Hamas has removed from the Gaza-Israel border most members of the 900-strong force it employs to prevent rocket fire into Israel, The Times of Israel has learned. Sources in Gaza said the decision of Hamas’s military wing to withdraw most members of the rocket-prevention force, which was first deployed last July, was taken in the wake of Israel’s airstrikes on targets in Gaza overnight Thursday. In the aftermath of the Hamas decision, most members of the rocket-prevention force, formally deployed to “safeguard public order,” have indeed disappeared from the Gaza-Israel border area. Hamas’s move is likely to be interpreted as a green light to fire on Israel by the various terror groups in Gaza. In the aftermath of the Hamas decision, most members of the rocket-prevention force, formally deployed to “safeguard public order,” have indeed disappeared from the Gaza-Israel border area. Hamas’s move is likely to be interpreted as a green light to fire on Israel by the various terror groups in Gaza. More
Joel Skousen breaks down why Iran is being allowed to continue on its nuclear quest. Why North Korea is being allowed to maintain its present totalitarian regime and what will happen when all of these triggers start to be activated. Skousen predicts an all out thermal nuclear war and the human remnant which will rebuild thereafter. He even discusses Safer Places from his book. Another great interview with Joel Skousen.
The Super Bowl will provide a venue to acclimate the American people to the presence of the military. The Defense Department said on Friday it will play a major role – with air defense, ground troops, a flyover and other contributions – at the high profile event. Despite a flight restriction zone imposed over New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium, F-16 fighters will patrol the skies. National Guardsmen will attend the event for security and “community relations.” There will be a 32-member armed forces chorus that will contribute to the national anthem. Black Hawk attack helicopters and Chinook transports from the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) will do a flyover.
It was requested by the NFL, Col. Steve Warren told Politico. The flyover will cost around $100,000. There was no estimate provided on how much it will cost taxpayers for the remainder of the Pentagon’s public relations stunt. “This is the type of audience we want to connect with,” Col. Warren explained. In addition to in-your-face military displays, football fans will be subjected to unprecedented security at the event: 700 troopers, 3,000 security guards, and state, local, county and federal “assets,” according to Fox News. The Department of Homeland Security, the FBI, the TSA and other federal agencies will be involved, which is to say the American people will be obliged to pay millions for over-the-top security while the Seahawks and the Broncos throw around a pigskin ball. As usual, there is no specific terror threat. “Of particular concern to us is what was going on overseas in Volgograd in regard to the Sochi Olympics. As you know both of those bombings were targeting mass transit,” said Col. Rick Fuentes, head of the New Jersey State Police.
Jakarta, Indonesia (CNN) – Plumes of ash spewed more than a mile into the sky and descended in superheated clouds impossible for those too close to the volcano to escape. By the time the latest eruption ended at Mount Sinabung in North Sumatra, at least 14 people had been killed, a government official told CNN. The victims, and at least three other injured people, were all found in Sukameriah, a village close to the volcano’s crater, disaster mitigation agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho told CNN. Local search and rescue teams were scheduled to go on a recovery operation Sunday morning, he said. Eruptions at Mount Sinabung are becoming common. After about 400 years of minimal volcanic activity there, Sinabung erupted in 2010.
It has been spewing gas since September. The English-language Jakarta Post said while 31 people previously had died from eruption-related illnesses such as depression, asthma and hypertension, Saturday’s deaths were the first ones directly attributed to volcanic output. Last month, intensifying volcanic activity displaced 22,000 people who live nearby. The evacuees had been moved to temporary camps, and more than half were allowed to return home on Friday. Saturday’s victims lived within a 3-kilometer radius of the volcano. Some were there checking on their homes or were there just to watch the eruptions, Nugroho said. The government issued the highest level of alert for the latest eruptions. The newest volcanic activity has forced people to evacuate 16 villages, the Jakarta Post reported. CNN
After the best original song nomination for “Alone Yet Not Alone” was rescinded, “Schindler’s List” producer Gerald Molen rips the Academy for “faith-based bigotry.” Gerald Molen, an Oscar-winning producer of Schindler’s List, is accusing the Academy of discriminating against a religious movie in revoking its nomination in the best song category. In a feisty letter to Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences president Cheryl Boone Isaacs, a copy of which was obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, Molen attacks the group’s Jan. 29 decision to rescind the nomination for Alone Yet Not Alone, an overtly faith-based film, over allegations that its songwriter Bruce Broughton, a former Academy governor, improperly lobbied members of the song branch. If Broughton and co-writer Dennis Spiegel are ineligible for an Oscar merely for asking people to give their tune a listen, he argues, more Oscar winners should be required to return their statues because they all promoted their work to some degree or another. ”Every film, director, writer, cinematographer, actor, art director, costume designer and efx house finds a way to pitch or promote their work. Many will see this decision as faith-based bigotry pure and simple,” Molen says in the letter to Boone Isaacs. More
Satellite photos show the Colorado River, which feeds Nevada’s Lake Mead, is drying up, meaning the lake is rapidly shrinking. The lake provides water for 20 million people in southern Nevada, southern California and Arizona — and it’s lost 4 trillion gallons of water since 2000. Ben Tracy reports.
Iranian officials told former US State Department official that Tehran considers Saudi Arabia its primary enemy, not Israel or the United States, a Kuwaiti newspaper reported on Saturday. Frederick Hof told Kuwaiti media outlet al-Rai that in a recent closed door meeting with Iranian officials, they said Riyadh’s intervention in the Syrian civil war on the side of the rebels poses a strategic threat to Tehran. Iran has been a staunch supporter of Syrian President Bashar Assad, and Hof said that Tehran was “concerned about the consequences of the sectarian and civil war in Syria, but Saudi Arabia will benefit from sectarianism in the region.” “The US and Israel haven’t intervened in Syria,” the Iranian officials were quoted saying. “The real problem is Saudi Arabia, and Turkey.” Hof formerly served as the State Department’s special adviser for transition in Syria.
Concerning Iran’s proxy in Lebanon, Hezbollah, Hof quoted the Iranian officials saying that the Lebanese Shiite terrorist group serves as Tehran’s “first line of defense in case Israel opts to launch a strike against [Iran’s] nuclear facilities.” “Iranian officials believe that any Israeli leader who might think about launching any attack on Iran should first think about the impact of rockets on Israeli cities, economic infrastructure, and military bases,” he added. Providing Hezbollah with material support is “not an easy task for Iran,” Hof is quoted saying. But because Assad is willing to transfer Iranian weapons and supplies to Hezbollah, “Iran will uncompromisingly support him,” the report said. In December, Saudi Arabia pledged to give the Lebanese military $3 billion in financial aid, in part to counter Iran’s material support for Hezbollah. The Lebanese army is generally seen as a unifying force in the country, and draws its ranks from all of Lebanon’s sects. But it has struggled to contain the escalating violence in the country since the outbreak of the Syrian conflict. It is also widely considered much weaker than the Shiite Hezbollah militant group, which is armed and funded by Iran.The Times of Israel
The pattern is shaping up to be very active one starting this weekend and lasting the next two weeks. I have said many times that the storms that are coming will produce huge amounts of snow because of the heat and humidity that will be available to the storms. The storm this weekend will produce up to a foot of snow across parts of Michigan and the Midwest, and the storm coming midweek will produce a lot of snow too. The storm following that for next weekend can produce over a foot of snow as well. While the extreme cold has backed off, it will be cold enough for snowstorms through the month of February.
Russia is set to supply fellow former Soviet nation Kazakhstan with S-300 air defense systems free-of-charge, a top Russian military official said Friday. Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov, who was part of a military delegation traveling to the Central Asian state, said five battalions of S-300PS systems would be supplied from the arsenals of the Russian army. Delivery of the systems will improve protection of Kazakhstan’s airspace as well as strengthen the air defense network of the Moscow-led Collective Security Treaty Organization military alliance, Antonov said. The S-300PS (SA-10 Grumble) model was introduced to Soviet armed forces in 1985. It features 5V55R missiles with an engagement range of up to 90 kilometers (56 miles) and designed to lock in on a target after launch using an active detection system that steers the missile directly at the target. An S-300 battalion comprises up to six mobile launchers, according to estimates by military experts. More
It’s been at least a week since someone had a blind panic over something vaguely resembling a gun, so here we go again. A school bus driver in Auburn, Maine, stopped his vehicle and immediately called police after over hearing a student on board say the word “rifle”. The driver, from Sherwood Heights Elementary School, opted to call in the cops rather than question the child himself. When the Auburn police arrived, they discovered a toy ‘Power Rangers’ gun inside the backpack of one of the students, according to Superintendent Katy Grondin, who added that the boy was not removed from the bus as he was getting off at the next stop anyway. “Police spoke to the boy and said he can’t bring that to school,” Grondin said. The cops didn’t confiscate the toy, but the boy will face a meeting with teachers and his parents where his punishment will be debated. Referring to the school’s policy on weapons, the Superintendent stated that it prohibits “anything that could be perceived as real. We tell students, ‘To you it’s a toy, but it’s not appropriate.’” Grondin said, adding that “Parents need to be mindful to review what might be going in backpacks before school.” One parent interviewed by reporters covering the incident stated “I don’t think toy guns should be anywhere… Parents should be checking the backs. I know we do.” This incident is the latest in a long line of overreactions in schools to anything remotely considered gun like. More
A third banker has committed suicide within the space of a week, once again prompting speculation that some kind of financial collapse could be just around the corner. “Mike Dueker, the chief economist at Russell Investments, was found dead at the side of a highway that leads to the Tacoma Narrows Bridge in Washington state, according to the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department. He was 50,” reports Bloomberg. Dueker fell down a 50 foot embankment in what police are describing as a suicide. He was reported missing on January 29 by friends, who said he had been “having problems at work.”
Dueker’s apparent suicide follows those of London banking executives Gabriel Magee and Bill Broeksmit. Magee, a 39-year-old senior manager at JP Morgan’s European headquarters, jumped 500ft from the top of the bank’s headquarters in central London on Tuesday, landing on an adjacent 9 story roof. Last Sunday, former Deutsche Bank executive Broeksmit was found dead at his South Kensington home after police responded to reports of a man found hanging at a house. According to reports, Broeksmit had “close ties to co-chief executive Anshu Jain.” In addition, a U.K.-based communications director at Swiss Re AG also died last week but the cause of death has not been made public. Banker suicides would be expected in the aftermath of a major stock market collapse, but the Dow Jones hit a record high just last month, although recent days have seen markets suffer heavy losses. More
Lawmakers in Washington state are edging closer to implementing a new system that would monitor and tax drivers based on miles driven, under a new highway funding proposal. Lawmakers claim tax-per-mile needed due to prevalence of fuel-efficient cars. Lawmakers claim tax-per-mile needed due to prevalence of fuel-efficient cars. / Image: Flickr The Washington State Transportation Commission says the motor fuel tax, which currently pays for 76% of transportation investments, is unsustainable “over the long term.” In a dizzying twist of logic, the Transportation Commission blames the prevalence of fuel-efficient cars as the reason the state now needs a per-mile tax, arguing that “the move to cleaner, smarter vehicles must be accompanied by a change in the way we pay for our roads.”
“According to the study, drivers could be charged three ways; either with a flat-fee, by having odometers checked, or with an electronic device installed in cars to measure how many miles are driven,” a King 5 News report states. Last week, a committee set up by the Transportation Commission, after conducting a $1.4 million study, reported the fee could generate upwards of $3 billion. By 2015, Washington lawmakers hope to roll out a pilot program in order to gauge the amount of public resistance to the new tax. More
Britain’s Sellafield nuclear reprocessing site has told non-essential workers to stay home Friday due to the detection of abnormally high levels of radiation. The radiation spike was detected by one of the monitors at the north end of the partially decommissioned site. “Levels of radioactivity detected are above naturally occurring radiation but well below that which would call for any actions to be taken by the workforce on or off the site,” Sellafield said in a statement. Sellafield later tweeted that it had found no evidence of a nuclear event. Sellafield management have sought to reassure the public that radiation levels are not high enough to warrant any emergency. Apart from the reduced staffing levels, the site is operating normally, the company said. “In response to an operational condition on the Sellafield site a conservative and prudent decision has been taken, to operate the site at reduced manning levels, commensurate with safe operations,” the company said in a statement. UK Energy Ministry said it is in contact with Sellafield and sees no reason to believe that the incident is more serious than what the company says it is. Britain’s Nuclear Decommissioning Authority said the source of the radiation could not be immediately established, but that actions were being taken in response to the incident.
Retiring Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, who was replaced by Janet Yellen as of today, is leaving the Federal Reserve with an unprecedented $4,102,138,000,000 in total assets on its balance sheet, up 391 percent from the $834,663,000,000 in total assets the Fed showed on its balance sheet when Bernanke took over as chairman in February 2006. Much of the increase in the Fed’s assets has come in the form of U.S. Treasury securities and Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae mortgage-backed securities that the Fed purchased over the last five years in its attempts to stimulate the economy. As of Feb. 1, 2006, when Bernanke took over as chairman, the Fed’s balance sheet indicated it owned $748,840,000,000 in U.S. Treasury securities. At that time, the balance sheet listed no mortgage-backed securities. As of Jan. 29, 2013, the balance sheet indicated the Fed owned $2,243,176,000,000 in U.S. Treasury securities and $1,532,224,000,000 in mortgage-backed securities.More
Bomb attacks of the kind that tore through mass transit sites in Russia ahead of the upcoming Sochi Olympics are a top concern of security officials preparing for Sunday’s Super Bowl, the head of the New Jersey State Police said on Wednesday. While law enforcement officials said they were not aware of any specific threats targeting the February 2 National Football League championship in East Rutherford, New Jersey, attacks like those that killed 34 people in two days in Russia late last year are their biggest worry. ”Of particular concern to us is what was going on overseas in Volgograd in regard to the Sochi Olympics. As you know both of those bombings were targeting mass transit,” Rick Fuentes, superintendent of the New Jersey State Police, told reporters. “That is a concern with the mass transit; we’ve prepared ourselves for it.” Officials have sharply limited parking at MetLife Stadium, where Sunday’s game will be played, and expect as many as 30,000 people to arrive by bus or rail. Security screening will start at train stations, where fans will not be able to board stadium-bound trains or buses without tickets to the game, officials said. New York Police Department Commissioner William Bratton said that while authorities were focused on a mass transit type of attack, they were not aware of any specific plans to target the game or surrounding events.
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