FALSE PROPHET FRANCIS: “The Church cleans our sins, she is our mother”/BRITAIN worst floods in 248 yrs/ Fatah delegation visits Gaza for reconciliation talks/ Bahrain revolution/Italy’s economic woes persist despite PG deals and more signs of JESUS’ soon return

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LOSING A GENERATION – Stunning New Poll shows ignorance of Bible in Children.

Millions of children are growing up unaware that stories such as the Nativity or the tale of David and Goliath come from the Bible – because it is being shunned in schools and homes. Almost one in three Britons didn’t know the where the story of the birth of Jesus could be found, despite being asked just after Christmas. This rose to 36 per cent for the tale of the Good Samaritan and 41 per cent for Samson and Delilah. Nearly two-thirds – 59 per cent – had no idea the stories of David and Goliath and Jonah and the Whale were from the Bible.  Yet one in ten thought the stories of King Midas and Icarus – both from classical Greek myth rather than the Bible – appeared in the Old or New Testament. The Bible Society, which commissioned the report, said the statistics were ‘symptomatic of the fact that many children indicate they have never read, seen or ever heard these stories’. Some 54 per cent of children were never read Bible stories by adults, it found. Yet 86 per cent of parents said they had been regularly told about key passages when they were growing up. The growing indifference to the scriptures echoes the shrinking congregations reported by the Church of England.More
A former member of Michael Bloomberg’s gun control group claimed this week that the group’s objectives are far more radical than it has let on. John Tkazyik, the mayor of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., said he quit the former New York City mayor’s group, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, after he realized its objective was outright confiscation of firearms from law-abiding citizens. “Under the guise of helping mayors facing a crime and drug epidemic, MAIG intend[s] to promote confiscation of guns from law-abiding citizens,” Tkazyik wrote in a Wednesday column in the Poughkeepsie Journal. I’m the mayor of one of the largest cities in the Hudson Valley, just 90 minutes north of New York City. I’m a life member of the National Rifle Association and a former member of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, or MAIG, started by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg in 2006. I’m no longer a member of MAIG. Why? Just as Ronald Reagan said of the Democratic Party, it left me. And I’m not alone: Nearly 50 pro-Second Amendment mayors have left the organization. They left for the same reason I did. MAIG became a vehicle for Bloomberg to promote his personal gun-control agenda — violating the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens and taking resources away from initiatives that could actually work to protect our neighborhoods and save precious lives. […] It did not take long to realize that MAIG’s agenda was much more than ridding felons of illegal guns; that under the guise of helping mayors facing a crime and drug epidemic, MAIG intended to promote confiscation of guns from law-abiding citizens. I don’t believe, never have believed and never will believe that public safety is enhanced by encroaching on our right to bear arms, and I will not be a part of any organization that does. The Washington Free Beacon
North Korea appears to be almost done building a launch tower tall enough to handle firing rockets even larger than one successfully launched in 2012. The construction progress could have implications for the isolated nation’s ability to test potential long-range missiles capable of carrying nuclear payloads, though North Korea is not known to have mastered the technology to do so. “Recent commercial satellite imagery indicates that North Korea is nearing completion of modifications to the gantry at the launch pad of the Sohae Satellite Launching Station,” said image expert Nick Hansen in a Thursday analysis posted on the specialist website “38 North.” Sohae is also known as the Dongchang-ri missile launch complex. An 11th level can now be seen in the images, which gives the tower enough height to allow firing rockets as tall as 50 meters. More

Bitcoin millionaire Charlie Shrem says 2014 will be ‘Industrial Revolution’ for currency

Charlie Shrem, the 24-year-old Bitcoin millionaire who was arrested on money laundering charges, has compared the founder of the controversial currency with Christopher Columbus and said it does not matter if people don’t understand it. Mr Shrem, who ran New York’s BitInstant.com currency exchange, told the Wall Street Journal that this will be a seismic year for the virtual currency, which is “mined” from computer code, as users start to build the infrastructure to drag it into the mainstream. “2014 will be like the Industrial Revolution for Bitcoin. Satoshi [Nakamoto] like Columbus – he gave us the new world,” Mr Shrem said, comparing the founder of the virtual currency with the famous explorer. “Now we have to build the bridges, roads, tunnels, synagogues and churches,” he added. Mr Shrem’s comments will not necessarily calm the scpeticism surrounding Bitcoin. The entrepreneur was arrested last month at John F Kennedy Airport after he allegedly attempted to sell $1m of Bitcoins to a user of Silk Road. Silk Road was an online marketplace notorious for trading illegal drugs and weapons until it was shut down by US authorities last September. More

Will the U.S Economy Crash on March 4, 2014?

ORIGINAL POST DATE WAS ON OCT 25, 2012 – Those wild and crazy Mayans put down their marker that the end of the world would occur on Dec. 21, 2012 — about two months from now. There is, of course, some small chance that they might be right. On the other hand, there is a very large probability that the real end of the world will occur around March 4, 2014. The doomsday clock will ring then because the U.S. economy may fully crash around that date, which will, in turn, bring down all world economies and all hope of any recovery for the foreseeable future — certainly over the course of most of our lifetimes. Interest rates will skyrocket, businesses will fail, unemployment will go to record levels, material and food shortages will be rampant, and there could be major social unrest. Any wishful thinking that America is in a “recovery” and that “things are getting better” is an illusion. The problem is not Medicare, which won’t quit on us for another six or seven years. Nor is it Social Security, which will not be fully bankrupt for another 15 years or so. The crisis is much more immediate and much more serious. The central problem is that America is the bank of the world. What this means, simply, is that the dollar is the world’s currency (often termed the “reserve currency”). Throughout the world, nearly all traded goods, oil, major commodities, real estate, etc., are denominated in dollars. The world needs dollars, and the U.S. provides them and provides confidence that the dollar is the “safest” currency in the world. Countries get dollars by trading with us on attractive terms, which enables Americans to live very well. Countries support this system and cover their risk by investing in dollars through T-bill auctions and other mechanisms, which enables us to run budget deficits — up to a point. More
A Pegasus Airlines plane landed at an Istanbul airport Friday after a passenger “said that there was a bomb on board” and wanted the plane to land in Sochi, Russia, the site of the Winter Olympics, said officials with Turkey’s Transportation Ministry. ”While the plane was in the air, one of the passengers said that there was a bomb on board and asked the plane to not land in Sabiha Gokcen (in Turkey) but rather to land in Sochi,” Transportation Ministry official Habip Soluk said Friday on CNNTurk. The passenger said the bomb was in the baggage hold, a Transportation Ministry official said. Official opening ceremonies for the Olympic Games began Friday in Sochi amid intense security against potential terror attacks. Cihan News Agency of Turkey said the alleged hijacker was apparently being detained, as it published a photograph from inside the plane of a man standing in a numbered-11 sports jersey with empty seats around him and two people in uniform. Turkish officials couldn’t be immediately reached to confirm the photograph. Officials had no immediate details on why the alleged hijacker wanted to divert the plane to Sochi.

Russia warns US on meddling in Ukraine, says Moscow could act with Force!

A senior Kremlin aide accused the United States on Thursday of arming Ukrainian “rebels” and, urging the Kiev government to put down what he called an attempted coup, warned Russia could intervene to maintain the security of its ex-Soviet neighbour. Sergei Glazyev, an adviser to President Vladimir Putin with responsibility for relations with Ukraine, told a newspaper that US “interference” breached the 1994 treaty under which Washington and Moscow jointly guaranteed Ukraine’s security and sovereignty after Kiev gave up its Soviet-era nuclear arsenal. His characteristically confrontational comments, on the eve of an expected meeting between Mr Putin and Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich at the opening of the Sochi Winter Olympics, could add to tensions with Washington, and within Ukraine. Asked by Kommersant-Ukraine daily whether Russia might “actively intervene” if the country’s crisis deepened, Mr Glazyev recalled the Budapest Memorandum of 1994: “Under the document, Russia and the USA are guarantors of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine and … are obliged to intervene when conflict situations of this nature arise. “And what the Americans are getting up to now, unilaterally and crudely interfering in Ukraine’s internal affairs, is a clear breach of that treaty. The agreement is for collective guarantees and collective action.” More

New Chinese submarine patrol puts Hawaii, Alaska within nuke range

The Chinese are preparing to deploy submarines armed with nuclear missiles that will patrol the northern Pacific Ocean and come within range of at least two US states, according to a new report from the US Navy. The US Naval Institute (USNI) reported that the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) has tapped the Jin-class nuclear ballistic submarines to begin patrols in 2014. The subs will carry intercontinental range missiles that are thought to have a range of no less than 14,000 kilometers (8,699 miles) and can deliver a single or multiple warheads. “With a range in excess of 4,000 [nautical miles], the JL-2 submarine launched ballistic missile (SLBM), will enable the JIN to strike Hawaii, Alaska and possibly western portions of CONUS from East Asian waters,” Office of Naval Intelligence Officer Jesse Karotkin wrote in his testimony last month to the US China Economic Security Review Commission. The new Jin-class Type 094 submarines are a technological marvel when compared to the Type 092 class that the PLAN has traditionally relied upon. Weighing 11,000 tons when fully submerged, the Navy sees this development as proof that the Chinese “want to get more on par with Western countries.” More
The Federal Aviation Administration confirmed to Fox Connecticut News, Thursday, they are investigating the use of a drone at a Hartford fatal crash scene Saturday. Questions about officer safety and public privacy are emerging now, after the drone was spotted above a fatal car crash on Main Street. Fox Connecticut was the only media organization to obtain the official Hartford Police Department incident report Thursday, detailing the chain of events. According to the report, officers spotted a drone flying over the scene of the crash, in which the bodies were still in the car. Police Lt. Brian Foley told Fox CT that drones present concerns regarding privacy and officer safety. Drones, which are also known as “unmanned aircraft systems,” are seeing an uptick in popularity as they’re used by the U.S. government and are even the subject of plans by online retailer Amazon.com for use shipping products. But now, the drone controversy emerging in Hartford has the FAA on alert because its use may have been illegal. The police report says that on Saturday Feb. 1, officers spotted the drone overhead with an attached camera. Police say they questioned the man operating the drone, but no arrest was made. On Thursday, Hartford Police referred Fox CT News to the FAA for comment. The FAA declined to comment but did confirm it has launched an investigation. “Drones, not being helicopters, they’re much smaller, can have access to aerial places that traditional helicopters and airplanes do not,” says Hartford Attorney Corey Brinson. Brison, who grew up in Hartford and works in the Capital City now as a lawyer, says he’s also concerned about possible privacy violations stemming from drone use at crime and crash scenes.More

Bankers balk as Postal Service floats plan for payday loans, Digital Currency

The perpetually-struggling U.S. Postal Service has bankers in a tizzy after floating a plan to branch into what it called “non-bank financial services” that somehow sound a lot like what lenders do. In a white paper distributed late last month, the Postal Service’s inspector general discussed getting into an array of financial services as a means of keeping the money-losing mail operation afloat. Payday loans, check cashing and digital currency exchanges were among the possibilities outlined in the Jan. 27 report. “The Office of Inspector General is not suggesting that the Postal Service become a bank or openly compete with banks,” the paper’s executive summary reads. “To the contrary, we are suggesting that the Postal Service could greatly complement banks’ offerings.” The 27-page document also notes that as the country moves toward a cashless economy, the Postal Service could also provide simple ways for underserved consumers to “convert their cash to digital currency” or other electronic payment methods like prepaid cards, mobile payments and wire transfers. Two days after the paper came out, the IG held an invitation-only seminar in Virginia to discuss virtual currencies such as Bitcoin, as well as the potential benefits and disruptive effects they may have on traditional payment networks. But officials insisted to FoxNews.com that the Postal Service isn’t entering the world of virtual currency — or peer-to-peer payment systems not subject to regulation — just yet. More
 

DEVELOPING: City investigating illegal chemicals dumped into Charlotte’s water sewer system

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The city of Charlotte is asking for the public’s help to try and find the person who illegally dumped chemicals into Mallard Creek. Officials held a media briefing Friday morning to share details on the investigation into the illegal dumping. City Manager Ron Carlee, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Utilities Director Barry Gullet, CFD Hazmat Deputy Jeff Dulin and CMPD Detective Rob Klass were in attendance. Officials said that on Thursday, CFD hazmat crews responded to reports of an unusual substance flowing into the Mallard Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant on U.S. 29 North. An oily sheen could be seen on the surface of the water. The flow was contained in a holding tank until it was determined that it was safe to return the plant for service. The plant was back online Friday morning. Chopper 9 flew over the Mallard Creek Wastewater Plant Thursday while hazmat crews were investigating. The chemical has been identified as polychlorinated biphenyls — or PCBs — and other organic chemicals. Officials said the city’s water supply has not been affected by the illegal dumping and that this was an isolated incident in Mallard Creek. Police think this is a case of illegal and deliberate dumping. They are asking anyone who may have seen anything suspicious late Wednesday evening or early Thursday morning along Sugar Creek Road and W.T. Harris Boulevard to call police. More

 

NATURAL OR DIVINE? Weather weary nation asks why such a nasty winter

Cold and snow keep battering the Midwest and East, and even Atlanta was temporarily paralyzed. California has been bone dry. Alaska set heat records. The wild winter somehow became even more wicked Thursday morning when the national average temperature plunged to a brutal 11 degrees — the lowest temperature of a season of extreme. A weather weary nation asks a simple question: Why? The answer is the jet stream, the river of air that dictates our weather. Normally the jet stream stays in Canada or the northern U.S., going west to east in a somewhat straight line. But this winter it has plunged south, creating high pressure ridges and low pressure troughs and taking cold polar air south and east and leaving warm, dry weather to the west. ”We are having an unusual jet stream that’s giving us crazy cold weather in the East and the ridiculously resilient ridge as it’s called in California,” said Weather Underground meteorology director Jeff Masters. Why is the jet stream doing this? There are three different forces probably at work here, but scientists still need to do more research, said Derek Arndt, of the National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, N.C. One is just the random natural variability of daily weather. Another is a mid-length weather feature called the Pacific Decadal Oscillation — think of it as a cousin of El Nino — that warms the northern Pacific and helps push the jet stream south. And finally, a new and controversial theory is that a warmer Arctic region and shrinking summer sea ice from man-made global warming has shifted jet stream patterns, making it wavier and bringing more unpredictable weather. More
 

Scientists blown away by Tasmania’s giant jellyfish

Residents of a sleepy hamlet in Tasmania found a previously unknown kind of giant jellyfish washed up on a beach, prompting excitement among scientists in Australia as they work to formally name and classify the creature. About 1.5 meters (five feet) across, the white jellyfish with a pink spot in the middle is believed to be a relative of the lion’s mane species popularly known as a “snotty” as it resembles mucus. ”There’s the excitement, that it’s a new species and then there’s the ‘Oh my God factor’ that it happens to be the size of a Smart car,” Lisa-ann Gershwin, a scientist at the government’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, told Reuters. “It’s like Disneyland for marine biologists.” A family walking along the beach found the giant jellyfish in late January and sent a photo to the research organisation in Hobart, Australia’s southernmost city. Scientists believe the jellyfish was later washed out to sea. Gershwin and other scientists are also trying to discover why there has been an enormous rise in jellyfish populations in the waters around Tasmania this year. ”There’s something going on that’s causing a whole lot of species to bloom in staggering numbers and we don’t know why yet,” she said. “It’s so thick with jellyfish that it’s like swimming in bubble tea.” Yahoo News

 

ABC News sued for broadcasting news about pink slime beef byproducts

Back in 2012, when ABC News broke the story of an industrial beef byproduct being secretly added to children’s lunches, the nation was outraged. And a major purveyor of that byproduct, South Dakota-based Beef Products Inc. (BPI), suffered massive losses as a result, which prompted the company to file a lawsuit against ABC News for allegedly defaming its “pink slime” additive, which was previously being added to lower-quality beef products without proper labels. According to reports, the backlash against pink slime was so strong throughout much of the country that BPI was forced to shut down three of its four production plants and lay off over 650 employees. The general public, now aware of a highly processed, ammonia-laced additive hiding in some beef, quickly came to realize that we have all been tricked, ultimately driving all of that potentially contaminated beef product off grocery store shelves and out of fast food restaurants and school cafeterias.So in an attempt to recoup its tremendous losses, BPI is now claiming that ABC News, and specifically anchor Diane Sawyer and correspondents Jim Avila and David Kerley, all of whom delivered the story, somehow defamed and libeled its product, for which $1.2 billion in damages is being sought. And apparently supportive of this malicious attempt at squashing free speech, one of the beacons of honest journalism, are others in the media who seem to have no issue with companies adding cheap filler to beef and still calling it beef. More

Kentucky Police Set Up ‘Eating While Driving’ Checkpoints

Instead of searching for actual criminals, Kentucky State Police will be on the lookout for people who eat while they drive as part of Operation RAID, which will include checkpoints targeting “distracted drivers,” despite the fact that eating while driving is not banned in Kentucky.  Operation R.A.I.D. (Remove Aggressive, Impaired and Distracted drivers from Kentucky Roadways), which starts this month, will remain active for one year. “Law enforcement will be more visible and the number of check points will increase,” reports WBKO. “Not only just texting, but any distracting drivers. This includes eating and drinking. We are going to be out looking for those people. You’re going to see a major force when it comes time for St. Patrick’s Day weekend and holiday weekends,” said Trooper Biven of the Kentucky State Police. Although Kentucky has banned text messaging while driving, there is no state law that bans eating while driving, according to Distraction.gov. Police will be pulling people over and subjecting them to checkpoints over a supposed violation (eating while driving) that doesn’t exist. More
WARNING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED – HONOLULU — State Rep. Bob McDermott, who enrolled his eight children in Hawaii’s public schools, doesn’t want his 11-year-old son exposed to a controversial taxpayer-funded sex education program. That program is taught in 12 public schools across the state, and the Hawaii Department of Education is planning to expand the curriculum to others. That’s spurred McDermott to renew his fight to get the program revised or pulled altogether. He’s releasing a 21-page report Monday entitled “The Pono Choices Curriculum: Sexualizing the Innocent” detailing his concerns. He also plans to make a plea to the Hawaii Board of Education at its Tuesday meeting, and hold a legislative briefing Wednesday evening for parents. The 10-hour program, called Pono Choices (pono is a Hawaiian word that translates to “the right way”), is designed for youth aged 11 to 13. It has been taught to 1,700 Hawaii middle school children through an $800,000 pilot program. More

US grants Iran a seat at the next round of Geneva II conference on Syria – alongside big powers

The second round of the Geneva II conference on the Syrian conflict opens Monday, Feb. 10 – this time with a seat at the table for the Iranian delegation provided by Washington, DEBKAfile reports exclusively. Washington relayed this abrupt turnabout from its ban last week on Iranian representatives to the Tehran delegates quietly attending the secret alternative conference taking place unannounced in Bern. This event has proceeded in parallel to the public gathering in Montreux with the participation of Assad regime and opposition delegates, as well as senior US, Iranian and Russian officials. It was there that the real business was contracted behind closed doors – not in Montreux, where rigid official positions were presented for public consumption as a decoy from the Bern meeting, for which the Swiss government rather than the UN had provided the necessary technical and logistic facilities. The Bern channel was first revealed in the last DEBKA Weekly issue, No. 621 of Jan. 31. Permission to admit Iran to the Bern parley marked another major Obama administration concession to Tehran. For the first time, Iran delegates took their seats around an international conference table alongside the major powers with a say on political and strategic decisions for a critical Mid East conflict. This basic shift was evinced, according to our sources, Tuesday, Feb. 4 in Washington and in Moscow. More

Iran: US ‘wishes won’t come true’ at nuclear talks – Iran’s foreign minister said Wednesday that Washington’s “wishes are unlikely to come true” in talks between the Islamic Republic and world powers over its nuclear program, the government’s latest apparent attempt to deflect criticism from hard-line skeptics who say that President Hassan Rouhani will give up too much for too little in upcoming negotiations over a final comprehensive deal. Mohammad Javad Zarif indicated the U.S. wanted Iran to give up major parts of its nuclear program but said such demands won’t be carried out“America has wishes and those wishes are unlikely to come true and that’s why they are negotiating with the Islamic Republic of Iran to achieve a solution based on realities,” he told a news conference in Tehran. More

GENERAL: U.S. CHRISTIANS TARGETED FOR MURDER

Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin, the executive vice president for the Family Research Council, is blasting the Southern Poverty Law Center for still maintaining – a year after it was linked to a domestic terror case – an online feature that identifies the family group as a “hate” organization.  In an exclusive commentary on WND, Boykin notes that attacker Floyd Corkins II picked the FRC as a target – he testified he went there wanting to kill as many people as possible – through the SPLC feature. That organization described FRC as a “hate” group even though it “actually is a pro-family organization championing faith, family and freedom,” Boykin wrote. “It is the intention of the SPLC to fix animus and hostility on the organizations it places on its Hate Map,” Boykin wrote. While some are “racist or supremacist” groups, the map also includes those who simply “oppose liberalized standards of sexualized morality and the redefinition of marriage.” “There is no resemblance of such groups to violent, extremist organizations. But, that is the point. The SPLC wants to associate groups that have voiced moral objections to same-sex marriage with groups like the Skinheads. It is a powerful campaign of defamation, bullying, and destruction.” More
 

70% of Israelis don’t trust US on security, says poll

Seventy percent of Israeli Jews do not believe the US can be relied upon to maintain key Israeli interests and security requirements in the American- brokered agreement being drafted with the Palestinians, a Geocartography Institute poll taken this week found. When the pollsters asked respondents whether they trusted the US under President Barack Obama to maintain Israel’s interests in a deal, 23% said definitely no, 25% said no, 22% said not completely, 17% said yes, 8% said definitely yes and 5% had no opinion. Asked whether they agreed with recent criticism of US Secretary of State John Kerry by top Israeli officials, 67% said yes and only 32% said no. But among the respondents who answered affirmatively, 13% said Israeli officials should be careful not to criticize the US publicly. Sixty-seven percent said they agreed with the concerns about a potential boycott of Israel that Kerry raised. Only 17% said they were not concerned at all about such a boycott. Geocartography Institute director Avi Degani, who took the poll, said middle-class Israelis were most concerned about a boycott. The poll of 500 respondents representing a sample of the adult Jewish Israeli population has a 4.2% point margin of error. Jerusalem Post
Amid criticism from the Israeli Right about US diplomacy in the region, Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman proclaimed US Secretary of State John Kerry as “a true friend of Israel,” warning that it was not wise to damage relations with allies. Liberman took a stab at recent criticism from Economy Minister Naftali Bennett over remarks Kerry made about the possibility of boycotts on Israel if peace talks with the Palestinians break down.  While Liberman said he supported Kerry’s efforts to reach a two-state solution, he said he was not willing to pay any price for achieving such a deal and Israel’s security concerns must be addressed. The foreign minister said he agreed that land and population swaps should be part of a peace deal. During a speech at the Commercial and Industrial Business Club in Tel Aviv, the Yisrael Beytenu leader also addressed the management of the government, saying the splintering structure deducted from productivity. ”What is needed is leadership with courage to make changes,” he charged. ”The government needs to be managed well. With this kind of coalition of opposites, it is difficult even in the economic sphere,” he added. Jerusalem Post

Eight miners killed in underground fire after earthquake in South Africa

SOUTH AFRICA – Eight gold miners in South Africa died after a magnitude-2.4earthquake triggered an underground fire, and rescue teams operating deep below the surface were searching for a ninth missing miner, a mining company said Thursday. Smoke and a rockfall had hampered searchers struggling to find any survivors after fire broke out 1.7 kilometers underground at the Doornkop mine around 6 p.m. Tuesday, the Harmony company said in a statement. The mine is 30 kilometers west of Johannesburg. On Wednesday morning, rescue teams located eight other miners who had sought refuge from the fire and brought all of them to the surface within several hours. On Thursday morning, Harmony announced the discovery of eight bodies. National Union of Mineworkers, a major labor group, said the rockfall had ruptured electrical cables, triggering the fire, and that water and ventilation pipes were also damaged. It called for an urgent investigation. “Our members’ lives must come first. The health and safety measures must be applied,” said Livhuwani Mammburu, a union spokesman. “There is technology available to actively monitor seismicity underground. We wonder if Harmony has got that technology.” James Duncan, a Harmony spokesman, said the company has monitoring equipment. “Seismicity is not an exact science,” Duncan said. “The challenge is to stay abreast of current technology, make sure you have the best that is available and continue to strive for improvement.” South Africa has some of the deepest mines in the world, raising concern about the safety of workers who could be more vulnerable to tremors and other dangers. More

 

Britain grapples through worst torrential rainfall in 248 years

LONDON – Britain announced emergency funding Thursday to cope with devastating floods after what officials said had been likely the worst spell of winter rainfall in at least 248 years. Prime Minister David Cameron’s government has faced criticism for its handling of a crisis that has left swathes of the country under water, with a key railway line washed away. Several people had to be rescued from deluged homes on Thursday while more storms are expected this weekend. Across the English Channel, France’s western tip was placed on alert for flooding as high tides wreaked havoc along Europe’s Atlantic coast. Pickles said the winter was the “wettest since George III was on the throne,” referring to Britain’s monarch from 1760-1820.  He added that flood victims have “literally been through hell and high water.” Britain’s Meterological Office released figures confirming Pickles’ assessment. For southern England, “regional statistics suggest that this is one of, if not the most, exceptional periods of winter rainfall in at least 248 years,” it said in a statement. Parts of the region received five months of rainfall between December 12 and January 31. The rainy winter has set records tumbling, being the wettest combined period of December and January across the United Kingdom since 1910, the Met Office said. It was also the windiest December since 1969, based on the occurrence of winds over 69 mph. For England alone it was the wettest December to January since 1876-1877 and the second wettest since rainfall records began in 1766.

Iran Media reporting “False Claims” of Israel’s attempt to Rebuild TempleOfficial Iranian state-run media has released several false reports in recent days using fabricated quotes purportedly from an Israeli minister vowing to destroy the Al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.  Some of the reports use the made up quotes to incite anti-Israel riots. Arik Ben-Shimon, spokesman for Israeli Housing and Construction Minister Uri Ariel, confirmed to WND that Ariel did not make comments about destroying the Al Aqsa Mosque. “If he actually made those statements it would be headlines in major newspapers around the world and not fake news in Iran’s media,” Ben-Shimon said. The next day, Iran’s Press TV reported, “Saudi Arabia is supporting the Israeli regime in its plan to replace the holy al-Aqsa Mosque with a temple,” according to an analyst that spoke with the media outlet. Continued Press TV: “Saab Shaath was talking to Press TV on Saturday, one day after Israeli Minister of Housing and Construction Uri Ariel called for the construction of what he called ‘the Third Temple’ to replace the holy site.” Shaath went on to call for “resistance” against Israel because of the so-called threats against the mosque in Jerusalem. “The only thing which will stop the Israelis from going that far is the Arab-Palestinian resistance in the Gaza Strip and in Lebanon,” Shaath told Press TV.More

 

Rats could one day be bigger than Cows, Warns Scientists

Giant rats, the size of cows or even bigger, could one day fill a ‘significant chunk’ of Earth’s emptying ecospace. The terrifying scenario could become a reality as super-adaptable rats take advantage of larger mammals becoming extinct, an expert predicts. ‘Animals will evolve, over time, into whatever designs will enable them to survive and to produce offspring,’ said geologist Dr Jan Zalasiewicz, from the University of Leicester.  For instance, in the Cretaceous Period, when the dinosaurs lived, there were mammals, but these were very small, rat and mouse-sized, because dinosaurs occupied the larger ecological niches.  Only once the dinosaurs were out of the way did these tiny mammals evolve into many different forms. ‘Given enough time, rats could probably grow to be at least as large as the capybara, the world’s largest rodent, that lives today, that can reach 80 kilos (17lb). ‘If the ecospace was sufficiently empty, then they could get larger still.’ The largest extinct rodent known, Josephoartegasia monesi, which lived three million years ago, was larger than a bull and weighed over a tonne. Like its modern-day relative, the sheep-sized capybara, it lived in South America. A hint of the nightmare to come can be seen on ‘rat islands’ – isolated regions where rats introduced by humans have quickly risen to become the dominant species. More
 

Alaska to vote on pot legislation this August

Marijuana advocates in Alaska have obtained more than enough signatures to ensure voters there will have the opportunity this year to weigh-in on a measure that could legalize recreational marijuana, state officials admitted this week. As of Tuesday, a petition that would let residents of the forty-ninth state vote to make pot legal for adults surpassed a 30,169 signature threshold, all but clearing the way for the issue to appear in ballot booths during elections there on August 19. “The initiative has met the state requirement for signatures,” Gail Fenumiai, the director of the Alaska’s Division of Elections, told Reuters. “It’s a matter now of officially getting the certification documents signed by the lieutenant governor.” If that measure succeeds, then Alaska will join Colorado and Washington to become the third state in America that has outright bypassed a long-standing federal pot prohibition. Nationwide, United States law currently considers marijuana a Schedule I narcotic on par with heroin and ecstasy. Voters in the states of Washington and Colorado elected in 2012 to ignore federal legislation, however, and instead work towards ways to implement legal, recreational weed for adults over the age of 21. The latest effort out of Alaska involves advocating for a bill modeled after the Colorado law currently in place, and if approved would let residents possess up to an ounce (28 grams) of marijuana and grow up to six plants, as well as pave the way for creation of a system to tax and regulate sales of the drug. More
 

Obama Lauds Kerry’s Peace Efforts Amid Israeli CriticismU.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday expressed his appreciation towards his Secretary of State’s peace efforts in the Middle East. Speaking at an interfaith breakfast in Washington, D.C., Obama said, “I want to take this opportunity to thank Secretary Kerry for his extraordinary passion and principled diplomacy that he’s brought to the cause of peace in the Middle East. Thank you, John.” “As we support Israelis and Palestinians as they engage in direct talks, we’ve made clear that lasting peace will require freedom of worship and access to holy sites for all faiths,” he added. The expression of support for Kerry’s efforts comes after the top diplomat was heavily criticized by Israeli officials in recent days, over his threats that Israel will be boycotted if peace talks with the Palestinian Authority (PA) fail. On Monday, Obama’s National Security Adviser Susan Rice responded to the criticism and blasted Israel on Twitter. “Personal attacks in Israel directed at Sec Kerry totally unfounded and unacceptable. John Kerry’s record of support for Israel’s security and prosperity rock solid,” Rice wrote, adding, “POTUS and Sec Kerry remain committed to negotiations that can secure Israeli and Palestinian futures.” Her last tweet read, “U.S. Govt [sic] has been clear and consistent that we reject efforts to boycott or delegitimize Israel.” On Wednesday, Kerry’s spokeswoman Jen Psaki took Israel to task for criticizing his efforts to achieve peace. More

In his Thursday morning Mass, Pope Francis talked about the mystery of death. He explained that despite our sins, dying in the heart of the Church, is a gift.
 POPE FRANCIS
“It’s a gift from God and we must pray for it. To say, ‘Lord, grant me the gift of dying at my spiritual home, in the heart of the Church.’ We are sinners! All of us are. But we’re not traitors. No! We are not corrupt. No! We stay on the inside! The Church, our Mother loves us so, despite our sins, the Church cleanses us. She’s our Mother.”  The Pope then added that every Christian should make an effort to leave a Christian legacy behind, once they pass away.
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Speaking at Mass at the Casa Santa Marta on Thursday, Pope Francis reflected on the mystery of death, inviting us to ask God for the grace to die in hope, in the heart of the Church and in the knowledge that we have left a legacy of Christian witness behind us. Pope Francis based his homily on the first reading of the day which tells the story of the death of King David. Though he is a sinner, the Pope noted, he is not a traitor and he remains to the end in the heart of his people, the people of God. We too, Pope Francis continued, should ask God for the grace to die in our spiritual “home”, within the heart of the Church. We are all sinners, he said, but the Church is like a mother who takes us just as we are, even with our stains, and makes us clean.

DOW Posts Best Day of Year.

U.S. stocks surged on Thursday, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average marking its best session this year, as Wall Street embraced a drop in applications for jobless benefits as indicative of an improving U.S. labor market and economy, a day ahead of the monthly jobs report. ”It’s the absence of bad news,” Kate Warne, investment strategist at Edward Jones, said of Thursday’s rally. ”What we’ve seen over the last week or so is the market looking for direction, and then we had worries about emerging markets and slowing U.S. growth, so the knee-jerk reaction was to sell and ask questions later. Now there are indications that the job number may not be as bad as people were fearing so emotions are calming down,” she added. ”If you look at U.S. markets in the last week or two, it’s really not justifiable based on U.S. fundamentals. Claims coming down is part of that story, it suggests again that maybe the economic story is just fine in the U.S.; we’ll find out tomorrow,” said David Kelly, chief market strategist, J.P. Morgan Funds, referring to 2014 declines that have the S&P 500 on track for a fourth weekly loss. More
 

Tom Demark: The Next Two To Three Days Are ‘Extremely Critical’ For The Stock Market — It May Crash 40%

Noted market-timer Tom DeMark did not sound optimistic about the prospects for stocks in an interview with CNBC this morning. DeMark compared today’s market to that preceding the Black Friday crash in 1929. ”When the market made its high on September 3, [1929], there were 23 subsequent trading days where the Dow Jones Industrial Average had a short-term bottom,” he said. ”23 days aligns with the low end on Monday. And subsequent to that, we had a four-day rally, and then the market unraveled — went down 48%. We are currently at that inflection point. Like I said, so far, everything is aligned. We think the next two to three days are extremely critical.” DeMark explained why: We get into the minutia as well as the long-term, and what it looks like to us — if we were to, yeah, just for as an example — if today were to be an up close, versus the prior day’s close, and then tomorrow, we close down, and we follow with a lower opening the next day, and trade a little weaker, we’re probably going to unravel quickly. Now, yesterday, we did have an up close on most of the major U.S. indices. So, if we get a down close today, and tomorrow we open lower and trade lower, we’re probably going to unravel, and the news, regardless of what it is on Friday, will be negative — perceived negative. What we’re seeing right now, if the market does unravel, I think we’ll have a correction of 40% off the high, which would put us at about 1100 [on the S&P 500 index]. More

 

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Fresh Rallies held in protest against regime’s killing of demonstrators

 

 

Libya PM appeals to nation to avoid violence to settle parliament standoff

 

 

Italy’s economic woes persist despite PG deals

 

 

Tehran tells West to avoid adventurism

Iranians honor martyrs of revolution

Fatah delegation visits Gaza for reconciliation talks

Bosnians demonstrations frustrated at high joblessness, rampant corruption

 

 

British PM says Scottish independence will deeply diminish UK

 

 

“Violence against Muslim in CAR at intolerable, unprecedented levels”

 

 

Red Cross halts aid over Israel’s seizure of shelter supplies

 

 

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