1 May 2017

MAGNETIC STORM POSSIBLE THIS WEEK
A filament of magnetism on the sun exploded yesterday (April 30th), hurling a CME into space. NOAA analysts say the cloud could deliver a glancing blow to Earth’s magnetic field on May 3rd with a 40% chance of ensuing minor geomagnetic storms.

Long-term fate of tropical forests may not be so dire
“The implications of the change still need to be worked out, but what we can say is that the forest responds to changes in rainfall quite differently than what has been a common assumption for a long time,” said Townsend. Going forward, the authors hope the findings will set the record straight for educators and scientists.

Africa: No One Is Left Behind
Rome -In the context of global development, ‘no one is left behind’ brings with it a powerful message. It emphasizes progress- one that is inclusive, fair, integrated and empowering. The phrase ‘No one is left behind’ is mentioned some five times in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development that was adopted by all governments at the United Nations in 2015. The Agenda is a plan of action for people, planet, peace and prosperity. It has globally agreed 17 Sustainable Development Goals and 169 ambitious targets,

Macron PLUMMETS in the polls as Marine Le Pen enjoys boost a WEEK AWAY from election vote
Recent moves by Ms Le Pen to appeal to a wider audience seem to be working as she has removed herself as the leader of the Front National party, and rebranded her campaign with the new motto “Choose France”.

North Korea threatens Israel with ‘merciless, thousand-fold punishment’
North Korea is determined to beat President Trump and the US, and that means beating America’s allies, too. At the top of that list for the North Koreans are two countries: Japan and Israel. Japan is obvious. Israel, less so.

Pope Francis arrives in Cairo seeking to mend ties with Islam
“Pope of Peace in Egypt of Peace,” read posters plastered along the road leading from the airport to central Cairo, showing a smiling pope, his hand raised above the Christian cross and the Crescent moon of Islam.

Danon: US likely to support Israel’s seat on UN Security Council
In a move that could significantly bolster Israel’s historic bid to join the United Nations Security Council, the US is likely to “actively support” Israel’s candidacy against Germany and Belgium, UN Ambassador Danny Danon said.

Rothschild Foundation Investing $27 Million in Caesarea’s Hidden Treasures
Among the archaeological discoveries that have been exposed and can now be visited by the public is the altar of a temple built by King Herod some 2,000 years ago in honor of Emperor Augustus and the goddess Roma, mentioned in the writings of Josephus Flavius – alongside the synagogue of Caesarea.

Trump invites controversial Philippines leader Duterte to White House
President Trump has invited Philippine leader Rodrigo Duterte to Washington to “to discuss the importance of the the United States-Philippines alliance,” the White House said late Saturday. The administration’s statement did not mention a timetable for a possible visit by Duterte…

Iraqi Commander Expects Complete Capture of Mosul in ‘3 Weeks at Most’
An Iraqi commander predicted that the embattled city of Mosul will be completely captured from the ISIS terrorists by May. The army’s chief of staff, Lieutenant General Othman al-Ghanmi expected the success despite resistance from militants in the densely populated Old City district.

Support for two-state solution slipping – among Arabs?
Just half of Israeli Arabs say they back establishment of Palestinian state – and just 4% say they’d ever want to live in such a state.

Palestinians see Abbas’s weakness ahead of Trump meeting
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas will be meeting with US President Donald Trump Wednesday following a fresh declaration of intent by the latter to forge a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians. With the expansion of settlements eroding hopes for statehood, Abbas would like to see Trump come to the rescue by pressing for a complete settlement freeze and ensuring that the terms of reference for restarting peace talks are based on land for peace.

Israel, Palestinians battle for votes over Jerusalem resolution at UNESCO
Israel is battling to prevent a public-relations victory for the Palestinians at the UNESCO Executive Board in Paris, which is expected to disavow Israeli sovereignty over Jerusalem on Independence Day. Such a vote would provide Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas a boost when he meets with US President Donald Trump at the White House just one day later.

Danon: US likely to support Israel’s seat on UN Security Council
In a move that could significantly bolster Israel’s historic bid to join the United Nations Security Council, the US is likely to “actively support” Israel’s candidacy against Germany and Belgium, UN Ambassador Danny Danon said. Danon…told The Jerusalem Post…while there is still a year to go before the General Assembly will vote…he is already raising the issue with different leaders and has discussed it with US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley.

Japan sends biggest warship to protect US supply vessel
Japan has dispatched its biggest warship, in the first such operation since it passed controversial laws expanding the role of its military. The helicopter carrier Izumo is escorting a US supply vessel within Japanese waters. The US ship is heading to refuel the naval fleet in the region, including the Carl Vinson aircraft carrier group. North Korea has threatened to sink the Carl Vinson and a US submarine, amid rising tensions in the region.

Syria war: IS driven back in Tabqa, US-backed fighters say
US-backed Syrian fighters say they have made more gains in their battle with Islamic State (IS) militants for the strategic city of Tabqa. Amid fierce street fighting, allied Kurdish and Arab militias known as the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) say they have captured six more districts. They are supported by elite US forces and air strikes by a US-led coalition.

Leaked document reveals Facebook conducted research to target emotionally vulnerable and insecure youth
FACEBOOK has come under fire over revelations it is targeting potentially vulnerable youths who “need a confidence boost” to facilitate predatory advertising practices. The allegation was revealed this morning by The Australian which obtained internal documents from the social media giant which reportedly show how Facebook can exploit the moods and insecurities of teenagers using the platform for the potential benefit of advertisers.

Russia’s Military Buildup in Arctic Has U.S. Watching Closely
An RPG whistles towards its target, exploding in a ball of fire just as a group of soldiers zip past on skis, bullets flying from their white rifles. It was all part of a training exercise by Russia’s 80th Motor Rifle Arctic Brigade…Russia has launched the biggest military build-up in the Arctic since the fall of the USSR — bolstering its fleet of nuclear-fueled icebreakers, reopening abandoned Soviet military bases and building a string of new ones.

Monster snowstorm in Colorado forces postponement of climate change & global warming rally
A mid-spring snowstorm in Colorado over the weekend postponed a rally that sought to bring attention “climate change” and “global warming,” as well as protest President Donald Trump’s climate policies. A march slated to take place in Colorado Springs on Saturday had to be cancelled after weather forecasters predicted heavy snowfall and blizzard-like conditions.

Congress Reaches Deal To Keep Government Open Through September
One of the biggest political overhangs facing the market may have just been removed, when moments ago AP and other newswires reported that House Democrats and Republicans are said to have reached a $1 trillion spending deal to keep the government – which is currently operating thanks to a last minute one-week stopgap measure enacted on Friday – open until October 1.

North Korea Threatens To Sink “Doomed” US Nuclear Submarine
“Whether it’s a nuclear aircraft carrier or a nuclear submarine, they will be turned into a mass of scrap metal in front of our invincible military power centered on the self-defense nuclear deterrence.”

The Real Reason for Attacking NK 
….Is it just a coincidence that Iran and North Korea, cast in the same light as insane warmongers are also two of three remaining nations that do not belong to the Rothscchild family of central banks where debt servitude keeps nations in bondage to the banksters from Brussels? First There Were Seven, Then There Were Three, Then There Will Be the New World Order.

The Sorcerers
In the end Barack Obama is a false god, the visible manifestation of the Progressive belief that Man is the measure of all things. False gods do not like to be contradicted.

Contagion Fears Rise In Aftermath Of Home Capital Group Collapse
“The probability has gone from infinitesimal to possible — unlikely, but possible,” said Hall, chief investment officer of the Calgary-based money manager, in an interview Saturday. “If depositors or bondholders start to lose faith in their banks, well then that becomes systemic.”