Thursday, July 31, 2014
Via ABC News: A group of Satanists are using the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision to promote their own political initiatives -- which are the polar opposite of the Christian craft store giant. The Supreme Court ruling allows Hobby Lobby to opt out of providing contraceptives to employees on the basis of their religious beliefs. Now, The Satanic Temple plans to cite the verdict as justification for the protection of their own beliefs. The Satanic Temple, a religious group based in New York but with followers across the country, is using the ruling to fight informed consent laws which mandate that women considering abortions must be given state-approved literature about the procedure. Where they exist, informed consent laws differ by state, with some requiring women to watch videos or read information of varying amounts of time before scheduling their procedures. Satanic Temple Monument in Oklahoma may Include "Interactive Display" for Kids. "We should only have to review medical or scientific information based solely on fact and not politicized", said Jex Blackmore, the head of the Detroit chapter of The Satanic Temple. "Some of that state-drafted information is medical in nature [but] it's just that it's written in a very biased format". The group announced the initiative last week and have provided a form letter intended to enable women to opt-out of receiving the pamphlets distributed under the informed consent laws. They contend that the informed consent pamphlets run counter to their religious beliefs. Women are able to print off the opt-out form, fill it out and hand it to their doctor. If the doctor still gives them the state-mandated forms in spite of the letter, The Satanic Temple says it will file a lawsuit on their behalf. Blackmore said they have not filed any such suits since the initiative was launched. Cardozo School of Law professor Marci Hamilton, who has written extensively about the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), said that The Satanic Temple's plan to use the Hobby Lobby ruling as the basis for their initiative could be effective if and when they bring a lawsuit to the courts. "For those of us who have been working on RFRA issues for two decades... inevitably it was going to be groups that raised claims that made either ordinary Americans or the far right find uncomfortable", Hamilton said. When it comes to fighting any lawsuits that The Satanic Temple brings forward regarding informed consent laws, it appears that the devil is truly in the details. "It really puts the conservative Christians and the anti-contraceptive Catholics in a bind: They're going to have to argue that a religious group should lose a RFRA claim that is on par with the Hobby Lobby claim", Hamilton said. The problems with us Christians is that we have lost our ground. The apostle Barnabas said Paul was an impostor and he was right. Paul wrongly wanted to change the Priesthood and he was rather alone with that and it was never approved by Christ that the Levitical Priesthood should be abolished. During the first three centuries 11 million Christians became martyrs. Most of them used the Septuagint Old Testament and had read the Gospels of Philip, Maria Magdalene, Judas, and Thomas. The gospel of John is a later invention which basically originally was written in Latin, and later translated into Greek and Aramaic. The gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke, were probably also originally written in Latin and by political reasons made canonic later. The book of Acts is a religious catastrophe. The 11 million Christians who were martyrs during the first three centuries died for something else than the modern New Testament. The only "books" in the New Testament we can trust are the epistles of James and Jude. Everything else in the New Testament is of course often great literature, but it is not original and much of it is fake and contrary to Christ. It doesn't even reflect the beliefs the 11 million Christian martyrs from the first three centuries of Christianity died for. The state of religion is really a worse mess than anyone can imagine. Our Lord and God Jesus Christ must be very sad considering the present order of things in this fallen world.
Via The Local: The Swedish government announced that it plans to remove all mentions of race from Swedish legislation, saying that race is a social construct which should not be encouraged in law. "We know that different human races actually do not exist", Swedish Integration Minister Erik Ullenhag told Sveriges Television (SVT). "We also know that the fundamental grounds of racism are based on the belief that there are different races, and that belonging to a race makes people behave in a certain way, and that some races are better than others". The concept of race is included in around 20 Swedish laws, including criminal code, student financial aid laws, and credit information laws. On Thursday the Swedish government began an investigation into how to remove the concept from all legislation, as has been done in Austria and Finland. "Legislation should not include the word race, if we argue that there are not actually races", Ullenhag said. "I have wanted to remove the concept of race for a long time". Oscar Pripp, associate professor of ethnology at Uppsala University, welcomed the idea. He said that the concept of race is necessary to understand people's behavior, but that it is not necessary in law. "It sounds rather sensible", Pripp told The Local. "Not to scrap the word entirely, but that it should not be included as a concept in legislation, because then you're saying that there are indeed different races". Pripp went on to say that race in and of itself does not exist, but is rather something that is "done" in society, such as in the labor market, housing market, and other areas. The proposal has come under sharp criticism, however, from the National Afro-Swedish Association (Afrosvensarnas Riksförbund, ASR). "This scientific racism that Ullenhag is focused on, when he says that racism is based on believing in different races, is not true", Kitimbwa Sabuni, spokesperson for the ASR, told The Local. "How many people in Sweden really think that way? Maybe 100. That's not the problem. Racism existed before the concept of race biology. Scientific racism is just one chapter in the story of race and racism". Sabuni concurred that race is a social construction, but from there his views diverged. "Just because it's a social construction doesn't mean it's not a reality", Sabuni said. "For us, this is just trying to take away the possibility to even talk about it. It's critical". Sabuni said the government's plan would be a serious roadblock in the fight against racism. He also stressed that those impacted by racism should be consulted before such a decision is taken. "How can you apply for a grant for fighting racism if the concept of race doesn't exist in legislation? Racism will disappear de facto from the agenda. The government is lost in a fantasy, a fantasy which counteracts effective work against racism". The government has assigned chief district court Judge Erica Hemtke the task of investigating the issue, as well as looking into expanding protection of transgender people in Swedish legislation. Both assignments should be completed by December 7th, 2015.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Via The Local: Four Swedes are fighting with the Ukrainian task force Azov - a squad which flies a flag with Nazi symbols and, according to one Swedish soldier, fights for "a white Ukraine". Azov is a special force of about 300 soldiers, including multiple volunteer soldiers from across Europe. The force was established by the Ukrainian government, but does not fight alongside the national army and is instead steered by ultra-nationalists. Four Swedes are in the group. Neo-Nazi Mikael Skillt is one of them. "They are not fighting for a democratic Ukraine", Anton Shekhotsov, a Ukrainian political scientist who researches right extremist movements in Europe, told Sveriges Radio (SR). "Their vision of Urkaine is a fascist dictatorship". The squad, which wields a yellow and black flag decorated by the Wolfsangel symbol, is a powerful weapon against pro-Russian separatists. But they have their own priorities. The battalion's commander, Andrij Belitskij, is also the leaer of the Social-National Assembly (SNA), which lists among its goals the end of "sexual perversions and contact between races". Skillt, a member of the neo-Nazi Party of the Swedes (Svenskarnas parti), seems to agree. "My goal is a white Ukraine", Skillt told newspaper Svenska Dagbladet (SVD) last week. "I am a nationalist and I want there to still be white Europeans in Europe". The Swede is originally from Sundsvall, and has been in Ukraine since February. Skillt has confirmed on social media as well as for Swedish media that he fights in the Azov battalion - and that he does so in Swedish uniform. The Ukrainian government, however, denied that any foreigners fight in their units. Anton Gerashenko, advisor at the Ukrainian Ministry of Home Affairs, dodged questions from Swedish media on Wednesday. "I'll stay tight-lipped on this one", he said to SR. "It's forbidden by law for foreign citizens to fight. You seem like a sensible person. So there is nothing more to say". Swedish national police have also confirmed their presence. "We do not know exactly how many Swedes are fighting in Ukraine, but we know there are several", police superintendent Sören Clerton told SVD. Shekhotsov warned that the battalion may not be satisfied simply by separatist defeat. He reported that the SNA has been behind multiple attacks against sexual and ethnic minorities in Kiev. He also expressed concern that, although Azov may not successfully instate dictatorship, the force may still block the construction of a democratic Ukraine. His fears seemed confirmed by Swedish soldier Skillt, who called the struggle in Ukraine a war based on race. "This can be the grounds for something much bigger", he told SR. "It's not impossible that the Kiev government will fall". I said before that Sweden and the other Nordic countries, the Baltic states, as well as BeNeLux should join Russia in a political and military union. Today we see that the break-up of the Soviet Union was a catastrophe. Most of us hailed the independence of the three Baltic states as something positive. Today we see that also was a catastrophe. Lithuania is a member of NATO and today it poses a more important threat against Sweden than for example Nazi-Germany ever did during WW2. For the first time in a long time we now have a serious threat directly at our border. The Swedish government must together with Russia prepare for war against Lithuania. The balance in northern Europe is unfortunately gone. We fool ourselves if we think we can avoid war. Every delay risks to only make things worse in the future. Sadly most people don't realize the seriousness of the situation.
Monday, July 28, 2014
Via BBC News: Most border crossings in Liberia have been closed and communities hit by an Ebola outbreak face quarantine to try to halt the spread of the virus. Screening centers are also being set up at the few major entry points that will remain open, such as the main airport. Meanwhile, Nigeria largest's airline, Arik Air, has suspended all flights to Liberia and Sierra Leone after a man with Ebola flew to Nigeria last week. The virus has killed at least 660 people in West Africa since February. The outbreak began in southern Guinea and spread to Liberia and Sierra Leone. It is the world's deadliest so far. Nigeria has put all its entry points on red alert after confirming that a Liberian man died of Ebola after arriving at Lagos airport on Tuesday.
Sunday, July 27, 2014
Saturday, July 26, 2014
Via WWTDD: Michelle Lewin keeps her taint positioned eternally toward Orion’s Belt, with Orion being the Latino pimp who smuggled her out of Venezuela and taught her how to spit polish her bare ass for the gringos. Everything Michelle does, from checking her text messages to giggling at Sabado Gigante like no American could, she does with her ass tilted up toward the heavens. I’d complain, but it’s fucking amazing.
Via Disclose.tv: Nobody can argue there's something heavenly about a cluster of clouds on a summer's day. And by the look of this stunning picture, that is certainly the case, if you look closely. Amateur photographer Jeremy Fletcher took this extraordinary photograph which appears to show a God-like bearded man in the clouds. Myself I think the picture rather resembles my old friend Elijah the Tishbite, who passed away on April 19th this year.
Thursday, July 24, 2014
Via Businessweek: Even before the U.S. announced tough new sanctions last week, Russia’s economy was already in trouble. After 15 years of strong growth driven by higher commodity prices, the economy is now on the edge of recession. During the first quarter, Russian GDP grew by 0.9 percent year-on-year. Forecasts for annual growth have since slowed to 0.5 percent. Unemployment is nearly 5 percent, and inflation is over 7 percent. The country’s population is aging and money is pouring out. The price to insure against Russia defaulting on its debt is surging. Credit default swaps against China’s debt (or Brazil’s, or India’s) are much cheaper. Russia’s main stock index, the Micex, is down 7 percent since July 17. In June, Russia’s Finance Minister forecast that additional restrictions on sectors of Russia’s economy would cost 0.2 percent to 0.3 percent of gross domestic product this year.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Via Before It's News: Financial newsletter writer Jim Willie says no matter who shot down the Malaysian commercial jet over Ukraine recently, there is going to be massive fallout. Willie contends, "Here’s the big, big consequence. The U.S. is basically telling Europe you have two choices here. Join us with the war against Russia". Willie goes on to say, "It’s a war game and Europe is sick of U.S. war games. The defense of the dollar has come to war versus trade. Are you with us or are you against us?" As far as the NSA spying on Germany, Willie says, "I think they are looking for details on assisting Russia on dumping the dollar. I think they are looking for details for a secret movement for Germany to get away from the dollar and join the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.) This is exactly what I think they are going to do".
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Via The Local: Swedish defense and aeronautics group Saab said Tuesday it had completed the acquisition of German heavy industry giant ThyssenKrupp's submarine shipyard in southern Sweden. ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems has around 850 employees and counts the navies of Sweden, Australia and Singapore among its clients. "The acquisition strengthens Saab's position as a comprehensive supplier of naval military systems", Saab said. The subsidiary designs, builds and maintains not only submarines but also surface vessels and submarine rescue vehicles. Sweden is one of the world's biggest arms exporters per capita, and Saab is the country's main defence equipment company. The business unit, renamed Saab Kockums, is expected to keep its operations in the southern Swedish ports of Malmö, Karlskrona, and Muskö. The acquisition "makes Saab one of few companies in the world with the ability to develop, produce, and deliver comprehensive defense solutions for air, land, and sea", chief executive Haakan Buskhe said when the company published its second-quarter results last week.
Monday, July 21, 2014
Via Before It's News: A false flag might have occurred, according to Before It's News. It states Kiev plotted the crash of MH17 as this entire MH17 false flag comes crashing down. Amazingly, the smoking gun was provided by Kiev themselves in the latest show that these Nazi’s in the Ukraine and those helping them in America and at the UN aren’t the brightest bulbs in the room...
Sunday, July 20, 2014
Via Market Watch: Apple's much-anticipated new "iPhone 6" is expected to hit the shelves late September, in time for the big holiday shopping season, according to various sources. Dubbed iPhone 6 in keeping with Apple’s practice of naming its new smartphones in numerical order, the new device is expected to come with larger screens — 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch. The move is to compete better with Samsung Electronics’ Galaxy series which had witnessed great success with users who prefer a larger surface.
Saturday, July 19, 2014
Via RT: Remains of the bodies, crashed parts of the plane, still burning engines – that was the dramatic and gruesome picture that local residents saw when the Malaysian plane crashed in the sky over Donetsk Region in eastern Ukraine. “My wife and I were having dinner when we heard a strange noise sounding like clapping", says Dmitry, a local resident. When they went out of the house, they saw a body - more precisely, the remains of a body - lying nearby. Dmitry believes that it must have fallen from a high altitude. The cause of the crash is yet to be established by investigators. The OSCE observers have arrived at the site of the crashed plane for forensic analysis to define what exactly happened to the Boeing 777.
All the video footage is showing the same thing...A huge black plume of smoke from the crash! How can that be if the plane was blown apart in the sky? Have you ever witnessed another plane hit with a missile at 30.000 feet? The debris dont just fall down to the exact same spot on earth from 30.000 feet! Adding to the fact that dozens of Malaysian passports were conveniently found at the scene of the crash, we can clearly see an attempted false flag to launch WW3 unfolding. Curiously, Anton Gerashchenko, advisor to Ukraine's Ministry of internal affairs, had a prepared explanation for everything that happened half an hour after the MH17 incident happened. President Valdimir Putin’s plane may have been the target of an attempted assassination! Is it possible that the Malaysian plane that went down was meant to be his? Did NWO try to assassinate Putin? All the recent MH17 flight paths as tracked by Flightaware show that while all most recent paths pass safely well south of the Donetsk region, and cross the zone above the Sea of Azov, it was only the tragic MH17-flight that passed straight overhead Donetsk. Why was MH17 diverted from the traditional flight path to pass over dangerous and disputed territory? And did MH17 actually take off at all? Maybe it never flew over Ukraine!? If MH17 was hit by a missile at 30.000 feet, why was there so much debris from this Malaysian airlines flight on the ground, while there was so little for flight 93 which crashed in Pennsylvania?
Via RT: Some Western states and Kiev rushed to find Russian involvement in the MH17 crash having no evidence to back their claims, Russia’s Deputy Defense Minister told RT. He invited Ukraine to answer 10 questions to prove their commitment to an impartial probe. Speaking to RT, Russia’s Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov has criticized Western countries for jumping to conclusions just "24 hours after the crash" while there is no evidence. "They try to show to the whole world that we are responsible for the crash. It is very strange that without any evidence my colleagues from western media would like to find somebody who is responsible for the crash", Antonov said. "It seems to me that this is part of information warfare which has been started against the Russian Federation and armed forces". According to an aviation official quoted by a New York Times journalist, Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, a Boeing 777, made its first flight on July 17, 1997, 17 years ago to the day. And on top of that, July is the seventh month of 2014, a year which has numbers adding up to seven. According to a writer on the Illuminati Watcher conspiracy website, the MH370 disappearance "must've been aliens" but MH17 was more likely to be the Illuminati. "I followed the previous Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 (exhaustively) and concluded that it must've been aliens; one of the first conspiracy theories to surface, and until we hear otherwise I'm sticking with it", the article said. "In that MH370 conspiracy theories post I referenced the fact that the alleged Illuminati might have been involved due to the number 777 being tied in. You'll notice that this MH17 was also a Boeing 777". It is strange that the same cyclist who was to board MH370 - which mysteriously disappeared - and in the last minute canceled his trip, this time also canceled his trip in the last minute with MH17. If the aviation authorities still have no clue to what happened to MH370, how can they be so sure MH17 was shot down by a missile? The only thing we know for sure is that MH17 disappeared from radar just like MH370 four months ago. MH17 flew the same route as Russia's President Vladimir Putin shortly before the MH17 crash. Maybe the Ukrainian regime mistakenly took MH17 for Putin's plane, but instead shot down the wrong plane. And now the Ukrainian regime try to blame Russian separatist for what happened and that is why this blame game has started. But the source of this whole incident is probably much bigger and might not involve any Russians or Ukrainians at all.
Via The Local: Swedish football coach Pia Sundhage has spoken out, the coaches concerned are under review and gender experts have warned that prejudice remains after two young players were accused of being boys. "Traditional gender roles are in many areas deeply entrenched", Sofia B. Karlsson, who is involved in the Football for All project, told The Local. Football for All (Fotboll för Alla) is a cooperation between Stockholm professional club AIK and Amphi Produktion and aims to develop training materials and methods to tackle racism, homophobia, and sexism within the game at all levels. "We want to develop tools so that everyone can be themselves on the football pitch, it is only then that we feel and can perform at our best", she said, explaining that the project targets coaches for teams with players aged 7-19-years-old. The Local reported on Wednesday that two 11-year-old girls playing for one of the winning teams at a beach football tournament in Åhus, southern Sweden, were harassed by the home team after accusations of being boys in disguise. The ensuing controversy has received a great deal of exposure in the Swedish media and national team coach Pia Sundhage was moved to send the girls, who play for a team in Lund in southern Sweden, a message of support and has described the incident as "abominable". Sundhage, who won two Olympic gold medals while coach of the U.S. national team, has previously spoken about how she adopted a male alias in order to pursue her career in the 1960s and in interview with the Aftonbladet daily on Thursday she was disgusted that girl football players were still judged on their appearance. "It is a sign that we have placed girls in a box and that there are expectations for what they are able and allowed to do", she said. Sundhage's assessment was shared by Jesper Fundberg a researcher at Malmö University who studies gender, ethnicity, and sport. "We see the boy body as better, the real football body, and then it is seen as a form of cheating", he told the local Sydsvenskan daily. Meanwhile Åhus IF, the club which hosted the tournament, has announced that the club board is reviewing the position of its youth coaches who have been accused of instigating the controversy.
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Via The Local: With U.S. reality show stars shedding their clothes in droves, Swedish broadcasters have indicated that they are open to trying the same thing in Sweden. The naked trend has been successful in Hollywood, with reality show participants shedding their threads in favour of going more au naturel in programmes such as "Naked and Afraid" on the Discovery Channel. Axel Eriksson, program director at SBS Discovery said that he could see a market for more naked bodies on Swedish television. "Naked people stir up emotions, and a Swedish programme of this genre would get noticed and probably cause a discussion", he told the Aftonbladet daily. Eriksson said that he had already received some proposals regarding Swedish remakes of foreign programmes containing nudity and was mulling the idea. "As long as there is an interesting storyline and the nudity becomes a tool for telling that story, not just attention seeking, I definitely think there is an audience for this format". Eriksson's broadcasting colleague Karin Stjärne at MTG, owner of channels such as TV3 and TV6, was slightly more lukewarm in her view of the somewhat staid U.S. approach to the concept. "It won't be enough to flash a boob", she told the newspaper. "I think the Swedish audience has quite a natural approach to our bodies". If the concept were to take off in Sweden it would not however be the first time reality television viewers have been treated to the fleshy smorgasbord of the human body. Perhaps the most notorious exponent of the "I'll show you mine" genre was Jan O. Jansson a.k.a. "Naked Janne" who graced a 2003 series of the agricultural dating show The Farm (Farmen). Jansson became Naked Janne with the people after he spent a large part of the series mucking out in his birthday suit. The teacher from Uppsala in eastern Sweden had previously served as chairman of a naturist association and later penned a book about his farm life fame entitled "The Naked Truth".
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Via New York Daily News: The actress slammed her bedroom door shut and called 911when she reportedly encountered intruder Joshua James Corbett as he stood just steps away in her hallway. Sandra Bullock had a terrifying close encounter with the stalker who broke into her house last month carrying creepy love notes mentioning her toddler son. "You are very special to me and without you in my life there is only misery", read one note from accused stalker Joshua Corbett mentioned in search warrant affidavits obtained by the Daily News. "I will forever be thinking of you and Louie my son as you are my wife by law, the law of God and you belong to me and me to you", Corbett, 39, said before signing off as "your husband". The affidavits described in bone-chilling detail how Bullock returned home around 1 a.m. on June 8, took a shower, went to bed and woke up to "loud bangs". The "Gravity" actress thought the bangs were coming from her third floor workout room windows, which she left open to air out the room, so she attempted to go back to sleep, one investigator recounted in the affidavit filing. When the banging got louder, Bullock became fearful, got up to close her bedroom door and saw a male wearing dark clothing walk past her on the other side of the threshold, the affidavit said. Bullock locked herself in her room and quickly called police, who apprehended Corbett as he was walking down some stairs, police said. "Sandy, I’m sorry, please don’t press charges", Corbett allegedly yelled out as he was taken into custody.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Incredible! Woman Sees The Voice of God – And It Is Literally Jaw Dropping! People Seeing God’s Voice Globally, Warning Of Coming Trouble!
Via Before It's News: "For God may speak in one way, or in another, Yet man does not perceive it. In a dream, in a vision of the night, When deep sleep falls upon men, While slumbering on their beds, Then He opens the ears of men, And seals their instruction". ~ Job 33:14-16 Supported in the scripture above, God does speak to us in our dreams, and we must be in a deep sleep, which is the REM stage of sleep—stage five—in order for this to take place. Laura Harris Smith believes that God speaks to us directly in our dreams. As I’ve mentioned above, it is clear that He does. But there is a war going on…a spiritual war! And the enemy is coming against people so that they do not hear from God, and one of the ways he can achieve this is by affecting our sleep.
Monday, July 14, 2014
Via Before It's News: Those of us who have seriously looked in to the work of Zecharia Sitchin are well aware of the claim that the Book of Genesis is nothing more than a summarized, edited version of ancient Sumerian Legends. There is a much bigger story behind the creation of man than what the church has been telling us for centuries. In a 1986 address, with little fanfare, Pope John Paul II seems to be addressing this very issue. "The reference to the ‘primacy’ of Christ helps us to understand that the truth about the existence and activity of the angels (good and bad) is not the central content of the word of God… The truth about the angels is in a certain sense ‘collateral,’ though inseparable from the central revelation… They are superior to all that is created in the visible world, including man".
Via Eye Witness News: Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff will host the BRICS summit this week on the back of the Fifa World Cup. The BRICS grouping is expected to launch its own development bank amid claims either Shanghai or New Delhi will be named as the bank's possible headquarters. But South Africa is still lobbying for the bank to be located in Johannesburg. Leaders of the BRICS group of nations are expected to finalise the establishment of a development bank during the summit. The bank's main objective would be to finance infrastructure projects. Despite their agreement on the need for a bank, the five countries Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa appear to be split on where it should be headquartered. Last week, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies said South Africa would put forward a strong case for the bank to be located in Johannesburg. He says reports that the bank will be located either in Shanghai or New Delhi were mere speculation, because no decision had been taken. Davies’s ambassador Anil Sooklal, who coordinates South African efforts in BRICS says, "The location of the bank is still under discussion. That is one of the issues that will be considered by the heads of state and government at the summit". He says the new bank will complement the work of the World Bank rather than compete with these established institutions. Meanwhile, China is confident it will provide Shanghai as the venue for the BRICS development bank to be launched.
Sunday, July 13, 2014
Via WUWT: Antarctica continues to defy the global warming script, with a report from Meteo France, that June this year was the coldest Antarctic June ever recorded, at the French Antarctic Dumont d’Urville Station. According to the press release, during June this year, the average temperature was -22.4c (-8.3F), 6.6c (11.9F) lower than normal. This is the coldest June ever recorded at the station, and almost the coldest monthly average ever – only September 1953 was colder, with a recorded average temperature of -23.5c (-10.3F). June this year also broke the June daily minimum temperature record, with a new record low of -34.9c (-30.8F). Other unusual features of the June temperature record are an unusual excess of sunlight hours (11.8 hours rather than the normal 7.4 hours), and unusually light wind conditions. Dumont d’Urville Station has experienced ongoing activity since 1956. According to the Meteo France record, there is no other weather station for 1000km in any direction.
Via RT: An artillery shell from Ukraine has hit a private house in the Rostov region of Russia, killing a citizen and leaving two more injured. The Russian Foreign Ministry promises heavy consequences. Reportedly up to six mortar shells exploded on Sunday in the small Russian town of Donetsk, which has the same name as the Ukrainian city and is situated right on the Ukrainian border. Ukraine’s charge d'affaires in Russia has been summoned to the Foreign Ministry where he was handed a note of protest in the strongest terms. The Russian Foreign Ministry has called the shelling "an obviously aggressive act" on Ukraine’s part and warned it could have "irreversible consequences" with Kiev holding full responsibility for the provocation. Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin promised a "rigorous and concrete answer" to the shelling of Russian territory that resulted in the senseless loss of life. "We’re currently evaluating the situation, and the facts we’ve learnt risk a dangerous escalation of the tensions on the [Russian-Ukrainian] border, which puts our citizens in high danger", Karasin told RIA news agency, stressing that harsh reaction would follow only after detailed analysis of the situation. Until today’s fatality, there had been no casualties, except for one Russian border guard suffering a head wound from a shell fragment.
Via BBC News: Pope Francis has been quoted as saying that reliable data indicates that "about 2%" of clergy in the Catholic Church are paedophiles. The Pope said that abuse of children was like "leprosy" infecting the Church, according to the Italian La Repubblica newspaper. He vowed to "confront it with the severity it demands".
Egypt Unearthed: Evidence Of Ancient High Technology, Including Machine Cutting, Solar Energy, And More!
Via Before It's News: How do you explain stones that were carved perfectly level and stacked without mortar? What about the precise rounding off of the corners of the stones? There are so many things that seemigly cannot be explained when it comes to ancient technology—or can it? The only reasonable explanation for such profound mysteries is the existence of ancient technology. It is oftentimes unbelievable and even confounding to modern-day people to ever consider that the ancients did indeed have technology. We tend to think that ancient people were ignorant and stupid, or that they were not as smart as we are today. But that is the furthest from the truth, because evidence has been discovered many times over that would suggest otherwise. Have you ever stopped to consider the possibility that the ancients were actually more advanced than what we are in our present age?
Saturday, July 12, 2014
Via WND: It’s the first of three so-called Supermoons this summer. And the discoverer of the blood moons phenomenon, Pastor Mark Biltz, author of "Blood Moons" and the inspiration for a documentary movie of the same name, sees a connection to the "signs in the sun, moon and stars" promised in the Bible. This weekend’s sky show will be strongest at 7 p.m. Eastern Saturday when the moon will be large and strangely luminous. It will also be just 222.611 miles away from Earth and in what is known as its perigee. Full moons vary in size because of the oval shape of its orbit and its elliptical path around Earth. When in perigee, the moon is around 50.000 km closer than when it is furthest away, or in apogee. But an even better show is coming later this summer on Aug. 10 when the moon will be 863 miles closer than on Saturday, and will become full on the same hour as perigree and will appear at its brightest in 2014. Unlike solar eclipses and other celestial treats, Supermoons occur every 13 months and 18 days. The last time a supermoon made headlines was in June last year, when it appeared to be 14 percent bigger and 30 per cent brighter. The distance of the moon from Earth varies in its orbit because the orbit is elliptical. The average distance from Earth to the Moon is 238.900 miles. When you have a combination of a full moon that is also closer it is considered a Supermoon. Typically, it is said, this occurs about once a year. But this summer there will be three in a row – July 12, Aug. 10 and Sept. 9. But, to appreciate what these astronomical signs mean from a biblical standpoint, Biltz says you must check the biblical calendar – sometimes referred to as the "Jewish calendar". "Amazingly, according to the biblical calendar months these fall in the month of Tammuz when Israel worshiped the golden calf, the month of Av, when the 10 spies brought the evil report and when the Temple was destroyed twice on the same day, and the month of Elul, which is the month of repentance", says Biltz, who discovered the blood moon tetrad occurring in 2014 and 2015 coincides with Passover and the Feast of Tabernacles in those successive years. "There is also added significance as it precedes a Shemitah year, or the seventh year of the seven-year cycle beginning this Rosh Hashanah. Next year, it happens again!" Biltz, of El Shaddai Ministries in Tacoma, Washington, points out that in Genesis, God said He created the sun and the moon for signals about coming events. "Are we watching?", he asks. The recent earthquakes can be explained by the moon's approaching to the Earth, and as the moon continues to come closer to the Earth we will experience more and stronger earthquakes in intensified frequencies. The first of the four blood moons occurred on April 15th this year. Interestingly the American Prophet from Oakland, California - Elijah the Tishbite - passed away on April 19th this year. Elijah explained to me the events that would unfold after his death when I met him in Athens, Greece, during the Soviet reign of Gorbachev some 25 years ago in the late 80's. Then we traveled by boat from Pireaus to the Greek island of Crete. There Elijah the Tishbite explained more to me of the coming events we now witness as we visited Chania, Sitia, and Irakleion.
Via The Telegraph: Earthquake measuring 6.8 on Richter scale shakes northern Japan, triggering tsunami advisory. A strong 6.8 magnitude quake was detected 103 miles east of Iwaki city on the Japanese island of Honshu early on Saturday morning. The Japan Meteorological Agency said a local tsunami of up to 3.3 feet could impact the Pacific coastline in Fukushima, Iwate and Miyagi prefectures after the quake. The quake was measured at a depth of 6 miles and occurred at 4.22am local time (8.42pm Friday BST), the US Geological Survey said. Iwaki is located approximately 60 miles south of the Fukushima nuclear power plant, which was was severely hit by a tsunami in March 2011 following a magnitude 9.0 earthquake. Plant operators Tokyo Electric said there were no immediate reports of abnormality after the quake, according to Kyodo news agency. However, Japan's meterological agency said: "Though there may be slight sea-level change in coastal regions, no tsunami damage is expected". The 2011 disaster killed about 19.000 people. That disaster also triggered multiple meltdowns at the Fukushima plant. More than 100.000 people are still unable to go home due to fear of radiation contamination from the plant. The meteorological agency advised people to leave the coast immediately, while Japan's public broadcaster NHK said some local authorities issued evacuation advisories to their residents. Kyodo said the city of Iwate had issued an evacuation advisory.
Via Disclose.tv: The aptly named mousear cress may respond to caterpillar munching sounds. Plants have long been known to react to changes in their environment, and may respond to light, temperature, and touch. But are they listening too? For the Arabidopsis plant, the answer is a loud and clear "yes". The distinct, high-amplitude vibrations produced by a cabbage butterfly caterpillar munching on a leaf of this flowering mustard plant, commonly called mousear cress, throws its defenses into high gear, according to a study published in Oecologia this month by two researchers at the University of Missouri. The study, which combined audio and chemical analysis, is the first to find evidence that plants respond to an ecologically relevant sound in the environment, said Heidi Appel, a senior research scientist in the Division of Plant Sciences at Missouri. Appel, along with Rex Cocroft, a professor in the Division of Biological Sciences, used a laser and a small piece of reflective material to record the caterpillar's chewing vibrations, which moves an Arabidopsis leaf up and down about 1/10.000 of an inch. They then played two-hour recordings of the vibrations to one set of plants and left another set in silence. The plants that heard the recording of chewing vibrations created an increased amount of mustard oil, a defense meant to deter an insect attacker. "[The vibrations] trigger them to be better prepared for subsequent attacks", said Appel. "So they make more defenses, faster, when they've been primed by these feeding vibrations". The plants were also selective about what type of vibrations they responded to. Shortly after the first experiment, Appel and Cocroft exposed the plants to other vibratory sounds, including those from the wind and nonthreatening insects. The other sounds did not trigger any response. "We don't think it's anything as simple as some frequencies or pitches of sound are better than others", Cocroft said. "They responded to the chewing vibrations and not to the insect song, even though they had the same frequencies in them. It suggests that the plants' acoustic perception is more complicated than simply looking for a particular pitch of sound".
Friday, July 11, 2014
Via RIA Novosti: International observers have praised the work of the Russian Emergencies Ministry, which has organized temporary accommodation centers (TACs) for refugees from Ukraine, Deputy Emergencies Minister Vladimir Stepanov told reporters Friday. "I must say that yesterday we had about 40 international observers working in refugee camps. They praised the conditions in which the refugees live, the field conditions actually", Stepanov said. The deputy minister also noted that the Emergencies Ministry has been providing humanitarian assistance voluntarily, and that they will continue to do so until the issue with the refugees is resolved. Earlier on Friday, Stepanov said the ministry had sent about a thousand tons of humanitarian supplies for the refugees. The number of refugees fleeing southeast Ukraine to Russia has increased dramatically since June as a result of the ongoing Kiev-led special military operation against independence supporters. Several thousand people cross the Ukrainian-Russian border every day, with more than 50 Russian regions hosting the refugees. According to recent estimates from the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), a total of about 110.000 people have fled Ukraine for Russia since the beginning of the crisis. In June, a UNHCR delegation visited Rostov Region and praised Russia’s contribution to accommodating refugees from Ukraine. It is clear the flow of ethnic Russians fleeing from the war in Ukraine - which is largely orchestrated by EU and NATO - will increase. To ease the refugee situation for Russia I suggest we here in Scandinavia recieve up to 100.000 Russians fleeing from Ukraine. If there will be more Russian refugees than that from Ukraine, I suggest up to 100.000 Russians from Ukraine also should be accomodated by Arizona and New Mexico, which have room for them. In this way both Scandinavia and the U.S. would share in international solidarity in the ongoing wars in Europe. I also think that would be fair and just considering that Sweden already received more refugees from Iraq than the U.S. and Canada together, although the war in the Middle East also that time was started by others than the Russians and the Scandinavians.
Via BBC News: A rocket strike in the east Ukrainian region of Luhansk has killed at least 19 soldiers, Ukrainian officials say, blaming it on separatist rebels. They said rebels had fired a barrage of Grad rockets at troops in Zelenopillya, a village near the Russian border. The pro-Russian rebels say they "destroyed a column" of troops there. Ukraine's defense ministry put at 23 the number of troops killed in clashes in the past 24 hours. Nineteen of them died in the Grad attack, it said. The ministry spokesman, Volodymyr Seleznyov, also said 93 troops had been wounded. Earlier media reports about the rocket strike, which spoke of up to 30 killed, were inaccurate, he said. Russian-made Grad rockets are heavy artillery weapons fired in batches from trucks. Both the Russian and Ukrainian armed forces use them. On Thursday night the rebels shelled Ukrainian troops at Donetsk airport. The rebels have regrouped in Donetsk as the Ukrainian military has retaken territory in the country's east. The rebels have not yet broken through to the airport. The figure of up to 30 dead in the Zelenopillya rocket attack came from Zoryan Shkyryak, an adviser to Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov. He described the destruction was "really heavy". A motorized brigade from Lviv, western Ukraine, was targeted in the rocket attack, the Ukrainian news website Unian reports.
Via Yahoo! News: Ebola continues to spread in Sierra Leone, Liberia and to a lesser extent in Guinea, with a combined 44 new cases and 21 deaths between July 6-8, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday. This brought the total in West Africa's first outbreak of the deadly viral disease to 888 cases including 539 deaths since February, the United Nations agency said. "The epidemic trend in Liberia and Sierra Leone remains precarious with high numbers of new cases and deaths being reported", the WHO said. Just one confirmed new case had been reported during the past week in Guinea, where the WHO said it was closely monitoring the situation. There has been resistance among some communities to measures recommended to control the outbreak, such as precautions during traditional burial ceremonies. Ebola causes vomiting and diarrhea, impairs kidney and liver function and may cause internal and external bleeding. It kills up to 90 percent of those infected and is spread by close contact with the blood, body fluids and tissues of infected people. ' There is no treatment or vaccine. The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) set up an Ebola solidarity fund at a summit in the capital of Ghana on Thursday in a bid to back a regional approach to the epidemic. Nigeria committed $3.5 million to affected states. "We must do everything within our means and power to defeat this deadly disease. We must exercise vigilance and caution and avoid any panic or misinformation", Ghanaian President John Mahama, who is chairman of ECOWAS, said in a speech in Accra.
Via lalate news: A Greece earthquake 2014 today has struck north of Athens. The Greece earthquake today July 11, 2014 began in the afternoon hours. Damage assessment is pending. Officials tell news that a 4.6 magnitude Greece earthquake today struck just after 12:46 pm local time. The quake was shallow. Reps tell news that the quake started six miles below ground level. As a result the quake could be felt across the immediate region. USGS indicates to news that the Greece earthquake today was four miles east of Nea Artaki. The quake also started seven miles northeast of Chalkida and twenty-five miles east of Thivai. The quake was also roughly thirty-seven miles north of Athens. The same region has been producing several quakes per month since 2012. In April that year a 5.5 magnitude quake hit thirty-four miles southwest of Kalamata, Greece. The quake was eighty miles from Zakynthos and roughly one hundred miles south of Patrai. Local news puts the quake one hundred forty-four miles from Athens. Local news reported that the quake struck in the Ionian sea. It was centered west of Koroni and Aipela, south of Pilos and Nestor, and southwest of Androusa and Aris. USGS indicates to news that "Subduction of the Mediterranean Sea floor beneath the Tyrrhenian Sea at the Calabrian subduction zone causes a significant zone of seismicity around Sicily and southern Italy. Active volcanoes are located above intermediate depth earthquakes in the Cyclades of the Aegean Sea and in southern Italy". As a result "Although seismicity rates are comparatively low along the northern margin of the African continent, large destructive earthquakes have been recorded and reported from Morocco in the western Mediterranean, to the Dead Sea in the eastern Mediterranean. The 1980 M7.3 El Asnam earthquake was one of Africa’s largest and most destructive earthquakes within the 20th century".
Via Before It's News: A road has melted at Yellowstone National Park, causing it to be shut down. The road melt was caused by extremely high temperatures being emitted from nearby thermals according to park officials. Firehole Lake is now closed to the public after the road leading to it melted. The increased activity is seen across Yellowstone and while we are assured an eruption is not imminent, there are clearly signs of things heating up in a huge way as the geyser images make very clear. As roads don't often "melt" at Yellowstone National Park, we have obviously reached an entirely new period of Earth changes on our planet.
Via Yahoo! News: Earth's magnetic field, which protects the planet from huge blasts of deadly solar radiation, has been weakening over the past six months, according to data collected by a European Space Agency (ESA) satellite array called Swarm. The biggest weak spots in the magnetic field — which extends 370.000 miles (600.000 kilometers) above the planet's surface — have sprung up over the Western Hemisphere, while the field has strengthened over areas like the southern Indian Ocean, according to the magnetometers onboard the Swarm satellites — three separate satellites floating in tandem. The scientists who conducted the study are still unsure why the magnetic field is weakening, but one likely reason is that Earth's magnetic poles are getting ready to flip, said Rune Floberghagen, the ESA's Swarm mission manager. In fact, the data suggest magnetic north is moving toward Siberia.
Tanks, weapon arsenals, ballistic missiles and now, nuclear material have been seized by ISIS Militants in Iraq. Experts claim its not enriched enough to make a nuclear bomb. But the well-organized army of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, claims it has access to nuclear weapons and a will to use them to "liberate" Palestine from Israel as part of its "Islamic Spring". Former security policy analyst Michael Maloof explains what ISIS can possibly do with its weapons booty.
Thursday, July 10, 2014
Via Zero Hedge: With the mainstream media having moved on in the news cycle to Dow "almost" 17.000 and the "Border Crisis" Scandal, it seems The Islamic State (the terrorists formerly known as ISIS) have stepped up their game and come out swinging... by seizing 88 pounds of nuclear material (uranium compounds) from Mosul University. As Iraq's UN Ambassador warned, "these nuclear materials, despite the limited amounts mentioned, can be used in manufacturing weapons of mass destruction... or in combination with other materials in its terrorist acts". As Reuters reports, insurgents in Iraq have seized nuclear materials used for scientific research at a university in the country's north, Iraq told the United Nations in a letter appealing for help to "stave off the threat of their use by terrorists in Iraq or abroad". Nearly 40 kilograms (88 pounds) of uranium compounds were kept at Mosul University, Iraq's U.N. Ambassador Mohamed Ali Alhakim told U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in the July 8 letter obtained by Reuters on Wednesday. "Terrorist groups have seized control of nuclear material at the sites that came out of the control of the state", Alhakim wrote, adding that such materials "can be used in manufacturing weapons of mass destruction". "These nuclear materials, despite the limited amounts mentioned, can enable terrorist groups, with the availability of the required expertise, to use it separate or in combination with other materials in its terrorist acts", said Alhakim. The U.S. is playing down the threat (for a change). A U.S. government source familiar with the matter said the materials were not believed to be enriched uranium and therefore would be difficult to use to manufacture into a weapon. Another U.S. official familiar with security matters said he was unaware of this development raising any alarm among U.S. authorities. But, ironicaly, it is is Iraq that is most worried about the nukes... "The Republic of Iraq is notifying the international community of these dangerous developments and asking for help and the needed support to stave off the threat of their use by terrorists in Iraq or abroad", Alhakim wrote. "It also provides for expanded cooperation between and among states regarding rapid measures to locate and recover stolen or smuggled nuclear material, mitigate any radiological consequences of sabotage, and prevent and combat related offences", according to the IAEA. Another great addition to ISIS Annual Report and another potentially terrifying prospect for the rest of the world... all this as rockets from Gaza fall around Israel's Dimona nuclear facility also... Should be good for guaranteeing Dow 17.000 tomorrow...
Via Before It's News: The video above reveals a frightening message from the infamous group known as the Illuminati. Secretly and behind closed doors this group plans the future, orchestrates events, and rules from the shadows; they are purely demonic! In the past they have promoted their plans through Hollywood movies and today is no different. Considering the influx of 2014 movies videographer, Jason A, dives into the message behind the veil and its link to the Illuminati and what they have in store for our future…
Via Disclose.tv: A crack in the wall. A growing pothole. Strange rumblings in the night. When a sinkhole in suburban Abydos collapsed, it opened a portal to a long-lost temple of the dead. The Luxor Times reports that late in April this year a mysterious subsidence in a narrow suburban alley was drawn to the attention of city municipality workers. The street had collapsed into a hole dug from inside one of the neighboring houses. Only once workers entered the pit did they realise the dig was by illegal looters — and that they had uncovered an ancient construction. Egypt’s Tourism and Antiquities police were summoned, and the diggers arrested. Egyptologists then set about examining exactly what lay beneath a suburb established in 1935, only some 150 meters from the renown Temple of Seti I. After shoring up the entrance and tunnel roof with timbers, a short climb revealed wonderful things. First it was just rubble. Then archaeologists had to dodge a leaking sewage tank. But a few meters beneath the street and the foundation of the houses were stained limestone blocks, marking the remains of an old wall. Once the excavators pushed their way inside, they were greeted with the crowded sight of neat rows of ancient hieroglyphs and high reliefs — proudly declaring the memorial chapel as belonging to Nebhepeter Mentuhotep II — who reigned about 2046-1995BC. Few artefacts and inscriptions dedicated to this pharaoh remain. Most are in and around Abydos, Aswan, and Thebes. Ancient unifier ... One of the few remaining depictions of Mentuhotep II. Mentuhotep II reigned at a time of civil war in Egypt, continuing the fight against Lower-Egypt for 39 years of his reign. His eventual victory saw him unify the two lands once again, and he was declared the first Pharaoh of the Middle Kingdom. His title means "Horus, he who invigorates the heart of the two lands". Archaeologists have since removed the sewage tank — leakage from which was eroding the stone inscriptions — and have begun restoring the room to prevent further damage. Excavator Ayman Damarany told the Luxor Times: "I expect there would be more to the site and maybe other sites of the era either former or later to Mentuhotep II". Further excavation of the site is restricted due to the many occupied buildings above.
In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the "Sports Illustrated: Swimsuit Edition", Air New Zealand produced a safety video featuring models in bikinis. The video has gone viral on the Internet, but critics find it sexist. Gayle King reports.
Via The Swedish Wire: The European Commission said that financial support given to Scandinavian airline group SAS by Sweden, Denmark, and Norway was carried out on market terms and did not constitute state aid. "The European Commission has concluded that a Revolving Credit Facility (RCF) that Denmark, Sweden, and Norway granted to SAS in December 2012 was carried out on market terms and therefore did not constitute state aid within the meaning of EU rules", a press statement said. "On this basis, the Commission reached the conclusion that the new RCF was concluded on terms that a private investor operating under market conditions would have accepted. It therefore procured no undue economic advantage to SAS and did not entail state aid. The new RCF was never used and was effectively cancelled on 4 March 2014". Last month, SAS posted heavy losses in its second quarter and it announced further job cuts, including 300 layoffs after net loss doubled to SEK 800 million, Swedish Radio News reported. SAS is the major air carrier in Scandinavia. Its four biggest shareholders are Sweden (21.4%), Denmark (14.3%), Norway (14.3%) and the Knut and Alice Wallenberg foundation (KAW) (7.6%). SAS's financial position has been problematic for several years and its financial performance has deteriorated significantly since 2008.
Via The Local: New EU rules mean beloved Swedish snuff flavors like licorice and eucalyptus will soon be a thing of the past - at least on product packaging. Last year Sweden won a battle with European parliament to keep flavored snus. Sweden will not only keep its beloved moist tobacco - the nation will also continue to determine the content of snus on its own terms. However, the EU is holding out in one regard: the flavors cannot be written on the label. "When it comes to snus, the EU has regulated how the packaging should look. For example, one can't write that it's licorice snus or vanilla snus. It can only say snus", Health Minister Maria Larsson told news agency TT. When asked how buyers would know what flavor they were getting, Larsson responded, "That's a good question. But it can be published in some other way". On Thursday the Swedish government appointed an analyst to come up with suggestions for how the EU's Tobacco Products Directive should be applied in Sweden. For cigarettes, for instance, the directive stipulates that two-thirds of both sides of the packet should be covered by warning text and images. Under current Swedish regulations only 30 percent of the front and 40 percent of the back must consist of warnings. Analyst Göran Lundahl's job is to determine how these warnings can be formatted so they do not clash with Sweden's freedom of the press act. He will also investigate methods of earmarking tobacco products to make it more difficult to smuggle tobacco. The directive banned snus sales throughout the EU, but Sweden was granted an exception. Sweden may continue to produce and sell in Sweden, but may not export the products to other EU nations. The EU also granted Sweden the right to decide what e-cigarette rules will look like. Health Minister Larsson said that the devices can be "commendable" if used to overcome addiction, but risk becoming a gateway to other sorts of tobacco products with higher nicotine content. A possible permit for selling tobacco products will also be investigated. The number of smoking adults in Sweden has been decreasing steadily, but statistics from the Health and Human Services Department (Socialstyrelsen) reveal that about 12.000 Swedes still die each year due to smoking. EU's Tobacco Products Directive will be put into effect in 2016.
Wednesday, July 09, 2014
Via Before It's News: In this newly released video report from Before It’s News friend Tom Lupshu, we’re shown a brief clip of what Tom shares is a leaked video showing the National Guard preparing for a Yellowstone "event". Tom shares with us that this is a warning video…since they are preparing for this incident and it’s aftermath, we should also be.
Via Volcano Discovery: Earthquakes have been more frequent under the Katla volcano recently. Most of them were small and shallow events. It is unknown whether these relate to magmatic movements inside the volcano, increased hydrothermal activity, or are adjustments of the ice cap due to increased melting. The government has declared "Uncertainty level" for Katla volcano yesterday. The largest hazard comes in the form of melt-water floods and sulfurous volcanic gasses dissolved in and released from glacial rivers. People are advised not to stop at Múlakvísl and Jökulsá and other glacier river valleys and keep cell phones turned on in order to be able to receive potential SMS alerts. Currently, there are no signs of an impending eruption at Katla.
Public sector workers in Greece have begun a twenty-four hour strike in protest at continuing cuts in government spending. Hospitals, tax offices, prisons, and archaeological sites are expected to be disrupted by the action. The workers are protesting against austerity measures, including a 40% reduction to salaries and pensions. The 24-hour strike, which is expected to culminate with a midday rally before parliament, coincided with the start of a visit to Athens by inspectors from the International Monetary Fund, the European Union, and European Central Bank - the so-called "troika" of lenders demanding austerity.
Via The Local: Police in Copenhagen are focusing this summer on driving away beggars from the city's parks and streets. And the goal is to send them to countries like Sweden, one politician said. "We don't want to make Denmark a hotel with a reputation across Europe for free food and board", Trine Bramsen, spokesperson for the governing Social Democrat party of Denmark, told Swedish Radio on Wednesday. "We firmly believe there should be a ban against begging, a ban against spending the night in people's backyards. That way they will choose another country, for example Sweden, where they know they have better possibilities". Denmark has had a ban against begging for several years, but it's not black and white. Begging must be "active" in order to be illegal in Denmark. It's not enough for a person simply to sit with a paper cup and passively accept donations. EU citizens receive warnings or fines for begging, while those from outside the EU may be immediately deported. Danish law prevents cities and organizations from assisting those without Danish personal numbers. There are no exact numbers on how many foreign beggars are in Copenhagen. While Projekt Udenfor, an organization working with the city's homeless, estimates the population at about 200, Swedish Radio presented an estimate of 500. The Norwegian parliament has also been mulling a ban on begging.
Tuesday, July 08, 2014
Via WWTDD: Andrew Rector is either a humorless fuck or knows the Yankees and ESPN are loaded because he’s suing them for $10 million dollars for mocking him in the stands during a ball game. Rector fell asleep in his seat at Yankee Stadium allowing TV announcers Dan Shulman and John Kruk to take a few jabs at him. Making fun of a fat guys happens to be a moral imperative. It’s also inherently more entertaining than baseball. Rector claims that he was publicly derided as a: "Confused disgusted and socially bankrupt individual". I’ll just assume this is accurate and that Rector is a fat slob looking for a nuisance settlement. It doesn’t reflect well on America that we are becoming so engorged on hot dogs and nachos that we cannot stay awake to be entertained by dudes from Latin America who can now afford gold by the foot. Sorry, Andy. You shit your pants in the public square and people have the right to call you Dr. Shitty Pants. I think Thomas Jefferson even wrote that into the Constitution. If I were Rector, I would have offered to pull my lawsuit in exchange for 5.000 calories of food at the snack stand and a neck pillow that supported my jowls. Sometimes big people need to think small.
Via The Local: A new Swedish study revealed that children aged 10-11 who play computer games are better at English than their peers, with researchers saying they were "very surprised" at the kids' vocabulary level. The report was carried out by researchers at the Universities of Gothenburg and Karlstad. A total of 76 children participated in the study, which found that those who spent more time playing video games had greater knowledge of the English language. "What we discovered was that gaming is extremely important in terms of improving a child's vocabulary and understanding of English. The vocabulary level that they acquired was very surprising", Liss Kerstin Sylvén, associate professor specializing in languages at the University of Gothenburg and co-author of the study, told The Local. As part of the study the children were broken into three groups. One was for non-gamers, another for moderate gamers, and the third for frequent gamers who play for several hours per week. The youngsters also kept a language diary for a week to keep track of how much they were exposed to English, for example through television and magazines. When the results came in it was revealed that those who played games for longer were better at English. The results also demonstrated significant differences between boys and girls in terms of their gaming preferences. "A game like 'World of Warcraft' requires a child to be very active in their use of language as there is a lot of role-playing involved. The same goes for 'Grand Theft Auto' which was also very popular with boys", said Sylvén. "Girls tend to play games to a lesser extent and the ones they do play are more social, like 'The Sims' as an example". In Sweden children start learning English formally at the age of ten, but more and more schools are starting lessons even earlier, even in the first grade. The academic who co-authored the study told The Local that there were advantages to computer games, despite the image many parents have of them being a distraction to homework. "There are so many negative aspects in terms of the image of computer games, but there is no doubt, speaking from a language perspective, there are benefits for children who play them. I'm not a gamer myself and my eyes were certainly opened doing this study", said Sylvén. She added; "What is crucial is how much children are exposed to English outside of the classroom. That makes a big difference. Children in Sweden definitely see English as a cool language". Last year the Local reported that Swedes were ranked at the top of the class when it comes to speaking English.
Via RT: The U.S. "kidnapped" the son of a Russian MP, possibly to exchange him for Edward Snowden, the father charged. The man was indicted with computer-related crimes by a Washington DC court and snatched from the Maldives. Roman Seleznyov was detained on Saturday at Male international airport as he was returning to Russia, the Russian foreign ministry said on Tuesday in a statement. He was forced by agents of the U.S. Secret Service to board a private plane to Guam to be later arrested, a move which the ministry called "a de-facto kidnapping". "We consider this incident as a new hostile move by Washington", the statement said, accusing the American authorities of ignoring proper procedure in dealing with foreign nationals suspected of crimes. "The same happened to Viktor Bout and Konstantin Yaroshenko, who were forced to go to the U.S. from third countries and convicted on dubious charges", the ministry said. The notion was seconded by Valery Seleznyov, Roman’s father and a Russian lawmaker, who told RT that he considers the situation as an illegal act. "For all I know they may be demanding a ransom tomorrow. Or try to exchange him for [NSA whistleblower Edward] Snowden or somebody. One can only wonder", he said. He added that he could not contact his son and that the American authorities had denied him his phone call. "They took him to Guam because the American laws are not fully applicable there", the lawmaker explained. The MP said that his son has scant computer skills and could not be involved in any sort of hacking. Earlier on Monday, the U.S. Secret Service and the Department of Justice announced the arrest of Roman Seleznyov, who is facing trial in Washington DC on charges including identity theft, bank fraud, illegally accessing information on protected computers and trafficking in unauthorized access devices. The U.S. says between 2009 and 2011 the man was involved in stealing and selling credit card data of American citizens. The Secret Service called Seleznyov one of the world's most prolific traffickers of stolen financial information. Roman Seleznyov earlier made headlines in 2011, when he was among the victims of a bombing attack in Morocco. The U.S. has a record of taking drastic steps when it wants people held in custody. The methods may vary from the widely-criticized practice of "extraordinary rendition", or the blatant kidnappings of terror suspects during the Bush era to putting pressure on foreign governments to allow American agents a free hand on their soil.
Monday, July 07, 2014
Via Before It's News: Shawn Weed is a Marine vet who has the most incredible testimony about hell I have ever heard! Shawn was in the Marines and was clowning around with a bunch of friends when tragedy struck. One of Shawn’s friends in the Marines had convinced Shawn to pretend he was hanging by a noose for a picture. What Shawn didn’t realize was that another friend had snuck up from behind and suddenly tightened the noose as a joke! Shawn quickly passed out and found himself outside of his body while his friends thought he was only pretending to be dead! For over 8 minutes Shawn’s body was clinically dead and that’s when his incredible journey to hell took place. Shawn is a good ole southern boy from Louisiana and his story will make you laugh and cry too because he’s a great storyteller with an amazing level of detail that I really enjoyed. He’s the kind of guy you would like to get to know! In fact, I went to college in Louisiana with a guy very much like Shawn. Shawn put out this amazing video because he doesn’t care if anybody ridicules him. He knows his trip to hell and back were absolutely true and it changed his life forever. This world we live on is really just a test to see where you go when you die. Just because you say you’re a Christian or even if you believe in Jesus Christ does not get you to heaven. Average people who live in the world will not go to heaven. As Shawn states, there are a lot of good people in hell that rejected living a truly Christian life for God. We all can do better! We all must do better!
Via The Local: A 38-year-old man in southern Sweden was assaulted on Sunday night after hanging an Israeli flag from his window, with police suspecting it is a hate crime. The incident occurred in Seved, Malmö, shortly before midnight on Sunday when the man displayed an Israeli flag from his window, sources to newspaper Sydsvenskan said. The man reportedly exchanged words with men on the street after hanging the flag, and left his apartment. Before the assault the man's window had been smashed where the flag of Israel had been hung. "After that the man went out onto the street to see what was going on. Then he was attacked and it was on the basis of the flag. That is the information we have at present", Linda Pleym of the Malmö police told the TT news agency. Police said he was then assaulted by around ten people with iron pipes and chased from the building. The man managed to escape his attackers and was found by police on a nearby street. He was taken to the hospital with serious injuries. Police have not yet made any arrests, but have interviewed witnesses in the area. "Our initial evaluation is that this is a hate crime", Malmö policewoman Marie Keismar told TT news agency. The act has been classified as aggravated assault. The police intend to interview the victim later today. The fight against anti-semitism, fascism, and racism is universal and continues victoriously.
Sunday, July 06, 2014
ISIS is marching through city after city in Iraq with American weapons. I don't believe that is what the U.S. taxpayers initially wanted. The global economic crisis unfolds right before our eyes. Now as the global economic crisis accelerates, the endless conflicts in the Middle East could erupt into a major regional war at just about any time. The central bankers are issuing frightening warnings about "dangerous new asset bubbles" and even the World Bank is declaring that "now is the time to prepare" for the next crisis. The onset of the great depression of the 1930's brought a spike in banker suicides, Will Rogers noted of the time, "When Wall Street took that tail spin, you had to stand in line to get a window to jump out of, and speculators were selling space for bodies in the East River". Winston Churchill - the day after Black Friday - observed, "Under my very window a gentleman cast himself down fifteen stories and was dashed to pieces, causing a wild commotion and the arrival of the fire brigade". Nearly eighty-five years later the phenomenon of banker suicides appears to have returned. Many international bankers have perished this year under questionable circumstances. The markets are rigged. The equity markets are dumping trillions of dollars, and 5 to 6 trillion dollars are traded every day in currencies. The economic numbers that governments expect us to trust are not true. The whole thing is a criminal operation, whether it's about these bankers' so called suicides or the going to war in Iraq and Afghanistan. The bankers were murdered clearly because they knew too much. How much more proof is needed? How much more information is needed before people understand our governments are crooks and murderers? The cover up is massive and mainstream media is bought. Not one head has so far rolled after all the massive dirty deals we only can imagine the scoop of. We live in the midst of a fascist takeover. We are only given the information they have not decided to hide. So we have freedom of nothing. The West is as free as Nazi Germany. But the governments can't keep this thing going. We are now looking at the end of the world economy. The worst of the worst is yet to come. People are going to kill themselves. When people lose everything and have nothing else to lose they lose it. The economic collapse is coming. The whole show is run by incompetent clowns. As plane after plane full of undocumented immigrants arrive to the West, immigrants are among other things wrongly accused of contagious diseases, and many forget that every third person in the world actually is an immigrant.
Saturday, July 05, 2014
Via Vänsterpartiet: Sweden has upcoming general elections on September 14 this year. On Friday evening the party leader of Sweden's Left Party - Vänsterpartiet - Jonas Sjöstedt spoke in a sunny Almedalen, Visby, Gotland. Sjöstedt spoke about the Left Party's proposal to create a better welfare by giving employees more influence. Sjöstedt explained how to remove the gains in welfare. The alternative to privatization of welfare must be replaced by the democratization of welfare. Excessive greed must be replaced with solidarity and compassion. The climate issue also featured prominently in Jonas Sjöstedt's speech. "Everyone knows that climate adaptation must be done. Companies know that too, but it will often be more profitable for them in the short term to just continue as normal. Hence the need for the parties that are prepared to take the conflict that puts climate before short term profits", said Jonas Sjöstedt. Vänsterpartiet is clearly the best alternative to the current unfit right wing politics in Sweden. Since the party Congress in 2012, when Jonas Sjöstedt was elected party chairman for Vänsterpartiet, the Left Party has increased its members by 50 percent. Most have come to the Left Party this year year, says Aaron Etzler, the Left Party's secretary. That is my case anyway, and in May, this election year started with the EU elections.
Via The Local: Funding for the European Spallation Source (ESS), the world's most powerful neutron source, has been completed, Education Minister Jan Björklund announced on Friday. The ESS will be built in Lund, Sweden. "Yesterday I opened a bottle of champagne. Today is a big day for Swedish research", Björklund said at an Almedalen press conference on Friday. The cause of celebration was 97.5 percent of funding completed for the ESS, which Björklund said was as good as done. "More financiers will join. It will be more than enough". The last large financial negotiations were completed over the last few days, when contributions from Germany were agreed upon. The ESS aims to be a "leading research facility of unparalleled power and scientific performance for materials and life science with neutrons". Between 2.000 and 3.000 researchers and scientists from around the world will be able to work at the facility. At least 17 European countries are taking part in the ESS project. Sweden and Denmark have special roles as hosts, as the actual research facility will be built in Lund, southern Sweden, and the data management center will be in Copenhagen. Sweden has also contributed the most to the project financially, standing for 35 percent of funds - about 5.8 million kronor ($846.600). Germany has agreed to fund 11 percent of the cost, about 1.8 million kronor ($262.738). Sweden won the bid to host the ESS in 2009, beating out Hungary and Spain. The Swedish Environmental Court approved ESS construction plans on June 16th, and permanent construction is expected to begin in the fall. By current estimates the construction will be complete in 2019, and the facility should be fully operational by 2025.