21 Apr 2018

Royal Navy ship HMS St Albans escorts Russian frigate Yaroslav Mudry as it passes close to British coast
…Russian frigate Yaroslav Mudry was closely watched by HMS St Albans as it made its way through the English Channel and Dover Strait as tensions between the UK and Russia continue to simmer. Yaroslav Mudry measures 129m long and is complete with anti-ship missiles, guns and torpedoes. But HMS St Albans, a Portsmouth-based Type 23 frigate, wasn’t far away, having been activated earlier this week and was keeping a close eye on the Russian warship.

China Military Islands Now Control South China Sea
China has deployed electronic attack systems and other military facilities on disputed islands in the South China Sea and is now capable of controlling the strategic waterway… Additionally, the command nominee Adm. Philip Davidson told the Senate Armed Services Committee in a written statement this week that the military urgently needs hypersonic and other advanced weaponry to defeat China’s People’s Liberation Army in a future conflict.

Twin Cities School Bus Driver Removed after Leading Prayer
A Twin Cities-area school bus driver says his rights to free speech and to practice his religion were violated when he was taken off his route for leading students in prayer. The Star Tribune reports that Quality Care Transportation removed George Nathaniel from his route last week. He drove children to Nasha Shkola, a charter school focused on Russian language and culture.

UN Mid-East envoy chides IDF response at border protest
UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nikolay Mladenov condemned Friday the IDF killing of a 15-year-old Palestinian that occurred earlier that day during a riot on the Gaza border, echoing UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres by calling for an investigation of the “outrageous” incident.

EU needs ‘full’ exemption from U.S. tariffs: France’s Le Maire
The European Union needs to be exempted from steel and aluminum tariffs…in order to work with Washington on trade with China, France’s Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said… “We are close allies between the EU and the United States. We cannot live with full confidence with the risk of being hit by those measures and by those new tariffs. We cannot live with a kind of sword of Damocles hanging over our heads,”…

Senate’s top Democrat seeks to tear down barriers to legal pot
U.S. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer on Friday backed the decriminalization of marijuana, unveiling a bill removing it from the federal schedule of controlled substances days after President Donald Trump softened his own stance over the drug. Schumer said his position had “evolved” and threw his support behind more local efforts to legalize the substance that has already been legalized in some form in most of the 50 U.S. states.

Netanyahu: Preferential treatment given for first 10 embassies moving to Jerusalem
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday at a welcoming ceremony for diplomats and consular staff that “preferable treatment” will be given to the 10 first embassies moving from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The US is set to be the first to move its embassy to Jerusalem, followed by Guatemala.

Bill Gates Backs Plan to Surveil the Entire Planet From Space
EarthNow is a new company looking to provide satellite imagery and live video in virtually real-time. Its unsettling pitch describes a network of satellites that can see any corner of the globe and provide live video with a latency of about a second. And a look at the startup’s top investors gives a lot of confidence that this thing is happening.

April on track to be the coldest in 143 years
No, you’re not crazy. It has been the coldest April in more than 140 years.  A year ago today, on April 19, 2017, it was 78 degrees and sunny, while Thursday’s expected high is 48 degrees, said National Weather Service meteorologist Trent Frey.

Parents Can’t Opt Out Of Sex Ed Class
A California school district says that parents can’t opt out of a new sex education course that will deal with abortion, homosexuality and transgender issues.

Police Testing Controversial Portable DNA Machine
For the last 10 months, Houston police have been testing a new mobile DNA machine called rapid DNA that runs tests in under two hours.

Liberty Counsel warning: California about to ban Bible sales
Liberty Counsel, which defends religious and civil rights, Friday warned that the state of California effectively is about to ban the sale of Bibles.

CAIR Pushes Effort to Block Pompeo Confirmation
As the battle over CIA Director Mike Pompeo’s nomination as secretary of state reaches make-or-break, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) on Friday plans a joint event with mostly other Muslim groups to urge the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to vote him down on Monday.

GQ Condemns the Holy Bible: ‘Repetitive, Self-Contradictory, Sententious, Foolish…Ill-Intentioned’
In an article by “The Editors of GQ,” the men’s magazine blasts the Holy Bible, declares it a book you don’t have to read, and suggests an alternative.

US-Mexico Border Reached by First 50 Caravan Migrants
The first 50 Central American migrants in a caravan that set out from southern Mexico in late March have reached the U.S. border, now secured with help from National Guard personnel sent by President Donald Trump.

Drought Returns to Huge Swaths of U.S., Fueling Fears of a Thirsty Future
Less than eight months after Hurricane Harvey pelted the Texas Gulf Coast with torrential rainfall, drought has returned to Texas and other parts of the West, Southwest and Southeast, rekindling old worries for residents who dealt with earlier waves of dry spells and once again forcing state governments to reckon with how to keep the water flowing.

Government Leaks File Describing ‘Remote Mind Control,’ ‘Forced Memory Blanking’
The US government may have been secretly collecting documents on ‘remote mind control’ and ‘forced memory blanking’, accidentally leaked files suggest.

Putin warns Russian students in the UK to come home immediately – is war on the way
RUSSIAN students and graduates living in Britain should go home immediately, so they can be sent to study or work in Siberia, says a new official initiative.

Michigan churches join Muslim prayers against ‘gun violence’, stage symbolic school ‘walkout’
Parents, pastors, politicians and educators will join a Muslim imam at a mosque Friday in Oakland County, Michigan, to pray and discuss how to make their schools and community safer in an era of mass school shootings.

Are some doctors literally possessed by demons? Pediatrician yells “SATAN!” when visiting patients
A Dallas-area doctor was recently suspended by the Texas Medical Board following a spate of bizarre and even dangerous behavior at his practice that some might describe as being demonically inspired.

20 Apr 2018

Romania to Move Embassy to Jerusalem: Netanyahu Promises Six More to Follow
After meeting last week with Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely last week, a Romanian politician has announced their nation will be moving their embassy to Jerusalem. This will make Romania the fourth nation to do so and the first European Union country to break ranks and recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

In Iran-Israel spar, Netanyahu says Iran will pay a heavy price
Anyone who aims to harm us will pay a heavy price, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Friday morning at a special cabinet meeting that took place at the location where, 70 years ago, the establishment of the State of Israel was declared. “We hear the threats from Iran, and the IDF and security forces are prepared for every possible Iranian move. We will fight whoever tries to harm us. We will not shy away from action against those who threaten our security. They will pay a heavy price.”

Belgium companies sold deadly chemicals to Assad in violation of sanctions
Antwerp’s Criminal Court has opened cases against three Flemish companies for the alleged violations of EU sanctions relating to the sale of illegal chemicals to the Syrian regime, according to a Wednesday report from the Belgium newsweekly Knack. The magazine reported that the Belgian companies – AAE Chemie, Danmar Logistics, and the shut-down Anex Customs – exported the chemicals to the Syrian regime, which included isopropanol, a chemical that can be used in the manufacturing of sarin nerve gas.

Trump Slams OPEC: “Oil Prices Are Artificially High, Will Not Be Accepted”, Oil Tumbles
Update: we didn’t have long to wait for the Saudi response, which came just 30 minutes after the Trump tweet: THERE’S NO SUCH THING AS ARTIFICIAL OIL PRICES: SAUDI MINISTER Which is ironic coming from the head of an oil cartel whose only purpose is to keep prices artificially high. It is even more ironic because just two years ago OPEC itself was slamming “evil speculators”, hedge funds and anyone else who it suspected of selling oil for creating an “artificial oil price.”

Trump Rages At “Shadey” James Comey: “Is This The Way Life In America Is Supposed To Work?”
Specifically, Trump questioned how Comey has been allowed to misrepresent himself and his work, leak classified information to the press, and occasionally tell outright lies, while former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn has had his life and career totally destroyed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. “So General Michael Flynn’s life can be totally destroyed while Shadey James Comey can Leak and Lie and make lots of money from a third rate book (that should never have been written). Is that really the way life in America is supposed to work? I don’t think so!”

Volcano in southern Japan erupts for 1st time in 250 years
A volcano in southern Japan has erupted for the first time in 250 years, and authorities set up a no-go zone around the mountain. Mount Io spewed smoke and ash high into the sky Thursday in its first eruption since 1768. Japan’s Meteorological Agency on Friday expanded a no-go zone to the entire mountain from previously just around the volcano’s crater.

Greenblatt says Palestinians have ‘right to protest dire circumstances’
President Donald Trump’s top Middle East envoy affirmed the right of Palestinians “to protest their dire humanitarian circumstances” in the Gaza Strip adding that they should do so at a safe distance from Israel’s border with the strip and with no violence.

South Africa: Ramaphosa leaves Commonwealth summit to deal with protests
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has cut short his attendance at the Commonwealth summit in London to deal with violent protests at home. Police fired rubber bullets on Friday to break up crowds of protesters shortly before he was was due to arrive in the troubled North West province. Clashes have taken place in the area where protesters are demanding jobs, housing and an end to corruption.

Syria returns Légion d’honneur award to France
Syria has returned to France the prestigious Légion d’honneur presented to President Bashar al-Assad, saying he would not wear the award of a country that was a “slave” to America. The move comes days after France said a “disciplinary procedure” for withdrawing the award was under way. France recently joined the US and Britain in bombing Syrian targets over an alleged chemical weapons attack.

Bill Gates backs a $1 billion plan to cover Earth in ‘Big Brother’ satellites
Microsoft’s Bill Gates is backing a start-up that will provide ‘live and unfiltered’ high definition footage of every inch of Earth. The startup, EarthNow, plans to launch 500 satellites to cover Earth’s atmosphere in ‘Big Brother’ real-time video surveillance. As well as Gates, SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son and aerospace giant Airbus are also backing the project.

2 Florida deputies fatally shot in Gilchrist County
Two young deputies in Gilchrist County, Florida were murdered in broad daylight on Thursday afternoon. Investigators are calling it a senseless act of violence. Sgt. Noel Ramirez, 29, and Deputy Taylor Lindsey, 25, were just sitting down for lunch at the Ace China restaurant in Trenton, Florida, when a lone gunman approached the window and fired two shots – killing them instantly.

Government accidentally sends file on “remote mind control” methods to journalist
When journalist Curtis Waltman filed a Freedom of Information Act request with Washington State Fusion Center (which is partnered with Department of Homeland Security) to obtain information about Antifa and white supremacist groups, he got more than…he was looking for – he also…received a mysterious file on “psycho-electric weapons” with the label “EM effects on human body.zip.” The file included methods of “remote mind control.”

‘Yes, I’m Running as a Socialist.’ Why Candidates Are Embracing the Label in 2018
There was no question on primary night in Texas last month that Franklin Bynum would win the Democratic nomination to become a criminal court judge in Houston. The 34-year-old defense attorney had no challengers. But for his supporters who packed into a Mexican restaurant that evening, there was still something impressive to celebrate. Many in the crowd were members of the Democratic Socialists of America…

Gaza protest camps move closer to Israel border fence
Gaza protest organizers moved sit-in tents closer to the Israeli border fence Thursday, a day before a fourth planned mass demonstration, raising fears of more bloodshed. The protests, largely led by Gaza’s Hamas rulers, began March 30. Organizers said they’ll gradually move the camps toward the fence until May 15, but made conflicting comments about a possible breach.

Trump slams OPEC, says will not accept high oil prices
U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday criticized OPEC for rising oil prices that he said were being artificially raised and would not be accepted, as oil prices appeared set for a second consecutive week of gains. “Looks like OPEC is at it again. With record amounts of Oil all over the place, including the fully loaded ships at sea, Oil prices are artificially Very High! No good and will not be accepted!” Trump wrote in a post on Twitter.

Thousands Of US Troops Amass On Syrian Border For Military ‘Drill’
Thousands of U.S. Marines arrived in Jordan at around the same time the United States, the United Kingdom, and France were organizing a direct military strike on Jordan’s neighbor, Syria.  Shortly after the US-led bombing of Syria over alleged chemical weapons use, the Marine took part in military drills.

Facebook Will FORCE All Users To Accept Being TRACKED Around The Internet
Facebook has finally responded to requests to stop tracking users for advertising. But they aren’t going to. Instead, Facebook is going to force all of those who continue to use their social media service to accept being tracked around the internet.

Gov Cuomo Gives 35,000 Felons Right To Vote In New York Mere Months Before Election
When the felon vote is crucial, it’s got to be a Democrat primary. Showing he knows where the real power rests in his party, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo this week opened the door to tens of thousands of ex-cons on parole in the Empire State to vote despite a state law that forbids it. And he did it in pure Obama-Democrat style.

Pennsylvania House Passes Bill Banning Abortions On Babies With Down Syndrome
As people with Down syndrome are quickly being exterminated by the scourge of abortion, some states have stepped up efforts to protect them.

New Yorker To Christians: We Don’t Want Your Kind Around Here Chick-fil-A, that alluring purveyor of delicious chicken sandwiches and waffle fries, has long been a target in certain quarters. These criticisms have nothing to do with the addictiveness of the chain’s food (a shame, really, because this is a real problem), but its perceived political stances. Most such attacks have stemmed from the chain’s indirect donations to groups that oppose same-sex marriage, and from CEO Dan Cathy’s comments on the subject.

Netanyahu thanks Trump: We have no better friend than America
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Wednesday thanked U.S. President Donald Trump for his greeting in honor of Israel’s 70th Independence Day. “Thank you, President Trump! We too have no better friend than America. We are greatly looking forward to your moving the embassy to Jerusalem, Israel’s eternal capital,” tweeted Netanyahu.

Scores Assassinated in ‘Most Violent’ Election Season in Mexico’s History
Scores of politicians and candidates have been assassinated leading up to Mexico’s July 1 federal and local elections in what one expert is calling the bloodiest election season ever seen in Mexico.

Netanyahu on Israel’s 70th: We’re just getting started
…Seventy years “is the blink of an eye in historical terms,” the prime minister noted, adding: “I have no doubt that 70 years from now, Israel will be even stronger, even more prosperous than it is today.”

You have been warned: The civil war begins when Hillary Clinton gets indicted
It’s important to recognize events that are likely to trigger the coming civil war. And by “civil war,” I mean a domestic, kinetic conflict between anti-American Leftists and pro-American patriots. In this case, “civil war” is not a political metaphor. I’m warning about actual kinetic conflict.

Heroic pilot is calm, cool, collected…and Christian
one reason for her incredible sense of calm that probably won’t be mentioned in many reports is that Schults is a devout Christian.

China Stages Last Minute Live Fire Drill in Show of Support For Russia
One of the objectives of China’s last minute live-fire drill in the Taiwan Strait this week was to send a message of support to Russia in the face of increasing tensions over Syria with the United States, according to experts.