An ineffably holy God who has the utmost abhorrence of sin was never invented by any of Adam’s descendants. —A.W. Pink
Nov. 28, 2014
Demonstrators protesting the police killing of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown disrupted some early holiday shopping, showing up en masse at about a half- dozen shops and malls across greater St. Louis.
A proposed new law would require cell phone vendors to include an information sheet for customers warning them of potential cell phone health risks.
A video released by police shows an officer firing twice on the 12-year-old within 1.5 seconds of his stepping out of the squad car. The shooting has prompted two nights of protests in Cleveland, with many protesters noting that Tamir was black and the rookie officer, Timothy Loehman is white, and linking the incident to the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo.
Stephen Sweeney, New Jersey’s highest-ranking elected Democrat and a potential candidate for governor in 2017, called for the replacement of a rail tunnel to New York City.
Canada’s economy grew faster than economists forecast in the third quarter as exports of crude oil grew and consumers opened their wallets for cars and other big- ticket items.
Western Europe’s biggest crude producer said it won’t adjust spending to match any decline in oil revenue after a decision by OPEC to maintain supply levels triggered a slump in the price of oil.
OPEC’s decision to cede no ground to rival producers underscored the price war in the crude market and the challenge to U.S. shale drillers. We are entering a new era for oil prices, where the market itself will manage supply, no longer Saudi Arabia and OPEC.
Russia will sink into recession at a Urals price of $80 a barrel, seven years after its economy grew 8.5 percent when its chief export oil blend averaged near $70. Urals at $80, or about $3 cheaper than its average in the month through November 15, will tip Russia into a contraction.
India, the world’s second-biggest user of gold, eased regulations on imports to remove distortions in shipments and curb smuggling.
For the world’s largest oil companies, the accelerating crash in crude prices will probably mean scrapping investments from America’s shale fields to the seas off Brazil as CEOs protect dividend payments.
Pope Francis, the spiritual leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Roman Catholics, called for peace in Syria and Iraq, saying that “gross violations” against minorities by Islamist militants aren’t diminishing. “Hundreds of thousands of people have been forced to leave their homes” in order to be “faithful to their religion,” the pope said.
China increased its fuel-consumption tax the first time in five years amid falling global oil prices as part of steps to fight pollution and cut carbon emissions.
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Stores are welcoming a second wave of shoppers in what has become a two-day kickoff to the holiday shopping season.
Several members of the Congressional Black Caucus are urging the Obama administration to withhold federal recognition of a Virginia Indian tribe because of its history of banning intermarriage with blacks.
Hindu temple officials herded thousands of animals into pens in a remote corner of Nepal in final preparations for a mass slaughter Friday, defying a growing chorus of protests.
Russian warships have entered the English Channel to wait out a storm following a week of maneuvers in the North Sea, the latest in a string of Russian military exercises this year.
Police in Austin shot and killed a man who opened fire on a U.S. federal courthouse, Mexican consulate and police headquarters in the Texas capital in an attack that appears to be politically motivated.
Dozens were killed and many more hurt in explosions during Friday prayers at one of the biggest mosques in Nigeria’s city of Kano.
Mexico’s president announced plans for a massive overhaul of police, in the wake of the disappearance of 43 students in September.
French President Francois Hollande visited Guinea on the first trip by a Western leader to a country at the center of the West African Ebola outbreak.
South African opposition party leader Julius Malema and 11 of his MPs were suspended from parliament without pay for heckling the president.
Thailand’s parliament voted to ban commercial surrogacy following international outrage over the largely unregulated trade.
A Christmas display of more than 1.2 million LED lights in the Australian capital, Canberra, has set a new world record.
After days of heavy rain, the UN declared a state of emergency amid severe flooding in the Gaza Strip, still damaged from the summer war.
Connecticut said on Wednesday that it will provide special driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants starting next week to help stop them from driving the state’s roads unregistered and uninsured.
The U.N. Committee Against Torture says police shootings of black suspects in the U.S. and a failure to hold police accountable violates an international treaty banning torture.
Crude oil just broke $70 for the first time since June 2010. West Texas Intermediate crude futures are below $70 after Thursday’s OPEC meeting resulted in the oil cartel announcing that it will not cut production.
The first human trial of an experimental Ebola vaccine has produced promising results, U.S. scientists said, raising hopes that protection from the deadly disease may be on the horizon.
Number of Ebola cases nears 16,000 as Sierra Leone loses ground
The death toll in the world’s worst Ebola epidemic has risen to 5,689 out of 15,935 cases reported in eight countries by Nov. 23, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday. Almost all cases and all but 15 deaths have been in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia – the three hardest-hit countries, which reported 600 new cases in the past week, the WHO said in its latest update. “The total number of cases reported in Sierra Leone since the outbreak began will soon eclipse the number reported from Liberia,” it said. The former British colony has reported 6,599 cases against 7,168 in Liberia. Read More
Mike and Cindy Jacobs call for prophetic prayer over US cities
“The racial tension in the United States right now is very real and warrants our cry to the Lord for peace and healing,” the two said in an email to the organization’s supporters. They pointed readers to a previously published article, Shields Up Over Our Cities, which gives a prophetic perspective on prayer applicable to the Ferguson situation. “For the past five years, the Apostolic Council of Prophetic Elders (ACPE) has repeatedly brought up the number of dreams and visions they have received concerning the cities of America on fire with riots. As far as we could trace, some were as far back as 1983 when Elizabeth Alves had gone away for a season of fasting and prayer. During this time she had a very disturbing vision with similarities to the current situation in Ferguson, Missouri, that erupted following the grand jury’s decision after a young African-American was shot by a white policeman. Read More
Russia To Test-Fire Bulava Ballistic Missile From Nuclear Submarine On Nov. 30
Russia will test-fire its Bulava intercontinental ballistic missile from the Alexander Nevsky, a nuclear-powered submarine, on Sunday, Nov. 30, the Telegraph Agency of the Soviet Union, also known as TASS, reported Thursday. According to the report, based on “a source in the Northern Fleet headquarters,” the nuclear-powered submarine will make a single test-launch of the Bulava missile in the Barents Sea on the Kamchatka Peninsula in the Russian Far East. “According to updated reports, the Alexander Nevsky is due to test-launch Bulava in a time interval between 12.00 and 3pm Moscow time (9am-12.00 GMT) on November 30,” the military source told TASS. “The test-launch will be made from the Barents Sea at the Kura firing range on the Kamchatka Peninsula from a submerged position.” Read More
Report Claims Putin Has ‘Secret Plot’ to Rule Europe
A report is claiming Russian President Vladimir Putin has far-reaching plans to secretly rule Europe via a covert operation with the title: “Putin: the new leader of international conservatism.” Sources in the German intelligence agency said the country’s eurosceptic party, Alternative for Germany (AfD), is being convinced by Russian secret agents as part of a wider-reaching plan to “to construct a network of right-wing populism in western Europe,” reported The Express, citing German newspaper BILD. BILD reported that Moscow’s Centre for Strategic Communications drafted up a blueprint for the covert operation with the title, “Putin: the new leader of international conservatism.” “In Europe Putin dreams – and he has said this publicly – of having a sphere of influence across the continent all the way down to Portugal,” BILD states. Read More
1 in 5 Households Will Celebrate Thanksgiving on Food Stamps.
Nearly one in five U.S. households will celebrate Thanksgiving on food stamps this year, according to the latest data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture on participation in the Supplemental Nutrition and Assistance Program. Back in fiscal 2000, there were 106,061,000 households in the United States and, according to a USDA report published in November 2012, there was a monthly average of 7,335,000 households—or 6.9 percent—getting food stamps that year. Read More
Flying robots to start serving in restaurants by end-2015.
Restaurant-goers in Singapore can expect to be served by autonomous flying robots – the world’s first commercial attempt – by the end of next year. Infinium-Serve, the autonomous flying robotic waiters, will be first launched at one of Timbre Group’s five outlets in Singapore. Infinium Robotics CEO Woon Junyang estimated the project to cost a “low seven-figure sum” for the five outlets, subject to final negotiations and certain variables of the actual deployment of the robots. Infinium Robotics signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Timbre Group on Oct 31. Both companies are seeking productivity-related government grants to help offset deployment costs. Mr Woon said he is confident that such robotic solutions will help alleviate the Singapore’s labour crunch. Introducing this technology into restaurants would take away mundane tasks of serving food and drinks, and allow human waiters to focus on higher-value tasks such as getting feedback from customers, he said. Read More
Oil tumbles as Opec keeps 30m output target
The price of Brent crude fell to a fresh 4-year low after Opec announced it would rollover its 30m barrel a day production target for the coming 6 months. ICE January Brent fell as much as $3.39 to $74.36 a barrel – a four-year low. US oil prices also fell with Nymex January West Texas Intermediate falling $3.18 to $70.51 a barrel. The Vienna meeting is the most crucial since the financial crisis, with the price of oil having slumped by more than 30 per cent since mid-June. “We’re going to produce 30m for the first half of the year,” said Abdalla El-Badri, Opec secretary-general. Read More
Scientists on brink of creating artificial life.
With 100 billion neurons and 37 trillion cells, the human body is simply too complex to be artificially designed by modern computers. But in the quest to create artificial life, what if we started a lot smaller? That’s what team of scientists has done, creating a replica of the simplest form of life we know. The worm Caenorhabditis elegans has just 300 neurons and around 1,000 cells – and now a robot has been created that mimics the actions of this simple organism. Read More
Almost a Quarter of American Families Have Turned to Church Food Pantries for Help
A September Lifeway Research survey reveals that nearly a quarter of Americans have received food from a church-run food pantry. Minorities and churchgoers commonly benefit from church pantries, according to the survey. The Nashville-based Christian research firm polled 1,158 respondents about church food pantries and found that 22 percent said they have relied on a church program to feed their families. Of those who have received food from a church pantry, 26 percent were churchgoers. Over a third identified as evangelical. More than one in three church pantry users (37 percent) were African Americans, 25 percent were Hispanic while 19 percent of the pantry users were Caucasian. Scott McConnell, vice president of LifeWay Research, said of the survey’s results, “There is an abundance of food in the U.S., but plenty of people still go hungry.” Read More
HBO Documentary Exposes Scientology’s Hold on Hollywood Stars
Words to alert lawyers (and maybe unnerve Tom Cruise): HBO is finishing up a tough documentary on the Church of Scientology. The Hollywood Reporter says that a “bombshell” film on Scientology and its hold on some Hollywood stars will air in 2015. HBO confirmed only that Oscar winner Alex Gibney (“Taxi to the Dark Side”) is doing the film and HBO plans to run it. The film is expected to feature new revelations about the controversial church and its famous followers, such as Cruise and John Travolta. If it’s finished in time, it will be submitted to the Sundance Film Festival in January. THR says the film is based on the book, “Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief,” by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Lawrence Wright. Read More
A Lifestyle, Not a Holiday – “If it is true that all men exist—were made to glorify God—our gratitude failure is not simply a failure of manners, akin to forgetting to write a thank-you card for a gift. Instead it is like adultery, like murder, like cosmic rebellion.” While you’re on Ligonier’s site, you can get these free Thanksgiving messages from R.C. Sproul.
Recovering Scripture – Michael Horton says that recovering Scripture is the church’s only hope.
Why I Believe the Jury Got It Wrong – Thabiti Anyabwile explains why he thinks the jury got it wrong in Ferguson. This article takes a very different perspective from Voddie Baucham’s did yesterday. You may also want to read Dan Phillips’ excellent Seven Revelations of Ferguson.
The Most Satisfying Occupations – Well look what made #1 on the list…
A Thanksgiving Assessment – Paul Tripp has a Thanksgiving assessment for you.
Why You Paid More – “You paid $400 for your flight. The person next to you paid $250. Here’s why that makes sense—and benefits everybody.”
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