Homeland Security to expand focus to include battling Climate Change! *giggles

•October 1, 2014 • 8 Comments

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http://www.thewestwire.com/homeland-security-to-expand-focus-to-include-battling-climate-change/

Protecting the infrastructure of American cities from the effects of climate change is rising on the agenda of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, according to a top agency official.

“Increasingly, we’ve moved not only from a security focus to a resiliency focus,” said Caitlin Durkovich, assistant secretary for infrastructure protection at Homeland Security, an agency better known for its fight to curb terrorist threats.

Durkovich spoke Thursday on a panel at the Rising Seas Summit, a three-day conference organized by the U.S.-based Association of Climate Change Officers to discuss tools and ideas on building resiliency, particularly against rising sea levels.

In the aftermath of 2012’s Hurricane Sandy, which devastated large swathes of the Northeastern U.S and caused over $60 billion in damages, Durkovich said her department reviewed the task of rebuilding with a new focus on “how to think about baking in resilience from the get-go.”

To that end, she said, she has assembled a team of specialists, including city planners, in conjunction with the National Academy of Science to develop better tools for planning.

The Department of Homeland Security already has launched regional efforts to assess resilience of infrastruction and judge where gaps in adaptation and preparedness may be, she said.

In New York, “Hurricane Sandy really highlighted our vvulnerability to climate change, said panelist Daniel Zarrilli, director of the city Mayor’s Office of Recovery and Resiliency.

The city is still recovering from the effects of the storm, which flooded most of its extensive shoreline, left tens of thousands without electricity for days, did billions of dollars of damage to infrastructure and killed 44 people, he said.

Post-Sandy assessments estimate 400,000 New Yorkers today live in a floodplain – a number that would rise to 800,000 in the 2050s if the sea level rise reaches 2.5 feet, he said.

“The challenges are fairly unique in a dense urban environment,” said Zarrilli.”There is no one single answer to the problem of climate change.

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thanks to james blundell for the link..

this is complete crap..the DHS fighting climate change..please..spare me..

“Hurricane Sandy really highlighted our vvulnerability to climate change,”

sandy wasnt caused by climate change you liar..all of these government departments are parroting the lines they have been told to by obama and his mates in the UN..

“2.5 feet rise by 2050″..thats just not going to happen..its bullshit modelling projections..all their predictions never come true..

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Hong Kong rejects heavy-handed police response to protesters

•October 1, 2014 • 8 Comments

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http://www.smh.com.au/world/hong-kong-rejects-heavyhanded-police-response-to-protesters-20140929-10nlmx.html

As public sentiment turns sharply against the Hong Kong police and their attempts to quell the city’s swelling pro-democracy protests, wave after wave of supporters arrived in the heart of Hong Kong prepared for a hostile reception.

Aware that riot police had been firing volleys of tear-gas into the crowds, they used umbrellas as shields, wore surgical masks over their noses and cling wrap around their eyes, and raised their arms in the air in the defiant style of the protests in Ferguson, Missouri.

The striking images splashed across front pages here, of colourful umbrellas being rained on with tear-gas, have already spawned a new name for the protests on social media: the “umbrella revolution”.

But as protesters call for the resignation of Hong Kong chief executive Leung Chun-ying, and openly express their disdain for China’s ruling Communist Party, it is the references to potential colour revolutions – a term applied broadly to civil movements aimed at overthrowing governments seen as authoritarian – that prompt fears about what lengths Beijing will take to end what has been a gravely sensitive turn of events.

“They would use the [pretext of] a colour revolution to justify whatever force they use, whether it is deployment of Hong Kong’s elite anti-riot police, or even deploying from its People’s Liberation Army garrison [in Hong Kong],” Willy Lam, an expert on Chinese politics who teaches at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, said, referring to the low-profile Chinese army base next to Hong Kong’s government headquarters.

In an article on the Chinese state-run Global Times website that was later deleted, it was suggested that the mainland’s paramilitary force could assist Hong Kong police in putting down the protests. “Support from the armed forces could quickly restore stability,” the article said.

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they arent going away..please note this IS a USA organised “revolution”..i never doubted as much..just check out the leaders..i think this will end with violence of some sort..the chinese wont sit on their hands forever..right now they know the world is watching..but that last line in the article above gives us a clue..

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ISIS urges militants to march to Baghdad..now just outside the city limits

•October 1, 2014 • 2 Comments

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http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/2014/06/12/ISIS-militants-plan-to-march-on-Baghdad.html

The al-Qaeda-inspired militant group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) ordered its fighters on Thursday to start advancing towards the Iraqi capital Baghdad after winning major territories and defeating armed forces in the country’s northern regions.

Abu Muhammad al-Adnani, the official spokesman of the Islamic State in Iraq and Sham (ISIS), issued an audio statement posted on YouTube urging ISIS fighters to march for Baghdad.

Black-clad ISIS militants and local armed men have seized Iraq’s second biggest city Mosul and Tikrit, hometown of former dictator Saddam Hussein, as well as other towns and cities north of Baghdad.

In Tikrit, the militants have set up military councils to run the towns they captured, residents said on Thursday.

“They came in hundreds to my town and said they are not here for blood or revenge but they seek reforms and to impose justice. They picked a retired general to run the town,” a a tribal figure from the town of Alam, north of Tikrit, told Reuters.

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria has an ambitious project to establish a Islamist state that combines Iraq, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Israel and Palestine.

“Our final destination will be Baghdad, the decisive battle will be there,’ that’s what their leader of the militants group kept repeating,” the tribal figure said.

ISIS spokesman al-Adnani said in his audio statement that the battle would “rage” in Baghdad and Karbala, a city southwest of the capital that is considered one of the holiest sites for Shiite Muslims.

“Do not relent against your enemy… The battle is not yet raging, but it will rage in Baghdad and Karbala,” Adnani said. “Put on your belts and get ready,” he added.

“March toward Baghdad because there is an account to settle,” he added. Adnani did not forget to remind ISIS militants about their self-proclaimed “ethics of war.”

“When you enter a village, bow your heads and do not brag or boast. Accept repentance from whoever wants repentance and leave alone who leaves alone and show mercy to your fellow Sunnis and your tribes,” Adnani said.

The statement could not be independently verified.

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/isis-militants-mile-baghdad-fierce-fighting-reported-article-1.1956646

The Vicar of Baghdad sent an SOS from the besieged Iraqi capital Monday and warned that the murderous Islamic State militants were breathing down their necks.

“People are very fearful the nation looks as if it has collapsed,” Canon Andrew White, who runs the last Anglican church in Iraq, wrote on his Facebook page. “The usual hectic and crazy streets were this morning almost empty.”

White, who also heads British-based charity Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East, made the social media post before Iraqi forces — backed by airstrikes from the U.S.-led coalition — appeared to stymie the ISIS advance.

But according to White, the Islamic fanatics were less than two miles from the city’s borders and he warned that the Iraqi Army was no match for them.

“This morning I was with one of my soldiers who is assigned by the government to protect me,” White wrote. “I asked him what he would do if he saw ISIS coming. He told me he would take off his uniform and run.”

There was more fierce fighting in the area Monday, but the Iraqi Army apparently were able to stop the ISIS forces bearing down on the key city of Amariya al-Fallujah, which is about 25 miles west of Baghdad, the BBC reported.

Meanwhile, ISIS continued to attack the Kurdish town of Kobani in northern Syria, sending thousands of terrified residents fleeing for the Turkish border.

The Kurds have been resisting but they are outgunned by ISIS. And while the Turks have sent tanks to the border, so far they haven’t lifted a finger to help the Kurds, who face being massacred if ISIS keeps advancing.

Overnight, U.S. warplanes bombed ISIS positions in Iraq’s Anbar province and blasted militant-controlled oil facilities near Syrian cities Aleppo, Raqqa, Hassakeh and Deir el-Zour.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/aug/16/iraq-anger-us-air-force-defends-irbil-not-iraq-kurds-maliki

Iraq‘s political class has watched with fear and envy in the last fortnight as American jets have slowed the Islamic State extremist group’s advance towards the Kurdish stronghold of Irbil.

At the same time the group, formerly known as Isis, has been trying to encircle Baghdad – untroubled by air strikes. Its manoeuvres near the national capital in recent days have consolidated gains it has made in the last two months and made the very existence of Iraq in its current borders ever more precarious.

With a new central government only three weeks from being sworn in, Iraqi leaders are imploring the US to honour what they perceived to be an implicit deal to protect Baghdad once an inclusive leadership was installed. They say support for only one side will guarantee the end of Iraq, allowing the insurgents menacing the capital to whittle away what is left of state control and terrorise large numbers of people into fleeing.

The officials, led at first by ousted leader Nouri al-Maliki, had said that only US air power could put a halt to Isis’s momentum. Iraq’s military had refused to fight the jihadists, surrendering large parts of the country as they advanced into Mosul and Tikrit and towards Kirkuk. They have been unable to reclaim lost ground and are struggling to defend oil and energy sites that are essential to Iraq’s viability. What remains of the Iraqi military is operating without US air cover. Kurdish forces, on the other hand, have taken comfort from air strikes that beat back Isis some 30 miles to the south-west of Irbil.

On Thursday, the jihadists staged attacks in an area 40 miles south of Baghdad labelled nine years ago by the US military as the “triangle of death”. Iraqi military officials say that area is next to impossible to defend without strategic weapons or US air support.

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are they coming or is this more propaganda?..if they are coming why wouldn’t they be bombed?..no oilfields near baghdad?

“U.S. warplanes bombed ISIS positions in Iraq’s Anbar province and blasted militant-controlled oil facilities near Syrian cities Aleppo, Raqqa, Hassakeh and Deir el-Zour.”

i dont want to be cynical but..you know..

keep in mind these articles are 4- 5 days old now..

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Bill Gates warns Ebola could spread beyond West Africa..its landed in the USA

•October 1, 2014 • 6 Comments

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https://in.news.yahoo.com/bill-gates-warns-ebola-could-spread-beyond-west-183221769.html

It is impossible to guess whether world leaders have done enough to bring the Ebola epidemic under control, given the risks that it will spread to countries beyond West Africa, the technology billionaire and philanthropist Bill Gates said on Monday.

Countries should get ready to handle a possible outbreak of the deadly hemorrhagic fever in case it spreads further as people from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea move across borders, Gates said at a breakfast meeting sponsored by the newspaper Politico and Bank of America.

“Because of that uncertainty, I am not going to hazard a guess,” Gates said when asked whether he thinks the massive ramping up of international aid over the past few weeks is enough.

The World Bank already has started working with countries on developing plans should the highly infectious disease spread.

The lesson so far is that countries with strong primary healthcare systems already in place are well positioned to halt the march of Ebola, as Nigeria and Senegal have demonstrated in their quick response to cases there, Gates said.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation funneled extra money in July and August towards Nigeria and pledged an additional $50 million on Sept. 10 to fight the epidemic, which so far has infected over 6,000 people mostly in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

The World Health Organization warns the infection rate probably is three times that number and could reach 20,000 by November. The death rate is over 50 percent.

To contain the epidemic, the United States on Sept. 16 announced the deployment of 3,000 military engineers and medical personnel to build 17 treatment clinics and train healthcare workers, mostly in Liberia, at a cost of about $1 billion.

The United Kingdom and France also are increasing their assistance and the United Nations has stepped forward to coordinate the international effort.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-10-01/us-health-officials-confirm-its-first-case-of-ebola/5780910

The United States has diagnosed its first case of the deadly Ebola virus, a man who became infected in Liberia and travelled to Texas, US health officials say.

At a press conference, a Centres for Disease Control and Prevention spokesman said the patient left Liberia on September 19 and arrived in the United States the following day.

“This individual … had no symptoms when departing Liberia or entering this country but four or five days later … began to develop symptoms,” he said.

“On the 26th of September, [the patient] initially sought care and [on] Sunday the 28th of September was admitted to a hospital in Texas and placed in isolation.”

The spokesman said results from “highly accurate” testing proved positive for the Ebola virus.

“The next steps are basically threefold,” he said.

“First, to care for the patient … [and] to keep to an absolute minimum the likelihood, the possibility that anyone would become infected.

“Second, we identify all people who may have had contact with the patient while he could have been infectious.

“[And] once those contacts are all identified, they’re all monitored for 21 days after exposure to see if they develop fever.

“If they develop fever, then those same criteria are used to isolate them and make sure that they are cared for as well as possible … and to minimise or eliminate the chance that they would infect other people.”

While admitting that is it “certainly possible” that someone who had contact with the patient could develop Ebola in the coming weeks, the spokesman said he had “no doubt” that the US would control the importation of Ebola.

“There is no doubt in my mind that we will stop it here,” he said.

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mmm..very very significant..if this is spreading in the air then you have an enormous problem..everyone in the plane could have it and who has this person been near in the last 10 days including anyone in the airport? if it can only be caught by “fluid” contact then everything can be managed..what do you think?

gates is stating the obvious and donating the loose change he found in his car to the effort..

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Vatican paedophilia scandal: Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski stored over 100,000 child porn videos

•October 1, 2014 • Leave a Comment

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http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/vatican-paedophilia-scandal-archbishop-jozef-wesolowski-stored-over-100000-child-porn-videos-1467410

A former Vatican archbishop accused of paedophilia stored tens of thousands of child porn videos and photos on a computer in his office at the Holy See diplomatic compound in the Dominican Republic, it has emerged.

Details of Jozef Wesolowski’s massive child porn stash have been revealed after the 66-year-old wasarrested at the Vatican earlier this week.

He is the highest-ranking Vatican official ever to be investigated for sex abuse, and the first top papal representative to receive a defrocking sentence. He has been charged with sexually abusing minors and child porn possession and might face up to seven years in the Vatican’s tiny jail.

Vatican detectives analysed the PC Wesolowski used in his office in Santo Domingo, where he served as Holy See envoy from 2008 to 2012 as part of an investigation into the alleged sexual abuse of underage boys.

The probe reportedly revealed a collection of horrors. The Polish native held more than 100,000 sexually-explicit files, Il Corriere della Sera newspaper reported.

Some 160 videos showing teenage boys forced to perform sexual acts on themselves and on adults and more than 86,000 pornographic photos were meticulously archived in several category-based folders, the paper said.

Investigators said that at least another 45,000 pictures were deleted, while a second stash of material was found on a laptop Wesolowski used during his trips abroad.

The former clergyman was placed under house arrest in a pre-trial detention at the Vatican earlier this week. He has been detained in a small room in the basement of the Collegio dei Penitenzieri, a convent located in the same building hosting the Vatican’s court and military police in the famous Santa Marta square.

Investigators are also probing whether there was a network of people who helped him to set up sexual encounters and if he committed other abuse during his previous posts around the world.

Before arriving in Santo Domingo, Wesolowski served as apostolic nuncio in Bolivia and Central Asia – covering Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Kirghizstan and Uzbekistan – after holding less prominent roles in Southern African, Costa Rica, Japan, Switzerland, India and Denmark.

He was recalled to Rome last year, after Dominican Republic media alleged he hired “rent boys” and was subsequently banished from the clergy, after a canonical court found him guilty of sex abuse.

His trial is expected to start in January.

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when does one guy get the time to watch 100,000 videos?..he doesnt..he was the “library”..there should be many many more who get exposed in this sick affair..shine the light on all of them..and he has spread his filth to many countries..

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Fox turns up the propaganda: ISIS is America’s “single biggest threat in her 200-year history”

•September 30, 2014 • 7 Comments

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http://nation.foxnews.com/2014/09/21/judge-jeanine-isis-coming-our-soil-and-we-are-not-ready

Judge Jeanine Pirro called the Islamic extremist group ISIS America’s “single biggest threat in her 200-year history” claiming that the threat was even bigger than those America faced during World War I, World War II, and September 11th.  She predicted that ISIS will come to America, “if not already on American soil.”

Judge Jeanine: “Everything I’ve been telling you for a month is accurate. You need to think September 11th, 2001. You need to remember what it felt like then. Don’t sit there and think that government has you covered. Hell, the White House itself and its perimeter were penetrated twice in the last 24 hours.”

“If our government were listening, our borders would be closed. If our government were listening, we’d be bombing ISIS nonstop. And if they were listening, our president would be following the advice of the military experts united on the issue of boots on the ground. But instead, our president thinks he knows more than the military experts, a disagreement highlighted this week and virtually unseen in American history. And if our government were listening, we would never have gotten out of Iraq the way we did.”

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seriously?..shes part of the lebanese catholic mob..and this is a candidate for the most grandiose statement of the year..

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Hungary “indefinitely” turns off gas supplies to Ukraine

•September 30, 2014 • 2 Comments

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http://rt.com/business/190840-hungary-stops-gas-ukraine-gazprom/

Natural gas deliveries to neighboring Ukraine have been halted “indefinitely”, said Hungary’s prime minister, Viktor Orban, a day after securing a new deal with Russian gas giant Gazprom.

Hungary’s gas pipeline network operator FGSZ suspended gas supply to Ukraine as of 4pm GMT on Thursday, citing a need to meet increased domestic demand.

“FGSZ Ltd interrupted the gas transmission to Ukraine through the separate pipeline from Testveriseg (Brotherhood) pipeline on the afternoon of the 25th September 2014 for an indefinite period,” the companysaid in a statement.

Naftogaz, Ukraine’s state-owned oil and gas company, called the shutoff of supplies “unexplainable and unexpected.”

On Friday, PM Orban, who in the past has likened sanctions with Russia to “shooting oneself in the foot”, announced the country had reached agreement with Gazprom CEO Aleksey Miller to increase gas deliveries to Hungary to fill storage centers before winter. He made the announcement on Hungarian public radio, four days after meeting with Miller in Budapest.

Russia is Hungary’s sole source of natural gas, and in 2013 sent 6 billion cubic meters. Gazprom’s new South Stream pipeline, due to be complete in 2018, will cross through Hungary. The project will reduce the unreliable passage of Russian gas to Europe through Ukraine.

Earlier in September, Poland was also forced to turn off reverse gas flows to Ukraine, after it claimed Gazprom decreased supplies, which the Russian company denied. A day later, Poland resumed full deliveries to Ukraine.

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“Russia is Hungary’s sole source of natural gas”

i see..

“halted “indefinitely”, said Hungary’s prime minister, Viktor Orban, a day after securing a new deal with Russian gas giant Gazprom.”

you dont have to be sherlock holmes to work out the fine print in that contract..payback is such a bitch..

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