The humble soul endeavors more how to glorify God in afflictions, than how to get out of them. —Thomas Brooks
Mar. 20, 2015
U.S. lawmakers should wait at least a decade before voting on lifting sanctions as part of any nuclear deal with Iran, a top Obama administration official said.
President Obama ordered the federal government to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent from 2008 levels over the next 10 years by shifting to renewable energy sources such as solar power.
To fill a $1.6 billion budget shortfall, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal proposed hundreds of millions in spending cuts in a budget plan earlier this month, slashing the budgets of several offices. Secretary of State Tom Schedler was one of several state officials who testified to the House Appropriations Committee that the budget underfunded his department and was lacking $3.4 million for a presidential primary next spring.
Wages have become even more critical as households, still shaken after being caught with too much debt when the recession hit, remain unwilling or unable to tap home equity or let credit-card balances balloon to buy that new television or dishwasher. By not overextending themselves again, Americans are only spending as much as their incomes will allow, meaning that 70 percent of the economy is riding on how fast pay rises.
The Nasdaq Biotech index is up well over 40 percent since Yellen’s valuation comments.
At 6:47 p.m. in New York, the sun will cross the celestial equator and spring will begin in the Northern Hemisphere. As the U.S. was waking up Friday, a supermoon — so called because it’s at its closest point to the Earth, and therefore looks larger than usual — was drifting in front of the sun. Friday’s total solar eclipse was visible only from the Faroe Islands and Svalbard, but most of Europe saw a partial solar eclipse. Earlier this week, the sun fired off a couple of eruptions that merged just as they arrived in the Earth’s neighborhood, setting off a brilliant aurora display across the high latitudes.
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At least 77 people were killed and 121 others wounded Friday in triple suicide bombings that targeted mosques attended by Shiite Huthis in the Yemeni capital, a medical official said.
At least 30 people were killed and 50 injured when an express train overshot a railway signal and some carriages went off the rails in a northern Indian state on Friday, officials said.
A federal judge who has blocked President Obama’s immigration executive action suggested on Thursday that he could order sanctions against the Justice Department if he rules it misled him about when exactly the administration began implementing one of the measures.
Police discovered the bodies of five babies in a house in southwestern France in what appears to be the country’s worst incident of infanticide in five years. After the body of a newborn was found in a thermal bag earlier in the day, officers “discovered four more bodies of babies found in a freezer.
A body found in a New Jersey river has been positively identified as David Bird, a Wall Street Journal reporter who disappeared more than a year ago, officials said on Thursday.
Dozens of Nigerian women who were forced to marry Boko Haram fighters were reportedly slaughtered by their “husbands” before a battle with troops in the northeast town of Bama, multiple witnesses said Thursday.
The Pakistani Taliban on Thursday said a US drone strike in eastern Afghanistan had killed a senior commander who was a close associate of two of the group’s former chiefs.
Islamic State has published a video purporting to show the beheading of three Kurdish fighters in northern Iraq by militants who threatened to kill “dozens” more of those being held captive.
The world could suffer a 40 percent shortfall in water in just 15 years unless countries dramatically change their use of the resource, a U.N. report warned Friday.
A new study by the Brookings Institution confirms that income inequality between the richest and lowest income residents of the 50 largest U.S. cities continues to grow.
The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has approved Amazon’s plans to begin testing drones for online deliveries. The FAA said it had granted Amazon a certificate for people with pilot’s licenses to test the unmanned aircraft. The drones must be flown at 400 feet or below during daylight hours, and must remain within sight of the pilot.
A Mexican-American man convicted for the 1992 murder of his sister and brother-in-law was freed after a court ruled he confessed under torture.
Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan told the BBC that he hopes all territory seized by Islamist militants Boko Haram will be recaptured within a month.
A tablet device that can withstand being doused in chlorine has been developed to help medics caring for patients with Ebola.
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani orders an inquiry after a mob beat a woman to death and burn her body for allegedly setting fire to the Koran.
EU leaders agree to keep sanctions on Russia over its role in the Ukraine conflict until the end of 2015 at the earliest, tying them to a truce deal.
A man, woman and their 4-year-old boy at an unidentified Inland Border Patrol checkpoint are ordered and pulled from their vehicle, questioned and taken into custody – all for the seeming offense of refusing to say where they were headed.
The Boy Scouts of America in 2014 rolled out a landmark policy to allow openly gay scouts – but for gay and lesbian adults that ban was never lifted, and now one mother is taking action.
A “secret” Iranian military handbook, American officials say, confirms that the Islamic Republic of Iran is including in its arsenal a plan to launch a nuclear electromagnetic pulse attack on the American national grid system.
March 20, 2015
“The mobs of the great cities add just so much to the support of pure government as sores do to the strength of the human body. It is the manners and spirit of a people which preserve a republic in vigor. A degeneracy in these is a canker which soon eats to the heart of its laws and constitution.” –Thomas Jefferson, Notes on Virginia, Query XIX, 1782
TOP 5 RIGHT HOOKS
Hillary Clinton may be too mired in international connections to be an unbiased president — or hold any other public office for that matter. While the Clintons couldn’t accept donations from foreign governments to the Clinton Foundation while Hillary was secretary of state, it didn’t stop politicians in high positions in the Ukrainian, Chinese and Saudi Arabian governments from giving millions. The Wall Street Journal reports, “All told, more than a dozen foreign individuals and their foundations and companies were large donors to the Clinton Foundation in the years after Mrs. Clinton became secretary of state in 2009, collectively giving between $34 million and $68 million, foundation records show. Some donors also provided funding directly to charitable projects sponsored by the foundation, valued by the organization at $60 million.” While every donor WSJ spoke with claimed they were only giving to a charity they believed in, they also had the potential to buy Clinton’s attention. The Clintons certainly know how to play this shadowy political game, as Hillary just happened to stall on disclosing the donors to her charity.
Because of U.S. negotiations, Iran will reduce the number of its centrifuges whirling up useable radioactive material to 6,000 machines, according to the Associated Press. In turn, the U.S. would agree to ease sanctions. This is a bum deal for Secretary of State John Kerry if he wants to prevent Iran from getting the bomb. In February, former CIA Deputy Director Mike Morell said a safer negotiation route would have been to not focus on the number of centrifuges Iran possesses. “If you are going to have a nuclear weapons program, 5,000 is pretty much the number you need,” Morell said. “If you have a power program, you need a lot more. By limiting them to a small number of centrifuges, we are limiting them to the number you need for a weapon.” In other words, Kerry and Co. just stymied the ability for Iran to fuel its nuclear energy program, but left it just enough hardware to mix up a nuclear bomb. Let’s hope all the details of this deal are not yet disclosed. Did Iran open itself up to monitoring and scrutiny? Or are they given a bunch of tools for nuclear enrichment and some space? The Associated Press continued, reporting that the vast majority of lawmakers in the House sent a letter to Barack Obama saying they will decide if the U.S. will ease sanctions against Iran. It’s a good check on Obama’s power. More…
The Islamic State claimed credit Thursday for an attack on a Tunisian museum leaving 23 dead. The Associated Press reports, “Tunisian security forces … arrested nine people, the president’s office said, adding that five of them were directly connected to Wednesday’s attack on the Bardo by two gunmen who were later slain by police. The other four suspects who were arrested in central Tunisia were part of a cell supporting those involved in the attack, the statement said.” A significant number of Tunisians have joined ISIL, and Tunisian president Beji Caid Essebsi promised a “merciless war on terrorism,” as well as that the they would fight “savage minorities … to our last breath.” The North African nation has already been dealing with radical Islamists for some time, rejecting an Islamist government that arose early in the so-called “Arab Spring.” To make matters worse, it is bordered to the east and south by Libya, which descended into chaos following Barack Obama’s “leading from behind” strategy to oust Moammar Gadhafi. Tunisian officials say the attacking jihadis trained in Libya. It won’t be easy for Tunisia to resist the growing unrest in the region.
You’ve probably heard about the 20 black victims in numerous shootings between Sunday afternoon and Monday morning. The violence helped propagate the “hands up, don’t shoot” narrative and further riled Barack Obama, Eric Holder and their co-conspirators in the Leftmedia, all of whom raised alarm over the recent deaths of blacks involving white police officers. Well, the first part is true anyway — though you’d be forgiven for having no idea what we’re talking about. The shootings, all of which took place during a 24-hour period, bloodied the streets of Chicago but were largely absent from the headlines. Obama hasn’t said a word about these deaths, probably because it was black-on-black crime, which doesn’t translate into political constituency race-bait like a good cop killing a street thug does. Here’s what we know about Chicago murder rates from the latest year of data: The black murder rate was approximately 34 per 100,000, the Hispanic rate was 11 per 100,000, and the white rate 3 per 100,000. Translation: This isn’t a “gun problem”; it’s a young black male problem. And it’s a cultural epidemic the mainstream media largely ignores. Of course, if this recent black-on-black bloodletting had instead been white-on-black crime, Al Sharpton and Co. would be there faster than you can say “Racist!” More…
ESPN host Stephen A. Smith is known for making controversial statements. When Smith visited Vanderbilt University Tuesday, he once again made headlines by saying blacks should vote Republican because they misunderstand history. “What I dream is that for one election, just one, every black person in America vote Republican,” Smith said. “Because from what I’ve read, and I’m open to correction, but from what I’ve read, Barry Goldwater is going against Lyndon B. Johnson. He’s your Republican candidate. He is completely against the civil rights movement. Lyndon B. Johnson was in favor of it. What happens is, he wins office, Barry Goldwater loses office, but there was a Senate, a Republican Senate, that pushed the votes to the president’s desk. It was the Democrats who were against civil rights legislation. So because President Lyndon B. Johnson was a Democrat, black America assumed the Democrats were for it.” Instead, Johnson instituted the “Great Society,” which only mired blacks in decades of poverty and violence. If blacks were more open to voting for the GOP, they would not only inject more competition into the political process, they might find their situation improved. More…
Now that liberals’ hopes for a leftward turn in Israel have been dashed thanks to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s unexpected (and resounding) election victory, the question becomes just how an angry and chastened Barack Obama will react. Our Sore Loser in Chief waited until yesterday to congratulate the Israeli PM on his historic fourth term. We already know Obama supported the opposition led by Isaac Herzog and his Zionist Union Party, but now he will have to attempt to strike an Iranian deal with opposition both at home and with America’s long-standing Middle Eastern ally.
One initial reaction from the Obama administration dealt with the tactics used in the Likud Party’s victorious campaign. “[T]here has been a lot of coverage in the media about some of the rhetoric that emerged … that was propagated by the Likud Party to encourage turnout of their supporters that sought to, frankly, marginalize Arab-Israeli citizens,” a scandalized White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest complained. “The United States and this administration is deeply concerned by divisive rhetoric that seeks to marginalize Arab-Israeli citizens.” In other words, Netanyahu’s win was RACIST!!!
Obama has a hammer, so every problem looks like a nail.
Perhaps the worst “sin” committed by Netanyahu in the closing days of his campaign, though, was his inaccurately reported abandonment of the two-state strategy favored by the United States and other allies. What he actually said was that a two-state solution almost certainly not going to happen in the foreseeable future because conditions don’t merit it. “I’m talking about what is achievable and what is not achievable,” Netanyahu clarified Thursday. After all, it’s not the Israelis who reject peace.
Nevertheless, one White House official wistfully noted, “This screws up the peace process.” The official argued Netanyahu’s win would embolden the prime minister to establish more Jewish settlements in an effort to undermine the possibility of a Palestinian state.
Several experts in American-Israeli relations believe this disagreement between the two nations over the Palestinian issue may manifest itself at the United Nations, where the United States has often shielded our ally against the excesses of anti-Semitic rhetoric and resolutions. One senior White House official noted, “We are signaling that if the Israeli government’s position is no longer to pursue a Palestinian state, we’re going to have to broaden the spectrum of options we pursue going forward.”
These options could include the United States finally allowing the passage of resolutions condemning Israel’s settlements on areas considered Palestinian territory or calling for Israel’s blanket withdrawal from the West Bank. Another direction for the Obama administration would be to drop its opposition to plans for the Palestinian Authority to formally join the International Criminal Court in April.
In any case, the Netanyahu victory may allow for a more international route toward a two-state solution for the Palestinian conflict, meaning the United States may back Middle East peace plans imposed on Israel by the United Nations.
But there are others who want to rein in the Israelis as well, and they may use Netanyahu’s victory to justify their intentions. Last month, the European Union was reportedly considering new sanctions against Israel to spur them to action on Palestinian issues. “The assumption in Europe is that after the election Israel will have a rightist government, in which case it would be easier for them to advance these measures,” said one Israeli official. Sanctions would be targeted at European companies that work in settlements in East Jerusalem and the West Bank, not necessarily at Israel.
The idea of additional settlements has also drawn the ire of the Obama administration. Earnest remarked last November that such a move — to build 2,500 new homes in East Jerusalem — would “distance Israel from even its closest allies.”
In terms of the relationship between the United States and Israel, March has been a tumultuous month. It began with Netanyahu’s stirring address to a joint session of Congress and continued with his surprising electoral victory on Tuesday.
Yet for all the wailing and gnashing of teeth about the supposed demise of the two-state solution, the larger difference between the U.S. and Israel remains the latter’s staunch opposition to Obama’s looming nuclear deal with Iran. Clearly, Obama was hoping to have a prominent obstacle out of the way, particularly as Netanyahu’s visit served to steel the spine of 47 Senate Republicans whose open letter to Iran reminded both the mullahs and the Obama administration of the Senate’s constitutional role in major agreements with other nations.
In his address to Congress, Netanyahu vowed Israel would act alone to defend itself if it had to. With his re-election, it appears even more likely that over the next two years our petulant president will do his part to make sure our longtime ally is more isolated than ever.
When Chris Christie won election as governor of New Jersey in 2009, his swift upward trajectory to national leadership seemed inevitable. After all, here was a Republican who had won in a solidly blue state, had brought an unprecedented — and many considered refreshing — dose of bluntness to the governor’s mansion, and was ready to take on New Jersey’s powerful teachers unions. Here was leadership that Republicans not only in the Garden State but nationwide could rally behind.
How much has changed.
With the 2016 presidential field already taking shape, Christie, once a steady name among political prognosticators, seems to be losing supporters in less time than it takes to back up traffic on the George Washington Bridge.
His national endearment among many conservatives seemed solidified early on in his governorship, when he proposed that public workers in the state pay more toward their benefits as part of a plan to save New Jersey’s perpetually underfunded pension system — a bold move for Jersey’s political climate. That same year, he signed a bill capping annual property tax increases at 2% — a huge feat in the state that consistently ranks among the worst in the nation for property tax burdens. Here was a fiscal conservative succeeding in a blue state.
Despite the fanfare, however, five years after taking office, Christie has yet to deliver many concrete changes in the Garden State. New Jersey ranks last in the Tax Foundation’s business tax climate index, causing businesses to set up shop elsewhere; the state’s unemployment has been the worst among its neighboring states; the pension system remains in dire straits; and, according to New Jersey’s Asbury Park Press, property taxes increased at their fastest rate in 2014 notwithstanding the 2% cap.
Additionally, while national accolades flowed, back home Christie began to develop a reputation as a bully whose heated arguments with voters at town hall meetings soon became legendary. On the eve of the 2012 presidential election, his sudden “bromance” with Barack Obama was an unforgivable sin to many conservatives. And in 2013, he put a dent in his support among the state’s conservatives for backing out of defending traditional marriage, removing the final barrier against same-sex marriage in the state.
Then there was Bridgegate, in which members of Christie’s staff allegedly ordered lane closures on the heavily traveled George Washington Bridge, which connects Fort Lee to upper Manhattan, in political retribution against the mayor of Fort Lee for not endorsing Christie’s re-election. Although direct ties to Christie never emerged, many familiar with how Christie runs his shop find it hard to believe the governor had no knowledge. Indeed, the Christie inner circle has become legendary not only for its impenetrability but also for its strikingly shrinking size — a fact that doesn’t bode well for a potential presidential run.
Last month, for example, PolitickerNJ.com, the state’s go-to political news site, reported that 90% of the governor’s top staffers have left (or been fired), including his chief of staff and spokesman. Additionally, one of his longtime friends and key allies in the New Jersey state senate, Joe Kyrillos, is reportedly flirting with the idea of supporting Jeb Bush for the White House.
Yet, despite it all, Christie is plowing ahead, assembling staffers and launching a PAC — Leadership Matters for America — in preparation for a 2016 run. Longtime Christie advisor Mike DuHaime claims that if Christie decides to run he will win. But not everyone is convinced. According to a Wall Street Journal/NBC News survey released earlier this month, 57% of Republican primary voters said they couldn’t see themselves voting for Christie; only 32% could.
While in the political world a lifetime remains between now and the primary elections, it may take that long for Christie to convince primary voters his leadership style is not only what America needs, but also one it can live with.
TOP 5 RIGHT OPINION COLUMNS
- Jonah Goldberg: Coffee, Tea, or a Frank Discussion on Race?
- Mona Charen: Does Starbucks Want an Honest Conversation?
- David Harsanyi: Obama’s ‘Signature Achievement’ Will Be Bypassing the Constitution
- Charles Krauthammer: No Peace in Our Time
- Michael Barone: Will Hispanics Fire Up America?
OPINION IN BRIEF
American playwright Epes Sargent (1813–1880): “Republics, like individuals, who are benefited by personal sacrifices, are proverbially ungrateful.”
Columnist Jonah Goldberg: “Working at Starbucks makes you no more qualified to be a discussion leader about race than working at Jiffy Lube makes you well-suited to discuss radical Islam. And while it’s all too easy to mock the entire enterprise, what really bothers me is the underlying assumption. Most Americans lament the political polarization of our country. … One of the reasons it has become such a problem is that we mistake causes for remedies. … Among my problems with this relentless hectoring about the need for conversations or ‘honest dialogue’ or ‘frank talk’ is the way in which those calling for such things never actually want a real conversation. They want to speechify and indoctrinate. … But my biggest problem with it is that I think the last thing this country needs is to make more spaces political. If you want to know why things are so polarized, you could start by noting how much more politicized everything is. When politics invades our homes, schools, workplaces, movies, TV shows, video games, sports and every other part of our culture, is it any wonder that our culture becomes politicized? And when culture is politicized, is it so shocking that politics becomes polarized?”
Columnist David Harsanyi: “Some liberal pundits have suggested that Obama’s [idea of a comprehensive climate] deal might force Republican candidates to take unpopular positions on climate change in the 2016 cycle. It might. But Republicans have a far more powerful case to make about the Democrats’ disregard for the norms of American lawmaking. It’s too bad that the GOP has done so little to stop him. We live in a political environment where progressive goals are treated as moral endeavors and Constitutional constraints are treated as procedural inconveniences that can be bypassed for the good of the nation – nay, the world. No president has been as openly contemptuous of checks and balances as this one. If there are no repercussions, he might only be the first in a long line of presidents we say that about.”
Fred Thompson: “Valerie Jarrett commented on her longevity as presidential adviser, saying she’ll be at the White House ‘until the lights go off.’ And with all these new EPA regs on coal plants, that may be sooner than she thinks.”
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Posted: 20 Mar 2015 09:46 AM PDT
According to a new report from Washington Free Beacon The commander of the U.S. Strategic Command, in charge of U.S. nuclear missile forces, confirmed on Thursday that North Korea is developing a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM). Adm. Cecil D. Haney, the commander, also told Congress that China is developing a new multi-warhead, road-mobile missile. The four-star admiral made the comments in prepared testimony for the Senate Armed Services Committee. The testimony was disclosed Thursday. The comments were the first official U.S. government confirmation that North Korea is working on a new underwater missile capability and comes as the regime in Pyongyang has tested nuclear weapons and claims to have miniaturized a weapon to fit on top of a missile. The North Korean SLBM was first disclosed by the Free Beacon Aug. 26 amid skepticism that the communist state had the technical expertise to build a missile capable of being fired from a submerged submarine. U.S. intelligence agencies detected the first flight test of what the Pentagon is calling the KN-11 SLBM in February. It was considered a significant advancement for North Korea’s program to build a nuclear-capable missile that can be fired from a submarine. Haney testified on the Stratcom’s fiscal 2016 budget request and outlined what he called the “complex and dangerous global security environment.” “Nations around the world continue to execute long-term military modernization programs, including capabilities that pose an existential threat to the United States,” Haney said, adding that military forces of nations and groups are “improving across all domains.” FULL REPORT
|White House: US ‘to Reevaluate’ Backing for Israel at UN
Posted: 20 Mar 2015 09:39 AM PDT
It is looking more and more apparent that the Obama Administration is working to push for a “Two State Proposal” and no longer support Israel as they did in the past. According to report that The White House on Thursday pointedly raised the prospect of withdrawing crucial diplomatic cover for Israel at the United Nations, following Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s decisive election victory. “Steps that the United States has taken at the United Nations had been predicated on this idea that the two-state solution is the best outcome,” said spokesman Josh Earnest. “Now our ally in these talks has said that they are no longer committed to that solution. That means we need to reevaluate our position in this matter, and that is what we will do moving forward.” Earnest’s comments address Netanyahu’s statements in days leading up to the Tuesday elections, in which he promised a Palestinian state would not be established if he is elected – statements he distanced himself from on Thursday. The US holds veto power at the UN Security Council and has blocked anti-Israel resolutions recognizing the Palestinian Authority (PA) as a state from being passed in the past. Such unilateral moves for international recognition are a breach of the 1993 Oslo Accords that formed the PA. PA chief negotiator Saeb Erekat told AFP after the elections that the PA would “speed up, pursue and intensify” those unilateral breaches aiming for international recognition. The White House has stated that it has yet to make policy decisions going forward, but stated that the US in the past had “protected Israel from isolation in the international community.” Earnest also slammed Netanyahu’s statements in interviews to American media outlets on Thursday, in which Netanyahu backtracked on his apparent opposition to the two-state solution. FULL REPORT
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|Vietnam reports outbreak of H5N6 bird flu virus
Posted: 19 Mar 2015 06:35 PM PDT
Bird Flu is popping up everywhere and now according to reports, Vietnam has reported an outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N6 bird flu virus in a village in the northern province of Thanh Hoa, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said on Thursday. Over 350 birds were found infected by the virus in a village in Tinh Gia district last week, the Vietnamese agriculture ministry said in a report posted on the OIE website. This lead to the culling of a total of 670 birds, it said. FULL REPORT
|Sierra Leone announces 3-day lockdown of 2.5 million people
Posted: 19 Mar 2015 06:30 PM PDT
Just when you thought Ebola was going away, according to a new report from Business Insider, Sierra Leone will confine around 2.5 million people to their homes across the capital and in the north in a three-day shutdown aimed at stemming the Ebola epidemic, it revealed on 19 March. “The lockdown will be conducted from March 27 to March 29 and will be like the one we conducted in September last year,” said Palo Conteh, head of the country’s National Ebola Response Centre. Sierra Leone has just 0.01 doctors per thousand people. A scarcity of ambulances and health centres has complicated the Ebola response measures. Meanwhile, health officials say two more American aid workers arrived in the United States on to be monitored for Ebola. The two bring to 17 the number of Americans flown back from West Africa’s Sierra Leone since Friday for monitoring. None have tested positive. All are connected to an unidentified American who returned to the U.S. last week after he came down with Ebola. He is in critical condition at a government hospital in Bethesda, Maryland. The other aid workers are staying near hospitals with special isolation units in Bethesda, Maryland, Atlanta, and Omaha, Nebraska, if they get sick. FULL REPORT
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|Highly infectious bird flu virus detected in northern India
Posted: 19 Mar 2015 06:25 PM PDT
Alongside swine flu which has claimed over 1,800 lives this year alone, India has now reported an outbreak of the highly pathogenic H5N1 bird flu virus in a village in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh. According to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), nearly 190 birds died of the virus in a village in Amethi district in the ongoing outbreak reported early this month. H5N1 had caused two outbreaks of a highly contagious bird flu virus in the southern state of Kerala late last year, leading to the culling of more than 200,000 birds. Believed to be transmitted by droppings of migrating birds, bird flu can infect humans who come in contact with the infected bird. Symptoms are like most other common flu but turn fatal when it worsens into respiratory disease. Fortunately, the virus has yet to achieve human-to-human transmission, but a small number of mutations could change that, resulting in a pandemic. Over the past two years, H5N1 has been joined by an array of newly detected H5N2, H5N3, H5N6, and H5N8 strains, all of which are currently circulating in different parts of the world. The H5N1 virus has spread from Asia to Europe and Africa after it first infected humans in 1997 in Hong Kong. It has killed nearly 60% of the people who have been infected. Having spread to wild birds, pigs, and even to donkeys, it will be difficult, if not impossible, to eradicate the virus, say experts. FULL REPORT
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|Food stamp recipients number nearly 50 million for over three years in a row
Posted: 19 Mar 2015 06:18 PM PDT
More shocking statistics are coming out revealing the current status of the America economy! According to recent report by Natural News, The number of Americans receiving taxpayer assistance via the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), otherwise known as food stamps, has surpassed 46 million for 39 straight months, according to data released by the Department of Agriculture (USDA), the department that manages the program. The last month data were reported — November 2014 — more than 46.2 million Americans were receiving some level of food stamp assistance. The number has exceeded 46 million since September 2011, CNS News reported. In 1969, an average of about 2.9 million Americans were taking part in the program, which began as part of President Johnson’s so-called “war on poverty.” Oddly, in a country where government policies used to favor individualism and liberty, and businesses supported those concepts, today there are a number of entities that support increased dependency. For scores of quick-stop convenience stores and mega-chains that sell boxed food like Wal-Mart, SNAP recipients account for a growing share of annual revenue. FULL REPORT
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|Has Benjamin Netanyahu Changed his Mind on a “Two-State Solution”?
Posted: 19 Mar 2015 06:09 PM PDT
Recently Re-Elected Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel stated in a recent interview there would be “No Palestinian state on my watch” However according to NBC In his first American television interview since winning re-election, appeared to back away Thursday from his declaration that he would not allow the establishment of a Palestinian state. “I don’t want a one-state solution,” he told NBC News in an interview. “I want a sustainable, peaceful two-state solution.” But he cautioned that “circumstances have to change” for that to happen. He said that the Palestinian leader refuses to recognize Israel and has made a pact with Hamas calling for Israel’s destruction. “And every territory that is vacated today in the Middle East is taken up by Islamist forces,” he said. “We want that to change so we can realize a vision of real, sustained peace.” On Monday, with polls showing a tight race between Netanyahu’s Likud Party and the Zionist Union of Isaac Herzog, Netanyahu had definitively ruled out the establishment of a Palestinian state. Has Netanyahu flipped on his stance? Is he buckling under pressure from the World and President Obama? FULL REPORT
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|Pastor warns that Friday’s astronomical event could herald the day of judgement
Posted: 19 Mar 2015 05:58 PM PDT
A recent statement made from one pastor is echoing what many ministers of the Gospel who have studied the “Signs in the Heavens” and their connection with Biblical Prophecy have been saying about this coming Friday’s Celestial events! According to Sources Friday’s solar eclipse across Europe could signal darker times and the ‘day of judgement,’ a pastor has warned. The timing of the eclipse, which comes a few weeks before a lunar eclipse, is apparently significant. Coinciding also with the spring equinox, the rare ‘once in 100,000-year’ event could indicate that trouble is brewing in Europe, according to the pastor. The claim was made by pastor Mark Blitz for the Christian website Root Source in an interview with WorldNetDaily (WND). The partial solar eclipse on Friday 20 March is itself fairly rare, as the last solar eclipse in Europe occurred back in 1999. However, a few weeks later on 4 April, the third of four ‘blood moon’ lunar eclipses will take place, while it is also the first day of spring and the first day of the Jewish religious calendar. A lunar eclipse occurs when the moon passes in the shadow of Earth, and appears red due to light refracting differently and hitting its surface. FULL REPORT
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|Iran endorses nuclear EMP attack on United States
Posted: 19 Mar 2015 05:52 PM PDT
On the heels of the Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu winning the Re-Election, We are now receiving reports that the issue of a nuclear EMP attack was raised in the final hours of this week’s elections in Israel when U.S. authority Peter Vincent Pry penned a column for Arutz Sheva warning of Iran’s threat to free nations. “Iranian military documents describe such a scenario — including a recently translated Iranian military textbook that endorses nuclear EMP attack against the United States,” he wrote. A knowledgeable source said that the textbook discusses an EMP attack on America in 20 different places. Arizona Republican Rep. Trent Franks, who is leading an effort to protect the U.S. electric grid from an EMP attack, has recently made similar claims based on the document translated by military authorities. Once sneered at by critics, recent moves by Iran and North Korea have given credibility to the potential EMP threat from an atmospheric nuclear explosion over the U.S. Pry has suggested ways for Iran to deliver a nuclear attack: by ship launched off the East Coast, a missile or via satellite. Either way the result could be destruction of all or part of the U.S. electric grid, robbing the public of power, computers, water and communications for potentially a year. FULL REPORT
|Israel ‘closer than ever’ to decision on hitting Iran
Posted: 19 Mar 2015 02:34 PM PDT
Now that Netanyahu has claimed victory in Israel and Nuclear negotiations are folding we may be on the verge of what many has believed to be inevitable! An attack on Iran! According to WND, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party scored a surprisingly comfortable win in Tuesday’s parliamentary elections, and former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton says the vote was a “stinging defeat” for President Obama that will make Iran far more nervous and probably lead to more appeasement from the U.S. in nuclear negotiations. Most polls prior to Tuesday’s elections suggested momentum was moving away from Netanyahu and Likud. When early reports suggested high turnout among Arab voters, the outlook seemed even more bleak for the prime minister. However, it became clear fairly early in the vote counting that Likud would win. The party scored 30 seats and is poised not only to form a coalition government without much trouble, but it will likely be even more conservative than the current government. The results also follow Obama political operative Jeremy Bird and his team working to defeat Netanyahu. Members of Congress are investigating whether taxpayer funds were used in the efforts. Either way, Bolton said there is no way to spin the elections as anything other than a crushing defeat for the Obama administration. “It’s a stinging political defeat for the president and those who wanted to get rid of Netanyahu,” he said. “They were making the mistake of counting their chickens before they hatched in the run-up to the election, and now all of that’s changed.” FULL REPORT
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On today’s Episode of The Briefing
1) Common Core false dichotomy between fact and opinion subversive to moral truth
Why Our Children Don’t Think There Are Moral Facts, New York Times (Justin P McBrayer)
2) Greater dependence on technology decreases likelihood of academic success
Classes that go off the grid help students focus, Los Angeles Times (Larry Gordon)
3) Study reveals tremendous influence on parenting on narcissism in children
Narcissistic kid? Blame the parents, study says, Los Angeles Times (Deborah Netburn)
4) Chores found to foster important qualities needed for success in life
Why Children Need Chores, Wall Street Journal (Jennifer Breheny Wallace)
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