Israel reduces hours at Jordan-West Bank border crossing

After several months of the Israeli-controlled King Hussein Bridge (Allenby Bridge) between the occupied West Bank and Jordan being opened for 24 hours a day, the busy crossing is set to return to a limited schedule on Monday, Palestinian media reported yesterday. Palestinian news agency Wafa reported that the crossing would continue on a 24 hour schedule on Sunday, but would close at 9:30pm on Monday. It will then reopen at 7:30am on Tuesday and close at 9:30pm during week days. On Fridays and Saturdays the crossing will open from 10:30am. The 24-hour schedule, which began in June, was a trial. Palestinian Minister of Civil Affairs Hussein Al-Sheikh said in a statement in June that the 24-hour opening of Allenby, […]

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Venezuela to sell <b>crude oil</b> in currencies other than dollar to weather sanctions

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A Nuclear North Korea Is Here To Stay

Authored by Doug Bandow via The National Interest,
North Korea staged its sixth nuclear test. It was probably a boosted atomic rather than hydrogen bomb, as claimed by Pyongyang, and there’s no evidence that the weapon has been miniaturized to fi…

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The Gentleman’s Guide to Self-Defense: Bulletproof SHIRT

See The Gentleman’s Guide to Self-Defense: Knife-Resistant Clothing.

Everyone knows that guns are great for protecting yourself.

But most people forget that all adversarial contests involve both offense and defense. If you’ve got a gun – but the bad guy gets off the first shot with his gun – you might still get killed.

Moreover, while you might be a quicker draw and better shot than a single bad guy breaking into your house, you might get ambushed by terrorists, gang bangers or other bad guys … and got shot before you even have the time to draw, point and shoot.

That’s why military and law enforcement officers wear body armor.   If you’re playing to win, you need defense as well as offense.

But civilians – especially those of us who work in financial services, legal, accounting or other professional settings – can’t walk around in bulky Kevlar vests.

But that doesn’t mean that we have to be defenseless …

A new company called Bullet Blocker (a subdivision of MJ Safety Solutions) tailors a new generation of Kevlar into everyday clothing.  For example, t-shirts:

BulletBlocker NIJ IIIA Bulletproof Gabriel BBL Ballistic Base Layer Compression Vest

(The t-shirt,  called the Gabriel, is used by some undercover police officers. And Bullet Blocker’s VP told us that American Secret Service agents have purchased the Gabriel.)

Police magazine notes:

[The Gabriel is] essentially a performance T-shirt with NIJ-certified IIIA ballistic panels added to it.

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As an added bonus, this design also gives the Gabriel a very low profile, making it ideal for undercover applications.

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I wore my Gabriel for a few days under my normal work T-shirt and it was almost invisible. Bullet Blocker’s claims of heat dissipation and a more secure fit both rang true and I can certainly appreciate the benefits of the Gabriel design in any law enforcement setting.

2-piece suits:

BulletBlocker NIJ IIIA Bulletproof Classic Two Piece Suit

Top coats:

BulletBlocker NIJ IIIA Bulletproof TopcoatBulletBlocker NIJ IIIA Bulletproof Long Topcoat

Vests:

BulletBlocker NIJ IIIA Bulletproof Dress Vest

Sports coats:

BulletBlocker NIJ IIIA Bulletproof Sportscoat

Leather jackets:

BulletBlocker NIJ IIIA Bulletproof Women's Fitted Leather JacketBulletBlocker NIJ IIIA Bulletproof Lamb Leather JacketBulletBlocker NIJ IIIA Bulletproof Distressed Leather Jacket

Every single clothing garment made by Bullet Blocker meets NIJ IIIA standards that will stop a 357 Magnum, 44 Magnum, 9mm, .45, hollow point ammunition and more.

Threat level IIIA is the highest level of protection available in soft body armor, and provides the same anti-ballistic protective coverage area as traditional law enforcement body armor vests.

And all of Bullet Blocker’s clothing can be washed, as the Kevlar panels are removable.

It’s made of anti-bacterial, breathable material.  So it doesn’t get funky right away like heavier materials do.

What’s even better, Bullet Blocker’s experienced tailors can satisfy your special requirements. For example, they were requested to make a bulletproof lab coat:

BulletBlocker NIJ IIIA Bulletproof Medical Lab Coat

So they could certainly make you a bulletproof button down shirt, or anything else you might want.

Bespoke and bulletproof!

We tested the Gabriel for comfort.  While it’s technically called a “compression vest”, it’s as comfortable as my normal well-made polo shirts made out of thick cotton.

I hit the gym wearing the Gabriel and worked out like a maniac.  The Gabriel was amazingly cool and breathable for a bulletproof vest.

Bullet Blocker also makes a line of bulletproof briefcases, bags and backpacks.

So now even civilians working can protect ourselves while in professional or casual settings, and help shield ourselves from ambush by terrorists or thugs.

And Bullet Blocker can help protect your kids against school shooters:

 

I haven’t received a cent for writing this review. Bullet Blocker simply provided me a test sample of the Gabriel.

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Maxine Waters: “They’re Trying To Kill Me!”

California Democrat Maxine Waters thinks white nationalists and the KKK are trying to kill her.
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Weekly Fundamentals – Gold’s Rally Driven by Fall in Yields and USD, and Geopolitical Tensions

The breach above US$ 1350/oz on Friday has brought gold price to the highest level in 13 months and is approaching a key resistance – the 2016-peak. For a third weekly rally, the benchmark Comex gold contract gained +1.63%. The yellow metal has rallied +17% since the beginning of the year and the upward momentum has accelerated since July.

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