14 Feb 2018

Giant lava dome confirmed in Japan’s Kikai Caldera
The composition of this lava dome is different from the magma that caused the giant caldera to erupt — it shows the same chemical characteristics as the current post-caldera volcano on the nearby Satsuma Iwo-jima Island. It is possible that currently a giant magma buildup may exist under the Kikai Caldera.

Top FBI, CIA, and NSA officials all agree: Stay away from Huawei phones
When the CIA, FBI, and NSA reach the same conclusion, you should probably listen. The intelligence community has been warning about the risk of Huawei for years, but the timing of the message here is clear: buy the Mate 10 Pro at your own risk. Ever since a 2012 investigative report—in which Huawei was wholly uncooperative….the intelligence community seemingly has ample reason to suspect Huawei of cyber espionage, and it is stopping at nothing to ensure the Mate 10 Pro isn’t a big seller in the U.S.

Hungary submits anti-immigration ‘Stop Soros’ bill to parliament
The bill, submitted to parliament late on Tuesday, is a key part of Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s anti-immigration campaign targeting U.S. financier George Soros whose philanthropy aims to bolster liberal and open-border values in eastern Europe. The government says the bill, which would also impose a 25 percent tax on foreign donations to NGOs that back migration in Hungary, is meant to deter illegal immigration Orban says is eroding European stability and has been stoked in part by Soros

Declassified: Comey Had Secret Russia Meeting With Obama Amid “Unmaskings”
the fifth participant in the Jan 5, 2017 meeting was none other than former FBI Director James Brien Comey Jr., also known as “Boyscoutish” Jim. What’s notable about Comey’s attendance in the meeting is that it appears he misled Congress about his contact with President Obama. Comey’s prepared statement to congress deliberately omits the January 5 meeting, and qualifies his meetings with Obama as “alone.” In other words, since the Jan 5 meeting wasn’t “alone,” Comey didn’t include it – thus, it appears he deliberately mislead Congress about his communications with President Obama.

The director of the FBI says the whole of Chinese society is a threat to the US — and Americans must step up as a society to defend themselves
“One of the things we’re trying to do is view the China threat as not just a whole of government threat, but a whole of society threat on their end,” Wray said, “and I think it’s going to take a whole-of-society response by us.”

Trump Will Veto Democrats’ Senate Amnesty Bills
A senior administration official said Tuesday night that President Trump “will veto any bill that doesn’t advance his common-sense immigration reforms” — a hardening of the White House bargaining position as the Senate begins an epic debate … In discussing the White House’s strategic thinking, the administration official asserted confidence on immigration, saying Democrats who resist Trump’s approach will “be walking into a political suicide march.”

The top 12 porn-peddling mainstream companies that facilitate sexual exploitation
The list calls out mainstream corporations “which the American people use and interact with every day on a mass scale” but “simultaneously promote or profit from messages of incest, the dehumanization of women, sexual violence, and even racism and child exploitation,”

Did the War of Gog and Magog Begin on Saturday?
Israel and Iran made direct military contact on Saturday for the first time, signaling a significant escalation in the multinational entanglement in Syria. This development contains unique elements that several end-of-days experts say presages the Messianic war of Gog and Magog. The confrontation on Saturday marks a serious escalation in an already volatile region that brings the armies of many nations in closer proximity with one another.

Arrests by Israeli Security Reveal Connection Between Turkey and Hamas
The Israel Security Agency (ISA), also known as the Shin Bet, announced on Monday the arrest of a Turkish national and an Arab-Israeli both of whom were suspected of engaging in activities for the Hamas terrorist organization. The arrests suggest a nefarious connection between the Turkish government and Hamas.

1,000 Ethiopian Jews to be Approved for Aliyah ‘Within One Month’
“The positive result of today’s meeting is that we received a very clear commitment to bring those 1,000 Jews to Israel,” said Chairperson of the State Control Committee, Member of Knesset (MK) Shelly Yachimovich of the Zionist Union list.

Wait–The FBI Agents Who Interviewed Michael Flynn Didn’t Think He Lied To Them?
Attorney General Sally Yates felt that the Flynn-Kislyak conversations were possibly illegal, prompting two FBI agents to interview Flynn on January 24, 2017. They reported back to then-FBI Director James Comey and noted that they felt Flynn did not lie to them. Flynn would resign on February 13. So, what happened? The Washington Examiner’s Byron York had a lengthy piece explaining the whole timeline of the Flynn fiasco that eventually led to him pleading guilty to making false statements to the FBI. But many questions remain, specifically whether the Obama holdovers at DOJ railroaded Flynn.

Very shallow minor earthquake swarm below Sao Miguel, Azores Islands, Portugal
At least 300 earthquakes of medium magnitude were recorded in the Azores Islands on Monday morning.

Got an accusation? New ruling puts you on notice
There’s a new court decision that puts on notice anyone who might be tempted to make an allegation. You need evidence. The Minnesota Court of Appeals has reinstated a defamation suit against a non-profit that assists victims of domestic violence, ruling that a woman’s claim that she is a survivor of domestic violence — for which evidence is absent — has been determined to be “defamatory per se.”

Introducing the IDF’s new ‘missile corps’
Defense Minister Lieberman has decided—in full agreement with Chief of Staff Eisenkot—to build a surface-to-surface missile arsenal in the Ground Forces; within two years, Israel Military Industries will supply missiles with a range of 150 kilometers and the ability to destroy any target within five minutes, which will later be joined by missiles covering all of Lebanon and reaching deep into Syria as well.

Iranian ‘winter’ coming to northern border, analyst warns
Three days after Israel’s first direct confrontation with Iran on its northern border, concern remains over the growing danger posed by the Islamic Republic’s growing foothold in the neighborhood. “Winter is coming from the north where we have a concrete threat,” Orit Perlov, a social media analyst for the Institute for National Security Studies, told The Jerusalem Post…days before an Israeli F16I was downed over the country by Syrian air defenses.

Series of tremors shake Pacific plate as Ring of Fire activity returns
STRONG tremors have struck near Guam, Japan and Alaska within the Pacific plate as fears of Ring of Fire activity return. The US island territory of Guam was struck by four earthquakes in the early hours of Tuesday as magnitude 5.7, 5.6, 5.4 and 4.9 quakes shook the region. Alaska was hit by more but weaker tremors, measuring at magnitudes of 4.2, 4.0, 3.9, 3.6, 3.5 and 3.3 while a 4.5 magnitude quake shook Japan.

Yellowstone ERUPTION: Supervolcano under ‘STRAIN’ – experts find magma chamber pressure
YELLOWSTONE is “under strain” according to a group of seismologists who are monitoring the potentially catastrophic volcano, prompting fears an eruption is imminent. A process known as deformation, where subsurface rocks subtly change shapes, is occurring beneath the surface of Yellowstone which alerts experts.

Coalition members back Netanyahu, blast police and Lapid
The police and Yesh Atid Chairman MK Yair Lapid came under fire Tuesday night following the publication of the police’s recommendations to indict Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for bribery, fraud and breach of trust in two separate cases. Coalition Chairman David Amsalem (Likud) insisted that “There is nothing new here.” He claimed the police had “marked” Netanyahu two years ago and have been doing everything in their power to “hit their mark,”…

Israeli tech firm undercuts facial recognition to bolster privacy
Big brother is watching…Riding the wave of a global push to comply with new privacy standards, a small Israeli company believes it can help you, and your face, stay anonymous in a hyper-connected world. The startup, called D-ID, says it has developed a “firewall” to block facial recognition, the ubiquitous technology that can now unlock smartphones, tag friends on Facebook, or help police pick out an individual hiding in a crowd.

U.N.’s 2nd attempt at including abortion in ‘right to life’
The United Nations, for the second time in months, is being criticized for trying to redefine the “right to life” to include a right to abortion, assisted suicide and euthanasia.

Omarosa, whoever that is, freaked out because Mike Pence hears from Jesus
…Now like I said, I have scarcely any idea who this woman even is or where she came from. If her claim to fame is from the reality TV world, then that would explain it. But let me address her contention that she’s a Christian but she finds Mike Pence scary. A lot of people think that when someone claims to be a Christian you should always take them at their word. I don’t. I look at their fruit.

Seattle To Remove Massive Spying Network After Public Backlash
After rejecting a massive network of surveillance cameras and tracking devices, Seattle residents are now being forced to pay for the removal of the invasive equipment.

Mass Exodus Begins: 1000s Flee Venezuela’s Socialist Starvation Across Bridge To Colombia
People are fleeing the socialism forced on them in Venezuela by the hundreds of thousands. Starving, and facing violence over crumbs of food, many have no choice but to flee the wasteland which used the authority of government to destroy the lives of its citizens.

Damascus warns Israel of “more surprises” in Syria
The Syrian government said on Tuesday that Israel would face “more surprises” in future attacks on Syria’s territory, after Syrian air defences shot down an Israeli F-16 jet. Syrian anti-aircraft fire downed the F-16 as it returned from a bombing raid on Iran-backed positions in Syria early on Saturday. Both Iran and Russia are supporting President Bashar al-Assad in Syria’s near seven-year civil war.

US jet destroys Russian T-72 battle tank in ‘self-defense’ in Syria
A US jet operating in Syria destroyed a Russian-made T-72 battle tank near Al Tabiyeh, Syria, on Saturday, a Pentagon representative confirmed to Business Insider on Tuesday.

DHS Debunks NBC Fake News Claiming Russia ‘Penetrated’ Election
The Department of Homeland Security issued a statement Monday pushing back against NBC’s assertion the Russians hacked the 2016 U.S. election.

California Gov’t Caught Building Housing on Contaminated Nuclear Test Sites
As a city prepares to spend $8 billion building government housing, the $1 billion it paid contractors to clean up the contamination from the former nuclear test site, appears to have been wasted. As the city of San Francisco attempts to build new government housing on a former nuclear test site, an investigation has revealed that the contractors who were supposed to clean up the area intentionally botched the work, even going as far as to swap soil samples from contaminated sites with clean ones.

Flush with pallets of cash from Obama, Iran is taking aim at Israel
Lee Kuan Yew, the great statesman of Singapore, once warned the U.S. that if Iran gets a nuclear bomb, “It will travel.” Something like that is happening. It’s not very visible in the news, but based on Saturday’s deliberate Iranian drone attack on Israel, and the subsequent Israeli retaliation, it’s obvious that Iran is gearing up to start a war with Israel.

For Israel, the next chapter in Syria’s war will be a nightmare scenario. The incident on Israel’s northern border on Saturday was not only a significant event for Israel, but a serious incident that shows how the disastrous war in Syria is far from over, A new chapter in fact is just beginning, with Israel poised to be a central character.

Self-important network that speaks truth to power or something announcing 50 layoffs
Let’s not make too much of this, CNN has more than 4,000 employees. But apparently the honchos in Atlanta have decided that’s about 50 more than they need to peddle anti-Trump narratives on a 24/7 basis. Oh, and some of their new “digital initiatives” are not working out, so it’s time to swing the axe:

US Strikes Kill 100 Russian Fighters In Syria
Following up to last night’s bombshell report  that at least two Russian mercenary fighters in Syria had been killed by US-led coalition forces, this morning Bloomberg is out with an exclusive, according to which the body count is far greater than had been disclosed: U.S. forces reportedly killed “scores” of Russian contract soldiers in Syria last week “in what may be the deadliest clash between citizens of the former foes since the Cold War”, Bloomberg reported.

Report: Israel Boosts Air Defenses Amid War Fears
The Jerusalem Post reports: Israel has boosted its air defense in the North following a significant confrontation between the Jewish state, Syria and Iran that led to the loss of an F-16i fighter jet.

Oxfam Faces Fresh Child Sex Abuse, ‘Sex For Aid’ Accusations
Scandal-hit British charity Oxfam was reeling Tuesday after fresh claims of sexual assault and rape, this time between aid workers in South Sudan.

Vatican: China Best Example of Church’s Social Doctrine
Conservative Catholics are expressing shock at Pope Francis’ zeal in embracing the totalitarian government of China by first agreeing to replace underground church leaders with state-chosen hacks and now with a top Vatican official saying “those who best realize the social doctrine of the church are the Chinese.”