America: Nuclear Missiles Battle-Ready? (Source thetrumpet.com) The United States currently has 4,804 nuclear warheads, 450 of which are located on Air Force bases in Wyoming, Montana and North Dakota. These 450 Minuteman 3 Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (ICBMs) are supposedly in constant battle-ready mode. Worryingly, the equipment used to secure these missiles was built in the 1960s. The bases are still using computers that require eight-inch floppy disks. As one missileer stated, she had not seen such “technology” until she started working in the command center. One would think the world’s superpower would use the latest state-of-the-art technology to safeguard its deadliest weapons. However, it is not the shrinking army and its lack of up-to-date technology that should worry the American public the most, but the sketchy personnel in charge. In 2013, the Air Force relieved the two-star general in command of the 450 ICBMs. The general was suspended because he “exceeded the limits of accepted standards of good conduct and proper behavior” while on an official trip to Moscow. He reportedly drunk during the four-day trip. Earlier in the week, a vice admiral who oversaw the military’s nuclear forces, missile defense and cyber warfare operations was also relieved of his duties because of a probe into his possible use of counterfeit chips at an Iowa casino. The irresponsibility of our nuclear launch officers does not stop with these two high-ranking men. It has seeped down the chain of command. Earlier in 2013, two of the three missile bases under the general’s command received unsatisfactory ratings in regular annual inspections. In August, the officers at the Montana Air Force Base failed their third inspection in five years. Seventeen nuclear-launch officers in North Dakota were sidelined after they received a D in their missile launch skills inspection.
RUSSIAN OLIGARCHS WAVE GOODBYE TO VISA, SWITCH TO CHINESE CREDIT CARD
(Source Zero Hedge) So much for the “Russia is becoming increasingly isolated” meme that the West would like many to believe. As Russia continues to sign de-dollarization deals and trade agreements with its BRICS allies while pushing ahead with retaliatory actions against the US and Europe, it appears the ‘sanctioned’ friends of Putin are taking matters into their own hands. Billionaire oligarch Gennady Timchenko, among the first to be hit by travel bans and asset freezes by the US, has decided to tear up his Visa and Mastercard, shifting all his credit cards to China’s UnionPay, noting that “in some ways it is more secure than Visa – at least the Americans can’t reach it.” After various deals with BRICS and Middle East nations, it appears Russia can find plenty of ‘friends’. And now the sanctioned oligarchs and de-dollarizing. Russian businessman Gennady Timchenko, because of the U.S. sanctions imposed against him in March 2014 after the annexation of the Crimea to the Russian Federation, has replaced by Visa and MasterCard for card payment system China Union Pay and wallet with cash. While Obama hopes that pressure on the oligarchs will create some civil strife for Putin, we worry that it will merely corner him into survival mode with significant repercussions for the west.
THE BEGINNING OF AN END OF THE TRANS-ATLANTIC ALLIANCE (Source blacklistednews.com) Indeed, since the Ukrainian crisis began to ratchet up international pressure on Moscow several months ago, the Russian defence establishment has become even more entrenched in its ambition to reconstitute parts of its defence industry that withered after the break-up of the Soviet Union. Most of Russia’s $81Bn defence budget is spent internally. Since 2000, Russia has only engaged in 10 military contracts of any size from overseas suppliers: 4 light transport aircraft from the Czech Republic; 2 diesel engines from Germany; 8 drones from Israel; 60 light armored vehicles from Italy; 3 light helicopters and 4 amphibious landing craft from France to complement the Mistrals; and from Ukraine, 264 engines, 34 transport aircraft and 100 guided missiles. Many ex-Warsaw Pact countries still rely on Russian-made military equipment”. So far not so alarming other than as a statement of intent. What I do find alarming because it’s blatant aggression is the idea of targeting Russia’s energy development. That’s telling the Russians that America and Europe holds them in the same contempt they hold Iran. Not wise. If you try to strangle their economy and simultaneously point a dagger at their heart they’re going to conclude not unreasonably that you intend waging a regime change war in the not to distant future. Such a war is unlikely to end well for anyone and anyone who thinks that Russia will not strive to lay waste their enemies heartlands has never talked to a Russian soldier let alone a Russian officer. They take threats to their home and those who live there very seriously and they believe in playing rough.
Russia increases battalions, firepower near Ukraine border(Source One India News) Weeks after the Malaysian Airline MH 17 was shot down by Pro Russian rebels in Ukraine, Russia is now preparing to respond to the Ukrainian government as it has doubled the number of battalions near the border. According to a report in The New York Times (read here), Russia has built up 17 battalions within a few miles of the Ukrainian border and has also expanded its firepower and surface to air missiles units to 14. Intelligence experts say that on the pretext of ‘peacekeeping operations’ Putin may send his forces across the border in case the Ukrainian government tried to regain the territory in eastern Ukraine. Some officials even say that more the Ukrainian forces succeed, it will add more pressure on Putin to escalate the matter. Several American intelligence agencies have confirmed the presence of Russian armored vehicles and trucks near the border. But the Western intelligence had no independent confirmation that they had crossed into Ukraine.
CREEPY REASON WALMART ICE CREAM FAILS TO FOLLOW LAWS OF NATURE (Source alternet.org) Technically, ice cream follows the laws of thermodynamics, but what would you think of an ice cream that didn’t melt on one of the hottest days of the year? Cincinnati station WCPO recently reported on Christie Watson’s discovery that her Walmart Great Value ice cream sandwich wouldn’t melt even in 80-degree heat. What’s that? Ice cream should melt. “I thought it was quite weird so I looked at the box and it said no artificial ice cream,” Watson said. “So I thought to myself what am I feeding my children?” Watson couldn’t fathom how that could happen so she left out an ice cream sandwich outside again and came out with same results. Then WCPO reporter John Matarese did a test with a Haagen-Daaz ice cream sandwich, a Klondike Bar and the Walmart Great Value sandwich. After 30 minutes in the sun, the Walmart sandwich still resembled a sandwich, the Klondie bar melted some and the Haagen-Daaz was more like a milk puddle. Dan Collins of 100.5 Kickin’ Country in Sioux Falls heard the news and filmed his own test. The same thing happened and the Walmart brand held its shape.
Nightmare bacteria’ spreading rapidly in Southeastern US (Source RT) Deadly, nearly untreatable superbugs known as CRE, dubbed “nightmare bacteria,” have spread at an alarming rate throughout the southeastern region of the US in recent years, new research indicates. Researchers at Duke University Medical Center have found cases of antibiotic-resistant CRE increased by at least a factor of five in community hospitals across the region from 2008 to 2012. The bacteria prey mostly on vulnerable, hospitalized patients, killing nearly half of those who catch bloodstream infections. “Carbapenems,” according to Wired, are a group of potent antibiotics that target infections that have proven resistant to other antibiotics. They are considered drugs to be used as a last resort. And since only a few antibiotics – riddled with side effects and other problems for a patient – have been proven successful against CREs, the bacteria family’s strong emergence indicates the dawn of a post-antibiotic era. That is, unless overuse of antibiotics is curbed and infection control at hospitals and long-term care facilities is improved, experts say. Many in the health community see the rise of superbugs as fueled by the impulse to use antibiotics, both with and without a patient’s urging, for common ailments like a sore throat. Last year, the CDC said CREs have spread from one medical facility in 2001 to many facilities in 46 states by 2013.
Israeli attack on school in Gaza is ‘outrageous’, says UN (Source euobserver.com) “It is outrageous. It is unjustifiable. And it demands accountability and justice,” said UN secretary-general Ban Ki-Moon. UN officials on the ground called Israeli army contacts 17 times to give them the GPS co-ordinates of the school as a precautionary measure to avoid becoming a target. “Precise location of Jabalia Elementary Girls School #Gaza & that it housed 3,000 displaced was communicated to Israeli army 17 times,” wrote UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) spokesman Christopher Gunness in a tweet. Five shells later hit the school, which is a designated UNRWA shelter. Around 15 people, mostly women and children, died with another 100 injured. Gunness said the international community must take a deliberate political action to put an end to the carnage. “UNRWA is overwhelmed in #Gaza we have reached breaking point, our staff are being killed our shelters overflowing. Where will it end?” he wrote in a tweet.The month-long Israeli-led assault has displaced 250,000 people, forced another 200,000 into their shelters, and killed over 1,300. On the Israeli side, 58 have been killed – 56 soldiers and two civilians.
RUSSIA AND GERMANY ALLEGEDLY WORKING ON SECRET “GAS FOR LAND” DEAL (Source Zero Hedge) Sources close to the secret negotiations claim that the first part of the stabilization plan requires Russia to withdraw its financial and military support for the various pro-separatist groups operating in eastern Ukraine. As part of any such agreement, the region would be allowed some devolved powers. At the same time, the Ukrainian President would agree not to apply to join NATO. In return, President Putin would not seek to block or interfere with the Ukraine’s new trade relations with the European Union under a pact signed a few weeks ago. Second, the Ukraine would be offered a new long-term agreement with Russia’s Gazprom, the giant gas supplier, for future gas supplies and pricing. At present, there is no gas deal in place; Ukraine’s gas supplies are running low and are likely to run out before this winter, which would spell economic and social ruin for the country. As part of the deal, Russia would compensate Ukraine with a billion-dollar financial package for the loss of the rent it used to pay for stationing its fleets in the Crimea and at the port of Sevastopol on the Black Sea until Crimea voted for independence in March.
Crossing the Threshold of Political Madness: A Looming First Strike on Russia? Where is the U.S. Antiwar Movement? (Source globalresearch.ca) The Russian Aggression Prevention Act of 2014 (S.2277) may not be adopted any time soon. But what its existence does do is to provide political cover for the Obama Administration which has already moved to adopt a number of its provisions as it follows the bill’s outline that sets the stage for a direct military conflict with Russia. Directs the President to halt all redeployments of combat forces from Europe, and develop a plan to correct any deficiencies in the Armed Forces’ ability to respond to contingencies in Europe and Eurasia. Directs DOD to assess the capabilities and needs of the Ukrainian armed forces and authorizes the President to provide military assistance to Ukraine. Provides non-NATO ally status for Ukraine, Georgia, and Moldova for purposes of the transfer of defense articles or services as well as to increase U.S. armed forces interactions with the armed forces of Ukraine, Georgia, Moldova, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia. The above three points all reflect the preliminary bureaucratic process necessary to prepare for war. Once formal ‘ally’ status has been conferred, the US can then justify its own and NATO military action coming to the aid of an ‘ally’ under a specious attack from Russia. The addition of nine other countries for increased military assistance is a worrisome signal that the coming conflict is expected to be more widespread than just Ukraine. On July 29, CNN reported that Ukraine military initiated firing short range ballistic missiles capable of carrying up to 1000 pound warheads; and yet if Russia retaliated, a momentous perhaps irreversible confrontation would be inevitable.
Asia Stands With Putin (Source thetrumpet.com) Obama says Russia is isolating itself from the world. At least 3 billion people disagree. Russia’s bullying of Ukraine and takeover of Crimea have exposed Vladimir Putin as the authoritarian dictator that he is. These moves have Eastern Europeans quaking with fear and the Western world deeply concerned. But what about China and India? These Asian powerhouses have made clear that they support Putin. This is a stunning fulfillment of a biblical prophecy! A key scripture to understand is Revelation 9:16. This says the end-time Asian bloc led by Russia will command the largest army in history—a gigantic force of 200 million men. This army comes from the same geographic regions described in Ezekiel 38. These statements of support from China and India mean that RIGHT NOW, rallied behind Vladimir Putin and Russia’s 144 million people, potentially stand China’s 1.36 billion and India’s 1.24 billion! That is a virtually endless supply of manpower! That will be key to the success of this Asian alliance. President Obama and even top-tier analysts thought the idea of a revived Russian empire would pose too great a danger to China and India for those countries to support it. But that perspective fails to recognize a significant truth: to India and especially to China, the West is a far greater enemy. More importantly, that perspective fails to recognize the prophecies of the Bible.