American Humanist Association demands students stop feeding starving kids

Stop feeding starving children, or else! The American Humanist Association sent that message to a school in Robbinsdale, Minn., accusing them of violating the U.S. Constitution by allowing students to participate in a community service project at a church that involved preparing meals for impoverished children in Haiti. The humanists got their britches in a bunch after the family of a student at the School of Engineering and Arts objected to the project being held at Calvary Lutheran Church. “The school has clearly violated the Establishment Clause,” AHA attorney Monica Miller wrote in a threatening letter to the school and district officials. “By sending public school children under your authority to a religious environment – to work with a religious organization that is on a religious mission – is a violating of the First Amendment principle of church-state separation.” The humanists took special offense to biblical terminology used to describe the mission to feed starving children. “The packages involved were called ‘manna’ packages, after the edible substances that, according to the Bible, God provided for the Israelites,” attorney Miller wrote. She was also dutifully offended that Calvary Lutheran Church – looked like a church, noting the “venue involved included extensive religious imagery and symbolism.” More
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Iranian army chief warns “Iran would strike US bases if attacked”!

Iran’s army chief dismissed Israeli and American threats of a military strike against the country’s nuclear facilities, saying that if Tehran is attacked, it would strike every US base in the region. Western threats of a strike against Iran “are just political bluffs,” said General Hassan Firouzabadi, Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces, told semi-official Iranian news agency Fars. “If we are targeted from the US bases in the region, we will hit those bases,” he warned. Firouzabadi said Iran has been preparing itself for war against the US and Israel for the past decade, and noted that “the enemies” that moved their troops to the region “eventually came to the conclusion that they lack the ability (to wage war on Iran) and left the region.” “We are ready for the decisive battle against the US and the Zionist regime,” he added.  The Iranian army chief threatened that “if any war is launched against Iran, we won’t give any ground to the enemy and they themselves know this very well.” Israel and the US suspect Iran is trying to achieve nuclear weapon capabilities, while the Islamic Republic claims its atom work is for peaceful purposes. Western countries and Iran have negotiated an interim deal in November in which Tehran has agreed to freeze its nuclear activity for six months in return for some sanction relief. Talks between Tehran and the so-called P5+1 states – Britain, China, France, Russia, the United States and Germany – are set to resume in Vienna February 18-19 in order to negotiate a final status agreement that would end the nuclear dispute. YnetNews


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World asleep as China tightens deflationary vice

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China’s Xi Jinping has cast the die. After weighing up the unappetising choice before him for a year, he has picked the lesser of two poisons. The balance of evidence is that most powerful Chinese leader since Mao Zedong aims to prick China’s $24 trillion credit bubble early in his 10-year term, rather than putting off the day of reckoning for yet another cycle. This may be well-advised for China, but the rest of the world seems remarkably nonchalant over the implications. Brazil, Russia, South Africa, and the commodity bloc are already in the cross-hairs. “China is getting serious about deleveraging,” says Patrick Legland and Wei Yao from Societe Generale. “It is difficult to gently deflate a bubble. There is a very real possibility that this slow deflation may get out of control and lead to a hard landing.” Zhang Yichen from CITIC Capital said the denouement will be a ratchet effect since China has capital controls and banks are an arm of the state, but that does not make it benign. “They are trying to deleverage without blowing the whole thing up. The US couldn’t contain Lehman contagion, but in China all contracts can be renegotiated, so it is very hard to have a domino effect. We’ll see a slow deflating of the bubble ,” he said. More
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US may be collecting Chinese genes for genetic weapons

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American scientists may be collecting the genes of ethnically Chinese people for the purpose of developing genetically engineered bioweapons, reports China National Defence, a military newspaper sponsored by the PLA Daily of the People’s Liberation Army. Earlier this year, Japanese media revealed that the United States government tested crop-killing bioweapons in Okinawa, and on Taiwanese and American soil during the 1960s and early 1970s. Despite the multilateral Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention that came into effect in 1975, many countries such as the US and Israel continue to operate bioweapon programs, the China National Defence report said. The newspaper claims the US military is developing a genetic weapon through a secret R&D project, with alleged participants claiming that the genes of Asian Chinese, European white Caucasians, and Arabs in the Middle East are all part of the research. A large number of non-military organizations are also said to be participating in the US gene battle project in the hope of developing drugs and food that will mutate the genetic structure of a certain race of people, the paper added. The report said that the US has already developed actual genetic weapons, such as implanting an African and Middle Eastern virus in ordinary winemaking yeast to pass on various diseases. Russia is also said to be using genetic engineering methods to research a new anthrax-type toxin variant that is resistant to antibiotics, while Israel is rumored to be developing a genetic weapon that is deadly to Arabs but benign to people of Jewish descent. More
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Strange ‘S’-shaped radar phenomenon appears off WA coast

Strange formation appears off WA coastA strange S-shaped formation which appeared on weather bureau radar off the West Australian coast was not caused by cloud, the bureau says. The shape was spotted on the weather bureau’s radar map on Wednesday about 30 kilometres west of Rottnest. After checking the satellite, the bureau’s Neil Bennett ruled out the phenomenon being caused by cloud. “There’s no cloud, there’s nothing to produce a rain echo, … which we do see a lot, but not this particular shape,” he said. “They don’t take on S shapes and things like that. “The radar that we use are there for the detection of precipitation, it’s basically just a beam going out and hitting the rain droplets or ice particles from hail. “Sometimes the beam itself rather than going straight it gets bent back to earth and you start to pick up reflections from the ocean, rather than rain droplets.” The ABC has asked the Department of Defence whether there are military operations off the coast which may interfere with radar activity. The department is yet to comment. The WA Weather Group has seized on the photo and retweeted it to their followers. “Nice that our pet #RottNessMonster has avoided the shark baits. Her name is Susan & she likes to eat plankton,” the group tweeted. “And I, for one, welcome our new giant sea serpent overlords,” Perth Sunrise Prints tweeted. ABC News
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China flexes muscles in U.S.-led military exercises, 14,000 US and Asia-Pacific Troops

The U.S. is leading the largest multinational military exercise in the Asia-Pacific region, and Chinese media are hailing Beijing’s first-time participation in the annual drill as proof that the communist nation’s “regional military impact” cannot be ignored. Nearly 14,000 troops from the U.S. and Asia-Pacific countries are participating in Cobra Gold 2014, which opened Tuesday at Camp Akatosarot, about 230 miles north of Bangkok.  “Cobra Gold truly replicates the dynamic security environment we find ourselves in today, and what we will face in the future,” Navy Adm. Samuel J. Locklear III, commander of U.S. Pacific Command, said at the opening ceremony for the military exercise. About 9,000 U.S. troops are training alongside 4,000 from Thailand, 80 from Singapore, 120 from Japan, 300 from South Korea, 160 from Indonesia and 120 from Malaysia. Several other nations such as Laos, Vietnam and Myanmar are participating as observers in the 33rd annual drills. China has “observer-plus” status, as it is offering a “humanitarian civic assistance team” of 17 troops, the Army said. Chinese troops will not be included in Cobra Gold’s top-level maneuvers, which include live-fire drills, jungle survival training, amphibious landings and warplane flights.  More

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