6 Jan 2018

Battlefield soldiers to get Alexa-style assistant telling them who to kill
SUPERHERO Tony Stark uses JARVIS, his Iron Man suit-mounted “brain” capable of analysing data and interacting with all things technological. Now US scientists are developing a similar Artificial Intelligence system which may accompany all soldiers on the battlefield within just 10 years. Like the fictional JARVIS – which stands for “Just A Rather Very Intelligent System” – the technology will allow soldiers to converse with their omniscient companion to interpret threats in the field and analyse data with lightning speed.

It’s getting nasty: Poles say Germany should pay reparations to remind them of Nazi past
More than half of Poland’s adult population is in favour of Germany footing the bill for the devastation of the conflict, a Centre for Public Opinion Research (CBOS) poll has found. A clear 54 percent majority agreed that it was morally just for Germany to step up and pay and be reminded about its responsibility for the war. The striking poll comes months after Warsaw ramped up its offensive to demand hundreds of billions of pounds in compensation from Berlin.

‘USA: ‘EU very difficult to do business with – looking forward to UK pressing reset button’
Ted McKinney, undersecretary for trade at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, called the EU a very difficult place to do business and welcomed Brexit as an a opportunity to ‘press the reset button’. And he added that if Theresa May ditches many of the crippling EU rules on farming and food processing, there would be “a much greater opportunity for trade between the UK and US” Mr McKinney said: “We hope the UK will look for its own food standards, environmental safety protocols.

Report: Religious Jews’ Ascent to Temple Mount Up 75%
In the past year there have been 25,628 religious Jews’ visits to the Temple Mount, compared with 14,626 last year, 11,001 visits in 2015, 11,754 in 2014, and only 5,658 visits by religious Jews in 2009. Religious Jews are counted separately from the other visitors, and are not allowed to enter the Temple Mount compound without police escort.

Couple bled to death on vacation island in ‘Satanic’ ritual: cops
A tourist couple who bled to death in a Greek island guesthouse appear to have been performing a Satanic ceremony before their double suicide on New Year’s Eve, authorities say. Knives, candles and a pentagram symbol — used by devil-worshippers — were found in the Airbnb room near the bodies of Lilia Botusheva, 23, and her 30-year-old German boyfriend. The sinister arrangement of objects in the blood-soaked apartment led investigators to believe the pair were taking part in a black magic ritual. The 24 hours before the first full moon of the year is said to be associated with sacrifices and other Satanic practices. Coroner Angeliki Tsiola said the two appear to have taken their own lives during the ceremony.

Trump backs Sen. Paul’s plan to fund infrastructure projects with suspended aid to Pakistan
President Donald Trump on Friday evening issued support for U.S. Sen. Rand Paul’s proposal to fund infrastructure projects in the U.S. with foreign aid halted from going to Pakistan. “Good idea Rand!” came the president’s response. “My bill will take the money that would have gone to Pakistan and put it in an infrastructure fund to build roads and bridges here at home,” the senator tweeted.

Iran stages pro-government rallies, derides Trump ‘blunder’ at UN
Thousands of government supporters staged rallies in Iran for a fourth day on Saturday, in a backlash against widespread protests that the clerical establishment has blamed on the country’s enemies. Saturday’s show of support came a day after Iran’s foreign minister said a United Nations Security Council meeting called by the United States to discuss the protests had proved a “blunder” by the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump.

Is Turkey setting up a naval base on the Red Sea?
The Middle East is in chaos… While Iran has taken the world’s attention, Turkey is stealthily pursuing its goal of developing a military and intelligence infrastructure on the Red Sea. It has already deployed troops in Qatar to support the embattled emirate in its conflict with the Gulf states and Egypt, a conflict that is effectively preventing the revival of the group of pragmatic Sunni states against Iranian incitement…

Macron tells Erdogan: No chance of Turkey joining EU
French President Emmanuel Macron has told his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, that there is no chance of progress towards Turkey joining the European Union at present. At a joint news conference in Paris, Mr Macron said there were differences over human rights since Turkey’s purges following a failed coup in 2016. Mr Erdogan said Turkey was tired of constantly imploring to join the EU.

Lakenheath F-15s intercept Russian fighters in new video
The Air Force on Friday released a video showing two recent instances in which F-15s deployed to Šiauliai Air Base, Lithuania, intercepted Russian Navy Su-30 Flankers near the Baltics. The video compilation shows one encounter on Nov. 23 and another on Dec. 13. According to descriptions posted by the military, both incidents involved two Russian fighters in international airspace near the Baltics.

North and South Korea Will Meet Against Backdrop of Nuclear Threats
As North and South Korea prepare to hold their first official, face-to-face talks in two years, the stakes have rarely been higher. The North, now under the tightest sanctions yet, has rapidly advanced its weapons program in the past year and claims to be able to hit the U.S. with nuclear-armed ballistic missiles. Leaders in Pyongyang and Washington have openly threatened nuclear war.

Companies in New York ‘open’ to new payroll tax system: state official
Companies in New York state are “open to the idea” of moving the state income tax code to a payroll tax system, a senior state official told Reuters on Friday. Governor Andrew Cuomo earlier this week said the state was exploring using a payroll tax as an alternative to the income tax in order to help residents hurt by new limits on deductions of state taxes from federal returns, under a sweeping overhaul of the U.S. tax code passed in late December.

Germany, Turkey pledge to thaw ties that coup and arrests froze
Germany and Turkey’s foreign ministers on Saturday agreed to pull out all the stops to improve ties that have soured due to disputes over Ankara’s post-coup crackdown and the arrests of German citizens in Turkey. Meeting in an ornate imperial palace in central Germany, the pair said they were keen to make amends after falling out as Ankara rounded up suspected supporters of a failed 2016 coup…

Obamacare mandate ‘irony’: Its ‘tax’ repealed in tax reform
Republicans succeeded in repealing the individual mandate in the 2010 Affordable Care Act as part of the recent tax reform package, but a leading health care expert urges President Trump and members of Congress to do even more this year to bring financial relief to Americans saddled by high premiums and deductibles.

India’s abortion rate is 20 times higher than estimates, but there’s a push for even more liberal laws
A recently-released study estimates that abortion in India is 20 times higher than previous estimates – 15.6 million children aborted in 2015 alone. The news led abortion advocates to call on New Delhi to liberalize India’s abortion law even further, past the 20-week gestation limit, even though India’s law is already among the most liberal of its kind in Asia.

U.S. Places Pakistan on ‘Severe Religious Rights Violations’ Watch List
The U.S. State Department announced Thursday that it would add Pakistan—and ten other countries—to its Special Watch List for severe religious freedom violations, citing the egregious abuse of Christians, Hindus, Ahmadi Muslims, and other minorities in the country.

Scarborough Asked Trump: Can You Read?
MSNBC host Joe Scarborough once asked President Donald Trump if he knew how to read after a GOP primary debate in 2015, and Trump responded by pulling out his Bible.

French President To CENSOR THE MEDIA By Making Certain News Illegal
French President Emmanuel Macron says he will push a new law aimed at cracking down on alternative media and news that isn’t liberal. He invoked the term “fake news” saying he hopes to have the law in place by the end of the year.

A Muslim country that is 4,700 miles from Israel wants to send its army to Jerusalem to defend it from the Jews
…Malaysia is ready to send troops to Jerusalem, the defense minister said, calling President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize the city as Israel’s capital “a slap in the face for the entire Muslim world.”

Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg FAVORS Decriminalizing Pedophilia and Child Sex Trafficking
It’s important to understand the legal definition of “age of consent”, and how it pertains to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Ginsburg’s views on pedophilia:

Jim Caviezel: We must be ‘warriors’ ready to risk our lives for the Gospel
…Speaking at a gathering of Catholic college students in Chicago this past Wednesday, Caviezel said that we have to be “warriors, ready to risk their reputations, their names, even our very lives, to stand for the truth.” He said that to be with Christ we must stand apart from the world and bring the sword of truth, without compromise, without making concessions. “Set yourselves apart from this corrupt generation,” he challenged those in attendance. “Be saints. You weren’t made to fit in. You were born to stand out.”

China President Xi Urges Army to Be Ready for War: ‘Don’t Fear Death’
President Xi Jinping has issued a blunt call for China’s military to be ready for war and unafraid to die defending the country, as geopolitical tensions mount in Asia.