Sunday, 23 April 2017

Syria - 04/22/2017

US Coalition Knocking on Syria's Southern Border

Seems almost like a dream, how did the US get so involved in the Middle East that has brought this region of the world to near ruins, and is on course for a global conflict. Seems under President Reagan things were going pretty good for the average US citizen. 

Vietnam was two decades behind us and even though we had a cold war it was relatively peaceful. But the plot to topple Syria's government was already on the play books then, of course Hafez al-Assad was constantly at odds with Israel. But Hafez died his son Bashar al-Assad took his place and even though Israel finally has some peace with Syria the agenda to topple the leadership stayed on the CIA's hit list. 

Now the US is well positioned with their allies and the rebels and different fighting factions have weakened the nation to make their job far easier. 

Years have planning have strategically placed all the forces in position all that was needed was a false flag to justify this new invasion. 

The April 4th 2017 Sarin gas attack seems to have been just what was needed to galvanize public opinion.


Blackouts - international terrorism or geomagnetic storm?

Here’s why black-outs in 3 major US cities were almost certainly related

There remains a strong possibility that the black-outs were acts of domestic or international terrorism.

the Duran,
22 April, 2017

Yesterday, morning power black-outs hit three major US cities in two time zones. Areas of New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles were hit by the still unexplained power cuts.

San Francisco’s power supply is controlled by Pacific Gas and Electric, most of Los Angeles is controlled by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power while other areas are controlled by Southern California Edison and much of New York City is controlled by ConEdison.

In other words, the power systems of the three cities, all of which are either far or very far from one another are not connected in any way.

This leaves only two logical possibilities and one illogical possibility, which incidentally is the one that the mainstream media is running with.

1. Coordinated black-out safety drill/test

Many anti-terrorist experts know that one of the most effective ways to cause havoc in a major US city, especially one as de-centralised as Los Angeles and other west coast cities, is to meddle with the power supply or do anything else to  cause chaos on the roads. Power cuts can also be employed by terrorists to cause difficulties in a dense and centralised US city like New York.

Because of this, the events of yesterday morning may have been a coordinated safety drill, executed covertly to see how citizens and the security services could cope.

As it was, the New York Subway and San Francisco BART metro system experienced severe delays as did other forms of public transport. Traffic was also a total mess. For a while power was completely lost at parts of Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) one of the busiest airports in the world.

However, there were no riots and no injuries, this was possibly due to the fact that the power-cuts did not last for a highly extended period of time.

The black-outs lasted for the longest in San Francisco, the smallest of the three major cities involved.

2. Terrorism 

It would be both foolish and dangerous to rule out terrorism. There is every possibility that foreign or domestic terrorists managed to either digitally hack-in or covertly penetrate crucial equipment that controls the electricity in three major US cities. There is also a real possibility that a combinational of digital and physical hacks were employed.

Perhaps the terrorists too were doing their own ‘drill’ to see how much chaos they could inflict with their devious tactics.

Because the events were almost certainly not a coincidence, it is essential that the possibility of terrorism should be investigated. If a terrorist agency is found responsible for this act, it would represent the most geographically widespread (though of course not the most deadly) terrorist attack on US soil since 9/11.

3. An Illogical Possibility 

It is theoretically possible that three different cities, across two time-zones and states, whose power companies are unrelated, whose weather patterns are unrelated, whose ruling local governments are unrelated and whose systems of public transport are largely different, could all have experienced technical failures in their power production and/or distribution facilities on the same day, all in the morning hours.

The likelihood of this however, is incredibly slim. It was almost certainly related in one way or another, and because mutual technical failures would be coincidental, this only leaves the options of a malicious attack or a coordinated test/drill as the more statistically realistic possibilities.

Both the Federal Government and the mainstream media have behaved appallingly.

The US mainstream media have not questioned what lies behind this and are taking the non-explanations from local power companies and local authorities at face value. This is not journalism.

The Federal Government has remained largely silent on an issue that has crossed state borders. Unless it was a covert safety drill, the event represents a national embarrassment for the United States.

The idea that New York’s Subway System and Los Angeles International Airport do not have fully capable back-up generator systems is both appalling and disgraceful in the world’s wealthiest nation.

It vindicates much of what Donald Trump said during his campaign about America’s third-world style infrastructure.

But where is Trump today? Where is anyone in the Federal government after three major US cities have been publicly disgraced on an international stage?
If it was a drill there should have been at least some fair warning in addiction to a subsequent explanation. If it was terrorism or some other sort of malicious hack, it should force an immediate investigation, arrests should be made and the the infrastructure should be upgraded immediately.
Donald Trump was right, spend less money on foreign meddling/wars and pump money into America’s declining infrastructure. Where has that Donald Trump gone?

Cyber Attack Fears As MULTIPLE CITIES HIT With Simultaneous Power Grid Failures


Gotham Shield or Solar Burst?

Yesterday's Broad Power Outage Likely Caused By Geomagnetic Storm

Antarctica is melting faster than anyone thought, and it’s creating giant waterfalls

Vast rivers and waterfalls discovered across Antarctica
'This is not in the future – this is widespread now'

A 120m-wide waterfall drains from the Nansen Ice Shelf into the ocean (Won Sang Lee/Korea Polar Research Institute)

20 April, 2017

Water is flowing across Antarctica in vast rivers, lakes and waterfalls and has been for decades, scientists have discovered.

While temporary meltwater streams have been encountered before by polar explorers like Ernest Shackleton, it was thought liquid water was relatively rare because the continent is so cold.

However a new study of aerial photography and satellite images found “widespread drainage of meltwater” as far south as 600km (375 miles) from the South Pole and as high as 1,300m above sea level – about the same height as Ben Nevis.

This included rivers of up to 120km, 80km-long lakes and waterfalls that were 120m across.

The researchers warned the amount of liquid they had found could increase the rate of melting on Antarctica above currently expected levels. If all the continent’s ice was lost, a process that would likely take centuries, this would raise sea levels by about 60m worldwide.

A paper about the research in the journal Nature said: “Large-scale surface drainage could deliver water to areas of ice shelves vulnerable to collapse, as melt rates increase this century.

While Antarctic surface melt ponds are relatively well documented on some ice shelves, we have discovered that ponds often form part of widespread, large-scale surface drainage systems.

In a warming climate, enhanced surface drainage could accelerate future ice-mass loss from Antarctic, potentially via positive feedbacks between the extent of exposed rock, melting and thinning of the ice sheet.”

Professor Jonathan Kingslake, a glaciologist at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, said their findings had been a surprise.

This is not in the future – this is widespread now, and has been for decades,” he said.

I think most polar scientists have considered water moving across the surface of Antarctica to be extremely rare.

But we found a lot of it, over very large areas.”

The researchers were unable to tell whether the amount of meltwater streams had been increasing over the last 70 years, the period for which images exist, because there was not enough data.

Looking forward, it will be really important to work out how these systems will change in response to warming, and how this will affect the ice sheets,” Professor Kingslake said.

His colleague, Professor Robin Bell, also of Columbia, added it was likely to increase the rate of ice-loss in the future.

This study tells us there's already a lot more melting going on than we thought,” she said.

READ MORE: Antarctic sees highest level of greenhouse gas in 4 million years

When you turn up the temperature, it's only going to increase.”

However, in a related study of the Nansen Ice Shelf led by Professor Bell, researchers found that meltwater streams could actually help prevent the break-up of ice by carrying water away.

Water is darker than ice so absorbs more of the sun’s energy, increasing the temperature and therefore the amount of melting. It also has other structural affects which can weaken the ice.

Ice shelves float on the sea, so would not contribute to sea level rise themselves, but they help hold back land glaciers which do.

Research in Greenland has shown that surface meltwater streams also speed up the rate of ice loss, by cutting through glaciers and then lubricating their passage over the ground.

In a commentary in Nature, Dr Alison Banwell, of the Scott Polar Research Institute at Cambridge University, said the overall effect of the newly discovered amount of Antarctic meltwater was unclear.

The extent to which meltwater production will enhance ice-shelf instability is debatable,” she said.

It was previously suggested that the development of hundreds of surface lakes could provide the tipping point, which, once reached, would trigger the break-up of an ice shelf.

If this is true, many ice shelves could be exposed to an ever-increasing risk of break-up, given their already extensive lake coverage.

However, such a threshold might not be reached if surface water can instead be efficiently exported from the ice shelf to the ocean through large river networks.”

She stressed the need to work out exactly what would happen.

Given that the Antarctic Ice Sheet contains enough ice to raise global sea levels by 60m, identifying and quantifying the role of all surface and subsurface processes on the potential stability of ice shelves is becoming increasingly important.”

Abrupt climate change - 04/22/2017


For India, the hot-season-like temperatures began in late February — two months earlier than usual. After a brief respite, they fired again in March, bringing April-like temperatures a month too soon. The hot season for this region typically begins in mid-April and extends through mid-June. In 2017, hot-season conditions sparked in late February. Today, life-threatening temperatures of between 100 and 115 F blanket much of this vast, densely populated land.

The early onset of heat comes after years of expanding drought, warming temperatures, melting glaciers and drying rivers, bringing with it a deepening hardship. Farmers across the country report a sense of deepening desperation as cries for help in the form of nationwide protests break out. Meanwhile, those working outdoors increasingly suffer from heat- and dehydration-related kidney failure. This year, conditions that threaten heat injury and loss of life have spurred schools across the country to close early.

Levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide hit record concentrations.

Some records aren’t meant to be broken — but when it comes to climate change, humans still haven’t gotten the memo.

Last fall, the Earth passed a major climate milestone when measurements taken at Hawaii’s Mauna Loa Observatory showed that atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide had passed — potentially permanently — 400 parts per million.

This week, measurements taken from the same observatory show that yet another marker has been passed: Carbon dioxide in the Earth’s atmosphere, for the first time in modern record-keeping, has surpassed 410 parts per million.

The newest aerial surveys covered over 8,000 kilometers (5,000) miles, which includes 800 individual coral reefs.

According to the surveys, 1,500 kilometers (932 miles) of the Great Barrier Reef is now bleached. These new statistics come less than a year after 93 percent of the reef suffered severe damage, with reports adding that the effects have also spread further south.

Combined with the mass bleaching event, the arrival of Tropical Cyclone Debbie added to the devastation, as it struck a section of the reef that managed to escape the worst of the bleaching.

Nine homes were destroyed and mandatory evacuations of approximately 7,000 homes were in place Friday afternoon due to an ongoing brush fire.
Nearly 5,000 acres were scorched near Everglades Boulevard and 30th Avenue SE.

That fire, which sparked Thursday afternoon was 10 percent contained as of Friday afternoon. Greater Naples Fire Chief Kingman Schuldt described the area as "a war zone."

A second brush fire, which also started Thursday, burned approximately 350 acres near Frangipani Avenue before it was fully contained Friday afternoon, fire officials said.

Many regions are burning while in the west the problem is snow melt water in the Ob, the world's 7th longest river.

Rising temperatures and strong winds are fuelling an increase in wildfires, as highlighted in these dramatic pictures.

Worst-hit regions in the coming days are expected to be TransBaikal, Kemerovo region and Omsk along with the Republic of Buryatia.

Space monitoring spotted 23 'hot spots' across 6,800 hectares.

Many were sparked by the illegal burning of hay, an annual problem.

But peat fires in Buryatia are posing a serious threat, says Greenpeace, which claims the authorities are turning a blind eye.

Alexey Yaroshenko, head of the forestry department at the campaigning group, said: 'Large wildfires in drained peat bogs are active again in the Kabansky district of Buryatia.

'The largest wildfire covers, according to preliminary information, about 500 hectares in a peat bog close to Bolshaya Rechka village.

'Smaller wildfires have been registered by systems of remote monitoring, also in the delta of Selenga River as well as on drained peat bogs close to Seleginsk.'

With no rain due, and a hot summer in prospect, this will lead to worsening fires and 'create a life and health threat to people' and pose problems for transport.

In Irkutsk, fires are being blamed on setting fire to dry grass and last year's garbage, after which the blazes become out of control.

TransBaikal had five wildfires on Friday morning, and there were four in Khabarovsk....

RT makes light of colder conditions

‘April, you are so winter’: Blizzards won’t let up in Russia, E. Europe (PHOTOS)

Roads, houses, and even flowers covered in thick snow – though it’s mid-April, winter won’t loosen its grip on Russia and Eastern Europe, as abundant photos on social media clearly illustrate.

Arlene formed on April 20 as Tropical Depression 1 and strengthened into a tropical storm at 5 p.m. EST that day.

On April 20 NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite captured a visible image of Tropical Depression One as it was strengthening into a tropical storm.
The image showed a large area of thunderstorms over the southwestern and northeastern quadrants of the storm.

NOAA's GOES-East satellite captured a visible image of Tropical Storm Arlene on April 21. Thunderstorms wrapped tightly around the center of circulation and a large band of storms circled west of center.

Located to the west of Arlene were clouds associated with another frontal system.
Arlene was moving toward the west near 31 mph (50 kph) and this general motion is expected to continue today.

Maximum sustained winds were near 50 mph (85 kph) with higher gusts.

On April 19, 2017 the Governor of Louisiana declared a State of Emergency for the Louisiana coastline. The hope is that this declaration will bring nationwide attention to the desperate need for restoration and protection. The leadership in Louisiana is hoping that the President and Congress will declare the eroding coastline a national emergency and force Federal agencies to act quickly to help preserve the coast. Louisiana currently has over one hundred restoration and protection projects in the works but progress is slow because of federal regulations, environmental review, and permitting.

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Wikileaks' "Vault 7" revelations

VIDEO: iPhones Are iSpies – Wikileaks “Vault 7” Revelations Continue To Terrify

Most of us carry smartphones and watch web-enabled TVs without much thought. But the revelations found in Wikileaks’ “Vault 7” release warn that we should consider the sinister capabilities that such devices could lend to those who might abuse them.

By Roqayah Chamseddine

21 April, 2017

MINNEAPOLIS– Since launching in 2006, Wikileaks has reportedly released over 10 million documents, including controversial disclosures that have helped unravel war crimes, uncover corporate secrets and even brought to light explosive revelations stemming from Hillary Clinton’s most recent presidential run.

Despite facing widespread international denunciation, Wikileaks has remained faithful in blowing the whistle on information that would have remained hidden from the public. These secrets have helped to expose many layers of the global state security apparatus and aided in shaping the discourse surrounding government and corporate transparency.

On April 7, Wikileaks released 27 documents from the CIA’s Grasshopper framework, a platform used by the agency to infect electronic devices such as phones, computers, and televisions for surveillance purposes. This information dump was part of a series known as “Vault 7,” which targets the agency’s covert hacking program. “This extraordinary collection,” Wikileaks writes, “which amounts to more than several hundred million lines of code, gives its possessor the entire hacking capacity of the CIA.”

According to the documents provided by Wikileaks, knowledge of the CIA’s invasive surveillance tools wasn’t confined to the agency, or even the National Security Agency. In fact, the details of these exploits were bought and shared by Britain’s Government Communications Headquarters, as well as other intelligence agencies.

So what tools does the CIA have in its surveillance arsenal? Over 8,000 documents found in the “Vault 7” series reveal weaponized malware, trojans and viruses that could be used to spy on both domestic and foreign entities, impacting a variety of seemingly harmless household devices. Apple iPhones, Windows PCs and even Samsung TV sets can be used to conduct surveillance on anyone the CIA chooses to spy on. For example, one program named “Weeping Angel” details methods that can be used to hijack a Samsung F8000 TV in order to make it appear to be off when it is actually powered on.

The claim that your TV could be used to spy on you is no longer one of conspiracy. It is now our reality. “By hiding these security flaws from manufacturers like Apple and Google, the CIA ensures that it can hack everyone, at the expense of leaving everyone hackable,” WikiLeaks says. And these, by all accounts, are just the tip of the iceberg.

The “Vault 7” series, which has been described as being the largest leak of its kind targeting the CIA, originated from an “isolated, high-security network” within the CIA’s Center for Cyber Intelligence. The documents it contains were revealed to Wikileaks by way of an undisclosed source, though they’ve noted that their source could be a former U.S. government hacker or CIA contractor.

After the “Vault 7” series was first published, Trump administration spokesman Sean Spicer revealed the White House was concerned, and that “[a]nybody who leaks classified information will be held to the highest degree of law.” Despite these threats, WikiLeaks continues to release classified documents, showing us at least some of the secrets behind the CIA’s curtain.