The striking astronomical phenomenon, which occurs when the Moon is in full eclipse, has been at the center of doomsday prophecies and end-of-the-world scenario predictions for years.
The blood moon that will occur on July 27th is set to last two hours – the longest of any blood moon this century – prompting the usual spate of warnings from would-be doomsayers.
Much of this stems from passages in the Bible, such as the Book of Joel which states “The sun will turn into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of the Lord comes.”
On a similar vein, a passage from the Book of Revelations reads “And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood.”
As always however, scientists and astronomers have debunked these claims as baseless myth.
Suffice to say, there is nothing at all to worry about when the blood moon occurs next month.
Just make sure, if you get the chance, to head outside and check it out for yourself.
“There are five fatalities and several others gravely injured,” said Anne Arundel police department Acting Chief William Frank, some of those injured were believed to be in critical condition.
That didn't take long. They're blaming Milo Yiannopoulos for the #AnnapolisShooting. The #AltRight provocateur said two days ago he can't wait for vigilantes to take out journalists. Then this happens. & the perp has no fingerprints. Hmmm.
Four of the victims dies at the scene in the office, with one dying later in hospital, Anne Arundel County Executive Steve Schuh said.
Police rushed to the scene at the offices of local newspaper TheCapital within a minute of being called and engaged with the suspect. The alleged shooter, identified as a white adult male, was found under a desk with a weapon nearby and taken into custody for questioning.
A suspected explosive device was found in the offices, according to police, but was “taken care of”.
Phil Davis, a reporter at the The Capital – which also publishes sister publication the Maryland Gazette – said that multiple people had been shot in the newsroom.
Mr Davis tweeted that the “gunman shot through the glass door to the office and opened fire on multiple employees.”
“There is nothing more terrifying than hearing multiple people get shot while you’re under your desk and then hear the gunman reload,” Mr Davis added.
Lt. Ryan Frashure, of the Anne Arundel County police department said that officials “anticipate this being a very long investigation”.
“At this point we’re still talking to the individual [suspect] and trying to figure out the motive,” Mr Frashure added.
Local news reports showed people walking out of the building with their hands up, police said 170 people were evacuated from the building.
A relocation checkpoint has been established for those separated during the incident at the nearby Lord & Taylor’s in the Annapolis Mall.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Baltimore said they were responding to the incident.
President Donald Trump tweeted about the incident from aboard Air Force One, returning to Washington from an event in Wisconsin.
“My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families,” he wrote. “Thank you to all of the First Responders who are currently on the scene.”
Citing Kremlin spokesperson Yury Ushakov, the Russian state media outlet TASS reported Putin and Bolton discussed “strategic stability in the world, control over nuclear weapons and, in general, a disarmament dossier.” Ushakov said they also discussed the conflicts in Syria and Ukraine, North Korea, and the Iran nuclear deal.
Bolton and the Kremlin did not say whether he and Putin discussed Russia’s election meddling. The Kremlin said the two men did not broach the subject of sanctions or the diplomatic spat between the US and Russia.
At a press conference held later in Moscow, Bolton said Moscow and Washington would announce the time and place of the Trump-Putin summit on Thursday. The presser was broadcast from the headquarters of the Russian state media outlet Interfax, instead of from the US embassy in Moscow.
A testy exchange over Ukraine and Russian election meddling
One reporter asked Bolton whether he felt it was appropriate for Trump and Putin to meet given that Russia has not changed any of its behavior in the past.
He was also asked whether Trump would broach Russia’s election interference and allegations that a Russian missile was responsible for downing Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in 2014.
Bolton responded that “there are a wide range of issues … where both [Trump and Putin] think they’d like to find constructive solutions. I’d like to hear someone say that’s a bad idea.”
“You yourself said a national security policy based on faith that regimes like Russia will honor their commitments is doomed to failure,” the reporter replied.
Bolton said that he would not address previous statements he had made and reiterated that Trump will “raise the full range of issues” between the US and Russia when the presidents meet in July.
He also said Trump and Putin would likely discuss Trump’s recent calls for Russia to be readmitted to the G7.
Trump first brought up his proposal during the annual G7 summit in Canada earlier this month, also reportedly suggesting Crimea was part of Russia because the people there spoke Russian. Russian state media celebrated Trump’s reported statements, with one host declaring, “Crimea is ours! Trump is ours!”
Bolton pushed back on that notion when The Wall Street Journal’s Anatoly Kurmanaev asked whether Trump recognizes Russia’s annexation of Crimea — in other words, whether Russia controls Crimea.
“That’s not the United States’s position,” Bolton replied.
A Bloomberg News reporter later asked Bolton whether he was “suspicious” that Putin arrived on time to the meeting and treated Trump’s emissary “with more respect” than he gives other world leaders.
“That’s the hardest question I’ve been asked here today,” Bolton quipped. “I could either agree with you that he wasn’t late, or I could tell you when he actually arrived and be accused of saying that he was late.”
As for “the meaning of [this meeting] with respect to … anyone else that you mentioned, I think I’ll just duck the question,” Bolton added.
Federal agents broke up a group of protesters early Thursday morning who had camped for several days in front of an Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility in Portland, Oregon, according to CBS affiliate KOIN-TV. Agents with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security then formed a human barricade outside the building and faced off with the protesters, who had backed up onto city property.
Later in the morning, cars with the department’s Federal Protective Service replaced the barricade of agents. The protest followed widespread outcry over the Trump administration’s so-called “zero tolerance” policy toward illegal immigration, which had led to the separation of children from their families at the U.S.-Mexico border. In Portland, the ICE facility had been shut down for eight days because of the protesters. The U.S. attorney’s office there said in a statement that agents started taking action to reopen the facility around 5:30 a.m., according to KOIN-TV. At least nine people were arrested, KOIN-TV reporter Trevor Ault reported on CBSN.
Some protesters’ tents were dismantled, according to the station. Others, which were on city property next to the facility, remained up, Ault reports. At least 100 people were involved in the protest, Ault reported. Written notices were distributed by federal officers earlier in the week warning that people would be arrested if they didn’t leave federal property, KOIN-TV reports. Protesters said that their long-term goal was to abolish ICE, Ault reports. Mayor Ted Wheeler said he wouldn’t assist the federal government in clearing out the area, Ault reports. Some city commissioners had visited the encampment in recent days to express their support for the protesters.
While that may sound dramatic, renowned science journalist Alanna Mitchell’s book “The Spinning Magnet“ revealed that the next time Earth’s magnetic field flips, it could seriously damage the electric infrastructure that defines our modern civilization.
What is an Electromagnetic Field?
While magnetism is fascinating, it has also been historically misunderstood. According to Physics.org, Earth’s magnetic field exists because the planet’s solid iron core is surrounded by liquid metal.
According to NASA, the flow of liquid iron in Earth’s core creates electric currents that generate the magnetic field. This electromagnetic field provides an invisible shield that blocks solar and cosmic rays.
Earth’s magnetic poles have reversed many times in the past, but scientists can’t predict when the next reversal will occur. In other words, a magnetic field flip is coming, we just don’t know when.
To find evidence of the magnetic past, scientists examine ancient rocks. Certain minerals in lava flows are sensitive to Earth’s magnetic field as the lava cools; scientists analyze the rock samples to uncover a record of Earth’s magnetic field, according to National Geographic.
Scientific American noted that in the past 200 million years, reversals have taken place approximately every half-million years. The last reversal happened around 780,000 years ago, so we’re due for a flip.
Potential Geomagnetic Reversal Effects
What are the potential outcomes of swapped North and South Poles? Compass needles would be wrong, and animals that use Earth’s magnetic field for navigation — such as birds, salmon, sea turtles, whales and butterflies — could get temporarily disoriented, according to National Geographic.
Mitchell warns that a reversal could destroy anything electronic, including home appliances, satellites, wireless devices and the electric grids that make all these items work.
In an essay on Undark.org, Mitchell wrote, “We have blithely built our civilization’s critical infrastructure during a time when the planet’s magnetic field was relatively strong, not accounting for the field’s bent for anarchy.”
With a weak electromagnetic field, radiation from space could possibly make some regions of Earth uninhabitable and cause entire species to go extinct. But first, according to Mitchell, we would have problems with sensitive orbiting satellites, which control electric grids and could cause “a domino run of blackouts that could last for decades.”
What Does the Future Hold?
The good news is that we have plenty of time to prepare. The bad news? The magnetic field is much weaker, as low as a tenth of its normal strength, according to Futurism. A gradual change could mean that we’ll have years without the invisible protective shield between Earth and space.
It’s not all doom and gloom, though. We don’t know whether this will occur in our lifetime. Even if it does, the flip could take hundreds of years, and geomagnetic reversal effects would be mostly gradual.
Despite the latest short-lived ceasefire between the Taliban and the Afghan government, civilians continue to experience the wrath of Taliban and Islamic State attacks. A suicide bombing killed at least 13 people in Kabul on June 11, and there has been a wave of attacks on public institutions in Jalalabad. The militant groups deliberately target public places during festivals and holidays. While the two sides laid down their weapons for three days during Eid celebrations, Taliban spokesmen vowed to continue fighting unless they could negotiate directly with the U.S. government and until all foreign troops left the country.
The unceasing conflict in Afghanistan has destroyed the institutions meant to protect children. “Nearly half of the children aged between 7 and 17 years old — 3.7 million — in Afghanistan are missing out on school,” according to the Afghan Central Statistics Organization’s figures in a UNICEF report published this month. Approximately 2.1 million Afghan children between ages 6 and 14 are involved in some form of child labor.
Approximately 2.1 million Afghan children between ages 6 and 14 are involved in some form of child labor.
, according to the statistics bureau (the U.N. Population Division estimates 2.5 million). Many of them work in jobs hazardous to their safety and health: carrying heavy loads on streets, welding, operating heavy machinery, collecting harmful waste products, and working in factories for long hours.
Generations of children have paid the price in a country that has not been at peace since the 1970s. An April New York Times report cited widespread violence as a leading reason for children not attending school. Afghanistan remains suspended in the liminal space between conflict and recovery, and despite billions of dollars being pumped into globally funded reconstruction efforts, protection for children — whether those attending school, working on streets or in factories, and others confined to their homes because of insecurity — remains precarious and their future prospects threadbare. The latest U.S. government assessment admits that the goals of growth and stabilization that its aid agencies have promulgated amid incessant conflict may be “unrealistic.”
Last December, I shadowed three girls who sold plastic bags for grocers at a market in western Kabul, where they lived with their families. Due to extreme poverty, they and their siblings had to work to make ends meet. All three said that they were most worried about attacks and abductions by armed groups. “There was a girl by the name of Kayenat that used to work with us. One day she disappeared during a [security] incident, but the police never found out,” 11-year-old Sadaf, the youngest of the three hawkers told me, dejectedly shrugging off the sudden disappearance of her friend. Many of the working children also feel a strong sense of responsibility to contribute to their families’ survival, and therefore suppress their anxiety when working on the streets, Sadaf explained.
It was 1:00 p.m. and these children should have been in the safe confines of classrooms since the school year commences in the spring following Nowruz, the Persian New Year. But this year began with an ominous start, when Nowruz celebrations were jolted by the bombing of a Shiite mosque in in Kabul. The recent attacks in Herat, one of which killed and injured children, show how dangerous life has become for young Afghan civilians.
The March Afghan army airstrikes on a madrasa in Kunduz resulted in the deaths of students participating in a graduation ceremony. A few weeks later, masked insurgents set fire to schools in Logar and Nangarhar provinces in what appeared to be part of a deliberate effort to terrorize the students and their families. The Taliban has gained notoriety for attacking schools, sometimes destroying hundreds of facilities within a couple of months, as part of a concerted intimidation strategy.
The Taliban has gained notoriety for attacking schools, sometimes destroying hundreds of facilities within a couple of months, as part of a concerted intimidation strategy.
Now the Islamic State is adding to the toxic mix, by shutting down girls’ schools in their stronghold, in Nangarhar Province. Despite the Afghan government’s “safe schools” promise made in 2015, classrooms remain active battlegrounds, with all sides, including state armed forces, using them as military bases. Children’s futures have become hostage to ideological wars.
The multiple low-grade conflicts between the Afghan army and up to 20 terrorist groups have increased in intensity and frequency over the first six months of 2018, in the country’s urban areas that are also home to large, unprotected, internally displaced populations. Among them are many working children who are acutely vulnerable to attacks. With 94 percent of the 1,048 casualties in Kabul resulting from suicide bombings and complex attacks in the first six months 2017, the U.N. ranked the Afghan capital as the most dangerous city in the country, in its midyear report on the protection of civilians in Afghanistan.
A recent report by the International Crisis Group predicts more violence, as cities become targets for terrorist groups. While U.S. officials were optimistic about a peace deal in March, following a period of reduced civilian casualties in 2017, the worsening security situation for civilians demonstrates that the 16-year war is not coming to an end. Even Gen. John Nicholson, the outgoing commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, has warned of new attacks by the Taliban as part of their spring offensive ritual. Afghan army officials are only adding to the indiscriminate violence by taking liberties in targeting civilian areas.
The few institutions advocating for child protection have suffered devastating blows. A few weeks prior to the January attack on the Save the Children’s office in Jalalabad, I met children in the city center, many of them who fled attacks in nearby villages, who were collecting scrap metal on a nearby street. Following the deaths of three of its staff, the charity shuttered its programs in the country — yet another symbolic and practical blow to child protection.
Not far from the bazaar in Kabul, I met another working child, 13-year-old Mohammad, at a bicycle repair shop. He works for his older brother, who also worked in a similar capacity for their father at Mohammad’s age. In Afghanistan, boys often bear the onerous responsibility of providing for their families from a young age. Mohammad is also among the hundreds of thousands of children who work while attending school. While fatigue lined the boy’s face as he worked under the blazing afternoon sun, he also felt fortunate to be able to study. “I start my homework after my evening classes,” he said while he fixed the spokes of a wheel with the finesse of an expert.
ike Mohammad’s brother, many working-class Afghans I met did not believe education would lead to better opportunities and was a “safety hazard.” A ubiquitous reluctance among parents to send children to school is pushing many minors toward full-time labor and, paradoxically, more exposure to attacks in public spaces.
A ubiquitous reluctance among parents to send children to school is pushing many minors toward full-time labor and, paradoxically, more exposure to attacks in public spaces.
The number of working children is growing exponentially.
A report published by the Norwegian Refugee Council in January found that among the returning refugees who are unable to resettle in their place of origin, 72 percent are displaced at least twice due to instability; many of the children among them do not have access to school. Given these conditions, aid workers explain that a “zero-tolerance” policy toward child labor will not yield much success. In a country where more than 90 percent of jobs are in what the Ministry of Labour deems “vulnerable employment” — meaning unstable and insufficient in income — any efforts to secure the futures of children must accommodate these realities. Child labor, at least in its milder forms, will continue in Afghanistan for the foreseeable future, but mitigating its impact on the children’s educational trajectories and altogether abolishing hazardous forms of labor is possible.
The blueprints that can facilitate long-term protection of children exist in government plans. While acknowledging that working children on the street are likely the result of the “deterioration of Afghanistan’s socio-economic situation due to the ongoing conflict and displacement of families,” the government launched a national strategy to tackle hazardous forms of child labor. But the plan cannot succeed if it does not provide Afghan families with basic services and access to secure livelihoods. This has happened in some provinces and districts but success depends on the relationships between residents and their local leaders.
Amid the stalemate between the Afghan government and the Taliban, local civilian representatives who have met with Taliban leaders claim that there is a changing mindset. Instead of waging a blanket war against a purportedly intransigent foe, they have asked that the government form alliances with partners among the local leadership and secure better protection for civilians, especially children. Most adults participating in the pro-peace sit-ins that have taken place across the country since March want to secure their children’s safety.
These parents claim that economic and social stability are impossible without resuscitating the flatlining peace process. Without a negotiated peace, many young Afghans will face a future like 15-year-old Fatima, whom I met in the eastern part of Kabul.
Fatima has a predictable daily routine. She works as a seamstress at home, because her parents fear for her safety on the streets. With little choice but to acquiesce to her “fate,” as she calls it, the teenager’s sentiments oscillate between a sense of relief that she is protected and a lingering sadness over not being able to play out in the open with her friends. With her neighborhood in Kabul becoming more prone to attacks, her parents might stop sending her to school altogether. “They plan to marry me off to a man who lives away from the city and its threats,” she told me with a sad smile.
Nearly 17 years after U.S. forces entered Afghanistan under the premise of dismantling al Qaeda and capturing Osama bin Laden, security remains an ephemeral notion for Afghanistan’s youngest citizens.
For decades, China’s presence in Africa has largely focused on economic, commercial and peacekeeping activities. Now, Beijing is building on that by establishing greater military links to protect its national assets on the continent and gain greater geopolitical influence.
The People’s Liberation Army conducts regular joint training exercises across the region and, in certain countries that are home to major Chinese infrastructure projects under the Belt and Road initiative, the communist state has been especially active.
Meanwhile in Tanzania, where the state-run conglomerate China Merchants Holdings International is hoping to invest in the Bagamoyo mega port, China built a complex designed to train local armed forces earlier this year. And, at the first-ever China-Africa Defense and Security Forum in Beijing on Tuesday, the communist state announced it will provide African countries with “comprehensive support” on matters such as piracy and counter-terrorism. That includes providing technologies, equipment, personnel and strategic advice, local media reported.
All that comes amid expectations for the U.S. to reduce troops in Africa under President Donald Trump’s “America First” policy, which is set to boost Chinese President Xi Jinping’s government as the dominant foreign power on the continent.
The strengthened defense ties compliment China’s existing ventures, particularly weapons sales, according to specialists.
“In recent years, Chinese arms sales to Africa have surpassed the United States,” said Luke Patey, senior researcher at the Danish Institute for International Studies: “In particular, Chinese small arms and light weapons have spread rapidly since China is less inhibited by selling arms to countries in the midst of conflict than Western providers.” That goes hand in hand with Beijing’s expanding military cooperation, he continued.
A desire to safeguard Chinese workers and Chinese-funded projects on the continent is likely behind the government’s efforts.
“China’s security concerns are actually aimed at its own nationals, and military diplomacy is skillfully used to protect them and their interests,” the Netherlands Institute of International Relations, or Clingendael, said in a recent report.
“The evacuation of hundreds of Chinese and foreign nationals from Yemen in 2015 — on a People’s Liberation Army frigate that sailed from the coasts of Somalia — proves just how crucial the presence of a military logistics base on the eastern coast of Africa is for China,” it continued.
KOAA News is reporting that the the blaze is burning in southwest Colorado between Fort Garland and La Veta, west of Walsenburg and La Veta in a rugged, sparsely populated area of the county. It is currently at 0% containment and has burned over 2,000 acres. There is a meeting today at the Fort Garland community center at 1pm. The community center is serving also as a evacuation center.
This new fire comes after the 416 fire just north of Durango. There are smaller fires burning at present throughout the 4 corners region. Numerous Colorado counties have places their residents on alert with many agencies creating their first ever cell phone alerts so residents can receive pre evacuation alerts. Check with your county.
Some off grid communities are facing the threat of being trapped in their subdivision if the area is well forested, uphill, and reilant on a single road for getting in and out. Various counties are spending millions fighting the fires but also spending money on fuel for planes designated to catching fires early. It is important to realize that if we face a serious economic collapse, resources from the federal government may not be available in the future. The time to prepare is now.
Recent lightning storms caused numerous fires in SW Colorado counties that fortunately were put out. The San Juan national forest recently reopened after a brief ban on camping during historic stage 3 fire restrictions forcing countless seasonal campers to park within the local towns or rent in a motel. Nearly 1k firefighters were involved in fighting the 416 fire.
The video below indicates that the flat prairie of Costilla county may be a ideal bug out location for Colorado forest fire survival as well as other natural disasters including a foreign military invasion. The live streamed video below was recorded from the prairie section of Blanca, Colorado. This is not a endorsement of the politics featured on that channel.
New readers should use caution if planning on relocating to Costilla county in the light of the land use code crackdown which you can learn about on this website in the archives. Always find out the current issues in a county before relocating and always google the most recent articles or updates.
What advise would you give Colorado residents evacuating wild fires? Let us know in the comments below.
Land use codes are a leading cause of new reasons for homelessness as government cracks down on living in freedom and privacy.
Now all your neighbor has to do in most counties is report on you if you are living in a RV without a permit or septic system forcing one into homelessness if they have no other location to relocate to. In other words, the act of conspiring with government officials using codes and regulations to regulate someone out of existence is as immoral as rape and homicide as homelessness can force someone into living alongside dangerous situations without help from others.
The media and angry masses are using Patty for their witch hunt against white Americans while remaining silent over the years about their fellow Americans being forced off their land or about children overseas that don’t end up living beyond a certain age because their people have been demonized as terrorists.
Its true that Patty acted in a control freak manner and represents a human overtaken by the archonic interference in human affairs. However, Patty is America, exactly the same kind of America that’s actually celebrated where Homeowners Association ‘archons’ (Ancient Greek word for ruler) rule over people’s private decisions regarding their properties appearance, rules that specifically dictate who leaves and who stays in communities across America. I got news for you America, #PermitPatty didn’t start this fire.
There are Permit Patty’s EVERYWHERE and yes, hypocrites as they may do things without permits as Patty reportedly sells marijuana without a permit, according to new details. This is also a story about a power tripping pot head destroying the ridiculous stereotype that pot makes one more consciousness. As a lifelong smoker interacting with others that smoke, that’s not true. The claim of higher consciousness or of being significantly less susceptible to government sanctioned propaganda is pure image for those stuck in ego or the illusions of separation. Smoking cannabis does not make someone kinder in my experience automatically as in the recent political cycle I have come across many pot growers that also believe in “Kill em all” world views regarding foreign policy. They are just a bit stoned to act on their statements perhaps.
They are here in droves locally in my off grid Colorado community and they have become more concerning that the government in a matter of only a few years. Thank you Alex Jones and the modern facebook news feed.
Remember, if one is cold hearted by nature and a natural supporter of authority figures aka ‘archons’, smoking a herb won’t fix that automatically but could in some cases enable their apathy regarding the victims of war or others that are victimized as they enjoy their ‘buzz’. As long as they aren’t immediately affected or their immediate perception of tribe. I’m glad marijuana doesn’t affect me with the same stupor. Sure marijuana may seem to make us less aggressive but it also helps reduce a sense of aggression against injustice or unjust authorities, does that make sense? Take a closer look around at the stoned idol worships of various flavors please. They may use different microphones from different stages. False idols of hope and change they remain.
The average American isn’t very concerned about Americans losing their rights unless it’s their perceived group or tribe in the crosshairs so most won’t be able to learn as much as they could from studying the multiple angles to this particular story. Most will react with anger and scream for the witch bitch to be burned while kicking their own dirt under the closest carpet on the floor.
Is it really about Patty but rather a sick America in denial that scapegoats a #PermitPatty because it take’s the attention away from their own control freak nature or times where they look the other way while Americans are made homeless in the streets over land use codes and permits?
America didn’t have a lot to say to me after a woman in San Luis Colorado suggested I live more like a human than a pig. Some of the comments on my video did show anger at her for being hispanic and talking like that while they themselves might support the president speaking in such a tone to others. Hypocrisy strikes again in the comment section from the #MAGA crowd. BTW the #MAGA crowd still cannot provide documentation that Trump supports off grid living for the modern lower income American.
What about the black off gridder by the name of Michael Morris who was asked by the locals why he was there at all trying to relocate from his hometown of Las Vegas? As they called us both “rejects”, he retorted that yes, we are rejects in a world of criminals and sociopaths that dominate the areas in which have fled.
The attitudes she represents transcends discrimination to any particular race and region. She bears the spirit of #PermitPatty in a more cruel way but America had little to say about a grown man being talked to like a piece of trash, or a PIG rather. Maybe they agree with her talking points as its a #PermitPatty American gangsters paradise.
Where was America’s stand against the cruel #PermitPatty spirit then?
They can make Patty the witch of the west all they want but theres a #PermitPatty in the hearts and minds of most Americans from what my life experience has shown me.
They like to use people like her to hide their own shadow self that might at times use government agencies or forces or militaries or officers against their fellow humans in some form of revenge vibrational frequency be they guilty or innocent. No, Americans dont know anything about…nothing at all about their own inner #PermitPatty (obvious sarcasm).
Recently, a woman dubbed #PermitPatty was filmed threatening to call the police on an 8-year-old Black girl who was selling water.
I contacted the ACLU when poor low income Americans were forced off their land in Costilla County Colorado by land use code officers. A year later they bothered to reply that they weren’t interested at all in helping us.
But let’s just get even more real…. What kind of example is it to promote for young kids to sell WATER for 2 dollars on the street using their youthful looks to see what should be free in theory? Why not just sell some ass with this mindset?
What will be sold on the street tomorrow as their pant size grows and dollar value declines?
We are a hooker and super soldier video game playing generation living off the bones of the dying world, cant we be honest about it? Shits going to happen in the street as the decay builds. Lets teach the young a better way other than trying to sell water, smoke crack, or dancing on poles. “Here’s your pizza slice sir, that will be 6 dollars.”
How about we have a real discussion about preparing our people and their children for surviving a collapse instead of mocking those that will warn their fellow American?
For the record, the mother seemed to have put her child to work selling the water after she lost her job. As touching as the story might be, it’s actually quite alarming. A child hustling a few marked up bottles of something that should be FREE is no economic solution to whatever that mother is going through in her single mother life living in a apartment in the modern grid of America without a decent paying job -that’s the all American nightmare that keeps on giving.
When do we talk about the real issues in the story like modern single parent households in the USA living like those in the 3rd world? Will their toilets and plumbing stop working next or do we have to wait until their starving children are selling water is 10-20 dollars a bottle?
If you want to talk about racism, wake me when the discussion about the endless wars return and when that’s represented on the mainstream and alternative media.
There are plenty of American minorities screaming about racism while supporting overseas occupations or military employed relatives that have no other purpose other than suppressing those overseas population.
Don’t speak to me about racism of you are silent about others removed violently off the face of the earth FOREVER.
Most Americans view the 2nd Amendment and gun ownership as enough of a defense against a Chinese military invasion but how will firearms ALONE stand up against a robot army coming from the air long after the SHTF?
Look! Up there! A pretty little bird gliding majestically through the sky, encapsulating the beauty of na — oh wait. It’s a high-tech surveillance drone.
Over recent years, more than 30 Chinese military and government agencies have been reportedly using drones made to look like birds to surveil China’s citizens in at least five provinces, according to the South China Morning Post Sunday.
The program is reportedly codenamed “Dove” and run by Song Bifeng, a professor at Northwestern Polytechnical University in Xi’an. Song was formerly a senior scientist on the Chengdu J-20, Asia’s first fifth-generation stealth fighter jet, according to the Post.
The bird-like drones mimic the flapping wings of a real bird using a pair of crank-rockers driven by an electric motor. Each drone has a high-definition camera, GPS antenna, flight control system and data link with satellite communication capability, according to the Post.
While the “scale is still small”, according to Yang Wenqing, a member of Song’s team in a comment to the Post, the researchers “believe the technology has good potential for large-scale use in the future … it has some unique advantages to meet the demand for drones in the military and civilian sectors.”
Washington’s penchant for brandishing “big sticks” will come back to haunt it, China Daily, official organ of the Chinese government, warned on Friday as trade tensions between the two countries continued to fray. And China, and the EU, have identified just where that haunting will begin: in America’s heartland.
For Donald Trump, the threat of a trade war with China, as well as potentially with Mexico and Canada, is a vital component of an overdue effort to correct longstanding injustices that have seen the US taken advantage of by trading partners for “far too long”.
But the US looks likely to be hit hard if the war of words escalates into action ahead of any deal. The Chinese state media outlet cited research by the Rhodium Group pointing to a 92% drop in Chinese investment in the US, to $1.8bn, in the first five months of the year, its lowest level in seven years.
And the effects of the multi-front trade dispute are already being felt. US lumber prices are up 32% since the president announced a 21% tariff on Canadian lumber imports. The National Association of Home Builders estimates that the tariffs will result in about 9,400 construction jobs lost, raising the price of the average single-family home by $9,000.
Virtually any product that uses aluminium or steel is already being affected. In its first-quarter earnings call, the household appliance maker Whirlpool said the steel and aluminium tariffs would cost the company an extra $50m. Stock in Campbell Soup, the tinned food processor headquartered in New Jersey, has dropped 14% since the company identified steel tariffs as a potential hit to its bottom line in 2019.
Trade wars are “easy” to win – Donald Trump declared last March – shortly before plunging the US into its worst trade dispute in decades. That remark may well come back to bite him as the EU and China turn the heat up on Trump by targeting the states that elected him.
In response to US moves to target steel and aluminium imports, the EU has targeted $3.3bn of American products, a list that includes including 25% duties on Harley-Davidson motorcycles, Levi’s jeans and bourbon whiskey, created in response to Trump’s initial barriers to imported aluminium and steel.
The EU list includes 200 categories, including various types of corn, rice, orange juice, cigarettes, cigars, T-shirts, cosmetics, boats and steel.
As it stands, the first wave of Chinese 25% tariffs will hit $34bn in US goods and take effect on 6 July, with another $16bn still to be scheduled.
They included a variety of agricultural products, including soybeans, corn and wheat along with beef, pork and poultry, plus automobiles. A second set of tariffs to begin at a later date span other goods including coal, crude oil, gasoline and medical equipment.
Both China and the EU have been politically motivated in their choice of US products to target.
Take the swing-state of Wisconsin. Trump carried the state by less than 1% in the 2016 presidential election and it is the home state of the outgoing House speaker, Paul Ryan. Harley-Davidsons are manufactured in the state. A further loss of jobs to the already troubled brand could prove unpopular with Wisconsin’s voters, many of whom are employed in agriculture, another target of tariffs.
Or take the largest item on the Chinese list due to take effect in two weeks – soybeans. They are grown in Iowa and Nebraska, both Trump states; bourbon on the EU list comes from Kentucky, another Trump state, home of the Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell. Chinese tariff hikes on oranges will hit growers in the swing-state of Florida.
“The idea behind China’s strategic retaliation is to remind the president that he needs those states for Republican victories in the fall,” says Ikenson.
“The Chinese are responding in a similar way by picking off the products. They’re looking to increase the cost of production for US industries,” Ikenson says. Beijing, he adds, “is hoping that just the presentation of their list will be enough to get US industry to convince the administration that it’s going down the wrong path”.
Ikenson believes the European and Chinese targeting of red-state products is beginning to pay off in terms of a brewing battle between Republicans in Congress and the White House.
And it’s not just the swing states that will be affected by a trade war – all US shoppers could end up paying the price, says Ikenson, because tariffs on raw materials end up as a tax on costs of production.
“Hopefully, he will be talked off the ledge before the tariffs come into effect on July 6,” he says.
Late last year, the Army launched an accelerated effort that funnels some $572 million into training and equipping 26 of its 31 active combat brigades to fight in large-scale subterranean facilities that exist beneath dense urban areas around the world.
For this new type of warfare, infantry units will need to know how to effectively navigate, communicate, breach heavy obstacles and attack enemy forces in underground mazes ranging from confined corridors to tunnels as wide as residential streets. Soldiers will need new equipment and training to operate in conditions such as complete darkness, bad air and lack of cover from enemy fire in areas that challenge standard Army communications equipment.
Senior leaders have mentioned small parts of the effort in public speeches, but Army officials at Fort Benning, Georgia’s Maneuver Center of Excellence — the organization leading the subterranean effort — have been reluctant to discuss the scale of the endeavor.
“We did recognize, in a megacity that has underground facilities — sewers and subways and some of the things we would encounter … we have to look at ourselves and say ‘ok, how does our current set of equipment and our tactics stack up?'” Col. Townley Hedrick, commandant of the Infantry School at the Army’s Maneuver Center of Excellence at Fort Benning, Georgia, told Military.com in an interview. “What are the aspects of megacities that we have paid the least attention to lately, and every megacity has got sewers and subways and stuff that you can encounter, so let’s brush it up a little bit.”
Left unmentioned were the recent studies the Army has undertaken to shore up this effort. The Army completed a four-month review last year of its outdated approach to underground combat, and published a new training manual dedicated to this environment.
“This training circular is published to provide urgently needed guidance to plan and execute training for units operating in subterranean environments, according to TC 3-20.50 “Small Unit Training in Subterranean Environments,” published in November 2017. “Though prepared through an ‘urgent’ development process, it is authorized for immediate implementation.”
A New Priority
The Army has always been aware that it might have to clear and secure underground facilities such as sewers and subway systems beneath densely-populated cities. In the past, tactics and procedures were covered in manuals on urban combat such as FM 90-10-1, “An Infantryman’s Guide to Combat in Built-up Areas,” dated 1993.
Before the war in Iraq and Afghanistan, the mission for taking large, underground military complexes was given to tier-one special operationsunits such as Army Delta Force and the Navy‘s SEAL Team 6, as well as the Army’s 75th Ranger Regiment.
But the Pentagon’s new focus on preparing to fight peer militaries such as North Korea, Russia and China changed all that.
An assessment last year estimates that there are about 10,000 large-scale underground military facilities around the world that are intended to serve as subterranean cities, an Army source, who is not cleared to talk to the press, told Military.com.
The Army’s Asymmetric Warfare Group — an outfit often tasked with looking ahead to identify future threats — told U.S. military leaders that special operations forces will not be able to deal with the subterranean problem alone and that large numbers of conventional forces must be trained and equipped to fight underground, the source said.
The endeavor became an urgent priority because more than 4,800 of these underground facilities are located in North Korea, the source said.
Relations now seem to be warming between Washington and Pyongyang after the recent meeting between U.S. President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. But in addition to its underground nuclear missile facilities, North Korea has the capability to move thousands of troops through deep tunnels beneath the border into South Korea, according to the Army’s new subterranean manual.
“North Korea could accommodate the transfer of 30,000 heavily armed troops per hour,” the manual states. “North Korea had planned to construct five southern exits and the tunnel was designed for both conventional warfare and guerrilla infiltration. Among other things, North Korea built a regimental airbase into a granite mountain.”
For its part, Russia inherited a vast underground facilities program from the Soviet Union, designed to ensure the survival of government leadership and military command and control in wartime, the manual states. Underground bunkers, tunnels, secret subway lines, and other facilities still beneath Moscow, other major Russian cities, and the sites of major military commands.
More recently, U.S. and coalition forces operating in Iraq and Syria have had to deal with fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria operating in tunnel systems.
Learning to Fight Underground
To prepare combat units, the Army has activated mobile teams to train the leadership of 26 brigade combat teams on how prepare units for underground warfare and plan and execute large-scale combat operations in the subterranean environment.
The 3rd BCT, 4th Infantry Division at Fort Carson, Colorado is next in line for the training.
Army officials confirmed to Military.com that there is an approved plan to dedicate $572 million to the effort. That works out to $22 million for each BCT, according to an Army spokeswoman who did not want to be named for this article. The Army did not say where the money is coming from or when it will be given to units.
Army leaders launched the subterranean effort last fall, tasking the AWG with developing a training program. The unit spent October-January at Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia, developing the tactics, techniques and procedures, or TTPs, units will need to fight in this environment.
“Everything that you can do above ground, you can do below ground; there are just tactics and techniques that are particular,” the source said, adding that tactics used in a subterranean space are much like those used in clearing buildings.
“The principles are exactly the same, but now do it without light, now do it in a confined space … now try to breach a door using a thermal cutting torch when you don’t have air.”
Three training teams focus on heavy breaching, TTPs and planning and a third to train the brigade leadership on intelligence priorities and how to prepare for brigade-size operations in subterranean facilities.
“The whole brigade will be learning the operation,” the source said.
Army combat units train in mock-up towns known as military operations in urban terrain, or MOUT, sites. These training centers often have sewers to deal with rain water, but are too small to use for realistic training, the source said.
The Defense Department has a half-dozen locations that feature subterranean networks. They’re located at Fort Hood, Texas; Fort Story, Virginia; Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri; Camp Atterbury-Muscatatuck Urban Training Center, Indiana; Tunnel Warfare Center, China Lake, California and Yuma Proving Grounds, Arizona, according to the new subterranean training manual.
Rather sending infrastructure to these locations, units will build specially designed, modular subterranean trainers, created by the AWG in 2014. The completed maze-like structure is fashioned from 15 to 20 shipping containers, or conexes, and sits above ground.
Gen. Stephen Townsend, commander of Army Training and Doctrine Command, talked about these new training structures at the Association of the United States Army’s LANPAC 2018 symposium in Hawaii.
“I was just at the Asymmetric Warfare Group recently; they had built a model subterranean training center that now the Army is in the process of exporting to the combat training centers and home stations,” Townsend said.
“I was thinking to myself before I went and saw it, ‘how are we going to be able to afford to build all these underground training facilities?’ Well, they took me into one that wasn’t underground at all. It actually looked like you went underground at the entrance, but the facility was actually built above ground.But you couldn’t tell that once you went inside of it.”
Shipping containers are commonplace around the Army, so units won’t have to buy special materials to build the trainers, Hedrick said.
“Every post has old, empty conexes … and those are easily used to simulate working underground,” Hedrick said.
Training is only part of the subterranean operations effort. A good portion of the $22 million going to each BCT will be needed buy special equipment so combat units can operate safety underground.
“You can’t go more than one floor deep underground without losing comms with everybody who is up on the surface,” Townsend said. “Our capabilities need some work.”
The Army is looking at the handheld MPU-5 smart radio, made by Persistent Systems LLC, which features a new technology and relies on a “mobile ad hoc network” that will allow units to talk to each other and to the surface as well.
“It sends out a signal that combines with the one next to it, and the one next to it … it just keeps getting bigger and bigger and bigger,” the source said.
Off the shelf, MPU-5s coast approximately $10,000 each.
Toxic air, or a drop in oxygen, are other challenges soldiers will be likely to face operating deep underground. The Army is evaluating off-the-shelf self-contained breathing equipment for units to purchase.
“Protective masks without a self-contained breathing apparatus provide no protection against the absence of oxygen,” the subterranean manual states. “Having breathing apparatus equipment available is the primary protection element against the absence of oxygen, in the presence of hazardous gases, or in the event of a cave-in.”
Soldiers can find themselves exposed to smoke, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, hydrogen sulfide, methane natural gas underground, according to the manual.
Breathing gear is expensive; some apparatus cost as much as $13,000 apiece, the source said.
Underground tunnels and facilities are often lighted, but when the lights go out, soldiers will be in total darkness. The Army announced in February that it has money in its fiscal 2019 budget to buy dual-tubed, binocular-style night vision goggles to give soldiers greater depth perception than offered by the current single-tubed Enhanced Night Vision Goggles and AN/PVS 14s.
The Enhanced Night Vision Goggle B uses a traditional infrared image intensifier similar to the PVS-14 along with a thermal camera. The system fuses the IR with the thermal capability into one display. The Army is considering equipping units trained in subterranean ops with ENVG Bs, the source said.
Units will also need special, hand-carried ballistic shields, at least two per squad, since tunnels provide little to no cover from enemy fire.
Weapon suppressors are useful to cut down on noise that’s significantly amplified in confined spaces, the manual states.
Some of the heavy equipment such as torches and large power saws needed for breaching are available in brigade engineer units, Hedrick said.
“We definitely did put some effort into trying to identify a list of normal equipment that may not work and what equipment that we might have to look at procuring,” Hedrick said.
Jason Dempsey, an adjunct senior fellow at the Center for new American Security, was skeptical about the scale of the program.
Dempsey, a former Army infantry officer with two tours in Afghanistan and one in Iraq, told Military.com that such training “wasn’t relevant” to fights in Iraq and Afghanistan.
He questions spending such a large amount of money training and equipping so many of the Army’s combat brigades in a type of combat that they might never need.
“I can totally understand taking every brigade in Korea, Alaska, some of the Hawaii units — any units on tap for first response for something going on in Korea,” said Dempsey, who served in the combat units such as the 75th Ranger Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division and the 10th Mountain Division.
“Conceptually I don’t knock it. The only reason I would question it is if it comes with a giant bill and new buys of a bunch of specialized gear. … It’s a whole new business line for folks whose business tapered off after Afghanistan.”
The Food and Drug Administration approved GW Pharmaceuticals Plc’s Epidiolex to treat two rare forms of childhood epilepsy, according to a statement from the agency. The liquid is made from a compound in the marijuana plant called cannabidiol, a different chemical from tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, which gets users high.
Epilepsy patients and doctors have long had interest in marijuana’s therapeutic potential. The approval marks the first time patients will have access in the U.S. to a cannabis-derived drug that has undergone a safety and efficacy review by the FDA.
“The same principles around any prescription medication can now be applied to cannabis-based medications,” GW Pharma Chief Executive Officer Justin Gover said in an interview before the FDA’s decision. “That underlies the whole value of this. We now remove ourselves from being a special case and now meet the standard criteria for prescription medications.”
FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb issued a separate statement stressing the importance of proper research on medical uses of marijuana and cautioning other companies that might try to push their pot treatments.
“This is an important medical advance,” Gottlieb said of Epidiolex. “But it’s also important to note that this is not an approval of marijuana or all of its components.”
GW Pharma’s American depositary receipts fell less than 1 percent to $149.85 at 1:03 p.m. in New York. They had gained 15 percent this year through Friday’s close.
Epidiolex is approved to treat Lennox-Gastaut and Dravet syndromes in patients age 2 or older. Both are considered severe forms of epilepsy that begin in childhood. They’re resistant to many existing treatments, and as many as 20 percent of children with Dravet syndrome die before reaching adulthood, according to the National Institutes of Health.
GW Pharma will make Epidiolex in the U.K., where the company is based, Gover said, and export the finished product to the U.S. As of last week, the company hadn’t determined the price but was in preliminary talks with insurance companies to make them aware Epidiolex is coming, he said.
While Epidiolex is the first approved medicine that comes from a pot plant, the FDA has allowed the use a few drugs made from synthetic cannabinoids, including Insys Therapeutics Inc.’s Syndros for loss of appetite in people with AIDS and nausea caused by chemotherapy. Insys is developing a cannabidiol oral solution for a severe type of epileptic seizure known as infantile spasms, and childhood epilepsy defined by staring spells where the child isn’t aware or responsive.
(Updates with FDA commissioner comments in fifth paragraph.)
While we sleep and eat and make love and shield our eyes on a sunny day, someone’s home, family, life and body are being blown into a thousand pieces in our names.
As I’ll describe, this reality of our constant guilt in the slaughter of innocent people is too overwhelming for many Americans to confront. And this reality has gotten bloodier than usual since Donald Trump became president a year and a half ago. Trump’s military is indeed dropping bombs on an average of twelve minutes, keeping up with the average of 121 bombs per day that the U.S. dropped in the first year of Trump’s term. Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan have been the main targets of this escalated global assault, with bombs having been dropped on these countries in record numbers throughout the last year. An expanded drone war has naturally been part of this, with Trump having been sued by the ACLU last December for the unethical secrecy of his administration’s increasingly deadly drone assassination practices.
Overall, Trump has outdone Obama’s famous deed of dropping bombs on seven countries, with Pakistan, Somalia, Yemen, Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq, Libya, and now Niger having been attacked by the U.S. in the last year. In front of these rarely mentioned warfare escalations from the Trump administration, the U.S. has twice sent missiles at Syria without provocation, and the annual military budget has been raised by more than $80 billion in the last year. And the warfare hasn’t stopped expanding, telling from the Trump White Houses’ considerations for invading Venezuela, its explicitly stated goal of regime change in Iran, and its continued willingness to intervene in Syria.
President Trump has publicly endorsed and approved all of these hawkish, destructive policies. Yet whenever I’ve mentioned them to Trump supporters, the consensus is that I’m being unfair. They say that these things haven’t happened. Or that the drone strikes are justified because they’ve only hit terrorists (despite how the CIA’s own documents have shown that only 2% of American drones are recorded as having killed people on the kill list). Or that it’s unreasonable to expect Trump to fix the system at once. In any case, it’s agreed on that Trump is not to blame, and that I’ve fallen for partisan propaganda.
Do these statements sound familiar to you too? They’re essentially the same things that many of Obama’s supporters have said when confronted with the similar pro-war policies of their president. Anyone who’s recently tried to talk about America’s warfare in online threads can probably relate to my experience; people don’t like to hear when their chosen leaders do bad things, so they push the uncomfortable information aside.
Idealizing leaders is a common human mistake, and it’s evidently been made by antiwar-minded people who support both Obama and Trump. And I don’t blame either of these camps for making it, because they’ve both fallen into the political order that the plutocracy has designed. This is an order where the liberal and conservative teams are pitted against each other, while the ruling oligarchs carry out their wars and neoliberal policies from behind the scenes.
Trump does not represent a salvation from this paradigm. His continuation of Bush and Obama’s worst policies has shown which side he’s on. The only thing that can meaningfully transform society is massive, bottom-up revolutionary action. And that requires us to apply scrutiny to all of our leaders, including the ones we’d like to think are the answer.