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‘Everything Was Incinerated’: Scenes From One Community Wrecked by the Santa Rosa Fire

SANTA ROSA, Calif. — It looked like a blizzard of red embers had slammed into the suburban home of Bruce and Lisa Coats.

Mr. Coats recounted on Monday how he used his garden hose to spray his home down in hopes of saving it. Then he went to his neighbors’ homes and tried the same thing. It was futile.

The combination of wind and fire was unstoppable. Coffey Park, a subdivision of hundreds of homes in Santa Rosa, an hour north of San Francisco, burned to the ground.

“It looks like a bomb went off,” said Ms. Coats, an accounts assistant at a retirement home.

“A nuke bomb,” said her husband, a soils expert.

Lisa and Bruce Coats surveyed what remained of their home in Coffey Park. CreditJim Wilson/The New York Times

Coffey Park was one of a number of neighborhoods in Northern California’s wine country devastated by wildfires on Monday. The flames were fueled by intense winds and months of dry weather. At least 15 people were killed and up to 20,000 were forced to evacuate in one of the most destructive fire emergencies in this fire-prone state’s history.

Fires tore through the hills around Glen Ellen in Sonoma County. A Hilton hotel about a mile from Coffey Park was destroyed, as was a retirement trailer park called Journey’s End. These were among the more than 1,500 structures that the authorities say were destroyed by the fires.

Evidence of the fire’s intensity was everywhere in Coffey Park, which residents described as an apocalyptic scene. The aluminum wheels on cars melted and dripped down driveways like tiny rivers of mercury before hardening. A pile of bottles melded together into a tangle so contorted it looked like a Picasso. Plastic garbage bins were reduced to mere stains on the pavement.

The destruction of the neighborhood was so complete that Lisa Layman, who has lived in Coffey Park for more than two decades and raised a son there, had trouble finding which patch of rubble was her house.

Before and After: Fires Tear Through California’s Wine Country

Images, including before and after views, reveal the scale of the devastation.

“We couldn’t even find the street,” she said. “I didn’t recognize anything. It all just looked like junk.”

Neighbors describe Coffey Park as a little slice of the American dream. And its makeup mirrors the ethnic diversity of the state, with a mix of Latinos, Vietnamese, Filipinos, Indians and whites living in a maze of neatly organized lots surrounding a park. Among the residents were bus drivers, insurance company clerks, retail managers and retirees.

“We had a good mix,” said Kevin Tran, a district manager at Verizon. “It was safe and everybody got along.”

Mr. Tran described the chaotic scene in the early hours of Monday morning when police cars came through the neighborhood with horns and sirens blaring – and loudspeakers barking orders for residents to leave.

A washer and dryer were among the few recognizable items at a burned house in Coffey Park.CreditJim Wilson/The New York Times

“We had a half-hour to pack everything,” he said.

Late on Monday afternoon, Mr. Tran wore a headlamp as he rooted through the ashes of his home.

His mother, Lien Mai, held up her iPhone to show the devastation to friends over FaceTime. She began to cry.

“We are boat people,” she told a reporter. “We had to start over when we came here from Vietnam. Now we have to restart again.”

As dusk fell in Coffey Park on Monday the remains of homes were still smoking. Pipes sticking up from the ground gurgled with water. Flames still flickered from disconnected gas lines at many houses.

Household items were so deformed it was sometimes difficult to know what they had been before.

Mr. Coats spotted his water heater and the tools in his garage workshop: the mangled remains of a drill press, a compressor, a belt sander and a tile saw.

His neighbor, Dayton Green, looked toward his home, where the charred outlines of a washer and dryer were among the most recognizable items. But he struggled to describe the vast expanse of destruction.

“It doesn’t look like anything,” Mr. Green said. “Everything was incinerated.”

Mr. Green and his wife did some urgent shopping Monday for their one-year-old child: baby bottles.

What next? The residents of Coffey Park were not sure.

Ms. Mai, the Vietnamese woman who arrived in America as a refugee decades ago, now owns a restaurant in the nearby town of Cotati. She said she would seek solace in work.

“I’m going to open my restaurant tomorrow to keep myself busy,” Ms. Mai said. “And to keep my mind off this.”

Ms. Layman, who is recovering from cancer and whose doctor urged her to avoid stress, looked at the remains of her home with an incredulous stare.

“I don’t know what to think,” Ms. Layman said. “I don’t even know how to feel yet. I’m in such shock. It makes my stomach so sick. It just hurts.”

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5G Will Weaponize Everything

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5g Wireless Technology has the potential to Weaponize nearly EVERYTHING. We MUST know more and we must be AWARE of the potential that this technology has and be sure of what risks we as humanity are willing to take for the sake of Money and Convenience.

Jewish ‘Auschwitz Survivor’ Admits He Lied About Everything

Joseph Hirt said he fabricated story of being sent to camp and meeting Nazi doctor Josef Mengele to ‘keep memories alive’ about history of the Holocaust

by Theguardian

A Pennsylvania man who claimed for years to have escaped from Auschwitz, met track and field star Jesse Owens and Nazi doctor Josef Mengele, confessed on Friday that he had fabricated the entire story.

“I am writing today to apologize publicly for harm caused to anyone because of my inserting myself into the descriptions of life in Auschwitz,” Joseph Hirt, 86, wrote in a letter sent to his local paper, LNP, this week.

“I was not a prisoner there. I did not intend to lessen or overshadow the events which truly happened there by falsely claiming to have been personally involved.”

“I was wrong. I ask forgiveness,” he added. “I determined at that moment to do everything in my power to prevent the loss of the truth about wartime life (and death) at Auschwitz.”

For years, Hirt gave public speeches at schools around the US about his experiences in the second world war, including his Jewish family’s flight from Poland to Belgrade.

But he also told people that he was arrested by the Nazis, sent to the concentration camp at Auschwitz, and met Mengele, the SS physician who tortured prisoners of the concentration camp.

Hirt claimed to have escaped under an electric fence at the camp.

He added an extraordinary prologue and epilogue to the story, saying that he saw Adolf Hitler turn his back on Jesse Owens at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, and that he met Eleanor Roosevelt and Owens after his arrival in the United States.

Earlier this year, New York history teacher Andrew Reid became suspicious of Hirt’s story and wrote a refutation of many of Hirt’s points.

The names of concentration camp victims and survivors are publicly available, and there is no record of Hirt at Auschwitz or elsewhere.

Hirt (showing his fake tattoo in the photo above) admitted in his letter that he had tattooed the camp number of Auschwitz survivor Primo Levi, the acclaimed author and chemist, on his left forearm:

“In no way an attempt to take on his identity, but in an effort to incorporate his symbol as a way of remembering him.”

Reid also found that Hirt’s escape story did not fit with camp records, that Mengele did not arrive at the camp until after the alleged escape, and other lies, errors and far-fetched claims in Hirt’s account.

He was a six-year-old Polish boy and extraordinarily unlikely to be anywhere near Hitler at the Olympics, for instance, and Owens’ biographer found the snub was likely a fabrication, possibly conflated with another black sprinter’s story.

Hirt is not the first to fabricate or exaggerate a Holocaust story. Herman Rosenblat, a Polish survivor, embellished his 1993 memoir and made up some parts entirely.

At the time, historian Ken Waltzer wrote in the New Republic that he was alarmed by how quickly people accepted the story.

Everything Sony Told Us About the Future of PlayStation

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Pull your gaze from Nintendo’s bedazzling Switch for a moment and consider Sony’s now widespread PlayStation 4. Console sales have in general outperformed the most buoyant analyst and pundit prognostications. Not merely because of Nintendo’s overnight dark horse, or its scarce as hen’s teeth NES Classic. Sony’s PlayStation 4 is having some belt-notching moments of its own.

Sony now says its flagship games platform has sold-through—meaning to buyers and not just stores—close to 60 million units worldwide since its launch in November 2013. That, according to Sony global game development boss Shawn Layden, is the fastest pace set by any PlayStation, life-to-date, including the all-time industry record holder PlayStation 2.

“As you’ll recall, last year we performed the daredevil stunt of launching three new pieces of hardware in 60 days. Probably won’t do that again,” quips Layden during a sit-down with TIME. He’s talking about the $399 PlayStation 4 Pro (a souped up PlayStation 4 that outputs way snazzier graphics), PlayStation VR (a $399 virtual reality headset that couples with the PlayStation 4 for wraparound alt-reality experiences) and a slimmer, sleeker $299 version of the baseline PlayStation 4. All three arrived last fall, and Sony says sales have been booming.

PlayStation VR now boasts more than one million units sold worldwide, up from about 900,000 in February 2017. According to Sony, it’s been sold out from day one. “We don’t see it as a fad, it’s a brand new medium, not only for gaming entertainment, but non-gaming entertainment,” says Layden. And of every five PlayStation 4s Sony sells, Layden says one is a PlayStation 4 Pro, a laudable achievement given its $100 price premium, enthusiast target demographic and the nascency of the 4K television market (where it’s real allure lies).

“It is way ahead of our expectations,” adds Sony global sales chief Jim Ryan. “As with PSVR, and I suppose in forecasting these things we haven’t done a very good job, the product is in desperately short supply. So that’s one-in-five under severe constraint.”

“All of the rumors of the demise of the console are very much premature,” says Layden. “In fact if you’re watching [sales tracker] NPD for PS4 and Xbox One sales, you put those together and console gaming has never been as big and vibrant as it is right now. And that’s just here in the States.” Zip across the pond, and the story tilts further in Sony’s favor. “It’s been pleasing that in North America, we’ve been 2-to-1 against Xbox,” says Ryan. “But in Europe, it’s really been fortress PlayStation by at least 3-to-1 in unit sales.”

“It’s also the breadth of type of games,” he continues. “And once you get up in the heady heights of 100 million units, you’re talking of a different audience altogether, where having this range of stuff like Detroit: Become Human and FIFA and Call of Duty and Star Wars, it makes the job a whole lot easier.”

Layden says the Japanese publishers are also coming back, listing off recent games like Resident Evil 7NiohNier: AutomataPersona 5 and Final Fantasy XV as examples. “That’s super important for us,” he says. “I think a lot of Japanese developers lost their way chasing the mobile games yen, if you will, but they’re coming back to console in a major way. And speaking of, we’ll have some big announcements at E3 in that precise vein.”

This notion of mid-console refreshes—an enthusiast-angled limbering act you could argue Nintendo pioneered with its perennial Game Boy, DS and 3DS revamps—has a flip side. The PS4 Pro’s power has been effectively slaved to the baseline PlayStation 4. Games on the PS4 Pro, while graphically sharper and lusher, must be functionally identical to the experience as had on the standard model. It’s a leave-no-consumer-behind mentality that’s so far been echoed by the competition: Microsoft’s revved up PS4 Pro rival, codenamed Project Scorpio and due later this year, will likewise observe gameplay parity with the Xbox One.

“Because the games need to play on both Pro and standard PS4, there can’t be a radical departure between the two experiences,” says Layden. “But I think we’ve hit a happy medium by enriching the visual experience, and developers enjoy having that extra oomph while knowing they’re making games that play well on all 60 million PlayStation 4s. I guess we’re trying to have our cake and eat it too.”

Would Sony back away from that requirement if sales leveled off down the line? “Today, my answer is that we’re going to stay the course,” says Layden. “There’s still a lot of juice to squeeze out of the PlayStation 4 platform, full stop. So ensuring PlayStation 4 games play on both consoles is our winning formula right now.”

Another winning-so-far formula few saw coming is Nintendo’s notion of a games console you can play anywhere you like, shifting from your hands to your TV in seconds. In 2005, Sony began its own foray into handheld gaming with a device it dubbed the PlayStation Portable. The PSP sold in excess of 80 million units, and in 2012, a followup dubbed the PS Vita arrived—a contemporaneously mighty mobile, but one that sold a fraction as many units. In light of what Nintendo seems to be illustrating, that there is appetite for a consumer device that preserves the higher-end console experience on the go, would Sony ever revisit a once formidable bailiwick?

Layden calls the Switch “a great success for Nintendo” and admits that “it’s definitely what that fanbase has been waiting for.” But he sees the system as less a rival than a complementary traveler, claiming that Switch sales have had no discernible impact on the sell-through for PlayStation 4. “When you look at our numbers, I think it shows that a lot of gamers are a two-console family,” he adds. “And quite often those two consoles are PlayStation and Nintendo sitting side-by-side.”

Layden says Sony still views the Vita as a viable development platform: Though new Western releases have slowed to a trickle, he notes games are still being made for it in Japan. But for now, a Vita successor isn’t in the cards. “To be honest, the Vita just didn’t reach critical mass in the U.S. or Western Europe,” he says. “I don’t know if it was that it was more technology people had to carry around, or more things to charge, or whether their phone or tablet were taking care of that. But once the content slowed in that pipeline, it became hard to keep the Vita as a going concern.”

Another concern occasionally raised by PlayStation devotees involves the company’s once-ubiquitous PlayStation 2. While Sony has in recent years devoted resources to bringing a handful of popular older titles to the PlayStation 4, the better part of that library is lost to time. For now, it seems that’s where it’ll remain. “When we’ve dabbled with backwards compatibility, I can say it is one of those features that is much requested, but not actually used much,” says Ryan. “That, and I was at a Gran Turismo event recently where they had PS1, PS2, PS3 and PS4 games, and the PS1 and the PS2 games, they looked ancient, like why would anybody play this?”

By contrast, the company says it intends to double down on things people do want to playnamely the explosive eSports phenomenon. “It’s a subject that is occupying us quite a lot these days, and something we’re looking at very carefully,” says Ryan. “We’re trying to find precisely what the role of the platform holder is in that value chain. Seeing how we can actually make the whole eSports thing bigger, better, different and bespoke to PlayStation is something you’re going to be hearing quite a lot about in the next year or two.”

Speaking of broadening its messaging to a growing competitive elite, Sony says it’s aware some have made noises about a boutique version of the company’s acclaimed DualShock 4 controller in the vein of Microsoft’s own Xbox One Elite gamepad. “The idea of a premium interface in exactly the same manner as we now have a premium console has a lot of logic to it, and there are such products already available in the market from third parties,” says Ryan. “But it’s definitely something we continue to look at.”

To questions about where other technologies like PlayStation VR go from here, Layden stresses virtual reality’s non-gaming possibilities. “We have Hollywood luminaries and TV show runners, places like the Smithsonian and [NASA’s] Jet Propulsion Laboratory looking into what the technology can do for them. And recently you may have seen Vince Gilligan, the show runner for Breaking Bad, has leaked some information that we’re working together, which we are, in bringing a Breaking Bad experience to virtual reality.” What exactly is that going to be? “I have no idea, but Vince has shown that he can deliver,” says Layden.

Sony doubtless intends to push its phase one VR ideas as far as the market will bear, but the pressure to iterate is fierce. “Technology cycles are shortening, and there’s no reason to expect VR to be any exception to that,” says Ryan. “If we have aspirations to take this into a mass market space, clearly things will need to happen to the form factor, whether it’s wireless or a lighter headset or all of these things.”

“The key is advancing the technology without stepping off the platform,” adds Layden. “We want to make sure we have a target platform developers can grow against. We’ll find ways to bump it up, whether that’s through the physical design of the product, which needs tweaks, of course, as everything does. But we also want to make sure we’re firmly grounded in PlayStation 4, so people don’t think they need something else to drive the experience.”

As for the experience awaiting PlayStation buffs when the curtain lifts on Sony’s E3 media event, live streaming from the Shrine Auditorium & Expo Hall (online as well as in select theaters) next Monday, June 12, Layden says to think of it less as a press conference than a software showcase.

“The crowd will only have to suffer I think in aggregate 90 seconds of me,” he jokes. “And in the middle will be all the games.”

UNDER TRUMP, EVERYTHING IS WRONG IN WASHINGTON

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It’s time to admit that Washington is Baghdad on the Potomac. The branches of government are at war with one another, and no one knows where the Green Zone is.

On Monday night, a reporter in the White House tweeted that there was shouting coming from inside the Cabinet meeting room, where grim-faced presidential adviser Steve Bannon, Press Secretary Sean Spicer, Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Communications Director Michael Dubke had gathered.

Lower-level aides quickly turned up the sound on their televisions to drown out the argument.

Related: Trump says he leaked ISIS intel to Russia for ‘humanitarian’ reasons

While the cable channel chatter may have masked the bunker melee, that coverage offered no solace after unidentified sources—presumably from the U.S. intelligence sector—leaked that President Donald Trump had revealed state secrets about the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) to Russian officials, whose glad-handing Oval Office visit last week was recorded not by the American press but by Russia’s Tass.

The general outline of the shared top-secret info, which apparently had to do with an ISIS plot to weaponize laptop computers on airplanes, is publicly known. But the details of what Trump shared with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, including the name of the city where the intel source is based, were “so sensitive” that the U.S. had not shared them with its allies, according to The Washington Post.

Like the monthslong lead-up to the Iraq War in 2003, these days of shock and awe have been coming for a long time. The president has been skirmishing with the press and the federal bureaucracy, especially the spies, since his election. He made the “lying media” the whipping boy of his first 100 days and has made enemies of an army of federal employees by appointing agency heads who seem to have been chosen because they are either underqualified or openly hostile to their jobs.

The Post’s sources were apparently tipped to the possible breach by the White House itself. Thomas Bossert, the president’s assistant for homeland security and counterterrorism, called the CIA and the National Security Agency to alert them that Trump had shared the information with the Russians.

On Tuesday, Trump fired back that he has the “absolute right” to share information with the Russians. And, in fact, while it is illegal for other government officials to share national secrets, the president can legally declassify material.

Russia has officially denied the allegations. Back in Moscow, the whole saga is playing like a Slavic Saturday Night Live skit. Demands for Trump impersonators to clown at parties and clubs are on the rise, reports Foreign Policy magazine, and on Sunday night Russia’s state-run evening news ridiculed Washington’s story of the week. “The new action-drama series, tentatively titled Secrets of Trump’s Oval Office, becomes more fascinating every day,” commentator Evgeny Baranov said on Channel One. “Russia’s footprint only enhances the intrigues of this bold plotline…. The latest episode with the unexpected resignation of Comey promises to be extremely gripping.”

But the Oval Office leak and the James Comey firing have slammed Washington like a pair of Tomahawk missiles. Agents at the FBI, the nation’s top law enforcement agency, are seething about how the president fired their director last week and added insult to injury by calling Comey a “showboat.” Trump’s open admiration of Vladimir Putin and Russia-friendly attitude long ago alienated the U.S. intelligence establishment.

It’s unlikely that “the Russia thing,” as the president put it in an interview last week with NBC’s Lester Holt, will go away now. On the contrary, it’s been engineered into an unknown number of improvised explosive devices planted all over town, from Capitol Hill to the J. Edgar Hoover building (the FBI’s headquarters) to the Treasury Department’s financial crimes division.

Throughout the campaign and since the election, Trump’s business associates in gaming and New York real estate have proved a gold mine for investigative journalism. A new Dutch documentary, The Dubious Friends of Donald Trump, released over the weekend, suggests that the Trump Organization has been deeply involved with members of the Russian mafia. Senate Intelligence Committee investigators have had months to advance on investigative journalism that lays out aspects of the same story. The committee recently asked the Treasury Department to look into money laundering and Trump’s associates.

Republicans in the Senate, like Jeff Flake of Arizona and Dean Heller of Nevada, are starting to break ranks. Senator Lindsey Graham has openly criticized Trump for firing Comey and for suggesting he taped him, and publicly urged the president to “back off” his resistance to probes into Russian connections to aides and hacks. Senator Bob Corker said the White House is in a “downward spiral” due to a lack of discipline.

The Comey firing, the bad optics of the Tass-recorded jovial gathering with the Russians and the revelations Monday about the president’s ad hoc declassification of ISIS-related intel all indicate open warfare. House Republicans have remained impervious to calls for impeachment even as the president’s historically low approval ratings threaten to drag them down, mainly because Trump is well on his way to delivering on the two big promises for which they believe they were sent to Washington—deregulation and lower taxes.

Every day, House Republicans must recalculate whether it’s still safe to bunker down with the White House. It’s impossible to imagine much real government business will get done in the capital amid the leaks and investigations, the duck and cover, and even a temporary retreat to safer ground.

This is a president who has often boasted of his instincts, and the timing of his first foreign trip while in office looks impeccable. If he can make it unscathed to Friday, he will be on the road for 10 days, traveling like Alexander the Great with an entourage of 1,000 to Saudi Arabia, Israel and the Vatican, followed by the G-7 meeting (once the G-8, but now sans the Russians) in sunny Sicily.

The trip could turn into a 10-day cease-fire. Or Trump could come home to find his presidency in wreckage.

Ex-employees claim Trump taped ‘virtually everything’ in his Trump Towers office

In the fallout over the firing of former FBI Director James Comey, allegations of President Donald Trump conducting his own wiretaps have stirred — and new information suggests that Trump may have a history of doing just that.

According to ex-Trump employees who spoke to the Wall Street Journal, President Donald Trump has historically recorded business calls — an accusation that makes the existence of the so-called “Comey tapes” seem more likely.

“He recorded virtually everything in the office,” a former Trump Organization official told the Journal. “I know many of my conversations when I called him were recorded before and after I was working there.”

While some sources who spoke to the Journal claimed they never saw Trump recording, former business rival named William Weidner said that he knew Trump recorded him because conversations the two had over the phone were presented in court during a legal dispute with Weidner’s former casino employer.

New York realtors told the Journal that recording calls is “uncommon but not unheard of in the world of high-stakes New York real estate”. In New York and Washington, D.C., it’s legal to record calls as long as one party is aware — often, the party doing the recording.
After the president tweeted what appears to be a threat towards Comey regarding “tapes” of their conversations, journalists and others came forward with stories of their own recorded calls with Trump. Washington Post‘s Drew Harwell tweeted a portion of transcript of a conversation he had with Trump during interviews for a feature in which the then-candidate reveals that he was recording the journalist.

AT&T just introduced 2 new ‘unlimited’ data plans — here’s everything you need to know

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/t-just-introduced-two-unlimited-153600832.html

 

(ATAT&T is introducing two new “unlimited” data plans to better compete with recent similar offerings from Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint.

The carrier has had an unlimited plan for some time, but it had been available only to subscribers of its DirecTV or U-Verse TV services. Earlier this month, it lifted that requirement.

Now it’s reworking the costs and features of its offer. The new plans will be available on March 2. AT&T says current subscribers will be able to switch to the new plans.

Here’s the rundown:

  • The first new plan, AT&T Unlimited Plus, starts at $90 a month for a single line. Two lines cost $145 a month, and each additional line costs another $20 a month after that (for up to eight lines). That’s down from $100 a month for a single line, plus $40 a month for every additional line, under the previous plan (though that plan previously offered the fourth line for free).
  • If you subscribe to the Unlimited Plus plan, AT&T will take $25 off the price of a subscription to its DirecTV, U-Verse TV, or DirecTV Now service each month. (AT&T still does not count any of those services against your data cap — a controversial practice known as zero-rating.) AT&T says this is a limited-time promotion and that it will start to apply the $25 credit after two to three billing periods.
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  • You can add a tablet to the plan for another $20 a month and a wearable for another $10 a month.
  • The Unlimited Plus plan will now include 10 GB of mobile-hotspot data, which lets you use your phone as a portable router. Once you hit that limit, mobile-hotspot speeds will be throttled to 128 Kbps, which is close to slow 2G speeds. Previously, AT&T did not include mobile-hotspot data at all with its unlimited plan.
  • The Unlimited Plus plan includes “high-definition” video streaming, but to use that you’ll have to turn off AT&T’s Stream Saver feature, which caps video streams at a less-sharp 480p resolution by default.
  • Like before, AT&T says it might slow your connection speeds in areas of network congestion if you use more than 22 GB of data in a single pay period.

AT&T is offering a second, more affordable “unlimited” plan called AT&T Unlimited Choice. That starts at $60 a month for a single line, $115 a month for two lines, and another $20 a month for each additional line after that.

However, it caps all video streaming at “about 480p,” has no mobile-hotspot data, and throttles all speeds to 3 Mbps, which isn’t terribly fast by modern standards. Once again, AT&T says it might slow speeds in areas of congestion if you use more than 22 GB of data in a given month.

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In either case, the rates above do not take into account monthly fees and taxes, so they’ll be a little more expensive than advertised — a caveat that applies to every carrier but T-Mobile.

You’ll also have to enroll in auto-pay billing — otherwise, AT&T says a single-line plan will cost another $5 a month, while a multiline plan will cost another $10 a month.

While carriers continue to stretch the meaning of “unlimited” — defined as “not limited or restricted in terms of number, quantity, or extent” — the recent interest in the concept has set off a fluid competition, as Verizon and AT&T attempt to slow market-share gains from the fast-growing T-Mobile, which kick-started the revival this summer, and fourth-place Sprint.

In this case, the lower entry price and mobile-hotspot data should make AT&T’s unlimited offering a bit more competitive with its peers. It is still the most expensive of the bunch, however.

Top US firefighters (White Freemasons, Zionists) ‘dropped everything’ to help Israel battle the blazes (VERY VERY BAD!!!)

TEL AVIV (JTA) — Call them Israel’s American volunteer fire brigade. Dozens of firefighters from across the United States put their lives on hold – leaving behind jobs and families – to help subdue the wildfires that swept Israel over the past week. While they all share a love of Israel, only a handful of them are Jewish.

“We’re just firefighters. When guys hear about a situation like this one, where the Israelis are working as hard as they can, they want to come help,” said Billy Hirth, a Protestant who retired last year after a 24-year career as a firefighter in Arlington, Texas, and has been coordinating the American effort from Jerusalem.

“It’s a brotherhood. Firemen are firemen,” he said.

Hundreds of fires flared up in Israel starting Tuesday, forcing tens of thousands of people to flee. Some 32,000 acres of forest and brush burned along with hundreds of homes and businesses.

Billy Hirth (Courtesy of the Emergency Volunteers Project)

Israeli authorities said the fires started because of an unseasonably long dry spell and high winds, and then were exacerbated by Palestinian and Arab-Israeli arsonists with nationalist motives.

On Friday, Israel’s Public Security Ministry formally requested firefighting help from the Emergency Volunteers Project, a network of over 950 American volunteers and professional first responders. By Saturday evening, with the fires coming under control, the firefighters started arriving at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport, from where they were schlepped to overstretched fire departments across the country.

Some went to work battling the remaining wildfires and those that flared up Sunday, while others chipped in with routine firefighting. The Israeli stations remain on high alert, with firefighters having worked grueling shifts over the past week.

Firefighters try to extinguish a wildfire which broke out at the entrance to Nataf, outside of Jerusalem on November 25, 2016. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

“Many of the firefighters here, including myself, had been working for over 90 hours straight,” said Oren Shishitzky, a spokesman for Israel’s Fire and Rescue Authority. “Because most of the Americans were trained in Israel, they are familiar with how we operate, and they were able to easily relieve some of the burden on the crews, whether with regular fire response in local districts or in extinguishing the remaining wildfires.

“I cannot emphasize enough our appreciation that these guys dropped everything around the Thanksgiving holiday to come here.”

Adi Zahavi (Courtesy of the Emergency Volunteers Project)

Adi Zahavi, 39, founded the Emergency Volunteers Project in 2009 after serving as an overwhelmed first responder during the second intifada and the Second Lebanon War. He set out to prepare willing Americans to help in future crises, from wars to terrorist attacks to natural disasters. Training sessions are held in the United States and Israel. The deployment of the volunteers is coordinated with Israeli authorities.

Of the 39 firefighters who came to in Israel, 33 are full-timers, including the first female firefighter the group has brought to Israel, and six are part-time volunteers. Several, including Hirth, also came to Israel during the 2014 Gaza war, when the south and center of the country were bombarded with rockets. Many are now working alongside firefighters with whom they have built friendships during training.

“The quality of the American firefighters that have arrived is excellent,” Shishitzky said. “They are elite firefighters, with years and years of experience. Many are veterans who serve in some of the best departments in America.

“Where there are distinctions in training and practice, those were overcome long ago with the training we have conducted.”

Elan Raber of the Los Angeles Fire Department standing outside the fire station in Petah Tikvah, Israel, Nov. 28, 2016. (Courtesy of Raber)

Elan Raber, 42, is one of seven Jews among the firefighters. He flew in Sunday morning from Los Angeles, where he works for the city fire department. Raber is familiar with the station he is serving at in Petach Tivkah because he trained there with the Emergency Volunteers Program.

He said he has been responding to routine calls, like traffic accidents, elevator accidents and reports of smoke.

“I was here last year and really bonded with the guys, so I wanted to come back. They do have pretty steady action and a lot of equipment to get familiar with,” Raber said. “We’re coming in here while these guys have already been up for three, four days. We can basically help them out and be on standby if the wildfires come back.”

Having been born in Israel and served in the Israel Defense Forces, Raber views being here as a part of his “calling.”

“Unfortunately, there’s a lot of bad press for Israel, so I hope to show that people are willing to drop everything to show solidarity with the people of Israel. I think people see that, and it’s a good thing. Firefighting was my calling, so I’m happy to help out,” he said.

A fellow Jew on the other side of the country helped bring Raber to Israel on short notice. Eli Row — the Orthodox Jewish owner of Jet911, an air ambulance company based in the Queens borough of New York City — scrambled to arrange flights for the firefighters over Shabbat, something that Jewish law requires if it could mean saving lives. Row landed in Israel on Monday afternoon to thank the American firefighters for their service.

Back in the U.S., 25 firefighters are standing by in case the wildfires again begin to spread. If not, and the weather conditions improve as hoped, the firefighters in Israel are to return home at the end of the week.

White Lives Matter to be listed as “hate group” by the Southern Poverty Law Center (Jewish Organization): ‘Everything about it is racist’

 

SUNDAY, AUG. 21, 2016, PHOTO. MANDATORY CREDIT. STAND ALONE.

People with a White Lives Matter sign demonstrate Sunday in front of the NAACP office in Houston, Texas.

(DARLA GUILLEN/AP)

The White Lives Matter movement will be designated as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, the organization revealed Friday.

The white supremacist group will be listed in February on the center’s Hate Map, a compilation of the country’s known hate groups and their chapters’ locations.

“I can’t speak to how many chapters will be listed, but it’s clear that the leadership of the group, the ends of the group — it’s just a flat out white supremacist group,” Heidi Beirich, Director of Intelligence Project at SPLC, said in an interview with the Houston Chronicle.

“The ideology behind it, the racist leaders, everything about it is racist,” she added.

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Little is known about how many people officially identify as members of the White Lives Matter movement, but it is reported to be a manifestation of other established white supremacist groups such as the Aryan Renaissance Society and the United Aryan Front.

The controversial catchphrase has picked up momentum among these bigoted groups in reaction to the Black Lives Matter movement, a civil rights movement they believe is orchestrating a “white genocide,” the SPLC reported.

Earlier this week, 20 armed protesters who identified themselves as members of the White Lives Matter movement gathered in front of Houston’s NAACP offices to protest BLM.

The Confederate flag-bearing demonstrators demanded the civil rights organization take accountability for “the attack and killing of white police officers, the burning down of cities and things of that nature,” said protester Ken Reed.

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SPLC told the Houston Chronicle that 40-year-old Rebecca Barnette is a likely leader of the White Lives Matter movement.

The vice president of the women’s division of the skinhead group Aryan Strikeforce has made her vile views public on social media, like that Jews and Muslims intend to “commit genocide of epic proportions of the white race.”

“Her background, the rhetoric of the group, the hangers-on of the group are white supremacist,” Beirich said. “The only question is how widespread they are, how many chapters there are.”

The SPLC’s Hate Map has charted a staggering spike in hate groups in the country since the turn of the century.

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There are currently 892 hate groups in the country, according to SPLC’s most recent numbers, a 14% increase from 2014.

Orlando Shooting Changes Everything

AFTER THE MOURNING ENDS, and the clowns have all gone to bed, a new mourning begins for those who forsee the destruction of America. 

One glance at the ‘Orlando statements’ by Jewish Lobbies spells trouble for those who assail homosexuality and gender confusion as an attack on the teachings of The Church.

The attempt to criminalize defenders of The Church breathes new life with Orlando:

SPLC – “It is not surprising that the LGBT community was targeted. This community has long been vilified by those opposed to LGBT rights and is too often the target of hate.” View Entire Story Here.

ADL – “We will redouble our resolve to fight against the forces of hatred and extremism that led to this act of hatred.” View Entire Story Here.

Homosexuals, lesbians, and cross-dressers are now ‘martyrs’ but those opposed to LGBT rights, that is Christians worth their salt, are “villains,” “haters,” and “extremists.”

Trump has hitched his pitch to the homo bandwagon announcing his “solidarity” with the LGBT community and declaring that Orlando “strikes at the soul of who we are as a nation, and is an assault on the ability of people to love who they want and express their identity.”

The queers and perverts have a whole new champion in Donald Trump. (Not to mention that the Orlando carnage was apparently neither a “terrorist” act nor a “hate crime” but a ‘gay-motivated’ crime since the killer was a known homosexual.

And if you buy into Trump’s “Make America Great Again” then he’s got to cough up exactly when in America’s history its citizens ever affirmed the ability of people to “love who they want” and “express their identity.”

For ever since the founding of America up until only a few years ago, the notion that men and women could “love” those of the same sex, was rejected; and the idea that males could “express their identity” as females, was refused. View Entire Story Here.

But the Jews who own the press, academia, and the courts, changed all that.

IF TRUMP REALLY wants to make “America Great Again” he must begin by repealing “Obergefell v. Hodges” which turned sodomy into law by four Jews and a lapsed Catholic on America’s highest bench.

But political correctness, I mean, “Jew-correctness,” which seeks the destruction of a White Christian power bloc, and its elemental force: the demise of the White Christian family, along with defaming its moral underpinning: the Holy Bible, wins the day.

Cuo bono? Jews. Christians become the bad guys, queers become the good guys.

And now that Trump is calling for “banning Muslims” from immigrating to America from “areas of the world where there is a proven history of terrorism,” the Jews will tell him that Iranians must be the first to be blacklisted.

And why Iranians, part of a centuries old culture, who are an educated and refined people?

Because, although they do not ’sponsor’ terrorism which is a Jewish lie, they are considered part of the Axis of Resistance that opposes the Zionist genocidal state of Israel.

How many statements has Trump already made against Iran that are Jew-pleasing? A zillion? He’ll fall right into Jewry’s trap.

WE’RE ALL A BUNCH of suckers now, and getting sucker punched by politicians itching to be president stings the unsuspecting.

Mourn for LGBTs today and tomorrow they’ll gag your mouth with their hate s##t.

They just stuffed their gag into the mouth of a Catholic priest in Spain who gave a homilydenouncing homosexual sin, and now the virtuous priest has to defend himself in court vis-a-vis an LGBT lawsuit.

We can turn the other cheek and pretend it’s sympathy for the dead rather than the devil.

But boxers who lead with a left jab follow with a knockout punch.

If Christians don’t feel the left jab now, they’ll reel from the knockout punch tomorrow.

 

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