Britain’s first CLONED DOG is born/US troops may be deployed to Eastern Europe/Sci-fi meets reality as stem cells are turned into noses and ears/ALERT! Eric Holder Wants Gun Owners to Wear Tracking Bracelets and more signs of JESUS’ soon return

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US troops may be deployed to Eastern Europe


NATO’s top military commander in Europe says US troops may soon be deployed to alliance member states in Eastern Europe as tensions near the border between Ukraine and Russia continue to escalate. 
US Air Force Gen. Philip Breedlove has told the Associated Press that plans for boosting NATO’s military presence in Eastern Europe could involve the mobilizing of US troops, saying that he would not “write off involvement by any nation, to include the United States.” “Essentially what we are looking at is a package of land, air and maritime measures that would build assurance for our easternmost allies,” the four-star US general said in an interview with the AP. “I’m tasked to deliver this by next week. I fully intend to deliver it early.” More

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Iran nuclear activities “Unstoppable”

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says Iran’s nuclear research and development activities will never stop. “Everybody should know that although negotiations [between Iran and world powers] are going on, the Islamic Republic of Iran’s activities in the field of nuclear research and development will never stop and none of Iran’s nuclear achievements will be shut down. Meanwhile, the International Atomic Energy Agency’s relations with Iran must be conventional relations, not extraordinary,” Ayatollah Khamenei told Iran’s nuclear officials and experts in Tehran on Wednesday. The Leader said it has been proven that Iran does not seek nuclear weapons but every time US officials talk about the nuclear issue, they always raise the issue of nuclear weapons directly or indirectly. More

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Calif. Science Center Removes Evolution Disclaimer After Atheists Complain

A science and wildlife center in San Mateo, Calif., has reportedly removed a disclaimer regarding evolution from one of its exhibit signs after receiving backlash from the online atheist community. The CuriOdyssey center at Coyote Point recently clarified to atheist blogger Hemant Mehta that it had removed a disclaimer regarding evolution from one of its exhibit signs. Mehta contacted the museum out of concern after seeing a picture of the science museum’s sign on Twitter, posted by Adam Rogers, an editor and writer at The Wire. The science museum sign was advertising an exhibit titled “Animal Connections,” where children would have the opportunity to get “up close and personal” with that day’s theme animal, “reptiles.” The sign also read at the bottom: “This program may discuss the topic of evolution.” More

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Homeland Security Warns “N. Korea capable of EMP attack on USA.”

A long-suppressed report prepared by the Department of Homeland Security for the Defense Department concludes that North Korea could deliver on its threats to destroy the United States with a nuclear electromagnetic pulse attack.  The report remains blocked from release to the American public. However, a copy obtained by Peter Vincent Pry from sources within DHS finds North Korea could use its Unha-3 space launch vehicle to deliver a nuclear warhead as a satellite over the South Pole to attack the U.S. from the south. Pry, executive director of the congressional advisory Task Force on National and Homeland Security, pointed out that the U.S. “has no early warning radars or interceptors” to stop a missile from the south. More

BREAKING NEWS: 11 kids hurt in Orlando-area day care center crash


WINTER PARK, Fla.
 (AP) — A car smashed into an Orlando-area day care Wednesday, injuring 15 people, at least 11 of them children, and authorities were looking for the SUV that started the chain-reaction crash, officials said. Several of the injured were reported to be in “very, very serious condition,” said highway patrol spokeswoman Wanda Diaz. The injured include 13 people taken to hospitals and two treated at the scene, Orange County Fire Rescue said in a tweet. More

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CONCENTRATION OF POWER: HITLER, MAO, OBAMA

“Engineering Evil” is a documentary recently shown on the Military History channel. It’s a story of Nazi Germany’s murder campaign before and during World War II. According to some estimates, 16 million Jews and other people died at the hands of Nazis. Though the Holocaust ranks high among the great human tragedies, most people never consider the most important question: How did Adolf Hitler and the Nazis gain the power they needed to commit such horror? Focusing solely on the evil of the Holocaust won’t get us very far toward the goal of the Jewish slogan “Never Again.” More

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Moving Toward Government Control of the Internet

Dire warnings about Heartbleed, a serious internet security risk affecting millions of websites, is echoing across the internet today. Described as a flaw in OpenSSL, the open source encryption technology used by the vast majority of web servers, Heartbleed is said to put HTTPS e-commerce websites at risk. The bug “can give hackers access to personal data like credit card numbers, usernames, passwords, and, perhaps most importantly, cryptographic keys—which can allow hackers to impersonate or monitor a server,” writes Lily Hay Newman. More

Civil Disobedience: N.Y. Gun Owners Will Likely Refuse to Register Firearms

New York gun owners will likely ignore a looming deadline to register their firearms under the state’s latest gun control law, following the lead of thousands of Connecticut residents who recently did the same under a similar law. Both states passed draconian gun control laws last year and New York’s version, the SAFE Act, bans the sale of semi-automatic rifles with detachable magazines and one “military-style” feature, like standard AR-15s for example, and demands that gun owners who already possess such rifles to register them by April 15. More

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Map reveals how the entire WORLD could be connected using a global underground network

Web developer Chris Gray came up with his idea for a global Underground map (pictured) when he was visiting Australia and suddenly wanted to 'nip home'. He picked the stops by  picking 'nodes' at densely populated cities and worked out the connections from thereSome train journeys feel like they take forever – especially when there are numerous transfers and waits in between flights and trains. But what if you could board a train in Madras, India and travel to Boston with no changes? One man has imagined the world as a giant London Underground map where people can travel freely between countries and traverse vast bodies of water from the comfort of their seat while vehicles speed through vast tunnels. While his dream is currently ‘impossible’, engineers are constantly trying to develop new ways to connect countries. More

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Israel launches Ofek 10 radar-based spy satellite

The Defense Ministry and Israeli Aircraft Industries (IAI) launched a spy satellite from Palmahim airbase on Wednesday night. The satellite, called Ofek 10, uses radar systems for observation. It was carried into space by a Shavit (comet) type launcher. It entered orbit soon after launch, and is scheduled to undergo a series of checks to ensure that key functions are working correctly. The SAR (Synthetic aperture radar) satellite has advanced day and night photography capabilities, and works in all weather conditions, the Defense Ministry said. The launch was jointly carried out by IAI and the Defense Ministry’s Space Administration, which is a part of the Administration for the Development of Weapons and Technological Infrastructure. Israel maintains an extensive spy satellite program, which has seen the Defense Ministry invest hundreds of millions of shekels a year in space development and the satellite industry. Defense officials said the program significantly upgrades Israel’s strategic capabilities, and strengthens the hi-tech sector. The first military satellite, Ofek 1, went into space in 1988. Israel is one of 12 countries in the world able to produce and launch its own satellites. It takes an average of eight years to develop each new satellite. More

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20-Injured In Stabbing At Franklin Regional High School


MURRYSVILLE
 –  At least 20-people have been injured in a stabbing at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville. The attack occurred in crowded hallways just minutes before the start of school. At least five students were critically wounded, including a boy who was on a ventilator after a knife pierced his liver, missing his heart and aorta by only millimeters, doctors said. An injured school officer was discharged. More


Sometimes the news is just so drearily awful that you have to sit back and almost appreciate the pure comedy induced by it. Take this item from Washington, Iowa, where the local police have recently acquired an MRAP vehicle (short for Mine Resistance Ambush Protected) through a Defense Department program that donates excess vehicles originally produced for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to local police departments across the United States, including other Iowa towns such as Mason City and Storm Lake. The MRAP weighs an impressive 49,000 pounds, stands 10-feet tall, and possesses a whopping six-wheel drive. Originally designed to resist landmines and IEDs, it sure seems like the MRAP will come in handy for the notorious war zone otherwise known as Washington County, Iowa.

If you’re having a bad day, I highly recommend watching a video produced by the Des Moines Register in which Washington police officials try to justify the possession of a vehicle it clearly has no use for. The excuses range from school shootings (which are an actual concern but an MRAP seems like overkill) to a terrorist attack happening in central Iowa (because if there’s any place that seems ripe for a high-profile terrorist attack it’s Washington, Iowa, population 7,000).

I mean if the police were realistic, they could come up with actual reasons to use their MRAP/machine of doom. Drunken high-school house parties could be broken up by ramming the MRAP into the side of the building. Clearly, people who have been trying to curtail underage drinking have not seriously considered the serious deterrents to slamming down a few Hamms in your parents’ house caused by a soulless war machine demolishing your kitchen.

In all seriousness however (and it is hard to be serious about a situation so absurd) this little anecdote does highlight several disturbing trends in the American cultural landscape. Most blatantly, the collective paranoia that’s gripped post-9/11 America so tightly that small-town Iowa police officers are convinced that, any minute, the whole state could become engulfed in some Red Dawn-style conflict that would require the use of a device such as the MRAP.

But, a little more subtly, this incident reflects the out-of-control militarization of the police that’s been occurring across small towns and big cities from Los Angeles to Waterville, Maine. As Radley Balko, the author of the book The Rise of the Warrior Cop, an expose of the police militarization of the last decade, found, in 2006 alone the Pentagon, “distributed vehicles worth $15.4 million, aircraft worth $8.9 million, boats worth $6.7 million, weapons worth $1 million and “other” items worth $110.6 million to local police agencies.”

The effects of cops moving from handguns to assault rifles and being equipped with tanks, bazookas, and Kevlar has been twofold. First, civil liberties have absolutely been eroded, with police-brutality rates skyrocketing in last decade according to the Justice Department. Not only that, but, with the influx of military gear into local police forces, cops begin to view themselves as soldiers whose main job is combat rather than keeping the peace. How else can you explain the rise in police shootings since 9/11? But hey, the sheriff gets to ride around in a sweet new MRAP and pretend he’s Rambo so, you know, let’s call it a draw. The Daily Iowan

 

DAYS OF LOT – Even LBGT Historians Admit No One is ‘Born Gay’

Whether it’s Macklemore’s “Same Love” or Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way,” our culture is pretty convinced that homosexuality is inherent from birth. But, as it turns out, those within the LGBT movement aren’t that convinced themselves. In an article in The Daily Caller, gay writer David Benkof presented the solid case of the historians – several of whom are also LGBT – who maintain that the sexual orientation of homosexuality didn’t exist until about 150 years ago. While same-sex relationships and behavior have happened from time to time throughout history, LGBT scholarly studies show zero evidence of any culture with gay “oriented” individuals at any point in history. The mountain of scholarly research also continues to show no “gay gene” accounting for sexual orientation from birth. The basis of these claims is that sexual orientation, as a part of a person’s identity, is entirely a modern invention. Even in Greek culture where homosexual behavior is known to have occurred, the line of reasoning goes, there is nothing to show that even a minority of individuals identified as gay or homosexual in any way. Rather, homosexuality was supposedly considered a supplement to one’s regular heterosexual relationships. The reasoning of such historians also reveals that there was no “heterosexual” orientation in cultures past at all. Not that no one was attracted to the opposite sex – hardly – but the idea of heterosexuality as an identifier couldn’t have existed in a world were “homosexuality” didn’t exist either. (Fish don’t know they’re wet.) In other words, “sexual orientation” isn’t a core identifier like race or gender; it’s fully a social construct. Although Benkof maintains that the LGBT cause can survive in spite of such findings, only the biblical worldview fits in with the facts. So shouldn’t this lead to a victory in the so-called “culture war”? More

63% of Professed Christians agree they would have sex before Marriage

The guy sitting across from me is a professing and practicing Christian. He drops by my office unannounced today to talk to me about his new online dating life. Specifically, he wants to talk about the over-willingness of Christian women he has encountered on several of his dates who want to jump right from a very public conversation and vanilla latte at Starbucks to very private whispers and physical exchanges between the sheets back at his place. Usually this gender scenario is reversed, but the sex, love and dating landscape continues to move in a progressively liberal direction among Christians without any solid indicators that it will change anytime soon. Both sexes today, across all ages and Christian demographics, are prone to compartmentalize their faith away from theirsexual life. While Christian singles report praying and church attendance are highly desirable qualities in the dating matrix, a troubling and confusing dichotomy arises when the issue of sex before marriage presents itself. Specifically, single Christians enter a sexual fog. That fog clouds and hides the reality that an identity rooted in Christ should manifest itself in intelligent and hope-filled sexual restraint based on God’s promises and instead replaces it with fear and pride-filled choices based on some other promise they believe more. In a recent study conducted by ChristianMingle.com, Christian singles between the ages of 18 to 59 were asked, “Would you have sex before marriage?” The response? Sixty-three percent of the single Christian respondents indicated yes. In my 30 years of youth and adult ministry experience, this is as unfiltered, direct and honest as a question and answer can be. More

 

NEW YORK – A real estate developer in New York City has filed an application to demolish Park 51, or what has become known as the ‘Ground Zero mosque.’ However, reports state that the developer may simply have plans to build a larger facility in its place. The New York Department of Buildings told Reuters this week that it was reviewing an application from the developer to tear down the building and an adjacent property. The application was filed by Soho Properties, operated by Sharif El-Gamal, who owns three surrounding properties. Park 51 became the subject of controversy in 2010 when it announced plans to open a 4,000-square foot Islamic center in the former Burlington Coat Factory building. Both protesters and counter-protesters gathered outside of the building to express their views about the matter, as the facility is located just two blocks from the site of the 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center. “It’s very insensitive to the families,” retired firefighter Tim Brown, who escaped the Twin Towers, told the New York Daily News. “This is not about religious freedom. … All we are saying is don’t build this mosque here at Ground Zero on our cemetery.” But others asserted that Muslims had a right to use the building as an Islamic community center because they have the same freedoms all Americans have. More

 

Ohio Lawmaker Proposes Resolution to Impeach Judge Over Homosexual ‘Marriage’ Rulings


COLUMBUS, Ohio –
 An Ohio lawmaker is reiterating his call to impeach a federal judge over his recent rulings on same-sex ‘marriage,’ after he vowed last week to strike down the state’s ban on homosexual weddings. Representative John Becker (R-Union Township) told reporters that U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Black is trampling both the state and federal constitution with his rulings. “In an epic display of arrogance and incompetence, Judge Black announced that he will require the people of Ohio to disregard the Ohio Constitution and force the recognition of ‘homosexual marriages’ performed outside of Ohio,” his office wrote in a recent statement. “He persists in allowing his personal political bias to supersede jurisprudence.” As previously reported, Black, appointed by Barack Obama, issued a ruling in December that required state officials to recognize same-sex “marriages” on death certificates.  “[T]he question is presented whether a state can do what the federal government cannot – i.e., discriminate against same-sex couples … simply because the majority of the voters don’t like homosexuality (or at least didn’t in 2004),” he wrote. “Under the Constitution of the United States, the answer is no.” More

U.S. sees sharpest health insurance premium increases in years

Americans have recently been hit with some of the largest premium increases in years, according to a Morgan Stanley survey of insurance brokers. The investment bank’s April survey of 148 brokers found that this quarter, the average premium increase for customers renewing an insurance plan is 12 percent in the small group market and 11 percent in the individual market, according to Forbes’ Scott Gottlieb. The hikes — the largest in the past three years, according to Morgan Stanley’s quarterly reports — are “largely due to changes under the [Affordable Care Act],” analysts concluded. Rates have been growing increasingly fast throughout all of 2013, after a period of drops in 2012. More

CHRISTIAN COLLEGE BANS TRANSGENDER FROM DORM, DISCRIMINATION CHARGES FILED

A female-to-male transgender student has filed a sex discrimination complaint against a Christian University in Oregon, claiming the school refused to let him live in men’s dormitories, Campus Reform reported. Officials at George Fox University said that allowing second-year student Jayce to live in on-campus housing would interfere with the school’s efforts to “be a Christ-centered community.” School officials said its Christian theology makes it necessary for their residential facilities to be single gender. “Our residential facilities are single gender because of our theological commitments,” university officials said in a statement. “The student’s request to switch from female-only on-campus housing to male-only on-campus housing is one that many institutions would struggle with.”  More

Taxes higher than food, clothing and housing combined

The day when the nation collectively has made enough money to pay its total tax burden for the year is three days later this year, according to a new report. According to a report released Monday by the Tax Foundation, this year Tax Freedom Day falls 111 days into 2014, on April 21. By April 21, to group says, Americans will have made enough to pay the $3 trillion in federal taxes and $1.5 trillion in state taxes — more than they will spend on food clothing and housing combined. Tax Freedom Day is later than it was last year, due in large part to the slow economic recovery, the tax policy research group argues. “Tax Freedom Day is three days later than last year due mainly to the country’s continued slow economic recovery, which is expected to boost tax revenue especially from the corporate, payroll, and individual income tax,” authors Kyle Pomerleau and Lyman Stone write. If federal borrowing is included, the group calculated that Tax Freedom Day would fall 15 days later on May 6. If further broken down by state, residents of high tax states would see their Tax Freedom Day later than residents of lower tax states. “This means a combination of higher-income and higher-tax states celebrate Tax Freedom Day later: Connecticut (May 9), New Jersey (May 9), and New York (May 4),” the authors write. “Residents of Louisiana will bear the lowest average tax burden in 2014, with Tax Freedom Day arriving for them on March 30. Also early are Mississippi (April 2) and South Dakota (April 4).” The Daily Caller

Fears of market collapse amid record margin debt

Borrowing money from stock brokers to buy stocks has now hit an all-time high, triggering fears of a downward market adjustment and a collapse of the brokerage-made loan market investors typically use to fuel continued bull market growth.  Data published by the New York Stock Exchange at the end of March shows margin debt – the loans made by stock brokers to permit investor clients to buy stocks on credit – has reached a record high of $466 billion, approaching for the first time a half-trillion dollars. Analysis of NYSE margin debt shows previous peaks have foreshadowed severe market corrections. It happened in the summer of 2000 just before the dot.com stock market crash and in the summer of 2007, preceding the bursting of the housing bubble that caused the dramatic economic downturn that began in 2008. Stock market technical analysts have recently drawn attention to the rising level of margin debt. They note that when, as now, the margin debt drops below its 12-month moving average a strong signal is being given to investors to get out of the stock market because “investors are using less of the rocket fuel (i.e., margin debt) needed to keep stock prices artificially high.” More

Sci-fi meets reality as stem cells are turned into noses and ears

Britain Growing Body Parts
In a north London hospital, scientists are growing noses, ears and blood vessels in the laboratory in a bold attempt to make body parts using stem cells. It is among several labs around the world, including in the US, that are working on the futuristic idea of growing custom-made organs in the lab. While only a handful of patients have received the British lab-made organs so far — including tear ducts, blood vessels and windpipes — researchers hope they will soon be able to transplant more types of body parts into patients, including what would be the world’s first nose made partly from stem cells. “It’s like making a cake,” said Alexander Seifalian at University College London, the scientist leading the effort. “We just use a different kind of oven.” During a recent visit to his lab, Seifalian showed off a sophisticated machine used to make molds from a polymer material for various organs. Last year, he and his team made a nose for a British man who lost his to cancer. Scientists added a salt and sugar solution to the mold of the nose to mimic the somewhat sponge-like texture of the real thing. Stem cells were taken from the patient’s fat and grown in the lab for two weeks before being used to cover the nose scaffold. Later, the nose was implanted into the man’s forearm so that skin would grow to cover it. More

 

Russian lawmaker proposes constitutional amendment banning gay ‘marriage’

The leader of one of Russia’s political parties has introduced an initiative to modify the country’s constitution to define marriage as being between one man and one woman. Igor Zotov, the sponsor of the measure, is the head of the Russian Pensioner’s Party, in addition to being a Lower House MP.  His proposal would change Article 38 of Russia’s constitution, inserting the line “Motherhood and childhood, family and marriage as a voluntary union between a man and a woman are under the protection of the state.”  Currently, the constitution mentions the “family,” but without defining it. Zotov said that recent influence from the West and the growing prevalence of same-sex “marriage” necessitates the constitutional amendment. The proposed change to the constitution has yet to acquire the 90 signatures necessary for it to be introduced for official hearing, though Zotov says he has received support from some Duma deputies. More

US Will Cut Deployed Nuke Missile Force by 50

The U.S. will keep its current force of 450 land-based nuclear missiles but remove 50 from their launch silos as part of a plan to bring the U.S. into compliance with a 2011 U.S.-Russia arms control treaty, the Pentagon said Tuesday. The resulting launch-ready total of 400 Minuteman 3 intercontinental ballistic missiles would be the lowest deployed ICBM total since the early 1960s. The decisions come after a strong push by members of Congress from the states that host missile bases — North Dakota, Wyoming and Montana — to not eliminate any of the silos from which the missiles would be launched. Fifty silos will be kept in “warm” status — empty of missiles but capable of returning to active use. Sen. John Tester, a Montana Democrat, called the Pentagon’s announcement “a big win for our nation’s security and for Malmstrom Air Force Base,” home of the 341st Missile Wing with 150 Minuteman 3 missiles. “ICBMs are the most cost-effective nuclear deterrent, and keeping silos warm is a smart decision and the kind of common sense Montanans expect from their leaders,” Tester said. More

WARS N RUMORS OF WARS – Nato warns Russia against further intervention

Nato has warned Russia that further intervention in Ukraine would be a “historic mistake” with grave consequences. Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Moscow must pull back troops it has massed on the Ukrainian border. Ukraine has regained control of one of the government buildings occupied by pro-Russian activists in the east of the country, in the city of Kharkiv. However, armed militants are refusing to withdraw in another city, Luhansk. Moscow has said that using force to end the protests could lead to civil war. Kiev says the unrest in the east is being fomented by Russia following its annexation of the Crimean peninsula. Russia took control in Crimea – where Russian-speakers are in a majority – after a disputed referendum, which sparked Western sanctions. In other developments, More

WARS N RUMORS OF WARS – Is Russia ready to move into eastern Ukraine?

With Nato assessments that there are some 40,000 Russian troops massed on the Ukrainian border ready to move at a few hours’ notice, the heightening war of words between Moscow and Kiev raises a genuine prospect of conflict. If Russia requires a pretext to move into eastern Ukraine, then many of the elements of that narrative are already in place. But what of the Russian military’s capabilities? What can be deduced from what we have seen so far of Russian operations in Crimea? Keir Giles, director of the Conflict Studies Research Centre (CSRC), a group specialising in Russian military affairs, notes that “this is a very different Russian army from that seen during the Georgia war of 2008″. Despite the apparent easy victory in Georgia, serious deficiencies in Russia’s military performance were obvious. This “was a post-Soviet army, not much changed from the 1980s, and designed for a very different form of combat”, he says. “Serious lessons were learnt in terms of organisation, command and control, equipment, and especially inter-service co-operation. “Communications between ground and air units were a major problem, due to a lack of effective forward air controllers properly embedded with ground units, and several of the Russian air losses were apparently shot down by their own side.” More

16 Signs That Most Americans Are NOT PREPARED For The Coming Economic Collapse

Sometimes I think that I sound like a broken record.  I am constantly using phrases such as “get prepared while you still can” and “time is running out”.  In fact, I use them so often that people are starting to criticize me for it.  But the truth is that only a small percentage of people out there are actively taking steps to get ready for what is coming.  Most of the country is not prepared at all.  In many ways, it is just like 2007 all over again.  There were many people that could see what was about to happen and were doing all they could to warn people, but most did not listen.  And then the great financial crisis of 2008 struck and millions of people lost their jobs and their homes.  Unfortunately, the next great wave of the economic collapse is going to be even more painful than the last one.  It is imperative that people get prepared for what is on the horizon, but for the most part it is just not happening. More

Troubled Mideast peace effort compounds US policy woes in region

Addressing the United Nations General Assembly in September, President Barack Obama declared the pursuit of Israeli-Palestinian peace one of the two main US foreign policy priorities for his second term. Fast-forward to today, the Obama administration faces a stark choice: expend more energy on a faltering peace process or absorb the hit to an already-troubled record in the Middle East and walk away from negotiations.  Secretary of State John Kerry, who met Obama on Tuesday for a “reality check,” says he hopes both sides will work with US mediators to “find a way back.” But as optimism fades, many inside and outside the Middle East warn now is not the time for a US diplomatic failure in the region. ”A collapse of the peace process would only add to the perception that we really don’t know what we’re doing,” said Aaron David Miller, a former US peace negotiator. More

2014 El Niño Warming Up to Be a Mighty One, Could produce Dangerous Weather in U.S

El Niño is a growing threat this year that could play havoc with weather patterns in the United States, forecasters say. El Niño, named for the warm waters that occasionally occur in the Pacific Ocean near South America, brings fluctuating weather that includes droughts, flooding and heat waves. ”We have above-normal temperatures in the tropical Pacific Ocean and that often precedes an El Niño because there’s a large volume of above-average water temperature below the surface of the ocean,” Anthony Barnston, chief forecaster for the International Research Institute for Climate and Society, told ABC News. “Volume often tends to come up to the surface; often, but not always. ”That’s the uncertainty,” Barnston said. “It’s more likely to rise than not.” Some of the larger El Niños in the past have resulted in flooding and landslides in southern and central California, he added. Barnston notes a 70 percent probability of the United States’ experiencing an El Niño this year.

He said the official outlook will be coming Thursday from the two agencies – his research institute and the Climate Prediction Center – and will most likely give a slightly lower probability of an El Niño event. An El Niño affects the climate in certain seasons around the globe. Although they don’t necessarily mean drastic climate fluctuations, they are fairly reliable predictors, Barnston said. If an El Niño persists, Barnston said, it will develop between April and June and last until the start of the next calendar year for a nine-to-10 month cycle. The warmth below the surface is a result of a Kelvin wave that was kicked up last month by westerly wind events in the western tropical Pacific, Barnston said in a climate forecast briefing last month. ABC News Meteorologist Melissa Griffin says the pending El Niño could be strong enough to make 2014 the globally warmest year on record, with 2015 possibly even warmer. More

Britain’s first CLONED DOG is born


Britain’s first cloned dog has been born after owner Rebecca Smith won a £60,000 contest. Winnie, a 12-year-old dachshund, was reproduced as a puppy called “mini Winnie” in a laboratory. The incredible test tube process will give hope for millions of dog owners looking to immortalise their pets in the future. Rebecca, 29, said: “We Brits do have a close attachment to our dogs, so it is exciting. My sausage dog is very special but she is 12 and not going to be around forever. My boyfriend always joked, ‘We need to get her cloned.’ “Then I read an article about it and there was a competition to get your pet cloned. “We sent in some videos and it just sort of snowballed from there.” Rebecca, a caterer from West London, travelled from Britain to Seoul, South Korea, and witnessed “mini Winnie” being born on March 30. Cloning company Sooam Biotech now hopes thousands of other Brits will follow Rebecca’s lead, despite the hefty £60,000 price tag. More

ALERT: U.S. says Iran is two months from nuclear ‘breakout’

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told Senate hearing on Tuesday that Iran has the ability to produce fissile material for a nuclear bomb in two months, if it so decided. “I think it’s public knowledge today that we’re operating with a time period for a so-called ‘break-out’ of about two months. That’s been in the public domain,” Kerry said in comments carried by Reuters. Iran’s “break-out” time is defined as how long it would take it to produce fissile material for one nuclear weapon, if it decided to build such weapons of mass destruction. Kerry’s comments in Washington highlighted Western concerns about Iran’s nuclear intentions and the wide divisions between the two sides that could still foil a deal between Iran and world powers over Tehran’s disputed nuclear program. More 

West Africa Ebola outbreak among ‘most challenging’ ever!

West Africa’s Ebola unprecedented outbreak is among the “most challenging” for health workers since the deadly disease emerged elsewhere in Africa four decades ago as the suspected death toll topped 100, the WHO said Tuesday. Keiji Fukuda, assistant director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO), said the agency was concerned about the spread of the virus from its epicentre in the forests of southern Guinea. ”We have not had an Ebola outbreak in this part of Africa before,” said Fukuda, whose agency has rushed scores of aid workers to the region to contain the epidemic. ”This is one of the most challenging Ebola outbreaks we have ever faced,” he said. The most severe strains have had a 90 percent fatality rate, and there is no vaccine, cure or specific treatment. The outbreak has sparked fear in Guinea, where a mob in the south of the country last week attacked international aid workers, who they blame for bringing the haemorrhagic fever. More

 

 

Several law enforcement agencies gathered Tuesday at PNC Park for a homeland security training exercise that kept some of the area near the Pittsburgh Pirates’ ballpark off-limits to the public. The city’s office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, the U.S. Army National Guard, the Ohio State Civil Support Team and PNC Park security will conduct the exercise until 7 p.m.  ”In this particular case, they are oriented towards weapons of mass destruction,” says Ray DeMichiei, the city’s deputy director of emergency management. “Generally, it will involve suspicious packages being located by PNC Park personnel, and the scenario is a World Series event.” Citing the safety of those involved, specific details were not released. It’s not the first time that the ballpark has hosted a drill of this magnitude. ”We do this every now and again,” DeMichiei said. “And it’s just like anything else — like a golf swing, you have to stay in practice in order to do it right, so that’s what we’re doing.” Mazeroski Way will be closed between General Robinson Boulevard and North Shore Drive, with no parking allowed. Only local traffic will be allowed to enter North Shore Drive at Tony Dorsett Drive. The Pirates are out of town on a nine-game road trip that begins Tuesday night at Wrigley Field in Chicago. WTAE.com

Iraq ready to legalise childhood marriage

Children in Iraq could be legally married before the age of nine under sweeping legislation tabled on Tuesday that introduces new religious restrictions on women’s rights. As almost its last act before elections at the end of the month, the Iraqi parliament looks likely to pass new marital rules for its majority Shia community with a draft law criticised by human rights activists as “legalised inquality” The legislation has been approved by the governing coalition in an effort to attract support from Shia Muslims in the April 30 vote. Current Iraqi law sets the legal age for marriage at 18 without parental approval and states girls as young as 15 can be married only with a guardian’s approval. It does not allow for special provisions according to sect. But the legislation, known as the Jaafari law, introduces rules almost identical to those of neighbouring Iran, a Shia-dominated Islamic theocracy. More

UPDATE: 200 Armed Federal Agents Surround Nevada Ranch…

A two-decades-old battle between a Nevada rancher and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has resulted in officials armed with machine guns surrounding the ranch and forcibly removing the owner’s cattle, according to the rancher’s family. Cliven Bundy, the last rancher in Clark County, Nev., has been fighting a “one-man range war” since 1993, when he decided to take a stand against the agency, refusing to pay fees for the right to graze on a ranch run by his family for centuries. After years of court battles, the BLM secured a federal court order to have Bundy’s “trespass cattle” forcibly removed with heavy artillery, the family said. “The battle’s been going on for 20 years,” Bundy told the Washington Free Beacon. “What’s happened the last two weeks, the United States government, the bureaus are getting this army together and they’re going to get their job done and they’re going to prove two things. They’re going to prove they can do it, and they’re gonna prove that they have unlimited power, and that they control the policing power over this public land. That’s what they’re trying to prove.” More 

Beef prices hit all-time high.

Come grilling season, expect your sirloin steak to come with a hearty side of sticker shock. Beef prices have reached all-time highs in the U.S. and aren’t expected to come down any time soon. Extreme weather has thinned the nation’s beef cattle herds to levels last seen in 1951, when there were about half as many mouths to feed in America. ”We’ve seen strong prices before but nothing this extreme,” said Dennis Smith, a commodities broker for Archer Financial Services in Chicago. ”This is really new territory.” The retail value of “all-fresh” USDA choice-grade beef jumped to a record $5.28 a pound in February, up from $4.91 the same time a year ago. The same grade of beef cost $3.97 as recently as 2008. More

Why a rare astrological event TONIGHT could herald the ‘End of Days’

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Mars, Earth, and the Sun will all align tonight, a rare ‘opposition of the planets’ that only happens once every 778 days.  But what makes this so remarkable is that it comes precisely a week before everyone on earth will see the first of FOUR dark red ‘blood moons’, an extraordinary event some Christians believe represents the End of Days and the second coming of Christ. The King James Bible predicts: “The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD comes,” [Joel 2:31].  And, according to NASA, a highly unusual ‘Tetrad’ – four successive total ‘blood-red’ lunar eclipses each followed by six full moons – will, indeed, start a week today and finish on September 28 next year.  The incredible alignment has only happened a handful of times in the last two thousand years but, remarkably, on each of the last three occasions it has coincided with a globally significant religious event. Pastor and author John Hagee, from San Antonio, Texas, has written a book on the phenomenon. He believes tonight marks the dawn of a ‘hugely significant event’ for the world. He says: “This is not something that some religious think tank has put together.  ”NASA has confirmed that the Tetrad has only happened three times in more than 500 years – and that it’s going to happen now.” More

 

Light on Mars? Mystery flash seen on Red Planet

Nasa's Curiosity rover has photographed a flash of light on the surface of Mars prompting speculation about what could have caused the anomaly
A bright flash of light photographed by NASA’s Curiosity rover has sent the Web into a frenzy, with many bloggers speculating it could be a sign of intelligent light. The photo, beamed millions of miles from Mars to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, was taken last week, apparently by one of two NASA rovers on the red planet. On April 2, the Curiosity rover drove the last 98 feet needed to arrive at “the Kimberley,” a spot where it can study rock clues about ancient environments that might have been favorable for life. UFO blogger Scott Waring claims that the photograph suggests there are intelligent creatures living underground. ”This is not a glare from the sun, not is it an artifact of the photo process,” he wrote.  ‘Look closely at the bottom of the light. It has a very flat surface giving us 100 per cent indication it is from the surface. ”Sure Nasa could go and investigate it, but hey, they are not on Mars to discover life, but there to stall its discovery. ”This could indicate there is intelligent life below the ground and uses light as we do.” However , Doug Ellison from JPL, Nasa’s robotic exploration wing, has said the light source is probably does not represent proof of Martians. The light source was probably a “cosmic ray hit”, Mr Ellison told NBC news, a result of high energy particles hitting the surface of the planet. In 1976 Nasa’s Viking 1 orbiter released an image of a region called Cydonia that seemed to show a human face on the Red Planet. However in 2006, the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) showed that the sand had moved and erased the ‘face’ from the surface. Ben Biggs, editor of All About Space magazine, said: “While the “light” is as yet unexplained, it’s quite a leap to assume that it has an intelligent source. ”The public can afford to speculate wildly but Nasa is an organisation internationally renowned for credible science. ”It needs to exhaust every other likely explanation before it can begin to explore less realistic phenomena.” NASA is yet to comment on the light. The Telegraph

 

 

U.S. and China Argue Over Contested Islands

The United States and China clashed over Japan on Tuesday, as the Chinese defense minister asserted that Beijing had “indisputable sovereignty” over a group of islands in the East China Sea and that his country’s military stood ready to protect its interests in territorial disputes. The minister, Gen. Chang Wanquan, said that China would not be first to launch an attack over the territorial dispute. But he accused Japan of “confusing the right with the wrong” in its assertion of control over the disputed islands in the East China Sea, which are known as the Senkaku in Japan and as the Diaoyu in China. “China has indisputable sovereignty over the Diaoyu Islands,” General Chang said. He added that on the issue of what he called “territorial sovereignty,” China would “make no compromise, no concession, no treaty.”More 

 

Kerry places blame on Israel for crisis in peace talks

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry blamed Israel for the recent crisis in peace talks during a Senate Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on Tuesday. Kerry said that the United States intends on continuing its efforts to promote a peace process between Israel and the Palestinians, but “it is the responsibility of the two sides to make decisions.” Kerry placed most of the blame for the crisis in talks on Israel and described the Palestinian application to United Nations institutions as a response to Israeli moves. ”Both sides – wound out in a position of unhelpful moves,” he said, and went on to explain how the current crisis was created. “The treaties were unhelpful – and we made that crystal clear to the Palestinians… The prisoners were not released by Israel on the day they were supposed to be released and then one day passed, a second day, a third day, and then when they were about to make it – 700 units were approved in Jerusalem and poof… and there you have it.”  More

THESE 16 MAJOR RETAIL CHAINS CLOSING STORES ACROSS AMERICA

Daniel Jennings  for Wealthy Debates,  that despite all the talk from the Obama administration and the MSM about a “recovering” economy, a retail tsunami shows the U.S. economy to be in trouble. Recent news stories show that American retail is in dire straits. Here are 16 big retail companies that have closed or will close stores soon:

  1. Office supply company Staples has announced plans to close 225 stores by 2015, which is about 15% of its chain. Staples already closed 40 stores last year.
  2. Office Depot, Staples’ main competitor which bought Office Max last year, isn’t in good shape either. Industry analysts expect Office Depot to announce its own round of store closings soon.
  3. Radio Shack has announced plans to close 20% of its stores or as many as 1,100 stores this year. The company, which operates around 4,000 stores, reported that its sales fell by 19% last year.
  4. Albertsons supermarket closed 26 stores in January and February this yearAnalysts expect many more Albertsons to be closed down because Albertsons’ owner hedge fund Cerberus Capital Management just bought Safeway Inc. Some Safeway stores could soon shut down as well.
  5. Clothing retailer Abercrombie & Fitch is planning to close 220 stores by the end of 2015. The company is also planning to shut down the Gilly Hicks chain, which has 20 stores.
  6. Barnes & Nobles is planning to shut down one third of its stores or about 218 stores in the next year. The chain has already closed its iconic flagship store in New York City.
  7. J.C. Penney is closing about 33 stores and laying off about 2,000 employees.
  8. Toys R Us has plans to close 100 stores.
  9. The Sweetbay Supermarket chain will close all 17 of the stores it operates in the Tampa Bay area. Many of the stores might open as Winn-Dixie Stores. Sweetbay closed 33 stores in Florida last year.
  10. The entire Loehmann’s chain of discount clothing stores in the New York City area shut down. Loehmann’s once operated 39 stores and was considered an institution by generations of New Yorkers.
  11. Sears Holdings, which owns both Sears and Kmart, is expected to close another 500 stores this year. Sears has already shut down its flagship store in Chicago.
  12. Quiznos has filed for bankruptcy and could close many of its 2,100 stores.
  13. Sbarro, which operates pizza and Italian restaurants in malls, is planning to close 155 locations (or 20% of its restaurants) in North America (U.S. and Canada). The chain operates around 800 outlets.
  14. Ruby Tuesday announced plans to close 30 restaurants in January after its sales fell by 7.8%. The chain currently operates around 775 steakhouses across the US.
  15. An unknown number of Red Lobster stores will be sold. The chain is in such bad shape that the parent company, Darden Restaurants Inc., had to issue a press release stating that the chain would not close. Instead Darden is planning to spin Red Lobster off into another company and sell some of its stores.
  16. Ralph’s, a subsidiary of Kroger, has announced plans to close 15 supermarkets in Southern California within 60 days.
  17. Safeway closed 72 Dominick’s grocery stores in the Chicago area last year.

All those store closures mean more Americans will be unemployed, which translates into less tax revenue and more dependency on government welfare. PatriotsBillboard.org

DEAD BANKER SAGA CONTINUES – CEO Of Liechtenstein Bank Frick Murdered In Broad Daylight

Over the weekend the world was gripped by the drama surrounding the mysterious murder-homicide of the former CEO of Dutch bank ABN Amro and members of his family, and whether there is more foul play than meets the eye. However, that is nothing compared to what just happened in the tiny, and all too quiet Principality of Lichtenstein, where moments ago the CEO of local financial institution Bank Frick & Co. AG, Juergen Frick, was shot dead in the underground garage of the bank located in the city of Balzers.  Based on preliminary reports, the murder is the result of a disgruntled fund manager, Juergen Germann, who had previously been embroiled in a “bitter dispute” with the government and the bank. Bloomberg has moreA 48-year-old man was shot dead in the underground garage of a financial institution in Balzers at 7:30 a.m. local time, the principality’s police said on its website. The suspect, Juergen Hermann, fled the scene in a Smart car with Liechtenstein number plates, according to police. Neither the victim nor the institution were identified in the statement. The deceased was Juergen Frick, CEO of Bank Frick & Co. AG, Switzerland’s Radio 1 said in an e-mailed statement, citing employees of the bank. Calls to Bank Frick were answered by a voice-mail message saying the company is closed because of “a death.” It gave no further details. More 

DAYS OF LOT – South Carolina State Senator Mike Fair: ‘Same-Sex Orientation’ Is ‘Just Not Normal’

South Carolina state Sen. Mike Fair (R) condemned the University of South Carolina Upstate for its upcoming two-day LGBT symposium during an interview with WYFFpublished Monday, attacking one LGBT-themed performance as an inappropriate recruitment strategy. ”It’s just not normal and then you glorify, or it seems to me, that the promotion at USC Upstate is a glorification of same-sex orientation,” Fair said while discussing the one-hour program, “How to Become a Lesbian in 10 days or Less.” “That’s not an explanation of ‘I was born this way.’ That’s recruiting.” State Sen. Kevin Bryant (R) also called the university’s choice of programming a promotion of “perversion” and a misuse of state funds.“If they’ve got extra money sitting around to promote perversion, obviously they’ve got more money than they really need,” Bryant, a member of the Senate budget-writing committee, told The State on Friday. The show, which was scheduled to take place during the April 10-11 Bodies of Knowledge Symposium and Conference, has since been canceled for disrupting the school’s educational mission, according to Tammy E. Whaley, USC Upstate’s assistant vice chancellor for university communications.

“The title of ‘How to Become a Lesbian in 10 days or Less,’ while deliberately provocative, is satirical in nature but has not been received as such,” Whaley said in a statement to WYFF. “The controversy surrounding this performance has become a distraction to the educational mission of USC Upstate and the overall purpose of the Bodies of Knowledge symposium.” Gail Stephenson, president of LGBT advocacy group Upstate Pride, criticized the show’s cancellation as an attack on diversity and a disservice to USC Upstate students. “Diversity is diversity. And we can’t just say we are going to choose this part of diversity, but we’re not going to choose this part of diversity,” Stephenson told WYFF. “Then what’s next? Are we going to cut out women’s studies? Racial integration?”

In March, South Carolina lawmakers approved $52,000 in budget cuts from USC Upstate and the College of Charleston as punishment for assigning freshmen students LGBT-themed books as required reading. USC Upstate lost $17,146, the cost of its required reading program, for assigning “Out Loud: The Best of Rainbow Radio,” a collection of stories from South Carolina’s first gay and lesbian radio show. Although South Carolina’s House Ways and Means Committee passed the budget 20-1, some state lawmakers, including state Rep. Gilda Cobb-Hunter (D), opposed the committee’s move to censor universities’ reading curricula through funding cuts.

“We are now in a posture where individual moral compasses and beliefs are being pushed down on our institutions of higher education,” Cobb-Hunter, who cast the lone vote against the budget package, said in March. “Do you think for one minute some companies are going to look seriously at us, when they think about their workforce coming to a state like this, with members of a Legislature who believe their job is to pass judgment on colleges of higher learning to dictate what books people are going to read?”Huffington Post

 

Hundreds of St. Louis children diagnosed with lead poisoning annually

There is an epidemic of lead poisoning in the “rust belt” city of St. Louis, where hundreds of children annually are diagnosed with the condition, according to new reports. The St. Louis Department of Health (SLDH) says that, while city-wide efforts to reduce lead exposure have been moderately successful, many children are still encountering lead from aging buildings, dust and other silent sources. St. Louis Public Radio reporter Camille Phillips reports that more than 1,000 cases of elevated blood lead levels are reported annually in the city, and that parents need to be aware of potential sources of exposure. Since much of St. Louis’ housing stock was established prior to 1978 when lead-based paint was banned at the federal level, many homes still contain it — and continued deterioration of these homes and their materials is potentially releasing more of it than ever. ”We’ve been on a long battle,” stated SLDH Health Services Manager Jeanine Arrighi to St. Louis Public Radio.Arrighi and her team have perpetuated a local program that was first started back in the 1940s to address lead exposure. They say lead poisoning rates have dropped by some 80 percent over the last decade as a result, which has helped many a child avoid developing low IQ and other health problems associated with lead exposure. But there are still way too many children whose lives are being destroyed. ”At 12 months my child was saying all kinds of words, and mimicking and babbling,” says Lisa Kahrimanovic, a St. Louis resident who learned the hard way what lead poisoning can do to a person. “But at 15 months he actually stopped talking, stopped mimicking. His eye contact was reduced. And I was concerned.” At the time, Kahrimanovic had no idea that the paint on the window sills and door frames in her and her husband’s brick home contained lead. Though she knew that something was definitely wrong with her son, Kahrimanovic assumed it to be a behavioral disorder or, in a worst case scenario, autism. But a subsequent blood test revealed the truth, that the body had come into contact with lead. More

What In The World Is Happening To The Nasdaq?

All of a sudden, the Nasdaq is absolutely tanking.  On Monday, it fell more than 1 percent after dropping 3.6 percent on Thursday and Friday combined.  At this point, the Nasdaq is off to the worst start to a year that we have seen since 2008, and we all remember what happened back then.  So why is this happening?  In recent years, the Nasdaq has been ground zero for “dotcom bubble 2.0″.  The hottest stocks in the entire world are on the Nasdaq – we are talking about stocks like Yahoo, Netflix, Apple, Tesla, Google and Facebook.  Those stocks have gone to absolutely incredible heights, but now they are starting to fall.  Some are blaming insider selling, and without a doubt the “smart money” is starting to flee the stock market.  Just check out this chart.  Others are blaming low expectations for first-quarter earnings or the tapering of quantitative easing by the Federal Reserve.  But whatever is causing this decline, it is starting to get alarming.  The Nasdaq just experienced its largest three day fall since November 2011. More

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U.S. warns China over currency depreciation

The United States warned Beijing on Monday that the recent depreciation of the Chinese currency could raise “serious concerns” if it signaled a policy shift away from allowing market-determined exchange rates. Washington has been pressing China for years to allow its currency to trade at stronger values. A weak yuan makes Chinese exports cheaper for U.S. consumers at the expense of U.S. producers. A weaker yuan also makes Chinese consumers less able to buy foreign goods. Last month, U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew welcomed a decision by China to allow its currency to vary more against the dollar in daily trading. Monday’s comments by a senior official from the Treasury Department suggested the United States was not completely sold on China’s intention to reduce authorities’ interventions in exchange markets. ”If the recent currency weakness signals a change in China’s policy away from allowing adjustment and moving toward a market-determined exchange rate, that would raise serious concerns,” the official, who asked not to be named, told journalists in a phone call. In comments that outlined U.S. positions before meetings later this week of the International Monetary Fund and between Group of 20 nations, the official noted the widening of China’s currency trading band came just after a drop in the yuan’s value that coincided with reports of “considerable intervention” in exchange markets by Chinese authorities. That is exactly the sort of behavior Washington wants Beijing to ditch. The United States also appears likely to pressure Europe at the meetings to act more decisively to fix its troubled banking sector. The Treasury official said recent economic data from Europe showed the region was experiencing “chronic low inflation and weak demand.” That appeared to be a nod to growing concerns that Europe’s economy is so weak it risks falling into a dangerous spiral of falling prices and wages known as deflation. ”More needs to be done to support growth,” the Treasury official said. The official had blunt words for other economic powers as well, saying that Japan should avoid engaging in too much fiscal austerity. He said U.S. sanctions on Russian officials were already having an impact on Russia’s economy. The official also chided emerging markets for going too slowly in adopting free-floating currencies. ”Resistance in many emerging markets to moving more quickly to market-determined exchange rate regimes is hindering the rebalancing needed to ensure a lasting, strong global recovery,” the official said.  Yahoo News

Navy’s newest weapon kills at seven times the speed of sound

The phrase “faster than a speeding bullet” just took on a whole new meaning. “An electromagnetic rail gun is a gun that uses just electricity — no gun powder — and, oh, by the way, can shoot a projectile like this, well over 100 miles at Mach 7,” said Rear Adm. Matthew Klunder, the Chief of Naval Research, which developed the rail gun. “Seven times the speed of sound.” An electromagnetic pulse propels a projectile down the barrel, creating a fireball of molten steel. The projectile sheds its steel cladding, and, in video released for the first time Monday, it smashes into a dummy warhead that represents an incoming missile. An explosion is caused by the sheer force of the impact. “This is a lab gun, and it shoots a slug about this big,” Klunder said, holding up a slug. “So think about that. A slug that big — a slug that big going Mach 7 puts a hole through six half-inch steel plates this big. Just this little slug.” More

Northern Europe hit by most bee deaths

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A new study covering 17 EU countries says that far more honeybees are dying in the UK and other parts of northern Europe than in Mediterranean countries. The European Commission says it is Europe’s most comprehensive study so far of bee colony deaths. Winter mortality was especially high for bees in Belgium (33.6%) and the UK (29%) in 2012-13. But in spring-summer 2013 France was highest with 13.6%. Bumblebees and other wild bees were not studied, nor were pesticide impacts. The study, called Epilobee, described 10% as an acceptable threshold for bee colony mortality – and Greece, Italy and Spain were among the countries with rates below that threshold.  The mortality percentages are national estimates based on representative samples.
InfographicAll 17 countries applied the same data collection standards, the report says. The survey covered almost 32,000 bee colonies. But there is also much concern about death rates among wild bees, which are vital pollinators too. Last year the EU introduced a ban on four chemicals called neonicotinoids which are used in pesticides. They are believed to be linked to the collapse of bee colonies across Europe, though there is a heated scientific debate over the chemicals’ impact and many experts say further studies are needed. The Commission wanted pesticide impacts to be included in the Epilobee study, but it was overruled by member states’ governments. BBC News Europe

It’s time to move beyond the drawn out “yes” or “no” arguments over doctor-assisted death and prepare for a future where sick patients would be granted the freedom to choose when and how they die, doctors who specialize in caring for the terminally ill argue in Canada’s leading medical journal. If the Supreme Court of Canada rules this year that laws banning doctor-hastened death violate the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, doctors could be left to operate in a “legal vacuum” the way they were when prohibitions against abortion were struck down, according to the commentary published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.  The debate “is about to become obsolete,” said Dr. James Downar, a critical care and palliative care physician at Toronto General Hospital.“Physician-assisted death is going to become legal in Canada in the very near future by one means or another and crucial questions need to be answered,” he said, including when does suffering become “intolerable” and how long must it last before doctor-assisted death could be granted? Would psychological or “existential” angst be grounds for seeking a lethal injection? The commentary was co-authored by palliative care pioneer Dr. Lawrence Librach, who died last August, five months after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. “Larry and I spoke about this several times,” Dr. Downar told Postmedia News. “Like me, he was initially very concerned about legalizing PAD [physician-assisted death] and the effect this would have on palliative care.” More

 

Christians in Pakistan sentenced to death over a text

A Christian couple in Pakistan have become the latest to be sentenced to death for blasphemy, after they were accused of sending a text message deemed insulting to the Prophet Mohammed. Shafqat Emmanuel and Shagufta Kausar, from the eastern town of Gojra, were sentenced after what the couple’s lawyer said was a case motivated by a personal grudge. Maulvi Mohammed Hussain, a Muslim leader from a mosque in Gojra, lodged the complaint last year, claiming that Mr Emmanuel had used his wife’s mobile phone to send the offending message. Nadeem Hassan, the couple’s lawyer, said that the couple denied the offence and that the text message originated from a mobile phone that had been lost beforehand. Mr Hassan said a “bogus SIM card” was presented as evidence. “The complainant was involved in a dispute with the pair and had made a threat with the full knowledge that they would face the death penalty,” he said. An appeal against the sentencing will be presented to the High Court in Lahore today. Gojra, in Punjab province, has been the scene of religious strife in the past. In 2009 a mob attacked a Christian neighbourhood there, killing seven people and destroying dozens of houses after rumours emerged that a copy of the Koran had been desecrated.  Last month, another Christian, Sawan Masih, from Lahore, was sentenced to death for insulting the Prophet Mohammed. The complainant, a neighbour from the same area of Joseph Colony, claimed that Mr Masih had made a blasphemous remark during a conversation. Pakistan’s strict laws against defaming Islam are often used to settle personal disputes, human rights campaigners say. The Telegraph

Cookie Monster puts down the cookie jar and picks up the neo-Nazi propaganda

In 1990, Richard Darman, director of the US Office of Management and Budget, described the Cookie Monster as the “quintessential consumer”, and in the past he has been forced to adjust his “more is more” approach to snacking as part of a campaign to curb childhood obesity. But now the Sesame Street character has suffered serious damage to his reputation: as the Mail Online reports, he is being used as a neo-Nazi recruiting tool.The “how” is clear from recent German news reports: at the end of March a known far-right activist, 31-year-old Steffen Lange, was arrested for walking into a Brandenburg school dressed as the Cookie Monster and distributing neo-Nazi leaflets to children. Police subsequently searched his home and that of an accomplice, and found more Cookie Monster-themed propaganda.

The “why” is much less obvious. The Cookie Monster is not known to hold far-right views. He possesses no Aryan traits (his fur may be blue, but his eyes are googly, and he lives in the friendly, multicultural environs of Sesamstrasse). It’s also unclear what use a bunch of Cookie Monster-loving schoolkids would be to the far-right movement. Among the propaganda referred to in the Mail article is an image of the Cookie Monster standing with Adolf Hitler, with the caption, “Who ate my biscuit?” Presumably the answer is meant to be “immigrants”, but this juxtaposition is poorly thought-through and has no logic at all. Setting aside the fact that Hitler and the Cookie Monster never met, I think we’ve all seen enough episodes of Sesame Street to know exactly who ate the cookie.

A police spokesman described the use of the Cookie Monster’s image as an attempt to make neo-Nazism seem “harmless and everyday and perhaps something a bit fun and a bit rebellious”. It’s more likely that the neo-Nazi in question just happened to have the costume lying around already.

There is no easier way to damage someone’s public reputation than by dressing up as him and being objectionable. Times Square in New York recently suffered a spate of people dressed as the Cookie Monster, Elmo and other characters harassing tourists, pandering for cash and assaulting children. Remember, kids: if he’s doing anything other than shouting and eating cookies, it’s probably not the real Cookie Monster. The Guardian

 

North Korean public security minister ‘executed with flame-thrower’

A North Korean official has been executed with a flame-thrower, South Korean media has reported. He is one of up to 11 senior party officials with close ties to Jang Song-taek — Kim Jong-un’s recently purged uncle — who have been apparently executed or sent to political prison camps. Jang was publicly tried and executed in December after being found guilty of corruption and activities that ran counter to the policies of the Workers’ Party of Korea. The regime has shut down the department within the Workers’ Party that Jang previously headed. O Sang-hon, a deputy minister at the ministry of public security, was “executed by flame-thrower”, a source told South Korea’s Chosun Ilbo newspaper. Mr O was executed because he had followed Jang’s instructions to turn the ministry into a personal security division to help safeguard his business dealings, the paper reported. More

Holder: We Want to Explore Gun Tracking Bracelets

Attorney General Eric Holder said on Friday that gun tracking bracelets are something the Justice Department (DOJ) wants to “explore” as part of its gun control efforts. When discussing gun violence prevention programs within the DOJ, Holder told a House appropriations subcommittee that his agency is looking into technological innovations. “I think that one of the things that we learned when we were trying to get passed those common sense reforms last year, Vice President Biden and I had a meeting with a group of technology people and we talked about how guns can be made more safe,” he said. “By making them either through finger print identification, the gun talks to a bracelet or something that you might wear, how guns can be used only by the person who is lawfully in possession of the weapon.” More

Volcanoes Erupt Around the World – Ecuador, Russia, Japan


Island off Japan Coast Swallows its Neighbor, Volcano Island Niijima – 
Niijima is Japan’s newest island located in the Philippine Sea that has consistently grown in size since its inception in November. A NASA satellite image from March 30 found that Niijima merged with nearby island Nishino-shima. Niijima resulted from a seafloor volcano that sprouted in the western Pacific Ocean this past November. It is located 600 miles south of Tokyo in the Pacific “Ring of Fire, which spans from the coast Chile to Alaska and Siberia and then south to New Zealand. The volcanic island has not stopped erupting since November. As a result of the nonstop eruption, Niijima recently merged with another nearby volcanic island, Nishino-shima. The newly formed island is about 3,280 feet across and sits 196 feet above sea level. The southern portion of the landmass continues to show volcanic activity as ashes are rising from the island’s surface.


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 Volcano Shiveluch has erupted ash at an altitude of six kilometres above sea level in Russian Far East’s Ust-Kamchatsky municipal entity, Kamchatka branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences geophysical service stated on Sunday. The ash plume has spread northwest of the volcano towards Bay Ozernoy not affecting any settlements, the Kamchatka territorial emergency situation department said. No threat exists for settlements. The volcano is ranked with orange aeronautical code of high eruption hazard.

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Eruption fears as Ecuador’s ‘throat of fire’ volcano spews ash, smoke- 
A volcano in central Ecuador has spewed up a column of hot ash and smoke 10 kilometres high, increasing fears of an eruption. Activity has been building at the Tungurahua volcano 130 kilometres south of the capital Quito since early February. On Friday (Saturday Australian time), experts reported a loud explosion that lasted for five minutes and an expulsion of ash. Tru News

Fears still arise of Super Volcano eruption from Yellowstone as Elk now seen Fleeing Park

A fairly large number of people believe that the Yellowstone volcano–also known as the supervolcano–might blow soon, signaled, they say, by animals appearing to flee the park. First it was bison. Now some bloggers have been posting analysis on a video that they say shows a herd of elk sprinting out of the park, including over a fence. “A massive herd of elk, sprinting and jumping the gate away from Yellowstone. This is huge,” said one blogger. “Oh they’re going to their summer locations, we’re told. But wouldn’t they stay within the gate. They’re restricted to that gate, but still the herds run away. This is another huge sign of mass animal movements. Look at the size of the herd.”  The video of bison seemingly leaving the park went viral online and sparked suspicion over what was happening, although a man who goes by “Yellowstone Leo” claims to be the source of the video and says that the video actually shows the bison running deeper into the park.
Park spokesman Dan Hottle confirmed to the Jackson Hole Daily that they are actually running toward the park’s interior and the volcano. Other scientists and agencies chimed in, such as Ilya Bindeman, an associate professor of geological sciences at the University of Oregon.  “Yellowstone is one of the biggest supervolcanos in the world,” he said in an analysis released by the university. “Sometimes it erupts quietly with lava flow, but once or twice every million years, it erupts very violently, forming large calderas,” which are very large craters measuring tens of kilometers in diameter. If a huge eruption happened again, similar to three big ones over the last two million years, he says that the eruption would obliterate the surroundings within a radius of over 100 miles and cover the rest of the United States and Canada with multiple inches of ash. A volcanic event of such magnitude “hasn’t happened in modern civilization,” he said.


However, Bindeman said he doesn’t think that this kind of eruption will happen anytime soon. He says it won’t happen for at least another million years. “Our research of the pattern of such volcanism in two older, ‘complete’ caldera clusters in the wake of Yellowstone allows a prognosis that Yellowstone is on a dying cycle, rather than on a ramping up cycle,” he said. Bloggers, many of whom tend to lean toward conspiracy theories, don’t believe the analysis. “First it was bison running from Yellowstone, now its elk, and soon probably people. We see the signs. The writing is on the wall,” said one of the bloggers on 2127news.net. “This is such a big situation, that not only did the herd of Bison running away make it to mainstream news, but around that time the American based news agencies came out and said that Yellowstone has gone extinct. Just as they always tell us, nothing to worry about. Move a long sheeple nothing to see here. Wake up! When they have to come out and cover up a simple video of Bison running you know something is up.” Epoch Times

WAR DRUMS: Russia urges Ukraine to halt military preparations to avert civil war

The Russian Foreign Ministry urged Ukraine to halt any interior military preparations, which could instigate a civil war in the country, the ministry was quoted as saying on its Facebook.com account. According to numerous reports, Ukraine is redeploying special task police units from all over the country to the southeastern regions of Ukraine in a bid to thwart anti-government protests, which flared up over the weekend. “According to our information, units of the Interior troops and Ukraine’s national guards as well as militants from the illegal armed formation ‘The Right Sector’ are being amassed in the southeastern parts of Ukraine and in the city of Donetsk,” the ministry said. “We are particularly concerned that the operation involves some 150 American mercenaries from a private company Greystone Ltd., dressed in the uniform of the [Ukrainian] special task police unit Sokol,” the ministry said. “Organizers and participants of such incitement are assuming a huge responsibility for threatening upon the rights, freedoms and lives of Ukrainian citizens as well as the stability of Ukraine,” the ministry added. More

DAYS OF LOT – Japanese flocking to adultery site

Ashley Madison, the world’s biggest online hookup site for married people, works only when monogamy is the rule on the surface but, deep inside, couples want to cheat. That’s why it is scoring big in Japan. The nation that prides itself on conformity and proper appearances reached a million users in eight and a half months, the fastest pace among any of the 37 countries where the adultery site operates. The previous record was Brazil at 10 months. The U.S., which has the biggest number of users at 13 million, took a year to achieve the one million mark. Spain took nearly two years. Extramarital sex and affairs are not new to Japan, but a site such as Ashley Madison is a “a leveling out of the playing field” for women, said Noel Biderman, chief executive of Avid Life Media Inc., which operates AshleyMadison.com. There is a tradition of wealthy men taking mistresses in Japan and its male dominated society has provided plenty of outlets for married men to find casual sex. More 

The U.S. Supreme Court Monday refused to hear the appeal of a New Mexico photographer sued by a lesbian couple after she refused to take pictures at their commitment ceremony because of her religious convictions. The case centered on Elaine and Jonathan Huguenin and their business, Elane Photography. In 2006, they refused to work at the commitment ceremony of Vanessa Willock and Misti Collinsworth. The lesbian couple was able to find another photographer but still filed a discrimination grievance against Elane Photography with the New Mexico Human Rights Commission. The Huguenins lost at every level of the court fight, and on Monday that defeat became final. Attorney Jordan Lorence of the Alliance Defending Freedom, or ADF, represented Elane Photography in the case. He said the court’s decision not to hear the case is disappointing, but he sees a silver lining. “This is not the same thing as the Court summarily affirming the decision below. All that means is that the Supreme Court decided not to hear the case. They did mull this over for three extra times at their conference, which is encouraging in a slight way that it means the justices took this case seriously, gave it a lot of extra consideration but decided, ultimately, not to hear the case,” Lorence said. More 

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