September 5th, 2014
By Barry Secrest
The beheading of a Christian journalist in Iraq, Islamic threats scrawled across several Christian churches in the US, the slaying of tens of thousands in the Mideast due to their religious beliefs only, while anti-Semitism is on the rise, even in Europe--a nightmare scenario unfolding right before our very eyes and it's even now raging across the planet, continually threatening, as 9/11 approaches, a return to the scene of the original attack.
At the same time, many of America's most renowned evangelical leaders warn of events written of long ago coming to fruition at an unprecedented rate, even as news accounts and scientific journals remind us of the rarity of pending astronomical events to include a rare sequence of Blood Moons, each occurring on a major Jewish holiday.
Others speak of an odd dissonance, a feeling of something being sorely amiss, as if the very earth itself is tensing in anticipation: Disease and plague ravaging across the world's largest continent, wars either breaking out or threatening to break out in the worst of all possible areas, while the threat of economic chaos tenuously dangles over each seat of government, like a twisted sword of Damocles.
The world seems a tinderbox, as an unsettling quiet blankets the nerve center of America. US leadership, typically always at the forefront of dealing with systemic threats, now hesitates and even admits to the lack of a cumulative strategy to deal with a menace increasingly seeping in from all sides.
But one defiant group has not forgotten what happened on 9/11/01, and this particular group believes that it will happen again if America's leadership continues its politically correct capitulation to the growing Islamic threat to the US and the world.
As word of the 'Million Muslim March' rang out in 2013, an outraged counter-movement was sparked by a fed-up American named Bill Williamson, who sounded the alarm on Facebook , and with the expert help of event organizer-activist Belinda Bee, started a chain-reaction that would eventually send nearly one million bikers surging through the streets of DC on 9/11.
The ride, while debated as to the actual number of bikers, was ultimately viewed as an outrageous success even as the outcome of the Million Muslim March ended up being a smattering of individuals totaling only about a handful of Muslims, if that.
The MMM Islamic protest event actually had to be renamed from its earlier iteration to "Million Muslim March Against Fear," due to a decidedly unpopular US reception.
Now, in 2014, much as in 2013, the terrorist threat from ISIS has cemented an almost crusade-like resolve among 2 Million Biker members who ride not only to honor those who died on 9/11, but to also raise awareness of the latest Islamic Extremist terrorist threat, which has elicited a growing fear among many in the West.
The ongoing message of the Biker group easily explains the penultimate goals of its riders:
"We at 2 Million Bikers to D.C. believe in God, Country, our Constitution and ALL of our Bill of Rights as written by our Founding Fathers. We will work to peacefully oppose any and all who wish to fundamentally transform our country from our founding Father's original intent. We will work to maintain America as "Land of the Free, Home of the Brave" one State and One citizen at a time."
Interestingly, the 2 Million Biker movement seems to have always been mired in some form of controversy, as with most popular political movements. In this case it began with the announced Million Muslim March group's plan to organize a protest concerning the truth (according to Islamic Iran's PressTV) of what happened on 9/11, as per this initial statement of demand in January of 2013:
"One million Muslims will march to Washington D.C. and demand that our civil rights be protected by our government. We are demanding that laws be enacted protecting our First Amendment rights. We are asking President Obama to fulfill his promise from his first campaign for the Presidency of a transparent government. Lastly we are asking for the establishment of a real 9/11 Commission to reveal the truth to the American people."
Moreover, the Islamic tirade didn't end there, but went on to state that even Muslims were targeted on 9/11.....
September 5th, 2014
BY PETER APPS
The decision to go ahead with the Rapid Trident exercise Sept. 16-26 is seen as a sign of the commitment of NATO states to support non-NATO member Ukraine while stopping well short of military intervention in the conflict.
The annual exercise, to take place in the Yavoriv training center near Ukraine's border with Poland, was initially scheduled for July, but was put back because early planning was disrupted by the crisis in the eastern part of the country.
NATO stepped up military activity in its eastern member states after Russia's annexation of Crimea in March, and is expected to agree at a summit in Wales this week to create a new rapid reaction force of several thousand troops.
In addition to staging air force exercises, the United States is moving tanks and 600 troops to Poland and the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania for joint maneuvers in October, replacing a more lightly armed force of paratroopers.
But Rapid Trident will entail the first significant deployment of U.S. and other personnel to Ukraine since the crisis erupted.
President Barack Obama will visit Estonia on Wednesday to reassure the former Soviet Baltic states of U.S. support, and Estonia's prime minister on Tuesday called for a more visible NATO presence in eastern Europe.
Washington has promised Ukraine $52 million in non-lethal security aid and has already provided combat rations, body armor, radios and other equipment. Pentagon leaders have met with Ukrainian counterparts to discuss a range of cooperation, but, for now, arms supplies have been ruled out.
"It is very important to understand that a military solution to this problem is not going to be forthcoming," Obama told reporters at the White House last week.
The United States European Command (EUCOM) says the exercise this month will involve about 200 U.S. personnel as well as 1,100 others from Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Britain, Canada, Georgia, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Norway, Poland, Romania andSpain.
Focused on peacekeeping, it will include command post drills, patrolling and dealing with improvised explosive devices.
While it involves many NATO members as well as countries such as Ukraine, who are part of NATO's broader "Partnership for Peace," the exercise is not formally a NATO drill.
More broadly, under a broad program titled "Operation Atlantic Resolve" meant to show U.S. commitment to the European allies, NATO is running what officials say is a ramped up version of its regular summer and autumn training schedule.
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(Reporting by Peter Apps; Editing by David Storey and Gunna Dickson)
September 4th, 2014
But...there's a catch and the catch is the fact that they used a computer to interpret and translate the message into digital code in order to achieve transmission.
Historically, amazing--but in realty? Terrifying in that computers are being trained to translate thought into accurate recall-- meaning they are perfecting the ability to read minds.
God help us.....
Washington (AFP) - For the first time, scientists have been able to send a simple mental message from one person to another without any contact between the two, thousands of miles apart in India and France.
Research led by experts at Harvard University shows technology can be used to transmit information from one person's brain to another's even, as in this case, if they are thousands of miles away.
"It is kind of technological realization of the dream of telepathy, but it is definitely not magical," Giulio Ruffini, a theoretical physicist and co-author of the research, told AFP by phone from Barcelona.
"We are using technology to interact electromagnetically with the brain."
For the experiment, one person wearing a wireless, Internet-linked electroencephalogram or EEG would think a simple greeting, like "hola," or "ciao."
A computer translated the words into digital binary code, presented by a series of 1s or 0s.
Then, this message was emailed from India to France, and delivered via robot to the receiver, who through non-invasive brain stimulation could see flashes of light in their peripheral vision.
The subjects receiving the message did not hear or see the words themselves, but were correctly able to report the flashes of light that corresponded to the message.
"We wanted to find out if one could communicate directly between two people by reading out the brain activity from one person and injecting brain activity into the second person, and do so across great physical distances by leveraging existing communication pathways," said co-author Alvaro Pascual-Leone, professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School.
"One such pathway is, of course, the Internet, so our question became, 'Could we develop an experiment that would bypass the talking or typing part of Internet and establish direct brain-to-brain communication between subjects located far away from each other in India and France?'"
Ruffini added that extra care was taken to make sure no sensory information got in the way that could have influenced the interpretation of the message.
Researchers have been attempting to send a message from person to person this way for about a decade, and the proof of principle that was reported in the journal PLOS ONE is still rudimentary, he told AFP.
"We hope that in the longer term this could radically change the way we communicate with each other," said Ruffini.
September 4th, 2014
(CNN) -- A newly discovered asteroid will pass "very close" to Earth on Sunday, NASA says.
The space rock is estimated to be 60 feet (18 meters) long. It's expected to fly over New Zealand about 2:18 p.m. EDT (11:18 a.m. PDT / 18:18 UTC.)
It won't hit Earth or any of the thousands of satellites orbiting the planet, NASA says. It will give astronomers and scientists a chance to study it.
The asteroid won't be visible the naked eye, but amateur astronomers should be able to see it with telescopes.
Called 2014 RC, the asteroid was discovered on August 31 by the Catalina Sky Survey near Tucson, Arizona.
NASA's Near Earth Object Program estimates there arethousands of asteroids that could threaten Earth, but experts say none of the ones being tracked are expected to hit the planet anytime soon.
Chelyabinsk asteroid a near miss over Russia
Sometimes, though, space rocks sneak by the scientists and amateur astronomers who track them. On February 15, 2013, a nearly 60-foot-wide meteor plunged into Earth's atmosphere and exploded over the Russian city of Chelyabinsk with the force of about 30 nuclear bombs. The blast injured about 1,500 people.
The Chelyabinsk meteor was undetected before it was spotted by local residents as it streaked across the sky. It exploded on the same day that Asteroid 2012 DA14, one that was being carefully tracked by NASA, safely passed by Earth.
NASA is trying to speed up the way it tracks potentially hazardous asteroids and to learn how to deflect rocks that threaten Earth. ItsAsteroid Initiative includes a plan to capture an asteroid and tug it into orbit around the moon in the 2020s. If it works, astronauts will land on the asteroid, take samples and bring them back to Earth.
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September 4th, 2014
TIME / Noah Rayman
Conservative Refocus Notes: Remember that classic scene from "Jerry McGuire"? When Tom Cruise/Jerry is on the phone with Cuba Gooding, Jr./Rod Tidwell and Jerry is screaming--as queued by Tidwell, "Show me the money!!!"
Well, appropriate or not, it keeps looping through my head as I read about Obama's and British Prime Minister David Cameron's response to the ISIS threat. Which is not just a "threat"...it is a series of war actions that DEMAND a furiously strong and clear response, as in a time of war.
But Obama and Cameron are taking no decissive action. They don't think ISIS is worth their time and effort to confront? WHAT MORE WILL IT TAKE? SHOW ME THE MONEY, OBAMA, CAMERON, MCGUIRE! SOMEBODY!
"If terrorists think we will weaken in the face of their threats they could not be more wrong"
The United States and Britain will “not be cowed” by Islamist militants in Iraq and Syria who have killed two American journalists, the leaders of both nations said Thursday.
Ahead of a NATO summit in Wales that began Thursday, President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron published a joint article in the Times of London saying they will “confront” the militant group Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS), and calling for international action to address security threats around the world.
“If terrorists think we will weaken in the face of their threats they could not be more wrong,” they wrote. “Countries like Britain and America will not be cowed by barbaric killers. We will be more forthright in the defence of our values, not least because a world of greater freedom is a fundamental part of how we keep our own people safe.”
The NATO summit, which is formally scheduled to address the drawdown in Afghanistan and the conflict in Ukraine, comes days after the ISIS released a video depicting its beheading of a second American journalist.
Obama and Cameron also called for NATO to increase pressure on Russia, which Western officials say is meddling in the conflict in Eastern Ukraine between Kiev and pro-Russian separatists.
“With Russia trying to force a sovereign state to abandon its right to democracy and determining the course of its future at the barrel of a gun, we should support Ukraine’s right to determine its own democratic future and continue our efforts to enhance Ukrainian capabilities,” they wrote.