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Preparing For The Perfect Storm http://preparingfortheperfectstorm.com Wed, 17 Sep 2014 15:56:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 ISIS Releases Professional Looking ‘Movie Trailer’ http://preparingfortheperfectstorm.com/2014/09/17/isis-releases-professional-looking-movie-trailer/ http://preparingfortheperfectstorm.com/2014/09/17/isis-releases-professional-looking-movie-trailer/#comments Wed, 17 Sep 2014 15:56:12 +0000 http://preparingfortheperfectstorm.com/?p=14602

ISIS has released a very professional looking “movie trailer” titled Flames of War via YouTube. The 52-second video includes films of American troops involved in heavy fighting in what appears to be Iraq. With many...

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ISIS has released a very professional looking “movie trailer” titled Flames of War via YouTube.

The 52-second video includes films of American troops involved in heavy fighting in what appears to be Iraq. With many quick edits and slow-motion explosions, the trailer then focuses on exterior shots of the White House and President Barack Obama speaking about America’s engagement in Iraq.

The concluding title image has the words “Flames of War” set ablaze with a subtitle reading “Fighting has just begun.”

The final image is a black background with white text saying “Coming Soon.”

As the AP points out, the timing of the video’s release is probably not coincidental:

The video’s timing, released Tuesday, suggests it was a response to Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who said in testimony to the Senate Armed Services Committee that if the current Iraq strategy doesn’t prevail, he may recommend the use of ground troops.

 

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Iowa Dem Says She Wouldn’t Revoke Passports of Americans Fighting With ISIS http://preparingfortheperfectstorm.com/2014/09/17/iowa-dem-says-wouldnt-revoke-passports-americans-fighting-isis/ http://preparingfortheperfectstorm.com/2014/09/17/iowa-dem-says-wouldnt-revoke-passports-americans-fighting-isis/#comments Wed, 17 Sep 2014 15:11:50 +0000 http://preparingfortheperfectstorm.com/?p=14600

During a televised debate, last week, candidate for U.S. Congress Staci Appel (D-IA) opposed the idea of revoking passports of Americans who have admitted to joining and fighting with terrorist organizations. Appel said, “I...

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During a televised debate, last week, candidate for U.S. Congress Staci Appel (D-IA) opposed the idea of revoking passports of Americans who have admitted to joining and fighting with terrorist organizations.

Appel said, “I would not be urging taking away their passports. I think we need to make sure that we work through the system and look through it on a very diligent basis.” Her comment came after Republican candidate David Young said that if he were elected to Congress, he would call on the State Department to revoke the passports of admitted terrorists. Young, who previously served as U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley’s chief of staff said, “our State Department has that authority. Right now, they’re not doing it. They’re guising it under the gauge of religious freedom — that’s absurd to me.”

 

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Mice given human brain gene learned tasks faster http://preparingfortheperfectstorm.com/2014/09/16/mice-given-human-brain-gene-learned-tasks-faster/ http://preparingfortheperfectstorm.com/2014/09/16/mice-given-human-brain-gene-learned-tasks-faster/#comments Tue, 16 Sep 2014 19:09:00 +0000 http://preparingfortheperfectstorm.com/?p=14598

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Although it’s far from the sort of brain transplant beloved by science fiction enthusiasts, scientists have taken one step in that direction: they have spliced a key human brain gene...

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NEW YORK (Reuters) – Although it’s far from the sort of brain transplant beloved by science fiction enthusiasts, scientists have taken one step in that direction: they have spliced a key human brain gene into mice.

In the first study designed to assess how partially ‘humanizing’ brains of a different species affects key cognitive functions, scientists reported on Monday that mice carrying a human gene associated with language learned new ways to find food in mazes faster than normal mice.

By isolating the effects of one gene, the work sheds light on its function and hints at the evolutionary changes that led to the unique capabilities of the human brain.

For the study, scientists used hundreds of mice genetically engineered to carry the human version of Foxp2, a gene linked to speech and language. In a 2009 study, mice carrying human Foxp2 developed more-complex neurons and more-efficient brain circuits.

Building on that, neuroscientists led by Christiane Schreiweis and Ann Graybiel of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology trained mice to find chocolate in a maze. The animals had two options: use landmarks like lab equipment and furniture visible from the maze (“at the T-intersection, turn toward the chair”) or by the feel of the floor (“smooth, turn right;” “nubby, turn left”).

Mice with the human gene learned the route as well by seven days as regular mice did by 11, scientists reported in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

 

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White House officials warn Syria over ISIS mission http://preparingfortheperfectstorm.com/2014/09/16/white-house-officials-warn-syria-isis-mission/ http://preparingfortheperfectstorm.com/2014/09/16/white-house-officials-warn-syria-isis-mission/#comments Tue, 16 Sep 2014 14:21:39 +0000 http://preparingfortheperfectstorm.com/?p=14594

The United States would retaliate against Syrian President Bashar Assad’s air defenses if he were to go after American planes launching airstrikes in his country, a senior Obama administration official said Monday. Officials also...

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The United States would retaliate against Syrian President Bashar Assad’s air defenses if he were to go after American planes launching airstrikes in his country, a senior Obama administration official said Monday.

Officials also told Fox News that the U.S. has a good sense of where the Syrian air defenses, along with their command and control centers, are located. If Assad were to use those capabilities to threaten U.S. forces, it would put his air defenses at risk, a senior official told Fox News.

President Obama has authorized U.S. airstrikes inside Syria as part of a broad campaign to root out the Islamic State militant group, though no strikes have yet been launched in the country.

Asked Monday about the prospect of striking Assad’s regime if his forces were to target Americans, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said there will be “rules of engagement that are related to any military orders the president directs.”

“It won’t surprise you to know that there are contingencies related to self-defense when it comes to these sorts of rules of engagement,” he said.

The mere discussion of launching strikes in Syria has highlighted the complexity of taking U.S. military action inside a country locked in an intractable civil war. The conflict has created odd alliances, with both the U.S. and the Assad regime now fighting the Islamic State militant group.

 

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Texas sheriff issues warning to terrorists http://preparingfortheperfectstorm.com/2014/09/15/texas-sheriff-issues-warning-terrorists/ http://preparingfortheperfectstorm.com/2014/09/15/texas-sheriff-issues-warning-terrorists/#comments Mon, 15 Sep 2014 15:40:05 +0000 http://preparingfortheperfectstorm.com/?p=14592

Texas law enforcement on high alert amid new warnings that ISIS militants may have formed a terrorist cell across the border in Mexico. Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com

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Texas law enforcement on high alert amid new warnings that ISIS militants may have formed a terrorist cell across the border in Mexico.

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Big solar storm heading toward Earth http://preparingfortheperfectstorm.com/2014/09/12/big-solar-storm-heading-toward-earth/ http://preparingfortheperfectstorm.com/2014/09/12/big-solar-storm-heading-toward-earth/#comments Fri, 12 Sep 2014 14:38:15 +0000 http://preparingfortheperfectstorm.com/?p=14589

(CNN) — This is not your usual weather forecast. Big storms are brewing. Your umbrella won’t help, but you might want to keep a flashlight handy. These storms are coming from the sun. It’s...

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(CNN) — This is not your usual weather forecast. Big storms are brewing. Your umbrella won’t help, but you might want to keep a flashlight handy.

These storms are coming from the sun. It’s raining down a huge amount of radiation. We’re safe, but it could affect power grids, radios and satellites.

Experts say the combined energy from two recent solar events will arrive at Earth on Saturday, prompting the Space Weather Prediction Center to issue a strong geomagnetic storm watch.

Wait. What kind of watch? Basically, the sun is a giant ball of gas: 92.1% hydrogen and 7.8% helium. Every now and then, it spits out a giant burst of radiation called a coronal mass ejection.

These ejections are sometimes associated with solar flares, the most explosive events in the solar system. The sun has released two ejections in the past two days, and both are linked to solar flares. NASA says the second flare is an X1.6 class, putting it in the most intense category.

The energy from those two ejections is heading toward Earth.

Space weather experts aren’t sure what this solar storm will do.

“This is a pretty strong solar storm, and we just won’t know until it gets here” what it will do, said CNN meteorologist Chad Myers.

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Evidence Confirming The Vulnerability Of America’s Borders In The North And South http://preparingfortheperfectstorm.com/2014/09/11/evidence-confirming-vulnerability-americas-borders-north-south/ http://preparingfortheperfectstorm.com/2014/09/11/evidence-confirming-vulnerability-americas-borders-north-south/#comments Thu, 11 Sep 2014 16:25:19 +0000 http://preparingfortheperfectstorm.com/?p=14587

ORDER Breakthrough by James O’Keefe — Now out in Paperback! http://goo.gl/fgUuKO. In a Project Veritas investigation released Monday, James O’Keefe exposed the lack of security along our border with Canada. In the follow-up to...

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ORDER Breakthrough by James O’Keefe — Now out in Paperback! http://goo.gl/fgUuKO. In a Project Veritas investigation released Monday, James O’Keefe exposed the lack of security along our border with Canada. In the follow-up to the investigation that featured O’Keefe crossing the Rio Grande disguised as Osama bin Laden, the latest investigation illustrates the lack of border security by simulating a terrorist infiltration across Lake Erie and into Cleveland.

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Ted Cruz Booed Off Stage By Middle Eastern Christians For Standing In Solidarity With Israel And Jews http://preparingfortheperfectstorm.com/2014/09/11/ted-cruz-booed-stage-middle-eastern-christians-standing-solidarity-israel-jews/ http://preparingfortheperfectstorm.com/2014/09/11/ted-cruz-booed-stage-middle-eastern-christians-standing-solidarity-israel-jews/#comments Thu, 11 Sep 2014 14:28:03 +0000 http://preparingfortheperfectstorm.com/?p=14585

Well, Senator Ted Cruz had an interesting night in Washington DC Wednesday night and our Brody File camera crew was there to capture it all. Middle Eastern Christians booed Cruz off the stage during...

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Well, Senator Ted Cruz had an interesting night in Washington DC Wednesday night and our Brody File camera crew was there to capture it all.

Middle Eastern Christians booed Cruz off the stage during his speech at a summit in Washington DC. It was sponsored by a group called, ‘In Defense of Christians.” Cruz came to speak about Christian solidarity with Israel but some in the crowd were Palestinian Christian supporters of the Syrian government and even the terrorist group Hezbollah. Things got rowdy. Watch the video below to see how it unfolded. Partial transcript below as well.

Senator Ted Cruz: “Those who hate Israel hate America. Those who hate Jews hate Christians. If those in this room will not recognize that, then my heart weeps. If you hate the Jewish people you are not reflecting the teachings of Christ. And the very same people who persecute and murder Christians right now, who crucify Christians, who behead children, are the very same people who target Jews for their faith, for the same reason.”

Senator Ted Cruz: “My heart weeps that the men and women here will not stand in solidarity with Jews and Christians alike who are persecuted by radicals.”

 

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Russia reduces gas exports to Poland amid tensions over Ukraine http://preparingfortheperfectstorm.com/2014/09/11/russia-reduces-gas-exports-poland-amid-tensions-ukraine/ http://preparingfortheperfectstorm.com/2014/09/11/russia-reduces-gas-exports-poland-amid-tensions-ukraine/#comments Thu, 11 Sep 2014 14:08:04 +0000 http://preparingfortheperfectstorm.com/?p=14583

Russia’s gas supplies to Poland have dropped by 45%, Poland’s state gas firm PGNiG says, amid tensions over Ukraine. The news came just hours after Poland stopped providing gas to Ukraine through “reverse-flow” pipelines....

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Russia’s gas supplies to Poland have dropped by 45%, Poland’s state gas firm PGNiG says, amid tensions over Ukraine.

The news came just hours after Poland stopped providing gas to Ukraine through “reverse-flow” pipelines.

The Russian gas volumes were 24% lower on Tuesday and 20% lower on Monday, according to PGNiG. That shortfall prompted Poland to halt reverse-flow.

Poland and Ukraine rely heavily on Russian natural gas. Russia is in a pricing dispute over gas with Ukraine.

Some analysts believe Russia, which stopped gas supplies to Ukraine in June over the pricing dispute, is punishing Poland for sending gas to Ukraine.

Ukrainian forces have been fighting pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine since April, after the separatists declared independence in two regions.

Russia has denied arming the rebels and sending soldiers across the border.

On Wednesday Russia’s state gas monopoly Gazprom denied Poland’s allegation that it had reduced gas supplies.

“Currently exactly the same volume of gas is being delivered to Poland as on previous days – 23m cubic metres daily,” Gazprom said in a statement (in Russian) quoted by Russia’s Ria Novosti news agency.

Hungary and Slovakia pump much more gas to Ukraine than Poland via reverse-flow, but they have not yet reported a significant drop in their supply from Russia.

Earlier this year Gazprom and Russian President Vladimir Putin warned of consequences if EU member states went ahead with reverse-flow deliveries to Ukraine.

Mr Putin argued that such deliveries would undermine existing gas contracts with the EU.

The Russian business daily Kommersant reports (in Russian) that this week Poland asked for extra Russian gas supplies because of a cold snap, but Gazprom refused, saying it did not have enough gas to pump into Russia’s underground storage tanks.

 

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Russia successfully tests intercontinental nuclear missile, more planned: navy chief http://preparingfortheperfectstorm.com/2014/09/10/russia-successfully-tests-intercontinental-nuclear-missile-planned-navy-chief/ http://preparingfortheperfectstorm.com/2014/09/10/russia-successfully-tests-intercontinental-nuclear-missile-planned-navy-chief/#comments Wed, 10 Sep 2014 17:59:45 +0000 http://preparingfortheperfectstorm.com/?p=14581

(Reuters) – Russia carried out a successful test of its new Bulava intercontinental nuclear missile on Wednesday and will perform two more test launches in October and November, the head of its naval forces...

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(Reuters) – Russia carried out a successful test of its new Bulava intercontinental nuclear missile on Wednesday and will perform two more test launches in October and November, the head of its naval forces said.

The armed forces have boosted their military training and test drills since the start of the conflict in eastern Ukraine, which Russia considers in its traditional sphere of influence.

The 12-meter long Bulava, or mace, has undergone numerous tests, some successful, and can deliver an impact of up to 100 times the atomic blast that devastated Hiroshima in 1945.

Naval Commander-in-Chief Admiral Viktor Chirkov said the test launch had been carried out from the White Sea and that the test missile had hit its target in Russia’s far east.

“In October and November of this year, the naval fleet will carry out two more launches with two rocket cruisers equipped with ballistic missiles,” Interfax quoted Chirkov as saying.

A Bulava missile weighs 36.8 tonnes and can travel 8,000 km (5,000 miles) and hold 6-10 nuclear warheads.

 

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