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WAR DRUMS – Third NATO ship expected in the Black Sea

A third NATO ship is expected in the Black Sea late this week, after two US ships arrived last week and this week. The French frigate Dupleix, now stationed in Cyprus, should arrive in the Black Sea on Saturday or Sunday. However, USS Donald Cook will return to the Mediterranean Sea, according to diplomatic sources quoted by the Russia agency Itar-Tass. The French ship should have already arrived in the Black Sea on April 14. The US ship USS Donald Cook, currently stationed in the Western part of the Black Sea, would leave today, and the French ship Dupuy de Lome, which patrols the center of the Black Sea, would leave next Thursday, on April 30. More

Banker Death ‘Epidemic’ Spreads To China

Until now, the terrible trail of dead bankers has been only among US and European financial executives. However, as Caixin reports, the increasing pressures on the Chinese banking system appear to have take their first toll. Li Jianhua, director of China’s Banking Regulatory Commission (CBRC), died this morning due to a “sudden heart attack” – he was less than 49 years old. Li was among the main drafters on new “caveat emptor” market-based rules on China’s shadowy banking system and recently said in an interview that “now is not only a time to control risk, but to transform the trust industry.. if it’s too loose, it’s a big problem.” Li was found by his wife. More

Strongest sandstorm in decades sweeps China

A strong sandstorm swept Gansu Province in northwest China on Wednesday, reducing visibility to less than 65ft, according to the provincial meteorological center. The sandstorm, the strongest since 1996 according to reports, started in the early afternoon in Dunhuang County. ”Suddenly it became dark and I can’t tell whether it’s day or night,” said one resident. ”My nose hurts and I can’t open my eyes,” another resident said. The Jiuquan City Meteorological Center, which includes Dunhuang, issued a sandstorm red alert, the highest level alert, forecasting that visibility would be reduced to less than 164ft throughout Jiuquan on Wednesday evening. More

As the Vatican prepares the canonization ceremonies for Pope John Paul XXIII and Pope John Paul II this Sunday, the unspoken issue dividing the Roman Catholic Church and the White House is President Obama’s determination to force faith-based groups to pay for abortions and contraception as part of Obamacare. Pope Francis, affirming Catholic doctrine, recently characterized abortion as an “unspeakable crime.” Obama, nevertheless, is sending to the Vatican a three-person delegation with an activist pro-abortion history to represent the U.S. at the canonizations. At a Planned Parenthood conference in Washington, D.C., one year ago, President Obama ended his remarks with: “Thank you, Planned Parenthood. God bless you. God bless America,” despite the group’s status as the No. 1 provider of abortions in the U.S. More

 

The pattern of your vein just might change your next trip to the hospital or even save your life in an emergency situation.  Palm vein scanners are being used to get the right care to the right patient with a new system called PatientSecure. The new registration process with Lake Charles Memorial Health System centers on biometric identification.  “You place your right hand on the scanner and scoot it all the way up,” explained Patient Access manager, Kimberlee Roberts. I was curious to see how it worked, so Roberts led me through the quick process.  It starts with stating your birthday, then placing your hand on the palm scan device, followed by a picture.  “Next time you come in, we’ll just simply ask for your date of birth and scan your hand and we’ll be able to find you,” said Roberts. More

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Russia may ban swearing in films and music

The Russian parliament has reportedly taken steps towards banning swearing in public, including in films and music. The bill, passed in Moscow’s lower house, would impose fines for swearing in films, plays, concerts and shows, and could be enforced as soon as 1 July, the BBC reported via the Itar-Tass news agency. Those who swear in public could be punished with a fine of up to 2,500 roubles (£42), while officials would have to pay double. What is classed as swearing will be decided upon by a committee… More

Nigerian Christians: ‘Our Blood Will Speak about Christ’

In Nigeria, Christians in the Muslim-majority North have been the targets of relentless deadly attacks by Islamic extremists. More than 200 pastors in the Northeastern Borno state have either fled, closed their churches, or have been murdered by the militant Islamic group Boko Haram. Christian leaders who remain have committed to fasting and praying for the region one week each month. “We have to stay and uphold the name of Christ in this state,” one pastor named James told the international ministry Open Doors. “We are willing to pay the price for our calling. We don’t only share the Gospel when things are rosy,” he continued. “It is to be done in every situation. Hunger and want will never discourage us. Swords and guns, even the roar of the devil, will only encourage us to stand first for Christ.” More

This Past Winter was so bad Starving Rats ate Trees to Survive

By now, most of North America has thawed out from a brutal winter that introduced unhappy phrases such as “polar vortex” into the lexicon. But some effects of the long-lasting, subfreezing temperatures are only now becoming apparent. One surprise was the discovery that starving rats in New York City had attacked the trees in urban parks for sustenance. “With the deep snow and the cold winter, probably they didn’t have access to the normal food supply and it was a lot colder this winter,” Rich Hallett, a research ecologist with the U.S. Forest Service, told WNYC. “So they went after the trees.” The trees — which even in winter have some carbohydrates (mostly sucrose) in the vascular tissue beneath their bark — had been gnawed by rats all the way around the base of the trunk, a practice called “girdling” that usually kills a tree. More

 

 

 

Record ice covers large chunk of Great Lakes

The cold winter and spring have caused a record amount of ice to remain on the Great Lakes, wreaking havoc with shipping and wildlife, according to data from Environment Canada, a government agency. ”It’s been a very tough ice season on shipping,” especially in the upper Lakes, says George Leshkevich, a scientist with the Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.  He added that the unusual ice cover “has had societal, economic and ecological impacts.” As of Wednesday, ice covered 33.9% of the Great Lakes, the largest ice cover so late in the season since accurate measurements from satellites began in the late 1970s. Usually by this time, all but about 2% of the Great Lakes are free of ice.More

 

Preparing For A Reset Of The World’s Reserve Currency

 

Willem Middelkoop and Terence van der Hout of the Netherlands-based Commodity Discovery Fund believe that when the world’s reserve currency is reset away from the U.S. dollar in the next decade, gold prices will rise and mining equities will follow. Van der Hout and Middelkoop tell The Gold Report that by focusing on producers, near-producers ,and turnaround stories, they plan to capitalize on the opportunities in North America, Africa and beyond. More

Feds Beg Supreme Court to Let Them Search Phones Without a Warrant

American law enforcement has long advocated for universal “kill switches” in cellphones to cut down on mobile device thefts. Now the Department of Justice argues that the same remote locking and data-wiping technology represents a threat to police investigations–one that means they should be free to search phones without a warrant. In a brief filed to the U.S. Supreme Court yesterday in the case of alleged Boston drug dealer Brima Wurie, the Justice Department argues that police should be free to warrantlessly search cellphones taken from suspects immediately at the time of arrest, rather than risk letting the suspect or his associates lock or remotely wipe the phone before it can be searched. The statement responds to briefs made to the court by the Center for Democracy and Technology and the Electronic Frontier Foundation arguing that warrantless searches of cellphones for evidence represents a serious violation of the suspect’s privacy beyond that of a usual warrantless search of a suspect’s pockets, backpack, or car interior. More

Hidden surveillance recorders all over NYC are tweeting people’s conversations

A pair of artists have hidden recording devices in random public and private places around New York City and have been tweeting people’s private conversations for months as part of an experiment to increase surveillance awareness. Kyle McDonald and Brian House installed the Wi-Fi-enabled audio recorders in lamps at McDonalds, a library, a bank, Washington Square Park and even a bedroom. The captured audio is then sent to the crowdsourcing Internet marketplace Mechanical Turk, where workers transcribe the conversations and post them on Twitter. They call the project “Conversnitch.” More

 

The reconciliation agreement between the two major Palestinian factions, Fatah and Hamas, which was signed in Gaza on Wednesday, is based on a two-state solution and recognizes the State of Israel, senior Fatah official Jibril Rajoub said on Thursday. ”The reconciliation that we achieved will be implemented according to the program of Abu Mazen [Palestinian President Mahmuod Abbas] which recognizes the state of Israel,” Rajoub said, in an interview with Army Radio’s Good Morning Israel program. He added that the two-state solution envisages “a Palestinian state in the 1967 borders and the state of Israel with its capital in West Jerusalem.” Hamas leader Ismail Haniya “is obliged to uphold Abu Mazen’s policy,” Rajoub stressed. More

Why A New Skyscraper In Saudi Arabia Could Mean Doom For The Global Economy

Saudi Arabia is expected to begin work on the Kingdom Tower next week. The building in Jeddah is expected to cost $1.23 billion and stand 3,280 feet tall, according to the Saudi Gazette. That’s 568 feet taller than Dubai’s Burj Khalifa. Construction is also underway on Sky City in China, projected to be 2,749 feet tall. Sky City is expected to finish before the Kingdom Tower and will, for a very brief period, hold the title of the world’s tallest building. Two years ago, Barclays introduced its Skyscraper Index, which suggests that construction booms, highlighted by record-breaking skyscrapers, coincide with the beginning of economic downturns. More

Though the European Central Bank continues to play down deflation concerns, it is preparing measures to combat falling prices in the event of an emergency. Are the growing fears warranted? One of European Central Bank President Mario Draghi’s most important duties is watching his mouth. One ill-considered utterance is enough to sow panic on the financial markets. But during a press conference earlier this month, Draghi allowed himself a telling slip. Speaking to gathered journalists at the Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, Draghi twice almost uttered a word he has been at pains to avoid. “Defla…”, Draghi began, before stopping himself and continuing with the term “low inflation.” Yet despite Draghi’s efforts, the specter of deflation was omnipresent in Washington during the meetings. And it is one that is making central bank heads and government officials nervous across the globe. The IMF in particular is alarmed, with Fund economists warning that there is currently up to a 20 percent risk of a euro zone-wide deflation. IMF head Christine Lagarde has called on European central bankers to “further loosen monetary policy” to address the danger. More

 

‘Praise Darwin!’ UConn Professor Goes Ape During Campus Preaching


STORRS, Conn.
 – A University of Connecticut professor asserted that he came from an ape on Tuesday as he went wild during a campus gospel presentation that included discussion on evolution. James Boster, Professor of Anthropology at University of Connecticut, spent over two hours attempting to draw students away from several evangelists that were open-air preaching and distributing gospel literature on campus. Evangelist Don Karns of Hampton, Virginia told Christian News Network that Boster approached him as he was holding a sign about evolution and became condescending and confrontational. “He asked me if I had accepted Darwin as my lord and savior,” Karns stated. “He was very agitated, very demonstrative. … It was very unbecoming of a professor.” Minutes later, Boster also began to heckle campus tour coordinator Scott Smith of Schoolmaster Ministries of Raleigh, North Carolina as he preached. More

 

WAR DRUMS – First troops land in Poland as US beefs up Baltic presence

The first American troops arrived in Poland on Wednesday, after Washington said it was sending a force of 600 there and to the Baltic states amid rising tensions with Russia over Ukraine. Some 130 soldiers from the 173rd Airborne Brigade — nicknamed “Sky Soldiers” — touched down early afternoon in Swidwin, in the northwest of the country, and were welcomed by Poland’s defence minister. ”Every day we work on the defence of our country but in a world that is changing, and that is full of threats, we need strong and steadfast allies such as the United States and NATO,” Minister Tomasz Siemoniak said under a cloudy sky. The troops, who are usually based in Vicenza, Italy, arrived at the base on two Hercules transport planes. More

Exactly Like 7 Years Ago? 2014 Is Turning Out To Be Eerily Similar To 2007

The similarities between 2007 and 2014 continue to pile up.  As you are about to see, U.S. home sales fell dramatically throughout 2007 even as the mainstream media, our politicians and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke promised us that everything was going to be just fine and that we definitely were not going to experience a recession.  Of course we remember precisely what followed.  It was the worst economic crisis since the days of the Great Depression.  And you know what they say – if we do not learn from history we are doomed to repeat it.  Just like seven years ago, the stock market has soared to all-time high after all-time high.  Just like seven years ago, the authorities are telling us that there is nothing to worry about.  Unfortunately, just like seven years ago, a housing bubble is imploding and another great economic crisis is rapidly approaching.More

 

OPPOSITION RISING TO COLORADO GUN CONTROL


DENVER
— More than a year after pushing through through some of the toughest gun control measures in the country, Colorado Democrats are finding it harder than ever to get the state’s residents to get behind them. A Quinnipiac University Poll released Wednesday found that the strict new gun-control laws are losing support among voters.= The survey found that only 39 percent of Colorado voters favor the state’s hotly debated 2013 package of gun control measures, down from 43 percent support in Quinnipiac’s Feb. 5 poll. At the same time, opposition to the gun control laws is rising. The poll found that 56 percent of Colorado voters oppose the firearms laws, up from 52 percent in the Feb. 5 survey. More

Fourth graders busted for selling pot at elementary school…


DENVER
  – Two Colorado fourth graders were busted for selling marijuana at their elementary school, prompting officials today to urge adults to keep their weed locked away from kids. School officials said a 10-year-old fourth grade boy brought a small quantity of leafy marijuana to Monfort Elementary School in Greeley, Colorado, on Monday. “He sold it to three other fourth graders on the school playground, which resulted in a profit to the young man of $11,” John Gates, director of safety and security for the Greeley-Evans School District, told ABC News. The next day, Gates said one of the three young buyers brought a marijuana edible to school and gave it to the boy who sold the pot on Monday. That boy took a bite, but did not suffer any ill effects, Gates said. Both boys apparently got the weed from relatives, according to Gates. More

 

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Iowa Senate Renews Effort to Legalize Medical Marijuana

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