10 things you need to know today: April 17, 2014

So, the first arrest in the Heartbleed virus was a 19 year-old Canadian.

The Fifth Column

Ukrainian troops on their way to Kramatorsk, Ukraine. Ukrainian troops on their way to Kramatorsk, Ukraine. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)

The Week

1. Separatists attack Ukraine base as Geneva crisis talks begin
Pro-Russia separatists attacked a military base in east Ukraine on Thursday as diplomats gathered in Geneva for crisis talks. Three separatists were killed in the clash, making it the deadliest yet in the 10-day uprising. Russian President Vladimir Putin said Kiev’s attempt to crush the protests by force was pushing the country into an “abyss.” The White House threatened Russia with fresh sanctions if it doesn’t defuse tensions. [Reuters]


2. Hope fades in search survivors on sunken South Korean ferry
Hundreds of people were feared to have died aboard a ferry boat that sank within sight of land just off South Korea’s southern coast. Nine people have been confirmed dead, but the toll is expected to rise sharply as crews continue to look for…

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  1. I read 2 stories today on flyers having been made in Crimea stating all Jews must register. One of the stories confirmed the flyers had been made but stated this edict wasn’t being enforced.

    The ferry sinking is so tragic, so much loss of such young life. And the last texts that were sent, just heartbreaking.


  2. The s. Korean ferry sinking is the saddest event I have heard. It’s going to be hundreds and the captain got off first. Horrible. Boat is completely underwater now. Kids texts are just being released and they are heart breaking.


  3. Hat tip to SG2 for this important video:


    • “Deadbeat on the Range”
      by Timothy Egan


      “Imagine a vendor on the National Mall, selling burgers and dogs, who hasn’t paid his rent in 20 years. He refuses to recognize his landlord, the National Park Service, as a legitimate authority. Every court has ruled against him, and fines have piled up. What’s more, the effluents from his food cart are having a detrimental effect on the spring grass in the capital.

      “Would an armed posse come to his defense, aiming their guns at the park police? Would the lawbreaker get prime airtime on Fox News, breathless updates in the Drudge Report, a sympathetic ear from Tea Party Republicans? No, of course not.
      So what’s the difference between the fictional loser and Cliven Bundy, the rancher in Nevada who owes the government about $1 million and has been grazing his cattle on public land for more than 20 years? Near as I can tell, one wears a cowboy hat. Easterners, especially clueless ones in politics and the press, have always had a soft spot for a defiant white dude in a Stetson.

      “This phony event has brought out the worst of the gun-waving far right, and the national politicians who are barely one degree of separation from them. Hundreds of heavily armed, camouflaged supporters of the scofflaw turned out Saturday in Nevada, training their rifles on public employees who were trying to do their job. The outsiders looked like snipers ready to shoot the police. If you changed that picture to Black Panthers surrounding a lawful eviction in the inner city, do you think right-wing media would be there cheering the outlaws?

      “With their assault rifles and threats, the thugs in the desert forced federal officials with the Bureau of Land Management to back down from a court-ordered confiscation of Bundy’s cattle. One of the rancher’s supporters, Richard Mack, a Tea Party leader who is in the National Rifle Association’s Hall of Fame, said he planned to use women as human shields in a violent showdown with law enforcement.
      “We were actually strategizing to put all the women up front,” Mack said in a radio interview. “If they were going to start shooting, it’s going to be women that are going to be televised all across the world getting shot.”

      “That’s who Fox and friends are playing with these days — militia extremists who would sacrifice their wives to make some larger point about a runaway federal government. And what’s more, the Fox host Sean Hannity has all but encouraged a violent confrontation.

      “At the center of the dispute is the 68-year-old rancher Bundy, who said in a radio interview, “I don’t recognize the United States government as even existing.” A real patriot, this guy. You would think that kind of anarchist would draw a raised eyebrow from the Tea Party establishment that provides Bundy his media oxygen. After all, wasn’t the Tea Party born in a rant by Rick Santelli of CNBC about deadbeat homeowners? He complained about taxpayers’ subsidizing “losers’ mortgages” and he said we should “reward people that can carry the water instead of drinking the water.” Believe me, Bundy’s cattle are drinking an awful lot of our water, and not paying for it.

      “But instead, people like Senator Rand Paul have only fanned the flames, warning of a Waco-style assault. Paul, who wants to be president, further showed himself to be stunningly ignorant of the public lands legacy created by forward-thinking Republicans a century ago. Maybe Paul also doesn’t recognize the existence of the United States government. “They had virtual ownership of that land because they had been using it,” he said on Fox, referring to the Bundy clan. “You need the government out of it, and I think that’s the important point.”

      “No, Senator, the renegade rancher has no more right to 96,000 acres of Nevada public range than a hot dog vendor has to perpetual space on the Mall. Both places belong to the American people. Bundy runs his cattle on our land — that is, turf owned by every citizen. The agency that oversees the range, the Bureau of Land Management, allows 18,000 grazing permits on 157 million acres. Many of those permit holders get a sweet deal, subsidized in a way they could never find on private land.

      “What’s more, the land is supposed to be managed for stewardship and other users. Wild-horse advocates would like a piece of the same range. The poor desert tortoise, which has been in Nevada a lot longer than Bundy’s Mormon pioneer stock, is disappearing because of abusive grazing on that same 96,000 acres.

      “Ranching is hard work. Drought and market swings make it a tough go in many years. That’s all the more reason to praise the 18,000 or so ranchers who pay their grazing fees on time and don’t go whining to Fox or summoning a herd of armed thugs when they renege on their contract. You can understand why the Nevada Cattlemen’s Association wants no part of Bundy.

      “These kinds of showdowns are rare because most ranchers play by the rules, and quietly go about their business. They are heroes, in one sense, preserving a way of life that has an honorable place in American history. The good ones would never wave a gun in the face of a public servant, and likely never draw a camera from Fox.”


    • The Associated Press ‏@AP 2h
      BREAKING: Police say high school vice principal rescued from doomed South Korean ferry is found hanged.
      1:47 AM – 18 Apr 2014


  4. The Associated Press ‏@AP 34m
    “Hawaii lawmakers agree legal permission for police to have sex with prostitutes should end”


  5. “Magnitude-7.2 earthquake sparks panic in Mexico City, Acapulco”



    • Another earthquake!!!!????!!!!


      • This is getting to be serious I think.


        • So many astrologists are talking about the energies of the planetary line-ups. There is something to be spiritually understood about this also, because the shaking of the earth is symbolic of a shaking within mankind so everything not on a true and righteous foundation is shaken.


          • “So many astrologists are talking about the energies of the planetary line-ups.”

            Kind of like the moon affects the tides?


            • Yahtzee,

              Kind of like the moon affects the tides?

              Yes, as well as emotions. Law enforcement even knows that there are more calls, fights, accidents, during a full moon. Many astrologers have been warning lately that people should think two and three times before responding to insults and situations that can become heated because they can result in death or great bodily harm. It really tests those who lack general goodness within themselves.


          • roderick2012

            Wow, that’s a profound observation, Xena.

            Yes we are approaching the exactness of the Cardinal Cross on Sunday and Monday.

            Unfortunately natally I have Uranus at 14 Libra retrograde which means that it will be locked in that transiting aspect and I am feeling somewhat lethargic and unsettled.

            Have a great weekend Xena.


            • Roderick,
              You know, I don’t understand many things about astrology, but having lived over 6 decades, I can look back and see that it’s not an empty theory.

              I have a friend who has relatives in Japan. After the huge earthquake and tsunami there, several of their family members became sick and cancer was discovered. They went through surgery and treatment and are now fine. I acquainted that to the shaking that stirred up the cancerous growths that may not have been revealed until it was too late.

              Yes we are approaching the exactness of the Cardinal Cross on Sunday and Monday.

              You might find the following blog interesting; http://2012spiritinaction.wordpress.com/ They reported on the Cardinal Cross and they also post a daily Oracle report.

              Unfortunately natally I have Uranus at 14 Libra retrograde which means that it will be locked in that transiting aspect and I am feeling somewhat lethargic and unsettled.

              I’m not sure what’s happening with me except the chronic fatigue wants to get an extended foothold and my motivations last for about an hour. If I don’t get things done then, it’s put off to the next day.

              It’s going to be interesting looking out for what happens tomorrow and Monday.


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