ICC to probe possible war crimes in Palestine/Mysterious Polio-like illness has afflicted more than 100 children/Islamic State has Breached Saudi Borders and more signs of JESUS’ soon return

SHEMITAH CYCLE – What In The World Just Happened In Switzerland?

Central banks lie. That is what they do. Not too long ago, the Swiss National Bank promised that it would defend the euro/Swiss franc currency peg with the “utmost determination”. But on Thursday, the central bank shocked the financial world by abruptly abandoning it. More than three years ago, the Swiss National Bank announced that …

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Mysterious Polio-like illness has afflicted more than 100 children

Since last summer, public-health officials have been trying to figure out why more than 100 children in dozens of states have suffered from a polio-like weakness in their limbs. And while authorities have not found a direct link to the severe respiratory illness that affected children across the country last year, they are exploring whether …

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Apple Is Considering Storing Your Fingerprints In iCloud

Apple is considering storing customers’ biometric data in the cloud to enable next-generation payment methods, according to new patent application found by Apple Insider. The application relates to “finger biometric sensor data synchronisation via a cloud computing device and related methods,” with one potential implementation being to authorise a “financial transaction.” Simply put, this means …

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Retailers use new tech to track you in stores — and in dressing rooms

Why does a dressing room want your digits? Retailers are incorporating new sensors and screens into stores to better track customers. Sometimes, that means having a smart fitting-room mirror use RFID to know which outfits you tried on and save it to your profile with a phone number. It’s not just the dressing room that’s …

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Ukraine warns of Russian military build-up as new violence rocks the east

Ukraine has renewed accusations of a Russian military build up on its border and approved fresh troop mobilisations as a wave of violence threatened all-out conflict in the country’s war-torn east.  A national day of mourning was held for 13 people killed on Tuesday when a rocket exploded near a commuter bus travelling towards the …

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CDC estimates flu vaccine only 23 per cent effective this year

This year’s flu vaccine is offering limited protection in the United States against the virus responsible for a major wave of illness currently crashing over North America, a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control suggests. A corresponding assessment of how effective the vaccine is in Canada this winter is still in the …

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McDonald’s apologizes over human tooth and plastic pieces found in food

There are many situations in which a fast food restaurant should offer an apology to its customers. A mix-up at the drive-through window or an incorrectly calculated bill are a couple of examples. But what about the appearance of a human tooth in an order of fries? If not a tooth, what about enjoying a …

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Doctors forced to interrogate patients about whether they own guns

The Obama Administration is making another play against gun owners, this time by alternately using financial rewards and penalties against doctors. According to reports, physicians who inquire whether or not their patients have loaded guns in their homes will earn extra compensation from Medicare. As reported by PatriotNewsDaily: When Dr. Vivek Murthy was confirmed as …

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International court calls on Mexico to ban genetically modified corn

Mexico is desperately trying to avoid a bioterrorism takeover by Big GMO, which is insistent upon ushering in genetically modified (GM) maize to replace the dozens of native corn varieties already grown throughout the country. The Mexican Chapter of the Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal has issued an urgent plea to the Mexican government to once and …

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Russia throws down the gauntlet: energy supply to Europe cut off; petrodollar abandoned as currency war escalates

GOG N MAGOG WATCH – There are some big moves taking place on the global stage that you need to know about, as this could all lead to World War III. Yesterday Russia cut off its natural gas supply to Europe, “plunging the continent into an energy crisis ‘within hours’ as a dispute with Ukraine escalated,” …

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Vision of Economic Collapse, Martial Law and Mega-Quake Coming to America

Pastor Shane Warren from First Assembly of God in West Monroe LA had a prophetic vision in which he saw the heartland of America split by massive earthquakes and America facing a future Economic Collapse followed by Martial Law.

China Renews Atomic Ambition With 5 Reactors Planned in 2015

China is expected to start building at least five nuclear reactors in 2015 while facing a further delay at a plant that had been slated to start this year. The Sanmen project in the eastern province of Zhejiang is expected to come online at the beginning of 2016 after problems were found in the main …

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Russia Cuts Off Ukraine Gas Supply To 6 European Countries

Vladimir Putin ordered the Russian state energy giant Gazprom to cut supplies to and through Ukraine amid accusations, according to The Daily Mail, that its neighbor has been siphoning off and stealing Russian gas. Due to these “transit risks for European consumers in the territory of Ukraine,” Gazprom cut gas exports to Europe by 60%, …

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Green Comet Lovejoy Keeps Wowing Amateur Astronomers

Amateur astronomers and astrophotographers around the globe have been keeping their eyes on the distinctly green glow of Comet Lovejoy, a cosmic object discovered last year that continues to amaze in telescope views. New images (and a short movie) of Comet Lovejoy as it makes a close pass by the Earth. On Jan. 10, amateur …

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Schlumberger cuts 9,000 jobs due to low oil prices

Oil services company Schlumberger Thursday said it was firing 9,000 workers due to plunging oil prices that have forced petroleum companies to cut drilling budgets. Schlumberger disclosed the job cuts as it reported sharply lower fourth-quarter earnings in the wake of a more than 50 percent fall in oil prices since June. The job cuts …

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NATO Readies Forces On Short Notice As Russia Stations 3000 Ground Forces, 39 Ships, 45 Submarines

NATO will be able to deploy forces on short notice – in any moment that an attack against one of its allies is launched – with its “high readiness spearhead force” in place for 2015. Troops from Netherlands, Norway and Germany were deployed to NATO’s eastern allies to provide “a very rapid response force” to …

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Eastern Connecticut Is on Edge Amid a Series of Small Quakes

Connecticut has been feeling a bit of stress lately. For people, relief can sometimes be found in a massage, a trip to the beach or a bottle of wine. For the earth itself, however, it is not so simple. In the eastern part of the state, stresses buried deep underground for hundreds of millions of …

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Duke backs down, cancels Muslim call to prayer from chapel tower

Duke University has abandoned its plan to transform the bell tower on the Methodist school’s neo-gothic cathedral into a minaret where the Muslim call to prayer was to be publicly broadcast.  “Duke remains committed to fostering an inclusive, tolerant and welcoming campus for all of its students,” university spokesman Michael Schoenfeld said in a statement. …

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Franklin Graham: ‘I am trying to warn America, warn Duke University’

Channel 9 has calls into the Billy Graham Evangelical Association to learn more about a Facebook post by the group’s president that is receiving a lot of attention. Franklin Graham posted Wednesday night in response to Duke University’s announcement they’ll have a weekly call to prayer for Muslim students. Graham said Duke is promoting Muslim …

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Prominent Mormon Faces Excommunication for Backing Gay Marriage.

The Mormon Church has moved to excommunicate the prominent Utah-based founder of an online forum for critical or doubting Mormons, charging him with apostasy for supporting same-sex marriage and the ordination of women and for questioning church teaching. John P. Dehlin, host of the Mormon Stories website and podcast —a hub of discussion for thousands …

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Seattle’s mayor proposes new tent cities to deal with homelessness.

When passengers step off the ferries from Bremerton and Bainbridge Island and head into downtown Seattle, homelessness is just about the first thing they see. People sleep every night on the Marion Street pedestrian bridge, a narrow span that connects the Seattle ferry terminal at Colman Dock with First Avenue. Many camp right under the …

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TARGET to shut 133 Canada stores to stem massive losses.

Target is giving up on its money-losing foray into Canada after just two years, closing 133 stores and cutting loose more than 17,000 employees. Target said it didn’t see how it could stop losing money before at least 2021 on its first international expansion. The closing links Target with a series of other retailers who …

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SHEMITAH CYCLE – Global Economy Facing ‘Very Strong’ Headwinds.

Strong headwinds from weak investment, substantial debt burdens and high unemployment are preventing a pickup in global economic growth despite a strengthening U.S. recovery and tumbling oil prices, International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde said. A healthier U.S. and cheaper energy “won’t suffice to actually accelerate the growth or the potential for growth in …

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‘Exceptional Drought’ conditions expand in California

Most of California will still be in drought in April even though conditions will probably improve across the southern part of the state, according to the latest forecast from the U.S. Climate Prediction Center. Seasonal rains and the potential for a weak El Nino forming in the equatorial Pacific have increased the chances for the …

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Average life expectancy for next generation nears 100.

Living beyond 100 will become the norm for children born within the next generation, official projections show. According to estimates published by the Office for National Statistics the average life expectancy for newborn girls in the UK is on course to reach just under 97 years and four months within just over two decades. Baby …

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Magnitude 3.5 Earthquake Shakes up Caldwell, Kansas

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A new bill could mark the beginning of the end of the Common Core

Congress is set to rewrite the laws governing the nation’s schools this year, and the Common Core might turn into a history lesson. The Obama administration has quietly supported the national standards for students in kindergarten through high school, developed with the support of the Gates Foundation by a group of state education officials. Only …

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Obama allowing Iran to build new nuke reactors

Iran is permitted to build new nuclear reactors under the existing conditions of an interim deal with the United States meant to curb Tehran’s nuclear ambitions, a State Department official told the Washington Free Beacon less than a day after Iran announced the construction of two new nuclear plants. The construction of these new nuclear …

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Israel says Swedish FM not welcome

Israel said Thursday that Sweden’s foreign minister was not welcome for an official visit in the country, with relations strained over Stockholm’s recognition of Palestine. The minister, Margot Wallstroem, last week postponed a trip to Israel indefinitely, with Israeli media reports suggesting that Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman did not want to meet her. Sweden’s …

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SHEMITAH CYCLE – Swiss National Bank Shocks the World

The road to normal is proving to be bumpy. Stunning monetary-policy shifts in Switzerland and India sent markets on wild rides, highlighting Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen’s November warning that “normalization could lead to some heightened financial volatility.” Following today’s wake-up calls, the Swiss franc surged as much as 27 percent against the dollar, moving …

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Pope Francis Speaks out on “Global Warming”

Pope Francis spoke out on man-made global warming ahead of climate talks, and encouraged leaders to take the necessary actions to protect the environment. Speaking to media aboard the Papal plane as he was en-route to the Philippines, Pope Francis shared his thoughts on a variety of current issues, including the dire state of the …

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SHEMITAH CYCLE – Why should the Swiss central bank action matter to you?

Switzerland has fewer people than Virginia and a smaller economy than Turkey. Yet an arcane policy move by the Swiss National Bank early Thursday rocked global financial markets. When Switzerland’s central bank ended an effort to limit the rise of the Swiss franc, the franc soared by 30% against the euro, the Swiss stock market shed …

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Lines swell at currency exchanges in Geneva.

“It’s like Christmas all over again!” enthused Vanessa, as she joined a swelling queue outside a currency exchange office in downtown Geneva Thursday. The 28-year-old hospital orderly was one of many across Switzerland rushing to cash in on a soaring Swiss franc. Minutes after a shock announcement from the Swiss central bank that it was …

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Pastor Encourages Christian Couples to Have Better Sex

Less than 40 percent of married couples say they are satisfied with their sex lives, and sex is the No. 1 reason married couples seek counseling. Many Christian couples feel isolated when they experience problems in the bedroom, because sex is often seen as a taboo topic in the church and most resources available only …

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Today’s Youth Want More of the Spirit

Spiritual trend watchers have come up with terms like “nones” and “dones” to describe young people in the United States. “Nones” are those who don’t categorize themselves as anything when asked about their religion, while “dones” are those who have quit church. The prevailing assumption is that today’s youth are disillusioned with organized religion, spiritually …

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SHEMITAH CYCLE – US Equity Market Liquidity Evaporates To 3 Year Lows

Thanks to the SNB surprise this morning – and FX market volatility (and illiquidity) at insane levels – liquidity in the S&P 500 e-mini futures contract is at its lowest in at least 3 years…Zero Hedge

Saudi Arabia building 600-mile ‘Great Wall’ to keep out Islamic State

When a raiding party from Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant attacked a Saudi border post last week, it was no mere hit on a desert outpost. The jihadists were launching an assault on the new, highest profile effort by Saudi Arabia to insulate itself from the chaos engulfing its neighbours. The Saudis are …

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Islamic State has Breached Saudi Borders.

While the whole world was witnessing the dreadful terrorist attacks in France and the consequent 3.7 million march against terrorism, the Middle East witnessed an event that is in its significance is no less important or serious, if it is to be compared to the slaughter of journalists from Charlie Hebdo in the heart of …

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Cameron to Obama: Force Tech Companies to Cooperate with Surveillance Agency.

The British Prime Minister, David Cameron, wants President Obama to pressure social media to cooperate with GCHQ, the British intelligence service that works closely with the NSA in the United States to surveil the internet and private electronic communication. Intelligence services are increasingly critical of encryption methods used by Facebook and Twitter to secure the …

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SHEMITAH CYCLE – Dow Faces longest loss streak in 3 months

U.S. stocks declined for a fourth session on Wednesday as December retail sales failed to live up to expectations and investors worried about global economic growth. Stocks came off session lows as crude reversed higher and after the release of the Federal Reserve’s Beige Book, which had central bankers expressing hopes for better U.S. growth. …

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Saudi Arabia in oil-price war with Iran and Russia

Saudi Arabia is extending its own international jihad not only through its export of Wahhabism, an extreme form of Sunni Islam.  The Islamic kingdom is now going after Russia, a main backer of the kingdom’s sectarian opponent, Shiite Iran, by targeting its oil production clout to adversely impact the Russian economy. Sources say the United …

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‘Disneyland Measles’ outbreak spreading, Health Officials trying to Contain

California health officials are trying to contain an outbreak of potentially fatal measles that has been traced back to the Walt Disney Co.’s DIS, -0.02% Disneyland theme park in Anaheim, Calif., the Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday. The officials are tracking “hundreds of people who could have been in contact with the two infected parkgoers …

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Korea Commandos Prepare for War While Leaders Extend Olive Branches

Winter drills on either side of the demilitarized zone underscore the fragility of a potential thaw between North Korea and South Korea after Kim Jong Un raised the possibility of a summit. In a snowy valley 150 kilometers (93 miles) east of Seoul, South Korean commandos in white camouflage rappel 30 feet from a Black …

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A New Look at the San Andreas Fault – The Sleeping Giant

A small part of the San Andreas Fault that was thought to quietly slide without shaking its neighbors may actually be capable of strong earthquakes, including magnitude-6 shakers, a new study finds. The San Andreas Fault is divided into three legs. The middle leg has long been treated as a benign barrier between the more …

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Gold goes on a tear as Swiss National Bank shocks market, Dollar slides

A shocking move from the Swiss National Bank sent the dollar reeling and gold prices flying higher on Thursday. In mid-morning European trading hours, Switzerland’s central bank scrapped its long-standing floor against the euro, which sent the Swiss franc EURCHF, -14.09% soaring 14% against the euro and the dollar USDCHF, -13.02% The central bank also …

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BREAKING NEWS – Russia Just Pulled Itself Out Of The Petrodollar

Back in November, before most grasped just how serious the collapse in crude was (and would become, as well as its massive implications), we wrote “How The Petrodollar Quietly Died, And Nobody Noticed”, because for the first time in almost two decades, energy-exporting countries would pull their “petrodollars” out of world markets in 2015. This …

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Muslim Leaders to Hold ‘Stand with the Prophet’ Rally in Garland, Texas

“I WILL STAND WITH THE MUSLIMS SHOULD THE POLITICAL WINDS SHIFT IN AN UGLY DIRECTION.” – BARACK OBAMA With the carnage and horror that took place in Paris at the hands of Islamic terrorists, one would hope that Muslims who disagree with this would finally speak out. One would hope… But instead, there is to …

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Over 1,200 seabirds mysteriously die on Pacific Coast

Officials on the Pacific Coast are puzzled by the deaths of hundreds of small, white-bellied seabirds since October. The birds, called Cassin’s auklets, are mostly gray in color and have blue feet. Media reports say they have been steadily washing ashore all along the Pacific Coast, from Northern California to the coast of the state …

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Illegals Now Can Get Mexican Birth Certificates In US.

The Mexican government on Thursday will start issuing birth certificates to its citizens at consulates in the United States, seeking to make it easier for them to apply for U.S. work permits, driver’s licenses and protection from deportation. Until now, Mexico has required citizens to get birth certificates at government offices in Mexico. Many of those …

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Connecticut Earthquake Swarm Continues for 4th Day

A 2.2-magnitude earthquake has rattled eastern Connecticut again. In what’s becoming a daily seismic event, the Weston Observatory of Boston College said the earthquake occurred at about 4:40 a.m. Thursday near Plainfield, where previous earthquakes were recorded. It says two minor earthquakes were recorded on Wednesday and another on Tuesday. Several were recorded on Monday and …

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Europe’s Top Rabbi: Jews must start carrying guns.

One of Europe’s most prominent Jewish organizations is petitioning the European Union to pass new legislation that would permit Jewish community members to carry guns “for the essential protection of their communities,” according to a letter obtained by the Washington Free Beacon. The European Jewish Association (EJA), which represents Jewish communities across Europe, says that …

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POPE: There are limits to free expression.

Pope Francis said Thursday there are limits to freedom of expression, especially when it insults or ridicules someone’s faith. Francis spoke about the Paris terror attacks while en route to the Philippines, defending free speech as not only a fundamental human right but a duty to speak one’s mind for the sake of the common …

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New Policy Forces Homeschooled Kids To Justify Their Religious Beliefs

Virginia parents are outraged over a new policy that demands homeschooled children justify their religious beliefs to a school board within 30 days of their 14th birthday. The controversial rule passed by the Goochland County School Board states, “Any student who together with his/her parents seeks an exemption from compulsory attendance due to their bona …

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Strong 4.7 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Ciudad Altamirano, Mexico Followed by Aftershocks

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Chinese pilots arrive in Russia for Su-35 training

The arrival of Chinese pilots at a Russian Air Force training center to train to fly the Su-35 fighter indicates that Russia and China have reached a consensus about when the aircraft will be turned over to the PLA Air Force, reports the state-run Global Times. Beijing and Moscow are likely to sign the final agreement …

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New Sanctions Must be Imposed on Russia’s Energy, Finance Sectors

US Senator Robert Menendez urges US President Barack Obama to impose a new round of sanctions on Russia’s defense, energy, and financial sectors and increase military assistance to Ukraine amid ceasefire violations in eastern Ukraine, according to the senator’s statement published on Wednesday. “These most recent attacks by Russian-supported forces serve as further proof that the …

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Canadian banks are now stress-testing how their oil portfolios will withstand prices as low as US$35 a barrel

Canadian banks are stress-testing their energy loan portfolios to see how they would weather the price of oil falling as low as US$35 per barrel. At a conference in Toronto on Wednesday, the chief executives of Canada’s largest banks said they don’t expect to sustain large losses from clients in the sector, even if there …

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SHEMITAH CYCLE – Oil price crash threatens the future of the North Sea oilfields

The potential impact of the oil price slump on Scotland was underlined as a leading energy expert warned on Wednesday that North Sea oilfields could be shut down if the oil price fell by just a few more dollars. The rising sense of crisis about the plummeting price – which has fallen 60% in the …

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Satellite Images Show Horrifying Scale Of Destruction In Nigerian Towns Attacked By Boko Haram

Satellite images show widespread destruction in two Nigerian towns that were recently attacked by Islamic extremists, an international human rights group said Wednesday. Amnesty International said the detailed images of Baga and Doron Baga, taken before and after the attack earlier this month, show that more than 3,700 structures were damaged or completely destroyed. The …

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Biggest Reservoir for Brazil’s Largest City Running Dry.

Halfway through the rainy season, the key reservoir for the hemisphere’s largest city holds just 6 percent of its capacity, and experts warned Friday that Sao Paulo authorities must take urgent steps to prevent the worst drought in more than 80 years from drying it out.  The system of reservoirs and rivers that provide water …

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Obama Raises Specter Of War With Iran If Congress Imposes New Sanctions

President Barack Obama strongly warned Congress on Friday against leveling additional sanctions against Iran and even suggested they could lead to war. “We have shown that we are credibly trying to solve this problem and avert some sort of military showdown. In that context, t here is no good argument for us to — undercut — …

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Rents rush past consumer inflation in 2014

The price to keep a roof over your head rushed ahead of overall consumer inflation in 2014 as rents spiked up, according to data released Friday. The U.S. Labor Department’s gauge of prices for shelter—a broad category that includes items such as apartment rent and hotel stays—showed inflation of 2.9% in 2014, the fastest calendar-year …

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High Court To Decide Gay Marriage

Setting the stage for a potentially historic ruling, the Supreme Court announced Friday it will decide whether same-sex couples have a right to marry everywhere in America under the Constitution. The justices will take up gay-rights cases that ask them to overturn bans in four states and declare for the entire nation that people can …

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FALLING AWAY – Evangelicals Are Changing Their Minds on Gay Marriage

If evangelical Christianity is famous for anything in contemporary American politics, it is for its complete opposition to gay marriage. Now, slowly yet undeniably, evangelicals are changing their minds. Every day, evangelical communities across the country are arriving at new crossroads over marriage. My magazine story for TIME this week, “A Change of Heart,” is …

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Obama denies evidence of North Korea’s nukes

The Obama administration is denying that North Korea has developed miniaturized nuclear warheads and missiles to deliver them, even though the Defense Intelligence Agency and the Central Intelligence Agency have assessed that they exist, charges an adviser to Congress on national security. “President Obama himself began this big lie amidst the 2013 nuclear crisis when …

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Pentagon to deploy 400 troops to train Syrian rebels

The U.S. military is planning to send more than 400 soldiers to train Syrian rebels to fight Islamic State along with hundreds of U.S. support personnel, a Pentagon spokesman said on Thursday. The training mission is expected to begin in the spring at sites outside Syria, Colonel Steve Warren said. Turkey, Qatar and Saudi Arabia …

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Bank Of America Misses Revenue By $2 Billion As Trading Revenue Collapses; Fires Thousands

Following disappointing results from JPM and Wells Fargo yesterday, it was Bank of America’s turn to “surprise” investors with its disclosure just how bad its quarter was. And with the bank reporting a 50% collapse in its sales and trading from Q3, down $600 million from a year ago to just $1.7 billion in Q4, …

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Russia could soon run multiple Ukraine-sized operations

Russia is working to develop within a few years the capability to threaten several neighbors at once on the scale of its present operation in Ukraine, a senior American general said. Lieutenant-General Ben Hodges, commander of U.S. Army forces in Europe, told Reuters an attack on another neighbor does not seem like an immediate threat …

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DEVELOPING – Police Find “Radioactive Device” in Car in Fairfield, Conn.

Police are investigating the discovery of a radioactive device in a car on Kings Highway in Fairfield, Conn., according to Fairfield police spokesman Lt. James Perez. Kings Highway was shut down in the area of Villa Avenue while police responded to the scene. The highway reopened around 3 p.m. Perez said the fire department was called to the …

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Shopping Malls have begun to decline and even close in recent years.

Once a symbol of American retail, many shopping malls have begun to decline and even close in recent years. Randall Park Mall shut its doors in 2009 after being hit hard by the recession. When the mall opened in 1976 in North Randall, Ohio, the town had a population of just 1,500. Though only two …

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Venezuela’s ‘protest City’ on Edge as Economic Crisis Worsens

Masked youths are once again blocking streets and burning tires in the Venezuelan city of San Cristobal, the epicenter of last year’s massive anti-government protests. The groups are small and the unrest contained, but dissent is rising in this volatile Andean city, a barometer of frustration with nationwide shortages that are putting pressure on the …

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Obamacare chief quits.

The leader of the agency charged with the ObamaCare rollout is stepping down after five years on the job. Marilyn Tavenner, administrator of the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS), announced her departure Friday, which will take effect next month. “It is with sadness and mixed emotions that I write to tell you that …

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Swiss franc shockwave hits firms around world, Brokers forced out of business.

The Swiss franc shock reverberated through currency trading firms around the world on Friday, wiping out many small-scale investors and the brokerages that cater to them and forcing regulators to take a closer look at the sector. Some major banks also lost out when the Swiss National Bank lifted its cap on the franc against …

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Majority of public school students in poverty.

For the first time in at least 50 years, a majority of U.S. public school students come from low-income families, according to a new analysis of 2013 federal data, a statistic that has profound implications for the nation. The Southern Education Foundation reports that 51 percent of students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade were eligible …

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Price of Meat, Chicken, Fish, and Eggs Hits Record High.

Despite a decline in the overall Consumer Price Index (CPI) in December, the food index increased and the price index for meats, poultry, fish and eggs hit a record high, according to data released today from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).  According to the BLS, “The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) …

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Obama: I will veto any new sanctions against Iran.

After a tumultuous two weeks of terror and emotional responses in Europe, British Prime Minister David Cameron is in Washington to meet with President Obama, largely about security and cyber issues. On Friday, they used a joint news conference to show off the strengths of their “special relationship” to the press. Obama kicked off his …

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Human activity has pushed Earth beyond ‘Planetary Boundaries’.

At the rate things are going, the Earth in the coming decades could cease to be a “safe operating space” for human beings. That is the conclusion of a new paper published Thursday in the journal Science by 18 researchers trying to gauge the breaking points in the natural world. The paper contends that we …

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Ocean Life Faces ‘Mass Extinction Event’.

A team of scientists, in a groundbreaking analysis of data from hundreds of sources, has concluded that humans are on the verge of causing unprecedented damage to the oceans and the animals living in them. “We may be sitting on a precipice of a major extinction event,” said Douglas J. McCauley, an ecologist at the …

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NOAA and NASA say 2014 warmest year on record

For the third time in a decade, the globe sizzled to the hottest year on record, federal scientists announced Friday. Both the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and NASA calculated that in 2014 the world had its hottest year in 135 years of record-keeping. Earlier, the Japanese weather agency and an independent group out of University …

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POWDER KEG – ‘Death to Blasphemers’: Muslims protest new Charlie Hebdo cartoons across the globe

The new, “survivors” issue of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo has triggered outrage from Muslim communities all over the world, with worshipers staging protests all week. More are set to take place after traditional Friday prayers. Pakistani police fired tear gas and used water cannons on protesters in Karachi, with AFP photo journalist injured in …

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UFO Watchers Accuse NASA of Cutting Live Stream After Alien Sighting.

UFO watchers complain NASA has been cutting its live feed of the International Space Station just when it keeps getting good…meaning as soon as a strange object appears…reports the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. The alien-hunting website Disclose.TV claims Toby Lundh spotted an unidentified flying object just outside the station while he was monitoring the feed on January 6th. But …

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Ex-Muslim Pens Open ‘Wake-Up Call’ Letter to America

Mark Christian, president and executive director of the Global Faith Institute—and the son and nephew of high-ranking Muslim Brotherhood leaders in Egypt—is a champion of the Christian faith. And this champion, who converted to Christianity about a decade ago, is calling on Americans to wake up to Islamic extremism. Christian has penned an open letter …

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Vatican In Full Damage Control Mode After Pope Francis Justifies Islam Attack In France

THE VATICAN IS FURIOUSLY BACKPEDALING AS THEY TRY TO CLARIFY SOME EXTREMELY CONTROVERSIAL COMMENTS BY POPE FRANCIS When speaking of the Charlie Hebdo murders at the hands of Islamic terrorists, Pope Francis said “You cannot provoke; you cannot insult the faith of others,” the pontiff added.  Some say his statement seemed to condone last week’s terror …

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‘New York Times’ Launches All-Out Attack on Christianity

Apparently, The New York Times is in favor of faith in the public square—if the purpose is to mock it. Editors at theTimes poured gasoline on the fire of Atlanta’s latest controversy with an editorial that should shock even their most liberal readers. Just when you thought the media couldn’t sink any lower, the Times …

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Syrians are now Brazil’s largest refugee community, 1,400 Syrians sought refuge in Brazil last year

A total of 1,400 Syrians sought refuge in Brazil last year, making them part of the largest refugee group in the country as they flee a bloody conflict, official figures showed Monday. The steady increase in Syrian arrivals over recent months means they now outnumber Angolans and Colombians in South America’s largest country, National Center …

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Will there be another Presidential Election?

A woman who says she prophesied the assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan says God has revealed to her a new, startling warning. “He showed me that if Christians don’t start praying more than they ever have … this next [presidential] election is not going to take place. That it’s going to be suspended. Because …

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Grand Rapids sets new record low temperature

If you were up and outside at 5:30 this morning, you experienced the coldest temperature in 18 years for Grand Rapids. The temperature briefly dipped to -13 in Grand Rapids at 5:25am. That’s the coldest temperature in Grand Rapids since February 4, 1996 when the temperature fell to -17. This is the second day in …

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‘Stealth Cameras’ to be installed on UK motorways

Motoring organisations have reacted angrily to plans for a new generation of “stealth cameras” that are to be rolled out on Britain’s busiest motorways. Pioneering digital technology will be used in an attempt to catch drivers breaking the 70mph speed limit, which until recently had been ignored by speed cameras. The plan forms part of …

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State Senators Look to Introduce ‘Death With Dignity’ Legislation This Month

After a terminally ill woman made headlines when she moved to Oregon so she could end her life under a doctor’s care, two State Senators are hoping to bring a similar law to New York. “There are only five states in the country that allow for people to make end of life decisions similar to …

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Massive And Mysterious Underwater Waves Off New Zealand Coast Attract Scientists

Massive underwater waves detected south of New Zealand are drawing researchers from Australia and the United States. The mystery surrounding the underwater waves reportedly the size of skyscrapers have been travelling for days in the ocean. According to scientists, the underwater waves or internal tides, are responsible for nutrient distribution and the regulation of ocean …

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13 more California measles cases tied to Disney outbreak

California health officials on Thursday confirmed 13 new measles cases connected to an outbreak at Disney theme parks last month, bringing the total number of illnesses to 39. The new cases of the airborne illness include five in Los Angeles County and one in San Diego County. The San Diego County cases include at least …

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Putin Is Taking Control Of The East Black Sea

Throughout the Russia-Ukraine conflict, I’ve referred to the “Georgia precedent”: the idea that Russia’s invasion of Georgia in 2008 showed Vladimir Putin how much he could get away with in terms of violating the sovereignty of neighboring countries. In truth, the Georgia precedent is about more than the invasion, which was, in Georgia’s case, the …

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Hezbollah to Try to Invade N. Israel, Capture Territory

The next time it wages war against Israel, Hezbollah will likely attempt to invade the Jewish state, Brig. Gen. Itai Brun, the outgoing head of Israel’s Military Intelligence research division, said in an interview. Brun told Israel Hayom that the Iranian-backed terror group based in Lebanon would try to send large land forces across the …

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Tongan volcano creates new island

A Tongan volcano has created a substantial new island since it began erupting last month, spewing out huge volumes of rock and dense ash that has killed nearby vegetation, officials said Friday. The volcano, about 65 kilometres (40 miles) southwest of the South Pacific nation’s capital Nuku’alofa, rumbled to life on December 20 for the …

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SHEMITAH CYCLE – What In The World Just Happened In Switzerland?

Central banks lie. That is what they do. Not too long ago, the Swiss National Bank promised that it would defend the euro/Swiss franc currency peg with the “utmost determination”. But on Thursday, the central bank shocked the financial world by abruptly abandoning it. More than three years ago, the Swiss National Bank announced that …

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Mysterious Polio-like illness has afflicted more than 100 children

Since last summer, public-health officials have been trying to figure out why more than 100 children in dozens of states have suffered from a polio-like weakness in their limbs. And while authorities have not found a direct link to the severe respiratory illness that affected children across the country last year, they are exploring whether …

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Apple is considering storing customers’ biometric data in the cloud to enable next-generation payment methods, according to new patent application found by Apple Insider. The application relates to “finger biometric sensor data synchronisation via a cloud computing device and related methods,” with one potential implementation being to authorise a “financial transaction.” Simply put, this means …

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Retailers use new tech to track you in stores — and in dressing rooms

Why does a dressing room want your digits? Retailers are incorporating new sensors and screens into stores to better track customers. Sometimes, that means having a smart fitting-room mirror use RFID to know which outfits you tried on and save it to your profile with a phone number. It’s not just the dressing room that’s …

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Ukraine warns of Russian military build-up as new violence rocks the east

Ukraine has renewed accusations of a Russian military build up on its border and approved fresh troop mobilisations as a wave of violence threatened all-out conflict in the country’s war-torn east.  A national day of mourning was held for 13 people killed on Tuesday when a rocket exploded near a commuter bus travelling towards the …

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CDC estimates flu vaccine only 23 per cent effective this year

This year’s flu vaccine is offering limited protection in the United States against the virus responsible for a major wave of illness currently crashing over North America, a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control suggests. A corresponding assessment of how effective the vaccine is in Canada this winter is still in the …

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McDonald’s apologizes over human tooth and plastic pieces found in food

There are many situations in which a fast food restaurant should offer an apology to its customers. A mix-up at the drive-through window or an incorrectly calculated bill are a couple of examples. But what about the appearance of a human tooth in an order of fries? If not a tooth, what about enjoying a …

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Doctors forced to interrogate patients about whether they own guns

The Obama Administration is making another play against gun owners, this time by alternately using financial rewards and penalties against doctors. According to reports, physicians who inquire whether or not their patients have loaded guns in their homes will earn extra compensation from Medicare. As reported by PatriotNewsDaily: When Dr. Vivek Murthy was confirmed as …

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International court calls on Mexico to ban genetically modified corn

Mexico is desperately trying to avoid a bioterrorism takeover by Big GMO, which is insistent upon ushering in genetically modified (GM) maize to replace the dozens of native corn varieties already grown throughout the country. The Mexican Chapter of the Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal has issued an urgent plea to the Mexican government to once and …

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Russia throws down the gauntlet: energy supply to Europe cut off; petrodollar abandoned as currency war escalates

GOG N MAGOG WATCH – There are some big moves taking place on the global stage that you need to know about, as this could all lead to World War III. Yesterday Russia cut off its natural gas supply to Europe, “plunging the continent into an energy crisis ‘within hours’ as a dispute with Ukraine escalated,” …

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