ROSC 20: A STORM WARNING

rosc20I walked into Jay’s expecting to find Johnny to be his usual gregarious self. And he was, so long as he was greeting people at the bar. Once we sat by ourselves in the restaurant, however, he changed.


I had never seen Johnny scared before. I’d seen him angry, disgusted, and irritated, but not scared. We were barely through the usual “How’s your family?” stuff before he jumped into crypto.


“I did some looking, Paul, and it seems like you’ve got a handle on this stuff. Do you really?”


“I suppose so, John, but there’s so much action these days that no one can keep up with it all. So I can help you with the basics but not on the newest things. There’s just too much.”


The idea that this crypto thing was expanding beyond the ability of its friends to monitor frightened him further, but neither of us pursued that avenue.


“Listen,” he said. “I know you’re a reasonable guy, even if you are a little crazy…”


We both laughed; I was always the crazed radical in our group of friends.


“But a lot of us are concerned about this. It’s like a genie let out of its bottle, and it may not be controllable pretty soon.”


It was the usual fear of control addicts, but Johnny is my friend and I wanted to help him.


“I think you’re right, Johnny, this thing is growing wildly, but I want to set your mind at ease in at least one way: With the exception of a few scam artists and a small fraction of just plain assholes, the crypto crowd are decent people. They may disagree with the political class on how the world should operate, but they’re not remotely interested in forcing their ideas on people.”


John was partly comforted but only partly.


“Yeah, I get that,” he said, slowly nodding his head. “The question is how far can this thing go? How big can it get?”


This put me into a bit of a dilemma. John is my friend, but I don’t want to give him information that he could pass along to bigger operators than himself. So I addressed only the currency aspect of it.


“The real issue is that this is currency. And it’s better currency. Right now all the cryptos combined account for less than 1% of world currency value. So the question is how much of world currency should be in cryptos rather than government currencies? Are the cryptos good enough for 1% of world value? 10%? 50%?”


Johnny shook his head and waited for me to answer my own question.


“I don’t know where it will end up, but I do know that this stuff is better in a bunch of ways, and people will eventually figure that out.”


“So you think they could really win?”


“I’m not sure ‘win’ is the right word, John, but yeah, there’s a good chance they’ll keep spreading for a long time and become a very significant thing.”


Then without skipping a beat, Johnny pulled out his iPhone and typed something on it.


“It’s from your cousin,” he said. “Cousin” is his slang for our mutual friend. I looked at the screen. It clearly was not an incoming message; it displayed only what Johnny had just typed. It said,


Laugh like it’s funny.


I did. The second line said,


Turn off your cell phone and sit on it.


I typed back,


I turned it off and pulled the battery before walking in.


He read it, we both laughed together, and he turned off his phone then slid it under his leg, while making it look like he was putting it into his pocket. And I quickly remembered that as we were seated, Johnny asked for a different table than the one we were first shown. Johnny’s better at cloak-and-dagger than I thought.


We each took a sip of wine and waited a few seconds. Then Johnny leaned in.


“Like I say, I checked on this, and a couple of the agencies are watching the group meeting at the bar.” I groaned a little. “The first thing that got their attention was the kid who flew off to Poland and opened an exchange.”


“I knew the kid, but I didn’t know he went to Poland.”


“Well, he did, and he stepped right into their sights. They’re paying a lot of attention to those exchanges.”


I nodded my head and said, “Yeah, I know… they have to. It’s the last control point and they need to collect taxes from this.”


“Yeah,” Johnny said, “they do.”


“And the second thing was the seminars?”


“Yes,” he said. “They probably wouldn’t have cared about them, but they think these kids are taking that same kind of rebellion on the road…” He trailed off.


“And so they need to kill it,” I said, concluding the statement.


Johnny nodded his head in agreement.


“Okay, Johnny, please tell the agencies two things. First, that I’ll do what I can to get the kids to pull back. Second, that they’re fools if they try to take these kids down in their usual hyper-aggressive way. Look at what they did to Ross Ulbricht: They wanted his head on a pike, but all the exercise did was make the agencies look like maniacs, turn Ulbricht into a martyr, and spawn a dozen new dark markets.”


“I didn’t know that,” he said.


“Well, it’s true,” I went on. “These guys have no idea how barbaric they look to the kids on the darknet.”


“I believe you, Paul, but I don’t think I can say that to the agencies; they really believe that they’re working for God.”


I quickly realized that he was right.


“You’re right, John. Don’t tell them anything. Say something about me not realizing how extreme those kids were getting and leave it at that. They’re never going to see what they don’t want to see. Let ’em screw themselves again.”


John and I ordered more drinks and went back to talking about old friends. He pulled out his phone and turned in back on. I picked up the check, we hugged, I thanked him, and I headed back home.


At least we have a storm warning, I muttered to myself as I went.


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Four people killed by landslide in the Philippines as Tropical Storm Sanba hits (VIDEOS)

Tropical Storm Sanba was acquired from the VIIRS instrument aboard NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite as it continued moving over the Philippines.

    

Four people were killed in the southern Philippines early Tuesday as a tropical storm unleashed heavy rain and triggered deadly landslides, police said.

Tropical Storm Sanba slammed the east coast of the main southern island of Mindanao Tuesday with gusts of 75 kilometres an hour.

The heavy rain triggered landslides that hit mountain villages outside the mining town of Carrascal — 760 kilometres south of the capital Manila — killing four people, municipal police chief James Alendogao told AFP.

“These areas are currently inaccessible and we do not know the extent of the damage,” he added.

The state weather service said the storm was expected to move swiftly northwest over the next 24 hours, bringing moderate to heavy rain across the central Philippines.

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The archipelago nation is struck by 20 storms or typhoons each year on average, some of them deadly.

Sanba is already the second major system to hit this year, and the first to cause casualties.

Tropical Storm Tembin killed 240 people in the Mindanao region in December last year.

The country’s deadliest on record is Super Typhoon Haiyan, which left more than 7,350 people dead or missing across the central Philippines in November 2013.

Volatile Mayon volcano is in the area and with the coronal hole on the Sun facing Earth at the moment, this is a prime target for a major quake.

Source: AFP

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‘Arctic invasion’: Huge winter storm, freezing rain wreaks havoc in Moscow (PHOTOS)

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A tree branch laden with snow killed one and injured two in the Russian capital on Saturday, the capital’s mayor Sergey Sobyanin wrote on his VKontakte social network page. He said that the weight of the snow had caused some 2,000 trees to fall across the city. 

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The storm dumped more than 43cm of snow on Moscow and the precipitation continues, according to Sunday’s data from Gidrometcentr, the Russian national meteorological service.

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Ron Paul Just Destroyed Trump’s Hypocritical Speech in an EPIC Tweet Storm

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Champion of freedom and liberty, Dr. Ron Paul, decided to grade President Donald Trump’s speech last night, in real time. The final result of his series of tweets is nothing short of incredible and highlights how blinded some have become to the grandiose persona of The Donald — ignoring all his broken promises and audaciously excusing his championing of the police and warfare states.

When I saw the following tweet in my Twitter feed last night, I got giddy like a kid on Christmas as I know that Ron Paul is the one person who refuses to compromise on principle and is unafraid of backlash for calling out the hypocrisy and warmongering of the establishment — including Trump.

While applause rang out during the speech, those of us who are able to see through the lies saw the dog and pony show for what it is—a glorification of war and the fleecing of American people.

Opening up his speech Trump appealed to bipartisanship which was an unusual move given his constant divisive rhetoric. But Ron Paul saw right through it as the issues Republicans and Democrats agree on are the things that hurt Americans the most like foreign policy, the Federal Reserve, insane military budgets, and war.

As Trump moved on—briefly—to health care, he hypocritically claimed that Americans with “terminal conditions should have access to experimental treatments that could potentially save their lives.”

However, Trump remains entirely silent as his Attorney General wages war on a plant that has been proven to save lives—marijuana.

Later on in his speech, Trump declared that it is the federal government’s job to keep Americans safe—completely ignoring the fact that safety is mentioned nowhere in the Constitution.

“My duty, and the sacred duty of every elected official in this chamber, is to defend Americans — to protect their safety, their families, their communities, and their right to the American Dream. Because Americans are dreamers too,” said Trump, to which Paul retorted.

Indeed, “liberty” is a forgotten word and it was only mentioned once during Trump’s entire speech and only in regards to “religious liberty.”

Also, the word “freedom” was only mentioned six times and it was purely symbolic, referring to foreign countries and statues in Washington.

The word “drug” was mentioned far more times than freedom and unfortunately, it was in regard to Trump expanding the war on drugs. Sadly, he has changed his stance since running for president and an increase in the war on drugs will only serve to create more crime, fuel more gangs, and cause more overdoses.

Ron Paul understands this fact.

Another word mentioned more than liberty was the word “power,” of which Trump declared he needed more.

“Unmatched power is the surest means of our defense,” declared Trump. Again, Paul stated the obvious.

Part of the power that Trump wanted to increase was America’s already insanely large nuclear arsenal. Currently, the United States has enough nuclear weapons to lay waste to every major city on the planet—but to Trump—that’s not enough.

“As part of our defense, we must modernize and rebuild our nuclear arsenal, hopefully never having to use it, but making it so strong and powerful that it will deter any acts of aggression,” Trump noted.

After declaring he wanted a more nuclear power, Trump declared he wanted more power to detain terrorists and essentially declared endless war by doing away with “artificial timelines.”

“I am also asking the Congress to ensure that, in the fight against ISIS and al-Qa’ida, we continue to have all necessary power to detain terrorists — wherever we chase them down. Our warriors in Afghanistan also have new rules of engagement. Along with their heroic Afghan partners, our military is no longer undermined by artificial timelines, and we no longer tell our enemies our plans,” said Trump.

Sadly, it is that policy which has fostered terrorism and perpetuated conflict over the past two decades and the military industrial complex knows this.

After declaring endless war and demanding to have the most nuclear weapons, Trump ensured the military-industrial complex that their cold war is here and here to stay by fear-mongering over Iran and North Korea.

As Ron Paul noted, the “Cold War is alive and well! Military-industrial complex and Deep State still in charge.”

Wrapping up his Tweet storm on the state of the union, Paul called out the hypocrisy of the federal government and their failure to defend our freedoms against the domestic threats.

The state of the union was little more than a celebration of the military-industrial complex and the police state—just like every other state of the union—and, as the endless applause illustrated, our fearless rulers in DC couldn’t be more happy about it.

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‘Arrest him’: Pro-Trump protesters storm London Mayor’s speech (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

READ MORE: Britain’s hilarious reaction as Trump shuns London… including a lookalike statue 

Khan had just begun his address at a conference for the Fabian Society, a socialist group, in London when demonstrators in the audience started calling for his arrest. Some of the group held US flags and anti-EU banners as their supporters clapped and heckled the Labour mayor.

The demonstration follows US President Donald Trump’s cancellation of a planned visit to the UK capital next month. Khan, a vocal critic of the the US president, responded to news of the cancellation by saying Trump “had got the message” that Londoners were opposed to his policies.

Video footage of the incident shows the chairperson for the conference asking the demonstrators to go outside and talk to the press. The protesters were later escorted from the venue by police.

READ MORE: Boris Johnson slams ‘pompous popinjay’ critics of Donald Trump after UK state visit canceled  

Khan resumed his speech on equality about 20 minutes after the disruption started.

 

A spokeswoman for the Fabian Society told The Express that the speech had been marred by “far-right” protesters.

A Metropolitan Police spokesperson confirmed to RT.com that protesters were removed from the building but said no arrests were made.

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Storm dumps 18 inches of snow on Mammoth Mountain, California

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A winter storm that killed at least five people in Southern California dumped more than a foot of snow and an inch of heavy rain on the Sierra Nevada.

The National Weather Service in Reno reported Tuesday that 18 inches of snow fell on the top of Mammoth Mountain south of Yosemite National Park.

As of Tuesday afternoon, Kirkwood Mountain Resort reported 7 inches of new snow in 24 hours, while Sierra-at-Tahoe reported 4 inches and Heavenly Mountain Resort reported 2 inches.

About 5 inches of snow was recorded at Sugarbowl ski resort near Truckee, California, and 3 inches at Mount Rose Ski Tahoe near Reno.

About 1.3 inches of rain fell at Alpine Meadows southwest of Tahoe, 1.2 inches at Donner Lake near Truckee and one-third inch in the foothills around Reno.

The weather service canceled a winter weather advisory for the area but said an additional 1 to 2 inches of snow was possible Tuesday evening above 8,000 feet.

Source: AP

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Re: Settlers storm Al-Aqsa in force for Hanukkah

Hundreds of Jewish settlers accompanied by Israeli security personnel forced their way into Al-Aqsa Mosque today, according to a Palestinian official.

“More than 200 settlers backed by Israeli police have forced their way into the Al-Aqsa compound – via the Mughrabi Gate – since morning,” Firas Al-Dibs, a spokesman for Jerusalem’s Islamic Waqf Authority, said in a statement.

“Settlers … attempted to perform Talmudic rituals… But they were prevented from doing so by the compound’s Palestinian guards” he added.

According to the spokesman, hundreds more Jewish settlers are expected to force their way into the holy site during the eight-day Jewish Hanukkah holiday, which began yesterday.

Read: 40,000 Israeli settlers storm into Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron

No more settler incursions are expected until this evening, however, since the Mughrabi Gate has been temporarily closed by Israeli authorities.

In late 2015, repeated incursions into the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound by Jewish settlers and Israeli security personnel sparked a months-long spate of Israeli-Palestinian violence.

Referred to by some as the “Jerusalem Intifada”, this wave of unrest – which left 160 Palestinians and 26 Israelis dead – tapered out early last year amid a massive Israeli security crackdown.



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15k New Yorkers lose heat, airports close amid ‘very serious storm’

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Thousands of New Yorkers were left in the cold as parts of the city were blanketed under more than a foot of snow. All inbound and outbound flights at JFK and LaGuardia airports were temporarily suspended.

Winter Storm Grayson hit New York City hard Thursday, causing more than 6,500 New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) apartments to lose power. Six NYCHA developments, which house more than 15,000 people, all lost heat, hot water, or both at some point, according to New York City Patch.

At a press conference Thursday, NYCHA General Manager Michael Kelly said New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio directed the agency to establish an incident command situation desk to offer real-time access for residents to report outages.

De Blasio declared a Winter Weather Emergency during the news conference, emphasising Grayson is a “a very serious storm” and warning residents to stay indoors.

“I want to emphasize to everyone these are a very, very dangerous conditions. So this is where New Yorkers have choices to make and I want people to make the smart choices. Stay inside if you can. If you do not need to be on the roads, don’t be on the roads,” de Blasio said.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) also declared a state of emergency across New York City, Long Island and Westchester Thursday.

More than 1,500 plows were deployed to clear the roads, but de Blasio said residents should not expect “to see pavement on the roads in the short term.”

The city temporarily closed the Holland Tunnel and Lincoln Tunnel traffic to New Jersey for snow removal and salting. Both tunnels were later reopened, but residents were advised there may still be residual delays.

The National Weather Service (NWS) told de Blasio the city experienced an accumulation of one to two inches of snow an hour. With the wind chill, the temperatures outside felt like negative 20 degrees.

Parts of Queens County received more than 13 inches of snow and sustained winds of more than 40 miles per hour Thursday, according to the National Weather Service. All public schools were closed Thursday, but will reopen Friday, de Blasio said.

The mayor suspended the New York City Ferry Service, which he said should be up and running by Friday morning.

Both LaGuardia and JFK International airport temporarily suspended all inbound and outbound outbound flights Thursday, citing strong winds and low visibility. Flights are expected to resume at JFK Friday at 7:00am local time.

All flights have resumed at LaGuardia. However, travelers were urged to contact their airlines and check on the status of specific flights.

In total, there were 4,385 flights within, into, and out of the US canceled Thursday, according to FlightAware.

While the storm caused disruptions and misery for many, Twitter was packed with videos and images of New Yorkers playing in the snow.

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Intense storm produces large hail accumulations in Biblián, Ecuador

Hail in Biblian, Ecuador

    

An unusually intense hailstorm accompanied by heavy rains surprised the inhabitants of Biblián, in the province of Cañar, Ecuador on January 2, 2018 as reported by El Universo.

The most intense rainfall recorded in the city for 15 years fell in just over an hour, according to the local fire chief, Romeo Fernández. The hail accumulation, more than 10 centimeters thick in places, trapped cars and blocked roads prompting the Fire Department, Red Cross and other organizations to declare a state of high alert noted El Telegrafo.

Such phenomena has been reported in other South American countries in recent months:

Some other severe hailstorms from around the world during the last year include:

It is likely that atmospheric dust loading from increased comet and volcanic activity is contributing to these ‘intense’ or ‘freak’ hailstorms, the cooling effect of which causes ice crystals to form.

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Britain warned of Storm Dylan dangers as extreme cold hits US

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STORM Dylan could pose a “danger to life” as heavy rain and gusts of up to 80mph were due to hit parts of the UK early today.

Forecasters warned of flying debris from strong winds in Northern England, Northern Ireland and Scotland.

And two-inch downpours will spread from the South West. Temperatures will peak at 13C, with lows tonight of -2C in some parts.

Meanwhile, Brits seeing the New Year in in southern Europe will enjoy sunshine today, with temperatures in Benidorm, Spain, up to 20C.

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The balmy temperatures on the continent are in stark contrast to those in the US – which is currently colder than the surface of Mars.

Niagara Falls has turned to ice as temperatures plummet to record-breaking lows – leading to frozen sharks washing up on the beach.

It is set to be the coldest New Year in living memory as 220 million Americans wrap up to face lows of -37 degrees Celsius.

The crippling cold has brought transit systems grinding to a halt in Boston while there were 30 crashes in one Michigan county alone on Friday morning due to treacherous icy roads.

Fountains froze over in New York where New Years Eve partygoers are being warned to lay off the booze and bring some hand warmers to see the famous big ball drop in Times Square as forecasters say it will hit -11C.

The National Weather Service has warned of hypothermia and frostbite across the country.

A dog in Ohio was found frozen solid on a front porch – while three Atlantic White Sharks have been found frozen solid having been washed up on Cape Cod Bay, Massachusetts over the last three days.

The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy said: “We hauled the shark off the beach and it is currently thawing at NOAA Fisheries Service to be dissected later. A true sharkcicle!”.

Niagara Falls

    

A temperature of -35C was recorded in Mount Washington Observatory in New Hampshire – the highest peak in the northeastern United States – breaking a record set back in 1933.

Such is the extreme cold that some parts of the US are chillier than the surface of Mars.

Data from the Curiosity Rover, which is roaming the red planet, shows temperatures there reached a comparatively balmy -23C on December 20.

Niagara Falls looked more like Narnia as the landmark which straddles the on the border between New York State and Canada froze over.

But the picturesque scenes do not mask the danger as the cold has already been blamed for a handful of deaths.

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An 83-year-old woman died from exposure to the cold after crashing her car in eastern South Dakota.

Meanwhile, organisers are being forced to cancel a long list of New Year’s celebrations.

Already winter-weary parts of the nation are dealing with a mounting number of weather-related headaches, from highway pileups to frozen pipes and a rash of car thefts.

Police in the Cincinnati area say a half-dozen cars have been stolen in recent days after being left running unattended by owners trying to warm them up.

Another foot or more snow is on the way in Erie, Pennsylvania, where residents still are trying to dig out from the more than 5 feet of snow that has fallen since Christmas Eve.

A call centre there directing rescuers to help people trapped by snow drifts in the area has been overwhelmed.

Josh Jaeger, a coordinater at the centre, told the Erie Times-News: “The phones have been ringing off the hook”.

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