We Now Know Why Russia Wants a 100-Megaton Nuclear Torpedo

We Now Know Why Russia Wants a 100-Megaton Nuclear Torpedo (Source Yahoo)

In a speech on March 1, 2018, Russian president Vladimir Putin detailed a half-dozen “invincible” new Russian weapons under development, which he assured would give his nation the ability to launch “unstoppable” nuclear attacks on the United States. The speech, which was met with cheers by the audience, was accompanied by a video presentation that included an animation of a separating nuclear warheads raining down on Florida, apparently in the vicinity of President Trump’s retreat in Mar-a-Lago.

The bellicose rhetoric is surely intended to rally political support for Putin’s reelection on March 18, as well a reflection of Moscow’s own insecurity, stemming from fears that new U.S. ballistic-missile defenses may eventually render Russia’s nuclear deterrence ineffective. Putin pointedly highlighted new systems that would circumvent BMD capabilities such as long-range cruise missiles and a hypersonic glide vehicle. Perhaps the most novel of the weapons Putin described was an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle codenamed Status Six or Kanyon—basically a long-range nuclear-armed drone torpedo that does not rely on remote guidance. Supposedly the Kanyon carries an enormous one-hundred-megaton nuclear warhead which could be launched at a coastal city (think New York or Los Angeles) or a fleet at sea. The resulting underwater detonation could create an apocalyptic five-hundred-meter-high tsunami wave of irradiated water that would contaminate anything it fails to smash into oblivion.

The Status Six would supposedly be capable of diving as deep as one thousand meters under the sea, and tearing through the water at fifty-six knots. For comparison, few military submarines are designed to dive deeper than five hundred meters. Furthermore, current U.S. Navy Mark 48 torpedoes have a speed of fifty-five knots, making interception unlikely. NATO lacks antisubmarine weapons designed to intercept a target so fast and deep.



Pope declares new feast day devoted to the Virgin Mary

Pope declares new feast day devoted to the Virgin Mary (Source Associated Press)

Pope Francis has made the devotion to the Virgin Mary a new fixed celebration in the Roman Catholic calendar.

The Vatican published a decree Saturday in which Francis declared that the Mary “Mother of the Church” feast would be celebrated on the Monday following Pentecost. This year, it falls on May 21. The decree said Francis wanted the devotion to “encourage the growth of the maternal sense of the Church in the pastors, religious and faithful, as well as a growth of genuine Marian piety.”

History’s first Latin American pope is particularly devoted to Marian piety and frequently refers to the church as “mother.”

In 2016, Francis set another feast day for another key woman in Christ’s life, declaring July 22 as the feast of St. Mary Magdalene.

Bibi and the Christian Right Agree: Trump Is the New Cyrus the Great

Bibi and the Christian Right Agree: Trump Is the New Cyrus  the Great (Source nymag.com)

It’s hardly surprising that on arriving in Washington, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would feel grateful toward his host, the president of the United States. After all, Bibi’s in hot water back home thanks to a corruption investigation that may soon bear evil fruit for the longtime leader of the Israeli right. His biggest trump card both domestically and internationally is his close relationship with the leader of the free world. And that relationship was significantly enhanced by the Trump administration’s decision to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, at the cost of wildly negative reactions from most of the rest of the world. We remember seventy years ago, President Harry S. Truman was the first leader to recognize the Jewish state. And we remember how a few weeks ago, President Donald J. Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Mr. President, this will be remembered by our people throughout the ages. And as you just said, others talked about it. You did it. The comparison comes up frequently in the evangelical world. Many evangelical speakers and media outlets compare Trump to Cyrus, a historical Persian king who, in the sixth century BCE, conquered Babylon and ended the Babylonian captivity, a period during which Israelites had been forcibly resettled in exile. This allowed Jews to return to the area now known as Israel and build a temple in Jerusalem.


Trump agrees to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on NUCS

Trump agrees to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on denuclearization (Source Yahoo News)

President Donald Trump has agreed to a high-stakes meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un by this May on his nuclear weapons program, South Korea’s national adviser announced at the White House Thursday evening. He had briefed the president on a message from Kim earlier in the day. The White House said afterward that Trump “will accept the invitation” and the president tweeted “Great progress being made…” The South Korean envoy said that in his recent talks with Kim, the North Korean leader had expressed an eagerness to meet with Trump as soon as possible. Chung Eui-Yong said that Kim told him he was committed to denuclearization, would refrain from any further nuclear or missile tests, and had agreed that U.S.-South Korean joint military exercises the North objects to must continue. “I explained to President Trump that his leadership and his maximum pressure policy, together with international solidarity, brought us to this juncture. I expressed President Moon Jae-in’s personal gratitude for President Trump’s leadership,” he said, referring to South Korea’s president. White House press secretary Sarah Sanders issued a statement shortly afterward from the U.S. side saying, “President Trump greatly appreciates the nice words of the South Korean delegation and President Moon. He will accept the invitation to meet with Kim Jong Un at a place and time to be determined. We look forward to the denuclearization of North Korea. In the meantime, all sanctions and maximum pressure must remain.”

Later Thursday evening, Trump tweeted: “Kim Jong Un talked about denuclearization with the South Korean Representatives, not just a freeze. Also, no missile testing by North Korea during this period of time. Great progress being made but sanctions will remain until an agreement is reached. Meeting being planned!

North Pole warms to stunningly high mid-30s this month, alarming experts

North Pole warms to stunningly high mid-30s this month, alarming experts (Source ABC News)

North Pole temperatures appeared to reach the melting point of 32 degrees Sunday, a surprising high that exceeds the norm for this time of year by more than 50 degrees, according to researchers. The Feb. 25 spike stemmed from a large storm that tracked north along the east coast of Greenland, climate scientist Robert Graham of the Norwegian Polar Institute told ABC News today via email.The storm created strong winds that carried moist and warm air to the Arctic Ocean and North Pole region. This is not an isolated incident, climate scientist Zack Labe of the University of California-Irvine tweeted Sunday, saying the relatively warm weather in the North Pole has been the norm this year.“2018 is well exceeding previous years for the month of February,” Labe said in the tweet. “While this is one particular extreme weather event, the long-term trend in the Arctic indicates rising ocean and air temperatures.” Warmer temperatures stem from the area’s increasing number of winter storms. Each storm brings strong winds that transport warm air to the Arctic, he added. “These storms are preventing the Arctic from growing during the winter,” Graham said. “This makes it easy for the sea ice to melt in summer.” The biggest concern, Graham said, is that such changes in the Arctic may eventually lead to rising sea levels and more threatening storms in the southern regions.

In 2017 US Government “Lost” $2.2 Million-Every Single Minute

IN 2017, THE US GOVERNMENT “LOST” $2.2 MILLION—EVERY SINGLE MINUTE (Source blacklistednews.com)

Illustrating the gluttonous nature and disturbing spending habits of the empire that is the United States, the US Treasury released its financial report from 2017 showing that the government lost $1.2 TRILLION dollars in 2017.

Yes, that is TRILLION, with a ‘T’. The Goldman Sachs insider who was appointed as the Secretary of the Treasury, Steven Mnuchin, celebrated the report, noting that he was “pleased to present the Financial Report of the United State Government,” which showed a loss of $1.2 trillion. After the opening message celebrating their utter incompetence in managing a budget, the report goes on to note how the US government spent a trillion more dollars than they had. This loss of money will ensure that future generations will be forever burdened with the impossible task of paying back the debt to the Federal Reserve. According to the report: The Government’s gross costs of $4.6 trillion, less $431.9 billion in revenues earned for goods and services provided to the public (e.g., Medicare premiums, national park entry fees, and postal service fees), plus $356.5 billion in net losses from changes in assumptions (e.g., interest rates, inflation, disability claims rates) yields the Government’s net cost of $4.5 trillion, an increase of $128.8 billion or 2.9 percent over FY 2016. Deducting $3.4 trillion in tax and other revenues, with some adjustment for unmatched transactions and balances, results in a “bottom line” net operating cost of $1.2 trillion for FY 2017, an increase of $105.0 billion or 10.0 % over FY 2016. To put this into perspective, the US government lost five times more money than the entire Mexican economy. The loss of $1.2 trillion equates to losing $2,283,105.02 every single minute of 2017—or, $38,051.75 a second. In 2017, the United States lost over $3 billion every single day and somehow these people think this is sustainable. What’s so ominous about this loss is the fact that, in 2017, the US government took in a record high $3.3 trillion in taxes and they still managed to lose $1.2 trillion. As Mnuchin points out in the opening statement, the United States experienced amazing growth, consumer and business confidence are at two-decade highs, and inflation is low and stable. Yet still, they lost $1.2 trillion!

Imagine for a moment what that loss would look like in a recession, or a financial crisis. As Simon Black points out in an article on Sovereign Man, If the government loses $1.2 trillion in a GOOD year, how much do you think they’ll lose in a BAD year? How much will they lose when they actually do have a recession to fight? Or another war. Or a major banking crisis? More importantly, how long can something so unsustainable possibly last? The answer to that question is, not long. The national debt is a ticking time bomb. As indicated in their own report, the US government calculated its net worth and the result is mind-boggling.

On their balance sheet, the feds calculated the value of every aircraft carrier, tank, missile, building, national park, government vehicle, all the cash in the bank, all of its property, and then subtracted how much money it owes to the central bank. All the government’s assets, minus what it owes to the bankers equals negative $20.4 TRILLION.

As Black notes, it gets worse: And according to the government’s own calculations (on page 58), the “total present value of future expenditures in excess of future revenue” for Social Security and Medicare is MINUS $49 TRILLION. Essentially this means that the two largest and most important pension and healthcare programs in the United States are insolvent by nearly $50 trillion. Altogether, the government is in the red by almost $70 trillion.

Palestinians Slam U.S. Embassy Move Planned for Their Day of Disaster

Palestinians Slam U.S. Embassy Move Planned For Their Day Of ‘Disaster’ (Source Newsweek) Palestinians have condemned the news that the new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem will open in May 2018, coinciding with the anniversary of what they consider to be their day of “disaster.” The State Department said on Friday: “We are planning to open the new U.S. Embassy to Israel in Jerusalem in May. The Embassy opening will coincide with Israel’s 70th anniversary.”That day is also known as the Nakba, when hundreds of thousands of Palestinians fled or were forced from their homes during the birth of the state of Israel in 1948. “This is an unacceptable step. Any unilateral move will not give legitimacy to anyone and will be an obstacle to any effort to create peace in the region,” Nabil Abu Rdainah, a spokesman for the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, told Reuters. Palestinian militant group Hamas said it predicted an “explosion” in the region because of the move. Saeb Erekat, the Secretary-General of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), called the acceleration a “flagrant violation of international law and agreements” between the Palestinians and Israel, one that would “destroy” any hopes of a Palestinian state living side-by-side with an Israeli one. Trump ignored the protests of leaders across the Arab world with his December 6 decision to relocate the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The decision has sparked weekly protests across the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, as well as given rise to more attacks by

Palestinians against Israeli soldiers and civilians, according to Israel’s domestic Shin Bet security service. But not only is the embassy move going ahead, it could be part-funded by a key Trump donor, casino magnate Sheldon Adelson. Four U.S. officials told the Associated Press that the Trump administration is currently considering an offer from Adelson. The administration, if it can accept private donations, is deciding whether it will raise the hundreds of millions of dollars required for the embassy’s construction from Christian and evangelical supporters of Trump. The opening of the temporary embassy, to be marked with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, will be at Washington’s Arnona consulate in southern Jerusalem. It will take place on May 14, 70 years after Israel was created. Israel will this year celebrate its independence on April 19, according to the Hebrew calendar.



Will the Syria Conflict Continue to Escalate

Will the Syria Conflict Continue to Escalate? (Source The National Interest) In early February, western media reported that the United States had led a strike on the Russian mercenaries of Wagner PMC. The number of casualties was constantly changing; Bloomberg News reported hundreds, the Russian Foreign Ministry announced a smaller number and noted that “Russian citizens” were injured. Clearly, the battle was for oil and gas resources in the Deir-ez Zor region, which were not supposed to fall into the hands of the opposition and the Kurds in particular; this flows from the logic of restoring Syria under President Assad. Iran and Russia specifically are holding this position. This reasoning is understandable—the leadership of whoever controls these resources will set the tone for negotiations.

After the defeat of the ISIS militants, the United States made a farsighted deal with the Kurds, although at the cost of relations with Turkey. The Kurds should become Assad’s main opponent. Except worsening the fight against the Kurds is more dangerous than that with the ISIS militants. The Kurds were one of the major forces that fought against the terrorists. How can Damascus now raise its hand against them? But now, with an open conflict underway, the Kurds are perceived by a number of parties as an integral part of the Syrian opposition. At the same time, Assad does not intend to leave the presidential post. And he cannot. He is the guarantor of the presence of Russian forces on the territory of an Arab country and of Iran’s “Shiite Arc” project. In addition, the departure of the victorious president would undermine the morale of the army, and a new wave of escalation could tear the country to pieces. Indeed, the proud Syrian Army believes that its own role has been more important than that of Moscow or Tehran. There is also another reason. Russia may be interested in establishing a military base in the Deir-ez Zor area to monitor the actions of the United States in neighboring Iraq and, at the same time, to keep a finger on the “pulse” of Iranian projects, among other purposes. The tactical plans of Damascus, Moscow, and Tehran coincide with Ankara’s position. Absorbed by the fight against the Kurds, Erdogan is ready to develop relations with Iran and Russia. And what choice does he have? Already entangled in this conflict, the Turkish leader cannot get out without disastrous consequences. Therefore, at this stage, he needs those allies who if they do not support his actions at least would not interfere and condemn. However, one must understand that once the sensitive issues are closed, the “paths” of these ad-hoc allies will part.

Putin shows new Russian nuclear weapons: ‘It isn’t a bluff

Putin shows new Russian nuclear weapons: ‘It isn’t a bluff’ (Source Associated Press) An underwater drone armed with a nuclear warhead powerful enough to sweep away coastal facilities and aircraft carriers. A hypersonic vehicle impossible to intercept as it flies in a cloud of plasma “like a meteorite.” President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that Russia has these new strategic weapons and many more, declaring: “No one has listened to us. You listen to us now.” Putin unveiled the stunning catalog of doomsday machines in his annual state-of-the-nation speech, saying that Russia had to build them to counter the potential threat posed by the U.S. missile defense system. And in a touch of dark humor, he invited Russians to join a Defense Ministry contest to name some of the weapons. It wasn’t immediately possible to assess whether the weapons could do what Putin said or how ready they are for deployment, but they would represent a major technological breakthrough that could dramatically bolster Russia’s military capability, boost its global position and trigger a new arms race. The White House said Putin confirmed what the U.S. has already known: that Russia has been developing “destabilizing weapons systems for over a decade in direct violations of its treaty obligations.”

Spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said President Donald Trump understands the threats and that America is “moving forward to modernize our nuclear arsenal and ensure our capabilities are unmatched.”

Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White also said the Defense Department wasn’t surprised, adding that the U.S. military is prepared to defend the nation. White told Pentagon reporters that U.S. missile defense has never been about Russia.

Washington has consistently argued that missile defense systems in Europe aren’t aimed at Moscow but designed instead to defend against threats from Iran, North Korea and rogue threats. Putin has shrugged off those arguments and said Thursday that the U.S. plans to develop its missile defense system would “eventually devalue the Russian nuclear arsenal if we sit with our arms folded.”

He said the U.S. has underestimated Russia’s ability to mount a response, aiming for a “unilateral military advantage that could eventually allow it to dictate its terms in other areas.” The United States should now revise its Russia policy and engage in a serious dialogue on global security, he said.

“You will have to assess that new reality and become convinced that what I said today isn’t a bluff,” he said. “It’s not a bluff, trust me.”

He said the creation of the new weapons has made NATO’s U.S.-led missile defense “useless,” putting an end to what he described as years of Western efforts to sidetrack and weaken Russia.

“I want to tell all those who have fueled the arms race over the last 15 years, sought to win unilateral advantages over Russia, introduced unlawful restrictions and sanctions aimed to contain our country’s development: All what you wanted to impede with your policies has now happened,” he said. “You have failed to contain Russia.”




Oil seen flowing onshore in Jamaica

Oil seen flowing onshore in Jamaica (Source upi.com)

Oil was found flowing naturally for the first time ever onshore in Jamaica at two locations in what could be a door opener in the Caribbean, companies said. Two companies, the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica and CGG GeoConsulting, said oil was found flowing at two sites during petroleum field work. “This significant find marks the first documented occurrence of ‘live’, or flowing, oil from onshore Jamaica and will be of particular interest to oil explorationists focused on Central America and the Caribbean,” they said in a joint statement. Jamaica is considered frontier territory for oil and gas explorers. Tullow Oil, a British company that focuses in part on pioneer opportunities, has a licensethere from 2014 in shallow waters on the south of the island nation.

According to Tullow, oil and natural gas were seen in 10 of the eleven onshore and offshore wells drilled in Jamaica to date. The company said it was still reviewing seismic data that’s used to get a better understanding of the reserve potential. In November, the company sold off a 20 percent stake in its full-operating interest in a license area in Jamaica, but secured a license extension so new seismic surveys could begin in April. “The discovery of these seeps indicates the presence of working petroleum systems on the island that are generating and expelling liquid hydrocarbons to the surface,” CGG GeoConsulting and the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica announced.