18 Jul 2019

Putin says Russia ready to restore ties with EU
Vladimir Putin said that Moscow expects to rebuild partnerships and launch constructive dialogues with the European Union (EU) after the European Commission elected its new president, the Kremlin said Wednesday. In a congratulatory message to Ursula von der Leyen on her election as the president of the European Commission, Putin said that her rich political experience and international standing will contribute to the European Commission’s constructive work and help “restore the equal and mutually beneficial partnership between the EU and Russia,”

Expect a War Between Russia and China in the 2020s
Notwithstanding the seeming friendship between Chinese president Xi Jinping and Russian president Vladimir Putin, and the growing congruence of both countries’ interests in undermining the US-led international order, relations between Russia and China remain at their core as brittle and prone to mutual suspicion and distrust as they have in the past. It is not unreasonable to expect that that underlying animosity will erupt into violence in the relatively near future. China – which contains a billion-and-a-half people – not only dwarfs Mother Russia in population, national power, and economic might.

Elon Musk’s Neuralink plans its first brain chip implants for next year
More than two years have passed since the world caught wind of Elon Musk’s Neuralink, an ambitious and mysterious startup focused on developing brain-machine interfaces that can connect minds to machines. Not a lot has been revealed since, but the company today emerged from the shadows to share its progress so far, along with its plans for the future, which involve implanting its first chips in human as early next year.

Trump Slams AOC’s ‘Squad’ As “The Four Horsewomen Of The Apocalypse”
In a string of tweets, Trump quotes Louisiana Senator John Kennedy, who blasts the members of the “squad” – AOC, Ayanna Pressley, Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib – as “left wing cranks” and “the four horsewomen of the apocalypse.” Kennedy blasted the Congresswomen as irredeemably dumb (“they’re the reason there are directions on a shampoo bottle”) and lamented the fact that Democratic presidential candidates are “falling over themselves to try and agree” with them.

Threats against members increasing, Capitol Police chief says
House Homeland Security Chairman Bennie Thompson sent a letter to Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Michael C. Stenger, who chairs the Capitol Police Board. The Mississippi Democrat requested Stenger to hold an emergency meeting to reexamine the board’s approach to analyzing the risk environment, setting thresholds for enhanced security for certain targeted members and evaluating threat streams with law enforcement partners in member districts.

Prominent California Islamists Praise Imam’s Call to Exterminate Jews
California Muslim cleric Ahmed Billoo, an educator who trains the next generation of imams, advocates for the genocide of Jews, for which he is praised by prominent Islamists in the US. He offered a prayer to deal with the surfeit of Jews in the building: “Oh God, reduce their numbers, exterminate them, and don’t leave a single one alive.” He added the hashtag “Zionists.”

US-Iran envoy says Bahrain to host Gulf maritime security conference
The US said Bahrain will host a maritime security conference to ensure freedom of navigation in the region’s waters. The comments come after Washington said last week it was seeking partners for a military coalition to protect the busy shipping lanes off Iran and Yemen. Brian Hook, the special envoy to Iran, said 65 countries would attend the event, Al-Arabiya reported, which comes amid a heightened threat for shipping in the waters around the Arabian Peninsula.

Speediest quantum operation yet
Australian scientists have linked together two electrons spins embedded in a silicon chip to form a two-qubit gate, the fundamental building block of a quantum computer. The gate is 200 times faster than any other of its type, taking a mere 0.8 nanoseconds to complete an operation, and uses atom-based qubits that are known for their high accuracy and extremely low noise. A lot of people thought this would not be possible. To be able to control nature at its very smallest level so that we can create interactions between two qubits but also individually talk to each qubit without disturbing the other is incredible,”

80 Percent Of Priests In The Vatican Are Gay: New Book-Forgiven By Church!
A large majority of priests in the Vatican are gay, although many are not sexually active, a new book claims. Some of the most senior clerics in the Roman Catholic church who have vociferously attacked homosexuality are themselves gay, according to a book to be published . Eighty per cent of priests working at the Vatican are gay, …

Ebola outbreak in Congo declared a global health emergency
The deadly Ebola outbreak in Congo is now an international health emergency, the World Health Organization announced Wednesday after a case was confirmed in a city of 2 million people . “The reality check is that a year into the epidemic, it’s still not under control, and we are not where we should be,” she said. “We cannot keep doing the same thing and expect different results.”

Report: Iran, Assad Plotting to Attack Israel
Syrian President Bashar Assad met on Tuesday in Damascus with an unnamed senior Iranian official to discuss ways to cope with Israeli airstrikes in the war-torn country, reported regime-affiliated Syrian newspaper Al-Watan. According to the report, the Iranian official also discussed with Assad the Trump administration’s Mideast peace plan and presented Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s plan to contend with it.

Israel bakes as temperature climbs to near-record 49.9°C at biblical Sodom
The highest temperature in the country was recorded on the southern shores of the Dead Sea, near the site of Biblical Sodom, where the mercury hit 49.9° Celsius (122° Fahrenheit), a record for the spot.

Will Netanyahu bar Ilhan Omar from entering Israel?
On Wednesday, Congresswoman Ilhan Omar announced that she will be visiting Israel and the Palestinian territories in the coming weeks. Omar will be accompanied by Rep. Rashida Tlaib. The two freshman congresswomen have become a focal point of the Jewish community after expressing numerous controversial comments regarding Israel and several statements that were deemed anitsemitic.

U.S. to send 500 troops to Saudi Arabia as Iran tensions heat up
The United States is sending 500 troops to the Prince Sultan Air Base east of the Saudi Arabian capital of Riyadh, reported CNN. Some of the troops and support personnel are already at the base preparing for a Patriot missile defense battery and runway and airfield improvements, according to US defense officials. Security assessments have shown that Iranian missiles would have difficulty targeting the base located in a remote area.

Palestinians seek to disengage economically from Israel
Palestinian leaders are spearheading a new effort to reduce their economic dependence on Israel by approaching Arab states for economic cooperation and agreements in a move meant to help counter the…so-called deal of the century peace project. Over the past two weeks, a delegation headed by Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh visited Iraq and Jordan, where senior Palestinian officials discussed proposals for new economic understandings…

DR Congo Ebola outbreak declared global health emergency
The World Health Organization has declared the Ebola crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo a “public health emergency of international concern”. The move may encourage wealthy donor countries to provide more cash. But the WHO stopped short of saying borders should be closed, saying the risk of the disease spreading outside the region was not high.

Nato chief calls on Russia to save INF nuclear missile treaty
Time is running out to save a key nuclear missile treaty with Russia, Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has told the BBC. Mr Stoltenberg pledged a “measured, defensive” response if Russia did not come back into compliance with the deal by the 2 August deadline. “We have to be prepared for a world… with more Russian missiles,” he said.

Top secret locations of 150 US nukes hidden in Europe are accidentally leaked in Nato report sparking major security fears
SECRET sites storing 150 US nukes have been accidentally revealed in a Nato report, it has been reported. The United States and its allies in the Nato military alliance never disclose the locations of the nuclear arsenal but it appears the six sites have inadvertently disclosed. A draft version of the document entitled “A new era for nuclear deterrence? Modernisation, arms control and allied nuclear forces” was published earlier this year.

US official claims Mexican soldiers made an ‘incursion’ onto American soil and got in a ‘scuffle’ with a Border Patrol agent near El Paso
Mexican military personnel have made an ‘incursion’ into U.S. territory, according to an American border official. Multiple members of the Mexican military crossed into the U.S. in the El Paso sector of western Texas at around 6.15pm ET on Tuesday, said National Border Patrol Council President Brandon Judd on Fox Business Network’s Lou Dobbs Tonight.

Franklin Graham warns Equality Act would be ‘catastrophic’ for Christians if it becomes law
The Equality Act, a bill that would add “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” as protected classes under federal civil rights law, would be “catastrophic” for Christians and churches if it becomes law, evangelist Franklin Graham warned.

Trump abortion rule deals ‘devastating blow’ to Planned Parenthood, group says
The Trump administration stopped taxpayer dollars from going to abortion referrals at publicly funded family planning centers on Monday.

Dengue fever: Philippines on national alert after 456 die from illness this year
Health authorities in the Philippines have declared a “national dengue alert” after a spike in cases of the viral disease which has left more than 450 people dead since January.

DC to feel almost as hot as Death Valley on Saturday
The northeastern United States will sizzle this week as summer heat builds to near-record levels in some places, with many metropolitan areas experiencing the hottest air temperatures of the summer so far as a heat wave envelopes a wide swath of the United States.

More than 120 killed, 6 million affected by floods in India and Nepal
At least 123 people were killed, tens of thousands are displaced and at least 6 million affected in seasonal floods affecting India and Nepal over the past 10 days. The death toll is rising steadily.

American Tech Giants Are Helping To Build China’s Surveillance State
Google and IBM are leading an effort via the non-profit “OpenPOWER Foundation” that is supporting China’s authoritarian government in conducting mass surveillance against its citizens, The Intercept has revealed.

UN officials join calls against East Jerusalem home demolitions
A day ahead of the possible demolition of 10 East Jerusalem buildings built near the security barrier, United Nations officials joined calls on Israel not to carry out the demolitions, saying they would displace 17 Palestinian residents and mean “massive property loss” for 350 more.

Trump Slams AOC’s ‘Squad’ As “The Four Horsewomen Of The Apocalypse”
Two days after President Trump provoked Democrats to pass a resolution condemning him as a racist by urging the radical left “squad” of freshman House Democrats “if you are not happy here, you can leave”, the president is back with another tweet storm guaranteed to send Democrats on Capitol Hill into fits of apoplexy.

Conservative Christians Denounce APA’s Promotion of Polyamory, Swinging
The American Psychological Association’s (APA) decision to establish a “Consenual Non-monogamy Task Force” to promote “polyamory, open relationships” and “swinging” as normal sexual behavior was condemned by the Catholic League and the Ruth Institute, respectively, as a form of “mental breakdown” and another step in a long march “to normalize aberrant sexual behavior between adults.”

It’s all CRUMBLING… NYC power outages to continue; GPS satellites fail; tech is collapsing at an increased rate
A series of incidents that have occurred in close proximity to each other over the past several days are leading many to believe that technology is failing society and that U.S. infrastructure is collapsing faster than previously believed.

FBI and Italian police in dawn raids targeting New York Gambino and Inzerillo Mafia clans in Sicily
A 200-strong force of FBI and Italian police targeted the New York Gambino family and the Sicilian Inzerillo Mafia clans during dawn raids this morning in Sicily.

Scientists use sound to apparently defy gravity
Scientists have made levitation a reality using a rather unexpected tool – sound. An Anglo-American research team experimented with sound-based levitation and succeeded in suspending small bits of plastic in mid-air. Their results will contribute to the field of soft robotics, which uses similar plastic materials to create flexible robots.