CNN Recently Glorified ICE Facility Firebomb Attacker In Resurfaced Footage

We highlighted previously how just months ago CNN ran a segment on the “Redneck Revolt” which promoted the Tacoma, Washington chapter of Antifa’s John Brown Gun Club, of which 69-year old Willem Van Spronsen was a member. The rifle-toting Van Spronsen attacked a Tacoma ICE detention facility with “incendiary devices” and was shot dead by police on Saturday morning as he tried to ignite a propane tank after first setting vehicles on fire.  

Well, it gets worse: not only did CNN praise the John Brown Gun Club in its May 5th episode of “United Shades of America” with W. Kamau Bell, but the footage featured shots of Van Spronsen himself while commentary presented the group in a positive light. Even the promotional video for the CNN segment included a shot of the now confirmed domestic terroristCNN’s own commentary lionized the group as

“white, liberal, progressive people, inclusive, friendly to the world.”

CNN has remained silent as controversy grows online, and as more people view the network’s past glowing segment following a Fox News report:

A man appearing to be Van Spronsen can be seen four seconds into a promotional clip released by CNN for their segment.https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-07-15/cnn-recently-glorified-ice-facility-firebomb-attacker-resurfaced-footage

A Sultan Shines In The Court Of The Dragon King

Authored by Pepe Escobar via The Saker blog,

The graphic image of Turkey pivoting away from NATO towards the Russia-China strategic partnership was provided, in more ways than one, by Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing right after the G20 in Osaka.

BEIJING, CHINA – JULY 02: President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan (R) and Chinese President Xi Jinping (L) walk past the honor guards during an official welcoming ceremony at Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China on July 02, 2019. Volkan Furuncu / Anadolu Agency

Turkey is a key hub in the emerging New Silk Roads, or Belt and Road Initiative. Erdogan is a master at selling Turkey as the ultimate East-West crossroads. He has also expressed much interest in joining the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), led by Russia-China, whose annual summit took place in Bishkek a few days before Osaka.

In parallel, against hell and high water – from threats of sanctions by the US Congress to NATO warnings – Erdogan never budged from Ankara’s decision to buy Russian S-400 defense missile systems, a $2.5-billion contract according to Rostec’s Sergei Chemezov.

The S-400s start to be shipped to Turkey as early as this week. According to Turkish Minister of Defense Hulusi Akar, their deployment should start by October. Much to Washington’s ire, Turkey is the first NATO member state to buy S-400s.

Xi, as he welcomed Erdogan in Beijing, stressed the message he crafted together with Putin in their previous meetings in St Petersburg, Bishkek and Osaka: China and Turkey should “uphold a multilateral world order with the United Nations at its core, a system based on international law.”…https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-07-15/sultan-shines-court-dragon-king

Mainstream Media Hide Skripal’s Connections To Russiagate-Trump Case

Authored by Eric Zuesse via The Strategic Culture Foundation,

First of all, everyone should read this:  “The 10 Worst, Most Embarrassing US Media Failures on the Trump-Russia Story”. It is important background for understanding what follows, because the following helps to explain what is displayed in that brilliant prior article.

News has slowly been getting out that the British Government’s account of the poisoning of the Skripals is a fabrication which had been done in order to escalate hostilities against Russia, and that when information from Democratic Party and Clinton campaign computers subsequently became either leaked or hacked to Wikileaks, the Democratic National Committee hired, in order to investigate that, British contractors who were also involved in the Skripal fraud, and Skripal himself might have been a crucial part of the Russiagate-Trump operation. Russiagate — the alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian Government — resulted from this DNC-UK team. There was collusion, but it was between the US Government (then under Obama) and the UK Government (under Cameron and then May), directed against Trump, and not actually between candidate Trump and the Russian Government, directed against Clinton. The present report summarizes the gradual making-public of this actual history.

Developing that case about the real collusion has been and is a remarkably slow process, because the evidence in the real case requires extensive expertise in order to understand and interpret correctly the relationships between the people who were involved in it. So: the following summary encapsulates those relationships; and, at all points, it will link directly to the reports by the courageous investigative journalists who have participated in making public parts of what is, effectively, a key component of the history of the US Obama Administration’s collusion with the UK Government in order to cripple — and having the aim to overthrow — Trump’s US Government, in the event that Trump would win the 2016 US Presidential contest, as he did. (Perhaps the main reason for this manufactured case against Trump was that Trump had publicly criticised NATO, and that doing this, by any US Presidential candidate who has a real chance of winning his or her Party’s nomination, is prohibited by the Deep State — the rulers of both Parties, and of both US and UK.)

Throughout this peeling-off (thus far) of the layers of this onion that’s behind both the Skripal fraud and the Russiagate fraud, the case became progressively stronger that the US and UK Governments were actually colluding together, in order to prevent any possibility that the Cold War would end on the US-and-allied side, as it had decades earlier ended only on Russia’s side in 1991. All of this has been done so to keep in place the myththat when Russia ended the Cold War on its side in 1991, the US and its allies likewise ended it on their side, instead of secretly proceeded forward on their side of the Cold War (as they have done), their ultimate aim being to gradually isolate and then take control of Russia’s Government, and thereby emerge with incontestable control over the entire planet, the first and only globally all-encompassing empire, a dictatorial government of the entire world — any imperialistic regime’s dream — an unchallengeable rule over everyone. Both the Skripal set-up and the Russiagate-Trump scam (and the cover-ups of both) were parts of that broader international operation.

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PEELING THE ONION

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Hezbollah forces on the move

The Hezbollah terror organization moved some of its forces which were previously located around Syria, to the Lebanon-Syria border, Asharq Al-Awsat reported.   According to the report, the forces also moved heavy weapons and set up new bases along the border.   On Monday night, Kan 11 reported that Israel sent a message to Russia asking them to act to remove Hezbollah from the Syrian Golan Heights in the same way they removed the Iranians from the area.   The report also noted that the publication of the issue delayed Hezbollah’s attempts to base itself in Syria, but did not stop them.   On Friday, Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah warned that if war breaks out between the US and Iran, Israel would be bombarded “with ferocity and force.”

EU calls Iran’s nuclear pact breaches “insignificant.” DEBKAfile: US & Iran testing ground for talks

The EU foreign ministers’ refusal on Monday, July 15, to find Tehran in significant breach of the nuclear pact put US plans for more sanctions on hold. EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said after their meeting that since the remaining parties to the Iran nuclear deal do not see Tehran’s breaches as significant, they have decided for now not to trigger the pact’s dispute mechanism, preferring more diplomacy to ease the crisis.   Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu retorted in a short video clip: “The European Union’s response to Iranian violations reminds me of European appeasement in the 30s. Then too they preferred to bury their heads in the sand; they will only wake up when Iran’s nuclear missiles fall on European soil. But then it will be too late.” Netanyahu went on to say: “We at all events will continue to do what needs to be done to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.” Netanyahu’s message was addressed more to his domestic audience than Brussels. He too is aware that President Trump in Washington and Hassan Rouhani in Tehran are secretly feeling their way towards conditions for resuming US-Iranian nuclear talks. The Europeans are therefore keeping a light hand on the pressure button.   This week, Rouhani said his government would come to the table “anywhere, at any time,” provided the US lifted economic sanctions and annulled its walkout from the nuclear pact. The Trump administration will not of course meet either condition, but, at some level, Washington and Tehran are, with ups and downs, bandying conditions for talks to begin – mainly through Swiss, Iraqi and Omani go-betweens.   Our sources also note that Tehran, for its part, is taking steps to de-escalate the tension with Washington: attacks on Gulf oil targets have been paused as have pro-Iranian Shiite strikes against US diplomatic and military targets mainly in Iraq. A resurgence of Iranian aggression would therefore signify the breakdown of the ongoing tentative diplomacy for launching US-Iran negotiations. 

Facebook Admits To Interfering In Political Speech

Facebook’s Founder Admits To Interfering In Political Speechby Mac SlavoCensorship is alive and well! Facebook’s founder Mark Zuckerberg admitted that the social media giant actively interfered with political speech leading up to the Irish abortion referendum.  Facebook systematically deleted posts it didn’t like while promoting those it did. During a recent talk, Zuckerberg admitted that the social media network banned a number of pro-life advertisements ahead of the Irish abortion referendum. According toPJ Media, during a recent interview at this year’s Aspen Ideas Festival, Zuckerberg began to explain how the social media firm is attempting to work with the governments of other countries to determine what political speech should be allowed on the site.Zuckerberg gave an example of Facebook’s interaction with the Irish government ahead of a 2018 referendum on the legalization of abortion in the country. Big Tech has officially taken sides, and they’ve sided with tyranny. According to Breitbart News, Zuckerberg explained that American pro-life groups wanted to run Facebook ads targeted towards Irish citizens. Not wanting to allow free speech and buckling like a slave to the government, Facebook reached out to the Irish “authorities” to determine whether or not the ads should be allowed at the time. Zuckerberg stated: “Their response at the time was, ‘we don’t currently have a law, so you need to make whatever decision you want to make.’” So Facebook’s CEO “Zucked” pro-lifers. “We ended up not allowing the ads,” Zuckerberg stated. Pro-life activist Lila Rose commented on how Silicon Valley tech executives have reacted towards the issue of abortion in a tweet which can be seen below: FB CEO @MarkZuckerburg blocked pro-life ads ahead of Ireland’s abortion vote

FB COO @sherylsandberg donated $2M to Planned Parenthood

Twitter CEO @Jack banned my & @LiveAction’s pro-life ads, allows @PPFA ads, & says legal protections for preborn babies are “bad for business” pic.twitter.com/ZkrLoY9H2b

— Lila Rose (@LilaGraceRose) July 8, 2019 Scum. They really don’t care about free speech – only their speech. Liberal speech. Culture of death speech. And of course anything to elect democratic speech.

— Arthur Packard (@apackclt) July 8, 2019People are being fed their own slavery and attaching their own chains at this point. Regardless of what side of the abortion debate you come down on, squashing speech you don’t like from the other side certainly isn’t helping make you look like you’re “right.” It makes you look like you’re hiding information you don’t want anyone to think about because you’ve already made the decision for them. Just like the “Russian meddling” situation: who cares what others say? Are people really so afraid of information that disagrees with their already cemented bias that they can’t handle free speech? Whether Russia created ads to influence an election or not, and whether pro-life groups created ads to influence an election or not, it’s not Zuckerberg’s job to dictate what information people see. Free speech is the enemy to misinformation and that’s likely why authoritarians are actively trying to kill it.

More Quakes In Seattle Area: 4.6, 3.5 And 2.7 Since July 12

Seattle major earthquake fault threats After the M4.6 and M3.5 earthquakes on July 12, 2019, Seattle was rattled by a M2.7 earthquake on July 16, 2019 again. While the seismic activity seems to increase in that area, it is worth coming back on the three major earthquake faults that could affect this portion of the Pacific Northwest dangerously:

  • The Cascadia Subduction Zone running roughly parallel to the Pacific Coast from northern California past the northern tip of Canada’s Vancouver Island.
  • The Seattle Fault, which runs east to west just south of downtown Seattle. It ends up near the Cascade Mountains and west onto the Olympic Peninsula.
  • The South Whidbey Island Fault running from northwest to southeast of the southern tip of the island.

Cascadia Subduction Zone

The Cascadia Subduction Zone is a giant fault running from Cape Mendocino, Calif. past Oregon and Washington and doesn’t end until it’s north of Vancouver Island in Canada. You saw its potential in the 9.1 magnitude Tohuku earthquake and tsunami that hit northeastern Japan in March 2011. Tohoku killed nearly 16,000 people; most died as a result of drowning or being crushed in the tsunami. Because Japan was so well prepared, most retrofitted buildings outside of the tsunami zone survived. This part of the Japanese coast had not seen this type of seismic rupture in some 800 years, and what failed was that walls built to keep tsunami waves were not high enough. In Washington, we do not have tsunami walls. Along the coast residents may have between 20 and 30 minutes to get to higher ground. The Westport area is now the first in North America to have a community vertical evacuation structure, a building strong enough to resist earthquake and tsunami wave forces and give people a platform above the expected wave heights. That place is the Ocosta School. Resources on tsunami danger and preparedness in WestportGrays Harbor CountyLong Beach Peninsula, and Coastal evacuation maps. But the Cascadia Subduction Zone isn’t just a fault; it’s an overlapping joint between tectonic plates, parts of the Earth’s crust that float on layers of molten rock. There’s a reason the lands around the Pacific Ocean are called the “Ring of Fire.” The earthquakes, tsunamis, and the proximity of volcanos are all part of the same system.

Seattle Fault

Moving inland, consider the Seattle Fault, considered capable of a magnitude 7. That may not sound like much more than the magnitude 6.8 quake of 2001 based on the numbers, but that the Nisqually quake occurred some 30 miles underground. Then consider that the Seattle Fault is a complex of faults with various branches that run at or just below the surface.The risk is complicated, but there are millions of people who live in the Seattle area,” said Forson. “What we know about this fault is that it’s ruptured may times in the past…it will happen again. We just don’t know when.The Seattle Fault is also likely to create a tsunami that would inundate Harbor Island and much of SODO, Interbay, and the waterfront. It could also create dangerous currents and hazards to the north including Everett. South Whidbey Island Fault The South Whidbey Island Fault is also dangerous. It’s significantly larger than the Seattle Fault, and South Whidbey could hand us a magnitude 7.5 earthquake. That could spell trouble not only for its namesake island but for south and north King County and further west. “The crustal faults – the Seattle Fault, the South Whidbey Island Fault, the Tacoma Fault – those are less well known,” said Forson. Earthquakes. Volcanic eruptions. Devastating wind storms. Floods. Mudslides. Why is Strange Sounds focusing so much on disaster preps? It’s certainly not to scare you. Emergency planners all had a simple message: It’s not IF a disaster will happen, it’s WHEN.  The experts say few are ready. And being ready means being able to support yourself, your loved ones, your neighborhood for 2 weeks. Because after a region-wide event, it could take that long for help to come from the rest of the country and world.

UAE Oil Tanker Missing In Strait Of Hormuz

UAE oil tanker missing in Strait of Hormuz after drifting into Iranian waters By Lucia I. Suarez Sang An oil tanker traveling through the tiny strip of water located in the mouth of the Persian Gulf stopped transmitting its location more than two days ago when it drifted into Iranian waters. It is not clear what happened to the Panamanian-flagged oil tanker – which is based in the United Arab Emirates – on Saturday night as it traveled through the Strait of Hormuz, but its apparent disappearance has raised concerns amid heightened tensions between Iran and several Western nations. The Riah, a 190-foot oil tanker, typically made trips from Dubai and Sharjah on the UAE’s west coast before going through the strait and heading to Fujairah on the UAE’s east coast. However, something happened to the vessel after 11 p.m. on Saturday when it stopped transmitting its location with tracking data shows its last position pointing toward Iran. Capt. Ranjith Raja of the data firm Refinitiv told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the tanker hadn’t switched off its tracking in three months of trips around the UAE. “That is a red flag,” Raja said. Oil tankers have previously been targeted as the Persian Gulf region took center stage in a crisis over Iran’s unraveling nuclear deal with world powers. Iranian officials have not said anything publicly about the ship, nor have officials in the UAE. The U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet, which oversees Mideast waters, declined to immediately comment.

Facebook Accused of Injecting ‘Hidden Tracking Codes’ In Your Photos

Jim Satney July 16, 2019

A cyber researcher is making claims that Facebook tracks user images. In short, Edin Jusupovic, an Australian resident, is alleging that the social media giant injects code into your photos and can track them infinitely. He also claims that Facebook hides the activity, so users are never aware that their family photos are tracked. If the allegations are true, this means Facebook tracks our photos well beyond the Facebook newsfeed. By injecting tracking code into images, the tracking of the image goes beyond just Facebook’s feed and profile ecosystem.

“Facebook is embedding tracking data inside photos you download,” Jusupovic stated on hist Twitter account where he broke the news. He added that he “noticed a structural abnormality when looking at a hex dump of an image file from an unknown origin only to discover it contained what I now understand is an IPTC special instruction.”

He posted the hex dump findings on his Twitter. You can view it below….https://prepforthat.com/facebook-image-tracking-hidden-codes/

ICE protesters take down American flag & replace it with Mexican one

Protesters gathered at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility in Aurora, Colorado on Friday night to demonstrate against reported planned federal immigration raids in the city. Some of the demonstrators pushed past the barriers near the building and pulled the flag from its pole in front of the building before replacing it with a Mexican flag. A graffitied Blue Lives Matter flag reading ‘Abolish ICE’ was also raised. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zrG1XY2RkKU

Christian Leaders Gather to ‘Bless’ Texas Abortion Clinic: ‘God Is Already Present’

by Nwo Report
Christian Leaders Gather to ‘Bless’ Texas Abortion Clinic: ‘God Is Already Present’

Source: Michael Foust | ChristianHeadlines.com Contributor |

Nearly a dozen religious leaders representing faiths including Christianity and Judaism gathered at a Texas abortion clinic Tuesday to “bless” it and declare their support.

The gathering inside Whole Woman’s Health of Austin included prayer, music and even poetry. The leaders – both men and women – stood in a circle and held hands to pray. They conducted a prayerful walk throughout the clinic, too.

It was sponsored by Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, Texas Freedom Network and Whole Woman’s Health.

“The first and foremost goal was to say that we support you and the work that you’re doing, especially in a state where you’re constantly having to meet new regulations or deal with critics and protesters,” Amelia Fulbright, a campus minister in Austin, told HuffPost. She is the founding minister and executive director of Labyrinth Progressive Student Ministry, an ecumenical Christian community at the University of Texas.

“As people of faith, it’s not that we think we’re bringing God to this place; we believe God is already present in that space,” Fulbright said. “But it’s to ask for prayers of safety, healing and peace, to infuse the space with an energy that is life-giving for women, a lot of whom are in an anxious time.”

Katey Zeh, the interim executive director of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, said she supports “women making reproductive decisions according to their own conscience.”

“We know that making reproductive decisions can be hard work spiritually and emotionally, yet we believe God accepts the decisions of conscience each person makes,” Zeh wrote in a Religion News Service column.

Abortion clinics in Maryland, Ohio and Washington, D.C., also have been blessed, Zeh wrote.

“A physician who joined in a clinic blessing ceremony in Washington, D.C., revealed how the blessing might continue to make an impact in the future,” Zeh added. “She said that now she would be able to tell clients who may be frightened or emotional, ‘This is a blessed space.’”

But the leaders’ actions had plenty of critics.

“God will not bless murder clinics,” one person wrote in the comments below Zeh’s column. “This is a blind opinion.”

Turkey Will Get a Chunk of Syria: An Advantage of Being in NATO

by Eric Zuesse for The Saker Blog

The success of Turkey’s takeover of Syria’s most pro-jihadist province, Idlib, is making less and less likely that Syria will be able to continue maintaining Idlib as being a part of Syria. (This is something I had predicted, back on 14 September 2018, to be possible or even likely, and now it is actually happening.) On July 10th, Reuters headlined “Assad hits a wall in Syrian war as front lines harden”, and reported that, “More than two months of Russian-backed operations in and around Idlib province have yielded little or nothing for Assad’s side. It marks a rare case of a military campaign that has not gone his way since Russia intervened in 2015. While resisting government attacks, the insurgents have managed to carve out small advances of their own, drawing on ample stocks of guided anti-tank missiles that opposition and diplomatic sources say have been supplied by Turkey.” It continues:

Moscow has appeared keen to preserve its ties with Ankara even as its air force bombs in support of Assad: Turkey says Russia has intervened to stop attacks on Turkish forces from Syrian government-held territory. … The Idlib area is dominated by Tahrir al-Sham, the jihadists formerly known as the Nusra Front. [And before that, they were called Al Qaeda in Syria, but Western news-agencies, such as Reuters, prefer not to mention that fact, especially because the U.S. used_Nusra to train ‘our’ proxy boots-on-the-ground ‘moderate rebels’ in Syria to bring down Syria’s Government. Elsewhere, the Reuters article calls them ‘insurgents’.] Some 300,000 people fleeing bombardment have moved toward the Turkish border since April, prompting the United Nations to warn that Idlib was on the brink of a “humanitarian nightmare”.

For Ankara, the Syrian opposition’s last major state sponsor, preventing another major influx of Syrian refugees is of paramount importance: Turkey already hosts 3.6 million of them. …

A Russian private military contractor who was based near Idlib province told Reuters that rebel fighters there are far more professional and motivated than their adversary. Pro-government forces cannot win the battle for Idlib unless Moscow helps them on the ground, he said. …

Of course the regime [that’s the legitimate Government, but Western ‘news’-agencies such as Reuters call it ‘the regime’, and most of their audience don’t even recognize that their own intelligence has just been insulted by calling Syria’s Government a ‘regime’ while calling the invading regimes, Turkey and U.S., not that] has the desire to recover Idlib by force [as if the sovereign Government of Syria doesn’t have this right], but … without the Russians it can’t [those nasty Russians, who are defending Syria from U.S.-Saud-backed proxy-armies that are led mostly by Al Qaeda in Syria], because there are many militants and the Russians are completely committed to the Turks,” the source said.

Syria’s Government is fighting hard against jihadist forces in Idlib who meet Turkey’s standard of being ‘moderate rebels’ against Syria’s Government, but unless Russian forces there — which were invited in by Syria’s Government, instead of being invaders there like Turkey and the United States are — will commit far more forces for the defense of Syria (which seems increasingly unlikely), Turkey will win Idlib as being a part of Turkey.

Consequently, Turkey is already starting to build infrastructure even immediately to the north and east of Idlib in order to stake its claim to a yet larger portion of Syria than just Idlib. This might not have been part of the deal that was worked out by Russia’s Putin, Iran’s Rouhani, and Turkey’s Erdogan, in Tehran, on 9 September 2018, which agreement allowed Turkey only to take over — and only on a temporary basis — Idlib province, which is by far the most pro-jihadist (and the most anti-Assad) of Syria’s 14 provinces. Turkey was instead supposed to hold it only temporarily, but the exact terms of the Turkey-Russia-Iran agreement have never been publicly disclosed.

Until that 9 September 2018 Tehran conference, Idlib had been the province to which Syria’s Government was busing defeated jihadists who had surrendered instead of choosing to stay and die where they were. Syria’s Government had given its surrounded jihadists this final option, in order to reduce as much as possible the numbers of jihadists’ civilian hostages who would also likely be killed in an all-out bombing campaign there. So, the existing population of Idlib, which was already the most pro-jihadist in Syria, was now starting to overflow with the additional thousands of defeated jihadists who had chosen to surrender instead of to be immediately killed.

At that time, just prior to the Tehran conference — and this was actually the reason why the conference was held — the U.S. and its allies, and the U.N., were demanding that an all-out invasion of Idlib, which had been planned by the Governments of Syria and of Russia, must not take place, for ‘humanitarian’ reasons. There was all that ‘humanitarian’ concern (led by the United States) for the world’s biggest concentration of Nusra and Nusra-led jihadists — and for Syria’s most jihadist-supporting civilian population. So much ‘kindness’, such ‘admirable’ ‘humanitarianism’. Furthermore the U.S. Government was threatening to greatly increase its forces against Syria if that invasion by Syria and by Russia into Idlib (which is, after all, part of Syria — so, what business is it, even of the U.N., at all?) were to be carried out. The Tehran conference was meeting in order to resolve that emergency situation (mainly America’s threats of a possible war against Russia), so as to forestall this attack.

However, now that it’s clear that Erdogan will not  follow through on his generally understood promise that this would be only a temporary military occupation of Idlib, the question is: what can Syria and Russia and Iran do to keep Idlib inside Syria, and whether they even want to do so. If Syria loses those jihadists, then not only will it lose the perhaps hundred thousand surviving jihadists there — many of whom came from other countries in order to fight against Syria’s secular Government — but also will lose some of those Idlib natives, who were always against Syria’s secular Government. Since those people would no longer be voting against Bashar al-Assad, because they would become Turks, this would actually be a Syrian political advantage for Assad. Yet, he has been resisting it, in order to hold Syria together. He has always been committed to holding Syria together.

Turkey’s negotiating position is exceptionally strong, because Turkey now is riding the fence between the U.S. alliance, NATO (of which Turkey has been the only predominantly Muslim member ever since it joined in 1952), versus Russia. According to a major report in English from Iran’s Fars News Agency — which had translated from published Arab sources in many countries and which report hasn’t been denied by any of them — Russia had saved Erdogan’s life on 15 June 2016, when there was a coup-attempt to get rid of him. Headlining on 20 July, just five days after the failed coup, “Erdogan Warned of Incoming Coup by Russian Alert”, Fars said that,

Several Arab media outlets, including Rai Alyoum, quoted diplomatic sources in Ankara as saying that Turkey’s National Intelligence Organization, known locally as the MIT, received intel from its Russian counterpart that warned of an impending coup in the Muslim state.

The unnamed diplomats said the Russian army in the region had intercepted highly sensitive army exchanges and encoded radio messages showing that the Turkish army was readying to stage a coup against the administration in Ankara.

The exchanges included dispatch of several army choppers to President Erdogan’s resort hotel to arrest or kill the president.

In any case, after that event, Turkey’s foreign policies definitely switched away from being clearly U.S.-allied, to being on the fence and calculated purely to serve Turkey’s advantage, no longer tied, at all, to NATO or the U.S., and, in many important respects, very much contrary to the U.S. regime. In fact, Erdogan has been emphatic that this coup had been led by Fethullah Gulen, a billionaire Muslim cleric, formerly allied with Erdogan, who since moving to the U.S. in 1999 has been his bitter enemy. In fact, some of NATO’s forces in Turkey were participating in the attempted coup. However, Erdogan holds on tenaciously to that NATO membership, because it gives Turkey enormous leverage it can use in order to grab territory from Syria, which the U.S. regime wants Turkey to do.

Here is how Erdogan has clearlly committed Turkey to taking at least parts of Syria’s northeast:

On 6 June 2018, Reuters headlined “Turkish university to open campus in northern Syria” and reported that, “Turkey’s Harran University, in the southeastern province of Sanliurfa [Turkey], said it is preparing to open a faculty in Al-Bab [Syria] for students in towns under Turkish control. … The Turkish cabinet has also approved opening a vocational high school in Jarablus [Syria] affiliated with Gaziantep University, Turkey’s official gazette said on Tuesday.”

On 30 July 2018, Syria.LiveuaMap headlined “Turkey start[s] to build highways starting from Cobanbey-al-Bab to Jarablus-Manbij in Syria” — all of which is in the parts of Syria’s north that Turkey controls.

On 23 May 2019, Gaziantep University posted an announcement of “The Global Syrian Refugee Crisis” conference to be held in Gaziantep, Turkey, on 14-18 October 2019, and also announced that: “The medium of instruction of our university is entirely English in %80 of faculties and Turkish in some faculties. However, after the ferocious civil war in Syria, we opened four departments (Engineering, Architecture, Administration and Theology) that teach in Arabic language. This was achieved by hiring Syrian academic staff in these programs which created opportunities for refugee students who want to continue their studies in Arabic.” So, it does seem to be Erdogan’s intention that directly across the border in Syria, this part of what has, until recently, been a part of Syria, is to be instead a part of Turkey. This would be the chief favorable outcome for the U.S. regime resulting from the Syrian portion of the CIA-planted “Arab Spring” rebellions in 2011….http://thesaker.is/42620-2/

Mark of the BEAST – Swedes are getting implants in their hands to replace cash, credit cards

By Lee Brown

A man receiving his implanted microchip in Stockholm, Sweden.

A man receives his implanted microchip in Stockholm, Sweden. AFP/Getty Images

Thousands of people in Sweden are having futuristic microchips implanted into their skin to carry out everyday activities and replace credit cards and cash.

More than 4,000 people have already had the sci-fi-ish chips, about the size of a grain of rice, inserted into their hands — with the pioneers predicting millions will soon join them as they hope to take it global.

“It’s very ‘Black Mirror,’” Swedish scientist Ben Libberton told The Post of the similarity to the TV series highlighting futuristic scenarios.

Like glorified smartwatches, the chips help Swedes monitor their health and even replace keycards to allow them to enter offices and buildings.

They have particularly caught on, however, by enabling owners to pay in stores with a simple swipe of the hand, a big deal in a forward-looking country that is moving toward eliminating cash.

The microchips were pioneered by former body piercer Jowan Österlund, who calls the technology a “moonshot” — and who told Fortune magazine that he’s been hit up by hopeful investors “on every continent except Antarctica.”

“Tech will move into the body,” the Biohax International founder told the mag. “I am sure of that.”

Österlund insists the technology is safe — but that has not stopped alarm bells from ringing, with some fearing a link to a doubling in cybercrime in the country over the last decade.

Libberton, a British scientist based in Sweden, praised the “definitely exciting” potential health benefits of accurate health metrics taken from inside the body.

“Think if the Apple Watch could measure things like blood glucose,” he told The Post.

But he also fears the mass of highly personalized data and how it could be used.

“The problem is, who owns this data?” he asked. “Do I get a letter from my insurance company saying premiums are going up before I know I’m ill? If I use the chip to buy lunch, go to the gym and go to work, will someone have all of this info about me? Is this stored and is it safe?”

Libberton added, “It’s not just about the chip, but integration with other systems and data sharing.”

And he fears Swedes are not giving enough thought to the potential dangers.

“People have shown they’re happy to give up privacy for convenience,” he said. “The chip is very convenient, so could we accept our data being shared very widely before we know the risks?”

The trend coincides with Sweden’s march toward going cashless, with notes and coins making up just 1 percent of Sweden’s economy. At the same time, the country has seen a dramatic decrease in some crimes — with just two bank robberies last year compared to 110 in 2008.https://nypost.com/2019/07/14/swedish-people-are-getting-chip-implants-to-replace-cash-credit-cards/

EU’s GPS satellites have been down for four days in mysterious outage

Galileo, the EU’s global navigation satellite system, has been down for four days, since July 11, following a mysterious outage. All Galileo satellites are still non-operational, at the time of writing.

According to a service status page, 24 of the 26 Galileo satellites are listed as “not usable,” while the other two are listing a status of “testing,” which also means they’re not ready for real-world usage.

The European GNSS Agency (GSA), the organization in charge of Galileo, has not published any information in regards to the root of the outage, which began four days ago, on Thursday, July 11.

On that day, the GSA published an advisory on its website alerting companies and government agencies employing the Galileo system that satellite signals have degraded and they “may not be available nor meet the minimum performance levels.”

The agency warned that the Galileo system “should be employed at users’ own risk.”

The GSA published a more dire warning on Saturday, July 13, when it said that Galileo was experiencing a full-service outage and that “signals are not to be used.”

At the time of writing, the service is nearing 100 hours of downtime.

The system going down forced the Galileo’s userbase (government agencies and private companies) to switch to alternatives.

The Galileo satellite system was launched in 2016 and was funded by the EU as an alternative to the US Air Force’s Global Position System (GPS) and the Russian government’s GLONASS.

It is provided under both free and commercial offerings and is widely used by governments agencies and private companies for navigation and search and rescue operations.

Because it’s provided for free, it is also widely used by the private tech sector and by most of the world’s academia.

The downtime also comes after widespread GPS outages were reported across Israel, Iran, Iraq, and Syria at the end of June. Israeli media blamed the downtime on Russian interference, rather than a technical problem.

Updated on July 15, 5:30am ET: In a statement published after this article’s publication, the GSA blamed the Galileo outage on “a technical incident related to its ground infrastructure.” The agency said that the search and rescue (SAR) feature — used for locating and helping people in distress situations for example at sea or mountains — remained operational during the outage, which impacted only navigational and satellite-based timing services.https://www.zdnet.com/article/european-gps-satellites-have-been-down-for-four-days-in-mysterious-outage/

Peter Thiel says FBI, CIA should probe Google

Peter Thiel, billionaire investor and Facebook board member, on Sunday night said that Google should be federally investigated for allegedly aiding the Chinese military.

Why it matters: Thiel is the tech industry’s highest-profile Trump supporter, and one of the most powerful players in Silicon Valley.

Thiel spoke at the National Conservatism Conference, a new event that bills itself as being focused on Trump-era nationalism, with part of his speech focusing on “three questions that should be asked” of Google:

“Number one, how many foreign intelligence agencies have infiltrated your Manhattan Project for AI?

“Number two, does Google’s senior management consider itself to have been thoroughly infiltrated by Chinese intelligence?

“Number three, is it because they consider themselves to be so thoroughly infiltrated that they have engaged in the seemingly treasonous decision to work with the Chinese military and not with the US military… because they are making the sort of bad, short-term rationalistic

https://www.axios.com/peter-thiel-says-fbi-cia-should-probe-google-9846a042-e689-49bc-bdc7-595988ce5d8c.html

that if the technology doesn’t go out the front door, it gets stolen out the backdoor anyway?”

He also added that those questions “need to be asked by the FBI, by the CIA, and I’m not sure quite how to put this, I would like them to be asked in a not excessively gentle manner.”

Thiel did not specifically mention Facebook, but it likely will be mentioned by later speakers at the conference, including Fox News host Tucker Carlson, who has agitated against big tech on the air, and Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), who is seeking to strip major web platforms of certain legal protections.

Trump Ends Asylum Protections For Most Migrants At US-Mexico Border

In what we suspect will be immediately greeted by an avalanche of “we’re a nation of (legal) immigrants” and calls of ‘racism’ and ‘hitler’, AP reports that the Trump administration on Monday moved to end asylum protections for most Central American migrants.

According to a new rule published in the Federal Register, asylum seekers who pass through another country first will be ineligible for asylum at the U.S. southern border.

The rule, expected to go into effect Tuesday, also applies to children who have crossed the border alone.

AP does not, however, that there are some exceptions:https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-07-15/trump-no-asylum-central-americans-who-travel-through-mexico

New US House Bill Would Ban Big Tech From ‘Banking’, Fine Facebook’s Libra $1 Million Per Day

Shortly before Treasury Secretary Stephen Mnuchin held his crypto-fearmongering press conference, CoinTelegraph’s Kollen Post reports that a drafted bill entitled “Keep Big Tech out of Finance” has surfaced online, allegedly deriving from within the United States House of Representatives Financial Services Committee. The document’s metadata dates it July 12. Read bill here -https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-07-15/new-us-house-bill-would-ban-big-tech-banking-fine-facebooks-libra-1-million-day

EU Agrees To Sanction Turkey For Drilling In Cypriot Waters

A surprisingly muscular response beyond mere threatening rhetoric out of the European Union over Turkey’s violations of Cypriot territorial waters related to offshore drilling operations: the EU has agreed to bring financial and political sanctions against Turkey after repeat warnings of the past weeks. 

European Union officials on Monday agreed political and financial sanctions against Turkey after Ankara went ahead with drilling operations off Cyprus despite repeated warnings, European diplomats said. — AFP

“The conclusions on Turkey have been adopted and they will be made public in the coming hours,” the EU’s foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini told reporters following a meeting of foreign ministers. 

AP photo: July 9, 2019 file photo, a Turkish Navy warship patrols near Turkey’s drilling ship ‘ Fatih ‘ that is making its way towards the eastern Mediterranean near Cyprus.

Austrian Federal Minister for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs Alexander Schallenberg also announced prior to Mogherini’s remarks Monday from Brussels:https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-07-15/eu-agrees-sanction-turkey-drilling-cypriot-waters

Schiff: We’re Heading For Recession No Matter What The Fed Does With Rates

Via SchiffGold.com,

Jerome Powell took center stage last week and the Federal Reserve chair didn’t do anything to dampen expectations of a rate cut. His comments sent both stocks and gold higher.

Peter Schiff recently appeared on RT Boom Bust with University of Amherst economics professor Richard Wolff to talk about the Fed and its impact on the markets. Pete said no matter what the Fed does, a recession is coming...https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-07-15/schiff-were-heading-recession-no-matter-what-fed-does-rates

US to impose sanctions on Turkey for purchase of Russian-made S-400 — report

Trump administration officials have reportedly decided to impose economic sanctions on Turkey after its NATO ally refused to back down from a deal to purchase a Russian-made air defense system. Bloomberg News reported Sunday the sanctions would likely be announced later this week after US President Donald Trump signs off on the punitive measures. Officials familiar with the deliberations told Bloomberg that sanctions were one of three options drawn up by the State and Defense Departments along with the National Security Council. The sanctions will be levied through the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act. According to the officials, Trump will announce the sanctions sometime later this week, after Monday’s anniversary of the 2016 coup attempt against President Recip Tayyip Erdogan. They said Washington did not want to announce the sanctions too close to the anniversary to avoid further speculation in Turkey that the US was behind the failed uprising. Despite repeated warnings by Washington, Turkey on Friday began receiving components of the much-awaited aerial defense system. Four cargo planes carrying S-400 parts arrived at an airfield outside Ankara on Friday and Saturday. Two more planes with S-400 equipment are expected to arrive on Sunday. The US has repeatedly warned it would impose economic sanctions and kick Turkey out of the F-35 stealth fighter jet program if Ankara does not drop its S-400 purchase. The Western defense alliance NATO, which counts Turkey as one of its members, has also expressed concern about the purchase. READ MORE

Iran threatens to abandon all limits on nuclear program

Iran warned the European Union Monday that it is prepared to end all of its commitments under the 2015 nuclear, and restore its nuclear program to the status quo ante, under which Tehran placed no limits on any areas of nuclear development.   The spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, Behrouz Kamalvandi, said Monday that Tehran will withdraw from the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) if the European signatories do not bypass American sanctions on Iran, imposed after the US withdrew from the deal.   Kamalvandi added, however, that Iran’s departure from the terms of the JCPOA would be carried out in stages.   “If the Europeans and the United States do not fulfill their commitments, we will balance out their actions under the deal by reducing commitments and taking the conditions back to how they were four years ago,” he said, according to Iran’s IRNA outlet.   “Currently, we have gone beyond 3.67 percent [uranium] enrichment and are also producing the enriched material required for nuclear plant fuel with 4.5-percent purity,” Kamalvandi noted, saying the cap on uranium enrichment was only the first restriction to be abandoned by Iran if it does not receive sufficient sanctions relief from Europe.   Iran has demanded that European powers shield the regime from US sanctions, claiming that failure to do so would constitute a violation of the nuclear deal.

Israeli warship enters Lebanese waters

The Lebanese television channel LBC reported on Sunday night that an Israeli warship had entered Lebanon’s territorial waters. The ship reportedly crossed over near a beach in Israel’s Rosh Hanikra. The ship was detected by UNIFIL forces who informed Lebanese authorities of the suspected breach, according to LBC. Israel has not commented on the incident. Lebanon and Israel, which have no official diplomatic ties, also have a longstanding dispute over the maritime border between the two countries. Last year, Lebanon signed its first contract to drill for oil and gas off its coast with a consortium comprising energy giants Total, ENI and Novatek, including in a block disputed by Israel. Israel says one of two blocks in the eastern Mediterranean where Lebanon wants to drill for oil belongs to it, and had denounced any exploration by Beirut as “provocative”. In May, Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz said Israel had agreed to enter US-mediated talks with Lebanon on the maritime borders.

Secret deal with Israel rescues Palestinian Authority from economic collapse

Israel has agreed to drop the taxes levied on the fuel supplied to the Palestinian Authority in a deal that DEBKAfile reports was discreetly negotiated on the sidelines of the Bahrain conference. The conference was called by the US to put in place elements of a thriving economy as part of the Trump peace plan. While PA leaders loudly condemned the plan and boycotted the conference, senior Palestinian and Israeli officials got down on the quiet to brass tacks on Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s proposal to save the PA from meltdown. 
Last year, Israel began deducting from its clearance transfers to the PA the amounts diverted by Ramallah for paying out stipends to the families of suicide bombers and convicted Palestinian terrorists. PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) refused to accept the balance minus cutbacks, preferring to let the Palestinian economy go bust.
Under the deal proposed now by Netanyahu, Israel would continue to deduct those sums, but drop the taxes it levies on Palestinians fuel purchases. This would  release a revenue of around $50-55m per month to the PA treasury. Abbas agreed to open negotiations after studying the Israeli prime minister’s proposal.   It found the Palestinian Authority deep in debt. Since the cutoff of Israel’s transfers, the PA has been borrowing from banks to cover staff payroll. It reached its debt limit in June. In addition to bankrolling the Hamas regime in the Gaza Strip, Qatar also came forward with an additional $50m a month for the PA, half of which has just been paid into banks in Ramallah and Nablus, plus another $250m from banks in the oil emirate.   Following the influx of cash from Israel and Qatar, the PA was able this month to cover 60 percent of its payroll for staff in both the West Bank and Gaza Strip, especially members of the Palestinian security and intelligence services. Its debt to the banks still stands at $1.9 billion. Washington and Jerusalem are cautiously hopeful that Netanyahu’s plan and Qatar’s contribution for pulling the Palestinian Authority out of a deep financial hole  – plus the Egyptian-Qatari effort to broker a truce with Hamas in the Gaza Strip – will combine to bring down the level of Palestinian terrorist violence, both from Judea and Samaria and against the Israeli communities living next door to Gaza. Even so, reduced-level attacks by Palestinian extremists determined to derail these arrangements are not ruled out.

More Warnings For Next Cascadia Earthquake

Seattle devastation during next Cascadia earthquake and tsunami by  Strange Sounds

We know the “really big one” is coming. But what exactly is going to happen in cities along the Pacific Northwest coast? 

As the largest earthquake since 2001 hit Seattle area on July 12, 2019 and earthquakes hammer the Southern California desert, I thought the risks of a tsunami-related earthquakes were worth revisiting.

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Last year, scientists published a model of how Grays Harbor and Pacific County would be hit with a massive wave following a 9.0 earthquake along the Cascadia Subduction Zone, the fault line that runs about 600-miles along the West Coast. And that is nasty. In the study, researchers estimated how much time residents would have to prepare for a huge tsunami wave. Their guess? About 15 to 20 minutes. Of course, that’d be following a mighty powerful earthquake as well. “With a magnitude 9.0 event you’re expecting a severe amount of shaking,” Dan Eungard, one of the scientists who published the report, said. “For the people on the outer coast all the way into Puget Sound, and essentially all of the western Washington area – and that extends as far down into northern California and lower British Columbia area as well – they would experience a strong degree of shaking. And when I say a strong degree of shaking, you would not be able to stand, you would be forced to the ground, just because you wouldn’t be able to hold your balance.“ According to their model, a 9.0 earthquake struck the Zone, the first tsunami would arrive on land along the outer coasts mere minutes later, with the wave moving at speeds exceeding 40 miles per hour. On the outer coasts that could mean inundation depth ranges from 20 to 60 feet; these rates decrease to generally less than 10 feet within Willapa Bay and Grays Harbor. And there could be more than one wave, with potential follow-ups expected up to 12 hours after the initial quake. This study can’t account for some specific details, like tidal effects or minor topographic changes that could modify the impact of tsunami waves. But they do believe this is an excellent tool for evacuation and recovery planning. “The key takeaways of it are where do you live, where you work, where are the places you frequent most in your daily life? And that’s the kind of thing we want to draw people’s attention to … what we’re pushing for, more than anything, is personal preparedness,” Eungard said. It’s another reason why Washington and other West Coast states have been pushing for record funding of the ShakeAlert system in the 2018 FY spending bill. ShakeAlert would cost about $38.2 million to build out along the West Coast, but could feasibly give people up to minutes of notice about an oncoming earthquake. Eungard and his team believe that systems like that help, but it has to be a multi-step awareness for the coastal population in particular. “It is a two-pronged hazard, when you think about it in the hazard preparedness: You’re preparing for the hazard, and you’re preparing for a tsunami. And many people divorce those into two separate categories. But essentially, you can’t have the tsunami without the earthquake as well,” Eungard said, noting that everyone should prepare for the earthquake in Western Washington as everyone will feel it. “But then, depending on where you go and who you are, would depend on whether you also should be preparing for the tsunami as well. And definitely for the outer coast communities, they should be thinking of both of them as a simultaneous hazard scenario that they should be thinking of both at the same time.

Ebola Spreads To City Of Goma, Population Over A Million

Ebola outbreak in the Congo spreads to a new city where one MILLION people live By VANESSA CHALMERS

  • Health ministers confirmed a pastor was infected after visiting Butembo
  • They raced to find and vaccinate other travellers on his bus
  • It has been feared since the outbreak began that Ebola would reach Goma
  • Authorities have urged calm amid more armed attacks on treatment centres
  • Two health workers have been murdered after months of threats 

Ebola has spread to the Congolese city of Goma, which has a population of more than a million people, as the virus continues to devastate the region.   The victim is a pastor who had arrived in the city by bus after visiting Butembo, a town around 200miles (320km) north in the centre of the outbreak. He had been preaching at a church where he would have touched worshippers ‘including the sick’, the country’s health ministry said on Sunday.  Authorities have urged people to remain calm after the government said the chances of the virus spreading were ‘low’. But tensions are high and two health workers were murdered in their homes over the weekend. Experts have said the escalation was ‘unexpected’ and should serve as a reminder to the World Health Organization to declare a global emergency.  In this, the second worst outbreak in history, 1,665 people have died from Ebola since August last year. The Congolese city Goma is around 180 miles (300km) south of Butembo, with a population of more than one million people. Cases continue to soar in Beni, Butembo, Katwa, Mabalako and Mandima, where the  outbreak is centered The preacher’s symptoms first started on Tuesday after he left Butembo by bus on the Friday and arrived in Goma on Sunday, the DRC ministry said.  The other passengers, 18 in all, and the driver will be vaccinated against Ebola today, said the ministry. It is not clear where the patient is being held.  ‘Given that the patient was quickly identified, as well as all the passengers on the bus from Butembo, the risk of the disease spreading in the city of Goma is low’, the ministry said. Dr Mark Eccleston-Turner, an expert on Global Health Law at Keele University said: ‘The identification of a case in Goma is a deeply disappointing, if not totally unexpected development in the Ebola response in the DRC. ‘As a large city and transport and trade hub the virus taking hold in Goma could have devastating consequences for the response to Ebola in the DRC.’  Health experts have long feared that Ebola could make its way to Goma, which is the capital of the North Kivu province in eastern Congo. It borders neighbouring Rwanda, which has been preparing for possible cases since the outbreak began nearly a year ago.  The two towns are separated by poor roads under the threat of armed groups, which have hampered response teams across the Congo.  The UN is convening a ‘high-level event’ in Geneva today to discuss response and preparedness for the Ebola outbreak.

FBI Plans To Gather Information From Social Media

FBI To Ramp Up Social Media Surveillance
Tyler Durden The FBI plans to step up its efforts to gather information from social media – issuing a call last week for a new tool to monitor Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and other platforms “in a timely fashion.” Citing the use of social media by terrorist groups, domestic threats, criminal organizations and foreign intelligence services, the FBI “needs near real time access to a full range of social media exchanges in order to obtain the most current information available,” according to the request for proposal.  In addition to information such as user IDs, the feds are interested in “emails, IP addresses, telephone numbers, and likely aliases” used over social media. The tool would also allow for location-based trackingpersistent keyword monitoring, and access to one’s personal social media history.  The FBI is soliciting contracts for a new social media surveillance tool: https://t.co/3AglNJuote

They’re not beating around the bush in terms of how pervasively they’re monitoring social media content: pic.twitter.com/Zo528lt8Pd

— Hugh Handeyside (@hhandeyside) July 12, 2019 The FBI has justified the tool by claiming it is in response “to an increasing number of threats to U.S. national interests that are identifiable, with ever-greater frequency, through social media platforms.” It is an acknowledged fact that virtually every incident and subject of FBI investigative interest has a presence online. Consequently, law enforcement gaining lawful access (i.e., access that is authorized, appropriate, and consistent with applicable law and policy) to this data will result in early detection and/or containment of the magnitude of any harm caused by these threats. To protect US citizens, a method employed by the FBI is the acquisition of subscriptions granting access to tools. These allow for the exploitation of lawfully collected/acquired from social media platforms and stored, vetted and formatted by a vendor. The missioncritical exploitation of social media enables the Bureau to proactively detect, disrupt, and investigate an ever growing diverse range of threats. More specifically, the Bureau provides real-time situational awareness of indicators and warnings of emerging social media incidents. -FBI

PM Netanyahu: EU Approach To Iran Same As ‘Appeasement’ Of Nazi Germany Before WWII

Netanyahu compares EU approach to Iran with ‘appeasement’ of Nazi Germany before WWII
Reuters / Ronen Zvulun Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu has compared Europe’s attitude to Iran with the 1930s appeasement of Nazi Germany, after the EU foreign policy chief said Tehran’s enrichment breach wouldn’t trigger the Iran deal’s dispute mechanism. The EU’s high representative Federica Mogherini said on Monday that the bloc did not regard Tehran’s recent breaches of the 2015 nuclear deal as being “significant” enough to set an official dispute in motion.  Mogherini said that none of the remaining parties to the accord had signaled any intention to invoke the JCPOA’s dispute article, which means that, so far, “none of them” think that Iran’s non-compliance “is considered to be significant non-compliance.” Netanyahu lashed out at Europe’s response, saying in a video statement that it was even comparable to appeasement and failed diplomacy with Nazi Germany before the outbreak of World War II. “(It) reminds me of the European appeasement of the 1930s…It seems there are those in Europe who will not wake up until Iranian nuclear missiles land on European soil. But then it will be too late, of course.”  People during that time “stuck their head in the sand” and “did not see the approaching danger,”Netanyahu warned. Mogherini said, however, that all recent steps taken by Iran are “reversible”and that the EU hopes the country will “go back to full compliance with the agreement.” Israel has been pushing for a harder line against Tehran from the EU, to match the response of the US. The Trump administration abandoned the deal last year, claiming among other things that it was among the worst deals he’d ever seen. The EU, the UN and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) all maintained, however, that Tehran was still in compliance.

It’s Not Really a Climate Thing: It’s about Control

by Nwo Report

Source: Clarice Feldman

Fascism, Communism, Nazism — all gifts to the world from Europe. Now it’s nonsensical worries about climate change resulting in deliberately built-in inefficiencies in everything from household appliances to transportation methods.

Compared to the U.S., Europe’s love of control-down economics leaves it in the dust:

“The US GDP is five times that of Germany, seven times that of France and UK, 10 times of that of Italy, and 14 times of that of Spain in 2018.” And when the UK leaves the EU as I predict it will, the gap will be much larger.

Still, the control freaks of the left are determined to copy the European model and hamstring us in ways that make us easier to control.

I’ve spent a great deal more time overseas than juniors on their semester abroad in Avignon have, and I can tell you that everything from working mothers to GDP are beset by control economies. It takes forever to do the laundry in Europe. The machines may save energy and water but it leaves housewives having to spend much, much longer to get the family laundry done. So much time it takes to accomplish normal household chores that full-time working mothers are rarer there than here.

When comparing employment statistics between the United States and the EU, we find that:

  • Women are more likely to be managers in the United States than in the EU.
  • Labor force participation for women is lower in the EU than in the United States.
  • Part-time employment among women is greater in the EU than in the United States.

The gender wage gap is larger in the EU than in the United States.[snip]  In EU countries, women are also more likely to hold part-time jobs than in the United States. This suggests that EU policies have not helped women remain in full-time positions and advance their careers, opting instead to pursue jobs with fewer hours and more flexibility.

In recent years, motivated by bugaboo claims — first about depleting supplies of energy and then about climate change (“the social cost of carbon”) — the Department of Energy regulated home appliance efficiency. The net result was reduced efficiency and product performance.

Do homeowners really want to wait two hours (twice what it once took) to get these dishes done? This administration thinks not.

Like many other Obama-era DOE standards, the marginal energy and water savings were likely not worth the added cost to consumers, but what really set the dishwasher standard apart was its impact on product performance. It added significantly to the time it takes to do a load, which at more than two hours was about twice what it took before federal regulators got involved.

However, the underlying statute, the Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975, contains provisions protecting consumers from efficiency standards that reduce product features and performance, so on March 21st, 2018 the Competitive Enterprise Institute petitioned the agency to set a new standard. DOE granted the petition last week and has formally begun a rulemaking to determine whether a new efficiency rule is warranted that would permit dishwashers that can do the job in an hour.

DOE should be applauded for righting this regulatory wrong. But even better than fixing bad regulations is preventing them from happening in the first place, and towards that end DOE is considering a number of useful process reforms that would discourage anti-consumer efficiency standards in the future. The agency should also consider excluding the social cost of carbon from appliance rulemakings so that this program can’t again prioritize climate activism over consumers.

After undoing the ridiculous appliance standards, I’d hope the administration takes a look at the policies trying to force us out of cars by reducing, instead of increasing, traffic lanes for cars — providing reserved bike lanes already severely choke traffic as population grows. Regardless of how many people bike around Amsterdam to the delight of visiting college juniors from America, it doesn’t fit most of the U.S. or its  people.

MOTUS looks at Portland for an example but it’s become ubiquitous.

Let me posit this hypothesis, liberalism is the new secular Puritanism. Instead of believing in a just and almighty God they believe in government. Instead of basing their beliefs and religion on the Bible they base it on their own – ever-expanding — belief system: the principles of government. The Puritan ideal of living a life of pious, consecrated actions translates for the new Puritans to insisting that YOU live a pious life, consecrated to THEIR principles. Because you were born too stupid to determine what’s best for you. Hence the need for social engineering; here’s an example of that at its finest:

Portland to create ‘equitable mobility’ task force to investigate how to charge people to use local roads.

Portland City Council approved a plan Wednesday to study short-and-long-term strategies to charge people to use city streets, an effort intended to reduce congestion and curb carbon emissions as the region expects as many as 500,000 new residents by 2040.

The city will create a Pricing for Equitable Mobility task force to study and recommend potential road user fees — such as cordons, where drivers are charged to use certain streets in the city center or potentially more robust freeway tolls in the area…

Commissioner Chloe Eudaly, who oversees the transportation bureau, said the city must take bold steps to try and get people out of their cars. “We are going the wrong direction on transportation,” she said.

In other words, they are going to pursue (taxpayer-funded) ways to manipulate you to do what we want you to do, which is “get out of your cars.” No matter how they attempt to package and sell it, it’s always about control. And it’s always them, controlling you.

Contrary to the claims of those who want to get us out of our cars and into public transportation, cars make increased productivity, less dense population, housing, and work opportunities possible. People are not, as they often are in European urban centers, confined to living close to work on bus and metro lines or in biking distance, shopping in the same corridors, and schooling their children in the same paths. It makes them easier to control and limits their choices. Near me, it is not unusual for people to work in Virginia, drop their kids off at school and after-school activities in D.C., and shop and live in Maryland.  Using public transportation or bikes would make this quite impossible in any reasonable amount of time.

It’s of a piece with the Left’s wish to control dialogue through Facebook and Twitter, YouTube, and such, and through the censoring of contrary opinion by deeming it not “politically correct.”  But there, too, I see a ray of rising anti-totalitarianism .We do not like this nonsense.

Among the general population, a full 80 percent believe that “political correctness is a problem in our country.” Even young people are uncomfortable with it, including 74 percent ages 24 to 29, and 79 percent under age 24. On this particular issue, the woke are in a clear minority across all ages.

Youth isn’t a good proxy for support of political correctness — and it turns out race isn’t, either.

Whites are ever so slightly less likely than average to believe that political correctness is a problem in the country: 79 percent of them share this sentiment. Instead, it is Asians (82 percent), Hispanics (87 percent), and American Indians (88 percent) who are most likely to oppose political correctness. [snip]

The one part of the standard narrative that the data partially affirm is that African Americans are most likely to support political correctness. But the difference between them and other groups is much smaller than generally supposed: Three quarters of African Americans oppose political correctness. This means that they are only four percentage points less likely than whites, and only five percentage points less likely than the average, to believe that political correctness is a problem.

It’s always about control and the left thinks they should control all the levers. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’ chief of staff admitted it this week, telling a crowd: “The interesting thing about the Green New Deal, is it wasn’t originally a climate thing at all. Do you guys think of it as a climate thing? Because we really think of it as a how-do-you-change-the-entire-economy thing.”

I can’t imagine American voters opting to put idiots like this in charge. Neither does Tom Maguire.

I remain shocked (in a totally non-shocked way) that Dem “strategists” seem to be seeking a progressive Presidential candidate whose coattails should let them sweep Congressional districts in Brooklyn, Manhattan, San Francisco and a few other urban enclaves while losing most of the country.

Do they understand “swing districts”? Do they understand that winning Brooklyn with 85% of the vote doesn’t send more people to Congress than winning with a mere 75%?

I beg you: Don’t let them know this.

Liberals Viciously Harass MAGA-Themed Bride, Wish Death Upon Her Son in ICU with Brain Bleed

by Nwo Report

Democrats are showing their true colors yet again.

Source: Shane Trejo

West Michigan resident Audra Johnson, who went viral after wearing a wedding dress with “Make America Great Again” embroidered upon it, has been receiving vicious threats from liberals in the days since her July 4 wedding.

“I can’t believe the hypocrisy coming out of the left,” Johnson told Big League Politics. “For being the party of tolerance, they sure are being intolerant.”

Johnson, a pro-life activist in the Michigan Republican Party who is the Kent County leader for the Michigan Heartbeat Coalition, has had her Facebook page attacked by liberal trolls who have posted demeaning, sexist, and hate-filled remarks incessantly since her wedding to military veteran Jeff Johnson.

WARNING: Some of these comments are graphic and contain profane language.


Some of the comments posted by liberals can be seen above.

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Even more disgustingly, liberals wished death upon Johnson’s son who is in the intensive care unit at the Helen Devos Children Hospital in Grand Rapids, MI with a brain bleed following an ATV accident on Friday.

“I posted about my son being in the ICU because of a bad accident he was in yesterday,” Johnson said. “There was nothing political about the post. Liberals immediately began celebrating his injuries. Some even going as far as to say they hoped he die.”


Liberals want your children dead if you refuse to conform to their anti-American ideology.

Facebook has allowed all of these abusive posts to remain on her page as the trolls continue to post their unadulterated hate, while posts defending Johnson against the polls are getting flagged by the censors.

Johnson notes that her husband’s ethnicity is African-American while she is Filipino, making the hatred from the liberals regarding their biracial wedding particularly disgusting and hypocritical.

“I really feel like because we are such a mixed family — he’s African-American, I’m Filipino … we both thought it was really important to show people that that’s wrong,” she said.

Once again, the base of the Democrats – whose slogan was once “Love Trumps Hate” – is showing that they support the most vile forms of harassment against their political enemies. They will likely continue to grow more unhinged and violent as the presidential election in 2020 comes into focus.

Trump’s New Executive Order Will Save Over 40,000 Lives, But the Mainstream Media Couldn’t Care Less

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Source: Forbes

President Trump could cure cancer and the mainstream media still wouldn’t show any gratitude.

His latest executive order will literally save over 40,000 lives, but the MSM couldn’t care less.

Here’s the deal, per Forbes:

How many of you noticed the most life-changing story of the week? Yesterday, President Trump made a stunning speech announcing regulatory changes that will save thousands of American lives each year.

As the President noted, roughly 100,000 Americans with kidney disease are awaiting a transplant from a donor. About 20,000 Americans are awaiting transplants of other organs.

These estimates are, if anything, on the low side. Indeed, there are many people who never bother with the transplant waiting list because, under the current system, their prospects of receiving a transplant are so low. Last year, there were about 21,000 kidney transplants in the United States, but the transplant waiting list has remained stuck in the 90,000 to 100,000 person range for some years. If you are old, or even a young person in frail health, you won’t receive a kidney. Donor kidney’s are reserved for more “deserving” recipients. Shockingly, it’s estimated that 43,000 Americans die prematurely each year because they don’t receive a life-saving kidney transplant. For context, this exceeds the number of people who die in car accidents each year.

The shortage of kidneys and other organs is substantially, and probably fully, the fault of inhumane government regulations. The federal government has regulated national organ procurement since the National Organ Transplant Act of 1984. Since then, the waiting lists have increased in length.

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‘NOT A TYPO’: Democrat Poll Shows What Voters Think Of Omar, Ocasio-Cortez

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Source: Ryan Saavedra

A new internal Democrat poll in swing districts released on Sunday showed that socialist Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Ilhan Omar (D-MN) are extremely unpopular and that they may cost the Democratic Party the presidency and the House in 2020.

“Ocasio-Cortez was recognized by 74% of voters in the poll; 22% had a favorable view,” Axios reported. “Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota — another member of The Squad — was recognized by 53% of the voters; 9% (not a typo) had a favorable view.”

“Socialism was viewed favorably by 18% of the voters and unfavorably by 69%,” Axios added, whereas “capitalism was 56% favorable; 32% unfavorable.”

The firm that conducted the poll gave the results to Axios on the condition that it not be named because it works “with all parts of the party.”

A top Democrat involved in the 2020 congressional races told Axios: “If all voters hear about is AOC, it could put the [House] majority at risk. [S]he’s getting all the news and defining everyone else’s races. Socialism is toxic to these voters.”

The poll’s results match numerous other polls that have been taken on Ocasio-Cortez and socialism.

A June poll from inside Ocasio-Cortez’s district found:

  • They don’t like her. She has a more than 2:1 ratio of unfavorable (50.88%) to favorable (21.37%) in public opinion.
  • They don’t trust her. Only 10.75% thought she had their best interests in mind in quashing the Amazon deal – 32.60% said she didn’t.
  • They don’t want her. 33.44% are ready to vote against her, and only 13.30% would vote for her.

“A Quinnipiac poll released on Thursday morning found that 23 percent of Americans had a favorable view of the member of Congress, while 36 percent had an unfavorable view — a -13 overall approval rating,” Vox reported in March. “This new poll isn’t a one-off finding. Three prior surveys — one in January from Morning Consult, one in February from Fox, and a third in mid-March from Gallup — all found that more Americans had negative views of AOC than had positive ones.”

A NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll from March found that, of socialism in general, “only 18% of respondents approved, while 50% of respondents disapproved.”

OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE? Crooked Hillary Posts Instructions IN SPANISH For Illegal Aliens to Evade ICE Agents

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Thank God this woman is not president.

Crooked Hillary sounded the alarm Thursday and tipped off illegal aliens to Sunday’s impending deportation raids.

The New York Times reported Thursday that the massive deportation operation President Trump delayed two weeks ago will be deployed this Sunday.

Trump’s deportation operation is targeting illegals who already have deportation orders, yet Hillary Clinton and other Democrat leaders are giving them advice on how to evade ICE agents!

“Por favor comparte (please share)” Hillary said posting instructions IN SPANISH giving illegals ‘legal advice’ on how to evade ICE agents.

The instructions include telling illegals not to answer the door if ICE comes knocking on their door, letting them know they ‘have the right to remain silent,” and to not sign anything without talking to a lawyer.

Hillary also instructed illegal aliens to take pictures and video of the ICE agents, take their badge numbers and take note of what type of car they drive.

Por favor comparte: pic.twitter.com/HYQhf9i218

— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) July 11, 2019

The English version of what Hillary posted:

The @nytimes reported overnight that ICE is planning to conduct massive raids this weekend to deport families and “collateral” immigrants who may be nearby.

Share this guidance from @UNITEDWEDREAM on what to do if ICE comes to your door. #HereToStay #CloseTheCamps pic.twitter.com/yE837Jzptj

— Swing Left (@swingleft) July 11, 2019

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) actually told illegal aliens they don’t need to answer the door if ICE comes knocking because a deportation warrant is not the same as a search warrant.

‘If that is the only document ICE brings to a home raid, agents do not have the legal right to enter a home. If ICE agents don’t have a warrant signed by judge, a person may refuse to open the door,’ Pelosi said on Thursday.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortex also fired off a tweet Thursday giving illegal aliens ‘legal advice’ on how to evade ICE agents.

How is this not obstruction of justice? Are we a nation of laws or not?

IT’S ON: Trump Gives ICE The Greenlight And Start Date; Massive Raids To Begin In These 4 Cities

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Source: Martin

President Donald Trump has given U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement the green light and a start date to begin deporting thousands of illegal aliens in 4 major cities.

According to reports from both The New York Times and NBC News, ICE will launch raids on Sunday in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, and Miami.

Other areas will be part of the raids, but those 4 cities are reportedly the main focus when the raids begin on Sunday.

ICE will be apprehending and deporting roughly 2,000 illegal immigrants who have ignored court orders to leave the country.

Here’s more from NBC News:

The mass raids, to be conducted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, are set to target roughly 2,000 families in major cities across the United States — the same 10 cities that were revealed under the previous plans, the officials said. The previously named cities were: Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, New York and San Francisco, but a source said that two of those cities may change.

In June, the president announced plans to deport “millions” of illegal immigrants, but later postponed those plans so that he could perhaps strike a deal with Democrats.

Trump originally told ICE to begin a nationwide sweep to apprehend up to a million illegal aliens from the country who have been ordered by a court to be deported, but delayed it two weeks so he could “work out a deal” with Pelosi and Democrats.

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In response, Pelosi sarcastically said that “families belong together,” which is a shot at Trump for temporarily using the Obama-era policy of child separations at the border.

She also called for “comprehensive immigration reform,” which is liberal-code for amnesty for millions of illegal aliens.

“Mr. President, delay is welcome. Time is needed for comprehensive immigration reform. Families belong together,” Pelosi wrote in her response to Trump.

Mr. President, delay is welcome. Time is needed for comprehensive immigration reform. Families belong together. https://t.co/R9PDrfaKWj

— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) June 22, 2019

After several weeks of inaction from Democrats, Trump is moving forward and has instructed ICE to begin the raids.

Last week, Trump told reporters: “These are people where we have their papers, we’ve gone through the court system. [The deportations will] be starting fairly soon, but I don’t call them raids.”

He added: “We’re removing people that have come — all of these people over the years — that have come in illegally. We are removing them and bringing them back into their country.”

Ken Cuccinelli, the newly-appointed acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, also said that ICE agents were ready to apprehend and deport aliens who are ignoring court orders.

“They’re ready to just perform their mission, which is to go and find and detain and then deport the approximately one million people who have final removal orders,” Cuccinelli said during a CBS interview Sunday.

Democrats can complain all they want — the ICE raids are coming.

Google Exposes Itself As Pro-Pedophilia, Pro-Child Abuse By Opposing Sex Trafficking Laws That Would Protect Children

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Google Exposes Itself As Pro-Pedophilia, Pro-Child Abuse By Opposing Sex Trafficking Laws That Would Protect Children

Source: Mike Adams | NaturalNews.com

A child protection bill with broad bipartisan support is under fire by Google because it threatens to actually hold the Silicon Valley tech giants accountable for their complicity in allowing underage children to be abused and sex trafficked through their platforms.

If passed, the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act, or SESTA, would amend the Communications Decency Act (CDA) of 1934to specify that tech companies like Google will no longer be shielded from liability for sex crimes committed on their platforms, specifically against underage children.

Because Google and other tech companies are profiting from this child sex trafficking, SESTA would implicate them for “benefiting from ‘participation in a venture’ engaged in sex trafficking of children.” SESTA would also allow for state attorneys general to file civil actions against Google and other tech companies on behalf of the residents of their respective states.

Since the tech cabal has decided to aggressively police online free speech, silencing conservatives, Christians, and natural health gurus for spreading “hate” and “intolerance,” there’s no reason why they can’t also deal with the prolific problem of child sex abuse on their platforms.

But Google and Big Tech are diametrically opposed to the bill, which they ironically claim interferes with the protections they’re afforded under Section 230 of the CDA – protections that no longer apply, it turns out, since Google et al. have decided to act as both content providers and content publishers, in violation of federal law.

Google couldn’t care less that pedophilia runs rampant on its platform, so long as the company profits from it

According to research conducted by the Google Transparency Project, at least 34 groups that receive direct funding from Google have voiced their opposition to SESTA by publishing “dozens of op-eds and blog posts opposing the bill, as well as signing on to coalition letters to members of Congress and issuing statements and action alerts to oppose the bill.”

What are they afraid of, you might be asking? It’s really quite simple. If SESTA passes, their funding source, Google, will not only no longer be able to profit from child sex trafficking, but the company will also be held criminally liable for aiding and abetting the sex abuse of children, which is no laughing matter.

Both the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and the Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT), for instance, two Google-funded “non-profit” organizations, have been actively fighting the passage of SESTA, as have many other groups that receive financial aid from Google.

SESTA was introduced by Ohio Republican Senator Rob Portman back on August 1, 2017, in response to a serious sex abuse case involving Backpage.com, which was caught knowingly facilitating child sex trafficking on its platform. EFF, CDT, and many other Google-supported groups quickly launched support campaigns for Backpage, rather than children it was complicit in trafficking, which ultimately led to the revelation that Google was fighting against legislation to protect child victims.

Even after it was determined by the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations that Backpage had “knowingly facilitated the criminal sex trafficking of vulnerable women and young girls” by modifying the ads posted by their pimps to remove all language suggesting that their victims were underage, Google still came to the defense of Backpage, and ultimately itself, by opposing SESTA.

“In all, at least 30 Google-funded groups weighed-in to oppose SESTA between August 1 and August 7, 2017,” explains the Google Transparency Project.

“They included trade associations representing Silicon Valley companies; right-of-center groups such as the Heritage Foundation and R Street Institute; left-of-center and free speech groups such as the New America Foundation; and even academics at some of the leading institutions in America such as Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center.”

Be sure to read the Google Transparency Project’s full analysis of Google’s efforts to fight against protections for child victims of sex trafficking.

You can also keep up with the latest Google news at EvilGoogle.news.

Archaeologists Believe They Have Found the Ancient Biblical City of Ziklag

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Archaeologists Believe They Have Found the Ancient Biblical City of Ziklag

Source: Will Maule | ChristianHeadlines.com Contributor

A team of Israeli archeologists has announced the discovery of an ancient Biblical city. The Israeli Antiquities Authority, Hebrew University in Jerusalem and Macquarie University of Sydney, Australia issued a joint statement saying that they had uncovered the city of Ziklag, which was mentioned multiple times in the Bible.

Ziklag is referenced in relation to David, who was granted sanctuary in the city along with his army, with the permission of Achish, King of Gat. The site is believed to be where David was anointed as the King of Israel.

The most famous mention of the city is found in 1 Samuel 30, which describes the destruction of the Amalekites:

“David and his men reached Ziklag on the third day. Now the Amalekites had raided the Negev and Ziklag,” reads verse 1.

Ziklag is also mentioned in the Book of Nehemiah as a place where Jews returned to after being exiled in Babylon.

Several archaeological teams have undertaken excavations at the site, with digging commencing in 2015, led by Prof. Yosef Garfinkel, head of the Institute of Archaeology at Hebrew University.

The original Philistine settlement at Ziklag dates back to the 12th century BCE, according to the Jerusalem Post. There is also crucial meaning found within its name. “It is not a local Semitic name but a Philistine name, further proof that the Philistines were not native to the area but migrated to the land of Israel from Europe,” wrote Alex Winston at the Jerusalem Post.

David used the city as a military base for raids against the Geshurites, the Girzites and the Amalekites. Following the destruction of the city, the Amalekites and the population was enslaved. Then, after King Saul was killed in battle with the Philistines, David fled Ziklag and traveled to Hebron where he was crowned the King of Israel.

The Israeli Antiquities Authority noted that a large quantity of ancient pottery was discovered on the site. “Nearly one hundred complete pottery vessels were found in the various rooms,” the group noted. “The great range of complete vessels is testimony to the interesting everyday life during the reign of King David.”

With the archaeological evidence so compelling, experts believe that the location is almost certain to be Ziklag as mentioned in the Bible.

“I think it’s 90 percent that this was biblical Ziklag,’ archaeologist Yosef Garfinkel of the Hebrew University told UPI.

Christian Doctor Fired for Failing to Use Transgender Pronouns

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Christian Doctor Fired for Failing to Use Transgender Pronouns

Source: Michael Foust | ChristianHeadlines.com Contributor

A Christian doctor with 26 years of experience is suing the British government after he allegedly was dismissed for not using the correct pronouns for transgender patients.

David Mackereth was fired last year from his new job as a health and disability assessor with the Department for Work and Pensions following a discussion with a superior about the use of pronouns.

He has worked 26 years within the National Health Service (NHS), the British health care system.

“What would you do if you were to assess someone who is obviously a man but asks to be referred to as ‘she’ or ‘Missis’ in the report?” James Owen of the employment agency allegedly asked him. The agency had head-hunted Owen for the role.

Mackereth replied that as a Christian, he would not be able to follow such an order in good conscience. Instead, he would use pronouns that reflect a person’s biology. He was suspended.

The Christian Legal Centre is representing him.

Owen allegedly asked Mackereth twice more in follow-up letters if he would comply with the department’s requirements. Mackereth said he could not.

“I am a follower of the Lord Jesus Christ,” Mackereth responded. “He made all things including/especially mankind. We read that He made them ‘male and female’ (Genesis chapter 1 verse 27). In good conscience, I believe that gender is determined by biology and genetics, and I see no reason to be in any way ashamed of that.

“So when it comes to these matters,” he continued, “I think of the great 16th Century Reformer, Martin Luther who stated at the Diet of Worms ‘My conscience is captive to the Word of God. Here I stand, I can do no other. So help me God.’”

He was then dismissed from his position. The Department for Work and Pensions said Mackereth’s use of pronouns would be considered harassment under the Equality Act.

The department has not commented on the case, according to the BBC.

The Christian Legal Centre says the department violated the doctor’s freedom of thought, conscience and religion.

“Dr. Mackereth is a Christian hero who chose to sacrifice his distinguished professional career rather than compromise on the Bible and his conscience,” said Andrea Williams, chief executive of the Christian Legal Centre. “The requirement to use so-called transgender pronouns defies common sense and Christian faith. It serves no useful purpose except filtering out firm Christians and men of principle such as Dr. Mackereth.

“If we tolerate this as a society, if we give in on the essential freedom of thought, conscience and religion, no other freedom is safe,” Williams added. “We are determined to fight all the way to secure justice in this case. If freedom to tell the truth – in this case calling a man ‘he’ and a woman ‘she’ – is suppressed, then truth itself is suppressed.”

US Proposes Mideast Naval Patrols; World’s Biggest Shipping Association Endorses Move

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(CNSNews.com) – Following attacks on oil tankers near the Persian Gulf – blamed on Iran – a U.S. proposal to bring together a coalition to patrol the region’s two most important energy chokepoints has won the support of the world’s biggest association of ship owners.

“Anything that can help increase security in the region right now is something we back,” the specialist maritime publication Lloyds List quoted BIMCO maritime security head Jakob Larsen as saying Wednesday.

“On everybody’s mind is the risk of a misunderstanding between different warships in the area,” Larsen said. “We all have to be cautious about a spark that could be ignited and that’s why any military protection or convoy scheme should be coordinated.”

Based in Denmark, BIMCO (formerly the Baltic and International Maritime Council) describes itself as “the world’s largest international shipping association,” representing around 60 percent of the world’s merchant fleet, measured by tonnage.

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford told reporters in Arlington, Va. that the U.S. military was “engaging now with a number of countries to see if we can put together a coalition that would ensure freedom of navigation both in the Strait of Hormuz and the Bab el Mandeb.”

“I think probably over the next couple of weeks we’ll identify which nations have the political will to support that initiative and then we’ll work directly with the militaries to identify the specific capabilities that’ll support that,” he said.

Dunford indicated that while the U.S. would coordinate and provide “maritime domain awareness and surveillance” other countries would be expected to patrol and escort ships sailing under their flags.

Some 30 percent of the world’s crude oil passes through the Strait of Hormuz, a narrow waterway linking the Persian Gulf with the open sea. On Wednesday, U.S. officials said a Royal Navy warship foiled at apparent attempt by Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) personnel in fast boats to stop a British oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz.

About 1,300 miles to the south-west, the Bab el-Mandeb connects the Red Sea (and Suez Canal) with the Gulf of Aden and the Arabian Sea, and is also an important channel for oil and other goods.

Ships in the narrow waterway, located between Djibouti and Yemen, have become vulnerable to attack by Iranian-backed Houthi rebels fighting in Yemen against a Saudi-led coalition. Last year the Saudis temporarily suspended oil exports through the Bab el-Mandeb, after attacks on tankers blamed on Houthis.

Six tankers have been damaged in sabotage attacks near the Persian Gulf over the past two months. The U.S. and regional allies blame Iran, which denies involvement.

After those incidents, BIMCO called it “unacceptable that the lives of innocent seafarers are put at risk in these unprovoked attacks.”

Dunford said Tuesday he had discussed the sea-patrol proposal earlier in the day with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and acting Defense Secretary Mark Esper.

During recent travels to the Middle East and Europe, both Pompeo and Esper raised the issue.

In the UAE on June 24, Pompeo told Emirati leaders the U.S. was proposing a plan that would involve the UAE, Saudi Arabia and another 20 countries, adding that “the president is keen on sharing that the United States doesn’t bear the cost of this.”

Esper, at NATO headquarters in Brussels that same week spoke said the U.S. was encouraging NATO allies and regional partners “to help us deter further provocative acts [by Iran] by improving maritime security and demonstrating resolve.”

Esper told reporters he had asked NATO colleagues “to consider joining a group of like-minded countries,” to support freedom of navigation, through maritime and air surveillance  – “all the way up to a picket line of ships to help protect the international waterways, and to include maybe even escorts.”

Over the past decade, naval vessels from the U.S., European nations, China, Japan, India and other countries have patrolled waters off the coasts of Somalia and Yemen to protect commercial ships from piracy.

Iran’s Mehr news agency opined that the real U.S. motivation for the proposed patrolling of the region’s waters was to contain rival countries’ access to energy resources.

“Many suspicious incidents and tensions created by Washington and its proxies in Persian Gulf region like attacking oil tankers can be interpreted as the White House’s measures to contain its global economic rivals in order to guarantee the U.S. hegemony and influence for the next decades,” charged the agency, which is owned by an Islamic ideology body established by the regime.

Amazon home robot prototype is reportedly waist-high and can be summoned by voice

Amazon is still working on a robot that will roam around homes, according to Bloomberg.

A prototype of the robot, codenamed “Vesta,” is about “waist-high,” can be controlled by voice and is capable of moving around on its own using built-in cameras, according to the report.

A similar report last April revealed that Amazon is interested in creating home robots that might be able to provide access to the company’s Amazon Alexa voice assistant no matter where you are. Bloomberg said the robot isn’t ready to launch this year as originally planned.

An Amazon representative declined to comment.

Amazon has continued to invest in robotics and in June introduced new warehouse robots including the Pegasus and Xanthus.

Amazon typically holds big product reveal events at its Seattle headquarters in September. Last year, Amazon introduced 15 new Alexa-enabled products, including a microwave. Bloomberg said a new “higher quality Echo speaker” will be announced this year, which is in line with what the company has done in the past….https://www.cnbc.com/2019/07/12/amazon-vesta-home-robot-prototype-still-in-development.html

Future robot brothels using AI ‘sex tech’ to transform orgasm pleasure ‘from a one to 10’

ONE of the world’s highest-earning sex workers has predicted what the future of brothels will be like 25 years from now, Daily Star Online can exclusively reveal. By Christine Younan / Published 12th July 2019

Sex robots: People will ‘adapt’ to new technology says expert

See video here: https://www.dailystar.co.uk/real-life/791134/Sex-robot-brothels-future-AI-sex-tech-transform-orgasm-pleasure-Alice-Little

Alice Little believes incredible advances in technology and the evolution of sex robots will push the brothel experience and human pleasure into unchartered waters.

Alice, who works at Nevada’s famous Moonlite Bunny Ranch legal brothel in Carson City, opened up about her thoughts on the future of the kinky industry and where she thinks the sex cyborg phenomenon will end up.

The US hottie, who also works as a sex and intimacy coach, believes that by 2045 the brothel business and the way customers interact will have evolved in three primary ways.

She says sex technology will play a stronger role in society and will be both an asset and a competitive liability to sex workers.

Alice also thinks the brothel workplace will evolve to allow sex workers to work remotely using VR and other sex tech, and the stigma surrounding sex work will considerably diminish.

Speaking about sex robots, Alice claims the kinky cyborgs of the future won’t manifest as human-sized, living dolls.

As Satanists take Scottsdale to court, Surprise City Council adds prayer to start meetings

Scottsdale will head to court Tuesday to defend a city council decision to block Satanists from leading a council meeting invocation.

Meanwhile, another metro Phoenix city is adding prayer to the start of its meetings, knowing full well what that may mean.

“It’s only a matter of time before the Satanists come,” Surprise Councilman Chris Judd said.

For the last several years, The Satanic Temple, an international Satanist group, has been asking city councils across the country to lead their invocations. 

The Satanic Temple’s Arizona Chapter, based in Tucson, has made these requests in cities such as Phoenix, Sahuarita and Scottsdale, but has never successfully been able to deliver an invocation.

While other cities have gotten away with blocking the invocations by saying their calendar was full or ending their invocation practice altogether, in Scottsdale the council directly denied a request from the Satanic Temple’s Arizona Chapter.

That is what led the group to file its lawsuit…https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/surprise/2019/07/12/satanists-take-scottsdale-court-another-arizona-city-surprise-starts-praying/1683910001/

NUKE-LAIR Iran ‘to ramp up production’ at secret nuclear enrichment bunker built under a MOUNTAIN to protect it from US attack

Tehran’s nuke scientists are ready to massively step up uranium enrichment at the heavily-fortified Fordow Plant, a top security think tank said on Wednesday.

 The Institute for Science and International Security says the Fordow Nuclear Enrichment Site is on the verge of upping its uranium enrichment programme to as high as 20 per cent
The Institute for Science and International Security says the Fordow Nuclear Enrichment Site is on the verge of upping its uranium enrichment programme to as high as 20 per centCredit: institute for science and international security
 Iran's nuclear enrichment site at Fordow has two rings of steel around it, and is buried deep within a rural mountain for protection
Iran’s nuclear enrichment site at Fordow has two rings of steel around it, and is buried deep within a rural mountain for protection
 The heavily fortified Fordow site near Qom, 100 miles south of Tehran, is built under a mountain that could withstand even the most severe aerial bombardment
The heavily fortified Fordow site near Qom, 100 miles south of Tehran, is built under a mountain that could withstand even the most severe aerial bombardmentCredit: AP:Associated Press

The bombshell report from the renowned Institute for Science and International Security claimed that efforts are underway at the facility to hugely increase its uranium stocks.

It read: “Fordow is potentially part of Iran’s current threats to progressively go to higher enrichment levels and increase its stocks of enriched uranium.”

This week, nuclear inspectors confirmed Iran was breaching a nuclear pact with the West by upping its uranium enrichment from 3.67 per cent to 5 per cent.

But Iranian officials quoted by the think tank have previously said that enrichment at Fordow can quickly be increased to 20 per cent.

Atomic Energy Organization of Iran chief Ali Akbar Salehi said in December 2018: “We currently have 1,044 centrifuges in Fordow – and if the establishment wants we will restart 20 per cent uranium enrichment in Fordow.”

UNDERGROUND BUNKER

The top-secret bunker near Qom – about 100 miles south of Tehran – is buried deep within a rural mountain range.

Satellite imagery shows two massive rings of steel fencing around the site – each with heavily armed checkpoints along the entrance road.

Guard towers are placed at 25m intervals along the inner defensive line – while two tunnel entrances can be seen in the centre.

It is protected against a range of conventional bomb attacks and could even fend off hugely powerful so-called “bunker buster” bombs.

The weapons – such as the 2,000lbs Paveway III rocket – have been used by the US and British air forces to devastating effect against ISIS bases in Syria.

But experts fear the impenetrable Fordow fortress may be able to withstand them.

The Institute report says: “Fordow’s underground tunnel complex is fortified to withstand aerial bombardment.”

 A US Air Force B-2 Spirit Bomber drops a B61-11 'bunker buster' bomb during a test flight. The Fordow site could even be protected against these highly destructive bombs
A US Air Force B-2 Spirit Bomber drops a B61-11 ‘bunker buster’ bomb during a test flight. The Fordow site could even be protected against these highly destructive bombsCredit: Handout
 Workers at an enrichment control room at a facility in Natanz, Iran - similar to the site at Fordow
Workers at an enrichment control room at a facility in Natanz, Iran – similar to the site at FordowCredit: Reuters
 The startling claims come amid heightened tensions between Iran and the West
The startling claims come amid heightened tensions between Iran and the West

BREACHED 2015 AGREEMENT

Iran’s pledge this week to further scale back its commitment to the 2015 nuclear deal with world powers increases the speed with which it can produce nuclear weapons.

The deal capped the level of purity to which Iran can enrich uranium hexafluoride – the feedstock for centrifuges – at 3.67 per cent – far below the 90 per cent of weapons grade.

And part of the 2015 pledge was to transform the role at Fordow into a purely research-driven one.

The agreement specified that Fordow be “converted into a ‘nuclear, physics and technology centre’ with the purpose of international scientific collaboration.”

But the Institute for Science and International Security report says that Iran has gone against this part of the deal – and never re-purposed the Fordow site.

Deal or no deal – What was the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement and what has happened to it?

BROKERED by the Obama White House and signed by seven world powers, the Iran nuclear deal aimed to reduce the country’s ability to produce nuclear weapons.

However, Donald Trump withdrew the US from the deal earlier this year – branding it “horrible” and “one-sided”.

Iran has also pledged to breach the agreement until it receives the sanctions relief it says it is owed.

The deal was an agreement between the Islamic Republic and a group of world powers aimed at scrapping the Middle Eastern country’s nuclear weapons programme.

It saw Iran agree to eliminate its stockpile of medium-enriched uranium by 98 per cent.

Enriched uranium is a critical component for making nuclear weapons and in nuclear power stations and by curbing the amount Iran produce is a way to curb the number of weapons produced.

As part of the agreement, Iran also agreed to only enrich their uranium up to 3.67 per cent over the next 15 years and they agreed to reduce their gas centrifuges for 13 years.

Gas centrifuges are used to separate different types of uranium which allows specific types to then be used to manufacture nuclear weapons or generators.

Iranian nuclear facilities were limited to a single facility with only first-generation centrifuges for 10 years and other nuclear facilities had to be converted into other use.

In addition, they were barred from building any more heavy-water faculties – a type of nuclear reactor which uses heavy water (deuterium oxide) as a coolant to maintain temperatures in the reactor.

Also under the agreement, the International Atomic Energy Agency was granted regular access to all Iranian nuclear facilities to ensure Iran maintains the deal.

If Iran abided by the deal it was promised relief from the US, European Union, and the United Nations Security Council on all nuclear-related economic sanctions.

The agreement was reached on July 14, 2015, and the world powers signed it in Vienna.

TWO WARHEADS PER YEAR

The think-tank believes Fordow could be quickly converted into full-scale nuclear weapons production – building up to two deadly warheads per year.

This was the intended purpose of the site dating back to 2002, according to secret Iranian nuclear plans seized last year by Israeli Mossad agents, the report said.

The Institute warned: “Iran is now increasing its enrichment levels and stockpile in violation of the [2015 nuclear deal] and could feasibly do so at Fordow – which is heavily fortified against military intervention to halt it.”

HEIGHTENED TENSIONS

Iran says it will continue to breach the deal’s caps one by one until it receives sanctions relief promised under terms of the agreement.

Washington is set on isolating Iran to force it to negotiate stricter limits on its nuclear programme.

The US also wants to reduce Iran’s ballistic missile programme and its role around the conflict-ridden Middle East.

On Wednesday, boats believed to belong to the Iranian military tried to seize the British oil tanker British Heritage passing through the Strait of Hormuz.

It sparked a tense standoff in the Persian Gulf when a Royal Navy frigate trained its weapons on the enemy vessels – who then backed off.