Monday, June 9, 2014

COSMIC CATACLYSM: Nibiru And Planet X Memes - Was Earth's Moon Created By Collision With Planet-Sized Object; New Evidence Says "YES"?!

June 09, 2014 - SPACE - A new series of measurements of oxygen isotopes provides increasing evidence that the Moon formed from the collision of the Earth with another large, planet-sized astronomical body, around 4.5 billion years ago.




Most planetary scientists believe that the Moon formed from an impact between the Earth and a planet-sized body, which has been given the name Theia. Efforts to confirm that the impact had taken place had centred on measuring the ratios between the isotopes of oxygen, titanium, silicon and others.

These ratios are known to vary throughout the solar system, but their close similarity between Earth and Moon conflicted with theoretical models of the collision that indicated that the Moon would form mostly from Theia, and thus would be expected to be compositionally different from the Earth. Now a group of German researchers, led by Dr. Daniel Herwartz, have used more refined techniques to compare the ratios of 17O/16O in lunar samples, with those from Earth.

The team initially used lunar samples which had arrived on Earth via meteorites, but as these samples had exchanged their isotopes with water from Earth, fresher samples were sought. These were provided by NASA from the Apollo 11, 12 and 16 missions; they were found to contain significantly higher levels of 17O/16O than their Earthly counterparts.

Dr Herwartz said "The differences are small and difficult to detect, but they are there. This means two things; firstly we can now be reasonably sure that the Giant collision took place. Secondly, it gives us an idea of the geochemistry of Theia. Theia seems to have been similar to what we call E-type chondrites**.If this is true, we can now predict the geochemical and isotopic composition of the Moon, because the present Moon is a mixture of Theia and the early Earth. The next goal is to find out how much material of Theia is in the Moon".

Most models estimate that the Moon is composed of around 70% to 90% material from Theia, with the remaining 10% to 30% coming from the early Earth. However, some models argue for as little as 8% Theia in the Moon. Dr Herwartz said that the new data indicate that a 50:50 mixture seems possible, but this needs to be confirmed.

The team used an advanced sample preparation technique before measuring the samples via stable isotope ratio mass spectrometry, which showed a 12 parts per million (± 3 ppm) difference in 17O/16O ratio between Earth and Moon. - Daily Galaxy



INFRASTRUCTURE & SOCIETAL COLLAPSE: The Reign Of Terror Continues - More Than 100 People Dead In Iraq In Single Day Of Violence!

June 09, 2014 - IRAQ - Iraq saw one of the bloodiest days Saturday with a string of car bombings killing an estimated total of 60 in Baghdad, while a further 59 died in the country’s north. Several fatalities were also reported after militants took students hostage in Ramadi.




In Baghdad, the most severe of the attacks took place in Bayaa, the capital’s southwestern neighborhood. There alone 23 people were killed – the majority of whom had been young and engaged in a game of billiards.

Clashes in the northern city of Mosul took lives of 21 police and 38 militants as the fighting spilled over into the second day, an officer and mortuary employee told AFP.

On Saturday, armed militants also took over a university in Ramadi, located in the western province of Anbar, capturing male and female staff and students. The gunmen fought their way through the Anbar University guards, wounding some, and blowing up a bridge.

Security forces “liberated all of the male and female student hostages from the dormitories in Anbar University” and regained control of checkpoints at its entrances several hours into the assault, Deputy Interior Minister Adnan Al Assadi stated in an email to AFP.

Two people died – a student and a policeman according to hospital sources.

One of the university guards told Reuters: “I think the militants will withdraw as their target was not the university. They came to stay in Humaira, and we know how important it is for them…they want to be connected with their gunmen in Falluja. I think the security forces realize that.”






However, targeting the university could also have marked a change in methods.

“It could be a change of tactics” Middle East expert, Deepak Tripathi, told RT. “Although it seems that the incident is over…these students are going to go out and they will speak about their trauma to others, and that is a sign of pretty sophisticated terrorist tactics.”

“Militants in Iraq…are not afraid of dying. So if they had launched this attack to kill and die in the process, then in all probability they would have done that. They have withdrawn and now the consequences will appear.”

Almost 800 people were reported to have been killed in Iraqi violence last month, two-thirds of the victims being civilians.

While the bloodshed remains below the levels seen in 2006 and 2007, last year was Iraq's deadliest since violence began to ease in 2008. In 2013, 8,868 people were killed in terrorist attacks or other acts of violence, according to UN statistics. - RT



SIGNS IN THE HEAVENS: Space Oddity - Bizarre Hybrid Star Discovered 40 Years After Scientists Predicted Its Existence?!

June 09, 2014 - SPACE - Astronomers have apparently discovered the first of a class of strange hybrid stars, confirming theoretical predictions made four decades ago.


Image showing the location of the star HV 2112 — a hybrid between a red supergiant and a neutron star — in the Small
Magellanic Cloud, a dwarf galaxy that lies about 200,000 light-years from Earth. | Phil Massey, Lowell Observatory

In 1975, physicist Kip Thorne and astronomer Anna Zytkow proposed the existence of odd objects that are hybrids between red supergiants and neutron stars — the collapsed, superdense remnants of supernova explosions.

These so-called Thorne-Zytkow objects (TZOs) likely form when a red supergiant gobbles up a nearby neutron star, which sinks down into the giant's core, researchers said. TZOs look like ordinary red supergiants, like the famed star Betelgeuse in the constellation Orion, but differ in their chemical fingerprints, the theory goes.

"Studying these objects is exciting because it represents a completely new model of how stellar interiors can work," study leader Emily Levesque, of the University of Colorado Boulder, said in a statement.

"In these interiors we also have a new way of producing heavy elements in our universe," she added. "You've heard that everything is made of 'star stuff' — inside these stars we might now have a new way to make some of it."

And now Levesque and her team say they have probably found the first TZO — a star called HV 2112 in the Small Magellanic Cloud, a dwarf galaxy that lies about 200,000 light-years away.

The researchers used the 6.5-meter Magellan Clay telescope in Chile to study the light emitted by HV 2112. They found the starlight to be highly enriched in rubidium, lithium and molybdenum, just as theory predicts for TZOs. (Normal red supergiants produce these elements as well, but not in such abundance, scientists said.)

The new data, while suggestive, do not represent a slam-dunk discovery for TZOs quite yet, researchers said.

"We could, of course, be wrong," co-author Philip Massey, of Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona, said in a statement.

"There are some minor inconsistencies between some of the details of what we found and what theory predicts," he added. "But the theoretical predictions are quite old, and there have been a lot of improvements in the theory since then. Hopefully our discovery will spur additional work on the theoretical side now."

The find means a lot to Zytkow, who is a co-author of the new study.

"I am extremely happy that observational confirmation of our theoretical prediction has started to emerge," said Zytkow, who is based at the University of Cambridge in England. "Since Kip Thorne and I proposed our models of stars with neutron cores, people were not able to disprove our work. If theory is sound, experimental confirmation shows up sooner or later. So it was a matter of identification of a promising group of stars, getting telescope time and proceeding with the project."

The study has been accepted for publication in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society Letters. - Huffington Post..



GLOBAL VOLCANISM: Geothermal "Hotspots" - Hidden Volcanoes Melt Antarctic Glaciers From Below!

June 09, 2014 - ANTARCTICA - Antarctica is a land of ice. But dive below the West Antarctic Ice Sheet, and you'll find fire as well, in the form of subglacial volcanoes.


The edge of the Thwaites glacier, shown here in an image taken during Operation Icebridge, a NASA-led study
of Antarctic and Greenland glaciers. The blue along the glacier front is dense, compressed ice.
NASA photograph by Jim Yungel

Now, a new study finds that these subglacial volcanoes and other geothermal "hotspots" are contributing to the melting of Thwaites Glacier, a major river of ice that flows into Antarctica's Pine Island Bay. Areas of the glacier that sit near geologic features thought to be volcanic are melting faster than regions farther away from hotspots, said Dustin Schroeder, the study's lead author and a geophysicist at the University of Texas at Austin.

This melting could significantly affect ice loss in the West Antarctic, an area that is losing ice quickly.

"It's not just the fact that there is melting water, and that water is coming out," Schroeder told Live Science. "It's how that affects the flow and stability of the ice."

Antarctic heat


Researchers have long known that volcanoes lurk under the ice of West Antarctica. This is a seismically active region, where East and West Antarctica are rifting apart. In 2013, a team of scientists even found a new volcano beneath the West Antarctic Ice Sheet.

West Antarctica is also hemorrhaging ice due to climate change, and recent studies have suggested there is no way to reverse the retreat of West Antarctic glaciers. However, the timing of this retreat is still in question, Schroeder said — it could take hundreds of years, or thousands. It's important to understand which, given that meltwater from the West Antarctic Ice Sheet contributes directly to sea level rise.

Scientists use computer models to try to predict the future of the ice sheet, but their lack of understanding of subglacial geothermal energy has been a glaring gap in these models. Measuring geothermal activity under the ice sheet is so difficult that researchers usually just enter one, uniform estimate for the contributions of geothermal heat to melting, Schroeder said.

Of course, volcanism isn't uniform. Geothermal hotspots no doubt influence melting more in some areas than in others.

"It's the most complex thermal environment you might imagine," study co-author Don Blankenship, a geophysicist at UT Austin, said in a statement. "And then, you plop the most critical dynamically unstable ice sheet on planet Earth in the middle of this thing, and then you try to model it. It's virtually impossible."

Hotspots melting



To unravel the complexity, the researchers built on a previous study they published in 2013 that mapped out the system of channels that flows beneath the Thwaites Glacier, a fast-flowing glacier that scientists say is vulnerable to global warming.

Using radar data from satellites in orbit, the researchers were able to figure out where these subglacial streams were too full to be explained by flow from upstream. The swollen streams revealed spots of unusually high melt, Schroeder said. Next, the researchers checked out the subglacial geology in the region and found that fast-melting spots were disproportionately clustered near confirmed West Antarctic volcanoes, suspected volcanoes or other presumed hotspots.

"There's a pattern of hotspots," Schroeder said. "One of them is next to Mount Takahe, which is a volcano that actually sticks out of the ice sheet."

The minimum average heat flow beneath Thwaites Glacier is 114 milliwatts per square meter (or per about 10 square feet) with some areas giving off 200 milliwatts per square meter or more, the researchers report today (June 9) in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. (A milliwatt is one-thousandth of a watt.) In comparison, Schroeder said, the average heat flow of the rest of the continents is 65 milliwatts per square meter.

"It's pretty hot by continental standards," he said.

The extra melt caused by subglacial volcanoes could lubricate the ice sheet from beneath, hastening its flow toward the sea, Schroeder said. To understand how much the volcanic melt contributes to this flow — and what that means for the future of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet — glaciologists and climate scientists will have to include the new, finer-grained findings in their models. Schroeder and his colleagues also plan to expand their study to other glaciers in the region.

"Anywhere in the West Antarctic Ice Sheet is going to be a candidate for high melt areas," he said. "And we have radar data covering much of it." - Yahoo



GLOBAL FOOD CRISIS: European Vampirism And Gene Mutations - Monarch Butterfly Decline Linked To The Spread Of Genetically Modified (GM) Crops In The United States!

June 09, 2014 - UNITED STATES - Milkweed essential to monarchs in decline because of herbicides used with genetically modified crops


This past winter, monarch butterfly numbers at the wintering grounds in Mexico fell to their
lowest levels since records started being kept in 1993.

The main cause of the monarch butterfly's decline is the loss of milkweed - its food - in its U.S. breeding grounds, a new study has found. That all but confirms that the spread of genetically modified crops is indirectly killing the monarch.

This past winter, the number of monarch butterflies wintering in Mexico fell to its lowest since 1993, when records first started being kept, the World Wildlife Fund and Mexico's Environment Department reported in January. That report blamed the loss of milkweed owing to genetically modified crops and urban sprawl in the U.S. and illegal logging in the butterflies' Mexican wintering ground.

Now, an analysis combining all the known data about monarch populations and the factors that influence them shows that the monarch's biggest threat is in the U.S., not Mexico.

The leaves of the milkweed plant are the only place that monarchs lay their eggs and the only food that monarch butterfly caterpillars will eat. A large proportion of monarchs east of the Rocky Mountains breed in the U.S. corn belt, stretching from Kansas in the west to Ohio in the east, and south to north from Missouri to North Dakota.

20% decline in milkweed

The new study led by Tyler Flockhart, currently a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Guelph, showed that the number of milkweed plants in the U.S. corn belt, where most monarchs breed, has fallen 20 per cent over the past few decades.

"It's a massive number of milkweeds - about 1.5 billion milkweed plants," he said.

The study, published today in the Journal of Animal Ecology, shows this decline in milkweed is the main cause of the monarch's recent population decline, not deforestation in Mexico. If this milkweed loss continues, the study predicts, monarch populations will fall at least another 14 per cent and there is a five per cent chance they will be driven nearly to extinction over the next century .

Study co-author Ryan Norris, a biology professor at the University of Guelph, said that "likely the biggest cause of loss of milkweed is the adoption of genetically modified crops."

Farmers have been increasingly planting corn and soybeans resistant to herbicides, and then applying those herbicides liberally on their fields. That kills off plants between the rows of crops that aren't resistant, such as milkweed.

That's been a big problem for the butterflies. Even now, 67 per cent of milkweed plants in the butterflies' breeding grounds are found in "agriculture-intensive landscapes," the study reported.

Tyler Flockhart, currently a postdoctoral researcher at the University of
Guelph, led the analysis, which combined all the known data about
monarch populations and the factors that influence them.
There have also been some other causes of milkweed loss, Norris said. Because milkweed is poisonous to humans and to grazing animals, it's considered a noxious weed in many jurisdictions and is removed as such. Some open areas where milkweed has previously grown have also been reforested in recent decades, wiping out the milkweed. Flockhart added that urbanization has also played a role.

Milkweed is also being lost in other parts of the monarch butterfly's range, such as southern Ontario. But Flockhart said that has less of an effect because so few monarch butterflies breed there, and most of those that do come from farther south.

The findings suggest that the "top conservation priority to slow or halt future population declines of monarch butterflies in North America," has to be addressing the milkweed loss in its breeding grounds, the paper said.

"One of the main focus areas has to be planting milkweed in the U.S. Midwest," Norris said.

Thus far, he added, most monarch conservation efforts have focused on protecting the butterflies' wintering site in Mexico, where millions of monarchs from all over North America converge each year. But recently, that hasn't stopped monarch populations from declining.

"Here's the lesson for any species that crosses international boundaries or any species that moves long distances over the course of its annual cycle," he said. "You can't focus on one part of the annual cycle."

Roadside planting recommended

Flockhart said the study shows that a huge quantity of milkweed would need to be replanted in order for monarch butterfly populations to recover. He suggests taking advantage of roadsides for this purpose, and mowing the milkweed at strategic times to maximize their use by monarch butterflies, which prefer younger plants.

Flockhart also wants the plant delisted as a noxious weed in areas where monarchs breed. In Ontario, milkweed was delisted on May 9.

The study represented several years of work over the course of Flockhart's PhD studies at the University of Guelph. Flockhart designed the study and brought together all the data he could find about monarch butterflies, including information about their range and survival rates at various points in their life cycle. The researchers also tracked monarchs using chemical markers to learn more about their movements.

The data was compiled into a computer model built by Jean-Baptiste Pichancourt at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization in Brisbane, Australia, in collaboration with University of Queensland researcher Tara Martin. That allowed the researchers to see what would happen to monarch populations when they manipulated different variables. It was funded by NSERC, the Canadian Wildlife Federation, the University of Guelph and CSIRO.

Source: Journal of Animal Ecology

CBC



GLOBAL VOLCANISM: The Volcano Report For June 9, 2014 - Eruption Subsides At Alaska's Pavlof Volcano; Ash Emissions From Mount Etna's New Southeast Crater And Partial Collapse On Its Eastern Flank In Italy; And San Salvador's Chaparrastique Volcano Emit Pulsating Gas And Ash Emissions! [PHOTOS+GRAPH]

June 09, 2014 - GLOBAL VOLCANISM - The following constitutes the new activity, unrest and ongoing reports of volcanoes across the globe.


Photograph of the eruption at Mt. Pavlof on May 31, 2014. Image Credit: Paul Horn, Alaska Fish and Game.

Pavlof (Alaska): The eruption at Mount Pavlof in Alaska has now subsided after several days of heightened activity in early June that sent fountains of lava and towering plumes of ash into the air. The volcano is currently under an orange alert level because officials do not know if or when the eruption will resume.

Mount Pavlof is a 8,262-foot (2,518-meter) tall volcano that is located along the Aleutian Arc off the western coast of Alaska. It is one of Alaska’s most active volcanoes, and it has erupted about 30 times since 1901. The last time the volcano erupted was June 26, 2013.

The most recent eruption at Pavlof began on the evening of May 30, 2014, and the level of volcanic activity escalated gradually over the next several days. During June 2–4, fountains of lava and large plumes of ash and steam were detected over the volcano. At times, ash plumes up to 30,000 feet (9,144 meters) in height were observed.

Officials issued a red/warning on Monday, June 2 to protect aircraft from the thick ash, which can damage engines. The red/warning was reduced to an orange/watch on Tuesday, June 3 as the eruptive activity subsided. Lower levels of eruptive activity continued throughout the week. On the morning of June 6, officials at the Alaska Volcano Observatory noted that the level of activity at Mount Pavlof had declined substantially.


Eruption a Mt. Pavlof taken on May 18, 2013 from the International Space Station. Image Credit: NASA.

The volcano is located in a remote region in Alaska, and no injuries have been reported. Lahars (mudflows) were detected along the north flank of the volcano and some flooding in that area is likely, officials say. Heavy ash fallout in nearby communities is, however, not expected to occur, according to the latest update from the Alaska Volcano Observatory on June 6, 2014.

The alert status continues to be at the orange/watch level because officials do not know if or when significant eruptive activity will resume.

Bottom line: The eruption at Mount Pavlof in Alaska has now subsided after several days of heightened activity in early June 2014. The volcano is currently under an orange alert level because officials do not know if or when the eruption will resume.


Etna (Sicily, Italy): Glow and ash emissions continue to be observed at the summit vent of the New SE crater. The intensity of this still weak activity slowly increased this morning with 5-10 small explosions per hour.


Partial collapse on the eastern flank of the New SE crater ((Radiostudio7 webcam)

Ash emission from the New SE crater this morning.(Radiostudio7 webcam)

A small event this afternoon at 13:42 (local time) from the New SE crater produced a reddish-brown ash plume generated by partial collapse on the upper part of the eastern flank of the cone.


San Miguel / Chaparrastique (San Salvador): The Chaparrastique volcano continues to emit pulsating gas and sometimes ash plumes from its crater. Tremor has been showing large fluctuations over the past days and now risen again.


Tremor amplitude at Chaparrastique volcano over the past weeks (MARN)

Civil Protection in San Jorge and local observers in the village of El Carreto reported some millimeters of ash fall on the northern flank of the volcano.

The volcanic system remains in a highly unstable state and a larger eruption could occur with little or no warning.


Complete Earthquake list (worldwide) for June 9, 2014.

SOURCES: EarthSky | Volcano Discovery



POLICE STATE: Precursors To Martial Law In The United States - Indiana Sheriff Declares "It's A War Zone In The U.S." As He Deploys Heavy Armor In His County! [PHOTOS]

June 09, 2014 - INDIANA, UNITED STATES - From the streets of Fallujah to Franklin, Indiana, heavily armored military vehicles have been rolled out for one and the same reason: many police officers in the US believe there’s a war going on.


Reuters/Jessica Rinaldi

Franklin, Indiana is by all accounts the idyllic Midwestern American town. Eponymously named after one of the founding fathers and “the first American,” Franklin’s small town bona fides provided Life Magazine with a Norman Rockwell-esque scene for a bit of village life utopia in the heart of the Great Depression.

But if you were to talk to local law enforcement, a battle is raging in the streets of Mayberry.

Franklin is the county seat of Johnson Country, Indiana. Speaking with Mark Alesia from The Indianapolis Star, Sheriff Doug Cox described the 139,000-strong administrative district as a place where officers' old-time policing just doesn’t cut it anymore.

Leading Alesia to a pole barn in Franklin, Cox shows him a MRAP – a 55,000 pound, six-wheeled Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected armored-fighting vehicle with the word “SHERIFF" emblazoned on its flank.

“We don't have a lot of mines in Johnson County," confessed Sheriff Doug Cox, who acquired the vehicle. "My job is to make sure my employees go home safe."

Cox isn’t alone in believing his deputies have something to fear. Johnson County is one of eight Indiana law enforcement agencies to acquire MRAPs from military surplus since 2010, according to public records obtained by The Indianapolis Star.

All across the state, and the country, the trend is similar. From picking up military surplus to using to $35 billion in grants from the Department of Homeland Security to acquire the most advanced weapons, police forces across America are armed to the teeth.

And as Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer puts it, the effects are not only tactical, but psychological.

To put it bluntly: "It's a lot more intimidating than a Dodge."


Police SWAT team members (Reuters/Jim Bourg)

Pulaski, mind you, is a county of roughly 13,000 people. The question of whether civilians need to be intimidated like that depends on your perspective, and as far as Gayer sees things, America is a battlefield and the police are akin to an occupying force.

"The United States of America has become a war zone," he said. "There's violence in the workplace, there's violence in schools and there's violence in the streets. You are seeing police departments going to a semi-military format because of the threats we have to counteract. If driving a military vehicle is going to protect officers, then that's what I'm going to do."

‘What if it were your kid’

The militarization of America was covered in a recent Vice.com documentary, entitled: ‘Here's What Happens When Hackers Send a SWAT Team to Your House.’

Vice's Danny Gold heads to Somerset County, New Jersey, what he describes as “one of the wealthiest counties in the US.”

Sgt. Edward Ciempola, commander of the county SWAT team, boasts of a Lenco BearCat Ballistic Engineered Armored Response Counter Attack Truck, which he says they use on “every call out.”

With infrared cameras in stock and other military grade hardware, Gold asks Ciempola one simple question: in a quiet, relatively crime-free area, is all of this hardware really necessary?

“I would ask somebody that maybe suffered a loss because of not having this service and I would ask them the answer to that question,” Ciempola said.

“I would say, well, the SWAT team wasn’t available when you really needed it or a police officer wasn’t available when you really needed it, or an ambulance didn’t get there when you really needed it. How does that make you feel? And if your child’s school was suddenly under attack by some random actors, do you want them coming (points to SWAT team) to help your kid or do you want no one to show up?”

Despite the fears of Ciempola and Gayer, in a 2012 Department of Justice report, violent crime had declined by 72 percent from 79.8 to 22.5 per 1,000 persons age 12 or older since 1993. And yet, what’s happening in places like Franklin and Somerset County are far from anomalous.

Writing for the Huffington Post, Radley Balko noted the disturbing trend in SWAT team growth across the country.

He argues that SWAT teams in municipalities with populations between 25,000 and 50,000 have “increased by more than 300 percent between 1984 and 1995.”

By 1995, nearly 90 percent of cities with 50,000 or more people had a SWAT team. In 2000, 75 percent of towns with 25,000 to 50,000 people had their own SWAT teams as well. And those paramilitary units are not sitting idly by.


Police SWAT team members (Reuters/Jessica Rinaldi)


Citing Peter Kraska, a criminologist at Eastern Kentucky University, Balko says the total number of SWAT raids in America has increased exponentially, from just a few hundred per year in the 1970s, to a few thousand by the early 1980s, to around 50,000 by the mid-2000s.

According to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), “disproportionately those in poor communities and communities of color – have become targets for violent SWAT raids, often because the police suspect they have small amounts of drugs in their homes.”

And with the SWAT teams comes the military hardware. In Keene, New Hampshire, a town with two murders since 2009, officials accepted a $285,933 grant from the Department of Defense in 2012 to purchase a BearCat. In Columbia, South Carolina, a MRAP which can be equipped with a 50-caliber machine gun was picked up in 2013. In the sleepy town of Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina – a town of 16,000 people, police got their hands on their own Humvees and MRAPs, which they went on to display at a car show.

According to March report in USA Today co-written by US Representative Hank Johnson, the following counties “have acquired free MRAPs from US war zones”:

McLennan and Dallas Counties in Texas; Boise and Nampa Counties in Idaho; Indiana's West Lafayette, Merrillville, and Madison Counties in Indiana (not to mention Johnson); Minnesota's St. Cloud and Dakota Counties in Minnesota; Warren and Jefferson Counties in New York; North Augusta and Columbia in South Carolina; Murfreesboro in Tennessee; Yuma in Arizona; Kankakee County in Illinois; and Calhoun County in Alabama.

Many of the vehicles were acquired through the 1033 program, a 1997 law which facilitated the transfer of military hardware to local police forces. But what appears to be free federal handouts could result in fundamentally changing the face of the United States.

“Americans should therefore be concerned, unless they want their main streets patrolled in ways that mirror a war zone,” Johnson lamented.

“We recognized that we're not in Kansas anymore, but are MRAPs really needed in small-town America? Are improvised explosive devices, grenade attacks, mines, shelling and other war-typical attacks really happening in Roanoke Rapids, a town of 16,000 people? No.”


A member of the SWAT team (Reuters/Jessica Rinaldi)


Johnson, a member of the House Armed Services and Judiciary Committees, announced he was introducing legislation to reform the 1033 program “before America's main streets and civilian police militarize further.” The ACLU, meanwhile, has launched an investigation into the militarization of US police.

“The police officers on our streets and in our neighborhoods are not soldiers fighting a war. Yet many have been armed with tactics and weapons designed for battle overseas,” it said.

In 2013, ACLU affiliates in 25 states filed over 260 public records requests with law enforcement agencies to document the impact of excessively militarized policing on people, families, and communities.

But as Balko warns, vested interests are likely to keep pushing the police-industrial complex until America is on lockdown.

"A new industry appears to be emerging just to convert those grants into battle-grade gear," he said.

"That means we'll soon have powerful private interests, funded by government grants, who will lobby for more government grants to pay for further militarization — a police industrial complex." - RT.



TERMINATOR NOW: The Rise Of The Machines - Super-Computer Becomes First To Pass Iconic Turing Test In Artificial Intelligence Milestone; First To Convince Us It's A Human; Academics Warn Of Dangerous Future!

June 09, 2014 - ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE - A programme that convinced humans that it was a 13-year-old boy has become the first computer ever to pass the Turing Test. The test — which requires that computers are indistinguishable from humans — is considered a landmark in the development of artificial intelligence, but academics have warned that the technology could be used for cybercrime.


Eugene Goostman, a computer programme pretending to be a young Ukrainian boy,
successfully duped enough humans to pass the iconic test

Computing pioneer Alan Turing said that a computer could be understood to be thinking if it passed the test, which requires that a computer dupes 30 per cent of human interrogators in five-minute text conversations.

Eugene Goostman, a computer programme made by a team based in Russia, succeeded in a test conducted at the Royal Society in London. It convinced 33 per cent of the judges that it was human, said academics at the University of Reading, which organised the test.

It is thought to be the first computer to pass the iconic test. Though other programmes have claimed successes, those included set topics or questions in advance.

A version of the computer programme, which was created in 2001, is hosted online for anyone talk to. (“I feel about beating the turing test in quite convenient way. Nothing original,” said Goostman, when asked how he felt after his success.)

The computer programme claims to be a 13-year-old boy from Odessa in Ukraine.

"Our main idea was that he can claim that he knows anything, but his age also makes it perfectly reasonable that he doesn't know everything," said Vladimir Veselov, one of the creators of the programme. "We spent a lot of time developing a character with a believable personality."

The programme's success is likely to prompt some concerns about the future of computing, said Kevin Warwick, a visiting professor at the University of Reading and deputy vice-chancellor for research at Coventry University.

"In the field of Artificial Intelligence there is no more iconic and controversial milestone than the Turing Test, when a computer convinces a sufficient number of interrogators into believing that it is not a machine but rather is a human," he said. "Having a computer that can trick a human into thinking that someone, or even something, is a person we trust is a wake-up call to cybercrime.

"The Turing Test is a vital tool for combatting that threat. It is important to understand more fully how online, real-time communication of this type can influence an individual human in such a way that they are fooled into believing something is true... when in fact it is not."

The test, organised at the Royal Society on Saturday, featured five programmes in total. Judges included Robert Llewellyn, who played robot Kryten in Red Dwarf, and Lord Sharkey, who led the successful campaign for Alan Turing's posthumous pardon last year.

Alan Turing created the test in a 1950 paper, 'Computing Machinery and Intelligence'. In it, he said that because 'thinking' was difficult to define, what matters is whether a computer could imitate a real human being. It has since become a key part of the philosophy of artificial intelligence.

The success came on the 60th anniversary of Turing's death, on Saturday. - Independent.

ICE AGE NOW: Undeniable Evidence Of A Magnetic Polar Migration & Precursors To A Monumental Pole Shift - Barbecues Covered With June Snowfall In Churchill, Manitoba; DNR Warden Spots Icebergs On Lake Superior; Snow And Rain In Chile Strand Nearly 10,000; Don’t Be Fooled By Warm Weather - Chicago Lake Temps Remain Dangerously Cold; And Record Cold June Morning On The Canadian Prairies! [PHOTOS+VIDEOS]

June 09, 2014 - EARTH - If you are still skeptical that our planet is entering a new Ice Age, perhaps you need to get your head out of the proverbial sand and examine the following stories, and consider for a moment that we are currently in the month of June. A magnetic polar migration is now in full effect and we are witnessing the evidence of it.

Barbecues Covered With June Snowfall In Churchill, Manitoba
A barbecue needs a little shovelling on Thursday in Churchill, Manitoba
Submitted by Crystal Ballard / Global News

Northern Manitoba was blanketed with snow in early June as an unseasonal storm hit the region Thursday night and continued Friday.

A snowfall warning continued for Brochet, Tadoule Lake and Churchill, Man., on Friday morning. The same warning ended for Lynn Lake, Leaf Rapids and Pukatawagan, Man.

Environment Canada issued the warning earlier Thursday, saying 10 to 20 centimetres of snow was expected in areas that are usually well into spring weather by June.

Churchill got 10 to 15 cm of snow on Thursday, Environment Canada said, and more was expected. The port city was forecast to get a mix of snow and ice pellets on Friday with accumulations near 10 cm and another two to four centimetres of snow overnight.

Tadoule Lake was expected to get the highest snowfall accumulation, with another 15 cm forecast to fall Friday and overnight. In the Brochet region, heavy snowfall was expected only in southern areas, near the community of Brochet and south.


A plow clears snow from a street in Churchill, Manitoba on Friday morning.
Submitted by Crystal Ballard / Global News

The snow is forecast to taper off Saturday as the system weakens and moves over Hudson Bay.

Environment Canada warned that visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow. - Global News.


DNR Warden Spots Icebergs On Lake Superior
 (Credit: Wis. DNR)


It may be June, but a Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources warden discovered some icebergs still afloat in Lake Superior near Madeline Island on Friday.

DNR Marine Warden Amie Egstad spotted the floating ice – which was covered in resting seagulls – while doing a routine check of commercial nets in the largest of the Great Lakes.


 (Credit: Wis. DNR)


“There was this big iceberg along with other ice packs and bergs floating around backside of Madeline Island area east towards Saxon Harbor,” Egstad said.

According to a National Geographic report, the summer temperatures of the Great Lakes are expected to be colder this year because more than 90 percent of the lakes had been covered in ice during this past winter. - Global News.


Snow And Rain In Chile Strand Nearly 10,000


Heavy rain and snow has been affecting several regions of Chile since last Friday, directly affecting more than 3500 people.

Another 10,000 Chileans are currently stranded due to flooding or covered roads, according to officials.

Most of the affected are in the Biobio and Los Lagos regions where 12 homes were destroyed and another 140 left uninhabitable.

The system also left more than 27,000 people without power.

In Valparaiso, four people are still missing since Saturday afternoon. Search and Rescue officials were out looking for them but were forced to returned due to poor conditions.

En Aluca, a landslide covered six cars and stopped traffic on a major highway for nearly six hours.

The official emergency agency, ONEMI, also stated that the roads connecting much of the Chilean Andes to Argentina were closed off, with the exception of the Antofagasta road which reopened early Sunday.

Officials also indicated that they would remain vigilant of the situation and co-ordinating with outside organizations to help those affected. - The Weather Network.



Don’t Be Fooled By Warm Weather - Chicago Lake Temps Remain Dangerously Cold


With beautiful weather on tap for the weekend, lots of people will be boating on Lake Michigan.

But after two deadly accidents on the water last weekend, the Chicago Fire Department is reminding people of the hazards of cold water.

CBS 2′s Mai Martinez reports.

“There’s still a lot of cold water in Lake Michigan,” warns Ron Dorneker, deputy district chief for the Chicago Fire Department’s Marine and Dive Operations.

How cold? In the middle, it’s just 38 degrees. Off Navy Pier, a quick check showed 60 degrees.

“Anything below 70 degrees, the medical community terms it as cold water,” Dorneker says.

And that can be dangerous.

“You lose body heat 25 times faster in water than you do in air temperature,” Dorneker says.

Even in warmer parts of the lake, like the popular play pen area, fire department divers found the water to be a chilly 64 degrees on Friday.

“The first minute is critical, so when somebody goes in the water that is below 70 degrees, you have a gasping reflex, and if you’re submerged underwater when you have that gasping reflex, you’re going to inhale water, and that’s going to cause a drowning,” Dorneker says.

It’s best to stay out of the water, and if you end up in it, don’t panic, he says.

“If you fall in, fall onto your back, don’t let your head submerge under the water, try and get control of your breathing. Try to get out of the water as soon as possible,” he says.

If you do find yourself in trouble on a boat, the Fire Department says it’s important to be able to call for help, but you can’t always count on your cell phone.

A better backup plan is a simple ship-to-shore radio.

The Fire Department says boaters should also have a backup ship-to-shore radio in case the boat loses power and they need to call for help.

They also say it’s important that more than one person knows how to operate the boat in case there’s an emergency. - CBS.


Record Cold June Morning On The Canadian Prairies


Of course, there's nothing unusual about record cold.

"We're a couple weeks shy of the official start to summer, but we won't be offended if you don't quite believe us," says the weather network.

Saturday morning (June 7) saw temperatures hovering around zero - yes, zero - degrees (32 F), as overnight temperatures plunged to uncomfortably cold levels.

Thanks to Argiris Diamantis and Terry Homeniuk for link
Here's more proof that even Canadians are surprised at the change in climate patterns...summers 2 weeks away and its still a winter wonderland!!!

Snow in June? Warning issued for northern Manitoba

Thanks to John Topal for this link
 - Ice Age Now.




DISASTER PRECURSORS: The Latest Incidents Of Strange Animal Behavior And Warnings From Mother Nature - Rare Deep Sea Deal Fish Found On Hornsea Beach, Yorkshire, In The United Kingdom; Rare Deep Sea Oarfish Caught By Vietnamese Fishermen; Deep Sea Oarfish Washes Up In La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico; And Rare Purple Jellyfish Found On Ballina Beach, Australia!

June 09, 2014 - EARTH - The following constitutes the latest reports of unusual and symbolic animal behavior, mass die-offs, beaching and stranding of mammals, and the appearance of rare creatures.

Rare Deep Sea Deal Fish Found On Hornsea Beach, Yorkshire, UK
The fish was identified as a Deal Fish by marine biologist Prof Mike Elliott


A rare fish washed up on a Yorkshire beach normally lives in the open ocean at depths of up to 1,000 metres, a leading marine biologist has said.
Prof Mike Elliott, at the University of Hull, said the Deal Fish found on the beach at Hornsea normally inhabits colder waters north of Scotland.

Prof Elliott said the one-metre long (3ft 3in) fish was young as adults could be up to 2.4m (8ft) long.

He said: "Global warming means these fish should be moving further north."

The fish was found on the beach by Hornsea resident Allan Dougal and his son.

'Rare sight'

Mr Dougal said that it was at the water's edge and "after clearing its gills of sand it was returned to the sea where it swam away".

Prof Elliott said: "This fish gets much bigger and can get up to eight-and-a-half feet.

"It may have been stranded on the shores. They go down in deeper water of about 200 to 1,000 metres deep, they are oceanic fish

"They are rare in the North sea, North of Scotland would be a bit more common.

"They are a northern species, but with global warming I'd expect a move even further north.

"This fish is probably a three-year-old fish according to data I can see.

Mr Dougal said he thought the specimen was called an "Oar Fish" but Prof Elliott said the specimen would have spines on its head. - BBC.


Rare Deep Sea Oarfish Caught By Vietnamese Fishermen
Vietnamese fishermen caught on oarfish while he was fishing near the coast
of Thua Thien-Hue Province on May 30 2014. 
Thanh Nien News


What a catch!

An angler in central Vietnam has caught a 4.2 meter long fish, believed to be an oarfish, while he was fishing near the coast of Thua Thien-Hue Province.

A 61 years old fisherman, Nguyen Van Anh, 61, battled with one of his friend 30 minutes to pull the fish, which weighed almost 30 kg, off the water onto the shore on May 30, 2014. It is the first time both saw this kind of fish, as reported by Thanh Nien News.


This giant sea serpent was caught from the shore by two fishermen in Vietnam.Thanh Nien News

Oarfish is recorded as the world's longest bony fish, according to Wikipedia. Its shape is ribbon-like, narrow laterally, with a dorsal fin along its entire length, stubby pectoral fins, and long, oar-shaped pelvic fins, from which its common name is derived. Its coloration is silvery with dark markings, and its fins are red. Its physical characteristics and its undulating mode of swimming have led to speculation that it might be the source of many "sea-serpent" sightings.

Oarfish usually live in deep-waters. So what is alarming is the reason why the sea serpent was so close to the shore. About 30 tremors were registered between Indonesia and Phillipines on May 30, 2014. Was the fish habitat disturbed by these rumblings?

Source: Thanh Nien News.  - Strange Sounds.


Deep Sea Oarfish Washes Up In La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico
This giant oarfish (5 meters) was found dead in the harbor of La Paz (Baja California) in Mexico on May 29 2014.


A rare, five meters long (15ft) oarfish, commonly known as sea serpent, was found dead by beachgoers along the boardwalk of the harbor of La Paz on May 29, 2014.

According to Cadena Noticias, the oarfish, a still mysterious deep sea creature, was still alive when researchers from the Interdisciplinary Center of Marine Sciences (CICIMAR) and the National Polytechnic Institute of Fisheries (IPN) arrived at the scene. But sadly, it died minutes after. The fish remains will be used for science to learn more about this species.

In October 2013, two oarfish were found dead on beaches in the USA (Catalina Island and Oceanside).

Source: Cadena Noticias. - Strange Sounds.



Rare Purple Jellyfish Found On Ballina Beach, Australia
STRANGE FIND: Maralyn Hanigan, from Ballina, sent in this photo of a purple jellyfish she
found at the northern end of Shelly Beach a few weeks ago.

A purple jellyfish believed to be a newly discovered species has been found at Shelly Beach.

Maralyn Hanigan, from Ballina, sent in this photo of a purple jellyfish she found at the northern end of Shelly Beach a few weeks ago.

She thought it was a lavender garbage bag caught in the sand.

The jellyfish closely resembles a bright purple one-metre long jellyfish found on Coolum Beach on May 21, with an international jellyfish expert telling the ABC it could take some time to identify the new species, believed to belong to the genus thysanostoma group, which is uncommon in Australian waters.

"It is either a species from the Red Sea or a species from Malaysia or the Philippines or it is new to science," CSIRO expert, Lisa-Ann Gershwin said.

SCU marine science lecturer, Dr Daniel Bucher said it was likely the two purple jellyfish had been caught up in the Eastern Australian Current.

"The jellyfish can swim in a directional sense, but they are not strong enough to swim against a strong current," he said.

Dr Bucher said the purple colour of the jellyfish was not unusual for a surface dwelling sea creature. - The Northern Star.




MONUMENTAL PARADIGM SHIFT: Precursors To The Collapse Of The Petrodollar And The United States Corporation - Russian Companies Prepare To Pay For Trade In RENMINBI CURRENCY!

June 09, 2014 - RUSSIA - Russian companies are preparing to switch contracts to renminbi and other Asian currencies amid fears that western sanctions may freeze them out of the US dollar market, according to two top bankers.


Russia's President Vladimir Putin, left, and China's President Xi Jinping shake hands after signing an agreement during a
bilateral meeting at the Xijiao State Guesthouse ahead of the fourth Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building
Measures in Asia (CICA) summit, in Shanghai, China Tuesday, May 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Carlos Barria, Pool)

“Over the last few weeks there has been a significant interest in the market from large Russian corporations to start using various products in renminbi and other Asian currencies and to set up accounts in Asian locations,” Pavel Teplukhin, head of Deutsche Bank in Russia, told the Financial Times.

Andrei Kostin, chief executive of state bank VTB, said that expanding the use of non-dollar currencies was one of the bank’s “main tasks”.

“Given the extent of our bilateral trade with China, developing the use of settlements in roubles and yuan [renminbi] is a priority on the agenda, and so we are working on it now,” he told Russia’s President Vladimir Putin during a briefing. “Since May, we have been carrying out this work.”

The move to open accounts to trade in renminbi, Hong Kong dollars or Singapore dollars highlights Russia’s attempt to pivot towards Asia as its relations with Europe become strained.

Sanctions are pushing Russian companies to reduce their dependence on western financial markets while US and European banks have dramatically slowed their lending activity in Russia since the annexation of Crimea in March.

The central bank is working to create a national payment system to reduce the country’s dependence on western companies such as Visa and MasterCard.

“There is nothing wrong with Russia trying to reduce its dependency on the dollar, actually it is an entirely reasonable thing to do,” said the Russia head of another large European bank. He added that Russia’s large exposure to the dollar subjects it to more market volatility in times of crisis. “There is no reason why you have to settle trade you do with Japan in dollars,” he said.

The chief executive of a Russian manufacturer that derives 70 per cent of its revenues from export in US dollars said his company had done the groundwork to move its contract settlements to different currencies in the event of further sanctions. “If something happens, we are ready to switch to other currencies, for example to the Chinese yuan or the Hong Kong dollar,” he said.

Alexander Dyukov, chief executive of Gazprom’s oil division, has said that the company has discussed with its customers the possibility of shifting contracts out of dollars, while Norilsk Nickel told the FT that it was discussing denominating long-term contracts with Chinese consumers in renminbi.

“It looks like this is not just a blip, this is a trend,” said Mr Teplukhin of Deutsche Bank. He added that Russian companies were able to hedge the risk of further US sanctions by “changing the letter of their contracts to allow them to change currency if it is necessary”.

Some politicians have suggested Moscow should respond to western sanctions by entirely “de-dollarising” its economy.

But while in recent discussions with big business about how to make the economy less vulnerable the government has advocated listing back home and settling more trade in currencies other than the dollar, it has rejected more extreme measures.

“As long as Russia is not subject to systemic sanctions, which could bring an artificial limit to our economy’s access to dollars . . . then I don’t think Russia will take any steps in order to bring about artificial de-dollarisation,” said Andrei Belousov, economic adviser to Mr Putin. - FT.


WATCH:  Peace researcher Dr Jan Oberg -  'US empire collapsing; over-stretched, over-militarized'.





SOLAR WATCH: Moderate Geomagnetic Storm Sparks Stunning Purple Auroras - Sunspot 2080 Harbors A Beta-Gamma-Delta Magnetic Field That Could Lead To Geoeffective X-Flare; Sunspot 2065 Erupts With Non Earth-Directed CME!

June 09, 2014 - SUN - Surprise! A moderate geomagnetic storm (KP=6) was observed early Sunday morning.

GEOMAGNETIC STORMS:


Increased solar wind speeds combining with periods of southward Bz is leading to enhanced geomagnetic activity. Sky watchers at high latitudes should be alert for visible aurora if it remains dark outside.

Mathew Stewart sends us the fabulous image below capturing aurora early this morning near Red Deer, Alberta, Canada.




More great images from early this morning courtesy of Brian Drourr in Vermont, USA and Zoltan Kenwell in Alberta, Canada.


PURPLE AURORAS: Over the weekend, the sky above Canada and many northern-tier US states turned purple. It was the aurora borealis, sparked by a CME impact during the late hours of June 7th. "Wonderful purple and blue auroras spanned the sky, peaking between 2 and 2:30 a.m. MDT on June 8th," reports Alan Dyer, who captured the colors outside an old barn in Alberta, Canada:




In auroras, purple is a sign of nitrogen. While oxygen atoms produce the green glow in Dyer's image, the purple comes from molecular nitrogen ions at very high altitudes. For some reason, high-altitude nitrogen was unusually excited during this G2-class geomagnetic storm, and many people witnessed its telltale hue.

More purple could be in the offing. A solar wind stream following in the wake of the CME has kept Earth's magnetic field unsettled two full days after the CME's impact.


WAITING FOR AN X-FLARE:  Sunspot AR2080 is now squarely-facing Earth, an arrangement which could lead to a geoeffective X-flare.

The sunspot has a 'beta-gamma-delta' magnetic field that harbors energy for strong eruptions, and it has been growing rapidly alongside several companion spots. These developments are shown in a three-day movie from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory:




As the sunspots have ballooned in size, they have attracted the attention of sunset photographers. The following snapshot, submitted by Mila Zinkova of San Francisco CA, shows the sunspots bizarrely distorted by atmospheric refraction beneath a lovely green flash.




Now if only one of them would flare.... NOAA forecasters estimate a 35% chance of M-flares and a 15% chance of X-flares on June 9th.  Solar wind speeds are now greater than 500 km/s, prompting NOAA forecasters to boost the odds of a polar geomagnetic storm on June 9th to 50%. 



SUNSPOTS:  Sunspot 2085 is currently showing the most promise having increased in both size and magnetic complexity. A small delta configuration is present within the center of the group. All other regions, including sunspots 2080 and 2082 remain stable for the time being. An isolated M-Class solar flare will remain a possibility today.


Attached is an updated image of the visible solar disk on Monday.


LIMB ERUPTION: It appears that an active region, possibly old sunspot 2065, continues to be active. A nice eruption was observed Sunday evening off the east limb and produced a non Earth directed coronal mass ejection (CME).




We will begin to see the return of perhaps one or more active regions during the next few days. Attached image below by the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) using the 304 angstroms channel.


WATCH:  East Limb Eruption - June 9, 2014.

 

ALERT: Type II Radio Emission
Begin Time: 2014 Jun 08 2353 UTC
Estimated Velocity: 890 km/s
Description: Type II emissions occur in association with eruptions on the sun and typically indicate a coronal mass ejection is associated with a flare event.

SOURCES: Space Weather | Solar Ham.




INFRASTRUCTURE & SOCIETAL COLLAPSE: Blasts, Gunshots, Fatalities As The Taliban Storm Pakistan's Largest Airport In Karachi - At Least 24 People Killed! [PHOTOS+VIDEO]

June 09, 2014 - PAKISTAN - At least 24 people have been killed after a well-trained Taliban group disguised as security guards stormed the airport in Karachi, Pakistan’s largest city. A standoff ensued, followed by a large blast. Three terrorists are reportedly still inside.


Clashes at Pakistan's largest and busiest airport left more than 20 people dead after militants armed
with grenades stormed into a cargo area Sunday.

Clashes broke out after attackers armed with grenades stormed the airport through three entrances,
said Ahmad Chinoy, director-general of the citizen's police liaison committee.

At least 14 of the dead were civilians, with 10 militants taken out during the siege, as security forces resumed the operation, following more gunfire from the inside. Officials report at least 24 fatalities in the attack, according to Reuters. It is reported that at least 15 others have been injured.

The Directorate of Inter-Services Public Relations – an administrative military organization within the Pakistan Defense Forces – initially announced that all the Taliban were eliminated soon after being cornered at two areas inside the airport. However, three still remained inside as more gunfire is heard.

“We carried out this attack on the Karachi airport and it is a message to the Pakistan government that we are still alive to react over the killings of innocent people in bomb attacks on their villages,” the spokesman for the Pakistani branch of the Taliban said in a statement claiming responsibility for the attack, according to the the Dawn news service.

‘‘They were well trained. Their plan was very well thought out,’’ the Chief Minister of Sindh province, Qaim Ali Shah told reporters.

Channel News Asia reports, citing a senior intelligence source as saying that some militants were found wearing a light blue uniform.

"One of them blew up when he was shot," indicating he was wearing a suicide vest. A rocket launcher and four SMGs were recovered from the slain terrorists. Latest reports indicate that additional blasts have been heard. An AFP reporter at the scene said that the blasts are feared to be suicide bomb explosions.

The militants launched grenades and opened fire as they entered Jinnah International Airport. At least three blasts were heard when an airport emergency has been declared, with flight operations suspended, reported the local Karachi Post.


Rescue workers move a soldier, who was wounded in an attack at Jinnah International Airport,
outside Jinnah hospital in Karachi June 9, 2014. (Reuters)

All flights at the airport were canceled as the violence unfolded.

Pakistan Army soldiers sit on a vehicle as they arrive at Jinnah International Airport in Karachi June 9, 2014.
(Reuters/Athar Hussain)

Goolge map

The militants reportedly forged ASF identification passes and entered the airport’s old terminal, known as Fokker Gate. Rescue forces have been dispatched and are being allowed to pass into the area after being intricately checked, according to Dawn.

Earlier it was reported that one of the rocket propelled grenades (RPGs) in the terrorists’ possession was fired towards a plane, journalist Ali Kamran Chishti reported on his Twitter.

Television footage showed plumes of smoke rising from the runway and fires where planes were parked.

Two planes stranded on the runway at the airport’s Jinnah Terminal and the passengers are being interrogated as they are directed to leave, Chishti said.

"All flights destined for Karachi have been diverted to other cities," said a civil aviation authority spokesman.

“Terrorists have walkie talkies, satellite phones - heavy weapons - they are here for the long-haul,” Chishti tweeted.


WATCH: Karachi Airport  attacked by terrorists.

 

He added that Pakistani politician, Farooq Sattar, who leads the MQM political party is reportedly on one of the planes.

Yet another terrorist attack was reported around the same time the airport situation was taking place - a suicide bombing in the southwest of the country, where another 23 fatalities had occurred. The target of the second assault were a group of Shiite pilgrims returning from Iran, authorities told the AP.

The suicide bombing took place at a hotel in the town of Tuftan near the Iranian border, and involved four suicide bombers, according to the Baluchistan province's Home Minister Mir Safraz Bugti. The group returning from Iran was accompanied by security, who took out one of the bombers, but the other three had managed to get inside the hotel. The blast from their vests also injured 10 people.

Pakistan has been waging war against a homegrown Islamist insurgency for more than ten years, which cost the country thousands of lives. In 2011, Taliban gunmen attacked a Karachi naval base, destroying two US-made Orion aircraft and killing ten staff in a 17-hour siege.
Jinnah International Airport is the largest and busiest airhub in Pakistan. In 2013, over 16,065,465 passengers used its international and domestic terminals. Over 113,000 planes used its services last year, handling on an average more than 44,000 passengers a day. - RT.



POLE SHIFT: Undeniable Signs Of Magnetic Polar Migration - NASA Falsely Uses Climate Change To Obfuscate Monumental Solar System Changes As Noctilucent Clouds Intensify In Earth's Upper Hemisphere!

June 09, 2014 - EARTH -  NASA is blowing more 'meteor-smoke' in our eyes regarding the year's first (northern hemisphere) appearances of noctilucent clouds (NLCs) on May 24th. NASA outlet spaceweather.com claims:


June 6th, 2014: Electric-blue NLCs over Bangor, Northern IrelandNoel Blaney

Seeded by meteor smoke and boosted by the climate-change gas methane, noctilucent clouds have been spreading beyond the Arctic.

Rising methane from below, the alleged exclusive result of human industrial activity, is NOT responsible for noctilucent clouds. Increasing atmospheric methane levels are primarily due to methane being released from deep under the oceans.

Increased NLCs are a 'canary in a coal mine' alright, but not in the way Official Science would have us believe.

Magnificent and mesmerizing, noctilucent clouds (also called polar mesospheric clouds), were once considered rare. But now they are puzzling scientists with their recent dramatic changes. Apparently, the clouds are growing brighter, are seen more frequently, are visible at ever lower latitudes and are even appearing during the day. If scientists were allowed to conduct honest interdisciplinary research, such changes wouldn't be a mystery.

They would be able to figure out that increased electrically-charged comet dust load in the upper atmosphere is generating 'electrical drag' on the planet as it moves through space, causing Earth's rotation to slow marginally. The slowing of the rotation is reducing the magnetic field, opening Earth to more dangerous cosmic radiation and stimulating more volcanism. The volcanism under the sea is heating the sea water, which is heating the lower atmosphere and loading it with moisture.


June 6, 2014: NLCs over Edmonton, Alberta, CanadaLance Taylor

The moisture hits the cooler upper atmosphere and contributes to a deadly mix that inevitably leads to an Ice Age, preceded for a short period by a rapid increase of greenhouse gases and "hot pockets" in the lower atmosphere, resulting in the heavy rains, hail, snow, and floods we've been seeing increase of late.


For an explanation of this phenomenon, and its place within the plethora of other unusual phenomena being observed within, on, and above the planet, see Pierre Lescaudron's book, Earth Changes and the Human-Cosmic Connection, published by Red Pill Press.

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