Italy’s anti-austerity protest turns violent/Israeli Officials: No Chances that Talks Will Resume/ Nicaragua rattled by 2 large earthquakes in less than 24 hours and more signs of JESUS’ soon return

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Arguments heat up over California’s ‘bathroom’ bill

Arguments are heating up in court in California over a challenge to the state’s decision to conceal the signatures of people who signed a referendum, but then had their names disqualified by county clerks, as pro-family organizations fight a legislative plan that’s become known as the “coed school-bathroom bill.” That law allows public school students to choose which gender-specific bathrooms, locker rooms and sports teams to utilize based not on biology but on their ‘self-identified gender. The law would not even require students to verify that they have a diagnosed gender orientation problem to school officials before they are granted permission to use a boys or girls locker room. Arguments began in a state courtroom over the dispute on Friday, but didn’t finish, and an attorney in attendance told WND that the judge scheduled more arguments next Friday, April 18. The referendum seeks to overturn AB 1266, which was adopted last year. More

TEACHER QUITS, BLAMES COMMON CORE

The Common Core standards being imposed by the federal government on state education departments include “world citizenship mush,” according to an expert on education, even if supporters do claim that they are just exactly what American students need. But the cracks are starting to appear in the official program that is part of Barack Obama’s Race to the Top, which was armed with $2.35 billion in tax money and dangles a carrot in front of schools to take part in various education consortia. For example, an eighth grade student recently complained of being suspended by her school when she told classmates they were not required to take the Common Core English test scheduled by the school. Seirra Olivero filed a complaint with the school district because she felt bullied by three administrators over the issue. More

Find best ‘Blood Moons’ viewing regions here


Astronomy classes in high schools and colleges usually pay attention when there is a lunar eclipse, plus a few scientists who want to renew their memories of the image. But this coming week’s eclipse, the first of a rare “tetrad,” a series of four blood moons on Jewish holidays this year and next, is getting a lot more attention. As in the author of “Blood Moons: Decoding the Imminent Heavenly Signs,” Pastor Mark Biltz, appearing on the Today Show on Monday to talk about the phenomenon. Some consider it nothing more than an alignment of the heavens, but others are watching much more closely, because of the alignment with biblical prophecy. “We are on the verge of witnessing something historic,” said Biltz, who discovered the blood moons phenomenon in 2007. A report from AccuWeather.com details just which regions of the United States will have the best view of this astronomical phenomenon beginning at 12:53 a.m. on the Tuesday, April 15. More

Obama’s press secretary decorates home with Soviet propaganda…


White House Press Secretary Jay Carney and his family are featured in a worshipful profile in this month’s Washingtonian magazine. It’s the sort of adoring journalistic exercise reserved for only the most handsome of the power elite. In it you can find out details about the Carney dog (a cousin to presidential pooch Sonny!), and how much the press secretary’s tie costs ($135). But keen observers may notice the kitchen decor in the photo: Soviet propaganda posters. They really are the perfect pop of color whether you are the dour and sincere Nikita Khrushchev or the cheeky press-wrangler for a president who is constantly accused of being a socialist himself. More

Militias Arrive in Nevada rancher’s standoff with feds: We’re not ‘afraid to shoot’

Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy’s decades-long battle against the federal government over grazing rights has heated to the point where militia groups have joined in and taken up spots against the feds who’ve circled his land — and talk is, they’re not afraid to open fire. A spokesman for the one of the militia groups said as much to local 8 News Now: I’m not “afraid to shoot,” he said. Margaret Houston, Mr. Bundy’s sister and a cancer survivor, said at a town hall gathering this week that the situation “was like a war zone” and that she felt “like I was not in the United States,” The Daily Mail reported. The Las Vegas Review-Journal described it this way: “Serious bloodshed was narrowly avoided,” in a story about how dogs were unleashed on a woman who was pregnant while the rancher’s son was hit with a taser. On Tuesday, armed Bureau of Land Management agents stormed Mr. Bundy’s property, escalating a court dispute that’s wound for two decades over the rancher’s refusal to pay for grazing fees. More

Family: ‘Wake up America…they are taking everything from us’…


CLARK COUNTY, Nevada
 — A man has been released after being arrested Sunday during an ongoing dispute over grazing rights between the Bureau of Land Management and a family in southern Nevada, and the family is calling for action. A federal judge in Las Vegas first ordered Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy to remove his trespassing cattle in 1998, according to reports from the Associated Press. Similar orders were issued in July 2013, and again in October. Saturday, the BLM began taking some of the 908 cattle from Bundy. The BLM says Bundy’s cattle have been trespassing on U.S. land without required grazing permits for over 25 years. However, Bundy said he doesn’t recognize federal authority on land that he says belongs to the state of Nevada. More

County Commissioner Says Bundy Supporters ‘Better Have Funeral Plans’…

Clark County Commissioner Tom Collins has caused outrage by remarking that Utahns planning to travel to Nevada to support Cliven Bundy in his standoff against the feds “better have funeral plans”.  The comments were revealed by Darin Bushman, a Piute County, Utah, commissioner after he spoke with Collins about Utah ranchers and his colleagues on the County Commission complaining about tactics used by Bureau of Land Management agents during their seizure of Bundy’s cattle in southern Nevada. “I was just told by commissioner Collins of Clark County NV that all of us folks from Utah are a bunch of “inbred bastards” and if we are coming to Clark Cointy NV to support Cliven Bundy we all “better have funeral plans”. We should “turn our asses around on mind our own f-ing business”. Now there’s some classy leadership for you,” wrote Bushman on his official Facebook page. More

 

Dangerous Tropical Cyclone Ita to make landfall in Australia


AUSTRALIA
 – Powerful Tropical Cyclone Ita (pronounced “EYE-tuh”) made landfall in northeast Australia near Cape Flattery in the Queensland state late Friday night, local time (around 7 a.m. U.S. EDT). Tropical Cyclone Ita made landfall with 10-minute average sustained winds around 105 mph between 9 and 10 p.m. local time, according to the Australia Bureau of Meteorology. This would equate to a Category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale, after adjusting this wind speed to an equivalent one-minute sustained wind used as a standard in the U.S. Ita has since weakened as it continues moving inland. Coastal communities in northeast Australia such as Cooktown, Port Douglas and Cairns will all continue to see impacts from Ita’s center as it turns south into Saturday. Cape Flattery measured a peak wind gust just shy of 99 mph at 9 p.m. local time Friday, and had already picked up over three inches of rain from Ita’s outer rainbands and eyewall before observations ceased there around 10 p.m. According to the Cairns Post, roof damage was reported to the James Cook Museum in Cooktown, as well as to several homes in the town. The peak wind gust clocked, there, was 76 mph. Cooktown had also picked up roughly 5.5 inches of rain from Ita as of early Saturday local time. Strong winds, heavy rain and flooding are also possible over interior sections of northeast Australia as Ita spins down over northeast Australia Saturday into Sunday. Bands of heavy rain will wrap into the coast as far south as Bowen and Hamilton well ahead of the center of circulation, raising the threat of rainfall flooding. The Weather Channel

12-year-old girl in Ghana died of something else other than Ebola


AFRICA – Blood tests have shown that a 12-year-old girl in Ghana who died of viral fever with bleeding did not have Ebola, Health Minister Sherry Ayittey said on Monday. The girl was the first suspected case in Ghana of Ebola, which has killed more than 90 people in Guinea and Liberia. Another suspected case has been reported in Mali. Medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres has warned of an unprecedented epidemic in an impoverished region with weak health services. Samples from the girl, who has not been identified, were brought to the capital Accra from the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Kumasi, Ghana’s second-largest city. “The report from the Noguchi Memorial Institute says categorically that the samples of the blood they analyzed is negative ID Ebola virus and also negative of any common viral fever,” Ayittey told a news conference. More

Ebola Outbreak Empties Hotels as West Africa Borders Closed

Ibrahima Capi Camara’s phone at the Grand Hotel de L’Independence in Guinea’s capital hasn’t stopped ringing since an Ebola outbreak began last month, for all the wrong reasons. “At least 80 percent of our reservations have been canceled,” Camara, general manager of the 217-room hotel in the heart of Conakry, said on April 8. “Clients are scared to come because of Ebola.” West Africa is fighting to contain the spread of the disease that has claimed the lives of 111 people in Guinea and Liberia, the worst outbreak in seven years, and kills as many as nine out of 10 people who contract it. There’s no cure or vaccine for the hemorrhagic fever that will probably continue to spread in the region for a few more months, according to the World Health Organization. More

 

Scientists predict possible threat of H5N1 bird flu virus spreading through air

In a serious revelation, a Cell Press news release has said that the deadly bird flu (H5N1) virus can be easily spread through air and if that would be the case then more lives would be on threat. So far, hundreds have been killed of the virus. However, its relatively difficult to spread between humans. The deadly bird flu virus has caused outbreaks in poultry across 15 counties in Asia and the Middle East. But the health organizations have still not declared it pandemic as it is not easily transferred between humans through the air. Senior study author Ron Fouchier of Erasmus Medical Center, said in the news release, “By gaining fundamental knowledge about how the influenza virus adapts to mammals and becomes airborne, we may ultimately be able to identify viruses that pose a public health risk among the large number of influenza viruses that are circulating in animals. If we can do this, we might be able to prevent some pandemics in the future.” Researchers noticed set of mutations in the H5N1 virus that led it to become airborne and spread between ferrets. The researchers highlighted five mutations that can lead to airborne transmission in ferrets. According to the report, two of these mutations helped the virus bind to the upper respiratory tract of the ferrets. The other two mutations helped the virus replicate while the last mutation increased the virus’ stability. More

Increased activity at Peru volcano – eruption warning issued for African volcano


Residents have fled villages near Peru’s Ubinas volcano, which this week began spitting out white-hot chunks of rock, some as big as 30cm in diameter. Domingo Ramos, a scientist from Peru’s mining institute, said the volcano reawakened several days ago. The renewed activity led the government to announce a state of emergency in the Andean region of Moquegua, some 1200km south of Lima. The region is home to some 40 volcanoes, most of which, unlike Ubinas, are dormant. Officials plan to distribute food, face masks and goggles to help those upwind of the volcano cope with airborne ash.
According to local news, a seismic crisis is under way at the volcano and the volcano observatory in Goma thinks that a new eruption in coming days or weeks is likely. “The eruption of Nyamulagira will have no impact on the famous volcano Nyiragongo, whose activity is in a normal state,” said Kaco Karume, member of the Volcanic Observatory of Goma (OVG). Nyamuragira (also spelled Nyamulagira) volcano is located 22 km north of Goma, the capital of North Kivu province. It erupts on average every 2 years. Its last eruption was in late 2011-early 2012. –Extinction Protocol

Nicaragua rattled by 2 large earthquakes in less than 24 hours

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NICARAUGA
 – Less than 24 hours after a 6.1-magnitude earthquake hit Nicaragua, a second earthquake shook the country Friday. The 6.6-magnitude quake struck near the city of Granada at 2:29 p.m. local time, the U.S. Geological Survey reports. People rushed into the streets after the latest quake, but there were no immediate reports of new casualties of damage. Earlier, the government raised the number of injured people from 23 to 200 after the Thursday evening quake. It also said that a 23-year-old woman had died of an apparent heart attack after the quake. In the capital city of Managua, 300 homes were damaged and at least 20 were destroyed by the shake, said one of the mayor’s deputies, Fidel Moreno. Authorities ordered the demolition of two old buildings that had withstood the earthquake of 1972 that killed 10,000 people. The U.S. Geological Survey said Thursday’s quake struck at 5:27 p.m. local time (23:27 GMT), and was centered about 11 miles southeast of the city of Larreynaga. It had a depth of 6.2 miles. Authorities suspended classes on Friday in the cities of Leon and Managua. Below are the latest reports on the earthquake from social media. Extinction Protocol

BIRTH PANGS – Pacific Ring of Fire becoming increasingly more active

Global Quakes in Ring of Fire April 11 Sm
The season of hyper seismicity which I warned would unfold across the globe from March 15 to April 12 continues in earnest with a dazzling display of increased seismic events erupting along the peripheral boundaries of the Pacific Plate in the Ring of Fire. This latest burst of seismic activity reflects dramatic, intense changes occurring deep within the interior of the planet as gradient pressures become increasingly more erratic. Powerful churning forces generated from gradient fluctuations, which boil magma, awaken dormant volcanoes, perturb dormant fault systems, and incinerate massive slabs of rock continue to build deep below the planet’s surface. The increased risks from some of these cataclysmic forces are seen in the latest round of large tremors striking the globe which are occurring at depths greater than what is normally observed with most recent large earthquakes. Chile’s 8.2 earthquake occurred at a depth of 20 km, and the 7.7 magnitude earthquake which followed erupted much deeper at a depth of 31 km. The 7.1 magnitude earthquake which struck Papua New Guinea on April 11 occurred at a depth of 50 km and the 6.6 which struck Nicaragua on the same day was recorded at a depth of 138 km.More

Navy’s future: Electric guns, lasers, and water as fuel

Imagine ships that fire missiles at seven times the speed of sound without using explosives, or that use lasers to destroy threats at the cost of about a dollar a shot, and vessels making fuel from the very seawater in which they’re floating. That’s the glimpse of the high-tech future the U.S. Navy gave this week. And these aren’t just ideas. They’ve all been shown to work to some degree. Saturday, the Navy will christen its most advanced warship ever, the destroyer USS Zumwalt, which may one day be using these new technologies. The Zumwalt, which was launched last year and is to be christened at Bath Iron Works in Maine, is the Navy’s first stealth destroyer. At 610 feet long and 80 feet wide, it’s about 100 feet longer and 20 feet wider than ships in the Navy’s current fleet of Arleigh Burke class destroyers, but the canopy and the rest of the Zumwalt is built on angles that help make it 50 times harder to spot on radar than an ordinary destroyer. More

Israeli Officials: No Chances that Talks Will Resume

Officials in Jerusalem were pessimistic on Friday about the possibility of the stalled peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA) resuming anytime in the near future. Those officials told Channel 10 News that there is “zero chance that an agreement will be reached in the coming weeks” that will allow the talks to continue beyond an April 29 deadline. The officials cited the departure of U.S. mediator Martin Indyk, who met with the sides on Thursday but left the region and is not due back until after the Passover holiday. On Thursday it was also widely speculated that the peace talks were salvaged in the form of a deal freeing Jonathan Pollard in exchange for Israeli-held Arab terrorist convicts and an extension of talks. The deal was reported on Channel 2 and Channel 10Al Arabiya also reported that the deal was about to be finalized. A U.S. official later denied the reports. Also on Thursday, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon signed official documents, confirming reception of and starting processing for PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’s requests to join international conventions that are also signed by the UN. Ten of the 15 conventions the PA wishes to join are co-signed by the UN.More

 

Russia Opposes Peacekeepers in Ukraine

Russia considers bringing peacekeepers into Ukraine an unnecessary measure that should not be brought up in the UN Security Council, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Friday. “I don’t think that we need to talk about any kind of peacekeepers or any decisions by the Security Council,” Lavrov said during an interview on the Rossiya television channel. Lavrov also dismissed attempts to portray the upcoming four-party talks with the US and EU on the crisis in Ukraine as a sign of Moscow’s recognition of the Kiev government’s legitimacy. “This variant is being discussed by our Western partners. We told them that this would not happen. This meeting will take place, and we will start this meeting by giving our clear explanations that this isn’t so,” Lavrov said. More

 

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