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Why Are Volcanoes All Along The “Ring Of Fire” Suddenly Starting To Pop Off Like Firecrackers?

February 9, 2021 by Michael Snyder

While most of us are preoccupied with other matters, the “Ring of Fire” is starting to shake quite dramatically.  Within the past couple of days, we have seen numerous volcanoes along the “Ring of Fire” shoot hot volcanic ash thousands of feet into the air.  That list of volcanoes includes Popocatepetl in MexicoSangay in EcuadorKlyuchevskaya on the Kamchatka PeninsulaSabancaya in PeruRaung in IndonesiaReventador in Ecuador, and Fuego in Guatemala.  Overall, 28 volcanoes around the globe are currently erupting right now, and most of those are located somewhere along the “Ring of Fire”.

If you are not familiar with the “Ring of Fire”, here is a pretty good definition from Wikipedia

The Ring of Fire (also known as the Pacific Ring of Fire, the Rim of Fire, the Girdle of Fire or the Circum-Pacific belt) is a region around much of the rim of the Pacific Ocean where many volcanic eruptions and earthquakes occur. The Ring of Fire is a horseshoe-shaped belt about 40,000 km (25,000 mi) long[1] and up to about 500 km (310 mi) wide.[2]

The Ring of Fire includes the Pacific coasts of South America, North America and Kamchatka, and some islands in the western Pacific Ocean. Although there is consensus among geologists about almost all areas which are included in the Ring of Fire, they disagree about the inclusion or exclusion of a few areas, for example, the Antarctic Peninsula and western Indonesia.

Basically, if you think of a giant band surrounding the exterior of the Pacific Ocean, you will have a good idea of what we are talking about.

Every year, the “Ring of Fire” accounts for the vast majority of the seismic activity that happens on our planet.

The good news is that most of the major events occur in areas that are not heavily populated, and so usually the damage that is caused is minimal.

But the bad news is that the west coast of the United States and the entire nation of Japan both sit directly along the “Ring of Fire”, and scientists assure us that it is just a matter of time before both areas are hit by horrific catastrophes.

In Japan, officials are watching Mt. Fuji very carefully.  It hasn’t erupted in more than 300 years, but experts are warning that the next eruption could occur at literally any time

“Mount Fuji is on standby for the next eruption,” said Hiroki Kamata, a professor of volcanology at Kyoto University.

More than 300 years, he pointed out, have elapsed since the last eruption in 1707, an eerily long silence that surpasses the previous interval of around 200 years.

Mt. Fuji is not very far from Tokyo, and scientists agree that a major eruption of the volcano could be absolutely catastrophic for the city…

The Japanese government warned in 2020 a major eruption of Mount Fuji would eject so much matter over nearby capital Tokyo, the city infrastructure would collapse.

Visibility would immediately vanish and inches of toxic ash would swiftly clog the filters at power plants.

Although Mount Fuji last erupted more than 300 years ago, the volcano remains active and enters cyclical periods of activity.

Here in the United States, authorities are warning us that a “lava dome” has been forming at Mt. St. Helens

Viscous magma is known to be bottled-up inside pressure-cooker of Mount St Helens, which is now thought to be ominously surfacing to form a lava dome.

William Rose, a professor of geology at Michigan Technological University recently said in a statement: “The gas emission rate of St Helens is very high and suggests that significant amounts of magma are the surface.”

However, Donald Peterson, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) scientist in charge of the Mount St Helens project, has warned how experts are really unsure what to expect.

It is definitely true that Mt. St. Helens could erupt again at any time, but personally I am much more concerned about Mt. Rainier.

It is known as “the most dangerous volcano” in the United States for good reason, and the seismic activity that has been happening at the volcano in recent months has gotten quite a bit of attention

After a spurt of seismic activity this weekend, Mount Rainier National Park was shaken by a 3.6 magnitude earthquake Sunday afternoon.

The quake hit at 12:31 p.m. and was felt as far as Kent, nearly 80 miles away, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. The relatively shallow quake was centered roughly a mile beneath the earth’s surface.

Years ago, I visited the Space Needle in Seattle, and I could clearly see Mt. Rainier from there.  Most people living in the region don’t realize that Mt. Rainier is capable of producing gigantic tsunamis of super-heated mud known as “lahars”, and those “lahars” can be extremely deadly.  In fact, scientists tell us that they can move at speeds of up to 50 miles per hour.

Needless to say, that is much faster than you can run.

The following is how one author described the danger that the region is potentially facing…

The numerous towns and cities that occupy the surrounding valley would all be at risk for not only severe destruction, but complete annihilation. Residents of cities like Orting, Sumner, Buckley, and Enumclaw are estimated to have no more than 30 minutes before the lahar, speeding down from the many rivers that flow from Mount Rainier, buries their homes and businesses beneath as much as 30 feet of mud and debris. Even the larger cities like Auburn, Puyallup, and Tacoma itself are not safe. Auburn and Puyallup, with nearly 80,000 residents between them, would be covered in 20 feet of mud in less than an hour, and Tacoma, at almost 200,000, is estimated to be hit with nearly 10 feet from the lahar.

Can you imagine the entire city of Tacoma, Washington under 10 feet of super-heated mud?

One of the reasons why I have written about this so much over the years is because someday Mt. Rainier will erupt again.

In fact, I wouldn’t want to be living anywhere near any of the volcanoes along the “Ring of Fire” right now.

We are starting to see so many of them pop off like firecrackers in the early stages of 2021, and that is definitely not a good sign.

Speaking in Taipei, Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen said U.S. ships and aircraft carrying out freedom of navigation operations was reassuring.

“This demonstrates the clear U.S. attitude towards challenges to the security status quo in the Indo-Pacific region,” she said.

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RIGGED: TIME MAGAZINE POSTS SHOCKING ADMISSION THAT BIDEN ELECTION WAS ORCHESTRATED BY A ‘WELL-FUNDED SECRET CABAL’ THAT ‘CHANGED RULES AND LAWS’

Their work touched every aspect of the election. They got states to change voting systems and laws and helped secure hundreds of millions in public and private funding. They fended off voter-suppression lawsuits, recruited armies of poll workers and got millions of people to vote by mail for the first time. They successfully pressured social media companies to take a harder line against disinformation and used data-driven strategies to fight viral smears. They executed national public-awareness campaigns that helped Americans understand how the vote count would unfold over days or weeks, preventing Trump’s conspiracy theories and false claims of victory from getting more traction. After Election Day, they monitored every pressure point to ensure that Trump could not overturn the result.

by Geoffrey Grider February 5, 2021

Time magazine has published a detailed account of what it describes as a “conspiracy” between “left-wing activists and business titans” to create “an extraordinary shadow effort” to “protect” the 2020 presidential election of puppet Joe Biden.

 

Adolf Hitler said that he did what he did to ‘restore Germany’ and to ‘save the Reich’, but what he really did was overt criminal activities designed to transfer all power to himself. It is the same with the stunning admission in Time Magazine today that in order to ‘save the election’, a slithery cabal of Democrats took billions of dollars and rigged it from top to bottom. Thanks for admitting what we already knew.

“We are grateful to the Washington Post, the New York Times, Time Magazine and other great publications whose directors have attended our meetings and respected their promises of discretion for almost 40 years……It would have been impossible for us to develop our plan for the world if we had been subjected to the lights of publicity during those years. But, the world is more sophisticated and prepared to march towards a world government. The supranational sovereignty of an intellectual elite and world bankers is surely preferable to the national autodetermination practiced in past centuries.” ― David Rockefeller

So why are they coming out now and admitting the whole process was an orchestrated fraud? Because they’ve got the power now, and they know it cannot be taken away, and even if it could, the pusillanimous GOP doesn’t have the will or the stomach for the job. And Time Magazine? They’re the very same people that David Rockefeller thanked for agreeing to keep secret the New World Order meetings of the Bilderbergers.

You can erase ‘conspiracy theory’ from your dictionary now, it’s all true.

Time Magazine: ‘Secret,’ ‘Well-funded Cabal’ Worked to ‘Protect’ 2020 Election

FROM BREITBART NEWS: The New York Times had reported on the effort in January, referring to the “Democracy Defense Coalition.” The Daily Beast hinted at it in the fall. But the Time article is the most in-depth report at what others suggested was going on behind the scenes.

The article by Molly Ball, titled “The Secret History of the Shadow Campaign That Saved the 2020 Election,” presents the effort as a heroic effort to preserve a free and fair election, and to fend off President Donald Trump’s anticipated claims of fraud. You can erase ‘conspiracy theory’ from your dictionary now. It’s all true.

Ball’s description, however, also matches what she calls a “paranoid” view of an effort to make it difficult for Trump to win:

THE HANDSHAKE BETWEEN BUSINESS AND LABOR WAS JUST ONE COMPONENT OF A VAST, CROSS-PARTISAN CAMPAIGN TO PROTECT THE ELECTION–AN EXTRAORDINARY SHADOW EFFORT DEDICATED NOT TO WINNING THE VOTE BUT TO ENSURING IT WOULD BE FREE AND FAIR, CREDIBLE AND UNCORRUPTED. FOR MORE THAN A YEAR, A LOOSELY ORGANIZED COALITION OF OPERATIVES SCRAMBLED TO SHORE UP AMERICA’S INSTITUTIONS AS THEY CAME UNDER SIMULTANEOUS ATTACK FROM A REMORSELESS PANDEMIC AND AN AUTOCRATICALLY INCLINED PRESIDENT. THOUGH MUCH OF THIS ACTIVITY TOOK PLACE ON THE LEFT, IT WAS SEPARATE FROM THE BIDEN CAMPAIGN AND CROSSED IDEOLOGICAL LINES, WITH CRUCIAL CONTRIBUTIONS BY NONPARTISAN AND CONSERVATIVE ACTORS.

THEIR WORK TOUCHED EVERY ASPECT OF THE ELECTION. THEY GOT STATES TO CHANGE VOTING SYSTEMS AND LAWS AND HELPED SECURE HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS IN PUBLIC AND PRIVATE FUNDING. THEY FENDED OFF VOTER-SUPPRESSION LAWSUITS, RECRUITED ARMIES OF POLL WORKERS AND GOT MILLIONS OF PEOPLE TO VOTE BY MAIL FOR THE FIRST TIME. THEY SUCCESSFULLY PRESSURED SOCIAL MEDIA COMPANIES TO TAKE A HARDER LINE AGAINST DISINFORMATION AND USED DATA-DRIVEN STRATEGIES TO FIGHT VIRAL SMEARS. THEY EXECUTED NATIONAL PUBLIC-AWARENESS CAMPAIGNS THAT HELPED AMERICANS UNDERSTAND HOW THE VOTE COUNT WOULD UNFOLD OVER DAYS OR WEEKS, PREVENTING TRUMP’S CONSPIRACY THEORIES AND FALSE CLAIMS OF VICTORY FROM GETTING MORE TRACTION. AFTER ELECTION DAY, THEY MONITORED EVERY PRESSURE POINT TO ENSURE THAT TRUMP COULD NOT OVERTURN THE RESULT.

THAT’S WHY THE PARTICIPANTS WANT THE SECRET HISTORY OF THE 2020 ELECTION TOLD, EVEN THOUGH IT SOUNDS LIKE A PARANOID FEVER DREAM–A WELL-FUNDED CABAL OF POWERFUL PEOPLE, RANGING ACROSS INDUSTRIES AND IDEOLOGIES, WORKING TOGETHER BEHIND THE SCENES TO INFLUENCE PERCEPTIONS, CHANGE RULES AND LAWS, STEER MEDIA COVERAGE AND CONTROL THE FLOW OF INFORMATION. THEY WERE NOT RIGGING THE ELECTION; THEY WERE FORTIFYING IT. AND THEY BELIEVE THE PUBLIC NEEDS TO UNDERSTAND THE SYSTEM’S FRAGILITY IN ORDER TO ENSURE THAT DEMOCRACY IN AMERICA ENDURES.

Ball describes the participants in this plan as “democracy campaigners.” It was led by Mike Podhorzer, a “senior adviser to the president of the AFL-CIO,” one of the nation’s most powerful labor unions, aligned with the Democratic Party.

Ball notes:

IN HIS APARTMENT IN THE D.C. SUBURBS, PODHORZER BEGAN WORKING FROM HIS LAPTOP AT HIS KITCHEN TABLE, HOLDING BACK-TO-BACK ZOOM MEETINGS FOR HOURS A DAY WITH HIS NETWORK OF CONTACTS ACROSS THE PROGRESSIVE UNIVERSE: THE LABOR MOVEMENT; THE INSTITUTIONAL LEFT, LIKE PLANNED PARENTHOOD AND GREENPEACE; RESISTANCE GROUPS LIKE INDIVISIBLE AND MOVEON; PROGRESSIVE DATA GEEKS AND STRATEGISTS, REPRESENTATIVES OF DONORS AND FOUNDATIONS, STATE-LEVEL GRASSROOTS ORGANIZERS, RACIAL-JUSTICE ACTIVISTS AND OTHERS.

By April, she notes, Podhorzer was hosting two-and-a-half-hour Zoom meetings with other participants in the project. They pushed Congress to fund vote by mail, and persuaded Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to contributed hundreds of millions of dollars to “election administration funding.” (As Breitbart News warned, Zuckerberg’s donations looked more like a Democrat get-out-the-vote effort, and was aimed primarily at Democrat-heavy counties in key battleground states.)

The campaign also used legal efforts to change voting procedures during the COVID pandemic, leading to a “revolution” in mail-in voting: ” Only a quarter of voters cast their ballots the traditional way: in person on Election Day,” Ball notes.

The group also used a “nameless, secret project” to fight “disinformation.” Their method was “to pressure platforms to enforce their rules, both by removing content or accounts that spread disinformation.” Ball does not mention the New York Post‘s story about Hunter Biden’s laptop, but tech companies, mainstream media outlets, and former intelligence officials leapt in October to call the laptop potential Russian “disinformation,” and to suppress it. Twitter blocked links to the story, and also locked the Post out of its account for more than two weeks. The story was later shown to be true, with Hunter Biden announcing — after the election — that he was under FBI investigation.

THE GROUP ALSO DECIDED TO EXPLOIT THE VIOLENT UNREST THAT SPREAD ACROSS THE NATION IN THE WAKE OF GEORGE FLOYD’S DEATH IN MAY, AND TOOK STEPS “TO HARNESS ITS MOMENTUM FOR THE ELECTION WITHOUT ALLOWING IT TO BE CO-OPTED BY POLITICIANS.”

Toward the end of the election, Ball reports, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce set aside old disputes to join the AFL-CIO in creating an alliance to reject claims of election fraud. Ball notes that some Republicans also aided in the effort. As Breitbart News reported at the time, there was a nationwide left-wing movement to unleash more unrest if Trump claimed victory in a close election. Ball’s reporting confirms that the “shadow” effort was coordinating such efforts. She adds that the “national mobilization network” was told to “stand down” after it appeared Biden would be the winner.

Later, she says, Podhorzer’s network decided to make sure there were few counter-demonstrators at the January 6 “Stop the Steal” demonstration in Washington, DC, ensuring that blame for what happened would be placed on Trump alone.

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IRAN MAY BE “WEEKS” AWAY FROM DEVELOPING NUCLEAR BOMB’, SEC OF STATE BLINKEN ADMITS

BY JNS | FEB 2, 2021 | US-ISRAEL RELATIONS

O mortal, turn your face toward Gog of the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal. Prophesy against him Ezekiel 38:2 (The Israel BibleTM)

Jake Sullivan, President Joe Biden’s national security advisor, suggested an expedited timeline for rejoining the Iranian nuclear deal, which the Trump administration exited in May 2018. The comments come as the Biden administration announced its decision to select veteran diplomat Robert Malley as its special envoy on Iran talks.

In remarks to the U.S. Institute of Peace on Jan. 29, Sullivan said that it was key for the United States to put the nuclear program “in a box” as the first order of business.

“We are going to have to address Iran’s other bad behavior, malign behavior, across the region, but from our perspective, a critical early priority has to be to deal with what is an escalating nuclear crisis as they move closer and closer to having enough fissile material for a weapon,” said Sullivan, according to The Washington Post. “And we would like to make sure that we re-establish some of the parameters and constraints around the program that have fallen away over the course of the past two years.”

In recent weeks, Iran has begun to accelerate its nuclear program. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said last week that Tehran will not reverse the acceleration of its nuclear program until the United States lifts sanctions against the country. Iran recently announced that it had begun enriching uranium to 20 percent, in violation of the nuclear accord.

The comments by Sullivan may indicate a disagreement among Biden administration officials on how to approach the Iranian nuclear program.

While Biden has indicated support for rejoining the deal, the administration has stated that a precondition would be full compliance by Iran with the original agreement.

Secretary of State Tony Blinken has been more skeptical of swiftly returning to the nuclear deal, saying that a U.S. return is still far off.

“Iran is out of compliance on a number of fronts. And it would take some time, should it make the decision to do so, for it to come back into compliance and time for us then to assess whether it was meeting its obligations,” he said during a news conference at the State Department on Jan. 27. “We’re not there yet, to say the least.”

In an interview with NBC News on Sunday, also warned that Iran could be months or even only “a matter of weeks” from developing a nuclear bomb if it further violates restrictions stemming from the 2015 accord.

‘Negotiating constraints on Iran’s nuclear program’

At the same time, the Biden administration has also announced that former Obama administration Mideast adviser Robert Malley will serve as a special envoy on Iran.

U.S. State Department spokesman Ned Price said that Blinken “is building a dedicated team, drawing from clear-eyed experts with a diversity of views. Leading that team as our special envoy for Iran will be Rob Malley, who brings to the position a track record of success negotiating constraints on Iran’s nuclear program.”

However, Malley’s appointment has been met with criticism by conservatives and pro-Israel groups, who contend that he may be too soft on Iran and critical of Israel.

“It’s deeply troubling that President Biden would consider appointing Rob Malley to direct Iran policy. Malley has a long track record of sympathy for the Iranian regime & animus towards Israel. The ayatollahs wouldn’t believe their luck if he is selected,” tweeted U.S. Senator Tom Cotton (R-Ark.).

CUFI Action Fund Chairwoman Sandra Parker, who urged the Biden administration not to repeat the mistakes of 2015, also was critical of the choice.

“Robert Malley is the wrong man for the job. He has a well-documented track record of appeasing America’s adversaries and condemning one of our closest allies. Whoever sits across the table from Iran’s tyrannical regime should be more interested in a good deal than a deal at any price—Robert Malley is not that person.”

“We continue to urge the Biden administration to not repeat the errors of 2015 and instead engage Iran in a manner that maximizes the likelihood of securing a strong, comprehensive agreement with bipartisan support,” added Parker. “Unfortunately, Malley’s appointment signals that this outcome is less likely.”

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Jonathan Cahn delivers ‘prophetic message’ to President Biden

‘How can you invoke the name of God in your oath?’

By Art Moore
Published January 26, 2021 at 7:49pm

In a video message for President Biden, Messianic rabbi Jonathan Cahn recalled the first inaugural address 232 years ago when President George Washington gave the nation “a prophetic warning.”

“The propitious smiles of heaven cannot be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right that heaven itself has ordained,” Washington told the nation.

Cahn said in his video, posted Monday on YouTube, that there’s a message for the current president and the nation he leads.

“If America follows the ways of God, the blessings of God will remain,” Cahn said. “If it doesn’t, they will be removed.”

Cahn, known for his bestsellers including “The Harbinger,” led a massive gathering on the National Mall in September calling for a “return” to God. Later, he urged Americans to pray and fast on Election Day, warning the nation was “standing at a crossroad and a precipice.”

Now, in the wake of the riot at the Capitol, he said, “division infects the land” along with the COVID-19 pandemic “that has kept its citizens masked and locked in their houses.”

It appears, he said that “the smiles of heaven are being removed from the land” as people disregard “the eternal rules of order and right.”

“America has turned away from God and let in other Gods and served them, embracing the ways of immorality,” said Cahn.

“We’ve called evil good and good evil,” he said.

“We’ve passed down rulings from Washington, D.C., that war against the eternal laws of heaven, on human life, human nature, gender, marriage,” he said. “We’ve indoctrinated our children against the ways of God.”

Cahn said Americans have “done as we were warned not to do, and then we wonder why the blessings of heaven are being removed from our land.”

He noted the pattern of God’s judgment from the Old Testament that he discovered were remarkably repeated in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, including on the spot where George Washington stood and prayed on the day of his inauguration. For Israel, he noted that after such a warning, there was a window of time of 19 years to return to God before judgment, or “great shakings” began. Clearly, 19 years after 2001, America suffered a year of “great shakings.”

He directed his words to the current president.

“Mr. Biden, you have called for unity and peace. But how can a nation have unity and peace when it wars against the very foundation on which it stands?” he said.

Cahn said the nation can’t have unity and peace when it has “turned against the God who brought it into existence.”

Addressing Biden, he asked how the president can place his right hand on the word of God “and then with your right hand sign laws into existence that war against his word?”

“How can you invoke the name of God in your oath and lay your hand upon his word and then implement laws that will suppress the going forth of his word, that will censor his word and those who advance it?” Cahn asked.

He warned that Biden, his administration and lawmakers will be called to account some day by God for their actions.

“The problem is not social or economic or cultural or political, the problem is ultimately spiritual. And so must be the answer.

America’s only hope is to return to God.

“Choose true greatness and lead in that return, or continue in this departure from God, to destruction and judgment,” the rabbi said.

He said that “to those who love the nation and fear for its future, the only hope is revival.”

“Revival only comes through repentance and return,” he said.

“It’s time to pray as never before that return and revival would come. But it’s time not only to pray for revival but to live in revival and to choose to live in revival now.”

Cahn said that if darkness comes, God reminds us to fear not, because, he still has the ultimate authority, and the darkness cannot overcome the light.

“If the darkness should grow darker, then it’s time for the lights of God to shine even brighter.”

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IDF DRAWS UP PLANS TO WAGE WAR AGAINST IRAN

BY JNS | JAN 27, 2021 | IDF

When you take the field against your enemies, and see horses and chariots—forces larger than yours—have no fear of them, for Hashem your God, who brought you from the land of Egypt, is with you. Deuteronomy 20:1 (The Israel BibleTM)

Fremale tank commander at helm (Photo courtesy IDF)

Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Aviv Kochavi said he has ordered the preparation of plans to attack Iran’s nuclear sites in order to prevent the Islamic Republic from obtaining a nuclear weapon.

“Iran can decide that it wants to advance to a bomb, either covertly or in a provocative way. In light of this basic analysis, I have ordered the IDF to prepare a number of operational plans, in addition to the existing ones. We are studying these plans, and we will develop them over the next year,” he said in a speech to the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS).

 “The government will, of course, be the one to decide if they should be used. But these plans need to be on the table, in existence and trained for,” stressed Kochavi.

Earlier this month, Minister of Settlement Affairs Tzachi Hanegbi of the Likud Party said Israel could attack Iran’s nuclear program if the United States decides to go ahead and re-enter the deal. On Jan. 13, Israel launched unusually forceful strikes at Iranian targets in Syria.

Kochavi also urged the new Biden administration not to rejoin the 2015 nuclear deal.

“With the changing of the administration in the United States, the Iranians have said they want to return to the previous agreement. I want to state my position—the position that I give to all my colleagues when I meet them around the world: Returning to the 2015 nuclear agreement or even to an agreement that is similar but with a few improvements is a bad thing, and it is not the right thing to do,” he said.

During his confirmation hearings last week, U.S. Secretary of State Tony Blinken said that America would not be joining the Iranian nuclear deal “anytime soon.”

On Monday, National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan told his Israeli counterpart Meir Ben-Shabbat that the U.S. would “closely consult” with Israel on all matters of regional security.

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U.S. carrier group enters South China Sea as Chinese Coast Guard gets cleared to engage foreign vessels

By Jack Davis, The Western Journal
Published January 25, 2021 at 12:33pm

China reacted with outrage after a U.S. Navy carrier group sailed into the South China Sea just to show the world that it can.

The Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group entered the South China Sea on Saturday, according to a Navy statement.

The carrier group “is on a scheduled deployment to the U.S. 7th Fleet to ensure freedom of the seas, build partnerships that foster maritime security, and conduct a wide range of operations,” the Navy said.

China did not see it that way.

“The United States frequently sends aircraft and vessels into the South China Sea to flex its muscles,” the communist country’s foreign ministry spokesman, Zhao Lijian, said, according to Reuters.

“This is not conducive to peace and stability in the region.”

China claims ownership of virtually all of the South China Sea, putting it in dispute with Japan, Vietnam and other Asian nations.

To put teeth in those claims, on the day before the carrier group entered the South China Sea, China gave its coast guard the green light to fire on foreign ships and destroy anything built on islands it claims, according to NBC News.

The Coast Guard Law, which China enacted Friday, approves of using force to “take all necessary measures, including the use of weapons, when national sovereignty, sovereign rights and jurisdiction are being illegally infringed upon by foreign organizations or individuals at sea.”

The law had no apparent impact on the carrier group’s progress. As of Monday, no incidents had been reported.

ICYMI: @INDOPACOM just confirmed the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group has entered the South China Sea. https://t.co/5uDdJFchFN

— Aircraft Spots (@AircraftSpots) January 24, 2021


The importance of the carrier group’s mission was emphasized by Rear Adm. Doug Verissimo, commander of Carrier Strike Group 9.

“With two-thirds of the world’s trade travelling through this very important region, it is vital that we maintain our presence and continue to promote the rules-based order which has allowed us all to prosper,” he said in a statement.

Capt. Eric Anduze, USS Theodore Roosevelt’s commanding officer, said, “We all benefit from free and open access to the seas and our operations represent our commitment to maintaining regional security and stability. I’m incredibly proud of the work and professionalism this crew shows every day operating on the high seas.”

The carrier is accompanied by the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill and the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Russell and USS John Finn.

The arrival of the carrier group came the same day that Taiwan reported multiple incursions of its air defense identification zone on the part of Chinese military aircraft.

Zhao did not explain Monday what the planes were doing.

China believes that Taiwan, the island where the Chinese nationalist government took refuge in 1949 when the communists swept to power on the mainland, is rightfully its property. It opposes any recognition of the island’s government.

The U.S. does not maintain formal diplomatic relations with Taiwan but provides arms and support.

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen on Monday praised the ability of one radar station on the island to track Chinese incursions, Reuters reported.

“From last year until now, our radar station has detected nearly 2,000 communist aircraft and more than 400 communist ships, allowing us to quickly monitor and drive them away, and fully guard the sea and airspace,” she said.

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Davos ‘Great Reset’ conference opened by China’s Xi

Communist leader urges world to ‘stand united and work together’

By Art Moore
Published January 25, 2021 at 8:28pm

The World Economic Forum opened a virtual conference on Monday featuring its Great Reset initiative with a speech from China’s president and general secretary of the Communist Party, Xi Jinping.

WEF founder Klaus Schwab introduced Xi by commending China for its “many initiatives” undertaken “in the spirit of creating a world where all actors assume a responsible and responsive role.”

“Mr. President, I believe this is the time to reset our policies and to work jointly for a peaceful and prosperous world,” Schwab said.

Schwab’s reference to “reset” is the “Great Reset of capitalism” he called for last year to “reform” the world’s democratic systems in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Schwab, who hosts the annual conference in Davos, Switzerland, of the world’s most influential political and business leaders, said in his introductory remarks that 2021 “will be the critical year to reestablish trust in our ability to shape our common future in collective and constructive ways” and to “accelerate the transition to a net-zero economy.”

“In view of this objective,” he said, it was his “honor” to introduce the communist leader.

Due to COVID-19, the in-person conference in the Swiss Alps has been replaced this year by the virtual “Davos Agenda” conference this week followed by an in-person “Davos in Asia” summit in Singapore in May.

Schwab said that in the last four years since Xi’s “historic speech in Davos 2017,” the world “has become more independent and more fractured and polarized.”

No doubt alluding to the global leadership of President Trump, who confronted China economically and politically, Schwab said “polarization
“has created the age of disagreement, which threatened to derail humanity.”

“Now, we must come together to ensure that we capture the moment and move into the age of collaboration to build a better world,” the WEF founder said.

In his remarks, Xi urged the global community to put differences aside, warning history shows countries that go it alone “will always fail.”

“As we cope with the current crisis and endeavor to make a better day for everyone, we need to stand united and work together,” the Chinese leader said.

“We have been shown time and again that to beggar thy neighbor, to go it alone and to slip into arrogant isolation will always fail. Let us all join hands and let multilateralism light our way toward a community with a shared future for mankind,” said Xi.

After engaging in a trade war and designating China the No. 1 U.S. enemy, the Trump administration closed with declaring the communist regime is committing genocide against its Muslim Uyghur population.

See the “Davos Agenda” opening:

Every country, industry ‘must be transformed’

Introducing the “Great Reset” initiative last June, Schwab wrote that the COVID-19 lockdowns “may be gradually easing, but anxiety about the world’s social and economic prospects is only intensifying,” warning a “sharp economic downturn has already begun, and we could be facing the worst depression since the 1930s.”

“To achieve a better outcome, the world must act jointly and swiftly to revamp all aspects of our societies and economies, from education to social contracts and working conditions,” Klaus said at the time.

“Every country, from the United States to China, must participate, and every industry, from oil and gas to tech, must be transformed. In short, we need a ‘Great Reset’ of capitalism,” he said.

The United States, however, acheived the “V-shaped recovery” in Gross Domestic Product promised by President Trump, with a record 33.1% GDP increase in the third quarter, at an annualized rate, after a 32.8% dive in the second.

But WEF said in December the need in a post-coronavirus world for “global leaders to come together to design a common recovery path and shape the Great Reset” has never been greater.

‘Unique window of opportunity’

On its “Great Reset” webpage, WEF states that as the world enters a “unique window of opportunity to shape the recovery, this initiative will offer insights to help inform all those determining the future state of global relations, the direction of national economies, the priorities of societies, the nature of business models and the management of a global commons.”

“Drawing from the vision and vast expertise of the leaders engaged across the Forum’s communities, the Great Reset initiative has a set of dimensions to build a new social contract that honours the dignity of every human being.”

Kerry: Biden will propel ‘Great Reset’

In November, WND reported, former Secretary of State John Kerry and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said a Joe Biden presidency would help propel the “Great Reset” plan.

“The notion of a reset is more important than ever before,” Kerry said in a World Economic Forum panel. “I personally believe … we’re at the dawn of an extremely exciting time.”

Kerry said Biden is ready to rejoin the Paris Climate Accord, which would help drive the “Great Reset.” But rejoining Paris is “not enough,” Kerry said.

“The Biden administration will focus on every sector of the American economy,” he said. “There will be a 2035 goal to achieve net neutrality with respect to power and production.

Kerry said the U.S. is “ready to come back in and help to lead and raise the ambition in Glasgow to accelerate this incredible capacity for a transformation in the private sector.”

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the White House coronavirus adviser, has called for “radical changes” in the “infrastructures of human existence” in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

He made the statement in an article the scientific journal Cell.

At a conference at Yale University in October, Fauci was asked when the nation could go back to normal. He said Americans won’t be wearing masks “forever” but probably would need to continue with masks and social distancing measures through 2021.

We can’t just go “wherever we want,” he said.

Fauci said the United States needed to increase “international engagement.”

‘The final garrison’

Meanwhile, Roman Catholic Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, a former papal ambassador to the United States, warned President Trump in October that he is “the final garrison” against the “Great Reset.”

In an open letter to Trump, the archbishop said globalists are creating a “health dictatorship” to combat the virus, threatening the sovereignty of nations and religious freedom.

Last week, Cardinal Raymond Burke called the “Great Reset” an attempt to manipulate “citizens and nations through ignorance and fear” as Marxist materialism takes hold in the United States, Newsmax reported.

Burke, the former archbishop of St. Louis and now a member of the highest judicial authority in the Roman Catholic Church, said in a homily Dec. 12 that the “worldwide spread of Marxist materialism … now seems to seize the governing power over our nation.”

Vigano wrote a letter to Trump in May warning that the COVID-19 pandemic was being used to usher in a “world government” stripping people of their freedoms. In a letter in June, he encouraged Trump in his fight against the “Deep State.”

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The Police State Is Coming For “Religious Extremists”, “Evangelical Christians”, “Pro-Life” Activists And “Libertarians”

January 24, 2021 by Michael Snyder

If you cherish faith, family and freedom, you might want to keep a low profile for a while.  The Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act of 2021 has been unveiled in Congress, and it has bipartisan support.  It is essentially “the Patriot Act on steroids”, and we are being told that it is almost certain that some version of the legislation will make it to Biden’s desk for him to sign.  Personally, I am very much against all forms of domestic terrorism, and a law which could help to prevent terror attacks from happening is going to sound like a good thing to a lot of people.  Unfortunately, it appears that this bill is meant to specifically target certain groups, and as you read this article you may discover that you are a member of one or more of those groups.

Those that drafted this new law say that it will help authorities go after “extremists”, and very few of us would consider ourselves to be one of those.

But the definition of an extremist has changed.  Tulsi Gabbard is one of the most prominent Democrats in the House of Representatives, and last year she ran for president.  But even though she is a Democrat, she is warning that this new law appears to be “a targeting of almost half of the country”

“What characteristics are we looking for as we are building this profile of a potential extremist, what are we talking about? Religious extremists, are we talking about Christiansevangelical Christians, what is a religious extremist? Is it somebody who is pro-life? Where do you take this?” Gabbard said.

She said the proposed legislation could create “a very dangerous undermining of our civil liberties, our freedoms in our Constitution, and a targeting of almost half of the country.”

It is fundamentally un-American to specifically target people for their religious beliefs, and so that is extremely alarming.

Gabbard is also warning that people with certain political perspectives are likely to be targeted as well

“You start looking at obviously, have to be a white person, obviously likely malelibertarians, anyone who loves freedom, liberty, maybe has an American flag outside their house, or people who, you know, attended a Trump rally,” Gabbard said.

Wait a second.

I am a male.

I love freedom and liberty.

I am flying an American flag outside my house right now.

Am I going to be put on a list somewhere?

During a recent television interview, former CIA Director John Brennan said that the Biden administration will likely be focusing on “religious extremists”“nativists”, and “even libertarians” as possible targets.

In what universe is saying something like that okay?

Even before this new legislation has gone through Congress, Joe Biden has already instructed his director of national intelligence to identify potential extremist threats

President Biden has asked the director of national intelligence to draw up a comprehensive threat assessment on domestic violent extremism in the country as the new administration seeks to tackle what it calls a “serious and growing national security threat.”

The move is one of several the White House press secretary announced Friday to address mounting concerns about domestic extremism, particularly in the wake of the violent insurrection more than two weeks ago by Trump supporters at the U.S. Capitol.

There is that word “extremism” again.

And new White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki has been using it repeatedly during her press briefings.

In the old days, we assumed that “extremists” were crazy terrorists and suicide bombers in the Middle East.

But now they are using that term to describe large numbers of people that live inside the United States.

That is extremely chilling.

And once “extremists” have been identified, we are being told that the White House National Security Council “will be tasked with building capacity to tackle and disrupt extremist networks”.

What does that mean and what will that look like?

If the Biden administration truly wanted to go after domestic terrorists, they aren’t hard to find.

In fact, a whole bunch of them attacked an ICE facility in Portland on Saturday night

Protests outside an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facility in Portland turned ugly on Saturday night as federal authorities threatened mass arrests for trespassing.

Dramatic videos posted on Twitter showed the crowd chanting: ‘No borders! No nations! Abolish deportations!’

You can watch footage of the battle that ensued right here.  According to the Daily Mail, insurgents in Portland have now been committing political violence for four days in a row…

It marked the four-straight day of protests in the city since Joe Biden’s inauguration as demonstrators make it clear that a new Democratic administration will not stop their campaign for social justice.

There they are Biden.

Go get them.

We also just witnessed a very frightening terror attack at a church in California

The FBI has launched an investigation after a bomb was thrown at an anti-LGBT church in California just weeks after the pastor received an arson attack threat.

Police and fire crews were called to the First Works Baptist Church at 2600 Tyler Avenue in El Monte in the early hours of Saturday morning to reports of an explosion.

The FBI said an improvised explosive device had been thrown at the building and it had also been covered in graffiti.

Sadly, these are not the sorts of “extremists” that the Democrats have in mind.

Instead, they appear to be very interested in identifying and “deprogramming” those that voted for Donald Trump…

A Democratic National Committee official, David Atkins, said on Twitter that “deprogramming” is needed for every one of more than 74 million people who voted for Trump on Nov. 3.

Limbaugh said they “are literally thinking of deprogramming conservatives.”

Of course it isn’t just the Biden administration that is focused on Trump supporters.  Countless private individuals have joined a growing nationwide effort to punish any individual or entity that was ever closely associated with Trump…

It’s why the left is cheering Big Tech’s embrace of cancel culture and pushing cable providers to stop airing One America News Network, Newsmax and other “conservative influencers.”

It’s why the so-called Trump Accountability Project, which seeks to prevent administrations officials from gainful employment, is not widely denounced for the thuggery that it is and why 250 publishing professionals feel comfortable circulating a “No Book Deals for Traitors” petition that says former Trump officials shouldn’t be allowed to publish their works. It’s also why Harvard students think it’s reasonable to circulate a letter demanding the revocation of degrees earned by Republicans who questioned the 2020 election, and why MoveOn.org demands that the Senate not give Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley any committee assignments.

Now that the Democrats have full power in Washington, it is open season on Trump and all of his supporters.

But the truth is that the vast majority of the civil unrest over the past year has been caused by radicals on the left, and it is only going to get worse in the months and years to come.

For the past 12 months, there has been political violence somewhere in America on an almost nightly basis.  But because leftists are involved 99 percent of the time, the corporate media generally ignores most of it.

You can’t just be against political violence when the other side does it.  I am very strongly against all of the rioting, looting, arson and vandalism that we have been witnessing.  The attacks on police stations, courthouses and federal buildings need to stop.

Sadly, it appears that the people committing most of the political violence will be handled with kid gloves by this new administration.

Meanwhile, those that have politically incorrect religious and political views will be demonized as “extremists” and will be specifically targeted under the new law that Congress is about to pass.

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In first Gulf trips, Netanyahu will bolster shared Iran line for Biden

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PM Binyamin Netanyahu will reportedly make his first official trips to the UAE and Bahrain in the first week of February to meet their rulers face to face. His main purpose, DEBKAfile reports, will be to activate the Gulf-Israel axis against Iran shaped by former US president Donald Trump last September and anchored on normalized relations under the “Abraham accords.”  His successor, Joe Biden, has yet to set out his Iran policy in practical form, but his national security adviser Jake Sullivan raised a signpost after meeting his Israel counterpart, Meir Ben-Shabbat on Sunday, Jan. 24,


Sullivan in the readout spoke of a discussion on  “opportunities to enhance the partnership over the coming months, including by building on the success of Israel’s normalization arrangements with UAE, Bahrain, Sudan, and Morocco.” Biden’s adviser extended an invitation to begin a strategic dialogue “in the near term.”

This early groundwork preceded Netanyahu’s landmark three-day Gulf trip. His first interview will be with Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan (MbZ) in Abu Dhabi, followed by a visit to Dubai for talks with its ruler Prime Minister and UAE Vice President Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and some businessmen. On the third day, Netanyahu will travel to Manama to meet King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa of Bahrain and Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa. The Saudi ruler, Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, will be present in spirit though not in person with an ear on the event, although Riyadh has not joined the Abraham Accords.

This week, the UAE approved the establishment of its first embassy in Tel Aviv. Netanyahu will be able to call on Israel’s new embassies in Abu Dhabi and Manama. The prime minister has an obvious political interest in showcasing the historic ties he forged while fighting to win the coming Israeli election on March 23, At the same time, timely interaction with Washington cannot be delayed so long as the new US president has not set his Iran policy in stone. Biden indicated he intended to re-engage the Islamic Republic on the 2015 nuclear accord, but so far in general terms.

 The coming weeks will therefore see frequent trips between Jerusalem, the Gulf capitals and Washington as their rulers push for an active role in shaping that policy and subsequent negotiations.

Israel and the UAE have advanced their ties to joint air force exercises over the Gulf and Greece.

The White House is evidently open to advice, at least, from concerned regional players. Biden’s nominee for secretary of state, Antony Blinken, assured senators at his confirmation hearing last week that the State Department will hold consultations with Israel and other allies before returning to the Iranian nuclear agreement.

Israel has a long list of fundamental repairs for the original “flawed” document, with high relevance to its national security interests.  Most will be seconded by its Gulf neighbors over shared concerns: They are believed to include an Iranian commitment to immediately halt uranium enrichment and advanced centrifuge production, as well as giving up its ballistic and precision missile program.

Tehran must stop supporting its proxy terror groups in the region, starting with the Lebanese Hizballah, and end terror attacks on Israeli or Jewish targets around the world. Iran must be compelled by any revised accord to grant full access to inspectors from the UN watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency.

The Gulf rulers will undoubtedly join Israel in pressing hard on these issues and also for the ouster of Iran’s military footholds in Iraq, Syria and Yemen.

Although covert US-Iran talks have been taking place since before President Biden was sworn in, the Iranians are publicly playing hard ball with the new administration. They are flaunting the shedding of the restraints they undertook under the nuclear accord, especially on uranium enrichment, and are strengthening give-and-take ties with North Korea and China.

The European signatories of the nuclear accord, the UK, France and Germany, will be pushing Biden to get his Iran act together sooner rather than later so as to bring Iran back to a sustainable track.

The Israel-Gulf axis facing Iran will therefore be called on to moderate its demands.  Biden may also have a domestic issue to resolve: His Democratic party has opposed the huge arms transactions his predecessor concluded with the UAE and Saudi Arabia.

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Russia set to test 15,000mph nuke missile that can ‘beat any defence and destroy Texas’

Jon Lockett

Jan 2 2021, 7:49 ET

Updated: Jan 2 2021, 8:22 ET

RUSSIA is poised to test an “unstoppable” 15,000mph nuclear missile it boasts can beat any defense and wipe out Texas.

The RS-28 Sarmat doomsday rocket is now primed to replace the much-feared R-36 – once dubbed the “Satan” nuke by Nato.

The RS-28 Sarmat doomsday missile is destined to replace the feared R-36

The Kremlin brags it has a range of around 6,200 miles, can carry 16 warheads and is able to dodge any missile defense system. 

Its huge payload is capable of destroying an area the size of the Lone Star State according to Zvezda, the Russian defence ministry’s TV channel.

The introduction of the long-heralded weapon has been pushed back multiple times amid delays in testing, reports The Times.

But Alexei Krivoruchko – Russia’s deputy defence minister – revealed long-distance launches are now imminent.

He said: “I will note that ejection tests of the Sarmat missile are completed with positive results.

“In the near future we will begin carrying out flight tests of this rocket complex.”

Krivoruchko then chillingly added: “By virtue of its capabilities, no missile defense weapon, even the most advanced, can hinder it.”

The RS-28 – which will eventually be stationed in Siberia – was among an array of new weapons unveiled by Vladimir Putin in 2018.

Others include the Avangard hypersonic glide vehicle, which the Russian leader said could fly “like a meteorite, like a ball of fire”.

The new Sarmat nuke – known in the West as Satan-2 – is seen as Russia’s most powerful nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missile.

Just one of them contains eight megatons of TNT-equivalent explosive power.

That is more than 400 times more powerful than either of the two bombs the US dropped on Japan in the final days of World War Two.

This means they are capable of pulverising an area the size of England or Texas.

Resulting nuclear fallout would then spread from the destroyed zone, depending on wind speed and direction.

The missile, nicknamed Satan 2, can fly 6,000 miles and carry 16 warheads

Last month, Putin said a new “arms race has already begun” between the US and Russia and that his country’s new hypersonic missiles are ready for use in combat.

His worrying words came just months before the New Start treaty, the last major nuclear arms control treaty between the two countries, is due to expire.

Speaking at his annual set-piece press conference, Putin discussed Russia’s military capability and its bearing on US-Russia relations.

He was asked whether a failure to renew the New Start treaty, which committed both parties to a reduction in nuclear missile launchers, would mean the start of a new arms race.

“The arms race has already begun,” he said.  “After the US withdrew from the nuclear defense treaty, that’s exactly what happened.

“Their country is now building an umbrella to protect itself.” 

The Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) Treaty, introduced in 1972, was a treaty between the US and Soviet Union that limited the development of systems used to defend against ballistic missile-delivered nuclear weapons.

In 2002, the US withdrew, citing the need to protect itself against nuclear blackmail from rogue states, and subsequently establishing the Missile Defense Agency.

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