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Friday, February 28, 2014

GRASS SACRIFICES ITSELF FOR HUMANS - GRASS IS MORE THAN JUST THE LAWN


Grass is way more important than what grows in the front yard. It is breakfast, lunch and dinner: rice, corn, wheat for us as well as food for our cows. As the video explains, grass is the basis for human civilization—despite our ungrateful determination to cut it down.
 
A Nexus Video production for Scientific American.

Watch video here
http://www.scientificamerican.com/video/grass-sacrifices-itself-for-humans/?tab=allVideos

RELATED

Elizabeth Kelogg - The evolution of grass
http://www.plantphysiology.org/content/125/3/1198.full

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DAILY MAIL EXPOSES THE BRITISH POLITICAL LEFT'S DEPRAVED AGENDA AND CLOSE CONNECTION TO PAEDOPHILIA ADVOCACY MOVEMENT

 
Many members of the British Left liberal elite held posts at the National Council for Civil Liberties - NCCL - when it was closely linked to paedophiles.  Those officials advocated for the lowering of the age of consent to ten years old and lower.

MYSTERY ILLNESSES DNA DATA BASE DEVELOPED - MAY HELP WITH TREATMENT IN SOME CASES


A new website spearheaded by Canadian researchers is being launched worldwide in an effort to speed the discovery of genes responsible for rare disorders.
 
Approximately 350 million people suffer from more than 7,000 rare diseases around the globe, but the genetic cause for at least half of them is still unknown.
 
With so few others affected, physicians don’t know how to diagnose or treat them. But the makers of PhenomeCentral are hoping to connect the dots via the new web portal.

ANIMATION SHOWS HOW TINY EARTH IS IN COMPARISON TO OTHER COSMIC BODIES


Earth vs the solar system: Amazing animation reveals how massive - and tiny - our planet is compared to other cosmic bodies  The animation was created by Prague-based astronomer, Rhys Taylor.  It shows how Earth would fare against other planets in a game of marbles. 
 
Read more and watch animation videos -
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2570214/Earth-vs-solar-Amazing-animation-reveals-massive-tiny-planet-compared-cosmic-bodies.html

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UKRAINE - THE PLOT THICKENS - THE US AND UK SIGNED A TREATY IN 1994 PROMISING TO PROTECT UKRAINE'S BORDERS

Revealed: The forgotten treaty which could drag the US and UK into WAR with Russia if Putin's troops intervene in Ukraine
The agreement sees signatories promise to protect Ukraine's borders. It was signed by Bill Clinton, John Major, Boris Yeltsin and Leonid Kuchma in 1994.  The Ukrainian parliament has now reached out directly to all the countries who signed the treaty.

DOG WORKS AS A BUTLER FOR DISABLED - ANSWERS THE PHONE, MAKES THE BED, TAKES OUT LAUNDRY

Proof that dogs really ARE our best friends: Meet Amber, the 'wonder-dog' who answers the phone, takes out the laundry and makes the bed
  • Helen Bree, 58, from Wallasey, Wirral, has cerebral palsy and MS
  • Says her poor health made her depressed, but her new dog Amber has transformed her life by helping with domestic tasks
  • The ginger-haired Labrador/golden retriever cross can pass clothes, take off shoes, collect a ringing phone and help with laundry
Read more and see pictures of Amber and her friend - http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2526410/Meet-Amber-wonderdog-answers-phone-takes-laundry-makes-bed.html

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STUDY: ROUNDUP WEEDKILLER LINKED TO KIDNEY DISEASE EPIDEMIC

 
A new study published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health proposes a link between the herbicide known as Roundup (aka glyphosate) and a series of mysterious epidemics of fatal chronic kidney disease of unknown origin (CKDu) affecting several poor farming regions around the world.

The extent of the health problem is so massive that the Center for Public Integrity found that CKDu has killed more people in El Salvador and Nicaragua than diabetes, AIDS and leukemia combined, over the past 5 years on record.

TWO GIANT STORMS HEAD TO BRITAIN - A STORM SANDWICH

Britain's storm sandwich: Blast of snow sweeps in on last day of winter as UK is buffeted by two giant weather fronts
  • Severe weather warnings were in place across much of the country with snow falling on high ground
  • This winter was the wettest since 1766 but the past few days have been unseasonably warm
See maps, pictures on the ground and from space
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2570041/Winter-goes-bang-Britain-hit-rain-snow.html

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A BALLERINA HEALS HER CURVATURE OF THE SPINE THROUGH EXERCISE

I'm a great fan of ballet and couldn't resist this story.  Ballet is good for both the body and the spirit, and even if you're all grown up, it's a great exercise (provided your doctor approves it).  And if you prefer to only watch ballet, that is also a wonderful experience.
 
Ballerinas are particularly attuned to their bodies and able to use exercise to heal.  Here is a beautiful story of how a young ballerina used exercise to correct a serious case of scoliosis or curvature of the spine.

CALIFORNIA DROUGHT - STUNNING BEFORE AND AFTER PICTURES

Shocking before and after pictures of California drought reveal extent of the dry spell - but relief is on the way

THE MIDDLE EAST, UKRAINE, AND OTHER PLACES IN TURMOIL - CHOOSING SIDES IS LIKE PICKING BETWEEN ALIEN AND PREDATOR


Blogger Debbie Schlussel said it best when writing about Ukraine:   Vladimir Putin, a once, always, and forever KGB chief, versus neo-Nazis and Islam-enablers? It’s kind of like Alien v. Predator.
 
The same principle applies in Syria, where the choice is between tyrant Assad and extreme Islamic rebels. 
 
And in Egypt, where it is between a secular and oppressive military government and a mix of Islamist groups intent on imposing Sharia law on everyone along with even greater oppression.

Who should the West support in cases where we have to hold our nose when examining the contending sides?  Neither.  Let them sort things out. 
 
And above all, let's not put fake labels on rebel groups. 
 
The Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood was elected in "democratic" elections.  Unlike pro-secular groups, they had a solid organization before the elections and dominating at the poll was easy. 

Coming into power by elections doesn't make a government respectable and "democratic".  
 
German Nazis came to power by means of elections, and so did Hamas in Gaza.
 
Rebelling against a tyrannical government does not turn a movement into "Freedom Fighters".

Those "rebels" in Syria are dominated by Islamic and extremely violent Islamists who have been slaughtering Christians or forcing them to convert to Islam.  Their vision is not one of human rights for all, but for the imposition of their ideology on all Syrians, whether they want it or not.
 
Those leading the uprising in Kiev, Ukraine, are well-organized Neo-Nazi groups with support from Muslim Tartars.  In fact, Neo Nazis have been fighting with and supporting Chechen Muslim terrorists.
  
 
RELATED 
 
Who are the Muslim Chechen rebels who also support the Ukraine uprising? 
 
-  On September 1, 2004, a group of Chechen terrorists took hostage and two days later murdered at least 335 schoolchildren and parents in Beslan, a town in the Russian republic of North Ossetia.
 
-  Al-Qaeda adopted the Chechen Cause
 
-  Over the last decade, Islamist terrorists have co-opted the Chechen cause as part of a global jihad. Umar Ibn al-Khattab, a Saudi native who became the leader of the foreign mujahideen in Chechnya, said, "This case is not just a Chechen matter but an Islamic matter
 
-  Chechnya is a breeding ground for international terror
 
READ MORE -
http://www.meforum.org/744/how-chechnya-became-a-breeding-ground-for-terror

RELATED

Ukraine uprising hijacked by Neo Nazis
http://world.time.com/2014/01/28/ukraine-kiev-protests-thugs/

Foreign Neo-Nazis pour into Kiev
http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/02/28/the-swedish-neo-nazis-of-kiev.html

Ukraine - Who are those hard core militants in the crowds? Neo Nazis.

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Thursday, February 27, 2014

PET PARROT IDENTIFIES MURDERER

Hercule parrot! Indian murderer is caught after victim's pet bird identifies the killer
  • Newspaper editor came home to find his wife and dog had been murdered
  • Parrot screeched every time he heard the name of dead woman's nephew
  • When police brought him for questioning, he confessed to the murders
An Indian journalist managed to catch the person who killed his wife after getting a tip off - from their pet parrot.  Vijay Sharma, the editor of a Hindi daily newspaper in Agra in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, returned home to find both his wife Neelam Sharma, 45, and her pet dog, had been murdered.
 
The only survivor was Hercule the pet parrot, but he had been stunned into silence after witnessing the horrific killings.  The house had also been ransacked and jewellery and cash stolen.  Police had no obvious leads, but that changed when Vijay's nephew Ashutosh visited their house after the murder.
 
Mr Sharma said: 'The parrot that was unusually quiet suddenly started shrieking and flapping around the cage.  It was clearly distressed about something and only calmed down when Ashutosh left.  Then when I spoke to other people, every time I mentioned Ashutosh's name the parrot would start screeching. This made me really suspicious and I decided to call the police.'
 
Police spokesman Shalabh Mathur said they looked at Ashutosh's phone records after being told he may be a suspect and found cause to bring him in for questioning.
 
Read more and see picture of detective Hercule
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2569214/Hercule-parrot-Indian-murderer-caught-victims-pet-bird-identifies-killer.html

RELATED

Brainy parrots can think like a four-year old child
http://www.livescience.com/14708-parrots-logical-thinking.html


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ONE HUNDRED PERCENT RISE IN PALESTINIAN 'HONOR KILLINGS'


by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik 
 
According to a senior official in the PA Ministry of Women's Affairs, there has been a 100% rise in the number of Palestinian women murdered in the name of "family honor." The official also complained that PA leader Abbas has not fulfilled his pledge to change PA law, which currently protects the murderers of women who were killed because of so-called "family honor":

PALESTINIAN MUSLIMS ATTACK CHURCH IN GAZA


Palestine Press Agency reports that two nights ago people attacked a Latin church in Gaza City, and they spray painted slogans against attacks on Muslims in the Central African Republic.

The attackers tried to blow up a car belonging to the pastor, Father Jorge Hernández, but their Molotov cocktail failed to ignite.

Before they left the scene the attackers wrote that they vowed revenge for the Muslims in the Central African Republic, writing "The days of you O worshipers of the cross, in revenge for the Muslims in Central Africa."

Gaza has about a thousand Christians remaining after a series of attacks in the early days of Hamas rule.
 
Source - http://elderofziyon.blogspot.ca/2014/02/muslims-attack-church-in-gaza.html#.UxAPksqPKM8
 
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GAZA HAMAS SAYS THAT TEACHING HUMAN RIGHTS IS AGAINST PALESTINIAN ISLAMIC CULTURE

 
Hamas' real problem with the UNRWA curriculum is that it could spoil the Islamist movement's ongoing efforts to stir the hearts and minds of Palestinian children to wage jihad against the "enemies" of Islam. Hamas wants Palestinian children to be taught how to become suicide bombers and seek the death of Jews and "infidels."
 
Palestinian schoolchildren in the Gaza Strip have been denied the opportunity to learn about human rights after the Hamas government determined that such a subject "dangerously contravenes Palestinian and Islamic culture."

Hamas's announcement came in response to an attempt by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) to include a course on human rights in schools run by the agency in the Gaza Strip.

The UNRWA bid drew strong condemnations from the Hamas government, whose representatives accused the international agency of seeking to "brainwash" Palestinian children.

REPORT: ARABS COMMIT RAMPANT HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES IN GAZA AND THE PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY

 
New report from Arabs in Judea, Samaria and Gaza reveals systemic abuses and oppression by PA and Hamas governments.
 
By Ari Yashar for A7, Israel National News
 
A recent report from January, which the media has kept a tight lip on, has exposed the widespread human rights abuses of the Palestinian Authority (PA) and Hamas in Judea, Samaria and Gaza.
 
The report, from the Palestinian Independent Commission for Human Rights (ICHR), charges PA and Hamas for repeated cases of torture, oppression, assaults on freedom of expression and academic freedoms, as well as ignoring court orders.
 
In January alone the report notes ten Arab residents of Judea, Samaria and Gaza were killed through "anarchy, lawlessness and misuse of weapons," reports Mosaic Magazine.
 
In the same month, ICHR reports receiving 56 complaints of torture and abuse in prisons, 36 of them from Gaza and 19 in PA-controlled Judea and Samaria.
 
85 complaints were received in January of unlawful arrests and unlawful seizing of money, with a large number arguing they were thrown in jail for "politically-motivated" charges.
 
While the PA apparently has no problem arresting its constituents on trumped up charges, it has lauded terrorist murderers jailed in Israel as "heroes," and last week allocated an extra $46 million to give released terrorists a bonus despite being in a debt crisis of $4.6 billion as of last July.
 
The report detailed several particular cases of police brutality, such as an incident on January 12 in which PA police used excessive force to break up a protest of youth north of Ramallah, beating them with clubs and lobbing stun grenades at them. 60-70 of the protesters were wounded in the head and legs.
 
In another case on January 28, a PA policeman opened fire with live ammunition to scatter rock-throwers in Ramallah, despite there being no need according to the report. Later four protesters were wounded after police assaulted them with clubs.
 
On the other extreme, anarchy and lawlessness was exposed as endemic under the PA. On January 18, over 100 men attacked the Yatta municipality building near Hevron, using a bulldozer to break in. Mayor Musa Makhamarah said the attackers were relatives or friends of a municipal council member who was led off, and that no police were dispatched despite the mayor's warnings to the PA in advance.
 

SYRIAN REBEL GROUP DEMANDS GOLD FROM CHRISTIANS TO ENSURE 'PROTECTION' - ALTERNATIVES: CONVERT OR BE KILLED

 
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIS, considered to be the most ruthless of the Sunni Islamic militant groups fighting in Syria, has ordered a Christian community in Raqqa, Syria, to pay nearly 38 pounds of gold as a "guarantee of their safety."  The announcement was posted on an ISIS website.

The requirement is part of the implementation of a form of Islamic law, or Shariah, in areas under ISIS control.

Each ounce would cost, at Feb. 26 rates, about $1,330, making the total needed for the required 600-plus ounces of gold more than $800,000.

Raqqa, or ar-Raqqah, is a city in north central Syria with a population of some 300,000 people, of which less than 1 percent, or 3,000, are Christian. That means each Christian then would be required to come up with more than $260 in gold.

Prior to issuing the demand for the gold, sources say the Christians had met with ISIS fighters who offered three choices: Convert to Islam, accept ISIS conditions or reject their control and possibly be killed.

"If they reject, they are subject to being legitimate targets, and nothing will remain between them and ISIS other than the sword," a separate ISIS statement said.

Read more
http://www.wnd.com/2014/02/islamists-pay-gold-or-die-christians/?cat_orig=world

http://www.aljazeera.com/video/asia-pacific/2014/02/isil-demands-gold-protect-christians-2014226194556309493.html

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U.S. COMMANDER TELLS CONGRESS COUNTRY NOT READY FOR CYBER WARFARE

 
The U.S. military is ill-prepared for waging cyber warfare and needs to bolster defenses against the growing threat of cyber attacks against both military systems and private infrastructure, the commander of U.S. Cyber Command told Congress on Thursday.
 
“Those attacks are coming and I think those are near term and we’re not ready for them,” said Army Gen. Keith Alexander, head of Cyber Command and also outgoing director of the National Security Agency.
 
Alexander, in prepared testimony to the Senate Armed Services Committee, sounded the alarm on the need for better cyber attack and defense capabilities. He said the command’s priorities include setting up a secure “defensible” telecommunications architecture, training cyber warfare personnel, increasing intelligence data on global cyber threats, and clarifying lines of authority for conducting cyber attacks and defending government and private networks.

ANIMAL ABUSE - IDAHO STATE HOUSE PASSES GAG BILL FOR INCARCERATION OF THOSE WHO FILM ANIMAL ABUSE IN FARM INDUSTRY

 
— A bill to jail people who secretly film animal abuse at Idaho's agricultural facilities is headed to Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter's desk.
 
What foes of the measure dub the "ag gag bill" passed the House 56-14 Wednesday afternoon with a near party-line split. The Senate backed it 23-10 earlier this month.
 
If Otter signs the bill into law, anyone who films or records on an agricultural operation without permission will face up to a year in jail. That's double the maximum penalty for animal cruelty under Idaho law.

THE GRUESOME INDONESIAN ANIMAL MARKET - DOGS AND OTHER ANIMALS ROASTED WHOLE

 
For the sake of animals we must disseminate this information and pictures, even if they upset us.

 
DAILY MAIL:

Is this the world's most gruesome food market? Dogs, rats, bats and monkeys among the animals roasted WHOLE in Indonesia

  • Dogs are flamed-roasted whole at Tomohon Traditional market in Indonesia
  • Before being killed by hanging from a tree, the dogs are kept in tiny cages
  • They are made to watch other dogs being killed, butchered and roasted
  • Elsewhere on the market, rats, cats, monkeys and bats are killed for meat
  • Dead animals are laid out on tables, with pained expressions on their faces
Read more if you can.  Caution - Gruesome pictures
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2569111/Held-tiny-cages-animals-await-fate-alongside-remains-dogs-rats-monkeys-creatures-flame-roasted-WHOLE-Indonesian-market.html

 RELATED

The horrors of the Indonesian zoo
http://ottersandsciencenews.blogspot.ca/2013/12/the-horrors-of-indonesian-zoo-of.html

 
Angora rabbits having their fur plucked by hand every three months through painful procedure.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2510641/Cruel-truths-angora-fur-trade-revealed-shocking-video.html


Animal cruelty during the Muslim festival of Eid.
Watch several short videos here -

Video From Farm to Fridge - How farm animals are treated by the animal industry
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NiFXlNkdRMc


Articles on cruelty against animals on this blog
http://ottersandsciencenews.blogspot.ca/search/label/Animals%20-%20Cruelty%20against%20animals

NEWSFLASH

IDAHO STATE HOUSE PASSES BILL TO INCARCERATE THOSE WHO SECRETLY FILM ANIMAL ABUSE IN THE FARM INDUSTRY.
http://www.idahostatesman.com/2014/02/26/3051197/bill-to-jail-abuse-filming-activists.html

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POISONOUS MEATBALLS KILLING DOGS IN SAN FRANCISCO

 
Meatballs that may have been intended to harm or kill pets were found hidden in bushes and shrubs in the vicinity of Crestline and Parkridge drives in the city’s Twin Peaks neighborhood Saturday morning, Animal Care & Control Volunteer Coordinator Deb Campbell said.
 
Animal control officers have posted signs in the area alerting pet owners to the hazard and are encouraging people to be on the lookout for additional poisoned meatballs.  Pet owners are being advised to keep cats indoors and dogs on a short leash until the situation is resolved.

Read more - http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2014/02/22/warning-poisonous-meatballs-found-in-san-francisco-twin-peaks-area/

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AUSTRALIA CHILDREN WITH SWAN ILLNESS - SYNDROME WITHOUT A NAME

 
Thousands of Australian children are suffering from baffling illnesses that so far have eluded proper diagnoses. 
 
SWAN Australia president Heather Renton, whose seven-year-old daughter Becky has not been diagnosed, said there needed to be more government-funded genetics research and more support available for children with unknown conditions.
 
She said families weren't angry at not having a diagnosis but rather frustrated at the limits of science.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

NOT A JOKE - A NEW STATE OF MATTER DISCOVERED INSIDE CHICKENS' EYES

 
A new state of matter has been discovered in the eye of a chicken.
Never before seen in biology, 'disordered hyperuniformity' is an arrangement of particles that allows material to behave like both a crystal and a liquid.
Along with eggs, soup and rubber toys the list of the humble rooster's most lasting legacies may eventually include optics that can transmit light with the efficiency of a crystal and the flexibility of a liquid.
 

DISORDERED HYPERUNIFORMITY

Materials in this state are like crystals in the way they keep the density of particles consistent across large spatial distances.
But these systems are also like liquids because they have the same physical properties in all directions.
Researchers say this may be the first time disordered hyperuniformity has been observed in a biological system.
Previously it had only been seen in physical systems like liquid helium and simple plasmas.
For chicken eyes, the researchers speculate this cone arrangement allows the birds to evenly sample incoming light

Read more -
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2567765/How-chickens-eye-revealed-new-state-matter.html
 
Read more and see illustrations on Princeton University report
http://www.princeton.edu/main/news/archive/S39/32/02E70/

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HOW HOSPITALS FLEECE PATIENTS BY GIVING THEM OBSERVATION STATUS

 
NBC NEWS had a segment yesterday exposing how hospital administrators pressure doctors to give arriving patients "observation" status instead of "in patient" status.  It all comes down to money and a lot of it. 
 
Although the doctor won't tell you, as in patient Medicare pays. Under observation status, you pay.  And the amount can rise to tens of thousands of dollars.
 
For someone aware of this method of extracting money from patients, it can also amount to an exhausting argument with your doctor, at a time when you are scared and in pain.

UKRAINE REVOLUTION - THE HARSH REALITY - NEO-NAZIS AND MUSLIMS SUPPORTING THE UPRISING


The nuances in determining which was the least reprehensible side were more than superficial, as attacks on Jews surged during the uprising, and now Muslims are revolt in Crimea in support of the Kiev rebels. 
 
Daily Mail reports:
 
Preparing for war: Putin 'orders immediate test of troops' combat readiness' as 10,000 Muslim supporters of Ukraine's new government clash with pro-Russian group in Crimea
  • President Putin has this afternoon ordered an immediate test of troops' combat readiness, according to the Russian defence minister
  • Protesters backing new government have clashed with Russian supporters
  • Police struggled to hold two groups apart as fist-fights broke out in Crimea
  • Elderly man died of heart attack during scuffles, says health ministry
  • Eastern peninsula is strategically important home of Russian Black Fleet
  • Earlier William Hague and John Kerry appealed for unity in the country
  • Fears are that Pro-European West could split from Russian-affiliated East
Read more - http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2568206/Preparing-war-Putin-orders-immediate-test-troops-combat-readiness-10-000-Muslim-supporters-Ukraine-s-new-government-clash-pro-Russian-group-Crimea.html

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Commentary by Salon Magazine:

‘Regime Change’ Solidarity with Neo-Nazis of Ukraine! Hello?

The leading role was played by the so-called Right Sector, whose masked militants, equipped with helmets, batons, fire bombs and firearms soon dominated the center of Kiev, carrying out fierce attacks on the security forces. News reports estimate their number in Kiev alone to be between 2,000 and 3,000.

The Right Sector’s roots go back to the Ukrainians who fought for Adolf Hitler against the Soviet Union during World War 2. It was the Right Sector that introduced armed fighters and turned the tide of the protests in Kiev from peaceful protests in favor of joining the EU to violent attacks on police with the view of overthrowing the democratically elected government, which the Right Sector succeeded in doing.

Read more - http://open.salon.com/blog/libbyliberalnyc/2014/02/25/regime_change_solidarity_with_neo-nazis_of_ukraine_hello


RUSSIA TODAY, RT, REPORTS:

Crimeans started protesting on Tuesday outside the regional parliament building in Simferopol, urging local MPs not to support Kiev’s new government. Demonstrators want the autonomous region to return to the constitution of 1992, under which Crimea had its own president and independent foreign policy. 
 
In the meantime, vigilante groups are being formed in Crimea’s largest city of Sevastopol. About 3,500 people have already joined the groups, their leader Yury Pankov told the Itar-Tass news agency.  The vigilantes plan to patrol the streets along with police to prevent violence.

Read more - http://rt.com/news/crimea-ukraine-protest-clashes-840/

RELATED

Rabbi asks Jews to flee Ukraine
Chief Rabbi of Ukraine Urged Jews to Flee Kiev After Attack on Students

Ukraine and the Jews - A History
https://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/vjw/ukraine.html

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

ONE OF THOSE THINGS - ANGELA MERKEL'S MOUSTACHE

Completely unintentional, and yet, rather curious.




German chancellor Angela Merkel is in Israel visiting prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu. This photo, apparently taken by photographer Marc Israel Sellem of the Jerusalem Post, is making waves.

Source -   http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/bibi-merkel-photo-makes-waves_783416.html


More about Chancellor Merkel's visit to Israel

Germany is implementing a familiar "Do not buy from Jews" policy  - reminiscent of the Nazi years - to products from the Jewish heartland of Judea and Samaria - an area that the Arabs are demanding for themselves.

Jerusalem Post:  Merkel did not contest the EU policy to outlaw funds for Israeli academic institutions beyond the Green Line.   Germany also stymied Israel’s efforts to secure a seat on the UN Security Council last year because Germany wanted the post. The spat triggered scores of articles. An Israeli official said at the time “there is not the same kind of attention and sensitivity to Israel’s battle for international legitimacy” from Germany’s government.

Read more - http://www.israpundit.com/archives/63594239


Israel urges Merkel not to allow Iran to enrich uranium
http://www.jpost.com/Iranian-Threat/News/Netanyahu-urges-Germany-not-to-allow-Iran-to-enrich-uranium-343555

Merkel's visits with a large delegation 
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/177822#.Uw1x3JuPKM8

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BBC FAILING TO REPORT PAEDOPHILIA SCANDAL TO PROTECT LABOUR PARTY

 
The BBC was accused yesterday of keeping the growing paedophilia scandal from the airwaves in order to protect the Labour Party.
 
Until yesterday afternoon, the corporation had refused to report that three Labour figures had leading positions in a human rights group that backed the notorious Paedophile Information Exchange.
 
The story has been on the Mail’s front page three times but the BBC cut all reference to it from its press reviews yesterday.
 
Philip Davies, a Tory MP on the Commons culture, media and sport committee, said the reason for the BBC’s continued silence was institutional left-wing bias.
 
‘It is a scandal that the Daily Mail is one of the most read papers in the country but is ignored by the national broadcaster,’ he said
 
Adding to the mounting confusion, its own journalists have provided contradictory excuses for why the story has been ignored.
 
While some claimed they were given ‘legal advice’ to drop it, an official spokesman insisted news bosses simply decided the story was ‘not new’.
 
Since it published the results of its PIE investigation last Wednesday, the Daily Mail has run a series of articles – including two further front page splashes - calling for the Labour trio to answer key questions about their time at the National Council For Civil Liberties (NCCL) in the 1970s.
Read more -
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2567110/BBCs-censorship-paedophilia-scandal-reveals-left-wing-bias-Corporation-accused-refusing-report-story-protect-Labour-party.html


THE DAILY MAIL EXPOSE'
How top officials of the Labour Party of Britain advocated for the legalization of paedophilia
The truth about Labour apologists for paedophilia: Police probe child sex group linked to top party officials in wake of the Savile scandal.  Labour top officials wanted the age of consent to be lowered to FOUR years old.
http://ottersandsciencenews.blogspot.ca/2014/02/the-vile-agenda-of-britains-left-top.html


BBC WATCH - http://bbcwatch.org/


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PRIEST CLAIMS PAEDOPHILIA IS A DISABILITY AND WITH CHURCH SUPPORT HE GETS BENEFITS

(STARTRIBUNE) — After the Rev. Gil Gustafson was convicted of child sex abuse 30 years ago, the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis made sure he was financially secure for decades to come.
The church continued his priestly salary and health insurance, covered his living expenses and psychological treatment and paid for his education and training, according to church records and a former archdiocese accountant. It has given him jobs in the chancery, helped him establish his own consulting business and steered clients his way.
In July 2006, Gustafson was declared “disabled” based on his pedophilia, the church said. This allowed him to collect disab

Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2014/02/priests-pedophilia-a-disability-gets-benefits/#5fRt8jmu5FQ37Jce.99

STAR TRIBUNE - After the Rev. Gil Gustafson was convicted of child sex abuse 30 years ago, the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis made sure he was financially secure for decades to come.

The church continued his priestly salary and health insurance, covered his living expenses and psychological treatment and paid for his education and training, according to church records and a former archdiocese accountant. It has given him jobs in the chancery, helped him establish his own consulting business and steered clients his way.

In July 2006, Gustafson was declared “disabled” based on his pedophilia, the church said. This allowed him to collect disability checks on top of his earnings as a leadership consultant.

The archdiocese’s long-standing support of Gustafson, outlined in church documents and interviews, has angered abuse victims and their families. They say it’s another sign that the church cares more about the welfare of abusive priests than the children they assaulted

“Since when is a crime a disability?” asked Jeff Herrity, the father of a boy whom Gustafson was convicted of abusing from 1977 through 1982. “If that’s the case, everyone in prison should be disabled.”

The archdiocese said it is required by church law and “Christian compassion” to care for priests removed from ministry.

“Gustafson is permanently and totally disabled and is therefore entitled to benefits through the Pension Plan for Priests,’’ said a statement to the Star Tribune.

It has been 30 years since Gustafson’s last known instance of child abuse, the archdiocese said. Some of his clients say he is entitled to a second chance.

Gustafson, now 62, lives in a small bungalow in West St. Paul. He declined to be interviewed for this story.

Read full story - http://www.startribune.com/local/east/246716691.html


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Pope says paedophilia not an absolute evil
December 2010 - Victims of clerical abuse reacted furiously to Pope Benedict’s claim that paedophilia wasn’t considered an “absolute evil” as recently as the 1970s … (he) also claimed that child pornography was increasingly considered “normal” by society. “It was maintained — even within the realm of Catholic theology — that there is no such thing as evil in itself or good in itself. There is only a ‘better than’ and a ‘worse than’. Nothing is good or bad in itself.” – http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/world-news/popersquos-child-porn-normal-claim-sparks-outrage-among-victims-15035449.html 
 
United Nations scathing report on Church tolerance for priests raping children
 
 
Tolerance of pedophilia and even its advocacy deep within the political left's agenda in Britain
The vile agenda of the Labour Party in Britain
 
 
BBC PROTECTED LABOUR PARTY BY REFUSING TO REPORT ON PAEDOPHILIA SCANDAL
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2567110/BBCs-censorship-paedophilia-scandal-reveals-left-wing-bias-Corporation-accused-refusing-report-story-protect-Labour-party.html

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FEARLESS KITTEN STANDS UP TO PLAYFUL HUSKY DOG


Husky and kitten involved in most adorable standoff of all time 

Watch video - http://dailycaller.com/2014/02/24/husky-and-kitten-involved-in-most-adorable-standoff-of-all-time-video/

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While searching for this story I noticed another one of a husky and a kitten found in Calgary, Canada.  It's a much sadder story revealing once more the sadistic nature of some human beings, and the extent to which they go to cause suffering to loving, innocent creatures.  You may not want to read it (graphic pictures), but I post it because the two are current stories with a kitten and a husky as protagonists.
 
If you pray, please always add a prayer for all animals.  They continue to endure horrible treatment at the hands of the "superior species", humans.
 
And if possible, advocate for animal rights, or give what you can to a reputable animal shelter.  Thank you.

The sad story from Calgaryhttp://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2014/01/20/calgary-husky-cat-taped-muzzle_n_4638699.html

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GMO - OR GENETICALLY MODIFIED PLANTS ACTUALLY REQUIRE MORE PESTICIDES WHILE DECREASING CROP YIELD

Genetic Engineering Actually INCREASES Pesticide Use, DECREASES Crop Yield, And May Be Dangerous to Your Health
 
  • The USDA reports that 93% of all soy and 85% of all corn grown in the U.S. is an herbicide-resistant GE variety
  • Similarly, around 93% of all cottonseed oil and more than 90% of all canola oil produced in the U.S. is herbicide-resistant GE
However, it turns out that GE crops need a lot more herbicides than conventional ones.
 
Washington State University Charles Benbrook – former Executive Director of the Board on Agriculture at the National Academy of Sciences and, before that, Executive Director of the Subcommittee on Department Operations, Research, and Foreign Agriculture, U.S. House of Representatives – published a study showing:
 
Contrary to often-repeated claims that today’s genetically-engineered crops have, and are reducing pesticide use, the spread of glyphosate-resistant weeds in herbicide-resistant weed management systems has brought about substantial increases in the number and volume of herbicides applied. If new genetically engineered forms of corn and soybeans tolerant of 2,4-D are approved, the volume of 2,4-D sprayed [background] could drive herbicide usage upward by another approximate 50%.
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Largely because of the spread of glyphosate-resistant weeds, HR crop technology has led to a 239 million kg (527 million pound) increase in herbicide use across the three major GE-HR crops, compared to what herbicide use would likely have been in the absence of HR crops.
Read more
http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2014/01/genetically-engineered-crops-responsible-increase-383-million-pounds-herbicide-use-u-s-first-13-years-commercial-use.html

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ISRAELI MINISTER: JEWS WERE IN ISRAEL BEFORE BRITS WERE IN BRITAIN AND AMERICANS IN AMERICA


Appearing on BBC, Economics Minister Naftali Bennett argues two-state solution is failed approach, presses Jewish rights to Israel.

By Ari Yashar for A7 - Israel National News
 
Economics Minister and Jewish Home Chairman Naftali Bennett recently appeared on the BBC, where he argued the two-state solution has failed, and that Israel needs to reaffirm its Jewish nature.

After noting that in joining the coalition he agreed to let the peace talks happen and even reach a national referendum if an agreement was to materialize, Bennett stressed that his opposition to dividing the country lies in the historical ties of the Jewish people to the land of Israel.

"We've been in this land way longer than Americans have been in American land and the British have been in British land," remarked Bennett

Bennett argued that the two-state solution being discussed is a mistaken approach, which has been proven as a failure following Israeli land withdrawals from Lebanon, Judea and Samaria, as well as Gaza.

"Three times already we handed land over to the Arabs and within days they started shooting at us missiles. It's not working apparently," emphasized the Economics Minister.

Bennett added that not only has the approach failed, but that the Palestinian Authority (PA) refuses to recognize Israel as a Jewish state. He stressed that any land divide would create a Palestinian state and a Palestinian-Jewish bi-national state, which the PA would then be able to fight for.

In providing alternatives, Bennett noted the possibility of bringing in Jordanian involvement to try and shift up the framework of negotiations that have failed until now.

The Economics Minister added that he has been using his position to build business between Israelis and PA Arabs in Judea and Samaria, claiming that such a move can "build peace from the ground up" rather than rely on the diplomats to reach an agreement.

When asked about the Israeli business leaders who pressed Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to make "peace" to avoid the international boycotts threatened by US Secretary of State John Kerry, Bennett dismissed the arguments as being backwards.

"How will Israel's economy look the first time a plane is shot down from the West Bank, which is just four kilometers (2.5 miles) away from Ben Gurion Airport?" asked Bennett.

Watch full interview with minister Naftali Bennett and a rude BBC interviewer who kept interrupting:

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MAP OF THE ARAB WORLD AND ISRAEL


Green areas on the map are Arab countries.  The tiny red sliver is Israel, which the world wants to partition to create ANOTHER Arab country.  And would that partition bring peace to the Middle East and the world?
 
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The real conflict in the Muslim world is that between Shia and Sunni factions.  You could make Christianity, Judaism and all other religions disappear, and there would still be religiously-motivated carnage in the world mainly between those two Muslim sects (there are others)
 
The UK Independent:  The vicious schism between Sunni and Shia has been poisoning Islam for 1,400 years - and it's getting worse. The rift between the two biggest Muslim factions goes right back to the beginning - and a row over who should succeed the Prophet Mohamed as leader of the emerging Islamic community when he died in the early 7th century.
 
 

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THE HYPOCRISY OF CHRISTIAN CHURCHES IN FACE OF WORLD WIDE PERSECUTION AND MURDER OF CHRISTIANS

 
Christianity is quickly rising to the top spot as the most persecuted religion in the world. 
 
Jews, now concentrated in Israel, America, and a small number still in Europe, continue to face violence.  Nothing new there.  It's been going on for many centuries. 

But now Christians are experiencing a wave of violence in Muslim lands.
 
This morning there is another report of killings of Christians in Africa - in Libya this time.  The same Libya whose "Arab Spring" was so celebrated by the West.  
 
Seven Egyptian Christians found killed execution style on Libyan beach
 
The precariousness of Christianity in parts of the world with Muslim populations is quite clear.
 
Catholic Online:  Persecution of Christians in the Middle East the Worst Ever in History
 
And then there is this very interesting article on Christianity Today:
 
The Top 50 Countries Where It's Hardest To Be a Christian.
 
What is interesting is that the country that does not appear on that anti-Christian list is Israel
 
In spite of that, American, Canadian, and European churches have concentrated their vicious and hateful activism against Israel - initiating or supporting existing BDS projects - Boycott-Divest-Sanction Israel, and demanding its partition.
 
Israel's partition would mean handing over the Jewish heartland - Biblical Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem - to the Muslims, the same ones persecuting Christians in the Palestinian Authority and Gaza, and in the rest of the Muslim world.
 
It is plain to see that the churches' main concern is not the Christians or the Muslims in Israel.  As a matter of fact, Muslims too live in peace in Israel - whenever they are not engaged in terror activities against Jews.
 
No.  Christian churches' overwhelming and obsessive concern is their old hatred against Jews.  By agitating against Israel they contribute to the weakening of the country.  They advocate partition and the empowerment of Muslims in the country, envisioning a time when Israel will be so small and so besieged by hatred, boycotts, diplomatic pressure from "allies" and terror - that it will be unable to defend itself.
 
The real Christian agenda is the destruction of Israel and the eventual destruction of Judaism.  The old convert-them-or-kill-them formula - also favored by Islam.
 
 
 
Pope John Paul II met twelve times with terrorist Yassir Arafat, who had the blood of thousands of innocent victims on his hands.  The church and Muslim terrorists have a common cause:  the destruction of the Jews.
 
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BOOK REVIEW - THE VATICAN AGAINST ISRAEL BY GIULIO MEOTTI
http://ottersandsciencenews.blogspot.ca/2014/02/book-review-vatican-against-israel-by.html


CORRUPTION IN THE VATICAN - PBS FRONTLINE SPECIAL - FEBRUARY 25
 

Vatican's ongoing support for Arab terrorists, while allowing priests to rape children
 
United Nations scathing report on Vatican inaction regarding widespread priests' abuse of children

The Religion of Peace - Daily record of ongoing acts of violence and terror
http://www.thereligionofpeace.com/

Where are the protests from moderate Muslims?
http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/commentandblogs/2014/01/23/the-growing-worldwide-persecution-of-christians-shows-that-samuel-huntingdon-was-right-if-he-was-wrong-where-are-the-protests-from-moderate-muslim-opinion/
 
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