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US Default Could Have ‘Terrible’ Global Consequences

The government shutdown isn’t the only battle facing government leaders. A more critical deadline, the raising of the U.S. debt ceiling, is Oct. 17. If the nation’s borrowing limit is not raised, the United States could default. Christine Lagarde, head of the International Monetary Fund, warns the consequences could be terrible worldwide. It could strip the dollar of its status as the world’s reserve currency. Maury Fertig, chief investment officer of Relative Value Partners, agrees, saying a default “would be so catastrophic and such a self-inflicted wound that you can’t imagine we would let it happen.” What would happen to the economy and the markets if there is no agreement to raise the debt ceiling? Seton Motley, president of Less Government, addressed that question and more, on CBN Newswatch, Oct. 4. “But the fact is that every day we get closer to it the possibility increases, even though it’s remote,” he said. Speaker of the House John Boehner’s office says he would not let the government default on its debt. But Boehner’s spokesman says if the debt limit is raised, the U.S. needs a bill with cuts and reforms to get the economy moving again. Charisma

4 US soldiers killed by Afghanistan bomb…

A bomb killed four U.S. soldiers in southern Afghanistan on Sunday, American and Afghan officials said. They were the latest casualties in a 12-year conflict that shows no signs of slowing down despite a drawdown in foreign forces. The U.S.-led international military coalition says four of its service members were killed in the south, and a military official confirmed all were Americans killed by an “improvised explosive device.” Their deaths bring the toll among foreign forces to 132 this year, of which 102 are from the United States. At least 2,146 members of the U.S. military have died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count. They are part of a total of nearly 3,390 coalition forces that have died during the conflict. They were killed on the eve of the 12th anniversary of the Oct. 7, 2001 invasion, which led to an insurgency that shows no signs of abatement and a war that has become largely forgotten in the United States and among its coalition allies despite continued casualties suffered by their forces on the ground. More

80 AND 77 Year Old Lake Mead property owners forced out until shutdown ends

The government shutdown is being felt close to home for some locals. They say they’re being forced out of private homes on Lake Mead because they sit on federal land.  Joyce Spencer is 77-years-old and her husband Ralph is 80. They’ve been spending most of their time in the family ice cream store since going home isn’t an option. The Spencers never expected to be forced out of their Lake Mead home, which they’ve owned since the 70s, but on Thursday, a park ranger said they had 24 hours to get out. ”I had to go to town today and buy Ralph undershirts and jeans because I forgot his pants,” Joyce Spencer told Action News. The Stewart’s Point home sits on federal land, so even though the Spencers own their cabin outright, they’re not allowed in until the government reopens. Park officials said property owners can visit only to retrieve belongings; they sent Action News a statement which reads in part, “Unfortunately overnight stays are not permitted until a budget is passed and the park can reopen.” More

WARS N RUMORS OF WARS: North Korea threatens pre-emptive 

NORTH KOREA – North Korea has threatened to launch strikes against its enemy South Korea and the U.S., to pre-empt an attack by the two countries on its nuclear facilities. The threat follows an agreement between Seoul and Washington over the introduction of nuclear deterrents against Pyongyang. Under the U.S.-South Korea agreement, the two countries vowed to attack North Korea if there are indications it will use its nuclear weapons. The strategy is being dubbed as “customized deterrence.” North Korea has denounced the agreement and said it will not hesitate to attack U.S. and South Korean interests if they resort to “such military provocations.” The North Korean spokesperson added: “If our enemies try to threaten us in the slightest, the country will launch ruthless pre-emptive strikes of annihilation.” Meanwhile a statement from the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea (CPRK), carried by the state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), claimed that “the military plot aims to derail the ongoing peace process and dialogue on the Korean Peninsula and can fuel tensions that can lead to a nuclear conflict.” North Korea has also condemned a large military parade held by South Korea to showcase its latest missiles and torpedoes, marking the 65th anniversary of the country’s armed forces. The U.S. is due to hold a joint naval exercise with Japan and South Korea. However officials in Seoul claim the program “is a humanitarian training exercise to search and rescue private ships that meet with a disaster”  Extinction Protocol

U.S. political intransigency unsettles financial markets: China warns U.S. against a default


NEW YORK
 – U.S. stocks dropped on Monday as the partial U.S. government shutdown dragged on with no signs politicians were willing to relax positions over the debt-ceiling limit or budget impasse. Republican House Speaker John Boehner vowed on Sunday not to raise the U.S. debt ceiling without a “serious conversation” about what is driving the debt, while Democrats said it was irresponsible and reckless to raise the possibility of a U.S. default. The United States faces a deadline of Oct. 17 to raise its $16.7 trillion debt limit or risk an unprecedented debt default. The two issues of emergency funding for the government to operate and increase the U.S. borrowing authority started out separately in the House but have been merged by the pressure of time. “Now you’ve got not only the budget but the debt ceiling and time is running out and everybody knows it, including (the politicians),” said Terry Morris, senior vice president and senior equity manager for National Penn Investors Trust Company in Reading, Pennsylvania. “The longer this goes on, the more the uncertainty, the closer the deadline and the more nervous investors are going to be.” The S&P 500 has fallen for two straight weeks and is down nearly 3 percent from its all-time high of 1,725.52 on concerns about the effect of Washington dysfunction on the economy. Each of the 10 major S&P sectors were lower, with financials and energy the worst performers. Exxon Mobil Corp, down 1 percent to $85.42, and Wells Fargo & Co, off 1.5 percent to $49.70 were the biggest drags on the S&P 500 index. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 149.44 points or 0.99 percent, to 14,923.14, the S&P 500 lost 14.4 points or 0.85 percent, to 1,676.1 and the Nasdaq Composite dropped 30.381 points or 0.8 percent, to 3,777.373. –Reuters
Unprecedented economic calamity: Anyone who remembers the collapse of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. little more than five years ago knows what a global financial disaster is. A U.S. government default, just weeks away if Congress fails to raise the debt ceiling as it now threatens to do, will be an economic calamity like none the world has ever seen. Failure by the world’s largest borrower to pay its debt — unprecedented in modern history — will devastate stock markets from Brazil to Zurich, halt a $5 trillion lending mechanism for investors who rely on Treasuries, blow up borrowing costs for billions of people and companies, ravage the dollar and throw the U.S. and world economies into a recession that probably would become a depression. Among the dozens of money managers, economists, bankers, traders and former government officials interviewed for this story, few view a U.S. default as anything but a financial apocalypse. The $12 trillion of outstanding government debt is 23 times the $517 billion Lehman owed when it filed for bankruptcy on Sept. 15, 2008. As politicians butt heads over raising the debt ceiling, executives from Berkshire Hathaway Inc.’s Warren Buffett to Goldman Sachs Group Inc.’s Lloyd C. Blankfein have warned that going over the edge would be catastrophic. “If it were to occur — and it’s a big if — one would expect a series of legal triggers, potentially transmitting the default to many other markets,” said Mohamed El-Erian, chief executive officer of Pacific Investment Management Co., the world’s largest fixed-income manager. “All this would add to the headwinds facing economic growth. It would also undermine the role of the U.S. in the world economy.” 
China warns U.S. against a default: A senior Chinese official has warned that the “clock is ticking” to avoid a U.S. default that could hurt China’s interests and the global economy. China, the US’s largest creditor, is “naturally concerned about developments in the U.S. fiscal cliff,” vice finance minister Zhu Guangyao said. China holds about $1.3 trillion dollars in U.S. Treasuries. Washington must agree a deal to raise its borrowing limit by 17 October, or risk not being able to pay its bills. He asked that “the U.S. earnestly take steps to resolve” the issue. U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew has said that unless Congress agrees an increase in the debt ceiling by 17 October, Washington will be left with about $30bn in cash to meet its obligations – about half the $60bn-a-day needed. For many governments and investors the approaching deadlock over the debt ceiling is far more critical than the current impasse over the federal shutdown caused by Congress’s failure to agree a new budget. On Sunday Republican House Speaker John Boehner reiterated that Republican lawmakers would not agree to raising the debt ceiling unless it included measures to rein in public spending. Mr. Zhu said that China and the U.S. are “inseparable.” Beijing is a huge investor in U.S. Treasury bonds. “The executive branch of the U.S. government has to take decisive and credible steps to avoid a default on its Treasury bonds,” he said. “It is important for the U.S. economy as well as the global economy.” 
Playing with Fire: U.S. budgetary uncertainty is breeding a cloud of fear over global financial markets, and whether both sides harbor intensions of parlaying the dare to the precipice of the eleventh hour to get their way or not; the damage of increased risk to markets may have already been sown. In such a climate of uncertainty, the psychological maelstrom of fear can have incalculable effects on the human psyche. The slightest miscalculation could lead to disaster, as the margin for error is gravely minimalized. The wrong button hit by a trader, or a large investor moving money out of the market due to safety concerns could be enough to trigger an avalanche of sell-offs that could send markets crashing from Singapore to Dubai. Extinction Protocol

Possibly Worst Blizzard in South Dakota’s History taking a toll on livestock

STURGIS, SD – The cost to what is being called one of the worst blizzards in South Dakota’s history will reach into the multi-millions.  In Sturgis and other Black Hills communities, collapsed roofs, extended power outages, damage from felled trees, the cost of around the clock emergency response divisions and the equipment needed; and the extra crews that are being brought in – will be the norm in the foreseeable future. But in the vast expanse of the foothills and prairies north, east, and west  of the Black Hills, a huge economic impact is beginning to emerge.  Lost livestock, drifting with 60 mile per hour wind gusts and blinding snow, were driven with the storm, trailing over buried fence lines.  Those that made it through the blizzard, are still lost or stranded.  And reports of hundreds of head of livestock that didn’t make it, are beginning to come in. According to Meade County Dispatch, owners are attempting to locate lost livestock.  Being hampered by poor road conditions and unable to reach livestock once located, is slowing not only that process but  an accurate count of how much producers have lost. More

Northern Russian fleet carries out military exercise in the Barents sea

Missile launches were carried out in the Barents Sea by the Northern Fleet to test the readiness of shipboard and shore-based missile systems on Friday, said the Russian Defense Ministry. According to the exercise plan, targets located at a distance of 60 to 400 kilometers were successfully hit by rockets “Granite”“Mosquito” and ”Malachite”RT

New Research Could Lead to Particle Accelerator on a Chip

Particle accelerator on a nanostructured glass chip is smaller than a grain of rice. (Brad Plummer/Stanford University)
Scientists from Stanford University and the U.S. Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory say they’ve developed an innovation that could lead to particle accelerators the size of a computer chip, a development that could have far-reaching implications for science and medicine. When many think about a particle accelerator device, they may think of units such as CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in Switzerland. The LHC is enormous – a tunnel 27 kilometers in circumference sitting 175 meters underground. Writing in Nature, the researchers said they used a laser rather than microwaves to accelerate electrons in a nanostructured glass chip smaller than a grain of rice. The scientists said they were able speed up those electrons at a rate 10 times higher than its possible using current conventional technology. ”We still have a number of challenges before this technology becomes practical for real-world use, but eventually it would substantially reduce the size and cost of future high-energy particle collidersfor exploring the world of fundamental particles and forces,” said Joel England, the SLAC physicist who led the experiments. More

Supernatural Manifestations Are Needed in the Church Today

Dream-like supernatural state.
I believe this article is coming in due season, particularly with all of the recent talk of “strange fire” concerning modern Pentecostalism and an increasingly wariness in the charismatic movement (of all places) toward supernatural manifestations and unusual phenomena. Also, Jennifer LeClaire recently posted a most timely article about how a church that was birthed in the flames of Pentecost—namely, speaking in tongues—has all but abandoned this glorious gift in pursuit of “relevance.” This is unacceptable, and I contend that to be relevant for the kingdom, we should not only tolerate but earnestly desire supernatural manifestations and phenomena.
My Encounter With Supernatural Manifestations
Last November, I had an unforgettable experience at Bethel Church in Redding, Calif., that completely rocked my world. This experience was hardly limited to just me or even those attending that particular service. Supernatural phenomena has been gaining momentum in places like Bethel and in other houses of worship across the globe. The physical, visible glory of God is being revealed in an increasing measure—and rather than approach it with immediate skepticism, I believe we need to adopt an entirely new approach to supernatural phenomena and unusual manifestations of God’s presence. More

DAYS OF NOAH – Three parent babies ‘incompatible with human dignity’

In the future, all clinics will have to publish the number of complications suffered by their patients.
Allowing the creation of babies with DNA from three biological parents in Britain is “incompatible with human dignity” and tantamount to eugenics, members of the Council of Europe have claimed.  A group of 34 European politicians, including eight British MPs and peers, has signed a declaration attacking plans which will make the UK the first country in the world to permit the new IVF technique. Under legislation being drawn up by ministers the treatment will be offered to a handful of parents at high risk of having children with conditions such as muscular dystrophy, as early as next year. The therapy can dramatically reduce the risk of children inheriting disorders of the heart, brain and muscle which are caused by faults in the mother’s mitochondria, structures which supply power to cells. But it has proved controversial because it involves substituting a small fraction of the mother’s damaged DNA with that of a healthy female donor. Because the swap takes place at the “germ line”, the third party’s DNA would not only be passed on to the child, but also to any future generations down the female line. More

MasterCard Joins Biometric ID Group

MasterCard is joining the FIDO Alliance, signaling that the payment network Relevant Products/Services is getting interested in using fingerprints and other biometric data Relevant Products/Services to identify people for online payments. MasterCard will be the first major payment network to join FIDO. The Alliance is developing an open industry standard for biometric data such as fingerprints to be used for identification online. The goal is to replace passwords and speed logging on and purchasing using mobile Relevant Products/Services devices. Apple’s new iPhone 5s smartphone has a fingerprint sensor, but the tech giant is not part of FIDO. However, Google is part of the Alliance, and devices running Google’s Android Relevant Products/Services operating system will have fingerprint sensors by next year. The addition of MasterCard will help FIDO expand its standard to more types of transactions. The company’s experience handling the multitude of existing payments-industry standards will also be valuable. ”Our involvement with the FIDO Alliance, as well as other activities across the industry, will help deliver strong security Relevant Products/Services for consumers, merchants and issuers, as well as a great consumer experience,” said Ed McLaughlin, chief emerging payments officer at MasterCard. Joining FIDO will give MasterCard different ways of identifying people and help it decide when to use those techniques, depending on the situation. FIDO is trying to standardize lots of different ways of identifying people online, not just through biometric methods. CIO Today

Bible oath could be scrapped from courts beginning in Britain.

Bible oath could be scrapped from courts
Magistrates will debate scrapping the religious oath for witnesses and defendants, but critics have raised fears the move could further erode the Christian heritage of Britain Instead all those giving evidence in court would make a secular pledge which it is thought would make it fairer and more relevant for people to help them understand the importance of what they are saying. The proposals are to be debated this month by the Magistrates’ Association, and if agreed will be put forward to the Ministry of Justice. Ian Abrahams, a magistrate from Bristol, said he had often seen people shrug their shoulders when presented with the religious oath, not caring that they are being asked to swear on the bible. Under his proposals all holy books of all religions would be removed and people would instead read an affirmation promising “very sincerely” to tell the truth.  He told the Mail on Sunday: “I’m suggesting we take holy books out of the process. Instead, people will have to show they understand they could be sent to prison if they don’t tell the truth.” Religious leaders have criticised the plans as an example of further destroying the history of Christianity in Britain, pointing out that people already have a chance to choose to take a non religious oath, the affirmation. The Rt Rev Michael Nazir-Ali, former Bishop of Rochester, said: “It is right for people to have a choice of oath, a religious or non-religious one. But we are being urged, in the name of tolerance and secularisation, to restrict that choice.” John Glen, Conservative MP, said the proposal was an example of “political correctness gone mad.” The Telegraph

Every Bluefin Tuna In California Contaminated With Radiation In 2012 From Fukushima Disaster


Every bluefin tuna caught in California waters is believed to be contaminated with radiation that originated in Fukushima, according to a new report. Are the levels of radiation for the bluefin tuna in California worse this year than last? In May of 2012, the Wall Street Journal reported on a Stanford University study by Daniel Madigan, a marine ecologist who was quoted as saying: ”The tuna packaged it up (the radiation) and brought it across the ocean … we were surprised to see it at all and even more surprised to see it in every one.” Another member of the study group added that “absolutely every one” of the tuna had comparable concentrations of cesium 134 and cesium 137, The Hollywood Gossip reports. That was over a year ago, when the fish had relatively little exposure to the radioactive waste being dumped into the ocean following the 2011 nuclear disaster in Fukushima. Since that time, the flow of radioactive contaminants has not let up nor been reduced. Now, bluefin tuna fish born in California waters have been swimming in radiation contaminants for all of their lives. According to The Hollywood Gossip, radioactive cesium doesn’t sink to the bottom, so fish swim through it, ingest it through their gills, or eat organisms that have already been contaminated by the radiation. Though the radioactive compound occurs in nature, the levels of cesium found in the California bluefin tuna in 2012 had levels that were 3 percent higher than what is normally found in nature. So does this mean with all the levels of radiation exposure since 2012, the bluefin tuna fish, as well as other fish in California, have radiation levels higher than before? We can’t be certain, since radiation measurements for this year haven’t been made available, The Hollywood Gossip reports. Common side effects of a person who has been exposed to radiation of the cesium particles includes nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and bleeding. When the exposure lasts a long time, people may even lose consciousness, the website notes.  KPopstarz

German intelligence says Syrian jets parked in Iran

Iran has allowed Syria’s regime to station fighter jets on its territory to keep them safe from foreign attack, German intelligence services believe according to a media report Sunday. News portal Spiegel Online said the report, marked “classified”, pointed to close military ties between Damascus and Tehran beyond the deployment of Iran-backed Hezbollah militia on the side of regime forces.  The German intelligence paper reportedly said Iran had also sent elite troops from its Revolutionary Guard to support the forces of Syrian President Bashar Assad.The intelligence report also said a source had reported that a Syria-Iran military deal from November 2012 allowed Assad “to station large parts of his air force on safe Iranian territory and to use them when needed,” said Spiegel Online. The weekly news magazine Spiegel, meanwhile, published an interview with Assad in which he again denied responsibility for deadly chemical weapons attacks in late August, accusing rebels whom he labels terrorists of being behind them. More

White House openly threatens US default as debt fight escalates

US twenty dollar bill matched up with the north side of the White House in Washington, DC
US Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew has issued a categorical warning that the United States will default on its $16.7 trillion debt and throw the world into turmoil unless Congress agrees to raise the legal debt ceiling by October 17. “Congress is playing with fire. If the US government, for the first time in its history, chooses not to pay its bills on time, we will be in default,” said Mr Lew. “Anyone who thinks that the United States government not paying its bills is anything less than default hasn’t thought about it very clearly,” he told NBC’s Meet the Press. Mr Lew said the treasury had already exhausted its normal funds in May and has been “creating room” by resorting to one-off tricks, but these, too, have run dry. The government will have just $30bn by October 17, half what is needed to cover immediate needs over subsequent days. “That is a dangerously low level of cash, and we’re on the verge of going into a place we’ve never been. Even getting close to the line is dangerous,” he said. Mr Lew’s dramatic comments mark a further escalation in the game of chicken on Capitol Hill. They suggest that the White House has for now ruled out a drastic fiscal squeeze to balance the books if there is no deal, and is unwilling to contemplate exotic loopholes – such as a $2 trillion platinum coin – to circumvent the will of Congress. More
Boehner says U.S. on path to default if Obama won’t negotiate – Republican House Speaker John Boehner vowed on Sunday not to raise the U.S. debt ceiling without a “serious conversation” about what is driving the debt, while Democrats said it was irresponsible and reckless to raise the possibility of a U.S. default. “The nation’s credit is at risk because of the administration’s refusal to sit down and have a conversation,” Boehner told ABC’s “This Week,” adding that there were not enough votes in the House of Representatives to pass a “clean” debt limit bill, without any conditions attached.  Asked if that meant the United States was headed towards a default if President Barack Obama did not negotiate ahead of an October 17 deadline to raise the debt ceiling, Boehner said: “That’s the path we’re on.”  The comments appeared to mark a hardening since late last week when Boehner was reported to have told Republicans privately that he would work to avoid default, even if it meant relying on the votes of Democrats, as he did in August 2011. More
 

Indonesia’s Mount Tangkuban Perahu volcano shaken by three eruptions: alert level raised

INDONESIA – Indonesia’s volcanology center issued an alert for Mount Tangkuban Perahu as the volcano rumbled to life on Saturday, erupting three times and triggering minor earthquakes in Lembang subdistrict over the weekend. The Center for Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation (PVMBG) raised the status of the volcano from normal — the lowest level — to waspada (alert) on Saturday morning. The agency’s four warning levels run from normal to awas (danger) with waspada as the first warning above normal. Volcanologists said they would keep an eye on the volcano as the tremors continued. “We’ll kept watching out for quake signals from under the crater before we decide if we should raise the alert level further,” PVMBG official Gede Suandika told Indonesian news portal tribunnews.com on Monday. People were banned from a 1.5-radius around the volcano’s crater — a regular tourist draw in Lembang subdistrict. The PVMBG has not recommended an evacuation. “Residents around Mount Tangkuban Perahu are urged to stay calm and keep doing their activities as usual and not be provoked by issues related to Mount Tangkuban Perahu’s eruptions,” the PVMBG said on its website, adding ” but they are also expected to keep paying attention to developments on [the volcano’s] activities listed by the local BPBD [Disaster Mitigation Agency] and follow its instructions.” The volcano, which lies on the outskirts of Bandung, West Java, last erupted in March, but the activity was minor. Tourists were banned from the crater and vendors were told to move.  Extinction Protocol

Lightning strikes killed 32 people, including nine children, during weekend storms in India

Lightning strikes killed 32 people, including nine children, during storms at the weekend in India.
Lightning strikes killed 32 people, including nine children, during storms at the weekend in India. It is not rare for lightning to strike someone when it is monsoon season, but that the sheer number of the death toll is extremely rare.  The strikes killed people in the eastern Indian states of Bihar and Jharkhand. ’About 24 people including seven children were killed Saturday and Sunday by bolts of lightning across Bihar,’ State Disaster Management Minister Renu Kumari Kushwaha said. In neighbouring Jharkhand, eight people including two children died, Puran Mahto, an official in the state’s Dhanbad district said. Torrential rains accompanied by strong winds uprooted trees, damaged houses and brought down power cables across the region on Sunday night.  The high death toll is extremely unusual – on average three people die in the UK each year from lightning strikes, while in the US 30 people a year are usually killed.  Though lightning strikes during the June-October monsoon season are common, the weekend toll was unusually high.  Villagers housed in bamboo-and-grass huts are generally most at risk. Last June 27 people were killed in Bihar following lightning strikes and more than two dozen  sustained serious burn injuries. Nalanda and Aurangabad districts reported six deaths each, Rohtas four, Shekhpura and Nawada three each, and Gaya and Bhojpur two each. One death was reported from Kaimur. In 2009 at least 35 people including eight children were killed after they were struck by lightning in the adjoining eastern Indian states of Bihar and Jharkhand. The chances of being struck by lighting once in a give year are around one in 700,000. Only around ten per cent of people who are struck by lightning die, usually because the bolt of electricity causes their heart and breathing to stop. Those who survive tend to wake up from the shock within a few seconds but have little recollection of what happened before the injury.  They could suffer minor burns and stroke-like symptoms. A doctor may later point to lightning strikes as the cause of injury. More

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Ancient kingdom discovered beneath mound in Iraq

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In the Kurdistan region of northern Iraq archaeologists have discovered an ancient city called Idu, hidden beneath a mound. Cuneiform inscriptions and works of art reveal the palaces that flourished in the city throughout its history thousands of years ago. Located in a valley on the northern bank of the lower Zab River, the city’s remains are now part of a mound created by human occupation called a tell, which rises about 32 feet above the surrounding plain. The earliest remains date back to Neolithic times, when farming first appeared in the Middle East, and a modern-day village called Satu Qala now lies on top of the tell. The city thrived between 3,300 and 2,900 years ago, said Cinzia Pappi, an archaeologist at the Universitt Leipzig in Germany. At the start of this period, the city was under the control of the Assyrian Empire and was used to administer the surrounding territory. Later on, as the empire declined, the city gained its independence and became the center of a kingdom that lasted for about 140 years, until the Assyrians reconquered  it. More

DAYS OF LOT: Lesbians Sue Landlord for Refusing to Recognize ‘Marriage’ on Lease

Two lesbians who live in an apartment in New York City have filed a lawsuit against their landlord for refusing to recognize their relationship as a marriage. Dava Weinstein, 68, and Doroty Calvani, 64, have lived together for 36 years. In 2011, the two traveled to Iowa to “wed,” just months before NewYork state legalized the practice. Last year, as the lease for the apartment was up for renewal, Weinstein added Calvani on the form as a co-tenant. She told reporters that she did so to secure Calvani’s rights to the apartment in the event that Weinstein died during the lease period. However, landlord Jacob Weinreib refused to recognize Calvani on the lease. “New York State does not recognize Dorothy as Dava’s spouse,” he wrote to the women in a letter. As Weinreib would not budge about the matter, Weinstein signed the lease without Calvani. However, the two then contacted Lambda Legal, an organization that works in the courts on behalf of homosexuals, which then filed suit. More

Kerry warns shutdown will damage US internationally

Addressing the APEC forum in Indonesia, US Secretary of State John Kerry Saturday said the government shutdown in Washington was “momentary” and US commitments to Asia were undiminished. But if it was prolonged, he warned, the US would be affected internationally. It was already affecting US foreign policy funding including delays in security assistance to Israel, he said. And if it went on, people would begin to question America’s willingness or ability to stay the course. Barack Obama cancelled his Asia trip because of the crisis at home. Debka

AMBER ALERT WEBSITE GOES OFFLINE AMID GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN, MICHELLE OBAMA’S ‘LET’S MOVE’ WEBSITE STAYS UP

The official website of the AMBER Alert program has been taken offline, due to the federal government shutdown. “Due to the lapse in federal funding, this Office of Justice Programs (OJP) website is unavailable,” a message greeting visitors now reads on the website.  It was immediately unclear when the website was taken down. However, it should be noted that First Lady Michelle Obama’s website for her “Let’s Move” campaign is still up, running and fully functional. The AMBER Alert program is a voluntary partnership between law-enforcement and broadcasters that issues urgent bulletins following cases of child abductions. More

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