30 June 2017

Yellowstone Earthquake Count Nears 1,000 as Global “Swarms” Appear Around the World
As the number of earthquakes which have hit Yellowstone Park in recent days climbs to 900, several other large “swarms” of quakes have mysteriously struck around the globe. While scientists reassure the public that the odds of a cataclysmic eruption are remote, the earth-shaking phenomena invariably evoke prophetic scenarios.

Trump urged to revoke Obama’s transgender mandates for Armed Forces
A leading military readiness expert is urging President Trump and Secretary of Defense James Mattis to revoke former President Obama’s directives on transgenders serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.

Blacklisted China bank cited as a North Korea conduit to global finance
The U.S. Treasury on Thursday accused the bank of facilitating millions of dollars in transactions for companies tied to North Korea’s weapons development, as Washington ratchets up pressure on Beijing to rein-in its isolated neighbor and ally. “Bank of Dandong will in effect be shunned by the U.S. banks that may in the past have been used to clear its transactions,” said William Newcomb, a former member of the United Nations Panel of Experts on North Korea.

Lakewood rabbis: There’s no such thing as justified theft
The four couples arrested Monday were charged with under-reporting their incomes to receive government benefits. Some of the couples are alleged to have hidden millions of dollars in assets while collecting tens of thousands of dollars in Medicaid and other benefits.

German parliament votes to fine social media over hate speech
BERLIN – The German parliament on Friday approved a plan to fine social networks up to 50 million euros ($57.04 million) if they fail to remove hateful postings quickly, despite concerns the law could limit free expression

Nikki Haley slams UN Security Council for inaction on Iran
US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley slammed the Security Council on Thursday for failing to take any action against Iran, which she said had “repeatedly and deliberately violated” sanctions imposed by the body. “The Security Council has failed to even take minimal steps to respond to these violations,” Haley told a council briefing on Iran. “We must … show Iran that we will not tolerate their egregious flaunting of UN resolutions.”

Afghanistan conflict: US says troop withdrawal was too quick
US Defence Secretary James Mattis has said that the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan was done too rapidly. Mr Mattis was briefing Nato allies on future strategy, amid reports the US will boost its military presence. His comments were in direct contrast to Nato’s secretary-general, who said the withdrawal should have happened sooner.

Germany gay marriage approved by MPs in snap vote
A clear majority of German MPs have voted to legalise same-sex marriage, days after Chancellor Angela Merkel dropped her opposition to a vote. The reform grants couples now limited to civil unions full marital rights, and allows them to adopt children. Mrs Merkel’s political opponents were strongly in favour. But the chancellor, who signalled her backing for a free vote only on Monday, voted against.

Lebanon refugee camps hit by five suicide bombers
Five suicide bombers have blown themselves up during a raid by Lebanese troops on refugee camps near the Syrian border, Lebanon’s army said. Three soldiers were wounded by the blasts, while four others were hurt when an attacker threw a hand grenade, the army said. It happened during an operation to search for militants and weapons in an area near the town of Arsal.

House passes Kate’s Law, as part of illegal immigrant crackdown
House Republicans took action Thursday to crack down on illegal immigrants and the cities that shelter them. One bill passed by the House would deny federal grants to sanctuary cities and another, Kate’s Law, would increase the penalties for deported aliens who try to return to the United States. Kate’s Law, which would increase the penalties for deported aliens who try to return to the United States and caught, passed with a vote of 257 to 157…

Federal judge blocks California ban on high-capacity magazines
A federal judge has temporarily blocked a voter-approved California law that would have forced gun owners to get rid of high-capacity ammunition magazines by this Saturday. U.S. District Judge Roger Benitez, who is based in San Diego, issued a preliminary injunction Thursday that found the law was likely unconstitutional because it prevented people from using firearms that employed “whatever common magazine size he or she judges best suits the situation.”

China builds new military facilities on South China Sea islands: think tank
China has built new military facilities on islands in the South China Sea, a U.S. think tank reported on Thursday, a move that could raise tensions with Washington, which has accused Beijing of militarizing the vital waterway. The Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI)…said new satellite images show missile shelters and radar and communications facilities being built on the Fiery Cross, Mischief and Subi Reefs in the Spratly Islands.

This program requires teachers to report monthly mental health assessments on your kids
The government has been trying to micromanage your child’s education for decades now, but this newest effort also creates a privacy crisis. The Every Student Succeeds Act, or ESSA, requires that teachers fill out a 72 question mental health assessment monthly on their students. No parental permission is requested or required. ESSA is a federal program focused on “social emotional learning,” which puts a child’s self esteem as a priority in the educational process.

Military option for North Korea being prepared for Trump, McMaster says
The Trump administration is considering a wider range of strategies on how to deal with North Korea, including the military option, Trump’s national security adviser said Wednesday. “The threat is much more immediate now and so it’s clear that we can’t repeat the same approach – failed approach of the past,” H.R. McMaster, the adviser, said during a security conference with Homeland Security Chief John Kelly.

It’s Not Just Illinois: Connecticut Faces Friday Day Of Reckoning
Just like Illinois (and 14 other states), Connecticut faces a Friday day of reckoning: the state has yet to pass a fiscal 2018 budget by the June 30 deadline.

Qatar Begins Turning Its Back On The US Dollar
Over the past two years, Qatar has conducted over $86 billion worth of transactions in Chinese Yuan and has signed other agreements with China that encourage further economic cooperation.

CBO: Income Taxes Up 9.5% Next Year; But Debt Climbs More Than $1 Trillion
Unless current laws are changed, federal individual income tax collections will increase by 9.5 percent in fiscal 2018, which begins on Oct. 1, according to data released today by the Congressional Budget Office.

One in 10 living in UK was born overseas
The number of people living here but born overseas reached 5.95 million last year. That equates to 9.2 per cent of the population – almost double the 2005 figure of five per cent.

Israel Accuses Iran of Using Star of David as Target During Ballistic Missile Test
Israel accused Iran on Wednesday of using a Star of David as a target during a medium-range ballistic missile test last year. The Jewish state’s UN ambassador, Danny Danon, gave the Security Council what he said was new satellite imagery of a white Star of David painted on the ground next to a blast crater produced by a Qiam missile warhead.

San Francisco To Pay Undocumented Immigrant $190K For Violating Sanctuary Policy
San Francisco taxpayers could soon pay $190,000 in a lawsuit settlement with an undocumented immigrant who claimed he was reported to federal immigration authorities in violation of the city’s sanctuary city ordinance, the City Attorney’s office confirms to KPIX5.