6 July 2017

Magnitude-5.8 earthquake strikes in western Montana: USGS
A magnitude-5.8 earthquake hit western Montana early on Thursday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported, and people felt the tremor hundreds of miles away. The earthquake struck five miles (9 km) southeast of Lincoln, Montana, at about 12:30 a.m. local time, the USGS said on its website.

Earth’s mantle deep beneath the North Island volcano zone is melting
Researchers from the Victoria University of Wellington used GPS data to examine vertical and horizontal movements of the Earth’s crust around Lake Taupo and the Bay of Plenty. They’ve been able to get a sense of the processes in the mantle – about 20km beneath the surface – and where the semi-solid mantle melts and eventually rises to the surface to feed volcanoes.  Taupo volcano last erupted around 1800 years ago and its remnants filled with what is now the largest lake in New Zealand.

Republican lawmaker Steve Scalise’s condition worsens after June shooting
U.S. Representative Steve Scalise, shot and wounded during a baseball practice last month, developed an infection and was readmitted to an intensive care unit, MedStar Washington Hospital Center said on Wednesday.

‘Entire Internet against CNN right now’: Reddit moderator on #CNNBlackmail scandal
No one should be surprised by the fact that “CNN is suppressing a private citizen’s right of free speech,” he said. The man is a moderator of “The_Donald” Subreddit, where the viral clip, showing US President Donald Trump wrestling a man with the CNN logo for a head, was originally posted and then deleted by its creator. The scandal started after the news network tracked down the alleged meme maker and threatened to disclose his identity if they post such “offensive” content again. Ted Cruz claims CNN may have broken law as meme war intensifies The moderator believes that such actions against freedom of speech cannot end up without consequences. “CNN has all of the Internet against them right now, and when organizations attack freedom of speech, it never ends up well for them,”

Vatican investigates Catholic group after exorcism claim that Francis is devil’s man
Mgr João Scognamiglio Clá Dias, the founder and now ex-leader of the Heralds of the Gospel, can be seen in the video saying that the devil had told the Heralds priest that Francis was “my man”. Satan said Francis is “stupid” and does “everything I want”, Clá Dias says.

The World’s Oldest Known Temple Was Home to a ‘Skull Cult’
The people of Göbekli Tepe loved carving headless humans into stone. Turns out they also loved carving human heads using stone

‘Biological Teleportation’ Edges Closer With Craig Venter’s Digital-to-Biological Converter
Recently, working with Daniel Gibson, vice president of DNA technology at Synthetic Genomics, Venter published a prototype DBC capable of downloading digitized DNA instructions and synthesizing biomolecules from scratch. Not only did the futuristic machine pump out functional bits of DNA, vaccines, and proteins, it also automatically synthesized viral particles from scratch.

European Parliament to host terrorists’ relatives
Seventeen European Parliament members from all across the political spectrum are opposing their leftist colleagues’ initiative, which would invite family members of convicted terrorists to the Parliament building. In a letter to the European Parliament President Antonio Tajani, the signatories wrote, “We are utterly appalled with the understanding that our colleagues from the Delegation for Relations with Palestine (DPAL), under the pretext of discussing ‘the situation of the Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails after the hunger-strike,’ are in fact offering a public platform to relatives of convicted terrorists.”

Erdogan: The demands placed on Qatar are unacceptable
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday reaffirmed Turkey’s support for Qatar in its dispute with four other Arab states, and said their demands against Qatar were unacceptable,

Palestinians: UNESCO vote proves Israel’s Jerusalem narrative false
UNESCO has proved that Israel’s narrative with regard to Jerusalem is false, the Palestinian Authority and Hamas said on Wednesday after the World Heritage Committee disavowed Israeli sovereignty over the city. Hamas spokesman Abudllatif al-Qanoun, in a statement to the press, claimed that UNESCO’s resolution demolishes the false Israeli narrative and asserts the Palestinian right in Jerusalem and al-Aksa Mosque.

Netanyahu vetoes bill for 300 homes in Beit El settlement
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu…vetoed a bill that would have guaranteed the construction of…homes for settlers who had been evicted as a result of High Court of Justice petitions. MK Bezalel Smotrich…had submitted the bill to the Ministerial Legislative Committee after a campaign by residents of the Beit El settlement to sway Netanyahu to market 300 homes designed for their community located outside of Ramallah in the Binyamin region of the West Bank.

Libya eastern commander Haftar declares Benghazi ‘liberated’
The head of the self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA) has said his forces “liberated” the eastern Benghazi city after years of fighting with Islamists. Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar said the city now enters a new era of “security, peace and reconciliation”. If confirmed, victory would mark a major advance for the one-time commander in the army of late strongman Muammar Gaddafi.

Europe migrant crisis: EU blamed for ‘soaring’ death toll
Amnesty International has blamed “failing EU policies” for the soaring death toll among refugees and migrants in the central Mediterranean. In a report, it said “cynical deals” with Libya consigned thousands to the risk of drowning, rape and torture. It said the EU was turning a blind eye to abuses in Libyan detention centres, and was mostly leaving it up to sea rescue charities to save migrants.

Trump to say Western civilisation is at stake in Warsaw speech
US President Donald Trump is to argue that the future of Western civilisation is at stake in a keynote speech in the Polish capital Warsaw. Holding up Poland as an example of a country ready to defend Western freedoms, he will warn against the threats of “terrorism and extremism”. Poland’s conservative government shares Mr Trump’s hostile view of immigration and strong sense of sovereignty.

EU and Japan reach free trade deal
The European Union and Japan have formally agreed an outline free-trade deal. The agreement paves the way for trading in goods without tariff barriers between two of the world’s biggest economic areas. However, few specific details are known and a full, workable agreement may take some time.

Qatar crisis: Restrictions to continue, Saudi Arabia says
Restrictions on Qatar will continue after it rejected the ultimatum made by its Middle East neighbours, Saudi Arabia has said. The foreign ministers of four Arab countries, meeting in Cairo, said they regretted Qatar’s “negative” response to their list of demands. Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the UAE severed ties with Qatar last month.

Vatican police ‘break up gay orgy’ at home of one of Pope Francis’ advisors
Vatican police have broken up a gay orgy at the home of the secretary to one of Pope Francis’s key advisers, it has been claimed. The flat belonged to the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, or Holy Office, which is in charge of tackling sexual abuse amongst the clergy. Reports in Italy claim the occupant of the apartment is the secretary to Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio – a key aide to the 80-year-old Pope.

‘Astonishing’ rise in demand for exorcisms putting mental health at risk, report finds
An “astonishing” rise in harmful Christian exorcisms is being partly driven by migrant communities…A report by Theos, a think tank focusing on religion, found that…the “booming industry” in exorcisms was putting Christians’ mental health at risk. The report, which examines the relationship between Christianity and mental health, said: “Exorcisms are now a booming industry in the UK…in defiance of any actual rules or procedures put in place by any church.”

Southern California’s heat wave expected to break records Friday
A heat wave settling over Southern California this week could break records from the coast to the mountains while the potential for thunderstorms may increase the risk of dry lightning sparking a fast-growing wildfire, the National Weather Service said Wednesday. The heat wave is expected to peak between Friday and Saturday, when it could approach 120 degrees in the Coachella Valley and 112 in Woodland Hills…

Hamas’ new top leader delivers first speech in Gaza City
The new supreme leader of the Islamic militant group Hamas on Wednesday delivered his first public speech since taking office in May, railing against Israel and the Trump administration while calling for unity with the rival Palestinian Authority. But in his speech, Ismail Haniyeh attached a series of conditions that will almost surely be rejected by his rival, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

EU parliament asks for Turkish accession talks to be suspended
The European Parliament on Thursday asked for Turkey’s European Union accession talks to be suspended if Ankara implements a constitutional overhaul, backed by a referendum in April, which expands the powers of President Tayyip Erdogan. The parliament has limited influence on the issue and Turkey said on Thursday it rejected proposals that it drop its EU membership bid in favor of cooperation in other areas.

Did CNN’s Chris Cuomo Break The Law When He Sent This Now-Deleted Tweet?
Earlier this morning CNN host Chris Cuomo tweeted out, then promptly deleted, a message asking whether he should reveal the name of the Reddit user who made the now infamous Trump-CNN wrestling video.  He went on to imply that the whole purpose of outing the video’s creator would be to humiliate him for other posts he shared anonymously on a Reddit thread.

Macron: ‘I Will Govern Like a Roman God’
French president Emmanuel Macron has declared he will govern France like Jupiter, the Roman king of the gods, shortly after officials told the media his thought process was “too complex” for journalists to understand.

Russians Announce Launch of Brightest Object in Sky, Satellite “Brighter Than Venus”
Russian scientists recently announced plans to release a satellite into Earth’s orbit in 2 weeks, an object that is supposed to become, for a short period of time, the brightest object in the sky beyond the moon, brighter than Venus the brightest planet, or Sirius, the brightest star.

5,000 Cases of Female Genital Mutilation In UK Over Past Year
Newly released data from the NHS shows there were more than 5,000 new cases of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) recorded over the last year, with 120 cases involving women and girls that were born in the UK.

Emergency: US, Russia and China Prepare Neutron Bombs For Possible NKorea Strike
The US, China and Russia are threatening military action against North Korea, which could include neutron bombs capable of low yield thermonuclear payloads designed to maximize lethal radiation in the immediate area of the blast while minimizing the physical damage.

Zimbabwe 2.0: South Africa President Proposes Land “Expropriation Without Compensation”
“We agree on the imperative to accelerate land redistribution and land reform. Where it is necessary and unavoidable this may include expropriation without compensation. The Constitution provides for legislative changes to be effected in the democratic process.” – South Africa president Jacob Zuma said on Wednesday.

Fitton: Judicial Watch Sues VA Again for Docs About Misuse of Veterans’ Facility
Judicial Watch has taken the lead in trying to highlight the government’s misconduct and misuse of a 388-acre parcel of land in Los Angeles, originally intended to serve the needs of veterans.