World news matching bible prophesy 13/05 to 15/05

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MERS outbreak becomes more urgent, WHO says – Saudis reports 5 more deaths, 22 U.S. airports put on alert

Saudi Arabia reported five more deaths on Wednesday from a mysterious respiratory virus that first appeared there two years ago and has since spread to at least 16 other countries, including the United States. The Saudi Health Ministry said the latest fatalities from infections caused by the virus, known as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS, brought the total in that country to 157. Saudi Arabia accounts for the vast majority of the 171 deaths and 571 infections from the virus globally. The Saudi announcement came as the World Health Organization said in a statement that its concern about MERS “had significantly increased,” but that there was still “no evidence of sustained human-to-human transmission” of the virus. –NY Times
Two more cases in US – Two health workers in the U.S. are now showing signs of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) after exposure to an infected Saudi resident. CBC News Canada reports that the two workers have already been isolated, one is being treated in the hospital while the other is isolated in his home where he is being monitored. These two workers have been isolated because they are showing flu-like symptoms, which is how MERS starts. Florida’s method of response has been to isolate potential MERS patients first and then confirm or refute that they are carrying the virus after. As a result, these two have already been isolated. Additionally, there are 15 other workers at the hospital the Saudi resident visited that came into contact with him. They have been asked to stay home until they are cleared.
These new suspected cases come less than two weeks after the first U.S. case. On May 2, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported the first confirmed U.S. case of MERS.  Public health officials are assuring citizens that there is very low risk to the general public.  Still, the Daily Herald reports that CDC officials are contacting individuals that may be at risk and will respond if others are showing symptoms. MERS is a coronavirus of the same family as severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS).  The World Health Organization reports that MERS suddenly appeared and started infecting people in September 2012 and may have a higher mortality rate than SARS. However, CBS News reports that SARS infected healthy and unhealthy people at comparable rates, while MERS seems to affect vulnerable people at a drastically higher rate. – Extinction Protocol

MAY15

Depletion of Central Valley’s groundwater may be causing earthquakes


CALIFORNIA
 – For years, scientists have wondered about the forces that keep pushing up California’s mighty Sierra Nevada and Coast Ranges, causing an increase in the number of earthquakes in one part of Central California. On Wednesday, a group of scientists offered a new, intriguing theory: The quakes are triggered in part by the pumping of groundwater in the Central Valley, which produces crops that feed the nation. “These results suggest that human activity may give rise to a gradual increase in the rate of earthquake occurrence,” said the study published in the journal Nature. “During wet periods of time when the fault is loaded down, the forces that are keeping the fault clamped down are greater. It inhibits the sliding of the fault,” says Colin B. Amos, assistant professor of geology at Western Washington University. More
ALERT: Intense El Niño May Be Developing

A natural climate cycle that brings abnormally toasty temperatures to the Pacific Ocean, El Niño occurs when winds pile up warm water in the eastern part of the equatorial Pacific, triggering changes in atmospheric circulation that affects rainfall and storm patterns around the world.  Sea-surface height can reveal if such heat is being stored in particular regions of the ocean, since water expands as it warms. Above-normal sea-surface height in the equatorial Pacific Ocean, in turn, can suggest an El Niño is developing, according to NASA’s Earth Observatory. That’s what is showing up right now, as satellite images taken from the Ocean Surface Topography Mission/Jason 2 satellite reveal sea-surface height, averaged over a 10-day period centered on May 3, is above normal. A similar anomaly showed up during May 1997 — which coincided with one of the strongest El Niños ever experienced. That year North America saw one of its warmest and wettest winters on record; Central and South America saw immense rainstorms and flooding; and Indonesia along with parts of Asia endured severe droughts, the Earth Observatory noted. More

New North Korean warships seen in satellite images

Recent satellite images show two new North Korean frigates, the largest surface combat ships the nation’s navy has constructed in a quarter-century, a North Korea-watching website reported Thursday. The website, 38 North, says the frigates are designed to carry one helicopter each and appear to be designed to counter South Korean submarines and protect fisheries. The vessels appear to be equipped with anti-submarine rocket launchers. The vessels can be seen in commercial satellite images from December and January. One is berthed at a shipyard in the west coast port of Nampo, other at a shipyard at the northeastern port of Nanjin. More

Fast Food Workers Strike Again for Higher Wages.

Hundreds of fast food workers walked off their jobs in many U.S. cities and in more than 30 countries on Thursday, joining labor and union activists in protests calling for wages of $15 an hour and the right to seek union representation without retaliation. At least 17 food chains were targeted, including McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s and KFC. No violence was reported. The day of protests, targeting the $200 billion fast-food industry at a time of intense competition, drew particular media attention in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. They continue a campaign launched 18 months ago. Protester organizers said that a Burger King in Atlanta and another in Dorchester, Mass., were at least briefly closed during the strike, but Burger King spokesman Alix Salyers said no stores closed. Similarly, McDonald’s officials said no restaurants closed, while protesters said several did. More

MAY15

Danny Glover Calls for Boycott of Israel

Actor Danny Glover is one among several celebrities who on Tuesday called for a boycott of Israel, according to JNS. The celebrities are featured in a documentary film entitled “American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs” which is being screened at the DocAviv festival in Tel Aviv. “We stand in solidarity with the people of Palestine, and support their call for cultural and academic boycott of Israel,” 12 signatories said in a statement quoted by JNS. The signatories, including Grace Lee Boggs herself, said they were “shocked” about the film’s screening at DocAviv on May 13 and 15, which was “scheduled without our knowledge.” “We immediately took action to have the film withdrawn from the festival,” they were quoted as having said. “The festival organizers and film producers informed us that this was not possible and they would move forward with the screening, over our objections.” More

Christian rapper KB believes music has the power to sway culture, and that artists and fans alike need to take personal responsibility for the content they distribute and consume. In a recent interview with this author and TheBlaze TV’s Raj Nair for audio series “The Freefall,” KB specifically called the public out for turning a blind eye to negative music content. “We don’t mind living with contradictions,” he said. “We have a serious problem with sex trafficking, yet we don’t have a problem watching porn.” KB, whose real name is Kevin Elijah Burgess, posited that some of the popular music that comes out today is rooted in violent themes. While people have no problem giving money to those who perpetuate these ideas through their lyrics, the negative impact is profound. More

DAYS OF LOT – Israel to allow sex-change surgery from age 18

Israel has lowered the minimum age for sex-change surgery from 21 to 18, and candidates will only have to prove they have lived for one year as the requested gender identity, instead of two years. The minimum age is for approval; patients will still need to go abroad for the procedure due to a lack of expertise in Israel. It bears noting that the procedure is included in Israel’s “health basket” of subsidized treatments: it is considered a genuine health need, not cosmetic surgery.More

Russia Scores Massive Gas Pipeline Deal With China

China and Russia are set to cement their energy alliance next week with an expected agreement to build a natural gas pipeline between the two nations that would secure a huge new market for the world’s largest energy producer and provide a guaranteed energy supply for China’s growing economy as both nations face confrontations with the West. The deal, which the two countries negotiated over the last decade, is expected to be signed when Russian President Vladimir Putin visits Beijing next week. More

Pregnant Muslim woman sentenced to hang for wedding Christian man

Meriam Ibrahim was convicted of apostasy – the abandonment of one’s religious faith – and ordered to hang for her ‘crime.’ Western embassies and human rights groups have urged Sudan to respect the right of the 26-year-old female doctor to choose her own religion.  Sudan has a majority Muslim population, which is governed by Islamic law. Women are prohibited from marrying non-Muslims although men can marry outside their faith.  Children must follow their father’s religion.  Amnesty International have said Ms Ibrahim was raised as an Orthodox Christian, her mother’s religion, because her Muslim father was absent during her childhood. She married a Christian man in 2011 and they have one child together who is now 18 months old. Ms Ibrahim is believed to be eight months pregnant with their second. More

 

 

 

 

‘Son of Sam’ Serial Killer Convinced Jesus Has Set Him Free

David Berkowitz, better known as the mass murderer David Berkowitz, better known as the mass murderer “Son of Sam,” may not have found the forgiveness of man—but he’s convinced he has the forgiveness of Jesus. The serial killer made news headlines this week when he was denied parole yet again. He was so sure he wouldn’t be set free that he didn’t even attend the hearing. Berkowitz’s lawyer, Mark J. Heller, told the New York Post’s Page Six that the notorious criminal, also known as the .44 Caliber Killer, has become a born-again Jew for Jesus. “David told me that the reason he has never sought freedom from the parole board by attending parole hearings is because ‘Jesus has already freed my heart, soul and mind and has forgiven me,’” Heller told Page Six. More

USDA Orders Submachine Guns with 30 Round Magazines.

A May 7th solicitation by the U.S. Department of Agriculture seeks “the commercial acquisition of submachine guns [in] .40 Cal. S&W.” According to the solicitation, the Dept. of Agriculture wants the guns to have an “ambidextrous safety, semiautomatic or 2 round [bursts] trigger group, Tritium night sights front and rear, rails for attachment of flashlight (front under fore group) and scope (top rear), stock collapsible or folding,” and a “30 rd. capacity” magazine. They also want the submachine guns to have a “sling,” be “lightweight,” and have an “oversized trigger guard for gloved operation.”  The solicitation directs “all responsible and/or interested sources…[to] submit their company name, point of contact, and telephone.” Companies that submit information in a “timely” fashion “shall be considered by the agency for contact to determine weapon suitability.” More

Segregation making comeback in U.S. schools.

Segregation is making a comeback in U.S. schools. Progress toward integrated classrooms has largely been rolled back since the Supreme Court issued its landmark Brown v. Topeka Board of Education decision 60 years ago, according to a report released Thursday by the Civil Rights Project at UCLA. Blacks are now seeing more school segregation than they have in decades, and more than half of Latino students are now attending schools that are majority Latino. In New York, California and Texas, more than half of Latino students are enrolled in schools that are 90 percent minority or more, the report found. In New York, Illinois, Maryland and Michigan, more than half of black students attend schools where 90 percent or more are minority. More

Seaside visitors have recently been shocked to find giant barrel jellyfish – some the size of dustbin lids – washing up on the south coast. One Dorset resident has already spotted more than 30 of the marine animals in his local area. Scientists claim the recent winter’s wet weather has caused the unusual occurrence of huge jellyfish around UK shores. With a number of coastal rivers in the South-West having burst their banks, high levels of nutrients washed into the sea during Britain’s deluge. As a result the plankton, which jellyfish feed on, is so rich at the moment because of the amount of nutrients in the sea. After being lured here from their usual warmer feeding ares in the Mediterranean, the jellyfish, which measure over 3ft in diameter, are being left stranded on the shore by south westerly winds and strong tides. More

An out-of-control brush fire at Camp Pendleton was creeping closer to the San Onofre nuclear power plant, prompting evacuations. Southern California Edison said in a tweet that “about a dozen non-essential employees evacuated” from the plant because of the fire. The plant is located off Interstate 5 at the Orange-San Diego county line north of Camp Pendleton. Edison announced last year it was closing the plant due to structural problems with facility. The Camp Pendleton fire was spotted shortly before 10 a.m. Wednesday and forced evacuations of the De Luz housing area, Mary Fay Pendleton Elementary School and the Naval Weapons Station Fallbrook, which is on the northeast edge of the sprawling base. More

Mandatory Smartphone ‘Kill Switch’ Becomes Law in Minnesota

Minnesota enacted the nation’s first law Wednesday requiring smartphones and tablets sold in the state to have remote shut-off feature as a way to deter theft. The “kill switch” bill was signed by Gov. Mark Dayton after lawmakers passed it last week. The measure takes full effect in July 2015, but advocates are hoping the wireless industry will make technology updates sooner. Democratic Rep. Joe Atkins describes the law as “a vaccine” for the epidemic of smartphone theft and robberies tied to mobile devices. People who report a kill switch-equipped phone lost or stolen can disable it and wipe the data slate clean by contacting their carrier. More

Medical Mystery in Central Wash, Baffles Experts

Jocelyn Robles, due Oct. 31, knows her baby will die after a few breaths. She wipes her tears away. “I’d rather go through with it and cherish whatever time I have,” said the Yakima woman whose unborn baby has anencephaly, a fatal disease. “Even if it’s an hour, a few minutes. Anything is better than nothing. And I’m going to see my baby, at least for a little bit.” Robles was at a public hearing in Sunnyside on Tuesday night held by state Health Department experts examining a spike in anencephaly, a medical mystery near Yakima being confirmed by new cases, prompting more questions than answers. State health officials conceded at the meeting they do not know what’s causing the ongoing and alarming spike in anencephaly, in which the spinal nerves in a fetus form outside the neck. More

Rising Resource Costs Escalate Odds of Global Unrest

As we observe the growing unrest in Ukraine, there is the usual rush to ascribe a cause. Was it meddling by the West? Russia? Was it corruption by prior leaders? Simmering resentments that stretch back centuries that finally erupted? The answers to these questions apply to Ukraine as well as to many other countries. Which is why having an accurate framework, a clear ‘lens’ for seeing what is actually transpiring, will prove far more useful to you than 99% of what you will hear on the nightly news. In response to my recent report on the devolution of events in Ukraine, a veteran reader asked: More

Tropical storms migrate toward poles

Tropical storms have been migrating northwards and southwards towards the poles for the past 30 years, a paper in Nature says. People are becoming less likely to face the worst of a hurricane or typhoon if they live close to the Equator, and more likely if they live on the edges of the tropics. The storms are reaching their maximum intensity 52-63km further north and south every decade. The paper, led by the US agency Noaa, underlines a previous finding that the area defined as the Tropics is clearly expanding. The researchers believe humans are influencing the changes – with climate change, ozone depletion and aerosols playing a part. They cannot yet be certain which factor is most significant. More

 

IMF sees 25% chance of euro zone deflation by 2015

The International Monetary Fund sees a 25 percent chance of the euro zone slipping into deflation by the end of next year, the fund’s chief economist said on Wednesday. For now, the IMF is predicting low inflation in the euro zone, Olivier Blanchard told a forum in New York. But “we think that there is a 25 percent probability that we see deflation in the euro zone by the end of 2015”. 25 CNBC

The Pentagon Has A Plan To Stop The Zombie Apocalypse.

The U.S. military has always been the one place in government with a plan, forever in preparation mode and ready to yank a blueprint off the shelf for almost any contingency. Need a response for a Russian nuclear missile launch? Check. Have to rescue a U.S. ambassador kidnapped by drug lords? Yup, check, got that covered. How about a detailed strategy for surviving a zombie apocalypse? As it turns out, check. Incredibly, the Defense Department has a response if zombies attacked and the armed forces had to eradicate flesh-eating walkers in order to “preserve the sanctity of human life” among all the “non-zombie humans.” Buried on the military’s secret computer network is an unclassified document, obtained by Foreign Policy, called “CONOP 8888.” It’s a zombie survival plan, a how-to guide for military planners trying to isolate the threat from a menu of the undead — from chicken zombies to vegetarian zombies and even “evil magic zombies” — and destroy them. More

Very Handy Palm payments system takes off in Sweden

Cash, cheques, plastic, Paypal – there are already many ways to pay. And now a group of students at Lund University in Sweden have come up with a biometric payment system. It works by touching the screen with your palm and entering the final four digits of your smartphone number. The idea is called Quixter, and is the brainchild of Fredrik Leifland, an engineering student, who wanted to make paying faster and more secure. He explained: “I had the idea when I was queuing in a supermarket. I realised that the most time-consuming part of the whole purchase was paying and I thought there must be a faster way to do this. And that was the start of Quixter.” More

There will be a RoboCop style to the face of policing in Rio when football fans turn up for the World Cup in Brazil next month. Members of a special unit set up for the tournament and the 2016 Olympics in Rio have been given 200 sets of the 22lb “RoboCop” protective equipment, which is flame resistant to up to 427C. It includes a helmet and vest that protects the back, chest and shoulders, plastic shin pads, a pepper spray mask and a belt for a.40 calibre pistol, stun gun, handcuffs and baton. The Major Events Police Battalion, a branch of the military police, was formed in January this year in response to widespread public demonstrations during last year’s Confederations Cup. That tournament was marred by ugly clashes between police and demonstrators as thousands protested against public spending on the World Cup. Rio de Janeiro will host seven games during the competition, including the final on July 13. More

Could Dangerous Underwater Volcano in Caribbean Cause a US Tsunami?

A team of scientists is exploring the darkest corners of a huge underwater volcano in the Caribbean in hopes of better understanding the mysteries of earthquakes and tsunamis, ultimately saving lives. Kick’em Jenny is a dangerous and active volcano sitting roughly 6,000 feet below the surface of the Caribbean Sea, and located off the coast of the island of Grenada, south of St. Lucia. Robert Ballard, famous for discovering the Titanic 12,000 feet below the surface of the icy North Atlantic in 1985, set his sights on exploring the Kick’em Jenny to study its eruption history and learn more about how underwater volcanoes can pose a threat. Ballard, the president of The Ocean Exploration Trust and the director of the Center for Ocean Exploration at the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography, said the Kick’em Jenny volcano has a history of explosive eruptions, which could have the potential to trigger tsunamis, the effects from which could be felt as far away as the northeastern United States. More

AL-QAEDA LINK WITH IRAN CONFIRMED

In spite of its growing split with al-Qaida central in Pakistan led by Ayman al-Zawahiri, the more brutal Islamic state in Iraq and al-Sham, or ISIS, has agreed not to attack al-Qaida interests in Iran, according to ISIS spokesman Abu Muhammad al-Adnani.  The decision by ISIS, known for the savagery of its attacks, is to insure preservation of al-Qaida’s supply network inside Iran, Adnani said. He pointed to a continuing relationship between Sunni al-Qaida and Shiite Iran. “The ISIS has kept abiding by the advices and directives of the sheiks and figures of jihad,” Adnani said in a translated statement obtained by the Long War Journal. “This is why the ISIS has not attacked the Rawafid in Iran since its establishment.” More

DAYS OF LOT – Flunking student gets A+ after sex with teacher

With the large number of teachers having sex with their students across America, it was virtually inevitable a case would arise where a student’s grades might be affected. Now an Oklahoma English teacher is in hot water for giving a failing student an A+ after allegedly having sex with the male teenager multiple times. Kalyn Darby Thompson, 25, of Glenpool, Oklahoma, had not even completed a full year of instruction at Kellyville High School when she turned herself in to authorities in mid-April. She’s now facing a charge of second-degree rape. “This will follow her for the rest of her career,” Creek County Detective Chrissie Underwood told KOTV. “She probably will not have a career in teaching after this.” More

 

Cities All Over America Are Becoming Extremely Cruel To The Homeless

Have you ever given food to a homeless person?  Well, if you do it again in the future it might be a criminal act depending on where you live.  Right now, there are dozens of major U.S. cities that have already passed laws against feeding the homeless.  As you will read about below, in some areas of the country you can actually be fined hundreds of dollars for just trying to give food to a hungry person.  I know that sounds absolutely insane, but this is what America is turning into.  Communities all over the country are attempting to “clean up the streets” by making it virtually illegal to either be homeless or to help those that are homeless.  Instead of spending more money on programs to assist the homeless, local governments are bulldozing tent cities and giving homeless people one way bus tickets out of town.  We are treating some of the most vulnerable members of our society like human garbage, and it is a national disgrace. More


SAN ANTONIO
 — Metro Health officials confirm that four people have been tested for MERS. Two of those people have tested negative, while the other two are waiting for results. Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS, is a viral respiratory illness, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Some of the symptoms include fever, cough and shortness of breath. News 4 San Antonio

Hold onto your sat nav. The Russian government has just threatened to end cooperation with America on major space projects, including maintenance of the GPS system. The policy will also prevent NASA from accessing the International Space Station from 2020, as well as blocking the supply of components for America’s Atlas V rockets, which are currently vital for sending military and commercial satellites into space. With regards to GPS, Deputy PM Dimitry Rogozin says that he’ll shut down Russian base stations that keep the system going, unless the US promises to house reciprocal stations to support the competing GLONASS platform. He’s quoted as saying that Russia is wary about developing future “high-tech projects with such an unreliable partner as the United States, which politicizes everything.” Why the sudden burst of angry rhetoric? As you can probably guess, aside from the dispute over local GPS stations, it has everything to do with America’s decision to impose sanctions on Russia, following Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.More

 

Experts predict a death toll in thousands if 7.5 magnitude quake strikes LA

The big one. Three words every Californian knows all too well. ”The earthquake is inevitable. The only question is when,” said Lucy Jones, a seismologist with the U.S. Geological Survey. “It might not be another 50 years. Maybe even 100. Chances of us making it through the 21st century without the earthquake is very small.” Jones is heading up a new effort by Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti to prepare the city for what experts say is unavoidable: a massive quake similar or worse to the one that hit the city in 1994. The magnitude 6.7 Northridge earthquake claimed 57 lives and left $20 billion worth of damage in its wake, making it one of the costliest natural disasters in U.S. history. Jones warned the next one will likely have a similar impact. More

Thousands flee California ‘fire in the sky’.


Thousands of people fled raging wildfires in southern California which destroyed homes and triggered evacuations at a nuclear power plant, a military base and a Legoland amusement park. The blazes, which also closed a major north-south highway, come amid record temperatures in the western US state, where the annual wildfire season typically starts much later in the year. At least 15 buildings have been destroyed, including three homes, said Michael Davis, fire chief in the seaside resort of Carlsbad, north of San Diego. More

Famed Christian Evangelist: ‘You Have to Be Deaf, Dumb and Blind’ to Believe in Young Earth Creationism


Televangelist Pat Robertson has made it no secret that he fervently disagrees with young earth creationists — those who believe the Earth is only 6,000 years old. But he upped the ante against the paradigm this week, using tough words to describe those who reject claims that the planet is actually much older. “The truth is, you have to be deaf, dumb and blind to think that this Earth that we live in only has 6,000 years of existence, it just doesn’t, I’m sorry,” he said on Tuesday’s “700 Club.” Robertson went on to cite geological records, claiming that everything on the planet couldn’t possibly have come about in such a short span of time. More

Disciple Band’s Kevin Young is Tired of Christian Labels Telling Him to Tone Down ‘Jesus’ on Albums

Longtime Christian hardrock band Disciple is at it again with a new record, a new lineup, and a new focus. The band has taken to Kickstarter to help gain support from fans in creating their new record and have received incredible results. BreatheCast had the opportunity to chat with the band’s frontman of 20 years, Kevin Young, and he shared his thoughts on being a humble artist, Christian labels, and even gives a hint to the next project. More

U.S. releases satellite images of Russian forces near Ukraine

Satellite images said to show Russian troops gathering near the Ukrainian border is seen in this handout released by the U.S. mission to NATO May 13, 2014. The U.S. government released new satellite pictures on Tuesday which it said showed Russian forces were still near the Ukrainian border in recent days, contradicting Russian assertions they had been withdrawn. (REUTERS/Digital Globe via U.S. mission to NATO/Handout via Reuters)
The U.S. government released new satellite pictures on Tuesday which it said showed Russian forces were still near the Ukrainian border in recent days, contradicting Russian assertions they had been withdrawn. President Vladimir Putin announced last Wednesday that the troops had moved, but NATO and the United States both said they had seen no sign of a Russian withdrawal from the frontier. NATO officials have previously estimated Russia has around 40,000 soldiers close to Ukraine’s border, exacerbating the worst East-West crisis since the Cold War. The commercial satellite photos, published by the U.S. State Department and on the U.S. Mission to NATO’s Twitter account, showed what appeared to be about 20 Russian helicopters at Belgorod, near the Ukrainian border, on May 9. More

CAIR: Remove ‘Islamist Extremism,’ ‘Jihadism’ From 9/11 Museum Video

Days before the National September 11 Memorial Museum opens in New York, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is stepping up its campaign to urge organizers to edit a video presentation on al-Qaeda, to remove terms such as “Islamist extremism” and “jihadism.” An earlier CAIR initiative – a letter last month co-signed by several other Muslim and Arab-American organizations, complaining to museum directors about what they called “academically controversial terminology” – met with no success. On Monday CAIR’s New York chapter began asking “all Americans” to lobby national and New York leaders on the issue. More

California considers distributing condoms to prisoners…


SACRAMENTO, California
  – Condoms could eventually be distributed to California prison inmates under a bill that moved forward in the state Senate on Tuesday, setting the stage for potential pushback from Governor Jerry Brown, who vetoed a similar measure last fall. The bill, which has already passed the state Assembly, would direct state officials to develop a five-year plan to hand out condoms in the state prison system. The initiative would not change current law that criminalizes sex acts between inmates regardless of consent. More

BREAKING NEWS: US reports third case of potential MERS virus

A third potential case of the dangerous Middle East Respiratory Virus (MERS), has been found in the United States, health authorities said Tuesday. ”Two of the 20 team members exposed to the confirmed MERS patient are showing symptoms,” said Geo Morales, spokesman for the Orlando hospital where one infected patient was treated. ”One of the two has been admitted to the hospital but is in stable condition. The other was treated and discharged and is following precautions at home. All 20 team members have been tested and we are expecting those results within the next day or two,” the spokesman added. More

Scientists May Have Finally Pinpointed What’s Killing All The Honeybees


Where have all the honeybees gone? A new study seems to strengthen the evidence linking pesticides used on crops to colony collapse disorder in honeybees. Colony collapse disorder, or CCD, is a phenomenon in which honeybees inexplicably disappear from their hives. The bodies of the dead bees are typically never found. Researchers led by Chensheng Lu of Harvard University have pinpointed the collapse of honeybee colonies on a class of pesticides known as neoniotinoids — insecticides that also act as nerve poisons and mimic the effects of nicotine. Scientists specifically looked at how low doses of two neoniotinoids — imidacloprid and clothianidin — affected healthy bee hives over the course of a winter. The results of the study “reinforce the conclusion that sub-lethal exposure to neonicotinoids is likely the main culprit for the occurrence of CCD,” the authors wrote in their paper, published May 9 in the Bulletin of Insectology. More

More than 20,000 homes evacuated in path of San Diego wildfire

A firefighter battles the Ranch Fire near San Diego
More than 20,000 homes and other residences were being evacuated in and around San Diego on Tuesday as a fast-moving California wildfire driven by high winds blackened more than a square mile, fire and county officials said. Hundreds of firefighters, assisted by water-dropping aircraft, fought to keep the flames from advancing into San Diego neighborhoods, said Lynne Tolmachoff, a spokeswoman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. “The fire itself has been moving around in populated areas near some subdivisions so it’s definitely close to many residents,” she said. “They want to get those folks out of t

 

30,000 Soldiers Will Lose Jobs in Next 17 Months With Automatic Budget Cuts

Automatic budget cuts known as “sequestration” are expected to shed some 30,000 soldiers from the active rolls in the next 17 months, with 10,000 of that number going in 2014 and another 20,000 to follow in 2015. According to an Army Times report the cuts are the result of a larger effort expected to reduce the size of the U.S. Army to a force of 420,000 soldiers by 2019. A recent accounting of the Army shows that on April 1 some 519,786 troopers were reported on active duty. “The personnel total includes 4,000 West Point cadets and several hundred soldiers who are processing for separation because of physical disability, and several hundred others who have been identified for involuntary separation or retirement because of indiscipline or selection by force reduction boards,” noted the Army Times. That number is expected to dwindle to 510,000 by the end of fiscal year 2014 on Sept. 30 then drop to 490,000 by the end of fiscal year 2015. More

French Foreign Minister: ‘We Have 500 Days to Avoid Climate Chaos’

The world has “500 days to avoid climate chaos,” French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said alongside Secretary of State John Kerry at the State Department on Tuesday. “We have 500 days to avoid climate chaos,” Fabius said. “And I know that President Obama and John Kerry himself are committed on this subject and I’m sure that with them, with a lot of other friends, we shall be able to reach success in this very important matter.” Fabius was referring to the next big United Nations climate conference, scheduled to open in Paris, France in November 2015, or in 565 days’ time. The organizers have high hopes for the Paris event known in U.N. jargon as the 21st conference of the parties (COP21) – the parties being the signatories to the 1992 U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change and the 1997 Kyoto Protocol. More

 

Are the dollar’s carry trade days numbered?

Traders borrowing U.S. dollars to fund investments in other currencies should beware, with analysts expecting the greenback to strengthen and advising a shift to borrowing the euro instead. “U.S. rates and the U.S. dollar may get a pop from an expected jump in April inflation,” Barclays said Monday in a note titled “Carry on, but don’t fund with USDs.” Over the medium term, Barclays expects the U.S. inflation risks are to the upside, making it likely the greenback will continue to strengthen. Barclays expects the U.S. dollar index (DXY) to rise 5 percent by year end, with a 7.3 percent rise over 12 months. A stronger U.S. dollar would dent the rationale for using the currency to fund carry trades, which is when investors borrow in a low-yielding currency, such as the yen or the U.S. dollar, to fund investments in higher yielding assets somewhere else. A weakening currency is central to the carry trade since it means that investors have less to repay when they cash out of the trade. More

DAYS OF LOT – Judge Strikes Down Idaho’s Same-Sex Marriage Ban

A federal magistrate judge ruled Tuesday that Idaho’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. U.S. District Magistrate Judge Candy Dale wrote in the decision that Idaho’s laws banning same-sex marriage unconstitutionally deny gay and lesbian citizens their fundamental right to marry. Dale said marriage works a fundamental change on the lives of all who experience it, and it holds immense personal and spiritual significance. Idaho’s laws wrongly stigmatize gay and lesbian couples and relegate their families to second-class status without sufficient reason, she said. Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter already has said he intends to appeal the case. “In 2006, the people of Idaho exercised their fundamental right, reaffirming that marriage is the union of a man and a woman,” Otter said in a statement. More

An expert committee was expected to advise the World Health Organization director general early this morning on whether to declare the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome an international public health emergency. The International Health Regulations Emergency Committee for MERS was last night meeting in Geneva to decide whether to raise the risk of MERS in its fifth meeting since being convened in 2012. The committee is chaired by Australia’s chief medical officer of the Department of Health and Ageing, Chris Baggoley. The meeting began in Geneva late last night and a press briefing was expected to follow. The committee will provide technical advice to WHO Director General Margaret Chan Fung Fu-chun on whether MERS constitutes a public health emergency of international concern. The meeting comes as a second case of the dangerous virus has been found in the United States. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Public Health, the patient is a health-care worker in Saudi Arabia. More

Russia strives to exclude the dollar from energy trading

Russian press reports that the country’s Ministry of Finance is ready to greenlight a plan to radically increase the role of the Russian ruble in export operations while reducing the share of dollar-denominated transactions. Governmental sources believe that the Russian banking sector is “ready to handle the increased number of ruble-denominated transactions”. According to the Prime news agency, on April 24th the government organized a special meeting dedicated to finding a solution for getting rid of the US dollar in Russian export operations. Top level experts from the energy sector, banks and governmental agencies were summoned and a number of measures were proposed as a response for American sanctions against Russia. More

Russia will have to react if NATO is foolish enough to set up bases in western Ukraine, Asia Times correspondent Pepe Escobar told RIA Novosti Thursday. “If NATO is foolish enough to attempt to set up bases in Western Ukraine, for instance, make sure there will be a forceful Russia reaction,” Escobar said. “So Russia’s policy will continue to be defensive and reactive – but that does not mean surrendering. Georgia was a red line. Crimea was a red line,” he said. It was earlier reported that NATO is considering permanently stationing troops in parts of Eastern Europe as tensions over Ukraine are on the rise. The alliance’s member states will reevaluate NATO’s presence in Europe prior to a summit of NATO leaders in Wales in September. More

Russia’s third largest bank moves money from Europe to Moscow for safe keeping

Gazprombank transferred client funds from Belgium and Luxembourg back to home turf, to protect against any future sanctions. The securities were moved from Euroclear Bank (Brussels) and Clearstream Banking (Luxembourg) to the Russian Central Depository at the end of April. The move is intended to protect customers from any forthcoming sanctions and prevent a situation where clients’ funds are frozen, the statement on the website said. “The transfer was done to prevent possible restrictions on transactions of customers’ assets that are kept in international deposits and settlement systems,” it stated. In preparation for sanctions, in March, the bank moved nearly $7 billion to Russia’s Central Bank for safe keeping. Russia’s Central Bank held $486 billion in international reserves as of April 1 this year, $40 billion less than one year earlier, when holdings stood at about $528 billion. More

Chinese general tours U.S. carrier as maritime tensions fester

A top Chinese general toured an American aircraft carrier on Tuesday at the start of a U.S. visit expected to expose tensions over territorial disputes between Beijing and U.S. allies in the South and East China Seas. General Fang Fenghui, chief of the general staff of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army, visited the nuclear-powered Ronald Reagan in San Diego, California, escorted by the head of the U.S. military’s Pacific Command, Admiral Samuel Locklear. More

Retired NFL Player Receives Death Threats for Objecting to Michael Sam’s Gay Kiss

While gay advocates are celebrating ESPN’s coverage of openly gay football player Michael Sam’s kiss with his boyfriend, those who have protested it are being persecuted. After finding out that he was chosen by the St. Louis Rams as the 249th overall choice in the 2014 NFL draft, Sam planted a kiss on his boyfriend, which ESPN showed. Retired NFL player Derrick Ward took to Twitter to voice his opinions. “Man U got little kids lookin at the draft. I can’t believe ESPN even allowed that to happen,” he tweeted Saturday. He defended his position in a series of tweets Saturday. “But for real though most of u need to read the bible. It’ll explain a lot in that book,” Ward wrote. “And for the last time since u guys don’t know how to read I wasn’t against him kissing his significant other. All I said was he shouldn’t had done it the way that he did it. Even if he kissed a girl I woulda said the same thing.” More

 

Will the UN Criminalize the Pro-Life Movement as ‘Torture’?

Last week, questioners on the United Nations Committee Against Torture called pro-life speech “torture.” This move is part of a broader push by the radical abortion lobby to essentially criminalize the pro-life movement. The Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR), an extremist international abortion syndicate that is spearheading the anti-life push, sent a letter last month to the U.N. body on torture claiming that church leaders in the pro-life movement have “perpetuated torture” by taking a stand against abortion. In a deadly irony, an organization that promotes the indiscriminant slaughter of defenseless babies is urging the U.N. to view those who promote life as committing torture. While specifically aimed at the Catholic Church, the vile assertions could affect all Christians and the pro-life movement as a whole. The abortion lobby specifically alleges that church leaders have “contributed to torture and ill-treatment perpetuated by other states by negatively interfering with the development of state policy on abortion, in violation of its obligations under Articles 1, 2, and 16.” More

A measles outbreak in Ohio has reached 68 cases, giving the state the dubious distinction of having the most cases reported in any state since 1996, health officials say. The Ohio outbreak is part of a larger worrisome picture: As of Friday, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had logged 187 cases nationwide in 2014, closing in on last year’s total of 189. CDC warned several weeks ago that the country could end up having the worst year for measles since home-grown outbreaks were eradicated in 2000. The last time a state had more measles cases than Ohio has now was 1996, when Utah had 119, according to CDC. The Ohio outbreak, like ongoing outbreaks in California and elsewhere, has been linked to unvaccinated travelers bringing the measles virus back from countries where the disease remains common. In Ohio, all of the cases have been among the Amish, health officials say. The outbreak began after Amish missionaries returned from the Philippines. The Philippines is experiencing a large, ongoing measles outbreak with more than 26,000 cases reported, according to CDC. More

Russia To Ban USA From Using Space Station.

Russia is to deny the US future use of the International Space Station beyond 2020 and will also bar its rocket engines from launching US military satellites as it hits back at American sanctions imposed over Ukraine crisis. Russia’s deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin announced a series of punitive measures on Tuesday against the US in response to sanctions imposed after Russia annexed Crimea. The two countries have long cooperated closely on space exploration despite their clashes in foreign policy. The Space Station is manned by both American and Russian crew, but the only way to reach it is by using Russia’s Soyuz spacecraft. The US is keen to keep the $100 billion (£600) ISS flying until at least 2024, four years beyond its original target. More

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UPDATE: 22 hospital workers stay home after coming into contact with MERS patient.


ORLANDO, Fla.
 – Hospital officials in Orlando say a Saudi resident with the second U.S. case of a mysterious virus still has a fever but is in good spirits. Officials at Dr. Phillips Hospital said Tuesday that the Saudi resident still has a low-grade fever and is being treated in isolation for MERS, or Middle East Respiratory Syndrome.  Caretakers have to wear goggles, gloves and a special suit while tending to him. More

DAYS OF LOT – Miley Cyrus Claims ‘Everyone’s A Little Bit Gay’ At London Show

Miley Cyrus recently drew cheers from a crowd in London when she proclaimed that “everyone’s a little bit gay.” Cyrus was reportedly performing at the iconic G-A-Y Nightclub and brought a friend out on stage with her in order to wish him a happy birthday. She noted that her friend is actually straight, but then made some comments about her views regarding human sexuality as a whole. ”You know, everyone’s a little bit gay,” the singer told the crowd. “Some of us just a little bit more than others… You know, it’s the truth. Everyone’s gay. All it takes is one cocktail. And if that doesn’t work, sprinkle something in their drink. That’s what I always do.” More

DAYS OF LOT – Austria’s bearded drag diva Conchita Wurst wins Eurovision Song Contest

Austrian drag queen Conchita Wurst, popularly known as “the bearded lady,” won the Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday with the James Bond-theme-like ballad “Rise Like a Phoenix”, before a global TV audience of about 180 million people in 45 countries. Wurst, sporting high heels, butterfly eyelashes and a full beard, topped the Netherlands’ modern-country duo the Common Linnets, who sang “Calm After The Storm”. Sweden’s Sanna Nielsen came in third with her new-age pop song “Undo”. More

Did Syria Use Chemical Weapons on Citizens Again?


BEIRUT (AP)
 — An international human rights group said Tuesday it has strong evidence that the Syrian army used chlorine gas on three rebel-held towns last month. The statement by the New-York based Human Rights Watch adds to concerns that chemical weapons are still being used in Syria, months after a chemical attack killed hundreds of civilians last August. The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, which monitors implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention, said in April that it would investigate the chlorine claims but hasn’t commented further.More

US Holds Massive Nuclear Weapons Exercise “To Deter And Detect Strategic Attacks”

Late last week, in what should not have been a surprise to anyone (because supposedly it was announced “far in advance”) but was a major shock due to its intensity and expansiveness, Russia held a massive “simulated massive nuclear attack” drill, coming at a time just ahead of the Donetsk referendum, which may have been pre-scheduled and for foreign policy reasons was hailed as a “non-event”, but judging by the amount of production that went into the accompanying video clip, this particular drill was dripping with symbolism aimed squarely at NATO and the US. More

DAYS OF LOT – COED BATHROOMS GOING STATEWIDE

Citizens in Maryland have launched a voter initiative against a law approved by the legislature that allows people to use sex-segregated facilities according to their “perceived” gender.  Opponents charge the law effectively allows men to use women’s bathroom and shower facilities. They point to cases such as a man in Indianapolis who allegedly went into a women’s locker room at a YMCA and watched girls, ages 7 and 10, shower. The new Maryland law, the “Fairness For All Marylanders Act,” would allow the man “to do the same thing in Maryland if he simply claims to identify as a woman,” according to the citizens group MDPetitions, which is collecting signatures to put the issue on the fall ballot. Critics of the bill also cite the case of convicted sexual predator Christopher Hambrook in Toronto. Hambrook claimed to be a transgender and preyed on women at two Toronto shelters. More

 


MIAMI –
 The Miami Dolphins have fined and suspended safety Don Jones for Tweeting his disapproval of a same-sex kiss that aired on ESPN this past weekend. ESPN carried footage of Michael Sam’s reaction on Saturday as he learned that he had been selected by the St. Louis Rams, making their 249th choice overall. Sam and his partner Vito Cammisano embraced and kissed each other on national television upon receipt of the news, drawing applause from some and disapproval from others. Miami Dolphins safety Don Jones was among those who expressed his disagreement of the public act, commenting on Twitter that he found it to be “horrible.” He later removed the Tweet and one other surrounding the matter, but on Sunday, team officials leveled Jones with a fine—the amount of which has not been announced—and suspended him from the team until he participates in sensitivity training. More

 

Nuclear talks in jeopardy: Khamenei orders Rev Guards to mass-produce missiles

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei threw a large spanner in the works of nuclear diplomacy Sunday, May 11. Less than a week before the next round of talks with the six powers, he said: “The Revolutionary Guards should definitely… not be satisfied with the present level [of missile production]. They should mass produce.”   Referring to Western concerns that Iran is designing missiles able to carry nuclear warheads, Khamenei said: “They [the West] expect us to limit our missile program while they constantly threaten Iran with military action. So this is a stupid, idiotic expectation.” More

New Meteor Shower from Comet Could Dazzle Stargazers Next Week
A new meteor shower spawned by a comet is due to light up the sky next week, with some forecasters predicting up to 200 “shooting stars” per hour — a potentially spectacular opening act for the meteor display. If it performs as expected, the never-before-seen Camelopardalid meteor shower is due to peak overnight on May 23 and 24 as the Earth passes through a debris stream left by the Comet 2009/LINEAR nearly 200 years ago. The new meteor display could rival the brilliance of the annual Perseid meteor shower that graces the night sky each August. The prospect of a brand-new meteor shower has scientists understandably excited. ”There could be a new meteor shower, and I want to see it with my own eyes,”  said NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke, head of the Meteoroid Environment Office at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., in a statement. More

South Korea says North Korea “must disappear soon”


SEOUL, South Korea
 (AP) — A rhetorical battle between the rival Koreas intensified Monday with a South Korean official saying North Korea “must disappear soon.” The comments, which will likely draw a furious response from Pyongyang, followed a series of sexist and racist slurs by North Korea against the leaders of South Korea and the United States. Pyongyang’s state media likened South Korean President Park Geun-hye to an “old prostitute” and U.S. President Barack Obama to a “monkey” in recent dispatches. South Korean Defense Ministry spokesman Kim Min-seok told reporters at a briefing in Seoul that North Korea isn’t a real country and exists for the benefit of only one person, a reference to dictator Kim Jong Un. He said the North has no human rights or public freedoms. More

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Scientists say ‘Sibling’ sun found 110 light yrs from Earth

The sun could have a sibling according to researchers at the University of Texas, who believe the star was born from the same cloud of gas as our sun. It is hoped this could give astronomers fresh insights into how life on earth started. The study was conducted by astronomer Ivan Ramirez, based at the University of Texas, who says that the star is 110 light years away from Earth.  “We want to know where we were born,” Ramirez said in a statement announcing his discovery. “If we can figure out in what part of the galaxy the sun formed, we can constrain conditions on the early solar system. That could help us understand why we are here.” The solar sibling, named HD 162826 by the team that made the discovery, is 15 percent larger than the sun and can be found in the constellation Hercules. It can be seen with the aid of binoculars and is not far from the bright star Vega. Ramirez and his team studied 30 stars that other astronomers believed could be potential solar siblings. He managed to narrow down the list by analyzing the orbit and chemical make-up of each star. His team also included information about the stars’ orbits, where they had been and where they are going in their paths around the center of the Milky Way. After taking all this data into account, they were able to pin point HD 162862 as the sun’s sibling star. More
ANTARCTICA – Antarctic ice sheet is being threatened by an undersea volcano. Antarctica’s ice sheets may face a far more imminent threat than climate change: scientists have found a new volcano forming a mile under the ice, which is threatening a full eruption. The volcano appears to be a part of much larger system that is generating earthquakes and releasing heat into the ice above. Volcanic activity was discovered around 30 miles from Antarctica’s highest volcano, Mount Sidley, and although an eruption would be unlikely to breach the ice – the accompanying heat could have an effect on the landscape. Even a sub-glacial eruption would still be able to melt ice, creating huge amounts of water which could flow beneath the ice and towards the sea – hastening the flow of the overlying ice and potentially speed up the rate of ice sheet loss. “Numerous volcanoes exist in Marie Byrd Land, a highland region of West Antarctica,” said Amanda Lough, of Washington University in St Louis in the team’s paper on the subject, published in the Nature Geoscience journal.More
May 13, 2014 marks one year since Philadelphia abortion Dr. Kermit Gosnell was convicted of first-degree murder “in the deaths of three babies who were delivered alive and then killed with scissors at his grimy, ‘house of horrors’ clinic,” according to AP. Gosnell instantly became the face of abortion in in the pro life community. But there’s another, more recognizable face pushing abortion in the U.S. – liberal billionaire Warren Buffett. The so-called “Oracle of Omaha” has donated more than $1.2 billion to abortion organizations from 2001 to 2012. More

What caused a mystery hole in the clouds above California?

Photos that have emerged of a bizarre cloud formation over Northern California are causing social media users to wonder: Is the truth out there? The strange snapshots have popped up all across Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and show a bright, unusual hole in the otherwise undisturbed clouds over Stockton on Friday afternoon. Now curious-minded folks in California and around the globe are speculating about what caused the phenomenon and some say its weird appearance belies an even weirder cause. ‘So the @WhiteHouse  wants you to believe what happened over the skies of Stockton yesterday was a “cloud formation” ? GTFOH #iKnowWhatiSaw,’ tweeted @CaPtDCharles. Much of the speculation suggested that the bright cloud a UFO or somehow caused by extraterrestrial life. More

DAYS OF LOT – Nintendo apologies for leaving out gay relationships from a game

Computer games company Nintendo has apologised for leaving same-sex relationships out of a ‘life simulator’ game after criticism by equality activists. Protestors attacked the publisher for not including the option of having gay relationships in Tomodachi Life, a Sims-style title which lets players create characters and populate and island with them. Marketing material for the game, which is for the handheld 3DS console, boasts the the cartoonish characters can ‘rap, rock, eat donuts, fall in love, break up, go shopping, play games, and live their crazy lives’. More

People Keep Spotting UFOs On Nasa’s HD ISS Live Stream

Recently NASA attached a bunch of high-definition cameras to the outside of the International Space Station. The main result — for those of us on the sidelines of space research and commerce – has been a few days of utterly beautiful images of Earth. Inevitably, it has also been something of a treasure trove for UFO hunters. A brief search on YouTube and conspiracy theory sites reveals a bunch of different sightings of unidentified objects – some mere flashes in space, others quite hilariously huge – which they claim are aliens above the Earth. More

DHS Secretly Allowed Suspects with Terror Ties Into Country

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) secretly assembled a terrorist “hands off” list that permitted individuals with terrorist ties unfettered entrance into the United States, according to document released by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R., Iowa). The existence of a “hands off” list that permitted easy entrance for suspect individuals into the United States has drawn concern from Grassley, who released a cache of internal DHS emails detailing the list’s existence and discussion about permitting an alleged member of the Muslim Brotherhood to enter the United States. The emails—sent between U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)—reveal a row over the admittance of one alleged Muslim Brotherhood official tied to Hamas, Hezbollah, and other terror groups. While the individual in question is not named in the heavily redacted emails, the Washington Free Beacon has learned that the person referenced is Jamal Badawi, a Canadian Islamist leader who has praised suicide bombing and is close to Hamas and Hezbollah. More

 

Security camera surge in Chicago sparks concerns of ‘massive surveillance system

Between traffic-light cameras, blue-light cameras that scan neighborhoods for violent crime, cameras on board city trains and buses — not to mention private security cameras — there are few places you can go in Chicago without being monitored. In the metropolis known as the City of Big Shoulders, it seems Big Brother really is watching. At last count, there were an estimated 24,000 cameras in place. And the proliferation of cameras is raising new privacy concerns. “It’s really a mission creep in terms of what those cameras were designed to do,” said Ed Yohnko, with the American Civil Liberties Union. The basic rule with cameras is that people are free to record anything that happens in public because there is no expectation of privacy. But it gets more complicated, particularly with traffic cameras. Three-hundred-and-forty-eight cameras were at one point installed around the city, sold to the public on the claim that their purpose was to catch people speeding and running red lights. Now, two-thirds of those cameras are being upgraded with 360-degree swivels so they can rotate and monitor everything within sight of the intersection. More

If Economic Cycle Theorists Are Correct, 2015 To 2020 Will Be Pure Hell For The United States

Does the economy move in predictable waves, cycles or patterns?  There are many economists that believe that it does, and if their projections are correct, the rest of this decade is going to be pure hell for the United States.  Many mainstream economists want nothing to do with economic cycle theorists, but it should be noted that economic cycle theories have enabled some analysts to correctly predict the timing of recessions, stock market peaks and stock market crashes over the past couple of decades.  Of course none of the theories discussed below is perfect, but it is very interesting to note that all of them seem to indicate that the U.S. economy is about to enter a major downturn.  So will the period of 2015 to 2020 turn out to be pure hell for the United States?  We will just have to wait and see. One of the most prominent economic cycle theories is known as “the Kondratieff wave”.  It was developed by a Russian economist named Nikolai Kondratiev, and as Wikipedia has noted, his economic theories got him into so much trouble with the Russian government that he was eventually executed because of them…More

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Pope Francis has declared everyone has the right to be baptised, even aliens should they come knocking on the church’s door. Christians cannot “close the door” to all those who seek baptism even if they are “green men, with a long nose and big ears, like children draw,” the pope said at his daily mass on Monday, according to Vatican Radio. “If tomorrow, for example, an expedition of Martians arrives and some of them come to us … and if one of them says: ‘Me, I want to be baptised!’, what would happen?” Francis said in another display of his lively sense of humour.More

Although the Harvard Extension School Cultural Studies Club dropped its sponsorship of a reenactment of a Satanic “black mass” ritual earlier in the night, members of the New York-based Satanic Temple gathered for what appeared to be a black mass on the second floor of the Hong Kong restaurant and lounge shortly after 10 p.m. Monday. About 50 people, mostly dressed in black and some wearing face makeup, were present for the ceremony. A consecrated host, believed by Catholics to be the body of Christ, was not used in the ritual. Four individuals in hoods and one man in a white suit, a cape, and a horned mask were active in the proceedings, as well as a woman revealed to be wearing only lingerie. The ceremony began with a narration on the history underlying Satanism and the black mass ritual. More

Iran Arms Stolen U.S. Drone ‘to Attack the U.S. Warships’

The Iranian military says that it has fully reverse engineered a downed U.S. drone and armed it with missiles “to attack the U.S. warships in any possible battle.” The Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) made the announcement on Sunday as Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei toured an IRGC military compound to view the new drones, according to reports in Iran’s state-run media. Iran also revealed over the weekend the existence of new ballistic missiles and an air defense system that can reportedly destroy multiple targets at once. The unveiling of the new drone has been met with particular fanfare by the IRGC, which announced more than two years ago that it had successfully downed an RQ-170 drone built by Lockheed Martin. More

DAYS OF LOT – Teacher ‘has sex with handful of her students’

A South Carolina high-school teacher is facing criminal charges for allegedly having sex with three of her own students. Ellen Lindsay Niemiec, 29, an instructor at Cross High School in Berkeley County, is now free on bail, but has been banned from contacting the Cross community until her case is decided.  Niemiec is accused of having sex with the teen boys at a house party in Berkeley County on April 11. She faces two felony charges of sexual battery, since two of the victims were 17, while the third was 18, resulting in a misdemeanor charge. Once the incident was reported to school staff, the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office began an investigation, and reportedly discovered the misconduct had been taking place for several weeks. More

 

3 Feet of Snow hits Colorado in May

A mid-May snowstorm dumped as much as 3 feet (91 cm) of snow on Colorado’s Rocky Mountains on Monday while the U.S. Midwest braced for hail and other severe weather, forecasters said. Snowplows cleared the way for the Monday morning rush hour after the storm, which is expected to taper off by midday, blanketed Denver with more than 4 inches (10 cm) and the mountains northeast of Steamboat Springs with 36 inches (91 cm) of snow, said Jim Kalina, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Boulder, Colorado. No significant delays or cancellations were reported at Denver International Airport, and no records were broken in a state used to late spring snowstorms like the one that dumped 10.7 inches of snow on May 26, 1950.More

Williams, Arizona Running Out of Water


WILLIAMS, Ariz.
 (AP) — In the northern Arizona city of Williams, restaurant patrons don’t automatically get a glass of water anymore. Residents caught watering lawns or washing cars with potable water can be fined. Businesses are hauling water from outside town to fill swimming pools, and building permits have been put on hold because there isn’t enough water to accommodate development. Officials in the community about 60 miles from the Grand Canyon’s South Rim have clamped down on water use and declared a crisis amid a drought that is quickly drying up nearby reservoirs and forcing the city to pump its only two wells to capacity. More

 

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