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Shock asteroid warning: Earth faces 100 years of killer strikes beginning in 2017 - or maybe even eaAsteroids could rain down on the earth for 100 years, shocked experts have just warned.A previously unknown asteroid belt has been located in deep space and is now hurtling towards our part of the solar system.It means a 'global killer' could collide with Earth as soon as 2020, wiping out life as we know it and changing the climate for millennia.The terrifying predictions came as NASA revealed disturbing new data showing 400 impacts are expected between 2017 and 2113, based on new observational data of objects seen in space over the past 60 days.Most will have a maximum diameter of around 100 metres - the size of seven double decker buses - and the potential to cause significant damage.But concerned scientists warned a colossal "monster" is also heading our way, with one 'mega' asteroid threatening earth in just SIX years.It follows claims this week by physicist Professor Brian Cox that a bus-sized asteroid, named 2014 EC, came within 61,637 kilometres (38,300 miles) of Earth in March.He said there is an "asteroid with our name on it" and it is only a matter of time before an asteroid large enough to wipe out the human race collides with Earth.Many believe an asteroid was responsible for killing the dinosaurs with a similar life-changing event potentially just around the corner.Professor Bill Napier, an astronomy expert at the University of Buckingham, said a strike by either an asteroid or debris from a comet could have devastating consequences.
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A new Montreal restaurant, Café des Chats, which opened its doors on Saturday, is a lot like a regular coffee house — except it’s home to eight cats.
Along with the usual tables and chairs designed for human clientele, the space is filled with scratching posts, plush toys, and a special multi-level window perch for the felines-in-residence.
Nadine Spencer, who helped set up the business along with her partner, said the concept is a big hit in Asia and, more recently, has gained popularity in Europe.
“We thought, ‘why not bring this to Montreal?’ I think it’s a city that could definitely use it,” she said Sunday.
“There’s a lot of places that don’t accept cats these days and there are a lot of students here for a short time. And it’s also great therapy.”
There are plans to open cat cafés in several cities, including Vancouver and Toronto. There’s even another one set to open a few blocks away in Montreal.
The crowd of people packed into Spencer’s café on Sunday suggests there’s plenty of demand.
Michelle Lau made the trip from Toronto for the opening weekend.
“We’re big cat lovers and I can’t wait until one opens in our city,” said Lau, 24, explaining that she has a dog at home and is reluctant to bring a kitty into the mix.
“I think it’s just a nice environment. You sit down, you have a coffee, and you play with the cats.”
Part of the goal was to give a few cats a second chance.
They are all adopted from the SPCA and have already made themselves comfortable in their new home, Spencer said. The cats have their own private quarters at the back of the shop, for when they want some quiet time or need to use the kitty litter.
“Personalities are already coming out,” she said.
“There’s definitely The Godfather, who kind of oversees everything in. There’s the big boss, Big Foot, and the Three Little Rascals, as I like to call them. I think they’re going to be the one to be in charge eventually.”
She's a cat with no hat.
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"Russia has no right to move into Ukraine unilaterally, whether under the guise of humanitarian convoys or any other pretext, without Kiev's permission," she said.
When asked whether the convoy was an invasion, she replied, "Well, we don't know."
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Germany Pivoting East, Exit US Dollar, Enter Gold Standard :: The Market Oracle :: Financial MarketsIt is finally happening in full view, in unmistakable manner, in a way that the awake, the aware, and the conscious can perceive in alarming stunning terms. The central force of Europe, the industrial juggernaut, the stable core, has begun to pivot East. The Germans have had enough, fed up with destructive US activities of all kinds. For the last few months, they have been laying out their indictment, their justification, their reasons to abandon the corrupt US-UK crowd. The bank wreckage, the market rigging, the endless wars, the sanctions which backfire, the sham monetary policy, the economic sabotage, the spying, the gold gimmicks, it has finally reached a critical level.Germany has begun to move East in full view. Only the deaf dumb and blind cannot notice, and they will probably never notice. They are fodder. The awaited signals seen by the Jackass have finally arrived. The grand stage leans East for the European players, with steps taken to the right, the weight having shifted, the messages suddenly more angry, more filled with disgust, more loaded with open confrontation. The commercial forces aligned with Russia are coming to the fore. The departure after a recent re-election by Chancellor Merkel should serve as the final slam of the hammer. She stood in the wrong camp, the banker and politician camp. They do not run Germany.
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A total of twenty rockets have been fired at Israel from Gaza since early Wednesday, with fifteen fired in the past three hours.
Hamas terrorists have fired 18 mortar shells and two Kassam rocket into the Eshkol and Sha’ar HaNegev regions Wednesday. No damage and no injuries have been reported.
Two additional rockets were fired on Israel close to 8:00 pm IST; both were shot down by the Iron Dome.
Additional explosions have been heard throughout the day. It is possible that additional rockets have been fired, but fell short of Israeli soil.
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An ongoing cyberespionage campaign against a range of targets, mainly in the energy sector, gave attackers the ability to mount sabotage operations against their victims. The attackers, known to Symantec as Dragonfly, managed to compromise a number of strategically important organizations for spying purposes and, if they had used the sabotage capabilities open to them, could have caused damage or disruption to energy supplies in affected countries.
Among the targets of Dragonfly were energy grid operators, major electricity generation firms, petroleum pipeline operators, and energy industry industrial equipment providers. The majority of the victims were located in the United States, Spain, France, Italy, Germany, Turkey, and Poland.
The Dragonfly group is well resourced, with a range of malware tools at its disposal and is capable of launching attacks through a number of different vectors. Its most ambitious attack campaign saw it compromise a number of industrial control system (ICS) equipment providers, infecting their software with a remote access-type Trojan. This caused companies to install the malware when downloading software updates for computers running ICS equipment. These infections not only gave the attackers a beachhead in the targeted organizations' networks, but also gave them the means to mount sabotage operations against infected ICS computers.
This campaign follows in the footsteps of Stuxnet, which was the first known major malware campaign to target ICS systems. While Stuxnet was narrowly targeted at the Iranian nuclear program and had sabotage as its primary goal, Dragonfly appears to have a much broader focus with espionage and persistent access as its current objective with sabotage as an optional capability if required.
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In what is turning out to be President Obama’s version of “Mission Accomplished,” Facebook afficionados have rediscovered an old Barack Obama meme from November 4th, 2012 and are having a field day savaging it.
The image boldly declares that President Obama “Ended” The War in Iraq. As the nation now unravels due to civil strife and the largest armed terrorist army on the planet ISIS (The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) rampages across the desert landscape led by Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, a terrorist leader released from U.S. custody under Obama in 2009, one thing becomes clear: just because the president withdrew many of our troops, doesn’t mean the war is “over.”
The Facebook audience didn’t fail to catch the irony (and no, we don’t endorse every post):
In an another bit of irony, while Obama supporters were fist-bumping over their “genius” re-election of President Obama, the guy they turned down, Mitt Romney, nailed back in 2007 what would result from the pullout of our troops:
“You could see in the Shia south, the Iranians reaching over and grabbing to take power. You could see in the Sunni northwest, the Al-Qaeda folks taking power and leadership in that area.”
“You could see the unrest among some of the Kurd populations and surrounding countries, perhaps destabilize the border of Turkey. And it’s even possible that you might think a regional conflict in the Middle East may occur.”
Oops. Maybe that Mitt Romney guy was onto something, after all.
Macleans, June 13, 2014: From Alaska to Mexicoand all along the B.C. coastan iconic animal is disappearing. For reasons that remain baffling to scientists, starfish are dying by the millions, in the grips of a mysterious wasting disease that dissolves their bodies into goo. Id do beach walks along a 50-m stretch of shoreline, and count 500 or 1,000 of them, says Chris Harley, a marine ecologist at the University of British Columbia whos been monitoring sea stars (as scientists call them) for nearly two decades [...] Revisiting one of these sites recently, he found a single sea star. [ ] This is one of the largest wildlife die-offs that we know of, [Seattle Aquarium veterinarian Lesanna Lahner] says. Its a signal in the ecosystem that somethings not right.
Eugene Weekly, June 12, 2014: The way the rate has accelerated, I dont think most sea stars along the Oregon coast are long for this world, says Bruce Menge, a marine ecologist with Oregon State University.
KUOW News, June 16, 2014: Its a lot worse than it was last week, says [Drew] Harvell, a marine epidemiologist at Cornell University. [...] Its the largest mortality event for marine diseases weve seen, Harvell said. It affects over twenty species on our coast and its been causing catastrophic mortality. [...] From what Harvell and her team see as they survey beaches [of Washington's San Juan archipelago], theres not much time for these starfish [...] My expectation is that within the next month all of the stars will die. The team checked this rocky patch last week and found 10 percent of the stars showed signs of the wasting syndrome. Today they estimate that number has increased to more than 40 percent. [...] Harvell said, This area has some of the highest biodiversity of sea stars in the world. Were not just losing one keystone species, were losing a whole guild of stars. And the stars here are whats called an endemic species, meaning they only live on this shoreline and nowhere else on the planet, she explained. If sea stars are wiped out along these shores, theres a potential for not just local, but global extinction.
EarthFix (Oregon Public Broadcasting, KCTS9, KUOW), June 15, 2014 Drew Harvell, Cornell University: This is the largest disease outbreak that we know of ever in the oceans. [...] Im expecting that in the next two weeks we will lose virtually all the stars at this site [in Washington] [...] To lose all of them at once, we dont even know whats going to happen.
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They came to Spain because the social and economical situation in Ukraine became complicated, but they could not have imagined that their country would become the centre of the conflict threatening to destabilise the entirety of Europe.
“Before Maidan, I was ashamed of my country.”
“I ran away from home because I wanted to be on Maidan,” says this Odesa-born student, who has lived in Madrid with her mother for 9 years. When the protests started, Yana was on vacation in her mother city and she ran to Kyiv, the capital. “I left with my cousin. My parents knew nothing.” She confesses that before the revolution in Maidan, she was ashamed of her country. “I told everyone I was Russian. Today I would give every last drop of my blood to Ukraine. Ukrainian patriots like myself are not fascists. They have to inform themselves before talking and stop insulting us!”
“Without Ukraine, Russia is a body without arms or legs.”
This woman with a degree in business shows photos of some of the fallen on Maidan. Kateryna was born in the west of the country, and for her it was Putin, whom she calls the ‘bloody pacifier,’ who suppressed the protests. “Putin doesn’t want to let go of Ukraine because without us Russia is like a body without arms or legs. This is why he calls us ‘fascists.’ Our patriotism is not based on hatred. 20 000 Russians lived in my village and nobody threatened them for speaking their language; on the contrary, in the east of the country, if you speak Ukrainian, you are lost. We want to revive Ukraine and we are not alone. The international community supports us.”
“They call us ‘terrorists’ for not wanting to sell our country to the IMF.”
“Why are they calling us terrorists?” This 38-year-old engineer, who is now the leader of a construction crew, in Spain asks himself. “Just because we don’t want to sell our country to the IMF, for defending our language (Russian) from the ultra-rights and the US siege? The east of the country, which Europe ways is where the bad guys are, sustains the national economy. 70 per cent of the GDP comes from the east of Ukraine. There are only retired people and students in the west; the rest have emigrated.”
“The genocide of my people at the hands of Stalin cannot be forgotten.”
“A part of my family is Russian, but I don’t speak with them,” says this young woman from Kyiv with a degree in tourism. “The horrors of Holodomor are not forgotten. This is how we call the genocide of our population in Stalin’s times in Ukraine. Today, all of this has returned with Putin. We don’t want to have anything to do with Russia. We want to look forward. He should leave us alone!”
“For Kyiv, we who speak Russian are second-rate citizens.”
“The Kyiv government does not respect us. For them, we are second-rate citizens,” declares this young woman born in Donetsk, the region with the majorly Russian culture and language. A superior technician in the administration, she thinks that the US have been preparing for this moment for years. “The US only wants to put distance between Europe and Russia for its own interests. But if Europe wants to be powerful, they have to look more towards Russia than the Americans.”
“Who are the good guys? Both gangs are manipulating us.”
A translator in the Ukrainian consulate in Madrid, born in Lviv, in the west of the country, Svitlana confesses she is confused by the conflict. “We are being manipulated by both gangs. Ukraine is the excuse the US and Russia are using to show off their forces and divide world power. And meanwhile people are dying. Who are the good guys? The west of the country is agricultural, the east is industrial. More than having ethnic and cultural differences, they have two different views of the world.” The solution? “Maybe a federal state.”
“We are fed up with Russia sticking its nose in Ukraine.”
He works on construction in Madrid, where he has lived for 10 years, though in his mother city in the west of Ukraine he used to be a dancer. “One needs food to eat,” he explains. “Putin’s propaganda is only telling lies about the Ukrainian nationalists. He is calling us ‘fascists.’ And all of this because we love democracy and we protect our language, which has been prohibited by Russia for many years, and because we want to put an end to corruption and become closer to Europe. We are fed up with Russia sticking its nose in our business. We don’t have a choice: either Europe or chaos.”
Translated by Mariya Shcherbinina