“Muslim ban,” fish death, steroids and more signs of the end of the age (29-30 of january 2017)

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YOU’RE FIRED! Acting AG Is Fired after Justice Department staff told not to defend refugee order 

President Donald Trump relieved acting Attorney General Sally Yates of her duties Monday night after she directed Justice Department attorneys not to defend Trump’s controversial…

Macedonia reports outbreak of H5N8 bird flu at farm

Macedonia reported an outbreak of the highly contagious H5N8 bird flu virus at a farm in the southwestern part of the country, the World Organisation…

DAYS OF LOT: Boy Scouts, Reversing Century-Old Stance, Will Allow Transgender Boys

Reversing its stance of more than a century, the Boy Scouts of America said on Monday that the group would begin accepting members based on…

US troops hold joint drills in Poland to prevent attack from the East

US and Polish soldiers, alongside newly delivered American military hardware, have conducted joint drills as part of the biggest US deployment in Europe since the…

Starbucks to hire 10,000 refugees over next 5 years

Starbucks says it will hire 10,000 refugees over the next five years, a response to President Donald Trump’s indefinite suspension of Syrian refugees and temporary…

Verizon Lowering Morality Standards

The Parents Television Council is urging its members and the public to tell Verizon to stop underwriting graphic content on Fox’s new TV show, The…

Trump Willing to Go to War for Israel

Would President Donald Trump be willing to go to war for Israel? After observing his first full week in office, Revelation in the News’ Zach…

UPDATE: Supervolcano ‘worse than Vesuvius’ ready to blow…

Around two thousand years ago Mount Vesuvius erupted, destroying the Roman city of Pompeii and killing an estimated 1,500 people. Today, a far more sinister…

Russia in biggest Arctic military push since Soviet fall…

The nuclear icebreaker Lenin, the pride and joy of the Soviet Union’s Arctic great game, lies at perpetual anchor in the frigid water here. A…

BREAKING NEWS: Iran tests missile in defiance of UN resolution

Iran conducted its first ballistic missile test under Donald Trump’s presidency, in yet another apparent violation of a United Nations resolution, U.S. officials told Fox…

Netanyahu backs U.S. embassy move to Jerusalem…

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu voiced support on Sunday for moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem but mentioned no time frame, after a Republican activist accused…

New Puerto Rico governor signs fiscal emergency law…

Puerto Rico’s governor signed a law on Sunday that allows him to define essential government services and set aside money to pay for them, setting…

Millions of dead sardines wash up on a beach in Chile

Millions of sardines washed up dead along Aucho beach in the small town of Quemchi located in the eastern shore of Chiloé Island on January…

Canada’s Trudeau welcomes refugees; U.S.-bound passengers turned away…

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau welcomed those fleeing war and persecution on Saturday even as Canadian airlines said they would turn back U.S.-bound passengers to comply…

Legal challenges mount for Trump’s travel ban from 7 Muslim countries

Civil liberties groups are challenging Donald Trump’s executive order barring all immigration from seven majority-Muslim nations for 120 days, which the president signed Friday evening….

Obama Admin Issues Memo on Last Day Allowing Transgender Immigrants to Change Gender on Docs

The Obama administration used its last day in office to issue a memo allowing male immigrants who identify as female, and vice versa, to change…

 

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Prayer Brings Miracle Healing for Woman With Malignant Tumor/Vatican’s Illegal Downloads Include ‘Lesbian Hair Salon’/US Sailor Crippled by Fukushima Radiation Speaks Out on Government Lies/UK bread and cereal bars found to be contaminated with glyphosate and more signs of JESUS’ soon return

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Oregon mom, an Obamacare supporter, now finds she can’t afford it

Some Republicans in Congress have suggested that, rather than focusing on repealing Obamacare, the GOP should just stand back and allow the law to “collapse on its own.” Well, I’ve never really heard of a law doing that. But no matter, because support for Obamacare is collapsing, in essence, and the more Americans are harmed by it, the more voters who will likely seek to punish the Democrats who forced it upon the nation. One of those voters may well be an Oregon mother who was once an Obamacare supporter, but who now finds that she, like millions of other Americans, cannot afford it, as reported by Seattle’s CBS affiliate: One Oregon mother says that she is unable to afford health insurance for her and her 18-month-old son because it’s too expensive. The woman – who wishes to remain anonymous – tells KOIN-TV that she originally championed President Barack Obama’s signature health care law because she thought it would help people in her situation. Well, it’s understandable why she and scores more Americans did think that. After all, that’s what the president kept saying – how much it will help those without coverage while not affecting those with coverage, both of which, we now know, were huge lies. ”I’ve been a cheerleader for the Affordable Care Act since I heard about it and I assumed that it was designed for people in my situation,” she told KOIN. “I was planning on using the Affordable Care Act and I had done the online calculator in advance to make sure I was going to be able to afford it.” More

UK bread and cereal bars found to be contaminated with glyphosate

The UK and EU populace doesn’t embrace Monsanto’s propaganda, and their governments are somewhat less dominated by Monsanto minions than the US government is. So traces of glyphosate in major British non-GMO food brands should be a huge red flag for us here in America. UK news site The Ecologist featured a study performed by a British anti-GMO group called GM Freeze. Two major food brands contained traces of glyphosate. The research disclosed that all four cereal bars produced by Jordans and 34 out of 40 bread products sampled from Walburtons contained traces of glyhosate. These are both big name brands in the UK. Those traces were below the EU maximum allowable glyphosate residue amounts for cereal products. But many disagree with the maximum allowable amounts, pointing out that glyphosate is an endocrine disruptor and thus shouldn’t be tolerated at any level. [1] [4]  So how does glyphosate show up in those biscuits and breads where GMOs aren’t grown? Well, RoundUp is such a popular herbicide that it’s used on non-GMO grain fields. Normally, RoundUp destroys all plant life that’s not grown from RoundUp Ready GMO seeds that are designed to keep the pesticide from killing those GMO corn or soy crops. But farmers can use it on non-GMO fields before planting to get rid of or prevent weeds from choking the new crops, and they can be used just before harvesting to make combining easier. That’s how glyphosate can show up in foods from non-GMO grain sources. Only organic crops will be free of any pesticide residues. In Europe, GMO soy and corn is allowed in most countries for livestock feed only. And that guarantees that the Monsanto herbicide RoundUp gets sold abundantly to those farmers who sign extremely binding and limiting contracts with the evil corporation. More

Californians Sign Petition Allowing U.S. Troops to Commandeer Their Homes

Illustrating once again how many Americans’ knowledge of the Bill of Rights is virtually non-existent, Californians signed a petition to repeal the Third Amendment and allow U.S. troops to commandeer their homes. The unbelievable footage was captured recently in California by activist prankster Mark Dice, a regular Infowars contributor. Dice managed to persuade several passers by to sign their names up for scrapping the Third Amendment, which states “No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.”  “We want to repeal the Third Amendment to keep the housing prices down for the military folks… just support Obama and support the troops.” Dice told one passer by who then eagerly signed his name. “These military folks are clean and orderly people, so they won’t dirty up your house too much whilst we eliminate the Third Amendment and you can quarter them in your house if they just want to come in.” Dice told another man who was signing up without question.
“They (soldiers) can choose what house they want to live in, maybe in your house or anybody’s house really.” Dice told another woman who signed her name. “That whole not quartering troops during peacetime, Third Amendment is just kinda unfair, right?” he asked the befuddled woman. The Third Amendment, introduced by James Madison as part of the Bill of Rights in 1789, was a direct response to Quartering Acts passed by the British government during the Revolutionary War. The British legislation would have allowed British troops to live in the private residences of Americans. The Amendment was adopted on March 1, 1792. “By repealing the Third Amendment we could increase their housing options. Maybe they could do some house sitting and things in a house that they choose.” Dice ludicrously explained to a young couple who signed their names. “We’re just trying to modernise the Bill Of Rights,” Dice added as they laughed and agreed.

US Sailor Crippled by Fukushima Radiation Speaks Out on Government Lies

A U.S. Naval Administrative Officer severally affected by Fukushima’s radiation is telling his story, further exemplifying why the U.S. government cannot be trusted to inform the public on Fukushima’s danger.  Involved in the USS Ronald Reagan’s rescue efforts following the 2011 Fukushima nuclear plant meltdown, Steve Simmons began experiencing devastating symptoms several months after returning home. “You’re starting to run fevers, your lymph nodes start swelling, you’re having night sweats, you’re getting spastic and you’re losing sensation in your legs, and you can’t feel your legs when you’re getting 2nd degree burns on them, and how do you explain those things?” Simmons told WUSA 9 News Simmons is joined by more than 70 other U.S. sailors with similar ailments, including thyroid cancer, brain tumors and leukemia. Despite radiation-decontamination officer Michael Sebourn detecting “incredibly dangerous” radiation levels while on the Reagan, the Department of Defense has continued to claim levels were safe.
“How do you take a ship and place it into a nuclear plume for five plus hours, how do you suck up nuclear contaminated waste into the water filtration system and think for one minute that there’s no health risk to anybody on board?” Simmons said. Sick U.S. sailors have filed suit against Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), claiming the power company hid radiation information from the U.S. Navy after Fukushima’s initial meltdown. While denying any danger to the public, the federal government has quietly stockpiled millions of doses of potassium iodide over Fukushima concerns. Recent remarks made by former MSNBC host Chenk Uygur have also revealed the government’s attempts to downplay Fukushima’s severity. Trying to inform his viewers in 2011, Uygur was told not to warn about radiation danger “because the official government position is that it’s safe.” More

Obamacare Bailout Planned for Insurance Companies…

Robert Laszewski—a prominent consultant to health insurance companies—recently wrote in a remarkably candid blog post that, while Obamacare is almost certain to cause insurance costs to skyrocket even higher than it already has, “insurers won’t be losing a lot of sleep over it.”  How can this be?  Because insurance companies won’t bear the cost of their own losses—at least not more than about a quarter of them.  The other three-quarters will be borne by American taxpayers. For some reason, President Obama hasn’t talked about this particular feature of his signature legislation.  Indeed, it’s bad enough that Obamacare is projected by the Congressional Budget Office to funnel $1,071,000,000,000.00 (that’s $1.071 trillion) over the next decade (2014 to 2023) from American taxpayers,through Washington, to health insurance companies.  It’s even worse that Obamacare is trying to coerce Americans into buying those same insurers’ product (although there are escape routes).  It’s almost unbelievable that it will also subsidize those same insurers’ losses.  But that’s exactly what it will do—unless Republicans take action.  As Laszewski explains, Obamacare contains a “Reinsurance Program that caps big claim costs for insurers (individual plans only).”  He writes that “in 2014, 80% of individual costs between $45,000 and $250,000 are paid by the government [read: by taxpayers], for example.”  More

DAYS OF LOT – Vatican’s Illegal Downloads Include ‘Lesbian Hair Salon’

Computer users in the Vatican apparently have an illegal taste for the German heavy metal band Scorpions, the coming-of-age dance film “Billy Elliot,” the television comedy series “Camp”—as well as more, ahem, adult content—according to information from Netherlands-based company TorrentFreak. TorrentFreak is a news site that focuses on file sharing and intellectual property issues, but may be best known for its occasional reports on the illegal peer-to-peer downloading of files. The Vatican is not the only place guilty of illegal downloads, based on data gathered by the company: the U.S. Congress and even some of the Hollywood studios waging war against illegal file sharing have hosted their fair share of illicit downloaders. TorrentFreak founder and director Ernesto Van der Sar said that because of the small number of downloads and the Vatican’s tiny population, it is difficult to draw conclusions about whether the number of illegal downloads at the Holy See are unusually high or low.
But some conclusions can still be drawn. “Keep in mind that with numbers this small, what we are seeing could be the work of as few as three or four individuals,” Van der Sar said. “One thing that stands out, though, is the lack of downloads of recent content. Usually, you see a lot of downloads of the latest blockbusters or new television series. But there is almost none of that at the Vatican.” Van der Sar said estimates are that pornography makes up between 10 and 20 percent of all peer-to-peer downloads worldwide. And that’s the case in the Vatican, as well, where someone downloaded a XXX offering called “Flexy Teens Naked Gymnast,” for example, and another called “Lesbian Hair Salon.” In addition to Scorpions’ “Very Best Greatest Hits” and Will Smith’s sci-fi adventure “After Earth,” other illegal Vatican downloads include the video game Football Manager and the two-year-old comedic crime thriller “Seven Psychopaths” plus—perhaps more appropriately—the pilot episode of “Save Me,” a television series about a girl who thinks she’s God, and a documentary on Leonardo da Vinci. Charisma

Prayer Brings Miracle Healing for Woman With Malignant Tumor

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An Israeli woman who had a malignant tumor that almost took her leg had nothing left to do but pray. Miraculously, her prayers worked and she was healed. Therese Daoud was scheduled to have surgery to amputate her leg, but after it was canceled three times for bureaucratic reasons, the Christian woman believed it was a sign. Three months later, doctors found that her tumor had completely disappeared. Daoud, a high school science teacher, told her story to Israel Channel 2 Friday. “I felt pain in my leg, in my ankle, with swelling,” she recalled. Her doctor, professor Jacob Bickels, says the tumor was “about the size of an orange.” He was shocked when he discovered it had disappeared. “If someone had told me this story, I would have said that both the patient and doctor were psycho. It’s impossible,” he told Channel 2. Daoud consulted with oncology experts in Israel and the U.S., and the unanimous opinion was that she should have her leg amputated. When the surgery was canceled three different times, Daoud took it as a sign that she should not undergo the procedure.
“It was clear to me she was going to die within a short time,” said Bickels, head of the oncology department at Tel Aviv’s Ichilov Hospital. “She is an educated, intelligent and sane woman, and when a person makes such a decision and is cognizant of its significance, we respect it.” Daoud returned to her home in Ussfiya, an Arab village outside Haifa, where she prayed for her health. Three months later, she went back to the hospital for a consultation with her doctor. “I asked her what happened,” Bickels recalled. “She grinned widely and said, ‘I prayed.’ I sent her for an MRI, and the tumor had shrunk dramatically. I had not seen anything like this or heard of such a thing. I do not know of a cancer of this type that retreats.” Daoud underwent another biopsy, which revealed the tumor was gone. “Every time I prayed, I felt peace and security,” she said. “I was afraid, but also at peace.” She added, “It’s a gift from God.” Charisma

If you live in the American Midwest or East Coast, you may want to hold off on putting away your winter gear. Just as temperatures are beginning to warm in much of the U.S, another arctic blast in the form of a polar vortex appears to be on the horizon. The upcoming front of icy temperatures is expected to bring arctic air to southern Canada and then move into the northern plains of the U.S. before moving to the Midwest and East Coast – each of which is still recovering from last week’s frigid temperatures. Many areas are still recovering from the extreme weather last week, which has caused a dam of ice to block the Delaware river in New Jersey, forcing roads to close and causing a severe flood risk. A Coast Guard ice cutter has been called in to try to clear shipping lanes but after 2 and half miles the 2ft ice had become to thick to break up.
Chunks of ice have been building up for days near the Trenton Makes Bridge, ABC News reported. But with the sudden warm temperatures, it is feared a fast thaw will flood low-lying areas. ‘If in fact the ice jam breaks then we’ll have a rush of water which could cause flash flooding,’ Qareeb Bashir, of Trenton Emergency Management, said. Flash flood warnings are in place in several of the regions affected by the polar vortex, as rain falling on the already frozen ground is forced to run off. Nearly all of Pennsylvania is under a flood warning after the sudden rise in temperatures caused a faster than usual thaw. A chaotic scene of ice chunks could be seen stretching across the state’s Susquehanna river near Harrisburg on Saturday morning. But the thaw is likely to be halted by the new cold front coming in, even though it is not expected to be as severe as the one last week. More

DAYS OF LOT – New York Common Core Website Sent Students To Sex Quiz Page

*The following article contains graphic, sexually explicit terms. While lawmakers in New York State are considering delaying the Common Core standards initiative because of its disastrous rollout, new problems with the academic standards are now drawing intense criticism. Carol Burris, New York’s 2013 High School Principal of the Year, reports at Valerie Strauss’s Washington Post blog that Anna Shah, the mother of a kindergarten student, discovered highly offensive materials on the Student Services Page of the Engage NY Common Core materials site. When Shah reported her discovery to NYSED, the page was taken down, though the link had reportedly been active since October of 2012. The link below is to a screen shot made prior to the removal of the site.  The New York State Education Department (NYSED) site contained a section called “Make test prep fun,” which directed students to a site with quizzes that help them find out if they are a “sexy bitch,” “evil,” a “freak,” “insane,” etc. Scrolling down and right on the page, students could also click on the links to take quizzes that would help them find out if they are “sluts,” or “losers.”
Questions on the “Are you a slut?” test include:
  • How many sexual partners have you had?
  • Would you have a threesome or a gang bang?
  • Are you often called a slut?
  • Have you ever let a boy hump you or grind on you in your younger years?
  • Have you ever messed around with brothers, cousins, or some other people related somehow?
  • What type of sex do you enjoy/prefer?
Students who wish to find out if they are a “loser” must answer these questions:
  • Are you a virgin?
  • Do you pay to talk to hot girls, and or pay for any female interaction?
  • How many times per day do you jerk your dick to porn/female pictures?
  • When did you last have sex?
  • How much is in your savings and checking?
  • What’s the average size of your dick?
  • How much time do you spend on femdom sites per day?
  • Do you cross dress?
As Burris writes, the Engage NY website, created and maintained by NYSED, was supposed to be a step in a positive direction for Common Core in New York. Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch had earlier boasted that New York is the only state using its award of over $28 million in Race to the Top funds to develop curricula aligned with the new standards: When parents and teachers complained about the content of the curriculum modules, state education Commissioner John King dismissed their concerns, saying that he has “tremendous confidence in the materials.” He often describes the interest in New York’s reforms by the number of “hits” on Engage NY pages. Based on the “Make test prep fun” fiasco, Burris quips, “sometimes ‘hits’ on the pages prove to be embarrassing.” Breitbart
MANILA, Philippines — Two days of heavy rains set off floods and landslides in the southeastern Philippines, leaving at least 20 people dead, 13 missing and thousands displaced, officials said Monday. Most of the dead and missing came from floods and landslides that hit Compostella Valley and Davao Oriental provinces, said Maj. Reynaldo Balido, spokesman for the disaster-response agency. A landslide Monday damaged five houses in Cagdianao municipality in Dinagat Island, off the northeastern coast of the main southern island of Mindanao, killing six residents including two boys aged 2 and 14, said police officer Elbert Ompoc.
Another man drowned in Agusan del Sur province’s Prosperidad township, on Mindanao, and seven others were missing, according to the civil defense regional bureau. The flooding, triggered by rains from a low pressure area, has affected 132,000 people from 10 provinces. Liza Mazo, a regional disaster-response official, said some 10,000 people fled to safer grounds in four provinces and an island. The same area was hit by a typhoon in December 2012, leaving nearly 2,000 people dead and missing and causing massive destruction. Government weather forecaster Gener Quitlong said rains may persist until Tuesday or Wednesday over central provinces, including those hit by Typhoon Haiyan, which killed more than 6,100 people and left nearly 1,800 others missing on Nov. 8. The Weather Channel

Nobel Prize laureate Thomas Sargent Warns “US dollar era could end”

Nobel Prize laureate Thomas Sargent says the era of the US dollar as the world’s largest trade currency could come to an end, China Entrepreneur magazine reports. Sargent, who won the Nobel Prize in Economics in 2011, made the comments in an interview during a recent visit to China. The United States was a poor country after it was founded in the 18th century but its economy improved dramatically after it “imported” many highly educated academics and was willing to admit to policy mistakes and rectify them, Sargent said. The US experience can provide China, which is currently undergoing a similar journey, with a lot of lessons during its own economic reform and development, he said.
China has been growing rapidly since the 1980s, but this ascension will inevitably encounter drops and slowdowns, Sargent said, adding that he’s not sure how long the country can sustain a growth rate of 8% per year. The US dollar rapidly became the world’s top trade currency after the conclusion of World War II because wars have affected the US relatively less, allowing the country to maintain its balance of payments, Sargent noted, adding that predictions about the end of the US dollar era have been premature. In the future, however, all national governments will take more precautions but will still allow the public to decide what trade currency they prefer to use. If they end up deciding to use a different currency like the Chinese yuan, then the era of the US dollar will effectively end, Sargent said. As for digital currencies such as bitcoin, Sargent said it is definitely an option if the system is stable as it is potentially even more convenient than gold. But as it is a virtual currency, a certain need of trust about a virtual society and virtual environment is needed, he added. More

Chinese troops to seize Zhongye Island back from the Philippines in 2014

WARS N RUMORS OF WARS: Relying on US support, the Philippines is so arrogant as to announce in the New Year that it will increase its navy and air force deployment at Zhongye Island, a Chinese island that it has illegally occupied for years. It will be an intolerable insult to China According to experts, the Chinese navy has drawn a detailed combat plan to seize the island and the battle will be restricted within the South China Sea. The battle is aimed at recovery of the island stolen by the Philippines from China. There will be no invasion into Filipino territories. A report in the Philippines Star confirmed the Philippines military buildup on the island. China Daily Mail

EPA overrides Congress, hands over town to Indian tribes

Have you heard the story of the residents of Riverton, Wyo.? One day they were Wyomingans, the next they were members of the Wind River tribes — after the Environmental Protection Agency declared the town part of the Wind River Indian Reservation, undoing a 1905 law passed by Congress and angering state officials. The surprise decision was made by officials of the EPA, the Department of Interior, and Department of Justice early last month, and has invoked the ire of Gov. Matt Mead, who has vowed not to honor the agency’s decision and is preparing to fight in court. “My deep concern is about an administrative agency of the federal government altering a state’s boundary and going against over 100 years of history and law,” Mead said in a statement. “This should be a concern to all citizens because, if the EPA can unilaterally take land away from a state, where will it stop?”
The EPA declared that Riverton was part of the Wind River Indian Reservation after granting a “Treatment as a State” application from the Northern Arapaho and Eastern Shoshone tribes. The tribes submit such applications to get funding for air quality monitoring under the Clean Air Act. However, this seemingly innocuous application ended up undoing the tribal boundaries set by a 1905 congressional act. The EPA granted the tribes’ claim that the Wind River reservation extended over one million acres of land beyond what the 1905 Congressional Act established. By doing this, the agency effectively overruled an act of Congress, state officials charge. The worry by state officials is that turning Riverton, a town of over 10,000 people, over to the tribes will come with a slew of tax and law enforcement complications. Since Riverton is now part of the Wind River reservation, it is technically no longer eligible for state services and no longer falls under local law enforcement. Mead, however, has ordered that state agencies conduct “business as usual” in regards to Riverton, meaning state services, law enforcement and regulations will continue. “This is an alarming action when you have a federal agency step in and start to undo congressional acts that has really been our history for 108 years … with the stroke of a pen without talking to the biggest groups impacted,” state Sen. Leland Christensen told The Daily Caller News Foundation, “and that would be the city of Riverton and the state of Wyoming.” According to the Mead’s office, the EPA’s decision came as a surprise to him, and he only found about it from the media — not the EPA itself. This comes after Mead wrote to EPA administrator Gina McCarthy last August detailing his concerns about the implications of granting the tribes’ request to effectively override the 1905 act. More
 

ALERT: H7N9 has mutated and may spread from human to human

Chinese researchers have discovered mutations in the new strain of avian influenza A, known as H7N9, and have found that the virus has the ability to spread from human to human, the latest issue of the Guangzhou-based Southern Metropolis Weekly reported. George F Gao, vice president of the Beijing Institutes of Life Sciences under the Chinese Academy of Sciences and deputy director-general of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, told the Weekly that he and his research colleagues have broken down the mechanisms of transmission of the H5N1 and H7N9 avian flu viruses. The research team pointed out in a study published in the Science magazine in September last year that they have identified mutations in four key sites of amino acids of the H7N9 strain and found that the virus has an ability to bind to human cells in the upper respiratory tract.
Although the H7N9 and H5N1 viruses have not had the ability to widely spread from human to human, after undergoing genetic mutations and redistribution through mutations, they become better able to bind to human cells in the upper respiratory tract and can evolve into bird flu strains with the ability to transmit among humans, the team says. In nature, H7N9 is an avian flu virus, but it tends to bind to poultry cells in the lower respiratory tract, Gao said. He added that although the H7N9 virus can invade cells in the human upper respiratory tract, it only has a limited ability to transmit among humans. This winter, China reported several human cases of H7N9 bird flu, with two new cases reported Friday in eastern China’s Zhejiang province and one death in southern China’s Fujian province. The report said that H5N1 and H7N9 have been two of the the most lethal avian influenza viruses for humans in recent years. Since the first case of human influenza A H5N1 was reported in 1997 in Hong Kong, the virus has affected more than 60 countries around the world, with a fatality rate of 60%. More

New Report reveals the U.S army tested biological weapons in Okinawa, Japan in 1960s

The US army conducted field experiments of biological weapons, which could harm rice cropping, in the Japanese island of Okinawa in the early 1960s, it has been revealed. The same experiments were also conducted on the US mainland and in Taiwan, Kyodo news agency reported, citing US military documents it said it had obtained. The US is “believed to have had China and Southeast Asia in mind in developing such crop-harming agents”, the report stated. In the tests conducted at least a dozen times between 1961 and 1962, rice blast fungus was released over rice fields and data was collected on how it affected rice production, Kyodo said, citing the documents. Rice blast disease causes lesions to form on the plant, threatening the crop. The fungus, which is known to occur in 85 countries, is estimated to destroy enough rice to feed 60 million people each year.  The US government decided in 1969 to discard all biological weapons in its possession, Kyodo said. In 1975, an international convention against production and possession of biological weapons came into force. Okinawa was under post-World War II US rule until 1972. More
U.S. strategic military satellites are vulnerable to attack in a future space war and the Pentagon is considering a major shift to smaller satellites in response, the commander of the Air Force Space Command said Tuesday. Gen. William Shelton said in a speech that China currently has a missile that can destroy U.S. satellites and warned that the threat of both space weapons and high-speed orbiting debris is growing. The threat of attack to large communications and intelligence satellites is prompting a major study on whether to diversify the current satellite arsenal of scores of orbiters. The four-star general also said he is wary of the United States joining an international code of conduct for space, an initiative promoted by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The code likely would constrain the United States’ freedom of action in the increasingly contested realm of space, he said during remarks at George Washington University.
Over the past several decades, satellites have revolutionized war fighting and caused a shift in the character of military forces from large ground armies to forces that emphasize agility and speed. Shelton said the United States’ highest priority military satellites are those that provide survivable communications and missile warning. Current systems cost about $1 billion each. If any of these critical satellites are attacked and destroyed in a conflict or crisis, the loss “would create a huge hole in our capability” to conduct modern, high-tech warfare, Shelton said. “Space has become contested in all orbits, where we face a host of man-made threats that may deny, degrade, or disrupt our capabilities,” Shelton said, noting electronic jamming, laser attacks and “direct attack weapons,” which are all systems being developed by China’s military. Jamming satellites is “a cheap and effective way of blocking our signals from space” and lasers “can blind our imaging systems, and in the future, they could prove destructive to our satellites,” he said. More

Strong earthquake strikes north of Puerto Rico triggering Tsunami Warning

A strong quake of magnitude 6.5 struck north off Puerto Rico on Monday and could trigger a local tsunami, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said. It said the quake, initially reported as a magnitude 6.4, was very shallow, at a depth of 17.7 miles (27 km) below the seabed. It struck at 12:01 a.m. (0401 GMT), 35 miles (56 km) north of the town of Hatillo. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said the quake could trigger a local tsunami.  ”There is the small possibility of a local tsunami that could affect coasts located usually no more than a hundred kilometers (63 miles) from the earthquake epicenter,” the tsunami center said in its advisory.  There were no immediate reports of damage. Sunday marked the fourth anniversary of the devastating 7.0 magnitude earthquake in nearby Haiti that killed more than 200,000 people and left 1.5 million homeless.  UPDATE: There was no Tsunami generated from this Earthquake. Orlando Sentinel

Light at the end of the tunnel’ for West Virginia water crisis

WEST VIRGINIA – West Virginians saw signs of hope Sunday even as 300,000 people spent a fourth day under orders not to use their tap water after a chemical spill. “I believe we’re at a point where we see light at the end of the tunnel,” Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin said. Water samples had shown positive signs that traces of a coal-cleaning chemical were slowly fading from the supply for nine counties, he said. There was still no timeline on when residents could use their water again, however, forcing residents and businesses to get creative on how they could safely cook, wash their hands and wash their clothes. In Charleston, restaurants with proper safety plans and the tentative approval of the county health manager were beginning to reopen. Stores that had run out of bottled water had restocked, receiving emergency deliveries from surrounding states. The city’s three Charleston Area Medical Center hospitals were expected to resume scheduled medical procedures on Monday after receiving trucked-in water. Schools were expected to reopen by Tuesday. “It will be my expectation that most businesses will be open tomorrow,” Tomblin told reporters on Sunday. Area churches and other facilities unaffected by the tainted water offered showers for residents who had gone days without bathing.
“I had a person [from Charleston] that was deaf come in and was writing down on a piece of paper that he would like to shower,” said Jeannie Henson, the manager on duty at the Pullman Plaza Hotel in Huntington, which was unaffected by the chemical spill. “And the desk clerk here wrote back, ‘Yes, we have rooms where you can shower.’ Yes, it was very touching. He had his family with him.” The hotel, about 50 miles west of the capital, had set aside a floor of rooms for affected West Virginians, and families had been coming in for showers all day, Henson told the Los Angeles Times. At the Tri-County YMCA in Scott Depot — about 20 miles west of Charleston — there was a two-hour wait for showers. An employee told The Times that the facility was hooked up to a different water supply from the one that had been contaminated by a coal-cleaning chemical, which leaked into the Elk River on Thursday. Ten people have been hospitalized and 169 more treated for possible exposure to 4-methylcyclohexane methanol, the colorless liquid that leaked out of a one-inch hole in a storage tank sitting along the river, state officials said Sunday. The leak was discovered after government officials responded to a complaint about the chemical’s smell Thursday morning, state environmental officials said. Extinction Protocol

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Arizona mother accused of poisoning children on Christmas

A 13-year-old girl is dead and her mother is behind bars, accused of stabbing her ex-husband and trying to kill her children by poisoning them. Officers in Casa Grande, Arizona, responded to a 911 call on Christmas Day. A man said that his ex-wife, 35-year-old Connie Villa, had stabbed him but that he had managed to escape and was driving himself to a hospital, police said in a statement. When officers arrived at the home, they found Villa with stab wounds, holding a knife to her chest. They managed to subdue her and conducted a sweep of the home. Police found the body of Aniarael Macias, Villa’s daughter, in the bathroom. ”Although an autopsy for Aniarael was conducted yesterday in Pima County, the results of which did not identify a cause of death, investigators feel the evidence found at the scene of the crime along with interviews and medical information of the surviving children, give our Department cause to believe Connie Villa was attempting to end the lives of all of her children and her ex-husband, Adam Villa,” the statement read. Connie Villa faces one count of first degree murder in the death of her daughter. She is also being charged with four counts of attempted murder of her ex-husband and her three surviving children, ages 3, 5 and 8.

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One-third of Americans don’t believe in evolution

Thirty-three percent of Americans believe that “humans and other living things have existed in their present form since the beginning of time” rather than evolving gradually through a process of natural selection, as described by Charles Darwin more than 150 years ago. And roughly a quarter of adults say that “a supreme being guided the evolution of living things for the purpose of creating humans and other life in the form it exists today.” The numbers come from a new poll by Pew Research Center released Monday, which revealed that just six in ten Americans believe “humans and other living things have evolved over time.” The share of the general public that says that humans have evolved over time is about the same as it was in 2009, when Pew Research last asked the question. The survey also revealed remarkable divisions along political and religious lines when it comes to belief in evolution. Far more Democrats believe in it than Republicans, for example, and disbelief among the GOP is rising rapidly. Roughly two-thirds of Democrats (67 percent) and independents (65 percent) say that humans have evolved over time, compared with less than half of Republicans (43 percent). And belief in the theory of evolution fell from 54 percent in 2009 to 43 percent today, the survey found. Opinion among both Democrats and independents has remained about the same.More

 

Demographics, poor planning and recession usher in global retirement crisis

A global retirement crisis is bearing down on workers of all ages. Spawned years before the Great Recession and the financial meltdown in 2008, the crisis was significantly worsened by those twin traumas. It will play out for decades, and its consequences will be far-reaching. Many people will be forced to work well past the traditional retirement age of 65 — to 70 or even longer. Living standards will fall, and poverty rates will rise for the elderly in wealthy countries that built safety nets for seniors after the Second World War. In developing countries, people’s rising expectations will be frustrated if governments can’t afford retirement systems to replace the tradition of children caring for aging parents. The problems are emerging as the generation born after The Second World War moves into retirement. “The first wave of under-prepared workers is going to try to go into retirement and will find they can’t afford to do so,” says Norman Dreger, a retirement specialist in Frankfurt, Germany, who works for Mercer, a global consulting firm. More

As China’s local government debt levels balloon to $3 trillion, one analyst told CNBC that China’s debt sentence is the biggest “known unknown” risk to global financial markets in 2014. In a long awaited report, China’s National Audit Office reported this week that local government debt had increased 67 percent from the end of 2010 to reach 17.9 trillion renminbi ($2.95 trillion) by the end of June. The report highlights concerns over the country’s spiraling credit addiction at a time when it’s struggling to sustain economic growth and avoid a financial crisis. “China’s debt is the biggest ‘known unknown’ of 2014. Because is it something that is going to balloon into an international issue and something that will affect the markets?” Richard Harris, CEO of Port Shelter Investment Management told CNBC Asia’s Squawk Box on Monday.
“When you look at what the National Audit Office is really saying, they are talking about local government debt being up 70 percent, we are not talking about 10 or 15 percent, this is 70 percent,” he added. Local governments in China borrowed heavily following the global financial crisis to help sustain the country’s impressive growth rates by funding investment projects. The entities are not permitted to borrow from banks, so instead they set up special purpose vehicles to do so. But analysts have expressed fears that many of these investments may never make enough returns to repay the interest and principal on the debt. Port Shelter Investment Management’s Harris told CNBC that China’s rising local government debt was a huge issue. “Local government debt is pretty much half of Chinese debt in total which is now over $5 trillion. This is now a big problem, we are no longer in a situation where china is a rich country we are now in a situation where china is an indebted country,” he added. More

 

Children ‘beheaded and mutilated’ in Central African Republic

The UN agency for children says attacks against children have reached new levels of viciousness in the Central African Republic (CAR), where fighting between Muslim Seleka rebels and Christian militias left more than 1,000 people dead and displaced an estimated 400,000 in Bangui, the capital, this month. According to Unicef, at least at least two children have been beheaded, and one of them mutilated, in the violence that has gripped Bangui since early December. “We are witnessing unprecedented levels of violence against children. More and more children are being recruited into armed groups, and they are also being directly targeted in atrocious revenge attacks,” said Souleymane Diabate, Unicef representative in CAR. “Targeted attacks against children are a violation of international humanitarian and human rights law and must stop immediately.
Concrete action is needed now to prevent violence against children.” Unicef and its partners say they have verified the killings of at least 16 children, and injuries among 60, since the outbreak of communal violence in Bangui on 5 December. In November, the UN warned that the number of child soldiers in the former French colony had more than doubled to up to 6,000 as anti-balaka militias have sprung up to counterattacks by the Seleka. Diabate said armed groups were accountable for taking specific measures to provide protection to children. These include: clear directives by those in positions of authority within armed forces and groups to halt violations against children, meaning that children must not be recruited into the fighting, nor targeted. Unicef also called for the immediate release of children associated with armed forces and groups, and their protection from reprisals. Transit centres set up for the release and reintegration of children must also be protected from attacks. More

Is America About To Reach A Breaking Point? Anger Grows As Unemployment Benefits Get Cut

In America today, there are close to 50 million people living in poverty and there are more than 100 million people that get money from the federal government every month.  As the middle class disintegrates, poverty is climbing to unprecedented levels.  Even though the stock market has been setting record high after record high, the amount of anger and frustration boiling just under the surface in our nation grows with each passing day.

And now extended unemployment benefits have been cut off for 1.3 million unemployed Americans, and it is being projected that a total of 5 million unemployed Americans will lose their benefits by the end of 2014.  In addition, as I have written about previously, 47 million Americans recently had their food stamp benefits reduced.  The conditions for a “perfect storm” are certainly being created.  So how much longer will it be until we see all of this anger and frustration boil over in the streets of our major cities?  Is America about to reach a breaking point? More

Israel tells US it will not release Israeli-Arab prisoners

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told US Secretary of State John Kerry that Israel would not release any Israeli-Arab prisoners in the fourth and final release, Channel 2 reported on Monday night, citing an Israeli official. Israel has been reluctant to release those prisoners that, unlike the Palestinian prisoners, live within the Green Line and have an Israeli ID. Netanyahu has reportedly asked the Shin Bet and the Israeli Prisons Service to compile a list of other prisoners to replace the Israeli-Arab prisoners already on the list. The Prime Minister’s Office, however, said that Israel never committed itself at any stage to release Israeli Arabs. A decision to do so would entail another cabinet vote. The official told Channel 2 that Israel felt “deceived” by Kerry, who caved to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ demand to increase the number of prisoners released from 82 to 104, and led him to believe Israel would be willing to release prisoners with Israeli citizenship. The PMO denied that claim by the official as well, saying Kerry did not deceive Israel on the peace talks, Channel 2 reported. Netanyahu reportedly told Kerry that while Israel was not willing to release Israeli-Arab prisoners as a gesture to the Palestinians, it would be willing to release them as a gesture to the US, in return for the release of Israeli agent Jonathan Pollard. More

 

US “framework” calls for 80,000 Israeli West Bank evacuations to the big settlement blocs

The State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said in Washington Tuesday, Dec. 31, that Secretary John Kerry would discuss with Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas a “proposed framework” to serve as “a guideline for addressing all core issues” in the decades-long dispute. “Some people say this would be an interim agreement. No, that’s not the case,” she said. The core issues she listed were “borders between Israel and a future Palestine, security arrangements, the fate of Palestinian refugees and conflicting claims to the holy city of Jerusalem.” Kerry leaves for Israel and Ramallah on New Year’s Day to continue his shuttle, after Monday night, Dec. 30, Israel released from jail 26 Palestinian terrorists serving life sentences for murder. DEBKAfile reported earlier that the US Secretary does not expect Israeli and Palestinian leaders to approve the proposed framework – only to contribute their comments. We also reported that Abbas had indicated to the Secretary that that Palestinians were preparing to reject his proposals by demanding their referral to the various pan-Arab forums. More

 

2014 Will Bring over 40,000 New Laws to be Implemented.

Not everyone subscribes to a New Year’s resolution, but Americans will be required to follow new laws in 2014. Some 40,000 measures taking effect range from sweeping, national mandates under Obamacare to marijuana legalization in Colorado, drone prohibition in Illinois and transgender protections in California. Although many new laws are controversial, they made it through legislatures, public referendum or city councils and represent the shifting composition of American beliefs. The biggest and most politically charged change comes at the federal level with the imposition of a new fee for those adults without health insurance. For 2014, the penalty is either $95 per adult or 1% of family income, whichever results in a larger fine. The Obamacare, or Affordable Care Act, mandate also requires that insurers cover immunizations and some preventive care. Additionally, millions of poor Americans will receive Medicaid benefits starting January 1. Thousands of companies will have to provide calorie counts for products sold in vending machines. More

 

HARTFORD, Conn. – The Connecticut Insurance Department has directed all insurance companies in the state to provide coverage for sex change operations, treatments and counseling, reports state. The Hartford Courant outlines that the department recently issued a bulletin to insurance companies throughout Connecticut, advising them to ensure that “individuals with gender dysphoria … are not denied access to medically necessary care because of the individual’s gender identity or gender expression.” Gender dysphoria is defined as “the condition of feeling one’s emotional and psychological identity as male or female to be opposite to one’s biological sex” and is listed in the American Psychiatric Association’s (APA) Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. The bulletin distributed to insurance companies noted the APA’s acknowledgment of the condition and its consequential eligibility for coverage. It also pointed to a 2011 state law barring discrimination based on gender identity. “Under these statutes, health insurers are required to pay ‘covered expenses’ for treatment provided to individuals with gender dysphoria where the treatment is deemed necessary under generally accepted medical standards,” it stated. More

Sun has ‘flipped upside down’ as new magnetic cycle begins

SIGNS IN THE HEAVENS: The sun has “flipped upside down,” with its north and south poles reversed to reach the midpoint of Solar Cycle 24, NASA has said. Now, the magnetic fields will once again started moving in opposite directions to begin the completion of the 22 year long process which will culminate in the poles switching once again. “A reversal of the sun’s magnetic field is, literally, a big event,” said NASA’s Dr. Tony Phillips. “The domain of the sun’s magnetic influence (also known as the ‘heliosphere’) extends billions of kilometers beyond Pluto. Changes to the field’s polarity ripple all the way out to the Voyager probes, on the doorstep of interstellar space.” To mark the event, NASA has released a visualization of the entire process. At the beginning, in 1997 the video shows the sun in Solar Cycle 23 with its positive polarity on the top (the green lines), and the negative polarity on the bottom (the purple lines). Each set of lines gradually move toward the opposite pole, showing a complete flip around 2002, completing the sun’s previous cycle. Both set of lines representing the opposing magnetic fields then begin to work their way back, to culminate in the latest flip. “At the height of each magnetic flip, the sun goes through periods of more solar activity, during which there are more sunspots, and more eruptive events such as solar flares and coronal mass ejections,” said NASA’s Karen C. Fox. “Cosmic rays are also affected,” added Dr. Phillips. “These are high-energy particles accelerated to nearly light speed by supernova explosions and other violent events in the galaxy.” Extinction Protocol

 

Bald eagle deaths in Utah alarm and mystify scientists

UTAH – Bald eagles are dying in Utah – 20 in the past few weeks alone – and nobody can figure out why. Hundreds of the majestic birds – many with wing spans of 7 feet or more – migrate here each winter, gathering along the Great Salt Lake and feasting on carp and other fish that swim in the nearby freshwater bays. Earlier this month, however, hunters and farmers across five counties in northern and central Utah began finding the normally skittish raptors lying listless on the ground. Many suffered from seizures, head tremors and paralysis in the legs, feet and wings. Many of the eagles were brought to the mammoth Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Northern Utah, where Buz Marthaler – a longtime animal caretaker – and other handlers tried to save the birds. Within 48 hours most were dead. “It’s just hard to have your national bird in your arms, going through seizures in a way it can’t control – when you can see it’s pain but don’t know what’s happening to it,” said Marthaler, 56, co-founder of the facility in Ogden. “As a human being, you just have problems with that. And when you lose one, it just grabs your heart.” State wildlife specialists are also baffled. For weeks, officials have sent birds for necropsies at the National Wildlife Health Center in Madison, Wis., hoping the results would offer clues.
They began to rule out obvious possibilities: The birds were not shot by hunters, and officials don’t believe the birds were poisoned. “There doesn’t seem to be anything suspicious in that regard,” said Mitch Lane, a conservation officer with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, who has responded to numerous reports of downed or sick eagles. At first, the agency’s disease scientists guessed that the illness could be encephalitis, which is caused by the West Nile virus, but later ruled out that possibility. And although many sick eagles tested positive for lead, researchers did not think that it was killing the birds. Officials suggest the eagle die-off is possibly connected to the deaths of thousands of eared grebes that began in Utah in November. Eagles are known to prey on the small shore birds. Because the grebes are thought to have died from avian cholera, many scientists theorize that the eagles became sick from feeding on infected grebes. Officials still don’t know why the shore birds became sick. “We’re getting closer to an answer,” Lane said, adding that officials would meet this week to continue investigating the mystery. Meanwhile, a new ailing bald eagle surfaces almost daily. Scott Isaacson, 59, an attorney who lives in the town of Farmington, said he was feeding his chickens one night this month when he spotted an eagle on the ground under a cottonwood tree where he was used to seeing seven or eight birds perched in the branches. “I’ve never seen one on the ground,” he said. He called wildlife officials, who told him to approach bird; if it was healthy, it would fly off. The bird skittered into a nearby pond.
“It was really sad to see this graceful creature, with its beautiful white head, its wings spread out in the water,” he said. Wildlife officials later nabbed the bird, which was hissing and clawing as it was scooped up in a net. Bald eagles were removed from the endangered species list in 2007. Utah officials say 700 to 1,200 winter here each year. Some days have been especially hard on the staff. “Every bird would come in more paralyzed than the one before it,” Marthaler said. “They couldn’t move their legs. Their wings were weak. Their heads would jerk with tremors. It was difficult to watch.” The retired Air Force member said it’s often difficult to determine the ages of adult eagles. “With their plumage, they can be 5 or 20; it’s hard to tell,” he said. Officials at the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center have their own theories about the sickness. Some point to radiation from Japan after the 2011 meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. “We aren’t ruling out anything,” Marthaler said. A call from Idaho shed new light: A wildlife official said bald eagles there were also getting sick, suggesting that the birds were arriving in Utah already in bad heath. Extinction Protocol

 

Pennsylvania Citizen Sues Over ‘Voluntary’ Cheek Swabs

Following reports that police in Reading, Pennsylvania, participated in a national survey, in which random citizens were pulled over and asked for “voluntary” cheek swabs, a courageous resident filed a lawsuit against the city, its mayor and several others claiming his Fourth Amendment rights were violated. Police chief thinks violation of Fourth Amendment is a “pretty innocuous and minor issue.” Reading police chief thinks violation of Fourth Amendment is a “pretty innocuous and minor issue.” “Nothing about this incident was ‘voluntary’ in my case,” Reading resident Ricardo Nieves stated at a City Council meeting two weeks ago, prior to pursuing the federal suit. “I feel this incident is a gross abuse of power on so many levels. I’m not a legal expert, but being forced off the road and unlawfully holding me against my will for any period of time, I would consider my liberty to be compromised and falsely imprisoned.” Nieves was irked when on Friday, December 13, he drove up to a street where police lights were flashing and orange security cones lined the lane. According to the suit, Nieves was driving in the right hand lane and that the left lane “was full of traffic such that he could not pull over to change lanes.” Nieves’ lawsuit, obtained by Courthouse News, further states an officer “stepped out into plaintiff’s lane of traffic, blocked his further advance, and flagged him to pull off the public road into a parking lot on Laurel Street.” More

El Salvador volcano spews more Ash and Gases

A volcano in eastern El Salvador belched more ash and gases on Monday after a big eruption on Sunday that drove more than 1,600 people into emergency shelters. No major injuries or damage were reported.  The Chaparrastique volcano, which is about 140 km (87 miles) east of San Salvador, the capital, spewed ash over a wide area known for its coffee plantations on Sunday. ”The Chaparrastique volcano is still producing gases combined with small emissions of ash, which is normal after an eruption,” El Salvador’s environment ministry said on its Twitter page. In all, 1,635 people are in seven temporary shelters, emergency services said. Some people on the volcano’s slopes have refused to leave, emergency services said. It was not clear to what extent El Salvador’s coffee crop, already blighted by an outbreak of leaf rust, might be affected by the eruption. Coffee officials said they were meeting on Monday to evaluate the damage. El Salvador’s international airport was operating normally on Monday, although more than 36 international flights into and out of the country had been suspended on Sunday because of the eruption, the airport and airlines said. El Salvador has 23 active volcanoes. Chaparrastique is considered one of the most active, with 26 eruptions in the last 500 years, the environment ministry said. In a 1976 eruption, lava gushed from the volcano. Chaparrastique shook violently in another event in 2010. Yahoo News

Scientists create glow-in-the-dark pigs using jellyfish DNA

Scientists at the South China Agricultural University announced last week that they had successfully engineered 10 piglets that could glow green under black light. By using a technique pioneered by the University of Hawaii at Manoa School of Medicine, the researchers were able to isolate a fluorescent protein in jellyfish DNA and inject it into pig embryos.  According to researchers, the technique is being developed to help create medicines and therapies for patients in a more cost-effective manner. Eventually, genetically engineered animals might be used to produce beneficial enzymes for such maladies as hemophilia. “[W]e can make those enzymes a lot cheaper in animals rather than a factory that will cost millions of dollars to build,” said Dr. Stefan Moisyadi of the University of Hawaii’s Institute for Biogenesis Research in a statement. Fortunately, the piglets involved can still expect to live full lives. This is far from the first time glow-in-the-dark animals have been created. Turkish researchers were able to raise fluorescent rabbits with the University of Hawaii’s technique earlier this year. Meanwhile, researchers at the Audubon Center for Research of Endangered Species (ACRES) have created glowing cloned wildcats as a means of hopefully saving the endangered species. The Verge

Iran and world powers resume expert level nuclear talks

Iran resumed technical talks with world powers in Geneva on Monday, a vital step in implementing a nuclear deal signed last month which suspends key elements of Tehran’s nuclear program in exchange for limited sanctions relief. The talks between expert teams from Iran and six world powers are meant to translate the political deal into a detailed implementation plan by the end of January, Iran’s state news agency, IRNA, quoted an unnamed source as saying. A key sticking point appears to be how much advance information Western governments will get so they can verify that Iran is meeting its end of the deal before they lift any sanctions.
The third round of talks between technical experts from the permanent U.N. Security Council members – Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States – plus Germany, are set to last a day and resume in 2014, IRNA reported, a sign of the complexities facing the negotiators in reaching agreement on practical steps. They began work on December 9 but Iran broke off the talks in protest at the U.S. blacklisting an additional 19 Iranian companies and individuals under existing sanctions. Iranian officials said the move violated the spirit of the deal but U.S. officials said it did not breach the agreement. Iran rejects Western fears that its nuclear work has any military intentions and says it needs nuclear power for electricity generation and medical research. Yahoo News

Train carrying crude oil derails near Casselton; BNSF train derailed, was hit by another train

BREAKING NEWS:  CASSELTON – At least seven oil train cars have burst into flames here after a BNSF train carrying crude oil derailed and was then hit by another train. A 106-car long BNSF train carrying crude oil was headed eastbound when it derailed just west of Casselton at about 2:10 p.m., said Amy McBeth, a BNSF spokeswoman. Then, a fire was started when another train collided with the derailed train, Cass County Sgt. Dean Haaland said. Seven cars carrying oil had exploded as of 3:30 p.m., Haaland said, and crews are now working to separate as many of the remaining oil cars as possible. McBeth said no crew members reported injuries after the accident. Thick, black smoke could be seen from around 15 miles out-side of town. The train was headed eastbound, but McBeth said she didn’t know the train’s destination or its point of origin. City Auditor Sheila Klevgard sent out an email to Casselton residents around 3 p.m., advising residents to stay in their homes as “there is a Hazmat incident west of town.” She also advised residents to not call 911 or the sheriff’s office for updates. Local and county law enforcement also blocked off all traffic within a mile of the fiery crash. Eva Fercho, a Casselton homeowner, said she noticed thick, black smoke at about 2 p.m. “The sky is totally black from smoke,” Fercho said. She said that she heard two explosions not long after she saw the smoke. “I could almost feel the house shake in that (second explosion),” Fercho said. “It was loud.” Brandy Pyle, the former city auditor who lives in a family farm west of town, was about half a mile from the accident. She said the accident occurred in an open field about a mile and half from the nearby Tharaldson Ethanol Plant, and that it didn’t seem like the plant was in danger. “All I can think is, thank God it didn’t happen in town,” Pyle said. Inforum

New Hampshire house to vote on legalizing up to 1 oz. of pot

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire’s House votes early next month whether to legalize up to 1 ounce of marijuana for recreational use for anyone age 21 and older. Supporters propose taxing the drug when it is sold at retail at a rate of $30 per ounce and letting people grow up to six marijuana plants in a controlled environment. State Rep. Steve Vaillancourt, a Manchester Republican supporting the bill, says the legislation is modeled after one approved by Colorado voters last year and is similar to one Washington voters passed. ”Nothing in the bill would allow anyone to drive under the influence of marijuana or any other substance. By legalizing, regulating and taxing (marijuana), society would in effect be taking the profit away from illegal operations which truly harm society,” he wrote fellow representatives in support of the bill.
Vaillancourt said taxing the drug would produce millions of dollars in tax revenue. He noted that the bill would not be effective until July 1 to provide time to implement it properly. Opponents argue marijuana is bad for people’s health and would be difficult to regulate. Criminal Justice and Public Safety Chairwoman Laura Pantelakos also noted that marijuana remains illegal under federal law. ”If New Hampshire were to legalize and regulate marijuana, it would create an unclear picture of the state versus federal law enforcement, particularly since the (Department of Justice) has stated it will rely on states that legalize to strictly enforce and regulate marijuana,” Pantelakos said in a report to the House. She said that could shift regulatory costs onto the state. Lawmakers have considered but rejected decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana for recreational use in the past, most recently last session. But decriminalization supporters were encouraged when the state — with Gov. Maggie Hassan’s backing — made it legal for the seriously ill to possess and use the drug earlier this year. Implementing the state’s medical marijuana law is expected to take a year. If the bill passes the House, it faces a doubtful future. The Senate rejected a bill to decriminalize possession of up to one-quarter ounce of the drug this year and Hassan opposes decriminalization. Yahoo News

 

PLAYING WITH FIRE – Kerry ‘Deceived Israel’ on Terrorist Release, Says Official

A senior Israeli official said on Monday that United States Secretary of State John Kerry had “deceived” Israel with regards to the release of terrorists as a “gesture” to the Palestinian Authority (PA). The unnamed official, who spoke to Channel 2 News, said that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has made it clear to Kerry that the next batch of 26 terrorists that Israel is to release will not include any Israeli Arabs, contrary to the PA’s demand. The official said that during the initial talks between Netanyahu and Kerry, before the peace talks restarted, Netanyahu agreed to release 82 terrorists in several batches, none of them Israeli Arabs. Subsequently, the same official told Channel 2, Kerry and PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas held talks of their own during which Abbas demanded the release of 104 terrorists, including Israeli Arabs. Kerry’s deception was that, instead of telling Abbas that Israel only agreed to release 82 terrorists, he then went back to Netanyahu and tried to convince him to change his position.
The Channel 2 report added that Netanyahu told Kerry that in any case Israel would not release Israeli Arab terrorists as a gesture to Abbas, but it may consider releasing Israeli Arabs in exchange for the release of Jonathan Pollard. Kerry promised to consider the issue, but not beyond that and, has yet to give Netanyahu an answer on the matter. Netanyahu has also instructed the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) and the Israel Prison Service to make up a list of 26 terrorists for the next release, all of whom are residents of the PA-assigned areas of Judea and Samaria and not one of whom is an Israeli Arab. The report aired hours before Israel was to release a third batch of 26 terrorists. On Monday evening, as it usually does, the High Court rejected a last minute petition against the release of the terrorists filed by activists and families whose loved ones were killed in the terror attacks perpetrated by the prisoners set to be released. Monday’s report on Kerry’s deception also comes ahead of another visit by Kerry to Israel. The Secretary of State will return to the region on Wednesday to discuss the ongoing peace talks with Israeli and PA officials. Arutz Sheva 7

Drones are coming to America – the Federal Aviation Administration announced on Monday the six states chosen to develop test sites for unmanned aerial vehicles. Alaska, Nevada, New York, North Dakota, Texas and Virginia were chosen by the FAA as the agency moves towards integrating commercial drones into American skies. The goal is to have drones operated by businesses, farmers and government agencies sharing the same space as commercial airplanes by the year 2015, though it’s possible it may take longer to draft the proper rules and regulations. “These test sites will give us valuable information about how best to ensure the safe introduction of this advanced technology into our nation’s skies,” Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx told the Associated Press. The test sites, scheduled to be operational through 2017, will be developed at the following locations:

– University of Alaska: Will help develop standards for state monitoring and navigation, as well as safety.

– State of Nevada: Will study standards and requirements for operators. It will also research exactly how air traffic control procedures will change with the introduction of drones into the sky.

– New York’s Griffiss International Airport: Will focus its research on how drones and commercial airplanes will sense and avoid colliding with each other in congested airspace.

– North Dakota Department of Commerce: Will develop “airworthiness” data as well as reliable links that share information between drones and other aircraft.

– Texas A&M University in Corpus Christi: Will develop safety system requirements.

– Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University: Will test failure mode procedure and other risks should a drone malfunction while in the air.

Although the FAA does not sanction the commercial use of drones just yet, it estimates that close to 8,000 unmanned vehicles could be in the sky within five years of being granted access to American airspace. “Safety continues to be our first priority as we move forward with integrating unmanned systems into US airspace,” FAA Administrator Michael Huerta said in a statement. “We have successfully brought new technology into the nation’s aviation system for more than 50 years, and I have no doubt we will do the same with unmanned aircraft.” Studies have estimated that between 70,000 – 100,000 American jobs could be created by a widespread drone industry that generates more than $80 billion in economic activity. Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos has already declared his interest in using drones to deliver packages. Others, however, are less excited about the prospect of drones taking over US skies. The American Civil Liberties Union has spoken out against giving these vehicles greater access to American airspace in the past, saying it would move the country towards “a surveillance society in which our every move is monitored, tracked, recorded and scrutinized by the authorities.” RT

U.S. population growth has Slowed

An aging Baby Boomer population and slower immigration combined for nearly stagnant U.S. population growth in 2013 as the total number of residents inched up even more slowly than the previous year. Figures released Monday by the U.S. Census Bureau show that growth for the 12 months ending July 1 was 0.71%, or just under 2.3 million people. That’s the slowest since 1937, according to Brookings Institution demographer William Frey, who called this year’s growth “underwhelming.” In 2011-2012, the U.S. population grew at a slightly higher 0.75% rate. The Census Bureau projects the nation’s population on New Year’s Day will be 317,297,938, an increase of 2,218,622, or 0.7%, from New Year’s Day 2013.
Frey was expecting three states to show a burst of growth as the USA economy slowly improves, but Florida, Arizona and Nevada each averaged only about 1.2% to 1.3% growth. Kenneth Johnson, a University of New Hampshire demographer, noted that Florida’s population gain of 232,000 people is about even with that of the past two years but “still smaller than that during the 2000s, when Florida gained an average of 282,000 annually.” Migration is key to maintaining Florida’s population growth, he said, because the difference each year between births and deaths there is small. The new figures aren’t exactly surprising, analysts said. ”This isn’t the end of civilization as it might be characterized, but the Northeast and Midwest have essentially stalled out completely,” said Robert Lang of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. More

 

Train carrying crude oil derails near Casselton; BNSF train derailed, was hit by another train

BREAKING NEWS:  CASSELTON – At least seven oil train cars have burst into flames here after a BNSF train carrying crude oil derailed and was then hit by another train. A 106-car long BNSF train carrying crude oil was headed eastbound when it derailed just west of Casselton at about 2:10 p.m., said Amy McBeth, a BNSF spokeswoman. Then, a fire was started when another train collided with the derailed train, Cass County Sgt. Dean Haaland said. Seven cars carrying oil had exploded as of 3:30 p.m., Haaland said, and crews are now working to separate as many of the remaining oil cars as possible. McBeth said no crew members reported injuries after the accident. Thick, black smoke could be seen from around 15 miles out-side of town. The train was headed eastbound, but McBeth said she didn’t know the train’s destination or its point of origin. City Auditor Sheila Klevgard sent out an email to Casselton residents around 3 p.m., advising residents to stay in their homes as “there is a Hazmat incident west of town.” She also advised residents to not call 911 or the sheriff’s office for updates. Local and county law enforcement also blocked off all traffic within a mile of the fiery crash. Eva Fercho, a Casselton homeowner, said she noticed thick, black smoke at about 2 p.m. “The sky is totally black from smoke,” Fercho said. She said that she heard two explosions not long after she saw the smoke. “I could almost feel the house shake in that (second explosion),” Fercho said. “It was loud.” Brandy Pyle, the former city auditor who lives in a family farm west of town, was about half a mile from the accident. She said the accident occurred in an open field about a mile and half from the nearby Tharaldson Ethanol Plant, and that it didn’t seem like the plant was in danger. “All I can think is, thank God it didn’t happen in town,” Pyle said. Inforum

New Hampshire house to vote on legalizing up to 1 oz. of pot

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire’s House votes early next month whether to legalize up to 1 ounce of marijuana for recreational use for anyone age 21 and older. Supporters propose taxing the drug when it is sold at retail at a rate of $30 per ounce and letting people grow up to six marijuana plants in a controlled environment. State Rep. Steve Vaillancourt, a Manchester Republican supporting the bill, says the legislation is modeled after one approved by Colorado voters last year and is similar to one Washington voters passed. ”Nothing in the bill would allow anyone to drive under the influence of marijuana or any other substance. By legalizing, regulating and taxing (marijuana), society would in effect be taking the profit away from illegal operations which truly harm society,” he wrote fellow representatives in support of the bill.
Vaillancourt said taxing the drug would produce millions of dollars in tax revenue. He noted that the bill would not be effective until July 1 to provide time to implement it properly. Opponents argue marijuana is bad for people’s health and would be difficult to regulate. Criminal Justice and Public Safety Chairwoman Laura Pantelakos also noted that marijuana remains illegal under federal law. ”If New Hampshire were to legalize and regulate marijuana, it would create an unclear picture of the state versus federal law enforcement, particularly since the (Department of Justice) has stated it will rely on states that legalize to strictly enforce and regulate marijuana,” Pantelakos said in a report to the House. She said that could shift regulatory costs onto the state. Lawmakers have considered but rejected decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana for recreational use in the past, most recently last session. But decriminalization supporters were encouraged when the state — with Gov. Maggie Hassan’s backing — made it legal for the seriously ill to possess and use the drug earlier this year. Implementing the state’s medical marijuana law is expected to take a year. If the bill passes the House, it faces a doubtful future. The Senate rejected a bill to decriminalize possession of up to one-quarter ounce of the drug this year and Hassan opposes decriminalization. Yahoo News

A senior Israeli official said on Monday that United States Secretary of State John Kerry had “deceived” Israel with regards to the release of terrorists as a “gesture” to the Palestinian Authority (PA). The unnamed official, who spoke to Channel 2 News, said that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has made it clear to Kerry that the next batch of 26 terrorists that Israel is to release will not include any Israeli Arabs, contrary to the PA’s demand. The official said that during the initial talks between Netanyahu and Kerry, before the peace talks restarted, Netanyahu agreed to release 82 terrorists in several batches, none of them Israeli Arabs. Subsequently, the same official told Channel 2, Kerry and PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas held talks of their own during which Abbas demanded the release of 104 terrorists, including Israeli Arabs. Kerry’s deception was that, instead of telling Abbas that Israel only agreed to release 82 terrorists, he then went back to Netanyahu and tried to convince him to change his position.
The Channel 2 report added that Netanyahu told Kerry that in any case Israel would not release Israeli Arab terrorists as a gesture to Abbas, but it may consider releasing Israeli Arabs in exchange for the release of Jonathan Pollard. Kerry promised to consider the issue, but not beyond that and, has yet to give Netanyahu an answer on the matter. Netanyahu has also instructed the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) and the Israel Prison Service to make up a list of 26 terrorists for the next release, all of whom are residents of the PA-assigned areas of Judea and Samaria and not one of whom is an Israeli Arab. The report aired hours before Israel was to release a third batch of 26 terrorists. On Monday evening, as it usually does, the High Court rejected a last minute petition against the release of the terrorists filed by activists and families whose loved ones were killed in the terror attacks perpetrated by the prisoners set to be released. Monday’s report on Kerry’s deception also comes ahead of another visit by Kerry to Israel. The Secretary of State will return to the region on Wednesday to discuss the ongoing peace talks with Israeli and PA officials. Arutz Sheva 7

 

FAA announces locations for future drone testing sites

Drones are coming to America – the Federal Aviation Administration announced on Monday the six states chosen to develop test sites for unmanned aerial vehicles. Alaska, Nevada, New York, North Dakota, Texas and Virginia were chosen by the FAA as the agency moves towards integrating commercial drones into American skies. The goal is to have drones operated by businesses, farmers and government agencies sharing the same space as commercial airplanes by the year 2015, though it’s possible it may take longer to draft the proper rules and regulations. “These test sites will give us valuable information about how best to ensure the safe introduction of this advanced technology into our nation’s skies,” Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx told the Associated Press. The test sites, scheduled to be operational through 2017, will be developed at the following locations:

– University of Alaska: Will help develop standards for state monitoring and navigation, as well as safety.

– State of Nevada: Will study standards and requirements for operators. It will also research exactly how air traffic control procedures will change with the introduction of drones into the sky.

– New York’s Griffiss International Airport: Will focus its research on how drones and commercial airplanes will sense and avoid colliding with each other in congested airspace.

– North Dakota Department of Commerce: Will develop “airworthiness” data as well as reliable links that share information between drones and other aircraft.

– Texas A&M University in Corpus Christi: Will develop safety system requirements.

– Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University: Will test failure mode procedure and other risks should a drone malfunction while in the air.

Although the FAA does not sanction the commercial use of drones just yet, it estimates that close to 8,000 unmanned vehicles could be in the sky within five years of being granted access to American airspace. “Safety continues to be our first priority as we move forward with integrating unmanned systems into US airspace,” FAA Administrator Michael Huerta said in a statement. “We have successfully brought new technology into the nation’s aviation system for more than 50 years, and I have no doubt we will do the same with unmanned aircraft.” Studies have estimated that between 70,000 – 100,000 American jobs could be created by a widespread drone industry that generates more than $80 billion in economic activity. Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos has already declared his interest in using drones to deliver packages. Others, however, are less excited about the prospect of drones taking over US skies. The American Civil Liberties Union has spoken out against giving these vehicles greater access to American airspace in the past, saying it would move the country towards “a surveillance society in which our every move is monitored, tracked, recorded and scrutinized by the authorities.” RT

 

U.S. population growth has Slowed

An aging Baby Boomer population and slower immigration combined for nearly stagnant U.S. population growth in 2013 as the total number of residents inched up even more slowly than the previous year. Figures released Monday by the U.S. Census Bureau show that growth for the 12 months ending July 1 was 0.71%, or just under 2.3 million people. That’s the slowest since 1937, according to Brookings Institution demographer William Frey, who called this year’s growth “underwhelming.” In 2011-2012, the U.S. population grew at a slightly higher 0.75% rate. The Census Bureau projects the nation’s population on New Year’s Day will be 317,297,938, an increase of 2,218,622, or 0.7%, from New Year’s Day 2013.
Frey was expecting three states to show a burst of growth as the USA economy slowly improves, but Florida, Arizona and Nevada each averaged only about 1.2% to 1.3% growth. Kenneth Johnson, a University of New Hampshire demographer, noted that Florida’s population gain of 232,000 people is about even with that of the past two years but “still smaller than that during the 2000s, when Florida gained an average of 282,000 annually.” Migration is key to maintaining Florida’s population growth, he said, because the difference each year between births and deaths there is small. The new figures aren’t exactly surprising, analysts said. ”This isn’t the end of civilization as it might be characterized, but the Northeast and Midwest have essentially stalled out completely,” said Robert Lang of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. More

 

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Obama administration cranks up executive actions to give gays government benefits

DAYS OF LOT – As Congress goes home for Christmas, the Obama administration is now using executive powers and other regulatory policies to benefit homosexuals. This week, the Social Security Administration announced that it is starting to give homosexual couples “survivor benefits,” formerly reserved for heterosexual couples who were legally married. Such benefits were intended to …

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Chile’s new socialist president Bachelet: Abortion is ‘essential’

 Last Sunday, Chileans elected pro-abortion and pro-homosexual candidate Michele Bachelet to the presidency, possibly reversing years of pro-life and pro-family course in the history of the country. The victorious candidate told Chilean media she would promote “sexual and reproductive rights,” including the “decriminalization of voluntary abortion when the health or life of the mother are at …

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DAYS OF LOT – Judge strikes down Utah’s same-sex marriage ban, overrides voters

A federal judge struck down Utah’s same-sex marriage ban Friday in a decision that brings an increasing nationwide shift toward allowing gay marriage to a conservative state where the Mormon church has long been against it. U.S. District Judge Robert J. Shelby issued a 53-page ruling saying Utah’s law passed by voters in 2004 violates …

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We believe the story of our God-given rights is the great missing link to restore our nation again. The great story of Liberty reaches its crescendo in America with the Mayflower Compact and the landing of the Pilgrim fathers almost 400 years ago. But the great story began in Nazareth when the author of liberty, …

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AMERICA HEADED IN A DEATH SPIRAL

Much of the national conversation now seems to be carried on by children under the age of 5, with 2 being the most common age. The nation’s press corps, having seen the nation’s political discourse dumbed down to the point where they can now understand and report on it, eagerly encourage the resultant “debate.” The vast …

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New Poll reveals 53% of Americans have lost faith in their Church Leadership

Just days after Pope Francis was named Time Magazine’s Person of the Year, recent polls reveal that Americans are losing trust in their clergy and that belief in the existence of God is on the decline. CBS/DC and the Associate Press reveal that researchers at Gallup found that 53 percent of Americans have lost trust …

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FREEDOM WATCH – ‘DUCK’ CENSORSHIP A WARNING TO MINISTERS?

The suspension of reality TV star Phil Robertson from his top-rated show for essentially citing what the Bible says about homosexual behavior is a religious-rights issue as much as it is a free-speech concern, according to Christian ministers.  A&E’s suspension Wednesday of the patriarch of the devout evangelical Christian family featured in the A&E network …

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NSA slayer: Heads should roll at CNN!

Under the guise of journalism, the Obama administration’s low-class mouthpieces over at CNN invited me for a “discussion” about my recent victory over the NSA’s secret and illegal spy program. In typical leftist-ese, it was a hit piece designed to attack my character and reputation, an outrageous attempt to try to cut me down to …

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Allergies and cancer on the rise due to GM foods

Food allergies have become a global epidemic and conventional medicine has no cure. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control, food allergies (in kids) have increased by 50% between 1997 and 2011. Could this have anything to do with genetically engineered foods? Since the 1990s, when genetically modified (GM) foods were approved, we …

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Nine states propose 16 anti-fluoridation bills in 2013 to protect public against poison

Things are heating up on the fluoride front as states and municipalities all across the country rethink their official water fluoridation policies. According to the Fluoride Action Network (FAN), some 16 pieces of legislation across nine states were introduced or passed just within the past year to protect the public against this pervasive poison. In …

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14th change to law without Congressional approval…

Yesterday the Obama administration suddenly moved to allow hundreds of thousands of people who’ve lost their insurance due to Obamacare to sign up for bare-bone “catastrophic” plans. It’s at least the 14th unilateral change to Obamacare that’s been made without consulting Congress. “It shows that the Obamacare insurance products aren’t selling so, at the last …

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U.S. fears North Korean execution could be prelude to provocation

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s execution of his uncle last week is an example of the worrisome unpredictability of that regime and could be a prelude to some kind of provocation by Pyongyang, top Pentagon officials said on Thursday. The execution of Jang Song Thaek on Friday was the biggest upheaval in years in …

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U.S claims China was ‘irresponsible’ in stand-off at sea

China acted in an “irresponsible” way in a stand-off with a US naval ship this month in the South China Sea, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said on Thursday. US officials have said that the USS Cowpens, a guided missile cruiser, had to take evasive action to avoid a collision with a Chinese vessel that had come …

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‘Iran has nuclear fuel reserve to last four years’

Iran has a reserve of nuclear fuel that would last four years, the head of the country’s Atom Energy Organization said, as technical talks continued in Vienna Friday on the implementation of a deal meant to freeze the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program for six months. Ali Akbar Salehi stressed on Thursday that Tehran will not …

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Scientists find way to make ageing clock stop ticking

Finding a way to stop the ageing process has been an elusive, age-old dream. Now scientists from Australia and the US believe they have not only found a way to press pause – but to rewind the ageing process as well. While the study was conducted using mice, molecular biologist David Sinclair from the University …

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Pope Meets With Head of International Islamic Organization

The pope met with the head of an international Islamic organization on Friday, a meeting that was characterized as the first-ever for the group. Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, the secretary general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), sat down with Pope Francis at the Vatican in an effort to create dialogue between the Muslim and Roman Catholic worlds. A news release from OIC outlined that the presence of Muslims has increased in “historically Christian countries.” “In this context, the discussions expressed the need for greater efforts to foster respect for religious pluralism and cultural diversity, and to counter the spread of bigotry and prejudices,” the group explained. “It was stressed that interreligious dialogue is a necessary condition for peace in the world, and as such it is a duty for adherents of all faith traditions.” OIC also advised that Ihsanoglu discussed with the Pope “his vision regarding the need for a ‘historic reconciliation’ between Islam and Christianity based on the common Abrahamic roots and in order to support multiculturalism and harmonious societies.”  According to Rome Reports, the two exchanged gifts following the talks, with Ihsanoglu donating a 14th century publication–presumably Islamic–to the Vatican library and Pope Francis gave Ihsanoglu and his entourage his papal medallion.

The pope then asked the men for their prayers. This is not the first time, however, that the pope has engaged in dialogue with members of the Islamic religion. As previously reported, in August of this year, Pope Francis had issued a written greeting to Muslims in recognition of the close of the Islamic holiday Ramadan. “Turning to mutual respect in inter-religious relations, especially between Christians and Muslims, we are called to respect the religion of the other, its teachings, its symbols, its values,” he wrote. “Particular respect is due to religious leaders and to places of worship. How painful are attacks on one or other of these!”More

ONE ARIZONA COMMUNITY’S INSPIRING RESPONSE WHEN A SALVATION ARMY OFFICE WAS ROBBED

The Salvation Army operation in Glendale, Arizona was hit hard on Dec. 2nd when thieves kicked down an office door and made off with electronic equipment, a safe and $1700 in cash that volunteers had collected in the charity’s iconic red kettles. When all of the damages were tabulated, the robbers — whose actions were caught on security cameras — put a $4,000 dent in the operation.  This particular Salvation Army location is affiliated with a Korean church in Glendale operated by Kihyun and Aeran Oh. The husband and wife actually recognized the the two men who perpetrated the crimes. For months, the men have been frequent visitors and regularly received assistance from the Salvation Army.  Thanks to the information provided by the church leaders, Glendale police have already arrested 38-year-old Mark Dollar and he confessed to participating in the crime.

The other suspect, John Bardy, is still on the run. The theft could have been a devastating blow to the Salvation Army’s plans to provide food, clothing and support for the many needy people in the area. However, when the story hit the local press, the community of Glendale responded in a big way. Within hours of the local television coverage, a group of construction workers donated their time and materials to repair the doors that were kicked in by the crooks. Glendale’s Mayor Jerry Weiers immediately rallied local support for donations and offered his services to “ring the bell” this coming Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at a Salvation Army kettle set up outside of a popular area outlet mall. “I am so proud of our city. I hear we have already raised between three and four thousand dollars for the wonderful couple that runs the Korean church and Salvation Army chapter here in Glendale. And that’s before I start ringing my big bell tomorrow,” Weiers said in an interview with TheBlaze on Friday afternoon. More

FIVE CATHOLIC PRIESTS PERMANENTLY BANNED FROM MINISTRY BY PHILLY ARCHDIOCESE

600x39948HARRISBURG, Pa.  — Five parish priests have been permanently removed from ministry and two others were cleared to return to duties by the Roman Catholic archbishop of Philadelphia, the archdiocese announced Sunday. The decision by Archbishop Charles Chaput followed a formal investigation into allegations of misconduct or sexual abuse.  The church has not disclosed details of the allegations against the five priests, who were placed on administrative leave after a scathing grand jury report in February 2011. Diocesan spokesman Ken Gavin said Sunday the announcements were made after Chaput met with the men over the past week. All seven remain priests. Among the five is Rev. Michael A. Chapman, 58, a Philadelphia priest who was investigated and cleared by an archdiocesan review board last year before a new accuser came forward with child sexual abuse allegations that date back 30 years, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported. The second investigation was deemed substantiated, and information has been turned over to police.
Of the four other priests removed from ministry, the Rev. Stephen B. Perzan of St. Helena Parish in Philadelphia and the Rev. Peter J. Talocci of St. Patrick’s in Malvern, Pa. faced sexual-abuse allegations that the review board said it could not substantiate, the Inquirer reported; church officials said they were removed from ministry for violations of “the standards of ministerial behavior.” The remaining two — the Rev. Mark E. Fernandes of St. Agnes Parish in Sellersville, Pa. and the Rev. Joseph M. Glatts of SS. Simon and Jude in West Chester, Pa. — faced no accusations of sexual misconduct but were removed from ministry after it was determined they also violated church standards, the Inquirer said. More

WHEN THEY SAY PEACE AND SAFETY – Kerry ‘Encouraged’ by Progress in Peace Talks

233594_mainimgUnited States Secretary of State John Kerry insisted on Sunday that concrete progress has been made in peace talks between Israelis and the Palestinian Authority (PA), but said details will be kept under wraps, AFP reports. Kerry, who has made nine trips to the Middle East since March and helped launch nine-month direct talks between the two sides in July, said talking about any agreements could be counterproductive. ”I’m personally encouraged that very tough issues are beginning to take shape,” he was quoted as having said in an interview with ABC’s “This Week.” ”But we’ve agreed not to be talking about what we’re doing because it just creates great expectations. It creates pressure. It creates opposition, in some cases. I think it’s much better for us to do exactly what we’ve been doing, which is negotiate quietly and privately,” added Kerry. The comments were made just two days after it was reported that PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas formally rejected Kerry’s proposals for Israel to keep troops in a future Palestinian state along the Jordan border. A source in the PA also formally stated Abbas’ position of refusing to recognize Israel as the Jewish state. Recent reports said that the plan envisaged by Washington would see Israel maintain a military presence in the Jordan Valley after a peace agreement.
An international force would be acceptable to the PA, but Israel opposes such a solution. Abbas has openly declared that a future Palestinian state will have no Jewish presence, military or civilian. Israel has always insisted that a continued military presence on the frontier would be vital for its security for some 10-15 years after Palestinian statehood. Before Kerry’s latest trip to the region, he had said “we are closer than we have been in years” to reaching a deal. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki had said the United States was “focused on a final deal” rather than an interim agreement. On Sunday, Kerry expressed optimism that this was “a different moment” for the conflict that could allow “a different set of choices” than in past, failed efforts. ”I think that the dynamics of the Middle East offer a different moment, the possibilities of peace with the Arab League, the realities of what might and might not stare people in the face if you don’t get an agreement,” he said, according to AFP. ”And hopefully, the leaders will seize this moment and at least move the ball forward somewhat,” added Kerry. He cautioned, however, that the Israeli-Arab conflict has “confounded presidents and secretaries state for 30 or 40 years.” ”If this conflict was easy … this would have been done years ago,” he said.
The PLO, the political body led by Abbas, remains adamantly opposed to anything less than the effective destruction of the State of Israel as its price for a “peace” agreement. At recent celebrations commemorating the 26th anniversary of the start of the second Intifada, the PLO issued a statement in which it said that it would not compromise on any of its basic requirements to make a deal with Israel: A full Israeli withdrawal from all lands liberated in 1967, establishment of Jerusalem as the capital of a Palestinian state, and a full return to their original homes the families that fled Israel when it was established in 1948. On Friday, Economy Minister Naftali Bennett clarified that Israel will not accept the American security proposals which essentially mean that Israel will have to rely on others to ensure its security. ”Recently we’ve been hearing a new tune: an international guarantee will ‘safeguard Israel’s security’,” Bennett stated. “We are told that they found the answer to all of our security problems. We can evacuate Samaria, Judea and the Jordan Valley (they won’t dare speak about the Golan Heights). We can place cameras, lasers, helicopters, and especially – rely on international forces and the security guarantee of our friends.” Bennett noted that similar security arrangements in Lebanon, Iran and Syria have actually worked against their aims. ”This has happened dozens of times around the world. Guarantees are words, they are not actions,” he concluded. “We will continue to defend ourselves, by ourselves. It has worked not badly at all for the last 65 years.” Arutz Sheva

No meeting between Abbas and Netanyahu

Fatah official denied on Monday that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas would meet Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the near future, noting that any meeting between the two leaders would be contingent upon progress in peace negotiations.  Speaking to the London-based daily Al-Quds Al-Arabi, Fatah Central Committee member Jamal Mheissen said that Abbas was unlikely to meet Netanyahu given “Israel’s insistence on thwarting peace talks by expanding settlements and denying Palestinian rights to establish a state on land occupied in 1967 with Jerusalem as its capital.”  Lebanese TV channel Al-Mayadeen had reported on Sunday that Abbas agreed to meet Netanyahu during a meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry in Ramallah last week. The American secretary of state proposed the move in a bid to break the deadlock in talks amid mounting frustration within the Palestinian negotiating team, a key member of which tendered his resignation to Abbas last month.
“There will be no three-way summit under American auspices in the near future,” Mheissen said, adding that “any meeting between Abbas and Netanyahu is tied to the advance in negotiations between the teams headed by Dr. Saeb Erekat from the Palestinian side and [Justice Minister] Tzipi Livni from the Israeli.” Israel and the Palestinians have agreed to engage in negotiations for a nine-month period, scheduled to end in May. Despite some indications of a possible extension of the timetable, Kerry said on Friday that a deal could still be reached by spring. The most recent crisis between the negotiating sides revolved around an Israeli demand for a 10-year IDF presence in the Jordan Valley following an agreement, a demand reportedly endorsed by the Americans but adamantly rejected by the Palestinians. Palestinian sources told the paper that Abbas was uninterested in providing Netanyahu with a photo opportunity intended to “show Israel’s willingness to meet Palestinians on all levels to achieve peace, while thwarting it on the ground.” The Times of Israel

60 meter-long sinkhole in Sichuan province buries 12 buildings

A massive sinkhole in the Pingxi village of Guangyuan city opened up around 12:40 a.m. on Friday morning and had expanded into a crater measuring 60 by 40 meters around and 30 meters-deep within hours. The sinkhole has swallowed at least 12 buildings as of 6:30 p.m. and it is expected to keep growing in size. It is terrifying.  Fortunately, nobody was killed or seriously injured when the ground collapsed. A resident whose house was situated on top of the sinkhole said that he had felt the earth shaking for around 20 days prior to the hole opening.Shanghaiist

 

Volcanic eruption shuts Italy airport

The eruption of the Mount Etna volcano in Sicily has forced the closure of nearby Catania airport because of the plumes of ash billowing into the sky, airport officials said. Twenty-one scheduled departures from  the airport had to be scrapped and 26 arrivals re-routed to alternative destinations. The smaller airport of Comiso in the area was also closed down. The company that manages Catania airport, Sac, said in a statement on Sunday that “the wind direction and intensity” meant the ash was a risk to flights and it had to close off its air space. The company will review the situation on Monday. Etna is an active volcano and eruptions are frequent but the latest activity, which began on Saturday, is the most intense in months. The lava flow down one side of the mountain is visible from Catania and Taormina, a popular seaside resort. Three small earthquakes were also registered around the volcano on Sunday. The Age World

Humans could live to 500 years old according to new research

Research-HighlightsLiving to the ripe old age of 500 might be a possibility if the science shown to extend worms’ lives can be applied to humans, scientists have said. U.S. researchers tweaked two genetic pathways in the tiny lab worm Caenorhabditis elegans and boosted the creature’s lifespan by a factor of five. The research raises the prospect of anti-ageing treatments based on genetic interactions, they said.  ‘What we have here is a synergistic five-fold increase in lifespan,’ said lead scientist Dr Pankaj Kapahi, from the Buck Institute of Age Research, Novato, California. ‘The two mutations set off a positive feedback loop in specific tissues that amplified lifespan.

‘Basically these worms lived to the human equivalent of 400 to 500 years.’ While it could take years of research to extend humans’ lives dramatically, the study raises the prospect of anti-ageing treatments informed by genetic interactions, according to Dr Kapahi. ‘In the early years, cancer researchers focused on mutations in single genes, but then it became apparent that different mutations in a class of genes were driving the disease process,’ he said.  While it could take years of research to extend humans’ lives, the study raises the prospect of anti-ageing treatments informed by genetic interactions ‘The same thing is likely happening in ageing,’ he added. C. elegans, the first animal to have its whole genome (or genetic code) mapped, has been widely used in studies of ageing and lifespan. The new research, reported in the journal Cell Reports, involved blocking key molecules that affect the action of insulin and a nutrient signalling pathway called Target of Rapamycin (TOR). Single mutations in the TOR pathway were known to extend the lifespan of C. elegans by 30 per cent, while insulin-signalling mutations could double the amount of time they lived. More

 

Why Is Saudi Arabia Buying 15,000 U.S. Anti-Tank Missiles for a War It Will Never Fight? Hint: Syria.

WARS N RUMORS OF WARS – No one is expecting a tank invasion of Saudi Arabia anytime soon, but the kingdom just put in a huge order for U.S.-made anti-tank missiles that has Saudi-watchers scratching their heads and wondering whether the deal is related to Riyadh’s support for the Syrian rebels. The proposed weapons deal, which the Pentagon notified Congress of in early December, would provide Riyadh with more than 15,000 Raytheon anti-tank missiles at a cost of over $1 billion. According to the International Institute for Strategic Studies’ Military Balance report, Saudi Arabia’s total stockpile this year amounted to slightly more than 4,000 anti-tank missiles. In the past decade, the Pentagon has notified Congress of only one other sale of anti-tank missiles to Saudi Arabia — a 2009 deal that shipped roughly 5,000 missiles to the kingdom. ”It’s a very large number of missiles, including the most advanced version of the TOWs [tube-launched, optically tracked, wire-guided missiles],” said Jeffrey White, a fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and a former intelligence analyst at the Defense Intelligence Agency. “The problem is: What’s the threat?” That’s a tough question to answer.

A military engagement with Iran, the most immediate potential threat faced by Riyadh, would be largely a naval and air engagement over the Persian Gulf. Saudi Arabia has fought a series of deadly skirmishes with insurgents in northern Yemen over the years, but those groups have no more than a handful of military vehicles. And Iraq, which posed a real threat during Saddam Hussein’s day, is far too consumed by its internal demons and the fallout from the war in Syria to ponder such foreign adventurism. But one Saudi ally could desperately use anti-tank weapons — the Syrian rebels. In the past, Riyadh has been happy to oblige: It previously purchased anti-tank weapons from Croatia and funneled them to anti-Assad fighters, and it is now training and arming Syrian rebels in Jordan. Charles Lister, a London-based terrorism and insurgency analyst, said that rebels have also received as many as 100 Chinese HJ-8 anti-tank missiles from across the border with Jordan — and indeed, many videos show Syrian rebels using this weapon against Bashar al-Assad’s tanks. More

 

Christmas Under Assault, but Faithful Fight Back

It has been a tough road the last few years for those who wish to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas, and thus far this holiday season hasn’t held much hope for an end to the various and sundry attacks on those celebrating the birth of the Savior. Several weeks ago, a choir director for a high school in Wausau, Wisconsin, threw in the towel on his students’ traditional Christmas concerts after an edict from the school board instituted a nearly total ban on sacred music “as a result of what they claimed were concerns over the amount of religious music being performed by choirs in the district’s schools,” reported The New American. As a result of the crackdown, the school district’s choir directors were limited to “one sacred number for every five secular songs featured at Christmas and other concerts.” While district officials eventually overturned their poorly considered policy, it was merely the opening salvo for a season on atheist-inspired attacks on Christmas. For example, Shaw Air Force Base in South Carolina recently removed its traditional nativity sceneafter a supposed complaint by a number of airmen. Predictably, the alleged complaint was inspired by the atheist Military Religious Freedom Foundation, whose founder Mikey Weinstein has been waging war on sound military judgment concerning religious expression over the past few years.
Todd Starnes of Fox News wrote that Lieutenant Keavy Rake, a spokesman for Shaw Air Force Base, told him that “the Pentagon warned that items that are almost exclusively religious in nature, like a Nativity scene, ‘could appear to endorse religion’ if they are displayed alone and away from chapel grounds.’ Rake said the Pentagon recommended the Baby Jesus either be displayed on chapel grounds or as ‘part of a larger secular or multicultural display on base.’ Ultimately, base command made the decision to pull the plug.” Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council responded to the cowardly move by the Air Force, saying that it is “truly a sad state of affairs when a demilitarized zone has to be created on an Air Force base for Baby Jesus. The events in the Air Force alone show that this is much more than a war on Christmas. This is a war on the freedom of religious expression.” Not all Air Force personnel have been cowed by atheist attacks, however. Starnes posted a YouTube video showing the U.S. Air Force Band performing a “flash mob” at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum on December 3. “What a blessing to know that in spite of the Obama Administration’s attacks on religious liberty in the Armed Forces, there are still men and women willing to declare, ‘Joy to the World, the Lord is Come!’” wrote Starnes.
Meanwhile, CBS News reported December 11 that two young girls in Vancouver, Washington “who were trying to spread holiday cheer were kicked off of a grocery store’s property for singing  Christmas carols.” The two girls, Ayla Bascom and Kaitlyn Manseau, showed up at a local WinCo grocery store near their home to sing Christmas carols outside the store. “The girls made a sign stating they didn’t want any money and no one went into the store to file a complaint either,” reported CBS. “Instead, people stopped outside to listen to them sing….” However, the article continued, “the girls hadn’t even been singing for an hour when they were told they had to leave the property by a WinCo employee.” Ultimately, a corporate attorney for the store chain realized that targeting little girls trying to spread holiday cheer wasn’t helping the store chain’s image, and told the girls they could go back and keep singing. More

 

 

Document Reveals State’s Move To Vastly Expand Continuity of Government Powers

A document currently circulating through the Washington state government details the attempt to vastly expand Continuity of Government powers by amending the state’s constitution.  Exclusively revealed to Storyleak, the document, entitled “Modernizing State’s Continuity of Operation Planning,” asks State Representatives to pass legislation concerning the government’s ability to implement COG. Spearheaded by the Washington Military Department and the State Auditor’s Office, the document also details the move to add Continuity of Operations planning to state law. Created at the height of the cold war during the 1960s, the Continuity of Government (COG) program was designed to give the federal government martial law powers in the event of a nuclear attack. Now, states have begun following the federal government’s lead in granting themselves much greater COG abilities. “Change ‘only enemy attack’ to ‘any emergency, disaster or attack’ in the state’s Continuity of Government Act, as well as the Continuity of Government provisions developed for the Office of the Governor, the legislature, county commissioners and city or town officers,” the document states. The document also goes on to call for erasing the government’s requirement of bringing the legislative body together no later than 30 days after a disaster or attack, giving the governor the power to keep COG operations ongoing for undetermined lengths. “Amend the provisions for the governor calling the Legislature into session from ‘as soon as practicable or no later than the 30th day after the attack’ to ‘as soon as practicable,’” the document reads. Under revised amendments, each state agency, commission and board will be directed to begin developing and practicing a yearly continuity of operations plan. “COOP is nationally recognized as a critical Continuity of Government component to ensure Washington citizens receive government assistance during emergencies,” the document’s first paragraph details. More
It’s hardly the abomination of desolation that Jesus warned about when He taught about signs of the end times (Matt. 24:15). But it’s nevertheless a disturbing sign of how hard antichrist spirits are pushing to push Jesus out of our minds. Oklahoma recently decided to allow a Ten Commandments monument on the state Capitol’s lawn. This is the type of thing that typically puts radical atheist activists up in arms, with billboards and lawsuits aimed at removing any reminder of God and His Son from the public square. But the atheists haven’t launched an attack—at least not yet. Instead, other antichrist spirits are rising up, demanding equal time to celebrate their religions. Indeed, Satanists and Hindus want Oklahoma to erect statues for their false gods. “A Satanist group has petitioned to have its monument, with an interactive display for children, put up alongside the Ten Commandments. And this week, the Hindu organization applied to have a monkey god statue placed on the Capitol grounds,” Reuters reports. “Socially conservative Christian groups fought for years to have the Ten Commandments displayed at the statehouse, and the monument went up in 2012.”

Oklahoma City lawyer David Slane put it rightly when he told Reuters the legislature essentially opened a Pandora’s box. As it turns out, if the state refuses to allow Satanists, Hindus, Muslims, Buddhists—and God knows who else—to erect monuments on the property, they are violating the Equal Protection Clause. I’d say it’s ironic how Satan is using legalism to push his antichrist agenda in Oklahoma’s government, but it’s more strategic than ironic. Oklahoma’s governing officials argue that they live in a largely Christian state with values and ideals that differ from Satanists. And that’s just why the antichrist spirits are circling. You won’t find antichrist spirits where Christ isn’t being preached, as the goal of the antichrist spirit is to replace Jesus, not merely have a statue next to His. The antichrist spirit is rapidly rising in this hour, and you can expect to see more manifestations in the months and years ahead. The apostle John warned of this in his first epistle, noting, “Little children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that the Antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come, by which we know that it is the last hour” (1 John 2:18). And again, “Every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world” (1 John 4:3). And again, “For many deceivers have gone out into the world who do not confess Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist” (2 John 1:7). Before the Antichrist, Satan, comes on the scene, we will see more and more antichrist spirits rising to push Jesus out of the mainstream. Like John the Baptist prepared the way for Jesus’ first coming, these demonic forerunners have been voices crying in the wilderness for years, preparing the way for Satan himself with deceiving agendas that target the confused, hurt and lost. Indeed, the antichrist agenda will become bolder, and it will grow darker in the days again. But like I said last week, despite the doom and gloom, Jesus is still Lord. Our job is to let our light shine, speak the truth of the gospel in love, and keep our eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, so that we can rescue people from the kingdom of darkness and escape the prophesied great falling away among the saints. Charisma

 

UPDATE: Billy Graham ‘Not in Any Immediate Danger,’ Spokesman Says

Evangelist Billy Graham remains weak, and there hasn’t been a change in his health for better or worse since his 95th birthday last month, but he is “not in any immediate danger,” according to a spokesman for Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.   ”People keep saying different things, some good and some not so good,”Citizen-Times quotes spokesman Mark DeMoss as saying. “But he’s about the same. I think everybody’s intentions are good. The family members want everybody to pray for Mr. Graham, and I understand that.” The evangelist’s son and BGEA president, Franklin Graham, told The Christian Post last week his father is not doing real well. “His vitals are good. It’s not like he’s in danger right this second. But if he got a cold right now, it could be deadly. So I just ask the people to pray that he gets his strength back.
I’ve never seen him this weak in all my life, so I know he’d appreciate your prayers.”   DeMoss says he knows everybody is concerned about Graham, “but we’re not getting any different reports from the medical staff.” He adds he is checking in in every day, “and there has not been a change for better or worse in the last number of weeks. He’s weak, he’s at home and his vital signs are good – his pulse, his heartbeat, his blood pressure. He’s not in any immediate danger.” Franklin Graham’s son, evangelist Will Graham, also spoke about his grandfather’s health during a speaking engagement at a California church. ”I saw my grandfather last week and he is not doing well,” Assist News Service quoted him as saying. “He’s not suffering or anything. It’s just that old age has caught up to him and is sucking the life out of him.” More

 

Gaza flooding drives 40,000 from their homes

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Flooding from heavy rains forced some 40,000 Gaza Strip residents from their homes, including thousands who were taken to safety in boats and military trucks, officials said Saturday. The downpour that began late Wednesday was part of a storm that covered parts of Israel and the West Bank with snow, paralyzed Jerusalem and left thousands in Israel without power. Israeli TV stations showed footage of armored personnel carriers rescuing motorists and said it was the most severe snow storm in decades. Even Gaza with its milder coastal climate saw some snow, though lower-lying areas were mainly hit by flooding.

Rescue efforts were hampered by fuel shortages and rolling power cuts that have become more severe in recent months, since Egypt tightened a border blockade of the territory, ruled by the Islamic militant Hamas since 2007. Israel has also restricted access to Gaza since the Hamas takeover, though it sent diesel fuel for heating and four water pumps during the weekend storm. Once the storm is over, “the world community needs to bring effective pressure to end the blockade of Gaza,” said Chris Gunness, a spokesman for the main U.N aid agency in the territory. Gaza residents “must be freed from these man-made constraints to deal with the impact of a natural calamity such as this,” he added. More

Congressman Louie Gohmert: ‘When a Nation’s Leaders Honor God, That Nation is Protected’

In a recent speech on the House floor, Republican Representative Louie Gohmert of Texas explained that throughout the Bible, God protects nations that honor Him, but destroys nations that turn away from His rule. Gohmert was speaking about the persecution of Christians around the world, including the in Middle East, and the mainstream media’s avoidance of the topic. “Christians in the Middle East and around the world are being persecuted, imprisoned and martyred for their faith,” he said. “There is widespread systemic violence, and no one in the mainstream media and government seems to have noticed.” “We may see the elimination and extinction of Christianity in its very birthplace, without a whimper of protest from the West,” he lamented.  He then began to speak about God’s protections on Israel in the Bible, as well removal of His hand from the nation when it stopped honoring Him. “[N]o country has ever fallen while it was truly honoring the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob,” he said. “So, if you were completely a-religious, completely atheistic, but you wanted to have [your country] safe and protected, then it would sound like from historical purposes, that it might be a good thing to encourage those who believe in God to keep doing so.” “Because when a nation’s leaders honor that God,” he continued, “that nation is protected. It’s only when it turns away that it falls.” More

North Dakota Assistant Attorney General: ‘There is No Right Under State Law to an Abortion’

BISMARCK – The North Dakota Supreme Court heard argument this week on whether the state may disregard federal rulings on abortion and solely follow the state Constitution when creating laws that restrict or regulate the procedure. In 2011, North Dakota legislators passed a bill that restricted drug-based abortions to those that only follow the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) protocol for use. Following its passage, attorneys with the New York-based Center for Reproductive Rights filed suit on behalf of the sole abortion facility in the state, Red River Women’s Clinic in Fargo, claiming that the state was effectively enacting a ban on medical abortions altogether. The facility uses both Mifeprex and Misprostol in abortion procedures, but due to the new law, Misprostol now could not be utilized as it is not an abortion-inducing drug and had been administered off-label.  In April, the case was argued during a three-day trial before state District Judge Wickham Corwin, who opined that the restriction was “simply wrongheaded,” but waited to release a formal opinion until July. “[I am] convinced that a woman’s reproductive rights must be protected under the state constitution and must be recognized as fundamental,” he stated. During this time, the Center for Reproductive Rights sought to add a challenge to its suit as the state had passed a new regulation that required abortionists to obtain admitting privileges within 30 miles should a woman become injured during the procedure. Corwin granted the inclusion, which drew praise from Center attorney Autumn Katz. More
 

GOOGLE ROBOTS FOR MILITARY USE!

The internet company’s acquisition of Boston Dynamics is latest in a string of robotics acquisitions in a mysterious initiative led by former Android chief Andy Rubin.  As Amazon readies a fleet of delivery drones, Boston Dynamics is Google’s biggest prize yet in the robot wars. Among the creations to crawl, jump and gallop from its labs are Big Dog, a four-legged robot that can clamber over uneven terrain such as snowy forests, even when assailed by kicks from its makers, and Cheetah, which claims to hold the record for the fastest legged robot in the world, running at more than 29 miles per hour. Many of Boston Dynamics’ robots have been developed with funding from the US Department of Defense’s research unit, Darpa, making Google a military contractor, at least for now. “The future is looking awesome!” said Mr Rubin in a tweet linking to the New York Times, which first reported the acquisition on Saturday. A Google spokesperson confirmed the deal but declined to elaborate on its price or plans. The purchase is the latest sign of a sudden and, to many, startling new interest in robots from consumer internet companies, as their operations move from the virtual to the real world. Last year, Amazon spent $775m on Kiva Systems, a robotics company used to automate its fulfilment centers, and earlier this month, chief executive Jeff Bezos said that the online retailer is developing unmanned aerial vehicles that he hopes will deliver parcels to customers within five years.

Camden, New Jersey: One Of Hundreds Of U.S. Cities That Are Turning Into Rotting, Decaying Hellholes

All over America, formerly prosperous communities are being transformed into crime-infested wastelands of poverty and despair.  Of course the most famous example of this is Detroit.  At one time, Detroit was the greatest manufacturing city that the world had ever seen and it had the highest per capita income in the entire country.  But now it has become a rotting, decaying hellhole that the rest of the planet laughs at.  And of course Detroit is far from alone.  There are hundreds of other U.S. cities that are suffering a similar fate.  In this article, the focus is going to be on Camden, New Jersey, but the truth is that there are lots of other “Detroits” and “Camdens” all over the nation.  Jobs and businesses are leaving our cities at a staggering rate, and what is being left behind is poverty, crime and extreme desperation.More
 

Is Alien Life Surfacing Nearby?

Extraterrestrial life may be showing up in some obvious places. No, this is not about hairless aliens that have come to Earth in saucer-shaped craft, but less sophisticated life just next door. A century ago, scientists believed there was only one obvious stomping ground for alien biology in our solar system: Mars. Because it was reminiscent of Earth, Mars was assumed to be chock-a-block with animate beings, and its putative inhabitants got a lot of column inches and screen time. Red Planet residents were generally assumed to be similar to us: size-wise, technology-wise, and wise-wise. By 1900, astronomer Percival Lowell was energetically shopping the idea that canals laced the martian surface, the handiwork of aliens desperate to irrigate a dry world. However, sophisticated inhabitants fell out of favor (with scientists, if not with film makers) once spacecraft revealed the landscapes of Mars to be desiccated deserts, efficiently sterilized by deadly ultraviolet light from the Sun. The surface was inhospitable, to put it gently. Nonetheless, it was still possible that microbial Martians were living a few hundred feet underground, where watery aquifers could shelter life happy to do its thing in the dark. Consequently, expert opinion shifted.

Our best chance for finding Martians was not to sit behind a small telescope in Flagstaff, Arizona as Lowell did, but to send drilling apparatus to Mars that could suck muck from far beneath the surface and examine it microscopically. That’s a tough task, of course. It hasn’t been done — or even planned in detail. Mars still remains the astrobiology community’s number one choice for “nearest rock with life,” but there are many researchers who argue that the moons of Jupiter are better bets. In particular, Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto are all thought to hide vast oceans of liquid water beneath their icy, outer skins. Europa is the most promising case, and has the thinnest skin. The best known approach to examining this moon’s watery habitat envisions a robotic probe that would melt a hole through 10 miles of granite-hard ice, and lower some sensors to look around. Again, not yet on the drawing boards. More

Could our universe be about to collapse on us?

TIME to take that holiday you’ve always wanted because the universe and everything in it could be about to collapse and be squeezed into a tiny ball. And it could happen today. As reported by the Daily Mail, mankind and everything we know could cease to exist and the process might already have started, should scientists at University of Southern Denmark be correct. ”Now we have performed more precise calculations, and we see two things: Yes, the universe will probably collapse, and a collapse is even more likely than the old calculations predicted,” Jens Krog, PhD student at the university told the Daily Mail. We shan’t pretend to understand how this brain-bending event has been calculated, but the researchers claim they “have proven” the theory whereby a “shift in the forces of the universe will cause every particle in it to become extremely heavy”.
The article explains this process is called “phase transition” and this new weight will essentially “squeeze” everything into a small, extremely hot, heavy, tiny ball.   What could cause this event to happen would be down to a subatomic particle, Higgs boson, which could have an ultra-dense state and could “bubble” up suddenly in a certain place of the universe at a certain time. ”The bubble would then expand at the speed of light, entering all space … all elementary particles inside the bubble will reach a mass much heavier than if they were outside the bubble, and they would be pulled together to form supermassive centres.” As if this doesn’t sound scary enough, the researchers say this could already be happening somewhere in the universe, right now. “Maybe the collapse has already started somewhere in the universe and right now is eating its way into the rest of the universe … or maybe it will start far away from here in a billion years.” But before you run out to start your bucket list, there’s a chance this might not actually happen at all. Again, it comes down to more calculations. In order for the phase change the universe must consist of certain elementary particles. ”If the universe contains undiscovered particles, the whole basis for the prediction would prove false.” news.com.au

SUDDEN THREAT ENDANGERS HILLARY’S 2016 RUN

A threat to Hillary Clinton’s much anticipated 2016 presidential campaign appears to be developing in Egypt where that nation’s government is taking steps to criminalize the Muslim Brotherhood. Specifically, a new criminal complaint has been filed with Egypt’s attorney general, Hisham Barakat, alleging then-U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton collaborated with Naglaa Mahmoud, the wife of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, in seeking to incite domestic insurrections to topple Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, the Egyptian general who has been commander in chief of the Egyptian armed forces, as well as minister of defense, since Aug. 12, 2012. Researcher Walid Shoebat, a native Arabic-speaker and a former Palestinian Liberation Organization operative, has reported on his blog that credible news sources in Egypt have reported in Arabic that criminal charges have been brought against Hillary Clinton and Morsi’s wife. Shoebat translated the following from an Egyptian Mehwar TV channel news video in which television reporter Nasr Qaffas explains on camera details of an interview Turkey’s Anatolia news agency conducted with Naglaa Mahmoud. The excerpts from the transcript of the Mehwar TV news video include comments by Naglaa Mahmoud implicating Huma Abedin, wife of former Democratic Congressman Anthony Weiner and the former Hillary Clinton chief of staff whom WND has identified as having close ties to the Muslim Brotherhood: More

 

WIDOW FACES EVICTION IN FLA. CITY FOR ‘LIVING OFF THE GRID’

A Fla. city is set to evict a widow for her unique lifestyle of “living off the grid.” Robin Speronis told WFTX-TV that she was given an eviction notice after the station aired a story about how she chooses to live in a home without modern amenities, such as running water and electricity. “A code enforcement officer came, knocked on the door then posts a placard that says uninhabitable property, do not enter,” Robin said.  “Putting a woman who lives by herself, who is a widow, out on the street without any due process of law is unfathomable,” she added. According to WFTX-TV, the notice cited international property maintenance code which said the property is not safe to live in. Speronis, however, disputes such claims and wonders how a code enforcement officer would know without even entering the house. Now, she is speaking out demanding justice. “I’m going to bring this to the attention of anyone who will listen until justice is served,” she said.  “Where is the justice? Why did they choose me,” she asked, “I was exercising my First Amendment rights of free speech in discussing living off the grid.” A local attorney has decided to represent Speronis for free, according to WFTX-TV. It does appear, however, that Speronis has a criminal history. According to the Cape Coral Daily Breeze, she was found guilty of larceny and in 2012 had her real estate license revoked. The Blaze

 

ALERT: U.S. plan gives Jerusalem holy sites to Vatican

Secretary of State John Kerry quietly presented a U.S. plan for eastern Jerusalem that calls for an international administrative mandate to control holy sites in the area, according to informed Palestinian and Israeli diplomatic sources.  The exact composition of the international mandate is up for discussion, the sources said, but Kerry’s plan recommended a coalition that includes the Vatican, together with a group of Muslim countries such as Turkey and Saudi Arabia. The international arrangement is being proposed as a temporary solution for about two to three years while security arrangements in Jerusalem between Israelis and Palestinians are finalized, said the sources. Israel, the sources said, was not receptive to the particulars of Kerry’s plan, especially the concept of Turkish participation in Jerusalem. Kerry told the Israelis he would hold talks with the Kingdom of Jordan about its playing a leading role in the proposal in the place of Turkey, the sources added. Kerry was in Jerusalem on Friday as part of an Obama administration effort to reach a deal for a Palestinian state by April, a timeline that is still on track, Kerry told reporters. “We are working on an approach that both guarantees Israel’s security and fully respects Palestinian sovereignty,” Kerry added. According to the Israeli and Palestinian diplomatic sources speaking to WND, Kerry’s trip this time around focused specifically on the particulars of security arrangements for the strategic Jordan Valley following a deal. In October, WND exclusively reported Kerry was strongly urging Israel to give up the Jordan Valley in closed-door talks with the Palestinian Authority.

The current round of U.S.-brokered talks is attempting to hash out the details of a plan for the valley. The Jordan Valley cuts through the heart of Israel. It runs from the Tiberias River in the north to the Dead Sea in the center to the city of Aqaba at the south of the country, stretching through the biblical Arabah desert. The U.S. proposal calls for international forces to maintain security control along with unarmed Palestinian police forces, a senior Palestinian Authority negotiator told WND in October. Israel will retain security posts in some strategic areas of the Jordan Valley, according to the U.S. plan. Previous talks incorporated an element of Jordanian authority in the Jordan Valley, but the Kingdom of Jordan is wary of participating in a future Palestinian state, the negotiator said. The Palestinian negotiator pointed to the insurgency in Syria and changes of leadership in Egypt as reasons for Jordanian reluctance to assume any security control over Palestinian areas. WND

Senators McCain, Murphy join massive Ukraine anti-government protest, threaten sanctions

U.S. Senators John McCain and Chris Murphy joined around 200,000 anti-government protesters in the central square of Ukraine’s capital Sunday, threatening sanctions against the government of President Viktor Yanukovych if authorities use more violence to disperse demonstrators. Anti-government protesters have set up an extensive tent camp in Kiev and erected barricades of snow hardened with freezing water and studded with scrap wood and other junk. McCain, R-Ariz., and Murphy, D-Conn., joined the anti-government demonstration to express support for them and their European ambitions. The protests began Nov. 21 after Yanukovych announced he was backing away from signing a long-awaited agreement to deepen trade and political ties with the EU and instead focus on Russia, and have grown in size and intensity after two violent police dispersals. ”We are here to support your just cause, the sovereign right of Ukraine to determine its own destiny freely and independently. And the destiny you seek lies in Europe,” McCain said during a speech, according to Reuters.

“We … want to make it clear to Russia and Vladimir Putin that interference in the affairs of Ukraine is not acceptable to the United States,” he added. McCain and Murphy told reporters after the rally that sanctions were possible and “that there will be consequences to our relationship if there is any more violence on the streets of Kiev.” But the rally was shadowed by suggestions that their goal of closer ties with Europe may be imperiled. A much smaller demonstration of government supporters, about 15,000, was taking place about less than a mile away from Kiev’s Independence Square. In the face of the protests, which present a serious challenge to Yanukovych’s leadership, Ukrainian officials this week renewed talks with the EU agreement and promised that they would sign the deal once some issues are worked out. However, the EU’s top official on expansion issues, Stefan Fuele, cast doubt on the prospect Sunday, saying on his Twitter account that work is “on hold” and that the words and actions of Yanukovych and his government are “further and further apart.” Yanukovych backed off the agreement on the grounds that the EU was not providing adequate compensation to his economically struggling nation for potential trades losses with Russia. Russia, which for centuries controlled or exerted heavy influence on Ukraine, wants the country to join a customs union, analogous to the EU, which also includes Belarus and Kazakhstan. More


Quebec and Ontario leveled by Vicious Winter Storm heading Eastward

A storm system that blanketed Ontario and Quebec with upwards of 25 centimetres of snow continues to track eastward toward the Maritimes,grounding dozens of flights and keeping motorists on high alert. The dumping of fresh snow, along with chilly temperatures, created traffic troubles both on the ground and in the air in Central Canada. East of Toronto on Sunday morning, three people were taken to hospital after a vehicle they were travelling in crashed into a cement barrier before being hit by a tractor trailer on Highway 401 in Mississauga. The Ontario Provincial Police said two female passengers in the Toyota RAV4 were airlifted to a Toronto hospital, one in life-threatening condition and the other in critical.

The male driver of the vehicle was transported with minor injuries. There were many accidents on snowy roads around the region, including a 20-car pileup on the Queen Elizabeth Highway in Mississauga just west of Toronto on Saturday. The weather may have also been a factor in a head-on collision that killed two people near Barrie, north of Toronto, according to the OPP. The provincial police tweeted that, as of 1: 20 p.m. ET on Sunday, they have responded to 255 collisions in Toronto and nearby communities since 7 a.m. 1761 calls for service were received since Saturday morning. To the east, Winter storm warnings are in effect with snowfall amounts of between 30 and 40 centimetres forecast for southern New Brunswick, and slightly lesser amounts for parts of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. More

 

Why this coming week could be an Explosive week for the Stock Market

NEW YORK – The possibility that the Federal Reserve could finally start to trim its extraordinary stimulus for the economy could make this week an explosive one for financial markets. Though the odds still point to no major policy change when U.S. central bankers meet December 17-18, most of the recent domestic economic data suggest the beginning of the end of their massive bond-buying program is coming sooner than later. If it acts it may reflect as much a growth in confidence in the global economy, for whom the withdrawal of the flow of cheap dollars will be a shock, as in the recovery in the United States alone.

Growth in jobs, retail sales, services and overall output in the world’s biggest economy – combined with last week’s breakthrough budget deal in Washington – has convinced some economists that the Fed will announce a reduction to its $85-billion a month in purchases on Wednesday. While that could amount to a vote of confidence in the halting recovery from the Great Recession, the risk is that Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke’s message sets off a market selloff that undermines growth worldwide. The question is whether more U.S. fiscal stability and some good signs out of Europe and Asia will convince key Fed policymakers that the U.S. economy can handle less monetary support, and that investors won’t overreact. ”Tapering now would tell us that the Federal Reserve believes the U.S. expansion is durable and that the global economy, at a minimum, is less fragile,” said David Kelly, chief global market strategist at JPMorgan Funds. More

OBAMACARE EXCHANGE ‘MISTAKENLY DEBITS BANK ACCOUNTS’

For the second week in a row, the Washington Healthplanfinder website is down, and it’s causing problems for people who are dealing with billing issues. Some of them say the website is mistakenly debiting their accounts. Shannon Bruner of Indianola logged on to her checking account Monday morning, and found she was almost 800 dollars in the negative. “The first thing I thought was, ‘I got screwed,’” she said. The Bruners enrolled for insurance on the Washington Healthplanfinder website, last October. They say they selected the bill pay date to be December 24th. Instead the Washington Healthplanfinder drafted the 835 dollar premium Monday. Josh Bruner started his own business this year as an engineering recruiter. They said it’s forced them to pay a lot of attention to their bills and their bank accounts. “Big knot in my gut because we’re trying to keep it together,” said Shannon Bruner. “It’s important to me that this kind of stuff doesn’t happen.”
They’re not alone. One viewer emailed KING 5 saying, “They drafted my account this morning for a second time.” Another woman on Facebook with a similar problem commented, “We are all in the same boat.” “We’ve got to figure out how to get money to pay the bills for the next week or two until we have another check come through,” said Josh Bruner. “It’s just crazy.” Washington Healthplanfinder emailed the Bruners a few days ago telling them to log in to view their invoice, something they couldn’t do because the website has been down. The Bruners haven’t been able to get through on the helpline either. They finally contacted Healthplanfinder administrators by posting a message on their Facebook page. Washington Healthplanfinder tells KING 5 their staff is looking into the problem. Until it’s resolved, the couple is putting their best face forward. “We haven’t bought anyone’s Christmas gifts yet,” said Shannon Bruner. “We’re just kind of waiting.” “We wrote a check to our nanny last week, it isn’t going to work,” said Josh Bruner. “So she can’t get paid.” KGW.com


Gun control advocates vow to take fight into 2014 elections, spend millions

Gun control advocates acknowledged Sunday that they were disappointed with efforts this year to tighten firearm laws across the country but vowed to continue their fight, including spending millions on their candidates in next year’s elections. Their comments came one year after the Sandy Hook elementary school massacre in which 20 students and six adults were fatally shot in Newtown, Conn. However, Congress failed to pass no major gun-control legislation in the aftermath. “We get disappointed,” said Mark Kelly, who co-founded the gun-control group Americans for Responsible Solutions with wife Gabrielle Giffords, the former congresswoman who was shot on the campaign trail in 2011.

The retired astronaut and Navy captain told “Fox News Sunday” the defeat of the so-called, bipartisan Manchin-Toomey Senate gun bill was “not a good day” but that his group plans to spend $25 million in the next election cycle.   Though the focus of America’s gun debate appears to be shifting from weapons bans to keeping firearms away from criminals and the mentally ill, gun-rights advocates seem steadfast in their efforts to limit background checks and repeal laws that prevent people from defending themselves against attackers. “There’s no victory until we get guns in school and elsewhere to protect ourselves,” Larry Pratt, executive director of Gun Owners of America, told Fox News. “The legislation that is on the books is lethal … and we simply have to get rid of them.” Kelly said that anti-gun groups were able to spend about as much as pro-gun groups in the recent Virginia gubernatorial race in which Democrat Terry McAuliffe defeated Republican Ken Cuccinelli — a sign that the balance of power is shifting after his side got outspent in the Capitol Hill gun debates. Carlee Soto, whose sister was killed in the Dec. 14, 2012, attack at Sandy Hook elementary, in Newtown, Conn., also acknowledged the effort to tighten gun laws has been difficult, but she remains optimistic. “Some days I don’t want to speak in front of the camera … but my sister can’t do that,” she told Fox News. “I believe we will have sensible gun laws in the future.” Fox News

 

DEVELOPING: Gunfire into Israel near Lebanese border

Gunfire stemming from across the border with Lebanon was opened near Rosh Hanikra on Sunday night. An initial IDF assessment, based on data from lookout positions on the border, found fire was opened by a soldier form the Lebanese Armed Forces, who apparently was acting alone.  Six to seven shots were fired at a vehicle, which was located on a road adjacent to the electronic border fence with Lebanon. ”We are sending messages to the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon regarding the severity of this incident. There is no indication that an infiltration into our territory occurred,” an army source said. “The IDF is prepared in the North,” he warned. The shooting occurred at around 9 p.m., and immediately afterwards, Lebanese soldiers were seen gathering on their side of the border. The IDF has launched an investigation into the cross-border shooting. Jerusalem Post


Plants ‘won’t grow near Wi-Fi routers’…How is it effecting us?

It’s not difficult to understand the appeal of Wi-Fi. This revolutionary technology, which has been commercially available since 1999, eliminates cabling and wiring for computers, reduces cellular usage charges and allows us to connect to the Internet from anywhere with a signal. Despite these benefits, however, studies continue to show that the radiation generated by wireless routers is negatively affecting our health. In fact, the British activist website Stop Smart Meters recently published a list of 34 scientific studies demonstrating the adverse biological effects of Wi-Fi exposure, including studies linking it to headaches, reduced sperm count and oxidative stress. The latest research into the dangers of Wi-Fi, though, comes from a surprisingly humble source: Five ninth grade female students from Denmark, whose science experiment revealed that wireless radiation is equally as devastating to plants. The experiment began when the five students realized that they had difficulty concentrating in school if they slept near their mobile phones the previous night.

Intrigued by this phenomenon, the students endeavored to study the effects of cellphone radiation on humans. Unfortunately, their school prevented them from pursuing this experiment due to a lack of resources, so the students decided to test the effects of Wi-Fi radiation (comparable in strength to cellphone radiation) on a plant instead. The girls placed six trays of Lepidium sativum seeds (a garden cress grown commercially throughout Europe) in a room without radiation, and an equal amount in a room next to two Wi-Fi routers. Over a 12-day period, they observed, measured, weighed and photographed the results. Even before the 12th day arrived, however, the end results were obvious: The cress seeds placed near the routers either hadn’t grown or were completely dead, while the seeds placed in the radiation-free room had blossomed into healthy plants. More

 

 

200 km-high Water geysers seen on Jupiter’s moon Europa

 

 

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Comet Ison Slowing Down & Spreading Out! ISON Meteor Shower 12/25/13 to 1/14/14!

 

Acts 2:19 -I will show wonders in the heavens above and signs on the earth below, blood and fire and billows of smoke.

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PROPHECY WATCH: Israel-Palestinian negotiations finally come into some focus

Finally, after some 4-1/2 months of Israeli- Palestinian negotiations, some kind of game plan is beginning to emerge. Finally, some sort of indication about how this is all supposed to work – the logistics of the process, what a number of the key actors (namely the US and the Israelis) are thinking – is coming out into the open. US President Barack Obama, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and US Secretary of State John Kerry all spoke to the Saban Forum in Washington over the weekend, and a careful reading of what they said – as well as comments chief Israeli negotiator Tzipi Livni made at Tel Aviv University this week – provide an indication of where the process is now, where it is headed, and some of the pitfalls. Here is a look at some of the essential issues. Security The penny, at least in the US, has dropped – in fact, it dropped months ago – and there is a realization that nothing moves unless Netanyahu is confident that Israel’s security will not be compromised by a future agreement. Any agreement Israel makes, Netanyahu told the Saban Forum via video hook-up on Sunday, “must enable us to protect the peace, or conversely to protect Israel, in case the peace unravels.
That often happens in our region. So there must be iron-clad security arrangements to protect the peace, arrangements that allow Israel to defend itself, by itself, against any possible threats. And those security arrangements must be based on Israel’s own forces. There is no substitute for that.” Since words like these – “Israel must be able to defend itself, by itself, against all possible threats” – are said so often by so many, they lose their impact; the ear no longer takes notice. But Netanyahu means it, and the Americans know he means it – and as a result, they have set up a team apparently unprecedented in size and scope to look at Israel’s security requirements after an agreement, and to suggest solutions. These types of security analyses have been done numerous times over the last 20 years of Israeli- Palestinian talks, but apparently not to the extent being undertaken now, led by Marine Corps Gen. (ret.) John Allen. “Never before – ever – has the United States conducted such an in-depth analysis of Israel’s security requirements that arise from the potential of a two-state solution,” Kerry said at the Saban Forum on Saturday. “Never.” More

Scientists find East Antarctica is sliding sideways

ANTARCTICA – It’s official: East Antarctica is pushing West Antarctica around. Now that West Antarctica is losing weight–that is, billions of tons of ice per year–its softer mantle rock is being nudged westward by the harder mantle beneath East Antarctica. The discovery comes from researchers led by The Ohio State University, who have recorded GPS measurements that show West Antarctic bedrock is being pushed sideways at rates up to about twelve millimeters–about half an inch–per year. This movement is important for understanding current ice loss on the continent, and predicting future ice loss. They reported the results on Thursday, Dec. 12 at the American Geophysical Union meeting in San Francisco. Half an inch doesn’t sound like a lot, but it’s actually quite dramatic compared to other areas of the planet, explained Terry Wilson, professor of earth sciences at Ohio State. Wilson leads POLENET, an international collaboration that has planted GPS and seismic sensors all over the West Antarctic Ice Sheet. She and her team weren’t surprised to detect the horizontal motion. After all, they’ve been using GPS to observe vertical motion on the continent since the 1990′s. They were surprised, she said, to find the bedrock moving towards regions of greatest ice loss. ‘From computer models, we knew that the bedrock should rebound as the weight of ice on top of it goes away,” Wilson said.
“But the rock should spread out from the site where the ice used to be. Instead, we see movement toward places where there was the most ice loss.” The seismic sensors explained why. By timing how fast seismic waves pass through the earth under Antarctica, the researchers were able to determine that the mantle regions beneath east and west are very different. West Antarctica contains warmer, softer rock, and East Antarctica has colder, harder rock. Stephanie Konfal, a research associate with POLENET, pointed out that where the transition is most pronounced, the sideways movement runs perpendicular to the boundary between the two types of mantle. She likened the mantle interface to a pot of honey. “If you imagine that you have warm spots and cold spots in the honey, so that some of it is soft and some is hard”” Konfal said, “and if you press down on the surface of the honey with a spoon, the honey will move away from the spoon, but the movement won’t be uniform.
The hard spots will push into the soft spots. And when you take the spoon away, the soft honey won’t uniformly flow back up to fill the void, because the hard honey is still pushing on it.” Or, put another way, ice compressed West Antarctica’s soft mantle. Some ice has melted away, but the soft mantle isn’t filling back in uniformly, because East Antarctica’s harder mantle is pushing it sideways. The crust is just along for the ride. This finding is significant, Konfal said, because we use these crustal motions to understand ice loss. “We’re witnessing expected movements being reversed, so we know we really need computer models that can take lateral changes in mantle properties into account.” Wilson said that such extreme differences in mantle properties are not seen elsewhere on the planet where glacial rebound is occurring. “We figured Antarctica would be different,” she said. “We just didn’t know how different.”  Extinction Protocol

Why New York Is Considering Legalizing Marijuana

NEW YORK — Back in 1998, 14-year-old Alfredo Carrasquillo and his friends were heading to a Bronx apartment where they planned to smoke pot and listen to some Tupac when a cop car pulled up on the curb “as if it was a movie or something.” The cops ordered Carrasquillo and his friends to stand against a fence and then began patting them down and going through their pockets. “I knew I had a bag of weed on me but I wasn’t going to volunteer myself to be arrested,” Carrasquillo said. “Then one officer finds the weed and he says, ‘You should have told me about it before, but now I’m going to have to take you in.’” That incident — and the night in jail that followed — was Carrasquillo’s introduction to the practice known as stop-and-frisk, a lynchpin of police policy in New York since the mid-’90s that has only grown more pervasive since Carrasquillo’s youth.

Every year in New York City, the police stop hundreds of thousands of people and frisk them for guns and drugs, often arresting them for possession of small amounts of pot. Largely because the vast majority of those stopped and arrested are black and Latino, this practice has caused an uproar, culminating in a bill introduced on Wednesday that would legalize marijuana in the state. Carrasquillo, who is black, Puerto Rican and Cuban, has become a prominent figure in the debate. The morning after the bill was announced, Carrasquillo spoke about his history of pot arrests while sitting at the Brooklyn headquarters of VOCAL-NY, the drug-reform advocacy group that employs him as a community organizer. More

Don’t look now, America, but another very predictable consequence of Obamacare is beginning to play out. Not only are customers losing their insurance plans – the plans Obama said they could keep – but now, insurance companies are dropping physicians from coverage plans as well. As reported by The Wall Street JournalUnitedHealth Group, Inc., the nation’s largest provider of privately managed Medicare Advantage plans, has dropped thousands of doctors from its networks in recent weeks – spurring protest from lawmakers and physician groups and leaving many elderly patients unsure about whether they need to switch plans to keep seeing their doctors.

Obamacare regulations ‘driving our actions’- The paper said physicians in at least 10 states have received termination letters. Some of those letters have cited “significant changes and pressures in the health-care environment.” In addition, the notices inform doctors that they can appeal the decision within 30 days, but that means doctors and patients won’t know for certain who is in, and who is out of, UnitedHealth’s Medicare Advantage networks before open enrollment to switch Medicare plans ends on Dec. 7. The insurer said its provider networks change constantly, and it expects its Medicare Advantage network “to be 85 percent to 90 percent of its current size by the end of 2014.” But the company would not say how many providers are being curbed in individual states, or what criteria it is using to cut them. Company officials say they are making their decision based on financial concerns – concerns that are being influenced solely by the mandates contained in Obamacare. Officially, they say United Healthcare is taking the action to provide more value for its customers, but that is corporate-speak for, “We’re making this move because we’ve been forced to do it.” More

Did Obama imply U.S. Founders were communist?

When it came to covering the Nelson Mandela memorial, most commentators focused on President Obama’s tacky “selfie” or his handshake with Castro. Dr. Savage, however, was more concerned about Obama’s speech, in which he compared Mandela to America’s Founding Fathers (Free audio).  “That’s like saying our Founding Fathers were communists,” said Savage. After all, “Mandela was a member of the Communist Party who supported the murderous dictatorship in Cuba” and other far left regimes. Dr. Savage is an expert on natural healing who doesn’t hesitate to criticize modern medicine when he feels it’s appropriate. In the case of the flu shot, he’s against it, telling his audience that we can reduce our chances of coming down with such illness by practicing simple common sense hygiene, like regular hand washing with soap and water (Free audio).  More

Over 2,000 cold and snow records set in USA this past week.

Quite an imbalance in weather records this week. Even the AGU fall meeting in San Francisco where the best and brightest global warming scientists were meeting was surrounded by record (such as 25F in San Jose Dec 9th) and near record setting low temperatures, though the irony was lost on many of them. In other cold and snowy news, the Egyptian capital of Cairo sees snowfall for the first time in 112 YEARS Here are some other nearby temperatures for December 9th, the first full day of the AGU Fall Meeting: More

More Than 110 Million Brace for Weekend Snowstorm that will stretch over a Thousand Miles

Heavy snow and travel disruptions will spread from St. Louis to Pittsburgh Friday night, then to Philadelphia, New York City and Boston Saturday. The snowstorm will span more than 1,000 miles. Thanks to recent Arctic air making roads and sidewalks much colder compared to previous storms, enough snow to shovel and plow is in store from parts of Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland and New Jersey to much of Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.  Not only will the storm make roads and sidewalks slippery, raising the risk for slip-and-fall incidents and auto accidents, but it is likely to cause many flight delays and cancellations.
The visibility will be poor, runways will become snow covered and aircraft will need to be de-iced. Snow will fall on and impact every major city and rural area from St. Louis to Boston, including Chicago, Detroit, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and New York City. The area encompasses about 110 million people.  The storm will spread across the Midwest late Friday into Friday night and over the Northeast Saturday and Saturday night. A mixture of snow, sleet and rain will mitigate accumulations across central Missouri and eastward along the Ohio River. However, enough wintry mix will fall to make roads slippery. Long stretches of along the I-70, I-75, I-80 and I-90 corridors may be snow covered in the Midwest. More

Upstate New York buried in 5 to 6 Feet of Lake Effect Snow

It was as they say, a good ol’ fashion lake effect pounding — a snowburst — 60 to 72 inches of snow (confirmed). Put simply, they got hammered — all of this while a major lake effect research project is going on east of Lake Ontario (http://owles.org/). 6:00 p.m. Update: Winter storm watch cancelled: Winter weather advisory is in effect for all of Central New York for this weekend.  The sun is out in the North Country. The band of lake effect snow that was east of Lake Ontario is now a shadow of its former self. It’s south of Syracuse and has broken up into smaller bands of snow. Now that the wind is from the northwest off Lake Ontario, in Central New York, it will still take several hours for the residual snow showers to break down. Generally, 1 to 4 inches of new snow is possible south and southeast of Lake Ontario. In between those snow showers the sun will be in and out of the clouds.  In the wake of this lake effect event, parts of Oswego, Jefferson and Lewis Counties are now under 2 to 5 feet of snow. If you have ever shoveled, and who hasn’t, you know that snow has weight — even Lake effect powder. Pile that up enough and lake effect quickly settles under it’s own weight. More

BREAKING NEWS: Bomb explodes in Belfast Cathedral Quarter

Police have issued a warning to shopkeepers and businesses in Belfast after a bomb partially exploded on the pavement in the popular Cathedral Quarter on one of the busiest nights in the run-up to Christmas, following a telephoned warning. Police and army bomb experts are attending the scene, where hundreds of people have been evacuated from restaurants and other premises, including nearby apartments. The small explosion happened at around 6.45pm on Friday in the Exchange Street West area and Talbot Street has been cordoned off. The warning was received about an hour earlier by the Irish News. UTV understands the device was in a box on the pavement, near a car, when it exploded. The area was being cleared when it went off – police with sniffer dogs are conducting searches in the wake of the explosion. There are no reports of any injuries. ”The exact nature of tonight’s explosive device in the Cathedral area has not yet been established,” a PSNI spokesman said. An emergency centre has been set up at City Hall for evacuated residents. UTV

BREAKING NEWS: Arrest made in attempt to bomb Wichita airport, FBI says

A Kansas man who authorities say in the past made threats to engage in violent jihad against the U.S. was charged Friday for allegedly plotting to detonate a car bomb at the Wichita Mid-Continent Airport. Terry L. Loewen, 58, an aviation technician who FBI agents say was inspired by Usama bin Laden, spent months planning the attack and was intent on using his employee access card to drive the vehicle loaded with explosives to a terminal, Barry Grissom, the U.S. Attorney for the district of Kansas, said, citing the criminal complaint. Loewen planned on dying in the explosion as a martyr, Grissom said. The complaint says an undercover FBI employee told Loewen about a recent trip overseas and a meeting with members of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. This agent told Loewen that “brothers” were interested in his airport access, and asked if he’d be willing to plant “some type of device,” the complaint said. Loewen allegedly responded, “Am I interested? Yes. I still need time to think about it, but I can’t imagine anything short of arrest stopping me.” The U.S. citizen allegedly wrote to the FBI agent that he was inspired by Usama bin Laden and Anwar al-Awlaki. More

Gunman dead, one critically injured after shooting at Colo. high school

A student armed with a shotgun entered a Colorado high school Friday looking for a specific teacher, then shot one student who confronted him before apparently killing himself, police said. Hospital officials said the injured student was in critical condition. Another student suffered a minor wound, said Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson,adding authorities were not sure it was a gunshot wound. Police did not release the name of the student who died from the apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound. Video shot from helicopters showed students leaving the building in orderly fashion, with their hands raised. They were then frisked by security officers before moving on. The school is about 8 miles east of Columbine High School in Littleton, where two teenage shooters killed 12 classmates and a teacher before killing themselves in 1999. Fox News

First Snowfall in over 112 Years comes to Egypt

The snow that has blanketed much of the Middle East turned Cairo white on Friday – with local news reports claiming it was Egypt’s capital’s first snowfall in 112 years. The city averages less than an inch of rain each year, and hundreds stopped their walk to work or school to snap pictures of the falling flakes, tweeting their delights.  In Jerusalem, local media reported that schools and roads were closed, and transport suspended after four inches of snow – the most since 1953.

Palestinian and Israeli children shaped clusters into snowmen across the divided capital, with boys shrieking with delight as they put the finishing touches to a frosty man outside the gold-domed Al Aqsa mosque. ”Last week, the chief rabbis asked Jews around the world to pray for rain in Israel since winter had begun with a dry spell,” Jewish online magazine Tablet reported.“Apparently, it worked.” Snow, sleet and icy winds have covered Syria, Lebanon and Jordan, deepening the troubles of many war refugees, living in freezing tents. Many have melted snow on their stoves, their only source of drinking water. The Huffington Post

The United States government hasn’t decided on the legality of Bitcoin just yet, but federal regulator have determined that a Utah man must stop mining and selling physical copies of the crypto-currency to online customers. Mike Caldwell of Sandy, UT has for years been offering a novelty of sorts for sale over the internet. In exchange for a nominal fee, he’ll hand-mint personalized, tangible Bitcoins that are then shipped around the world and used for online transactions. Each coin is protected by several levers of security, including a touch-sensitive hologram, and Caldwell says he’s minted the equivalent of around $82 million dollars’ worth of the items. Production of his “Casascius” physical Bitcoin has been recently brought to a halt, however, after Caldwell received a letter from the Department of the Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, or FINCEN.

He announced on his website in late November that he had suspended taking orders “pending resolution of some concerns I have as to regulatory issues,” and now two weeks later he’s opened up and admitted that his Bitcoin business is the latest to be busted by federal regulators. “They considered my activity to be money transmitting,” he told Wired’s Robert McMillan of the FINCEN letter, and the Treasury insists that such activity adhere to certain regulations. Caldwell isn’t convinced he’s doing that, though, and isn’t sure what the future holds for the Casascius coin. The coins are made in Caldwell’s Sandy residents and are crafted from real metal. The 1 BTC item, worth around $863 as of this writing, is minted from solid brass and weighs around an ounce. He had been up until now selling other denominations as well, including the 25 BTC version electroplated with gold. More

NSA considers amnesty for Snowden if he stops leaks

Senior National Security Agency officials in the United States say they’ve considered making a deal with former contractor Edward Snowden that would give amnesty to the leaker charged with espionage if he stops disclosing secret documents. Both the director of the NSA and the government official in charge of the agency’s Snowden task force tell CBS News that they’ve considered the possibility of cutting a deal with the 30-year-old former contractor, who fled the US for Hong Kong earlier this year with a trove of top-secret documents. Snowden, who is reportedly now working in Russia after being granted temporary asylum there in August, might be able to return to the US and avoid prosecution if the American government agrees to an amnesty deal that would likely put an embargo on the stolen cache of files.

Asked by CBS News’ John Miller on Thursday, the NSA official tasked with leading a specialized group in charge of the Snowden case said “it’s worth having a conversation about” a possible amnesty pact with the subject of his probe. “I would need assurances that the remainder of the data could be secured, and my bar for those assurances would be very high. It would be more than just an assertion on his part,” Rick Leggett of the Snowden task force told Miller. “It’s not unanimous,” Leggett added, however, and NSA Director Gen. Keith Alexander admits that he isn’t exactly in favor of suspending charges against Snowden, who is accused of theft and espionage. Alexander admitted to Miller that the entire situation is quite a dilemma, but said that in his opinion, “I think people have to be held accountable for their actions.” Should Snowden be granted amnesty, Alexander suggested, other government employees or contractors with access to sensitive information could consider it a go-ahead from the federal government to leak documents on their own accord and know a life-time imprisonment isn’t the only possible outcome. More

Uncertainty after North Korea announces execution of leader’s uncle

As the shock sinks in of North Korea’s extraordinary announcement of the execution of leader Kim Jong Un’s uncle and former protector, government officials and analysts are trying to decipher what the brutal move means. The ruthless disposal of Jang Song Thaek Kim’s uncle by marriage who had, until recently, been regarded as the second-most powerful figure in the secretive, nuclear-armed nation — has serious implications for North Korea, its neighbors and the United States, observers said. But exactly what is going on inside the notoriously opaque North Korea regime remains as murky as ever. ”We don’t have a clear sense of this at all,” said Victor Cha, a senior adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies who represented the United States in nuclear talks with North Korea.  Some saw the execution, reported early Friday by North Korean state media, as a chilling demonstration of total control by Kim, the young leader who came to power two years ago. ”I think what he’s telling people — the United States, South Korea, China, others — is that he is his own man, that you are going to have to deal with him,” said Philip Yun, executive director of the Ploughshares Fund, a nuclear nonproliferation group. More
US Secretary of State John Kerry discussed the provisions for Israel’s security in the future Palestinian state with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon in Jerusalem Friday, Dec. 13, just two days after Iran’s Revolutionary Guards chief Maj. Gen, Mohammad Ali Jafari laid bare an issue embodied in the Nov. 24 Geneva accord.which is of high relevance to Israel’s security.  After a lecture captioned “Islamic Revolution against Global Arrogance,” which he delivered at the Imam Sadegh University in Tehran Wednesday, Dec. 11, a student asked the Revolutionary Guards commander whether any of the Western powers in Geneva had asked for Iran’s missiles to be reduced. “We will never do this,” he replied. Asked by another student to clarify his statement that Iranian missiles can reach Israel, Jafari replied: “We are still increasing the range of our missiles, but currently the Supreme Leader has commanded that we limit the range of our missiles to 2,000 km.” The general therefore released to the public four facts already known to Israeli, Saudi and Turkish leaders,say DEBKAfile’s military sources: More

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5 million birds dead in Australia and NZ + Abortion increases chances to develop cancer in 44% says new research + Muslim authorities warn of possible war over temple mount + China tensions raises fear over a war in the pacific and more signs of Jesus’ soon return

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Abortion raises Breast Cancer risk by 44% according to new studies

A new meta-analysis of studies concludes that a single abortion raises the risk of breast cancer for a woman by an astonishing 44 percent. Professor Joel Brind, a science adviser for the Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer who reached a similar conclusion in 1996, called the finding a “real game-changer” in the controversy over the link between abortion and breast cancer.  A new meta-analysis of studies concludes that a single abortion raises the risk of breast cancer for a woman by an astonishing 44 percent. Professor Joel Brind, a science adviser for the Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer who reached a similar conclusion in 1996, called the finding a “real game-changer” in the controversy over the link between abortion and breast cancer.  “Not only does it validate the earlier findings from 1996, but its findings are even stronger,” he said. First, it documents a 44 percent breast cancer risk increase with a single abortion. It also confirms the “dose effect,” that more abortions results in a higher risk, he said. “Risk factors that show such a dose effect have more credibility in terms of actually causing the disease,” he noted. Third, he pointed out the China study’s statement that the “lack of a social stigmas associated with induced abortion in China may limit the amount of underreporting.” Other studies, she said, have been attacked based on the assumption that many women have abortions but won’t admit it, keeping their healthy results out of the study tabulations. More

Earth’s Gravity Altered By 2011 Japanese Earthquake

Japan’s devastating earthquake in 2011 left its mark on more than the town of Fukushima. The European Space Agency (ESA) says that it had an impact on Earth’s gravity as well. Scientists used data from ESA’s GOCE satellite to show the effects of the 9.0 earthquake that struck east of Japan’s Honshu Island on March 11, 2011. The strength of gravity varies from place to place on Earth, and earthquakes can deform our planet’s crust and cause tiny changes in local gravity. GOCE spent four years mapping out Earth’s gravity with unrivaled precision. One reason values of gravity differ on Earth is because the materials within Earth are inhomogenous and are unevenly distributed. Since earthquakes shift around rock and other material tens of miles below the surface, they cause small changes in the local gravity. Earthquakes under oceans can also change the shape of the sea bed, displacing water and changing the sea level. GOCE data is helping scientists understand how oceans transport huge quantities of heat around the planet and develop a global height reference system. Earlier this year, the satellite’s accelerometer and ion thrusters revealed GOCE had “felt” sound waves in space from the Japanese quake. Scientists from the German Geodetic Research Institute (DGFI) and from Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands analyzed the high-resolution vertical gravity gradients measured over Japan by GOCE. The team found the quake had clearly ruptured the gravity field in the area. More

DAYS OF LOT: Top Doctor Warns “Gay” blood will taint U.S. supply

Should homosexual men – a group with the highest HIV-infection rates in the nation – be allowed to donate blood? That’s the question the federal government is considering this week as it re-evaluates whether it should lift the 30-year ban on homosexual blood donation. On Thursday, members of the Department of Health and Human Services Advisory Committee on Blood and Tissue Safety and Availability will revisit the issue. But a leading pathologist is warning that the move would heighten the risk of spreading HIV to other Americans.  Dr. Jay Brooks, an expert in blood banking and transfusion at the University of Florida’s College of Medicine, told WND the problem with “donations from men who’ve had sex with men is that they have a much higher prevalence of HIV than the heterosexual community.” “They have a much higher prevalence,” he emphasized. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, released a 2010 analysis of heavily affected populations showing “men who have sex with men,” or MSM, account for a large majority of new HIV infections, much more so than even injection drug users, or IDUs:  In fact, “CDC estimates that MSM represent approximated 4 percent of the male population in the United States, but male-to-male sex accounted for more than three-fourths (78 percent) of new HIV infections among men and nearly two-thirds (63 percent) of all new infections in 2010.” An estimated 1.1 million Americans are currently infected with HIV, and at least one quarter of those are said to be unaware of their infection. While some people experience symptoms early, others go years without experiencing any signs. The CDC states: “Most people will develop antibodies that standard HIV tests can detect within 2-8 weeks (the average is 25 days). But, there is a chance that some people will take longer to develop antibodies. So, if you had risky sex or engaged in risky behavior with a person who has HIV or whose HIV status is unknown, you may need multiple tests to ensure you were not infected. … In very rare cases, it can take up to six months to develop antibodies to HIV.” More

Chinese Authorities Block Visas for Food Safety Inspectors

Food safety inspectors could have their work cut out for them as chicken processing for the U.S. market opens in China. Aside from lack of manpower to inspect shipments when they arrive here in the United States, many would-be inspectors in China are denied entry or get their visas delayed by Chinese authorities. Currently, Chinese chicken, beef, and pork are banned for sale in the United States. However, China was recently approved to process and cook chickens for the U.S., and audits are underway to approve raw Chinese chickens for sale in the United States. Most inspections of Chinese imports are currently done by the FDA, which is in charge of non-meat imports, as well as seafood. A Nov. 20 reportfrom the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission highlights some serious problems faced by inspectors. The report states the FDA has “found it difficult to increase on-the-ground inspections” in China, “in part because Chinese authorities have delayed visas for FDA inspectors and restricted access to food production sites.” The USDA is already having similar problems, according to Tony Corbo, Senior lobbyist for the food program at Food & Water Watch. “I know when USDA went over there in December 2010 to do some audit visits to the poultry facilities, the Chinese completely changed the itinerary of the plants they would visit,” Corbo said in a phone interview. “Each time USDA goes to visit China it’s a completely different set of facilities they’re visiting,” he said, citing documents received through Freedom of Information Act requests.

Putin stresses that Russia needs Arctic presence to guard against U.S. threat

WARS N RUMORS OF WARS:  President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday Russia had vital defense and economic interests in the Arctic, citing a potential U.S. military threat from submarine-based missiles there. Russia detained 30 Greenpeace activists protesting against Arctic drilling at Russian Prirazlomnaya offshore platform in September and they now face charges carrying seven-year jail sentences, underlining Moscow’s strong interest in the Arctic. Putin has ordered a Soviet-era military base reopened in the Arctic as part of a drive to make the northern coast a global shipping route and secure the region’s vast energy resources. “Not only are there major economic interests for our country there…it is also an important part of our defense capability,” Putin told a meeting of university students in Moscow. “There are (U.S.) submarines there and they carry missiles,” the Russian leader said. “It only takes 15-16 minutes for U.S. missiles to reach Moscow from the Barents Sea. So should we give away the Arctic? We should on the contrary explore it.” Nevertheless, Putin said Russia was unlikely to get involved in any global conflicts, particularly with the United States. Russia, the world’s largest country and its second biggest oil exporter, is vying with Canada, Denmark, Norway and the United States for control of the oil, gas and precious metals that would become more accessible if global warming shrinks the Arctic ice cap. More

Obama administration to review facial recognition technology

The Obama administration on Tuesday said it plans to review the privacy implications of facial recognition technology. Lawmakers and privacy advocates have expressed fears that tech companies and government agencies are using facial recognition technologies to track people, often without their knowledge. The Commerce Department said it recognizes those concerns and will work with tech groups, privacy advocates and online advertising trade associations to identify them. “Facial recognition technology has the potential to improve services for consumers, support innovation by businesses, and affect identification and authentication online and offline,” said Larry Strickling, the administrator of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). “However, the technology poses distinct consumer privacy challenges … and the importance of securing faceprints and ensuring consumers’ appropriate control over their data is clear,” he said. In February 2012, the Obama administration tasked the NTIA with bringing together tech companies, advertising firms and advocacy groups to work on digital privacy issues. The agency completed an 18-month review of mobile app privacy policies and will turn to facial recognition technology in early 2014. Strickling said the discussions “could include an examination of the privacy risks associated with the use of photo databases in stores and other commercial settings and face prints as a unique biometric identifier.” More

Feeding the Bubble: The Next Crash Is Brewing

Central banks around the world are pumping trillions into the economy. The goal is to stimulate growth, but their actions are also driving up prices in the real estate and equities markets. The question is no longer whether there will be a crash, but when. When 42-year-old hedge fund manager Mark Spitznagel wants to forget about his high-stakes business for a while, he heads to the goat farm he and his wife Amy purchased in the bucolic hills of Michigan. There, he produces cheese according to environmentally sustainable methods, because he views modern agriculture, with its large-scale pesticide use and automated factory farms, as degenerate. In fact, he says, factory farming is “an ideal metaphor” for the economy. In Spitznagel’s view, the world’s financial and equities markets are also dysfunctional, and what happens there is unhealthy and anything but sustainable. As a money manager, he has also opted for an alternative business model of sorts: He’s betting on a crash. For his customers, Spitznagel’s multi-billion-dollar fund acts as an insurance policy against the next meltdown in the financial system. When the market is doing well, they lose modest amounts of money. But they cash in as soon as prices take a nosedive, even when all other investments are going up in smoke. The hedge fund manager has made a lot of money in the past with his prognoses, and he is convinced that substantial turbulence is on the cards for the near future. “The setup is there for it,” says Spitznagel. More

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