U.S. Army Fears Major War Likely Within Five Years — But Lacks The Money To Prepare


Stryker armored troopp carrier

Loren Thompson – August 24, 2916

What worries Army planners is that their service isn’t adequately prepared for any of these scenarios — much less a situation in which more than one unfolded simultaneously. Not only have U.S. ground forces been drawn down in Europe and Asia as Washington sought to rely more on air power and sea power for regional security, but investment in new technology for land combat is at a low ebb. The Army’s entire budget for developing and producing new equipment, from tanks to missiles to helicopters to howitzers, amounts to barely two days of federal spending annually.

The level of spending is almost unbelievably low. The Army spends less on procuring wheeled and tracked vehicles in a year than General Motors GM -0.44% generates in sales each week. Its $3.6 billion budget request for helicopter procurement, about eight hours worth of federal spending at current rates, is focused mainly on upgrading Reagan-era rotorcraft because it can’t afford to buy new ones. Its ammunition budget ($1.5 billion) isn’t much more than what Americans spend on fireworks each year (around $1 billion).


All-out Turkish-Kurd war. Barazani goes to Tehran


Ayaayatolla and Turkish negoiator

DEBKAfile – August 30, 2016

US-Turkish discord over the Turkish army’s onslaught on the Kurds of northern Syria reached a new low Wednesday, Aug. 30, when the presidential palace spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said in Ankara: “The US must revise its policy of supporting Kurdish forces.”

The demand came after a senior US official called on “all the armed actors in the fight against the Islamic State in northern Syria to stand down,” in an effort to contain the new conflict dragging northern Syria into further chaos.

The call was addressed equally to Ankara to freeze its military operations in Syria and to the Kurdish PYD-YPG militia to halt the flow of fraternal reinforcements for defending Mabij, the Syrian town the militia wrested from ISIS earlier this month with US assistance.


Global banks issue money warning


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Howard Schneider

JACKSON HOLE, Wyo. (Reuters) – Central bankers in charge of the vast bulk of the world’s economy delved deep into the weeds of money markets and interest rates over a three-day conference here, and emerged with a common plea to their colleagues in the rest of government: please help.

Mired in a world of low growth, low inflation and low interest rates, officials from the Federal Reserve, Bank of Japan and the European Central Bank said their efforts to bolster the economy through monetary policy may falter unless elected leaders stepped forward with bold measures. These would range from immigration reform in Japan to structural changes to boost productivity and growth in the U.S. and Europe.

Without that, they said, it would be hard to convince markets and households that things will get better, and encourage the shift in mood many economists feel are needed to improve economic performance worldwide.


Indestructible strain of E.coli ‘has reached the US’, researchers warn


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Mia De Graaf – August 29, 2016

Researchers have discovered America’s first untreatable strain of E. Coli bacteria.

The unique new superbug has mobile genes that make it resistant to two types of antibiotics, which are now considered last-line defenses against life-threatening bacteria.

It was discovered in a 76-year-old man who was treated in 2014 for a complicated urinary tract infection.

Scientists have spent months analyzing the patient’s blood and urine samples to understand why his infection was so challenging to treat.

And now, recent tests have shown the bacterium carried mcr-1, a gene that creates resistance to the last-ditch antibiotic colistin.


Hotel reportedly removes Bibles from rooms after atheist complaint


Holy Bible

Billy Hallowell – August 30, 2016

An atheist organization that has asked private hotels and publicly funded university-owned hotels to remove Bibles from their guest rooms has reportedly convinced the Thunderbird Executive Inn in Glendale, Arizona, to do just that.

According to a press release from The Freedom From Religion Foundation, an atheist activist group, rooms at the hotel “are now Bible free” after the organization requested their removal.

The sticking point for atheists is that the Thunderbird Executive Inn is located on the premises of the Thunderbird School of Global Management, which recently became a “unit” of Arizona State University, a public college.

With the hotel standing on public land and having an affiliation with the college, the Freedom From Religion Foundation sent a letter dated March 4, 2016, to Allen J. Morrison, CEO and director general of Thunderbird school, urging the removal of the Bibles.


As 2 hurricanes approach, meteorologists predict impacts worse than Iselle



Jobeth Devera – August 30, 2016

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) –National Weather Service forecasters say Hurricane Madeline could come dangerously close to the Big Island on Wednesday and may have impacts worse than Tropical Storm Iselle in 2014.

“This looks like potentially the strongest tropical cyclone, which includes hurricanes and tropical storms, to approach very close to the coast in the past several years,” said Central Pacific Hurricane Center meteorologist Chris Brenchley.

Tropical Storm Iselle toppled hundreds of albizia trees on the Big Island and caused an estimated $79 million in damage.

“The time is now to prepare,” said Brenchley.


Jerusalem group’s first priority: Build a third temple


Rabbi Chaim Richman

Andrew Tobin – August 18, 2016

“It’s time to build” — a new tagline being employed by the Temple Institute — encapsulates the group’s controversial mission to rally Jews to reconstruct the Temple that was the heart of their religion until its destruction 2,000 years ago.

Over much of those two millennia, mourning the loss of the Temple and longing for its restoration has been central to Jewish thought and practice.

“Our goal is to raise the consciousness of the Jewish people and all humanity toward the central role that the Holy Temple plays in the life of mankind,” said Rabbi Chaim Richman, the Massachusetts-born co-founder and the international director of the Temple Institute in Jerusalem. “We’re very much focused on getting the message out on all the channels of social media.”


US slams Turkey over ‘unacceptable clashes’ with Syria opposition, says they aid ISIS


Turkish military vehicles

RT – August 28, 2016

The US says clashes between Turkish forces and opposition groups in northern Syria are “unacceptable.” Washington is concerned this will take the focus away from fighting Islamic State and give the terrorist group the possibility to capture more territory.

Turkey’s use of force against Kurdish forces in Syria has not gone down well with the US, with Washington openly supporting the Kurdish YPG fighters, who have proved to be a vital ground force in the battle against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL).

“We want to make clear that we find these clashes – in areas where ISIL is not located – unacceptable and a source of deep concern,” Brett McGurk, the special presidential envoy for the coalition to counter Islamic State, said on his official Twitter account, citing a Defense Department statement.


Major Bank Official: Banks Are “Preparing for an Economic Nuclear Winter”


economic nuclear-winter

– August 29, 2016

After years of giveaways to megabanks, marketed to the taxpayers as ‘quantitative easing,’ the crutches shoved under the banker-controlled global stock trade are about to snap. Bankers now say they are preparing for the collapse.

In June of 2015, former Congressman Ron Paul predicted that these crutches would fail, and the financial bubbles created by them would send the stock market into a free-fall.

The consequences will not be minor. Surprises will be many, since we are in uncertain waters and the world has never faced the gross misallocation of capital that exists today. The process is self-limiting. It will come to an end, and it’s not going to be far into the future.


White House Celebrates Bringing In 10,000th Syrian Refugee Ahead Of Schedule


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Alex Pfeiffer – August 29, 2016

The White House announced Monday that the 10,000th Syrian refugee will arrive in the United States Monday afternoon, a month ahead of schedule.

The Obama administration announced in November 2015 that it planned to accept 10,000 refugees from Syria before Oct. 1, 2016.

“Today, I am pleased to announce that we will meet this goal more than a month ahead of schedule. Our 10,000th Syrian refugee will arrive this afternoon,” National Security Adviser Susan Rice said in a statement. “On behalf of the President and his Administration, I extend the warmest of welcomes to each and every one of our Syrian arrivals, as well as the many other refugees resettled this year from all over the world.”

The United States will admit at least a total of 85,000 refugees in 2016.