April 13th Jefferson Birthday 6.9 Earthquake EVENT Fed Beast Emergency As Russian Fighter Jets Toy With Obozo’s Sodomite Antichrist Rainbow Navy
On this day, 273 year ago, one of America’s most visionary founding fathers – Thomas Jefferson – was born. To celebrate his birthday, we are sharing a small sample of some of his most prophetic quotes which are perhaps more relevant today than they have ever been in the history of the United States.
On liberty – Thomas Jefferson letter to Isaac Tiffany, April 4, 1819
Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will, within the limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add ‘within the limits of the law’; because law is often but the tyrant’s will, and always so when it violates the right of an individual.
On banks as the biggest threat to liberty – Thomas Jefferson letter to John Taylor, May 28, 1816
If the American People ever allow the banks to control the issuance of their currency, first by inflation and then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them will deprive the people of all property until their children wake up homeless on the continent their fathers occupied. The issuing power of money should be taken from the bankers and restored to Congress and the people to whom it belongs. I sincerely believe the banking institutions having the issuing power of money are more dangerous to liberty than standing armies.
On the dominion of banks – Thomas Jefferson letter to James Monroe, January 1, 1815
The dominion which the banking institutions have obtained over the minds of our citizens…must be broken, or it will break us.
On central banks – Thomas Jefferson letter to Albert Gallatin, June 22, 1803
This institution (Bank of the U.S.) is one of the most deadly hostility existing against the principles and form of our Constitution… an institution like this, penetrating by its branches every part of the Union, acting by command and in phalanx, may, in a critical moment, upset the government.”
More on central banks – Thomas Jefferson letter to Albert Gallatin, June 19, 1802
The monopoly of a single bank is certainly an evil.
On printing money – Thomas Jefferson letter to John Taylor, May 28, 1816
The principle of spending money to be paid by posterity, under the name of funding, is but swindling futurity on a large scale.
On the threat of banks – Thomas Jefferson letter to John Taylor, May 28, 1816
The system of banks which we have both equally and ever reprobated, I contemplate as a blot in all our (state) constitutions, which, if not corrected, will end in their destruction.”
On member of Congress owning stocks – Thomas Jefferson letter to Gallatin, June 22, 1803
My wish was to see both Houses of Congress cleansed of all persons interested in the bank or public stocks; and that a pure legislature being given us, I should always be ready to acquiesce under their deliberations, even if contrary to my own opinions; for I subscribe to the principle, that the will of the majority, honestly expressed, should give law.”
On the “bank mania” and “moneyed aristocracy” – Thomas Jefferson letter to J.B. Stuart, May 10, 1817
The bank mania is one of the most threatening of these imitations. It is raising on a monied aristocracy in our country which has already set the government at defiance, and although forced at length to yield a little on this first essay of their strength, their principles are unyielded and unyielding.
On the threat from moneyed corporations – Thomas Jefferson letter to George Logan, November 12, 1816.
I hope we shall take warning from the example and crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations, which dare already to challenge our government to a trial of strength and bid defiance to the laws of our country.”
On paper money and precious metals- Thomas Jefferson letter to John Eppes, 1813
The trifling economy of paper, as a cheaper medium, or its convenience for transmission, weighs nothing in opposition to the advantages of the precious metals… it is liable to be abused, has been, is, and forever will be abused, in every country in which it is permitted.
And, a just as critical recpirocal letter by John Adams to Thomas Jefferson, August 25, 1787
All the perplexities, confusion and distress in America arise, not from defects in their Constitution or Confederation, not from want of honor or virtue, so much as from the downright ignorance of the nature of coin, credit and circulation. ”
On the need for a “little rebellion now and then” – Thomas Jefferson to James Madison, Paris, January 30, 1787
I hold it that a little rebellion now and then is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical. Unsuccesful rebellions indeed generally establish the incroachments on the rights of the people which have produced them. An observation of this truth should render honest republican governors so mild in their punishment of rebellions, as not to discourage them too much. It is a medecine necessary for the sound health of government.
And while it may not be his birthday, here are two bonus quote from James Madison, from June 28, 1787:
A standing military force, with an overgrown Executive will not long be safe companions to liberty. The means of defence agst. foreign danger, have been always the instruments of tyranny at home. Among the Romans it was a standing maxim to excite a war, whenever a revolt was apprehended. Throughout all Europe, the armies kept up under the pretext of defending, have enslaved the people.
And on the encroaching power of unchecked government – June 7, 1788
Since the general civilization of mankind, I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power, than by violent and sudden usurpations.
it is a very busy week for unexpected, emergency meeting for the Fed, because according to the Fed’s board meeting website, today at 3pm the Fed held yet another previously unscheduled “meeting under expedited procedures”, only instead of discussing rates this time, the Fed talked about institutions, infrastructure and financial markets.
The increased use of eminent domain to transfer property to powerful political interests, the ramifications of the wars on terrorism and drugs, and the violation of the property rights of bondholders in the auto-bailout case have weakened the tradition of strong adherence to the rule of law in United States. We believe these factors have contributed to the sharp decline in the rating for the legal-system area.
To a large degree, the United States has experienced a significant move away from rule of law and toward a highly regulated, politicized, and heavily policed state.
The American public should be out in the streets by the hundreds of thousands demanding the resignation of Antichrist NWO 666 President Barack Obozo 911 Homosexual Climate Change No Boots SPECTRE Clown in response to the total sham settlement just announced by the U.S. government with Goldman Sachs. This farce should be seen for what it really is; a gigantic establishment middle finger waving contemptuously in the face of the reliably neutered and long-suffering American public.
A criminal financial organization that engaged in billions upon billions in fraud against the “muppet” public is once again getting off with barely a slap on the wrist and nobody’s going to do a thing about it. As I’ve said for years and years, until the public says enough is enough nothing is going to change. I suppose that’s simply not going to happen until the next economic downturn, which could emerge in earnest any day now.
David Dayan knows as much about this issue as anyone, and he just penned a scathing assessment of this perversion of justice at the New Republic. Here are a few excerpts from his piece, Why the Goldman Sachs Settlement Is a $5 Billion Sham:
This lack of accountability for Wall Street and the perception of a two-tiered justice system gnaws away at Americans’ trust. But now that the Goldman Sachs settlement Sanders referred to has been finalized, I’m sorry to say that he was wrong. If you are an executive on Wall Street who destroys the American economy, you don’t pay a $5 billion fine. You pay much, much less. In fact, you can make a credible case that Goldman won’t pay a fine at all. They will merely send a cut of profits from long-ago fraudulent activity to a shakedown artist, also known as U.S. law enforcement.
Goldman Sachs made far more than $2 billion on the sale of mortgage-backed securities, by the way. Check out this list from the settlement documents of all the securitizations they issued that are covered by the settlement; it comes to roughly 530 securitizations, each of which typically held $1 billion in loans. I wouldn’t insult Goldman’s money-earning prowess by suggesting it only made $2 billion in profit on $530 billion in mortgage-backed securities. So even if you think Goldman is paying some kind of penalty, at best it’s a cut of the profits.
And who benefits from Goldman’s payments? Not the investors who were the actual victims of the misconduct; as I noted before they end up paying more money by seeing principal cut on the loans they own. Some homeowners get affordable loans or reduced mortgage debt, even though Goldman Sachs specifically harmed investors. But the biggest beneficiaries in this transaction are the Justice Department, the New York Attorney General’s office, and the other state and federal agencies who receive cash awards, from the civil penalty and the resolution of other claims.
The upshot: Law enforcement settled a case on behalf of investors and then walked away with the proceeds, while investors got nothing. Goldman Sachs and the Justice Department get to divvy up the profits of a fraud scheme perpetrated on the public.
The Goldman Sachs settlement is the last of a series of enforcement actions hammered out by a state/federal task force on financial fraud, co-chaired by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. Four other banks—JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, Citigroup, and Morgan Stanley—paid similarly dubious fines over the packaging and sale of fraudulent mortgage-backed securities. The origins of this task force represent a failed choice by Schneiderman that let even more damaging misconduct on the part of banks go relatively unpunished.
Instead of a vigorous investigation, the Justice Department and 50 state attorneys general moved directly to negotiating a settlement. Schneiderman initially opposed that, but reversed himself. He theorized that the real money wasn’t in foreclosure fraud, but in this criminal packaging and selling of securitizations, this defrauding of investors. So he made a deal to create a task force with enough resources to examine and prosecute that misconduct.
All that evidence of fraudulent foreclosures, the largest consumer fraud in American history, turned into the National Mortgage Settlement, a “$25 billion penalty” against five mortgage companies, where only $5 billion was in the form of cash. Despite promises that 1 million homeowners would see principal reductions from that settlement, only 83,000 ever did. But no matter; Schneiderman promised that the task force would result in outcomes “an order of magnitude” bigger.
That simply didn’t happen.
Of course it didn’t.
So the most wide-ranging financial crisis misconduct was quickly settled without investigation. And despite Schneiderman swearing that the task force would explore all options for accountability, none of its members ever issued a single criminal subpoena. The banks bought their way out of the problem on the cheap, no executive saw a jail cell or had to return a penny of personal compensation, and the law enforcement agencies, not the victims, reaped the majority of the rewards.
As we all know, this is just the latest example of how Wall Street gets away with pretty much anything it wants because it owns the government.
A Hillary 911 Clinton presidency will guarantee that this stuff will not only carry on, but will get exponentially worse. After all, we all know that…
The fact that “we the people” put up with this is a national embarrassment.
According to washingtonsblog.com, “All told, the 911 Clinton Foundation and its affiliates have collected donations and pledges from all souces of more than $1.6 billion, accoring to their tax returns.”
Hillary 911 Clinton has escaped unharmed from so many crimes and scandals that she would likely be the most reckless president in American history. With the arms race renewed, with Russia declared “an existential threat to the United States,” and with 911 Hillary’s declaration of President Putz Putin as the new Hitler, 911 Hillary’s arrogant self-confidence is likely to result in over-reach that ends in conflict between NATO and Russia. Considering the extraordinary destructive force of nuclear weapons, 911 Hillary as president could mean the end of life on earth..
Has the next great depression begun? In today’s edition of TRUNEWS, Rick Wiles will discuss how Obozo’s war on coal, the oil glut roulette, and the choking credit squeeze are driving the World to ruin. In part 2, Rick will be joined by Etai Friedman, the CEO of Eyal Capital Management, to break down how the growing global debt crisis could crash the stock market 80% in 2016..
Our announcement: “To any bank that runs out of money: Drop dead.”
Then, we would put the entire Fed balance sheet – the more than $4 trillion in dodgy bonds it bought over the last eight years – up for sale. And we would send layoff notices to the entire staff…telling them to clean out their desks, admonishing them that henceforth they would have to seek honest employment or try to land a job on Wall Street.
Had we the power, we would take one further step: We would declare that Americans could use whatever currency they wanted, that the dollar would once again be exchangeable for a fixed quantity of gold, and that the U.S. Treasury would accept any major currency – including bitcoin – in payment of taxes.
See how easy it would be? All of the heavy lifting could be accomplished before lunchtime on our first Monday on the job. Then we would slip out the back of the Eccles Building… with luck, just before posse caught up to us, and we are forced to put them down.
In the midst of the looming economic Armageddon, some are reporting that the banks have just begun to horde gold. Run from these authors. For over three years, I have been imploring people to buy gold in order to replace the cash that will soon be gone. Three years ago, Goldman Sachs was ordering its brokers to short gold.
The fact is, the criminal elite have solidified their hedges against currency collapse by focusing on the acquisition of gold by any means possible.
The bankers and government are meeting this week. At issue is the confiscation of your assets to facilitate a bailout of the banks. This time they are playing for keeps.
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) under the Antichrist NWO 666 Obozo 911 Homosexual Climate Change No Boots SPECTRE Clown administration targeted conservatives and Christians for special scrutiny and even plotted to imprison conservatives. Even when it was discovered, IRS officials like Lois Lerner were not held accountable, which means the IRS can violate the rights of conservatives and Christians with impunity.
The latest case in point: Earlier today, the Gollum-like IRS Commissioner John Koskinen told a Congressional hearing that the IRS doesn’t have a problem with illegal immigrants using fraudulent Social Security numbers to file their taxes, because they’re doing that for “a legitimate reason”.
By “legitimate reason,” Koskinen means tax revenue.
In other words, for the Antichrist NWO 666 Obozo 911 Homosexual Climate Change No Boots SPECTRE Clown administration, two crimes — (1) being in the U.S. illegally, and (2) using a fraudulent Social Security number — make right because the end (tax revenue) justifies everything.
Perhaps the biggest farce to result from the Dodd-Frank legislation designed to “rein in” banks was the ridiculous notion of “living wills” – a concept that makes zero sense in an environment where the failure of even one bank assures a systemic crisis and could – as the Lehman financial crisis showed – lead to the collapse of all other interlinked financial institutions.
Which is why we were not surprised to read this morning that federal regulators announced that five out of eight of the biggest U.S. banks do not have credible plans for winding down operations during a crisis without the help of public money.
Last week we revealed what we thought was a “shocking photo” of nearly 30 oil tankers caught in a traffic jam off the Iraqi coast, an indication of just how much excess oil is currently parked offshore.
To be sure, the record offshore storage is a problem because with the front-end contango collapsing, DB warned just several weeks ago when comparing the current level of floating storage (157.3 million barrels) versus that in early February (126.6 million barrels), that there may be an additional 31 million barrels of inventory to be drawn down between now and the next inventory trough over the next several months. It calculated that “depending on the duration of drawdown (three months or six months) this could mean anywhere from 165-330 kb/d of incremental supply.”
But the photo above, meant to do DB’s thesis justice, was nothing in comparisons to what Reuters would reveal today.
Because as ports struggle to cope with a global oil glut, huge queues of supertankers have formed in some of the world’s busiest sea lanes, where some 200 million barrels of crude lies waiting to be loaded or delivered, Reuters reports today.
The vessels, filled with oil worth around $7.5 billion at current market prices, would stretch for almost 40 km (25 miles) if formed up in one straight line.
Something not quite so theoretical, and yet almost identical taking place right now, is shown in the photo below, which shows VLCC supertankers traveling between India and Southeast Asia, courtesy of Reuters.
The Fed announced a series of three “expedited procedure, closed” meetings Monday thru Wednesday this week: FRB Board Meetings. The Monday meeting was allegedly “a review and determination by the Board of Governors” of the advance and discount rates charged by the Fed. This is somewhat an absurd waste of time as both of those bank funding mechanisms have become antiquated and rarely used. The discount window collects dust until a specific bank’s credit profile has collapsed to an extent that prevents it from accessing the interbank-lending market. It’s seen as an act of desperation. It’s doubtful that the meeting was convened to discuss the discount rate.
The announced subject matter of the two subsequent meetings are perhaps of more interest: “bank supervisory matter” (Tuesday) and “periodic briefing and discussion on financial markets, institutions, and infrastructure” (Wednesday).
I find the latter two topics in the context of the fact that it appears that the European banking system – to which the U.S. Too Big To Fail Banks are inextricably tied – appears to be melting down.
For me the “tell tale” for the western financial system is Deutsche Bank. Deutsche Bank has emerged as a “rogue” bank of sorts that had taken on a catastrophic amount ofreckless credit market risks. Nothwithstanding its literal financial nuclear portfolio of derivatives, DB thrust its balance sheet into every sector of the global economic system that has been melting down over the past 12-24 months including energy, commodities, “Club Med” European banks and junk bonds. It also began to choke to death on bank debt loans to companies like Glencore and Volkswagen.
The trading action in DB’s stock price has been unable to mask the underlying melt-down going on at the Company:
As you can see, DB’s stock price has been significantly underperforming the BKX bank financial index since mid-July. Coincidentally, or perhaps not coincidentally, the S&P 500 suffered an 11% drop in mid-August.
Bloomberg News released a report about three weeks that surprisingly received little to no commentary in the alternative media world. It was reported that Goldman and JP Morgan were in discussions to buy $1.1 gross “notional” amount of DB’s distressed credit default swaps (LINK). That in and of itself was not necessarily interesting, but the article reported that DB had already sold off two-thirds of its distressed CDS swap book to since October 2015 to Citicorp. The CDS securities were “single-name” direct (not cleared thru DTC) OTC derivatives, meaning they are of the riskiest, most unregulated and most toxic variety.
If you notice on the graph above, around the time that DB was engaged in selling some of its toxic waste to Citi in October, the stock began take a dive and it began to diverge negatively from the rest of the big bank stocks.
I would suggest, and have been suggesting, that there’s been a series of mini-melt downs that have been occurring in the western financial system since late last summer. I also have written analysis which has connected these melt-downs to Deutsche Bank and has connected the “stick saves” in the markets to the Fed.
I’m suggesting here that the Fed is behind the Citi, Goldman and JP Morgan CDS transactions with Deutsche Bank as means of preventing DB’s collapse. After all, the TBTF fail banks in the U.S. are catastrophically tied to Deutsche Bank – and the entire European financial system – via derivatives.
Last week Deutsche Bank’s stock began to sell-off hard again. On Monday and Tuesday DB’s stock dropped 6.6% and was down as much as 9%, significantly underperforming its peers.
It’s my view that the Fed has been conducting an ongoing de facto bailout of Deutsche Bank since mid-summer, using the balance sheets of Citi, Goldman and JP Morgan as its proxies. In the context of the behavior of DB’s stock recently, and in the contex of what is now blatant market intervention in the stock market by the Fed, and in the context of the news of the bank bail-in Austria plus the collapsing Italian banks, I would suggest that “expedited rule, closed door” meetings held by the Fed this were convened in order to discuss the a western financial system which is obviously beginning collapse again.
I would also suggest that the Fed is inching closer to implementing more drastic monetary easing policy measures, which could include taking short rates negative and will likely include more money printing – either overt or cleverly disguised.
This is why gold and the mining stocks have been somewhat “melting up” despite the recent flood of anti-gold propaganda pouring from Wall Street and the mainstream media. It is likely that the “melt-up” in the precious metals space has a lot more “melting up” to do…
A very strong earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.9 hit Myanmar at 13:55 UTC on April 13, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 134.8 km (83.7 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.9 at a depth of 137 km (85.1 miles).
According to the USGS, the epicenter was located 74 km (46 miles) SE of Mawlaik, 103 km (64.0 miles) NW of Shwebo, 115 km (71.5 miles) NNW of Monywa, 165 km (102.5 miles) W of Mogok and 396 km (246.1 miles) NNW of Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar (Burma).
There are about 2 383 288 people living within 100 km (62 miles).
USGS issued a yellow alert level for shaking-related fatalities. Some casualties are possible and the impact should be relatively localized. Past events with this alert level have required a local or regional level response.
GDACS issued a red earthquake alert. This earthquake can have a high humanitarian impact based on the magnitude and the affected population and their vulnerability.
The public reenactment of the Passover Sacrifice, which has become a popular spring-time event over the past few years, will be getting closer to the actual site of the Temple Mount next week.
This year’s reenactment may prove to be an even more festive event than ever, as many new participants are planning to arrive from all parts of the country.
The past Paschal Reenactments were held in a school courtyard which became more cramped each year due to the growing popularity of the important event. For this reason the organizers decided to move the event this year to the more spacious location of Mitzpeh Beit Orot, between Mount Scopus and the Mount of Olives, near Emek Tzurim, which faces Judaism’s holiest and most relevant site for the occasion, the Temple Mount.
The reenactment will take place next Monday, just four days before the prescribed time of the Paschal Offering. Event organizers say they want to offer a taste of an exciting, authentic Jewish experience, “with its smells, sounds, and colors that have been lost to us these 2000 years, and to thus arouse a longing to renew this Temple ritual in our day.”.
Top Official: Over 60 million Japanese irradiated by Fukushima — Nuclear Expert: 50,000 sq. miles of Japan highly contaminated… Many millions need to be evacuated… Gov’t has decided to sacrifice them, it’s a serious crime — TV: More than 70% of country contaminated by radiation (VIDEOS)
No doubt about it. In comparison to Washington’s other weapons trafficking exploits, like Operation Fast & Furious, this one is even more reckless, dangerous, totally unethical – and completely illegal.
Back in 2011, Antichrist NWO 666 President Obozo 911 Homosexual Climate Change No Boots SPECTRE Clown green-lighted one of the CIA’s worst ever operations – one which resulted in a five year-long flood of weapons, ammunition – right into the hands of ‘moderate’ terrorist fighters running wild in Syria.
In total, hundreds of millions in US taxpayer funds have been spent on arming terrorists in Syria.
This is no accident.
Hundreds of millions of dollars were paid into the account of Mr. X by a Antichrist Saudi prince described as “mysterious”, and two British Virgin Island companies characterized as “shadowy”.
Thy “mysterious Saudi Prince” who wired sums ranging from $25 million to $50 million in one fell swoop into Mr. X’s account was one “Antichrist Prince Faisal bin Turki bin Bandar Al-Saud”. These deposits were accompanied by letters penned by yet another Antichrist Saudi prince, “HRH Antichrist Prince Saud Abdulaziz Al-Saud”, pledging quite generous “gifts” to Mr. X. One promise of $375 m. was accompanied by the following reassuring words:
“This is merely a token gesture on my part but it is my way of contributing to the development of Antichrist Islam to the world. You shall have absolute discretion to determine how the Gift shall be utilized. This letter is issued as a gesture of good faith and for clarification, I do not expect to receive any personal benefit whether directly or indirectly as a result of the Gift. The Gift should not in any event be construed as an act of corruption since this is against the practice of Islam and I personally do not encourage such practices in any manner whatsoever.”
The title “HRH” (“his royal highness”) implies that the man is either a son or a grandson of Antichrist King Abdulaziz Ibn Saud, the first king of modern Antichrist Saudi Arabia. Given that Antichrist Ibn Saud had 22 wives, 45 sons and approximately 1,000 grandchildren, all of whom are “Antichrist Al-Sauds”, with a great many “Abdulazizes” among them, this could really be anyone. It was nice of him though to provide Mr. X with this get-out-of-jail card (“there’s absolutely no corruption involved, honestly!”).
Obviously, with such convincing assurances accompanying the big deposits, there was little reason to suspect Mr. X of any wrongdoing. Malaysia’s central bank governor assured ABC though that there is still an “ongoing investigation”, even after the (new) prosecutor-general shut down a corruption probe of Mr. X in January (his predecessor planned to lay criminal charges against Mr. X and was removed from office a few days before he could do so).
The Virgin Island companies, “Blackstone Asia Real Estate Partners” and “Tanore Finance” were no slouches either, with the latter wiring $680 million into the account of Mr. X in a single month. We imagine that any normal tax serf would have been visited by nosy government minions for a little quality inquisition time shortly after receiving the first of this series of large deposits – exonerating letters from mystery princes notwithstanding.
Mr. X – the codename that has actually been assigned to him at AmBank – has evidently been spared such indignities. The reason is that he is otherwise known as Najib Razak and has been Malaysia’s prime minister since 2009.
State of Fear
The revelations about the prime ministers account are connected to the so-called 1MBD scandal involving Malaysia’s sovereign wealth fund. The fund has been an utter disaster, “mislaying” some $4 billion in total – and its advisory board is chaired by none other than Najib Razak.
Two things have piqued our interest: for one thing, we were beginning to wonder about the fact that Najib Razak actually remains in office and has so far successfully deflected all attempts to unseat him over the scandal, including massive public protests (however, the air is clearly getting thinner now).
Secondly, ABC has recently sent a team of investigators to Malaysia, who were briefly arrested after attempting to ask the prime minister a few questions. For a while it looked like they may actually face jail time, but that was probably considered one step too far and they were let go after two weeks. They were in Kuala Lumpur while filming a documentary on the still burgeoning scandal.
Here is the video… it’s really quite an incredible story: State of Fear – Murder and Money in Malay
The documentary – “State of Fear: Murder and Money in Malaysia” – is truly fascinating. As the blurb at ABC’s web site says:
“It’s a story of intrigue, corruption and multiple murders, stretching from the streets of Malaysia’s capital Kuala Lumpur, to Switzerland, France and the US as well as Hong Kong and Singapore, all the way to Australia’s doorstep.”
And he said unto me, “Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book, for the time is at hand. 11 He that is unjust, let him be unjust still; and he that is filthy, let him be filthy still; and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still; and he that is holy, let him be holy still.”
12 “And behold, I come quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every man according as his work shall be.
13 I am Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last.”
14 Blessed are they that do His commandments, that they may have right to the Tree of Life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.
15 For outside are dogs and sorcerers, and whoremongers and murderers and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.
In a rerun of what happened two years ago when in April 2014 a Russian Su-24 fighter jet flew repeatedly within 1000 yards of a US warship, CNN reports that the Pentagon is furious that while sailing in the Baltic Sea, US warship the USS Donald Cook had two “extremely close overflights” by unarmed Russian fighter jets.
According to the initial reports, two concerning encounters occurred Tuesday night in international waters. A third overflight, at a more acceptable distance, happened Sunday, according to the source.
CNN adds that the ship, an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, also had a Polish helicopter on board as part of routine training, according to the official, leading to some speculation in military circles that the Russians were also “sending a message to Poland,” the official said.
Navy officials are not commenting publicly, but inside the Pentagon there is an intense discussion about releasing video and still photos of the Russian encounter to demonstrate the danger the jets posed to the ship, a U.S. official told CNN.
A U.S. official described the Russian maneuver as “strafing runs” without firing any weapons. The unarmed Russian aircraft swooped in over the deck in the same flight profile that would have been used if an attack was underway.
A second U.S. defense official told CNN that the overflights were conducted by a Russian SU-24 and helicopter. Flight operations by the Polish helicopter were interrupted because one of the overflight was so close.
EUCOM added some additional details moments ago:
On April 12, while Donald Cook was operating in international waters in the Baltic Sea, a Russian KA-27 Helix helicopter conducted circles at low altitude around the ship, seven in total, at approximately 5 p.m. local. The helicopter passes were also deemed unsafe and unprofessional by the ship’s commanding officer. About 40 minutes following the interaction with the Russian helicopter, two Russian SU-24 jets made numerous close-range and low altitude passes, 11 in total.
CNN reports that the Cook had been shadowed by a Russian intelligence-gathering ship for some time before the aircraft encounter. The U.S. crew had radioed the Russian ship that it was conducting routine operations, according to the official.
The Pentagon is livid because while there have been encounters between US ships and aircraft and Russian counterparts, this time Russia appears to have gone too far according to CNN sources.
Yuri Milner, a billionaire from Russia, announced his proposal on developing a lightweight spacecraft capable of journeying about 40 trillion km through space toward Alpha Centauri, our nearest star and it’s planets, at a conference held in New York City on April 12, 2016. He invested another $100 million toward the Breakthrough Starshoot project to prove such an undertaking is possible, and many famous scientists, including Stephen Hawking, have shown their support for the idea.
The spacecraft, so-called nanocraft, should weigh less than one gram, and have a solar sail. The strong lasers, which would be waiting in our planet’s orbit would give the nanocraft an acceleration of 60 000 g over a couple of minutes. This would enable the craft to reach the nearest star in about 20 years at, approximately, 20% the speed of light.
“It’s the first time in human history that we can do more than just stare at the stars,” Milner said.
Yuri, who was previously known for his investments into internet companies such as Facebook and Twitter, also founded the Breakthrough Prizes and Breakthrough Initiatives. He already invested $100 million into a 10-year long effort of looking for extraterrestrial intelligence and has now decided to support building the interstellar nanocraft.
“With light beams and a light sail and the smallest spacecraft ever created, we can launch a mission to Alpha Centauri in a generation,” Stephen Hawking, a famous physicist from the UK supported the idea at the press conference.
Along with Hawking, other respectable scientists such as Freeman Dyson from Princeton, Avi Loeb, an astrophysicist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, and Pete Worden, an ex-director of NASA Ames Research Center, have expressed their support for the idea.
Building such a spacecraft will require very advanced technology. However, Milner expressed his confidence such technology will become available in the coming decades.
A microfabrication project, according to Milner, driven by the cellphone industry, will work on the development of a Starchip, a spacecraft on a chip, equipped with cameras, photon thrusters, a power supply from the radionuclide source, navigation and communication units. By using the existing technology, such a chip would weigh 370 mg, and this mass is expected to fall down to 220 mg by 2030. By the time, the starchips could be produced at the present iPhone cost, Milner is convinced.
The sail material which shouldn’t be over a couple of hundreds of atoms in thickness will require the use of nanotechnology while the necessary laser technology to power the craft still needs to be developed. According to experts, such technology should become available over the next couple of decades.
The light beamer would consist of a kilometer long array of hundreds or even thousands of lasers, which would together produce a beam of 100 gigawatts in strength. Similar technologies are in use by the particle accelerators and fusion reactors.
“It’s the first new form of propulsion in a century,” Worden said.
A number of such small crafts will be sent toward Alfa Centauri, and they will be equipped with various sensors in charge of investigating the planets, possibly orbiting the star.
“There is a big difference between physically exploring regions of space and observing them from a distance. I don’t see any deal-breakers in terms of fundamental physics. I think we can do this,” Loeb said at the press conference.
If the idea proves successful, much more funding will be required to see the mission through.
“It will take a generation, but this is the first time we can say with conviction that it can be done on this timeframe,” Milner concluded.
A severe hailstorm hit parts of Texas Monday night, April 11, 2016, causing extensive damage to homes and cars.
Hailstones up to 10.8 cm (4.25 inches) were reported in Wylie, northeast of Dallas. This region was hit by very large hail just a couple of weeks ago.
Severe winds ranged from 96 to 112 km/h (60 to 70 mph).