24 Feb 15
Iran is Deployed, 'Planning War' Along Israel's Northern Border
Iran has built an active front from Israel's northern Mediterranean border adjacent to Rosh Hanikra, all the way to the Golan Heights. The goal: to undermine and wage war against the "Zionist entity" with conventional, powerful military means from within Lebanon and Syria.
The New Madrid Earthquake That Will Divide The United States In Half
This fault zone is six times larger than the San Andreas fault zone in California and it covers portions of Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Arkansas, Kentucky, Tennessee and Mississippi.
Earthquake of 5.2 in Albacete felt from Valencia to Murcia and inland to Madrid
PANIC broke out across mainland Spain last night as an earthquake of 5.2 on the Richter scale struck the province of Albacete – one degree higher than the devastating tremor which caused nine deaths, 324 injuries and thousands of homes to collapse in Lorca (Murcia) four years ago.
Historic US-Iran nuclear deal could be taking shape
Edging toward a historic compromise, the U.S. and Iran reported progress Monday on a deal that would clamp down on Tehran's nuclear activities for at least 10 years but then slowly ease restrictions on programs that could be used to make atomic arms.
Officials said there were still obstacles to overcome before a March 31 deadline, and any deal will face harsh opposition in both countries.
Republican FCC Commissioners Ask Wheeler To Delay Net Neutrality Vote, Release Proposal
Three days before the Federal Communications Commission is scheduled to vote on the most significant Internet regulations in history, two commissioners are asking Chairman Tom Wheeler to delay the vote and release his proposal to the public.
“We respectfully request that FCC leadership immediately release the 332-page Internet regulation plan publicly and allow... a reasonable period of not less than 30 days to carefully study it,”...
US-South Korea joint military drills announced
South Korea and the US have announced that their annual military drills will begin on 2 March - a move that will anger Pyongyang.
The exercises, called Key Resolve and Foal Eagle, always generate tension on the Korean peninsula.
Seoul and Washington call the drills defensive in nature. North Korea calls them a rehearsal for invasion.
Libya crisis: UN talks between rival governments suspended
Libya's internationally-recognised parliament has suspended its participation in UN-brokered talks aimed at restoring calm to the country.
A spokesman for the chamber of representatives blamed Friday's suicide bombings by Islamic State (IS) for the decision.
He said the attack in al-Qubbah, which killed at least 40 people, had not been condemned by the rival government.
Homeland security cash stand-off over US migrant policy
President Barack Obama and Congress are at loggerheads over homeland security's $40bn (£26bn) budget, with time running out to secure a deal.
Republicans, who control Congress, are seeking to remove funding for Mr Obama's attempt to save undocumented immigrants from deportation.
The department of homeland security protects the US borders, and guards against disasters and terror attacks.
Sisi calls on Arabs to field united force against ISIS
Addressing his country in a televised speech on Sunday, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi declared that the time has come for a united Arab effort against the Islamic State group, CNN reported Monday.
"The need for a unified Arab force is growing and becoming more pressing every day", said Sisi, citing supposed offers by both Jordan and UAE to help in such an endeavor.
ISIS abducts at least 90 from Christian villages in Syria
Islamic State militants have abducted at least 90 people from Assyrian Christian villages in northeastern Syria, a monitoring group that tracks violence in Syria said on Tuesday.
The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the militants carried out dawn raids on rural villages inhabited by the ancient Christian minority west of Hasaka, a city mainly held by the Kurds.
Australian mining giant BHP just told the market exactly why oil prices are going lower
Oil prices have been volatile of late, but a number of banks and commenters have said that oil prices are going lower.
Mysterious tunnel found near Canada sports venue
Montreal - A sophisticated tunnel has been discovered near a major sporting venue and a university in Toronto, reports said Monday, with Canada on edge over the threat of possible extremist attacks.
ISIS Burns 8000 Rare Books and Manuscripts in Mosul
While the world was watching the Academy Awards ceremony, the people of Mosul were watching a different show. They were horrified to see ISIS members burn the Mosul public library. Among the many thousands of books it housed, more than 8,000 rare old books and manuscripts were burned.
Russia offers Iran new missiles despite sanctions
MOSCOW, Russia — Russia has offered Iran advanced surface-to-air missiles after scrapping a similar deal in 2010 because of UN sanctions over Tehran’s nuclear program, the state defense company said Monday. Any such a deal is likely to go down badly in Washington, as Western countries seek to keep up the pressure on Iran to agree a comprehensive deal on its nuclear activities.
Defense minister rips into deal with ‘apocalyptic’ Iran
Moshe Ya’alon says nuclear agreement taking shape in Geneva is a danger to the West and to the citizens of Israel.
Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon slammed the emerging deal between “messianic, apocalyptic” Iran and the six world powers on Monday, calling it “a great danger to the peace of the Western world” and “a danger to the security of the State of Israel.”
Harf’s ISIS job plan based on “opiate of the masses” concept
Last week, State Department Spokesperson Marie Harf hawked the administration’ s rationale behind individuals joining ISIS and other terrorist Islamic groups: they are poor and crave nothing more than a good job. The concept is as old as Karl Marx (older, actually, if you go back to ancient gnostic teachings) who said that religion is “the opium of the people.” Evidently, the Obama administration is still reliant on the communist explanation of why one turns to religion, even one with the barbaric, murderous practices of an ISIS.
Much Ado at the Qusayr Site? A Syrian Nuclear Snapshot
On January 9, 2015, the German weekly Der Spiegel published an article alleging that Syria did not give up its nuclear weapons development ambitions following the destruction in 2007 of its almost completed, North Korean-constructed nuclear reactor near the town of Deir-al-Zor. Instead, according to Der Spiegel, it is in the process of erecting a new nuclear facility near the town of Qusayr, very close to Syria’s border with Lebanon. Syria has a long history of deception and lying to the international community on matters concerning its development and use of weapons of mass destruction.
Neutralize Obama’s Hijacking of the Internet
Barack Obama is knocking all little people in civil society off the Information Highway—but leaving the coast clear for all Islamic terrorists.
Average citizens who depend on the Internet to get their message out will be ‘regulated’ off beginning three days from now, but ISIS which recruits new members from off the ‘Net will continue to send its threats and gruesome YouTubes online.
23 Feb 15
Space telescopes uncover supermassive black hole winds
Now observations from NASA and ESA space telescopes are shedding light on the incredibly powerful cosmic winds they produce, which can have more energy than an entire galaxy.
Russia offers Iran new air defense missile deal
Russia has offered Iran its latest Antey-2500 missiles, the head of Russian state defence conglomerate Rostec said on Monday according to media reports, after a deal to supply less powerful S-300 missiles was dropped under Western pressure.
France deploys aircraft carrier against ISIS in Iraq - ministry
France has deployed its Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier against the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) in Iraq, as part of the US-led military campaign, French media report, citing government officials.
Magnitude 5 quake strikes Spain, 73 km west of Albacete - USGS
MADRID: A magnitude 5 earthquake shook central and eastern Spain on Monday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.
The quake's epicentre was close to the town of Ossa de Montiel, 170 km (105 miles) south of Madrid, at a depth of about 15 km, according to Spain's National Institute of Seismology. It gave a magnitude of 5.2 for the earthquake.
New Madrid earthquake potential is elevated
The chances of the New Madrid "big one" rocking the area may be greater than previously thought according a recent update of the US Geological Survey's (USGS) National Seismic Hazards Map.
The updates reflect the USGS's best and most recent understanding of when and where earthquakes are likely to occur and how intense they might be.
Prayers to God in wrong spot?
To suggest that the traditional Temple Mount, where Jews have prayed at the Wailing Wall and where Muslims pray at the Dome of the Rock, is actually not the holy ground they believe it to be, is sacrilege to many historians and archaeologists, not to mention clerics.
Yet, his case is so well researched that it’s hard to ignore. Many are reading, and re-reading, perhaps hoping to find some obvious blunder that would allow them to discount its conclusion.
Because, if it is true, that means the unthinkable for Muslims, and opens new possibilities for Jews.
Egypt Suggests Pan-Arab Force to Fight ISIS
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has called for a pan-Arab military force to fight the Islamic State (ISIS).
Speaking a week after Egypt bombed ISIS positions in Libya in retaliation for the terrorist army’s execution of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians, al-Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said he believes in “coordination with our Arab brothers.”
All the President’s Boot Lickers Still Pretend Obama is a Christian
From the New York Times to the Washington Post to the Atlantic to the Politico to National Journal to the various news networks to NPR, these people want to have President Obama’s baby, protect his policy, and advance his cause. They could be focusing on all the important stories they lament are being ignored, but instead they have to ask Republicans whether they believe in evolution and whether they believe President Obama is a Christian. He’s not, by the way.
U.S., allies stage 25 air strikes on Islamic State: joint task force
The United States and its allies staged 25 air strikes on Islamic State fighters in Iraq and Syria, focusing on the Syrian cities of Kobani and Hasakah, the Combined Joint Task Force said on Monday.
Greece readies reform promises
Leftist Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has insisted Greece achieved a negotiating success when euro zone finance ministers agreed to extend the bailout deal for four months, provided it came up with a list of reforms by Monday.
UNUSUAL COMET DIVE-BOMBS THE SUN
Astronomers are puzzling over a comet that passed "insanely close" to the sun on Feb. 19th. At first glance it appeared to be a small object, not much bigger than a comet-boulder, doomed to disintegrate in the fierce heat. Instead, it has emerged apparently intact and is actually brightening as it recedes from the sun.
CHANCE OF MAGNETIC STORMS
NOAA forecasters estimate a 40% chance of geomagnetic storms on Feb. 22-23 in response to an incoming solar wind stream.