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War on Iran & Syria: What They Are NOT Telling Us ~ link
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Admiral Samuel Locklear, commander of US Pacific Command, told the Senate Armed Services Committee that Pyongyang's pursuit of nuclear weapons and long-range ballistic missiles represented a clear threat to the United States and its allies in the region.
But he said that the US was "ready" if North Korea attempted a strike and that it had the capability to thwart a North Korean missile.
During a trip to the United States, a powerful South Korean politician has suggested that his country needs nuclear weapons of its own - and not just to intimidate North Korea, but also to send a strong message to China.
Rep. Chung Moon-joon, in a speech Monday in Washington DC, said the Chinese have overlooked what Seoul sees as North Korea’s aggressive tactics in favor of disputes in Tibet and Taiwan.
US Official: North Korea could test fire missiles 'at any time' - with video ~ link ~ Even if both sides desire peace...which is doubtful...the level of 'war drum' beating has gotten so loud that it poses a real danger of getting out of control. Remember that North Korea has 14,000 long range artillery guns in range of the South's capital and largest city, plus many thousands of rockets and guided missiles. These systems carry Advanced Conventional warheads (fuel air explosives), Chemical warheads, and likely Biological/Advanced Biological warheads, as well as Radiological warheads. And of course, the North does have at least some nuclear warheads! The warning time of a sudden North strike on the South is just about ZERO and that makes for one hell of a 'hair trigger' on events. Stirling
The 6.3 magnitude quake totally destroyed one village, a Red Crescent official told the Iranian Students' News Agency (ISNA), but the nearby Bushehr nuclear plant was undamaged, according to Iranian officials and the Russian company that built it.
6.1 Magnitude quake jolts Bushehr in southern Iran - Kills 33 ~ link
Death toll after Iran earthquake keeps rising: 32 dead and 850 injured ~ link
Shocks from the quake were felt across the Gulf in Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, provoking panic and the brief evacuation of some office towers, residents and media said.
My bet is that all of these carefully played cards are a set up for two things, one of which is already in motion. Enough arms and ammo have been prestaged to back a final push to collapse Assad. The Syrian army counter strategy can clearly be seen to breakup up the rebel forward positions, find their hideouts and get their weapons caches. Press TV has photos of these operations all the time. ...
But there is a wild card...the Russians, Chinese and the Iranians. The Russians man the Syrian air defenses, and they are not going to quietly sit by while the walls come tumbling down around them. If the U.S. felt that a 'deteriorating situation' justified intervention to 'save the country'...then other parties would thereby have permission to do the same.
I don't think they are going to just sit back and watch the carving up of their own ally and the threat that would pose to them not only in loss of face, but in future aggression. A failed intervention would be a huge blow to imperial militarism, as would the supplemental war bills that would be hitting the steps of Congress, requiring more red ink to fund.
Dempsey was right about not seeing 'an understandable outcome'. What the Western dummies and their proxies are doing is tossing a live hand grenade around in a circle. The outcome of that does not require a genius, or even an analyst...just someone who isn't crazy.
When I was starting out as a reporter 30 years ago, one of my first editors sat down with me and said, “ In America, collectivism is what the government does to people to make them deaf, dumb, and blind, so the corporations can steal everything from them.”
American rulers brainwashing public to justify military adventurism ~ link ~ Why did the peace movement of the middle of the last decade not grow larger? Why did it shrink away? Why is it struggling now?
As has been documented, a huge factor in the shrinking away was partisan delusion. You put a different political party's name on the wars and they become good wars.
But that also means that what you had was a peace movement that believed in the possibility of good wars. In fact, much of it believed that Iraq was a bad war and Afghanistan a good war. Many people even went out of their way to display their "reasonableness" by declaring Afghanistan a good war without actually examining the war on Afghanistan; this was imagined to be a strategic way to prevent or scale back or end the war on Iraq.
Ninth H7N9 Death Raises Concerns ~ link ~ The death increases the total to 9. Earlier today 4 additional confirmed cases were announced, increasing that total to 28. WHO issued an update today which tallied 24 cases and 7 deaths. Media reports had indicated one case (4M) had recovered. That was was previously characterized as mild. The recovery would be the first for a confirmed case and would lower the case fatality rate to 90%.
The number of confirmed avian cases has been low, raising the possibility that the avian positives reflect transmission from humans to birds, since all avian isolates have Q226L, and the E at position 627 was acquired through recombination or reassortment with other avian isolates, since E at position 627 is virtually universally detected in H7 or H9N2 isolates. Moreover prior to this outbreak Q226L had not been reported in any H5N1 or H7 bird flu.
The high human case fatality rate continues to signal sustain human transmission via undected or unreported milder cases, WHO and CDC denials notwithstanding.
H7N9 E627K Raises Pandemic Concerns ~ link ~ This difference is significant, since E627K produces temperature dependent differences in polymerase activity. Avian sequences typically have an E at position 627 which produces optimal activity at 40 C, the body temperature of a bird, while E627K produces optimal activity at 33 C
Prior to the H7N9 outbreak there have been only one reported death due to bird flu, which was a veterinarian infected with H7N7 during the 2003 outbreak in the Netherlands, which had E627K. Thus, the presence of E627K in the first three cases, which were severe or fatal, and the expectation of E627K in the most recent human sequence, which was also from a fatal case, raises serious pandemic concerns.
Exposing "Zionist Christians" - video ~ link
Near Death Experiences 'more real than real' ~ link ~ My late wife had a Near Death Experience. Many millions have reported these NDE and there is much in common. The afterlife is real!!! Stirling