Jun. 23, 2015
As President Obama tries to unite the nation behind his efforts to combat climate change, the White House on Monday released a detailed projection for a dystopian future if greenhouse-gas emissions remain unchecked. The most catastrophic impact, the administration argued, can be avoided if leaders mandate the carbon cuts necessary to keep global warming to 3.6 Fahrenheit.
House Republicans on Monday released some 60 emails sent to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton from associate Sidney Blumenthal dating back to February 2011, more than 18 months before the attack took place.
The Treasury says the $10 was picked as the only way to get a woman onto the currency in time to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment. Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew was trying to do the right thing when he decided that a woman should be featured on the $10 bill. Instead he’s been buried in scorn.
The renewable-energy boom is here. Trillions of dollars will be invested over the next 25 years, driving some of the most profound changes yet in how humans get their electricity. That’s according to a new forecast by Bloomberg New Energy Finance that plots out global power markets to 20401.
Google’s life sciences group has created a health-tracking wristband that could be used in clinical trials and drug tests, giving researchers or physicians minute-by-minute data on how patients are faring.
A tiny beetle’s two decade rampage across western Canada has hugely impacted the region’s timber industry, destroying more than half the harvestable pine in heavily forested British Columbia. Giant forestry firms have headed south as a consequence, buying up sawmills and woodlands across the U.S.
Orders for business equipment rose in May for just the second time this year, indicating demand for American-made manufactured goods is stabilizing.
The El Nino developing across the Pacific strengthened further, according to Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology, which again highlighted patterns shown by the data that are similar to the record 1997-1998 event. El Ninos have the potential to affect weather and harvests around the globe by baking parts of Asia, dumping rain across South America and bringing cooler summers to North America.
The share of working-age people without health insurance fell by more than 4 percentage points in 2014, the biggest drop since the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention began reporting the data in 1997.
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The U.S. will spread about 250 tanks, armored vehicles and other military equipment across six European nations, including the Baltic states, to help reassure NATO allies facing threats from Russia and terrorist groups, Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged to track down Druze rioters in the occupied Golan Heights responsible for the “lynching” of a wounded Syrian being transported to a hospital.
The federal government is chipping in money for a three-year pilot study using sewage samples to determine levels of marijuana use in two Washington cities – research that could help answer some key questions about pot legalization.
A Virginia woman charged with concealing the body of her son, who had been missing for more than a decade, in the trunk of her car will remain in custody until her next court appearance.
The Islamic State group made two youths hang from a beam by their wrists after accusing them of eating during daylight hours in the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.
A man opened fire with a shotgun in a Philadelphia neighborhood on Monday, wounding seven people including three young children.
French authorities are looking into how a lamb genetically modified with jellyfish protein was sold as meat to an unknown customer, a judicial source told AFP on Tuesday.
US police shifted a manhunt for two escaped killers once again Monday as DNA evidence was reportedly found in a cabin 17 days after they bust out of a New York jail.
Pakistan’s prime minister called for emergency measures as the death toll from a heatwave in southern Sindh province reached nearly 700.
Kurdish fighters in northern Syria say they have captured a key town from Islamic State, just 30 miles from the group’s headquarters at Raqqa.
The Rwandan government has branded the arrest of its intelligence chief Karenzi Karake as “an outrage”.
Nigeria’s treasury is “virtually empty”, President Muhammadu Buhari has said. His government had inherited millions of dollars’ worth of debt from the previous administration.
More than 200 people have been arrested in Armenia during protests about rising electricity prices.
The cyber breach at America’s federal Office of Personnel Management through which the personal data of an estimated 18 million former, current – and even prospective – federal workers was lost is, by one commentator’s estimate, the “Holy Grail” from a counterintelligence perspective.
President Obama used the Charleston shootings at what he called the “Mother Emanuel church” to press his point of religious tolerance for Islam, suggesting in a nationally publicized speech Americans too often discriminate against Muslims.
The ISIS army may have reached a new low with a twisted new contest in which female slaves captured in war are given away as “prizes” to fighters who show the have mastered the Koran.
WikiLeaks Saudi cable says Iran shipped nuclear equipment to Sudan
Saudi diplomats in Khartoum believed Iran shipped advanced nuclear equipment including centrifuges to Sudan in 2012, according to a document leaked last week that WikiLeaks says is a cable from the embassy.
Pope told to read scriptures on self defense
‘Children of Israel commanded to make weapons and to use them when necessary’ “Pope Francis is not thinking his declaration through considering what is said in the Bible, the same word of God the pope claims to represent to the world. The people of God have always had to possess weapons when they could do so.”
Heat wave kills more than 400 in Pakistan’s Karachi
A heat wave has killed more than 400 people in Pakistan’s southern city of Karachi over the past three days, health officials said on Tuesday, as they set up emergency medical camps in the streets. One of Karachi’s biggest public hospitals said all its beds were full, with more than 200 people dying there of dehydration or heat exhaustion.
Pope Francis: Weapons manufacturers can’t call themselves Christian
“It makes me think of … people, managers, businessmen who call themselves Christian and they manufacture weapons. That leads to a bit a distrust, doesn’t it?” he told the crowd.
Obama Logic? Racism is Genetic, Gender is a Choice
Our pro-cross dressing President apparently doesn’t think people have DNA that makes them male or female. But he has just told an interviewer that white people and others have DNA that makes them racist and that American institutions are racist, too. These claims are described by our media as “bold” rather than bizarre racial slurs.
Ebola returns to Sierra Leone capital after three-week gap
Sierra Leone has recorded two new cases of Ebola in Freetown in the past few days, disproving the assumption that the capital city had already defeated the deadly virus, officials said on Monday.
ISIS in Syria Hangs Two Boys for Eating During Ramadan
The Islamic State (ISIS) on Monday hanged two youths after accusing them of eating during daylight hours in the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, the Syrian Observatory of Human Rights said. “Residents of the village of Mayadeen in Deir Ezzor province reported that IS hanged from a crossbar two boys aged under 18 near the HQ of the Hissba”, the jihadist police, Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman told the AFP news agency. “The children have been suspended by ropes from a pole since noon, and they were still there in the late evening,” he added. “Apparently, they were caught eating,” Abdel Rahman continued.
Iranian Ex-President: US Trying to Arrest the Muslim Messiah
In bizarre rant to supporters, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad claims ‘evil’ US gov’t working to arrest the ‘Hidden Imam’. Ahmadinejad claimed the US was putting an intense effort into capturing the Hidden Imam, whose imminent return is expected by followers of the so-called Twelver Shia sect of which the former president is a member. According to Twelver Shias the “Hidden Imam” is the “Mahdi” – the Muslim messiah.
Another earthquake hits Sabah, 89th recorded
According to state Meteorological Department director Abdul Malek Tussin, the latest was a 4.3 magnitude earthquake, occurring some 19km northwest of Ranau, Sabah. Mild tremors were felt as far away as Kota Kinabalu, Ranau, Kota Belud and Kundasang.
Syrian Kurds, on the offensive, push deeper into Islamic State territory
Kurdish-led forces advanced on Monday deep into territory in Syria held by Islamic State, showing new momentum after they unexpectedly swiftly seized a border crossing from the jihadists last week.
Rare triple crescent moons orbiting Saturn caught by Cassini probe
The Cassini spacecraft captured a stunning image of three crescent moons orbiting the planet Saturn. It managed to photograph Titan, Mimas and Rhea all in the same shot.
Greek offer to creditors stirs angry backlash at home
Greek lawmakers reacted angrily on Tuesday to concessions Athens offered in debt talks and parliament’s deputy speaker warned the proposals might by rejected, puncturing optimism that a deal to pull Greece back from the abyss might be sealed quickly.
U.S. to pre-position tanks, artillery in Baltics, eastern Europe
The United States will pre-position tanks, artillery and other military equipment in eastern and central Europe, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced on Tuesday, moving to reassure NATO allies unnerved by Russia’s intervention in Ukraine.
ANOTHER CME IS ON THE WAY
Big sunspot AR2371 erupted again on June 22nd (18:23 UT), producing a strong M6.5 class solar flare. X-ray and UV radiation from the flare ionized the upper layers of Earth’s atmosphere, causing a blackout of some shortwave radio signals over North America.
SOLSTICE GEOMAGNETIC STORM
A series of CMEs hit Earth’s magnetic field on June 22nd, producing a severe G4-class geomagnetic storm. Northern Lights spilled across the Canadian border into more than a dozen US states, including places as far south as Colorado, Georgia, Virginia and Arkansas
European police team to take on IS social media propaganda
A Europe-wide police unit is to be set up next month with the aim of shutting down social media accounts used by key Islamic State militants to spread propaganda and recruit foreigners to their cause, Europol said Monday.
30 killed in northeast Nigeria by 2 girl suicide bombers
Two girls blew themselves up on Monday near a crowded mosque in northeast Nigeria’s biggest city, killing about 30 people, witnesses said. It is the fourth suicide bombing this month in Maiduguri, which is the birthplace of the Boko Haram Islamic extremist group.
The bond market is bracing for the worst and loading up on cash
The Federal Reserve has signalled that, barring some unexpected economic shock, interest rates will most likely rise this year. In a report Monday, Bloomberg’s Lisa Abramowicz highlights that bond funds are now holding 8% of their assets in cash, the highest rate since 1999.
Secret Talks Between Israelis and Saudis Reflect Regional Anxieties
Given the sorry state of affairs in the Middle East, it’s easy to conclude there’s no end in sight to the ongoing chaos, violence and upheaval. Yet it is also a land of miracles. How else to explain recent revelations about secret meetings between Saudi Arabia and Israel to address a common foe, Iran.
Wounded Syrian killed as Druze attack Israeli ambulance: police
A wounded Syrian was killed on Monday when Israeli Druze attacked an Israeli military ambulance taking him to hospital for treatment, police said.
So, the Catholic Church has a major problem right now. …And the Pope is only a part of it
By now, you’ve probably seen the Tweets, read the quotes, or listened to the proclamations coming from the Vatican. The Pope has decided to embrace the global warming faith, attack capitalism, decry the successes of western nations, and rail against guns, gun manufacturers, and those who support the industry.
Full Court Press is on to Pressure Supreme Court into Saving Obamacare
President Obama is once again telling lies about Obamacare while bullying the Supreme Court to decide in his administration’s favor in King v. Burwell, a court case which will likely be decided this month and which has the potential to gut the law’s subsidies. On cue, the mainstream media have marshaled their forces in defense of Obama and his signature legislation.
Newly uncovered e-mails prove Jonathan Gruber key to ObamaCare design
If you’ve forgotten why it mattered that Jonathan Gruber was one of the key architects of ObamaCare – and why the White House tried so hard to pretend they had no idea who he was – let’s just bring it back to the top of everyone’s mind. Gruber said a lot of things about the American people being stupid, and about Democrats’ exploiting that perceived stupidity in the course of hiding the law’s true costs. All of that was politically problematic for the White House, but here’s the statement that was (and might still be) legally problematic for the law’s survival:
Mexico Straddles the Fence Between the West and Russia
As the United States and Canada struggle with geopolitical challenges abroad, the potential weak link in continental defense sits at the U.S. southern border. For too long has Mexico forged a political path that often acts at cross-purposes to the goals of its democratic northern neighbors. And the problems run far deeper than just Mexico’s internal difficulties with the drug cartels. The nation’s true allegiances remain undefined.
Headlines – 6/23/2015
Joel McDurmon – Bring Your Guns to Church Sunday
1) Netherlands considers extending right to die to children under twelve as culture of death progresses
Dutch pediatricians: give terminally ill children under 12 the right to die, The Guardian (Agence France)
2) GOP struggles to find platform as less religious America veers politically left
Religion and politics: Do the ‘nones’ have it?, USA Today (Rick Hampson)
3) Elisabeth Elliot’s life inescapable example of forgiveness through the gospel
Elisabeth Elliot, Tenacious Missionary in Face of Tragedy, Dies at 88, New York Times (Sam Roberts)
In other news…
The Other Other Major Supreme Court Cases This Term, Slate (Brianne Gorod)
Hopes for Greece bailout deal rise sharply as Athens gives ground, The Guardian (Larry Elliott , Ian Traynor, Helena Smith, and Phillip Inman)
Taliban Attack Afghan Parliament and Seize a Second District in North, New York Times (Joseph Goldstein and Rod Nordland)
June 23, 2015
“In questions of power, then, let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution.” —Thomas Jefferson, fair copy of the drafts of the Kentucky Resolutions of 1798
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Remember Jonathan Gruber, the MIT professor who served as a key architect of ObamaCare? The one who mocked “the stupidity of the American voter” as he and his elitist buddies crammed the law down our throats? The one whose string of condescending remarks on ObamaCare’s deceptive core were caught on video and released to the public? Naturally, Barack Obama tried to throw Gruber under the bus once he had become politically inconvenient, dismissing him as “some adviser who never worked on our staff” and had little to do with crafting ObamaCare. But according to a series of emails sent from the House Oversight Committee to The Wall Street Journal, Gruber had quite a lot to do with ObamaCare after all. “His proximity to HHS and the White House was a whole lot tighter than they admitted,” said Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), chairman of the House Oversight Committee. “There’s no doubt he was a much more integral part of this than they’ve said. He put up this facade he was an arm’s length away. It was a farce.” Indeed, Jeanne Lambrew, a top administration official at HHS, thanked Gruber for being an “integral part” in foisting ObamaCare on the nation. And Gruber was in contact with the highest level Obama advisers on the law, from Lawrence Summers to Peter Orszag to Jason Furman to Ezekiel Emanuel. This is simply more confirmation of ObamaCare’s foundation of lies. As if we needed any more proof.
Marvin Horne of Fresno, California, has been vindicated. Yesterday, the Supreme Court ruled 8-1 that if the Raisin Administrative Committee was going to take Horne’s raisins it needed to compensate the farmer. In Horne v. Department of Agriculture, Horne refused to give up his raisins to the Raisin Administrative Committee and the agency was fining him at the tune of $695,000. The committee is a New Deal-era program designed to control the supply of raisins so the prices remain artificially high. It would take a portion of farmers’ grapes and either donate them to school lunch programs or sell them overseas. Farmers used to be compensated, but then the payout dwindled to nothing. The Ninth Circuit Court originally ruled in favor of the administrative committee, saying the Constitution’s Taking Clause only covered real estate, but Chief Justice John Roberts, writing the majority opinion, ruled, “Government has a categorical duty to pay just compensation when it takes your car, just as when it takes your home.” This ruling comes 10 years after the bungled SCOTUS ruling in Kelo v. New London, which said the city of New London could take the home of Susette Kelo and give her property to a private developer. Currently, Kelo’s pink home is demolished and the lot stands empty. While the raisin ruling is a step in the right direction, it will take years before the government fully moves past Kelo and respects the property of the citizens.
In January 2012, Barack Obama said, “As we look beyond the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan … we’ll be able to ensure our security with smaller conventional ground forces.” In other words, even though America’s military is being downsized, our military prowess will remain untarnished. “[Y]es, our military will be leaner, but the world must know the United States is going to maintain our military superiority with armed forces that are agile, flexible and ready for the full range of contingencies and threats,” he explained. Who knew that meant documenting the effects of climate change — even as terrorism-fueled crises in the Middle East rage on? According to The Washington Times, “Though stretched thin by the aftermath of two wars and the current fight against the Islamic State, the Obama administration has enlisted the Pentagon to measure the shrinking ice in the Arctic in the latest example of the president’s climate agenda being extended to the military. A recent Government Accountability Office report examined the Defense Department’s role in the Arctic, which increasingly will include ‘monitoring the changing Arctic conditions,’ such as ice levels.” America’s retreat — not climate change, as this administration posits — facilitated the Islamic State’s rise. And pulling even more resources away from the real fight to wage war on a straw man isn’t going to make them go away.
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FEATURED RIGHT ANALYSIS
By Nate Jackson
With every murderous rampage committed by a sociopath, the Left exploits the tragedy to push its agenda of taking Liberty from all of us. In recent years, that’s generally meant two things: gun control or racial grievance. The horrific murders of nine black Christians in Charleston by a white supremacist provided an opportunity to bring the two issues together.
Barack Obama, as usual, weighed in on both. He called for more gun control, and then he denounced the Confederate flag flying on the grounds of the South Carolina capitol as a racist symbol. It’s the latter that’s become a rallying point for leftists as well as Republicans eager to shed the racist label.
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, a Republican, said Monday, “It’s time to move the flag from the Capitol grounds.” Sen. Lindsey Graham, a GOP presidential candidate, and Tim Scott, the first black Republican senator elected in the South since Reconstruction, likewise called for its removal. That provides political cover for state Republicans to vote to take it down.
Of course, given the prominence of South Carolina in the presidential primary season, the Leftmedia gleefully makes the Confederate flag an issue for Republicans every presidential cycle.
But that’s awfully odd since Democrats are the ones who raised it at the South Carolina capitol in 1962. Democrats are the party of Jim Crow and segregation — the ones in KKK robes who sullied the banner of Gen. Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia with racial overtones. Democrats Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter campaigned with the flag before it was uncool to do so. Democrats push for an ever-higher minimum wage, which all too often leaves blacks unemployed and enslaved on the Left’s deliberately institutionalized urban poverty plantations.
Yet somehow the Confederate flag is a Republican problem.
Speaking of racism, know what else is racist? Gun control. It was originally conceived in the South to prevent blacks from owning firearms. Even now, proponents of gun control rarely lament the lives lost due to inner city gang violence.
As for the flag itself, Leland Summers, head of the state’s chapter of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, dismissed the Left’s complaint: “Do not associate the cowardly actions of a racist to our Confederate Banner. There is absolutely no link between The Charleston Massacre and The Confederate Memorial Banner. Don’t try to create one.”
He’s right in part, though it’s not that simple. It’s undeniable that the Confederate States propagated slavery — an institution Gen. Lee called “a great political and moral evil” — and that the Confederate flag in whatever form brings that to mind. The Union was hardly innocent in this regard, however. Abraham Lincoln harbored his own racism and favored solving slavery by sending blacks back to Africa. Yet no one seems to associate the American flag with such things.
Democrats made the Confederate banner a symbol of racism at KKK rallies, and now they have successfully turned a large portion of the populace against it. When a racist murderer used the Confederate battle flag as a background for his pictures, it only reinforced the link. Democrats fully intend to use the issue to rally blacks around Hillary Clinton, hoping “racist” Republicans would squirm to avoid calling for the flag’s removal. If South Carolina Republicans do remove it, the issue will be somewhat diffused — though nothing will ever be enough for the Left.
“I think compromising with the left on this issue is not worth it because the left is only politicizing this issue to advance their agenda,” wrote Red State’s Erick Erickson. “Once the flag is gone, the left will advance to the next issue then the next issue, etc. They won’t compromise. There is no compromise. There is only conversion or censorship with the left.”
For most of those who fly Lee’s banner today, they intend it as homage to the honorable part of their heritage. Certainly those of us at The Patriot Post with long family history in the South view it that way. The vast majority of Southerners did not own slaves and their descendants reject the idea that they (read: we) are to blame for that horrific institution. Yet the modern Left is intent on blaming all Southerners — especially Republicans — for slavery and all racism, which has in part served to make the flag a symbol of defiance akin to the Gadsden flag of the Tea Party.
That said, it’s perhaps too much to ask of our public-school educated population to think of history with such nuance and understanding. And it’s likely the only politically tenable and prudent move for Republicans to concede the point.
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BEST OF RIGHT OPINION
- Thomas Sowell: Hillary and History
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- Cal Thomas: Amazing Grace in Charleston
OPINION IN BRIEF
Thomas Sowell: “The fact that many people are still prepared to vote for Hillary Clinton to be President of the United States, in times made incredibly dangerous by the foreign policy disasters on her watch as Secretary of State, raises painful questions about this country. A President of the United States — any president — has the lives of more than 300 million Americans in his or her hands, and the future of Western civilization. If the debacles and disasters of the Obama administration have still not demonstrated the irresponsibility of choosing a president on the basis of demographic characteristics, it is hard to imagine what could. With our enemies around the world arming while we are disarming, such self-indulgent choices for president can leave our children and grandchildren a future that will be grim, if not catastrophic.”
Insight: “I dread government in the name of science. That is how tyrannies come in. In every age the men who want us under their thumb, if they have any sense, will put forward the particular pretension which the hopes and fears of that age render most potent.” —C. S. Lewis (1898-1963)
The BIG Lie: “We were able to bring to conclusion two long and costly wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and [Hillary Clinton] was very much involved in supporting those transitions.” —National Security Adviser and former Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice struggling to come up with an accomplishment of the Democrats’ inevitable candidate (And never mind that Obama and Clinton lost the Iraq war.)
Demo-gogues: “Here in America, many people personally don’t know someone who is Muslim. They mostly hear about Muslims in the news — and that can obviously lead to a very distorted impression.” —Barack Obama
Non Compos Mentis: “What would I do with white people who use the N-word? Jail them.” —Piers Morgan
Village Idiots: “Too many black people are niggerized. I would say the first black president has become the first niggerized black president. A niggerized black person is a black person who is afraid and scared and intimidated when it comes to putting a spotlight on white supremacy and fighting against white supremacy.” —Princeton professor Cornel West
Alpha Jackass: “[O]ur nation is paying a high price for our devotion to guns and faith in their capacity to keep us safe. … Our nation is dying a violent death, and the National Rifle Association and other gun valorizing groups will be etched across the death certificate.” —Harvard University professor Jonathan L. Walton
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As Obama June 30th Nuclear Deal Looms, Iran Parliament Chants ‘Death To America’
With some lawmakers chanting “Death to America,” Iran’s parliament voted Sunday to ban access to military sites, documents and scientists as part of a future deal with world powers over its contested nuclear program.
EDITOR’S NOTE: US President Barack Hussein Obama desperately wants America to think he has successfully brought the Iranians to the bargaining table, and has solved the question of a nuclear-armed Iran. Taking the opposing viewpoint, however, was the Iranian parliament who stood on their feet and shouted en masse “DEATH TO AMERICA!!”. Well played, Obama, well played.
The bill, if approved into law, could complicate the ongoing talks in Vienna between Iran and the six-nation group — the U.S., Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany — as they face a self-imposed June 30 deadline. The talks are focused on reaching a final accord that curbs Iran’s nuclear program in return for the lifting of economic sanctions.
Iran Parliament chants “Death to America”:
Of 213 lawmakers present on Sunday, 199 voted in favor of the bill, which also demands the complete lifting of all sanctions against Iran as part of any final nuclear accord. The bill must be ratified by the Guardian Council, a constitutional watchdog, to become a law.
The terms stipulated in the bill allow for international inspections of Iranian nuclear sites, but forbid any inspections of military facilities.
Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani read the bill aloud in a session broadcast live on state radio. It states in part, “The International Atomic Energy Agency, within the framework of the safeguard agreement, is allowed to carry out conventional inspections of nuclear sites.”
However it concludes that “access to military, security and sensitive non-nuclear sites, as well as documents and scientists, is forbidden.” source
Pope Francis Says That People Who Make And Sell Guns Are Not Christian
At a rally of young people in Turin, Pope Francis issues his toughest condemnation to date of the weapons industry, criticising investors as well as workers
People who manufacture weapons or invest in weapons industries are hypocrites if they call themselves Christian, Pope Francis said on Sunday. Francis issued his toughest condemnation to date of the weapons industry at a rally of thousands of young people at the end of the first day of his trip to the Italian city of Turin.
“If you trust only men you have lost,” he told the young people in a long commentary about war, trust and politics, after putting aside his prepared address.
“It makes me think of … people, managers, businessmen who call themselves Christian and they manufacture weapons. That leads to a bit of distrust, doesn’t it?” he said to applause.
He also criticised those who invest in weapons industries, saying “duplicity is the currency of today … they say one thing and do another.” source
Do you also have the feeling that something really BIG is coming? Recently, there has been quite a bit of chatter on the Internet about what the second half of 2015 will bring. During the last six months of this calendar year, we are going to witness a remarkable confluence of circumstances and events, and this is something that I covered in a previous article entitled “7 Key Events That Are Going To Happen By The End Of September“. But in addition to all of the things that we can point to outwardly, a lot of very prominent individuals are also really feeling an inner “urgency” regarding what is about to happen to this country. For example, Bible prophecy expert Joel C. Rosenberg just posted an ominous message on his own personal blog in which he stated that “something is coming” and that “we must be ready”… (Read More…)
Warren Buffett: Derivatives Are Still Weapons Of Mass Destruction And ‘Are Likely To Cause Big Trouble’
After all these years, the most famous investor in the world still believes that derivatives are financial weapons of mass destruction. And you know what? He is exactly right. The next great global financial collapse that so many are warning about is nearly upon us, and when it arrives derivatives are going to play a starring role. When many people hear the word “derivatives”, they tend to tune out because it is a word that sounds very complicated. And without a doubt, derivatives can be enormously complex. But what I try to do is to take complex subjects and break them down into simple terms. At their core, derivatives represent nothing more than a legalized form of gambling. A derivative is essentially a bet that something either will or will not happen in the future. Ultimately, someone will win money and someone will lose money. There are hundreds of trillions of dollars worth of these bets floating around out there, and one of these days this gigantic time bomb is going to go off and absolutely cripple the entire global financial system. (Read More….)
Yeah, the reckoning has been coming for a very long while. The Fed is out of control and lost. The stock market as it is is not sustainable. Many other markets are in the same boat.
Any market which reflects the wants and desires of the rich (aka those closest to newly “printed” money) is pretty much in a bubble. Art, wine, etc. Even residential real estate in places like London and New York are bubblicious.
It isn’t going to keep going. When this bubble bursts there will be serious dislocation economically and politically.
Below Marc Faber opines on Carl Icahn’s comments.
House Intel Committee Chair: US Is At ‘The Highest Threat Level We Have Ever Faced In This Country’
The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee warns that America is dealing with “the highest threat level we have ever faced in this country.”
Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., told CBS’ “Face the Nation” on Sunday that the threat is coming from the radicalization of young people and foreign fighters heading to Iraq and Syria to join terror groups.
Posted: 23 Jun 2015 07:33 AM PDT
One morning in September, 1859, British astronomer Richard Carrington sat in his private observatory, drawing pictures of sunspots using a telescope which projected an image of the sun onto a screen. As he drew and observed, there suddenly appeared a brilliant flash of white light on the surface of the sun. Startled, he ran to find witnesses to what he realized was a very unusual event, but by the time he returned, the massive solar flare that Carrington observed had mostly dissipated.
The next morning, shortly before dawn, skies around the globe lit up with colorful auroras so bright that “newspapers could be read as easily as in daylight,” as NASA describes the event. In those days, of course, there was no electrical “grid” as we now have, but there were telegraph networks in various parts the world. FULL REPORT
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|Peru’s Ubinas volcano erupts, emits ashes
Posted: 23 Jun 2015 07:26 AM PDT
An explosive eruption from Ubinas volcano occurred this morning and spread ashes of 15 kilometers around the crater. Ubinas volcano exploded this morning, spreading ashes over the Ubinas valley, reports El Comercio. The explosion occurred at 8:50 a.m. this morning and spread ashes 15 kilometers wide around the volcano. The ashes primarily affected those in southeasterly direction at Ubinas Valley villages. The Volcanological Observatory Metallurgical Mining Geological Institute (Ingemmet) reported the locals of Ubinas, Tonohaya, Anascapa and Sacohay were the most affected.
Ingemmet recommends that the valley’s citizens take precautions to protect against the layer of ash that could harm livestock and water sources. Locals should wear masks and glasses. The volcano recorded numerous explosions earlier this month and for the last few months in high frequency. In late April Ubinas and Matalaque declared state of emergency for the high level of activity registered by the volcano. EP
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|Summer solstice 2015 celebrated at Stonehenge by nearly 25,000 Druids, Wiccans, hippies, punks and tourists
Posted: 23 Jun 2015 07:17 AM PDT
Dressed as Druids, Wiccans, hippies, punks or just as regular tourists, nearly 25,000 people gathered Sunday at Stonehenge on Britain’s Salisbury Plain, marking the summer solstice as people have done for thousands of years. The sun rose at 4:52 a.m. on the longest day of the year, and for the lucky dozens who made it through the crowds to the interior of the neolithic stone circle, the rising sun could be seen in near perfect alignment with the Heel Stone, outside the famous ring.
It is this remarkable alignment, and another that aligns with sunset on the winter solstice, that has inspired such awe and interest in Stonehenge. It shows that whoever built it had a detailed understanding of the celestial path of the sun, but its ritual purpose or meaning has never been fully determined. It is deeply fixed in the British imagination, though, as a place of mystery and spirit, linked (though not necessarily by science) to the Iron Age Druid priestly caste and the foundational myth of King Arthur. FULL REPORT
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|Major Money Manager Braces for Bond-Market Collapse
Posted: 23 Jun 2015 06:16 AM PDT
TCW Group Inc. is taking the possibility of a bond-market selloff seriously. So seriously that the Los Angeles-based money manager, which oversees almost $140 billion of U.S. debt, has been accumulating more and more cash in its credit funds, with the proportion rising to the highest since the 2008 crisis. “We never realize what the tipping point is until after it happens,” said Jerry Cudzil, TCW Group’s head of U.S. credit trading.
“We’re as defensive as we’ve been since pre-crisis.” TCW isn’t alone: Bond funds are holding about 8 percent of their assets as cash-like securities, the highest proportion since at least 1999, according to FTN Financial, citing Investment Company Institute data. Cudzil’s reasoning is that the Federal Reserve is moving toward its first interest-rate increase since 2006, and the end of record monetary stimulus will rattle the herds of investors who poured cash into risky debt to try and get some yield. FULL REPORT
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|War has left Syria ‘on Brink of Economic Collapse’
Posted: 23 Jun 2015 06:11 AM PDT
Syria is heading towards economic collapse after four years of war, a report by a leading British think-tank says. In a report published today, Chatham House says that the Syrian economy has retracted by over 50 per cent in real terms, the Syrian pound has lost 80 per cent of its value and inflation has averaged 51 percent.
Outward migration and an estimated 250,000 deaths have caused Syria’s population to fall by more than 15 per cent, from 21 million to 17.5 million. With a sharp drop in output in the energy and manufacturing sectors, agriculture now accounts for a greater percentage of the nation’s overall output, Chatham House said. But overall food production has fallen sharply due to the conflict. David Butter, the author of Picking up the Pieces, said the economic failure could lead to military collapse within the Syrian army. FULL REPORT
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|US nuclear missile commander says Vladimir Putin’s actions echo those of Nazi Germany in the 1930s
Posted: 23 Jun 2015 06:04 AM PDT
The US commander in charge of most of America’s nuclear missiles has warned that too much power is concentrated in the hands of Russian President Vladimir Putin, and drawn parallels between Russia’s recent behaviour and that of Nazi Germany. Lieutenant General Stephen Wilson, commander of US Global Air Strike Command, said: “I don’t think we’ve ever seen so much power put in one person in Russia, and some of the things happening there are troubling and concerning for everybody.” He added:
“[They’ve] annexed a country, changing international borders, raising rhetoric unlike we’ve heard since the cold war times, and so lots of people are trying to figure out what is the strategic intent of Russia. “Some of the actions by Russia recently we haven’t seen since the 1930s, when whole countries were annexed and borders were changed by decree.” FULL REPORT
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|U.S. data hack may be 4 times larger than the government originally said
Posted: 23 Jun 2015 05:55 AM PDT
The personal data of an estimated 18 million current, former and prospective federal employees were affected by a cyber breach at the Office of Personnel Management – more than four times the 4.2 million the agency has publicly acknowledged. The number is expected to grow, according to U.S. officials briefed on the investigation. FBI Director James Comey gave the 18 million estimate in a closed-door briefing to Senators in recent weeks, using the OPM’s own internal data, according to U.S. officials briefed on the matter. Those affected could include people who applied for government jobs, but never actually ended up working for the government.
The same hackers who accessed OPM’s data are believed to have last year breached an OPM contractor, KeyPoint Government Solutions, U.S. officials said. When the OPM breach was discovered in April, investigators found that KeyPoint security credentials were used to breach the OPM system. FULL REPORT
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|US Is At ‘The Highest Threat Level We Have Ever Faced In This Country’
Posted: 23 Jun 2015 05:48 AM PDT
The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee warns that America is dealing with “the highest threat level we have ever faced in this country.” Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., told CBS’ “Face the Nation” on Sunday that the threat is coming from the radicalization of young people and foreign fighters heading to Iraq and Syria to join terror groups. “They’re very good at communicating through separate avenues where it’s very difficult to track,” Nunes said.
“That’s why when you get a young person who is willing to get into these chat rooms, go on the Internet and get radicalized, it’s something we are not only unprepared [for], we are also not used to it in this country.”Several Americans across the U.S. have been arrested and charged recently with being ISIS sympathizers and trying to join the terror group. Nunes stated “we are having a tough time tracking terrorist cells within the United States.” FULL REPORT
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|DAYS OF LOT – San Francisco High School First In Country To Offer Gay Studies Course
Posted: 23 Jun 2015 05:38 AM PDT
A San Francisco high school may be the first in the country to offer an LGBT studies course. The course will cover terminology, and the broad history of LGBT issues. “We’ll look at what it’s been like for gay men, what it’s been like for lesbian women, what it’s been like for transgender people,”
Ruth Asawa High School Social Studies teacher Lyndsey Schlax said. Schlax has been working with human rights activist Cleve Jones, who was mentored by San Francisco’s Harvey Milk. The curriculum stretches back to ancient times. FULL REPORT
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|South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley Calls for Removal of Confederate Flag From State Capitol
Posted: 23 Jun 2015 05:32 AM PDT
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley called for the removal of the Confederate flag from the grounds of the state Capitol Monday, less than a week after a 21-year-old white man gunned down nine people at a historic African American church. Support for the flag to come down from leaders around the state and around the country has been steadily growing in the wake of the devastating attack.
“Today, we are here in a moment of unity in our state, without ill will, to say it is time to move the flag from the Capitol grounds,” Haley said during a news conference attended by Republican senators Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott, along with other state leaders. The announcement was met by applause and cheers from those in attendance. FULL REPORT
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