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Sputnik International Posted Tues., June 30, 2015
The North Carolina-based Loyal White Knights chapter of the Ku Klux Klan has been granted approval to hold a rally at the South Carolina State House, a major flashpoint in the current debate over displays of the Confederate flag in the US, on July 18.
The “Great Titan” of the Loyal White Knights, James Spears, claims that the new rally is being planned because the group is “standing up for the Confederacy.” The outgoing voicemail greeting for the group states that the government is “trying to erase white culture and heritage from the history books.”
“If you’re white and proud, join the crowd,” the message continues. “Save our land, join the Klan.”
Scheduled speakers will be addressing topics such as slavery, and the rally will be followed by a cross-lighting ceremony on private property.
Opting not to wait for the government to remove what is widely recognized as a symbol of segregation and racism, activist Bree Newsome scaled the flagpole outside the State House and removed the flag herself over the weekend, for which she was promptly arrested and released on bail.
The flag was put back up less than an hour later, in time for a sparsely attended pro-Confederate rally. “What better reason to risk your own freedom than to fight for the freedom of others?” Newsome wrote of her courageous act in a statement to Blue Nation Review.
Robert Jones, a “grand dragon” of the KKK chapter, referred to Dylan Roof as a “warrior”.
This is our state, and they are not welcome,” South Carolina Governor Haley wrote of the KKK in a statement.
Yet the rally will go on, as it is policy to open the grounds for any group to demonstrate as long as the space has not been already reserved.
EARTHQUAKE: Gas Leak From Huge Fault Line In Earth’s Crust Near Los Angeles
Sputnik International Posted Tues. June 30, 2015
Scientists have discovered helium gas leaking from a huge fault line on the Earth’s crust in central Los Angeles, a sign that substantially increases the chances of the “big one” – a major earthquake that could inflict unprecedented damage on the Golden State.
Stretching across Southern California, the Newport-Inglewood fault is an ancient sub-duction zone that was created 30 million years ago when the Pacific plate collided with the North American plate. Scientists believed the subduction zone to be relatively shallow due to its old age.
However, in a recent study, geologists found evidence of helium leaking from the fault, suggesting the zone was much deeper and has the potential to produce an earthquake of magnitude 8 or higher.
The findings confirm the warnings recently issued by the US Geological Survey of a “big one” hitting the city within the next 30 years, and further increase the chances of the magnitude 8 earthquake from 4.7 to 7%.
Such an earthquake could produce major damage to the city’s infrastructure, destroying everything from its buildings to its transportation system.