It is better to go bruised to heaven than sound to hell. —Richard Sibbes
Mar. 11, 2015
Days after Ashton Carter became defense secretary, he huddled with 30 American diplomats and generals on a U.S. Army base in Kuwait to review President Barack Obama’s plan for battling Islamic State. Emerging from the six-hour meeting, Carter delivered his verdict: The U.S., he said, has “the ingredients” of a strategy. That less-than-stellar endorsement of the president’s response to a major security threat comes six months after Obama promised to “degrade and ultimately destroy” the self-proclaimed Islamic caliphate. As Islamic State vows to consolidate its rule, Obama’s plan is being criticized on both political and military grounds.
Lawmakers assailed the administration over its foreign policy positions for the second time in as many days, this time on a bipartisan basis, as members from both parties pushed the White House to send weapons to Ukraine.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the chamber would consider Loretta Lynch’s nomination to be attorney general next week, even as one of his top lieutenants said the outcome of the confirmation vote was still in question.
Seven U.S. Marines and four soldiers are missing after a Black Hawk helicopter accident during a training exercise conducted out of Eglin Air Force Base in the Florida panhandle.
Billions of dollars in U.S. and international aid for Afghanistan’s security forces are at risk because the ministries that manage the money aren’t preventing waste and corruption, the Pentagon inspector general found.
Apple Inc.’s iTunes and App stores are experiencing outages, preventing users from making purchases or downloading applications.
About 15 armed robbers made away with an estimated 9 million euros ($9.5 million) of jewels being transported between Paris and Lyon Tuesday night.
U.S. banks that pass the Federal Reserve’s annual stress tests are strong enough to boost quarterly payouts to shareholders 53 percent on average, disbursing $109 billion over the next 15 months, according to analysts.
A decision by Whiting Petroleum Corp., the largest producer in North Dakota’s Bakken shale basin, to put itself up for sale looks to be the first tremor in a potential wave of consolidation as $50-a-barrel prices undercut companies with heavy debt and high costs.
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An unwrapped moist towelette branded with the Malaysia Airlines logo has been found on a beach in West Australia — and it’s now being tested to see if it is the first confirmed piece of evidence from the airline’s missing plane.
The Islamic State jihadist group launched a major offensive Wednesday to try to capture a strategic town on the Syrian-Turkish border, leaving dozens dead in clashes, a monitor said.
Iraqi forces entered a district of Tikrit on Wednesday, stepping up an offensive launched 10 days ago to wrest the northern city back from jihadists, army officers said.
The historic winter of 2015 – which has dumped 105.7 inches of snow in Boston, 2.2 inches shy of the snowiest ever – is leaving mini icebergs on the shores of Cape Cod.
Scientists are virtually certain that California will be rocked by a strong earthquake in the next 30 years. Now they say the risk of a mega-quake is more likely than previously thought.
The Islamic State group has publicly beheaded three men in northern Iraq, two of them for allegedly engaging in homosexual acts, according to photos shared on social media.
President Obama signed a “student aid bill of rights” and spelled out an assortment of policy tweaks and projects to try to make it easier for people with student loans to pay back their debt.
China wants Taiwan to participate in commemorations later this year to mark the end of World War Two, and also plans events commemorating the end of Japanese rule over the island, a Chinese government spokeswoman said on Wednesday.
Delays in installation, testing and activation of electrical systems will push back delivery of the largest destroyer ever built for the U.S. Navy from this summer to November, officials said
Islamic State (IS) militants have posted a video online which appeared to show a young boy shooting dead an Israeli Arab prisoner.
Lawmakers in Utah passed a bill proposing the use of firing squads to carry out the death penalty if lethal injections drugs are not available.
Bullets that are able to pierce police officers’ protective vests will remain legal in the US after a proposed ban met with a fierce opposition from gun rights activists.
The parents of former Thai princess Srirasmi were jailed for defaming the monarchy, part of a crackdown on her family following her divorce.
Chinese Muslims from Xinjiang have fought with Islamic State militants and returned to conduct “terrorist plots”, a top Chinese official said.
Laws aimed at boosting Iran’s population reduced women to “baby-making machines”, the rights group Amnesty International warned.
A chaplain who used to provide services to Navy SEALS, Lt. Commander Wes Modder, could be booted from the military for failing to “show tolerance and respect” on issues of faith – or, more specifically, for failing to water down his biblical views of homosexuality.
Pope Francis has said he has accepted that he may be assassinated- but has asked God to make sure it doesn’t hurt too much as he is ‘a real wimp’.
There could be as many as 10,000 Europeans who will have joined the jihadist fighting bloody battles in Syria and Iraq by the end of 2015, a top French official has warned.
The Last, Great Run For The U.S. Dollar, The Death Of The Euro And 74 Trillion In Currency Derivatives At Risk
Are we on the verge of an unprecedented global currency crisis? On Tuesday, the euro briefly fell below $1.07 for the first time in almost a dozen years. And the U.S. dollar continues to surge against almost every other major global currency. The U.S. dollar index has now risen an astounding 23 percent in just the last eight months. That is the fastest pace that the U.S. dollar has risen since 1981. You might be tempted to think that a stronger U.S. dollar is good news, but it isn’t. A strong U.S. dollar hurts U.S. exports, thus harming our economy. In addition, a weak U.S. dollar has fueled tremendous expansion in emerging markets around the planet over the past decade or so. When the dollar becomes a lot stronger, it becomes much more difficult for those countries to borrow more money and repay old debts. In other words, the emerging market “boom” is about to become a bust. Not only that, it is important to keep in mind that global financial institutions bet a tremendous amount of money on currency movements. According to the Bank for International Settlements, 74 trillion dollars in derivatives are tied to the value of the U.S. dollar, the value of the euro and the value of other global currencies. When currency rates start flying around all over the place, you can rest assured that someone out there is losing an enormous amount of money. If this derivatives bubble ends up imploding, there won’t be enough money in the entire world to bail everyone out. (Read More….)
A New Way To Be Human: The Plan Is To Replace Existing Humans With ‘Transhuman’ Hybrids
Transhumanists believe that the time has come for humans to take control of their own evolution. Many of them are fully convinced that we can use emerging technologies to “fix” the flaws in the human race and ultimately eradicate sickness, disease, poverty and war. So would you like to have the eyesight of an eagle? Would you like to download an entire library of information directly into your brain in just minutes? Would you like to rid your family line of all genetic diseases? Would you like to extend your lifespan to 500 years or even longer? Transhumanists promise that all of these things will soon be possible, if we are willing to embrace a new way of doing things. They foresee a future in which we will all have lots of little nanobots running around inside of us, in which we are all connected directly to the Internet, and in which we have all been genetically modified to at least some degree. In fact, one prominent transhumanist recently stated that he believes that “eventually every human will be designed on a computer“. In the end, the goal is to produce a vastly improved version of the human race which will usher in a golden new age for the planet. But as we merge ourselves with animals, machines and weird new technologies that scientists cook up, at what point do we cease to be human? (Read More...)
March 11, 2015
“Without justice being freely, fully, and impartially administered, neither our persons, nor our rights, nor our property, can be protected. And if these, or either of them, are regulated by no certain laws, and are subject to no certain principles, and are held by no certain tenure, and are redressed, when violated, by no certain remedies, society fails of all its value; and men may as well return to a state of savage and barbarous independence.” –Joseph Story, Commentaries on the Constitution, 1833
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A bit of good news out of The Swamp for a change. The ATF says it’s scrapping plans to ban a popular round of ammunition after loads of negative public feedback. The Associated Press reports, “The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives says the agency received more than 80,000 public comments on the proposal to outlaw some types of 5.56 mm rounds, or .223 caliber. The agency says the comments were overwhelmingly critical of the proposal.” The ban was (supposedly) motivated by the “discovery” that “pistols” can now shoot armor-piercing ammo, but perhaps the ATF feared a successful court challenge to the National Firearms Act’s definition of “pistol.” Certainly, Second Amendment defenders think the NFA is in many ways incompatible with the Supreme Court’s Heller ruling.
But is this really good news, or just a tactical retreat? According to the ATF, “Although ATF endeavored to create a proposal that reflected a good faith interpretation of the law and balanced the interests of law enforcement, industry, and sportsmen, the vast majority of the comments received to date are critical of the framework, and include issues that deserve further study. Accordingly, ATF will not at this time seek to issue a final framework [emphasis added]. After the close of the comment period, ATF will process the comments received, further evaluate the issues raised therein, and provide additional open and transparent process (for example, through additional proposals and opportunities for comment) before proceeding with any framework.” So it really isn’t over.
It’s strike two against the Social Security Administration. First, the agency wrote to Sen. Ron Johnson, telling him it was still implementing Barack Obama’s executive actions granting legal status to millions of illegal immigrants. Now, an investigation showed the agency did not prosecute illegal immigrants it found committing fraud with Social Security numbers belonging to citizens who died. According to a report by the agency’s Inspector General, “In three cases, [the Office of Investigators] confirmed that illegal aliens were using deceased numberholders’ names and SSNs to work, but U.S. Attorneys in Arizona, Florida, and South Carolina declined prosecution.” The report goes on to say there are 6.5 million Social-Security-card-carrying citizens who are over the age 112. Right. But then there’s this example: In 2008, a man whose Social Security number indicated he was 122 applied for a job in Arizona, even though the SSA’s payment records show it stopped paying him benefits in 1965. Either there was a zombie collecting a salary in Arizona, or the SSA’s shoddy record keeping has allowed fraud to fester. More…
After Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed right-to-work legislation Monday, Barack Obama bashed the Republican presidential hopeful. “Wisconsin is a state built by labor, with a proud pro-worker past,” Obama said. “So even as its governor claims victory over working Americans, I’d encourage him to try and score a victory for working Americans — by taking meaningful action to raise their wages and offer them the security of paid leave. That’s how you give hardworking middle-class families a fair shot in the new economy — not by stripping their rights in the workplace, but by offering them all the tools they need to get ahead.” Walker quickly fired back. “On the heels of vetoing Keystone Pipeline legislation, which would have paved the way to create thousands of quality, middle-class jobs, the President should be looking to states, like Wisconsin, as an example for how to grow our economy,” Walker replied in a statement. “Despite a stagnant national economy and a lack of leadership in Washington, since we took office, Wisconsin’s unemployment rate is down to 5.0 percent, and more than 100,000 jobs and 30,000 businesses have been created.” Obama has spent more than six years undermining working Americans all while claiming to be in their corner — his magic “middle-class economics.” But higher taxes based on class warfare aren’t going to grow the economy. Encouraging work will.
Government employment usually entails good job security. Consider the EPA, where spending up to six hours per day looking at x-rated websites isn’t enough to get employees fired — even a year after the story broke. No matter which federal department or agency you represent, existing rules ensure that accountability is difficult to enforce, particularly when it comes to veteran workers. Based on a Government Accountability Office report published Monday, “A minimum of 170 days is required to fire a federal employee for poor performance, if a government agency properly follows the required dismissal process,” The Washington Free Beacon reveals. Administrators who follow chapter 43 of the United States Code allow misbehaving employees upwards of 110 days to make amends. And if that doesn’t work? “After dismissal, the employee is then given the opportunity to appeal, which itself takes an average of 243 days to complete,” the Beacon adds. “Alternatively, agencies can use chapter 75, which is ‘largely similar to chapter 43.’ Chapter 75 is generally faster since it does not require time to allow the employee to improve, but the ‘burden of proof for sustaining a dismissal’ is higher.” The infamous EPA porn-watcher by his own admission downloaded and viewed more than 7,000 files. What more “burden of proof” does the government need? More…
University of Oklahoma violated the First Amendment rights of two frat boys when it expelled them after they were videotaped leading a racist chant. Over the weekend, the school’s student newspaper published a story after it obtained video footage of a group of Sigma Alpha Epsilon frat boys chanting that “there will never be a n—– at SAE.” But the university’s discipline of the students may have just elevated the students to free speech martyrdom. Legal scholar Eugene Volokh writes, “First, racist speech is constitutionally protected, just as is expression of other contemptible ideas; and universities may not discipline students based on their speech. That has been the unanimous view of courts that have considered campus speech codes and other campus speech restrictions. … The same, of course, is true for fraternity speech, racist or otherwise.” But in the nanny-state that is often called higher education, administration officials simply see students as children, whose rights they can violate at will. A better discipline would have been to call out the perpetrators — by name — in the square of public ideas. More…
Hillary Clinton finally addressed the brouhaha over her majesty’s secret servers at a press conference Tuesday, but beginning with the first seemingly planted question it amounted to partying like it was 1999.
Last week, Clinton handed over 55,000 pages of emails from her private clintonemails.com email accounts. It’s a fair guess that hardly covers her entire tenure as secretary of state. So where’s the rest? What’s she hiding?
Since the account is hers, she has sole access and control over it (well, besides potential hackers), and she’s refusing to turn over everything. She reiterated Tuesday that she would not turn over the actual emails or the servers, which “will remain private.” She claims 30,000 emails were personal — including messages with husband Bill, who claims to have sent all of two emails, ever — and she admitted to deleting many of them because she “didn’t see any reason to keep them.” That’s nice, but as a high-ranking public official it’s not for her to decide which emails are personal and which are official, or what’s relevant for keeping.
She explained her choice to exclusively use a private email account as merely a matter of “convenience” because it enabled her to “carry just one device for my work and for my personal emails instead of two.” Yes, we’re very sure it was “convenient,” but we’re not clear on how her inability to walk and chew gum at the same time commends her for the presidency.
Besides, she did carry both an iPhone and a Blackberry. Nice try.
She insisted Tuesday, “I fully complied with every rule that I was governed by.” But the fact that she used only private accounts during her time in office violates federal record keeping laws. She’ll never be prosecuted, but she wants to be our next president, so these are matters of great importance.
Not only did Clinton use this email to control the flow of information, it diverted her information to the wrong hands. Case in point: An unemployed Romanian taxi driver and part-time hacker called Guccifer discovered the existence of Clinton’s secret account in 2013. If a Romanian hacker can find it, surely the Chinese, Russians and others have too.
Not to worry. The smartest woman in the world surely made her site ironclad secure. Right? No. Her site is so vulnerable that independent security expert and developer Nic Cubrilovic said, “It is almost certain that at least some of the emails hosted at clintonemails.com were intercepted.”
Meanwhile, Madame Clinton apparently takes national security as seriously as her former boss. Presidents are duty-bound to name inspectors general to police each agency of government, but Obama refused to name one for the State Department during Hillary’s entire tenure. How convenient. Whatever’s on the servers, Obama would almost certainly pardon Clinton if need be. But he can’t protect her politically if the stink of corruption rises high enough.
Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state was a rocky one, filled with crises and scandals. A good chunk of the emails most likely would shed light on her cover-up of malfeasance in the Benghazi disaster, but she might be hiding even worse information. The Clinton Foundation, now known as the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation, has been doing the legal two-step ever since Slick Willie founded it in 2001. And we believe Clinton’s real reason for refusing to reveal the emails is the Foundation. After all, the Foundation’s history of accepting money from anyone who wants to give is legendary.
Ron Fournier, a long-time friend of the Clintons, wrote a particularly damaging op-ed in which he observed, “[T]he biggest threat to Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential dreams is not her emails. It’s her family foundation. That’s where the money is: corporate money, foreign money, gobs of money sloshing around a vanity charity that could be renamed ‘Clinton Conflicts of Interest Foundation.'”
Furthermore, Fournier concluded, “Hillary Clinton’s secret communications cache is a bombshell deserving of full disclosure because of her assault on government transparency and electronic security. But its greatest relevancy is what the emails might reveal about any nexus between Clinton’s work at State and donations to the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation from U.S. corporations and foreign nations.”
From Whitewater to Lippogate to White House coffees and everything in between, the Clintons have never changed. Coming out of Arkansas with a judge in Bill’s pocket, they’ve always been about the acquisition of power and money — Hillary’s claims about being “dead broke” notwithstanding. They’ve done very well, rising from small-time lawyers to multimillionaires with a formidable political machine. But the damage they’ve wreaked on the nation is obscene. It won’t wipe away with a simple stroke of the “delete” key.
Unfortunately, nearly half the country doesn’t care. As Fox News commentator Juan Williams noted, “In terms of the big political picture, there is no evidence [the email charade] is damaging her with the Democratic base.” Far too many Americans couldn’t care less about a Democrat candidate’s behavior, as long as he or she keeps the free stuff coming.
Forty-seven Senate Republicans sent a letter to Iran’s leadership earlier this week making clear that the nuclear deal currently being negotiated does not meet the standards of a binding treaty, and that a future U.S. president could nullify it at any time. In other words, stating the obvious. The reaction was swift and furious — from the Democrats, that is.
Every leftist from presumptive presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to Smiling Joe Biden piled on, calling the letter “dangerous” and “out of step with the best traditions of American leadership” (rimshot!), while claiming it was motivated by a “rush to war” by Republican “traitors.” If anyone is a traitor, it’s the guy negotiating the deal — John Kerry.
All that said, it would have been better if the Republican senators had not sent this letter to Iran. In addition to being a poor method of conducting diplomacy, it’s bad politics. It will be spun by the Democrats and their sycophants in the media as just another example of personal animus and racism toward Barack Obama. And it will probably end up being a self-inflicted political wound that could have been avoided. Those who defend it on the basis that Democrats have done it before miss the mark. Since when has imitating Democrats been good practice?
A better approach would have been to address the letter to Obama himself and the American public, and publish it in The Washington Post and other newspapers.
In doing so, the 47 senators, led by Iraq and Afghanistan veteran Tom Cotton, could have framed the issue in terms of the Senate’s role in treaty-making, and insisted the president respect the Senate in this regard. They could have emphasized the foolishness of accepting a handshake deal with Iran instead of a binding treaty. They could have highlighted Obama’s absurd notion that deals of this magnitude should be done in secret and then presented to the American people and their representatives as a fait accompli — something that would have resonated strongly given Obama’s past deceptiveness about keeping your health plan under the Affordable Care Act. The senators could have pointed out that Iran could nullify an agreement at any time, just as the United States could.
All of this could have been used to challenge Obama to make his case to the American people before reaching a deal with Iran — to explain how a deal would somehow not do fatal damage to the Non-Proliferation Treaty.
What’s done is done, and the letter may at least have the salient effect of making the current deal with Iran less likely to come to pass. It will also force 2016 presidential hopefuls to stake out their positions on this matter, which will be beneficial over the next 18 months. But this continues a trend in which Republicans are missing the target.
TOP 5 RIGHT OPINION COLUMNS
- Tony Perkins: Navy Caves to Pier Pressure
- Jonah Goldberg: Carefully Scripted Hillary Knocked Out of Comfort Zone
- Michelle Malkin: ObamaCare’s 1095-A Nightmare
- Terence Jeffrey: A Containment Policy for Militant Islamist Ideologues
- John Stossel: What’s Fair?
OPINION IN BRIEF
Political commentator Lawrence Auster (1949-2013): “Once the government becomes the supplier of people’s needs, there is no limit to the needs that will be claimed as a basic right.”
Family Research Council president Tony Perkins: “Like most Christians, Lt. Commander Wes Modder knew the military was changing. But he didn’t know how much until the battle landed on his doorstep. … [T]he 19-year veteran has been stripped of his duties for sharing the good news he was hired to share. … Believe it or not, he was targeted by his own assistant — who Modder didn’t realize was gay. Looking back, the chaplain says the young officer asked a lot of questions about homosexuality, which Modder answered as most would expect: in accordance with the Bible’s teachings. The mask finally slipped in December, when representatives with the Equal Opportunity office served Modder with papers accusing him of ‘discrimination.’ … Worse, he didn’t have a chance to defend himself. Almost immediately, the dad of four was relieved of his duties and told to clean out his office. He was guilty before proven innocent. And of what? Fulfilling his job description? … It isn’t supposed to be this way — and it doesn’t have to be this way — if Americans who love their freedoms and their country will stand up and speak out!”
Columnist Jonah Goldberg: “The trouble for [Hillary] Clinton is that, despite all of her preparation, all of her coordination, the world is going off her script. And for a woman who thinks off-the-cuff speaking is switching from her prepared remarks to her prepared note cards, that’s a scary place. That is surely why she set up her own private Internet server. Four times at the U.N., Clinton said she had created her ‘home-brew’ email system simply for ‘convenience.’ ‘I thought it would be easier to carry just one device for my work and for my personal emails instead of two,’ she said. Never mind that it’s much easier to set up two email systems on one device than it is to set up a whole dark server hidden from the government. And leave aside that a woman who travels with a very large entourage on non-commercial flights could probably manage two devices. I’m sure she’s right. She set up the server for convenience – but not the convenience of sparing her the load of an additional 4-ounce phone. When you want to hide what you’re doing, a private server is definitely the way to go.”
Fred Thompson: “Not only did Hillary Clinton use a private email address as Secretary of State, she ran it from her own private computer system. I’ll be THAT had a ‘Reset’ button that worked.”
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“Americans Battle the Arab-Israeli Conflict” – Pipes in MEQ, #1397
by Daniel Pipes
Middle East Quarterly
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March 5, 2015
Judicial Watch: Obama Family’s 2014 Christmas Vacation in Hawaii Cost Taxpayers $3,672,798 in Transportation Expenses
I don’t care who the president is, Obama, Bush, TBD, this sort of extravagance is an insult to taxpayers. $3.6 million? For air travel alone? The below article reminds me of the time Obama flew the family dog to Martha’s Vineyard, by itself, because he forgot it at home.
Granted the president has a little more to worry about when traveling than we do, but this is not a reasonable level of expense. Just because one is president does not mean that one has carte blanche with the taxpayer’s money. Sadly, I’ll bet expense to taxpayers isn’t an issue Mr. Obama concerns himself with. He’s the president after all. He deserves this.
Viral Video: Iraqi Girl Forgives ISIS
Little did the young Iraqi refugee girl know that her comments about forgiveness would go viral.
When interviewed recently by Sat 7 reporter Essam Nagy, 10-year-old Myriam shared her heart about life as a refugee in Erbil, Kurdistan. She told Nagy that she forgives ISIS for forcing her family from their home last summer in Qaraqosh, Iraq.
Strong Delusion: World Wants to Topple Party That Is Trying to Save the World
A blind world tries to topple Benjamin Netanyahu – the only world leader calling out Iran . . .
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu suggested Monday to a meeting of Likud activists in Kiryat Gat that there is an international effort to remove him from power.
In a recording of the meeting obtained by Army Radio and aired on Tuesday, Netanyahu is heard saying of the current election campaign, “This a very close battle. Nothing is ensured because there is a great, worldwide effort to topple Likud rule.”
Posted: 10 Mar 2015 09:37 PM PDT
A shocking report is coming from the Los Angeles Times as they indicate that Public health officials across the West Coast are urging medical professionals to look out for cases of ocular syphilis – a sexually transmitted disease that can cause blindness. The warning comes after two potential cases in Los Angeles recently. On Thursday, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health issued an advisory for primary and eye-care providers to look out for symptoms associated with the disease, which is usually a complication of primary or secondary syphilis infections. FULL REPORT
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|Oklahoma could be in danger of strong Magnitude 6 or Higher Earthquakes
Posted: 10 Mar 2015 09:29 PM PDT
In yet another warning to Oklahoma residents, thousands of tiny earthquakes in the past five years have mostly been annoying. However a new study in Geophysical Research Letters suggests the future could be more dire, with the state possibly seeing larger temblors. It found that the same fault lines that have triggered earthquakes of between 3 and 4 magnitude are capable of producing events as high as 6. According to a study, led by Dan McNamara, a research geophysicist at the U.S. Geological Survey, found that there were 3,639 earthquakes in Oklahoma between late 2009 and 2014, which was 300 times more than in previous decades. Several of these earthquakes caused damage and many were felt, with over 153,000 individual reports for 474 separate earthquakes entered at the USGS. FULL REPORT
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|Chance of Mega-Quake hitting California increases, Several Faults can shake at Once
Posted: 10 Mar 2015 09:24 PM PDT
According to a new report we may now have a timeline of when to expect the next “Mega-Quake to strike the West Coast, That is because scientists are virtually certain that California will be rocked by a strong earthquake in the next 30 years. Now they say the risk of a mega-quake is more likely than previously thought. The chance of a magnitude-8 quake striking the state in the next three decades jumped to 7 percent from 4.7 percent, mainly because scientists took into account the possibility that several faults can shake at once, releasing seismic energy that results in greater destruction. FULL REPORT
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|Dow Plunges 333 Points
Posted: 10 Mar 2015 09:12 PM PDT
With only nine more days until a Solar Eclipse will occur that hasn’t been seen in Europe in over 20 Years the U.S. stocks closed more than 1.5 percent lower on Tuesday, pressured by a surge in the dollar and some weakness in oil. According to reports the Dow Jones industrial average fell more than 300 points to below the index’s 50-day moving average, wiping out gains for the year. The S&P 500 also traded in the red for the year and breached its 50-day moving average, which is an indicator of the market trend. Only the Nasdaq held onto gains of about 3 percent for the year. FULL REPORT
|US Navy sailors disappear as government, doctors bury truth about Fukushima radiation
Posted: 10 Mar 2015 09:04 PM PDT
Are we seeing a massive coverup to mask the devastating results of the Fukushima disaster in Japan? According to a recent report from Natural News the U.S. Navy sailors exposed to radioactive fallout from the Fukushima nuclear disaster have been falling ill, even as the Defense Department insists that they were not exposed to dangerous levels of radiation. Many of the sailors have now joined in a class action lawsuit against Fukushima operators and builders Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco), Toshiba, Hitachi, Ebasco and General Electric. FULL REPORT
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|Russia tells West to fear its Nuclear Arsenal
Posted: 10 Mar 2015 08:59 PM PDT
Are the winds of the Cold War blowing again in 2015? According to a recent report, Russian military officials have taken to reminding the U.S. and its allies that Moscow’s nuclear arsenal remains potent and could be used to devastating effect, if need be, to defend the country. As reported by Reuters, the Russian military’s top general, Chief of General Staff of the Armed Forces Valery Gerasimov, warned the West again in recent days that the country’s nuclear arsenal will ensure lasting military superiority over the West as multi-billion-dollar plans to modernize the country’s forces by 2020 begin. FULL REPORT
|Looming financial collapse of Greece spells beginning of the end of global debt Ponzi scheme
Posted: 10 Mar 2015 08:54 PM PDT
According to a report from Natural News, The European nation of Greece is in deep financial trouble, and it doesn’t look like its neighbors are going to open up their treasuries to bail it out this time around. More than that, what the country’s new leadership is planning could eventually spell the end of the euro. Recent elections the Syrizan party won heavily on promises to reverse conditions of austerity placed on Greece after the country received more than $250 billion in loans from the International Monetary Fund and the rich nations of the continent. Greece’s financial situation had grown untenable in the aftermath of the Great Recession of 2007-2009 after its economy tanked due to declining revenues and high pension costs. FULL REPORT
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|Obama Takes Aim At Second Amendment With Draconian Ammo Ban
Posted: 10 Mar 2015 02:28 PM PDT
52 SENATORS WARN OF SWEEPING AMMO BANS, SAY SECOND AMENDMENT ‘AT RISK’ – A majority in both the Senate and House — 52 senators, 238 House members — have joined to oppose the Obama administration’s move to ban a popular type of ammo used in the top-selling AR-15 rifle and pistol because it pierces police body armor. A week after the House members, led by Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Bob Goodlatte, sent a letter of opposition to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley echoed that in his own letter signed by 51 others. FULL REPORT
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|Magnitude 6.6 Earthquake Strikes N of Aratoca, Colombia
Posted: 10 Mar 2015 02:24 PM PDT
A magnitude 6.6 earthquake has hit the Colombian capital of Bogota, prompting mass evacuations from the city’s buildings. Strong and prolonged tremors sparked panic and a social media storm. SOURCE
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|College conservatives branded ‘hate group’ for refusing LGBT sensitivity training
Posted: 10 Mar 2015 02:20 PM PDT
How do you get branded as a “Hate Group”? Well you simply do what a conservative student group at a Washington, DC, college is doing and now has been branded a “hate group” and fears it could lose its funding for refusing to take part in gay, lesbian and transgender-oriented sensitivity training. A report indicates that Members of the Young America’s Foundation student organization at The George Washington University believe the traditional values they espouse merit a religious exemption from taking part in the training. They are asking the student government to allow them to sit out the LGBT sensitivity training, and a requirement that they use the “preferred pronouns” of the people they address or refer to. FULL REPORT
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On today’s Episode of The Briefing
1) Erskine College criticized by students, others, for making Christian convictions explicit
Erskine College’s View on ‘Sin’ Jolts Gay Athletes, New York Times (Jeré Longman)
South Carolina college denounces homosexuality after two volleyball players come out as gay, Washington Post (Marissa Payne)
2) Ohio eyes legal marijuana, as awkwardness between state and federal government increases
What, Ohio a trendy pot state?, USA Today (Don Campbell)
3) Addition of Muslim holidays to New York public schools a victory for religious liberty
New York City Adds 2 Muslim Holy Days to Public School Calendar, New York Times (Michael Grynbaum and Sharon Otterman)
In other news…
Hillary Clinton says she used one email ‘for convenience’, CNN (Alexandra Jaffe and Dan Merica)
The Secret Your Cellphone Company Doesn’t Want You To Know
Recently, AT&T surprised everyone when it added a new option to its GigaPower fiber Internet service: privacy. Yes, for just $29 more a month, AT&T promises it WON’T sell your search and browsing history to advertisers. How generous.
While there’s still some doubt about how private your information is even after you pay the $29, at least AT&T is being honest about how it finances operations. The truth is, the major cellphone carriers are more than happy to sell your information to advertisers and serve you targeted ads over their networks. I’m going to tell you how to stop them, and at the end I’ll discuss other ways carriers and advertisers are working to get your information.
If you’re an iPhone user, go into Settings, and then tap Privacy. Scroll all the way down to Advertising. You’ll see a button that says “Limit ad tracking.” Slide this button to make it green. This will stop ad companies from tracking what you do with your phone and from serving up targeted ads.
Right underneath that setting, by the way, you’ll see the “Reset Advertising Identifier” option. Tapping on that will zero out the anonymized identifier linked to your personal data on Apple’s servers.
In other words, to trackers you’ll appear to be a new user. This can make it more difficult (but not impossible) for advertisers to build up a profile on how you browse.
To turn off the Google “AdID” system, do NOT go to your Android phone settings. Go instead to your Google Settings app. (You may have to look under your full list of apps to find it.)
Once you’re in Google Settings, tap the Ads link and then tap “Opt out of interest-based ads.” You can also see your advertising ID and tap “Reset advertising ID” to make a new one. This will make you look like a new user to advertisers.
Ads aren’t the only way you’re tracked on your phone. Google and Apple might be tracking your searches. Use this search app instead to make private searches.
To turn off Personalized ads in Windows Phone, go to Microsoft’s ad opt-out page, and under “Personalize ads whenever I use my Microsoft account,” click “Off.”
You will need to be signed in with a Windows account to do this. Make sure you sign in with the same account you use on your Windows Phone. This also turns off personalized ads for Internet Explorer in Windows 8.
The future of tracking
Of course, carriers are working on ways to track you that you can’t stop. Verizon and AT&T have experimented with “supercookies” that let any website know who you are when you visit.
AT&T eventually dropped the idea when customers complained, but Verizon still does it. You can opt out at https://www.verizonwireless.com/myprivacy/, so Verizon won’t track your information or show you targeted ads. But Verizon still adds the supercookies to your browsing, which can give away your identity to websites or hackers.
One solution is to use Wi-Fi instead of your cellular signal for browsing, but that isn’t always possible. Click here to learn more about Verizon’s supercookie problem and how you can protect yourself.
Tracking and selling your information isn’t just a problem with cellular carriers, though. There are ways every ad company can track where you go online. Click here to protect your privacy against online advertisers.
You should also know that Facebook shares your information with advertisers as well. Click here to stop Facebook from tracking everywhere you go online. source – Fox News Kim Komando
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It comes at the end of a passage that describes, for Matthew’s audience (i.e., the Jews) the sequence of events over that last seven years of horror, known as the tribulation, under the reign of a deceitful and arrogant king. First Jesus warns His followers that this unrighteous king will again desecrate the Temple; an act known as the Abomination of Desolation (Matthew 24:15) at the midpoint of the seven years. He then tells them that the second three and a half years will be much worse than the first. Finally, He gives them a very important warning; when you see the abomination of desolation, flee to the mountains.
Lickety split, because it will truly be a matter of life and death.
The New Christian Left Is Twisting the Gospel: Here’s How
Peek behind the curtain of some “progressive” or “hip” evangelical churches, past the savvy technology and secular music, and you will find more than just a contemporary worship service. You’ll find faith leaders encouraging young evangelicals to trade in their Christian convictions for a gospel filled with compromise. They’re slowly attempting to give evangelicalism an “update”—and the change is not for the good.
Obama’s Attacks on Religion in America
Americans tend to take the liberties spelled out in the Bill of Rights for granted. This is especially true of freedom of religion in which the First Amendment protects “the free exercise thereof” while at the same time prohibiting “an establishment of religion” to ensure that neither a state nor the federal government can stipulate a specific religion as the “official” one.
Protection of Christians in the Middle East must become an international priority
Jihadists are perpetrating heinous crimes on the lands of “the caliphate” and are forcibly imposing obscurantist views by killing Christians, including clergymen, burning them alive, selling them into slavery, robbing them of their property, driving them from their lands or taking them hostage.
9 Things To Do to Prepare for Hard Times Ahead
Most Prepper types that I know appear to have a common trait: they are good at evaluating risks then moving to mitigate those risks in a nimble manner. What that means, in somewhat plainer English, is they have the ability to evaluate a situations, make a plan, learn from it, and ultimately act in a responsible manner.
Along those lines, more recently I have done some personal analysis and put more focus on what I call “hard times ahead”. With my disaster preps more or less in order, I want to ensure that my own household will get through a period of difficulty when, for instance, there is not enough food, work, or money to go around.
A couple of years I shared 7 Tips to Prepare for Hard Times. Today, with even more concern about an eminent financial collapse, I suggest 9 more tips to prepare for hard times ahead.
WVW-TV Presents: A Biblical Response to Race-Baiting & The Need to Repent For Wrong Views on Repentance
Author(s): Worldview Weekend News Team
WVW-TV Presents: A Biblical Response to Race-Baiting & The Need to Repent For Wrong Views on Repentance. Your host is Mike Abendroth. Watch now before this program rolls into the Situation Room for members only. Click here:http://www.worldviewweekend.com/tv/video/biblical-response-race-baiting-…
How Sex Trafficking Became a Christian Cause Célèbre
Human trafficking—and sex trafficking in particular—has become something of a Christian cause célèbre. There are prayer weekends, movies, magazine covers, Sunday school curricula, and countless church-based ministries. (Graham, Slate)
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