10 Aug 2017

In Escalating Standoff, Indian Army Orders People Near Chinese Border To Vacate Village
In the latest escalation between two nuclear powers (aside for the US and North Korea of course), the Indian Army has ordered the evacuation of a village close to the Doklam India-Bhutan-China tri-junction amid to a standoff between Indian and Chinese solders, India’s News 18 reports.

“King’s Bathhouse” River Suddenly Turns Biblically Blood-Red, Killing Fish
A graphic reminder of the Biblical plagues that struck Egypt suddenly appeared on Monday in Indonesia when the normally pristine Bah Bolon River, a source of life-giving water for irrigation and drinking, turned bright blood-red. The river, normally teeming with life, became choked with dead fish.

Japan ready to protect Guam, defense minister says
In the event of a North Korean nuclear attack on Guam, Japan’s new defense minister said Thursday that his country’s military could shoot down the missiles before they reach the U.S. territory. In such a scenario, Japan has the right to activate its Aegis destroyer missile defense system, Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera said during a session of the National Diet, Japan’s parliament.

Palestinian ‘taught to hate Israel’ turns Zionist
convert Sandra Solomon from Ramallah recalls jubilation in Arab society during the intifada ‘even when children were killed’; says prevalence of hateful education and vilification of Israel convinces her ‘Palestinians don’t want peace.’

Study: Murder and suicide 10 times deadlier than war in the Middle East
Wars were responsible for only a fraction of violent deaths in the Middle East. The study – which surveyed 22 eastern Mediterranean countries, including Afghanistan, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and Syria – reported that murder and suicide were responsible for 1.4 million deaths in 2015.

Liberal US rabbis call on Israel to lift travel ban on BDS leaders
More than 200 rabbis from the liberal movements of American Judaism signed a letter opposing Israel’s travel ban on leaders of the boycott movement against Israel. The rabbis signing Wednesday’s letter were responding to an incident last month in which Rabbi Alissa Wise of Jewish Voice for Peace, which supports the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, was prevented from boarding an Israel-bound airplane leaving Dulles Airport in Washington, DC.

Underground barrier with Gaza to extend into the sea
The underground barrier designed to prevent tunnels from crossing into Israel from Gaza will stretch into the Mediterranean to stave off Hamas infiltration by sea. During Operation Protective Edge in 2014, five Hamas frogmen (naval commandos) tried to infiltrate Kibbutz Zikim before they were engaged and killed by the IDF. Hamas has significantly expanded their naval commando unit in the three years since the last conflict, with a reported 1,500 frogmen.

Archeologists find 2,000-year-old rare stone vessel used in Jewish rituals
A rare 2,000-year-old workshop for the production of chalkstone vessels, dating to the Roman period, was recently unearthed by archeologists from the Israel Antiquities Authority during excavations at Reina, in the Lower Galilee. The excavations took place in a small cave in which researchers found thousands of chalkstone cores and other types of production waste, including fragments of stone mugs and bowls in various stages of production, the Authority said Thursday.

North Korea Guam missile strike plan ‘ready by mid-August’
North Korea says a plan that could see it fire four missiles near the US territory of Guam will be ready in a matter of days. State media said Hwasong-12 rockets would pass over Japan and land in the sea about 30km (17 miles) from Guam, if the plan was approved by Kim Jong-un. It denounced Donald Trump’s warnings of “fire and fury” and said the US leader was “bereft of reason”.

Mystery as US expels two Cuban diplomats
Washington has expelled two Cuban diplomats after US embassy staff in Havana suffered mysterious physical symptoms, the US state department said. It was not immediately clear what had happened, with spokeswoman Heather Nauert saying there were no “definitive answers about the source or cause”. One government official quoted by Reuters said that some staff had suffered hearing loss.

Unarmed Russian Air Force jet overflies the Pentagon, Capitol, CIA
An unarmed Russian Air Force aircraft overflew the US Capitol, the Pentagon, Central Intelligence Agency and Joint Base Andrews at low altitude on Wednesday as part of a longstanding treaty that allows the militaries of the United States and Russia to observe the other from the air… The flight was part of the Treaty on Open Skies, which allows military aircraft from the United States and Russia and other nations to…observe military sites of the 34 signatory nations.

China Focus: China’s satellite sends unbreakable cipher from space
Chinese scientists have become the first to realize quantum key distribution from a satellite to the ground, laying the foundation for building a hack-proof global quantum communication network. The achievement based on experiments conducted with the world’ s first quantum satellite, Quantum Experiments at Space Scale (QUESS), was published in the authoritative academic journal Nature on Thursday.

You will get chipped — eventually
You will get chipped. It’s just a matter of time. In the aftermath of a Wisconsin firm embedding microchips in employees last week to ditch company badges and corporate logons, the Internet has entered into full-throated debate. Religious activists are so appalled, they’ve been penning nasty 1-star reviews of the company, Three Square Market, on Google, Glassdoor and social media.

China seethes on sidelines amid latest North Korea crisis
Angered as the United States and its allies ignore Chinese calls to calm tensions over North Korea, and distracted by domestic concerns, China is largely sitting out the latest crisis with nuclear-armed Pyongyang. While a conflict on the Korean peninsula would affect China, and in worst-case scenarios unleash a radioactive cloud or waves of refugees into its northeast, Beijing has kept a low profile as tension has escalated in recent days.

A “Furious” North Korea Threatens “Simultaneous Strike” On Guam By Mid-August
An “infuriated” North Korea said that President Trump’s warning of “fire and fury” if it threatens the U.S. is a “load of nonsense”, warned that “only absolute force” can work on someone as “bereft of reason” as Trump, and vowed to continue plans to nuke Guam.

Sen. Johnson suggests McCain’s brain tumor affected health care vote
A Republican senator suggested Tuesday that Sen. John McCain’s brain tumor may have contributed to his decisive “no” vote on the Senate health care bill last month. The Republican senator, Ron Johnson, R-Wis., later said he was disappointed in how he had expressed himself.

This Is The Closest That The U.S. Has Been To Nuclear War Since The Cuban Missile Crisis
Are we on the verge of a nuclear war with North Korea? Most Americans appear to be completely oblivious to the seriousness of this crisis…

“Black Sky Event”: Feds Preparing For Widespread Power Outages Across U.S.
Federal government agencies are preparing for the possibility of “widespread power outages” across the U.S. as a result of a “black sky” event that could “bring society to its knees”. An exercise sponsored by FEMA and the U.S. Department of Energy set to take place on August 23 called EarthEX2017 will wargame responses to catastrophes such as mega earthquakes, cyber terrorism or high altitude electromagnetic pulse attacks.

Fukushima Scientists: Days Of Eating Fish From The Ocean Are OVER
Scientist say there is no ‘safe level ‘radiation’…Radiation from the Fukushima power plant has been continually leaking since the meltdown as such a catastrophic level, scientists are claiming days of eating fish from the Pacific ocean could be over. Scientists have claimed that TEPCO, the company who is in charge of monitoring the plant, has admitted radiation has been leaking into the Pacific Ocean none stop for the past six years.

Anne Graham Lotz Warns of God’s Judgment After Great American Eclipse
…”The warning is triggered by the total solar eclipse of Aug. 21, nicknamed America’s Eclipse. For the first time in almost 100 years, a total solar eclipse will be seen from coast to coast in our nation,” she wrote. “People are preparing to mark this significant event with viewing parties at exclusive prime sites. The celebratory nature regarding the eclipse brings to my mind the Babylonian King Belshazzar who threw a drunken feast the night the Medes and Persians crept under the city gate.”

From Coke To Coors: Philly Soda Tax Leading To Alcoholism As Beer Now Cheaper Than Soda
“Purchases of beer are also now less expensive than nonalcoholic beverages subject to the tax in the city.  Empirical evidence from a 2012 journal article suggests that soda taxes can push consumers to alcohol, meaning it is likely the case that consumers are switching to alcoholic beverages as a result of the tax.”