January 27th, 2015
"After White House snubbed PM to 'avoid influencing election' stating 'He will pay a price"--now they're sending a team to defeat the Israeli Prime Minister.....
By AARON KLEIN
TEL AVIV – A consulting firm almost entirely composed of former staffers of President Obama’s re-election campaign has been hired to run an election effort in Israel aimed at defeating Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
The conservative blogosphere is reporting Jeremy Bird, national field director for Obama’s 2012 campaign, is now working for a new non-profit group, V15, that is running an effort to defeat Netanyahu in the upcoming election.
A closer look at Bird’s consulting firm as well as its working relationship with the Israeli groups finds he is just one of scores of former senior Obama election campaign staffers now working on the anti-Netanyahu effort.
Last week, the Obama White House rejected an opportunity to meet with Netanyahu in March when he is in Washington to address a joint meeting of Congress, saying it didn’t want to influence the Israeli elections. The White House criticized House Speaker John Boehner for inviting Netanyahu, accusing him of “breaking protocol.”
The left-leaning Haaretz daily in Israel reported V15 is “trying to replace Israel’s government” and cause “nothing less than an electoral upset” in elections here in March.
Haaretz reporter Roy Arad writes that he directly asked V15 founder Nimrod Dweck whether his group’s goal was “anyone but Bibi,” referring to Netanyahu by his popular nickname.
Dreck replied: “We say ‘replace the government,’ it’s not directed at specific individuals. There have been many years of right-wing governments during which little happened, it’s time to change course and give people hope.”
V15, or “Victory 2015” is backed by a U.S.-U.K. group called “One Voice,” whose official Tel Aviv offices are adjacent to those of V15.
One Voice bills itself as an “international grassroots movement that amplifies the voice of mainstream Israelis and Palestinians.” It has a clearly leftist tone.
One Voice put out a press release Tuesday that was decidedly anti-Netanyahu.
“We believe that it’s critical that the majority of Israelis who are concerned about the numerous security and socio-economic challenges we face have their voices heard in the next election,” said OneVoice Israel’s executive director, Polly Bronstein.
“We need a prime minister and a government who will be responsive to the people.”
The release announced that OneVoice Israel and V15 “are working with premier grassroots consulting firm 270 Strategies to leverage the most cutting-edge mobilization techniques.”
270 Strategies is led by Bird, who was described in the Haaretz articles as V15’s “secret campaign weapon”
Haaretz reported Bird has arrived in Tel Aviv with a team of four consultants “that will try to channel the energies of V15 into an organized methodology.”
Part of the strategy includes a door-knocking campaign as well as a social media blitz.
While the conservative blogosphere focused largely on Bird’s role, WND has found that his firm, which was hired for the V15 campaign, is composed of scores of former Obama campaign employees.
270 Strategies’ team of 45 staffers includes 16 who worked directly for Obama’s campaigns...
January 26th, 2015
The Great Blizzard of 1888 or Great Blizzard of '88 (March 11 – March 14, 1888) was one of the most severe recorded blizzards in the history of the United States of America. Snowfalls of 20–60 inches (51–152 cm) fell in parts of New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, and Connecticut, and sustained winds of more than 45 miles per hour (72 km/h) produced snowdrifts in excess of 50 feet (15 m). Railroads were shut down and people were confined to their houses for up to a week.~
So, by using Bill Nye's rationale on epic blizzards hitting the Northeast, 'global warming' was apparently occurring back in 1888
~ Refocus Notes
By Scott Whitlock
A severe winter storm about to strike the northeast is caused by global warming?
That's the unsurprising suggestion by climate change enthusiast Bill Nye on MSNBC, Monday. The TV personality appeared on The Cycle to discuss the New England Patriots and Deflategate.
Changing the subject, he condescendingly asserted, "I just want to introduce the idea that this storm is connected to climate change. I want to introduce that idea.
I know there will be certain viewers who will become unglued." After noting that he "just wants to introduce the idea," Nye conceded, "Now, proving any one storm is connected, especially cold-weather events is quite difficult." He added, "But I just want to present that."
According to Nye, "the very strong winds that will be associated with this storm in the next couple of days, these could be connected to climate change." Considering that this is a snowstorm in winter, Nye was careful to avoid the term "global warming." Cycle co-host Toure cheered, "I love you for bringing that in."
In 2010, Nye denounced climate "deniers" as "unpatriotic." In 2014, he appeared on NBC to denounce global warming skeptics. A transcript of the January 26 comments are below:
[Nye was on to discuss Deflategate. Shifts to global warming.]
BILL NYE: I just want to introduce the idea that this storm is connected to climate change. I want to introduce that idea. I know there will be certain viewers who will become unglued. They are throwing things at their television sets and so on. But the economic effect of storms like this is huge. You cancel half the flights out of the world's -- one of the world's busiest airports, certainly the eastern seaboard is a very busy area economically for airplane travel. And so when you start having these storms and you don't have the infrastructure to deal with it, you are costing your society a lot of money.
And we're in the developed world where we can handle this stuff. So I just want to introduce the idea that the strong winds that we had in southern California, the very strong winds that will be associated with this storm in the next couple of days, these could be connected to climate change. Now, proving any one storm is connected, especially cold-weather events is quite difficult. But I just want to present that. And both of these stories for me –
TOURE [interrupting to close the segment] Bill, I love you for bringing that in. Thank you so much, Bill.
January 26th, 2015
Dramatic footage has been released of the moment a pilot, whose plane was running out of fuel, survived, ditching in the ocean off Hawaii on Sunday.
January 26th, 2015
Wiped-out Disease Resurfacing in US from Illegal Aliens....
By Barry Secrest
A dangerous outbreak of measles is now occurring in Southern California, where at least 45 new measles cases have been identified. The outbreak is centered on Disneyland and has doubled in size over the past week.
According to Dr. Elizabeth Lee Vlilet, the US may be facing a variety of previously defeated health issues resurfacing as a result of the US Government's semi-erased border with Mexico, which has seen an unprecedented surge of Central American aliens cross its border.
The silent travelers accompanying these aliens are long-ago defeated third world diseases rooted in poverty, which could have a tragic effect on an unsuspecting American population. "These diseases which the U.S. had controlled or virtually eradicated previously," include: Chagas disease, Tuberculosis (TB) dengue fever, malaria, hepatitis, measles, and possibly many more.
Dr. Vlilet indicates that these diseases could cause a health crisis the likes of which the US has never before seen, made complicated by the Department of Homeland Security's viraling of these individuals to points scattered all across the US, in numbers estimated to be close to 100,000.
However, largely under the orchestration of the CDC, the talking points from the Obama regime are trying to place the blame on parents who choose to forego vaccinations, this, despite the fact that virtually all of the cases being reported emanated from Southern California.
Southern California is considered a hot zone for illegal alien entries into the US, which more readily explains the resurgence of measles, which was wiped out long ago, in the US.
In January of 2014 a Post which advertised an opportunity for independent contractor-drivers for the transport of unaccompanied illegal alien children, was published on the US Government's job site, and specifically listed a total number of transports at 65,000 .
While the border surge of alien-children has been growing over the past several years, how could The Department of Homeland Security possibly have known how many children would be coming over the border unless this unprecedented surge had been meticulously planned?
In essence, rather than blaming parents for not wishing to expose their children to what many have stated could be dangerous vaccines, the blame should more accurately rest at the feet of the Obama Regime's urging of the border surge of illegal alien children, who are not being properly health-screened for disease. and who don't legally belong within the US.
The rest of this particular "White House talking points" story comes to us from NBC News:
A measles outbreak linked to Disneyland has nearly doubled in size since last week with 45 reported cases in California and seven more illnesses confirmed in at least three other states and Mexico, health officials say.
This spread of measles is being fueled by a portion of parents who refused to vaccinate their children — an estimated one in 10 people today is perhaps susceptible to the virus, contends a contagious disease expert in California.
"The present outbreak relating to Disneyland ... is sort of the perfect storm," said Dr. James Cherry, who specializes in pediatric infectious diseases at Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA in Los Angeles.
"People are coming to Disneyland from all over and then (you may) have one or perhaps two or three people who has measles, but didn't have the rash, and they exposed a lot of people (at the theme park)," Cherry said.
Orange County, Disneyland's home, has the largest cluster of confirmed measles cases at 16, according to that county's health department. In people with the serious yet preventable virus, symptoms include fever, dry cough, runny nose, watery eyes and a signature rash. People can spread the illness up to four days before the rash appears.
The initial "outbreak exposure period" has been pegged to Dec. 17 to 20 at Disneyland, say California health officials. Among the confirmed cases to date, 36 of those sick people have been linked epidemiologically to spending all or parts of those same days at the Anaheim resort, records show.
Mexican officials have confirmed one measles case in a 22-month-old, unvaccinated girl who visited the theme park Dec. 16 to 18. In Utah, there are three cases. Washington has two cases, and Colorado has one. The numbers are expected to rise. As of Monday night, at least 52 total confirmed cases were linked to people who visited Disneyland during the cited days.
Measles can lead to blindness and encephalitis, an infection of the brain. Children are typically immunized with a first dose of vaccine at 12 to 16 months and a second at 4- to 6-years-old. A significant number of Americans have opted out of getting vaccinated.
In fact, the widening outbreak coincides with new evidence that clusters of California parents have refused to vaccinate their children — decisions that boost the risk of measles hitting hard in certain towns or cities, pediatricians say.
Researchers checked the immunization records of more than 150,000 children who are members of Kaiser Permanente Northern California — all born between 2000 and 2011, and all covered continuously by that health-care provider, which serves about 40 percent of the insured population in 13 Northern California counties.
The analysis found five residential pockets inside which vaccine refusal rates among parents ranged from 5.5 percent to 13.5 percent between 2010 and 2012. Those areas include a stretch of the East Bay area, from El Cerrito to Alameda, California.
Alameda County has had four of the state's measles cases during this outbreak, according to state reports.
Outside of those of those five clusters, the vaccine refusal rate was 2.6 percent across the 13 Northern California counties examined, the study reported.
"You get the idea that we're now way below the level of immunization that we should have," said infectious-disease expert Cherry. In fact, some people who did receive measles shots four decades ago may have lost their immunity as time passed. "So we have about 1 in 10 people who are susceptible to measles."
That means when the exposed and unvaccinated tourists returned home from Disneyland, the virus had a better chance to get a foothold and spread in their towns, Cherry said.
"If those communities (to which the ill tourists returned) have 10 out of 100 susceptible, then you're going to have this exponential growth of measles," Cherry said. "The biggest problem is people who should be vaccinated who.......
January 26th, 2015
The Daily Caller
President Obama announced Sunday that his administration plans to lock up the oil-rich 1.5 million acre Arctic National Wildlife Refuge coastal plain and offshore areas in Alaska from oil and gas exploration.
Obama is asking Congress to designate 12 million acres of ANWR as a “wilderness” to keep it off-limits to development, despite widespread Native Alaskan support for drilling in the area. ANWR’s coastal plain alone is estimated to hold 28 billion barrels of oil.
“Designating vast areas in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as Wilderness reflects the significance this landscape holds for America and its wildlife,” said Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell.
The Obama administration argues that making ANWR off-limits to development will help protect the region’s wildlife and natural beauty. Obama is also considering ways to prevent new oil production at the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska. Environmentalists have long campaigned to hinder oil production in Alaska.
“Just like Yosemite or the Grand Canyon, the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is one of our nation’s crown jewels and we have an obligation to preserve this spectacular place for generations to come,” Jewell added.
But Alaska lawmakers were furious with the administration’s proposal — for decades Alaska Republicans and Democrats have been pushing for opening ANWR to drilling.
“What’s coming is a stunning attack on our sovereignty.....