 328 for a few minutes when it burst into flames Before he returned the next day, the car was engulfed in flames, the Associated Press reported. Across the Atlantic, John Minkhe of Sweden got a rude surprise in April 2014. 'An explosive fire started in our BMW X5 a few minutes after my wife and two kids switched off the engine and left the car,' he explained in a post on YouTube. The car was 'totally flashed over' within 10 minutes, Minkhe wrote. 'My family has had BMW since beginning of 2000s, we thought we invested in quality and safety according to the premium brand BMW considered to be - unfortunately we were wrong,' he added. John Minkhe of Sweden said his BMW X5 burst into flames a few minutes after his wife and children switched off the engine and got out of the car John Minkhe of Sweden said his BMW X5 burst into flames a few minutes after his wife and children switched off the engine and got out of the car FIRE SCANDAL LATEST US-MARKET WOE FOR GERMAN CARMAKERS The spate of mysterious fires in BMW vehicles is only the latest trouble for a German car manufacturer in the US market. Volkswagon is still recovering from the 2015 'Dieselgate' emissions testing scandal, in which it was found the German company had used vehicle software to intentionally trick emissions tests. The company was sentenced in a criminal trial in April, has agreed to spend up to $25 billion in the US to address claims from owners, environmental regulators, states and dealers, and has offered to buy back about 500,000 polluting US vehicles. Mercedes, another German carmaker, announced on Tuesday that it would not seek to sell 2017 year diesel vehicles in the US due to increased regulatory scrutiny in the wake of Dieselgate. BMW denies that there is any quality issue causing the fires not already covered by recalls. Like other automakers, BMW has issued fire-related recalls in the past. 'In cases that we have inspected and are able to determine root cause, we have not seen any pattern related to quality or component failure,' the company said in a Wednesday statement. 'Vehicle fires can result from a wide variety of external reasons unrelated to product defect.' The company also told ABC News that fires could be the result of any number of factors the manufacturer can't control, including improper maintenance by unauthorized mechanics, aftermarket modifications, rodent nesting and even arson. New Jersey attorney Joseph Santoli, who has sued BMW in the past, said several BMW owners about their cars catching fire. 'I have heard from owners that when they confront BMW about their incident, they’re told that this is the first time that BMW has ever heard of it,' Santoli told ABC News. 'I think some of it is an example of BMW burying their heads in the sand,' the attorney said. In a statement, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration encouraged motorists to report any safety issues, 'including strange and unexplainable incidents involving their vehicles', through the agency's website. FULL STATEMENT OF BMW NORTH AMERICA ON REPORTED FIRES With approximately 4.9 million BMW vehicles on U.S. roads, fire incidents involving BMWs are very rare. BMW takes every incident very seriously and has a dedicated team prepared to work with BMW owners, insurance companies and authorities to investigate any vehicle fire incident that is brought to our attention. We have investigated and in some cases inspected the vehicle identified by ABC News. These vehicles span an age range of 1-15 years, accumulated mileage of up to 232,250 miles and multiple generations and model types. In cases that we have inspected and are able to determine root cause, we have not seen any pattern related to quality or component failure. Vehicle fires can result from a wide variety of external reasons unrelated to product defect. In addition, ABC News indicated that they had some examples in other countries, but we are unable to comment on any incidents outside of the US. May 10, 2017

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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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The Trojan's New Horses

By Hal Lindsey

Is an American computer virus responsible for the many failed North Korean missile tests? In March, the New York Times reported, “Three years ago, President Barack Obama ordered Pentagon officials to step up their cyber and electronic strikes against North Korea’s missile program in hopes of sabotaging test launches in their opening seconds.” North Korea’s missile program started with a surprising level of success. But in the last three years, whether caused by U.S. computer sabotage or not, they have had a stunning number of test launch failures. The experts say that North Korean scientists learn from every failure. While that’s usually true, it may not be in this case. The scientists may already know the problem. It could be that their impetuous young “Supreme Leader,” Kim Jung-un, is pressing too hard, not giving them the time needed to do the job. If that’s the case, the question is not whether the scientists are learning the lesson, but is he? Kim might also be sabotaging himself in another way. He has a reputation for impromptu executions and imprisonments. He may be depleting the talent pool he needs in order to get his missiles working. President Obama’s 2014 order for sabotaging missile tests involves techniques that are considered “left of launch.” That means they start before the missiles leave the ground, or shortly after take-off. While bolstering missile defense systems in Alaska and California, President George W. Bush also used a “left of launch” approach in dealing with North Korea. He ordered that the supply chain of missile parts be sabotaged, so that the end product would be full of defects. Supply lines for rockets go back years. For instance, two minor mistakes caused Apollo 13’s near catastrophe in 1970. Both mistakes happened years before the actual space flight. In other words, the recent test launch failures in North Korea might be attributable to presidential orders from Obama, Bush, or both. In the recent test failures, the North Koreans were trying to do something relatively simple. It’s still rocket science, but launching a weapon from the Korean Peninsula to the Sea of Japan should be fairly routine. Many of North Korea’s scientists once worked for the Soviet Uniona nation that put the first man in space, and had a long history of intercontinental ballistic missiles. Employing such knowledgeable people led to unprecedented success in the early stages of the North Korean program. Usually, missile technology testing shows improvement over time. But for the North, it’s been a downhill slide, especially for the last few years. On the surface, this may seem heartening to Americans. But look a little deeper. Despite billions in defense spending, the United States is vulnerable to the same sort of mischief wreaking havoc in North Korea. No one has the cash to compete with the United States military budget, but writing computer viruses and trojan horses doesn’t take much cash. It takes talent and desire. Computer scientists, software engineers, and hackers are cheap compared to aircraft carriers, cruise missiles, and high end military aircraft. Yet all of those big-ticket hardware items are vulnerable to computer scientists, software engineers, and hackers. A twenty-year-old with a knack for it, could conceivably disable a fleet. We live in a new era of warfare. The muscle of heavy artillery still has its place, but the computer code necessary for command and control of that artillery had better be bulletproof. The problem is, no one can ever know for certain that it is actually secure until it is successfully used. These facts should rip away the illusion that American military might makes it invulnerable to attack. The U.S. today is as invulnerable as the Titanic was unsinkable. But that’s really always been true. Psalms 33:12 says, “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.” (NASB) It was speaking primarily of Israel during the reign of King David, but the truth contained in those words applies to all peoples of all times — including the United States today. Psalms 127:1 says, “Unless the Lord guards the city, The watchman keeps awake in vain.” (NASB) At any given moment, thousands of young men and women around the world stand watch for the United States of America. Many of them are a long way from home, doing jobs with far too little thanks. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate each one. Yet, according to this scripture and others, if America does not turn to God, our warriors’ heroic efforts will wind up being for nothing. These are the days to humble ourselves and pray. These are not the days for bragging celebrations, but for humility before the God who created all things. 

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North Korea learned how to test nukes from the U.S.

By Keegan Hamilton on May 10, 2017

North Korea tests its nuclear bombs in a valley beneath a cluster of mountain peaks about 370 miles northeast of Pyongyang. And at least three times over the past month, teams of soldiers at the heavily secured compound have been spotted playing volleyball. The games, captured by commercial satellites passing high above, have generated headlines around the world — and more than a few “Top Gun” jokes. But the workers at the remote testing site have been busy with far more than just leisure activities. Satellite imagery of the site, which is named after the nearby village of Punggye-ri, has revealed signs of fresh tunneling, new equipment, and other activities known to have preceded North Korea’s five former nuclear tests, two of which occurred last year. President Donald Trump says he wants the tests stopped, but the Kim Jong Un regime appears to have no intention of letting up. And Jeffrey Lewis, who leads East Asia research at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, says there’s evidence that North Korea “will probably conduct one or two nuclear tests every year for the foreseeable future.” “They’ve started economizing and building basically underground test centers where they can do many, many tests,” Lewis said. “And that suggests something distressing about their aspirations. They’re in this for the long haul.” That forecast is based in part on the discovery that North Korea likely copied the design of its nuclear testing site from the United States. Lewis is one of a handful of open-source sleuths who use satellite imagery, seismological data, propaganda photos, and other publicly available information to study North Korea’s development of weapons of mass destruction. Last year, when mapping the precise locations of North Korea’s previous underground nuclear tests, he and his colleagues noticed something peculiar: The layout of the tunnels almost perfectly matches the configuration at the Nevada National Security Site, where the U.S. conducted many of its own nuclear tests. “I would be shocked if this was a coincidence,” Lewis said. “The U.S. has done more than a thousand nuclear tests, and very many of those were underground. That data is freely available. And my suspicion is the North Koreans make good use of that data.” The government has indeed declassified info about America’s old nuke tests; there are even books on Amazon that describe how the underground tunnels were designed and spaced to keep nuclear blasts safely contained. In North Korea, each test creates a small earthquake, and there are standard formulas to calculate the distance between underground explosions using seismic readings. Lewis and his team created interactive 3D maps of Punggye-ri’s tunnels [see below] and overlayed them with the U.S. setup in Nevada. “It turns out you could almost perfectly just drop it right on top,” he said. Kim Jong Un’s father began building the Punggye-ri site in the early 2000s, razing several small villages in the process. The site originally had just one tunnel, but now, Lewis says, it’s “basically a base camp surrounded by big mountains with three tunnels going into different mountains.” The test site is one of the most closely watched pieces of real estate in North Korea, with intelligence agencies and open-source researchers scrutinizing satellite photography on a near-daily basis for clues about the likelihood of another test. Some of the most influential observations come from 38 North, a website affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. When experts Joe Bermudez and Jack Liu wrote in April that the site appeared to be “primed and ready” for another test ahead of a major North Korean holiday, news outlets around the world, including VICE News, picked up the story, which turned out to be a false alarm. Bermudez, who is based in the Denver area, says crying wolf is “one of our biggest concerns.” He maintains that it appears “everything has been done should they want to conduct another test,” but it’s basically impossible to predict when that will happen. “That decision is in one person’s hands and one person’s alone: Kim Jong Un,” Bermudez said. “He has to sign a special order for the test to be conducted. He could wake up this morning and say ‘Go.’ He could wake up this morning and say ‘No, let’s wait until the U.S. tones down its rhetoric and the U.S. aircraft carrier leaves the area, and once they leave, we’ll pop the nuke.’” Bermudez used to work for the government in some capacity — he’s cagey about his exact role — and has studied North Korean defense and intelligence affairs for more than three decades. He was the one who noticed the recent volleyball matches. The sport, he pointed out, is popular across North Korea and not unprecedented at the testing site, with games observed there as far back as 2006, shortly after the first underground blast. In a Skype chat, Bermudez shared his computer screen with VICE News and spent 45 minutes using two high-resolution satellite photos to explain the layout of the testing site and point out some oddities that can be observed from space. For instance, there are several greenhouses inside the compound because workers are expected to grow some of their own food. “They’ve actually started planting for spring,” Bermudez said. He can’t see into the greenhouses, but he uses software that manipulates the image to highlight vegetation. After a few clicks, the opaque image of the greenhouse is full of little pink spots. “What we’re probably seeing in this pinkish shade is the beginning of seedlings that are being grown under the plastic,” he explained. Bermudez also noted a row of bright white dots near the volleyball courts he suspects are propaganda placards. He says there appears to be a fresh coat of paint on them, a sign that a test could come soon. “Before a major event or a visit by a senior official, they’ll have what we call a beautification program, and this is part of it,” he said. Other indications include the presence of machines that pump water out of the testing tunnels, and the accumulation of equipment piled up under tarps and canopies. The North Koreans know they’re being watched from space and frequently try to hide their work and confuse outside observers. Bermudez wrote that a recent day of bustling activity at the site — including plenty of volleyball — was likely a “deception and propaganda effort” to fuel curiosity and concern about the likelihood of another nuke test. If that was the true intent, it worked like a charm. After the frenzy of media coverage generated by Bermudez’s 38 North posts in April, Trump weighed in, saying he would “not be happy” if Kim orders another nuke test and wouldn’t rule out taking military action in response. Lewis doesn’t like predicting when the next test will occur. But based on his research, it appears North Korea has enough space underneath the mountains to dig more tunnels and conduct many more nuclear tests. So far, the explosions have been relatively small; the largest was estimated to be roughly the same size as the one generated by the bomb the U.S. dropped on Hiroshima — though Lewis suspects the depth of the blast may have concealed its true size. Based on the designs North Korea borrowed from the U.S., Lewis says it appears the regime has the capacity to detonate a weapon about 10 or 20 times more powerful than what they’ve done thus far. “It’s pretty clear,” Lewis said, “that they plan to do a lot of nuclear tests.” Ravi Somaiya and Amel Guettatfi contributed reporting. 

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Trump signs long-delayed executive order on cybersecurity

Posted 19 hours ago by Kate Conger (@kateconger)

President Trump signed a executive order today commanding a review of the United States’ cybersecurity capabilities. Trump was initially set to sign the order shortly after his inauguration in January and held a press conference on the issue, but ultimately delayed the signing. The version of the order signed today bears some similarity to the earlier draft, but does contain some notable changes. For instance, the order puts responsibility for cybersecurity risk on the heads of federal agencies. Agencies are required to follow the standards established by the National Institute for Standards and Technology in assessing their risk, and submit reports on their risks within 90 days. A report on cybersecurity concerns regarding critical infrastructure is due within six months. Earlier drafts of the order did not include the FBI in the critical infrastructure review, and observers questioned why the agency had been omitted. In the final version of the order, the FBI is included in this review. The executive order places greater responsibility for federal cybersecurity with the military, a move rejected by the Obama administration. “Civil society organizations in the United States have fought hard against the militarization of the domestic internet,” Access Now’s U.S. policy manager and global policy manager Amie Stepanovich said, noting that the shift could lead to increased surveillance. “Any role of the Department of Defense in cybersecurity should be explicitly and firmly limited.” The order calls for a review of the threat posed by botnets, which target websites with automatically-generated spam traffic. The Mirai botnet was responsible for significant internet outages last year. But Access Now says the order should also address the government’s process for vulnerability disclosure and its response to data breaches. While Trump’s executive order calls for workforce development that will fill government with competent cybersecurity workers, the president’s hiring freeze has hindered other federal programs that encourage cybersecurity students to take government jobs after graduating college. In a press briefing, White House homeland security advisor Tom Bossert said that the order built on recommendations made by the Obama administration and downplayed Russia’s role as a cybersecurity adversary. “A lot of progress was made in the last administration, but not nearly enough,” Bossert said. He later distanced the signing of the order from ongoing concerns about Russia’s involvement in political hacking campaigns. “”The Russians are not our only adversary on the internet,” he said, according to Reuters. 

Scribe note:  God by the power of his Holy Spirit keeps saying "get into my word study my wordcould this be why?

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Research Reveals Only 17 Percent of American Christians Have Christian Worldview

Amanda Casanova | Religion Today Contributing Writer | Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Research from the Barna group shows that Christians in the U.S. are “absorbing” non-biblical worldviews. The study, conducted with Summit Ministries, found that only 17 percent of Christians had a “biblical worldview.” Instead, the study found “strong agreement with ideas unique to non-biblical worldviews among practicing Christians.” The study showed that four in 10 practicing Christians were sympathetic to some Muslim teachings, 61 percent agreed with New Spirituality ideas, 54 percent could agree with postmodernist views, 36 percent agreed with some Marxist ideas and 29 percent believed some secularist ideas. In one question asked in the study, about three in 10 practicing Christians said they strongly agree that “all people pray to the same god or spirit, no matter what name they use for that spiritual being.” Younger people were more than eight times as likely to accept these “non-biblical” worldviews than older people. According to the study, men were more open to the ideas than women. “The challenge with competing worldviews is that there are fragments of similarities to some Christian teachings, and some may recognize and latch on to these ideas, not realizing they are distortions of biblical truths,” said Brooke Hempell, senior vice president of research. “The call for the Church, and its teachers and thinkers, is to help Christians dissect popular beliefs before allowing them to settle in their own ideology.” 

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The Hushed Chronic Disease and Disability Epidemic That Promises to Bankrupt America

By Erin Elizabeth - May 9, 2017

By Barbara Loe Fisher

Revolution for Truth Rally March 31, 2017 Washington, D.C.

We are gathered in our nation’s Capitol representing many thousands of Americans and their families, who cannot be here today because they are sick or caring for someone who is sick. We are here for families and physicians living in fear they will be discriminated against and punished if they speak honestly in their communities about what they know to be true. We have come to defend freedom of thought, speech and conscience, the inalienable natural rights that unite us, regardless of where we live, the color of our skin, the faith that sustains us, or the philosophies that define us. We are calling on government to do its job and protect the people’s health — instead of protecting profit-making industries doing business with government and manipulating information released by the mainstream media. We are advocating for the right to know the truth about the safety of the food we eat, the water we drink, the drugs doctors prescribe and the vaccines Americans are forced to get to attend school, receive medical care and hold a job. And we are here to witness the suffering of our children, who have no voice and have no choice except the one that we, their mothers and fathers, give to them. Why Are American Children Sicker Than Ever Before? We want government officials to explain to us why our country — which spends the most on health care and has one of the highest child vaccination rates in the world — is crippled by a chronic disease and disability epidemic that costs more than $2 trillion a year and has created the sickest child and young adult population in America’s history: 1 child in 6 learning disabled 1 in 9 with asthma 1 in 10 diagnosed with a mental disorder 1 in 13 severely allergic to food 1 in 20 epileptic 1 in 50 developing autism 1 in 400 with diabetes Millions more are struggling with other kinds of brain and immune system damage marked by chronic inflammation in the body. There is no price tag high enough to put on the costs that will bankrupt our nation as these children grow up as many face a lifetime of health care and housing needs. What kinds of jobs will they hold? Where are they going to live? What happens when their parents die? We will not be silent as the biological integrity of another generation of children is destroyed in this bitter harvest that can only continue if we allow it to continue. Learning Disabilities Have Exploded in Tandem With Increased Vaccinations I say this as a mother who witnessed my healthy, bright 2-and-a-half-year-old child suffer a convulsion, collapse shock and brain inflammation within hours of his fourth DPT shot in 1980, that left him with multiple learning disabilities and 12 years confined to a special education classroom in the public school system. My son did not die and he was not severely brain damaged like so many children for whom the risks of vaccination turn out to be 100 percent. But he was part of the tidal wave of learning disabled children emerging in the 1980s, growing larger in the 1990s, and exploding in the first decade of the 21st century at precisely the same time that the federal child vaccine schedule tripled from 23 doses of seven vaccines in 1980 to 70 doses of 16 vaccines during the next 30 years. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) now directs doctors to give pregnant women vaccines that were never licensed for use during pregnancy. Then, on the first day of birth and continuing throughout childhood, doctors are told to give children six dozen doses of vaccines that contain genetically engineered viruses and bacteria, plus ingredients like mercury, aluminum, formaldehyde, phenoxyethanol, gluteraldehyde, proteins, synthetic particles, antibiotics and human, animal and insect DNA and RNA. Where is the good science that demonstrates children are healthier when repeatedly given vaccines that artificially hyper-stimulate inflammatory immune responses 50 times before age 6? Just how sick do highly vaccinated children in America have to get before government health officials re-evaluate the assumption that more and more vaccination equals better health? Show Us the Science and Give Us a Choice Where is the credible scientific evidence that it is safe to give children amphetamines and anti-depressants with side effects that include suicidal thoughts and violent behavior, or that children are healthier when they drink water full of fluoride and have teeth filled with mercury amalgams, and when they eat genetically engineered and processed foods laced with pesticides, chemicals, hormones and antibiotics? And why is government joining with the chemical industry to block the labeling of GMO food so that Americans do not have the right to know, and freedom to choose, what they eat and feed their children? Why was the 21st Century Cures Act created by Congress and signed into law last year so FDA licensing and informed consent standards could be lowered even further? Now the skids have been greased for the pharmaceutical industry — the biggest lobby on Capitol Hill — to experiment on people without their consent, and to fast-track drugs and vaccines to market even more quickly, without proving they are safe and effective first. And why did Congress create a federal vaccine injury system administrative alternative to a lawsuit in the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986 — but took no action when the Departments of Health and Justice systematically gutted that law and turned it into a cruel joke? Today, the majority of vaccine injured children are denied compensation so government officials do not have to admit just how many children are being brain damaged and dying after vaccination in America. In 2011, Congress never said a word when Big Pharma used that law to persuade the U.S. Supreme Court to effectively ban ALL vaccine injury lawsuits in America by declaring that FDA licensed vaccines are “unavoidably unsafe.” The $3.6 billion in federal vaccine injury compensation that have been awarded to more than 5,000 vaccine victims since 1988 don’t begin to pay for the damage done; not when two out of three claims are denied. And certainly not when drug companies have no incentive to make vaccines less harmful because all Americans are legally required to purchase and use their liability-free vaccine products. Every promise that Congress made to parents in 1986 was a lie. And 30 years is long enough for parents to wait for that failed experiment in tort reform to work. The Liability Shield Protecting Big Pharma Must Come Down No industry should ever be allowed to escape accountability in a civil court of law in front of a jury of our peers when profit-making products injure and kill people. In 1962, American environmentalist Rachel Carson warned that the alliance between industry and government was poisoning the Earth and human health. She said: “If the Bill of Rights contains no guarantee that a citizen shall be secure against lethal poisons distributed either by private individuals or by public officials, it is surely only because our forefathers, despite their considerable wisdom and foresight, could conceive of no such problem.”51 Twenty years later, parents of vaccine injured children in the Washington D.C. area founded the educational charity known today as the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) and launched the vaccine safety and informed consent movement in America, while the environmental, safe food and holistic health movements in the 1980s were also being powered by ordinary people demanding the people’s right to know and freedom to take control of their health. These grassroots movements have been united by one truth: Government has betrayed the public trust by forging business partnerships with the chemical and pharmaceutical industries that put profits, not people, first. And now, in the 21st century, at a time when most people know somebody who was healthy, got vaccinated and was never healthy again, the public-private partnership between industry and government is moving to strip citizens of the human right to informed consent to medical risk-taking. Laws are being passed that eliminate the right for Americans to exercise freedom of thought, conscience and religious belief so they can be blackmailed into using vaccines with unacceptable risks that are also failing to work as advertised. Albert Einstein, who risked arrest in Germany in the 1930s when he spoke out against censorship and persecution of minorities, said, “Never do anything against conscience even if the State demands it.” There is no liberty more fundamentally a natural, inalienable right than the freedom to follow our conscience when choosing what we are willing to risk our life or our child’s life for. We Are All Equal, But Not Identical While we are all born equal, with equal rights under the law, we are not born all the same. Each one of us has different genes and a unique microbiome influenced by epigenetics that affects how we respond to the environments we live in. We do not all respond the same way to infectious diseasesor to pharmaceutical products like vaccines — and doctors cannot predict which of us will be harmed. This means that vaccine risks are not being borne equally by everyone in society, and forced vaccination is a de facto selection of the vaccine vulnerable for sacrifice. Why should the lives of those vulnerable to vaccine complications be valued any less than those vulnerable to complications of infections? And why should people not be free to choose to stay healthy in ways that pose far fewer risks? These are legitimate scientific and ethical questions that should not be ridiculed. Yet government, medical organizations and members of the mainstream media are demonizing a growing number of people who wonder why they either have a child, or know a child, who was born healthy and then suddenly regressed physically, mentally and emotionally and joined the ranks of the walking wounded. The people do not understand why government refuses to fund or conduct methodologically sound scientific studies to find out why the bodies of so many highly-vaccinated children and adults are on fire, riddled with chronic inflammation that is common to most brain and immune system dysfunction doctors diagnose as: ADHD Epilepsy Allergies Autism Inflammatory bowel thyroid and metabolic disease Rheumatoid arthritis Obesity Cancer Schizophrenia Depression Restricting Health Freedom Is the Real Public Health Emergency It was not always this way in America. I grew up in the 1950s and ’60s and remember when every child got measles, mumps and chickenpox before age 10, but there were no special education classrooms in public schools to house legions of learning disabled, autistic and emotionally disturbed children. I remember when it was the rare child who could not learn and half of the students were not carrying EpiPens and asthma inhalers in their pockets, and there was no need to store student supplies of Ritalin and Prozac in the school nurse’s office. I remember when we ate peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for lunch without being afraid it would kill one of our classmates. The biggest public health emergency in America is not a few measles cases at Disneyland in a population of 320 million people, ,where less than 1 percent of children are unvaccinated and 95 percent of them have gotten two measles shots, five pertussis shots, plus dozens of doses of other vaccines. The real public health emergency in America is the one that is being covered up by government agencies working overtime with industry and mainstream media to distract, deceive, stonewall and restrict the freedom of Americans to take control of their health. Adhering to Precautionary Principle Is Not Child Abuse The reaction by vaccine developers and others promoting “no exceptions” forced vaccination laws is to label parents disagreeing with them as “selfish” and to suggest they are “child abusers.” Or to insist, like pediatrician Paul Offit, that vaccine injuries and deaths are a myth and that children can safely receive 10,000 vaccines at once. Or, like pediatrician Peter Hotez, to call on the U.S. government and the G20 to wage war on American parents defending exemptions in vaccine laws. Hotez calls for parents disagreeing with him to be “snuffed out” — which means “to extinguish, to suppress, to crush; to kill.” So, when Congress appropriates $1 trillion a year to the Department of Health, government officials employed by the CDC, NIH and FDA do not use that taxpayer money to fund quality research to identify children at high risk for vaccine injury, or to compare the health of vaccinated and unvaccinated children to find out why parents consistently report that unvaccinated children are healthier and get higher grades in school than vaccinated children. They do not use that money to find out why infectious microbes are evolving into more virulent and vaccine resistant forms, or to find out how many children are developing genetic mutations after vaccination that damages their DNA. Instead, public health officials hide their heads in the sand and collaborate with industry to create hundreds of new experimental vaccines that will be fast-tracked to licensure and forced on you and everyone you know — no exceptions and no questions asked. They create government operated electronic medical records tracking systems; they pit citizen against citizen by publicly posting the vaccination rates of schools on the CDC’s website, and they go into churches and legislatures to lobby for all Americans to adhere to “cradle to grave” vaccine schedules. State Mandated Russian Roulette Today, if you live in California or another state that has eliminated conscientious and religious belief vaccine exemptions and you refuse a government endorsed vaccine, you cannot get a school education, medical care or be employed as a child or health care worker unless you can find a doctor to write a medical exemption that 99.99 percent of Americans do not qualify for under CDC guidelines. And tomorrow? If Americans do not get off their knees and stop worshipping doctors promoting junk science, tomorrow you will not be able to get on a bus, train or plane; enter a store or sports arena; obtain a driver’s license, file your taxes or function in society unless you can prove you have gotten every vaccine that industry creates and doctors implementing government policy order you to get. And if you or your child get vaccinated, suffer brain inflammation and never recover your health, you can be sure that it will either be dismissed as a coincidence, or you will be labeled genetically defective with the claim you would have become brain damaged even if no vaccines had been given. It is already being done and it is so easy to do, when nobody making, selling, licensing, giving and voting to mandate vaccines has any accountability in a civil court of law. And the ones who know deep in the core of their being that their children are in danger are the mothers, who carry their babies inside them for nine months and give birth, and are endowed with a primal instinct that gives them the courage to protect their babies from harm until they are able to survive on their own. That biological imperative is hard-wired into our DNA because it is what protects the survival of every species on this earth. And yet, mothers, who know their children best, are being bullied, ridiculed and punished if they use their intellect and listen to their gut instincts and refuse to violate their conscience when caring for their children. It is time to reject the cruel pseudo-ethic of utilitarianism propping up mandatory vaccination laws that justify child sacrifice by reducing what is moral to a mathematical equation. When the state considers one of us to be expendable, then we are all considered expendable. And if the state can tag, track down and force individuals to be injected with biologicals of known and unknown toxicity today, then there will be no limit on which individual freedoms the state can take away in the name of the greater good tomorrow. We can only throw off the chemical chains making us sick if we act to instill truth, integrity and compassion in government and defend freedom of thought, speech, conscience and informed consent to medical risk-taking. There is no greater calling for Americans in the 21st century than to defend those cultural values and human rights that protect against tyranny. We will not be silent. We will not go away. We are the daughters and sons of liberty, and our mission continues: No forced vaccination. Not in America. *Article originally appeared at Mercola. 

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Superbugs may be More Widespread than Previously Thought

by Mike Barrett, Natural Society:

The potentially deadly, drug-resistant “superbug,” carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE), is more widespread in U.S. hospitals than previously thought, an earlier-released study has found. [1]Researchers looked for cases of infections caused by CRE in a sample of 4 U.S. hospitals – 3 in the Boston area and 1 in California – and identified numerous varieties of the bacterium. [2] Each year, CRE bacteria sicken about 9,300 people and claim the lives of 600 people in the United States, according to the CDC. Those numbers are climbing. CRE bacteria, in particular, have been called “nightmare bacteria” by CDC Director Tom Frieden because they often continue to thrive even in the face of “last-resort” antibiotics – drugs reserved for the toughest infections. [1] Read: It’s Here – Bacteria Resistant to ALL Antibiotics Shows up in the U.S. In the study, the researchers also found that CRE has a plethora of genetic traits that make it resistant to antibiotics, and these traits can be easily transferred between the many CRE species. The study documented the identical gene in different species. William Hanage, associate professor of epidemiology at Harvard Chan School and senior author of the study, says that “the extent to which this has happened is really quite surprising,” He added that the team “found 2 cases of high-level resistance we could not explain.” He compared it to dark matter: “We know it’s there because we can see its effects, but what’s actually making it happen at the moment is unknown. If I were to criticize my own work, I would say it is a shame that we weren’t able to get more hospitals and more samples from elsewhere within the health care systems.” Read More @ 

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Mexico is world’s second deadliest country after Syria

Newsweek 10 May 2017 at 09:15 ET May 10, 2017

Sofia Lotto Persio Posted with permission from Newsweek Republish Reprint

Mexico’s drug war has created the second deadliest conflict area in the world after only Syria, according to a global survey. The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) reported that the six-year war in Syria is the world’s deadliest conflict zone for the fifth consecutive year, causing an estimated 50,000 casualties in 2016. The Armed Conflict Survey 2017, the IISS annual summary of conflicts and casualties worldwide published on Tuesday, found that the war on drugs plaguing Central America has received ”scant attention.” In Mexico, 23,000 people died in the fight against drug cartels in 2016. In other, smaller Central American countries battling cartels, including El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala, another 16,000 have been killed. “The death toll in Mexico’s conflict surpasses those for Afghanistan and Somalia. This is all the more surprising, considering that the conflict deaths are nearly all attributable to small arms. Mexico is a conflict marked by the absence of artillery, tanks or combat aviation,” John Chipman, IISS chief executive and director-general, said in the statement. Just 10 conflicts accounted for more than 80 percent of the fatalities worldwide, according to the report. In order, the countries affected are: Syria, Mexico, Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, Somalia, Sudan, Turkey, South Sudan and Nigeria. The rate of homicides in Mexico fell between 2011-14, but it began increasing again in 2015, to the point that it has decreased the life expectancy for men in the country by three years. According to IISS researcher Antonio Sampaio, the arrests and killings of top leaders in major cartels like the Los Zetas, infamous for their brutality and mass decapitations, contributed to the dip in violence. But new groups have emerged, adopting similarly brutal strategies for territorial expansion and control. One of these is the Jalisco New Generation Cartel, which grew from a small, local criminal group in 2013 to rivalling Mexican drug kingpin El Chapo’s Sinaloa Cartel in terms of resources and territory. “The cartel is pursuing a sustained strategy of hyper-violent criminality, designed to scare local people, deter rivals (including the state) from attempting territorial grabs and maximise the incentives for businesses to pay extortion taxes,” Sampaio noted in an article on IISS’ website. Sampaio added that the government of Mexico President Enrique Pena Nieto has been largely ineffective in fighting the cartels, while the country’s “institutional weakness and pervasive corruption” increases the criminals’ influence. Nieto has proposed the abolishment of municipal police agencies and placing officers directly under central government control, something Sampaio said could be a step in the right direction. However, the proposal has yet to become law and remains stalled in Congress. 

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New fear of explosions in Fukushima — Nuclear waste threatens to “spontaneously combust” — Millions of tons of radioactive material could be released — Nuclear Expert: Japanese government is “terrified” (AUDIO)

Published: May 9th, 2017 at 12:17 pm ET By ENENews

Nuclear Information and Resource Service tele-briefing, Apr 4, 2017 (emphasis added): Question (at 1:03:45 in): Hi, I’m Norma Field calling from Chicago… I’ve seen that those huge plastic garbage bags that hold the waste from so-called decontamination in some places now have little chimneys attached to them. I’m imagining that since this is often organic waste that’s been baking under the sun, there are gases that have to be releases. Now, how effective are those bags at containing radionuclides if they have to be off-gassed in that way? Thank you. Arnie Gundersen, nuclear engineer: You’re very observant. I noticed that when I was over there, too. I’ll let our other listeners know – when you think of these large fields of bags, they have organic matter in them. They have leaves and grass clippings and tree limbs and on and on, that as they decay, they give off methane gas, which of course is flammable. And the Japanese are terrified that they’ll get a fire – essentially spontaneous combustion in the center of these large piles, that could re-volitalize a million bags of radioactive waste again. So they have pipes sticking out of the piles at predetermined locations in an attempt to allow the radioactive and non-radioactive gasses – the explosive gasses, to leak out. I just keep thinking that sooner or later a lightning strike is going to cause one of these dumps of perhaps a million bags of radioactive contaminants to go up in fire again… What the Japanese are doing – and I witnessed this, we have some pictures up on the site about this – is they’re taking the bags with the least contamination – and they’re still contaminated – and burning them in incinerators that they’re building. No one is getting good data on what’s coming out those stacks, but I believe that the cesium is being released right up the stack again… I probably went on way too long a rant for that question, but my hat’s off to you for understanding that these piles of bags not only are radioactive but they’re potentially flammable. etc.


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"Serious Situation" After Tunnel Collapse At WA Nuclear Facility; Evacuation Ordered, No-Fly Zone In Place

by Tyler Durden May 9, 2017 11:38 PM

Update 5: The Spokane Spokesman-Review reports that Gov. Jay Inslee was notified about the tunnel breach by the Energy Department and the White House on Tuesday morning. Inslee called the event “a serious situation.” “Federal, state and local officials are coordinating closely on the response,” Inslee said, said, with the state Ecology Department in close communication with the Energy Department. There were no plans for Inslee, who is making several previously planned stops in Skamania County on Tuesday, to go to Hanford, his staff said. Energy Secretary Rick Perry had been briefed, federal officials said, adding that “everyone has been accounted for and there is no initial indication of any worker exposure or an airborne radiological release.” U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., released a statement as well: “Worker safety must be our number one priority, and we need to understand whether there has been any environmental contamination resulting from the subsidence at these tunnels. My thoughts are with the first responders who are working to assess the situation on the ground, monitor any environmental impacts and design next steps for securing the area.” Update 4: Washington Emergency Management has released a map showing the distances from the incident to various neighborhoods... non-essential employees in 200 East Area have been released. Swing shift north of the WYE Barricade is cancelled. Update 2: An aerial survey midmorning Tuesday showed an opening about 20 feet by 20 feet into the tunnel, which had been covered with about eight feet of soil. As reports , the breach could expose the highly radioactive material disposed of in the tunnel to the atmosphere. No airborne radiation had been detected as of about 10:30 a.m. Radiological surveys were continuing. Instructions for people to shelter in place were expanded from central Hanford to all of Hanford, including LIGO and the reactor areas along the Columbia River, after the aerial survey. No one is being allowed to enter the site beyond the security barricades. Earlier in the morning workers near Purex had noticed a 4-foot-by-4-foot depression that was 2 to 4 feet deep over the tunnel. Workers in Purex were evacuated when the depression was noticed. About 3,000 workers in central Hanford initially were told to take shelter indoors, including about 1,000 workers at the vitrification plant construction site. Ventilation systems at the vit plant have been turned off as part of the emergency procedure and equipment that could generate heat have powered down. The DOE announced that secretary Perry is aware of the incident and that there is no initial indication of any worker exposure or an airborne radiological release. Meanwhile, Private pilots in the area have been told to avoid flying over Hanford. The Hanford Patrol is working with the Federal Aviation Administration to put a formal air restriction in place until the FAA can confirm there is no danger. Update 1: A robot is being used to sample the contaminated air and soil in the area around the collapse... etc. etc. etc. The Hanford site represents two-thirds of the nation's high-level radioactive waste by volume. Today, Hanford is the most contaminated nuclear site in the United States and is the focus of the nation's largest environmental cleanup. The government spends $2 billion each year on Hanford cleanup — one-third of its entire budget for nuclear cleanup nationally. The cleanup is expected to last decades. However, as Krugman would say, the government was not spending nearly enough, and after a major documented leak in 2013, over the weekend, thousands of gallons of radioactive waste are estimated to have leaked from the Site once again, triggering an alarm and causing one former worker to label it as "catastrophic." As AP reported, the expanded leak was first detected after an alarm went off at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation on Sunday, and on Monday workers were preparing to pump the waste out of the troubled area. They were also trying to determine why the leak became worse. It’s unclear exactly how much waste spilled out, but estimates place the amount at somewhere between 3,000 and 3,500 gallons, according to the Tri-City Herald. The problem occurred at the double-wall storage tank AY-102, which has the capacity to hold one million gallons of the deadly waste, and which has been leaking since 2011. At the time, the leak was "extremely small", and the waste would dry up almost right after spilling out between the inner and outer walls, leaving a salt-like substance behind. However, over time the small leak got bigger. In March, the US Department of Energy began pumping what was left in the storage tank, which originally held some 800,000 gallons of waste. However, after leak detector alarms sounded early Sunday morning, crews at Hanford lowered a camera into the two-foot-wide space between the tank's inner and outer walls. They discovered 8.4 inches of radioactive and chemically toxic waste has seeped into the annulus. Pumping work on the tank has been halted as officials reevaluate the situation and figure out how to get to the leaked radioactive waste. It’s possible that the leak was made worse when the pumping began, but that has not been confirmed. Taking a page right out of the TEPCO playbook, the U.S. Department of Energy released a statement Monday calling the leak an "anticipated" outcome of an ongoing effort to empty the tank in question. The Washington state Department of Ecology said, "There is no indication of waste leaking into the environment or risk to the public at this time." But one former tank farm worker said the leak should be considered a major problem. "This is catastrophic. This is probably the biggest event to ever happen in tank farm history. The double shell tanks were supposed to be the saviors of all saviors (to hold waste safely from people and the environment),” said former Hanford worker Mike Geffre. He should know: Geffre is the worker who first discovered that the tank, known as AY-102, was failing in 2011. In a 2013 series, “Hanford’s Dirty Secrets," the KING 5 Investigators exposed that the government contractor in charge of the tanks, Washington River Protection Solutions (WRPS), ignored Geffre’s findings for nearly a year. The company finally admitted the problem in 2012. Another problem: tank AY-102 is just one of 28 double-shell tanks at Hanford (there are 177 underground tanks total) holding nuclear byproducts from nearly four decades of plutonium production on the Hanford Nuclear Site, located near Richland. Initially the plutonium was used to fuel the bombed dropped on Nagasaki, Japan, in World War II. The new leak poses problems on several fronts. The outer shell of AY-102 does not have the exhaust or filtration system needed to keep the dangerous gases created by the waste in check. Workers have been ordered to wear full respiratory safety gear in the area, but the risk remains. And unlike Fukushima where cleanup crews are aware of the danger, in Hanford virtually nobody is aware of the dangers of the radioactive seepage. "The hazards to workers just went up by a factor of 10,” said Geffre. The breakdown calls into question the viability of three other double-shell tanks at Hanford that have the exact design of AY-102. It is not clear how many of them may have comparable "extremely small" leaks which have gotten bigger, and even if there was it is likely that the DOD would not reveal them. "The primary tanks weren't designed to stage waste like this for so many years,” said a current worker. “There’s always the question, ‘Are the outer shells compromised’”? Oh, and let's not forget that the accumulation of waste in the outer shell also means "the deadliest substance on earth is that much closer to the ground surrounding the tank. And currently there is no viable plan in place to take care of it." Or, as Ben Bernanke would say, the Plutonium is contained. "It makes me sad that they didn’t believe me that there was a problem in 2011,” said Geffre. “I wish they would have listened to me and reacted faster. Maybe none of this would be happening now. It’s an example of a culture at Hanford of 'We don’t have problems here. We’re doing just fine.’ Which is a total lie,” said Geffre. Dear Mike, if you think that is bad, you should see what they say about the "markets"... 

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6.8-magnitude earthquake hits Vanuatu: USGS

AFP | May 9, 2017, 08.39 PM IST

SYDNEY: A 6.8-magnitude earthquake hit the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu Tuesday, the US Geological Survey said, but no tsunami warning was issued. The quake struck at a depth of 178 kilometres (110 miles) and about 58 kilometres northeast of the town of Port-Olry. Vanuatu is part of the "Ring of Fire," a zone of tectonic activity around the Pacific frequently subject to earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. Last year, the island nation was rocked by a series of quakes, including some that prompted tsunami warnings. 

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Freak Hailstorm Blankets Denver Metro Area (Videos and Pictures)

By Strange Sounds - May 9, 2017

A furious hailstorm engulfed the Denver Metro Area on May 8, 2017 filling the streets with hail the size of golf ball within minutes. Watch the moment it hits: Now look at the amount of hail that fell during thi storm in Evans. Cars are unable to move: Hundreds of cars have been damaged: Now, here a few pictures of this crazy weather phenomenon: Tennis ball to baseball size hail fell in Lakewood, CO. Huge hail fell on Auraria Campus on May 8, 2017. 

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Shark attacks on the rise along the California coast

By Carter Evans CBS News May 6, 2017, 7:30 PM

Shark attacks are on the rise along the California coast. "Beach access to the water is closed today because we had a girl get bit by a shark," said one park official. Beachgoers were greeted by scary warning after 35-year-old Leeanne Ericson was attacked in knee-deep water north of San Diego last week. They're "itchy": Why California shark sightings are on the rise Shark sightings cause southern Calif. beaches to close "It was a large wound," said her surgeon, Dr. Gail Tominaga. Tominaga said Ericson likely survived because of quick action on the beach. "That was crucial because they were able to put a big dressing on and a partial tourniquet on to help the bleeding, you know, decrease the bleeding," Tominaga said. Marine biologist Dave Bader of the Aquarium of the Pacific said that in his experience, a shark is never intentionally going after a person. "We know what great white sharks like to eat and especially as juveniles, we know they like to eat small fish," Bader says. "Nothing on you looks like a small fish." But there have been an increasing number of shark sightings in southern California, including one breaching near surfers ealier this week. Most of them are young great whites, some six feet long and just a year old, according to marine biologist Chris Lowe. "I attribute a lot of that to better conservation, we protected white sharks 20 years ago in California, their food source has come back, and in many ways, our coastal oceans are getting healthier," Lowe says. But frequent shark sightings are causing fear. "It was beyond the most terrifying experience of my entire life," says Sophia Raab, 18, who believes she may have been bitten last Wednesday while surfing back to shore north of Los Angeles. "I looked down and my leg was opened in half," she said. "And I just began screaming bloody murder." Doctors told her it was a shark bite, but from the look of the wound, shark experts say she was more likely cut by a surfboard fin. Marine biologists say the fear generated from these incidents is a reminder that even with crowded beaches in southern California, what lurks beyond the shoreline is mostly unknown. "It is wild. There is wild life there and certainly we have to respect that," Bader says. Doctors say Ericson has already had two surgeries and will need at least two more. It's not clear when she'll be out of the hospital, but doctors do think she will be able to use her leg again. 

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Return of the Ancient Gods: The Resurgence of Paganism

7 May, 2017 - 18:57 Caleb Strom

Over the past two centuries, Europe has become increasingly secular. Scholars in fact no longer talk of the Christian West when they speak of Modern Europe and North America, but of the Secular West. There is however evidence of a spiritual revival stirring on the continent where God is supposedly dead. For example, France and Eastern Europe appear to be in the midst of a Christian revival as the Catholic church seems to be re-emerging as a cultural and political force in France and some eastern European countries, particularly Hungary and Croatia. This is also true of the native Protestant churches in those countries. The Eastern Orthodox Churches are enjoying the same resurgence in countries like Russia and Georgia. Christianity is however not the only spiritual tradition experiencing a revival on the home soil of the Western, Slavic, and Byzantine civilizations. Even older traditions pre-dating the appearance of the Jewish carpenter turned Messiah are beginning to re-emerge. Since the 19th century, there has been an increasing interest in ancient pre-Christian European religions such as ancient Greek, Germanic, Celtic, and Slavic paganism. This stems from an increasing interest in spirituality in Europe, specifically a spirituality in touch with European heritage and ethnic roots in a similar manner to indigenous religions of Native Americans and Aboriginal Australians. Ancient and Modern Combine Among modern Pagans, there are two approaches to reviving pagan practices. One is eclecticism or syncretism, in which elements of historical ethnic religions such as the ancient Norse religion are combined with modern movements such as Wicca, Theosophy or other New Age philosophies. This is largely based on romantic views of these ancient religions which emerged in the 19th century which may or may not be historically accurate. Reconstructing the Past The other approach is polytheistic reconstructionism which is an attempt to make an historically accurate reconstruction of these ancient religions based on historical sources, archaeological data, and perhaps ethnographic comparison. Reconstructionists avoid embellishing ancient pagan religions with modern movements and ideologies. Germanic Paganism One of the largest movements currently which can be either syncretic or reconstructionist is the revival of Germanic Paganism or “Heathenry.” Modern Germanic Pagans or Heathens, as they prefer to call themselves, worship the old Germanic gods, especially Thor and Odin as well as Germanic nature spirits such as Elves and Trolls. Germanic Heathens appear to have three different approaches to proselytizing and practicing their religion. Some Heathens emphasize simply the worship of the Germanic gods and believe that anyone regardless of their national, ethnic, or racial background can worship the Gods. These are the universalists. There are other Heathens, however, who believe that Germanic cultural and spiritual values also need to be adopted in order to be true worshipers of the Germanic gods. Most of the latter group of Heathens also believe that worship of the Germanic gods is not limited to any particular ethnic or racial background simply that those individuals interested in worshiping them should learn something about and agree with some aspects of the culture from which they originated. Germanic Paganism is after all technically an ethnic religion. There are some Heathens however who call themselves Folkists or Folkish Heathens who believe that only those who are of White Northern European descent have any right to worship the Gods. These are the ones that tend to promote White supremacism and other explicitly racist agendas. Other Heathens, as a result, try to distance themselves from the Folkists, even those who would otherwise agree that Heathens who worship the Germanic gods should adopt Germanic values. Slavic Paganism Slavic Paganism or Heathenry is also enjoying a resurgence in Eastern Europe in countries with large Slavic populations. A movement known as Rodnovery or “Native Faith” is made up of communities which claim to continue the ancient Slavic religion which was mostly replaced by Eastern Orthodox Christianity. This movement is especially strong in Poland despite the nation’s dominant Catholic identity. Many Rodnovery are self-described reconstructionists but others claim direct continuity with the ancient traditions claiming that their families continued the old religion in secret or in cloaked form alongside Christianity. Revival of the Greek Gods In Greece, a couple of organizations have emerged promoting a revival of the ancient Greek religion under the name “Hellenism.” The Hellenists also call themselves Dodekatheists or believers in twelve gods, namely the Olympian deities. Religious practices in Hellenism include public worship at temples or in outdoor open spaces of the major Greek gods, Zeus, Apollo, Artemis, Hera, Athena, Ares, Aphrodite, Demeter, Hephaestus, Hermes, Hestia, Dionysus, Hades and Poseidon among others. There is also a large household worship component centered on domestic Greek deities such as Hestia, goddess of the hearth. Most Hellenists are politically inactive but some of them desire to create a national and ethnic identity for Greece not rooted in Eastern Orthodoxy. Some Hellenists have been vocally hostile towards the Greek Orthodox Church but many simply want to practice their religion amicably alongside Greek Christians. The Return of Celtic Paganism In addition to the revival of Greek, Germanic, and Slavic forms of paganism, there is also an attempt to revive Celtic paganism. There are both reconstructionist Modern Celtic Pagans and syncretic Modern Celtic Pagans who also incorporate Wicca and other traditions into their religion. Modern Celtic Pagans use the Lunar calendar of the ancient Celts and celebrate the solstices and equinoxes as well as the cross-quarter days, days that are half-way between one of the solstices and one of the equinoxes, as religious festivals. These festivals include the well-known festivals of Samhain and Imbolc. There does not appear to have been any attempt to connect Contemporary Celtic Paganism to a political agenda or nationalist movement unlike the other forms of Contemporary Paganism. The Past Meets the Future Religions tend to shape civilizations. When Europe became Christian and the Middle East and North Africa became Muslim, two different civilizations were formed which were quite different because of the religious traditions on which they were based. Europe most likely won’t become pagan again, but it is interesting to think of what sort of civilization would be birthed from the revival of one of these ancient religious traditions. What would a modern Pagan Greece look like culturally and politically, for example? One thing is for certain, it would go in a rather different direction than either a Christian or Secularist Greece. 

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Firestorm brewing as scientists work to create synthetic human DNA

The Human Genome Project (HGP) took 13 years and $3 billion to complete.

Scientists planning to synthesize human DNA think it is as little as 5 years away.

They are seeking $100 million, and believe it will in total cost less than HGP.

Their aim is to get the cost of making a DNA base pair down to one cent.

Alex Ossola, special to Tuesday, 2 May 2017 | 8:35 AM ET

Last May a seemingly commonplace meeting kicked off a firestorm of controversy. More than 100 experts in genetics and bioengineering convened at Harvard Medical School for a meeting that was closed to the public — attendees were asked not to contact news media or to post about the meeting on social media. The same group is getting back together in New York City next week. To the meeting organizers, last year's secretive measures were, counterintuitively, to make sure as many people heard about the project as possible. They were submitting a paper about the project to a scientific journal and were discouraged from sharing the information publicly before it was published. But there's another reason why this group of scientists, while encouraging debate and public involvement, would be wary of attracting too much attention. Their project is an effort to synthesize DNA, including human DNA. Researchers will start with simpler organisms, such as microbes and plants, but hope to ultimately create strands of human genetic code. One of the group's organizers, Jef Boeke, director of the Institute for Systems Genetics at NYU School of Medicine, told CNBC that incorporating synthesized DNA into mammalian (or even human) cells could happen in four to five years. This project follows in the footsteps of the Human Genome Project (HGP), the 13-year, $2.7 billion project that enabled scientists to first decode the human genome. "HGP allowed us to read the genome, but we still don't completely understand it," said Nancy Kelley, the coordinator of the new effort, dubbed GP-write. High school biology covers the basic building blocks for DNA, called nucleotides — adenine (A), cytosine (C), guanine (G) and thymine (T). Humans' 3 billion pairs provide the blueprints for how to build our cells. The intention of GP-write is to provide a better fundamental understanding of how these pieces work together. Using synthesized genomes has both pragmatic and theoretical implications — it could lead to lower cost and higher quality of DNA synthesis, discoveries about DNA assembly in cells and the ability to test many DNA variations. "If you do that, you gain a much deeper understanding of how a complicated apparatus goes," Boeke said. Boeke likens the genome to a bicycle — you can only fully understand something once you take it apart and put it back together. "Really, a synthetic genome is an engine for learning new information." More from Modern Medicine: Medical breakthroughs are way behind for the hard of hearing In the land of Vikings, an ambitious effort to find a cancer cure New guidelines for prostate cancer screening Boeke is particularly excited about what he calls an "ultrasafe cell line." Certain types of mammalian cells intended to produce certain types of large molecule drugs, called biologics. "[Cell lines] have been cultured in dishes in labs for decades. But you can't engineer the genomes — the tools for doing that are quite crude, relatively speaking," Boeke said. Sometimes these cells get infected with a virus, and it completely shuts down drug production. A synthetic cell that lacked unnecessary genetic material could, evidence suggests, be virus-resistant, consistently producing useful drugs to treat disease. The results of GP-write could also lead to stem cell therapy that doesn't run the risk of infecting the patient with another disease, which appears to be what happened to one patient who received stem cell treatment in Mexico. Or they could create a line of microorganisms that could help humans generate some of their own amino acids — nutrients we usually get from food. These outcomes, of course, won't happen overnight. Boeke, who has spent years synthesizing yeast DNA, knows there will be plenty of technical hurdles. "Getting big pieces of DNA efficiently into mammalian cells, engineering them rapidly, these will be major challenges," he said. Scientists will also have to do that without breaking the bank. Right now, Kelley estimates that it costs 10 cents to synthesize every base pair, the bonded molecules that make up the double helix of DNA (start-up GenScript advertises even higher prices, at 23 cents for "economy"). Considering that humans have 3 billion base pairs. "If we can get that [cost] down to one cent per base pair, it would really make a difference," Kelley said. Since last May's meeting, Kelley, Boeke and their collaborators have published an article in Science about the project, as well as a white paper outlining its timeline. Close to 200 researchers and collaborators around the world have expressed interest in participating, Kelley says, ranging from institutional researchers to corporate scientists. Preliminary experiments are already underway, and the project organizers are discussing the project with companies as well as federal and state agencies that might help them reach their goal of raising $100 million this year. They estimate GP-write should cost less, in total, than the $3 billion Human Genome Project, though they have not provided more specific cost projections. It might not be so bad if these advances took some time. After news broke of the May meeting, some criticized the way the rollout was handled. "Given that human genome synthesis is a technology that can completely redefine the core of what now joins all of humanity together as a species, we argue that discussions of making such capacities real ... should not take place without open and advance consideration of whether it is morally right to proceed," read one op-ed, published in Cosmos. Boeke says a public and scientific discussion is exactly what the GP-write organizers intend to have. "I think articulation of our plan not to start right off synthesizing a full human genome tomorrow was helpful. We have a four- to five-year period where there can be plenty of time for debate about the wisdom of that, whether resources should be put in that direction or in another. Whenever it's human, everyone has an opinion and wants their voice to be heard. We want to hear what people have to say," Boeke said. Up to 250 people are expected at the New York Genome Center meeting , which will include discuss of applications, ethics and logistics behind the GP-write project. — By Alex Ossola, special to 

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War and Empire: the American Way of Life

07.05.2017 Paul ATWOOD

A few months ago I received a message from a professor at the Khomeini Institute for Education and Research in Tehran, Iran, informing me that my 2010 book “War and Empire: The American Way of Life” (London, Pluto Press) had been translated into Farsi. He requested that I write an Introduction for Iranian readers. What follows is that Introduction. Two years ago the Xinhua Peoples’ Press in Beijing, China also published a translation in Mandarin. In the aftermath of Saddam Hussein’s 1991 attempt to annex Kuwait the U.S. deliberately destroyed much of Iraq’s water and sewer infrastructure. The Pentagon even admitted on its website that these acts would lead to mass outbreaks of disease. These were certifiable war crimes under international law. After Saddam’s defeat the U.S. also imposed widespread sanctions on his regime that included preventing necessary medicines from reaching Iraq. Hundreds of thousands of Iraqi citizens perished as a result. In an infamous interview in 1996 Madeleine Albright, then the Secretary of State, was asked to justify the deaths of 500,000 children. She defended these atrocities by saying “I think this is a very hard choice but we think the price is worth it.” Twenty-one years have elapsed since Albright uttered her rationalization of this vicious barbarity and it has been virtually “disappeared” from the collective memory of Americans. But it is far from being the only one. Today much the same is being visited upon the children of Mosul, Syria and Yemen. Fifty thousand more marines are slated for deployment to Afghanistan and the new Defense Secretary’s bellicose rhetoric threatens Iran. When I undertook to write this book I could not imagine that it would ever be translated into Farsi or Mandarin Chinese. Over the course of my teaching career I had become increasingly concerned about the vacancy of knowledge about their nation’s past on the part of my students and by extension many millions of my fellow American citizens. This condition of ignorance is the effect of the incomplete and, too often, dishonest orthodoxy in required school texts and by the distortion of the real past by popular culture, Hollywood films and corporate controlled network television, especially the purported “news.” George Orwell was correct. “Who controls the present controls the past.” What the majority of Americans are conditioned to think they know about their past (and that of many other peoples) is myth, and too often, sheer illusion. Misdirection and manipulation about proclaimed threats from abroad since 1945 has led directly into wars and unjust armed interventions and coups in many other nations. The results are always tragic on a colossal scale. None of this is accidental or new. Since the end of World War II the U.S. ruling elites have set forth an agenda claimed to foster what they call a “liberal world order” in which democracy and human rights for all are the declared goals. But little about real U.S. actions in the world supports these claims. Washington has overthrown elected governments and waged catastrophic war upon helpless civilians in many nations since 1945. The public is told that national security and “vital interests” are at stake and the corporate controlled media ensure that key realities are omitted, or distorted. It is no secret that today much of the human species is living in existential crisis-whether from war, economic exploitation or dire effects of climate change- and the profound ignorance about how the past shapes the present is a major factor in our failure to fashion a more peaceful and beneficial future. This volume is simply an attempt to illuminate much of the hidden history of the United States in the hope that more citizens in the United States will realize that we cannot continue on this destructive path and must find a way to cooperate with other nations instead of seeking to dominate them or outcompete them in a self-defeating contest for diminishing resources. Many American officials pay lip service to international cooperation but they really mean collaboration with the overarching American agenda. The words of those who have formulated the grand strategy for American global dominance since the U.S. emerged as the most militarily dominant nation after WWII must be taken seriously but desires for global dominance were evident long before. Consider the oft-quoted language of George F. Kennan, the U.S. State Department’s architect of the Cold War with the Soviet Union immediately after World War II. In a top secret document circulated only to other key officials he took notice of the fact that the American population was (in 1948) only 6.3% of the world’s but that the U.S. effectively controlled about 50% of the world’s resources. The object of U.S. policy, he declared, should be to maintain that disparity and employ “straight power tactics” to enforce this global inequality, while avoiding all rhetoric about commitment to human rights, raising other peoples’ living standards, democratization and the like. Kennan’s vision, coupled with the U.S. creation of the World Bank and International Monetary fund, anticipated a globalized economy under firm control by American and allied European banks and industries, and backed by American firepower. Much closer in time to the present is the comprehensive plan for complete American dominance of the planet projected in brutally frank and exacting detail by former national security chief Zbigniev Brzezinsky in his book, The Grand Chessboard: American Primacy and Its Geo-strategic Imperatives. Eurasia is the globe’s largest continent and is geopolitically axial. A power that dominates Asia would dominate two of the three most advanced and economically productive regions. A mere glance at the map also suggests that control over Eurasia would almost automatically entail Africa’s subordination…About 75 percent of the world’s people live in Eurasia and most of the world’s wealth is there as well…Eurasia accounts for about three-fourths of the world’s energy resources. Upon assuming the presidency of the U.S. in 2001 George W. Bush filled his administration with so called Neo-Conservatives, members of the Project for a New American Century, who, with their allies in the Pentagon, called for nothing less than “full spectrum dominance” of planet Earth. Exploiting the hysteria mounted in the U.S. after the events of September 11, 2001 Bush II then proceeded to call for all-out war against what he termed the “axis of evil.” General Wesley Clark, a 2004 Democratic Party candidate for president, later revealed that the Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld Administration had secret plans all along to overthrow the governments of Libya, Syria, Lebanon, Somalia and Sudan, and “finish off” Iran. All that was needed was a “new Pearl Harbor” and the events of September 11, 2001 provided that pretext, launching a state of permanent war primarily against the Muslim world. Citizens of the U.S., like myself, who have long studied these matters and have opposed our nation’s imperial policies know that what these men, and many others like them, have proposed is exactly what they accused Nazi Germany and Communist Russia of attempting. Of course, proponents of what the first Bush deemed the “New World Order” in 1991 allege that this American imperium will constitute a radical departure from past empires and will instead usher in and guarantee a new age of democracy and human rights for all humanity. They assert this even as their bombs and those of their allies shatter the lives literally of millions in the Islamic world. The U.S. began its history as a colony of the early British Empire and an outpost of nascent capitalism though this essential fact is de-emphasized in standard accounts in favor of the claim that the primary incentive for the colonial project was “freedom of religion.” The earliest British colonies in North America, Virginia and Massachusetts, were established as joint-stock companies, precursors of the modern corporation, to return profits to the mother country from resources of fish, game, furs, lumber and later, tobacco, cotton and the industries that followed. Acquisition of these valued assets required the conquest, displacement or extermination of the native populations already living here. The name, Massachusetts, for example, the state where I live, is all that remains of the people who once inhabited the area of what is now Boston. Later, the profits derived from forcible acquisition of the land, and the slave labor to cultivate it underwrote the industrial revolution and this catapulted the United States into position as the richest nation on earth and soon the militarily most powerful. Only a century after breaking away from British rule the United States itself leapt upon the stage of empire to compete with other Europeans for dominance in the world, taking the former Spanish colonies of Cuba, Puerto Rico, the Philippines, and Guam by force, and annexing Hawaii. Brooks Adams, the descendant of two presidents, exulted that “this war is the first gun in the battle for ownership of the world.” In the Senate Albert Beveridge proclaimed that “The power that rules the Pacific rules the world.” U.S. entry into both World Wars and all subsequent armed interventions is almost always mystified and characterized as a defense of democracy and human rights. In no case was American national security remotely threatened if by that we mean the vulnerability to invasion and military defeat. Since the end of World War II the United States has waged numerous full scale wars and many smaller conflicts in the name of national security and claims of principle and high ideals. Americans are unremittingly habituated to believe Madeleine Albright’s all-encompassing contention that the United States is “the indispensable nation.” The end result of our actions has been many millions dead, maimed, reduced to penury, and desolated with grief. Americans are encouraged to see ourselves as humanitarians yet the widespread denial of our collective responsibility for the raw misery for those on the receiving end of our military firepower is nothing less than indefensible. Until WWII the U.S. was perceived, if not exactly as a benevolent friend of Muslim peoples, at least it was not yet seen as one more imperial power set upon exploiting the greater Middle East. This positive estimation changed virtually the moment that war ended and the regional shift toward virulent anti-Americanism originated in Iran. During World War II Iran had been co-occupied by Soviet, British and American troops. The Allies violated Iran’s declared neutrality because they thought that the country’s ruler, Reza Shah, was too friendly with Nazi Germany and they wished to use Iranian territory to transship supplies from the Persian Gulf to the USSR. The British owned Anglo-Iranian Oil Company (now British Petroleum) had virtually monopolized production and profits from the industry and the Allies also wanted to prevent the country’s oil reserves from potential access by Germany. The three nations had agreed to withdraw from Iran within six months after the war’s end. In March of 1946 Soviet troops had still not withdrawn and Washington claimed that this was evidence of Stalin’s desire to expand communism and threaten the entire region. The reality was that the Soviet Union had suffered immense damage from the war and needed energy supplies to rebuild. Russians wanted some guarantee from Iran that they could purchase a certain quota of Iranian oil for this purpose and sought to gain an oil concession in the Azerbaijani region of Iran, which bordered the Soviet Republic of Azerbaijan. Washington and the Iranian government feared that the Soviets might act to annex the territory when Iranian Azerbaijanis declared a separate republic. President Truman later claimed that he threatened the USSR with American military intervention. The U.S. State Department advised the Iranian prime minister, Ahmad Qavam, to negotiate and when Iran accepted the oil concession the Red Army withdrew. However, the Iranian parliament, the Majlis, later disavowed the agreement. These actions undertaken by Washington constituted the first direct American intervention in the Middle East as well as the first skirmish of the post-WWII Cold War. Anti-Soviet rhetoric claimed that the Soviet Union was bent on “world conquest” and pointed to the occupation of Eastern Europe by the Red Army. Omitted was all mention of the fact that as Nazi Germany had marched through the nations of Eastern Europe it had subjected their governments and made them allies. Then many waged war themselves against the USSR. Thus, the Red Army was occupying those nations for the same reason the United States and Britain were occupying Germany, Austria and Italy. American elites had plans for the reconstruction of Europe that would reintegrate the entire region into a revived capitalist order under American authority and communist Russia’s occupation of Eastern Europe was seen to obstruct those goals. No consideration was given to the very real security concerns that the Soviets had, especially about their eastern borders from whence twice in the early 20th Century they had been invaded. In fact, Russian non-actions at the time, not only with respect to Iran, indicated exactly the opposite of what Washington wanted the world to believe. The Red Army could easily have re-entered Iranian territory after the Majlis reneged on the oil concession and there was nothing, short of the atomic bomb that could have dislodged them. But it did not. Within a few years Soviet troops also withdrew from Austria and Manchuria quite in contradiction to the American assertion that they were intent on global conquest. There was no evidence whatever of Soviet designs to expand beyond what it declared to be its security zone in Eastern Europe. The U.S. had committed itself to an adversarial relationship with its former ally, in the absence of which the Nazis would never have been defeated, and it had initiated its long-term intervention into the internal affairs of Iran and many other nations, which, of course, continue to this day. When the Shah was overthrown in 1979 few Americans had any sense of why this occurred, especially because most journalists supinely omitted any reportage of crimes committed by the “king of kings” against the Iranian people. The public had been conditioned to believe for decades that Mohammed Reza Shah Pahlavi was a benevolent sovereign, beloved by his people, a staunch ally of the United States, and a pillar of stability in the region. Most had no sense that the Shah was installed by the Central Intelligence Agency when it conspired with other Iranians to topple the elected government of Prime Minister Mohammed Mossadegh in 1953 because he had the temerity to insist that the oil resources of his nation were the birthright of the Iranian people rather than the property of western oil companies. The public had no understanding of how brutal the Shah’s dictatorship was in fact and no comprehension of the role Washington had played in enabling his feared secret police, the SAVAK, to terrorize all Iranians who objected to his policies. To the extent that the general public took any notice at all of Iran they accepted the claim that the Shah was America’s “policeman in the Gulf,” aiding the United States in its efforts to “contain” the threat of the Soviet Union. The real menace to the interests of American corporate elites emanated from the upsurge in nationalism among all peoples around the globe who had been victims of western colonialism. World War II effectively finished Europe’s empires and nations from Indonesia, Vietnam, India, to Kenya, Congo, Guatemala, Cuba, Chile and many others were rising in the post-war period to obtain independence, and who, like Iran in the early 1950s, sought to nationalize their resources. From the perspective of the would-be American overlords this was their cardinal sin. Such appropriations of national reserves like Vietnam’s independence movement, Egypt’s nationalization of the Suez Canal, Mossadegh’s actions, or Qassim’s appropriations of oil in Iraq in 1956, if successfully carried out and allowed to stand, would have thwarted the grand strategy of the U.S. to exert American corporate control over such assets, markets and cheaper foreign labor and the immense profits that would acrue to American industrial and banking giants. Since communist ideology also promoted national independence for western colonies intense government and media propaganda convinced the American citizenry that resistance to the American agenda and global turmoil was all the work of the Soviet devil. Even before WWII ended key members of the ruling elite sought preventive measures against a return to depression and mass unemployment. Sixteen million veterans were returning to civilian life. Would they face renewed unemployment and soup kitchens as so many had in the Great Depression of the 1930s? The director of war production, who had formerly been chief executive officer of the General Electric Company, a giant in what President Dwight Eisenhower would later designate the “Military-Industrial Complex,” argued that the U.S. needed a “permanent war economy.” Many of the massive corporations that now dominate the American political economy either grew exponentially during WWII or got their start as a result of government contracts financed by new taxation and borrowing. Only such massive government intervention put citizens back to work or in the military regiments. Given the nature of capitalism few among elite decision makers in the postwar could imagine restructuring such production to meet purely domestic purposes primarily because there was less profit to be made. War or the manufactured threat of war is the lifeblood of the military corporations and their financiers. Thus the ally that had been indispensable in the defeat of Nazism overnight became the new menace to American national security, despite the fact that the USSR had suffered upwards of 30 million deaths and its principal cities lay in ruins. From that moment on the “Cold War” became the ideological organizing touchstone of American society. Even then many citizens resisted the new precepts. Henry Wallace, who had been vice president under Roosevelt, led the popular movement for cooperation between the two post-war giants but he was reviled by the high priests of political orthodoxy as a “fellow traveler” of the communists, as were any who dissented from the new agenda. Inside the inner sanctum of the new “National Security State” a top secret document, NSC-68, specified a comprehensive blueprint to militarize American society, called for a tripling of taxation to expand the military budget and achieve nuclear supremacy by creating the hydrogen bomb. Even so the populace resisted until in the words of Secretary of State Dean Acheson “Thank God Korea came along.” Though Acheson himself had declared that Korea was outside of America’s “defensive perimeter,” warhawks in Washington and on Wall Street declared that the civil war between Korean factions on the other side of the planet imperiled the “free world.” What actually was at risk was the new militarized superstate, and the tax guaranteed profits to the corporations embedded in the war economy. The war that followed left 3 million Koreans and 37,000 US soldiers dead, threatened China with nuclear destruction, leading the Chinese to deploy their own nukes in short order. To cite only some cases, from 1947 to the present the United States has intervened politically or violently in Iran, China, Ukraine, Italy, Greece, Egypt, Vietnam, Guatemala, Indonesia, Congo, Cuba, Brazil, Dominican Republic, Cambodia, Laos, Chile, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras, and most recently has intruded brutally in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Yemen, Somalia and Syria. Though internal domestic opposition to American interventions and wars has always surfaced the majority of the public historically succumbs to the incessant propaganda projected by U.S. governments of either party and their corporate allies and the media that military action is necessary for reasons of national security or to protect favored allies. Recently “humanitarian intervention” has surfaced as justification for American deployments in Muslim countries. The doctrine’s principal exponent, former UN ambassador Samantha Power, was instrumental in toppling the Libyan regime of Muammar Qaddafi, with catastrophic results for innumerable civilians. Along with her boss Hillary Clinton, and National Security adviser Susan Rice, these “gentle” women also encouraged the Obama administration to support and arm the rebellion against the Assad regime in Syria leading to today’s incessantly violent chaos, uncountable deaths, the outflow of hundreds of thousands of refugees and the destabilization of numerous nations from Africa to Europe. In 1991 the pretext of the communist menace disappeared with the dissolution of the Soviet Union. That brief window of peaceful cooperation closed rapidly and Russia was soon demonized again as the principal menace to “liberal order.” The Trump Administration won election in great part because it promised a more cooperative relationship with Russia, one of the only ray’s of light in that dismal campaign. But what is now termed the American “deep state” is fostering a renewed condition of militarized tension with that nation. Trump also promised millions that he would renew the American economy and bring back jobs for millions who feel betrayed and impoverished by the flight of investment capital overseas in search of cheaper labor and the robotization of such industries that remain. “America First” is Trump’s watchword. Yet he has turned management of the U.S. economy over to the very bankers who orchestrated the swindles that led to the near collapse of the world economy in 2008. As I write these words Trump has launched missiles at a Syrian airfield, employed the U.S.’s deadliest weapon short of nukes in Afghanistan, bombed Yemen, and sent troops to Somalia. His Secretary of Defense, former General James Mattis, affectionately called “mad dog” by his troops, threatens Iran, falsely accusing it of violations of the recently signed agreement on nuclear proliferation. Trump is recklessly threatening North Korea, potentially creating an extreme risk of a nuclear event that would certainly also engage China. He has called for an increase in military spending that by itself is almost larger than the entire military budget of any other country. Despite promises of prosperity for all the taxes to fund all this will fall on the shoulders of the broad American middle class and generations to come, not on the giant corporations that are all but tax exempt- as it appears Trump himself has been for decades. Rather than sanely reducing the risk of war as he promised his presidency looks increasingly worrying. As his foreign policies take shape they are indistinguishable from those of his Democratic Party opponents and the global dominance doctrines of Bush’s neo-conservatives. Are They all fated to fail and unless derailed ensure yet more widespread war and suffering. 

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

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

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Scientists are Attempting to ‘Prove’ that ‘Religious’ People are Crazy – Study

By Nate Brown - 05/08/2017

According to a study done by the researchers at Northwestern University, damage in a particular part of the brain is linked to an increase in religious fundamentalism. In particular, lesions in the ventromedial prefrontal cortex reduced cognitive flexibility – the ability to challenge our beliefs based on new evidence. The research was conducted by Jordan Grafman, who utilized data gathered from Vietnam War veterans as part of the Vietnam Head Injury Study. The study is being used to claim further that religious beliefs are centered in the prefrontal cortex. “The variation in the nature of religious beliefs are governed by specific brain areas in the anterior parts of the human brain and those brain areas are among the most recently evolved areas of the human brain,” said Grafman. How free these areas are from disease, in particular, the part known as the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex, may determine a person’s mental openness – necessary to appreciate the “diversity of religious thought.” The scientists are claiming, that ‘they are not stating religious people overall are mentally inflexible, or that belief is caused by brain damage.’ However, when one compares ‘brain damage’ to an increase in religion, then that typically means that scientists such as Jordan are trying to label those who hold religious beliefs as mentally unstable. Abstract Beliefs profoundly affect people’s lives, but their cognitive and neural pathways are poorly understood. Although previous research has identified the ventromedial prefrontal cortex (vmPFC) as critical to representing religious beliefs, the means by which vmPFC enables religious belief is uncertain. We hypothesized that the vmPFC represents diverse religious beliefs and that a vmPFC lesion would be associated with religious fundamentalism, or the narrowing of religious beliefs. To test this prediction, we assessed religious adherence with a widely-used religious fundamentalism scale in a large sample of 119 patients with penetrating traumatic brain injury (pTBI). If the vmPFC is crucial to modulating diverse personal religious beliefs, we predicted that pTBI patients with lesions to the vmPFC would exhibit greater fundamentalism, and that this would be modulated by cognitive flexibility and trait openness. Instead, we found that participants with dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (dlPFC) lesions have fundamentalist beliefs similar to patients with vmPFC lesions and that the effect of a dlPFC lesion on fundamentalism was significantly mediated by decreased cognitive flexibility and openness. These findings indicate that cognitive flexibility and openness are necessary for flexible and adaptive religious commitment, and that such diversity of religious thought is dependent on dlPFC functionality. — See The Study To sum up the study, the scientists are claiming that if you are not religiously flexible, then there could be some damage done to your ventromedial prefrontal cortex. Bad news Jordan, we all weren’t dropped on our heads as a baby. The real question is, who funded the study? Scientists are literally attempting to label all Christians as nuts while pushing the agenda of ‘religious experiences,’ this is an attack on the Church at large, and if you are not rooted in FAITH, then science and whatever other spiritual wind blows your way will sway you. The Christian religion has been around far longer than modern day science, and it’s a guarantee that not all of the people rooted in Christianity had brain damage. The scientists concluded the study and stated further testing needed to be done. “We need to understand how distinct religious beliefs are from moral, legal, political, and economic beliefs in their representations in the brain, the nature of conversion from one belief system to another, the difference between belief and agency, and the nature of the depth of knowledge that individuals use to access and report their beliefs,” Grafman added. If science can understand it, politics can further control it. Labeling Christians as nuts can further bring about controls placed upon people of faith. Is this how the New World Order will ‘cleanse’ the Earth of Christianity? 

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Wire: Catholic Church To Approve Euthanasia? Human Brain Waves Will Teach Robots To Shoot

By @truther2127 - 05/07/2017

Welcome to the Christian Truther Wire, you can listen to this broadcast by either listening to the embedded podcast above – or you can watch along on YouTube. To gain access to all of the reports used in today’s broadcast, please see here. In tonight’s Wire; we are covering the Brothers of Charity, a Catholic Church, and how they are attempting to approve euthanasia for patients, including those under psychiatric care, at their health centers. Also, we are covering North Korea’s latest threats against the United States, and how now Kim Jung Un wants to ‘blow up’ the White House. For tonight’s specials reports welcome to the world where your dreams aren’t even safe anymore, and the terminator comes alive. Don’t miss tonight’s Wire. 

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Morning brief: Obama offers urgent plea to Congress on health care

Published May 08, 2017 Fox News


Speaking at the John F. Kennedy President Library and Museum in Boston Sunday night, former President Obama urged Congress to show political courage in the debate over the new health care law, which was passed in the House last week. “I hope they understand that courage means not simply doing what is politically expedient, but doing what they believe deep in their hearts is right,” Obama said. He was receiving the Profile In Courage Award from members of the Kennedy family. etc. 

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An Analysis of the Coup Against Trump (Part 2)

By Dave Hodges

In part one, I provided stunning reversal from Candidate Trump to President Trump with regard to the major initiatives that he is carrying out. However, I am not of the opinion that Trump’s campaign was based on lies and deception. I went back and watched about 15 hours of tape, especially during the primary campaign. Trump was NOT being phony. I reviewed the progression of his candidacy. The man took amazing abuse, but it was not scripted. The abuse was often spontaneous. And the miracle that became his election had little to do with Trump’s skills, but I believed I was reviewing the unveiling of a supernatural power (i.e. the hand of God) being thrust upon the nation, particularly among the enemies of God and ultimately the American people. Where Did Things Go Wrong? In Part One, I have quoted the book of Ezekiel in that in the end days, the evil of the leaders would be revealed. Have come to believe that because of our nation’s increasing hedonism and pervasive evil, God was only willing to go so far with this nation, as I believe we are a nation under judgment. In short, God used Donald Trump, as Steve Quayle puts it, to expose the satanic evil prevalent in our leaders. The Trump campaign accomplished that end. We learned of Hillary’s extracurricular activities along with Cruz, Rubio and the core of the Democratic party. George Soros was exposed as a primary player in our election. In fact, if one wants to look at election tampering, we need not look at the Russians, we only need to look at Soros with his voting machines and formation of terrorist groups designed to defeat Trump and subvert the will of the people. In the following short video, I discuss how Trump, despite being compromised, was planning to go after the power of the banks. It should also be mentioned that Trump, through Attorney General Jeff Sessoins was continuing to pursue the very sensitive area of child-sex-trafficking. In case nobody has been keeping score, Trump’s people have prosecuted hundreds for this heinous crime and they are working their way up the food chain. Trump must be stopped because the final destination of these actions is not accetable to the globalists for very obvious reasons. It is clear that God is stopping at the revelation of sins aspect. The regime change is up to us once the people are awakened to the depravity of the leadership. Evil Attempts to Extinguish the Truth Through Soros’ ally, Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, Trump has quite obviously lost control of the foreign policy element of the Executive Branch. However, Trump has managed to retain some power. I have learned that as late as last week, Trump had planned to initiate something similar to Glass-Steagall which would prevent the banks from benefiting from things like the credit swap derivatives, which have destroyed our economy. This was a declaration of war against Wall Street. I have learned from two insider sources, that Trump was making a move on the first layer of the Deep State at the State Department and the FBI. These two actions have led to the formation of a battle plan from the Deep State leftists, all of which are designed to remove Donald Trump from power. Deep State Options to Remove Donald J. Trump As President A clear picture is beginning to emerge as the Deep State has settled into a progressive three-tiered approach to removing President Trump from office. The initial plan was to compile the false Russian allegations from places like the New York Times and the Washington Post and impeach Trump under some provision, such as trading with the Trading with the Enemies Act. By the way, this was the act that Prescott Bush violated during WW II as continued to trade with the Nazis. Prescott Bush was the father of George H.W. Bush. It has been widely reported that certain key members of Congress have been secretly meeting and planning to take Trump out of office under the disability clause of the 25th Their primary target has been the perceived mental illnesses of the President, most of which could be considered to be Paranoid Personality Disorder. This “data gathering” is designed to influence the Cabinet as they would be the ones responsible for casting the vote to remove the President from office. The assassination card is the third and final stop in this progressive approach to remove the President. The Progression of this Three-Pronged Strategy The Russian allegations strategy against Trump has failed. They failed when he bombed Syria, despite the fact that the chemical attack was clearly a false flag attack designed to implicate Assad. Perhaps, this is why Trump agreed to such an attack because it eliminated the first tier of the attacks against him. The second tier of the strategy has been seriously compromised because Trump has stopped engaging critics such as actress, Meryl Streep. Trump has also become less controversial on Twitter and has cut way back on his tweets. However, it is clear to many that Trump has lost control of the military and all major foreign policy decisions. Therefore, in this sense, Trump has already been the victim of a coup, but the totality of the coup is still a work in progress. Trump is resilient as we see that Trump’s continual dealing to keep jobs in America, the intention of implementing something like Glass-Steagall and intention to begin to rid the government of some Deep State elements, shows that he still has a lot of fight left within him. The globalists have failed to crush his spirit and it is time to move on to the next phase of the pyramid of power designed to remove Trump from office. The third tier of this strategy is assassination. And one can bet that if the President is assassinated, fake medical reasons will not likely be the cause. As with the case of John Kennedy, his execution was public and served as a warning to future Presidents as to what can happen to you when you go against the NWO’s agenda for the office of the President. Paul Craig Roberts, as I pointed out below in this video, has publicly stated that Trump will now be made an example of. What Can the People Do? The people must come to realize that the globalists would love nothing more than for you and your countrymen to take to the streets. It is there that the new American populist movement would be crushed in its tracks. A guerilla strategy is needed and one that is based on spiritual solutions, not earthly, knee-jerk reactions. The people must also realize that when Trump is removed from power, that there must be a major false flag event to bring the people under control. It is in this spirit that there will be a Part Three to this series which will discuss solutions and the possible identification of the false flag event. 

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Time for a US Ban on the Muslim Brotherhood, but Why?

By Elliot Friedland Sunday, May 7, 2017

A lot of people in the United States are talking about banning the Muslim Brotherhood, one of the world’s largest Islamist organizations. The movement has many detractors and supporters, and it can be difficult to know what’s really going on. So who is the Muslim Brotherhood? What do its members really believe and why might they be a big enough threat to ban? And, how does that impact me? What is the Muslim Brotherhood? The Muslim Brotherhood is an international movement originally founded in Egypt with branches all over the world, including in the United States. Although it is not a single monolithic movement, the disparate factions share the same foundational ideology. The group does not represent all or even most Muslims (despite claiming to) and is fundamentally a political rather than a religious movement. What does the Muslim Brotherhood Believe? The British Government review of the Muslim Brotherhood’s activities in 2015 found: “The founder and first Supreme Guide (spiritual leader), Hassan al Banna, called for the religious reformation of individual Muslims, the progressive moral purification of Muslim societies and their eventual political unification in a Caliphate under sharia law.” According to the founding bylaws of the Muslim Brotherhood, the group aims to liberate Islamic countries from foreign rule, an understandable goal in 1928 when the group was founded and when Britain was ruling Egypt. However it does not stop there, the group’s official aim is to unite all Muslim countries, re-establish a caliphate and to implement sharia as a system of government. The prime beliefs of the Brotherhood are firstly that it sees no distinction between religion and state – only Islam as the sole legitimate system. The second is a strong attachment to the ideals of social justice and the elimination of poverty and corruption, which it uses to recruit, primarily among its core support base, the lower middle class. Its purported attachment to fighting economic injustice should not lead observers to think that the group is benign. Such economic programs do not detract from the group’s totalitarian nature. What about Jihad? Although it has officially renounced violence since the 1970s, this purported renunciation is false. Founder Hassan al-Banna also wrote extensively on the importance of jihad and the “Art of Death.” This focus preached that death in the cause of jihad is a virtue and only by replacing love of life with love of death can the Muslim Brotherhood be triumphant. Another Muslim Brotherhood ideologue, Sayyid Qutb, authored the seminal Islamist text Milestones while in prison in 1964. The text is seen as foundational in the genealogy of the Islamist movement, and influenced such terrorist luminaries as Abdullah Yusuf Azzam, Osama bin Laden’s mentor, and Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the mastermind of 9/11. The book created the modern political concept of jahilliya. In traditional Islamic discourse, jahilliya refers to the “age of ignorance” that mythically prevailed in Arabia before the arrival of Mohammed and the formation of Islam. Qutb updated the concept to mean that any government which does not implement sharia as a system of government exists in a state of jahilliya. Such governments are illegitimate and need overthrowing – violently if necessary. How Does This Impact Me? The Muslim Brotherhood’s plan ultimately involves the entire world, including the United States. Muslim Brotherhood ideology is spread in conferences, in printed materials and by affiliated groups around the world. In particular in the United States, the Council on American Islamic Relations, the Islamic Society of North America and the Islamic Circle of North America have been linked to the international Muslim Brotherhood movement. If the Muslim Brotherhood is allowed to, it will create an Islamic caliphate and implement a system of sharia governance, including the brutal hudud punishments such as stoning adulterers to death and cutting the hands off thieves. For more information about the Muslim Brotherhood and its global vision, see Clarion Project’s Special Report: The Muslim Brotherhood. 

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Let your ears be open and listen very carefully, for I shall give unto you some wisdom, I shall give unto you some knowledge, I will clarify some things that you may see and know and understand. Oh, the Cascades, the Cascades, the Cascades as they go crumbling down all the way down Interstate 5 all the way into Mexico, seven million people shall die.  The east coast, the east coast shall fall under a shaking there as every eye shall see the fireball and they shall know what is happening. etc. 

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UPDATE-08.05.2017 MUST READ:

BREAKING: M6.6 Earthquake Strikes off Alaska Volcano! Tsunami Warning Buoys “Broken”

An ocean data buoy is alerting to an “event” in the Cascadia Subduction Zone off the west coast of Oregon. This is where a magnitude 9 earthquake hit in 1700. According to the data buoy, the water column height (depth) fell sharply within minutes off the coast of Oregon, signaling the land beneath the ocean has suddenly “sunk.” Here are the graphs showing what the ocean data buoy recorded: As of 0231:30, the initial water column height is 2738.80 Meters deep (8985.56 feet). Two minutes and thirty seconds later, that same water column height had dropped to 2738.66 Meters deep (8985.10 feet). Where did the four inches of water disappear to? Answer: The earth sunk; and continued to sink for the next several HOURS. As you can see from the second chart above, from 0230 GMT to 0600 GMT, the ocean continued to sink to 2737.7 meters deep (8981.95 feet). The buoy is too far away from shore to be affected by high/low tide, so where did the four feet of ocean water disappear to? READ MORE: Are You Ready ? End Of The World Begin ! The Elite Are In A Panic-ELITE Underground Bunkers This means a Tectonic Plate in the Ocean named the “Juan de Fuca Plate” has made a sudden, eastward movement and slipped beneath another Tectonic Plate named the “North American Plate.” This type of event is usually followed by a massive upward movement of the North American Plate causing a very severe earthquake. Here’s a map of the relevant Tectonic Plates: In the year 1700, a similar movement of plates is believed to have been the cause of a Magnitude 9.0 earthquake, which devastated the west coast of north America, and generated an ocean Tsunami that washed inland upwards of ten MILES! FOUR MEAGER FEET OF WATER? Lest you think that four feet of ocean depth is nothing to be concerned about, be reminded that the entire column of water . . . all 8985 feet of it . . . is what dropped four feet. And it did so over an area several miles wide! When the tectonic plate snaps back upward, it can launch that entire 8985 foot column of water upward and toward the shore! Learn how planning ahead can help you protect your family, your home and your belongings in a dangerous time-Video Below As the continental shelf rises toward the shore (the ocean gets more shallow) that 8985 foot column of water starts accumulating upon itself as it moves toward shore, becoming one massive wave, perhaps 45-50 feet tall, that hits the shore for twenty minutes! Now do you see why this is a big deal? If such a thing were to happen today, hundreds-of-thousands of people would be killed as a fifteen meter (45 foot) wall of water came ashore well inland passing Interstate 5 and destroying everything its path from the beach to Interstate 5. Here is a map of I-5, everything to the left of it (to the west) would be wiped out: Mount Hood Volcano Can Be Triggered to Erupt This type of Tectonic Movement has a direct effect upon the volcanos in the Cascadia Volcanic Chain, in particular, Mount Hood. When the Juan de Fuca tectonic plate goes beneath the North American plate, it begins to get crushed. The heat from the friction of the two massive plates rubbing together, melts the Juan de Fuca plate into Magma (lava). Directly next to the Cascadia Subduction Zone is the Mount Hood Volcano. Here’s a graphic to show you the relevant details: All along the Cascadia Subduction Zone are volcanoes. Most of them are inactive, but some are quite active. Here is a map of the volcanoes in the Cascade Mountains Range, so you have an understanding of the pressure relief valves (volcanoes) created over millions of years by these two tectonic plates scraping together. Mount Hood is to the right (east of) Portland, Oregon . . . There is a magma tunnel leading directly from the Cascadia Subduction Zone straight up into Mount Hood! As the Juan de Fuca tectonic plate is being crushed (right now) it is melting into magma (lava). Whether or not there is enough magma to cause Mount Hood to erupt is unknown. There has merely been an “event” in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Oregon in the Cascadia Subduction Zone. This is a very rare occurrence with serious implications. It is worthy of very close monitoring by persons in the potentially-affected areas. This event is a potential warning of a POSSIBLE pending large earthquake on the west coast. There could also be an eruption at Mount Hood. Folks in Washington, Oregon and northern California as well as in Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA, should make certain they are prepared to take emergency action in the event a major quake does strike. READ MORE: RED ALERT:MEGA-EARTHQUAKE MADRID-Americas Risk New Madrid Fault Lines Quake Divide the US Full Historic Background and Detailed Explanation – Scary Stuff Most people in the United States know just one fault line by name: the San Andreas, which runs nearly the length of California and is perpetually rumored to be on the verge of unleashing “the big one.” That rumor is misleading, no matter what the San Andreas ever does. Every fault line has an upper limit to its potency, determined by its length and width, and by how far it can slip. For the San Andreas, one of the most extensively studied and best understood fault lines in the world, that upper limit is roughly an 8.2—a powerful earthquake, but, because the Richter scale is logarithmic, only six per cent as strong as the 2011 event in Japan. Just north of the San Andreas, however, lies another fault line. Known as the Cascadia subduction zone, it runs for seven hundred miles off the coast of the Pacific Northwest, beginning near Cape Mendocino, California, continuing along Oregon and Washington, and terminating around Vancouver Island, Canada. The “Cascadia” part of its name comes from the Cascade Range, a chain of volcanic mountains that follow the same course a hundred or so miles inland. The “subduction zone” part refers to a region of the planet where one tectonic plate is sliding underneath (subducting) another. Tectonic plates are those slabs of mantle and crust that, in their epochs-long drift, rearrange the earth’s continents and oceans. Most of the time, their movement is slow, harmless, and all but undetectable. Occasionally, at the borders where they meet, it is not. Take your hands and hold them palms down, middle fingertips touching. Your right hand represents the North American tectonic plate, which bears on its back, among other things, our entire continent, from One World Trade Center to the Space Needle, in Seattle. Your left hand represents an oceanic plate called Juan de Fuca, ninety thousand square miles in size. The place where they meet is the Cascadia subduction zone. Now slide your left hand under your right one. That is what the Juan de Fuca plate is doing: slipping steadily beneath North America. When you try it, your right hand will slide up your left arm, as if you were pushing up your sleeve. That is what North America is not doing. It is stuck, wedged tight against the surface of the other plate. Without moving your hands, curl your right knuckles up, so that they point toward the ceiling. Under pressure from Juan de Fuca, the stuck edge of North America is bulging upward and compressing eastward, at the rate of, respectively, three to four millimeters and thirty to forty millimeters a year. It can do so for quite some time, because, as continent stuff goes, it is young, made of rock that is still relatively elastic. (Rocks, like us, get stiffer as they age.) But it cannot do so indefinitely. There is a backstop—the craton, that ancient unbudgeable mass at the center of the continent—and, sooner or later, North America will rebound like a spring. If, on that occasion, only the southern part of the Cascadia subduction zone gives way—your first two fingers, say—the magnitude of the resulting quake will be somewhere between 8.0 and 8.6.That’s the big one. If the entire zone gives way at once, an event that seismologists call a full-margin rupture, the magnitude will be somewhere between 8.7 and 9.2. That’s the very big one. Flick your right fingers outward, forcefully, so that your hand flattens back down again. When the next very big earthquake hits, the northwest edge of the continent, from California to Canada and the continental shelf to the Cascades, will drop by as much as six feet and rebound thirty to a hundred feet to the west—losing, within minutes, all the elevation and compression it has gained over centuries. Some of that shift will take place beneath the ocean, displacing a colossal quantity of seawater. (Watch what your fingertips do when you flatten your hand.) The water will surge upward into a huge hill, then promptly collapse. One side will rush west, toward Japan. The other side will rush east, in a seven-hundred-mile liquid wall that will reach the Northwest coast, on average, fifteen minutes after the earthquake begins. By the time the shaking has ceased and the tsunami has receded, the region will be unrecognizable. Kenneth Murphy, who directs FEMA’s Region X, the division responsible for Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Alaska, says, “Our operating assumption is that everything west of Interstate 5 will be toast.” Why are so many of the super wealthy suddenly preparing bug out locations? When the elite of the world start preparing for doomsday, that is a very troubling sign. And right now the elite appear to be quietly preparing for disaster like never before. Want to Be on Survivalist? The 3 Pioneer Survival Lessons We Should All Learn! Here’s your chance. Watch this free video. In the Pacific Northwest, the area of impact will cover some hundred and forty thousand square miles, including Seattle, Tacoma, Portland, Eugene, Salem (the capital city of Oregon), Olympia (the capital of Washington), and some seven million people. When the next full-margin rupture happens, that region will suffer the worst natural disaster in the history of North America. Roughly three thousand people died in San Francisco’s 1906 earthquake. Almost two thousand died in Hurricane Katrina. Almost three hundred died in Hurricane Sandy. FEMA projects that nearly thirteen thousand people will die in the Cascadia earthquake and tsunami. Another twenty-seven thousand will be injured, and the agency expects that it will need to provide shelter for a million displaced people, and food and water for another two and a half million. “This is one time that I’m hoping all the science is wrong, and it won’t happen for another thousand years,” Murphy says. In fact, the science is robust, and one of the chief scientists behind it is Chris Goldfinger. Thanks to work done by him and his colleagues, we now know that the odds of the big Cascadia earthquake happening in the next fifty years are roughly one in three. The odds of the very big one are roughly one in ten. Even those numbers do not fully reflect the danger—or, more to the point, how unprepared the Pacific Northwest is to face it. The truly worrisome figures in this story are these: Thirty years ago, no one knew that the Cascadia subduction zone had ever produced a major earthquake. Forty-five years ago, no one even knew it existed. In May of 1804, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, together with their Corps of Discovery, set off from St. Louis on America’s first official cross-country expedition. Eighteen months later, they reached the Pacific Ocean and made camp near the present-day town of Astoria, Oregon. The United States was, at the time, twenty-nine years old. Canada was not yet a country. The continent’s far expanses were so unknown to its white explorers that Thomas Jefferson, who commissioned the journey, thought that the men would come across woolly mammoths. Native Americans had lived in the Northwest for millennia, but they had no written language, and the many things to which the arriving Europeans subjected them did not include seismological inquiries. The newcomers took the land they encountered at face value, and at face value it was a find: vast, cheap, temperate, fertile, and, to all appearances, remarkably benign. A century and a half elapsed before anyone had any inkling that the Pacific Northwest was not a quiet place but a place in a long period of quiet. It took another fifty years to uncover and interpret the region’s seismic history. Geology, as even geologists will tell you, is not normally the sexiest of disciplines; it hunkers down with earthly stuff while the glory accrues to the human and the cosmic—to genetics, neuroscience, physics. But, sooner or later, every field has its field day, and the discovery of the Cascadia subduction zone stands as one of the greatest scientific detective stories of our time. The first clue came from geography. Almost all of the world’s most powerful earthquakes occur in the Ring of Fire, the volcanically and seismically volatile swath of the Pacific that runs from New Zealand up through Indonesia and Japan, across the ocean to Alaska, and down the west coast of the Americas to Chile. Japan, 2011, magnitude 9.0; Indonesia, 2004, magnitude 9.1; Alaska, 1964, magnitude 9.2; Chile, 1960, magnitude 9.5—not until the late nineteen-sixties, with the rise of the theory of plate tectonics, could geologists explain this pattern. The Ring of Fire, it turns out, is really a ring of subduction zones. Nearly all the earthquakes in the region are caused by continental plates getting stuck on oceanic plates—as North America is stuck on Juan de Fuca—and then getting abruptly unstuck. And nearly all the volcanoes are caused by the oceanic plates sliding deep beneath the continental ones, eventually reaching temperatures and pressures so extreme that they melt the rock above them. The first sign that the Cascadia earthquake has begun will be a compressional wave, radiating outward from the fault line. Compressional waves are fast-moving, high-frequency waves, audible to dogs and certain other animals but experienced by humans only as a sudden jolt. They are not very harmful, but they are potentially very useful, since they travel fast enough to be detected by sensors thirty to ninety seconds ahead of other seismic waves. That is enough time for earthquake early-warning systems, such as those in use throughout Japan, to automatically perform a variety of lifesaving functions: shutting down railways and power plants, opening elevators and firehouse doors, alerting hospitals to halt surgeries, and triggering alarms so that the general public can take cover. The Pacific Northwest has no early-warning system. READ MORE: RED ALERT: US West Coast Earthquake IMMINENT as Cascadia Subduction Zone Surges-A Super volcano Waking Up In The USA When the Cascadia earthquake begins, there will be, instead, a cacophony of barking dogs and a long, suspended, what-was-that moment before the surface waves arrive. Surface waves are slower, lower-frequency waves that move the ground both up and down and side to side: the shaking, starting in earnest. Soon after that shaking begins, the electrical grid will fail, likely everywhere west of the Cascades and possibly well beyond. If it happens at night, the ensuing catastrophe will unfold in darkness. In theory, those who are at home when it hits should be safest; it is easy and relatively inexpensive to seismically safeguard a private dwelling. But, lulled into nonchalance by their seemingly benign environment, most people in the Pacific Northwest have not done so. That nonchalance will shatter instantly. So will everything made of glass. Anything indoors and unsecured will lurch across the floor or come crashing down: bookshelves, lamps, computers, cannisters of flour in the pantry. Refrigerators will walk out of kitchens, unplugging themselves and toppling over. Water heaters will fall and smash interior gas lines. Houses that are not bolted to their foundations will slide off—or, rather, they will stay put, obeying inertia, while the foundations, together with the rest of the Northwest, jolt westward. Unmoored on the undulating ground, the homes will begin to collapse. Across the region, other, larger structures will also start to fail. Until 1974, the state of Oregon had no seismic code, and few places in the Pacific Northwest had one appropriate to a magnitude-9.0 earthquake until 1994. The vast majority of buildings in the region were constructed before then. Ian Madin, who directs the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI), estimates that seventy-five per cent of all structures in the state are not designed to withstand a major Cascadia quake. FEMA calculates that, across the region, something on the order of a million buildings—more than three thousand of them schools—will collapse or be compromised in the earthquake. So will half of all highway bridges, fifteen of the seventeen bridges spanning Portland’s two rivers, and two-thirds of railways and airports; also, one-third of all fire stations, half of all police stations, and two-thirds of all hospitals. READ MORE: FEMA Camps Being Set Up For Survivors- Elite Are Running To Underground Bunkers [VIDEO] Among natural disasters, tsunamis may be the closest to being completely unsurvivable. The only likely way to outlive one is not to be there when it happens: to steer clear of the vulnerable area in the first place, or get yourself to high ground as fast as possible. For the seventy-one thousand people who live in Cascadia’s inundation zone, that will mean evacuating in the narrow window after one disaster ends and before another begins. They will be notified to do so only by the earthquake itself—“a vibrate-alert system,” Kevin Cupples, the city planner for the town of Seaside, Oregon, jokes—and they are urged to leave on foot, since the earthquake will render roads impassable. Depending on location, they will have between ten and thirty minutes to get out. That time line does not allow for finding a flashlight, tending to an earthquake injury, hesitating amid the ruins of a home, searching for loved ones, or being a Good Samaritan. “When that tsunami is coming, you run,” Jay Wilson, the chair of the Oregon Seismic Safety Policy Advisory Commission (OSSPAC), says. *Recommendations by the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection offer the following tips that all residents take three simple preparedness steps: Get a kit, make a plan, and stay informed”.*Watch This FREE Video The time to save people from a tsunami is before it happens, but the region has not yet taken serious steps toward doing so. Hotels and businesses are not required to post evacuation routes or to provide employees with evacuation training. In Oregon, it has been illegal since 1995 to build hospitals, schools, firehouses, and police stations in the inundation zone, but those which are already in it can stay, and any other new construction is permissible: energy facilities, hotels, retirement homes. In those cases, builders are required only to consult with DOGAMIabout evacuation plans. “So you come in and sit down,” Ian Madin says. “And I say, ‘That’s a stupid idea.’ And you say, ‘Thanks. Now we’ve consulted.’ ” These lax safety policies guarantee that many people inside the inundation zone will not get out. Twenty-two per cent of Oregon’s coastal population is sixty-five or older. Twenty-nine per cent of the state’s population is disabled, and that figure rises in many coastal counties. “We can’t save them,” Kevin Cupples says. “I’m not going to sugarcoat it and say, ‘Oh, yeah, we’ll go around and check on the elderly.’ No. We won’t.” Nor will anyone save the tourists. Washington State Park properties within the inundation zone see an average of seventeen thousand and twenty-nine guests a day. Madin estimates that up to a hundred and fifty thousand people visit Oregon’s beaches on summer weekends. “Most of them won’t have a clue as to how to evacuate,” he says. “And the beaches are the hardest place to evacuate from.” Those who cannot get out of the inundation zone under their own power will quickly be overtaken by a greater one. A grown man is knocked over by ankle-deep water moving at 6.7 miles an hour. The tsunami will be moving more than twice that fast when it arrives. Its height will vary with the contours of the coast, from twenty feet to more than a hundred feet. It will not look like a Hokusai-style wave, rising up from the surface of the sea and breaking from above. It will look like the whole ocean, elevated, overtaking land. Nor will it be made only of water—not once it reaches the shore. It will be a five-story deluge of pickup trucks and doorframes and cinder blocks and fishing boats and utility poles and everything else that once constituted the coastal towns of the Pacific Northwest. Wineglasses, antique vases, Humpty Dumpty, hip bones, hearts: what breaks quickly generally mends slowly, if at all. OSSPAC estimates that in the I-5 corridor it will take between one and three months after the earthquake to restore electricity, a month to a year to restore drinking water and sewer service, six months to a year to restore major highways, and eighteen months to restore health-care facilities. On the coast, those numbers go up. Whoever chooses or has no choice but to stay there will spend three to six months without electricity, one to three years without drinking water and sewage systems, and three or more years without hospitals. Those estimates do not apply to the tsunami-inundation zone, which will remain all but uninhabitable for years. How much all this will cost is anyone’s guess; FEMA puts every number on its relief-and-recovery plan except a price. But whatever the ultimate figure—and even though U.S. taxpayers will cover seventy-five to a hundred per cent of the damage, as happens in declared disasters—the economy of the Pacific Northwest will collapse. Crippled by a lack of basic services, businesses will fail or move away. Many residents will flee as well. OSSPAC predicts a mass-displacement event and a long-term population downturn. Chris Goldfinger didn’t want to be there when it happened. But, by many metrics, it will be as bad or worse to be there afterward. There you have it. This is serious stuff. What took place today in the Cascadia Subduction Zone must be paid attention to. Your life may literally depend on it. We also know that the U.S. government and large corporations are so concerned about the potential for a major New Madrid earthquake that they have held major exercises that simulate one. Scientists tell us that it is just a matter of time until another superquake hits the region, and personally I am one of the millions of Americans that believe that we will eventually see a New Madrid earthquake that will divide the United States in half. That is one of the reasons why I included a New Madrid earthquake in my novel. But others are skeptical. They point out that we have not seen a truly devastating earthquake in that region for more than 200 years. So why be concerned about one now? The real question that you have to ask yourself is: would you be prepared? The second most important question is: are you prepared right now to survive such a catastrophe? The 3 Pioneer Survival Lessons We Should All Learn! Here’s your chance. Let’s take a look at this video and find out! Are You Ready America ? End of The World Begin From Japan? And Next Australia, Canada, UK… For more information, updates and useful links, please visit our website : 

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John 15:20 Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also. (KJV)

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

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ISIS Tells Muslims 'Stay Away From Christian Gatherings', Warns of New Massacres

05-05-2017 George Thomas

The terror group known as Islamic State or ISIS is warning Egyptian Muslims to avoid going to places where Christian meet. "We are warning you to stay away from Christian gatherings," an unnamed ISIS leader said. He also told Muslims to avoid "gatherings of the army and the police, and the areas that have political government facilities." The warning, which appeared on a jihadi messaging platform, also suggested that the terror group is planning to launch more attacks on so-called "legitimate targets" such as churches and Christian businesses. In recent weeks, ISIS has focused on Egypt's northern Sinai region, targeting religious minorities and putting more pressure on the country's security forces. Scores of Christian families fled El-Arish in the Sinai in early March after ISIS jihadists shot and killed at least 7 Christians. Then earlier this week, the group announced it was deploying ISIS 'morality police' to enforce strict Islamic sharia law in the Sinai region. Despite Egypt's efforts to crackdown on the extremist group, ISIS is still mounting deadly attacks. On Palm Sunday, ISIS terrorists attacked two churches, killing 45 people. In an attempt to stoke sectarian tensions, ISIS released a chilling video in February warning that Egyptian Christians were their "favorite prey," and told followers that they were under Allah's orders "to kill every infidel." Following the church attacks, Egypt's president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi ordered a three-month state of emergency, giving his government broad powers to fight the Islamist insurgency. 

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North Korea claims it has an 'invincible army' as it warns of a strike that will turn into a 'sea of fire and destroy bluffing US imperialists'

Comments were made in an article on Friday in the Rodong Sinmun newspaper

Paper is media outlet for the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea

Committee is led by Kim Jong-Un and the article was critical of President Trump

Paper said North Korean army was waiting for orders to wage 'final sacred war'

By Gareth Davies For Mailonline Published: 03:51 EDT, 8 May 2017 | Updated: 08:15 EDT, 8 May 2017

North Korea has claimed it has an invincible army and has warned it is waiting for an order to wage what it calls a final sacred war. The strike, the state says, will turn into a sea of fire and destroy what it described as bluffing US imperialists. The comments were made in Friday's Rodong Sinmun newspaper, which is the official media outlet for the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea, led by Kim Jong-Un. The article, translated by KNCA Watch, told its North Korean readers the country's army was an 'invincible army equipped with powerful strike means and ever-victorious tactics. It held a special mention for Donald Trump's administration, saying, 'the US imperialists are trying hard to attain its purpose through military threat and blackmail while brandishing all sorts of strategic and tactical weapons of demonstrative and threatening nature'. 'But it is nothing but a bluffing of the mentally weak and a last-ditch effort of those with miserable end at hand,' it added. 'The army of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), full of the spirit of annihilating the enemies, is waiting for an order to wage a final sacred war, with their guns leveled at the detestable targets. 'Our strike will all at once turn into sea of fire, completely destroying enemies and winning a final victory.' The article insisted the words were not empty threats, and called the DPRK's stance on defence was an 'everlasting treasure'. North Korea maintains that it must develop nuclear weapons because of the 'hostile' policy of the United States, which retains 28,500 troops in South Korea and holds bi-annual military drills the North considers rehearsals for invasion. Tensions have spiked as President Donald Trump deployed an aircraft carrier strike group to waters off the Korean Peninsula. Last week, North Korean Defense Minister General Pak Yong Sik said his country was ready to use pre-emptive strikes to defend against 'US imperialists,' warning nuclear war could break out because of the 'frantic war drills'. Kim's Korea has provoked the periodic military clashes that break out with South Korea, and has ramped up its nuclear programme recently with a number of missile tests. In March 2010, a North Korean torpedo allegedly sank a South Korean naval vessel, killing 46 sailors. Months later, North Korea fired artillery at a South Korean island, killing two South Korean marines and two civilians. South Korea returned fire, but it's unclear if North Korea suffered casualties. North Korea is the only country to have conducted a nuclear explosion in the 21st century and it has accelerated weapons testing as aid-for-disarmament negotiations have stalled. Between 1994 and 2008, it carried out 16 ballistic missile tests and one nuclear test. Since 2009, 72 missile tests and four nuclear tests. Even China, which fought on its side in the Korean War, opposes the testing, which violates UN Security Council resolutions. Experts say North Korea may already be able to hit South Korea or Japan with a nuclear weapon, and within years could have the capability to target the American mainland. The words were penned just days before North Korea said it has detained another American citizen for suspicion of acts against the state. It was confirmed by the state on Sunday, and made him the fourth US citizen to be held by the isolated country amid diplomatic tensions. Kim Hak Song, who was detained on May 6, worked for the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology, the North's KCNA news agency said. A third U.S. citizen, Kim Sang Dok, was detained in late April for hostile acts, according to the North's official media.

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Schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram freed

AFP | 2017-05-08 06:56:07.0

Eighty-two of the more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram in northeast Nigeria in 2014 arrived in Abuja yesterday to meet President Muhammadu Buhari after a prisoner swap deal secured their release. Presidency spokesman Femi Adesina said the schoolgirls from Chibok, in Borno state, were met at the capital's airport by Buhari's chief of staff Abba Kyari. Military and civilian militia sources in the town of Banki, on the border with Cameroon, said the girls had left for Borno state capital Maiduguri on board six military helicopters. Boko Haram kidnap 22 girls, women in northeast Nigeria "One of the girls was carrying a baby with her, a boy of less than two years," said the source on condition of anonymity. The International Committee of the Red Cross, which said it "facilitated the safe return" of the girls as a "neutral intermediary", tweeted photographs of a line of girls boarding a military helicopter. The presidency announced late on Saturday that months of talks with the jihadists had "yielded results" about six months after 21 other Chibok girls were freed with the help of international mediators. "Today 82 more Chibok girls were released," it said. "After lengthy negotiations, our security agencies have taken back these girls, in exchange for some Boko Haram suspects held by the authorities." Nigerian women displaced by Boko Haram hold protest No details were given about how many suspects were released or their identities. Shehu Sani, a Nigerian senator who has been involved in previous negotiations, said the talks lasted for "three to four months". The government would now look to secure the release of the remaining hostages, he said. Boko Haram fighters stormed the Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok on the evening of April 14 2014 and kidnapped 276 teenaged girls. Fifty-seven managed to escape in the hours that followed but the remaining 219 were held by the group. Boko Haram's Abubaker Shekau claimed in a video that they had converted to Islam. The girls have become a symbol of the Nigerian conflict. Last month parents and supporters marked the three-year anniversary of the abduction, describing the situation as an unending "nightmare". 

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Ticks spreading rare virus much worse than Lyme Disease

Updated on May 7, 2017 at 5:47 PM Posted on May 7, 2017 at 4:03 PM

By Thomas Erik Bascome

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- As the warm weather approaches, experts are advising nature-goers to be wary of a rare virus -- which could be far more devastating than Lyme Disease -- being spread by ticks. Powassan (POW) virus, a rare and more deadly pathogen than the bacterium that produce Lyme Disease, is also spread through deer ticks, according to the Centers or Disease Contol (CDC)> In November 2016, a 5-month old from Connecticut was diagnosed with POW after being bitten by a tick that was likely carried in off a relative's clothing. The virus can cause inflammation of the brain, leading to death in 10 percent of cases and permanent disability in 50 percent of cases, according to Seventy-five cases of POW have been reported to the CDC over the past 10 years.'s reports that because POW has recently spread to deer ticks -- a variety of ticks more likely to bite humans -- there is a chance we could see a wide-spread outbreak in coming years. Of the 75 reported cases, 16 have taken place in New York, tied for the second most of any state. According to the CDC, signs and symptoms of infection can include fever, headache, vomiting, weakness, confusion, seizures and memory loss. They also advise that long-term neurological problems may occur. You can reduce your risk of being infected with POW by using tick repellents, wearing long sleeves and pants, avoiding bushy and wooded areas and doing thorough tick checks after spending time outdoors, according to the CDC website. 

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'This is a riot': 9 officers injured as rowdy crowd tears through Downtown Olympia

by KOMO Staff

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- May Day festivities turned violent in Olympia as a group of 75 protesters clashed with police, throwing rocks and bottles, and breaking windows. Olympia police said nine of its officers were injured by thrown rocks and nine people have been arrested. "This is a riot," Olympia police tweeted as the melee escalated just before 7:30 p.m. A group wearing masks first lit fireworks and smoke devices at 4th and Jefferson around 7 p.m.. The confrontation escalated into protesters throwing rocks, bottles, using slings to shoot rocks at officers and pepper spraying officers, according to police. Nine officers were hit in the head by projectiles, according to Olympia Police Chief Ronnie Roberts, but none were seriously injured, thanks to their helmets. "Once they initiated an assault on our officers, we made the order to disperse the crowd," said Olympia Police Chief Ronnie Roberts. Officers then used pepper balls, blast balls and flash grenades to disperse the crowd, Roberts said. Police warned news crews, restaurant patrons and those walking in the area were being targeted by the rioters. As the protesters moved to 4th and Capital, they began breaking windows, then splitting into smaller groups. "We followed the protest down through town and they started beating out windows and then started running, and some of the cops started shooting pellets at them," said Shelby Albert. "Then, once more windows got broken out, (the police) followed them and they (the protesters) all dispersed and some tried to run an hide. That's when all the cops decided to catch them down here." Just after 8 p.m., Olympia Police said events had settled for a few moments. "We have arrested several," Olympia Police tweeted. In all, at least five businesses were damaged by the vandals. Video from Air 4 showed broken windows at an Olympia bank while video from the ground showed shattered windows at a Starbucks and a local Goodwill store. "Just a very crying shame that they took out all their frustration on those businesses. They didn't deserve that," Albert said. "Those poor businesses, they (the demonstrators) have no reason to do it. These are people's pride and joy. They value what they see. There's no reason for them to take all these problem and damage to these streets of Olympia when it's not even theirs." The nine people arrested have been booked into the Thurston County Jail. Roberts said they were found to have slingshots, rocks and pipes. Olympia Police also tweeted out a photo of some of the weapons confiscated during the riot: "As a taxpayer, it infuriates me that these misfits will pull this garbage and get away with it," said Tim Weible. "They broke out huge, big windows in the banks, on either side of Starbucks, it was just unbelievable." Olympia police said they will have officers patrol downtown and surrounding neighborhoods through out the night. 

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Worse Than Ebola: U.S. Not Preparing for the Next Bio-Threat

by Maggie Fox

The U.S. government is slacking off on preparing for the next big pandemic or biological terrorism attack and is not only endangering its citizens but also missing out on a great opportunity to score political points, experts said Monday. Protecting the United States from the next pandemic of killer flu, or from a bioterrorist strike, is something Republicans and Democrats can easily agree on, a top congressional appropriator told a biodefense panel. "This is actually an area where it has been pretty easy to bring Republicans and Democrats together on," said Rep. Tom Cole, R-Oklahoma, chairman of the House Appropriations subcommittee that oversees biomedical research. Yet the money hasn't been there, and no one person or agency is in charge of making sure the United States is ready for the next outbreak of Ebola or Zika or the next anthrax attack, Cole and other experts said at a meeting of the Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense at the Hudson Institute in Washington, D.C. Related: The Biothreat Is Real and We're Not Ready "We need some things around here to work on together. There's plenty of things to fight about," Cole said. "Let's get back in the habit of doing the right thing." For at least two decades, infectious disease experts have been urging the U.S. government to do more to keep the country prepared for outbreaks of diseases such as a new strain of flu, Ebola and severe acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS. They've also noted that other countries have prepared biological weapons such as smallpox and anthrax and have used chemical weapons — such as Syria's use of sarin gas against its own citizens. Cole pointed to a "great wave of interest" after the 2001 anthrax attacks, and the federal government was spending about $6 billion a year on various scattered biodefense projects, according to a 2015 report from the blue ribbon panel. "But by the time we got to the Ebola response, those investments had been frittered away," said Ron Klain, former President Barack Obama's "Ebola czar." Congress approved about $5 billion to fight Ebola in 2014. Related: Obama Seeks $6 Billion for Ebola Fight Influenza specialists have said repeatedly that the chance of a new flu pandemic is 100 percent. Flu mutates constantly, and a major new strain emerges about every 20 years. The last one was H1N1 "swine" flu in 2009, which was fairly mild, but worse epidemics are probable. "When the bad day comes, it will be horrific," Cole said. The United States needs to be ready ahead of time, with stockpiles of drugs, vaccines and equipment, plans for deploying them and someone with the authority to make fast decisions, Cole and other experts said. The 2017 budget agreement worked out early Monday by Congress would provide just $57 million specifically to prepare for a new pandemic of influenza. "You can't create it the day you need it," Cole said. Andrew Weber, a former assistant secretary of defense for nuclear, chemical and biological defense, agreed. "We just can't wait until the day after an attack," said Weber, who is now at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. The quick response to the 2014-16 Ebola epidemic shows how fast things can move, while the extremely slow and acrimonious response to the Zika outbreak shows just how badly wrong the process can go. "We are becoming complacent again," Weber said. "We had the Ebola wakeup call, and I am afraid we are falling asleep again." Cole said Monday's agreement to boost biomedical spending in the 2017 budget shows it's possible to get conservatives and liberals to agree. "It is not a divisive issue," he said. "In the case of the president, it would be really good politics, because it would be unexpected." President Donald Trump could win "bipartisan acclaim" if he made biodefense a cause, Cole said. "I am not arguing that we should do this from a political perspective. I am arguing it is good politics to do this," he added. "This would be a good time for an administration to seize the opportunity, in my view." Cole also made the case for a public health emergency fund — something Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases; Thomas Frieden, former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; and others have long argued for. Klain called such a fund "essential." "The need to go to Congress to get funding can needlessly slow the response," Klain said. "We need to have a policy directorate in place," he added. "We don't need a Zika czar, and I should be the last 'disease czar' appointed to the executive branch." The Ebola epidemic happened in part because the World Health Organization responded slowly and in part because no government, including that of the United States, helped the three hard-hit countries of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia build up health care systems, Klain and others argued. And that one wasn't so bad, because the vast majority of the 28,000 infections and 11,000 deaths were right there in those three countries, Klain said. Ebola did not spread easily from person to person, and people in the hardest-hit areas didn't travel much outside the region. Related: Gaps Found in U.S. Biothreat Protections Imagine that happening with a virus that spreads more easily, in a country "that sends thousands of travelers around the world every day, in a country where outside help is less welcome," Klain said. "The scenario we are facing in the future is a much more dangerous and threatening scenario than the Ebola scenario," he added. "We as a country and the world have a long way to go to be ready for a truly seriously threat." Because it's so obvious, it may be hard to do, Cole said. "The more sensible the suggestion, the less likely it is to happen in Washington, D.C.," he said to laughter. 

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Roger Stone: Resignation of Justice Kennedy Imminent – Exclusive From White House

Sources: Trump to soon make SC pick, Napolitano on secret list!

Kit Daniels | - May 1, 2017

President Trump has been informed of Justice Anthony Kennedy’s impending resignation, meaning that the president will soon make his second pick for the Supreme Court, according to White House sources speaking with Trump insider Roger Stone. This development, exclusive to Infowars, is the first confirmation of the 80-year-old’s retirement, which the mainstream media has speculated for the past hour. U.S. Circuit Judge Thomas Hardiman, who was on Trump’s short list when he selected Neil Gorsuch for the vacancy left by the late Antonin Scalia, is said to be the front-runner for the opening seat. That said, the president will consider other candidates as well – including perhaps Judge Andrew Napolitano, a surprise candidate who’s long been a favorite of Trump’s. Kennedy, a Reagan appointee described as a conservative centrist, holds a controlling vote on the court and has often decided cases by his one vote. Trump indicated this weekend that he heard rumors about Kennedy’s retirement. “I’ve heard the same rumors that a lot of people have heard,” the president told media. “And I have a lot of respect for that gentleman, a lot.” Gorsuch was confirmed by the Senate on April 7 after a lengthy confirmation battle. 

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It Is Becoming Illegal To Be Homeless In America

by Tyler Durden May 1, 2017 7:20 PM

Authored by Michael Snyder via The Economic Collapse blog,

Should we make homelessness against the law and simply throw all homeless people into prison so that we don’t have to deal with them? Incredibly, this is actually starting to happen in dozens of major cities all across the United States. It may be difficult to believe, but in many large urban areas today, if you are found guilty of “public camping” you can be taken directly to jail. In some cities, activities such as “blocking a walkway” or creating any sort of “temporary structure for human habitation” are also considered to be serious crimes. And there are some communities that have even made it illegal to feed the homeless without an official permit. Unfortunately, as the U.S. economy continues to slow down the number of homeless people will continue to grow, and so this is a crisis that is only going to grow in size and scope. Of course the goal of many of these laws is to get the homeless to go somewhere else. But as these laws start to multiply all across the nation, pretty soon there won’t be too many places left where it is actually legal to be homeless. One city that is being highly criticized for passing extremely draconian laws is Houston. In that city it is actually illegal for the homeless to use any sort of material to shield themselves from the wind, the rain and the cold… Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner is taking a similar approach—his anti-encampment ordinance makes it illegal to use “fabric, metal, cardboard, or other materials as a tent or temporary structure for human habitation.” This ensures that the Houstonian homeless are vulnerable not just to the elements, but also to the constant threat of the police. Officials cite one of the most common justifications for crackdowns on the homeless: neighborhood safety (a more socially acceptable way of talking about the not-in-my-backyard mentality). With all of the other problems that we are facing as a nation, it stuns me that there are politicians that would spend their time dreaming up such sick and twisted laws. According to one news report, the homeless in Houston are now officially banned from doing all of the following things… 1. They can’t block a sidewalk, stand in a roadway median or block a building doorway. (AKA they can’t panhandle). 2. They also can’t do any of these things — blocking walkways — under state law that already existed. 3. They can’t sleep in tents, boxes or any other makeshift shelter on public property. 4. They also can’t have heating devices. 5. They can’t carry around belongings that take up space more than three feet long, three feet wide, three feet tall. 6. People can’t spontaneously feed more than five homeless people without a permit. If I was a homeless person in Houston, I would definitely be looking to get out of there. But where are they going to go? Things are almost as bad in Dallas. In fact, it is being reported that the police in Dallas “issued over 11,000 citations for sleeping in public from January 2012 to November 2015.” When you break that number down, it comes to 323 citations per month. Of course some people have tried to challenge these types of laws in court, but most of the challenges have been unsuccessful. For example, just check out what recently happened in Denver… Three people who were contesting Denver’s urban-camping ban were found guilty on Wednesday, April 5, at the Lindsey-Flanigan courthouse. The defendants — Jerry Burton, Randy Russell and Terese Howard — were determined to have unlawfully camped on November 28, 2016, and to have interfered with police operations at one location. All three were sentenced with court-ordered probation for one year and between twenty and forty hours of community service. The case challenged Denver’s unauthorized-camping ordinance, which has been divisive ever since Denver City Council approved it in 2012. Since the courts are generally upholding these laws, this has just emboldened more communities to adopt anti-homelessness ordinances. According to one report, dozens of major cities have now passed such laws… City-wide bans on public camping (PDF) have increased by 69 percent throughout the United States. What used to be seen as an annoyance is now prohibited, forcing fines or jail time on those who certainly can’t afford it. The only nationwide nonprofit devoted to studying this, the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty, has been tracking these changes since 2006. Their findings? There are a scary number of laws passed that ironically make it costly to be homeless. For example, in 33 of the 100 U.S. cities they studied, it’s illegal to publicly camp. In 18, it’s illegal to sleep in public. Panhandling is illegal in 27 cities. In 39 cities, it’s illegal to live in vehicles. As I have warned repeatedly, we are seeing hearts grow cold all around us. Instead of doing everything that they can to try to help those in need, communities are trying to make them go some place else, and those that try to feed and help the homeless are being harshly penalized. Sadly, all of this comes at a time when homelessness is on the rise all over America. In a previous article I pointed out that in New York City the number of homeless people recently hit a brand new all-time high, and things have gotten so bad in Los Angeles that the L.A. City Council has formally requested that Governor Jerry Brown declare a state of emergency. We tend to think of the homeless as bearded old men with drinking problems, but the truth is that many of the homeless are children. In fact, the number of homeless children in the United States has risen by about 60 percent since the end of the last recession. If this is how we are going to treat some of the most vulnerable members of our society while things are still relatively stable, how are we going to be treating one another when the economy completely collapses? 

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etc. But it is a very, very dark hour, a very wicked hour, a very evil hour with much going on every day, every moment of the day. You see it not maybe here in the sense that others are seeing it around the world. But I say unto you, open your spiritual eyes, open your spiritual eyes, see, see, see what is taking place. etc..

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Watch: “Anti-Fascist” Militia Training Video Shows Leftists Are Preparing For Armed Confrontation

Mac Slavo May 2nd, 2017

Following the Berkeley protests last month, where numerous Anti-Fa(scist) activists complained of getting a beatdown after they attempted to intimidate peacefully assembling Trump supporters, we learned that the left-leaning organizations are taking their organization efforts to the next level. Among other things, they have called for more combat training, better equipment, and even guns in an effort to scare those who disagree with their message of forced tolerance, equal rights and inclusion. Today, we get a better look at what that means, with somewhat hilarious results. The Conservative Tribune explains: Poorly-regulated militias, it seems, are good for only one thing: laughs. In case you missed our previous reportage on the Phoenix John Brown Gun Club, it’s a “militia” made up of Arizona liberals who conspicuously rediscovered the Second Amendment right about the time that Donald Trump had become the clear front-runner for the Republican nomination. This militia, in case you hadn’t noticed, is named after abolitionist John Brown. For those of you who have gone through Common Core American history and are unfamiliar with the name, he was an insurrectionist who was hanged after an armed rebellion against the Democrat-backed slave owners of the antebellum South. Say what you will about his methods, he was a man of conviction and bravery. These idiots, meanwhile, are nothing more than cowardly defenders of the modern incarnation of the party Brown died fighting. They back an ideology that has no respect for gun rights, but they’re willing to compromise that in order to intimidate Americans into giving up their freedom of speech and assembly. Perhaps it’s unsurprising that individuals with such negligible convictions and morals also have such negligible skill at handling a firearm. These dress-up militia members couldn’t hit the side of a Chick-fil-A from 20 feet, though I fear that may not be for lack of trying. Full report: Lib Militia Releases “Range Day” Footage… And It’s a Complete Joke As noted near the end of the video, the Phoenix John Brown Gun Club is: Working to stem the tide of reactionary recruitment within white working class communities, fight white supremacy, and build community defense. Curiously and all of a sudden, the left supports the Second Amendment. With lyrics like “we’re getting organized… you fascists are bound to lose” playing in the background, it doesn’t take that much of a stretch of the imagination to realize that what these people are training for is armed conflict. Just last week a family friendly Rose Parade was cancelled in Portland, Oregon after AntiFa groups threatened to violently attack parade goers, including children who would have attended. Make no mistake: These people want war. They want blood. And anyone who doesn’t subscribe to their special brand of crazy will be a target. 

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‘Mating’ Robots Take a Fast-Forward Leap in Digital Darwinism – Seeker

Posted: April 5, 2017 at 4:51 pm

We might as well just give up control over the planet right now. In recently published research, scientists detail a set of experiments in which robots real, physical machines improved themselves through a kind of digital Darwinism. The bots, each drawing from a collective gene pool, competed with one another over multiple generations, gradually swapping genetic material in a process akin to sexual reproduction. The research article appeared in the journal Frontiers in Robotics and AI. While this kind of evolutionary robotics research has been around a while, the new study presents an important step forward in assessing the evolutionary dynamics of physically embodied robots and it suggests that we’re mashing the fast-forward button on the impending robotic revolution. Researchers from Vassar College set up an experiment in which 10 small-wheeled robots all of them a model of the Ana BBot, manufactured by Johuco Ltd. were issued the same task: to gather beams of light while avoiding certain obstacles. Each bot was also issued its own set of genes a specific pattern of wires connected to pins on a circuit board. After each robot completed its tasks, pairs of individual bots were sorted into five ranks by order of fitness. From there, a randomized mating algorithm was used to determine which parental genomes would be combined to produce the next generation of robots. In this case, the genomes consisted of binary code that allowed for different possible wiring of the bot’s hardware setup. The emerging phenotype the physical expression of the gene was modified in each generation by altering their wiring in accordance with the new genetic information. The process was repeated until 10 generations of robots had been created and ranked by fitness. RELATED: Killer Machines and Sex Robots: Unraveling the Ethics of AI The researchers threw in another twist as well, based on a particular aspect of evolutionary theory. In living organisms, genomes are affected by development as well as evolution. In this context, development refers to events during a single lifetime that lead to epigenetic changes. This interplay between evolution and development is sometimes referred to as evo-devo, and it represents a discrete field of study in evolutionary developmental biology. It gets complicated, but the upshot is that the Vassar experiment was the first to introduce developmental variations in an experiment with physical robots, according to the researchers. The core idea was to study how genetic (evolutionary) and epigenetic (developmental) factors interact in robotic evolution. Similar studies have been applied in the field of artificial intelligence and neural networks, but the Vassar team was interested in the potential future of physically embodied robots. “For roboticists, the evo-devo challenge is to create physically embodied systems that incorporate the three scales of time and the processes inherent in each: behavior, development, and evolution, wrote project leads Jake Brawer and Aaron Hill, who authored the report with four other colleagues. Because of the complexity of building and evolving physical robots, this is a daunting challenge in the quest for the ‘evolution of things.’ As an initial step toward this goal, in this paper we create a physically embodied system that allows us to examine systematically how developmental and evolutionary processes interact. RELATED: Stopping Killer Robots at the Source (Code) It turns out that the experiment didn’t reveal anything particularly dramatic. The robots didnt evolve better light-capturing or object-avoidance skills. But the experiment did reveal the importance of tracking the developmental factor in evolutionary robotics. “It is important to note that our goal was not to show adaptive evolution per se, but rather to test the hypothesis that epigenetic factors can alter the evolutionary dynamics of a population of physically embodied robots, wrote Brawer and Hill. Notably, all the bots had lost mobility entirely by the end of the experiment, since the mating algorithm allowed low-fitness individuals to remain in the gene pool and reproduce. So maybe theres still hope for us after all.

WATCH: Heart Cells Are Bringing Robots to Life 

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Replacement Network for Fox Being Formed

By Dave Hodges

Mediate is reporting that a consortium of forces are seriously exploring the possiblity of puting together a conservative news network to take the place of FOX who is in the process of becoming CNN 2.0. Click on link below 

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Nuclear bombers spotted over North Korea as US prepares for WW3

US bombers have reportedly practiced for a nuclear strike on North Korea as World War 3 looms.

By David Trayner / Published 2nd May 2017

Rockwell B1-B Lancer strategic bombers – the main US aircraft designed to drop nukes – have been spotted over the Korean Peninsula. North Korea says the warplanes buzzed its territory yesterday. The Lancers teamed up with American’s nuclear aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson and nuclear sub USS Michigan, state media said. The Hermit Kingdom warned it was ready to strike the US with a “precious sword of nuclear weapons” unless it stopped the provocations. The Lancers – which are capable of carrying up to 24 nukes – flew from its base on the US Pacific island of Guam to join the aircraft carrier strike group and F-35 stealth fighter jets. North Korean state propaganda organ KCNA said: "The B-1Bs from Guam sneakily flew over sky above the East Sea and joined cooperative operations with strategic striking means – including the aircraft carrier and nuclear-powered The US forces took part in military drills with allies South Korea and Japan around the Korean Peninsula – to prepare for the possible outbreak of war with the North. The two-month long exercises were scheduled to have finished on Sunday, so it is unclear why the strategic bombers would head towards North Korea. South Korea has confirmed two Rockwell B1-B Lancers flew over the Korean peninsula on Monday. The aircraft were taking part in a joint military exercise with the South Korean air force, the defence ministry said. Defence ministry spokesman Moon Sang-gyun said the deployment was part of efforts to deter provocation by North Korea and respond to threats posed by the North's nuclear and missile programmes. The KCNA report continued: “Holding a precious sword of nuclear weapons, we are closely watching military movements of the enemy with full preparations for combats.” Kim Jong-un’s military has threatened to "sink" the Carl Vinson "with a single strike" if needed. As the tensions continued, Donald Trump offered Kim an olive branch. The president said he would be “honoured” to meet Kim. 

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Fukushima a “ticking time bomb” — Fires now “raging” near nuclear plant — Blaze doubles in size; “Smoke rising from wide areas” — Concern over fallout of highly radioactive material; Officials closely watching radiation levels (VIDEO)

Published: May 1st, 2017 at 2:28 pm ET By ENENews

NHK World, May 1, 2017 (emphasis added): Wildfire continues in Fukushima — A wildfire has been raging for more than 2 days near the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant… The area is part of a zone designated as “no-entry” due to high radiation levels… Fukushima and Miyagi prefectures and the Self-Defense Forces are using helicopters to fight the blaze. They are also looking at the possibility of using ground crews. Footage from an NHK helicopter on Monday morning showed smoke rising from wide areas and fires burning in several locations… Mainichi, May 1, 2017: Wildfire rages in highly radioactive Fukushima mountain forest — A fire broke out in a mountain forest near the crippled Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant on the evening of April 29, consuming an area approximately 20 hectares in size, according to prefectural authorities… As the fire continued to spread, however, helicopters from the GSDF, Fukushima Prefecture and other parties on May 1 resumed fire extinguishing operations from around 5 a.m. … As of May 1, there were no major changes to radiation levels in the heart of Namie and other areas near the fire scene, according to the Ministry of the Environment. “We will continue to closely watch changes in radiation doses in the surrounding areas,” said a ministry official. Common Dreams, May 1, 2017: Sparking Fears of Airborne Radiation, Wildfire Burns in Fukushima ‘No-Go Zone’; Contaminated forests such as those outside fallout sites like Fukushima and Chernobyl ‘are ticking time bombs’ — A wildfire broke out in the highly radioactive “no-go zone” near the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant over the weekend, reviving concerns over potential airborne radiation… Local officials were forced to call in the Japanese military… In a blog post last year, Anton Beneslavsky, a member of Greenpeace Russia’s firefighting group who has been deployed to fight blazes in nuclear Chernobyl, outlined the specific dangers of wildfires in contaminated areas. “During a fire, radionuclides like caesium-137, strontium-90 and plutonium rise into the air and travel with the wind,” Beneslavsky wrote. “This is a health concern because when these unstable atoms are inhaled, people become internally exposed to radiation.” Contaminated forests such as those outside fallout sites like Fukushima and Chernobyl “are ticking time bombs,” scientist and former regional government official Ludmila Komogortseva told Beneslavsky. “Woods and peat accumulate radiation,” she explained “and every moment, every grass burning, every dropped cigarette or camp fire can spark a new disaster.” 

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Brain-rotting toxin killing huge numbers of marine animals on California coast — Die-offs skyrocket over past week — Expert: “It’s worst year we’ve ever seen” — Mass deaths of sea lions, dolphins, birds — Officials warn outbreak is spreading (VIDEOS)

Published: May 2nd, 2017 at 8:05 am ET By ENENews

KKFX FOX 11 transcript, Apr 22, 2017: A local rescue group is getting flooded with calls about sick or dead sea lions showing up on Santa Barbara beaches… Sick and confused, dozens of sea lions are appearing on Santa Barbara beaches with signs of brain damage. Samuel Dover, Channel Islands Marine & Wildlife Institute: “Normally we see injured animals about 1 or 2 here or there… Last Friday we got over 100 calls per day about sea lions in distress.” KSBY, Apr 26, 2017: Marine mammals statewide becoming infected with brain-rotting toxin — A high number of marine mammals in California are falling victim to a brain-rotting toxin… In Santa Barbara County, rescue centers are reporting hundreds of cases. With this outbreak potentially spreading, the Marine Mammal Center in Morro Bay is stocking up on medicine… scientists will be keeping a close eye on what’s happening with these mammals to monitor how else it will affect the marine food chain. Ventura County Star, Apr 20, 2017: “Friday, we started getting inundated. The floodgates opened,” said [Dover]… Authorities say unusually high numbers of stranded or dead marine mammals and birds have shown up in spots throughout the Southern California coast in recent weeks. Federal and state agencies are working to document the scope of affected wildlife and mortalities… tests are underway to determine the cause of illness and death… they become sick, suffer from seizures and brain damage… The CIMWI hotline started getting about 100 calls on Friday and pretty much every day since, Dover said… [D]olphins have been impacted… Domoic acid poisoning is something he sees year after year, but not to the degree that’s happening right now. “This is the worst year we have ever seen,” Dover said. Beachgoers also have reported large numbers of dead and dying birds… Dover asked that those calling also understand that the agencies have been inundated. Ventura County Reporter, Apr 26, 2017: Since the beginning of April, beachgoers have reported numerous sightings of discombobulated sea lions and sickly birds… “It has been pretty intense,” said [California State University, Channel Islands, Assistant Professor of Biology Allison Alvarado,] “It was like thousands of birds were being found”… Though domoic acid poisoning is suspected, the exact cause is not as yet determined… [R]eports of unusual numbers of dead or sick animals along the coast stretch from as far north as Goleta and as far south as Malibu… Santa Barbara Independent, Apr 25, 2017: Since the beginning of April, Julia Parker has seen 216 sick pelagic birds come into the Santa Barbara Wildlife Care Network. There were only four in February, and three in March… Many more have been found dead on nearby beaches. Pelagic birds live their lives on the ocean. “They only beach themselves if there’s something wrong: if… they’re emaciated and starving,” explained Parker, the network’s Director of Animal Affairs. A large number of the birds found in April displayed neurological symptoms… It’s not just birds… on April 21, “we started getting inundated with calls — 100 calls per day” reporting sea lions stranded on the beaches, said Sam Dover, a veterinarian who runs [Channel Islands Marine and Wildlife Institute]… In the last two weeks, they’ve also seen six beached dolphins, all dead or dying… It’s likely that animal populations further north could be affected in the coming weeks… AOL, Apr 23, 2017: Most years, conservationists might see one death from the illness.


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Frozen imported cubed tuna sold on Oahu recalled due to hepatitis A

By Strange Sounds - May 3, 2017

Tropic Fish Hawai‘i announced they identified and voluntarily recalled a shipment of frozen imported cubed tuna from Indonesia from distribution due to testing positive with the Hepatitis A virus. The recalled product was distributed to the following restaurants and retailers, which are all located on O‘ahu, between April 27 and May 1: ABC Stores #38 (205 Lewers Street) Aloha Sushi Nimitz G.P. Hawaiian Food Catering Maili Sunset Bar & Grill Shima’s Market Times Aiea Times Kailua Times Kaneohe Times Kunia Times Liliha Times Mililani Times Waipahu Here another video with a full interview of Department of Health food safety chief Peter Oshiro: According to Youtube videos, another Hepatitis A outbreak was reported in Hawaii about 9 months ago. Related to the same fish?

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New Russian Super Weapons That Are Causing The World To Take Notice

Russia has been dominating the news headlines of late, and for all the wrong reasons. But did you know that they have been drastically increasing their military spending over the past decade? It’s true. While current and previous U.S. administrations have eschewed the Russian threat as being less dangerous than it is, we are seeing something seriously noteworthy take place in Vladimir Putin’s nation. Led by a new generation of “super weapons,” Russia is beginning to turn heads all over the world. Here are some of the technological marvels we’re talking about. Sukhoi aircraft have an impressive history in Russia. The newest model, the T-50, is currently in joint development with India. The T-50 is expertly equipped to sustain supersonic flight, better than any Russian plane built in years past. Its range at supersonic speeds is 930 miles. At subsonic speeds, it can go 2,175 miles. It’s quite an aerobatic plane. Its life-support system can sustain 9G maneuvers for a period of up to 30 seconds. Meanwhile, a pilot ejection is possible from an altitude of 60,000 feet.


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Children Are Vanishing At An Alarming Rate In This Small Town - PedoGate In America

May 1, 2017 By Susan Duclos - All News PipeLine

While hundreds of teens have gone missing in the St, Louis area of Missouri since 2000, dozens of them just since the beginning of 2017, and in the small community of Berkeley, MO, children are disappearing at an alarming rate, it is critical to understand that human trafficking across the U.S. rose 35.7 percent in 2016 from the previous year, according to the data compiled by the National Human Trafficking Hotline. In February 2017, President Trump vowed to fight the "epidemic" of human trafficking in the U.S., and detailed reports published around the same time show that in the first month of his presidency, over 1,500 sex trafficking and pedophiles had already been arrested. THE NUMBERS IN BERKELEY, MO ARE STAGGERING Before we get into the heartbreaking nationwide data, a recent local report from Fox2 Now St. Louis, highlights the astounding number of teens, male and female, that have gone missing in St. Louis and surrounding areas, and one small community where the data shows that in 2017, those numbers have increased exponentially. While the report does a good job compiling a list of the missing from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, which shows there are 364 active missing juvenile cases, the Fox2 report presents the numbers without context or comparisons, which shows the staggering scope, and the 2017 increase. For example, the report states that 33 teens have gone missing in Berkeley, MO, since 2000, but in delving below the numbers, tracking the dates and comparing the population of Berkeley in comparison with the amount of missing teens in St. Louis, MO, where the estimated population is over 30 times the amount than Berkeley, the bigger picture emerges. As of 2015, official estimates for St. Louis population is listed at approximately 315,685, making it the largest metropolitan area in Missouri. The list at the Fox2 News website is divided into "Missing St. Louis Area Female Teens" and "Missing St. Louis Male Teens," and shows a total of 76 missing from St. Louis alone since 2000. 47 females and 29 males. (Note, while the site categorized them as "teens" a very small numbers of the names listed are in their 20s and 30s.) In contrast, the small town of Berkeley, MO, as of the 2010 census (the latest one available) showed a population of 8,978, and has nearly half as many teens missing in the same time frame. 76 missing - St. Louis, population 315,685 33 missing - Berkeley, population 8,978. It gets worse. If those numbers and the comparisons aren't disturbing enough, a look at the dates show the disappearances are increasing. From 2000 to 2016, a total of 33 teens, males and females have gone missing in Berkeley, but 7 of them have occurred in 2017. For the whole year of 2016, there were four. Via Fox2 News: State Senator Maria Chapelle-Nadal has been one of the few politicians trying to get the public's attention about it. She recently posted on Facebook asking parents to make sure their kids "have a tracking device on their phones. Instruct them to keep it on when they leave the house. This is serious. Over 20 girls have gone missing in a very small local zone." Chapelle-Nadal told me in person, "There are people zeroing in on our young girls -- and men as well -- because they want to capture them and make them part of the sex trade." Note- According to Unity Alert's Facebook page, out of the 361 juveniles actively missing from the whole state of Missouri, only 34 photos are available on file. (Less that ten percent) Out of the 554 adults actively missing from the state of Missouri, only 158 photos are available on file. Below the short video news report about "The Missing" in the St. Louis area, we are going to discuss the bigger picture of PedoGate in America. PEDOGATE IN AMERICA While the focus on Missouri and the small community of Berkeley, MO, helps to personalize the issue, for lack of a better term, human trafficking has been reported in all 50 U.S. States, and Washington, DC. Many missing teens are treated as runaway cases, and many of them are, but according to almost every site and expert that focuses on human trafficking, runaways and homeless youths are one of the most vulnerable targets for human traffickers, to be used as sex and/or labor slaves. Key Facts from National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, show that according to the FBI, in 2016 there were 465,676 NCIC entries for missing children. National Center for Missing and Exploited Children assisted law enforcement in 20,500 cases of missing children, 90 percent of which were categorized as endangered runaways. Of the more than 18,500 endangered runaways reported to NCMEC in 2016, one in six were likely victims of child sex trafficking. (Source) As ANP has reported previously, approximately 75-80% of human trafficking is for sex and 80 percent of those sold into sexual slavery are under 24, and some are as young as six years old. 80% of trafficking victims are female and over 50% of human trafficking victims are children. Because of the hidden nature of the crime it is almost impossible to obtain completely accurate numbers, but the U.S. Institute Against Human Trafficking estimates the number of children in the U.S. who are trafficked "is by far in excess of 100,000." Some claim that number could be as high as 300,000. Recent reports assert human trafficking is the third largest criminal enterprise in the world, behind illegal drugs and arms trafficking, with previous reports indicating that as of 2014, human trafficking and forced labor generates over $150 billion annually. The Missing here in America are not the only victims in this large criminal enterprise, as it is estimated that 50,000 women and girls are brought into the United States each year, mainly for prostitution. Perhaps the most horrifying part of it all is that any one of us may have seen a victim and a human trafficker as they often hide in plain sight. From the sleaziest, rent-by-the-hour hotels to those considered 5 star, massage parlors and nail salons are often fronts for illegal human traffickers, airports are used to transport victims regularly, and major sporting events, such as the Super Bowl, is reported to be the "single largest incident of human trafficking in the U.S." HOW TO SPOT A VICTIM AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE While we give kudos to president Trump for wanting to combat this "epidemic," law enforcement often depends on tips from Americans, since quite often the victims themselves have no ability to notify authorities, so it is important to recognize the red flags and telltale signs of a victim as well as the behavior of the trafficker. National Human Trafficking Hotline offers a numbers of signs that should be considered red flags: Common Work and Living Conditions: Is not free to leave or come and go as he/she wishes Is in the commercial sex industry and has a pimp / manager Is unpaid, paid very little, or paid only through tips Works excessively long and/or unusual hours Is not allowed breaks or suffers under unusual restrictions at work Owes a large debt and is unable to pay it off Was recruited through false promises concerning the nature and conditions of his/her work High security measures exist in the work and/or living locations (e.g. opaque windows, boarded up windows, bars on windows, barbed wire, security cameras, etc.) Poor Mental Health or Abnormal Behavior: Is fearful, anxious, depressed, submissive, tense, or nervous/paranoid Exhibits unusually fearful or anxious behavior after bringing up law enforcement Avoids eye contact Poor Physical Health: Lacks medical care and/or is denied medical services by employer Appears malnourished or shows signs of repeated exposure to harmful chemicals Shows signs of physical and/or sexual abuse, physical restraint, confinement, or torture Lack of Control: Has few or no personal possessions Is not in control of his/her own money, no financial records, or bank account Is not in control of his/her own identification documents (ID or passport) Is not allowed or able to speak for themselves (a third party may insist on being present and/or translating) Other: Claims of just visiting and inability to clarify where he/she is staying/address Lack of knowledge of whereabouts and/or of what city he/she is in Loss of sense of time Has numerous inconsistencies in his/her story If you see any of these red flags, contact the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888 for specialized victim services referrals or to report the situation. BOTTOM LINE The statistics are horrifying, but by being aware and alert and looking for the signs, we can make a difference, as evidenced by an Alaska Flight attendant who was highlighted in reports in February for actions she took six years prior, when she saved a teen aged girl from a sex trafficker. She noticed a girl about 14 or 15 with a well dressed older man, noted the girls demeanor and the man's behavior, where the girl wouldn't make eye contact and the man wouldn't let the girl speak when asked a question, so she arranged to get the girl to go to the bathroom where she had left a note. The girl responded to the note saying she needed help. Fedrick immediately reported the man to the pilot who then alerted police.. By the time the flight touched down in San Francisco, cops were waiting at the terminal. It was then revealed the girl was the victim of human trafficking and Fedrick had just saved her life. While the topic of human trafficking is abhorrent, ignoring it is inhuman. Learn the signs, be aware and alert and by doing so, you may be able to save a child's life. 

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China demands halt to US missile shield in South Korea

By Afp Published: 05:27 EDT, 2 May 2017 | Updated: 07:02 EDT, 2 May 2017

China demanded on Tuesday an immediate halt to a controversial US missile shield hours after Washington announced that the defence system was now operational in South Korea. Washington and Seoul agreed to the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) battery deployment in July in the wake of a string of North Korean missile tests. But its deployment has infuriated China, which fears it will weaken its own ballistic missile capabilities and says it upsets the regional security balance. "We oppose the deployment of the THAAD system in (South Korea) and urge relevant sides to immediately stop the deployment. We will firmly take necessary measures to uphold our interests," foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said at a regular press briefing. While Beijing lashed out at the shield's deployment, the foreign ministry expressed support for US President Donald Trump's surprise comments that he would be "honored" to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un under the right conditions. "If it would be appropriate for me to meet with him I would, absolutely. I would be honored to do it," Trump said in an interview with Bloomberg. Asked about Trump's remarks, Geng said that China "has always believed that dialogue and consultation... is the only realistic and viable way to achieve denuclearisation." "We also said many times that the US and DPRK... should make political decisions at an early date, take action and show good faith so that we can create a better atmosphere for resuming the peace talks and settling the issue," he added. - Economic backlash - Earlier, US Forces Korea said THAAD is "operational and has the ability to intercept North Korean missiles and defend the Republic." A US defence official told AFP, however, that the system has only "reached initial intercept capability". This initial capability will be augmented later this year as additional hardware and components arrive to complete the system, officials said. The THAAD system, which is being installed on a former golf course in the southern county of Seongju, is designed to intercept and destroy short- and medium-range ballistic missiles during their final phase of flight. Beijing has imposed a host of measures seen as economic retaliation against the South for the THAAD deployment, including a ban on tour groups. Retail conglomerate Lotte, which previously owned the golf course, has also been targeted, with 85 of its 99 stores in China shut down, while South Korea's biggest automaker Hyundai Motor has said its Chinese sales have fallen sharply. The THAAD deployment comes as tension soars on the Korean peninsula following a series of missile launches by the North and warnings from the administration of US President Donald Trump that military action is an "option on the table." - Who should pay? - Further complicating matters, Trump stunned Seoul last week when he suggested South Korea should pay for the $1 billion THAAD system. "I informed South Korea it would be appropriate if they paid. It's a billion-dollar system," Trump was quoted as saying in a published report. "It's phenomenal, shoots missiles right out of the sky." Seoul retorted that under the Status of Forces Agreement that governs the US military presence in the country, the South would provide the THAAD site and infrastructure while the US would pay to deploy and operate it. Thomas Karako, the director of the Missile Defense Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, noted that South Korea's sole THAAD battery does not quite have the range to cover the entire country. But he called it an important first step. "This is not about a having a perfect shield, this is about buying time and thereby contributing to the overall credibility of deterrence," Karako told AFP. "South Korea with THAAD helps communicate to the North that today is not a good day to attack. It doesn't mean that they could not do a lot of damage -- they would -- but it strengthens the overall posture." 

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‘We Lost the Western Kansas Wheat Crop This Weekend’

By Chuck Abbott 5/1/2017

Blizzard conditions and heavy snow swept western Kansas, including 14 to 20 inches in Colby in the northwestern quadrant of the No. 1 winter wheat state in the nation, said the Weather Channel. “We lost the western Kansas wheat crop this weekend. Just terrible,” tweeted Justin Gilpin, chief executive of the grower-funded Kansas Wheat Commission. The snow and freezing weather struck a winter wheat crop that was developing faster than usual, thanks to a mild winter. As a result, the crop was more vulnerable to spring snowfalls and frost. “Generally, temps below 32°F. for a minimum of about two hours will cause damage to the crop,” says the Kansas Wheat Commission. “Freeze injury during heading and flowering stages can cause severe yield consequences.” A quarter of the wheat crop was headed as of April 23, compared with the five-year average of 17%. “Most of @KansasWheat country shut down and no power. Devastating conditions,” Gilpin tweeted on Sunday afternoon. Some comments on Twitter were more hopeful: “Don’t give up yet,” said one, and, “Much-needed moisture but wheat will be flat on the ground when the snow melts.” Kansas grew 1 of every 5 bushels of U.S. wheat last year, 467 million of the 2.31 billion bushels nationwide. Its farmers specialize in winter wheat, which is planted in the fall, goes dormant during the winter, and sprouts again in the spring. Winter wheat accounts for two thirds, or more, of the U.S. crop each year. Nearly 90 crop scouts, an amalgam of grain traders, government officials, reporters, millers and a few growers, are to begin a three-day tour of the Kansas winter wheat crop today. “We will adjust on the fly if needed. Too many people flying in from around the world to postpone,” said Dave Green of the Wheat Quality Council, which sponsors the tour. The annual crop tour examines crop conditions, including frost and disease damage, to estimate the likely harvest. Its route begins in Manhattan in eastern Kansas, heads west to Colby, south to Wichita, and then returns to Manhattan. The USDA will make its first estimate of the winter wheat crop on May 10. At its annual Ag Outlook in late February, the department projected wheat production would fall 20% this year because of low market prices and a sharp reduction in wheat sowings. Growers told USDA in March that they would plant the smallest amount of wheat land, 46.1 million acres, since records began in 1919. The National Weather Service said Winter Storm Ursa was moving from eastern Colorado across the central and northern Plains toward the Great Lakes. From eastern Colorado through western Kansas into central Nebraska, “accumulations of at least 6 inches are expected with some locales tallying up a foot or more of snowfall.” 

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Beef Prices Soar After Blizzard Clobbers Midwest

by Jeff Wilson and Jen Skerritt May 2, 2017, 2:05 PM EDT May 3, 2017, 12:01 AM EDT

Kansas animal losses may reach thousands, livestock group says

More than half of U.S. feedlots hit; animal weights decline

Cattle futures extended a surge to a record and wholesale beef jumped to a 13-month high after a weekend blizzard hammered the Midwest, and a Kansas livestock group estimated the snowstorm may have killed thousands of animals, signaling tightening meat supplies. More than half of U.S. feedlots are located in the region hit by the massive storm that dumped more than 12 inches (30 centimeters) of snow, blanketing an area from the Texas Panhandle to Nebraska, said Lee Reeve, principal at Reeve Cattle Co. in Garden City, Kansas, and president-elect of the Kansas Livestock Association. Losses were the highest among younger animals and a feedlot with 80,000 head of cattle north of Garden City lost more than 1,000 animals, he said in a telephone interview. “The storm came on so fast, and it was the heaviest snow I’ve ever seen,” said Reeve, who lost about 40 animals from his 43,000-head operation. Cash cattle prices had seen big gains even before the storm, surging 40 percent since the middle of October as domestic and global beef demand rose. President Donald Trump declared success last month in gaining greater access to China for U.S. beefs suppliers following meetings with President Xi Jinping, and Brazil’s beef exports may trail previous expectations after a probe into tainted meat last month led to temporary import bans by several countries. On the Chicago Mercantile Exchange Tuesday, cattle futures for June delivery rose 2.4 percent to close at $1.2705 a pound after climbing by the limit of 3 cents, the highest ever for the contract that debuted in February 2016. Aggregate trading more than doubled compared with the 100-day average for this time, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. The price jumped 12 percent in April. Feeder-cattle futures for August settlement rose 1.2 percent to close at $1.556 a pound after jumping by the limit of 4.5 cents to a contract record of $1.5825. At midday, wholesale beef rose 1.1 percent to $2.2877 a pound, the highest since March 21, 2016, U.S. Department of Agriculture data showed. The price has climbed 25 percent since mid-October. Locate Strays Many cattle strayed and some died in the western third of Kansas, where as much as 14 inches of snow fell and winds gusted up to 60 miles per hour, according to the state’s livestock group. It didn’t provide exact figures. Road closures and power outages hampered efforts to keep cattle fed and confined, and some owners are still working to locate stray animals. Kansas had the third most cattle on feed as of April 1, USDA data showed. Texas and Nebraska tied for first. Heavier cattle lost as much as 40 pounds (18 kilograms), and animals are gaining weight again as the snow melts, Reeve said. Warm, dry weather forecast into next week will prevent feed yards from becoming muddy, halting the potential for more weight loss, he said. Damage to grain from the weekend storm is still being assessed and early estimates suggest wheat losses may exceed 50 million bushels after snow and high winds slammed into four U.S. states, including Kansas, the top grower. On the Chicago Board of Trade, hard red winter wheat futures for July delivery rose 0.4 percent to close at $4.6775 a bushel after earlier touching the highest intraday price for the contract since March 10. On Monday, the price surged a record 6.5 percent. 

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Extreme weather: Major flooding and tornadoes claim at least 20 lives, USA

Posted by TW on May 02, 2017 in categories Featured articles, Floods, Severe storms, Tornadoes

At least 20 people have died and three are still missing as severe weather hit the US Midwest and South over the weekend. Flooding rain, strong winds and tornadoes were reported in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois and Tennessee. The front, described as "powerhouse of an upper level system," moved northeast and turned its eyes to the Middle Atlantic and Northeast on Monday, May 1. This, however, is not the end of severe weather in the region as another in a series of low pressure systems is expected to bring a new round of heavy rainfall and potential flooding to many of the same areas that were impacted over the weekend. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), said there were 769 preliminary reports of severe weather from Saturday to Monday as of 03:00 UTC today. The reports include 30 reports of tornadoes from Texas to Illinois and Mississippi on Saturday and Sunday. The region also saw around 1 million lightning strikes. At least 6 tornadoes, one of which has a preliminary intensity of EF-4 (Eustace to West Canton), struck Texas killing at least 4 people and injuring 56. Six people, including a fire chief who was struck by a vehicle while working during a storm, died in Arkansas after up to 280 mm (11 inches) of rain flooded the state. Two children are still missing in Arkansas after being swept away by floodwaters. At least four people died in Missouri and Mississippi, and one in Tennessee. Watch this video: In Oklahoma, more than 80 000 people were left without power as winds up to 100 km/h (62 mph) swept through the state on Friday and Saturday, April 28 and 29, knocking down trees and power lines. More than 40 000 people were without power in the metro area early Saturday. Oklahoma Governor declared a state of emergency on Saturday for all 77 counties. etc Watch this video: A devastating weekend of weather. Video courtesy The Weather Channel Texas tornadoes, April 29, 2017 In Oklahoma, more than 80 000 people were left without power as winds up to 100 km/h (62 mph) swept through the state on Friday and Saturday, April 28 and 29, knocking down trees and power lines. More than 40 000 people were without power in the metro area early Saturday. Oklahoma Governor declared a state of emergency on Saturday for all 77 counties. Video courtesy: KDR Media In Mississippi, a possible tornado struck Durant Sunday morning, downing trees and power lines. State Emergency Management Agency reported a death in Holmes County. Another possible tornado damaged a home and downed trees north of Utica. In Prentiss, a man was struck by lightning but his condition is still unknown. Missouri was hit particularly hard by severe weather as some parts of the state recorded 300 mm (1 foot) of rain. Major flooding left three people dead, forced more than 100 evacuations, and 135 rescues across the state over the weekend. Governor Eric Greitens declared a state of emergency for all of southern Missouri. More than 350 roads were closed, including a stretch of Interstate 44 near Rolla. More than 100 highways were also shut in neighboring Arkansas. The Mississippi River was above flood stage at many points and the Cape Girardeau point of the river is expected to crest within about 15 cm (5.9 inches) of its all-time record 14.9 m (48.9 feet). Flood warnings are in effect across much of the state. On the tail end of the system, a late season snowstorm dropped up to 50 cm (19.7 inches) of snow in western Kansas, along with winds up to 90 km/h (60 mph). The National Guard said it was called at least 40 times to rescue stranded drivers in the state. At least 20 people have died and three are still missing as severe weather hit the US Midwest and South over the weekend. Flooding rain, strong winds and tornadoes were reported in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois and Tennessee. The front, described as "powerhouse of an upper level system," moved northeast and turned its eyes to the Middle Atlantic and Northeast on Monday, May 1. This, however, is not the end of severe weather in the region as another in a series of low pressure systems is expected to bring a new round of heavy rainfall and potential flooding to many of the same areas that were impacted over the weekend. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), said there were 769 preliminary reports of severe weather from Saturday to Monday as of 03:00 UTC today. The reports include 30 reports of tornadoes from Texas to Illinois and Mississippi on Saturday and Sunday. The region also saw around 1 million lightning strikes. At least 6 tornadoes, one of which has a preliminary intensity of EF-4 (Eustace to West Canton), struck Texas killing at least 4 people and injuring 56. Six people, including a fire chief who was struck by a vehicle while working during a storm, died in Arkansas after up to 280 mm (11 inches) of rain flooded the state. Two children are still missing in Arkansas after being swept away by floodwaters. At least four people died in Missouri and Mississippi, and one in Tennessee. Watch this video: A devastating weekend of weather. Video courtesy The Weather Channel Texas tornadoes, April 29, 2017 In Oklahoma, more than 80 000 people were left without power as winds up to 100 km/h (62 mph) swept through the state on Friday and Saturday, April 28 and 29, knocking down trees and power lines. More than 40 000 people were without power in the metro area early Saturday. Oklahoma Governor declared a state of emergency on Saturday for all 77 counties. Video courtesy: KDR Media In Mississippi, a possible tornado struck Durant Sunday morning, downing trees and power lines. State Emergency Management Agency reported a death in Holmes County. Another possible tornado damaged a home and downed trees north of Utica. In Prentiss, a man was struck by lightning but his condition is still unknown. Missouri was hit particularly hard by severe weather as some parts of the state recorded 300 mm (1 foot) of rain. Major flooding left three people dead, forced more than 100 evacuations, and 135 rescues across the state over the weekend. Governor Eric Greitens declared a state of emergency for all of southern Missouri. More than 350 roads were closed, including a stretch of Interstate 44 near Rolla. More than 100 highways were also shut in neighboring Arkansas. The Mississippi River was above flood stage at many points and the Cape Girardeau point of the river is expected to crest within about 15 cm (5.9 inches) of its all-time record 14.9 m (48.9 feet). Flood warnings are in effect across much of the state. On the tail end of the system, a late season snowstorm dropped up to 50 cm (19.7 inches) of snow in western Kansas, along with winds up to 90 km/h (60 mph). The National Guard said it was called at least 40 times to rescue stranded drivers in the state. Credit: NASA/NOAA Suomi NPP/VIIRS "After flooding smashed records that had stood for over 100 years, more heavy rain is headed toward the Ozarks and mid-Mississippi Valley, bringing a threat of renewed flash flooding and adding to already swollen rivers and reservoirs," senior meteorologist Jon Erdman said. So far, nine flooding records have been broken and several more are expected in the coming days, Erdman said. Forecast Another in a series of low pressure systems is expected to bring a new round of heavy rainfall and potential flooding for many of the same areas that were impacted over the weekend. Additional flooding of rivers, creeks, streams and low-lying areas may be possible. A frontal system that has moved off much of the East Coast will continue to bring showers and a few thunderstorms to portions of New England today, before moving offshore tonight, NWS WPC said in their Short Range Public Discussion released 07:15 UTC (03:15 EDT) today. Locally heavy rain will be possible, especially this morning before the cold front passes through the region. Farther west, scattered showers are expected today across much of the Great Lakes as an upper-level trough passes overhead. An upper-level trough crossing the northern Rockies early this morning is forecast to move into the central US later today. As this occurs, an area of low pressure is expected to develop along a surface frontal boundary across the southern plains later today. The developing low pressure system is forecast to move east toward the lower Mississippi valley on Wednesday, and into the Ohio valley by Thursday morning. Numerous showers and thunderstorms are expected in association with the system, starting across portions of the southern and central plains late today into tonight, and spreading east into the Mississippi and Ohio valleys on Wednesday. These showers and storms are expected to bring additional heavy rainfall to areas where the ground is still saturated from recent heavy rains. Thus, flash flooding will be possible for some areas. Severe thunderstorms are also possible on Wednesday across portions of the western and central Gulf Coast. 

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Another cluster of aftershocks as more than hundred rattle Skagway Alaska after the two major quakes yesterday

Tuesday, 2 May 2017 Sent in by Sophie

A cluster of 136 aftershocks mag 2.5 or higher in the Saint Elias Mountains have been recorded since a magnitude 6.3 and a magnitude 6.2 struck Skagway Alaska yesterday. There are no active volcanoes in the area. It is the second massive cluster this week after a cluster of around 100 mid to large quakes in a 50km square area struck off the coast of Valparaiso Chile, see map below. After the massive mag 7.1 quake which has since been downgraded by USGS to a mag 6.9. A cluster of 88 mid to high strength aftershocks struck, including two mag 5.9’s, a mag 5.7, with a further 15 mag 5 or higher. The area has now calmed and the aftershocks have stopped The cluster of quakes in Alaska and the ones off the coast of Chile are reminiscent of the build up to the massive mag 9.1 quake hit Honshu, Japan in 2011, killing more than 18,000 people and causing the Fukushima disaster, see map below. 

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Today's Biggest Earthquakes Earthquakes over 3.0 M within the last 24 hours

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32 minutes ago 3.3 magnitude, 26 km depth

Enetai, Washington, United States

about 2 hours ago 5.3 magnitude, 35 km depth

South Sandwich Islands

about 4 hours ago 3.4 magnitude, 3 km depth

Aguanga, California, United States

about 6 hours ago 3.0 magnitude, 0 km depth

Southeastern Alaska

about 7 hours ago 5.1 magnitude, 48 km depth

Camaná, Arequipa, Peru

about 9 hours ago 3.8 magnitude, 9 km depth

Haines, Alaska, United States

about 9 hours ago 3.0 magnitude, 0 km depth

Southeastern Alaska

about 11 hours ago 3.0 magnitude, 15 km depth

Fraccionamiento del Valle, Baja California, Mexico

about 11 hours ago 5.2 magnitude, 10 km depth

Kumukh, Dagestan, Russia

about 12 hours ago 3.3 magnitude, 6 km depth

Rangely, Colorado, United States

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about 12 hours ago 3.5 magnitude, 0 km depth

Southeastern Alaska

about 12 hours ago 3.8 magnitude, 8 km depth

Haines, Alaska, United States

about 14 hours ago 4.8 magnitude, 10 km depth

Karakenja, Tajikistan

about 15 hours ago 5.0 magnitude, 122 km depth

South Sandwich Islands

about 15 hours ago 4.8 magnitude, 10 km depth

Olonkinbyen, Jan Mayen, Svalbard and Jan Mayen

about 15 hours ago 5.9 magnitude, 10 km depth

Karakenja, Tajikistan

about 15 hours ago 4.8 magnitude, 10 km depth

Karakenja, Tajikistan

about 15 hours ago 4.6 magnitude, 194 km depth

Sola, Torba, Vanuatu

about 17 hours ago 3.2 magnitude, 9 km depth

Haines, Alaska, United States

about 18 hours ago 3.1 magnitude, 0 km depth

Southeastern Alaska

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about 20 hours ago 3.0 magnitude, 4 km depth

Haines, Alaska, United States

about 21 hours ago 4.0 magnitude, 10 km depth

Fry, South Aegean, Greece

about 22 hours ago 3.0 magnitude, 2 km depth

Southeastern Alaska

about 23 hours ago 5.1 magnitude, 10 km depth

Torbat-e Jām, Razavi Khorasan, Iran

about 24 hours ago 4.6 magnitude, 17 km depth

Boyolangu, East Java, Indonesia

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Israel Concludes Memorial Day, Ushering in 69th Independence Day Celebrations

In first, torch for diaspora lit by 'Trump rabbi' Heir and Birthright cofounder Steinhardt | Netanyahu: Israel has survived and thrived | Theme is Jerusalem as 'eternal capital' of Israel | Knesset speaker: Without unity, we won't be able to keep Jerusalem united

Haaretz May 01, 2017 8:44 PM

Israel concluded its Memorial Day ceremonies Monday evening, ushering in its 69th Independence Day celebrations. The theme for this year's Independence Day ceremony is "Jerusalem, the eternal capital of the State of Israel and the Jewish People," and is due to begin at 8 P.M. at Jerusalem's Mount Herzl national cemetery. This year, two American citizens, Rabbi Marvin Hier and Michael Steinhardt, took part in the ceremony on behalf of the Jewish diaspora. Speaking in English, the two praised Jewish educators. The lighting of a torch on behalf of the Jewish diaspora is a new addition to the annual ceremony which marks the end of Israel's Memorial Day and the beginning of Independence Day. Speaking at the start of the ceremony, Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein said "this year we are all Jerusalemites." Addressing societal issues in Israel, he said that "without unity – our people will fall apart. We won't be able to keep Jerusalem united if we don't keep the people of Israel united. "There was much tension and redundant hatred in the past year. Instead of talking with each other – we shouted. With all this hatred, we have forgotten to love." He was then joined by Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat to light the first of the ceremonial torches. In a prerecorded message, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Independence Day “was a moment of triumph for our people. We had been scattered around the world for millennia. And then we returned to our ancient homeland, to build a safe haven, where we could live, and thrive. “Now, many doubted that this tiny State of Israel would survive. We were surrounded by hostile enemies, who attacked us again and again. So perhaps, for some, this skepticism was warranted. But survive we did. Much more than that. We thrived,” he said. Israel's President Ruben Rivlin in his Independence day broadcast said that the "Zionist dream had succeeded more than we could have ever hoped." He recounted how people took to the streets to dance in celebration when David Ben Gurion declared the nation's independence 69 years ago, to celebrate being "a free people in our land, in Jerusalem." "Israel today is a strong democracy, a shrine of freedom of expression and a hub of innovation," he said. On the eve of the 69th anniversary of Israel’s establishment, the country’s population is 8.68 million – more than 10 times what it was when the state was founded, in 1948. Torch lighting ceremony Two American citizens took part in Israel's Independence Day official torch lighting on behalf of the Jewish diaspora. The lighting of a torch on behalf of the Jewish diaspora is a new addition to the annual ceremony. Rabbi Marvin Hier, who took part in U.S. President Donald Trump's inauguration, and Michael Steinhardt, one of the founders of Taglit-Birthright were selected to light one of the ceremony's twelve torches earlier this month by Israel's Culture and Sports Minister, Miri Regev. Steinhardt, speaking in English at the ceremony, stood to light the flame and said it was, "In honor of the partnership among Jews all over the world in the fulfillment of our historic mission," as well as dedicating it to Jewish educators around the world whom he called "emissaries in the most important and noble of all pursuits." Hier dedicated the lighting of the torch to the "honor of the generations that in spite of all their suffering, never stopped dreaming of Jerusalem," and all those "who lead the global struggle for human dignity." Alongside Steinhardt and Heir, 12 Israelis were also named, two of which are soldiers. Opening the list is Uri Mammalian, one of Israel's most famous former soccer plays. Also on the list is Prof. Ahmed Eid, the head of the Department of General Surgery at Hadassah University Hospital, Mount Scopus. Born in an Israeli Arab village in the Galilee, he studied in Jerusalem and has lived and worked there since. Also on the list is Amnon Shashua, the founder of driverless-technology company Mobileye, which was recently sold to Intel for a record $15.3 billion, also made the prestigious list. Dina Simta, a 19-year-old member of the Bnei Menashe Jews of northern India, and a student at Jerusalem's School for the Blind, will also light a torch. Chana Henkin, who founded a number of religious schools for women after immigrating to Israel from the U.S., also appears on the list. Her son was killed in a terror attack alongside his wife. Yehoram Gaon, one of Israel's most recognizable singers and actors, will also participate. Gaon is a scion of a prestigious Jerusalem family which has been living in the city for generations. Yaki (Yaakov) Hetz, who fought in the battle for Ammunition Hill, one of Israel's most famous Six Day War battles, will light a torch in honor of IDF veterans and bereaved families.

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Israel celebrates its 69th Independence Day

Tuesday, May 02, 2017 - 01:00

Israel on Tuesday (May 2) celebrates its 69th Independence Day anniversary with a ceremony at the President's Office. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

View Transcript ROUGH CUT. NO REPORTER NARRATION. Israeli President Reuven Rivlin attended a ceremony at the President's Office to celebrate the 69th anniversary of Independence Day in Jerusalem on Tuesday (May 2). A number of musicians performed during the celebration which was attended by numerous Israeli officials. Israelis gathered in parks around the city to watch a show by air force jets that flew over the Knesset. 

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WATCH: The Arabs Celebrating Yom Ha’atzmaut (Israeli Independence Day)

By Aussie Dave - May 3, 2017

The haters will find this video extremely inconvenient. The rest of you will love it. Note: To enable English subtitles, ensure captions are enabled (the CC button near the bottom right of video) 

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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 Korea threatens Israel with 'merciless, thousand-fold punishment'

Monday, May 01, 2017 | Israel Today Staff

North Korea is determined to beat President Trump and the US, and that means beating America's allies, too. At the top of that list for the North Koreans are two countries: Japan and Israel. Japan is obvious. Israel, less so. But observers will remember that when Israel destroyed Syria's nascent nuclear program, it was quickly discovered that North Korea had provided the know-how and hardware to the defiant Arab dictatorship. It is also known that North Korea is in league with some of the Middle East's more unsavory players, all of which want to see Israeli annihilated. As such, few Israelis tears would be shed if Trump followed through on his threats to end the North Korean regime. And Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said as much in a radio interview last week. The North Korean government responded with a stern warning for Israel: "The reckless remarks of the Israeli defense minister are sordid and wicked behavior and grave challenge to the DPRK." The statement went on to threaten Israel and any other nation that damages the "dignity" of the North Korean leadership with "merciless, thousand-fold punishment." 

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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Europe: What Happens to Christians There Will Come Here

by Giulio Meotti April 30, 2017 at 5:00 am 

"Be careful, be very careful. What has happened here will come to you." — An elderly priest in Iraq, to Father Benedict Kiely. Last year, more than 90,000 people chose to drop out of the Church of Sweden -- almost twice as many as the year before. Meanwhile, in one year, 163,000 migrants, most of them Muslim, entered the country. "Shouldn't the issue of Middle Eastern Christians wake up European civilization to its core identity? Shouldn't we in Europe and the West be telling ourselves that these attacks are also aimed at us?" — Mathieu Bock-Côté, in Le Figaro. "I fear we are approaching a situation resembling the tragic fate of Christianity in Northern Africa in Islam's early days", a Lutheran bishop, Jobst Schoene, warned a few years ago. In ancient times, Algeria and Tunisia, entirely Christian, gave us great thinkers such as Tertullian and Augustine. Two centuries later, Christianity has disappeared, replaced by Arab-Islamic civilization. Is Europe now meeting the same fate? In the Middle East, "Christianity is over in Iraq" due to Islamic extremism; in Europe, Christianity is committing suicide. Within 20 years, more babies will be born to Muslim women than to Christian women world-wide; it is just the latest sign of the rapid growth that seems to be making Islam the world's largest religion by the end of the century, according to a new study released by the Pew Research Center. "Christianity is literally dying in Europe," said Conrad Hackett, the head of the researchers who worked on the Pew report. According to it, between 2010 and 2015, the Muslim population increased by more than 150 million people to 1.8 billion. In Europe, how many Christians have been "lost"? Between 2010 and 2015, "deaths outnumbered births by nearly 6 million during this brief period". At this pace, Christianity will vanish in Europe. In the same time frame, in most European countries -- including Britain, Germany, Italy and Russia -- Christian deaths outnumbered Christian births. "In Germany alone, for example, there were an estimated 1.4 million more Christian deaths than births between 2010 and 2015, a pattern that is expected to continue across much of Europe in the decades ahead", Pew discovered. There are clear patterns of demographic trends, church attendance, closures of parishes and the declining number of priests. These patterns are why Islamic leaders, such as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, have been waging a demographic war against Europe. "Have not just three but five children", Erdogan said to Muslims in the old continent. "You are the future of Europe". This plan is called, in Islam, hijrah: expanding Islam by migration, based on Mohammad's flight from Mecca to Medina in 622. Christianity in Northern Europe has already been weakened by atheism, a trend possibly accelerated by modern gains in science and medicine. The American sociologist Phil Zuckerman, after spending more than a year in Scandinavia, published a book, Society Without God. Recently, after a nationwide advertising campaign by the Atheist Society thousands of people left the Church of Denmark. Norway's state church lost more than 25,000 members in a month. Last year, more than 90,000 people chose to drop out of the Church of Sweden -- almost twice as many as the year before. Meanwhile, in one year, 163,000 migrants, most of them Muslim, entered the country. Christianity is also collapsing in the UK. Across Greater Manchester, 20 churches will soon close. According to some reports, Anglicanism will disappear from Britain by 2033. The Catholic Church's Archdiocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh is planning to cut the number of parishes from more than 100 to 30. The Archdiocese of Glasgow, by far the country's largest, will soon -- within two decades -- have only 45 priests and probably shut down half its parishes. Imagine, a huge Catholic community will close half its churches. Catholics in the Netherlands are also embracing a "future without churches". Cardinal Willem Eijk, Archbishop of Utrecht, announced that by 2025 about a thousand Catholic parishes would close. "We predict that a third of Catholic churches will be closed by 2020 and two-thirds by 2025", he said. Most churches in Brussels will be also closed-- 108 of them. Vienna Archdiocese in Austria will also liquidate most of its parishes -- 660 of them -- in the next 10 years. Instead, the Archdiocese will merge them into 150 larger parishes. One finds similar numbers everywhere in Europe, from Catholic Spain to the Protestant United Kingdom. Father Benedict Kiely, a Catholic priest who founded, which helps persecuted Christians in the Middle East, recently met some Christians persecuted by ISIS in Iraq. As he left the country, another elderly priest, himself a refugee, gripped Kiely's hand and told him in Arabic: "Be careful, be very careful. What has happened here will come to you". As the attacks against two Coptic Christian churches in Egypt on Palm Sunday reminds us, the war of extermination being waged against Christians in the Middle East is very real indeed. Canadian philosopher Mathieu Bock-Côté writes in Le Figaro: "The Western world has long gotten used to the persecution of Christians in the Middle East, as if their bad lot is inevitable and has to simply be accepted. Shouldn't the issue of Middle Eastern Christians wake up European civilization to its core identity? Shouldn't we in Europe and the West be telling ourselves that these attacks are also aimed at us?" Europe has, for some time, been experiencing this war against Christianity on its own soil: the terror attack at a French church in Normandy, in which Islamic extremists murdered a priest before the altar; the terror plot against the Cathedral of Notre Dame; the threat by ISIS to turn Saint Peter's Cathedral into a mosque; the deadly terror attack at a Christmas market in Berlin, to name just a few of them. "The mother tongue of Europe is Christianity", said the great German writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe -- not a Pope. Maybe that language will again be strong in the future. Maybe priests will keep Christianity alive in London, Brussels and Paris. Maybe. But that is not what happened in North Africa. By now, Goethe's "mother tongue" has, in Europe, been reduced to a barely-discernible whisper. Instead, one can hear, instead, the "Islamic tongue" getting stronger every year. 

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etc. a terrible dark cloud has covered the earth, sickness, pain, suffering, bloodshed, drought, hurricanes, tornadoes, hail, fire, famine, pestilences, heartaches and sorrow, the anti-christ rising to power and fame. Oh, what a day that has now come.

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Deadly Tornado Destroys Church, 45 Inside Miraculously Unharmed

May 01, 2017

A deadly series of tornadoes swept through Texas, Arkansas and Missouri over the weekend, killing more than a dozen people and leaving destruction in their paths, and the impact at one church near Dallas, Texas, is amazing. Though the tornado ripped through the St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 45 inside were untouched by the deadly twister that took everything in it's path. The tornado ripped through the town of Emory, Texas on Saturday. St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church was among the buildings that were dramatically impacted. But while the roof and walls of the church building were torn off and “both ends of the building were blown out,” as Peyton Low, the Diocese of Tyler’s director of public affairs told media, not one of the 45 people inside were injured. Faithwire reports that there was not even a scratch on them. It’s an event parishioners are calling a flat-out miracle, according to the Daily Mail. Upon news that the tornado was coming, the group left the parish area and congregated in a hallway, ducking down in an effort to keep themselves safe. Just 30 seconds later, CNN reported that chaos ensued, as the group could see through a window that the tornado was ripping apart parts of the very building they were in. “We could see the beams bending and the aluminum roof being ripped away,” youth minister Monica Hughes told CNN, noting that she and her husband held the doors closed as the storm hit. “Everybody dropped to the floor and protected one another.” She continued, “As soon as the worst was over, we began to sing to keep the kids calm.” Hughes said that the group — which remained in place for two hours after the storm to ensure their safety — also relied on prayer throughout the ordeal. “People are using the term ‘miraculous’ (to describe what unfolded),” Low said. Saint John the Evangelist Church has shared photos and videos of the devastated church building on Facebook over the past 48 hours, thanking God for protecting those inside. “Saint John the Evangelist Church in Emory, Texas, was totally destroyed by a tornado last night,” one post read. “About 45 people were just 10-feet away in a hallway sheltering when the tornado hit. By the grace of God and the protection of Our Lady, no one was injured.” Certainly a reason to praise their Lord and Savior. Anyone of them could have been killed easily standing in the path of this tornado. No better time for a reminder that God does protect those who serve him. Bad things will happen and tragedies will come, but if we are to continue the work, then nothing can come against that.

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Greg Laurie on End Times Prophecy, North Korea Nuclear Threat: 'I Pray America Is Not Destroyed'

By Stoyan Zaimov , Christian Post Reporter

May 2, 2017 | 8:26 AM

Greg Laurie speaking in a Facebook video about the North Korean conflict on May 1, 2017.

Pastor Greg Laurie of Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, California, has spoken out about the threat of nuclear war between the United States and North Korea, and analyzed how it all fits into End Times prophecy in the Bible. "As you know, the conflict with this rogue nation has escalated dramatically in recent days and even hours," Laurie said in a Facebook video on Monday, referring to the hostile rhetoric of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. Laurie argued that Kim's threat to strike the U.S. with nuclear weapons "can't be dismissed or taken lightly." "How does this fit into the prophetic puzzle? Well, in the last days there is no mention of any nation that would resemble North Korea," the megachurch pastor offered, but said that Iran, which is present in the End Times scenario, could potentially acquire weapons from North Korea. "Here is what concerns me. We do not find the reigning superpower on the face of the Earth anywhere in the Last Days scenario. Other nations emerge. So where is America? I pray we are not out of the picture, because we have been in some kind of nuclear conflict," Laurie added. He urged Americans to pray for Trump, whether they voted for him or not. The pastor looked at Timothy Chapter 2 in the Bible, which reads: "Therefore, I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence." The passage continues: "For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth." Laurie noted that he will be involved in several White House initiatives surrounding the National Day of Prayer on Thursday, and said that Christians in America should be proclaiming Christ's message. He called on believers to be praying for the nation, so that God can give wisdom to its leaders and protect its military. "That God helps us to make the right decisions in the days and the hour ahead," he added. Laurie has spoken out about the last book of the Bible, Revelation, on a number of occasions in the past year, and said that people will face a final judgment following death. "The only reliable account of afterlife is the Bible," and not people who have described their alleged out-of-body experiences in various books, he said in December. "Who will be there in the second death? "All those who have rejected God's offer of forgiveness," Laurie said, adding, "Notice, I didn't say bad people." Roman Catholic Church leader Pope Francis also spoke out about his concerns over a possible nuclear conflict with North Korea. "It's piecemeal but the pieces are getting larger, and are concentrated in places which were already hot," Francis told reporters over the weekend. "Today a wider war would destroy, I won't say half of humanity, but a large part of humanity and culture. It would be terrible. I don't think humanity today could bear it," he added.

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Multiple Israeli air strikes on Iranian ammunition supply depot near Damascus International Airport  

April 27, 20175:18pm

MULTIPLE Israeli air strikes have struck in Syria’s capital. The airstrikes hit an ammunition depot operated by the Lebanese Hezbollah group near Damascus International Airport, a regional intelligence source told Reuters. Commercial and military cargo planes from Tehran, Iran’s capital, regularly supplied weapons to the Hezbollah that were then stored in the depot. Tehran, a major regional ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, regularly sends weapons by air, the source who requested anonymity said, without giving further details. The arms are then used by an array of Iranian backed militias, led by Hezbollah, which have thousands of fighters engaged in some of the toughest fronts against Syrian rebels, the source claimed. Israel’s Intelligence Minsiter Israel Katz on radio said that the air strikes were “compatible with Israel’s policy.” The head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Rami Abdurrahman, says the explosion in the early hours of Thursday was heard across the capital, jolting residents awake. Activist-operated Diary of a Mortar, which reports from Damascus, said that the explosion was followed by flames rising above the area, indicating the strikes had been successful. A pro-government site Damascus Now said the explosion was near the city’s Seventh Bridge, which leads to the airport road. Citing local sources, Al-Masdar News said there were five air strikes in the vicinity of the airport. Pro-Hezbollah TV said the blast near fuel tanks and warehouses adjacent to the airport were probably caused by an Israeli air strike. Syria is in the sixth year of a bloody civil war pitting the government of President Assad and his allies against opposition forces that has left more than 400,000 people dead. The explosion comes a day after France said that the chemical analysis of samples taken from a deadly sarin gas attack in Syria earlier this month “bears the signature” Assad’s government and shows it was responsible. Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said France came to this conclusion after comparing samples from a 2013 sarin attack in Syria that matched the new ones. The findings came in a six-page report published Wednesday. Russia, a close ally of Assad, denounced the report, saying the samples and the fact the nerve agent was used are not enough to prove who was behind it. The United States has also blamed Assad’s government for the April 4 attack. The Trump administration ordered the cruise missile attack on the air base and issued sanctions on 271 people linked to the Syrian agency said to be responsible for producing non-conventional weapons. Syria has strongly denied the accusations. 

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M3.7 and M3.1 Earthquakes Hit Right Below Mauna Loa Volcano, Earth Largest Volcano

By Strange Sounds - Apr 28, 2017

On 2017-04-26 a M3.7 earthquake hit below Mauna Loa at a depth of 3.1 km. On 2017-04-27 a M3.1 hit at a depth of 3.7 km. Both of these quakes hit below the upper southwest rift zone. The most recent eruption of the largest volcano in the world took place between March 24 – April 15, 1984. As described by the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO): Mauna Loa Volcano is not erupting. but rates of deformation and seismicity remain above long-term background levels. During the past week, small-magnitude earthquakes were recorded primarily beneath the upper southwest rift zone of the volcano, at depths up to 5 km (3 mi), and the east flank at depths of 5-13 km (3-8 miles). A magnitude 3.7 earthquake occurred in the upper southwest rift zone on April 26. Followed by a M3.1 earthquake on April 27. GPS measurements continue to show deformation related to inflation of a magma reservoir beneath the summit and upper Southwest Rift Zone. No significant changes in volcanic gas emissions were measured. Facts about Mauna Loa Rising gradually to more than 4 km above sea level, Mauna Loa is the largest volcano on our planet. Its long submarine flanks descend to the sea floor an additional 5 km, and the sea floor in turn is depressed by Mauna Loa’s great mass another 8 km. Remember the volcanic eruptio of 1984: This makes the volcano’s summit about 17 km (56,000 ft) above its base! The enormous volcano covers half of the Island of Hawai`i and by itself amounts to about 85 percent of all the other Hawaiian Islands combined. Mauna Loa is among Earth’s most active volcanoes, having erupted 33 times since its first well-documented historical eruption in 1843. Its most recent eruption was in 1984. Mauna Loa is certain to erupt again. Hawaiian Meaning The Hawaiian name “Mauna Loa” means “Long Mountain.” This name is apt, for the subaerial part of Mauna Loa extends for about 120 km from the southern tip of the island to the summit caldera and then east-northeast to the coastline near Hilo. 

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April 27, 2017

With No Compelling Reason Climate Engineers Will Block the Sun in 2018 3

Geoengineering, Global Warming

Climate Engineering Scientist Explains How to Create Global Warming by Over-seeding Cirrus Clouds. (Source) Submitted by Dylan Jones 4/25/2017

Gabriel’s Trumpet – Part 1 – Bluebeard’s door “The false trumpet concealing madness will cause Byzantium to change its laws” Michele de Nostradame At the time of this writing, preparations are being made for the first official geoengineering experiment in 2018, over Arizona, to disperse reflective materials into the upper atmosphere by means of a balloon, with the approval of high-level members of the Trump administration. “While geoengineering received little favour under Obama, high-level officials within the Trump administration have been long-time advocates for planetary-scale manipulation of Earth systems.” Trump presidency ‘opens door’ to planet-hacking geoengineer experiments These people behind the arch-clown have been advocates of climate manipulation for a very long time, perhaps longer than they would care to admit. Rex Tillerson, the US secretary of state, was the CEO of Exxonmobil during the period that the corporation’s scientists were leading developers of geo-engineering technologies. This is the same Exxonmobil, founded by the Rockefellers and a major arm of Big Oil, that had known about climate change and the role of fossil fuels in bringing it about, as far back as 1970 whilst funding the denial of such a role until at least 2007. ExxonMobil under investigation over claims it lied about climate change risks Now, Harvard engineer and architect of the project, David Keith, is at great pains to point out that this is the most tentative of interventions: “The amount of material we would release is tiny compared to everyday activities. For example, if we tested sulphates, we would put less material into the stratosphere than a typical commercial aircraft does in one minute of flight. Our material of choice for the first flight? Frozen water. Later flights might include tiny amounts of calcium carbonate or indeed sulphates.” – Continue PDF 

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'Mass Death Events' In Pacific Ocean Hit Highest Level Of Food Chain And Our Ocean's Greatest Predator

- As 'Frantic Preparation For Doom' Hits All-Time High Among 'The Unprepared'

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

In this April 24th story from ENENews we get additional confirmation of what we've been warning about on ANP for several years now, the mass die-off happening in the Pacific Ocean has reached the highest levels of the food chain with a massive shark die-off now ongoing off of the West Coast. Reporting in their story that over a hundred dead sharks have been discovered in the waters surrounding northern California this year alone, we also continue to get the same 'answers' why this is happening, proving many mainstream scientists have no idea about 'cause and effect'. Claiming “it’s just not clear why all the marine life is washing up like this" with reports coming in every day, the mass deaths throughout the Pacific Ocean and along the West coast that have been painstakingly documented by the End Times Watch Blog for 6 years now since Fukushima should prove otherwise. While many other so-called 'experts' over the past several years have also claimed they have no idea why such mass deaths are happening in our Pacific Ocean and along the West Coast, the stories from California read like a Hollywood disaster movie unfolding before our eyes: California Department of Fish and Wildlife: The carcass of a young great white shark was recovered on April 8 near Pleasure Point in Santa Cruz… It died of multiple organ failure, with major lesions in the brain, liver and heart… Unidentified microorganisms were observed in the fluid surrounding the brain and heart. Additional testing is underway to attempt to identify these pathogenic organisms. CBS San Francisco: Marine Biologist Giancarlo Thomae said a necropsy found an infection had damaged the shark’s brain and other organs. “The species of the bacteria that contributed to the shark’s death is unknown at this time… However, the brain did have many lesions. In additional to that the shark’s heart and liver also showed damage, so we can conclude that the immune system of the shark was also compromised.”… Die-offs of leopard sharks and other types have occurred in the San Francisco Bay in the last two year. And while many will claim what's happening to sea creatures off of the coast of California and throughout the Pacific Ocean will never effect them, the fact that photographs such as the one seen at the top of this story have been repeated time and again over the past 6+ years should prove to us otherwise. With 'mass death events' first striking the smaller ocean creatures and one-celled life, then bigger ones such as tuna and moving on up the food chain until it has reached the greatest predator in the ocean, that alone should tell us something horrifying is ongoing whether or not the experts can agree upon the reason we've been witnessing 'mass death events' for 6 years now and running. The ENENews story also reports that not only one particular species of shark is being hit by these mass die off's and as anyone who's been paying attention knows, radiation doesn't care whom or what it kills.: KXTV: Washed up Great White Shark died of organ failure… Biologists believe the shark died of multiple organ failure, with major lesions in the brain, liver and heart. Unknown microorganisms were also found and additional testing is being done. NBC Bay Area: A pathogen that eventually caused brain lesions is the reason why a shark became stranded on a Santa Cruz beach and later died last weekend. Animal experts say the pathogen is unlike any kind of bacteria that has been seen in sharks before. KSBW transcript: “They say it could be the same infection that’s killing mako sharks this year… but the question remains, why is the infection making its way through different shark species?” — Sean Van Sommeran, Pelagic Shark Research Foundation executive director: “Let’s see if we can exactly identify what appears to be a new type of brain infection — first of its kind, documented in a white shark like that.” While Japan's former Prime Minister has accused the current PM of Japan of lying about the true condition of what's now happening because of Fukushima, these excerpts from the TRTWorld video report on Fukushima seen in the 1st video below at least prove to us that somebody is reporting what they're seeing, and it's not pretty. At 2:30 in – Dana Lewis, senior correspondent: As far away as the American Pacific coast there have been radiation levels found in fish, and radiation plumes have been tracked from Japan that have been detected on the shores of Oregon and in tuna caught nearby… Japan’s former prime minister has accused current Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of lying about the situation being under control… At 7:00 in – Mark Whitby, engineer: I think the world does need help… At 9:45 in – Dr. David Lowry, nuclear policy consultant: We’ve heard about the leakage of water in the Pacific and why that might worry Americans on the West Coast of the United States, but the radioactive contamination of the area around is very damaging. And while what's now happening to the Pacific Ocean from Fukushima may not be the reason the 'elite' are preparing for doom like never before, James Wesley Rawles of the Survival Blog joins Paul Joseph Watson in the 2nd video below and breaks down for us why such frantic preparation is now taking place among some. Claiming that during the Obama administration, the 'right' prepared 'en masse' but it's now the left doing so fearing a 'Trumpocalypse', Rawles tells us that many of them are absolutely frantic and desperate in their preparation, never having seen the need to do so before, and are now 'playing catch up'. As those paying attention know, Fukushima radiation and 'mass death events' in the Pacific Ocean are great reasons for us to prepare since the human race has long been tied to the oceans and planet around us and we are certainly not immune from what our planet suffers from. As we hear from our videographer in the final video below, the 'mass animal death events' in the first 4 months of the year 2017 alone have been staggering. Yet we shouldn't be surprised as has been foretold, we were warned of these days long ago. Hosea 4:1-3 ...'Hear the word of the Lord, ye children of Israel: for the Lord hath a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, because there is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land. By swearing, and lying, and killing, and stealing, and committing adultery, they break out, and blood toucheth blood. Therefore shall the land mourn, and every one that dwelleth therein shall languish, with the beasts of the field, and with the fowls of heaven; yea, the fishes of the sea also shall be taken away.' Revelation 11:18 ...'And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth.' 

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Cryogenically frozen brains will be 'woken up' and transplanted in donor bodies within three years, claims surgeon

By Sarah Knapton, Science Editor 27 April 2017 • 11:46am

People who have had their brains cryogenically frozen could be 'woken up' within three years, a pioneering Italian surgeon has claimed. Professor Sergio Canavero, Director of the Turin Advanced Neuromodulation Group, is aiming to carry out the first human head transplant within 10 months and then wants to begin trials on brain transplants. If the procedures are successful, he believes that frozen brains could be thawed and inserted into a donor body. Hundreds of people who are dying or paralysed have had their bodies or brains cryogenically preserved in the hope that medical science will be able to bring them back to life and cure their conditions. Although many experts are skeptical that huge organs like the brain can be thawed without damage, Prof Canavero said he believes the first frozen head could soon be resurrected. Speaking to the German magazine Ooom, he said he planned to awaken patients frozen by the Alcor Life Extension Foundation which is based in Arizona. "We will try to bring the first of the company's patients back to life, not in 100 years. As soon as the first human head transplant has taken place, i.e. no later than 2018, we will be able to attempt to reawaken the first frozen head," said Prof Canavero. "We are currently planning the world's first brain transplant, and I consider it realistic that we will be ready in three years at the latest. "A brain transplant has many advantages. First, there is barely any immune reaction, which means the problem of rejection does not exist. "The brain is, in a manner of speaking, a neutral organ. If you transplant a head with vessels, nerves, tendons and muscles, rejection can pose a massive problem. This is not the case with the brain." However Prof Canavero admitted that there could be physical and psychological problems which come with putting a brain in an entirely different body. "What many be problematic, is that no aspect of your original external body remains the same. Your head is no longer there; your brain is transplanted into an entirely different skull. "It creates a new situation that will certainly not be easy." However British scientists are skeptical about whether frozen organs as complex as the brain could ever be fully restored. When the High Court last year ruled that teenage girl could be cryogenically preserved, experts said the chances of revival were "infinitesimal". Clive Coen, Professor of Neuroscience at King’s College London, said: “The advocates of cryogenics are unable to cite any study in which a whole mammalian brain, let alone a whole mammalian body, has been resuscitated after storage in liquid nitrogen. “Even if reviving that body were possible - it isn't - all the complicated organs would have been wrecked from the start, and warming them up again would wreck them further. “Irreversible damage is caused during the process of taking the mammalian brain into sub-zero temperatures. The wishful thinking engendered by cryogenics companies is irresponsible." Prof Canavero is working with a Chinese team of doctors led by Dr Xiaoping Ren, of Harbin Medical Centre who helped perform the first successful hand transplantation in the US. The technology to carry out the world's first head transplant is expected to be in place by the end of the year, and then the team will then need to find a suitable donor body. Although Russian computer scientist Valery Spiridonov, who suffers spinal muscular atrophy, had volunteered to become the first head transplant patient, the team have since said the first trial is likely to be carried out on someone who is Chinese, because the chance of a Chinese donor body will be higher. Prof Canavero said a 'high number' of people had volunteered for the transplant. Last year, the team announced they had successfully carried out a head transplant on a monkey, and released images from the procedure. Prof Canavero said if the human head transplant works, it could have fundamental implications for human consciousness and even religion. "In a few months we will sever a body from a head in an umprecedented medical procedure. In this phase, there is no life activity, not in the brain, not anywhere else in the body. "If we bring this patient back to life we will receive the first real account of what actually happens after death. The head transplant gives us the first insight into whether there is an afterlife, a heaven, a hearafter. "If we are able to prove that our brain does not create consciousness, religions will be swept away forever. They will no longer be necessary, as humans no longer need to be afraid of death. We no longer need a Catholic Church, no Judaisim, and no Islam because religions in general will be obsolete. "It will be a turning point in human history." The exclusive interview can be read in full in Saturday's edition of Ooom. 

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Thousands damaged by shingles vaccine are trying to sue Merck

Thursday, April 27, 2017 by: Frances Bloomfield

(Natural News) What was supposed to be a cure for shingles has brought on worse complications. Thousands have attempted to file lawsuits against American pharmaceutical company Merck & Co. for problems associated with their product Zostavax. In an interview with, Troy Bouk, Associate Attorney at the Levin Papantonio law firm, stated that the side effects of the shingles vaccine included meningitis, encephalitis, stroke, palsy, and many others. According to Bouk, these side effects are all features of shingles—and with the vaccine created from a live strain of the virus, it’s no wonder that Zostavax has caused people to experience these conditions. Zostavax was approved by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Bouk said. The group has since recommended that only people 60 and above should take the vaccine. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), on the other hand, approved Zostavax for people 50 and above, states The CDC has warned that people within the 50 to 59 age group may lose the alleged protection benefits of the vaccine by the time the reach 60, however. “Let’s say you’re 55 years old. It may stay in your system till you’re 60, but you actually are at the greatest risk of getting shingles when you’re in your 60s. That’s why the CDC recommends that you really don’t get it until you’re in your 60s, because that’s probably when you’re going to need it the most,” Bouk said. On the efficacy of the vaccine, the CDC has stated that it only reduced the risk of shingles by a mere 51 percent, making its true potency uncertain. This unpredictability is the reason why attorney Marc J. Bern of Marc J. Bern & Partners LLP has “thousands of complaints” that have yet to be filed in Philadelphia, Penn. In a statement to, Bern has said that the injuries run “the gamut from contracting shingles as a result of the vaccine all the way to serious personal injuries such as blindness in one eye, individuals who have serious paralysis in their extremities, brain damage, all the way to death.” In an additional comment, Bern stated that he thought “Merck has failed terribly … to warn about the very serious side effects and the failure of the vaccine to do what they claim it does.” (Related: Shingles vaccine made with pig gelatin, MSG and residual components of human DNA from an aborted fetus. Why?) Bern has said that his firm has been examining the drug “for quite some time”, and that the litigation has “merits.” The attorney has also expressed his belief that the cases should be grouped together for mass tort status. Another attorney, Michael Katz, agrees with Bern. In response, a spokesperson for Merck has stated that “Nothing is more important to Merck than the safety of our medicines and vaccines.” If that’s the case, then why are thousands of people experiencing ailments associated with the disease the vaccine is supposed to cure? Because it’s made from the same virus, that’s why. Is it wonder why Zostavax is causing more harm than good? News and other media concerning vaccines and drug companies can be read over at and 

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Retired Green Beret Warns: “We’re At The Threshold Of War…The Choice Is Not Up To Us Anymore”

By silveristhenew | Published April 27, 2017

As reported Monday, April 25 on almost all mainstream and alternate news sites, Britain’s Defense Minister Michael Fallon has openly declared that his country will carry out a preemptive nuclear strike even if not attacked, as such: “In the most extreme circumstances we have made it very clear that you can’t rule out the use of nuclear weapons as a first strike.” Michael Fallon, BBC Today, 4-25-17 This is very serious and no longer simply rhetorical, as the Russians responded to the effect that the UK could be wiped off the face of the globe if they were to provoke the wrong party. The U.S. now has a submarine in position in South Korea that is carrying Tomahawks armed with nuclear warheads and the American Naval armada continues to sail toward the region. The North Koreans have been conducting artillery drills, as South Korea and Japan are preparing their citizens for war to break out. The United States just test-launched an ICBM from California that splashed into the South Pacific. In the U.S., President Trump has convened a meeting in the White House for all 100 U.S. senators as reported yesterday throughout the alternative media. The mainstream media (MSM) is being notoriously silent about the whole matter, although it is plain to see the focal point of the meeting is North Korea, as announced by the White House. Deflection has been rendered partially by the MSM by the endless barrage regarding the 9th Circuit Court trying to sabotage the Executive Order signed by the President to withhold federal funding from “sanctuary” cities trying to circumvent federal law and procedure with the illegal aliens. The “First 100 Days” of the Trump Administration is the new catch-phrase the MSM is focusing upon, much as they did with the “47 million on food stamps” phrase that virtually stayed the same for more than 3 years. Underreporting and obfuscation (if not outright lies) are the MSM’s way of keeping the public in the dark nationally and globally. In the meantime, the Russians are beginning to redeploy ground troops to Syria. It appears that the U.S. is going to be pushed into a war in one theater or another by the progressives masquerading as conservatives. This brings to mind the ratiocination for the initiation of hostilities in either theater. For North Korea, it is simple: The North Koreans are one of the three nations not involved in the global banking cartel. In addition, a war will increase U.S. hegemony in the area regardless of what happens to South Korea or Japan in the aftermath. Regarding Syria, the Obama administration started a proxy/indirect war with Russia over Syria, with Russia backing Bashar al-Assad and the United States its own “created boogeyman” of ISIS/ISIL. Obama did not take Russia on directly, and Russia out-maneuvered him by suggesting he fight against his own creation…which he did…and then the Russians bombed the daylights out of them. Russia then declared the bombing campaign to be over and did a “drawdown,” while still leaving enough of a force to deter Obama, who fizzled out in pusillanimous splendor. Syria is still on the table, though, because we don’t have that pipeline running out of Qatar through Northwestern Syria to cut off Gazprom and the Russians from supplying Europe with natural gas. In addition, the House of Saud wants Assad out of Syria, and in addition to this, the U.S. needs to take Syria if it wants (and it does want) to invade Iran. The Russians bombing ISIS/ISIL prevented any more oil from being stolen from Northwest Syria and trucked across the border, where it was sold to Erdogan and his brother. The Military Industrial Complex (MIC) and their paid-for congressmen and senators (such as McCain, Graham, Ryan, ad infinitum) are the ones who stand to benefit, either in stocks held or in kickbacks to either advance or snafu legislation or policy (depending on which benefits the firms). They did it with Ukraine, as well, but the threat of directly confronting Russia was as good as an orchiotomy for Obama, and we have a stalemate between the U.S.-created Kiev government of Poroshenko and the separatists of the Eastern Ukrainian provinces. The powers that be are intent on having a war, regardless of the consequences and effects on noncombatants. A war would also be a way to prop up the administration’s flagging ratings. Domestically we have not emerged from the “soft” police state and liberal “legislative” powers of the Courts to remake Constitutional law and circumvent Congress and the President through selective interpretation of anything and everything: These things are the true “legacy” of Obama. Now, where from there? We are at the threshold of another major war that could erupt in any of these areas. The choice is not up to us anymore, and it is surely being decided upon at this very moment. 

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World Leaders Warn of Korean Crisis; ‘Major, Major Conflict’ could break out, Situation has Seriously Deteriorated’

By Nate Brown - 04/28/2017

Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin have both warned of the potential crisis that could unfold on the Korean peninsula. Donald Trump warns of a ‘major, major conflict,’ and Putin claims that the situation has ‘Seriously Deteriorated.’ During the 1950’s a Korean war did break out, and it claimed more than two million civilians and more than 33,000 US troops. On that note, a war on the Korean peninsula could end up being quite catastrophic, given that now, North Korea also has nuclear weapons. A crisis with North Korea could involve other countries as well such as China, Russia, South Korea, Japan, and several other Asian nations. Russia, for example, has made deals with N.Korea that included in 2014 wiping away 90% of North Korean debt so that a pipeline could run through the nation to South Korea. Putin has warned that the situation has severely deteriorated, and requested that all sides try and work it out. “We call on all states involved in the region’s affairs to refrain from military rhetoric and seek peaceful, constructive dialogue.” China, on the other hand, is an ally of North Korea and has current deals for resources with hermit state. However, Donald Trump is not backing down and has said that a “major conflict” was possible with North Korea though he would prefer to solve the standoff over the country’s nuclear and missile programs through diplomacy. Diplomatically, the US has offered direct talks with the regime, but Rex Tillerson stated that North Korea had better prepare to hand over all of its nuclear weapons. Donald Trump’s latest warning comes after US Pacific Command, Admiral Harry Harris spoke to congressional leaders and stated that the situation with North Korea was the worst he had seen. It was an assessment echoed by the president. But that still hasn’t stopped Kim’s rhetoric, just recently the hermit state released yet another propaganda video, this time; the White House was in the cross hairs. The situation with North Korea is still ripe for conflict, but at least for now, cooler heads have thus prevailed, and only time will tell if the West and North Korea can avail to peace diplomatically, otherwise given enough time, and enough strain the two will be at war. 

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The future of war? US marines test robots with machine guns and 'HyperSubs' to storm beaches

US marines are testing 50 autonomous weapons at Camp Pendleton, California

Army of drones and weaponised robots could one day be used to storm beaches

Team is also testing 'HyperSub' speedboat that can transform into a submarine

Using robots on the front line could protect the lives of soliders, US Navy said

By Daisy Dunne For Mailonline Published: 04:50 EDT, 28 April 2017 | Updated: 12:36 EDT, 28 April 2017

The US Marines could one day use amphibious tanks and robots with machine guns to storm beaches. Researchers are quietly testing around 50 weaponised robots at the Navy's Camp Pendleton base in California. Using high-tech drones and weaponised robots on the front line could help protect the lives of soldiers, the US Navy said. Among the new weapons are robots armed with machine guns that can storm beaches as a first line of assault. The Navy is also testing speedboats that can transform into stealthy submarines to hide from threats. The futuristic machinery has been undergoing tests for the last two weeks at the Ship-to-Shore Maneuver Exploration and Experimentation Advanced Naval Technology Exercise base at Camp Pendleton. Tests are trying to work out if the robots can go from Naval ships to shore lines. Marine officer have also been putting the machines through their paces in a range of realistic military scenarios. Using robots as the first line of attack during beach invasions could 'save lives', according to the US Marines. Another weapon attracting attention is The Fathom (pictured), a speedboat that can transform into a submarine Another weapon attracting attention is The Fathom (pictured), a speedboat that can transform into a submarine SPEEDBOAT SUBMARINE HYBRID Another weapon attracting attention is The Fathom, a speedboat that can transform into a submarine. The hybrid uses two 480-hp Yanmar 6LY3-ETP diesel engines to cruise along at 38mph (61 km/h). The vehicle can dive repeatedly to evade detection and was built withstand sudden pressure changes. On demand, it has 30,000 pounds (13,600kg) of lift. The hybrid vehicle could be used for surveillance and scouting. 'The unmanned ground vehicle and the operated weapons extend that capability [saving human life] out to 2,000 metres so we can be in a protective position seeing what's going on in the battlefield and be engaging with the enemy,' a US Marine official told Fox News. He added the robots could be used 'to extend human capability in a hazardous environment'. Weapons being tested include amphibious tanks, airbourne drones and weaponised ground bots. The Navy are pinning their hopes on a ground machine armed with a machine gun, known as the Multi-Utility Tactical Transport (MUTT) robot. These machines can drive themselves during beach invasions and use tracks rather than wheels to navigate sea, sand and slopes. There are two wheeled variants, the 8x8 and the 6x6, and the robots can be armed with a range of different weapons weighing up to 600 pounds (272kg). As well as leading on the front line, the robots can fight alongside soldiers during invasions. Another weapon attracting attention is The Fathom, a 'HyperSub' speedboat that can transform into a submarine. The hybrid uses two 480-hp Yanmar 6LY3-ETP diesel engines to cruise along at 38mph (61 km/h). The vehicle can dive repeatedly to evade detection and was built withstand sudden pressure changes. On demand, it has 30,000 pounds (13,600kg) of lift. The hybrid vehicle could be used for surveillance and scouting.

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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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Multiple Israeli air strikes on Iranian ammunition supply depot near Damascus International Airport

April 27, 20175:18pm

MULTIPLE Israeli air strikes have struck in Syria’s capital.

The airstrikes hit an ammunition depot operated by the Lebanese Hezbollah group near Damascus International Airport, a regional intelligence source told Reuters. Commercial and military cargo planes from Tehran, Iran’s capital, regularly supplied weapons to the Hezbollah that were then stored in the depot. Tehran, a major regional ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, regularly sends weapons by air, the source who requested anonymity said, without giving further details. The arms are then used by an array of Iranian backed militias, led by Hezbollah, which have thousands of fighters engaged in some of the toughest fronts against Syrian rebels, the source claimed. Israel’s Intelligence Minsiter Israel Katz on radio said that the air strikes were “compatible with Israel’s policy.” The head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Rami Abdurrahman, says the explosion in the early hours of Thursday was heard across the capital, jolting residents awake. Activist-operated Diary of a Mortar, which reports from Damascus, said that the explosion was followed by flames rising above the area, indicating the strikes had been successful. A pro-government site Damascus Now said the explosion was near the city’s Seventh Bridge, which leads to the airport road. Citing local sources, Al-Masdar News said there were five air strikes in the vicinity of the airport. Pro-Hezbollah TV said the blast near fuel tanks and warehouses adjacent to the airport were probably caused by an Israeli air strike. Syria is in the sixth year of a bloody civil war pitting the government of President Assad and his allies against opposition forces that has left more than 400,000 people dead. The explosion comes a day after France said that the chemical analysis of samples taken from a deadly sarin gas attack in Syria earlier this month “bears the signature” Assad’s government and shows it was responsible. Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said France came to this conclusion after comparing samples from a 2013 sarin attack in Syria that matched the new ones. The findings came in a six-page report published Wednesday. Russia, a close ally of Assad, denounced the report, saying the samples and the fact the nerve agent was used are not enough to prove who was behind it. The United States has also blamed Assad’s government for the April 4 attack. The Trump administration ordered the cruise missile attack on the air base and issued sanctions on 271 people linked to the Syrian agency said to be responsible for producing non-conventional weapons. Syria has strongly denied the accusations. 

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Israel Destroyed Dozens of Hezbollah-bound Missiles in Last Syria Raid, Officer Says

The Israeli military sought to prevent the weapons from reaching Hezbollah, and Israel has acted in Syria ‘not once’ in similar situations, the officer added

Gili Cohen Apr 26, 2017 4:46 PM

Update (27/04/2017): Arab media report another Israel Air Force strike in Syrian capital The Israel Air Force destroyed around 100 Syrian missiles in its attack last month on weapons in Syria − many of which were due to be delivered to Hezbollah, a senior Israeli officer said Tuesday. The officer, however, did not give details on the kind of missiles that were destroyed. The episode marked a rare admission that Israel had taken military action in Syria, and the officer said the Israel Defense Forces had acted “not once” in similar situations. Last month’s attack triggered an immediate retaliation by the Assad regime, which fired SA-5 surface-to-air missiles at the Israeli planes, marking a stark change in Syrian policy. None of the Israeli jets were damaged. The Israelis’ Arrow missile defense system, meanwhile, shot down one of the Syrian missiles north of Jerusalem, marking the system’s first operational use. According to the officer, while the Syrian regime knew that its outdated missiles would not hit the Israeli planes, the very firing at the jets reflected the regime’s confidence to act and changed security outlook − which the officer said stemmed from the support of Russia, Iran and Hezbollah. Meanwhile, the officer said the situation in North Korea could have an effect on Israel’s security. He said a confrontation between Washington and Pyongyang would divert American attention from events in the Middle East and decrease American influence in the region.

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Ex-defense minister says IS ‘apologized’ to Israel for November clash

Moshe Ya’alon’s office refuses to elaborate after alluding to contact with terror group

By Judah Ari Gross April 24, 2017, 11:40 pm

Former defense minister Moshe Ya’alon on Saturday said the Islamic State terrorist group in the Syrian Golan Heights “apologized” for attacking an Israeli unit. “There was one case recently where Daesh opened fire and apologized,” Ya’alon said, using the terror group’s Arabic nickname. This was an apparent reference to a clash that took place near the Syrian border last November, in which IDF troops exchanged fire with members of the Islamic State affiliate. After a brief gun battle, the Israeli military attacked the terrorist group with airstrikes and tank fire, killing four of them. Israel and much of the Western world considers the Islamic State affiliate in the Syrian Golan Heights, known as the Khalid ibn al-Walid Army, to be a terrorist group. Communication with them is technically illegal under Israeli law, constituting contact with an enemy agent. Ya’alon was speaking at an event in the northern city of Afula. He was interviewed on stage by Eli Levi, a Channel 10 news correspondent. His comment about the Islamic State’s apology was made as part of a broader point about Israel’s policy for Syria, which is largely non-interventionist. Ya’alon was explaining that Israel carries out strikes against Syrian President Bashar Assad’s forces in retaliation when spillover fire hits the Israeli Golan Heights. Ya’alon’s officer refused to elaborate on how exactly the Islamic State expressed its apology to Israel after the attack. The IDF also declined to comment. Syrian officials have accused Israel of directly aiding the Islamic State and other rebel groups, a claim Jerusalem vociferously denies. 

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Trump Vows to Confront Anti-Semitism, Hatred

Ken Bredemeie Last Updated: April 25, 2017 8:46 PM

WASHINGTON — U.S. President Donald Trump vowed Tuesday to confront anti-Semitism and hatred as he commemorated Holocaust Remembrance Day in a ceremony at the U.S. Capitol. “We will stamp out prejudice, we will condemn hatred, we will bear witness and we will act,” Trump said. “As president of the United States, I will always stand with the Jewish people and I will always stand with our great friend and partner, the state of Israel.” He said, “Those who deny the Holocaust are an accomplice to this horrible evil and we'll never be silent. We just won't. We will never, ever, ever be silent in the face of evil again.” He called Nazi German leader Adolf Hitler's annihilation of 6 million Jews in World War II “history's darkest hour,” and condemned those who deny the Holocaust. WATCH: Trump on confronting anti-semitism “Denying the Holocaust is only one of many forms of dangerous anti-Semitism that continues all around the world,” he said. “We've seen anti-Semitism on university campuses, in the public square and in threats against Jewish citizens. Even worse, it's been on display in the most sinister manner when terrorists attack Jewish communities or when aggressors threaten Israel with total and complete destruction. This is my pledge to you we will confront anti-Semitism.” “That is why we are here today,” Trump told the audience, “to remember and to bear witness. To make sure that humanity never ever forgets.” In his speech, Trump did not identify the “aggressors” threatening to destroy Israel or the Holocaust deniers whom he called an “accomplice” to the genocide. But that did not bother David Menashri, an Israeli professor of Middle Eastern history at Tel Aviv University. “I’m glad that the president did not mention any specific 'address' (in terms of who is being an aggressor toward Israel or accomplice to the Holocaust) and that he left it to people to think about what he had in mind and to whom he was referring,” Menashri told VOA's Persian Service in an interview. Menashri said there are many sources of Holocaust denial in the international arena. “Holocaust denial is a European phenomenon that also infiltrated the Middle East, with Holocaust denial conferences having been held in Iran and in other places,” he said. “But if you are looking for a connection to the Middle East (in Trump's speech), one remark that may relate only to Iran is his reference to those who call for total and complete destruction of Israel, there is only one state (that does so), and this is Iran.” Trump's pledge to “confront” anti-Semitism also could take several forms, according to Menashri. “There are many ways to confront people without starting a war over these issues,” he said. “You can sit and speak with people in different places and have them listen to and look at the material and evidence (of the Holocaust), because denying the Holocaust is basically like paving the way for another Holocaust, and this is something that the free world would not be able to tolerate.” WATCH: Trump vows to stand behind Jewish people, Israel Trump's speech commemorating the carnage of seven decades ago comes after some American Jewish groups and other critics of the president denounced two White House comments related to the Holocaust in the first three months of his White House tenure. In January, shortly after taking office, he issued a statement on International Holocaust Remembrance Day honoring “the victims, survivors, heroes of the Holocaust” without mentioning the Jews who accounted for the majority of those victims. Earlier this month, White House spokesman Sean Spicer issued an apology after using a press briefing to say “someone who was as despicable as Hitler … didn't even sink to using chemical weapons.” Spicer made the remark as he compared the Nazi leader with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, whom the Trump administration accused of carrying out a sarin gas attack on Syrian civilians on April 4. Hitler did not use chemical weapons on the battlefield, but he did use gas chambers to exterminate Jews, disabled people and others. Michael Lipin of VOA's Persian Service contributed to this report. 

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Trump Cabinet Members Praying, Studying the Bible Together

04-24-2017 CBN News

Members of President Donald Trump's cabinet are gathering for prayer weekly. Vice President Mike Pence and eight cabinet secretaries sponsor the sessions, which occur weekly in Washington. It's led by the founder of Capitol Ministries, Ralph Drollinger, who started working on arranging the Bible study during the Trump team's transition to the White House. Sponsors include Vice President Pence; Secretaries Betsy DeVos, Ben Carson, Sonny Perdue, Rick Perry, Tom Price and Jeff Sessions; EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt and CIA Director Mike Pompeo. These are some of the most influential people in the U.S. government gathering weekly to grow themselves spiritually. "In terms of a country's health and direction, when its leaders are seeking God, the nation is in a position to be blessed by God in ways that are 'far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think,'" Drollinger tells Beltway Buzz referring to Ephesians 3:20. Capitol Ministries also hosts weekly Bible studies in the House and Senate. The ministry has started Bible studies in a number of state capitols and is currently working on expanding into international capitols. "This has been a wonderful time of prayer and fellowship as I am presently teaching through the Sermon on the Mount, as well has handing out my weekly written Bible study as a homework assignment on a particular topic," Drollinger continued. Leaders of the Bible study say President Donald Trump is always welcome to join them. Prayer has been an evident part of this administration with pastors often praying over Trump throughout the campaign. 

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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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Turkey launches airstrikes in Iraq and Syria in anti-PKK campaign

Strikes on Syria seem to hit their targets but those in Iraq kill members of the Iraqi Kurdish security forces, an ally of Turkey. Turkey has said it killed around 70 militants in the Iraqi town of Sinjar and in northern Syria, as it stepped up its campaign against groups linked to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK). While the airstrikes on Syria appeared to hit their intended targets, those in Iraq instead killed at least six members of the Iraqi Kurdish security forces. This appears to have been an accident, as the Iraqi Kurdish forces are usually an ally of Turkey's. The Kurds criticised the raids but blamed them on the PKK, saying: "These problems and tensions are all because of the PKK's presence." The Iraqi government condemned the strikes as a "violation of international law and of Iraqi sovereignty". Iraqi government spokesman Saad al Hadithi said they considered the raid, which happened on Tuesday, as "negatively affecting the efforts of Iraq and the international community in the war against terrorism". Turkey currently has difficult relations with Baghdad and it has called on Iraq to do more to deal with the PKK, which has bases and fighters in northern Iraq. The PKK is also seen as a rival of the dominant Kurdish faction in Iraq, which is more popular with Turkey. Mr Hadithi, however, said: "The solution to the problem of the presence on Iraqi territory of PKK members must be co-ordinated with the Iraqi government." But the Turkish raids show the fine balance between fighting Islamic State and increasing tension between Turkey and its NATO ally the US. The strikes near the city of Al-Malikiyah in Syria hit YPG (Kurdish People's Protection Units) territory, including a media centre, killing 20 YPG fighters and injuring 18, according to YPG spokesman Redur Khalil. A YPG commander urged the coalition to act to prevent further Turkish attacks, saying: "It's unthinkable that we are fighting on a front as important as Raqa while Turkish planes bomb us in the back." Turkey has bombed the YPG in northern Syria for months, calling it a terrorist group because of its ties to the PKK. The YPG is a major part of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), the group fighting IS in Syria. 

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Forget Korea, WW III to Begin In Syria

By Dave Hodges

Sometimes, when is looking for trouble on the right, they get sucker punched from the left. The world is focused on Korea. However, the real action is taking place in Syria. The Russians have quietly escalated the conflict and Turkey and Israel have responded in kind. Russia Ready to Insert Combat Troops Into Syria Temporarily, while the world is focused on Korea, we see slight of hand in Syria. The Russians, not to be upstaged by the new military and foreign policy alliance between China and the U.S., has managed to advance their own agenda. The Russians have also announced that they are prepared militarize Syria with RUSSIAN troops. Further they have announced that they are continuing to beef up Syria’s air defenses in an obvious anticipation of U.S. air attacks against the Assad regime. Many will interpret this escalation by Russia as a line-in-the-sand move which pushes the world that much closer to World War III. Russia Is Winning the Moral High Ground Even while Russia announces plans to futher escalate the conflict in Syria through the intended introduction of Russian ground troops, the Russians have still managed to maintain the moral high ground. Former President Eisenhower warned the American people about what would happen if the American people did not stop the advancement of the military industrial complex and its control over our government. These consequences have never been more in evidence than they are with the present state of affairs between Russia and the United States. Russia is calling for a true and independent investigation into the chemical weapons attack in Syria. At the behest of the neocons, Trump jumped to an unqualfied position and unilaterally attacked Syria. On the surface, who appears to be pursuing the reasonable course of action here? This lessens the possibility that international pressure can be brought on Russia to change course in Syria. The Russians have also expressed a desire for a peaceful resolution to the multiple crises in places like Yemen and the Middle East. On the other hand, the American government wants to continue to pursue a reckless policy of endless wars of occupation and undeserved resource allocations which are then transferred into private party hands on Wall Street. If there is a better definition of US fascism, I have not seen it. History shows, that I am no fan of Putin. However, there is no question that the corrupt relationship between US foreign policy and Wall Street profits, have once again taken center stage in Syria and the Russians are taking full advantage while, at the same time, advancing their cause of militarizing Syria. Checkmate Russia! Turkey and Israel Escalating War Preparations With the announcement that Russia plans to escalate tensions in Syria with a military buildup of their own, it is clear that Turkey and Israel have just responded. It was announced on Monday that Turkey is sending F-35’s to Israel. This move places Syria and Iran under considerably more danger and this clearly marks an escalation in preparations being made for World War III in the Middle East. Can there be any question that war in Syria is imminent? Could there be a more ominous post than the following one from the Jerusalem Post with regard to the arriving F-35’s? “Once the jets arrive in Israel, they will not leave except for combat missions.” Trump to Hold Emergency Closed Door Meeting with the Entire Senate About NK Crisis Although World War III may begin in Syria, can there be any question that the conflict would quickly spread to Korea. According to Reuters, President Trump and his officials will hold an extremely unusual and rare briefing on Wednesday, April 26, at the White House. The invited guests are all 100 Senators. The topic is the highly volatile situation involving North Korea. the entire U.S. Senate on the situation in North Korea. The meeting will be chaired by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. This is according to a White House spokesman Sean Spicer, who released a statement to this effect on April 24, 2017. The briefing will be closed and the Senators, as well as Trump administration officials are bound by national security protocols because of the sensitivity of the data to be released. The question remains, with regard to this briefing, is this an advisory meeting, a policy shift notification meeting, or is this a planned announcement about imminent action? Given the importance of the material to be covered, it is important to potentially note as to whether, or not, this will be the meeting that will lead to conflict in Korea? Or will the events in Korea remain secondary to events in Syria? I find it interesting that Trump chose to involve the Senate and leave out the House. Regardless of the motives at work, this is a very ominous development Conclusion If the coming war goes nuclear, there is only a limited amount of preparation that one can take. However, there are things that can be done. In the upcoming days, the CSS is going to put some much needed attention on what the average American should be focusing on as the world races toward the insanity of WW III. Your children picked a very difficult time to be born. 

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Washington D.C. To Hold Massive "Coordinated Terror Attack" Drill This Wednesday

by Tyler Durden Apr 25, 2017 5:17 AM

April 26th is shaping up to be a busy day. As we reported on Friday, that's when Operation Gotham Shield, an exercise involving FEMA, Homeland Security and a myriad of law enforcement and military agencies and which simulates a nuclear bomb blast over Manhattan, is set to conclude. Then, as we learned earlier, April 26 is also when the entire Senate will be briefed by Donald Trump and his four top defense and military officials on the situation in North Korea at the White House, an event which Reuters dubbed as "unusual." April 26 is also when the USS Carl Vinson is expected to finally arrive off the coast of the Korean Penninsula. Now, in a statement from the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, the regional association reports that "law enforcement officials and other first responders will participate in a full-scale exercise on April 26 designed to prepare for the possibility of a complex coordinated terror attack in the National Capital Region." The statement adds that emergency managers who work together at the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) planned the exercise to help protect residents by preparing for an attack involving multiple target locations and teams of perpetrators. The exercise will be conducted across a widespread geographical area. According to the release, the regional exercise will be staged at six sites in the District of Columbia, suburban Maryland and Northern Virginia, and will involve hundreds of police, fire, and emergency medical service personnel and volunteer actors. The locations include neighborhoods in the northeast and southeast quadrants of the District of Columbia, Prince George’s County, and Arlington and Fairfax Counties. Residents in those neighborhoods will be notified ahead of time to expect the exercise. According to Scott Boggs, Managing Director of Homeland Security and Public Safety at COG, “Law enforcement officials practice and exercise their skills on their own regularly because that’s the best way to ensure we are always ready to respond quickly and professionally. On April 26, we’ll go one step further and stage a very realistic emergency event involving multiple sites and actors posing as the casualties. However, there is no reason for residents to be alarmed because the exercise will occur in a controlled environment.” The is scheduled to take place near or at George Mason University, and last from 8;30am until 4:30pm. The statement also advises that the only media availability will be in a one hour block before the exercise, from 7:30am - 8:30am on April 26. Full statement below (link). Full-scale exercise focused on preparing for complex terror attacks to include National Capital Region first responders, emergency managers Law enforcement officials and other first responders will participate in a full-scale exercise on April 26 designed to prepare for the possibility of a complex coordinated terror attack in the National Capital Region. Emergency managers who work together at the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) planned the exercise to help protect residents by preparing for an attack involving multiple target locations and teams of perpetrators. The regional exercise will be staged at six sites in the District of Columbia, suburban Maryland and Northern Virginia, and will involve hundreds of police, fire, and emergency medical service personnel and volunteer actors. The locations include neighborhoods in the northeast and southeast quadrants of the District of Columbia, Prince George’s County, and Arlington and Fairfax Counties. Residents in those neighborhoods will be notified ahead of time to expect the exercise. “Law enforcement officials practice and exercise their skills on their own regularly because that’s the best way to ensure we are always ready to respond quickly and professionally,” said Scott Boggs, Managing Director of Homeland Security and Public Safety at COG. “On April 26, we’ll go one step further and stage a very realistic emergency event involving multiple sites and actors posing as the casualties. However, there is no reason for residents to be alarmed because the exercise will occur in a controlled environment.” MEDIA AVAILABILITY PRIOR TO EXERCISE ONLY (see details below) WHEN: Wednesday April 26, 7:30 – 8:30 A.M. WHERE: Maryland National Capital Park Police Headquarters, 8100 Corporate Drive, Hyattsville, MD 20785 Contact: Jeanne Saddler Phone: (202) 962-3250 Email: 

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Gotham Shield Commences – What Happens Now?

By Nate Brown - 04/25/2017

Intriguing timing surrounding a new Military drill in the United States called Operation Gotham Shield has sparked concerns and brought back the infamous ‘False Flag Watch.’ Military exercises are common within the United States and abroad, and most of the time the drills pass by, and nothing happens. However, modern history has proven that sometimes these drills are not just drills but actual events, called false flags. False flags are not a conspiracy theory, regardless of what mainstream media wants to tell you. So what is a false flag? The contemporary term false flag describes covert operations that are designed to deceive in such a way that activities appear as though they are being carried out by entities, groups, or nations other than those who actually planned and executed them. Historically, the term “false flag” has its origins in naval warfare where the use of a flag other than the belligerent’s true battle flag before (but not while) engaging the enemy has long been accepted as a permissible ruse de guerre; by contrast, flying a false flag while engaging the enemy constitutes perfidy. Operations carried out during peace-time by civilian organizations, as well as covert government agencies, can (by extension) also be called false flag operations if they seek to hide the real organization behind an operation. Why would the US government want to commit such a thing? It’s all about “the agenda.” But, isn’t propaganda illegal in the United States? No, propaganda was made legal under the NDAA – National Defense Authorization Act. The Smith-Mundt Modernization Act (2012) Sec. 501. (a) The Secretary and the Broadcasting Board of Governors are authorized to use funds appropriated or otherwise made available for public diplomacy information programs to provide for the preparation, dissemination, and use of information intended for foreign audiences abroad about the United States, its people, and its policies, through press, publications, radio, motion pictures, the Internet, and other information media, including social media, and through information centers, instructors, and other direct or indirect means of communication. (b)(1) Except as provided in paragraph (2), the Secretary and the Broadcasting Board of Governors may, upon request and reimbursement of the reasonable costs incurred in fulfilling such a request, make available, in the United States, motion pictures, films, video, audio, and other materials prepared for dissemination abroad or disseminated abroad. According to Michael Hastings: “The new law would give sweeping powers to the State Department and Pentagon to push television, radio, newspaper, and social media onto the U.S. public. “It removes the protection for Americans,” says a Pentagon official who is concerned about the law. “It removes oversight from the people who want to put out this information. There are no checks and balances. No one knows if the information is accurate, partially accurate, or entirely false.” Representatives Mac Thornberry (R-TX) and Adam Smith (D-WA) in the Smith-Mundt Modernization Act (2012) (H.R. 5736), advocate that it is time to liberate the authority of the US government to broadcast American produced foreign propaganda in the U.S. The amendment, which was hidden within the NDAA, has remained relatively unnoticed. However, it empowers the State Department and Pentagon to utilize all forms of media against the American public for the sake of coercing US citizens to believe whatever version of the truth the US government wants them to believe. The event: a false flag – creates the narrative. The propaganda: the media takes the narrative (false flag) and uses it on the American people to further the agenda. See how it works? The US government creates the narrative and then pushes the agenda through the mainstream media. Operation Gotham Shield – why the fuss? A nuke drill over Manhattan, a terror drill at the Capitol, and much more will be going on for several days during the event called ‘Gotham Shield.’ Below is the pdf of the actual drill and its connections to Northern Lights 2016, a former military drill. Oddly enough several crises are apparently coming to a head all around the same time of the infamous drill. To name a couple, North Korea, a potential government shutdown, and the Syrian attack no one is talking about. While there is concern that a false flag could erupt from the large-scale drill in several city capitols, please keep in mind this is just a military training. According to; Hudson County, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, FEMA and other entities will conduct a response drill to a nuclear explosion in the New York/New Jersey area, authorities said today. The aim of the exercise, dubbed Gotham Shield, is “to expand the ability at local and national levels to coordinate an effect a large-scale response and recovery to an event like this,” FEMA spokeswoman Lauren Lefebvre said this morning. Lefebvre said that, in general, Gotham Shield will not involve the actual deployment of emergency response equipment and personnel. It is to be a “notional” exercise in which emergency responders respond theoretically to an unfolding nuclear event scenario in which all levels of government are in communication and playing a role. The drill is not a response to the recent tensions between the United States and North Korea, or any international incident, since it has been in the planning stages for a year, Lefebvre said. Gotham Shield is to begin tomorrow and run through the week. It is believed that “ground zero” for the theoretical nuclear explosion is West New York. Why the concern? Because of 9/11. On the day of 9/11, there were also large-scale drills throughout New York, and it just so happened that, that day the Twin Towers came down. However, the drill in New York and New Jersey is not a singular event; rather there are several other exercises and various events taking place that week throughout the country. On April 26th, 2017 a terror drill will be conducted at the Capitol, the entire US Senate will be briefed by Donald Trump and his four top defense and military officials on the situation in North Korea at the White House. Also on Wednesday, the USS Carl Vinson is finally going to arrive off the coast of the Korean Peninsula. Now, also on April 26th, 2017; The USA will be testing an ICBM, intercontinental ballistic missile. An operational test launch of an Air Force Global Strike Command unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile is scheduled for Wednesday, April. 26, between 12:01 a.m. to 6:01 a.m. from North Vandenberg Air Force Base. The purpose of the ICBM test launch program is to validate and verify the effectiveness, readiness, and accuracy of the weapon system, according to Air Force Global Strike Command. Col. John Moss, 30th Space Wing commander, is the launch decision authority. “Team V is once again ready to work with Air Force Global Strike Command to successfully launch another Minuteman III missile,” said Moss. “These Minuteman launches are essential to verify the status of our national nuclear force and to demonstrate our national nuclear capabilities. We are proud of our long history in partnering with the men and women of the 576th Flight Test Squadron to execute these missions for the nation.” The 576th Flight Test Squadron will be responsible for installed tracking, telemetry, and command destruct systems on the missile. In addition to the amount of events mentioned on Wednesday so far, the US House of Representatives has a Midnight Meeting, about disaster loans on Wednesday. etc 

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For have not I shown you and spoken to you about the things that were to take place, did I not tell you about April already?  So you should not be surprised when you begin to see things unfold, for you are only just beginning to see the things that shall very soon come.  For it is that time and it is that hour, the clock cannot be stopped, the clock cannot be turned back, man has made their own minds up, they have made decisions and have not counseled with me, your Father God, therefore I cannot hold things back any longer. etc

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US Missile Defense Allows Covert Nuclear Strike Against Russia - General Staff

17:38 26.04.2017(updated 18:03 26.04.2017)

US missile defense creates an opportunity for a covert nuclear missile strike against Russia, first deputy chief of the General Staff's Main Operational Department, Lt. Gen. Viktor Poznikhir said on Wednesday. "The presence of US missile defense bases in Europe, missile defense vessels in seas and oceans close to Russia creates a powerful covert strike component for conducting a sudden nuclear missile strike against the Russian Federation," he said. The results of computer simulation confirm that the US missile defense is directed against Russia and China, Poznikhir said. "Russian representatives have often appealed to the US side, drawing their attention to the danger the global missile defense system poses to the strategic balance of forces in the world. But facts are ignored. The US claims its missile defense system is not directed against Russia and China. But… the results of computer simulation testify to the contrary," he said. The Lt. Gen. said that other countries are forced to take measures in response 

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Officials Advise Citizens What to Do if North Korea Nukes Japan

23:40 25.04.2017(updated 02:54 26.04.2017)

Japan has warned its citizens that, in the case of a North Korean nuclear attack, they may have as few as four minutes to rush to safety. Tokyo admitted that their warning system would likely detect a missile launch no more than 10 minutes in advance, and possibly not even as quickly as that. "A missile may not be detected as soon as it leaves the launch pad … and that could take several minutes. Depending on the case, the warnings and alarms might only sound four or five minutes before a missile arrives," said Hirofumi Yoshimura, mayor of Osaka, Japan's second-largest metropolitan area. The grim reminder came out of a meeting of the nation's top disaster and crisis officials in Tokyo, where the federal government urged the prefectures to raise the awareness and preparedness of their constituents. Japan's J-Alert system is meant to warn local governments of an imminent missile attack via satellite, telephone and cyberspace mediums. From there, local governments will warn the citizenry via emergency broadcasts on TV and radio, cell phone alerts and outdoor loudspeaker announcements. The government's advice is fairly typical: those outside should proceed to a strong concrete building or underground in a calm, orderly fashion. Those already inside should stay low to the floor, take cover under tables and stay away from windows. Students are advised to hide under their desks. Since February 2017, North Korea has performed four missile tests. Three landed in the Sea of Japan, while the fourth exploded almost immediately after takeoff. In August 2016, a North Korean missile landed in the ocean about 150 miles from the city of Oga in Akita Prefecture. Oga residents, in cooperation with the federal and prefectural government, conducted an evacuation drill in case of a North Korean missile launch. Some of the officials who attended the Tokyo meeting suggested the passing of a new law to create a nationwide system of drills similar to the one Oga performed. While "duck and cover" would do little for those engulfed by a nuclear fireball, it could protect the citizenry outside the explosion's radius from other dangers such as broken glass and other shrapnel, intense heat, thermal burns and eye damage. Japan knows this better than most. During the 1945 atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japanese citizens often rushed to the windows when they saw the bright flash of light, increasing the human toll of the attack. Sales of bomb shelters and air purifiers have skyrocketed in Japan in recent months. 

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Chinese Media: North Korea Will "Cross the Point Of No Return" with Sixth Nuclear Test

Ryan Pickrell April 25, 2017

North Korea is nearing the “point of no return” as the reclusive regime prepares for a possible sixth nuclear test, Chinese media reports. “The game of chicken between Washington and Pyongyang has come to a breaking point,” the Global Times, a nationalist Chinese newspaper managed by the state-run People’s Daily, writes. “If North Korea carries out a sixth nuclear test as expected, it is more likely than ever that the situation will cross the point of no return.” “All stakeholders will bear the consequences, with Pyongyang sure to suffer the greatest losses,” the outlet warns. (This first appeared on The Daily Caller Foundation's website here.) The Global Times, while sometimes used to test reactions to potential foreign policies, does not necessarily represent the views of the state, but the warnings appear consistent with Beijing’s recent actions. Chinese media has issued several warnings to Pyongyang lately in an attempt to prevent a nuclear test and a crisis on the Korean peninsula. “The North Korea nuclear issue is like a puzzle filled with bombs,” the paper explains, “Once the U.S. [launches] surgical strikes against North Korea’s nuclear and missile facilities, the Pyongyang regime will be forced to make a life-or-death decision.” The Global Times argues there is no future for the North Korean regime if it continues on its present course. China is caught between a rock and a hard place, between Washington and Pyongyang. "Washington hopes that Beijing can contain Pyongyang from conducting its nuclear activities, as if such an effort is as easy as saying abracadabra,” Chinese media accurately notes. “North Korea, on the other hand, hopes China will pile more pressure on the US and South Korea to stop their threats of war. Beijing cannot possibly satisfy both sides.” President Donald Trump has said that he is eager to see China rein in North Korea, but he has also stated that the U.S. will take matters into its own hands if China does not come through. “If you see [Kim Jong Un] attack a military base, if you see some sort of intercontinental ballistic missile, then obviously we’re going” to respond with force, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said Monday on NBC’s “Today Show.” Replying to questions of how the U.S. might respond if North Korea tested a nuclear weapon or an ICBM, Haley said, “I think then the president steps in and decides what’s going to happen.” The Trump administration has been working with allies and partners, including China, to rein in North Korea. At the same time, the U.S. has been moving strategic assets — nuclear submarines and aircraft carriers — into the region. The administration has repeatedly stated that while it hopes to resolve this issue peacefully, all options are on the table. North Korea’s weapons program is advancing at an accelerated pace. The North has tested two new ballistic missiles — the KN-15 mid-range missile and the KN-17 anti-ship ballistic missile — this year. North Korea has also tested high-thrust rocket engines for a potential ICBM, which Pyongyang claimed it was close to testing in January. Additionally, regular activity around the Punggye-ri nuclear test site has the observers concerned that the North may soon conduct a sixth nuclear weapons test. Defense experts estimate that the North is capable of producing a nuclear bomb every six or seven weeks, reports the New York Times. Experimenting with higher explosive yields, improved warheads, and missiles with greater ranges, the North is steadily raising the threat to its neighbors and, eventually, the U.S. “The most immediate challenge is the situation on the Korean Peninsula. Kim Jong Un’s regime has thrown its full weight behind its quest for nuclear weapons and the means to deliver them. And unfortunately, the regime is making real progress,” GOP Arizona Sen. John McCain explained Tuesday at a hearing on U.S. policy and strategy in the Asia Pacific. “A North Korean missile with a nuclear payload capable of striking an American city is no longer a distant hypothetical, but an imminent danger—one that poses a real and rising risk of conflict.” The situation on the peninsula is rapidly escalating. Trump calls North Korea a “real threat to the world” and an “urgent security challenge.” The administration is determined to resolve the crisis on the peninsula, one way or another, and a sixth nuclear test might push the president to call for a solution through the use of military force. It is unclear if the either side will, as the Global Times puts it, “roll the dice in this crazy gamble.” 

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Kim Jong-un conducts 'LARGEST firing drill EVER' in war preparation - South Korea confirms

NORTH Korea has carried out its largest firing drill today to mark the 85th anniversary of the country's military, Seoul has confirmed.

By Charlie Bayliss PUBLISHED: 04:38, Tue, Apr 25, 2017 | UPDATED: 11:49, Tue, Apr 25, 2017

Military forces conducted the latest sabre-rattling drill in the eastern port city of Wonsan. Despot warmonger Kim Jong-un is believed to have taken part in the event. South Korea confirmed this morning the worrying live-fire drill had taken place. Pyongyang has marked important anniversaries with tests of its weapons. Huge crowds have gathered in Pyongyang for the public holiday as senior officials have gathered to deliver speeches. Tanks and 4x4s with turrets and missiles attached to the vehicles have been deployed in a carefully choreographed display of military might. It comes as the US, China and Japan have held talks in the past few days as Donald Trump weighs up whether to take military action against North Korea. North Korea has carried out five nuclear tests and a raft of missile tests. Donald Trump has proposed tougher sanctions against North Korea in a bid to economically strangle the communist state into submission and give up on its nuclear ambitions. 

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Trump sends Cruise missile-carrying nuclear submarine to South Korean port as he warns Kim Jong Un 'is a problem that needs to be finally solved'

The USS Michigan arrived on Monday ahead of a possible Tuesday nuke trial

Tuesday is the 85th anniversary of the start of the North's Korean People's Army

The US, Japan and South Korea are meeting in Tokyo to discuss North Korea

Trump has also invited the entire Senate to the White House on Wednesday

And the UN Security Council on North Korea will also meet on Friday

Japan and China are to meet too; China is an unhappy ally of the hermit state

North Korea has refused to stop its nuclear tests and is threatening more trials

The USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier strike group is also heading to the peninsula

By Reuters and Reporter Published: 21:49 EDT, 24 April 2017 | Updated: 09:37 EDT, 25 April 2017

A nuclear-powered US submarine arrived in a South Korean port on Tuesday in a show of force amid concerns that North Korea may attempt another missile launch or nuclear test on Tuesday. The port call in Busan by the USS Michigan came as an American aircraft carrier strike group continued steaming towards Korean waters. And as tensions in the area continued to rise, the top nuclear envoys from South Korea, Japan, and the US met in Tokyo to discuss North Korea's refusal to give up its nuclear program. On Monday, US President Donald Trump called for tougher new UN sanctions on Pyongyang, saying the North was a global threat and 'a problem that we have to finally solve'. The USS Michigan's armament comprises four torpedo tubes and 154 BGM-109 Tomahawks. It was modified to remove its nuclear armaments in the mid-2000s. Japan's chief cabinet secretary, Yoshide Suga, told a media briefing that China's nuclear envoy, Wu Dawei, would also hold talks with Japanese Foreign Ministry officials on Tuesday. A ministry source said Wu was likely to meet his Japanese nuclear counterpart on Wednesday. Matching the flurry of activity in North Asia, the State Department in Washington said on Monday US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson would chair a special ministerial meeting of the UN Security Council on North Korea on Friday. Tillerson, along with Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and Joint Chiefs chairman General Joseph Dunford, would also hold a rare briefing for the entire US Senate on North Korea on Wednesday, Senate aides said. 'The status quo in North Korea is also unacceptable,' Trump told a meeting with the 15 UN Security Council ambassadors, including China and Russia, at the White House. 'The council must be prepared to impose additional and stronger sanctions on North Korean nuclear and ballistic missile programs.' South Korean and US officials have feared for some time that a sixth North Korean nuclear test could be imminent. Speculation has grown that such a test, or another long-range missile launch, could coincide with the 85th anniversary of the foundation of the North's Korean People's Army on Tuesday. The official China Daily said on Tuesday it was time for Pyongyang and Washington to take a step back from harsh rhetoric and heed the voices of reason calling for a peaceful resolution. 'Judging from their recent words and deeds, policymakers in Pyongyang have seriously misread the UN sanctions, which are aimed at its nuclear/missile provocations, not its system or leadership,' the newspaper said in an editorial. 'They are at once perilously overestimating their own strength and underestimating the hazards they are brewing for themselves,' it said. In a phone conversation with Trump on Monday, Chinese President Xi Jinping called for all sides to exercise restraint. Two Japanese destroyers conducted exercises on Monday with the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier strike group that is headed for waters off the Korean peninsula, sent by Trump as a warning to the North. The South Korean military is also planning to conduct joint drills with the carrier group. As those drills continued, the USS Michigan arrived in the South Korean port of Busan on Tuesday, the US Navy said. The nuclear-powered submarine is built to carry and launch ballistic missiles and Tomahawk cruise missiles. As well as his military show of force, Trump has also sought to pressure China to do more to rein in its nuclear-armed neighbor. China, North Korea's sole major ally, has in turn been angered by Pyongyang's belligerence, as well as its nuclear and missile programs. Regardless, North Korea has carried out nuclear and missile tests in defiance of successive rounds of United Nations sanctions. Angered by the approach of the carrier group, which could arrive within days, North Korea said the deployment of the USS Carl Vinson was 'an extremely dangerous act by those who plan a nuclear war to invade'. 'The United States should not run amok and should consider carefully any catastrophic consequence from its foolish military provocative act,' Rodong Sinmun, the official newspaper of North Korea's ruling Workers' Party, said in a commentary.

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US preparing to 'EVACUATE 230,000 Americans from South Korea'

DONALD Trump has demanded the evacuation of US citizens from South Korea as part of a drill named Courageous Channel, military sources have revealed.

By Thomas Hunt PUBLISHED: 01:40, Mon, Apr 24, 2017 | UPDATED: 15:53, Mon, Apr 24, 2017

The operation, set to take place in June, will prepare for the safe exit of around 230,000 Americans in the case of conflict. If the Pyongyang was to attack, tens of thousands of American civilians, including military dependents residing in and around the capital city of Seoul, could very well be caught in the crossfire. A major dilemma for the US is how to keep these Americans safe and evacuate them in the event of hostilities. Seoul is just 35 miles from the border, well within range of more than 12,000 North Korean artillery guns that they have already positioned to strike from dug-in and well-camouflaged positions. According to reports, the reclusive state would activate sleeper agents in the South to direct missile and artillery fire. It is estimated that the North has the capability to fire, using rocket-assisted projectiles, 500,000 rounds of both mortar ammunition and chemical weapons on Seoul in just the first hour of war. Mr Trump ordered the USS Carl Vinson carrier strike group to sail to waters off the Korean peninsula in response to rising tension over the North's nuclear and missile tests. But Kim Jong-un's hermit state remained defiant with the nation’s ruling Workers' Party newspaper, the Rodong Sinmun, saying: “Our revolutionary forces are combat-ready to sink a US nuclear powered aircraft carrier with a single strike.” The last Courageous Channel was held just after the North’s fifth nuclear test in September and was very realistic with participants flown outside of the peninsula. The issue regarding the reclusive north isn’t likely to fade from prominence anytime soon. In fact, analysts are already speculating another missile or even nuclear test could be in the works for tomorrow, which marks the 85th anniversary of the founding of the Korean People’s Army. North Korea said on Friday the state of affairs on the Korean peninsula was “extremely perilous” because of “madcap American nuclear war manoeuvres aimed at trampling on our sovereignty and right to survival”. 

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US Senators to Get Rare Briefing at White House on North Korea Threat

Last Updated: April 24, 2017 4:53 PM Steve Herman

WHITE HOUSE — All 100 U.S. senators have been invited to the White House on Wednesday for a classified briefing that will primarily concern North Korea, the administration announced Monday. The briefing will be conducted by Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Joe Dunford. While lawmakers often receive classified briefings on Capitol Hill, it is rare for them to take place at the White House and for the entire Senate to be involved in one event. During a White House lunch with ambassadors of United Nations Security Council member states on Monday, the U.S. president called unacceptable the "status quo in North Korea." Trump said the Security Council must be prepared to impose additional and stronger sanctions on North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile programs. "North Korea is a big world problem, and it's a problem we have to finally solve," the president added. "People have put blindfolds on for decades, and now it's time to solve the problem." Trump, Abe The comments came after Trump made his latest round of separate telephone calls to the leaders of Japan, China and Germany to discuss concerns about North Korea. His most recent call was made just before meeting the ambassadors on Monday morning to German Chancellor Angela Merkel to discuss the "urgent security challenge" posed by North Korea, according to the White House. A 30-minute call (Sunday evening U.S. time/Monday morning in Asia) between Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was meant to increase pressure on Pyongyang not to engage in further provocative actions, but was not prompted by any significant change in the situation, according to officials in Tokyo. "We agreed to strongly demand North Korea, which is repeating its provocation, show restraint," Abe told reporters in Tokyo. "We will maintain close contact with the United States, maintain a high level of vigilance and firmly respond." Abe also said he and Trump agreed that a larger role in dealing with Pyongyang should be played by China. Trump, Xi Trump subsequently spoke to Chinese President Xi Jinping about North Korea. The Chinese president said he hopes all sides avoid doing anything to worsen the tense situation on the Korean peninsula, according to the Xinhua news agency. Trump, in the phone call with Xi, "criticized North Korea's continued belligerence and emphasized Pyongyang's actions are destabilizing the Korean Peninsula," according to a White House readout issued Monday. "The two leaders reaffirmed the urgency of the threat posed by North Korea's missile and nuclear programs, and committed to strengthen coordination in achieving the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula." North Korea's continued development of ballistic missiles and its underground nuclear tests — there have been five — are "to put it mildly, a game changer," State Department spokesman Mark Toner told reporters Monday. "And it's one of the reasons why you've seen administration officials talking so candidly about our concerns and about the fact that the time for strategic patience and that policy is over." Trump and U.S. officials have repeatedly said all options remain "on the table" to deal with further North Korean provocations. North Korea threats The conversations involving the president about North Korea took place as a U.S. Navy strike force, led by the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson, is approaching the Sea of Japan, off the east coast of the Korean peninsula. The strike force on Monday was wrapping up a "routine" joint drill "to provide combined maritime response" with components of the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force in the Philippines Sea "as it continued its northern transit," U.S. Navy Capt. Jeff Davis told reporters at the Pentagon. Officials in Seoul announced earlier Monday the Vinson is also scheduled to hold a joint training exercise with South Korean naval ships. "Consultations are under way in connection with the exercise," Ministry of National Defense spokesman Moon Sang-gyun told reporters. He provided no additional details. The approach of the American naval carrier strike group has not gone unnoticed in Pyongyang. "Our revolutionary forces are combat-ready to sink a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier with a single strike," read a Sunday commentary in the Rodong Sinmun, the Workers' Party newspaper. Such threats are common from the reclusive state. North Korea on Tuesday celebrates the anniversary of the founding of its military, a key holiday in the country. There are concerns Pyongyang, in conjunction with the anniversary, will demonstrate a show of force by possibly firing more ballistic missiles or conducting its sixth nuclear test. Trump has said that Xi is applying pressure on North Korea to not engage in further provocations. It is speculated by analysts in Washington and Beijing that China is threatening to cut crude oil supplies to its impoverished neighbor should it conduct another nuclear test. U.S. citizen detained Meanwhile, a third U.S. citizen was detained Friday by North Korean authorities as he was about to leave the country. Toner at the State Department told reporters he was not aware of any diplomatic access to the American. The Pyongyang University of Science and Technology (PUST) confirmed the detention of Kim Sang-duk, who had been teaching accounting at the privately-funded school started by evangelical Christians. "We cannot comment on anything that Mr. Kim may be alleged to have done that is not related to his teaching work on the PUST campus," the university said in a statement Sunday. At least two other U.S. citizens are known to be held in North Korea. The U.S. State Department said it is working with Swedish diplomats on the case. The United States and North Korea have never had diplomatic ties. Sweden's embassy in Pyongyang represents the interests of American citizens in the country. North Korea has a pattern of detaining and sentencing American visitors to prison in order to get high-profile visitors to go there to obtain their release. 

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Joel 2:28  And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: (KJV)
Acts 2:17 And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: (KJV)

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NEW!!! (RED HOT) Henry Gruver Russia to Nuke the USA PART 1

Steve Quayle Published on Dec 19, 2016

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Henry Gruver: Russia to Nuke the USA - part 2

Published on Dec 27, 2016

Steve Quayle interviews Henry Gruver at GenSix Studios concerning Henry's open vision of a nuclear strike by Russia on the east and west coasts of the United States. This is part 2 of that conversation. 

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Map Shows Which US Cities Might Be Targeted First In Nuclear Strikes Upon America - What Should This Map Tell Us?

'A Strange Game, The Only Winning Move Is Not To Play'

April 19, 2017 By Stefan Stanford - All News Pipeline - Live Free Or Die

The new story over at the Daily Mail today reports North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un smiled and waved as a cheering crowd watched a simulation of a US city being wiped out by a North Korean nuclear attack. You can see that video as the final video below. Just the latest provocation proving the 'mad dictator' is out of his mind, and more than willing to sacrifice the lives of the North Korean people, one North Korean defector recently stated Kim will stop at nothing to nuke the US as a 'last stand'. With the world on the edge of a nuclear war that could begin at any time according to the North Korean foreign minister in this story from The Sun that the Drudge Report linked to on Monday morning, we take a look within this ANP story at this recent story from JD Heyes over at Natural News called "If Nuclear War Breaks Out, Which US Cities Would Be Targeted First?" and all of the latest news from around the world that shows us we may be closer to nuclear war now than at any time since the Cold War. While most military experts believe that a war with North Korea would be 'won' by the US, those same experts warn that North Korea could do an incredible amount of damage to the US and as the Natural News story reports, striking American cities would have a multiplying effect. According to China, perhaps even more correctly, in such a war, nobody would win. For cities that were spared, residents would no doubt panic, leading to widespread chaos and even more death and destruction. Smaller cities of 1 million, 500,000, even 100,000 people would quickly degenerate into mayhem as the national government fought mostly to save itself – though a strike on Washington, D.C., would most assuredly take out the bulk of the federal government. Even a single nuclear strike could cause widespread pandemonium in American cities that were not targeted. While we've been ever so fortunate here in America to have long avoided an all-out war upon US soil, NKorea has also recently warned that "If the USA is planning a military strike against us, we will react with a preemptive nuclear strike!" as also heard in the 1st video below. Also claiming that they'll be conducting more missile tests on a 'weekly, monthly and yearly basis', North Korea's Vice-Foreign Minister Han Song-ryol warned that an "all-out war" would result if the US took military action. While many believe that North Korea's missiles couldn't strike most of the US if launched from Kim's 'hermit kingdom', this new story from Zero Hedge claims the potential range of North Korea's current weapons, particularly the KN-14 and KN-08 missiles, would put most of the US and the world within range as seen in the next graphic below And as we reported on ANP back on April 14th, North Korea's traditional nuclear weapons may not even be the biggest problem and threat that America faces. Warning that NKorea still has at least '3 aces in the hole', while a North Korean nuclear strike upon the US would be beyond devastating, an EMP attack launched upon our country could quite literally 'take down all of America at once'. And as we've been warned, such a devastating attack would only need one strike to be successful while NKorea 'taking out' 17 different cities would require at least 17 successful attacks. Yet we come back to the Natural News story's warning: Even a SINGLE nuclear strike could cause widespread pandemonium in US cities all across the country. While US cities make up less than 4% of the country's land mass, they are home to 62.7% of the total US population according to this March 4th, 2015 US Census Bureau story. If the 'snowflakes' in America are troubled now by the lack of 'safe spaces', war upon US soil could instantly lead to NO 'safe spaces' unless you're headed 'underground', and even most UG bunkers wouldn't be completely 'fail safe' should war upon US soil lead to a forthcoming 'invasion of America' such as that warned of by Pastor Henry Gruver. Below videos, we take a look at a new SQAlert which asks if Gruver's prophecy is now coming true with an alleged warning that the nation of Mexico may be allowing North Korea to use its ports and bays for an attack upon America in exchange for parts of the Southwest being returned to Mexico should NKorea pull off a miracle and win a war against the US. While we're unable at this time to confirm that this warning is true, it's been reported time and again that Mexico is seeking 'reconquista', the 'reconquest' of the parts of America that were once Mexico. As we've previously reported on ANP, Gruver had a vision of the invasion of America and its total destruction by the hands of the Russians and the Chinese. For those who may have missed it, the third and fourth videos below are Gruver's interviews with Steve Quayle in which they discuss his open vision of a nuclear strike by Russia on the East and West coast's of the United States in a two-part interview. In the 2nd video below from David Knight at Infowars he takes a look at what's now happening between the US and North Korea, asking how we've suddenly found ourselves on the brink of thermonuclear war, a war that could begin by accident and spin completely out of control, even before most people knew it had begun. And just as the 1983 movie classic WarGames warned, "A strange game. The only winning move is not to play. How about a nice game of chess?" And if it were in our power to do so, we would love to set up a nice chess match between President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un, live-streamed for the entire world to see, a matchup that would surely make winners of us all. 

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The US Government Has Been Preparing For The ‘End of the World’ Since The 1930’s – CIA Docs Reveal

By @truther2127 - 04/19/2017

(MARC AMBINDER) — Among the greatest foreign-policy dilemmas faced by former President Jimmy Carter is one that has never been publicly aired but is gaining new relevance. It concerns nuclear war, and how the U.S. government would survive it. Carter’s decisions remain classified, but documents newly declassified by the CIA, along with the archives at several presidential libraries, provide a new window into the White House’s preparations for an imminent apocalypse. Today, such an apocalypse could be triggered by any number of nuclear-armed states, including North Korea and Pakistan. During Carter’s presidency, such anxieties were focused squarely on the Soviet Union. It was during that period that military planners in both the Soviet Union and United States began to grapple with what until then had been an unthinkable heresy: abandoning the Mutually Assured Destruction catechism that had governed global order since the 1950s and preparing for surviving an all-out nuclear war. Carter and his White House were interested in more specific questions. If the presidency could survive after a nuclear war, what exactly would it do afterward? How could the surviving commander in chief be identified? Who would identify him? How would he fulfill the three main functions of the presidency: to be the chief executive of the government, the head of state, and the commander in chief of its armed forces? Carter’s answers came in the form of Presidential Directive 58, which was issued in the final months of his presidency; Ronald Reagan amended those plans with his own presidential directive in 1983. Their contents inform the continuity of government plans that remain in effect for the Trump administration. They have been the object of a multibillion-dollar pastiche of programs and a magnet for conspiracy theorists around the world. 

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SHOCK: Drug overdose deaths now kill more Americans every year than the entire Vietnam War… after Democrats refused to protect the border from drug cartels

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 by: Mike Adams

(Natural News) For the last eight years, Democrats allowed drug smugglers and drug cartels to run rampant across the U.S. border, hoping to invite in a sufficient number of illegal aliens to make sure a Democrat could win the presidential election (through illegal voting, of course). The America-hating Democrats lost the election, but the social cost of their “open borders” lunacy will be felt for years to come. (See also The Left’s Descent to Fascism for more background on the deeper cost to society of the Left’s embrace of fascism and treason.) One of the most devastating costs of the Democrats’ open borders policy is the widespread trafficking of illicit drugs across the U.S. border, effectively flooding the heartland with dangerous chemical substances that destroy lives. Those chemicals are now killing more Americans every year than the entire Vietnam War. According to an analysis report published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, overdose deaths from illicit drugs have reached war-like levels of annual deaths: 47,055 drug overdose deaths in 2014 (61% involving opioids) 52,404 drug overdose deaths in 2015 (63% involving opioids) (Data were not yet available for 2016.) The drugs cited for causing the overdose deaths are many of the same drugs brought into the United States by Mexican drug cartels, using smuggling routes that were left largely undefended by the Obama administration, which sought to leave America’s borders wide open for political purposes: natural/semisynthetic opioids methadone heroin synthetic opioids “A multifaceted, collaborative public health and law enforcement approach is urgently needed” to stem the growing epidemic, urges the CDC report, yet Democrats have systematically opposed any substantial support of police, Border Patrol or any law enforcement body that would substantially reduce the inflow of these addictive, dangerous substances into the United States. (Related: Find more news about drug addiction at In other words, just to keep winning elections, the Democrats have allowed a deadly drug war to be waged on the American people by drug cartels that largely originate from South of the border. Just to get Hillary Clinton elected, the Democrats subjected America to Vietnam War levels of carnage, suffering and death. That’s how much the Democrats despise America (and are willing to do anything to attain political power). Big Pharma’s chemical rampage of opioid deaths across America “The ongoing epidemic of opioid deaths requires intense attention and action,” warns the CDC report, which also points out the role of Big Pharma and the overprescription of addictive opioids. Yet the Obama administration did absolutely nothing to reel in the domineering power of the “legal” drug cartels in America: the pharmaceutical industry. While Americans are dying by the tens of thousands, Big Pharma is reaping a windfall of profits from addictive opioids. Follow the saga of opioids at For eight years under Obama, the Democrats sold out America to both the pharmaceutical giants and the Mexican drug cartels, and now we’re paying a devastating price across society. The loss of productive lives, the addiction treatment costs and the law enforcement burden are all adding enormous economic burdens to cities and states that are already drowning in debt. At the same time, treasonous, lunatic Leftists declared their cities to be “sanctuary cities” to actually harbor violent criminals and drug dealers, further adding to the scourge of drug deaths now devastating Americans across the country. (Question: When will President Trump arrest the mayors who openly violate immigration law and harbor violent criminals under the treasonous scheme of “sanctuary?”) President Trump, Jeff Sessions and DHS Secretary John Kelly are now left to clean up the enormous mess created by Obama and lawless Democrats The upshot of all this is that this enormous problem with drug deaths has been dumped in President Trump’s lap. Fortunately for us, DHS Secretary John Kelly appears to be taking this problem seriously. In prepared remarks delivered at George Washington University, Kelly rips into the enormity of the drug smuggling / drug cartels fiasco left behind by Obama, promising to finally allow law enforcement to take aim at the flow of these illicit street drugs that are killing tens of thousands. “[T]he damage TCOs [Transnational Criminal Organizations] do is not only violence and potential terror. It is also vast tonnages of marijuana and hard drugs—cocaine, heroin, counterfeit opiates, fentanyl, and meth amphetamines—they smuggle across our borders to feed both the recreational and addictive U.S. drug demand,” Kelly said. His remarks continue: U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the U.S. Coast Guard all bear witness to the massive quantity of drugs TCOs are bringing to our homeland every day—with devastating consequences. In 2015, which is the most recent data we have, there were 52,404 [1] deaths in the United States caused by a drug overdose. It’s the highest number of drug-related deaths our country has ever seen. It’s more deaths than the peak of the AIDS epidemic in 1995 [2]. In a single year, we’ve lost nearly as many Americans to drug overdose as we lost in battle in World War I [3]. Almost as many as was lost in 12 years in Vietnam. And that’s just overdose deaths. That number—as high as it is—says nothing about the long-term health damage to our citizens who survive, to say nothing about the human misery, the families ripped apart, and the extremes of crime and violence inherent in the illegal-drug enterprise. We still need to educate the Trump administration about the remarkable benefits of non-psychoactive hemp extracts (CBD) Frustratingly, Kelly goes on to denounce marijuana as a “gateway drug” without making a distinction between non-psychoactive CBD products vs. high-THC (psychoactive) marijuana, saying, “DHS personnel will continue to investigate marijuana’s illegal pathways along the network into the U.S., its distribution within the homeland, and will arrest those involved in the drug trade according to federal law.” Nevertheless, it’s refreshing to finally see someone at DHS who is actively seeking to thwart drug cartels and drug smuggling into the United States. It may take far more than eight years under President Trump, however, to finally get a grip on this massive problem that’s been allowed to fester under Obama and the Democrats. While much of the so-called “War on Drugs” is a total sham and a complete waste of money, filling our prisons with non-violent marijuana users, the problem of heroin smuggling and hard drugs from Mexican drug cartels is a very serious and costly problem that must be urgently dealt with. We must also, of course, deal with Big Pharma’s opioid epidemic and the mass over-prescribing of such dangerous drugs by corrupt doctors who are routinely bribed by drug companies across America. Watch my mini-documentary on the drug war’s “fake science” problem in this shocking video: 

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85% of All Food in U.S. Now Contaminated: Toxic Pesticides Also Found in Drinking Water

Toxic Pesticides Found in Drinking Water — and Other Pesticide-Related News

by Dr. Mercola

Modern agricultural practices have led to ever-increasing amounts of chemicals being used on our food, and whether we’re talking about pesticides, herbicides or fungicides, most have deleterious effects on health. According to the latest report on pesticide residues in food by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), a mere 15 percent of all the food samples tested in 2015 were free from pesticide residues. In 2014, over 41 percent of samples had no detectable pesticide residues on them. [1] That just goes to show how quickly our food is being poisoned. At that trajectory, we may eventually find out none of the non-organic food sold in 2016 or 2017 was pesticide-free. Recent news has highlighted a number of problems associated with this out-of-control use of agricultural chemicals, starting with atrazine. Atrazine, the “Forgotten” Toxin Atrazine, the second most commonly used herbicide in the U.S. after glyphosate, has been linked to many disturbing health effects. Despite that, it has not received nearly the same public attention glyphosate has. A recent KCET story [2] with focus on atrazine notes its effects are in many cases actually worse than glyphosate. If it wasn’t for Roundup, atrazine would probably be the most controversial herbicide on the planet,” Chris Clarke writes. “It’s the pesticide most commonly found as a runoff contaminant in rivers, streams, lakes and wetlands. It can travel hundreds of miles on airborne dust from the farm fields where it’s applied in order to contaminate those wetlands, and can persist for decades once it gets there. It’s been linked to reproductive abnormalities in frogs, hormonal changes in alligators, and serious harm to other wildlife populations. And it can even promote fungal diseases in the soil by killing off beneficial fungi while leaving the pathogens. Atrazine Is a Potent Health Hazard Atrazine is the most common water contaminant in the U.S., where it was initially approved for use in 1958. It’s been banned in Europe since 2005, and groundwater contamination was, in fact, one of the determining factors behind this decision. An estimated 70 million pounds of atrazine are applied to agricultural fields in the U.S. each year, the vast majority of it being used on corn. [3] Independent research [4] shows atrazine causes hermaphroditism in frogs (turning males into egg-laying females) by inducing an enzyme called aromatase, which causes overproduction of estrogen. For this reason, atrazine is also suspected of contributing to breast cancer. Research has also shown atrazine: Blocks testosterone production Is a potent endocrine disruptor Chemically castrates wildlife and causes sexual reproductive problems in a wide range of animals, including mammals, birds, fish and amphibians Induces miscarriage in laboratory rodents Reduces immune function in animals Studies looking at human cells and tissues suggest the chemical likely poses similar threats to human health. For example, one study linked atrazine exposure in utero to impaired sexual development in young boys, causing genital deformations, including microphallus (micropenis). The evidence [5,6] also suggests atrazine exposure may contribute to a number of different cancers, specifically breast cancer, ovarian cancer, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, hairy-cell leukemia and thyroid cancer. Elevated concentrations of atrazine in drinking water have also been associated with birth defects in the human population, including abdominal defects, gastroschisis (in which the baby’s intestines stick outside of the baby’s body) and others. Bee-Killing Pesticides Contaminate Drinking Water Neonicotinoids, pesticides linked to bee die-offs around the world, are another water contaminant Americans have to contend with. Water testing by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in 2015 showed neonicotinoids are present in more than half of all streams tested. Similar findings were recently made in Switzerland by the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology. [7] There, watercourses were found to be contaminated with 128 different agricultural chemicals: 61 herbicides, 45 fungicides and 22 insecticides. All streams and brooks tested failed to meet Swiss water quality standards. Thresholds for acute toxicity to aquatic life were also exceeded. Now, a team of investigators at the USGS and the University of Iowa report [8] finding three different neonicotinoids — clothianidin, imidacloprid and thiamethoxam — in all samples of treated drinking water. [9,10] Water treatment facilities simply are not equipped to filter out most pesticides. The water samples were collected from taps in Iowa City and on the University’s campus. Measured in parts per trillion, neonicotinoids were found at concentrations ranging from 0.24 to 57.3 nanograms per liter. While the concentrations were quite low, there’s really no telling what the health effects might be, especially when you consider all the other chemical contaminants found in most tap water. Research has shown that even non-toxic ingredients can have toxic effects when combined. By acting on various pathways, organ systems, cells, and tissues, the cumulative effects of non-carcinogenic chemicals can act in concert to synergistically produce carcinogenic activity. As noted by lead author Dr. William Goodson: [11] [W]hat we’re realizing … [is] that there’s reason to think that it doesn’t take one chemical to take it all the way from normal to cancer. One chemical can take it part way, another chemical will take it another portion of the way, and maybe a second, third or fourth chemical will take it all the way. Carbon Filters Can Significantly Reduce Pesticide Contaminants In theory, water treatment will render your tap water safe to drink. But there are several limitations to the process that leave most tap water questionable at best. Many chemicals simply cannot be filtered out. Pesticides, drugs, radioactive particles and fluoride are all common water contaminants that are very difficult to effectively remove. As a general rule, activated carbon filters are the best, although they cannot remove fluoride. For that, you need either a reverse osmosis system, a deionizer or an activated alumina filter, each of which can remove about 90 percent of the fluoride. [12] The USGS/University of Iowa team investigated the effectiveness of different filtration systems in eliminating neonicotinoid pesticides, and activated carbon filtration was a clear winner, removing 100 percent of clothianidin, 94 percent of imidacloprid and 85 percent of thiamethoxam. EPA Chief Rejects Science and Chooses Not to Ban Chlorpyrifos Chlorpyrifos is the most commonly used organophosphate insecticide. Household use was banned in 2000, and even scientists at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have pushed for a complete ban, as the dangers posed by this insecticide are well-documented. For example, living within 1 mile of chlorpyrifos-treated fields increases a woman’s risk of having an autistic child by 300 percent. [13,14] A petition to ban chlorpyrifos was filed over a decade ago. Scott Pruitt, head of the EPA, recently issued an order denying the petition. [15] As noted by NPR: [16] That’s despite the agency’s earlier conclusion, reached during the Obama administration, that this pesticide could pose risks to consumers. It’s a signal that toxic chemicals will face less restrictive regulation by the Trump administration. In its decision, the EPA didn’t exactly repudiate its earlier scientific findings. But the agency did say that there’s still a lot of scientific uncertainty about the risks of chlorpyrifos, and it said that because of that uncertainty, the court had no right to set a firm deadline for a decision. A federal court had ordered the EPA to decide by midnight on Friday [March 24] whether to ban chlorpyrifos … Patti Goldman, from the environmental group Earth[j]ustice, calls the decision “unconscionable,” and says that her group will fight it in court. Will EPA Do the Right Thing and Ban Atrazine? Considering the evidence showing other EPA officials have taken an active role in protecting chemical giants like Monsanto against rulings that would impact their bottom line, Pruitt’s actions does raise suspicions. The EPA is also in the process of reassessing atrazine, and it remains to be seen whether the agency will finally take a firm stand against this pernicious toxin, or let it slide like chlorpyrifos and glyphosate. On June 6, 2016, the EPA released its most recent risk assessment for atrazine, [17] which concluded the chemical may cause reproductive harm to mammals, fish and birds, with the level of concern surpassed nearly 200-fold using real-world scenarios for mammals. For fish and birds, atrazine exceeded the level of concern by 62- and 22-fold, respectively. The risk assessment is expected to be finalized sometime this year. Not surprisingly, the pesticide and agriculture industries are up in arms over it. According to the Iowa Corn Growers Association, should the EPA’s report be finalized as written, it would lead to such severe label restrictions that it would “effectively ban the product from most uses” [18] — which is exactly what the public health needs. The question is whether the EPA will again fold to industry pressure to keep a toxic profit-maker on the market. EPA Official Prevented Glyphosate Safety Review and USDA Drops Glyphosate Testing of Food One EPA official accused of colluding with Monsanto to prevent the truth about Roundup from seeing the light of day is Jess Rowland, former associate director of the EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs, Health Effects Division. Email correspondence shows Rowland even stopped a glyphosate investigation by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, which is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, on Monsanto’s behalf. Rowland was part of the EPA team that declared glyphosate is unlikely to be a human carcinogen, a finding that runs contrary to the International Agency for Research on Cancer’s determination. Curiously (if you believe in coincidences), the USDA has suddenly dropped its plan to test food for residues of glyphosate, after spending most of 2016 coordinating with the EPA and the Food and Drug Administration(FDA) to start testing corn syrup on April 1. As noted by The Huffington Post: [19] Documents show that at least since January 2016 into January of this year, the glyphosate testing plan was moving forward. But when asked about the plan this week, a USDA spokesman said no glyphosate residue testing would be done at all by USDA this year … Glyphosate Linked to Pregnancy Problems Now, researchers looking at glyphosate’s impact on pregnant women add more fuel to the fire, concluding glyphosate levels in women’s bodies correlate with poor birth outcomes. [20] It seems quite clear that avoiding testing food for glyphosate is putting human health at grave risk. The team presented its preliminary findings at the Children’s Environmental Health Network Conference in Washington D.C. on April 6. In all, 91 percent of the 69 pregnant women tested had glyphosate in their urine, and higher levels were associated with significantly shorter pregnancies and lower birth weights — risk factors that set children up for health and neurodevelopmental problems. Dr. Paul Winchester, medical director of the neonatal intensive care unit at the Franciscan St. Francis Health system and lead author of the study said: This is a huge issue. This is the first U.S. study to demonstrate glyphosate is present in pregnant women. Everyone should be concerned about this … Is this level of exposure safe or not? We’ve been told it is, but exposures haven’t been measured. It’s mind-boggling. Female Farmers Use Fewer Pesticides Speaking of women, in related news, researchers have found that when female farmers are in charge of pesticide application, fewer pesticides are used. [21] An estimated 38 percent of farm managers in Cambodia and Laos are women, and under their watch, 42 percent fewer pesticides are used. Other statistics revealed in the study included a 251 percent jump in pesticide use when farmers sought advice from pesticide sellers, and a 45 percent drop when advice was sought from friends and neighbors. Meanwhile, education about pesticide hazards was not associated with a decrease in use. In fact, while 82 percent of Cambodian farmers admitted being worried about cancer risks, they continued using the chemicals anyway. On the other hand, knowledge about the use of beneficial insects did result in the use of fewer pesticides. How to Protect Yourself From Toxic Pesticides According to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 75 percent of the U.S. population has detectable levels of pesticides in their urine, and unless you’re a farmer, your diet is one of the most significant routes of exposure, along with your drinking water. [22]Eating organic is one of the best ways to lower your overall pesticide burden. The largest study [23] of its kind found that people who “often or always” ate organic food had 65 percent lower levels of pesticide residues compared to those who ate the least amount of organic produce. Organic produce also had, on average, 180 times lower pesticide content than conventional produce. [24] Keep in mind it’s possible to find produce that is not certified organic that may still have a lower pesticide burden than typical conventional produce. If you can’t find organic produce, look for a local farmer who has eliminated pesticide use (or uses a minimal amount of such chemicals). Filtering your drinking water is also important. As mentioned, atrazine is the most commonly detected pesticide in U.S. water supplies, and certain areas may also have neonicotinoid contamination. To remove pesticides, look for a filter certified by NSF International to meet American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Standard 53 for volatile organic compounds reduction. This will ensure the filter is capable of significantly reducing atrazine and other pesticides. [25] Most activated carbon filters will meet this requirement and get the job done. Unfortunately, if your water is fluoridated, you’ll need yet another type of filtration to get the fluoride out. For that you need either a reverse osmosis system, a deionizer or activated alumina filter. Lastly, if you know you have been exposed to pesticides, eating fermented foods and/or using a low-EMF infrared sauna can be helpful, especially if combined with an optimal supplemental detox regimen including binders to catch the toxins that are mobilized from the fats. The lactic acid bacteria formed during the fermentation of kimchi has been shown to help your body break down pesticides. In addition, there is some evidence that the antioxidant lycopene, found in watermelon, tomatoes, red bell peppers and more, may protect against some of atrazine’s toxic effects. [26] Read the full article at 

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A deadly salamander disease just got a lot scarier

By Erik StokstadApr. 19, 2017 , 1:00 PM

Europe's largest and best known salamander species, the fire salamander, is falling victim to a deadly fungus, and new research is making scientists more pessimistic about its future. A 2-year study of a population in Belgium, now entirely wiped out, has revealed that these amphibians can't develop immunity to the fungus, as was hoped. To make matters worse, it turns out the fungus creates a hardy spore that can survive in water for months and also stick to birds' feet, offering a way for it to spread rapidly across the continent. Two other kinds of amphibians, both resistant to the disease, also act as carriers for the highly infectious spores. "This is terrible news," says geneticist Matthew Fisher of Imperial College London, who studies the fungus but was not involved in the new research. "This isn't a problem that's going to go away. It's a problem that's going to get worse." The pathogen, Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans (Bsal), is a chytrid fungus, a type that lives in damp or wet environments and typically consumes dead organic matter. Bsal infects and eats the skin of salamanders, causing lesions, apathy, loss of appetite, and eventually death. Over the past few decades, a related fungus, B. dendrobatidis (Bd), has struck hard at amphibian populations around the world, particularly in the Americas, Australia, Spain, and Portugal. More than 200 species of frogs and toads are thought to have gone extinct, including many kinds of Costa Rica's striking stream-breeding toads. Bsal was identified in a nature reserve in the Netherlands in 2013 after fire salamanders started dying with ulcers and sores similar to those caused by Bd. Fire salamanders (Salamandra salamandra) grow up to 35 centimeters long, can live more than 40 years, and hunt insects and other small prey in forest streams. Their bright yellow spots warn predators of poison around their head and back. In the Dutch nature reserve, the population plummeted 99.9%. The fungus is thought to have arrived in Europe via salamanders or newts imported from Asia for the pet trade. Bsal has since been found in Belgium and Germany in both fire salamanders and alpine newts. As soon as Bsal was spotted in Belgium in April 2014, veterinarian An Martel of Ghent University in Merelbeke, Belgium, and her colleagues began visiting every month to track the population. About 90% of the fire salamanders died within 6 months, and after 2 years all were gone. The fieldwork revealed that adult animals were more likely to get infected, which makes sense because they are in closer contact with each other—through fighting for mating and breeding, for example—than are juveniles. But the death of these adults means that the population likely won't recover. There was no immune response detected in any of the sick animals in the lab, suggesting that it will be impossible to develop a vaccine, the team reports today in Nature. "We really wanted to find solutions to mitigate disease, to save the salamanders, but everything turned out bad," Martel says. The team had also hoped that the fungus would become less virulent—as often occurs when a pathogen reaches a new host that lacks any immunity—but that hasn't happened: Fungal spores taken from the last fire salamanders in the Belgian forest, when dripped onto the backs of healthy salamanders in the lab, were just as lethal as those collected early in the outbreak. "When they come in contact with a single spore, they will die." This is a very important piece of work, and it's terrifying. … If [this] gets loose in the United States, it's going to be bad. Joe Mendelson, Zoo Atlanta The paper has more bad news. Researchers knew that Bsal makes spores with a tiny tail called a flagellum, which propels them toward amphibians. If spores dry out, they die. Otherwise, they typically survive for a few days before being eaten by protozoa. But Martel's group discovered that Bsal makes a second type of spore that looks much hardier and is rarely eaten by protozoa. "This will make it almost impossible to eradicate the fungus from the environment," says Martel, who adds that the spores can survive in pond water for more than 2 months. Another experiment showed that soil remained infectious for 48 hours after it was walked on by a sick salamander. In a separate lab test, the spores adhered to goose feet, suggesting they could hitchhike long distances on birds. The group also showed that two species that share the same habitat as the fire salamander are likely carriers of the disease. Midwife toads (Alytes obstetricans) could be infected with the fungus and shed spores for a few weeks, but they didn't get sick. A high dose of the fungus killed alpine newts (Ichthyosaura alpestris), but low doses made them infectious for months without killing them. As has happened with Bd in the Americas, Bsal will lurk in these reservoirs of disease even after local populations of fire salamanders vanish. Any fire salamanders that arrive from elsewhere will likely get infected by newts or toads. According to results from previous infection trials, most salamander species in Europe are likely just as vulnerable to Bsal. The fire salamander has a range that extends across Europe, and the fear is that the fungus will reach endangered salamanders. With small populations, these species could more easily be driven extinct, Fisher says. "The assumption is that they are all at risk," he says, and the findings in the new paper "have really upped their risk status." Martel and European colleagues recently started monitoring for Bsal in seven countries. It is possible to cure amphibians in the lab. For animals that can take the heat, like fire salamanders, 10 days at 25°C will kill the fungus. Other species can be cured with a combination of two drugs. But there is no practical solution for animals in the wild, especially when their habitat is contaminated with fungal spores. Herpetologist Jaime Bosch of the National Museum of Natural History in Madrid had a rare success in eliminating a chytrid fungus from the wild. A few years ago, he and colleagues got rid of Bd on the Spanish island of Mallorca by temporarily removing some 2000 tadpoles of the Mallorcan midwife toad (Alytes muletensis) and disinfecting their ponds with powerful chemicals. But this success would be hard to replicate in less isolated locations, he says. "Right now, we are very far away from having any solution." The only hope in the meantime, Bosch and others say, is to slow the spread of the disease by ending the importation of amphibians. The United States, a hot spot of amphibian diversity, has already taken steps in that direction. Last year, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service banned the import of 201 species of salamanders on the grounds that they might introduce the fungus. Joe Mendelson, a herpetologist at Zoo Atlanta, says the new research suggests the list should be expanded to include other carriers such as the toad and newt studied in the new paper. "This is a very important piece of work, and it's terrifying," he says. "If Bsal gets loose in the United States," he says, "it's going to be bad." 

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etc. For truly these are the end days and the end hours and darkness is all across the face of the earth and the enemy is fighting like mad because he knows that he has little time left. etc..

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Remember Jerusalem

Hal Lindsey

By the rivers of Babylon, There we sat down and wept, When we remembered Zion. — Psalms 137:1 NASB

The word “Zion” was first used for the ancient stronghold built on one of Jerusalem’s hills, but came to mean the city itself. To remember Zion, then, is to remember Jerusalem and all the promises God made concerning her. That attachment in memory, even by Jews who would never in their lives see the city, became a crucial part of maintaining a Jewish identity in all the foreign lands to which they would be dispersed through the centuries. Jerusalem and her memory became for the Jews a symbol of God’s literal promises to the literal bloodline of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. The prophet Daniel would the model for Israeli prosperity and devotion during the diaspora. Daniel remembered Jerusalem at each time of prayer. He made sure that his home in Babylon had windows facing Jerusalem. He would open those windows, and pray in that direction three times a day. Now he certainly didn’t do that because he thought God could hear him better if he prayed toward Jerusalem. He did it as a reminder that his people would return there someday. God made that promise, and would keep His word. Trusting God’s faithfulness, Daniel remained faithful even under threat of death. In verses 5 and 6 of Psalm 137, we read the pledge that became central to the thinking of Jews around the globe for 2500 years. “If I forget you, O Jerusalem, May my right hand forget her skill. May my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth, If I do not remember you, if I do not exalt Jerusalem Above my chief joy.” One of the great miracles of history is that God kept His people distinct from the societies they entered. They became productive members of those societies, but were not assimilated. A big part of that miracle comes from their attitude toward Jerusalem and the promises of God it represents. For hundreds of years, Jews have ended their Passover Seder with the phrase, “Next year in Jerusalem.” Even Jews living in Jerusalem end the Seder with these words. For them, Jerusalem is not only a real place on the earth, but it also means “The City of Peace.” So, they’re saying, “Next year in the literal city,” but it also carries the thoughts, “Next year in peace and in the fulfilled promises of God.” Jesus came to Jerusalem at the climax of His life and ministry. He showed both His frustration and love for the city and its people when He said, “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, the way a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were unwilling.” (Matthew 23:37 NASB) They rejected Jesus just as Daniel and the other prophets predicted. God used that very rejection for our salvation. Romans 11:11 says, “By their transgression salvation has come to the Gentiles.” But that did not negate God’s promises to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and others. Those promises began to be fulfilled in the 19th century when Jews started returning to the land in large numbers. They were returning to the place deeded to them by God Himself — the Promised Land. That led to the rebirth of Israel as a nation in 1948. They would regain control of Jerusalem in 1967. According to scripture, their return to the land portends another return — the return of Jesus. Peace is coming to Jerusalem — peace to “The City of Peace.” God keeps His promises. JERUSALEM gives proof through the ages. Even Israelites who have little faith have a supernatural love for the City of Jerusalem that they don’t fully understand. I was not born as a Jew, but as soon as I received Jesus Christ as Lord and savior - I too received that supernatural love for Jerusalem. It is going to be the eternal dwelling place God will dwell in with us in the center of the universe. How could anything be greater? 

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It’s About the Temple Mount

By Hal Lindsey

After a brief lull, the so-called “stabbing intifada” in Israel came roaring back this week. Israel has an array of sophisticated security precautions in place. They even deployed the IDF (Israeli Defense Forces) in Jerusalem. But security forces always have limitations. Pundits usually tell us that the answer to violence is to eliminate guns from the equation. But even if the Israelis could do that, they still couldn’t get rid of knives, cars, Molotov cocktails, rocks, bombs, or bare hands. The centerpiece of this uprising is the knife, something you can’t outlaw. Knives are among the most basic humans tools, and they’re everywhere. Jesus taught that murder is not just an action, but an attitude of the heart (Matthew 5:21-22). Police can scan faces, set up metal detectors, use radiation detection equipment, bomb-sniffing dogs, and create heavily guarded checkpoints, but killers will still get into populated areas. The murder is not in their guns, but in their hearts. They will find rocks. They will drive cars into pedestrians. They will find and use knives. Against all reason, Palestinians keep on initiating attacks that result in more security checkpoints, more walls, and more scrutiny. It’s like “suicide by cop.” They keep coming at the Israelis until they get shot. Their continued attacks destroy their freedoms and opportunities for financial prosperity. How can it be worth giving up all that just to kill unknown Jews as they walk down a street? Social scientists usually attribute the current wave of violence to economics, most often a lack of jobs. Yet, as Joseph Farah asks in a World Net Daily column this week, “If conditions for Arabs are so bad in Israel, why is the Arab population exploding?” He points out that “In 1949, the Arab population of Israel was about 160,000. Today, it is over 1.2 million.” Rank and file Arabs have more freedom and greater opportunity in Israel than anywhere else in the region. That’s why their numbers have grown so dramatically. Their arbitrary violence against Jews winds up hurting everyone, but especially the Palestinians themselves. So why do they stay on the offensive? The root problem is not economic, but religious. Muslims hate Jews as a matter of religious obligation. Secular Europe cannot fathom this fact, and even Americans find it difficult to grasp. Large numbers of Palestinians are willing to let their children die as suicide bombers. It’s not that they don’t love their children. They do. But Islam comes first. The Temple Mount stands as ground zero for the current unrest. If that sounds familiar it’s because it has happened many times before. Those 35 acres of ground intensify emotions on both sides like nothing else. Jews would at least like to pray there — an idea that is anathema to the Muslims. That small plot of land has inspired so much fear and rage among Muslims that in October, U.S. News and World Report ran an editorial by Ben Caspit calling on Israel to completely close the Temple Mount to Jews. Caspit wrote, “Israel has no intention of taking control of the Al-Aqsa Mosque or changing the status quo involving the Temple Mount. The Palestinians, however, are more attentive to conspiracy theories based on statements by the messianic Israeli right. The thing is, the messianics stand at a great distance from the government, and anyone who relates to their words as a scenario soon to unfold is simply manipulating facts. None of this is important at the moment, however, because the Palestinians are convinced that Israel plans on usurping Al-Aqsa.” The Muslim hysteria about Jews rebuilding the Temple may not be as farfetched as Caspit claims. A poll taken in 2010 showed that 49% of Israelis want to see the Temple rebuilt. Only 23% said it shouldn’t happen. The rest were undecided. Whether they believe it’s possible or not, Palestinian leaders use fear of a rebuilt Jewish Temple to stir up their constituents to the point of violence. Even proposals to rebuild the temple without harming the mosques draws a frenzy of rage from the Muslims. No matter what Israel the promises, they fully expect the Jews to destroy the Dome of the Rock and the Al-Aqsa Mosque. It’s interesting that so many Palestinians are convinced that there will be another Jewish Temple on the site. Few of them know it, but they’re agreeing with the Bible. It says that before the mid-point of the seven-year period known as Daniel’s 70th Week, the temple will be rebuilt and sacrifices will be offered again. Daniel 11:31 says that forces from the Antichrist “will arise, desecrate the sanctuary fortress, and do away with the regular sacrifice. And they will set up the abomination of desolation.” [NASB] To “do away with the regular sacrifice,” and to “set up the abomination of desolation” requires that the temple be rebuilt. In the meantime, to understand the Temple Mount hysteria among Muslims, we need to understand the spiritual dimensions of the problem. This is not just a real estate dispute. It is about principalities and powers. Satan will stir anyone he can, as much as he can, in an attempt to keep the holy place in a state of desecration. But he cannot stop God’s plan. The mighty can never defeat the Almighty. Unbelieving religious Jews will rebuild the false temple and offer false animal sacrifices during the first part of the Tribulation. (Daniel 11:31) Then the “man of lawlessness”, the Antichrist, will desecrate that false temple of God by taking his seat in the Holy of Holies, displaying himself as being God. (2 Thessalonians 2:3-4 NASB) That event will start the last half of the Tribulation. That will start 3½ years of the greatest horrors yet known to mankind. It will end with the visible Coming of THE ALMIGHTY, the Lord Jesus Christ. He will rule for 1000 years of peace. Then is the last Judgment of all unbelievers of all Ages. He will then establish forever the New Heaven and Earth. (I have just tried to synthesize hundreds of pages in a few words. Have mercy on me for brevity. Hal Lindsey) 

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etc.. Throughout the world right now peace is fastly disappearing, wars are rising up, trouble on the right hand, trouble on the left hand, etc..

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Jesus Is Coming Soon!

by Hal Lindsey

For more than fifty years, I have lived in the urgent expectation of Jesus’ return. Fifty years is a long time. Do I regret it? Was I wrong? No and no! In Luke 12:37, Jesus said, “Blessed are those servants whom the master, when he comes, will find watching.” (NKJV) As followers of Christ, we are to live in a state of watchfulness. A thousand years ago, there were Christians living in expectation of His coming. They were not foolish to do so. They were obedient. Titus 2:13 directs us to be “looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ.” (NKJV) Those Christians from previous generations who lived in expectancy of Christ’s return tended also to be those who lived closest to Him. They were the ones most interested in His word, in sharing the Gospel, helping the poor, and caring for the sick. If you’re always on the lookout for Christ’s return, someone will inevitably remind you that no one knows the day nor the hour. But they’re missing the point. It’s precisely because we do not know the day nor hour of His return that we are to be watchful. In Matthew 24:42, Jesus said, “Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming.” (NKJV) For two thousand years, people have been watching. That sounds like a long time, but remember this. God gave the first promise of His first coming to Adam and Eve. It took thousands of years, but God kept His word and Jesus came. By human standards, the Lord may sometimes seem slow. But He has a reason for that. 2 Peter 3:9-10 says, “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come.” (NKJV) When skeptics complain about God allowing evil and pain in the world, remember that “the Lord is not slack.” He will one day stop all the child molesters, terrorists, and other criminals. And He will hold them to account. But He won’t just stop the evil you don’t like. He will stop all evil. He will hold everyone to account. Why does he wait? Because He “is longsuffering toward us.” He’s “not willing that any should perish.” He wants everyone to “come to repentance” — turn to Him and be saved. For now, love and concern compel Him to wait. But He will not wait forever. Earlier in the same chapter, Peter wrote, “Knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts, and saying, ‘Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation.’” (2 Peter 3:3-4 NKJV) I’m convinced that these are the last days, and can assure you that scoffers have come. “I’ve been hearing this all my life!” … “You’ve been saying this for fifty years!” Yes, and I will keep on saying it because it’s still true. There are no signs yet to be fulfilled before the rapture. But signs of the Second Coming are everywhere. Since the rapture comes before the Second Coming, the rapture has to be exceedingly close! The big thing that makes our time different from any other is the existence of Israel as a nation, and the Jews having control of Jerusalem. But there are other things unique to our time, as well. For instance, before now the world did not have the technology needed for the Antichrist to control commerce as completely as the Bible foretells. There’s another sign unique to today. Jesus is coming soon . . . because He must! In dozens of areas, human civilization is hurtling headlong toward destruction. Look at just one — machines with artificial intelligence. Scientists like Stephen Hawking warn of such machines taking over the world, destroying the human race in the process. Far out? Even longtime proponents of artificial intelligence have now joined in the warnings. Air Force General Paul Selva, the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the U.S. Defense Department, recently warned about “autonomous weapons systems” similar to the title character in the movie, “The Terminator” — and just as dangerous. General Selva sees weapons that are not under direct human control as a menace to mankind. And, like self-driving cars, they’re just around the corner. Then there’s nuclear proliferation. Some people take comfort from the fact that no nuclear weapons have been used in combat since 1945. But that’s like taking comfort from the fact that you’ve been playing Russian roulette for an hour and no shots have been fired. Just keep playing, and the odds will catch up to you. During the Cold War, Carl Sagan, wrote, “The nuclear arms race is like two sworn enemies standing waist deep in gasoline, one with three matches, the other with five.” Except now, a madman in Korea also holds a match. The nation of Iran, run by religious fanatics who see it as their job to create an apocalypse, also have, or will soon have, a match in their hands. Next door neighbor enemies, India and Pakistan, both have nukes. Russia has more than anybody, and no one knows if their leader is crazy or not. But don’t be afraid. Things are shaping up as God said they would. Just be sure you have invited Jesus to save you. Receive the pardon purchased for you when He died on the cross. He will instantly give you a new heart with new desires. Ask Him to empower you with His Holy Spirit. Then remember to thank Him for all these things. In His power, you will begin to live a life that will draw others to Him as well. 

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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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Defector: If Tensions With US Worsen, North Korea Will Start Kidnapping Americans

Leah Barkoukis Posted: Apr 18, 2017 1:00 PM

A North Korean defector said Kim Jong Un plans to kidnap Americans if tensions with the U.S. continue to escalate. Ung-gil Lee told the Daily Mail that if the U.S. attacks the rogue nation, a special forces group armed with deadly nerve agents will be deployed into South Korea to kidnap tourists, businessmen, and diplomats. “The best case [for his old unit] would be to round them up and take them north, but if not they will take the foreigners hostage in South Korea. “But they will all be killed, come what may – this goes hand in hand with assassination,” Lee, who served in one of these units for six years, told the Daily Mail. Lee, a former corporal in the 11th Storm Corps, says his former comrades have been trained to carry out Islamic State-style terror attacks. The 37-year-old, who now works as a financial adviser in Seoul after defecting from the repressive regime in 2006, warns that if attacked, Kim Jong Un will respond very differently from Syria’s President Bashar Assad: ‘He is going to fight back and use all retaliatory measures. Unless Trump thinks he can get rid of him, he must not carry out an attack.’ Lee was recruited to join North Korea’s infamous special forces aged 17. Following one year of brainwashing ‘re-education’, he spent five years training as a communications officer. . North Korea has a long history of kidnappThe nation is thought to have 200,000 men and women in the world’s biggest special forces, with 140,000 in infantry groups and 60,000 in Lee’s 11th Storm Corps. They are renowned for extreme training that includes boxing fights before dinner every night, punching trees and swimming in freezing seas. Elite units are trained to infiltrate South Korea by air, sea and through a network of tunnels built by forced labourersing people for a number of reasons. In 2002, Kim Jong Il admitted that his special forces got “carried away by a reckless quest for glory” in their kidnapping of 12 people from Japan during the 1970s and 1980s. “It was regretful and I want to frankly apologize,” the late leader told then-Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi. According to Human Rights Watch, North Korean agents have also kidnapped people from South Korea as well as “China, Thailand, Europe, and the Middle East.” While there have been no confirmed cases of U.S. citizens being kidnapped by North Korea, two Americans—Otto Warmbier and Kim Dong Chul—are currently being detained in the country, with allegations that a third—David Sneddon—may be as well. 

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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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Crisis Looms in Gaza as Hamas Struggles to Deal With Energy Crisis

Cries for aid as Hamas, Palestinian Authority trade blame over high taxes, unpaid bills, as Strip’s power plant runs out of fuel

Jack Khoury Apr 19, 2017 2:30 PM

The Gaza Strip’s severe power shortage will grow even worse unless its generating plant receives new fuel supplies, the Gaza Electricity Authority warned on Tuesday. Since Sunday, the power plant has been operating at minimal capacity, with the result that Gazans have power only for five or six hours a day, rather than the usual eight. Gaza’s Health Ministry warned on Tuesday that the power shortage could create health problems and urged the international community to step in. It said the lack of steady power to hospitals, coupled with a shortage of fuel to operate emergency generators, could cause the hospitals to collapse. Moreover, it added, the hospitals are already treating only urgent cases, endangering the health of patients who must wait for treatment. The Electricity Authority said it can’t afford to buy fuel from Israel because of the high taxes imposed by the Palestinian Authority. Operating the plant at 50 percent capacity – which has been the norm for the past 10 years – costs about 50 million shekels ($14 million) a month, it explained in a statement. But without the tax, the cost would drop to about 20 million shekels a month, enabling the utility to buy more fuel, it said. Hamas accuses the PA of deliberately prolonging the crisis, and of imposing the taxes to begin with, in an attempt to put pressure on the inhabitants of the Gaza Strip that will weaken support for the territory’s Hamas government. The PA counters that Gaza residents and municipalities owe it about four billion shekels, of which 400 million shekels is owed by the municipalities alone.

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CBS/AP April 19, 2017, 7:47 PM

Russia blocks U.N. statement condemning North Korea despite Chinese support

Russian Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations Vladimir Safronkov confers with an aide during a meeting of the United Nations Security Council concerning the situation in Syria, at U.N. headquarters, April 7, 2017, in New York City.

Drew Angerer, Getty Images Last Updated Apr 20, 2017 9:50 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS -- Russia objected to a Security Council statement proposed by the U.S. on Wednesday that would have condemned North Korea’s missile tests, despite China’s support of the measure, CBS News’ Pamela Falk reports. A Security Council diplomat familiar with the negotiations confirmed that the draft press statement was approved by China, the North’s closest ally, as well as the other permanent members of the Security Council. Russia was the lone dissenter. Tensions with North Korea still simmering despite diplomacy talk “Russia is slowing this down, and it is not clear why,” the diplomat told CBS News. “The U.S. wanted to get the message out.” Falk reports that the Russian Mission to the U.N. responded to the delay late Wednesday, conceding that they wanted language from earlier statements included. “When we requested to restore the agreed language that was of political importance and expressed commitment to continue to work on the draft with the penholder, the U.S. delegation without providing any explanations cancelled the work on the draft claiming that is was Russia who had ‘blocked’ the statement,” a Russian diplomat told CBS News. The statement includes a Security Council demand that “the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea conduct no further tests.” It also states that North Korea’s “illegal ballistic missile activities are contributing to its development of nuclear weapons.” China has been slow to support statements condemning North Korea in the past, but signed off on the message Wednesday. U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley circulated the missive in her role as president of the Security Council for the month of April. Diplomats speaking on condition of anonymity told The Associated Press that Russia objected because a sentence in the draft expressing the council’s commitment “to a peaceful, diplomatic and political solution to the situation” dropped the words “through dialogue” that had been in previous statements. Earlier in the day on Wednesday, Haley told reporters, “It is important that North Korea know we are not trying to pick a fight, so don’t try to give us one.” “We have said it as clearly as we can possibly say it: The ball is in their court. They shouldn’t try and play it,” she said. Asked by CBS News if she considers ballistic missile tests to be a provocation, she said the U.S. evaluates North Korean action based on whether the country “violates Security Council resolutions, so they definitely have done that.” North Korea will definitely be in the U.N. spotlight on April 28 when U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson presides at a Security Council meeting where U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will brief members on the North’s nuclear program. The U.S. has invited foreign ministers from the 14 other council nations and many are expected to attend. Vice President Mike Pence visited South Korea over the weekend in a show of support for the U.S. ally. The U.S. carrier group that includes the USS Carl Vinson is scheduled to arrive off the Korean coast by the end of April, CBS News’ David Martin reports. 

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Peter KORZUN | 14.04.2017 | WORLD

Libya Enters New Phase of Armed Conflict

Alarm bells are ringing. The world has another armed conflict on its map. East Libyan forces led by General Khalifa Haftar are about to take control of the Tamanhent air base near the city of Sabha, which is located on the frontline between rival forces based in eastern and western Libya. The leadership of the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) in the capital, Tripoli, has ordered its forces to counter the attack. According to Libyan media outlets, heavy fighting is taking place in the area. With the two leading competitors at war, the Libyan conflict has entered a new phase – a problem for the international community to face. Several members of the House of Representatives (HoR) based in Tobruk have called for an immediate no-fly zone in southern Libya. It means the UN Security Council will have to tackle the issue soon against the background of its failure to agree on a draft resolution on Syria. Libya has been mired in a conflict between two competing governments since the fall of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 after a NATO-led intervention. Political power has been split between two rival governments in Tripoli and Tobruk since 2014, with other actors also scrambling for power, including armed formations, tribes and city-states. The continuing quarrels between the two governments are thwarting diplomatic attempts at unification. In March, 2015, the HoR appointed General Haftar commander of the Libyan National Army (LNA). The military leader has been part of the Libyan political scene for about half a century. Around 1990 he went into exile to the United States after a failed attempt to overthrow Muammar Gaddafi. In the 1970s, Haftar received military training in the Soviet Union. The general speaks Russian. After the start of the uprising against Gaddafi in 2011, Haftar returned to Libya where he became a key commander of the makeshift rebel force in the east. The GNA is largely aligned with Misrata, the most militarily powerful city in western Libya. The borders are open and nothing stands in the way of outside interference. For instance, all of a sudden the Misrata forces happened to be in possession of aircraft striking Barak Al-Shati airbase in southern Libya. The planes could not have fallen from the sky but they could have been delivered by Persian Gulf states, for instance Saudi Arabia, with the approval from Washington. Libya is a problem to hit mainstream media headlines soon. The country is too important to ignore. The situation when everyone is fighting each other cannot last long. Russia and the US will have to add this issue to their security agenda. Moscow has already been asked by Libya's military leader Khalifa Haftar to intervene. It also enjoys good working relations with the HoR. The Libyan parliament’s delegation visited Moscow. No wonder, it is Russia – not the US, France or any other Western state – the Libyan military leader has asked for help. Libyans remember well the NATO intervention of 2011 and don’t trust the West, especially in view of its failure to achieve any positive results in Syria. Russia’s operation in that country has changed the political landscape and strengthened Moscow’s standing among the region’s powers. It’s important that, unlike the US, Russia enjoys a good relationship with Egypt and good working relations with the UAE – the countries that back General Haftar. The United States and its NATO allies have already been militarily involved in Libya with their special operation forces and drones operating in the country. As the Libyan war has entered into a new phase, it’s important to make precise what the US position is. According to the Guardian, Sebastian Gorka, a deputy assistant to Donald Trump, has pushed a plan to partition Libya, and once drew a picture of how the country could be divided into three areas on a napkin at a meeting with a senior European diplomat. Gorka is said to be competing for the White House post of presidential special envoy to Libya, a position that is yet to be formally announced. The plan to partition the country into three sections is based on the old Ottoman provinces of Cyrenaica in the east, Tripolitania in the northwest, and Fezzan in the southwest. The US has tried it before. Kosovo is an example. Iraq has become a divided nation as a result of US invasion in 2003. The Iraqi Kurdistan government has recently announced it would hold a referendum on independence this year. The United States played a decisive role in partitioning Sudan in 2011. Now the world has to tackle the problem of South Sudan plunged in internal conflicts, hunger and poverty. The lessons of history should be learnt. The international community cannot leave the country alone but this time there should be a concerted international effort undertaken upon a UN Security Council’s resolution. With the war going on it’s hard to imagine the country will have a united government to ask for outside help and make it legitimate. But any international operation approved by the UN is unthinkable without Russia. The need to normalize the situation in Libya rather unites than divides Russia and the West. But any idea of dividing the country is unacceptable. The Middle East has seen enough of divisions. Libya, Syria, Yemen and other nations should remain sovereign undivided states. 

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Merkel Admits ‘There Is No Doubt’ Some Migrants Pose A Security Threat

Jacob Bojesson Foreign Correspondent 7:54 AM 04/13/2017

Chancellor Angela Merkel acknowledged Thursday “there is no doubt” some refugees in Germany pose a security threat to the country. Merkel called on German states to adopt a common security and anti-terror framework in an interview with the Funke media group. She admitted that some migrants who entered Germany over the past two years have raised security concerns for authorities. “There is no doubt that among so many people who have sought shelter in our country, there were also people who have become the focus of security authorities,” Merkel said. “We owe it to the innocent refugees to pursue those who choose to abuse our will to help.” The chancellor said Germany “was already a target for Islamist terrorism before refugees arrived” when asked whether her open-door policy brought extremists to the country. “We know that we are threatened like many other countries, and do everything in our power to ensure freedom for the citizens – even in close coordination between the federal government and the federal states,” Merkel said. Merkel is in a tight race with Social Democrat Martin Schulz in her bid to secure a fourth term as chancellor in September’s general election.

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etc. Have you read my word, do you know that Ezekiel thirty eight and thirty nine is knocking on the door, as a matter of fact, its got a battering-ram and it is knocking the door down, but you are not aware of that.  Are you aware of how they are removing the Bible, are you aware of how they are fighting Christians, are you aware of the countries that are killing every Christian that is there?  And then you think I can delay another five years or another ten years.  Have you not read in my word where they are laying under my altar and they are crying out, how much longer, how much longer?  Oh what a sad state the world is in. etc.

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Why Christians Are Being Slaughtered in Egypt

04/14/2017 by Raymond Ibrahim

On April 9—Palm Sunday, which starts the holy week of Easter—two Christian churches were bombed during mass in Egypt, leaving at least 50 worshippers dead and nearly 130 injured and/or mutilated (graphic images/video of aftermath here). Less than four months earlier, around Christmas, another Christian church was bombed in Egypt, leaving 27 worshippers—mostly women and children—dead and wounding nearly 70. On New Year’s Day, 2011, yet another Egyptian church was bombed, leaving 23 worshippers dead. In 2013, almost 70 Christian churches in Egypt were attacked, many burned to the ground, by Muslim Brotherhood supports. Then there are the many “lesser” attacks on Egyptian churches—botched bombing attempts, hate-filled graffiti, and “angry mob” uprisings—that are so “everyday” as to receive virtually no media coverage in the West. One need only listen to the words and teachings of some of Egypt’s Muslim preachers to understand why Egypt’s Christians—who are increasingly being slaughtered—and their churches are constantly under attack. Take Dr. Ahmed al-Naqib, for instance. He has studied at the best Islamic madrassas, including Al Azhar, authored numerous books on doctrine, received awards and decorations for his academic achievements, and regularly appears on television. In one video he appears discussing an earlier Muslim mob attack on a church in Egypt, which the media and government always denounce as fitna, an Arabic word that means temptation or discord and which Islam commands Muslims to oppose. Citing revered Islamic texts including the Koran, Dr. Naqib explained that the open display of shirk—the greatest sin in Islam, associating someone else with God, which the Koran accuses Christians of doing via the Trinity—“is the worst form of fitna, worse than murder and bloodshed.” In other words, and as he went on to make perfectly clear in the remainder of the video, fitna (or discord) is not when Muslims attack Christian churches—far from it—but rather when Christians are allowed to flaunt their shirk (or “blasphemies”) in churches near Muslims. Fighting that—even to the point of “murder and bloodshed”—is preferable. Then there’s Dr. Yasser Burhami, the face of Egypt’s Salafi movement, who is as well credentialed and prolific as Naqib: he’s on record saying that, although a Muslim man is permitted to marry Christian or Jewish women, he must make sure he still hates them in his heart—and always shows that he hates them—because they are infidels; otherwise he risks compromising his Islam. As for churches, Burhami once issued a fatwa forbidding Muslim taxi and bus drivers from transporting Christian priests to their churches, and act which he said is “more forbidden than taking someone to a liquor bar.” But it’s not just “radical” or Salafi sheikhs who make such hateful pronouncements. Even so-called “moderate” Islamic institutions, such as Al Azhar’s Dar al-Ifta, issued a fatwa in August 2009 likening the building of a church to “a nightclub, a gambling casino, or building a barn for rearing pigs, cats or dogs.” Such analogies are not original to the Salafis or Dar al-Ifta but rather trace back to some of Islam’s most revered doctrinaires, including Ibn Taymiyya and Ibn Qayyim, whose books are sold and used everywhere in Egypt, including schools. They taught that “building churches is worse than building bars and brothels, for those [churches] symbolize infidelity, whereas these [bars and brothels] represent immorality.” Hence why after the fatal December 11, 2016 church bombing that left 27 dead, “everyday” Muslims wrote things like “God bless the person who did this blessed act” on social media. One average looking Muslim woman appears in the streets of Egypt jubilantly celebrating the massacre (video with English subtitles). She triumphantly yells “Allahu Akbar!” and says that “our beloved prophet Muhammad is paying you infidels [Christians] back… for rejecting tawhid, which must be proclaimed in every corner of Egypt!” Americans may remember that Muslims around the world also celebrated the terror strikes of September 11. Then, the assumption was “we must’ve done something to make Muslims hate us so much.” But if powerful America is capable of provoking Muslims with its foreign policies, what did Egypt’s already downtrodden and ostracized Christian minority do to make Muslims celebrate the news that a church was bombed and Christians blown to pieces? One can go on and on with examples of Muslim clerics and institutions inciting—with absolute impunity—against Christians and their churches in Egypt. Many secular and/or moderate Egyptians agree. For instance, back in 2014, Muslim Brotherhood supporters mauled and murdered a woman after her cross identified her as a Christian. Soon thereafter, an Egyptian op-ed titled “Find the True Killer of Mary” argued that: Those who killed the young and vulnerable Mary Sameh George, for hanging a cross in her car, are not criminals, but rather wretches who follow those who legalized for them murder, lynching, dismemberment, and the stripping bare of young Christian girls—without ever saying [the word] “kill.” [Islamic cleric] Yassir Burhami and his colleagues who announce their hate for Christians throughout satellite channels and in mosques—claiming that hatred of Christians is synonymous with love for God—they are the true killers who need to be tried and prosecuted. One can say the same thing about last Palm Sunday’s church bombings that claimed 50 lives. Although the Islamic State was quick to claim the terror attacks, it’s really not relevant to the story. “ISIS”—like al-Qaeda, Boko Haram, Al-Shabaab, Hamas, Taliban, Wahabbi Saudi, and the Muslims who persecute Christians in 40 of the 50 worst nations around the world—is a symptom, not the source of the hate. In short, until such time comes that the Egyptian government removes the “radical” sheikhs and their teachings from the mosques, schools, television stations and all other positions of influence, Muslims will continue to be radicalized, churches will continue to be bombed, and Christians will continue to be killed. 

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Japan Prepares For North Korea "Emergency"

by Tyler Durden Apr 14, 2017 5:50 PM

Judging by the precautionary actions of North Korea's neighbors, the next 48 hours on the Korean peninsula could see substantial volatility, because at the same time as China's largest carrier was said to suspend flights to Pyongyang, the Japanese government has asked the U.S. to provide advance consultation if it is about to launch military action against North Korea, and "has ramped up preparations for emergency situations" according to Japan's Yomiuri Shimbun, including the potential evacuation of some 57,000 Japanese citizens currently in South Korea. According to the Japanese publication, PM Shinzo Abe stressed that the region is becoming increasingly tense. “[U.S. President Donald Trump] has stated that all options are on the table. It’s a fact tensions are rising,” he said at the Prime Minister’s Office after receiving a written proposal calling for tougher sanctions on North Korea from the Liberal Democratic Party’s Eriko Yamatani, chief of the headquarters for the abduction issue. He added that "if an unexpected situation occurs, we’ll ask the United States to cooperate in rescuing the abduction victims." The Japanese government, like its South Korean peer, has asked for advance consultation regarding any U.S. military action against North Korea during a series of meetings between Japanese and U.S. officials. The U.S. side is said to have responded positively to the request. This is because Japan would need to take appropriate precautions given that, as an ally of Washington, it could be a target for retaliation should the U.S. military attack North Korea, although in order to preserve the "element of surprise" it would not be at all surprising if Trump proceeded to launching a strike unannounced. As the infographic below shows, the Japanese government is contemplating five potential emergency responses should a military clash break out between the US and North Korea: Logistical support by Japan's Self-Defense Forces (SDF) in the event of a local conflict Use of force by the SDF in the event of a full scale war Protection of Japanese citizens in South Korea Preparation for armed attacks against Japan Civil protection and response to evacuees There are three main threats Japan would face if Trump launches an attack: in addition to a potential ballistic missile retaliation; the mass evacuation of thousands of Japanese citizens, and what would likely be a massive refugee onslaught by North Koreans. Furthermore, recall that under its post-war constitution, Japan is not allowed to have offensive military forces. Its Article 9 declares "the Japanese people forever renounce war as a sovereign right of the nation and the threat or use of force as means of settling international disputes." That may complicate logistics should war indeed break out in North Korea. As the Japan Times notes, a North Korean attack on Japan would involve ballistic missiles. The Japanese government has been bolstering defensive measures against ballistic missiles, including making permanent in August 2016 an order to the Self-Defense Forces to intercept and destroy incoming missiles. There is also the concern of an imminent evacuation: A difficult issue that would emerge in a contingency on the Korean Peninsula is the rescue and protection of an estimated 57,000 Japanese, including tourists, in South Korea. The government started compiling an evacuation plan in the 1990s and has updated and changed it several times. The government plans to convene a meeting of the four ministers who form the National Security Council to review the strategy for dealing with this issue at an early date. Security legislation that came into force in March 2016 newly allows the Japanese Self-Defense Forces (SDF) to take steps to protect, rescue and transport Japanese overseas. The Japanese government plans to use government-chartered aircraft and SDF transport vessels for such evacuations, which would be conducted in cooperation with the U.S. military. A potential complication here is that the governments of Japan and South Korea don't really have the best diplomatic relations, a tension that goes as far back as treatment of Koreans by the Japanese during World War II. “South Korea’s allergy toward the SDF is still strong, so there has not been much progress regarding concrete talks between the Japanese and South Korean governments,” a senior Defense Ministry official told The Yomiuri Shimbun. The Japanese government must also figure out how to cope with the huge number of refugees expected to descend on Japan from the Korean Peninsula. They would need to be temporarily accommodated, but it also is possible that North Korean agents would slip into Japan with the intention of striking nuclear power plants, heavily populated areas and other targets. As the Shimbun adds, implementing immigration control procedures for those refugees would not be easy. So in case airstrikes do begin, will Japan get involved on the offensive, in breach of its constitution, and a development that would in turn put both China and Russia on edge? While in theory, the SDF is supposed to jointly respond with U.S. forces according to how a contingency on the Korean Peninsula would develop, however in practice a Japanese response would likely be limited: senior Defense Ministry official emphasized the difference made by the security legislation, which permit the limited exercise of the right of collective self-defense: “There has been progress regarding Japan-U.S. coordination for role sharing.” The most realistic SDF activity would be logistics support for the U.S. military. The SDF is permitted to supply ammunition to U.S. forces and refuel ready-to-fly fighter jets, among other measures, in situations that do not constitute an armed attack but are recognized as having an important influence on Japan’s security and safety. Still, as Shimbun notes, "in a situation that could result in Japan sustaining damage equal in seriousness to a direct attack, the government would recognize that the nation’s survival is under threat and permit the use of force by the SDF. Using the right of collective self-defense, it would become possible for the SDF to defend U.S. ships by counterattacking enemies that attacked them, based on the SDF mobilization order. The SDF could also conduct other operations, including minesweeping in the open sea to remove mines laid by North Korea. Under such a situation, the government would simultaneously recognize that Japan is at imminent risk of coming under attack while likely starting preparations based on the Civil Protection Law, such as evacuating residents. Ideally all of the above contingency scenarios never have to be implemented, and the threat of a US attack on North Korea remains just that, eventaully resulting in de-escalation instead of potentially unleashing another regional conflict and what some would saw "world war" in addition to the similar development in the middle-east. Unfortunately, considering how long the neo-con warhawks had been "caged" and prevented from profiting from an all out war, we doubt this optimistic scenario deserves much merit. 

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If War Breaks Out, These Are North Korea's 'Aces In The Hole' - This Is Why Kim Jong Un And North Korea Pose A 'Nightmare Scenario' To America And The World

April 14, 2017 By Stefan Stanford - All News Pipeline - Live Free Or Die

Saturday April 15th is the 'Day of the Sun' in North Korea. The 105th anniversary since the birth of the founder of NKorea Kim II Sung, the 'Day of the Sun' has traditionally seen the North testing new weapons and this April 15th may be no different with current leader Kim Jong Un allegedly planning something huge that day. The new story from Pravda is called "North Korea: Nuclear War To Start On The Day Of The Sun" within which they report upon comments recently made by a North Korean Foreign Ministry official: "We will take most severe countermeasures against the provocateurs to defend ourselves with the might of our weapons." According to Yevgeny Kim, an expert with the Center for Korean Studies at the Institute of the Far East, "I do not think that the Americans are crazy enough to attack North Korea, given the situation that has developed so far. The Northerners can answer. This is not Syria! They will certainly attack US ships and army bases. They have their own missiles for the purpose." It's clear that what's happening now in North Korea is much different from Syria. Having already tested several nuclear weapons, NKorea poses an 'existential threat' to America while Syria did not. In this new story from the Daily Mail they report that according to a new poll, the majority of Americans feel 'uneasy' about President Trump's ability to handle 'the North Korean problem'. In fact within the story, Trump himself makes clear that NKorea, an issue that has bedeviled policy makers for decades, is "not as simple as people would think". As Yevgeny Kim mentioned, Kim Jong Un and North Korea will answer any attacks upon them. And while Trump's recent visit with China's President Xi seems to have cemented China's cooperation with Trump and the US to 'deal with the North Korean problem', NKorea has several 'aces in the hole' that we may not be able to account for until it's too late. As Dr. Peter Vincent Pry has reported, all North Korea needs is ONE successful attack upon America and Kim could bring down our entire nation. If the two North Korean satellites allegedly capable of carrying miniaturized nuclear weapons capable of launching an EMP attack against America aren't enough, Kim's other aces in the hole are a large number of NKorean submarines that are apparently capable of 'disappearing without a trace' and 'sleeper agents of North Korean terror' already spread throughout the world, just waiting for the word to 'go live' so they can deliver biological terror. As we reported nearly two years ago on ANP back in August of 2015, 50 North Korean subs 'went off radar', spooking South Korea and Japan, with several of them unable to be located for several days. According to one national security expert, "We didn't know where they were at the time. One would hope that we would keep very close tabs on those that could launch the submarine-launched ballistic missiles [SLBMs]. All of that is very worrisome because that may very well have a nuclear weapon someday." Well that 'someday' has flown the coop as we all know that North Korea has nuclear weapons now. Might they be capable of launching nuclear weapons from their subs? While 'China flaunts their mighty missiles' on state TV, another clear message to North Korea along with the recent 'MOAB' mother-of-all-bombs that Trump recently had dropped on ISIS in Afghanistan, this April 10th story from the Daily Mail asked "Is There A Russian Or Chinese Submarine Off The Coast Of California" after unusual Naval Aircraft patrol searches sparked fears that something very strange was going on off of the West coast. This new story from The Express asked if Kim is planning a secret nuclear attack using a 'secret submarine', once again bringing up the danger posed by 50 submarines that simply 'disappeared' back in 2015. Expert Joseph Bermudez, from website 38 North, said that although the secretive state's intentions are unclear, the images suggest that North Korea is now capable of deploying missiles larger than a KN-11 submarine-launched ballistic missile which was tested in August. It is believed that dictator Kim Jong-un’s nuclear submarine system is inspired by the Golf-class submarines used by the Soviet Union before the fall of the Iron Curtain. According to this November 2014 story from RT, such subs are capable of carrying missiles armed with nuclear warheads. In the first video below we hear a new warning about North Korea's 'hidden submarine threat'. Another NKorean 'ace in the hole' is outlined by Michael Snyder who asks in this new story over at End Of The American Dream, where will Americans go if NKorean agents of terror release biological agents in US cities? While North Korea is half the world away, Snyder's story reports agents of Kim's regime could still bring America to a total standstill in no time at all. As we reported on ANP on April 12th, the NKorean regime recently sent out a series of coded messages to their spies around the world. Were those messages received by NKorean agents in America and if so, how would a few spies here in the US be able to shut America down? While the 2nd video below outlines NKorea's biological weapons threats, the scenario outlined by Snyder is chilling: In the aftermath of a massive U.S. military strike on North Korea’s nuclear facilities, North Korean agents that have been embedded inside the United States for years quickly start going to work. In Washington D.C., New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco, small containers that had been covertly smuggled into the U.S. are opened and dropped on the ground in the middle of large groups of people. At first nothing seems to happen, but pretty rapidly those that have been exposed start developing puffy white sores and blisters on their skin. When this hits the news, panic begins to spread as people realize that this appears to be a coordinated attack. Before too long, others that have been exposed to a different bioweapon start bleeding profusely from their eyes, ears, mouths and noses. People drop dead by the thousands, and a national health crisis is declared. Economic activity comes to a complete halt as everyone becomes deathly afraid of leaving their own homes. Hospitals and other medical facilities are completely overwhelmed because they can only treat a small fraction of those that are dying. Because these weaponized diseases were designed to spread like wildfire, pretty soon nearly every community in America is affected. The federal government attempts to intervene, but it is powerless to stop the spread of these pandemics. Thousands of dead bodies lie rotting in the streets of our major cities because there aren’t enough people willing to take the risk of burying them. And because virtually everyone is camping out at home, essential public services start to break down very rapidly and our society descends into a state of utter chaos. As we have reported time and again on ANP, possibly the greatest danger that North Korea poses to America is its ability to deliver an electromagnetic pulse attack upon our nation, an attack that experts have warned will nearly instantly send America back to the dark ages and could easily lead to the deaths of 90% of Americans or more. Nearly instantly wiping out the electricity for all America at once, experts warn one North Korean EMP would do more long-term damage to this nation than 10 nuclear bombs being detonated in large cities across our nation. Leaving an America without any power, no banking system, no public utilities, no public transportation system, and no electronic communications, we're happy to report that finally, the Pentagon is preparing to protect America from such a devastating attack after 8 years of Obama administration inactivity on America's achilles heal. Yet, will it be too late? The Washington Examiner story reports the new defense mechanisms being developed by the Pentagon to protect our electric grid from a cyber attack or EMP won't be ready until the year 2020. According to this new Daily Caller story, Texas's power grid is completely vulnerable to an EMP from North Korea as well and such an attack could lead to total devastation. Reporting that the biggest obstacle to hardening our electrical grid has long been political and not technological, we see why hardening the grid by 2020 may be way too late. “The electric power grid is vulnerable to what legitimate experts classify as high impact threats,” state Sen. Bob Hall, a co-sponsor of Senate Bill 83, said while introducing the bill before the Senate Committee on Business and Commerce on Wednesday — the same day Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said relations between the U.S. and Russia are “at a low point.” An EMP attack, Hall said, would be the “most debilitating to critical infrastructure because it has the ability to disrupt, disable and irreparably destroy electronics over a wide geographic area.” “For some, the threat posed by an EMP can be hard to conceptualize,” Hall added. “However, this threat is not science fiction and its consequences cannot be overstated.” “Electricity is the third most important thing to sustaining life. The only two things more important to sustaining life are air and water,” added Hall, a former Air Force officer and engineer. “This bill would provide our state with a golden opportunity to ensure that when the lights go out in the rest of the country, they stay on in Texas.” In the final video below, Prepper Recon is joined by Brad Harris from Full Spectrum Survival to talk about the EMP threat the Kim Jong Un and North Korea pose to America with solid action steps we should be taking to prepare for such a grave possibility that we dutifully pray never arrives upon American shores. 

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BREAKING: China’s National Airline Just Suspended All Flights to North Korea

By LN Buzz Team Apr 14, 2017

What North Korea and China know (or believe they know) appears to have them all a bit spooked. North Korea has started an evacuation of Pyongyang, for example, and now China’s national airlines is suspending all flights to North Korea. More via Reuters: China’s national airline, Air China, suspended flights from Beijing to the North Korean capital, Pyongyang, from late on Friday, Chinese state broadcaster CCTV said. It did not say why the flights, which operate on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, were being suspended. CCTV did not give a source for its news report published on its website and Air China could not immediately be reached for comment after business hours. The last flight between the two cities took place on Friday, with the return flight to Beijing arriving in the early evening, the broadcaster said. Senior U.S. intelligence officials are saying that if North Korea triggers a nuke test or full launch, the U.S. military will immediately act. Officials are reporting that two U.S. destroyers carrying tomahawk missiles are in the region and heavy bombers are at the ready in Guam. Last week the Pentagon announced that the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier strike group was being sent to the region. This would suggest that both China and North Korean officials might believe a nuke test or strike is on the horizon. This considering it’s the only act U.S. officials are saying will provoke immediate and harsh military response. If there was no realistic threat of nuclear weapons being tested or launched by North Korea, one can assume China would not take the action it currently appears to be taking. 

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Where Will You Go?, NK Nuke Test, WW3 Imminent?, NK EMP Satellites Over US: The Diamond Report

Published on Apr 14, 2017

Where Will You Go?, NK Nuke Test, WW3 Imminent?, NK EMP Satellites Over US, LePen's Campaign HQ Attacked + Legal Action, Alex Jones: Impeach Trump, MOAB Footage, Cassini, Apple To Test Self-Crashing Cars, Christians Cancel Easter Celebrations Over ISIS, Cernovich Loves Being Attacked By MSM, NK Will 

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I Feel Sick, Because The U.S. Is On The Verge Of Making An Extremely Costly Mistake

By Michael Snyder, on April 14th, 2017

All day long I have just felt sick. Right at this moment, we are closer to war with North Korea than we have been at any point since the Korean War ended in 1953. If Donald Trump decides to launch a military strike against North Korea’s nuclear facilities, the consequences could be absolutely catastrophic. The North Koreans have already promised to launch nukes at South Korea and at U.S. military bases in the region in return, and they also have vast stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons that they could use as well. To get an idea of the chaos that just a handful of North Korean agents armed with biological weapons could unleash inside the United States, just see this article. A military strike on North Korea could be the spark that sets off a global war in which millions of people die, and so we need to do all that we can to prevent this from happening. My hope is that if people make enough noise that Trump will back down and decide not to attack. Earlier today, I was sent the following piece of intel. I was told that I could share it with all of my readers as long as I kept the name of the individual that sent it to me out of it. According to this source, it certainly looks as though an attack is being prepared… An O-5 silver maple leaf Air Force puke says the bomb buses in Guam are maximum loaded, fully fueled and reserves are topped off. ‎ Reserves are only topped off just before the buses go airborne. Kunsan has everything pointed north and ALL gates are closed…no traffic in or out. 7 air wings have been moved into the area and an augmented Carl Vinson CVN-70 (not alone) (per CMC x 2 and an O-5) has also moved into the area. m An O-5 barker and an O-6 Marine says all Easter leave has been cancelled with ALL‎ loaded up, geared up and warming up in several theaters. Castle is locked and loaded. Seoul is moving essential government and military personnel, as is true for U.S. Command Components and Personnel located at Yongsan‎, further south to Daegu. AND…Red Cloud is ready to go on the war path with nobody sleeping in the wigwams, all the arrows have been taken from the box. For those that don’t know, “Kunsan” refers to a U.S. Air Force base that is located at Gunsan Airport on the west coast of the Korean peninsula. But just because these preparations are being made does not mean that a strike will actually happen. In fact, there are some signs that indicate that we will not see a U.S. attack over the next several days. For one thing, Vice President Mike Pence is scheduled to be in South Korea on Sunday and Monday. So it would seem that it would be quite unlikely that anything would happen during that time. In addition, Fox News is reporting that the Trump administration has come to the conclusion that military force should not be used against North Korea… But a U.S. military official, who requested anonymity to discuss planning, said the U.S. doesn’t intend to use military force against North Korea in response to either a nuclear test or a missile launch. The official said plans could change in the unlikely event a North Korean missile targets South Korea, Japan or U.S. territory. But of course things seem to shift hour to hour with the Trump administration. On Thursday, NBC News was reporting that the U.S. military was poised “to launch a preemptive strike with conventional weapons against North Korea” if it looked like the North Koreans were about to conduct a nuclear weapons test… The U.S. is prepared to launch a preemptive strike with conventional weapons against North Korea should officials become convinced that North Korea is about to follow through with a nuclear weapons test, multiple senior U.S. intelligence officials told NBC News. North Korea has warned that a “big event” is near, and U.S. officials say signs point to a nuclear test that could come as early as this weekend. So I don’t know what is going to happen. But without a doubt we are very close to war with North Korea at this moment, and I am going to join with millions of others to do whatever we can to prevent that from happening. A war with North Korea would be far different from the wars that the U.S. military has been fighting in the Middle East. An ideology known as “Juche” is essentially the national religion of North Korea. In Juche, the people are put at the center of everything, and “the leader” is considered to be at the center of the people. In other words, “the leader” is almost put at the level of a deity. It is a very sick and twisted philosophy, but here in the western world we need to understand that when we openly talk about killing Kim Jong-Un on television and on the Internet, we are essentially threatening to kill their “god”. And the reason that is a problem is because Kim Jong-Un is surrounded by throngs of brainwashed supporters that will carry out any order that he gives them. Here in the western world, we consider it to be highly immoral to use chemical and biological weapons against innocent civilian populations, but the North Koreans do not share those moral values. The North Koreans consider the United States to be the great force for evil in the world, and if they feel like their way of life is being threatened by the U.S. they will not hesitate to use those sorts of weapons. And of course they are constantly threatening to use nuclear weapons against us. Just today I saw a report that talked about how the North Koreans are threatening to unleash “nuclear thunderbolts”, and in another report the North Koreans were quoted as saying they would “ruthlessly ravage” the United States if they are attacked… North Korea upped its warmongering with Donald Trump today in a series of menacing boasts threatening to ‘ravage’ US troops amid fears the two countries are heading for war. The secretive state vowed to ‘pulverize’ US bases and South Korean capital Seoul if it was threatened by the US military, which is carrying out drills on the Korean peninsula. A US aircraft carrier group is steaming towards the region. It claimed it would ‘ruthlessly ravage’ the US if Washington attacked. North Korea is one of the most wicked nations on the entire planet, and I would certainly greatly rejoice if their government were to fall. But I don’t see any way that a military strike on North Korea would be successful. If the North Koreans were able to fire even a single nuclear or chemical warhead at a major city such as Seoul or Tokyo it would be the worst foreign policy disaster in the history of the United States. The North Koreans would certainly be blamed, but the Trump administration would also be blamed for conducting such a reckless attack in the first place. Our relationships with our allies in the region would be permanently destroyed, and this would benefit China greatly. Without using nukes in an overwhelming first strike (which would be unthinkable), I don’t believe that there is any possible way that we could take out all of North Korea’s nukes before they had a chance to at least fire some of them off. And if North Korea did nuke Seoul or Tokyo or any U.S. military bases in the region, we would almost be forced to respond with nukes of our own, and that would have to be followed up by a massive ground invasion to topple the regime. So if Donald Trump is reading this, for the good of humanity I would like to strongly urge him not to conduct a military strike on North Korea at this time. The risk is just way too great, and if things go wrong we could easily be looking at a scenario in which millions of people end up dead. 

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Kim shows off the weapons he believes will 'annihilate' the West: North Korean dictator declares he can take on Trump in nuclear war as he surprises experts by revealing new 'game-changing' missiles

Kim saluted thousands of soldiers at Kim Il-sung Square during the Day of the Sun celebrations

A top official vowed at the parade to 'beat down enemies with the power of nuclear justice'

Choe Ryong Hae also said the country would 'instantly counter with an annihilating strike' if the US attacked

US officials feared Kim Jong-un would mark the national holiday by launching sixth nuclear weapons test

A worrying number of weapons were on display, including prototypes of intercontinental ballistic missiles

Large crowds cheered as sword-wielding soldiers marched in a perfectly choreographed display

The country's goal is to put a nuclear warhead on an ICBM capable of reaching the continental United States

Submarine-launched ballistic missiles were also on show for the first time, indicating advancing technology

The regime has accused Trump of provoking armed conflict and issued multiple warnings of retaliation

By Reporter and Dave Burke For Mailonline Published: 21:58 EDT, 14 April 2017 | Updated: 13:53 EDT, 15 April 2017

North Korea unveiled 'game-changer' ballistic missiles during a display of the country's military might as Kim Jong-Un warned of an 'annihilating strike' if the US attacks. The intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM), which Pyongyang claim could travel thousands of miles, increased concerns that the secretive state is preparing for a possible attack on Washington after they were paraded during the country's Day of the Sun celebrations. A gleeful Kim, wearing a Western-style suit at Kim Il-sung Square, saluted formations of soldiers who yelled out 'long live' to celebrate the 105th anniversary of his grandfather's birth. The two new kinds of ICBM were enclosed in canister launchers mounted on the back of transporter erector launcher trucks as they were paraded in front of crowds during today's festivities. Pyongyang has yet to formally announce it has an operational ICBM but experts believe they the new rockets could be liquid-fuelled intercontinental ballistic missiles, or an early prototype. Submarine-launched ballistic missiles were also among the military hardware on show for the first time, indicating an improving technological capability that could help it evade anti-missile systems. Kim has accused President Donald Trump of provoking his nation towards armed conflict with a series of increasingly aggressive moves, including sending the USS Carl Vinson to the Korean peninsula. One of Kim's top officials, Choe Ryong Hae, today vowed North Korea would 'beat down enemies with the power of nuclear justice'. He told the packed-out square: 'If the United States wages reckless provocation against us, our revolutionary power will instantly counter with annihilating strike, and we will respond to full-out war with full-out war and to nuclear war with our style of nuclear strike warfare.' A total of 56 missiles of 10 different types were displayed, culminating in enormous rockets on articulated trailers and on 16-wheeler vehicles. Single-engine propeller-powered planes flew in a 105 formation overhead. However, Melissa Hanham, a senior research associate at the US-based Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, California, said that Pyongyang's parade did not mean that a missile attack was imminent. She said: 'North Korea has a habit of showing off new concepts in parades before they ever test or launch them. It is still early days for these missile designs.' If the Korean missiles actually work they could have a similar range to a DF-41 Chinese missile, which can fly 9,000 miles, and could hit the continental US. But it's very unlikely that North Korea has that technology at this stage. Chad O'Carroll, managing director of specialist service at NK News, said the long-range missiles would be 'a big game-changer once it is deployed in service'. However, he added there would be a long testing schedule ahead before a trial launch of the missile itself. Liquid-fuel missiles also 'take hours to fuel up and if there is intelligence that they were doing that it would be quite easy to stop it before it was launched'. In his annual New Year's address, Kim said North Korea's preparations for an ICBM launch had 'reached the final stage'. Recent satellite imagery suggests the country could conduct another underground nuclear test at any time. Solid fuel ICBMs are a 'much more difficult threat to prevent', O'Carroll said, adding that risk was still 'many many years' away. Also on show for the first time was the North's submarine launch ballistic missiles (SLBM). Tensions have been mounting in recent weeks, and North Korea has issued several warnings threatening to 'pulverize' US troops and retaliate in response to any military action. Kim Dong-yub, a North Korea expert at Seoul's Institute for Far Eastern Studies, said the canisters and trucks suggested that the North was developing technology to 'cold launch' ICBMs, ejecting them from the canisters before they ignite. This would allow North Korea to prevent its limited number of ICBM-capable launcher trucks from being damaged during launches and also make the missiles harder to detect after they're fired, he said. Cold launches would also allow the missiles to be fired from silos. Kim said that the North is also likely developing solid-fuel ICBMs, and that some of the rockets paraded inside canisters on Saturday might be prototypes. Unlike previous parades attended by Kim, there did not appear to be a senior Chinese official in attendance at today's celebrations. China is North Korea's lone major ally, but has spoken out against its missile and nuclear tests and has supported UN sanctions. China yesterday again called for talks to defuse the escalation in tensions. Some detachments carried assault rifles or rocket-propelled grenades, others were equipped with night-vision goggles and daubed in face paint. One troupe was made up of sword-wielding women. The nuclear-armed North is under United Nations sanctions over its weapons programmes, and has ambitions to build a rocket capable of delivering a warhead to the US mainland - something Trump has vowed 'won't happen'. Tensions between the US and North Korea have been mounting in recent weeks, and yesterday Pyongyang issued a series of menacing threats to 'ravage' US troops and 'go to war if they choose'. China warned the region could go to war 'at any moment'. US President Donald Trump is monitoring the emerging crisis from his Mar-a-Lago resort this weekend without the company of his top advisers. North Korean state television showed Kim, wearing a black suit and white shirt, stepping out of a black limousine. He saluted his honor guard before walking down a red carpet to a podium and clapped with senior government officials to address the massive crowd taking part in the parade. Goose-stepping soldiers and marching bands filled the square as tanks, multiple launch rocket systems and other weapons waited to parade. Kim, a 30-something leader who took power in late 2011, emphasizes nuclear weapons as the foundation of his national defense strategy. The country under his watch has been aggressively pursuing a goal of putting a nuclear warhead on an ICBM capable of reaching the continental United States. 'DAY OF THE SUN': CEREMONY THAT ENFORCES CULT STATUS OF THE KIM PARTY RULING NORTH KOREA Hundreds of thousands of jubilant North Koreans today lined the streets of capital Pyongyang hoping to get a glimpse of despot leader Kim Jong-un. The country held its annual Day of the Sun celebration, an annual holiday to mark the birthday of the nation's founder - and Kim's grandfather - Kim Il Sung. Crowds waved flags and flowers in a colourful display of patriotism captured on camera in front of the world's media - a rare public display by leaders in the secretive state. Kim did not address the rally himself on Saturday, instead waving and smiling as ecstatic crowds - men in suits, women in traditional hanbok dresses - filed past him behind the military display. 'Long live!' they chanted, some in tears. Such pageantry reinforces the cult of personality around the Kim family, three of whom have ruled North Korea with a vice-like grip. When foreign journalists visit North Korea, their movements are closely managed and they are usually restricted to Pyongyang. Conversations with people are monitored by government 'minders', who also provide translations into English. Near the birthplace of Kim Il Sung, a pilgrimage spot for North Koreans, commuters yesterday moved briskly on and off the subway, young women holding umbrellas walked by, clasping arms, while two children in blue school uniforms shuffled down the street holding a flower basket almost their own size. 'If the enemies want to wage war with our leaders, we have nothing to fear because we will win,' said Jon Myon Sop, who works at a bus station. 'I know about how tensions are rising on the Korean Peninsula and how the U.S. and its puppet countries have brought their military assets to the region.' Cho Hyon Ran, a tour guide at the site, said: 'We don't want war but we are not afraid of war because we have strong power, our country is the strongest one in the world now. 'You can see all people are laughing, all people are singing, all people are celebrating the Sun's day,' she said in English. 'We are not afraid of anything.' North Korea's state news agency said the Trump administration's 'serious military hysteria' had reached a 'dangerous phase which can no longer be overlooked'. The United States has warned that a policy of 'strategic patience' with North Korea is over. U.S. Vice President Mike Pence travels to South Korea on Sunday on a long-planned 10-day trip to Asia. China, North Korea's sole major ally and neighbor which nevertheless opposes its weapons program, on Friday again called for talks to defuse the crisis. 'We call on all parties to refrain from provoking and threatening each other, whether in words or actions, and not let the situation get to an irreversible and unmanageable stage,' Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told reporters in Beijing. North Korea on Friday denounced the United States for bringing 'huge nuclear strategic assets' to the region as the USS Carl Vinson strike group with a flag-ship nuclear-powered aircraft carrier steamed closer, and said it stood ready to strike back. 'The Trump administration, which made a surprise guided cruise-missile strike on Syria on April 6, has entered the path of open threat and blackmail,' KCNA quoted the military as saying in a statement. 'The army and people of the DPRK will as ever courageously counter those who encroach upon the dignity and sovereignty of the DPRK and will always mercilessly ravage all provocative options of the U.S. with Korean-style toughest counteraction.' CHINA CALLS ON RUSSIA TO HELP EASE TENSION China is seeking Russia's help to cool surging tensions over Pyongyang's nuclear ambitions, the country's foreign minister has told his Moscow counterpart, after Beijing warned of possible conflict over North Korea. China - the North's sole major ally and economic lifeline - yesterday warned that war over North Korea could break out 'at any moment'. In a call with Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov, his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi said the common goal of the two nations was to 'bring all the parties back to the negotiating table', according to a statement on China's Foreign Ministry website. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi yesterday warned that war could break out 'at any moment' amid heightened tensions over North Korea 'China is ready to coordinate closely with Russia to help cool down as quickly as possible the situation on the peninsula and encourage the parties concerned to resume dialogue,' Wang told Lavrov, referring to the stalled six-party talks on the North's nuclear programme that includes Russia, China and the United States. 'Preventing war and chaos on the peninsula meets common interests,' he added. Beijing has long opposed dramatic action against the North, fearing the regime's collapse would send a flood of refugees across its borders and leave the US military on its doorstep. Trump insists that China must exert more leverage on Pyongyang to abandon its nuclear ambitions or suffer the consequences. North Korea launched a missile test last Tuesday, and satellite images taken earlier this week showed continued activity at the Punggye-ri Nuclear site. The US deployed USS Carl Vinson to the region in response, and Trump tweeted about the 'menace' of North Korea while military exercises were conducted in South Korea. The US and North Korea traded increasingly bitter words this week, and another warning of retaliation came on Saturday from the regime's KCNA news agency. 'All the brigandish provocative moves of the U.S. in the political, economic and military fields pursuant to its hostile policy toward the DPRK will thoroughly be foiled through the toughest counteraction of the army and people of the DPRK,' KCNA said, citing a spokesman for the General Staff of the Korean People's Army. DPRK stands for the official name of North Korea, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. 'Our toughest counteraction against the U.S. and its vassal forces will be taken in such a merciless manner as not to allow the aggressors to survive.' US TANKS CARRY OUT EXERCISES CLOSE TO NORTH KOREAN BORDER AMID HEIGHTENED TENSIONS US tanks were today pictured close to the border with North Korea as they continue to carry out military exercises will allies in South Korea. Pyongyang has repeatedly objected to the US presence on the Korean peninsula, and yesterday vowed to 'pulverize' US bases and South Korean capital Seoul if it was threatened by the US military. Pictures taken today show US forces taking part in joint exercises in Paju, alongside South Korean troops. North Korea has accused the US of acting aggressively in the Korean peninsula at a time of heightened tensions A statement issued yesterday by the Korean People's Army boasted that US military bases in the South 'as well as the headquarters of evils such as the (South Korean presidential) Blue House would be pulverized within a few minutes'. North Korean vice foreign minister Han Song Ryol yesterday blamed Trump and the US for rising tensions. Han cited US-South Korean wargames, the deployment of a US aircraft carrier to the peninsula last weekend, as well as Trump's recent tweets on Tuesday that the North is 'looking for trouble'. American troops have been taking part in training drills today alongside South Korean forces close to the border with North Korea The statements were criticised by South Korea's Foreign Ministry, which said Han's remarks revealed the 'true colours of North Korea's government that is bellicose and a breaker of regulations'. It said North Korea will face strong punishment it will find hard to withstand if it makes a significant provocation, such as another nuclear test or an intercontinental ballistic missile launch. China immediately responded, saying anyone provoking conflict will 'pay the price'. China's foreign minister Wang Yi said today there would be 'no winner' in any war, as tensions mount with the US. The secretive state also vowed to 'pulverize' US bases and South Korean capital Seoul if it was threatened by the US military. The rhetoric comes after North Korea warned that Trump's 'troublemaking' and 'aggressive' tweets have pushed the world to the brink of thermo-nuclear war. Pyongyang's Vice Minister Han Song Ryol accused Trump of building up a 'vicious cycle' of tensions and warned the US against provoking North Korea militarily. He added the country would continue developing its nuclear program and conduct its next nuclear test whenever its leaders see fit. In the past week Trump has shown his willingness to launch military strikes, with US missiles deployed in Syria and Afghanistan. The U.S. military also dropped the 'Mother of All Bombs' on an ISIS tunnel network in Afghanistan About 200 foreign journalists were allowed in North Korea for Saturday's parade. But they are closely managed by government 'minders', and saw nothing out of the ordinary in Pyongyang on Friday despite the talk of war. Near the birthplace of Kim Il Sung, a pilgrimage spot for North Koreans, commuters moved briskly on and off the subway on Friday. 'If the enemies want to wage war with our leaders, we have nothing to fear because we will win,' said Jon Myon Sop, who works at a bus station. 'I know about how tensions are rising on the Korean Peninsula and how the U.S. and its puppet countries have brought their military assets to the region.' Cho Hyon Ran, a tour guide at the site, said: 'We don't want war but we are not afraid of war because we have strong power, our country is the strongest one in the world now. 'You can see all people are laughing, all people are singing, all people are celebrating the Sun's day,' she said in English. 'We are not afraid of anything.' Special forces raid, missile strike, cyber warfare, or MORE negotiations: Trump's choices for dealing with Kim Jung-Un -but experts say there are no good options Donald Trump has said that 'all options are on the table' when it comes to North Korea - but what exactly does that mean? The President has a vast range of possible ways of dealing with the secretive Communist nation ranging from cyber warfare to a missile strike - and even a nuclear attack of his own. spoke to three military experts to describe what each of those options means - and the pitfalls of each. They described the President as having 'no good options' with North Korea and said that it will require impressive statecraft to deal with Pyongyang. Our experts were: J.D. Williams, a Senior Defense Policy Researcher at the RAND Corporation Harry Krejsa, a Research Associate at the Center for a New American Security working in the Asia-Pacific Security Program Jeff McCausland, a professor at Dickinson College, retired Army colonel, former dean of the Army War College and a CBS consultant. THE GENERAL PICTURE McCausland: Hope is not a method and we've been hoping since Bill Clinton or Ronald Reagan that this problem would solve itself, that one day the people of North Korea wake up and decide this wasn't working any more. That hasn't happened and it seems less likely it will happen. We seem to have this foregone belief we can work with the Chinese, that was the strategy of strategic patience. They have their own interests...Somebody once described North as the land of bad choices. When you deal with a problem like North Korea which has gone on for the last three or four administrations there are no good choices. Krejsa: The Trump administration has made a rhetorical effort to say that they are considering military action but that was never off the table. Military action has always been a back burner because the options on that side are very bad. Seoul, which is home to 20 per cent of the entire population of South Korea, is within conventional artillery range of North Korea and there are thought to be a tremendous number of North Korean military units within range of Seoul. Seoul would be very much at risk for large scale civilian casualties and military casualties….All the options we have are bad and the options we have are not effective. We need really creative statecraft on the part of the United States and its allies and I worry we don't necessarily have all the human capital in place to pursue that. MORE NEGOTIATIONS McCausland: Broadly you only really have three options. One, you accept the fact North Korea is a nuclear power and you decide you're going to live with it. That's what we did in Pakistan and India and Israel. Two, you can negotiate with North Korea or around North Korea. They would like it to be a bilateral negotiation because it enhances their positions but that's impossible for the US to do because of our close ties to the Japanese and the South Koreans. You can negotiate around the North Koreans and I think that's what the President will try to do, negotiate more directly with the Chinese and put pressure on Kim Jong-un so he does change his path...A deal with North Korea would be a complete revolutionary change from 60 years of American foreign policy. The solution is the Iranian deal on steroids. It's (the Iran deal) an ugly baby it's a far more attractive baby than doing nothing, it's more attractive than the alternatives' MORE SANCTIONS Krejsa: A lot of the focus has been put towards secondary sanctions which I think are the next frontier - sanctions on companies which do business with the North Korean government but skirt restrictions. The tricky thing about them is that they would go after the sources of currency and goods and luxury items that still make their way into North Korea but fall into Chinese companies and cause problems with the Chinese relationship. CYBER WARFARE Williams: Theoretically it would be about getting access to systems that could disable or disrupt something in the operational chain of the North Korean military or specifically missile activity. Theoretically it's a very elegant way to achieve an effect without what the military likes to call kinetic operations, or firing guns and dropping bombs. If you have that in your kit bag it's something you would want to consider using. But there are likely uncertainties about the effectiveness of that. Once you use them, you only get one shot because you reveal the capability and the adversary initiates protection measures. McCausland: Using Cyber to go after the North Korean nuclear capability would be not unlike the effort against Iran using the Stuxnet virus. That being said going after North Korea is frankly more difficult simply because you're talking about a country that's hermetically sealed. It doesn't have the connections to the global information systems, the Internet etcetera like a country like Iran. The portals where you can get into their systems are far more complicated. Secondarily any effort to try to do that through a human capability where you get a human inside their system who physically infects their computers is also very very difficult to do basic on how hermetically sealed this place is. THE NAVAL TASK FORCE President Trump has dispatched Nimitz-class Carl Vinson with three cruisers and destroyers to the Korean Peninsula as show of force. Williams: Sending a carrier strike group into anybody's neighborhood has long been an important signal, politically both to adversaries and to your friends. Secondly the group was not sent as a rapid surge sort of deployment, it was already in the Pacific. It was scheduled to do something else and they've been turned around to hang out off North Korea. It's a different thing to move a carrier around when it's forward deployed than one or more ships being sent from the West coast. There's a magnitude of what the signal is sent here. From a military perspective the carrier group gives you offensive and defensive options. On defense the ships have missile defense capability. If you're concerned there might be a missile attack or a missile test that might go astray and you want to protect Japan or South Korea, having that capability gives you some options. On the offensive you have striking power. You can attack land targets with manned aircraft and cruise missiles. Depending on what political circumstances are, all those things, you have some more options with the carrier strike group. A MISSILE STRIKE ON NORTH KOREA McCausland: You're talking about a pretty massive strike far beyond what we saw in Syria with 59 cruise missiles. The simple reason is you want a very high probability with a single strike you have been pretty successful in taking them down. Obviously you have to convince the South Koreans and the Japanese you can do this in a fashion that the possibility of them retaliating against Seoul or Tokyo or some other major target has been removed or dramatically reduced. The problem is that if our intelligence about Iraq was such we thought they had nuclear weapons and they didn' one North Korea expert put it to me, we know far more about black holes than what goes on in North Korea. If you think we have absolute assurance that we know everywhere that they have stored medium range missiles with conventional warheads, let alone nuclear warheads, that's still somewhat problematical. Any type of decapitating strike would have to address multiple locations, many (missiles) stored inside a mountain and being able to assure the Japanese and South Koreans of the high probability of success and realising even a limited response (from North Korea) could still do massive damage to those two countries. Williams: It's going to make it a much more difficult problem if you have to hit multiple targets in the same time frame. It's going to be much more difficult than hitting an airfield where a chemical weapons attack came from like in Syria. There's probabilities of success which has to be weighed at the political level about how to use force and the potential reaction. The size of the campaign would depend on how many nuclear weapons the North Koreans have and how concentrated they are. If you have nuclear weapons you're probably not going to disperse them widely. You probably want to maintain control of them. That makes the problem a little easier, you would expect some concentration of the nuclear arsenal but at the same time North Korea will have an awareness of the threat and they will do some dispersals. The difference in trying to do a campaign to eliminate somebody's nuclear capability is your margin of error is zero. If you don't get them all you have a big problem. Krejsa: The issue is if they make the decision to go down this path the downsides are going to be tremendous. I'm sure there's discussion as to what red lines could prompt military action but I don't think we're anywhere near that right now just because any sort of pre-preemptive attack would bring tremendous downsides. North Korea increasingly sees its nuclear weapons as totally central to their regime's legitimacy and the continued survival of their regime. Any effort to take that away by force would probably be seen as an act of war and an attempt at regime change. OTHER ASSETS IN THE REGION Williams: What the US can do with assets out of bases and Japan is subject to some constraints and the agreements with the host nation. You don't have to worry about those things on an aircraft carrier. If the South Korean government and Japanese felt the threat was directed against them they would cooperate on a collaborative response. If it wasn't they would probably some political hesitation and rightly so. SPECIAL FORCES / ASSASSINATION Krejsa: In recent years we've turned to Special Forces as a catch all that can have a light footprint and a narrow mission and get it done quickly and with great skill, but those kind of things are probably not practical for North Korea. North Korea is an intelligence black hole. Not many people believe we have great human intelligence inside North Korea and we don't have enough understanding of how things work and where everything is to be able to do have any sort of convincing potential for success. Williams: Special Operations are very good for doing very precise types of military action on 'point targets', as they are called, like if you have something that you want to do to a particular place on the ground and for whatever reason you don't want to use a weapon like an air strike. The more recent uses have been to recover hostages, you've seen examples of that in Syria and Yemen. The second reason would be if you want to get intelligence out of a site like the recent raid in Yemen. Against that are risks; getting access, the possibility of something going wrong, the potential for casualties with manned aircraft. Your risk calculation goes up significantly. Operations of this nature require very very good and precise intelligence. The choice to use it in a situation like this would be evaluated at the very highest levels of government. My view would be: if there was very very good intelligence and part of it was that there was very strong potential for an imminent use of nuclear weapon those two things could tip the calculus to make a President strongly consider the use of Special Operations. But short of that or a decision to embark upon a campaign involving a series of military actions, I think that's on the very low end of the probability scale. A LARGER ATTACK BY THE US McCausland: We're talking about military capabilities far beyond one task force. I would hesitate to say, long range strike aircrafts such as B-52s. You're looking for shock and awe, you're talking large numbers carrier based aircraft, large numbers of long range aircraft coming from the United States, large numbers of cruise missiles, perhaps strategic strikes using conventional warheads. Williams: If North Korea has the low end of the number of weapons you end up with a relatively small number of things you're trying to get rid of. If you have good intelligence it might not be that big of a strike. It really depends on your judgments and assessments of what you have to take care of. NUCLEAR WEAPONS McCausland: I think it's very unlikely if not impossible to believe that the United States would use a nuclear weapon preemptively. I think that would be way off the scales. ….AND CAN AMERICA DEFEND ITSELF IN THE EVENT OF A STRIKE BY NORTH KOREA? Assuming that North Korea can fire a nuclear missile that can reach the US - though experts say it may be 5-10 years from doing this - it would reach mainland America in around 30 minutes, The missile would likely be a Taepo Dong which is thought to have a range of between 6,200 and 8,000 miles, enough to hit the US East coast. But despite having the most powerful military in the world, America may not be able to defend itself against an attack from the Communist nation. The Pentagon has spent $40 billion on the Ground-based Midcourse Defense system (GMD) which is designed to stop a nuclear warhead in space. Each GMD interceptor is 60ft tall and has a 150lbs 'kill vehicle' at its tip. During a nuclear attack the interceptors would be fired out of underground silos in Alaska and California and would travel through the air at four miles per second. They would destroy the nuclear missile by crashing into it, though there are no explosives on board the interceptors. However it is not clear if the system would work and tests have yet to be successful despite decades of similar programs and at least $84 billion being spent on missile defense over the past decade. The Government Accountability Office said in 2015 that the GMD system 'has not demonstrated through flight testing that it can defend the US homeland against the current missile defense threat', which includes North Korea. Williams: Ballistic missile defense is a very difficult problem, probably one of the most difficult problems that we have now. Our defense community is saying that we have some capability and it's being designed and optimized to deal with the kind of threat you would get from a North Korean style attack. It's still a hard problem, there's been some success and failures. Krejsa: Missile defense has improved a lot since the Star Wars era but it is no sure thing. Our capabilities are pretty good under ideal conditions but wartime is not ideal conditions. It's extremely unlikely we would be able to use military force to prevent a nuclear strike from happening.

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John 15:20 Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also. (KJV)

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BRAVE: Chinese Christians Still Attend Underground Churches Despite Risk of Persecution

Posted March 13, 2017

It’s no secret the Chinese government isn’t all that fond of Christianity. They’ve taken aggressive steps to “contain” growth, including rezoning and demolishing churches. One woman, the wife of a pastor, defiantly stood in front of a bulldozer that was about to demolish their church. It plowed over her and they buried her alive. The risks are huge, but faithful believers are not backing down – but they are being more discreet. Last year new reports surfaced that approximately a 100 million people throughout China have started to worship in “underground churches” over traditional ones. A well known and open secret among Chinese Christians. But organizations like China Aid a persecution watchdog in the eastern country, explain that in 2015, that was a risky idea. Noting that there was “more than a 150 percent” increase in the number of “abuses” against Christian followers in over a decade that year. A recent editorial piece written by Colin Clark, an international pastor based in China unpacked some of the complexities and long unanswered questions people have about practicing Christianity in China in 2017. Clark opened with a disclaimer explaining that his perception is arguably “not definitive and one-sided” because he is writing it based on his personal experience. Also pointing to the fact that the legal rights and government regulations in China are very fluid and sometimes “China is one thing” and “at other places and times it’s the opposite.” But according to his post on Christianity in China today for The Gospel Coalition, the culture in 2017 is much different than what it was perceived or what was going on even last year. “The official stance of the Communist Party is atheistic, but that’s not forced on all Chinese citizens or expatriates. Protestant Christianity is one of five approved religions alongside Buddhism, Taoism, Islam, and modified Catholicism (I say “modified” since the Chinese Catholic Church is forced to operate independent of Rome).” So are the wildly reported stories claiming that the brutality against Christians are real? Clark explains that, under the current government combined with the Three-Self Patriotic Movement (TSPM), “the Protestant church leader in the country actually has the final word and reserves the right to censor and control their churches to the extent they deem necessary and appropriate.” Many citizens attend underground churches that meet in off-hour bars, storefronts, rented homes and apartments so they can speak freely. But in doing this, these churches are acting illegally which is why they are called “underground”. Under current Chinese law, all religious institutions must register. If they do not, the Chinese government has the right to persecute them once they are located. Consequently, many Christians have decided to meet outside the TSPM structure so they share the gospel the way they choose. But the government does not want that, so they have extended invitations for the churches to register. But still very few have come forward. The term “underground” is all relative. In China, even if a church leader decides not to register, the government still knows about it. So why don’t they just do it? Well if they do, they will have to learn how to deal with many policies that they currently don’t have to follow like having services at church buildings so they can be monitored and be willing to submit sermons to government officials to be reviewed and approved before their weekly service, Clark said. 

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Rev 6:4
4 And another horse appeared, a red one. Its rider was given a mighty sword and the authority to remove peace from the earth. And there was war and slaughter everywhere. (NLT)

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Russia, Iran and Syria issue warning to US

Countries warn of ‘grave consequences’ if Washington carries out further missile strikes against Assad regime

By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV April 15, 2017, 4:00 am

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia, Syria and Iran strongly warned the United States Friday against launching new strikes on Syria and called for an international investigation of the chemical weapons attack there that killed nearly 90 people. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, who hosted his Iranian and Syrian counterparts in Moscow, denounced the US missile strikes on Syria as a “flagrant violation” of international law. Additional such actions would entail “grave consequences not only for regional but global security,” Lavrov said. Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moallem said the meeting sent a “strong message” to Washington. Iran’s Mohammad Javad Zarif emphasized that the participants agreed that unilateral actions by the US were unacceptable. The US accuses the Syrian government of deliberately launching the deadly chemical attack in Khan Sheikhoun on April 4. Russia has alleged that the victims were killed by toxic agents from a rebel chemical arsenal hit by Syrian war planes. Moscow has warned against putting the blame on Damascus until an independent inquiry is conducted and vetoed a proposed UN resolution on the attack, saying it failed to mention the need to inspect the affected area. Lavrov on Friday expressed skepticism about a preliminary investigation conducted by the UN’s chemical weapons watchdog. He alleged that its experts failed to visit the site and said it was unclear to Russia where evidence was taken and how it was In Russia’s view, the probe conducted by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons should be widened to include experts from many nations, he said. “If our US colleagues and some European nations believe that their version is right, they have no reason to fear the creation of such an independent group,” Lavrov added. “The investigation into this high-profile incident must be transparent and leave no doubt that someone is trying to hide something.” Lavrov said the US strike on the Syrian base has undermined peace efforts in Syria and reflected Washington’s focus on ousting Syrian President Bashar Assad’s government. “Such attempts won’t succeed,” he said. The three ministers also discussed the beefing up of US forces on Jordan’s border with Syria, Moallem said. He added that Russia, Iran and Syria have “common procedures against any aggression,” but wouldn’t offer specifics. Lavrov said Moscow has asked Washington about the purpose of the buildup and received assurances that the US troops were deployed there to cut supply lines between the Islamic State group factions in Syria and Iraq. “We will keep monitoring the issue, since the only possible reason for using military force on the territory of Syria is to fight terrorism,” Lavrov said. Russia has staunchly backed Assad’s government throughout Syria’s six-year civil war. It has conducted an air campaign in Syria since September 2015, saving Assad’s government from imminent collapse and helping to reverse the Syrian military’s fortunes. 

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Could this ballistic missile one day nuke the west coast of America? Kim Jong-un unveils huge new weapon at 'Day of the Sun' parade

North Korea unveiled new prototypes of intercontinental ballistic missiles

The missiles, which have not yet been flight tested, could one day reach the US

Submarine-launched ballistic missiles were also on display for first time

Arsenal suggests the country has been plowing ahead with its goal of putting a nuclear warhead on an ICBM that can reach the continental US

Kim Jong Un kicked off the parade on Saturday commemorating the 105th anniversary of his late grandfather's birthday, also known as the Day of the Sun

By Reporter Published: 01:56 EDT, 15 April 2017 | Updated: 13:39 EDT, 15 April 2017

North Korea unveiled what appeared to be new intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) at its Day of the Sun parade, amid increasing fears its trying to develop a model that could hit the United States. North Korea showed two new kinds of ICBM enclosed in canister launchers mounted on the back of transporter erector launcher trucks, or TELs. The larger missile was similar in appearance to the Chinese DF-41, which can fly 9,000 miles. If the Korean missiles actually work, and have a similar range to the Chinese missile, they could hit the continental US. But it's very unlikely that North Korea has that technology at this stage. Also on show for the first time was the North's submarine launch ballistic missiles (SLBM). Kim Jong Un kicked off the parade commemorating the 105th anniversary of his late grandfather's birthday and rolled out a military arsenal that also included submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBM), which also made their debut on Saturday. Tensions have been mounting in recent weeks, and North Korea has issued several warnings threatening to 'pulverize' US troops and retaliate in response to any military action. The new prototypes suggests Pyongyang is working towards a 'new concept' of ICBM, said Melissa Hanham, a senior research associate at the U.S.-based Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, California. 'However, North Korea has a habit of showing off new concepts in parades before they ever test or launch them,' Hanham said. 'It is still early days for these missile designs'. Kim Dong-yub, a North Korea expert at Seoul's Institute for Far Eastern Studies, said the canisters and trucks suggested that the North was developing technology to 'cold launch' ICBMs, ejecting them from the canisters before they ignite. This would allow North Korea to prevent its limited number of ICBM-capable launcher trucks from being damaged during launches and also make the missiles harder to detect after they're fired, he said. Cold launches would also allow the missiles to be fired from silos. Kim said that the North is also likely developing solid-fuel ICBMs, and that some of the rockets paraded inside canisters on Saturday might be prototypes. North Korean state television also showed what appeared to be several KN-08 and KN-14 ICBMs. Kim, who took power in late 2011, emphasizes nuclear weapons as the foundation of his national defense strategy. And the arsenal showcased on Saturday suggest the country has been plowing ahead with its goal of putting a nuclear warhead on an ICBM that can strike the US, although the North has yet to flight test them. In his annual New Year's address, Kim said that North Korea's preparations for an ICBM launch have 'reached the final stage.' And U.S. satellite imagery suggests the country could also conduct another underground nuclear test at any time. North Korea conducted two such tests last year alone, which analysts say would have taken the country a step forward in gaining the knowledge to make nuclear weapons small enough to fit on long-range missiles. The North also launched a long-range rocket last year that put a satellite into orbit, which Washington, Seoul and others saw as a banned test of missile technology. On Saturday, North Korea also displayed SLBMs for the first time ever, after the missile was successfully tested in 2016. They have a range of over 600 miles. SLBMs could help North Korea evade an anti-missile system and serve as a backup if its land-based arsenals are destroyed. Displaying more than one of the SLBM missiles indicates North Korea is progressing with its plan to base a missile on a submarine, which are hard to detect, said Joshua Pollack, editor of the Washington-based Nonproliferation Review. 'It suggests a commitment to this program,' said Pollack. 'Multiple SLBMs seems like a declaration of intent to advance the program'. Other military hardware at the parade included tanks, multiple rocket launchers and artillery guns, as well as a solid-fuel missile designed to be fired from submarines. North Korea also possesses a powerful midrange missile, which outside analysts call 'Musudan'. It can potentially reach U.S. air bases in Guam. Choe Ryong Hae, a close aide to Kim, addressed the packed square and reiterated a warning to the United States. 'If the United States wages reckless provocation against us, our revolutionary power will instantly counter with annihilating strike, and we will respond to full-out war with full-out war and to nuclear war with our style of nuclear strike warfare,' he said. North Korea on Friday denounced the US for bringing 'huge nuclear strategic assets' to the region as the USS Carl Vinson strike group with a flag-ship nuclear-powered aircraft carrier steamed closer to the peninsula. A U.S. Navy attack on a Syrian airfield this month raised questions about U.S. President Donald Trump's plans for reclusive North Korea, which has conducted several missile and nuclear tests in defiance of U.N. and unilateral sanctions, regularly threatening to destroy the United States.

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SPOTTED: Putin 'moves military forces' to North Korean border as world prepares for WAR

VIDEO has been released allegedly showing a mass military mobilisation in Vladivostok, Russia, just eight miles from the border with North Korea, as the world edges towards war.

By Oli Smith PUBLISHED: 00:00, Sun, Apr 16, 2017 | UPDATED: 02:15, Sun, Apr 16, 2017

Russia has reportedly moved military vehicles towards the city, which is within striking distance of North Korea. The dramatic move, unconfirmed by the Russian government, was spotted by residents in the border city and posted on social media. This comes as North Korea warned that they are prepared for all-out war with the US, while China pleads for the two powers to back down from escalation. Since the emergence of the Vladivostok footage, fears have grown that North Korea could become the trigger for a conflict involving the US, China and Russia. Both China and Russia consider North Korea as a necessary buffer state, which they need to keep stable for their own national security. According to the reports, a military convoy of eight surface-to-air missiles, part of Russian Air Defence, were on the move. The S400 anti-aircraft missiles were moved to Vladivostok, where Vladimir Putin already has a major navy base. North Korea has warned the US not to take provocative action, after holding a military parade that showed off new intercontinental and submarine-launched ballistic missiles. Officials from the despotic regime have said that the country will "hit back with nuclear attacks" if necessary. There is mounting speculation that current leader Kim Jong-un will soon order a new nuclear test. This comes after a US aircraft carrier group continues to move towards the region. President Donald Trump has already pledged to remove the threat from the Korean peninsula. China has pleaded for the US and North Korean to back down from the war-footing. On Friday, China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi warned that "conflict could break out at any moment". He said: “We call on all parties to refrain from provoking and threatening each other and not to let the situation get to an irreversible and unmanageable stage." Air China, owned by the Chinese government, decided to end its service between Beijing and Pyongyang, amid fears of an escalation. 

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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, the whole country can tell you the cashless monetary system is ready to start, the banks will have no money, the mark of the beast will be here.  But I am trying to protect you by placing one that can protect you, but even if that is not so and cannot be, I will still protect you and take you through this time safely. etc   

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Vision of New York City Bombed by 10 Russian Nuclear Missiles

John W. Johnston

Around 1986 God took me up into the heavens and I found myself flying like superman through the air. I was in the clouds and the cover was so thick that I could not see my hands in front of my face. I couldn’t understand why I was flying through the air. As I dropped in altitude and started to get below the clouds, I began looking to my left and to my right. As I was looking, I saw five nuclear missiles, long range intercontinental ballistic missiles to my right and to my left. A total of ten missiles! Each one carried multiple warheads with the red Communist star on the fuselage of the missiles. The five pointed red star is the universal representative symbol for Communism. The star that I saw on the missiles looked like the second red star below. At the time of this vision Russia had a red star on their flag which is the first picture below. I feel in my spirit that these will be Russian missiles. As I looked down to the ground I saw Staten Island, Manhattan Island and New York City. I could not believe that these missiles were getting ready to hit New York with such a magnitude. They were coming right down onto the state of New York. The next thing I knew, I was standing down on the ground looking at all of the devastation. All the buildings were totally annihilated. The big skyscrapers had fallen over as though a domino effect had happened when they were blown up. When they started falling, these skyscrapers fell one against another knocking each other down. There were dead bodies lying everywhere. Tens of thousands were dead and the air smelled of rotting, burning flesh. Not only did the air smell foul but as I looked everything was dark even though it was midday. I could not believe my eyes! I then sensed time had passed, weeks and months. God then let me see little children taking instruments like butter knives and scraping the corpses of the people that had died. The children were looking for food by scraping the flesh off the people’s bodies only to cause their own death later of radiation poisoning. The devastation was beyond anything of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The death and the disease that broke out after was beyond imagination. I could not believe what I was seeing. I was overwhelmed and sickened by the devastation. I asked God why He showed me this? He said He is going to judge the United States and He’s going to judge it hard. He said that the enemies of the United States are going to attack. After having this life-like vision of what is coming, it was quickened to me later that Chicago and a lot of other big cities are also going to take a hit. From what I’m receiving right now, this is going to be worse than anything this nation could ever imagine. The American people will not believe what is happening to them. God is going to execute His judgment on this nation and He is going to pay America back double for the sins that have reached into Heaven. Read Revelation 18 Click here to watch my videos about the Chinese invasion of the west coast! Foreign Armies WILL Invade and Occupy America – The Enemies of America Will Bomb Our Churches and Synagogues During the same time as the vision about the state of Florida in July of 1995, God gave me a vision of a massive army coming down on America. He said, “John, I am going to allow the enemies of the United States to judge America. When America’s enemies come they will have no mercy on the men, women and children. I saw troop movement and they appeared to be Communist Chinese and Russian troops coming into the United States. As they came in, America was no match. I saw churches and synagogues were being leveled by heavy artillery. As the churches were being blown up I saw Jews and Christians being herded up and shot like cattle in front of their churches and homes. I saw the troops killing children and infants with their bayonets. I saw the American people tormented beyond imagination. The troops were void of emotions. Their objective is to take the nation and take it hands down. All able bodied working people will be forced into slave labor. Some will be taken to other countries and some left here. The soldier’s main objective was to kill all Jews and Christians. As I am seeing all this horror I asked, “Lord, what is happening?” He said, “Because of the wickedness of the United States of America I am allowing her enemies to invade her lands.” God ended the vision. The enemies of America are supernaturally being drawn together. When they come, they are going to catch the nation completely by surprise. Great is going to be her destruction and torment. This judgment is coming soon! The American people, Christians and non-Christians do not believe that God has fiery indignation that will be poured out. The great day of darkness is quickly coming upon the whole world, the day of God’s wrath and judgment. Jeremiah 50:3 For out of the north there cometh up a nation against her, which shall make her land desolate, and none shall dwell therein: they shall remove, they shall depart, both man and beast. Read Jeremiah 50 and 51 The Bear is Ready to Pounce November 20, 1998 I was praying in my Pastors office one afternoon at about 4:30 P.M. when suddenly the whole wall turned into a vision. I saw a black forest that had an opening into the forest with what looked like a wide beaten animal path. It looked as though animals had been traveling on it for years. I found myself standing in a large meadow outside the forest. I began to hear cracking sounds like very large trees being pushed over one by one with great strength. Suddenly, a large Kodiak grizzly bear came growling and pouncing out of the path to the edge of the meadow where I could see him. He was very angry and stood there growling and pouncing on his front paws in a threatening manner. A large circus chain was around his neck with a 6 inch, red and amber medallion that had a gold hammer, sickle and star engraved in the upper left hand corner. I asked God what this meant. He said, “Russia is getting ready to make a strategic move in the world.” At the time President Boris Yeltsin was in the hospital and very ill. That same day a Russian Democratic reformer by the name of Galina Starovoytova was assassinated at her home. Galina was murdered because she was nominated to run against the hard line communist party in the case of Yeltsin death. During this time, I felt God quicken to me that in the beginning of 1999 the fireworks for the world would really start to manifest. God Sent Prophets to Warn the Jews prior to WW II and They Did Not Listen! In the early 1930’s God asked three Jewish men, Leo Braeck, Eli Wiesal and Martin Burber to warn the Jewish people of the fire under their feet and to go to Palestine to escape what was coming. God instructed the men to warn them that they were getting ready to be destroyed by the Nazi’s. The reaction of the Jews was disbelief. They thought they had the best of everything in food, housing, business and lifestyle and they refused to give it up. Many replied, “Why should we listen to you prophets telling us we are going to be destroyed when there are no signs in the air? You three Prophets go to Palestine, we are staying!” The Jews of Germany and Europe did not listen to the three prophets that God sent to warn them. Because they did not listen they became victims of one man who tried to destroy the entire Jewish population. Pastors and Shepherds, listen to what the Prophets are saying! The day and hour of the Prophet has come. The Prophets are speaking with great power and with signs and wonders such as has never been seen before in the history of the Christian Church. Shepherds listen to the Prophets and heed their warnings!

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Chinese Components Found in North Korean Rockets Despite Sanctions

Published on Apr. 15, 2017

China seems to be having second thoughts about indulging the deranged Kim regime in North Korea for so long, but it will not be easy for Beijing to downplay the amount of assistance it has given Pyongyang’s nuclear missile program over the years. On the one hand, China’s ban on North Korean coal seems like a serious blow to the North Korean economy, and China appears to be serious about maintaining the ban. It is unclear whether China would be willing to use the other high-powered economic weapon in its arsenal and ban exports of Chinese oil to North Korea, effectively devastating their economy (and possibly triggering one of China’s worst fears, a flood of North Korean refugees). On Friday, mixed with its customary threats to unleash “nuclear thunderbolts” against the United States, North Korea sneered through one of its “think tanks” that “somebody” was cooperating with the U.S. in a “naive and foolish” attempt to collapse the North Korean system. The very same type of satellite launch vehicle China helped North Korea build is just about good enough to put an EMP weapon over the United States or Europe, with potentially catastrophic results. Source:

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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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Russia, Iran warn US against new Syria attacks

A week since the US launched airstrikes in Syria, Iranian, Syrian and Russian foreign ministers have met in Moscow. All three countries strongly warned the United States against launching new strikes. Hosting three-way talks with Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem (pictured above, left), and Iranian counterpart Mohammed Dschawad Sarif (pictured above, right) in Moscow on Friday, Russian Foreign Minsiter Sergey Lavrov denounced last week's US attack on Syria and warned that any further such action would entail "grave consequences not only for regional but global security." Read: US skips out on Afghanistan conference in Moscow Lavrov also told al-Moualem that Russia and the US have a shared understanding that such strikes would not be repeated. The Interfax news agency reported that the Russian diplomat revealed this had been "concluded" during Wednesday's visit of US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to Moscow. US 'did not rule out any future action' In Washington, however, the US State Department said Tillerson did not eliminate the possibility of the US maybe undertaking future strikes. "The secretary explained there were no subsequent targets after the missile strike, but he did not rule out any future action," State Department acting spokesman Mark Toner said in a statement. "He stressed that Russia is in a position to use its influence over the Assad regime to ensure it is never again necessary for the US to act," Toner said. US blames Assad regime The US launched Tomahawk missiles at Syria's Shayrat air base near Homs last Friday, in response toa chemical attack in the northwestern Idlibprovince. Washington has blamed Assad's government for the deadly attack which killed more than 80 people. Damascus, however, has staunchly denied the accusation. The Syria crisis is also set to be the focus of further talks planned for Saturday between Lavrov and Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al-Thani. 

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Iran is trying to provoke a Russia-US hot war in Syria

In Syria, an ancient game is being played - with people, countries and strategic goals as pawns.

Mark Langfan, 13/04/17 14:25

When you boil Syria down to its principal players, there are only three: Russia, the United States and the Islamic Republic of Iran. With Assad’s chemical attack, people have been misdirected from the reality by blaming the powerless Assad. But Assad doesn’t mvoe without direct Iranian permission. So, the real question is why did Iran launch a chemical weapons attack? The answer is simple: Iran desperately needs Russia and the United States to get into a hot war in Syria so as to enable Iran to pick up the shattered pieces. In contrast, the United States and Russia desperately need each other to defeat Iran’s waxing neo-Safavidic Empire from stretching from Iran to the Eastern Mediterranean Sea. In order to see why Iran is attempting to foment a Russia/US battle, one has to boil the Syrian theater into the child’s hand-against-hand game of ROCK/PAPER/SCISSORS-shoot. When one child flashes PAPER against the other child’s ROCK, the “paper” envelops and beats the rock. When one child flashes PAPER against the other child’s SCISSORS, the scissors cuts and beats the paper. When one child flashes SCISSORS against the other child’s ROCK the rock smashes and beats the scissors. Russia is the “rock,” Iran is the “paper,” and the United States is the “scissors.” Iran’s strategy is to envelope Syria like a piece of paper, topologically combining Iran’s Iraqi “paper,” along with Iran’s Hezbollah/Lebanon “paper” to form a patchwork-quilt Shiite Empire spanning from Iran/Persia through Iraq, and Syria, and Lebanon into the Mediterranean Sea. As an example of this, Iran just announced it was to build a trans-Iran/Iraq/Syria/Lebanon railroad. Russia is the "rock" trying to bash the Sunni opposition to pieces in order to carve-out its eastern Mediterranean naval outpost and military enclave. The United States, through Sec of Def Mattis, under the strategic cover of defeating ISIS in Eastern Syria is the "scissors" against Iran’s “paper” Shiite Empire. The United States with its indigenous allies is trying to efficiently occupy eastern Syria from the Kurds in the north to Jordan in the south. By topologically “cutting” off Iran’s patchwork piece of paper, Iraq, from Iran’s patchwork piece of paper, Syria, the United States is attempting to defeat Iran’s waxing paper Shiite Imanate. Before Iran’s chemical attack in the name of Assad, the western Syrian rock strategy of Russia, and the eastern scissors strategy of the United States were avoiding each other, complementing each other, and together quietly weakening the whole Syrian paper envelopment strategy of Iran. This was great for Russia and the US, but bad for Iran. Iran saw the United States’ cutting its patchwork-quilt in two in eastern Syria as an existential threat to the grand strategic arc of its contiguous Mesopotamian/Levantian/Mediterranean swatch of Empire. Therefore, Iran had to do something to instigate a hot war between the United States and Russia. And presto, Iran bombs civilians with Sarin using Assad’s planes, Assad takes the fall, and Russia and the United States are escalating against each other. Russia and the United States urgently need each other to thwart Iran’s scheme to control the Middle East. It is in both Russia’s and United States’ worst strategic interests to allow Iran to become the colossus of the Middle East. Syria is big enough for Russia and the United States to find a modus vivendi and live with each other, allowing each to achieve strategic goals. Russia and the United States have a mutually exact goal i- both aim to defeat the ISIS Sunni Caliphate and the Iranian Shiite Imanate. To defeat both Islamic radical terror threats requires Russia and the United States to work together, and not fight each other. In the current war against both Sunni and Shiite radical Islamic terror, the United States and Russia are critically necessary for one another as allies, not inimical enemies. 

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John 15:20 Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also. (KJV)

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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etc. Have you read my word, do you know that Ezekiel thirty eight and thirty nine is knocking on the door, as a matter of fact, its got a battering-ram and it is knocking the door down, but you are not aware of that.  Are you aware of how they are removing the Bible, are you aware of how they are fighting Christians, are you aware of the countries that are killing every Christian that is there?  And then you think I can delay another five years or another ten years.  Have you not read in my word where they are laying under my altar and they are crying out, how much longer, how much longer?  Oh what a sad state the world is in. etc.

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Egyptian Coptic Christians Cancel Their Easter Celebrations

After the vicious Palm Sunday attacks last week, let us pray for the persecuted faithful in this solemn and soon-to-be-joyous season 

by Leah Jessen | Updated 14 Apr 2017 at 8:01 AM

Our religious freedom allows us to celebrate Easter this year — but we should remember those around the world who are persecuted for practicing their faith. Nearly 90,000 Christians were killed for their faith in 2016, according to a report from the Center for Studies on New Religions. “As many as 600 million were prevented from practicing their faith through intimidation, forced conversions, bodily harm, or even death,” Fox News noted. Those numbers are so astounding they can barely be comprehended. This past Palm Sunday, bombings at churches in Egypt left the faithful everywhere highly aware of the existence of Christian persecution. Now, Egyptian Christians have canceled their Easter services and celebrations for this weekend after attacks from the Islamic State claimed the lives of over 40 people at two Coptic churches. Choosing instead to use the time as a period of mourning, the Minya Coptic Orthodox Diocese will limit Easter activities to prayers "without any festive manifestations," according to reports. Related: Christian Teacher Banned from Wearing Cross Necklace in Germany Most of the Christians in Egypt are Orthodox Coptic. The Coptics, as in Catholicism, have a pope that heads their church. The pope remained unharmed in the attacks. Police arrested 28 people "for their possible ties to the planning and financing of Sunday's attacks," Breitbart News reported. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi declared a three-month state of emergency following the bombings. Related: ISIS Targets the Faithful During Palm Sunday Mass "The attacks constituted one of the deadliest days of violence against Christians in Egypt in decades and presented a challenge to the authority of the country's leader," a report in The New York Times noted. Egyptian security forces killed seven suspected ISIS extremists as they planned more attacks on Christians, the British publication The Daily Mail reported Tuesday. 

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EXCLUSIVE – Source: Nine Hamas Members Arrested for Attempting to Join Islamic State

by Ali Waked 12 Apr 2017

TEL AVIV — Hamas in recent days arrested nine of its militants who were trying to cross into the Egyptian Sinai with their weapons, apparently to join Waliyat Sinai, the Islamic State’s affiliate in Egypt, according to an informed Hamas official. The alleged defectors were arrested outside a tunnel connecting the Palestinian side of Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip, with the Egyptian districts of the city, the source said. The militants were carrying Ak-47 rifles and RPJ shells, he added. According to a preliminary investigation conducted by the Hamas military wing’s intelligence corps, the detainees confessed to trying to join the Islamic State, stating that their move was driven by ideology, the official revealed. The detainees sought to join a string of dozens of other former Hamas militants who recently reportedly joined the ranks of IS. Meanwhile, a top pro-Hamas news site reported on Monday that a prime suspect in the assassination of top Hamas terrorist of Mazen Faqha on March 24. The report said that the first stage in the investigation was completed, and its results will be compiled into a report and submitted to Hamas leader Yehya Sinwar. 

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This mechanic fixes anyone's car for free

Sheeka Sanahori , USA TODAY 11:37 a.m. ET April 12, 2017

POWDER SPRINGS, GA - One mechanic has figured out a way to eliminate much of the stress that comes with automobile repairs: do all the labor for free. David McCoy has been leading his Car Care team for 15 years. The retired air force mechanic has helped single mothers, and cancer patients, but he'll help anyone who says they need it. He says his criteria is, “Do you need it? If so, you qualify.” McCoy says the free repairs are especially important in his community, a suburb of metro-Atlanta, because it doesn't offer public transportation. Forty volunteers do the repairs twice a month. In 2016, he and his team donated $68,000 worth of labor and car parts. McEachern Memorial United Methodist Church gives donations to keep Car Care running. 

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Detroit doctor first to be charged under federal law against female genital mutilation

By Andrea Noble - The Washington Times - Thursday, April 13, 2017

A Detroit emergency room physician was charged in federal court Thursday with performing female genital mutilations on two girls in what is thought to be the first case of its kind in the U.S., and authorities suspect she may have been engaging in the practice for years. Dr. Jumana Nagarwala is accused of performing mutilation procedures this year on at least two girls in a medical clinic in Livonia, Michigan. According to court documents, investigators believe she may have been involved in carrying out other procedures as far back as 2005. The case is believed to be the first in which prosecutors have charged someone with performing female genital mutilation, which involves the removal of all or part of the genitals, under a 1996 federal statute banning the practice in the U.S. “Female genital mutilation constitutes a particularly brutal form of violence against women and girls. It is also a serious federal felony in the United States,” said Daniel Lemisch, acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan, where the charges were filed. “The practice has no place in modern society, and those who perform FGM on minors will be held accountable under federal law,” he said. Female genital mutilation is practiced most commonly in the Middle East and Africa, especially in majority Muslim countries. Its practitioners generally believe it to be religiously mandated, but scholars and theologians hotly dispute that argument. The practice is rare in many other majority Muslim societies. The criminal complaint filed in court makes no mention of Dr. Nagarwala’s religion or ethnic background, stating only that she as well as the families of the two girls were members of a community that is known to conduct female genital mutilations as part of its religious and cultural practice. Dr. Nagarwala was listed as an emergency room physician who speaks both English and Gujarati — a language used in western India — on the website of the Henry Ford Health System, where she worked. The Detroit Free Press reported that Dr. Nagarwala appeared in federal court Thursday afternoon wearing a white headscarf, glasses and a long white dress with multicolored embroidery. She was ordered held in detention pending the results of a bond hearing Monday. The paper reported that two male family members were in the courtroom but declined to comment to reporters, as did Dr. Nagarwala’s defense attorney. According to a criminal complaint filed in court, FBI agents were tipped off from unidentified sources that Dr. Nagarwala was performing female genital mutilation procedures. Agents said they interviewed two 7-year-old girls who told them that they traveled together from Minnesota with their families to see the doctor at a medical clinic. One of the girls told investigators that the visit had been billed as a special girls’ trip, and the other said her parents instructed her not to tell anyone about the procedure. The girls described the procedures to investigators, and subsequent examinations showed evidence that their genitalia had been cut. A parent of one of the victims told investigators that they had taken the girl to the doctor for a “cleansing” of extra skin, the court documents state. A Michigan branch of child protective services subsequently conducted interviews of other girls in the area, and the children indicated that they had undergone similar procedures by Dr. Nagarwala, the affidavit states. A Henry Ford spokesman told The Detroit News that the doctor was put on administrative leave. “The alleged criminal activity did not occur at any Henry Ford facility,” health system spokesman David Olejarz told the paper. “We would never support or condone anything related to this practice.” The court documents do not identify the medical clinic where the procedures took place and state only that the doctor was not employed at that clinic. A study last year by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that 513,000 women and girls in the U.S. had undergone or were at risk of being subjected to female genital mutilation. Some cultures believe the painful procedures will initiate girls into adulthood or ensure their virginity or fidelity, according to Equality Now, a human rights organization. The World Health Organization recognizes female genital mutilation as a human rights violation. The U.S. outlawed the practice in 1996, but prosecutors said this case is believed to be the first in which federal charges have been brought under that law. In 2006, Georgia prosecutors obtained a conviction for aggravated battery and cruelty to children against a father who used a pair of scissors to remove his daughter’s clitoris. The father, Khalid Adem, was an Ethiopian immigrant who spent 10 years in prison and was deported from the U.S. this year. 

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Officials: Melted fuel still leaking out of Fukushima reactor — Likely escaping from opening at bottom of containment vessel — Gov’t experts want to give up sending in robots to search for molten cores — “Disaster the likes of which has never been known”

Published: April 11th, 2017 at 9:27 am ET By Enenews Staff

Mainichi, Mar 28, 2017 (emphasis added): [TEPCO] failed to locate melted nuclear fuel inside the No. 1 reactor at the disaster-stricken Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant… [T]he latest survey on the No. 1 reactor also failed to obtain data necessary to extract melted fuel, such as where the fuel is located. Therefore, the utility is compelled to consider fetching melted fuel in the absence of sufficient data… [T]he robot explored an area around the opening for workers at the bottom of the container vessel… It is believed that most of the melted fuel at the No. 1 reactor has spread across the contaminated water accumulating at the bottom of its container vessel. TEPCO believes that melted fuel is likely leaking from the opening. Asahi Shimbun, Mar 24, 2017: Some Nuclear Regulation Authority members are skeptical of continuing to send robots into reactors in the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant… These regulators are increasingly calling for a new survey methodology after recent investigations utilizing robots controlled remotely generated few findings and were quickly terminated… The lower part of the reactor’s containment vessel is submerged in water where deposits of fuel debris are believed to reside below the surface after melting through… TEPCO and the government… have yet to collect information on the location, amount and condition of the melted fuel… [T]he surveys centering around the robots so far have failed to produce meaningful results. Asia Times, Mar 10, 2017: The robots are part of an unprecedented task, challenging engineers to come up with technology that doesn’t exist to deal with a nuclear disaster the likes of which has never been known.


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etc America your money will be worth nothing in the near future, this will bring panic, famine and martial law, yes, in the streets of America.  If you had read my word you know that these are the beginning of sorrows etc

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U.S. Gold Bullion Exports To Hong Kong Surge, 82% Of Total Shipments

Posted by SRSrocco in News, Precious Metals on April 10, 2017

U.S. gold bullion exports to Asia started off with a bang in 2017, as the majority of the total shipped in January went to Hong Kong. Not only did the U.S. export most of its gold bullion to Hong Kong, it was the highest monthly amount in quite some time. Looking back at the data for the past two years, Hong Kong’s highest monthly amount of gold bullion imported from the United States was less than half of what was shipped in January. According to the USGS, the U.S. exported 31.6 metric tons (mt) of gold bullion to Hong Kong, 82% of the total 38.1 mt shipped in January: The four other countries that received the remaining lion’s share was, China (2 mt), India (1.6 mt), Singapore (1 mt) and Switzerland (1 mt). If we assume that most of the gold bullion exported to Hong Kong made its way into China, then if we add the other 2 mt that China received, the total gold bullion shipped to China was more like 33.6 mt. Either way, the overwhelming majority of U.S. gold bullion exports in January went to Asian countries and India (35.2 mt). Switzerland only received 1 mt of gold bullion from the United States. However, Switzerland also received 14.3 mt of gold dore bars and precipitates from the U.S.. The majority of this amount likely came from domestic U.S. gold producers. Regardless, to see Hong Kong receive 82% of the United States finished gold bullion bars in January, is quite impressive to say the least. If we convert that from metric tons, it comes out to be a little more than a million oz. This is a great deal of gold because the United States domestic gold miners only produced 18.7 mt of gold (601,000 oz). Furthermore, the U.S. total gold imports in January (bullion, dore bar & precipitates) were 18.9 mt. Thus, total domestic mine supply plus imports equaled 37.6 mt. The U.S exported 84% of their total gold mine and import supply to Hong Kong. If we include the total amount of gold that the U.S. exported in January of 55.4 mt (bullion, dore bars & precipitates), the U.S. exported nearly 18 mt more gold than they produced and imported. Of course, the majority of U.S. gold continues to head EAST. This is a bad sign as the Federal Reserve and U.S. Govt continue to prop the domestic economy and financial system with Debt and Derivatives. Sure, China is also added a lot of debt, but they are also acquiring one hell of a lot of gold. When the overdue financial crash happens, and the dust settles, China and Russia will be holding onto a lot of physical gold while the WEST will be holding onto a lot of worthless paper. I tried to do research on why Hong Kong imported so much gold from the U.S. in January, but nothing really stuck out. It wasn’t due to lower prices as the gold price actually increased from $1,160 to $1,220 in January. So, the Chinese were not taking advantage of lower prices. It will be interesting to see how much more gold flows to the EAST this year as the U.S. economy and financial system begin to disintegrate. While the Dow Jones Index could continue to move higher on more HYPE and HOT AIR, its valuations are extremely over valued… so is the S & P 500. Please stay tuned for U.S. gold export updates as the USGS releases them. 

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etc. We are going to see a magnetic reversal affecting the power grids.  Remember the Lord talked to us about buying generators etc.

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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory Live-Streamed Spectacular Solar Eruption (WATCH)

April 11, 2017

A solar eruption on Sept. 26, 2014, seen by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory affecting the ionosphere in all of Earth's northern latitudes. If erupted solar material reaches Earth, it can deplete the electrons in the upper atmosphere in some locations while adding electrons in others, disrupting communications either way. New research on solar storms finds that they not only can cause regions of excessive electrical charge in the upper atmosphere above Earth's poles, they also can do the exact opposite: cause regions that are nearly depleted of electrically charged particles. The finding adds to our knowledge of how solar storms affect Earth and could possibly lead to improved radio communication and navigation systems for the Arctic. A team of researchers from Denmark, the United States and Canada made the discovery while studying a solar storm that reached Earth on Feb. 19, 2014. The storms effects on Greenland were documented by a network of global navigation satellite system, or GNSS, stations as well as geomagnetic observatories and other resources. Attila Komjathy of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, developed software to process the GNSS data and helped with the data processing. The results were published in the journal Radio Science. Solar storms often include an eruption on the sun called a coronal mass ejection, or CME. This is a vast cloud of electrically charged particles hurled into space that disturbs the interplanetary magnetic field in our solar system. When these particles and the magnetic disturbances encounter Earth's magnetic field, they interact in a series of complex physical processes, and trigger perturbations in the Earth's magnetic field. Those perturbations are called geomagnetic storms. The interactions may cause unstable patches of excess electrons in the ionosphere, an atmospheric region starting about 50 miles (80 kilometers) above Earth's surface that already contains ions and electrons. The 2014 geomagnetic storm was a result of two powerful Earth-directed CMEs. The storm initially produced patches of extra electrons in the ionosphere over northern Greenland, as usual. But just south of these patches, the scientists were surprised to find broad areas extending 300 to 600 miles (500 to 1,000 kilometers) where the electrons were "almost vacuumed out," in the words of Per Hoeg of the National Space Research Institute at the Technical University of Denmark, Lyngby. These areas remained depleted of electrons for several days. The electrons in the ionosphere normally reflect radio waves back to ground level, enabling long-distance radio communications. Both electron depletion and electron increases in this layer can possibly cause radio communications to fail, reduce the accuracy of GPS systems, damage satellites and harm electrical grids. "We don't know exactly what causes the depletion," Komjathy said. "One possible explanation is that electrons are recombining with positively charged ions until there are no excess electrons. There could also be redistribution—electrons being displaced and pushed away from the region, not only horizontally but vertically." The paper is titled "Multiinstrument observations of a geomagnetic storm and its effects on the Arctic ionosphere: A case study of the 19 February 2014 storm." Lead author Tibor Durgonics is a doctoral student at the Technical University of Denmark. Richard Langley (University of New Brunswick, Canada) provided data sets and interpretation. The Daily Galaxy via Jet Propulsion Laboratory Image credit top of page: Wikipedia Commons 

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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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US weather disasters 2017: Double than average and costing USA record-breaking $5 billions already

By Strange Sounds - Apr 11, 2017

The U.S. has endured a destructive start to 2017 from the multiple severe weather outbreaks since January. There have been 5,372 preliminary reports of severe weather across the United States in 2017 through April 8. This is more than than double the average of 2,274 for the same period of time during the past 10 years (2007-2016). In that decade, only 2008 had about the same number of severe weather reports by this point in the year with 5,242. The animation below shows how the occurrences of wind damage, large hail and tornadoes have piled up month-by-month this year. Portions of the South have been hit the hardest, but the Midwest has also seen a high concentration of severe weather reports. Seventy-one of 100 days have featured one or more reports of severe weather from Jan. 1-April 10. Monday marked the 26th consecutive day with at least one severe thunderstorm report logged in the U.S. Seven states have yet to see a report of severe weather in 2017: Alaska, Connecticut, Hawaii, Maine, Rhode Island, South Dakota and Vermont. Severe thunderstorms are largely responsible for the record number of U.S. billion-dollar weather-related disasters in the first three months of 2017. Three separate severe weather outbreaks have caused damage of a billion dollars or more, NOAA says. This year has also been unusual in how far north severe weather, including tornadoes, has occurred for so early in the year: Massachusetts was hit by two EF1 tornadoes Feb. 25, one near Conway and another near Goshen. No other February tornadoes are known to have struck the state during that month in the historical record. Just over a week later, Minnesota experienced a similar rare early-season event when severe thunderstorms spawned three EF1 tornadoes March 6. Those were the earliest known twisters for a calendar year in the state by nearly two weeks. 

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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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East Coast gets early warning of quakes as Oregon and Washington switch on 'ShakeAlert' system already used in California

Could give people up to a minute of warning before strong shaking begins

Pilot projects being used to test the system ahead of public trials

By Associated Press Published: 15:55 EDT, 10 April 2017 | Updated: 11:46 EDT, 11 April 2017

An early warning system for earthquakes has been expanded to Oregon and Washington, joining California in testing a prototype that could give people seconds or up to a minute of warning before strong shaking begins. The system isn't ready to issue public quake warnings yet, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, which has been working with university partners to develop the ShakeAlert system. But this version allows early adopters in Oregon and Washington to begin using the early signals to figure out what they need to do in the event of an earthquake. Such pilot projects are helping to make the system more reliable and pave the way for broader use. Officials with USGS, the University of Washington and others held a news conference Monday in Seattle to announce the system's roll out across the U.S. West Coast. California has been testing the production prototype since early 2016. Even a few seconds of advanced notice can help people to duck and cover or cities to slow trains, stop elevators or take other protective measures, agency officials say. In Washington state, a Seattle area firm RH2 Engineering has signed on as a pilot user to test the system to prevent water tank spills, The Seattle Times reported. The firm develops municipal water and sewage plants and hopes to use the system to be able to close valves in the event of an earthquake. 'The advantage of earthquake early warning is that it gives us forewarning that the shaking will occur, and we can be sure the valve is fully closed by the time the shaking starts,' the firm's Dan Ervin told the newspaper. The company is working on software and hardware to process the warning signals and automatically close valves. HOW IT WORKS ShakeAlert uses underground seismometers across the West Coast that measure the waves of energy coming from the ground. The data is sent to a computer to determine whether an earthquake is about to occur and if so, its location. It then sends out a warning to systems such as TV sets, mobile phones and home security networks to warn the public of how much time they have before shaking takes place. Several seconds is enough time to protect lives, shut down industrial processes and halt transportation before the shaking begins.

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From Vesuvius to Krakatoa, researchers reveal the world's five deadliest volcanoes

Expert reveals five of the deadliest volcanoes around the world

Includes Vesuvius, Italy, Changbaishan, China and Popocatepetl, Mexico

Also, Nyiragongo, Democratic Republic of Congo and Krakatoa, Indonesia

By Matthew Blackett With The Conversation Published: 17:50 EDT, 10 April 2017 | Updated: 18:01 EDT, 10 April 2017

An eruption of Mount Etna recently caught out some BBC journalists who were filming there. The footage was extraordinary and highlighted the hazards volcanoes pose to humans and society. Since 1600, 278,880 people have been killed by volcanic activity, with many of these deaths attributed to secondary hazards associated with the main eruption. Starvation killed 92,000 following the 1815 Tambora eruption in Indonesia, for example, and a volcanic tsunami killed 36,000 following the 1883 Krakatoa eruption. Since the 1980s, deaths related to volcanic eruptions have been rather limited, but this is not entirely a result of increased preparedness or investment in hazard management – it is significantly a matter of chance. Research shows that volcanic activity has shown no let up since the turn of the 21st century – it just hasn't been around population centres. Indeed, there remain a number of volcanoes poised to blow which pose a major threat to life and livelihood. DEADLY VOLCANOES Vesuvius, Italy Nyiragongo, Democratic Republic of Congo Popocatepetl, Mexico Krakatoa, Indonesia Changbaishan, China Vesuvius, Italy Known for its 79AD eruption, which destroyed the towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum, Vesuvius is still a significant hazard given that it overshadows the city of Naples and its surrounds, which are home to over 3m people. It is also known for a particularly intense form of eruption. Plinian (after Pliny the Younger who was the first to describe the 79AD event) eruptions are characterised by the ejection of a vast column of gas and ash which extends into the stratosphere, far higher than commercial airliners fly. Were such an eruption to occur at Vesuvius today, it is likely that much of the population would already have been evacuated as a precursory swarm of earthquakes would likely herald its imminent approach. THE DESTRUCTION OF POMPEII, AS SEEN FROM A DISTANCE Ancient roman Bodies Italy Pompeii Volcanic. Victims in the remains of Pompeii, destroyed in AD79 +7 Ancient roman Bodies Italy Pompeii Volcanic. Victims in the remains of Pompeii, destroyed in AD79 An administrator and poet called Pliny the younger watched the disaster unfold from a distance. Letters describing what he saw were found in the 16th century. His writing suggests that the eruption caught the residents of Pompeii unawares. He said that a column of smoke 'like an umbrella pine' rose from the volcano and made the towns around it as black as night. People ran for their lives with torches, screaming and some wept as rain of ash and pumice fell for several hours. While the eruption lasted for around 24 hours, the first pyroclastic surges began at midnight, causing the volcano's column to collapse. An avalanche of hot ash, rock and poisonous gas rushed down the side of the volcano at 124mph (199kph), burying victims and remnants of everyday life. Hundreds of refugees sheltering in the vaulted arcades at the seaside in Herculaneum, clutching their jewellery and money, were killed instantly. As people fled Pompeii or hid in their homes, their bodies were covered by blankets of the surge. While Pliny did not estimate how many people died, the event was said to be 'exceptional' and the number of deaths is thought to exceed 10,000. But those who remained would initially be showered with huge pumice rocks too large to be kept aloft by the column of gas. Then, as the volcano began to run out of energy, the column itself would collapse, causing smaller particles of rock (from fine ash to small boulders) to fall from the sky and back to Earth at high velocity. Asphyxiating clouds of gas and pulverised rock – pyroclastic density currents – would then flood down the slopes of the volcano, annihilating anything in their path. Such gas-ash features have been known to travel tens of kilometres and at terrifying speeds, potentially turning modern Naples into a new Pompeii. Nyiragongo, Democratic Republic of Congo This central African volcano has erupted several times over the last few decades and while its eruptions aren't particularly explosive, it produces a particularly runny – and dangerous – form of lava. Once effused, this lava can rapidly move down the flanks of the volcano and inundate areas with little or no warning. In 2002 (pictured), the lava lake at Nyiragongo, Democratic Republic of Congo summit was breached, resulting in streams of lava hurtling towards the nearby city of Goma at 60km/h, engulfing parts of it to a depth of two metres In 2002, the lava lake at the volcano's summit was breached, resulting in streams of lava hurtling towards the nearby city of Goma at 60km/h, engulfing parts of it to a depth of two metres. Fortunately, warnings had been issued as the volcano's unrest has made it the focus of intense research – and over 300,000 people were evacuated in time. Should such an event occur again, we have to hope that the authorities are equally prepared, but this is a politically unstable area and it remains seriously vulnerable. Popocatepetl, Mexico 'Popo', as the locals call it, is just 70km south-west of the one of the largest cities in the world: Mexico City, home to 20m people. Popo is regularly active and its most recent bout of activity in 2016 sent a plume of ash to an altitude of five kilometres. In recent times, and indeed throughout much of its history, eruptive events at Popo have consisted of similarly isolated ash plumes. But these plumes coat the mountain in a thick blanket of ash which, when mixed with water, can form a dense muddy mixture which has the potential to flow for many kilometres and at relatively high speeds. Such phenomena, known as 'lahars', can be extremely deadly, as exemplified by the Nevado del Ruiz disaster of 1985 when around 26,000 people were killed in the town of Armero, Colombia, by a lahar with a volcanic source that was 60km away. 'Popo', as the locals call it, is just 70km south-west of the one of the largest cities in the world: Mexico City, home to 20m people. Popo is regularly active and its most recent bout of activity in 2016 sent a plume of ash to an altitude of five kilometres (pictured is an eruption in 2013) The Nevado del Ruiz tragedy was the direct result of volcanic activity melting ice at the volcano's summit, but a large volume of rainfall or snowmelt could feasibly generate a similar lahar on Popo. This could flow down-slope towards nearby settlements with little or no warning. Krakatoa, Indonesia Otherwise named Krakatau, Krakatoa's name is infamous; 36,000 people were killed by the tsunami triggered by its 1886 eruption, which released more energy than 13,000 Hiroshima atomic bombs. The eruption destroyed the volcanic island completely, but within 50 years, a new island had appeared in its place. The new island is named Anak Krakatau (Child of Krakatoa) and since the 1920s, it has been growing in episodic phases, reaching about 300 metres in height today. But these plumes coat the mountain in a thick blanket of ash which, when mixed with water, can form a dense muddy mixture which has the potential to flow for many kilometres and at relatively high speeds. Such phenomena, known as 'lahars', can be extremely deadly, as exemplified by the Nevado del Ruiz disaster of 1985 when around 26,000 people were killed in the town of Armero, Colombia, by a lahar with a volcanic source that was 60km away 'Popo', as the locals call it, is just 70km south-west of the one of the largest cities in the world: Mexico City, home to 20m people. Popo is regularly active and its most recent bout of activity in 2016 sent a plume of ash to an altitude of five kilometres (pictured is an eruption in 2013) +7 'Popo', as the locals call it, is just 70km south-west of the one of the largest cities in the world: Mexico City, home to 20m people. Popo is regularly active and its most recent bout of activity in 2016 sent a plume of ash to an altitude of five kilometres (pictured is an eruption in 2013) The Nevado del Ruiz tragedy was the direct result of volcanic activity melting ice at the volcano's summit, but a large volume of rainfall or snowmelt could feasibly generate a similar lahar on Popo. This could flow down-slope towards nearby settlements with little or no warning. Krakatoa, Indonesia Otherwise named Krakatau, Krakatoa's name is infamous; 36,000 people were killed by the tsunami triggered by its 1886 eruption, which released more energy than 13,000 Hiroshima atomic bombs. The eruption destroyed the volcanic island completely, but within 50 years, a new island had appeared in its place. The new island is named Anak Krakatau (Child of Krakatoa) and since the 1920s, it has been growing in episodic phases, reaching about 300 metres in height today. Otherwise named Krakatau, Krakatoa's name is infamous; 36,000 people were killed by the tsunami triggered by its 1886 eruption, which released more energy than 13,000 Hiroshima atomic bombs (pictured is an eruption in 2003) +7 Otherwise named Krakatau, Krakatoa's name is infamous; 36,000 people were killed by the tsunami triggered by its 1886 eruption, which released more energy than 13,000 Hiroshima atomic bombs (pictured is an eruption in 2003) KRAKATU'S DEADLY BLOW Towering 1,200ft above the tropical stillness of the Sunda Strait in Indonesia, one of the most terrifying volcanoes the world has ever known has begun to stir once more. It has been Almost 134 years since Krakatoa first showed signs of an imminent eruption, stunning pictures released this week prove that the remnant of this once-enormous volcano is bubbling, boiling and brimming over. With an explosive force 13,000 times the power of the atomic bomb that annihilated Hiroshima, the 1883 eruption of Krakatoa killed more than 36,000 people and radically altered global weather and temperatures for years afterwards. The eruption was so violent and catastrophic that no active volcano in modern times has come close to rivalling it, not even the spectacular eruption of Mount St Helens in the U.S. in 1980 New and significant activity commenced in 2007 and since this time, further episodes of activity were noted at the volcano, most recently in March 2017. No one knows for sure whether or not the spectacular growth of Anak Krakatau means it may one day repeat the catastrophe its 'father' unleashed, but its location between Indonesia's two most populated islands, Java and Sumatra, means it poses a grave threat to life. Changbaishan, China Few have heard of this volcano in a remote part of Asia – and its last eruption was in 1903. However, its history tells a rather scarier story. In around 969AD, the volcano produced one of the largest eruptions of the last 10,000 years, releasing three times more material than Krakatoa did in 1886. In around 969AD, Changbaishan, China produced one of the largest eruptions of the last 10,000 years, releasing three times more material than Krakatoa did in 1886. One of the chief hazards is posed by the massive crater lake (pictured) at its peak One of the chief hazards is posed by the massive crater lake at its peak (with a volume of about nine cubic kilometres). If breached, this lake could generate lahars that would pose a significant threat to the 100,000 people that live in the vicinity. In the early 2000s, scientists began monitoring the hitherto under-monitored volcano, and determined that its activity was increasing, that its magma chamber dormancy was coming to an end, and that it could pose a hazard in the following decades. Further complicating things is the fact that Changbaishan straddles the border of China and North Korea. Given such a geo-politically sensitive location, the effects of any volcanic activity here would likely be very hard to manage. Matthew Blackett, Senior Lecturer in Physical Geography and Natural Hazards, Coventry University This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

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Vladimir Putin says US is preparing to bomb Syrian capital and will blame devastation on Bashar-al Assad's forces

The Russian leader made the astonishing claim during a press conference with the Italian President Sergio Mattarella

By Anthony BondStephen Jones 14:01, 11 APR 2017Updated23:13, 11 APR 2017

Vladimir Putin has sensationally claimed that the US is preparing airstrikes on the Syrian capital - and will pin the blame on Bashar-al Assad's forces. The Russian leader made the astonishing claim - that the US is planning to FAKE chemicals weapons attacks - during a joint press conference with the Italian President Sergio Mattarella. 

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Russia Sends More Warships Toward Syria Following U.S. Tomahawk Strikes

By: Sam LaGrone April 10, 2017 3:38 PM • Updated: April 10, 2017 4:12 PM

A Russian Navy surface action group is headed to the Eastern Mediterranean departing shortly after a U.S. Tomahawk missile strike on a Syrian airfield, a U.S. defense official told USNI News on Monday. Two Steregushchiy-class corvettes, an ocean tug and a fleet oiler departed from the naval base in the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad on Saturday bound for the Eastern Mediterranean and likely Syria, the official told USNI News. The ships from the Russian Navy’s Baltic Fleet are set to arrive in the next several days off the coast of Syria. The Russian SAG will join the guided missile frigate Admiral Grigorovich that sortied from the Black Sea on Friday after a nine-day resupply period. Steregushchiy-class corvettes are among the more modern Russian ships – constructed in the early 2000s — with some versions of the ship capable of fielding the Russian Kalibir NK long range land attack cruise missiles. The Russians have used the weapon – with similar ranges of U.S. Tomahawks – as part of combined Russian and al-Assad loyal forces campaign against rebels in Aleppo fired from Admiral Grigorovich. The 2,200-ton guided missile corvettes are, “designed for operations in adjacent maritime zones, fighting enemy surface ships and submarines, as well as to provide naval gunfire support for amphibious landings,” according to a U.S. Office of Naval Intelligence report. The both the SAG and Admiral Grigorovich left their homeports shortly after U.S. guided missile destroyers USS Ross (DDG-71) and USS Porter (DDG-78) launched 59 Tomahawk missiles targeting the al-Shayrat airfield, the alleged base from which Syrian Su-22s conducted an April 4 chemical weapon strike against civilians Khan Sheikhoun. The U.S. determined the strike was conducted by forces loyal to Syrian president Bashar al-Assad. “The assessment of the Department of Defense is that the strike resulted in the damage or destruction of fuel and ammunition sites, air defense capabilities, and 20 percent of Syria’s operational aircraft,” read a Monday statement from U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis. ”The Syrian government has lost the ability to refuel or rearm aircraft at Shayrat airfield and at this point, use of the runway is of idle military interest. The Syrian government would be ill-advised ever again to use chemical weapons.” Porter and Ross are part of the U.S. Navy’s four-ship forward deployed destroyer force based in Rota, Spain. While the ships are primarily focused on regional ballistic missile defense, they have also been employed for presence operations in the U.S European Command and U.S. Africa Command. Having the forward deployed assets already in the Mediterranean accelerated the U.S. response to the April 4 attack, Pentagon officials told USNI News last week. “These platforms provide an option for the leadership for a measured and deliberate strike. That’s their value,” Capt. Paul Stader – former commander of USS Hue City (CG-66) and Ross — told USNI News on Friday. “[Tomahawks] are very short notice and are capable of executing within a very tight timeline. They’ve evolved over the years that we’ve had them in the inventory and they’re a very capable option for leadership if we want them.” 

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Putin Responds: Syria Strikes "Cripple US-Russia Relations"; Deploys Missile Warship To Syria

by Tyler Durden Apr 7, 2017 8:12 AM

Responding to Trump's unexpected military attack on Syria in which 59 cruise missiles were launched (of which only 23 allegedly hit their target), Russian President Vladimir Putin "regards the strikes as aggression against a sovereign nation,” his spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, noting that the president believes the strikes were carried out “in violation of international law, and also under an invented pretext.” The Kremlin spokesman insisted that “the Syrian army doesn’t have chemical weapons,” saying this had been “observed and confirmed by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, a special UN unit.” The Russian president said he sees the US missile strikes as an attempt to distract attention from civilian casualties in Iraq, Peskov added. “This step deals significant damage to US-Russian ties, which are already in a deplorable state,” Peskov said and added that the US has been ignoring the use of chemical weapons by terrorists and this is dramatically aggravating the situation, in Putin’s opinion. “The main thing, Putin believes, is that this move [by the U.S.] doesn’t draw us nearer to the end goal in the fight with international terrorism and on the contrary, deals a serious setback to the creation of an international coalition in the fight with it,” Peskov said. Other Russians took the opportunity to opine as well, led by Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov who said the US missile attack on a Syrian airbase is an act of aggression under a far-fetched pretext and is reminiscent of the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Quoted by Tass, the top Russian diplomat said "It is an act of aggression under a completely far-fetched pretext. This is reminiscent of the situation in 2003, when the US and the UK, along with some of their allies, invaded Iraq without the consent of the UN Security Council and in violation of international law." "When speaking about the military intervention in Iraq many years after it happened, Tony Blair (who served as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1997 to 2007) acknowledged that they had misled everybody," Lavrov emphasized. "Now they did not even bother to provide any facts referring only to photos," he noted. "They indulged in speculations on children’s photos, on evidence provided by various non-governmental organizations, including the so-called White Helmets, which staged various 'incidents' to instigate action against the Syrian government." Moscow will demand truth of Idlib events, Lavrov stressed. "It is regrettable that all these causes do more harm to the already damaged relations between Russia and the United States. Hope remains that these provocations will not entail irreversible effects," Lavrov said. Russian lawmakers also took to the microphone on Friday, warning that the U.S. airstrikes in Syria could lead to an escalation of conflict in the Middle East and dash any plans for a U.S.-Russian coalition against terrorism. “It’s a new round of escalation in the Middle East. These ill-judged, irresponsible actions don’t contribute to global security, security in the Middle East,” Andrei Krasov, the first deputy head of the defense committee in the Russian lower house of parliament, told state news agency RIA. “Other military conflicts, an expansion of military conflicts, are entirely possible,” he added. Russian Senator Konstantin Kosachev said the airstrikes meant the possibility of a broad antiterror coalition in Syria “bites the dust before it was even born.” He said the aim of the U.S. strike was to “rubber stamp” responsibility on Mr. Assad’s for the chemical attack in Idlib province on Tuesday. “‘The walls of Trump’ are multiplying. And everything started so well. It’s a real shame,” said a post on the Facebook page of Mr. Kosachev, head of the international relations committee in Russia’s upper house of Parliament. Another lawmaker, Mikhail Emelyanov, warned against the risk of clashes between Russian and U.S. forces. “The U.S. is being dragged into the war in Syria in the full knowledge that Russia is supporting Syria and our troops are there, which means it’s fraught with direct clashes between Russia and the U.S. and the consequences could be the most serious, even armed clashes and exchanges of strikes,” Mr. Emelyanov told Interfax news agency. In immediate response, Moscow suspended its memorandum of understanding on flight safety in Syria with the US following the missile strike, calling the attack “a demonstration of force.” The Russian military has supported the Syrian government’s version of the events in Idlib, saying that Damascus attacked an arms depot where chemical weapons had been stockpiled by Islamic State and Al-Nusra Front militants. “Without bothering to investigate anything, the US went forward with a demonstration of force, a military confrontation with a country that is fighting international terrorism,” the Foreign Ministry’s statement reads. “Obviously, the cruise missile attack was prepared beforehand. Any expert can tell that the decision to strike was made in Washington before the events in Idlib, which were used as a pretext for a demonstration,” the statement reads The Memorandum on air safety was signed in October 2015, after Russia came to Syria to fight international terrorism at the invitation of the country’s government. The document of understanding was designed to prevent possible mishaps between the Russian and US Air Forces operating independently in the region. Russia’s Foreign Ministry has condemned the attack as an example of the “reckless attitude” that has only worsened “existing world issues” and created a “threat to international security.” Additionally, according to Tass, in response to the strikes, the Russian frigate Admiral Grigorovich armed with Kalibr cruise missiles will be deployed to the Tartus naval base in Syria. The Russian Black Sea Fleet’s frigate The Admiral Grigorovich, currently on a routine voyage, will enter the Mediterranean later on Friday, a military-diplomatic source in Moscow told TASS, adding that the ship would make a stop at the logistics base in Syria’s port of Tartus. "The Russian ship armed with cruise missiles Kalibr will visit the logistics base in Tartus, Syria," the source said. 

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Pieczenik Explodes: Issues Warning To Trump, Mattis AND McMaster About Going To War In Syria

by The_Real_Fly Apr 10, 2017 11:34 PM

America's foremost expert in international affairs, having served under 5 Presidents, instrumental in the Camp David accords, in addition to playing a key role in regime changes around the globe for decades, Dr. Steve Pieczenik exploded with rage on the Alex Jones show yesterday -- warning Trump and his team that war crimes would follow if they pursued a neocon agenda of war in Syria, which the American people do not want. "This is a warning to our generals, Mcmaster, and others, who think they can do a regime change in Syria. Number one, that will not be possible, not with the military, not with all the forces you have and not with the quality of the soldiers you have, the generals. Any notion of a regime change through force is both absurd or criminal. The issue of Syria and Assad have no national security interests to us at all. This will be an incredible dereliction of duty if we go to war in Syria." He then warned Mcmaster and Mattis directly, saying that he will "come forth, and be tried for criminal activity, as will Mathis." "There is no reason to put our men and women in harm's way for oil pipelines, or whatever nonsense that is military industrial complex thinks we need to do to get in the middle east. We have no interest in the middle east." "There is no cause for war." "Again, we're going through the nonsense of the neocons." Dr. Pieczenik made his first public appearance in more than 30 years during the Presidential elections, saying in no uncertain terms that he represented a faction of the American intelligence community that would not allow Hillary Clinton to become the next President. Moreover, he claimed to be part of an organization that released the Podesta emails to Wikileaks. Interestingly, the mainstream media continues to ignore the good Doctor -- in spite of the fact that is resume is anything but conspiratorial. He is the real deal. At one point in the interview, he got so heated that Jones had to cut him off when he threatened legal action against the President. "If this goes any step further, this is a warning to our generals, to our President, and anyone involved. Once again, we will react quite vociferously and strongly. This is grounds for all types of legal action against the President." He further elaborated on the situation in Syria as a war that is unwinnable, describing how the Assad family was firmly entrenched and could not be displaced by American forces, who have 'no idea what they're doing.' "The people I know in the military are increasing their force structures to the degree that there is no strategy whatsoever. If you have no strategy, and regime change isn't a strategy, do not go to war." "The President needs to understand, if he goes to war, that's his problem and we will have a major blowback, domestically. Our military is not prepared for this type of war. Our generals have no idea what they're doing." A confused Jones, obviously caught off guard by the acrimonious tone of Dr. Pieczenik, asked what had changed from Friday to cause him to issues these warnings. Pieczenik described, from a psyops point of view, the things he learned over the weekend that caused him to worry. "But once I hear, and I understand there are more forces placed there over the weekend, there was artillery placed in there. And in fact, they are creating in the White House, what we call a dichotomy or two messages." "You have a purposeful confusion." "Do not go to war in Syria." 

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North Korea warns of nuclear strike if provoked; Trump 'armada' steams on

Tue Apr 11, 2017 | 10:35pm EDT By Sue-Lin Wong and David Brunnstrom | PYONGYANG/WASHINGTON

North Korean state media warned on Tuesday of a nuclear attack on the United States at any sign of American aggression, as a U.S. Navy strike group steamed toward the western Pacific - a force U.S. President Donald Trump described as an "armada". Trump, who has urged China to do more to rein in its impoverished ally and neighbor, said in a tweet that North Korea was "looking for trouble" and the United States would "solve the problem" with or without Beijing's help. Tension has escalated sharply on the Korean peninsula amid concerns that reclusive North Korea may soon conduct a sixth nuclear test and after Washington said at the weekend it was diverting the aircraft carrier strike group Carl Vinson toward the Korean peninsula in a show of force. "We are sending an armada. Very powerful," Trump told Fox Business Network. "We have submarines. Very powerful. Far more powerful than the aircraft carrier. That I can tell you.” Referring to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, Trump said: “He is doing the wrong thing.” Asked if he thought Kim was mentally fit, Trump replied: “I don’t know. I don’t know him.” North Korea said earlier it was prepared to respond to any U.S. aggression. "Our revolutionary strong army is keenly watching every move by enemy elements with our nuclear sight focused on the U.S. invasionary bases not only in South Korea and the Pacific operation theater but also in the U.S. mainland," its official Rodong Sinmun newspaper said. In spite of the military rhetoric, U.S. officials have previously stressed that stronger sanctions are the most likely U.S. course to press North Korea to abandon its nuclear program. At the same time, Washington has said all options - including military ones - are on the table and that a U.S. strike last week against Syria should serve as a warning to Pyongyang. The strike group heading toward Korea includes the nuclear-powered flagship aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson, two destroyers and a cruiser. Such a strike group is generally accompanied by submarines, although the Pentagon does not normally publicize this. "PRUDENT" MOVE U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said the deployment was not tied to a specific event but a matter of prudence. "She is just on her way up there because that is where we thought it was most prudent to have her at this time," he said at a Pentagon news conference. White House spokesman Sean Spicer said Trump had put North Korea "clearly on notice" that he would not tolerate certain actions but dismissed Pyongyang's nuclear attack threat. "I think there is no evidence that North Korea has that capability at this time," he said. "Threatening something that you don't have the capability of isn't really a threat." North Korea remains technically at war with the United States and its ally South Korea after the 1950-1953 Korean conflict ended in a truce, not a peace treaty. It regularly threatens to destroy both countries. However, North Korea has conducted five nuclear tests, two of them last year, and is working to develop nuclear-tipped missiles that can reach the United States, presenting Trump with perhaps his most pressing security headache. South Korea's acting president, Hwang Kyo-ahn, warned of "greater provocations" by North Korea, including a possible nuclear test, given a meeting of the country's Supreme People's Assembly and upcoming national anniversaries. He ordered the military to intensify monitoring and ensure close communication with Washington. North Korea convened a Supreme People's Assembly session on Tuesday, one of twice-yearly sessions attended by leader Kim Jong-un, and reported a successful national budget execution and personnel appointments, the official KCNA news agency said. The agency made no mention of North Korea's nuclear weapons program or being under threat from the United States. Saturday is the 105th anniversary of the birth of Kim Il-sung, North Korea's founding father and grandfather of the current ruler. A military parade is expected in Pyongyang to mark the day and North Korea often marks important anniversaries with tests of its nuclear or missile capabilities. Men and women in colorful outfits were singing and dancing on the streets of Pyongyang, illuminated by better lighting than seen in previous years, apparently practicing for the parade. TRUMP PRESSES CHINA Trump said a trade deal between China and the United States would be "far better for them if they solved the North Korea problem". "If China decides to help, that would be great," he tweeted. "If not, we will solve the problem without them!" Trump pressed his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping to do more on North Korea at a meeting in Florida last week. China's U.N. ambassador, Liu Jieyi, called the Korean situation "tense" and repeated China's call for a return to dialogue with North Korea. “We believe that it is highly important to move toward denuclearization, to maintain peace and stability, and it’s time that different sides sit down to talk about achieving these objectives,” he told Reuters. Asked about Trump linking a trade deal to China’s help with North Korea: “We need to look at the situation on the Korean Peninsula as something that we should work together on.” South Korean officials sought to quell social media talk of an impending crisis, and Defence Ministry spokesman Moon Sang-kyun urged people "not to get blinded by exaggerated assessment about the security situation". North Korea's foreign ministry said the approach of the U.S. Navy strike group showed Washington's "reckless moves for invading had reached a serious phase". "We will take the toughest counteraction against the provocateurs in order to defend ourselves by powerful force of arms and keep to the road chosen by ourselves," an unidentified ministry spokesman said. U.S. officials said at the weekend the carrier group would take more than a week to reach waters near the Korean peninsula. A statement from U.S. forces in South Korea on Tuesday said General Vincent Brooks, commander of United States Forces Korea, would not attend a Congressional hearing expected this month because of the "security situation on the Korean Peninsula." The statement said the step was not unprecedented. Russia's Foreign Ministry, ahead of a visit by U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, said it was concerned about many aspects of U.S. foreign policy, particularly North Korea. "We are really worried about what Washington has in mind for North Korea after it hinted at the possibility of a unilateral military scenario," the ministry said in a statement. China and South Korea agreed on Monday to impose tougher sanctions on North Korea if it carried out nuclear or long-range missile tests, a senior official in Seoul said. On Tuesday, a fleet of North Korean cargo ships headed home, mostly fully laden, after China ordered its trading companies to return coal, sources with direct knowledge of the trade said. China banned all imports of North Korean coal, the country's most important export, on Feb. 26, but Washington has questioned how well the sanction was being implemented. (Additional reporting by Ju-min Park and Jack Kim in Seoul, Idrees Ali, David Brunnstrom, Ayesha Rascoe and Eric Beech in Washington, Michelle Nichols at the United Nations and Andrew Osborn in Moscow; Editing by Tom Heneghan and James Dalgleish) 

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USA and North Korea Could Soon Go To War, Possibly Nuclear War; Trump Advisers Prepare For ‘Show of Force’

By @truther2127 - 04/10/2017

The United States of America could soon be taking North Korea to war. Kim Jung-Un, the tyrant from N. Korea, has pushed too many buttons and warranted a response from the Trump administration. The USA deployed a Navy strike group to the region and Kim’s regime is lashing out at the move by the US calling it ‘reckless moves for invading.’ Only time will tell how it plays out, below are the links used in the report above. 

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China's nuke envoy embarks on S. Korea trip to discuss N. Korea issue

2017/04/10 13:40

SEOUL, April 10 (Yonhap) -- China's top nuclear envoy arrived in Seoul on Monday to discuss the growing threats from North Korea's missile and nuclear capabilities. Wu Dawei landed at Incheon International Airport, west of Seoul, for a four- or five-day trip. Upon arrival, he didn't respond to reporters asking for comments, only saying, "Thank you." He is scheduled to hold talks with his South Korean counterpart Kim Hong-kyun in the afternoon followed by a meeting over dinner. They last met in Beijing in December. The Seoul meeting is also expected to provide a chance for the Seoul government to listen to China's take on the outcome of the recent summit talks between the United States and China, the decision by Seoul and Washington to deploy a Terminal High Attitude Area Defense system in South Korea and concerns over North Korea's possible additional provocations, among other things. Tensions are running high amid speculation that the North might carry out an additional nuclear test or a long-range missile launch this month, which experts say is filled with big events for Pyongyang to celebrate. During his stay, Wu also plans to meet major presidential candidates or their campaign officials to exchange views on key diplomatic issues concerning the two countries ahead of the May 9 election. 

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Not Prepared: Will Most Americans Be Absolutely Blindsided By Multiple Wars And A Simultaneous Economic Collapse?

Posted on April 11, 2017 Written by Michael Snyder

According to CBS News, an astounding three-fourths of all Americans have to “scramble to cover their living costs” each month. In other words, most of the country is either living paycheck to paycheck or very close to it. But instead of tightening their belts and trying to put something away for the very hard times that are coming, most Americans are completely and utterly unprepared for what is ahead because the people that they trust on television keep telling them that everything is going to be okay. Unfortunately, everything is not going to be “okay”, and when things start falling apart all around us there is going to be a lot of anger directed toward those that have been lulling everyone into a false sense of security. One of the reasons why I am sounding the alarm so loudly is so that people will not be blindsided by the things that are about to happen to this country. As you will see below, we are on the precipice of two major wars, conditions are ripe for a devastating economic collapse, and if you were to throw in a major natural disaster or two you would have a recipe for the kind of “perfect storm” that many have been warning about. Earlier today I focused on our looming economic problems, and in this article I want to address the potential for more military conflict in the very near future. When Donald Trump hit Syria with 59 cruise missiles, millions of Americans greatly celebrated, but much of the rest of the world was deeply alarmed. The Trump administration has said that more strikes are possible, but Russia and Iran are both pledging that “we will respond with force” if any more attacks are conducted… RUSSIA and Iran have said they will respond to further American military actions following the air strike in Syria last week. In a joint statement, the command centre for the two countries and allied groups said “we will respond to any aggression”. The statement read: “What America waged in an aggression on Syria is a crossing of red lines. From now on we will respond with force to any aggressor or any breach of red lines from whoever it is and America knows our ability to respond well.” Do you understand what that means? If Trump fires off any more cruise missiles at Syria, we will essentially be in a state of war with both Russia and Iran. Previously, Russia had warned that our two nations were “one step from war” because of Trump’s actions, but the Trump administration is showing no signs of backing down. In fact, UN Ambassador Nikki Haley says that regime change in Syria is now a top priority… The US ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, who has done a remarkable job of continuing the diplomatic tone set by her predecessor Samantha Power, said in an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union” which will air in full on Sunday, that regime change in Syria as one of the Trump administration’s top priorities in Syria. Her statement was a complete U-turn from what she said just over a week ago, when she told a group of reporters that the US was “no longer focused on getting Assad out.” Some members of the administration are apparently even advocating a full-blown invasion of Syria. For example, it is being reported that National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster has come up with a plan to send 150,000 U.S. ground troops into the country… As NSA, McMaster’s job is to synthesize intellience reports from all other agencies. President Trump is being given an inaccurate picture of the situation in Syria, as McMaster is seeking to involve the U.S. in a full scale war in Syria. The McMaster-Petraeus plan calls for 150,000 American ground troops in Syria. Many special operations veterans including General Joseph Votel have raised serious concerns about McMaster’s plans for Syria. I don’t know if I have the words to describe how incredibly foolish that would be. Do we really want to fight an extremely bloody ground war with the combined forces of Russia, Iran, Syria and Hezbollah? There is very little good that could come out of a war in Syria even in the most rosy scenarios possible, but if things go bad they could go really, really bad. Meanwhile, NBC News is reporting that President Trump is considering various military options for North Korea, and one of those options includes “killing dictator Kim Jong-Un”… The National Security Council has presented President Donald Trump with options to respond to North Korea’s nuclear program — including putting American nukes in South Korea or killing dictator Kim Jong-un, multiple top-ranking intelligence and military officials told NBC News. After seeing what happened in Syria and hearing these threats openly discussed in the U.S. media, what do you think Kim Jong-Un is thinking at this point? One member of Congress is warning that “millions can die” if a military strike against North Korea goes badly. Once U.S. missiles begin flying, North Korea can start firing off their nukes and their vast arsenal of chemical warheads almost instantly. Could you imagine what would happen if large numbers of deadly nerve gas warheads started exploding in downtown Seoul, downtown Tokyo and at U.S. military bases in Japan? The carnage would be off the charts, and this is a scenario that we want to avoid at all costs. Unfortunately, it seems like we are coming closer to a conflict with North Korea with each passing day. In fact, today we learned that an aircraft carrier strike group headed by the USS Carl Vinson is sailing in the direction of North Korea right now… Amid rising tensions with North Korea, an aircraft carrier strike group led by the USS Carl Vinson were heading toward the Korean peninsula. The aircraft carrier and its accompanying ships had been scheduled to leave from Singapore for port visits to Australia on Saturday, but Adm. Harry Harris, head of U.S. Pacific Command, ordered the strike group to head north toward Korean waters instead. So what happens if the U.S. starts fighting two major wars simultaneously, the biggest debt bubble in the history of the planet starts bursting, and the U.S. stock market crashes by 50 percent as some analysts are projecting? Some Americans still have memories of living through the Great Depression and World War II, but most of us have been living in a bubble of peace and prosperity for so long that we don’t think that anything could ever come along and threaten our way of life. And since the election of Donald Trump, interest in “prepping” has dropped to the lowest level that I have ever seen. Most people have been lulled into a false sense of security, while the truth is that we have entered perhaps the most dangerous period of time in modern American history. So you all can do whatever you want, but me and my house are going to get prepared for the tremendous storm that is about to hit this nation. Those that are wise will do the same, but unfortunately most Americans are going to get absolutely blindsided by what is coming because they have been trusting the wrong voices. There is still time for you to prepare, but you have to start learning how to make your own survival foods as soon as humanly possible. The best way to do it is to get the inside scoop on how to do it right. Fortunately, there is a way to get twenty years worth of The Lost Ways. This new food storage system is called The Lost Ways. You do not need a lot of expensive equipment to store foods for a crisis using the methods taught here. Even better, The Lost Ways pays for itself quickly as you begin to put away garden produce or even meats that you buy on sale. For most folks it’s simply the biggest bargain of their lives. You can finally become self-sufficient and any extra money saved in food expense goes right back to your pocket. Frankly, at the end of the day, The Lost Ways actually makes you money! What’s more, the videos take you by the hand, step by step, through the entire process of “putting away” almost any food you can think of. It’s very much like having a food storage professional right there with you every step of the way. 

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etc.. The clock is ticking, the midnight hour is already striking, the horses have been riding and yet many see not the things I have told them. They understand not what my word has said, etc..

Rev 6:4
4 And another horse appeared, a red one. Its rider was given a mighty sword and the authority to remove peace from the earth. And there was war and slaughter everywhere. (NLT) 

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World of Trouble

By Hal Lindsey

The U.S. attack on Syria's al-Shayrat airfield may turn out to be one of the most important moves by an American President in this century. To see its importance, we should start by looking a long way from Syria — at Pyongyang, North Korea. The Democratic People's Republic of Korea operates as a vast prison camp where every citizen-inmate is confined and monitored. They are born with a life-sentence to hard labor. Like all prisons, it is not self-sustaining, and must be subsidized by someone else — in this case, the People's Republic of China. By economically and militarily propping up North Korea, communist China makes itself the enabler of North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs. Those programs put the whole world at risk — not just because of North Korea’s belligerence, but because they sell both weapons and weapons technology to the Islamic Republic of Iran. The Iran nuclear deal of 2015 ensures that country’s development of nuclear weapons. But just as important as the bombs, are the means to deliver them. North Korean ballistic missile technology undergirds Iran’s ongoing missile program. China enables North Korea which in turn enables Iran, and threatens the peace of the world. Iran is a nation of Shiite Muslims, and the world’s number one terrorist state. Sunni and Shiite Muslims are in a centuries-long, pitched battle for dominance in the Middle East. In 2011, it looked like the Iranians might lose a key ally in their struggle. That year, the United States and others encouraged so-called “moderate Muslim rebels” to take down the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Probably without fully realizing it, the U.S. was encouraging a religious civil war. Assad is part of the Alawite branch of Islam. According to Reuters, “Sunni Muslims make up 74 percent of Syria’s 22 million population, Alawites 12 percent, Christians 10 percent and Druze 3 percent.” In the religious civil war, Assad’s Alawite faith put him at a distinct disadvantage. But because Alawites revere the “Twelver school of Shia Islam,” Shia Iran sees him as an ally. So, when things turned against Assad early in the civil war, Iran stepped in to prop up him and his government. On the other side, Sunnis also funneled money and fighters into Syria on behalf of the rebels. With all factions being sustained by outside forces, and no clear winner on the battlefield, the cruel war drags on with no end in sight. And finding a good guy in this fight is like finding a mountain in Florida. If there ever were moderate rebels, they have long since disappeared. The ferocity of the war, along with its unending nature, has produced a humanitarian disaster. According to Mercy Corps, “Syria’s civil war has created the worst humanitarian crisis of our time. Half the country’s pre-war population — more than 11 million people — have been killed or forced to flee their homes.” We’re talking about 470,000 dead Syrians and two million injured. Many fled into Europe, hastening a fundamental change in European society. In 2012, then-U.S. President Barrack Obama, announced to the world that if the Assad regime in Syria used, or even looked like it might use, chemical weapons against the rebels, it would cross a “red line” forcing the U.S. to take action. In 2013, Assad used such weapons. Obama acted like he might use military force, then backed off. Instead, he welcomed Vladimir Putin to Syria. The Russians promised to supervise the removal of “every single bit” of Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal. The U.S. readily agreed, but warned Syria that “the threat of force is real” and could still happen if they did not comply with the removal of all such weapons. Some chemical weapons were removed from Syria, but not all. They proved this by using those weapons several more times in the intervening years. Some of the attacks may have come from rebels who stole pieces of the Syrian stockpile, but others clearly came from Assad’s army. The bigger issue was Russia’s new position as a leader in the search for peace in the Middle East. In 2015, Iran convinced Russia to further step into the situation by putting troops on the ground in Syria on behalf of Assad. For students of prophecy, it was an amazing moment. Magog and Persia of Ezekiel 38 had joined forces in a nation along Israel’s northern border. In Assad’s recent chemical attack, the U.S. military monitored the planes carrying the weapons from the time they left the al-Shayrat airfield until they returned. This time, there’s no doubt. It was Assad’s men carrying out the chemical raid against civilian targets, including small children. The U.S. responded with a cruise missile attack on a single Syrian airbase. Such an attack does not stop Assad, or even cause him lasting harm. The immediate purpose was as a warning against the use of chemical weapons, or any other form of WMD, anywhere in the world. But there is another, deeper messagenot just to Syria, but also to the Russia, North Korea, China, and Iran. The United States will no longer sit on the sidelines. Passivity in the face of danger only increases that danger, and is no longer America’s policy. It is this switch from passive to active that makes this a significant move at a key moment in history. The attack on the Syrian base took place during a summit between President Trump and President Xi Jinping of China. The message seems obvious. If you do nothing about your renegade friends in North Korea, we will take care of the problem ourselves. Of course, none of this is without risk. The world staggers like a drunk on the edge of a cliff. We need divine intervention and wisdom. Strikingly, in announcing the U.S. attack, Donald Trump acknowledged that point. He said, “We ask for God's wisdom as we face the challenge of our very troubled world.”That’s a prayer to which we can all say, “Amen.” 

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North Korea calls U.S. aircraft carrier dispatch 'outrageous,' warns of counteraction

By Eric Talmadge Associated Press

North Korea is vowing tough counteraction to any military moves that might follow the U.S. move to send the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier and its battle group to waters off the Korean Peninsula. The statement from Pyongyang comes as tensions on the divided peninsula are high because of U.S.-South Korea wargames now underway and recent ballistic missile launches by the North. Pyongyang sees the annual maneuvers as a dress rehearsal for invasion, while the North's missile launches violate U.N. resolutions. "We will hold the U.S. wholly accountable for the catastrophic consequences to be entailed by its outrageous actions," a spokesman for its Foreign Ministry was quoted as saying by the state-run Korean Central News Agency late Monday. The statement comes just after U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said U.S. missile strikes against a Syrian air base in retaliation for a chemical weapon attack carry a message for any nation operating outside of international norms. He didn't specify North Korea, but the context was clear enough. "If you violate international agreements, if you fail to live up to commitments, if you become a threat to others, at some point a response is likely to be undertaken," Tillerson told ABC's "This Week." The North has long claimed the U.S. is preparing some kind of assault against it and justifies its nuclear weapons as defensive in nature. "This goes to prove that the U.S. reckless moves for invading the DPRK have reached a serious phase of its scenario," the North's statement said. "If the U.S. dares opt for a military action, crying out for 'preemptive attack' and 'removal of the headquarters,' the DPRK is ready to react to any mode of war desired by the U.S." North Korea's formal name is the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. U.S. Navy ships are a common presence in the Korean region and are in part a show of force. On Saturday night, the Pentagon said a Navy carrier strike group was moving toward the western Pacific Ocean to provide more of a physical presence in the region. President Donald Trump's national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, described the decision to send the carrier group as "prudent." 

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After Syrian Gassing, Trump Must Expose the Iran Deal

By Roger L Simon April 9, 2017

Among the more disturbing questions emerging from the renewed use of gas by Bashar Assad is whether Barack Obama and his loyal minions (Kerry, Rhodes, Rice, etc.) actually knew the Syrian leader still had chemical weapons, even though they trumpeted the opposite to the American public on numerous occasions. Either they lied or were so extraordinarily credulous they believed -- apparently without verification -- the Syrians had truly rid themselves of those WMDs, in which case Obama -- not Trump -- was Vladimir Putin's personal "useful idiot." (It may even be time to take a second look at the contention of some that Saddam transferred his chemical weapons to Syria way back when, which would be a surprise vindication of Bush 43.) Whatever the case, it's "heavy water" under the bridge at this point, but should alert us even more to the absolute necessity of revealing everything known about the also Obama-instigated Iran Deal, all its myriad hidden codicils and clauses that remain mysterious to the citizens of this country in whose name they were allegedly signed. That agreement too could be the product of useful idiocy, a sucker punch from the mullahs. The devil, in this case, is very much in the details, few of which we know, except that the Iranians refused to give a baseline development level for their nuclear weapons program in this first place. In a sense, that made everything else moot. Nevertheless, Iran has been the beneficiary of this deal to the tune of billions of dollars, some evidently in cash, much of which has been and is being spent in Syria, if not directly on chemical weapons, on a war that no less than the former chief rabbi of Israel, himself a Holocaust survivor, has called another Holocaust. Iran is also using the money to finance Hezbollah in that war, simultaneously arming those terrorist thugs with tons of modern weapons, including long range missiles, even while the mullahs use Hezbollah's guerrillas as cannon fodder to spare Iran's own quasi-terrorist Revolutionary Guard. The Islamic Republic's obvious goal is to control both Syria and Iraq by proxies. A victorious Assad would be Iran's boy as much as Russia's, possibly more. The Trump administration should expose this deal in its entirety to public view now. If that means Iran pulls out of the agreement -- as they have warned -- so be it. The transparency is worth whatever minimal insurance against a nuclear-armed Iran might be inherent in these evanescent documents. After seeing just how much insurance against chemical weapons was inherent in Obama's deal with Putin over the crossing of our then-president's "red line," one could be skeptical that there is any at all. Indeed, what little we know of the Iran Deal leads one to believe that it would be simple for the mullahs to be as busy as ever on their nuclear program. That they are allied with North Korea makes this all the more likely. 

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Lawmakers to Trump: Cancel Obama-backed Boeing sales to Iran

By Joel Gehrke (@Joelmentum) • 4/10/17 5:06 PM

President Trump should cancel airplane sales to Iranian airlines that facilitate terrorism, a pair of Republican lawmakers urged Monday. "Iran's commercial airlines have American blood on their hands," Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Rep. Peter Roskam, R-Ill., wrote in a letter to Trump. A government decision to block the aircraft sales would provoke an uproar at home and abroad. It would cost Boeing, which has inked a pair of deals to sell 110 to Iran-based airlines, about $20 billion. It could deter American and European businesses from investing in Iran, which the regime's leaders have argued amounts to violation of the nuclear agreement that former President Barack Obama's team negotiated. "The possibility that U.S.-manufactured aircraft could be used as tools of terror is absolutely unacceptable and should not be condoned by the U.S. government," Rubio and Roskam wrote. "The United States should revoke authorizations and re-impose sanctions on Iranian airlines found guilty of such support, and should bar U.S. companies from selling aircraft to Iran until the Iranian regime ceases using commercial airliners for illicit military purposes." The Obama administration granted a license authorizing Boeing to strike the deals last fall, following Iranian complaints that they were not receiving the expected economic benefit of the sanctions relief provided by the nuclear pact. "We are going to do what we can to meet our commitments as long as Iran continues to meet their nuclear-related commitments," then-State Department spokesman John Kirby said. The Obama administration did far too much to help Iran, Republican lawmakers maintained, and they responded with legislation that would bar U.S. banks from financing the deal. "Why should U.S. banks and their customers be implicated in Iranian atrocities?" Rep. Bill Huizenga, R-Mich., said in November. Democrats countered that attempts to undermine the Boeing sales would 'unravel' the nuclear agreement. "I'm going to bet that under the Trump administration, Republicans will not be so eager to move legislation to unravel this agreement because, like the rest of us, they do not know how Mr. Trump will govern and because they know there is no other reasonable approach to curbing Iran's nuclear ambition short of military intervention," Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., said at the time. Trump has sent mixed messages on the Iran deal, by turns denouncing it and complaining that Iran wouldn't spend the money received through the nuclear deal with U.S. companies. "I think it is an imperfect arms control agreement," Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said during his confirmation hearings in January. "When America gives her word, we have to live up to it and work with our allies." Roskam and Rubio should have at least one ally in the Trump adminstration, in the former of current CIA director Mike Pompeo. "It is not your role to act as agents of the Iranian Chamber of Commerce," then-Congressman Pompeo wrote to the Obama administration in protest of the airplane sales last year. "America's security depends on you acknowledging that this agreement has not changed Iran's behavior in any material way." 

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Wisconsin Keeps Close Eye on Churches, Places of Worship

By Felix N. Codilla III , Christian Post Contributor Apr 10, 2017 | 7:48 AM

A place of worship in Wisconsin called off its Sunday service after a fugitive was reportedly seen on church premises. The suspect is identified as Joseph Jakubowski who stole from a gun store and threatened an unspecified attack that triggered a multiagency manhunt on him. On the night of April 4, the 31-year-old suspect broke into the Armageddon Supplies gun shop in Janesville and carted away 16 firearms consisting of at least two assault rifles and several handguns. He also torched his car which was parked near the burglarized store. Police later released a video showing Jakubowski mailing a package to the White House. The video was recorded by the suspect's friend who didn't realize the gravity of the situation until after the arms store burglary three hours after. He regretted recording the video, News 3 Madison reported. The mailed package contained a 161-page manifesto featuring anti-government rants and "personal angst against anything other than natural law or rule." Rock County Sheriff Robert Spoden said, "Basically, he's angry at all government officials... Whether it's the president or local officials or whether it's law enforcement, he basically has a dislike for anyone that has authority or governmental power." On April 6, elders of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Sun Prairie reported a suspicious man matching Jakubowski's description who went to them and asked questions about church services and practices, including inquiries about turning people away. This prompted the church to cancel its worship services that Sunday. Although no threat was made on a religious group, authorities advised the cancellation of church services as a precaution considering Jakubowski's manifesto expressed "anti-religious views." The Janesville Police Department and Rock County Sheriff's Office beefed up patrols near churches. "We always want to hinge on the side of safety," police spokesman Joseph Hack said. "If we didn't and something did happen, it would be a bad look toward our department as well as the church." Bethlehem Lutheran had no surveillance camera installed but it was determined on Sunday afternoon that the person who inquired wasn't Jakubowski.

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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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Russia warns of ‘real war’ ahead of G7 meeting on Syria

April 11, 201712:23am Victoria

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has pledged to defend “innocents” around the world ahead of a critical meeting in Russia later this week. Speaking in Italy before a meeting of G7 Ministers that is expected to lead to an ultimatum for Russian President Putin over his support for Syrian President Assad, Mr Tillerson visited the site of a Nazi massacre at Sant’Anna di Stazzema. “We rededicate ourselves to holding to account any and all who commit crimes against the innocents anywhere in the world,” he said. “This place will serve as an inspiration to us all.” Monday’s meeting of G7 nations is expected to lead to a directive pledging fresh sanctions against Russia if it fails to cut ties with President Assad. It follows US air strikes against the Syrian government in retaliation for a chemical weapons attack that killed 72 people including 11 children last week. The deadly attack came after Russia had pledged to rid Syria of chemical weapons and Mr Tillerson was scathing in his criticism of Russia over that failure. “Either Russia has been complicit or Russia has simply been incompetent in its ability to deliver on its end of that agreement,” he said. The harsh comments set the scene for a potential showdown between Mr Tillerson and his Russian counterparts. The new Secretary of State will meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Wednesday in the shadow of the Syrian conflict and an FBI investigation over Russia. The Kremlin has denied a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin is on the cards despite the history between the pair. Mr Putin once awarded Mr Tillerson with the Russian Order of Friendship and the former oil executive faces harsh scrutiny over their dealings. Over the weekend, Russia warned of a “real war” in tweets asking followers whether they trusted US President Trump and UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson to command. It also asked followers what the “probable outcomes” of the G7 meeting might be, including “conventional war”, a “war of clowns” of a “mix of the above”. 

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The Vast, Secretive Face Database That Could Instantly ID You In A Crowd

Amid questions of accuracy and legality, the FBI and police can search images for millions of Americans’ faces, potentially in real time.

By Alex Pasternack03.30.17 | 6:00 am

If you’ve been to the DMV to have your driver’s license photo taken, there’s a good chance your face is in a little-known group of databases that functions like a digital police lineup. Except, in this case, you needn’t even be suspected of a crime, and soon the searching could take place virtually anywhere, anytime. It’s just one example of the exploding use of facial recognition technology in law enforcement, and it’s raising major concerns among U.S. lawmakers and privacy advocates. “I’m frankly appalled,” Representative Paul Mitchell, a Republican from Michigan, told Kimberly Del Greco, the FBI’s deputy assistant director of criminal justice, during a House oversight committee hearing last week. “I wasn’t informed when my driver’s license was renewed my photograph was going to be in a repository that could be searched by law enforcement across the country.” Watch the exchange between Rep. Mitchell, the FBI’s Kimberly Del Greco, and Alvaro Bedoya of Georgetown’s Law Center Mitchell’s face and those of more than 125 million Americans—more than half of the country’s adult population—are thought to be stored in a vast network of databases used by local and federal law enforcement to scan photos and videos of individuals. Many of these faces, which can be searched without reasonable suspicion, belong to people who have never been charged with a crime and have no idea they are being searched. Yet there are few guidelines or legal rulings that govern exactly how face recognition, like a number of other new technologies, should be used by police. In a report last May on the FBI’s system, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) found the FBI had “not fully adhered to privacy laws and policies and had not taken sufficient action to help ensure accuracy of its face recognition technology.” In response to the report, which urged the FBI to conduct regular audits of the system, “the Department of Justice and the FBI disagreed with three recommendations and had taken some actions to address the remainder, but had not fully implemented them,” the GAO said. “No federal law controls this technology, no court decision limits it,” said Alvaro Bedoya, executive director of Georgetown Law’s Center on Privacy and Technology, and the coauthor of “The Perpetual Lineup,” a report on the FBI and state face recognition databases. “This technology is not under control.” While a few attempts to set limits are inching slowly through state legislatures, the technology is racing ahead. Advancements in machine vision and artificial intelligence are widening the scope of the lineup too: Via body-worn police cameras, which are rapidly proliferating, face searches could happen up-close, at street level and in real-time—anticipating a future in which anonymity in certain public places could disappear. It’s this pairing of technologies in particular—the ability to scan and identify faces on the street—that is the “most concerning” from a privacy and First Amendment perspective, said Jason Chaffetz, Republican representative from Utah and chairman of the House Oversight committee. A 2014 Justice Dept. report also highlighted the combination, warning that using body cameras with “facial recognition systems and other new technologies like live feed and auto recording . . . may pose serious risks to public privacy.” In the legal vacuum surrounding their use, agencies exploring these technologies should “proceed very cautiously,” the report said. “Imagine the world where the cops are going down the street and they’ve got Google Glass on and their body cameras are recognizing people,” says Barry Friedman, the director of the Policing Project at New York University School of Law. “And it’s not just recognizing them, but they’re getting their security scores at the same time, and people are getting colored based on how dangerous the algorithms think they are. That’s one scary world.” Already law enforcement is pairing real-time face recognition software with footage from surveillance cameras, and police officers around the country are using face recognition apps on mobile phones to more quickly identify suspects they stop on the street. In New York, it emerged this week that police are beginning to acquire face recognition technology to scan the faces of all drivers commuting between the five boroughs. Questions Over Legality And Accuracy Of immediate concern to Congress was the legality of the FBI’s system. With the FBI’s Del Greco in the hot seat, a number of committee members asked why the agency hadn’t published a privacy report of its face recognition system until 2015, years after it first deployed the technology in public, in 2010. Had anyone at the FBI been reprimanded for the delay? Rep. Mitchell asked. “I have no knowledge,” Del Greco said. “There are days ignorance is bliss,” he fired back. Del Greco said the FBI had advised its privacy attorney internally throughout the roll-out of the system. “We don’t believe you,” Chaffetz said, “and you’re supposed to make it public.” He also alleged that the FBI “went out of its way” to exempt its facial recognition database from the Privacy Act. “So here’s the problem,” said Chaffetz. “You’re required by law to put out a privacy statement and you didn’t and now we’re supposed to trust you with hundreds of millions of people’s faces.” Del Greco defended the agency’s use of what she referred to as “face services,” saying it had “enhanced the ability to solve crime,” emphasized that privacy was of utmost importance at the FBI, and said that the system was not used to positively identify suspects, but to generate “investigative leads.” In one recent positive outcome for the technology, Charles Hollin, an alleged child molester, was caught after spending 18 years as a fugitive, thanks to a database that contained his passport photo. Currently, 18 U.S. states let the FBI use face-recognition technology to compare suspected criminals to their driver’s license or other ID photos. These, in addition to criminal and civil mug shots, and photos from the U.S. State Department’s passport and visa records, are part of a set of databases used by the FBI and police across the country. Over the past decade and a half, 29 states have allowed police agencies and the FBI to search their repositories of drivers’ faces during investigations. “I have zero confidence in the FBI and the [Justice Department], frankly, to keep this in check,” Rep. Stephen Lynch, a Democrat from Massachusetts, said. After the hearing, Bedoya, a former chief counsel for Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota, noted that the discussion had inspired a rare moment of bipartisan agreement. “The opposition to the use of driver’s licenses was remarkably strong and remarkably uniform across party lines,” he said. “In my five years as a Senate staffer, I never saw anything like it on a similar privacy issue.” In some ways, the FBI’s approach to face recognition resembles how police traditionally try to match fingerprints at a crime scene to those of criminals. In this case, however, the “prints” include the faces of millions of innocent people, often collected and scanned without their knowledge, according to the analysis by Bedoya and his colleagues. It estimated that around 80% of the faces searchable by the FBI belong to individuals who have never been charged with a crime. In under half a decade, they found, the FBI searched drivers’ faces more than 36,000 times, without warrants, audits, or regular accuracy tests. In Florida, police are encouraged to use face recognition “whenever practical.” (Individually, dozens of states also use face recognition to crack down on fraudsters applying for duplicate driver’s licenses, for instance.) To access the FBI’s networked databases of faces, an authorized, participating police agency need only show that its search is for “law enforcement purposes,” said Del Greco of the FBI. Those criteria are determined by individual states, she noted. Imagine going to the DMV to renew your license, Bedoya wrote in a recent op-ed in the Washington Post. “What if you—and most other teens in the United States—were then asked to submit your fingerprints for criminal investigations by the FBI or state police?” In scope, he argues, the face-matching system resembles the National Security Agency’s call-records program, which logged the metadata of all Americans’ phone calls. “This has never happened before—not with DNA or fingerprints, which are kept in smaller national networks made up mostly of known or suspected criminals. Yet law-enforcement face-recognition systems have received a fraction of the NSA’s oversight.” The possibility of misidentification and false positives is also worrisome, especially because the FBI has not been keeping track of such failures. “It doesn’t know how often the system incorrectly identifies the wrong subject,” explained the GAO’s Diana Maurer. “Innocent people could bear the burden of being falsely accused, including the implication of having federal investigators turn up at their home or business.” More worrisome, research shows that facial recognition appears to disproportionately impact minority communities. A report that was co-written by the FBI in 2012 found that the technology exhibited a higher number of failure rates with darker faces, a function of the kinds of data that humans input as they train the algorithms. “If you are black, you are more likely to be subjected to this technology, and the technology is more likely to be wrong,” said Elijah Cummings, a congressman for Maryland. “That’s one hell of a combination. Just let that sink in.” The FBI, like other law enforcement agencies, has argued that the algorithms are race-blind, and reiterates that face searches are only used as “investigatory” leads. “This response is very troubling,” Cummings noted. “Rather than conducting testing that would show whether or not these concerns have merit, the FBI chooses to ignore growing evidence that the technology has a disproportionate impact on African Americans.” Friedman notes that racial concerns aren’t exclusive to face recognition. “A lot of these technologies, just because of how they’re deployed, come with racialized aspects. If you’re using license plate readers in more heavily policed neighborhoods, you’re picking up more data in those neighborhoods. That’s something we need to be very aware of and thoughtful about.” Related Story: Police Body Cameras Will Do More Than Just Record You CHILLING EFFECTS A plethora of private companies already have your face in all of its biometric glory, provided it’s ever been uploaded to the servers of firms like Apple, Google, and Facebook. As these companies pile millions into AI research—in part, to better find you and objects in photos—a number of startups are also racing to automatically analyze the world’s video. One startup, Kairos, aims to let Hollywood and ad agencies study audiences’ emotional responses and help theme park visitors more easily find and purchase photos of themselves. Another, Matroid, launched this week by researchers at Stanford, focuses on analyzing television appearances and scanning surveillance video. “Google can give you pictures of cats, but not cat with grandpa or cat with grandpa and Christmas tree or with your son,” Pete Sonsini, a general partner at New Enterprise Associates, which is funding Matroid to an unspecified tune, told Bloomberg. “It’s really powerful for any human to be able to create a detector that can identify any image or set of images or face from their dataset.” Banks are using biometric technology to provide better personal verification, eventually allowing people to pay with their face. Airlines are imagining using biometrics to let passengers board an airline without a paper ticket. At a conference this week in Orlando, NEC, the Japanese company whose facial recognition algorithms are considered the most accurate by the Dept. of Homeland Security, released new features for its software suite which include a “virtual receptionist” and a system by which “age/gender recognition can trigger tailored advertisements/greetings and can trigger notifications to sales personnel for immediate follow-up and interaction,” said a press release. Another app, installed on a hotel’s cameras, would notify hotel receptionist and concierge services when a VIP or high value customer arrives at any of the building’s entrances. “This will allow them to receive them in person, greet them by their name, and provide them a better service. Also this can be used to identify any staff that were terminated when they enter the property and take appropriate action.” At Beijing’s Temple of Heaven Park, meanwhile, biometrics are already being used to ration toilet paper, CNN reported last week: “The facial recognition program keeps the dispenser from offering another round to the same person; if you need more, you reportedly need to sit tight—literally—for nine minutes.” Still, the most profitable applications for biometrics lie in the fast-growing law enforcement and public safety sector. Industry executives and police experts say that the next stage of the technology—automatically scanning public places for faces and objects in real time—could help more quickly find armed and dangerous or missing persons, identify critical moments amid torrents of body and dash cam footage, or even perhaps identify biased policing. In many communities, automatic license plate readers—brick-sized cameras mounted on the back of patrol cars—already do something similar with cars, archiving and cross-referencing every license plate they pass in real time to check for outstanding warrants or traffic violations. These are also the most worrisome applications, privacy advocates say, given the general secrecy that surrounds them, the few restrictions on their use, and the ability to track individuals. Pairing face-matching algorithms with body cameras, said Bedoya, “will redefine the nature of public spaces.” Even the mere prospect of the technology could have a chilling effect on people’s First Amendment rights, privacy advocates warn. In some cities, police are restricted from filming at protests and demonstrations—unless a crime is thought to be in progress—for this reason. Other police departments, however, have routinely filmed protesters: In New York, for instance, the NYPD sent video teams to record Occupy and Black Lives Matter protests hundreds of times, and apparently without proper authorization, agency documents released this week show. “Will you attend a protest if you know the government can secretly scan your face and identify you—as police in Baltimore did during the Freddie Gray protests?” Bedoya writes. “Do you have the right to walk down your street without having your face scanned? If you don’t, will you lead your life in the same way? Will you go to a psychiatrist? A marriage counselor? An Alcoholics Anonymous meeting?” Rep. Chaffetz appeared to support one controversial application of face recognition: using it to find undocumented immigrants. The Dept. of Homeland Security stores the faces of every visitor in its own database, and is determined to better track those who overstay their visas; in 2015, the agency estimated 500,000 overstays. “I think it is absolutely a concern that face recognition would be used to facilitate deportations,” Rachel Levinson-Waldman, senior counsel to the Brennan Center’s National Security Program at New York University School of Law, told The Intercept‘s Ava Kofman. “We’re seeing how this administration is ramping up these deportation efforts. They’re looking much more widely.” Generally, however, Chaffetz urged firmer limits. The technology “can also be used by bad actors to harass or stalk individuals,” he said. “It can be used in a way that chills free speech and free association by targeting people attending certain political meetings, protests, churches, or other types of places in the public.” “And then having a system, with a network of cameras, where you go out in public, that too can be collected. And then used in the wrong hands, nefarious hands… it does scare me. Are you aware of any other country that does this? Anybody on this panel? Anybody else doing this?” Neither Del Greco nor other members of the panel responded. Jennifer Lynch, a staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, noted that “we don’t yet appear to be at point where face recognition is being used broadly to monitor the public.” But, she said, “it is important to place meaningful checks on government use of face recognition now before we reach a point of no return.” Real-time face recognition is coming to law enforcement; the question is how the technology itself will be policed, and what role the public will have in dictating its use. “If we’re going there, then we better be going there together,” said Friedman, of the Policing Project. “Did we all discuss this and agree to this?” To improve the use of face recognition, Bedoya and other privacy advocates urge well-defined limits. The FBI should only access mugshot databases with reasonable suspicion of a crime, and, if it’s a forensic use—a face recognition scan on surveillance footage, for instance, as opposed to a police officer photographing a person he has stopped—the technology should only be used in cases of felonies. For databases containing drivers license photos, Bedoya says law enforcement should have express consent from state legislatures, and only search those databases when they have probable cause to implicate the subject for a serious offense, like the kind required for a wiretap. The FBI should also regularly scrub its databases to remove innocent people, be more transparent about how it uses the technology, and, as the GAO recommended, conduct audits to ensure the software meets privacy and accuracy requirements. Policing veterans have also expressed discomfort with the use of the technology. In December, a guide to body cameras published by the Constitution Project, a nonpartisan think tank, and co-authored by a handful of retired police officials, warned that the privacy risks of video “tagging” technologies were “immense” because they “have the potential to end anonymity, catalog every person at a sensitive location or event, and even facilitate pervasive location tracking of an individual over a prolonged period of time.” In an interview about the future of body cameras, Bill Schrier, the former chief information officer at the Seattle Police Department and a 30-year veteran of government technology, told me that “most reasonable people don’t want potentially dangerous felons or sex offenders walking around in public and would, I think, support such use” of real-time face recognizing body cameras in those cases. But used to catch people wanted for “misdemeanors such as unpaid traffic tickets or pot smoking,” real-time face recognition could be dangerous. That, he said, could “seriously undermine faith in government, and start us down the road to a police state.” 

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These 10 companies control everything you buy

Kate Taylor, Business Insider Tuesday 4 April 2017 17:03 BST

Only 10 companies control almost every large food and beverage brand in the world. These companies — Nestlé, PepsiCo, Coca-Cola, Unilever, Danone, General Mills, Kellogg's, Mars, Associated British Foods, and Mondelez — each employ thousands and make billions of dollars in revenue every year. In an effort to push these companies to make positive changes — and for customers to realize who controls the brands they're buying — Oxfam created a mind-boggling infographic that shows how interconnected consumer brands really are. Here's a further breakdown of the companies that own the brands and products we use every day: Kellogg's (Getty) 2016 revenue: $13 billion Forget Froot Loops and Frosted Flakes — Kellogg's also owns noncereal brands including Eggo, Pringles, and Cheez-It. Associated British Foods 2016 revenue: $16.8 billion This British company owns brands such as Dorset Cereals and Twinings tea, as well as the retailer Primark. General Mills 2016 revenue: $16.6 billion General Mills is best known for cereals like Cheerios and Chex, but it also owns brands like Yoplait, Hamburger Helper, Haagen-Dazs, and Betty Crocker. Danone 2016 revenue: $23.7 billion Best known for yogurts like Activa, Yocrunch, and Oikos, Danone also sells medical nutrition products and bottled water. Mondelez 2016 revenue: $25.9 billion This snack-centric company's brands include Oreo, Trident gum, and Sour Patch Kids. Mars 2016 revenue: $35 billion Mars is best known for its chocolate brands, such as M&M, but it also owns Uncle Ben's rice, Starburst, and Orbit gum. Coca-Cola 2016 revenue: $41.9 billion Coca-Cola is moving beyond soda, with beverage brands including Dasani, Fuze, and Honest Tea. Unilever 2016 revenue: $48.3 billion Unilever's diverse list of brands includes Axe body spray, Lipton tea, Magnum ice cream, and Hellmann's mayonnaise. PepsiCo (Getty) 2016 revenue: $62.8 billion In addition to Pepsi and other sodas, PepsiCo also owns brands such as Quaker Oatmeal, Cheetos, and Tropicana. Nestlé 2016 revenue: $90.2 billion Brands you may not have known that Nestlé owns include Gerber baby food, Perrier, DiGiorno, and Hot Pockets — plus, of course, candy brands including Butterfinger and KitKat. 

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Neonic pesticides detected in US drinking water for the first time

By Strange Sounds - Apr 6, 2017

You really think you drink clean water in the US? Small traces of the world’s most widely used insecticides have been detected in US tap water for the first time.

Samples taken by scientists in the US state of Iowa showed that levels of neonicotinoid chemicals remained constant despite treatment. After chemicals from fracking, scientists have identified neonic insecticides in US drinking water. Scientists say they cannot draw any conclusions relating to human health but argue that further study is needed. Rapid uptake of neonicotinoids The use of neonicotinoids has increased rapidly since their introduction in the early 1990s. These systemic chemicals were seen as an advance because they are usually applied as a seed coating and are lethal to insects but not to other species. In the US, sales of seeds pre-treated with neonics tripled from 2004 to 2014. Environmental impacts of neonicotinoids However concerns over their environmental impacts have also grown and they have been consistently associated with causing harm to bees. So great has the worry been, that there has been a moratorium on their use on flowering crops in the European Union since 2013. A study in 2015 from the US Geological Survey (USGS) found that neonics were widespread in water samples collected from 48 different rivers and streams in the US. New study on drinking water This new study from the USGS and the University of Iowa, looked at tap water that was treated in two different filtration systems. Samples from the University of Iowa treatment plant barely removed any of the three main neonic chemicals, clothianidin, imidacloprid and thiamethoxam. Water taken from the Iowa city treatment facility removed 100%, 94% and 85% respectively, of these substances. “These are very low levels, these are nanograms per litre which means parts per trillion, a very low concentration. But at the same time there are concerns about what those low levels might do from an exposure standpoint.” said Prof Gregory LeFevre, one of the authors from the University of Iowa. In the US, the Environmental Protection Agency regulates contaminants in water but as of now, neonics are not considered a threat. One of the issues of concern is not the direct exposure of humans to neonics in water, but how the insecticides might be transformed by the filtration process into other substances that pose a greater threat. How to get rid of neonics? The study presents evidence that the presence of neonics in drinking water can be essentially negated if activated carbon filtration systems are used, which is relatively economical compared to other technologies that are energy expensive. Given the scale of research looking at the impacts of neonics on bees and other creatures, it is important that further studies are carried out on drinking water to work out the levels of exposure around the world. 

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Upgrading humans into GODS will be the next 'billion dollar industry' expert claims

Expert said today's humans will become obsolete within the next 60 years

Humans will transform themselves into 'gods' with technology upgrades

But because the technology will be expensive, not everyone will be able to do so

Will cause a divide with old racists idiologies, but the differences are engineered

By Stacy Liberatore For and Cheyenne Macdonald For Published: 19:03 EDT, 3 April 2017 | Updated: 19:05 EDT, 3 April 2017

The next billion dollar industry will not be a service or product – it will be upgrading humans, an expert has revealed. It has been suggested that humans will have access to technology that will allow them to 'upgrade themselves into gods'. Bestselling author Yuval Noah Harari has also warned that because not everyone will be able to experience the upgrade, due to costs, there will be a divide that could spark ‘old racist ideologies’ - but this time, differences will be ‘engineered and manufactured’. ‘The greatest industry of the 21st century will probably be to upgrade human beings,’ Harari, who explores bleak future of humanity and ‘the rise of the useless class’ in his novel Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow, told Jeremy Olshan with MarketWatch. Humans have been running on the same hardware and software for some 200,000 years, leaving us to be the ultimate project - and that is where Harari's prediction comes into play. ‘When we think about the future we generally think about a world in which people who are identical to us in every important way enjoy better technology: laser guns, intelligent robots, and spaceships that travel at the speed of light,’ Harari shared on his website. ‘Yet the revolutionary potential of future technologies is to change Homo sapiens itself, including our bodies and our minds, and not merely our vehicles and weapons.’ ‘The most amazing thing about the future won’t be the spaceships, but the beings flying them.’ THE RICH WILL BECOME 'GOD-LIKE CYBORGS,' HISTORIAN PREDICTS Last year Harari argued that the world will experience a radical shift in the next 200 years. Using biotechnology and genetic engineering, Professor Harari claimed the wealthy will transform into a new type of divine, immortal human with complete power over life and death. He argued that the rich are set to become God-like cyborgs in what could be the 'biggest evolution in biology' since life emerged. During a recent speech at the Hay Literary Festival in Wales, Professor Harari said, 'We are programmed to be dissatisfied,' The Telegraph reported. 'Even when humans gain pleasure and achievements it is not enough. They want more and more. 'I think it is likely in the next 200 years or so homo sapiens will upgrade themselves into some idea of a divine being, either through biological manipulation or genetic engineering of by the creation of cyborgs, part organic part non-organic. The technology to do this, however, will be restricted to the very wealthy, claims Professor Harari. Up until now, he says society has been held together by inventing 'fictions', such as religion, money and the idea of fundamental human rights. As long as humans believed they relied more and more on these gods they were controllable, he said 'But what we see in the last few centuries is humans becoming more powerful and they no longer need the crutches of the Gods.' ‘Humans are going to upgrade themselves into gods.' ‘That is, humans will acquire abilities that in the past were considered divine, such as eternal youth, mind reading, and the ability to engineer life.’ And although these ideas may sound far fetched or something from a science fiction film, tech giants of the world are already working towards making it a reality. Google has a division that focuses solely ‘overcoming death’, Harari noted. But, just because an upgrade boom is predicted, it doesn't mean everyone will experience it. Just as advancing from a flip phone to an iPhone was costly, so will becoming a more advanced being. The improvements are believed to ‘lead to greater income inequality than ever before,’ Harari said. And the economic inequality could actually be deemed biological inequality. The divide may also bring back old world racists ideologists, but instead of it being because of biological reasons, it will be for things that have been engineered or manufactured. Harari also believes that the advances beings will have less things to do during the day, as a majority of the tasks will be done by robots and artificial intelligence – leaving them to play computer games and spend their lives immersed in virtual reality. In addition to human beings upgrading, Harari also foresees a world where humankind may become 'eternally useless' due to the increasing capabilities of AI. The historian and lecturer at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem likens the fate of humans to that of the doomed protagonist in the fable of the boy who cried wolf, according to The Guardian. While humans have long predicted that machines will take over much of our society, many such forecasts have not yet come true. But in the end, like the wolf, Harari says AI will finally come to achieve what many have feared. The resulting shift could leave humans both jobless and aimless, The Guardian explains. ‘As the self-made gods of planet earth, which projects should we undertake, and how will we protect this fragile planet and humankind itself from our own destructive powers?’ Homo Deus questions. These ‘destructive powers’ have already begun to take hold, according to Harari. AI have begun to outperform humans in many areas, and there’s no guarantee we will be able to keep up as this continues. ‘Children alive today will face the consequences,’ Harari told The Guardian. ‘Most of what people learn in school or in college will probably be irrelevant by the time they are 40 or 50. ‘If they want to continue to have a job, and to understand the world, and be relevant to what is happening, people will have to reinvent themselves again and again and faster and faster.’ As humans become functionally ‘useless’ in comparison, we may no longer have value in the eyes of political and economic systems. This could in turn result in humans losing their sense of purpose. In a post-work world, human emotions may be controlled by drugs and virtual reality rather than real-life experiences, The Guardian explains. To prevent this dreary outcome, the author suggests humans take the issue very seriously. Rather than leaving the fate of AI solely to the discussions of scientists, Harari tells The Guardian it should become a part of the political agenda as well, to broaden the vision of what could happen and help to ‘decide the future course of humankind.’

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The robot sex experiment that let machines EVOLVE by passing 'genetic material' across several generations

Robots in the study were given two task: light gathering and obstacle avoidance

Randomized mating algorithm allowed them to swap material from ‘gene pool’

The researchers also took developmental factors into account for the first time

By Cheyenne Macdonald For Published: 16:46 EDT, 5 April 2017 | Updated: 17:18 EDT, 5 April 2017

A series of experiments has pitted robots against each other in different tasks to assess their evolving fitness across 10 generations, as they swapped genetic material in a process similar to mating. The study shows for the first time that developmental factors play a role in the evolution of physically embodied robots just as they do in biological systems, according to the researchers. The work taps into Darwinian evolutionary principles, and marks an important step forward in understanding how the interplay between evolution and development contributes to these systems. In the study, researchers from Vassar College expanded on efforts in evolutionary robots to include epigenetic factors for the first time. This addresses the events in an organism’s lifetime that influence epigenetic changes. The robots in the study were given two tasks: light gathering and obstacle avoidance. And, the researchers used a randomized mating algorithm to allow them to swap genetic material from the collective ‘gene pool.’ These genes were made up of binary code, which allowed for different possible wirings of the robots’ hardware. As the robots ‘reproduced’ across 10 generations, the physical expression of the genome changed by altering their wiring according to the new genetic setup. The researchers measured the robots’ fitness by their performance, and compared this with simulations. While evolutionary robotics has been around for some time, the researchers say this is the first time epigenetic factors have been considered. ‘For roboticists, the evo-devo [evolution and development] challenge is to create physically embodied systems that incorporate the three scales of time and the processes inherent in each: behaviour, development, and evolution,’ said Jake Brawer and Aaron Hill. ‘Because of the complexity of building and evolving physical robots, this is a daunting challenge in the quest for the “evolution of things.” ‘As an initial step toward this goal, in this paper we create a physically embodied system that allows us to examine systematically how developmental and evolutionary processes interact.’ The setup allowed even low-fitness robots to remain in the gene pool and reproduce, and the experiment continued until all lost mobility. While the robots didn’t necessarily evolve greater light capturing skills, the researchers found that the population with an epigenetic factor did evolve differently than those which did not take development into account. ‘It is important to note that our goal was not to show adaptive evolution per se but rather to test the hypothesis that epigenetic factors can alter the evolutionary dynamics of a population of physically embodied robots,’ the researchers said. ‘The results do indeed suggest demonstrate the broad importance of including Eos in investigations of evolvability. ‘To our knowledge, our work represents the first physically embodied epigenetic factors to be used in the evolution of physically embodied robots.’ THE ROBOTS THAT 'PROCREATE' In the Robot Baby Project at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, scientists have developed a way for robots to have 'sex' and pass on their DNA to offspring. Robots are put into an arena where they live, work, and reproduce. The researchers motivate them to move toward a red light, where they can communicate and even mate. Once they've evaluated each other and decide to reproduce, the robots send their genomes through the Wi-Fi network. A sexual reproduction mechanism then creates the genome for the offspring, randomly combining the features from the parents, including software (the brain) and hardware. The code is then sent to a 3D printer to create the new parts. Through this process, the researchers say robots can autonomously 'develop their bodies through evolution,' making for successive generations that have more advanced physical and behavioural capabilities.

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The Great Inception Part 11: The Mystery of Inanna, Patron Goddess of Nimrod

April 4, 2017 by Derek Gilbert

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the eleventh part in a new online series based on a SPECIAL SKYWATCH TV INVESTIGATIVE REPORT airing now on network television and our ROKU and YouTube channels. This series and the programs center on two groundbreaking books (to be released April 7) — Reversing Hermon by Dr. Michael S. Heiser and The Great Inception by SkyWatch TV host Derek P. Gilbert. These reports and entries unveil what most in the modern Church have never heard regarding how the story of the sin of the Watchers in 1 Enoch was central to the mission of Jesus, the messiah, as well as Biblical facts hidden behind the stories of the old gods, the Titans, and the role they played AND WILL PLAY in the lead up to Armageddon, imperative supra-classified details altogether forgotten by modern religious institutions. Nimrod was second generation after the flood. His father was Cush, son of Ham, son of Noah. In Sumerian history, the second king of Uruk after the flood was named Enmerkar, son of Mesh-ki-ang-gasher. Enmerkar is also a compound word. The prefix en means “lord” and the suffix kar is Sumerian for “hunter”. So Enmerkar was Enmer the Hunter. Sound familiar? Cush fathered Nimrod; he was the first on earth to be a mighty man. He was a mighty hunter before the Lord. Therefore it is said, “Like Nimrod a mighty hunter before the Lord.” Genesis 10:8-9 (ESV), emphasis added The Hebrews, doing what they loved to do with language, transformed Enmer—the consonants N-M-R (remember, no vowels in ancient Hebrew)—into Nimrod, which makes it sound like marad, the Hebrew word for “rebel”. Now, get this: An epic poem from about 2000 B.C. called Enmerkar and the Lord of Aratta preserves the basic details of the Tower of Babel story. We don’t know exactly where Aratta was, but guesses range from northern Iran to Armenia. (Which would be interesting. Not only is Armenia located near the center of an ancient kingdom called Urartu, which may be a cognate for Aratta, it’s where Noah landed his boat—the mountains of Ararat. So it’s possible Nimrod/Enmerkar was trying to intimidate the people—his cousins, basically—who settled near where his great-grandfather landed the ark. But we just don’t know.) Wherever it was, Enmerkar muscled this neighboring kingdom to compel them to send building materials for a couple of projects near and dear to his heart. Some background: The poem refers to Enmerkar’s capital city Uruk as the “great mountain”. This is intriguing, since Uruk, like most of Sumer, sits in an alluvial plain where there are precisely no mountains whatsoever. Uruk was home to two of the chief gods of the Sumerian pantheon, Anu, the sky god, and Inanna, his granddaughter, the goddess of war and sex. (And by sex, we mean the carnal, extramarital kind.) While Anu was pretty much retired (like the later Canaanite god El), having handed over his duties as head of the pantheon to Enlil, Inanna played a very active role in Sumerian society. For example, scholars have translated ritual texts for innkeepers to pray to Innana, asking her to guarantee that their bordellos turn a profit. Apparently, part of the problem between Enmerkar and the king of Aratta, whose name, we learn from a separate epic, was Ensuhkeshdanna, was a dispute over who was Inanna’s favorite. One of the building projects Enmerkar wanted to tackle was a magnificent temple to Inanna, the E-ana (“House of Heaven”). He wanted Aratta to supply the raw materials. Apparently, this wasn’t only because there isn’t much in the way of timber, jewels, or precious metal in the plains of Sumer, but because Enmerkar wanted the lord of Aratta to submit and acknowledge that he was Inanna’s chosen one. And so Enmerkar prayed to Inanna: “My sister, let Aratta fashion gold and silver skillfully on my behalf for Unug (Uruk). Let them cut the flawless lapis lazuli from the blocks, let them …… the translucence of the flawless lapis lazuli ……. …… build a holy mountain in Unug. Let Aratta build a temple brought down from heaven — your place of worship, the Shrine E-ana; let Aratta skillfully fashion the interior of the holy jipar, your abode; may I, the radiant youth, may I be embraced there by you. Let Aratta submit beneath the yoke for Unug on my behalf.”[i] Notice that Inanna’s temple was, like Uruk, compared to a holy mountain. And given the type of goddess Inanna was, the embrace Enmerkar wanted was more than just—ahem—a figure of speech. To be honest, some of the messages between Enmerkar and Ensuhkeshdanna about Inanna were the kind of locker room talk that got Donald Trump into trouble during the 2016 presidential campaign. But I digress. Well… no. Let’s continue with the digression for a minute. We should stop for a brief look at Inanna’s role in human history. The goddess has been known by many names through the ages: Inanna in Sumer, Ishtar in Babylon, Astarte in Canaan, Atargatis in Syria, Aphrodite in Greece, and Venus across the Roman world. Let’s just say the image we were taught of Aphrodite/Venus in high school mythology class was way off. Since we’d like to keep this a family-friendly book, we won’t dig too deeply into the history and characteristics of Inanna. Scholars don’t completely agree on the details, anyway. But it’s safe to say Inanna wasn’t a girl you’d bring home to meet your mother. In fact, she wasn’t always a girl, period. You see, while Inanna was definitely the goddess with the mostest when it came to sex appeal, she was also androgynous. She was sometimes shown with masculine features like a beard. On one tablet (although from much later, in the first millennium B.C., almost three thousand years after Nimrod), Inanna says, “When I sit in the alehouse, I am a woman, and I am an exuberant young man.”[ii] Her cult followers included eunuchs and transvestites, and she was apparently the first in history to make a practice of sex reassignment: She [changes] the right side (male) into the left side (female), She [changes] the left side into the right side, She [turns] a man into a woman, She [turns] a woman into a man She ador[ns] a man as a woman, She ador[ns] a woman as a man.[iii] It’s wonderfully ironic. The 21st century progressive ideal of gender fluidity was personified more than five thousand years ago by the Sumerian goddess Inanna, a woman who craved sex and fighting as much (or more) than men, taking on all comers in love and war, and better than men at both. Her personality is celebrated by modern scholars as complex and courageous, transcending traditional gender roles, turning Inanna into an icon of independent man/woman/other-hood. There is an ongoing debate among scholars as to whether the priesthood of Inanna was involved in ritual sex. The concept of divine marriage was common in ancient Mesopotamia, but generally the participants were a god and his consort. It appears that the rituals were intended to please the god so he’d be receptive to the requests from a city or kingdom under his protection. However, as a harimtu, which might mean “temple prostitute” or may simply refer to a single woman, Inanna herself participated in the rite with a king. And since she was the dominant partner in the ritual coupling, gender roles might not have been as clearly defined as we would assume. From a Christian perspective, however, Inanna isn’t complex at all. She’s a bad Hollywood screenwriter’s idea of a 15-year-old boy’s fantasy woman. Inanna is selfish, ruled by her passions, and destructive when she doesn’t get her way. The Sumerian hero Gilgamesh, who ruled Uruk two generations after Enmerkar, is remembered partly for rejecting Inanna. As he pointed out in the story, every one of the men in her life suffered horrible consequences—for example, Dumuzi the Shepherd, who ruled as a king in Bad-Tibara, the second city in Sumer to exercise kingship after Eridu. In the myth, even though Inanna married Dumuzi, she was happy to throw him under the bus when demons tried to drag her younger son, Lulal (Bad-Tibara’s patron god), down to the netherworld. At Inanna’s urging, the demons spared Lulal and took Dumuzi instead. Dumuzi’s sister pleaded for him, so Inanna agreed to allow her to take his place for half the year, thus making Dumuzi the first of many “dying and rising gods” in the ancient Near East. More than two thousand years later, one of the abominations God showed the prophet Ezekiel was women at the entrance of the north gate of the Temple weeping for Dumuzi, called Tammuz in the Bible. Well, for his impudence at daring to remind Inanna about the fate of Dumuzi, and the other poor shlubs who’d succumbed to the charms of the wild goddess, she flew up to heaven in a rage and demanded that her father, the sky god Anu, unleash the Bull of Heaven on Gilgamesh. That didn’t go well for the Bull of Heaven, but sadly for Gilgamesh, his best friend Enkidu was killed by the gods as punishment for spoiling Inanna’s revenge. We shared all of that with you to make a point: This is the deity Enmerkar/Nimrod wanted to make the patron goddess of his city, Uruk! (Replacing her father Anu, ironically.) Could it be that veneration of the violent, sex-crazed, gender-bending Inanna was responsible for Yahweh’s decision to stop Nimrod’s artificial holy mountain? Well… no. Probably not. Inanna has enjoyed a very long run near the top of the Most Popular Deities list. And why not? Selling humans on the concept of sex as worship is easy. Looking at the values of our modern society, it’s no stretch to say that Inanna is the spirit of the age. Gender fluidity is the flavor of the month among progressives in the West. The values of Inanna—immediate gratification and sex with whoever, whenever—are considered more open-minded, tolerant, and loving than the virtues of chastity, fidelity, and faithfulness introduced by Yahweh long after Inanna was first worshiped as the Queen of Heaven. Ironically, this means that so-called progressive ideas about gender and sexual morality are actually regressive! The enlightened think they’re cutting edge, breaking new ground and smashing old paradigms, when in fact they’re just setting the calendar back to more than a thousand years before Abraham. If Yahweh had genuinely intervened to put a stop to the cult of Inanna, she would be long forgotten, like Enki. And Miley Cyrus would be a freak, not a culture hero. No, the transgression of Nimrod was much more serious. Besides building a fabulous temple for the goddess of prostitutes, he also wanted to expand and upgrade the home of the god Enki, the abzu—the abyss. For more on that story, see Part 4 of this series, Babel, the Abyss, and the Gate of the Gods. 

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etc darkness is only going to continue to grow darker, the turmoil and the disaster in the world is only going to continue to get worse and every week you see how my word is being fulfilled even more so, saith the Lord. etc

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False Flag Chemical Weapons Attack Pushes WWlll, While Global Geoengineering Omnicide Continues

April 5, 2017 Dane Wigington

The US government and the western power structure as a whole is completely out of control. Though there is no denying the corruption and criminality that is rampant in other countries like China and Russia, the most dangerous desperate behavior being displayed by a global power center is that of the US / NATO / Trump administration, and the military industrial complex they all stand for. The US / NATO military industrial complex wants total global hegemonic power and will stop at nothing in the attempt to achieve it. The latest desired excuse to ramp up US / NATO military aggression in the Middle East has now been conveniently provided, but what really happened? And why? Do Americans even remember the earlier false flag chemical weapons attack that was staged in Syria, just as the UN weapons inspectors arrived in Syria? Does any rational person believe the Syrians would invite the UN inspectors to their country (after giving up all their chemical weapons willingly) and then launch a chemical weapons attack (with chemical weapons they did not even have) just in time for the UN inspectors to witness it? Really? The 7 minute video below is very important and informative report of the latest chemical weapons attack false flag launched by western powers that are desperate to trigger global conflict. What does Google show when you search "Trump / Syria chemical weapons attack"? The Google search results show only the criminally corrupt mainstream media official military industrial complex narrative. That is what the criminal corporate media are paid to do. Some of the "official narrative" headlines from Google are below. Trump says 'heinous' chemical weapons strike in Syria 'cannot be tolerated' Blaming Assad, Trump says Syria attack 'cannot be tolerated' Trump blames Assad and Obama for chemical attack in Syria The 2 minute video below is yet another glaring example of power structure controlled corporate media pumping out the scripted false narrative of the military industrial complex. This CNN carefully crafted propaganda report is shockingly transparent in regard to its attempt to create public support for continued US military intervention / aggression. The US mainstream media is a criminal collaborator and contributor to the totally tyrannical and completely out of control military industrial complex. Their lies also include deceptions of total omission. What else is happening in Syria (and all over the world) that mainstream media has never said a word about? An incomprehensibly massive and unimaginably destructive global climate engineering/weather warfare assault that must also be considered biological warfare due to the highly toxic fallout from these programs. Chemical weapons false flag attacks are not the only toxic activity being carried out in Syria by those in power. The photo below of the skies over Hama, Syria, was taken on the same day as the false flag chemical attack, April 4th, 2017. The next group of startling photos were also recently taken in the skies over Syria. Available evidence clearly indicates that the US / NATO military industrial complex pushing for WWlll. Due to accelerating biosphere implosion and waning global resources, it seems the power structure feels that creating global conflict and chaos is their last available option. In the meantime, every single human being on the planet (and the entire web of life) is being subjected to the highly toxic fallout from ongoing illegal global climate engineering / intervention programs (which must also be considered a form of biological / chemical warfare). All of us are facing what must be considered a fight for life. Whether or not we accept this or believe it is irrelevant, the front-line facts speak for themselves. All of us are desperately needed in the fight for the greater good. Investigate, participate, make your voice heard. DW 

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The Battle Of The Ages Has Begun - The Nature Of This War Is Supernaturally Evil - What Will The Righteous Do?

Shadow Government Ramping Up Efforts To Get Trump Into WW3

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

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With America possibly closing in upon a nuclear war with Russia that could lead to the deaths of hundreds of millions of Americans (leaving up to or more than 90% of the US population dead within a year after the war began), based upon what many people strongly believe was some kind of a 'false flag' event in Syria, there's never been an important time than now for the American people to speak up loudly and clearly and draw our own line in the sand. As we're now witnessing in the mainstream media's continually pushing of blame upon Syrian President Assad for the 'gas attack' in Syria without knowing all of the facts, the very same swamp that President Trump has pledged to drain has come back with a vengeance. And if Trump is now getting his 'intelligence' from the same 'swamp scum' who fed lies to Barack Obama, Americans and America are now in more danger than ever. While it's still too early to make the call on Syria, with Republican Congressman Thomas Massie disputing the facts of what happened there to CNN, joining former Congressman Ron Paul and the entire independent media as the massive voice of reason, will President Trump be drained by the swamp, abandon his base and betray the American people or is he still playing 4D chess on Syria, leaving the swamp scum, the MSM and independent media swaying in the wind? The final video below takes a look at what's happening now with the neocons 'wagging the dog' in Syria. We can see by recent events in Syria that there has never been a more important time than now for the American people to step up to the plate and help Trump defeat the shadow government Obama left to complete the destruction of America that endlessly seeks out death, destruction and war. As former Congresswoman Michelle Bachman recently stated, Christians need to come up with our own plans to counter the subversion of Barack and Michelle Obama and the 'shadow government' they've left. ANP recently reached out to Steve Quayle and he shared with us his own ideas on how we can do that, stressing that what we're now witnessing is nothing less than a spiritual battle against the forces of darkness. You can read Quayle's entire note to us on how we can help President Trump (and America) below videos. Although he's set up his fortress just miles away from the White House, the 'saboteur at large' has been nowhere near there recently. As AOL reported March 30th, former president Barack Obama is 'laying low on an island, writing his book', as far away from the unfolding insanity in Washington DC as he can get. Marlon Brando's 'island hideaway' of Tetiaroa, a privately owned island tucked away in the South Pacific purchased by Brando for around $200,000 back in the 1960's, will be one home to Obama as he cashes in on 8 years of destroying America with a handsome $60 million dollar book deal he and Michelle Obama procured from Penguin Random House recently for two books. It's not lost on some that Obama has chosen to stay as far away from DC and the US as he can considering all of the turmoil and chaos that is unfolding in the US, largely because of him and his decisions during 8 years in office, and specifically over the 2015/2016 election season. From nearly doubling America's national debt from the $10.626 trillion it was when he took over in 2009 to the massive $19.947 trillion debt he left President Trump and America with the day Trump took office, we see the enormity of the mountain Trump and America face ahead. And with 'Deep State-Gate' now exploding with Judge Andrew Napolitano claiming that Susan Rice and 'whomever else' may have been responsible for the 'unmasking' may be looking at felonies as heard in the 1st video below, we look at this recent story from Live Trading News claiming Obama is now holing up on an Island without an extradition treaty as another sign of the direction this world-class political drama may soon take. From their story: The leader of the seditious anti-Trump Administration “Deep State”, former US President Barack Hussein Obama is now HQ’d on the French Polynesian Island of Tetiaroa where there is no extradition treaty with the US. Some people believe that reasoned that he engaged in foul play in the Y 2012 election because he was “so unpopular” and “people despise his administration.” There have been rumors this month and now claims that Mr. Hussein Obama’s vacation to French Polynesia is his attempt to flee justice and imminent arrest: “This is why Obama is hiding in French Polynesia. He is a fugitive. He is hiding from arrest. I believe he knows he’s going to be arrested.” The speculation is that former President Obama may end up living aboard a yacht in International Waters in order to avoid extradition for sedition and perhaps treason to the US over what he called “the biggest scandal in the history of this nation” and possibly “the biggest scandal in the history of the world.” When we take into account that America now has a huge number of possible 'enemies within', people placed into positions of importance during Obama's 8 years, and people who are now working against the Trump administration behind the scene, we see why America and our ideals of freedom are still in such danger to this day. In the 2nd video below, Matt Drudge warns on the traitors within this government. As we reported on ANP time and again leading up to the 2016 election, even the very idea of 'America' was at stake with Hillary promising open borders and a continuation of Barack Obama's 8 years. Many Americans had begun to believe that our Republic wouldn't survive 4 years of another Clinton in the highest office of the land. The new story from WND is called "Urgent Warning For Christians To Help Trump Beat Obama's Shadow Government" within which former US Representative Michelle Bachmann urges Christians to come up with our own plans to counter the subversion of Barack and Michelle Obama and the 'shadow government' they've left. From the majority of the mainstream media, who sold away their souls while selling Americans lies disguised as 'truth', to those in Washington DC, Langley, Virginia and elsewhere across America now working against President Trump and America, we see why it's never been more important for the American people to step up, for seeing the direction we've long been heading, we may never get another chance. You can reach the White House at 202-456-1111 to express your support for President Trump or your outrage about what's now happening in Syria. The message of wisdom and warning seen below comes to us from Steve Quayle.: The nature of this war is supernaturally evil - the pedophiles, perverts, traitors and treason is being controlled by Satan and his fallen angels, whom this world's leaders are in blood covenant with. Christians must seek personal repentance, turn from our wicked ways and wage spiritual warfare against the prince of darkness and his shadow government and their "willing dupes". Never forget that the MSM and their lies fulfill the same role as all the other false witnesses and their lies in history. Note the absence of the name of Jesus and the call to repentance nationwide, that is lacking in all the dialogue, about how to fix this country. It is by our looking to men in the Republican party as our deliverers that we will lose, without a supernatural move of God, like in the Book of Acts! We are going to be decimated as a country and as the people of God, as Christians worldwide are already being trodden under foot of men and slaughtered at the hands of world haters under the hand of their demonic rulers. It was by the initiative of the early Christians who turned the world upside down, through their profession of faith and the power of the Holy Spirit with miraculous signs and wonders following, that the world was transformed. President Trump is God's prosecuting attorney, but God is the Ultimate King and Judge and judges nations in history and individuals in eternity. All the greatest kingdowms in history have passed away when they gave into the same lusts, powers, and perversions that we are now embracing and presenting to the world. We are truly under the pervious entity and its rulership under the 'Obama-nation' have become an object of scorn and contempt to the nations and their populations around the world. As the foundations of this once great nation are already destroyed, what will the righteous do? 

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Open Your Eyes: Social Democracy is Collapsing

Jeffrey A. Tucker Wednesday, April 05, 2017

A sign of strange times: 1984 by George Orwell has become a bestseller yet again. Here is a book distinguished for its dark view of the state, together with a genuine despair about what to do about it. Strangely, this view is held today by the Right, the Left, and even people who don’t think of themselves as loyal to either way. The whole fiasco happening in D.C. seems insoluble, and the inevitable is already taking place today as it did under the presidents who preceded Trump: the realization that the new guy in town is not going to solve the problem. Now arrives the genuine crisis of social democracy. True, it’s been building for decades but with the rise of extremist parties in Europe, and the first signs of entrenched and sometimes violent political confrontations in the United States, the reality is ever more part of our lives. The times cry out for some new chapter in public life, and a complete rethinking of the relationship between the individual and the state and between society and its governing institutions. Origins of the Problem At a speech for college students, I asked the question: who here knows the term social democracy? Two hands of more than one hundred went up. That’s sad. The short answer is that social democracy is what we have now and what everyone loves to hate. It’s not constitutionalism, not liberalism, not socialism in full, and not conservatism. It’s unlimited rule by self-proclaimed elites who think they know better than the rest of us how to manage our lives. By way of background, at the end of the Second World War, the intellectual and political elites in the United States rallied around the idea that ideology was dead. The classic statement summing up this view in book form came in 1960: The End of Ideology by Daniel Bell. A self-described "socialist in economics, a liberal in politics, and a conservative in culture,” he said that all wild-eyed visions of politics had come to an end. They would all be replaced by a system of rule by experts that everyone will love forever. To be sure, the ultimate end-of-ideology system is freedom itself. Genuine liberalism (which probably shouldn’t be classified as an ideology at all) doesn’t require universal agreement on some system of public administration. It tolerates vast differences of opinion on religion, culture, behavioral norms, traditions, and personal ethics. It permits every form of speech, writing, association, and movement. Commerce, producing and trading toward living better lives, becomes the lifeblood. It only asks that people – including the state – not violate basic human rights. But that is not the end of ideology that Bell and his generation tried to manufacture. What they wanted was what is today called the managerial state. Objective and scientific experts would be given power and authority to build and oversee large-scale state projects. These projects would touch on every area of life. They would build a cradle-to-grave welfare state, a regulatory apparatus to make all products and services perfect, labor law to create the perfect balance of capital and labor, huge infrastructure programs to inspire the public (highways! space! dams!), finetune macroeconomic life with Keynesian witchdoctors in charge, a foreign-policy regime that knew no limits of its power, and a central bank as the lender of last resort. What Bell and that generation proposed wasn’t really the end of ideology. It was a codification of an ideology called social democracy. It wasn’t socialism, communism, or fascism as such. It was a gigantically invasive state, administered by elite bureaucrats, blessed by intellectuals, and given the cover of agreement by the universal right of the vote. Surely nothing can truly be oppressive if it is takes place within the framework of democracy. A Brief Peace The whole thing turned out to be a pipe dream. Only a few years after the book appeared, ideology came roaring back with a vengeance, mostly in reaction to the ossification of public life, the draft for the Vietnam war, and the gradual diminution of economic prospects of the middle class. The student movement rose up, and gained momentum in response to the violent attempts to suppress it. Technology gave rise to new forms of freedom that were inconsistent with the static and officious structure of public administration. Political consensus fell apart, and the presidency itself – supposed to be sacrosanct in the postwar period – was dealt a mighty blow with the resignation of President Richard Nixon. Government no longer held the high ground. All that seemed to hold the old post-war social-democratic consensus together was the Cold War itself. Surely we should put aside our differences so long as our country faces an existential threat of Soviet communism. And that perception put off the unleashing of mass discontent until later. In a shocking and completely unexpected turn, the Cold War ended in 1989, and thus began a new attempt to impose a post-ideological age, if only to preserve what the elites had worked to hard to build. This attempt also had its book-form definitive statement: The End of History by Francis Fukuyama. Fukuyama wrote, “What we may be witnessing is not just the end of the Cold War, or the passing of a particular period of post-war history, but the end of history as such: that is, the end point of mankind's ideological evolution and the universalization of Western liberal democracy as the final form of human government.” It was Bell 2.0 and it didn’t last long either. Over the last 25 years, every institution of social democracy has been discredited, on both the Right and the Left, even as the middle class began to face a grim economic reality: progress in one generation was no longer a reliable part of the American dream. The last time a government program really seemed to work well was the moon landing. After that, government just became a symbol of the worst unbearable and unworkable burden. Heavily ideological protest movements began to spring up in all corners of American public life: the Tea Party, Occupy Wall Street, Black Lives Matter, Bernie, Trump, and whatever comes next. The Core Problem Every public intellectual today frets about the fracturing of American civic life. They wring their hands and wonder what has gone wrong. Actually, the answer is more simple than it might first appear. Every institution within this framework – which grew more bloated and imperious over time – turned out to be untenable in one or another sense. The experts didn’t know what they were doing after all, and this realization is shared widely among the people who were supposed to be made so content by their creation. Every program fell into one of three categories of failure. Financially unsustainable. Many forms of welfare only worked because they leveraged the present against the future. The problem with that model is that the future eventually arrives. Think of Social Security. It worked so long as the few in older groups could pillage the numerous in younger groups. Eventually the demographics flipped so that the many were on the receiving end and the few were on the paying end. Now young people know that they will be paying their whole lives for what will amount to a terrible return on investment. It was the same with Medicare, Medicaid, and other forms of fake “insurance” instituted by government. The welfare state generally took a bad turn, becoming a way of life rather than a temporary help. Subsidy programs like housing and student loans create unsustainable bubbles that burst and cause fear and panic. Terminally Inefficient. All forms of government intervention presume a frozen world without change, and work to glue down institutions in a certain mode of operation. Public schools today operate as they did in the 1950s, despite the spectacular appearance of a new global information system that has otherwise transformed how we seek and acquire information. Antitrust regulations deal with industrial organization from years ago even as the market is moving forward; by the time the government announces its opinion, it hardly matters anymore. And you can make the same criticism of a huge number of programs: labor law, communications regulations, drug approvals and medical regulations, and so on. The costs grow and grow, while the service and results are ever worse. Morally unconscionable. The bailouts after the 2008 financial crisis were indefensible to average people of all parties. How can you justify using all the powers of the federal government to feed billions and trillions overall to well-connected elites who were the very perpetrators of the crisis? Capitalism is supposed to be about profits and losses, not private profits and socialized losses. The sheer injustice of it boggles the mind, but this only scratches the surface. How can you pillage average Americans of 40% of their income while blowing the money on programs that are either terminally inefficient, financially unsustainable, or just plain wrong? How can a government expect to administer a comprehensive spying program that violates any expectation of privacy on the part of citizens? Then there is the problem of wars lasting decades and leaving only destruction and terror guerilla armies in their wake. All of this can remain true without creating a revolutionary situation. What actually creates the tipping point in which social democracy morphs into something else? What displaces one failed paradigm with another? The answer lies with an even a deeper problem with social democracy. You can discern it from this comment by F.A. Hayek in 1939. “Government by agreement is only possible provided that we do not require the government to act in fields other than those in which we can obtain true agreement." Agreement No More Exactly. All public institutions that are politically stable – even if they are inefficient, offer low quality, or skirt the demands of basic morality – must at the minimum presume certain levels of homogeneity of opinion (at least) in the subject population; that is to say, they presume a certain minimum level of public agreement to elicit consent. You might be able to cobble this together in small countries with homogeneous populations, but it becomes far less viable in large countries with diverse populations. Opinion diversity and big government create politically unstable institutions because majority populations begin to conflict with minority populations over the proper functions of government. Under this system, some group is always feeling used. Some group is always feeling put upon and exploited by the other. And this creates huge and growing tensions in the top two ideals of social democracy: government control and broadly available public services. We created a vast machinery of public institutions that presumed the presence of agreement that the elites thought they could create in the 1950s but which has long since vanished. Now we live in a political environment divided between friends and foes, and these are increasingly defined along lines of class, race, religion, gender identity, and language. In other words, if the goal of social democracy was to bring about a state of public contentedness and confidence that the elites would take care of everything, the result has been the exact opposite. More people are discontented than ever. F.A. Hayek warned us in 1944: when agreement breaks down in the face of unviable public services, strongmen come to the rescue. Indeed, I’ve previous argued that the smugness of today’s social democrats is entirely unwarranted. Trump won for a reason: the old order is not likely coming back. Now the social democrats face a choice: jettison their multicultural ideals and keep their beloved unitary state, or keep their liberal ideals and jettison their attachment to rule by an administrative elite. Something has to give. And it is. Dark and dangerous political movements are festering all over the Western world, built from strange ideological impulses and aspiring to new forms of command and control. Whatever comes of them, it will have little to do with the once-vaunted post-war consensus, and even less to do with liberty. Presidential advisor Steve Bannon is a dark figure – straight out of Orwell – but he is smart enough to see what the Left does not see. He claims to want to use the Trump years to “deconstruct the administrative state.” Notice that he doesn’t say dismantle much less abolish; he wants to use it for different purposes, to build a new national collective under a more powerful executive. The institutions built by the paternalistic, urbane, and deeply smug social democrats are being captured by interests and values with which they profoundly disagree. They had better get used to it. This is just the beginning. The partisans of the old order can fight a hopeless battle for restoration. Or they can join the classical liberals in rallying around the only real solution to the crisis of our time: freedom itself. These are the ideological battle lines of the future, not Left vs. Right but freedom vs. all forms of government control. 

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America Is Falling From Within

Apr 06, 2017 Read More Articles by Dave Daubenmire

Matthew 7:24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it. America is in moral freefall. The open and blatant lying from the halls of our once great experiment in self-government has exposed a crumbling foundation of a city that once illuminated the world. The light is flickering and darkness hovers over the land. The flood of secularism and its shaky foundation has left our nation groping in the darkness. We have traded wise men for the foolish men and great will be our fall. America has fallen from within. We have done it to ourselves. The Founders of this nation, flawed though they were, understood the importance of shared values. All nations are built upon a common set of moral values and for just over 200 years this nation’s foundation was the rock of Christianity. Despite what the anti-moralists may try to convince you, America was formed upon the principle that liberty was the birthright of every citizen but that liberty was anchored to a set of immutable principles. It was those unchanging precepts that secured “the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity.” But somewhere along the way a soft coup was executed and the rug was pulled out from under our feet and we have been dealing with shifting sand ever since. America was great, a wise man told us, because America was good. But with the removal of the Bible as the cornerstone of our Republic the time-tested values of God’s Holy Commandments were sandblasted off of the walls of our institutions and replaced with the sinking sand of secularism. God’s laws are immutable. The laws of secularism are constantly shifting. Today, our nation is governed, not by immutable laws written in stone, but by emotion driven values driven by “feelings”. As emotions change, the laws change. Soon the rains descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. The secular kings and their secular horses could not put the nation back together again. Secularism is a fraud. It leaves the foundations upon which the nation was built open to the ebbs and flows of the whims of men. Emotionalism is a terrible base upon which to build. A moral earthquake has left the foundations in ruins. We have left nothing upon which the next generation can build. The secularists have mimicked God. They have tricked us into accepting counterfeit commandments that were designed to create a secularist utopia. They have successfully replaced the six thou-shall-nots of God with their more modern version of morality based not on the immutable laws of God but upon the ever-changing flood of human emotions. Thou shall not kill, steal, lie, sleep around, covet, nor dishonor your parents have been jettisoned from the American psyche replaced by the emotion driven sand box of tolerance, diversity, sexual anarchy, if it feels good do it, all beliefs are equal, and who am I to judge silly putty. An ever changing society requires a never changing standard in order to survive. Secularism secures nothing except the temporary. No long term culture was ever built upon a constantly-changing foundation. America is no longer great because they have changed the meaning of good. We have been here before. “In those days there was no king in Israel but everyone did that which was right in his owns eyes.” Secularism is doomed to failure. A moral system built upon the ever changing whims and emotions of the individual citizen cannot stand against the onslaught of evil designed to destroy the foundations of a nation. Godless emotions are sure to succumb to the evil hearts of men unrestrained by the laws of God. Secularism is to a nation what a windmill is to nature. Rather than giving direction to the storm it swings whichever way the wind blows. What would this nation look like today if we had remained anchored to the ROCK of AGES? . If we had held our ground when the winds blew we would not be dealing with most of the social issues we have today. Every problem America faces today is a direct result of our moral capitulation in the face of a storm of immorality. Secularism cannot save us. Everyone doing what is right in his own eyes will not work when the people are blind to a shared belief of right and wrong. In America today, the blind are truly leading the blind. Is it any wonder that we have ended up in a ditch? 

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Explosive device disarmed in St. Petersburg apartment building – city official

Published time: 6 Apr, 2017 08:11 Edited time: 6 Apr, 2017 10:09

A residential building in St. Petersburg was evacuated after an explosive device was found in one of the apartments, a city official said, adding that the device was later defused and police had made several arrests. “An explosive device has been located and disarmed,” Konstantin Serov, head of the administration of the district where the device was located, told TASS. Earlier Russian media reported that a nine-story residential building in St. Petersburg had been evacuated after a suspicious object was found in one of the apartments. All residents of the building were brought to safety and sheltered in a nearby kindergarten, TASS added. Investigators are still working in the building, Serov added. According to Serov, the owners of the apartment were absent when the searches were conducted. The men who were found there will be investigated by police, he added. “At about 6am I heard a loud noise on the stairs… Then I saw police taking people out of the apartment next door. Then at about 8 o’clock our building was evacuated,” a local witness told Interfax. When asked for comment by Ruptly, the Russian National Anti-Terrorist Committee said it could not confirm that the discovered object was indeed an explosive device. It did confirm that operatives are working at the scene. Several people have been detained after an explosive device was found in the building, RIA Novosti reported, citing Serov. “The danger has past. The device has been defused, the bad guys [sic] have been detained. Investigations are being conducted on the site,” Serov told Interfax, adding that residents can now return to their apartments. St. Petersburg was shaken by a fatal explosion on Monday when an improvised bomb went off in subway train carriage between Tekhnologichesky Institut and Sennaya Ploshchad stations. Another bomb disguised as a fire extinguisher was defused by a bomb squad at Ploshchad Vosstaniya station. The suspect was later identified as the 22-year old Akbarzhon Dzhalilov, a Russian citizen of Kyrgyz origin. Russia’s State Investigative Committee is treating the incident as a terrorist attack. 

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Tennessee Considers Bill to Declare God as Source of Liberty

Tennessee lawmakers are considering legislation to amend the state constitution to say that God is the source of liberties for the state's citizens.

April 5, 2017, at 1:34 p.m.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers are considering legislation to amend the state constitution to say that God is the source of liberties for the state's citizens. The House Civil Justice Subcommittee voted Wednesday to advance the measure sponsored by Republican Rep. Micah Van Huss of Jonesborough. The bill failed in the same subcommittee last month. But the panel agreed to a motion to reconsider it. The proposed addition to the Tennessee Constitution would read: "We recognize that our liberties do not come from governments, but from almighty God." Amending the Tennessee constitution is a lengthy process. Proposed changes must pass by a majority during one two-year General Assembly, and then pass by at least two-thirds in the next, and then be approved by voters in a gubernatorial election year. 

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Israeli archaeologists shine light on life in time of Christ

03/19/2017 1:05:07 PM Updated on 03/19/2017 1:19:34 PM

Nails used in crucifixions among the many finds from first century CE around Jerusalem and the Galilee The Israel Antiquities Authority on Sunday offered a rare glimpse into its storerooms, where staff said recent archaeological discoveries have cast new light on life at the time of Christ. The event was organized ahead of the upcoming Christian holiday of Easter, which marks the resurrection of Jesus following his crucifixion. Among finds from the first century CE discovered around Jerusalem and the Galilee, where the Bible says Jesus lived and preached, are vases, cooking utensils, a wine press, nails used in crucifixions, jewelry and ossuaries. "Nowadays we can restore in a very clear way the daily life during that period, from the moment of birth, through the person's life, his dining customs, where he traveled across the land, and until his day of death including his burial," Gideon Avni, head of the authority's archaeology division, told AFP. "Over the past 20 years we have made a great leap in understanding the way of life of Jesus and his contemporaries," he said. "Every week new elements are discovered which allow a better understanding of this period. "The names on the ossuaries were recognizable, with known figures that are mentioned in the Talmud for example, and this is how you create the connection between what you find nowadays and the people who lived here 2,000 years ago." Avni said that the authority is custodian of more than one million objects, and each year receives about 40,000 new finds from about 300 archaeological sites. "The essential thing for us is to be able to understand very precisely the way of life in the time of Jesus, from birth to death," he said. The authority also displayed on Sunday coins from the late Byzantine period, which had been concealed by their owner inside the wall of a building, apparently as he fled an invading Persian army. "He probably hoped to go back and collect it, but today we know that he was unable to do so," archaeologist Annette Landes-Nagar told journalists. "This invasion was one of the factors that culminated in the end of Byzantine rule in the land of Israel." She added that the nine pieces from the seventh century AD were discovered in the ruins of a building used by pilgrims on the road to Jerusalem from Jaffa seaport. Remains of a Byzantine church were excavated nearby. (AFP) 

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16 Remedies for Radiation Exposure

By Claude Nelson March 30, 2017 11:07

Some nuclear events are survivable. Much depends on the type of event and your proximity to ground zero. Event possibilities range from dirty bombs that may distribute radiation over a small area, to nuclear accidents and nuclear weapon detonation that create large amounts of destruction and contamination. Your first goal is to avoid nuclear fallout, so you should take shelter immediately following a nuclear event. Then, you must mitigate the exposure that you do receive. Stay informed of local recommendations for your area, but be aware that your local news reporting may be designed to prevent mass panic, rather than give the best advice. Related: The Ultimate Bug Out Home Harmful Effects of Radiation Exposure The harmful effects of radiation exposure are many and varied. Some effects go unnoticed, only to cause cancers months or years later. Before exposure and immediately after exposure, you should act quickly to prevent absorption and remove radioactive substances from the body. There are a number of supplements and compounds that can help you detoxify and prevent damage. Each acts differently and some, like Iodine, are specific to only one radioisotope, so plan to use all of these methods, or as many as possible, for best results. The Law of Selective Uptake One important principle in protecting the body from the absorption of nuclear isotopes is the law of selective uptake. Reduced to bare bones, it means that radioactive isotopes look like nutrients to the body, so if the body is deficient, it will grab hold of the isotope and use it in the body. You can prevent this absorption by taking extra doses of the nutrients. Iodine supplements protect against iodine-131, cesium-137 mimics potassium in the body, strontium-90 mimics calcium, Plutonium-239 mimics iron, and cobalt-60 mimics vitamin B-12. Your first line of defense it to be nutritionally sound and take supplements for these minerals or vitamin when exposure is imminent or immediately following exposure. We’ll talk about these supplements in more detail below: #1. Iodine A nuclear or radiological event can release large amounts of Iodine-131 into the atmosphere. This radioactive iodine is quickly absorbed by the thyroid creating problems for the body immediately or even years later. Researchers investigating the Chernobyl nuclear accident found that potassium Iodide reduced thyroid exposure to radiation with minimal side effects. Taking a dose of potassium Iodide or nascent iodine before the event or immediately after can fill the iodine receptors on the thyroid and prevent absorption of radioactive Iodine-131. Nascent iodine is the most bioavailable form of iodine for this purpose, but potassium iodide (KI) is often recommended as well. One dose protects the body for 24 hours. If exposure is ongoing, daily doses will be needed, follow the recommendations of local authorities. #2. Potassium Potassium supplements protect the body from exposure to Cesium-137, another radioactive isotope that is commonly found in the environment following a nuclear event. Since cesium-137 mimics potassium in the body, immediate doses saturate the body with potassium and prevent absorption of cesium-137. Rich potassium sources in the diet is a good first line of defense, but it may not be enough. Potassium Orotate is the best form of potassium supplements to use for radiation exposure. Follow dosing guidelines on the product you choose, since too much potassium can have ill effects. Related: Potassium Permanganate: Why You Need It in Your Survival Kit. #3. Calcium and Magnesium Calcium and magnesium protect the body from absorbing Strontium-90. Supplementing with these nutrients has been proven to reduce strontium-90 absorption by up to 90 percent. As mentioned earlier strontium-90 mimics calcium, but these two minerals work together and need to be balanced, so for best results take daily supplements of both of these minerals. #4. Iron Some women take iron on a regular basis, but most men do not need regular supplementation. However, in a nuclear event, iron supplements can prevent the uptake of Plutonium-239. Take a daily iron supplement during exposure, but consult a physician about long term use. #5. Vitamin B-12 A fast absorbing vitamin B-12 supplement, such as Methylcobalamin can protect the body from exposure to cobalt-60. Cobalt-60​ is a product of nuclear reactors, so exposure could come from an accident at a nuclear reactor. It is also used in radiation therapy and could come from a spill or a dirty bomb. Take vitamin B-12 daily, following the label recommendations. Related: Top 30 Over-the-Counter Meds to Stockpile #6. Dimethylsulfoxide (DMSO) Dimethylsulfoxide (DMSO) is a controversial sulfur compound that has been shown to actively detoxify the body and protect against the harmful effects of radiation. Animal studies show that DMSO protects DNA from breakage due to radiation exposure and guards against cell destruction. A Japanese study showed that even low doses of DMSO provide protection against radiation damage at a cellular level and can facilitate DNA repair. More research into DMSO is needed, but so far the results are promising. The FDA has not approved it’s use except for preservation of transplant organs and for cases of interstitial cystitis. If you choose to use DMSO, look for pure sources containing no other solvents, except possibly a small amount of water. #7. Zeolite Clay Zeolites clean the body of toxins and radioactive particles in the same way they clean the environment. Their porous structure and affinity for positive ions allow them to bind toxins and nuclear waste to them and remove them as they pass through the body. Zeolite Clay can be safely taken internally and was widely used for detoxification at Chernobyl. In addition to detoxifying the body, it is useful in removing nuclear contamination from the environment and can be used to mop floors and clean walls in contaminated areas. #8. Other Clays Bentonite, Fuller’s Earth, Kaolin, red clay, French Green Clay, and other clays are also effective at binding nuclear waste and removing it from the body. Clay particles are negatively charged, so positively charged radioactive ions are attracted to them. They can be taken internally or used to scrub down the body to remove external contamination. Clay’s are considered safe to consume, but be sure to purchase a pure, food grade clay. #9. Activated Charcoal Activated charcoal is useful for absorbing and neutralizing a number of poisons and toxins, including radiation. Studies show that activated charcoal is able to neutralize up to 70 percent of its weight in radioactive toxins. Other uses for activated charcoal include: natural remedy for dental infections, kidneys infections, ear infections, lowers blood pressures, water purifier and many more. #10. Papain Papain is a natural enzyme found in papaya fruit and known for its ability to reduce toxins. Studies in mice show that it helps exposed mice survive lethal radiation doses. Early research suggests that papain reduces skin reactions and other side effects following radiation therapy. #11. Bee Pollen Recent studies suggest that bee pollen is effective in preventing and relieving the negative effects of radiation therapies by boosting the body’s defenses and supporting natural functions and it could provide these same benefits after a nuclear event. Related: How to Start a Beehive #12. Beets Beets are excellent sources of antioxidants, which can help protect the body from the stresses of radiation exposure. They also help the body rebuild hemoglobin broken down as a result of exposure. Animal studies show that rats eating a diet heavy in beets had less effects after exposure to cesium-137. They were able to absorb and detoxify up to twice the radiation dose of the control group. Related: An Awesome 72 Square-Feet SHTF Medicinal Garden Plan #13. Cold-pressed Organic Vegetable Oils Olive oil, coconut oil, sesame oil and other healthy oils offer some protection during and after radiation exposure. Lipids in the oils offer protection to individual cells, lining the cell membrane and binding toxins before they can cause cell damage. Animal studies show that mice fed oil are protected from doses of x-rays ranging from 300 to 2,400 roentgens and can survive lethal doses. The recommendation is to drink ½ cup of oil as soon as possible after exposure. #14. Organic Germanium-132 Organic Germanium-132 is an ultra-modern mineral that increases oxygenation of the cells, supports the immune system and helps the body get rid of toxins, including radiation. Recent studies in the US and Japan have been experimenting with doses of 500 to 1000 mg per day for various medical conditions, but current recommendations in Japan are that exposed individuals take 100 mg daily of Organic Germanium-132. It is important to note that only organic germanium is recommended here. Inorganic germanium is highly toxic. In minerals, the term organic has a different meaning than in food and inorganic germanium is a completely different compound. #15. Prussian Blue Prussian Blue, also known as ferric ferrocyanide, is useful as an antidote for Cesium-137 when the radioactive isotope has been ingested. In the Brazilian Goiânia incident, researchers found that treatment with up to 10 grams of Prussian Blue daily removed up to 70 percent of the Cesium-137 from the body and reduced it’s effects accordingly. This is an experimental antidote for use only in cases of known exposure to cesium-137. #16. Organic Brewers Yeast Some sources recommend organic Brewers yeast for preventing the effects of radiation and helping the body repair after exposure. Give 5 to 15 mg to children and 25 to 50 mg to adults. For cases of known exposure, this dose can be safely doubled or even tripled. Other Recommendations During and following a nuclear event, nutrition and general health are vitally important. Eating fruits and vegetables containing high amounts of antioxidants will help protect the body from the harmful effects of radiation. Obviously, do not consume plants that have been exposed to fallout or grown in contaminated soil, but frozen, dried, freeze-dried and safe fresh produce are healthy and give the body systems a boost. For best results, each of these remedies should be begun immediately upon a nuclear event or exposure. Preparation is key. You should have these in