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Posted: 02 Apr 2015 08:00 PM PDT
The drought in California is getting a lot worse. As you read this, snowpack levels in the Sierra Nevada mountains are the lowest that have ever been recorded. That means that there won’t be much water for California farmers and California cities once again this year. To make up the difference in recent years, water has been pumped out of the ground like crazy. In fact, California has been losing more than 12 million acre-feet of groundwater a year since 2011, and wells all over the state are going dry. Once the groundwater is all gone, what are people going to do? 100 years ago, the population of the state of California was 3 million, and during the 20th century we built lots of beautiful new cities in an area that was previously a desert. Scientists tell us that the 20th century was the wettest century in 1000 years for that area of the country, but now weather patterns are reverting back to normal. Today, the state of California is turning back into a desert but it now has a population of 38 million people. This is not sustainable in the long-term. So when the water runs out, where are they going to go? FULL REPORT
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|Imported drug-resistant stomach bug spreading in US
Posted: 02 Apr 2015 07:51 PM PDT
A drug-resistant strain of a nasty stomach bug made its way into the U.S. and spread, causing more than 200 illnesses since last May, health officials said Thursday. Many cases were traced to people who had recently traveled to the Dominican Republic, India or other countries. Outbreaks of the shigella (shih-GEHL’-uh) bacteria are not unusual, but this strain is resistant to the antibiotic most commonly prescribed for adults. “This is the first time we’ve documented this large an outbreak of antibiotic-resistant (shigella) linked to international travel,” said Dr. Anna Bowen of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Since last May, the imported superbug has sickened at least 243 people, with large recent outbreaks in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and California. FULL REPORT
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|Tehran Accuses White House Of Lying About Nuke Deal
Posted: 02 Apr 2015 07:40 PM PDT
Just hours after the announcement of what the United States characterized as a historic agreement with Iran over its nuclear program, the country’s leading negotiator lashed out at the Obama administration for lying about the details of a tentative framework. Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif accused the Obama administration of misleading the American people and Congress in a fact sheet it released following the culmination of negotiations with the Islamic Republic. Zarif bragged in an earlier press conference with reporters that the United States had tentatively agreed to let it continue the enrichment of uranium, the key component in a nuclear bomb, as well as key nuclear research. Zarif additionally said Iran would have all nuclear-related sanctions lifted once a final deal is signed and that the country would not be forced to shut down any of its currently operating nuclear installations. FULL REPORT
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|Homeland Security renews quest for national license plate tracking system
Posted: 02 Apr 2015 07:33 PM PDT
The Department of Homeland Security is seeking bids from companies able to provide law enforcement officials with access to a national license-plate tracking system — a year after canceling a similar solicitation over privacy issues. The reversal comes after officials said they had determined they could address concerns raised by civil liberties advocates and lawmakers about the prospect of the department’s gaining widespread access, without warrants, to a system that holds billions of records that reveal drivers’ whereabouts. In a privacy impact assessment issued Thursday, the DHS says that it is not seeking to build a national database or contribute data to an existing system. Instead, it is seeking bids from companies that already gather the data to say how much they would charge to grant access to law enforcement officers at Immigration and Customs Enforcement, a DHS agency. Officials said they also want to impose limits on ICE personnel’s access to and use of the data. FULL REPORT
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|Termite ‘superswarm’ threatens South Florida
Posted: 02 Apr 2015 07:26 PM PDT
Two of the world’s most destructive termite species are swarming South Florida, and the fact that they are mating has scientists sweating. The Asian and Formosan subterranean termite species are producing hundreds of thousands of winged males and females (known as alates), which are in turn creating hybrid colonies, according to University of Florida entomologists. The two species are no joke, and hybrid colonies could prove even more disastrous for homeowners. “They are the two most destructive termite species in the world,” University of Florida Entomology Professor Nan-Yao Su told FoxNews.com. “The common name for Formosan subterranean termite in China and Japan is ‘house termite’ as it can literally bring down a house, usually [starting] with [the] roof as they chew through the supporting beams.” Termite colonies, sometimes consisting of millions of individuals, can live up to 20 years and thrive in South Florida, where the temperatures offer ideal mating conditions. FULL REPORT
|PBS: ’10 Commandments’ For Atheist Parents Raising ‘Tolerant’ Kids
Posted: 02 Apr 2015 01:45 PM PDT
Public Broadcast Service published a piece by Wendy Thomas Russell, author of Relax, It’s Just God: How and Why to Talk to Your Kids About Religion When You’re Not Religious, who shared her own 10 Commandments to guide atheist parents in having the “God Talk” with their children. Starting with an uncited statistic, Russel states that between 2012 and 2014, 7.5 million Americans “lost their religious faith.” Because “secularism is on the rise,” Russel asks, “[H]ow do we, as first-generation secular parents, go about talking to our kids about God and religion? What do we tell them? When? And how?” So she came up with ten steps to teach parents that are “atheist, agnostic, humanist, deist, or nothing at all” how “to raise kind, happy, tolerant kids capable of making up their own minds about what to believe.” Below is a summary of her “commandments:” MORE
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|PLA H-6 bombers conduct first drill in Western Pacific
Posted: 02 Apr 2015 01:41 PM PDT
H-6 strategic bombers of the People’s Liberation Army Air Force have conducted an exercise in the airspace of the Western Pacific for the first time, according to the state run China News Service on Mar. 30. Colonel Shen Jinke, spokesperson for the PLA Air Force, confirmed the exercise at a press conference in Guangzhou and said the drill allowed the crew of the bombers to gain necessary experience carrying out mission over the open sea. Shen said the exercise did not target any country nor did it violate any international law. “It is common for the air force of every major power in the world to carry out exercises like this,” Shen said. Photos published by the PLA Air Force indicated the bombers taking part in the drill were the H-6K variant. Shen also said the bombers flew over the Bashi channel between Taiwan and the Philippines before reaching the airspace of the Pacific. FULL REPORT
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|Crystal Cathedral’s and ‘Hour of Power’s’ Robert Schuller Passes Away
Posted: 02 Apr 2015 01:30 PM PDT
Robert Schuller, 88, has died, according to the Associated Press. The Crystal Cathedral founder and Hour of Power host was in critical condition yesterday, and his daughter-in-law said he’d already made funeral arrangements. “He gave it to my husband 10 years ago,” Donna Schuller told the OC Register. “Perfectionist that he is, I’m sure he has planned out and specified every little detail.” Schuller was diagnosed with cancer in 2013, and has been ailing since then. Schuller is perhaps best known for founding the Crystal Cathedral, which produced the Hour of Power TV show. The ministry, founded by Schuller’s grandfather, began as Garden Grove Community Church at the Orange Drive-in Theatre in 1955, soon adding a 300-seat chapel four miles away. It later expanded to the larger campus. As the ministry grew, in 1970 the Hour of Power television program launched and aired in all 50 states by 1975. The program eventually became the most-watched religious program in the world, reaching 17 million viewers. The Crystal Cathedral was completed in 1980. Charisma
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|Iran ‘deal’ would lift sanctions, shrink nuclear program
Posted: 02 Apr 2015 01:21 PM PDT
The U.S. and international negotiators announced the hard-fought framework for an Iranian nuclear deal Thursday, capping days of exhaustive and tense talks that blew past their original deadline. The plan, containing dozens of provisions, would effectively require Iran to wind down or sideline key parts of its nuclear program that could be used for nuclear weapon development in exchange for sweeping sanctions relief. The preliminary agreement allows all sides — the U.S., Iran and five other world powers — to continue working toward a final deal by a June 30 deadline. Speaking in the Rose Garden shortly after negotiators unveiled the plan in Switzerland, President Obama called the agreement a “historic understanding.” “It is a good deal,” Obama said. The announcement follows days of talks that went into overtime after missing a March 31 deadline, raising doubts on whether the negotiators could reach any agreement at all. Even with the framework, negotiators have weeks of talks ahead of them. And Obama will swiftly face pressure from congressional skeptics concerned about the direction of talks and seeking a vote on Capitol Hill. FULL REPORT
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|Indiana doing ‘180,’ now leaving religious defenseless?
Posted: 02 Apr 2015 01:12 PM PDT
Indiana lawmakers, under attack from the “gay” lobby and executives of major corporations for their adoption of a religious freedom law, apparently are planning a reversal that would leave religious believers defenseless when confronted by demands from homosexuals. Indiana has been a target of criticism this week after adopting a Religious Freedom Restoration Act similar to laws in 19 other states as well as a federal law of the same name.The law allows courts to consider the First Amendment religious rights of those who are sued by homosexuals with “discrimination” complaints. However, backed into a corner by a media narrative contending the law uniquely allows discrimination, Indiana Republican Gov. Mike Pence promised to “fix” it. A sampling of the fury over the law: A talk show host described the homosexual community as “totalitarian” on the issue, a pizzeria owned by a Christian family was forced to close after a TV station ferreted out its beliefs about marriage and several companies said they wouldn’t do business in Indiana. The federal religious-freedom law, however, was introduced by Democratic Sen. Ted Kennedy, signed by Democratic President Bill Clinton and endorsed by the New York Times. The original Indiana law was a fair attempt to balance interests, wrote Daniel O. Conkle, a professor at Indiana University’s Maurer School of Law, in the Indianapolis Star. FULL REPORT
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Temple Mount Faithful sacrifices lamb in pre-Passover ritual
It looked like a scene from year 200 BCE, or the end of days – yet it all played out just two days ago, on Monday, not far from the Temple Mount. Kohanim in authentic attire blessed the excited crowd, Levites sang hymns, and a young lamb was offered up as a Passover sacrifice in keeping with all the dictates of the ancient ritual.
NYC bomb-plot suspect tied to ‘mainstream’ U.S. Muslim group
One of the two women arrested Thursday for an alleged ISIS-inspired plot to detonate a bomb in New York City was an event speaker for a major “mainstream” Islamic organizations in the United States, an FBI official has confirmed to WND.
DHS Launches “Family Reunification,” Refugee Program for Central Americans
the Obama administration is offering free transportation from three Central American countries and a special refugee/parole program with “resettlement assistance” and permanent residency. The new arrivals will be officially known as Central American Minors (CAM) and they will be eligible for a special refugee/parole that offers a free one-way flight to the U.S. from El Salvador, Guatemala or Honduras. The project is a joint venture between the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the State Department.
Arrested for a Pesach Sacrifice
In their possession was a lamb they intended to bring onto the Temple Mount to sacrifice as a Passover offering, as the Jews used to do, and one day, will do again.
Netanyahu to convene top ministers after telling Obama Iran deal threatens Israel’s existence
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was set to convene senior ministers on Friday to discuss the framework deal reached between world powers and Iran, which he told US President Barack Obama Israel “vehemently opposed.”
THE SOLAR WIND HAS ARRIVED
As predicted, a solar wind stream hit Earth’s magnetic field during the late hours of April 2nd. The initial impact did not spark a geomagnetic storm. However, geomagnetic storms could develop on April 3rd as Earth moves deeper into the stream.
TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSE
It’s déjà vu all over again. For the third time in less than a year, sky watchers in the United States can see a total eclipse of the Moon. The action begins Saturday morning…
Netanyahu to Obama: Iran Deal Threatens Israel’s Survival
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu spoke to President Barack Obama on Thursday evening and expressed Israel’s strong opposition to the framework agreement with Iran which poses a grave danger to Israel, the region and the world, a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office said. “A deal based on this framework would threaten the survival of Israel,” Netanyahu told Obama, according to the statement. “Just two days ago, Iran said that ‘the destruction of Israel is non-negotiable,’ and in these fateful days Iran is accelerating the arming of its terror proxies to attack Israel.”
Imported drug-resistant stomach bug spreading in US
A drug-resistant strain of a nasty stomach bug made its way into the U.S. and spread, causing more than 200 illnesses since last May… Many cases were traced to people who had recently traveled to the Dominican Republic, India or other countries. Outbreaks of the shigella (shih-GEHL’-uh) bacteria are not unusual, but this strain is resistant to the antibiotic most commonly prescribed for adults.
Israeli court rejects Cremisan Valley West Bank barrier
Palestinians are celebrating after Israel’s Supreme Court rejected a plan to route the West Bank barrier through a beauty spot near Bethlehem. A long-running legal campaign against the proposal had drawn the attention of Pope Francis. The Israeli government wanted to build a section of its separation barrier between church properties in the scenic Cremisan Valley.
Egypt: Sinai peninsula attack kills 17
Militants have reportedly killed 17 people in the north of Egypt’s Sinai peninsula, near the Israel-Gaza border. Security sources say 15 soldiers and two civilians died when gunmen attacked checkpoints around the town of Sheikh Zuweid on Thursday. Egyptian forces have been fighting a faction affiliated to the Islamic State group, known as Sinai Province.
Rouhani’s stature grows in Iran after framework nuclear deal
President Hassan Rouhani has emerged triumphant both at home and abroad, bringing Iran in from the cold by using his pragmatism to try and end crippling sanctions and decades of hostility with the West through detente and diplomacy. Iran and world powers reached a framework agreement on Thursday on curbing Iran’s nuclear program for at least a decade, a step towards a final pact that could end 12 years of brinkmanship, threats and confrontation.
US officials: Iran’s militias just failed in Iraq because they can’t shoot or coordinate
Shi’ite fighters launch a rocket during clashes with Islamic State militants on the outskirts of al-Alam, Iraq, March 8, 2015.After a nearly month-long assault on the Iraqi city of Tikrit by the Iraqi military and Iranian-backed Shiite militias, the city was finally retaken from ISIS.
The Economy is Imploding at a 2008-Pace… and Investors Are Record BULLISH!
The global economic implosion continues to worsen. China is growing at 3%… possibly even lower. One of the only remotely accurate Chinese economic data points is rail traffic. Well, Chinese rail freight has fallen at a pace not seen since the Asia Financial Crisis. In fact, it’s even worse today than it was in 2008.
Pakistan army courts ‘sentence six militants to death’
Military courts in Pakistan have sentenced six men to death in their first verdicts since being announced after the Peshawar school massacre. Pakistan’s army chief said the six men to be hanged were hardcore terrorists involved in heinous acts of terror, manslaughter and suicide bombing.
Israeli options limited despite warnings on Iran deal
Israel has warned relentlessly against a nuclear deal with Iran but experts say Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s options are limited and immediate military action is unlikely.
Al-Shabab militants kill 147 at university in Kenya
Al-Shabab gunmen rampaged through a university in northeastern Kenya at dawn Thursday, killing 147 people in the group’s deadliest attack in the East African country. Four militants were slain by security forces to end the siege just after dusk.
Iran nuke agreement full of holes
What we actually have in writing about the areas of agreement between Iran and the US-led P5+1 group of nations is full of holes. Worse, it is already being described differently in English and in Persian — a matter that will surely complicate the task of writing a final, binding draft by June 30.
How Many People Will Have To Migrate Out Of California When All The Water Disappears?
The drought in California is getting a lot worse. As you read this, snowpack levels in the Sierra Nevada mountains are the lowest that have ever been recorded. That means that there won’t be much water for California farmers and California cities once again this year. To make up the difference in recent years, water has been pumped out of the ground like crazy. In fact, California has been losing more than 12 million acre-feet of groundwater a year since 2011, and wells all over the state are going dry. Once the groundwater is all gone, what are people going to do? 100 years ago, the population of the state of California was 3 million, and during the 20th century we built lots of beautiful new cities in an area that was previously a desert. Scientists tell us that the 20th century was the wettest century in 1000 years for that area of the country, but now weather patterns are reverting back to normal. Today, the state of California is turning back into a desert but it now has a population of 38 million people. This is not sustainable in the long-term. So when the water runs out, where are they going to go? (Read More….)
The world’s fastest-growing religion is …
Islam, the world’s fastest-growing faith, will leap from 1.6 billion (in 2010) to 2.76 billion by 2050, according to the Pew study. At that time, Muslims will make up nearly one-third of the world’s total projected population of about 9 billion people. (Burke, CNN)
Netanyahu to Obama: Iran Deal ‘Threatens the Survival of the State of Israel’
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu criticized President Barack Obama directly on Thursday evening, telling him that the new framework agreement on Iran’s nuclear program “threatens the survival of the State of Israel.” The two leaders spoke by telephone to discuss the preliminary deal that negotiators from the P5+1 nations reached with Iran at talks in Lausanne, Switzerland that extended past the original Tuesday deadline.
Restoring All Things? Another Misguided Attempt
The latest is a conference and book, both by the title, “Restoring All Things,” by Warren Cole Smith (World Publishing) and John Stonestreet (Colson Center and co-host of Breakpoint). These authors join a host of other “restoration movement” authors and speakers who have become prominent in the last decade. Giving the benefit of the doubt, I am sure that the leaders of the movement are not motivated by a book-selling, speech-giving, royalties-driven heart. Rather, they are leading out of an honest-to-goodness desire for a better world.
But their desire is totally misguided.
Obama Flooding US With Unscreened Muslim Immigrants In Record Numbers
It’s a huge surge under Obama. In the last three years, he’s averaged 100,000 new Muslim immigrants from Islamic nations a year.
Man Goes Into A Muslim Bakery To Order A Same-Sex Wedding Cake, And This Happened (VIDEO)
Christian political commentator Steven Crowder went into some local Muslim bakeries to ask them if they would make a gay wedding cake, and this video was the result.
Movie Director Comes to Christ While Filming South Korean Pastor Who Saves Abandoned Babies
by Marsha West
Christian News Network reports:
The producer of an acclaimed documentary that recently hit theaters across the country and is currently being shown in churches nationwide is sharing his story of how he came to Christ as a result of his work on the film.
Brian Ivie, 24, is the director of the film “The Drop Box,” a documentary that tells the story of South Korean pastor Lee Jong-rak, who is credited with saving countless abandoned babies who might have otherwise have died after being left on the streets by their mothers.
Robert Schuller, Crystal Cathedral megachurch founder, dies
by Marsha West
Media outlets are reporting that televangelist and motivational speaker Robert Schuller has died. According to Fox News:
Schuller died early Thursday at a care facility in Artesia, daughter Carol Schuller Milner said. In 2013, Schuller was diagnosed with a tumor in his esophagus that had spread to his lymph nodes and began treatment.
The evil Easter Bunny is going to sacrifice your kids to a pagan goddess, so let’s show the world that we’re not happy that Jesus rose from the dead
by Marsha West
This article will no doubt spark a bit of controversy. In it, Stephen John addresses the claims that Easter is pagan in origin. therefore Christians should not celebrate Easter Sunday:
This piece is not about how evil and pagan the Easter bunny and Easter are,” John clarifies. “Or that Easter eggs, especially the red-painted ones, constitute full-blown devil worship and offerings to strange goddesses. Boo! And it’s not about whether or not born-again believers should or should not celebrate Easter—that is your decision. This piece was written from a born-again believer’s perspective and looks at some other Easter-related issues. But please note that you’re not going to get your obsessive, fanatical, and unbiblical anti-Easter fix here. For that, try the Hebrew Roots Movement cult, the Sacred Name Movement cult, your local branch of the Anti-Easter League, the We-Are-All-Jews-Now fan club, or, sadly (in many cases), your local church. Close your mouth.
NY Boy Scouts Defiantly Hire Openly-Gay Pascal Tessier As Camp Counsellor For Young Boys
“For the first time in the history of the Boy Scouts, an openly gay adult will join their ranks as a camp counselor,” he said. “Pascal Tessier was the first out gay scout, and now it appears that he will also be the first out gay leader.”
On today’s Episode of The Briefing
1) Shabab attack on Kenya university targets non-Muslims, especially Christians
Shabab Attack on a Kenya University Kills 147, Officials Say, New York Times (Isma’il Kushkush and Rukmini Callilmachi)
147 killed, hundreds rescued in attack on Kenyan university by al-Shabab, Washington Post (Jessica Hatcher)
70 killed when Islamist terrorists target Christians at Kenyan university, CNN (Holly Yan and Josh Levs)
2) Secularism not prospering in world scene, Islam projected to become majority affiliation
The Future of World Religions: Population Growth Projections, 2010-2050, Pew Research Center (Staff)
Islam Could Become the World’s Largest Religion After 2070, The Atlantic (Emma Green)
3) MLB’s ‘ambassador of inclusion’ reflects growing cultural pressure on Christian atheletes
Cultural hardball, World (Marvin Olasky)
4) Robert Schuller’s legacy involvement in message compatible with twentieth century values
Robert H. Schuller, ‘Hour of Power’ televangelist, dies at 88, Washington Post (Emily Langer)
Rev. Robert H. Schuller, ‘Hour of Power’ Evangelist, Dies at 88, New York Times (Stuart Lavietes)
In other news…
Space and the City, The Economist
Religious Freedom vs. Individual Equality, New York Times (Charles M. Blow)
David Wilkerson – Don’t Get Stuck in Babylon
Michael Youssef – Easter 2015, the Persecution Intensifies
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