7 Oct 2017

Evacuations in New Orleans as storm that killed 25 approaches
New Orleans evacuated some residents from areas outside its levee system as Tropical Storm Nate swirled toward the US Gulf Coast on Friday after killing at least 25 people in Central America. Nate is set to become a Category 1 hurricane, the weakest on a five-category scale used by meteorologists, by the time it hits the US central Gulf Coast on Saturday night or Sunday.

Almost 2,000 Canadians euthanized in year since legalization
Almost 2,000 Canadians have chosen to put an end their lives with a doctor’s help in the year since medically assisted suicide became legal in the country. The number rose over the 12 months to almost 1 percent of all deaths. A total of 1,982 people resorted to the controversial practice since June 2016, when it became enshrined in a federal law. The figures included 803 people in the first six months, and 1,179 in the second.

3 charged with plotting NY attacks for Islamic State
ISIS supporters arrested, charged with planning attacks on Times Square, concert venues and subway in New York City; attacks planned to take place during Ramadan; ringleader tells undercover agent posing as supporter of ISIS he wanted to ‘create next 9/11,’ prosecutors said.

Vegas Shooter Investigators “Puzzled”, Believe He Was Not Alone For Two Reasons
To be sure, the question whether Paddock was alone or coordinated with some, still unknown collaborator, has been one of the most hotly debated topics involving last Sunday’s tragic Las Vegas shooting. Now, providing further impetus to the speculation that Paddock was not alone, NBC News reports, citing senior law enforcement officials, that investigators are speculating that someone else may have been in the Las Vegas gunman’s hotel room when he was registered there.

German Jews cut ties with local Turkish group due to antisemitism
The Jewish community in the city of Mannheim broke off talks and exchanges with the Turkish Ditib religious association because its headquarters in Ankara spreads antisemitism… Majid Khoshlessan, the chairman of the Jewish community, said it cut ties with the Turkish-Islamic Union for Religious Affairs (referred to in Germany as Ditib) because of “antisemitic statements” from Ditib’s central office in Ankara.

Iranian mosques in Austria, Germany slam women and Israel
Iranian regime-controlled mosques in Vienna and Hamburg promote genocidal antisemitism against Israel, while the Imam Ali mosque in the Austrian capital propagates discrimination against women, according to a government report and statements made this week. The Austrian Integration Fund (ÖIF) said in its report probing 16 mosques that in the Iranian regime-controlled Imam Ali mosque, “the mosque is entirely on the same line as Iran’s state doctrine.

Sudan sanctions: US lifts most economic restrictions after two decades
The US is lifting most of the economic and trade sanctions it first imposed on Sudan two decades ago. However Sudan will remain listed as a state sponsor of terror. US officials said Sudan had made progress in counter-terrorism and human rights issues. The process of lifting the sanctions began under the Obama administration earlier this year.

Australian plans for child terror detentions cause backlash
Unicef Australia has expressed concern at proposals that could see children as young as 10 held for two weeks without charge under new terror legislation. They insist that a “clear distinction” is necessary between children and adults in the legal system. A minister said the plans were needed because so-called Islamic State “specialises in recruiting children”.

Catalonia referendum: Call for pro-unity rallies in Spain
Rallies are expected in Spain against Catalonian independence, after Sunday’s disputed referendum. Demonstrations are planned in the capital Madrid and other cities, with supporters calling for a similar rally in Catalonia’s capital Barcelona. Meanwhile, Spain’s government representative in Catalonia earlier apologised to those hurt during police efforts to stop the referendum.

Storm Nate: At least 22 dead in Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Honduras
Tropical Storm Nate has killed at least 22 people in Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Honduras. It caused heavy rains, landslides and floods which blocked roads, destroyed bridges and damaged houses. In Costa Rica, nearly 400,000 people are without running water and thousands are sleeping in shelters. The eye of the storm has since moved over the sea, heading towards Mexico and the United States, where it could become a hurricane.

Thaad: US to sell $15bn missile defence to Saudi Arabia
The US government has approved the sale to Saudi Arabia of its advanced Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (Thaad) missile defence system. The State Department said the $15bn (£11.5bn) deal furthered US national security and foreign policy interests. It would boost Saudi and Gulf security against Iranian and other regional threats, the state department added.

North Korea ‘ready to test new high range missile capable of hitting US west coast’
North Korea is set to test-fire a new “high range” missile capable of hitting the US mainland… Anton Morozov revealed Pyongyang’s plans as he returned from a five-day visit to the hermit state – where the mood is “rather belligerent” – with a Russian delegation. He claims North Korean officials gave the Russians mathematical calculations showing that the intercontinental ballistic missile could reach targets on the US west coast.

US to kit armored brigade with Israel’s Trophy system
The US army has begun arming its tanks with the Israeli-made ‘Trophy’ protection system, capable of intercepting anti-tank missiles and rockets and other explosive weapons. The American Defense Department gave General Dynamics Aerospace (GDA), an American defense company, a first contract worth $10 million to conduct research, development and the necessary trials to augment the Abrams M1A2 tank with the defensive system.

Giant US assault ship docks in Eilat
An American amphibious assault ship docked at the Eilat port on Thursday morning after two months of sailing at sea. The arrival of the USS America (LHA-6) in the area is part of the US’s re-deployment of its military in the region. It is the first visit by the mammoth helicopter carrier to Israel, the aim of which is to “strengthen relations between Israel and the US…for the sake of regional stability and security.”

Turkey starting “serious operation” in Syria’s Idlib
Turkey said on Saturday that it and Syrian rebel groups it backs are starting a military operation in Syria’s Idlib, where a jihadist alliance is blocking efforts to impose a truce between insurgents and the Syrian government. Idlib and surrounding areas of northwest Syria are among the largest bastions for rebel groups fighting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, but have increasingly fallen under the sway of jihadist insurgent factions.

California adopts ‘bordello’ plan for long-term care centers
California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed into law a new “bordello” plan that essentially turns the state’s long-term, senior-care centers into sexual free-for-alls, according to critics. Under the new law, which will take effect Jan. 1, males are allowed to room with females, shower facilities no longer are gender specific and employees can be punished criminally for refusing to assist a man’s fantasy by dressing him in a bra, nylons, lipstick and earrings.

House Bill Restricts Feds’ Access to NSA Data on Americans 
Agencies such as the FBI would be required to obtain a warrant to access Americans’ data

The Last Time Gold Coin Sales Were This Low…
What happened the last time the public gave up on buying “protection against the idiocy of the political cycle”?

Major Break In Las Vegas Mandalay Massacre- Follow the Money
The Las Vegas Mandalay Massacre, as I am labeling it has now left the realm of debating the forensics and we are now looking at money movement and even political affiliations. The investigation into this tragic event just went conspiratorial.

Las Vegas Shooting: 5 Stories You’re Missing While the Nation Is in Shock
The horrific shooting in Las Vegas Sunday evening continues to dominate headlines — and understandably so. As details continue to emerge and calls for gun control flood the national conversation, however, another familiar pattern is playing out: other vital stories are falling through the cracks.

Trump’s Border Wall Approved By House Panel, Includes Drones, DNA Collection, Biometric Scans
The House Homeland Security Committee has approved a border security bill which includes $10 billion for Trump’s proposed border wall. Supporters of The Border Security for America Act say it is necessary to stop illegal immigration and violence along the U.S.-Mexico border. However, opponents of the bill are concerned about provisions for drones, DNA collection, social media monitoring, and license plate scanning along the border.

Trump Admin Poised to Limit Obamacare’s Birth Control Mandate
The Trump administration is set to roll back the federal requirement that employers include birth control in their employees’ health insurance plans, according to The New York Times—changes that could take place as early as Friday.

Apple gave Uber ‘iPhone backdoor’ allowing covert screens & data access
Apple granted Uber’s iPhone app special privileges by giving the car-hailing service a potential ability to record their customers’ phone screens and access other personal data without their knowledge, cyber security experts say.

One Chart Explains What Bernie Madoff And Kentucky Public Pensions Have In Common
“It creates a cash-flow problem.  The benefit payments are going to continue to go up. The contributions are going to continue to go down. That’s just the math of it.”