Fight Fires With Facts – Not Fake Science

By Paul Driessen & Duggan Flanakin – Re-Blogged From WUWT

Eliminate fuel, prevent ignition, stop arson, end irresponsible land management policies

“We are all born ignorant,” Benjamin Franklin once said, “but one must work very hard to remain stupid.”

Greens are incensed over suggestions that anything but fossil fuels and climate change might be turning green California and Australian ecosystems into black wastelands, incinerating wildlife, destroying homes and killing people. The notion that they and their policies might be a major factor in these fires gets them so hot under the collar that they could ignite another inferno. But the facts are there for all to see.

PG&E certainly failed to maintain, upgrade and repair its transmission lines and towers, leading to sparks that caused multiple fiery cataclysms. However, California now has over 129 million dead trees in its forests – and a long history of refusing to thin them out, clear brush or permit others to do so. Fuel levels in Aussie forest, brush and grasslands areas have likewise climbed to near-historic levels in recent years.

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Iraq’s Parliament Votes to Expel US Military as Hezbollah Threatens Troops

By Associated Press – Re-Blogged From Liberty Headlines

‘Trump and his administration will know that they lost the region and will lose the elections…’

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AP Photo: A U.S. Marine with 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines.

() The U.S. military presence in the Middle East was thrown into jeopardy Sunday, as Iraq‘s parliament voted to expel U.S. troops from their country while the leader of Lebanon’s Hezbollah group said the U.S. military across the region “will pay the price” for killing a top Iranian general.

Hezbollah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah said that U.S. bases, warships and soldiers in the Middle East were all fair targets after the U.S. drone strike that killed Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the architect of many of Iran’s regional military campaigns in recent years.

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I Take This Woman . . .

Re-Blogged From iPatriot

[This article contains very controversial information. If you are offended easily, continue to another article. -Bob

The  ]internet provides everything you’d want to know about courtships, weddings, married life, but few of them include the instructions on wife-beating.  There is a brief but enlightening film, produced by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) and posted on Jihad Watch, of a Muslim sociologist who demonstrates the “proper” wife-beating technique.  Of course, the sociologist assures his audience that Islam is merciful, and that the man, the head of the household, should not have to beat his wife every day, and to do so lightly, never to hit her face or head, bruise, break bones or cause blood to flow (m10:12, Reliance of the Traveller, A Classic Manual of Islamic Sacred Law – ROTT).  But the cautionary statement rings hollow when the wife’s bruises will never be seen because she must be covered from head to toe.  And, should she become inured to the discipline’s sameness, there are other means of control and punishment available to him, all sanctioned by The Religion of Peace.

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Marine Le Pen Ordered To Take Psychiatric Tests For Opposing Jihad Terror

By Robert Spncer – Re-Blogged From Freedom Outpost

You thought it would stop with the defaming and deplatforming of foes of jihad terror? No. Soviet-style judgments of insanity are next. And what will come after that? The answer is clear enough.

The Local reported Thursday that French “far right” (i.e., opposed to mass Muslim migration and French cultural and political suicide) leader Marine Le Pen has been ordered by a French court to undergo a psychiatric examination in order to discover whether or not she “is capable of understanding remarks and answering questions.”

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Muslim Leader Calls for Conquest of “America, Britain, Russia, France, and Italy”

By Robert Spencer – Re-Blogged From Freedom Outpost

Recently a Muslim spokesman in Tunisia named Said Khecharem, who is affiliated with the international pro-Sharia, pro-caliphate organization Hizb ut-Tahrir, declared (to delighted screams of “Allahu akbar” from his audience), that the “establishment of an Islamic state…requires the conquest of America, Britain, Russia, France, and Italy – Rome and other infidel lands will be conquered, Allah willing.”

According to the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), Khecharem also said: “After the laws of Allah were abandoned, and the heretic regimes were imposed on the Muslims, the most important thing to do is to restore the rule of the Muslims, through the Quran and the Sunna, in order to renew Islamic life and to deliver the Islamic message to the world. My brothers, the implication of this today should be the establishment of an Islamic state over all the lands of the Muslims.”

https://www.memri.org/player/clip/40469/1/1

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ISIS Planning to Use Orphans For Suicide Missions in Europe

By Sputnik – Re-Blogged From Info Wars

After losing ground in Syria and Iraq, terrorist group sets sights on the West

In early 2017, French jihadist Jonathan Geffroy was captured by the Free Syrian Army as he tried to flee Syria with his wife and two children. In September 2017, he was extradited to France, where he was accused of “criminal conspiracy in connection with a terrorist enterprise.”

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Ramadan in 2018, a Threat Lens Perspective

Re-Blogged From Stratfor

Key Takeaways

  • Stratfor Threat Lens anticipates an increase in the tempo and intensity of attacks during Ramadan this year, similar to that seen in 2016 and 2017.
  • A confluence of events — including but not limited to Ramadan — will exacerbate the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
  • The United States opened its new embassy in Jerusalem May 14, coinciding with the day Palestinians commemorate their 1948 displacement from Israel.

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Tracking Global Terrorism in 2018

Scott Stewart   Scott Stewart – Re-Blogged From Stratfor

Editor’s Note

With the start of a new year, we once again examine the state of the global jihadist movement. Shared from Threat Lens, Stratfor’s unique protective intelligence product, the following column includes excerpts from a comprehensive forecast available to Threat Lens subscribers.

In some ways “the global jihadist movement” is a misleading phrase. Rather than the monolithic threat it describes, jihadism more closely resembles a worldwide insurgency with two competing standard-bearers: al Qaeda and the Islamic State. To make matters more complicated, grassroots extremists have been known to take inspiration from each group’s ideology — and, in some cases, both.

A Yemeni man surveys the aftermath of a bombing in Huta, in the southern province of Lahj, March 27, 2017.

(SALEH AL-OBEIDI/AFP/Getty Images)

 

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Trump May Push, but Pakistan Won’t Budge

 Re-Blogged From Stratfor

The new year has brought renewed troubles for the already faltering relationship between the United States and Pakistan. On New Year’s Day, U.S. President Donald Trump issued a tweet accusing Pakistan of “lies & deceit” despite receiving $33 billion in U.S. aid for its cooperation in the war in Afghanistan. The next day, the White House announced that it would continue to withhold the $255 million worth of aid that had been earmarked for Pakistan in 2016, citing insufficient action against anti-NATO militants. And on Jan. 4, the White House said it would suspend $900 million in security assistance promised in 2017 and place Pakistan on a list of countries violating religious freedom.

A map shows Afghanistan, Pakistan and the surrounding region.
(LorenzoT81/iStock)

Turkey Poised to Roll Into Syria

Re-Blogged From Stratfor Worldview

Turkish-backed Syrian rebel fighters advance toward jihadist-controlled Idlib province along the Syria-Turkey border on Oct. 6.

(NAZEER AL-KHATIB/AFP/Getty Images)

Weeks after Turkish forces started to deploy in large numbers along the border with Syria, adjacent to the province of Idlib, Ankara appears to be on the verge of launching yet another significant military operation into the war-torn country. Unlike Operation Euphrates Shield, which targeted lands occupied by the Islamic State, the upcoming operation into Idlib will be directed toward lands occupied by Syrian rebels. As befitting a convoluted conflict such as Syria, Turkey’s advance into Idlib will be assisted by other Syrian rebel groups trained over time by Turkey in neighboring Aleppo province. And according to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s latest statements, they will be supported by Russian aviation. Continue reading

The Middle East Is Blowing Up

By John Rubino – Re-Blogged From Dollar Collapse

Every day brings another scary headline from the Middle East — which makes it easy to treat them as background noise rather than a clear and present danger. But the latest batch is reminiscent of the Balkans circa 1914, which means it may be time to tune back in. Some examples:

A US Navy jet shot down a Syrian warplane. Syria is a Russian client state, so this puts the US and Russia on opposite sides in a shooting war.

Russia warned the US that it takes the destruction of its client’s military assets seriously. It suspended the hot line Washington and Moscow have used to avoid collisions in Syrian airspace and threatened to target US aircraft.

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Qatar’s Feud With the Gulf States Reaches New Levels

Re-Blogged From Stratfor

Long-standing tensions among members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) that intensified over the past two weeks have culminated in several Arab governments suspending relations with Qatar. The current crisis has roots in multiple areas in which GCC states do not see eye to eye, including in their attitudes toward Iran, their manifold perspectives on supporting political Islamists and the degree of economic and strategic rivalries among them.

On June 5, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain announced they would suspend diplomatic relations with Qatar, which has long bucked the Saudi line on condemnation of Iran and support for Islamist groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood. Their declarations were followed by those made by the Tobruk-based House of Representatives government in Libya, which has close ties to the United Arab Emirates and Egypt; the Saudi-backed government of Yemen led by President Abd Rabboh Mansour Hadi; and the Indian Ocean island nations of Mauritius and the Maldives, which have close ties to the Saudi and Emirati governments.

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Understanding the Real Threat to Oil Production in the Middle East

Re-Blogged From Stratfor

The last three weeks have brought the world’s biggest oil-producing region back into the headlines. From a crisis in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) to the political aftermath of a terrorist attack in Tehran, recent developments have renewed concerns that turmoil in the Middle East could cause havoc in the international oil market. Despite the heightened commotion, however, these concerns are misplaced. More than regional tension, the Islamic State’s activity in southern Iraq — and perhaps southern Iran — presents a serious threat to energy production.

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‘Most Secure Coin In The World’?

By Mark O’Byrne – Re-Blogged From http://www.Gold-Eagle.com

– New pound coin ‘most secure coin in world’? 
– New British £1 coins much harder to counterfeit
– Pound coin uses “secret” cutting edge technology
– Coins uses ‘iSIS’ technology which may involve RFID tags
– Central banks, governments may be able to track coins
– Libertarians and privacy advocates will have concerns
–  “Secure coin” yes but real risk is that savings not secure due to currency debasement
– Now new risk to bank deposits as all digital wealth exposed to hacking and cyber fraud
– Sound as a pound? Safer to stick with true “coin of the realm”

– Gold and silver Sovereigns and Britannias  (VAT and CGT free) are only truly secure coins

The UK launched what is being touted as the “most secure coin in the world” yesterday – the day before Brexit day.

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Donald Trump Foreign Policy Strategy – AWESOME!

By Joe Scudder – Re-Blogged From http://www.Constitution.com

While everyone mocked or reviled the Trump foreign policy positions, I couldn’t be happier with how things are going. In the first place, rather than go to war with Russia to defend terrorists, Trump plans to work with Vladimir Putin to destroy ISIS.

According to the Mirror,

President-elect Donald Trump and Russian leader Vladimir Putin have vowed to tackle ISIS together after holding breakthrough talks on the telephone.

Less than a week after the billionaire’s election, the Kremlin said Putin called Trump yesterday to begin negotiations over how best to tackle to terrorism.

The Russian is reported to have said he is ready for dialogue with the US “on the basis of mutual respect, non-intervention into each other’s internal affairs”.

According to the news agency Kremlin, Putin and Trump have agreed to “work to channel bilateral relationships into constructive cooperation, to combine efforts to tackle international terrorism and extremism, and to continue contact by telephone and to work towards meeting in person.”

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Clinton & Islamic State Funded By Same Money

By Tim Brown – Re-Blogged From Freedom Outpost

In a segment of the John Pilger Special which airs Saturday on RT, Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange will accuse Hillary Clinton of deceiving the America people about the scope of support that Middle East allies in Washington, DC have for the Islamic State.

As we have already reported, Assange’s Wikileaks dumped emails in which Hillary Clinton admitted that both Qatar and Saudi Arabia backed the support of the Islamic State.

In referencing that email, he said, “I think this is the most significant email in the whole collection.”

“All serious analysts know, and even the US government has agreed, that some Saudi figures have been supporting ISIS and funding ISIS, but the dodge has always been that it is some ‘rogue’ princes using their oil money to do whatever they like, but actually the government disapproves,” he added. “But that email says that it is the government of Saudi Arabia, and the government of Qatar that have been funding ISIS.”

See Video Interview with Julian Assange:

https://www.rt.com/news/365299-assange-pilger-saudi-clinton/video/

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American Journalist MURDERED for Exposing Turkish Support of ISIS?

By Tim Brown – Re-Blogged From Eagle Rising

Nearly a year ago, Luke Rudkowski of We Are Change reminded us that it had been a year since journalist for Press TV Serena Shim was apparently murdered for exposing the Turkish government’s assistance of ISIS.  However, what Shim had been reporting on concerning Turkey and Syria was dubbed as a “conspiracy theory” by many, but has now been proven to be factual.

Just to remind everyone about Ms. Shim, take a look at the video produced by Rudkowski.

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John Kerry: Air Conditioners as Big a Threat as ISIS

By Eric Worrall – Re-Blogged From http://www.WattsUpWithThat.com

US Secretary of State John Kerry has set his sights on the nation’s air conditioners, claiming that the climate impact of air conditioners are as big a threat to life as the Islamic State terrorist group.

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Hidden Force Behind Oil’s Rise: Sabotage by Terrorists

 

Oil prices have surged on hopes of a freeze in global production. But a more hidden factor is also fueling the price spike: terror attacks on oil facilities.

Sabotage to key oil pipelines have driven global supply outages to “elevated” levels estimated at more than 3 million barrels per day, according to the Royal Bank of Canada.

For instance, last month a critical pipeline in Nigeria was bombed, taking around 250,000 barrels of crude offline until May.

Extremist groups pose a “clear and present danger” to energy facilities, especially those in oil-rich North Africa, RBC wrote in a recent research report.

Oil prices have rallied recently to around $40 today from $26 a barrel in mid-February. The sharp rise has been largely attributed to an effort to “freeze” oil output by Saudi Arabia, Russia and other producers. Investors are also betting U.S. production will decline sharply in 2016.

But geopolitical jitters and supply outages are also playing an important role. That’s a change from much of the past two years when these concerns were overshadowed by the epic supply glut and Iran’s efforts to ramp up production.

“OPEC outages in hotspots like those recently seen in Iraq and Nigeria are a good reminder of how quickly volumes can be sidelined,” RBC wrote. “As the market gradually tightens, we think these hotspots will return to center stage.”

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Our 2nd Amendment

By Senator Mark Green – Re-Blogged From Freedom Outpost

On December 15, 1791, the states of our fledgling democracy ratified ten amendments, which became known as the Bill of Rights.

The preamble to the Bill of Rights states it clearly, “the conventions of a number of states …expressed a desire, in order to prevent misconstruction or abuse of its powers.” The intent of the Bill Of Rights was to restrain government abuses. These were designed to be checks and balances on the government. The second amendment reads: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”

Here, the founders state that to keep the state free, people have the right to keep and bear arms. The “why” we need a second amendment is clear: to protect a free state – to protect freedom.

James Madison initially proposed these amendments on June 8, 1789. Only six years prior to their proposal, the Treaty of Paris, ending the War with King George, was signed in 1783. The final agreement with England on America’s boundaries did not occur until 1795, with the Jay Treaty. The Bill of Rights was passed within eight years of a bloody war where citizen soldiers picked up their own weapons and overthrew a tyrannical government. It is clear that the authors of the second amendment intended to provide the citizenry a means to defend freedom from government, both at home and abroad.

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Putin on ISIS & Syria

cropped-bob-shapiro.jpg   By Bob Shapiro

Russian leader Putin says that US policy , especially regarding the US background support for ISIS, is incorrect. I would have to agree.

He also says (see video below) that a good number (most?) of the fighters/rebels in Syria are hired mercenaries. The US “hired,” trained, and paid them to topple Syrian leader Assad. Now, I’m not saying that Assad is a good guy. But, if Putin’s statements have any truth in them, then the US has (once again) engaged in stupid policy.

Several years ago, ISIS captured the local oil fields and have been generating about a half Billion Dollars a year in revenue. A portion of this money is going to pay a larger amount than the US for the mercenaries, who now no longer support democracy in Syria and Iraq.

A Half Billion in Oil revenues! It seems to me that, with the price of oil very low compared to recent year’s levels, it would be to the advantage of several oil producers to bomb the ISIS oil fields. I expect that there’s a good chance that Russia will do just that. Even though the Obama administration is not on the best terms with Russia right now, I think the oil field bombing makes a lot of sense.

Marc Faber – Best Interview of 2015

By Bob Shapiro – Re-Blogged From http://www.Gold-Eagle.com

Marcopolis.net. did an interview with Dr. Marc Faber. He touches on the Global Economy, Geopolitics, Debt, and a few other topics. It’s an hour long, and well worth the view.

Fantasy Or Reality…Which Is It?

By Bill Holter – Re-Blogged From http://www.Gold-Eagle.com

Last week was a true dichotomy of fantasy and reality. We witnessed a massive short squeeze and the best week for U.S. equities in over a year. While the markets were oversold and due a bounce, the “bounce” came with a backdrop of very dire news! Day after day brought forth new and consistently worse news.

In no particular order of importance; Deutsche Bank reported a $6.5 billion loss (10% of their net equity), UBS joined the derivatives implosion party and required a capital raise, Glencore ‘fessed up to $100 billion in debt versus the previous $19 billion (with three or four other major commodity firms in the same boat), the Bank of England required their banks to disclose how much of this debt they were exposed to, China’s yuan surpassed the yen in the settlement of global trade, China also went live with their alternative settlement of trade in yuan (non-dollars), Saudi Arabia and Norway disclosed they are now in deficit and thus no longer “buyers” of dollars (are they now sellers?) …and the U.S. was effectively kicked out of the Middle East! I might add that several recent economic reports even though fudged, massaged and outright falsehoods were unable to hide the reality of global AND U.S. recession and decline in the real economic sectors.

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Iraqi PM Abadi accuses Obama of a lack of “will,” and may invite Russia to bomb ISIS

By – Re-Blogged From The American Enterprise Institute

In an interview with France 24, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi accused President Obama of a lack of “will” in the fight against the Islamic State, and complained that Obama had failed to deliver the “massive air power” he had promised. Abadi further said that while he has not yet discussed Russian intervention in Iraq, he “would welcome” Russian airstrikes against ISIS in his country. From the interview:

France 24: Are you discussing with Russia the possibility of Russia striking in Iraq?

Abadi: Not yet, not yet.

France 24: But it’s a possibility?

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