Archive for 11/26/2011

US: State Rep. Womick (R-TN) Calls for the Discharge of All Muslims From America’s Military

11/26/2011 1 comment

Discharging all Muslim soldiers from the military will be a very tall order, especially when the Obama Administration is trying to ‘convert‘ all the others to Islam – “State Rep. Womick (R-TN) calls for purging military of Muslim Americans. If you are educated about Islam and its theology as this politician is, this is the first common sense solution that needs to happen to address fighting the enemy and keeping our country safe.”

Iowa: Health Officials Concerned Over Potentially Large Outbreak of New Recombinant Flu Virus Spreading Human-to-Human

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By Roger Caldwell – “A new type of flu virus has afflicted three children in Iowa. This virus has been linked to pigs in the past, but these new cases appaear to have been spread from person to person.

Dr. Patricia Quinlisk, medical director for the Iowa Department of Public Health, said that the children did not become seriously ill. The children live in rural Webster and Hamilton counties. There is concern about a potentially greater outbreak of the flu because the swine origin A/H3N2 virus was detected in patients who hadn’t had contact with animals.

Quinlisk said, ‘We have pretty good evidence of person-to-person spread…None of the children or anyone around them had exposure to swine, turkeys or other sources.’

The new H3N2 virus appears to have acquired a gene that might make it more transmissible from H1N1, the flu that sparked 2009′s so-called swine flu pandemic. Officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had previously detected seven cases of this strain of the flu in humans. Genetic parts are often swapped by flu viruses. Officials suspect that the new virus was created when a pig became infected with the H1N1 virus and the H3N2 virus at the same time.

The new virus combines elements of avian, human, H1N1 and swine flu viruses together into what scientists call a recombinant virus.” Read more.

Categories: Pestilence

Libya’s New Rulers Offer Weapons to Syrian Rebels as Military Intervention Is Set to Begin ‘Within A Few Weeks’

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In other words, Libyan Islamists are offering weapons and fighters to help secure a victory for Syrian Islamists.  With Assad’s no-win predicament soon to be that of a cornered wild animal with nowhere left to run, I can almost hear echoes of Isaiah in the distance …

By Ruth Sherlock – “At the meeting, which was held in Istanbul and included Turkish officials, the Syrians requested ‘assistance’ from the Libyan representatives and were offered arms, and potentially volunteers.

‘There is something being planned to send weapons and even Libyan fighters to Syria,’ said a Libyan source, speaking on condition of anonymity. ‘There is a military intervention on the way. Within a few weeks you will see.’

The Telegraph has also learned that preliminary discussions about arms supplies took place when members of the Syrian National Council [SNC] – the country’s main opposition movement – visited Libya earlier this month.

‘The Libyans are offering money, training and weapons to the Syrian National Council,’ added Wisam Taris, a human rights campaigner with links to the SNC.

The disclosure came as rebels raided an air force base outside the city of Homs and killed six pilots, according to a statement by the country’s military.” Read more.

Report: US Aircraft Carrier Sent to Syrian Coast as Tensions Flare, US Embassy Urges Americans to Leave Syria ‘Immediately’ – “The USS George H.W. Bush, the Navy’s newest aircraft carrier, has reportedly parked off the Syrian coast. The move comes as the U.S. embassy in Damascus urged Americans to ‘immediately’ leave the country. ‘The U.S. embassy continues to urge U.S. citizens in Syria to depart immediately while commercial transportation is available,’ … Adding to the sense of danger, Turkey, a NATO member and fierce critic of Assad’s government, recently warned its citizens to avoid traveling through the country after Syrian troops fired on at least two buses carrying Turkish Muslims returning from the annual pilgrimage to Mecca.” Read more.

Hezbollah warns of regional war if Iran, Syria attacked – “Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah on Friday warned Israel and the US that a war against Iran and Syria would lead to an all-out regional conflict. ‘They should understand that a war on Iran and Syria will not remain in Iran and Syrian territory, but it will engulf the whole region and there is no escaping this reality,’ Nasrallah said during a televised speech honoring ‘Martyrs’ Day.’” Read more.

Kuwaiti Newspaper: Hizbullah Cancels Vacations For All Militants, Summons Thousands of Members, Preps for War with Israel – “Hizbullah has canceled leaves and is preparing for war, according to the Kuwaiti newspaper As-Seyassah. ‘Hizbullah cancelled the vacations of all its militants, summoned thousands of its members and gave orders to its prominent officials to remain unseen in case a war broke out,’ the daily said. It added that the terrorist army and political party put its combat units, including missile units, on extreme alert.” Read more.

Former Mossad Head Yatom: Israel Can’t Afford Not to Strike Iran and Must Do So Within the Next 12 Months

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“The Begin Sadat Center, a respected think tank based at Bar Ilan University, held a conference on November 23, 2011 on the subject of ‘Israeli Security in a New Regional Envornment’, which focused on the so-called ‘Arab Spring’ and its implicatons. Its experts concluded that the Arab Spring is not going to result in democracy, despite original hopes in the West, and may make things even worse for Israel.

‘As steep as the price for hitting Iran may be, a military strike on Iran will be less painful than the cost of living with an Iranian nuclear weapons threat,’ argues former Mossad head Maj. Gen. (res.) Danny Yatom. ‘The backlash from a strike on Iran’s nuclear sites will not be as bad for Israel as will an Iran armed with nuclear weapons,’ he says. ‘I don’t think that those predicting apocalyptic repercussions of a strike on Tehran are correct, and even if they are, Israel can’t afford to wonder if Tehran will go crazy and bomb us.’…

The world does not have much time left to act on Iran, the former Mossad head warned, adding that ‘there is an evaluation that they have crossed the red line. They have the knowledge to make the bomb. All that is needed now is the decision to do it…. The world has a year in which to halt the Iranian nuclear weapons program, probably less.'” Read more.

Iran Threatens to Attack Turkey, Israel if Attacked – “Iran has threatened to target NATO’s missile defense installations in Turkey if the U.S. or Israel attacks the Islamic Republic, The Associated Press reported. Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh, the head of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards’ aerospace division, made the threat on Saturday, saying the warning is part of a new defense strategy to counter what he described as an increase in threats from the U.S. and Israel. ‘Should we be threatened, we will target NATO’s missile defense shield in Turkey and then hit the next targets,’ Hazijzadeh was quoted as having told the Mehr news agency.” Read more.

Colombia: Galeras Volcano Threatens to Erupt, Thousands of People Evacuated

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“The Colombian Institute of Geology Ingeominas recommended the evacuation of about eight thousand people living near the Galeras volcano. Its activity has increased recently and the threat of eruption is becoming increasingly serious.

An orange alert has been announced – the second highest in the four-level scale. This means that the outbreak can occur within days or weeks. – Ingeominas vice president, Marta Calvache said.

Galeras rising to a height of 4270 meters above sea level in southwestern Colombia near the Ecuador border has been showing continuous activity for the last

20 years.

The last of the explosions, which entailed fatalities, occurred in 1993 when nine people were killed.

As Calvache said, in the last 48 hours seismic movements similar to the preceding previous eruptions have been recorded, and therefore evacuation is recommended.” Source –

Categories: Natural Disasters

El Salvador: Swarm of More Than 700 Earthquakes Rattles El Carmen, Damages Dozens of Homes

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“SAN SALVADOR Nov 25 (Reuters) – More than 700 slight to moderate earthquakes hit an area in eastern El Salvador in a 24-hour period, damaging dozens of homes but hurting no one.

The brief quakes, which started Thursday and ranged from 1.8 to 4.6 in magnitude, have occurred in the municipality of El Carmen, some 163 km (101 miles) east of the capital of San Salvador, the country’s National Territory agency said.

Jorge Melendez, in charge of civil protection, said on Friday that 80 homes were damaged by the tremors, known as an earthquake swarm. A hospital in the area showed cracks on the walls but no structural damage so far, he said.

Army troops were sent in to monitor the damaged areas. While authorities have not ordered evacuations yet, many residents of El Carmen chose to sleep in the open and the army was handing out tents.

El Salvador suffered two powerful earthquakes 10 any ten years ago: one of 7.6 magnitude in January 2001 and another of 6.6 magnitude a month later. The quakes killed more than 1,150 people and left about one million others homeless.” Source – Reuters.

Categories: Earthquakes

Britain Now Planning On Belief That Euro Collapse is Now Just a Matter of Time, Foreign Office Warns to Prepare for Riots and Social Unrest

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By James Kirkup – “As the Italian government struggled to borrow and Spain considered seeking an international bail-out, British ministers privately warned that the break-up of the euro, once almost unthinkable, is now increasingly plausible.

Diplomats are preparing to help Britons abroad through a banking collapse and even riots arising from the debt crisis.

The Treasury confirmed earlier this month that contingency planning for a collapse is now under way.

A senior minister has now revealed the extent of the Government’s concern, saying that Britain is now planning on the basis that a euro collapse is now just a matter of time.

‘It’s in our interests that they keep playing for time because that gives us more time to prepare,’ the minister told the Daily Telegraph.

Recent Foreign and Commonwealth Office instructions to embassies and consulates request contingency planning for extreme scenarios including rioting and social unrest.

Greece has seen several outbreaks of civil disorder as its government struggles with its huge debts. British officials think similar scenes cannot be ruled out in other nations if the euro collapses.

Diplomats have also been told to prepare to help tens of thousands of British citizens in eurozone countries with the consequences of a financial collapse that would leave them unable to access bank accounts or even withdraw cash.” Read more.

Wall Street Analysts Everywhere Are In Agreement: The World is Ending – “Blame the weighty issues of the day (Europe, mostly), and yesterday’s big selloff for the spasm of bearishness. It started off with Nomura’s Bob Janjuah. He said that any talk of the ECB saving Europe was a mere pipedream, and that if the ECB did go whole-hog buying up peripheral debt to suppress yields, then that would prompt a German departure from the the Eurozone… But then there was Deutsche Bank’s Jim Reid, who is always sober, but not usually wildly negative. He offered up one of the most bearish lines in history in regards to German opposition to ECB debt monetization: ‘If you don’t think Merkel’s tone will change then our investment advice is to dig a hole in the ground and hide.’ Oy. But it got even wilder with the latest from SocGen’s Dylan Grice…” Read more.

Categories: Man-Made Disasters
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