KAMCHATKA – Eurasia’s highest volcano, Klyuchevskoi, on the Kamchatka Peninsula in Russia’s Far East, churned out ash to a height of six kilometers (3.7 miles) on Thursday morning, local Emergencies Ministry’s department reported. “The cloud of ash moved in the eastern direction from the volcano,” the department said in a statement adding that the cloud of ash posed no danger to residential areas. The statement warned all tourism companies operating in the region against holding tours in the areas located near the volcano, which can also pose threat to aircraft. Klyuchevskoi’s most powerful eruption was registered between January and May of 2005. Following that eruption, the volcano “sank” by 50 meters (about 165 feet), from 4,800 meters (about 16,000 feet) to the current 4,750 meters (15,845 feet). Kamchatka lies within the Pacific’s volatile ‘Ring of Fire.’ Extinction Protocol
INDIA – Over 800,000 people may die if an earthquake measuring eight on the Richter scale occurs in the seismically active Himalayan states from Jammu and Kashmir to Arunachal Pradesh, National Disaster Management Authority’s Vice Chairman M. Shashidhar Reddy has warned. The entire Himalayan belt is seismically very active and during a short span of 53 years between 1897 and 1950, four major earthquakes, (Shillong in 1897, Kangra in 1905, Bihar-Nepal in 1934 and Assam in 1950) exceeding magnitude eight on the Richter scale occurred in the region causing vast devastation. “No such earthquake has occurred since 1950. Studies indicate that enough strains have accumulated to generate magnitude 8 or larger earthquakes in the Himalayan region. If an earthquake of magnitude eight occurs in the Himalayan states, eight to nine lakh people may lose their lives,” the NDMA vice chief told PTI. When and where such an earthquake would occur is not known and therefore, the best approach to face such an eventuality was to work for developing an earthquake-resilient society, Reddy said. Extinction Protocol
Bubonic plague is sweeping through Madagascar and could lead to a full-blown epidemic, aid charities have warned. Fears are growing that the deadly disease could spread through the prisons of the island nation, which are frequently infested with rats. Last year, 60 people in Madagascar died from bubonic plague, more than in any other country in the world. While the disease has been almost entirely eradicated from Europe, there were 256 cases of bubonic plague recorded in Madagascar last year. October is the start of the danger period for the disease as fleas which spread the plague thrive in the humid weather. The International Committee of the Red Cross and the Pasteur Institute are now working in the country to prevent bubonic plague from becoming even more common, according to the BBC. More
A commander from the armed rebels unit, operating in the mountainous region of Al Kabon west of Damascus, has recently announced his enlistment into the “Army of Islam,” a new military coalition comprised of 50 or more rebel combat units seeking to topple Syrian President Bashar Al Assad. A ceremony was held to express their loyalty to one and another and to demonstrate their military power which boasts tanks, armored personnel carriers, a number of vehicles which mounts heavy machine guns, and fighters armed with light weapons. The “Army of Islam,” under the leadership of Sheikh Mohammed Zahran, are seeking to build their position as a major force in Syria and recruit fighters to join their ranks in order to officially establish a political platform. More
U.S. Treasury and Federal Reserve officials worried about the growing possibility of a catastrophic default are crafting contingency plans to mitigate the economic fallout if Congress fails to extend America’s borrowing authority, a source familiar with the plans said. With just eight days before the Treasury Department says the U.S. will hit its $16.7 trillion (10.46 trillion pounds) borrowing limit, lawmakers and the White House remain far from a deal to extend it. Officials are examining what options might be available to calm financial markets if a U.S. debt payment is missed. The specifics of their planning remain unclear, but the source said an area of special focus is a key bank funding market known as the tri-party repurchase agreement, or repo, market, where banks often use Treasury bills, notes and bonds as collateral for short-term loans from other banks and big money market funds. Some of the earliest alarm bells for the 2008 financial crisis emerged from this market, and on Wednesday interest rates demanded for accepting some T-bills as collateral shot to the highest in five months. Were the repo market to seize, easy access to cash by banks to meet short-term funding needs could be jeopardized, and that could have far-ranging implications for credit markets and the economy. More
Iran has developed a new RQ-170 drone, equipped with a special mechanism that makes it undetectable to radars, the Iranian news agency Fars reported Wednesday. Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, chief of the Revolutionary Guard Corps’ airspace division, said that the new drone was manufactured under the supervision of government officials. According to Hajizadeh, the aircraft’s capability to stay undetected is attributed to its ability to adapt its heat production to the temperatures of its surroundings, and to its ability to produce very little sound. More
JERUSALEM — In an apparent message to Iran, the Israeli military said Thursday it had carried out a “special long-range flight exercise” and posted rare footage of the drill online. The military said its squadrons practiced refueling planes in midair this week and tested the air force’s ability. The accompanying footage shows a tanker plane refueling a fighter jet midair, a key part of any long-range operation. The release of the video comes just days before Western powers are to open new talks with Iran over its disputed nuclear program. The U.S. and its allies accuse Iran of using its civilian nuclear program as a cover to develop nuclear weapons. Israel has repeatedly warned that it would be willing to take military action if necessary to stop Iran from going nuclear. More
The American public is apparently as conservative today as it has been in 50 years, according to Cornell political scientist Peter Enns, citing both his own work and work done by Vanderbilt professor Larry M. Bartels. In fact, based on the joint efforts of Enns and Julianna Koch, all 50 states have experienced a shift towards conservatism. This revelation starts with Bartels. See, Bartels examines James Stimson’s measure of public support for various government programs (it spans from 1950 to 2012). Taking it a step further, Koch and Enns measured policy moods for each state from the 1950s to 2010. “The figure below presents one illustration of this pattern. Here we compare the policy mood in each state in the early 1960s (hollow dots) and in the early 2000s (solid dots),” Enns writes, explaining their findings. “Higher values indicate a more conservative policy mood. In each instance, the solid dot is to the right of the hollow dot, suggesting that the public’s policy mood has moved in a conservative direction in every state. Furthermore, most of these increases are statistically significant,” he adds. More
Scientists have hailed an historic “turning point” in the search for a medicine that could beat Alzheimer’s disease, after a drug-like compound was used to halt brain cell death in mice for the first time. Although the prospect of a pill for Alzheimer’s remains a long way off, the landmark British study provides a major new pathway for future drug treatments. The compound works by blocking a faulty signal in brains affected by neurodegenerative diseases, which shuts down the production of essential proteins, leading to brain cells being unprotected and dying off. It was tested in mice with prion disease – the best animal model of human neurodegenerative disorders – but scientists said they were confident the same principles would apply in a human brain with debilitating brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s. The study, published today in the journal Science Translational Medicine, was carried out at the Medical Research Council’s (MRC) Toxicology Unit at the University of Leicester. More
President Obama likes to say that raising the nation’s borrowing limit “won’t add a dime” to the federal debt, but he neglects to mention that the government already has borrowed the equivalent of more than 60 trillion dimes since he took office. When Mr. Obama became president in January 2009, the total federal debt stood at $10.6 trillion. This week, it hit $16.7 trillion — an increase of 57 percent. In the same time frame under President George W. Bush, total federal debt rose 38 percent. Under President Clinton, it rose 32 percent. The administration says the government will run out of authority to pay its bills by Oct. 17 unless Congress raises the debt limit again to allow more borrowing. The president portrays the move as one of simple responsibility. “It does not increase our debt,” Mr. Obama said. “It does not grow our deficits. All it does is allow the Treasury Department to pay for what Congress has already spent.” More
Orlando, Florida — It was a flight bound for Florida, and some airline pilots believe it also may have been a dry-run for terrorists. The 10 News Investigators have obtained an internal memo that details a frightening incident that brings back memories of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Since then, federal efforts have gone in place to prevent a similar attack, leading many to believe another attack what happened on 9/11 could never happen again. Wolf Koch, who flies Boeing 767s for Delta Airlines and is the Aviation Security Committee Chairman for the Air Line Pilots Association International, says that belief “is very foolish.” Koch describes the events of 9/11 as “an incredible attack on us. It was very well orchestrated and they’re going to try it again… 100 percent, no question in my mind. They’re going to try it again.” More
PUEBLO, Colo. — A mustard agent has been detected in the Pueblo military facility charged with housing chemical weapons. The Pueblo Chemical Depot announced that a chemical monitoring crew Tuesday detected and confirmed the presence of mustard agent vapor inside a chemical storage igloo. The igloo contains 105mm projectiles. Passive carbon filters prevent contaminated air from leaving the structure. The military said air filters are being installed to lower the level of contaminated air before crews are sent in to look for leaking munitions. More
Janet Yellen, the likely heir to Ben Bernanke’s job as head of the U.S. Federal Reserve, signalled that she’s in no hurry to reverse monetary stimulus, reassuring investors and irritating some Republican senators who will seek to impede her ascent to one of the world’s most influential positions. President Barack Obama nominated Ms. Yellen to replace Mr. Bernanke at a short White House ceremony Wednesday, a historic moment that brought a temporary reprieve from a budget row that has shut down the government’s non-essential services. Global financial markets were buoyant after word went out Tuesday night that Mr. Obama was ready to officially nominate Ms. Yellen, currently No. 2 at the Fed and Wall Street’s favourite to get the top job after Mr. Bernanke retires in January. The U.S. dollar rose and stock markets ended their shutdown-induced decline as investors bet Ms. Yellen would maintain the Fed’s aggressive campaign to stoke economic growth through large purchases of private-sector bonds, also known as quantitative easing. She didn’t disappoint, using a short speech to emphasize her immediate goal of a lower unemployment rate. “While we have made progress, we have farther to go,” she said. “The mandate of the Federal Reserve is to serve all the American people, and too many Americans still can’t find a job and worry how they will pay their bills and provide for their families.” “The Federal Reserve can help if it does its job effectively.” More
Four former members of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, believing they were performing an exorcism on a teenager, are on trial in Paris facing charges of kidnapping, acts of torture and barbarism, AFP reported this week. The four, including the victim’s former boyfriend, are accused of tying up the 19-year-old Cameroonian girl in a crucifixion-type position and keeping her bound for seven days to a mattress. The four men’s attorney said they were “acting in faith” by performing an exorcism because they were convinced she had been possessed by the devil. According to the AFP report, the accused all say the victim consented to the exorcism, and they deny any acts of violence. “To them she was possessed. That is why they did not call a doctor,” Jacques Bordais, the group’s attorney, says. “You call a doctor when someone is sick; when someone is possessed, you exorcise them.” More
In a country that stresses religious freedom, it is often difficult for Americans to understand what it means to live and die for faith. Global Advance reports about Pastor Ibrahím, a man who knows firsthand the dangers of pursuing God. Ibrahím lives in a community of radical Muslims. His country, unnamed for security reasons, is one of the “-stan” nations, all of which are Islamic countries in which the persecution of Christians is not uncommon. The region, in general, is charged with violence. When Ibrahím converted to Christianity, his Muslim friends decided it was necessary to kill him. It was their “sacred duty” to stop the spread of Christianity, and this was the way to do it. His friends informed him he could say goodbye to his wife before they stoned him. Ibrahím chose to keep the situation from his wife and told her he would be right back. He did not want to risk her life or alarm her. The friends took the new Christian to the local dump. There they began beating him. One man picked up a large rock to complete the act of murder by hitting Ibrahím in the head. At this, Ibrahím launched aloud into prayer for his abusers and their children. More
President Barack Obama has notified Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu that the partial and gradual lifting of sanctions against Iran will soon begin. Israel is the only American ally to receive prior warning of this decision – and the only one to be briefed in detail of the US-Iranian understandings, including Iran’s concessions on its nuclear program. In its next issue, out Friday, DEBKA Weekly will divulge in detail the content of these understandings and their strategic, political and military ramifications. More
Gov. Jerry Brown of California signed AB 154 on Wednesday, legalizing non-physician abortions in the state. The legislation, which had been pushed vigorously by Planned Parenthood, had been strongly opposed by pro-life groups and some physicians, arguing that it amounted to legalizing back-alley abortions for profit. In a statement, Gov. Brown boasted that AB 154 was one of seven bills signed Tuesday ”to support the health and well-being of women in California.” Breitbart
A young woman set a goal of having sex with one hundred thousand men, according to an interview on metro.us. Earlier this year, a student in Warsaw, Poland, Ania Lisewska, made an unusual announcement, a decision that could contribute to a more progressive society. She wanted to sleep with 100,000 men across all countries of the world. The 21-year-old student has so far slept with one thousand men. Not surprisingly, she has been prevented from entering countries like Iraq and Lebanon, but said she still has hope to be able to fulfill her dream. The following is an interview with metro.us. Your mission could take forever. Do you expect to complete it? The end is far away but I am slowly making progress and everything is going to plan. It seems very demanding. What is your motivation? The project started to fight the taboo around sex, and if I can do something for this it will be a good achievement. I am motivated by the positive feedback I am receiving from my fans. More
An Ohio hospital can force a 10-year-old Amish girl with leukemia to resume chemotherapy over the protests of her parents who decided to stop treatment, an appeals court ruled. Akron Children’s Hospital asked the judge to appoint a guardian for the girl after doctors became worried when her parents stopped treatment in June after only one of five prescribed rounds of chemotherapy. Her family was told that the girl has an 85 percent survival rate with treatment but would die within the year if she does not receive it. Maria Schimer, a lawyer and a former nurse, is expected to be appointed the medical guardian for the girl, according to the ruling released on Friday. The girl has only been identified by her initials, S.H. ”Parental rights, even if based upon firm belief and honest convictions can be limited in order to protect the ‘best interests’ of the child,” the court wrote in its ruling. The girl and her parents decided to end her chemotherapy in exchange for “natural medicines” after the child’s first round of chemotherapy made her very ill. ”They do not wish to subject their daughter to this and believe the will of God will triumph,” said John Oberholtzer, the family’s lawyer in August. The court ruling appointing a guardian reverses a lower court decision. Medina County Judge John Lohn had twice denied the limited medical guardianship request by Schimer. ”A parent’s right to make medical decisions for a child is an important incident of parenthood, subject to broad protection the Constitution,” Lohn wrote in his Sept. 3 ruling. Charisma
Barack Obama is warning that if he does not get everything that he wants that he will force the U.S. government into a devastating debt default which will cripple the entire global economy. In essence, Obama has become so power mad that he is actually willing to take the entire planet hostage in order to achieve his goals. A lot of people are blaming the government shutdown on the Republicans, but they have already voted to fund the entire government except for Obamacare. The U.S. Constitution requires that all spending bills originate in the House of Representatives, and the House did their duty by passing a spending bill. If the Senate or the President do not like the bill that the House has passed, then negotiations need to take place. That is how our system works. And the weak-kneed Republicans have already indicated that they are willing to give up virtually all of their prior demands. In fact, if Obama offered all of them 20 dollar gift certificates to Denny’s to end this crisis they would probably jump at that deal. But that is not good enough for Obama. He has made it clear that he will settle for nothing less than the complete and unconditional surrender of the Republican Party. More
The Obama administration is pressing hard for Israel to give up the strategic Jordan Valley in a deal with the Palestinians, a senior Palestinian negotiator told WND. The current round of U.S.-brokered talks is attempting to hash out the details of a plan for the valley. Obama’s proposal calls for international forces to maintain security control along with unarmed Palestinian police forces, the PA negotiator said. Israel will retain security posts in some strategic areas of the Jordan Valley, according to the U.S. plan. Previous talks incorporated an element of Jordanian authority in the Jordan Valley, but the Kingdom of Jordan is suddenly wary of participating in a future Palestinian state, the negotiator said. The Palestinian negotiator pointed to the insurgency in Syria and changes of leadership in Egypt as reasons for Jordanian reluctance to assume any security control over Palestinian areas. The Jordan Valley cuts through the heart of Israel. It runs from the Tiberias River in the north to the Dead Sea in the center to the city of Aqaba at the south of the country, stretching through the biblical Arabah desert. More
October 10, 2013 – SOUTH DAKOTA – Like in a scene from an apocalyptic parable, dark carcasses of cows and steers lie motionless in silent clusters across swaths of South Dakota. An early blizzard caught ranchers off guard this week in the state, killing as many as 20,000 head of cattle, a state official says. But ranchers say they are the real victims. The storm left many of them in ruins, and now Washington is leaving them out in the cold. “With the government shutdown and no farm bill in place, we need South Dakotans to help their neighbors,” Gov. Dennis Daugaard said. This year’s federal farm legislation got hung up in Congress before the shutdown. There’s no money to help the ranchers, and Daugaard is asking for donations. South Dakota’s civil air patrol did flyovers to take pictures of whole herds that keeled over together, dotting the gaping, snow-covered flatlands with big, black blotches. Ranchers who thought they were doing the right thing were blindsided, said state veterinarian Dustin Oedekoven. Now they are dazed by their losses. “The smart thing to do this time of year is to have cows and calf off to pasture,” he said. “Then the storm blew in. We’ve never seen anything quite like this.” Oedekoven says he may never know the total number of livestock killed. South Dakota has asked ranchers to make lists of the animals they lost to help with the tally. “It will be two weeks to a month before we have a better idea of the impact,” Oedekoven said. Only 2,000 have been confirmed dead so far, but crews are out removing more dead cattle blocking roads, where they fell over in their tracks. The state has told drivers to watch out. “Motorists must be aware that livestock carcasses or stray livestock may be present on or along the roadways at any time,” the emergency management agency said in a statement. Herds of livestock still alive are wandering aimlessly far from home. “We have misplaced cattle everywhere,” Oedekoven said. “The storm blew them 10 miles or more from where they are normally pastured.” The blizzard didn’t necessarily dole out fate justly, rewarding the prudent and punishing the lax, he said. “Some people were very well prepared and lost 50% of their herd. Some were not prepared and took no losses. There was no rhyme or reason to it. Some ranchers lost everything.” –CNN
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