Duterte declares martial law on Mindanao in face of ISIS-linked onslaught

•May 25, 2017 • 8 Comments

https://www.rt.com/news/389452-duterte-isis-philippines-martial-law/

Militants affiliated with Islamic State are vying for control of the city of Marawi in the Philippines. President Rodrigo Duterte put the island of Mindanao under martial law, ordered in special forces and cut short his state visit to Russia.

Islamist-extremist insurgents from the Maute group are engaging government forces in firefights and the area, which boasts a population of 200,000, is now on lockdown, according to Philippines authorities.

Local reports indicate the militants have established checkpoints in the city.

Facebook posts by Marawi residents depict photos of fighters, clad in black, moving through streets while heavily armed. Local media reports the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) flag flies over a medical center while other residents are tweeting that buildings have been set ablaze and roads blocked.

President Duterte declared martial law for a 60-day period. Authorities have asked the public not to share any information which could “compromise operational security.”

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i posted on this yesterday..we predicted it..and here it is..

https://seeker401.wordpress.com/2017/05/24/duterte-us-eu-meddle-in-other-countries-kill-people-under-guise-of-human-rights-concerns/

“President Duterte declared martial law for a 60-day period.”

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Open Sesame: Particle accelerator project brings Middle East together

•May 25, 2017 • 1 Comment

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/aug/30/sesame-particle-accelerator-project-middle-east-jordan

In the sleepy hillside town in al-Balqa, not far from the Jordan Valley, a grand project is taking shape. The Middle East’s new particle accelerator – the Synchrotron-Light for Experimental Science and Applications, or Sesame – is being built.

In a region racked by violence, extremism and the disintegration of nation states, Sesame feels a world apart; the meditative peace of the surrounding countryside belying the advanced stages of construction inside the site, which is due to be formally inaugurated next spring, with the first experiments taking place as early as this autumn.

It’s a miracle it got off the ground in the first place. Sesame’s members are Iran, Pakistan, Israel, Turkey, Cyprus, Egypt, the Palestinian Authority, Jordan and Bahrain. Iran and Pakistan do not recognise Israel, nor does Turkey recognise Cyprus, and everyone has their myriad diplomatic spats.

Iran, for example, continues to participate despite two of its scientists who were involved in the project, quantum physicist Masoud Alimohammadi and nuclear scientist Majid Shahriari, being assassinated in operations blamed on Israel’s Mossad.

“We’re cooperating very well together,” said Giorgio Paolucci, the scientific director of Sesame. “That’s the dream.”

“I don’t know how many places there are where all these governments have representatives who have the opportunity to come and talk to each other,” he added.

In council meetings, representatives of governments meet and discuss technical issues, and come to agreements, the talks untainted by the perpetual enmity outside the conference halls.

At 130 metres in diameter, Sesame’s particle accelerator is dwarfed by the Large Hadron Collider, the immense structure in Switzerland that last year detected the “God particle”, otherwise known as the Higgs Boson, an elementary particle that gives other fundamental particles their mass. But the project is sophisticated and could have many applications and offer research opportunities for a region that has long grappled with funding shortfalls and lack of political will in the advancement of science.

“There are so many applications that actually we are somehow limited by our fantasy,” said Paolucci. “You can study almost anything. Here we can study everything from isolated atoms to human beings and everything which is in between these two extremes is allowed.”

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thanks to isabel for the link..

“It’s a miracle it got off the ground in the first place. Sesame’s members are Iran, Pakistan, Israel, Turkey, Cyprus, Egypt, the Palestinian Authority, Jordan and Bahrain. Iran and Pakistan do not recognise Israel, nor does Turkey recognise Cyprus, and everyone has their myriad diplomatic spats.”

what a cluster eh?

“At 130 metres in diameter, Sesame’s particle accelerator is dwarfed by the Large Hadron Collider, the immense structure in Switzerland that last year detected the “God particle”, otherwise known as the Higgs Boson”

little LHC..

“We’re cooperating very well together,” said Giorgio Paolucci, the scientific director of Sesame. “That’s the dream.”

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Pope Francis: “No noble end” can justify destroying human embryos

•May 25, 2017 • 8 Comments

https://www.rt.com/news/388878-pope-embryos-destruction-unjustifiable/

Pope Francis has acknowledged the scientific research on genetic diseases, but stressed that destroying human embryos is unjustifiable. The controversial topic was brought up at an event aimed at raising awareness about an incurable genetic disorder.

“We know that no end, even a noble one like the expectation of a benefit for science, for other human beings or for society, can justify the destruction of human embryos,” the Pope said on Thursday at the Papal audience with families of those affected by Huntington’s disease.

“I encourage you to carry out [experiments] in ways that do not contribute to nourishing the ‘throwaway culture’ that sometimes creeps into the world of scientific research,” Francis added.

Thousands of people, including 150 suffering from Huntington’s, traveled to the Vatican to see the Pope, who personally greeted each of the affected people. Huntington’s disease is a genetic disorder, which makes the brain cells die, resulting in personality changes, mood swings, involuntary movements, unsteady gait and slurred speech.

With some countries being less affected by Huntington’s, the fatal gene is 1,000 more prevalent in South America, where a social stigma still persists, leading to the isolation of the affected.

The Catholic Church is not the only branch of Christianity that has been vocally opposed to tampering with human embryos. The Russian Orthodox Church has been recently pushing for a criminalization of abortions in Russia, while some MPs have drafted bills limiting the abortion options for women, none of which have so far passed. At the same time, in the predominantly Catholic Republic of Ireland, where abortion is illegal unless it happens as part of the medical intervention to save a mother’s life, thousands have been demanding to decriminalize abortion in the view of tragic and controversial cases resulting from the denial of medical assistance due to the law.

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the cheerleaders for franky wont be happy..

We know that no end, even a noble one like the expectation of a benefit for science, for other human beings or for society, can justify the destruction of human embryos,”

that seems pretty black and white..

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“Flammable ice”: Chinese breakthrough could lead to global energy revolution

•May 25, 2017 • 1 Comment

https://www.rt.com/business/388964-china-mining-flammable-ice/

Chinese miners have managed to extract ‘combustible ice’ from the seafloor of the South China Sea, according to the Ministry of Land and Resources.

The successful collection of the frozen fuel was “a major breakthrough that may lead to a global energy revolution,” said China’s Minister of Land and Resources, Jiang Daming.

‘Flammable Ice’ is methane hydrates with molecules of methane gas trapped in a lattice of ice crystals. It can exist only in conditions of very low temperatures and high pressure. One cubic meter of combustible ice is equal to 164 cubic meters of natural gas, according to the US Energy Information Agency.

“It looks like ice crystals, but if you zoom into a molecular level, you see the methane molecules are caged in by the water molecules,” said Associate Professor Praveen Linga from the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the National University of Singapore, as quoted by BBC.

In spite of the low temperature, the hydrates are easily flammable, as the gas encased in the ice catches fire once you bring it to a flame.

The discovery is China’s first success in the mining of flammable ice following almost twenty years of research and exploration, according to the ministry.

The mining site is reportedly located in the Shenhu area of the South China Sea, 300 kilometers from Hong Kong. The miners managed to extract a daily average of 16,000 cubic meters of gas with high purity from the site.

The natural gas hydrate is believed to be the best replacement for natural gas and oil. Moreover, fire ice is more environmentally safe and in large reserves, according to the head of the China Geological Survey Bureau, Zhong Ziran.

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“The successful collection of the frozen fuel was “a major breakthrough that may lead to a global energy revolution,” said China’s Minister of Land and Resources, Jiang Daming.”

huh?

“The natural gas hydrate is believed to be the best replacement for natural gas and oil. Moreover, fire ice is more environmentally safe and in large reserves”

we will see..

“One cubic meter of combustible ice is equal to 164 cubic meters of natural gas”

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Trump proposes sale of half of US oil reserves

•May 25, 2017 • 2 Comments

https://finance.nine.com.au/2017/05/24/09/04/trump-proposes-selling-half-of-americas-strategic-oil-reserve

President Donald Trump’s budget released Tuesday proposed radically downsizing the US Strategic Petroleum Reserve, arguing that America’s shale boom has lessened the need for an emergency stockpile.

Trump’s proposal would sell off half the oil in the SPR, an emergency storage facility created amid the energy shocks of the 1970s.

Slashing the reserve would raise an estimated $16.6 billion through 2027, part of a budget plan that slashes social spending programs and many government departments, while boosting defense spending and border security.

The budget proposal said US oil production has risen and the share of US oil imported from OPEC countries has fallen sharply compared with the 1970s, so cutting the SPR in half “would very likely provide sufficient protection in the event of an energy crisis.”

“A path to energy security means enabling more American production and investment, not having the Government store an unnecessary large amount of oil underground,” the document said.

The crude oil stockpile is stored in underground salt domes at four sites in Louisiana and Texas, and currently holds about 688 million barrels, equivalent to more than 140 days of imported oil supply.

The SPR already had been slated for some reductions, after Congress reached a short-term budget deal in December 2016 that allowed DOE to sell up to $375.4 million in oil this year.

The Trump plan would allow DOE to sell about 270 million barrels, “roughly half of what remains” after already-planned sales, which would allow the Energy Department to shutter two of the four storage facilities.

Critics of the proposal included Columbia University professor Jason Bordoff, a former energy aide to former President Barack Obama, who said on Twitter that selling the oil would be “foolish,” especially at today’s relatively low prices.

But T. Boone Pickens, founder of BP Capital and a veteran of the US oil industry, said on Twitter that it was “good to re-examine 40-year-old energy programs” and recommended reducing the SPR over 10 years to avoid disrupting oil markets.

US oil prices finished at $51.47 per barrel Tuesday, up 34 cents. The average price of the crude in the SPR is $29.70.

The proposal comes just as OPEC oil producers are due to meet to try to extend an agreement limiting output meant to boost oil prices, so the prospect of more oil on markets will not be welcome. However, the sales of crude from the reserve likely would be too gradual to impact world prices.

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“Slashing the reserve would raise an estimated $16.6 billion through 2027, part of a budget plan that slashes social spending programs and many government departments, while boosting defense spending and border security.”

interesting move..does this drive the oil price down a bit or does it work in reverse?..i would think down..

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Duterte: “US, EU meddle in other countries & kill people under guise of human rights concerns”

•May 24, 2017 • 8 Comments

https://www.rt.com/shows/rt-interview/389163-philippines-duterte-interview/

“There’s not even a whimper” when powerful nations bomb civilians or “invent” WMDs to invade other countries, Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte told RT, arguing that the West pretends to care about human rights only when it suits its agenda.

The Philippines leader sat down to speak with RT’s Maria Finoshina ahead of his five-day visit to Moscow that is kicking off on Monday.

Maria Finoshina: Mr. President, it has been almost a year since your inauguration. Have you faced anything that you were not expecting when you took office?

Rodrigo Duterte: I did expect almost everything that came my way. I’ve been a politician for almost 40 years – excluding the term now. So I would say that on the national front I was kept informed all the time by the news and, of course, by sources in government. But I never realized the magnitude of the contamination of the Filipinos in so far as drugs are concerned.

When I became president and everything was available to me for information, I was almost appalled. I didn’t know that we have reached millions of contaminated. So, when I was mayor, I said, do not destroy my city. And do not destroy the young people of Davao City, because they are our assets. We are not rich. Most of us are poor. And we depend on our sons and daughters to feed us when we get old. We do not have any housing here for – few and between. And we need our children to buy the medicines, pay the hospitals, pay for our burial. Do not corrupt them with drugs. Do not destroy their minds.

And I said, “because I will kill you.” I was very clear with that. Do not destroy my country. Do not destroy our young people, because if you do that, I will kill you. And when I became president, I said, “Do not destroy the Filipino youth. I’m the president, I’m supposed to take care of them.” There are so many criminals walking around. They stopped it when I said that. When I was mayor, I told them: “I’m not a policeman but I build the city as mayor.” As president now, I am not a wholesale violator of human rights. I’m not the police – I just give orders. But I build the country.

My orders were very clear: Go out and hunt for them, the drug lords. Arrest them if possible, but if they confront you with violence that placed the lives of policemen or security forces in danger, kill them. Because in the past this was what really prevented policemen and the military from doing it. Why? Because they were so afraid of the human rights thing, which is a new phenomenon. Actually, in the guise of the human rights, countries like EU and America are interfering into the affairs of other nations. In the guise of human rights.

MF: The bitter irony is that, while you are trying to protect civilians, to protect the youth, you sometimes – and you admitted that in one of your interviews – innocent civilians can become victims. Do you think it is a fair price to pay?

RD: Yes. Even in war, even in your own country, if there is fighting between the police and security forces, and civilians are hit, accidentally, and they die. That is not a crime for the police or the security officer. Because they use automatic guns. And when you are confronted with automatic guns, several bullets go out of the barrel, and some of those would penetrate the walls of the houses, and some will go long way and hit another one. But it is really in connection with the fight between law and order and criminals. But you have to pay, the state has to pay. But – sorry. Just like Americans. When they drop the bomb there, it is so powerful that it also kills others there.

But we are talking about human liability. So, it doesn’t say that, because they are Americans, they are exempted. And just because I am a small time government official, I am not exempted. So, where’s the fairness there? No? When they drop bombs, they kill so many villages, and there’s not even a whimper. America invaded Iraq. What was the excuse? That there were weapons of mass destruction. And yet when they invaded Iraq, so many people were killed. So where is justice now?

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dude is really pissing some fat cats off with bold truth..i said he would get a visit from black flag wavers over 8 months ago..looks we are about to see that as well..

https://seeker401.wordpress.com/2016/09/23/duterte-to-the-eu-fuck-you/

this guy is going to have unfortunate accident or see his country under attack from black flag wavers..

https://seeker401.wordpress.com/2016/09/15/philippines-leader-duterte-wants-to-boot-us-troops-out-of-countrys-south/

“The special forces, they have to go. They have to go in Mindanao, there are many whites there, they have to go,” he said, adding that he was reorienting the country’s foreign policy. “I do not want a rift with America, but they have to go.”

and where is the trouble brewing? check it out below..

https://www.rt.com/news/389452-duterte-isis-philippines-martial-law/

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$100 in bitcoin in 2010 now worth almost $73 million

•May 24, 2017 • 6 Comments

https://www.rt.com/business/389190-bitcoin-historic-price-high/

After soaring nearly 65 percent in the last month, the digital currency bitcoin smashed the historic $2,000 mark on Saturday. The total market cap of the asset has likewise climbed to $32.92 billion.

The cryptocurrency has reached a new high on Monday, trading at $2,167.24 as of 10:15 am GMT.

The world’s most popular virtual currency first broke the $1,000 valuation four years ago, but later dropped in price as a result of factors, including the implosion of the major exchange Mt. Gox.

Since then bitcoin has regained lost ground, more than doubling its value since the beginning of the year partly due to global political uncertainty and increased interest in Asia. Investors turned to the asset as a “safe haven” against geopolitical risks.

Early investors in bitcoin would stand to benefit the most if they held on to the currency. Those who bought $100 of bitcoin at the 0.003 cent price on May 22, 2010, would now be sitting on around $72.9 million.

While some market observers think the rally will continue, others express concerns the asset may have entered a speculative bubble.

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“Those who bought $100 of bitcoin at the 0.003 cent price on May 22, 2010, would now be sitting on around $72.9 million.”

what goes up..must come down..but when?

“The cryptocurrency has reached a new high on Monday, trading at $2,167.24 as of 10:15 am GMT.”

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