Syria’s starving hordes/Jerusalem Under Siege: Mass Haredi Protests Set to Begin/Temple Mount controversy/RUSSIA puts fighter jets on alert/North Korea and South Korea tensions/MAlaysia drought prompts water ration/USA warns Russia to withdraw troops/FLUORIDE LOWERS IQ – Florida rejects fluoridation/ Qantas to fire 5000 people and more signs of JESUS’ soon return

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WAR DRUMS: 12 Signs That Russia Is Ready To Fight A War Over Crimea

Russia will never, ever give up Crimea without a fight.  Anyone that thinks otherwise is just being delusional.  TheRussian Black Sea fleet’s main base at Sevastopol is far too strategically important.  In addition, ethnic Russians make up approximately 60 percent of the population of Crimea, and most of the population is rabidly pro-Russian.  In fact, many prominent Crimean politicians are already calling for reunification with Russia.  So if you have been thinking that Russia is just going to fold up shop and go home now that pro-European protesters have violently seized power in Kiev, you can quit holding your breath.  The truth is that Russia is more than willing to fight a war over Crimea.  And considering the fact that vitally important pipelines that pump natural gas from Russia to the rest of Europe go right through Ukraine, it is not likely that Russia will just willingly hand the rest of Ukraine over to the U.S. and the EU either.  If the U.S. and the EU push too hard in Ukraine, a major regional war may erupt which could ultimately lead to something much larger. More

Cops Backed Texas Restaurant That Illegally Kicked Vet, Service Dog Out

On Tuesday, 23-year army and navy veteran Aryeh Ohayon took his service dog Bandit with him to the Thai Spice Buffet II in West Houston where he was denied service on the grounds that animals are prohibited. Bandit’s specialty is helping Ohayon cope with PTSD and depression. “He’s the alert if I start to have a panic attack or start to go into a flashback mode,” Ohayon told KHOU. In Texas, private businesses had the right to refuse service to anyone, but a law passed last year by Governor Rick Perry now prohibits businesses from discriminating against “persons with disabilities.” Ohayon’s right to freely visit “public facilities” with Bandit in tow is protected under this law. Ohayon next phoned Houston Police to help restore his rights. However, when cops arrived they didn’t talk to the restaurant manager, but instead issued an insensitive criticism. “I told him what my disabilities were. That’s when he said, ‘you’re not blind,’” Ohayon recalled. “[He said], ’I don’t see why you need the dog,’” Ohayon told KHOU. More

 

Florida County Says ‘no’ to Water Fluoridation

Following debate over adding the chemical fluoride to county drinking water, Hernando County, Fla. has decided not to force medicate its residents.  On Tuesday, the Hernando County Commissioner’s board held a meeting where both pro and anti-fluoride activists were allowed to voice their opinions, after which the crowd voted against mandatory fluoridation. “The majority of those speakers were opposed to fluoridation,” Hernando Today reports. One dentist who spoke argued that people need to “step up and vote” to add fluoride to the county’s drinking water to help the “poorest of the poor” reduce cavities. “Fluoridation is safe, effective and provides huge cost-savings and reduces human pain and suffering,” the dentist reportedly stated. More

‘Firewall of the Constitution has been breached’

It’s been five years since Rick Santelli famously launched into his scathing rant against the Obama administration’s economic recovery plans on CNBC’s “Squawk Box,” inspiring the populist movement that would grow into the tea party. Since then, numerous groups have taken on the tea-party name and launched full time operations to promote its causes. One of the largest and most influential of those – Tea Party Patriots, the country’s premiere grassroots tea-party organization – celebrated its fifth anniversary in Washington, D.C., Thursday with an all-star line-up of conservative speakers. The lineup included radio talk-show host Mark Levin; Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky.; Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas; Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah; Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn.; Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio; Tea Party Patriots Co-founder Jenny Beth Martin and many more. More

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIS, considered to be the most ruthless of the Sunni Islamic militant groups fighting in Syria, has ordered a Christian community in Raqqa, Syria, to pay nearly 38 pounds of gold as a “guarantee of their safety.” The announcement was posted on an ISIS website. The requirement is part of the implementation of a form of Islamic law, or Shariah, in areas under ISIS control. Each ounce would cost, at Feb. 26 rates, about $1,330, making the total needed for the required 600-plus ounces of gold more than $800,000. Raqqa, or ar-Raqqah, is a city in north central Syria with a population of some 300,000 people, of which less than 1 percent, or 3,000, are Christian. That means each Christian then would be required to come up with more than $260 in gold. Prior to issuing the demand for the gold, sources say the Christians had met with ISIS fighters who offered three choices: Convert to Islam, accept ISIS conditions or reject their control and possibly be killed. More

 

Planned Parenthood poised to pour millions into 2014 midterm elections

Anti-abortion lawmakers, beware. Planned Parenthood’s political operations are planning their largest-ever campaign blitz for this year’s midterm and gubernatorial elections, poised to pour millions into key races that could determine who controls Congress. The group’s political arm has in the past bought up gobs of campaign-season airtime to attack social conservatives as “extreme.” Their track record is mixed, but the abortion provider played at least some role in the defeat last year of Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli in Virginia. Counting what Planned Parenthood spent in that race, the organization is planning to spend more than $18 million this cycle. More

Substitute teacher, 72, arrested for furiously masturbating in high school hallway

A 72-year old substitute teacher at a public high school in the never-ending suburbs of Connecticut proved that he’s still got it when he was busted for allegedly masturbating right there in a hallway. The septuagenarian teacher is Michael Luecke, reports The Courant. The incident happened on Wednesday. The scene of the crime was Westhill High School in Stamford. Police say a school paraprofessional spotted Luecke doing the deed just after 7:30 a.m. The woman said she walked by Luecke as he was sitting in the hallway. She thought maybe he was hurt. When she approached him, she said, she realized that the 72-year old substitute teacher had his hand stuck down his pants and was “manipulating his penis.” The school paraprofessional then notified school officials, who notified police. More

Stocks rise after Yellen talks taper; record finish for S&P 500

U.S. stocks climbed on Thursday, propelling the S&P 500 to a record close, after Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said the central bank would probably continue tapering its asset purchases while tracking data to figure how much recent softness in the economy is due to the weather. ”Reduced tapering would be very negative to the market. We made a change in December to good news is good news,” said Randy Frederick, managing director of active trading and derivatives at Charles Schwab. For technical traders, “when you break through resistance which has taken a long time to get through, resistance becomes support,” said Frederick of the S&P closing above 1,848.38, its prior closing high, set on Jan.15.More

 

 

CRISIS IN CRIMEA: RUSSIAN MOVES RAISE STAKES

Masked gunmen stormed the parliament of Ukraine’s strategic Crimea region as Russian fighter jets screamed above the border, while Ukraine’s newly formed government pledged to prevent a national breakup with the strong backing of the West – the stirrings of a potentially dangerous confrontation reminiscent of Cold War brinksmanship. Moscow reportedly granted shelter to Ukraine’s fugitive president, Viktor Yanukovych, who was said to be holed up in a luxury government retreat and to have scheduled a news conference Friday near the Ukrainian border. As gunmen wearing unmarked camouflage uniforms erected a sign reading “Crimea is Russia” in the provincial capital, Ukraine’s interim prime minister declared that the Black Sea territory “has been and will be a part of Ukraine.” More

Israel’s home front unprepared for enemy attack

In a marathon Knesset session Thursday, three ministries, all involved in the defense of the home front during a time of war, presented sharply divergent opinions of how best to care for Israeli civilians during the next armed conflict, leading the MK heading the session to complain of chaos and a top official on the National Security to conclude that Israel’s home front is “unprepared, period. “The current situation is infused with chaos and disagreements between the government ministries over who has responsibility for the home front in the event of an emergency,” said MK Eli Yishai, the head of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee’s Subcommittee on Home Front Preparedness. More

Fordham University mumps outbreak affecting only vaccinated students; school bans unvaccinated students anyway

Baby-Vaccines-175058_LOne of New York’s lesser-known institutions of higher learning is making headlines after 13 confirmed cases, and counting, of mumps emerged on two of its campuses, prompting school officials to impetuously ban all unvaccinated students from attending classes. But these same reports clearly indicate that all affected students had already been vaccinated for mumps, proving once again the utter uselessness of vaccines and the imbecilic tendencies of organizations chained to the vaccine status quo. According to reports, concerns first arose after several Fordham University students suddenly came down with flu-like symptoms in recent weeks, which later turned out to be adult mumps in every case. The infection numbers continued to swell, prompting an inquiry into the vaccination records of the affected students. But this inquiry revealed that not a single unvaccinated student had contracted the mumps — only those who had previously been vaccinated for mumps developed the disease.  More

Manhattan apartment building using facial-recognition system for entry…

To enter Building B at Knickerbocker Village, you don’t need your key card. Your face will do just fine courtesy of a new biometric security system called FST21. Here’s how it works. A camera takes 5 pictures of each resident’s face. One is selected then it and other info about the resident are stored in the system database. Once a tenant tries to get through their building’s security door, a high-tech scanner reads their face. If the system recognizes the face, the door is unlocked in a matter of seconds. The FST21 system is the brainchild of Israeli general Aharon Farkash, who says it strikes the right balance between safety and simplicity. ”We believe this is a solution for commercial buildings, for residential buildings, for airports and every place that you need convenience and you need security is the right place to be installed,” he says.More

 

 

BREAKING NEWS: Same-Sex Marriage Now Legally Recognized in Kentucky

DAYS OF LOT – A federal judge has signed an order directing officials in Kentucky to immediately recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states and countries. U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II on Thursday issued a final order throwing out part of the state’s ban on gay marriages. The order makes official his Feb. 12 ruling that Kentucky’s ban on same-sex marriages treated “gay and lesbian persons differently in a way that demeans them.” The order means same-sex couples may change their names on official identifications and documents and obtain any other benefits of a married couple in Kentucky. The order doesn’t affect a related lawsuit seeking to force the state to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Kentucky’s attorney general has asked for a delay, which hasn’t been ruled upon. More

BREAKING NEWS: Undeterred by the failed efforts of his predecessors to clinch an Israeli-Palestinian peace treaty, US President Barack Obama is planning on getting more involved directly in the negotiations. According to The New York Times, the president is expected to appeal to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to adopt a framework plan for final-status peace negotiations. According to the report published Thursday, administration officials said this week the US president was gearing to take more of an active role in the process when he first meets Netanyahu on Monday, and later in March with Abbas. During the respective meetings, Obama was reportedly expected to press the leaders of the two sides to agree to the framework document that is being drafted by US Secretary of State John Kerry. More

Muslims Charge Katy Perry With Blasphemy, Launch Petition Against New Video

Nearly 60,000 people have signed a Change.org petition demanding that YouTube take down a Katy Perry video they say is blasphemous and offensive to Muslims. About 75 seconds into the video for the song “Dark Horse,” a Cleopatra-like Perry shoots a laser at a man dressed as a pharaoh but also wearing a pendant that says “Allah” in Arabic. Both the man and the Allah pendant disintegrate. “Blasphemy is clearly conveyed in the video,” reads the petition, started by 22-year-old Shazad Iqbal of Bradford, England, who suggests Perry sets herself up as an enemy of God by shooting the man with the Allah necklace. “We hope YouTube will remove the video.” But some Muslims said the flap was much ado about nothing. More

DAYS OF LOT – Gay Marriage Support In America Hits All-Time High

Support for gay marriage has surged in the United States in the decade since it first became legal in Massachusetts, with just over half of Americans now supporting the idea, according to a survey released on Wednesday. The survey on attitudes towards lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people comes as U.S. lawmakers and courts are increasingly allowing same-sex couples to wed. Some 53 percent of the 4,509 Americans surveyed by the Public Religion Research Institute said they supported gay marriage, up from 32 percent in 2003, when Massachusetts became the first state to legalize it. PRRI Chief Executive Robert Jones said the poll joined a raft of other surveys showing that a majority of Americans back gay marriage. The decade-long uptrend marks “a fairly remarkable shift” in attitude, he told a conference call. More

Syrian Christians sign treaty of submission to Islamists

Christian leaders in the northern Syrian city of Raqqa, captured by an organization formerly affiliated with al-Qaeda, have signed a submission document this week banning them from practicing Christianity in public in return for protection by their Islamist rulers. The document, dated Sunday and disseminated through Islamist Twitter accounts, states that the Christian community in the province of Raqqa, captured last March by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), was recently given three options: to convert to Islam; to remain Christian but pledge submission to Islam; or to “face the sword.” They opted for the second of those choices, known as dhimmitude. More

RUSSIA REPORTEDLY SHELTERING UKRAINE’S PRESIDENT

Russia scrambled fighter jets to patrol its border and reportedly gave shelter to Ukraine’s fugitive president as pro-Russian gunmen stormed offices of Ukraine’s strategic region, deepening the crisis for the new Ukrainian government even as it was being formed. The moves pose an immediate challenge to Ukraine’s new authorities as they seek to set up an interim government for the country, whose population is divided in loyalties between Russia and the West. Ukraine’s new prime minister said the country’s future lies in the European Union but with friendly relations with Russia. Moscow, meanwhile, has launched a massive military exercise involving 150,000 troops and put fighter jets on patrol along the border. A respected Russian news organization reported that President Viktor Yanukovych, who was driven out of Kiev by a three-month protest movement, was staying in a Kremlin sanatorium just outside Moscow. More

 

While anti-Israel elements threaten to boycott the Jewish state, and there’s continued pressures from the Obama Administration, the economy of the State of Israel continues to boom. Israel has approximately the same number of companies listed on NASDAQ as the next three countries combined, and, as one of the most technologically advanced countries in the world, is rightfully known as the “start-up nation.” Israel’s economic growth has continued and it has become one of the most thriving nations in the Middle East. Israel has approximately the same number of companies listed on NASDAQ as the next three countries combined, and the Jewish State’s entrepreneurial spirit has spawned so many great success stories.More

WAR DRUMS: Russia Puts Fighter Jets on Combat Alert as Tensions Mount

Russian fighter jets along the country’s western border have been put on combat alert as tensions mount over fears that Moscow is preparing to intervene militarily to protect its interests in Ukraine.  “Constant air patrols are being carried out by fighter jets in the border regions,” Interfax quoted a ministry statement as saying. “From the moment they received the signal to be on high alert, the air force in the western military region left for the … air bases.” The news arrives just a day after the United States warned Russia it would be a “grave mistake” to conduct any kind of military intervention in Ukraine following Moscow’s announcement yesterday that a snap drill involving 150,000 troops would take place in western Russia. Meanwhile, Ukraine’s interim government has also warned Russia against making military movements in Crimea after armed men seized control of government and parliament buildings in the region. Earlier this week, pro-Russia citizens installed a Russian Mayor in the town of Sevastopol as part of a growing backlash against the western-backed coup. More

American Evangelicals Turning On Israel?

A new article in Middle East Quarterly is reporting dramatic generational shifts within the American Evangelical circles in terms of its support for Israel. While only a decade ago American Zionism was an emerging and dominant force in American cultural and political circles, a series of generational trends, specifically within today’s millennials are seeing those attitudes change, according to the article: With every passing month, more evidence is emerging that these anti-Israel Christians are succeeding in reaching beyond the evangelical left and are influencing the mainstream. In particular, they are penetrating the evangelical world at its soft underbelly: the millennial generation. These young believers (roughly ages 18 to 30) are rebelling against what they perceive as the excessive biblical literalism and political conservatism of their parents. As they strive with a renewed vigor to imitate Jesus’ stand with the oppressed and downtrodden, they want to decide for themselves which party is being oppressed in the Arab-Israeli conflict. Narratives being promoted by Palestinian Christians are taking root in younger evangelicals, with startling conclusions. A 2010 Pew poll showed that more American evangelicals were inclined to be neutral in the Israeli-Palenstinian conflict than to side with Israel alone. It also showed that American Evangelicals were less inclined to support Israel than those in the global community. More

“A Bridge Too Far” is the title of a book and a movie depicting the failed attack launched by the Allies in an attempt to roll back the Nazi occupation of Holland. The American and British forces succeeded in taking control of all the bridges that were vital in enabling the forces to cross the various bodies of water, yet the commanders insisted on conquering one bridge too many. The entire operation was a failure. This is what is liable to happen to Israel in the wake of Monday’s night’s airstrike in Lebanon, which foreign media sources attribute to the IAF. The bombing runs targeted Hezbollah posts near the border that divides Lebanon and Syria. According to reports, the IAF destroyed a convoy of vehicles carrying sophisticated missiles. Some reports claimed that the attack had targeted a weapons cache. For over a year, the IAF – at least according to foreign media reports – has been destroying arms shipments from Syria to Hezbollah. There have reportedly been five or six such attacks. More

Pensioner feared being buried alive after ‘terrifying’ eight foot sinkhole traps car

Jean Lugton, 73, was horrified after her Corsa got stuck in the two foot wide chasm which appeared as she waited at a set of traffic lights. The elderly woman was rescued by a group of passing students who managed to lift the car out of the sinkhole and police cordoned off the street. The dramatic incident happened around 7.45pm yesterday in Edinburgh, Scotland as Ms Lugton was driving to meet friends. Ms Lugton explained she was at a set of traffic lights when her car was almost swallowed by the sinkhole. She said: “I thought I had hit a pothole, I tried to rev my engine to get out but it didn’t work. “When I got out of my car I saw that my wheel up to about half way was stuck in the hole.” More

‘There aren’t enough gay characters on TV’ says BBC drama boss who promises to commission more homosexual storylines

DAYS OF LOT –  The BBC drama controller has said there are not enough gay characters on TV.  Ben Stephenson, who is himself gay, called on writers to come forward with more stories which focus on homosexuality.  The comments were made during the BBC’s Reflect and Represent talk at New Broadcasting House on Monday which aims to discuss the Corporation’s future vision.  Mr Stephenson said: ‘I am diverse, in that sense (gay), and are there many portrayals of gay characters on television? I would say it’s probably one of the lowest (represented) areas.  ’When the great gay script comes in, I shall definitely be commissioning it.’  Despite Mr Stephenson believing there is diversity in BBC drama he said there is still ‘a long way to go’. More

 

 

Geoengineering could have ‘catastrophic consequences’: Schemes to control climate change could backfire, warn scientists

ChemtrailsFrontSmokeSchemes to deliberately manipulate the Earth’s climate could prove useless, and at worst harmful, claims a new study. The strategies include reflecting sunlight from space, adding lime to the oceans, and irrigating vast expanses of the North African and Australian deserts to grow trees. Known as geoengineering, ideas such as these have gained popularity with some governments attempting to meet their carbon emission targets while still producing cheap energy. Schemes to deliberately manipulate the Earth’s climate could prove useless, and at worst harmful, claims a new study. The strategies include reflecting sunlight from space, adding lime to the oceans, and irrigating vast expanses of the North African and Australian deserts to grow trees. Known as geoengineering, ideas such as these have gained popularity with some governments attempting to meet their carbon emission targets while still producing cheap energy. The problem with previous research was that in most cases the methods were studied with different models using different assumptions and different sets of earth system components, making it difficult to compare the effects and side effects of different methods.’ More

Atheist Group Sues to Remove 40-Foot Tall Cross From Gov’t Property in Maryland

An atheist group has filed a lawsuit against a Maryland government agency over the placement of a 40-foot cross on government property. The American Humanist Association filed suit Tuesday in the United States District Court for the District of Maryland against the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, which oversees the property in Bladensburg, where the cross is located. In addition to the AHA, named plaintiffs include two AHA members who live in the area and a third resident from nearby Beltsville. “This action challenges the constitutionality of the defendant’s ownership, maintenance and prominent display on public property of a massive Christian cross (the ‘Bladensburg cross’) as a violation of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment of the U.S.Constitution, as applied to Maryland by the Fourteenth Amendment,” reads the suit in part. More

A Mississippi woman says she waged a nearly three-week battle to get pictures of Bible Scripture printed, after the photo department at a national chain store insisted that her images of Gospel inspiration violated copyright laws. Kelly Taylor, 46, of Gulfport, told FoxNews.com her local Walgreens refused to process two prints of Scripture verses she had ordered online, first blaming it on a “technical issue,” then explaining it was due to copyright law — which has never applied to the Good Book.

“I was in total shock; it just dumbfounded me the whole day,” she said. “I feel this is an attack on Christians.” After a clerk told her the order had been deep-sixed, Taylor got an explanation by way of an automated email. “Hello Kelly! Due to a technical issue we were unable to process your print order at this time,” the email read. “For more details, contact a photo team associate — they’re happy to help! Just have your order number handy.” More

A former cybersecurity adviser to President George W. Bush fears that the NSA has created the “potential for a police state” to emerge in the United States. “In terms of collecting intelligence, they are very good. Far better than you could imagine,” Richard Clarke said Monday in San Fransisco while speaking at the the Cloud Security Alliance Summit, Search Security reported. “But they have created, with the growth of technologies, the potential for a police state,” said Mr. Clarke, a member of President Obama’s Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technology. More

Kerry: US must pursue Iran nuke talks before considering war

Washington has to “exhaust all remedies” before contemplating military action to force Tehran to cease nuclear activities, Kerry says. The United States has an obligation to pursue nuclear negotiations with Iran before it considers going to war with Tehran to force it to give up its nuclear activities, US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Wednesday. “We took the initiative and led the effort to try to figure out if before we go to war there actually might be a peaceful solution,” Kerry told a group of reporters. Iran reached a landmark preliminary agreement with six world powers, including the United States, in November to halt its most sensitive nuclear operations, winning some relief from economic sanctions in return. US President Barack Obama, like his predecessors, has said that all options are on the table with regard to Iran’s nuclear program, using diplomatic code for the possibility of military action. While US officials have long held out that threat, Kerry’s comments appeared to indicate that the Obama administration would seriously consider a strike on Iran if the diplomatic talks fail. More

Scientists liken Chinese smog to ‘nuclear winter’

Air pollution in parts of China is now so extreme it could lead to conditions similar to a “nuclear winter,” scientists say. The smog that covers the country has become so thick it is impeding photosynthesis, potentially disrupting China’s food supply. China’s pollution problem is reaching crisis point, with acrid smog covering six southern provinces for the past week. Over the last few days a total of 19 cities have recorded levels of pollution drastically exceeding the World Health Organization’s (WHO) safety levels. Beijing’s concentration of micro-particles small enough to enter into people’s lungs and trigger serious health issues reached 505 micrograms per cubic meter Tuesday. The WHO’s safe level is 25 micrograms per meter. More

Obama Administration Ignores Russian Nuclear Violations

Russia is covertly developing and testing nuclear missiles in violation of the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty and the Obama administration to date has failed to hold Moscow accountable, according to arms control specialists. “The Russians have basically violated every major treaty they’ve ever entered into, certainly every major weapons treaty,” said Sen. Marco Rubio (R., Fla.), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Intelligence Committees. He is also a leader of a Senate arms control group. The comments were made at a panel discussion Tuesday at the Heritage Foundation on Russian violations of the INF treaty. The Free Beacon first reported in October that a Russian test of a new missile, the RS-26, violated the INF treaty. The accord prohibits ballistic missiles with ranges of 5,500 kilometers (3,415 miles) or less, and cruise missiles with ranges less than 500 kilometers (310 miles).More

North Korea launched four short-range missiles into the East Sea, the South Korean Defense Ministry said Thursday. The ministry said it would provide more details at a news conference later. South Korea and the United States are currently carrying out joint military exercises that North Korea opposes. The South Korean and U.S. militaries are not specific about where they are conducting drills, and it was unclear if the missiles were fired in the direction of the exercises. The East Sea is also known as the Sea of Japan. Saber rattling from Pyongyang last year included threats of preemptive nuclear strikes against the United States and South Korea, as well as the declaration that the armistice that stopped the Korean War in 1953 is null and void. Most observers say North Korea is still years away from having the technology to deliver a nuclear warhead on a missile, but it does have plenty of conventional military firepower, including medium-range ballistic missiles that can carry high explosives for hundreds of miles.CNN

BREAKING NEWS: Gunmen seize government buildings in Ukraine’s Crimea, raise Russian flag

 Dozens of armed men seized the regional government administration building and parliament in Ukraine’s southern Crimea region Thursday and raised the Russian flag, in a challenge to the Eastern European country’s new leaders. Crimea, with its ethnic Russian majority, is the last big bastion of opposition to the new political leadership in Kiev after Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych’s ouster Saturday. The incident, coming a day after Russia ordered surprise military exercises on Ukraine’s doorstep, has raised fears about the push and pull of opposing allegiances in a country sandwiched between Russia and the European Union. More

 

 

Drought-hit Malaysian state rations water

MALAYSIA – Authorities began rationing water to thousands of households in Malaysia’s most populous state Tuesday, as a dry spell depletes reservoirs across a country normally known for its steady tropical downpours. Much of Malaysia has been under bone-dry conditions for a month and high temperatures have left some reservoirs at “critical” levels, sparking an increase in bushfires and leading to protests in at least one hard-hit community near the capital Kuala Lumpur. Malaysia does tend to experience dry weather early in the year, but the current dry spell has been unusually long. The lack of significant rainfall has caused increasing alarm, particularly in the state of Selangor, which surrounds Kuala Lumpur, and adjacent areas, as meteorologists have warned the dry patch could last another month. Selangor is Malaysia’s most populous state and its economic and industrial hub. Water rationing in the state will affect an estimated 60,000 households, according to the Selangor’s private water company. A Selangor local government spokeswoman said the state was reducing the flow to four water treatment plants “until the weather improves. The reduction of water will start today,” she told AFP. “What we need now is the rain.” Authorities have said planes are on standby to conduct cloud-seeding, but the spokeswoman said the effort has been hampered by inadequate cloud formation. Residents in the Selangor town of Balakong have complained for weeks about taps running dry and last week about 200 residents staged a protest calling on authorities to provide water, according to reports. Extinction Protocol

 

6.1 magnitude earthquake strikes Alaska’s Aleutian Islands

ALASKA – A 6.1 earthquake shook the Alaska communities of Nikolski and Unalaska Wednesday, according to the Alaska Earthquake Center. The strong shake occurred around noon in the Bering Sea region of the state. The center says the earthquake had a preliminary magnitude of 6.1 and was located at a depth of 23 miles. The towns, located near the mid-section of the arc of the Aleutian Islands stretching more than 1,000 miles toward Asia, reportedly didn’t suffer any damages. Quakes with magnitudes of about 4.5 or greater are strong enough to be recorded by sensitive seismographs worldwide. Great earthquakes, such as Alaska’s 1964 Good Friday earthquake, have magnitudes of 8.0 or higher. The U.S. Geological Survey says that on average, one earthquake of that size occurs somewhere in the world each year. Extinction Protocol

ALERT: Sun unleashes powerful X4.9 flare

Long-lived sunspot AR1967 returned to the Earthside of the sun on Feb. 25th and promptly erupted, producing an X4.9-class solar flare.  This is the strongest flare of the year so far and one of the strongest of the current solar cycle. A movie from NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory shows the explosion hurling a loop of hot plasma away from the blast site: Coronagraphs onboard the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory tracked this material as it raced away from the sun, eventually forming a bright CME, pictured below. Radio emissions from shock waves at the leading edge of the CME suggest an expansion velocity near 2000 km/s or 4.4 million mph. If such a fast-moving cloud did strike Earth, the resulting geomagnetic storms could be severe. However, because its trajectory is so far off the sun-Earth line, the CME will deliver a no more than a glancing blow. NOAA forecasters expect a weak impact late in the day on Feb. 26th. Extinction Protocol

DAYS OF LOT – Bestiality Now Making US Headlines, Not Always Illegal

Bestiality is an abomination, but would you believe it’s legal in some parts of the United States—and in some parts of the world? The rise of bestiality in America (and around the world) is troublesome. Believe it or not, bestiality cases are all over the news. A flood of stories has emerged in just the past few weeks alone. What in the world is going on? According to charges filed Wednesday in Tippecanoe Superior Court 5 in Lafayette, Ind., a man was caught on home video engaging in sexual acts with a dog. The 52-year-old, David Arnold, faces two Class D felony counts in connection with the abominable bestiality, JCOnline.com reports. Meanwhile, James Lee Lyons, 53, was just sentenced to eight years in prison for sexually abusing dogs. He was arrested twice on bestiality charges—and convicted in 1998 of attempted sexual battery on a child and sexual act with a child while in a familial role, according to the St. Augustine Record. More

Wintry weather returns to U.S. Midwest, Northeast with a vengeance

A recent stint of warm days and sunshine in the U.S. Midwest and Northeast was just a tease, as forecasters on Wednesday predicted an extended stretch of bitter cold and snow reaching well into March. The wintry conditions were likely to take a firm hold on Thursday in the Midwest and move eastward over the weekend, meteorologists said. ”Once again the polar jet stream has plunged southward, tapping bitter cold air directly from the Arctic Ocean. This latest frigid plunge will engulf the nation’s northern tier through the weekend,” wrote The Weather Channel meteorologist Chris Dolce on its website. The arctic air mass was affecting the eastern two-thirds of the nation on Wednesday, with high temperatures some 15 to 30 degrees Fahrenheit below normal in many places, the National Weather Service said. More

Tests show New Mexico nuke dump workers exposed.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Thirteen workers were exposed to radiation during a recent leak at the nation’s underground nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico, according to the results of preliminary tests announced Wednesday. The U.S. Department of Energy and the contractor that runs the Waste Isolation Pilot Project said in a joint news release that they have notified the workers of the positive results and will do further testing. They declined to comment further until a news conference Thursday afternoon. ”It is important to note that these are initial sample results,” the statement said. “These employees, both federal and contractor, will be asked to provide additional samples in order to fully determine the extent of any exposure.” More

Russia military to expand global presence

 Russia plans to expand its global military presence by seeking permission for its ships to use ports in Latin America, Asia and beyond. Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Wednesday that the military is in talks with Algeria, Cyprus, Nicaragua, Venezuela, Cuba, Seychelles, Vietnam and Singapore over the plan, the Associated Press reported. He noted that it was very important for the Russian Navy to be able to call at the ports to service its ships. Shoigu also stated that Russia is talking to some of the countries to authorize long-range bombers to use their air bases for refueling. Russia has launched a massive military modernization program and wants to demonstrate its global reach by sending navy ships around the world. Press TV

Australia’s national carrier to cut 5,000 jobs

000_Hkg8929544Australia’s national carrier Qantas says it plans to cut 5,000 jobs from its 32,000-strong workforce as part of a tough restructuring move. Qantas Chief Executive Officer Alan Joyce announced the job cuts during a press conference on Thursday. ”We are facing some of the toughest conditions Qantas has ever seen,” he said, adding, “Hard decisions will be necessary to overcome the challenges we face and build a stronger business.” The struggling airliner said it posted a first-half net loss of AUD 235 million (USD 210 million). The airliner, already battling fuel costs, is working to slash costs by nearly AUD 2 billion (USD 1.8 billion) over three years. Following a profit warning last December, credit rating agencies, Moody’s and S&P, both downgraded Qantas’ credit rating to junk status. Qantas has since been working on its finances to convince Canberra it deserves a debt guarantee. Press TV

OPEN THE FLOOD GATES – California storms bring rain, threat of floods

Much-needed rain fell on downtown San Francisco and elsewhere in California on Wednesday at the outset of what the parched state hopes is the start to a one-two punch of stormy weather. The storm was expected to move down the coast, dumping a half-inch to an inch of rain in southern areas late in the day, forecasters said. A potentially stronger storm moving in late Thursday could bring thunder and dump up to 2 inches of rain in central and southern valleys, 2 to 4 inches in the foothills and up to 6 inches in some mountain spots. State water officials plan Thursday to survey the anemic mountain snow pack, and will likely find that California’s precipitation is badly lagging what’s needed to quench the region’s thirst. More

WAR DRUMS: Obama Warns Russia and Demands Troop Withdraw

The United States on Wednesday warned Russia against a military intervention in Ukraine as it renewed demands that Moscow withdraw troops from disputed enclaves in another former Soviet republic, Georgia. The U.S. also urged Georgia to further integrate with Europe and NATO in calls that come amid growing tensions between Russia and the West over the ouster of Ukraine’s pro-Moscow president. In pointed comments likely to fuel already heightened Russian suspicions over Western intentions in its backyard, Secretary of State John Kerry said Russia should be “very careful” in how it proceeds in Ukraine. In addition, he announced additional, but unspecified, U.S. assistance “to help support Georgia’s European and Euro-Atlantic vision.” And, he denounced Russia’s continued military presence in the breakaway Georgian territories of Abkhazia and South Ossetia in violation of the cease-fire that ended the 2008 Russia-Georgia conflict. More

WAR DRUMS: Russia war games over Ukraine prompt US warning.

BREAKING NEWS: Russia ordered 150,000 troops to test their combat readiness Wednesday in a show of force that prompted a blunt warning from the United States that any military intervention in Ukraine would be a “grave mistake.” Vladimir Putin’s announcement of huge new war games came as Ukraine’s protest leaders named a millionaire former banker to head a new government after the pro-Russian president went into hiding. The new government, which is expected to be formally approved by parliament Thursday, will face the hugely complicated task of restoring stability in a country that is not only deeply divided politically but on the verge of financial collapse. Its fugitive president, Viktor Yanukovych, fled the capital last week. More

WAR DRUMS: RUSSIAN WARSHIP DOCKS IN HAVANA

A Russian warship was docked in Havana Wednesday, without explanation from Communist Cuba or its state media.  The Viktor Leonov CCB-175 boat, measuring 91.5 meters (300 feet) long and 14.5 meters wide, was docked at the port of Havana’s cruise ship area, near the Russian Orthodox Cathedral. The Vishnya, or Meridian-class intelligence ship, which has a crew of around 200, went into service in the Black Sea in 1988 before it was transferred seven years later to the northern fleet, Russian media sources said. Neither Cuban authorities nor state media have mentioned the ship’s visit, unlike on previous tours by Russian warships. The former Soviet Union was Cuba’s sponsor state through three decades of Cold War. After a period of some distancing under former Russian president Boris Yeltsin, the countries renewed their political, economic and military cooperation. More

BREAKING NEWS: Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed a bill Wednesday that would have allowed businesses that asserted their religious beliefs the right to deny service to gay and lesbian customers. Opinions have been sharply divided over the politically charged measure, with both sides ramping up pressure on Brewer after the state’s Republican-led legislature approved the bill last week. Brewer said she made the decision she knew was right for her state. ”I call them as I see them, despite the cheers or the boos from the crowd,” she said, calling the bill “broadly worded” and saying it could have “unintended and negative consequences.” Brewer said she’d weighed the arguments on both sides. More

 

 

New ash explosions reported at Indonesia’s Marapi Volcano

INDONESIA – Another ash eruption occurred at the volcano this afternoon at 16:15 local time. According to local news quoting the local VSI volcano observatory spokesman, the eruption today was the largest in a series since the alert status had been raised on 3 August last year. Ash fell in a radius of 3 km where some villages are located. Also according to the article, the volcano has had a total of 57 recorded eruptions since January 2014. Since all of these have been small, and Indonesia is very used to small volcanic eruptions, they hardly make any news at all (while such an event at other volcanoes would). The alert status remains unchanged at 2 out of 4. People were recommended to avoid exposure to ash if possible and wear dust masks. Extinction Protocol

 

Two small eruptions reported at Alaska’s Cleveland’s Volcano

ALASKA – Researchers detected two small explosions at Cleveland Volcano on Monday afternoon and early Tuesday morning, according to the Alaska Volcano Observatory. The first occurred a little after 5 p.m. Monday and the second at 1:35 a.m. Tuesday. The AVO said the explosions were brief, and were detected by infrasound and lightning alarms. A small ash cloud — the presence of which was confirmed by satellite — was estimated to be drifting at an altitude of about 16,000 feet above sea level. “These explosions are typical of eruptive activity of Cleveland over the past few years,” reported AVO. “There may be a heightened chance of additional ash emissions in the coming weeks. Because these explosions were brief and there is no sign of ongoing eruption, Cleveland remains at Volcano Alert Level/Aviation Color Code YELLOW/ADVISORY.” The 5,676-foot peak [3], also known as Mount Cleveland, is in Alaska’s Aleutian Islands and has erupted numerous times in recent years. Its alert level was briefly raised to orange for a week in January, before being lowered to yellow again Jan. 10.  Extinction Protocol

Poás Volcano spews material 300 meters high after explosion inside crater

COSTA RICA – The crater of Poas Volcano expelled material 300 meters into the air at noon on Tuesday. The phenomenon, called a phreatic explosion, occurred due to a reaction between magma and water at the southern border of the lake inside the volcano. However, this was not an eruption and the volcano did not spew lava. Instead, a column of steam, gas and other materials formed and spouted out the top of the volcano, confirmed the Volcanological and Seismological Observatory of Costa Rica (OVSICORI). María Martínez Cruz, a volcanology and geochemistry expert with OVSICORI, said the event can be considered “normal for the volcano’s activity, although explosion heights like the one recorded Tuesday are not that common.” This type of explosion, called phreatic, occurs when the volcano’s magma contacts water in the crater’s lagoon and evaporates quickly through fissures. That action results in an blast of steam, water, ash and small rocks. [The volcano] has been calm for several months. It’s only releasing a lot of gas. This is part of the natural phenomenon, throwing tall columns of gas into the air, steam, the colors of the [volcanic] lake,” said Juan Dobles, administrator of the Poás Volcano National Park. Currently there is no risk to visitors since most materials dissipate in the wind, Martínez added. Poás Volcano National Park is open from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. every day, and visitors can walk to a lookout point to get a scenic view of the volcano. The Poás Volcano National Park is the second most visited in the country after Manuel Antonio National Park in the Pacific. More

 

Poás Volcano spews material 300 meters high after explosion inside crater

 COSTA RICA – The crater of Poas Volcano expelled material 300 meters into the air at noon on Tuesday. The phenomenon, called a phreatic explosion, occurred due to a reaction between magma and water at the southern border of the lake inside the volcano. However, this was not an eruption and the volcano did not spew lava. Instead, a column of steam, gas and other materials formed and spouted out the top of the volcano, confirmed the Volcanological and Seismological Observatory of Costa Rica (OVSICORI). María Martínez Cruz, a volcanology and geochemistry expert with OVSICORI, said the event can be considered “normal for the volcano’s activity, although explosion heights like the one recorded Tuesday are not that common.” This type of explosion, called phreatic, occurs when the volcano’s magma contacts water in the crater’s lagoon and evaporates quickly through fissures. That action results in an blast of steam, water, ash and small rocks. [The volcano] has been calm for several months. It’s only releasing a lot of gas. This is part of the natural phenomenon, throwing tall columns of gas into the air, steam, the colors of the [volcanic] lake,” said Juan Dobles, administrator of the Poás Volcano National Park. Currently there is no risk to visitors since most materials dissipate in the wind, Martínez added. Poás Volcano National Park is open from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. every day, and visitors can walk to a lookout point to get a scenic view of the volcano. The Poás Volcano National Park is the second most visited in the country after Manuel Antonio National Park in the Pacific. More

 

 

Poás Volcano spews material 300 meters high after explosion inside crater

COSTA RICA – The crater of Poas Volcano expelled material 300 meters into the air at noon on Tuesday. The phenomenon, called a phreatic explosion, occurred due to a reaction between magma and water at the southern border of the lake inside the volcano. However, this was not an eruption and the volcano did not spew lava. Instead, a column of steam, gas and other materials formed and spouted out the top of the volcano, confirmed the Volcanological and Seismological Observatory of Costa Rica (OVSICORI). María Martínez Cruz, a volcanology and geochemistry expert with OVSICORI, said the event can be considered “normal for the volcano’s activity, although explosion heights like the one recorded Tuesday are not that common.” This type of explosion, called phreatic, occurs when the volcano’s magma contacts water in the crater’s lagoon and evaporates quickly through fissures. That action results in an blast of steam, water, ash and small rocks. [The volcano] has been calm for several months. It’s only releasing a lot of gas. This is part of the natural phenomenon, throwing tall columns of gas into the air, steam, the colors of the [volcanic] lake,” said Juan Dobles, administrator of the Poás Volcano National Park. Currently there is no risk to visitors since most materials dissipate in the wind, Martínez added. Poás Volcano National Park is open from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. every day, and visitors can walk to a lookout point to get a scenic view of the volcano. The Poás Volcano National Park is the second most visited in the country after Manuel Antonio National Park in the Pacific. More

 

Syria’s starving hordes: In a biblical picture of suffering, crowd stretching for as far as the eye can see gathers amid the rubble of Damascus for UN food hand-outs

  • Yarmouk, the Palestinian area of Damascus has been sealed to the outside world on and off since July
  • These photographs show the first food parcel arrival in Yarmouk for months, hundreds lining in the streets
  • Yarmouk may yet again cut off from humanitarian aid following clashes in Syria’s capital, UN reports
  • Today, 175 rebel and foreign fighters were killed in a Syrian army ambush near Damascus

Hundreds of men, women and children fight to get to the front of the queue as a refugee camp in Damascus receives food parcels after being cut off for months.

Today the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) called on rebel forces and Al-Assad’s troops alike to allow ‘safe and unhindered humanitarian access’ to thousands of civilians in Yarmouk, a Palestinian district in the Syrian capital.

Yarmouk has seen some of the worst fighting in the capital, leading to severe food shortages and widespread hunger. continue

 

 

Mounting tension: Israel’s Knesset debates proposal to enforce its sovereignty at Al-Aqsa Mosque – a move seen as ‘an extreme provocation to Muslims worldwide’

The Arab-Israeli conflict took on an increasingly religious hue when the Jordanian parliament voted unanimously to expel Israel’s ambassador in Amman after Israeli legislators held an unprecedented debate on Tuesday evening over a proposal to enforce Israeli sovereignty at one of Jerusalem’s holiest sites, currently administered by Jordan, and to allow Jewish prayer there.continue

 

Jerusalem Under Siege: Mass Haredi Protests Set to Begin

Hundreds of thousands of protesters, blockades throughout the city and no school — these are all of the challenges that stand before the Israeli Police before the huge Haredi protests against the draft law this coming Sunday. The heads of the Haredi communities have called on their thousands of followers to join in the protests.

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Human-animal hybrids, disasters in the making

Scientists worldwide are creating bizarre human-animal hybrids that could wreak havoc on society. In the past ten years alone, unforgettable advances in the field of genetic modifications have left researchers and on-lookers stunned.

Nowadays, it is possible for a couple of university-age students to concoct new life forms in the comfort of their own basement. Regrettably so, laws have not been able to keep up with the pace at which scientists have been toying around with their creations.

In turn, the entities being created are not at all illegal but by all means could pose a risk to society by and large. There is no telling what may happen if these life forms are allowed to mate. Still, eagerness can be seen in the eyes and minds of scientists on a global level just waiting to unleash their next creation to the world, that all seemed liked fantasy just a short time ago. continue

 

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