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Alan Greenspan explains Gold and economic freedom in this short six page summary Editor's note - It may surprise more than a few gold devotees to learn they have an ideological friend in none other than Federal Reserve Board chairman Alan Greenspan. Starting in the 1950s, in fact, Greenspan was a stalwart member of Ayn Rand's intellectual inner circle. A self-designated "objectivist", Rand preached a strongly libertarian view, applying it to politics and economics, as well as to religion and popular culture. Under her influence, Greenspan wrote for the first issue of what was to become the widely-circulated Objectivist Newsletter. When Gerald Ford appointed him to the Council of Economic Advisors, Greenspan invited Rand to his swearing-in ceremony. He even attended her funeral in 1982. In 1967, Rand published her non-fiction book, Capitalism, the Unknown Ideal. In it, she included Gold and Economic Freedom, the essay by Alan Greenspan which appears below. Drawing heavily from Murray Rothbard's much longer The Mystery of Banking, Greenspan argues persuasively in favor of a gold standard and against the concept of a central bank. www.usagold.com/publications/greenspan.pdf
NYC measles-vaccine order on Orthodox Jews tests city’s power NEW YORK — On the corner of Bedford and Division avenues in Brooklyn, in the heart of the New York borough’s Orthodox Jewish community, men in black hats and suits rushed in and out of cafes and women with headscarves pushed strollers or carts filled with groceries, not eager to speak with an outsider. There was little indication that the Williamsburg neighborhood was the center of the nation’s biggest outbreak of measles, a once eradicated disease that has returned as some parents shun the vaccines that killed it off. On Tuesday, the 285 cases reported in the borough prompted Mayor Bill de Blasio to declare a public health emergency, allowing him to impose $1,000 fines – or even jail time – on those who haven’t been inoculated and shining a light on the small, insular religious circles where the virus has spread. “No one I know has measles, my dad’s a doctor and none of his patients have measles,” said Avi Rose, 17, who’s been vaccinated and assumes that almost everyone else he knows has been, too. Of the city’s order focusing on the tightly knit neighborhood, he said, “I think it’s not going to happen. Most people are vaccinated. They can’t enforce it.” Such outbreaks have made an alarming, if limited, comeback since the turn of the century, when they had disappeared from the country. The return came amid concern among parents that vaccines are connected to health issues such as autism, despite a lack of scientific evidence and the consistent effort of medical experts to dislodge such beliefs. There were as many as 667 cases of measles in 2014, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Infections have been confirmed in 19 states this year. Nowhere has been more affected than Brooklyn and Rockland County, northwest of New York City. The two account for more than half the 465 U.S. cases reported this year as of April 4. Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat who has frequently sparred with de Blasio, said the mayor’s action is likely to raise questions about freedom of religion, noting that New York law allows exceptions to vaccinations based on such beliefs. But state Sen. Brad Hoylman has moved to strike that provision when it comes to school-age children, pointing to similar legislation enacted by California. “The First Amendment’s freedom of religion doesn’t give you the right to endanger other people’s children and your own,” Hoylman, a Manhattan Democrat, said in an interview. “It’s well-documented that people use this as a loophole to resist vaccination based on their own notions of bunk science.” Not everyone sees it that way. Robert Krakow, a New York lawyer representing people who allege injury from vaccines, said he’s preparing a lawsuit claiming the city overstepped its powers. And in interviews with local residents on Wednesday, there was also skepticism about the mayor’s order from those outside the Orthodox community. Todd Barone, 40, a high school administrator, said he and his wife were undecided about their son receiving all of the recommended vaccines. “We don’t know if all the vaccinations are necessary,” he said in Williamsburg. “At the same time, you have to trust your doctor.” Dorit Rubenstein Reiss, a law professor at the University of California’s Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco who specializes in vaccine policy, said the religious exemptions arise when children enter school and wouldn’t stop the city from removing them in the middle of an outbreak. “The question arises, is this a religiously targeted law,” she said. “In order to prevail, the city’s policy must have a demonstrable rational basis. The city’s argument here is ‘we aren’t targeting your religion, we’re targeting disease.’ The question also becomes, is this the least restrictive or least onerous alternative?” www.dailyrepublic.com/all-dr-news/wires/state-nation-world/nyc-measles-vaccine-order-on-orthodox-jews-tests-citys-power/
The King Midas of Silicon Valley: How a Yale graduate, 42, who is set to make $11BILLION when Uber goes public, has already helped launch Facebook, Instagram, Tinder and LinkedIn Matt Cohler is Uber's largest shareholder with 11 per cent of the company He is already behind some of the most successful companies in Silicon Valley Worked with Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, Uber, Zendesk, and Tinder Silicon Valley success started with a management consultant role in China He would go on to meet former PayPal executive Reid Hoffman after leaving Yale Cohler became Hoffman's protégé, helping to launch his new start-up, LinkedIn It was there, in the summer of 2004, he would meet Mark Zuckerberg He joined Facebook in 2005, the seventh full-time employee and became vice president of product management before leaving in 2008 to go to Benchmark The New Yorker now lives with wife Pia Oien Cohler in San Francisco They live a charmed life after getting engaged in 2015 and married a year later In 2016 he beat the likes of Beyonce, LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and Floyd Mayweather to be named the 23rd richest entrepreneur under 40 in America He made the Forbes The Midas List of top tech Investors in 2019 www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6918783/The-Yale-graduate-42-set-make-11-BILLION-day-Uber-IPOs.html
Raniere trying to get Mexican witnesses to testify — hopes to have Jane Doe #2 testify she was not 15 when nude photos were taken Certain Mexican Nxivm members are getting “subpoenas” to appear as witnesses for the Nxivm trial. Sources tell me this is part of a scheme by the Keith Raniere defense team to get Mexican women to “safely” testify for Raniere. Neither the US Government nor Raniere has jurisdiction to subpoena [or legally require as a subpoena does] anyone in Mexico to come to the US. The subpoenas are, in effect, mere pieces of paper with no legal force. They are, however, being served on Mexican women – and an attorney close to the case told Frank Report that this is a step Raniere is taking in order to try to persuade the trial judge (US District Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis) to grant his request to have Mexican witnesses for the defense testify via closed-circuit TV, as opposed to their coming to the USA and testifying in person. Raniere’s argument is that the Mexican women want to testify in support of their Vanguard but are afraid that if they come to the US, the DOJ will arrest them and charge them with Nxivm-related crimes. Raniere has asked the DOJ to guarantee “safe passage” from the US and back to Mexico for these witnesses since he argues it would be unfair to subject them to possible arrest if they appear for the defense. In some cases, special clearance from Homeland Security is necessary to get them into the USA – since they do not possess visas. If the judge and the DOJ do not agree to “safe passage”, Raniere is asking the judge to allow the Mexican women to testify on closed-circuit TV where they could be examined by the defense and cross-examined by the government. The “subpoenas” are mere show after all – but what Raniere can say – if the Mexican women decline to appear – is that he tried to get “crucial” witness to testify but the government held a blatant threat over their heads – and refused to assure them that, if they came forward and testified, they won’t themselves end up being indicted – as a punitive measure for supporting Raniere. Raniere suggests witness intimidation on the part of the government. It might be an issue he can use on appeal if the judge does not grant his request to either compel the prosecution to grant temporary immunity and “safe passage” for Raniere’s Mexican witnesses – or allow them to testify on closed-circuit TV – as they remain outside the jurisdiction of the US DOJ – if he loses the case. The Mexicans could be indicted anyway in the US, but since they are Mexican citizens and living in Mexico, it is not as cut and dried concerning extradition to the US as it would be for the extradition of a US citizen living in Mexico. [Ask Raniere about that.] frankreport.com/2019/04/13/raniere-trying-to-get-mexican-witnesses-to-testify-hopes-to-have-jane-doe-2-testify-she-was-not-15-when-nude-photos-were-taken/
German Parents Fined for Not Sending Son on Mosque Trip The parents of a young boy have received a fine from a German court after they prevented their child from going to school to avoid a trip to a local mosque. A district court Northern Germany fined the pair in July of last year but the parents of the child attempted to appeal the court ruling, only to have their appeal rejected by the Higher Regional Court in Schleswig this week, Hamburger Morgenpost reports. The incident dates back to June of 2016 when the parents refused to let their son attend school for the day because the school had organised a field trip to the Rendsburg Mosque. The court imposed a fine of 50 euros due to the fact the parents had forced their child to miss several lessons for the day, rather than just pull him out of the field trip to the mosque. Trips to local mosques have been a source of controversy in the United Kingdom, as well, as among some parents have refused to grant permission for their children to attend such visits. In Cornwall, a school reacted to parents pulling their children out of a trip in 2015 by publicly humiliating their children, singling them out in front of other pupils by forcing them to answer questions as to why they could not attend the mosque. Later that year, governors of a rural school in Cornwall reacted to concerned parents by simply making mosque trips mandatory for all pupils. In 2017, Staffordshire’s Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education (SACRE) also wrote a document in reaction to parents pulling their children out of mosque visits claiming that “Islamophobia” may have been behind the trend. “While objections are raised about visits to a number of places of worship, they are most frequently about visits to mosques, which raises the bigger issue of Islamaphobia [sic] and how this can be addressed,” they said. Earlier this year it was revealed that parents in Essex have gone even further, and have not only stopped their children visiting mosques but have also removed them from Religious Education lessons on Islam. www.breitbart.com/europe/2019/04/13/german-parents-fined-for-not-sending-son-on-mosque-trip/
Pope Francis Urges Promotion of Organ Donation ‘Culture’ ROME — Pope Francis addressed organ donation Saturday morning, urging Catholics to promote this practice as “an offering to the Lord.” Jesus “has identified himself with those who suffer because of illness, traffic accidents, or work accidents,” the pope said, and, therefore, it “is good for Jesus’ disciples to offer their organs, within legal and moral bounds, because it is a gift made to the suffering Lord, who said that everything we do to a brother in need we do to Him.” Speaking in the Vatican to members of the Italian Association for the Donation of Organs, Tissues and Cells (AIDO), Francis said it is “important to promote a culture of donation,” favoring “the offering of a part of the body, without disproportionate risks or consequences, as a living donation, and all the organs after a person’s death.” While praising organ donation as an act of “love and altruism,” the pontiff, nonetheless, cautioned against the sale of human organs, which would produce a “commodification of the body or its parts,” which is “contrary to human dignity.” Citing the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Francis said that organ donation after death “is a noble and meritorious act and is to be encouraged as a [sic] expression of generous solidarity.” “It is not morally acceptable if the donor or his proxy has not given explicit consent,” the Catechism continues. “Moreover, it is not morally admissible to bring about the disabling mutilation or death of a human being, even in order to delay the death of other persons.” For those who do not have a religious faith, Francis said, the donation of organs is a gesture towards needy brothers and sisters, which should be performed “on the basis of an ideal of disinterested human solidarity.” The generous act of donation serves as a counterweight to contemporary threats against life, “such as the case of abortion and euthanasia,” he said, and help people understand that “life is a something sacred.” www.breitbart.com/faith/2019/04/13/pope-francis-urges-promotion-organ-donation-culture/
Mnuchin says hopes U.S.-China trade talks nearing 'final round' WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Saturday a U.S.-China trade agreement would go “way beyond” previous efforts to open China’s markets to U.S. companies and hoped that the two sides were “close to the final round” of negotiations. Mnuchin, speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank spring meetings, said that he and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer would hold two calls next week with Chinese Vice Premier Liu He. The officials also were discussing whether more in-person meetings were necessary to conclude an agreement. “I think we’re hopeful that we’re getting close to the final round of concluding issues,” Mnuchin said. Beijing and Washington are seeking a deal to end a bitter trade war marked by tit-for-tat tariffs that have cost the world’s two largest economies billions of dollars, disrupted supply chains and rattled financial markets. Among the issues under discussion are U.S. demands that China open more sectors of its economy to foreign and U.S. firms. Asked whether such an opening would go beyond what was contemplated in the 2016 Bilateral Investment Treaty negotiations, he replied: “We are making progress, I want to be careful. This is not a public negotiation … this is a very, very detailed agreement covering issues that have never been dealt with before,” Mnuchin said. “This is way beyond anything that looked like a bilateral investment treaty. The BIT talks, pursued by former President Barack Obama’s administration, stalled as China refused to satisfy U.S. demands to open significant sectors of its economy to foreign investment. The talks were not taken up by the Trump administration, which pursued tariffs on Chinese goods instead, leading to the current talks. Mnuchin called the agreement under negotiation “the most significant change in the trading relationship in 40 years,” adding that it would have “real enforcement on both sides.” www.reuters.com/article/us-imf-worldbank-mnuchin-idUSKCN1RP0OC (I have a feeling Mnuchin is going to end up being a bigger player in the current show than we imagined)
Zionist Terror Pits Christians Vs Muslims "MSM propagandists, including phoney alt-right outlets run by Zionists, want to confound patriots by hyping the 'Muslim immigrant' or 'Islamic invasion' threat. What they don't want you to know about Islam is that Muslims are the world's biggest potential allies of Christianity. Hindus and Buddhists have no use for Jesus; Jews and atheists detest Jesus, but Muslims love and revere Jesus. Given half a chance, real Muslims, the ones who pray five times a day and attend the local mosque would step forward to defend Christian holy places against pussy rioters and other vandals." The Zionist New World Order and its bought-and-paid-for mainstream media are conspiring to destroy Western culture. But they haven't figured out that this is a religious, not racial issue. truthjihad.com/
Ex-Venezuelan general detained in Spain on US warrant Madrid (AFP) – Former Venezuelan general Hugo Carvajal, head of military intelligence under Hugo Chavez, was held in temporary detention Saturday while Spain waits for a formal US extradition request on charges of cocaine trafficking, judicial sources said. Carvajal, dubbed “El Pollo” (The Chicken), was taken into custody Friday at his son’s home in Madrid by Spanish police. He made headlines recently by voicing support for Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido. A judge at a Spainish federal court decided to place Carvajal in provisional detention, while the United States files a “formal extradition request” to judicial authorities, the sources said. The former army general “denied having links to drug trafficking and the FARC” guerrilla group in Colombia, they added. He refused to be handed over to US officials and argued that he now has family ties to Spain. In a statement, the US Justice Department said if convicted, Carvajal faced a sentence of between 10 years to life in prison over the charges of conspiracy to import more than five tonnes of cocaine into the United States. “No matter the rank or level of influence of an individual, we will continue to pursue and prosecute those who bring deadly drugs into this country in a US court of law,” said prosecutor Geoffrey Berman, the US Attorney for the Southern District of New York. Carvajal has long been sought by US Treasury officials who suspect him of providing support to drug trafficking by FARC guerrillas. In May 2013, a Florida court accused him of having worked for Colombian drug traffickers from 2004 to 2010. In 2014, Carvajal was arrested on the Dutch island of Aruba where he was Venezuela’s consul, but he fled back to Venezuela after claiming diplomatic immunity. He was the highest-ranking army official to declare his support for Guaido, saying that the six-year Nicolas Maduro presidency had been a disaster. On February 21, he posted a video on Twitter in which he told army officers: “How it all ends will depend on you my brothers in arms” and urging them to stand “on the right side of history.” Maduro then ousted Carvajal and the former military man was accused of “acts of treason.” www.breitbart.com/news/ex-venezuelan-general-detained-in-spain-on-us-warrant/
Russophobia, a WMD (Weapon of Mass Deception) Resume: Russophobia, as psycho-social-political pathology, is diagnosed as a disorder in The West since before the 1000-year-old Roman-Orthodox religious schism and most recently manifested with a vengeance in the course of the 2013-14 with Edward Snowden’s revelations of mass surveillance by the US and its covert activities leading to the Ukraine coup with Russophobia used thereafter as a weapon of mass deception to inflame this latent pathology in the public. After more than a year since we first heard the BBC “breaking news” about the “Russians Poisoning the Skipals”, all we have are allegations, but there is still no real evidence to present before a judge and jury for a just trial, only media propaganda which has provoked even more fear and hysteria meant to distract people from the government’s bungling and high level of anxiety over Brexit by once again blaming Russia. Never-the-less, it prompted politicians to administer instant sanctions against Russia as punishment. That first day, the "evidence", presented in the usual clipped, "authoritative" British accents, included interviews with a conservative British MP, then the former US Ambassador to Russia, Alexander Vershbow (2001-05), now with the notoriously hawkish US-based think tank, the Atlantic Council. Thus, the three of them: the BBC “journalist” and the two “experts”, colluded to transform false allegations into "facts"… fueled, as always, by their perpetual prejudice, RUSSOPHOBIA, in the course of their propaganda war to force Russia to surrender to American-led Western Domination or else: have their economy destroyed & their people suffer. Indeed, it is a threat to the whole world played to the discord of rattling nuclear swords with a chorus of vindictive Russian oligarchs, whom Putin expelled for robbing the Russian people. So, now living in London as expats, they would seem to be the more likely culprits. All the while elsewhere in London, thanks to our “special US-UK relationship”, Julian Assange has been excommunicated and imprisoned in a tiny “cell” at the Ecuador embassy for revealing embarrassing American secrets via Wikileaks. There we have it: the poisoning of our minds by the media and politicians which are owned and controlled by the US-UK-EU 1%, who benefit from Western Hegemony. So, these deluded few are now desperately defending it from the rising powers led by Russia and China with India not far behind demanding a multi-polar, democratic world order. www.strategic-culture.org/news/2019/04/13/russophobia-wmd-weapon-mass-deception.html
Meanwhile, not to forget that it was Hearst newspaper propaganda that whipped the American public into a war frenzy to support our first step in empire-building: our 1898 intervention in Cuba’s war for independence from the Spanish Empire which had dominated all of Latin America for 500 years. As the former NYTimes journalist/bureau chief in Istanbul, Berlin & Central America, Stephen Kinzer reminds us in his latest book "The True Flag: Theodore Roosevelt, Mark Twain, and the Birth of American Empire", Twain, Booker T. Washington and even Andrew Carnegie leading a handful of other anti-imperialists…were not able to prevail against Roosevelt with his Rough Riders and the Hearst newspapers’ war propaganda.
Nolte: Politico Caught Spreading Fake News About Trump’s Mount Vernon Visit The far-left and increasingly irrelevant Politico has been caught spreading fake news about President Trump’s visit to Mount Vernon. Last April, along with French President Emmanuel Macron and the respective first ladies, the president visited Mount Vernon, the famous home of George and Martha Washington. On Wednesday, using the usual-usual “unnamed sources” (which means Trump haters making up shit Resistance reporters want to hear), Politico (feel free to Google the original story — I’m done linking fake news) painted a picture of a “truly bizarre” and ignorant Trump making a fool of himself during the tour. “If he was smart, he would’ve put his name on it,” Trump said of Washington’s estate, according to three Politico “sources.” Here are some other bullet points: “The Macrons, [tour guide] Bradburn has told several people, were far more knowledgeable about the history of the property than the president.” “Trump asked whether Washington was ‘really rich,’ according to a second person familiar with the visit.” “While quickly bored by Washington’s home, Trump has been eager to show off his own residence to guests, and has learned some White House history in the process.” And like most Politico pieces, this one confuses length with depth and insight. There is just one itsy-bitsy problem… None of what Politico reported is true… I know you find it surprising that the very same corporate media who spread the… Russia Collusion Hoax, Covington Hoax, Kavanaugh Hoax, George Zimmerman Hoax, Hands Up, Don’t Shoot Hoax. …would now spread a hoax about Trump’s visit to Mount Vernon, but the Politico report is 100 percent fake news, and we know this because the horse’s mouth is so appalled, it released a statement. As Townhall’s Matt Vespa first reported, Mount Vernon is so outraged by Politico‘s fake news, it released a damning (and unprecedented) statement repudiating the entire report [emphasis added]: Mount Vernon has a firm, long-standing policy of not commenting on the details of high-profile visits to the home of George Washington. However, we believe in the importance of ensuring that reports about events that take place at Mount Vernon are accurate. As such, we are concerned that the third-party accounts of the Trump-Macron visit released by several media outlets today do not correctly reflect the events that transpired nearly a year ago. Mount Vernon President Doug Bradburn and Regent Sarah Coulson escorted the presidents and first ladies on a tour of the Mansion on April 23, 2018. During the tour, all parties were interested and engaged in the story of George Washington and his beloved home. Conversations touched on topics like business dealings, real estate, and related matters that were of relevance and interest to the touring parties, and questions were asked by both leaders with curiosity and respect. Comments pulled from sources who were not present for the tour do not properly convey the tone and context in which they were delivered. Politico has not broken a consequential story in years. In fact, this Mount Vernon Hoax is the most attention that garbage fire has attracted in a long, long time … and it was all lies. And I knew the moment I read the story it was all lies, but it just wasn’t worth commenting on because everyone now knows the media are addicted to fabricating this crap while hiding behind their phony sources, so why call even more attention to it? And how do we know Politico‘s sources are phony? Because a media who actually cared about things like truth, accuracy, and integrity would name the sources who burn them. But our media never do that because our media aren’t interested in reporting the truth. It’s the same with Jake Tapper’s “unnamed source” story about Trump promising a pardon to the Customs and Border Protection Commissioner if he violates our immigration laws. It’s all lies, all fabricated. We know that because CNN and Tapper spent two years lying to us, serially hoaxing us about Russia collusion, George Zimmerman, “hands up, don’t shoot,” the Covington High School boys, and Brett Kavanaugh. Everything the media reports is a lie, a deliberate lie… And if Politico is willing to lie about the small stuff, like a year-old Mount Vernon visit, imagine the lies Politico is willing to tell about things that actually matter. www.breitbart.com/the-media/2019/04/13/politico-caught-spreading-fake-news-trumps-mount-vernon-visit/ Absurd chaos at a Walmart
Photos Surface Revealing 2017 ‘Closed-Door’ Meeting Between Rep. Ilhan Omar and Turkish President Erdogan Conservative Review reporter Jordan Schachtel recently came upon an interesting tidbit in the Tusmo Times, a publication that covers the Somali community in the Twin Cities, Minnesota, area. He found a story there by the Somali-language paper’s founder and editor, Abdirahman Mukhtar, about a “closed-door meeting” that took place in New York City in September 2017 between visiting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and a then-relatively unknown Minnesota state representative named Ilhan Omar. Omar, a Muslim immigrant from Somalia who won election to the U.S. House of Representatives in November 2018, reportedly led a delegation of Somalis from Minnesota to meet with Erdogan in New York. Erdogan was in town for the annual UN General Assembly meeting and Omar flew in to meet him at a local hotel in downtown New York City. What is most interesting about this meeting, however, aside from the fact that the President of Turkey agreed to meet with a local Minnesota state legislator, is that it took place in the very same hotel room where Erdogan, either just before or just after his meeting with Omar, met with the assembled top leadership of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood. truepundit.com/photos-surface-revealing-2017-closed-door-meeting-between-rep-ilhan-omar-and-turkish-president-erdogan/
Yellow Vest Act 22: Clashes in Toulouse, Vikings in Paris Sporadic clashes with police marred Yellow Vests protests in Toulouse, the city chosen as the ‘capital’ of this week’s anti-government marches in France. Act 22 is the first since a controversial anti-rioting law took effect. This Saturday marked the 22nd consecutive week of the “Gilets Jaunes” movement as France once again saw anti-government protests, which were held in cities such as Lyon, Bordeaux, Marseilles, and Strasbourg. In the French capital of Paris alone, some 5,000 demonstrators took to the streets, according to the French Interior Ministry. Unlike some earlier protest gatherings, no major rioting has occurred so far this weekend. However, Toulouse, which was declared a “capital” of this Saturday’s protests, still saw street violence as the protest march there spiraled into clashes with police less than an hour after its beginning. The protesters were seen throwing stones, bottles, and firecrackers at the officers, who responded with tear gas. Police also blocked several streets and used water cannons to disperse the crowd. At least 23 people were detained in Toulouse following the clashes that left at least two people injured, according to Le Figaro. More www.rt.com/news/456422-yellow-vests-act-22/
France and Germany agree to take migrants off stranded NGO aid ship in the Mediterranean France is ready to take in 20 migrants from the rescue ship which has been stranded in the Mediterranean Sea, its interior minister said. Christopher Castaner said in a tweet his ministry will set a date in the coming hours to facilitate the transfer. He added that Germany and some other European partners will take in the migrants after they disembark at the nearest port in capital Valletta, Malta. Alan Kurdi, a ship named after a Syrian boy who drowned while trying to make it to Europe, rescued 64 irregular migrants off the Libyan coast on April 3. Malta, Italy and Libya have so far refused to accept the migrants, said Sea-Eye, the German humanitarian group which operates the ship. “The situation on board is really tough. We still have 62 people on board plus 17 crew members and the boat is really not made for so many people”, Carlotta Weibl, spokeswoman of Sea-Eye, told Anadolu Agency. More than 250 international non-governmental organizations – including Amnesty International, Doctors Without Borders and Sea Watch – wrote an open letter to German Chancellor Angela Merkel last week asking for her support on changing the EU’s refugee policy regulations. The rescue ship is the latest to be left adrift off the coast of Europe where governments are increasingly trying to push migrants back towards Africa. Sea-Eye initially tried to land on the Italian island of Lampedusa but Italy’s right-wing Interior Minister Matteo Salvini – who has turned away several rescue ships in the past year – rejected the migrants, saying that Berlin should take them instead. He eventually agreed to let two minors and their mothers disembark, but they refused to do so without the children’s fathers, who were not allowed off the ship. The ship then headed for Malta. voiceofeurope.com/2019/04/france-and-germany-agree-to-take-migrants-off-stranded-ngo-aid-ship-in-the-mediterranean/
Scientologists, Satanism and The Manson Family The Process Church of the Final Judgment, commonly known as the Process Church, was a religious group established in London in 1966. Its founders were the British couple Mary Ann MacClean and Robert de Grimston and it spread across parts of the United Kingdom and United States during the latter 1960s and 1970s. The Process Church was established by MacLean and de Grimston in London in 1966. The pair had met several years previously, when they were both members of the Church of Scientology. The duo were ejected from the Church in 1962 and married the following year. They started a Scientology splinter group called Compulsions Analysis, which gained new religious elements and developed into the Process Church. Its members initially lived in a commune in Mayfair before moving to Xtul in Mexico's Yucatan peninsula. They later established a base of operations in the United States in New Orleans. Prosecutors investigating the Los Angeles murders committed by the Manson Family in 1969 suggested that there were links between Charles Manson and the Process Church. Although no proof of such a connection was ever provided, the allegations damaged the Church's reputation. In the early 1970s, the sociologist William Sims Bainbridge studied the group, producing an in-depth account of its activities. In 1974, MacLean and de Grimston separated. The latter tried to continue the group with a small following, but this folded in 1979. MacLean retained the allegiance of the majority of Church members, reforming the group as the Foundation Church of the Millennium and taking it into an explicitly Christian direction. It was later transformed into the Best Friends Animal Society, based at Kanab, Utah. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Process_Church_of_the_Final_Judgment The Process held that God is made of four separate parts equally worthy of worship – Jehovah, Christ, Lucifer and Satan — and that a person must worship all four in succession to gain enlightenment. Their newsletter was in vogue during the era of flower power, and featured articles about the Rolling Stones, Charles Manson and the like. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_de_Grimston
London police fire shots & seal off Ukrainian Embassy after ‘ramming attack’ on envoy’s car Police “discharged firearms” and sealed off a street in the western Holland Park area of London after a reported confrontation with a vehicle near the Ukrainian Embassy. Witnesses heard at least 10 gunshots fired. Ruptly’s footage from the scene shows a sedan with its doors open in the middle of the street and forensic officers examining the area. The location has been cordoned off and a heavy police presence can be seen. The Ukrainian Embassy described the incident as a “deliberate” ramming of the ambassador’s parked car. “The police were called immediately, and the suspect’s vehicle was blocked up. Nevertheless, despite the police actions, the attacker hit the ambassador’s car again. In response, the police were forced to open fire on the perpetrator’s vehicle. The culprit was apprehended and taken to a police station,” the embassy said in a statement. www.rt.com/uk/456424-shooting-ukraine-embassy-london/
Rivlin rebukes Bolsonaro: ‘No one will order forgiveness of the Jewish people’ President joins Yad Vashem in reprimanding Brazilian leader for saying crimes of Holocaust can be forgiven; Israeli envoy: ‘At no point’ did Bolsonaro show disrespect President Reuven Rivlin on Saturday rebuked his Brazilian counterpart Jair Bolsonaro for saying this week that the crimes of the Holocaust can be forgiven, though not forgotten. “No one will order the forgiveness of the Jewish people, and it can never be bought in the name of interests,” he said. “What [the Nazis] did to us is etched into our memory, the memory of an ancient people,” Rivlin wrote on Twitter. “We will never cooperate with those who deny the truth or try to erase it from memory — not by individuals and groups, not by party leaders and not by heads of state,” he wrote, the last being in apparent reference to Bolsonaro. “We will never forgive and never forget. No one will order the forgiveness of the Jewish people, and it can never be bought in the name of interests.” Rivlin said the Jewish people would “always fight against anti-Semitism and xenophobia,” while calling on politicians not to wade into historically fraught matters. “Political leaders are responsible for shaping the future. Historians describe the past and research what happened. Neither should stray into the territory of the other,” he said. www.timesofisrael.com/yad-vashem-rebukes-bolsonaro-no-ones-place-to-say-holocaust-can-be-forgiven/
Zuckerberg compensation more than doubles with $22.6 million Facebook paycheck (Reuters) - Facebook Inc Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg’s compensation for 2018 more than doubled to $22.6 million, a regulatory filing showed on Friday. Facebook has in the past few years faced public outcry over its role in Russia's alleged influence on the 2016 U.S. presidential election and has come under fire following revelations that Cambridge Analytica obtained personal data from millions of Facebook profiles without consent. Separately, Facebook said Netflix Chief Executive Officer Reed Hastings would vacate his seat on the social media company’s board and not be nominated for re-election. Hastings’ departure comes as the Menlo Park-based company beefs up its push into videos. Hastings has served on Facebook’s board since 2011. Facebook also said it will nominate PayPal’s senior vice president of core markets, Peggy Alford, to its board in place of University of North Carolina president emeritus Erskine Bowles, who will also not be re-nominated. The company’s shares closed at $179.07 Friday evening. www.reuters.com/article/us-facebook-compensation-idUSKCN1RO2KH
Israeli Airstrike On Northern Hama Destroyed Syrian Long-Range Rocket Launcher The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) lost at least one Maysalun heavy artillery rocket launcher as a result of the recent Israeli airstrikes on the town of Umm Haratayn in northern Hama, a photo released by pro-government activists on April 13 revealed. Despite the low quality of the photo, the base of the launch rail, the back stairs and the hydraulic outriggers stabilizers can be seen in the remains of the rocket launcher. Maysalun is a Syrian-made variant of the Iranian Zelzal-2 unguided long-range artillery rocket. The rocket has a range of 210km and a heavy high-explosive (HE) warhead. Israeli sources had accused Iran and Syria of installing guidance systems in these types of rockets, effectively converting them into precision-guided rockets. While the rocket launcher was destroyed in Umm Haratayn, the new Israeli attack was focused on the town of Masyaf in western Hama. According to RT, Israeli warplanes destroyed the College of Management, the Scientific Research center and the Accounting School in the town. More than 23 people, including 3 Syrian service members, were injured as a result. According to the available information, Israeli warplanes launched stand-off munitions at their targets from Lebanon airspace. The Israeli Air Force (IAF) has launched multiple attacks on Syria in the same way since 2011. southfront.org/israeli-airstrike-on-northern-hama-destroyed-syrian-long-range-rocket-launcher/
Ecuador Hacked After Julian Assange Arrest Two days after the Thursday arrest of Julian Assange at Ecuador's London embassy, several government websites were hacked; including Ecuador's official website, the Central Bank of Ecuador, the Ministry of the Interior and the Ecuadorian Assembly in the UK, according to Gateway Pundit's Cassandra Fairbanks, who was in London last week and documented the run-up to Assange's arrest. Concurrent with the breach, a hacking group operating under the name "AL1NE3737" released a database containing the full names and passwords for what appear to be 728 Ecuadorian government employees. Furthermore, Ecuador's sites were hit with Denial of Service (DoS) attacks. According to DefCon Lab. Among those involved in these attacks stand out from the groups / hacker DeathLaw , 5UB5, Cyb3r C0nven Security and Al1ne ( Pryzraky ). DoS actions has consistently been against the Ecuadorian government targets, the country that gave Julian Assange to the UK police." -DefCon Lab The hacker Al1ne ( Pryzraky ) performed page defacements against and released a list of vulnerable targets related to the government of Ecuador. Agrocalidad - The Agency of Regulation and Control Fito and Zoosanitario: www.agrocalidad.gob.ec/ Metropolitan Transit Agency: www.amt.gob.ec/ Instituto Geográfico Militar - Ecuador: www.igm.gob.ec/ As noted by Fairbanks, "The cyber attack was reminiscent of 2010’s “Operation Avenge Assange” which was launched by the broader “Operation Payback” effort. The movement lead to hacktivists hitting companies such as PayPal, PostFinance, Mastercard, Visa, and others who had blocked services to WikiLeaks with a distributed denial-of-service (DDOS) attack. This is when a website is flooded with fake traffic until it crashes and goes offline." Following Assange's Thursday arrest, more than 70 MPs and peers signed a letter urging the UK home secretary to ensure that the WikiLeaks founder is extradited to Sweden if Swedish authorities request it. Sweden is considering whether to open a previously-dropped investigation into allegations of rape and sexual assault against Assange. The United States, meanwhile, wants to try Assange for the largest-ever leak of government secrets in 2010. On Thursday, the Justice Department hit him with an indictment that claims the WikiLeaks founder helped former US Army intelligence analyst crack DoD password using Linux. "The indictment alleges that in March 2010, Assange engaged in a conspiracy with Chelsea Manning, a former intelligence analyst in the U.S. Army, to assist Manning in cracking a password stored on U.S. Department of Defense computers connected to the Secret Internet Protocol Network (SIPRNet), a U.S. government network used for classified documents and communications," reads a DOJ press release. Materials Manning released included videos of various US airstrikes in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as the "Iraq War Logs" and "Afghan War Diary." Assange faces five years in prison if convicted in the Manning case. www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-04-13/ecuador-hacked-after-julian-assange-arrest
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