First chromosome designed from scratch/100,000 Russian troops amassed at border/India tests nuclear-capable mid-range missile/U.S. blocks Christian governor from Nigeria peace talks and more signs of JESUS’ soon return

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5.1 earthquake rocks Southern California: Here are 10 urgent preparedness tips for surviving a damaged city
A 5.1 magnitude earthquake rocked Southern California early this morning, shattering windows and damaging homes. The city of Fullerton suffered seven water main breaks, cutting off tap water to thousands of homes. Minor injuries were reported and there was considerable property damage, but fortunately no deaths were reported. ”At least 20 aftershocks had been recorded by late Friday” reported the LA Times(1) which went on to report: U.S. Geological Survey seismologist Lucy Jones said the 5.1 quake has a 5% chance of being a foreshock of a larger temblor. “There could be even a larger earthquake in the next few hours or the next few days,” Jones said during a media briefing at Caltech. That’s the really worrisome part: This 5.1 earthquake could foreshadow a much larger quake yet to come…More
BREAKING NEWS: India tests nuclear-capable mid-range missile

India has successfully test-fired a nuclear-capable medium range Prithvi-II ballistic missile from a military base in Odisha. ”It was a perfect launch. It met all mission objectives,” test range director M V K V Prasad told IANS after a successful launch from the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur in Balasore district. The Prithvi-II missile has a maximum range of 350 km. With a flight duration time of 483 seconds the missile reaches an altitude of 43.5 km, and can carry a up to a 1 ton warhead. Prithvi-II is India’s first native-made ballistic missile and is one of the five missiles being developed under Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme. The rocket launched on Friday was randomly picked from the assembly line and was launched to test the single digit accuracy reaching close to zero circular error probability (CEP). The 4.6-ton missile is thrust by liquid propulsion twin engines and uses an inertial guidance system. The warhead is guided by a radar correlation terminal guidance system. More

When Jezebel’s Witchcraft Keeps You Up at Night
sleeplessEvery year about this time there’s an onslaught of witchcraft attacks against me—and many people I know. This year the enemy used a different tactic. Since the spiritual forces of darkness could not slow me down by day, the attacks are coming at night. First, let me explain what I mean bywitchcraft. During Lent, some people have a tendency to exalt Mary, the mother of Jesus. But we know that’s not God’s will. God has “highly exalted Jesus and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee must bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that He is Lord, to the glory of the Father” (Phil 2:9-11). Let me be clear: I am not Catholic-bashing here. This is not about a religion or a denomination. It’s about spiritual practices in which some are engaging. More

 

Pentagon plans three-fold cybersecurity staff increase to counter attacks

The Pentagon plans to triple its cyber security personal over the next several years to bolster US national security, said Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. Speaking at what has been considered the “first-ever live broadcast” from the National Security Agency’s headquarters at Ft. Meade, Maryland, Hagel said that an ongoing campaign to both recruit civilians as well as encourage military personal to retrain for the positions will see the number of “cyber professionals” reach 1,800 by year’s end. By 2016, the Pentagon should have 6,000 cyber professionals, he said Friday. More

 
U.S. blocks Christian governor from Nigeria peace talks

The United States Institute for Peace recently brought together the governors of Nigeria’s mostly Muslim northern states for a conference in the U.S., but the State Department blocked the visa of the region’s only Christian governor, an ordained minister, citing “administrative” problems. The visa of Plateau State Gov. Jonah David Jang, has been held up by the Obama administration for more than a year, according to Ann Buwalda of the Jubilee Project, which focuses on Nigerian human rights. More

 
Town’s top cop flagged for supporting Constitution
It happened with stunning swiftness. There was a raise for the top cop of a town in New Mexico, then a commendation and an honor from town residents. Then, within 48 hours, he’s fired. All for being accused by the Transportation Security Administration of being linked to the Constitution. Now former Jemez Springs Police Chief Shane Harger is “gainfully unemployed and seeking employment,” he told WND Wednesday. He’s also filing a claim against the town for damages for being removed from his post. He has gained the support of the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association in his fight for justice, which likely will include a coming lawsuit. More

 

DAYS OF LOT – Eric Holder Says Michigan Gay Marriages Will Be Recognized at Federal Level

 

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced Friday that the federal government will recognize the 300 same-sex marriages performed in Michigan following the recent ruling that struck down the state ban on gay marriage. The announcement comes shortly after state Gov. Rick Snyder said the same-sex nuptials would not be recognized at a state level. Holder said in a statement posted on the Department of Justice website that he will be recognizing the marriages performed last weekend in the state, adding that these married same-sex couples will be eligible for federal benefits. The move follows a similar decision made in January, when the Obama administration said it would recognize same-sex marriages performed in Utah from Dec. 20 to Jan. 6, before a stay was granted in a court ruling that struck down the state’s gay marriage ban. More
We don’t want war with Israel, Hezbollah chief says

Hezbollah head Hassan Nasrallah addressed crowds via a televised speech Saturday, saying his forces didn’t want war with Israel, but that they were alert and should not be underestimated. He also defended his Shi’ite group’s involvement in the bloody, three-year Syrian civil war. The militant chief warned that Jerusalem shouldn’t think that Hezbollah (“Party of God”) was too busy fighting alongside Syrian President Bashar Assad’s forces in that country’s uprising that it wouldn’t be able to defend itself against what he called Israeli aggression. More

 

‘Mystery’ aircraft reportedly spotted flying over Texas raises speculation

It’s difficult to determine, but a group of aviation enthusiasts say they caught a glimpse of a mystery aircraft earlier this month flying slowly across the Amarillo, Texas sky. ”We looked southwest and there they were,” Steve Douglass, a journalist and member of the group, told FoxNews.com. “We thought they were B-2s, but when we studied our pictures, we ruled that out.” Douglass and his group, armed with cameras and binoculars, met on March 10 at the Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport. The airport is a perfect venue because it offers expansive views of Texas’ big sky and a steady stream of military air traffic. On a good day, the group can see various military jets, and even the elusive F-22 Raptor. More

 
US Says No Palestinian prisoner release is ‘violation of terms’ of talks
Activists hold take part in a protest against the government’s plan to free Palestinian prisoners, in Tel AvivIsrael’s failure to release a final batch of Palestinian prisoners, scheduled for Saturday night, amounts to a violation of the terms of the original agreement reached between Israel and the Palestinians at the start of talks nine months ago, brokered by the United States, US officials have told their Israeli counterparts. The outline of that original agreement, however, was never published in full. But Israel publicly acknowledged its commitment to four prisoner releases as a condition of peace talks with the Palestinians. More
Breakthrough: First chromosome designed from scratch

For the first time ever, scientists have constructed a complex chromosome from scratch, a breakthrough they hope will lead to further progress in the development of new medicine and biofuels. According to the Guardian, the accomplishment is the result of seven years of work by international research teams in New York University and Edinburgh University. It was declared a success after the chromosome – originally found in brewer’s yeast – was transplanted into other yeast cells and continued to grow normally. Eventually, all the yeast cells ended up carrying the artificial chromosome. “They behave almost identically to wild yeast cells, only they now possess new capabilities and can do things that wild yeast cannot,” wrote NYU project leader Jef Boeke in the journal Science. More
US and UK parts in N. Korea rocket According to UN report

North Korea’s Unha-3 rocket was built with components from South Korea, the United Kingdom and the United States, UN experts revealed. In a little-publicized March 10 report, the UN Panel of Experts also discovered the rocket contained off-the-shelf parts from China and Switzerland, while Soviet-era SCUD missiles have also been stripped down for components. The bulk of the components had not been obtained in violation of sanctions targeting the North, the UN said, adding their utilization “shows the ability of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) to assemble complex systems with globally sourced components.” Many of the parts in question listed are widely available computer components. However, a US-manufactured video decoder, along with UK-made temperature and pressure sensors, were also recovered. More
Phoenix air marshal office closing; Sky Harbor 1 of 6 locations closing

PHOENIX (KSAZ) – If you are a frequent flier then there is a good chance you’ve probably been on a plane with an air marshal. The air marshal service was re-created after the 9/11 attacks. But recently the Transportation Security Administration says it will be relocating marshals and closing down a number of field offices including the one at Sky Harbor in 2015. TSA plans on closing 6 of the 26 offices they currently have. Of all the offices that are slated to be closed Phoenix is the busiest of all those airports. MORE

 

Same-sex marriage now legal in England as first couples wed

The first same-sex weddings have taken place after gay marriage became legal in England and Wales at midnight. Politicians from the main parties have hailed the change in the law. David Cameron said the move sent a message that people were now equal “whether gay or straight”, but some religious groups remain opposed. Scotland passed a similar law in February; the first same-sex marriages are expected there in October. Northern Ireland has no plans to follow suit. MORE
Obama considers sending anti-aircraft weapons to Syrian opposition
President Barack Obama may authorize the shipment of new air defense systems to rebel forces in Syria’s ongoing civil war, a new Associated Press report states. Citing an unnamed US official, the AP stated Obama is mulling over the idea of sending man-portable air-defense systems, also known as MANPADs, to Syrian opposition groups, a move that would mark a notable shift compared to the White House’s past statements. As RT reported last month, the Obama administration has been interested in employing new ways to put pressure on Syrian President Bashar Assad and boost the opposing rebels, who have lost ground in the conflict over the last few months. MORE

 
Mars-Bound Comet Sprouts Twin Jets in Hubble Telescope Photos

A comet poised to give Mars a close shave later this year is now blasting dust into space from at least two jets on its surface, photos from the Hubble Space Telescope reveal. The latest Hubble photo of Comet Siding Spring, captured on March 11, shows what appear to be two jets of dust coming off the icy object’s nucleus. The comet is making its way toward the inner solar system for an Oct. 19 rendezvous with Mars, during which it will miss the planet by just 84,000 miles (135,185 kilometers) — about one-third the distance between Earth and the moon. The new Hubble observations, along with other recent images of Comet Siding Spring taken by the space telescope on Jan. 21 and Oct. 29, are helping scientists learn key details about the comet, such as the axis of rotation of its nucleus and the speed at which Siding Spring is ejecting dust. NASA released the new Hubble comet photos today (March 27). ”This is critical information that we need to determine whether, and to what degree, dust grains in the coma of the comet will impact Mars and spacecraft in the vicinity of Mars,” Jian-Yang . More

Vision Tracking Company Wants Your Eyes To Be Next PS4 Controller
Many are aware of the mountain of Orwellian features inherent in Microsoft’s latest gaming console, Xbox One, but competitor Sony may soon take the cake when it comes to creepy, invasive Big Brother-style add-ons. Sony’s Magic Lab research department has been working with SensoMotoric Instruments (SMI), a world leader in “eye & gaze tracking systems,” to develop an attachment that will allow gamers to control cameras, characters and events on screen sans a controller. All that will be required is your eyes. A prototype demonstration shows users would set the device on a table in front of a monitor about 50 to 75 centimeters from the eyes. The device’s cameras would then track eye motions and translate that data into actual movements on screen. The technology is still far from hitting store shelves, and may fail to materialize, but gamers and reviewers are already smitten with the new eyeball tracker. More

 

IMF: Everything You Have Will Be Taken
David Knight covers the latest news, including developments in Ukraine as the country’s Parliament rejects the bankster IMF deal designed to impose suffocating austerity on the people and strip the nation of its wealth. INFO WARS
CNN’s Piers Morgan Signs Off With Final Blast At U.S. Gun Laws

 

Piers Morgan wrapped his three-year CNN run tonight with (gasp!) a full hour of discussion about the missing plane. But in his four-minute final remarks, he couldn’t resist taking a parting shot at the NRA. “I assumed that after 70 people were shot in a movie theater, and then, just a few months later, 20 first-graders were murdered with an assault rifle in an elementary school, the absurd gun laws in this country would change,” he said. “But nothing has happened. The gun lobby in America, led by the NRA, has bullied this nation’s politicians into cowardly, supine silence. Even when 20 young children are blown away in their classrooms. This is a shameful situation that has made me very angry.” He continued to rail and wrapped it with this: “But I’ve made my point. … Now it’s down to you. It’syour country; these are your gun laws. And the senseless slaughter will only end when enough Americans stand together and cry: Enough!” As the camera began to pan out, the British expat delivered his final words on the ratings-challenged Piers Morgan Live: “Goodnight, thank you, and God bless America. Oh, and while I’m at it, God bless Great Britain too.” Here’s the full transcript of Morgan’s “cheerio” to American television: More
5.1-Magnitude Quake Strikes La Habra An Hour After Smaller Temblor, Something Bigger May be Coming?

 

Chevron gas station in La HabraA 5.1-magnitude earthquake struck La Habra Friday night more than an hour after a smaller quake shook the area, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor, which had a depth of 4.6 miles, hit at 9:09 p.m. The epicenter was 1 mile east of La Habra, 1 mile west-northwest of Brea, 3 miles south-southwest of Rowland Heights and 4 miles north of Fullerton. Initially reported to be a magnitude-5.3, the quake was felt in Kern, San Bernardino, Orange, Ventura, Riverside, San Diego and Los Angeles counties. There were no reports of any injuries. About 40 aftershocks hit the Southland, including a 3.4-magnitude quake at 9:11 p.m. and a magnitude-3.6 at 9:30 p.m. “This earthquake is relatively close to the 2008 Chino Hills earthquake that was magnitude-5.4 that occurred about 5 miles to the southeast of this earthquake,” Caltech’s Robert Graves said. More
Egyptian wants to sue Israel over biblical plagues

A writer in Egypt is demanding that his nation sue Israel over the 10 biblical plagues. “We want compensation for the plagues that were inflicted upon [us] as a result of the curses that the Jews’ ancient forefathers [cast] upon our ancient forefathers, who did not deserve to pay for the mistake that Egypt’s ruler at the time, Pharaoh, committed,” said columnist Ahmad al-Gamal, in a column in the Egyptian daily Al-Yawm Al-Sabi. The column was spotted and cited by officials with the Middle East Media Research Institute, which monitors and comments on media in the Middle East. The commentator also advocated suing Israel for the “precious materials” used by the Israelites to build their desert tabernacle, Turkey for damages for invading Egypt during the Ottoman empire and France for Napoleon’s invasion. And he wants Britain to pay for 72 years of occupation. MORE
‘Small’ Nuclear War Would Destroy The World

With an estimated 17,000 nuclear weapons in the world, we have the power to exterminate humanity many times over. But it wouldn’t take a full-scale nuclear war to make Earth uninhabitable, reports Live Science. Even a relatively small regional nuclear war, like a conflict between India and Pakistan, could spark a global environmental catastrophe, says a new study. “Most people would be surprised to know that even a very small regional nuclear war on the other side of the planet could disrupt global climate for at least a decade and wipe out the ozone layer for a decade,” said lead author Michael Mills, an atmospheric scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Colorado. MORE
Warning signs are flashing on Wall Street

After the stock market’s best year since 1997, warning flags are starting to go up on Wall Street where stock turbulence is on the rise and froth is being rubbed out. This year’s first quarter, which ends Monday, isn’t nearly as bullish as last year, when the benchmark Standard and Poor’s 500 stock index soared 10% in the first three months of the year on its way to an eye-popping 29.6% gain. The broad market is unchanged in 2014 after recovering from an early-year swoon sparked by turbulence in emerging markets and uneasiness surrounding the Federal Reserve’s decision to start pulling back on its bond-buying stimulus program. Russia’s decision to annex Crimea has added to investor angst as geopolitical risk enters the equation. MORE

Has a plague already arrived? 205 Americans die each day after acquiring superbug hospital infections

 

If a jumbo jet crashed into the ocean every single day, it would roughly equal the number of Americans who die each day following superbug infections acquired at U.S. hospitals. Far from being some hyped-up scare story, that’s actually the conclusion of none other than the CDC, which has now publicly warned that 1 in 25 hospital patients gets infected and tens of thousands die each year. ”On any given day, 1 in 25 hospital patients has at least one healthcare-associated infection,” reports the CDC newsroom. MORE

McCain and Graham: US must send lethal arms to Ukraine counter Russian move

Republican Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham call on US President Barack Obama to send lethal weapons to Ukraine to counter Moscow’s “acts of aggression” in Ukraine. The Autonomous Republic of Crimea declared independence from Ukraine on March 17 and formally applied to become part of Russia following a referendum a day earlier, in which nearly 97 percent of the participants voted in favor of the move. On March 21, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed into law the documents officially making Crimea part of the Russian territory. He said the move was carried out based on the international law. The new authorities in Kiev have sought military assistance from Washington, but the Pentagon has claimed that it would only consider non-lethal aid to Ukraine. In a statement issued on Friday, Senators McCain and Graham said Putin is threatening Ukraine by amassing troops near Ukraine’s border, adding that the US and its allies must counter the Russian move. MORE

FEDERAL COURT UPHOLDS TEXAS ABORTION LAW

A federal appeals court on Thursday upheld parts of a Texas abortion law pertaining to hospital privileges for physicians who perform abortions and protocols for abortion-inducing drugs, a decision that drew starkly contrasting reactions on both sides of the debate. A U.S. district court previously struck down those provisions in the Texas law, which were challenged in court by lawyers for Planned Parenthood. But the 5th Circuit Appeals Court later issued a stay of that decision “pending appeal,” meaning it would not go into effect. The U.S. Supreme Court also weighed in, with a majority refusing to stop the law’s implementation. In the ruling opinion, Justice Antonin Scalia wrote that an appeals court stay could not be vacated “unless that court clearly and ‘demonstrably’ erred in its application of ‘accepted standards.’” MORE
‘Blatant mischaracterization of a man of God’

A Christian evangelist who knows a little bit about filmmaking – Ray Comfort’s “180″ and “Evolution vs. God” have been wildly popular – says Hollywood’s version of “Noah” is “sinister” and worse. “There’s something more sinister about the production of this movie. It’s more than just a grown man with a childish imagination playing with an expensive toy. It is the blatant mischaracterization of a man of God in an attempt to undermine the authority of the Word of God,” Comfort said. “If Hollywood’s ‘Noah’ is a financial success, I suspect that a sequel will be a blasphemous mischaracterization of Jesus and His work on the cross,” he said. “Noah,” starring Russell Crowe, opens this weekend. Comfort, whose “Noah and the Last Days,” is on YouTube and DVD, said he saw the Hollywood version, a $130 million epic by Paramount, because a popular television program had invited him to share his thoughts. MORE

 

Hillsong Church Pastor Brian Houston Denies Promoting ‘Chrislam;’ Says Sermon Taken Out of Context

Brian C. Houston, leader of one of the world’s largest Christian churches, is denying allegations that he promotes “Chrislam,” a theological blend of Christianity and Islam, after stating in a December 2013 sermon, “Do you know – take it all the way back into the Old Testament and the Muslim and you, we actually serve the same God. Allah to a Muslim, to us Abba Father God.” With a firestorm raging online among his critics for more than a week, the influential Sydney, Australian pastor of the 30,000-member Hillsong Church finally issued a statement Thursday night (or late Friday morning his time) regarding allegations that he was promoting “Chrislam.” MORE

 

100 recent earthquakes reported in swarm near Mt. Hood volcano

 

Mount Hood has seen nearly 100 earthquakes in the past few days, but a local seismologist said they are nothing to worry about. Geologists said most of the recent earthquakes have been small with only 30 actually being large enough to tell where they occurred. Researchers said these earthquake swarms happen several times a year and are nothing to worry about. “I wouldn’t say be worried but maybe expect to feel an earthquake. It’s always interesting to feel an earthquake next to a volcano. These swarms in the past have produced earthquakes that were felt at Government Camp,” said Seth Moran, a seismologist at USGS Cascades Volcano Observatory. According to Moran, the quakes are not being caused by magma in the volcano moving, but instead by the tectonic plates shifting. Mount Hood last erupted in 1790. MORE
U.S. Warns Egypt Against Executing Brotherhood Supporters
The United States warned Egypt on Tuesday that executing supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood may affect the aid that Washington provides to Cairo. Speaking one day after an Egyptian court sentenced 529 supporters of the movement to death, Deputy State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf called the sentencing “shocking.” ”The imposition of the death penalty for 529 defendants after a two-day summary proceeding cannot be reconciled with Egypt’s obligations under international human rights law, and its implementation of these sentences, as I said, would be unconscionable,” she stressed, according to AFP. ”If Egypt’s leaders want to ensure a political transition to democracy that ultimately improves the stability and economic prospects of their country and their people, and that’s respected by the Egyptian people, they must unequivocally ensure an environment that is free of intimidation or retribution,” Harf added. MORE
Pope Francis Breaks Tradition and Stuns Thousands With Bold Move

Pope Francis stunned parishioners, faith leaders and his own master of ceremonies Friday when he broke protocol to do something wholly unexpected: he bowed down in front of the crowd at St. Peter’s Basilica and confessed his sins to an ordinary priest, Reuters reported. Typically, the pope goes to confession in private, so his decision was a departure from the past. Francis made the noteworthy move after uttering a sermon in which he covered the importance of confession in the Catholic faith. “Who can say he is not a sinner? Nobody. We all are,” the pope told an audience of thousands. Afterward, he was supposed to join 60 priests around the massive church in hearing the sins of the faithful, but he had a very different plan. MORE

100,000 Russian troops amassed at border.

Nearly 100,000 Russian forces have massed on Ukraine’s border, a top Ukrainian defense official told an American audience Thursday, giving a number far higher than US military estimates. ”Almost 100,000 soldiers are stationed on the borders of Ukraine and in the direction … of Kharkiv, Donetsk, ” Andriy Parubiy, chairman of Ukraine’s national security council, said via a webcast from Kiev. ”Russian troops are not in Crimea only, they are along all Ukrainian borders. They’re in the south, they’re in the east and in the north,” Parubiy said. After its intervention in the Crimean peninsula, Russia is plotting to foment separatist sentiment elsewhere and Kiev fears a possible incursion in the country’s east, he told the Atlantic Council, a Washington think tank. MORE

Mistrust overshadows Obama’s Saudi trip

US President Barack Obama meets Saudi King Abdullah Friday as mistrust fuelled by differences over Iran and Syria overshadows a decades-long alliance between their countries. Obama, who is due to arrive in Saudi Arabia late in the afternoon on a flight from Italy, is expected to hold evening talks with the monarch on a royal estate outside Riyadh. Saudi Arabia has strong reservations about efforts by Washington and other major world powers to negotiate a deal with Iran on its nuclear programme. It is also disappointed over Obama’s 11th-hour decision last year not to take military action against the Syrian regime over chemical weapons attacks. MORE
Pet cats infect humans with TB for first time

Two people in England have developed tuberculosis (TB) after contact with pet cats in the first ever recorded cases of cat-to-human transmission, officials have said. The two human cases are linked to nine cases of the Mycobacterium bovis infection in cats in Berkshire and Hampshire last year, according to Public Health England (PHE). Both people were responding to treatment. Veterinarians believe domestic cats could be catching the disease by venturing into badger setts or from rodents that have been in badger setts. According to PHE, transmission of the bacteria from infected animals to humans can occur by inhaling or ingesting bacteria shed by the animal or through contamination of unprotected cuts in the skin while handling infected animals or their carcasses. However, PHE said it believed the risk of transmission from cats to humans was “very low”. MORE

Washington mudslide: death toll to rise dramatically in next two days, say authorities

The death toll following the mudslide in Washington last Saturday is expected to rise dramatically in the next two days, according to state authorities. 16 bodies have been recovered and 90 people are still missing following the mudslide that occurred 55 miles northeast of Seattle. On Wednesday, nine more people had been found but not yet been retrieved by search crews. However, Snohomish County District 21 Fire Chief Travis Hots said on Thursday that officials are not going to count additional recovered victims until the medical examiner’s office had caught up with the recovery effort. “In the next 24 to 48 hours, as the medical examiner catches up with their work, you’re going to see these numbers increase substantially,” Hots said. MORE

 

Scientists create first ‘designer chromosome’

Yeast is a target for synthetic biologists because of its potential for future industrial applications. Scientists have created the first synthetic chromosome for yeast in a landmark for biological engineering. Previously synthetic DNA has been designed and made for simpler organisms such as bacteria. As a form of life whose cells contain a nucleus, yeast is related to plants and animals and shares 2,000 genes with us. So the creation of the first of yeast’s 16 chromosomes has been hailed as “a massive deal” in the emerging science of synthetic biology. The genes in the original chromosome were replaced with synthetic versions and the finished manmade chromosome was then successfully integrated into a yeast cell. The new cell was then observed to reproduce, passing a key test of viability. Yeast is a favoured target for this research because of its well-established use in key industries such as brewing and baking and its potential for future industrial applications. One company in California has already used synthetic biology to create a strain of yeast that can produce artemisinin, an ingredient for an anti-malarial drug. MORE

 

JP Morgan’s Top Commercial Bankruptcy Lawyer Dead In Minivan Hit & Run
The banker suicide saga has just reached a new level as a top level JPMorgan attorney has been exterminated in a hit & run incident involving a minivan. JPM attorney Joseph Giampapa was killed over the weekend when he was struck by a minivan in a hit and run incident. Giampapa was reportedly hit and thrown 150 ft and was pronounced dead at the scene. No charges have been filed. It gets better: Giampapa was JPMorgan’s top commercial bankruptcy lawyer (SVP). Somehow we suspect the incident was not inflicted by a soccer mom. MORE
Church will embrace gay marriage, says Archbishop Welby despite bitter divisions within clergy
The Church of England will provide no more resistance to gay marriage among churchgoers, the Archbishop of Canterbury revealed last night. Gay marriage becomes legal tomorrow and thousands of ceremonies are planned across the country from one minute past midnight onwards. Changing the law has caused bitter divisions within the church. Last month, bishops attempted to ban clergy from marrying same-sex partners, provoking a backlash among Christian supporters of the change. However, in a shift in tone, Archbishop Justin Welby tells the Guardian today: ‘I think the Church has reacted by fully accepting that it’s the law, and should react on Saturday by continuing to demonstrate in word and action, the love of Christ for every human being.’ MORE

On brink of ‘biggest war since 1945’
A senior military academic is warning Europe is staring down the barrel of its biggest war since 1945. And it could start in days, as Russian forces mass on the border with Ukraine — apparently poised to invade. The commander of NATO forces in Europe visited the White House overnight to voice his alarm at Moscow’s massive military build-up facing eastern Ukraine — on the other side of the embattled country to the already-annexed Crimean peninsula. Many other military and political voices are suddenly expressing the same fears. “By the end of the weekend, Europe’s biggest war since 1945 will have begun or Putin will have started to send the troops on the border home,” declared Professor of the Naval War College at Boston University, John Schindler. And he is not the only academic voicing this concern. The troops are reportedly not average Russian conscripts. New intelligence reveals the mechanised infantry units and their tanks to be among the best and most highly trained the Russian Federation has — diverted from their Moscow barracks to their tents and revetments overlooking Ukraine. More
Media Buries Bombshell Admission of Turkish Government Planning False Flag Attack
Turkish government officials were caught red-handed in a leaked audio tape planning a false flag terror attack as a pretext to invade Syria, but the mainstream media completely buried the key aspect of the story and made it all about Prime Minister Erdogan blocking YouTube. More
UN condemns Crimea vote as IMF and US back loans

The UN General Assembly has approved a resolution describing the Moscow-backed referendum that led to Russia’s annexation of Crimea as illegal. It comes after the International Monetary Fund (IMF) agreed to a loan deal with Ukraine worth $14-18bn. The US Congress also passed legislation on Thursday backing a $1bn loan guarantee for Ukraine. Tensions are high between Russia and the West after pro-Russian troops annexed Ukraine’s southern peninsula. The West has widely condemned the move, with US President Barack Obama warning on Wednesday of “deeper” EU and US sanctions against Russia if it carried out further incursions in Ukraine. More

COMMANDERS FIRED IN NUKE MISSILE CHEATING SCANDAL

The Air Force took the extraordinary step Thursday of firing nine mid level nuclear commanders and announcing it will discipline dozens of junior officers at a nuclear missile base, responding firmly to an exam-cheating scandal that spanned a far longer period than originally reported. A 10th commander, the senior officer at the base, resigned and will retire from the Air Force. Air Force officials called the discipline unprecedented in the history of America’s intercontinental ballistic missile force. The Associated Press last year revealed a series of security and other problems in the ICBM force, including a failed safety and security inspection at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont., where the cheating occurred. More

 

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