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Up to five pro-Russian gunmen have been killed near the eastern Ukrainian city of Slovyansk according to the Ukrainian Interior Ministry after the Ukrainian army moved to demolish illegal checkpoints on its outskirts. One checkpoint was abandoned to the north when five armoured personnel carriers arrived with what appeared well-armed and disciplined troops flying the Ukrainian flag, but latest reports... Read more →

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Up to five pro-Russian gunmen have been killed near the eastern Ukrainian city of Slovyansk according to the Ukrainian Interior Ministry after the Ukrainian army moved to demolish illegal checkpoints on its outskirts.

One checkpoint was abandoned to the north when five armoured personnel carriers arrived with what appeared well-armed and disciplined troops flying the Ukrainian flag, but latest reports say when the troops left after demolishing it, pro-Russian forces returned.

Three more checkpoints were destroyed to the north-east, and this is where the exchange of fire produced the casualties. Rebel sources said two more pro-Russian fighters were killed on a road leading to the town of Svyatogorsk, which the Ukrainian army claimed to have recaptured on Wednesday.

Russian President Vladimir Putin issued a warning on Thursday that any use of its army by Ukraine in the east would be a “very serious crime” and have “consequences”.

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Massive sandstorm sweeps across China http://preparingfortheperfectstorm.com/2014/04/24/massive-sandstorm-sweeps-across-china/ http://preparingfortheperfectstorm.com/2014/04/24/massive-sandstorm-sweeps-across-china/#comments Thu, 24 Apr 2014 19:04:55 +0000 http://preparingfortheperfectstorm.com/?p=14133

A huge sandstorm has swept through northwestern China causing over 100 fires, extensive damage and reduced visibility to zero in some states.

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A huge sandstorm has swept through northwestern China causing over 100 fires, extensive damage and reduced visibility to zero in some states.

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Aborted Babies Burned for Electric Power in USA http://preparingfortheperfectstorm.com/2014/04/24/aborted-babies-burned-electric-power-usa/ http://preparingfortheperfectstorm.com/2014/04/24/aborted-babies-burned-electric-power-usa/#comments Thu, 24 Apr 2014 18:44:55 +0000 http://preparingfortheperfectstorm.com/?p=14131

A shocking admission from authorities in Victoria, British Columbia reveals that the remains of aborted babies are disposed of in the US and sent to a facility that burns waste to provide electric power for Oregon residents. According to LifeSiteNews, The British Columbia Health Ministry confirmed that biomedical waste is shipped to the U.S. for destruction. Such waste includes “human tissue,... Read more →

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A shocking admission from authorities in Victoria, British Columbia reveals that the remains of aborted babies are disposed of in the US and sent to a facility that burns waste to provide electric power for Oregon residents.

According to LifeSiteNews, The British Columbia Health Ministry confirmed that biomedical waste is shipped to the U.S. for destruction. Such waste includes “human tissue, such as surgically removed cancerous tissue, amputated limbs, and fetal tissue.”

“Kristan Mitchell, executive director of the Oregon Refuse and Recycling Association, told the B.C. Catholic that the ‘biomedical waste’ likely ends up at the Covanta Marion waste-to-energy facility in Oregon since it is the only facility that uses waste to power the grid,” LifeSiteNews reports.

The Oregon Refuse and Recycling Association also confirmed the reports.

The facility reportedly burns 800 tons of medical waste a year, turning it into electric power for homes and businesses.

This new report comes only a month after it was revealed that 15,500 aborted babies were incinerated to provide power for Britain’s NHS hospitals.

 

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US troops arrive in Poland for exercises across Eastern Europe amid Ukraine crisis http://preparingfortheperfectstorm.com/2014/04/23/us-troops-arrive-poland-exercises-across-eastern-europe-amid-ukraine-crisis/ http://preparingfortheperfectstorm.com/2014/04/23/us-troops-arrive-poland-exercises-across-eastern-europe-amid-ukraine-crisis/#comments Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:21:43 +0000 http://preparingfortheperfectstorm.com/?p=14129

WASHINGTON –  U.S. Army paratroopers are arriving in Poland on Wednesday as part of a wave of U.S. troops heading to shore up America’s Eastern European allies in the face of Russian meddling in Ukraine. Pentagon press secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby said an initial contingent of about 600 troops will head to four countries across Eastern Europe for military... Read more →

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WASHINGTON –  U.S. Army paratroopers are arriving in Poland on Wednesday as part of a wave of U.S. troops heading to shore up America’s Eastern European allies in the face of Russian meddling in Ukraine.

Pentagon press secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby said an initial contingent of about 600 troops will head to four countries across Eastern Europe for military exercises over the next month.

First, about 150 soldiers from the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team based in Vicenza, Italy, are arriving in Poland.

Additional Army companies will head to Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania and are expected to arrive by Monday for similar land-based exercises in those countries.

The show of strength comes as the United States, European allies and Ukraine try to ease tensions with Russia and pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine. All sides struck a diplomatic agreement last week, but it remains unclear whether pro-Russian demonstrators, who took over a series of government buildings in the wake of Russia’s annexation of Crimea, will back down.

Under the current plan, U.S. troops would rotate in and out of the four Eastern European countries for additional exercises on a recurring basis.

“We’re looking at trying to keep this rotational presence persistent throughout the rest of this year,” Kirby told reporters, adding that over time the exercises could expand to other countries.

 

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IRS revokes conservative group’s tax-exempt status over anti-Clinton statements http://preparingfortheperfectstorm.com/2014/04/22/irs-revokes-conservative-groups-tax-exempt-status-anti-clinton-statements/ http://preparingfortheperfectstorm.com/2014/04/22/irs-revokes-conservative-groups-tax-exempt-status-anti-clinton-statements/#comments Tue, 22 Apr 2014 14:51:39 +0000 http://preparingfortheperfectstorm.com/?p=14127

The Internal Revenue Servicehas revoked the tax-exempt status of a conservative charity for making statements critical of Hillary Rodham Clinton and John Kerry, according to a USA Today report. The Patrick Henry Center for Individual Liberty, based in Manassas, Va., “has shown a pattern of deliberate and consistent intervention in political campaigns” and made “repeated statements supporting or opposing various... Read more →

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The Internal Revenue Servicehas revoked the tax-exempt status of a conservative charity for making statements critical of Hillary Rodham Clinton and John Kerry, according to a USA Today report.

The Patrick Henry Center for Individual Liberty, based in Manassas, Va., “has shown a pattern of deliberate and consistent intervention in political campaigns” and made “repeated statements supporting or opposing various candidates by expressing its opinion of the respective candidate’s character and qualifications,” according to a written determination released Friday by the IRS.

The IRS said the center acted as an “action organization” by publishing alerts on its website for columns written by its president, former FBI agent Gary Aldrich, the Washington Free Beacon reported.

The IRS pointed out a column that appeared to be published by Townhall on April 2, 2004, in which Mr. Aldrich wrote, “if John Kerry promises otherwise ill-informed swing-voters lower gas prices at the pump, more than a few greedy, registered ignoramuses will follow him anywhere,” the Free Beacon reported.

Another article cited by the IRS was a 2005 piece titled “Stop Hillary Now!,” which rallied “Clinton haters” to inform voters of Hillary Clinton’s “atrocious conduct,” USA Today reported.
IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said in an interview with The Washington Post last week that the IRS and Treasury Department are likely to rewrite controversial draft guidelines to better define “candidate-related political activities.”

“My bottom line is that it’s in everyone’s interest to have clarification,” he said. “My position since I started more than four months ago is that we ought to have clarity, and that any rule that comes out ought to be fair and easy to administer.”

Conservatives have argued that the proposals are just another way for the Obama administration to target right-leaning groups.

A Fox News poll published last week revealed that 49 percent of American voters believe the IRS intentionally targeted conservative organizations.

 

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BLM Eyes 90,000 Acres of Texas Land http://preparingfortheperfectstorm.com/2014/04/22/blm-eyes-90000-acres-texas-land/ http://preparingfortheperfectstorm.com/2014/04/22/blm-eyes-90000-acres-texas-land/#comments Tue, 22 Apr 2014 14:21:15 +0000 http://preparingfortheperfectstorm.com/?p=14125

BLM Eyes 90,000 Acres of Texas Land After the recent Bundy Ranch episode by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Texans are becoming more concerned about the BLM’s focus on 90,000 acres along a 116 mile stretch of the Texas/Oklahoma boundary. The BLM is reviewing the possible federal takeover and ownership of privately-held lands which have been deeded property... Read more →

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BLM Eyes 90,000 Acres of Texas Land

After the recent Bundy Ranch episode by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Texans are becoming more concerned about the BLM’s focus on 90,000 acres along a 116 mile stretch of the Texas/Oklahoma boundary. The BLM is reviewing the possible federal takeover and ownership of privately-held lands which have been deeded property for generations of Texas landowners.
Sid Miller, former Texas State Representative and Republican candidate for Texas Agriculture Commissioner, has since made the matter a campaign issue to Breitbart Texas.

“In Texas,” Miller says, “the BLM is attempting a repeat of an action taken over 30 years ago along the Red River when Tommy Henderson lost a federal lawsuit. The Bureau of Land Management took 140 acres of his property and didn’t pay him one cent.”

Miller referred to a 1986 case where the BLM attempted to seize some of Henderson’s land. Henderson sued the BLM and lost 140 acres that had been in his family for generations. Now the BLM is looking at using the prior case as a precedent to claim an additional 90,000 acres.

Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-TX) represents the ranchers in this region of north Texas. According to Thornberry’s legislative analysts, the issue of the ownership of this land dates back to the Louisiana Purchase of 1803. When the BLM made the claim on Henderson’s land, their position was that Texas never had the authority to deed the land to private parties and therefore it would fall under federal control.

In 1922, the U.S. Supreme Court attempted to settle the boundary dispute in Oklahoma v. Texas and declared the boundary to be defined by wooden stakes set on the river bank. That boundary apparently lasted no longer than anyone could expect wooden stakes to last in the shifting sands of a meandering river. In 2000, Texas and Oklahoma’s legislatures agreed to a “Red River Boundary Compact” which defined the border between the states as the southern vegetation line. However, Congress must ratify agreements of this kind between the states according to Article 1, Section 10 (Clause 3) of the U.S. Constitution. Congressman Thornberry introduced House Joint Resolution 72 during the 106th Congress to codify the compact into U.S. Law.

The matter became somewhat of a national question drawing the attention of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, “The U.S. Supreme Court has tried twice to settle this dispute, which at one point brought the governor of Oklahoma to the border in a tank…However, true to the slogan ‘One Riot, One Ranger,’ the good governor of Oklahoma and his tank was held off by a lone Texas Ranger on his horse.”

 

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Global demand for fresh water set to exceed supply http://preparingfortheperfectstorm.com/2014/04/21/global-demand-fresh-water-set-exceed-supply/ http://preparingfortheperfectstorm.com/2014/04/21/global-demand-fresh-water-set-exceed-supply/#comments Mon, 21 Apr 2014 14:24:07 +0000 http://preparingfortheperfectstorm.com/?p=14121

Think about this the next time your mouth goes dry and you could really use a glass of cool, clean water: Analysts with Bank of America Merrill Lynch Global Research warn in a recent report that, when it comes to global drinking water supplies, a “perfect storm” is approaching. “Water scarcity is a pressing people and planet issue,” they write,... Read more →

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Think about this the next time your mouth goes dry and you could really use a glass of cool, clean water: Analysts with Bank of America Merrill Lynch Global Research warn in a recent report that, when it comes to global drinking water supplies, a “perfect storm” is approaching.

“Water scarcity is a pressing people and planet issue,” they write, noting that 768 million people around the world have no access to clean drinking water and 2.5 billion are without proper sanitation.

Fresh water makes up about 2.5 percent of all the water on earth. Meanwhile, humans have already reached “peak water,” according to B of A. That means we’re at the limit, or approaching the limit, of environmental, physical and economic demands on the renewable freshwater supply.

The report also projects that half of the world’s population will be dealing with “water stress” conditions – defined as when the demand for water is exceeded by the available amount — by 2030. And by 2050, 45 percent of projected GDP could be at risk, with as many as 50 nations expected to be involved in conflicts over water.

Water shortages and scarcity are already a major issue in the U.S. The ongoing drought in California is affecting food prices across the country. Meanwhile, the state is planning a series of costly and controversial water desalination plants along its coastline.

In California, “water has become the input that is constraining all agricultural outputs right now,” said J.R. DeShazo, director of UCLA’s Luskin Center for Innovation. “And I think that has renewed the policy focus, and the management focus, on how to better utilize what we have, and how to plan for, in the future, reliability and supplies.”

Several years ago the Environmental Protection Agency estimated the average annual U.S. water bill, per household at around $300. It also noted that most Americans pay less for their drinking water than they do for electricity, cable television, telephone or other goods and services.

But those days appear to be over. As a result, DeShazo said, Americans need to rethink their water usage. “We have treated it as if it were a free resource, as if it were a superabundant resource.”

And while there are a variety of public policy solutions when it comes to how we deal with energy, waste disposal and recycling issues, he added, our approach to water supply and management still needs to come into the 21st century.

 

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Experts warn civilian world not ready for massive EMP-caused blackout http://preparingfortheperfectstorm.com/2014/04/21/experts-warn-civilian-world-ready-massive-emp-caused-blackout/ http://preparingfortheperfectstorm.com/2014/04/21/experts-warn-civilian-world-ready-massive-emp-caused-blackout/#comments Mon, 21 Apr 2014 14:07:29 +0000 http://preparingfortheperfectstorm.com/?p=14118

The catastrophic effects of an electromagnetic pulse-caused blackout could be preventable, but experts warn the civilian world is still not ready. Peter Vincent Pry, executive director of the Task Force on National and Homeland Security and director of the U.S. Nuclear Strategy Forum, both congressional advisory boards, said the technology to avoid disaster from electromagnetic pulses exists, and upgrading the nation’s... Read more →

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The catastrophic effects of an electromagnetic pulse-caused blackout could be preventable, but experts warn the civilian world is still not ready.

Peter Vincent Pry, executive director of the Task Force on National and Homeland Security and director of the U.S. Nuclear Strategy Forum, both congressional advisory boards, said the technology to avoid disaster from electromagnetic pulses exists, and upgrading the nation’s electrical grid is financially viable.

“The problem is not the technology,” Pry said. “We know how to protect against it. It’s not the money, it doesn’t cost that much. The problem is the politics. It always seems to be the politics that gets in the way.”

He said the more officials plan, the lower the estimated cost gets.

“If you do a smart plan — the Congressional EMP Commission estimated that you could protect the whole country for about $2 billion,” Pry told Watchdog.org. “That’s what we give away in foreign aid to Pakistan every year.”

In the first few minutes of an EMP, nearly half a million people would die. That’s the worst-case scenario that author William R. Forstchenestimated in 2011 would be the result of an EMP on the electric grid — whether by an act of God, or a nuclear missile detonating in Earth’s upper atmosphere.

An electromagnetic pulse is a burst of electromagnetic energy strong enough to disable, and even destroy, nearby electronic devices.

The scenario sounds like something in a Hollywood film, but the U.S. military has been preparing its electronic systems for such an event since the Cold War. The protective measures taken to harden facilities against a nuclear attack also help in some cases to protect against EMPs.

The civilian world is another story.

 

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Jews ordered to register in east Ukraine http://preparingfortheperfectstorm.com/2014/04/17/jews-ordered-register-east-ukraine/ http://preparingfortheperfectstorm.com/2014/04/17/jews-ordered-register-east-ukraine/#comments Thu, 17 Apr 2014 19:35:40 +0000 http://preparingfortheperfectstorm.com/?p=14116

Jews in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk where pro-Russian militants have taken over government buildings were told they have to “register” with the Ukrainians who are trying to make the city become part of Russia, according to Ukrainian and Israeli media. Jews emerging from a synagogue say they were handed leaflets that ordered the city’s Jews to provide a... Read more →

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Jews in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk where pro-Russian militants have taken over government buildings were told they have to “register” with the Ukrainians who are trying to make the city become part of Russia, according to Ukrainian and Israeli media.

Jews emerging from a synagogue say they were handed leaflets that ordered the city’s Jews to provide a list of property they own and pay a registration fee “or else have their citizenship revoked, face deportation and see their assets confiscated,” reported Ynet News, Israel’s largest news website.

Donetsk is the site of an “anti-terrorist” operation by the Ukraine government, which has moved military columns into the region to force out militants who are demanding a referendum be held on joining Russia. The news was carried first by the Ukraine’s Donbass news agency.

The leaflets bore the name of Denis Pushilin, who identified himself as chairman of “Donetsk’s temporary government,” and were distributed near the Donetsk synagogue and other areas, according to the reports.

Pushilin acknowledged that fliers were distributed under his organization’s name in Donetsk but denied any connection to them, Ynet reported in Hebrew.

Emanuel Shechter, in Israel, told Ynet his friends in Donetsk sent him a copy of the leaflet through social media.

“They told me that masked men were waiting for Jewish people after the Passover eve prayer, handed them the flier and told them to obey its instructions,” he said.

The leaflet begins, “Dear Ukraine citizens of Jewish nationality,” and states that all people of Jewish descent over 16 years old must report to the Commissioner for Nationalities in the Donetsk Regional Administration building and “register.”

It says the reason is because the leaders of the Jewish community of Ukraine supported Bendery Junta, a reference to Stepan Bandera, the leader of the Ukrainian nationalist movement that fought for Ukrainian independence at the end of World War II, “and oppose the pro-Slavic People’s Republic of Donetsk,” a name adopted by the militant leadership.

The leaflet then described which documents Jews should provide: “ID and passport are required to register your Jewish religion, religious documents of family members, as well as documents establishing the rights to all real estate property that belongs to you, including vehicles.”

Consequences for non-compliance will result in citizenship being revoked “and you will be forced outside the country with a confiscation of property.” A registration fee of $50 would be required, it said.

Olga Reznikova, 32, a Jewish resident of Donetsk, told Ynet she never experienced anti-Semitism in the city until she saw this leaflet.

“We don’t know if these notifications were distributed by pro-Russian activists or someone else, but it’s serious that it exists,” she said. “The text reminds of the fascists in 1941,” she said referring to the Nazis who occupied Ukraine during World War II.

Morton Klein, president of the Zionist Organization of America, the oldest pro-Israel group in the USA, said the leaflets should be seen in the context of a rising tide of anti-Semitism across Europe and the world, and that it should prompt a strong response from the White House.

“This is a frightening new development in the anti-Jewish movement that is gaining traction around the world,” Klein said.

Secretary of State John Kerry called the incident “grotesque.”

“It is beyond unacceptable,” Kerry said. “And any of the people who engage in these kinds of activities — from whatever party or whatever ideology or whatever place they crawl out of — there is no place for that.”

Kerry participated Thursday in a conference on the Ukraine crisis with his counterparts from Russia, Ukraine and the European Union. The parties issued a statement saying “The participants strongly condemned and rejected all expressions of extremism, racism and religious intolerance, including anti-semitism.”

 

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TRIGGERING WWIII BY ACCIDENT? http://preparingfortheperfectstorm.com/2014/04/17/triggering-wwiii-accident/ http://preparingfortheperfectstorm.com/2014/04/17/triggering-wwiii-accident/#comments Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:40:05 +0000 http://preparingfortheperfectstorm.com/?p=14114

Wednesday, Ed Lucas of The Economist gave a frightening account of how the Ukrainian crisis could escalate into nuclear war. As The Economist’s former Moscow bureau chief, he is better qualified than most to understand the threat of renewed Russian expansionism. Rush Limbaugh has since picked up on the real possibility of this dreadful scenario. Recent developments, including protesters killed Wednesday and the capture of military vehicles... Read more →

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Wednesday, Ed Lucas of The Economist gave a frightening account of how the Ukrainian crisis could escalate into nuclear war.

As The Economist’s former Moscow bureau chief, he is better qualified than most to understand the threat of renewed Russian expansionism. Rush Limbaugh has since picked up on the real possibility of this dreadful scenario.

Recent developments, including protesters killed Wednesday and the capture of military vehicles by pro-Moscow elements, clearly indicate that the crisis is worsening. But could it turn into an East-West shooting war?

NATO, the military alliance established to defend Europe from the Soviet Union, now has members that border the Ukraine, some of whom have sizable ethnic Russian communities which President Putin could use yet again as a cover for intervention.

A majority of U.S. security experts recently polled see the Obama administration as having no leverage over Moscow to stop further military action. As a result, the imminent Geneva talks on a peaceful resolution seem doomed to fail.

At the same time, the Secretary General of NATO has continued to make strong statements on deployment of NATO assets on the soil and above the air of NATO states in Eastern Europe and the Baltics: “We will have more planes in the air, more ships on the water … and more readiness on the land.”

Indications on the ground appear to show that Russia is still actively engaged in promoting violence through a fifth column of sympathizers or covert agents, with recent arrests of protesters showing that they are equipped for command and control purposes with cell phones from Russia.

As the strategist Steven Metz wrote Wednesday, Russia has demonstrated great skill in unconventional warfare techniques from the very start of the crisis, skills that the U.S. seems unable to match.

Could this all lead to a third global conflict, this time involving nuclear armed forces on both sides? The lessons from how the last two World Wars were triggered suggest that perhaps it could.

WWI was triggered by the violent attack of one ethnic nationalist who successfully killed the heir to the throne of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Gavrilo Princip wanted a free Serbian state and appealed to ethnic unity, much like the Kremlin’s agents in the Crimea and Ukraine are doing.

As for WWII, that was triggered by a leader who thought his nation had been unjustly treated – very similarly to the way in which Putin views the loss of the Soviet Union as thegreatest geostrategic tragedy of the twentieth century – who used a false flag operation to say his ethnic brethren in Poland were in danger and Germany must respond.

Unfortunately, it seems that the nations of the West have learned little from the 75 million deaths resulting from the two World Wars of the last century - and that the worst case scenario is far from impossible.

 

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