Friday, May 27, 2016
A 70-year-old Christian woman has been stripped naked, beaten and paraded through the streets by a mob of around 300 Muslim men in a village in southern Egypt.
The mob also burned down seven homes belonging to Christian families, according to an unusually outspoken statement issued by the local Orthodox Coptic church, after rumours circulated in the village that a Christian man was having a relationship with a Muslim woman.
The violence started at around 8pm on 20 May, and the local diocese said it was two hours before police responded, by which point the mob had already dispersed.
The woman who was stripped naked was reported to be the mother of the man involved in the rumoured affair. She has since met with church leaders, the Diocese of Minya and Abu Qirqas said.
The violence is representative of the tensions between the two religions in the province south of Cairo, where extra-marital affairs between Muslims and Christians are strictly taboo.
But it appears the Coptic church has finally had enough of what they say is unfair treatment from the authorities over such cases. Christians only make up around 10 per cent of Egypt’s population, the majority being Muslim.
Credit to The Independent.co.uk
This imagery of the sun captured by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory from May 17-19, 2016, shows a giant dark area on the star's upper half, known as a coronal hole.
Coronal holes are low-density regions of the sun’s atmosphere, known as the corona. Because they contain little solar material, they have lower temperatures and thus appear much darker than their surroundings. Coronal holes are visible in certain types of extreme ultraviolet light, which is typically invisible to our eyes, but is colorized here in purple for easy viewing.
NASA has revealed that a massive hole, measuring more than ten per cent of the Sun's surface area, has opened up on our star.
NASAThe enormous hole takes up much of the top half of the star
Credit to Express.co.uk
NASAThe enormous hole takes up much of the top half of the star
Credit to Tom Horn
A NEARLY NAKED COWBOY, THOUGH, IS AN ODD CHOICE FOR A WOMAN’S CONFERENCE THOUGH, DON’T YOU THINK?
ENTER THE NAKED COWBOY AT THE 2016 HILLSONG NYC WOMEN’S CONFERENCE
A report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) states that the Strategic Automated Command and Control System (SACS), which "coordinates the operational functions of the US' nuclear forces, such as intercontinental ballistic missiles, nuclear bombers, and tanker support aircrafts," functions, in part, on 40-year-old 8-inch floppy disks.
To use these discs it is necessary to maintain IBM Series 1 computers, which were first introduced in November 1976.
The presence of this archaic technology isn’t merely a case of America being behind the times, but is actually a tactic designed to protect some of the country’s most sensitive and potentially dangerous information.
In 2014 Maj. General Jack Weinstein told CBS’ 60 minutes that the US military uses floppy discs for the same reason.
"I'll tell you, those older systems provide us some — I will say huge — safety when it comes to some cyber issues that we currently have in the world," he said, explaining that storing information on outdated media instead of using online or local area networks helps protect it from hackers. "A few years ago we did a complete analysis of our entire network. Cyber engineers found out that the system is extremely safe and extremely secure in the way it's developed…we’re not up on the Internet."
There are some that feel that the security of outdated hardware and software isn’t worth the money it takes to maintain it. The GAO believes they are lowballing the $80 billion estimated spent on information technology last year, not counting the Pentagon and independent agencies like the CIA.
GAO information technology expert David Powner told the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee that "clearly, there are billions wasted."
The report also indicated that "replacement parts for the system are difficult to find because they are now obsolete," in reference to SACS, noting that SACS isn’t the only government agency that relies on legacy technology to store critical data.
Some Social Security systems currently function on programming called COBOL, which was first used in the 1950s and 1960s. According to GAO, "Most of the employees who developed these systems are ready to retire and the agency will lose their collective knowledge," the report said. "Training new employees to maintain the older systems takes a lot of time." Some of the functions of COBOL include calculating benefits and deciding eligibility.
Parts of the US Treasury’s master files, which contain taxpayer information, are about 56 years old and use the computer language.
Even some of the younger programs, like the 11-year-old Medicare Appeals System are having trouble keeping up with users or keeping pace with appeals.
Most of these agencies have said that they will update their systems, but there are very few hard dates for this expensive and time-intensive overhaul.
The report concluded that "Legacy federal IT investments are becoming obsolete.The federal government runs the risk of continuing to maintain investments that have outlived their effectiveness and are consuming resources that outweigh their benefits."
These concerns have also reached the halls of Congress. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) claims, "This is not a partisan issue…We all need to come together on this, on both sides of the aisle," he said, adding, "It is a vital part of the infrastructure we need in order to have a fully functional government."
Credit to Sputnik
Read more: http://sputniknews.com/us/20160527/1040328687/government-stores-information-on-floppies.html#ixzz49owpw55e
It was only a matter of time before our deeply divided nation was going to start coming apart at the seams. Waves of anger, frustration, violence and civil unrest are starting to sweep across the United States, and political rallies for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump have become a focal point for releasing some of that energy. The angry mob that threw rocks, bottles and burning T-shirts at police and Donald Trump supporters on Tuesday night wanted to get the attention of the national media, and they got it in droves. Now that the election is less than five months away, this kind of scene is going to be repeated over and over, and this is something that I warned about back in March. Millions upon millions of our young people have fully embraced the radical left, and they have already made it exceedingly clear that they are not afraid to use violence to advance their cause.
Never before in my lifetime have I seen America so divided. Our politicians and the mainstream media have been endlessly pitting various groups against one another for years, and wherever you look hearts are growing very cold.
I have said it before, and I will say it again. I believe that this is going to be the most chaotic election season that we have ever experienced, and the chaos and violence that are going to be unleashed over the next five months are going to shock the entire world.
On Tuesday night, the angry mob that gathered outside of the Albuquerque Convention Center didn’t seem to care who they hurt as they unleashed their anger. According to Fox News, some of the protesters even tried to set police horses on fire…
The rampaging gang was made up of anti-Trump goons — waving the Mexican flag and burning a Trump banner.“Viva Mexico,” protesters shouted, according to the Albuquerque Journal.The rioters even targeted police horses — knocking one down – and throwing burning T-shirts at others. Who tries to burn down a horse?
How sick and twisted do you have to be to try to set a horse on fire?
But this is what happens when a spirit of violence descends on a group of people. The consequences can quickly spiral out of control in unexpected ways.
Here is how CNS News described the chaotic scene outside of the Albuquerque Convention Center…
In one of the presidential campaign year’s more grisly spectacles, protesters in New Mexico opposing Donald Trump’s candidacy threw burning T-shirts, plastic bottles and other items at police officers, injuring several, and toppled trash cans and barricades.Police responded by firing pepper spray and smoke grenades into the crowd outside the Albuquerque Convention Center.
According to at least one report, rocks thrown by some of the rioters were actually flying through the convention center windows, and a number of innocent people got hurt.
What would make people act like that? This isn’t what America is supposed to look like. But when fundamental institutions such as the family and the church start to crumble, this is how people start to behave. You can see a clip that includes footage of protesters jumping on police cars last night in Albuquerque right here…
And of course the spirit of violence and civil unrest that is rising in America is not limited to Donald Trump rallies.
In major cities all over the nation, violent crime is rising by double digit percentages. In Chicago, the number of people that have been shot so far in 2016 is 50 percent higher than during the same period last year…
This past weekend in Chicago saw another five killed and 40 wounded in shootings, slightly down from Mother’s day weekend when eight people were killed and 42 wounded. The two weekends are indicative of what’s taking place in the homicide riddled city, in which the number of people shot so far this year is running an astonishing 50% above this time last year – what’s worse, summer is not even here yet, which is traditionally the city’s most violent period.
Other big cities are seeing similar spikes in violent crime. The following is an excerpt from a recent article in the New York Times…
Experts cannot agree on what to call a recent rise in homicides, much less its cause, but new data on Friday that showed a sharp spike in homicide rates in more than 20 cities rekindled debate over whether it was time for alarm.The data showed particularly significant increases in homicides in six cities in the first three months of the year compared with the same period last year — Chicago, Dallas, Jacksonville, Fla., Las Vegas, Los Angeles and Memphis.
If this is happening now, with the stock market soaring and unemployment a bit lower than it was during the depths of the last recession, what is going to happen when things start getting really bad in this country?
Desperate people do desperate things, and if people are willing to hurl rocks and set horses on fire because they are upset at a political candidate, what are they going to do when there is no food for their families?
Just look at what is happening down in Venezuela. People are hunting down dogs and cats because they don’t have anything to eat. There have been at least 107 mass looting events so far in 2016 alone, and crime is completely and utterly out of control.
What is happening down there is eventually coming to America too, and the chaos and violence that we will see during the coming months will be a small preview of that.
The funny thing is that none of these political protests are going to matter anyway. It remains my contention that the elite will move heaven and earth to do whatever is necessary to keep Donald Trump out of the White House. They have already spent tens of millions of dollars against him and they have continuously had their media outlets put out “hit pieces” in an attempt to destroy him.
But their bag of tricks goes a lot deeper than that, and this is not a game to them.
I know that a lot of people out there have some very high hopes for Donald Trump, and we should be praying for him and for his family.
However, the time when the people determined the direction of this nation is long past, and the elite guard their monopoly over the political process very zealously.
Credit to Economic Collapse