20 top news stories for the weekend

Fox News Poll: 49 Percent Favor Gay Marriage, up from 32 Percent in 2003

American voters remain divided on same-sex marriage, according to a Fox News national poll released Thursday. The new poll shows that 49 percent of voters favor legalizing gay marriage, while 46 percent oppose it. That represents a significant shift since the question was first asked on a Fox poll in 2003. At that time, 32 percent said gays should be allowed to marry legally, and 58 percent were opposed. Support for gay marriage has increased by 27 percentage points among moderates since 2003, 22 points among independents and 21 points among Democrats. Over the same time period, the number of liberals backing gay marriage more than doubled. There are smaller yet still significant changes among Republicans (+10 points) and conservatives (+13 points). And while support among voters under age 35 was fairly… 

Fears grow as banks reveal exposure to Cyprus euro crisis

Britain’s largest banks have a combined exposure to Cyprus of more than £1bn, raising the prospect of new losses for the lenders.

by Harry Wilson, The Telegraph:

Fillings from Barclays, Lloyds Banking Group, HSBC and Royal Bank of Scotland, show a total exposure to the troubled Mediterranean island of £1.06bn.

Although a tiny fraction of their assets, the collapse of the Cypriot economy could see the banks nursing losses of tens or even hundreds of millions of pounds amid the country’s worsening financial crisis.

Barclays has the largest gross exposure to Cyprus, with £431m of lending and other links to Cypriots, including £102m of exposure to the country’s banks, £120m of corporate lending and £44m of residential mortgages.

RBS has the second biggest exposure of £377m, with £274m of corporate lending linked to Cyprus, as well as £15m of personal lending. Crucially, RBS has no exposure to Cypriot banks, though it does have £2m of assets linked to “other financial institutions”.

Read More @ Telegraph.co.uk

Hard Deadline to Hit Cyprus Monday as region Faces Economic Collapse

by Shepard Ambellas, The Intel Hub:

Cyprus faces a hard deadline of Monday imposed by the European Central Bank to avoid a total banking collapse that could echo throughout the region.

Cypriots finance minister (Michalis Sarris) stated Saturday that they have made “significant progress toward reaching an agreement” as thing in the presidential sector heated up.

The region now teeters on the brink of economic turmoil as over 1000 bankers marched from the Cyprus Union Bank headquarters to the Presidential Sector in fear of loosing their jobs. The protestors were stopped by police at the presidential compound for sometime but were eventually let by.

Read More @ TheIntelHub.com

NEW YORKER FACES 3 YEARS IN PRISON FOR DEFENDING HIS HOME

by Jim Quinn, The Burning Platform:

He should have let himself be robbed and killed. The 2nd responders would have cleaned up the crime scene in one hour before heading to Dunkin Donuts. He’s lucky he wasn’t caught with an illegal 32 ounce Coke. Bloomberg would really throw the book at him.

A Manhattan millionaire faces three years in jail for drawing an unlicensed gun on a burglar inside his home.

George Bardwil, who owns linen company Bardwil Home, was in his E Street apartment when an intruder came into his home in January…

Bardwil, 60, threatened the intruder with a loaded .40 cal Sig Sauer. The man fled and Mr. Bardwil called the police.

After showing the cops footage from his home surveillance cameras, they arrested him under suspicions of owning an illegal firearm…

Read More @ TheBurningPlatform.com

 

Inside the Ring: New Bear bomber flights

Two Russian strategic nuclear bombers carried out a fourth high-profile training flight last week, flying near South Korea, where large-scale war games are under way, and near Japan and the U.S. military bases on Okinawa. It was the fourth time since June 2012 that Russian bombers have run up against U.S. and allied air defense zones in the Pacific. Defense officials told Inside the Ring that two Tu-95 Bear-H nuclear-capable bombers, Russia’s main nuclear cruise-missile delivery vehicle, were detected Friday in the Pacific Command theater of…

South Korea traces massive cyber attack to China

One Internet Protocol (IP) address used in the massive cyberattacks waged against major TV networks and financial institutions Wednesday was discovered to be from China, adding weight to the widely held speculation that North Korea was behind the action. A joint government-civilian-military team, formed in response to the cybersecurity breach, announced its initial findings based on analysis of the data collected from Nonghyup Bank that the malicious code that paralyzed the network systems came from a Chinese IP address. “After we… 

Reid to push for expanded gun background checks

WASHINGTON — Gun control legislation the Senate debates next month will include an expansion of federal background checks for firearms buyers, Majority Leader Harry Reid said Thursday in a victory for advocates of gun restrictions. President Barack Obama and many supporters of curbing guns consider an expansion of the system to private gun sales to be the most effective response lawmakers could take in the wake of December’s elementary school massacre in Newtown, Conn. The overall gun measure also will include legislation…

US plan calls for more scanning of private Web traffic, email

The U.S. government is expanding a cybersecurity program that scans Internet traffic headed into and out of defense contractors to include far more of the country’s private, civilian-run infrastructure. As a result, more private sector employees than ever before, including those at big banks, utilities and key transportation companies, will have their emails and Web surfing scanned as a precaution against cyber attacks. Under last month’s White House executive order on cybersecurity, the scans will be driven by classified information provided by…

 

Noid Rage & Angry Birds: EPA Sued over Declining Bees, Called on to Stop Bird Deaths

by Heather Callaghan, Activist Post:

As stated before in the news about the EU’s heated debate over the use of neonicotinoids – a nicotine-like pesticide, the world’s most widely used – there’s hope for the bees because the issue is not going away. The buzz is growing in North America as well, but not from the bees who are disappearing due to Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) – and neonicotinoids are just one smoking gun.

A coalition of interest groups, activists and beekeepers took the issue into their own hands on Thursday to slash the use of bee-killing pesticides in an effort to protect them and the future of food. Pesticide Action Network (PAN),Center for Food SafetyBeyond Pesticides and four beekeepers are among the team who want bees safe from the chemicals that include clothianidin and thiamethoxam. Even if it takes suing the government. How are they able to bring a case against the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) for this problem?

The claim is that the EPA is responsible for dropping the ball when they let the manufacturers Bayer Crop Science and Syngenta enter into conditional registration for their use and acted illegally to allow it. Those chemicals are no longer considered safe for pollinators – they are supposed to only kill pests.

Read More @ Activist Post

 

‘Non-stop’ biometric gates trial at Japan’s Narita Airport

A trial demonstration of the ‘Non-stop Gate’ passenger journey is taking place at Narita International Airport in Japan. The passenger-processing test will to allow travellers to progress through the terminal without having to stop and provide identification by using automated, biometric identification. Currently, visitors at the airport are required to present ID to security personnel prior to entering the facility. The pilot study relies on a security system provided by NEC Corporation, which uses cameras with facial recognition capabilities to identify…

Bat Virus Kills Boy: Will the Public Panic?

A bat virus has killed an 8-year-old boy in Australia, and medical experts are concerned that contact with bats may cause the disease to spread. But conservationists fear an overreaction to the news may result in the wholesale slaughter of an animal that performs an important ecological role. The boy died after being bitten by a bat while vacationing in the northeastern state of Queensland. The bat was apparently carrying lyssavirus, a virus similar to rabies, according to Agence France-Presse. Unless treated aggressively after exposure,..

US Plan for “Pinpoint Strike” Attack on Iran, Israeli Security Official

The US is taking plans for a possible military operation against Iran “very seriously,” a senior Israeli security official, who is said to be in the know about aspects of the American plan, has told Haaretz daily. “Obama’s administration, as opposed to that of his predecessor, George Bush, has prepared a pinpoint military option in the event that the United States decides to attack in the end,” the unnamed official told the Israeli newspaper. “The Americans, if they choose, will be able to mount a focused operation on the Iranian nukes without…

Iran’s supreme leader threatens to raze Tel Aviv, Haifa

TEHRAN — Iran’s supreme leader threatened to destroy Tel Aviv and Haifa if Israel dares to attack his country. “Sometimes the leaders of the Zionist regime threaten us,” Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said in speech broadcast live on TV Thursday — coinciding with President Barack Obama’s visit to Israel and discussion in Jerusalem of ways to thwart Iran’s nuclear program. “They should know, said Khamenei, “that if they are attack us, we will turn Tel Aviv and Haifa into wastelands.” Khamenei also said he was not opposed to direct talks with the US to…

Secret Service agent ‘almost shot Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’

The event happened in 2006 outside the InterContinental Hotel in New York during a United Nations assembly. The agent had reportedly been adjusting a shotgun on the side of an armoured car, that was waiting for President Bush when the weapon was accidentally fired in the direction of the Mr Ahmadinejad. A memo, quoted in the book ‘Deep State: Inside the Government Secrecy Industry’, was reportedly sent whilst the Bush administration tried to work out how to deal with the situation. The memo, sent as part of Mr Bush’s daily intelligence… 

Cyprus Bank Limits Cash Withdrawals Amid Crisis

Cyprus’ second largest bank has stopped customers withdrawing more than 260 euros (£221) a day from cash machines, as MPs said they needed more time to reach a deal to save the country’s economy. Parliament had been due to vote on Thursday evening on a ‘Plan B’ to raise the 5.8bn euros (£4.9bn) Cyprus needs to contribute if it is to get the 10bn euros (£8.5bn) from eurozone partners and the IMF. But MPs said they needed more time to study draft legislation setting up a “national solidarity fund” – which would nationalise…

Cyprus overhauls two biggest banks to stave off collapse

Following a run on the Laiki bank on Thursday, the Cypriot government has submitted a bill to Parliament which would enact strict capital controls for when banks open next Tuesday, restricting the movement of funds for up to 60,000 British expatriates with bank accounts in Cyprus. Finance ministers for the 17 eurozone countries on Thursday night considered the proposals to restructure and freeze all assets held in the Popular Bank, known in Greek as Laiki, and the Bank of Cyprus. The EuroGroup backed away from letting Cyrpus…

Marijuana Vending Machines May Be Coming To California

Vending machines have long dispensed chips and candy bars to Californians. But what if it could also sell the marijuana one consumed before eating said chips and candy bars? Medical cannabis vending machines are gradually becoming a reality in the Golden State. A number of companies have begun offering their products for sale or lease to pot shops in California, and San Diego’s city council will look at approving their wider use later this month. The city of Los Angleles already has at least three dispensaries using the technology. Unlike traditional…

MEDIA ADMITS WE ARE AT WAR WITH RUSSIA If Cyprus falls into Putin’s grip, the West will have lost the first battle in the new Cold War ,

http://countdowntozerotime.org/page/2/

 

Voyager 1 is 18.5 billion km from sun, but still in solar system: NASA quashes claims as cosmic rays fool sky watchers

For about three hours on Wednesday, Voyager 1 had left the solar system — before a rewritten news release headline pulled it back in. Voyager 1, one of two spacecraft NASA launched in 1977 on a grand tour of the outer planets, is now nearly 18.5 billion kilometres from the sun, speeding away at 61,000 kilometres per hour. In a paper accepted by the journal Geophysical Review Letters, William R. Webber of New Mexico State University and Frank B. McDonald of the University of Maryland reported that on Aug. 25 last year,..

Warm Spring, Continued Drought Predicted for US

Government forecasters say much of the United States can expect a warm spring and persistent drought. The National Weather Service said Thursday above-normal temperatures are predicted across most of the Lower 48 states and northern Alaska. The forecast also calls for little relief for the drought-stricken Midwest and Southwest. Currently, half the country is experiencing moderate to exceptional drought. Late snowmelt will bring a threat of river flooding along the upper Mississippi. North Dakota is at the most risk of flooding from…

from The Daily Sheeple:

In the 1930′s, when President Roosevelt seized physical gold from Americans, gold mining companies remained untouched by the draconian move. And, while stocks in the United States dropped precipitously and remained depressed for a decade, companies whose primary business was the exploration and mining of gold and silver rose to new highs. Homestake mining, a gold mining firm operating during FDR’s Presidency, was one such company that saw its shares skyrocket over 500%.

A similar effect occurred in the 1970′s, after the US dollar was taken off the gold standard. By the early 1980′s gold had once again reached new highs – highs that were not surpassed until the debt crisis of 2008 took hold, nearly thirty years later.

This crisis, like the deflationary depression of the 1930′s and the inflationary recession of the 1970′s, won’t be much different, as panicked investors hoping to protect their wealth will once again turn to the tried and true hard asset of choice during times of crisis: gold.

Read More @ TheDailySheeple.com

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