Search teams and families hunted for loved ones Thursday after a strong system of storms and tornadoes killed at least 11 people across three states.
The storms also triggered a mudslide on a mountain in north Georgia’s Fannin County, dumped up to 10 inches of rain across parts of southeast Alabama and caused hundreds of flight delays for travelers trying to get home for Christmas.
Long lines filled concourses at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. FlightAware, a website that tracks airline flights, showed 550 flights had been canceled nationwide with 4,276 delays by midday. Atlanta had the largest percentage of delays, according to the site, but many flights also were late in New York and Washington, D.C.
At least three people were listed as missing in Mississippi. Authorities said two people were unaccounted for in Benton County, and another team was searching for a missing person southeast of Benton. Seven people, including a 7-year-old boy, were killed in Mississippi Wednesday, where multiple tornadoes were reported.
An 18-year-old Arkansas woman was also killed when a tree blew over onto a house and crashed into her bedroom.
Source: Desperate search for survivors after storms, tornadoes kill at least 11 | Fox News
A powerful report by the U.K. government accuses the Muslim Brotherhood of being sympathetic to terrorists and a risk to British national security, striking a contrast with the Obama administration’s more conciliatory approach – and fueling criticism that the U.S. government should wake up to the threat.
“I think the report is a damning indictment of the Muslim Brotherhood, and it’s a very realistic assessment of the nature of the Brotherhood itself,” Nile Gardiner, director of the Heritage Foundation’s Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom, told FoxNews.com. “The British government has taken a far more serious approach compared to the Obama administration’s.”
The internal review of the Muslim Brotherhood was ordered by Prime Minister David Cameron in April 2014 and while the report is classified, Cameron ordered the main findings of the report to be made public.
Click here to read the findings of the report.
Source: UK condemns Muslim Brotherhood in break from Obama administration | Fox News
Last week—before Donald Trump schlonged Hillary Clinton and charitably pledged not to kill journalists—there was a curious episode involving the GOP front-runner and Russian President Vladimir Putin that remains, even after the passage of several news cycles, worthy of a few dollops of reflection, since it may provide a true key to understanding Trump.
It all began when the Russian strongman hailed Trump as “a very bright and talented man.” He also pointed out the obvious: that Trump was the leader in the GOP presidential race. Trump replied with a bear hug. On MSNBC’s Morning Joe, he proudly commented, “When people call you brilliant, it’s always good, especially when the person heads up Russia.” Though host Joe Scarborough pressed Trump, noting that several journalists critical of the Putin regime have been slain, the tycoon turned politician stuck with his admiration for Putin and replied, “He’s running his country, and at least he’s a leader, you know, unlike what we have in this country.”
Days later, Trump declined to distance himself from his Putin-friendly remarks. He insisted it would be good for the United States if he became president because Putin respected him. Trump also defended Putin, saying, “If he has killed reporters, I think that’s terrible. But this isn’t like somebody that’s stood with a gun and he’s, you know, taken the blame or he’s admitted that he’s killed. He’s always denied it.” (According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, “Russia remains the worst country in Europe and Central Asia region at prosecuting journalists’ killers…[In] nearly 90 percent of murders of journalists in Russia, no one is convicted.”)
Source: Why Donald Trump Loves Vladimir Putin | Mother Jones
A 24-year-old black man, said to be unarmed, who was shot by Minneapolis police on Sunday, has died, a local television station reported on Tuesday, citing his brother.
Community activists have identified the deceased as Jamar Clark and said he was unarmed. Police said he was not handcuffed when he was shot, but activists dispute that and say he was shot in the head.
Relatives of the dead man could not be reached immediately, and Minneapolis officials have declined to confirm his death.
Source: Man Shot by Minneapolis Police Dies: Report | Al Jazeera America
The Russian warplanes destroyed two long convoys of ISIL’s oil tankers in the Homs province. The first convoy with at least 8 oil tankers and some other military vehicles was targeted by the Russian Air Force near the city of Palmyra. Militants accompanying the convoy were also killed in the air raid. The joint squadron of the Russian and Syrian frontline bombers also destroyed 14 oil tankers and their guards near Sukhnah.
According to the reports, the Russian and Syrian Air Forces have been focusing their efforts in the Homs province. The activity is aimed to support the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) military operations and to cut the oil smuggling routes in the area.
Source: Video: Russian War Planes Destroy Twenty-two ISIS Oil Tankers en Route to Turkey | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization
In American politics the nation of Russia, especially as personified in its leader Vladimir Putin, becomes all things to all men.
To many American “leftists”, Russia is a violently nationalist country that ruthlessly suppressed minority groups. To some on the ”American Right”, Putin is the second coming of Stalin who is working to subvert good old-fashioned American values around the world.
In line with the latter narrative, a certain Christian Gomez recently published an article on The New American website, the flagship of the John Birch Society, supposedly revealing that the Russian government is the real power behind the ISIS terrorist group, as well as being behind the recent terrorist attacks in Paris. The source of this “revelation” is a single, alleged and unidentified ‘defector’ from the FSB, Russia’s security service, who spilled these supposed secrets on Ukrainian television, a mouthpiece for the Washington-backed Kiev coup-junta that never misses an opportunity to slander all things Russian.
Such charges are absurd on their face; there is absolutely no evidence to hint, much less demonstrate, that Russian intelligence had any involvement in the formation of ISIS. Why Russia would want to support a terrorist entity that seeks to destabilize and overthrow its close and reliable ally, Bashar Assad of Syria, is never explained or analyzed by either the faux defector or his American champions at the John Birch Society.
Source: The Art of Blaming Russia for Everything … “Putin is the Real Power behind ISIS” | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization
It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning. (Henry Ford)
Give me control of a Nation’s money supply, and I care not who makes its laws. (M. A. Rothschild)
The Federal Reserve Bank (or simply the Fed), is shrouded in a number of myths and mysteries. These include its name, its ownership, its purported independence form external influences, and its presumed commitment to market stability, economic growth and public interest.
The first MAJOR MYTH, accepted by most people in and outside of the United States, is that the Fed is owned by the Federal government, as implied by its name: the Federal Reserve Bank. In reality, however, it is a private institution whose shareholders are commercial banks; it is the “bankers’ bank.” Like other corporations, it is guided by and committed to the interests of its shareholders—pro forma supervision of the Congress notwithstanding.
Source: Who Owns the Federal Reserve Bank—and Why is It Shrouded in Myths and Mysteries? | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization
For our economically inclined listeners here is the breakdown of what is happening.
A little while ago the Fed has raised its interbank rate from.5% to a whopping 1%. Wow. This is clearly a sign that everything is going to work out, right? Not exactly. Chris Rock, Jon Stewart and Robbin Williams deliver the funny in describing what this means for the US and the world, while Jim Rogers gives his expert opinion on the issue.
Read more: http://sputniknews.com/radio_as_if/20151221/1032095050/federal-reserve-rate-hike.html#ixzz3vD9jIyLp
Source: Federal Reserve’s Rate Hike Will Lead to… What?
2015 was a successful year for bitcoin, with a record amount of investment and an increasing acceptance by leading financial institutions. 2016 is predicted to be an even more fruitful year for the cryptocurrency.
Bitcoin is an innovative payment network perceived by some as the digital money of the future. Many, however, do not trust the platform, saying it is an unstable currency investment. Bitcoin was first introduced in 2008, by an unidentified person, or group of people, under the name “Satoshi Nakamoto.” Its unique ‘blockchain’ technology is aimed at avoiding central authority and allowing users to transfer the currency quickly and anonymously.
Bitcoin doesn’t require central bank control and instead relies on so-called ‘mining’ computers that validate blocks of transactions by competing to solve mathematical puzzles every 10 minutes. In return, the first computer to solve the puzzle and thereby clear the transactions is rewarded with 25 new bitcoins, currently worth around $11,000 BTC=BTSP.
Read more: http://sputniknews.com/business/20151224/1032231828/2016-to-become-the-year-of-bitcoin.html#ixzz3vD8kt8WF
More than 3,000 prisoners in Washington state were mistakenly released early over the past 13 years due to a calculation glitch by the state’s Department of Corrections, leaving officials scrambling to re-incarcerate some inmates and investigate why the problem took so long to correct.Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee announced the blunder on Tuesday and said he has ordered immediate steps to correct the longstanding computer glitch.
Source: Thousands of prisoners mistakenly freed early in Wash. state | Fox News