Missing Malaysia Airlines passengers’ phones ring, but no one answers/Russian forces tighten grip on Crimea/Harvard Says Fluoridated Water is Causing Cognitive Disorders and more signs of JESUS’ soon return


Yellowstone volcano 2.5 times larger than previously thought

The supervolcano beneath the surface of Yellowstone National Park is 2.5 times larger than previously believed according to a study from the University of Utah. The supervolcano is part of what is known as a caldera, an underground volcano forming a shape like a cauldron. More accurate details about the caldera were discovered by measuring the seismic waves of the underground magma which is anywhere from 3 to 9 miles beneath the surface of the earth. The length of the caldera is 88.5 km (~50 miles) with a width of 29 km (~18 miles). The lead author of the study, Jamie Farrell, claims the quantity of lava in the supervolcano is enough to give rise to what would be among the top three eruptions over the past 2.1 million years. Sulfur entering the upper atmosphere would turn to sulfur dioxide, circle the globe and drop temperatures. Worldwide famine would likely ensue. MORE

We Are In FAR Worse Shape Than We Were Just Prior To The Last Great Financial Crisis

None of the problems that caused the last financial crisis have been fixed.  In fact, they have all gotten worse.  The total amount of debt in the world has grown by more than 40 percent since 2007, the too big to fail banks have gotten 37 percent larger, and the colossal derivatives bubble has spiraled so far out of control that the only thing left to do is to watch the spectacular crash landing that is inevitably coming.  Unfortunately, most people do not know the information that I am about to share with you in this article.  Most people just assume that the politicians and the central banks have fixed the issues that caused the last great financial crisis.  But the truth is that we are in far worse shape than we were back then.  When this financial bubble finally bursts, the devastation that we will witness is likely to be absolutely catastrophic. MORE

Real-time flight trackers seek missing Malaysian Air flight 370, find only holes

Several online flight-tracking services can locate airplanes in real-time, using GPS navigation data transmitted from the aircraft themselves. But in the case of Malaysia Airlines flight 370, which disappeared from radar screens more than 48 hours ago, a hole in coverage maps means even these sites lack answers. “We lost tracking for it pretty early on,” a spokesman for FlightAware told FoxNews.com. Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, a Boeing 777 with 239 people on board, departed Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia on March 8 at 12:43 a.m. local time en route to Beijing, China, according to FlightAware, which published a minute-by-minute tracking log of the flight. The plane was at 35,000 feet at 1:01 a.m. Saturday morning. MORE


The two men travelling on stolen passports on the Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 that mysteriously disappeared on Saturday have been identified as Iranian nationals. A BBC Persian report quotes an Iranian friend of one of the men, who said he hosted the pair in Kuala Lumpur after they arrived from Tehran in the days preceding their flight to Beijing. The friend, who knew one of the men from his school days in Iran, said the men had bought the fake passports because they wanted to migrate to Europe.
The pair were travelling on passports belonging to Christian Kozel, an 30-year-old Austrian, and Luigi Maraldi, a 37-year-old Italian. MORE

Passenger jet passed through trajectory of N. Korean rocket, South Korea says

A Chinese passenger jet with more than 200 people on board flew through the trajectory of a North Korean rocket that had been fired minutes earlier, the South Korean government said. Download WHAS11 News app: iPhone | Android North Korea fired the rocket Tuesday at 4:17 p.m. without giving any navigational warning, Kim Min-Seok, a spokesman for the South Korean Defense Ministry, said Wednesday. Seven minutes later, a China Southern Airlines plane carrying 220 passengers from Japan’s Narita airport to Shenyang in China passed through the rocket’s trajectory, he said. ”It was a very dangerous situation,” Kim said during a news briefing. “North Korea’s provocative actions violate the international navigation laws and pose a great threat to the safety of civilians.” South Korea has informed Chinese authorities about what happened, the Defense Ministry said. MORE

DAYS OF LOT- ‘Girls’ Star Lena Dunham Gets Nude, Mocks Bible on SNL

As Expected, Girls creator/star Lena Dunham got nude on Saturday Night Live this weekend, in one scene mocking the Genesis Eden story, where a partly blurred-out nude Dunham and leaf-covered co-star Taran Killam poked fun at the biblical narrative. Saturday’s episode earned SNL’s second lowest ratings of the year. ”Son of God. Noah,” says the narrator. “And now, another extraordinary Biblical film that tells the astonishing story of the Garden of Eden and the Garden of Life itself.” Dunham then appears naked. “Adam, Adam, a snake just talked to me. Is that normal?” Dunham says. “Before there were Girls,” the narrator says, “there was the first Girl.” Taran Killam appears as Adam, and Dunham says, “I just like want to know what we’re even doing here. Are we like man and wife?” When Killam responds that Eve was made from his rib, Dunham says, “Oh my God, that is like so sexist, I can’t believe you would even bring that up right now. Take a gender and women’s studies class!” When God catches her after eating the apple, she says, “Can you please not apple shame me right now? I know I committed original sin, but at least it’s original! I think I deserve some credit for that, or at least a publishing deal!” God says she’s old enough to be on her own, to which Dunham says she doesn’t even have health insurance. MORE


World ignoring Iran? Netanyahu rips ‘self-deception’ after arsenal unveiled

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blasted the international community’s “self-deception” regarding Iran as defense officials unveiled an arsenal of weapons the Islamic Republic is accused of trying to smuggle into Gaza. Israeli Defense Forces unloaded the cargo of the Panamanian-flagged ship that its commandos boarded last week off the coast of Sudan, displaying 40 M-302 missiles with a range in excess of 100 miles, 181 mortar shells and 400,000 AK-47 bullets. ”The goal was to have rained down on the heads of Israel’s citizens,” Netanyahu thundered from the port of Eilat, where the Klos C was towed after being boarded in the Red Sea. MORE

Ghost flights: The planes that disappeared just like Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

What happened to Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 at the weekend was exceptionally rare, but it has happened before. The Boeing 777 passenger jet vanished just two hours into a flight from Kuala Lumpur on its way to Beijing. There was no distress call and now grave fears are held for the crew and 239 people on board, including six Australians.  It often takes time for investigators to get to the bottom of aviation disasters. In 2009, it took five days for search and rescue teams to find Air France Flight 447 from Rio de Janeiro to Paris after the Airbus A330 plunged into the Atlantic Ocean, killing all 228 on board. It took another three years for investigators to report that ice crystals had most likely blocked the plane’s air speed sensors, eventually leading to the plane to stall. MORE

Harvard Says Fluoridated Water is Causing Cognitive Disorders

newly published study in Harvard’s The Lancet weighs in on the toxins causing autism and ADHD (attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder). Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS) say that along with these numerous environmental toxins, fluoridated water is adding to the higher incident of both cognitive and behavioral disorders. Harvard had already published a study in 2006 that pointed to fluoride as a ‘developmental neurotoxicant’, and this newer study looks to over 27 additional investigations into the matter via meta analysis. In the previous study, it was already established that fluoride consumption lowered children’s IQ scores. The left-over from industry, passed off as ‘medicine,’ obstructs brain development, and can cause a full spectrum of serious health issues – from autism to dyslexia, ADHD, ADD, and more. MORE

In the last two months, there has been a rash of suicides and mysterious deaths sweeping the world of high finance. JPMorgan has been hardest hit, with three untimely deaths in just the last few weeks, and last week Autumn Radtke (left), a 28-year-old CEO of First Meta, a small cyber-currency exchange, jumped to her death in Singapore. Historically, suicide rates rise during times of financial stress and economic downturns. Now, though stocks are at or near all-time highs, for many Wall Street bankers these are times of setbacks and stress. Today’s bankers are not a settled, comfortable bunch anymore. A day doesn’t go by where you don’t hear about more bank layoffs and branch closings. Under Jamie Dimon’s leadership, JPMorgan has announced 17,000 job cuts through the end of this year, and that’s on top of all the cuts from the 2008-09 crisis. MORE


The definition of censorship: University fines students $100 for talking to reporters

At least two student-candidates for student government at California Polytechnic State University were fined $100 each for talking to reporters about their respective campaigns, violating a curiously draconian election code. The election code of Cal Poly’s student government, Associated Students, Inc., prohibits candidates from actively campaigning until within 10 days of the election. The code defines active campaigning as “a non-verbal public display or distribution of specific information (physical or electronic) about any ASI candidate.” MORE



Thousands hit Tokyo streets in anti-nuke protest

As the third anniversary of the Fukushima disaster nears, tens of thousands rallied in the country’s capital Sunday to protest against the nuclear industry and speak out against the government’s plans to resume nuke energy production to power the economy. ”I felt it’s important that we continue to raise our voice whenever possible,” Yasuro Kawai, a 66-year-old businessman from Chiba prefecture, east of Tokyo, told AFP. ”Today, there is no electricity flowing in Japan that is made at nuclear plants. If we continue this zero nuclear status and if we make efforts to promote renewable energy and invest in energy saving technology, I think it’s possible to live without nuclear,” Kawai added. MORE

Connecticut Cop warns “I Will Kick Down Doors To Confiscate Guns”

A Connecticut man revealed shocking comments made by a Branford police officer this week who has openly defended door-to-door gun confiscation. After the tragic Sandy Hook shooting in 2012, Conn. lawmakers mandated that all “assault rifles” and “high capacity” magazines be banned, requiring all in circulation to be registered with the state. Fearing the obvious move towards confiscation, the vast majority of gun owners have refused to submit, with estimates finding less than 13 percent of rifles being registered. Navy veteran and former firefighter John Cinque, who made national news after telling state lawmakers he would not comply with gun registration, briefly commented on the officer’s statements in a discussion with gubernatorial candidate Joe Visconti last Friday. MORE


Doctors Forced to Become State Snitches to Spot “Radical” Patients

Doctors in Britain are being forced to become state snitches and spot “radical” patients under an NHS initiative that threatens to cut funding if a GP practice fails to take part in the program. Under the new NHS England policy, every GP practice must send a member of staff on the “Prevent” counter terrorism course, during which they are trained to detect patients who are ” vulnerable to radicalization,” before notifying authorities. In addition to the “lead” staff member who takes the course, all employees of the practice must be made aware of the strategy . Labeling the program “mindless bureaucracy,” former GPC chair Dr Laurence Buckman said, “It is so silly and ridiculous that I can’t believe NHS England are requiring this or making CCGs responsible for it.” MORE

WAR DRUMS: Cheney urges Obama to Leave military options against Russia open

Former US Vice President Dick Cheney has criticized US President Barack Obama for not considering “military options” against Russia. As tensions between Washington and Moscow continue to rise over the crisis in Ukraine, Cheney, who was one of the major architects of the 2003 invasion of Iraq, appeared on CBS News’ Face the Nation on Sunday and said the US should not take “military options” against Russia off the table. “I worry when we begin to address a crisis, the first thing we do is we take options off the table,” he said on the program. “I don’t think the administration should do that.” He also urged the Obama administration to boost its missile systems in Poland and the Czech Republic. MORE

BREAKING NEWS: Military hospital seized in Crimea’s Simferopol

Ukraine says gunmen have seized a military hospital in Simferopol, the administrative center of Ukraine’s autonomous Crimea region. In a statement issued on Monday, Ukraine’s Defense Ministry said dozens of members of the self-defense forces took over the hospital in Simferopol. “On March 10, about 20 violent people from the … Crimean people’s self-defense broke into the territory of the military hospital in Simferopol,” the statement reads. The ministry also said the men took the military hospital’s chief out and locked the medical staff inside the building. Meanwhile, Ukraine’s State Border Guards said they prevented over 300 Russian citizens from crossing the border on suspicion that they sought to cause more chaos in the Eastern European country. MORE

Ten countries scour sea for Malaysia jet lost in Unprecedented Mystery’

The disappearance of a Malaysian airliner about an hour into a flight to Beijing is an “unprecedented mystery”, the civil aviation chief said on Monday, as a massive air and sea search now in its third day failed to find any trace of the plane or 239 people on board. Dozens of ships and aircraft from 10 countries scoured the seas around Malaysia and south of Vietnam as questions mounted over possible security lapses and whether a bomb or hijacking attempt could have brought down the Boeing 777-200ER which took off from the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur. The area of the search would be widened from Tuesday, Azharuddin Abdul Rahman, the head of Malaysia’s Civil Aviation Authority, told reporters. MORE

Six important facts you’re not being told about lost Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

There are some astonishing things you’re not being told about Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, the flight that simply vanished over the Gulf of Thailand with 239 people on board. The mystery of the flight’s sudden and complete disappearance has even the world’s top air safety authorities baffled. “Air-safety and anti terror authorities on two continents appeared equally stumped about what direction the probe should take,” reports the Wall Street Journal. WSJ goes on to report: “For now, it seems simply inexplicable,” said Paul Hayes, director of safety and insurance at Ascend Worldwide, a British advisory and aviation data firm. While investigators are baffled, the mainstream media isn’t telling you the whole story, either. So I’ve assembled this collection of facts that should raise serious questions in the minds of anyone following this situation. MORE

Asteroid the size of a 60 Story Building to Pass Earth March 11

Live_Webcast_Helps_Track_Large-b96ee025832ea09223ed7e2b5a0a8451An asteroid at least the size of a 60-story building will make a distant flyby of Earth this week, and you watch astronomers track the space rock tonight (March 9) in a live webcast, weather permitting. The asteroid poses no threat to Earth. The online Slooh community observatory will host the free webcast at 10 p.m. EDT (0200 GMT) to track asteroid 2014 CU13, a space rock about 623 feet (190 meters) wide discovered on Feb. 11 that will pass Earth at a range of about eight times the distance between Earth and the moon on Tuesday (March 11). The average Earth-moon distance is about 239,000 miles (385,000 kilometers), so eight lunar distances is about 1.9 million miles (3 million km). You can watch the asteroid webcast live on the Slooh website, with streaming views from Slooh’s remotely operated telescope in the Canary Islands, off the west coast of Africa. You can watch the asteroid webcast live on Space.com here.MORE

Mitch McConnell Is Vowing To ‘Crush’ The Tea Party Everywhere

Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell predicted the GOP establishment will destroy conservative insurgents attempting to unseat a trio of incumbents in an interview with The New York Times published Sunday. “I think we are going to crush them everywhere,” McConnell said. “I don’t think they are going to have a single nominee anywhere in the country.” McConnell is one of three establishment Republicans who are facing primary challengers backed by Tea Party conservative groups. The Senate Conservatives Fund, The Madison Project, and FreedomWorks are supporting Matt Bevin, McConnell’s rival, in Kentucky. MORE


BREAKING NEWS: Russia Moves Anti-Ship Missiles to Crimea

Moscow has responded to the United States sending the guided-missile destroyer USS Truxtun into the Black Sea by deploying a Bastion anti-ship missile system in Sevastopol, according to reports.

Image: Bastion missile complex movement on the streets Crimea. “Unconfirmed news reports claim the Russian Navy is deploying land-based ‘Bastion’ anti-ship missile systems as a response to the recent U.S. move entering two naval vessels to the Black Sea,” reports Defense Update. “The system is designed for the destruction of various surface ships from an enemy’s landing squadrons, convoys, carrier strike groups, as well as single vessels and land-based radiocontrast targets in conditions of intensive fire and electronic countermeasures. The system uses the P-800 Yakhont (SS-N-26) anti-ship cruise missile and has a maximum range of 300 km,” states a separate report on a Vietnamese military website. MORE

DAYS OF LOT – Gay Couple Sues Vermont Town Over Decade Of Alleged Discrimination

A town in Vermont is at the center of a recent lawsuit alleging that the community consistently discriminated against a gay couple. Barbara Ernst and Barbara Supeno, a lesbian couple in Addison, is suing the town for more than a decade of alleged discrimination, according to local reports. Ernst and Supeno’s lawyer, David Bond, said that the town has tried to push the women out since they moved to Addison in 2004. ”It’s entirely based on their sexual orientation,” Bond told local TV station WPTZ. “Neighbors insulted them, made obscene gestures to them. There were dead animals left on their property.” MORE


SNL Skit Hammers Pro-Life Activism

A “Saturday Night Live” segment got very political this week and drew surprisingly little laughter but a notable number of gasps from the audience. The writers characterized the sole male in the skit — surrounded by five women who gradually tore him apart — as a “grass-roots activist.” But when the women dug a little deeper they discovered that “Bruce” was an activist for male rights (and specifically fought for higher pay for men than women, which drew big audience gasps). Side by side with Bruce’s politics were the externals: He was also portrayed as a double-talker, decidedly milquetoast, not good looking nor sexually desirable (he was a virgin until recently), and vaulted into his activism after being dumped by a girl when he was 18 — which may or may not fit a kind of dream stereotype of conservative men in liberals’ minds. MORE


Atheists Force Woman to Remove Cross Honoring Dead Son

There has been so much news lately of schools, organizations, and individuals being harassed by atheist groups, but this one sets a new low. In this case, a grieving mother erected a roadside cross where her son was killed, and now an atheist group has forced her to take it down. What is wrong with these people??? As reported by The Press Enterprise, a roadside cross was erected for 19-year-old Anthony Vincent Devaney who in May 2012 was killed crossing a street. A complaint prompted the American Humanist Association in Washington, D.C., to intervene, contending the placement of the symbol in the city right-of-way violated the separation of church and state. The association’s demand letter dated March 4 came a week after a U.S. District Court judge ruled in favor of the group’s legal challenge to Lake Elsinore’s proposed veterans memorial. That monument would have depicted a soldier kneeling in front of crosses and Stars of David. MORE

Obama Nominee For Surgeon General Says Banning Guns Is Part Of Medicine

After being burned by his nomination of Debo Adegbile to head up the civil rights division at the Department of Justice, President Obama has jumped right back into the fray with another radical nominee, this time for Surgeon General. But what makes Vivek Hallegere Murthy such a controversial choice for the post is not what you might expect. It’s not that he is a champion of late-term abortions (though he probably is) or believes in fully government-subsidized sex reassignment surgeries (though he probably does). The problem with Murthy, rather, is his position on guns. FOX NATION

It Will Be Shocking for the Average American: “Your Cost of Living Will Quadruple”

It’s no secret that the U.S. government is in serious fiscal trouble. So much so that our Treasury Secretary recently noted that should the debt ceiling fail to be increased, the fall-out would be “catastrophic” and last for generations. Given that sobering report, consider that everything in America, from food to fuel, is subsidized in one way or another. Those subsidies are being paid with ever-increasing debt. It is inevitable that at some point the world’s reserve currency, the US dollar, will be wiped out. The trigger for such an event is irrelevant. What is relevant, is how average Americans will be affected when that day comes. In recent months working Americans have seen their health care costs triple. But this is just the beginning. When America’s debt problems come to a head the subsidies will be removed, and that will lead to cost of living increases that will leave those who never saw it coming in a state of confusion and bewilderment with no way out. MORE

IDF: “Rows and Rows of Rockets” Destined for Terrorists in Gaza

Yesterday evening, the IDF completed unloading approximately 150 containers on board the intercepted Klos-C, a ship suspected of transporting advanced weaponry from Iran to terrorists in the Gaza Strip.
Conducted under Operation Full Disclosure, a special IDF task force was assembled in the port city of Eilat to unload and inspect the weapons. The task force consists of soldiers from the Ordinance Corps, Navy, and the Combat Engineering Corps. Israeli officials have so far uncovered a trove of weapons, with officials expecting to find more munitions over the next few days. IDF Spokesperson Peter Lerner, who was present at the initial unloading, stated on Twitter that there were “rows and rows of rockets” made up of some 150 containers. MORE


Saudi Arabia and Qatar are supporting militant groups in Iraq and have effectively declared war

Saudi Arabia and Qatar are supporting militant groups in Iraq and have effectively declared war on the country, Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said as nationwide violence left 15 dead Saturday. The rare direct attack on the Sunni Gulf powers, with Maliki also accusing Riyadh of supporting global terrorism, comes with Iraq embroiled in its worst prolonged period of bloodshed since 2008, with more than 1,800 people killed already this year, ahead of parliamentary elections due next month. The bloodletting in Iraq, which shares a long border with Saudi Arabia, has been driven principally by widespread discontent among the country’s Sunni Arab minority and by the civil war in neighboring Syria. Maliki, a Shiite, has in the past blamed unnamed regional countries and neighbors for destabilizing Iraq. MORE

‘We Christians Live in Fear’: Syrian Bishop Describes ‘Mortal Threat’ of ‘Extinction’ for His Community

The Chaldean Catholic bishop in Aleppo penned an emotional op-ed on Sunday describing the “mortal threat” to Christianity he says his country, now ravaged by three years of civil war, faces. “We Christians live in fear in Syria,” Bishop Antoine Audo wrote in the British newspaper the Sunday Telegraph. “Our faith is under mortal threat, in danger of being driven into extinction, the same pattern we have seen in neighboring Iraq.” He described what he expected the scene would look like this first Sunday of Lent. While churches around the world would be crowded, in his country “where St. Paul found his faith, many churches stand empty, targets for bombardment and desecration.” “Aleppo, where I have been bishop for 25 years, is devastated. We have become accustomed to the daily dose of death and destruction, but living in such uncertainty and fear exhausts the body and the mind,” Audo wrote. MORE

China’s DF-21D missile could sink US aircraft carrier

The People’s Liberation Army Navy’s DF-21D anti-ship missile has a range of 2,000 kilometers and has the capability to sink a US nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, according to the Hindu, an English-language Indian newspaper on Mar. 5, citing a recently published report. The report released by the National Institute of Advanced Studies in Bangalore states that China’s Beidou satellite navigation system will help increase the accuracy of the country’s missiles greatly. The report, written by various experts in India, concluded that the existence of the DF-21D has shaken the traditional view of the US Navy’s unassailable superiority in the Asia Pacific region. The anti-ship ballistic missile is likely to serve as a credible deterrent against American intervention in China’s maritime disputes, of which it has several with its Asian neighbors, the report said. MORE


Reports indicate Netanyahu Looking Into ‘Enclave Peace Plan’

If it works in Belgium and the Netherlands, could it also work in the Middle East? Channel 2 Newsreported on Sunday that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is looking into the option of applying a Dutch-Belgian enclave model to the peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA). According to the report, Netanyahu has directed Cabinet Secretary Avichai Mandelblit to look into this issue and submit a report on its possible implementation. Netanyahu is basing his idea on the Belgian municipality of Baarle-Hertog, which has some territory made up of exclaves in the Dutch province of North Brabant. The total area of the region is 7.48 square kilometers (2.89 square miles) which gives a population density of 308 inhabitants per km² (798 inhabitants/sq mi). Baarle-Hertog consists of 24 separate parcels of land. There are twenty Belgian exclaves in the Netherlands and three other sections on the Dutch-Belgian border. There are also seven Dutch exclaves within the Belgian exclaves.MORE

U.S. has lost track of tens of thousands of foreign students who came study to then took jobs

The federal government has lost track of tens of thousands of foreign students who came to the U.S. to study and then took jobs, often in violation of the terms of their visas, according to a new internal audit. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement doesn’t even consistently collect information or have the tools to monitor all of the foreign students who take part in the optional practical training (OPT) program, the Government Accountability Office said in a new report released late Friday. “The problems with OPT are extensive and serious. The report not only calls into question the department’s oversight of the program, but also whether such lack of oversight is a serious national security risk,” Sen. Charles E. Grassley, the Iowa Republican who released the report, said in a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson. MORE

Passport used on lost Malaysia Airlines flight traced to bizarre theft in Phuket

Luigi Maraldi, the Italian man who was named as one of the 239 people on board the missing flight, has spoken of the bizarre circumstances in which he lost his passport last year while on holiday in Phuket. A man on the flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing is missing, presumed dead, after apparently using the 37-year-old Italian tourist’s passport. A second man on the flight used the same name as 30-year-old Austrian Christian Kozel, who lost his passport in Phuket in 2012. Interpol said last night that no country had checked its database about the two stolen passports before the flight. Maraldi returned to Phuket on holiday again this year and Phuket police traced him to an apartment in Patong. MORE


Has Blackwater been deployed to Ukraine? Notorious U.S. mercenaries ‘seen on the streets of flashpoint city’

Speculation was growing last night that American mercenaries had been deployed to Donetsk after videos emerged of unidentified armed men in the streets of the eastern Ukrainian city. At least two videos published on YouTube earlier this week show burly, heavily armed soldiers with no insignia in the city, which has been gripped by pro-Moscow protests. In one of the videos onlookers can be heard shouting ‘Blackwater! Blackwater!’ as the armed men, who wear no insignia, jog through the streets. Donetsk was this week the scene of civil unrest as pro-Russian elements among its citizens seized control of the regional administration headquarters and another government building. Yesterday thousands of people gathered in the city centre waving Russian flags and calling for a referendum to determine the status of the strategically important coal-mining region. Both the videos which purport to show ‘Blackwater’ mercenaries in Donetsk were uploaded last Monday, with their descriptions written in Russian. MORE


Blood test could predict risk of Alzheimer’s disease, dementia in elderly

Scientists have developed a blood test that they say could lead to an early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia in elderly people long before the symptoms of the disease begin to manifest themselves.  A team led by Dr. Howard Federoff of the Georgetown University School of Medicine has developed a test based on measuring the levels of ten fatty chemicals — commonly called lipids — in the blood. As membranes of the brain cells affected by Alzheimer’s begin to break down, the levels of the lipids decrease.  The Georgetown team analyzed blood samples from 525 volunteers, all of whom were over the age of 70. Halfway through a five-year period, the team compared blood samples from 53 patients who were already affected by either Alzheimer’s disease or mild cognitive impairment (MCI) with samples from 53 patients who were “cognitively normal.” They found that analyzing the lipid levels could predict with 90 percent accuracy whether patients went on develop MCI or Alzheimer’s within three years. MORE

A strong 6.9 magnitude earthquake struck off the Northern California coast Sunday night, with shaking felt as far away as San Francisco according to one KCBS listener, but so far, there are no reports of damage, and no risk of a tsunami. The quake was centered 50 miles off the coast from Eureka, along the San Andreas fault, about four miles below the sea floor. The initial magnitude was reported at 7.0 and then was later revised down. Several aftershocks, some as powerful as 4.6 magnitude, have been hitting the region. Some are centered inland, and could cause more damage than the original quake. MORE



Bizarre: missing Malaysia Airlines passengers’ phones ring, but no one answers


Beijing – The mystery surrounding the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 has thickened somewhat as family members of passengers have reported mobile phones ringing, but nobody answering.

International Business Times reports that 19 families have signed a joint statement saying that passengers’ cell phones connected after the flight had been reported missing. In each case, the phone would ring, but the call would be hung up.

The sister of one of the Chinese passengers among the 239 people on board the missing flight rang his phone live on TV twice at 11:40 on Sunday morning and heard it ringing. She called again later that afternoon and heard it ring once more.  continue


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