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Truth is in favor of you and me; for the truth of our enemies whom we have been serving here in the U.S.A. for over 400 years (whom we did not know to be our enemies by nature) is the truth that the Black Man must have knowledge of to be able to keep from falling into the deceiving traps that are being laid by our enemies to catch us in their way which is opposed to the way of righteous of whom we are members. ~ The Honorable Elijah Muhammad

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Netanyahu Lies: 5 Reasons Iran is NOT a Threat to the U.S. or the World

Here are 5 reasons why a National Emergency should not be declared to deal with Iran:  

Never Attacked US: Iran has never attacked the United States, or even any of her interests overseas. In fact, they have not attacked or invaded anyone in at least 270 years. And they haven't even threatened to harm the U.S. unless of course they are attacked first. Do we want to continue to be a nation that attacks others without provocation, or one that defends our country against genuine aggressors? Iran is not an aggressor and certainly not a national emergency threat.

No Nuclear Weapon: Claims that Iran is developing a nuclear weapon seems to be the only argument warmongers have to suggest a preemptive strike. Yet, all U.S. intelligence agencies universally agree that Iran does not have a nuclear weapons program. Even if they did, why is that a reason to attack them? Just having a weapon doesn't make a country a threat. Plenty of countries have nuclear weapons and we don't consider them a threat.  

Self Preservation: Iran will not attack the West militarily with a nuclear weapon, or even conventionally, because they know they would be inviting their immediate destruction. Iran is a sophisticated secular society, much like Iraq was before America invaded. In fact, Iran has the third largest Jewish population in the world who live in harmony with Muslims and others. In other words, they have a lot to lose to invite war with anyone, and they know that any move viewed as aggression would be met with swift and overwhelming force. The West wants the world to believe their leadership is primitive and stupid, but they aren't.  

Surrounded By U.S. Bases: Over 45 U.S. bases surround Iran. These bases are in addition to the fleets of U.S. warships parked in waters near Iran. A picture is worth a thousand words. Who's the real threat here?
Stars represent U.S. bases
Conventional War is Obsolete: Iran actually has a modern armed forces that could fight back conventionally. However, conventional war is completely obsolete. It should be likened to sticks and stones compared to the known advanced technology the world powers possess. Besides nuclear weapons and other WMDs, there are secret weather weapons, space-based weapons, microwave weapons etc. Russia admits to having a weather weapon that can destroy the U.S. in 15 minutes. Surely America and Europe have the same technology, and probably China, too. These make conventional warfare nothing more than manufactured violence for economic control and managed population reduction. Again, Iran represents nothing resembling a threat to America in the face of such technology. America was never attacked or even threatened with attack by Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Libya, or Somalia. Yet by executive decree, taxpayers continue to fund the U.S. war machine to murder and maim innocent civilians in those countries. Conveniently, the "war on terror" has given America the excuse to preemptively strike any nation who is said to oppose them. And it seems Iran is next unless the American people stop living in fear of manufactured threats. Activist Post  

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Transcript of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Speech to Congress
In this deadly game of thrones, there's no place for America or for Israel, no peace for Christians, Jews or Muslims who don't share the Islamist medieval creed, no rights for women, no freedom for anyone.
Reality Check: Netanyahu's Hardline on Iran | Al Jazeera America
Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday urged U.S. lawmakers to reject the nuclear deal being negotiated between Iran and world powers, warning that it would help Iran acquire nuclear weapons and threaten Israel’s survival. Iran’s regime could not be trusted to abide by any agreement, he warned, and urged the United States to escalate pressure on Tehran until it agreed to dismantle much of its nuclear program and change its regional behavior.
The White House has long warned that abandoning the current negotiating framework would open a path to war — an argument Netanyahu rejected.  But the Israeli leader’s characterization of the deal, and of Iran’s current nuclear efforts, have long been challenged by Western governments involved in the talks.
Herewith, a reality-check assessment of four of Netanyahu’s key arguments.

Genetically speaking, mammals are more like their fathers

The research, published in the journal Nature Genetics, has wide implications for the study of human disease, especially when using mammalian research models. For instance, in many mouse models created for the study of gene expression related to disease, researchers typically don't take into account whether specific genetic expression originates from mothers or fathers. But the UNC research shows that inheriting a mutation has different consequences in mammals, depending on whether the genetic variant is inherited from the mother or father.

"This is an exceptional new research finding that opens the door to an entirely new area of exploration in human genetics," said Fernando Pardo-Manuel de Villena, PhD, professor of genetics and senior author of the paper. "We've known that there are 95 genes that are subject to this parent-of-origin effect. They're called imprinted genes, and they can play roles in diseases, depending on whether the genetic mutation came from the father or the mother. Now we've found that in addition to them, there are thousands of other genes that have a novel parent-of-origin effect."

These genetic mutations that are handed down from parents show up in many common but complex diseases that involve many genes, such as type-2 diabetes, heart disease, schizophrenia, obesity, and cancers. Studying them in genetically diverse mouse models that take parent-of-origin into account will give scientists more precise insights into the underlying causes of disease and the creation of therapeutics or other interventions.   -- ScienceDaily


The Risen Christ: Sign Of Judgment? Total Solar Eclipse On March 20th Falls In The Middle Of The Four Blood Red Moons

The total solar eclipse on March 20th falls on Nisan 1, which is the first day of the first month of the Biblical calendar.  According to Jewish Blood Red Moonstradition, a solar eclipse on Nisan 1 is a sign of judgment.  And this has certainly been true in the past.  For example, there was a solar eclipse on Nisan 1 in 70 AD.  Later that year, the Romans attacked Jerusalem and completely destroyed the Temple.  What makes all of this even more interesting is the fact that the solar eclipse on March 20th falls right in the middle of the blood moon tetrad, and it also happens to fall during the Shemitah year.  If you are not a believer, you may be tempted to dismiss all of this as some sort of extremely bizarre coincidence.  If you are a believer, you also might be skeptical.  But by the end of this article, at least you will understand what so many people are talking about right now.

In the Scriptures, we are told that God created the sun and the moon, and that he intended for them to act as “signs”.  The following comes from Genesis chapter one

14 And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:

15 And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so.

16 And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also.

So specifically how can the sun and moon be “signs” as God originally intended?

Well, one minister has discovered that eclipses on important Biblical dates have been associated with key world events throughout history.  His name is Pastor Mark Biltz of El Shaddai Ministries, and he has pointed out that total eclipses do not take place on any other planet in our solar system…  Read more...

The Risen Christ

On April 15th we experienced an unusual full moon and blood red lunar eclipse. This event occurred during the Easter week of the Jewish Passover. According to the Book of Exodus, the homes of the believing families of Moses and Aaron were marked with red blood of the sacrifi cial lamb. This sign marked would keep the death angel and the other plagues from entering into image_no19_05-06-2014b.jpgtheir households.

Might the fi rst of this series of blood moon phenomenon herald a sign that the Death Angel is in the land? Another celestial phenomenon of note was visible in the conjunction of the Red Planet Mars aligned with the stars and the earth in alignment as if in Battle Array. Within days of this event, an unusual meteorite shower called the Lyrian (from the Constellation Lyra) fl ooded the night skies and was followed on April 21 through 24, by a sign of the cross confi guration of the planet Uranus and Pluto (Platoon). On April 29th, the day of the publication of our Final Call newspaper, we are to experience a complete solar eclipse, which will be seen over America and the Western Hemisphere.

“And they say: Our hearts are under coverings from that to which thou callest us, and there is a deafness in our ears, and there is a veil between us and thee, so act, we too are acting. Say: I am only a mortal like you. It is revealed to me that your God is one God, so keep in the straight path to Him, and ask His protection. And woe to the polytheists! Who give not the poor-rate, and who are disbelievers in the Hereafter. Those who believe and do good, for them is surely a reward never to be cut off.” —Holy Qur’an, Surah 41, verses 5-8

The Supreme Wisdom Advanced Technology

Tracing our Nation's history back to 66 trillion years, we discover that in the course of the making of the Moon, one of our scientists in his zeal to force all the people living on our planet at that time to speak the same dialect of the spoken language was determined to prove his wisdom in opposition to the other scientists. He decided to detonate a part of our planet separating it away from the other part through high explosives. In so doing, he destroyed a part of our population and produced the satellite we now call the Moon. The Honorable Elijah Muhammad stated this scientist had the idea of murder in his mind brought about through dissatisfaction. The Honorable Elijah Muhammad further stated that he produced a wonder in our heavens which actually changed the rotation of planet earth around our sun. This change inclined the axis point of our earth to a slanted position to the plane of our orbit from the North Pole to the South Pole. This angle of measurement is 23½ degrees on both ends. The moon was thrust upward in this explosion 12,000 miles high and our earth fell 36,000 miles out of its original pocket around the sun leaving a base or platform for a selection of 24 scientists to write and record the histories of our nation to last for continual cycles of 25,000 years each up until today. All of these calculations are rooted in the science of astronomy.

Monday, March 2, 2015

More proof Elijah Muhammad is right: Genomes document ancient mass migration to Europe 4,500 years ago.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/31/Neandertal_adam_ve_kad%C4%B1n_modeli%2C_Almanya.pngDNA analysis has revealed evidence for a massive migration into the heartland of Europe 4,500 years ago.
Data from the genomes of 69 ancient individuals suggest that herders moved en masse from the continent's eastern periphery into Central Europe.
These migrants may be responsible for the expansion of Indo-European languages, which make up the majority of spoken tongues in Europe today.
An international team has published the research in the journal Nature.
Prof David Reich and colleagues extracted DNA from remains found at archaeological sites around the continent. They used a new DNA-enrichment technique that greatly reduces the amount of sequencing needed to obtain genome-wide data.
Their analyses show that 7,000-8,000 years ago, a closely related group of early farmers moved into Europe from the Near East, confirming the findings of previous studies.  BBC News

What the Teachings of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad and Minister Louis Farrakhan reveal about the Eu-ropean's history:

‘The Time and What Must Be Done’ 2013 Lecture Series, Part 1
“Let Us make man in our image and after our likeness…”— after this new man was made, he was given power and dominion to rule over that which he came from. So as it is written in the Book of Isaiah, Chapter 3, verse 12, “…children are their oppressors and women rule over them”: “Children” meaning “a new people” on our planet.
The Honorable Elijah Muhammad has taught us, and the scholars and scientists bear witness, that this “new people” are the Caucasian people. They are on our planet, and they were given a season to rule and to dominate; but, not to rule with righteousness, to rule with other than righteousness. And that rule was going to last for 6,000 years.
Unfortunately for them, they caused trouble in the Holy Land of Arabia after they were made, and they were driven out of the Holy Land into the hills and cave sides of Europe where they spent 2,000 years and went completely savage, even losing the knowledge of themselves!
Well, it meant 2,000 years of lost time … But they had 4,000 more years to rule, to live and to dominate everything, every people, on our planet. But they could not dominate until God raised a prophet for them, and that prophet was a man named Musa or “Moses.”
Why The Transgenic Seed and The Natural Seed Cannot Coexist
Scientists bear witness to ‘The Origin of White race’ as Taught by the Honorable Elijah Muhammad
The Honorable Elijah Muhammad taught us of the origin of the Caucasian people; that they were grafted from us, and they were given dominion and power to rule us, The Original People, for a limited period of “6,000 years.”  He taught us “how” this happened, “where” it happened, “when” it happened, and most importantly, “why” it happened.  You may find this deep scientific information in his monumental book Message To The Blackman in Americaon pages 112-118.
Guess what?  The scientists are now agreeing with the Honorable Elijah Muhammad about the time of the White race’s appearance on our planet, and their nature!  Oh, so many have mocked and ridiculed Mr. Muhammad’s Teachings about “Yakub”; that he said “Allah taught him” that the White man first appeared 6,000 years ago on an island in the Aegean Sea called Pelan, or “Patmos”—but White scientists are now confirming the reality of this event in their history, and this revelation from Allah to the Honorable Elijah Muhammad!
According to the National Geographic Society, scientists studying DNA have now confirmed, “Europeans as a people are younger than we thought”—this is inanarticle published April 23, 2013 in National Geographic’s Daily News titled “Modern Europe’s History Starts in Stone Age” written by Ker Than.  Professor Alan Cooper, director of the Australian Centre for Ancient DNA at the University of Adelaide, analyzed DNA from ancient skeletons and found that the genetic makeup of modern Europe was established just 6,500 years ago.  According to the National Geographic Daily News article, Professor Cooper said:  “The genetics show that something around that point caused the genetic signatures of previous populations to disappear.  However, we don’t know what happened or why … ” 
Other scientists have come to the same conclusions:  Dr. Keith Cheng, a geneticist at the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, led a study that shows the evolution of a gene for skin color; and suggests that Europeans “lightened up quite recently, perhaps only 6,000 to 12,000 years ago.”  [Reference: An April 20, 2007 article in Science magazine titled “European Skin Turned Pale Only Recently, Gene Suggests” (Vol. 316, No. 5823, pg. 364).]    Dr. Hans Eiberg of the University of Copenhagen confirmed that all blue-eyed humans have a “genetic mutation” that he says occurred “six-10,000 years ago.”  His team found a specific gene, known as the “OCA2 gene,” which, if altered, would result in human beings without melanin in their hair, eyes, or skin color, a condition known as “albinism.”  [Reference: A January 30, 2008 article in The Telegraph (U.K.) titled “Blue eyes result of ancient ‘genetic mutation’: Blue eye colour originated near The Black Sea” by Roger Highfield, Science Editor.]  Thus, this OCA2 gene seems to have been targeted and manipulated by some force or event around 6,000-plus years ago
You know, that makes us, as Muslims, feel real good, because the Honorable Elijah Muhammad taught us this—and we have brought it before scholars and scientists, and they mocked us and laughed at us. 
Also, Dr.  Jonathan Pritchard, with other researchers at The University of Chicago, had found “where genes appear to have been reshaped by natural selection … within the last 5,000 to 15,000 years.” [Reference: March 7, 2006 in The New York Times “Science” section titled “Still Evolving, Human Genes Tell New Story” by Nicholas Wade.]   Refer to pages 110 and 125-126 of Message To The Blackman:  Incredibly, Dr.  Pritchard estimates that the point in time when the genes of the Asian and European populations were altered was “6,600 years ago”the exact date that the Honorable Elijah Muhammad taught that Mr. Yakub began his Patmos Island grafting process! 
These scientists, Cooper, Eiberg, Cheng and Pritchard, have scientifically “zeroed in” on a date in time that corresponds exactly to The Teachings of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad; but the scientists are yet unable to account for the reason for this dramatic genetic convulsion in the human family. According to the National Geographic Daily News article, Professor Cooper said:  “This population moves in around 4,000 to 5,000 [B.C.]—that’s about 6,500 years ago—“but where it came from remains a mystery,”—of course, it’s not a “mystery” today!—“as we can’t see anything like it in the areas surrounding Europe.” 
The Honorable Elijah Muhammad said that they were given only 6,000 years to rule, and after that time, One greater than the one who brought them into existence would come and end their rule.  That One is referred to in the scriptures of the Bible as the “Son of Man”; and in the Holy Qur’an, it is “The Great Mahdi,” Whose presence would be made known by The Messiah at the end of the time of this new people to rule.  And, that end is now.
Who Are The Real Children Of Israel?
In this Book of Genesis, we get lots of pictures of God, and His Promise. In Chapter 15, God is talking to Abram: “Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them and shall afflict them 400 years. But after that time”—God is speaking—“I will come! And I will judge that nation which they shall serve. And afterwards, shall they come out with great substance. And go to their fathers in peace, and be buried in a good old age.”
The Jewish people claim that this is talking about them, but other than the Bible, there is no historical record of anybody named “Jews,” in bondage in Egypt for 400 years. There is no historical record of their suffering in bondage like that. Now, they were freed from a “bondage,” all right—but that was in the hills and cavesides of Europe!
These people have no legitimate connection to The Holy Land; they didn't come into existence in The Holy Land. They came into existence, as the Honorable Elijah Muhammad taught us that Allah taught him, on the Island of Pelan; or, as it is written in the Book of Revelation, “Patmos.” They came back to the Holy Land after 600 years of grafting them from Black into “White.”
So, how did they have any connection to The Holy Land? You see, after The Process of Grafting was completed, and they came back to Arabia, which is The Holy Land, the Honorable Elijah Muhammad said that within six months, they had turned The Holy Land upside down, because they were taught a System of Tricks and Lies that would divide The Family; and it caused us to fight and kill one another, because of the Falsehoods that have been put between us!
Moses had a hard job to civilize the Caucasian from the hills and cavesides of Europe. He did have another assignment after he got them up in Egypt—but not with them.
If they didn't do 400 years in Egypt, could it be that this was a prophetic, symbolic picture of a Future People who would be the Seed of Abraham? Jewish people claim Abraham, but, I'm sorry. I have to tell you: The Masquerade is over. This is not “Jew bashing.” I don't have anything in my heart against the Jewish people; I admire them. But, I have to tell the Truth.
If they didn't suffer this, who did? If God said to Abraham: “I'm going to bless you … look to the North, look to the South, look to the East, look to the West. I'm going to give it all to you, that you can hold it forever! If you can count the stars, so great will be the multiplication of the seed of Abraham. If you can count the dust, you'll be able to count the multiplication of your seed.”
Have we been here 400 years? Are we strangers in a land that is not ours? Have we been afflicted in this land, every day of our sojourn here?
Could it be that we are The People of The Promise? Could it be that we are The People that should be expecting The Visitation of God? Could it be, that after all our suffering, relief is in sight, now?
In the Book of Deuteronomy, Chapter 18, verse 18, God says: “I will raise them up a prophet from among their bretheren, like unto thee, Moses ...” Moses was a Civilizer: Moses took a man up out of the caves, and made him upright. Moses taught them how to cook food; how to bury their dead, as the Bible teaches: “As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so shall the Son of Man be lifted up.” It's all about you.
“I'm going to put my words in his mouth, and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him …” Now, you can't have a man like Moses unless you have a people enslaved in a terrible condition. You can't have a man like Moses without a Pharaoh. You can't have a man like Moses, except there is tyranny.
And you can't have a man like Moses who's preaching “integration.” Moses wasn't telling the Children of Israel: “I want to integrate you into Egypt, so you can marry the sons and daughters of the Egyptians.”
No! He was telling them: “You tell Pharaoh to let my people go!”

BLUE: Ancient people didn't perceive the colour because they didn't have a word for it, say scientists

The blue and black (or gold and white) dress that sweeped the internet last week revealed just how differently two people can see the world.
But it's not just about lighting conditions or optical illusions - evidence is
mounting that until we have a way to describe something, we may not see its there.
Ancient languages, for instance, didn't have a word for blue and scientists believe as a result our ancestors didn't notice the colour even existed.
  • Studies say language shapes what we see by making us focus on objects
  • Blue doesn't appear at all in Greek stories and other ancient written texts
  • As a result, scientists believe ancient civilisations didn't notice the colour 
  • Egyptians - who were the only culture that could produce blue dyes - were the first civilisation to have a word for the colour blue in 2500 BC 
  • The Himba people in Namibia do not have a word for blue and tests have shown they have difficulty distinguishing between green and blue | Daily Mail Online

Here is what the Teachings of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad and Minister Louis Farrakhan reveal about the color BLUE:

Frank Sinatra, Stephen Hawking, Marie Curie and Stephen Fry all owe their blue eyes to a genetic mutation that likely occurred between 6,000 and 10,000 years ago, researchers say.
National Geographic Proves Teaching on Mr. Yakub

Dr. Jonathan Pritchard estimates that the point in time when the genes of the Asian and European populations were altered was 6,600 years ago—the exact date that the Honorable Elijah Muhammad taught that Mr. Yakub began his Patmos Island grafting process!
The prestigious National Geographic Society has reported that scientists studying DNA have now confirmed that “Europeans as a people are younger than we thought.” Using the unbiased measure of genetic science they point to the same birth date for the European as did The Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad. Prof. Alan Cooper, director of the Australian Centre for Ancient DNA at the University of Adelaide, analyzed DNA from ancient skeletons and found that the genetic makeup of modern Europe was established just 6,500 years ago.
Myth or high science? Is there evidence of Mr. Yakub?
The Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad teaches that the White man first appeared 6,000 years ago on the Island of Patmos (or Pelan), in the Aegean Sea, where they had been “made” by a 600-year process of selective breeding called “grafting.” Under the auspices of a brilliant Black scientist named Yakub, and by divine authority of Allah Himself, the Blacks who came with Yakub to the island were placed under a system of laws by which mating was based on skin color and in which only lighter-complexioned babies were allowed to survive. Over the course of many generations, the population of Patmos began to grow lighter and lighter until, after 600 years of this dedicated grafting process, the people became very pale with blue eyes and blonde hair. From this island-based tribe of white-skinned albinos came an aggressive race of rulers who then spread into every corner of the world—namely, the Caucasians, who now represent 9 percent of the world population (that's 1 in every 11 human beings).
Why The Transgenic Seed and The Natural Seed Cannot Coexist
Other scientists have come to the same conclusions:  Dr. Keith Cheng, a geneticist at the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, led a study that shows the evolution of a gene for skin color; and suggests that Europeans “lightened up quite recently, perhaps only 6,000 to 12,000 years ago.”  [Reference: An April 20, 2007 article in Science magazine titled “European Skin Turned Pale Only Recently, Gene Suggests” (Vol. 316, No. 5823, pg. 364).]    Dr. Hans Eiberg of the University of Copenhagen confirmed that all blue-eyed humans have a “genetic mutation” that he says occurred “six-10,000 years ago.”  His team found a specific gene, known as the “OCA2 gene,” which, if altered, would result in human beings without melanin in their hair, eyes, or skin color, a condition known as “albinism.”  [Reference: A January 30, 2008 article in The Telegraph (U.K.) titled “Blue eyes result of ancient ‘genetic mutation’: Blue eye colour originated near The Black Sea” by Roger Highfield, Science Editor.]  Thus, this OCA2 gene seems to have been targeted and manipulated by some force or event around 6,000-plus years ago.

bisphenol-A (BPA) exposure linked to autism spectrum disorder, study reports

A newly published study is the first to report an association between bisphenol-A (BPA), a common plasticizer used in a variety of consumer food and beverage containers, with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in children. The study, by researchers at Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine (RowanSOM) and Rutgers New Jersey Medical School (NJMS), shows that BPA is not metabolized well in children with ASD.


The research appears online in Autism Research.

"It has been suspected for a lot of years that BPA is involved in autism, but there was no direct evidence," said T. Peter Stein, of RowanSOM and the study's lead author. "We've shown there is a link. The metabolism of BPA is different in some children with autism than it is in otherwise healthy children."

The research team -- which included Margaret Schluter and Robert Steer, of RowanSOM who were responsible for laboratory analysis, and child neurologist Xue Ming, of NJMS who recruited and ascertained the study populations -- examined urine specimens from 46 children with ASD and 52 healthy control children for both free BPA and total BPA concentrations. Like many chemicals, BPA becomes water soluble when it is bound to glucose in the liver -- a process called glucuronidation. Conversion to a glucuronide and then excretion of the glucuronide in the urine is a major pathway for removing toxins from the body.  -- ScienceDaily


Sunday, March 1, 2015

South African Spy Cables: Decoded

The Spy Cables: Decoded - Episode two - Al Jazeera English

The Spy Cables are the widest-ranging leak of intelligence papers ever, and South Africa's State Security Agency is facing its most damaging breach.

In the second of two programmes, we examine the impact of the biggest intelligence leak since Edward Snowden - on global espionage and South Africa's relations to the rest of the world.

What do The Spy Cables tell us about how intelligence agencies communicate to each other and what effect will the leak have on international relations?

What the 'spy cables' taught us | News | National | Mail & Guardian

The documents reportedly leaked from the State Security Agency, and published by Al Jazeera this week, provided much insight into the workings of human intelligence, albeit not much to make the world of spycraft seem glamorous. Here is some of what we learned:

• Front companies are usually invisible, but the well-known automotive chain Tiger Wheel & Tyre (TWT) was apparently used to settle, in part, the bill of a Mossad (the Israeli intelligence agency) agent in South Africa.

The company has since been bought by the American Carlyle Group, which has close links with the United States political establishment, alongside Old Mutual.

In response to questions, TWT, Old Mutual and previous TWT owner Ethos Private Equity all said they took such allegations seriously, but would not engage in or condone spying.
None was receptive to jokes about spies and fast cars.

• South African spies are not afraid of plagiarism. Just one document, the “geopolitical country and intelligence assessment” for Israel, quotes liberally and verbatim – but without attribution – from the CIA’s
World Factbook, the work of the international affairs department of Columbia University in the US, an Egyptian writer and Wikipedia.

• South African spies have variable spelling skills and are prone to finger trouble when typing. One document refers to an official as “the dorector general”, and another to Iranian embassy staff who “where questioned” and then “where sent home”.

The language problems are mostly innocuous, but can sometimes be dangerously confusing. In one instance an agent writes of a Cameroonian opposition leader being “under the radar of the Cameroonian intelligence services”, although the context suggests that should be “on the radar”, the direct opposite.

• Some foreign spy agencies maintain the ugly habit of sending their “cables” in capital letters, having presumably not been informed that the telegram is no longer a commonly used communication tool.

• Spies have the same kind of slightly panicky love/hate relationship with all the newfangled social media, as corporations once did, although with a slight lag. Zimbabwe and South Africa were, as of 2012, both concerned about the “threats and opportunities presented by social media networks”.

• Assassination plots, or at least the fear of such plots, are still very much in vogue. The documents refer to plans or threats to kill President Jacob Zuma, African Union chair Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and the prime minister of Lesotho.

• South African spies love hotels. Though there is talk of safe houses, meetings often take place in hotels, both upmarket and downmarket, even in cities where there are many secure buildings (without a bar service) to choose from.

• Foreign spy agencies like using national air carriers as unofficial fronts for operations. Both Iran Air and Israeli airline El Al are mentioned as being used for “unofficial cover” in operations. There is no mention of cash-strapped South African Airways entering that line of business.

• Several countries South Africa deals with are happy to extend the definition of “security” far enough to spy on political opponents and monitor organisations that can cause political embarrassment, but hold no credible threat to life and limb. South Africa tends to be admirably restrained in complying.

• Secret agreements between countries can contain enough loopholes to give a contract lawyer a headache. In 2012 South Africa and Rwanda agreed that changes in top employees at their respective spy agencies would not hinder co-operation – unless they do. The countries also agreed to settle “amicably” any dispute in the interpretation of the agreement, but makes no provision whatsoever for a mechanism or method to settle such an impasse.

• If all the allegations made were true, you would stumble across foreign military training camps all over South Africa. Whereas Pakistani extremists are said to only like travelling through South Africa, both Tamil and Islamist groups are alleged to conduct paramilitary – or straight-out terrorist – training in South Africa.

• Iran was looking to South Africa for help on “tactical jamming” in 2005, 10 years before Zuma’s State of the Nation address suffered the blocking of cellphone signals.

• Spies have cool names for their bureaucratic paperwork. Some documents are so secret that recipients are required to burn or shred them six weeks after receipt. Those recipients are then required to complete a “declaration of destruction” form to confirm they have done so.

• Some secret documents come with feedback forms, which ask “clients”, or recipients of reports, to rate the strategic value, quality, timeliness and general contribution made by the report. There is, however, no check box for “this document saved democracy”.

• Suspicions of both Jewish and Muslim businesses in South Africa linked, respectively, with the security apparatus of Israel and Iran, show that each group has trouble breaking with stereotypes when selecting covers. Dodgy Muslim characters are said to operate carpet shops and import/export businesses, whereas Israeli nationals are considered active in information technology and telecommunications.

• People do actually just walk into a foreign embassy to offer information, typically in search of a cash reward or diplomatic help. The documents reveal such instances at the British, US and Israeli embassies in Pretoria, and possibly those of Canada and Sweden too.

• In an ironic twist, a 2009 security appraisal noted the “inadequate protection of the storage and retrieval of information (sensitive and classified)” as a trend that “underline[s] security vulnerabilities”. Although the provenance of the leaked documents is unknown, it was almost certainly such inadequate protection that allowed them to become public. It also notes that security managers sometimes do not report breaches because they fear the consequences.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

What Do Fried Foods Do to Your Skin?

“The skin really needs fat to build, and we rely on outside sources to get those good fats,” explains Dr. Macrene Alexiades-Armenakas, MD, PhD. “The best fats, such as Omegas 3 and 6, tend to come from raw fats, not fried.” Think fish, avocado, pumpkin seeds, and flax seeds. “Frying food results in fully oxidized, saturated fat, which is the worst kind you can take into your body,” says Macrene. “It could impede the ideal structure of the skin.” While she believes that fried foods can keep you from the glowing skin you desire, she feels carbs and dairy might actually be worse for your complexion. “In my experience, the diet factors with the most impact on acne-prone patients are dairy—because of the hormones—and high amounts of carbs.”

Other experts point the finger at fried foods for a host of skin problems. “Consistent consumption of fried foods causes damage to the cellular structure of the dermis and epidermis, and this leads to sallow, aged skin and more cystic acne,” says Dana James, MS.,CNS, nutritionist and founder of Food Coach NYC. “Since it prevents the skin from retaining essential moisture, it becomes dehydrated and lined.” Toxins won’t be cleared as effectively either. Hello, breakouts.

Ultimately, it’s important to pay attention to what you’re putting into your body, because everything you eat affects your skin. “Your grandmother wasn’t completely wrong when she told you fatty food will cause breakouts, but she wasn’t completely right either,” says Brooke Alpert, MS., RD., CDN, chief nutrition advisor for Selvera. She agrees that natural, healthy fats are great for your skin and complexion, and cautions against frying. “The processed plant oils commonly used in frying are going to wreck your skin,” says Alpert. “They oxidize at high frying temperatures, which can cause everything from heart disease to poor circulation. Since proper circulation allows for necessary nutrients to get to your skin, anything that impedes it will result in premature aging and a poor complexion.”  Read more...

Eugenics: Victims of forced sterilization program to receive compensation in Virginia

Virginia to Compensate Victims of Forced Sterilizations - ABC News

More than 7,000 Virginians involuntarily sterilized between 1924 and 1979 under the Virginia Eugenical Sterilization Act.
Advocates for the surviving victims won a three-year fight Thursday when the Virginia General Assembly budgeted $400,000 to compensate them at the rate of $25,000 each.
It's welcome news, Reynolds said.
"I think they done me wrong," he said. "I couldn't have a family like everybody else does. They took my rights away."
Eugenics is the now-discredited movement that sought to improve the genetic composition of humankind by preventing those considered "defective" from reproducing. Virginia's Sterilization Act became a model for similar legislation passed around the country and the world, including Nazi Germany. Nationwide, 65,000 Americans were sterilized in 33 states, including more than 20,000 in California alone, said Mark Bold, executive director of the Christian Law Institute, which has been advocating the cause of the Virginia victims since 2013.
Virginia to compensate victims of state's forced sterilization program (+video) - CSMonitor.com
Virginia lawmakers approved a measure Thursday to compensate people forcibly sterilized under a eugenics program that was in place for much of the 20th century.
More than 8,000 Virginians underwent procedures between the 1920s and 1970s as part of a movement that sought to improve the genetic makeup of humankind by preventing those considered "defective" from reproducing. Scientists have now discredited eugenics as a flawed theory that has been misused for political purposes.
Virginia to compensate victims of forced sterilization under eugenics program | Daily Mail Online
Victims who were involuntarily sterilized by state officials more than 30 years ago will be compensated.
More than 7,000 people were permanently made infertile between 1924 and 1979 under the Virginia Eugenical Sterilization Act.
The Act was widely accepted at the time and was even said to have partly inspired Adolf Hitler to create a master race in Germany.
But now the 11 victims who are still alive will receive $25,000 in compensation, Virginia General Assembly decided on Thursday.
Eugenics sought to improve the genetic composition of humankind by preventing those considered 'defective' from reproducing. 
Victims of forced sterilization program to receive compensation in Virginia - National News | Examiner.com
It wasn’t long ago that forced sterilization programs were in place in the U.S. The American eugenics movement implemented them and over 30 states agreed to these practices. Hundreds of thousands of people, many of whom were in some way disabled, ill or who belonged to “socially disadvantaged groups living on the margins of society” were sterilized.
It’s an appalling record. The government policies are now recognized as abhorrent violations of human rights. Still, it wasn’t until recently that some of those who had been sterilized against their will received any sort of compensation. Virginia is in the news this week as one of the first states to compensate those on record who had been forcefully sterilized.
Forced sterilizations in Virginia occurred legally between 1924 and 1979, reported the Associated Press Feb. 26. Now, the state will provide compensation for those who are still living today, allotting $25,000 to each of the surviving victims who were forced to be sterilized under the act.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Conflict, clashes and war are spread across the globe with a lack of justice and demands for justice at the root of conflicts from Ferguson, Mo., to Paris, France and beyond. But no current ruler or institution can give justice, it must come from God Himself and God is here to do justice and destroy the wicked, said the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan in major address from Chicago.

CHICAGO - The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan told a standing room only crowd Feb. 22 that no current political system or religious order can satisfy the intensifying demand of the human family for justice today.

“No change orchestrated by those presently in power could ever satisfy the cry of the people. This cry is not a cry that comes out of some petty hurt or pain,” said the Minister. “The change that will satisfy the cry of humanity can only come from God himself.” » FULL STORY


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