Australian Police Arrest Family After Finding 328 Firearms and 4.2 Tons of Ammo on Farm

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Australia was some kind of gun free utopia?? NOT

Police in Australia have arrested a father and two sons after finding 328 firearms and 4.2 tons of ammo on a farm in Queensland.

According to NBC,

Among the 328 weapons were military-style automatic rifles, some of which were worth up to $50,000 each, and Glock handguns worth $10,000, police said.

“This is certainly one of the largest hauls of firearms, ammunition and weapons we have uncovered,” said Detective Superintendent Jon Wacker of the Queensland Police. “These firearms are very disturbing.”

 The men, who have not been named, were licensed to have 71 weapons. But most of the stockpile was illegal, modified or converted in some way, Wacker said.

$10,000 Glocks?! Did they have a collection of Glock 18′s?

It looks like many of these firearms are antiques, rimfire, and/or bolt action hunting rifles. Hardly some kind of military arsenal.

10 Things You Need to Know Today: November 29, 2013

HealthCare.gov braces for a key test, Black Friday kicks off the holiday shopping rush, and more
Black Friday shoppers carry discounted items from a Florida Best Buy that opened at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day.
Black Friday shoppers carry discounted items from a Florida Best Buy that opened at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

1. ObamaCare website faces crucial new deadline
The Obama administration’s technology team is scrambling to complete a workaround for the ObamaCare website ahead of the self-imposed Saturday deadline to fix it. The focus is on a new mechanism called EZ App to let people enroll without calculating the precise subsidy they could receive to help cover their health insurance premiums, eliminating a major complaint since the site’s disastrous Oct. 1 launch. Administration officials say 80 percent of users will find the site faster, but some will still encounter delays. [Washington Post]
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2. China patrols its disputed defense zone with warplanes
China said Thursday that it had sent fighter jets to patrol its newly declared air defense zone over a disputed part of the East China Sea, raising the stakes in a dispute with Japan over control of a remote island chain. China’s show of force came after Japan and South Korea defied Beijing’s new claim on the area by flying surveillance aircraft through the area. The U.S. also sent military aircraft into the area this week and condemned China for demanding to be notified before any aircraft enter the zone. [Washington Post]
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3. Black Friday kicks off holiday shopping spree
American retailers officially launched the holiday shopping season with deep discounts in Black Friday sales, hoping to lure in shoppers still hurting as the economy limps through a slow recovery. Brawls broke out at several stores. A dozen major chains, including Target, Walmart, and Toys R Us, got a jump on the competition by offering savings on Thanksgiving Day. Last year Thanksgiving sales reduced the Black Friday haul by $810 million, but it was still the biggest shopping day of the year with $11.2 billion in sales. [Associated PressNew York Daily News]
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4. Karzai vows to not sign security deal if drone strikes continue
Afghan President Hamid Karzai harshly criticized the U.S. for two alleged drone strikes that reportedly killed civilians, including a 2-year-old, in southern Afghanistan. Karzai suggested that he would not sign a long-term security agreement with Washington as long as the attacks continue. Tribal leaders last week overwhelmingly approved the pact, which would let the U.S. leave behind thousands of troops to train and support Afghan forces after NATO withdraws at the end of next year. [New York Times]
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5. Thai leader rejects new elections despite protests
Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Friday ruled out holding early elections following six days of protests calling for her to step down. Yingluck called for negotiations on Thursday after surviving a no-confidence vote, but protest leaders rejected her plea. At least 1,000 demonstrators forced their way into the country’s military headquarters on Friday to call for the army to back them, then left peacefully. Yingluck has vowed not to use force to quiet the protests. [BBC News]
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6. Iran clears inspectors to visit key nuclear site
The International Atomic Energy Agency announced Thursday that Iran had invited its inspectors to visit a heavy-water production facility that is part of a site where Tehran is building a new reactor. The invitation marked the first concrete step by Iran to honor its obligations under alandmark deal with world powers to curb its nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of some of the international sanctions hobbling its economy. The reactor, if completed, would produce plutonium that could fuel a nuclear bomb. [New York Times]
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7. SpaceX aborts satellite launch
SpaceX called off the launch of its Falcon 9 rocket just before it was supposed to lift off from Cape Canaveral, Fla., on Thursday. The problem was a “slower than expected thrust ramp,” SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said. It was the second time the launch had been delayed in three days. The private aerospace company has a contract with NASA to fly supplies to the International Space Station, but this mission will put a telecommunications satellite into orbit. SpaceX will inspect the rocket and try again in a few days. [CNN]
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8. Abenomics stops deflation in Japan
Prices in Japan rose by the most in 15 years, in what government officials said Friday was a sign Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s aggressive effort to stimulate the economy and stamp out deflation was working. Prices, not including energy and fresh food, increased by 0.3 percent in October, a little better than economists expected. The Bank of Japan’s easy money policy has weakened the yen by 15 percent against the dollar, pushing up prices for imports. Next Abe wants companies to hike wages to sustain growth. [Bloomberg]
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9. Part of comet lives through a close encounter with the sun
Scientists say a part of Comet ISON might have survived a near crash with the sun. The comet passed through the solar corona on Thursday. Karl Battams, a comet scientist for the Naval Research Laboratory, says the comet appears to have re-emerged and started to brighten, although its too early to be sure about its fate. “It’s throwing off dust and (probably) gas,” Battams says, “but we don’t know how long it can sustain that.” [CNN]
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10. Unpublished Salinger stories leaked online
Three unpublished works by the late reclusive author J.D. Salinger reportedly were leaked online this week. Scans of the works were posted after an unauthorized book was sold on eBay. It includes the short stories PaulaBirthday Boy, and The Ocean Full of Bowling Balls, which is seen as a prequel to Salinger’s best known novel, Catcher in the Rye. [Reuters]

Cancer Patient Who Spoke Out After Losing His Insurance Because of Obamacare Now Being Audited By The IRS

By Daniel Greenfield

Bill Elliot was a cancer patient who lost his insurance due to ObamaCare and couldn’t pay the expensive new premiums. He was talking about paying the ObamaCare fine, going without health insurance and “letting nature take its course.”

He went on FOX News where his story was picked up by C. Steven Tucker, a health insurance broker who helped him keep his insurance.

Now suddenly Bill Elliot is being audited for 2009 with an interview only scheduled in April 2014. Assuming he lives that long. That might be a coincidence, but Tucker is being audited back to 2003.

That’s a rather strange coincidence.

Would the IRS actually go after a cancer patient, who had voted for Obama initially, just for appearing on FOX and now being sharply critical of Obama and suggesting that he resign for his health plan lie?

Under the current insane state of affairs, where the IRS was used to silence the opposition, it’s unfortunately entirely possible. The fact that we are even having this discussion shows how badly Obama has undermined confidence in government institutions and the rule of law.

Americans always hated the IRS, but it’s been a while since they believed that the IRS was targeting them for their political views.

The United States desperately needs to restore the rule of law and confidence in its institutions otherwise we are facing a serious crisis in which Americans begin viewing government agencies as tools of political repression.

Woman Celebrated as Obamacare Success Story Gets Hit With Unaffordable Rate Raises

She went from the administration’s hero to zero with the click of a mouse.

Once touted by the White House as an Obamacare success story, Jessica Sanford has now discovered that, no, she won’t be able to afford new health insurance coverage, thanks to the very law that President Obama said would make it “affordable.”

“Jessica Sanford was cited by the president as an Obamacare success story at a health care event he had here at the White House in the Rose Garden on October 21,” says a reporter for CNN, reporting from the White House. “That of course being just last month. The 48-year-old single mom from Washington state purchased what she considered to be affordable health care — a life-changing event, she said — on the Washington state health exchange. She decided she was so excited about this news, she wanted to write an e-mail to the president to say that this had really changed her life and that she was thankful for the Afforable Care Act. The president included her e-mail in his remarks to people on hand for the event. Here’s a bit of what the president had to say.”

At the press event, Obama summarized the email:

I recently received a letter from a woman named Jessica Sanford in Washington state. And here’s what she wrote, “I am a single mom, no child support, self-employed, and I haven’t had insurance for 15 years because it’s too expensive. I was crying the other day when I signed up, so much stress lifted.”

Oops!

But, CNN reported, “[D]ays, just really three days after she was mentioned by the president, Jessica Sanford started having problems, she was receiving letters from the Washington state health exchange.

“The first letter telling her that [the] tax credit was reduced, therefore increasing the cost of her health care plan and, take a look at this, then she received a letter just last week telling her that her tax credit had been taken away altogether. Show you another document here, showing what the tax credit worked out to be… zero dollars according to this document that was provided to us by Jessica Sanford. She describes all of this as a roller coaster ride, because now she says she can’t afford insurance in Washington state because of these new developments.”

In short, Obamacare screwed her, too.

After her ordeal, Sanford told CNN she was embarrassed by it all.

“It was a huge disappointment, and especially since I had, you know, my story had been shared by the president,” she said. “I felt like, you know, I just felt really embarrassed that, you know, he had quoted my story and then come to find that the Washington health plan finder, the website here in our state, had grossly miscalculated or they’re having a problem figuring their tax credits. And so at least for right now, I don’t — I’m not going to be getting insurance,” she said.

The law’s problems are only going to get worse, America

And neither will tens of millions more Americans.

Sanford did not have insurance, but scores who did are losing their coverage as well, thanks to Obamacare’s extremist minimum coverage standards. Because of the law, Americans are going to be forced to buy coverage for things they don’t want and/or have never needed (like maternity coverage for young men).

Right now, only those with private plans are losing them. But soon, tens of millions more Americans – those with employer-provided coverage – will lose theirs as well, because those plans don’t meet minimum coverage requirements either. Employers will simply have to offer the additional coverage – at greater expense to both company and employee – or drop employee coverage altogether and dump employees into the loathsome state exchanges.

Sanford’s experience is hardly unique, but it highlighted all that is wrong with Obamacare on a national stage – thanks to the president himself.

Sources:

http://www.weeklystandard.com

http://newday.blogs.cnn.com

http://www.foxnews.com

 

 

Russia to Deploy 22 New Ballistic Missiles in 2014

Twenty-two land-based intercontinental ballistic missiles will next year be added to Russia’s nuclear arsenal, President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday.

An ICBM sitting inside a silo.  Credit:  jurvetson via Flickr

“We intend to continue prioritizing the development of the main component of our strategic nuclear deterrent,” Putin said at a meeting on the development of the Russian Strategic Missile Forces.

Putin did not specify the type of new ICBMs to be deployed, but a source in the Defense Ministry told RIA Novosti on condition of anonymity that the missiles will be mobile and silo-based Yars ICBMs.

Yars is armed with the multiple-warhead RS-24 intercontinental ballistic missile, which has considerably better combat and operational capabilities than the Topol-M (SS-27 Stalin).

Russia currently deploys an estimated 326 ICBMs with approximately 1,050 warheads, according to a June report by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.

In line with the New START treaty signed in 2010, Russia is allowed to add 227 delivery systems and 150 warheads to its stockpile of nuclear weapons.

According to the recent State Duma Defense Committee report on the draft federal budget for 2014-2016, Russia plans to increase annual spending on nuclear weapons by more than 50 percent in the next three years.

The report said 46.26 billion rubles ($1.4 billion) is to be spent on Russia’s nuclear weapons systems in 2016, up from 29.29 billion rubles this year.

The Defense Ministry earlier announced plans to retire most of its outdated SS-18 Satan, SS-19 Stiletto and SS-25 Sickle (Topol) ICBMs and replace them with SS-27 Sickle-B (Topol-M) and RS-24Yars missiles by 2021.

Another Company Leaves Anti-Gun Colorado; Maverick Ammo Announces Move to WY

Gun, ammo and accessory makers continue to flee from anti-gun states. Another company has announced they will be leaving the state of Colorado.

Maverick Ammunition, who also does business as Ammo Kan, will be leaving Colorado for Laramie, WY.

According to a report from the Laramie Boomerang,

Maverick Ammunition manufactures target-grade ammunition and ammunition for hunting. It also manufactures tactical-grade ammunition for use in law enforcement. The company’s product line includes well-known shooting sport brands such as Hornady, Nosler, Lake City and Berry’s, according to a statement released by Maverick Ammunition CEO Curt Perry.

The company is expected to employ more than 50 people. There will be full-time and part-time positions, ranging from entry-level manufacturing, to clerical and bookkeeping, to experienced warehouse and distribution managers, Perry wrote.

“This is an exciting time for all of us as we look forward to making Laramie our lifetime home,” he said.

Earlier this year Colorado passed numerous new gun laws despite enormous public opposition. Two state senators, including the senate president, John Morse, were recalled from office back in September over their support of gun control.

A third state senator, Evie Hudak, was being targeted for recall and actually resigned earlier this week after she realized she would most likely not survive the recall effort. Her resignation will insure another anti-gun politician can be appointed to replace her, allowing Democrats to keep their 18-17 majority in the state senate…until 2014 anyway.

Rare H6N1 Bird Flu Strain Makes First Human Appearance

For the first time ever, the H6N1 bird flu has turned up in a human being, a 20-year-old Taiwanese woman who was hospitalized earlier this year after she developed a high fever, cough and shortness of breath. According to the Associated Press (AP), the woman somehow came down with the virus, which had previously been isolated to birds, even though she had not come into contact with any live fowl.

The woman, whose name has not been publicly released, worked in a deli and nowhere near live birds, which has left investigators with more questions than answers as to how she developed the disease. After symptoms began to emerge, the woman underwent tests that came back positive for H6N1. However, some of her close friends and family members who came down with similar symptoms not long after tested negative for the virus.

Details of the woman’s story were published in a recent release of the journal Lancet Respiratory Medicine. Researchers from the Taiwan Centers for Disease Control explain how the abnormalities of the event illustrate the “unpredictability of influenza viruses in human populations.” The findings also suggest the imminent importance of conducting further research into how this and other bird flu viruses are suddenly able to pass to humans, they say.

“The question again is what would it take for these viruses to evolve into a pandemic strain?” asks Marion Koopmans, a virologist at the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment in the Netherlands, in an accompanying commentary on the report.

Most concerning, in Koopmans’ view, is the fact that nobody was even aware that H6N1 had developed the ability to transfer to humans until after it suddenly showed up in one. Scientists regularly monitor how various bird flu strains are spreading and mutating among bird populations in order to assess which strains might be harmful to humans. But in the case of H6N1, the scientific community was blindsided.

“We can surely do better than to have human beings as sentinels,” she adds.

H5N1, H7N9 and now H6N1: many different bird flu strains threaten humanity

Though no other human cases of H6N1 have emerged, experts worry that the opening of this Pandora’s box could eventually trigger a pandemic. Health officials are already having to deal with H5N1, the infamous bird flu strain that first broke out in China back in 1996, as well as H7N9, which has infected some 137 people and killed at least 45 others since last spring.

“All of these viruses are, of course, a concern,” says Dr. Richard Webby, a bird flu expert at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, who was not involved in the new study.

As far as H6N1 in humans is concerned, a recent analysis found that the viral strain detected in the Taiwanese woman closely matched the type already identified in chickens. Through some kind of genetic mutation, the virus developed an ability to bind to human cells in the upper respiratory tract. And if it continues to morph, H6N1 could eventually become so virulent that it is able to spread directly from chickens to humans, or from humans to other humans.

“It is not unthinkable for a virus such as H6N1 or H7N9 to eventually mutate into a strain with traits similar to the Spanish Flu which killed at least 50 million people worldwide in 1918,” writes Jonathan Robinson for PolicyMic.

To learn more about how to protect you and your family against the flu, be sure to check out theNaturalNews special report “The Five Best Anti-Viral Products to Beat Influenza, Swine Flu, Bird Flu, and SARS”:
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