Boko Haram Islamists in Nigeria kill 68 in village attacks, witnesses say/UN forces patrol Lebanon-Israel border/Yellowstone: Fish Kill At Two Northwest Wyoming Reservoirs/Mysterious Black Ring in Skies of Leamington Spa caught on Camera and more signs of JESUS’ soon return

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Mysterious Black Ring in Skies of Leamington Spa caught on Camera

Weather experts have been baffled by a black ring which appeared in the sky above Leamington Spa on Friday evening. Schoolgirl Georgina Heap was playing tennis with her mother Jo Heap when she looked up at the sky near Warwick castle and saw a mysterious black ring. She photographed the circle on her iPhone but so far, no one can explain the origin of the strange black mark.  The ring remained in the sky for around three minutes before disappearing completely. The circle resembles a giant smoke ring but Warwickshire Fire and Rescue service said that there had been no reports of fire at the time of the sighting.  The Met Office said that the ring did not appear to be weather-related. Nick Pope, an expert on UFOs and a previous government adviser on unexplained phenomena, said he believed the circle to be ‘organic’. He said: ‘It’s a truly bizarre image. It looks like a smoke ring, but I can’t see where it could have come from.  ’Other alternatives would include some sort of unusual meteorological phenomenon. ’One other possibility is that the shape is made up of millions of bees or other insects, but I’ve never heard of insects behaving in this way before, so if this is the explanation, it’s a real-life X-File.’ More

 

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NBC goes ‘apocalyptic’ over sign in sky

Hosts on NBC’s “Today” show have added a new element to the story about the “blood moons” taking place on Jewish holy days this year and next.  The end of the world. Reporting on the first of the coming full lunar eclipses, which will occur early Tuesday morning for most of the United States, one host said: “So it’s a little eerie. There’s a lot of speculation around it. It happens after 3 a.m. Eastern Time this morning. It will be cloudy on the East Coast, so maybe the world doesn’t end for us.” Another host added: “That’s the only thing I obtained from that piece, that the world may end tonight.” The conversation, with hosts talking over each other, continued: “How are you going to adjust your behavior accordingly?” “Liquid lunch? I don’t know.” “Seize the day, guys.” “You do that anyway.” But Pastor Mark Biltz, author of “Blood Moons: Decoding the Imminent Heavenly Signs,” who appeared in the “Today” segment, told WND he’s not suggesting the world will end based on the eclipses. Could the eclipses be a sign of the coming of significant world events? He does believe that. Should people be paying attention? Absolutely. In the NBC report Biltz said: “I think the fact that we’re having this total lunar eclipse on the Feast of Passover has great spiritual significance. You go to 32 and 33 A.D. when Jeshua, Jesus, died, there are solar lunar eclipses all over the biblical holidays at that time as well.” More

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Food Stamp Recipients Outnumber Women Who Work Full-Time.

People participating in the food stamp program outnumbered the women who worked full-time, year-round in the United States in 2012, according to data from the Department of Agriculture and the Census Bureau. In the average month of 2012, according to the Department of Agriculture, there were 46,609,000 people participating in the food stamp program (formally known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program). That contrasts with the 44,059,000 women who worked full-time, year-round in 2012, according to the Census Bureau’s report on Income, Poverty and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States. For each woman who worked full-time, year-round in 2012, there was slightly more than 1 other person collecting food stamps.

Food Stamp Recipients and Women Who Work Full-Time

In 2013, the average number of people on food stamps increased to 47,636,000. The Census Bureau will not publish its report on Income, Poverty and Health Insurance Coverage for 2013, which includes the data on women working full-time, until September. The Department of Agriculture’s website lists the annual average number of food stamps participants going back to 1969. That year, there were only 2,878,000 people on food stamps. Since then, food stamps participants have increased by 44,758,000—or about 1,552 percent. In 1969, there were 15,678,000 women who worked full-time, year-round in the United States. Through 2012, their numbers had increased by 28,381,000—or about 181 percent. Since 1969, there have been three years when the number of Americans taking food stamps outnumbered the women who worked full time, year-round. In 1976, there were 18,549,000 food stamps participants, and only 18,372,000 women working full-time. Then, in 2011, there were 44,709,000 food stamp participants and 43,702,000 women who worked full-time. (The Census Bureau has not published data for the number of women who worked full-time, year-round in 1974.) So far, 2011 and 2012 are the only back-to-back years on record when the number of Americans taking food stamps outnumbered the women working full-time year-round. CNSNEWS.COM

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Obama has Proposed 442 Tax Hikes Since Taking Office.

Since taking office in 2009, President Barack Obama has formally proposed a total of 442 tax increases, according to an Americans for Tax Reform analysis of Obama administration budgets for fiscal years 2010 through 2015. The 442 total proposed tax increases does not include the 20 tax increases Obama signed into law as part of Obamacare. “History tells us what Obama was able to do. This list reminds us of what Obama wanted to do,” said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform. The number of proposed tax increases per year is as follows:

-79 tax increases for FY 2010

-52 tax increases for FY 2011

-47 tax increases for FY 2012

-34 tax increases for FY 2013

-137 tax increases for FY 2014

-93 tax increases for FY 2015
Perhaps not coincidentally, the Obama budget with the lowest number of proposed tax increases was released during an election year: In February 2012, Obama released his FY 2013 budget, with “only” 34 proposed tax increases. Once safely re-elected, Obama came back with a vengeance, proposing 137 tax increases, a personal record high for the 44th President. In addition to the 442 tax increases in his annual budget proposals, the 20 signed into law as part of Obamacare, and the massive tobacco tax hike signed into law on the sixteenth day of his presidency, Obama has made it clear he is open to other broad-based tax increases. During an interview with Men’s Health in 2009, when asked about the idea of national tax on soda and sugary drinks, the President said, “I actually think it’s an idea that we should be exploring.” During an interview with CNBC’s John Harwood in 2010, Obama said a European-style Value-Added-Tax was something that would be novel for the United States.” Obama’s statement was consistent with a pattern of remarks made by Obama White House officials refusing to rule out a VAT. “Presidents are judged by history based on what they did in power. But presidents can only enact laws when the Congress agrees,” said Norquist. “Thus a record forged by such compromise tells you what a president — limited by congress — did rather than what he wanted to do.” Americans for Tax Reform

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RUSSIAN FIGHTER JET BUZZES NAVY WARSHIP…

A Russian fighter jet made multiple, close-range passes near an American warship in the Black Sea for more than 90 minutes Saturday amid escalating tensions in the region, U.S. military officials said Monday. In the first public account of the incident, the officials said the Russian Fencer made 12 passes, and flew within 1,000 yards of the USS Donald Cook, a Navy destroyer, at about 500 feet above sea level. The U.S. warship issued several radio queries and warnings using international emergency circuits, but the Russian aircraft did not respond. ”This provocative and unprofessional Russian action is inconsistent with international protocols and previous agreements on the professional interaction between our militaries,” said Army Col. Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman. The fighter appeared to be unarmed and never was in danger of coming in contact with the ship, said the officials. The passes, which occurred in the early evening there, ended without incident. A second Russian fighter jet flew at a higher altitude and was not a concern, said Warren. A U.S. military official also said that a Russian Navy ship, a frigate, has been shadowing the U.S. warship, remaining within visual distance but not close enough to be unsafe. The official was not authorized to discuss the incident publicly so spoke on condition of anonymity. Warren said that he is not aware of any official communication or protests by the U.S. to the Russians about incident. The USS Donald Cook has been conducting routine operations in international waters east of Romania. The ship, which carries helicopters, was deployed to the Black Sea on April 10, in the wake of the Russian military takeover of Ukraine’s Crimea region and ongoing unrest there. U.S. military officials have said the deployment is part of an effort to reassure allies and partners in the region. Ukraine’s acting President Oleksandr Turchynov on Monday called for the deployment of United Nations peacekeeping troops in the east of the country, where pro-Russian insurgents have occupied buildings in nearly 10 cities. The gunmen are demanding more autonomy from the central government and closer ties with Russia.
The West has accused Moscow of fomenting the unrest. And European Union foreign ministers are meeting in Luxembourg Monday to consider additional sanctions against Russian officials because of Moscow’s annexation of Crimea. The USS Donald Cook is now in port at Constanta, Romania. Romanian President Traian Basescu visited the ship Monday and said a second U.S. Navy warship – a frigate from the Navy’s Sixth Fleet in the Mediterranean Sea – is also heading to the Black Sea. ”My visit to the ship is symbolic, which first of all shows our respect to our NATO allies’ reaction who have strengthened their presence in the Black Sea after Russia’s annexation of Crimea,” said Basescu, who is a former ship captain. He said the Russians “had created a circle of fire around the Black Sea.” The U.S. frigate, which has not yet been identified, is expected to arrive in the Black Sea in the next two weeks. According to a U.S. military official, the frigate is likely to replace the USS Donald Cook, which is expected to return to the Mediterranean Sea.Associated Press

 

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DAYS OF LOT- Pharrell Williams comes out in support of “Gay Marriage”

Pharrell Williams joined Ellen DeGeneres on her talk show this week to talk the success of his new album, his affinity for women and his support for same-sex marriage. After giving an impassioned speech about the rights of women and gender inequality in America, Williams took a turn in his train of thought and told DeGeneres that gender equality was not the only form of equality he believes in. “We’re a species that has a space station floating above the Earth for 20 years,” the hip-hop singer-songwriter told Ellen. “We even have a rover on the surface of Mars. How can we be the same species that is telling people… we have legislators and legislation in places, in certain places that tells women what they can and cannot do with their bodies. How is that possible?” He went on to note, “When I say equality, I mean equality for everybody. Who are you telling who they can marry and who they can’t? What is this? This is 2014.” Huffington Post

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DAYS OF LOT – Huge Turnout for “Gay” Pride Parade in Miami Florida

Never let it be said Miami Beach doesn’t know how to party — especially during Gay Pride weekend. From a rainbow-colored police car to a street race in high heels, the big bash on Ocean Drive has always been one of the nation’s most fabulous celebrations. 2014′s big weekend, with Grand Marshals Gloria Estefan and choreographer Kenny Ortega, was no different. Check out the puppies, drag queens, pop star, socks and couples who make Miami Beach a place of pride. More

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DAYS OF LOT – Federal Judge Set To Issue Key Ohio Gay Marriage Ruling


CINCINNATI
 (AP) — A federal judge is expected to issue what could be the most sweeping ruling yet for gay marriage in Ohio by ordering the state to recognize the marriages of gay couples who wed in states that allow same-sex marriage. Judge Timothy Black indicated in court on April 4 that he expects to rule on Monday, ordering Ohio to recognize out-of-state gay marriages because the state’s ban violates constitutional rights and denies a fundamental right for people to marry the person of their choosing. His ruling would allow gay couples in Ohio to obtain the same benefits as any other married couple in the state, including property rights and the right to make some medical decisions for their partner. The ruling would not have a direct impact on any other state but Ohio. Black is not expected to force Ohio to allow gay marriages to be performed in the state.
The state plans to appeal Black’s ruling, arguing that Ohio has a sovereign right to ban gay marriage, which voters did overwhelmingly in 2004. Attorneys for the state also have said they’ll ask Black to issue a stay of his ruling to stop it from going into effect immediately as their appeal is pending if he doesn’t automatically do so. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine told The Associated Press on Wednesday that he believes marriage is between a man and woman, and that Ohio voters decided the same in 2004 when they passed the statewide gay marriage ban. ”My job as attorney general is to defend statutes and defend Ohio’s constitutional provisions,” he said. “This was voted on by voters so my job is to do that.” DeWine declined to speculate what the outcome of the state’s appeal will be or the future of gay marriage rights as a whole. ”Every state is having a lively debate over this and I think that’s a proper thing to do,” he said. “I think it’s pretty obvious that all these issues are going to be resolved by the 6th Circuit and some cases are going to get to the Supreme Court. They’re going to have a decision in the United States Supreme Court and we’re all going to have to accept that.” Gay marriage is legal in 17 states and Washington, D.C. Federal judges recently have struck down gay marriage bans in Michigan, Utah, Texas, Oklahoma and Virginia, though stays have been issued pending appeals. Similar to Ohio’s expected ruling, judges in Kentucky and Tennessee have ordered state officials to recognize out-of-state gay marriages. The Kentucky decision has been stayed pending appeal, while Tennessee’s ruling applies to only three couples. Al Gerhardstein, the Cincinnati civil rights attorney who has filed three gay marriage lawsuits in Ohio since June, said several gay couples who want to win the right to marry in Ohio have contacted him. He’s considering filing a new lawsuit on their behalf aimed at striking down Ohio’s gay marriage ban entirely. ”The ultimate goal is full marriage equality,” Gerhardstein said. Huffington Post

DAYS OF LOT – Gay Priest Violates Church Rules in a Big Way

A gay priest posed a major challenge to the Church of England’s stance against same-sex marriage over the weekend, flouting tradition and marrying his partner. Canon Jeremy Pemberton, 58, a hospital chaplain, wedded Laurence Cunnington Saturday at a ceremony that included friends and family. “I love this man and I want to be married to him,” Pemberton told the Daily Mail. “That’s what I want. It is the same as anyone who wants to get married. While the divorced father of five has the legal right to marry in England, he does not have church approval and could face disciplinary charges. It is believed that he’s the first gay clergy member to get married in Britain. The Church of England’s official regulations state that marriage is limited to one man and one woman, as traditionally held by many, if not most, Christian denominations. In addition to not entering into a gay marriage themselves, faith leaders are also not allowed to officiate or bless same-sex nuptials. In a letter addressing rules earlier this year, the church made its stance clear. “As our statement of 27th January indicated, we are not all in agreement about every aspect of the Church’s response, it read. “However we are all in agreement that the Christian understanding and doctrine of marriage as a lifelong union between one man and one woman remains unchanged.” It’s currently unclear what could happen as a result of Pemberton’s actions, though some are warning that a failure to discipline him could make the Church of England look weak — or that it will create division. “There’s no doubt that there is pressure within some parts of the church for the Church to change its mind on sexuality,” the Rev. Preb Rod Thomas, a staffer at Reform, a U.K. Christian organization, told the Telegraph. “If there is not clear discipline then it is the equivalent to saying ‘we really didn’t mean what we said.’ It will precipitate a crisis.” Gay marriage supporters, though, are happy with Pemberton’s move and hope that the church opts to affirm his matrimony. The Blaze

 

 

DAYS OF LOT – Illinois House Rejects Bill Banning Help for Homosexual Youth


SPRINGFIELD –
 The Illinois House of Representatives has rejected a bill that would have banned ‘sexual orientation change efforts’ for homosexual youth. HB 5569 was sponsored by Rep. Kelly Cassidy (D-Chicago), a lesbian lawmaker who also pushed for the legalization of same-sex “marriage” in the state last year. Cassidy’s bill, known as the Youth Mental Health Protection Act, asserts that there is nothing wrong with desiring to have sex with the same gender and bars mental health professionals from providing reparative or conversion therapy to youth under 18. “Being lesbian, gay or bisexual is not a disease, disorder, illness, deficiency or shortcoming,” the legislation states. “Illinois has a compelling interest in protecting the physical and psychological well-being of minors, including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth, and in protecting its minors against exposure to serious harms caused by sexual orientation change efforts.” It then mandates that “[a]ny sexual orientation change efforts attempted on a person under the age of by a mental health provider or any referral made by a mental health provider to a third party practicing sexual orientation change efforts shall be considered unprofessional conduct.” While the Act prohibits mental health professionals from helping youth fight homosexual temptation, it specifically states that it “does not include counseling or mental health services that provide acceptance, support and understanding of a person without seeking to change sexual orientation.” “The experts have weighed in. This is codifying the positions of every major mental health profession’s organization,” Cassidy declared prior to the vote, according to CBS Chicago. “This gives the Department of Professional Regulation the tools they need to protect the victims that I have heard from who have been horribly, horribly humiliated and abused.” But Rep. Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton) opposed the bill, stating that legislators have no business regulating mental health practices.More

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New PBS Series Pushing Evolution Urges Viewers to ‘Come Face-to-Face with Their Inner Fish’

In a new television series on PBS, an evolutionary paleontologist tries to convince viewers that they are direct descendants of fish from millions of years ago. Dr. Neil Shubin is a professor at the University of Chicago who primarily studies evolution. In 2008, Shubin published a best-selling book titled Your Inner Fish: A Journey into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body, in which he compares the human body with the anatomy of a fish. Shubin generated widespread publicity in 2006 when he announced the discovery of the Tiktaalik rosae fossil. Shubin claims this fossil is an important “transitional form” between fish and land animals. However, one Ph.D. Christian scientist has since described Shubin’s assertion as an “insupportable imaginative atheistic answer” to the origin of land animals. Last week, PBS premiered a TV series which spotlights Shubin and his research. The series, titled Your Inner Fish, explores the supposed evolutionary history of humans. “The series is full of revelations that will surprise many viewers,” a description of the show on the PBS website states. “Among the key insights: Our hands evolved from the fins of prehistoric fish. Our skin, hair and teeth can be traced to early reptiles. And our remarkable color vision is a legacy from ancient primates.” In the TV series, Shubin invites the audience to “come face-to-face with your ‘inner fish.’” “Using both the fossil record and DNA evidence, [Shubin] traces various parts of our body’s structure to creatures that lived long, long ago,” the PBS series overview says. “Along the way, he makes it clear that we can thank our fishy origins for many human characteristics.” More

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U.S. food prices up 19 percent in 2014; increasing inflation feared

Despite proclamations that the “economy is improving” and that “unemployment is down,” one thing is evident and that is – for a number of reasons – food costs are soaring, and as they do, those most vulnerable, like the poor, the elderly and those earning the lowest wages, are being hurt the most. ”We are sure the weather is to blame but what happens when pent-up demand (from a frosty east coast emerging from its hibernation) bumps up against a drought-stricken west coast unable to plant to meet that demand? The spot price (not futures speculation-driven) of US Foodstuffs is the best performing asset in 2014 – up a staggering 19 percent,” notes Tyler Durden over at Zero Hedge. In February, the site gave voice to a sort of prelude to the aforementioned scenario, in publishing a post by Michael Snyder of The Economic Collapse blog: Did you know that the U.S. state that produces the most vegetables is going through the worst drought it has ever experienced and that the size of the total U.S. cattle herd is now the smallest that it has been since 1951? Just the other day, a CBS News article boldly declared that “food prices soar as incomes stand still,” but the truth is that this is only just the beginning. If the drought that has been devastating farmers and ranchers out west continues, we are going to see prices for meat, fruits and vegetables soar into the stratosphere. Sure, prices are up because California’s drought is limiting supply. Some have even said that commodities prices are being pushed upward by speculators on Wall Street; that may be happening to an extent. But there are a number of other factors that the government doesn’t report as having much of an effect at all on food prices (and remember, the government doesn’t include “volatile” food and energy prices in its monthly inflation reports). Speaking of energy, the price of a gallon of fuel, especially diesel fuel, has a lot to do with the prices you pay at the grocery store.

Historically, food supplies were more much more local; transportation costs, therefore, were much reduced (and that was during the era of much cheaper fuel). Not anymore; the impact on prices that California’s drought is having demonstrates how vast the U.S. food supply chain has become. With it has come higher transport costs. Kimberly Amadeo, a U.S. Economy Guide at About.com notes: Food prices rise in response to high gas prices. That’s because transportation is a large cost of food you buy at the store. When you notice prices at the pump rising, expect to see the same thing happen in about six weeks at the grocery store. High gas prices are, themselves, usually caused by high oil prices. Here again, it usually takes about six weeks for increases in oil futures to translate to the pump.

Government policies don’t help keep prices down – Regulations and laws are also behind the increase. As NaturalNews has reported, with Americans hungry and hundreds of millions around the world starving, U.S. lawmakers have adopted an insane policy of burning up our food supply in the form of a corn-based ethanol fuel mandate (and by the way, ethanol-laced fuel gets much worse mileage, meaning you have to buy more of it to get where you’re going). It’s a policy that has never made much sense, but adopted more as a sop to Big Agriculture creating a market that otherwise would not have existed. Also, growing corn for ethanol reduces the available farm land to grow food crops. What’s more, a recent Congressional Budget Office report concluded that the increased use of ethanol accounts for 10-15 percent of the increase in food prices. Speaking of inane government policy, ever-changing subsidies for certain crops (which creates shortages) and paying farmers in some regions not to grow crops are two more factors that enhance shortages.Natural News

DAYS OF LOT – Is Internet Porn to Blame for Millennials Leaving the Church?

In a report released last Friday, computer scientist Allen Downey of Olin College of Engineering in Massachusetts found with the numbers of non-religiously affiliated Americans jumping from 8 to 18 percent from 1990 to 2010, the prevalence of Internet use has also increased from essentially zero to nearly 80 percent. Downey’s study suggested that increases in Internet use accounted for about 20 percent of the observed decrease in affiliation. In the 1980s, Internet use was essentially nil, but in 2010, 53 percent of the population spent two hours per week online and 25 percent surfed for more than seven hours, it says.  Downey posits that the correlation might be due to the Internet allowing individuals who grew up in one faith but are now interested in another religion to connect with people who share their current beliefs. ”For people living in homogeneous communities, the Internet provides opportunities to find information about people of other religions (and none), and to interact with them personally,” says Downey. “Conversely, it is harder (but not impossible) to imagine plausible reasons why disaffiliation might cause increased Internet use … Internet use decreases the chance of religious affiliation.” Writing on his personal, non-work affiliated blog earlier this week, Joe Miller, who works for the Christian publishing company Nelson Books, arrived at a different conclusion. ”Downey’s answer plays off the modernist prejudice that equates religion and ignorance. That’s false on its face,” he wrote. “But once we consider the Internet as a factor at all, there’s a far more obvious answer than wider horizons: porn.” ”Porn has been part of the Web from day one. And the stats for online consumption are staggering, even among Christians,” he continued.
Miller argued that porn inhibits “prayer and beneficial contemplation.” ”Given the Christian understanding of the spiritual life, we’re not capable of simultaneously pursuing our lusts and sanctification. Such a pursuit causes internal dissonance, and the only resolution involves eventually conceding to the pull of one or the other,” Miller wrote. Miller also pointed to Nate Larkin’s Samson and the Pirate Monks, where the author writes that he grew increasingly angry and then distant from God as he grew ever more immersed in porn. ”If the rise of the internet has anything to do with a loss of faith — and it’s an interesting thought — the role of ideas is likely minimal. Arguments don’t cool many hearts, but sin surely does,” he added. Orthodox Christian and writer Rod Dreher, who excerpted Miller’s post on his own blog, seconded Miller’s conclusions. ”If you accept the modern world’s view on sex, and abandon Christianity’s teaching, you will soon abandon Christianity. People don’t like to hear that, but it’s true.” In 2012, Pew Research reported that one-fifth of U.S. adults and one third of adults under 30 are not religiously affiliated. The number spiked five percent from 2007 and includes atheists, agnostics and those who simply do not label themselves with any particular religious affiliation. Project Know, which is currently running a campaign aimed at helping those addicted to pornography, states that according to WebMD, 420 million web pages contain pornographic material. The second-largest pornography site on the web “receives 100 million page views a day, and shows 4,000 videos a second during its peak hours. This one site receives an astounding 2 percent of the Internet’s total traffic.”Christian Post

Shooting Suspect Who Killed 3 at Kansas Jewish Center Identified; Had History of Anti-Semitism

Frazier Glenn Cross, a 73-year-old man from southwest Missouri with a long history of anti-Semitism, was arrested Sunday afternoon for allegedly opening fire and killing three people – two of them Christian – at and near a Jewish community center in the Kansas City suburb of Overland Park. As police were taking handcuffed Cross, a resident of Aurora, Mo., and known as F. Glenn Miller, in the back of a car, he yelled out, “Heil Hitler,” according to The Kansas City Star. Matt Davis, who saw Miller’s arrest and whose daughter was inside the center when the shooting took place, said that the man was smiling. “I was wondering, ‘Why is the guy smiling when he’s being arrested.’” According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, Miller is an Army veteran and retired truck driver who founded the Carolina Knights of the Ku Klux Klan. He has been involved in the “white supremacist” movement for most of his life. He was the group’s “grand dragon” until he was sued for operating an illegal paramilitary organization and using intimidation tactics against blacks. Miller then founded a similar group called the White Patriot Party. In 1987, federal agents found Miller and three other men in an Ozark mobile home filled with hand grenades, automatic weapons and thousands of rounds of ammunition. Miller tried running for U.S. House in 2006 and the U.S. Senate in 2010. The gunman, who was carrying a shotgun, a handgun and possibly an assault weapon, fired at five people Sunday afternoon but missed two of his targets, according to police.
The shootings, on the eve of the Jewish holiday of Passover, began around 1 p.m. Two males were shot in a parking lot outside the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City, one dying at the scene and the other at a hospital later, according to Reuters. The shooter then drove a mile away to the Village Shalom retirement community and killed a woman. The shooting came at a time when hundreds of high school singers were expected to audition for a contest. One of the victims has been identified as William Lewis Corporon, a Johnson County doctor. His 14-year-old grandson, identified as Reat Griffin Underwood, an Eagle Scout, died later at Overland Park Regional Medical Center. The third victim has yet to be identified. Corporon and his grandson attended United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, a suburb of Kansas City, Mo. The church’s senior pastor, the Rev. Adam Hamilton, told the congregation about the incident during Sunday evening service. “Help us, o Lord, to grieve as people of hope,” Hamilton was quoted as praying. The Jewish Community Center has said it will remain closed Monday. “Our hearts go out to the families who have suffered loss on this tragic day,” the center said in a statement. “Our heartfelt gratitude as well to all those in Kansas City and around the world who have expressed sympathy, concern and support.”Christian Post

 

 

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Russia’s Space defence force tests launch Yars new ballistic missile

Russia’s strategic missile force and air and space defence force have test-launched an inter-continental ballistic missile RS-24 with a multiple warhead from the Plesetsk space site. The missile blasted off from a mobile launcher at 10:40 Moscow time, the Defence Ministry’s strategic missile force spokesman, Colonel Igor Yegorov has said. “The main task of the launch was to confirm the reliability of a batch of missiles manufactured at the Votkinsk plant, in Udmurtia,” he said. The experimental warheads arrived at the designated area at the Kura testing range, in Kamchatka Peninsula.
The objectives were achieved in full, Yegorov said. RS-24 Yars was designed  by the academician of Moscow Institute of Thermal Technology Yuri Solomonov. This missile is based on scientific, technical and technological solutions implemented in a rocket complex Topol-M, which significantly reduced the time and cost to create it. Adopting RS-24 with a multiple warhead increased combat capabilities of Russia’s strategic missile force to overcome missile defense systems, thereby strengthening the nuclear deterrence potential of the Russian strategic nuclear forces. This missile replaced ICBM RS -12M Topol, RS-18 Stiletto. ”In future, the SS-24 mobile groups form the basis of the Strategic Missile Forces, which will be capable guarantee the security of the country and its allies until the middle of the XXI century,” Yegorov said. ITAR TASS News Agency

Western nations on Sunday accused Russia of massing tens of thousands of well-equipped troops near the Ukrainian border in preparation for a Crimea-style invasion, while Russia denounced what it said was Ukraine’s Russophobic, anti-Semitic leadership. ”Satellite images show that there are between 35,000 and 40,000 Russian troops in the vicinity of the border with Ukraine, equipped with combat aircraft, tanks, artillery and logistical support units,” Ambassador Mark Lyall Grant said. ”This is in addition to the 25,000 Russia troops based illegally in Crimea,” Lyall Grant added in his speech during an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council on Ukraine. French Ambassador Gerard Araud echoed Lyall Grant’s remarks. The meeting of the 15-nation council, the first emergency session on the Ukrainian crisis in weeks, was convened at Russia’s request. Council diplomats said Moscow wanted it to be a closed meeting by France and other Western insisted that it be a public session. The council has held numerous emergency meetings on Ukraine but has been incapable of taking concrete action because of Russia’s sharp disagreements with the United States and Europe. Last month Russia vetoed a Western draft resolution that would have condemned Crimea’s referendum on secession from Ukraine, held when it was already occupied by Russian military forces. As expected, the council took no action on Sunday. Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin dismissed the criticisms of Russia’s actions in Ukraine, telling the council, “Many inaccurate accusations were made against Russia.” He blamed the Kiev government for the unrest across southeastern Ukraine and described its threatened military operation in the region as a “criminal use of force.” He was referring to Ukraine’s ultimatum to pro-Russian separatists to disarm by Monday or face armed force. ”Things might take an irreversible turn for the worst,” Churkin said about the ultimatum, without elaborating. ”The authorities (in Ukraine) do not want to listen to those who do not accept the imposed dominance in Kiev of national radicals and chauvinists, Russophobic, anti-Semitic forces,” he said. “The grotesque Russophobia and embedded hatred has become the norm in the Verkhovna Rada (parliament) as well.”

Kiev has repeatedly said the rebellions across Ukraine are inspired and directed by the Kremlin. But action to dislodge the armed militants risks tipping the stand-off into a new, dangerous phase as Moscow has warned it will protect the region’s Russian-speakers if they come under attack. One Ukrainian state security officer was killed and five were wounded on the government side in Sunday’s operation in Slaviansk, Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said. U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power suggested that Russia was dissembling about its true intentions in eastern Ukraine, where many Russian-speakers live. ”You have heard these last weeks Russia disclaim any intention of occupying or invading,” she said. “You have heard it publicly, and we have heard it privately.” ”Unfortunately, the fact is that the armed seizure of buildings in six eastern Ukrainian towns yesterday and several more today mirrors the tactics Russian forces used in the early stages of the Crimea invasion,” Power said, adding that the instability “was written and choreographed in, and by, Russia”. Ukraine’s envoy, Yuriy Sergeyev, echoed the remarks of Power and other Western envoys, noting that the troops massing near Ukraine were “obviously the professional special forces”. He also said, “We don’t want any clashes.” Lithuanian Ambassador Raimonda Murmokaite spoke of Russia’s “unending provocations” and attempts to dismember Ukraine. ”Where there was no unrest, unrest and chaos are being created by pro-Russian militias, again anonymous without insignia, again carrying the same modern models of assault weapons as seen in Crimea,” Murmokaite said. ”Again the external anti-Ukrainian and anti-Western propaganda machine is in full swing, inciting suspicion, mistrust and hatred waiting to explode,” she added. No country on the council spoke out strongly in Russia’s defense. Moscow’s traditional ally and fellow veto power on the Security Council, China, merely called for all parties in Ukraine to “keep calm and exercise restraint.” Yahoo News

Third earthquake strikes Nicaragua in less than a week: fears rampant of ‘big one’


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 – A third earthquake in less than a week struck Nicaragua early on Monday morning, shaking buildings in the capital, Managua, though there were no immediate reports of damage. An official at Nicaragua’s seismological authority said the quake magnitude was 5.6, but its shallow depth had imparted a greater impact. The US Geological Survey (USGS) said the quake struck some 6 km (4 miles) northwest of Managua at a depth of 14 km. The USGS initially registered the quake at magnitude 5.1. Emergency services in Managua were checking for signs of impact, but did not immediately report any damage. Earthquakes also struck Nicaragua on Thursday and Friday last week. The latter, of magnitude 6.6, was felt as far away as El Salvador and Costa Rica. –Times of India A 5.1-magnitude earthquake shook Nicaragua on Sunday night, the third quake to hit the Central American nation within a week.
Seven homes collapsed but there have so far been no reports of any casualties. Officials said the quakes could be an indication that the geological fault line which runs underneath the capital, Managua, has been re-activated. Movement in the Estadia fault caused the 1972 quake which killed at least 5,000 people and devastated Managua. Nicaragua was struck by another two earthquakes on Thursday and Friday last week, raising fears a bigger quake may hit “within days.” The president said there had been reports of injuries, but did not give further details. Angelica Munoz of Ineter, the Nicaraguan state body which monitors tremors, said there had been nine aftershocks following Sunday’s quake. She said one of the aftershocks had originated in the fault line which caused the 1972 earthquake, in which large parts of Managua’s city centre were destroyed and two thirds of its one million residents displaced. Extinction Protocol

Nurses in Britain ‘stretched to breaking point’.

Half of nurses are working through breaks or beyond their shift, revealing a health service under severe strain, a report has warned. A survey of almost 3,000 nurses by Unison showed that two-thirds believed they did not spend enough time with patients, which most said affected care. Three out of five of those questioned felt that staff numbers led to lower standards of care, while almost half said they were looking after eight or more patients. The report, Running on Empty, said half of nurses were not confident about raising any concerns they had with their local managers  Gail Adams, Unison’s head of nursing, said: “One of the most damaging findings of this survey is how little has changed since last year. ”Despite all the government rhetoric, despite the Francis, Keogh and Cavendish reports, the spectre of another Mid Staffs still looms large over the NHS.
Progress on safe staffing levels has been glacial and that means poorer care and patients still at risk. ”It’s clear that despite nurses working through breaks and beyond their hours, they simply do not have enough time to give patients the care and attention they need. That is distressing for patients and for the staff trying to care for them. ”The government needs to face up to the damage it is inflicting on patients and staff, by not introducing legally enforceable nurse-to-patient ratios, and take urgent action.” The union claimed that the survey also revealed an overuse of agency staff in the NHS. In another study last week, Unison said the ambulance service was on the verge of breaking down because of stress levels among staff. The issues will be debated at Unison’s health conference in Brighton, which opens on Monday. The Guardian

 

Tech insiders dumped shares ahead of slide.

Insiders at some of the hottest private and publicly traded internet companies unloaded substantial personal stakes ahead of the slump in tech stocks that started at the beginning of March. The selling has stirred unease among some investors, who see the sales as opportunistic moves revealing a lack of confidence in their companies’ stock prices as shares in the fastest-growing internet companies soared in 2013.  Selling by founders and other insiders at private companies – taking advantage of a bubble in valuations in start-ups thought to be close to launching an initial public offering – raises some of the biggest concerns, according to investors. “Individuals selling before going public is always a bad sign,” said Mr Sebastian Thomas, a portfolio manager at Allianz Global Investors.
“If you believe in the business, why would you take out money at what is presumably a lower valuation in the private market?” As the lock-ups which prevented insider sales after their 2012 IPOs expired, executives and directors at companies such as WorkdayService Now and Splunk have sold steadily, raising almost $750m between them over the past 12 months. Shares in these so-called “software as a service” companies, which sell online access to software applications running in their own data centres, have fallen 30-45 per cent from peaks hit six weeks ago. “It was a great deal for them – they took advantage of a big run-up,” said one tech investor. Many of the sales were made through pre-arranged stock trading plans that spread disposals over a long period of time, so that corporate insiders have no discretion over the timing of individual transactions. Also, the slump in tech stocks has in many cases only wiped out the gains of the past six months, leaving share prices still above the levels at which insiders were selling for much of last year. More

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Satanic Temple launches campaign to ‘protect’ children and permit them to pray to Satan

Satanists want in on the right to pray in school – as long as they can pray to the devil. The Satanic Temple states that they are fighting for the rights of public school students to learn in a cruelty-free classroom. In a press release, the NYC organisation declares May 15 as “Protect Children Day,” and describes a goal of ending physical and mental abuse in public schools. After students register on Satanic Temple’s ProtectChildrenProject.com, “the Temple will then notify their respective school boards that their deeply held beliefs oppose physical and psychological abuses, including the use of corporal punishment, physical restraints, and isolation rooms as forms of punishment,” a press release states. The Protect Children Project’s website encourages children to submit their name, email address, and the name of their school in order to receive help from the Temple. The organization maintains that submission does not make one a Temple member, and is open to all denominations.
“One of the fundamental tenets of The Satanic Temple is personal sovereignty and the inviolability of one’s body and mind,” Temple spokesperson Lucien Greaves said. “Hitting a child or placing them in solitary confinement goes entirely against our beliefs.” According to an Education Week article, there are no federal laws regarding corporal punishment, and the practice is legal in 19 states. The article and The Satanic Temple’s press release both cite a U.S. Department of Education statistic stating that in one year, over 200,000 students were physically punished in school. ProtectChildrenProject.com provides fact sheets on physical and psychological abuse in schools, an FAQ for students, and a Satanic activity book.  ”We want children to know that they are permitted to pray to Satan in school and that they can even share their religious beliefs with others in accordance with certain guidelines,” Greaves said. Christian Today Australia

Citizen scientists prepare to test West Coast for Fukushima radiation

All along the Pacific coast of North America and as far south as Costa Rica, people with little or no scientific background have volunteered to raise money for the program and collect the sea water samples needed to test for radiation. The crowdsourcing, citizen-scientist program is the idea of Ken Buesseler, a research scientist at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, the world’s biggest private-non-profit oceanographic agency. Buesseler began his career studying the spread of radioactivity from Chernobyl in the Black Sea and has been working with Japanese scientists since mid-2011 to understand the spread of radiation from Fukushima across the Pacific Ocean. Buesseler said in a phone interview from Japan that he was motivated by public concern over radiation from Fukushima and his frustration at the reluctance of the U.S. government to fund a program to measure radiation that is expected to arrive on the West Coast this spring. He said because the radiation levels are expected to be low, federal U.S. officials didn’t consider it a priority. As well, radiation in the oceans fell into the bureaucratic cracks: the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s responsbility extends to oceans but not radiation; the Department of Energy is responsible for monitoring radiation but not in the ocean. More

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Company unveils first age-verifying, pot vending machine

Stephen Shearin believes his company is evolving the marijuana industry by creating a vending machine for pot and pot products. ”It’s extremely cool this is the first one,” Shearin said. Shearin is the chief operating officer for Tranzbyte, a company that owns American Green. American Green is the manufacturer of a vending machine called the ZaZZZ, which starts by verifying a person’s age through their driver’s license. ”They would swipe their driver’s license at which point multiple cameras would allow us to use some advanced biometrics to make absolutely certain that the person who swiped the card is the owner of that card,” Shearin said. The ZaZZZ machine could contain marijuana, pot edibles, and other pot-related products. But, it will not be located in the open public. ”These are designed at this point legally to go inside dispensaries,” Shearin said. He compares the machines to automated express checkouts at the grocery store. He says the point of vending machine is help business move fasters inside marijuana dispensaries. Greg Honan is the owner of Herbal Elements, a dispensary in Eagle-Vail. His store will be the first to house the ZaZZZ vending machine. Honan says the pot vending machine actually makes his product more secure. ”You can really stack inventory in a safe manner in a concentrated area,” Honan said.
He says the products sold inside will all be tracked by radio frequency identification chips. ”This takes a little pressure off of the people monitoring the medicine area so they don’t have to look over shoulders. You can fit a lot more choices in a small area,” Honan said. “There’s no theft issue, There’s no product disappearing.” Since the machines will be located inside dispensaries with a necessary driver’s license verification, Shearin says people do not have to worry about marijuana getting into the wrong hands. ”I’m a father of a 12-year-old daughter and I wouldn’t want her having access to it, so we paid close attention to that,” Shearin said. The vending machine was unveiled in Avon to the company’s investors who travelled from around the country to see it take pictures with the Zazzz. ”Almost like it’s a part of history,” Jerry Skinner, an investor from Massachusetts, said. “If it works out, it could be a big thing.” Right now, the vending machine will not be in the open public, but Shearin says that could change. ”As time and laws evolve, who knows where it will be,” Shearin said. “At that point, we’ll have higher security. But, at this point, it’s not something we have to address because versions one, two will never be in the town square.” 9 NEWS

Iran has unveiled plans to double its oil production by the end of the decade and, ignoring sanctions, pump billions of dollars of its currency reserves into developing its share of the world’s largest natural gas reservoir in the Persian Gulf. The country’s new oil minister, Bijan Zanganeh, has set a new output target of 5.7m barrels per day (bpd) of crude by 2018, according to the official state-run news agency Shana. The latest figures produced by the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec), show that Iran is currently pumping about 3m bpd of crude. Tehran is also sending strong signals to the international community that it plans to press ahead with the development of vast natural gas reserves that it shares with Qatar in the Persian Gulf. Moshtaq Ali-Gohari, head of the National Iranian Oil Company, told Shana over the weekend that the Islamic republic plans to invest almost $14bn (£8.3bn) to develop oil and gas fields that it shares with neighbours in the region. This could signal that Tehran is preparing for the further development of the South Pars field in the Gulf. South Pars, combined with Qatar’s North Dome area, is estimated by the International Energy Agency (IEA) to hold 1,800 trillion cubic feet of natural gas and 51bn barrels of natural gas condensate – a high-value type of petroleum. The area has made Qatar the largest shipper of liquefied natural gas (LNG) in the world and a global energy superpower. Discovered in 1990, the development of South Pars area has been plagued by technical problems, contractual disputes and the imposition of sanctions that forced international oil companies (IOCs) to step back. More

Rockies and Midwest bracing for wintry blast and lower temps

It may be spring, but winter is making a comeback. Up to two feet of snow is forecast for parts of Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, South Dakota and Nebraska by Sunday night, while several Midwestern states and the south central U.S. will receive a cold blast that could drive temperatures in some regions to record April lows. In Colorado, rain turned into snow as temperatures plunged from the low 70s Saturday. The front range of the Rocky Mountains was expected to get 8 to 16 inches of snow, with up to a half-foot in Denver, according to Denver TV station KUSA. Temperatures are expected to fall into the upper teens by Sunday night, with wind gusts of up to 25 mph. More

China seizes more than 10,000 illegal guns in crackdown

China has seized more than 10,000 illegal guns in the southwestern province of Guizhou, state television reported on Sunday, marking its largest haul of illegal firearms as it steps up efforts to crack down on violent crime. Police in the city of Guiyang seized 10,500 guns and 120,000 forbidden knives, China Central Television said. Fifteen people suspected of being part of a criminal gang involved in the manufacturing and trafficking of firearms were arrested, it said. The gang’s distribution network covered Hunan, Guangdong, Sichuan and 27 other provinces, CCTV said. Gun attacks are rare in China but the government has stepped up efforts against violent crime following a spate of incidents, including a knife attack at a station in Kunming city in March blamed on militants from the western region of Xinjiang. Last month, police shot dead a man who went on a rampage with a knife killing five people after a dispute between market vendors got out of control. China’s leadership is highly sensitive to issues of unrest from separatists in Xinjiang to dissidents organizing through social media networks. Reuters

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Boko Haram Islamists in Nigeria kill 68 in village attacks, witnesses say

Suspected Islamist militants have killed at least 60 people in an attack on a village in north-east Nigeria, witnesses said. Boko Haram, which wants to carve an Islamic state out of Africa’s most populous country, split roughly equally between Christians and Muslims, has killed thousands since launching an uprising in the north-east over four years ago. Witnesses said the gunmen attacked the village of Kala Balge near the Cameroon border from several different quarters, shooting sporadically as terrified residents tried to flee. ”I’m making efforts to evacuate my parents from the town,” said Ibrahim Bukar, 35, after escaping the attack. He said he counted 60 bodies scattered around after the insurgents left. Most have since been buried by the villagers, he said. In a separate assault, insurgents killed eight people at a teacher training college in the remote village of Dikwa, witnesses said. ”They entered at night. They killed my brother Madu. The insurgents shot him in front of his wife and two sons. Then they shot them too,” Yakubu Saleh said via telephone. President Goodluck Jonathan ordered extra troops into north-east Nigeria last May to try to crush the rebels, the biggest security threat to Africa’s top oil producer. But the rebels have retreated into the remote hilly Gwoza area bordering Cameroon, from where they have stepped up their campaign, mounting deadly attacks against security forces and civilians they accuse of being pro-government. ABC

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‘Dangerous Escalation’ In Ukraine Crisis

World leaders have warned of a “dangerous escalation” in the Ukraine crisis as fatal clashes broke out in the east of the country. The UN Security Council held an emergency meeting in New York after at least two people were killed and several injured when pro-Russian fighters seized government buildings in the city of Slavyansk. Armed men that Western leaders claim are Russian forces have set up checkpoints and barricades in six towns in the area. Ukraine’s new government has set a deadline of 7am UK time for pro-Russian forces to put down their weapons and leave occupied buildings. The UK’s ambassador to the UN, Sir Mark Lyall Grant, told the Security Council Sunday’s bloodshed was a “dangerous escalation of an already dangerous situation”. He said satellite images show between 35,000 and 40,000 Russian troops are massed near the Ukraine border, in addition to the 25,000 “illegally” in Crimea. More

 

 

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