28 June 2017

Petya ransomware slams Windows PCs shut in massive attack
Another widespread ransomware attack is threatening to wreak havoc across the world. Businesses and government agencies have been hit with a variation of the Petya ransomware — that is, malware that holds crucial files hostage. The malware is demanding $300 in bitcoin before victims can regain access. The new ransomware, identified by security firm Bitdefender as GoldenEye, has two layers of encryption, researchers said. It locks up both your files and your computer’s file system.

AIPAC leaders to arrive in Israel for special meeting on Kotel crisis
In a sign of the growing fallout from the cabinet’s decision to cancel the Kotel deal, AIPAC’s top leadership will arrive in Israel on Wednesday for high-level talks with Israeli government officials…“Part of the support for Israel on Capitol Hill is based on the idea that Israel is a democracy and safeguards peoples’ freedom and rights,” one official said. “The cabinet decision sends a different message.”

Iran’s flag on Israel’s border: ‘We are coming’
Lebanon seems to be having a flag sale. Iranian flags, Hezbollah, the UN, Spain, Palestinian flags. They are all flying provocatively along the border with the northern Israeli community of Metulla…On a hill overlooking new houses being constructed…is another huge poster with a photo of the Dome of the Rock. The face of Ayatollah Khomeini glowers down over the dome and Hezbollah has written “we are coming” in Hebrew and Arabic.

China launches new warship type to boost military strength
China on Wednesday launched a new type of domestically built warship in its latest bid to modernise its military, state media said. The launch comes after China presented its first home-produced aircraft carrier in April. Amid ongoing tensions in the South China Sea, Beijing is taking an increasingly assertive stance in the waters it claims.

Six held in Spain, UK and Germany in anti-jihadist raids
Four men have been arrested on Majorca and two more in the UK and Germany as part of a Spanish investigation into support for so-called Islamic State, police say. The suspects are said to have produced and spread violent videos to recruit would-be jihadist fighters online. One was a 44-year-old man from Birmingham, described by Spanish officials as a Salafist imam.

Venezuela crisis: Helicopter launches attack on Supreme Court
Venezuela’s Supreme Court has been attacked by grenades dropped from a helicopter in what President Nicolás Maduro called a “terrorist attack”. Footage on social media shows a police helicopter circling over the city before shots and a loud bang are heard. The police officer said to have piloted the stolen aircraft issued a statement denouncing the “criminal government”. His whereabouts are unknown.

Qatar condemns Saudi refusal to negotiate over demands
Qatar’s foreign minister has condemned its Gulf neighbours for refusing to negotiate over their demands for restoring air, sea and land links. Sheikh Mohammed Al Thani said the stance was “contrary to the principles” of international relations. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt accuse Qatar of aiding terrorism – a charge it denies.

Satellite mega-constellation production begins
European aerospace giant Airbus and its partner, OneWeb, have begun the production of a satellite mega-constellation. The network will comprise at least 600 spacecraft in the first instance, but could eventually encompass more than 2,000. The aim is to deliver broadband links from orbit to every corner of the globe.

Senate GOP shelves health bill, imperils ‘Obamacare’ repeal
Senate GOP leaders abruptly shelved their long-sought health care overhaul Tuesday, asserting they can still salvage it but raising new doubts about whether President Donald Trump and the Republicans will ever deliver on their promises to repeal and replace “Obamacare.” Republican leader Mitch McConnell announced a delay for any voting at a closed-door senators’ lunch…his action amounts to a stinging setback for the longtime Senate leader…

Japan, EU press ahead on free trade pact to counter U.S. protectionism
Japanese and European Union negotiators meeting in Tokyo aim to reach a free trade deal that would stand against a protectionist tide threatening the global economy, and make the United States think twice over pursuing inward-looking policies. Japan and the EU have been negotiating since 2013, but talks have intensified since last week, with almost daily meetings to overcome key hurdles, including tariffs…

House overwhelmingly backs NATO mutual defense
The U.S. House of Representatives voted nearly unanimously on Tuesday to reaffirm the NATO alliance’s guarantee that all members defend each other, weeks after President Donald Trump raised doubts about Washington’s support for the agreement. The vote was 423-4 in the House, where Trump’s fellow Republicans hold a 48-seat majority, for a resolution “solemnly reaffirming” the U.S. commitment to Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty.

19th Obamacare Co-Op Folds, Leaving Only 4 Operating in 2018
Minuteman Health of Massachusetts and New Hampshire announced it is withdrawing from the Affordable Care Act exchanges in 2018, leaving only four co-ops in operation. The company cited issues with Obamacare’s risk-adjustment program, which is the program that shifts money away from those with healthier customers to those with sicker enrollees. Minuteman Health said that the negative impact of this program had been “substantial.”

Obama’s cyber security expert: Russia didn’t hack elections
Former White House cyber expert Michael Daniel says Russia didn’t hack elections, … they certainly didn’t change any votes,” Daniel said. “The votes that were cast properly reflect the votes of the American people.”

Top experts at Tel Aviv conference keep close eye on global cyber attack
One name kept coming up when it comes to who may be behind the global attacks.

Global business reels from second major cyber attack in two months
A major cyber attack, believed to have first struck Ukraine, caused havoc around the world on Wednesday, crippling computers or halting operations at port operator Maersk, a Cadbury chocolate plant in Australia and the property arm of French bank BNP Paribas. Russia’s biggest oil company, Ukrainian banks and multinational firms were among those hit on Tuesday by the cyber extortion campaign, which has underscored growing concerns that businesses have failed to secure their networks from increasingly aggressive hackers.

’Going for jugular’: Undercover filmmakers take aim at CNN
The sting video published Tuesday shows CNN producer John Bonifield admitting the network has no evidence of claims that President Donald Trump or his campaign colluded with Russia to subvert the 2016 presidential election. “I think the president is probably right to say, like, look, you are witch-hunting me,” Bonifield can be heard saying.

Top US admiral warns: ISIS-linked militants seek new fronts in Asia
The commander of U.S. Pacific forces said Wednesday that ISIS-linked militants returning from the Middle East are intent on opening a new front in Asia, The Wall Street Journal reported. Adm. Harry Harris used the battle in the southern Philippines as a prime example. He warned that the militants may be losing ground in Syria and Iraq, but their supporters are still willing to fight.

900+ earthquakes shake Yellowstone in 2 weeks
Yellowstone National Park is experiencing the largest earthquake swarm since 2010. “When it gets to these bigger ones, we pay attention to them just because we need to monitor these things just in case something changes,” Farrell said. Farrell believes the activity is caused by stress building up under the crust of the massive volcano. He says there is no reason to panic along the Wasatch Front.

Seismologists track dozens of earthquakes shaking Truckee area
Seismologists detected two large quakes in the swarm near Independence Lake. The 4.0 magnitude one occurred at 2:02 a.m. PST. Seven minutes later, the 4.1 magnitude occurred at 2:09 a.m. PST. The cluster is happening in a transfer zone between the two mapped faults, Mohawk Valley and Polaris. These two fault zones are located within the Sierra Basin-Range boundary.

Syria’s Anti-Assad Forces Want IDF More Involved in War Against Regime
A leading member of Syria’s political opposition said most Syrians view Iran as the real enemy and not Israel, adding that Israel could do more to help the Syrian people.

111 terminally ill patients took their own lives in first 6 months of California right-to-die law
A total of 111 people in California took their own lives using lethal prescriptions during the first six months of a law that allows terminally ill people to request life-ending drugs from their doctors, according to data released Tuesday.

When Evangelicals Become Useful Idiots for Islamism
Our culture looks to be coming apart at the seams. The June 14 attack on the GOP Congressional Baseball team is only an exclamation point in an increasingly hostile, increasingly violent, premeditated campaign by Democrats and other leftists to create an atmosphere of ungovernable anarchy.

“She Will Not Be Rehired” University Cuts Ties With Professor Who Said Warmbier “Deserved To Die”
“[Kathy Dettwyler] will not be rehired to teach at the University in the future…”

The Most Dangerous Fake News Of All Is Peddled By The Corporate Media
“This is not the sort of thing you see in a confident, brave, and civilized nation, it’s the sort of stuff you’d expect to see toward the end. It’s the stuff of craven war-mongers, of dishonest cowards, of a totally deranged and very dangerous media. The signs are everywhere; imperial decline is set to accelerate rapidly in the coming years.”

Look who’s inviting you to report ‘hate crimes’
The Council on American-Islamic Relations, an unindicted co-conspirator in a terror-financing plot, has launched a mobile phone app called “Making Democracy Work for Everyone” that enables Muslims to quickly and efficiently report “hate crimes.” CAIR, in a statement, called it “an important feature during a period of increased hate incidents targeting American Muslims and other minority groups.”

China Suspends Fuel Sales To North Korea
It appears President Trump’s remarks about the lack of progress made by China in pressuring North Korea has worked. Reuters reports that CNPC – the main supplier of diesel and gasoline to North Korea – has halted sales, reportedly because the buyers could not pay.

Atheist Richard Dawkins: “Any Fetus is Less Human Than an Adult Pig”
“With respect to those meanings of ‘human’ that are relevant to the morality of abortion, any fetus is less human than an adult pig.” — A tweet from Richard Dawkins, echoing philosopher Peter Singer, who has made the same comparison.

27 June 2017

Laser as bright as a billion Suns alters fundamental physics of light and matter
Physicists from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln have created the brightest light ever produced on Earth, and it could be the first step towards more powerful X-ray technology. The researchers focused their Diocles Laser to a brightness a billion times that of the surface of the Sun, and found that at that extreme level, the fundamental physics of how light enables vision begin to change.

“Mind reading” technology can now decode complex thoughts
In the past, “mind reading” systems have been able to guess what single-digit number a person might be thinking of, but deeper thoughts have been beyond the technology’s reach. Now, a team from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) has developed a way to accurately read more complex concepts from a brain scan, and even piece together entire sentences.

CNN producer: Trump ‘probably right’ about Russian ‘witch hunt’
A producer for CNN admitted in a newly released undercover spy video that President Trump is “probably right” in accusing his opponents of engaging in a witch hunt as it relates to collusion with Russia. The video,…shows John Bonifield, a CNN producer who covers medical issues, saying, “I just feel like they really don’t have it [proof of collusion] but they want to keep digging.”

All Aboard the Temple Mount Express: Massive Government Infrastructure Underway to Bring Millions of Worshipers to Temple
For the first time in approximately 2,000 years, since the time of the Second Temple, plans are being formed by the Israeli government to build an effective infrastructure for Jews to make their obligatory pilgrimage to the Temple in Jerusalem.

EU fines Google record $2.7 billion in first antitrust case
EU antitrust regulators hit Alphabet (GOOGL.O) unit Google with a record 2.42-billion-euro ($2.7 billion) fine on Tuesday, taking a tough line in the first of three investigations into the company’s dominance in searches and smartphones.

‘Reform Jews, stay in America and don’t interfere here’
Haredi MK praises PM’s decision to freeze Western Wall plan, calls on Reform Jews to stay in US – and out of Israeli politics.

Bahrain accuses Qatar of military escalation in Gulf row
Bahrain’s foreign minister accused Qatar on Monday of creating a military escalation in a dispute with regional powers, in an apparent reference to Doha’s decision to let more Turkish troops enter its territory.

Kazakhstan seeks role as capital of ‘New Silk Road
Hosting major international fora, Astana is becoming an important venue for Euroasian economy.

Shin Bet chief warns of ‘real world surprises’ if cyber attackers go after Israel
Cyber attackers “can expect real world surprises” if they go after Israel, Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) chief Nadav Argaman told a Tel Aviv University cyber conference on Tuesday. In his first cyber speech since taking over the elite Israeli security agency in May 2016, Argaman said “our defense does not recognize any borders.” “We follow threats everywhere,” he said, adding “We connect the cyber and the physical world.”

Israel gears up for Jerusalem sovereignty fight in UNESCO
Israel is pushing to sway the 21 nations on UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee to reject a resolution disavowing Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem, when the committee meets in Krakow, Poland, July 2-12. The diplomatic battle comes at the same time Israel is dealing with the American Jewish community over the centrality of the Western Wall as a global Jewish symbol.

Germany: Merkel paves way for gay marriage vote
German MPs are pressing Chancellor Angela Merkel for a free vote in parliament soon on legalising same-sex marriage, after she signalled a shift in her party’s position on it. Mrs Merkel surprised the German media by saying she favoured a “decision of conscience” on gay marriage. Her conservative Christian Democrats (CDU) have previously opposed it – unlike unlike the opposition Social Democrats (SPD), Free Democrats (FDP) and Greens.

US warns Syria over ‘potential’ plan for chemical attack
The US says Syria’s government appears to be preparing for a chemical weapons attack and has warned that it will “pay a very heavy price” if one takes place. The White House said similar activities had been seen before bombs containing the nerve agent Sarin were allegedly dropped on a rebel-held town in April. Dozens of people were killed, prompting President Donald Trump to order a missile strike on a Syrian airbase.

Syria war: Air strike on IS prison in Mayadin ‘kills dozens’
Almost 60 people have been killed in a suspected US-led coalition air strike on a prison run by so-called Islamic State in eastern Syria, activists say. The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 42 prisoners and 15 militants died when the facility in the Mayadin area was hit early on Monday. The activist-run Deirezzor24 website said the prisoners included civilians and Syrian rebels opposed to IS.

Biology no longer the only factor in birth certificates
The Supreme Court ruled on Monday that states must list both people in a same-sex couple as a child’s parents on their birth certificate, whether or not they are the child’s biological parents. The 6-3 decision overturned the Arkansas Supreme Court’s earlier ruling, which said that “it does not violate equal protection to acknowledge basic biological truths.” Justices Neil Gorsuch, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito dissented in the Supreme Court decision.

Christian Preschoolers Banned from Saying ‘Amen’, Talking About the Bible
Children at a Christian preschool in Sweden are no longer allowed to say grace at mealtimes, “Amen”, or talk about the Bible, after a ruling by the Umeå municipality. Visiting the preschool for an inspection, supervisors…said the activities run contrary to the Education Act, which forbids educational content during school time from containing confessional elements, and states that children at must always have the choice of whether or not to participate.

Anti-Trump Leak Campaign Damaging U.S. and Allied Operations
A new wave of leaks targeting the Trump administration has actively endangered ongoing intelligence and military operations being conducted by the United States and its allies, sparking anger and concern inside and outside the White House, according to multiple conversations with senior U.S. officials intimately familiar with the situation.

Russian submarine successfully test-fires Bulava intercontinental missile
The Russian Northern Fleet’s Project 955 underwater missile cruiser Yuri Dolgoruky has successfully test-fired a Bulava missile from the Barents Sea and hit all the designated targets at the Kura practice range in Kamchatka, Russia’s Defense Ministry reported on Monday.

Fighting intensifies in Syrian Golan Heights
Fighting between government forces and opposition fighters has intensified in the Quneitra province in Syria’s south, situated in the 30 percent part of the Golan Heights under Syrian control.

Germany Tells Erdogan His Bodyguards “Not Welcome” At Next Week’s G-20 Summit
Ahead of the G-20 summit to be held in Hamburg next week where Turkey will be present, Germany has warned Turkey that members of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s security detail who were involved in a bloody melee in Washington last month “are not welcome in Germany.”

Broadway Play “1984” Is Causing Audiences To Vomit And Faint
Geroge Orwell’s legendary book, “1984“, was not in any way meant to be a prediction of our future, yet that’s exactly what appears to have happened. And now that there’s a Broadway play which follows the events in the book closely, many are finding it difficult to stomach.

OUTRAGE IN ISRAEL: New report finds that Turkey is paying Muslims in Israel over $1,250 a month to riot and terrorize Jews in Jerusalem
A Turkish organization funded partially by the Turkish government invested in a project intended to bring 500 thousand Israeli Arabs to the Al-Aqsa Mosque “to protect it against Israeli invasion and the threat of its destruction,” according to an investigation by Israel Hayom.

WATCH: Canadian Muslim Demands Pedophilia Be Legal
Canadian Muslims are happy the way Islam is going in Canada under Justin Trudeau, so far they’ve gotten all their demands met, like M-103 for example, will they earn their way to legalizing pedophilia? In Canada Bestiality is now legal, anything can happen it seems.

‘Unprecedented’ Amount of Child Porn Discovered in the Vatican 
As the Catholic Church battles to stem their continuing exposure of clerical pedophilia, detectives have uncovered an “unprecedented” amount of child pornography including images, videos and other explicit content discovered within the walls of the Vatican.

JW “Considering Legal Options” To Obtain Obama Spying Scandal Docs HIDDEN At Presidential Library
“There is no spying on Americans, we don’t have a domestic spying program,” former President Barack Obama said in 2013, and yet, that’s exactly what he did.

74,531,002 Enrolled in Medicaid/CHIP
…The total Medicaid/CHIP enrollment of 74,531,002 for April was greater than the population of France, which the CIA reports was 66,836,154 as of July 2016. It was also greater than the population of the United Kingdom (64,430,428) and Italy (62,007,540).

EXPLOSIVE: Mueller Personally Conducted Transfer Of Highly Enriched Uranium To Russia
Uranium One officials donated millions to the Clinton Foundation amid the sale of U.S. uranium to Russia.  It is now common knowledge that the foundation received millions of dollars from investors as Putin took over 20 percent of U.S. uranium deposits.