By Viv Forbes, Albrecht Glatzle and others
Any quotes below may be attributed to Viv Forbes
Grasslands and arable land cover just 10% of Earth’s surface but (with the oceans) they produce all of our food and fibre. But the productivityand health of our grasslands, farms and livestock are under threat from global warming alarmists and green preservationists.
We are afflicted by climate crazies and methane madness. It is poor public policy that condones restrictions on grazing operations, or taxes on grazing animals, based on disputed theories that claim that bodily emissions from farm animals will cause dangerous global warming.
New Zealand was the first cattle country to propose a “livestock fart tax”. Four hundred farmers then drove 20 tractors to the Parliament in Wellington waving placards and banners saying “STOP THE FART TAX”. The proposal was laughed out of Parliament. But the war on farmers and livestock continues.
Ruminants such as sheep, cattle and goats cannot make long-term additions to the gases in the atmosphere – they just recycle atmospheric carbon and nitrogen nutrients in a cycle-of-life that has operated for millennia.
Grazing ruminant animals with their emission products have always been part of healthy grasslands. Only when large numbers of animals are fed artificially and confined on the one patch of land do pollution problems appear.
Many otherwise genuine environmentalists are assisting the destruction of grasslands with their native pastures and endangered grass birds. Blinded by their love for the trees, they neglect the grasses, legumes, herbs and livestock that provide their food. In Australia they pass laws to protect weedy eucalypts invading the grasslands but ignore the valuable and declining Mitchell grass that once dominated Australia’s treeless plains.
Grasslands are also under threat from cultivation for biofuel crops, from subsidised carbon credit forests and from the remorseless encroachment of fire-prone government reserves and pest havens.
Trying to control atmospheric carbon-bearing gases with taxes is futile and anti-life. Even if carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere doubled, or more, the climate effect if any, is probably beneficial (warmer at night and near the poles and with more moisture in the atmosphere). More importantly, all life on Earth already benefits from the additional CO2 plant nutrient in the atmosphere, and would benefit even more were CO2 levels to double.
Nitrogen is the most abundant natural gas in the atmosphere, inhaled in every breath and an essential component of all protein. Grazing livestock merely recycle a few compounds of nitrogen, all of which either return to the atmosphere or provide valuable nitrogen fertilisers for the plants they graze on.
We also have the modern methane madness. Mobs of grazing ruminants have been roaming the grasslands since cave-man days. Methane has also been seeping from marshes, bubbling out of oceans, leaking from coal seams and oil seeps and being released in huge quantities from volcanoes. So what more can a few domestic cows and sheep do to affect this? Methane from domestic ruminants is a non-problem.
It is a foolish and costly fantasy to believe that Earth’s climate can be controlled by passing laws, imposing taxes, attempting to manipulate the bodily emissions of farm animals or trying to prevent farmers from clearing woody weeds invading their pastures.
The Clexit (ClimateExit) Coalition, comprising over 190 representatives from 26 countries, has formed the Clexit Grassland Protection Group with nine representatives from five big grazing countries.
This is an important problem. We hope you choose to publish part or all of our report. At least we hope you will read it.
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The Clexit Grassland Protection Group is represented and supported by:
Viv & Judy Forbes Sheep and cattle breeders, Qld, Australia
Albrecht & Eva-Maria Glatzle Cattle graziers, Paraguay, South America
Howard Crozier Former Exec Councillor NSW Farmers Assoc
Robin Grieve Chairman, Pastural Farming Climate Research,
New Zealand, http://www.farmcarbon.co.nz/
Neil & Esther Henderson Sheep and cattle farmers, New Zealand
Jim and Nancy Lents Anxiety Herefords, Oklahoma, USA
Don Nicolson Former President
Federated Farmers of New Zealand.
Pownall Family Fifth generations graziers on
Carfax Cattle Co, Australia.
Petra Scholtz Wildlife breeder, South Africa
20 October 2016:
KAP Member for Kennedy Bob Katter condemned the Prime Minister’s and Treasurer’s answers in Question Time today in relation to S Kidman & Co as “a load of bull-dust.
Mr Katter said the Question asked by NXT Member for Mayo, Rebekha Sharkie about the Kidman sale was, “clear and straight forward, but the Prime Minister gave a waffling non-answer handballing it to Treasurer Morrison for more waffle.
Rebekha Sharkie’s question whether the PM agreed that the 100 per cent Aussie bid for Kidman should receive preference over any equivalent bid involving foreign interests – should have received an unambiguous answer from the PM.
Instead the PM and the Treasurer wouldn’t even say that a local bid should get preferential treatment — especially given there would be more jobs and the money staying in Australia.
Today Mr Katter teamed up with Senator Nick Xenophon and Rebekah Sharkie MP to throw political support behind the all Australian bid for the Kidman cattle empire.
The Government Knows a Third of the County’s Water Is Poisoned with a Deadly Toxin, but They Aren’t Doing Anything About It
Sorry to yell, but HAVE YOU FILTERED YOUR WATER YET?!
If not, you really have to start.
It’s something we all take for granted because its just a basic part of our lives, but what you can’t see in your drinking water can hurt you. And the stories just keep coming out on a near-weekly basis about some new poison found in our water.
We’ve done multiple reports over the years on TDS about all of the nasty surprises lurking in the average American’s tap water, water they don’t just drink but cook with and bathe in.
Reports like this one about how salmon swimming around in estuaries in the northeast were found contaminated with 81 different pharmaceuticals and drugs. Like all of these articles about the poisonous water found in Flint, Michigan and other cities around the nation.
Your water is on drugs, lots and lots of drugs, and filled with all sorts of nasty chemicals that are harmful to human health even in tiny amounts.
Remember the movie Erin Brockovich?
Well apparently a new study just released has found that over 200 million Americans in cities across the nation in all 50 states are drinking, cooking, and bathing in water tainted with the chemical from that movie chromium-6.
A new EWG analysis of federal data from nationwide drinking water tests shows that the compound contaminates water supplies for more than 200 million Americans in all 50 states. Yet federal regulations are stalled by a chemical industry challenge that could mean no national regulation of a chemical state scientists in California and elsewhere say causes cancer when ingested at even extraordinarily low levels.
The key phrase is “even at extraordinarily low levels”.
One part per billion is the size of a single drop of water in an Olympic-sized swimming pool. To give you an idea of just how carcinogenic chromium-6 is, scientists in California called for a safety standard of 0.02 parts per billion to be put into place.
It really doesn’t take much. California was one of the worst states, but it wasn’t alone by far:
The tests found chromium-6 in almost 90 percent of the water systems sampled. Oklahoma, Arizona and California had the highest average statewide levels and the greatest shares of detections above California’s public health goal. Among major cities, Phoenix had, by far, the highest average level, at almost 400 times the California health goal, and St. Louis and Houston also had comparatively high levels.
Right now as it stands, with standards for this dangerous carcinogen entirely too lax, based on the EPA’s data, EWG estimates some 12,000 people stand to get cancer if they continue drinking their tap water.
You can find the full breakdown of this new findings at the EWG here.
In the meantime, please look in to reverse osmosis water filtration, at least for the water you are drinking and cooking with. You have no idea what’s really in there…
(H/T: C. J. Albert)
Contributed by Melissa Dykes of The Daily Sheeple.
A Cairns News special presentation
Parry must break silence on post-massacre report
A senator has refused to comment about allegations he had prior knowledge of the Port Arthur massacre in 1996 when 35 innocent people were killed in a precision shooting operation.
Another 23 men, women and children were wounded by a trained and methodical gunman with long blond hair.
Revelations by Austrian-based author and researcher, Keith Noble, that Senator Stephen Parry had prior knowledge of the shootings, have not been refuted.
Parry at the time was a qualified embalmer and a former member of Tasmania Police who led a team of embalmers which handled the bodies in 1996.
An Australian, Mr Noble is leading a campaign to free accused shooter Martin Bryant from Risdon Gaol in Tasmania.
A paper written and presented in 1997 by Stephen Parry entitled ‘Port Arthur Massacre – AFDA National Embalming Team – Detailed Report’, that appears in a little-known book entitled ‘PORT ARTHUR SEMINAR PAPERS: A record of the Port Arthur Seminar’, 11-12 March, 1997, Melbourne, Victoria (ISBN 0642271364) clearly shows the incident that rocked a nation was planned.
In his 16 page, disturbing 1997 paper, Senator Parry stated in the following passage :
“I was particularly impressed by the quick response and initiatives by some of the team members in packaging and collecting equipment.
The response time and the amount of equipment quickly relocated was fantastic. One firm in particular, Nelson Brothers, had organised for an embalming machine box and a special large equipment case to be manufactured ready for the incident. These two containers were the envy of all embalmers and worked extremely well.
I would suggest that design specifications may be available from this firm for any future considerations by other firms.” (highlighted by CN)
Parry reveals the funeral services company of Nelson Brothers in Melbourne, Victoria, had undertaken preparations prior to the shooting.
According to Wikipedia:
“Parry was born on 31 October 1960 in Burnie, Tasmania, to William Stephen Parry and Patricia Dawn Evans. He was educated at Burnie’s Marist Regional College after which he enrolled at the Tasmanian Police Academy in Hobart.
Parry was employed as an officer with the Tasmanian Police from 1977 to 1986, and was promoted to Detective in 1983. After leaving the police force, he completed a certificate in Mortuary Science at the Australian College of Funeral Service, and was a funeral director from 1986 to 2004, becoming president of the Australian Funeral Directors Association. Parry was also president of the Burnie Chamber of Commerce and Industry from 2000 to 2004, and a director of the Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry from 2000 to 2005.”
In 2004, Parry was elected to the Australian Senate for the State of Tasmania as a member of the Liberal Party.
Senator Parry was eminently qualified to lead the embalming team and as such his published comments would have to be accurate.
On February 26 he was emailed a ‘Show Cause’ notice by Keith Noble who accused the Senate Leader of having prior knowledge of the tragedy.
As of going to print Mr Noble says he has had no acknowledgement or reply from senator Parry.
Cairns News emailed senator Parry’s office with a copy of the notice but he had not responded at the time of going to print.
In furthering his moves to get Bryant out of gaol, Mr Noble told Cairns News there is an abundance of available evidence that the Tasmania Police refuse to acknowledge, clearly indicating Bryant is innocent.
“There was no trial, no coronial inquest, no public enquiry, no royal commission,” Mr Noble said.
“The story pushed by authorities that a trial would have been upsetting is the way the State has kept its crimes concealed from the public.
“John Howard was the worst Prime Minister Australia has ever had, and he encouraged the Liberal Party in Tasmania not to give innocent Martin a trial.
“Howard, who is also a qualified lawyer, spoke out to have Martin denied his legal rights and he never had proper legal representation and was kept in isolation for over six months.
“His lawyer at the time John Avery, who was convicted in 2008 for misappropriating and stealing $512,000, forced Martin to change his not guilty plea.
“He is another person who played the game after the official incident at Port Arthur. This is the depth to which the legal system in Tasmania has been taken over by corrupt lawyers, which includes that other pair of mongrels who wrongly prosecuted and convicted innocent Martin, Damian Bugg and William Cox.”
Mr Noble said the incident at Port Arthur was a premeditated, planned, and professionally perpetrated act of psycho-terror undertaken by the State to coerce the public into accepting firearm legislation.
“Martin Bryant is the patsy,” he said.
This is typical of what is happening in Australia since the Murdoch media started vilifying parents who question vaccination.
Ben and Tanya Hammond, two days after the birth of their 8 week premature baby, were forced into having DPaT vaccine, as otherwise the hospital refused them access to see their premature baby. Both parents Ben and Tanya had the shots and Ben became paralysed within 11 days of receiving the vaccines. Ben has been through horrendous health problems and although he can finally take steps now, however, from chest down Ben is completely numb and is now legally disabled. Ben was a strong very health man working as a mine manager, however, now is unable to ever work again.
His distraught wife Tanya has been very public about the need for a No Fault Vaccination Compensation Scheme, doing TV, Radio and newspaper interviews since this happened. Tanya and Ben believe if they had to have the vaccine then there should be a compensation plan for injuries like Ben’s. Not only have they had to struggle with Ben’s health issues, but also been left high dry with 5 children and a mortgage. The disability benefit Ben is paid is insufficient to pay the mortgage and feed the children.
You would think that would be enough to deal with, but Tanya was dragged out of her car and bashed for scare mongering against vaccines shortly after she was interviewed on local TV. Tanya had her jaw, windpipe and bone in her neck broken. The woman got off with and fine and good behaviour bond.
Then just when you thought that the Hammond family had experienced more suffering than most people can even imagine….it just got worse!
At 6am this morning our family were still in bed when we got woken up by cops breaking down our front door! They removed us from our room (where we were sleeping with our 3-year-old) and they tried to forced Ben to the floor. I was screaming that he couldn’t because he is disabled, but they wouldn’t listen. I had to watch him trying to get down, but since he couldn’t they slammed him roughly to the ground and pinned him to the floor with a gun to his head. I was pinned to the ground with a gun against my head also but I kept trying to ask about my baby and trying to see where he was. Each time I tried they kept slamming my head against the floor yelling GET DOWN! GET DOWN! My baby was so upset but I couldn’t help him, I felt so powerless.
My 11 yr old woke up to my screaming and crying just before he had his room raided by 10 police. They destroyed our 2 front doors, terrified and traumatised my family and when I asked what’s going on they said to wait till the camera gets here before they will tell us. Why would they need a camera crew when we had done nothing wrong? How long had they been planning this?
A good 10 mins later (still pinned to the floor with guns pointed at us) the camera arrived. They told us they had a warrant to search our home for making and selling CRYSTAL METH!! I couldn’t believe my ears, they thought we were drug dealers?!? Our family is struggling to stay on top of all of the challenges that have tried to destroy us since the Whooping Cough vaccine took away Ben’s health and they think we have the time and energy to make illegal drugs?!? I just couldn’t believe what was happening? I was helpless to protect my kids and my disabled husband, watching them force him to the ground and my little boy screaming while I was pinned to the floor and I couldn’t help them…
They found Ben’s catheters and they categorised them as “sharps” they also took Ben’s medicinal cannabis plant that he uses for managing his pain and his smoking device he uses to administer it and they are charging Ben for that. HE NEEDS THAT to manage the constant pain he is in, nothing else works as pain meds cause him to urinate blood.
Needless to say but they found NO evidence of any Meth or Meth making equipment so they put our family through hell and traumatised all of us for absolutely NOTHING!
We need your moral support even more now than ever, if you can contact your MP and ask them to investigate our case and find out why and how this happened we would really appreciate it. I can’t help but ask, when will our family’s suffering end?
29 DEC 2015
A letter to:
THE TASMANIAN BAR
Andrew James Abbott SC, William Ayliffe, Greg Barns, Kim Laura Baumeler, Raymond J. Broomhall, Aneita Browning, Bernard Cairns, Dan Coombes, Tom Cox, Kate Cuthbertson, Matthew Goldberg, Caroline Graves, Philip John Gray, Bill Griffiths, Chris Gunson, Craig Hobbs, Philip Jackson, Todd Kovacic, Joseph Lee, Bruce McTaggert, Aziz Gregory Melick, David Mitchell, Kate Mooney, Michael O’Farrell SC, Garth O’Rafferty, Keyan A.M. Pitt QC, David Porter QC, Ken Read SC, Mark Rinaldi, Mary Anne Ryan, Cameron Scott, Julian P. Siggins, Rodney J. Skiller, Ken Stanton, Garth Stevens, Charles Sweeney QC, Sandra Taglieri, Philip Theobald, Andrew Walker, Jennifer Mary White, Andrew Wood, Justin Zeeman, Phillip Zeeman.
On 21 DEC 2015 (copy below) and 22 NOV 2015 (available to all readers on request), emails were sent to you and your barristerial colleagues in Tasmania.
I have been asked why you were a focus in that 21 DEC 2015 email. Perhaps you have wondered, or perhaps you don’t care. You had my contact details, you could have asked me – if you wanted to know. But you never did. Regardless, I will now write a postscript here on why you are a focus in that email.
You are the only one whose listing on the Tasmanian Bar website (http://www.tasmanianbar.com.au/) is accompanied by a formal image – that is, an image of the listee wearing formal court dress of gown, jabot, and wig (see image below). This is the professional image you and your fellow barristers like to promote. Barristers – Officers of the Court – professional-looking, there in the courts ethically defending your clients. But really Cameron, can you tell me which barrister in Tasmania fought for Martin Bryant?
Aaaaah, you might say. He pleaded guilty so there was NO TRIAL. But your colleague John Avery rammed his guilty plea down poor Martin’s throat – after Martin had been kept in isolation for over six months during which he was tormented until he was broken. Martin always said he was NOT GUILTY, until they broke him. Now Cameron, do you really think a mentally incompetent boy-man with an IQ of 66 knew what was really going on, and what all the legal implications were for him? Do you believe that the criminal of a lawyer John Avery did the right thing for his client? Is what Avery did to Martin Bryant what you would have done? Avery said he had nothing to work with – he had no exculpatory evidence he said. This is pure bullshit. Have you ever studied all the witness statements? Exculpatory evidence screams out. Go and read LEAKED DOCUMENTS, which is an exposé of the statements which witnesses of the Port Arthur massacre thought would be used in a trial, but which were ignored by your Jewish legal colleague Damien Bugg the prosecutor. To hell with Gordon Hewart. Justice was seen not to be done.
The Sydney Morning Herald Vanessa Desloires October 3, 2014
How do you get a $4 million pay rise? Ask George Savvides.
The 58-year old trained engineer will move from being one of Australia’s highest paid public servants to a chief executive when Medibank floats this year, and his pay packet is expected to soar around 400 per cent.
The float, poised to fetch about $4 billion, could mean that Medibank will land in the ASX 50.
That could also justify Mr Savvides pitching his salary – which at the moment is comparatively humble at $1.2 million – to between $2 million and $8 million, said Ulysses Chioatto, former executive director and head of research, Australia and New Zealand, at Institutional Shareholder Services.
“George Savvides can expect to have his pay packet match private sector executives for similar size companies,” dr Chioatto said.
He said Mr Savvides would probably secure a package of about $5 million for the company’s first year on the boards.
“However, the market scrutiny will be intense with both local and global funds asking very hard questions around performance and short-term key performance indicators for any proposed bonuses,” he said.
Martin Lawrence, director of government advisory firm Ownership Matters, said Mr Savvides’ salary boost should not come as a surprise.
“The track record for privatisations are that they are generally a bonanza for management,” he said.
“In the most recent privatisation we have seen, which was Aurizon, the total cost of the board of managers in public ownership was $5.2 million,” he said.
“The total cost for the 2012 financial year, the first full year since privatisation, was $19 million,” Mr Lawrence said.
Fellow health insurer NIB’s share price has appreciate 84 per cent since its listing in 2007, providing stellar returns to shareholders and justifying bonuses and long-term incentives.
After rail company QR National privatised in 2010, chief executive Lance Hockridge’s salary soared from $1.1 million to almost $4.1 million within a year. His salary package is now worth $5.1 million.
NIB chief executive Mark Fitzgibbon earns about $1.2 million, but his company is significantly smaller than Medibank, with a market capitalisation of about $1 billion and 900,000 policy holders, compared with Medibank’s 3.7 million.
Of the most lucrative salaries in the healthcare industry, Ramsay Healthcare chief executive Christopher Rex comes out on top, earning $8.3 million.
Creation of millionaire bosses
Back in the 1990s, a slew of privatisations created many millionaire chief executives.
In 1996 in Qantas’s first full listed year, chief executive James Strong commanded $1.37 million, and by 1997 this had soared to $1.7 million. At CSL, Brian Mcnamee commanded about $280,000 in 1993 before the company listed.
By 1995, he earned up to $409,000. The number is comparatively modest but his $19.1 million send-off last year indicates the value of his performance from shareholders.
Former Telstra chief Solomon Trujillo’s pay packet grew from $8.7 million in the pre-privatised 2006 fiscal year to $11.8 million in 2007.
Dr Chioatto said Mr Trujillo’s share-heavy salary was due more to his US background than local market practice.
But the numbers for ASX leaders are stark in comparison to our top bureaucrats.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s salary sits at a relatively modest $500,000, while Secretary of Prime Minister and Cabinet Ian Watt receives $884,800.
Mr Lawrence said Mr Savvidas’ role, while not changing in name, would still bear far more responsibility, while chief financial officer Paul Koppelman’s job descriptions will change “immeasurably”.
“[They] are going to be much more challenging, because they’re going to have to deal with a lot more shareholders,” he said.
Source: The Australian Financial Review
Rupert Murdoch and News Corporation are heading for another major scandal regarding bribing government officials and this time it is in Australia and involves NSW Crown Prosecutor Margaret Cunneen.
Murdoch’s News Corp has a long history of bribing government employees for stories. This was exposed by the UK phone-hacking scandal which also revealed the bribing of UK police and other officials.
The Australian bribery scandal is being exposed as the UK phone-hacking scandal, which has run for about 4 years, is coming to a close although some of the victims are demanding it continues.
Read the full story [HERE]
As the net of evidence closes fast around the perpetrators of this travesty of justice, the agenda of John Howard’s government behind the Port Arthur killings in Tasmania, will far over shadow any Nixon Watergate.
Secrets only remain strong to the weakest link. Those links now are drawing similar comparisons to Port Arthur from evidence emerging over the USA San Bernardino killings. With US government investigations deeming terrorist attack being discredited daily from eyewitness evidence, their inability to contain official silence on what seems an agenda driven black covert operation.
Port Arthur and San Bernardino became catalysts to fear monger while harvesting public sympathy became the tool for government agenda to enforce total gun control.
To maintain full dictatorship or a disguised democratic dictatorships governing Australia and the USA from being deposed by true democratic thoughts, the people must be disarmed. This accomplished will allow illegally armed criminal and terrorist elements to function without fear of public defense as government steps up their public protection facade with more armament, legislation and the reliable stand by quotation – “in the interest of National Security”.
Obama will not find the path to public disarmament as simple as John Howard did in Australia where city streets now are shooting galleries from illegal firearms in the hands of criminals and religious fanatics and a politically correct law enforcement puppet show.
The book Hitler’s Table Talk,1941-1944: Secret Conversations records Hitler as having said the following:
The most foolish mistake we could possibly make would be to allow the subject races to possess arms. History shows that all conquerors who have allowed their subject races to carry arms have prepared their own downfall by so doing. Indeed, I would go so far as to say that the supply of arms to the underdogs is a sine qua non for the overthrow of any sovereignty. So let’s not have any native militia or native police.
More to come over Port Arthur as the imploding code of secrecy gathers momentum.
Breaking: Obama: ‘This was an act of terrorism’ | 06 Dec 2015 | (CNN) 8:04 p.m. ET update: President Obama says “this was an act of terrorism designed to kill innocent people.” 8:07 p.m. ET update: Obama says the “threat from terror is real but we will overcome it.” He pledges to “destroy ISIL and any other organization that tries to harm us.” 8:08 p.m. ET update: Obama pledges to review visa waiver program. He urges Congress to reassess gun laws, saying people on the no-fly list shouldn’t be able to obtain a gun. 8:10 p.m. ET update: Obama says U.S. should not engage in a “long and costly ground war.” He argues that ISIL “does not speak for Islam.” Original story: President Barack Obama is poised to deliver a rare prime-time address from the Oval Office on Sunday to reassure anxious Americans that his administration will protect them from the threat posed by ISIS [I-CIA-SIS].
Farook Family Lawyer Suggests San Bernardino Attack Was Faked, Along With Sandy Hook —‘It doesn’t seem plausible to us’: Family of US Muslim who killed 14 says they don’t believe official account of the massacre and even suggest the Sandy Hook slaying didn’t take place | 04 Dec 2015 | A lawyer representing the family of San Bernardino gunman Syed Farook has questioned accounts of the massacre which saw Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik kill 14 at a holiday party on Wednesday morning. Attorney David Chesley said they doubted the accuracy of information released by the police and FBI. Farook, 28, and his Pakistan-born wife Malik, 27, died in a gun battle with police after the mass shooting at the Inland Regional Center. To illustrate his point, Chesley made a bizarre reference to the Sandy Hook massacre, suggesting it didn’t take place as described in the official narrative. ‘There were a lot of questions drawn with Sandy Hook and whether or not that was a real incident or not.’ When Chesley was asked if he doubted the events of Sandy Hook, he said: ‘There has been a lot speculation about it is all I would say.’
Neighbor Purportedly Bought ‘Assault-Style’ Weapons Used in San Bernardino Rampage – Official | 05 Dec 2015 | An old neighbor of one of the San Bernardino shooters is believed to have purchased the “assault-style” rifles used in Wednesday’s massacre, a law enforcement official told ABC News today. Overnight authorities raided the Riverside, California, home of Enrique Marquez, who public records show lived next door to an old address of Syed Rizwan Farook, one of the [alleged] San Bernardino killers, the official said. Police previously said that two handguns used in the attack were purchased by Farook and his wife-turned-accomplice Tashfeen Malik, but the other two guns – highly modified “assault-style” weapons — had been purchased by an unidentified third party. The official told ABC News today the third party is suspected to be Marquez.
Imam: Texts With [Alleged] San Bernardino Shooter Eyed by FBI Were About Food | 05 Dec 2015 | A leader of a San Bernardino mosque said investigators questioned him about a series of text messages he sent [alleged] massacre gunman Syed Farook, but they were only about food donations for Islamic holy days. Roshan Abbassi, assistant imam at Dar-Al-Uloom Al-Islamia, told NBC News that Farook had volunteered to bring chicken biryani to the masjid for the evening meal that marks the breaking of the daily fast during Ramadan. Between June 12 and June 28, he and Farook exchanged 38 messages, he said, according to his phone records.
San Bernardino Suspects: ‘Three White Males, Dressed in Military Gear’ (Craft International, again?) | 06 Dec 2015 [Click here for image.]
Obama to address terrorist threat in Oval Office address Sunday night | 05 Dec 2015 | President Obama will deliver an Oval Office address Sunday at 8 p.m., the White House announced Saturday, as criticism of his terrorism strategy is mounting in the wake of attacks in California and overseas. The president’s decision to speak directly to Americans comes as his administration has come under fire for failing to curb the threat posed by the Islamic State, which carried out last month’s series of strikes in Paris that killed 130 people and is now connected to last week’s mass shooting in San Bernardino, Calif. While the group, also known as ISIL or ISIS [but actually I-CIA-SIS], has not claimed direct responsibility for the attack that killed 14 Americans and wounded even more, one of the two perpetrators had declared her allegiance to the Islamic State before [allegedly] carrying it out.
Leytonstone Tube stabbing a ‘terrorist incident’ –Met said suspect was reportedly threatening other people with knife | 05 Dec 2015 | A stabbing at a Tube station in east London is being treated as a “terrorist incident”, the Met Police has said. Police were called to reports of people being attacked at Leytonstone station just after 19:00 GMT. A man was arrested after being Tasered by police. One man suffered serious knife injuries while two others received minor injuries. Detectives from the Metropolitan Police’s Counter-Terrorism Command are now investigating the incident.
Knifeman screams ‘this is for Syria’ in Leytonstone tube machete attack | 05 Dec 2015 | A man reportedly screamed ‘this is for Syria’ before allegedly slashing a person’s throat and attacking up to three people. Police were called to Leytonstone station after reports of a stabbing in the ticket hall on Saturday at around 7pm. Sources told the Telegraph one person has been seriously injured and a second was also hurt. Officers tasered a man at the scene. [In the US, police officers would have opened fire.]
Poland considering asking for access to nuclear weapons under Nato program | 06 Dec 2015 | Poland’s deputy defence minister has said the ministry is considering asking for access to nuclear weapons through a Nato program in which non-nuclear states borrow the arms from the US. Tomasz Szatkowski said the ministry was discussing whether to ask for access to Nato’s [insane] “nuclear sharing” program to strengthen the country’s ability to defend itself. Among Nato’s 28 members there are three nuclear powers — the US, France and Britain — but only the US has provided weapons to allies for nuclear sharing.
Far-Right Front National on course to make history in French regional elections | 06 Dec 2015 | The far-Right Front National (FN) was on Sunday night on course to make historic gains in regional elections in France, held in a state of emergency just three weeks after terror attacks that killed 130. After a campaign overshadowed by the refugee crisis and security fears in the wake of the Isil attacks in Paris, early estimates suggested the FN had fared even better than expected by coming first in six out of 13 “super-regions” in round one with the run-off next Sunday. It won the largest slice of the national vote — on around 30 per cent compared to around 27 per cent for the Right and its allies and around 23 per cent for the ruling Socialists leading Marine Le Pen, its leader to declare the FN “without contest the first party of France”.
UPS building in San Bernardino deemed safe after suspicious package is checked | 04 Dec 2015 | A suspicious package that forced the evacuation of a UPS facility in San Bernardino on Friday evening was examined by bomb experts and deemed safe, police said. A UPS driver returned the 3-pound package to the facility on Victoria Avenue after noticing that it was addressed to the Redlands home of the [alleged] shooters who killed 14 people at a social services agency this week. The facility was evacuated about 7:30 p.m. and the surrounding streets blocked off. “Item was safe, posed no threat,” San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan said on Twitter about 10:40 p.m.
New York Times Runs Editorial on Page One – First Time Since 1920 | 04 Dec 2015 | The New York Times is running an editorial on its front page on Saturday, the first time the paper has done so since 1920, calling for greater regulation on guns in the aftermath of a spate of mass shootings. The editorial, headlined “The Gun Epidemic,” describes it as “a moral outrage and a national disgrace that people can legally purchase weapons designed specifically to kill with brutal speed and efficiency.” It suggests drastically reducing the number of firearms, and “eliminating some large categories of weapons and ammunition.”