Apr 20

Brazilians protest corrupt government, demand resignations; Americans still complacent with U.S. corruption

Brazilians protest corrupt government, demand resignations; Americans still complacent with U.S. corruption  It is said that people will get the kind of government they tolerate, no matter what sort of system they initially adopt. For an increasing number of Brazilians, however, their tolerance has run out; apparently, they can only take so much corruption. Recently hundreds of thousands of Brazilians poured onto the streets of cities all across the country to demand the dismissal of President Dilma Rousseff, for corruption. The public’s ire grew dramatically following revelations that Rousseff was the recipient of a kickback scheme involving the state-run Petrobras oil company, which prosecutors have said is the largest corruption scandal in the country’s history. As reported by Voice Of America: At least $800 million was paid in bribes and other funds by the nation’s biggest construction and engineering firms in exchange for inflated Petrobras contracts. Dozens of political figures, including close allies of the president, and former Petrobras executives, are under investigation. No one has been convicted yet, but 22 deputies, 13 senators and two governors have been implicated in the bribe-taking allegations. Some of the alleged wrongdoing took place while Rousseff was chairman of the Petrobras board. She is not being investigated. FULL REPORT

Apr 20

Military ops on U.S. soil raise martial-law fears

Military ops on U.S. soil raise martial-law fears Jade Helm 15 is set to kick off in seven states this summer, sending Special Operations forces from all four main branches of the military onto civilian soil to conduct hostile take-over training – and civil-rights advocates are sounding the alarms. This is how the military describes it: “The nature of warfare is always changing and U.S. Army Special Operations Command’s mission is to make certain the Army’s various Special Operations Forces are trained, equipped and organized to successfully conduct worldwide special operations in support of our nation’s interests,” said command spokesman Army Lt. Col. Mark Lastoria, in a statement to the Washington Post a few weeks ago. “Training exercise Jade Helm is going to assist our Special Operations Soldiers and leadership in refining the skills needed against an ever changing foreign threat.”But plenty on social media aren’t calmed by the explanation, in part remembering the recent similar operation in Broward County, Florida, that saw Blackhawk helicopters flying above community streets while soldiers loaded citizen participants into white vans for transport to internment camps. It was all a staged exercise but for those watching, the scenes that unfolded were alarming. FULL REPORT

Apr 20

Scientists Claim Too Many Vitamins Can Give You Cancer

Scientists Claim Too Many Vitamins Can Give You Cancer Taking extra vitamins “does more harm than good” and increases the risk of cancer and heart disease, a major study has revealed. Around 18 million Brits down supplements thinking they are getting a health boost, but research has found they can have the opposite effect. Dr Tim Byers – one of the world’s top cancer experts – examined research papers spanning 30 years. He looked at three widely taken ­over-the-counter pills and supplements, vitamin E tablets, beta-carotene and folic acid, and warned against exceeding the recommended daily amount. Dr Byers said: “We are not sure why this is happening but evidence shows that people who take more dietary supplements than needed tend to have a higher risk of developing cancer. “When we first tested dietary supplements in animal models we found that the results were promising. “Eventually we were able to move on to humans. We studied thousands of patients for 10 years who were taking dietary supplements and placebos. “We found that the supplements were actually not beneficial for their health. In fact, some people actually got more cancer while on the vitamins.” Folic acid supplements are thought to be taken by more than 230,000 pregnant UK women each year as it can help prevent spina bifida and other birth defects affecting the brain and spine. FULL REPORT

Apr 20

Bird Flu Confirmed at Iowa Farm, 5.3 Million Chickens To Be Killed

Bird Flu Confirmed at Iowa Farm, 5.3 Million Chickens To Be KilledIowa has discovered a second outbreak of avian influenza, this time at a commercial chicken laying facility in Osceola County in northwest Iowa, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Monday. The facility has 5.3 million hens. All the birds in the flock will be euthanized to prevent the spread of the disease, officials said. Last week, H5N2 avian influenza was discovered in a flock of 27,000 turkeys in Buena Vista County. Those birds also were euthanized. The disease is capable of killing an entire flock within 48 hours. Scientists and government officials believe the virus is being spread through migratory birds in the Mississippi flyway, where the strain previously has been identified. The birds are believed to transmit the illness through their droppings. The poultry industry has increased biosecurity efforts. Last week, officials said they were concerned the poultry-killing disease would make its way into the state’s commercial egg-laying industry, which is the largest in the nation. FULL REPORT

Apr 20

US WARSHIP HEADS TO YEMENI WATERS; COULD BLOCK IRAN WEAPONS

US WARSHIP HEADS TO YEMENI WATERS; COULD BLOCK IRAN WEAPONSIn a stepped-up response to Iranian backing of Shiite rebels in Yemen, the Navy aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt is steaming toward the waters off Yemen to beef up security and join other American ships that are prepared to intercept any Iranian vessels carrying weapons to the Houthi rebels. The deployment comes after a U.N. Security Council resolution approved last week imposed an arms embargo on leaders of the Iranian-backed Shiite Houthi rebels. The resolution passed in a 14-0 vote with Russia abstaining. Navy officials said Monday that the Roosevelt was moving through the Arabian Sea. A massive ship that carries F/A-18 fighter jets, the Roosevelt is seen more of a deterrent and show of force in the region. The U.S. Navy has been beefing up its presence in the Gulf of Aden and the southern Arabian Sea in response to reports that a convoy of about eight Iranian ships is heading toward Yemen and possibly carrying arms for the Houthis. Navy officials said there are about nine U.S. warships in the region, including cruisers and destroyers carrying teams that can board and search other vessels. MORE

Apr 20

Iran: We Won’t Allow ‘Foreigners’ to Inspect Our Sites

Iran: We Won't Allow 'Foreigners' to Inspect Our SitesA top Iranian commander on Sunday said that his country will never permit “foreigners” to inspect its military sites. “Not only will we not grant foreigners the permission to inspect our military sites, we will not even give them permission to think about such a subject,” Brigadier General Hossein Salami, the second-in-command of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), was quoted by Press TV as saying. “They will not even be permitted to inspect the most normal military site in their dreams,” he declared. Salami added that a harsh response awaits anyone who talks about such inspections. “Visiting a military base by a foreign inspector would mean the occupation of our land because all our defense secrets are there. Even talking about the subject means national humiliation,” he said, according to Press TV. The comments come amid reports that a final deal between Iran and the P5+1 powers could see Tehran allow international inspectors to visit its military sites. Iran has categorically denied the reports, describing them as mere rumors and as wrong interpretations of the understanding reached in early April in Switzerland. The Islamic Republic has clashed with the West, and particularly the United States, over the interpretation of the framework deal, and took particular exception to an American fact sheet released after the framework deal was reached. FULL REPORT

Apr 20

Arabic Hackers Infiltrated Israel’s Military Network

Arabic Hackers Infiltrated Israel’s Military NetworkCyber hackers are believed to have infiltrated the computer networks of the Israeli military, security researchers at Blue Coat Systems Inc. reported as quoted in Israel Hayom. According to the firm, the hackers were able to penetrate into associated networks of the IDF through a discreet espionage campaign. Trick emails prepackaged with attack software were sent to accounts registered on the servers. The attack on the Israeli military is just one instance of a wider cyber espionage effort being carried out across the Middle East. Researchers believe the four-month long campaign was most likely launched by Arabic speaking programmers since the default language setting in some of the programming tools was Arabic. Waylon Grange, the security researcher at Blue Coat who discovered the infiltrations, explained that most of the hackers’ software were comprised on pre-existing, widely accessible tools and software, such as remote access to the Poison Ivy Trojan. FULL REPORT

 

Apr 20

Netanyahu Invokes Biblical Prophecy to Open World’s Eyes to “Darkness” of Iran

Netanyahu Invokes Biblical Prophecy to Open World’s Eyes to “Darkness” of Iran Commemorating Holocaust Remembrance Day in Israel, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu invoked messages of the Holocaust and biblical prophecy as a warning directed towards the expansionist and violent actions of the Iranian regime. “Seventy years ago, the bells of freedom rang in the free world. The horrific nightmare that had engulfed all humanity in the depths of blood had come to an end in Europe,” the prime minister said in an address at Yad Vashem on Thursday. “Leaders of modern countries realized that it was a propitious time to establish a new world order based on defending liberty, eradicating evil and opposing oppression. They articulated the most important lesson of World War II: democracies must not turn a blind eye to the aspirations of tyrannous regimes to expand,” Netanyahu stated. “A conciliatory attitude toward these regimes only increases their tendency for aggression. And if this aggression is not stopped in time, humanity might find itself in a much bloodier battle.” The prime minister pointed out that “ahead of World War II, the world attempted to appease the Nazis. They wanted quiet at any price, and the terrible price did come.” FULL REPORT

 

Apr 20

Magnitude-6.8 earthquake off Taiwan sparks house fire and fatality

Magnitude-6.8 earthquake off Taiwan sparks house fire and fatalityUPDATE - A strong undersea earthquake that struck between Taiwan and southern Japan on Monday sparked a house fire that resulted in a fatality outside of Taiwan’s capital, authorities said. The quake triggered an advisory for a tsunami of up to 3 feet in Japan that was lifted after just over an hour. It caused buildings in the Taiwanese capital of Taipei to sway, and people there rushed into the streets. A person was killed in a house fire in the Taipei suburb of Xinzhuang that was sparked by the explosion of an electricity transformer box due to the quake, Taiwan’s fire and rescue agency said in a statement, without providing any further details. Taiwan’s official Central News Agency gave the age of the deceased as 84, but offered no other details. One other person was injured in the fire, the government said. Footage from Taiwanese television broadcaster TBS showed signs and lights swinging from the ceiling of a newsroom in Taipei. Fire crews sealed off a multi-level parking lot in central Taipei after the mechanical parking tower failed, damaging 11 cars. The Japan Meteorological Agency said the magnitude-6.8 quake’s epicenter was at a shallow point in seas east of Taiwan and south of Okinawa, near the Yonaguni islands. It said no tsunami was detected. FULL REPORT

Apr 20

California Conditions Becoming Like A Third-World Country

California Conditions Becoming Like A Third-World CountryAs if anyone actually needed another reason to move out of the crazy state of California, now it is being reported that conditions in some areas of the state “are like a third-world country” due to the multi-year megadrought that has hit the state. In one California county alone, more than 1,000 wells have gone dry as the groundwater has disappeared. The state is turning back into a desert, and an increasing number of homes no longer have any water coming out of their taps or showerheads. So if you weren’t scared away by the wildfires, mudslides, high taxes, crime, gang violence, traffic, insane political correctness, the nightmarish business environment or the constant threat of “the big one” reducing your home to a pile of rubble, perhaps the fact that much of the state could soon be facing Dust Bowl conditions may finally convince you to pack up and leave. And if you do decide to go, you won’t be alone. Millions of Californians have fled the state in recent years, and this water crisis could soon spark the greatest migration out of the state that we have ever seen. FULL REPORT

Apr 20

Congo’s ticking time-bomb – one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the world

Congo’s ticking time-bomb – one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the worldCONGO – A time bomb is ticking in eastern Congo. Mount Nyiragongo, an active volcano, could erupt at any moment. The ever-present threat is forcing two uneasy neighbors – DRC and Rwanda – to cooperate with one another. The crater of Mount Nyiragongo contains the largest and most voluminous lava lake in the world, measuring a staggering ten million cubic meters. Celestin Kasereka, who works for the volcanological observatory in Goma, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, considers Mount Nyiragongo to be one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the world. “Nyiragongo is one of three volcanoes in which the lava lake is still active and it is situated right next to Goma with its one million inhabitants. We have to monitor this volcano,” he said. Keeping a volcano under surveillance is a difficult task. There was a time when the European Union and Switzerland provided funding, but foreign aid for the observatory dried up in 2014. The government of North Kivu province lacks the means to make up for the shortfall and so there are no funds available for data gathering expeditions to the crater, seismographs, access to satellite data, or for public awareness campaigns. The observatory doesn’t even have enough resources to update the public warning signs which show the level of volcanic activity. Their purpose is to tell the population when to prepare for the evacuation of Goma, should an eruption be imminent. Kasereka finds this lack of precautionary measures worrying. “If we can’t monitor the volcano properly, we could be in for a nasty surprise.” FULL REPORT

Apr 20

Magnitude 6.5 Earthquake Strikes Yonakuni, Japan

Magnitude 6.5 Earthquake Strikes Yonakuni, JapanMagnitude 6.5 Earthquake Strikes Yonakuni, Japan – Click on Photo for Details

Apr 20

6.4 magnitude earthquake strikes off the coast of Taiwan

6.4 magnitude earthquake strikes off the coast of TaiwanA shallow 6.4-magnitude earthquake was felt off Taiwan’s eastern coast Monday morning, the U.S. Geological Survey said. No immediate damage or injuries were reported, Taiwan’s China’s News Agency said. The quake was recorded at 9:42 a.m. (9:42 p.m. ET Sunday) about 80 miles south southeast of Keelung, a city of almost 400,000 people. The U.S. Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said there was no threat of a tsunami to Hawaii or U.S. possessions in the Pacific. The quake reportedly shook buildings in the capitol city of Taipei. Taiwan’s national broadcaster, NHK, quoted seismologists as saying several islands in the Okinawa island chain could see waves of 1 meter — lower than the prevailing sea level and therefore posing no threat. The quake was initially reported at magnitude 6.8, but the USGS downgraded it to magnitude 6.6 and then to magnitude 6.4. Extinction Protocol

Apr 20

Egypt Files Suit Against Barack Obama And Hillary Clinton For Conspiring With Muslim Brotherhood

Egypt Files Suit Against Barack Obama And Hillary Clinton For Conspiring With Muslim Brotherhood THE EGYPTIAN COMPLAINT READS THAT “BARACK OBAMA ASSISTED THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD IN CRIMES AGAINST EGYPT AND IT’S CITIZENS”

“Let his days be few; and let another take his office.” Psalm 109:8 (KJV)

My favorite expression about Barack Obama is “Everything is calculated.” I read comments and commentaries about how inept he is — that he does not know what he is doing. Ha! Obama knows exactly what he’s doing. Remember when BHO went on the apology tour right after he was elected in 2008? Remember when he told world leaders that America had been involved in too many countries affairs and deserved the name “The world’s policeman?” How in the world do you think that the so-called Arab Spring came about? Obama was a major player in this, and his Puppetmaster, George Soros, supplied the money. The plan was to destabilize the Middles East, and rid the Arabic countries of their secular governments, and replace them with the Muslim Brotherhood. That was the plan. His diabolical plan backfired in Egypt. Not only was his great buddy, Mohamed Morsi, ousted, but he was incarcerated in 2012. He still sits in a jail cell to this day. Egypt also jailed many members of the Muslim Brotherhood, and made it a crime to be part of this terrorist organization. Think about this: Obama has hosted the Muslim Brotherhood in the White House on several occasions. He has not hidden this from the press. FULL REPORT

Apr 20

Huckabee to Christians: Wait to Join The Military After Obama Leaves Office

Huckabee to Christians: Wait to Join The Military After Obama Leaves Office Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee told an Iowa talk radio show host on Saturday that young Christians should wait until President Obama left office before considering military service. He said there is a culture of persecution in the military under Obama, making it a “hostile work environment.” Huckabee was responding to a story in the Washington Times about recent high-profile cases of discrimination against Christians in the military. Michael Berry of the Liberty Institute, a Florida-based public interest law firm representing many of these cases, said Christian parents may discourage their children from serving. Berry’s firm represents a Christian pastor who has ministered to sailors and Marines for almost 20 years, whom the Navy is about to discharge because he counseled sailors on human sexuality that offended a homosexual officer. Huckabee called it “one of the great tragedies of our time”:“This administration has had an open hostility toward the Christian faith. And I know that sounds like a bold statement, Jan, but when you have a president whose administration orders its chaplains to put its Bibles away, not to pray in Jesus’ name, not to counsel people on the issues of sexual morality; when you have this attitude that is more about promoting gay marriage and gay rights in the military than it is about being able to protect religious liberty for those people of faith, it’s going to be hard to find people that are truly devoted people of faith and Christian believers and Orthodox Jews and others. Why would they want to be in a military that would be openly hostile and not just simply bring some scorn to their faith, but would punish them for it?” FULL REPORT

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