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‘Worst case scenario’: Underwater magma chamber ‘could kill 100 million people’

Experts from the Kobe University Ocean Bottom Exploration Center (KOBEC) have confirmed that a giant caldera or large crater exists in the Japanese Archipelago. The crater, measuring 32 cubic kilometers, is said to be the largest of its kind and the result of an explosive underwater eruption 7,300 years ago, according to their latest study.

Sitting between the Pacific and Philippine Sea Oceanic plates, Japan is a hotbed for seismic activity, which is why scientists are keen on updating methods of predicting natural disasters. The KOBEC team has been carrying out detailed surveys of the area and published their findings in Scientific Reports.  

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Located to the south of Kyushu, the Kikai caldera has very small chance of erupting over the next 100 years, reports KOBEC. However, the lead scientist studying the volcanic formation has given an ominous warning about the bubbling caldera’s destructive potential.

“Although the probability of a gigantic caldera eruption hitting the Japanese archipelago is 1 percent in the next 100 years, it is estimated that the death toll could rise to approximately 100 million in the worst case scenario,” professor Yoshiyuki Tatsumi, head of KOBEC, told The Mainichi.

Super eruptions are rare, with Yellowstone Volcano Observatory scientist Michael Poland telling that the odds of civilization-ending explosion is “astronomically small.” However, scientists researching the Kikai caldera believe that a giant magma reservoir may lay hidden below the crust – and an eruption could be deadly.

“An eruption like this would see over 40 cubic kilometers of magma released in one burst, causing enormous damage,” a KOBEC statement reads. “The mechanism behind this and how to predict this event are urgent questions.”

A team of scientists armed with underwater robots plan to return to the crater in March to determine whether the magma build up exists. It’s hoped that KOBEC and the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology will be able to use the research to pioneer a way to predict caldera eruptions.

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Pence on Porter scandal: 'The White House could've handled this better'

Vice President Mike Pence said on Wednesday that the White House mishandled the allegations about former staff secretary Rob Porter that continue to roil the West Wing, a week after his resignation.

“This administration has no tolerance for domestic violence. Nor should any American,” Pence said during an interview with Mike Allen of Axios at a live event in Washington on Wednesday afternoon. “As I’ve said, and the White House has said, I think the White House could’ve handled this better. And I still feel that way.”

Pence’s comments are in stark contrast to those of White House chief of staff John Kelly, who was asked by Wall Street Journal on Monday if the White House should have handled Porter’s situation any differently.

“No,” Kelly said. “It was all done right.”

Kelly’s remark also appeared to be at odds with the sentiment of White House deputy press secretary Raj Shah, who suggested on Friday that the administration “could have done better” in its handling of the Porter matter.

Porter resigned from his post last week after the allegations of domestic battery by his two ex-wives were published. Porter has denied the allegations. But multiple reports that Kelly knew about the allegations months before they were made public has led to speculation that his job may be in jeopardy.

The vice president was asked whether he was confident that Kelly has been fully honest and transparent about Porter’s departure with the White House brass.

Pence was evasive in his answer.

“There are very few Americans or American families that have served this nation more honorably or sacrificed more for this country than the family of Gen. John Kelly,” Pence said. Kelly’s son, Marine 1st Lt. Robert Michael Kelly, was killed while serving in Afghanistan in 2010.

“John Kelly’s service in uniform, his distinguished service at our Department of Homeland Security — where there was a dramatic reduction of illegal crossings on our southern border — and his distinguished service as our chief of staff gives me and the president great confidence in this good man,” Pence added. “John Kelly has done a remarkable job as chief of staff for the president of the United States. And I look forward to continuing to work with him for many, many months to come.”

But Pence isn’t always known to have his finger on the pulse when it comes to palace intrigue.

Last week, while en route to the Winter Olympics, Pence said he first learned of Porter’s departure when the press did.

Pence was then asked by a reporter why he often seems “out of the loop” when it comes to major news coming out of the West Wing.

He did not answer that question directly either.

“It’s a great honor for me to serve as vice president,” Pence replied. “President Trump has been incredibly generous with the responsibilities and opportunities he’s given me.”

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Italian Teen Butchered by Nigerian Migrant, Stuffed in Suitcases Could Have Been Eaten


Some cultures are better than others.

An 18-year-old Italian girl who was murdered and dismembered by a Nigerian migrant who was living in Italy on an expired visa could have also been the victim of cannibalism, according to a top criminologist.

Pamela Mastropietro was found chopped up and dumped on a street with parts of her body stuffed in suitcases last month in the Italian commune of Pollenza.

Police later arrested 29-year-old Innocent Oseghale in connection with the murder after studying surveillance camera footage. Oseghale, a drug dealer who faced deportation, was the last person to see the young woman alive.

Authorities searched Oseghale’s and soon discovered items of the victim’s clothing soaked in blood.

The case took an even more disturbing turn when surgeon, psychiatrist and criminologist Professor Alessandro Meluzzi told Italy Today that the murder bears the hallmarks of “methods that the Nigerian mafia applies systematically in Nigeria and elsewhere.”

Highlighting the fact that the teen victim’s heart and parts of her genitals have not been found, Meluzzi suggests that the Nigerian mafia ritual of cannibalism is an “ancestral rite that goes back to ancient times,” and that Mastropietro may have been partially eaten as part of the macabre murder.

Gianfranco Borgani, a defense lawyer for one of the alleged accomplices, also suggested that the murder could have been part of a voodoo-style “ritual” where the victim is dismembered in order to obtain spiritual power.

Other facts have also now come to light, including how the girl was violently struck while she was still alive, ruling out a drug overdose as the sole cause of death.

Illustrating how mass immigration is causing such deep divisions in Italian society, Luca Traini, the man who went on a racist shooting spree to get revenge for Mastropietro’s murder, received popular support from many Italians.

A recent poll found that 65 per cent of Italians under the age of 35 are against mass migration.

Lega party leader Matteo Salvini, who is expected to form a right-wing coalition government with former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi after the national election on March 4, has promised to deport 500,000 illegal immigrants and secure the country’s borders.



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Self-driving cars could easily turn into self-crashing cars that deliberately target and kill humans, expert warns

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There has been a lot of hype surrounding self-driving cars and their potential to change the way humans use roads for a very long time. However, with all of the hope that they can change things for the better, there are also some reasons to fear for your safety while you’re in them.

This is the point that Zach Aysan, a Canadian data scientist and cyber security expert, wants to drive home in a long-form piece titled, “Self-Crashing Cars.” To him, while the prospect of self-driving cars can be the source of inspiration and a sign of great things to come, it’s important to be mindful of certain negative consequences that could befall society as a whole as the technology behind them finally hits the mainstream.

In order to understand his overarching point, first it’s important to know exactly what self-driving cars are. It has been said that self-driving cars, or automated cars, shouldn’t even be called cars at all. Instead, they should be called simply automobiles – or autos, for short. It’s simple, straight to the point, and really underlines the fact that they aren’t, and rightfully shouldn’t be, treated as cars.

For one thing, self-driving cars have one fundamental difference from regular cars. And that is the fact that they don’t actually need a driver because, of course, they can drive themselves. In fact, no human even needs to be present in the conventional driver’s seat. It just isn’t necessary at all for a man or woman to take up space inside a self-driving car for it to function. Working as a car that can be used to commute or for any other purpose is just one incidental benefit – a self-driving car is still a car even if there is no driver in it.

And how is this possible? Well, largely because self-driving cars are actually just highly-advanced, internet-connected, GPS-equipped computers on four wheels. And that, according to Aysan, is where the main crux of the problem comes from: Computers-as-cars are just as vulnerable to hackers as most other kinds of computers.

“It only takes a single entry point incorrectly secured to allow inadvertent public access,” said Aysan. “Defending all entry points and permanently keeping them defended, despite changing organizational requirements, personnel, and a never ending stream of vulnerability updates to software libraries; is nigh on impossible.” In his view, this could end up being one of the causes of major problems for self-driving cars.

If a group with nefarious interests somehow manage to access and remotely control just one self-driving vehicle, they could easily and effectively turn it into a directed bomb, warns Aysan. “A fully charged Tesla traveling over 200 kilometers (125 miles) per hour that crashes into a chemical plant, electrical subsystem, oil line, or gas station will have an impact worse than bombs that terrorists set off in the middle east,” he said.

Now imagine if they could hack into and control a fleet of a hundred. Or a thousand.

There exists a silver lining, fortunately. Aysan says that there is largely confusion in the industry, more than any real fear or uncertainty. In short, the door is wide open for preventive measures that could help to protect against the potential dangers that might occur if groups of hackers begin to target autonomous vehicles.

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White House admits 'we all could have done better' on Porter departure

WASHINGTON — During the White House briefing on Thursday, deputy press secretary Raj Shah addressed criticism of the Trump administration’s handling of multiple domestic abuse allegations against former staff secretary Rob Porter.

“I think it’s fair to say that … we all could have done better over the few hours or last few days in dealing with this situation,” Shah said.

Porter resigned on Wednesday, one day after allegations of spousal abuse became public. In an interview with the (U.K.) Daily Mail, Porter’s second wife, Jennifer Willoughby, recounted Porter’s physical and verbal abuse during their marriage, allegations that Porter vehemently denied.

On Wednesday, the paper released a follow-up piece in which Porter’s first wife, Colbie Holderness, made similar claims, and provided a photo of herself with a black eye that she said was caused by Porter.

Initially, when the Mail was set to release the interview with Willoughby, the White House provided multiple statements to the paper in support of Porter, including one from chief of staff John Kelly.

“Rob Porter is a man of true integrity and honor, and I can’t say enough good things about him. He is a friend, a confidante and a trusted professional. I am proud to serve alongside him,” Kelly said in a written statement.

Press secretary Sarah Sanders also gave a statement to the newspaper wherein she described Porter as “someone of the highest integrity and exemplary character.”

John Kelly, left, with Rob PorterJohn Kelly, left, with Rob Porter

At Wednesday’s White House briefing, hours before the second set of abuse allegations and accompanying photos emerged, Sanders said Porter had “been effective in his role as staff secretary” and added that “the president and chief of staff have had full confidence and trust in his abilities and his performance.” She also read a statement from Porter denying the charges. Sanders said Porter would be “leaving the White House” but would initially “stay on to ensure that there’s a smooth transition moving forward.”

All of that changed after the second set of accusations and the photographic evidence that accompanied them.

“I was shocked by the new allegations released today against Rob Porter. There is no place for domestic violence in our society. I stand by my previous comments of the Rob Porter that I have come to know since becoming chief of staff, and believe every individual deserves the right to defend their reputation. I accepted his resignation earlier today, and will ensure a swift and orderly transition,” Kelly said in a subsequent statement.

The White House’s initial decision to stand by Porter in the face of domestic abuse accusations drew sharp criticism, forcing Shah to acknowledge the discrepancy between Kelly’s two statements during Thursday’s briefing.

“I think the second statement that he sent out reflected his thoughts,” Shah said. “Which is that these allegations are deeply troubling. They are shocking. And I think the first statement reflected, you know, the Rob Porter that we have known.”

Shah later said that Kelly’s final statement was, in part, based on the “additional allegations” and further information in the second report.

John Kelly with Donald Trump and North Korean defectorsJohn Kelly with Donald Trump and North Korean defectors

In addition to the controversy over the White House’s first public response to Porter, there have also been questions about when top administration officials first became aware of the abuse claims. Holderness told the Daily Mail that the FBI interviewed her about her marriage to Porter since he was being reviewed for a security clearance. CNN later reported that senior officials, including Kelly, were aware of the situation “for months.”

Shah began Thursday’s briefing by reading a statement in which he gave a description of the White House background check process.

“It’s important to remember that Rob Porter has repeatedly denied these allegations, and done so publicly,” Shah said. “That doesn’t change how serious and disturbing these allegations are. They’re upsetting, and the background check investigates both the allegations and the denials. The investigation does not stop when allegations come to light. It continues to determine the truth.”

When pressed about when, exactly, various White House officials had learned about the allegations of spousal abuse, Shah said he could not get into “specifics.”

Shah also did not answer a question about whether Kelly had been “partially aware” of the allegations prior to the second newspaper story and the photos of Holderness’s black eye.

“Well, I think we all became aware of the news reports that emerged on Wednesday morning, and some of the graphic images,” said Shah.

As staff secretary, Porter was responsible for the flow of documents in and out of the Oval Office, including sensitive and potentially classified information. Shah implied Porter’s background investigation was ongoing, and said he was operating with an “interim” security clearance.

Other top White House aides — including former deputy assistant Sebastian Gorka, and Jared Kushner, the president’s senior adviser and son-in-law — have also been issued interim clearances. At the briefing, Shah was asked whether there are “a lot of other people, at the highest levels in the White House, operating under a temporary security pass.”

“I can’t get into that,” Shah replied.

Prior to the abuse allegations, the Daily Mail reported that Porter was in a romantic relationship with White House communications director Hope Hicks, one of Trump’s longest serving aides. Shah said Hicks had recused herself from “some matters concerning” Porter’s situation.

His first time behind the White House podium, Shah was filling in for Sanders at Thursday’s briefing, which was rescheduled multiple times and began over two hours later than it was originally scheduled.

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Afghanistan War Spending, In 2018 Alone, Could End US Homelessness—TWICE


Defense Department officials are claiming that the cost of the United States’ longest war in history will be $45 billion in 2018, which is actually double to estimate of what it would cost to end homelessness in the U.S. annually.

Randall Schriver, the assistant secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific security affairs, said that he expects the Afghanistan war to cost American taxpayers $45 billion this year, which in addition to logistical support, will include about $13 billion for U.S. forces, $5 billion for Afghan forces, and $780 million for economic aid.

Schriver made the announcement during the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Tuesday. Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan also spoke, and said he believes the United States’ policy “acknowledges that there isn’t a military solution or a complete solution.”

I understand it’s America’s longest war, but our security interests in Afghanistan, in the region are significant enough … to back the Afghan government in their struggle against the Taliban,” Sullivan said.

Over 31,000 civilian deaths have been documented in Afghanistan following the U.S. invasion. The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan began documenting civilian casualties in 2009, and the combined number of civilians who were killed and injured that year was nearly 6,000. The number has steadily increased over the years, and in 2016, it reached a record high with nearly 3,500 killed and nearly 8,000 injured.

report from the UNAMA noted that in 2017, the death rate for children increased by 9 percent over the previous year, and the death rate for women increased by 23 percent. The report also claimed that an increase in airstrikes has led to a 43 percent increase in causalities.

The Hill reported that the Defense Department officials did receive some criticism from senators such as Jeff Merkley, a Democrat from Oregon, who questioned why the Taliban would want a political settlement now when they already control more territory than they did since 2001when the U.S. invaded the country—claiming the purpose was to defeat the Taliban.

Sen. Rand Paul, a Republican from Kentucky, also criticized the massive 2018 budget for the Afghanistan War, and argued that after 16 years, Afghans still “don’t seem to be able to defend themselves,” and for U.S. taxpayers, billions of dollars are “just being thrown down a hatch in Afghanistan.”

“I think there’s an argument to be made that our national security is actually made more perilous the more we spend and the longer we stay there. … We’re in an impossible situation,” Paul said. “I just don’t think there is a military solution.”

Paul has a history of criticizing the amount of money the U.S. government spends in foreign countries, especially on wars in the Middle East. After Trump vowed to continue the longest war in U.S. History in August 2017, Paul criticized the move and asked when the U.S. would start focusing on its own country.

“We spent billions of dollars—I think it’s over $100 billion—building roads in Afghanistan, blowing up roads in Afghanistan, building schools, blowing up schools, and then rebuilding all of them,” Paul said. “Sometimes we blow them up, sometimes someone else blows them up, but we always go back and rebuild them. What about rebuilding our country?”

Paul has a point, and the money that is being used to kill innocent civilians in Afghanistan is desparately needed in the United States. According to estimates from Mark Johnston, the acting assistant housing secretary for community planning and development, “homelessness could be effectively eradicated in the United States at an annual cost of about $20 billion.”

If the United States government cut its budget for the Afghanistan War in half, and put half of the money towards ending homeless in America, it could make a difference. If the government gave the entirety of the money it is using for endless proxy wars in the Middle East back to the taxpayers it was originally stolen from so that they could invest it in helping the individuals in need in their own communities, it could work wonders.

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Abedin and Weiner Could Bring Down Hillary and the Entire Deep State


These two constitute the biggest threat to the continued freedom of Hillary Clinton

It is old news that former Congressman Anthony Weiner was arrested and is currently serving 21 months in prison for sexting a minor. The sexting, as serious as it is, is only the opening act for the serial criminality that is now being revealed in relation to Weiner and his computer crimes.

Alisha Sherron wrote a stunning article in which she documents the extent of Anthony Weiner’s complicity to various criminal factions, which have been exposed through contents on his computer and through various emails which have now become public.

As Sherron notes, a ” list recently released to the public contains information on all of Anthony Weiner’s contacts; names, addresses, work, and so forth”.  And would you care to guess who holds the evidence at the present time? It is being held by the FBI.

Through the release of the House Intelligence memos, it is quite clear that the FBI, under the leadership of Mueller and Comey have morphed the present day FBI into a criminal enterprise organization which routinely conceals evidence and obstructs justice and plays partisan politics while betraying the public trust. However, it is now clear that not everyone at the FBI is on board with the agenda.  Therefore, as Sherron reasons, who else but FBI personnel could have leaked the following content. It is not possible for anyone else but an FBI informant to have released a list in which 639 people are connected to the email crimes of Clinton as well as being prominently listed in Weiner’s laptop. Incredibly, private contact information has been leaked as well for these exposed political figures.

Among those who have had their private information leaked from Weiner’s FBI controlled laptop are John Podesta, Al Gore, former Virginia Gov. Terry MacAuliffe, Hillary Clinton, George Soros and Tamera Luzzato. Luzatto’s name appearing in this list is particularily telling as Sherron notes:

…who previously wrote disturbing emails to John Podesta and operated a website where she solicited children in many inappropriate ways. From hot time with adults for “entertainment purposes” to just being an all-around creep, it’s no surprise that someone like Anthony Weiner would associate themselves with a known pedophile….

Please note, that many times during the so-called “Pizza-Gate scandal”, I revealed that an FBI source had revealed to me that Weiner’s laptop was connected to child-sex-trafficking and this conspiracy would eventually come back to roost on Clinton’s head. The Sherron article validates this claim made nearly a year ago.

Along the lines of child-sex-trafficking, the Soros connection with the Weiner laptop connects the dots. The fact that George Soros’s name appears on this site is no accident either with regard to crimes against children. In several articles, I have previously documented the financial relationship which exists between Soros and NAMBLA. For those that may not know, NAMBLA stands for the North American Love Boy Association whose banner phrase is “Sex before eight or its too late”. The first connection between Soros and NAMBLA appeared in print in 2010. It is a fact that Soros has donated millions to NAMBLA.

Despite the overwhelming evidence that the illegal Clinton emails found on Weiner’s laptop are connected to various crimes including trafficking, the mainstream media has jumped into full defensive mode.

In the last 12 hours prior to this publication and just following the Sherron article, the Huffington Post, the Internet version of CNN, has jumped into full defensive mode with the following excerpt from a hastily prepared denial of Sherron’s claims:

You can see the appeal of such a narrative to the modern conspiracist mindset: some lone G-man, defying the Trotskyist takeover of the bureau and owning the libs by revealing some phone numbers.

Unfortunately for them, it’s bullshit…..

Is this how the Huffington Post refutes documented claims, they simply call it “BS” and it is supposed to fade away based solely on the opinion of the Huffington Post?

My most sincere apologies go out to the Huffington Post, however, I cannot verify even one aspect of the Huffington Post denial that this list came from a leaker inside of the FBI. The lack of professional integrity and substandard journalistic practices of the Huffington Post are stunning and very disturbing, hence, my comparison of this yellow journalistic source to CNN.

Based upon evidence I received from an FBI informant, I published a prediction from an FBI source that Weiner and former top aid to Hillary Clinton, Weiner’s wife, Huma Abedin, would be forced to turn state’s evidence.

…Top Clinton aide, Huma Abedin, and Anthony Weiner are under intense scrutiny from the Attorney General’s office. At the center of the controversy is the delicate subject of child-sex-trafficking….Abedin are next on the investigative trail. Most likely, their lives are in danger. The sources that I speak with say federal protection is in order and immunity is in order if they are willing to turn state’s evidence in what could be the biggest scandal in American political history….

…Very soon, we may find out what Weiner hid on his computer as a deadan’s switch.

Here is the story…..

This rabbit hold knows no end. Huma Abedin has documented ties to the world’s biggest terrorist organization, The Muslim Brotherhood.

In 2015, The Common Sense Show printed the following excerpt:

The embarrassed and disgraced wife of deposed Congressman, Anthony Weiner, Huma Abedin, has undeniable family ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. In an interview with FrontPageMag, anti-Islamist activist and author Walid Shoebat explained that Huma’s mother, Saleha Abedin, is and was deeply involved with the Muslim Brotherhood and that Huma’s brother, Hassan, is on the board of the Oxford Centre For Islamic Studies (OCIS) where he is a fellow and partners with other board members including “Al-Qaeda associate, Omar Naseef and the notorious Muslim Brotherhood leader Sheikh Youssef Qaradawi; both have been listed as OCIS Trustees.” Has the FBI stopped vetting Federal governmental employees in highly sensitive positions?

From this revelation made almost 3 years ago, we come back full circle to Trevor Louden’s work in which he identifies 80 Democratic Congressmen who have Muslim Brotherhood ties as well as belonging to front groups for the Communist Party. Former Congressman Alan West and as well as former representative Cynthia McKinney have validated Louden’s claim. Does anyone have any questions?

Despite the efforts to conceal the truth by such notables as Adam Schiff “for brains”, the Huffington Post and CNN, the trend curve that the Abedin and Weiner will one day be made to roll over on Hillary Clinton, is still trending very strongly in that direction.

When we add in the connection between former top Clinton aid, Huma Abedin, the treasonous nature of many Democratic leaders, as evidenced by their questionable affiliations comes into full view. No reasonable person could draw any other conclusion than the Deep State, who is dedicated to the eradication of the United Staes and the establishment of a New World Order, has taken over the leadership of the Democratic Party for this express purpose. These facts, through the released memos and revelations such as what appears in this article, speaks clearly to the heinous and treasonous nature of many of our Democratic Party leaders. Perhaps we should listen a little closer when the President labels someone a traitor.


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