Top Russian Official: UK would be ‘wiped off face off the earth with ONE STRIKE’

 

THE UK could be “wiped off the face of the earth” if it dares to launch a preemptive nuclear strike, according to threats made by a top Russian official. Frants Klintsevich, deputy head of the Federation Council’s Committee for Defence and Security, said Britain was so small that it could be obliterated in one nuclear strike. He was responding to comments made by Michael Fallon in which the Defence Secretary said Britain would consider launching a preemptive strike on a nation if pushed. Frants Klintsevich, deputy head of the Federation Council’s Committee for Defence and Security, said Britain was so small that it could be obliterated in one nuclear strike. He was responding to comments made by Michael Fallon in which the Defence Secretary said Britain would consider launching a preemptive strike on a nation if pushed…….Read More

Civilian deaths from Russian airstrikes ‘highest since Aleppo’s fall

IMG_0201The death toll from Russia’s fierce bombardment of Syria has shot up over the past two months, coinciding with regime ground offensives, and despite a ceasefire officially being in place. Civilian deaths in Syria from Russian air strikes are at their highest since the fall of rebel-held Aleppo to regime forces in December according to one monitoring group. According to the UK-based Airwars – which specialises in monitoring and assessing civilian casualties from international air strikes in Syria, Iraq, and Libya – heightened civilian death tolls have come in the context of ongoing ground assaults – led by the Assad regime – against rebel forces in Aleppo, Hama, and Idlib, which Moscow has backed with aerial campaigns……..Read More

 

The US is to Tighten Sanctions on North Korea

IMG_0200President Donald Trump’s strategy was announced after a special briefing for US senators. Earlier, the top US commander in the Pacific defended the deployment of an advanced missile defence system in South Korea. Tensions have risen amid fears the North is planning new weapons tests. “The United States seeks stability and the peaceful denuclearization of the Korean peninsula,” said a joint statement issued by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats……Read More

Once again Senators arrive at White House for North Korea crisis briefing

IMG_0199The Trump administration is considering placing North Korea on a list of state sponsors of terrorism as US senators arrived at the White House for an extraordinary briefing on the threat posed by the rogue state. All 100 senators were invited to a classified briefing at a building next to the White House on Wednesday (US time), reports AFP. They were ferried from Capitol Hill by bus. President Donald Trump’s secretary of state, defence secretary, top general and national intelligence director will brief them. The briefing team was to speak later to members of the House of Representatives lower chamber…….Read More

Senators head to “commander in chief’s house” for North Korea briefing

Oh Great, Now Alexa Will Judge Your Outfits, Too

IMG_0198.JPGEcho Look is like the 2017 version of Cher’s computerized closet from the movie Clueless. It can catalogue your clothes, suggests outfits, and help you decide between two different looks using its “Style Check” feature. You can create a style Lookbook, from which Amazon can recommend new brands and clothing you might want. There are big privacy concerns here, clearly—do you really want Amazon to know when you’ve gained or lost a little weight? Imagine what else it can infer from that? And what else the camera will see when you’re showing it your clothing?—but no less important are the psychological repercussions of allowing a computer to judge you…….Read More

A Terrifying Thought : TED speakers plan to release massive amounts of chalk into the atmosphere

IMG_0195At TED, a conference about big ideas that’s largely attended by tech luminaries, it was inevitable that geoengineering — the idea of changing the earth’s atmosphere to halt or reverse climate change — would come up. During the 2017 TED talks in Vancouver, Canada, multiple speakers brought up geoengineering ideas — but one climate scientist pushed back. On Wednesday morning, computer theorist Danny Hillis got onstage and proposed a series of ideas for what he called a “thermostat to turn down the temperature of the earth.” Hillis, the founding partner of tech innovation company Applied Invention, rattled off a number of geoengineering concepts that have popped up in recent years, including building giant parasols in space, putting fizzy water into the ocean, and sending chalk into the atmosphere so that it can reflect sunlight and theoretically cool down the earth…….Read More

Forming of the One World Religion: “The Catholic Church…has become one of Islam’s loudest boosters”

IMG_0194In this excellent piece, George Neumayr refers to the rupture of relations between the Vatican and al-Azhar that took place during the time of Pope Benedict. As I explained here, that rupture took place because Pope Benedict dared to speak out about the Muslim persecution of Christians. By contrast, Francis energetically defends Islam, and leaves the persecuted Christians twisting in the wind, so he is acceptable to al-Azhar. The worst part about this is the fact that because this man is Pope, all too many Catholics, including some in positions of high authority, treat him as if he were a divine oracle, his every utterance to be revered, respected, studied, and followed. Because of the statement of Vatican II that “religious submission of mind and will must be shown in a special way to the authentic magisterium of the Roman Pontiff, even when he is not speaking ex cathedra,” and “must be shown in such a way that his supreme magisterium is acknowledged with reverence, the judgments made by him are sincerely adhered to, according to his manifest mind and will,” Catholic leaders and publications tend to think that they must adhere to anything the Pope says about anything…….Read More