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          The 'Greatest Generation' vs Pelosi's 'Delusional Generation'      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

When Pearl Harbor was attacked on December 7, 1941, America's leaders took responsibility for defending the country's borders and destroying its enemies once they realized - quickly- the existential threat posed by the Axis Powers.  This fearless leadership and commitment  to protecting the American people came to define, in part,  those preserving during that period as  “The Greatest Generation.”  

In just 44 months, America and its allies planned,  built, and then rushed into battle,  fleets of new airplanes, fighter aircraft, and bombers.  And in just 44 months, fleets of ships were launched.  Nuclear weapons were, for the first time devised, created, tested and successfully deployed. 

But America's leaders today, with few exceptions, would hardly qualify for any title except, perhaps, the most delusional or most corrupt generation.

Nancy Pelosi and her political cohorts provide ample evidence of just how far our nation has fallen.  

On September 11, 2001, nineteen alien terrorists inflicted more casualties on the United States than did the entire Japanese fleet on, the day that as President Roosevelt declared, would “live in infamy.”

Those 19 hijacker-terrorists turned passenger airliners into de facto cruise missiles -  creating horrors and carnage that will be forever etched in the minds and hearts of those who lived through those attacks on our nation.

On July 27, 2018, Nancy Pelosi uttered jaw-dropping description of the terror attacks of 9/11 as the “9/11 incident.

How could anyone of sound mind and possessing a firm grip on reality, describe the worst terror attack ever committed on U.S. soil as a merely “incident?”

Pelosi then went on to chastise the Republicans for failing to support border security claiming that the Democrats were far more committed to securing our borders and following the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission.

The harsh reality is that the globalist leaders of both the Democratic and Republican parties have repeatedly and steadfastly refused to secure America’s borders and indeed enforce our immigration laws effectively.  There is ample evidence that the leaders of both parties have refused to adequately address the multitude of failures and vulnerabilities of the immigration system.

The leadership of both parties is determined to ram a massive DACA amnesty down our throats even though the 9/11 Commission identified immigration fraud as the critical method of entry and embedding of terrorists.

I addressed this concern in my article, DACA Solution Must Heed 9/11 Commission Findings.

Now the Trump administration is contemplating shutting down the government, to protect America and Americans by finally getting the funds to construct a border wall.

However, first and foremost, let us not forget, that the “leaders” of the Democratic Party have led demonstrations demanding that ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) be disbanded and that interior enforcement of the immigration laws is terminated.

Let us not forget Pelosi herself has outrageously repeatedly accused ICE agents of terrorizing immigrant communities.

Just months ago, on February 28, 2018, Nancy posted the following press release on her official Congressional website. The title of her press release was, Pelosi Statement on Trump Administration ICE Raids Targeting the San Francisco Bay Area:

Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi issued this statement after the Trump Administration conducted sweeping raids across Northern California that resulted in the arrest of more than 150 men and women, at least half of whom did not have a criminal record:

“The Trump Administration’s raids were a shocking abuse of law enforcement power.  Again, the White House has reached into our communities to detain scores of hard-working, law-abiding immigrants indiscriminately.

“Fully half of those swept up in the ICE raids have no criminal record.  This raid was intended solely to terrorize innocent immigrant families and instill fear in the hearts of our communities – not to keep Americans safe.  Parents will now be torn from their children, and spouses ripped away from their loved ones.

“The Administration continues to brazenly target the cities that refuse to bow to its blatantly bigoted anti-immigrant and mass deportation agenda.  The people of the San Francisco Bay Area will continue to oppose these cowardly attacks, and we will remain open to the patriotic immigrants who are the constant reinvigoration of America.”

Worksite investigations are an element of the interior enforcement of our immigration laws, an aspect, I might add, that the 9/11 Commission directly addressed.

In point of fact, the day before a terrorist carries out a terror attack he/she is likely hiding in plain sight at work.

Consider my recent article: Congressional Hearing: Iranian Sleeper Cells Threaten U.S.

Work-site investigations are primarily conducted to liberate jobs stolen by illegal aliens that American and lawful immigrant workers desperately need so they can support themselves and their families.

Sleeper agents are so named because they maintain a shallow profile and seek to avoid calling attention to themselves.  While they may violate our immigration laws, they are fastidiously careful never to get arrested.  They quietly wait for the day they are called to action.

The official report, 9/11 and  Terrorist Travel referenced interior enforcement of our immigration laws repeatedly,  Consider this example:

Thus, abuse of the immigration system and a lack of interior immigration enforcement were unwittingly working together to support terrorist activity. It would remain mostly unknown since no agency of the United States government analyzed terrorist travel patterns until after 9/11. This lack of attention meant that critical opportunities to disrupt terrorist travel and, therefore, deadly terrorist operations were missed.
The aliens arrested during these field investigations that Pelosi railed against, were not taken into custody to “terrorize immigrant communities” but to seek the removal (deportation) of aliens who violate our nation’s borders and violate our laws.  This is also done to deter other aspiring illegal aliens, from around the world, from coming to the United States illegally or with the intention of violating the terms of their lawful admission into the United States. 

I can also tell you that when I was an INS agent, I located numerous alien fugitives during routine worksite investigations.  These aliens had committed serious crimes, including murder and rape.

In one particularly memorable case, I encountered a citizen of Belize working in a glass factory in Brooklyn, New York.  He had no ID but claimed that he had become a naturalized citizen.

The owner of the factory swore that the guy was the most trustworthy employee he had ever hired.  He told me that he even trusted him to open the factory in the morning and close it at night if he was away from the factory and he frequently had dinner at the owner’s home with his wife and kids.

Long story short, when no records were found to corroborate his claims about being a naturalized citizen, my colleagues and I took him into custody.

It turned out that he lied about his identity and circumstances.  He was indeed from Belize; however, he had never become a naturalized citizen.

He had, however, been previously deported from the U.S. after he completed his prison sentence following his conviction for manslaughter.

He had re-entered the U.S. illegally, had been located, arrested by INS agents and prosecuted for that unlawful reentry.  He subsequently escaped from a federal correctional facility and ultimately found work in that factory where we saw him.  He was a fugitive.

His boss nearly went into cardiac arrest when he learned of these extraordinary circumstances concerning his “most trusted employee!”

Meanwhile, Pelosi defamed courageous federal agents and used inflammatory language in accusing ICE agents of staging “cowardly attacks” on “law-abiding” and “patriotic immigrants.”  

It would appear she was attempting to incite violence against ICE agents.  Should any agent be attacked, perhaps they or their families should consider suing Pelosi personally for inciting hostility by abusing her authority as a leader of the United States House of Representatives.

Law enforcement officers are indeed made accountable, why shouldn’t our elected “representatives” also be made responsible?

Furthermore, contrary to Pelosi’s lies, aliens who violate our immigration laws are, by definition, not law-abiding!

The ICE agents who took the immigration law violators into custody did not do so not out of bigotry or hatred, but because of the oaths, they made when they entered on duty with the federal government to uphold the Constitution and enforce our nation’s laws.

Our immigration laws have nothing to do with race, religion or ethnicity.  

Title 8, United States Code, Section 1182 enumerates the categories of aliens excluded.  Among these classes:  aliens with dangerous communicable, diseases, convicted felons, human rights violators, war criminals, terrorists, spies, and other usual suspects.

The term patriotic has been defined, in part as “having or expressing devotion to and vigorous support for one's country.”

How on earth is an individual who violates the sovereign borders of a country in which he/she is not a citizen demonstrating patriotism?

Perhaps the issue of patriotism should be reviewed in examining the conduct of Ms. Pelosi, whose words and exhortations undermine the dangerous and vital work of America’s immigration law enforcement officers.  We should, therefore, ask if her conduct is a demonstration of patriotism or, more appropriately, of treason.

Motorists who drive erratically are likely to be pulled over by police officers to make sure that they are not operating under the influence of alcohol or drugs and also to make sure that they possess valid driver’s licenses.

Pelosi’s rhetoric and evident detachment from reality cause me to wonder if when she made that statement was suffering the effects of psychedelic drugs or had too much to drink.  

Other possibilities include that she is senile or suffers from an abject inability to discern reality from a fantasy world she has created within the realm that lies between her ears.

Or perhaps,  she knows what she must say to get campaign contributions from her globalist campaign contributors.

Drunk drivers are said to be driving under the influence (DUI).  Perhaps Ms. Pelosi is guilty of GUI (Governing Under the Influence).

I provided testimony to the 9/11 Commission.  As an INS agent, I investigated and arrested many international terrorists.  About three years ago I wrote an extensive article, The 9/11 Commission Report, and Immigration: An Assessment, Fourteen Years after the Attacks.

Pelosi and her colleagues should be required to read it along with, the 9/11 Commission Report and 9/11 and Terrorist Travel.


          Pentagon is moving toward establishing Trump’s Space Force      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

WASHINGTON – The Pentagon is moving toward fulfilling President Donald Trump’s request to establish a Space Force, in what would be the first new branch of the military in more than 70 years.

In a speech at the Pentagon Thursday at 11:15 a.m., Vice President Mike Pence is scheduled to lay out the administration’s plan. The Pentagon is also expected to release a Congressionally-mandated report on the issue.

But the calls for a separate military branch have been met with strong reluctance in some parts of the Pentagon amid concerns that it doesn’t need the burdens of a new bureaucracy. The move could significantly reorganize the military and potentially strip the Air Force of some of its key responsibilities.

Last year, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said in a memo to Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, that he opposed “the creation of a new military service and additional organizational layers at a time when we are focused on reducing overhead and integrating joint warfighting functions.”

On Tuesday, however, Mattis said that military leaders “are in complete alignment with the president’s concern about protecting our assets in space to contribute to our security to our economy and we’re going to have to address it as other countries show a capability to attack those assets.”

Congressional approval would be needed to stand up an entirely new military branch. A Space Force, dedicated to space the way the Navy is to the sea, would be the first new military service since the Air Force was created in 1947. But Mattis said that creating a new combatant command for space, such as one that governs the Pentagon’s Special Operations “is certainly one thing that we can establish.”

He added that the plan for how best to implement it was still ongoing: “I don’t have all the final answers yet. We’re still putting it together.”

Defense One, a news outlet focused on the military, recently reported that the combatant command would be led by a four-star general and there would also be an agency focused on buying satellites, citing a draft copy of a report due to Congress soon.

For years, the Pentagon has been warning about how space has become a contested domain of war-just like the land, air and sea. And it has become increasingly concerned that its assets in space are vulnerable to attack.

Military leaders have said repeatedly that modern warfare depends on space. The Pentagon and intelligence community has a host of sensitive satellites that perform all sorts of vital national security tasks, such as missile warning, precision-guided munitions, military communications, intelligence. But how best to protect those assets-and deter other potential adversaries from attacking them-has touched off an intense debate in Washington.

Last year, some members of Congress proposed creating a “Space Corps” inside the Air Force, similar to how the Marine Corps is part of the Navy Department. Senior Pentagon officials opposed the measure, and the plan was shelved.

Trump’s Space Force plan would go even further, creating a new branch, with both a new member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and a political appointee serving as a service secretary.

During a speech in June, Trump directed the “to immediately begin the process necessary to establish a Space Force as the sixth branch of the Armed Forces.” And he said that “we are going to have the Air Force, and we are going to have the Space Force-separate but equal.”

Military officials are concerned about the threats posed by China and Russia in particular. In 2007, China destroyed one of its dead weather satellites with a missile. Then a few years later it fired another missile, this time into the deeper orbit where the Pentagon parks its most sensitive satellites.

That made it clear to the Pentagon that space, long seen as a peaceful domain, was a place where wars could be fought and won.

“There’s not a mission today that we do in the military that doesn’t in some way depend upon space,” Air Force Sec. Heather Wilson said an event last month at The Washington Post. “But we built that architecture in space at a time when it was benign. We built the glass houses before the invention of stones. So now, we have to adjust and make sure that we can defend what we do in space and deter anyone from challenging us there.”

But the plan to create an entirely new branch of the service has rankled some in the Pentagon, who say it is unnecessary, and that the Air Force has for years looked after the nation’s interests in orbit.

Earlier this year, Gen John Hyten, the commander of the U.S. Strategic Command, said that rather than going through the difficulty of new organizational constructs, “I believe the leadership we have now can execute the missions that we need to.”

Since then, the White House has continued to press forward for a Space Force, giving the issue momentum and the weight of the executive branch.

“We have the direction from the president, and we’re underway,” Mattis said Tuesday.


          'Iron Dome' interceptet 1 of 2 Missiles, Israel, August 2018      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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Senior Cost Analyst ID: 3921 Location: Patuxent River, MD Description THE COMPANY MCR, LLC, is the nation’s premier Integrated Program Management (IPM) firm. Since 1977, MCR has delivered strategic planning, cost/schedule analysis, acquisition management and program assessment solutions to help government and commercial clients success­fully manage their programs. MCR’s 400+ professionals provide critical thinking and integrated solutions to smart acquisition professionals, helping customers become more efficient and effective in managing complex programs. More information can be found at www.mcri.com . DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES The Tomahawk Weapons System Program Office (PMA-280) has maintained the Tomahawk System since 2004 with incremental updates. The Tomahawk Weapons System is the U.S. Navy’s premier, precision strike standoff weapon for attack of long range, medium range, and tactical targets. The Tomahawk Land Attack Missile is a subsonice cruise missile used for deep land attack warfare, launched from U.S. Navy surface ships and U.S. Navy and United Kingdom Royal Navy submarines. Plan, organize, and direct the efforts of a group of cost analysts. Provide recommendations on and perform professional or technical work in cost estimating, cost analysis, budgeting, scheduling, performance measurement, and/or cost research. Must possess substantial knowledge of the techniques, uses and content of the work described above to accomplish the most complex of efforts. This encompasses a basic knowledge of statistical techniques, scheduling techniques, network analysis, applied mathematics, economics and the engineering disciplines. BASIC QUALIFICATIONS Must have, as a minimum, have a Bachelors degree in Business, Engineering, Science (Physics or Chemistry only) or Mathematics with10+ years of cost estimating, cost analysis, scheduling, budgeting, operations research or engineering experience, at least four of which involved military equipment. Two years of the experience must have been in a leadership/management role. An advanced business, math, science (physics or chemistry only), or engineering degree may substitute for two years of the direct experience requirements (two years of leadership experience still required). If the Bachelor’s degree is in a field not listed, two additional years of direct experience may be substituted. Four (4) years of additional direct experience may be substituted for a Bachelor’s Degree. U.S. Citizenship is required. Applicants selected will be subject to a Government investigation and must meet eligibility requirements to obtain and retain the designated Government clearance (Secret). Must have an active Secret clearance. EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER MCR, LLC, is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.
          Trump: Sanctions reinstated against Iran for 'WORLD PEACE'      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Trump: Sanctions reinstated against Iran for 'WORLD PEACE'WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. sanctions that kicked in early Tuesday against Iran are meant to pressure Tehran's government into retreating from its support for international terrorism, its military activity in the Middle East and its ballistic missile and nuclear-related programs, President Donald Trump's national security adviser said.



          NATO fighter jet loses secret missile near Russian border      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
A NATO fighter guarding its nervous northern states accidentally fired a secret air-to-air missile near the border with Russia yesterday. NATO still can’t find it. The Spanish Eurofighter Typhoon was policing the border of Estonia to deter Russian incursions and keeping an eye on Russia’s activity over the Baltic Sea. While taking part in a...
          Army Taps Leonardo DRS to Demonstrate Electrical Power System for Air Defense      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The U.S. Army has selected Leonardo DRS to demonstrate an electrical energy system designed to help the service branch meet vehicle power requirements. The company said Tuesday it will test the On-Board Vehicle Power system on the Army’s Terminal High Altitude Area Defense vehicles designed for launcher vehicles and missile battery command and control. Leonardo […]
          SPOILERS & SARCASM: Fans Rejoice As Crappy 80’s Superman Movie Villain Becomes Comic Cannon      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
In 1987, Industry giant and humanitarian Ilya Salkind released an independent film called Superman IV: The Quest for Peace, a powerful film that held a mirror to a world on the brink of nuclear war. The film grossed a mere $15,681,020 against a 17million dollar budget and, although considered a failure by Hollywood standards, the movie changed the landscape of world politics forever; treaties were signed, missiles were disarmed, an a single world government, based on freedom and equality for all, was established and adopted by all the nations of Earth. Since it’s release, this hollowed film has garnered a
          Test Technician      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
MS-Stennis Space Center, Aerojet Rocketdyne is a world-recognized aerospace and defense leader providing propulsion and energetics to its space, missile defense, strategic, tactical missile and armaments customers throughout domestic and international markets. We offer a complete line of propulsion products for launch vehicles, missile defense, and advanced hypersonic propulsion. Aerojet Rocketdyne is seeking a Test Techn
          Estonie : un avion de chasse espagnol tire un missile par erreur      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Lors d’un entraînement aérien, un avion de chasse de l’armée de l’air espagnole a accidentellement tiré un missile en Estonie. Dans la journée du mardi 7 août, le ministère espagnol de la Défense a annoncé que l’un de ses avions de guerre avait accidentellement tiré un missile en Estonie. Selon le communiqué du gouvernement, l’incident est survenu alors que deux Eurofighter espagnols ainsi que deux Mirage 2000 français participaient à un...
          China Tests Hypersonic Aircraft Capable of Penetrating U.S. Missile Defense Systems      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

China claims to have successfully tested a hypersonic aircraft capable of reaching speeds in excess of Mach 6, or 4,563 miles per hour. The cutting-edge vehicle has the potential to penetrate U.S. missile defense systems and be refitted to include a nuclear warhead.

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https://img-hws.y8.com/cloud/y8-thumbs/38529/big.jpg Move soldiers to occupy bases, missile silos, & paratroop stations as you attack enemy bases.


          China, Germany Defend Iran Business Ties as US Sanctions Grip      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
China and Germany defended their business ties with Iran on Wednesday in the face of President Donald Trump’s warning that any companies trading with the Islamic Republic would be barred from the United States. The comments from Beijing and Berlin signaled growing anger from partners of the United States, which reimposed strict sanctions against Iran on Tuesday, over its threat to penalize businesses from third countries that continue to operate there. “China has consistently opposed unilateral sanctions and long-armed jurisdiction,” the Chinese foreign ministry said. “China’s commercial cooperation with Iran is open and transparent, reasonable, fair and lawful, not violating any United Nations Security Council resolutions,” it added in a faxed statement to Reuters. “China’s lawful rights should be protected.” The German government said U.S. sanctions against Iran that have an extra-territorial effect violate international law, and Germany expects Washington to consider European interests when coming up with such sanctions. The reimposition of U.S. sanctions followed Trump’s decision earlier this year to pull out of a 2015 deal to lift the punitive measures in return for curbs on Iran’s nuclear program designed to prevent it from building an atomic bomb. Iran’s highest authority, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said meanwhile the country had nothing to be concerned about, a report on his official website said in an apparent reference to the imposition of the U.S. sanctions “With regard to our situation do not be worried at all. Nobody can do anything,” Khamenei said recently, the website reported. “There is no doubt about this.” Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, speaking in a meeting with North Korea’s foreign minister, said that America could not be trusted, according to the Islamic Republic News Agency. “Today, America is identified as an unreliable and untrustworthy country in the world which does not adhere to any of its obligations,” Rouhani said. Tuesday’s sanctions target Iran’s purchases of U.S. dollars, metals trading, coal, industrial software and the auto sector. Trump tweeted on Tuesday: “These are the most biting sanctions ever imposed, and in November they ratchet up to yet another level. Anyone doing business with Iran will NOT be doing business with the United States.” Europeans withdraw European countries, hoping to persuade Tehran to continue to respect the deal, have promised to try to lessen the blow of sanctions and to urge their firms not to pull out. But that has proved difficult: European companies have quit Iran, arguing that they cannot risk their U.S. business. Among those that have suspended plans to invest in Iran are France’s oil major Total, its big carmakers PSA and Renault, and their German rival Daimler. Danish engineering company Haldor Topsoe, one of the world’s leading industrial catalyst producers, said on Wednesday it would cut around 200 jobs from its workforce of 2,700 due to the new U.S sanctions on Iran, which made it very hard for its customers there to finance new projects. The chief executive of reinsurance group Munich Re said it may abandon its Iran business under pressure from the United States, but described the operation as very small. Turkey, however, said it would continue to buy natural gas from Iran. “Simplistic idea” In Tehran, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was quoted by an Iranian newspaper as saying that a U.S. plan to reduce Iran’s oil exports to zero would not succeed. U.S. officials have said in recent weeks that they aim to pressure countries to stop buying oil from Iran in a bid to force Tehran to halt its nuclear and missile programs and involvement in regional conflicts in Syria and Iraq. “If the Americans want to keep this simplistic and impossible idea in their minds they should also know its consequences,” Zarif told the Iran newspaper. “They can’t think that Iran won’t export oil and others will export.” Rouhani hinted last month that Iran could block the Strait of Hormuz, a major oil shipping route, if the U.S. attempted to stop the Islamic Republic’s oil exports. Trump responded by noting that Iran could face serious consequences if it threatened the United States. “The Americans have assembled a war room against Iran,” Zarif said. “We can’t get drawn into a confrontation with America by falling into this war room trap and playing on a battlefield.” Iran has dismissed a last-minute offer from the Trump administration for talks, saying it could not negotiate while Washington had reneged on the 2015 deal to lift sanctions. In a speech hours before the sanctions were due to take effect on Tuesday, Rouhani rejected negotiations as long as Washington was no longer complying with the deal. “If you stab someone with a knife and then you say you want talks, then the first thing you have to do is remove the knife,” Rouhani said in a speech broadcast live on state television.
          La Chine aurait testé un missile hypersonique      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
La Chine annonce avoir testé le « Starry Sky 2 », un missile hypersonique qui pourrait voler jusqu’à 7 344 km/h.
          Responsable technique équipement embarqué (H/F) - Thales - Élancourt      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
CE QUE NOUS POUVONS ACCOMPLIR ENSEMBLE : Au sein du Domaine Electronique de Missiles, vous intégrez le service Ingénierie Système Développement (ISD) Electronique de Missiles. Le service ISD a en charge l'ingénierie système des produits du domaine en phase d'étude et développement. Le Domaine Electronique de Missile (DEM) conçoit et développe des équipements pour missiles selon 3 lignes de produits : Autodirecteurs (AD) anti-aériens, anti-navires et anti-surface, de tous types...
          House Oversight Chair Jason Chaffetz Will Not Seek Re-Election      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, announced that he will not run for re-election in 2018 and will not seek any public office next year. Chaffetz wrote in a Facebook post on Wednesday morning, "I am healthy. I am confident I would continue to be re-elected by large margins. I have the full support of Speaker Ryan to continue as Chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee. That said, I have made a personal decision to return to the private sector." As oversight chairman, Chaffetz led investigations into the Secret Service and Planned Parenthood in recent years. He has faced pressure from protesters in his home district and federal watchdogs for not pursuing investigations into the Trump administration more forcefully. Chaffetz told NPR's Morning Edition in February that his committee was concerned with possible mishandling of classified information when Trump was apparently briefed on a North Korean missile test at
          Over 70 rockets launched; Hamas: 'We are delivering on our promise'      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Ongoing rocket sirens in southern Israel since 19:00 pm Wednesday. IDF spokesperson reports over 70 rockets launched during the evening, most of which landed in open territory and 11 of which were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system. 15 Israelis have been injured from the rocket launches and many families are spending the night in the home shelters. Hamas in a statement: “We are delivering on our promise. The resistance accepted the responsibility to even the playing field with the enemy and it is succeeding in doing so.”
          Plusieurs blessés à Sdérot après 36 tirs de missiles depuis Gaza, Tsahal riposte      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

L'armée avait riposté après des coups de feu et fermé les routes à proximité par crainte de représailles du groupe terroriste palestinien après la mort de deux de ses membres

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          Airstrike      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Play Airstrike in which you are the last line of defense. Avoid the enemy bombs and missiles to survive, in this top-down shooting game with a retro touch.
          New comment on Item for Geeklist "Your Gen Con 2018 Pick for "Best of Show""       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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In the light engine building category (Splendor, both Centuries) or easy to teach abstracts (Azul, Reef), this is my favorite by far. I think the cards are a little generic, but it is really fun when you get a big chain reaction.
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I like the nice components, but I am a little sad they have priced me out of the market with them. I would absolutely love to get it, as it looks really fun, but I can't pay that price tag, especially since it feels like it will need expansions soon.
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Very average game I think. You don't really have a lot on control in the game, so it is basically just a push your luck game that is a bit long for that genre. Not bad, but not great, and certainly not award winning.
          NATO fails to inform Russia’s top brass on accidental missile launch over Estonia      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
NATO has not informed Russia on the incident with the unauthorized launch of an air-to-air missile by a Spanish fighter jet over Estonia
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A day of massive inactivity. I’ll have to do better tomorrow. I tell myself that I’m saving up strength for Godot, but that doesn’t entirely work.

Here are Archie’s socks:




And Rachel’s first one:


I am, in fact, a bit further on with that one by now. And this evening offers a whole TV hour on probiotics and sauerkraut, which ought to advance things still further. I haven’t abandoned fermentation. It’s just somewhat in abeyance as I still need to eat up the kimchi in the refrigerator.

However, I’m out of homemade hot sauce, so I need to ferment some more chillis. I hope that will happen soon. Tesco has better and hotter chillis than Waitrose, but access is impeded by roadworks at the moment.

Sylvia Plath: I just meant that the early trajectories of our lives were similar, apart from my not being a genius. Clever girls, scholarships to British universities. I fancy we looked similar, but maybe everybody looked like that in 1954. She was certainly prettier. She met Ted Hughes in February, 1956 and married him in June. I met my husband in February, 1957, but we weren’t married until August.

There’s a big difference between living in Britain and just being here. She may have found it as tough as I certainly did. She died at the end of that savagely cold winter which was preceded (in November?) by the Cuban Missile Crisis, a tough few days for those of us with small children. In my case, that winter also (in January) produced Greek Helen.

Jamie Oliver’s new Italy book arrived today. Modified rapture. There are some good things in it, and I very much look forward to his new television series based on it, starting next week. Jeanfromcornwall, I will make an effort to find and watch Nadiya. She is a most engaging character, but I have never watched her actually cook.


          Zambian Pastor Caught In Nude Photos Scandal With Married Woman (Pics)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
A popular Pastor is trending online for all the wrong reasons, Now, it all started after he requested Nudes from a Married woman telling her he want to put his blessings and miracles inside of her, in the chat she begged that no one sees the photos, he assured her, but her Husband saw them and released them anonymously online..

According to Zambia Observer the man of God is well Known for his Miracles at his church Shammah Miracle Embassy .
The pastor Ivwananji Charles Mwale quickly went private on his page when the chats went viral, But his members has since launched a Ballistic missile of words on him since yesterday..
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          Caccia spagnolo sgancia per sbaglio un missile sull’Estonia      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Caccia spagnolo sgancia per sbaglio un missile sull’Estonia

Ma non si sa dov’è finito: l’esercito lo sta cercando da martedì


          Estonie: Un missile tiré par erreur par un avion de chasse espagnol      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Le ministère espagnol de la Défense a ouvert une enquête sur l’incident…
          Maxar Helping MDA Devise Space Sensor Layer       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Maxar Technologies has won one of nine contracts to help the Missile Defense Agency build a prototype missile tracking system.

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          The Week In Defense, Aug. 9-16, 2018      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Maxar to build prototype missile defense space-sensor architecture; Latvia approved to buy Black Hawks; UK gets more F-35s, and Malaysia’s Su-30s need repair.

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          SpeedNews Defense & Space      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
RAYTHEON has $13.1m U.S. Air Force contract for Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile (Amraam) technical support.

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          U.S. MDA Conducts Ballistic Target Tracking With MQ-9      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The U.S. Missile Defense Agency conducted a precision tracking demonstration with a General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper in the Pacific late Aug. 8, an official said.

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          Space-Based Interceptor Challenge Is Policy, Not Tech      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
A senior DOD official says a space-based interceptor to go after ballistic missiles is a “relatively easy technological challenge."

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          APPRENTI(E) TECHNICIEN(NE) MESURES PHYSIQUES H/F      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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          25 still to be identified over football match disorder      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
TWENTY-five football fans are still being traced by police following disorder at a match including isolated assaults and missile throwing.
          Estonia urges NATO to probe accidental missile launch in its airspace      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
STOCKHOLM: Estonia urged the head of NATO on Wednesday to investigate the accidental launching of an air-to-air missile in its airspace on Tuesday by a NATO Air Policing mission plane. The Estonian government said in a statement Prime Minister Juri Ratas had discussed the incident with NATO ...
          Spanish Jet Accidentally Fires Missile above Estonia During Drill      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Telegraph - Estonia's military says it is looking for the remains of a missile that a Spanish fighter jet accidentally fired while drilling in the air space of the Baltic country and NATO ally. The military said that the Eurofighter Typhoon from the Spanish Air Force - part of NATO's Baltic air-policing mission - erroneously launched an AMRAAM-type air-to-air missile in a practice area in southern Estonia Tuesday afternoon. The missile carried explosives of up to 10 kilograms (22 pounds) and was last located around 40 kilometers (24 miles) north of Estonia's second city of Tartu. ...
          Kim Jong Un looked really happy touring a fish-pickling factory      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un recently visited a fish-pickling factory, according to photos state media released on Wednesday.

The photos of the supreme leader beaming next to stacks of food is no doubt meant to send a signal to the world that the Hermit Kingdom is doing better than ever. North Korea is notorious for its propaganda, especially about Kim.

But the country's economy is still under the grip of international sanctions imposed after its nuclear tests. A United Nations report last year concluded 70% of North Koreans were struggling to get enough to eat.

On Tuesday, White House national security adviser John Bolton said the country wasn't holding up its promises toward denuclearization.

Still, Kim looked very happy as he toured the factory with soldiers, dressed in an uncharacteristically casual getup:

SEE ALSO: 21 photos of North Korea that Kim Jong Un wouldn't want you to see

DON'T MISS: North Korean state media is calling on the US to drop sanctions after a series of 'goodwill measures'

Kim was accompanied on the trip by his wife, Ri Sol-ju, who followed him around the Kumsanpho plant, smiling and dutifully holding his suit jacket.

Source: KCNA Watch



North Korean state media said the factory, located in the South Hwanghae Province, is the first of its kind, producing 30 types of pickled-fish products, including eel, anchovy, and shrimp. Kim allegedly called the stockpiles of food a "spectacular view," according to state media.

Source: KCNA Watch



An estimated 41% of North Koreans, or 10.5 million people, are believed to be undernourished.

Source: The New York Times



See the rest of the story at Business Insider
          Spanish fighter jet accidentally fires explosive missile over Estonia      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Estonia's military says it is looking for the remains of a missile that a Spanish fighter jet accidentally fired while drilling in the air space of the Baltic country and Nato ally.
          US Navy’s Attack Subs Have Welding Issues in Their Missile Tubes      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Reported by RIA Nov. 14 minutes ago.
          (USA-CA-Livermore) Telemetry Engineer      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
: We are seeking an electrical, mechanical, or systems engineer to join a multidisciplinary team in designing and developing advanced electronic subsystems\. A successful candidate will be responsible for implementing the qualification program of these subsystems\. The qualification program will encompass physical testing, modeling and simulation, inspection, and analysis to prove these subsystems meet mechanical, electrical, and environmental requirements\. The engineer will work as part of a multi\-disciplinary team whose task will be to map design requirements, create and implement the qualification program, work with our quality engineer to implement quality methods into the qualification program, evaluate prototypes, test subsystems, support full\-up system integration testing, and document results\. The engineer will be responsible to interact on a regular basis with external production facilities and suppliers\. A successful candidate will also be responsible for maintenance of qualified product\. This includes working with the production facilities and suppliers to understand how changes to processes or piece parts affect the viability of the subsystem\. **Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities** + Advanced technical degree or significant equivalent experience\. + Multidisciplinary technical knowledge and competencies appropriate to the position\. + Ability to perform the integrated technical analyses that underpin the development of a realizable system concept\. + Ability to synthesize operational concepts for experimental or exploratory systems to innovate and deliver solutions to customers in mission areas not fully defined or understood\. + Thorough knowledge of and applied experience with scientific and engineering methods and with the discipline’s standards for the ethical conduct of research\. + Thorough knowledge of and experience with scoping, designing, planning, and executing research, design, and development projects\. + Demonstrated knowledge of and experience with implementing Sandia policies affecting research, design, and development activities, projects, or initiatives\. + Demonstrated ability to engage customers and stakeholders in the synthesis of significant systems experiments and to team across disciplines\. + The ability to create innovative solutions to difficult technical problems\. Required: + Bachelor’s degree in relevant discipline, or equivalent: - higher degree \(MS, PhD\) in relevant discipline; or - engineering or scientific experience and/or achievements that demonstrate the knowledge, skills and ability to perform independent research and development\. + Demonstrated ability to work in team\-oriented environment and work cooperatively with other internal organizations, as well as external production facilities and suppliers\. + Environmental test experience + Demonstrated ability to recognize quality at the electronics board level as well as at the integrated electrical/mechanical system level + An active DOE Q clearance or equivalent Top Secret DoD clearance is required\. + Ability to travel 10\-15%, as some travel will be required\. Desired: + Previous work experience at Sandia or within the NNSA complex + Previous experience in telemetry subsystems + Demonstrated ability to analyze validation test data to determine whether systems or processes have met validation criteria or to identify root causes of production problems\. + Demonstrated ability to develop validation master plans, process flow diagrams, test cases, or standard operating procedures\. + Demonstrated ability to identify deviations from established product or process standards and provide recommendations for resolving deviations\. + Demonstrated ability to prepare, maintain, or review validation and compliance documentation, such as engineering change notices, schematics, or protocols\. + Demonstrated ability to study product characteristics or customer requirements and confer with management to determine validation objectives and standards\. + Demonstrated ability to maintain validation test equipment\. Department Description: The mission of the Telemetry Systems Engineering Department is to design, build, test and implement weapon systems instrumentation for use in weapon development and stockpile evaluation programs\. More specifically, we are responsible for developing flight data instrumentation systems to support DOD and DOE Joint Test Assembly flight tests\. These tests are used to confirm the performance of nuclear weapon systems such as re\-entry vehicles, cruise missiles, and bombs, and such testing is critical to Sandia's stockpile stewardship mission\. We also provide non\-weapon telemeter monitoring systems that can be used in challenging remote environments\. Telemetry Systems Engineering employs electronic design engineers, mechanical design engineers and electronic technologists, as well as telemetry system engineers on our ongoing and advanced telemetry projects\. About Sandia: Sandia National Laboratories is the nation’s premier science and engineering lab for national security and technology innovation, with teams of specialists focused on cutting\-edge work in a broad array of areas\. Some of the main reasons we love our jobs: + Challenging work withamazingimpact that contributes to security, peace, and freedom worldwide + Extraordinary co\-workers + Some of the best tools, equipment, and research facilities in the world + Career advancement and enrichment opportunities + Flexible schedules, generous vacations,strongmedical and other benefits, competitive 401k, learning opportunities, relocation assistance and amenities aimed at creating a solid work/life balance\* _World\-changing technologies\. Life\-changing careers\._ Learn more about Sandia at: http://www\.sandia\.gov \*These benefits vary by job classification\. Security Clearance: Position requires a Department of Energy \(DOE\) granted Q\-level security clearance to start\. Position requires an active Department of Energy \(DOE\) granted Q\-level security clearance or active clearance with another US government agency, e\.g\., DOD, to be considered for this position\. Sandia is required by DOE directive to conduct a pre\-employment drug testing, and a pre\-employment background review that includes personal reference checks, law enforcement record and credit checks, and employment and education verifications\. Applicants for employment must be able to obtain and maintain a DOE Q\-level security clearance, which requires U\.S\. citizenship\. Applicants offered employment with Sandia are subject to a federal background investigation to meet the requirements for access to classified information or matter if the duties of the position require a DOE security clearance\. Substance abuse or illegal drug use, falsification of information, criminal activity, serious misconduct or other indicators of untrustworthiness can cause a clearance to be denied or terminated by the DOE, rendering the inability to perform the duties assigned and resulting in termination of employment\. EEO Statement: All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status\.
          (USA-PA-Chambersburg) Technician      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
**Technician** **Description** Provide support to Patriot/HAWK Missile Facility at Letterkenny Army Depot, Specializing in the area of fabricator, assembler and material handler.Duties are in support of a technically oriented missile recertification facility responsible for developing test procedures and performing tests of HAWK and PATRIOT Missiles. The Successful candidate may be tasked with the following: Provide preventive and corrective maintenance services on Missile handling equipment. Perform functional test and analysis on various systems. Perform repairs and modifications to equipment. Utilize forklift to load and offload materials. Warehousing and inventorying tools and test equipment. Perform design and fabrication of new tooling. Must be proficient in MS Office suite. Years of Experience Required:4 - 6 years: Associates 3 Applicants selected will be subject to a government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to Secret classified information. Applicants work around explosive/hazardous material and must be ammunition certified by the government once hired. **Qualifications** KBR is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, veteran status, genetic information, union status and/or beliefs, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. **Job:** Engineering, Technology, & Science **Primary Location:** US-US-PA-Chambersburg **Req ID:** 1071404
          US Navy’s Attack Subs Have Welding Issues in Their Missile Tubes      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The US Navy’s newest submarines under construction have a problem with the welds on their missile tubes, a potentially costly issue to repair that could delay their completion.
          Comment on Media News Digest: Press council reverses Homolka blame, the Roast of Tony Marinaro, Celine Cooper ends Gazette column by Marc      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Probably because there's at least some truth to it? Take a look at Fox (biased to Trump), MSNBC (biased to the Dem party establishment) or CNN (biased to the overall DC-dwelling establishment). It's very hard to find a pack of people who are that unserious about their jobs. From tribalist, partisan hacks to baldfaced liars to neocons always pushing out more war. The first time Trump bombed the government of Syria (Russia's #1 ally) you had Brian Williams beaming with glee at the sight of those missile blazing their way through the sky. You had Fareed Zakaria declare that moment as the one Trump truly became POTUS. The second time Trump bombed the government of Syria (Russia's #1 ally), the media put out the fake news that a chemical weapons facility was successfully destroyed. Except that isn't what it was. It was a medical lab researching new snake venom antidotes - that they chose to not report. And don't get me started on the "BREAKING NEWS" tagline. CNN abuses it beyond belief. Broadcast cable news pump out fake news all the time. Print media on the other hand are far more serious and reliable.
          Blueprint News Celebrates 250 000 Visitors      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

The registration of visitor statistics for "blueprint news" started in May 2010 and reported about 250.000 visitors in August 2018. Here are some numbers that remain incomplete, however, because only the leading 10 visitor nations are given, together with information about browsers and systems applied by visitors. Some rare browsers that came to my attention during the years are not included in the overall statistics as they present only a low number of visitors i.e. < 1%. Same goes with the computer systems where the list is too long to integrate it entirely into the following chart, and there are, as well, some visitors who withhold part of the Information. An increasing trend to data anonymization makes it even more difficult to collect visitor data.



Overall visitor statistics for August 8, 2018.


However, more important than mere numbers should be the following choice of highlights of visitor activity during all those years and which might give an idea of the global acceptance my rather tiny blog achieved.


Visitor Highlights



Chinese visitors coming from River Yangtse and from Hangzhou, both places being
near to Shanghai. A closer look on the satellite images provides interesting features.



The former Portuguese colony of Macao which is now a part of PR China. Two
long bridges, connecting the main parts of Macao, might attract your attention.



Living the Chinese Dream



Economic prosperity and military strength are integral parts of China's global dream. While
facing maritime disputes with other nations, China is enforcing a modernization of its navy.



Japan and North Korea



One visitor came from the diplomatic quarters of Tokyo (above) and which is near to
the Imperial Palace. Another visitor called from Ground Zero in Hiroshima where the
first atomic bomb had been dopped in 1945.



Earlier this year Japanese authorities launched a missile alert via Japan National TV
when a North Korean test missile was heading toward Japanese territory. As tensions
with North Korea were high at the time, I was just watching Japanese news on satellite
TV. I immediately took a photo from my TV screen and posted it. My blogspot was then
available on the internet while the North Korean missile was still in the air over Japan !



One of the rare visitors from North Korea is indicating he came from the Ryugyong
neighbourhood in Pyongyang and which is not far away from the central compound
of North Korea's ruling Workers Party. The internet access point, however, remains
difficult to localize in this case.



In August 2017 two US military bases on Guam were threatened by North Korea which said
it would create an "enveloping fire" around the US territory using four Hwasong-12 missiles
that should detonate 30-40 km off the island. The US side made clear this would mean war.



Nuclear Research

The CERN Institute in Geneva, Switzerland, is operating the greatest particle accelerator
ever built. It was there that a predicted elementary entity, the Higgs boson, was detected
for the first time.



The center for nuclear research in Dubna is situated in the neighbourhood of
Moscow, Russia. In Soviet times it was the most important facility of its kind.



Washington and Israel

No, it's not at all a call from the President but rather from a
public hotspot facing the White House in Washington DC :



In the hustle of the 2016 pre-election times I simply forgot to publish the below picture.
Sorry for that ! The picture can be named "Grabber King at the Chicago Trump Tower".



The US Department of State noticed my translation of a political poem originally written by
Guenter Grass, one German laureate of the Nobel Price for Literature. It's all about Israeli
militarism directed against Arab neighbours (i.e. their Semitic brethren...) and against Iran.



In the week after the author's death, my translation
of his poem was addressed by different US visitors :



US - Iranian Enmity



The National Defense University NDU in Washington DC, a US government institution,
visited a blogspot of mine and which is dealing with a scenario of mutual threats that
has steadily developed between Iran and the USA.

All

All of Central Asia and the Middle East
is under control of The Empire.
Well, not entirely ..........


An Iranian visitor enjoyed, as well, my visualization of the conflict.



One visitor coming from the faculty of law at Ain Shams University in Cairo, Egypt, made
a Google search by simply entering the timeless adage of justice to be found above the
entrance of a Cairo law court, and found ..... my blogspot about decisive battles in Syria.
What an amazing coincidence !



After the ousting of Libyan dictator Muammar al-Ghadafi, a visitor called from some
internet access point nearby to Martyrs Square in Tripoli, the former capital of Libya.
It is on Martyrs Square that a shrine was established for the heroes of the revolution.



A "postcard" from the holy places of Makkah in Saudi-Arabia :



In August 2014 Islamic fighters were threatening Kurdish residents in the
Kirkuk region of Northern Iraq. People fled into the nearby mountaineous
area while Islamists headed further to Mosul. After the fall of Mosul, the
Islamist leader al-Baghdadi declared his caliphate in the great mosque
of Mosul.



Visitors coming from Northern Pakistan took immediate interest in the Iraqi developments.
They came from Islamabad, its southern environment, from Quetta and Peshawar (below).



Mongolia - Chingis Khan and the "Art of War"



A smiling Mogolian leader once presented his Mongolian horsemen to US president Bush.
When a Mongol horde invaded and destroyed the Caliphate of Baghdad in 1258, they left
a gigantic regional chaos similar to what did the US Cavalry under US president Bush. The
difference, however, is: The Mongol horde robbed what they could carry on horseback and
returned home, while the US sat and waited as oil wells cannot be so easily carried away.



Other "cold warriors" can be found on Elmendorf Air Base in Alaska, USA, .....



..... while some people are peacefully fighting the cold in an Inuit community on Greenland :



The "University of the South Pacific" on the lonesome island of Fiji, however, is a real "hotspot".
No wonder they provide a swimming pool needed to cool off the heated brains of young folks.



In comparison, the "Harvard Business School" in Cambridge,
Massachusetts, might make a point with a better reputation.




          Pompeo: Iran Needs 'Enormous Change' To Reverse Reimposed U.S. Sanctions      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the White House is ready to enforce sanctions against Iran that will be re-imposed starting Monday — an effort by the U.S. to "push back" against Tehran's "malign activity." The renewed sanctions follow President Trump's decision in May to withdraw the U.S. from the multi-nation nuclear accord with Tehran. The 2015 agreement, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, of JCPOA, brought a suspension of U.S. sanctions in exchange for Tehran's agreement to end its nuclear and ballistic missile programs. Trump has long contended that the Obama-era deal was flawed from the start and in his May announcement that the U.S. would withdraw, the president said the structure of the accord was "decaying and rotten." Speaking with reporters on Air Force One on Sunday, Pompeo described Tehran's leadership as "bad actors" and said the president's goal is to get Iran to "behave like a normal country." He said the administration is willing to look beyond the
          North Korea Reportedly Building More ICBMs      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Satellite imagery gathered by U.S. intelligence agencies indicates that North Korea is building new ballistic missiles at a factory just outside its capital, according to The Washington Post. The newspaper, quoting "officials familiar with the intelligence," says North Korea is working on "one and possibly two liquid-fueled ICBMs" at its Sanumdong facility on the outskirts of Pyongyang. The report follows last month's summit in Singapore between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, after which Trump hailed in a tweet that "There is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea." On Tuesday, North and South Korea held their second round of military talks since June, when the first such meeting took place at the border village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), where the two sides pledged to halt "all hostile acts." According to the Post 's latest report, "The new intelligence does not suggest an expansion of North Korea's capabilities but shows that work on
          Comment on Giving Trump Carte Blanche for War by F. G. Sanford      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
In a recent interview, Mr. Kiriakou discussed signs that an attack on Iran might be imminent. He mentioned that aggregation of several aircraft carrier battle groups in the Eastern Mediterranean, Indian Ocean, Arabian Sea, etc. would be a giveaway. Aircraft carriers have become the post-WWII "gunboat diplomacy" weapons of choice. Such vessels can stand off and pound targets inland with no risk to themselves. It has had great success against 3rd world countries with insignificant air and naval resources to resist. Countries like Libya and Yemen can be easily pulverized with this strategy. Countries like Iran - maybe not. The propaganda afoot and efforts to shut down discourse are symptomatic of what the "deep state" has realized, but the general public has not. The US economy is on life support. Aircraft carriers are no longer an invincible strategic weapon. The petrodollar is under assault by three of the largest countries in the world: Russia, China and India. European countries are apparently determined to continue purchasing Iranian gas and oil. So is Turkey. Germany sees advantages to friendly relations with Russia. The stock market is propped up by ZIRP financed buybacks. Popular narratives suggest that we "trust the plan", yet fail to notice that "the plan" bears a striking resemblance to the same old neocon pablum. It's just packaged in a different box. (Yes, I'm trying to say that "Q" is a neocon psyop.) Tyrannical governments in decline eventually attack their own populations. They have to have someone other than themselves to blame. The inevitable disenfranchisement and unrest leads to protest: the self-fulfilling prophesy yields "internal enemies" that must be squelched. Martyanov provides an understated synopsis of American strategic disadvantages. Let me put it starkly. There is no defense against ballistic missiles aimed at ships. There is no countermeasure. The survivability of an aircraft carrier attacked with ballistic missiles is zero. Even if the warheads fail to detonate, the kinetic energy alone could theoretically achieve a sinking. It's like that line from The Karate Kid: "There is no defense". Does this mean there will be no war? I have no idea. But if there is, it is already lost. I'm betting we're gonna start doing a lot of jaw-jaw. Wait and see.
          Estonia, Spain Defense Ministers Talk After Spanish Eurofighter Accidentally Fires Missile      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Estonia’s Minister of Defence, Jüri Luik talked Wednesday to Spanish Minister of Defence, Margarita Robles Fernández on the incident with the Spanish Eurofighter aircraft, which accidentally fired an air-to-air missile in the Estonian airspace during the exercise on Tuesday. The Spanish ...
          There Appears To Be A Breakthrough In North-South Korea Talks      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: Sounds like a breakthrough on the Korean Peninsula. We stress, it sounds that way. We have heard signs of peace before there. But here's the news. North Korea agreed to a temporary freeze of its illicit nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs, this after a trip by South Korean envoys to Pyongyang. NPR's Elise Hu reports from Seoul. ELISE HU, BYLINE: South Korea's president sent the country's spy chief and head of national security to Pyongyang for a two-day trip. They came back this morning with an unexpected agreement from North Korea's Kim Jong Un. In a joint statement, North and South Korea agreed not only to have a summit between the two countries' heads of state next month at the border village of Panmunjom but North Korea said it sees no reason to have nuclear weapons if its security was guaranteed and the regime wasn't threatened. It further said it would be willing to hold talks with the United States over its
          North Korea Stages Military Parade Before Opening Of Pyeongchang Olympics       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: When North Korea's leader wants a military parade, he gets one. Just as the Winter Olympics are about to start in South Korea, North Korea's Kim Jong Un stepped outside wearing an overcoat and fedora on a cold winter day and watched thousands of his country's troops on the street. (SOUNDBITE OF PARADE) INSKEEP: Video shows the soldiers forming in a series of squares as a band plays. NPR's Elise Hu covers the Koreas and joins us now from Seoul. Hi, Elise. ELISE HU, BYLINE: Hey there. Good morning. INSKEEP: Interesting timing for a parade. HU: Well, it is a legitimate anniversary. This marks the day the Korean People's Army was founded. A similar military parade was actually moved forward in the calendar in recent years. Now the regime has decided to move it back to this February date. And it's convenient because it gives North Korea this chance to show off its tanks and its missiles and its troops just as everyone's eyes are on
           Iran attached to the "shipment of missiles" at a British airport      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
[size=32] Iran attached to the "shipment of missiles" at a British airport[/size] [size=18] Twilight News      15 hours ago[/size] The Iranian Embassy in London on Tuesday issued a statement on English newspapers about the seizure of a shipment of missiles destined for Tehran. The embassy said in a statement published by the Iranian news agency that it "strongly denies" the allegations of the British newspaper "Standard Standard" about "sending ...
          Israeli Missiles Kill A Palestinian Mother And Her Child In Northern Gaza      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Israeli Missiles Kill A Palestinian Mother And Her Child In Northern Gaza
The Palestinian Health Ministry has confirmed that Israeli army missiles have killed a pregnant Palestinian mother, and her infant daughter, 18 months of age, in central Gaza. The mother was nine months pregnant. Dr.
          Ready, Capable, and Lethal: The Live Fire With a Purpose (LFWAP) Program      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
In early 2016, Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center (SMWDC) was designated as the executive agent for Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet and U.S. Fleet Force’s revamped Missile Exercise (MSLEX) program – Live Fire With a Purpose (LFWAP). Since that time, the SMWDC LFWAP team supported 85 combatants in firing more than 100 Standard Missile 2 (SM2), Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM), and NATO Sea Sparrow Missiles (NSSM). On May 28, 2018, the USS The Sullivans (DDG 68) launched an SM2 to mark the centennial missile firing.
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          Houthi Missile Interception Results in One Death, 11 Injuries – Saudi Coalition      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
CAIRO (Sputnik) - Fragments of a ballistic missile fired by Houthi rebels fell on a residential area near the southwestern Saudi port city of Jazan, killing a civilian, a Saudi coalition spokesman said Thursday.
          Partners in space, partners in signature: An AEHF tradition      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Air Force photograph by Walter Talens Lt. Gen. John F. Thompson, Commander, Space and Missile Systems Center, signs the thermal space blanket, at Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif., on June 22, 2018. The thermal space blanket will protect sensitive components inside the Advanced Extreme High Frequency (AEHF)-4 satellite from extreme temperature changes during its...
          Leonardo DRS on-board vehicle power to improve electrical power system on THAAD vehicles      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Leonardo DRS has been selected by the U.S. Army to demonstrate its On-Board Vehicle Power on Terminal High Altitude Area Defense missile battery command and control, and launcher vehicles. The electrical power system improvements will give air defense operators immediate access to electrical power directly from a vehicle’s power train.  To meet the Army’s power...
          Gaza: roquettes palestiniennes, raids israéliens, un Palestinien tué      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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<p>Jérusalem (AFP) - Le Hamas a tiré mercredi des dizaines de roquettes depuis la bande de Gaza sur Israël, qui a riposté par des raids aériens dans lesquels un Palestinien a été tué, selon des sources israéliennes et palestiniennes.</p><p>"Environ 70 tirs de roquettes depuis la bande de Gaza vers le territoire israélien ont été enregistrés pour le moment", a déclaré l'armée israélienne dans un communiqué.</p><p>La majorité des roquettes sont tombées sur des zones inhabitées et 11 d'entre elles ont été interceptées par les systèmes anti-missiles israéliens, a indiqué l'armée.</p><p>Mais deux roquettes se sont abattues sur la ville israélienne de Sderot, ont indiqué la police et l'armée.</p><p>Les sirènes d'alarme ont retenti dans plusieurs localités israéliennes proches de la frontière avec la bande de Gaza pour appeler les habitants à rejoindre les abris, a ajouté l'armée.</p><p>Dans un précédent communiqué, l'armée israélienne a annoncé que l'aviation ripostait aux tirs de roquettes en menant des raids contre des "sites terroristes" du mouvement islamiste palestinien Hamas, qui gouverne la bande de Gaza.</p><p>La branche armée du Hamas a revendiqué les tirs sur Israël, déclarant dans un communiqué que la "résistance" palestinienne avait lancé un grand nombre de roquettes sur "des positions ennemies autour de la bande de Gaza".</p><p>Un Palestinien a été tué dans le nord de la bande et six autres ont été blessés par les raids israéliens, ont annoncé les services de santé de Gaza.</p><p>Le Hamas a indiqué que ce Palestinien s'appelait Ali Ghandour et faisais partie de la branche armée du mouvement.</p><p>A Sderot, une personne a été légèrement blessée par des éclats de roquette et plusieurs autres ont été hospitalisées en état de choc, ont déclaré les services médicaux israéliens.</p><p>Les télévisions israéliennes ont diffusé des images d'une maison et de voitures endommagées par les roquettes à Sderot.</p><p></p><p>- "Escalade de la violence" -</p><p></p><p>L'ONU a appelé au calme et a déploré en particulier les tirs de roquettes du Hamas."Je suis profondément alarmé par l'escalade de la violence entre Gaza et Israël, et particulièrement par les nombreuses roquettes tirées aujourd'hui vers des localités du sud d'Israël", a déclaré dans un communiqué l'envoyé spécial de l'ONU Nickolay Mladenov.</p><p>Il a appelé toutes les parties à éviter une nouvelle escalade.</p><p>Les tirs palestiniennes sont survenus au lendemain de la mort de deux membres des brigades Ezzedine al-Qassam, la branche armée du Hamas, dans une frappe israélienne dans le nord de la bande de Gaza.Le Hamas avait alors menacé de "faire payer le prix" à Israël.</p><p>Selon plusieurs médias israéliens, le commandement de l'armée a ensuite admis que l'attaque contre le Hamas avait été décidée après que l'armée a estimé "par erreur" que des tirs contre des soldats provenaient de cette position.</p><p>Le Hamas a affirmé que ses combattants tués participaient à un exercice et que la frappe s'était produite au moment où de hauts responsables du mouvement étaient en visite dans le secteur.</p><p>La brusque montée de tension de mercredi intervient alors qu'Israël et le Hamas discutent indirectement d'une éventuelle trêve, par l'intermédiaire de l'Egypte et l'ONU.</p><p>Les dirigeants du Hamas ont tenu ces derniers jours des réunions à Gaza, mais aucun détail n'a filtré.</p><p>Selon les médias israéliens, le cabinet de sécurité israélien doit se réunir jeudi matin pour poursuivre les discussions sur les conditions d'une possible trêve.</p><p>Israël et le Hamas se sont livré trois guerres depuis 2008.</p><p>Les tensions sont vives depuis des mois entre les deux camps.</p><p>Les Palestiniens protestent quasiment tous les vendredis depuis le 30 mars près de la barrière séparant la bande de Gaza du territoire israélien pour dénoncer le blocus imposé depuis plus de dix ans à l'enclave et réclamer le droit au retour des Palestiniens qui ont fui ou ont été chassés de leurs terres à la création d'Israël en 1948.</p><p>Au moins 163 Palestiniens ont été tués par des tirs israéliens dans la bande de Gaza depuis le 30 mars.</p><p>Un soldat israélien a été tué le 20 juillet par un Palestinien durant une opération de l'armée près de la barrière, le premier dans cette zone depuis 2014.</p><p></p>

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          Raids israéliens à Gaza après des tirs de dizaines de roquettes palestiniennes      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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<p>Jérusalem (AFP) - L'armée de l'air israélienne a mené mercredi des raids contre des objectifs "terroristes" dans la bande de Gaza, en riposte aux tirs de dizaines de roquettes palestiniennes sur le sud d'Israël, selon des sources israéliennes et palestiniennes.</p><p>L'aviation a lancé des raids contre 12 sites "terroristes" du mouvement islamiste palestinien Hamas, qui contrôle l'enclave palestinienne, selon un communiqué de l'armée israélienne.</p><p>Au moins deux Palestiniens ont été blessés dans ces raids qui ont visé une base du Hamas dans le sud de la bande de Gaza, selon le ministère de la Santé du Hamas.</p><p>Quelques heures plus tôt, 36 roquettes avaient été tirées à partir de Gaza vers le sud d'Israël, a indiqué l'armée.Quatre projectiles ont été interceptés en vol par des batteries de missiles Iron Dome, deux sont tombées dans la ville de Sdérot et les autres projectiles "sont tombées dans des espaces ouverts", autrement dit en dehors des localités.</p><p>La chute des roquettes à Sdérot, une localité proche de l'enclave palestinienne, a blessé une personne âgée d'environ 45 ans, touchée par des éclats, selon les secours israéliens.</p><p>Les télévisions israéliennes ont diffusé des images d'une maison et de voitures endommagées par les roquettes dans cette ville.</p><p>Les tirs de roquettes palestiniennes sont survenues au lendemain de la mort de deux membres des brigades Ezzedine al-Qassam, la branche armée du Hamas, dans une frappe israélienne dans le nord de la bande de Gaza.Le Hamas avait ensuite menacé de "faire payer le prix" à Israël.</p><p>Selon plusieurs médias israéliens, le commandement de l'armée a ensuite admis que l'attaque contre le Hamas avait été décidée après que l'armée a estimé "par erreur" que des tirs contre des soldats provenaient de cette position.</p><p>Le Hamas a affirmé, lui, que ses combattants tués participaient à un exercice et que la frappe s'était produite au moment où de hauts responsables du mouvement étaient en visite dans le secteur.</p><p></p><p>- Possible trêve ? -</p><p></p><p>Cette brusque montée de tensions mercredi intervient alors que l'Etat hébreu et le Hamas discutent indirectement d'une éventuelle trêve, par l'intermédiaire de l'Egypte et l'ONU.</p><p>Les dirigeants du Hamas ont tenu ces derniers jours des réunions à Gaza, mais aucun détail n'a filtré.Ces discussions devaient porter sur des propositions de l'ONU et de l'Egypte sur une possible trêve avec Israël et sur la levée du blocus imposé par les autorités israéliennes à Gaza depuis plus de 10 ans, selon un responsable du Hamas.</p><p>Selon les médias israéliens, le cabinet de sécurité israélien doit se réunir jeudi matin pour poursuivre les discussions sur les conditions d'une possible trêve.</p><p>Israël et le Hamas se sont livré trois guerres depuis 2008.</p><p>Les tensions sont vives depuis des mois entre les deux camps.Mi-juillet, la pire confrontation depuis 2014 les a opposés, avec des dizaines de raids aériens israéliens, tuant deux Palestiniens, dans la bande de Gaza, et quelque 200 roquettes et obus tirés depuis l'enclave vers le territoire israélien. </p><p>Le ministre israélien de la Défense, Avigdor Lieberman, avait ensuite averti que l'armée réagirait "beaucoup plus durement" contre le Hamas si les tirs de roquettes se poursuivaient à partir de Gaza.</p><p>En outre, les Palestiniens protestent quasiment tous les vendredis depuis le 30 mars près de la barrière séparant la bande de Gaza du territoire israélien, pour dénoncer le blocus imposé depuis plus de dix ans à l'enclave et réclamer le droit au retour des Palestiniens qui ont fui ou ont été chassés de leurs terres à la création d'Israël en 1948.</p><p>Au moins 162 Palestiniens ont été tués par des tirs israéliens dans la bande de Gaza depuis cette date.</p><p>Un soldat israélien a été tué le 20 juillet par un Palestinien durant une opération de l'armée près de la barrière, le premier dans cette zone depuis 2014.</p><p></p>

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          Israel Conducts Fresh Attacks on Gaza Strip      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
PressTV Published on Aug 8, 2018 Israel carries out new attacks on the besieged Gaza Strip. Israeli drones bombed several targets across the region while warplanes fired missiles at a refugee camp in Gaza’s north. Earlier, Israeli tanks fired shells at the eastern parts of Gaza city. Israel says it bombed Gaza in response to rocket […]
          [elmatador] "I remain open to reaching a more comprehensive deal that addresses the full ran...      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
"I remain open to reaching a more comprehensive deal that addresses the full range of the regime's malign activities, including its ballistic missile programme and its support for terrorism," Trump said.
Read more at: standardmedia.co.ke

Let them meet in Dubai and settle this as Kim did...

          One Dead, 11 Wounded as Saudi Intercepts Yemen Rebel Missile      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Saudi Arabia shot down a missile fired by Yemen's Huthi rebels, with debris killing a Yemeni man and wounding 11 others, a Riyadh-led coalition fighting the insurgents said.
          Gaza: Israel strikes back after Hamas launches over 70 missiles.      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
(Gaza) The last time Hamas went to Egypt for talks, they ended up launching waves of missiles into Israel, with the Jewish state retaliating with the heaviest response since their last war with Hamas in 2014 on their return.

Yesterday Hamas returned to Egypt for more talks and yesterday Hamas launched over 70 missiles into Israel injuring 15 people and earning a response form the IDF in kind injuring 2 people.


So the questions I have to ask are, if Gaza is under seige, how does it get its Iranian made weaponry from? and as seen twice in under a month, Hamas and not Israel is the one causing all the trouble, yet according to the liberals, the left and the Islamic world, Israel is at fault...Really?

          Missile "Zelzal" yemenita piomba sulla base militare di Al-Khobe nel bel mezzo di un'adunata!      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Il canale Al-Masirah ha comunicato, riprendendo fonti dell'Esercito Yemenita, che i missilisti di Sanaa hanno colpito con un vettore "Zelzal" (raggio medio 150 Km) una base militare saudita nel distretto di Al-Khobe, nella provincia sudoccidentale di Jizan.

Il missile avrebbe centrato il bersaglio proprio nel momento in cui si teneva un'adunata di truppe e personale (quindi scout e ricognitori yemeniti dovevano aver ben sorvegliato l'obiettivo prima del lancio del missile); ciò avrebbe portato a un bilancio di vittime particolarmente pesante per i Sauditi.


In notizie correlate, almeno quattro militari sauditi sarebbero caduti vittime di tiratori scelti yemeniti tra  i distretti di Jabal al-Doud e di Al-Mash, sempre nella stessa provincia.

Come abbiamo segnalato in altre occasioni i tiratori scelti sono uno dei tanti campi in cui gli Yemeniti surclassano i loro nemici della coalizione attaccante.


          Comment on China’s 055 Destroyer Better than All Others Except US Zumwalt by Joseph      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
It still does not excuse the fact that the Zumwalt has no working engine. What good the ship's hull material is if it is dead in the water. Only the British was idiot enough to use aluminium hull. All ships in the world use steel, so Zumwalt using still is not actually a 'breakthrough'. While the Type 055 uses aluminium to cover its upper deck to reduce radar signsture, it is superstructure is still using hard steel, perhaps stronger than the Zumwalt, considering who easy it is for cargo ships to sodomize US warships. It was only American claim to allege that USS Stark was hit by Excoset, but there's no proof as no Excoset debris was recovered. USS Stark was attacked by a modified business jet incapable of launching anti ship missile like Excoset. The armaments were most likely old style air-launched torpedoes. The American was 'convinced' that it was a Mirage armed with Excosets, considering how badly the USS Stark was damaged. But considering how severe the damage incurred to the USS Fitzgerald by a mere collision with a cargo ship, the USS Stark was most likely hit by torpedoes. USS Stark incident had exposed how fragile American warships were rather than how strong they were advertised. So the American might only attempt to cover up with Excoset missile, as the truth could expose American warships for attacks, not to mention the lost of lucrative market for American warships. Considering the damage from such mere torpedoes, and the damage of USS Fitzgerald, a real Excoset missile hit would have broken USS Stark into two.
          Comment on China Successfully Test Hypersonic Waverider Aircraft. by Fre Okin      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Dung head. Never hear of Artificial Intelligence before? This missile will take out all Indian surface navy ships. The only way for you to escape destruction is to speak Chinese to confuse this missile which will be programmed to understand Hindi. I imagine a Dishonest culture Will speak Chinese just to stay alive.This is the stuff of Inferior People with no self respect.
          Comment on China’s 055 Destroyer Better than All Others Except US Zumwalt by Anonymous      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Why is Zumwalt better than Type 005 you ask? Answer: China's Type 055 has an aluminum alloy superstructure where most modern warships today use steel. Zumwalt is made of steel. The British built a few frigates with aluminum in the 1970s. However during the Falklands war, one of these ships, the HMS Sheffield, was hit by a single Exocet anti-ship missile. The damage was not fatal since the missile failed to explode, but its rocket fuel torched the Sheffield's aluminum hull, which ignited and burned until it sank. In contrast, the steel hull frigate USS Stark was hit by two Iraqi Exocet missiles in 1988 and survived. The Type 055 would be subject to catastrophic fires in the event of combat damage.
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An AI tipped Chinese hypersonic missile will take out all US aircraft carriers and air bases in Guam, Tokyo within 45 minutes from Hainan. There will be no escape for the aircraft carriers even while out at sea. This hypersonic missile while slower than DF 26 Guam Killer which is probably Mach 10 like DF 21 is Intelligent. It will Sniff Out US aircraft carrier like facial recognition technology. No escape zone! It can take out Any Enemy destroyers, frigates within range, even all those Indian, Australian, Japanese, US etc navies in the Indian Ocean. All the enemy navies Emit Radio Waves and Their Unique Signature is their 'facial recognition' this intelligent wave rider missile will 'talk to' to go in for the kill. Since radio waves travel far, this wave rider missile will do course correction very early on to Home In on enemy ships. The only way to avoid this wave rider missile is to maintain Complete Radio Silence which is not possible. A 3000 NM range AI powered wave rider missile will help China rule the Pacific, the China Seas and the Indian Ocean.
          Regional Security Is At Stake When Trump Sits Down With North Korea      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit RACHEL MARTIN, HOST: If all goes according to plan, history will happen in five days. That's when President Trump is expected to sit down with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for a face-to-face meeting. There is a lot at stake, including security for countries in the region, which is why Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is here in Washington today. He's meeting with President Trump at the White House, where he will make his case to protect Japan's interests in these negotiations. NPR national political correspondent Mara Liasson joins us now. Good morning, Mara. MARA LIASSON, BYLINE: Good morning, Rachel. MARTIN: We should just remember here that when North Korea has launched test missiles in the past, sometimes those go over Japan. So this country has a particular interest in what's happening. LIASSON: They certainly do. They want to see a denuclearized Korean Peninsula, also. And Japan has been a big supporter of this campaign of maximum
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Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit DAVID GREENE, HOST: Trump this morning is ratcheting up his language and sounding more specific about what he may do in response to a reported chemical attack in Syria. The president tweeted this morning that if Russia is prepared to shoot down any American missiles fired at Syria, quote, "get ready, Russia, because they will be coming nice and new and smart" - end quote. Russia has just responded to the president. A foreign ministry spokeswoman said, quote, "smart missiles should fly towards terrorists, not legal government." Let's bring in NPR national political correspondent Mara Liasson. Hi, Mara. MARA LIASSON, BYLINE: Hi, David. GREENE: All right. So this is a president who has made a big deal of not showing his hand, especially when it comes to really important decisions as commander in chief. So what exactly is he doing here? Is he declaring that he's - there's an impending missile strike? LIASSON: Yes, he is. He's doing exactly what he
          ‘World must act on Houthi piracy,’ warns OIC      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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JEDDAH: The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has called on the global community to counter Houthi piracy and offer protection to international shipping in the Red Sea. OIC Secretary-General Dr. Yousef Al-Othaimeen condemned recent Houthi attacks on two Saudi oil tankers in the Strait of Bab Al-Mandeb, which he said “caused harm to the interests of all countries.”
Al-Othaimeen was speaking at a meeting of the permanent representatives of the 57 member states, held at the OIC headquarters in Jeddah on Wednesday.
The meeting was called by Saudi Arabia to discuss the Houthi attacks on the Saudi oil tankers, and the militia’s “targeting of freedom of navigation and international trade.”
Oil shipments through the strait were temporarily suspended on July 25 after the failed terror attack on the tankers.
Much of Europe’s crude oil imports from the Middle East pass through the Red Sea, while essential refined products from Europe are sent to the Middle East and Asia through the strait.
Al-Othaimeen told the OIC meeting on Wednesday that the Houthis, “which did not hesitate to target Makkah, the holiest place on earth, also targeted two Saudi oil tankers in the Bab Al-Mandeb strait in a series of terrorist acts against the territory of Saudi Arabia and its interests and residents.”
He reaffirmed the OIC’s condemnation of the militias for targeting international shipping and promised “full solidarity” with Saudi Arabia in the face of terrorism.
The Kingdom’s measures to “preserve its security, stability and territorial integrity” had the full backing of the OIC, he said.
Al-Othaimeen reiterated the OIC’s support for UN efforts to reach a political solution in Yemen that would reinforce the legitimate state authorities and deliver more humanitarian and development assistance.
He also praised the support and aid provided by Saudi Arabia’s King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and called on member states to continue to provide political, security, economic and financial support to the Yemeni government to aid reconstruction.
In a final communique, the OIC meeting said: “These heinous attacks are perpetrated amid similar terrorist operations by Iran-backed putschist Houthi militias against international maritime traffic and international trade. The laying of hundreds of naval mines is intended to cause damage to the interests of the countries of the region and the entire world, in total disregard for the possible disastrous environmental and economic repercussions of oil spills.”
The OIC urged the international community to condemn the attacks and counter “terrorist acts by the Yemeni militias and all those supporting and financing them” to ensure protection for international shipping.
It also called on the UN Security Council to implement resolutions to prevent the escalation of Houthi attacks, which increased regional tensions and the dangers of regional confrontation.
The council should “hold the Houthi militias and their Iranian sponsors accountable for countless crimes against international law,” the OIC said.
The meeting noted a recent UN panel’s report on Yemen that identified Iran’s supplying of Houthi militias with ballistic missiles and weapons as “a flagrant violation of Security Council resolutions.”

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          Saudi Arabia intercepts Houthi missile targeting Jazan      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Wed, 2018-08-08 22:11

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s Aerial Defense Forces intercepted a ballistic missile fired by Houthi militias in Yemen towards Jazan, Al-Arabiya reported.

The attack is the latest attempt by the Iran-backed militia to target the Kingdom.

There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage.

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          Trung Quốc thử nghiệm thành công tên lửa siêu thanh mới khiến Mỹ lo sốt vó      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Trung Quốc đã thử nghiệm thành công một loại tên lửa siêu thanh mới có khả năng qua mặt các hệ thống phòng thủ tên lửa của Mỹ nếu xảy ra một cuộc chiến trong thực tế.

Đây là lần thử nghiệm tên lửa siêu thanh đầu tiên của Trung Quốc. Mẫu tên lửa này có thể đem theo nhiều đầu đạn hạt nhân và đe dọa tới các hệ thống phòng thủ của đối phương vì không kịp quan sát trên radar.

Theo truyền thông Trung Quốc đưa tin, tên lửa siêu thanh của Trung Quốc đã được thử nghiệm tại phía Tây Bắc, Trung Quốc hôm thứ Sáu (3/8) tuần trước. Tên lửa siêu thanh Starry Sky 2 sở hữu tốc độ bay gấp 6 lần âm thanh và có thể mang theo nhiều đầu đạn hạt nhân.

Starry Sky 2 ban đầu được đưa lên không gian bằng tên lửa đẩy. Sau đó, Starry Sky 2 nhanh chóng tách khỏi thân tên lửa đẩy và lao nhanh tới mục tiêu đã định. Theo Học viện vũ khí không gian Trung Quốc, Starry Sky 2 có thể lao đi với tốc độ tối đa lên tới 7.344km/giờ.

Starry Sky 2 có thể lao đi với tốc độ tối đa lên tới 7.344km/giờ.

Cũng theo truyền thông Trung Quốc khẳng định, tên lửa đã hoàn thành thử nghiệm xuất sắc và đáp xuống mục tiêu giả định đúng như kế hoạch ban đầu.

Đây là lần đầu tiên Trung Quốc chính thức xác nhận đang phát triển vũ khí siêu thanh, mặc dù nhiều nguồn tin khẳng định, Trung Quốc đã bắt đầu nghiên cứu loại vũ khí đặc thù này từ năm 2014. Tên lửa siêu thanh sử dụng công nghệ có tên"waverider", một kỹ thuật dùng sóng xung kích để tạo lực nâng khí động học cho tên lửa nhằm đẩy tốc độ lên mức tối đa.

Không chỉ có Trung Quốc, Nga và Mỹ cũng là hai cường quốc đang chạy đua công nghệ sản xuất tên lửa siêu thanh.

Để chống đỡ lại tên lửa siêu thanh, tất nhiên cần có một hệ thống phòng thủ tiên tiến. Mặc dù vậy, hệ thống phòng thủ tên lửa của Mỹ đang bị chỉ trích vì giá thành lớn trong khi khả năng phát hiện mục tiêu, đánh chặn tên lửa siêu thanh còn gặp nhiều hạn chế vì nhất thời, công nghệ chưa thể theo kịp.

Theo Quartz, cơ quan phòng không chống tên lửa (Missile Defense Agency) đã yêu cầu khoản chi bổ sung lên tới 120 triệu USD trong kế hoạch ngân sách năm 2019 của chính quyền Trump. Số tiền này cao hơn rất nhiều so với con số 75 triệu USD trong năm 2018 nhưng sẽ góp phần cải tiến hệ thống phòng thủ tên lửa siêu thanh của nước Mỹ.

Tên lửa siêu thanh có quỹ đạo vô cùng khó lường.

Chia sẻ về mối tương quan quân sự giữa các nước, Đô đốc Harry Harris, cựu lãnh đạo Bộ Tư lệnh Thái Bình Dương Mỹ và hiện là đại sứ tại Hàn Quốc cho biết: "Nỗ lực phát triển vũ khí siêu thanh của Trung Quốc đang vượt xa chúng ta và nước Mỹ đang tụt lại phía sau".

Thậm chí Tổng tư lệnh không quân Mỹ John Hyten kiêm chỉ huy Bộ tư lệnh Chiến lược Mỹ từng khẳng định: "Chúng ta không có bất kỳ biện pháp nào để phòng thủ được trước loại vũ khí tấn công đó".

Hầu hết các hệ thống phòng thủ tên lửa hiện nay trên thế giới chỉ có khả năng đánh chặn các loại tên lửa hành trình và đạn đạo, những loại tên lửa với vận tốc thấp hơn và dễ dự đoán quỹ đạo. Trong khi đó, tên lửa siêu thanh có quỹ đạo vô cùng khó lường và là thách thức lớn đối với khả năng dự đoán của hệ thống phòng thủ hiện tại.
          Top US general displays massive idiocy, says US can't be friendly with Russia and China because of their hypersonic weapons      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Russia and China are not eligible for friendship with the United States because the two nations are developing hypersonic weapons that the US has no defense against, a top American general has declared. "You can't call them [Russia and China] our friends if they're building weapons that can destroy the United States of America, and, therefore, we have to develop the capability to respond," Air Force General John Hyten, commander of US Strategic Command, said at the Space and Missile Defense Symposium in Huntsville, Alabama. Hyten went on to reassure his audience that the Pentagon has close to a dozen programs aimed at developing and defending against hypersonic weapons. He also expressed regret that the US hadn't started working on such weapon systems "five years ago or ten years ago, because then we wouldn't be worried."
          Comment on Lesson 7: Handgun Defense to the Front (Midsection and Head) by dreamworx347@gmail.com      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Not trying to get involved in discussions from 8 months ago but just to simply say that seeing you take on instances such as these from your perspective as opposed to my Hapkido training... I choose your way! Hands down. The weapon is a tool and a tool is ineffective if it's method of control is disabled. From my experience in the military, it would be like trying to manhandle a C4 missile and keep it in the tube so it doesn't vaporize anyone when all you need to do is beat the crap out of the control panel! Beat the method of control into oblivion, tool is useless! Also, Special forces friend in an attempted car jacking... He reacted exactly like the SDC representative suggested. Car jacker reached into his truck, he grabbed the guys hand and rolled up the window and took him for a ride! It has been a few years since I initially heard this story, but I believe there were a few puncture marks in the car jacker's hand where the driver poked (to put it nicely) while he was making the turn. I have no issues beating an attacker with a road.....
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          Comment on Giving Trump Carte Blanche for War by Realist      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Not to worry. The Russians are implementing a counter-move even as we speak. They are surreptitiously arming the Inuit for a coup d'etat in Nunavut, after which the far northern Canadian territory will seek union with Siberia and house Russian bases with hypersonic missile batteries pointed at Midwestern American cities only 8-minutes flight time away. The ostensible purpose for the missiles will be to defend Russian targets from Mexican nuclear-tipped ICBM's, so Washington has no valid reason to object to these new deployments.
          Comment on Giving Trump Carte Blanche for War by Realist      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Do people realise how close we came to starting WWIII today when a NATO jet accidentally fired a live air-to-air missile on the Russian border in Estonia? What if that trigger-happy pilot had struck a Russian target, even though not intentionally? Would the maniacs in Washington find it unreasonable if Putin was not as restrained in his response as he was when a Russian plane was downed near the Turkish border in Syria? Would they have unleashed the nukes if Russian planes had shot back, defending their own frontier? This brinksmanship with Russia is madness. It's all fun and games until the world's cities start going up in mushroom clouds. https://www.rt.com/news/435479-estonia-nato-patrol-missile/
          Comment on Giving Trump Carte Blanche for War by CitizenOne      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
I have long wondered about our Navy and its utter vulnerability. Like ducks in a barrel there are a myriad of weapons systems that have no known defense against and the systems are multiplying at a brisk pace. Russia recently announced its stable of new weapons which could render our Navy incapable. We should have abandoned a fleet based defense as unworkable a long time ago. However the carrier based offensive strategy has been successfully deployed time and time again. Perhaps the reason that nations which have acquired these technologies choose not to use them or perhaps the developer nations have not supplied the technology to nations which we attack with Carrier fleets. Perhaps there is some fear that using these technologically advanced weapons platforms against an American fleet will result in nuclear retaliation if the naval resource is destroyed by obliterating it. But the fact is that these weapons platforms exist and there is no known countermeasure which can defeat them. Torpedoes that can travel at hundreds of miles per hour under water exist. Options include underwater detonations which can crack carrier hulls like eggs. Cruise missiles like the French Exocet can fly under the radar and are virtually undetectable hence unstoppable. Couple that with our recent multiple collisions with fishing trawlers and you have to wonder if we are really prepared to defend ourselves even from incidental mishaps. Apparently we are not. But all of these uncontrollable risks seems to not deter our reliance or continued use of ships to launch attacks. It is logical to assume that sooner or later existing technology will be used to thwart US naval capabilities to launch attacks with devastating effect. What would the US do if a carrier was sunk? Likely it would result, given the complete media control by the MIC, to result in a redo of the sinking of the USS Maine in Havana Harbor. The press would bring the nation to war against some enemy (Russia) even if the true perpetrator was not immediately known. We have recently seen such media based and supported rush to judgements against Syria for the various Sarin gas attacks with the resulting launch of cruise missiles in retaliation. The proposed bill would make such instantaneous actions based on cooked up evidence lawful. Not surprised that the bill was introduced. It is just a legal fig leaf covering the current practice of making up any story and taking immediate actions be they military or political such as economic sanctions based on flimsy or unsupported evidence which is what has been happening in countries like Syria and Ukraine. The proposed law would enshrine and justify such actions in the future as unquestionable and seditious if opposed. It seems a logical next step to codify and justify current practices. On the other hand we should be alarmed that there is a proposed law that would allow current practices to become unquestionable under the law and could silence dissent with incarceration. This proposed law would become just another piece in the puzzle which enables the US to justify any military action based on any accusation or allegation even if untested and unproven against perceived enemies. This is a scary scenario given we are already conducting foreign affairs according to the principle of "Ready-Fire-Aim".
          Houthi Missile Interception Results in One Death, 11 Injuries – Saudi Coalition      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Reported by RIA Nov. 2 hours ago.
          Google Doodle celebrates the life and legacy of first Native American female engineer      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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This post is part of Mashable's ongoing series The Women Fixing STEM, which highlights trailblazing women in science, tech, engineering, and math, as well as initiatives and organizations working to close the industries' gender gaps.

Google just debuted a new Doodle to honor the life and legacy of Mary G. Ross, the first Native American engineer. 

Ross, a Cherokee citizen, was born in 1908, excelled in math as a student, and ultimately became the first female engineer at Lockheed Missiles & Space Company. Though much of her work remains classified, she helped develop the conceptual design of the Agena rocket and was a member of teams that sent missions to Mars and Venus.  Read more...

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          10 Powerful War Room Prayers to Help You Fight Your Spiritual Battles      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

"Lord, we need a generation of believers who are not ashamed of the gospel. We need an army of believers who hate to be lukewarm and will stand on Your Word above all else. Raise 'em up, Lord. Raise them up."War Room: Prayer Is a Powerful Weapon by Chris Fabry

The minute we receive Jesus Christ as our Savior, we enter a battlefield.

The battlefield is our Christian life, the enemy is Satan, the target is our soul and the battle plan is God's Word.

The trick is recognizing the true enemy. He is a master at disguising himself as our boss, the mean neighbor down the street, the old bully from high school or the co-worker who is always nitpicking at everything we do.

But God's Word says that we are not to go to war against flesh and blood, against people, against the tangible things we can see because they are just tools.

This would be like an army choosing to go to war against machine guns, grenades and missiles; and thinking that once they eradicated those that they had won the battle. Weaponry is just a tool. The enemy is the one using the weaponry. He is the one we need to defeat.

We need to target specific areas of our personal lives, because we need to bathe ourselves in prayer as much as we need to bathe others in prayer. Satan is battling for your soul as much as he is battling for the souls of your friends and loved ones!

This is why I provided these 10 verses on strength.

You can also find war room verses for:

You can also find these war room verses for when you don't feel good enough, verses to begin your war room and these 10 most popular verses in the Bible.

Because while the Christian life is a battle, God never meant for us to live under pressure and stressed out. What kind of a testimony would that be? Why would anyone want to become a Christian if all they see are a bunch of stressed-out Christians under pressure all the time?

Paul said, "For the kingdom of God is...righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit."

10 War Room Verses on Spiritual Warfare

Keep them at your fingertips. Memorize them and refer to them daily.

1. Romans 8:37: "No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us."

2. Zechariah 4:6b: "Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit, says the Lord of Hosts."

3. Matthew 18:18-19: "Truly I say to you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. Again I say to you, that if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by My Father who is in heaven."

4. 1 John 4:4, "You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world."

5. Ephesians 6:11-18: "Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints—"

6. James 4:7: "Therefore submit yourselves to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you."

7. 2 Corinthians 10:3-5: For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds, casting down imaginations and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ."

8. 1 Peter 5:8-9: "Be sober and watchful, because your adversary the devil walks around as a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him firmly in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world."

9. Colossians 2:15: "And having disarmed authorities and power, He made a show of them openly, triumphing over them by the cross."

10. Revelation 12:11: "They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they loved not their lives unto the death." {eoa}

Rosilind Jukic, a Pacific Northwest native, is a missionary living in Croatia and married to her hero. Together they live in the country with their two active boys, where she enjoys fruity candles and a hot cup of herbal tea on a blustery fall evening. She holds an associate degree in practical theology and is passionate about discipling and encouraging women. Her passion for writing led her to author a number of books. She is the author of "A Little R & R," where she encourages women to find contentment in what God created them to be. She can also be found at these other places on a regular basis. You may follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Google +.

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          That XKCD on voting machine software is wrong      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The latest XKCD comic on voting machine software is wrong, profoundly so. It's the sort of thing that appeals to our prejudices, but mistakes the details.


Accidents vs. attack

The biggest flaw is that the comic confuses accidents vs. intentional attack. Airplanes and elevators are designed to avoid accidental failures. If that's the measure, then voting machine software is fine and perfectly trustworthy. Such machines are no more likely to accidentally record a wrong vote than the paper voting systems they replaced -- indeed less likely. The reason we have electronic voting machines in the first place was due to the "hanging chad" problem in the Bush v. Gore election of the year 2000. After that election, a wave of new, software-based, voting machines replaced the older inaccurate paper machines.

The question is whether software voting machines can be attacked. Well, if that's the measure, then airplanes aren't safe at all. Security against human attack consists of the entire infrastructure outside the plane, such as TSA forcing us to take off our shoes, to trade restrictions to prevent the proliferation of Stinger missiles.

Confusing the two, accidents vs. attack, is used here because it makes the reader feel superior. We get to mock and feel superior to those stupid software engineers for not living up to what's essentially a fictional standard of reliability.

To repeat: software is better than the mechanical machines they replaced, which is why there are so many software-based machines in the United States. The issue isn't normal accuracy, but their robustness against a different standard, against attack -- a standard which airplanes and elevators suck at.

The problems are as much hardware as software

Last year at the DEF CON hacking conference they had an "Election Hacking Village" where they hacked a number of electronic voting machines. Most of those "hacks" were against the hardware, such as soldering on a JTAG device or accessing USB ports. Other errors have been voting machines being sold on eBay whose data wasn't wiped, allowing voter records to be recovered.

What we want to see is hardware designed more like an iPhone, where the FBI can't decrypt a phone even when they really really want to. This requires special chips, such as secure enclaves, signed boot loaders, and so on. Only once we get the hardware right can we complain about the software being deficient.

To be fair, software problems were also found at DEF CON, like an exploit over WiFi. Though, a lot of problems are questionable whether the fault lies in the software design or the hardware design, fixable in either one. The situation is better described as the entire design being flawed, from the "requirements",  to the high-level system "architecture", and lastly to the actual "software" code.

It's lack of accountability/fail-safes

We imagine the threat is that votes can be changed in the voting machine, but it's more profound than that. The problem is that votes can be changed invisibly. The first change experts want to see is adding a paper trail, rather than fixing bugs.

Consider "recounts". With many of today's electronic voting machines, this is meaningless, with nothing to recount. The machine produces a number, and we have nothing else to test against whether that number is correct or false. You can press a button and do an instant recount, but it won't tell you any other answer than the original one.

A paper trail changes this. After the software voting machine records the votes, it prints them to paper for the voter to check. This retains the features of better user-interface design than the horrible punch-hole machines of yore, and retains the feature of quick and cheap vote tabulation, so we know the results of the election quickly. But, if there's an irregularity, there exists an independent record that we can go back, with some labor, and verify.

It's like fail-systems in industrial systems, where we are less concerned about whether the normal systems have an error, but much more concerned about whether the fail-safe system works. It's like how famously Otis is not the inventor of elevators, but the inventor of elevator brakes that will safely stop the car from plummeting to your death if the cable snaps.

What's lacking in election machines therefore is not good or bad software engineering, but the failure of anybody to create fail-safes in the design, fail-safes that will work regardless of how the software works.

It's not just voting machines

It's actually really hard for the Russians to hack voting machines, as they have to be attacked them on a one-by-one basis. It's hard for a mass hack that affects them all.

It's much easier to target the back-end systems that tabulate the votes, which are more often normal computers connected to the Internet.

In addition, there are other ways that hackers can target elections. For example, the political divide in America between rural (Republican) and urban (Democrat) voters is well known. An attack against traffic lights, causing traffic jams, is enough to swing the vote slightly in the direction of rural voters. That makes a difference in places like last night's by-election in Ohio where a House candidate won by a mere 1,700 votes.

Voting machines are important, but there's way to much focus on them as if they are the only target to worry about.

Conclusion

The humor of this comic rests on smug superiority. But it's wrong. It's applying a standard (preventing accidents) against a completely different problem (stopping attackers) -- software voting machines are actually better against accidents than the paper machines they replace. It's ignoring the problems, which are often more system and hardware design than software. It ignores the solution, which isn't to fix software bugs, but to provide an independent, auditable paper trail.



          RANDLE'S ROSWELL REPORT      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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Kevin Randle, a full-time writer of more than 100 books of fiction and nonfiction, over 15 books about UFOs (was also an Army helicopter pilot and Air Force intelligence officer, including a Ph.D. in psychology), speaks about his investigation into the infamous crash of an alleged alien aircraft on a ranch near Roswell, New Mexico about July 2, 1947.

The book has chronologies of events that Randle discovered over the years, including interviews with witnesses that were still alive during his research. Consequently, Randle begins to discover a number of discrepancies to the popular “spaceship crash” theory. Likewise, Randle cannot completely ignore the testimony of various witnesses and documents that, if authentic, would mean a cover-up of sorts existed concerning the July, 1947 “crash.” 

Dr. Kevin D. Randle (born 1949), is a prominent ufologist. Within the UFO community he is often regarded as one of the preeminent experts on the reported crash of a UFO near Roswell, New Mexico in July 1947.

A professional writer with more than 80 books to his credit, Randle is perhaps best known for his books about UFOs and the Roswell story. While the vast majority of his books are science fiction and historical fiction, it’s his books on the alleged UFO crash at Roswell, New Mexico in 1947 that have exerted an enormous influence on those interested in the saga

http://www.garuda.co/lt-col-kevin-randle-phd-usa/.

 

(Roswell Revisited, Kevin Randle, Ph.D., Glade Press, Inc., P.O. Box 460, Lakeville, Minnesota 55044-0460, www.galdepress.com, 2007, 176 pages, $12.95.)

“On the pro side there is little documentation, but solid eyewitness testimony. These were the men who should have known about the crash based on who they were,” says Randle. “Many of them, when interviewed, did confirm they knew and even suggested an extraterrestrial explanation.There is limited documentation, but there is some…and there is the reacting to something extraordinary…this lack of information about what was happening at the top of the military pyramid is not surprising.” (pp. 174-175.)

EARLY WITNESSES       

Some of the early comments of witnesses somehow attached to the Roswell UFO incident can also be divided into “against, for, or undecided” categories.

Major Jesse Marcel, the Air Intelligence Officer at the Roswell Army Field, was ordered by Colonel William Blanchard to investigate a “debris field” discovered by ranch foreman Mack Brazel on a ranch near Corona, New Mexico. Marcel took along counter-intelligence corps officer Captain Sheridan Cavitt. Brazel’s discovery seemed to be around July 2 to 5, 1947; however, Brazel told the Roswell Dailey Record the discovery had been in June, 1947.

Randle constructs a list of witnesses and their opinions as to what they saw. Erdmann summarized a few; the reader can search further in Randle’s book.

The combination of biologically inspired technology, engineering and IT could allow 'morphing wing' aircraft to be developed, offering huge operational benefits, improved efficiencies and enhanced safety performance.

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A concept design illustration developed by NASA during its 'Morphing Project'; the core goal was to identify enabling technologies but this model famously caught the public eye in 2001.

http://www.airforce-technology.com/features/feature91197/feature91197-1.html.

 

#  Mack Brazel: “Rubber strips, tin foil, a rather tough paper and sticks.” “…a bundle about three feet long and seven or eight inches thick, while the rubber made a bundle about 18 or 20 inches long and about eight inches thick…” “…I am sure what I found was not any weather observation balloon.”

(Erdmann theorized that this description may have been due to military intimidation during Brazel’s so-called ‘arrest.’ There was, also, possible confusion of his ‘find’ of a genuine balloon crash earlier in June, 1947.)  

# Technical Sargent Ernest Robert Robbins, according to his wife Anne, was a participant in the recovery of a “saucer-shaped (craft) and that was a top layer that was oblong and had windows in it…three people…one was dead and two were alive.”

#  Master Sargent Lewis Rickett, on a visit to the crash site, handled “a light weight piece of metal that was slightly curved and about eighteen inches long…feather light and may be flimsy…he could not bend it.”

#  Sargent Thomas Gonzales, a member of the Transportation Section, was asked to assist in the “sweep” of the 1947 crash site. He said he witnessed an “air foil” and “little men.”   

#  A “Sargent Johnson” was a member of the 1395th MP Company, and took about a dozen soldiers to the crash site. The craft appeared to be about fourteen feet in diameter, very light, and shared four creatures, three were dead. Johnson was told that the bodies were taken to the Wright Field in Dayton, Ohio.   

(Discrepancies existed as to how many crash victims were found, and how many were alive or dead, and when the deaths happened.)

#  Major Jesse Marcel described the material as being as thin as “newsprint,” yet so strong that a sledge hammer couldn’t dent it. There were small I-beams. “…it could not have been part of an aircraft, not part of any kind of weather balloon or experimental balloon…was not part of an aircraft, not a missile or rocket.”   

#  Colonel William Blanchard was the commander of the 509th Bomb Group at the Roswell Army Airfield in July, 1947. It was Blanchard that directed Lieutenant Walter Haut, the Publicity Information Officer, to release a press release on July 8 that “flying saucer” wreckage had been recovered and sent to higher headquarters.

Randle tells of some of the officers who defended the claim but also some who debunked the story of a 1947 alien craft.  

PRO  

#  Colonel Thomas Dubois, Chief of Staff of the Eighth Air Force, said that orders had come down from the Strategic Air Command headquarters and Major General McMullen “that the officers were not to talk about this among themselves.” In August 1990, DuBois said: "Nobody, wife, me, with Ramey, with anyone.” 

#  Joe Briley, operations officer for the 509th, told Randle that in July 1947 he was a squadron commander at that time, and he did know that Blanchard had gone out to the crash site. Briley said that most stories were “changed and hushed up immediately as soon as the people from Washington arrived.” Briley said that Blanchard, who had been a close friend, “was not stupid enough to call a weather balloon something else.”

#  Patrick Saunders was the base adjutant and member of the primary staff on the Roswell Air Field in July 1947. Saunders wrote on the first page of the book The Truth about the UFO Crash at Roswell: “Here’s the truth and I still haven’t told anybody anything!” Saunders told close friends that officers of the 509th Group were “confronted with a technology greater than that of Earth.”

#  Edwin Easley was the Provost Marshal at the Roswell Army Airfield in July 1947, responsible for security and police functions. Easley usually avoided conversation on the topic by saying it was classified and that “he had confirmed” in February 1991 that Mack Brazel had “been held at the guest house on the base.” (Brazel referred to this as ‘jail.’) “If you are not allowed to leave and there is a guard on the door, it is, basically, the same thing,” says Randle. 

When questioned if the craft was of extraterrestrial origin, Easley said: “Let me put it this way. That’s not the wrong path.”

#  Former 1st Lieutenant Chester Barton was told by Easley to go out to the crash site. “…the remains of a crashed aircraft…military police were using Geiger counters and that they did detect some radiation in certain spots,” says Randle, “…weren’t any large pieces.”  Barton said: “I know it was a hush-hush deal and Easley told us to keep our mouths shut.”

#  Oliver “Pappy” Henderson flew some of the wreckage on to Wright Field. Henderson told his wife, Sappho, that he had seen the bodies of the crash victims: “These were drawings of small creatures with big heads and large eyes,” says Randle. “Slender creatures that seemed to be frail.”  

#  Lloyd Thompson and Robert Slusher were part of the crew that flew the bodies out of Roswell on a B-29 to Fort Worth where they were met by six people. One person was an undertaker, Lieutenant Felix Martucci, who has fervidly refused to comment to date.

CON

Some testimony raised questions about the authenticity and connections to the 1947 crash. 

#  Lieutenant Colonel Robert Barrowclough was an executive officer that said (during various interviews) that he was one of the pilots who flew the strange metallic debris out of Roswell. Robert Porter and other members of the 509th Bomb Group suggested that Barrowclough had flown with Major Marcel on the July 8 trip to Fort Worth as Aircraft Commander.

Records showed, however, that Barrowclough was on leave. Morning Reports show that Barrowclough returned from leave on July 9: he was not there to take the July 8 flight.

#  Martin Jorgans claimed to be a civilian working for the military in 1947 in search of drone jet aircraft that crashed near Roswell on July 3. They discovered a craft with “stubby…curved-back wings…about twenty feet long and only 12 to 14 feet wide.” There were three reported creatures.

However, “there are no records to corroborate this,” (unfortunately) says Randle, “…using radar to track it is also a worry, given the nature of the terrain and the locations of the various radars in 1947…the search probably would have been conducted by aircraft and not guys in a jeep.”  

#  Counter-intelligence corps officer, then Captain Sheridan Cavitt (who accompanied Jesse Marcel to the “debris field”) told Colonel Richard Weaver that “he (Cavitt) knew immediately that it was a balloon.” Captain Weaver was the author of the July, 1994 23-page “Report of the Air Force Research Regarding the Roswell Incident.”  

#  Bessie Brazel Schrieber, the daughter of Mack Brazel, said that she, and her brother Vernon, helped pick up debris into four burlap sacks. Bessie recalled the material as nothing but pieces of a balloon (there possibly was confusion over a balloon found earlier in June, 1947, as well as, Mack Brazel’s intimidation by the military about his descriptions of the material).  

#  Former Captain and Ph.D. (doctor) Lorenzo Kent Kimball was the medical supply officer at Roswell in July 1947. Randle says that Kimball knew doctors, nurses, enlisted men, pilots and officers at Roswell Air Field. “He is emphatic in his opinion that nothing happened,” says Randle, “that the story of the preliminary autopsy at Roswell is false, and the whole idea of a flying saucer crash is without merit.”

BIG BRASS     

In 1947 Colonel (later Brigadier General) Thomas J. DuBose was the Chief of Staff of the Eighth Air Force stationed at the, then, Fort Worth Army Air Field. He was ordered by Major General Clements McMullen (Deputy Commander of the Strategic Air Command) to inquire about the material at Roswell. DuBose was ordered to send the material to McMullen, who, in turn, forwarded it to Nathan F. Twining at the Air Material Command.

This article continues tomorrow June 5, 2015!  http://ufodigest.com/article/randle-0605

If you would like more information on Roswell Revisted simply click on this link: Roswell Revisited

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          8/9/2018: IRANIAN DIPLOMAT ‘LED SPY NETWORK IN EUROPE’      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Iran is running a wide-ranging espionage network across Europe with the aim of procuring technology to boost the country’s missile arsenal, disrupt opposition groups and carry out targeted assassinations. Opposition sources and intelligence reports...
          China Just Tested A Hypersonic Missile The US Can't Defend Against      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

China claims to have successfully tested a new hypersonic missile that would be capable of penetrating any missile defense system in the world.

The Starry Sky-2, which is an experimental design known as “waverider,” rides the shock waves generated during flight. The missile could one day carry conventional and or nuclear warheads undetected through US missile defense shields.

According to the China Academy of Aerospace Aerodynamics (CAAA), an aerodynamic research institution in Beijing and part of the state-owned China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASTC), conducted the hypersonic missile test in northwestern China last Friday.

The CAAA released a statement issued on Monday, indicating the Starry Sky-2 was carried into space by a solid-propellant rocket before separating.

CAAA images of the rocket launching the Starry Sky-2 to the upper atmosphere (Source/WeChat)

Video: Starry Sky-2 Launch

After separation, it descended to lower altitudes as it autonomously conducted extreme turning manoeuvers, reaching Mach 5.5 for more than 400 seconds, and reached a top speed of Mach 6, or 7,344km/h (4,563mph), the CAAA WeChat statement said.

The test was deemed a “complete success,” stated CAAA, which posted a series of behind the scenes images of the experiment on social media. “The Starry Sky-2 flight test project was strongly innovative and technically difficult, confronting a number of cutting-edge international technical challenges.”

However, the CAAA did not mention what the intended purpose of the missile would be used for, other than commenting on how hypersonic technologies could further China’s aerospace industry.

Although, the missile is still in the development stage and probably a few years out from series production, waveriders could be used to carry conventional and or nuclear warheads capable of penetrating the world’s most advanced anti-missile defense systems.

Earlier this year, Gen. John Hyten, commander of U.S. Strategic Command, told the Senate Armed Services Committee that the US is extremely vulnerable to future attack via hypersonic missiles.

“The first, most important message I want to deliver today is that the forces under my command are fully ready to deter our adversaries and respond decisively, should deterrence ever fail. We are ready for all threats. No one should doubt this,” Gen. Hyten said in his opening statement.

However, in a follow-on conversation with Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Oklahoma, Hyten cautioned:

“we [US] don’t have any defense that could deny the employment of such a weapon [hypersonic missiles] against us.”

Hyten suggested the US is powerless against hypersonic weapon threats and has to rely on nuclear deterrence.

Hyten added, “so our response would be our deterrent force which would be the triad and the nuclear capabilities that we have to respond to such a threat.”

In mid-April, Lockheed Martin announced that it had won a $928 million contract to develop a hypersonic missile for the Air Force to counter Chinese and Russian missile defense systems.

During the recent discussion at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) in Washington, D.C., Gen. Paul Selva, vice-chairman of the Joint Chiefs, said China has yet to “mass deploy hypersonics or long-range [tactical] ballistic missiles,” however, “they are able now to deploy those capabilities at a large scale” if they decide to move in that direction, he added.

Gen. Selva then dropped a bombshell indicating the Pentagon is behind in the demonstration of hypersonic technologies, but he did mention that the Pentagon still holds an advantage when it comes to sensor and sensor-integration technologies.

“If we just sit back and don’t react we will lose our technological superiority” over China, Selva said.

Beijing-based military analyst Zhou Chenming told the South China Morning Post that Starry Sky-2 would be used for carrying conventional warheads rather than nuclear ones, adding that such a capability was not in the immediate future.

“I think there are still three to five years before this technology can be weaponized,” he said. “As well as being fitted to missiles, it may also have other military applications, which are still being explored.”

The Starry Sky-2 is not China’s first rodeo operating in the hypersonic space — it has been testing hypersonic missiles since 2014, but the latest test is the first to make use of waverider technology.

Mike Griffin, a former Nasa administrator and now the Pentagon’s defense undersecretary for research and engineering, warned earlier this year that China had built “a pretty mature system” for a hypersonic missile to strike from thousands of miles away.

To sum up, this is it – the dying American empire is behind the hypersonic technology curve, as it may suggest: The US could lose its military technological superiority to China sometime in the mid/late 2020s, if it does not properly allocate enough investments into hypersonic technologies.

We then ask the question: What comes next if Washington’s power slips in the Pacific? Well, you guessed it... War.


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HUNTSVILLE Ala. — Transitioning into civilian life after serving in the armed forces can be difficult. Veterans have many things to adjust to and for some, that includes finding a new job. “I decided to serve and join the army because I needed direction, I needed structure,” said Sergeant Major Heather Smith, of the Space and Missile Defense Command. “I needed to go and do something greater.” Now, almost 25 years later Smith is transitioning out of the Army. She […]
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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — The Space and Missile Defense Symposium is all about the future.  That’s a fair statement, and so is this, “It’s the only symposium in the world that focuses exclusively on space and missile defense,” said Bob McCaleb, the Lead Executive at Northrop Grumman in Huntsville. The SMD Symposium has been bringing government, military, and industry together for 21 years. “And what excites me is we’ve got small, medium and large companies here to actually get together. Customers […]
          U.S. can't be trusted, Iran's Rouhani tells North Korea      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani told North Korea's foreign minister that the United States cannot be trusted, Tehran's state media said, as the United States seeks a deal to rein in the North's nuclear and missile programs.

          As rocket launches top 150, IDF says it struck over 100 Hamas targets      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Israeli army struck over 100 Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip Wednesday night in response to continuous barrages of rockets fired at Israel from the territory, the IDF said early Thursday. The military said over 150 rockets and mortar shells were launched at Israeli communities since Wednesday evening. Most of the rockets hit open areas. The Iron Dome defense system — which targets only missiles projected to strike communities — destroyed 25 of the rockets.
          Google Doodle celebrates the life and legacy of first Native American female engineer      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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This post is part of Mashable's ongoing series The Women Fixing STEM, which highlights trailblazing women in science, tech, engineering, and math, as well as initiatives and organizations working to close the industries' gender gaps.

Google just debuted a new Doodle to honor the life and legacy of Mary G. Ross, the first Native American engineer. 

Ross, a Cherokee citizen, was born in 1908, excelled in math as a student, and ultimately became the first female engineer at Lockheed Missiles & Space Company. Though much of her work remains classified, she helped develop the conceptual design of the Agena rocket and was a member of teams that sent missions to Mars and Venus.  Read more...

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          U.S. can't be trusted, Iran's Rouhani tells North Korea      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani told North Korea's foreign minister that the United States cannot be trusted, Tehran's state media said, as the United States seeks a deal to rein in the North's nuclear and missile programmes.

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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani told North Korea's foreign minister that the United States cannot be trusted, Tehran's state media said, as the United States seeks a deal to rein in the North's nuclear and missile programs.
          8/9/2018: WORLD: Spanish jet accidentally fires missile above Estonia      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Spain’s defence ministry has opened an investigation after one of its Eurofighter jets accidentally fired a missile in the skies over Estonia during a routine training mission. “A Spanish Eurofighter based in Lithuania accidentally fired a missile...
          Navy Evaluating Possible Columbia-class Sub Delays Caused by Missile Tube Weld Issues      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
General Dynamics Electric Boat and the Navy are evaluating the potential of missile tube welding issues identified by a subcontractor to delay construction of the first Columbia-class submarines, the next block of Virginia-class submarines and for the British Dreadnought-class submarines. The Navy and Electric Boat teams are working to understand the scope of the problem and […]
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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani told North Korea's foreign minister that the United States cannot be trusted, Tehran's state media said, as the United States seeks a deal to rein in the North's nuclear and missile programmes.

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CA-El Segundo, Long Term Temp Assignment Description/Comment: Working in the Space and Airborne Systems business unit of the company, you can contribute to cutting edge technologies across surface, air, cyber and space domains, supporting precision engagement, missile defense, homeland security, integrated communications, and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance. Candidates have the opportunity to work
          150-200 rockets launched from Gaza into Israel during the night; IAF strike over 100 targets in Gaza      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Several hurt in Israel, including a woman seriously injured. Reports in Gaza about 3 people dead from IAF strikes: One militant and also a pregnant woman and her infant daughter. A female foreign worker from Thailand was seriously injured early Thursday morning when a rocket launched from the Gaza Strip hit a home in the Eshkol regional council. She suffered injuries to her abdomen and limbs. Another person was lightly injured. Rocket barrages by the Hamas group continued throughout the night. Over 150 rockets and mortar shells were launched at Israeli communities since Wednesday evening. Most of the rockets hit open areas. The Iron Dome defense system (which targets only missiles projected to strike communities) destroyed 25 of the rockets. However, several hit homes and factories in Israeli communities, causing damage. One barrage that slammed into the town of Sderot Wednesday evening injured 3 Israelis. Two pregnant women who went into labor were treated for panic. In response to the attacks, the Israeli army said it struck over 100 Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip overnight. The military said its raids targeted training compounds as well as weapons manufacturing facilities and storage warehouses. The air force also targeted one car that was being used by Hamas militants to launch rockets at Israel from the Strip. One Hamas operative was reportedly killed in the airstrike. Unconfirmed reports claimed he was the relative of a senior Hamas commander. Hamas said a 23-year-old pregnant woman and her infant daughter were killed in another strike. The woman's husband was reported moderately injured. There was no immediate comment from Israel. Following the attacks from Gaza, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman met overnight with senior officers from the IDF and other security services at the military's headquarters in Tel Aviv, to discuss the situation and decide on a course of action. ************************************************************************ Photos: Strikes on Hamas targets in Gaza during the night, and rocket hits inside Israeli comunity earlier today, from which a woman was seriously injured (last photo) Vids: IAF strikes in Gaza, and Iron Dome interception above town of Netivot
          Israel strikes 140 Gaza targets in response to 150 Hamas rockets (VIDEO)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Preview The IDF has conducted another series of air strikes against at least 20 alleged Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip, after the militant group fired over 150 projectiles into southern Israel.
Read Full Article at RT.com
          Estonia struggles to find missile accidentally fired by NATO jet policing Russian border      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Preview Following a full day of extensive searches, Estonian authorities are 95% certain that they’ve located the likely landing site of the air-to-air missile fired “accidentally” by a Spanish fighter jet during a NATO training mission.
Read Full Article at RT.com
          VIDEO captures chaotic scenes in southern Israel as 150 rockets fired from Gaza      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Preview Over 150 rockets were fired towards Israel from Gaza on Wednesday, 25 of which were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system, the Israeli military said, announcing retaliatory strikes against Hamas targets.
Read Full Article at RT.com
          Britain’s £31 billion next-gen nuclear missiles at risk of delay due to faulty US welding      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Preview The UK’s next-generation nuclear missiles, which are set to cost £31 billion ($40 billion), are facing delays due to the discovery of faulty welding in ballistic missile tubes designed and manufactured in the United States.
Read Full Article at RT.com
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          China Just Tested A Hypersonic Missile The US Can't Defend Against      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

China claims to have successfully tested a new hypersonic missile that would be capable of penetrating any missile defense system in the world.

The Starry Sky-2, which is an experimental design known as “waverider,” rides the shock waves generated during flight. The missile could one day carry conventional and or nuclear warheads undetected through US missile defense shields.

According to the China Academy of Aerospace Aerodynamics (CAAA), an aerodynamic research institution in Beijing and part of the state-owned China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASTC), conducted the hypersonic missile test in northwestern China last Friday.

The CAAA released a statement issued on Monday, indicating the Starry Sky-2 was carried into space by a solid-propellant rocket before separating.

CAAA images of the rocket launching the Starry Sky-2 to the upper atmosphere (Source/WeChat)

Video: Starry Sky-2 Launch

After separation, it descended to lower altitudes as it autonomously conducted extreme turning manoeuvers, reaching Mach 5.5 for more than 400 seconds, and reached a top speed of Mach 6, or 7,344km/h (4,563mph), the CAAA WeChat statement said.

The test was deemed a “complete success,” stated CAAA, which posted a series of behind the scenes images of the experiment on social media. “The Starry Sky-2 flight test project was strongly innovative and technically difficult, confronting a number of cutting-edge international technical challenges.”

However, the CAAA did not mention what the intended purpose of the missile would be used for, other than commenting on how hypersonic technologies could further China’s aerospace industry.

Although, the missile is still in the development stage and probably a few years out from series production, waveriders could be used to carry conventional and or nuclear warheads capable of penetrating the world’s most advanced anti-missile defense systems.

Earlier this year, Gen. John Hyten, commander of U.S. Strategic Command, told the Senate Armed Services Committee that the US is extremely vulnerable to future attack via hypersonic missiles.

“The first, most important message I want to deliver today is that the forces under my command are fully ready to deter our adversaries and respond decisively, should deterrence ever fail. We are ready for all threats. No one should doubt this,” Gen. Hyten said in his opening statement.

However, in a follow-on conversation with Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Oklahoma, Hyten cautioned:

“we [US] don’t have any defense that could deny the employment of such a weapon [hypersonic missiles] against us.”

Hyten suggested the US is powerless against hypersonic weapon threats and has to rely on nuclear deterrence.

Hyten added, “so our response would be our deterrent force which would be the triad and the nuclear capabilities that we have to respond to such a threat.”

In mid-April, Lockheed Martin announced that it had won a $928 million contract to develop a hypersonic missile for the Air Force to counter Chinese and Russian missile defense systems.

During the recent discussion at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) in Washington, D.C., Gen. Paul Selva, vice-chairman of the Joint Chiefs, said China has yet to “mass deploy hypersonics or long-range [tactical] ballistic missiles,” however, “they are able now to deploy those capabilities at a large scale” if they decide to move in that direction, he added.

Gen. Selva then dropped a bombshell indicating the Pentagon is behind in the demonstration of hypersonic technologies, but he did mention that the Pentagon still holds an advantage when it comes to sensor and sensor-integration technologies.

“If we just sit back and don’t react we will lose our technological superiority” over China, Selva said.

Beijing-based military analyst Zhou Chenming told the South China Morning Post that Starry Sky-2 would be used for carrying conventional warheads rather than nuclear ones, adding that such a capability was not in the immediate future.

“I think there are still three to five years before this technology can be weaponized,” he said. “As well as being fitted to missiles, it may also have other military applications, which are still being explored.”

The Starry Sky-2 is not China’s first rodeo operating in the hypersonic space — it has been testing hypersonic missiles since 2014, but the latest test is the first to make use of waverider technology.

Mike Griffin, a former Nasa administrator and now the Pentagon’s defense undersecretary for research and engineering, warned earlier this year that China had built “a pretty mature system” for a hypersonic missile to strike from thousands of miles away.

To sum up, this is it – the dying American empire is behind the hypersonic technology curve, as it may suggest: The US could lose its military technological superiority to China sometime in the mid/late 2020s, if it does not properly allocate enough investments into hypersonic technologies.

We then ask the question: What comes next if Washington’s power slips in the Pacific? Well, you guessed it... War.


          8月8日(水)のつぶやき その3      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

文科省、詫び科研費はいいから詫び人件費よこせ。それで何人救えると思ってるんだ。院生、ポスドク、事務職、図書館…

— ursus (@ursus21627082) 2018年8月6日 - 23:10

Iran successfully overhauls Mirage F1 - alert5.com/2018/08/07/ira… pic.twitter.com/kC48OKMtr7

— Alert 5 (@alert5) 2018年8月7日 - 13:18

1歳歳食いました。 pic.twitter.com/9I0oh462uQ

— 観音旭光の両刀使い@C94日東W22b (@ponchan1791) 2018年8月8日 - 14:08

@kwat_01 ありがとうございます! 東のベストセラー銃の歳となってしまいました。

— 観音旭光の両刀使い@C94日東W22b (@ponchan1791) 2018年8月8日 - 16:24

@hoi_yutenji ありがとうございます! タイコンデロガはスプルーアンス級に載せた無理矢理感とミサイル発射機が良いですよね。

— 観音旭光の両刀使い@C94日東W22b (@ponchan1791) 2018年8月8日 - 17:07

北方領土もめちゃくちゃ暑くて、現地の住民に「いつもこんなに暑いんですか?」って聞いたら「このぐらいになることもないではないが先日まではめっちゃ寒かった。日本人が来たのであったかくなった」と言われ、松岡修造氏の気持ちがちょっとわかりました

— ユーリィ・イズムィコ (@CCCP1917) 2018年8月8日 - 17:18

みんな残業なんかしてないで早く帰るんだ pic.twitter.com/HVuTveYHsd

— おれのすけ (@nkfluss) 2018年8月8日 - 17:53

「ひばりが通り過ぎ、少女がやってきて、後からヤギが追ってくる」と書くとほのぼのしてるが、全部日本に突っ込んでくる台風だからなこれ。

— ユキカゼ (@NAVY_ICHIHO) 2018年8月8日 - 17:18

観音旭光の両刀使いさんは…
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#あなたは賢いかおバカ
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へへへへへ!

— 観音旭光の両刀使い@C94日東W22b (@ponchan1791) 2018年8月8日 - 18:33

TwitterウケのいいRolleiflex、これ一択ではw pic.twitter.com/mJfsqAc00r

— 旭コンタックス (@chaso_photo) 2018年8月8日 - 17:48

三菱自 益子修CEOのインビュー記事
ヤフコメで物凄い数の批判

「この経営者に違和感 」
「AIが経営判断した方が、上手くいくと思う 」
「CEOがこれじゃ、・・・」
「なぜあなたがCEOなのか」
「益子さん自身が若者との間に壁… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

— 新車情報広場 (@naf0303) 2018年8月7日 - 20:32

知られてないんじゃないですかぬ。
妻氏は何が面白いのかわからないと言っているので、あの種の友情はアジア人以外には理解しにくいのかもしれません。
一方、セーラームーンは1990年代にロシアでも流行って、妻氏も好きだったそうです。… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

— ユーリィ・イズムィコ (@CCCP1917) 2018年8月8日 - 18:39

@ponchan1791 お誕生日おめでとうなのです☆

— 朝倉玲亜(水瀬玲亜)/夏コミ落選 (@Reah_Asakura) 2018年8月8日 - 18:44

@Reah_Asakura ありがとうございますなのです!

— 観音旭光の両刀使い@C94日東W22b (@ponchan1791) 2018年8月8日 - 18:45

キヤノン ミラーレス関連発表 9月4日もしくは5日説が浮上 dclife.jp/camera_news/ar… @デジカメライフ

— デジカメライフ (@digicame_life) 2018年8月8日 - 08:28

祝!Jグラ復活!!\(^o^)/
執筆陣の顔ぶれ見たらTwitterの軍クラは買うのマストでしょ?!
#JグランドEX pic.twitter.com/ogOlyd69BF

— チヌたん (@miriimai) 2018年8月7日 - 22:16

きょうは大和さんの誕生日です。78年前の8月8日、呉の海軍工廠から瀬戸内海へ戦艦「大和」が進水しました #日刊桐沢 #kirisawa pixiv.net/member_illust.… pic.twitter.com/LqVeJvsijS

— 桐沢十三🐐1日目東ミ27b🐹 (@paulowniamarsh) 2018年8月8日 - 18:07

なお、今日進水した軍艦は戦艦「大和」。今日就役した軍艦は航空母艦「翔鶴」だったりするのです!(年はそれぞれ違う) でも、未だに大和さんが鎮守府に来ないのです!(泣き)

— 観音旭光の両刀使い@C94日東W22b (@ponchan1791) 2018年8月8日 - 18:52

カナル型ヘッドフォンの耳栓カバーが片方行方不明となり、音楽聞かずに帰るのです。orz...

— 観音旭光の両刀使い@C94日東W22b (@ponchan1791) 2018年8月8日 - 18:53

「自衛官採用上限32歳に」 headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20180807-…

自衛隊の人手不足を解消する画期的ソリューション、今こそ「日本外人部隊」を… pic.twitter.com/emhZGA8J44

— たぶん大佐 (@Col_AYABE) 2018年8月8日 - 10:49

早く冬の原稿書き上げなきゃ…

— ありま秀丞@C94/3日目東プ44a (@shuujou_arima) 2018年8月8日 - 18:53

「この季節頭の悪いリア充どもがキャーキャー言ってる怖い話」をアホくさって思ってる工学系の童貞が涼しくなれる画像を用意しました。暑いですがこれで乗り切ってください pic.twitter.com/sK5xAU5Zc8

— 火炎瓶 kozimo (@2st_kunn) 2018年8月7日 - 22:38

都心への一極集中の緩和はいいんだけど、オフィスが厚木と八王子と幕張と我孫子に分散してると、転属や転職のたびに引っ越すことになるし、共働きも元から困難。都心への一極集中が職業選択の自由を裏書きしている

— 憑かれた大学隠棲:再稼働リプレイスに一俵 (@lm700j) 2018年8月8日 - 10:44

郊外にオフィスがあると採用が難しくなる。 twitter.com/lm700j/status/…

— Kiyohiro Maeda (@kmaeda) 2018年8月8日 - 18:47

本日7日、海上自衛隊のhpのプレスリリースに於いて【シンガポール海軍艦艇の訪日及び親善訓練の実施について】のお知らせがありました!/( ̄へ ̄)

mod.go.jp/msdf/release/2…

#海上自衛隊 #シンガーポール pic.twitter.com/0L9IyqtkRa

— kai (@kai21629430) 2018年8月7日 - 21:42

年末の笑ってはいけない、田中理事長と山根会長が出てきて「やーまーねー」と言った瞬間に笑い死ぬ自信あるからなんとかやって欲しい。

— タカミマサト™ (@missilejam) 2018年8月8日 - 12:39

SONYの偉い人が雨降ったらレインカバーつけるでしょって言った。雨降っている状況からのスタートなら納得なんだけど、撮影中に土砂降りのスコールがきてもカバーつけるなんて考えるネイチャーフォトグラファーの方が少ないと思うだ。こっち仕事で撮ってんねん。

— 山写 1/8192 (@Photograph_mt) 2018年8月8日 - 15:45

Amazing Defence Sales Industry Day held on @hms_albion yesterday, great turn out reflecting our enduring commitment… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

— HMS Albion (@hms_albion) 2018年8月7日 - 10:10

天気見る限り明日はよっぽど機材繰りがアレなことにならない限りは飛行機飛びそうだし、初志貫徹で飛行機でいくか……

— 虻@C94金曜東ヨ39a (@abu0705) 2018年8月8日 - 18:54

@ponchan1791 分かる(同じく

— tomo@Kingfisher (@shioike) 2018年8月8日 - 19:05
          Comment on Finally! Some fuel economy common sense by Dudley Horscroft      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
I regret to disagree with Paul Driessen, but lighter does not necessarily mean less safe. Here in Australia new cars are regularly crash tested, and I do not think (I am prepared to see evidence if such exists) that a heavier car is really safer. If it were so, then we should all be driving around in tanks. I suppose it is not surprising that American autos are colloquially known as "Yank Tanks". There is a parallel in railroad and light rail passenger vehicles. US regulations require compression testing and similar to prove that the car body does not distort in a crash. This means a very heavy strong structure. But it also results in all passengers suddenly being subjected to a massive deceleration when cars collide, and often seats are uprooted and become missiles - as do the unfortunate passengers. European (including British) practice is to require proper crumple zones which can distort and reduce the deceleration, keeping passengers safer. This permits both heavy and light rail passenger cars to be lighter and safer than US passenger cars. Lighter also means less steel, and likely less of other materials, making them cheaper. With cheaper vehicles it is more likely that a project will get off the ground, and trains, light rail vehicles, streetcars - even buses - are safer for their passengers than are automobiles, thus improving overall safety.. Massive deceleration? Yes, for the passenger (not being strapped in) will keep on moving at the vehicles 30 or 40 or 50 mph when the train carriage has come to rest. They become flying missiles if they are ejected from their seats. If not ejected, the extra mass added to the mass of the seats rips the seats from their mountings, adding to the carnage. Why do you suppose that passengers in autos in Australia are required to be securely strapped in with seat belts? So as to keep them in place within the safe volume, while the rest of the car crumples.
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A Hamas Rocket seeing fly over and explode, causing severe damage, there are no reports about casualties. About the 9 missiles launched by Hamas, from the other 8 there were 2 intercepted by the Iron Dome defense system
          Houthi missile launched into Saudi kills one, injuries 11      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The missile was intercepted by the Saudi Air Force.
          8/9/2018: BRAIN WORKOUT & RECIPE: FOUR Ws      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
1 • WHO... wrote the autobiography Memoirs of a Fox-hunting Man? • WHAT... does the acronym NAAFI stand for? • WHERE... in the body does the disease chorea strike? • WHEN... was the Cuban Missile Crisis? 2 • WHO... in ancient Greece wrote Trojan...
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LIVE UPDATES: GAZA VIOLENCE ESCALATES, OVER 150 ROCKETS LAUNCHED
Jewish homes have been hit, and innocent Jews have been injured by these Arab terrorists. These violent attacks can't continue!

My friend in the South of Israel reported:
Missile siren in the South Sderot, Shaare HaNegev.,8 missiles. 4 rockets fired at Sderot. Iron Dome took out 2

2nd siren for us in 20 minutes
The State of Israel must react strongly and decimate the Arab terrorists!



          Russia to Conduct Demo Flights of Armed MiG-31K Fighter & Su-57 Stealth Fighter Jets      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
August 21 to 23, two Russian fighter jets will conduct demo flights outside Moscow to showcase their capabilities. Russian MIG-31K interceptor armed with a Kh-47M2 invincible missile also known as…
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RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) - Saudi Arabia says fragments of a missile fired by Yemen's Shiite rebels into kingdom's south have killed one civilian and wounded...
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DUBAI, Aug 8 (Reuters) - Fragments from a missile launched into Saudi Arabia from Yemen by Houthi forces killed one civilian and wounded 11, Saudi state...
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Fragments from a missile launched into Saudi Arabia from Yemen by Houthi forces killed one civilian and wounded 11, Saudi state media said on Thursday.

          Comment on The Satanic Nature of the Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki by alan johnstone      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
"There are great souls like JFK to inspire us." I must have missed something about the Cuba Crisis https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2013/01/the-real-cuban-missile-crisis/309190/
          08/08 Links Pt2: Dozens of rockets fired at south, IDF strikes 12 Hamas targets; Why the Nazi Analogy and Holocaust Inversion are Antisemitic; Murray: The Left is deceiving itself over antisemitism      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
From Ian:

As dozens of rockets fired at south, IDF strikes 12 Hamas targets in Gaza
Israel’s air force bombed 12 Hamas positions across the Gaza Strip Wednesday night, the military said, as dozens of rockets and mortar shells were fired at southern Israeli communities from the Palestinian enclave, including one barrage that slammed into the city of Sderot, injuring several Israelis.

Throughout the night, wave after wave of alarms sounded in the Hof Ashkelon, Sha’ar Hanegev and Eshkol regions, outside Gaza, sending thousands of Israelis into bomb shelters, where many bedded down for the night with their families.

There were no immediate reports of fresh Israeli injuries or damage.

According to the Israel Defense Forces, 36 projectiles were fired at southern Israel on Wednesday night, including the eight that were launched at Sderot.
Three hurt as rockets fired from Gaza slam into Sderot
Three people were injured when rockets fired from Gaza struck the southern Israeli town of Sderot on Wednesday evening, as tensions between Israel and the Palestinian enclave spiraled dramatically a day after Hamas vowed revenge for the deaths of two of its gunmen.

According to the Israeli military, eight rockets were fired at southern Israel from Gaza at approximately 7:40 p.m. Two of them were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system, and at least two landed in the town of Sderot.

Police said officers were sent to four sites where rockets or fragments of Iron Dome missiles struck Sderot.

Dramatic video taken during the attack showed a rocket appearing to strike near where a group of children were huddled against a wall, apparently unable to reach a shelter in time.


IDF strikes Hamas posts in Gaza as fresh rocket sirens sound in south
Israel’s air force bombed a number of Hamas positions across the Gaza Strip Wednesday night, as rocket sirens blared in Israeli communities near the Palestinian enclave hours after a vollay of rockets slammed into the city of Sderot, injuring several Israelis.

Several waves of alarms were heard in the Hof Ashkelon, Sha’ar Hanegev and Eshkol regions, outside Gaza, sending thousands of Israelis into bomb shelters.

There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

The Iron Dome missile defense system intercepted a number of incoming projectiles that were headed toward the Eshkol region, according to a local government spokesperson.



Alan Johnson: Why the Nazi Analogy and Holocaust Inversion are Antisemitic
The following is an excerpt from ‘Antisemitism in the Guise of Anti-Nazism: Holocaust Inversion in the United Kingdom during Operation Protective Edge’, a chapter that will appear in Anti-Zionism and Antisemitism: The Dynamics of Delegitimization, ed. Alvin H. Rosenfeld (Indiana University Press, forthcoming). The editor and publisher have kindly agreed to the advance publication of this excerpt in light of its topicality. The UK Labour Party is debating whether to incorporate the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of antisemitism, including all its accompanying examples, into its own statutes. This part of my chapter sets out why the use of the Nazi analogy to attack Jews, Israelis and ‘Zionists’ should be considered antisemitic, not least because, understanding more deeply the way racism actually works, the best anti-racist scholarship and practice has long abandoned the notion that for racism to be present, a racist subjectivity and motivation, provable to boot, must be co-present. As well as being cut by two-thirds, the chapter has been edited in a couple of places to help the reader. Thanks to Alvin Rosenfeld for making this possible. (Alan Johnson)

The Nazi analogy and Holocaust inversion, which involves ‘the portrayal of Israel, Israelis and Jews as modern-day Nazis, and Palestinians as the new Holocaust-era Jews’, is a moral disease.[i] The meaning of the analogy and the inversion —specifically, whether it is antisemitic—is contested. A locus of the dispute was the contrasting submissions of two academics, David Feldman and Ben Gidley, to the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Antisemitism’s inquiry into antisemitism in the United Kingdom during the Gaza conflict in the summer of 2014.[ii] The final report of the inquiry noted delicately that ‘there was some debate between those from whom we took expert testimony regarding the nuances of the definition of antisemitism when it comes to Nazi comparison.’[iii] In short, Gidley defined examples of Holocaust inversion as antisemitic discourse, but Feldman, director of the Pears Institute for the Study of Antisemitism at Birkbeck University, did not, arguing that ‘the fact that they are wrong and hurtful does not render them anti-Semitic.’[iv]

Feldman advanced two reasons to deny that Holocaust inversion is antisemitic discourse. First, the inversion is banal (my word, not his)—that is, it is a ‘much used rhetorical device,’ a common rhetorical trope used in many arguments about many subjects, often light-mindedly, lacking any specifically antisemitic content. Feldman cited attacks on the UK Independence Party as Nazis as one example of banality and Israel’s leaders calling its enemies Nazis as another. Second, Feldman pointed out that the inversion is not motivated by an anti-Jewish subjectivity. The target, he points out, was Israel, not Jews; therefore, the inversion cannot be antisemitic. Only when discourse ‘endorse[s] Nazi persecution of Jews’ (e.g., brandishing a ‘Hitler Was Right!’ placard on the high street, as at least one protestor did in 2014) did Feldman consider it antisemitic.[v]
PMW: Abbas running org. designated by Israel as a terror organization
This week the PLO announced 30 positions for top PLO leaders
It announced that Mahmoud Abbas is "responsible for the Palestinian National Fund"
Last year Israel declared the Palestinian National Fund a terror organization
Under Israel's 2016 Counter Terrorism Law: "One who heads a terror organization or manages it or takes part in directing the terror organization in general, directly or indirectly, his sentence - 25 years imprisonment"

The PLO has announced 30 top positions for PLO leaders. In addition to leading the PLO, Mahmoud Abbas is cited as "the one responsible for the Palestinian National Fund":
"1. Chairman Mahmoud Abbas - head of the PLO Executive Committee and the one responsible for the [Palestinian] National Fund" [Official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 2, 2018]

On March 16, 2017, Israeli Minister of Defense Avigdor Liberman declared the Palestinian National Fund a terrorist organization, due to the fund's "massive support for elements responsible for committing severe acts of terrorism against Israel," and because the fund serves "as a significant financial pipeline for tens of millions of shekels that are transferred on a monthly basis to security prisoners held in Israel for committing acts of terrorism and to members of their families."

What is the significance of Mahmoud Abbas now being "responsible" for a terror organization?

According to Israel's "Counter Terrorism Law 2016-5776": "Heading a terrorist Organization
20. One who heads a terror organization or manages it or takes part in directing the terror organization in general, directly or indirectly, his sentence - 25 years imprisonment;"
Kuwait Airlines to pay damages for denying Israeli passenger service
Kuwait Airways will pay an Israeli citizen damages for refusing to sell her a plane ticket in November 2017.

Mandy Blumenthal filed a racial discrimination and harassment lawsuit with the assistance of U.K. Lawyers for Israel against Kuwait Airways after they refused to sell her a plane ticket to Bangkok once she presented an airline representative with her Israeli passport, Britain's Jewish News reported.

The incident was caught on video.

Blumenthal said, "It is horrible to be singled out, to be told you are not allowed to do something because of who you are. … In my mind, it is an anti-Semitic policy to single out the only Jewish state to boycott."

David Berens, one of Blumenthal's attorneys, said, "The law is clear: Direct discrimination on grounds of nationality in the provision of a service to the public is illegal. Ms. Blumenthal has done a service in showing up Kuwait Airways' illegal policy. Kuwait Airways is now legally obliged to end this policy or end its services from the U.K. altogether."
Douglas Murray: Jeremy Corbyn and the cynical tactics of the left
There is the decent option – which is also the hardest. This would consist of sincerely trying to work out why the main party of the British left is now led by a man who keeps turning up in every international anti-Semitic fever swamp. There doesn’t seem like there’s much of an appetite for that option.

So then there are the indecent options. These include attempting to change the subject while merely pretending to deal with the first matter. For the time being this appears to be the most attractive alternative.

Thus it is that portions of the left have decided to counter what they regard as the ‘anti-Semitism card’ with the ‘Islamophobia card’. Of course there are other people hanging around with not very much to do who are very happy to join this bandwagon. ‘You criticise me for anti-Semitism? Fine – I raise you “Islamophobia”.’ How admirable. How cynical. How revealing.

Of course there are so many problems with this tactic (for tactic it is) that it is hard to know where to begin. How about with the basics? Such as the fact that anti-Semitism is a centuries (indeed millennia) old disease, rooted not in facts but in conspiracy-theories, and which in living memory led to the physical annihilation of a third of the world’s Jewish population. Whereas ‘Islamophobia’ is a concept invented by Islamists in the 1990s in order to try to prevent any and all criticism of the religion of Islam.

And just one problem that the proponents of ‘Islamophobia’ vs anti-Semitism will always keep coming across is the problem of what we used to call ‘the facts’. For instance, if two Muslims attack and decapitate a British soldier in broad daylight on the streets of London, or another two Muslims cut the throat of an elderly priest as he is saying mass at a church in Rouen, what are we to say about this? Those who throw around ‘Islamophobe’ want us to say that the people shouting ‘Allah Akbar’ while they slit the throats of infidels are not Muslims. If you fail to toe this line then you are an ‘Islamophobe’.
Douglas Murray: The Left is deceiving itself over antisemitism
The Labour party’s antisemitism problem appears to be here to stay. And one reason for that lies deep beneath any one day’s news. It is not just that the Labour party under Jeremy Corbyn is riddled with antisemites from top to bottom: people who have existed in the party and its surrounding areas for years but who have only now had a light shone upon them. It is much, much more than that. The problem is that there remains a set of fundamental misunderstandings on the political Left over what antisemitism is and where it comes from.

In May, I wrote for this website about the roots of this misunderstanding, which are there for anyone with ears to hear. It is there when Jeremy Corbyn and his followers claim that they will “defeat” or “end” antisemitism; as though one of the world’s oldest hatreds is some medical problem which can be solved with the right medicine. Or if enough ‘will’ is deployed. As I said back then, most Jews will laugh darkly at the idea that you can ever ‘eradicate’ antisemitism.

But the misunderstanding is telling. And it leads to the problem underlying the latest eruption of charges and embarrassments within UK Labour. One of the causes – which can be heard among all of the cheerleaders on the Corbynite Left – is that antisemitism is basically a right-wing disease and something which ‘anti-fascists’ of the kind that Corbynites like to fancy themselves as being could not possibly fall into.

You can hear it in the more honest disputes and debates on the Labour Left: “How dare they use this accusation against us? Don’t they realise this is the sort of stick we use to beat them?”

Of all the simplistic readings of history that prevail in our time, this is one of the most disheartening. Which is why I am forever recommending that people – especially young people – read a book by the distinguished, liberal, New York-based writer Paul Berman.
UK delegation to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance issues statement condemning tampering with the International Definition of Antisemitism
The UK delegation to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) has issued a statement condemning efforts to tamper with the International Definition of Antisemitism by removing or amending the examples of antisemitism which form part of the definition.

The statement does not mention the Labour Party, but the timing and content of the statement appears to be a response to the Labour Party’s refusal to adopt a number of the examples in the definition.

In a pointed remark, the statement says: “Any ‘modified’ version of the IHRA definition that does not include all of its 11 examples is no longer the IHRA definition. Adding or removing language undermines the months of international diplomacy and academic rigour that enabled this definition to exist. If one organisation or institution can amend the wording to suit its own needs, then logically anyone else could do the same. We would once again revert to a world where antisemitism goes unaddressed simply because different entities cannot agree on what it is.”

Campaign Against Antisemitism welcomes IHRA’s intervention to defend the integrity of the definition. It should shame the Labour Party that its efforts to tamper with and undermine the definition precipitated such a move.
Leaked Labour papers reveal scale of challenge to tackle antisemitism
Leaked Labour disciplinary papers have laid bare the scale of the challenge the party’s governing body faces in tackling antisemitism.

The paperwork, seen by the Guardian, was sent to national executive committee (NEC) members on 3 July, ahead of a meeting of the governing body’s disputes panel, which can refer members for expulsion.

The papers for the disputes panel, which all members of the ruling body can attend, lay out the party’s case against suspended members, compiled by party officers who then recommend sanctions to take.

Around 70 cases are believed to be pending. However, the papers reveal only a minority were considered by the NEC because of time constraints. At least three of the most serious cases of antisemitism were referred to Labour’s highest disciplinary body for possible expulsion.

Examples considered by the disciplinary panel included:
- The founder of the controversial Facebook group Palestine Live calling it a “badge of honour” to be investigated by the party
- A member claiming the Israeli lobby had manufactured the party’s antisemitism crisis
- A member suggesting Adolf Hitler’s policy on Zionism “might not be mutually exclusive with his later actions”
(h/t Zvi)
Jeremy Corbyn reportedly applauded antisemitic poetry at Palestine Solidarity Campaign meeting
Jeremy Corbyn applauded the reading of an antisemitic poem during a meeting of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign in 2012 at which he was a guest speaker, according to a report from 2012 that has now come to light.

Anti-racism activist Richard Millett wrote in 2012 that Mr Corbyn sat on stage and listened while an anti-Israel activist, Claire Quinn, recited a poem entitled Israel is dying, applauding afterwards. Mr MIllett says that the poem included the lines: “It is now not the Nazi state but Israel that blocks the seas. ¬ It is not Auschwitz that stops the ship that carries hope and messages, ¬ But those that might have died there. ¬ So let this poem drive the Hope that heads for Gaza. ¬ The victims are now the torturers. ¬ Freedom must be for all not just the victors ¬ Whose victory brings forgetfulness of what they suffered once now brought to others.”

In other allusions to the atrocities of the Nazi regime, speakers compared Gaza to the Warsaw Ghetto, where tens of thousands of Jews were forcibly imprisoned prior to being despatched to extermination camps, and asserted in reference to Israel that “no oppression or injustice has ever gone without falling. The apartheid regime ended, the collapse of Nazism…”

The International Definition of Antisemitism states that, “Drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis” is antisemitic.
CAA exposes Labour Councillor Irfan Mohammed, who shared Facebook post claiming Jews were warned to stay home on 9/11
Campaign Against Antisemitism has exposed a Labour councillor, Ifran Mohammed, who shared a Facebook post claiming that Jews were warned to stay home on 9/11.

Mr Mohammed is a councillor for the Ferndale Ward in Lambeth. According to Lambeth Council’s website, Mr Mohammed sits on the Equality Impact Assessment Panel and is a member of Faiths Together in Lambeth.

In stark contrast with his supposed commitment to equality and interfaith togetherness, on 5th December 2015 he posted a video on Facebook claiming that Jews “received a text message before the incident ‘Do not come to work in [sic] September 11’” and that there are “Israeli ties to the September 11 attacks”.

After Mr Mohammed failed to respond to our attempt to contact him, we provided details about the matter to the media. He did not respond to their requests for comment either, however he has been active on social media and has deleted the original Facebook post.

The claim that Jews were behind the 9/11 atrocities is one of the most vile antisemitic conspiracy theories of recent times, not least because so many Jews lost their lives that day.
Labour policy decision-maker George McManus suspended following antisemitic Facebook comment
George McManus, who sits on the Labour Party’s National Policy Forum as its first chair, has been suspended from his Party role after posting a Facebook comment about Tom Watson likening him to “Judas” for accepting donations from Jewish businessman Sir Trevor Chinn.

McManus wrote: “Apparently [the] Electoral Commission states that Watson received £50,000+ from Jewish donors. At least Judas only got 30 pieces of silver.” Judas was supposedly a disciple of Jesus who betrayed him for money, and is often used as a means of portraying Jews as money-obsessed and disloyal.

Labour MP Wes Streeting condemned Mr McManus’ post as an “antisemitic trope”, and veteran Labour activist Luke Akehurst decried it as “naked antisemitism, jumping straight to the medieval Christian version”.

Mr McManus’ suspension came after Luciana Berger, leader of the Jewish Labour Movement, submitted a formal complaint to the Party. In response to his suspension Momentum, which Mr McManus represents on the National Policy Forum, tweeted thanks to those who “drew attention to the appalling, antisemitic comment”, and assured their followers that Momentum will not tolerate “any antisemitism, racism or online abuse from candidates we support”.


IsraellyCool: WATCH: Johnny Rotten’s Epic Rant Against Jeremy Corbyn & The Labour Party; “I Am Jew!”
We already knew that former Sex Pistol Johnny Rotten was one of the most unorthodox defenders of Israel out there. So it might not surprise you to see this: an epic rant against Jeremy Corbyn and his antisemitism-plagued Labour party.

Do I even need to put up a language warning?!
New York Democrat Ocasio-Cortez cheered at Jewish museum event
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the Democratic congressional candidate and rising progressive star, was cheered at an event at a Jewish museum Tuesday that did not touch on Israel or the Jewish community.

Ocasio-Cortez appeared at a conference hosted by the Immigrant Arts Coalition at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, participating in a panel focused on women in the arts. While politics did frequently come up, none of the panelists — including Ocasio-Cortez, who has been critical of Israel — mentioned Jews or Israel.
NGO Monitor: Analysis of EU-Funded Projects on Israeli Civil Society to I’lam Center
In 2016, the European Union (EU), via the European Neighbourhood and Partnership funding Instrument (ENI), provided the Israeli NGO Il’am Arab Center for Media Freedom Development and Research a total of €365,803 (2017-2019) for “The Creation of the Freedom Protection Council: Ensuring democratic space for Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in Israel.” As indicated by this title and noted explicitly by the EU, “The overall objective of this action is to ensure active engagement of Civil Society Organisations by countering systemic barriers that limit their participation in policymaking processes.”1 The EU database lists the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute as a partner, and Van Leer refers to the role of the Association for Civil Rights in Israel in formulating this agenda.

Political lobbying as a central facet of this project is made explicit in a “strategic action plan” (Hebrew), which bears the EU’s logo on every page, published by I’lam.2 The plan calls for what amounts to opposition political activity: extensive lobbying efforts in the Knesset and multiple media campaigns. I’lam and its partners will “act in the Knesset and public sphere in order to form public and political coalitions whose aim will be to prevent legislation that harms freedoms and advances [legislation] that promotes them.”

The “[Freedom Protection] Council’s flagship demand” is expressed in lobbying efforts aimed at uniting MKs “who identify with the activities of the [left wing] organizations” in order to “initiate counter-legislation” aimed at fighting the right’s attempt to “aggressively promote its worldview, regardless of ideological or national minority groups.”

In addition, the contextual background of Il’am plan is highly politicized and derogatory, intimating throughout that Israel is not and never was a democratic country. Historically, the State of Israel was established “on the ruins of the Palestinian people, which was the demographic majority in the geographic region where [Israel] was founded.” For decades, the authors assert that Israel has maintained for decades a “sophisticated system of control consisting of a policy of segregation, dependence, and supervision.”
Contradicting Netanyahu, EU says it hasn’t stopped funding left-wing association
The European Union on Wednesday denied Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s claim that the bloc had agreed to halt its funding for an Israeli association of left-wing groups, saying it was merely “examining possible breaches of contractual obligations.”

A day after Netanyahu declared that the decision to terminate funds for the Freedom Protection Council stemmed from Israeli pressure, the EU said in a statement that such decisions were “for the EU to take, and for the EU alone.”

Israel charges that the Freedom Protection Council, established in 2017 by Arab-Israeli media freedom NGO I’lam, seeks to “delegitimize” Israel.

It is composed of representatives of dozens of leftist Israeli NGOs including B’Tselem and Adalah, with the stated objective of fighting attempts to limit democratic freedoms in the country and resisting attacks on human rights groups.
Jewish community grows angry, impatient with Sawant and Seattle Council
After a recent anti-Semitic event and the ongoing vandalism of a Jewish cemetery, some in Seattle’s Jewish community are left wondering if the city cares about their concerns.

In May, scores of local Jews called out Councilmember Kshama Sawant and the Seattle LGBTQ Commission for hosting a virulently anti-Semitic event. Others have been disgusted with the frequent vandalism of Bikur Cholim cemetery in Seattle, which seems to go unaddressed. And a younger demographic of Jewish Seattleites are dealing with open anti-Semitism, masquerading as a legitimate social justice movement, at the University of Washington.

Some see these issues indicative of a bigger concern for the Jewish community.

“I don’t think the city could care less [about the] straight-up anti-Semitism or slightly watered down anti-Zionism/BDS [Boycott, Divest, Sanctions Movement],” Ian Eisenberg, owner of Uncle Ike’s, told me. “The city doesn’t want to get involved. We are on our own [and] Sawant leads the charge.”

Others believe there are valid concerns, but that Seattle is a great place for the Jewish community.

“I don’t think they’re indicative of any kind of broad-based movement or reflection of anti-Semitism or how Jews have quality of life here,” Democratic State Senator Reuven Carlyle (WA-36) explained to me. “I think, overall, you have a really fabulous connection to the community and the vast views of the majority of Seattle reflect well upon the Jewish community and our overall quality of life.”
IsraellyCool: Radical Leftist Group Jewdas Calls Bibi Netanyahu a “Known Antisemite” & “Notorious Jew-Hater”
A radical leftist group Jewdas has published a vile piece claiming – wait for it – that Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is antisemitic according to the IHRA working definition of antisemitism.

Netanyahu is antisemitic, according to IHRA definitions

World leaders have been criticised for sharing a platform with known antisemite, Benjamin Netanyahu.

Donald Trump, Angela Merkel and Theresa May have all come under fire for meeting the notorious Jew-hater and prime minister of Israel.

The Israeli Prime Minister, self-styled as ‘Bibi’ has become notorious worldwide for Jew-baiting, racist stereotyping and Holocaust minimisation.

In her most scathing teshuva yet, Rabbi Geoffrey Cohen denounced Netanyahu as a racist. “Several times in the last year, Bibi has egregiously flouted the IHRA examples of antisemitism. Any world leader who meets with this man is guilty of racism by association.”
Amazon Selling "Make Israel Palestine Again" T-Shirts
Amazon.com is selling T-shirts that say "Make Israel Palestine Again," a not so subtle endorsement of ending the State of Israel. The shirts are listed as "In Stock. Ships from and sold by Amazon.com." This stands in contrast with some merchandise Amazon sells that comes from third-party sources.

Similar shirts are available on Etsy.com.

The slogan "Make Israel Palestine Again" is used often on social media, including a Twitter page and an Instagram account. An image on the Twitter feed shows President Trump wearing a "Make America Great Again" hat Photoshopped to say "Make Israel Palestine Again."

Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) activist Miko Peled used the Trump-style "Make Israel Palestine Again" hat as his Twitter avatar and in a November 2016 post. Peled linked to a petition that calls Israel's existence into question.

The BDS movement aims to isolate Israel politically and economically using sanctions and boycotts of Israeli goods.
Rappers Tyga and Fat Joe Cause Cancellation of Entire Music Festival in Israel, Citing ‘Security Situation’
American celebrity rappers Fat Joe and Tyga, who were slated to headline the Shaka music festival in Rishon Lezion on Thursday, cancelled suddenly on Sunday, citing the “security situation.”

The pair were set to be joined by a lineup of Israeli hip hop artists.

The sudden loss of the two top performers led to the cancellation of the entire festival. Ticket holders were informed that they would be able to secure refunds. Shocked fans expressed their disappointment on social media, with many asking “what security situation?”

Over the past several years, many musicians and other artists have come under pressure from the BDS movement to not perform in the Jewish state. It is unclear if the BDS movement played a role in this cancellation.

The performance was to be the first in Israel for Tyga and Fat Joe, both Grammy-nominated performers in the rap category. Last year’s Shaka Festival featured rapper Sean Paul, who performed for 15,000 attendees.
Muslim RA Resigns After ‘Physically Fight Zionists’ Remark
Stanford student Hamzeh Daoud seems to have deleted his Facebook now, but people who saw it in late July might’ve come across a post where he said: “I’m gonna physically fight Zionists on campus next year if someone comes at me with their ‘Israel is democracy bullshit’ 🙂 And after I abolish your ass I’ll go ahead and work every day for the rest of my life to abolish your petty ass ethnosupremacist settler-colonial state,” according to The Daily Caller News Foundation.

Hamzeh, who’s a member of Stanford’s Students for Justice in Palestine chapter, had second thoughts four hours later and changed the phrase “physically fight Zionists” to “intellectually fight Zionists,” but that didn’t stop his original post from making its rounds on the interwebs, with the College Republicans and others criticizing it.

The student released a statement Friday saying he is a “third-generation Palestinian refugee” and that he bears “trans-generational trauma.” Trans-generational trauma? What does that even mean? This is starting to remind me of black Americans who demand reparations for injustices that, while absolutely horrible, they, themselves, have not suffered. No, sorry, collectivism isn’t a Western principle.

Anyways, Hamzeh goes on to say “I apologize from the bottom of my heart to everyone who was triggered by it. I recognize that I was projecting my own trauma onto others in a way that is never acceptable.” He’s apparently enrolling in “trauma-based therapy” at Stanford and says he’s resigning from his position as RA to focus on his schoolwork and also to think about the consequences of his post.


University revises textbook that blamed victims of the Holocaust
A controversial textbook for a University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill fitness course has been revised for this fall, university officials say.

In a statement, the university said the department of exercise and sport science worked with the publisher of “21st Century Fitness” to make “multiple edits to the content and length of the book.”

“These edits are based on student and department faculty feedback and are part of an ongoing curriculum review process by the Exercise and Sport Science Curriculum Committee,” the statement said. “Among other changes, the publisher has confirmed that references to the Holocaust and to cancer as ‘a disease of choice’ had already been removed from the fall 2018 edition.”

It drew scorn from some for its references to a theory by Holocaust survivor and Austrian psychotherapist Victor Frankl about concentration camps. About Frankl and his philosophy, the book said: “The people in the camps who did not tap into the strength that comes from recognizing their intrinsic worth succumbed to the brutality to which they were subjected.”

Last week, a Jewish human rights organization demanded that UNC drop the textbook. The Simon Wiesenthal Center issued a news release saying the book should be removed by UNC because it “insults the memory of Holocaust victims.”
IsraellyCool: Israel Haters Make Up Another Fake BDS Victory
Quds News Network is claiming yet another victory for BDS – the cancellation of a friendly soccer match between Ireland and Israel.

There’s just one problem with this – it is completely false.

For a start, there is no news outlet reporting this (no, I do not consider Quds News Network to be an actual legitimate news outlet).

Then there’s the fact the BDS movement itself never got the memo; their call for the Irish Football Association (IFA) to cancel the friendly is still in play, with no news on their site of any victory in this regard.

Did I also mention that the IFA itself has said it has no intention of cancelling the friendly?
Michael Lumish: This Week on Nothing Left
Here is this week's episode of Nothing Left ...

3 min Editorial: the ECAJ and AIJAC attack on AJA

4 min Lauren Southern clip, in Lakemba

20 min Gideon Rozner, Inst of Public Affairs

51 min Dr Tanveer Ahmed, Muslim psychiatrist

1 hr 9 Raphael Ahren, Times of Israel

1 hr 30 Isi Leibler in Jerusalem, on Nation-State bill
How Holocaust experts want to help Zuckerberg solve Facebook’s denial dilemma
Holocaust experts want to meet with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg over the social network’s unwillingness to automatically remove anti-Semitic and Holocaust denial material.

The heads of organizations and experts involved in Holocaust and genocide education offered to meet with Zuckerberg and help raise Holocaust awareness within the Facebook community.

In late July, Zuckerberg said in an interview published online that he would not automatically remove Holocaust-denying posts from the social network he founded.

“Facebook must not allow complete and utter falsehoods about the Holocaust, and about the Jewish people, to go systematically unchecked,” the letter dated Tuesday to Zuckerberg says. “Virulent antisemitism is a proven pathway that leads from rhetorical hatred to actions of violence. Freedom of speech laws are not a reason to do nothing — inaction is always the opportunity for evil to flourish. All genocide starts with distortion of the truth and prejudice.”

The experts later say: “We offer you tangible, rapidly executable steps towards Facebook becoming part of the solution. We can deliver proven educational resources in multiple languages, ready for digital deployment with Facebook — important as you may wish to break the task down by different jurisdictions with different laws.”
Facebook: Farrakhan’s Anti-Semitic Conspiracy Theories Don’t Violate ‘Hate Speech’ Rules
Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan’s official Facebook page is rife with anti-Semitic conspiracy theories and other hateful speech, which have not been censored by Facebook content monitors, a Daily Caller News Foundation review of the page reveals.

Videos posted to Farrakhan’s Facebook page show the Nation of Islam leader claiming that Jews are secretly controlling government agencies to suppress black Americans and blaming Jews for “weaponizing” marijuana with “chemicals” to “feminize” black men.

Neither of those videos violate Facebook’s rules prohibiting hate speech, a Facebook spokeswoman told The Daily Caller News Foundation in a phone interview Tuesday.

Another video that showed Farrakhan warning against interracial marriage — which he blames on “the enemy” in Hollywood — to keep the black race “from being any further mongrelized,” was originally ruled not to violate hate speech rules, according to the Facebook spokeswoman.
Gaza man jailed for assaulting Jew wearing kippah in Switzerland
A Palestinian man who assaulted a Jewish man wearing a kippah on a train in Switzerland was sentenced to four months in prison for assault, but was not convicted of a hate crime.

The assault occurred in February aboard a train near Lausanne, the German-language 20 Minuten news website reported Monday. It had not been reported in major Swiss media prior to this week.

The perpetrator, a 40-year-old man who was born in Gaza, identified only as Mohammed, threw a shirt in the face of the victim, identified as Israel. He stole the victim’s water bottle, book and kippah, throwing the latter in a trash bin. Mohammed, who has multiple drug-related convictions, also stole Israel’s watch, broke his glasses and hit the Jewish man all over his body.

Mohammed told Israel he’d like to slit his throat, according to witnesses.

Johanne Gurfinkiel, the secretary-general of the CICAD watchdog group on anti-Semitism in Switzerland, said the details of the case suggest that Mohammed singled out Israel for attack because he was visibly Jewish. Yet Mohammed’s conviction, handed down last month, does not reference a hate crime as an aggravated element in the assault.

The 20 Minuten report did not say whether Mohammed indicated his motivation for assaulting Israel.
Report: Berlin Harbors 20% of German Anti-Semitic Crimes
According to German police, anti-Semitic crime affects Berlin more than any other German state, Tagesspiegel reported Tuesday. The police report is based on preliminary findings regarding 80 anti-Jewish crimes committed in Berlin in the first half of 2018, compared with Bavaria which is in second place with 43 anti-Semitic offenses. Four of the 80 offenses in Berlin were violent.

There were 401 anti-Semitic incidents in the first six months of 2018 in Germany. Berlin, which is both the capital city and a state, experienced 20% of these.

According to police, the Berlin numbers went up in the second quarter of this year. From January to March, police recorded 26 anti-Semitic offenses in the city, and from April to June there were 54, including the four acts of violence. Most offenses, 62 in total, were committed by right-wing anti-Semites. In eight cases, the suspects were identified with “foreign ideology.” This is, of course, code for Muslims. Another three cases fell under “religious ideology,” meaning there was no way to deny that the perpetrators were Islamists. Three offenses were by leftsts. Four cases were not assigned an ideological source.

A total of 23 suspects were apprehended.
Neo-Nazi state senate candidate plans to establish 'antisemitic capital'
Patrick Little's Senate campaign against incumbent Diane Feinstein failed in April. Now Little is reportedly taking his message of antisemitism and white nationalism to North Idaho, where he claims he plans to establish a "regional capital" intended to fight "the nation-wrecking plans of leftists and their Jewish controllers who aim to ruin people forever."

Little espoused his message of hate and segregation via robocalls he allegedly left on the voicemails of residents of Sandpoint, Idaho. Playing in the background is The Rembrandts' hit 1995 single "I'll Be There for You," otherwise known as the theme song of sitcom "Friends."

"America has a Jewish problem," a chipper Little says to begin the call, audio of which was obtained by the Spokesman-Review. He goes on to announce his plans to make Sandpoint "one of my new regional capitals throughout the country" when he arrives in mid-August.

Little then says he is traveling around the nation to engage "with folks on the problems we face and how to solve them together as the extended family our European people are." He finishes by touting North Idaho's "pioneer spirit of hard work, family values, common sense and fighting off the nation-wrecking plans of leftists — and their Jewish controllers who aim to ruin our people forever."
Poland obtains archive of diplomats' efforts to rescue Jews
Poland has obtained a World War II-era archive that documents the efforts of Polish diplomats in Switzerland to get Jews out of Europe by issuing phony passports from Latin American countries.

The Culture Ministry and the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum announced Monday that Poland had obtained the archive after more than a year of negotiations with a private owner in Israel.

The ministry and the museum said 330 people are known to have survived the Holocaust as a result of having the faked passports, while 387 were killed despite having the false documents and the fate of 430 others has not been determined.

The wartime effort to rescue Jews was led by Poland's ambassador to Switzerland at the time, Aleksander Lados, and included three other Polish diplomats and two representatives of Jewish organizations. The archive is named for one of the Jewish representatives, Rabbi Chaim Eiss, who died of a heart attack in late 1943.

Poland's purchase of the archive comes as the Polish government works to emphasize the help some Poles provided Jews during the Nazi occupation of the country.
A smiling setting sun for Brian Wilson
It was only a little more than two years ago when famed Beach Boys founder and pop composer Brian Wilson made his Israel debut, performing the 1966 masterpiece Pet Sounds in its entirety at the Ra’anana Amphitheater.

Thanks to his stellar band, featuring co-Beach Boys mate Al Jardine and 1970s member Blondie Chaplin, it was a triumph. They covered up Wilson’s deficiencies at the piano and vocals with a gorgeous glossy backdrop of sound and harmony.

Tuesday night at the Charles Bronfman Auditorium in Tel Aviv, the 76-year-old Wilson seemed even frailer and less involved. Recovering from back surgery in May, he needed a walker and assistants to get on stage for a ‘greatest hits’ show. Looking distracted and disengaged, he sang lead on only about half the tunes, and you couldn’t really tell whether he was playing much behind the white baby grand piano.

And yet… the show was a blast. Wilson’s songbook of classics is astounding, and his 10-piece band led by his secret weapon – longtime musical director and keyboardist Darian Sahanaja - did it justice with authenticity and enthusiasm. The slack was picked up by the spry 75-year-old Jardine, who led renditions of “Little Deuce Coupe” and “Help Me Rhonda” and by Jardine’s son, Matthew, whose spot-on falsettos sparked each song, especially his lead vocals on one of Wilson’s finest, “Don’t Worry Baby.”
Suzanne Vega returns to Israel for two shows
American singer-songwriter Suzanne Vega will be returning to Israel next month for two unique shows - both accompanied by a string orchestra from the Ra'anana Symphonette.

Vega's first performance will be at the Tamar Festival at Masada on September 26. The long-running festival, held on the intermediary days of Sukkot, also features an extensive lineup of local talent, including Rita, Sarit Haddad, David Broza, Avraham Tal and many more.

The following day, Vega will take the stage at the Haifa Congress Center for a second show.

The folk singer, who rose to fame in the 1980s, has released nine studio albums. Her most famous songs include "Luka," "Tom's Diner" and "Left of Center."

Vega most recently performed in Israel in 2015, when she played two shows in Tel Aviv with the Israel Philharmonic.
The Islamic school that ensures its boys understand the Israeli point of view
Abdul, 15, on the Israel team, says his side had to work harder: “I told the team, swallow your pride, just do it. Even after hours and hours of research we thought Palestine had a stronger argument, so to find an argument for Israel and the Jews to have this thing was really difficult.

“But we did find it, we found small things to pick out and expand on, and we were very close to actually winning. I was more on the other side but now I’ve got a bit more understanding and think Israel does have a point. In this school especially we are trying to become Muslim scholars but we have to go out there and we need to be aware of what’s going on – this is Britain, we need to understand British values. All of this will help us understand tolerance, etc. If we are biased to one opinion by ignorance then it’s not fair. No matter if they are Jews or whatever, they are still human. We have to respect them.”

Earlier this year, Davies split his Lancaster Grammar students into two groups. One was taught the Israeli view, the other the Palestinian. Afterwards, they were surveyed on the Balfour declaration and if the British should have signed it. Their answers were influenced by what they had been taught. Almost 60% of those taught the Jewish side said the British should be praised, while almost 50% of those taught the Palestinian narrative said the British should be criticised.
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After the Abrar lesson, just two boys say that they still believe Israel does not have a right to exist.

“Obviously you have to look at it with a sympathetic view when you are dealing with the Jewish part of things because they came out of the holocaust and needed a land of their own and Palestine did have a bit of space,” says Mohammed, 19.

“But what makes me say that Israel doesn’t have the right to exist is the fundamentals of what it was built on and how they deal with Palestine right now.” (h/t Zvi)



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          “Hath Not a Jew Eyes?”: The Dehumanization of the Jews      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Shylock and Jessica

All of us know, deep down, that hatred, for instance Jew-hatred, is bad. It’s part of our moral fiber. So when we want to indulge in a little xenophobia, we have to find an excuse that gives us permission to act in a way we know is wrong.
Hating Jews, for example, requires the antisemite to build a moral foundation for hate, a tautology that makes Jew-hatred not only acceptable, but a virtue. Antisemites build the moral foundation for their hate through the dehumanization of the Jews. Because if Jews aren’t human, it’s okay to hate them.
If Jews are not human, hating them becomes exactly like hating Brussels sprouts. A choice completely divorced from morality. It’s not immoral to hate Brussels sprouts, therefore it’s not immoral to hate the Jews, who, after all, are not human, much as Brussels sprouts are not human.
Of course, Jews are clearly living beings, even if not human. Killing them, therefore, would still be deemed as cruel and inhumane as killing animals, according to societal norms and the bylaws of PETA. For this reason, building a moral foundation or tautology for Jew-hatred necessitates a foundational belief that Jews are not just not human, but subhuman: untermenschen.
antisemitic cartoon, Viau 1900

Hating Jews, the haters tell themselves—tell you—is not like hating other creatures, because the Jews are an invasive and dangerous species that steals jobs from regular humans as part of their wider mission of taking over the world. And if Jews are subhuman, say the haters, killing them is therefore not only not murder, but a moral imperative, performed by decent, upright people for the good of society.
The proof of the subhuman nature of the Jews, the haters will tell you, is that they regularly attempt to pass as actual human beings in order to evade capture and death. Jews know, they say, that if you think they’re only human, you won’t kill them. It’s how they’ve managed to survive throughout the centuries: shape-shifters who multiply and spread, a metastasizing societal malignancy, goes the narrative of hate.

Antisemitic blogger targets me for filing a DMCA notice after he plagiarized my piece, Should We Carpet Bomb Gaza.


 Comment referring to "jew-dogs" and "jew-rule" on the content that was disabled as a result of my DMCA notice.
It is the dehumanization of Jewish people, and the conscience-driven necessity to spread the narrative of this dehumanization, that made the Holocaust possible. Der Untermensch, a 50-page brochure edited by Himmler and distributed by the Race and Settlement Head Office at the beginning of Operation Barbarossa, the 1942 German invasion of the Soviet Union, expanded at length on the subhuman nature of the Jews and other minorities; the Jews being the subhuman supreme. Here is a quote from the pamphlet of which 3,860,995 German language copies were printed (the pamphlet was also translated into 14 other languages):
Just as the night rises against the day, the light and dark are in eternal conflict. So too, is the subhuman the greatest enemy of the dominant species on earth, mankind. The subhuman is a biological creature, crafted by nature, which has hands, legs, eyes and mouth, even the semblance of a brain. Nevertheless, this terrible creature is only a partial human being.
Although it has features similar to a human, the subhuman is lower on the spiritual and psychological scale than any animal. Inside of this creature lies wild and unrestrained passions: an incessant need to destroy, filled with the most primitive desires, chaos and coldhearted villainy.
A subhuman and nothing more!
Not all of those who appear human are in fact so. Woe to him who forgets it!
Mulattoes and Finn-Asian barbarians, Gipsies and black skin savages all make up this modern underworld of subhumans that is always headed by the appearance of the eternal Jew. (emphasis added)
In the contemporary aftermath of the Holocaust, the dehumanization of the Jews as untermenschen continues, because some people will always look for a reason and an excuse to hate. “In each and every generation they rise up against us to destroy us. And the Holy One, blessed be He, rescues us from their hands.”*
Which tends to render the mantra of “Never Again,” completely meaningless.
And of course, the dehumanization of the Jews begins long before Hitler, may his name and memory be erased, was a glimmer in his mother’s eyes. Critics have, for example, long debated the meaning of the eloquent, but usurious Shylock’s famous speech in The Merchant of Venice:
Hath not a Jew eyes? Hath not a Jew hands, organs, dimensions, senses, affections, passions; fed with the same food, hurt with the same weapons, subject to the same diseases, healed by the same means, warmed and cooled by the same winter and summer as a Christian is? If you prick us, do we not bleed?
Some say Shakespeare, with this speech, far from intending to make the Jews seem human, meant only to depict Shylock as running true to the species. That is to say that Shylock does what Jews do: poses as human to survive. The Nazis, in fact, took full advantage of Shylock as an oft-employed device in their anti-Jewish propaganda.  
We could certainly go much further back in time to find examples of the dehumanization of Jews as an excuse to hate them as a breed. The Jews as a nation were, in fact, born in the wake of Egyptian enmity. Way before Christ, Mohammed, or even the Romans.

And going forward, the dehumanization of the Jews continues.

The dehumanization of the Jews is today illustrated by the lack of space given to Israeli victims of Arab terror in the media, while Arab suffering is amplified. Turn on the television and you will not hear about the two Daniels, Daniel Tragerman and Daniel Viflic. Tragerman was a four-year-old boy who was killed by shrapnel when a mortar exploded next to his home along the Gaza border. With only three seconds between siren and explosion, the little boy couldn't make it to the family safe room in time. But you wouldn't have heard about that.


Nor would your television tell you about Daniel Viflic, a 16-year-old kid murdered in a school bus on the way to his grandma's house. Arab terrorists deliberately targeted the school bus with an anti-tank missile, assuming the bus would be filled with Jewish children. The shrapnel peppered Daniel's brain. He was declared dead ten days later.

Daniel Viflic, HY"D
The media hides these stories from the public in order to dehumanize the Jewish population of Israel. To them, Jewish children aren't children like other children. Photos of the dead Arab infant Leila, on the other hand, were splashed across your screen for days, her death blamed on the Israeli army. You probably never heard her uncle's admission that Leila was already dead of a blood disease when he grabbed her still cold body to bring her to the border riots. Leila's uncle was paid by Hamas to bring the dead baby's body to the border and to claim the IDF killed her with tear gas.

But you only saw the photo of the "grieving" uncle holding the tiny, dead body. You only heard the lie. Because in humanizing Leila with a faked photo opp, Israeli soldiers are dehumanized. The photos of Leila in her uncle's arms produce outrage against Jewish soldiers, making them seem like monsters. There is not a little irony in that Jewish IDF soldiers are dehumanized through the vehicle of an infant's humanity when the humanity of Daniel Tragerman is hidden from your sight.
In its cherry-picking stories about Israel and Gaza, and through the process of selective omission, the media proves that it works hard to never, ever humanize the Jews. We can see what they choose to present us, and what they choose to hide from view. We can see that the media has learned its lesson well: that a narrative of dehumanization might be countered by humanizing the object of hate.

It's elementary. And some of us learned about it in school, as seventh graders, when we were assigned the book Black Like Me, to learn about prejudice and racism. That book worked magic because it served to humanize black people. It was pedagogical theory in action: when you get to know and like someone, it’s hard to hate them. Which is exactly as the dehumanizers have always warned.
Take the case of Liel Levitan, the 7-year-old Jewish Israeli chess prodigy. There was talk of Tunisia banning the Israeli delegation from competing in the World Chess Championship to be hosted by that country. Only when the World Chess Federation hinted that Tunisia would be ousted from its ranks, did Tunisia relentand agree that Levitan could compete.
During the campaign to get Tunisia to allow for Israeli participation in this event, i24 News issued a most affecting video of the youngster. One couldn’t help but think: What on earth is the danger of this tiny little cherub with her masses of blonde curls? Of what are the Tunisians so frightened??

But that’s exactly the point. If you believe that Jews can masquerade as adorable humans, you have no compunction in treating them as undesirables, or perhaps more to the point, like rats or cockroaches. That is why Nazis had no trouble shooting Jewish infants in their mothers’ arms or bashing their heads against a wall until they were dead. To the Nazis, these infants were Jewish cockroaches in need of extermination. No need to show them any mercy.
Note the veiled irony in the voiceover accompanying the i24 clip of Levitan, which taken in the wrong light by the wrong people, might suggest the child prodigy’s angelic appearance is just cover for her subhuman nature:

“Don’t be fooled by her childish face and long, frizzy blond hair.”
Humanizing the little girl in the eyes of the public worked. The campaign brought pressure to bear on Tunisia. But it is doubtful that the effort made Liel any more human in the eyes of the Tunisians. More probably, they wished only to avoid being ousted from the World Chess Federation. They wanted to rid themselves of a public relations nightmare.
Efforts at humanizing an object of hate, if truth be told, are not always successful. Sometimes the efforts serve only to make the hate an abstract thing, one which allows the person to hate a group in general, but love a person, in particular, as an exception. This may be a meaningless distinction.
In Margaret Wise Brown: Awakened by the Moon, author Leonard S. Marcus relates an anecdote about this most famous author of children’s books such as Good Night Moon, and one of her illustrators, Esphyr Slobodkina. Brown invited the illustrator to visit her at her summer cottage in Maine. The two were out rowing when Slobodkina “made some remark that caused Margaret to realize, apparently for the first time, that her companion was a Jew.
“To the artist’s shock and dismay, this realization seemed to irritate Margaret. ‘Why didn’t you tell me that before?’ she replied as though her guest had somehow failed her in an obligation that might have spared her some trouble. Margaret went on to insist that she disliked herself for harboring what she called a ‘Jewish prejudice,’ yet she had the prejudice all the same. Slobodkina soon left the island.”

photo of Esphyr Slobodkina seated in front of "Irish Elegy", c.1948-50
Margaret Wise Brown wrestled with the unpleasant knowledge of her own prejudice, acknowledging it as such. And eventually, author and illustrator reconciled. Troubled by their fall-out, however, Brown wrote a never-published short story entitled, Oh Gentle Jew, in which a character presumably patterned after Slobodkina, says to another woman (presumably Brown), “Love the Jew and hate the Jews. I wonder if it is possible.”
Perhaps it was Brown’s milieu growing up that informed her views about the Jews in general. Once confronted with the Jewishness of someone she liked and admired, a colleague, Brown was forced to see that her prejudice had no logical basis in fact. That knowledge didn’t make her prejudice go away, but it made her mighty uncomfortable.
Uncomfortable enough to grapple with the subject, and to write about it, too.

Margaret Wise Brown (photo: Consuela Kanaga)
It is perhaps the knowledge of how the haters see the Jews, that, through the ages, has kept the Jews on their best behavior. It’s not so much fear of being killed, though this is certainly part of the equation, but the desire to be seen as human beings, kind and good, that has helped shape and refine the Jewish people. This is the desire that drives every Jewish mother’s instructions to not create a shanda fur die goyim: to not embarrass one’s own people in the eyes of the world.
Perhaps the effort to dehumanize the Jews is the secret fuel that powers Jewish excellence. If so, we must nonetheless continue to bear witness against antisemitism when we see it in God’s world. Because it will always be a mitzvah to fight against hate; a thing that has no sensible reason for being.
*V’hi She’amda prayer from the Passover Hagaddah.



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          On This Day in Math - August 9      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   


You don't understand anything until you learn it more than one way.
— Marvin Minsky

The 221st day of the year; 221 the sum of consecutive prime numbers in two different ways 221 = (37 + 41 + 43 + 47 + 53) = (11 + 13 + 17 + 19 + 23 + 29 + 31 + 37 + 41)

221221 + 122 is prime, it is the only known number greater than one with this property.

221 is the number of 7-vertex Hamiltonian planar graphs ( a graph that allows a closed path that visits each node exactly once.)



EVENTS
0975 "The Sun was eclipsed . . . . Some people say that it was entirely total. During the hours mao and ch'en (some time between 5 and 9 h) it was all gone. It was the colour of ink and without light. All the birds flew about in confusion and the various stars were all visible. There was a general amnesty (on account of the eclipse)." From: Nihon Kiryaku. "At the hour ch'en (7-9 h), the Sun was eclipsed; it was completely total. All under heaven became entirely dark and the stars were all vis ible."
From: Fuso Ryakki. "The Sun was eclipsed; it was all gone. It was like ink and without light. The stars were all visible (or: stars were visible in the daytime)." From: Hyaku Rensho. These three Japanese quotations refer to a total solar eclipse of 9 August AD 975. Quoted in Historical Eclipses and Earth's Rotation, by F Richard Stephenson, Cambridge University Press, 1997, pages 267 and 268. *NSEC

1207 An educational institution is founded for the study of the works of Bhaskara II, an Indian mathematician and astronomer.*VFR
Bhaskara II was rightly achieved an outstanding reputation for his remarkable contribution. In 1207 an educational institution was set up to study Bhaskaracharya's ("Bhaskara the teacher")works. A medieval inscription in an Indian temple reads: Triumphant is the illustrious Bhaskaracharya whose feats are revered by both the wise and the learned. A poet endowed with fame and religious merit, he is like the crest on a peacock. It is from this quotation that the title of Joseph's book comes. *SAU


1654 Fermat to Carcavi "Monsieur, I was overjoyed to have had the same thoughts as those of M. Pascal, for I greatly admire his genius and I believe him to be capable of solving any problem he attempts. The friendship he offers is so dear to me and so precious that I shall not scruple to take advantage of it in publishing an edition of my Treatises. If it does not shock you, you could both help in bringing out this edition, and I suggest that you should be the editors: you could clarify or augment what seems too brief and thus relieve me of a care which my work prevents me from taking. I would like this volume to appear without my name even, leaving to you the choice of designation which would indicate the author, whom you could qualify simply as a friend." *York Univ Hist of Stats.

1658 Simon Douw obtains a patent for a pendulum clock that will draw Huygen’s attack in Horologium. “Today, no clock by Simon Douw is known; I find that most curious, it is as if he has been excised from history, deliberately. Dutch Court papers described Douw as "City clockmaker of Rotterdam... a master in the art of great tower, domestic or office clocks", ("en meester in de kunst van groote Toorn, Camer ofte Comptoirwerken"). Yet his mechanical insights. his escapement, also his drive mechanisms, are best, and now only, revealed by his Patent Grant on August 9th, 1658, and by the evidence and judgement in a claim and counterclaim started in the Provinces of Holland and West Friesland, but then referred to the Court of The Netherlands in October 1658, with a Judgement by Consent on December 5th, 1658. And that case went entirely in Douw's favour, against the highly favoured joint Complainants Huygens and Coster.
In itself, that is remarkable. Huygens, the Noble patrician, the most famous Dutch scientist, and the self-professed inventor of the pendulum clock, who had in the course of this trial published "Horologium", was forced by the judges to settle the case rather than face unfavourable verdict; also to concede Consent; also one-third Royalties to Douw. It would have been a crushing humiliation for Huygens, the seed of his libels. Subsequently, the Lower Court of Holland, Zeeland and Friesland confirmed to Douw, on December 16th and 19th 1658, their Upper Court's judgement by consent”. * From Keith Piggott

1895 Percival Lowell, convinced about intelligent beings on Mars, published an article in The Atlantic Monthly about how lucky they are to have low gravity. "LUCK OF THE BEING WHO LIVES ON MARS; He Can Do More Work Much More Easily than Man on Earth." *HT Paul Halpern‏ @phalpern

1898 Rudolf Diesel patents an internal combustion engine in the US (filed July 15, 1895.) "My invention has reference to improvements in apparatus for regulating the fuel supply in slow-combustion motors" *Google.com

1975 To display Mexican-Lebanese friendship, Mexico issued a stamp of the Teacher’s Monument in Mexico City by I. Naffa al Rozzi, which shows Cadmus, a mythical Phoenician, teaching the alphabet.



BIRTHS

1537 Franciscus Barocius (9 August 1537 – 23 November 1604) born. In 1560 he published the first important translation of Proclus’ commentary on the first book of Euclid’s Elements. In 1587 he was brought before the Inquisition on charges of sorcery, more particularly of having caused a torrential rainstorm in Crete. *VFR

1602 Gilles de Roberval (August 9, 1602 – October 27, 1675)(His date of birth is given as 8th, 9th and 10th in various sources) was a French scientist who developed powerful methods in the early study of integration.*SAU Roberval was one of those mathematicians who, just before the invention of the infinitesimal calculus, occupied their attention with problems which are only soluble, or can be most easily solved, by some method involving limits or infinitesimals, which would today be solved by calculus. He worked on the quadrature of surfaces and the cubature of solids, which he accomplished, in some of the simpler cases, by an original method which he called the "Method of Indivisibles"; but he lost much of the credit of the discovery as he kept his method for his own use, while Bonaventura Cavalieri published a similar method which he independently invented.
Another of Roberval’s discoveries was a very general method of drawing tangents, by considering a curve as described by a moving point whose motion is the resultant of several simpler motions. (The limacon was named by Roberval in 1650 when he used it as an example of his methods of drawing tangents.)
He also discovered a method of deriving one curve from another, by means of which finite areas can be obtained equal to the areas between certain curves and their asymptotes. To these curves, which were also applied to effect some quadratures, Evangelista Torricelli gave the name "Robervallian lines."
(He also wrote a) work on the system of the universe, in which he supports the Copernican heliocentric system and attributes a mutual attraction to all particles of matter. *Wik
 I was recently informed (2018) by Vincent Panteloni that in France, the balance scale, "We refer to such a scale by saying 'une balance de Roberval'".

1757 Thomas Telford (9 August 1757 Glendinning, Westerkirk, Eskdale, Dumfriesshire, Scotland - 2 September 1834 (aged 77) 24 Abingdon Street, Westminster, London) He is the founder of modern bridge construction, his crowning achievement being the Menai suspension bridge in Wales. Do you know the shape of the cables on a suspension bridge? *VFR

1776 Count Amedeo Avogadro (9 August 1776, Turin, Piedmont – 9 July 1856) Italian chemist and physicist who found that at the same temperature and pressure equal volumes of all perfect gases contain the same number of particles, known as Avogadro's Law (1811) leading to the Avogadro's constant being 6.022 x 1023 units per mole of a substance. He realized the particules could be either atoms, or more often, combinations of atoms, for which he coined the word "molecule." This explained Gay-Lussac's law of combining volumes (1809). Further, Avogadro determined from the electrolysis of water that it contained molecules formed from two hydrogen atoms for each atom of oxygen, by which the individual oxygen atom was 16 times heavier than one hydrogen atom (not 8 times as suggested earlier by Dalton.) The Italian, Romano Amadeo Carlo Avogadro, had suggested [in 1811] that all gases have the same number of molecules in a given volume. Loschmidt figured out [in 1865] how many molecules that would be. John D. Cook suggested that maybe it should be called Loschmidt's constant, and pointed out three interesting coincidences involving Avogadro's Constant:
NA is approximately 24! (i.e., 24 factorial.)
The mass of the earth is approximately 10 NA kilograms.
The number of stars in the observable universe is 0.5 NA.
*John D. Cook, The Endeavour Blog

1819 Jonathan Homer Lane (August 9, 1819, Geneseo, New York – May 3, 1880, Washington D.C.) U.S. astrophysicist who was the first to investigate mathematically the Sun as a gaseous body. His work demonstrated the interrelationships of pressure, temperature, and density inside the Sun and was fundamental to the emergence of modern theories of stellar evolution.*TIS

1911 William Alfred "Willie" Fowler (August 9, 1911 – March 14, 1995)
American astrophysicist. He should not be confused with the British astronomer Alfred Fowler.
Fowler won the Henry Norris Russell Lectureship of the American Astronomical Society in 1963, the Eddington Medal in 1978, the Bruce Medal in 1979, and the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1983 for his theoretical and experimental studies of the nuclear reactions of importance in the formation of the chemical elements in the universe (shared with Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar). *TIA

1919 Leona Woods (August 9, 1919 – November 10, 1986), later known as Leona Woods Marshall and Leona Woods Marshall Libby, was an American physicist who helped build the first nuclear reactor and the first atomic bomb.
At age 23, she was the youngest and only female member of the team which built and experimented with the world's first nuclear reactor (then called a pile ), Chicago Pile-1, in a project led by her mentor Enrico Fermi. In particular, Woods was instrumental in the construction and then utilization of geiger counters for analysis during experimentation. She was the only woman present when the reactor went critical. She worked with Fermi on the Manhattan Project, and, together with her first husband John Marshall, she subsequently helped solve the problem of xenon poisoning at the Hanford plutonium production site, and supervised the construction and operation of Hanford's plutonium production reactors.
After the war, she became a fellow at Fermi's Institute for Nuclear Studies. She later worked at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Princeton, New Jersey, the Brookhaven National Laboratory, and New York University, where she became a professor in 1962. Her research involved high-energy physics, astrophysics and cosmology. In 1966 she divorced Marshall and married Nobel laureate Willard Libby. She became a professor at the University of Colorado, and a staff member at RAND Corporation. In later life she became interested in ecological and environmental issues, and she devised a method of using the isotope ratios in tree rings to study climate change. She was a strong advocate of food irradiation as a means of killing harmful bacteria. *Wik

1927 Marvin Minsky (August 9, 1927 - January 24, 2016 (aged 88)) Biochemist and the founder of the MIT Artificial Intelligence Project. Marvin Minsky has made many contributions to AI, cognitive psychology, mathematics, computational linguistics, robotics, and optics. He holds several patents, including those for the first neural-network simulator (SNARC, 1951), the first head-mounted graphical display, the first confocal scanning microscope, and the LOGO "turtle" device. His other inventions include mechanical hands and the "Muse" synthesizer for musical variations (with E. Fredkin). In recent years he has worked chiefly on imparting to machines the human capacity for commonsense reasoning. *TIS He died in Boston of a cerebral hemorrhage .

1940 Linda Goldway Keen (8 August 1940- ) In addition to studying Riemann surfaces, Keen has worked in hyperbolic geometry, Kleinian groups and Fuchsian groups, complex analysis, and hyperbolic dynamics. In the field of hyperbolic geometry, she is known for the Collar lemma.
Keen has worked at the Institute for Advanced Study, Hunter College, University of California at Berkeley, Columbia University, Boston University, Princeton University, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, as well as at various mathematical institutes in Europe and South America. After her initial appointment in 1965, in 1974 Keen was promoted to Full Professor at Lehman College and the CUNY Graduate Center.
Keen served as president of the Association for Women in Mathematics during 1985-1986 and as vice-president of the American Mathematical Society during 1992-1995. She served on the Board of Trustees of the American Mathematical Society from 1999-2009 and as Associate Treasurer from 2009-2011. In 1975, she presented an AMS invited address and in 1989 she presented an MAA joint invited address. In 1993 she was selected as a Noether Lecturer. *Wik

1943 Jacques Lewiner, (9 August, 1943 - ) is a French physicist and inventor. He is Professor and Honorary Scientific Director of École supérieure de physique et de chimie industrielles de la ville de Paris (ESPCI ParisTech).
His works have been devoted to electrical insulators and particularly electrets, instrumentation and sensors, for instance in medical imaging, or on the improvement of telecommunication networks.
He has filed a large number of patent applications leading to industrial development, either through licenses granted to industrial companies or through start-up companies often created with former students or researchers. He has participated in the creation of various technology oriented start up companies, for instance Inventel, specializing in Telecommunications, Finsécur which develops and markets fire detection systems, Sculpteo which is an online 3D printing platform, Roowin in the field of chemical synthesis and Cynove in embedded electronics devices. Most of these companies have experienced a strong growth. For instance Inventel, which was the French leader for multimedia gateways was bought by Thomson SA in 2005.
Lewiner is laureate of the French Academy of Sciences in 1990, Knight in the National Order of the Legion of Honor, member of the French Academy of Technologies since 2005 and Honorary Fellow of the Technion. *Wik


DEATHS

1932 John Charles Fields died (May 14, 1863 - August 9, 1932). In his will he left funds for an international medal for contributions to mathematics. The International Congress of Mathematicians in Zurich in 1932 adopted the proposal, and the first Fields Medals were awarded at the Oslo Congress in 1936 to Lars Ahlfors, age 29 of Harvard, and Jesse Douglas, age 39 of Massachusetts Institute of Technology. *VFR It became the most prestigious award for mathematicians, often referred to as the equivalent of a Nobel Prize for mathematicians. As a professor at the University of Toronto, he had worked to bring the International Congress of Mathematicians to Toronto (1924). The Congress was so successful that afterward there was a surplus of about\( $2,500\) which Fields, as chairman of the organizing committee, proposed be used to fund two medals to be awarded at each of future Congresses. This was approved on 24 Feb 1931. He died the following year, leaving \($47,000\) as additional funding for the medals, which have been awarded since 1936.*TIS


1969 Cecil Frank Powell (5 December 1903 – 9 August 1969) British physicist and winner of the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1950 for his development of the photographic method of studying nuclear processes and for the resulting discovery of the pion (pi-meson), a heavy subatomic particle. The pion proved to be the hypothetical particle proposed in 1935 by Yukawa Hideki of Japan in his theory.*TIS

1994 Helena Rasiowa (June 20, 1917 – August 9, 1994) worked in algebraic logic and the mathematical foundations of computer science.*SAU

2006 James Alfred Van Allen (September 7, 1914 – August 9, 2006) American physicist who discovered the Earth's magnetosphere, two toroidal zones of radiation due to trapped charged particles encircling the Earth (also known as the Van Allen radiation belts). During WWII he gained experience miniaturizing electronics, such as in the proximity fuse of a missile. After the war, he studied cosmic radiation, taking advantage of the unused German stock of V2 rockets launched into the outer regions of the atmosphere, carrying research devices using radio to relay back the data gathered. He was also involved in the early U.S. space program, and he had radiation measuring instruments on the first U.S. satellite, Explorer 1, launched 31 Jan 1958 with follow-up carried out by satellites Explorer 3 and 4 later the same year.*TIS

2007 Graham Robert Allan (August 13, 1936 Southgate, London - August 9, 2007 (aged 70)) was an English mathematician, specializing in Banach algebras. He was a reader in functional analysis and vice-master of Churchill College at Cambridge University. *Wik



Credits
*CHM=Computer History Museum
*FFF=Kane, Famous First Facts
*NSEC= NASA Solar Eclipse Calendar
*RMAT= The Renaissance Mathematicus, Thony Christie
*SAU=St Andrews Univ. Math History
*TIA = Today in Astronomy
*TIS= Today in Science History
*VFR = V Frederick Rickey, USMA
*Wik = Wikipedia
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Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit RACHEL MARTIN, HOST: When Hawaii received an alert last month of an incoming missile, many people wondered what to do if they got a warning like that. The alert in Hawaii was a false alarm, but in the case of a real alert with a nuclear weapon on the way, what then? And, have state and local emergency managers thought through the best ways to prepare? Some experts say the answer is a resounding no. Here's NPR's Eric Westervelt. ERIC WESTERVELT, BYLINE: Retired colonel and former senior State Department official Stephen Ganyard says right now if there's a nuclear strike, you're pretty much on your own. There's almost no modern civil defense infrastructure left. STEPHEN GANYARD: We put too much emphasis on notification and not on informing, response and recoveries. So the goal of civil defense really is not to tell people they're going to die. It's to tell them what they need to do to not die. WESTERVELT: Ganyard, an ABC News contributor who worked
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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un recently visited a fish-pickling factory, according to photos state media released on Wednesday.

The photos of the supreme leader beaming next to stacks of food is no doubt meant to send a signal to the world that the Hermit Kingdom is doing better than ever. North Korea is notorious for its propaganda, especially about Kim.

But the country's economy is still under the grip of international sanctions imposed after its nuclear tests. A United Nations report last year concluded 70% of North Koreans were struggling to get enough to eat.

On Tuesday, White House national security adviser John Bolton said the country wasn't holding up its promises toward denuclearization.

Still, Kim looked very happy as he toured the factory with soldiers, dressed in an uncharacteristically casual getup:

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Kim was accompanied on the trip by his wife, Ri Sol-ju, who followed him around the Kumsanpho plant, smiling and dutifully holding his suit jacket.

Source: KCNA Watch



North Korean state media said the factory, located in the South Hwanghae Province, is the first of its kind, producing 30 types of pickled-fish products, including eel, anchovy, and shrimp. Kim allegedly called the stockpiles of food a "spectacular view," according to state media.

Source: KCNA Watch



An estimated 41% of North Koreans, or 10.5 million people, are believed to be undernourished.

Source: The New York Times



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  • North Korea is reportedly refusing to turn over its nuclear weapons, despite repeated requests from US officials, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
  • The secretary is struggling to get North Korea to even disclose the size of its nuclear arsenal, Vox reveals.
  • Wednesday's report is the latest in a string of articles suggesting that North Korea may actually be moving away from denuclearization.
  • Trump administration officials have already started publicly expressing frustration with Pyongyang's failure to act in accordance with US demands.

Nuclear negotiations with North Korea have reportedly not been going particularly well, as Pyongyang has repeatedly rejected US calls for the North to dump the majority of its nuclear arsenal.

The Trump administration has presented North Korea with a timeline for denuclearization that demands the country turn over 60-70 percent of its nuclear weapons stockpile to the US or a third party within the six to eight months, Vox reported Wednesday, citing two people familiar with the negotiations.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has reportedly struggled to get North Korea to disclose the size of its arsenal, specifically how many warheads it possesses. US intelligence agencies estimate that North Korea could have as many as 60 warheads, according to The Washington Post, but North Korea's status as one of the hardest intel targets in the world makes it difficult for anyone to be certain what North Korea has up its sleeves.

North Korea is said to have grown tired of Pompeo because he keeps repeating his demands despite constant rejection, refusing to take no for an answer, Vox revealed. After Pompeo's most recent visit to North Korea in July, the North Korean foreign ministry criticized the American demands, calling them "gangster-like" and "regrettable."

The Vox report is the latest in a string of reports suggesting that nuclear negotiations with North Korea are not yielding the results the Trump administration expects.

North Korea has in recent weeks been caught producing possible liquid-fueled intercontinental ballistic missiles at a facility in Sanum-dong, increasing nuclear fuel production at secret enrichment sites, making key infrastructure improvements at the Yongbyon Nuclear Scientific Research Center, and expanding a facility in Hamhung dedicated to the development of solid-fueled ballistic missiles.

A confidential United Nations report leaked last week revealed that North Korea "has not stopped its nuclear and missile programs."

Not even two months since the Singapore summit where President Donald Trump met North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for the first time, and this situation appears increasingly bleak and a far cry from "final, fully-verified denuclearization as agreed to by Chairman Kim," a phrase often repeated by members of the Trump administration, Pompeo in particular.

"Chairman Kim made a commitment to denuclearize," the secretary recently told reporters, "The world demanded that they do so in the UN Security Council resolutions. To the extent they are behaving in a manner inconsistent with that, they are a) in violation of one or both the U.N. Security Council resolutions and b) we can see we still have a ways to go to achieve the ultimate outcome we're looking for."

Others in the administration are expressing their frustration as well. "The United States has lived up to the Singapore declaration," White House National Security Adviser John Bolton told Fox News Monday, "It’s just North Korea that has not taken the steps we feel are necessary to denuclearize."

While North Korea remains in possession of its nuclear weapons, the country has dismantled the Punggye-ri nuclear test site, put a moratorium on missile testing, released US hostages, and returned the suspected remains of US war dead. The North does not, however, appear to have started the denuclearization process, which many observers argue was not clearly defined in the landmark Singapore agreement that was noticeably lacking in substance.

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  • The Turkish government claims to have new evidence that the US was involved in the 2016 failed coup attempt after discovering a Word document entitled "coup directive," which was authored by someone named John.
  • Ankara is investigating everyone named John who was in country at the time of the coup attempt, and pro-government lawyers have even filed charges against several high-ranking US military officers. 
  • The charges are possibly in response to the Trump administration recently imposing sanctions on two high-level Turkish officials over the detention of American Pastor Andrew Brunson, who Ankara has accused of espionage. 

The Turkish government claims to have new evidence that the US was involved in the 2016 failed coup attempt, according to a Tuesday report from Ahval, an allegation the US State Department called "absurd." 

Turkish investigators claim to have discovered an internal Word document entitled "coup directive," which was authored by someone named John, and last updated about a week before the July 2016 failed coup attempt aimed at overthrowing President Tayyip Erdogan, Ahval reported, citing a pro-Turkish government newspaper called Yeni Safak. 

As such, Ankara is investigating everyone named John who was in the country at the time of coup attempt, including former US ambassador John Bass and Air Force Col. John Walker, who was commander at the US İncirlik Air Base at the time, Ahval reported. 

Ankara claims Walker was likely the author because the document contained a lot of military knowledge, Ahval reported. 

Walker left his post at Incirlik in 2017, and is now a legislative assisstant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joe Dunford. 

Col John Walker

"Any reports that U.S. government or military personnel had any previous knowledge or involvement in a Turkey coup attempt are baseless and completely false," Col. Patrick S. Ryder, a spokesman for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told Business Insider in an email. 

The US State Department rejected Turkey's allegations too.

“We have seen the media reports," a State Department spokesman told Business Insider. "As we have said before, the notion that current or former employees of the United States Government were involved in the failed coup attempt is absurd.”

Ankara says the Word document was discovered in the inbox of an aide to General Mehmet Partigöç who has since been implicated in the coup attempt, Ahval reported. 

"The coup was tragic, but had nothing, repeat, nothing to do with the United States or a dude named John," Aaron Stein, a senior fellow with the Atlantic Council, told Business Insider in an email. "The factors that led to the coup stems form internal issues exacerbated by weak institutions and coup proofing."

"There are elements in Turkey that insist on living in a fantasy world, where Ankara is under threat, or that dark forces are colluding to bring down the government," Stein said. 

And Turkey's accusations don't stop there. 

Stars and Stripes reported on Wednesday that pro-Turkish government lawyers at the Association for Social Justice and Aid have filed charges against multiple high-ranking US military officers and non-commissioned officers connected to Incirlik Air Base, and are even trying to stop all flights from the base so that they can search the premises. 

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The lawyers claim the officers have ties to the FETO group, which is supposedly run by Muhammed Fethullah Gulen, a Muslim religious leader that Ankara has accused of spearheading the coup attempt and is now living in Pennsylvania. 

Among the charged are not only Walker and several high-ranking officers at Incirlik, but also CENTCOM Commander Gen. Joseph Votel, retired US Army Gen. John F. Campbell and others, Stripes reported. 

"Meaningless," Stein later tweeted about the charges. "But when you add this to the power being turned off for a week in July 2016, the viability of Incirlik as a base for US forces for out of area conflicts has to be questioned."

The Stockholm Center for Freedom told Stripes that the charges are in response to the Trump administration recently imposing sanctions on two high-level Turkish officials over the detention of American Pastor Andrew Brunson, who Ankara has accused of espionage. 

In the last few years, the US and Turkey have had strained relations over Washington's refusal to extradite Gulen, its backing of the YPG in Syria, as well as Ankara's desire to purchase Russian S-400 missile defense systems and its gradual drift towards Russia.

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I don't like Cole - he's an ultra supremacist Jew who somehow manages to get published by 'anti-Semites' - at all, but here he deals with the interesting question - one of the key questions of our time - of why, say, Bill Kristol, doesn't look like Le Merchant:  "Flinging Poo at a Jew" (the epitome of political incorrectness is highlighted in red):
"This Jewish delusion of being among the “99 percent” is what compels Jews in the West to promote suicidal policies. Some of us really believe that once the “white Christian power structure” is toppled, we’ll lead what replaces it. Which is nonsense. In truth, we’ll be the first ones tossed into the sea. Just ask the Jews of France how welcome they feel now that “people of color” own the streets. This is a Jewish community that largely survived the Nazis, but it’s not surviving the immigrant invasion.
Speaking of Nazis, here’s an irony for the ages: It was Hitler who made the Jews white. Prior to the Holocaust, if you said the word “Jew” to a gentile, the first image that might come to mind would probably not have been a wealthy banker or media mogul, but rather a swarthy shtetl-dweller, a peddler, a rag salesman, Yiddle with a fucking fiddle. There’s a reason 1930s audiences loved Geezil from the Popeye cartoons. He was the stereotype.
But then along came Hitler, who damn near wiped out lower-class Eastern European Jewry. By the 1970s, the caricature of the poor “ethnic” Jew made no sense anymore. If you wanted to stereotype a Jew, you made him an upper-class intellectual nebbish with mother issues, not a lice-infested street vendor. But way too many Jews still see ourselves as the dispossessed, and that illusion informs our politics. We don’t want to face the reality that we’re actually the elite now—so we tell ourselves ghost stories about how Trump wants to put us in camps. That way, we can reassure ourselves that “Okay, maybe we’re a little well-off, but the white Christian powers-that-be want us dead, so we better throw in with our comrades-of-color.”
Take a hack like The New York Times Magazine’s Emily Bazelon. She recently attacked her “fellow whites” for their innumerable flaws. And when a few evil right wingers pointed out that she’s Jewish, she doubled down, stating that she “benefits” from her “whiteness” and therefore whites are “stuck” with her. Yet it took me exactly five seconds to Google-search “Bazelon” and “as a Jew” to reveal column after column in which she refers to Judaism as her “identity” and declares herself a “Jewish liberal.” I knew I’d get those results, because I know Bazelon’s type. She’ll identify as white to attack whites, but—like most Jews—she doesn’t want to lose her “special” identity, her “mark of the oppressed.”"
Kristol and his ilk don't look like Le Merchant because his ancestors managed to get out, by stepping on the corpses of people who look like Le Merchant.  It's obvious that the people who died in Europe in the 30s and 40s died because they couldn't escape, but the kicker is that your ability to escape was a question of class (and the Khazars who run American foreign policy are from the class that got out, with the complication that some of the worst neocons obviously have some non-Khazar blood, some have been 'whitened' with the most important of Khazar intellectual/scientific developments, plastic surgery, and some of the worst Zionists like Saban aren't Khazars at all, so it's complex).  You can't get any more politically incorrect than that!  My question:  Why was there an obvious ethnic bifurcation in Eastern European Jewry?  I'm guessing it is the usual problem of racial purity - the elite Jews - think Rothschilds - didn't interbreed with the ethnic Eastern Europeans, thus remaining pure Khazar.  The same ethnic animus now seems to infect 'white' Jewish attitudes towards the ultra orthodox and the settler movement.  These aren't just policy disagreements - the 'white' Jews actually despise the other Jews, with ironic consequences in weakening Zionism.  As with all supremacisms, the weakness is that the supremacists start to divide themselves on the basis of purity to the ethnic ideal, in this case, how 'white' - purebred Khazar - you are.  This is the single most taboo discussion you can have.

"Jeffrey Goldberg Doesn’t Speak for the Jews" (Klion).  No?  Could have fooled me.  To be read right after reading Cole.

Amazingly on point, Khazar supremacist front Human Rights Watch is going to bat for the mass-murdering Khazar Sackler family by claiming that 'pain management' is a 'human right'!!! You can't make this stuff up!  "Battle Over Opioids: Surprising Push-Back, and Not From Dealers" (Wexler).  Note that you have to be 'woke' to see through this story.

"A Four Person NATO-Funded Team Advises Facebook On Flagging "Propaganda"" (Durden).  The Atlantic Council, due to its obvious lack of any semblance of intellectual rigor, even by the standards of stinktanks, seems like a joke, but here is another example that there is good money and some power to be had in parroting the attitudes of the borg, while providing a parody/semblance of intellectual objectivity and expertise (e.g., Bellingcat).

"Is Democratic Senator Mark Warner The Mastermind Behind Weaponizing US Tech Giants?" (Krieger).

Quite a bit of glee over the tenth anniversary of the failed - and, in retrospect, silly - Georgian war on Russia:
  1. "WSJ: "When Russia Invaded Georgia"" (Sailer);
  2. Sailer's account of what actually happened; 
  3. "Marking 10 Years After Georgia Started War with Russia" (Gorka);
  4. "Repost: Saakashvili Wants War? He Will Get It." (Moon); and
  5. tying Saakashvili's appearance in American 'journalism' to the current world of the American borg: "Was the modern concept of ‘fake news’ born in Georgia a decade ago?" (MacDonald).
Saakashvili can still write PR for the Americans, but he is a man without a country, detested everywhere, with comic repercussions.

"Canadian sniper rifles expected to be in the hands of Ukrainian military by fall, MP says" (Pugliese) (every word is funny, but the last sentence is hilarious):
"While foreign affairs minister Chrystia Freeland has yet to sign off on the export permit for the rifles, Bezan said he anticipates she will do so as she is a strong supporter of Ukraine.
“If everything goes according to plan I would expect Freeland to sign off sometime this month,” he said. “I think the goal is to have (rifles) in their hands by the time of any fall-winter offensive in Donbass.”
Global Affairs Canada official John Babcock would not say whether Canadian taxpayers are financing the sale, and would not provide any other details about the arms deal. “The government has an obligation to protect confidential commercial information,” he stated in an email. “Further details related to export transactions (for example, names of exporting companies, financial values of individual contracts and transactions, and details of the specific technologies being exported) are protected due to the commercially confidential nature of such information.”
In December, the House of Commons defence committee recommended the Canadian government provide lethal weapons to Ukraine provided it demonstrates it is actively working to eliminate corruption at all levels of government."
"NATO fighter jet ‘accidentally’ fires live missile near Russian border":  "The missile fired by the jet should have self-destructed but apparently failed to do so."

"Venezuela’s soft coup advisor confesses where the opposition failed" (Verdad).  Gene Sharp, the NED, CANVAS, Yugoslavia, and Venezuela.  I would read this, and its comments.  See also:  "Venezuela Parliament Strips Immunity from Lawmakers Over Drone Attack" (one of the alleged coup plotters fled to Colombia!).

"Why Saudi Oil Production Suddenly Dropped" (Paraskova).  Possibly an attempt to jerk up oil prices exploiting uncertainties over the Iran sanctions, but tough to do in a world flooded with oil, or possibly a reflection of a fact tied to the failure of the ARAMCO IPO, the fact that Saudi reserves aren't anywhere near what they are claimed to be.

Shocking news!:  "Israel running campaign against Jeremy Corbyn" (Winstanley).  The extremely hands-on involvement of the Israeli government in what are supposed to be local issues was one of the big revelations of the first half of the Al Jazeera report (the second half, of course, on similar skulduggery in the US, has been shoahed as part of a deal to keep Qatar from being invaded!).
          Eden of the East - Episode 11 - The East That Continues On      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

As missiles fill the skies above Japan once more, Takizawa must rush to prevent a catastrophe far greater than Careless Monday. He has the resources - but does he have enough time?

          Comment on Democratic socialism: sounds good, but is way too expensive, and not the future of the Democratic party by Michael Fisher      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
whentheloliscry: <blockquote>"Isn’t the military expenditure only about 6 percent of GDP? Yeah an audit would find a trilliom dollars of waste over the past two decade or so, but you can’t blame it on the military. Blame the corporate elite and the schizophrenic fear of government and socialism</blockquote> That is hyper-simplistic & probably wrong! The military-industrial-political complex is a real thing - you can't point the finger at one part of the triad because they wash each others hands. When the military acknowledges they have an unwarranted excess of bases [they desire to close a half dozen bases to redirect their budget more usefully] it turns out to be politically impossible because it's some senators home turf. When a new inter-services project appears on the horizon the various services fight over ownership of the biggest slice. Nearly every decision maker in the Pentagon has a retirement plan as an 'advisor' with Northrop Grumman or Boeing or the Blackwater USA mercenary army [now going under the bullshit name Academi of all things!] or Halliburton. The same applies to the pols, but they get their trough refilled in real time & it's mostly legal! USA defence spending: It's 3% of GDP, it's 35% of total worldwide military spend, It's less than half of what it was in 1960 [8.4%]. Like most countries the total spend on 'defence' is dropping. That said it's far too much spend & US spend is not sufficiently integrated in policy terms with ally countries**. ** e.g. For NATO to be effective all the members would be rationalising/cross-integrating their systems sooner & saving buckets of money, but Putin & his puppy dog Trump are helping to break NATO as are a number of the members who are fundamentally at odds with the means [a nuclear option, forward duel use missiles blah blah] of mutual protection. There isn't an agreed set of triggers for a swift NATO response to external threats & this division in principles & ideology is being heavily exploited. I can imagine the disaster if a 'weak' leader such as Corbyn in the UK gets to be Prime Minister.
          Houthi missile launched into Saudi Arabia kills one      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Fragments from a missile launched into Saudi Arabia from Yemen by Houthi forces killed one civilian and wounded 11, Saudi state media said on Thursday.

          Today’s Google doodle celebrates the first Native-American woman engineer      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Born the great-great-granddaughter of Chief John Ross of the Cherokee Nation, Ross was hired as Lockheed Missiles and Space Company’s first female engineer in 1942.

Mary G. Ross was born 110 years ago on this day. Born the great-great-granddaughter of Chief John Ross of the Cherokee Nation, Ross was hired as Lockheed Missiles and Space Company’s first female engineer in 1942, reports Time. One of her greatest contributions over her five-decade career was her work on the Agena rocket, which allowed astronauts in the Apollo program to land on the moon. Today’s Google doodle depicts Ross’s portrait over the blueprints of the that rocket. Mary G. Ross passed away at the age of 99 in 2008.

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          Пропавший Boeing 777 (часть 7) (#2063)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
hyperpov
Например, я вам показываю, что на слайдах 72-78, а в статье 62.

Это преломление информации Вашим пониманием, и мне оно мне неинтересно.

Хотите конкретики?
На стр. 128 "As none of those air-to-air missiles in use in the region having fragmentation
warheads that include bow-tie shaped fragments, these missiles cannot have caused the
damage to flight MH17."
То есть без bow-tie не рассматривались. Это грубая ошибка.

Стр. 132 "The Buk surface-to-air missile system is present in this region and is the only weapon
system whose missiles have warheads containing, among other fragments, pre-formed
fragments in the shape of a bow-tie in its warhead."
То есть без bow-tie не рассматривались. Это грубая ошибка.
          Saudi-led coalition says Saada air strikes targeted missile launchers -SPA      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Saudi-led coalition fighting the Houthi group in Yemen said its air strikes in Saada on Thursday were aimed at missile launchers used to attack Jizan industrial city in southern Saudi Arabia, a statement carried by state news agency SPA said.

          CHINAS CHRISTIANS FACE TEST OF FAITH.      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
JEWISH KING JESUS IS COMING AT THE RAPTURE FOR US IN THE CLOUDS-DON'T MISS IT FOR THE WORLD.THE BIBLE TAKEN LITERALLY- WHEN THE PLAIN SENSE MAKES GOOD SENSE-SEEK NO OTHER SENSE-LEST YOU END UP IN NONSENSE.GET SAVED NOW- CALL ON JESUS TODAY.THE ONLY SAVIOR OF THE WHOLE EARTH - NO OTHER. 1 COR 15:23-JESUS THE FIRST FRUITS-CHRISTIANS RAPTURED TO JESUS-FIRST FRUITS OF THE SPIRIT-23 But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.ROMANS 8:23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.(THE PRE-TRIB RAPTURE)

LUKE 21:28-29
28 And when these things begin to come to pass,(ALL THE PROPHECY SIGNS FROM THE BIBLE) then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption (RAPTURE) draweth nigh.
29 And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree,(ISRAEL) and all the trees;(ALL INDEPENDENT COUNTRIES)
30 When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand.(ISRAEL LITERALLY BECAME AND INDEPENDENT COUNTRY JUST BEFORE SUMMER IN MAY 14,1948.)

JOEL 2:3,30
3 A fire devoureth (ATOMIC BOMB) before them;(RUSSIAN-ARAB-MUSLIM ARMIES AGAINST ISRAEL) and behind them a flame burneth: the land is as the garden of Eden before them, and behind them a desolate wilderness; yea, and nothing shall escape them.
30 And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.(ATOMIC BOMB AFFECT)

ZECHARIAH 14:12-13
12 And this shall be the plague wherewith the LORD will smite all the people that have fought against Jerusalem; Their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet,(DISOLVED FROM ATOMIC BOMB) and their eyes shall consume away in their holes,(DISOLVED FROM ATOMIC BOMB) and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth.(DISOLVED FROM ATOMIC BOMB)(BECAUSE NUKES HAVE BEEN USED ON ISRAELS ENEMIES)(GOD PROTECTS ISRAEL AND ALWAYS WILL)
13 And it shall come to pass in that day, that a great tumult from the LORD shall be among them; and they shall lay hold every one on the hand of his neighbour, and his hand shall rise up against the hand of his neighbour.(1/2-3 BILLION DIE IN WW3)(THIS IS AN ATOMIC BOMB EFFECT)

EZEKIEL 20:47
47 And say to the forest of the south, Hear the word of the LORD; Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will kindle a fire in thee, and it shall devour every green tree in thee, and every dry tree: the flaming flame shall not be quenched, and all faces from the south to the north shall be burned therein.

ZEPHANIAH 1:18
18 Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them in the day of the LORD'S wrath; but the whole land shall be devoured by the fire of his jealousy: for he shall make even a speedy riddance of all them that dwell in the land.

MALACHI 4:1
1 For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven;(FROM ATOMIC BOMBS) and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.

And here are the bounderies of the land that Israel will inherit either through war or peace or God in the future. God says its Israels land and only Israels land. They will have every inch God promised them of this land in the future.
Egypt east of the Nile River, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, The southern part of Turkey and the Western Half of Iraq west of the Euphrates. Gen 13:14-15, Psm 105:9,11, Gen 15:18, Exe 23:31, Num 34:1-12, Josh 1:4.ALL THIS LAND ISRAEL WILL DEFINATELY OWN IN THE FUTURE, ITS ISRAELS NOT ISHMAELS LAND.12 TRIBES INHERIT LAND IN THE FUTURE

Top Middle East intel official says Mossad behind killing of Syrian rocket chief-New York Times quotes senior figure from intelligence agency in the region; Israeli cabinet minister refuses to comment on report but says it's a 'good thing' Aziz Azbar is dead-By TOI staff and Agencies-AUG 8,18

A senior official from a Middle East intelligence agency has pointed the finger at Israel’s Mossad for the killing of  a top Syrian chemical weapons and rocket scientist over the weekend, The New York Times reported Tuesday, reinforcing accusations from Syria.Aziz Azbar was killed when his car exploded in the northern city of Masyaf late Saturday night. The unnamed official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told the paper  that Israel was behind the attack and said his own intelligence agency had been informed of the Israeli operation.A senior Israeli government official declined to comment on the report Tuesday, but noted it was “a good thing” that Azbar was dead.A pro-government Syrian paper on Sunday had accused the Mossad of being behind the hit. Azbar’s driver was also killed in the blast.According to the report, Israel believed that Azbar was leading a classified weapons development program called Sector 4 at the Syrian Scientific Studies and Research Center, and was busy re-building an underground weapons factory to replace the one said destroyed by Israel last year.Azbar was working alongside Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani, the commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards’ elite al-Quds Force and enjoyed high-level access to both the Syrian and Iranian governments, the New York Times said.Azbar and his team were working to begin mass-producing precision-guided missiles by retrofitting SM600 Tishreen rockets. They were also working on a solid-fuel plant for missiles and rockets, a safer alternative to liquid fuel, the report said. The Tishreen is a Syrian version of the Iranian Fateh-110, a missile with a range of 200 kilomenters (125 miles.) On Sunday the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors the Syria war through local contacts, also reported Azbar’s death. It said he specialized in developing rocket systems at the center’s Masyaf facility in Hama.Israel’s Hadashot TV news said Sunday night he was in charge of a project improving the range and accuracy of the regime’s Scud missiles. Reports have also indicated an Iranian missile operation at the site.The intelligence official also told The New York Times that Azbar had for years been active in the Assad regime’s chemical-weapons production program and was also involved in coordinating Iranian and Hezbollah activities in Syria.The Scientific Research and Studies Center in Masyaf, also known by its French acronym CERS, has long been associated with chemical weapons production, and was the target of a number of airstrikes attributed to Israel. An alleged Israeli strike on the site in April reportedly killed a number of Iranian soldiers.The official quoted in The New York Times Tuesday said that Israel had been tracking Azbar for years, and had wanted to assassinate him over his prominent role in Syria’s weapons program even before the outbreak of the Syrian civil war in 2011. He said it was the fourth time in three years the Mossad has assassinated an enemy weapons engineer in a foreign country.Israel has been blamed for the killing of several scientists in recent years, including two Hamas engineers in the last 18 months.A Hamas rocket scientist was shot dead by gunmen in Malaysia in April and a drone engineer was killed in Tunisia in December 2016. Hamas blamed the Mossad for both deaths.Israel does not usually comment on reports of its alleged military operations in Syria but has repeatedly warned it would work to keep advanced weapons out of Hezbollah terrorists’ hands and has vowed to stop Iran establishing a military presence in the country.On Tuesday, Gilad Erdan who heads the Public Security and Strategic Affairs ministries declined to comment on Israel’s involvement in Azbar’s killing, but said it was “a good thing” that he was dead.“We obviously do not comment on these kinds of reports — neither confirming nor denying them — but we can talk about the man himself, who was responsible for putting high quality weapons in the hands of some bad people, and so we can say that the fact he is no longer with us is a good thing,” he told Israel Radio when asked about the New York Times report.Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman on Sunday sought to downplay the possibility of Israeli involvement.“Every day in the Middle East there are hundreds of explosions and settling of scores. Every time they try to place the blame on us. So we won’t take this too seriously,” he told Hadashot News.An insurgent group calling itself the Abu Amara Brigades claimed responsibility for the operation. The group has previously claimed attacks targeting officials and militia commanders inside government territory.In April 2017, the Trump administration placed sanctions on hundreds of CERS employees following a chemical attack on the Syrian rebel-held city of Khan Sheikhoun that killed dozens of civilians, including children.Another CERS facility near Damascus was bombed by US, British and French forces in April after another chemical attack.The Syrian regime has been accused of dozens of gas attacks that have killed hundreds of civilians during the war, even after it said it was giving up its stockpile.

Israeli minister says ‘good chance’ Iran will renegotiate nuclear deal-Gilad Erdan slams 'morally bankrupt' EU for trying to salvage accord; Israeli intelligence community said optimistic that new sanctions will force major change in Tehran-By TOI staff-AUG 8,18

Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan on Tuesday praised the US for reimposing tough sanctions on Iran that brought back into effect the harsh penalties lifted under the Iran nuclear deal.“It would be better if the Iranian regime would disappear entirely from this world, but it would also be a blessing to see Obama’s bad nuclear agreement replaced with a better one,” he told Israel Radio. US President Donald Trump abandoned the deal in May.“In my opinion, there is a good chance of that,” said Erdan, who also heads the Strategic Affairs Ministry. “We can already see positive results from what Trump did.”Erdan criticized the European Union for trying to salvage the deal by ensuring that economic benefits guaranteed under the 2015 accord continue to flow to the country.“The EU is morally bankrupt, and we need to remember that next time they try to lecture us,” Erdan said. The EU, along with China, Russia, France, Germany and the UK, was also a signatory to the deal and has not withdrawn.In Israel, the reimposition of US sanctions was lauded as a historic turning point that could ultimately lead to the Islamic Republic’s downfall.On Tuesday, Israel Radio quoted an unnamed senior official who said the Israeli intelligence community was optimistic the sanctions would lead to major changes in Iran and force Tehran to renegotiate the deal.“We would like to see a change in policy, but there is no way of knowing how long that will take,” the official said.“The only hammer available right now is economic, and using that, there is a good change Iran will fall to its knees,” he said. “Right now Iran is weak and hysterical.”The new sanctions on Iran took effect just after midnight in Washington on Tuesday as part of Trump’s withdrawal from the international accord designed to limit Iran’s nuclear program.Trump signed an executive order restoring the penalties on Monday, which he said would put “maximum economic pressure” on the country. The sanctions affect financial transactions that involve US dollars, Iran’s automotive sector, the purchase of commercial planes and metals including gold.A second batch of US sanctions targeting Iran’s oil sector and central bank are to be reimposed in early November.Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised Trump for ratcheting up pressure on the Islamic Republic, and called on European nations to follow his lead.“It symbolizes the determination to curb Iran’s regional aggression and its ongoing plans to arm itself with nuclear weapons,” Netanyahu said in a video released Monday.On Monday, the European Union’s diplomatic chief Federica Mogherini said the bloc, as well as Britain, France and Germany, deeply regretted Washington’s move.“We are determined to protect European economic operators engaged in legitimate business with Iran,” she said in a statement.Many large European firms are leaving Iran for fear of US penalties, and Trump warned of “severe consequences” against firms and individuals that continued to do business with Iran.The impact of the return of sanctions has ramped up tensions inside Iran, which has seen days of protests and strikes in multiple towns and cities over water shortages, high prices and wider anger at the political system.Severe reporting restrictions have made it impossible to verify the swirl of claims coming through social media.Agencies contributed to this report.

Fresh US sanctions on Iran kick in as clock hits midnight-Reimposition of economic restrictions as part of Trump's withdrawal from nuclear deal met with cheers in Jerusalem, jeers in Tehran and Europe-By TOI staff-AUG 8,18

New US sanctions on Iran took effect just after midnight in Washington on Tuesday as part of President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the international accord meant to limit the Iranian nuclear program.On Monday, Trump signed an executive order restoring sanctions on Iran, which he said would would put “maximum economic pressure” on the country. He also held out hope for new negotiations between Iran and the United States that would result in another, more wide-ranging, accord.The new sanctions target Iran’s automotive sector and trade in gold and precious metals. They come ahead of even more biting sanctions set to be introduced on November 5 against the country’s energy and banking sectors.While cheered by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other senior Israeli officials, the reimposition of US sanctions was bemoaned by the nuclear deal’s European signatories and the EU, who defended the accord and vowed to protect European firms from US economic penalties.In a White House statement announcing the sanctions, Trump repeated his criticisms of the deal, and argued that Iran’s behavior since the pact was implemented has vindicated his long-held position.“The JCPOA, a horrible, one-sided deal, failed to achieve the fundamental objective of blocking all paths to an Iranian nuclear bomb, and it threw a lifeline of cash to a murderous dictatorship that has continued to spread bloodshed, violence, and chaos,” Trump said.“Since the deal was reached, Iran’s aggression has only increased. The regime has used the windfall of newly accessible funds it received under the JCPOA to build nuclear-capable missiles, fund terrorism, and fuel conflict across the Middle East and beyond.”Following Trump’s announced US departure from the deal in May, the White House has, through 17 rounds, sanctioned 38 Iran-related targets.The objective, the administration has indicated, is to change Iranian behavior.“Reimposition of nuclear-related sanctions through today’s actions further intensifies pressure on Tehran to change its conduct,” Trump said Monday.In May, Trump withdrew the United States from the Iran nuclear deal forged under the Obama administration and with five other world powers, a move that set in motion a renewal of sanctions against Iran that had been removed once the landmark accord was implemented in January 2016.In Israel, the reimposition of US sanctions was lauded as a historic turning point that could ultimately lead to the Islamic Republic’s downfall, with senior officials calling on other countries to follow suit.“It symbolizes the determination to curb Iran’s regional aggression and its ongoing plans to arm itself with nuclear weapons,” said Netanyahu in a video released Monday, moments after Trump signed new sanctions into law.Jerusalem’s warm embrace of the US sanctions in Iran stood in stark contrast to the European Union, which said it would move to protect countries that remain in Iran.“We deeply regret the re-imposition of sanctions by the US, due to the latter’s withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA),” the union’s foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, and the foreign ministers of the UK, France and Germany said in a joint statement, using the nuclear deal’s technical name.“The JCPOA is working and delivering on its goal, namely to ensure that the Iranian program remains exclusively peaceful,” the statement went on. “It is a key element of the global nuclear non-proliferation architecture, crucial for the security of Europe, the region, and the entire world.”The European Commission vowed to oppose the new US sanctions regime, updating its so-called Blocking Statute that is aimed at “sustaining trade and economic relations between the EU and Iran.”In Tehran, President Hassan Rouhani rejected Trump’s call for renewed negotiations on Iran’s nuclear program, saying it was a statement intended only for American audiences and to foment chaos in Iran.In a televised interview, he said “Negotiations with sanctions doesn’t make sense. They are imposing sanctions on Iranian children, patients and the nation.” He was referring to fears that essential supplies such as medicines would be affected when sanctions return.He said Iran had “always welcomed negotiations,” but that Washington would first have to demonstrate it can be trusted.“If you’re an enemy and you stab the other person with a knife and then you say you want negotiations, then the first thing you have to do is remove the knife.”“How do they show they are trustworthy? By returning to the JCPOA,” he said, using the technical name for the 2015 nuclear deal.Rouhani fell back on the rhetoric of many of his predecessors by referencing the 1953 CIA-backed coup that overthrew Iran’s elected prime minister and cemented the shah’s rule.“I have no pre-conditions” for negotiating with America “if the US government is ready to negotiate about paying compensation to the Iranian nation from 1953 until now,” Rouhani said. “The US owes the Iranian nation for its intervention in Iran.Two weeks ago, Trump indicated that he was willing to meet with Iran’s leaders at any time and without any preconditions.“I would certainly meet with Iran if they’re ready to meet,” Trump said during a White House press conference, adding that he was willing to do so with “no preconditions.”The week before, Trump tweeted at Rouhani that Iran would “suffer consequences the likes of which few throughout history have ever suffered before,” in a dramatic all-caps tweet.To Iranian President Rouhani: NEVER, EVER THREATEN THE UNITED STATES AGAIN OR YOU WILL SUFFER CONSEQUENCES THE LIKES OF WHICH FEW THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE EVER SUFFERED BEFORE. WE ARE NO LONGER A COUNTRY THAT WILL STAND FOR YOUR DEMENTED WORDS OF VIOLENCE & DEATH. BE CAUTIOUS!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 23, 2018-His tweet was ostensibly a response to a speech Rouhani gave the night before in which he threatened that the United States would experience the “mother of all wars” if it entered into an armed confrontation with Iran.Agencies contributed to this report.

2 officers dismissed from elite army unit after training accidents-After 2 Maglan soldiers injured in separate incidents, IDF says it is 'unacceptable and unprofessional to unnecessarily endanger' troops during training-By TOI staff-AUG 8,18

The Israel Defense Forces announced on Monday the dismissal of two officers from an elite commando unit following a pair of recent training accidents in which soldiers were injured.Additionally, the commander of the platoon in which the officers served was reprimanded, the IDF said in a statement summarizing the investigation into the incidents led by Brig. Gen. Yaron Finkelman, head of the 98th Paratroopers Division.In one of the instances, a soldier from the Maglan unit was seriously injured during a training exercise while jumping from a moving vehicle into a thorn bush, according to the army.The soldier’s commander, who the army named only as First Lieutenant Y., was removed as a result of the incident. Finkelman also ordered a halt to all training exercises in the Commando Brigade until the investigation’s recommendations are implemented and the unit’s training files are reviewed.“The division commander determined this action was improper, unprofessional, immoral, dangerous and unnecessary,” the IDF said.In the second incident a soldier was moderately wounded during Krav Maga exercises but did not receive medical treatment immediately after. The army said the injury occurred during a Krav Maga demonstration in which protective equipment was not used.The IDF said the soldier’s commander, First Lieutenant G., was removed for “acting erroneously during the [Krav Maga] training and acted negligently by not sending the soldier for treatment.”Krav Maga exercises have been put on hold in the Commando Brigade until commanders and instructors undergo a “refresher” of the training commands, the army said. New mechanisms for oversight and approval of Krav Maga training in the brigade will also be introduced, the IDF added.The army said the findings of the investigation would be given to the Military Advocate General to decide whether to open a Military Police investigation. It also said commanders were in touch with the families of the injured soldiers.“The IDF takes risks in the face of the enemy as required to fulfill its operational duties,” the army said. “It is unacceptable and unprofessional to unnecessarily endanger soldiers during training and routine activities.”Parents of soldiers in the unit claimed to the Ynet news site earlier this week that routine training for the soldiers regularly crossed the threshold into violence. They also complained of the secrecy surrounding the activities of the unit, and said they relied on the officers and commanders to keep their children safe.Maglan is a special elite unit that operates behind enemy lines. The unit’s 18 months of training is among the most strenuous in the IDF.

EARTH DESTROYED WITH THE EARTH IN NOAHS DAY(BECAUSE OF SIN,VIOLENCE AND GODLESS PEOPLE)

GENESIS 6:11-13
11 The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.(WORLD TERRORISM,MURDERS)(HAMAS IN HEBREW IS VIOLENCE)
12 And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.
13 And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence (TERRORISM)(HAMAS) through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.

HOSEA 4:1-3
1 Hear the word of the LORD, ye children of Israel: for the LORD hath a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, because there is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land.
2 By swearing, and lying, and killing, and stealing, and committing adultery, they break out, and blood toucheth blood.
3 Therefore shall the land mourn, and every one that dwelleth therein shall languish, with the beasts of the field, and with the fowls of heaven; yea, the fishes of the sea also shall be taken away.

DEUTORONOMY 28:22-24
22  The LORD shall smite thee with a consumption, and with a fever, and with an inflammation, and with an extreme burning, and with the sword, and with blasting, and with mildew; and they shall pursue thee until thou perish.
23  And thy heaven that is over thy head shall be brass, and the earth that is under thee shall be iron.
24  The LORD shall make the rain of thy land powder and dust: from heaven shall it come down upon thee, until thou be destroyed.

STORMS HURRICANES-TORNADOES

LUKE 21:25-26
25 And there shall be signs in the sun,(HEATING UP-SOLAR ECLIPSES) and in the moon,(MAN ON MOON-LUNAR ECLIPSES) and in the stars;(ASTEROIDS ETC) and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity;(MASS CONFUSION) the sea and the waves roaring;(FIERCE WINDS)
26 Men’s hearts failing them for fear,(TORNADOES,HURRICANES,STORMS) and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth:(DESTRUCTION) for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.(FROM QUAKES,NUKES ETC)

THE FIRST JUDGEMENT OF THE EARTH STARTED WITH WATER-IT ONLY MAKES SENSE THE LAST GENERATION WILL BE HAVING FLOODING
GENESIS 7:6-12
6 And Noah was six hundred years old when the flood of waters was upon the earth.
7 And Noah went in, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons’ wives with him, into the ark, because of the waters of the flood.
8 Of clean beasts, and of beasts that are not clean, and of fowls, and of every thing that creepeth upon the earth,
9 There went in two and two unto Noah into the ark, the male and the female, as God had commanded Noah.
10 And it came to pass after seven days, that the waters of the flood were upon the earth.
11 In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened.
12 And the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights.
GOD PROMISED BY A RAINBOW-THE EARTH WOULD NEVER BE DESTROYED TOTALLY WITH A FLOOD AGAIN.BUT FLOODIING IS A SIGN OF JUDGEMENT.

FIRES AND EXPLOSIONS

REVELATION 8:7
7 The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood, and they were cast upon the earth: and the third part of trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up.

Firefighters battling 122 active forest fires across northern Ontario-[The Canadian Press]-YAHOONEWS-August 8, 2018

TORONTO — There was little rest for firefighters in northern Ontario during the long weekend as they continued battling flames on numerous fire lines.The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources says there were 122 active fires as of Monday night, including 78 in the northwest region and 44 in the northeast.Eighteen fires in the northeast and seven in the northwest were classified as out of control.The largest fire in the northeast, "Parry Sound 33," covers about 113 square kilometres and remains out of control. Officials say "extremely dry fuel conditions remain" despite the area receiving about 10 millimetres of rain on Monday.An evacuation order for residents of several communities in the French River area remain in effect and numerous travel restrictions remain in force.Another large fire dubbed "North Bay 72" about 30 kilometres west of Temiskaming Shores remains out of control. That blaze began on July 8 and was being held at about 272 square kilometres.The ministry says there have been 918 forest fires so far this year compared to 354 in 2017.The Canadian Press.

Health care workers ask Tories to stop repeal of sex-ed curriculum-[The Canadian Press]-YAHOONEWS-August 8, 2018

TORONTO — Nearly 1,800 health-care workers from across the province are asking the Tory government to stop plans to repeal and replace Ontario's modernized sex-ed curriculum.The group of doctors, nurses and social workers signed a petition that was delivered to the provincial legislature today by NDP Leader Andrea Horwath.Premier Doug Ford had long promised to scrap the sex-ed curriculum updated by his Liberal predecessors, and has said the government will engage in a province-wide consultation to create a new lesson plan.The government has said teachers will use a 1998 version of the curriculum this fall as those consultations are underway.The group of health-care workers who signed the petition says repealing the curriculum will put children's safety and mental health at risk by providing them with outdated information.In addition to individual workers, groups including the Registered Nurses of Ontario, the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Ontario Association of Social Workers have signed the petition.The Canadian Press.

Largest wildfire in California history to burn for rest of August-[Reuters]-YAHOONEWS-By Dan Whitcomb-August 8, 2018

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - California's biggest wildfire on record was expected to burn for the rest of the month, fire officials said on Tuesday, as hot and windy conditions challenged thousands of fire crews battling eight major blazes burning out of control across the state.The Mendocino Complex grew to span 290,692 acres (117,639 hectares) by Tuesday morning, with barely a third of it contained since two wildfires merged at the southern tip of the Mendocino National Forest, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) said.It is the largest of eight major fires burning out of control across California, prompting U.S. President Donald Trump to declare a "major disaster" in the state.The size of the fire has surpassed that of last year's Thomas Fire, which burned 281,893 acres in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties and destroyed more than 1,000 structures.Nearly half of the ten largest California wildfires on record occurred in the last decade.The Mendocino Complex has burnt 75 homes and forced the evacuation of thousands of people. Fire officials had hoped to extinguish the fire by mid-August, but pushed that date to early September on Tuesday.Temperatures could reach 110 degrees Fahrenheit (43 Celsius) in Northern California over the next few days, with gusty winds fanning the flames of the complex, a National Weather Service meteorologist said.The 3,900 personnel battling the Mendocino Complex on Monday were focusing on keeping flames from breaking through fire lines on a ridge above the foothill communities of Nice, Lucerne, Glen Haven, and Clearlake Oaks, said Tricia Austin, a spokeswoman for Cal Fire.Elsewhere in California, evacuations were ordered for cabins in Cleveland National Forest's canyons in Orange County on Monday afternoon, after a blaze broke out to quickly engulf 700 acres (283 hectares).The Carr Fire, which has torched 167,000 acres in the scenic Shasta-Trinity region north of Sacramento since breaking out on July 23, was 47 percent contained.The Carr Fire has been blamed for seven deaths, including that of a 21-year-old Pacific Gas and Electric Company lineman Jay Ayeta. The company said on Sunday he was killed in a vehicle crash as he worked with crews in dangerous terrain."California wildfires are being magnified and made so much worse by the bad environmental laws which aren't allowing massive amount of readily available water to be properly utilized," Trump wrote on Twitter, without providing supporting evidence.A Cal Fire spokesman declined to comment on Trump's claims but said crews did not lack water to fight the flames.Environmental activists and some politicians say the intensity of the state's wildfire season could be linked in part to climate change.(Additional reporting by Brendan O'Brien in Milwaukee; Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky and Bernadette Baum)

WORLD POWERS IN THE LAST DAYS (END OF AGE OF GRACE NOT THE WORLD)

EUROPEAN UNION-KING OF WEST-DAN 9:26-27,DAN 7:23-24,DAN 11:40,REV 13:1-10
EGYPT-KING OF THE SOUTH-DAN 11:40
RUSSIA-KING OF THE NORTH-EZEK 38:1-2,EZEK 39:1-3
CHINA-KING OF THE EAST-DAN 11:44,REV 9:16,18
VATICAN-RELIGIOUS LEADER-REV 13:11-18,REV 17:4-5,9,18

WORLD TERRORISM

OH BY THE WAY WHEN THE MEDIA SAYS ALLU-AK-BAR MEANS GOD IS GREAT LIE. IN ISLAM ALLU-AK-BAR MEANS OUR GOD IS GREATER OR GREATEST. THIS IS HOW THE MEDIA SUCK HOLES UP TO ISLAMIC-QURANIC-MUSLIMS. BY WATERING DOWN THE REAL MEANING OF THE SEX FOR MURDER DEATH CULT ISLAM. TO MAKE IT SOUND LIKE A PEACEFUL RELIGION (CULT OF DEATH AND WORLD DOMINATION).

GENESIS 6:11-13
11 The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.(WORLD TERRORISM,MURDERS)(HAMAS IN HEBREW IS VIOLENCE)
12 And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.
13 And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence (TERRORISM)(HAMAS) through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.

GENESIS 16:11-12
11 And the angel of the LORD said unto her,(HAGAR) Behold, thou art with child, and shalt bear a son, and shalt call his name Ishmael;(FATHER OF THE ARAB/MUSLIMS) because the LORD hath heard thy affliction.
12 And he (ISHMAEL-FATHER OF THE ARAB-MUSLIMS) will be a wild (DONKEY-JACKASS) man;(ISLAM IS A FAKE AND DANGEROUS SEX FOR MURDER CULT) his hand will be against every man,(ISLAM HATES EVERYONE) and every man's hand against him;(PROTECTING THEMSELVES FROM BEING BEHEADED) and he (ISHMAEL ARAB/MUSLIM) shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.(LITERAL-THE ARABS LIVE WITH THEIR BRETHERN JEWS)

ISAIAH 14:12-14
12  How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer,(SATAN) son of the morning!(HEBREW-CRECENT MOON-ISLAM) how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
13  For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
14  I (SATAN HAS EYE TROUBLES) will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.(AND 1/3RD OF THE ANGELS OF HEAVEN FELL WITH SATAN AND BECAME DEMONS)

JOHN 16:2
2 They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service.(ISLAM MURDERS IN THE NAME OF MOON GOD ALLAH OF ISLAM)

Amnesty International calls for united front against Saudi Arabia-[The Canadian Press]-YAHOONEWS-August 8, 2018

MONTREAL — Amnesty International says the global community should form a united front with Canada and speak out to protect two recently arrested women, including the sister of jailed blogger Raif Badawi.Genevieve Paul, the director of Amnesty's francophone branch, points out that pressure is put on the Saudi government when news of such arrests becomes public."I don't think it will worsen the situation because very often when we make evident unjust imprisonments, like the case of Samar Badawi, that increases their protection and increases pressure on the government," she said in an interview Monday.Amnesty International has said Badawi's sister was recently detained along with Nassima al-Sada, another prominent female activist.Paul pointed to the case of Raif Badawi as an example of how putting international pressure on the Saudis can have an impact."He was sentenced to 1,000 lashes and 10 years in prison, he received 50 lashes in 2015 and he could receive others, but he hasn't," she said."We do believe that this is because of continuous pressure and visibility on Raif's case so we're really hoping that more states speak out on Samar Badawi and all other activists."Paul stressed the situation is worse when the government does what it wants in secret and is not singled out for alleged human rights violations. "Clearly the aggressive reaction of the Saudi government shows that it's been disturbed," she added.Saudi Arabia said Sunday it was ordering Canada's ambassador to leave the country and freezing all new trade and investment transactions with Canada in a spat over human rights.The Islamic Kingdom made the decision in retaliation to a Global Affairs Canada's tweet that expressed concerns about the arrests of civil society and women's rights activists in the country, such as Samar Badawi.Paul said the Saudi government knows there are serious human rights violations in the country."It shows the real colours of the regime, and the international community should toughen its tone against the Saudi government," she said.The Amnesty spokeswoman noted a ban on women drivers was lifted in June, but that a number of activists who campaigned for the right to drive were arrested and face up to 20 years in prison."That's proof there's double talk, it's proof that there is no real reform in the country," she said. "On the contrary, the repression has intensified." She reiterated that Ottawa should suspend the sale of armoured vehicles to the Saudis, claiming that Amnesty still has strong reasons to believe they are being used in Yemen to commit serious human rights violations."We've been saying that without a serious human rights evaluation, we should not be transferring any military aid, any arms to Saudi Arabia," Paul said.Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said Monday the Canadian government will continue to raise its voice and defend human rights."We will always speak up for human rights, we will always speak up for women's rights around the world," she told reporters in Vancouver. "The most important thing for us is the life and the living conditions of activists."Ensaf Haidar, Raif Badawi's wife, who lives in Quebec with her three children, said Monday she was surprised when she heard about the two new arrests.Haidar and her children became Canadian citizens on Canada Day.Freeland also said Haidar and her family merit special attention from the government of Canada, adding, "a lot of Canadian civil society has been speaking up for her.""It's something that we do," Freeland said. "We stand up for Canadians and their families around the world."Peter Rakobowchuk , The Canadian Press.

For God or party? China's Christians face test of faith-[The Canadian Press]-YAHOONEWS-August 8, 2018

NANYANG, China — The 62-year-old Chinese shopkeeper had waited nearly his entire adult life to see his dream of building a church come true — a brick house with a sunny courtyard and spacious hall with room for 200 believers.But in March, about a dozen police officers and local officials suddenly showed up at the church on his property and made the frightened congregants disperse. They ordered that the cross, a painting of the Last Supper and Bible verse calligraphy be taken down. And they demanded that all services stop until each person, along with the church itself, was registered with the government, said the shopkeeper, Guo.Without warning, Guo and his neighbours in China's Christian heartland province of Henan had found themselves on the front lines of an ambitious new effort by the officially atheist ruling Communist Party to dictate — and in some cases displace — the practice of faith in the country."I've always prayed for our country's leaders, for our country to get stronger," said Guo, who gave only his last name out of fear of government retribution. "They were never this severe before, not since I started going to church in the 80's. Why are they telling us to stop now?"Under President Xi Jinping, China's most powerful leader since Mao Zedong, believers are seeing their freedoms shrink dramatically even as the country undergoes a religious revival. Experts and activists say that as he consolidates his power, Xi is waging the most severe systematic suppression of Christianity in the country since religious freedom was written into the Chinese constitution in 1982.The crackdown on Christianity is part of a broader push by Xi to "Sinicize" all the nation's religions by infusing them with "Chinese characteristics" such as loyalty to the Communist Party. Islamic crescents and domes have been stripped from mosques, and a campaign launched to "re-educate" tens of thousands of Uighur Muslims. Tibetan children have been moved from Buddhist temples to schools and banned from religious activities during their summer holidays, state-run media report.This spring, a five-year plan to "Sinicize" Christianity in particular was introduced, along with new rules on religious affairs. Over the last several months, local governments across the country have shut down hundreds of private Christian "house churches." A statement last week from 47 in Beijing alone said they had faced "unprecedented" harassment since February.Authorities have also seized Bibles, while major e-commerce retailers JD.com and Taobao pulled them off their sites. Children and party members are banned from churches in some areas, and at least one township has encouraged Christians to replace posters of Jesus with portraits of Xi. Some Christians have resorted to holding services in secret.A dozen Chinese Protestants interviewed by the Associated Press described gatherings that were raided, interrogations and surveillance, and one pastor said hundreds of his congregants were questioned individually about their faith. Like Guo, the majority requested that their names be partly or fully withheld because they feared punishment from authorities. After reporters visited Henan in June, some interviewees said they were contacted by police or local officials who urged them not to discuss any new measures around Christianity.The party has long been wary of Christianity because of its affiliation with Western political values. Several Chinese human rights lawyers jailed for their work, including Jiang Tianyong and Li Heping, are outspoken Christians. So too are many Hong Kong pro-democracy activists, not least among them 2014 protest leader Joshua Wong."Chinese leaders have always been suspicious of the political challenge or threat that Christianity poses to the Communist regime," said Xi Lian, a scholar of Christianity in China at Duke University. "Under Xi, this fear of Western infiltration has intensified and gained a prominence that we haven't seen for a long time."___Guo, who keeps a small storefront selling ornate doors in a riverside district, once had eyesight so poor that he could not distinguish the sky from the earth. But after finding God at 27 years old, he made a seemingly miraculous recovery that he attributes to his faith.For decades, he, like many Christians in China, shuttled from one unregistered house church to another, where folding chairs served as pews and coffee tables as lecterns. Two years ago, he and 10 other Christians pooled their money to erect a permanent church on his property.They are part of what experts describe as a spiritual awakening in China.The number of Chinese believers of all faiths has doubled in two decades to an estimated 200 million, by official count, as the hold of the Communist party has weakened. Among them are an estimated 67 million Christians, including Catholics — a number that is expected to swell to become the world's largest Christian population in a matter of decades. This rapid growth has reinvigorated the party's longtime mission to domesticate a religion traditionally aligned with the West.Historians believe that Christianity was known to China as early as the seventh century, and was later propagated by Jesuit missionaries starting in the 1500s. In recent decades the religion has faced by turns heavy persecution and tacit acceptance.During the Cultural Revolution, when Mao sought to eradicate all religions, Christians were jailed, tortured and publicly humiliated. But they survived by operating covertly and grew steadily in number after Mao's death in 1976, when a populace disillusioned with the Communist Party began to seek moral guidance elsewhere.Chinese Christians say the Bible gives them a sense of right versus wrong and the strength to endure in a country where power often trumps justice. While China's rapid growth has brought prosperity to many, others despair at what they see as a deterioration of public morals. The deaths of children in scandals involving tainted infant formula and shoddily-built schools in recent years have led to the sense that modern China was in the midst of an ethical crisis."After the 'collapse' of communist ideology, no value system has been in place to fill the spiritual vacuum," said writer Zhang Lijia. "China has witnessed a religious revival in recent decades precisely because of this vacuum and relaxed control."Officials once largely tolerated the unregistered Protestant house churches that sprang up independent of the official Christian Council, clamping down on some while allowing others to grow. But this year they have taken a tougher approach that relies partly on "thought reform" — a phrase for political indoctrination. Last November, Christian residents of a rural township in southeast Jiangxi province were persuaded to replace posters of the cross and Jesus Christ inside their homes with portraits of Xi, a local official said."Through our thought reform, they've voluntarily done it," Qi Yan, a member of the township party committee, told the AP by phone. "The move is aimed at Christian families in poverty, and we educated them to believe in science and not in superstition, making them believe in the party."The poster campaign appears to symbolize what analysts see as the underlying force driving the change in the party's approach to religion: the ascendance of Xi."Xi is a closet Maoist — he is very anxious about thought control," said Willy Lam, a Chinese politics expert at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. "He definitely does not want people to be faithful members of the church, because then people would profess their allegiance to the church rather than to the party, or more exactly, to Xi himself."Various state and local officials declined repeated requests to comment. But in 2016, Xi explicitly warned against the perceived foreign threats tied to faith, telling a religion conference: "We must resolutely guard against overseas infiltrations via religious means." And in April, the religious affairs department published an article saying that churches must endorse the party's leadership as part of "Sinicization.""Only Sinicized churches can obtain God's love," the article stated.The government is even cracking down on Christians more aggressively through legal means. In March, a prominent Chinese house church leader with US permanent residency was sentenced to seven years in prison after he built Christian schools in Myanmar. And half a dozen Christians were sentenced last month to up to 13 years in jail for involvement in a "cult," according to U.S.-based Christian non-profit ChinaAid.The pressure has pushed several dozen pastors and their families to flee to the United States in recent years, ChinaAid says. The wife of one pastor under house arrest left for Midland, Texas about a year ago, after authorities warned that their children might have trouble getting an education in China. She said members of their church in China were barred from being baptized, and even a simple Christmas service was interrupted."The government says that we have religious freedom, but really there is no freedom at all," said the pastor's wife, who asked to remain anonymous for her husband's safety. "Many of our Christian brothers and sisters are upset and fearful."Those who resist pay the price.After Jin Mingri, a prominent pastor who leads Zion Church in Beijing, refused local authorities' request to install surveillance cameras inside his house church, police individually questioned hundreds of members of the 1,500-person congregation, he said. The congregants faced veiled threats, Jin said, and many were asked to sign a pledge promising to leave Zion, which the government agents called illegal, politically incorrect and a cult. Some people lost their jobs or were evicted from rented apartments because police intimidated their bosses and landlords.For 11 years, the church has been housed on one floor of an office building, but the property management informed Jin in May that they would have to move out at the end of the summer. Jin said the management admitted to being influenced by external "pressures.""A lot of our flock are terrified by the pressure that the government is putting on them," he said. "It's painful to think that in our own country's capital, we must pay so dearly just to practice our faith."__At the epicenter of the drive to control the Christian community in China is Henan, the cradle of Chinese civilization and the entry point for many of the earliest foreign missionaries. Today, the province is one of the most populous in the country and a key part of Xi's fight against poverty, as proclaimed by red banners across acres of peanut farms and oil fields.Around the time authorities ordered Guo's church to stop congregating in March, his district announced a crackdown on private Christian meeting spots. On a single Sunday morning, the announcement said, 700 religious banners were removed, 200 religious texts seized and 31 illegal Christian gathering places shut down. Officials went door-to-door stripping decorative scrolls bearing the cross from home entrances.In Zhengzhou, Henan's capital, all that is left of one house church is shattered glass, tangled wires and torn hymnbooks, strewn among the rubble of a knocked-down wall. Pegged to another wall is a single wooden cross, still intact.The church inside a commercial building had served about 100 believers for years. But in late January, nearly 60 officials from the local religion department and police station appeared without warning. Armed with electric saws, they demolished the church, confiscated Bibles and computers and held a handful of young worshippers — including a 14-year-old girl — at a police station for more than 10 hours, according to a church leader.The authorities called the church illegal. The church leader said they had brought documentation to the religion department three or four times in an attempt to formally register it, but never received a response. Now, they have ceased to congregate.The church leader prays that the government will change its mind."We support President Xi," he said. "All we ask for is a space for our faith."That space for Xu Shijuan, a 63-year-old Seventh-Day Adventist, was her living room, where she held house church gatherings for four years. She stopped in March, after a group of men led by a local official ordered her to disband the meeting of about two dozen elderly Christians."If you don't heed our orders, the next group to come will be law enforcement," he said, according to Xu. "They will use force to disband you."Xu readily complied. "The people have dispersed, but our faith has not," she told the AP at her home in Zhengzhou. "God's path cannot be blocked. The more you try to control it, the more it will grow."Even Protestant churches already registered with the state have not been spared greater restrictions. When reporters visited five such churches in Henan this June, all bore notices at their entrances stating that minors and party members were not allowed inside. A banner above one church door exhorted members to "implement the basic direction of the party's religious work." Another church erected a Chinese flag at the foot of its steps.Some congregations now sing the national anthem during services, according to a house church pastor named Liu. Another pastor said his government-approved church shut down its Sunday school and cancelled all activities for children after receiving orders in February.Across Henan, house churches that once hosted gatherings of hundreds have now sealed their doors and split into groups of no more than a handful. Services are announced last-minute and held in different locations each week, often under the cloak of darkness.For a time, Guo's church did the same. They avoided congregating on Sundays to escape authorities' notice.But the church members were scared, and the group dwindled to 30. Authorities appealed to Guo to help gather information on his fellow Christians. He was given a form, reviewed by the AP, which asked for churchgoers' names, educational background and addresses, as well as the length of time they had been faithful and whether they were baptized.The brick house was largely deserted this summer. Around the door frame, tattered red outlines remained of a scroll that once read "God's love is as deep as the sea."Inside, Guo has refused to remove the cross and other decorations, telling authorities they are within his private property.Among them, pinned to a wall in the nave, is a bright blue poster that quotes China's constitutional promise of religious freedom.__AP writer Brian Skoloff contributed to this report from Midland, Texas.__Follow Yanan Wang on Twitter at https://twitter.com/yananw.Yanan Wang, The Associated Press.

Russia warns of 'horrible' conflict if Georgia joins NATO-[Associated Press]-YAHOONEWS-VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV-August 8, 2018

MOSCOW (AP) — An attempt by NATO to incorporate the former Soviet republic of Georgia could trigger a new, "horrible" conflict, Russia's prime minister said Tuesday in a stern warning to the West marking 10 years since the Russia-Georgia war.Dmitry Medvedev said in an interview with the Kommersant daily broadcast by Russian state television that NATO's plans to eventually offer membership to Georgia are "absolutely irresponsible" and a "threat to peace."Medvedev was Russia's president during the August 2008 war, which erupted when Georgian troops tried unsuccessfully to regain control over the Moscow-backed breakaway province of South Ossetia and Russia sent troops that routed the Georgian military in five days of fighting.The Russian army was poised to advance on the Georgian capital, but Medvedev rolled it back, accepting a truce mediated by the European Union.After the war, Georgia entirely lost control of both South Ossetia and another separatist region, Abkhazia. Russia has strengthened its military presence in both regions and recognized them as independent states, but only a few countries have followed suit.The European Union on Tuesday reiterated its "firm support to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia within its internationally recognized borders" and lamented the Russian military presence in Abkhazia and South Ossetia.In a show of support for Georgia, foreign ministers of Latvia, Lithuania and Poland, and a Cabinet member from Ukraine, visited Tbilisi Tuesday, urging Russia to withdraw its troops from Abkhazia and South Ossetia. "Nowadays no country can change the borders of another country by force," said Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz.Russian-Georgian relations have improved since the war, but the issue of the breakaway regions remains, preventing the full normalization of ties.Medvedev warned that NATO's attempt to embrace Georgia could have catastrophic consequences."There is an unresolved territorial conflict ... and would they bring such a country into the military alliance?" he said. "Do they understand the possible implications? It could provoke a horrible conflict."Medvedev pointed to Moscow's recognition of independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia and the Russian military bases there, saying that any attempt to change the status quo could lead to "extremely grave consequences." ''I hope that NATO's leadership will be smart enough not to take any steps in that direction," he said.The Russian prime minister described NATO's eastward expansion as a major security threat to Russia."Whatever our colleagues from the alliance may say, NATO countries see Russia as a potential enemy," he said. "We can't help getting worried when the circle around our country keeps narrowing as more and more countries join NATO. NATO's expansion clearly poses a threat to the Russian Federation."

          China Tests Hypersonic Aircraft Capable of Penetrating U.S. Missile Defense Systems      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

China claims to have successfully tested a hypersonic aircraft capable of reaching speeds in excess of Mach 6, or 4,563 miles per hour. The cutting-edge vehicle has the potential to penetrate U.S. missile defense systems and be refitted to include a nuclear warhead.

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Un Eurofighter espagnol a par erreur tiré un missile air-air lorsqu'il se trouvait au-dessus d'un polygone aérien estonien. L'engin serait tombé à 40 km de Tartu.
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La Russie équipe ses chasseurs MiG-31BM de nouveaux missiles de moyenne portée R-77-1, d’après une photo qui a filtré sur internet. D’autres images précédemment publiées montraient ses missiles à bord des chasseurs Su-35S, Su-57 et Su-34.
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Selon les forces armées estoniennes, un avion de combat espagnol a tiré mardi par erreur un missile dans l'espace aérien estonien réservé aux exercices militaires, à proximité de la localité d'Otepää, dans le sud du pays. Les autorités cherchent à localiser le missile, qui renfermerait jusqu'à dix kilos d'explosif. Un incident qui alarme les médias locaux.
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The Saudi-led coalition fighting the Houthi group in Yemen said its air strikes in Saada on Thursday were aimed at missile launchers used to attack Jizan industrial city in southern Saudi Arabia, a statement carried by state news agency SPA said.

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The statement accused the Iran-aligned Houthis of using children as human shields.
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WASHINGTON—Donald Trump has obliterated his weekly dishonesty record.

The U.S. president made 132 false claims last week, 19 per day, almost five times his average. That shatters his previous record of 103 false claims in a week, which he set in June.

Trump might have been expected to set a new record. He has grown steadily more dishonest over the course of his term, and he held three campaign rallies last week, the type of event where he is most prone to frequent lying.

But Trump was also extremely dishonest the week prior, during which he gave speeches but did not hold rallies. He made 76 false claims that week, good for fourth-most of his term.

July was Trump’s most dishonest month yet, with 280 false claims in all. His previous monthly record: 268, for June.

The false claims last week included many of his usual exaggerations and major new lies about a startling variety of subjects. Among the whoppers: he claimed that Americans need photo identification to “buy groceries” or to “buy anything” (obviously not), that car plants are opening in Pennsylvania (none are), that Justice Neil Gorsuch was number one in his class at Harvard Law School (Gorsuch wasn’t close), that the European Union refused to talk trade with Barack Obama (the EU engaged in three years of trade negotiations with Obama), that he is surrounding the U.S. with missile defence systems (U.S-based interceptor missiles are located only in California and Alaska), that a Democratic senator who explicitly opposes the abolition of Immigration and Customs Enforcement supports the abolition of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and that Bill Clinton was silenced for two weeks by Hillary Clinton after the ex-president made a controversial campaign comment about Obamacare (Bill Clinton did two speaking events the very next day and two the day after that), and that NATO was “essentially going out of business” before his presidency because of a decline in members’ military spending (members’ military spending had increased in each of the two previous years).

Trump is now up to 2,291 false claims for the first 563 days of his presidency, an average of 4.1 per day.

If Trump is a serial liar, why call this a list of “false claims,” not lies? Click here for our detailed explanation. The short answer is that we can’t be sure that each and every one was intentional. In some cases, he may have been confused or ignorant. What we know, objectively, is that he was not telling the truth.

Daniel Dale is the Star’s Washington bureau chief. He covers U.S. politics and current affairs. Follow him on Twitter: @ddale8


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THE 100 5x13: Damocles - Part Two

Previously: Vinson attacks Kane (and Abby then kills Vinson), Clarke turns against everyone to save Madi (but then realizes that "her people" is more than just one person and vows to stay to prevent the ship with missiles from taking off) and Octavia sacrifices herself to save Bellamy, Indra and Gaia (but then the Rover shows up with Murphy & Co. and saves them all). 

THIS WEEK ON THE 100

OOOOOOOMMMMMMFFFFGGGG Y'ALL!!! Where do I even BEGIN? I guess chronological order makes sense but who can be rational at a time like this?!! I will try my best!

The Rover shows up in the Wasteland, and Echo and Bellamy reunite and I am *underwhelmed.* Madi also pops out of the Rover, and Octavia plunges her sword... into the ground and bends da knee, swearing allegiance! Everyone else follow suit. Madi's having a bit of a tough time shouldering the burden of being Commander, but Bellamy comforts her in the SWEETEST big bro way and Gaia (who is in danger of losing her leg) encourages her to listen to the Commanders. Madi does, and suddenly she has a plan!

Meanwhile on the prison ship, McCreary is torturing Shaw in a dental fashion (gross), but it's not until he puts Shaw's leg in a massive claw that Raven breaks and offers to fly the ship. Fortunately, Clarke has "taken Diyoza hostage," and brings her to the bridge with a gun pointed at her baby bump. 

The Rover is driving through enemy territory and purposefully attracting gunfire so they can shoot out the cannons--which they do, with a badass Katniss move from Echo and a badass Bellamy move from Bellamy.

Too bad NONE of this works on McCreary, who is certifiably insane. He enters the launch codes and sets the missiles to drop on the Valley to destroy it. "If I can't have this valley, no one can." Well, shit. Clarke forces Shaw to fly the ship by holding a gun to Raven's head, but it's clear that she's really out to KO McCreary, whom she shoots/kicks in the head/I think he's dead? 

Madi's army makes it to the camp, where Madi commands that they kill the prisoners. Bellamy considers this a teachable moment and asks her to listen to the Flame while talking about the 100's past mistakes. The looks he exchanges with Octavia are EVERYTHING.

Raven radios everyone to get the hell to the transport ship, which only has nine minutes before the missiles make impact. Since Murphy is wounded, it seems like they might have to leave him behind--PSYCHE! Monty and Emori ("I'm not gonna leave the man I love")  would never let that happen. The former picks up him (which is, like, one of those mom lifting a car to save a baby situations because Monty is skinny, y'all) and starts to run towards the ship. 

Madi and crew arrive first, much to Clarke's relief (although Bellamy does not look happy to see her), but no one knows where Abby is! She's actually busy trying to save Kane when Octavia finds her and (though we don't see it) convinces her to bring him to the ship. 

There's one minute left before impact (!!!) and Bellamy refuses to leave his friends--fortunately for him and all of us, they show up at the last second and make it on the ship just as the missiles hit! Gahhhhh!!!!

Raven and Shaw steer the ship away safely, cos they're mothercussing pros, and everyone seems to be okay: Gaia keeps her leg, Murphy has all of the bullets removed and Kane is in a drug-induced coma (he is the least okay of the bunch). Bellamy invites Clarke, whom he's forgiven, to the bridge, where they survey their options. Basically, there are 412 people on the ship, and they've got at least 10 years until the valley is inhabitable again, which means cryosleep is their best choice. Madi agrees, and they all go to sleep. (Whoa!)  

Cut to Clarke and Bellamy waking up... to find Jordan, Monty and Harper's teenage son WHAAAAA?!!! He's been instructed to wake them up first (Harper and Monty, as my friend Bridget put it, are such the matchmakers!) and then play them a message. That's when they discover they've been asleep for 125 years (!!!) and in that time, Monty and Harper realize that the Earth isn't recovering--AND they also have a baby, whom they eventually put in cryosleep. Monty searches for a Plan B planet and ultimately finds it (same place the Eligius 3 was looking for), but not before Harper dies. He decides not to put himself into Cryo and die in the same lifetime as Harper (sob!) but welcomes Calrke and Bellamy to this gorgeous planet ("in the Goldilocks zone of a binary star system") and bids them good luck. "May we meet again." 

ALL THE FEELS TOO MANY FEELS I CAN'T EVEN RIGHT NOW.

 MOMENTS

- Octavia bending the knee to Madi and then the entire army following her lead.

- Madi yelling, "CHARGE!" to her army as a true Commander would.

- Clarke's face when she sees Madi & Co. running towards the ship. 

- Bellamy telling Clarke, "I'm not leaving my friends. I can't do that again." And looking at her in a way that means he's thinking about how he left her six years ago and AHHHHHH!!!

- THIS THIS THIS:



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- Monty and Harper naming their baby Jordan Jasper Green. "Believe it or not, Murphy's his favorite... it was a rebelious phase." And the world WEPT.

- THAT ENDING! 


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HOLY SH*T x 100

- Clarke telling McCreary, "You'll never know your daughter," and then kicking his face in!!!!

- Madi asking Bellamy if he has any idea how much Clarke cares about him and asking him to forgive her!!!! And then telling him she called him every day for 6 years when he was on the Ring!!!! And then his face as he realizes what she's saying! And BELLARKE FOREVER AND EVER AMEN. 

WONKRU BADASS OF THE WEEK

Everyone pour one out for Harper and Monty, a.k.a. the SAINTS that saved the human race. We're gonna miss y'all something fierce.

SAY WHAT 

"It's hard to keep track of whose side you're on" - Diyoza
"I guess we have that in common" - Clarke

"We've been here before, Madi. We were the criminals, the 100. We landed in someone else's home and we went to war. You can execute them because they're the enemy or you can break the cycle. You can be better than them. You can be better than us."- Bellamy, making me cryyyyyy. 

"First we save their lives, then we let them prove they deserve it." - Madi, telling Clarke they have to save the prisoners.
"The Commanders told you that?" - Clarke.
"No, Bellamy." - Madi, who has GOT to be Bellarkru.

"Strike me down or get the hell out. Because I'm saving the man that I love." - Abby, telling Octavia to step off!

"Just once I'd like to take off from a planet that wasn't on fire." - Raven, who seriously can never catch a break!

"Cockroaches are hard to kill" - Clarke, celebrating the fact that Murphy is gonna make it!

"One garden, two serpents. Eden never stood a chance." - Octavia, stating the obvious to Diyoza.

"Kind of like closing the door in the floor" - Octavia, as Bellamy puts her into cryosleep. "I love you, big brother. I know you love me too. Don't make me wait 10 years to hear you say it."
"You're my little sister, and a part of me will always love you." - Bellamy
"Does the other part still wish I was dead?" - Octavia
"The other part wishes a part of you was. Yeah." - Bellamy
"That's fair." - Octavia. OUCH.

BURNING QUESTIONS

- So, like, WTF?!!!! 125 YEARS?!!!!

- What do y'all think about this next chapter of the show?

- Is Kane actually going to make it?

- What will this planet be like? Slight spoilers here

- Are y'all gonna tune in to the next season?!

- Who's got Bellarke fan vids they wanna share because we're going to need SOMETHING to carry us through til next year. 

 

   

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          Israel And Hamas Are On The Verge Of WAR As More Than 150 Rockets Rain Down On The Holy Land Overnight      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
According to the IDF, over 150 projectiles were launched from the Hamas-run enclave as of early Thursday morning; 25 were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system.
          How Futuristic Science influenced Our Future Part I      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The infamous Buzz Bomb the first cruise missile of WWII.

 

 

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How Futuristic Science Influenced Our Future 

Part I

By Doc Vega

(Copyright 2017, Doc Vega - All Rights Reserved)

<Edited by Robert D. Morningstar>

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The Denial of Crucial Scientific Advancement Part I


Through out history the creations and theories of great inventors have often time been ignored for reasons of pure skepticism or lack of imagination. In many cases history could have been drastically altered had the omen of technological advancement been heeded by those who simply lacked vision. Had the evil regimes of the world crafted some of these advancements the world as we know it today might well have been much different. We may very well have been in a worldwide totalitarian government brutally ruled by the those who used genocide to further their agenda. Thankfully, enough great advancements for the good of mankind have outweighed the disastrous implications of dark forces.

The basis for the modern day

Nikola Tesla pioneered early electrical and electronic science to levels that would benefit the modern world in ways unimaginable in his time, yet he died in reclusion and poverty for all his achievements. Unfortunately, the business side of his career counteracted his great inventive genius and would haunt him later in life. We can thank Nikola for just about everything that drives our energy needs thanks to the efficiency of the alternating current, electromagnetic brakes on subways, the first radiological photos, radio transmission, and what could have been free energy broadcast from towers and transmitted to antennae mounted atop homes and buildings for the operation of appliances and electrical devices.

Rocketry invented

Robert Goddard was a rocket science pioneer who envisioned being able to rise above the atmosphere and into orbit around the earth using such a platform. For two decades Robert Goddard labored away near Albuquerque, New Mexico under funded, but determined to prove the viability of rocket propulsion and ultimately travel to other planets in the near future. In the 1930's he pleaded with the Department of Defense for grants to further his experiments. With a war in Europe on the threat radar and the Japanese already invading Manchuria from across the Pacific Ocean isolationism prevented America from intervening in a looming world war, but visionaries like Goddard pressed on aware of what implications their research could have on a nationalized war effort.

The enemy capitalizes

Unfortunately, for Great Britain and the US the Nazis had been paying attention to Goddard's research and were not only amazed at his brilliance, but fast at work with the help of Hitler's enthusiastic funding fabricating two deadly weapons of warfare that might have changed the course of World War II. Under the supervision of Werner Von Braun, the V-2 rocket and the V-1 cruise missile were being successfully tested and readied for deployment. In decades to come Saddam Hussein, the dictator of the Iraqi regime would use the Skud Missile to terrorize Israel during Desert Storm in 1992. The Skud Missile was a medium range missile made in the very image of its predecessor, the Nazi V-2 rocket!

Had they foreseen

The developments at Peenumunde, the secret base used by the Nazis to build rockets that were ultimately the fruition of Godard's work housed the Nazi efforts. Had the US military seen the potential of Robert Godard's research America's space program and ballistic missile development would have been decades ahead. Great Britain might have been spared the devastating bombing by the V-2 rocket and the V-1 "Buzz Bomb" as it was called. One of the few defensive measures that could be mounted against the V-1 was for a Spitfire Fighter pilot to fly alongside the first cruise missile and use his wing to disrupt the guidance system of the V-1 flipping one of the stubby wings over in-flight. Of course the Spitfire Fighter pilot risked having the Buzz Bomb explode right there in mid-flight. Occasionally, an entire city block was spared the explosive punch of one of this weapon thanks to the efforts of a brave piston engined fighter pilot. Against the V-2 there was no defense.

Stab from the past

It would not be until the advent of anti-ICBM's like the Patriot Missile system that the SKUD Missile could be knocked out of the sky. This direct descendent of the V-2 still in a modern day enemy's arsenal is a grim reminder of what the Nazi's brought into warfare while the US military ignored the very man's research that led to its development-Robert Godard.

War of the Worlds

In 1943 Nikola Tesla proposed a death ray with a purported range of ten thousand miles. It would have predated the laser and particle beam weapons of the 1980's and beyond. This weapon advancement may have shortened World War II significantly and saved many lives had the US military decided to actively support its development. Was it that the US military intelligence anticipated the Nazis would use their espionage capability to steal the technology and unleash such a device against the allies, even while America and Germany raced toward creating a thermonuclear bomb? Sadly Tesla's proposal like Godard's was pushed aside. One might even consider that Tesla's death ray could have been used to create fusion reactors which would be more efficient and less radioactively dangerous.

First stealth weapon squandered to the enemy

When Americans developed the first submerged naval atttack vessels once again Germany harvested such research and developed the first stealth warfare that nearly won two world wars for them. It was called the U-Boat a long range attack submarine that could wreak havoc upon military and cargo shipping across the oceans of the world. The first weaponized submersible was deviced by a American colonist during the War of Independence against the British, Though not successful, it did prove that the technology was viable. During the Civil War the famous battle between the Monitor and the Merrimac both ships pioneering not only metal clad hulls, but semi-submersible deployment were to set the tone for the decades to come only to be exploited by our enemies. History teaches the bitter lessons of denial and the refusal to act when the winds of war threaten. In the future we should continue to remain vigilant.

 

 

Doc Vega

March 28th, 2017

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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani told North Korea's foreign minister that the United States cannot be trusted, Tehran's state media said, as the United States seeks a deal to rein in the North's nuclear and missile programs.
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Rai YEMEN, RAID SCUOLABUS Almeno 39 bambini sono morti e altre 50 persone sono rimaste ferite nel nord dello Yemen in seguito a raid aerei che hanno colpito uno scuolabus e un affollato mercato nella provincia di Saada: lo riportano i media internazionali. L'attacco, secondo leader tribali locali, è stato sferrato dalla coalizione a guida saudita. In precedenza l'Arabia Saudita aveva reso noto che un civile è morto e 11 sono rimasti feriti da frammenti di un missile lanciato dai ribelli sciiti dello Yemen nel sud del regno
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North Korea Accused of Building New Missiles While being hammered by UN sanctions and its pledge for denuclearization, North Korea is still secretly pursuing its nuclear and missile programs, according to a report commissioned by the UN Security Council. Aside from the continued pursuit of building missiles, illegal activities were also cited by the report […]

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Channeling their inner Hitler, who loved to fire unguided V-2 rockets at London, causing panic and fear, and the deaths of thousands, the “peaceful” Palestinians are at it again, firing Katusha rockets into southern Israel at border towns along the Gaza Strip. Eight projectiles were fired Wednesday at the small town of Sderot, a bustling Jewish community right smack dab up against the border with the Arab territory. Two rockets were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile system, but at least two hit pay dirt, injuring at least three civilians. I’ve been to Sderot many times. I was rocketed in...
          This Is the Real, Americanized, Nazi-Dominated Ukraine      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Eric Zuesse — Strategic Review Aug 7, 2018
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Such important reality as is shown in this picture is virtually unpublishable in mainstream US ‘news’media, because US ‘news’media need to deceive their public about the most important international realities — such as that the US imposed upon Ukraine a Nazi regime against Russia, and the US now lies to accuse Russia of doing what Russia must do in order to protect itself from the US nazi regime next-door.
This picture is among many which were originally published in the excellent 4 July 2018 article by Asa Winstanley at The Electronic Intifada. His article was headlined Israel is arming neo-Nazis in Ukraine. That article focuses upon Israel’s strong support for the racist-fascist (or ideologically nazi) Government of Ukraine. (Click onto it to see the documentation — it’s Israeli Nazis, against Russians, not against Jews, though they’re allied with ones that are against both, which is why the US did this — aiming to conquer ultimately Russia.)
Israel does this as part of the US-led coalition in support of the current racist-fascist Government of Ukraine, which Government was installed in a bloody coup that US President Barack Obama started planning by no later than 2011 and started operationalizing on 1 March 2013 and carried out in February 2014 under the cover of US State Department and CIA-generated anti-corruption mass demonstrations on Kiev’s Maidan square, but some of whose US-funded snipers have already gone public (though not in US ‘news’media) describing how they were hired to do it, and how they did it.
How, then, can anybody believe the US ‘news’media, which hide these clear realities, instead of ever having reported them to the duped American public?
The US Government’s anti-Russian sanctions, and its NATO exercises with US missiles and tanks on and near Russia’s borders are based upon the US government’s lies, not upon the truths that this photo represents and which will here be explained.
In US ‘news’media, the overthrow and replacement of Ukraine’s democratically elected government was the Maidan Revolution, or the 2014 Ukrainian revolution, not Obama’s coup in Ukraine. They lie blatantly, and they’ll never be truthful about their having done it. Thus, George Friedman, the founder and owner of the “private CIA” firm Stratfor, called it the most blatant coup in history,” but only when speaking to a Russian publication — and, then, when he got flak from the US regime for having said that, he denied he had said it. The lies are that mandatory.
The person at the center of this photo above is Andrei Biletsky (or “Beletsky”), whose Battalion is directly armed by US taxpayers (i.e., by the US Government). He has publicly stated the Battalion’s and his own ideology, as being “socialism” defined as “negation of democracy”; “racism” as being defined as “against Semites and the sub-humans they use”; and finally as being defined as affirmation of “imperialism” so as “to create a Third Empire [a Ukrainian Third Reich]”; and, here are just a few excerpts from his ideological statement, which is lifted from Hitler but with “Ukrainian” replacing “German”:
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Ukrainian Social Nationalism
Ukrainian Nazi torch march. Click to enlarge
Ukrainian Nazi torch march. Click to enlarge
The main idea of mystical Social Nationalism is its creation, consisting not of piles of separate individuals united mechanistically into something called “Ukrainian” and the presence of Ukrainian passport, but instead a single National biological organism, which will consist of a new people — a physically, intellectually and spiritually more highly developed people. From the mass of individuals will thus come forth the nation, and the faint start of modern man: Superman.
Social Nationalism is based on a number of fundamental principles that clearly distinguish it from other right-wing movements. This triad is: socialism, racism, imperialism. 
  1. Socialism. We fight to create a harmonious national community. …
On the principle of socialism follows our complete negation of democracy and liberalism, which generate rozbytthya Nation isolated on gray power unit and a crowd of famous personalities (ochlocracy). Instead, we put forward the idea of national solidarity, the natural hierarchy and discipline, as the basis of our new society. Not a “democratic vote” crowd, who cannot give councils to their own life, much less to the life of the State, but instead natural selection of the best representatives of the Nation — born-leaders as Ukraine’s leaders. …
  1. Racism. All our nationalism is nothing — just a castle in the sand — without reliance on the foundation of blood Races. … If Ukrainian spirituality, culture and language are unique, it is only because our racial nature is unique. If Ukraine will become paradise on earth, it is only because our Race turned it so. 
Accordingly, treatment of our national body should start with racial purification of the Nation. … The historic mission of our Nation, a watershed in this century, is thus to lead the White peoples of the world in the final crusade for their survival. It is to lead the war against Semites and the sub-humans they use.
III. Imperialism. We change the slogans “Independent Ukraine,” “United Ukraine” and “Ukrainians,” by an imperial nation that has a long history. … The task of the present generation is to create a Third Empire [a Ukrainian Third Reich] — Great Ukraine. … Any living organism in nature seeks to expand, reproduce itself, increase its numbers. This law is universal. … Suspension means extinction in nature — death. The slowdown in population growth leads to biological death of Nations, the suspension of political expansion, and decline of the state. … If we are strong, we take what is ours by right and even more, we will build a superpower empire — Great Ukraine. … 
Social Nationalism raises to shield all old Ukrainian Aryan values forgotten in modern society. Only their recovery and implementation by a group of fanatical fighters can we lead to the final victory of European civilization in the world struggle. 
This stand is right, and cannot be otherwise!
Glory to Ukraine! 
Andrei Beletsky
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The US-imposed regime has even perpetrated massacres against Ukrainians who speak Russian and insists upon conquering or else killing them all.
This is being supported by the taxpayers of both the US and Israel, as well as of Netherlands, Poland, and other US allies who have contributed to Beletsky’s Azov Battalion, and who are funding Ukraine’s Government, which Obama installed in 2014.
Here are America’s taxpayer-financed Ukrainian nazis teaching children in today’s Ukrainian public schools, and even honoring and displaying a picture of Adolf Hitler’s face. Barack Obama was a liberal, but he was also a secret racist (against Russians) fascist; and this Ukrainian Government would not exist if the prior, non-fascist and non-racist Government of Ukraine had not been overthrown and replaced by him.
For as long as America’s Democratic Party continues supporting and endorsing this Obama-installed nazi Government in Ukraine, America’s Republican Party will continue to be able to call this support by the US Government, of Nazism in our time, bipartisan — because it is — but bipartisan unity on an issue doesn’t mean that the policy is correct, nor even that it isn’t both racist and fascist: Nazi. It means merely that the media continue supporting it, instead of exposing it. They keep lying about it.
American ‘news’media keep saying that if Trump were to condemn and reject the government of Ukraine, he’d then be anti-American or even un-American. With rare exceptions, America’s media consistently support the US-installed Ukrainian regime. Because those exceptions are so rare, the American public, and the public in US-allied countries, also support it. They’ve been, and are, deceived.
The Hill newspaper once was courageous enough to post an exceptional article The reality of neo-Nazis in Ukraine is far from Kremlin propaganda in which the links documented that on a thoroughly bipartisan conservative-‘progressive’ basis, the US Congress is essentially united in support of the Obama-created nazi regime in Ukraine. That is a grim situation, but it’s undeniably true, and it remains hidden instead of reported in American ‘news’media.
And that’s why the dumb coward Trump continues Obama’s policies like this, instead of condemns and cancels them — it’s why he doesn’t blame Obama for having stolen Ukraine, instead of blaming Putin for having ‘stolen’ Crimea. If Trump really wanted to expose the lies of America’s ‘news’media, that’s the first of Obama’s hoaxes he would be exposing, directly to the American people, in a major address to the nation, accompanied with video clips showing the actual evidence, which would shock the nation and begin the real debate, which America’s aristocracy have been blocking.
With media like that, how can there ever be democracy in America? Will World War III be able to be avoided?
This article is being submitted to all US media, but it’s not likely to be published by many (if any).
So, please send this article along to all your friends, in order that this drop of truth, in the potentially explosive bucket of US ‘news’media lies about Russia, will have a chance to achieve some impact. The situation is basically similar about America’s attempt to take over Syria, but the more easily exposed lies are the ones about Ukraine; and the links here document those — which are sufficient to indicate the reality of today’s US Government: a Government which doesn’t actually represent the American people.
This is the nonfictional, historical, version of George Orwell’s fictional novel, 1984. It is happening, right now.

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Saudi Arabia shot down a missile fired by Yemen's Huthi rebels on Wednesday, with debris killing a Yemeni man and wounding 11 others, a Riyadh-led coalition fighting the insurgents said. The ballistic missile was fired from the northern Yemeni province of Amran towards the southern Saudi city of Jizan, said a coalition statement published by the official Saudi Press Agency. "Shrapnel fro
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Anti-abortion supporters in Argentina celebrated on Wednesday night after the Senate rejected a bill that would have legalised terminations in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy. For now, abortion will only remain an option in cases of rape or if the mother's life is in danger. Senators voted by 38 to 31 to reject the bill that would have liberalised the law. Pro-life and pro-choice campaigners had gathered outside parliament to hear the result. "It was a bill against life from its conception, against women, said one anti-abortion woman, "that's why we are celebrating today. We celebrate democracy, federalism and the two lives, the woman's life and the life of the unborn child." Those who campaigned for legalised abortion turned their anger on the Catholic Church, calling it trash and a dictatorship, an emotive term in Argentina, but There was also sadness at the decision "There was a chance to make history, and we are perpetuating the same system that harms us so badly," said a pro-choice supporter. For some pro-choice supporters, the anger turned to violence and they lit fires and threw missiles at police, and they say they won't give up their fight. The debate in the Senate went on for more than 16 hours and was reportedly very passionate at times. Argentina is an overwhelmingly Catholic country.
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By now, practically everyone has seen that picture of the two guys at President Trump's weekend rally in Ohio wearing T-shirts that said: "I'd Rather be a Russian than a Democrat!"

Many have also seen the visuals of Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul hobnobbing in Moscow this week with members of the Russian Council, sometimes called his "counterparts." These included the chairman of the Council's foreign policy panel, Konstantin Kosachev, who happens to be under official U.S. sanction for his government's actions against our government.

But that didn't seem to bother Paul, who invited Kosachev and others to visit the U.S.A.

Indeed, this sanction and other tokens of disapproval imposed on Russian officials in the past year have not seemed to bother anyone very much in this new era of good feeling between Putin and Trump. Paul carried a hand-written note from Trump to Putin on his trip.

A recent Gallup Poll showed some 40 percent of Republicans, a plurality of the self-identified category, now regard Russia as an ally or at least as a country friendly to the United States. That is twice as many Republicans as expressed that view in 2104.

One need not go far to find enthusiasts at any Trump rally who say they have no problem with Russians helping elect or re-elect President Trump so long as he fulfills his campaign promises to Americans such as themselves. Who cares? Countries interfere with the internal business of other countries all the time.

All this is taking place nearly a month after Trump's joint appearance with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, last month in Helsinki. The furor over that performance had been expected to cool the administration's show of cozying up to the Kremlin, especially as Capitol Hill and American news media are still waiting to learn what transpired in the two leaders' two-hour tête-a-tête.

This week the U.S. did finally get around to issuing some new sanctions against the Russians for using a chemical agent (Novichok) to carry out an attack on foreign soil in violation of international law. The poisoning of a former Russian spy (Sergei Skripal) and his daughter in London in March had prompted widespread condemnation and sanctions from other countries.

But months went by between the determination of Russian guilt in that incident and the formal response from the Trump administration this week.

Trump also has grudgingly postponed a planned Washington visit by Putin, pushing it into the new year with the proviso that Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election be finished first.

But the real end point of that probe is far from certain.

This week, in a related trial in federal court, former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has been shown to have extensive entanglements with Russians. These include debts to Oleg Deripaska, a member of Putin's inner circle of associates, who has sued him for $25 million.

How seriously should we take any of this? Some are asking whether Manafort's exposure to Russian pressure and influence might be a reflection of Trump's own. That spurs a defensive reaction from the presidents' staunchest supporters, such as the guys in the T-shirts, who may regard it all as a kind of joke. Or perhaps it was just their way of trolling the world or letting us know how much they disliked the Democrats. And if seeing that message was also a hoot for Putin, so be it.

Paul speaks for the "what's the big deal" school by saying Russia did nothing that other countries don't do "all the time." Like his father, the iconoclastic libertarian and frequent presidential candidate, Ron Paul, the Kentucky senator is quick to note the instances of U.S. interference in elections abroad.

For those who take their cues directly from Trump, all tales of Russian influence and interference are distractions at best and border on being a conspiracy against the Trump regime. It has been called a "coup in slow motion" by more than one commentator on the right.

Of course, many Republicans have not changed their view of Putin or his government. Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain continues to call Putin "a thug" and denounces his "vile attacks on democracy." The conventional view among congressional leaders is that Mueller's investigation of Russian interference should go forward and that Putin cannot be trusted.

A phalanx of Trump officials came to the White House briefing room last week to pledge a vigorous defense against Russian efforts to hack the 2018 midterm elections – efforts they acknowledged were very much underway.

Yet it is impossible to miss the shift in attitude toward at least some aspects of the Russian regime in key parts of the conservative coalition. This was presaged by an undercurrent of admiration for Putin that has existed for years in some quarters of the conservative blogosphere.

Sarah Palin, the outspoken party nominee for vice president in 2008, had this to say to Sean Hannity on Fox News in 2014: "Look, people are looking at Putin as one who wrestles bears and drills for oil. They look at our president as one who wears mom jeans and equivocates and bloviates."

Palin at the time seemed mostly interested in her critique of Obama. That same year, a poll by the nonpartisan YouGov found only 10 percent of Republicans viewed the Soviet strongman favorably.

After all, just two years earlier, GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney had zinged the Russians as the biggest threat to our national security.

The implicit admiration Palin expressed for certain qualities perceived in Putin was present among some American conservatives — as it was in nationalist and populist elements of the political mix in other Western democracies — even before Trump's ascendance.

Still, it's hard to deny Trump gave the positive portrait of Putin a massive steroid shot with his kid gloves treatment of the Russian autocrat throughout the primary and electoral season. Another YouGov.com pol late in 2016 found the percentage of Republicans viewing Putin favorably had nearly quadrupled in two years to a stunning 37%.

Even more remarkable, perhaps, was the decline in those poll respondents who said they disapproved of Putin strongly. That response was chosen by an outright majority of Republicans (51%) in 2014 but by just 10% in late 2016.

It must be said that a corresponding change has overtaken many Democrats in the Trump era. Many who were all in favor of the famous "reset button" policy when Hillary Clinton was secretary of state in 2009 are now suddenly wary of the Kremlin and all its works. They see nothing but evil.

Part of that is experience. They have seen Putin seize Crimea and besiege parts of Eastern Ukraine. They remember the Dutch airliner that was shot down by a Russian missile in that region.

Still, the spectacle of Republicans defending Russian interests while Democrats attack, represents a role reversal as striking as any in this era of irony.

At bottom line, the idea of "getting along better" with Russia dates back to Mikhail Gorbachev's glasnost era and the efforts at "détente" before that. Even before the "Iron Curtain" was lifted, the idea of nuclear war had receded and the poles of the Cold War had seemed less diametrically opposed.

Henry Temple, also known as Lord Palmerston, was twice the British Prime Minister in the 1800s. But he may be best remembered in our time for these words: "We have no eternal allies, and we have no perpetual enemies. Our interests are eternal and perpetual, and those interests it is our duty to follow.".

These words are often quoted as a capsule of what we now call Realpolitik, an approach to foreign policy emphasizing a realistic assessment of each nation's selfish ends over any kind of idealism on the international stage.

By Palmerston's dictum, any nation we have fought as an enemy may become an ally and friend — but only for the interval that history dictates. In the first half of the 1900s, the U.S. fought two wars in Europe in an alliance against Germany that included Russia. Since then, we have been resisting the Russians and busily building back Germany as the anchor of Europe's own defenses.

A similar reversal has taken place in Asia, where we backed China and fought Japan in World War II, but have been close allies with Japan and antagonists of China for the last seven decades.

Palmer also said that "the law of nature is stronger than even the law of nations," adding that "the law of self-preservation" is the only law a nation needs appeal to for justification.

That dictum could apply as well to leading political parties and the individuals in them. None has permanent friends, only permanent interests. And for political parties by their nature, that permanent interest is in getting and holding power.

Republicans may see nothing wrong in collaborating with Putin, whatever his acts and whatever his aims, so long as it serves their own sense of grievances and policy preferences. And officeholders who fear Russia's intent are at least equally wary of the power of this president. They have seen how quickly he can hide his face and blot out the sun for an aspiring candidate or a familiar figure struggling to survive. To cross him, as has often been observed, is to invite defeat in the next party primary or isolation in the next party caucus meeting.

So if maintaining the current Republican hold on the White House and Congress means justifying and defending Donald Trump and his connections to Moscow, then that is the party's mission for today.

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Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit RACHEL MARTIN, HOST: If all goes according to plan, history will happen in five days. That's when President Trump is expected to sit down with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for a face-to-face meeting. There is a lot at stake, including security for countries in the region, which is why Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is here in Washington today. He's meeting with President Trump at the White House, where he will make his case to protect Japan's interests in these negotiations. NPR national political correspondent Mara Liasson joins us now. Good morning, Mara. MARA LIASSON, BYLINE: Good morning, Rachel. MARTIN: We should just remember here that when North Korea has launched test missiles in the past, sometimes those go over Japan. So this country has a particular interest in what's happening. LIASSON: They certainly do. They want to see a denuclearized Korean Peninsula, also. And Japan has been a big supporter of this campaign of maximum
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Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit DAVID GREENE, HOST: Trump this morning is ratcheting up his language and sounding more specific about what he may do in response to a reported chemical attack in Syria. The president tweeted this morning that if Russia is prepared to shoot down any American missiles fired at Syria, quote, "get ready, Russia, because they will be coming nice and new and smart" - end quote. Russia has just responded to the president. A foreign ministry spokeswoman said, quote, "smart missiles should fly towards terrorists, not legal government." Let's bring in NPR national political correspondent Mara Liasson. Hi, Mara. MARA LIASSON, BYLINE: Hi, David. GREENE: All right. So this is a president who has made a big deal of not showing his hand, especially when it comes to really important decisions as commander in chief. So what exactly is he doing here? Is he declaring that he's - there's an impending missile strike? LIASSON: Yes, he is. He's doing exactly what he
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by Dr. Bones, via Gods and Radicals

“That cult would never die till the stars came right again, and the secret priests would take great Cthulhu from His tomb to revive His subjects and resume His rule of earth. The time would be easy to know, for then mankind would have become as the Great Old Ones; free and wild and beyond good and evil, with laws and morals thrown aside and all men shouting and killing and revelling in joy. Then the liberated Old Ones would teach them new ways to shout and kill and revel and enjoy themselves, and all the earth would flame with a holocaust of ecstasy and freedom. Meanwhile the cult, by appropriate rites, must keep alive the memory of those ancient ways and shadow forth the prophecy of their return.”

– H.P. Lovecrat, Call of Cthuhlu

“A swamp suggests mysterious and uncanny places, half lights, and weird creatures in noiseless activities, bent upon the fulfillment of their varied destinies. Here indeed is life in its fullest intensity, without the disturbing human element.”

– J. C. Bradley, Cornell University entomologist

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Now this is living.

I am far outside of town, hidden somewhere along the Florida trail and dangling gleefully above freshly flooded soil. The rain here is warm, and what once was a forest now returns to swampland. Deer are not far away, and by dusk the air will be so thick with mosquitos they can drain your eyes of jelly. That’s not even mentioning the wild hogs, the two-headed birds, or even the strange lights that float across unsolid ground. Hairy, dangerous turf. But I’ve got plenty of spray, a damn fine tarp, bugnet, and an eighteen case worth of utility beer ready to be drunk. Drank. I’ll be drunk.

Swamplands always touch me in a certain way. They are not built for humans. Much like the high desert they are dangerous, uncharted, openly hostile to all manner of control. You do not walk into a marsh spanning miles and miles and expect it to do what you want.

Mosquitos for instance. They never go away. Where I’m from the first settlers had to wear full body gowns just to keep them at bay, smoke pots in front of every house to ward the beasts off. Cows actually used to choke on the clouds and die.

Swat all you want, kill one hundred. They couldn’t be intimidated.

Floridians learned to adapt, live on the terms of the mosquito. Most transplants and newcomers to the state refuse to do that. Instead they pretend these wild, untamed places no longer exist, remaining locked inside the world of Mickey Mouse and bumper-to-bumper traffic.

The American media is having a similar issue, trying to ignore the fact that the United States has entered ceasefire discussions with the Taliban.

“A meeting between a senior U.S. diplomat and Taliban representatives in Doha last week to discuss a possible ceasefire ended with ‘very positive signals’ and a decision to hold more meetings, people with knowledge of the talks said on Sunday.

The meeting between a delegation led by Alice Wells, deputy assistant secretary in the State Department’s Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs, and Taliban representatives…

The move comes as the Afghan government and the United States have stepped up efforts to end the 17 year-war in Afghanistan following the unprecedented three-day truce during last month’s Eid al-Fitr holiday.”

Remember how Americans used to joke about their one-time-best-buds? Ignorant savages out in tents, no match for the supreme power of the greatest military on Earth? AK’s against drones, satellites against caves. It was the cultural trope the United States has built so many genocidal campaigns on: the idea that we, the smart and technically savvy, could easily wipe out the primitive forces unyielding to our might.

Remember just one month ago? How wrapped up this whole thing looked?

“As part of an announcement on a new South Asia Strategy last August, Trump said the U.S. would focus on a conditions-based approach rather than timeline-based. Pompeo said Monday that the U.S. had begun to see signs of success, touting results on the battlefield where the Taliban’s momentum was slowing and pointing to the progress of Afghan-led elections this fall.”

Odd thing to negotiate now with a plan that supposedly works. But we can tell that’s bullshit. In that same article last month it was noted that:

“Pompeo declined to characterize in what way the U.S. was already engaged with the Taliban but the administration has said in the past the U.S. will not have direct talks despite the Taliban’s request.

And yet this month?

“The meeting in Doha, where the Taliban maintains a political office, followed two earlier meetings between U.S. officials and Taliban representatives in recent months, the sources said.

…The talks had been held without the presence of Afghan government officials at the insistence of the Taliban.”

When you lie that blatantly, when a gonzo reporter currently eyeballing what appears to be some kind of prehistoric bird from a camping hammock in the middle of absolutely nowhere can catch this shit, you have to wonder just how bad are things really are.

The war is far from unsettled. Even the most unhinged, flag-waving, slack-jawed optimist admits the Taliban controls or contests 45 percent of Afghanistan’s districts and has successfully maintained free movement across the entire fucking country. At a cost of over $1 trillion the Taliban “now controls . . . more territory than at any point since the U.S.-led invasion.” It is in no danger of being defeated, none whatsoever, and the sheer fact the most expensive technological playthings can’t stop them should give would-be revolutionaries pause.

They have done the unthinkable. They have become the mosquito.

What’s the secret? How has the Taliban survived three armies, airstrikes, special forces teams, invasions, drone bombings, and heat-seeking missiles? How could people with not many more supplies than I currently have in this marsh have brought the United-fucking-States to the goddamn bargaining table? How have they done what every boot-worshipping liberal, every piss-stained pacifist, every party-worshipping dolt dead set on unions and dead organizing….how could they have achieved the military victory everybody said was impossible?

It can’t be their loathsome ideology. There’s tactics here, physical maneuvers. Something beyond ideology we should pay attention to.

So what is it?

Look Ma! Actual Military Tactics Instead of Religious Fantasies!

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(Seminole Warriors Ambushing Americans. Source)

Your average right-leaning whacko will assure you the Taliban is winning because we weren’t mean enough, that somehow if we just killed or mutilated enough corpses victory would be ours.

That kind of thinking failed us in Vietnam, and even failed the US as far back as the Seminole Wars.

Others attribute it simply to the terrain, as if the people living there had nothing to do with it. It also conveniently makes it appear the United States hasn’t so much been DEFEATED as simply been unable to unleash its full potential. If that sounds like an opinion slowly poured out of the halls of power into the mouthes of ignorant parrots, that’s because it is.

The Taliban victory is much deeper than any mere “advantage,” and it is THAT fact the United States does not want being widely known.

Afghanistan is a classic case of asymmetric warfare.

The key to success in Afghanistan involves insurgents hiding among the population and launching attacks on soft targets (Afghan state institutions; international NGOs) as well as hard targets (less frequently) such as US/NATO militaries. When the US/NATO seek to retaliate, they find themselves handicapped because it is hard for them to identify and separate the insurgents from the population where they find support and shelter. Combat is almost secondary to the insurgent. The goal is to draw the government forces into an over-reaction to “activate” latent insurgents:

“Ordinary civilians may turn into insurgents under the right circumstances. The transition decision rule for the civilian agents is that if a civilian is more angry than afraid, and if the civilian’s anger passes a threshold propensity to use violence, then this civilian becomes a latent insurgent. This is a civilian who is angry enough, and is not so afraid of the government, that they will attack a government target (a soldier) if given the opportunity.”

When the US military fights back and creates civilian casualties, or even simply puts the civilian population under more domination in the name of tighter security, the population is pushed to increase its support for the insurgents.

“The circumstance of low effectiveness and low accuracy might be seen as the nightmare scenario for most governments. In this case, soldiers are not effective at capturing insurgents, and they also cause widespread injury when they counterattack.”

This incredible feedback loop is damn near impossible to stop once it starts. “Even under best case assumptions,” writes The Department of Operations Research at the Naval Postgraduate School we show that the government cannot totally eradicate the insurgency by force. The best it can do is contain it at a certain fixed level.”

It’s easy to see why:

“One of the greatest small unit commanders and unconventional warfare experts in modern times, Richard Marcinko, described three things needed to win in combat: speed, surprise, and violence of action. When transferred to the strategic and operational levels, the insurgency possesses these attributes. The greatest advantages of the insurgency are:

Mobility: The refusal to stay in a static location negates technologically advanced weapons systems.

Initiative: The insurgency is able to choose the time and place of most of the battles they fight.

Surprise: Because the insurgents have the ability to choose the time and place of the fight, they can select moments when the opposition is weakest.

Camouflage: The insurgent does not wear a uniform. As the father of modern insurgency, Michael Collins, said: ‘Our uniform will be that of the man on the street and the peasant in the field.’ This makes distinguishing between friend and foe difficult for the opposition.

Unpredictability: A force that is unpredictable on a battlefield is dangerous. Field commanders train to fight conventional wars, in which both sides attempt to take and hold territory, the insurgent seeks destabilization of the opposition’s government, not land. Tactics designed to defeat a conventional army are useless against an enemy that doesn’t seek to hold territory.

Factional divides: In a conventional military setting, a force should function like a well-oiled machine and have clear command and control. Insurgencies typically operate with loose alliances between factions who follow a particular commander. Sometimes they work together, sometimes they don’t. Just when the opposition gains a feel for the tactics and strategy of an insurgent commander, a new one arises. This leads to unpredictable actions being taken by the various factions, which increases their overall effectiveness.”

This is wild shit, something everyone from Egoists to Maoists should be discussing in earnest. That last one is particularly intriguing: just imagine the idea that the bitter infighting on the Left could somehow be a tactical advantage. It’s almost too good to pass up.

But before we get out into the possibilities we should return to the Terror of the Gods.

You’re Goddamn Right This Shit Will Kill You

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(Federal agents captured by Jalisco New Generation Cartel.
It uh…it did not go well for them)

Out here there are no hospitals. There can often be spotty cellular reception. If I get bit by one of the many venomous snakes in the area I am truly fucked. I will not make it back out to the car.

Death waits behind every corner.

Driving between Walmarts we’ve forgotten the Terror of the Gods, the idea that there are forces or things lurking out there in the murky water that can easily drag us down to drown.

That’s after, of course, they tear our arms off.

The victory of the Taliban is somewhat of a double-edged sword. Let’s look at the negative implications, the swamp lizard’s lurking in the shadows.

For one, I think we can use the success of the Taliban as a gigantic warning sign for any lefty dreams of some grand Red Republic. As I’ve covered elsewhere the United States is home to a large section of the population that has absolutely zero interest in living under whatever flavor of the week feels its closest to revolution.

So let’s say the DSA somehow manages to win all three branches of government. Hell, I’ll take it a step further: let’s say, by some cosmic miracle directly ordained by a strange and unknowable god, some Leninist revolt captures State power. Let’s say they even get a nice little New Red Army.

A few hours from where I am now, out on the St. John’s, wild folks with yellow eyes live in absolute defiance of the law. They are well armed, they live off the land, they are extremely violent, and will not hesitate to kill at the slightest drop of a hat. Fish and Wildlife officers give them a wide berth.

The United States has given up on them. They have already won their war. Those people are not going to come out of the woods and, let me assure you, they already hate most of you reading these words.

The resulting violence kicked off by them, or any of the fascist militias slowly capturing territory, is never going to end. It can be contained, but the newly minted Soviet of whatever is going to be bled dry by bombings, IED’s, snipers, intense urban combat. This is not WW2. These people will be motivated by blind hatred and ideology. There will be no grand fascist council to issue a stand down order or to negotiate with.

Any national army will find itself unable to compete against this kind of warfare. What’s the DSA going to do? The Leninists? Call Russia in to help you put down the rebellion, like in Syria? Maybe call China?

Sweet JESUS! Can you imagine how THAT would whip people up? Foreign troops rounding up citizens, performing house inspections? Shooting at them? Every prepper from the Atlantic to the Pacific would hole up and start killing anything that looked vaguely unfamiliar. The great American fantasy of repelling some “foreign” invader would be fulfilled, and the insurgents would line up to die en masse for near-orgasmic gratification.

Some areas might never come under control, effectively reducing the United States into a nuclear-armed Somalia. Or Ukraine. Or Venezuela. Once this shit pops off it does not stop and life is irrevocably altered.

Which is why perhaps we should step ahead of the curve.

Entropy is Your Friend! Surf the Tides of Instability!

Midday. Intense heat, though under the tarp I’m nice and cool. I feel like lying out in the sun with my mouth open, hoping a bird might come by and pick my teeth.

Things are different out here, much more alive. Invisible powers all the more clear. You can walk in certain places and feel your hair stand on end, natural vortexes and portals picked up by your skin. Shadows move that aren’t there. Spirits are as common, as tangible, as the mosquito hordes you’ll be running from. You learn much more is possible than might appear back in town.

The hint of death rises in the air. True. But there’s also this feeling…this sense that you stand just as much a chance of killing something as it might you. Cottonmouth’s at your feet can be obliterated with a shotgun, you wind up dreaming about cutting alligator throats and drinking the blood. Florida bestows her blessings on the most persistent and clever predators, and given the proper tools even we can find a home in her most inhospitable regions.

It’s about sheer, unfaltering zeal. The atavistic desire to be alive and remaining moving at all costs. Here, in the marshes, there is no creature immune to this. Even the most iconic.

Back in town with the traffic laws, and the strict lines between drinking and driving, authority and power seems…inescapable. Undefeatable. We look at the Golden Corral’s, the time clocks, the legions of tanks and drones and satellites and think that somehow we’ve come to a dead-end. That rebellion, armed and violent and In The Way of the Old Ones, is a long gone ancient cult.

That not dead which can eternal lie. We forget we too can become the vessel for the Terror of the Gods.

The times we live in our ruled by entropy. Everything is falling apart. Mars and Saturn rule the day and structures wash away. Humid air rots wood and if my skull falls in this mud it will be reduced to nothing.

This is not the time of national armies. Describing a “nightmare” for any government on planet Earth the Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation doesn’t describe some vanguard or organized army but “fighting an urban counterinsurgency campaign, where insurgents have many places to hide, and where non-insurgent civilians are densely packed.”

We live in an era where the governments of the world are practically pissing themselves at the idea of an elemental chaos armed with guns roaming the streets; we could become that chaos. Many people have. Once a force seeks to dissolve, to discredit, to simply destroy the host organism and feed on the rotting corpse…there’s no stopping it. We can actually win a military conflict, provided we’re dedicated and smart enough. Our differing groups and sects can unite without ever having met. That tactic is working right now in Europe and South America as I write these words.

This new world might mean the death of the “revolution” as envisioned by Maoists, Leninists, and other card-carrying party members. This is not 1917. Nations are an old idea that is quickly becoming outdated. Fight against chaos and you’ll be torn to pieces like a cheap-ass trailer in Ft. Pierce during a category 5 hurricane.

But in an Egoist sense, a claimed zone of territory made lawless and effectively ungovernable, too chaotic for any one force to hold the upper hand…much promise in that. Disrupt. Discredit. Militias and communes defining themselves town by town, street by street, aligning and breaking apart as they see fit. No one person to corrupt, arrest, or even kill. Put that on a generational track. Such zones could become infection points, cancerous bulbs on the body politic spreading “no-go” zones and destabilization. Bring Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya home. Read shit like this and start putting it to use where you live. Carve out new lives, new dreams, from the rotting carcass of a continent-spanning “society” and never look back. As long as insurrectionists remain popular and willing to continue the fight until the last breath(as the Seminoles did) they’re guaranteed a chunk of territory.

But are we prepared for that?

Is the Left willing to sacrifice the United States for a free but chaotic territory across a few states? Could we study sniper tactics, small arms maintenance, and urban/rural survivalism right alongside economic and gender theory? Are we willing to selfishly demand our right to live as we see fit? Are we willing to struggle, fight, and even commit violence…for a decade? Two? How bad do we really want this?

Do we really, really want to win…and are we prepared to pivot towards what that might mean?

Difficult questions, ones I don’t have the answer for. We have nowhere near the training, or the infrastructure, or even the popular support we’d need anyway.

But we could. And that’s why we need to start thinking about it.

Because if we don’t someone else will. We have to come to terms with what combat, what military strategy really is in this day and age. Even if you refuse…you best be prepared. If the Taliban is any indication, your brand new Red Army is going to come home needing a lot of prosthetics and alot of therapy.

And they might never win.

All I know is, out here among the sawgrass, life is chaotic, beautiful, and supremely deadly. The civilized world with its rules, employers, prisons, and slums can’t penetrate the multi-pronged resistance of the bogs, swamps, and marshes.

Yes. The mosquito swarm. A million bites from a million different mouths, a cloud you can never fully remove from the land underneath them.

Much wisdom in that.


DR. BONES

20171014_152252Dr. Bones is a Hoodoo-slingin’ Florida native and Egoist-Communist spitting pure vitriol and sorcerous wisdom at a world gone mad. He lives with his loving wife, a herd of cats, and a house full of spirits.

His poltergasmic politics and gonzo journalism can be found at Gods & Radicals and The Conjure House. He can be reached by email, twitter, or facebook. Want to do him a favor? Help keep him alive for as little as $4.99 a month.


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Они готовятся к войне: испытания новой гиперзвуковой ракеты Китая озадачили США


 
Китай испытал новую гиперзвуковую ракету, которой США ничего не могут противопоставить. Она ставит в тупик американскую противоракетную оборону.

Испытания состоялись в прошедшую пятницу на северо-западе Китая
Испытания состоялись в прошедшую пятницу на северо-западе Китая
 
Название этой ракеты переводится на русский язык как «Звездное небо-2». Ракета способна пронести ядерные боеголовки незамеченными через территорию США, несмотря на масштабную систему ПРО.
Испытания состоялись в прошедшую пятницу на северо-западе Китая, пишетZerohedge. Ранее генерал Джон Хайтен признал, что Вашингтон крайне сильно уязвим для будущих атак своих противников с помощью гиперзвуковых ракет.
Хайтен уверен, что единственное, на что сейчас могут полагаться США – ядерное сдерживание. Бывший руководитель НАСА Майк Гриффин уверяет, что Китай создал «довольно зрелую систему» для того, чтобы нанести удар через многие тысячи километров.
Что интересно, американцы обвиняют в произошедшем Хиллари Клинтон и демократов, которые активно поддерживали экспорт продукции «двойного назначения» Китаю. В результате, Пекин получил крайне мощное оружие. Причем американцы уверены, что Китай «готовится к войне». В статье, кстати, этот вывод тоже поддерживается.

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Der Schlüssel zur Verteidigung des US-amerikanischen Festlandes gegen russische und chinesische, sowie potenzielle Bedrohungen aus Ländern wie Nordkorea und dem Iran, liegt laut dem Kommandeur des Strategischen Oberkommandos der Vereinigten Staaten im Weltall. 

„Das Wichtigste im Raketenabwehrgeschäft ist, dass man die Bedrohung sehen und charakterisieren kann“, sagte General John Hyten am Dienstag auf dem Space and Missile Defense Symposium (SMD) in Huntsville (US-Bundesstaat Alabama). „Wenn man die Bedrohung nicht sehen und charakterisieren kann, ist es egal, welche Art von Schützen man hat; es gibt nichts, was man dagegen tun kann. Wir müssen in der Lage sein, diese Bedrohung zu erkennen.“

Während die USA an verschiedenen Orten der Welt ballistische Raketenabwehrsysteme — wie das Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD), Aegis und Aegis Ashore sowie Patriot-Batterien — installiert haben, wird das US-amerikanische Festland durch das bodenbasierte Ground-Based Midcourse Defense-System bewacht. Im Vergleich zu anderen US-Raketenabwehrsystemen hat das GMD-System, das noch nie in einem realen Kampfszenario aktiviert wurde, eine wesentlich geringere Erfolgsquote bei Tests.

Die USA investieren mehrere Milliarden Dollar in Raketenabwehrprojekte, darunter in die Erhöhung der Gesamtzahl der Abfangeinheiten im GMD-System. Einsatzfähige GMD-Abfangeinheiten (meist antiballistische Raketen) befinden sich in Fort Greely in Alaska und Vandenberg Air Force Base in Kalifornien.

Irdische Verteidigungssysteme nicht mehr ausreichend

Hyten sagte am Dienstag, dass das Abfangsystem im Wesentlichen ein „Fanghandschuh“ sei, berichtet „Defense News“. Um Abfänge schon in der Beschleunigungsphase einer feindlichen Rakete durchführen oder „left-of-launch“-Taktiken — bei welchen feindliche Projektile noch vor dem Start unschädlich gemacht werden — anwenden zu können, brauchen die USA eine effektive Sensorschicht, um Projektilbedrohungen frühzeitig zu erkennen — sie kann allerdings nicht auf der Erde gebaut werden.

„Es gibt nicht genug Inseln auf der Erde, auf denen man Radargeräte bauen kann, um alle Bedrohungen zu sehen und sie zu charakterisieren“, sagte der US-General. „Man kann von hier aus einfach nicht dorthin gelangen, also ist der einzige Ort, an dem die USA am stärksten sind und an dem die Technologie da ist, um es umzusetzen, der Weltraum. Wir müssen ins All.“ 

Hytens Aufruf kommt nur Tage nach der Bekanntgabe erfolgreicher Tests eines chinesichen Hyperschall-Fluggeräts — möglicherweise eine Angriffsplattform, von der chinesische Militärexperten behaupten, es könne herkömmliche und nukleare Bombenlasten tragen, sowie jedes vorhandene Flugkörper- oder Luftverteidigungssystem umgehen.

Russland plant angeblich, MiG-31K-Kampfflugzeuge mit Kinzhal-Hyperschallraketen an einer bevorstehenden Militär-Demonstration teilnehmen zu lassen und es wird erwartet, dass das Land seinen hyperschallschnelles Schub- und Gleitflugzeug Avangard innerhalb der nächsten Jahre auf der Interkontinentalrakete Sarmat einsetzen wird.

Neues Ausmaß von Bedrohung durch Hyperschall-Projektile

Die wachsende Bedrohung durch Hyperschall-Raketen besorgt Raketenabwehrexperten. Hyten hat wiederholt davor gewarnt, dass die USA derzeit nicht über die Fähigkeit verfügen, Waffen mit solchen Fähigkeiten entgegenzutreten.

Im Gegensatz zu herkömmlichen ballistischen Raketen sind Hyperschall-Raketen unberechenbar. Zusammen mit den hohen Geschwindigkeiten macht es die Unberechenbarkeit für bestehende Raketenabwehrsysteme nahezu unmöglich, diese zu verfolgen.

„Wenn man es nicht sehen kann, kann man es nicht abschießen“, sagte Generalleutnant Samuel Greaves im März. „Wir haben heute weltweit Sensoren im Einsatz, aber — schaut euch den Globus an — es gibt Lücken. Unser Ziel ist es, die Sensorarchitektur in den Weltraum zu verlagern und den Vorteil des Weltraums in Abstimmung mit unseren Bodensystemen zu nutzen, um die Lücken zu schließen.“

„Warum ist das wichtig?“, fragte er rhetorisch, „Die Hyperschallgefahr.“

Während seines Vortrags am Dienstag erinnerte Hyten seine Zuhörer daran, dass die USA wieder einmal inmitten eines großen Machtwettbewerbs mit Rivalen stehen, die Waffen entwickeln, die die Sicherheit der USA bedrohen.

„Man kann sie [Russland und China] nicht als unsere Freunde bezeichnen, wenn sie Waffen bauen, die die Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika zerstören können“, erklärte er.

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Kevin Randle, a full-time writer of more than 100 books of fiction and nonfiction, over 15 books about UFOs (was also an Army helicopter pilot and Air Force intelligence officer, including a Ph.D. in psychology), speaks about his investigation into the infamous crash of an alleged alien aircraft on a ranch near Roswell, New Mexico about July 2, 1947.

The book has chronologies of events that Randle discovered over the years, including interviews with witnesses that were still alive during his research. Consequently, Randle begins to discover a number of discrepancies to the popular “spaceship crash” theory. Likewise, Randle cannot completely ignore the testimony of various witnesses and documents that, if authentic, would mean a cover-up of sorts existed concerning the July, 1947 “crash.” 

Dr. Kevin D. Randle (born 1949), is a prominent ufologist. Within the UFO community he is often regarded as one of the preeminent experts on the reported crash of a UFO near Roswell, New Mexico in July 1947.

A professional writer with more than 80 books to his credit, Randle is perhaps best known for his books about UFOs and the Roswell story. While the vast majority of his books are science fiction and historical fiction, it’s his books on the alleged UFO crash at Roswell, New Mexico in 1947 that have exerted an enormous influence on those interested in the saga

http://www.garuda.co/lt-col-kevin-randle-phd-usa/.

 

(Roswell Revisited, Kevin Randle, Ph.D., Glade Press, Inc., P.O. Box 460, Lakeville, Minnesota 55044-0460, www.galdepress.com, 2007, 176 pages, $12.95.)

“On the pro side there is little documentation, but solid eyewitness testimony. These were the men who should have known about the crash based on who they were,” says Randle. “Many of them, when interviewed, did confirm they knew and even suggested an extraterrestrial explanation.There is limited documentation, but there is some…and there is the reacting to something extraordinary…this lack of information about what was happening at the top of the military pyramid is not surprising.” (pp. 174-175.)

EARLY WITNESSES       

Some of the early comments of witnesses somehow attached to the Roswell UFO incident can also be divided into “against, for, or undecided” categories.

Major Jesse Marcel, the Air Intelligence Officer at the Roswell Army Field, was ordered by Colonel William Blanchard to investigate a “debris field” discovered by ranch foreman Mack Brazel on a ranch near Corona, New Mexico. Marcel took along counter-intelligence corps officer Captain Sheridan Cavitt. Brazel’s discovery seemed to be around July 2 to 5, 1947; however, Brazel told the Roswell Dailey Record the discovery had been in June, 1947.

Randle constructs a list of witnesses and their opinions as to what they saw. Erdmann summarized a few; the reader can search further in Randle’s book.

The combination of biologically inspired technology, engineering and IT could allow 'morphing wing' aircraft to be developed, offering huge operational benefits, improved efficiencies and enhanced safety performance.

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A concept design illustration developed by NASA during its 'Morphing Project'; the core goal was to identify enabling technologies but this model famously caught the public eye in 2001.

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#  Mack Brazel: “Rubber strips, tin foil, a rather tough paper and sticks.” “…a bundle about three feet long and seven or eight inches thick, while the rubber made a bundle about 18 or 20 inches long and about eight inches thick…” “…I am sure what I found was not any weather observation balloon.”

(Erdmann theorized that this description may have been due to military intimidation during Brazel’s so-called ‘arrest.’ There was, also, possible confusion of his ‘find’ of a genuine balloon crash earlier in June, 1947.)  

# Technical Sargent Ernest Robert Robbins, according to his wife Anne, was a participant in the recovery of a “saucer-shaped (craft) and that was a top layer that was oblong and had windows in it…three people…one was dead and two were alive.”

#  Master Sargent Lewis Rickett, on a visit to the crash site, handled “a light weight piece of metal that was slightly curved and about eighteen inches long…feather light and may be flimsy…he could not bend it.”

#  Sargent Thomas Gonzales, a member of the Transportation Section, was asked to assist in the “sweep” of the 1947 crash site. He said he witnessed an “air foil” and “little men.”   

#  A “Sargent Johnson” was a member of the 1395th MP Company, and took about a dozen soldiers to the crash site. The craft appeared to be about fourteen feet in diameter, very light, and shared four creatures, three were dead. Johnson was told that the bodies were taken to the Wright Field in Dayton, Ohio.   

(Discrepancies existed as to how many crash victims were found, and how many were alive or dead, and when the deaths happened.)

#  Major Jesse Marcel described the material as being as thin as “newsprint,” yet so strong that a sledge hammer couldn’t dent it. There were small I-beams. “…it could not have been part of an aircraft, not part of any kind of weather balloon or experimental balloon…was not part of an aircraft, not a missile or rocket.”   

#  Colonel William Blanchard was the commander of the 509th Bomb Group at the Roswell Army Airfield in July, 1947. It was Blanchard that directed Lieutenant Walter Haut, the Publicity Information Officer, to release a press release on July 8 that “flying saucer” wreckage had been recovered and sent to higher headquarters.

Randle tells of some of the officers who defended the claim but also some who debunked the story of a 1947 alien craft.  

PRO  

#  Colonel Thomas Dubois, Chief of Staff of the Eighth Air Force, said that orders had come down from the Strategic Air Command headquarters and Major General McMullen “that the officers were not to talk about this among themselves.” In August 1990, DuBois said: "Nobody, wife, me, with Ramey, with anyone.” 

#  Joe Briley, operations officer for the 509th, told Randle that in July 1947 he was a squadron commander at that time, and he did know that Blanchard had gone out to the crash site. Briley said that most stories were “changed and hushed up immediately as soon as the people from Washington arrived.” Briley said that Blanchard, who had been a close friend, “was not stupid enough to call a weather balloon something else.”

#  Patrick Saunders was the base adjutant and member of the primary staff on the Roswell Air Field in July 1947. Saunders wrote on the first page of the book The Truth about the UFO Crash at Roswell: “Here’s the truth and I still haven’t told anybody anything!” Saunders told close friends that officers of the 509th Group were “confronted with a technology greater than that of Earth.”

#  Edwin Easley was the Provost Marshal at the Roswell Army Airfield in July 1947, responsible for security and police functions. Easley usually avoided conversation on the topic by saying it was classified and that “he had confirmed” in February 1991 that Mack Brazel had “been held at the guest house on the base.” (Brazel referred to this as ‘jail.’) “If you are not allowed to leave and there is a guard on the door, it is, basically, the same thing,” says Randle. 

When questioned if the craft was of extraterrestrial origin, Easley said: “Let me put it this way. That’s not the wrong path.”

#  Former 1st Lieutenant Chester Barton was told by Easley to go out to the crash site. “…the remains of a crashed aircraft…military police were using Geiger counters and that they did detect some radiation in certain spots,” says Randle, “…weren’t any large pieces.”  Barton said: “I know it was a hush-hush deal and Easley told us to keep our mouths shut.”

#  Oliver “Pappy” Henderson flew some of the wreckage on to Wright Field. Henderson told his wife, Sappho, that he had seen the bodies of the crash victims: “These were drawings of small creatures with big heads and large eyes,” says Randle. “Slender creatures that seemed to be frail.”  

#  Lloyd Thompson and Robert Slusher were part of the crew that flew the bodies out of Roswell on a B-29 to Fort Worth where they were met by six people. One person was an undertaker, Lieutenant Felix Martucci, who has fervidly refused to comment to date.

CON

Some testimony raised questions about the authenticity and connections to the 1947 crash. 

#  Lieutenant Colonel Robert Barrowclough was an executive officer that said (during various interviews) that he was one of the pilots who flew the strange metallic debris out of Roswell. Robert Porter and other members of the 509th Bomb Group suggested that Barrowclough had flown with Major Marcel on the July 8 trip to Fort Worth as Aircraft Commander.

Records showed, however, that Barrowclough was on leave. Morning Reports show that Barrowclough returned from leave on July 9: he was not there to take the July 8 flight.

#  Martin Jorgans claimed to be a civilian working for the military in 1947 in search of drone jet aircraft that crashed near Roswell on July 3. They discovered a craft with “stubby…curved-back wings…about twenty feet long and only 12 to 14 feet wide.” There were three reported creatures.

However, “there are no records to corroborate this,” (unfortunately) says Randle, “…using radar to track it is also a worry, given the nature of the terrain and the locations of the various radars in 1947…the search probably would have been conducted by aircraft and not guys in a jeep.”  

#  Counter-intelligence corps officer, then Captain Sheridan Cavitt (who accompanied Jesse Marcel to the “debris field”) told Colonel Richard Weaver that “he (Cavitt) knew immediately that it was a balloon.” Captain Weaver was the author of the July, 1994 23-page “Report of the Air Force Research Regarding the Roswell Incident.”  

#  Bessie Brazel Schrieber, the daughter of Mack Brazel, said that she, and her brother Vernon, helped pick up debris into four burlap sacks. Bessie recalled the material as nothing but pieces of a balloon (there possibly was confusion over a balloon found earlier in June, 1947, as well as, Mack Brazel’s intimidation by the military about his descriptions of the material).  

#  Former Captain and Ph.D. (doctor) Lorenzo Kent Kimball was the medical supply officer at Roswell in July 1947. Randle says that Kimball knew doctors, nurses, enlisted men, pilots and officers at Roswell Air Field. “He is emphatic in his opinion that nothing happened,” says Randle, “that the story of the preliminary autopsy at Roswell is false, and the whole idea of a flying saucer crash is without merit.”

BIG BRASS     

In 1947 Colonel (later Brigadier General) Thomas J. DuBose was the Chief of Staff of the Eighth Air Force stationed at the, then, Fort Worth Army Air Field. He was ordered by Major General Clements McMullen (Deputy Commander of the Strategic Air Command) to inquire about the material at Roswell. DuBose was ordered to send the material to McMullen, who, in turn, forwarded it to Nathan F. Twining at the Air Material Command.

This article continues tomorrow June 5, 2015!  http://ufodigest.com/article/randle-0605

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<p>Sanaa (AFP) - Au moins 29 enfants ont été tués dans une attaque qui a visé jeudi un bus dans le nord du Yémen, a annoncé le Comité international de la Croix-Rouge (CICR), la coalition sous commandement saoudien affirmant avoir mené une opération militaire "légitime" dans le secteur.</p><p>Un hôpital de la province de Saada soutenu par le CICR "a reçu les corps de 29 enfants âgés de moins de 15 ans et 48 blessés, dont 30 enfants", a annoncé l'organisation humanitaire sur son compte Twitter, sans donner de détails sur la nature de l'attaque.</p><p>Un porte-parole du CICR dans la capitale yéménite Sanaa, sous contrôle des rebelles Houthis, a précisé à l'AFP qu'il ne s'agissait pas là d'un bilan définitif de l'attaque, puisque les victimes ont été transportées vers plusieurs hôpitaux.</p><p>"Selon le droit humanitaire international, les civils doivent être protégés durant les conflits", a souligné le CICR.</p><p>"De nouveau, de nombreux enfants auraient été tués ou blessés lorsqu'un bus scolaire a été attaqué dans le nord du Yémen.Tous ces enfants auraient moins de 15 ans.Est-ce que le monde a vraiment besoin de voir davantage d'enfants innocents tués pour arrêter la guerre cruelle au Yémen?", a réagi le directeur du Fonds des Nations unies pour l'enfance (Unicef) pour le Moyen-Orient, Geert Cappelaere.</p><p>La coalition dirigée par l'Arabie saoudite, qui intervient au Yémen en soutien aux forces du président Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi, a qualifié l'attaque qu'elle a menée d'"opération militaire légitime".Elle n'a pas précisé la nature de l'attaque et n'a pas dit avoir visé un bus transportant des enfants.</p><p>"L'attaque qui s'est produite aujourd'hui dans la province de Saada est une opération militaire légitime contre des éléments qui ont (...) tiré la nuit dernière un missile contre la ville (saoudienne) de Jizane, faisant un mort et des blessés parmi les civils", a indiqué la coalition dans un communiqué.</p><p></p><p>- Multiples bavures -</p><p></p><p>La coalition avait annoncé mercredi que la défense anti-aérienne saoudienne avait intercepté dans le sud du royaume un missile tiré par les rebelles Houthis dont les débris ont tué un Yéménite et blessé onze autres personnes.</p><p>Il y a une semaine, cette même coalition avait nié avec force avoir lancé des attaques qui ont fait, selon le CICR, 55 morts et 170 blessés à Hodeida, dans l'ouest du Yémen.</p><p>La ville stratégique de Hodeida est contrôlée par les Houthis qui ont également attribué à la coalition la responsabilité de ces attaques.Mais celle-ci a démenti et accusé à son tour les rebelles de les avoir menées.</p><p>La coalition a été accusée à plusieurs reprises de bavures ayant coûté la vie à des centaines de civils.</p><p>Elle a admis sa responsabilité dans certains raids ayant tué des civils mais accusé les Houthis de se mêler aux civils ou de les utiliser comme boucliers humains.</p><p>La coalition a répété ce même argument jeudi après avoir affirmé dans un premier temps avoir visé des responsables de tirs de missiles sur l'Arabie saoudite.</p><p>Elle a affirmé que "cette opération a été menée dans le respect du droit humanitaire international" et accusé les Houthis de recruter des enfants.</p><p>Les rebelles Houthis, issus de la minorité zaïdite (une branche du chiisme) qui s'estime marginalisé dans un pays majoritairement sunnite, sont soutenus par l'Iran qui conteste toutefois leur fournir un appui militaire.</p><p>La guerre au Yémen a fait plus de 10.000 morts depuis l'intervention de la coalition en mars 2015 et provoqué "la pire crise humanitaire" au monde, selon l'ONU.</p><p></p>

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          VP Pence Unveils Trump's Space Force; Will Cost $8 Billion Over 5 Years      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Back in March, President Trump first introduced the idea of a US "space force", renewing a long-running debate that began almost 20 years ago whether the Pentagon’s space activities should be moved to a new command. Then in June, Trump explicitly called for the new branch to be created, despite resistance from the Air Force which oversees military space programs.

Fast forward to today, when Vice President Mike Pence announced the first steps in the creation of a space force as a entirely new military branch.

Speaking alongside Defense Secretary James Mattis at the Pentagon Thursday, Pence announced that "establishing the Space Force is an idea whose time has come."

And while big questions remain - while the Pentagon has begun the process of establishing Space Force as a 6th branch of the U.S. military, only Congress has the power to establish a new branch of the military - one thing is clear: Trump's reorganization of US defense will cost a lot of money, and for the first time we learned just how much when Mike Pence said that the Trump administration will call on Congress to allocate $8 billion over the next five years to establish the U.S. Space Force as the sixth branch of the military.

"It’s not enough to have an American presence in space," Pence said. "We must have American dominance in space. And so we will."

"Our adversaries have transformed space into a war fighting domain already and the United States will not shrink from this challenge," Pence said. "History proves that peace only comes through strength, and in the realm of outer space, the United States space force will be that strength in the years ahead," he added.

Today there are "tens of thousands of military personnel, civilians and contractors operating and supporting our space systems, together they are the eyes and ears of America’s warfighters around the globe", Pence said.

Trump approved:

The first step in the creation of Trump's space force calls for the creation of U.S. Space Command, led by a four-star flag officer. The second step is the creation of an "elite group of joint warfighters specializing in the domain of space."

The report also calls for a Space Development Agency to develop new technologies, and establishing a new civilian position to oversee the standup of Space Force - an assistant secretary of defense for space.

Curiously, while Secretary of Defense James Mattis previously disapproved of the idea saying last year he opposed creating additional bureaucracy at the Pentagon, on Thursday Mattis - perhaps impressed with all those billions that would be collected from taxpayers - changed his mind and said "space is one of our vital national interests" and is "no longer a new domain."

Still, a major hurdle remains as Congress would have to approve a new military service, and lawmakers have been divided on the idea. The new branch would need to compete for money with other big, politically protected Defense Department priorities that Congress already funds. However, as Pence said today, the administration is already working with Congress to get approval for the Space Force service branch, including Reps. Thornberry, Smith, Rogers, Cooper, and will ask for authorization in FY20 NDAA.

What is strange is that the U.S. already has a space-based military footprint as Bloomberg notes:

The sky is teeming with spy satellites and other platforms that support government surveillance, communications, weather forecasting and other activities. The Air Force also has a top-secret aircraft, the X-37B, built by Boeing Co., which orbits the earth for extended periods.

But why spend less, when one can spend more?

As Bloomberg further adds, the primary driver behind the push to formalize a space branch of the U.S. armed forces is motivated by space investment by Russia and China. In 2007, China fired a missile to destroy an aged weather satellite, demonstrating in a dramatic fashion its ability to deploy anti-satellite weapons.

For those curious, following Mattis' speech the DoD is expected to release a report to Congress on the creation of a separate Space Force.

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Predictably, it did not take long for the Democrats to lash out at the idea. Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) on Thursday blasted the Trump administration's commitment to a space force, and suggested its only moving forward because Republicans won't speak out against it.

"The VP just announced a new military branch - a 'Space Force,' because no R is willing to tell POTUS it’s a dumb idea," Schatz tweeted.

"Although 'Space Force' won’t happen, it’s dangerous to have a leader who cannot be talked out of crazy ideas," he added, urging followers to elect Democrats in the November midterms.


          (USA-AL-Huntsville) Software Engineer      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Job Descriptions: GENERAL JOB SUMMARY: Software Engineers are being sought to join an experienced Software Engineering Team that is responsible for the design, development and deployment of multiple software applications and systems in support of the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command. Candidates will work on a suite of tools that includes desktop, web and mobile applications. Candidates will support both enhancements and extensions to the existing software suite as well as the design and implementation of new software applications. Experience with software design, implementation and test, deployment, sustainment, and working in configuration managed, classified, and team environments are beneficial. ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS: PRIMARY – + Operating in a Microsoft Windows environment + Using Microsoft Visual Studio to develop, debug, test, and deploy applications + Proficient in C# and the .NET Framework + Working with industry standard relational databases (PostgreSQL, MySQL, MS SQL Server) SECONDARY – + Experience with ASP.NET, MVC, Web API, ORM technologies + Experience with HTML5, CSS3, jQuery, any industry standard JavaScript frameworks + Experience with hosting websites in a Microsoft IIS webserver Preferred – + Experience in open source development + Ability to work independently or as part of a team + Experience on iterative, spiral or agile software development teams WORK ENVIRONMENTThe employee will likely be placed in an office. The work environment characteristics are representative of those of an employee encounters while performing essential functions of the job in a typical office/workstation situation. Able to work sitting or standing at desk and operate a computer via standard input devices such as using a keyboard and reading information on a monitor. Required Experience: JOB SKILLS: Required – + Proficient in C# and the .NET Framework + Experience with relational databases (PostgreSQL, MySQL, MS SQL Server) + Build and debug both desktop applications and websites built on .NET technologies EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: + BS degree in a technical degree and at least 2 to 9 years of experience Keyword: Microsoft Visual Studio, C#, .NET, PostgreSQL, MySQL, MS SQL Server From: Kratos Defense
          Trump aide and Israeli army warn of war as Gaza missiles fly      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

JERUSALEM (JTA) — After firing more than 180 rockets into civilian areas, armed terror groups in Gaza said Thursday afternoon that they would refrain from firing on southern Israel if Israel also maintains the calm. Shortly after the announcement, however, more rockets were fired from Gaza at Israel. Code Red rocket alert sirens were sounded as...

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          The Philippine Navy test fired its first-ever ship-borne missile, signaling it’s ready to ‘strike a punch’ in disputed waters      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Philippine Navy has successfully test-fired its first ever ship-borne missile, making it a more capable force in tense regional waters, like the South China Sea where China is rapidly expanding its military presence.
          Southern Israel Under Attack; Hamas Rocket Reaches Beersheba for First Time Since 2014      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
FeaturedImage_2018-08-09_111859_YouTube_Intercept_SderotFor the first time since Operation Protective Edge in 2014 a Hamas-launched rocket reached Beersheba as red alert sirens sounded across southern Israel triggered by approximately 200 rockets and mortars that were fired into Israel from Gaza on Wednesday night and Thursday morning, wounding dozens of Israelis, The Jerusalem Post reported. The Iron Dome missile defense system […]
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Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, announced that he will not run for re-election in 2018 and will not seek any public office next year. Chaffetz wrote in a Facebook post on Wednesday morning, "I am healthy. I am confident I would continue to be re-elected by large margins. I have the full support of Speaker Ryan to continue as Chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee. That said, I have made a personal decision to return to the private sector." As oversight chairman, Chaffetz led investigations into the Secret Service and Planned Parenthood in recent years. He has faced pressure from protesters in his home district and federal watchdogs for not pursuing investigations into the Trump administration more forcefully. Chaffetz told NPR's Morning Edition in February that his committee was concerned with possible mishandling of classified information when Trump was apparently briefed on a North Korean missile test at
          How Lockheed Martin's Orlando-made systems and gear prepare military for future combat      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Central Florida is ground zero for this defense contracting behemoth's production of jets, missiles and cyber defense systems.

          Un avion de chasse espagnol de l’OTAN tire un missile en Estonie… par erreur      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Le 7 août, un avion espagnol de combat de type Eurofighter espagnol a par tiré par erreur un missile air-air alors qu’il se trouvait au sud-ouest de l’Estonie. Le ministère espagnol de la Défense a [...]
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Rai YEMEN, RAID SCUOLABUS Almeno 29 bambini, tutti sotto i 15 anni, sono morti e altre 48 persone, tra cui 30 bimbi, sono rimaste ferite nel nord dello Yemen in seguito a raid aerei che hanno colpito uno scuolabus e un affollato mercato nella provincia di Saada: lo riportano i media internazionali. L'attacco è stato sferrato dalla coalizione a guida saudita che parla di "raid legittimo", in risposta a quello subito la notte scorsa contro una città saudita. In precedenza L'Arabia Saudita aveva reso noto che un civile è morto e 11 sono rimasti feriti da frammenti di un missile lanciato dai ribelli sciiti dello Yemen nel sud del regno.
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> LOL from fan boi and NYT...low as you can go....LOL > > Can't even post up a proper link..what a fuckwad. > > Why are all folk with beast life parners such fuckwads? The post does not have replies yet. Start the discussion here
          Comment on Alex Jones: Infowars has racked up 5.6 million new subscribers in the past 48 hours by Road Warrior      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Might want to add that it doesn't include requests, commands and orders cause several STFU missiles have recently been launched. None of them have hit of course, a testimony to the effectiveness of the "aim for Bin hit Saddam" guidance system but several more of them might be launched. As per usual, your posts are great. Keep up the great work. Oh that's an encouragement, far be it for me to tell you what to do, free will and all that.
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IDF destroys Hamas and Islamic Jihad terror site in Gaza, in response to missile fire today. Hamas has fired over 180 missiles into Israel today. One Thai women has been seriously injured by a mortar shell fired by Hamas at agricultural workers. The 5 storey building that was targeted in Gaza, was allegedly an HQ for the terror organizations. {{embed|t=C3j9E_1533836700}}
          That XKCD on voting machine software is wrong      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

The latest XKCD comic on voting machine software is wrong, profoundly so. It’s the sort of thing that appeals to our prejudices, but mistakes the details.


That XKCD on voting machine software is wrong
Accidents vs. attack

The biggest flaw is that the comic confuses accidents vs. intentional attack . Airplanes and elevators are designed to avoid accidental failures. If that’s the measure, then voting machine software is fine and perfectly trustworthy. Such machines are no more likely to accidentally record a wrong vote than the paper voting systems they replaced ― indeed less likely. The reason we have electronic voting machines in the first place was due to the “hanging chad” problem in the Bush v. Gore election of the year 2000. After that election, a wave of new, software-based, voting machines replaced the older inaccurate paper machines.

The question is whether software voting machines can be attacked. Well, if that’s the measure, then airplanes aren’t safe at all. Security against human attack consists of the entire infrastructure outside the plane, such as TSA forcing us to take off our shoes, to trade restrictions to prevent the proliferation of Stinger missiles.

Confusing the two, accidents vs. attack, is used here because it makes the reader feel superior. We get to mock and feel superior to those stupid software engineers for not living up to what’s essentially a fictional standard of reliability.

To repeat: software is better than the mechanical machines they replaced, which is why there are so many software-based machines in the United States. The issue isn’t normal accuracy, but their robustness against a different standard, against attack ― a standard which airplanes and elevators suck at.

The problems are as much hardware as software

Last year at the DEF CON hacking conference they had an “Election Hacking Village” where they hacked a number of electronic voting machines. Most of those “hacks” were against the hardware, such as soldering on a JTAG device or accessing USB ports . Other errors have been voting machines being sold on eBay whose data wasn’t wiped, allowing voter records to be recovered.

What we want to see is hardware designed more like an iPhone, where the FBI can’t decrypt a phone even when they really really want to. This requires special chips, such as secure enclaves, signed boot loaders, and so on. Only once we get the hardware right can we complain about the software being deficient.

To be fair, software problems were also found at DEF CON, like an exploit over WiFi. Though, a lot of problems are questionable whether the fault lies in the software design or the hardware design, fixable in either one. The situation is better described as the entire design being flawed, from the “requirements”, to the high-level system “architecture”, and lastly to the actual “software” code.

It’s lack of accountability/fail-safes

We imagine the threat is that votes can be changed in the voting machine, but it’s more profound than that. The problem is that votes can be changed invisibly . The first change experts want to see is adding a paper trail, rather than fixing bugs.

Consider “recounts”. With many of today’s electronic voting machines, this is meaningless, with nothing to recount. The machine produces a number, and we have nothing else to test against whether that number is correct or false. You can press a button and do an instant recount, but it won’t tell you any other answer than the original one.

A paper trail changes this. After the software voting machine records the votes, it prints them to paper for the voter to check. This retains the features of better user-interface design than the horrible punch-hole machines of yore, and retains the feature of quick and cheap vote tabulation, so we know the results of the election quickly. But, if there’s an irregularity, there exists an independent record that we can go back, with some labor, and verify.

It’s like fail-systems in industrial systems, where we are less concerned about whether the normal systems have an error, but much more concerned about whether the fail-safe system works. It’s like how famously Otis is not the inventor of elevators, but the inventor of elevator brakes that will safely stop the car from plummeting to your death if the cable snaps.

What’s lacking in election machines therefore is not good or bad software engineering, but the failure of anybody to create fail-safes in the design, fail-safes that will work regardless of how the software works.

It’s not just voting machines

It’s actually really hard for the Russians to hack voting machines, as they have to be attacked them on a one-by-one basis. It’s hard for a mass hack that affects them all.

It’s much easier to target the back-end systems that tabulate the votes, which are more often normal computers connected to the Internet.

In addition, there are other ways that hackers can target elections. For example, the political divide in America between rural (Republican) and urban (Democrat) voters is well known. An attack against traffic lights, causing traffic jams, is enough to swing the vote slightly in the direction of rural voters. That makes a difference in places like last night’s by-election in Ohio where a House candidate won by a mere 1,700 votes.

Voting machines are important, but there’s way to much focus on them as if they are the only target to worry about.

Conclusion

The humor of this comic rests on smug superiority. But it’s wrong. It’s applying a standard (preventing accidents) against a completely different problem (stopping attackers) ― software voting machines are actually better against accidents than the paper machines they replace. It’s ignoring the problems, which are often more system and hardware design than software. It ignores the solution, which isn’t to fix software bugs, but to provide an independent, auditable paper trail.

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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani told North Korea's foreign minister that the United States cannot be trusted, Tehran's state media said, as the United States seeks a deal to rein in the North's nuclear and missile programmes.

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Estonia's defense minister has ordered a halt to NATO air exercises in Estonia pending an investigation after a missile was accidentally fired over the Baltic country's airspace by a Spanish fighter jet on a military exercise this week.
          Η νέα απειλή της Τουρκίας: Προπαγανδίζει πως χτυπά τη μισή Ελλάδα με τον πύραυλο Bora - ΒΙΝΤΕΟ      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Η γνωστή τουρκική ιστοσελίδα Savunma Sanayi St ξαναχτύπησε με νέα προκλητική ανάρτηση της στο Twitter. Αυτή τη φορά, επιχειρεί να προπαγανδίσει το αυξημένο βεληνεκές του συστήματος βαλλιστικών πυραύλων Bora.

Από: onalert.gr

Στο συγκεκριμένο tweet, η ιστοσελίδα έχει εμφανίσει χάρτη του Αιγαίου, ο οποίος απεικονίζει ποιες αεροπορικές βάσεις και στρατιωτικές εγκαταστάσεις στην Ελληνική Επικράτεια της Ελλάδας βρίσκονται εντός βεληνεκούς του συστήματος και το ακριβές βεληνεκές του όταν τοποθετηθεί σε διαφορετικά σημεία της τουρκικής επικράτειας.

Φαίνεται πως η ιστοσελίδα - η οποία απηχεί τις θέσεις του υφυπουργείου αμυντικής βιομηχανίας της Τουρκίας - προσπαθεί με κάθε τρόπο να επιδείξει την ισχύ των «εθνικών» οπλικών συστημάτων της Τουρκίας και παράλληλα να καταδείξει το πόσο ευάλωτη είναι η πατρίδα μας σε πιθανή επίθεση.

Δείτε το σχετικό Tweet:



Το Bora είναι ένας τακτικός βαλλιστικός πύραυλος που αναπτύχθηκε από την τουρκική εταιρεία ROKETSAN για να εξυπηρετήσει της ανάγκες του τουρκικού στρατού. Δοκιμάστηκε επιτυχώς και τέθηκε σε λειτουργία το Μάιο του 2017. Η έκδοση Bora-2 η οποία θα διαθέτει αρκετά μεγαλύτερο δραστικό βεληνεκές βρίσκεται σε εξελικτικό στάδιο. Η εξαγωγική έκδοση του συστήματος ονομάζεται Khan.

Τα τελευταία χρόνια η Τουρκία έκανε αρκετές προσπάθειες να αγοράσει βαλλιστικούς πυραύλους μικρής εμβέλειας από χώρες του ΝΑΤΟ. Ωστόσο, το ΝΑΤΟ καταδίκασε αυτές τις κινήσεις, αναγκάζοντας την Άγκυρα να αναζητήσει συστήματα από χώρες που δεν ανήκουν στο ΝΑΤΟ ή να προχωρήσει στην παραγωγή των δικών της πυραύλων.

Παρόλο που το Bora είναι ένα τουρκικό σύστημα, τα κύρια στοιχεία του προέρχονται από άλλες χώρες. Το πυραυλικό σύστημα αναπτύχθηκε στην Κίνα και το τροχοφόρο όχημα υψηλής κινητικότητας/αντοχής προέρχεται από τη Λευκορωσία. Το Bora είναι ουσιαστικά μια τουρκική έκδοση των κινεζικών βλημάτων BP-12A τα οποία κατασκευάζονται κατόπιν ανάλογης άδειας από την Roketsan.

Το όχημα εκτόξευσης Bora μεταφέρει 2 κιβώτια με βαλλιστικούς πυραύλους μικρής εμβέλειας. Τα βλήματα εκτοξεύονται κάθετα και έχουν βεληνεκές 280 km. Το βλήμα φέρει πολεμική κεφαλή βάρους 470-kg υψηλής εκρηκτικότητας ή διασποράς. Για την πλοήγησή του προς το στόχο, χρησιμοποιεί GPS και σύστημα αδρανειακής καθοδήγησης (INS). Ο πύραυλος μπορεί να επαναπροσανατολιστεί κατά τη διάρκεια της πτήσης. Αυτή η δυνατότητα επιτρέπει την κρούση κινούμενων στόχων. Η ακρίβεια του συστήματος κυμαίνεται στα 30-50m CEP. Όσον αφορά τις επιδόσεις και τις δυνατότητες, θεωρείται ισοδύναμο με το ρωσικό σύστημα Iskander-E.

Ο βασικός ρόλος του συστήματος είναι να πλήξει συγκεντρώσεις στρατευμάτων και τεθωρακισμένων οχημάτων, καθώς και άλλοι σημαντικοί στόχοι, όπως αεροδρόμια, θέσεις διοίκησης, συστήματα αεροπορικής άμυνας και εγκαταστάσεις υποστήριξης. Σε ορισμένες περιπτώσεις, αυτός ο βαλλιστικός πύραυλος μπορεί να χρησιμοποιηθεί ως εναλλακτική λύση στους βομβαρδισμούς ακριβείας.

Το Bora βασίζεται σε ένα καινούργιο σασί υψηλής κινητικότητας MZKT-7909 της Λευκορωσίας με διαμόρφωση 8x8. Αυτό το όχημα διαθέτει υπερτροφοδοτούμενο πετρελαιοκινητήρα TMZ-84631.10, με ισχύ 525 ίππους. Ο κινητήρας συνδυάζεται με αυτόματο κιβώτιο ταχυτήτων. Μπορεί να κινηθεί σε κάθε είδους δρόμους και εκτός δρόμου.

Το Bora λειτουργεί με πλήρωμα τεσσάρων ατόμων. Το όχημα είναι εξοπλισμένο με θωρακισμένη καμπίνα, η οποία παρέχει προστασία στο πλήρωμα εναντίον πυροβόλων όπλων.

Πριν από μερικά χρόνια η τουρκική εταιρεία BMC ανέπτυξε ένα τροχοφόρο 8x8, το BMC 525-44 που θα μπορούσε να χρησιμοποιηθεί για στρατιωτικούς ρόλους και να φέρει πυραύλους. Μέχρι στιγμής όμως αυτό το όχημα δεν έχει φτάσει στην γραμμή παραγωγής. Αντ 'αυτού, το Bora βασίζεται σε ένα ξένο όχημα.

Ο εκτοξευτής υποστηρίζεται από ένα όχημα επαναφορτώσεως. Βασίζεται στο ίδιο σασί 8x8 MZKT και είναι εφοδιασμένο με γερανό.

Ένα πλήρες σύστημα αποτελείται από δύο οχήματα εκτόξευσης (ενδεχομένως 3) με βαλλιστικούς πυραύλους, συναφή οχήματα επαναφόρτωσης, οχήματα διοίκησης και ελέγχου πυρός και ενδεχομένως μερικά άλλα οχήματα υποστήριξης.

Δείτε παρακάτω εντυπωσιακές εικόνες από το σύστημα:



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From Ian:

IDF Blog: Israel Under Attack
Hamas began shooting projectiles at Israeli civilians starting at 7:37PM on Wednesday evening and launched them consistently until early Thursday morning.

In response, IDF fighter jets struck 12 terror targets in Gaza, including a factory used to manufacture parts for terror tunnels and concrete, a maritime terror tunnel shaft along the coast, and several terror sites in military compounds, among them rocket manufacturing facilities and a central logistical military complex.

The factory used to manufacture parts for terror tunnels was intended to be used as a hotel, but was overtaken by the Hamas terror organization in 2012. The factory manufactures parts for terror tunnels under the guise of civilian infrastructure.

In 2012, during Operation Pillar of Defense, senior Hamas members used the building as shelter, believing the IDF would not target a civilian hotel construction site. In this building, Hamas terrorists continued to plan fighting and command rocket launching units. Months later, in 2013, Hamas took over the site entirely, blocked the entrance, and began establishing a concrete factory under the guise of a civilian construction site. The factory manufactured concrete parts designed exclusively for terror tunnels, including reinforcements, flooring, and concrete arches, which have no civilian use.

Over 150 rockets launched into Israel, woman seriously injured
A woman was seriously injured in Israel early Thursday morning when a rocket launched from the Gaza Strip hit a home in the Eshkol regional council near the Palestinian enclave.

The woman was a 30-year-old foreign worker from Thailand. She suffered injuries to her abdomen and limbs. Another person was lightly injured, and several were treated for shock.

Thursday morning’s injuries brought the total of wounded on the Israeli side to five in the current cycle of violence.

Rocket barrages by the Hamas terror group continued throughout the night. The military said over 150 rockets and mortar shells were launched at Israeli communities since Wednesday evening.

Most of the rockets hit open areas. The Iron Dome defense system — which targets only missiles projected to strike communities — destroyed 25 of the rockets.
PA has paid $294,332 to the Sbarro bombers
17 years ago today a suicide bomber entered the Sbarro pizza shop in downtown Jerusalem, detonated his suicide vest and murdered 15 people. The murdered in the August 9, 2001 bombing included 7 children as well as a couple and three of their children, an American citizen and a Brazilian citizen. (See their names and pictures below.) 130 people were injured.

The suicide bomber was Izz al-Din Al-Masri. His family has received $50,124 as a reward for his suicide bombing.

The terrorist who planned the attack and brought the bomber to Sbarro was Ahlam Tamimi. Tamimi was arrested in September 2001 and received 16 life sentences. In 2011, Tamimi was released as part of the deal to free Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit from his Hamas captors. For her time in prison she has been rewarded by the PA with salary payments of at least $52,681.

The suicide belt was built by Hamas bomb- builder Abdallah Barghouti. Barghouti was arrested in May 2003, and received 67 life sentences - 15 of them for building the bomb used to murder the people in Sbarro. He has received salary payments from the PA of at least $191,526.

By September 2018, the PA will have cumulatively rewarded Barghouti, Tamimi, and the family of Al-Masri with at least $294,332.




Seth J. Frantzman: To the brink of war: How Hamas and Israel got here
The larger regional picture is that Egypt has been trying hard to restrain Hamas and also find a path to a ceasefire. But Egypt is not alone. The Palestinian Authority has sought to isolate Gaza by reducing remittances and payments there. That led to rare protests in June by Palestinians in Ramallah against the PA. Hamas therefore is not only trying to deal with a ceasefire with Israel but also trying to sort out a reconciliation agreement with the PA. That’s why the assassination attempt on Hamdallah in March is important and sets the scene for the conflict that began in late March.

Hamas says it wants Israel to end the 10-year blockade of Gaza and to ease up restrictions on goods flowing to the strip. But the US administration under Donald Trump is having none of the Hamas stories about who is responsible for the Strip’s problems. Jason Greenblatt said in May that Hamas had taken the area back to the Stone Age. He made similar statements in opeds and discussions in March and June. Then, in July, Jared Kushner, Greenblatt and US Ambassador David Friedman authored a piece at The Washington Post again pressuring Hamas. Hamas sees the US officials as “spokesmen for the Israeli occupation,” as it called them in July. But it’s clear that the US sees sorting out Gaza as a key to its proposed “deal of the century.”

A last piece of the puzzle is Qatar, which has also sought a role in dealing with Gaza. A major investor in reconstruction and also a previous backer of Hamas, it wants to be relevant. Towards that end, it has sought to play up the chances for discussions with Israel and positioned itself as playing a positive role.

This is part of a larger struggle between Qatar and Egypt and Qatar and Saudi Arabia. In this sense Gaza is a sort of “prize” between Washington, Qatar, Egypt, Israel, the UN and the PA. Hamas’s desire to terrorize Israel and seem relevant, and the fact that Iran is also funding Hamas and wants it to be a thorn in Israel’s side, is thus just a part of a much larger struggle going on in which each side wants something else out of Israel and Hamas and Gaza.

Adding up all those agendas, including the rising crescendo of war that has built since March, led to August 8.
After Beersheba hit by rocket, IDF conducts new strikes in northern Gaza
The Israeli Air Force launched a renewed offensive against targets in the northern Gaza Strip, Palestinian media reported on Thursday evening, hours after a rocket fired from the Palestinian enclave struck just outside the southern city of Beersheba.

Minutes after the Israeli strike began, incoming rocket sirens blared in the Eshkol region of southern Israel.

There were no immediate reports of Israeli injuries or damage.

The Israeli military would not immediately confirm the renewed bombing raids in Gaza, apparently in accordance with army protocol to wait until the planes involved have all returned to base.

According to the Hamas-affiliated Shehab news outlet, the target of the strike was a building west of Gaza City. Palestinian media reported that nearly the entire structure was destroyed as the Israeli aircraft fired multiple missiles at it.
Liberman: ‘We will do whatever is necessary’ to stop Gaza rocket barrages
Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman spoke with the leaders of rocket-battered southern communities Thursday and told them the military would do whatever it takes to end missile attacks from the Gaza Strip, after a series of barrages injured seven people.

The Israeli military said over 180 rockets and mortar shells were fired at southern Israel from the Gaza Strip since Wednesday night. Residents said it was the worst night of attacks since 2014’s Operation Protective Edge.

The rocket attacks and reprisal airstrikes by Israel continued throughout Thursday morning.

Liberman talked with Alon Davidi, mayor of Sderot, and the leaders of other regional councils bordering on Gaza, the Defense Ministry said in a statement.

The minister praised the mayors and the residents of their communities for their “stamina and the backing they are giving the IDF and the security forces,” saying “we will do whatever is necessary” to restore calm to the south.

Meanwhile, opposition leader Tzipi Livni of the Zionist Union faction criticized the government for “losing control” of the situation after months of violent border clashes and exchanges of fire between the IDF and Hamas-led terror groups in Gaza that have escalated into several rounds of Palestinian rocket attacks on southern Israel and Israeli airstrikes on Hamas targets.
Israeli official: Hamas dealt a ‘severe blow’ in Gaza airstrikes
Israel has dealt the Hamas terrorist group a “severe blow” with its airstrikes on the Gaza Strip, a diplomatic official said Thursday, shortly after a rocket fired from the Palestinian enclave reached the furthest into Israeli territory since the 2014 war.

“Hamas has suffered a severe blow,” the official said. “Israel will continue to act with force.”

The remarks came shortly after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman finished meeting with top Israel Defense Forces brass at military headquarters in Tel Aviv. The security cabinet convened there at 6:00 p.m. to discuss the situation in the south.

“The prime minister and defense minister ordered the IDF to prepare for every possibility,” the official said.

Though the frequency of rocket attacks declined by Thursday afternoon, a projectile launched from Gaza landed north of the southern city of Beersheba, some 40 kilometers (25 miles) from the Strip.

This was the first attack directed against Beersheba since the 2014 war, known in Israel as Operation Protective Edge.








These Israelis have 15 seconds to take cover from Hamas rockets


Hamas rocket hits Israeli city of Sderot


This is a Palestinian war crime


UN envoy concerned by rocket attacks
Nickolay Mladenov, the UN envoy to the Middle East, on Wednesday expressed concern over the latest escalation in Gaza.

“I am deeply alarmed by the recent escalation of violence between Gaza and Israel, and particularly by today’s multiple rockets fired towards communities in southern Israel,” he said in a statement.

“For months I have been warning that the humanitarian, security and political crisis in Gaza risks a devastating conflict that nobody wants. The UN has engaged with Egypt and all concerned parties in an unprecedented effort to avoid such a development,” continued Mladenov.

While “collective efforts have prevented the situation from exploding until now,” he said, “if the current escalation however is not contained immediately, the situation can rapidly deteriorate with devastating consequences for all people.”
Hamas Blackmail, Media Silence
Hamas's strategy is to remain in power forever; to achieve that goal, it is prepared to do anything. Hamas has always acted out of its own narrow interests while holding the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip hostage to its extremist ideology and repressive regime.

"Those who claim to be confronting Israel are nothing but corrupt, extortionist bribe-takers. Today, every politician in the Gaza Strip is well aware of the fact that the corruption at the border crossings has become the norm of the official establishment, and not actions by individuals or a certain apparatus." — Hassan Asfour, former Palestinian Authority minister, human rights activist and political columnist.

Here one always needs to ask: where is the role of the international media in exposing Hamas's corruption and exploitation of its own people? Why is it that the mainstream media in the West does not want to pay any attention to what Asfour and other Palestinians are saying? The answer is always simple: As far as foreign journalists are concerned, if Israel is not the one asking for bribes or blackmailing the Palestinians, there is no story there.
Gaza official: ‘Current round of fighting is over, calm depends on Israel’
A Palestinian official in the Gaza Strip declared that the latest round of violence had ended early Thursday afternoon and that armed groups in the enclave would maintain the calm if Israel did the same.

The announcement, made to a number of news outlets in Gaza, was quickly followed by a fresh attack on southern Israel from the Strip, which triggered sirens in the area but appeared to have hit in an open field, causing neither injury nor damage.

“The current round in Gaza has ended. The resistance responded to the enemy’s crimes in Gaza. The continuation of calm in Gaza depends on (Israel’s) behavior,” said the official from a joint command center for a number of Palestinian terrorist groups, notably the Gaza-ruling Hamas.

A source in the Hamas terrorist group confirmed the cessation to AFP.

On Tuesday, Hamas vowed to avenge the deaths of two of its members killed by IDF tank fire after the army mistakenly thought a Hamas military exercise had been a cross-border attack. On Wednesday afternoon, the military warned that it was anticipating a revenge attack by Hamas.


Honest Reporting: HR Visits the Gaza Border
Since last night, terror groups fired nearly 200 rockets and mortar shells at southern Israeli communities. The IDF responded against Hamas military infrastructure.

Just the day before, we brought a group of 30 HonestReporting supporters to Israeli communities near the Gaza border, to see the situation in person. We were followed by a crew from i24 News and a segment will be coming out shortly on that channel.

The residents we visited in Kibbutz Nahal Oz, Kibbutz Alumim and Asaf Siboni live under real threat. Yet they also live in a beautiful natural area, with homes and communities to which they are genuinely dedicated. And you may be surprised at the empathy and complexity with which they view their neighbours in Gaza.

It’s hard to appreciate the depth of this reality until you meet the people and see their lives, in person. So that’s exactly what we did.
Foreign Ministry slams BBC 'misleading' reporting on Gaza rockets
The Foreign Ministry formally complained to the BBC about its reporting on the violence in the South on Thursday.

A BBC headline stated “Gaza air strikes ‘kill woman and child’ after rockets hit Israel,” quoting the Hamas-run Gaza Health Ministry. The article’s subheadline said “Militants... fired dozens of rockets,” when the count had gone up to over 150. Its tweet leading to the article reads: “Israeli air strikes ‘kill woman and toddler.’”

Foreign Ministry Spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon responded on Twitter: “Your title is deliberately misleading!!! Israel reacted following the launching of over 100 rockets at Southern Israel, targeting and injuring civilians. Change it immediately!!!”

An hour later, with the article unchanged, Nahshon tweeted that he is filing a formal complaint.

“This title is a deliberate misrepresentation of reality (that’s the polite equivalent of ‘this is a LIE’, if you don’t get it),” Nahshon wrote. “Israelis were targeted by Hamas and IDF acts to protect them. Change it IMMEDIATELY!!!”
Israel demanded - and BBC changed its headline
In a headline, BBC claimed that "Israeli air strikes 'kill pregnant woman and baby.'"

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Emmanuel Nahshon tweeted, "@BBCWorld this is a formal complaint by @IsraelMFA ."

"This title is a deliberate misrepresentation of reality ( that’s the polite equivalent of ' this is a LIE', if you don’t get it). Israelis were targeted by Hamas and IDF acts to protect them.Change it IMMEDIATELY!!! @IsraelMFA."

At the same time, a formal complaint was sent to BBC, demanding they change the misleading title.

After some time, BBC changed its title to "Gaza air strikes ‘kill woman and child’ after rockets hit Israel."

Honest Reporting: A Night of Rockets and Headline Fails
Residents of southern Israel spent the night in bomb shelters as Palestinians fired a heavy barrage of rockets and mortars (nearly 200, according to the most recent numbers I saw). The IDF retaliated with air strikes on more than 100 Hamas terror sites.

As we expected, we came across a few headline fails. Headlines matter because many people don’t read articles, just skimming their newspaper, web site or social media feed. Headlines also matter because studies show that they frame the way people read and remember a story. So if a headline omits key information or context, it ultimately misinforms readers. (For a fuller treatment on this, see Why Headlines Matter).

A lot of social media outrage was directed at BBC News and Israeli officials said they will lodge a formal complaint. This headline was subsequently changed.

The Sydney Morning Herald and its sister paper, The Age, republished a New York Times dispatch. The Times’ original headline was perfectly reasonable but headline writers for Fairfax Media, the parent company of both Australian papers, clearly missed the plot.

New York Times Shills for “Largely Peaceful” Gazan Rioters and Arsonists
A shill is the surreptitious partner of a huckster salesman, revving up an audience to believe a sales pitch and buy a product.

Looking back at months of rioting and arson along the Gaza border with Israel, and the distorted rendition of reality by the New York Times of those events it’s undeniable the publication has promoted Hamas propaganda, relaying to its millions of readers what the terrorist group wanted them to believe and omitting what Hamas preferred concealed. The product sold? Israel as aggressor, Palestinians as victims.

As of this writing, there’s been, for instance, no human interest story devoted to what Israelis are suffering as they witness thousands of acres of farms and nature preserves, and extensive wildlife, destroyed in nearly continuous fires set by flaming kites and airborne fire bombs from Gaza.

When Times Bureau Chief David Halbfinger covered the arson story on July 10, he termed the Hamas campaign “ingenious” and the impact for Israel “exasperating.” (In fact, for Israelis the impact of the destruction can be frightening and devastating.) But the focus was overwhelmingly on criticism of Israel’s countermeasures against Gaza.

As throughout the coverage, the tilt was the same; Hamas violence was discounted and Israel’s defensive action to stop the aggression was heavily faulted.
David Singer: Trump and Israel Dabble in Hamas and PLO Quicksand
Hamas is not going to suddenly disappear or allow free and fair elections in Gaza to determine who shall govern Gaza’s population. Any reconciliation by Hamas with the PLO seems most unlikely to occur.

Israel appears to be going along with this Gaza trial balloon being floated by Trump.

Realistically however – ceasefire negotiations between Israel and Hamas will be fatuous unless the following provision in the 1988 Hamas Covenant is shredded:

“The Islamic Resistance Movement believes that the land of Palestine is an Islamic Waqf consecrated for future Moslem generations until Judgement Day. It, or any part of it, should not be squandered: it, or any part of it, should not be given up. … "

Trump needs to persuade previously-supportive but now wavering Arab states to back his peace plan being released without delay.

For Trump to contemplate being dragged into the Hamas and PLO quicksand that has claimed so many sincerely-intentioned do-gooders preceding him is incomprehensible.
Hamas-Israel Truce Deal Hinges on Palestinians Accepting Conditions They Reject
Former Israeli defense officials have expressed skepticism that a long-term truce between Hamas and Israel is feasible.

Col. (res.) Dr. Shaul Shay, former deputy head of Israel's National Security Council, noted that a long-term arrangement for Gaza would be possible only if two components are put into place. The first is a reconciliation agreement between Fatah and Hamas, and the second "is a period of calm between Hamas and the State of Israel."

"In order to obtain a long-term period of calm, there needs to be major investment in the Gazan economy and infrastructure. That means bringing the Palestinian Authority (PA) to Gaza. Because this is a condition, it is very problematic....There have been countless attempts, led by Egypt, to reach Palestinian national reconciliation." None of them have succeeded. "Abbas is dragging his feet because he has no interest in promoting this procedure, which would give Hamas gains, but not the PA."

Dr. Col. (res.) Moshe Elad, one of the designers of the security coordination between the IDF and the PA, said any attempt to reach a full agreement was very likely to end in failure. Israel will want "full quiet" as part of a large package deal. But "Hamas has never agreed to full quiet. I don't remember it ever agreeing to this."

At best, if Hamas finds its back to the wall, it might agree to freeze the activities of its military wing, said Elad. "But they will never disband the military wing" as the PA has demanded. Doing so would symbolize "cancelling the resistance" from Hamas' perspective, which would be unthinkable for them.
Leading US Jewish Groups: Kushner’s Push to Reform UNRWA ‘Long Overdue’
US President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and top adviser Jared Kushner’s push to reform the UN Palestinian refugee agency (UNRWA) is a welcome development, a number of officials with leading American Jewish groups told The Algemeiner this week.

Kushner’s efforts were first reported in Foreign Policy magazine, which said that in a series of internal emails, the adviser stated, “It is important to have an honest and sincere effort to disrupt UNRWA. … This [agency] perpetuates a status quo, is corrupt, inefficient and doesn’t help peace.”

Furthermore, Kushner reportedly asked Jordan during a June visit to the Hashemite kingdom to remove two million of its Palestinian citizens from the refugee rolls, effectively making UNRWA’s activities in the country irrelevant.

UNRWA was originally set up to serve refugees displaced in Israel’s 1948 War of Independence. At first designed to be a temporary body, it is now seven decades old and is embedded deeply in Palestinian society, serving, for example, as the single largest employer in the Gaza Strip. Critics accuse it of perpetuating the Israeli-Palestinian conflict by counting descendants of the 1948 refugees as refugees themselves, as well as engaging in anti-Israel activities and cooperating with terrorist organizations.
PA leader Abbas talks US peace plan with Jordan's Abdullah
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas met with Jordan's King Abdullah in Amman on Wednesday to discuss the regional situation ahead of the expected unveiling of the U.S. administration's Middle East peace plan.

After their meeting, Abbas said both leaders agreed to reject the plan, which U.S. President Donald Trump has described as the "deal of the century."

Abbas declared that he would not cooperate with Trump's peace mediation efforts after the U.S. last December officially recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and then moved its embassy to the city. The Palestinians envision parts of Jerusalem as the future capital of a Palestinian state.

Abbas has argued that these moves prove Trump's pro-Israel bias and preclude him from being an objective mediator in the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.

A White House official told reporters last month that Trump's envoys were working on the most detailed set of proposals to date for the long-awaited peace proposal, which would include what the administration is calling a robust economic plan, though so far there is no release date.

The Palestinian president is expected to visit Qatar in the next few days.
JPost Editorial: Moscow on the Golan
Russia has deployed Military Police to eight observation points on the Golan. For the first time, Israeli and Russian forces are directly across from each other at a border. This has the makings of a new strategic alignment in Syria, potentially reducing Iran’s presence and bringing stability, or the opposite – increasing tensions with Moscow and its rising power in the region.

Over the last five years as Russia deepened its involvement in support of its ally in Damascus, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has navigated a complex conflict through high-level bilateral discussions in Moscow. This involves a relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin that is based on many visits and discussions – and respect between the two countries and their interests.

Although Israel and Russia do not always see eye to eye on Syria, and although Russia has tensions with Jerusalem’s closest ally in Washington, a beneficial relationship has nevertheless been created.

During the conflict, this was built on de-confliction and understandings about southern Syria. Potential conflict was reduced and Moscow emphasized that it understood Israel’s concerns about Iran. But Iran is an ally of Bashar Assad and therefore a partner of Moscow in the Syrian war. It is also part of the Astana talks that have sought to advance some kind of an agreement in Syria between Russia, Turkey and Iran.
Despite past criticism, Israel mum on new UN human rights chief
Jerusalem on Thursday remained silent on the appointment of former Chilean president Michelle Bachelet as the new United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, despite her past statements critical of Israel.

Responding to news of Bachelet’s nomination, Israel’s Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon merely took a parting shot at the UN’s outgoing human rights chief, Prince Zeid Raad al-Hussein of Jordan, but did not comment on his appointed successor.

“We welcome the news that the current commissioner of the Human Rights Council’s tenure is at an end,” Danon said.

Zeid “never missed a chance to invent falsehoods and lies when it comes to Israel,” the Israeli envoy went on. “From many of his statements, you would be forgiven for thinking he considered Hamas a welfare, not a terrorist, organization. During his tenure, the [UN Human Rights Council] became a theater of the absurd, with hypocrisy and double standards rampant among its proceedings and reports.”

Danon’s spokesperson did not reply to a Times of Israel query about Bachelet’s appointment.
New Colombia Government to Review Decision to Recognize Palestinian State
Colombia’s new government said it would review former President Juan Manuel Santos’ recognition of Palestine after the previously unreleased decision was made public on Wednesday.

President Ivan Duque took office on Tuesday and was informed a few days ago of Santos’ decision, which was detailed in an Aug. 3 letter to the Palestinian representative in Colombia, the Foreign Ministry said.

“Given possible omissions that could come to light about the way in which this decision was taken by the outgoing president, the government will cautiously examine its implications and will act according to international law,” new Foreign Minister Carlos Holmes said in a statement.

Santos decided to recognize Palestine as a “free, independent and sovereign state,” according to the letter, which was circulated to reporters by the Foreign Ministry.

“Just as the Palestinian people have a right to constitute an independent state, Israel has a right to live in peace alongside its neighbors,” the letter said.

The Israeli Embassy in Bogota said it was surprised and disappointed.
Houthi Missile Launched Into Saudi Arabia Kills One
Fragments from a missile launched into Saudi Arabia from Yemen by Houthi forces killed one civilian and wounded 11, Saudi state media said on Thursday.

The Houthis, an Iran-allied group that controls much of Yemen including the capital Sanaa, said it fired a missile at the Jizan Industrial City in southern Saudi Arabia, according to the Houthi-run al-Masirah TV.

The kingdom’s air defense forces intercepted the missile, Saudi state news channel al-Ekhbariya said late on Wednesday. State news agency SPA later said one Yemeni resident in Jizan was killed.

“The interception resulted in projection of fragments throughout some residential areas, which caused the martyrdom of a Yemeni resident, and injuries among 11 civilians,” the Saudi-led coalition battling the Houthis in Yemen’s civil war said in a statement reported by SPA on Thursday.

The Houthis have fired dozens of missiles into the kingdom in recent months, part of a three-year-old conflict widely seen as a proxy battle between regional rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran. Most have been intercepted by the Saudi military.
Human Rights Voices - Saudi Arabia Crucifies Man Just After Country Criticized Canada's Human Rights Record
Saudi Arabia has executed and crucified a man in the holy city of Mecca amid an escalating human rights fracas between Riyadh and Canada.

Bloomberg reported that Elias Abulkalaam Jamaleddeen, who was from Myanmar, was accused of breaking into a woman's home, firing a weapon and then stabbing her to death.

Citing the official Saudi Press Agency, Bloomberg said the ruling was endorsed by the king and sanctioned by the country's Supreme Court.

Crucifixions entail beheading and hanging a body in public after an execution but are relatively rare in the kingdom, although it does liberally enact the death penalty. The kingdom executed more than 2,000 people between 1985 and 2016, according to Amnesty International.

The execution and crucifixion came as a diplomatic spat between Saudi Arabia and Canada grew more bitter after Ottawa criticized the arrests of Saudi activists.

The kingdom took exception to criticism by the Canadian Foreign Ministry over the July arrests of women's rights activists Samar Badawi and Nassima al-Sadah, among others.



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Tel Aviv (dpa) - The Israeli army said Wednesday it is targeting "terror sites" in the Gaza Strip, as Palestinian militants fired dozens of rockets.
Israel, Palestinian militants exchange fire in Gaza Strip
Israeli police said three Israelis were lightly injured by the rocket fire. No Palestinians have been reported injured from the exchange of fire.
The flare-up comes amid reports of Egyptian-mediated efforts to broker a ceasefire between Gaza's rulers, the Islamist Hamas organization, and Israel.
The army said 36 rockets were launched from the coastal enclave into Israel. The Iron Dome missile defence system intercepted four of the rockets, while most of the projectiles landed into open areas.
Earlier on Wednesday, the army said militants fired upon civilian construction workers along the Gaza border. Israel retaliated by targeting a Hamas position.
Tensions have been mounting since March 30, when Palestinians started staging near-weekly protests along the Gaza border. More than 150 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire during the protests and clashes with the army. Hamas and Israel have exchanged bouts of fire and Palestinians have launched flaming kites and balloons that have burned swathes of Israeli territory.
Israel has blockaded the Gaza Strip since Hamas, considered a terrorist organization by much of the West, seized control in 2007.

 

Media Type: Text Israel, Palestinian militants exchange fire in Gaza Strip

The Israeli army said Wednesday it is targeting "terror sites" in the Gaza Strip, as Palestinian militants fired dozens of rockets.
Israeli police said three Israelis were lightly injured by the rocket fire. No Palestinians have been reported injured from the exchange of fire.
The flare-up comes amid reports of Egyptian-mediated efforts to broker a ceasefire between Gaza's rulers, the Islamist Hamas organization, and Israel.
The army said 36 rockets were launched from the coastal enclave into Israel. The Iron Dome missile defence system intercepted four of the rockets, while most of the projectiles landed into open areas.
Earlier on Wednesday, the army said militants fired upon civilian construction workers along the Gaza border. Israel retaliated by targeting a Hamas position.
Tensions have been mounting since March 30, when Palestinians started staging near-weekly protests along the Gaza border. More than 150 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire during the protests and clashes with the army. Hamas and Israel have exchanged bouts of fire and Palestinians have launched flaming kites and balloons that have burned swathes of Israeli territory.
Israel has blockaded the Gaza Strip since Hamas, considered a terrorist organization by much of the West, seized control in 2007.


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