Five leading superpowers are secretly preparing for an all-out futuristic war

•August 30, 2016 • 1 Comment

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A variety of remotely controlled robots to meet various need are arrayed inside the EOD building at Langley Air Force Base, Virginia, April 24, 2008. (Photo by Adrin Snider/Newport News Daily Press/MCT via Getty Images)

A variety of remotely controlled robots to meet various need are arrayed inside the EOD building at Langley Air Force Base, Virginia.

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WORLD superpowers are engaged in a feverish “arms race” to develop the first killer robots completely removed from human control, the Sun Online can reveal.

These machines will mark a dramatic escalation in computer AI from the drones and robots currently in use, all of which still require a human to press the “kill button”.

In a series of exclusive interviews, leading experts told The Sun Online machines making life or death decisions will likely be developed within the next 10 years.

Fears are now growing about the implications of creating such smart machines, as are concerns they will fall into the hands of terrorist groups such as ISIS.

Locked in this new race for military supremacy is Britain, the US, China, Russia and Israel – all of which have robot programmes of varying advancement.

Toby Walsh, a professor of artificial intelligence at the University of New South Wales, described the machines as “the next revolution in warfare”.

Unlike current drones or bomb disposal robots, they will be capable of tracking and killing people at their own discretion – a prospect he finds “terrifying”.

He said: “There’s an arms race between the US, China, Russia, the UK and Israel – they’re technologically the most developed countries.”

One such creation was a 132ft-long warship currently being trialled by the US Navy that acts as a fully autonomous submarine hunter.

With no crew to feed, it can cruise across oceans non-stop for up to three months.

Another is a self-driving tank being tested by Vladimir Putin’s military – which has the ability to select and kill anyone it deems an enemy.

“We will fairly soon have autonomous weapons that will target, track and kill without human involvement,” Dr Porter said.

“That is what happens at the minute (but) there’s still a human in the loop and from a military perspective, that’s the weak link. It would be much better – from a military perspective – if that is removed.”

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robot wars..but it wont be robots killing robots..it will be robots killing humans..

“In a series of exclusive interviews, leading experts told The Sun Online machines making life or death decisions will likely be developed within the next 10 years.”

scary..

“There’s an arms race between the US, China, Russia, the UK and Israel – they’re technologically the most developed countries.”

at least israel is now being recognized as the merhcant of death that it is..

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Portugal to bail out its biggest bank to the tune of €5bn

•August 30, 2016 • Leave a Comment

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https://www.rt.com/business/357159-potugal-caixa-bailout-eu/

The European Commission and Portugal have agreed to inject up to €5 billion into the country’s biggest and ailing bank Caixa Geral de Depositos (CGD).

The sum will include a €2.7 billion recapitalization provision, selling €1 billion in subordinated debt to private investors and converting €960 million of contingent convertible (CoCo) bonds into equity.

After Portugal had two bank rescues in 2014 and 2015, which has undermined investor confidence, its largest bank by assets CGD needs capital because of a number of bad loans.

Lisbon has been negotiating the deal with Brussels so the injection doesn’t count as state aid and therefore not subject to the budget deficit. Portugal has vowed to slash the budget deficit to 2.5 percent of GDP in 2016 from last year’s 4.5 percent.

“This is an innovative deal in Europe…This is good news not only for CGD but for the whole Portuguese banking system,” Finance Minister Mario Centeno said. The recapitalization will be “in line with market conditions.”

“The Commission’s analysis is that the recapitalization takes place on market terms, since the expected return for the state is sufficiently high and are in line with what a private investor would have accepted,” the bank said in a statement, stressing that the injection won’t count as state aid.

After Caixa posted a net loss of €205 million in the first half of 2016 due to bad loans, the government ordered an independent audit of the bank.

Since 2008, Portuguese authorities have injected €10 billion to four other non-state banks. The country’s financial sector has been blamed for poor lending practices and unpaid loans. Portugal also needed a €78 billion bailout in 2011 during the eurozone crisis.

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euro banks are still in the shit..nothing has really changed in 4-5 years..the cracks are just showing again..

“Since 2008, Portuguese authorities have injected €10 billion to four other non-state banks. The country’s financial sector has been blamed for poor lending practices and unpaid loans. Portugal also needed a €78 billion bailout in 2011 during the eurozone crisis.”

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US, Saudi Arabia reveal new plan to end Yemen conflict

•August 30, 2016 • Leave a Comment

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https://www.rt.com/usa/357229-kerry-yemen-peace-aid/

Secretary of State John Kerry has revealed a plan to restart talks to end the ongoing civil war in Yemen with help from Saudi Arabia. He also announced an aid package to the war-torn country, where thousands of civilians have died in Saudi-led bombings.

The announcement of the new peace plan and the humanitarian assistance came the same day that a UN report found that airstrikes carried out by the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen are responsible for the majority of civilians killed in the country’s civil war.

Kerry was in Saudi Arabia, where he met with Foreign Affairs Minister Adel al-Jubeir to discuss the 18-month conflict between the Houthi rebels and the internationally recognized government that has been exiled to Saudi Arabia. Previous UN-sponsored negotiations to end the war in Yemen fell apart earlier this month.

“We agreed on a renewed approach to negotiations with both a security and political track simultaneously working in order to provide a comprehensive settlement,” Kerry said during a press conference.“The final agreement… would include in the first phase a swift formation of a new national unity government, the withdrawal of forces from Sanaa and other areas and the transfer of all heavy weapons including ballistic missiles, from the Houthis and forces aligned to them to a third party.”

The negotiations on how to bring the Houthis to the table, called the Quad discussion, took place between the US, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and the UK on Thursday. Kerry and al-Jubeir then met with their counterparts from the Gulf Cooperation Council ‒ which includes the UAE, Oman, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain and the UK ‒ to get the approval of its members on the new approach. The Houthis, a movement of religious minority Shia Muslims that has the support of many Yemenis, were not involved, nor were there any representatives from the exiled Yemen government.

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this is a joke..nothing will change..just more killing from usa supplied weapons of war via the sauds..

“The Houthis, a movement of religious minority Shia Muslims that has the support of many Yemenis, were not involved, nor were there any representatives from the exiled Yemen government.”

how do you have a peace plan if the main players arent involved?

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On September 4th-23rd 2016 a major event will occur in the Old City of Jerusalem

•August 30, 2016 • 5 Comments

This video is not meant to set a date, but to point out that an ecumenical gathering, one of the largest and longest between the three monotheist faiths, will happen from September 4-23, 2016. This appears to coincide with the Arch of Triumph, which will be erected in New York City from approximately September 11-26, 2016. Also, there is debate about when John the XXIII prayed for Vatican II. Some historians suggest it was 9/23/1959, which was the first year that John the XXIII introduced Vatican II to the college of cardinals. Others suggest it was 9/23/1962, just before Vatican II opened. However, this was the same day that John XXIII received his cancer diagnosis. A historian documented that John XXIII prayed at the tombs of his predecessors on that day, but there is no indication he prayed for Vatican II.

On September 4-23rd, 2016, a major event will occur in the Old City of Jerusalem. It will bring together actors, artists, musicians, and persons in media from around the world. What on earth are they planning to do in Jerusalem at an event that ends on September 23rd, that will bring together celebrities and public figures?

Leaders from Roman Catholic, Muslim, and Jewish communities will gather for one of the largest and longest interfaith services in world history, right in the old city of Jerusalem. The service will combine the three monotheistic faiths under one roof in a house of worship for all believers. One part of the event will occur from September 5-11 and will bring together Jew, Muslim, and Christian under “a passion for Jerusalem in which they will co-exist temporarily under the wings of the Almighty.”

Another part will occur from September 12 through the 23. The leaders of this event, called Mekudeshet, will perform an 11 day consecration. This is not good and may signal the beginning of the One World religion that Pope Francis has been working so hard to achieve in 2016.

The Vatican is one of the chief proponents of the ecumenical movement around the world and in Israel. For the past three years, Pope Francis has worked tirelessly toward a new world religion, in which all denominations are brought together as one. If you look at Francis’ outreach over the past three years and specifically in 2016, you’ll find somebody who has openly condemned evangelical Christianity and a belief that you must have a personal relationship with Jesus. In fact, Francis equated the spread of the gospel under evangelical Christianity to Jihadism and called a personal relationship with Jesus dangerous.
The extent of Francis’ outreach to other denominations and religion in 2016 has been mind boggling.

In February, Francis held an emergency meeting with Patriarch Kirill of Russia for the first time since the 1054 schism. Francis has also reached out to Patriarch Batholomew of Turkey, in which both leaders voiced support for migrants and called for more migrants to enter Europe. In May, Francis met with Al-Azhar of Egypt, who is the head of Sunni Islam. In January 2016, Francis name the third pontiff to visit Rome’s major synagogue. In June, he outreached to the Armenians.

In July, Francis was the driving force behind a ceremony in the U.S. called Together, organized to bring all Christians in front of the 6660 inch obelisk, the phallus of Osiris, for worship. One of the major symbols we saw for the together 2016 event was the ouroboros, or the serpent eating it’s own tail. The earliest legend of the ouroboros is associated with Osiris and his son, Ra. The Ouroboros is a highly occult symbol signifying the end of an aeon, or the end of time. In occultism, the end of one aeon usually results in a reset brought about by some cataclysmic event. In this case, the ouroboros represents the return of Osiris to inhabit his Temple on earth. The fact that this symbol was put on full display throughout Francis together 2016 is very demonic.

Just recently, Francis has used death of one of his priests in France to invite Muslims into Christian cathedrals and churches for worship.

When Francis came to America last September, we saw a major push toward full ecumenism. What you may not know is that Francis itinerary which started on September 23, 2015 is the product of what happened on September 23, 1959, when Pope John 23rd prayed for the start of Vatican II. Pope Francis is truly preparing that new faith, right now, for all to become a part of.

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thanks to JoelH for the link..

“On September 4-23rd, 2016, a major event will occur in the Old City of Jerusalem. It will bring together actors, artists, musicians, and persons in media from around the world. What on earth are they planning to do in Jerusalem at an event that ends on September 23rd, that will bring together celebrities and public figures?”

one world religion..isnt a conspiracy theory..

“The Vatican is one of the chief proponents of the ecumenical movement around the world and in Israel. For the past three years, Pope Francis has worked tirelessly toward a new world religion, in which all denominations are brought together as one.”

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Syria: When a No-Fly zone isnt a No-Fly zone

•August 29, 2016 • 5 Comments

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http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/ct-syria-exclusion-zone-20160823-story.html

Syria has been warned not to fly warplanes in areas where American troops are advising Kurdish and Arab forces fighting the Islamic State group, the Pentagon said Monday. But it insisted this does not amount to a “no fly zone.”

Reporters pushed press secretary Peter Cook to explain the distinction.

“Our warning to the Syrians is the same that we’ve had for some time, that we’re going to defend our forces and they would be advised not to fly in areas where our forces have been operating,” Cook said.

“It’s not a ‘no fly zone,'” he added. Later, he said, “You can label it what you want.”

Twice last week the U.S. scrambled fighter aircraft to protect American special operations forces and partner forces after Syrian government warplanes flew near the northeastern Syrian city of Hassakeh. Cook said there have been no similar incidents since Friday.

“If need be we will send aircraft again to defend our forces,” he said.

Cook said the most recent warnings to Syria not to fly in areas near U.S. troops were communicated through the Russian military, which is operating in support of the Syrian government in its fight against opposition forces, including the Islamic State militants.

Asked whether the U.S. policy is to shoot down a Syrian or Russian aircraft if it poses a threat to U.S. troops on the ground, Cook said, “We’re going to defend our forces on the ground, absolutely.”

Cook was highly critical of Syrian military action in and around the divided city of Aleppo, which has become a main battlefield in Syria’s civil war. Relentless shelling and airstrikes have killed more than 300 civilians in the city since rebels broke through a government blockade of the opposition-held east on July 31.

“The Syrian regime aided and abetted by its allies, Russia and Iran, is driving the escalation with its indiscriminate bombing campaign,” Cook said. “Bombing densely populated urban areas, interrupting water and electrical services and maiming civilians is only adding fuel to Syria’s civil war and does nothing to degrade extremist groups, which was of course Russia’s original reason for its military intervention in Syria.”

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“It’s not a ‘no fly zone,'” he added. Later, he said, “You can label it what you want.”

its a NFZ..

“Syria has been warned not to fly warplanes in areas where American troops are advising Kurdish and Arab forces fighting the Islamic State group, the Pentagon said Monday. But it insisted this does not amount to a “no fly zone.”

wait for the next one..and then the next one..and then one plane goes to far and you have a crisis..

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Ultra-Orthodox Jewish sect bans “dangerous” higher education for women

•August 29, 2016 • 2 Comments

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https://www.rt.com/usa/356885-satmar-bans-women-university/

It is “dangerous” for women to be university-educated and the practice is now banned among the Satmar sect of ultra-Orthodox Jews, according to a decree viewed by The Independent. The ban is to prevent “secular influences” in the “holy environment.”

“It has lately become the new trend that girls and married women are pursuing degrees in special education. Some attend classes and others online. And so we’d like to let their parents know that it is against the Torah,” reads the decree, written in Yiddish and translated by The Independent.

The decree was issued by Satmar rabbis in New York, where the sect is based, but will apply to all its followers globally.

“We will be very strict about this. No girls attending our school are allowed to study and get a degree. It is dangerous. Girls who will not abide will be forced to leave our school,” the decree reads. “Also, we will not give any jobs or teaching position in the school to girls who’ve been to college or have a degree.”

“We have to keep our school safe and we can’t allow any secular influences in our holy environment,” it continues. “It is against the base upon which our Mosed was built.”

Satmar is one of nine major sects of Hasidic Judaism, a spiritual revival movement that began in the 18th century in what is now Western Ukraine and spread from there. The sects are named after the towns in Eastern Europe from which their adherents came. Many Hasidic Jews, known as Hasidim, began arriving in the US after the Holocaust, and now there are about 250,000 in the country, 95 percent of whom live in the New York area, according to population consultant Jonathan Comenetz’s 2006 ‘Census-Based Estimation of the Hasidic Jewish Population’. They remain radically insulated from the secular world that surrounds them, forming their own self-sufficient communities and economies.

Hasidim, regardless of sect, follow a hereditary spiritual authority called a Rebbe. Men and women are kept separated outside of the home. Men are expected to be devout scholars of the Torah (the Hebrew Old Testament) and other Jewish teachings. They wear 19th century Eastern European clothing, long beards and payot (sidecurls), and black, wide-brimmed hats. Women rarely work, devoting their lives to being wives and mothers. Their dress is modest ‒ no pants may be worn, and knees and elbows must be covered ‒ and married women keep their hair covered.

“The Satmar community chooses to live in an isolationist enclave. They believe that the secular elements of the world would tarnish the lives and beliefs of those who consider themselves to be religious,” Dr. Sharon Weiss-Greenberg, executive director of the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance, told The Independent.

“There are probably other factors at play, but, ultimately, the results are devastating. Because people from similar communities are not provided with a foundational primary education, they cannot pursue higher education nor careers,” she continued. “When one does not have access to education, career opportunities are out of reach. It forces one to stay within the community as everyone’s personal lives are tied up with their professional lives as well.”

It’s not the first time that an ultra-Orthodox sect has sought to ban higher education for women. In December, a senior Haredi rabbi in Israel told a conference for high school principals that such education is worse for the ultra-Orthodox world than the Holocaust.

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“Hasidim, regardless of sect, follow a hereditary spiritual authority called a Rebbe. Men and women are kept separated outside of the home. Men are expected to be devout scholars of the Torah (the Hebrew Old Testament) and other Jewish teachings. They wear 19th century Eastern European clothing, long beards and payot (sidecurls), and black, wide-brimmed hats. Women rarely work, devoting their lives to being wives and mothers. Their dress is modest ‒ no pants may be worn, and knees and elbows must be covered ‒ and married women keep their hair covered.”

what third world country is this happening in? *sarcasm

“It’s not the first time that an ultra-Orthodox sect has sought to ban higher education for women. In December, a senior Haredi rabbi in Israel told a conference for high school principals that such education is worse for the ultra-Orthodox world than the Holocaust.”

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The alternate reality of Anders Fogh Rasmussen

•August 29, 2016 • 3 Comments

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https://www.rt.com/op-edge/356853-alternate-reality-anders-fogh-rasmussen/

Reading through a recent interview with former NATO secretary general Anders Fogh Rasmussen, it becomes clear that his world is one in which US foreign policy has only ever made us all safer and the biggest risk we now face is diminished US power.

The entire premise of his argument throughout the interview is that if the US steps back from playing global policeman, the “bad guys” will win. Simple as that.

The interview, which focuses on Donald Trump, opens with a question about Trump’s views regarding the NATO alliance and how the candidate sees the US’s role in the world. Rasmussen immediately declares he is “not taking sides” in the US election, but his attempt at neutrality goes swiftly out the window moments later when he complains that Trump is undermining “the credibility of the United States” and putting at stake America’s “role as the global superpower”. If Trump were to be elected, he laments, that could usher in “the end of the American-led world order”.

This would be very bad, he says, because if NATO is undermined by a Trump victory, then Vladimir Putin would “open a bottle of champagne” and be “tempted to test” the alliance. This assumes that Putin has simply been waiting in the wings for the 16 years that he has held positions of power for Donald Trump to come along so that he can invade Estonia for no reason. Because Rasmussen doesn’t give us a reason and we’re not supposed to ask. We’re just supposed to assume invading the Baltics is on Putin’s to-do list.

So, keeping with his policy of “not taking sides” Rasmussen then argues that Hillary Clinton would be “more determined to defend” the country’s NATO allies than Trump would. When asked whether eastern European nations are worried about Trump’s take-it-or-leave-it approach to NATO’s Article 5 (principle of collective defense) Rasmussen says they are indeed very concerned, particularly following “Russian aggression” against Ukraine. So concerned in fact, that only five of the 28 alliance members have reached the 2 percent of GDP benchmark that NATO requires. Now, this is either because they aren’t really as terrified of Russia as they claim, or that they’re simply taking the US for a ride — in which case, Trump might actually have a point about getting them to cough up before putting American lives in harm’s way to defend them.

Next up, Rasmussen is asked whether the threat environment for NATO has changed and how the alliance is dealing with the changes. Rasmussen here employs one of my favorite terms: “hybrid warfare”. It’s not just conventional warfare (tanks rolling across borders etc.) that eastern European nations need to be aware of, he says. It’s a whole load of other stuff, too. Like what? Well, sophisticated “disinformation campaigns” for one thing.

But the great thing about “hybrid warfare” is that when you use the term, you don’t really need to explain what you mean. Even NATO itself published an article about the fact that it can mean everything and nothing at the same time. Pretty nifty, right?

Moving on to Crimea, another victim of hybrid warfare. Trump isn’t too bothered by the fact that Crimea was annexed by/invaded by/reunited with Russia in 2014. That’s Europe’s business, he has said — and it shouldn’t prevent Washington and Moscow from getting along and working together on common threats like international terrorism. You don’t have to be a Trump fan to see the common sense in this, but it’s another no-no for Rasmussen.

Trump also hasn’t been so gung-ho about sending weapons to Ukraine. This is very scary and “disturbing” Rasmussen says, because if the US doesn’t support the government in Kiev, the West “risks losing a democratic Ukraine”.

So, how is “democratic Ukraine” doing, then? Well, a few months ago The Guardian published an op-ed arguing that Ukraine was at risk of becoming not a democracy, but a “failed state”. Since the country’s democratic “revolution” in 2013, living standards have plummeted, as has the value of the country’s currency — and the government, ideologically driven to sever all ties with Russia, has pursued economic policies that “can only be termed suicidal”. But the solution is obviously to send them some new weapons. Regardless of whether you believe Russia has acted aggressively in Ukraine or not, this kind of thinking is simply delusional.

Next Rasmussen is asked about Trump’s “America first” campaign slogan, which he also doesn’t happen to like (surprise!). Using the term “America first” for an American presidential election is “out of touch” he says. How so? Well, of course it comes back to America’s role in the world again. You can’t use the term “America first” when you’re supposed to be “the world’s leader”. I swear, I’m not making this up.

After World War 2, Rasmussen tells us, the US established a “rules-based world order” and it has “served us very well”because “freedom has flourished” and we’ve seen “world peace”. All of this freedom and world peace (really?!) is now at stake… because of Donald Trump (are you sensing the “not taking sides” thing?). Anyway, I could list all of the occasions on which the US decided to flout its own “rules-based” order, but that would take too long.

If the US “retreats and retrenches” now, it will create a power vacuum that will be filled by “the bad guy,” Rasmussen warns. He doesn’t tell us who the bad guy is this time; he’s just there, malevolently waiting for Trump’s election. Trump needs to understand that the US has “special obligations” to “maintain world order” and “promote peace”. Not only this, but it’s the“only power on earth” with such a “destiny”.

Barack Obama has also been a disappointment to Rasmussen. He has been “too reluctant” to use American force around the world. Obama and Trump are proponents of a “less interventionist” movement in the world and this simply won’t do.

By the end, Rasmussen had lavished so much praise on the United States and its role and “destiny” in the world that I had forgotten he was not an American himself, but a Dane. The real kicker was when he dramatically pleaded with the next president: “We need a global policeman, and that policeman should be the United States. We don’t have any other.”

Could he really be so profoundly in awe of Washington and its power, or is this waxing lyrical about American destiny simply, as one writer put it, “the practiced gambit of a con man, who knows flattery is the surest means to success” ?

Decide for yourself.

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he lives in a thought bubble..

“If the US “retreats and retrenches” now, it will create a power vacuum that will be filled by “the bad guy,” Rasmussen warns.”

oh the bad guys!

“it becomes clear that his world is one in which US foreign policy has only ever made us all safer and the biggest risk we now face is diminished US power.”

hes almost begging for status quo..

We need a global policeman, and that policeman should be the United States. We don’t have any other.”

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