17 Aug 2020

Death Valley hits record-breaking 130 degrees
California’s Death Valley hit 130 degrees Sunday, shattering the August record not only for the region but also for all of North America. Sunday’s reading, the third hottest temperature recorded on Earth and the hottest since the 1930s, comes as the western United States continues to see scorching weather from Arizona to Montana.

Rare ‘firenado’ spotted in California as heat wave scorches state
A rare, fiery tornado was spotted in California on Saturday near the Nevada border where a large wildfire and excessive temperatures created a perfect, but dangerous, storm. The fire tornado, or firenado, prompted a tornado warning from the National Weather Service in Reno shortly before 3 p.m. near the Loyalton fire, which started in Sierra County in the Tahoe National Forest. The big concern is that it’s extremely erratic fire behavior,”

Trump Reacts to FBI Lawyer Guilty Plea: ‘That’s Just the Beginning’
President Donald Trump on Friday reacted to the news that former FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith would plead guilty for doctoring an email in an application for surveillance of the Trump campaign. “That’s just the beginning I would imagine,” Trump said, describing Clinesmith as “a corrupt attorney” working for “James Comey’s very corrupt FBI.”

Huge Guilty Plea in RussiaGate Ignored by CNN and MSNBC Prime Time
Kevin Clinesmith, a former FBI lawyer, is expected to plead guilty to falsifying an email regarding former Trump aide Carter Page’s past association with the CIA. CNN and MSNBC employ at least three former FBI and CIA officials as analysts, though none appeared on air to discuss the Clinesmith case.

Trump says he will look ‘very strongly’ at granting pardon to whistleblower Edward Snowden
President Donald Trump said Saturday he’s considering granting a pardon to whistleblower Edward Snowden. “I’m going to take a look at that very strongly,” Trump said during a news conference at his golf resort in Bedminster, New Jersey.

California Set To Pass The Nation’s First Wealth Tax Targeting The Ultra Rich
the SF Chronicle reporting that a group of CA state lawmakers on Thursday proposed a first-in-the-nation state wealth tax that would hit about 30,400 California residents and raise an estimated $7.5 billion for the general fund. “we can’t simply rely on austerity measures,” to close it. It wasn’t immediately clear why austerity doesn’t work considering that California has never actually tried it, but in any case the Democrat’s proposal was clear: “We must consider revenue generation.”

BEASTMODE: O’Brien Says Only Opponents of Israel-UAE Deal Are Ayatollah and Ben Rhodes
National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien said Sunday that the only two people who opposed the historic agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates were the ayatollah of Iran and former Obama adviser Ben Rhodes. “I think getting out of the JCPOA was the predicate for this fantastic deal between UAE and Israel,” he said on Meet the Press. “I never thought I would see President Trump being endorsed by Thomas Friedman on this deal and David Ignatius and others. I think the only people who were against the deal were the ayatollah and maybe Ben Rhodes.” Rhodes advised President Barack Obama on foreign policy and is best-known for his boasts to the New York Times about lying to neophyte reporters about the Iran nuclear deal. He is now an NBC News and MSNBC contributor.

Grade school requiring children to study ‘Book About Whiteness’
A grade school in a wealthy Pennsylvania school district is requiring children to study a book called “Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness,” which claims “white people who relate to police officers or decline to watch the news are complicit in racism.”

DFL candidate supported by Walz screams at teenaged girls during Bob Kroll protest
A DFL-endorsed candidate for the Minnesota House screamed profanities at a group of teenaged girls during a protest Saturday outside the home of Bob Kroll in Hugo, Minnesota. “I’m a black man being terrorized by this f–ing Klansman right here,” shouted John Thompson, who won his primary Tuesday for House District 67A. “Y’all got the grand wizard living in your [vulgarity] neighborhood.” f– Hugo, Minnesota.”

Five countries that could be next to make peace with Israel
In the wake of the normalization of relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, there are rumors that several other states could be next to sign an agreement with Israel. While there are hurdles to normalizing relations with some states in the Middle East, there are others who view the UAE decision as a trial balloon and will react positively based on how the next weeks and months play out between Jerusalem and Abu Dhabi. What follows is a list of some countries that reports suggest may be in line to normalize relations.

Netanyahu: I have been talking to other Arab leaders apart from UAE
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Fox News on Sunday that he has been speaking with leaders from Arab countries in addition to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) following the American-mediated peace deal announced last week between the two countries.

Rare Triple Comet Makes Close Solar Pass as Cosmic Rays Increase
Earlier this month, a robotic satellite spotted a rare triple-comet flying past the sun. Scientists are unsure of the rare comet’s origins but it comes at a time when cosmic ray activity is on the increase in a manner that may have serious effects on the Earth’s climate. “Unfortunately, the prognosis for small fragmenting comets like this is not good,” he stated. “This was probably this comet’s first and last pass by the sun, as it has likely now crumbled away entirely. But SOHO will continue to keep watching the sun, and waiting for our next special cometary offering to come along.”

Lebanese President Open to Peace with Israel: ‘Facilitating Construction of 3rd Temple’ says Rabbi
A recent statement by Lebanon’s president suggested that he would be receptive to an agreement with Israel similar to the one signed with the United Arab Emirates. The announcement has huge political and security implications, suggesting that Hezbollah may be on its way out, but, more importantly, a pact of brotherhood with Lebanon would be an element in the construction of the Third Temple as it was in the days of King Solomon.

Freak Summer Fire-Ice Hail Storm hits California: As Written in Exodus
The conditions for the firenado began when a wildfire was reported on Friday afternoon, sending 300 firefighters from local agencies and the U.S. Forest Service to fight the fires. Despite their best efforts, by Saturday, the blaze spread to more than 2,000 acres and was only 5% contained. The NWS Reno office issued a warning that the fire tornadoes may be accompanied by penny-sized hail. The image of hail falling while a firenado ravaged the landscape is reminiscent of the Biblical seventh plague, hail, that appeared with its elemental opposite, fire.

Israel working on direct flights to Dubai over Saudi Arabia – Netanyahu
Israel is in talks to have direct flights to the United Arab Emirates fly over Saudi airspace, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on a visit to Ben-Gurion Airport on Monday. “It is a short flight of three hours, like to Rome, but it will greatly change Israeli aviation and the economy, with a great number of tourists on both sides and a great number of investments,” Netanyahu said.

Coronavirus: Japan suffers its biggest economic slump on record
The Japanese economy has shrunk at its fastest rate on record as it battles the coronavirus pandemic. The world’s third largest economy saw gross domestic product fall 7.8% in April-June from the previous quarter, or 27.8% on an annualised basis. Japan was already struggling with low economic growth before the crisis.

For 6th day straight, Israel strikes Gaza over balloon attacks
Israeli military attacked several sites belonging to the Hamas terror group in the Gaza Strip for a sixth night in a row over the continued incendiary balloon attacks and border unrest, the army confirmed early Monday. The army’s spokesperson said IDF tanks attacked two Hamas outposts in the coastal enclave after more than 30 fires broke out on Sunday…scorching over 250 dunams of land.

China welcomes Putin’s proposed summit on Iran
China welcomed Russian President Vladimir Putin’s proposed summit of world leaders to avoid “confrontation” over a US attempt to trigger a return of all UN sanctions on Iran. The US lost a bid on Friday to extend a UN arms embargo on Iran. Russia and China opposed extending the weapons ban, which is due to expire in October under a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers.

US helicopters attack Syrian army checkpoint: State media
Two US helicopters attacked a Syrian army checkpoint, killing one soldier and injuring two others, state media reported. The incident in northeastern Syria, near the largely Kurdish city of Qamishli, happened shortly after a US patrol was prevented from passing by an army checkpoint in the area on Monday, the agency SANA added.

Fears of new bloodbath in Idlib as Assad troops go on the offensive
Syrian leader Bashar Assad has re-mobilized his forces in northwest Syria, raising fears of a new bloodbath in militant-controlled Idlib province. The move follows Russia’s suspension of joint military patrols with Turkish armed forces along the M4 highway in what is supposed to be a de-escalation zone.

Where Was Five-Year-Old Cannon Hinnant’s ‘White Privilege’?
The murder of Cannon Hinnant exposed systemic bias in the mainstream media. The majority of news outlets not reporting the execution-style murder of a five-year-old white boy at the hands of a black neighbour wasn’t a glitch. WaPo dismissed concerns about media bias, claiming conservatives were politicizing Hinnant’s death because Hinnant’s family don’t believe “race was a motivating factor in the killing.”

Disney “Makes History” By Introducing Its First Bisexual Cartoon Character
“In [development] I was very open about my intention to put queer kids in the main cast…”

Macron to PA leader: Peace talks with Israel ‘a priority’
The resumption of peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians remain a priority to reach a just solution in the Middle East, French President Emmanuel Macron said on Twitter on Sunday.

The Real Kamala Harris
Could the White House soon be occupied by a power-hungry authoritarian that will not hesitate to use the full power of the presidency to absolutely crush political enemies?  And no, I am not talking about Joe Biden.

Hollywood’s Apocalypse NOW: Rich and famous are fleeing in droves as liberal politics and coronavirus turn City of Dreams into cesspit plagued by junkies and violent criminals
Today, Los Angeles is a city on the brink. ‘For Sale’ signs are seemingly dotted on every suburban street as the middle classes, particularly those with families, flee for the safer suburbs, with many choosing to leave LA altogether.

Chinese security officials raid moms group affiliated with house church
Authorities in China’s Xiamen city raided a moms group affiliated with an influential house church as they held a meeting in a private home to talk about parenting. Officers accused the women of organizing “unauthorized” religious activities and apprehended them for interrogation at a police station, according to reports.

De Blasio’s New York: Bulletproof Vest Sales Are Skyrocketing In Parts Of The City
 “I love the city, but you can no longer feel at home and comfortable with a degree of safety.”

California plagued by scorching heat (130 degrees!), lightning, blackouts and even fire tornadoes
After a weekend of wild and scorching weather, California residents were warned Sunday to brace for the likelihood of rolling blackouts through Wednesday.

49 People Shot In Last 72 Hours In New York As City Hits Its “Expiration Date”
“We reached our New York expiration date. Things weren’t heading in the right direction. What we’re seeing now isn’t at all surprising.”

California Set To Pass The Nation’s First Wealth Tax Targeting The Ultra Rich
“Any tax that is actually effective at taxing wealth, however, would be equally effective at driving wealth out of state.

Abortions Are Tax Deductible? 100 Legislators Urge IRS to Change Tax Code – ‘Abortion Is Not Health Care’
More than 100 U.S. senators and representatives have signed a letter urging the Department of the Treasury to change IRS code so that abortion expenses are no longer tax deductible.

As Stealing Fuel Becomes More Difficult, Mexican Thieves Turn To Train Robbery
Last year an average of two railcars were robbed each week, but in the first six months of 2020 that number has increased to three per day, the newspaper Reforma reports.

Court sides with John MacArthur over church services
John MacArthur’s church has been told it can hold indoor worship with singing and no limit on the number of people attending.In-person services have continued to take place at MacArthur’s Grace Community Church in defiance of California’s lockdown orders.  MacArthur, whose church is located in Sun Valley, has maintained that the lockdown restrictions go too far.

How much is peace with the UAE worth?
Israel’s Economy Ministry is estimating that the new peace deal with the United Arab Emirates will lead to hundreds of millions of dollars in exports each year from Israel to the UAE, and in investments from the UAE into the Jewish state.

China decries US-Israel deal to exclude country from 5G network
Chinese media: “Chinese cities like Shanghai provided a safe haven to some 30,000 Jews fleeing Nazi Europe in WWII, but now Israel returns the favor by being a US poodle against China in 5G.”