Thursday, December 27, 2018

Israeli official says Israel carried out Syrian airstrike

The Latest: Israeli official says Israel carried out strike

By The Associated Press | December 26, 2018 at 4:38 PM EST - Updated December 26 at 4:38 PM
JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on an Israeli airstrike near the Syrian capital (all times local):

An Israeli security official has confirmed that Israel carried out an overnight airstrike in Syria, saying a series of Iranian targets were hit.

The official says the airstrike hit Iranian storage and logistic targets being used to transfer weapons to the Hezbollah militant group. The official said Israel also took out a Syrian anti-aircraft battery near Damascus that fired at the Israeli warplanes.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity under standard security protocols. The Israeli military has not commented on the incident.

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Exploring the MidEast Wars of Psalm 83 and Ezekiel 38


Super blood wolf moon eclipse coming January 2019!

Nearly a year after 2018's "Super Blue Moon Total Lunar Eclipse", we're going to see another, although this one won't be "blue".



Signs in the Stars and the Seas


“There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. People will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken. At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.” (Luke 21:25-28)


December's Comet 46P/Wirtanen

The comet should be brightest around December 16, when it passes closest to Earth. Comet Wirtanen is the brightest comet of 2018.


Thursday, 20 December 2018 Major magnitude. 7.3 earthquake - 83km W of Nikol'skoye, Russia

More than forty 4.0 + magnitude quakes recorded as of Dec 26, 2018.









Hours after attack near Damascus Netanyahu said Israel acting against Iranian entrenchment in Syria 'during these days'.




Another Indonesian tsunami may be imminent

  • Heavy rains that are expected to last until Wednesday afternoon could trigger landslides, sending the flanks of Anak Krakatoa crashing into the sea
  • The death toll from Saturday’s disaster has risen to 429
PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 26 December, 2018, 5:27am

Extreme weather around the Anak Krakatoa volcano in Indonesia could trigger another devastating tsunami, experts warned, as the death toll from Saturday’s disaster rose to 429.

Anak Krakatau volcano erupts before and after tsunami

Saturday, December 22, 2018

Man sets church's building on fire in South Carolina

Man accused of setting church's building on fire in Spartanburg Co.

CAMPOBELLO, SC (WSPA) - A man has been charged with second-degree arson after a building belonging to an area church in Spartanburg County caught on fire on Thursday.

According to a Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office report, deputies were called to Smith Chapel Baptist Church, located at 750 Smith Chapel Road at the request of Campobello Fire Department.

Fire crews had responded to that location in regards to a structure fire around 2 p.m. Thursday, and then they requested an arson investigator respond to the scene.

Jerry Lewis Toney, 63, of Columbus, NC, has been charged with second-degree arson.

He was taken to the Spartanburg County Detention, where he was being held on $20,000 bond.

Nearly 700 Priests in Illinois Accused of Sexual Abuse

More than 500 priests accused of sexual abuse not yet publicly identified by Catholic Church, Illinois attorney general finds

Elvia Malagon Chicago Tribune

A scathing report from Attorney General Lisa Madigan finds the number of Catholic priests accused of sexual abuse against children in Illinois is much higher than previously acknowledged.

The report said accusations have been leveled against 690 priests, while Catholic officials have publicly identified only 185 clergy with credible allegations against them.

...Although the report says that “Clergy sexual abuse of minors in Illinois is significantly more extensive than the Illinois Dioceses previously reported,” it does not estimate how many of the allegations against the 690 clergy should have been deemed credible. Some of the allegations go back decades.

Please visit What Every Catholic Should Know.

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

TRUE AND FALSE SUPERNATURAL POWERS

TRUE AND FALSE SUPER NATURAL POWERS AT THE END OF THE AGE
by THE RAGGED EDGE RADIO ....with Russ Dizdar


PART 20 Q & A TODAY
PSI WAR ASTRAL - PROJECTION
ESCALATING SPIRITUAL WARFARE

Millions have now learned an ancient dark practice...'astral projection'. This is the practice of old wizards, shamans, witches, satanists and now tens of millions of new agers. They must have 'power' to do it and that 'energy' is a spirit...a dark masquerading demon. Military PSI WAR warning!!. It has been plotted for millennia put in place and is the method the coming 'new world order' will used to ERASE AND REPLACE all governmental old order systems (existing nations) with the coal to 'clear the way' for what is in the shadows packed and ready to spring forward.

Russia Deploys Fighter Jets to Crimea

Russia Deploys Fighter Jets to Crimea Amid Ukraine Tensions

Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014 and tensions between the two neighbours flared on Nov. 25 after Russia seized three Ukrainian naval vessels and their crews.

Russia's Ministry of Defense said on Monday it was deploying more than 10 Sukhoi SU-27 and SU-30 fighter jets to Crimea after Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov alleged Ukraine was preparing "a provocation" near Crimea before the end of the year.

The Defense Ministry was cited as saying that the deployment was to the overhauled Belbek air base in Crimea where the fighter jets would be permanently stationed.

Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014 and tensions between the two neighbours flared on Nov. 25 after Russia seized three Ukrainian naval vessels and their crews.

See also:

UN Passes Resolution Criticizing Crimea Militarization, Russia Expresses Regret

Pope: West has “moral responsibility” to take migrants

Pope Francis: Western world has “moral responsibility” to take in still more migrants

“In the Fiscal Year 2016, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) received more than $91 million in government funding for refugee resettlement. Over the past nine years, the USCCB has received a total of $534,788,660 in taxpayer dollars for refugee resettlement programs.”

DEC 18, 2018 9:00 AM BY ROBERT SPENCER

Pope Francis has repeatedly branded those who oppose mass Muslim migration into Europe as un-Christian. He seems to be completely unconcerned about facts such as the following: all of the jihadis who murdered 130 people in Paris in November 2015 had just entered Europe as refugees. In February 2015, the Islamic State boasted it would soon flood Europe with as many as 500,000 refugees. The Lebanese Education Minister said in September 2015 that there were 20,000 jihadis among the refugees in camps in his country. On May 10, 2016, Patrick Calvar, the head of France’s DGSI internal intelligence agency, said that the Islamic State was using migrant routes through the Balkans to get jihadis into Europe.

And in the U.S., Somali Muslim migrant Mohammad Barry in February 2016 stabbed multiple patrons at a restaurant owned by an Israeli Arab Christian; Ahmad Khan Rahami, an Afghan Muslim migrant, in September 2016 set off bombs in New York City and New Jersey; Arcan Cetin, a Turkish Muslim migrant, in September 2016 murdered five people in a mall in Burlington, Washington; Dahir Adan, another Somali Muslim migrant, in October 2016 stabbed mall shoppers in St. Cloud while screaming “Allahu akbar”; and Abdul Razak Artan, yet another Somali Muslim migrant, in November 2016 injured nine people with car and knife attacks at Ohio State University. 72 jihad terrorists have come to the U.S. from the countries listed in Trump’s initial immigration ban.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Two cardinals in pope's inner circle out over sexual abuse scandals

Pope demotes two cardinals over sexual abuse scandals

Two cardinals facing allegations linked to sexual abuse have been removed from Pope Francis's inner circle, the Vatican said.

Australia's George Pell and Chile's Francisco Javier Errazuriz will no longer sit on the Council of Cardinals, set up by the pope as an international advice body.

The pair were absent from the last meeting of the group in September.

A spokesperson said the Pope wrote to them both in October to thank them.

Cardinal Pell, who remains the Vatican treasurer, faces trial on sexual abuse charges in Australia - accusations the cardinal strenuously denies.

His Chilean colleague, Francisco Javier Errazuriz, faces accusations that he covered up alleged child abuse while serving as Archbishop of Santiago, claims he also denies.

Cardinal Laurent Monsengwo Pasinya has also left the group, spokesman Greg Burke said. The 79-year-old recently retired from his role as archbishop of Kinshasa, and has not been implicated in any scandals.

The group, known as C9, has no plan to immediately fill its three empty seats, Mr Burke reportedly said.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Tragic Loss and a Family in Need


On November 28th, the Hennessy family suffered the tragic loss of their 18-year-old son, Baxter.  Baxter’s parents, Jon and Shannon, have dedicated their careers and lives to public service.  

Now they are in need of our help as they cope with their loss and rebuilding their lives without their son.  These funds will be used to help cover the expenses of Baxter’s memorial and other associated costs. 

Obituary for Baxter Lewis Hennessy
Please visit the Go Fund Me Page to make a donation. 

Memorial Service
DEC 16. 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM 
Lighthouse Christian Center
3409 23rd St. SW
Puyallup, WA, US, 98373

Magnitude 7.1 Eathquake, South Sandwich Islands

Magnitude  7.1 - 48km N of Bristol Island, South Sandwich Islands

Time
Location
58.598°S 26.466°W
Depth
164.7 km

Monday, December 10, 2018

Three Powerful Earthquakes Strike off Vancouver Coast



Strangely, no report from USGS on these events and earthquakes in Oklahoma, Illinois,  or Tennessee.
Correction:  USGS did report the events

Sunday, December 9, 2018

UFO Disclosure: Are They Among Us?








But who are “they?” What do they want? Why are they here?

Perhaps most disconcerting, has the government been aware of their presence all along, and is covertly working with them towards some secret end?

In the pages of this book you’ll meet regular people, just like you, who have encountered something beyond their ability to explain. You’ll also hear from people of great faith and deep religious belief who continue to have these strange and deeply unsettling encounters.

L.A. Marzulli explores these ongoing incidents to discover the answers to these questions and reveals what seems to be a plan to finally reveal who and what “they” are, and what they have been doing.

Can you handle the truth?

Read this book... if you dare.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

The Ark of The Covenant & The Third Temple


" ...We never said it (The Ark of the Covenant) was lost...when the time comes we hope to retrieve it..."

Rabbi Chaim Richman, International Director of the Temple Institute of Jerusalem, speaks about the dedication of the Third Temple, and shares insights and progress towards the rebuilding of the Holy Temple in our time, and its meaning for all mankind.

This teaching was recorded on November 7, 2018, in Rogers, Arkansas.

Filmed and edited by James Long, Lightcatcher Productions.

The Biblical Battles of the Rebel Gods

The Great Inception

"...Today, Christians have a cosmology that’s been—well, dumbed down since the apostolic age. We’ve been taught for the last 1,600 years that since God is the only true god, then the gods of the countries around ancient Israel were nothing more than imaginary beings represented by carved images.

That is, to be blunt, spectacularly incorrect.

The authors of the books of the Bible understood that there were many small-G gods. They knew that these supernatural entities had been assigned to the nations, but that Israel had been reserved for Yahweh. Their writings reflected this. It’s in the Bible. We just haven’t heard about it in church."




Thursday, December 6, 2018

Belly of the Beast: The Goddess Over America


Satanic Sculpture On Display for Christmas?

Satanic Sculpture Installed at the Illinois Statehouse

A sculpture submitted by the Satanic Temple is on display at the Illinois Statehouse alongside a Christmas tree and a Nativity scene.

Published 1 day ago on December 5, 2018 By Vigilant Citizen

Satanic Sculpture Installed at the Illinois Statehouse

The Illinois Statehouse installed several holiday decorations this year: A Nativity scene depicting the birth of Jesus, a Christmas tree, a Menorah and … a Satanic sculpture.

Entitled “Snaketivity”, the display depicts a snake wrapped around a woman’s hand as she holds an apple. On the side of the sculpture is the logo of the Satanic Temple – the head of Baphomet inside an inverted pentagram – and the words “Knowledge is the Greatest Gift”.




The Philistines and the Ark

5 When the Philistines captured the ark of God, they brought it from Ebenezer to Ashdod. 2 Then the Philistines took the ark of God and brought it into the house of Dagon and set it up beside Dagon. 3 And when the people of Ashdod rose early the next day, behold, Dagon had fallen face downward on the ground before the ark of the Lord. So they took Dagon and put him back in his place. 4 But when they rose early on the next morning, behold, Dagon had fallen face downward on the ground before the ark of the Lord, and the head of Dagon and both his hands were lying cut off on the threshold. Only the trunk of Dagon was left to him. 5 This is why the priests of Dagon and all who enter the house of Dagon do not tread on the threshold of Dagon in Ashdod to this day.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

IRAN SHIPS ARMS TO HEZBOLLAH

IRAN ANNOUNCES NEW WEAPONS AND CYBER ARMY, SHIPS ARMS TO HEZBOLLAH

While the US was focusing on the missile test, Tehran was watching a warship launch in Bandar Abbas on the Persian Gulf.
BY SETH J. FRANTZMAN   DECEMBER 2, 2018 05:47 

"...Iran was also accused last week of sending an arms shipment to Beirut. A Fars Air Qeshm 747 left Tehran on Thursday and landed in Beirut. The same aircraft had previously been flagged for its suspicious activity, including an October flight to Beirut."

"...Taken together, the new destroyer, the medium-range ballistic missile test, the suspicious flight to Beirut and the Basij cyber activism represent Iran’s attempt to show that sanctions are not reducing its ability to innovate and threaten the region. In each case the message from Tehran is that its weapons systems are at the cutting edge of technology and can threaten the US and its allies. It is likely not a coincidence that Hezbollah also released a new video on Friday with images of Israeli targets.

Hezbollah boasted that if there was any attack “you will regret it.” According to The National, the video showed images of Israeli bases in Tel Aviv and Dimona."

DEDICATION of ALTAR FOR THE THIRD TEMPLE

7.5 & 6.5 Magnitude Earthquakes Strike with Dozens of Aftershocks in Southwest Pacific





Monday, December 3, 2018

Disciples, Demons, & Deliverance


Pope: Gays should not be priests

Gay people should not join Catholic clergy, Pope Francis says

No room for ‘fashionable’ homosexuality and gay priests should be ‘impeccably responsible’ or leave

Pope Francis is “concerned” about what he describes as the “serious issue” of homosexuality, saying in an interview published on Saturday that being gay is a “fashion” to which the clergy is susceptible.

“The issue of homosexuality is a very serious issue that must be adequately discerned from the beginning with the candidates,” the pontiff said with regards to would-be priests.

“In our societies it even seems that homosexuality is fashionable and that mentality, in some way, also influences the life of the church,” he says in the book The Strength of a Vocation, released in Italy on Saturday.

“This is something I am concerned about, because perhaps at one time it did not receive much attention,” he says in the book, a transcript of an interview that will be released in 10 languages.

Read the rest here.

Monday, November 26, 2018

Chinese scientist creates the world's first genetically-edited babies

Chinese scientist claims he edited babies' genes with CRISPR

Chinese scientist claims to have created the world's first genetically-edited babies using the CRISPR/Cas9 tool. He Jiankui (pictured) told the Associated Press that twin girls, Lulu and Nana, were born earlier this month following embryo-editing using CRISPR to disable the CCR5 gene, which allows the HIV virus to infect cells. An American scientist, Michael Deem, also reportedly assisted He on the project at the Southern University of Science and Technology of China.

According to He, embryos were edited for seven couples affected by HIV, with one pregnancy resulting thus far. He added that the patients refused to be identified or interviewed -- he also wouldn't say where the work was done.

Tension escalates after Russia seizes Ukraine naval ships

BBC

Russia has fired on and seized three Ukrainian naval vessels off the Crimean Peninsula in a major escalation of tensions between the two countries.

Two gunboats and a tug were captured by Russian forces. A number of Ukrainian crew members were injured.

Each country blames the other for the incident. On Monday Ukrainian MPs are due to vote on declaring martial law.

The crisis began when Russia accused the Ukrainian ships of illegally entering its waters.

The Russians placed a tanker under a bridge in the Kerch Strait - the only access to the Sea of Azov, which is shared between the two countries.

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Give Thanks To The Lord

PSALM 50

14 Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving,[b]
    and perform your vows to the Most High,
15 and call upon me in the day of trouble;

    I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me.”
...

23 The one who offers thanksgiving as his sacrifice glorifies me;
    to one who orders his way rightly

    I will show the salvation of God!”


See more biblical thanksgiving references:

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Saturday, November 24, 2018

Will Pope Francis Resign In February?



The meeting with the Pope in Rome will take place in the Vatican from 21st to the 24th of February 2019, exactly 6 years after the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI, and during this occasion some trusted sources say Pope Francis will announce his own resignation, conveniently issuing a papal conclave for all present entitled to vote.

Sunday, November 18, 2018

U.S. Bishops Lead Mass of Deception

"...A lengthy investigative report by the Boston Globe in conjunction with the Philadelphia Inquirer, published one day after the Sullins report was issued, details the extent of prelates’ culpability and seems to confirm Sullin’s conclusion about the U.S. bishops.
“More than 130 US bishops – or nearly one-third of those still living – have been accused during their careers of failing to adequately respond to sexual misconduct in their dioceses,” and, “at least 15, including Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, the former archbishop of Washington who resigned [from the College of Cardinals] in July, have themselves been accused of committing such abuse or harassment,” according to the Globe investigation.
The Boston Globe report continues:
Most telling, the analysis shows that the claims against more than 50 bishops center on incidents that occurred after a historic 2002 Dallas gathering of US bishops where they promised that the church’s days of concealment and inaction were over. By an overwhelming, though not unanimous, vote, church leaders voted to remove any priest who had ever abused a minor and set up civilian review boards to investigate clergy misconduct claims.
But while they imposed new standards that led to the removal of hundreds of priests, the bishops specifically excluded themselves from the landmark child protection measures. They contended only the pope had authority to discipline them and said peer pressure – public or private shaming they euphemistically called “fraternal correction” – would keep them in line.  
It hasn’t.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

The Belly of the Beast


Is the United States of America, by design, set to fulfill an ancient, esoteric prophecy, charted by mystics of ages past? For thousands of years, mystery religions and diverse occultists have shrouded prophecies of a great continent of the Western Hemisphere that would become the catalyst of a final kingdom. This globally sovereign empire would lead the entire world into a golden age of spiritual enlightenment, posturing itself as a true Utopia while it ushers in a revival of ancient magick rites, as well as a return to the worship of old gods and goddesses.
Now, in a groundbreaking new documentary titled Belly of the Beast—featuring Dr. Thomas Horn, Justen Faull, Wes Faull, LTC. Robert Maginnis, William Ramsey, Russ Dizdar, Carl Teichrib and several others—you will learn the chilling truth 



Thursday, November 15, 2018

Churches Beware of Homo-Communist Plot

Any church can learn from what has taken root in Roman Catholicism and guard against the wolves in sheep's clothing...

Jude 4 English Standard Version (ESV)

For certain people have crept in unnoticed who long ago were designated for this condemnation, ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into sensuality and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.

Vatican Promotes Homoheresy and Conspires to Conceals Crimes



Vatican, Pope Sued for Sexual Abuse Harm

U.S. Catholic church hit with two national lawsuits by sex-abuse victims

Class-action suit names Holy See in Vatican as defendant, cites federal racketeering laws.

By Tom Jackman November 14 at 9:08 PM

Two groups of victims of sexual abuse by Catholic clergy members have launched simultaneous lawsuits against the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, with one class-action suit also naming the Holy See as a defendant. The suit accuses the Catholic church of conspiracy and operating a continuing criminal enterprise under federal racketeering statutes, and attempts to be the first to hold the Vatican liable in the United States for the actions of its clergy.

The suits demand that the church produce the names of all accused sex offenders listed in the church’s secret archives nationwide. Both suits were filed Tuesday, apparently by coincidence, the lawyers said. But the class-action suit, filed in federal court in the District, also seeks financial damages for assault, gross negligence, emotional distress and wrongful death, for the families of those who committed suicide after being abused by a priest or other Catholic official. And the class action seeks to triple those financial damages under the federal Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, or RICO, originally written to target organized crime but appropriate for a church accused of “cheating and defrauding Plaintiffs and Class members out of their childhood, youth, innocence, virginity, families, jobs, finances, assets — in short, their lives,” according to the lawsuit.

The suit filed in Washington notes that the Holy See has successfully avoided liability in the United States by claiming it did not have direct authority over priests. But then on Monday, as the bishops were meeting at their national conference in Baltimore to address the issue, they were directed by a letter from the Vatican to stop the discussion, and did. “If that’s not command responsibility, I don’t know what is,” said Mitchell A. Toups, one of the lead attorneys in the class-action case.

Editor's note:

 “Come out of her, my people, lest you take part in her sins, lest you share in her plagues

Science Discovers the Sins of the Father

How Dad’s Stresses Get Passed Along to Offspring

A stressed-out and traumatized father can leave scars in his children. New research suggests this happens because sperm “learn” paternal experiences via a mysterious mode of intercellular communication in which small blebs break off one cell and fuse with another.

Carrying proteins, lipids and nucleic acids, these particles ejected from a cell act like a postal system that extends to all parts of the body, releasing little packages known as extracellular vesicles. Their contents seem carefully chosen. “The cargo inside the vesicle determines not just where it came from but where it’s going and what it’s doing when it gets there,” says Tracy Bale, a neurobiologist at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

Preliminary research Bale and others, announced this week at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience in San Diego, shows how extracellular vesicles can regulate brain circuits and help diagnose neurodegenerative diseases—in addition to altering sperm to disrupt the brain health of resulting offspring.

See: The Sins of the Father


Tuesday, November 13, 2018

The Vatican asked Conference of Bishops to delay vote

The delay on the vote is likely to infuriate American Catholics

The Vatican has angered many Catholics by urging American bishops to delay voting on two proposals relating to the child sex abuse crisis scheduled for discussion at their annual meeting this week.

Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), announced Monday morning during the organization’s annual fall assembly in Baltimore that the Vatican had asked them to delay votes on two scheduled proposals involving the USCCB’s fight against clerical child sex abuse until after a global conference on the subject scheduled to take place at the Vatican in February.


Pope Francis’s handling of the crisis has been widely criticized, with just 53 percent of American Catholics approving of his papacy as of October. Although he issued a 2,000-word apology for the church’s legacy of handling the sex abuse crisis shortly after it began, he has steadfastly refused to comment on ViganĂ²’s allegations against him and has not announced any concrete policy proposals to combat clerical sex abuse — or improve accountability for past crimes — moving forward.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Catholic bishops delay vote on sex abuse scandals

 Catholic bishops delay vote on sex abuse scandals

BALTIMORE, M.D. (NBC News) – The nation’s Catholic bishops have delayed a vote on steps to increase accountability in the midst of the sexual abuse scandal that has been rocking the church for decades.

Meeting in Baltimore, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops offered an apology Monday.

“Allow me now to address survivors of abuse directly, where I have not been watchful or alert to your needs, wherever I have failed, I am deeply sorry,” Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, the conference president, said.

That apology comes without immediate action.

Bishops had planned to vote on new accountability standards for church leaders and to establish a commission which would review sexual abuse claims, but the church asked them to delay the vote until after a meeting at the Vatican next year.

“Although I am disappointed that we’ll not take these actions tomorrow in terms of vote, I remain hopeful this additional consultation will ultimately improve our response to the crisis we face,” DiNardo said.

A support group for church sex abuse survivors says it too is disappointed by the delay, and one survivor suggests it might be up to the courts to do what the church has been unable or unwilling to do.

“They don’t do a very good job of policing themselves,” said Larry Antonsen. “They need to have outside people. I think grand juries in every state would be a good idea with subpoena power.”

Read more here.

UK home to 23,000 jihadists!

Huge scale of terror threat revealed: UK home to 23,000 jihadists

Intelligence officers have identified 23,000 jihadist extremists living in Britain as potential terrorist attackers, it emerged yesterday.

The scale of the challenge facing the police and security services was disclosed by Whitehall sources after criticism that multiple opportunities to stop the Manchester bomber had been missed.

About 3,000 people from the total group are judged to pose a threat and are under investigation or active monitoring in 500 operations being run by police and intelligence services. The 20,000 others have featured in previous inquiries and are categorised as posing a “residual risk”.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Anti-Semitism reminder: Kristallnacht, 80 years ago

Anti-Semitism reminder: Kristallnacht, 80 years ago, must be remembered

...On Nov. 9 1938, mobs burned synagogues, destroyed Jewish homes and businesses, vandalized Jewish hospitals, orphanages and cemeteries, and dragged thousands of Jewish men, women and children into the streets, where they were beaten and humiliated. The Germans later called this night "Kristallnacht" — The Night of Broken Glass —- because of the tons of shattered glass that scattered throughout German cities, after it had taken place. The Jews began to call that date the beginning of the Holocaust because of the tremendous violence, which started on that night and grew even more dreadful as time had passed.

On Nov. 7, 1938, the Third Secretary of the German embassy in Paris, Ernst Von Rath, was murdered by Herschel Grynzpan, a 17-year-old German-Jewish refugee. Herschel wanted to avenge his parent's expulsion, together with 15,000 other Polish Jews from Germany to Zbonszym. The Nazis used the murder as an excuse to start the mobs and riots that began the "final solution," the extermination of Jews.

The German government attempted to disguise the violence of those two days as a spontaneous protest on the part of the Aryan population. But in reality, Kristallnacht was organized by the Nazi chiefs and their thugs with technical skill and precision. The Nazi chiefs commanded the Gestapo and the storm troopers to incite mob riots throughout Germany and Austria.

Yemen war: US to end refuelling of Saudi-led coalition aircraft

ABC NEWS

The United States is halting refuelling of aircraft from the Saudi-led coalition engaged in Yemen, ending one of the most divisive aspects of US assistance to the Saudi war effort.

Key points:

  • Saudi Arabia says it can now aerial refuelling itself
  • US Defence Secretary says his government was consulted
  • The move comes amid outrage over the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi
Saudi Arabia, in a statement released by its embassy in Washington on Friday (local time), said it had decided to request an end to US aerial refuelling for its operations in Yemen because it could now handle it by itself.
US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis backed the decision and said the US Government was consulted.
The move comes at a time of international outrage over the murder of US-based Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, and after Democratic and Republican politicians threatened to take action in Congress next week over the refuelling operations.

California fires Woolsey, Camp and Hill scorch thousands of acres

California fires live updates: Woolsey, Camp and Hill scorch thousands of acres


Sheriff's deputies block off Mulholland Drive in Malibu as the Woolsey fire continues its path towards the coast Friday.

Three fires are raging throughout California, forcing evacuations and leaving a destructive path.
  • The Woolsey fire has scorched 35,000 acres and continues to burn in Malibu, Topanga Canyon and most recently, the San Fernando Valley community of West Hills. At least 250,000 residents have been evacuated. 
  • The Hill fire pushed through canyons to the edge of Camarillo Springs and Cal State Channel Islands. At least 6,000 acres have burned. 
  • The Camp fire in Northern California’s Butte County has left nine dead and destroyed more than 6,700 structures. It's one of the state's most devastating fires. 
  • Officials released lists of evacuation centers where displaced folks can find help — their animals too.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Yemen aid: End US complicity in this slaughter and starvation

The Sentinel Source

This summer, a Saudi-led coalition fighter jet delivered an airstrike on a bus in northern Yemen. The Saudi government claimed there were Houthi rebels aboard the bus.

When rescue workers arrived, they learned who the passengers were. No rebels, just 60 Yemeni children ages 8 to 14 on a summer camp field trip, along with their teachers. In all, 51 people died, 40 of them children. “It’s the people of Yemen, not the warring parties, who are paying the ultimate price,” an official with the aid group Save the Children told The Washington Post.

The scorched-earth tack that the Saudi kingdom takes in its prosecution of the 3½-year-old war against Iran-allied Houthi rebels in Yemen has turned that Arabian Peninsula nation into the world’s worst man-made humanitarian disaster. More than 16,000 civilians have been killed or injured in the conflict, the U.N. says. As many as 14 million people — nearly half of the country’s population — are on the verge of famine. Yemen also is home to the world’s worst cholera epidemic in modern history, with more than a million Yemenis contracting the disease.

See also

Bombings and Starvation: Focus Turns to Saudi’s War in Yemen

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Report: Priest pedophilia is on the rise


FINDINGS
(1) Catholic clergy mainly prey on boys: Whereas two-thirds of victims in U.S. sex abuse of minors are girls, the vast majority of clergy sex abuse victims — over 8 in 10 victims — were boys. As girls became more prevalent as altar servers, abusers of boys “responded to the presence of fewer younger boys primarily by turning to older boys, not to female victims.” Comparable reports in Germany indicate that up to 90% of abuse victims of Catholic clergy have been male, compared to about half of victims in Protestant or non-religious settings in that country.

(2) By comparing the share of homosexual Catholic priests with the incidence and victim gender of minor sex abuse victims by Catholic priests from 1950 to 2001, the study found a strong correlation between sexual abuse of minors and two factors:

(a) A disproportionate number of homosexual clergy:
The study found that the increase in the number of homosexual men in the priesthood is “almost perfectly” correlated with more overall abuse and more boys abused compared to girls. The correlation is 0.98, where a correlation of 1.0 is an absolute positive correlation. That means that the number of child victims increased at almost the same rate as the percentage of homosexual priests — the greater the percentage of homosexual priests, the greater the number of child, mainly male, victims. While the correlation was lower among victims under age 8, it was still strong, at 0.77. Researchers usually consider correlation association above 0.3 or 0.4 to be a strong effect.

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Drone Shot Down After Spotting Russian Missile System In Eastern Ukraine

OSCE Mission's Drone Shot Down After Spotting Russian Missile System In Eastern Ukraine

Germany and France say Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine likely shot down a drone being used by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe's (OSCE) monitoring mission, demanding that those responsible “be held accountable.”

In a joint statement on November 1, Berlin and Paris also noted that in recent weeks, the drone had observed convoys entering Ukrainian territory across a nonofficial border crossing from Russia on "multiple occasions" and spotted a surface-to-air missile system before the loss of communication.

Fighting between Ukrainian government forces and the separatists has killed more than 10,300 people in eastern Ukraine since April 2014. Russia has repeatedly denied financing and equipping the separatist forces despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, insisting that the fighting was a civil, internal conflict.

Eleven States Now Investigating Catholic Church Abuse Scandal

Eleven States Now Investigating Catholic Church Abuse Scandal

The vise is tightening on the Catholic Church.
DOUG MATACONIS · SUNDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2018

Axios is taking note of the fact that the number of state Attorneys General who have opened investigations into the Catholic Church abuse scandal is quickly expanding:
The Attorney General of Virginia Mark Herring announced Wednesday that his office was launching an “ongoing investigation” into possible sexual abuse and coverups by the Catholic dioceses in the state, the Washington Post reports.
The big picture: Herring is not alone. Since the Pennsylvania grand jury’s bombshell August report of egregious child sex abuse at the hands of Catholic priests, several other allegations of sexual abuse and ignorance on behalf of the Church have come to light. As a result, several other state investigations have followed.

The states investigating

  • Maryland: Attorney General Brian Frosh informed Archbishop William Lori that his office is conducting “an investigation and thorough review” of records relating to child sex abuse from the Church. (Baltimore Sun)
  • Vermont: Attorney General T.J. Donovan has appointed a task force to investigate abuses from a Catholic orphanage detailed by a major BuzzFeed News investigation. (CNN)
  • Michigan: An “independent, thorough, transparent, and prompt” statewide investigation was launched by the Attorney General’s Office. (Detroit Free Press)
  • New Jersey: A task force was created by Attorney General Gurbir Grewal to investigate allegations of abuse in the dioceses of New Jersey. (NJ.com)
  • New York: Every Catholic diocese in the state was subpoenaed by the attorney general’s office as part of a civil investigation by the AG’s Charities Bureau. (Washington Post)
  • Nebraska: Three Catholic dioceses were directed by the Attorney General’s Office to hand over 40 years’ worth of abuse allegation records. (Omaha World-Herald)
  • D.C.: Attorney General Karl Racine said his office was investigating sex abuse in the District. (Washington Post)
  • Kentucky: Attorney General J. Michael Brown’s office told The Record that they would soon be “preparing draft legislation that allows for a multi-district/statewide grand jury in Kentucky” to investigate sex abuse.
  • Missouri: Attorney General Josh Hawley opened an investigation led by a veteran sex crimes prosecutor. (The Hill)
  • New Mexico: Attorney General Hector Balderas asked the state’s three Catholic dioceses to turn over records related to abuse allegations by priests. (CBS)

Friday, November 2, 2018

Islamic attack kills at least 7 Christians in Egypt

Islamic attack against Coptic Christians pilgrims kills at least 7 in Egypt

Islamic militants on Friday ambushed two buses carrying Christian pilgrims on their way to a remote desert monastery south of the Egyptian capital of Cairo, killing seven and wounding up to 16, according to the Interior Ministry and security officials.
Coptic Orthodox Church spokesman Boulos Halim said the death toll was likely to rise. Local church officials in Minya province where the attack took place put the death toll at 10, but the higher figure could not be confirmed.
No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, which bore the hallmarks of Islamic militants who have for years been fighting security forces in the Sinai Peninsula and along Egypt's porous desert border with Libya. The extremist Islamic State group has repeatedly stated its intention to target Egypt's Christians as punishment for their support of President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi who, as defense minister, led the military's 2013 ouster of an Islamist president, whose one-year rule proved divisive.