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For more information visit: http://www.securethegrid.com Frank Gaffney, former Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs (Acting) and President and CEO of the Center for Security Policy, Moderator Michael Maloof, former senior security policy analyst in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, with nearly 30 years of federal service in the U.S. Defense Department and as a specialized trainer for border guards and Special Forces, and author of A Nation Forsaken: EMP: The Escalating Threat of an American Catastrophe. Mr. Maloof will give an overview of the threats posed to the U.S. electric grid and the critical infrastructures that depend upon it. Dr. Peter Vincent Pry, former career CIA analyst, member of the staff of the congressionally mandated Electromagnetic Pulse Threat Commission, Executive Director of the Congressional Task Force on National and Homeland Security and author of Apocalypse Unknown: The Struggle To Protect America From An Electromagnetic Pulse Catastrophe. Dr. Pry will address the particular danger posed by the Islamic State and similar jihadist groups, the risk of naturally occurring events that could take down the grid and the impediments to the needed corrective actions. Amb. Henry F. Cooper, PhD, is a mechanical engineer who formerly served as the Director of the Strategic Defense Initiative and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Research, Development, and Logistics. In those capacities he oversaw steps taken by the Defense Department to ensure the resiliency of critical weapon systems against EMP effects. Dr. Cooper will explain what can be done to protect the grid against all hazards and the necessity of doing so. Kelly Carlson, an accomplished Hollywood actor who has been active on national and maritime security issues and serves as member of the Secure the Grid Coalition. Ms. Carlson will present several videos aimed at raising the awareness of the American people to the vulnerability of the electric grid and to encourage action by federal and state governments to protect the bulk power distribution system.

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The ‘new age’ and ‘human potential’ hucksters of the 1970s and beyond have had a field day with this. Real science proves them wrong!

Do I Only Use 10% of My Brain?

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Published on Sep 29, 2014 by SciShow

SciShow debunks the myth that you only use 10 percent of your brain. So, how much do you really use? And how do we know?

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http://www.snopes.com/science/stats/10percent.asp
http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/consciousness-and-the-brain/201106/do-we-use-only-10-percent-our-brain
http://bigthink.com/videos/debunking-common-brain-myths
https://faculty.washington.edu/chudler/tenper.html
http://hub.jhu.edu/2014/07/24/busting-a-brain-myth#

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Pain at the pump
Diesel or petrol, pain at the pump

I’m no Jay Leno but I do know a thing or two about motor vehicles, and a thing or three about tyranny, of which I have made a lifelong object of study. You shouldn’t need me to tell you that anything that raises the costs of road transportation also hamstrings the US economy, makes ordinary Americans poorer, strangles our liberty, and helps our enemies who are burdened by no such constraints.

I’ve owned both diesel and gasoline vehicles. Diesel was once the way to go when it came to saving money at the fuel pump. Diesel engines still outlast the gasoline variety and can deliver impressive power, but the US grabbermint deliberately wiped out the diesel fuel dollars-per-mile advantage.

Here’s how they did it:

Eric Peters: The Diesel Dilemma

The last time people began to sweat the cost of gas, they were able to turn to diesels. The cars delivered tremendous mileage (e.g., a VW Rabbit diesel was capable of 50-plus MPG, as good or better than a new Prius hybrid) and – perhaps as important – the fuel itself was cheaper than gasoline.

You may recall.

What happened?

Government.

Diesel fuel became more expensive than gasoline – because of government edicts that made it more rather than less expensive to refine. Today’s “ultra-low sulfur” diesel runs close to $4 a gallon in my neck of the Woods vs. just over $3 for a gallon of regular unleaded.

This cost-to-feed disparity takes a lot away from the economic argument in favor of buying a diesel-powered car. Especially given that modern diesel-powered cars – though excellent in many ways – are also a great deal less fuel-efficient than the diesel powered cars of the ’70s and ’80s (the era before government got around to hassling diesels to the extent that it had been hassling gas-powered cars). Engine design had to be altered; exhaust systems changed up. Almost all current-year diesel-powered passenger cars have particulate traps and “regeneration” (diesel fuel is injected into the exhaust to after-burn it for emissions control reasons; of course, fuel used to burn off soot is fuel not used to propel the car – and your mileage goes down).

Most (virtually all) current-year diesel-powered passenger cars also require something called Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) to achieve compliance with emissions regs. That is, to placate the government (at your expense). The DEF – basically, urea (that is, piss) – is contained in a separate tank that must be regularly topped off. The DEF works kind of like a gas engine’s catalytic converter, chemically altering the composition of the exhaust stream.

Whether this is good or bad is ultimately neither here nor there as far as the consumer appeal of diesel-powered cars.

Historically, the primary reason for going with a diesel rather than a gas-engined car (all else being equal) was the prospect that the diesel would – hopefully – save you money.

Unfortunately, that’s less likely today than it was yesterday. Because of the higher cost of the fuel – and the lower fuel-efficiency of modern diesels.

Here’s an example:

I recently reviewed the 2014 VW Jetta TDI (see here). For a modern car – relative to other modern cars – it delivers excellent fuel economy: 30 MPG in city driving and 42 MPG on the highway. But back in 1979, a VW Rabbit diesel delivered 45 MPG … in citydriving.

And 57 on the highway.

See here, if you don’t believe me.

Now, granted, the ’79 Rabbit is (was) a smaller car than the ’14 Jetta. But the difference is startling nonetheless – because the Jetta has all the putative advantages of the intervening 40 years (almost) of technological advances.

Shouldn’t it deliver better economy than a Carter-era car?

Well, it could.

If VW were not forced to festoon its brilliant TDI (turbo direct injection) diesel with all the foregoing folderol. If the federal obsession with soot – aka “particulate” emissions – were not so fervid. And here it is important to point out that diesel emissions aredifferent. Particulates may be obnoxious to some, but they are not a factor in the formation of smog – the main justification for swaddling gas engines with a Hannibal Lecter-esque suit of “controls” to tamp them down.

Everything – like it or not – is ultimately a cost-benefit analysis. And frequently there is a conflict between one desired thing and another desired thing. In this case, the desire of the government to effectively curb tailpipe emissions of cars (both diesel and gas) to nil conflicts with the consumer’s desire for a fuel-efficient (to say nothing of affordable) vehicle.

And this is why – for the most part (the Jetta I reviewed being one of literally two exceptions) the diesel-powered cars available today are almost all high-end/expensive cars. The diesel engines available in vehicles like the Mercedes E-Class and the BMW 3 and 5 are touted as much for their performance as their economy – and of course, the cars they’re installed in are sold on the basis of luxury and status. These are the sweeteners that make so-so-efficient modern diesels more palatable to buyers.

But on the economy end of the scale, it is harder to make a sound case for a modern diesel-powered car. Even the thoroughly excellent Jetta TDI. It costs about $5k more than the base trim gas-engined Jetta. And then there’s the 50-75 cents more per gallon you pay at the pump. Sure, the TDI’s mileage is 10-plus MPG better than the gas-engined models. But $5k buys oceans of gas … and don’t forget the extra $8-10 or so more you’ll be paying at each fill-up, diesel vs. regular unleaded.

To sum up:

The proverbial low-hanging fruit was plucked decades ago. That is, on the order of 90 percent of the harmful (e.g., smog forming, respiratory distress-inducing) byproducts of internal combustion were “controlled” by the first simple – but very effective – emissions technologies, such as catalytic converters (for gas-engined vehicles). Since the ’90s, the government’s increasingly demented crusade has been to “control” the remaining fractional part of a vehicle’s exhaust output that is less-than-pure.

I italicize this for emphasis because it is not a literary or editorial flourish. It is the literal truth.  The government will push for – and impose – a new round of emissions rigmarole in order to “cut” what they will invariably describe as “harmful emissions” by half a percent. But they will tout this as a 50 percent reduction – which it technically is. Because if you reduce 1 percent by half you have reduced it by 50 percent. But “50 percent” sounds a helluva lot better, PR-wise, than “half of one percent.”

So, we end with pretty pricey diesels that are only so-so efficient – relative to what they should and easily could be.

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Mixing alcohol with gasoline

Governmental bodies and various private organizations harp endlessly on the dangers of, and legal penalties against, driving under the influence of ethyl alcohol. At the same time, the US government is doing all it can to force you to feed ethyl alcohol into your gasoline-powered engine! Problem is, ethyl alcohol damages equipment that is not purpose-built to use it as fuel. Gasoline adulterated with alcohol can destroy your car, your motorcycle, your aircraft, your boat, your power tools, your generator…you name it. Seems to me that this is a stealth method to force older vehicles and equipment into the junkyard.

Arguably, “gasohol” harms the environment, in that the energy cost of producing the corn (maize), distilling ethyl alcohol from it, and transporting it to the pump, exceeds its yield as a vehicular energy source.

Corn is food. It is especially suited as fuel for people and animals, not machines. It makes economic sense to use corn as animal feed and to consume corn directly as sweet corn, hominy grits, cornbread, tortillas, popcorn, you name it. Burning corn, or for that matter, any food, as substandard vehicle fuel raises food prices worldwide, making people go hungry who otherwise would not.

If you own an older car or motorcycle, or would like to buy one, you owe it to yourself to read this:

Eric Peters: Making Your Car (and Bike) Ethanol-Safe
 

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The US Constitution isn’t all but dead – it’s dead and gone.

TPNN: When You See This New Rule From the Obama U.S. Forest Service, You’ll Realize the First Amendment is All But Dead

Further evidence that the Obama Regime is busy crafting ways to take away your constitutional rights comes in the form of another United States bureaucracy that has been politically weaponized.

The U.S. Forest Service is requiring reporters to pay permits costing up to $1,500 to take pictures or video in federally designated wilderness areas, with costly fines of course, for disobeying the new tyrannical shredding of the First Amendments.

Virtually every federal government bureaucracy has been politically weaponized, including the IRS and EPA, but now the U.S. Forest Service?

Fees, penalties, permits to take pictures of trees or a lake?

Welcome to Obama’s America, or shall we call it “fundamental transformation” or “hope and change?”

The Oregonian  reports that these new rules are being finalized in November:

The U.S. Forest Service has tightened restrictions on media coverage in vast swaths of the country’s wild lands, requiring reporters to pay for a permit and get permission before shooting a photo or video in federally designated wilderness areas.

Under rules being finalized in November, a reporter who met a biologist, wildlife advocate or whistleblower alleging neglect in any of the nation’s 100 million acres of wilderness would first need special approval to shoot photos or videos even on an iPhone.

Permits cost up to $1,500, says Forest Service spokesman Larry Chambers, and reporters who don’t get a permit could face fines up to $1,000.

First Amendment advocates say the rules ignore press freedoms and are so vague they’d allow the Forest Service to grant permits only to favored reporters shooting videos for positive stories.

Gregg Leslie, the legal defense director at the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, said, “It’s pretty clearly unconstitutional. They would have to show an important need to justify these limits, and they just can’t.”

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This is in response to the article, The Orcs of Russia and Memphis, which aroused the disagreement of both of the admins of 1389 Blog, namely 1389AD and CzechRebel.

Yes, we are familiar with orcs, those benighted, debased, and subhuman slave-warriors of the evil empires of Sauron in The Lord of the Rings and of Morgoth in The Silmarillion. We acknowledge that orcish behavior in human beings is sinful and we cannot condone it in any way.

Yes, we wholeheartily recommend the writings of J.R.R. Tolkien and no, we are not at all troubled by the fact that Tolkien, and his mother, were ardent Roman Catholics.

No, Vladimir Putin is not Sauron, Russians and their allies and sympathizers are not orcs, and modern-day Russia is not the evil empire of the USSR that once enslaved much of Eurasia. Quite the contrary.

It looks to us at 1389 Blog that your biggest problem is that you are a Roman Catholic who has imbibed too much of the Vatican “Kool-Aid.” Don’t get me wrong, we are NOT anti-Roman Catholic. Some of our writers and correspondents are practicing Roman Catholics. But they have NOT drunk the Vatican “Kool-Aid.”

Very, very, very few Roman Catholics understand the Holy Orthodox Church. I, CzechRebel, am a member of the Eastern Orthodox Church, so is 1389, so is our dear brother in Christ, Vladimir Putin. The Orthodox Church is an institution of peace and Vladimir Putin is a man of peace. If President Putin wanted to rule Ukraine, he would have taken it long ago and probably half of Poland just for good measure. Fortunately, President Putin is a committed Christian, perhaps the only such leader today of the countries in the “Nuclear Club.”

There is a good reason why Roman Catholics don’t understand the Eastern Orthodox Church. It has to do with disinformation disseminated from the top of the Roman hierarchy. Perhaps, their top Bishops, Archbishops, and Cardinals don’t know the truth. Or perhaps they know the truth and refuse to tell their laity. However, the results are the same. Roman Catholics don’t know what the Eastern Orthodox Church is. True, a few actually do. We would estimate that one in every 1,000 Roman Catholics whom we have spoken to in our lifetimes even know what the Eastern Orthodox Church is.

To most Roman Catholics, the Eastern Orthodox Church “broke off” from Rome in 1054 AD. Some factions who are deeply mired in self-deception even contend that the so-called “Great Schism” was not complete until two “reunification” councils failed to bring unity.

But when people ask us if we are something close to the Roman Catholic Church, we like to say that we are “as far as the East is from the West.” The Orthodox Church is the original form of Christianity unchanged for two millenia. (Sometimes practices such as music, architecture, and vernacular languages vary, but the actual faith remains unchanged.). All our councils merely reaffirm what was taught by the Apostles and what is STILL taught today. (See Jude 3.)

Yet, your average Roman Catholic, along with many clueless Protestants, believe that Rome is on the verge of “reuniting” Constantinople. Since they have the ridiculous belief that the Patriarchate of Constantinople is somehow the Eastern Christian equivalent of Rome, this will bring the Holy Sees of Jerusalem, Athens, Moscow, Belgrade, Antioch and all the others under the Pope’s dictatorial umbrella. These Western Christians point to photo ops and kind words shared by the Pope and Orthodox Christian leaders.

What would happen if the Patriarch of Constantinople did attempt to “reunite” with Rome? He would certainly be removed from office. He would probably be excommunicated and declared a heretic. It would certainly be a career-ending move for such a Bishop. Constantinople is one of the smaller Sees. Its local congregation is very limited. If not for the Greek Archdiocese in the US, it would be little more that a historical relic. Were a Patriarch of Constantinople foolish enough to try “reuniting” and were the few Bishops with him foolish enough to “look the other way,” you can bet that Constantinople would lose all influence along with losing its connection with the Orthodox community. It would merely become a minor Roman Catholic outpost in Turkey, and then dwindle into nonexistence.

The biggest part of the problem is the “theological development” in the Roman church. Starting in about 800 AD, there has been a parade of councils that we could NEVER accept in Eastern Orthodoxy. So, unless and until a Pope is willing to admit that the Roman church has been wrong for a good 1200 years, this so-called “reunification” is flat-out impossible. Of course, there is no one in the Eastern Orthodox Church with the power to change anything and there never has been.

Roughly seven out of every eight Orthodox Christians in the world are in the Russian Orthodox Church, whether in Russia or in the vast diaspora. This has traditionally been a problem for Rome. Rome has always wanted Russia and all of Eastern Christianity brought to its knees and placed under the thumb of a Pope. Today is no different. NATO is nothing more than the latest threat to the security of Christian Russia. During the Cold War, NATO was opposed by the Communist forces of the Warsaw Pact.

Since the end of the former Soviet Union, there has been a tremendous revolution in Russia. The Russian Orthodox Church has come roaring back to relevancy. With the Communist gone, the Godly people of Russia have emerged from the underground and re-established themselves. Many Russians formerly held positions in the Communist Party, while secretly practicing Christianity at home. Many of these behind-the-curtain Christians have come to power in the new free Russia. Many other Russians who had been unchurched during the Soviet era have rediscovered their Orthodox roots.

Russia, being a Godly nation, disbanded the Warsaw Pact in 1991, ending the Cold War and leaving NATO with no legitimate reason to continue. The only decent thing for the US to have done was to leave NATO as the Communist forces ceased to exist. But then, we live in a fallen world, and when decency competes with money, we know what usually wins. The loss of a credible enemy threatened many influential North American and European military and political apparatchiki with unemployment. Too many influential “advisers” in Washington, the mainstream media, and the NGOs – notably the infamous, ubiquitous, and bloodthirsty Brzezinski dynasty have made their careers on intensifying and perpetuating the Cold War. Bolstered by the propaganda machine of the western mainstream media, far more effective than anything in the wildest dreams of Josef Goebbels or Julius Streicher, NATO took advantage of Russia’s temporary economic and military setbacks to continue its imperial march toward Russia.

Following its the loss of its former bulwark in the Austro-Hungarian Empire, its absurd venture of Vatican II, its compromises with leftist politics, and its financial and sexual scandals, Rome has seen its churches liberalize and shrink in size. Its only hope is to co-opt or strangle its only real competition by supporting NATO’s invasion of Russia. So, once again we are hearing of this Fatima nonsense. For those have not heard of this incident, let us just say that three children in Portugal claimed they saw the Mother of God appear to them, and claimed that she said some heretical things, including, but not limited to, some nasty anti-Russia propaganda. We are not sure whether they were lying, or hallucinating or some demon had actually appeared to them claiming to the Theotokos, the mother of our Lord Jesus Christ. However, the Orthodox Church is 100 percent sure that this apparition is to be given no credence as its message deviated from that of the faith once delivered (Jude 3) and therefore is certain to be false teachings.

The American mainstream media is under the thumb of the left-wing/pro-Muslim influence. Fox is sightly more honest, but “when the rubber meets the road” it still promotes government lies. Just for starters, this is demonstrated whenever Bill O’Reilly opens his mouth about Obama’s birth certificate.

Russia is a total embarrassment to the left. The USSR was once a vast empire that attempted and failed to use their socialist principles to govern. When it broke apart, Russia repudiated socialism, and for that reason, the left-wing extremist mainstream media works overtime to find fault with Russia. They are hoping that somehow the few, aging, Communists left in Russia will somehow revive socialism. So the MSM tilts public opinion against the one thing it hates, a large, free, Christian county, namely Russia.

Of course, Fox is dominated by two Roman Catholic talking heads, Bill O’Reilly, and the somewhat smarter Sean Hanity. Both are hardcore Papists who want the Pope to take over the entire Christian world and rule as an iron-handed spiritual dictator as he once did in Western Europe. The are not true conservatives. They merely play the role of “conservative” when expediency dictates. If they were true conservatives, they would be supporting the miraculous revolution that brought down Communism and placed a truly conservative government in power in Russia. Instead, they both whip up enmity against Russia in a most un-Christian manner.

Russia is our friend. It is the one major country standing up to threat of Islamic jihad, and to the radical militant homosexual agenda, and to the persecution of Christians everywhere. The US, on the other had, is wishy-washy when it comes to counterjihad and even has a Muslim President. The US is welcoming so-called “gay marriage”, abortion and every form of sexual perversion imaginable. The US pretends to fight Christian persecution with a few presidential “hashtags.”

So, we allow people to lie about Putin, “He was the head of the KGB.” Wrong! He worked for the KGB. It was George Bush I who was the head of the CIA! Putin did work for the KGB. Why would the Russian people want someone who wasn’t astute enough to hold a good job during the Communist era? He was in charge of Russia’s security once the new PRO-CHRISTIAN government took over. Sounds to me like a good thing!

What about Ukraine? Let’s do a thought experiment here. Suppose the US government were to go completely bankrupt in every sense of the word and, for that reason, were to fall to pieces in the same manner as did the former USSR. (By no means a farfetched scenario for a government that is already $17.5 trillion USD in debt, and counting.) But then, suppose a major part of the former USA – let’s say, most of the Sunbelt – were to pull themselves together and restore a free-market, Constitutional, and pro-Judaeo-Christian federation once again, calling themselves the Free USA. What if some portions of the formerly broken-away states wished to reunite with the Free USA – for example, parts of Virginia and Massachusetts. Now suppose that the Chinese, or some other foreign rival, were to co-opt the political process and conduct sham elections in those states to install a thugocracy to persecute those who wish to reunite with the Free USA. Suppose that the victims of this persecution were to take up arms to defend themselves and were to plead with the Free USA to take them back. What if China were to threaten nuclear war against the Free USA if it did agree to take them back?

Far-fetched, you say? Virginia and Massachusetts were the two original US states. If anyone ever did take them away, those states would have the absolute right to take them back. Can you not possibly see what this has to do with the Ukraine?

Most of we now call “Ukraine” – excluding the westernmost portion – was the original Russian heartland! It was Nikita Khrushchev who cut up the map so Crimea and other parts of what had always been Russia were part of the Ukraine. So, anyone who does not support the reunification of Ukraine and Russia are treading in the footsteps of the last Communist leader who was a true believer, namely Nikita Khrushchev.

The US simply has no business in Ukraine. It has no business in Eastern Europe and certainly no business in NATO. NATO membership marks the US as warmonger nation and does nothing to defend the interests of US citizens against our real enemy, namely the worldwide jihad.

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While the Khorasan Group may appear to be a lesser danger than ISIS – though the Obama Administration contends otherwise – every al Qaeda offshoot and every jihadi organization is an enemy to be thoroughly exposed and vigorously combated.

ABC: What Is the Khorasan Group, Targeted By US in Syria?

The U.S. military said today that by striking a little known terror cell called the Khorasan Group in Syria it was able to take out dangerous men who were “plotting and planning imminent attacks against Western targets to include the U.S. homeland.”

In the midst of the well-publicized campaign against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the military’s first official announcement that a different, potentially more deadly terror group existed, that it’s members were planning an “imminent” attack on America and that those planning the attack had been killed in the U.S.-led bombing campaign all came as something of a surprise, considering that for the public, the group was virtually unheard of until a few days ago.

So here’s what we know so far about the mysterious Khorasan Group:

What Is the Khorasan Group?

The Khorasan Group is a relatively small al Qaeda unit – made up of just some 50 hardened fighters with mixing jihadist affiliations, according to a half-dozen officials with knowledge of the group. As the U.S. military’s Central Command put it, they are “seasoned al Qaeda veterans.” A senior administration official told reporters the group grew out of al Qaeda’s old core group in Afghanistan.

“It’s the same cast of characters we have had our eye on for some time,” the official said.

Back in June, ABC News reported that an alliance had been building inside Syria between al Qaeda operatives there and those from al Qaeda’s dangerous Yemen-based branch, al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), home to expert bomb makers. Sources told ABC News today some of those allied jihadis, then unidentified, made up the Khorasan Group.

The group is not thought to be affiliated with ISIS, which had a public falling out with al Qaeda earlier this year. In fact, the Khorasan Group’s leader may have been tasked with fighting ISIS in Syria as well as the West, according to government documents and reports in the Long War Journal, as part of the larger, violent conflict between ISIS and al Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate, al-Nusra Front.
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The word Khorasan denotes greater Afghanistan, parts of central Asia and China’s Xinxiang province. The term has religious significance in the context of jihad and several organizations in the region use the name in various ways.

Who’s Their Leader?

The Khorasan Group is believed to led by Muhsin al-Fadhili, a Kuwaiti native. While there’s scant information about the organization he leads, al-Fadhli has a long international rap sheet.

He’s wanted in the U.S. for his work as an “Iran-based senior al Qaeda facilitator and financier,” according to the State Department, and is suspected of being one of Osama bin Laden’s most trusted operatives – one of the few aware of the 9/11 attacks before they happened.

Al-Fadhli, 33, was designated a terrorist by the U.S. back in 2005 for providing “financial and material support to the al-Zarqawi Network and al Qaeda,” the State Department said. Ironically over the years the al-Zarqawi Network in Iraq would mutate into what is now ISIS.

“…[P]rior to that [al-Fadhli] was involved in several terrorist attacks that took place October 2002, including the attacks on the French ship MV Limburg and against U.S. Marines on Faylaka Island in Kuwait,” the U.S. Treasury said.

The United Nations added al-Fadhli to its al Qaeda Sanctions Committee list in 2005 as well. The same year, President Bush mentioned al-Fadhli, then just 23, by name in a speech, saying that the U.S., working with others, would “bring him to justice.”

The State Department offers a $7 million reward for information leading to his capture. While the U.S. military said Khorasan Group individuals were killed in the recent strikes, they did not identify any specifically.

So If They’re a Big Deal, Why Haven’t I Heard of Them?

Unlike previous terrorist foes, the U.S. government apparently worked to keep a tight lid on the identity of the Khorasan Group despite, as a senior administration official put it, the government watching the threat from the group “for some time.”

Though ABC News reported an air travel scare this summer that sources said today were linked to the group, the name “Khorasan Group” wasn’t used in the Western media until earlier this month when The Associated Press first identified them. Even after that, when Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., brought up the name in an open Congressional hearing last week, Department of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson paused awkwardly before telling King that “discussion of specific organizations, I think, should be left to a classified setting.”

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Nuts to THAT, Jeh Johnson! We US citizens, taxpayers, and voters have the right to know exactly who our enemies are and to decide how we want to go about combating them.

CBS: Khorasan leader Muhsin al-Fadhli a skilled al Qaeda fighter, fundraiser

In the days leading up to September 11, 2001, only a handful of al Qaeda operatives outside of Osama bin Laden knew about the impending attacks on the United States.

One of them was named Muhsin al-Fadhli, a 20-year-old from Kuwait who U.S. officials said was a close confidant of the terror network’s notorious leader.

Now 13 years later, al-Fadhli has emerged as the leader of Khorasan, a group of al Qaeda veterans that was nearing “the execution phase of an attack either in Europe” or the U.S., according to the Pentagon.

That is why, on the same night that U.S. and Arab allies carried out more than 200 airstrikes against ISIS, the U.S. alone launched strikes against eight Khorasan targets in northwestern Syria, Pentagon officials said.

CBS News correspondent Bob Orr reports that on Twitter, jihadis are claiming that al-Fadhli died in the bombings but officials could not confirm who may have been killed. The State Department offered a $7 million bounty for information leading to al-Fadhli, who is on the U.S. list of most wanted terrorists.

Much more here.

Update:

Andrew McCarthy contends that the “Khorosan Group” is a fictitious name – simply an alias – for an actual group of jihadis who are part of the al-Nusra front, which in turn is simply the Syrian branch of al Qaeda.

NRO: The Khorosan Group Does Not Exist: It’s a fictitious name the Obama administration invented to deceive us.

We’re being had. Again.

For six years, President Obama has endeavored to will the country into accepting two pillars of his alternative national-security reality. First, he claims to have dealt decisively with the terrorist threat, rendering it a disparate series of ragtag jayvees. Second, he asserts that the threat is unrelated to Islam, which is innately peaceful, moderate, and opposed to the wanton “violent extremists” who purport to act in its name.

Now, the president has been compelled to act against a jihad that has neither ended nor been “decimated.” The jihad, in fact, has inevitably intensified under his counterfactual worldview, which holds that empowering Islamic supremacists is the path to security and stability. Yet even as war intensifies in Iraq and Syria — even as jihadists continue advancing, continue killing and capturing hapless opposition forces on the ground despite Obama’s futile air raids — the president won’t let go of the charade.

Hence, Obama gives us the Khorosan Group.
The who?

There is a reason that no one had heard of such a group until a nanosecond ago, when the “Khorosan Group” suddenly went from anonymity to the “imminent threat” that became the rationale for an emergency air war there was supposedly no time to ask Congress to authorize.

You haven’t heard of the Khorosan Group because there isn’t one. It is a name the administration came up with, calculating that Khorosan — the –Iranian–​Afghan border region — had sufficient connection to jihadist lore that no one would call the president on it.

The “Khorosan Group” is al-Qaeda. It is simply a faction within the global terror network’s Syrian franchise, “Jabhat al-Nusra.” Its leader, Mushin al-Fadhli (believed to have been killed in this week’s U.S.-led air strikes), was an intimate of Ayman al-Zawahiri, the emir of al-Qaeda who dispatched him to the jihad in Syria. Except that if you listen to administration officials long enough, you come away thinking that Zawahiri is not really al-Qaeda, either. Instead, he’s something the administration is at pains to call “core al-Qaeda.”

“Core al-Qaeda,” you are to understand, is different from “Jabhat al-Nusra,” which in turn is distinct from “al-Qaeda in Iraq” (formerly “al-Qaeda in Mesopotamia,” now the “Islamic State” al-Qaeda spin-off that is, itself, formerly “al-Qaeda in Iraq and al-Sham” or “al-Qaeda in Iraq and the Levant”). That al-Qaeda, don’t you know, is a different outfit from al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula . . . which, of course, should never be mistaken for “al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb,” “Boko Haram,” “Ansar al-Sharia,” or the latest entry, “al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent.”

Coming soon, “al-Qaeda on Hollywood and Vine.” In fact, it wouldn’t surprise me if, come 2015, Obama issued an executive order decreeing twelve new jihad jayvees stretching from al-Qaeda in January through al-Qaeda in December.

Except you’ll hear only about the jayvees, not the jihad. You see, there is a purpose behind this dizzying proliferation of names assigned to what, in reality, is a global network with multiple tentacles and occasional internecine rivalries.

As these columns have long contended, Obama has not quelled our enemies; he has miniaturized them. The jihad and the sharia supremacism that fuels it form the glue that unites the parts into a whole — a worldwide, ideologically connected movement rooted in Islamic scripture that can project power on the scale of a nation-state and that seeks to conquer the West. The president does not want us to see the threat this way.

For a product of the radical Left like Obama, terrorism is a regrettable but understandable consequence of American arrogance. That it happens to involve Muslims is just the coincidental fallout of Western imperialism in the Middle East, not the doctrinal command of a belief system that perceives itself as engaged in an inter-civilizational conflict. For the Left, America has to be the culprit. Despite its inbred pathologies, which we had no role in cultivating, Islam must be the victim, not the cause. As you’ll hear from Obama’s Islamist allies, who often double as Democrat activists, the problem is “Islamophobia,” not Muslim terrorism.

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CTV News has the story:

A fake Apple ad making the rounds online claims that iPhone users can charge their devices wirelessly in the microwave.

The ad, which shares many design characteristics with official Apple advertising, describes a new ‘Wave’ feature in iOS 8, the latest mobile operating system released for Apple’s mobile device users.

“You can now Wave-charge your device by placing it within a household microwave for a minute and a half,” reads the post. “iOS 8 contains new drivers that interface with your device’s radio-baseband allowing it to synchronize with microwave frequencies and use them to recharge our batter.”

If that sounds too good to be true, that’s because it is. Putting your phone in the microwave could ruin both the phone and the oven within seconds.

Nevertheless, some people have posted on social media about their failed attempts to Wave-charge their phones. Rather than quick-charging their devices, people claimed the results were a burnt phone and a microwave fire.

The prank appears to have originated on the online bulletin board 4chan, where people wrote posts suggesting they had successfully charged their phones in microwaves.

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4chan, by the way, is an infamous hangout for sadistic pranksters, over-the-top perverts, and Internet trolls, who by their own admission are just terrible human beings. Just sayin’.

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On Sunday, an Islamic State spokesperson released a 42-minute propaganda audio recording, during which followers are urged to kill Canadians, Americans, and any other citizens of countries taking part in a U.S-led coalition to fight the group.

In an English translation of the recording, which was posted online, spokesperson Abu Muhammad al-Adnani encourages IS followers to kill any “disbelievers,” whether they are civilians or part of the military.
“If you can kill a disbelieving American or European – especially the spiteful and filthy French – or an Australian or a Canadian, or any other disbeliever from the disbelievers waging war, including the citizens of the countries that entered into a coalition against the Islamic State … kill him in any manner or way however it may be,” the translation reads.

Terrorism expert Mubin Shaikh says an attack on Canada by IS would likely come against undefended “soft targets,” and not well-defended government buildings. “It’s usually places we don’t expect,” Shaikh told CTV News on Monday. “Everyday places that we go. Schools campuses, shopping malls, grocery stores.”

He cited the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing as an example of a “soft target” terrorist attack.

Shaikh, a former undercover operative for the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, helped expose an al Qaeda-inspired terror plot in Ontario in 2006.
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And so it begins…

ISIS plot to behead random people off streets thwarted in Australia – ‘Protip: Americans carry guns’

Fifteen people were arrested in Australia Thursday after officials obtained intelligence data suggesting that members of the Islamic State planned on performing “public beheadings” to demonstrate their presence in other areas of the world.

An estimated 800 police officials conducted the counterterrorism raids in the city of Sydney to foil the terrorist plot, Fox News reported.

Australian’s are worried about the radicalization of members in their Muslim community, and they’re not sure how many of their citizens are collaborating with the Islamic State militants.

According to Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, someone affiliated with the terrorist organization told members of the Islamic State in Australia to “horrify” the public by kidnapping members of the public and beheading them.

“The exhortations, quite direct exhortations, were coming from an Australian who is apparently quite senior in ISIL to networks of support back in Australia to conduct demonstration killings here in this country,” Abbott said.

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Mainstream media ‘Big Three’ ignoring murder linked to domestic terrorism

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Major television networks have refused to report on what clearly appears to be an act of domestic terrorism committed by a self-proclaimed homegrown jihadist.

As of late last week, Fox News Channel and CNN had been the only television networks to report on the brutal murder of New Jersey college student Brendan Tevlin. Ali Muhammad Brown, who was arrested on July 18, told authorities that he committed the murder to avenge U.S. military action in Iraq and Afghanistan. Prosecutors say Brown is a devout Muslim enraged by U.S. military intervention in the Islamic world, which he referred to as “evil.” It remains unclear if Brown, who was once linked to a suspected terror financing scheme, was a “lone wolf” inspired by jihadist rants or part of a larger plot.
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Not only the mainstream media, but also our elected officials, work hard to keep us ignorant of the growing threat.

Zilla of the Resistance has the story on Democrat Congressman @RepBetoORourke, who demanded that federal agencies cut off contact with Judicial Watch in retaliation for warning about ISIS infiltration over the US-Mexico border.

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Harry Richardson has the story at Pickering Post:

In local councils across Australia, and indeed most of the Western World, applications are pending for the building of new Mosques. Until recently, these applications would have been approved with little more than a rubber stamp and a few suggestions as to local planning.

Today however, things have changed. Mosque applications have become rallying points for community anger and hostility. Demonstrations and campaigns are becoming commonplace.

There appears, in each of these disputes, a three way split with the bewildered councillors stuck squarely in the middle.

On the ‘yes’ side, we naturally have the Muslims who have purchased the land and want to build the mosque. On the ‘no’ side is a group of strident residents and activists who are implacably opposed to it.

Then, also on the ‘yes’ side are those who sympathise with the Muslims who, as they see it, simply want to build a place of worship and should have the right to do so in a free society. For convenience, I will refer to this group as the allies.

In the main, the allies seem to view the protesters as uncultured rabble, motivated by racism and hatred of anything alien to their own small minded world. They consider them to be uneducated and acting from ignorance. They reason that if these protesters understood more of the ways of other cultures they would discover them harmless. They believe these protesters might then discover aspects of this culture (such as tolerance, for instance) from which they could in fact learn.

On the surface, this would seem a very reasonable stance for the allies to take but, as we start to dig a little deeper, we find that things are not quite what they seem. For a start, we soon find that the allies themselves have no knowledge of Islam whatsoever. What they do know has been successfully sold to them by Islamic spokespersons.

They do not take the time or make the effort to search beyond the Islamic line.

Ironically, many of the protesters have actually taken the time to educate themselves about Islam from the authentic Islamic sources and contemporary teachings.

Here are some of the reasons why we find many of these teachings to be deeply troubling.

What is a mosque?

It is vitally important to understand what a mosque represents in Islam.

A mosque is not like a church or a temple, it is much more than a place for Muslims to simply worship their God (Allah).

Mosques are modelled on the first mosque established by Mohammed in Medina which was a seat of government, a command centre, a court, a military training centre and an arms depot.

Mosque leaders today raise religious decrees, enforce Islamic doctrine, monitor conduct, punish transgressors and command actions including requirements to conduct Jihad.

A mosque is much more than a church.

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Turkey

The Prime Minister of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, understood the military nature of a mosque when he stated:

“A mosque is our barracks, the domes our helmets, minarets our bayonets and the faithful are our soldiers.”

Islam’s founder, the Prophet Mohammed, was not just a religious leader but a political and military one too. He raised armies and fought and killed people until he was the King of the whole of Arabia.

The religion of Islam is entirely based on the example and teachings of Mohammed.

Unlike any other major religion therefore, Islam is also a political and military force.

The Influence of the House of Saud

Mohammed was the guardian of Islam in the seventh century. Today that responsibility rests with the Saudi Royal Family or the House of Saud. The two holiest Islamic sites in Mecca and Medina are under its control.

The late king, Fahd bin Abdul Aziz, understood this when he wrote “The efforts of the servant of the two Holy Places support the Muslim Minorities.”

The Institute of Muslim Minority Affairs (IMMA) is the vehicle which the late king created to establish the Islamic World Caliphate. It is Saudi Foreign Policy and Jurisprudence from the Saudi Ministry of Religious Affairs.

In the words of King Fahd, mosques, educational centres and Islamic bodies like the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) and Muslim Students Association (MSA) are all geared towards hindering Muslim assimilation into non-Muslim nations so they can act as a fifth column to bring victory to Islam.

In 1965 during the pilgrimage or Hajj, the World Association of Muslim Youth or WAMY was created to work toward this end and for the non-Muslim world; IMMA or the Institute of Muslim Minority Affairs was born.

WAMY and IMMA were a collaboration of the Wahhabist and Muslim Brotherhood led by:

  1. Said Ramadan, the son-in-law of the Muslim Brotherhood founder and,
  2. Abdullah Omar Naseef, a wealthy, suspected Al-Qaeda financier.

The House of Saud and the funding of terrorism

In May 2008, Robert Spencer’s website “Jihad Watch” reported that the Saudis had spent over $US100 billion on this project over the three previous decades.

These funds were used to build mosques to fund the payroll of Imams and to build Islamic schools.

They were also apparently intended to corrupt the education system through the funding of universities and the rewriting of school text books to favour Islam while denigrating Christianity and Western achievements.

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What must be done?

The conundrum for Law-makers in the West is that a mosque operates under the protection of religious freedom.
This is unacceptable because a mosque is not just a religion, but also political centre and a place where legal rulings are made. Some of these rulings breach Australian law and ironically also call for the restriction of religious freedoms for all non-Muslims.

Our politicians, law-makers, law enforcement officers and security agencies need to acquaint themselves with the teachings within mosques which, after all, are preaching their prophet’s Sharia law which is largely incompatible with Australian law.

Law-makers and law-enforcers must now turn their minds toward recognising Islam as a political entity and remove the current protections Islam receives as a religion.

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Dr. Bill Warner on being called an ‘islamophobe’

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No criminal was Borislav Milojković – he not only entertained crowds, but also advised police agencies on how to combat real-life pick-pocketing.

eBritić has the story.
 
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Pay attention here: ISIS is pure evil and it affects YOU, wherever you may be.

We at 1389 Blog have been warning you that ISIS is a threat to the human race – past, present, and future.

First of all, read this:

ArtNet: ISIS Destroying The World’s Cultural Heritage One Site At A Time

As someone who appreciates art, architecture, historical sites and ancient cultural achievements from the past this news is very disturbing.

The above article talks about Iraq’s cultural heritage, but it doesn’t stop there, and it doesn’t look as though it will.

It is happening in what was once Assyria as well. Yes, that area known as “The Cradle of Civilization” – Mesopotamia:

AINA: ISIS Destroys 3000 Year-old Assyrian Artifacts in Syria

ISIS will do what the Taliban did to the Bamiyan Buddhas in Afghanistan.

Islam is a cult that excels at destruction. Not just people, which is tragic enough, but everything! And they are proud of it, and boast about it!

The NAZIS did the same. They looted an incredible amount of art from all over Europe.

These pieces were destined for Hitler’s Museum of the Thousand-Year Reich.

This, in spite of the fact that many countries went to enormous lengths to hide their treasures, and I mean real treasures.

The NAZIS took Michelangelo’s Bruges Madonna, the Jan van Eyck Altarpiece at Ghent, Vermeers, Klimts, Rembrandts, Picassos and so much more!

Ghent Altarpiece
Ghent Altarpiece: Jan van Eyck

The Mona Lisa was hidden in a French château – thankfully.

In the movie “The Monuments Men” we get an idea of all this. Atlas of Wonders reveals The Monuments Men Filming Locations: Where the Nazis kept the looted art.

There is an excellent book, The Rape of Europa: The Fate of Europe’s Treasures in the Third Reich and the Second World War, along with a documentary (trailer here).

The rescue effort was an American initiative. (See: The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History.)

Most of us are aware that World War II was the most destructive war in history. We know of the horrific loss of life; we have seen images of the devastated European cities. Yet how many among us have walked through a majestic museum such as the Louvre, enjoyed the solitude and grandeur of a towering cathedral such as Chartres, or gazed upon a sublime painting such as Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper, and wondered, How did so many monuments and great works of art survive this war? Who were the people who saved them?

The major events of World War II Pearl Harbor, D-Day, the Battle of the Bulge have become as much a part of our collective conscience as the names of the books and films Band of Brothers, The Greatest Generation, Saving Private Ryan, Schindlers List and the writers, directors, and actors Ambrose, Brokaw, Spielberg, Hanks who brought these epic events and the heroism of that time to life for us once again.

But what if I told you there was a major story about World War II that hasnt been told, a significant story at the heart of the entire war effort, involving the most unlikely group youve never heard of? What if I told you there was a group of men on the front lines who quite literally saved the world as we know it; a group who didnt carry machine guns or drive tanks, who werent official statesmen; men who not only had the vision to understand the grave threat to the greatest cultural and artistic achievements of civilization but then joined the front lines to do something about it?

- from THE MONUMENTS MEN

When the Germans finally realised they were going to lose WW2 they did what all savages do – they began to destroy as many treasures as they could and they succeeded in many instances, for example Raphael’s “Portrait of a Young Man”.

Raphael: Portrait of a Young Man
Raphael – one of the greatest artist the Renaissance gave us!

Art stolen and destroyed. Art that was part of western civilization’s collective culture.

Art the NAZIS had no right to, and naturally a lot of it was owned not only by countries but of course the European Jewish population.

Now we are seeing it all happen again. This is but another example of the despicable acts of the Islamic State!

It should not surprise us at all as Islam has a strong tie to NAZISM. Saddam Hussein’s Ba’ath Party was inspired by Hitler, so was Egypt’s former ruler,Nasser and let’s not forget the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem – the uncle of the Egyptian terrorist – Yasser Arafat.

In the movie “The Monuments Men” the character, Frank Stokes, played by George Clooney, says:

“You can wipe out an entire generation, you can burn their homes to the ground and somehow they’ll still find their way back. But if you destroy their history, you destroy their achievements and it’s as if they never existed. That’s what Hitler wants and that’s exactly what we are fighting for.”

This applies even more so today.

During WW2 we had strong leaders like Winston Churchill and Dwight Eisenhower who would never give up. Even the tyrant Stalin wouldn’t let Hitler win!

What does the West have today? Obama? Cameron? Hollande? Merkel? Spare us please!!!

There is way too much at stake: even more so than when the NAZIS were planning their Thousand-Year Reich.

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