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First American arrested with help from drone is sentenced

A North Dakota farmer who was the first US citizen to be arrested in a situation where law enforcement had help from a drone has also become the first to be convicted and sentenced, thanks in part to an unmanned aerial vehicle.

Rodney Brossart, a cattle rancher, was sentenced to three years in prison, although two and a half years of that sentence were suspended, for terrorizing police officers in 2011. Six cows wandered onto Brossart’s property near Grand Forks, North Dakota and, when he refused to return the cattle to his neighbor, a SWAT team was called in to disband the police standoff.

When the situation was still unresolved 16 hours later the SWAT team called in a Predator drone that was on loan from the Department of Homeland Security. The drone quickly identified Brossart’s location, as well as that of his three sons on the 3,600 acre property, and notified police when it was safe to make an arrest continue

RUSSIA TO U.S.: WHO’S ‘GODLESS’ NOW?

At the height of the Cold War, it was common for American conservatives to label the officially atheist Soviet Union a “godless nation.” More than two decades on, history has come full circle, as the Kremlin and its allies in the Russian Orthodox Church hurl the same allegation at the West. “Many Euro-Atlantic countries have moved away from their roots, including Christian values,” Russian President Vladimir Putin said in a recent keynote speech. “Policies are being pursued that place on the same level a multi-child family and a same-sex partnership, a faith in God and a belief in Satan. This is the path to degradation.”  In his state of the nation address in mid-December, Mr. Putin also portrayed Russia as a staunch defender of “traditional values” against what he depicted as the morally bankrupt West. Social and religious conservatism, the former KGB officer insisted, is the only way to prevent the world from slipping into “chaotic darkness.” As part of this defense of “Christian values,” Russia has adopted a law banning “homosexual propaganda” and another that makes it a criminal offense to “insult” the religious sensibilities of believers. More

Stocks continue to bleed as all Indexes finished in the negative today

U.S. stocks finished steeply lower on Wednesday, wiping out the prior day’s gains and more, as the Federal Reserve opted to stick with its plan to continue to reduce its monthly bond purchases, now down to $65 billion, regardless of recent distress in emerging markets. ”Today’s Fed decision to continue with tapering, despite the unfolding turmoil in emerging markets, suggests the Fed has a domestic policy compass firmly in hand. The Fed is sending a clear message that unless a much larger scale crisis emerges, do not expect the Fed to deviate from its current policy path,” wrote Jonathan Lewis, chief investment officer at Samson Capital Advisors.
“We would not be surprised to see the Fed increase its tapering to $15 billion or 20 billion at one of its summer meetings, and expect the Fed to be done tapering by the fall should the economy continue on its current path,” said Jennifer Vail, chief investment officer for institutional and corporate trust at U.S. Bank Wealth Management. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note fell to a low of 2.68 percent, its first time under 2.7 percent since Nov. 26.  ”The Fed’s actions continue to send reverberations to the other economies of the world, and not positive ones. The strength of the dollar, via the taper, is exposing some real weakness in other markets and economies. Keep in mind that all of this could change on a dime and go the other way,” noted Kevin Giddis, head of fixed income capital markets at Raymond James. The Fed decision was expected, with several market observers saying policy makers had little choice. More

House Passes Bill Banning Taxpayer Funding of Abortion in Federal Obamacare Plans

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill on Tuesday that bars the government from using taxpayer funds for abortion in Obamacare plans, sending the measure to the Senate, where it is expected to face an uphill battle. The No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, presented by Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), passed 227-188, with only six Democrats voting for the measure and one Republican voting against. The bill “[p]rohibits the expenditure of funds authorized or appropriated by federal law, or funds in any trust fund to which funds are authorized or appropriated by federal law (federal funds), for any abortion.” It specifically bars funds from being used for health exchange plans that cover abortions and prohibits abortion from being included in health care services offered by the federal government and the District of Columbia. The Act excludes rape, incest and the life and health of the mother.  Some in the House asserted that the bill is unnecessary as the Hyde Amendment, passed in 1976 and amended in 1994, is sufficient to prohibit federal dollars from being used for abortion. “It’s like all we do around here. It’s propaganda. It’s politics,” said Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA). “The Republicans try to make people believe that their taxpayer dollars are being used for abortion. It’s not true.” But as previously reported, Smith contends that Obama has been breaking his promise regarding using taxpayer funds for abortion as most Congressional insurance plans include abortion services. More

Pastor Sentenced to 27 Months for Helping Ex-Lesbian Flee Country with Daughter Appeals Ruling

BURLINGTON, Vt. – Appeal proceedings have begun in the case of a Mennonite pastor who was sentence to 27 months in prison last year for allegedly helping an ex-lesbian flee the country with her daughter. As previously reported, Kenneth Miller of Stuarts Draft, Virginia was convicted in August 2012 for helping Lisa Miller (no relation) and her young daughter Isabella travel to Buffalo, New York, where they crossed the border into Canada and then escaped to Nicaragua. Miller, who turned to Christ in 2003, had been threatened by family court judge Richard Cohen that if Miller did not allow her daughter to have visitations with her former lesbian partner, Janet Jenkins, he would transfer full custody to Jenkins. In addition to not wanting her child to be raised in the homosexual lifestyle, Miller believed that her daughter was being traumatized from alleged inappropriate activities taking place between her partner and her daughter. In November 2009, Cohen followed through with his threats. However, Miller had fled the country with Isabella before he issued the transfer order, and for some time, none knew the whereabouts of the two. Information later turned up that Miller and Isabella had taken refuge in Nicaragua. It was also alleged that Pastor Kenneth Miller had a part helping Miller flee the country. More
Among a myriad of promises to create and sign laws using his magic executive order pen, the president vowed during last night’s State of The Union Address to pass more strict gun control laws, even if it means bypassing the Congressional process.   “I intend to keep trying, with or without Congress, to help stop more tragedies from visiting innocent Americans in our movie theaters, shopping malls, or schools like Sandy Hook.” Obama said. “Citizenship means standing up for the lives that gun violence steals from us each day,” he continued. “I have seen the courage of parents, students, pastors, and police officers all over this country who say ‘we are not afraid.’” Obama’s pledge received an instant response with pro-second amendment groups and Republicans firing back. ”He doesn’t have the constitutional authority to act unilaterally and pass legislation on gun control,” Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann told The Daily Caller. “He just doesn’t.”  “I could not bear to watch as he continued to cross the clearly-defined boundaries of the Constitutional separation of powers,” said Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Texas) who walked out of the SOTU speech. During the speech, Obama repeated comments he made days previously, noting that 2014 is going to be a “year of action,” essentially by Presidential fiat. “Wherever and whenever I can take steps without legislation to expand opportunity for more American families, that’s what I’m going to do,” Obama stated.  Tea Party favourite Stockman said Obama was promising to “break his oath of office and begin enacting his own brand of law through executive decree.”

17 California Communities May Run Out Of Water In 60 Days.

As the drought in California continues, 17 communities throughout the state could run out of water within 60 to 120 days, state officials said. In some districts, the wells are running dry while other reservoirs are nearly empty. The state Health Department compiled a list after surveying the more than 3,000 water agencies in California last week.  The water systems are in all in rural areas that serve from 39 to 11,000 residents. They range from tiny Lompico County Water District in Santa Cruz County to districts that serve the cities of Healdsburg and Cloverdale in Sonoma County.
Some districts have long-running problems that began before the drought. Larger communities like Santa Clara Valley however, have fared better because of long-running conservation programs.  “Our conservation programs that we implemented since 1992 now reduce the county’s water demands by about 10 percent, or 56,000 acre-feet a year—so that’s a significant contribution in a year like this,” Joan Maher, spokeswoman for the Santa Clara Valley Water District, said on Tuesday. Maher said the district was joining San Francisco in approving a voluntary ten percent cutback in water usage. According to the San Jose Mercury News, the smaller water districts along the coast could be forced to truck in water or use expensive mobile-desalination plants. CBS San Francisco 

Christian singer Natalie Grant responds to critics regarding Grammys

Critically-acclaimed Christian artist Natalie Grant, who was nominated for two gospel Grammy Awards this year, became the unintentional center of a media storm when she left the awards show early on Sunday night,Tweeting that she had some thoughts in her head about the show which were better left unsaid. As reported in Natalie Grant leaves Grammys early–Tweets cause media frenzy, the mainstream, usually liberal media jumped on her Tweets and ended up accusing Grant of everything from being a poor sport to intolerance to hating gays. In response to her critics, the Nashville resident posted on her Facebook page: I NEVER said I left during any particular performance. I only said I left early. I never pointed out any one particular performance, I only said I had many thoughts about the entire show, which were best left inside my head and that is where they will stay. So those who say I condemned one performance but then condoned others clearly did not read the post. What I DID say is this: I am honored to be a part of the Christian music community. I’ve had many people throughout my career ask why I never tried to go in to mainstream music and last night was a beautiful reminder that I love singing about Jesus and FOR Jesus. I’ve judged no one. I hate no one. And I believe that every person has been created in the image of God. I will never stand on a street corner and wave a sign, I won’t use my platform to engage in political arguments that will only divide and not unite. I will continue to pray that my life will be my message. I do have my own personal convictions that I live by, and I will continue to work out my own salvation with fear and trembling before the Lord. (Philippians 2:12) I was honored to be nominated for 2 Grammy awards last night. I’m so grateful that NARAS and The Grammys continue to recognize the contribution that gospel and Christian music make to the world. And I’m so thrilled for those who won in my categories. And I can say that with all sincerity. My last thought: “I am not ashamed of the gospel of Jesus for it is the power of God who brings salvation to ALL who believe.” Romans 1:16 Grant’s most recent project is 2013′s Hurricane. Besides her award-winning music career, Natalie Grant is also actively involved in campaigning against human trafficking. Examiner.com

170,000 rockets are aimed at Israel’s cities, says IDF intel head

The head of Israel’s most powerful intelligence agency depicted Wednesday a changing battlefield in which offensive cyber capabilities will, in the near future, represent the greatest shift in combat doctrine in over 1,000 years. For now, though, he said, the 170,000 rockets and missiles pointed by enemy states at Israel represented the most pressing threat, a danger he placed even above Iran’s rogue nuclear program. “Cyber, in my humble opinion, and you don’t have to agree with me, will be revealed in a not very long time as a revolution greater than the creation of gunpowder or the usage of the aerial space at the start of the past century,” said Maj. Gen. Aviv Kochavi, the head of the IDF’s Military Intelligence Directorate. Kochavi, a former infantry officer, called the possibilities inherent in cyber warfare “nearly limitless, and that is not a metaphor.”  He revealed that the IDF’s Military Intelligence Directorate, already the largest of the army’s corps, has recently expanded further and shifted both its methodology and, more significantly, its approach. Where once, he said, a state’s intelligence service was expected to describe reality, today it must also “take part” and alter it. Like his predecessor Amos Yadlin, Kochavi, speaking at the INSS think tank’s annual conference in Tel Aviv, described a Middle East in a historic flux, producing an array of challenges and opportunities. More

Stranded, cold motorists spend nights on freeways after rare snow in South

When snow only three fingers deep triggers an epic traffic jam, stranding motorists and school kids on interstates for hours, there’s something very wrong with this picture. Two inches of snow isn’t supposed to turn highways into campsites. Backups aren’t supposed to last all day, through the night, and into the following morning. And yet, here they were — hundreds of motorists across Alabama and Georgia — still hunched over in their cars Wednesday morning, feeling the aftereffects of a snow shower that hit the states a day earlier. In Atlanta, seven students were still making their way home on a school bus at 5:30 a.m. ET Wednesday morning — a full 16 hours after school let out and they got on. Atlanta Public Schools spokeswoman Kimberly Willis Green said “several hundred students at nine schools are sheltered in place.”

Al Gore Suggests ‘Fertility Management’ to Fight Global Warming

Former Vice President Al Gore raised eyebrows last week when he suggested that “fertility management” was the key to fighting global warming and promoting economic development in poor countries. Gore’s comments drew criticism from free-marketeers who said his remarks amount to “eco-imperialism.” “Gore’s agenda for saving the world from global warming has always included population control,” Myron Ebell, director of global warming and international environmental policy at the free-market Competitive Enterprise Institute, told The Daily Caller News Foundation. “Advocating population control specifically for Africa is just another form of imperialism.  Gore’s eco-imperialism is uncomfortably close to the original racist goals of Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, who advocated population control in order to control the number of black and brown people in the world.”
The world is expected to have more than 9 billion people by 2075, with much of that growth coming from developing countries in Africa. This is alarming to environmental activists like Gore, who argues that “fertility management” is needed to address a whole slew of global development issues, including mitigating global warming. “When Gore advocates ‘making fertility management ubiquitously available,’ does he mean that there should be free condom dispensers on every solar panel?” Ebell added. Gore was on a panel at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland last week titled “Changing the Climate for Growth and Development.” The panel looked at global development through a “climate lens” and included other world leaders such as United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, Microsoft founder Bill Gates and Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg. Fox Nation

Turkish prime minister delivers speech as a 10-foot hologram

The prime minister of Turkey embraced new technology this week by addressing a rally via hologram. Recep Tayyip Erdogan recorded the message in advance, which was beamed to an audience of thousands and a political gathering on Sunday. Mr Erdogan turned to the technology, famously deployed to bring rapper Tupac to the stage years after his death, because he was too far away to make the journey to Izmir in western Turkey. The message had been recorded in advance against a green-screen by technology company Polyvision. Mr Erdogan used his remote address to encourage his supporters ahead of a round of elections. According to Breitbart, he also warned of ‘treasonous networks’ working against him. He told the crowd: ‘We are going to the elections in the shadow of attacks prepared by treasonous networks. I urge all my mayoral candidates to not waste any of their time.’ However, despite the obvious spectacle of Mr Edrogan’s delivery, he is not the world leader in holographic political speeches. In 2012 Narendra Modi, an Indian opposition leader, used hologram technology to broadcast himself to 26 different audiences at once. He said this was a demonstration of India’s technological prowess. More

Daily Peel Lawmaker: Iran Deal Being Kept in ‘Super Secret Location’

The full text of the recently inked Iranian nuclear deal is being kept in “a super secret location” shrouded in “a cone of silence,” according to House Foreign Affairs Committee (HFAC) member Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R., Fla.) Lawmakers and experts alike criticized the White House for refusing to release publicly the full text of the deal, which temporary halts some of Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for billions of dollars in economic sanctions relief. Ros-Lehtinen said on Tuesday during a HFAC hearing about the deal that even members of Congress must climb through hoops in order to view the deal. “Why is it that members of Congress have to go to a super secret location, a cone of silence … to look at the deal?” Ros-Lehtinen asked a panel of nuclear experts. Ros-Lehtinen described the secret document as “quite eye opening” and wondered why the Obama administration continues to keep it under lock and key. “It’s a very easy to read document; one doesn’t have to be as expert,” she said, urging other members on the committee to examine the deal. “If this is such a great deal and so good for peace and diplomacy in our time why is it held in secret?” Ros-Lehtinen asked.
“If the administration is proud of it, I think they should highlight it.” Nuclear expert Gregory Jones expressed concern that the administration “does not fully understand” the deal it signed. “It does bother me” that the deal has been kept secret, said Jones, a senior researcher at the Nonproliferation Policy Education Center. “It appears to me the administration has negotiated an agreement it does not fully understand and I don’t understand how that can happen.” “I don’t see how there’s going to be an agreement,” he said. Iran, for instance, can continue to enrich uranium, the key component in a nuclear weapon, under the deal and continue to develop advanced nuclear apparatus. Jones said he could not envision a scenario in which Iran is stopped from building a nuclear weapon. Given these concessions, “I’m left with the impression the administration doesn’t really understand what it has negotiated,” he said. Iran currently has enough enriched uranium to build its first nuclear weapon in around two months. It could successfully build four weapons in around four to five months, Jones said. Rep. Ted Poe (R., Texas) also slammed the White House for hiding the details of the nuclear deal from the public. “I’m perplexed why it’s not” public, he said. “I still don’t know why it’s not. Iran is the mischief maker in the Middle East.” Even if Iran dismantles 80 percent of its centrifuges, fully closes its nuclear site in Fordow, dismantles its heavy water nuclear reactor in Arak, and consents to nuclear inspections, it would “still be six months away from nuclear breakout,” according to Rep. Ed Royce (R., Calif.), the committee’s chairman. “Iran will likely still possess the capability to very quickly produce a nuclear bomb,” Royce said. Iran is already experiencing an economic boom as the United States begins to roll back sanctions, according to United Against Nuclear Iran CEO Mark Wallace. “The true value of sanctions relief is well more than $20 billion dollars,” said Wallace, contradicting White House claims that the deal will give Tehran around $7 billion in relief. “Iran’s economy is blossoming.” Iran’s stock market and currency has already experienced a sharp increase, and oil exports have risen significantly, according to Wallace, who pegged exports at around 1.2 million barrels a day. The Washington Free Beacon

With lethal injection drugs in short supply, US states consider returning to old-fashioned executions

With lethal-injection drugs in short supply and new questions looming about their effectiveness, lawmakers in some death penalty states are considering bringing back relics of a more gruesome past: firing squads, electrocutions and gas chambers. Most states abandoned those execution methods more than a generation ago in a bid to make capital punishment more palatable to the public and to a judicial system worried about inflicting cruel and unusual punishments that violate the Constitution. But to some elected officials, the drug shortages and recent legal challenges are beginning to make lethal injection seem too vulnerable to complications. “This isn’t an attempt to time-warp back into the 1850s or the wild, wild West or anything like that,” said Missouri state representative Rick Brattin, who this month proposed making firing squads an option for executions.
“It’s just that I foresee a problem, and I’m trying to come up with a solution that will be the most humane yet most economical for our state.” Brattin, a Republican, said questions about the injection drugs are sure to end up in court, delaying executions and forcing states to examine alternatives. It’s not fair, he said, for relatives of murder victims to wait years, even decades, to see justice served while lawmakers and judges debate execution methods. Like Brattin, a Wyoming lawmaker this month offered a bill allowing the firing squad. Missouri’s attorney general and a state lawmaker have raised the notion of rebuilding the state’s gas chamber. And a Virginia lawmaker wants to make electrocution an option if lethal-injection drugs aren’t available. If adopted, those measures could return states to the more harrowing imagery of previous decades, when inmates were hanged, electrocuted or shot to death by marksmen. More

PROPHECY ALERT: The ‘Kerry Plan’: Palestinian capital in east Jerusalem, recognition of Jewish state

The “Kerry Plan” is likely to be unveiled soon, Thomas Friedman of The New York Times wrote on Tuesday in a column titled “Why Kerry is Scary.” The “Kerry Plan,” writes Friedman, is expected to “call for an end to the conflict and all claims, following a phased Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank (based on the 1967 lines).” Friedman also said that there will be “unprecedented security arrangements in the strategic Jordan Valley.” According to Friedman, some settlements will remain under Israeli control and Israel will “compensate” Palestinians for the land. The plan will set east Jerusalem as the Palestinian capital. It will also demand that Palestinians recognize Israel as a Jewish state.  The plan, Friedman continues, will not include any right of return for Palestinian refugees into Israel. Friedman also claims that if Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is to agree to the terms of the “Kerry Plan,” his coalition will collapse and Netanyahu will face many challenges.  Last week at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Kerry said during a speech that the US remained committed to the Israeli Palestinian peace process but that at end of the day it is up to the Israelis and the Palestinians to reach an agreement on how to end the conflict. More

Netanyahu: Israel not obligated by US peace plan

Israel is not bound to agree to all points of an imminent US proposal for a peace agreement with the Palestinians, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a speech Tuesday night  “The Americans are working to solidify American positions,” he said at the Institute for National Security Studies conference. “Israel does not have to accept every American position.” He said the American proposal would be presented soon. Netanyahu also reiterated his position that he does not “want a bi-national state and… this reflects the desires of most Israelis.” However, he qualified, neither does he want another “state sponsored by Iran” next door to Israel — a reference to the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip and Lebanon — so “the Palestinian state must be demilitarized, and therefore some symbols of [its] sovereignty must be limited.”
Netanyahu also expressed some doubt as to “whether the Palestinians are really ready to grapple with the concessions they will have to make” in order to reach a peace agreement. He did give some grudging praise to the Palestinian Authority, however, saying it does not use terrorism in pursuit of its goals, unlike Hamas.  “We stand on two basic principles [that we require of the Palestinians],” he said. “The first is recognition of the State of Israel as the national state of the Jewish people. This is the root of the conflict. The conflict is not about the settlements, its not about the settlers, and it’s not about a Palestinian state. The Zionist movement agreed to recognize a Palestinian state. “The conflict is over the Jewish state… We are asked to recognize a national Palestinian state, so can we not also demand [that they] recognize a national Jewish state?” he said. More

Emerging markets forced to tighten by US and Chinese monetary superpowers

Turkey, India, Brazil and a string of emerging market countries are being forced tighten monetary policy to halt capital flight despite crumbling growth, raising the risk of a vicious circle as debt problems mount. Turkey’s central bank on Tuesday night hiked interest rates to 12pc from 7.75pc at an emergency meeting in a bid to defend its currency. The lira strengthened to 2.18 against the dollar after the decision, from 2.25. The move came as India raised rates a quarter-point to 8pc to choke off inflation and shore up confidence in the battered rupee, the third rate rise since Raghuram Rajan took off in September. South Africa’s central bank is meeting on Wednesday as the rand hovers near a record low at 11.06 to the dollar.
The emerging market bloc makes up half the world economy, far higher than in any previous crisis. The International Monetary Fund warns that the sheer weight of these countries’ rate raises could lead to a “blowback” effect that ultimately hits the US, Europe and Japan as well. Jose Vinals, director of the IMF’s Monetary and Capital Markets Department, tried to reassure investors by saying that “this is not a panic situation”. “The epicentre of the global financial storm had shifted to emerging markets from Europe, and this third phase of the global financial crisis is intensifying. We are still in the very early stages,” said Stephen Jen from SLJ Marcro Partners. More

Lloyds Cuts 1,390 Jobs Amid ‘Strategic Review’

Lloyds Banking Group is cutting 1,080 jobs and outsourcing another 310 roles, the company has confirmed. It said the losses are part of the strategic review, previously announced in 2011. The cuts affect the retail, risk, operations and commercial banking divisions. The company said 90 new roles would be created within the risk, operations and commercial departments. The taxpayer-backed group hoped a number of roles would be shed through natural wastage. Voluntary redundancy would be an option and compulsory cuts taken where necessary as a “last resort”. Lloyds said that since the strategic review about a third of job losses have resulted in redundancies. The bank said in a statement: “Lloyds Banking Group is committed to working through these changes with employees in a careful and sensitive way. “All affected employees have been briefed by their line manager today. The Group’s recognised unions Accord, Unite and LTU were consulted prior to this announcement and will continue to be consulted.” More

More than 30 Midwest States Declare State of Emergency as Cold Blast Worsens Propane Shortage

The governor of Iowa, Terry Branstad, has called on President Barack Obama to act as bitter winter weather caused a shortage of propane heating fuel and a massive spike in prices in some of the coldest regions of the US. Propane is used by more than 12m households across the country, according industry statistics, and its shortage has led to a state of emergency being declared in more than 30 states. Prices are up more than 17% from a year ago, according to the US Energy Information Administration. Ahead of the president’s State of the Union speech, Branstad has written to Obama expressing his concern about a crisis now sweeping the midwest: “Prices in some midwest locations have now exceeded $5 per gallon. Such prices are unsustainable for families, farmers and businesses,” he wrote. Among other measures, he called on the president to relax transportation rules and allow drivers to work longer hours to deliver fuel while shortages continue. Branstad’s move came after Wisconsin governor Scott Walker became the latest governor to declare a state of emergency Saturday in response to the ongoing shortages and another incoming arctic front. Sub-zero temperatures swept the midwest again this week. On Tuesday the National Weather Service reported arctic winds blowing across Iowa and southern Minnesota would hold high temperatures to between 1 degree above zero and minus 3, with a low of 3 to 10 below zero. “The health and safety of our citizens is our number one priority, and this declaration gives us the necessary resources to protect the residents of Wisconsin,” Walker said in a statement. “I will do everything I can within my power to help our friends and loved ones relying on propane to heat their homes or businesses during this challenging situation.” More

Beijing air pollution reaches crisis levels; can China survive its toxic environment?

China is the world’s worst industrial polluter, spewing tons of toxins derived from man-made production into the air, soil and water at a steady rate. It has refused to comply with the same standards adopted by other leading nations of the world. And the level of pollutants is starting to catch up with China’s residents, who have to breath it. Recent weeks have seen declarations of “extremely dangerous pollution” in Beijing, with particulate matter reaching more than two dozen times the level considered safe for airborne toxins. Workers and commuters commonly wear face masks to combat the often pungent odors and dust, while many suffer from chronic coughs and irritation in their airways and nasal passages. The smog has reportedly worsened in the last couple of years, obscuring the skyline in major cities and severely limiting visibility. This toxins further compound in the winter with the heavy use of coal for heating and the often stale air. While the World Health Organization (WHO) considers fine particles (PM2.5) safe below 25 micrograms, Beijing monitoring stations have recently recorded levels between 350-500 micrograms and as high as 671 micrograms. In Harbin, the tenth most populous city in China, which is located in the far northeast of the country, PM2.5 levels soared as high as 1,000 micrograms. A Harvard study published in 2013 found that China’s refusal to curb air pollution was contributing to shorter lifespans among its population, particularly in the north, including Beijing. The almost absurd levels of total suspended particulates just from using coal to heat homes has shaved off a calculated 2.5 billion years of life expectancy for the 500 million residents of northern China, depriving individuals of an estimated 5.5 years of life. More

‘Jesus Christ Should Be in the Center of Our Huddle:’ Coach Criticized for Endorsing Christianity

STORRS, Conn. – A football coach at the University of Connecticut (UConn) has come under fire for telling a local newspaper that his football strategies include his belief that “Jesus Christ should be in the center of our huddle.” Ernest Jones was recently introduced as the assistant football coach for UConn, and was interviewed by the Hartford Courant about his new position. “Just because you come to the University of Connecticut doesn’t mean you won’t have the opportunity to pursue your faith,” Jones told the newspaper. “No, you’re going to be able to come here and love the God that you love. So we provide opportunities for them to grown spiritually in our community.” “We’re going to make sure they understand that Jesus Christ should be in the center of our huddle, that that’s something that is important,” he avised. “If you want to be successful and you want to win [and] get championships, then you better understand that this didn’t happen because of you. This happened of our Lord and Savior.” However, after the article was published, a number of readers complained about Jones’ statement and brought the matter to the attention of university president Susan Herbst. The Courant then published a letter from Herbst in which she took issue with Jones’ comments because she deemed them to be an endorsement of Christianity. More
 
A rather Orwellian council proposal in California would see police able to remotely access the feeds from home security cameras in San Jose, for the good of society. The idea, forwarded by City Councilman Sam Liccardo, calls for citizens to volunteer their own CCTV systems, registering them with local law enforcement, so police can monitor whatever the cameras are trained on. While the proposal suggests that police would have access to the cameras after a crime, remote accessibility means that cops could potentially monitor camera feeds in real time, which would amount to a violation of the Fourth Amendment. The proposal is a desperate response to surging crime rates in the city. The idea came about after local business owners volunteered CCTV footage following a series of arson crimes in a downtown district. “It became apparent that there’s a lot of evidence out there that residents want to provide,” Liccardo said, adding that costs would be limited because the security systems are privately operated. Liccardo also suggested that a camera database would be compiled and maintained by existing city officials. The new database “is something that costs very little but could have a big impact in making San Jose safer.” the councilor said. More

 

Homeland Security Drone Crashes Off California Coast

A Homeland Security Department drone has crashed off the coast of Southern California. Customs and Border Protection says the drone was on a border security mission when a mechanical problem developed about 20 miles southwest of San Diego late Monday night. Spokesman Mike Friel says the crew operating the drone from Texas decided to crash it in the ocean. The $12 million surveillance drone was one of 10 that Homeland Security uses to patrol the border with Mexico. It was just one of two Predator B drones equipped with radar specifically designed to be used over the ocean. Friel says the cause of the mechanical failure is unknown and that the remainder of the drone fleet has been temporarily grounded while the investigation into the incident continues.ABC News

Kerry signals advance of ‘North American Union’ plan

It was in last year’s State of the Union address that President Obama announced an ambitious trade agreement negotiated behind closed doors with North American and Pacific Rim nations – the Trans-Pacific Partnership – that drew little attention.  Now, ahead of Tuesday’s State of the Union address, Secretary of State John Kerry presented evidence that a plan originating with the George W. Bush administration to evolve NAFTA into a European Union-style confederation in North America between the U.S., Mexico and Canada has been put into overdrive with the Obama administration’s effort to obtain “fast track authority” to rush the Trans-Pacific Partnership through Congress with limited debate.
In a joint press conference in Washington Jan. 17 at the conclusion of a ministerial meeting with Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird and Mexican Foreign Secretary Jose Antonio Meade, a reporter posed a question to Kerry. The secretary of state was asked if the U.S. planned to reopen NAFTA and engage in direct negotiations with Mexico and Canada to avoid future conflicts between the Trans-Pacific Partnership currently before Congress and the forthcoming Atlantic counterpart, the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, now being negotiated with the Europeans. Kerry’s surprising answer suggested that with the expected ratification by Congress of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, the Obama administration already considers the U.S., Mexico and Canada as part of a “post-NAFTA” world. “I think that stepping up, all of us, to the TPP, is a very critical component of sort of moving to the next tier, post-NAFTA,” Kerry answered. So I don’t think you have to open up NAFTA, per se, in order to achieve what we’re trying to achieve.” More

FRIENDS IN LOW PLACES? ‘I will veto’ new legislation against Iran, Obama tells Congress

US President Barack Obama entered Congress on Tuesday night and defended his diplomatic strategy with Iran, threatening to veto legislation introduced in the Senate last month that could torpedo international negotiations over its nuclear program. ”Let me be clear,” Obama said: “If this Congress sends me a new sanctions bill now that threatens to derail these talks, I will veto it.” The speech marked the first time Obama personally threatened to veto sanctions legislation against Iran. Senior White House aides have issued similar veto threats since the end of December, when Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman Robert Menendez, a Democrat, introduced the Nuclear Weapon Free Iran Act of 2013.  The bill— which would trigger new sanctions tools against Iran should negotiations fail to reach a comprehensive agreement in twelve months time— has since garnered 59 public cosponsors in the upper chamber across party lines. The bill also has the aggressive backing of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the largest pro-Israel lobby in Washington. ”For the sake of our national security,” Obama said Tuesday night, in his State of the Union address, “we must give diplomacy a chance to succeed.” More
 

UPDATE: Free Crack Pipes To Be Distributed In San Fran Despite Gov’t Opposition…

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— Supporters of a plan to hand out clean crack pipes to San Francisco drug users say they’re not swayed by city opposition and plan to hand them out anyway. Activists claim that such a program would have many of the same benefits of needle exchanges, essentially connecting users with services that could help them turn their lives around. The city of San Francisco hands out 2.7 million clean needles a year to IV drug users. Advocates said clean glass pipes to crack users could also cut HIV and Hepatitis C cases. Laura Thomas of the HIV Prevention and Planning Council has made a formal recommendation to the city’s health department. As KPIX 5 reported last week, city leaders have balked at the proposal. “It may seem counter-intuitive, but it’s a great program. Once you can get people into your program, make them feel respected, taken care of them, they’re more likely to want to come back and want to get on HIV meds,” Thomas said. More

OVER 150 FROZEN SHARKS FOUND ALONG GULF COAST AS WINTER STORM HITS REGION

GULFPORT – Over 150 frozen sharks have surfaced on beaches across the gulf coast region due to the impact of Winter Storm Leon on Tuesday according to wildlife officials.

The largest area of concentration appears to be around Gulfport, Mississippi, which has seen at least 67 of the frozen animals. Wildlife officials say that the sharks, who migrate to this area during the winter, were caught off guard by the most severe winter storm in several decades.

“Like many of us, I suspect the sharks did not believe that the area would actually receive any winter weather,” Mississippi Department of Wildlife spokesperson Matt Shepherd tells us. “It is like a Shark-slushy out there. The animals all appear to be alive, so please do not approach any frozen sharks. They will probably thaw later in the week and swim back out into the gulf.”

The number of frozen sharks are expected to increase as the temperatures drop across the region. Officials hope poor driving conditions will reduce the number of onlookers who might otherwise approach the sharks.

“Sharks are remarkably adaptable, they have entered a hibernation like state while frozen,” Shepherd tells us. “They can come out of this state and will become incredibly irritated and possibly violent due to the extreme cold surrounding their body. We have already seen one fatality from an individual trying to take a selfie with a frozen shark. We hope to recover his head later this week.”

The winter storm is expected to clear out of the area tomorrow and area schools hope to reopen sometime in April.

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