Unable 'to distinguish real threats from politically contrived nonsense'
Sunday, May 24, 2015
Unable 'to distinguish real threats from politically contrived nonsense'
Saturday, May 23, 2015
M6.8 - SOLOMON ISLANDS
|Location Uncertainty||Horizontal: 8.2 km; Vertical 1.8 km|
|Parameters||Nph = 140; Dmin = 1148.4 km; Rmss = 0.98 seconds; Gp = 40°|
|Event ID||us 10002bpw|
Friday, May 22, 2015
M2.1 - MAINE Preliminary Earthquake Report Magnitude 2.1
Date-Time 22 May 2015 04:45:0222 May 2015 00:45:03 near epicenter
21 May 2015 23:45:02 standard time in your timezone Location 44.500N 70.253W Depth 0 km Distances 2 km (1 mi) W of Jay, Maine44 km (27 mi) N of Auburn, Maine Location Uncertainty Horizontal: 0.8 km; Vertical 2.9 km Parameters Nph = 60; Dmin = 25.3 km; Rmss = 1.07 seconds; Gp = 59°
Version = 2 Event ID ld 60092756***This event supersedes event US10002bb3.
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
M6.9 - SANTA CRUZ ISLANDS REGION Preliminary Earthquake Report Magnitude 6.9
Date-Time 20 May 2015 22:48:5421 May 2015 09:48:54 near epicenter20 May 2015 17:48:54 standard time in your timezone
Location 10.877S 164.154E Depth 19 km Distances 184 km (114 mi) W of Lata, Solomon Islands487 km (302 mi) ESE of Honiara, Solomon Islands881 km (546 mi) NNW of Port-Vila, Vanuatu1079 km (669 mi) ESE of Arawa, Papua New Guinea Location Uncertainty Horizontal: 7.4 km; Vertical 4.3 km Parameters Nph = 99; Dmin = 487.5 km; Rmss = 1.02 seconds; Gp = 22°
Version = Event ID us 10002b03
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
M6.0 - TONGA Preliminary Earthquake Report Magnitude 6.0 Date-Time 20 May 2015 00:30:5119 May 2015 12:30:52 near epicenter19 May 2015 19:30:51 standard time in your timezone Location 19.303S 175.461W Depth 180 km Distances 128 km (79 mi) WNW of Pangai, Tonga632 km (392 mi) ESE of Lambasa, Fiji722 km (448 mi) SSW of Apia, Samoa Location Uncertainty Horizontal: 7.8 km; Vertical 6.0 km Parameters Nph = 125; Dmin = 582.4 km; Rmss = 1.29 seconds; Gp = 29°
Version = Event ID us 10002anx
Preliminary Earthquake Report Magnitude 6.5 Date-Time 19 May 2015 15:25:2119 May 2015 06:25:22 near epicenter19 May 2015 10:25:21 standard time in your timezone
Location 54.301S 132.110W Depth 12 km Distances 2151 km (1334 mi) N of Siple, Mount, Antarctica3891 km (2412 mi) WSW of Puerto Natales, Chile3912 km (2425 mi) WSW of Punta Arenas, Chile3250 km (2015 mi) S of Adamstown, Pitcairn
Location Uncertainty Horizontal: 10.8 km; Vertical 3.3 km Parameters Nph = 102; Dmin = 3513.7 km; Rmss = 1.25 seconds; Gp = 26°
Version = Event ID us 10002aj3
Sunday, May 17, 2015
Pope Francis has met Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at the Vatican, calling him “an angel of peace”.
The Pope made the remark as he presented the Palestinian leader with a medallion.
President Abbas is visiting the Vatican for the canonisation of two 19th-Century Palestinian nuns on Sunday.
His visit came days after the Vatican said it would formally recognise Palestinian statehood in a treaty.
The treaty states that the Holy See favours a two-state solution to the conflict with Israel and allows the Vatican to oversee aspects of Roman Catholic life in the areas President Abbas controls.
Israel expressed disappointment with the treaty, which uses the term “Palestinian state”.
The BBC’s David Willey in Rome says that after 20 minutes of private talks, Pope Francis gave Mr Abbas the medallion depicting an angel of peace adding: “It is appropriate because you are an angel of peace.”
It’s been documented time and again that Abbas Honors Terror Leaders.
Topping off a great week for the caliphate, the Vatican recognizes state of Palestine in new treaty.
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
As officials in Israel declared disappointment at the Vatican’s official recognition of the state of Palestine on Wednesday, the move also drew the ire of many in the diaspora Jewish community.
The American Jewish Committee said it “regrets the announcement” of the treaty, in which the Vatican refers to the “state of Palestine” rather than the Palestinian Liberation Organization, as it had in previous documents.
AJC Executive Director David Harris said the move was “counterproductive to all who seek true peace between Israel and the Palestinians.”
He said “peaceful coexistence … is best served, we believe, by encouraging a resumption of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, rather than unilateral gestures outside the framework of the negotiating table.”
Additionally, the Anti-Defamation League “expressed disappointment” at the Vatican’s decision to recognize a Palestinian state, calling the step “premature.”
ADL National Director Abraham H. Foxman said the move would “bolster the Palestinian strategy of seeking statehood through international fora and not through recognition, reconciliation and negotiation with Israel.”
The heads of the Conference of Presidents of the Major Jewish Organizations, Chairman Robert G. Sugarman and Executive Director Malcom Hoenlein, expressed “regret at the recognition of a Palestinian state by the Vatican” and called for direct Israeli-Palestinian negotiations as the means for creating peace.
The International Jewish Committee on Interreligious Consultations “expressed concern” at the Vatican’s announcement, and said it was “unhelpful to the cause of a genuine and durable peace” between Israel and the Palestinians.
Betty Ehrenberg, chair of the IJCIC, said the “unilateral move is not in keeping with UN resolutions that mandate that a peace agreement be achieved by direct negotiations between the parties.”
The statements from the Jewish community echoed those of the Israeli Foreign Ministry in that the recognition undermines the peace process and allows Palestinians to avoid coming to bilateral agreements with Israel.
The Holy See’s recognition, made just a few days before Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas was scheduled to visit the Vatican, follows Sweden, which officially recognized the state of Palestine last October.
According to the Associated Press, the Vatican has actually been referring to the state of Palestine for more than a year, including during Pope Francis’ visit to the Holy Land last year, as well as in reference to the Palestinian ambassador.
Space Weather Message Code: ALTK06 Serial Number: 340 Issue Time: 2015 May 13 0903 UTC
ALERT: Geomagnetic K-index of 6 Threshold Reached: 2015 May 13 0859 UTC Synoptic Period UTC
Active Warning: Yes NOAA Scale: G2 - Moderate
NOAA Space Weather Scale descriptions can be found at www.swpc.noaa.gov/noaa-scales-explanation Potential Impacts: Area of impact primarily poleward of 55 degrees Geomagnetic Latitude. Induced Currents - Power grid fluctuations can occur. High-latitude power systems may experience voltage alarms. Spacecraft - Satellite orientation irregularities may occur; increased drag on low Earth-orbit satellites is possible. Radio - HF (high frequency) radio propagation can fade at higher latitudes. Aurora - Aurora may be seen as low as New York to Wisconsin to Washington state.
Editor's note: Brace for significant weather and geological events for the next 7-10 days.
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
"Whether they are violent in their means or not, we must make it impossible for the extremists to succeed," Cameron will tell a meeting of his National Security Council, according to extracts released by his office.
The legislation will also include tougher immigration rules, powers to close down premises used by extremists and "extremism disruption orders".
Cameron will say a "poisonous" extremist ideology must be confronted and that Britain has been a "passively tolerant society" for too long.
"For too long, we have been a passively tolerant society, saying to our citizens: as long as you obey the law, we will leave you alone. It's often meant we have stood neutral between different values. And that's helped foster a narrative of extremism and grievance," he will say. "This government will conclusively turn the page on this failed approach.
The Party of One Nation
"As the party of one nation, we will govern as one nation and bring our country together. That means actively promoting certain values. Freedom of speech. Freedom of worship. Democracy. The rule of law. Equal rights regardless of race, gender or sexuality.
"We must say to our citizens: this is what defines us as a society."
Home Secretary Theresa May will also address the meeting, and will tell the council: "The twisted narrative of extremism cannot be ignored or wished away. This government will challenge those who seek to spread hatred and intolerance . . . We will introduce legislation to combat groups and individuals who reject our values and promote messages of hate."
The need to tackle radicalism in Britain has been underlined by the flow of hundreds of Britons to join Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria - most notably Kuwaiti-born Londoner Mohammed Emwazi (the so-called Jihadi John), who has appeared in videos showing the beheading of Western hostages.
M3.5 - NORTHERN ITALY Preliminary Earthquake Report Magnitude 3.5
Date-Time 12 May 2015 02:02:5012 May 2015 04:02:50 near epicenter11 May 2015 21:02:50 standard time in your timezone Location 45.870N 12.060E Depth 2 km Distances 1 km (1 mi) ENE of Vidor, Italy6 km (4 mi) ESE of Valdobbiadene, Italy9 km (6 mi) WSW of Pieve di Soligo, Italy10 km (6 mi) N of Montebelluna, Italy190 km (118 mi) W of Ljubljana, Slovenia Location Uncertainty Horizontal: 3.2 km; Vertical 7.9 km Parameters Nph = 0; Dmin = ; Rmss = 0.90 seconds; Gp =
Version = Event ID us 20002eij
M6.8 - NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
Preliminary Earthquake Report Magnitude 6.8 Date-Time 12 May 2015 21:12:5813 May 2015 06:12:59 near epicenter 12 May 2015 16:12:58 standard time in your timezone
Location 38.902N 142.032E Depth 38 km Distances 33 km (20 mi) SE of Ofunato, Japan42 km (26 mi) SSE of Kamaishi, Japan52 km (32 mi) SSE of Otsuchi, Japan63 km (39 mi) SE of Tono, Japan412 km (255 mi) NNE of Tokyo, Japan Location Uncertainty Horizontal: 6.1 km; Vertical 5.5 km Parameters Nph = 128; Dmin = 158.3 km; Rmss = 1.01 seconds; Gp = 38°
Version = Event ID us 20002et4
Nepal earthquake: Dozens die in new tremor near Everest
A major earthquake has struck eastern Nepal, near Mount Everest, two weeks after more than 8,000 people died in a devastating quake.
At least 37 people have been killed and more than 1,000 injured, officials say. At least 17 have also died in India.
The latest earthquake hit near the town of Namche Bazaar and sent thousands of panicked residents on to the streets of Nepal's capital, Kathmandu.
It had a magnitude of 7.3, compared with the 7.8 of the 25 April quake.
The latest quake struck at 12:35 Nepali time (06:50 GMT) and was centred about 76km (47 miles) east of Kathmandu, in a rural area close to the Chinese border.
Yesterday at PJ Media, I reported on conflicting stories offered by the Islamic Community Center of Phoenix (ICCP) regarding former mosque attendees Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi, who were killed this past Sunday in a gunfight outside a Dallas-area center where a “Draw Muhammad” cartoon contest was being held.
I noted the attempts by the mosque president, Usama Shami, to downplay the ties of the two would-be terrorists. This included Shami’s claim to the press that neither was a regular member. In fact, Elton “Ibrahim” Simpson had been featured in a mosque fundraising video posted on ICCP’s YouTube channel in 2012 identifying him as a member:
In fact, Simpson and Soofi were not the only two terrorists spawned from ICCP.
Two other previous ICCP mosque attendees — Hassan Abu-Jihaad and Derrick Shareef — are currently in federal prison on terrorism-related charges.
There are remarkable parallels with Simpson and Soofi, including that Abu-Jihaad and Shareef were also roommates.
Further, Usama Shami attempted to downplay their association with ICCP as well. He told the Arizona Republic he never saw the pair – despite court records in both their cases stating they had attended the mosque.
Abu-Jihaad is currently serving a 10-year federal prison sentence for passing classified information to a UK-based al-Qaeda webmaster.
According to the Justice Department:
In 2001, Abu-Jihaad was serving as a U.S. Navy signalman aboard the U.S.S. Benfold and had access to the future movements of his group of ships, led by the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Constellation. Six months after the attack on the U.S.S. Cole, and before leaving home port in San Diego for a deployment in the Persian Gulf, Abu-Jihaad transmitted then-classified information about his battle group’s itinerary, listing dates for anticipated port calls in Hawaii and Australia, and for the battle group’s transit through the Strait of Hormuz. Abu-Jihaad’s disclosure discussed the battle group’s perceived vulnerability to terrorist attack.
The leak did not come to light until well after Abu-Jihaad left the Navy, when an investigation into Azzam Publications led to the search of a London apartment associated with one of the website’s organizers, and authorities found a floppy disk containing the U.S. Navy information. Subsequent investigation uncovered several email exchanges from late 2000 to late 2001 between members of Azzam Publications and Abu-Jihaad, including discussions regarding videos Abu-Jihaad ordered from Azzam Publications that promoted violent jihad and extolled the virtues of martyrdom; a donation of money Abu-Jihaad made to Azzam Publications; and whether it was “safe” to send materials to Abu-Jihaad at his military address onboard the U.S.S. Benfold.
The FBI established a direct tie between Abu-Jihaad and Simpson according to court documents in the latter’s 2010 trial, as Simpson was first questioned by the FBI in 2006 when authorities believed he might be part of a terror cell:
In 2006, agents opened a criminal investigation of him based on his ties with an individual “whom the FBI believed was attempting to set up a terrorist cell in Arizona,” according to court documents.
Agents say Simpson knew Hassan Abu-Jihaad, an enlistee in the U.S. Navy later convicted of leaking classified information about upcoming movements of his battle group to an alleged terror cell in London. Simpson told agents he knew Abu-Jihaad, who was arrested in Phoenix in 2007, but did not tell them anything else about him.
Undoubtedly, what launched that 2006 investigation was the activity of Abu-Jihaad’s former roommate, Derrick Shareef.
Shareef was arrested in 2006 for his role in a plot to set off hand grenades at a Rockford, Illinois shopping mall during the holiday season. He later pled guilty on a charge of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction, and was sentenced to 35 years in prison.
During his trial, the FBI provided video tapes of Shareef threatening Americans:
“You are the enemies of Islam, for the sake of Allah we are coming for you,” Shareef says in a tape that looks like it could have been shot somewhere in the Middle East. In fact, the camera was 90 miles from Chicago in a Rockford home where the 22-year-old and a friend each made several videos declaring their desire for destruction.
“We will target you in your homes. We will target you in your businesses. We will target you in your synagogues and your churches. We do not fear you Kafirs. I swear by Allah I am ready to give my life right now for the cause,” the tape says.
The mosque also came under scrutiny in March 2008, when a large group of men from ICCP began firing semi-automatic weapons in an open area frequented by runners and bikers near a residential area, as the Arizona Republic reported at the time:
Shortly before noon on a sunny Sunday in March, two Toyota SUVs rolled to a stop along a dirt road in north Phoenix.
About 20 young Muslim males climbed out, armed with assault rifles, a shotgun, a sniper rifle and handguns. The location near Happy Valley Road and 51st Avenue is a desert recreation site for off-road motorists, hikers and bikers, dozens of whom were enjoying the spring-like weather.
For more than an hour, the shooters blasted away at a granite rock and empty cans in front of a hill.
Officials estimate the fusillade totaled 500 to 1,000 rounds. Some shooters left before police arrived and detained 10 adults and five boys, including an 11-year-old.
The young men and boys told officers the weapons belonged to their parents. They said they were not aware it was illegal to use firearms in the residential area.
Six were arrested and charged with felony weapons violations in Maricopa County Superior Court. Among them were the 20- and 21-year-old sons of two imams at Phoenix-area mosques, as well as the 20-year-old son of Abdallah.
Needless to say, the usual suspects claimed the men were being targeted because of their Islamic faith, rather than their firing rifles in a prohibited area that endangered others.
ICCP officials would most likely claim that the case of the “Draw Muhammad” terrorists coming out of their mosque, as had a traitor betraying classified military secrets to al-Qaeda, and a man planning a terror attack on a shopping mall during the holidays, is a matter of bad luck.
But one of the main tools used by terror recruiters is the Islamic grievance narrative that Muslims are under attack from the West.
In fact, ICCP regularly hosts speakers pushing that Islamic grievance narrative, such as the February 2013 appearance of Lauren Booth:
As I reported here at PJ Media in 2012, Booth had been interviewed in a California mosque spouting Jew-hatred, making anti-American statements, and calling President Obama a murderer:
Interestingly, the man interviewing Booth in that video, my friend Tom Trento of the United West, was broadcasting live inside the “Draw Muhammad” event on Sunday when it came under attack by Simpson and Soofi, and he continued giving live video updates as the situation unfolded.
So while ICCP officials may call the four terrorists that have come from their mosque a tragic coincidence, others may call it a pattern. Or as my law enforcement colleagues would describe it, an “investigative clue.”
Tuesday, May 5, 2015
M7.4 - NEW BRITAIN REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA Preliminary Earthquake Report Magnitude 7.4 Date-Time 5 May 2015 01:44:07 5 May 2015 11:44:08 near epicenter 4 May 2015 20:44:07 standard time in your timezone Location 5.503S 151.915E Depth 63 km Distances 133 km (82 mi) SSW of Kokopo, Papua New Guinea196 km (122 mi) E of Kimbe, Papua New Guinea346 km (215 mi) SSE of Kavieng, Papua New Guinea408 km (253 mi) W of Arawa, Papua New Guinea680 km (422 mi) NE of Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea Location Uncertainty Horizontal: 7.1 km; Vertical 6.6 km Parameters Nph = 68; Dmin = 633.4 km; Rmss = 1.30 seconds; Gp = 68°
Version = Event ID us 20002bnf
Sunday, May 3, 2015
M4.0 - SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA, CALIFORNIA
Preliminary Earthquake Report Magnitude 4.0
Date-Time3 May 2015 22:13:19 UTC3 May 2015 15:13:19 near epicenter3 May 2015 17:13:19 standard time in your timezoneLocation37.968N 122.030WDepth14 kmDistances1 km (1 mi) S of Concord, California3 km (2 mi) NE of Pleasant Hill, CaliforniaLocation UncertaintyHorizontal: 0.2 km; Vertical 0.3 kmParametersNph = 80; Dmin = 7.0 km; Rmss = 0.13 seconds; Gp = 47°
Version = 3Event IDnc 72439615
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CISN Northern California Management Center
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Berkeley Seismological Laboratory
Saturday, May 2, 2015
M4.0 - MICHIGAN Preliminary Earthquake Report Magnitude 4.0 Date-Time 2 May 2015 16:23:07 2 May 2015 12:23:08 near epicenter 2 May 2015 11:23:07 standard time in your timezone Location 42.212N 85.429W Depth 5 km Distances 8 km (5 mi) S of Galesburg, Michigan12 km (7 mi) E of Portage, Michigan23 km (14 mi) WSW of Battle Creek, Michigan Location Uncertainty Horizontal: 2.2 km; Vertical 6.8 km Parameters Nph = 13; Dmin = 75.3 km; Rmss = 0.62 seconds; Gp = 73°
Version = Event ID us 20002avh
M2.9 - TENNESSEE Preliminary Earthquake Report Magnitude 2.9
Date-Time 1 May 2015 23:41:31 1 May 2015 18:41:31 near epicenter 1 May 2015 18:41:31 standard time in your timezone Location 36.225N 89.415W Depth 6 km Distances 7 km (4 mi) ESE of Ridgely, Tennessee21 km (13 mi) N of Dyersburg, Tennessee Location Uncertainty Horizontal: 0.3 km; Vertical 1.1 km Parameters Nph = 30; Dmin = 12.8 km; Rmss = 0.20 seconds; Gp = 45°
Version = 1 Event ID nm 60099616
Friday, May 1, 2015
.1 - NEW BRITAIN REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA Preliminary Earthquake Report Magnitude 7.1 Date-Time 1 May 2015 08:06:05 1 May 2015 18:06:05 near epicenter 1 May 2015 03:06:05 standard time in your timezone Location 5.217S 151.774E Depth 53 km Distances 110 km (68 mi) SSW of Kokopo, Papua New Guinea184 km (114 mi) ENE of Kimbe, Papua New Guinea311 km (193 mi) SSE of Kavieng, Papua New Guinea431 km (267 mi) WNW of Arawa, Papua New Guinea689 km (427 mi) NE of Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea Location Uncertainty Horizontal: 6.7 km; Vertical 5.8 km Parameters Nph = 116; Dmin = 121.7 km; Rmss = 1.36 seconds; Gp = 24°
Version = Event ID us 20002am6
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Thursday, April 30, 2015
M2.0 - NEW HAMPSHIRE Preliminary Earthquake Report
Magnitude 2.0 Date-Time 30 Apr 2015 09:59:5830 Apr 2015 05:59:58 near epicenter30 Apr 2015 04:59:58 standard time in your time zone
Location 43.267N 71.722W Depth 0 km Distances 5 km (3 mi) N of Contoocook, New Hampshire15 km (9 mi) W of East Concord, New Hampshire16 km (10 mi) WNW of Concord, New Hampshire35 km (22 mi) SW of Laconia, New Hampshire37 km (23 mi) NW of Manchester, New Hampshire Location Uncertainty Horizontal: 1.1 km; Vertical 4.0 km Parameters Nph = 69; Dmin = 9.0 km; Rmss = 1.49 seconds; Gp = 48°
Version = 2 Event ID ld 60090681
Smoke from burning forests in the Chernobyl exclusion zone is capable of spreading contaminants across great distances, even after the fire has been stopped, ecology experts told RT.
The forest fire near the crippled Chernobyl nuclear power plant started on Tuesday and triggered an emergency alert, with police and National Guard mobilized to bring the flames under control.
By Wednesday, the country's Emergency Ministry, as well as the prime minister, who went to the affected area, said the spread of the fire had been stopped and firefighters were containing the remaining flames. Later on Wednesday, Ukrainian TV reported the flames in areas containing radioactive waste have been put out. New hot spots were discovered, but they are outside the exclusion zone.
M6.8 - NEW BRITAIN REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA Preliminary Earthquake Report Magnitude 6.8
Date-Time 30 Apr 2015 10:45:0630 Apr 2015 20:45:07 near epicenter30 Apr 2015 05:45:06 standard time in your timezone Location 5.456S 151.824E Depth 60 km Distances 131 km (81 mi) SSW of Kokopo, Papua New Guinea186 km (115 mi) E of Kimbe, Papua New Guinea338 km (210 mi) SSE of Kavieng, Papua New Guinea419 km (260 mi) WNW of Arawa, Papua New Guinea676 km (419 mi) NE of Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea Location Uncertainty Horizontal: 7.2 km; Vertical 7.3 km Parameters Nph = 71; Dmin = 145.0 km; Rmss = 1.11 seconds; Gp = 23°
Version = Event ID us 20002ag9
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Preliminary Earthquake Report Magnitude 2.2
Date-Time 29 Apr 2015 08:11:2529 Apr 2015 04:11:25 near epicenter29 Apr 2015 03:11:25 standard time in your timezone
Location 43.481N 71.558W Depth 0 km Distances 2 km (1 mi) ESE of Sanbornton, New Hampshire8 km (5 mi) SW of Laconia, New Hampshire26 km (16 mi) N of East Concord, New Hampshire30 km (19 mi) N of Concord, New Hampshire51 km (32 mi) WNW of Rochester, New Hampshire
Location Uncertainty Horizontal: 0.8 km; Vertical 2.8 km Parameters Nph = 81; Dmin = 8.2 km; Rmss = 1.38 seconds; Gp = 48°
Version = 3 Event ID ld 60090596
Nuclear Engineer: I agree Fukushima can be ‘extinction event’; It’s a myth that disaster is being contained
Question: “Do you agree that this is, essentially — if it runs the next 20 years without anything happening — basically an extinction event for a good part of the human race and higher life forms?”
Chris Harris, former licensed Senior Reactor Operator & engineer: “I just jotted down some thoughts really quickly, these are myths of Fukushima: Containment – there isn’t any, even though today they started off probably another failed attempt at the ice walls; Cold shutdown is a myth at Fukushima — they declared it, but there is no cold shut down there; Cooling is a myth there, because you can’t tell that there is actual cooling going to where ever the fuel is; Waste processing… mountains of plastic bags, a mountain of them — that’s waste processing?; Decommissioning is a myth; Cleanup is a myth, it’s a waste generation facility; … There is no containment; Emergency planning there is also a myth, as we have seen because of the faulty electrical systems and everything else from the makeshift system they do have running. So, I am in agreement with your statement.“
Sunday, April 26, 2015
Op-ed: Some of the refugees who fled to Europe have become far more radical after finding sanctuary there, and the new Jihad recruits will come from among them; meanwhile, a political genocide of Israel is underway in educated circles.
A ship carrying 104 refugees on their way from Libya to the shores of Italy was in distress and appeared to be sinking. One of the passengers began praying for his life. Some of the Muslims demanded that he pray to Allah – and Allah alone. But he was a Christian.
The Muslims flew into a rage; and with cries of "Allahu Akbar," they threw 12 Christians overboard. Cold-blooded murder. The remaining Christians formed a human chain and managed to put an end to the madness. An Italian rescue vessel arrived in time to prevent the refugee ship from sinking.
African refugees seized by Italian coastguards (Photo: EPA)
Fifteen of the passengers were arrested and will be charged with murder. Apparently, one doesn't have to be a member of Islamic State to be just like Islamic State. And the current wave of refugees is carrying such Muslim extremists into Europe too.
Geo-strategist Professor Arnon Soffer has claimed from time to time in recent years that the big tsunami is only a matter of time. Millions from Asia and Africa will try to make their way to the wealthy countries. The big flood has yet to begin, but something is afoot.
Over the past 10 days or so, four ships have capsized, including one carrying 400 refugees and then another with around 950 migrants on board. Most of the passengers drowned. Two smaller ships were added to the list in recent days. Some 1,500 people have drowned in a week. The Mediterranean Sea is becoming a huge graveyard. Approximately 3,200 drowned in 2014. A total of 22,000 since 2000.
Those are the numbers we know of. They could be a lot higher. It's clear by now that the number of fatalities this year will be higher than ever. The risk of death is not a deterrent. Last week, in just a single week, around 10,000 refugees landed on the shores of Italy. In 2014, the number hit 200,000. The figures this year will be much higher.
The migration began before the onset of the blood fest in the Muslim expanse. But the situation is becoming increasingly complicated. Islamic State is taking control of parts of Libya, along its Mediterranean coastline too. This week, the organization released a video of the slaughter of Ethiopian Christians by its people in Libya. Islamic State activists are perpetrating massacres on the beaches, and Islamic State activists are on the ships too.
And some of the refugees actually become much more radical after finding sanctuary among communities in Europe. The new Jihad recruits will come from among them. It's already happened; and there's more to come. They will join that same Jihad and that same path of death and destruction that will spark more waves of refugees escaping to Europe – and on it goes. And it's only getting worse.
Yemen, the poorest of the Arab countries, has absorbed hundreds of thousands of refugees from East Africa in the past decade. The direction of the flow has changed now. Hundreds of thousands are trying to flee the inferno in Yemen and head for Africa.
The road from there to the shores of the Middle East is a long one. When they try to veer in the other direction, South Africa isn't very welcoming. Six foreigners have been killed there in recent days in a wave of unrest against migrants.
Europe is caught in a trap. Providing assistance to the barely seaworthy boats, for the purpose of saving lives, will only encourage the migration, which is already breaking records. Leaving the boats and their passengers to fend for themselves, on the other hand, could border on a crime against humanity. A huge dilemma. And Europe has no answer.
Political genocideThe University of Southampton will not be hosting the "academic" conference on Israel's right to exist. A British court of law has upheld the university's decision, thus dismissing the organizers' petition to force the institution to stage the conference. The joy, however, is premature, because the university's decision was taken "on the grounds of health and safety."
These conference organizers, until now, have been Israel haters who've been very good at threatening and demonstrating and resorting to violence in an effort to disrupt or cause the cancelation of events considered pro-Israel. They’re now getting a taste of their own medicine.
Demonstration against Israel in London during last year's Gaza conflict (Photo: AP)
The thing is that Israel supporters wouldn't have caused trouble at the conference. They are too well-mannered. The conference should have been canceled for a different reason. A conference with the political objective of negating one particular state's right to exist – out of all the countries of the world – is not an academic conference. It's an academic disgrace.
After all, if anyone dared to initiate a conference calling into question the establishment of a Palestinian state or the existence of Croatia, he'd be committed – either on the grounds of insanity, or as a result of violent behavior.
But questioning the very existence of one particular country – a form of political genocide, "politicide" – is fair play; and opposition to the conference comes up against a herd of hypocrites who dare to speak of "freedom of expression."
After all, there are issues for which the premise of "academic freedom" can't serve even as a distasteful joke. Why is this not clear when it comes to a group of academics who preach the destruction of a country?