Amnesty International’s Latest Hot Spot? Ferguson.(Source motherjones.com) Amnesty International is best known for monitoring human rights conditions in places like Afghanistan and China—while active in the United States, it rarely makes headlines here. That’s why the sight of yellow-clad Amnesty activists walking the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, is attracting so much attention: It marks the first time an Amnesty delegation has been dispatched to monitor a human rights crisis unfolding on American soil. Margaret Huang, deputy executive director of campaigns and programs for Amnesty USA, was in Ferguson earlier this week for what she called a “support mission” and says that Amnesty came at the request of the community. Huang and her colleagues did field trainings to educate protesters on their rights and how to respond to police. “The goal was not necessarily to produce a report, which is what Amnesty has typically done, but just to make sure things have been examined from a human rights angle and for people to understand international legal obligations,” Huang says. She says the response from the community has been overwhelmingly positive; the police, however, haven’t been as welcoming. On Monday night, police forced Amnesty observers out of the protest area at gunpoint.
Food Prices Skyrocket as Charities Feed 46 Million Americans (Source thetrumpet.com) The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported in July that the average price of ground beef has risen to an all-time high. Over the last five years ground beef prices have risen a staggering 81%. Americans now pay $3.884 per pound compared to $2.147 in July 2009. Droughts in Oklahoma and Texas have contributed to the rising prices. Ground beef is not the only food commodity experiencing a price hike. Severe drought in California—which produces nearly half the nation’s fresh fruit and vegetables—is affecting the price of fruit, eggs and dairy. Since July 2013, the cost of meat has risen 9.3%, fruits and vegetables 2%, and dairy prices have increased 4.3%. “[T]he direction of food prices is somewhat worrisome. Lower and middle income households are likely to be paying a larger percentage of their paychecks for grocery bills,” Chris G. Christopher, director of consumer economics at IHS Global Insight, said. “The rise of food prices makes it more difficult for many American households—especially those households that live paycheck to paycheck.”
Additionally, rising food costs and lower incomes are pummeling middle- and lower-class American.
“I’d rather make a roast with potatoes in the Crock-Pot. My kids like to eat healthy,” Jill Taormina of Ohio told the Huffington Post. “But the price of meat and produce is outrageous.” Taormina, who has two teenage daughters, said, “I can only afford to spend about $100 a month on groceries. I coupon as much as I can, but it’s just not enough.”
YOU DO REALIZE THAT THE U.S. FUNDED AND TRAINED ISIS, RIGHT? (Source DAILY SHEEPLE) Now that ISIS, or the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, is becoming a threat so powerful Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told reporters at the Pentagon that the terrorist group is “beyond anything we’ve seen,” it’s time to remind everyone of a few little factoids regarding how exactly that came to be. Apparently the mainstream fail to expose the blatant reality that yes, the U.S. has trained and funded ISIS and without the U.S. government, ISIS would not be the threat it has become. It came out back in 2012 that the U.S., Turkey and Jordan were jointly running a US CIA and Special Forces command training base for Syrian rebels out of the Jordanian town of Safawi, but apparently according the Jordanian officials, that training ‘wasn’t meant to be used in Iraq’: Syrian rebels who would later join the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIS, were trained in 2012 by U.S. instructors working at a secret base in Jordan, according to informed Jordanian officials. The officials said dozens of future ISIS members were trained at the time as part of covert aid to the insurgents targeting the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Syria. The officials said the training was not meant to be used for any future campaign in Iraq. This was, at least superficially, so they could wage war against the Bashar al-Assad regime in Syria, and again, they weren’t called ISIS at the time, they were referred to as the Syrian rebels. But the government won’t even admit what they’ve done here. Instead, they’re just bombing Iraq and hoping for the best. Meanwhile, our government is still funding the “Syrian rebels” today!
Pope Figures He’ll Live ‘2 or 3’ More Years (Source newser.com) Pope Francis thinks he’s got only a few years left to live, and that seems OK with him. “Two or three years, and then I’ll be off to the Father’s house,” he told reporters aboard a flight to the Vatican. He was speaking in lighthearted fashion, though AFP reports that he has told those close to him the same thing. The 77-year-old Francis didn’t explain why, though he acknowledged “some nerve problems.” He also did not rule out the possibility of retiring, as his predecessor did, even if it displeases theologians, notes the Independent. “Benedict XVI opened a door,” he said.
Where the Vatican’s Call for Military Intervention in Iraq Is Headed (Source thetrumpet.com)
The barbaric Islamic State regime marauding through Syria and Iraq has gained the Vatican’s full attention.
In recent weeks the world has finally started to pay serious attention to the barbarism of the Islamic State, the radical Islamist group taking over Iraq and Syria. The growing outcry includes voices from Pope Francis and the Vatican, who are concerned about the genocide of Christians in the Middle East. Sometime last week Francis also wrote to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in what Britain’s Daily Mail described as “an ‘urgent appeal to the international community to take action to end the humanitarian tragedy now underway.’” Francis wrote, “The tragic experiences of the 20th century, and the most basic understanding of human dignity, compels the international community, particularly through the norms and mechanisms of international law, to do all that it can to stop and to prevent further systematic violence against ethnic and religious minorities.” Many have taken Francis’s ongoing comments as a push for war. In what could be a related response to Vatican efforts to generate a response to the Islamic State, Germany has also agreed “in principle” to send various armaments to Kurdish forces fighting the terrorist group. Currently, the militants are better armed with superior American military equipment and weapons obtained from retreating Iraqi forces. German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier explained that the barbaric violence in Iraq and the growing threat to Europe was the reason for the decision. European leaders are concerned that the Islamic State will advance further; thus, putting Kurdish forces on an equal or better footing with the terrorist group is a growing priority. As the butchering and pillaging in Iraq continues, and as the Islamic State’s threats against Europe grow, the Vatican will strengthen its own calls for action. Someone must fill the vacuum created by the astonishing decline of American power. Prophecy boldly states that void will be filled by Germany, guided by the Vatican. In the future, expect Europe and Germany take the lead in dealing with the Islamic State’s threat.
Huge Crack Appears in the Earth (Source newser.com) Scientists are scratching their heads over a crack in the Earth that’s more than half a mile long, Sky News reports. A drone captured video footage of the 16-foot-wide, 26-foot-deep crack, which appeared last week in remote farmland and cuts across Highway 26 between the coast and Hermosillo in northwest Mexico. Some officials speculated a San Andreas Fault earthquake may have caused it—there was an earthquake along the fault, First News notes—but experts at the University of Sonora are eying an underground stream as the possible culprit, Australia’s News Network reports. Experts say a farmer-built levee started leaking, creating an underground stream that weakened the earth above it and caused it to crumble. A Mexican geologist says that rainwater could also be to blame, saturating the ground and causing “ditch flows.” The unstable ground is forcing cars to drive around the area, and a second crack has reportedly opened up nearby.
China Secretly Conducts Second Test of Ultrasonic Missile (Source theepochtimes.com) The Chinese regime has conducted a second test of its high-speed, ultrasonic missile, according to The Washington Free Beacon which cited unnamed government sources. The hypersonic glide vehicle (HGV), or the Wu-14, is part of China’s push to develop weapons that could strike the United States with nuclear warheads. The test was conducted in secret on Aug. 7 at a missile facility in western China, according to the Free Beacon. China conducted its previous test in January, which was later acknowledged by several official sources including the Chinese Defense Ministry. Members of the House Armed Services Committee voiced their concerns over China’s research on hypersonic missiles on Jan. 13. In a joint press release, they stated “While round after round of defense cuts have knocked America’s technological advantage on its back, the Chinese and other competitor nations push towards military parity with the United States; in some cases, as in this one, they appear to be leaping ahead of us.” “The Asia Pacific is fast becoming a powder keg,” they stated. “Allowing nations that do not share our respect for free and open avenues of commerce to gain a strategic advantage over the United States and her allies only brings us closer to lighting the fuse.”
SOROS BET ON MARKET CRASH BIGGEST YET (Source Market Watch) Soros Fund Management increased a bear-call bet on the S&P 500 in a huge way. The fund lifted a put position — a bet the market will go lower — on the S&P 500 ETF SPY +0.31% to its biggest size yet, in terms of value and portfolio percentage, making a 605% leap over the previous quarter. Bullion Baron, who has long kept a beady eye on Soros’s SPY moves, has summed up the latest dealings. He speculated that this could be a hedge — or Soros is really worried about something. One possible something is China, which the hedge-fund titan referred to as a global uncertainty earlier in the year, notes the Baron. As for that China unease, WSJ’s MoneyBeat reports that China bears are entrenched and see stocks headed for a big fall. One strategist says it’s not good to see that stocks there have been rallying on both good and bad economic news.
The United States of Gomorrica (Source thetrumpet.com) When was the last time you sat down in solitude and seriously thought about where the United States of America is headed? The United States’ political system has suffered a severed spinal cord and is severely handicapped. Our government no longer functions. Our economy is coughing up blood and is on the brink of collapse. What is even more frightful, our historic enemies, which lust for our destruction, are rising up and growing stronger daily. Why has America (and our entire Western world) gotten so bad? Although a vast majority will likely not agree, it is time to identify the cause: the pervasive decline in our morals. Some want you to believe that America is in the process of turning its morals around. “The United States remains beset by difficulties, political, economic and cultural. Some of the key social trends, however, are more positive. To study them provides hope that the country isn’t, as Robert H. Bork declared in his1996 bestselling book, Slouching Towards Gomorrah: Modern Liberalism and American Decline. “Analysis demonstrates that we continue slouching towards Gomorrah. The imperative question is whether there is any possibility of avoiding the condition of Gomorrah,” Bork wrote in the final chapter of his book. Human history shows that once a society slips into such terminal degeneration, it does not come back. America has passed that point of no return. When you consider that 58 percent of Americans believe that homosexual relations are “morally acceptable,” hasn’t America become “Gomorrica”? The Bible shows that catastrophe is looming on the horizon.
THE MILITARY OCCUPATION OF FERGUSON, MISSOURI IS JUST A PREVIEW OF WHAT IS COMING TO AMERICA (Source endoftheamericandream.com) Ferguson, Missouri is under military occupation right now, and the entire world is watching in horror as militarized police fire tear gas and rubber bullets at unarmed protesters. Yes, the rioting and looting in Ferguson needed to be stopped. If order had not been restored, more stores and businesses would have been destroyed. However, there is no excuse for the brutal tactics now being employed. At one point, police snipers were even using laser scopes to target protesters that were obviously unarmed. Sadly, this is just a preview of what is coming to America in the years ahead. As the economy falls apart and people become even more angry and even more frustrated, there will be a lot more incidents of civil unrest like we have just witnessed in Ferguson. And in response, the federal government and our overly militarized police will seek to crush those uprisings with overwhelming force. How is it possible that our once very peaceful nation has fallen apart so dramatically? What we just watched happen in Ferguson was truly bizarre. If you didn’t know any better, you might have thought that you were looking at images from a really bad post-apocalyptic disaster movie. Our system has become so corrupt that there is very little that we can do. In fact, one newly released study discovered that average Americans have a “near-zero”statistical impact on public policy. A startling new political science study concludes that corporate interests and mega wealthy individuals control U.S. policy to such a degree that “the preferences of the average American appear to have only a minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy.”