05 Mar 14
CIA Accused Of Spying On Senate Intelligence Committee Staffers
However, things are getting even more bizarre, as the NY Times is reporting that the CIA is now accused of spying on the Intelligence Committee and its staffers in its attempt to keep that report from being released.
Asteroid passing Earth will be closer than moon
An asteroid is headed this way. But even though it will come closer than the moon, astronomers say it will pose no danger.
The newly discovered asteroid, called 2014 DX110, will hurtle between the moon and Earth on Wednesday. DX110 will pass an estimated 217,000 miles from Earth.
Russian warships pass through Istanbul’s Bosphorus sea, Turkey intercepts Russian jets
The two ships, which were usually based in the eastern Mediterranean to monitor developments in Syria, are now on their way to Crimea due to the latest situation there. Eight Turkish F-16 fighter jets intercepted a Russian reconnaissance plane that had flown parallel to Turkish coast in international airspace on Tuesday.
Turkey’s General Staff said on its website that an IL-20-type reconnaissance jet had flown parallel to Turkey’s Black Sea coast in international airspace.
The Turkish Air Force responded by sending eight F-16 fighter jets to intercept it, the statement said.
Russia warns could 'reduce to zero' economic dependency on US
Russia could reduce to zero its economic dependency on the United States if Washington agreed sanctions against Moscow over Ukraine...warning that the American financial system faced a "crash" if this happened.
"We would find a way not just to reduce our dependency on the United States to zero but to emerge from those sanctions with great benefits for ourselves,"...
Under threat, Syria's Christians sign accord with Islamists
...For the first time in many generations, a dhimma (protection agreement) was signed between the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) – an Islamist branch of Al-Qaida – and leaders of Raqqa’s several thousand Christians. Members of ISIS gave the latter three options: accepting the agreement, converting to Islam, or risking death.
A struggle over Arab Israeli terrorists, as final release looms
Opponents and proponents of freeing 14 pre-Oslo prisoners agree that the US is exerting massive pressure on Netanyahu.
Bitcoin exchange website First Meta CEO reported to have committed suicide at 28
According to Tech in Asia, Singapore-based Bitcoin exchange platform First Meta’s 28 year old CEO Autumn Radtke committed suicide. Reasons are currently unknown.
Israel halts 'Iran weapons ship'
Israel has intercepted a ship carrying Iranian weapons to Gaza, Israeli defence officials say.
The Panamanian-flagged vessel was boarded by Israeli special naval forces in the Red Sea on Wednesday, the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) said.
China congress reveals growth target and defence boost
China announced a growth target of 7.5% and revealed plans to raise its defence budget by 12.2%, as it opened its annual parliament session in Beijing.
Premier Li Keqiang said that economic development was the central task of the government, but "painful structural adjustments" were needed.
Japan voiced concern at the defence move, citing a "lack of transparency".
Russia, China react to Obama’s sanctions threat by testing nuclear missiles
Russia test-fired an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) from a test site in southern Russia on Tuesday evening, a Russian defense ministry spokesman said.
U.S. intelligence agencies recently confirmed China’s development of a new intermediate-range nuclear missile (IRBM) called the Dongfeng-26C (DF-26C),U.S. officials said.
Barack Obama calls for tax changes in 2015 budget
US President Barack Obama has called for expanded tax credits for the poor and for a reduction in tax breaks for the rich in his annual budget proposal.
The $3.9tn (£2.34tn) budget calls for a rise in the minimum wage and for new spending on infrastructure.
It would reduce the budget deficit by $651bn over the next decade.
Ukraine crisis: US condemns Russian 'aggression'
The US has accused Russia of an "act of aggression" over its alleged deployment on Ukraine's Crimean peninsula.
President Barack Obama said Russian President Vladimir Putin's assertion that no troops had been mobilised was "not fooling anyone", and that Russia had no right to intervene in Crimea.
Secretary of State John Kerry, visiting Kiev, praised the "restraint" of the new government.
Nato reassures Poland, Baltic states on Russia threat
Nato head Anders Fogh Rasmussen has shown sympathy for Polish and Baltic states’ fears of Russia’s aggressive posture in Ukraine and beyond.
“These developments [Russia’s occupation of Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula] present serious implications for the security and stability of the Euro‑Atlantic area,” he told press in Brussels on Tuesday (4 March).
Trade War: Gazprom Threatens to Disrupt Gas Supplies to Europe
Russian-controlled natural gas giant Gazprom has threatened to disrupt gas supplies to Europe following warnings by John Kerry and others that harsh economic sanctions could be imposed on Moscow, as the Ukraine crisis threatens to spiral into a trade war.
Alaska: light quake felt in Anchorage
The Alaska Earthquake Center says the Tuesday evening quake had a preliminary magnitude of 4.4. The center says it was also felt in Eagle River, Wasilla, Willow and Talkeetna. There were no immediate reports of damage.
04 Mar 14
Conspiracy Theories Abound As Banker Deaths Start To Pile Up
Since January 2014, nine successful bankers have died unexpectedly from either suicide or mysterious circumstances, as reported in The Christian Post
Personalliberty.com has reported that another 5 bankers died in 2013, again as the result of either suicide or puzzling circumstances....the dead were employed by JPMorgan, Deutche Bank AG, Swiss Re AG, and other banks. Most recently, James Stewart, Jr. former CEO of the National Bank of Commerce was found dead, with no details of his death given.
Christians Flock to Obamacare Alternative
Exempt from the Obamacare mandate to buy health insurance, Medi-Share is a network of Christians who pool their financial resources to cover members’ medical expenses in what the organization deems a "proven biblical model of healthcare."
The Russian Bear Roars
There’s an old Jewish saying: “A good time to keep your mouth shut is when you’re in deep trouble.” President Barack Obama and his foreign policy advisers would have profited if they had been aware of this. Instead, the president went ahead with a 90-minute phone conversation on March 1, 2014 with President Vladimir Putin of Russia about the situation in Ukraine.
Russia warns could 'reduce to zero' economic dependency on US
Russia could reduce to zero its economic dependency on the United States if Washington agreed sanctions against Moscow over Ukraine, a Kremlin aide said on Tuesday, warning that the American financial system faced a "crash" if this happened
Could we see the return of ancient extinct species?
As gene technology develops, scientists move ever closer to the possibility of bringing extinct species back to life. The Long New Foundation in California is on the front line of research investigating the resurrection of ancient species, such as the woolly mammoth and sabre-toothed tiger, and aims to achieve the genetic rescue of endangered and extinct species.
Netanyahu at White House: With clock ticking, Obama reengages in Mideast
A US deadline is fast approaching for reaching a 'framework' agreement in the Middle East, and Obama, before meeting with Netanyahu, said 'tough decisions' are needed from both sides.
33% Say They’ve Been Personally Hurt by Health Care Law
One-in-three U.S. voters now says his or her health insurance coverage has changed as a result of Obamacare, and the same number say the new national health care law had a negative personal impact on them.
Ancient "Giant Virus" Revived From Siberian Permafrost
The past decade has seen something of a renaissance in the discovery of large, genetically complex viruses, with the discovery of three distinct groups (Mimivirus, Pandoravirus, and now Pithovirus) suggesting that viruses can be much more intricate and varied than previously thought, and that giant viruses may not be especially uncommon.
Putin: Russia has right to use force in Ukraine
Putin said Moscow reserves the right to use all means to protect Russians in Ukraine as US Secretary of State John Kerry was on his way to Kiev. Tensions remained high in the strategic Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea with troops loyal to Moscow firing warning shots to ward off protesting Ukrainian soldiers.
Two Light Earthquakes Registered in Bulgaria
Two light earthquakes have been registered on the territory of Bulgaria in the early hours of Tuesday.
Governor: Too many stoners in California
Gov.Jerry Brown said he is not sure legalizing marijuana is a good idea in his state because the country could lose its competitive edge if too many people are getting stoned.
Kerry to AIPAC: America will not fail Israel
After the Crimean crisis stole the limelight from the Israel-Palestinians negotiations at the press conference conducted by President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu earlier Monday, Secretary of State John Kerry returned the focus to the Middle East during his speech at the AIPAC Policy Conference Monday night.
Syria: Hizbollah recruitment surge as sectarian conflict spreads
Hizbollah, the militant Lebanese Shia group, is seeing a surge in recruitment as sectarian conflict spreads from the Syrian civil war, members of the group have told the Telegraph.
A spate of car bomb attacks against Shia towns and villages in Lebanon has caused a spike in the number of young men volunteering to fight for the group in Syria...
Weak Obama Has Emboldened Putin
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin was mocked in 2008 for warning that Russia'a Vladimir Putin may invade Ukraine if Barack Obama were elected President, and the former GOP vice presidential nominee on Monday said that President Barack Obama's weakness has emboldened Putin and perhaps even the Chinese. "Anyone who carries the commonsense gene would know that Putin doesn't change his stripes," Palin said. "He harkens back to the era of the czars... and he wants that Russian empire to grow again to exert huge power and dominance."
30,000-year-old giant virus 'comes back to life'
An ancient virus has "come back to life" after lying dormant for at least 30,000 years, scientists say.
It was found frozen in a deep layer of the Siberian permafrost, but after it thawed it became infectious once again.
The French scientists say the contagion poses no danger to humans or animals, but other viruses could be unleashed as the ground becomes exposed.