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Epocalypse Now: The Economic Apocalypse is Here

Dec 31st 2015, 17:13, by James Tracy

Submitted by David Haggith The Great Recession When I predicted the economic apocalypse would begin for the US this month, I said the stock market would rise euphorically after the Fed raised its interest target. Rise it did. Steeply, too. I also said it would fall shortly after. Fall it did. Quickly, too. Now I’m saying the Epocalypse is here. Just as I stated that “the rate at which the market goes up now is a measurement of pure euphoria,” by the same token, how quickly that euphoria falls off indicates just how far down the More…

IMS Presents The Life of Adam

Dec 29th 2015, 13:45, by tyrannynews

This past Monday the 28th Independent Media Solidarity released its second documentary production, “The Life of Adam.” You can watch the full 2-hour video on the IMS website. Watching it stream through our site allows us to switch sources if any are taken offline because of a copyright claim or other reason. As I sat down to post this I discovered some as yet unseen script material written by my co-producer, MrStosh for our latest project. This is the kind of clarity and articulation I can rarely produce, especially after the past few, frantic days… More…

False-Flag Terror Research: The Coincidence Theorem

Dec 26th 2015, 18:14, by Kevin Scott King

Kevin Scott King TruthShock One method I use to try and ascertain what the truth is from any narrative is what I call the Possible-Probable test. The first question I ask myself; “is what I just heard/read/seen possible?” And at this point my definition of possible is very very broad, in affect I’m willing to stretch to accept that something is possible. I’m trying to keep an open mind, I’m trying to be unbiased and neutral. With an emphasis on ‘trying’. Therefor I am reluctant to use the word impossible, until I am thoroughly convinced More…

Mass Shooting In New Orleans That Didn’t Get Top Media Attention

Dec 24th 2015, 15:04, by James Tracy

Catherine J. Frompovich Activist Post (Updated Dec. 25, 2015) Please note that during a December 8 court appearance Joseph “Moe” Allen was cleared of all charges concerning the Bunny Friend Park shooting because of a valid alibi offered by his mother, Deborah Allen. “They got the wrong guy,” said Deborah Allen. “The police need to do their job. They need to stop trying to just put anybody in jail for a crime and trying to solve all these problems.” Seven other suspects face charges in the case. Click here for a full report.-JFT One of the More…

‘The Life of Adam’ Official Promo

Dec 22nd 2015, 20:38, by James Tracy

Independent Media Solidarity A new IMS documentary to watch, share, download and distribute. From the makers of We Need to Talk about Sandy Hook. What Do We Know about the Sandy Hook School Shooter? Tagged: alternative media, gun control, news media analysis, police state and civil rights, public opinion, Sandy Hook Elementary, Sandy Hook Massacre 3rd Anniversary: Two parents target FAU conspiracy theorist

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Oy Vey? Zionist Capo Sheldon Adelson summons Trump for ‘private meeting’

Dec 22nd 2015, 13:41, by James Tracy

21st Century Wire  Well, it seems as if The Donald has been summoned by the Kingmaker himself, Mr. Sheldon Adelson. Yes, that kind old man who just loves to be involved in “the process” of choosing who gets into power in America. No doubt Adelson called The Donald in for a debriefing on how Trump feels about Israel, and more importantly, whether or not Israel will be at the top of Donald’s priorities should he make it into power in the White House next fall. IMAGE: Casino billionaire Donald Trump met with bigger casino billionaire More…

SAN BERNARDINO IN FLUX: The Fluid Nature of Cover Stories

Dec 22nd 2015, 12:43, by James Tracy

Submitted by Niles and Frasier Mercado If the reporting on the alleged shooting in San Bernardino, California has left you confused and disoriented, you are not alone. The main stream media has changed substantial aspects of their original official story. While it is understandable that some details might get misreported in the immediate aftermath of a national tragedy, no mention is made as to WHERE this misinformation originated from and WHY we should think that the NEW news reports are any more reliable. It is difficult to dispute or verify claims when the narrative is More…

The Curious Parents of Noah Pozner

Dec 21st 2015, 02:42, by Dr. Eowyn

Originally published on Fellowship of the Minds, April 3, 2014. We are told that on the morning of December 14, 2012, a single gunman, 20-year-old Adam Lanza, for no discernible reason, barged into Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. There, despite his “very poor muscle tone” and “very very poor motor skills” which typify those afflicted with Asperger syndrome, Lanza managed to shoot to death 20 first-graders and 6 adults in less than 5 minutes. That’s just one of the reasons why many now believe the Sandy Hook shootings to be what former state More…

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DIY Peppermint Shower Soothers To Fight Against Colds and Flu

Dec 31st 2015, 18:32, by Anya Vien

DIY Peppermint Shower Soothers To Fight Against Colds and Flu

It’s hard to stay healthy this time of year. We all try to eat right, exercise and take our supplements but sometimes we still catch a nasty bug. With all the responsibilities we have these days, we can’t just stay in bed and nurture ourselves back to health. I make shower soothes like these (in bulk) and keep them on hand for such mornings.

DIY Peppermint Shower Soothers To Fight Against Colds and Flu

Ingredients:
1 cup of baking soda
2 tbsp of salt
3 drops of eucalyptus essential oil
1 drop of peppermint essential oil
1/3 cup of lemon juice
Water as needed
Mini muffin cup liners
Mini muffin tin
Or
Cookie cutters/silicone molds/cookie sheet

Directions:
1.) Using a glass mixing bowl, stir baking soda and salt with a fork.

2.) Add the lemon juice a little at a time. It will get fizzy when the acid reacts with the baking soda, keep stirring.

3.) Add water a few tablespoons-full at a time until it looks moist and crumbly and will clump together.

4.) Line your muffin tin with cupcake liners or silicon molds. If using a cookie sheet, grease it first so your dough doesn’t stick. I use coconut or almond oil.

5.) Roll the dough in your hands to make a 2 inch round ball, then add the ball of dough to your muffin cup or cookie sheet. If you are using the cookie sheet, you have many shape options with cookie cutters and silicon molds. Amazon sells many fun shapes.

6.) Bake them for 10-20 minutes at 350 degrees. They will look a little bit like cookies when they are done baking.

7.) Gently remove them from the muffin tin and liner and place them on a plate to cool.

8.) While they’re cooling, add 1 drop of Peppermint oil and 3 drops of Eucalyptus oil to each shower soother.

9.) Leave them out overnight to cool and harden, uncovered.

Storing soothers:
Place the dried shower soothers in a glass Mason jar with a tin cover. The longer they are in the jar, the more beneficial they’ll become.

If they are crumbly use a fork and turn them into a powder. Place 2 tbsp into a little dish to sit in your steamy shower.

How to Use a Shower Soother:
To use a shower soother, turn on your shower to the desired temperature and place the soother out of the direct spray of the water, on the shower floor. The steam will create a fragrant vapor that will clear your sinuses and provide some natural relief for congestions.
Why do these soothers work:
The tiny volatile molecules of healing plants are captured through distillation, creating an essential oil. The shower steam releases these molecules from the soother and are inhaled and pass through the sinus membranes, entering the bloodstream.

Peppermint essential oil is used in this case to promote healthy respiratory function. The main chemical components of Eucalyptus oil makes it an ideal oil to promote feelings of clear breathing and open airways.

 

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Volgens deze psychiater van Harvard zijn er drie dingen die je echt gelukkig maken

Dec 31st 2015, 09:33, by Jeannette Kras

Wat maakt een mens gelukkig? Die vraag houdt ons allemaal wel eens bezig. Psychiater Robert Waldinger heeft wel een idee over het antwoord.

Hij is onderzoeksleider van de Harvard Study of Adult Development, een van de langstlopende en meest complete studies naar het volwassen leven van mannen. Hij kwam met zijn team tot één centrale conclusie: Goede relaties maken ons gelukkiger en gezonder.

Die goede relaties vallen onder te verdelen in drie categorieën:

1. Sociale contacten
De mannen in de studie die close waren met hun familie, vrienden of gemeenschap waren gelukkiger en gezonder dan minder sociale mannen. Eerdere studies wezen al uit dat eenzame mensen vaker psychische problemen hebben en slechter slapen wat kan leiden tot meer kans op allerlei ziekten.

2. Kwaliteit van relaties
Het gaat eerder om de kwaliteit van relaties dan om de kwantiteit. Mensen die vaak ruzie hebben met hun echtgenoot en weinig affectie voelen, zijn ongelukkiger dan mensen die helemaal niet getrouwd zijn, bleek uit de Harvardstudie. De kwaliteit van relaties wordt belangrijker naar mate mensen ouder worden. Voor twintigers is ook de hoeveelheid contacten nog van belang.

3. Een stabiel, goed huwelijk
Mensen die getrouwd zijn en tot hun vijftiger jaren geen serieuze huwelijksproblemen hebben, doen het beter op geheugentests, schrijven de Harvardonderzoekers. Een studie uit 2013 bevestigt die bevinding: een goed huwelijk werd gelinkt aan een lager risico op cognitieve storingen en dementie.

Waldinger besluit: “Onze samenleving hecht veel waarde aan geld en werk, maar gedurende de 75 jaar dat onze studie loopt, blijkt steeds weer dat de mensen die goede relaties hebben met familie en vrienden het gelukkigste leven leiden.”

Vrouw stopt met Crystal Meth en ziet er drie maanden later zo uit

Dec 31st 2015, 09:04, by Désirée du Roy

Het verwoestende effect van harddrugs tekent zich al snel af op het gezicht van de gebruiker. Wie weet te stoppen, ziet er korte tijd later weer stukken beter uit.

Dat blijkt ook uit een foto die Reddit-gebruiker ‘Wormguy666’ woensdag plaatste van een vrouw die zijn zus zou zijn. De linker foto zou stammen uit de tijd dat de vrouw Crystal Meth gebruikte. Rechts zie je haar 90 dagen nadat ze gestopt is.

Vrouw stopt met crystal meth, ziet er nu zo uit

Een dag eerder plaatste ene Ryan twee foto’s: een van tijdens zijn meth-gebruik en een nadat hij een jaar clean was. Ook hij is er flink op vooruit gegaan.

Dit is de beste leeftijd om te trouwen als je niet wilt scheiden

Dec 31st 2015, 07:53, by Jeannette Kras

Tot nu toe werd altijd gedacht dat hoe later je trouwt hoe kleiner de kans is dat je gaat scheiden. Maar een nieuwe analyse van de socioloog Nicholas H. Wolfinger wijst iets anders uit: trouwen na een bepaalde leeftijd vergroot de kans juist weer op een echtscheiding.

Zoals je in de grafiek kunt zien, daalt de kans op een scheiding tot mensen begin dertig zijn bij hun eerste huwelijk. Daarna loopt het risico op een huwelijksbreuk weer op. Wolfinger denkt dat er een selectie-effect optreedt: sommige mensen die lang wachten met trouwen zijn gewoon niet het type voor een huwelijk. “Mensen die laat trouwen krijgen te maken met een groep potentiële echtgenoten die mogelijk niet de mensen bevat die het meest geschikt zijn voor een lang gelukkig huwelijk.”

Zo zeg je gelukkig nieuwjaar in 27 verschillende talen

Dec 31st 2015, 07:24, by Jeannette Kras

Gelukkig nieuwjaar klinkt natuurlijk in elk land anders. Dus vier je oud en nieuw in het buitenland, bevind je je in een multiculturele omgeving of ben je gewoon benieuwd hoe ze gelukkig nieuwjaar zeggen in het Japans, dan is dit lijstje zeker interessant.

Gelukkig nieuwjaar in 27 talen:

Taal Nieuwjaarswens
Arabisch سنة سعيدة (sana sa’eedah)
Brits Happy New Year
Catalaans Feliç any nou
Deens Godt nytår
Nederlands Gelukkig Nieuwjaar
Engels Happy New Year
Frans Bonne année
Garifuna Buiti iseri irumu
Duits Frohes Neues Jahr
Grieks Καλή χρονιά (Kali chronia)
Gujarati સાલ મુબારક (saal mubarak)
Hebreeuws שָׁנָה טוֹבָה (shana tova)
Hokkien Kung Hee Huat Tsai
Italiaans Buon anno
Japans あけまして おめでとう ございます (Akemashite Omedetou Gozaimasu)
Lets Laimīgu Jauno gadu
Litouws Laimingu naujuju metu
Mandarijn 新年快乐 (Xin Nian Kuai Le)
Pools Szczęśliwego nowego roku
Portugees Feliz ano novo
Roemeens La mulți ani!
Russisch С Новым Годом (S novim godom)
Servisch Srećna nova godina
Slowaaks Šťastný nový rok
Spaans Feliz año nuevo
Thais Sawatdee Pi Mai
Turks Yeni yılınız kutlu olsun

 

En zo spreek je het uit:

Moeder ziet dochter aan voor inbreker en schiet haar dood

Dec 31st 2015, 07:07, by Jeannette Kras

Een Amerikaanse vrouw dacht dat er een inbreker in huis was en schoot de verdachte persoon dood. Het bleek haar 27-jarige dochter te zijn. Dat meldt de politie van St. Cloud, Florida.

Rechercheur Denise Roberts vertelt hoe de moeder in de nacht van dinsdag op woensdag gewekt werd doordat iemand haar huis binnenkwam. Ze hoorde voetstappen snel richting haar slaapkamer lopen. Ze aarzelde niet en schoot de inbreker in één keer dood.

Daarna ontdekte ze dat ze haar eigen dochter had neergeschoten. De jonge vrouw werd nog naar het ziekenhuis gebracht, waar ze is overleden. Haar identiteit wordt niet bekend gemaakt, omdat haar vader een undercover agent is geweest. Hij was thuis op het moment van het drama en belde het alarmnummer. De politie twijfelt niet aan het verhaal.

Vliegtuig maakt noodlanding door turbulentie

Dec 31st 2015, 06:28, by anp

Een Canadees vliegtuig heeft woensdag vanwege heftige turbulentie een noodlanding moeten maken op de internationale luchthaven van Calgary. Volgens Canadese autoriteiten zijn 21 mensen gewond geraakt. Dat meldden Canadese media. Het vliegtuig was opgestegen in China.

Rond 15.15 uur Canadese tijd landde het vliegtuig veilig in Calgary. Volgens een woordvoerder van de brandweer waren drie brandweerauto's ter plaatse om de gewonden uit het toestel te halen. Ook waren ambulances en de politie aanwezig. De gewonden zijn direct naar het ziekenhuis gebracht. Acht mensen zijn niet levensbedreigend gewond. Dertien anderen worden in het ziekenhuis uit voorzorg nagekeken. De gewonden hebben voornamelijk rug- en nekklachten.

De Boeing 777, met vluchtnummer 88, was op weg van Shanghai naar Toronto. Het vliegtuig vervoerde 332 passagiers en 19 bemanningsleden. Onderzoek moet uitwijzen wat de turbulentie heeft veroorzaakt.

Meer omzet en minder subsidie voor theaters

Dec 31st 2015, 06:22, by anp

Theaters en poppodia hebben de laatste jaren meer geld verdiend. De instellingen boekten vorig jaar een bedrijfsomzet van 434 miljoen euro. Dat is 8 procent meer dan in 2010. De stijging komt doordat de theaters zalen verhuren ,,voor niet-theatrale evenementen, zoals recepties en congressen'', aldus het Centraal Bureau voor de Statistiek donderdag.

De driehonderd professionele podia verdienden in totaal iets minder dan 800 miljoen euro. Daarvan kwam bijna 320 miljoen euro uit subsidies, vooral van gemeenten. Dat is 13 procent minder dan in 2010.

Er waren vorig jaar 52.000 voorstellingen, 2 procent meer dan in 2013, maar het aantal bezoekers daalde met 2 procent tot 17,4 miljoen, een van de laagste niveaus sinds 2005. Musicals, revue en opera zijn minder in trek. Sinds 2008 is het aantal bezoekers gehalveerd tot 2,4 miljoen. Meer dan 8 miljoen mensen gingen naar klassieke muziek, jazz of een popconcert.

De theaters en poppodia hebben meer vrijwilligers (ruim 9000) dan werknemers (ruim 8000). Tien jaren geleden waren er juist twee keer zo veel werknemers als vrijwilligers.

Dode en gewonden op booreiland na grote golf

Dec 31st 2015, 02:54, by anp

Een enorme golf in de Noordzee heeft woensdag aan een persoon op een boorplatform voor de kust van Noorwegen het leven gekost. Twee anderen raakten gewond. Hun nationaliteit is niet bekendgemaakt. Dat meldde het Noorse staatsoliebedrijf Statoil, uitbater van het gasveld Troll.

Het beschadigde drijvende booreiland van China Oilfield Services werd daarop deels ontruimd. Bijna 50 van de 106 werknemers op het platform werden geëvacueerd. Het platform kon op eigen kracht het vasteland bereiken. Noorwegen had woensdag de hele dag al te kampen met stormachtig weer.

,,De zee was tijdens het ongeluk woest. De golven waren wel 14 meter hoog en daarnaast waren er windsnelheden van 25 tot 30 meter per seconde. De wind verhinderde dat een helikopter op het booreiland kon landen. Mensen moesten omhoog getakeld worden'', aldus Noorse autoriteiten tegen persbureau Reuters.

De productie in Troll, het grootste gasveld van Noorwegen, kon doorgaan.

Oudejaarsfeesten Brussel afgelast om dreiging

Dec 30th 2015, 19:47, by anp

Het vuurwerk en andere oudejaarsfeestelijkheden die in het centrum van Brussel zouden worden gehouden, zijn afgelast. Dat melden bronnen bij de Brusselse burgemeester Yvan Mayeur.

De burgemeester nam het besluit woensdag na overleg met de Belgische politie- en inlichtingendiensten. Het gesprek vond plaats nadat dinsdag de terreurdreiging in de regio Brussel was opgetrokken van 2 naar 3.

Vorig jaar kwamen ruim 100.000 mensen af op het vuurwerk in de Belgische hoofdstad.

Zie hier live hoe Bill Cosby voor het eerst in de boeien wordt geslagen

Dec 30th 2015, 16:01, by anp

De Amerikaanse komiek Bill Cosby (78) is net niet ontsnapt aan vervolging. De verjaring van een aanklacht uit 2004 begint morgenavond. Maar net op tijd wordt hij strafrechtelijk vervolgd wegens aanranding. De entertainer is aangeklaagd op de beschuldiging dat hij een vrouw heeft gedrogeerd en misbruikt in zijn huis in Cheltenham Township, een voorstad ten noorden van Philadelphia, in 2004. De Amerikaanse pers is in opperste staat van opwinding. De aardigste oom van het land in de boeien. NBC heeft nu al de link waarop het spektakel te zien is >

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>In de afgelopen jaren hebben tientallen vrouwen Cosby beschuldigd van seksueel wangedrag en geweld. Hij heeft de beschuldigingen altijd ontkend en begon deze maand een rechtszaak tegen zeven vrouwen wegens smaad.

Het is voor het eerst dat Cosby wegens seksueel misbruik strafrechtelijk is aangeklaagd. Veel van de vermeende incidenten speelden decennia terug, waardoor de vervolgingstermijn allang is verjaard. Tegen Cosby lopen wel civielrechtelijke procedures.

‘Seksfeest Belgische militairen en agenten tijdens Brusselse shutdown’

Dec 30th 2015, 14:46, by Maroesja Perizonius

Consternatie en hilariteit bij de Belgen: Militairen en agenten zouden tijdens het hoogtepunt van de Brusselse terreurdreiging, toen alarmfase 4 gold, een seksfeest hebben gehouden in een politiebureau in Ganshoren. Acht militairen en twee agentes zouden aan de orgie hebben meegedaan.

Dit zou mogelijk zijn geweest omdat ongeveer 20 militairen tijdelijk in een slaapzaal van het politiebureau in Ganshoren sliepen, zodat ze niet iedere avond terug moesten naar hun barakken in de kazerne.

De Belgische politie onderzoekt het voorval maar kan nog niets bevestigen. ‘Wij kunnen enkel bevestigen dat er inderdaad 15 à 20 militairen hebben overnacht in Ganshoren in die periode’, aldus politiewoordvoerder Johan Berckmans. ‘Maar of daar iets gebeurd is, weten we niet. Intern Toezicht is een onderzoek gestart’. Als de orgie inderdaad heeft plaatsgevonden, noemt Berckmans dit ‘ernstig’.

Volgens de Franstalige krant La Dernière Heure is onder agenten en militairen de vermeende orgie al wekenlang het gesprek van de dag. Op Twitter was ‘orgie’ gisteren trending en de lollige reacties zijn ook niet van de lucht. Zo werd de vraag gesteld of ‘ze het wel veilig hebben gedaan’ en of ‘de brandweer zich solidair zal tonen’. Maar de mooiste tweet was wel: ‘Make love, not war’.

 

Waarom je maar beter aardig tegen je dokter kunt zijn

Dec 30th 2015, 13:11, by Maroesja Perizonius

Het is altijd prima om een second opinion te gaan halen, maar het is niet handig om dit tegen je huidige arts te zeggen. Uit een onderzoek blijkt namelijk dat artsen en medische teams slechter werk afleveren als er onaardig tegen ze wordt gedaan.

Het onderzoek werd uitgevoerd door de universiteit van Tel Aviv. Om het effect van onbeleefdheid te meten, werden 24 medische teams van een neonatale afdeling gevolgd tijdens het werk. Een specialist ‘uit het buitenland’ kwam zogenaamd langs om hun werk te beoordelen. Tegen de helft van de teams was hij vriendelijk en sprak hij bijvoorbeeld beleefd over het belang van medische trainingen. Tegen de andere helft van de teams was de specialist onvriendelijk of onbeleefd; hij klaagde dan voornamelijk over de artsen waar hij mee te maken had gehad in de dagen ervoor, zei dat hij niet bepaald onder de indruk was van de kwaliteit van de Israëlische gezondheidszorg, en dat hij bang was ziek te worden.

Uit het onderzoek bleek dat het belangrijk is dat de medische staf vriendelijk met elkaar omgaat. De teams die onheus bejegend werden, presteerden volgens de onderzoekers slechter tijdens cognitieve opdrachten, bleken minder flexibel en creatief en minder behulpzaam. Dit komt vooral omdat mensen die onvriendelijk behandeld werden na blijven denken over het voorval, terwijl ze weer door moeten met hun werk.

Volgens de onderzoekers komt de patiëntveiligheid in het gedrang door onvriendelijkheid. En als patiënt kun je dus ook maar beter vriendelijk zijn tegen artsen en verplegers.

Biograaf Trump: “Hij gelooft echt dat hij president moet worden, omdat hij genetisch superieur is”

Dec 30th 2015, 10:20, by Jeannette Kras

Donald Trump gaat nog altijd ruimschoots op kop in de peilingen: 41 procent van de Republikeinen wil dat hij presidentskandidaat wordt. Zijn biograaf Michael d’Antonio lijkt dat niet zo’n goed idee. “Ik heb mijn best gedaan om hem in mijn boek af te schilderen zoals hij is, al ben ik bang dat hij er nog té sympathiek uit naar voren komt,” zegt hij tegen het Belgische Humo.

D’Antonio sprak meer dan tien uur met Trump en zijn kinderen. “Ik vroeg me voortdurend af of hij alles wat hij zei, ook echt méénde.” Zijn conclusie? “Hij is niet dom, maar er is iets grondig mis met zijn emotionele huishouding. Hij mist het vermogen om zich in zijn medemensen in te leven en is een wraakzuchtige man.”

D’Antonio vervolgt: “Anderen interesseren hem geen zier. Hij vindt de mens door en door slecht. Hij zei me dat hij zo goed als niemand respecteert omdat niemand respect verdient. Hij beschouwt de mens als het meest gevaarlijke levende wezen op aarde; voor hem is survival de essentie van alles. Donald is er heilig van overtuigd dat al zijn medemensen duistere prinsen zijn.”

Zijn gekke ideeën komen deels voort uit zijn jeugd. “Altijd is hem op een agressieve manier voorgehouden dat de Trumps gelijk hebben, dat elk individu dat niet denkt zoals zij, een complete nitwit is. Hij is nooit in een onderneming actief geweest waar hij niet de baas was. Anderen domineren is zijn natuurlijke manier van doen. Hij gelooft echt dat hij president moet worden omdat hij genetisch superieur is aan de rest van de Amerikaanse bevolking. En het frustreert hem dat niemand dat lijkt te zien.”

 

Automobilist die “krankzinnig” hard reed veroorzaakt dode en ravage op A2

Dec 30th 2015, 09:52, by Ans Vink

De zwarte auto was weggebruikers al opgevallen omdat hij met “krankzinnige” snelheid op de linkerkant reed. Dat ging dan ook niet goed. De snelrijder boorde zich in een andere auto en vervolgens ontstond een ravage met meerdere auto’s en een vrachtwagen. “Auto’s vlogen door de lucht.” Een persoon overleefde de aanslag niet. Zeven mensen raakte gewond, onder wie de dader die werd aangehouden in het ziekenhuis.

Er zit meer alcohol in wijn dan op het etiket staat

Dec 30th 2015, 09:51, by Jeannette Kras

Weet je keurig maat te houden met je enkele glaasje hier en daar, blijkt er meer alcohol in je wijn te zitten dan je dacht.

Onderzoekers van de Universiteit van Californië onderzochten honderdduizend flessen. 60 procent daarvan bevatte bijna een half procent meer alcohol dan op het etiket stond. Vooral rode wijn uit Chili en Spanje heeft vaak een hoger alcoholpercentage dan op de fles wordt vermeld.

Een half procent lijkt niet veel, maar het kan wel net het verschil maken tussen wel of niet auto mogen rijden bijvoorbeeld. Ook maakt het uit voor je gezondheid. Het alcoholpercentage is de afgelopen achttien jaar met maar liefst twee procent gestegen.

Waarom krijg jij bepaalde ads te zien op Facebook en anderen niet? Vanwege deze lijst op je profiel …

Dec 30th 2015, 09:34, by Ans Vink

Facebook denkt te weten wat jij leuk vindt op grond van wat je in het verleden heb aangeklikt. Die voorkeuren staan in een lijst die je kunt zien en aanpassen.

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Vroedvrouw mishandelt pasgeboren baby

Dec 30th 2015, 08:27, by Chantal Caes

De Bulgaarse Emiliya Kovacheva is vroedvrouw en wordt beschuldigd van een poging tot moord, nadat zij een pasgeboren baby ernstig mishandelde. De baby liep daarbij een schedelfractuur op en overleefde ternauwernood. De vroedvrouw hangt nu een gevangenisstraf van 15 tot 20 jaar boven het hoofd.

Aanvankelijk ontkende ze dat ze de baby iets had aangedaan, maar op de bewakingsbeelden was duidelijk te zien dat ze de baby sloeg, beet en probeerde te stikken.

Toen gaf Kovacheva toe dat ze ‘haar geduld verloren had’ aan het einde van haar shift die 24 uur duurde. Het meisje begon om 2 uur ‘s nachts te huilen en maakte daardoor andere baby’s wakker. Dat kon Kovacheva niet meer aan.

De vrouw werkte iedere maand 7 shiften van 24 uur naast haar gewone 8-urige dagshiften. Daarmee werd de Bulgaarse arbeidswetgeving ernstig overtreden.

Evengoed werd Kovacheva op staande voet ontslagen en aangehouden door de politie. Nu is ze op borgtocht vrijgelaten. Dat leidde tot een groot aantal verontwaardigde reacties. Aan het gerechtsgebouw eisten betogers dat de vroedvrouw een levenslange straf zou krijgen.

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‘I Can’t Help But Wonder’: MSNBC Guest Raises Question After Bill Cosby Sexual Assault Charge

Dec 31st 2015, 04:47, by Oliver Darcy

A senior editor for Ebony Magazine asked on MSNBC Wednesday whether Bill Cosby would be facing the same backlash were he a supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Appearing on the “Rachel Maddow Show,” Jamilah Lemieux posed the question to guest host Melissa Harris-Perry.

“And I can’t help but to wonder,” she said. “Say Mr. Cosby didn’t have that sort of respectability politics, you know, heavy handed against single mothers and complicating sounding names and wearing your pants low and listening to hip-hop.”

“Say that wasn’t who he was. Say that he was a supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement. Say that he was a leftist. Say that he was really on our side, quote unquote, politically. Would we be having this conversation?” Lemieux asked. “How willing would people be to turn their backs on him?”

Cosby was arraigned in court Wednesday and charged with sexual assault stemming from an incident that took place in 2004. The charge comes after dozens of women accused the legendary actor and comedian of drugging and sexually abusing them.

(H/T: Mediaite)

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21 Taken to Hospital When Air Canada Flight Makes Emergency Landing Following Severe Turbulence

Dec 31st 2015, 03:54, by Oliver Darcy

More than a dozen passengers were taken to the hospital Wednesday after an Air Canada flight made an emergency landing in Calgary following severe turbulence, the airline said.

Air Canada said 21 passengers in total were taken to the hospital, eight with non-life threatening injuries and 13 for observation, after the Boeing 777 was diverted to the airport. Some have already been released.

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Image source: Facebook

“Our focus today has been on those passengers who have been injured in this incident and those other passengers on the aircraft for whom this has been a very unsettling experience,” said Klaus Goersch, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Air Canada. “Safety is always our first priority and so any incident involving the safety of our passengers and crew is of utmost concern.

Passengers on the Toronto to Shanghai flight were met by medical teams immediately upon landing, the airline said.

Air Canada added that it was making arrangements to accompanied all passengers. A total of 332 passengers and 19 crew members were aboard the plane.

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Internal Memo Reveals How Much Ted Cruz Raised in 4th Quarter: ‘We Are Exactly Where We Want to Be’

Dec 31st 2015, 02:03, by Oliver Darcy

Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz raised nearly $20 million in the fourth quarter, according to an internal memo provided to TheBlaze.

Campaign manager Jeff Roe told staff in the memo that the campaign had raised more than $45 million since its launch, comprised of about 670,000 donations from more than 300,000 donors.

The average donation, he said, was just over $67.

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Jason Davis/Getty Images

Cruz had raised $12.2 million in the third quarter, $10 million in the second and $4 million in the first.

In the memo, Roe also touted that the campaign had an “unrivaled political organization” with a significant presence on the ground in the first four voting states.

“Some campaigns are focused solely on a man, some on a movement. Ours is a hybrid of the two built to win,” Roe wrote. “We have brought together, and continue to build, a grassroots army of courageous conservatives committed to electing Ted Cruz to reignite the promise of America.”

“There’s still plenty of work to be done to make Ted the Republican nominee and the next President, but as 2015 comes to a close, we are exactly where we want to be,” he added. “Go. Fight. Win.”

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Friend of San Bernardino Shooter Indicted on Gun, Terror Charges

Dec 31st 2015, 01:25, by Oliver Darcy

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — A friend of one of the shooters in the San Bernardino massacre that killed 14 people was indicted Wednesday on charges that include conspiring in a pair of previous planned attacks and making false statements when he bought the guns used in this month’s shootings, authorities said.

The indictment by a federal grand jury avoids the need for a probable cause hearing before a judge to determine whether 24-year-old Enrique Marquez Jr. should stand trial on the five counts.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (@AP) — Grand jury indicts man linked to California shooters on weapons, terrorism-related charges.

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The charges include conspiring with shooter Syed Farook to carry out attacks in 2011 and 2012.

Prosecutors said in court documents that Marquez and Farook planned to use pipe bombs and guns to kill people at the college they attended and others stuck in rush-hour traffic on a California freeway. The plots fizzled, and they never acted.

Enrique Marquez via social media post

Enrique Marquez via social media post

Marquez is also charged with two counts for saying in paperwork that two assault rifles he later gave to Farook were only for himself or his immediate family.

Two other counts accuse him of immigration fraud for a sham marriage with a Russian woman who was the sister of Farook’s wife.

Marquez had already been charged with the crimes in a criminal complaint filed Dec. 21 before the charges were taken to the grand jury. He has not entered a plea but is expected to do so in an arraignment next week.

A phone message left Wednesday seeking comment from Marquez’s attorney, Young Kim, was not immediately returned.

Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, opened fire on a conference room full of his co-workers at a social services center, killing 14 people.

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Ted Cruz Spokesman ‘Confused’ By Donald Trump’s Attack on His Candidate: ‘It Doesn’t Make Sense’

Dec 31st 2015, 01:16, by Oliver Darcy

The national spokesman for the Ted Cruz campaign said Wednesday he was perplexed by 2016 rival Donald Trump’s recent attack on the Texas senator.

Speaking at an Iowa rally Tuesday, Trump told voters to “just remember” that “to the best of my knowledge, not too many evangelicals come out of Cuba.” The line appeared to be a jab at Cruz who identifies as an evangelical and whose father fled Cuba.

Appearing on CNN, Cruz spokesman Rick Tyler was asked to respond.

“Well, I’m a little confused by it. I’m not sure what it means. Does it mean if you’re a Cuban you can’t be an evangelical or if you’re an evangelical you can’t be Cuban?” Tyler asked. “I can’t make any sense of it.”

The CNN host pressed him for a sharper response.

“So no reaction to that?” she asked.

“Well, I had a reaction,” Tyler said. “It just doesn’t make sense. He’s Cuban and he’s an evangelical.”

(H/T: Mediaite)

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Toys R Us Closes Flagship Store in New York City’s Times Square: Ferris Wheel, T-Rex and All

Dec 30th 2015, 23:32, by Oliver Darcy

NEW YORK (AP) — For decades, children visiting New York City savored one stop above all: a trip to the kind of toy store that existed only in their imagination. Now they’ll have to keep dreaming.

The massive Toys R Us superstore in Times Square, which wowed shoppers with a 60-foot indoor Ferris wheel, a growling, 20-foot animatronic Tyrannosaurus Rex, and a life-size Barbie dollhouse, had its last shopping day Wednesday.

(AP Photo/Mary Altaffer

AP Photo/Mary Altaffer

The closing ended a 14-year-run as a must-visit destination for any family willing to brave the big crowds. It followed the July closing of F.A.O. Schwarz, the palace of expensive and unique toys romanticized in the 1988 film “Big.”

Shoppers and tourists came out Wednesday for a last look at the type of extravagance unavailable to shoppers online or at the local mall.

It's the last day for @ToysRUs #TimesSquare store and it's busy as ever pic.twitter.com/6chp74gkIB

— Leezel Tanglao (@leezeltanglao) December 30, 2015

“It’s a one-in-a-million type of place,” said Janet Roman, of Berlin, Connecticut, as she gave her 9-year-old grand-nephew, Sherman Williams, his first — and last — tour of the over-the-top store. “Our Toys R Us doesn’t have a Ferris wheel in it.”

A steady stream of people coursed through the 110,000-square-foot space smack dab in the heart of the Crossroads of the World. Shoppers rushed to buy must-go gifts and games. Others took photos outside. The truly ambitious waited on a long, winding line to get one last ride on the Ferris wheel.

“When they were little guys, this was the big thing,” said Mike Packer, of Wayne, Pennsylvania, whose 18-year-old son and 15-year-old daughter decided, for nostalgia’s sake, to take a final spin.

“This is like an event to come here. It’s an afternoon,” added his wife, Lisa Packer. “It’s obviously fun for all ages.”

Toys R Us opened in Times Square in 2001, when the neighborhood was still only a few years removed from its bad-old-days as a center for adult entertainment and grime. The company decided not to renew its lease, which expires in January, because of the high cost of renting the space, company spokeswoman Elizabeth Gaerlan said.

Toys R Us also cited high rent costs in July when it closed F.A.O. Schwarz, when had enraptured generations of children in two locations near Central Park.

She said the company is searching for another Manhattan flagship store and will try to find positions for those among the more than 350 employees of the store who want to keep working at Toys R Us.

Customers line up to enter the Toys 'R' Us in #TimesSquare which is shutting its doors later today pic.twitter.com/4987qPKINs

— Metro New York (@metronewyork) December 30, 2015

Said my goodbyes to the Times Square Toys R Us. pic.twitter.com/rx5QrxwGyM

— Jared Cohen (@jaredrcohen) December 30, 2015

C. Bradley Mendelson, an agent for the building’s owner, Bow Tie Partners, said that at roughly $2,000 per square foot, rental prices for ground-floor space in the area have become extraordinarily expensive — and with 21,000 square feet of it, Toys R Us simply had too much space to cover.

“That’s a lot of rent,” he said. “Rent has gone from $400-a-square-foot to $2,000 in the last 15 years when they rented the space.”

Two retailers, Gap and Old Navy, have signed leases to occupy some of the ground-floor space and other parts of the building and will move in by mid-2016, Mendelson said.

“Here’s really the story about why they’re leaving,” he said. “The rents have gone so high that nobody can afford that amount of ground floor space in Times Square.”

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‘I Am Humbly at Your Service’: Trump Picks Up Endorsement From Daughter of John Wayne

Dec 30th 2015, 22:41, by Tré Goins-Phillips

The daughter of famed Western film actor John Wayne announced her support for GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump Wednesday in a letter to the billionaire businessman.

“Please know that I am in your corner, and I am certain that my dad would have been a big supporter of Mr. Trump,” Aissa Wayne wrote in her note, which Trump posted on Facebook. “If there is anything I can do to assist in the campaign, I am humbly at your service.”

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gives the thumbs up during a campaign stop in Council Bluffs, Iowa, Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gives the thumbs up during a campaign stop in Council Bluffs, Iowa, Dec. 29. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

In June, shortly after launching his presidential bid, Trump hosted a reception at the John Wayne Birthplace Museum in Winterset, Iowa, an event Wayne refers to in her message.

“My dad, I am sure, would be very proud of Mr. Trump and the goal to Make America Great Again!” she wrote. “I want to thank Mr. Trump for the tireless work he is doing for this country. The average American citizen is mad as hell that our country is being sold down the river.”

She also said that she is “grateful” that Trump has “finally given the people of America a voice.”

Wayne is the latest celebrity in a long list to throw her support behind the billionaire. Trump also enjoys celebrity endorsements from Mike Tyson, Stephen Baldwin, Gary Busey, Dennis Rodman, Lou Ferrigno, Hulk Hogan, Ted Nugent, Tila Tequila, Wayne Newton, Willie Robertson, Jessie Ventura, Charlie Sheen, Mike Ditka, and Terrell Owens.

After receiving the glowing letter from Wayne, Trump offered compliments to Wayne and her father in return.

“A lovely letter from the daughter of the late great John Wayne. Our country could use a John Wayne right now,” Trump wrote in a Facebook post.

A lovely letter from the daughter of the late great John Wayne. Our country could use a John Wayne right now.

Posted by Donald J. Trump on Wednesday, December 30, 2015

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Muslim Man Arrested for Arson at Houston Mosque — Salon Left That Part Out

Dec 30th 2015, 22:07, by Chris Enloe

HOUSTON (TheBlaze/AP) — A Houston man has been arrested in connection to a suspected arson at an area mosque on Christmas day. And although the motive still remains unclear, authorities say that the man was a devout worshiper at the mosque.

Gary Nathaniel Moore, 37, of Houston, was arrested Wednesday morning, U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Special Agent Nicole Strong said. She added that officials said there’s no evidence that it was a hate crime.

Image credit: (Houston Chronicle/Steve Gonzales)

Houston Chronicle/Steve Gonzales

Moore was being held without bond Wednesday. According to court documents, he said he’d been a member of the mosque for about five years and came there to pray five times a day.

Moore told fire investigators that he believed he was the last person to leave the mosque at about 2 p.m. and didn’t smell or see smoke. He said another mosque member later called to tell him about the fire and he returned.

The court document states that Moore was identified from surveillance video quickly walking away from the mosque at 2:39 p.m. and that smoke could be seen coming from the mosque about three minutes later.

While the truth in the matter has now been revealed by authorities, that didn’t stop progressive website Salon from leaving out the details of who is actually accused of setting the fire in its reporting on the story. Twitter, however, quickly caught on:

@BenjaminNorton @Salon I noticed the story didn't show a pic of Gary nor did it mention his ties to the mosque or that he is a ummm,muslim

— Darren London (@DRL707) December 30, 2015

Psst, the suspect is a Muslim who attended the mosque for 5 years. #HowEmbarrassingForYou https://t.co/LIHedwDz5D https://t.co/p5fAtwwRtR

— Jules of Denial (@Coolish_Breeze) December 30, 2015

By a Muslim member of the mosque. https://t.co/hMCqpeYano

— Dammit Jim (@GunsNBourbon) December 30, 2015

@BenjaminNorton And who was arrested for it? A member of the congregation. Hello?

— Brian Reilly (@reilly19_reilly) December 30, 2015

The Council on American-Islamic Relations had sought an investigation of a possible “bias motive” behind the incident before it was revealed that the arsonist was a Muslim.

BREAKING: #CAIR Seeks Probe of Possible Bias Motive for Fire at Houston Mosque https://t.co/TABEMdBgy5

— CAIR National (@CAIRNational) December 26, 2015

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Bill Cosby’s Mugshot Released — Here It Is

Dec 30th 2015, 21:56, by Jon Street

Actor and comedian Bill Cosby was arraigned on sexual assault charges Wednesday amid allegations that he drugged and had sex with dozens of other women without their consent.

Image source: Cheltenham Township Police Department

Image source: Cheltenham Township Police Department

A black SUV carrying Cosby pulled up to a small Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, courthouse, surrounded by media, around 2:30 p.m, where he walked into the building with his attorney and his wife on either side. Cosby also went to the Cheltenham Township police station to be booked and fingerprinted.

Cosby’s bail was set at $1 million. He left the courthouse without entering a plea, CNN reported.

This is the first time Cosby has been charged criminally since dozens of women have alleged that he committed sex-related crimes against them. Specifically, the charges he now faces are from an incident that allegedly took place in 2004.

An investigation had been opened into the incident but was then closed when investigators did not have enough evidence to bring charges. The case was reopened in July after a deposition from Cosby was unsealed. In it, he admitted to giving drugs to at least five women with whom he wanted to have sex.

Cosby faces three felony counts of aggravated indecent assault. The statute of limitations for the offense is 12 years.

If convicted, Cosby could be sentenced to up to 10 years in prison.

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Study: Far Fewer American Children Are Living in a ‘Traditional’ Household

Dec 30th 2015, 21:26, by Kate Scanlon

Drastically fewer American children are living in a “traditional” household, according to a new study by the Pew Research Center.

The Pew Research Center defined a “traditional” household as children younger than 18 who live “with a stay-at-home mother and a working father who [are] in their first marriage.”

In 1960, about half of American children lived in a household that fit the description. Today, only 14 percent of children do.

Image source: The Pew Research Center

Image source: The Pew Research Center

The Pew Research Center found that today, 7 percent of fathers who live with their kids are stay-at-home dads.

The percentage of children living with single parents has risen to 26 percent from 9 percent in 1960.

The Pew Research Center noted that changes in the divorce rate and the number of children born outside of marriage have also affected the percentage of children living in “traditional” households.

Asian children are the most likely to live in a “traditional” household, while black children are the least likely.

Image source: The Pew Research Center

Image source: The Pew Research Center

The Pew analysis was based on data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

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‘Trump Filter’ Blocks References to the GOP Candidate While You Browse the Internet

Dec 30th 2015, 21:15, by Kate Scanlon

There’s a new Google Chrome extension in town called the Trump Filter — and its creator said it blocks all references to the Republican presidential candidate while you browse the Internet.

“Eliminate Donald Trump from all your web browsing without leaving the Internet. Donald simply disappears from your view of every web page,” developer Rob Spectre wrote on his Trump Filter website. “Simply install the Chrome extension through the Chrome Web Store and you’ll never have to see Donald Trump on the Internet again.”

Caption:GRAND RAPIDS, MI - DECEMBER 21: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to guests at a campaign rally on December 21, 2015 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The full-house event was repeatedly interrupted by protestors. Trump continues to lead the most polls in the race for the Republican nomination for president. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump speaks to guests at a campaign rally Dec. 21 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

According to the Trump Filter website, the extension may be set to three separate levels “based on how much you want to avoid the Donald.”

According to The Hill, the levels are “mild,” “aggressive” and “vindictive.”

On his website, Spectre wrote that he was not “put up to this by the Republican or Democratic Parties, the Obama Administration, my mother or any other possible sphere of influence.”

“I am doing this out of a profound sense of annoyance and patriotic duty,” he added.

Spectre apologized to users that he is unable to filter Trump from their televisions as well.

“Tragically, Trump Filter cannot be installed on your television,” he wrote. “However, we hope that enough installs will be a strong signal to the international media that America is ready to move on from this inveterate jackass.”

Spectre wrote that the Trump Filter is open source and does not track your web usage.

The website promises to “make America great again.”

Spectre also has a Chrome extension to filter out references to retired Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter.

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After Five Years of Rejections, Man With Cerebral Palsy Lands His First Job

Dec 30th 2015, 21:09, by Carly Hoilman

After years of persistence and 950 rejections, a disabled British man got a new job that he describes as life-changing.

Tom Stephens, 23, is employed full-time at a grocery store in Altrincham, England.

Stephens, who was born with cerebral palsy, faced five years of rejections before landing his job at Asda, one of the U.K.’s largest grocery store chains.

“It’s just amazing,” Stephens, who works directly with customers at the checkout line, told ABC News. “I mean, it’s so fantastic. It was a long hard fight and being rejected so many times affected me.”

Tom Stephens was "over the moon" after being accepted into Asda's youth trainee program. Image source: Asda, leeboswellphotography.com.

Tom Stephens was “over the moon” after being accepted into Asda’s youth trainee program. (Image source: Asda, leeboswellphotography.com)

The Greater Manchester native said he received only 50 interviews after submitting hundreds of job applications.

“It made me less confident, but I’m finally happy that I’ve gotten behind it,” he said.

Stephens finally received the help he needed from an employment agency, where he was referred to Asda. He had to complete an eight-week youth trainee program, during which he took classes on how to interact with customers and gained field experience.

“The traineeship gave me a refresher in basic employment skills and practical experience of a work environment,” Stephens told Altrincham Today. “I loved it and was over the moon to get a permanent job. I have belief in myself again and have made so many new friends.”

Stephens is one of seven young workers who have successfully completed the program, and so far he has received “fantastic” feedback from store colleagues.

People with disabilities often struggle to find work, in both the U.S. and the U.K.

A 2012 U.K. population survey revealed that disabled citizens had an employment rate of 47.8 percent compared to the 75.9 percent rate of non-disabled citizens.

In the U.S. only 17.1 percent of the disabled population was employed in 2014, compared to the 64.6 percent rate of non-disabled Americans.

“In our society, it’s always difficult for people who are different to be accepted as normal,” Ken Stern, the creator of CerebralPalsy.org, told ABC. “Employers are concerned about how these employees will assimilate or how they’ll be perceived by the public on which they depend for survival.”

“Employers should be open to the idea that even though some of these adults are different, they can nevertheless be successful contributors to their business if they remain tolerant,” Stern said. “It’s up to us whether or not we choose to make life a better place for everyone.”

(H/T: ABC News)

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New York Times Editorial: Tamir Rice Would Still Be Alive ‘Had He Been a White 12-Year-Old’

Dec 30th 2015, 20:59, by Chris Enloe

The New York Times editorial board said in an editorial Tuesday that Tamir Rice, the 12 year-old African-American boy who was shot to death by police last year, would still be alive “had he been a white 12-year-old playing with a toy gun in just about any middle-class neighborhood in the country.”

According to the Times, Rice had the misfortune of living “a highly circumscribed life, hemmed in by forces that deny your humanity and conspire to kill you.”

A man displays a sign during a rally at Cudell Commons Park in Cleveland, Ohio, November 24, 2014 where Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old boy was shot by police. (Getty Images/JORDAN GONZALEZ/AFP)

A man displays a sign during a rally at Cudell Commons Park in Cleveland, Ohio, Nov. 24, 2014, where Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old boy was shot by police. (Getty Images/Jordan Gonzalez/AFP)

The editorial comes in response to Monday’s announcement that a grand jury declined to indict the officer at the center of the controversy, Cleveland police officer Timothy Loehmann, after hearing months of testimony.

“It reflects an utter disregard for the lives of the city’s black residents,” the Times said of the decision, adding that they thought Loehmann was unfit to be a police officer.

But the Times didn’t just criticize Loehmann for what they believed to be his shortcomings as an officer, they also rebuked the police department as a whole, saying the department has a “well-documented reputation for wanton violence and for shooting at people who posed no threat to the police or others.”

More from the editorial:

The Police Department’s disregard for life was fully evident in the way the officers behaved after shooting Tamir.

In addition to portraying the killing as a result of a tragic misunderstanding, prosecutors have also suggested the officer’s decision to kill Tamir was shaped by the fact that the surrounding neighborhood had a history of violence and that the boy appeared to be older than 12 because he was big for his age.

“These arguments sidestep the history of violent, discriminatory police actions that led up to this boy’s death,” the Times concluded. “They also have the reprehensible effect of shifting the responsibility for this death onto the shoulders of this very young victim.”

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Pharmaceutical Exec for Maker of $150,000-Per-Year Cancer Drug Blasted After Saying Company Pricing Is ‘Very Responsible’

Dec 30th 2015, 20:42, by Tré Goins-Phillips

Pushing back against questions about the company’s recent earnings amidst a growing debate over drug-price reform in Washington state, a top executive for pharmaceutical company Johnson & Johnson called the company’s drug pricing “very responsible.”

One participant during a conference call in October asked Johnson & Johnson CFO Dominic Caruso if the pharmaceutical giant would pledge to not raise drug prices beyond the cost of inflation, but the executive did not seem willing to make that promise, according to The Intercept.

Image source: AP

AP

“Despite significant media attention on drug pricing, there really isn’t a consensus on policy solutions that would lower prices without negatively lowering innovation,” Caruso said.

Additionally, Caruso told the caller that the best way to address rising costs is to “monitor and provide outcome-based metrics and not simply focus only on price.”

It was toward the end of the call, however, that Caruso made his most controversial statements, telling questioners that, instead of discussing suppressing drug costs, he would rather focus on justifying the company’s current drug prices.

“I think, we’re very responsible in our drug pricing. And we tend to support the price of our drugs with strong economic data,” Caruso said. “So rather than pledge to a particular number, I think it’s important that we continue to develop robust data that provides a solid foundation for the value that our products provide the health care system.”

Those comments sparked immediate frustrations due to the fact that Johnson & Johnson has gained notoriety for its high drug costs. Currently, the pharmaceutical company is producing and marketing a cancer drug called Imbruvica, which costs roughly $9,550 for one bottle of 90 pills.

Imbruvica’s dosage calls for four capsules per day, meaning one bottle lasts about a 22 days. In total, a year-long supply of the drug would cost approximately $154,922. Another drug Johnson & Johnson markets, used to treat Hepatitis C, sells for a little more than $22,000 for a month’s supply, equaling $264,000 for a one-year supply.

“Johnson & Johnson’s justification for their prescription drug prices are outrageous,” Vijay Das, a health care advocate at Public Citizen, told The Intercept in response to Carusos’ conference call comments. “Sick patients and taxpayers are held hostage in order for the drug maker to extract extreme profits.”

Listen to Carusos’ remarks during the conference call:

(H/T: The Intercept)

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Trump Calls Bill Clinton ‘One of the Great Abusers of the World’

Dec 30th 2015, 20:26, by Carly Hoilman

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump called former President Bill Clinton “one of the great abusers of the world” during a rally Wednesday in Hilton Head, South Carolina.

After Hillary Clinton accused her Republican rival of sexism, Trump dismissed the accusations as “nonsense” and responded by alluding to past allegations of the former president’s extramarital affairs and sexual relationship with a White House intern.

“For the last week she’s been hitting me really hard with the woman card,” Trump said. “You can’t let people push you around. You can’t let people tell lies,” he added, claiming that nobody respects women more than he does.

Trump said he loves “the concept” of having a woman president, but he called Clinton “hollow.”

He noted that though Clinton mentioned his name “nine times” during the Democratic debate, she neglected to do so at all during her final town hall of 2015 in New Hampshire on Tuesday.

“I wonder why,” Trump said.

Trump also mentioned a recent poll that showed Clinton and him as the top overall competitors, but he said that he hasn’t really focused on Clinton yet.

In a few days, Bill Clinton will head to New Hampshire to campaign on behalf of his wife.

Watch the clip from Trump’s speech:

(H/T: The Hill)

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New Year’s Eve Fireworks Display in Brussels Canceled Due to Terror Threat

Dec 30th 2015, 19:27, by Jon Street

BRUSSELS (AP) — The New Year’s Eve fireworks display is being canceled in Belgium’s capital due to threats of an extremist attack.

Brussels, Belgium (Photo credit: Shutterstock)

Brussels, Belgium (Photo credit: Shutterstock)

Brussels Yvan Mayeur, the Belgian capital’s mayor, said the decision was taken Wednesday evening after consultation with government officials.

“We are forced to cancel considering the risk analysis done by the Crisis Center,” he told the French-language RTBF network.

Last Dec. 31, Mayeur said, 100,000 people turned out in the Belgian capital to ring in the new year.

“In these circumstances, we can’t check everyone,” Mayeur said.

Brussels was home to four of the radical Islamic attackers who killed 130 people in Paris Nov. 13. The week, Belgian authorities arrested two people in connection with another suspected plot to attack police, soldiers and popular Brussels sites during the holidays.

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When a Baby’s Born on the Way to the Hospital, the Vehicle Usually Pulls Over. But This Newborn’s a Bit Faster Than That.

Dec 30th 2015, 19:09, by Dave Urbanski

VOORHEES, N.J. (TheBlaze/AP) — A pregnant New Jersey woman managed to deliver her child in the cab of a pickup truck as her husband drove to the hospital.

Image source: WPVI-TV

Image source: WPVI-TV

Keshia Melchiorre and her husband, Steve, were heading from their home in Southampton to Virtua Hospital in Voorhees early Tuesday but the baby wasn’t waiting, she told WPVI-TV.

Melchiorre safely delivered her daughter Portia in the front seat of the pickup. Her husband didn’t even have time to pull over.

Image source: WPVI-TV

Image source: WPVI-TV

“It went from just me breathing hard to screaming in the car,” Melchiorre told the station. “I could feel her coming out.”

Image source: WPVI-TV

Image source: WPVI-TV

The baby wasn’t due until Jan. 23.

She wrapped the baby in her sweat shirt and her husband had to remind her to check if it was a boy or a girl, she said, adding that “it was just complete shock.”

Portia was born 4 pounds, 12 ounces, and a medical team rushed out to cut the umbilical cord when the family arrived at the hospital.

Keshia Melchiorre said she went through 10 or 12 hard hours of labor with her other daughter, Penelope.

“The best thing in the world. I mean it’s an absolute miracle,” Steve Melchoirre told WPVI. “She did everything. I was just the driver.”

Image source: WPVI-TV

Image source: WPVI-TV

Mother and baby are in good condition at the hospital.

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Woman Who Plowed Car Through Vegas Strip Crowd Had Marijuana in Her System: Prosecutor

Dec 30th 2015, 18:42, by Jon Street

LAS VEGAS (AP) – Prosecutors say a woman charged with plowing a car into crowds of pedestrians on a Las Vegas Strip sidewalk had marijuana in her system at the time.

Clark County Police identified the driver in Sunday's crash that left one dead and 36 injured as 24-year-old Lakeisha N. Holloway of Portland, Oregon. (Photo courtesy of Las Vegas Metropolitan Police)

Clark County Police identified the driver in Sunday’s crash that left one dead and 36 injured as 24-year-old Lakeisha N. Holloway of Portland, Oregon. (Photo courtesy of Las Vegas Metropolitan Police)

Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson released blood tests Wednesday showing that Lakeisha Nicole Holloway had more than the Nevada legal limit of pot in her blood when she was arrested Dec. 20.

Defense attorney Joseph Abood says the levels are low and don’t prove Holloway was impaired in any way.

Holloway is jailed and on suicide watch pending a Jan. 20 court date on charges of murder, child endangerment and felony hit-and-run.

She’s accused of having her 3-year-old daughter with her in the car that struck and killed an Arizona woman and injured more than 35 pedestrians outside the Planet Hollywood and Paris Las Vegas resorts.

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Pro Bowl Lineman Says He Feels ‘Betrayed’ by the NFL After Watching the New ‘Concussion’ Movie

Dec 30th 2015, 18:36, by Chris Enloe

New York Jets offensive lineman D’Brickashaw Ferguson says that, after watching the new Hollywood hit movie “Concussion,” he feels “betrayed” by the NFL for not being forthright with their knowledge of concussions.

The veteran player, who hasn’t missed a snap in 150 straight games, said his perspective on the situation changed after he saw the movie and read the book the movie was based on. He says he never realized he was at risk of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, the disease the book and movie centers on.

 D'Brickashaw Ferguson #60 of the New York Jets, Aug. 21, 2011. (Getty Images/Al Bello)

D’Brickashaw Ferguson of the New York Jets. (Getty Images/Al Bello)

Ferguson said he learned that offensive linemen are most prone to the disease because of small, repeated blows to the head.

“Perhaps I was a little naïve in my understanding of how the brain is affected by hits to the head. As I understood it, concussions dealt with big collisions, typically occurring at the skill positions,” Ferguson wrote in Sports Illustrated. “After learning all of this, I feel a bit betrayed by the people or committees put in place by the league who did not have my best interests at heart.”

Ferguson was also critical of former Jets team doctor Elliot Pellman, who served as the chairman of the NFL’s committee on head injuries. Pellman was the team doctor during Ferguson’s rookie year in 2006.

“[To] learn that he was a part of the group that tried to discredit the scope and impact of brain injuries among players within the league is disheartening,” Ferguson said.

More from Ferguson’s article:

Since seeing Concussion, I can’t avoid wondering if I am in danger of experiencing some degree of brain injury when I am done playing. It couldn’t happen to me, right?

I’ve played in 165 games, including playoffs, participated in over 10,000 plays, and this doesn’t even include practices or training camps. Though I cannot remember ever having a concussion, I now know as an offensive lineman that it is the frequency of collisions that can ultimately lead to brain injury. It’s a different conversation when you are involved in the story and not just watching a movie about it. I fear the unavoidable truth is that playing football has placed me in harm’s way, and I am not yet sure of the full extent of what it might cost me.

Though he says he wouldn’t go back and change his decisions, given what he has “accomplished on and off the field,” Ferguson says there is one thing he would rethink: letting his child play football.

“I sincerely believe that the game has and will continue to improve on all levels and put its players in the best possible position,” he concluded, “but I do have doubts in whether that is something that I would want to let my child pursue.”

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Frustrated Dad Writes Letter to Macy’s CEO After Discovering Store Had No Changing Stations — and He Gets Results

Dec 30th 2015, 18:28, by Carly Hoilman

Holiday shopping doesn’t rank very high on the list of favorite dad activities, and the addition of a crying infant with a dirty diaper certainly lessens the appeal even more.

Earlier this month, Anthony Dew brought his 4-month-old son Jeremiah along to do some Christmas errands, only to find that the Maryland Macy’s store where they were shopping didn’t have a changing table he could use.

Image source: WTTG-TV

Image source: WTTG-TV

“Every father knows you’ve got to change the diaper before you get started,” Dew told WTTG-TV.

Dew and Jeremiah, who had been fussing since they arrived, searched every floor of the Prince George’s County Macy’s to no avail.

“I couldn’t find a changing table,” Dew said. “At that point, I was stuck because unless the baby is content, you’ve got to have a dry diaper.”

After notifying management of his situation, Dew got frustrated and left the store empty-handed.

What he did next is sure to warrant the praise of fathers everywhere.

As soon as Dew arrived at his home, he wrote to Macy’s CEO Terry Lundgren on behalf of all the fathers who have zero access to changing stations.

“I wrote the letter to the chairman,” he said. “I like to take it to the top.”

And it worked. The manager of the Macy’s Dew visited was away on business when his bosses notified him of the situation.

“I immediately got out of the event and made a couple of phone calls,” store manager Ufuoma Onosakponome said. “We put a team together and started work almost immediately.”

Now, not only does the store have a new changing station but also a renovated men’s room where dads can change their children’s diapers.

Dew had another message for businesses to keep in mind: “Babies matter and changing stations, too.”

Dew reached out to WTTG after Macy’s responded in order to give the company its due praise. The store also gave Dew a gift card as an apology for inconveniencing him.

Watch the video here:

(H/T: WTTG)

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Indonesian Couple Accused of ‘Affectionate Contact’ Brutally Beaten in Front of Cheering Crowd

Dec 30th 2015, 18:22, by Carly Hoilman

Officials in Banda Aceh, Indonesia, held a public caning Monday. According to the Jakarta Post, six people were brutally beaten outside a mosque for indecency and gambling, activities prohibited by the province of Aceh’s Islamic bylaws, or “qanun.”

Among the guilty were two university students, a man, 23, and a woman, 20, who were caned five times each for displaying affectionate contact while unmarried, a violation known as “khalwat.”

The young woman, Nur Elita, was the first to be punished. The caning she received from a masked man was so severe that officials had to escort her to an ambulance after the beating, the Jakarta Post reported.

here is #Indonesia 's Aceh province Nur Elita, an Acehnese woman, screams during caning as part of her sentence ! pic.twitter.com/w9lw9aIyGL

— Tamer Yazar (@tameryazar) December 29, 2015

Hundreds of cheering onlookers witnessed Monday’s canings, which took place in the front yard of the Baiturrahim mosque.

Banda Aceh’s Deputy Mayor Zainal Arifin, who stood among the crowd, explained to bystanders that the punishments were meant to be a lesson for all and not simply entertainment.

“Take these punishments as a lesson. What has been done by these convicts should not be taken as an example. And I hope their canings in Meuraxa district today will be the last ever,” Arifin said, according to Antara news agency.

Four other men were convicted for gambling. Each received five lashes.

“And to the public, I ask that you do not isolate those who have been punished here today. Also, the convicted are reminded not to repeat their mistakes,” the Arifin added.

The deputy mayor entreated the community to examine themselves and their families to ensure that they, too, do not violate Shariah law.

As of now, Aceh is the only province in Indonesia to implement the Shariah law system, which was first adopted in 2003, after the province received special autonomy.

(H/T: Jakarta Post)

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New York State Senators From Harlem, Queens Endorse Bernie Sanders Over Hillary Clinton

Dec 30th 2015, 18:16, by Leigh Munsil

The New York state senators from Harlem and Queens are endorsing Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders over Hillary Clinton in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, the New York Daily News reported.

The New York boroughs have been seen as a reliable support base for the Democratic former Secretary of State, who previously represented New York in the U.S. Senate.

But Democratic state Sens. Bill Perkins and James Sanders Jr. will endorse the Vermont senator in the 2016 race, columnist Shaun King reported, adding:

The endorsements of local politicians, who often have the best ground operations and better connections with actual voters, are highly coveted in a race like this.

Harlem, maybe above anywhere else, has been considered not only as a Hillary Clinton stronghold, but as a Clinton family stronghold. After his presidency, Harlem is where Bill Clinton opened up his first office and called his home base for years. Whether you see what happened next as revitalization or gentrification, his presence had a significant impact on Harlem.

Perkins, of Harlem, was the first New York senator to endorse then-Sen. Barack Obama in May 2007, “and he did it in a climate in which virtually every other leader around him already endorsed Clinton,” King wrote.

Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton interact at the Democratic presidential primary debate Dec. 19 in Manchester, N.H. (AP/Jim Cole)

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton interact at a debate Dec. 19 in Manchester, New Hampshire. (AP/Jim Cole)

King concluded his column by saying:

As I speak to progressive leaders across the country, I see a consistent conflict. Most of them seem to prefer Bernie Sanders over Hillary Clinton and feel that his values better match their own, but they aren’t sure if an endorsement of Bernie for president is a waste since it will be such an uphill battle for him to actually win the nomination. When local New York politicians like Perkins and James Sanders make the plunge, it may loosen the lid on the jar for others who are a bit nervous about making the plunge.

… Sanders is still a longshot, but in a complicated political climate, it seems like his odds may just be getting a little better.

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Mark Levin: Will GOP Contenders Follow Rubio’s Lead and Endorse a Convention of States to Amend Constitution?

Dec 30th 2015, 17:52, by Fred Lucas

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio called for a convention of the states to amend the Constitution to push for term limits, a balanced budget and other measures.

“One of the first things I will do when I am in office is … put the weight of the presidency behind of a constitutional convention of the states so we can pass term limits on members of Congress and the Supreme Court, and so we can pass a balanced budget amendment,” the Republican presidential candidate told an audience in Clinton, Iowa, Tuesday.

The announcement was well received by the Convention of States Project, which put out a video after the announcement.

Meanwhile, syndicated talk-radio host Mark Levin, whose book, “The Liberty Amendments,” helped inspire the movement, tweeted, “Rubio endorses Convention of the States! Will other GOP contenders support it as well?”

Rubio endorses Convention of States! Will the other GOP contenders support it as well? https://t.co/lQBnkPyBOU

— Mark R. Levin (@marklevinshow) December 30, 2015

Rubio is not the first GOP candidate to back to idea. Ohio Gov. John Kasich has championed the idea in the past but has talked little about it during his campaign. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee also supports a convention. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, who dropped out of the GOP race, also endorsed the idea.

After talking to the crowd, Rubio talked to reporters about the idea, the Des Moines Register reported.

“It is something we feel very positive about. I think it is the only way that you are ever going to get term limits, and the only way that you are ever going to get a balanced budget amendment,” Rubio said. “I think you would have to limit the convention, and that is what they are proposing: a very limited convention on specific delineated issues that they would talk about — like term limits and a balanced budget amendment.”

Under Article V of the U.S. Constitution, 34 states are required for a Convention of the States, and amendments would have to be ratified by 38 states.

Former Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn (R) has been a leading advocate of the process and said Rubio “knows that Washington will not fix itself.”

Mark Meckler, president of Citizens for Self-Governance and co-founder of the Convention of States Project, said he has never felt more optimistic about the movement.

“Every day moves us closer and closer to the historic call for a Convention of States to restrain the federal government. And today moved us one giant step closer,” Meckler said. “I was honored to hear that Sen. Marco Rubio endorsed the Convention of States Project as he was campaigning in Iowa.”

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Twitter’s New Vice President of Diversity Is a ‘Middle-Aged White Guy’

Dec 30th 2015, 17:44, by Carly Hoilman

Twitter’s former vice president of diversity, Janet Van Huysse, announced her departure Monday, calling the company “a force for good in the word.”

I’ll always believe Twitter is a force for good in the world. After 6 incredible years, it’s time for my next chapter. It’s been an honor.

— janet van huysse (@janetvh) December 28, 2015

Jeffery Siminoff, the social media platform’s new diversity chief, comes from Apple, where he served for two years as director of worldwide inclusion and diversity. The Duke and Emory grad’s credentials are stellar. There’s only one potential problem in the eyes of many observers: He’s a white male.

Super excited to join @Twitter next month as VP Diversity & Inclusion, joining an incredible team to make #InclusionImpact.

— Jeffrey Siminoff (@jmsSanFran) December 28, 2015

After losing its only black engineer serving in a leadership position back in October, Twitter has had a tough time trying to convince the public that it is diverse.

Leslie Miley, who left Twitter amidst a sweep of layoffs, wrote a blog post shortly after detailing the main reason for his departure.

“There was very little diversity in thought and almost no diversity in action,” Miley wrote.

During his time at Twitter, Miley became a champion for diversity and inclusion:

There were also the Hiring Committee meetings that became contentious when I advocated for diverse candidates. Candidates who were dinged for not being fast enough to solve problems, not having internships at ‘strong’ companies and who took too long to finish their degree. Only after hours of lobbying would they be hired. Needless to say, the majority of them performed well.

Though Miley saw the potential for Twitter to empower and engage minorities in social justice movements and dialogue (he mentioned the widely used #Ferguson and #BlackLivesMatter), there was a diversity void on the company’s corporate end.

Twitter’s 2014 diversity report revealed that the company is 70 percent male and 59 percent white.

Ever since the blue bird switched its iconic “favorite” button to the universally recognized “like” heart, the company has shown that it’s okay with at least some forms of homogeneity.

So far, the Twitter-sphere has already voiced some disapproval of the company’s new hire, though many of the critics are also white:

Twitter Names Jeffrey Siminoff as New Diversity Chief Really @Twitter? You couldn't find a woman/person of color? https://t.co/6D8qJ7bean

— Lisen Stromberg (@LisenStromberg) December 30, 2015

For those who missed it, @twitter has a new diversity head! Who is a middle aged white guy. https://t.co/U3sWhNihvK

— s. e. smith (@sesmithwrites) December 29, 2015

Twitter Hires Middle Aged White Man as New Diversity Chief https://t.co/zJvgpu84nj

— ☼ John Haydon (@johnhaydon) December 30, 2015

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AP/NORC Poll: Most Americans Support Warrantless Government Online Surveillance

Dec 30th 2015, 17:39, by Jon Street

WASHINGTON (AP) — A majority of Americans say they support warrantless government surveillance of the Internet communications of U.S. citizens, according to a new poll by The Associated Press and the NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

Photo credit: Shutterstock

Photo credit: Shutterstock

It’s at least somewhat important for the government to sacrifice freedoms to ensure safety, most say in the survey.

Here are some things to know about public opinion on civil liberties from the AP-NORC poll:

Most support warrantless surveillance

According to the new poll, 56 percent of Americans favor and 28 percent oppose the ability of the government to conduct surveillance on Internet communications without needing to get a warrant. That includes such surveillance on U.S. citizens.

Majorities both of Republicans (67 percent) and Democrats (55 percent) favor government surveillance of Americans’ Internet activities to watch for suspicious activity that might be connected to terrorism. Independents are more divided, with 40 percent in favor and 35 percent opposed. Only a third of Americans under 30, but nearly two-thirds 30 and older, support warrantless surveillance.

The poll finds that for most Americans, safety concerns trump civil liberties at least some of the time.

More than half – 54 percent – say it’s sometimes necessary for the government to sacrifice freedoms to fight terrorism, while 45 percent think that’s not necessary. On a more general level, 42 percent say it’s more important for the government to ensure Americans’ safety than to protect citizens’ rights, while 27 percent think rights are more important and 31 percent rate both equally.

Terrorism concerns rising

Concerns about terrorism have risen since 2013. In the latest poll, nearly 6 in 10 Americans say they are at least somewhat concerned that they or their family might be victims of a terrorist attack, after just 3 in 10 said so two years ago.

Six in 10 Americans now think that the recent attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, California, indicate an increased risk of attacks against Western countries, while 37 percent think the risk is about the same as it was before. Three-quarters of Republicans and majorities of both Democrats and independents think the attacks are an indication of increased risk.

Americans are similarly concerned about both domestic terrorism and possible attacks by Islamic extremist groups, with about 6 in 10 saying they’re at least somewhat concerned about each.

Democrats and Republicans are about equally likely to say they’re concerned about domestic terrorism, but Republicans are much more likely than Democrats to say they’re concerned about attacks by Islamic extremists, 67 percent to 47 percent.

Mixed opinions on protecting rights

Americans have mixed views of how the government is doing at protecting their rights.

Seven in 10 say it does at least a somewhat good job protecting the right to vote, and nearly 6 in 10 say it’s doing a good job of protecting freedom of speech and of the press. More than half say it’s doing a good job of protecting religious liberties.

But just 4 in 10 Americans rate the government’s performance as good on protecting the right to equal protection under the law, freedom from unreasonable search and seizure, or the right to bear arms.

Democrats are significantly more likely than Republicans to say the government is doing a good job of protecting the right to freedom of religion, 64 percent to 49 percent.

On protecting the right to bear arms, 46 percent of Democrats and just 33 percent of Republicans think the government is doing a good job.

Divide on religious liberties

Majorities of Americans think it’s important to protect religious freedoms for a variety of religious groups, including Christians, Muslims and Jews.

But they’re significantly more likely to say so of some groups than others. While 82 percent of Americans in the poll say that it’s extremely or very important that Christians be allowed to freely practice their religion in the United States, just 61 percent say the same for Muslims. Seventy-two percent say religious freedom is important for Jews, and 67 percent say the same of Mormons. And 63 percent say it’s important to protect the freedoms of people with no religion.

Among Republicans, 88 percent say it’s important that Christians be able to worship freely and 60 percent say so of Muslims. Among Democrats, too, there’s a gap, with 83 percent saying religious liberties are important for Christians and 67 percent saying so for Muslims.

Eight in 10 Americans say it’s very or extremely important for people like themselves to be allowed to practice their religion freely.

The AP-NORC Poll of 1,042 adults was conducted online and by phone Dec. 10-13 using a sample drawn from NORC’s probability-based AmeriSpeak panel, which is designed to be representative of the U.S. population. The margin of sampling error for all respondents is plus or minus 3.9 percentage points.

Respondents were first selected randomly using address-based sampling methods, and later interviewed online. People selected for AmeriSpeak who didn’t otherwise have access to the Internet were interviewed over the phone.

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Marco Rubio: NSA Spying on Israel ‘Might Be Worse’ Than Reported

Dec 30th 2015, 17:18, by Chris Enloe

Republican presidential candidate Florida Sen. Marco Rubio said on “Fox and Friends” Wednesday morning that the issue of government surveillance on overseas allies, specifically Israel, “might be worse” than reported.

Rubio was referring to a Wall Street Journal report released Tuesday that said the United States government continued to spy and capture intelligence information of allied nations after the administration promised in 2013 to halt such efforts. The spying included the communications between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his aides during the Iranian nuclear deal talks.

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Image source: Youtube

“[People have] a right to be concerned about the fact that while some leaders around the world are no longer being targeted, one of our strongest allies in the Middle East, Israel, is,” Rubio, a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said.

“I actually think it might be worse than what some people might think, but this is an issue that we’ll keep a close eye on,” he continued.

According to Rubio, the issue is “one of those complicated issues when it comes to intelligence matters,” as he cautioned how he spoke publicly of the issue.

“We have to be very careful about how we discuss it,” he said, “especially since there’s a press report that I don’t think gets the entire story.”

However, the Republican presidential candidate stressed that he is not “defending” President Barack Obama or his administration.

Watch Rubio’s interview in its entirety below. The relevant part begins around 5:30:

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Official: ‘Affluenza’ Teen Wins Three-Day Delay in Deportation

Dec 30th 2015, 17:07, by Jon Street

HOUSTON (AP) – An official in Mexico says a teen fugitive from Texas known for using an “affluenza” defense has been granted a three-day delay in deportation.

Image source: U.S. Marshals Service

Image source: U.S. Marshals Service

An official with Mexico’s Migration Institute told Associated Press reporter E. Eduardo Castillo on Wednesday that 18-year-old Ethan Couch won a three-day court injunction.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he or she wasn’t authorized to be quoted by name.

Couch and his mother were scheduled to be sent back to the U.S. on Wednesday. It wasn’t immediately clear if his mother, Tonya Couch, also would be granted a delay.

Both had been scheduled to fly back to Houston after authorities said a phone call for pizza led to their capture in the Mexican resort city of Puerto Vallarta. They were being held at immigration offices in Guadalajara.

Couch’s attorneys did not immediately return calls for comment.

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New Gun Laws for the New Year: Three Big Changes Coming for 2016 in These States

Dec 30th 2015, 17:04, by Fred Lucas

Although President Barack Obama has expressed frustration about his inability to sign federal gun laws, liberal lawmakers at the state and local level have pushed through proposals to curb firearms.

By contrast, Texas has expanded gun rights, with varying responses from the business community in the state.

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Getty Images

Here are three major gun laws set to take effect on Jan. 1, 2016:

1. California Confiscation

Law enforcement will be able to seize an individual’s gun for 21 days in California if a judge determines that person is a potential threat to others.

The law allows family members to get a “gun violence restraining order” against someone if they can convince a judge that person “poses an immediate and present danger of causing personal injury to himself, herself or another by having in his or her custody or control.”

In a separate law set to take effect on New Year’s Day, California is also requiring pellet guns, BB guns and airsoft guns come in bright colors so police do not mistake them for real guns.

2. Seattle’s ‘Gun Violence Tax’

The city of Seattle estimates a heavy tax on guns and ammunition will generate between $300,000 and $500,000 per year in revenue. But city officials say that the reason for the tax is actually to prevent gun violence.

A King County Superior Court judge last week cleared the way for the city to impose the tax, over the objections of the National Rifle Association and other Second Amendment advocacy groups. The judge ruled it was permitted as a tax under law, not as a gun control measure, Forbes reported.

The city has called it the “gun violence tax,” and it imposes a charge of $25 per firearm at point of sale and 5 cents for every round of ammunition at point of sale.

In Cook County, Illinois, a similar $25 tax was imposed on gun sales with the stated intention to reduce gun crimes. However, Chicago gun violence continues to escalate.

3. Texas Open Carry

Businesses have had varying responses to the new Texas open carry law taking effect Jan. 1, CNN reported.

The law allows Texans with a concealed carry permit to carry a holstered weapon in plain view.

The law bans handguns from churches, hospitals, prisons or jails and some places where alcohol is served. Businesses have the option as private property owners of allowing open carry in their restaurants.

The Texas-based national chain Whole Foods spokesman Michael Silverman told CNN, “As a private retailer; we have opted not to allow firearms on the premises except for store security.”

Texas-based fast-food chain Whataburger CEO Preston Atkinson said, “We’ve had many customers and employees tell us they’re uncomfortable being around someone with a visible firearm who is not a member of law enforcement.”

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Liberal Washington Post Columnist Agrees With Donald Trump: ‘Bill Clinton’s Sordid Sexual History’ Is ‘Fair Game’

Dec 30th 2015, 16:50, by Kate Scanlon

Ruth Marcus, a liberal columnist for the Washington Post, used her column this week to argue that Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is “right” to argue that former President Bill Clinton’s “sordid sexual history” is “fair game” to be used on the campaign trail against Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

During a recent interview on “Fox and Friends Weekend,” Trump called the former president’s extramarital affairs “fair game” on the campaign trail.

Marcus called Trump and some of his comments “crude and vulgar” and said that he is “racist, sexist [and a] narcissist,” but that “he has a point about Clinton playing the ‘woman’s card,’ and about the male behavior that’s more concerning: her husband’s.”

“In the larger scheme of things, Bill Clinton’s conduct toward women is far worse than any of the offensive things that Trump has said,” Marcus wrote.

Hard to read. Hard to disagree –> "Bill Clinton's Sordid Sexual History is Fair Game" via @RuthMarcus. https://t.co/ZWxpv1eOQQ

— Ron Fournier (@ron_fournier) December 29, 2015

Marcus wrote that the former president’s conduct — including his “predatory behavior toward women” and “his inexcusable relationship with a 22-year-old intern” — is “far worse than any of the offensive things that Trump has said.”

According to Marcus:

“Ordinarily, I would argue that the sins of the husband should not be visited on the wife. What Bill Clinton did counts against him, not her, and I would include in that her decision to stick with him. What happens inside a marriage is the couple’s business, and no one else’s, even when both halves crave the presidency.

But Hillary Clinton has made two moves that lead me, gulp, to agree with Trump on the “fair game” front. She is (smartly) using her husband as a campaign surrogate, and simultaneously (correctly) calling Trump sexist.”

“These moves open a dangerous door,” she added. “It should surprise no one that Trump has barged right through it.”

Marcus also said that Hillary Clinton’s “attempt at outsourced outrage” may not do her any favors.

“Nothing would make the Clinton campaign happier than some good old-fashioned male chauvinist piggery directed her way — all the better to rile up female voters who seem surprisingly nonchalant about the prospect of electing the first female president,” Marcus argued.

Marcus later defended her position on Twitter.

@tomwatson blaming Trump for sexist comments and Bill Clinton for inappropriate sexual behavior with a subordinate in workplace. Fair game

— Ruth Marcus (@RuthMarcus) December 29, 2015

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British Education Secretary Defends Prioritizing Religion Over Atheism in Schools: ‘Religious Traditions of Great Britain Are, in the Main, Christian’

Dec 30th 2015, 16:45, by Carly Hoilman

England’s Department for Education recently released new guidance regarding legal requirements for religious education in schools.

The document issued Sunday stated that secular schools do not have to give “equal parity” to non-religious views in their religious curricula.

British Education Secretary Nicky Morgan argued that schools should be free to prioritize religious teachings over atheism as Britain is a mainly Christian country.

Morgan’s statements came after humanists won a High Court case that found the government had unlawfully excluded atheistic views from the religious studies requirement specified under the General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE).

Humanist groups said the verdict had “implications” for the curriculum, the BBC reported. Morgan disagreed.

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British Education Secretary Nicky Morgan delivers her keynote speech to delegates during the Conservative Party Conference Oct. 6, 2015, in Manchester, England. (Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

“The guidance I have issued today makes absolutely clear that the recent judicial review will have no impact on what is currently being taught in religious education,” Morgan said.

The new guidelines confirm that non-religious schools must honor the fact that “religious traditions of Great Britain are, in the main, Christian,” while continuing to educate students on the teaching and practices of other prominent religions, too.

According to the BBC, Morgan was allegedly concerned that humanists were using the court ruling to pressure schools into giving non-religious views more prominence.

“I am clear that both faith and non-faith schools are completely entitled to prioritize the teaching of religion and faith over non-religious world views if they wish,” she said.

Morgan’s message comes after Prime Minister David Cameron delivered a Christmas speech in which he asserted that the U.K. remains a Christian country.

“This government is determined to protect schools’ freedom to set their own religious studies curriculum, in line with the wishes of parents and the local community,” Morgan said.

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Get a New Hoverboard for Christmas? If You’re in California, Get Ready for New Laws on Age Restrictions and Speed Limits

Dec 30th 2015, 16:32, by Tré Goins-Phillips

As hoverboards continue to dominate headlines, California has passed new laws for riders of the new tech gadgets. The regulations — consisting of a legal riding age, speed limit rules and head protection requirements — go into effect Friday, Jan. 1.

The laws come as videos of first-time hoverboard riders are going viral on the Internet. The latest shows former boxer Mike Tyson taking a tumble while trying to ride his daughter’s hoverboard.

Seemed like a good idea to ride my daughter #milantyson #cyboard #hoverboard but guess not… pic.twitter.com/Cjn4s22E5l

— Mike Tyson (@MikeTyson) December 29, 2015

“For any type of a vehicle like this, you’re going to need training because if you haven’t been on one, it’s just not going to be natural to you,” Carole Eatough of Segway in Orange County, California, said.

The new law requires riders be at least 16 years old to ride the devices in public. Additionally, riders must wear helmets and can only ride on streets where the speed limit is less than 35 mph. And those who ride while under the influence will be subject to a $250 fine, KABC-TV reports.

While some find the new California restrictions to be appropriate, others think it might be a little overboard. John Erikson, the owner of a kiosk called Shredderz that sells hoverboards, described the age limit as “intense.”

“It is a little intense, you know, that they would do that,” he said. “Why not on bicycles? Why not on skateboards?”

Erikson said the most important thing is for riders to learn to use the hoverboards the right way, adding that using them becomes “second nature” and “if you’re a pretty common sense, smart person, you shouldn’t have any problems.”

(H/T: KABC-TV)

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Everyone’s in Court Except Defendant, Who’s Charged With Exposing Himself. Here’s How Attorney Explains Client’s Absence.

Dec 30th 2015, 16:08, by Chris Enloe

A defendant in Springfield, Massachusetts, was unable to participate in his arraignment hearing Monday. A court-appointed lawyer notified the judge that his client has “no pants.”

Dermont E. Weaver Jr., 31, was arrested Saturday and charged with five counts of open and gross lewdness after he exposed himself to a family walking by a bar in Springfield.

Springfield County Courthouse. Image credit: Deaderot/Creative Commons

Springfield County Courthouse (Deaderot/Creative Commons)

When it came time for Weaver to be arraigned, his lawyer, Anna Levine, made the embarrassing admission to Judge John Payne.

“The defendant has no pants,” she explained, when asked why her client was in the courthouse lockup instead of the courtroom.

The reason for Weaver’s wardrobe issue goes back to his arrest, when, according to MassLive.com, he was wearing only a hooded sweatshirt and running shoes.

While the judge was unable to arraign Weaver, he did order a mental health evaluation at Levine’s request.

(H/T: WCVB-TV)

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Dec 30th 2015, 16:02, by Kate Scanlon

Activists on both sides of the American abortion debate have speculated that abortion will be a significant issue in the 2016 election cycle due to renewed interest in the issue in 2015.

Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider, is no exception. On Tuesday, the organization tweeted:

Our EVP @dawnlaguens says extremists have gone so far out on a limb on abortion, they won't be able to crawl back. https://t.co/wtQZnPasDB

— Planned Parenthood (@PPact) December 29, 2015

The use of the phrase “out on a limb” spurred a great deal of reaction on Twitter since the organization is facing allegations that they are trafficking aborted fetal body parts.

.@PPact @dawnlaguens Not sure “limb” is a great word choice given your past year.

— Mollie (@MZHemingway) December 29, 2015

@MZHemingway @PPact @dawnlaguens Great imagery all around, 'won't be able to crawl.'

— Hawkstrat (@Hawkstrat) December 29, 2015

.@ppact You didn’t really think this tweet through very well, did you. pic.twitter.com/fYQ7saMlna

— Mollie (@MZHemingway) December 30, 2015

Can these limbs be sold for profit? Like, let's say I want to buy a Lamborghini… @PPact https://t.co/wAbfTdSMIf

— Murr (@murrjohnson) December 29, 2015

Can we donate that limb, and will there be compensation that helps us do a "little better than" break even? https://t.co/jIFiWzbgkF

— T. Becket Adams (@BecketAdams) December 29, 2015

@PPact @dawnlaguens @NewsHour Using "limb" and "crawl" in a PP tweet shows a high level of tone deafness.

— phloog (@phloog) December 30, 2015

@PPact @dawnlaguens @NewsHour If I were you I'd avoid metaphors that reference body parts or infant behavior. Just some style advice.

— MTiller (@LadaMokusa) December 30, 2015

The allegations that Planned Parenthood is profiting from the sale of aborted fetal body parts were raised by a series of undercover videos released by the Center for Medical Progress, in which senior Planned Parenthood executives appear to discuss the sale of the body parts with actors portraying buyers from a human biologics company.

In the first video released by the Center for Medical Progress, Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s senior director of medical services, Dr. Deborah Nucatola, said that Planned Parenthood abortion providers are “very good at getting heart, lung, liver,” and estimated a price of $30 to $100 “per specimen.”

Profiting from the sale of human organs, including those of the unborn, is illegal in the United States.

Spokesmen for Planned Parenthood have denied that the organization is making a profit from illegal transactions and that it is merely reimbursed for “reasonable expenses related to tissue donation.” Planned Parenthood has announced that it will no longer accept “reimbursement.”

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Three Masked Gunmen Forcibly Enter Armed Homeowner’s House — Only Two Escape

Dec 30th 2015, 15:56, by Jon Street

Police say three masked gunmen forcibly entered a home in Trotwood, Ohio, early Monday, demanding money — but they soon found out the homeowners were armed.

The Montgomery County coroner’s office said one of the three men, now identified as 29-year-old Azikiwe Presley of Dayton, Ohio, was fatally shot during the alleged home invasion. Police are looking for the other two men who escaped.

The woman said she was in the laundry room when the men broke in and held her and two children, who were sleeping, at gunpoint. Home surveillance video captured part of the incident on camera.

Image source: WRGT-TV

Image source: WRGT-TV

“He hit me in the head with the gun,” the woman said, WRGT-TV reported.

The men then reportedly demanded that she lead them to “the money,” so she showed them a safe in the room where the children were sleeping. According to the victim, two of them tried to steal the safe while the third kept her and the two children at gunpoint.

But at one point the woman was able to get away and grab a gun she had hidden nearby.

“I started shooting and they ran!” the homeowner told emergency dispatchers. “They must not have had bullets, because after I pulled the trigger they just took off, instead of firing back.”

Police later found Presley lying on the ground dead between the victim’s house and another home, still armed. It was not clear whether the gun had any ammunition.

The woman said she didn’t know what type of vehicle the other two men used to get away, because it wasn’t parked in clear view of her house. Police are still searching for the two escaped individuals.

(H/T: WRGT-TV)

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Police Say Rapist Forced Victim to Call Her Boyfriend During Attack — She Called 911 Instead

Dec 30th 2015, 15:38, by Kaitlyn Schallhorn

After abducting a woman, 27-year-old Robert Giles allegedly forced his victim to call her boyfriend so he could listen as Giles raped her.

Instead, she called 911.

According to police, Giles kidnapped the woman from Hapeville, Georgia, and brought her to the back of a closed adult entertainment store at approximately 4 a.m. Monday. Giles then allegedly told the victim to call her boyfriend so that he could listen. Instead, she called 911 and told Giles that the operator was her significant other.

Image source: WSB-TV

Image source: WSB-TV

“She explained to him what the perpetrator had told her; that he was wanting him to listen while she was being raped,” Clayton County Police Department Maj. Joe Woodall told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

While he played along, the operator dispatched police who were able to arrest Giles during the act.

“They were able to stop it right then and there and snatched him right from the car,” Woodall said.

Woodall told the Journal-Constitution that it was “quick thinking” on behalf of the operator as he “might have saved her life.”

According to WSB-TV, Giles is now facing rape, false imprisonment and obstruction charges. Hapeville police, who have jurisdiction over where Giles allegedly abducted the woman, is planning to file kidnapping charges against the man.

WSB reported that the 911 call is too graphic to share; Woodall called the recording “horrific.”

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Richmond Police Officer’s Performance of a Popular Disney Song at a Community Birthday Party Is Going Viral

Dec 30th 2015, 15:31, by Kaitlyn Schallhorn

Police officers were on hand at a birthday party in a community in Richmond, Virginia, last week, and the actions of one officer in particular have gone viral.

Instead of singing the traditional “Happy Birthday” song, those gathered at the function hosted by the local non-profit group Celebrate RVA opted to sing the hit song “Let It Go” from the Disney movie, “Frozen.” However, the kids weren’t alone in belting out the tune. Leaning against a pole, Officer Jonathan Natoli joined in.

“The kids seemed a little shy about singing out loud, so I just started singing out loud and figured if I was doing it, they’d do it,” Natoli told WWBT-TV.

The video of the singing, posted to Celebrate RVA’s page, has more than 121,000 views and more than 1,300 shares.

Scenes from yesterdays party….meet one of our favorite officers from Richmond Police Department #RVA #ThrowTheConfetti #celebrateRVA #CommunityPolicing

Posted by Celebrate RVA on Saturday, December 19, 2015

Natoli said he’s glad for the positive message his department is sending the community.

“We just go and have fun and interact in a positive way with the kids, letting them know there’s a good officer out there, and good police department that they can be with and interact with,” Natoli said.

James Mercante, a spokesman for the police department, told TheBlaze that the officers truly care about the community and that this story is one of countless others the department shares on social media.

“These are officers, they’re out in every neighborhood every day so it’s not surprising that we have these interactions,” Mercante said.

Aleta Braxton, a parent of a child at the event, said she felt “awesome” and was almost in tears over the kindness the officers displayed toward the children at the party.

“I was surprised,” Ameyah Walton, 10, told WWBT of the video’s popularity.

Natoli said he is not a trained singer and was happy that the video did not pick up much of his voice, but regardless, his church is now recruiting him to join the choir.

Richmond Police Department’s Facebook page is filled with photos and stories of officers’ engagement in the community. A recent post highlighted Officers Roger Griffith and Christopher Saunders who pulled over a woman with a headlight out. After the woman said she was unsure of how to change the light, the officers gave her instructions and did it for her.

According to its website, Celebrate RVA is a non-profit organization with a mission to give disadvantaged children birthday parties in a “safe and fun environment.” Mercante said that the organization often provides parties for children who might not otherwise have one.

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Police Impersonator Pulls Over One Car Too Many, Gets Big Dose of Sweet Irony

Dec 30th 2015, 15:22, by Carly Hoilman

A New Jersey man was arrested Tuesday for impersonating a cop, but the way he was discovered is almost too good to be true.

The suspect, 68-year-old Richard Goldrick, was driving on the Garden State Parkway just a few days before Christmas when he attempted to make a traffic stop, ABC News reported.

Out of all the cars on the highway that night, Goldrick managed to pull over an off-duty police officer, Sgt. Charles Stab of the Woodbridge Police Department, who was driving to work at the time.

Richard Goldrick. Image source: New Jersey State Police Facebook page.

Richard Goldrick (Image via New Jersey State Police/Facebook)

When he saw emergency lights flashing behind him, Stab pulled over on the right shoulder, thinking he was being stopped by an undercover officer, New Jersey State Police wrote in a Facebook post.

Once both vehicles were pulled over, Goldrick allegedly turned off his emergency lights and quickly drove away in his 2013 black Chevy Suburban.

Thinking the incident was suspicious, Stab recorded a description of the suspect and a license plate number, which he submitted to State Police detectives. Once Stab called state police, he resumed his commute to work, ABC reported.

Police at Holmdel Township Station interviewed Goldrick Dec. 22. As a result of the investigation, detectives seized a .22 caliber handgun, hollow-point ammunition and fraudulent documents from the car Goldrick used to pull Sgt. Stab over.

“I‘m sure this is not the first time he’s done this,” Stab told ABC Tuesday.

Police charged Goldrick with impersonating an officer, possession of a weapon and possession of false government documents.

Stab offered his advice to individuals who feel unsafe during a traffic stop.

“What I tell people is, if you’re really uncertain, drive at a slower speed, put the hazard lights on, call 911 and continue to drive [until the dispatcher informs you otherwise],” he told ABC.

Goldrick was lodged at the Monmouth County Jail in lieu of $52,000 cash bail. It is not clear if he was released.

(H/T: ABC News)

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Bill Cosby Charged With Sexual Assault in 2004 Case

Dec 30th 2015, 15:18, by Jon Street

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Bill Cosby will be charged in the investigation of an alleged sexual assault more than a decade ago, two people familiar with a prosecutor’s decision said Wednesday.

The two people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because Montgomery County prosecutors had yet to make the announcement. Prosecutors were set to announce the results of their investigation Wednesday at 10 a.m.

It’s the first criminal case against Cosby over his conduct with women, which has received new scrutiny in the past year. The 78-year-old comedian previously said under oath that he had consensual sexual contact with the woman.

In this Nov. 18, 2013 file photo, actor-comedian Bill Cosby poses for a portrait in New York. (Photo by Victoria Will/Invision/AP, File)

In this Nov. 18, 2013 file photo, actor-comedian Bill Cosby poses for a portrait in New York. (Photo by Victoria Will/Invision/AP, File)

A former Temple University employee told police the comedian drugged and violated her at his home near Philadelphia in 2004.

The TV star acknowledged under oath a decade ago that he had sexual contact with Constand but said it was consensual.

The charges were announced just days before the 12-year statute of limitations for bringing charges was set to run out.

Prosecutors reopened the case over the summer as damaging testimony was unsealed in Constand’s related civil lawsuit against Cosby and as dozens of other women came forward with similar accusations that made a mockery of his image as the wise and understanding Dr. Cliff Huxtable from TV’s “The Cosby Show.”

Many of those alleged assaults date back decades, and the statute of limitations for bringing charges has expired in nearly every case.

Constand, who is now 42 and works as a massage therapist in her native Canada, is ready to face Cosby in court, her attorney, Dolores Troiani, said this fall.

“She’s a very strong lady,” Troiani said. “She’ll do whatever they request of her.”

The charges add to the towering list of legal problems facing the actor, including defamation and sex-abuse lawsuits filed in Boston, Los Angeles and Pennsylvania.

Cosby in 1965 became the first black actor to land a leading role in a network drama, “I Spy,” and he went on to earn three straight Emmys. Over the next three decades, the Philadelphia-born comic created TV’s animated “Fat Albert” and the top-rated “Cosby Show,” the 1980s sitcom celebrated as groundbreaking television for its depiction of a warm and loving family headed by two black professionals — one a lawyer, the other a doctor.

He was a fatherly figure off camera as well, serving as a public moralist and public scold, urging young people to pull up their saggy pants and start acting responsibly.

Constand, who worked for the women’s basketball team at Temple, where Cosby was a trustee and proud alumnus, said she was assaulted after going to his home in January 2004 for some career advice.

Then-District Attorney Bruce Castor declined to charge Cosby, saying at the time that both the TV star and his accuser could be portrayed in “a less than flattering light.” This year, Castor said the allegations in Constand’s lawsuit were more serious than the account she gave police, and if that information had been known at the time, “we might have been able to make a case.”

Castor tried to make a comeback as district attorney in the November election but lost to Ferman’s top deputy.

After the criminal case went nowhere, Constand settled her lawsuit against Cosby in 2006 on confidential terms.

Her allegations and similar ones from other women in the years that followed did not receive wide attention but exploded into view in late 2014, first online, then in the wider media, after comedian Hannibal Buress mocked Cosby as a hypocrite and called him a rapist during a standup routine. That opened the floodgates on even more allegations.

Women mostly from the world of modeling, acting or other entertainment fields came forward and described being offered a drink by Cosby and waking up to find they had apparently been sexually assaulted. Cosby, through his representatives, accused some of the women of trying to extract money from him or get ahead in show business.

Earlier this year, The Associated Press persuaded a judge to unseal documents from the Constand lawsuit, and they showed the long-married Cosby acknowledging a string of affairs and sexual encounters.

Cosby testified that he obtained quaaludes in the 1970s to give to women he wanted to have sex with. He denied giving women drugs without their knowledge and said he had used the now-banned sedative “the same as a person would say, ‘Have a drink.’”

In the deposition, Cosby said he put his hands down Constand’s pants that night and fondled her, taking her silence as a green light. Constand maintains she was semi-conscious after he gave her pills he said would relax her.

“I don’t hear her say anything. And I don’t feel her say anything. And so I continue and I go into the area that is somewhere between permission and rejection. I am not stopped,” Cosby testified.

He said Constand was not upset when she left that night. She went to police a year later.

Her lawyer has said Constand is gay and was dating a woman around the time she met Cosby in the early 2000s.

The AP generally does not identify people who say they have been sexually assaulted unless they agree to have their names published, as Constand has done.

Laurie Levenson, a criminal law professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, said Cosby no longer enjoys the celebrity appeal that might sway a jury.

“His reputation has already been tarnished, so I doubt that jurors would be inclined to believe him just because of his prior image,” she said in September. She said the judge in the case will have to decide whether to allow other accusers to testify or whether that would be too prejudicial.

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‘A Little Creepy’: Nighttime Photo Shows Just One Window Aglow in Hospital Abandoned After Hurricane Katrina. Now We Know Why.

Dec 30th 2015, 15:07, by Tré Goins-Phillips

It turns out that a mysterious light shining from a single window of a darkened and abandoned Louisiana hospital was not a Christmas tree, as many on social media speculated. Police have entered the room of the defunct building and removed two-by-fours wrapped in lights.

The eerie lights coming from Charity Hospital Dec. 28. (Image source: Mike Arbon)

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The mystery at Charity Hospital was solved Tuesday night when the Louisiana State Police entered the room and determined the occurrence to be a break-in. But that was not before rumors ranging from a display of holiday spirit to a supernatural sighting lit up the internet Monday, when the image of the glowing window first went viral.

Mike Arbon, an employee at Tulane Medical Center, took the photo that took social media by storm. He seemed to have mixed feelings about the eerie sighting, describing it as “pretty” and “a little creepy.”

“It’s really pretty and little creepy,” Arbon said. “It gave me chills when I saw it and, of course, made me think of my brother, who passed away at Charity Hospital.”

In all likelihood, someone simply broke in to the 77-year-old building that was abandoned after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, a hospital spokesperson told WDSU-TV.

(H/T: The Times Picayune)

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Bible Professor Believes This One ‘Mistranslated’ Word Means Eve Was Not Created From Adam’s Rib — but From a Very Different Body Part

Dec 30th 2015, 14:56, by Sharona Schwartz

A professor of the Bible in California has posed the theory that the Adam and Eve narrative in the book of Genesis was mistranslated and that Eve was created not out of Adam’s rib, but his baculum, or penis bone.

Ziony Zevit, a professor of biblical literature and Northwest Semitic languages at American Jewish University in California, recently presented his argument in an article in Biblical Archaeology Review based both on what he believes to be an erroneous translation for the Hebrew word for “rib” and also on the unique anatomy of the human male, one of the few mammals lacking a baculum.

He also pointed to the fact that men and women have the same number of ribs and that men have an even number of ribs, suggesting none are missing.

Stained glass window depicting Adam and Eve expelled from Garden of Eden in the Cathedral of Tours, France (Photo: Shutterstock/Jorisvo)

Stained glass window depicting Adam and Eve expelled from Garden of Eden in the Cathedral of Tours, France (Shutterstock/Jorisvo)

Zevit wrote that the translation of the Hebrew word “tsela” as “rib” was incorrect. In fact, leading Jewish Torah scholars have for centuries have been debating the meaning of the Hebrew word.

In a cover story in Biblical Archaeology Review, “Was Eve Made from Adam’s Rib—or His Baculum?,” Zevit argued that “tsela” appears 40 times in the Old Testament, but it was translated as “rib” only in the Adam and Eve context.

Elsewhere it was translated as “side,” referring to an object protruding from the main body.

“This Hebrew word occurs some 40 times in the Hebrew Bible, where it refers to the side of a building or of an altar or ark (Exodus 25:12; 26:20, 26; 1 Kings 6:34), a side-chamber (1 Kings 6:8; Ezekiel 41:6), or a branch of a mountain (2 Samuel 16:13),” Zevit wrote.

“In each of these instances, it refers to something off-center, lateral to a main structure. The only place where tsela might be construed as referring to a rib that branches off from the spinal cord is in Genesis 2:21–22,” he wrote.

Zevit believes “tsela” refers to “limbs lateral to the vertical axis of an erect human body: hands, feet, or, in the case of males, the penis.”

And the only one of those limbs lacking a bone is the penis. Eve’s creation from the penis bone could offer one explanation as to why humans differ from many other mammals in lacking the baculum, Zevit wrote.

In a 2007 article on the Union of Orthodox Rabbis website, Rabbi Dr. Ari Zivotofsky of Israel’s Bar-Ilan University cited arguments from ancient and medieval Jewish scholars who also tried to determine if Eve was fashioned out of Adam’s rib, side or tail.

However, an article Tuesday in the Israeli Ha’aretz newspaper by contributor Elon Gilad cast doubt on Zevit’s mistranslation argument, citing other Semitic languages:

Not only is tzela “rib” in post-biblical Hebrew, it has cognates meaning rib in practically every Semitic language we know. That powerfully indicates that tzela meant “rib” thousands and thousands of years before proto-Semitic split up into the different Semitic languages: Aramaic has ala, Arabic has dhala, Akkadian has tzela. All these and other cognates are exactly in the form we would expect if the original proto-Semitic word slowly morphed into different words for rib as the different Semitic languages drifted apart.

Gilad pointed out that Genesis 2:21 specifically notes that “one of his ribs” was taken, suggesting it was an object of which Adam had many, and he observed, “For one, studying the verse in question, it is clear that God is taking something from Adam of which he has many: ‘And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof’ (Genesis 2:21).”

The word was first translated to “rib” in the third century B.C. Greek translation of the Bible from Hebrew, known as the Septuagint. The Septuagint translated the Hebrew “tsela” to the Greek word “pleura,” which means the “side of the body.” That could mean that the word may have been mistranslated from Greek, not Hebrew.

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AP Poll: Americans More Likely to Support Preserving Religious Rights for Christians Than for Muslims

Dec 30th 2015, 14:29, by Chris Enloe

WASHINGTON (TheBlaze/AP) — The majority of Americans believe it is more important to uphold the religious rights of Christians than Muslims, according to a new Associated Press/NORC poll released Wednesday.

Solid majorities said it was extremely or very important for the U.S. to uphold religious freedom in general. However, the percentages varied dramatically when respondents were asked about specific faith traditions.

Pope Francis celebrates evening prayers at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York, Sept. 24, 2015. (Getty Images/VINCENZO PINTO/AFP)

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Eighty-two percent said religious liberty protections were important for Christians, compared with 61 percent who said the same for Muslims. About seven in 10 said preserving Jews’ religious freedom was important, while 67 percent said so of Mormons. People who identified with no religion were ranked about even with Muslims in needing support to live out their beliefs.

Republicans and Democrats largely agreed on the issue. Among Republicans, 88 percent said it was important to preserve the rights of Christians, while just 60 percent said the same of Muslims. On the other hand, 83 percent of Democrats said preserving the religious rights of Christians was important, compared to just 67 percent who said the same of Muslims.

Charles Haynes, director of the Religious Freedom Center of the Newseum Institute, said the findings reflect deep divisions among Americans about the very definition of religious liberty.

“Religious freedom is now in the eye of the beholder,” Haynes said. “People in different traditions, with different ideological commitments, define religious freedom differently.”

The poll was conducted between Dec. 10-13, so more than a week after the Dec. 2 San Bernardino terror attack.

The survey of 1,042 adults was conducted via telephone and online. The margin of error is +/- 3.9 percent.

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New York Knicks Player Shot in Leg Outside Strip Club

Dec 30th 2015, 14:28, by Dave Urbanski

NEW YORK (AP) — Law enforcement officials say New York Knicks player Cleanthony Early has been shot in the leg during a robbery outside a Queens strip club.

New York Knicks' Cleanthony Early (11) is fouled by Charlotte Hornets' Nicolas Batum (5) in the first half of an NBA preseason basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

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The two officials say Early was in a cab at around 4:30 a.m. Wednesday outside the club CityScapes when the vehicle was surrounded by at least two other cars.

The officials say masked men got out and demanded Early’s “gold,” took a necklace and other belongings and shot him in the right leg.

The officials were not authorized to release the victim’s name and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

The 24-year-old Early is hospitalized in stable condition. Calls to the club and the team were not immediately returned.

Early attended Witchita State and was drafted in 2014.

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He Videotapes Himself Allegedly Drinking While Driving. Then He Posts It to Facebook. You Can Imagine What Happens Next.

Dec 30th 2015, 14:20, by Jon Street

Authorities say an Ohio man took cellphone video of himself drinking while driving and posted it on Facebook, leading to his arrest hours later.

Image source: Facebook

Image source: Facebook

The Franklin County sheriff’s office says someone tipped off deputies about the video after it was posted Monday, and the vehicle was stopped that afternoon south of Columbus, in Hamilton Township.

The driver, 28-year-old Dustin Rittgers, is from nearby Obetz. He faces five misdemeanor charges, including operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs and having an open container in a vehicle.

Rittgers pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Franklin County Municipal Court. Rittgers had no publicly listed phone number, and his public defender couldn’t be reached for comment early Wednesday.

Records indicate Rittgers pleaded guilty earlier this year in a separate impaired-driving case.

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FBI Investigating Incident of Bacon Wrapped on Mosque Doors as Possible Hate Crime

Dec 30th 2015, 14:10, by Tré Goins-Phillips

Police say a man wrapped bacon on the doors of a Las Vegas mosque last weekend weekend, and now the incident is being investigated by the FBI as a possible hate crime.

The vandalism at Masjid Tawheed mosque was captured on surveillance video and shows a man wrapping raw bacon around the door handles of the facility. In Islam, the faithful are forbidden to eat or even touch pork.

One of the mosque’s founding members says fellow members are concerned about the incident and perceive it as a “deliberate attack” on their religion.

“There are still people out there who love to hate, unfortunately, so this was one of the sad incidents and it’s unfortunate,” Rokai Yusufzai told KGTV-TV.

Others, however, were more confused than anything by the alleged crime.

“To us, it’s not as offensive as he might think,” Fayyaz Raja, vice president of the Islamic Association of Las Vegas at Masjid Tawheed, told the Las Vegas Sun. “According to our religion, yes, we can’t touch it, we can’t eat it. That I understand. But to me, it’s comical.”

(H/T: KGTV)

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Motorist Dead, Four On-Duty Secret Service Agents Seriously Injured in Head-On Collision

Dec 30th 2015, 13:29, by Dave Urbanski

WAKEFIELD, N.H. (TheBlaze/AP) — Police in New Hampshire say a motorist died after his car crossed into the oncoming lane and collided head-on with a car occupied by four on-duty Secret Service agents, seriously injuring them.

The accident happened at about 7 p.m. Tuesday in Wakefield, near the Maine state line.

Police said early Wednesday that the agents were passengers in a Ford Taurus heading south on Route 16. A northbound Mercury Sable with three people crossed over a double yellow solid line and collided head-on into the Taurus.

Crash scene from headon that killed a local man /injured 4 on duty #SecretService agents in Wakefield tues pic.twitter.com/Nb67xvn7vK via amy

— WMUR TV (@WMUR9) December 30, 2015

The Sable driver, 45-year-old Bruce Danforth, died. A Secret Service spokeswoman said the agents suffered serious, but non-life-threatening injuries. They and Danforth’s two passengers were taken to hospitals.

Police are investigating.

It wasn’t immediately known in what capacity the agents were working, but Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was campaigning in a town hall meeting Tuesday night in Berlin, north of Wakefield.

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‘Highly Provocative’: Iran Fired Unguided Rockets Near U.S. Aircraft Carrier and Destroyer

Dec 30th 2015, 12:40, by Sharona Schwartz

The U.S. military said Wednesday that Iran over the weekend fired several unguided rockets near a U.S. aircraft carrier, destroyer and a French warship passing through the Strait of Hormuz, an exercise the U.S. Central Command spokesman called “highly provocative.”

Strait of Hormuz (Image source: Google Maps)

Strait of Hormuz (Image source: Google Maps)

U.S. Central Command spokesman Cmdr. Kyle Raines said in a statement quoted by the Associated Press that Iranian Revolutionary Guard naval vessels fired “several unguided rockets” about 1,500 yards from the USS Harry S. Truman aircraft carrier, the USS Bulkeley destroyer and the FS Provence, a French frigate.

The Iranian ships announced on maritime radio that they were planning to conduct a live fire drill only 23 minutes before it commenced.

Firing near the warships as well as nearby commercial vessels was “highly provocative,” Raines said.

In this Thursday, Dec. 24, 2015 photo released by the U.S. Navy, guided-missile destroyer USS Bulkeley participates in a replenishment-at-sea with fleet replenishment oiler USNS John Lenthall in the Gulf of Oman. Iranian naval vessels conducted rocket tests last week near the USS Harry S. Truman aircraft carrier, the USS Bulkeley destroyer and a French frigate, the FS Provence, and commercial traffic passing through the Strait of Hormuz, the American military said Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015 causing new tension between the two nations after a landmark nuclear deal. (Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class M. J. Lieberknecht/ U.S. Navy via AP)

In this Thursday, Dec. 24, 2015 photo released by the U.S. Navy, guided-missile destroyer USS Bulkeley participates in a replenishment-at-sea with fleet replenishment oiler USNS John Lenthall in the Gulf of Oman. Iranian naval vessels conducted rocket tests last week near the USS Harry S. Truman aircraft carrier, the USS Bulkeley destroyer and a French frigate, the FS Provence, and commercial traffic passing through the Strait of Hormuz, the American military said Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015 causing new tension between the two nations after a landmark nuclear deal. (Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class M. J. Lieberknecht/ U.S. Navy via AP)

“Firing weapons so close to passing coalition ships and commercial traffic within an internationally recognized maritime traffic lane is unsafe, unprofessional and inconsistent with international maritime law,” Raines said.

“These actions were highly provocative, unsafe, and unprofessional and call into question Iran’s commitment to the security of a waterway vital to international commerce,” Raines said in an email to Military Times.

“While most interactions between Iranian forces and the U.S. Navy are professional, safe, and routine, this event was not and runs contrary to efforts to ensure freedom of navigation and maritime safety in the global commons,” the U.S. military spokesman added.

NBC News, which was the first to break the story, reported that the rockets were not fired at the U.S. and French ships which were sailing in international waters, just near them.

A French military official told the AP on condition of anonymity that the rocket fire clearly wasn’t directed toward the Western vessels and thus the French did not consider the incident to be threatening in nature.

The Western military ships are providing support to U.S.-led coalition airstrikes against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria, Reuters noted.

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WSJ: White House Used NSA to Spy on Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu, Members of Congress, American Jewish Groups

Dec 30th 2015, 12:23, by Sharona Schwartz

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was the target of National Security Agency eavesdropping which also netted the private conversations of members of U.S. Congress and American Jewish groups, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday.

The alleged spying took place despite a promise two years ago by President Barack Obama — after it was revealed that the NSA had listened in on German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s phone calls — that the U.S. “will not monitor the communications of heads of state and government of our close friends and allies.”

President Barack Obama listens as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during their meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

President Barack Obama listens as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during their meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence did not comment to the Wall Street Journal on its report; but CBS News correspondent Margaret Brennan tweeted, “In response to reports of NSA spying on @netanyahu, WH says “no Administration has done more for Israel’s security than this one.”

The Israeli government would not comment on the report, but Intelligence and Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz told Israeli media Wednesday morning that Israel doesn’t spy on the U.S.

“Israel does not spy on the U.S., and we expect that our great friend, the U.S., will treat us in a similar fashion,” Katz told Israel’s Ynet. “If the information on the subject turns out to be true, Israel must file a formal protest with the American government and demand it stop all activities of this kind.”

The Wall Street Journal interviewed current and former U.S. officials who said that the White House wanted to keep certain allies — first and foremost Netanyahu — under “close watch.” Of interest was Netanyahu’s conversations with his aides about the Obama administration’s efforts to secure the Iran nuclear deal and what the Israeli leader might do to stop it.

The paper revealed that one of the tools used was a cyber implant into Israeli networks that allowed the NSA to monitor communications inside the prime minister’s office.

According to the report, Obama justified the spying on Netanyahu because it would serve a “compelling national security purpose.”

The White House believed as a result of the intercepts that Israel was spying on negotiations last year with Iran, a charge the Israeli government denied at the time and on Wednesday as well.

“The prime minister took a stance against the nuclear deal which we saw as a dangerous deal, but the activity did not include any effort to obtain information in the U.S.,” Israeli minister Katz told Israel’s Army Radio Wednesday.

 

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Boy Opens Toy Plane & Puts Batteries in. The Recording That Plays Shocks Everyone: Not ‘What We Expected’

Dec 30th 2015, 06:29, by Oliver Darcy

A Washington state man who purchased a toy airplane for his nephew this Christmas said he was stunned by the recording it played back when powered on.

“My nephew opened a present. We put the batteries in and didn’t get what we expected,” Bjorn Thorpe told KING-TV. “The plane is supposed to make flying noises and plane noises.”

Instead, the plane’s speakers played back the verses to an Islamic prayer.

Image source: KING-TV

Image source: KING-TV

“Sounds like an Arabic chanting, which is pretty unusual,” Thorpe said. ”We were kind of confused on how this would happen It’s just kind of not the right situation to have that on a children’s toy.”

Nadeem Israr, president of an Islamic Society center in the area, told KING that the recording was “a prayer you’re supposed to say when performing Haji” — the pilgrimage to Mecca.

“That’s very wrong. It’s very, very wrong.”

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“That’s very wrong. It’s very, very wrong,” Israr said of the fact the recording was on the toy plane.

Other reviews on the Amazon page for the toy indicate many had a similar recording placed on their devices.

Image source: Amazon / Screen grab

Image source: Amazon / Screen grab

Image source: Amazon / Screen grab

Image source: Amazon / Screen grab

Image source: Amazon / Screen grab

Image source: Amazon / Screen grab

Image source: Amazon / Screen grab

Image source: Amazon / Screen grab

The company that made the toy, WolVol, blamed the incident on its foreign manufacturer and said the products must have accidentally been loaded with the wrong sound effects, KING reported.

As for Thorpe, he plans on purchasing his nephew a new gift.

“He just wants a plane,” he said.

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‘Tonight Is the End of My Journey for the White House’: Pataki Ends 2016 Presidential Bid

Dec 30th 2015, 05:38, by Oliver Darcy

BERLIN, N.H. (AP) — Former New York Gov. George Pataki said Tuesday that he’s ending his bid for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, with just over a month to go before the first nominating contests begin.

While tonight I suspend my campaign for president, I am confident we can elect the right person. https://t.co/mr4UunWASs

— George E. Pataki (@GovernorPataki) December 30, 2015

Pataki made the announcement in an ad that aired on local NBC affiliates in New Hampshire, Iowa and South Carolina Tuesday night.

“While tonight is the end of my journey for the White House as I suspend my campaign for president, I’m confident we can elect the right person, someone who will bring us together and who understands that politicians, including the president, must be the people’s servant and not their master,” said Pataki, 70.

A centrist Republican who led New York through the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, Pataki failed to gain traction in a crowded field of candidates during an election season that has so far favored outsiders like billionaire businessman Donald Trump.

Bruce Breton, a local elected official and member of Pataki’s New Hampshire steering committee, said Pataki called him Tuesday afternoon to say he’d be exiting the race. Breton said Pataki’s campaign struggled to raise money and garner media attention.

“He said he couldn’t get any traction. He worked hard, it’s just a different type of year,” Breton said.

Ben Gamache, another member of Pataki’s New Hampshire steering committee, said he’d also spoken with Pataki earlier Tuesday. He said the former governor talked about the need to unify the party and the country.

Pataki had hung his hopes on doing well in early-voting New Hampshire, but he has barely registered in state or national polls.

He never made it onto a main GOP debate stage, where he would have had the chance to reach millions more viewers, and had trouble raising funds.

Pataki appeared especially frustrated by Trump’s rise, and zeroed in on his rival during the undercard debate earlier this month, declaring the New York real estate mogul unfit to be president of the United States.

“Donald Trump is the Know-Nothing candidate of the 21st century and cannot be our nominee,” Pataki said.

Pataki told USA Today in November that he would drop out if another candidate who could unite the party emerged. “If someone emerged who I believe could unite the party and lead the country and win the election, then there’s no need to run,” he said.

Breton said he’s already been contacted by a number of other GOP campaigns and received a personal phone call from Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who needs a strong finish in New Hampshire’s primary. For now, Breton isn’t ready to choose another candidate.

“I’m very saddened by it,” he said of Pataki’s departure from the race. “He’s a great guy.”

Rob Cole, the executive director of We the People, Not Washington, a super PAC backing Pataki’s bid, said in an email to supporters Tuesday evening that the group was “disheartened to see Governor Pataki drop out of the race” but “Not Giving Up.”

“We believe Governor Pataki is the best candidate to be our next President, however we aren’t giving up the fight to elect a President who will fight for the values” the group stands for, Cole said, such as growing the economy and keeping the country safe.

Pataki announced his candidacy with a video in May.

“America has a big decision to make about who we’re going to be and what we’re going to stand for. The system is broken,” he said then. “The question is no longer about what our government should do, but what we should do about our government, about our divided union, about our uncertain future.”

He ended the campaign on a hopeful note, declaring, “I know the best of America is still ahead of us.”

—

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Businesswoman Reportedly Opens New Hampshire Clinton Event With Six Words Sure to Raise Eyebrows

Dec 30th 2015, 04:59, by Oliver Darcy

A New Hampshire businesswoman opened up a Hillary Clinton event Tuesday night with a stinging six-word criticism of President Barack Obama.

“Unlike Obama, Hillary respects rural America,” Kathleen Kelley told the Berlin crowd, according to CNN reporter Dan Merica.

Kathleen Kelley, a businesswoman in northern New Hampshire, opens a Clinton event w/ this: "Unlike Obama, Hillary respects rural America."

— Dan Merica (@danmericaCNN) December 30, 2015

Merica later reported that Clinton didn’t appear to share Kelley’s view.

Doesn't appear Clinton endorses this view: As she regularly does, Clinton says Obama doesn't get enough credit. https://t.co/OKEHNOSVBW

— Dan Merica (@danmericaCNN) December 30, 2015

Clinton spent the day campaigning in the state, which votes on Feb. 20. Earlier, the Democratic frontrunner held a townhall in Portsmouth where she expressed how “important” the decision New Hampshire makes is.

“I’ve had a great time travelling across the state, meeting, by now, thousands and thousands of people, having a chance to set forth my ideas, and to answer questions on whatever might be on someone’s mind. And I know that we are going to make the right decision,” she said.

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Dec 30th 2015, 05:20, by noreply@blogger.com (Team)

I’m an introvert. I enjoy spending time alone. At times it’s hard for me to communicate or open up to others. After spending time with other people, I need time for myself to process everything and recharge. This is a vital insight into myself that I’ve really only discovered in the last couple years, something that I’m still trying implement when the need arises. I’ve been trying to learn the art of the introvert recharge.


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We have all been affected by toothache in some period of our lives and we all know how bothering and unbearable it could be. The reasons for the toothache can be different and among the most common are: damage or loss of teeth, tooth decay, infections and removal of a certain tooth.

The following are some ingredients and method how to use them in order to prevent toothache that has been caused by abscess or other infection:


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We constantly stimulate our senses to keep ourselves entertained, burying our eyes in light devices and material things. We look for places where we can belong, filling bar stools and sanctuary pews with blank stares and closed hearts. Our physical bodies congregate, so close together, but the measurable energy fields between our hearts has never been so dull and divided. We spend money to keep ourselves happy, walking the store aisles feeling need and lack. We search for meaning in all the wrong places, ultimately winding up disconnected, depressed, and unfulfilled.

We have been taught to view other people as strangers, that we are all separate beings. While we are all unique with different experiences and perspectives, we are all still very much alike and connected, co-creating together on an abundant, spherical planet.

Can you imagine the possibilities for peace if we understood the spiritual connection we all share? Our egos and desires to control, convert, and conquer the world would shed like dead skin, helping us see everyone around us with new eyes. The division lines of made-up religions would erase and we would come to a much more eternal understanding of what it means to be alive as one.

In our religions and denominations, in our synagogues and churches, we search for higher connection, but the dogmas and rules only suppress our spiritual bodies, alienating us from our brothers and sisters. In our emptiness, we are swayed by emotional messages of guilt and fear cast upon us from manipulative dogmas that try to interpret God's will for us. As our path is dictating to us, we lose our spiritual sovereignty and our connection to Spirit Source that is living inside us and constantly interacting. What is holding human spiritual connection back?
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thumbnail Remove All Toxins From the Body: A Method That Prevents a Lot of Diseases, Removes Fat And Surplus Water!

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Cleansing the body from toxins, and especially the lungs, is great because it is helpful for the proper body function which makes us feel better. This is especially important for smokers. The proper function of the lungs leads to a better health and overall mood, and their cleansing from time to time is great, since we are exposed to toxins on a daily basis.

The cleansing treatment lasts for 3 days, and you can also use some of these points in your regular routine:

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thumbnail DNA Analysis of the Paracas Skulls Proves They Are Not Human

Dec 30th 2015, 03:47, by noreply@blogger.com (RiseEarth)

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On the southern coast of Peru lies the desert peninsula of Paracas. This barren landscape is where Peruvian archaeologist Julio Tello made an astounding discovery in 1928. His efforts uncovered a massive and complex graveyard buried under the sand and rocks.

In these tombs Tello found some of the most controversial human(?) remains in history. The bodies had the largest elongated skulls in the world and have since been called the Paracas skulls. Tello found a total of more than 300 skulls and they have been dated at around 3,000 years old. A recent DNA analysis performed on some of these skulls has presented amazing results that could challenge the current perspective of the human evolutionary tree.

Several other cultures have practiced skull elongation or deformation but the techniques they used produced different results. Certain South American tribes used to bind infants’ skulls in order to change their shape. Binding the head between pieces of wood modified the appearance of skulls by applying constant pressure over a long period of time. This type of cranial deformation changed the shape but it did not alter the size, weight or cranial volume; these are all standard characteristics of a regular human skull.
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thumbnail The Process of Transformation from 3D to 5D Earth

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by Open
Openhand

These are monumental times to be alive. A phenomenal shift in the consciousness of Gaia is taking place, to which all life on the planet is invited. At the culmination of 2012, she centred her consciousness in the Fifth Density giving birth to a New Paradigm of existence. However, life here in the lower densities currently remains convoluted, intoxicated and poisonous. To the extent that if it continued, would risk the emergence of the New Paradigm and the future viability of successful co-creative harmony for all life on Earth. Thus a "Great Cleansing" is now necessary to secure the future of life on 5D Earth. A collapse mechanism of the old reality is just beginning. What will that likely entail?…

Higher dimensional plan

My name is Open, which is more a way of being than a name. I bridge into, and work with, higher dimensions of consciousness. I say this without arrogance, pride or ego. It just is. Of course you may not believe me (and that's entirely your prerogative). I say it, so you know, what I claim to be, the source of this sharing. I suggest you take only that which resonates. Find your own truth in what I'm saying.

I claim what I'm about to share, is known by those in the higher densities who are working tirelessly and selflessly to facilitate the shift. It's clear there is much confusion, misinformation and even deception going on here. Hence the need for a clear message. But of course I only offer a clear perspective to the degree that my own lens is clear. We can only ever offer a perspective, not the 'absolute truth'.

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thumbnail An Introduction To Dreamwork And The Collective Unconscious

Dec 29th 2015, 05:05, by noreply@blogger.com (RiseEarth)

by timewheel.net

There’s a common saying among those who study dreams: that the mind is like an iceberg; the conscious (and unconscious) mind being just that which is viewable “above water” while the subconscious mind expands far deeper into the dark recesses of the ocean depths.

When it comes to the realm of human experience, much extends beyond the reach of the conscious mind that rules over our day to day interactions or even the forgotten unconscious mind that ensures our heart and other organs function without us needing to constantly regulate it.

The subconscious realm touted as an impossibly vast structure; an avenue in which we can encounter another more transient side of human experience; is the link through which we can experience the “reality” of dreams. Many believe that dreams offer a very valuable lens of insight and that by studying them, we can begin to dig deeper and glean a far greater knowing of ourselves.

The most well known figure in psychology, Sigmund Freud, asserted the notion of a personal subconscious element of the mind that acted as a storehouse of repressed wishes and forgotten content. Carl Jung, a contemporary of Freud, broke rank from Freud’s ideology and in doing so provided a more expansive classical framework to approaching dream study. One of Jung’s major contribution to psychology and dreamwork was in introducing the notion of a “collective unconscious”. He states:
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thumbnail 6 Deep Exercises to Shift Your Brain Waves and Expand Your Consciousness

Dec 29th 2015, 04:30, by noreply@blogger.com (RiseEarth)

by Justin Faerman
The Spirit Science

1. Nadi Shodhana (Alternate Nostril Breathing)

Brainwave States Experienced: Gamma & Theta (long practice), Alpha (short practice)

The brain is split into two hemispheres, connected by the corpus callosum, which is a broad band of nerve fibers that sends neural signals between the two and facilitates communication within the brain. Practices that synchronize the functioning of the two hemispheres have the effect of harmonizing the brain and shifting brainwave state away from beta and into the positive end of the spectrum.

There are a number of ways to do this, including the meditation above, however each practice has its own unique effects and lends itself towards giving rise to specific brainwave states, each with their own nuances and benefits.

Alternate Nostril Breathing (Sanskrit: Nadi Shodhana) is an ancient breathing practice that has the effect of altering brainwave patterns by working to synchronize brain hemisphere communication specifically.
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thumbnail How to Grow Your Own Teeth In 9 Weeks

Dec 29th 2015, 04:03, by noreply@blogger.com (RiseEarth)

by Health Advisor Team

Dental implants have become a great solution to fill the void after we missing a tooth or several. There has been a really incredible development in the technology of dental implants that goes far beyond the classic implants and dentures.

This development gives us the opportunity to grow new and genuine teeth in oral cavity.

How to regenerate teeth in oral cavity

This investigation was initiated by Dr. Jeremy Mao of Columbia University and led to this incredible development.

Dr. Mao built a scaffold for teeth, containing these stem cells in the body and helped new teeth regeneration using their own DNA.

Coming before all others, this technology promises a bright future for dental care.
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thumbnail This Is The Devastating Connection Between Caffeine and Stress Levels (You’ll Never Drink Coffee Again)

Dec 29th 2015, 03:38, by noreply@blogger.com (RiseEarth)

by Carly Fraser
Live Love Fruit

I used to be a huge coffee fan. I loved my green tea, I loved my coffee and I loved my chocolate, largely for the taste, but also for the boost in stimulation.

In the short term, these treats give us a boost in our alertness, but in the long term you’ll find that these products cause fatigue. I was reading up on how to relieve stress because I was concerned about how anxious I was getting at work and found that there’s a huge link between caffeine and stress levels.

You see, caffeine actually reduces our ability to deal with stress, as opposed to improving it. Quite the contrarian effect to what you think it does. It also works as a diuretic which means that we urinate more, expelling minerals as we do, including minerals like magnesium – a tranquilizer-like mineral that helps with stress.

Caffeine works as a stimulant to the sympathetic branch of the autonomic nervous system, the part of the body that triggers the fight or flight response which is a response aimed to deal with stressors. When this is stimulated, it causes the adrenal glands to release hormones like cortisol and adrenaline, which filters into the blood and exacerbates our already worked bodies (not to mention causes weight gain around the waist).
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thumbnail Hail the Hydra, an Animal That May Be Immortal

Dec 28th 2015, 05:20, by noreply@blogger.com (RiseEarth)

by Stephanie Pappas
Live Science

In ancient Greek myth, the Hydra was a multi-headed monster that grew two more heads for every one that it lost. As it turns out, the real-life animal named after this mythical beast may be even more tenacious.

A new study finds that hydra — spindly, freshwater polyps — can live seemingly forever, without aging.

Unlike most multicellular species, hydra don't show any signs of deteriorating with age, according to the new research, published Dec. 7 in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. [From Methuselah to Elves: The Top 10 Immortals]

The freshwater polyp, Hydra magnipapillata
Credit: Dr. David Plachetzki, University of California

"I started my original experiment wanting to prove that hydra could not have escaped aging," study researcher Daniel Martinez, a Pomona College biologist, said in a statement. "My own data has proven me wrong — twice."
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thumbnail How your psychic senses are connected to Earth’s energy

Dec 28th 2015, 04:45, by noreply@blogger.com (RiseEarth)

by Julie Wilson
Natural News

Psychic researcher Pete A. Sanders Jr. knew early on that psych ability was real, leading him to spend his education at MIT studying brain science and biomedical chemistry, hoping to understand the complex relationship between the brain, the mind and the nervous system.

MIT professor Dr. Jerome Letvin inspired Sanders when he opened a course about nerve study stating: "I am not going to teach what we know about nerves. Everything we know would take about two class sessions to tell you, and is relatively boring. Instead I am going to talk about what we don't know about nerves."

Dr. Letvin's approach changed Sander's outlook on life, spurring him to pursue a career studying the brain's sensory abilities and their connection to ESP. The following is an excerpt from Sanders' book entitled You are Psychic! in which he discusses the relationship between Earth's energy patterns and our psychic abilities – which he believes we all have.

Greater awareness equals more security

"By learning to focus on the Psychic Reception Areas you will receive stronger psychic impressions, strong enough to divert your attention from your physical senses. With practice, even subtle energy patterns will be discernible.
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thumbnail 7 Things Everyone Should Learn Before They Die

Dec 28th 2015, 04:13, by noreply@blogger.com (RiseEarth)

by Paul Milano
tiny buddha

“I would rather die of passion than of boredom.” ~Vincent Van Gogh

I attended an interesting event a few nights ago. It featured ten speakers who spoke for ten minutes each on ten things you should know before you die.

The speakers included TV and film stars, CEOs, cover-shooting photojournalists, traveling journalists covering natural disasters, and HIV survivors. As you can image, there was a wide spectrum of perspectives shared.

Here are a few of the lessons that stuck out for me. A lot of these can profoundly change your mindset, how you view the world, and how you choose to react to things. You just need to take a step back and put things into perspective, which leads us into our first one.

1. Maintain perspective.

A journalist told a story of how he traveled to Haiti after the devastating earthquake that hit them a few years back. In the capital of Port-au-Prince many of the homes had fallen apart, and people who already had nothing were now living in small plots of land in public squares in the city.
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thumbnail First GMO Corn, then Frankenfish, and Now — Get Ready for Designer Babies

Dec 28th 2015, 04:05, by noreply@blogger.com (RiseEarth)

by Janet Phelan
Natural Blaze

We knew it was coming to this. The GMO revolution wasn’t going to stop at our dinner table. But did we think it would happen so soon?

The first week in December, delegates from the top three gene-editing countries—China, the UK and the US—met in Washington, DC for a symposium on the future of gene-editing. For those not familiar with the parlance, gene editing refers to the ability to alter the DNA of an embryo in a manner which affects the germline. The germline is defined as follows; “In biology and genetics, the germline in a multicellular organism is that population of its bodily cells that are so differentiated or segregated that in the usual processes of reproduction they may pass on their genetic material to the progeny.”

In other words, what happens to the germline will affect the offspring and subsequent generations.

he possibilities inherent in such manipulation are staggering. Not only could genetic diseases be removed from the developing embryo, but new and better attributes could be factored in. Mankind could face the possibility that crippling genetic diseases, such as Tay-Sachs or Huntington’s Disease could be forever banished, while a brave new crop of humans, with enhanced intellectual abilities or enhanced musculature, for example, could be harvested.
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thumbnail Once When We Were Free

Dec 28th 2015, 03:16, by noreply@blogger.com (RiseEarth)

by Jon Rappoport
Activist Post

We’re so much more sensible now. We don’t live our lives as much as we arrange them and organize them. B follows A. D follows C. We take our medicine and our shots because the doctor says so.

We’re careful, because accidents happen.

We don’t say what’s on our minds a lot of the time, because other people might pass that on, and who knows? We might get into trouble.

But once upon a time, when we were young, we were free. We didn’t take any shots, and when we got sick we recovered. We were stronger than kids are now. We didn’t ask for much protection and we weren’t given much, and we survived.

There was no talk about the needs of the group. When we went to school, we weren’t told about ways we could help others. That was something we learned at home. We weren’t taught about The Planet. Instead, we learned to mind our own business, and it wasn’t considered a crime.
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thumbnail Vibrate The Cosmos – Your Thoughts & Intentions Can Create Your Path

Dec 27th 2015, 12:43, by noreply@blogger.com (RiseEarth), noreply@blogger.com (RiseEarth)

by Leona Henryson
Collective Evolution

We are such slaves to our 5 senses. And it always takes science to ultimately demonstrate that what we do perceive with our sense is, in fact, not true. And it will be science that will show the masses what many of us already know – that our thoughts have energy and vibrate, just like everything else. When they are aligned with the order and perfection of Universal Mind, the sky is literally the limit of what we can attract into our lives. For the laws of vibration and attraction are inextricably linked.

The Science of Energy

We now know, thanks to breakthroughs in quantum physics, that everything which exists, when broken down into its base elements, is nothing but energy. At the sub-atomic level, there is no matter – only energy and vibration. And because everything reduces to just energy, all that we see in the universe, including ourselves, is made up of the same stuff, just at different vibration levels, to form the matter around us.

Because everything vibrates at a different frequency, things are separate from one another. A tree vibrates at a different frequency than a table. We are vibrating at a unique frequency too, and so we see ourselves as separate from everything else around us and from one another. But at our lowest level, that level of pure energy, we are actually all part of one energy field. Some quantum physicists call this the “unified field.”
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thumbnail 7 Benefits Of Balancing Your Chakras, And How To Do It

Dec 27th 2015, 12:35, by noreply@blogger.com (RiseEarth)

by The Alternative Daily

If you feel like you never have enough energy, making an effort to tone out distractions and tune into your body may be the first step to feeling better.

Balancing your chakras is an excellent way to find balance within your body and mind. While chakra meditation may seem too “out there” for many people, it can be beneficial and easy to practice in a modern context. This ancient practice is now getting support from modern science, with evidence showing that energy healing may help fight cancer.

Here is a quick intro to chakras, a number of benefits of a chakra-related practice, plus how to fit it into daily life.

What are chakras?

The chakra system is an ancient way of viewing the body. It is divided into seven zones, with each area having energy that must flow freely. When the chakras are balanced, the whole body works in harmony and we feel elevated, energized and whole.
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thumbnail 3 Potent Ways To Achieve An Astral Projection

Dec 27th 2015, 11:47, by noreply@blogger.com (RiseEarth)

by LJ Vanier
The Spirit Science

Astral projection may not be what you think it is. Common use of the words often get misinterpreted when discussing the events of out-of-body travel. But, there is a major difference between an astral projection and an out-of-body experience.

An out-of-body experience is an event known as a split in consciousness. Meaning that the viewer has achieved dual reality in both their physical presence as well as in a non physical body of conscious reality.

Common out-of-body experiences include hovering over ones own body, (looking at yourself while looking at yourself) as well as being in the same location in this plane of existence, but existing in two different conscious forms.

An astral projection on the other hand is a projection of consciousness that elevates the traveller to the astral plane, that is not locally found in familiar or common places such as your bedroom, home or office.

When travelling the astral plane, you encounter dimensions of reality that are unfamiliar and unknown; these places, include planets in our own solar system, planets in other systems, as well as free travel alike travelling through space like a shooting star. The farther one travels, less and less beings the soul will encounter.
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thumbnail 10 Mysteries Of The Ancient World We’ve Just Awesomely Solved

Dec 27th 2015, 11:41, by noreply@blogger.com (RiseEarth)

by Ivan Farkas
listverse.com

At the current rate of discovery, there will soon be no mysteries left to solve, leaving all manner of scientists unemployed. Just kidding, the wacky minds of past civilizations have left us plenty of work, sometimes inconsequential but always enlightening.

10. Egyptian Animals

The ancient Egyptians were keen naturalists and tedious archivists, allowing modern researchers to piece together the region’s ecology as it flourished 6,000 years ago.

Animal iconography was a common motif, and the assortment of local beasts was preserved through a variety of media, including carvings, rock art, ceremonial pieces, and murals on tomb walls. Combined, these sources provide a thorough record of Egyptian fauna and a depressing reminder that of the 37 large mammal species that once roamed the Earth, only eight remain.

The picture was strikingly different in the pre-Christ era: Egypt mirrored a North African Serengeti, inhabited by all manner of savanna dwellers, including lions, wildebeests, zebras, and wild dogs. Sadly, a good number of these creatures were lost during periods of drought, although human competition and loss of habitat are also to blame.
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thumbnail Psychosomatics: Mapping The Correlation Between Thoughts And The Human Body

Dec 27th 2015, 10:55, by noreply@blogger.com (RiseEarth)

by Time Wheel

Psychosomatic interconnectedness refers to the mind (psyche) and body (soma) acting one upon the other in a way that can either prove incredibly synergistic or highly maladaptive to the organism. In a simplistic example, if we have a physical experience in which we are very cold, then it is more difficult to focus on our own thoughts and the activities that we are engaged within. After experience such conditions over an extended period of time, if the cold is substantial, mood will undoubtedly begin to shift towards displeasure as well.

Conversely, in say the mind of a schizophrenic, if they are convinced that someone is following them, chasing them, or reading their thoughts, the body will react in a way as if it is actually occurring regardless of whether it truly is or isn’t. The “lizard brain” of the limbic system in the humans, especially in the emotional response processing center in the amygdala, will flood the perceiver's’ body with stress hormones e.g. adrenaline, cortisol, norepinephrine all the same.

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We combine this notion of a mind-body feedback loop and find the notion of self-fulfilling prophecy tucked away very neatly in this paradigm. Coined as a term by sociologist Andrew K. Merton in 1948, a self-fulfilling prophecy is a concept in which one commits a heavy amount of mental energy into believing a possible outcome will occur, and if/when it does, then uses the resulting event as proof that the one’s “prophecy” was true all along. The alternative holds true for the opposite concept of self-defeating prophecy.
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thumbnail There is something extraordinary happening in the world

Dec 26th 2015, 12:34, by noreply@blogger.com (RiseEarth)

by Gustavo Tanaka
Medium.com

Most of us haven’t quite realized there is something extraordinary happening.

A few months ago I freed myself from standard-procedure society, I broke the chains of fear that kept me locked up into the system. Since then, I see the world from a different perspective: the one that everything is going through change and that most of us are unware of that.

Why is the world changing? In this post I’ll point out the 8 reasons that lead me to believe it.

1- No one can stand the employment model any longer

We are reaching our limits. People working with big corporations can’t stand their jobs. The lack of purpose knocks on your door as if it came from inside you like a yell of despair.

People want out. They want to drop everything. Take a look on how many people are willing to risk entrepreneurship, people leaving on sabbaticals, people with work-related depression, people in burnout.
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thumbnail Essiac Tea is a Cancer Cure Big Pharma Does Not Want You to Know About

Dec 26th 2015, 12:30, by noreply@blogger.com (RiseEarth)

by Paul Fassa
Natural News

A simple inexpensive four herb tea that cures cancer? Even AIDS maybe? This has been a critical concern since Essiac tea was introduced in Canada during the early 1920's. For over 50 years, a humble nurse, Rene Caisse (pronounced Reen Case), used the tea successfully with many terminal cancer patients from her clinic in the tiny Canadian village of Bracebridge, north of Toronto.

At first, she accepted whatever anyone could easily afford, even eggs and produce, for her services. She turned no one down. After 1937, she charged no fees! She didn't make money off the tea though she successfully treated many hundreds. Her rewards were harassment by the Canadian Health Ministry, and betrayal by a private corporation she had hoped would help make Essiac tea a legal cancer cure.

Though the name of the tea, Essiac, was derived from spelling Rene's surname Caisse backwards, she was not the original formulator. The ingredients and recipe came originally from an Ojibway Native American medicine man in remote northern Canada.

Essiac's Origin

Rene Caisse was an RN in a Canadian hospital in 1922 when she came upon an elderly patient who had survived breast cancer 30 years earlier. At that time, the woman was living in remote northern Canadian mining camp with her husband. She was admitted to a hospital for breast cancer and told her breasts would have to be removed.
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thumbnail Who Was I in My Past Life? (How to Discover Your “Inherited” Core Wound)

Dec 26th 2015, 12:21, by noreply@blogger.com (RiseEarth)

by Aletheia Luna
Loner Wolf

Most of us are curious about reincarnation and whether we have come to this planet “before.”

"Who was I in my past life?” is a common question asked these days and there’s no shortage of answers available. Do a quick Google search and you’ll find a handful of fun pop quizzes that narrow down what gender you were, what country you came from, what you did, and how you died.

While these are fun ways to explore the topic, they are limited and shallow in their ability to really help us understand who we were in our past lives, and how we can use this knowledge to become more healed and whole people.

If you’re not that serious about answering the question, “Who was I in my past life?” I recommend taking the Past Life Regression Test I created instead of reading this article. But if you’re serious about becoming a happier and more balanced person, keep reading.

First we’ll explore what reincarnation really is.
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thumbnail Epistemologically What Do We ‘Know’?

Dec 26th 2015, 11:00, by noreply@blogger.com (RiseEarth)

by joedubs.com

What we know as truth is largely determined by the opinions of our peers, and not actual scientific evidence like you would think. We so desperately strive to fit in and feel loved in a society that we surrender common sense and intuition; we bandwagon the group mind. We give up common sense for reassurance. We trust the experts. We see what we’ve been taught to see. We know what we’re taught to know. A cultural hypnosis dissuades us from finding the Universal Truth. We believe things because everyone else believes them, not because we know them to be true personally.

What do we really know? What is the truth? How do we separate what we truly know and what we think we truly know? Can we rely on the supposed facts purported by the experts – whose factual volatility is proven time after time- or should we use grammar, logic, and rhetoric, utilizing the trivium and the seven liberal arts , to decide for ourselves what is true and what is not. The latter of which has the advantage of making logical sense personally, and resonating with your own intuition based upon all the information gathered. Instead of making up one’s mind by analyzing a small preselected portion of information that is propagated and spoon fed by the pyramid-scheme ran construct of popular culture, we can reclaim faith in our own intuition.

“Do not let either the medical authorities or the politicians mislead you. Find out what the facts are, and make your own decisions about how to live a happy life and how to work for a better world.” – Linus Pauling

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thumbnail Tomb Hidden by History, Now Revealed: Wet Nurse of Tutankhamun May have been His Own Sister

Dec 26th 2015, 10:30, by noreply@blogger.com (RiseEarth)

by Liz Leafloor
Ancient Origins

The famous Egyptian boy king, Pharaoh Tutankhamun is believed to have been wet-nursed by a woman named Maia—who may have been his sister. The tomb of this mysterious woman has been opened to the public for the first time since its discovery in 1996, revealing ancient engravings and paintings.

The tomb in Saqqara, a necropolis located 20 kilometers (12 miles) south of Cairo, was discovered almost 20 years ago and is set to be opened to visitors for the first time. The tomb of the wet nurse was uncovered by French Archaeologist Dr. Alain Zivie, Head of the French mission in Bubastis at Saqqara since 1996, who was there for the unveiling to journalists last week in Egypt, reports science website Phys.org.

Images at the entrance of the tomb of the wet nurse, called Maya, shows the 
pharaoh Tutankhamen seated on her lap. It's now believed that 
Maya may have been Tutankhamen's sister, Meritaten. (Public Domain)

“Maia is none other than princess Meritaten, the sister or half-sister of Tutankhamun and the daughter of Akhenaten and Nefertiti,” Zivie said.

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Major Japan Newspaper: Mutations in nearly every fir tree by Fukushima plant — Insects with missing legs or crooked — Abnormalities also found in monkeys, fish and frogs

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Mass panic as radioactive cloud pours from nuclear plant — Radiation levels reportedly spike near reactor after emergency shutdown — Traffic jams as people evacuate area — “Everyone got very worried and rushed to get iodine” (PHOTOS)

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“Nuclear Nightmare”: Children with mutations “on almost every street” — Deformed heads, lopsided bodies, “toad skin”, eyelids turned inside out — School built using radioactive waste “part of community outreach project” — Nuclear Expert: “Exceptionally worrying, no one should’ve been living anywhere near” (VIDEO)

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Proferet Occulta Veritas — Report #1

Dec 28th 2015, 19:45, by Editor

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One World of Nations
Proferet Occulta Veritas Series
22 December 2015

We are approaching a new Epoch of emerging civilizations. Who leads, who leaves.

Right now, confusion rules, as the world is lead ever more by a Ship of Fools. We live in a world of poorly educated Sheeple where History is a Mystery. Where His-Story is what they are told and believe. Naïve and gullible. Truth was misplaced. Empires rise, and always fall, as costs surpass income, and economic reality comes to collect. None see it coming. None see now, that all most of us know, is over.

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Eurasia is emerging and the future. But for a sadly miss tracking nation that today is America, many good, committed and patriotic Americans ask ever more and challenge, what happened to our Constitution? Our nation was founded on rights, a Right to Be, a Right to Bear Arms, a Right to Justice, and the Rights of a Free Man. Now, a scheming and duplicitous Cabal has corrupted all in its path, replaced the Constitutional Rights and values of all and for all, and focused the destiny of a nation, and world, upon a New World Order with Orwellian consequences. One composed of an unelected Elite, returning Feudal Order, and imposed Slavery upon the masses with technological controls like never before. An era where a Patriot will become an enemy of the State. But an era where the State will become the enemy of Democracy, Family values, and the freedom of all. What becomes of the Sheeple?

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What has gone so dreadfully wrong, and what may the future hold if not stopped, contemplated and new rights established or recovered. New voices are emerging seeking a platform for truth, or to debate the woes of what faces us now, and where it all went so badly wrong. Sometimes to establish truth, you need to define and expose the lies.

America is now ruled by a parasitical Cabal, a vortex of unscrupulous Military Industrial Agencies, and a scurrilous Zionist Banking Elite of man’s worst Shysters and deviants. Judge Anna seeks her own voice to be heard, and to challenge the fundamentals of the dysfunctional state we are now facing. And to ask, where now? Examine first the real scale of the problem.

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The fundamental problem — an urgent message for all Americans, all Jews, all Muslims from Judge Anna

Recorded history begins at Sumer — the most ancient advanced civilization of the Fertile Crescent — and the history of Sumer begins with the history of a goddess, a beautiful woman named Semiramis.

Semiramis is depicted in stone carvings found throughout the Mideast as a woman with rays of light coming from her head, just like the Statue of Liberty. She is known by many names: Semiramis, Astarte, Ashtoreth, Cybele, or the Egyptian version — Isis, and she is described in the Bible and elsewhere as “The Mother of Harlots and all Abominations of the Earth” and as the “Mother of Idolatry”.

She was – and is – worshiped along with a pantheon of gods that include her husband, known as Poseidon to the Greeks, Satan to the Hebrews, and plain old Devil to Americans. He is described as “the Father of All Lies”.

The worship of these profane deities spread from Babylon to ancient Canaan, and from there, was carried by the Phoenicians to Carthage and throughout the known world at that time. After the Punic Wars, the religion associated with Semiramis came to Rome from Carthage and again, in the second century BC, from Asia Minor, when the cult of Cybele — another name for Semiramis — became popular in Rome.

The priests of Cybele wore black robes and bleached their hair white; they castrated themselves in honor of their goddess, and collected taxes for the Roman government. Please note that British Barristers (lawyers) still wear black robes, white wigs, and collect taxes for the government.

One of the Tribes of Israel, Dan — the only seafaring tribe — whose banner carries the emblem of the serpent, was seduced by this ancient religion practiced by the Cain-anites. The Tribe of Dan popularized the worship of Semiramis and Satan in every port city of the ancient Mediterranean. They also wrote the Talmud, one of the most vicious and profane works in human history, which became — together with the Law of Hammurabi — the basis of the Law of the Sea and international commerce.

So the Tribe of Dan is “Jewish” in a sense, but they haven’t worshiped their Creator in a hundred generations. They’ve worshiped Satan and Semiramis, instead, and given all the other Tribes of Israel a bad name because of it.

They present themselves in the modern world as “Jews” but they are literally the “Synagogue of Satan” spoken of by Jesus, and again, we find the link to the Pharisees and Scribes — the lawyers and money-changers of His day. They were the ones who accused Him of being a Necromancer before the Sanhedrin because He raised Lazarus from the dead.

They did this in direct retaliation for being driven from the Temple, then having falsely accused Him of their own sins before the Sanhedrin, they turned around and lied to the Romans and presented Jesus as a political leader in competition with Roman rule, so that Pilate tried him as “the King of the Jews” and crucified Him.

This ancient and secretive religion is known as Satanism throughout much of the world and as Druidism in the British Isles. It has always been associated with snakes, the Sea, the use of sex as a sacrament, vampirism, infanticide — especially burning babies alive, sacred groves, astrology, prostitution, the use of mind-altering and aphrodisiac drugs, either/or thinking patterns, the use of two “goads” — right and left, black and white, Republican and Democrat, Muslim and Jew — to control people, elitism and the enslavement of people to serve the elites, and most of all, lies, fraud, and what is called “mirroring”.

The followers of Satan and Semiramis deliberately pretend to be their enemies.

They run about doing all sorts of hideous things “in the name of” their enemies, wear their enemies clothes, take up their enemies religious emblems and holy books, and to the whole world appear to be their enemies as they carry on their ancient atrocities.

So ask yourselves why a supposedly “Muslim Terrorist Group” is named after “Isis” — the Egyptian form of Semiramis?

Do you know any followers of Islam in their right minds who would join a group named after an ancient Egyptian fertility goddess — in blatant disrespect of Allah? A goddess who predates Father Abraham by at least 2,000 years?

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This is a message to all followers of Islam — you are being given a bad rap by Satanists pretending to be Muslim. Isis, obviously, isn’t a Muslim organization. Oh, there may be some deluded Muslims involved who think they are serving Allah, but no, the truth is plain to see. If you don’t speak up and start tracking down these false brothers and exposing them for what they are, who will?

This message is also to all Jews who worship your Creator — you have been given a bad rap by the Tribe of Dan for over 2000 years. Isn’t it time for an open repudiation of these false brothers, these “Sons of Cain”, who have caused so much misery and destruction for the Jewish people and the rest of the world? What have they ever done for you, except give the Nazis a good excuse?

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This message is to all Americans and to the rest of the world — the government of the District of Columbia has been taken over by these criminals. A Satanic Cult known as the “Roman Cult” has long been part of the Roman Catholic Church and also part of the Freemason movement — and as you can see, we have Semiramis standing in New York Harbor, disguised as the “Statue of Liberty” — complete with rays of light coming out of her head.

Let there now be rays of light coming out of your heads.

pov_r9_who_leads_who_leaves_confusion_rules_9Ask yourselves — what is liberty? It has the same root word as “libertine”. It’s what British sailors get in ports of call. It’s the worship of Semiramis. It has nothing to do with freedom. It has nothing to do with America.

It is an evil that has been imported to our shores by French Freemasons and the British Crown Corporation and the British Monarch who is supposed to be the Trustee of Americans and American shipping on the “High Seas and Navigable Inland Waterways” and who has instead allowed these attacks against us and all that we stand for.

This is the true “Enemy Within” and this evil religion has been the chosen religion of elitists, bankers, and lawyers since history began. Why? Because Semiramis invented idolatry — money — the use of graven images to “stand for” and “represent” other things.

In addition to the Statue of Liberty honoring Semiramis, we have the Washington Monument — a giant stone penis, also donated by Freemasons, and we have the idol Moloch — a giant effigy of an owl, which in the bad old days used to be heated up red hot and served a lunch of innocent crying babies — squatting in the Bohemian Grove in California.

It’s the emblem of the Bohemian Club, whose members are all elite bankers, corporate CEO’s, lawyers, and even members of the clergy. If you look very closely you can find Moloch’s owl emblem perched in the corner of every Federal Reserve Note.

The worldwide center of this ancient and profane religion is the Crown Temple in the Inner City of London, where bankers and lawyers worship their evil goddess to this day.

We can only hope that they continue to castrate themselves in her honor.

Just as these followers of the Devil, the Father of All Lies, have misrepresented themselves as Jews and as Muslims, they have misrepresented themselves as Americans, too. The Federal United States has presented itself to the rest of the world as if it were the Continental United States and it is well past time for everyone to know that it is not.

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These evil, scheming, licentious, duplicitous, greedy, dishonorable men who dominate the District of Columbia have nothing in common with Americans, do not represent us, and are not authorized to act in our names, control our nation, issue our laws, or interfere with us in any way.

We have been asleep, lulled by a false sense of security, believing that men of wisdom and integrity would safeguard our nation in perpetuity; instead, a horde of pirates and vermin in nice suits — international bankers and members of the Bar Associations — have compromised our borders, pretended to be us and to “represent” us, as an actor represents a character on the stage — and have worked iniquity in our names throughout the world.

It is time for this to be recognized for what it is and stopped. Anyone who wishes to remain asleep, anyone who refuses to help clean up this mess, is part of the problem.

The worship of Semiramis and Satan has plagued mankind for eight thousand years. It is time for the worship of idols — be they rock stars or bank notes — to end.

Money must be put back in its place as a simple tool to expedite trade, for like a gun, money is just that — a simple tool which has been abused and misused by evil and deluded men for destructive purposes.

These are the views, frustrations and aspirations of a Patriotic American, asking only to serve, a better nation.

One where, with values restored, a new 21st century society can re-emerge, fit for purpose, cognizant of the needs to serve society, not sequestrate it. One where values have value, and rights once again can be enshrined in a new Constitution, but a new Order where respect for all can become a fundamental ethos of a world in which all can be free, nature and ecology can be nurtured, and the principles of life enshrined into a standard and code of living ordained for all. We need to rethink money, rewards and the fundamental purpose of life, our own Cosmic Souls and the reason for our Carbon Life Form journey, what came before, and what we take with us. This is a New Age offering an opportunity to Enlightenment and to reshape a world fit for purpose and being. Life is not for Sequestration, nor to own the Souls of any nation. To be able to think, all I am, and want or can ever be, is the chance to make the best of Ethereal Me.

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Benjamin Fulford: The past year has seen pre-revolutionary turmoil, next may come post-revolutionary turmoil

Dec 28th 2015, 19:25, by Editor

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By Benjamin Fulford

This is the last Weekly Geopolitical News and Analysis report for 2015 and it is a good time to look back and see how much has changed in the past year. In many ways the situation now is similar to the situation in Eastern Europe just before the fall of the Soviet Union. Most of Eastern Europe had overthrown their Stalinist overlords and only the big kahuna, the Soviet Union, remained standing.

Europe has already rejected Khazarian mafia rule and what the world awaits is the collapse of the criminal rogue regime still in control in the Israel, the United States and a few vassal states like Japan. This can be done in 2016 but only if the White Dragon Society plus their BRICS and European allies keep up the offensive.

The biggest sign the Europeans have rejected the gangster regime headquartered in Washington DC is their decision to reject US pressure and join the Chinese initiated Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, which formally opened its doors last week. This move was led by the UK, usually the US’s most firm ally, and was quickly followed by France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland etc.

The French and the Germans, for their part, rejected the Washington DC crime regime’s attempt to start a war in the Ukraine by by-passing the US and directly negotiating the Minsk Peace accords with Russia.

There is also a systematic attempt to cut off all funding for the Zionazi (neo-con) faction of the Khazarian mob. These are the people who wanted to star World War 3 in order to reduce the world population by 90% and enslave the surviving 10%. This faction, headed by George Bush Sr. and his fellow Zionazis, survives mainly on oil, drugs, slavery and arms dealing.

The plunge in oil prices from over $70 a barrel late last year to the $30 range recently will start hitting these gangsters in earnest in January as their one year price hedges begin to expire.

The FARC rebels in Columbia meanwhile, have announced they will no longer be laundering their $50 billion a year in cocaine revenue through Citibank (Saudi Arabia and the Rockefeller family), Bank of America (Vanguard, State Street Corp.) and the Bush/Clinton crime family.

The battle to cut off Khazarian mob drug revenues has also been reflected in the move by the US Congress, the government of Columbia and the government of Mexico to legalize medical marijuana.
The Russians have also been arming both the Kurds and the Taleban to cut off Khazarian mob heroin money from Afghanistan. The North Koreans are also continuing to cut off amphetamine money that used to go through the Khazarians.

The Bush side of this crime family has already been marginalized with the widespread recognition they were responsible for 911 but Clinton side, while under attack, is still going strong. For a look at exactly how degenerate the United States political scene and media are, read the following by Miami Herald columnist Dave Barry:

“Elsewhere on the political front, Hillary Clinton declares her candidacy for president and sets out to demonstrate that she is a regular human by riding to Iowa in a custom van driven by Secret Service agents. In Maumee, Ohio, she stops at a Chipotle for takeout, a news event that produces a spasm of political journalism. The New York Times (we are not making this journalism up) breaks the story, reporting that Clinton wore sunglasses and ordered a chicken burrito bowl.

Bloomberg gets a follow-up scoop, reporting that the Clinton party’s bill was “$20 and some change” but Clinton “did not leave a tip.” Politico runs a 1,200-word story headlined (we are still not making this up) “The ‘everyday people’ who made Hillary Clinton’s burrito bowl.”

http://www.miamiherald.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/dave-barry/article51119880.html

The New York Times and other Khazarian mob controlled corporate media propaganda outlets find Clinton “eating a chicken burrito bowl” more newsworthy than well documented evidence of rape, drug dealing, murder and other crimes linked to the Clinton crime family.

https://www.intellihub.com/clinton-family-criminal-roots-exposed/

You can see why the world is turning its back on the disgusting, lying criminal cartel based in New York, Washington D.C. and Tel Aviv…

The full report will be posted on Thursday…

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Cobra Interview: December Monthly Update

Dec 28th 2015, 19:10, by Editor

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December Monthly Update with Cobra and Rob Potter. You can read Rob’s intro at The Promise Revealed.

Rob –  And here we are again with our emissary of light, Cobra.  I want to thank you for coming here again to the Victory of Light radio show.  I know it’s always a pleasure to share with you the planetary situation update and what’s going on.  Welcome, Cobra.

COBRA –  Thank you for your invitation.  It’s always a pleasure to do those interviews.

Rob – Yes, it’s been quite a scene.  It seems as though after the last interview we had the Paris and then we talked about it and now we have, of course, the San Bernardino false flag shootings and it seems to be having the desired effect.  There have been attacks on Muslims and various things of this nature.  Can you address a little bit to the mindset of how people can overcome this type of negativity and what we can do to heal this situation?

COBRA – OK.  It is important to understand that those false flag attacks have one single purpose: to keep people involved and enmeshed in this situation, to have the images of this and thought forms of this rolling in their mind, to have their focus on this.  It’s actually very effective through the use of the mass media.  They kill a few people or they stage a killing of a few people and this image and this message gets distributed to the mass media and very effectively lowers the vibrational frequency of the people and very effectually draws the people away from constructive action.  The only remedy to this is drop this from your awareness.  Just let it go.  There are more important things that are happening that have much more influence on the planetary situation and instead of focusing on those false flag attacks, it is much more important to focus on the goal of the planetary liberation and what you can do to assist in that process.

Rob – Thank you very much.  As a result of the Paris attacks and the San Bernardino, they, the cabal, has very actively been promoting through multiple agencies including Congress (like 9-11), a series of new laws to restrict movement and to deny visa’s and, of course, are creating all this type of negativity in terms of the lawful administration to tighten the noose of the NWO physically.  Can you allay the fears of people from direct information from the Resistance that none of these plans . . . I mean it seems as though they are going to be restricting people’s movements in and out of the country quite a bit now.  Can you comment on this for us please?

COBRA – OK.  I would not say that none of this will be successful, but I will say the majority of their plans will not be successful.  You see they are trying all the time to restrict movements, to trigger wars, to do whatever they can to implement their NWO, but I can say here, basically their plan for the NWO, their goal was to complete the process in the year 2000.  And obviously it didn’t happen.  They were planning on having a totalitarian world government completely operational by the year 2000. Now 15 years later, they still have not been successful and there is only one reason – the existence of the light forces, which means us, which means the Resistance Movement, which means various types of space brothers and sisters and many other positive beings that are preventing their plans daily.  So I would say that about 80 – 90% of their plans never see the light of day because they are stopped.  Some of the plans do get successful to a certain degree but never completely.  So whatever their plans are, they are mostly not going to be successful.  Of course, before the planet is liberated we can not guarantee or we can not say  that all their plans will be stopped, but most of them will be.  I would not focus so much on the fear of what is going to happen, on what they are going to do, but again, focus more on what can I do to speed up the process of liberation and ensure our victory.

Rob – Thank you very much for that.  I’ve recommended for many people to just turn off their TV.  I get a lot of panic requests and fear-based information from a lot of people.  I recommend you turn off your television.  Spend more time in nature and try to connect to your own inner self in a good way.  Speaking of that, we’re going to jump around here.  We’re going to go right to some other people’s questions.  I have a few more I’ll pepper in, but we have quite a few questions today.  A lot of people want to know how can they get a feel for their energetic bodies, the astral etheric or plasma plane while they are still in their body.  Is there any method that you can recommend?  I’ve recommended pyramids, crystals and lasers.  I think Cintamani stones have had some good effect on people.  Can you offer some suggestions?

COBRA – OK.  Basically the core of this question is that people would like to be aware of other aspects of their being, other higher dimensions parts of their being.  Actually, everybody is aware of that all the time.  If you have any emotions, you feel your astral body.  If you’re thinking, you feel your mental body.  If you feel any type of energy running through your body, if you are tired or hyperactive or whatever your energy mood is, you feel your etheric body.  So people are feeling those things already.  They are not aware of it, but what is even more important here is to be aware of the source of all this, which is your soul, your higher self, your I AM presence.  And you are also always aware of that simply by being.  It is the state of existence.  You are, and this I AM , or YOU are is your Soul.  So I would not give any particular advice of how to get in contact with that because there are many books out there and each individual person has an individual path to reach that goal.  I would say follow your deepest inspiration, your deepest vision and you will get there.

Rob – OK.  Thank you.  I’d recommend meditation and prayer, talking to the mighty I AM and to listening for the answers within.  Here we have another quick question.  It’s an opinion and not so much about Keshe here.  They say, he (Keshe) had put out a post from his technology that he was indicating that there was going to be some earthquakes.  Obviously, the Cintamani stone and the Great White Brotherhood and the net of the light forces are negating some of these effects.  It seems like they’re going to appear, but don’t.  Can you comment on the possibilities of upcoming earthquakes around the world and North American in particular?

COBRA – OK.  The situation the last few years didn’t change much.  There will be occasional earthquakes because the Earth energy grid needs to release certain tensions.  The light forces can, of course, absorb most of that shock, but not all of that shock, because the Earth as a living entity, as an energy being, has to carry all the stress of the Cabal and humanity combined.  Plus, the Chimera group and the plasma accretion vortex and all this is quite much of a stress to the planetary energy body.  And although there is much assistance here, some of this pressure needs to be released through earthquakes.  Most of the earthquakes happen in areas and in a way there is as little casualties and damage as possible.

Rob – Very good, thank you.  Another question that I kind of like myself.  You always wonder here, and, of course, as timelines you never know.  The question was as a human on this planet, will we ever be able to take back our missing DNA strands or they say use 100% of the brain, I mean, unite to our divine self?  Obviously, this is the plan.  Will this happen in our lifetime, or is this, depending on the age of course, is this eminent or is this more like a gradual change that will happen individually for certain people and for some people it won’t?

COBRA – The Event is the moment when this change will be initialized.  And, of course, it will take some time depending on the individual case.  Each individual being will go through their own process, but the process will start at the Event.  It will be a massive improvement at that time – a quantum leap you might say.  And there will be fuller subsequent quantum leaps later, but I would say the Event is the moment when you have this critical mass of consciousness present on the planet when you being as a race, as a collective to use our higher abilities to activate the dormant part of our brain and dormant part of our DNA.  And then this will no longer be an issue. It will be simply a very fast accelerated evolution.  The problem is the time before the Event when everybody is still suppressed artificially.  The Cabal and the Chimera are still suppressing the collective evolution of humanity.  This is the reason why people are feeling so unhappy with the present situation.

Rob – Yes, it’s definitely a drain on the soul for those who are in contact and see what’s going on here.  The next question is about Osho or Baghran Sri Rajneesh.  He certainly was a person to expose many programs and beliefs.  Fred Bell said that he was a kind of like a teacher and attracted what he called 6th Ray devotees – people who look to someone else for their liberation.  In a certain sense a lot of people carried his picture around.  I did notice a lot of open consciousness.  Someone was kind of wondering, he’s passed on now, I think we can have a comment, kind of curious about what you felt about his mission and stuff.  I know a lot of things were political there.  Could you talk about Osho?

COBRA – He was a soul coming from the Sirius star system.  His mission was to awaken the western societies to the reality of emotional processes, clearing of the emotional body.  He assisted to a certain degree in the liberation of sexual energy and integrating that energy with the energy of the heart and he was having a very important mission in bringing practical tools for the western society, how to deal with emotions.  This was a key part of his mission.  Of course, there were other aspects, and, of course, the Cabal was after him.  He was actually . . . he had poisoning attempts and he was actually killed by the Cabal.

Rob – Yes, I would agree with that.  He was really cool.  He actually created a thing in Oregon and basically brought in a bunch of people in a democratic process and took over the voting so that his group wouldn’t be harassed for what they’re doing in the city there.  There were some elements within his following that were purchasing guns .  He was in silence for many years so there were people that got carried away.  Some of his leaders were actually hoarding guns and some numerous Rolls Royces’ and stuff.

COBRA – (His answer was garbled and daneell could not transcribe it.)

Rob – OK.  This is an interesting one.  Someone says, “The last time you spoke about the food chain and the Archons and the Dracos and the other groups.  Could you address the Anunnaki?”  I’ve got quite a few questions on them and their influence.  They’re the ones who claim to be in charge of the Red Dragons.  The questions are:  “Are they still here on the planet?  Are they Archons?  Who are they?  Can you talk about their history?”

COBRA – OK.  I never met one so I can not answer this question.

Rob – From your intelligence, can you know are there any of the original Anunnaki, archons, draconians alive on the planet?

COBRA – My intelligence does not mention that name. They don’t acknowledge that name.  They know certain races and certain factions by different names, but they don’t acknowledge that name.

Rob –  Okay. Dr. Frank told me that some of those records were taken from older records and were manipulated.  My understanding, (I don’t know if this would fit in), but some of them were beings that were here interacting with humans and did kind of put themselves in positions of power.  You’ve obviously heard the story of Zecharia Sitchin where they claim to be our creators and they used us as slaves.

COBRA – Yes, of course, yes, of course, but my sources say that all these stories have been fabricated and there is a lot of misinformation.

Rob – Okay. That coincides with Dr. Frank Stranges’ information and understanding that there were elements of E.T. things here and certainly is trying to make these beings seem like they are our Lords and masters.  Next question.  Someone has asked a question and I didn’t ask specifically that question because I wasn’t really sure. I wanted more background.  He gave me a very long convoluted background on the people, but I want to pronounce their name correctly.  Could you talk about . . . Ben Fulford talked about, the HYKSOS, descendants of Abraham’s religion and their influence in history?  And are they still here?

COBRA – Yes, this is part of one branch of the Khazarians, or should we say forefather’s of the Khazarians.  Basically, we can go much further in history because that whole area that has been mentioned already around the Chechnya vortex.  The core of this area is the home of one branch of the Biblical man.  The same area was used as a portal through various Archon invasions to bring reptilian hybrids in humanoid bodies to planet Earth and these are the ones that we call the Khazarians.

 

Rob – You don’t believe there is one Creator, that there is multiple gods?

COBRA – I believe there is one absolute Source, but the absolute Source is not represented correctly in monotheistic religions.  Actually, monotheistic religions were misusing the fact of the distance of the absolute in order to control people.  Because Archons are quite skilled in using spiritual truth and turning them into the tool of control.

Rob –   I agree that it has been misused by monotheistic religions, but I believe that the one absolute source of Creator that you can have a personal relationship with that, although, anything you can say or think about it would limit that.

COBRA – That’s true, but I was just saying that monotheistic religions were created not with the purpose of connecting a person with the absolute but with the purpose of controlling people’s connection with the absolute.

Rob – My info from the GWB is that certain incarnations were brought here to actually bring the truth and the light as it was attempted in Egypt and in central America to re-establish a proper understanding of relationship to the one living God. Can you tell me what you think about Moses?

COBRA – Moses was a priest that was initiated in Egypt’s mystery schools.

Rob – OK.  Who initiated him into the mystery schools?  Were those positive light beings or negative beings?

COBRA – Yes. Positive, yes.

Rob – Can you explain how he was misused and what he did?

COBRA – He was misused later when he transferred some of the teachings of the mystery school in a way.  He actually wasn’t intending to do that.  The purpose of the Archons behind the scenes was, as I’ve said before, to put themselves as an intermediary between a person and their own spiritual experience.

Rob – What was his contact on the mountain when he brought back the tablets?  Was that positive or a negative contact?

COBRA – That was positive contact.

Rob – That was pretty powerful contact there.  I would feel that his mission was pretty successful to a certain extent.  Obviously, there is a human element and they didn’t accept the commandments.  I’m kind of curious how you say that later on in his mission, after he passed away, his teachings were misused.

COBRA – Basically, he had a very powerful spiritual experience, and he was also trained as a priest, and the Archons have managed to put certain parts of their teachings into his teachings.  The same thing that happened with most of the prophets at that time.

Rob – Yes, the teachings are always changed.  The prophet has a unique spiritual experience with superluminal light beings.  You opened up a big can of worms for me.  Can you talk about your concept of monotheism or one true living God or of people’s. . . I don’t see it as a secular religion, but as an individual’s relationship to the absolute Creator.  What are your views on that?

COBRA – Basically the absolute is not the Creator. Universe was created with an interaction with the absolute and the contingency. This is #1.  And what most religions do, they simplify the understanding of how the universe works and they put certain other elements into this that they act as a controlling medium for the people.  So the purpose of most religions was not to bring people closer to the absolute, but to distance them from the absolute.  And somebody who did not agree with that particular version of the truth was not accepted and was persecuted.

Rob – I would agree with part of that.  I’m kind of curious.  What created the contingency?  It’s kind of a thing.  Something doesn’t come from nothing.  You talk about the absolute. The Creator was created by.  Explain to me how creation was created and what your concept of the first cause is?

COBRA – Basically, there is no first cause.  Absolute was not created, it always was, is and will be.  Contingency was not created with a purpose. It was an outburst of a random function, an anomaly and those two things are logically opposite.  They are two very strong but opposite forces, and the tensions between those two created the Universe.

Rob – Yeah, okay.  I would agree with that.  The absolute always is and was and will be.  I guess that’s just a difference in terms.  I would call that the Creator.  Do you believe an infinitesimal reflection of which we all are of all that is and will be?  You don’t want to call it God. I understand that because it has a lot of connotations of individual anthropomorphic being.  Do you believe an individual can have a personal relationship with all that is, ever was and will be.

COBRA – Yes, of course.

Rob – Good.  That makes me feel a lot better about what you’re saying here.  Do you feel that the intent of the initiates and the prophets that are working with the light forces and the spiritual redemption of the planet to bring about the truth of the workings of the universe in it’s original intent is to bring us back to the truth obviously?  So the question is and you clearly stated that this has been hijacked by the Archons. Is that correct?

COBRA – Yes.

Rob – OK.  Can you speak about the mission of Yeshua and the Christ and that powerful plan of redemption from the planet and the message there?  In your opinion. . . .obviously that was hijacked as well, but do you feel that Christ was a divine personage from the highest levels of the administration of the material and nonmaterial universes of the multiple dimensional beings that are administrators of creation, I guess we could call them? We all work together in that sense.  Can you comment on the level of success of his mission?

COBRA – He was the first who brought a very important message and that is the message of unconditional love and this is the key message to ensure the success of the planetary liberation.  In one way he was very successful because many people from that time on began to understand the meaning of compassion, the meaning of unconditional love, the meaning of pure and unconditional light and they began to understand at least some of them, the importance of the inner child. But the Archons managed to suppress many parts of his message and have managed to distort the rest of his message, so I would say the vast majority of people that speak about Him do not understand that message.  So in one way his mission was very successful and on the other hand the success was not as it had been planned.  The hopes of the light forces were much greater.

Rob – Yes, obviously.  It seems to be that there is some people, and I believe that he has a certain place in the future of the Earth to clarify things and some people say and feel that he has a certain authority in what takes place.  According to Commander Valiant Thor, he interacts closely with the Solar Councils and when he makes a decree as an Ascended Master for something to happen, the entire forces of the light Confederation see to it that things happen and that he is kind of an authority in the redemption of the planet.  Would you agree with that or not?

COBRA – Not completely.  I would say every being has a certain say in what is going to happen, including him and including everybody else. 

Rob – Would you say as an ascended master and from his position, that he has a higher say than say, some beings on the Ganymede portal, or would he be subservient to that?

COBRA – I would not say that anybody is higher or lower.  We are all emanations of the One.

Rob – OK. Let’s get it a little lighter here.  In the Avatar series it says that the Navi have been portrayed with tapered toes.  Some people call that Egyptian feet.  Can you talk about that?  Is that E.T. or random human mutations?

COBRA – Actually, it’s both.  There were some experiments in Atlantis with this, and it was also a random human mutation.

Rob – Thank you.  Can you talk about what’s going to happen with education after the Event.

COBRA – Education will finally start getting interesting for children because the truth will be told.  The reason why children are bored at school is because the truth is not being told.  They are being fed lies.  The truth about human history, about real science, about free energy, about E.T. contact, about the reality of behind the scenes politics will make things much more interesting.  People will be motivated and also higher intellectually, spiritual abilities will make this process much easier.

Rob – Can you talk about the Chimera group’s interactions with the human population in the 20’s and 30’s.  You mentioned Carl Howhopper from the Germans.  Can you elaborate a little bit on that?  Is this related to. . . Did they come out from the Inner Earth to contact him?  What was happening there?

COBRA – The Chimera group very rarely contacts a human being from the surface.  What they did was they did not contact him directly.  They send some emissaries of a certain negative dragon faction from Tibet and he was in contact with that faction.

Rob – Right. There’s a black Tibetan group that’s kind of got their own little off-shoot I’ve heard.  A lot of people are asking what will happen after the Event – jobs and stuff.  Can you just assure the people that are working in what we call nuclear power plants,  chemical stuff?  Can you explain a little bit how the Event will take care of them and how they’ll transition to new jobs?

COBRA – OK.  People are basically asking those questions from a perspective of insecurity, that if they don’t work in such and such branch or industry of where they were trained that they will run out of money or anything of that nature.  People need to understand that after the Event, there will be a restricting of the whole economy on the planet.  Even if you’re job post is closed, many new ones will open which you will bring you more prosperity.  This is the basis of the same question. This fear that wants to keep things as they are is blocking evolution and evolution needs to happen even if there is a little bit of shaking and a little bit of change which might be unpleasant for a short period of time. The outcome will be much better for everyone.  As an example, if someone is working at a nuclear power planet right now and the Event happens, maybe he’ll be out of work for a few months, then he’ll begin to work on a different project where he’ll be able to use his expertise with a greater pay, less stress and be much more productive.

Rob – Thank you very much.  People have some questions about the veil. You have mentioned this.  What is the source? Is this strictly from man-made technology and satellites?  Can you talk about what is the source of the primary thing?  This is the, I guess you’d call this, the plasma scalar field network.  Is this mostly off planet or does it work in conjunction with Earth-based technology like cell-phones?

COBRA – The basis of the bases is very ancient, very old scalar wave technology which has been here for at least 25,000 years.  I would say the network has been completed and completely functional for the last 25,000 years.  The last century more and more additions were made to the veil based upon the evolvement of the military-industrial complex.  Their own technologies like HAARP, like different, Gwen Towers for an example, then cell phones were added to the network, microchips – layers upon layers, infrared scalar devices, radar devices, many layers upon layers, satellites.  Many of the key-hole satellites are part of the network, and on and on.

Rob – OK.  Thank you. That answers that question.  Here’s a question: someone wants to know the significance of Larimar.  I think it’s found in Costa Rica only so far.  Someone says, Atlantean stone.  Do you know about this blue stone, Larimar?

COBRA – Yes, it comes from Dominican Republic.  There is only one place where it is found.  It does have the vibrational frequency of Atlantis because that region was a quite important temple complex in Atlantis and the spiritual energy of that temple complex is encoded in that stone.

Rob – Thank you, very much.  What is an empath being?  Can you describe an empath?

COBRA – Empath is a being that is able to feel other people’s emotions and is actually, I would describe it as an emotional clairvoyant – someone who can perceive other people’s emotions, can understand them sometimes better than other people, can read other people’s intentions.  Sometimes empaths were used in secret military programs to detect lies or any kind of manipulations.  Also, those empaths are not 100% reliable.  Sometimes they can detect things that are not detectable otherwise.

Rob – Thank you.  You said that, of course, all the religions have been misled and taken over here.  Since we got some of the Muslim stuff going on, we have a series of questions here that were kind of interesting and I’ll let you share about it.  They want to know what is the mystical symbolism of the cube building?  What is the stone made of – the foundation?  Is the foundation a rock? Have any influence?  What is the city of Mecca?  Do they have special values and what is the purpose of the pilgrimage around this stone?  Can you talk about any astrological timing of Ramadan or the Hajj around the stone?  Basically, we want to know what’s going on with the stone in Mecca and what that is?

COBRA – OK.  Yes, of course.  This area was actually a very important Goddess vortex before Islam came.  It was one of the worship centers for one of the pre-Islamic goddess for a few of the Pre Islamic goddesses.  The Archons have used that place, that location, to suppress the Goddess vortex there.  They have used that cube to suppress the Goddess vortex and that cube was prepared with occult magical rituals to enslave people in 3rd dimension.  And the rotation of people in Hajj around the stone was further used to charge that stone with the people’s energy and to keep them enslaved even more.  There are many rituals being made every year at Hajj from the etheric and plasma plane.  People are being programmed through that programming center, ethically.  The same situation is happening in the Vatican – exactly the same process, exactly the same technologies being used through the Vatican.

Rob – Thank you, very much.  So this ceremonial order and magic of the light forces that could be used positively is being used for mind control.  Someone had said that the Naples complex you said that the Event has never taken place and so there is no Akashic records for us to connect to.  They wanted to know, will the truth of our origins our soul families and our lifetimes and earths or else will be an immediate result of the Event or will this be a gradual unfolding process?

COBRA – I have already answered this question today.  It will be a gradual process which will have a big quantum leap at the time of the Event.

Rob – OK.  Someone says the Haupburgs, can you talk, are they the dark Cabal?

COBRA – You always need to understand that if somebody belongs to a certain family doesn’t automatically mean that it’s a bad person, but the family as a whole is part of the Cabal.  I would say old European Nobility Cabal structure.

Rob – Yes, I can talk about that in my thing.  I have a person who is part of that family and did not like the reptilians running around on her property, but they were.  The next question here is what is the impact on the body and mental health when meat eating?  Why meat eating effects us negatively in our mental and our physical health?  Obviously, the physical is due to hormones and improper treatment of animals, but could you talk about any other impacts of eating meat?

COBRA – There are many.  First when the animal is killed, the vibrational fear is stored in the cellar memory of that animal and people take this into their own bodies.  The second thing is eating meat does lower the vibrational frequency of the body.  Some people need a certain amount of meat for their well being, but most people would be much better off without eating meat.

Rob – Thank you, very much.  I concur completely on that.  Someone wants you to clear up the hollow inhabited Earth.  Some say it’s a portal, that there’s a large hole, and some say there’s a smaller hole.  Can you tell us where the main cavern is of the Inner Earth, I guess it would be called, maybe the halls of Amenti where the very tall beings live there as opposed to the Agarthan network?  Explain about the honeycomb Earth.  Is the center molten or is there a large area where people inhabit that?

COBRA – OK.  I would not agree with the Hollow Earth and I would not agree with the polar opening, but I would agree with the honeycombed Earth.  There are many caverns, may large tunnel systems, underground rivers, huge spaces, but there is nothing like the central sun within the Earth and there is nothing like the polar opening, and no, the Earth is not flat.

Rob – OK.  Is there a larger civilization of the light that’s lived in there for a long time, more towards the center or no?

COBRA – The living conditions more toward the center on the physical plane are simply not supporting life, because if you go deeper . . . the deeper you go the temperature begins to rise.  If you go more than maybe more than 10 miles below the ground, it gets very hot down there and it’s impractical to build anything deeper than maybe 10 miles, or even less.  And sometimes the Earth crust is not that thick.  It does not support building structures down there.  So I would say the majority of underground complexes are very close to the surface, I would say up to maximum of a few miles below the surface.

Rob – OK.  Here’s a question in regards to a guy named Stewart Swerdlow, who is a Montauk boy and allegedly he had some positive alien DNA, and one of the things it was said that his father intervened on his behalf and said my son will not become a murderer because he was in this program.  George Bush had contact with him, and he said that there’s some groups on the other side of the Kuiper Belt that are assisting humans on this planet in defeating the groups here on Earth that are not necessarily benevolent to humans.  They’re assisting and have their own agenda and want to be in charge of Earth.  Would you agree with that, that it’s possible or some of them are not or are the light forces completely in charge of that?

COBRA – OK.  It was true a long time ago, but it’s not true any more.  There were huge changes in the last few decades about this whole structure.

Rob – OK.  One last question here, I think maybe two here.  I guess someone wanted to know, “Is it true that Turkey buys oil from the Islamic state?”

COBRA – Yes, of course, it’s true.  I think this is obvious.

Rob – They wanted to know were the manipulations of the . . . Were there any manipulations in the election of Erdogan or whatever?

COBRA – Yes, of course.  This is also obvious.

Rob – OK.  There was a report that in Thailand there were a million students meditating in a concerted Buddhist or priests around the world.  Can you talk a little bit about why that did not trigger the Event for the 144,000?

COBRA – Because they were not meditating for the Event.  They were just meditating to bring the positive resonance of the planet and that was successful.

Rob – OK.  And so then and this kind of goes along with some of the Pleiadian information that I understand that what you think about and feel about with emotional intensity over time can become your reality.  You’re of course interacting with other realities, but the Event meditation is very specific and it’s important that people when they’re doing that Event hold that specific idea of the removal of the Cabal. Would you agree with that?

COBRA – I would agree that people need to hold the specific idea of manifesting the Event and visualizing it and feeling it, and, of course, the removal of the Cabal is one aspect of this.

Rob – Yes, OK.  Also in your last post about the Kuiper Belt, you said don’t worry about this.  Obviously, this is something that none of us can possibly be involved with.  It’s beyond our understanding and knowledge.  We’re obviously not in outer space.  Do you have any information . . . Are there any aspects of the positive elements of the secret space program involved in this type of thing?  Are they still definitely not really taken under the wing of the positive light forces in engagement in these things yet?

COBRA – The Kuiper Belt contains both the Chimera bases and, of course, a lot of light forces that belong to the positive space programs.

Rob – Oh, good.  So there are positive secret space program elements working.

COBRA – I would not call them SSP because most of them are not related to this planet.  They are not Earth-based space programs that have . . . They’re not Earth-based break away civilizations, I would put it this way.

Rob – They would be initiates or like the guy that refused to work for the Cabal program.

COBRA – I would say branches of the RM that remain on Planet X, Pleiadian fleet, Andromedan fleet, Sirian fleet and other parts of the Confederation and some new fresh infusions from throughout the galaxy.

Rob – Thank you.  One last question here.  You had mentioned that there were going to be some alternative plans.  There seems to be an increase in sightings.  This keeps ramping up.  Is this part of the disclosure process being taken away from the Cabal by the ever increasing sightings around the world?

COBRA – Of course. Yes.

Rob – Are there any chances that the negative Cabal will be creating sightings to claim information that might be used as disinformation?

COBRA – You’re speaking about the project Bluebeam most likely.  This is not going to happen.

Rob –  All right.  Thank you very much, Cobra.  Very interesting.  I’m glad you clarified some things on the Creator there.  I do have some different information in regards to the Great White Brotherhood and certain aspects of the attempts of these prophets and contactees to bring about certain information about how the universe actually runs and I would agree with you that they’ve been turned.  But it seems that at a certain point the light forces have intervened with certain incarnations to achieve certain specific missions which have brought about certain changes in a positive way.  Would you agree with that?

COBRA – Yes.

Rob – Thank you very much.  All right Cobra, thank you so much for coming on again.  Sorry we did have a couple of technical difficulties folks.  God bless you and Victory to the Light, Cobra.

COBRA – Thank you very much.  Victory of the Light.   End.

Source: The Promise Revealed

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The Last Full Moon Of 2015 Will Fall On Christmas

Dec 24th 2015, 23:00, by Editor

The Last Full Moon Of 2015 Will Fall On Christmas

By Alexa Erickson

Christmas is a day of reflection, gratitude, togetherness, cheer, warmth, giving, and goodness. It’s unique for many reasons, one of them being that it happens one day a year — a birthday if you will. When a full moon occurs, there’s an overwhelming energy that arises. The sun and the moon are in opposite Zodiac signs. And while it proves to be a time of utter charge, it also brings about a sense of balance — the solar yang and the lunar yin are congruous. When the two occasions occur simultaneously, well, that just feels extra special.

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The end of a year brings about many feelings. We replay the events of the past and how we changed and grew, and we use our missteps and misfortunes as well as our positive outcomes to pave new intentions for the year ahead of us. We are sensitive this time of year, because there is such a huge transition surfacing.

That’s why it makes it even more intriguing that the last full moon we’ll see in 2015 happens to be on one of the most celebratory days of the year. People are enthralled with this idea, perhaps because it’s so spectacular that two big things are coming together. Bizarre and beautiful occurrences take place during full moons. Wonderful things happen on Christmas. The combination of the two is like a treat you never knew you needed until you’re informed of its presence, and suddenly the excitement consumes you.

The December full moon is special because it rises near sunset and then sets close to sunrise. This means that it is the only night in the entire month that the moon stays in the sky for the whole night.

What’s even more exceptional is that a full moon on Christmas day hasn’t occurred for 38 years. The last time it happened was in 1977, and the next one won’t appear until 2034.

The interpretation of the moon is seen in various cultures and religions across the globe. Each full moon is given a special name to track the seasons in the Native American culture. December’s moon is called the Oak Moon, Cold Moon, or Long Nights Moon.

In Buddhist history, the importance of the full moon is linked to many life events, such as the birth of Buddha. His renunciation also took place on this day, as did his Enlightenment, first sermon, and even his passing. A full moon is seen as a supreme time for spiritual development in Buddhism for these reasons.

In Roman culture, the goddess of the moon was named Luna. Their belief says that each evening, Luna would ride her silver chariot across the dark sky, and humans are thought to display erratic behaviour at this time as a result. The words “lunatic” and “lunacy” can also be traced to this myth.

In astrological terms, a new moon symbolizes the measurement of power. Here, you are experiencing the pinnacle of your clarity, where all your desires are revealed to you. Now, think of connecting this ideology to the end of one year and the beginning of a new one. You are more aware of everything your mind, body, and spirit require for optimum health from the inside out. Surrounded by people you love, it’s your time to listen closely as your goals for 2016 unfold.

When it comes to weather, ocean tides are affected by the moon’s gravitational pull due to the fact that the moon’s orbit around the earth isn’t fully circular. Also, during both the full moon as well as the new moon, it remains closer to the earth than at any other time, therefore higher tides occur. The connection between this element and yourself can be utterly empowering.

As you can see, there are so many ways to view the beauty of a full moon. People are allured by this rare event of it falling on Christmas day for so many reasons, and now is your time to decide how it will affect you.

Source: Collective Evolution

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8 Christmas UFO Sightings for the Holidays

Dec 24th 2015, 22:30, by Editor

8 Christmas UFO Sightings for the Holidays

With the holiday season in full swing, I thought we’d look back at some random UFO sightings from Decembers past. Here we go!

White House Christmas Card UFO (December 18, 2011)

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I actually posted about this when the story first appeared, but unfortunately that article was lost in the Great Stranger Dimensions Post Purge of 2013 (yes, that was a thing).

To summarize, on December 18, 2011, a woman named Dawn posted a video on YouTube about an odd artifact she noticed on that year’s official White House Christmas card. No other versions of the card contained the UFO (which you can see circled in the image above), leading Dawn to believe that she possessed a copy of the original photo. All subsequent cards, she mused, had been edited to remove it.

It was a Christmas Conspiracy!

The original video has since been deleted, but there are others. Were these aliens visiting the White House for Christmas, or was this just an ordinary glitch in the photo?

Tokyo, Japan Sighting (December 25, 2013)

On Christmas Day, 2013, a number of white UFOs were spotted in the skies over Tokyo, Japan. A journalist captured video of the sighting, and it soon went viral. The objects, described as disc- or rod-shaped, were all tilted at the same angle, and some appeared to be in formation.

However, while the videos became popular for their UFO mystique, the more mundane explanation was that these were simply contrails from passing jets illuminated by the Sun…or were they?

White Light in Nixon, Texas (December 28, 2012)

Images: MUFON (1, 2, 3)

Images: MUFON (1, 2, 3)

Three days after Christmas in 2012, a deer triggered a game cam within a forested area in Nixon, Texas. Over a series of three photos, a strange light can be seen moving upward from left to right.

“The game cam has taken dozens of pictures prior to this incident, from the same mounted position; no light or reflections have ever been recorded before. My first thought was that someone was headlighting. But the third picture shows the light to be above any human height…I have no explanation for the lights on the game camera. A reasonable conjecture is made that it is not an airplane due to the time lapse.”

Read the MUFON report here.

Pulsing Red Light in Boise, Idaho (December 24, 2011)

Image from video. MUFON images available (1, 2, 3)

Image from video. MUFON images available (1, 2, 3)

The MUFON report accompanying this submission is particularly long. In it, the witness describes a scene that took place on Christmas Eve in 2011, during which a glowing red “plasma ball” hovered in the air for some 40 minutes. According to the report, the sighting was also corroborated by a friend of the witness who lived “4-5 miles away” who could also see the object.

“I am convinced this is some sort of plasma formation,” states the witness in the report, and later, “I had the impression that this was under control of some intelligence of some sort.” You can read the entire report here.

A video uploaded to YouTube on December 24, 2011 also shows a red orb in the sky:

What’s curious about this sighting is that similar objects – if not the same one – were seen over a number of years, often in December (the report also mentions the sighting of a similar red orb in 1978 in McCall, Idaho). Here’s a video of another glowing red orbin Boise, Idaho taken in December of 2012. And, just to complete the trilogy, here’s another from December 2013.

Bright White Light Disappears in Hayward, Wisconsin (December 26, 2010)

Images: MUFON (1, 2)

Images: MUFON (1, 2)

On December 26, 2010, this UFO witness was riding a Skid Steer loader (a small tractor thing) in Hayward, Wisconsin when he noticed a bright light appear “seemingly out of nowhere.” He quickly grabbed his phone and took a picture, in which you can see the starry light.

The object then zoomed off to the west, then (presumably) disappeared. The two pictures submitted with the report show a before and after of the experience. Check out the report here.

Floating Rectangle in Raleigh, North Carolina (December 30, 2009)

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Now this one’s interesting. On the evening of December 30, 2009, this witness was riding down a road in Raleigh, North Carolina when a dark square craft passed overhead.

“We were first caught off guard that a plane would be flying so low at night with no ground lights, but then noticed how slowly the craft was moving.The craft traveled exactly due west (we returned later that night with a compass) about 50-60ft off the ground and 40 yards to our left over a field at about 30mph. The craft had two dim lights, one was definitely red. I thought the other light was a dim green, but the other eyewitness remembered it as a dim white light.

I pulled over, rolled down my window and noticed no sound coming from the low flying craft. I turned around and followed the craft for a few minutes, but it was traveling too low to the tree tops that I soon lost sight of it through the trees.”

The image here, of course, is a recreation of the event. The report can be found here.

UFOs form Triangle in Andover, Massachusetts (December 19, 2013)

Glowing lights were spotted in the skies of Andover, Massachusetts on the evening of December 19, 2013, complete with the above video. Three of the lights appeared in a triangular formation, with a fourth straggler traveling behind them. But then things got serious:

“I then witnessed light after light come off the horizon from the North and travel the same pattern, the same speed, probably about 12 more lights total. Some came off the horizon at a constant rate, I would guess they were about 30 seconds apart from each other and seemed to be equidistant from each other coming one-by-one.

Others came out perhaps at a 45 or 60 second interval. All lights traveled at a constant speed, at the same speed as the other lights, and all traveled on the same linear path and seemed to eventually disappear. I would estimate it took about 75 to 90 seconds from the time it came from the horizon until it fully disappeared.”

A few lights remained, but eventually they too faded from sight.

Rendlesham Forest Incident (December 26, 1980)

Image: Martin Pettitt via CC by 2.0

Image: Martin Pettitt via CC by 2.0

3:00 a.m., December 26, 1980. A light descends into Rendlesham Forest near RAF Woodbridge and RAF Bentwaters in Suffolk, UK. Servicemen from Woodbridge enter the forest, thinking it was a downed aircraft, but instead find a glowing metallic object moving through the trees.

One witness, Sgt. Jim Penniston, would go on to claim that he touched the object’s surface, describing it as “warm,” and that the craft’s triangular landing gear had left indentations in the ground. But Penniston denied the craft was of extraterrestrial origin; during regression hypnosis, he would instead reveal that they were time travelers from the future, our own descendents “returning to obtain genetic material to keep their ailing species alive.”

Police later arrived to investigate, but by then the mysterious object had vanished. However, according to Wikipedia, in the light of day they did find something peculiar: “After daybreak on the morning of 26 December, servicemen returned to a small clearing near the eastern edge of the forest and found three small impressions in a triangular pattern, as well as burn marks and broken branches on nearby trees.”

The incident would later become known as “Britain’s Roswell.”

Do They Have Holidays On Mars?

And, well, that about does it. Who knows what strange sights await us this year? Keep your eyes open. (And also don’t forget last year’s mesmerizing reports of a jolly red craft flying across the sky…watch out for that one!)

Source: Stranger Dimensions

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World War I: The 1914 Christmas Truce

Dec 24th 2015, 22:00, by Editor

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An excerpt from Jacques Pauwels’ forthcoming book The Great Class War, 1914-1918

The situation in the fall 1914, after the “war of movement” has given way to the infamous stationary “trench warfare”:

The ordinary soldiers developed more and more antipathy and even hatred toward their own officers. Simultaneously, they started to empathize and even sympathize for the men facing them on the far side of the no man’s land. The official enemy – the Germans, Russians, French, whatever – were demonized by the authorities but the soldiers had little or nothing against them. In many cases, they hardly knew the people they were supposed to hate and kill. Furthermore, they soon found out that they had much in common with “the enemy,” first and above all a lower-class social background, and second, the same exposure to danger and misery.

The men learned in many ways that the official enemy was in fact not the real enemy, that the soldiers on the other side were human beings just like themselves. This lesson could be learned, for example, by reading letters and looking at pictures found on taken from prisoners. The contempt for the “other,” deliberately fabricated by the military and political superiors, thus soon gave way for mutual respect and the feeling “that we are all the same,” for a “reciprocal respect and even sympathy.” In January 1915, a French poilu commented as follows on letters he had found on a prisoner:

“The same as on our side. The misery, the desperation, the longing for peace, the monstrous stupidity of this whole thing. The Germans are just as unhappy as we are. They are just as miserable as us.”

This kind of lesson was also learned by physical meetings with the enemy. What is meant is obviously not hand-to-hand combat, which was actually far less frequent than we have tended to believe, but encounters with prisoners of war. About German captives a British officer reported that “they were pleasant chaps, who generally behaved like gentlemen.” And in 1916 a Scottish soldier, Joseph Lee,expressed his pity and sympathy for German prisoners as follows:

When first I saw you in the curious street,

Like some platoon of soldier ghosts in grey,

My mad impulse was all to smite and slay,

To spit upon you – tread you ’neath my feet.

But when I saw how each sad soul did greet

My gaze with no sign of defiant frown,

(…)

I knew that we had suffered each as other,

And could have grasped your hand and cried, ‘My brother!’

Sympathy for German prisoners was also reflected in the poem “Liedholz,” written by the British officer Herbert Read. He may have been an officer but he happened to be a convinced anarchist. Read captured a German named Liedholz, and already before they reach the British trenches, “werden de versperringen van formele vijandschap weggenomen,” to use the words of a literary commentator:

Before we reached our wire

He told me he had a wife and three children.

In the dug-out we gave him a whiskey.

(…)

In broken French we discussed

Beethoven, Nietzsche and the International.

In “Memoirs of an Infantry Officer,” published in 1930, Siegfried Sassoon was to write that, during the war, the Germans were generally hated by British citizens, but not, or certainly far less, by British soldiers. He himself, he added, “had nothing against them.” Countless French soldiers likewise failed to develop feelings of hatred with respect to their German “neighbours on the other side.” “We don’t hate the Germans,” wrote a poilu in a letter that was intercepted by the censors.

The French soldier Barthas soon felt sympathy for the German prisoners he escorted on a train travelling from the front to a camp somewhere in southern France, and who were verbally abused by civilians in railway stations. He and his comrades shared the wine and the grapes those same civilians had offered them with their prisoners in a gesture of camaraderie. “Those who has seen the dreadful realities of war,” observes Max Hastings, “recoiled from displays of chauvinism.” The soldiers loathed the civilians, journalists, and politicians who could or would not understand their miserable fate. Conversely, they found it impossible to hate a so-called enemy who shared their misery. “The soldiers of the rival armies felt a far stronger sense of community with each other than with their peoples at home,” writes Hastings.

The “no man’s land” that separated the armies revealed itself to be less wide than the gap that separated the soldiers from the officers of these armies. During the late summer and fall of 1914, two different wars had thus actually started to ravage Europe. First, a highly visible “vertical” war, a conflict between groups of countries, in which all uniformed men of the one side were enemies of all uniformed men on the other side. Second, below the surface, so to speak: a “horizontal” war, an explosion of class conflict, a conflict in which the officers of each army were the enemies of their own subordinates, while a high degree of solidarity united the ordinary soldiers of both sides. In the first war, a geographic (or topographic) frontline separated friend and foe. In the second war, a social gap separated the antagonists.

In the autumn of 1914, when on the western front the “war of movement” petered out and gave way to a “stationary war,” the soldiers discovered that their enemies were human beings just like themselves, with whom they happened to have a lot in common. They were overwhelmingly of a lower-class origin and they all experienced an urgent need to curb the mutual massacre as much as possible. Practices emerged that have been described as “live-and-let-live.” For example, the soldiers often deliberately refrained from firing their weapons, especially during mealtimes, hoping that the enemy would do the same, as usually turned out to be the case. When, during such a pause, a mortar did suddenly get fired, a German voice loudly offered excuses to the British “Tommies,” which prevented an escalation of the firing. When specific orders arrived from “above” to open fire, the men deliberately aimed too high, and the enemy did the same. The artillerists also often opened fire at the same time of the day, aiming at the same target, this in order to give the enemy a chance to withdraw to a safe area.

Quiet sectors thus originated along the front, areas where the casualty rate was noticeably lower than elsewhere. In the vicinity of Ypres the British and Germans thus agreed to let the men on both sides sit on the parapet of their muddy and frequently flooded trenches, in full view of each other, in order to stay dry. Yet another form of “live-and-let-live” consisted in the conclusion of inofficial ceasefires, unauthorized by the superiors, after heavy fighting, which allowed both sides to recuperate the wounded and bury the dead. Those opportunities were often used to start a conversation with the enemy and to exchange small presents such as tobacco and insignia, in other words, to “fraternize.” Occasionally this even involved visits to the trenches on the other side of no man’s land! A German soldier later remembered such a pause in the fighting in France toward the end of November 1914: “French and German soldiers walked around, fully visible in the bright daylight. Nobody fired their weapons. It was said that some brave men even visited the enemy trenches.” The same soldier related how even later, for example in February 1915, “it was silently agreed to leave each other in peace as much as possible.” And a French poilu, Gervais Morillon, described in a letter how on December 12, 1914.

Frenchmen and Germans shook hands after unarmed Germans came out of their trenches, waving a white flag…We reciprocated, and we visited each other’s trenches and exchanged cigars and cigarets, while a few hundred metres further they were shooting at each other.

In some sectors such fraternizations developed into an almost daily routine. In the area of the town of Pont-à-Mousson French as well as German soldiers started in November 1914 to fetch water daily at the Fountain of Father Hilarion (Fontaine du Père Hilarion), a spring situated in a ravine in the middle of no man’s land. Normally, they took turns to go there, and no shots were fired while water was being collected. But it frequently came to meetings and conversations. According to a report that appears to refer to that site, Frenchmen and Germans exchanged “bread, cheese, and wine,” ate together, showed each other pictures of wife and children, amused themselves together, sang songs, played the accordion. That sociability abruptly ended when, on December 7, heavy fighting erupted in the area.

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The soldiers were supposed to hate each other, but something very different actually happened: on both sides many men, though admittedly not all, developed a considerable measure of empathy for, and solidarity with, their counterparts on the other side of the no man`s land. The outbreak of war had produced an explosion of nationalism and had dealt a heavy blow to the ideal of internationalist solidarity among proletarians, exactly as the elite had hoped. But it now appeared that the vagaries of war caused the uniformed proletarians to rediscover and re-appreciate internationalist solidarity. The military elite did not approve. Of the war it was indeed expected that it would bury internationalism once and for all instead of resurrecting it. According to Adam Hochschild, such an “outburst of spontaneous solidarity among ordinary, working-class soldiers…outraged higher-ups and militarists on both sides.”

` `The ordinary soldiers were keenly aware that their superiors had their reasons for execrating all forms of “live-and-let-live,” even though it sometimes proved possible to persuade or even force them to participate, as we will see later. It is therefore understandable that these activities often occurred when the officers were not present, which was often the case in the dangerous first lines. The fraternizations were immediately aborted whenever it was signaled that officers were on their way. Barthas describes such an occurrence that took place in rhe Champagne region in the summer of 1916. The French had to inform the German soldiers with whom they were socializing that their officers had become suspicious, so that they had to suspend the meetings. “The Germans were deeply moved and thanked us cordially. Before they disappeared behind their sandbags, oone of them lifted his hand and called out: ‘Frenchmen, Germans, soldiers, we are all comrades!’ Then he made a fist: ‘But the officers, NO.’ “ Barthas commented as follows:

God! That German was right. One should not generalize, but the majority of the officers were morally farther removed from us than those poor devils of German soldiers who are being dragged against their will to the same slaugherhouse.

The officers did indeed abominate any arrangements reflecting solidarity between their own subordinates and the “enemy.” Charles De Gaulle, for example, the progeny of a Catholic bourgeois family in Lille, a young officer during the First World War, condemned each form of “live-and-let-live” as “lamentable.” But there were also many ordinary soldiers who did not approve of such gatherings, since they had internalized the elite’s nationalist and militarist ethos and thus genuinely hated the enemy. Hitler was one of them.

The authorities condemned and prohibited all forms of fraternization and “live-and-let-live” in general. The officers sometimes put snipers to work when they suspected that fraternizations “threatened” to take place. However, the spontaneous truces and fraternizations also reflected the need of all warriors to maintain and display a semblance of humanity even in the middle of an unprecedently bestial war. This explains why officers too sometimes chose to participate. The French soldier Gervais Morillon described how an officier walked at the head of a group of Germans who came out of their trenches. Sometimes superiors with a rank as high as that of colonel participated.

The fact that fraternizations were officially strictly prohibited, apparently made them even more fascinating and appealing to soldiers. It is probably thus that we can interpret a myth that enjoyed an inordinate amount of success among soldiers of both sides throughout the war. Countless soldiers were convinced that, somewhere in the no man’s land, in abandoned trenches and preferably deep under the ground, and thus beyond the reach of projectiles and of officers, beastlike deserters of all armies dwelled together in a kind of permanent state of fraternization. By night they would rob the dead and wounded, seek food, etc. They became such a threat to the troops that eventually the army brass ordered them to be exterminated with gas. This myth was a cocktail of many ingredients. It amounted to a modern version of the Medieval theme of the simultaneously feared and admired “wild man.” But is was also a commentary of the soldiers on their own beastly existence in the trenches and a fantasy about disobedience. Last but not least, it vaguely reflected the soldiers’ solidarity with the men on the other side of the no man’s land, combined with the ardent desire to wave adieu to their own superiors and the miserable war. “An anti-establishment smell was attched to this myth,” writes Tim Cook, it was “a form of disobedience.” Indeed, the generals could prohibit fraternizations in the real world, but they proved powerless in the face of such mythical fraternization – this clearly to the satisfaction of the soldiers who wished to believe in this myth.

In any event, the authorities were also unable to prevent the wave of fraternizations that took place on Christmas Day, 1914. In the vicinity of Ypres, the sector of the western front that was held from September-October of that year by the British and became known to them as “Flanders’ Fields,” it already started on Christmas eve. The Germans decorated trees near their trenches with burning candles and started to sing Christmas songs such as Stille Nacht, “Silent Night.” The British reacted by lighting bonfires and singing English Christmas carols. Then the soldiers on both sides started to loudly call out Christmas wishes. The Germans arranged to deliver a chocolate tart to the British, accompanied by an invitation to conclude a truce. Shortly thereafter soldiers crawled out of their trenches in order to fraternize in no man’s land and in each other’s trenches. That sort of thing continued on Christmas Dayitself, and in some sectors even on Boxing Day. Presents such as tobacco, whiskey, and cigars were exchanged, and the two sides helped each other to bury the dead. In the no man’s land a soccer game was also played, which the British claimed to have won. An English soldier wrote in a letter that this was “the most remarkable Christmas” he had ever experienced, and that he “had had the pleasure to shake hands with numerous Germans,…to smoke together and to enjoy a friendly chat.” A favourite conversation topic was the madness of ta war of which both sides had had more than enough.

Between the British and the Germans the unofficial Christmas truce affected virtually the entire front of approximately forty kilometers along which they faced each other. In some sectors of that front the truce dragged on until New Year’s Day. Some historians claim that the Anglo-German fraternizations of the end of December 1914 were nothing less than “massive.” But on Christmas Day similar truces and fraternizations also occurred between the Germans and the French. Barthas confided to his diary that, in their sector, the morning of Christmas witnessed “singing and shouting and the firing of flares” and that no shots were fired. And it is known that poilus met boches to sing and exchange tobacco, cognac, postcards, newspapers, and other presents in the vicinity of Soissons and in villages of Picardy such as Cappy and Foucaucourt. A poilu later remembered that

The boches signalled us and indicated that they wanted to talk to us. I approached to three or four meters from their trench in order to talk to three of them who had surfaced…They asked that we would refrain all day and night from shooting and said that they themselves would not fire one single shot. They had enough of the war, they said, they were married and had nothing against the French, only against the English. They gave me a box of cigars and a package of sigarets, and I gave them a copy of [the magazine]Le Petit Parisien in exchange for a German newspaper. Then I withdrew to the French trench, where many men were keen to try my German tobacco. Our neighbours on the other side kept their word, even better than we did. Not even one single rifle shot was fired.

There were many other sites along the front where groups of French soldiers visited the German trenches in order to enjoy a drink, or where Germans came to offer cigars to the Franzosen. Christmas carols were performed in both languages, for example Minuit chrétien and O Tannenbaum. Belgians and Germans, who faced each other in the lowlands of the Yser River estuary, allegedly also fraternized on Christmas 1914. The Germans agreed to mail letters from Belgian soldiers to family members in occupied Belgium. At the eastern front it also came to fraternizations. The Russians met their Austrian-Hungarian enemies in the no man’s land in Galicia and exchanged the usual tobacco, but also schnapps, bread, and meat.

The superiors were far from enchanged with the Christmas truces, but could not prevent them. On the British side an officer rushed to the scene with this intention, apparantly from the safety of the rear, but he arrived too late. His men had already started to socialize with Germans in the no man’s land. He could only resign himself to the fait accompli. He himself and a handful of other officers ended up joining their subordinates and went to greet the German officiers. One of the latter ordered beer to be fetched for everyone, and the officers courteously drank to each other’s health. A British officer reciprocated by treating those present with pieces of a traditional English plum pudding. It was finally agreed that the inofficial truce would last until midnight, so that everyoone would have to be back in their own trenches by midnight. The “damage” done by the fraternizations, at least from the viewpoint of the superiors, was thus limited somewhat, at least in that sector.

The higher the rank of the superiors, the less they liked this strange Christmas idyll. The British commander in chief, Generaal French, who on Christmas Day enjoyed a gourmet dinner, featuring turtle soup, with as digestif a brandy from 1820 offered by the Rotschilds, issued a specific order to nip in the bud any future attempts to fraternize. One year later, the artillery would be made to fire into no man’s land all day, starting on Christmas Eve, in order to prevent any meetings there. However, it proved impossible to prevent fraternizations to occur here and there and from time to time.

In the 1980s, the strange events of Christmas 1914 inspired the song Christmas in the Trenches, 1914, written and put to music by the American folksinger John McCutcheon. It features the following lines:

’T was Christmas in the trenches where the frost so bitter hung,

The frozen fields of France were still, no Christmas song was sung,

Our families back in England were toasting us that day,

Their brave and glorious lads so far away.

(…)

There’s someone coming towards us!’ the front line sentry cried

All sights were fixed on one lone figure coming from their side

His truce flag, like a Christmas star, shone on that plain so bright

As he bravely strode unarmed into the night.

Soon one by one on either side walked into No Man’s land

With neither gun nor bayonet we met there hand to hand

We shared some secret brandy and we wished each other well

And in a flare-lit soccer game we gave ’em hell.

We traded chocolates, cigarettes, and photographs from home

These sons and fathers far away from families of their own

Young Sanders played his squeeze box and they had a violin

This curious and unlikely band of men.

(…)

’T was Christmas in the trenches, where the frost so bitter hung

The frozen fields of France were warmed as songs of peace were sung

For the walls they’d kept between us to exact the work of war

Had been crumbled and were gone for evermore.

My name is Francis Tolliver, in Liverpool I dwell

Each Christmas come since World War I I’ve learned its lessons well

That the ones who call the shots won’t be among the dead and lame

And on each end of the rifle we’re the same.

Source: Global Research

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Tracing the Occult Origins of Christmas

Dec 24th 2015, 21:30, by Editor

Tracing the Occult Origins of Christmas

By Makia Freeman

Christmas has come around again,and as we all scurry about hanging lights and stars everywhere, and adorning our trees with red and white ornaments, how many of us reflect on the occult origins of Christmas? How many of us realize that this merry festival has roots, in fact, in ancient traditions of magic mushrooms, Saturn worship and sun worship? Today’s Christmas is truly a hodgepodge of ancient rituals and celebrations, with roots as far back as 4000 years to the Mesopotamians. This is not surprising, for Christianity itself is a borrowed religion, built on top of previous Coptic (Egyptian), Mesopotamian and Babylonian religions. Christmas really has nothing to do with the alleged historical birthday of a human called Jesus. Let’s take a look at some of the traditions which have formed Christmas, so we can gain a deeper understanding of its symbolism.

Is Christmas really magic mushroom, sun and Saturn worship in disguise?

Is Christmas really magic mushroom, sun and Saturn worship in disguise?

The Christmas-Magic Mushroom Connection

Jesus again pictured in religious artwork with magic mushrooms.

Jesus again pictured in religious artwork with magic mushrooms.

John Allegro was a free-thinking Dead Sea Scrolls scholar and archeologist. In 1970 he wrote a fascinating and highly controversial book entitled The Sacred Mushroom and the Cross, whose subtitle was A Study of the Nature and Origins of Christianity within the Fertility Cults of the Ancient Near East. In it he put forth the unique idea that Christianity was an expression of an ancient cult which worshipped sex and mushrooms. To straight-laced scholars and prim-and-proper Christian apologists, this idea was simply too much for them to contemplate, but Allegro provided an impressive amount of evidence to back his claims.

He showed how the mushroom – specifically the red-and-white magic mushroom Amanita muscaria – came up again and again in Christian art. He explained how the Eucharist – where Christians believe the bread wafer is transformed into the body of Christ – is a re-enactment of the sacred ceremony of ingesting the flesh of the Amanita magic mushroom. Allegro argued that the entire story of the Jesus in the Gospels was a code for the ancient journey of conscious self-exploration, the hallucinogenic “trip”. You can imagine how the majority of people reacted to his “sex-and-mushroom cult” theory in 1970 in England!

Is the Amanita magic mushroom the fabled Holy Grail?

Is the Amanita magic mushroom the fabled Holy Grail?

Yet his ideas have merit. James Arthur and others after Allegro further developed the idea of the Christmas-magic mushroom connection. Amanitas are also linked to fertility and sex; they have a sexual appearance, representing both the male and female. At different stages of their growth life cycle, they resemble a phallus, breast and yoni.

It is interesting to note that Jesus pictured in religious artwork with amanita mushrooms around him. Is the red-and-white Santa Claus or St. Nicholas a modern representation of the village shaman who had the knowledge of pharmacopeia? Is the holy grail actually the mature Amanita with its edges curled up? Were Amanitas the source of power and insight for the old ruling class of priests? And perhaps most importantly, what part does the Amanita play in humanity’s origins and the extraterrestrial Annunaki who were mining for “gold”? These are interesting questions to ponder as you decorate your tree in red-and-white with mushroom ornaments this year.

The Christmas-Sun Worship Connection

Thanks to groundbreaking research of investigators like Jordan Maxwell (whose work was the basis of one major segment of the hit movie Zeitgeist), people have begun to become aware of the link between Christmas and sun worship. At its core, the Illuminati and secret societies that run the world are deeply into black magic, which, defined, is the use of mostly unseen and unknown forces to gain power and control over others. The Illuminati are black magicians. They utilize certain powers and then, through their control of the media and academia, put out disinformation and lies to prevent people from believing in and accessing those very powers, lest their power base be eroded.

A typical Christian art interpretation of Jesus. Note the sun cross at the back.

A typical Christian art interpretation of Jesus. Note the sun cross at the back.

Christmas is all about the birth of the “son”. But what if it is actually the birth or rebirth of the “sun”? A sun that goes through a “spring”, ascends to a height (summer solstice), then goes through a “fall” (autumn)? Christianity tells us that Jesus the son is our savior. Yet literally speaking the “sun” is our savior; without the sun there would be little or no life on Earth. So it is only natural that sun worship was practiced by early cultures all over the world, especially in the keys days following the winter solstice, when the sun disappears over the horizon in northern latitudes for 3 days. Jesus was dead for the 3 days. Is this the symbolic “death” of the sun? December 25th is the first day when the son or sun makes his triumphant return. Many people make fun of early religions and brand them as primitive, without actually realizing that Christianity itself has either stolen or built upon (depending on your viewpoint) these exact traditions.

Is it purely a coincidence that the date of Christmas is always December 25th every year, exactly 3 days after the 22nd (or night of the 21st), the date of winter solstice? Is it another coincidence that Jesus is pictured everywhere throughout Christian art on top of a sun cross, showing the sun’s journey through the 4 seasons every year? Is Christmas an elaborate ritual to lure back the “prodigal sun” from death?

There is a Christmas-Saturn worship connection through the ancient festival of Saturnalia.

There is a Christmas-Saturn worship connection through the ancient festival of Saturnalia.

The Christmas-Saturn Worship Connection

Finally, we come to the Saturn connection. The Christmas-Saturn connection is far from the only connection Saturn has with many modern (dark) activities. Saturn is the ancient roman god of time, harvest, law, tyranny and death. In the ancient Greek pantheon he was Chronos, meaning time, and from which we get words like chronological. For those investigating the global conspiracy, Saturn has particular significance. Why? Because Saturn – and what it represents – is the object of worship of some of the secret societies that are running the planet today. Indeed, the worship of Saturn is a theme running through the priest, the lawyer and the academic classes, as can be seen by the use of gowns and square mortarboards in the color of black – Saturn’s color.

To quote Jordan Maxwell:

“When you graduate from high school you come out processionally with a black robe … and wear the square mortarboard on top of your head. The square mortarboards are, of course, used by the Freemasons for their plaster, so that is why you wear a square mortarboard when you graduate, ultimately becoming an Alumni. It all has to do with Freemasonry; it all has to do with the control of education in this country.”

In the early first centuries A.D., Saturn had a very strong presence in the most powerful city in the world: Rome. Every year from December 17th to 25th, there was a wild, licentious festival in his honor, named Saturnalia. For these 8 days of the year, people would cut loose in a period of utter lawlessness; Roman courts were closed and Roman law dictated that no one could be punished for damaging property or injuring people during the festival. There was widespread intoxication, people running around naked, rape and orgies. There was even human sacrifice – a theme that continues to underly some of the strange, dark rituals practiced by today’s ruling elite at places like Bohemian Grove.

According to some sources, Christmas was invented to compete with the pagan celebrations like Saturnalia, because it was just so popular. It was a successful strategy. Over time, the Church adopted many pagan rituals in their attempt to make Christianity more attractive to converts.

What Does Christmas Mean to You?

Ultimately, we all imbue our lives and activities with our own sense of meaning. You can decide what Christmas means to you. However, it is always good to be aware of the occult origins and hidden symbolism of traditions and events, for as Confucius said, the world is ruled by signs and symbols, not words or law. Symbols communicate directly with our subconscious and guide our lives from behind the scenes, so choose consciously to which things you give your attention and energy.

Makia Freeman is the editor of alternative news / independent media site The Freedom Articles and senior researcher at ToolsForFreedom.com, writing on many aspects of truth and freedom, from exposing aspects of the worldwide conspiracy to suggesting solutions for how humanity can create a new system of peace and abundance.

Sources:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Sacred_Mushroom_and_the_Cross

*https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TrpZEpCpuBs

freedom-articles.toolsforfreedom.com/satanic-black-magic-rules-the-world/

*https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9e3HP3-1arQ

*https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=guXirzknYYE

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Jordan Maxwell Christmas Special On The Richie Allen Show

Dec 24th 2015, 21:00, by Editor

Jordan Maxwell Christmas Special On The Richie Allen Show

Published on Dec 22, 2015

Jordan Maxwell continues as a preeminent researcher and independent scholar in the field of occult / religious philosophy. His interest in these subjects began as far back as 1959. He served for three and a half years as the Religion Editor of Truth Seeker Magazine, America’s oldest Freethought Journal (since 1873). His work exploring the hidden foundations of Western religions and secret societies creates enthusiastic responses from audiences around the world.

He has conducted dozens of intensive seminars, hosted his own radio talk shows, guested on more than 600 radio shows, and written, produced and appeared in numerous television shows and documentaries (including three 2-hour specials for the CBS TV network, as well as the internationally acclaimed 5-part Ancient Mystery Series – all devoted to understanding ancient religions and their pervasive influence on world affairs today.

His work on the subject of secret societies, both ancient and modern, and their symbols, has fascinated audiences around the world for decades.

Considering the rapidly moving events of today, and the very real part that hidden religious agendas play in our modern war-torn world, he feels these controversial subjects are not only interesting to explore, but too important to ignore! His extraordinary presentations includes documents and photographs seldom seen elsewhere.

Jordans areas of interest include:

* Astro-Theology
* Sexual Symbolism in World Religions
* Foundations for Modern-Day Religion
* Secret Societies and Toxic Religion
* World Mysteries: Ancient and Modern
* Ancient Symbols and Occult Emblems
* Ancient Sciences and Technology
* Hidden Bible Teachings and Mysteries
* The Sun in the History of Politics and Religion
* The Story Your Church Doesn’t Want You to Know
* Secret Societies and their Influence on World Events

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Robots may kill us all, but for now… snowflake art

Dec 24th 2015, 20:30, by Editor

Robots may kill us all, but for now… snowflake art

It is only a matter of time before robots usurp their masters and enslave the entire human race. For now, let’s just be happy they are busying themselves with arts and crafts.

A great AI-takeover can’t be far away, what with giant robotic insectsand ninja sword bots roaming the planet.

Hell, there are even mechanical cyborgs ready to chase down people at cheetah-like speeds…

… and seduce them with their music.

Check out this highly dexterous robot creating paper snowflakes.

The robot’s owners might want to remove scissor privileges – in case it sparks a Skynet revolution.

Looks like Johnny 5 has some competition.

"Hey, laser lips, your mama was a snow blower." – Johnny5 by @randyengelhard! #tattoo #portraittattoo #tattoodo pic.twitter.com/olFXx9SEjv

— Tattoodo (@tattoodo) August 24, 2014

Source: RT News

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The Fed Has Delivered Far More Than Just A Lump Of Coal This Time

Dec 24th 2015, 20:00, by Editor

The Fed Has Delivered Far More Than Just A Lump Of Coal This Time

By Mark St. Cyr

If one meme has been constant these subsequent years since the great financial melt down of 2008 it’s been: BTFD (buy the dip) Not just some dips – but every dip. And why not? The Federal Reserve had all but assured Wall Street that since its first intervention into the markets and the resulting “risk on” behavior it produced resembling a Pavlovian experiment, it would indeed reincarnate the procedure every-time there seemed to be even the slightest hiccup in the markets. “Emergency monetary policy measures” would indeed be left in place for “an extended period.”

Wall Street didn’t need any secret decoder ring to read the hidden message that laid within. i.e., “The Fed’s got your back so buy, buy, buy!” And they did horns-over-hooves tripling the values of many of the major indexes sending them to never before seen in the history of mankind highs. Even the dot-com era highs were taken out. And all of it, and I do mean – all of it – on fairy-tale reporting of economic measurements. Need an example? 5% unemployment rate signals people are getting jobs. However, don’t pay any attention to the 94 million (and growing) that can’t and – are out of the workforce. All while the food stamp program and other government assistance program roles have swelled to historic levels. Because, other than that: “Everything is awesome!”

The problem with all of this is that it’s now becoming apparent to everyone. The amount of mal-investment along with just how intertwined all the subsequent carry trades and more is becoming frightfully obvious and can no longer be hidden from view. The real problem now facing the Fed. which I believe they themselves did not fully comprehend was the extent in which all of this was: so blatantly obvious. Again: to anyone who truly wanted to look.

Without the Fed’s interventionism – there is (and was) no market. And now with the raising of rates; no one will be able to miss or avoid that fact any longer. No matter how hard they try.

Another of the problems for the Fed. began to express itself when they seemingly became comfortable with this new paradigm and even appeared to relish this new-found fame and power as they took to any (and just about every) media source whenever needed and delivered either sedative policies or, soothing tones with near immediacy as to help quell any and all market fears. Over these ensuing years the frequency of appearance by Fed. speakers across the media has only been rivaled by the grueling tour of some where-are-they-now rock-band. I have a feeling they’re not going to relish this new limelight as they did the old.

This past Wednesday they unwittingly threw back their own curtain and implied, “See, we fixed it. Nothing to see here. The economy is just fine. So – we’re raising rates” to what appeared to be thunderous applause. However, what that motion truly revealed was not some blank or empty space. No, what they unknowingly revealed was a caged monster whose door just came unhinged. The resulting consequences began to bear its teeth Thursday and Friday. Yet, figuratively, that monster is still within the theater. The ensuing days is probably when this beast actually hits the streets, as in Wall Street. Then, all bets are off on exactly what mayhem we’ll see as a result. However, what we do know is this: It ain’t gonna be a present anyone wanted under their tree.

Suddenly we’re finding out (much like cockroaches) when you see one nasty issue – there’s many more just hidden from view. No where is this analogy more fitting then what is currently taking place in the High Yield space. e.g., junk bonds. First there were signs of stress just weeks ago. Then almost overnight (literally) many woke to the news that their “investments” were suddenly gated. Gated as in: Want your money? Sorry, maybe later, if not much later along with maybe not worth that much at all. Thanks for investing!

These are only the first warning shots being fired as to just how precarious, as well as onerous, this debt monster that the Fed. has unleashed might be along with the resulting chaos. For the tentacles of this beast combined with its destructive power is going to give the Kracken a run for its money in my estimation. What we’re not talking about is some monetary policy that can now be moved around with the frequency of some elf on a shelf. That’s fantasy land. This bane tale is currently becoming all too real.

I am now quite convinced that all of this was not only absolutely lost within the halls of the Eccles building rather, what might be even worse is that it seems it may have not even had been contemplated or, thought to be unfathomable by its very creators. I feel I can say this soundly by what I observed during the subsequent press conference given by the Fed. Chair Ms. Yellen on Wednesday.

What absolutely left me slack-jawed was her tone, tenor, and facial expressions during her opening remarks. Usually when one is delivering statements about monetary policy and other matters they tend to take on a tone of mundane, somber, expressionless, drawn out reading from prepared texts. It’s not like you’re going to see entertainment (well, maybe comedy come to think of it but I digress.) These are more or less information dispensing venues. Read the text. Answer any questions. Thanks, see you in a few months. This one was far, far different in what it revealed to my eye.

Ms. Yellen seemed to be almost giddy in her demeanor when delivering the news that the Fed. would indeed raise rates. It appeared as if the act of raising rates was some type of banner announcement where “Mission Accomplished” should be brought up in bright lights and champagne bottles uncorked. I implore anyone who thinks I’m exaggerating to find that conference in any search engine and watch for themselves with a more discerning eye. It truly was uncharacteristic by any Fed. Chair that I can recall. Yes these indications are subtle. Yet, to a trained or informed eye – they are there nonetheless. Noticing subtle variations such as these are required if one is serious about understanding Negotiations 101.

It may sound like something inconsequential however, what I would argue is it shows just how clueless the Fed. truly might have been. The only thing worse is it may show that they truly did believe their own press. e.g., That the economy really was as good as they said (or thought) it was. If that’s the case – then we really are in trouble. Big time!

This act of raising rates was not some seminal event as to mark the economy’s return to health. If one is truthful (although most continue to kid themselves) the Fed. raising rates on Wednesday was more or less an act of desperation as to “get off of zero.” Hopefully, without causing too much stress so that if and when the economy does show signs of stuttering (which it clearly is) the Fed. would then have some dry powder in reserve as to cut once again. Hopefully (once again) instilling the same Pavlovian reaction they’ve come to expect. That’s a far, far, far (did I say far?) cry from doing it because the economy is getting a clean bill of health. Or, “Mission Accomplished” sign off from extreme monetary measures.

Again, I must implore anyone: watch her opening remarks again and you’ll see it clearly. But you shouldn’t just stop there. What you should do is also watch the Q&A. For this too was also quite revealing.

When asked about the possible effects upcoming on bond yields and more some of the questions seemed to just confound the Fed. Chair appearing to catch her off guard like a deer in the headlights. So striking were some of the moments of silence even Tom Keene of Bloomberg™ commented during his show how he was taken aback. I believe the word he used was “stunning.” I have to agree with him. However, I myself was even more stunned on the non-answering answering composition of Fed. speak Ms. Yellen retorted at length. I mean, just how many ways can one use “transitory?” After a while I wished hearing transitory itself had been more transitory.

If we are in fact witnessing the first stages of a blatant, as well as avoidable policy error by the Fed. the resulting mayhem will be far worse than anyone ever expected. And I use the word “avoidable” precisely for that reason. For it has been clear to anyone without a Ph.D in economics; who has just a modicum of common sense; and acquired their education at the school of hard knocks; that this economy was not only far worse off than any of the reporting stated but – was being made that way with the consistent heavy hand of intervention being carried out by the Fed. itself. And this fact is coming to light brighter, and more plainly visible with each passing day. All to what I feel will be the Fed’s horror. Yet, it will be us that has to navigate the real life nightmare filled with debt leviathans and carry trade tentacles rivaling the Kracken for tenacity as well as fury.

This will probably go down as the first time Wall Street will have ever wished the Fed. had indeed left only a lump of coal in their bonus stockings rather, than the surprise they might wake to this holiday year-end. If you want to see a clue about just how much of a bloodbath is still possible in the once highly touted arena of fixed income – just look at Jefferies™.

It’s now self-evident: Winter is not coming… It’s all ready here.

And the Fed. is expecting you to be happy with their latest present. For by all indications expressed they thought long, hard, and decided this was exactly the right gift, at the right time. Just don’t look for any gift return receipt. The exchange window for returns to BTFD once again are currently closed. That’s an option I’m confident they also did not contemplate fully. For I’m sure they felt they knew exactly what they were doing – and the “markets” would be thrilled.

Ho, Ho, Ho?

Source: Zero Hedge

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