29 Mar 2017

Huge North Atlantic Ocean Storm Produces Stunning Satellite Imagery
A huge ocean storm spinning in the north Atlantic Ocean this week is making for stunning satellite imagery. The images are of an intense low-pressure system that saw its minimum central pressure drop to 958 millibars Monday. Hurricane-force winds were detected by satellite at that time over the open north Atlantic waters, according to NOAA’s Ocean Prediction Center. Wave heights maxed out at 45 feet near the low-pressure center.

Iran May Grant Russia Access to Its Military Facilities on Certain Terms
Tehran is willing to grant Russia ad hoc access to its military bases should Moscow need them to carry out its counterterrorism operations, with the Iranian leadership making a discrete decision in each particular case.

Dem lawmaker tips off illegals in MS-13 hotbed
A Democrat state lawmaker in Massachusetts has been caught tipping off illegals – many of whom are violent street gang members, child sex offenders and drug traffickers – to imminent Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids Tuesday, even telling criminal targets not to open their doors, to stay silent, to refuse to sign anything and to “fight back” with an attorney.

Rabbi Tuly Weisz Prays at UN Podium: World Leaders Should Recognize Truth of Bible
When the United Nations (UN), in October 2016, passed a contentious anti-Israel resolution denying the Jewish connection to the Temple Mount and Western Wall in Jerusalem, publisher of The Israel Bible and founder of Israel365 Rabbi Tuly Weisz decided to go full-steam-ahead and “Bombard Them With Bibles”. “Anyone who can disconnect the Jewish nation from Jerusalem has not read the Bible,”

US Planning Unprecedented Peace Summit Between Israel, Palestinians, Arab States: Report
The Trump administration is reportedly exploring whether or not to hold an Israeli-Palestinian peace summit that would be attended by Arab leaders from the Gulf states.

UK PM Theresa May to trigger Brexit Wednesday
On Wednesday, the prime minister will officially tell the EU’s other 27 members that the UK wants to pull out, just over nine months after the British public backed withdrawal in a referendum. By triggering Article 50 of the 2009 Lisbon Treaty, Theresa May will set in motion the two-year negotiations on the terms of the UK’s exit from the EU on 29 March 2019.

Huge 6.6 magnitude earthquake rocks eastern Russia
The UGS said: “An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.0 struck near Komandorskiye Ostrava in Russia’s far east on Wednesday.” There was no immediate report of any casualties or destruction.

Terrifying new MEGA FAULT found beneath California with power to cause Big One
SCIENTISTS have left Californians terrified after they revealed two fault lines in the state are connected and form a ‘mega fault’ system.

Arab world surprisingly mum on Modi visit to Israel
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s planned visit to Israel this summer, the first by an Indian head of state, has not led to any protest from the Arab world, according to Bobby Ghosh, editor-in-chief of the mass circulation Hindustan Times. Ghosh wrote in a column in his paper on Tuesday that no Arab state has voiced displeasure at the visit, either publicly or through diplomatic back channels.

Political crisis deepens, Netanyahu and Kahlon fail to reach agreement
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon and their closest advisers met late Tuesday at the Prime Minister’s Office in another effort to resolve the political crisis over public broadcasting and avoid a general election, but failed to reach an agreement…On Wednesday morning, Israel radio quoted a source in the coalition saying the countdown to elections may have begun.

New PLO ambassador to US has high hopes for Trump era
US President Donald Trump has demonstrated that he is interested in reviving the peace process between the Palestinians and Israelis, incoming PLO Ambassador to the United States Husam Zomlot told journalists ahead of his departure for Washington…“All indicators are that President [Donald] Trump is serious and keen about restarting the peace process,” said Zomlot, who will officially start his new role on April 1.

Article 50: May signs letter that will trigger Brexit
Theresa May has signed the letter that will formally begin the UK’s departure from the European Union. Giving official notice under Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, it will be delivered to European Council president Donald Tusk later. In a statement in the Commons, the prime minister will then tell MPs this marks “the moment for the country to come together”.

California is the top state with most UFO sightings, say UFO experts
According to a new UFO reference book…California is the top state with the most UFO sightings in the country. California is followed by Florida, Texas, Washington and Pennsylvania respectively. New York came in at 6th followed by Arizona, Illinois, Michigan and Ohio. The “UFO Sightings Desk Reference: United States of America 2001-2015” is a deep data dive into UFO sightings reported to The National UFO Reporting Center (NUFORC) and the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) from 2001 to 2015, explains author and UFO columnist Cheryl Costa.

North Korea could be in final stages of nuclear test preparations: report
Satellite imagery of North Korea’s main nuclear test site taken over the weekend indicates that Pyongyang could be in the final stages of preparations for a sixth nuclear test, a U.S. think tank reported on Tuesday. Washington-based 38 North, a website that monitors North Korea, said the images from Saturday showed the continued presence of vehicles and trailers at the Punggye-ri test site and signs that communications cables may have been laid to a test tunnel.

Right before Passover, 230 olim from Ukraine land in Israel
Right before Passover, 230 new immigrants from Ukraine landed in Ben Gurion Airport early Tuesday as part of the Freedom Flight organized by the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (IFCJ)…For many of them the upcoming Passover holiday will be the first celebrated in Israel. Part of a recent wave of Aliyah…78 families arrived, with the majority expected to settle in the north and center of the country. Among the olim (new immigrants) are four Holocaust survivors and more than 40 children.

Supreme Court nominee to face confirmation vote April 7: Senate leader
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Tuesday that the Senate would have a final vote on April 7 on President Donald Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch, even as more Democrats opposed his confirmation. The Gorsuch nomination, McConnell told reporters, will hit the Senate floor next week after the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday approves him. McConnell added that Gorsuch will be “confirmed on Friday” of next week.

Exclusive: Thai junta seeks law to bring more order to Buddhism
Thailand’s military government is working on a law to help regulate Buddhism, officials say, giving the junta far more say over a pillar of Thai society that has so far eluded its control. The proposed bill…would appear to significantly reduce the say of the Sangha Supreme Council, Buddhism’s governing body in Thailand…”The bill does not ‘support’, but forces monks to obey and stay under state governance, which is inappropriate,” Phra Metha Winairos, deputy dean of Mahamakut Buddhist University…

Scottish Lawmakers Back Independence Referendum Call
Scottish lawmakers voted Tuesday to seek a new referendum on independence, presenting the British government with an unwelcome distraction as it prepares to push the European Union exit button.

DNC Asks Entire Staff For Resignation Letters
New DNC Chair Tom Perez:  “What we’re trying to do is culture change.  We’re repairing a plane at 20,000 feet. You can’t land the plane, shut it down, and close it until further notice.”

White House plan to help pay for border wall is a long shot
The White House is calling for immediate budget cuts of $18 billion from programs like medical research, infrastructure and community development grants to help pay for the border wall that President Donald Trump repeatedly promised would be financed by Mexico.

The Transformation Of Our Nation Into A Surveillance State Is Almost Complete
“The surveillance state is almost ubiquitous, and it has been made so through the efforts of our own complacencies.”

New Study Says Robots Took All Of Detroit’s Jobs, Not Mexico
“We are being afflicted with a new disease of which some readers may not have heard the name, but of which they will hear a great deal in the years to come—namely, technological unemployment.” – John Maynard Keynes (1930).

Japan loans Manila military planes for South China Sea
The Philippines Monday took delivery of two Japanese military surveillance aircraft to help it patrol vital sea lanes in the South China Sea, despite Manila’s increasingly conciliatory stance to Beijing’s claims over the disputed waters.

28 Mar 2017

Former PM Tony Blair: We Need a New Kind of Peace for Israel
Speaking at the annual AIPAC conference, former British prime minister and Middle East expert Tony Blair discusses why the old ideas about peace between Israel and the Palestinians won’t work anymore. (video)

Tony Podesta Made $500K Lobbying For Chinese Firm Convicted Of Illegal Sales To Iran
The seriousness of the illegal sales to Iran were so extreme and continued for so long — from 2010 to last year — the Department of Justice (DOJ) imposed a record $1.19 billion fine on the ZTE Telecommunications company, making it the largest penalty ever imposed in a U.S. sanctions case.

‘We had him booted out’: Palestinian won’t get top UN post, US envoy Haley tells AIPAC
The US won’t allow a Palestinian to secure “one of the highest positions” at the UN, US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said, explaining why the US had blocked a former Palestinian prime minister’s appointment to lead the UN’s Libya mission.

DNA-repairing drug could fight aging and radiation damage
the scientists used the compound to fight aging by fixing the chemical communication going on inside cells. Now the team has shed more light on the role that NAD plays in regulating the interactions between certain proteins that keep the body running like a well-oiled machine.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions Announces Coming Crackdown on Sanctuary City Funding
It also made clear that failure to remedy violations could result in withholding of grants, termination of grants, and disbarment or ineligibility for future grants.” “The Department of Justice will also take all lawful steps to claw-back any funds awarded to a jurisdiction that willfully violates Section 1373.

Vimeo Declares War on Gospel Transformation
If Jesus has changed your life and set you free from homosexual practice, your testimony is not welcome on Vimeo – not now, not ever. And if you see homosexuality as another aspect of sexual brokenness, something for which Jesus died and something from which you can be healed, your opinion is not welcome on Vimeo. Case closed, door shut, end of subject. In the words of Dr. David Kyle Foster, director of Pure Passion Ministries and himself a former homosexual, “This is pure religious bigotry and censorship.”

Report: Hamas develops new ‘high-powered’ rocket akin to Hezbollah projectiles
Hamas has recently developed a new high-powered rocket of which it has already produced several dozen, Army Radio reported on Tuesday. According to the report, the rocket is short-range and can carry a relatively heavy explosive load. In the event of a future conflict between Israel and Hamas, the new rocket would have the most effect on the Israeli communities bordering the Gaza Strip.

Iran: Russia can use military bases ‘on case by case basis’
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told Reuters on Tuesday that Russia could use Iranian military bases to fight terrorists in Syria on a “case by case basis.” Zarif said that regional issues, including Syria, would be discussed at a meeting in the Kremlin later on Tuesday. An Iranian delegation, including President Hassan Rouhani, arrived in Moscow on Monday.

Israel Air Force partakes in drill with Arab forces, among others
The Israel Air Force along with pilots from the United Arab Emirates and a number of other countries began a joint drill in Greece Monday, marking the second time crews from the two countries have flown side by side. According to a statement released by the Hellenic Air Force, the “complex exercise” named Iniohos 2017, which will run from March 27 to April 6, will involve the airforces of Israel, the United States, the UAE, and Italy.

Cyclone Debbie: ‘Monster’ storm batters Australia
A powerful cyclone has pummelled the north-east Australian coast, causing major damage, torrential rain and power cuts to tens of thousands of homes. Cyclone Debbie made landfall between Bowen and Airlie Beach in Queensland as a category four storm, whipping gusts of up to 263km/h (163 mph). It is moving inland as a category two but could cause damage for hours yet. One serious injury has been reported.

Trump to sweep away Obama climate change policies
US President Donald Trump is due to sign an executive order to overturn key parts of the Obama administration’s plan to tackle global warming. The move will undo the Clean Power Plan which required states to slash carbon emissions. The executive order also cuts the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget. Regulations on oil, gas and coal production are to be reviewed.

Rep. Mo Brooks files bill to repeal Obamacare
In a simple two-page document, an Alabama congressman has filed a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives to repeal Obamacare…U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Huntsville, introduced the bill Friday. “This Act may be cited as the ‘Obamacare Repeal Act,'” the bill states. And the bill uses just one sentence to do it. “Effective as of Dec. 31, 2017, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is repealed, and the provisions of law amended or repealed by such Act are restored or revived as if such Act had not been enacted,” the bill states.

Elon Musk Launches Neuralink to Connect Brains With Computers
Building a mass-market electric vehicle and colonizing Mars aren’t ambitious enough for Elon Musk. The billionaire entrepreneur now wants to merge computers with human brains to help people keep up with machines…Neuralink is pursuing what Mr. Musk calls “neural lace” technology, implanting tiny brain electrodes that may one day upload and download thoughts.

Russia Joins US in Race to Field Gun-Launched Swarmbots
Russian arms makers have announced efforts to shoot multiple small drones in rapid succession from small arms and cannons, hastening a day when Russian and U.S. drone swarms may meet each other over the skies of distant battlefield. On Thursday, Russian news site Tass revealed a reconnaissance drone that a soldier would shoot from “a hand-held grenade launcher.”

Sessions says he’ll punish sanctuaries, cities could lose billions of dollars
The Trump administration officially put sanctuary cities on notice Monday that they are violating federal laws and could lose access to billions of dollars in Justice Department grants if they continue to thwart efforts to deport illegal immigrants. And counties and cities that have taken money in the past…could have that money clawed back…That would mean Chicago, Philadelphia and other prominent sanctuaries would not only lose money going forward, but might have to pay back tens of millions of dollars from their treasuries.

North Korea conducts another missile engine test, US officials say
Two US defense officials told CNN Monday that North Korea conducted another ballistic missile engine test Friday. The officials said the latest engine trial is the third such test in recent weeks using similar technology. One official said that the initial assessment indicates that the engine technology could possibly be used in an eventual intercontinental ballistic missile.

China able to deploy warplanes on artificial islands any time: U.S. think tank
China appears to have largely completed major construction of military infrastructure on artificial islands it has built in the South China Sea and can now deploy combat planes and other military hardware there at any time, a U.S. think tank said on Monday. The Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI), part of Washington’s Center for Strategic and International Studies, said the work on Fiery Cross, Subi and Mischief Reefs in the Spratly Islands included naval, air, radar and defensive facilities.

Israel’s airstrike on Syria spooks Middle East
Israeli warplanes carrying out airstrikes on a shipment of Iranian arms to Lebanese Hezbollah guerrillas in Syria managed to evade Syrian air-defense missiles but the incident is a graphic demonstration of how the war has the potential to further inflame the region.

School Budget Cuts Due To High White Student Percentage Sparks Outrage
Outrage has grown at Walter Reed Middle School in North Hollywood, as the school faces layoffs and increased class sizes due to a law limiting funds for schools with a higher white student body.

Coming To An Inner-City Uprising Near You: The “Ultimate Riot Control Truck” Of The Future
One upon a time, the benevolent future was supposed to bemuse with hoverboards, flying cars and interplantary travel. Instead, according to the folks at Slovakia’s Bozena Riot Security Systems, the dystopian future has arrived, and it is made of armored plates and riot gear.

NBC News Signs Former Obama Press Secretary To Provide “Unbiased” Political Commentary
“Now you have to wear your analyst hat, not your Democrats hat….”

Is Twitter Now Censoring Drudge Report?
In an extraordinary development, Westmonster has found that the world famous Drudge Report has been marked as “sensitive material” by Twitter, with some users now having to OPT IN in order to see tweets. Hardly any tweets from Drudge were visible today when we first logged in.

U.S. leads nations in boycott of U.N. talks to ban nuclear weapons
The United States joined about three dozen other nations in boycotting a conference at the United Nations on a treaty to ban nuclear weapons.