April 4-5, 2015 Truth2Freedom Weekend Briefing Collection

The first great and primary business to which I ought to attend every day is to have my soul happy in the Lord. —George Müller

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April 5, 2015

Chile flood toll rises amid growing fears for missing
Rescue workers in Chile say the death toll from last week’s floods has risen to 25 and could increase further. There is growing concern for the 101 people still missing after last week’s flash floods and mudslides in the Atacama region, which includes the world’s driest desert. President Michelle Bachelet visited the area on Saturday, promising to provide aid to help recovery efforts.   

Yemen conflict: Evacuations continue as fighting intensifies
Countries including Pakistan and China are stepping up efforts to evacuate their citizens from Yemen, as its humanitarian situation worsens. A Pakistani aircraft will fly to the capital Sanaa on Sunday to rescue 170 people. Flights from China, Egypt, Sudan and Djibouti are also scheduled, according to the Saudi-led coalition fighting Yemen’s Shia Houthi rebels.   

Large Hadron Collider restarts after two-year rebuild
The Large Hadron Collider has restarted, with protons circling the machine’s 27km tunnel for the first time since 2013. Particle beams have now travelled in both directions, inside parallel pipes, at a whisker below the speed of light. Actual collisions will not begin for at least another month, but they will take place with nearly double the energy the LHC reached during its first run.   

Report: Iran transfers millions to Hamas for reconstruction of tunnels
Iran has stepped-up its efforts to support Hamas in Gaza, transferring tens of millions of dollars to the Izaddin Kassam Brigades, Hamas’s military wing, to help with rebuilding efforts, the Telegraph reported Sunday. According to the report, the funds have been allocated to the rebuilding of tunnels and restocking of missile arsenals destroyed by Israel during Operation Protective Edge.   

Iraq’s Tikrit, free of the Islamic State, is a city in ruins
In Iraq’s Tikrit, liberation from the Islamic State group comes at a heavy price, both in loss of life and in the sheer devastation the militants leave in their wake.   

Islamic State Seizes Most of Damascus Refugee Camp; Residents Flee
Civilians trapped in a Palestinian refugee camp in Syria’s capital fled to safer areas Saturday amid intense shelling and clashes between Palestinian armed factions and Islamic militants who took over most of the camp, Syrian activists said.   

Saudi U.N. envoy slams Russia’s request on Yemen
Saudi Arabia’s permanent representative to the U.N., Abdullah Al-Moalami, said Saturday that Russia’s call for a humanitarian pause in Yemen is only aimed at troubling a draft resolution by Gulf Arab states and Jordan that is being negotiating by the Security Council.   

Militants blow up natural gas pipeline in Nigeria’s delta state
Militants of the Urhobo minority ethnic group blew up a natural gas pipeline in Nigeria’s Delta state in the early hours on Friday, a Nigerian official said on Saturday.   

Anti-Israel protesters call ‘Kill the Jews’ in Vienna
Bosnian soccer fans joined a pro-Palestinian demonstration in Vienna on Friday and shouted anti-Semitic epithets in one of the city’s central plazas, Austrian newspaper Der Standard reported   

The US and Iran are closer in Iraq than people realize — and things are getting ugly
The Obama administration is no longer hiding the fact that the US is serving as the air force for Iran-backed Shia militias fighting ISIS in Iraq. Helen Cooper of The New York Times reports that the US and Iran “have found a template for fighting the Sunni militancy in other parts of Iraq: American airstrikes and Iranian-backed ground assaults” with the Iraqi military serving as a go-between.   

Kenya al-Shabab: Kenyatta vows tough response to Garissa attack
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has vowed to respond “in the severest ways possible” to the al-Shabab militant attack on Garissa university in which 148 people died.  


April 4, 2015

‘Mystic’ rabbi issues ominous warning on eve of blood moon
Rabbi Amram Vaknin, described as a “mystic rabbi living in southern Israel,” is urging all Jews to pray and repent as the third Blood Moon of a tetrad cycle approaches, according to a report in Breaking Israel News. He warns that Israel is facing great judgment and potential danger at this time, according to the report. Vaknin predicted that the 44th president would “bring bloodshed (dam) to the Jewish people.” It should be noted that the rabbi made this prediction before President Barack Obama’s election to office, according to Breaking Israel News.   

Papua New Guinea, Tonga and Missouri: Earthquakes 28 March-3 April 2015
Some weeks there’s not a lot of earthquake activity — some weeks there is. The week of 28 March-3 April 2015 was one of the latter, with the United States Geological Survey’s real time earthquake map (which shows tremors of all magnitudes in the US and its territories and those of at least magnitude 4 elsewhere) showing a total of just over 1,550 earthquakes, four of them larger than M6.0 and one of M7.5.   

Obama’s Economy Lays An Egg Just In Time For Easter
Try as he might, Obama can’t sugarcoat this sour news. Equally curious, one might notice, is the shameless ability of the leftists to declare a loser to be a winner as they smear a thick coating of glossy lipstick on the pig that is the Obama economy.   

Iran Deal: US and Allies are the Junior Varsity (Little League?)
It looks like the U.S. is the captain of the junior varsity team. And Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu will not sugarcoat his assessment. This “agreement” which is not a deal, is not even the framework of a deal, is, ultimately, an attempt by the Obama administration to rack up at least one foreign policy “achievement” during its tenure.   

North Korea ‘test-fires missiles’
North Korea has test-fired four short-range missiles into the sea off its west coast, say South Korean military officials. In a statement, the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said the missiles had a range of about 140km (87 miles). They were fired from Dongchang-ri in the north of the country on Friday afternoon local time, it said.   

US hiring slows, adding 126,000 jobs in March
Employers in the United States added 126,000 jobs in March – a gain far lower than previous months. The slower gains mark a break from a 12-month streak where employers added over 200,000 jobs each month. Severe winter weather, factory slowdowns, and dull construction activity contributed to the lacklustre numbers.   

Kenya’s cities will run with blood
Somali militants vowed on Saturday to wage a long war against Kenya and run its cities “red with blood” after the group’s fighters killed nearly 150 people during an assault on a Kenyan university. In the worst bloodshed in Kenya in nearly two decades, four al Shabaab gunmen went on a killing spree…hunting down and executing students in a campus in Garissa…   

A new chapter in the Sunni-Shi’ite war
The Saudi-organized coalition for Yemen and…a regional Arab force show that the Sunni…picked up the gauntlet thrown down by the Iranians. The assembling of a Sunni alliance to challenge the advancement of an Iranian proxy in Yemen, and the subsequent announcement in Sharm e-Sheikh of the formation of a 40,000 strong Arab rapid reaction force, are the latest moves in a war that has already been under way in the Middle East for some time.   

World Will Get More Religious by 2050
The world is becoming more religious, as the number of agnostics and others who don’t affiliate with a certain religion shrinks as a percentage of the global population. By 2050, just 13 percent of people in the world will say they are unaffiliated, compared with 16 percent who said the same in 2010, according to a new Pew Research Center survey.   

White House officials defend Somalia strategy as counterterrorism model
President Obama has cited the battle against al-Shabab militants in Somalia as a model of success for his relatively low-investment, light-footprint approach to counterterrorism. But this week’s massacre of 148 people at Garissa University College, the deadliest terrorist attack on Kenyan soil in two decades, demonstrates the limits of the administration’s approach and the difficulty of producing lasting victories over resilient enemies.   

Drug-resistant strain of infectious illness hits U.S.
A drug-resistant strain of the food-borne bacteria Shigella has made its way to the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report   

Analysis: Iran deal’s missing details spell trouble
The landmark nuclear deal reached Thursday between world powers and Iran is being touted as a victory by both Iran and President Obama. But missing details could spell trouble ahead.   

Netanyahu says Iran must accept Israel’s existence
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu demanded that Iranian recognition of Israel’s right to exist be written into an emerging nuclear deal, as he convened top officials for talks on Friday.   

Crowd hails Iranian nuclear negotiators on return to Tehran
A crowd of well-wishers hailed Iranian negotiators Friday as they returned to Tehran after agreeing the framework of a potentially historic nuclear deal with world powers, Iranian news agencies reported.   

Sky spectacle: Lunar eclipse to feature ‘blood moon’
The first of two lunar eclipses visible in the U.S. this year will take place early Saturday morning. NASA explains why the first one is so special.  


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U.S. negotiators reportedly lowered the bar for their own goals during talks over Iran’s nuclear program in response to resistance from the Tehran team. And, on the heels of a framework deal being announced in Switzerland, France’s top diplomat on Friday admitted his country had initially held out for firmer terms. 

The emerging reports indicate the U.S. team, led by Secretary of State John Kerry, gradually backed down over the course of the talks as Iran’s delegation dug in. The Wall Street Journal, citing current and former U.S. representatives at the discussions, claimed the White House had initially hoped to persuade Iran to dismantle much of the country’s nuclear infrastructure when talks started in late 2013, only to be told categorically that Iran would not do so. 

The Journal reported that one Iranian diplomat called the nuclear program “our moon shot,” comparing it to the U.S. space program in the 1960s as a symbol of national pride and advancement. From that point, the Journal reports, the U.S. accepted that any possible deal would likely enable Iran to continue to enrich some uranium to produce nuclear fuel and turned their focus to extending Iran’s so-called “breakout time” or the minimum period that Iran would need to build a nuclear weapon. 


Bizarre Syndrome Makes Visitors to Jerusalem Go Crazy

Posted: 05 Apr 2015 06:03 AM PDT

Bizarre Syndrome Makes Visitors to Jerusalem Go CrazyAs Christians and Jews around the world prepare to celebrate the holidays of Easter and Passover, many will flock to the city of Jerusalem. Since ancient times, the city has been a magnet for religious pilgrims from some of the world’s largest faiths — namely, Judaism, Christianity and Islam. But for a small percentage of these visitors, their reverence of Jerusalem may become pathological — in other words, a visit to the city may trigger obsessive ideas, delusions or other psychotic experiences. Some psychiatrists have dubbed this condition “Jerusalem syndrome,” and say it happens in people who have no prior history of mental illness. However, others dispute the diagnosis and say the condition is more likely part of a broader psychosis, and is not unique to Jerusalem.  “I’d never heard of it before,” admitted Simon Rego, director of psychology training at Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center in New York City. “You see things like this emerge periodically in the literature, where people think they have found a unique syndrome,” but it may just be the result of an underlying mental illness, Rego told Live Science. FULL REPORT

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Is China a danger to the U.S.?

Posted: 05 Apr 2015 05:58 AM PDT

Is China a danger to the U.S.?Among the most colossal shifts of our time has been the rise of China, from the black hole of Mao’s ruinous communism to a power increasingly to be reckoned with around the globe. But what is today’s China? Is it still communist? Capitalist? Is it friend or foe to the U.S.? Should we fear China’s rise? Resist it? Welcome it? What lies ahead? These are the big questions tackled by PJTV in a special in-depth series of video reports, “Made in China.” Hosted by PJTV’s Bill Whittle, with Scott Ott, this is a three-part exploration of what China has become, where it came from, and what might lie ahead. You can watch a trailer here. This is not your standard “mainstream media” China debate. For insights, PJTV enlisted people who have both firsthand experience with China and great respect for the principles of freedom and free markets; who proceed from the understanding that China’s model of a quasi-market economy coupled with continuing repression by China’s Communist Party is not – as some would have it – a recipe for stability. It is profoundly unstable. In the first segment, PJTV focuses on “China: Still Communist, or Have They Gone Capitalist?” Hillsdale College economics professor Charles Steele explains that China is still trying to walk a line between the two: It certainly has markets, but they are hugely subject to government intervention. Coming from utter destitution under Mao’s communism, the result of even limited freedom to do business and own property has been to lift more people out of poverty than has ever happened before, anywhere in the history of mankind. But China’s continuing political repression has left it with enormous and potentially explosive problems, yet to be solved. Terry Jones of Investor’s Business Daily jumps in to explain why China’s economy is running into growing difficulties, a shrinking work force, and why he believes “What has been called the China Miracle is officially over.” FULL REPORT

 

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‘700 CLUB’ EXAMINES FUTURE ISLAMIC ANTICHRIST

Posted: 05 Apr 2015 05:53 AM PDT

'700 CLUB' EXAMINES FUTURE ISLAMIC ANTICHRISTBefore Joel Richardson’s groundbreaking re-examination of Bible prophecy, “The Islamic Antichrist,” hit the New York Times bestsellers list a few years ago, evangelical Christians nearly universally saw scripture’s most feared future leader as a European.  Another eschatological domino fell this week when the ever-popular “700 Club” hosted the author’s review of his findings, which have captured the attention of Christians stunned by what they see happening in the Middle East and the Muslim world lining up precisely with what the the ancient Hebrew prophets had to say about the end times. The author of “Mideast Beast: The Scriptural Case for an Islamic Antichrist” sat down this week with host Gordon Robertson, who was filling in for his father, Pat, to explain how the Islamic “Mahdi,” the Muslim version of the Messiah, may be the same person as the Antichrist of the Bible. “When you look at Islamic tradition, sacred tradition, as they describe their primary messiah figure, the Mahdi, there’s numerous striking similarities with what the Bible describes with the Antichrist,” Richardson said. ‘They believe he’ll rule for seven years, they believe he’ll rule specifically from Jerusalem on the Temple Mount, they believe he’ll be a religious, military, political leader that will cause Islam to be supreme throughout the world, filled with anti-Semitism, anti-Christ, anti-Christian spirit and doctrine. It’s amazing how the two concepts, messianic concepts, really line up in what I call an ‘anti-parallel.’” FULL REPORT

 

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Soaring dollar puts world on sale for Americans

Posted: 05 Apr 2015 05:39 AM PDT

Soaring dollar puts world on sale for AmericansAmericans have long complained that the dollar doesn’t buy much anymore. Suddenly, the dollar’s problem may be that it buys too much — a change that has huge implications across the global economy for consumers, businesses, investors and governments. The U.S. currency’s value has surged over the last nine months, reaching levels against some world currencies last seen more than a decade ago. In Europe, it now costs just $1.09 to buy one euro, down from $1.37 a year ago and almost $1.50 four years ago. To put it another way, an American tourist strolling the streets of Paris this April can buy 25% more croissants, cafe au laits or mini Eiffel towers than a year ago with the same dollars. The greenback’s advance has been even more dramatic against some rivals. With its latest rally, one buck buys 30% more Swedish kronor than a year ago, 40% more Brazilian reais and 61% more Russian rubles. FULL REPORT

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Pentagon upgrades biggest ‘bunker buster’ bomb in case Iran talks fail

Posted: 04 Apr 2015 04:54 PM PDT

Pentagon upgrades biggest ‘bunker buster’ bomb in case Iran talks fail The Pentagon has upgraded and tested the largest bunker-buster bomb in the US, powerful enough to disable Iran’s most heavily fortified nuclear facilities in case of failure to reach a nuclear deal, a senior US official told the Wall Street Journal. “The Pentagon continues to be focused on being able to provide military options for Iran if needed,” an unnamed senior US official has been quoted as saying. “We have not taken our eyes off the ball.”  According to the Wall Street Journal report, work on the bunker buster (the so-called Massive Ordnance Penetrator, or MOP) started before the latest round of talks with Iran. The most recent testing took place in mid-January, when the improved bunker buster was dropped at a testing site at an undisclosed location by a B-2 bomber that took off from Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri, officials told the publication. The Wall Street Journal reported in 2012 that according to Pentagon war planners the 30,000-pound (13,607 kg) bunker buster wasn’t powerful enough to destroy some fortified Iranian nuclear facilities. So work reportedly began to upgrade the bomb’s design and guidance systems. FULL REPORT

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Are They Arming for Riots Across America? Homeland Stockpiling “Less Lethal Specialty Munitions”

Posted: 04 Apr 2015 04:48 PM PDT

Are They Arming for Riots Across America? Homeland Stockpiling “Less Lethal Specialty Munitions” One of the biggest stories for years in the alternative media was the mysterious and foreboding purchase by Homeland Security of more than 1.6 billion rounds of ammunition. Thanks to coverage on prominent sites like DrudgeReport, the story reached into mainstream media, prompting official spin and downplaying of the purchase. Now, a new Homeland Security purchase order listed on FedBizOpps also raises an eyebrow or two, given the heated and divided political and social climate at hand. Just look at what happened in Ferguson.  A request for “less lethal specialty munitions” for use by Homeland Security dated March 23, 2015 reads: U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) intends to solicit responses to Request for Information (RFI) 20082225-JTC for Less Lethal Specialty Munitions (LLSM) for use by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). CBP is interested in incorporating commercial and industry practices that support this type of procurement. To accomplish this, CBP intends to make industry a partner in all facets of the acquisition process, specifically by considering existing market capabilities, strengths and weaknesses for the acquisition of this commodity. FULL REPORT

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Does The Bible Show That Jesus Of Nazareth Was Crucified On A Wednesday Morning?

Posted: 04 Apr 2015 04:42 PM PDT

Does The Bible Show That Jesus Of Nazareth Was Crucified On A Wednesday Morning?“For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.” Matthew 12:40 (KJV)

All over the world this Friday, Christians and Catholics will be observing Good Friday. The Catholic church teaches that Jesus went to the cross on a Friday and rose from the grave on a Sunday morning. It sounds right, and mostly every one across the board accepts those days and that chronology. Only one problem. It’s completely wrong according to the biblicalaccount of what happened.

The Catholic teaching is based on 1 Corinthians 15:4 which says this: “And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:” 1 Corinthians 15:4 (KJV) They count Friday as one day, Saturday as the second day and Sunday as the third day. 3 days. Only it’s not 3 days, it’s barely a day and a half according to the Jewish calendar.  Jesus did not rise on Sunday morning, the bible says that He already “was risen” by the time Sunday morning rolled around. Read it for yourself: “Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils.” Mark 16:9

“In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre.” “He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.” – Matthew 28:1,6

In all the gospel accounts, Jesus is already risen on Sunday morning. There is no account of His rising at that time, it has already happened. So if the Roman Catholic timeline is followed, you would have at the most 30 hours of elapsed time. Not even close enough to the “3 days and 3 nights” that Jesus Himself said would transpire. FULL REPORT

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Three Small Earthquakes Shake LA Area Within 10 Minutes

Posted: 04 Apr 2015 04:33 PM PDT

Three Small Earthquakes Shake LA Area Within 10 MinutesTremors could be felt around north Los Angeles Saturday morning when a string of small earthquakes hit the area, the largest a magnitude 3.1-earthquake, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblors struck northwest of Granada Hills within the space of 10 minutes, according to the agency’s preliminary earthquake reports. The 3.1-magnitude earthquake, reported at 7:54 a.m., could be felt as far away as Carson. The LA Fire Department found no significant damage or injuries in a 470-square mile survey following the earthquake. Two smaller earthquakes preceded the largest temblor: a 2.1-magnitude shaker at 7:46 a.m. and a 2.8-magnitude earthquake (initially reported as a 2.7-magnitude) at 7:52 a.m., both in the same area, according to the USGS. FULL REPORT

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Two Good Friday earthquakes rock Costa Rica – third quake in 4 days

Posted: 04 Apr 2015 04:26 PM PDT

Two Good Friday earthquakes rock Costa Rica – third quake in 4 daysA series of earthquakes rocked the southern Costa Rican city of Pérez Zeledón and could be felt in the capital, San José, starting at 12:32 p.m., reported the Volcanological and Seismological Observatory of Costa Rica, OVSICORI. The first quake had a magnitude of 4.8 with an epicenter some 10 kilometers from Pérez Zeledón. A magnitude-5.2 aftershock at 12:42 p.m. was followed by a magnitude-2.3 temblor at 12:50 p.m., according to initial reports from OVSICORI. The temblor was strong enough to drive some families out of their homes in Pérez Zeledón and crack the walls of homes in the beach town of Uvita, according to reports received by The Tico Times. Some beachgoers on the Caribbean even felt the quake. SOURCE

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Chaos In Yemen: Chinese Troops Arrive As US-Armed Rebels Set Sights On Central Bank

Posted: 03 Apr 2015 05:36 PM PDT

Chaos In Yemen: Chinese Troops Arrive As US-Armed Rebels Set Sights On Central BankIranian-backed Houthi rebels are now in control of the central Crater district in the key Yemeni port city of Aden despite a seventh consecutive day of bombing raids by the Saudi-led coalition which is keen on preventing the city from falling. Aden is the second largest city in the country with a population of some 800,000 and as noted by The Guardian, is “the last major holdout of fighters loyal to the Saudi-backed President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi.” Residents have reported the presence of tanks, sniper fire, and patrolling Houthi fighters as the militia moves closer to exerting complete control over the city. Via The GuardianResidents of Aden’s central Crater district said Houthi fighters and their allies were in control of the neighbourhood by midday on Thursday, deploying tanks and foot patrols through its otherwise empty streets after heavy fighting in the morning. It was the first time fighting on the ground had reached so deeply into central Aden. Crater is home to the local branch of Yemen’s central bank and many commercial businesses. FULL REPORT

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Volcano eruption in Indonesia triggers evacuationPosted: 03 Apr 2015 05:32 PM PDT

Volcano eruption in Indonesia triggers evacuationThe Mount Sinabung volcano in Indonesia’s North Sumatra province erupted on Thursday afternoon, spewing a column of ash by up to two kilometers into the sky and triggering a small-scale evacuation, an official said on Friday. A powerful burst of hot ash was spread from the rumbling volcano, heading four kilometers to the south of the crater and one kilometer to the southeast, according to Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, spokesman for the National Disaster Management Agency, Xinhua reported. Some of the villagers living near the volcano were evacuated to safer places, Sutopo said. ‘Some of residents of Sibintun village have to be evacuated by force by officials to other places,’ he told Xinhua. FULL REPORT

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TEPCO under fire after hiding massive radioactive waste leak at Fukushima for a full yearPosted: 03 Apr 2015 05:29 PM PDT

TEPCO under fire after hiding massive radioactive waste leak at Fukushima for a full yearA major bombshell has dropped concerning the failed cleanup efforts at the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan. The shuttered plant’s operator, the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), has apparently been hiding for an entire year the fact that radioactive waste has been quietly pouring into the ocean from an onsite drainage ditch. Sputnik News reports that TEPCO, which is also managing remediation efforts at the site (with guidance from the Japanese government), concealed from the public the fact that highly contaminated radioactive water has been flowing from the drainage ditch directly into the ocean. Local fishermen and others have since expressed outrage over the news. “I don’t understand why you (TEPCO) kept silent about the leakage even though you knew about it,” stated Masakazu Yabuki, chief of the Iwaki fisheries cooperative, according to Sputnik. “Fishery operators are absolutely shocked.” FULL REPORT

 

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CDC building ‘police state’ registry system to track your vaccination statusPosted: 03 Apr 2015 05:24 PM PDT

CDC building 'police state' registry system to track your vaccination status Imagine a world in which the government has free access to your private medical records for the purpose of ensuring your compliance with official vaccination mandates. The United States is on the cusp of such tyranny with an Immunization Information Systems (IIS) program currently being built by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that will make your vaccination status available to health authorities, healthcare providers and “other authorized stakeholders.” The CDC describes the program as a system of “confidential, population-based, computerized databases that record all immunization doses administered by participating providers to persons residing within a given geopolitical area.” In other words, it’s a vast network of tracking systems that keep tabs on who’s getting jabbed in accordance with official guidelines and who’s choosing to opt for natural immunity instead. As explained by The Greater Good documentary writer and director Leslie Manookian, IIS is a vaccine registry system designed to identify and track areas of so-called “undervaccination” for which intervention by government jackboots is necessary to achieve certain vaccination targets — in this case, that means a 95 percent or higher vaccination rate across the country. FULL REPORT

 

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Russian ships in old Arctic NATO base set alarms bells ringingPosted: 03 Apr 2015 05:18 PM PDT

Russian ships in old Arctic NATO base set alarms bells ringingRussian ships docked at what was once a secret Norwegian naval base in the Arctic have prompted concern from the NATO country’s former top military leaders, anxious about its resurgent eastern neighbour roaming nearby.  Norway’s jagged Arctic coastline has regained its strategic importance since tensions between Russia and NATO members have spiked to levels not seen since the fall of the Soviet Union. The rocky relations have led some to criticise the shutting down of Olavsvern Naval Base, a massive complex burrowed into a mountain near the northern town of Tromsoe, that has been closed since 2009. Shuttering it was driven by the then seemingly reduced threat from Moscow and its massive Northern Fleet based on Russia’s nearby Kola Peninsula. “We sold the only base worthy of the name that we had up there. It’s pure madness,” former vice admiral Einar Skorgen, who commanded Norway’s northern forces, told AFP. Skorgen and other critics say Norway has robbed itself of a crucial foothold in the far north, forcing its submarines to travel hundreds of extra miles from their bases to defend the region. On top of that, three Russian ships have spent the winter docked deep within the mountain hideaway, once a closely guarded military facility. FULL REPORT

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Hundreds of Thousands in Donations Pour in for Pizzeria Forced to Close Over Biblical Marriage BeliefsPosted: 03 Apr 2015 05:10 PM PDT

Hundreds of Thousands in Donations Pour in for Pizzeria Forced to Close Over Biblical Marriage BeliefsHundreds of thousands in donations have poured in out of a show of support to a pizzeria that was forced to close after it faced arson and death threats by homosexual activists and advocates simply for expressing their biblical beliefs on marriage when asked by a local news station. The matter began when reporter Alyssa Marino of ABC 57 News in South Bend set out to interview area business owners about their reaction to the controversy over the recently signed Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). Among the businesses that she visited was Memories Pizza in Walkerton, a place that is decorated with crosses and quotes from Scripture, and begins each morning with prayer. The establishment had never turned anyone away, nor were there any complaints about the pizzeria, and owner Crystal O’Connor explained to Marino that if a homosexual couple or someone of another religion came to eat there, Memories Pizza would never deny them service. “I just walked into their shop and asked how they feel,” Marino explained on Twitter. “They’ve never been asked to cater a same-sex wedding.” FULL REPORT

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CERN restart expected over EasterPosted: 03 Apr 2015 05:06 PM PDT

CERN restart expected over EasterEngineers have upgraded and remodelled the particle-accelerator LHC. Now a scheduled restart had to be delayed due to a short circuit in an electromagnet. The collection of data in 2015 will probably not be affected. During the two-year reconstruction phase, the particle-accelerator is expected to nearly double the energy levels achieved in its collisions. Physicists said they hoped this would open the door to an even deeper understanding of our universe. “We are all very excited,” CERN director Rolf-Dieter Heuer said at a press conference on March 12. Since its initial launch in 2008, CERN researchers in Geneva have been using the 27-kilometer-long particle accelerator to smash protons together at just under the speed of light. Directly after the collision, the particles break up into their smallest building blocks, like Hadrons and Bosons. One of them is the Higgs-Boson, a particle that was previously only known as a theoretical quantity, but its existence was physically proven just before the LHC was shut down three years ago. The particles are recorded with huge sensors that have a similar function to light-detecting chips in digital cameras. FULL REPORT

 

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Greece draws up drachma plans, prepares to miss IMF paymentPosted: 03 Apr 2015 04:39 PM PDT

Greece draws up drachma plans, prepares to miss IMF payment Greece is drawing up drastic plans to nationalise the country’s banking system and introduce a parallel currency to pay bills unless the eurozone takes steps to defuse the simmering crisis and soften its demands. Sources close to the ruling Syriza party said the government is determined to keep public services running and pay pensions as funds run critically low. It may be forced to take the unprecedented step of missing a payment to the International Monetary Fund next week. Greece no longer has enough money to pay the IMF €458m on April 9 and also to cover payments for salaries and social security on April 14, unless the eurozone agrees to disburse the next tranche of its interim bail-out deal in time. “We are a Left-wing government. If we have to choose between a default to the IMF or a default to our own people, it is a no-brainer,” said a senior official. “We may have to go into a silent arrears process with the IMF. This will cause a furore in the markets and means that the clock will start to tick much faster,” the source told The Telegraph. FULL REPORT

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Shocking Passover Blood Moon Predictions By Israeli RabbiPosted: 03 Apr 2015 04:35 PM PDT

Shocking Passover Blood Moon Predictions By Israeli RabbiA mystic rabbi living in southern Israel is urging all Jews to pray and repent as the third Blood Moon of a tetrad cycle approaches. Rabbi Amram Vaknin, who similarly predicted the events of the Gaza flotilla and the Carmel forest fire in 2010, and Operations Pillar of Defense (2012) and Protective Edge (2014), warns that Israel is facing great judgment and potential danger at this time. One of Rabbi Vaknin’s students, Gil Nachman, spoke to Breaking Israel News and, quoting the sage, explained that the numeric value of the Hebrew word for blood, dam, which is 44, alludes to the 44th president of the United States.  Vaknin predicted that the 44th president would bring bloodshed (dam) to the Jewish people. It should be noted that the rabbi made this prediction before President Barack Obama’s election to office. Vaknin believes that only 44 plus one, or 45, can counter the danger represented by the blood moons. This, he says, is Adam, or Man, which in this case refers to the Messiah. FULL REPORT

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NY Boy Scouts hires gay leader despite national policyPosted: 03 Apr 2015 04:31 PM PDT

NY Boy Scouts hires gay leader despite national policy The Boy Scouts’ New York chapter said Thursday that it has hired the nation’s first openly gay Eagle Scout as a summer camp leader, a direct and public challenge to the national Scouting organization’s ban on openly gay adult members. The Boy Scouts’ national spokesman, Deron Smith, said there was no change in that national policy, which has been highly divisive. As for any further response to the New York announcement, Smith said, “We are looking into this matter.” The challenge to the national headquarters was laid down by the Boy Scouts’ Greater New York Councils, which announced the hiring of Pascal Tessier, an 18-year-old Eagle Scout. Tessier has been a vocal advocate for opening the 105-year-old organization to gay Scouts and leaders. “We received this application from this young man, and we found him highly qualified on all the merits,” board member Richard G. Mason said by phone. The New York group, like some other local Scouting councils, has said before that it is open to gay employees. FULL REPORT

 

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President Barack Obama speaks the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Thursday, April 2, 2015. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Extolling the virtues of his deal with Iran on Thursday, President Barack Obama made a false and extremely nasty assertion: “It’s no secret,” he claimed, incorrectly, “that the Israeli prime minister and I don’t agree about whether the United States should move forward with a peaceful resolution to the Iranian issue.”

It is indeed no secret that Obama and Netanyahu don’t agree on how to thwart Iran’s nuclear weapons ambitions. It is emphatically not the case, however, that Israel’s prime minister opposes “a peaceful resolution to the Iranian issue.” It is emphatically not the case, despite Obama’s insinuation, that Israel’s leader regards military intervention as the only means to thwart Iran.

Netanyahu has not been saying no to diplomacy. His endlessly stated contention is not that war is the only alternative to the deal so delightedly hailed by Obama as “the most effective way to ensure Iran doesn’t get a nuclear weapon.” Rather, in Netanyahu’s insistent opinion, what is needed is simply a different, far more potent deal.


Khalid al-Mansour, George Soros And The Creation Of Barack Hussein Obama

Obama’s links to hardcore anti-American people and groups is so pervasive that had he applied to work at the White House prior to becoming president, he would NOT have received a security clearance.

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Backgrounder: Arab Intervention in Yemen

Middle East Forum staff, fellows and publications
April 3, 2015
http://www.meforum.org/5145/backgrounder-intervention-yemen


Backgrounder: Iran Nuclear Negotiations

Middle East Forum staff, fellows and publications
April 3, 2015

http://www.meforum.org/5158/backgrounder-iran-nuclear-talks


A New Chapter in the Sunni-Shiite War :: Spyer in Jerusalem Post

by Jonathan Spyer
The Jerusalem Post
April 4, 2015
http://www.meforum.org/5159/sunni-shiite-war


Sorry Pastor Hagee, But The Jewish People Need Jesus For Salvation Too

Have you ever stopped to wonder why we never hear stories of Jews coming to salvation to Jesus Christi through Hagee’s efforts? The sad truth is, they don’t because he doesn’t preach Jesus to them.

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Former Mob Boss Turned Born Again Christian to Share Testimony at California Prayer Breakfast 

(CN) — A former New York mob boss whose life was changed by the power of Jesus Christ is set to be the keynote speaker at this year’s Santa Clarita Valley Mayors’ Prayer Breakfast in California.

Michael Franzese is the son of the underboss of the infamous and violent Columbo crime family, and is considered “one of the biggest money earners the mob had seen since Al Capone,” formerly raking in millions a week from illegal activity.

Movie Director Comes to Christ While Filming South Korean Pastor Who Saves Abandoned Babies

(CN) — The director of an acclaimed documentary that recently opened in 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.

Rand Paul: First Amendment Says Keep Govt Out of Religion, Not Religion Out of Govt

(CN) — During a private prayer breakfast for pastors on Thursday, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) told those gathered that the Constitution never meant that God must be removed from government, but that the government was not to interfere with the practice of religion.“The First Amendment says keep government out of religion. It doesn’t say keep religion out of government,” Paul told the approximately 50 persons gathered at the Capitol Hill Club in Washington D.C.. “So, you do have a role and a place here.”

Christian Florist Ordered to Service ‘Gay Weddings,’ Pay $1,000 Fine to State Attorney General

(CN) — A Christian florist from Washington who is in jeopardy of losing her business, home and life savings after a judge found her guilty of discrimination has been ordered to pay a $1,000 fine to the state attorney general, an order that is stated to be “only the first punch” financially against the business owner.As previously reported, Baronelle Stutzman of Arlene’s Flowers in Richland was leveled with a lawsuit in March 2012 by State Attorney General Bob Ferguson, who claimed that she violated the law by declining to fulfill an order surrounding a same-sex ceremony.

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Easter Or Ishtar?

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Q. How does one explain to loved ones that the real Resurrection Sunday falls on the Sunday after Passover, and not on some other day? I tried to tell them that they are celebrating a Babylonian goddess (Ishtar), based on the lunar cycle, but they maintain, that it doesn’t matter what day they observe, as long as they observe it. Why is the church behaving like a bunch of lemmings?

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Answering An Unbeliever’s Questions

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Q. My husband was watching a debate on youtube about God’s existence and he said that in this video it was mentioned that in the old testament (specifically in the book of Deuteronomy) there used to be human sacrifice offered to God but then it was switched to animals. I’ve never heard such thing and I find it hard to believe.

Also, what do you tell people when they start questioning God’s existence, love, compassion and kindness when they ask why would God say to stone to death people for being homosexual, not virgin, etc? I’ve never known how to respond to those questions. continue reading


How Can Smoking Not Be A Sin?

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Q. This isn’t the first thing I have read from your Q&A forum, but this one is the most disturbing. Sin is missing the mark, and if our body is the temple of the HS, isn’t smoking, overeating and basic abuse of our own bodies a Sin? Do you smoke? Why or why not? Please elaborate. continue reading


Our Time is Short

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Who do you think that I am?

With that brief question Jesus Christ confronted His followers with the most important issue they would ever face. He had spent much time with them and made some bold claims about His identity and authority. Now the time had come for them either to believe or deny His teachings.

Who do you say Jesus is? Your response to Him will determine not only your values and lifestyle, but your eternal destiny as well.

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