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DAYS OF LOT – Hawaii Officials trying to make swift “Gay Marriage” Legalization

 

Eager to avoid the loud and lengthy protests over same-sex marriage that disrupted the Hawaii House of Representatives this week, the state Senate may act swiftly onSenate Bill 1. Senators are considering accepting the House’s amended version of SB 1 that expands religious exemptions, removes language concerning parental rights and changes the effective date to Dec. 2. The Senate could vote on the historic legislation as early as Tuesday. That would avoid conference committee deliberations between House and Senate members and immediately send the bill to the desk of Gov. Neil Abercrombie, who has championed the legislation. The governor’s signature on SB 1 would make Hawaii the 16th state, along with the District of Columbia, to legally recognize gay marriage. ”I commend the House of Representatives for taking this historic vote to move justice and equality forward,” Abercrombie said in a statement after the House voted 30-19 to pass the bill late Friday night. (Two House members, who were formally excused, were absent.) More

Christian Photographers Forced to Shoot Homosexual ‘Weddings’ Appeal to U.S. Supreme Court

 

DAYS OF LOT – Attorneys for a Christian couple in New Mexico who were told by the courts that they may not refuse to shoot homosexual ‘weddings’ in the state have appealed the ruling to the United States Supreme Court. As previously reported, Elane Huguenin and her husband Jon run Elane Photography in Albuquerque. In 2006, when Vanessa Willock, a lesbian, approached Elane and requested that she photograph her commitment ceremony, Huguenin declined, stating that she only covers traditional weddings. The situation soon ended up before the New Mexico Human Rights Commission, who ruled against Huguenin in 2008, stating that she was guilty of violating the state’s “sexual orientation” discrimination law. New Mexico law prohibits “any person in a public accommodation to make a distinction, directly or indirectly, in offering or refusing to offer its services …to any person because of…sexual orientation.” The commission then ordered the photographer to pay nearly $7,000 in fines for refusing to shoot the ceremony. Huguenin appealed the decision in December 2009, arguing that forcing her to go against her beliefs regarding homosexuality would be like forcing African Americans to photograph Klu Klux Klan members. Last June, the Mexico State Court of Appeals released a 45-page opinion upholding the guilty verdict. More

 

Christian University VP Calls Student Who Denies Existence of God ‘Great Advocate for Student Body’

 

A vice president of a prominent Christian university in Oregon is defending the school’s student body president after he recently came out as an atheist. Eric Fromm attends Northwest Christian University in Eugene, Oregon, an educational institution that  seeks to be “characterized by its commitment to equip students to discover and answer God’s call in their lives.” It was founded in 1895 by Pastor Eugene Sanderson, whose passion was to train men for the ministry. Fromm states, however, that he chose the university largely because of its communications program and the personalized attention he would receive from professors. He says that he was an atheist long before enrolling, but some of his peers did not know that he was not a Christian. In a recent op-ed featured in the university’s publication The Beacon Bolt, Fromm, who was elected as student body president this year, came out to students and faculty as an atheist. More

 

 

Iran launches mass production of new surface-to-air missiles

 

Iran has launched the production line of high-precision surface-to-air (SAM) missiles which would be able to destroy cruise missiles, bombers, drones and helicopters at medium range. The production line of missiles dubbed the Sayyad-2 (Hunter-2) was inaugurated on Saturday by Iran’s Defense Minister Hossein Dehqan, local media reported. The home-made weaponry is designated “for confronting [possible] air raids,” Dehqan said at the ceremony in Tehran. The Sayyad-2 solid-fuel missiles have a combined guidance system and high operational capabilities to hit “different kinds of cruise missiles, bombers, drones, helicopters and targets with small radar cross-section and high speed and maneuverability within its operational range,” Dehqan added. Sayyad-2 is an upgraded version of the Sayyad-1 which has been used against medium-altitude targets, but it has higher precision, range and defensive power. It is equipped with a 200-kilogram warhead and has a speed of 1,200 meters per second, local media reported. More

 

SIGNS IN THE HEAVENS: Huge Asteroid Numbers Raise Stakes of Impact Threat

 

The number of asteroids zooming close to Earth is far greater than previously believed, highlighting the need to ramp up efforts to find and track these potentially dangerous space rocks, experts say. A new analysis of the Russian meteor explosion that injured more than 1,000 people in the city of Chelyabinsk this past February estimates that similar impacts occur about seven times more often than previously thought. That means there could be more than 20 million near-Earth asteroids roughly 62 feet (19 meters) wide — the size of the Chelyabinsk object — rather than three or four million, scientists say, adding to the Russian meteor explosion’s importance as a teachable moment. [See Photos of the Russian Meteor Explosion of Feb. 15] ”It has attracted more attention to the threat,” Lindley Johnson, program executive for NASA’s Near-Earth Object (NEO) Observations Program, said of the Chelyabinsk event in a teleconference with reporters Wednesday (Nov. 6). The Russian meteor explosion is a “great advertisement,” he added, “that this is really something that we do need to be dealing with, and addressing the improvement in capabilities to detect, track and characterize these objects.” More

 

 

DAYS OF LOT – Hawaii Officials trying to make swift “Gay Marriage” Legalization

 

Eager to avoid the loud and lengthy protests over same-sex marriage that disrupted the Hawaii House of Representatives this week, the state Senate may act swiftly onSenate Bill 1. Senators are considering accepting the House’s amended version of SB 1 that expands religious exemptions, removes language concerning parental rights and changes the effective date to Dec. 2. The Senate could vote on the historic legislation as early as Tuesday. That would avoid conference committee deliberations between House and Senate members and immediately send the bill to the desk of Gov. Neil Abercrombie, who has championed the legislation. The governor’s signature on SB 1 would make Hawaii the 16th state, along with the District of Columbia, to legally recognize gay marriage. ”I commend the House of Representatives for taking this historic vote to move justice and equality forward,” Abercrombie said in a statement after the House voted 30-19 to pass the bill late Friday night. (Two House members, who were formally excused, were absent.) More

 

Christian Photographers Forced to Shoot Homosexual ‘Weddings’ Appeal to U.S. Supreme Court

 

DAYS OF LOT – Attorneys for a Christian couple in New Mexico who were told by the courts that they may not refuse to shoot homosexual ‘weddings’ in the state have appealed the ruling to the United States Supreme Court. As previously reported, Elane Huguenin and her husband Jon run Elane Photography in Albuquerque. In 2006, when Vanessa Willock, a lesbian, approached Elane and requested that she photograph her commitment ceremony, Huguenin declined, stating that she only covers traditional weddings. The situation soon ended up before the New Mexico Human Rights Commission, who ruled against Huguenin in 2008, stating that she was guilty of violating the state’s “sexual orientation” discrimination law. New Mexico law prohibits “any person in a public accommodation to make a distinction, directly or indirectly, in offering or refusing to offer its services …to any person because of…sexual orientation.” The commission then ordered the photographer to pay nearly $7,000 in fines for refusing to shoot the ceremony. Huguenin appealed the decision in December 2009, arguing that forcing her to go against her beliefs regarding homosexuality would be like forcing African Americans to photograph Klu Klux Klan members. Last June, the Mexico State Court of Appeals released a 45-page opinion upholding the guilty verdict. More

 

 

Christian University VP Calls Student Who Denies Existence of God ‘Great Advocate for Student Body’

 

A vice president of a prominent Christian university in Oregon is defending the school’s student body president after he recently came out as an atheist. Eric Fromm attends Northwest Christian University in Eugene, Oregon, an educational institution that  seeks to be “characterized by its commitment to equip students to discover and answer God’s call in their lives.” It was founded in 1895 by Pastor Eugene Sanderson, whose passion was to train men for the ministry. Fromm states, however, that he chose the university largely because of its communications program and the personalized attention he would receive from professors. He says that he was an atheist long before enrolling, but some of his peers did not know that he was not a Christian. In a recent op-ed featured in the university’s publication The Beacon Bolt, Fromm, who was elected as student body president this year, came out to students and faculty as an atheist. More

 

Iran launches mass production of new surface-to-air missiles

 

Iran has launched the production line of high-precision surface-to-air (SAM) missiles which would be able to destroy cruise missiles, bombers, drones and helicopters at medium range. The production line of missiles dubbed the Sayyad-2 (Hunter-2) was inaugurated on Saturday by Iran’s Defense Minister Hossein Dehqan, local media reported. The home-made weaponry is designated “for confronting [possible] air raids,” Dehqan said at the ceremony in Tehran. The Sayyad-2 solid-fuel missiles have a combined guidance system and high operational capabilities to hit “different kinds of cruise missiles, bombers, drones, helicopters and targets with small radar cross-section and high speed and maneuverability within its operational range,” Dehqan added. Sayyad-2 is an upgraded version of the Sayyad-1 which has been used against medium-altitude targets, but it has higher precision, range and defensive power. It is equipped with a 200-kilogram warhead and has a speed of 1,200 meters per second, local media reported. More

 

SIGNS IN THE HEAVENS: Huge Asteroid Numbers Raise Stakes of Impact Threat

 

The number of asteroids zooming close to Earth is far greater than previously believed, highlighting the need to ramp up efforts to find and track these potentially dangerous space rocks, experts say. A new analysis of the Russian meteor explosion that injured more than 1,000 people in the city of Chelyabinsk this past February estimates that similar impacts occur about seven times more often than previously thought. That means there could be more than 20 million near-Earth asteroids roughly 62 feet (19 meters) wide — the size of the Chelyabinsk object — rather than three or four million, scientists say, adding to the Russian meteor explosion’s importance as a teachable moment. [See Photos of the Russian Meteor Explosion of Feb. 15] ”It has attracted more attention to the threat,” Lindley Johnson, program executive for NASA’s Near-Earth Object (NEO) Observations Program, said of the Chelyabinsk event in a teleconference with reporters Wednesday (Nov. 6). The Russian meteor explosion is a “great advertisement,” he added, “that this is really something that we do need to be dealing with, and addressing the improvement in capabilities to detect, track and characterize these objects.” More

Record number of dolphins dying off East Coast in ‘measles’ outbreak

The deadliest known outbreak of a measles-like virus in bottlenose dolphins has killed a record number of the marine mammals along the U.S. Atlantic coast in recent months, officials said Friday. A total of 753 bottlenose dolphins have washed up from New York to Florida from July 1 until Nov. 3, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The figure represents a 10-fold increase in the number of dolphins that would typically turn up dead along East Coast beaches, said Teri Rowles, program coordinator of the NOAA Fisheries Marine Mammal Health and Stranding Response Program. “Historic averages for this same time frame, same geographic area, is only 74, so you get an idea of the scope,” she told reporters. The cause of death is morbillivirus, a form of marine mammal measles that is similar to canine distemper and can cause pneumonia, suppressed immune function and brain infections that are usually fatal. The virus spreads among dolphins in close contact to one another. The death toll is also higher than the 740-plus strandings in the last major Atlantic morbillivirus outbreak in 1987-1988. And they have come in a much shorter time period, leading officials to anticipate this event could get much worse. “It is expected that the confirmed mortalities will be higher,” said Rowles.  “If this plays out similar to the ’87-88 die-offs, we are less than halfway through that time frame.”
Rowles said efforts are underway to try to determine if the virus might have been introduced into wild bottlenose dolphins from another species, like humpback whales or pygmy sperm whales. “There are still a lot of unanswered questions about that,” she told reporters. Among bottlenose dolphins, immunity to the virus has been decreasing, particularly in the younger animals as time has gone by since the last outbreak 25 years ago. “So we know we had a susceptible population, but just being susceptible alone is not how the outbreaks go,” she said. “We are trying to understand where this virus came from and how it got into the population in which it is now circulating.” In the meantime, the process of dealing with all the dead carcasses has been “overwhelming,” particularly for local recovery teams, Rowles said. The Virginia Aquarium alone has had to pick up and do necropsies on 333 animals in the space of just a few months, said Ann Pabst, co-director of the University of North Carolina Marine Mammal Stranding Program. Five percent of the dolphins have been found alive on the beaches, but died soon after, NOAA said. The virus has appeared to infect dolphins of all ages, from young to old. But since the number of dolphins washing up on shore may not represent all of the creatures that are dying, it is difficult to estimate what proportion of the population is sick. And without a way to vaccinate the wild population, there is little that officials can do but collect the carcasses and continue to study them. While NOAA hasn’t determined a cause for the deaths, other scientists have speculated that mass die-offs like this one are becoming increasingly common as climate change causes water to warm, and human-produced pollution weakens dolphins’ immune systems. Extinction Protocol

 

Panic and fear, as double measles outbreaks hit Britain and Queensland

LONDON – Health chiefs have warned Britain is on the brink of a second major ­epidemic just four months after the previous outbreak, which claimed one life and more than 1,200 victims. The virus is highly contagious. Experts say one child with measles sitting in a classroom for just an hour will pass it on to at least 70 per cent of other pupils who are not vaccinated. Cases have once again soared in Swansea, the area which was hit earlier this year. Health chiefs in Wales warned last month that a renewed flare-up was likely to spread rapidly unless children have the vital secondary measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) booster jab. At that point, the total stood at 13 cases but this has already risen to 36. “Parents and young people should not underestimate how serious ­measles can be and how quickly it can spread,” said Dr. Jorg Hoffmann, ­Public Health Wales consultant in communicable disease control. “To prevent this outbreak spreading even further, it’s crucial that unvaccinated children and young people receive two doses of MMR urgently and that those with symptoms do not attend school.” The ­epidemic which swept the greater Swansea area earlier this year triggered a huge vaccination program.
While many children got their first dose of the MMR injection, a significant number failed to get a booster jab within a month. Although more than 70,000 catch-up MMR jabs were given across Wales during the epidemic, 30,000 children and young people aged from 10 to 18 remain unprotected. Health officials emphasized that the only protection against the infection is two doses of the MMR jab. All cases in the new outbreak, affecting four schools, date from the start of October. Several of the new cases have been spread as a result of pupils attending school already with the symptoms of measles. Where sufficient numbers of children remain unprotected in a school where there has been measles, school vaccination sessions will be arranged. Dr. Hoffmann added: “Parents who have decided not to vaccinate their children are not only risking their children’s health but are putting other children at risk. “We are very frustrated to see more cases so soon after the large outbreak earlier this year and we are very keen for this to be stopped before we return to a position where children are admitted to hospital or die.”
Measles outbreak hits Queensland: Thirty-five people have now contracted measles in Queensland in one of the worst outbreaks of the disease in Queensland’s recent history. This year 30 of the 35 measles cases have emerged since August, with eight cases now confirmed at Woodford Correctional Centre. Last year only four Queenslanders contracted measles. Questions are being asked if the measles outbreak is linked to overcrowding in Queensland prisons. The Department of Justice and Attorney General on Wednesday evening confirmed there were now 6432 prisoners in Queensland jails on November 6. It is the first time in Queensland history prisoner numbers have been more than 6000. The extra 832 prisoners include hundreds “doubling up” in cells at several prisons in the Ipswich area. Queensland’s chief medical officer Dr. Jeanette Young confirmed “gene tracing” had matched the Woodford prison measles outbreak to the measles outbreak in Ipswich. “Gene sequencing has now linked the Woodford outbreak to the Ipswich outbreak which so far has affected 23 people including those at Woodford,” Dr. Young said on Thursday night.
So far this year, 35 people in Queensland have contracted measles, with 30 of these falling ill since August including the 23 in the Ipswich-Woodford outbreak.” There has not been a connection to an Ipswich prison, although prisoner transfers are being checked, Dr. Young told reporters last week. Dr. Young confirmed the three extra cases of measles – bringing the total to eight confirmed cases – inside Woodford Correctional Centre. Dr. Young confirmed prisons were now a hotspot of concern for health authorities, after vaccinating 1200 prisoners and staff. “Measles is a highly contagious disease and can spread more easily in any situation where many people are in close contact,” she said. “This includes places like schools, shopping centers, airports or prisons.” Health authorities have already warned people between the ages of 20 and 40 are more vulnerable to measles because they believed they were immunized. Public health physician Dr. Heidi Carroll said many adults in their late 20s and early 30s mistakenly believe they have been vaccinated for measles. “This may be because measles vaccine wasn’t universally available to all children in Australia until the late 1980s and early 1990s,” she said. – Extinction Protocol

 

Iran nuclear talks end with no agreement after France balks at deal

Negotiations among world powers to temporarily curb Iran’s nuclear program ended with no deal Saturday after France objected that proposals did not go far enough. French foreign minister Laurent Fabius said that the talks, which ended early Sunday, managed to narrow differences without eliminating them, saying there are “still questions to be dealt with” in future rounds. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said “significant progress” had been made on the differences that remain. A Western diplomat said a new round would be needed to agree on all points of a temporary deal that would to lead to a comprehensive agreement ensuring that Tehran’s nuclear work remains peaceful. European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, who coordinated the talks, said Iran and the five permanent U.N. Security Council members plus Germany would meet again on Nov. 20. Fabius said there were “several points” in the initial deal with which his country is not satisfied and told France-Inter Radio France does not want to be part of a “con game.” He did not specify, but his comments suggested France thought a final draft of any first-step deal was too favorable to Iran, echoing concerns raised by Israel and several prominent U.S. legislators. Secretary of State Kerry, speaking to reporters after the talks broke up, acknowledged there were “certain issues that we needed to work through.” More

 

Death toll in Philippines typhoon could reach 10,000

 

Authorities expect a “very high number of fatalities” after one of the strongest typhoons on record devastated central Philippines, cutting communications and severely damaging an airport in one of the hardest-hit regions. A senior regional police official and a city administrator in the typhoon-ravaged Tacloban city in the central Philippines say the death toll there could reach 10,000 people, according to the Associated Press. Regional police chief Elmer Soria said he was briefed by Leyte provincial Gov. Dominic Petilla on Saturday and told there were about 10,000 deaths on the island, mostly by drowning and from collapsed buildings. Tacloban city administrator Tecson Lim said that the death toll in the city alone “could go up to 10,000.” Earlier, the Philippine Red Cross told Reuters that based on reports it estimated at least 1,200 were dead in Tacloban, which is located about 360 miles southeast of Manila, and 200 more in Samar Province. More

Man breaches security at Seattle airport, runs on plane

 

A man breached security Friday night at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, bolted through a checkpoint and onto a plane, an airport spokesman said. The man was chased by police and TSA officers, and was captured on a plane, said Perry Cooper, a spokesman for Sea-Tac Airport. The incident started about 11:30 pm ET, when the man sprinted by the security checkpoint at concourse D, Cooper said. He bolted out of a door and made his way out on the tarmac. He broke a window, by punching it, and was able to get into an empty American Airlines plane, Cooper said. Representatives from American Airlines could not be immediately reached for comment. The man, described as in his 20s, was apprehended on the plane. Nobody was hurt and no flights were delayed. The suspect will be taken to jail, Cooper said. The incident may have been influenced by drugs, Cooper said. CNN

 

BREAKING NEWS – Death toll likely exceeds 1,000 after typhoon slams Philippines

Tacloban, Philippines– A day after Super Typhoon Haiyan roared into the Philippines, a Red Cross official said the death toll could reach 1,200. ”We estimate 1,000 people were killed in Tacloban and 200 in Samar province,” Gwendolyn Pang, secretary general of the Philippine Red Cross, said of two coastal areas where Haiyan hit first as it began its march Friday across the archipelago. The Red Cross said it would have more precise numbers Sunday. But experts predicted that it will take days to get the full scope of the damage wrought by a typhoon described as one of the strongest to make landfall in recorded history. Tacloban suffered the greatest devastation, said Lt. Jim Aris Alago, information officer for Navy Central Command. “There are numbers of undetermined casualties found along the roads.”  Officials found more than 100 bodies scattered on the streets of the coastal city of Tacloban, which one official described as having been worst hit. ”We expect the greatest number of casualties there,” Alago said, adding that 100 body bags had been sent to the area. People were wading through waist-high water, and overturned vehicles, downed utility poles and trees were blocking roads and delaying the aid effort. ”We have not been able to determine a specific death toll as communications are still down; other government agencies are reporting more than 100 casualties in Tacloban alone.” More

 

EX-MARXIST WARNS OF OBAMACARE LEADING TO “COMMUNISM”

 

The disastrous launch of Obamacare could be just the beginning of a much larger and far more devastating crisis. A growing number of analysts worry the health-care program itself has so many flaws that its could lead to the meltdown of the entire American health-delivery system. And that, some have speculated, could provide just the excuse for the administration to push something called the “single-payer” system of health care as the solution for a catastrophic crisis. In the case of such a full-blown crisis, critics say, the administration could claim the only solution would be to “transition” into a single-payer system, something President Obama has frequently claimed he prefers.  In the collage of video clips above, Obama plainly stated before he became president: “I happen to be a proponent of a single-payer, universal health care plan … Everyone in, nobody out.” He admitted the country might not “get there immediately” but that it could “build off” transitional programs. Canada, he explained, got to single-payer through a “similar transition step.” He called for a “transitional system building on the existing systems we have” and noted that such “transitions” can be “very difficult and costly.” More
 

 

North Carolina school district rejects ‘In God We Trust’ posters

“In God We Trust” may be the official motto of the United States but school officials in western North Carolina say it has no business in classrooms. The Watauga County School District refused to allow members of the Watauga American Legion Post 130 to hang posters in schools promoting the national motto because it might be unconstitutional. “We got an email from the school saying thank you but on advice of their legal counsel they could not accept the posters because of separation of church and state,” American Legion member Rick Cornejo told me in a telephone interview. Cornejo, who is also a local Baptist preacher, said the decision to ban the posters has resulted in a lot of hurt feelings. “It’s disappointing, it really is,” he said. “Educators are asking us for those posters so they can put them in their classrooms but right now they can’t do it – because the school board won’t let them.” The 16×20 inch framed posters include the words “In God We Trust,” with an American flag in the background. It reads: “The national motto of the United States, adopted by Congress, July 30, 1956.” A spokesman for the school district told the Watauga Democrat newspaper that “In God We Trust” was banned on the advice of their legal counsel. They feared someone could see the poster and construe the district was promoting religion. More

 

China Deploys New Bomber with Long-Range Land Attack Missile

 

China’s military recently deployed an upgraded strategic bomber that will carry the military’s new long-range land attack cruise missile, capable of attacking Hawaii and Guam, according to a draft congressional report. The Oct. 8 draft of the forthcoming report of the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission also reveals that China has developed a new armed drone nearly identical to U.S. military’s Reaper. The Chinese missile-firing drone likely was developed through Chinese cyber espionage against U.S. defense contractors. The report highlights a rapidly modernizing Chinese military that includes large numbers of new weapons and new warfighting techniques, including attack capabilities in space and cyberspace. “PLA modernization is on track to alter the security balance in Asia over the next five to 10 years, challenging decades of U.S. military preeminence,” the report concludes. On the bomber, the People’s Liberation Army in June accepted the first of 15 new Hongzha-6K, or H-6K, bombers. The bomber is based on a late 1950s Soviet design but has an extended range. However, its long-range cruise missile is new. More

 

SIGNS IN THE HEAVENS: ‘Comet of the Century’ ISON coming into view this week

 

It could be the brightest comet in decades, or even centuries, and it’s coming to visit for the holidays. It might also fizzle out. There are high hopes for Comet ISON, which will pass the sun this month and could put on a spectacular show in the sky in the process. The comet, making its virgin journey around our star from the Oort Cloud right now, could be one of the brightest comets to be observed from Earth in many decades, if not longer, or perhaps ever. Or, ISON could melt down, break apart, and fizzle away into darkness at any moment as it comes ever closer to grazing the surface of our friendly neighborhood massive fireball. Whether ISON delights or disappoints, it’s certain to be the most observed comet in human history. Aside from images already captured by the space agencies’ big-boy telescopes like the one from Hubble above, NASA is also encouraging and assisting anyone with lenses — be they in telescopes, binoculars, or eyeballs — who wants to capture the icy rock’s journey around the sun. In short, Comet ISON is setting a new bar for interstellar paparazzi — it’s kind of like stalking your favorite Deep Space Nine character at Comic-Con. And as of right about now, you can start getting in on the mass comet-stalking meme. More

 

Germans lose trust in US, see NSA whistleblower Snowden as hero

 

Germans’ confidence in the US as a trustworthy partner has plummeted following the NSA scandal, while Edward Snowden, who exposed America’s spying on its allies, is considered a hero by 60 percent of the population, a poll shows. The recent chain of scandals over US global snooping has seriously damaged the opinion of Germans about their longtime ally. Only 35 percent still see Washington as a reliable partner – a drop of 14 percent since July, according to a survey conducted by public broadcaster ARD and Die Welt daily. This year’s figures are a massive drop from the situation at the start of President Barack Obama’s presidency, when he was given an enthusiastic welcome on his first official visit to Berlin, and 76 percent of Germans said they trusted the US government in a Nov. 2009 poll.  US President Barack Obama’s personal approval rating with Germans has also plummeted. Once a highly popular foreign politician, now Obama enjoys support from only 43 percent of Germans, while over half are unhappy with his performance.  German Chancellor Angela Merkel – whose private mobile phone was also allegedly bugged by American security services – warned earlier that spying among friends was unacceptable. She made it clear to Obama that if the information was proven to be true, it would represented a “grave breach of trust.” Merkel also demanded that Washington sign up to a ‘no-spying’ agreement with Berlin and Paris by the end of this year. More

BILLY GRAHAM’S POWERFUL FINAL SERMON TO AMERICA: ‘I’VE WEPT’ AS ‘I’VE SEEN HOW FAR PEOPLE HAVE WANDERED FROM GOD’

 

Evangelist Billy Graham delivered what is being dubbed his final “sermon” to America on Thursday night. Through a special video broadcast called “The Cross,” Graham warned that the nation is in “great need of a spiritual awakening” and that he has wept over how far the nation has moved away from God. The video, which is available online and through select broadcast networks across the nation (it will air on TheBlaze TV this weekend), was released today on Graham’s 95th birthday.  “I want to tell people about the meaning of the cross … the real cross of Christ,” a passionate Graham proclaimed in the video. ”I know that many will react to this message, but it is the truth and with all my heart, I want to leave you with the truth.”  Graham then went on to discuss his view on the importance of accepting Jesus Christ and following the Christian savior. His pre-recorded message was interspersed with fiery selections from the preacher’s past sermons as well as personal testimony from musicians Lacey Sturm and Lecrae Moore. “People don’t want to hear that they’re sinners. To many people it’s an offense,” Graham proclaimed. “The cross is offensive, because it directly confronts the evils that dominate so much of this world.” More

Major hospitals all across the country not included under new insurance plans

 

As if the millions of Americans set to lose their existing health insurance coverage as a result of Obamacare was not bad enough, a recent survey by Watchdog.org has found that many top hospitals across the nation will no longer be accessible to the average person with a new “eligible” plan. In fact, many major hospitals are being excluded from Obamacare coverage altogether, which means that millions of previously covered individuals will have to settle for subpar care at other “in-network” facilities. Based on the results of the survey, most of the nation’s top hospitals, including renowned facilities like Case Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio, will only be accepting insurance from one or two companies included as part of Obamacare. This means that all the other insurance plans offered on the Obamacare exchanges will be ineligible, and many patients will be required to go to other facilities, even if their previous insurance plans were accepted by these same hospitals. More

Obama calls Netanyahu to assure he will keep Iran from a bomb

US President Barack Obama spoke with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Friday night to discuss the ongoing efforts by Secretary of State John Kerry and other Western diplomats to reach an agreement with Iran. Obama underscored Washington’s “strong commitment to preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon” and discussed the US’s “ongoing efforts to advance a peaceful resolution of the international community’s concerns.” News of the call, coupled with the convergence of Western ministers in Geneva on Friday and the imminent arrival of Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and a Chinese deputy foreign minister on Saturday, deepened the expectation that a deal between world powers and Iran was reaching its final stages. More

 

 

How China Can Cause The Death Of The Dollar And The Entire U.S. Financial System

 

The death of the dollar is coming, and it will probably be China that pulls the trigger.  What you are about to read is understood by only a very small fraction of all Americans.  Right now, the U.S. dollar is the de facto reserve currency of the planet.  Most global trade is conducted in U.S. dollars, and almost all oil is sold for U.S. dollars.  More than 60 percent of all global foreign exchange reserves are held in U.S. dollars, and far more U.S. dollars are actually used outside of the United States than inside of it.  As will be described below, this has given the United States some tremendous economic advantages, and most Americans have no idea how much their current standard of living depends on the dollar remaining the reserve currency of the world.  Unfortunately, thanks to reckless money printing by the Federal Reserve and the reckless accumulation of debt by the federal government, the status of the dollar as the reserve currency of the world is now in great jeopardy. More

 

Iranian state television broadcast simulated missile attack on Israel…

 

An agreement between the United States and Iran over the latter’s nuclear program seems imminent, but the charm offensive in Geneva is not mirrored at home. In Tehran, the Iranian government sent a different message with a broadcast on state television of a simulated missile attack on Israel. The hour-long documentary program included segments about the capabilities of Iranian missiles and the possibility of their use in response to foreign threats. The program included a video simulation of a potential response by Iran to an Israeli strike on its nuclear facilities. The video showed computer-animated launches of Iran’s long-range Sejjil ballistic missiles. The animations show Israel’s air defense systems intercepting a few missiles as others penetrate the protective layer and destroy different strategic targets across Israel.  Among the targets shown are the Azrieli Towers and the Kirya in Tel Aviv, the IDF base Tzfirin in central Israel, a generic missile launch site, Ben Gurion Airport, and the nuclear reactor at Dimona. The targets were circled on Google Maps, and the video finished with real pictures of casualties from the Second Lebanon War.  More

Kerry making unplanned visit to Geneva for Iran talks

GENEVA — Secretary of State John Kerry will make an unplanned trip to Geneva Friday afternoon — where intense nuclear negotiations are underway — to meet with Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, multiple sources including U.S. officials tell NBC News Nuclear talks between Iran and the so-called P5+1 nations — U.S., Britain, China, France, Russia and Germany — resumed in Geneva Thursday morning.  Word of Kerry’s impending arrival is the strongest sign so far of an agreement on a first step toward a comprehensive final deal. Such a deal would be a historic move — a first in 35 years of strained relations between the United States and Iran. earlier, a senior American official and Zarif both said a deal could be reached Friday. More
 

South Dakota and Washington state break snowfall records…

 

“This will mark a new record for the fewest number of days between the last 4+” snowfall in the Spring and the first 4+” snowfall in the Fall. This year will only be 197 days, which would break the old record of 203 days set in 1970, and would be a full 100 days shorter than the average of 297 days for the period of record since 1893.” More

 

52 million Americans have lost or will lose health insurance…

 

Even as President Barack Obama sold a new health care law in part by assuring Americans they would be able to keep their insurance plans, his administration knew that tens of millions of people actually could lose those their policies. “If you like your private health insurance plan, you can keep your plan. Period,” Obama said as he pitched the plan, the unqualified promise he made repeatedly. Yet advisers did say in 2010 that there were large caveats and that anyone whose insurance plan changed would lose the promised protection of being able to keep existing plans. And a report in 2010 said that as many as 69 percent of certain employer-based insurance plans would lose that protection, meaning as many as 41 million people could lose their plans even if they wanted to keep them and would be forced into other plans. Another 11 million who bought their own insurance also could lose their plans. Combined, as many as 52 million Americans could lose or have lost old insurance plans. More

 

Netanyahu: ‘This Is a Bad Deal–a Very, Very Bad Deal’

“I met Secretary Kerry right before he leaves to Geneva,” said Netanyhau. “I reminded him that he said that no deal is better than a bad deal. That the deal that is being discussed in Geneva right now is a bad deal. It’s a very bad deal. Iran is not required to take apart even one centrifuge. But the international community is relieving sanctions on Iran for the first time after many years. Iran gets everything that it wanted at this stage and it pays nothing. And this is when Iran is under severe pressure. I urge Secretary Kerry not to rush to sign, to wait, to reconsider, to get a good deal. But this is a bad deal–a very, very bad deal. It’s the deal of a century for Iran; it’s a very dangerous and bad deal for peace and the international community.” More

Obama grasps for climate legacy as second-term agenda crumbles

President Obama has a chance to craft a second-term legacy on climate change even as the rest of his agenda runs aground in Congress. Gun control legislation is dead; immigration reform is on life support; and reaching a fiscal deal with Republicans appears to be a long shot. To make matters worse, what was supposed to be his signature first-term achievement — ObamaCare — is suffering from a disastrous rollout. But there’s one thing that’s going right for Obama: Executive action on climate change is moving full-speed ahead at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). “He may be able to do more through climate change [rules] because the EPA has the authority,” Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) told The Hill on Thursday. The most far-reaching piece of Obama’s climate plan is carbon emission standards for the nation’s fleet of existing power plants, by far the largest single source of industrial carbon emissions. The EPA is also writing standards for new plants. “I think climate change, immigration reform are both sort of legacy issues,” Blumenthal said. “The measure of his presidency will be whether he has left changes in law and regulation, but also a heightened awareness, which I think he has been doing.” Princeton University professor Julian Zelizer said the push on climate change through executive action could shape Obama’s legacy — but only to a point. More

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Nicaragua’s Momotombo volcano shaken by 300 quakes in one day- volcano hasn’t erupted in 108 years

 

NICARAGUA – A seismic swarm in the Momotombo volcano in August claimed nearly 300 microearthquakes in a single day, more than twice as common tremors reported the same month, reported the Nicaraguan Institute of Territorial Studies (INET). According to the Monthly Bulletin of Earthquakes and Volcanoes of INET, the Momotombo swarm of micro earthquakes caused 284 on August 17. The Momotombo, located north of Lake Managua, presented 524 microearthquakes between 16 and 18 August, according to the report. The microearthquakes are earthquakes with magnitudes less than the magnitude of 1.0 on the Richter scale, which are not perceived by the population. The swarm in August Momotombo volcano did not cause any damage in Nicaragua. Regarding the normal seismic activity, the INET recorded 177 tremors with a magnitude of 1.0 Richter or more, both on the Pacific Ocean, and in the volcanic chain and northern Nicaragua. The tremors under the Pacific Ocean were located off the coast of Corinto , Masachapa and The Small mouth, in the subduction zone, ie at the point of collision of continental plates Cocos and Caribbean, according to the report. The earthquakes in the volcanic chain were located in San Cristobal volcano, Masaya and Concepcion. The northern tremors occurred in the provinces of Estelí, Madriz, Nueva Segovia and the North Atlantic Autonomous Region (RAAN). Most of the earthquakes, ie 54, had magnitudes between 3.0 and 3.9 Richter. Another 50 earthquakes showed a magnitude of between 2.0 and 2.9 Richter. The rest had magnitudes between 1.0 and 1.9 Richter, according to the bulletin. Nicaragua is considered a country with high frequency of earthquakes. 2,000 tremors occur each year on average, according to statistics from INET. Extinction Protocol

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