‘A former German rapper turned ISIS extremist was reportedly spied on by his wife, who was an undercover agent for FBI. Denis Cuspert, 39, aka Deso Dogg, converted to radical Islam, changed his name to Abu Talha al-Almani and arrived in Syria as a jihadist in 2013. He is believed to lead a group of German-speaking terrorists and became an ISIS poster boy after he was seen holding a severed head in a grisly beheading video last year. German media believe that Cuspert, a father of three by three different women, was targeted because of his past womanizing. It is not clear when he married his unidentified spy wife, but she secretly transmitted critical information about the former rapper and his ISIS colleagues to her handler before she found out that the militants were looking for spies. The undercover wife then escaped to Turkey, where she was arrested. She is now believed to be in the U.S. German and American intelligence sources have acknowledged the existence of the secret mission. German intelligence said 500 German Muslims have traveled Syria and Iraq, and about 150 radical Muslims are now back in Germany (17 Feb 2015)’.
A “report by German newspaper Bild am Sonntag based on information by American and German intelligence sources, the spy had been tasked with establishing contact with high level ISIL leadership. The agent eventually met German rapper and ISIL fighter Denis Cuspert, whom she married via Islamic rites. Later when her life entered danger she fled to Turkey where she was apprehended by Turkish police and returned to the United States”.
 “Rap and the Shariah: Denis Cuspert, the Islamic State’s Propaganda Mastermind” A Pseudo-Ottoman Blog (13 November 2014). https://sitanbul.wordpress.com/2014/11/13/rap-and-the-shariah-denis-cuspert-the-islamic-states-propaganda-mastermind/.
 “Turkey returns US spy married to German ISIL fighter” BGN News (15 Feb 2015). http://national.bgnnews.com/turkey-returns-us-spy-married-to-german-isil-fighter-haberi/3536.
‘While the Big Bang has long been accepted as the primary theory for how the universe was formed, a new report is challenging its central premises. Saurya Das, professor of physics at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta, Canada, is spearheading new research into the possibility that the universe didn’t actually start with a massive explosion, but is actually influenced by dark energy that exists throughout the universe yet is not visible to the naked eye. RT’s Ben Swann discusses with the physicist (12 Feb 2015)’.
As the BBT was originally devised by a Belgian Jesuit called Monseigneur Georges Lemaître (1894-1966) and his obit reads like this: “The originator of the “Big Bang” theory of cosmology, Georges Lemaitre, died in Loin am, Belgium, on 20 June , at the age of 71. Lemaitre had spent a year in the mid-twenties touring the big observatories in the United States where he talked to the astronomers involved in the spectacular discovery that many “nebulae” were in fact extragalactic spirals receding at phenomenal velocities. In 1927, he published his solution to the problem entitled: A homogeneous universe of constant mass and increasing radiation, taking account of the radial velocities of extragalactic nebulae. Lemaitre was born in Charleroi. He first came to Louvain to study humanities at the College du Sacre-Coeur and then at die Ecoles speciales. He had achieved the status of first-grade civil mining engineer in 1914 when the first world war began and he joined the Belgian army. While he was serving as an artillery officer, he read Henri Poincare’s Electricite et optique and began to waver in his choice of a career. When he returned to Louvain after the armistice he began to study physics and mathematics. His thesis, prepared in 1920 under de la Vallee-Poussin, was on the approximation of functions of several real variables. In 1923, after receiving his doctorate, and after having studied at a seminary and been ordained a priest, he won fellowships that took him to England and to the United States. He studied with Sir Arthur Eddington for a year and then went to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. It was during this period that he became familiar with the work of V.M. Slipher, Edwin Hubble, Harlow Shapley and others on the red shifts of the receding galaxies. Models of expanding universes had been conjectured by Willem de Sitter and Alexander Fridman, but Lemaitre’s is the most widely accepted theory, starting with an initial condensed state and an explosion. In 1934 he was awarded the Prix Francqui. One of his sponsors was Albert Einstein; among his judges were Eddington and Langevin. Since the early 30’s, Lemaitre had taught at Louvain, done research, and collaborated with other scientists. His interests included cosmic rays, the three body problem, spinors, and calculating machines. At the time of his death, he was a monsignor and President of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences at Rome”.
 “Georges Lemaitre” Physics Today, 19(9), 119 (1966). http://scitation.aip.org/docserver/fulltext/aip/magazine/physicstoday/19/9/1.3048455.pdf?expires=1424462736&id=id&accname=guest&checksum=3F99ACB4B1ECB51326040FBC5A328346.
First the bees and now the butterflies . . . In the Washington Post, Darryl Fears writes that “[t]hreatened animals like elephants, porpoises and lions grab all the headlines, but what’s happening to monarch butterflies is nothing short of a massacre. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service summed it up in just one grim statistic on Monday: Since 1990, about 970 million have vanished. It happened as farmers and homeowners sprayed herbicides on milkweed plants, which serve as the butterflies’ nursery, food source and home. In an attempt to counter two decades of destruction, the Fish and Wildlife Service launched a partnership with two private conservation groups, the National Wildlife Federation and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, to basically grow milkweed like crazy in the hopes of saving the monarchs”.
And just the other day, Newsy Science reported that the “U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has pledged $3.2 million to save monarch butterflies, that have had a 90 percent drop in its population”.
 Darryl Fears, “The monarch massacre: Nearly a billion butterflies have vanished “The Washington Post (09 Feb 2015). http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2015/02/09/the-monarch-massacre-nearly-a-billion-butterflies-have-vanished/.
‘SWISSLEAKS – Did HSBC channel funds to Al-Qaeda? Revelations keep coming from the so-called SwissLeaks list of clients who stached cash in Switzerland with the bank. Frederik OBERMAIER, investigative journalist for German daily Süddeutsche Zeitung who connected the dots between Swiss Leaks, the so-called Golden Chain list of alleged Al Qaeda financiers and those 28 pages from the US Congress’ 9/11 Report that the Bush administration redacted tells us more on FRANCE 24 (12 Feb 2015)’.
President Assad’s interview with the BBC’s Middle East Editor Jeremy Bowen – 10 February 2015.
‘Shir Hever, of the Alternative Information Center, says many dubious fundraising strategies are used, some are illegal and under investigation (9 Feb 2015)’.
Al-Monitor’s Israel Pulse columnist Akiva Eldar declares that an “investigative report of [compiled by Channel 10 News analyst Raviv Drucker and] based on documents that allegedly proved Netanyahu and his family members enjoyed travel, expensive hotel stays and prestigious dining at the expense of foreign businessmen during the period he served as finance minister (2003-2005). In September , Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein announced that he was shutting down the investigation after no evidence was found of criminal wrongdoing. At the same time, it seems that an annual report compiled by State Comptroller Joseph Shapira concerning the expenditure of the prime minister’s residence has been gathering dust on the desk of the comptroller since August 2014. A source familiar with the case told Al-Monitor this week that such inquiries could be completed at most within three months. At the end of the week, after a series of critical articles about the delay in publication of the report, the comptroller denied that he had promised Netanyahu’s attorneys to postpone publication until the election was over”.
Whereas, the billionaire casino mogul and conservative donor Sheldon Adelson’s “free daily tabloid called Israel Hayom (Israel Today) [, which was] started . . . in 2007 and [has today] the largest circulation in the country”, supporting and propagating Bibi’s cause. And, as indicated on the Real News, “Adelson is an avid supporter and long-time friend of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu”, aka Bibi. The Washington Post‘s Jerusalem correspondent Ruth Eglash insightfully adds that “Adelson has [always] played a big role in GOP politics and is vocal about his support for Israel. In 2012, he spent millions backing the presidential candidacy of Mitt Romney, not only in a bid to beat President Obama but also to ensure strengthened support for Israel in domestic U.S. politics. And, more recently, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) apologized to Adelson after referring to the West Bank as ‘occupied territories’ in a speech at the spring leadership meeting of the Republican Jewish Coalition, an event Adelson hosted at his Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas”.
 Akiva Eldar, “Netanyahu’s household expenses become campaign issue” Al-Monitor (02 Feb 2015). http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2015/02/corruption-israel-netanyahu-sara-scandal-likud-peace-process.html#ixzz3RG2bbtG6.
 Ruth Eglash, “How U.S. billionaire Sheldon Adelson is buying up Israel’s media” The Washington Post (01 May 2014). http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2014/05/01/how-u-s-billionaire-sheldon-adelson-is-buying-up-israels-media/.
 Ruth Eglash, “How U.S. billionaire Sheldon Adelson is buying up Israel’s media”.
“Consortium News’ ‘Robert Parry comes on The Big Picture. Saudi Arabia says it had no role in the 9/11 attacks that killed 3,000 Americans – but new allegations from a former Al-Qaeda operative are casting doubts on that claim (6 Feb 2015)’.
In the NYT, Scott Shane writes that in “highly unusual testimony inside the federal supermax prison, a former operative for Al Qaeda has described prominent members of Saudi Arabia’s royal family as major donors to the terrorist network in the late 1990s and claimed that he discussed a plan to shoot down Air Force One with a Stinger missile with a staff member at the Saudi Embassy in Washington. The Qaeda member, Zacarias Moussaoui, wrote last year to Judge George B. Daniels of United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, who is presiding over a lawsuit filed against Saudi Arabia by relatives of those killed in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. He said he wanted to testify in the case, and after lengthy negotiations with Justice Department officials and the federal Bureau of Prisons, a team of lawyers was permitted to enter the prison and question him for two days last October”.
Shane then adds that in a “statement [2 February 2015], the Saudi Embassy said that the national Sept. 11 commission had rejected allegations that the Saudi government or Saudi officials had funded Al Qaeda”.
 Scott Shane, “Moussaoui Calls Saudi Princes Patrons of Al Qaeda” NYT (03 Feb 2014). http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/04/us/zacarias-moussaoui-calls-saudi-princes-patrons-of-al-qaeda.html.
 Scott Shane, “Moussaoui Calls Saudi Princes Patrons of Al Qaeda”.