The opposite of love is not correction but indifference. —Anthony Thiselton
Apr. 23, 2015
President Obama’s efforts to complete a significant trade accord during the final two years of his term were boosted by a U.S. Senate panel that advanced legislation strengthening his negotiating authority. The Senate Finance Committee approved a compromise “fast-track” bill that would let the president submit trade agreements to Congress for an expedited up-or-down vote without amendments.
Hillary Clinton’s campaign signaled Wednesday that it will respond aggressively to continued Republican pressure on the 2012 Benghazi attacks, calling a House committee’s timeline that could stretch into 2016 “the most telling evidence yet that their investigation is solely about playing politics in the 2016 presidential campaign.”
The Senate cleared the way for a vote Thursday on confirming Loretta Lynch as the first black woman to become U.S. attorney general, more than five months after she was nominated. Senators voted 99-0 Wednesday to pass a bill to curb human trafficking, a measure the chamber’s majority Republicans insisted on completing before they would allow a vote on Lynch.
A psychiatric hospital has asked a U.S. court to let John W. Hinckley Jr., the man who shot President Ronald Reagan in 1981, live full-time with his mother in Virginia, a federal judge said.
The Defense Department is seeking a new collaboration with Silicon Valley to gain access to the latest technology and talent as the U.S. seeks to prevent catastrophic cyber-attacks.
Consumer confidence retreated for a second week after reaching an almost eight-year high as lower- and middle-income Americans’ views of their financial well-being dimmed.
Applications for U.S. unemployment benefits held below 300,000 for the seventh straight week, pointing to a rebound in payrolls after hiring eased last month. Jobless claims increased by 1,000 to 295,000 in the week ended April 18.
Deutsche Bank AG was ordered to pay a record $2.5 billion fine and fire seven employees to settle U.S. and U.K. investigations into its role in rigging Libor.
In the three months since the Swiss National Bank scrapped the franc’s ceiling against the euro, it’s intervened in currency markets, cut interest rates and on Wednesday made more depositors subject to its negative rates.
Apple Inc.’s iOS operating system contains a bug that lets attackers crash iPhones and iPads within range of a wireless hotspot, security company Skycure Ltd. said.
An American and an Italian held hostage by al-Qaeda were accidentally killed during a raid by U.S. counterterrorism force, the White House said. Two other Americans linked to the terrorism group also were killed.
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Frail and tired of leading a secret life for four decades, 66-year-old Clarence David Moore called police this week to surrender. The deputy who answered thought it was a prank. It wasn’t.
Honda unveiled its first private jet before it hits the market this summer, as the Japanese giant, better known for making cars, targets deep-pocketed business flyers.
Nigerian forces backed by warplanes invaded Islamist group Boko Haram’s last known stronghold, the Sambisa forest, in an effort to finally defeat their six-year-old insurgency.
A California man who was freed after serving 34 years of a life sentence for murder had the charges formally dismissed Wednesday.
Volcano Calbuco in southern Chile erupted for the first time in more than five decades, sending a thick plume of ash and smoke several kilometers into the sky.
Chinese nuclear experts believe North Korea may already have a nuclear arsenal of 20 warheads and the uranium enrichment capacity to double that figure by next year.
Chechnya’s leader told his security forces to open fire on Russian federal troops if they operate in the region without his approval.
Brent crude oil rose more than a dollar to above $64 a barrel on heightened concerns over the security of Middle East supplies as a civil war escalated in Yemen.
At least 42 fighters were killed in 24 hours of fierce fighting between Islamist rebels and the Islamic State group in Syria’s Damascus province.
Funerals for 24 people killed in the worst ever recorded capsizing of a migrant boat in the Mediterranean have been held in Malta.
Pope Francis will travel to Cuba in September ahead of his visit to the US, the Vatican has announced.
An experimental drug has cured monkeys infected with the Ebola virus, US-based scientists have said. The treatment, known as TKM-Ebola-Guinea, targets the Makona strain of the virus, which caused the current deadly outbreak in West Africa.
Saudi-led coalition warplanes have struck Houthi rebels across Yemen in fresh raids, two days after announcing the end of a month-long air campaign.
In a world first, Chinese scientists have reported editing the genomes of human embryos. The results are published in the online journal Protein & Cell and confirm widespread rumors that such experiments had been conducted-rumors that sparked a high-profile debate last month about the ethical implications of such work.
Legal and illegal immigrants will hit a record high of 51 million in just eight years and eventually account for an astounding 82 percent of all population growth in America, according to new U.S. Census figures.
A Valdosta State University student at the heart of a flag-burning incident on campus that led to the very public arrest of one objecting female veteran is a self-declared “terrorist,” on the run and hiding from police.
The Number Of Volcanoes Erupting Right Now Is Greater Than The 20th Century’s YEARLY Average
according to Volcano Discovery there are 36 volcanoes erupting around the world right now. In other words, the number of volcanoes erupting as you read this article is greater than the 20th century’s yearly average. And all of this is part of a larger trend.
Report: Obama ‘Obscured’ Iran Nuclear Breakout Time for Years
Obama has known for years that Iran needed only 2-3 months to produce enough fuel for a nuclear bomb, but purposely avoided saying so publicly, stressing instead that a full year was needed for Iran to build a nuclear bomb. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz on Monday acknowledged that the US has known for years that Iran is just two to three months form having enough fissile material for a nuclear bomb. When asked how long the Obama administration has known this, he responded, “Oh, quite some time.
US: Russia Ready to Reignite Ukraine Conflict
the BBC reports. A department spokeswoman says Russia now has more troops and equipment along the border since October last year, when fighting was heavy. And training missions in eastern Ukraine, some involving Russian drone aircraft, leave “no doubt” that Moscow’s forces are present on the other side of the border, the Los Angeles Times reports.
As Russia Sought Uranium Deal, Cash Rolled to Clintons
Between 2009 and 2013, Russia’s state atomic energy agency took control of Canadian company Uranium One, which controlled some 20% of America’s uranium deposits. The deal was approved by several US government agencies, including the State Department, then headed by Hillary Clinton. The New York Times takes a look at the money that then flowed from the Russians to the Clinton Foundation in an expose, spurred by Peter Schweizer’
Rush Limbaugh: Democrats hate Christianity
They resent it gives people ‘something other than government’ They view Christianity as an evil majority. … They hate Christianity just in and of itself. They hate what Christianity is.
Obama: Critics Need Perspective, The World is Less Violent Now
Obama has faced growing criticism over his administration’s foreign policy, which has presided over the rise of ISIS, the emboldening of Iran through a nuclear deal branded dangerous by its critics, and isolating many of the US’s key allies including Israel and the Sunni Arab states. (video)
James Dobson: Christians soon to be ‘hated minority’
James Dobson hosted a panel of Christian leaders on his “Family Talk” radio show Wednesday and warned that Christians are about to face a new status in America as a “hated minority” if the U.S. Supreme Court decides, as many expect, to mandate same-sex “marriage.”
Erdogan: ISIS is a ‘Virus’ Working to Destroy Muslims
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday referred to the Islamic State (ISIS) group as a “virus” working to destroy the Muslim community, in one of his strongest attacks yet against the jihadist group. ISIS “is an important virus that is working to divide and destroy the Ummah,” Erdogan told reporters, using the term for the global community of Muslims.
CDC eyeing bird flu vaccine for humans, though risk is low
Federal officials said Wednesday they’re taking steps to create a human vaccine for the bird flu virus that’s slammed the Midwest poultry industry, though they still consider the danger to be low and the food supply not at risk.
Chaos in Middle East could last for ‘at least a decade,’ expert tells ‘Post’
Shmuel Bar, a senior research fellow at the Samuel Neaman Institute for National Policy Research at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, said we are witnessing the failure of the nation-state in the Middle East, and people are reverting back to families and tribes.
China warns on rising North Korea nuclear capability
Chinese nuclear experts have warned that North Korea may already have 20 nuclear warheads and the capability to produce enough weapons-grade uranium to double its arsenal by next year, The Wall Street Journal reported.
US earthquakes pose risk to record 140 million Americans:
More than 143 million people in 48 neighbouring states across the United States are at risk from earthquakes, experts said on Wednesday. As many as 28 million people are likely to experience strong tremors in their lifetime and the value of building losses from earthquakes is estimated at $4.5 billion per year in the long term, the (USGS), California Geological Survey and(FEMA) said in a joint report.
New eruption at Turrialba produced ash column reaching more than 6,500 feet
Costa Rica’s Turrialba volcano erupted again Tuesday afternoon, producing a column of ash, gas, and water vapor that reached some 6,500 feet over the volcano’s crater, according to the Volcanological and Seismological Observatory of Costa Rica
Calbuco Volcano Erupts in Chile, and Nearby Town Evacuated
The Calbuco volcano erupted Wednesday for the first time in more than 42 years, billowing a huge ash cloud over a sparsely populated, mountainous area in southern Chile.
US General Tells Senate North Korea Can Hit US With Nuclear ICBM
“I believe they’ve had the time and the capability to miniaturize” a nuclear weapon to arm North Korea’s new KN-08 intercontinental ballistic missiles, Army Gen. Curtis M. “Mike” Scaparrotti told the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC).
Earthquake ‘super-cycle’ patterns on the Garlock fault
The findings are part of an increasing body of evidence that suggests there may be large-scale coordination of earthquakes in time and space, which can cause large earthquakes to cluster in time along a single fault system, for instance. The Garlock fault runs along the northern border of the Mojave Desert in southern California.
Obama’s executive action rollouts increasing in pace
As President Obama stood in an Everglades swamp to speak on climate change…the White House rolled out a package of eight executive actions…to “protect the people and places that climate change puts at risk.” …White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said the actions were…to deal with the impacts of climate change “even in the face of pretty significant opposition from Republicans in Congress.”
‘Killing Jews is Worship’ posters will soon appear on NYC subways and buses
New Yorkers are used to aggressive advertising. Banners for breast implants. Billboards for condoms. But a federal judge’s ruling has opened the door for far more controversial posters on buses and subways across the city. “Killing Jews is Worship that draws us close to Allah,” reads one such ad next to the image of a young man in a checkered headscarf. “That’s His Jihad. What’s yours?”
Chinese scientists genetically modify human embryos
In a world first, Chinese scientists have reported editing the genomes of human embryos. The results are published1 in the online journal Protein & Cell and confirm widespread rumours that such experiments had been conducted—rumours that sparked a high-profile debate last month2, 3 about the ethical implications of such work.
Evacuation as Calbuco volcano erupts in Chile
The Calbuco volcano in southern Chile has erupted twice in the space of a few hours – having lain dormant for decades. Footage from the area shows a huge column of lava and ash being sent several kilometres into the air. The authorities have declared a red alert and evacuated more than 4,000 people within a 20km (12 mile) radius.
Ukraine truce: US accuses Russia of violating deal
The US has accused Russia of deploying more air defence systems in eastern Ukraine in breach of a ceasefire deal. The state department also said Russia was involved in training separatist forces in the area and building up its forces along the border. The Kremlin has not yet responded to the claims.
France ‘foils five terror attacks’ – PM Valls
French police have foiled five terror attacks in recent months, Prime Minister Manuel Valls has said. He said the latest was a planned attack on churches in Villejuif outside Paris. An Algerian man was arrested on Sunday over the alleged plan, after he apparently shot himself by accident and called an ambulance.
Arms experts warn of ‘Faustian bargain’ with Iran
“At a fundamental level what the deal … signifies is acceptance by the international community of Iran as a nuclear weapons threshold state,” he told the House foreign affairs committee, only days after lawmakers reached a deal with the Obama administration to have a say on the final accord.
Census: Record 51 million immigrants in 8 years, will account for 82% of U.S. growth
Legal and illegal immigrants will hit a record high of 51 million in just eight years and eventually account for an astounding 82 percent of all population growth in America, according to new U.S. Census figures.
Police foil new terror plot in Paris
An Islamic extremist with an arsenal of heavy weapons planned an imminent attack on one or more French churches, France’s top security official said, announcing the arrest of the man who is also accused in the death of a young woman.
Palestinian reconciliation hits rock bottom
A year after rival Palestinian nationalist movements Hamas and Fatah agreed to end their bitter divisions, the unity deal they signed appears to be on the brink of collapse.
China warns on rising North Korea nuclear capability: WSJ
Chinese nuclear experts have warned that North Korea may already have 20 nuclear warheads and the capability to produce enough weapons-grade uranium to double its arsenal by next year, The Wall Street Journal reported.
Navy Chaplain Censored: ‘Don’t pray in the name of Jesus’
A Navy chaplain who faces the end of a stellar 19-year career because of his faith-based views on marriage and human sexuality was told by a base commander to refrain from offering a prayer in the name of Jesus, according to attorneys representing the chaplain.
Why Is Obama So Silent About The Vicious Persecution Of Christians All Over The Globe?
As you read this article, Christians are being openly persecuted in more than 60 nations. Churches are being burned, believers are being hunted down and imprisoned, and violent mobs are beating and killing those that dare to say that Jesus is Lord. And thanks to ISIS, the persecution of Christians has risen to frightening new levels in 2015. In recent months, our news sources have been filled with headlines about Christians that are being beheaded, crucified and buried alive by ISIS. According to U.S. Representative Frank Wolf, what is happening to Christians in the Middle East actually meets the United Nations definition of “genocide”. So what is Barack Obama doing about all of this? Sadly, he is essentially doing next to nothing. He has been nearly silent as the acts of mass violence just keep piling up. This silence has outraged many on both the left and the right, and yet Obama just continues to keep quiet. What are we supposed to make of that? (Read More…)
Hopium: How Far Can Irrational Optimism Take The U.S. Economy?
If enough people truly believe that things will get better, will that actually cause them to get better? There is certainly something to be said for being positive and thinking that anything is possible. And as Americans, optimism seems to come naturally for us. However, no amount of positive thinking is ever going to turn the sun into a block of wood or turn the moon into a block of cheese. Any good counselor will tell you that one of the first steps toward recovery is to stop being delusional and to come to grips with how bad things really are. When we deny reality and engage in irrational wishful thinking, we are engaging in something called “hopium”. This is a difficult term to define, but the favorite definition of hopium that I have come across so far goes like this: “The irrational belief that, despite all evidence to the contrary, things will turn out for the best.” In hundreds of articles, I have documented how the U.S. economy is mired in a long-term decline which is about to get a lot worse. But most Americans see things very differently. In fact, according to a brand new CNN/ORC poll, 52 percent of Americans describe the U.S. economy as “very” or “somewhat good”, and more than two-thirds of all Americans believe that the U.S. economy will be in “good shape” a year from right now. But if you asked most of those people why they are so optimistic, they would probably mumble something about “Obama” or about how “we’re Americans and we always bounce back” or some other such gibberish. Well, it’s wonderful that so many people are feeling good and looking forward to the future, but are those beliefs rational? (Read More….)
April 23, 2015
“Resolve to perform what you ought. Perform without fail what you resolve.” —Benjamin Franklin, Autobiography, 1772
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Today, Russia controls a fifth of the uranium production in the United States, according to The New York Times. Needless to say, this is the bitter fruit of the Obama administration’s foolish “Russian reset.” Thanks, Hillary Clinton. While a Russian company was taking over energy company Uranium One from 2009 to 2013, millions of dollars tied to the company’s previous owners ended up in the Clinton Foundation’s coffers. When the deal was made public, Bill Clinton was invited to speak to a Kremlin-linked bank that was promoting the stock of Uranium One. He was paid $500,000. So not only did the Clintons profit off of Russia, but Hillary did so while damaging national security in her critical position at the State Department.
Obama spokesman Josh Earnest wouldn’t deny that Clinton Foundation activity influenced the former secretary of state’s actions, saying, “I’m not going to be in a position here where every time someone raises a spurious claim that I’m going to be the one to sit down here and say it’s not true.” But the Clinton Foundation is refilling its tax returns because there were “errors.” Apparently, the nonprofit didn’t properly disclose donations from U.S. and foreign governments from 2010 to 2012 — y’know, when Clinton was secretary of state. That’s a tacit admission there’s much more here than a vast right-wing conspiracy, and the nonprofit may be the thing that finally brings Clinton’s career to a close. More…
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By now, most everyone knows about the Veterans Affairs wait-time scandal. But health care isn’t the only thing for which the VA is making our veterans wait. The Daily Caller reports, “The Department of Veterans Affairs is disarming America’s veterans by getting them placed on the FBI’s criminal background-check list. The VA sends veterans’ personal medical and financial information directly to the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, which can seize their guns in home raids.” Sen. Chuck Grassley sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder demanding to know why “99.3% of all names reported to the NICS list’s ‘mental defective’ category were provided by the Veterans Administration (VA) even though reporting requirements apply to all federal agencies.” That’s a great question, and one that we’re not holding our breath for Holder to answer. Disarming the public — even veterans specifically trained to use weapons — is a key objective for the Obama administration, and they’ll use whatever means necessary. More…
Thumbing its collective nose at Ohio state law, the city of Cleveland passed a battery of gun control laws April 20. Among the changes, the city plans on running a gun-offender registry, requiring residents to notify police when they sell firearms and jailing anyone for six month who doesn’t secure guns to the extent the city deems they should. The measures overreach the state’s gun laws. The editorial board of The Plain Dealer and Northeast Ohio Media Group supported the gun control ordinances. “The legislation also is a direct challenge to state lawmakers who have sought at every turn, abetted by misguided Supreme Court rulings, to deny Ohio cities their constitutionally guaranteed home-rule rights when it comes to gun laws,” the board wrote. “In 2010, the state high court overturned a Cleveland ban on assault weapons as well as city handgun registration requirements. This legislation could be challenged on similar grounds. But until then, it is law.” On April 21, Ohioans For Concealed Carry sued the city over the ordinances. “Shall not be infringed” doesn’t leave a lot of wiggle room for anti-gun cities to create a patchwork of laws that make a constitutionally sanctioned act criminal in one zip code but not the next. More…
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Read Earth Day, the EPA and Regulatory Tyranny, on how this leftist celebration is about economic centralization, not environmental protection.
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By Allyne Caan
When Republicans disagree with Barack Obama, it’s par for the course; when Democrats revolt against their dear leader, it’s downright entertaining. Obama, who once could do no wrong, now has congressional liberals bucking his bid to push forward a free-trade agreement with 12 Pacific Rim nations via fast-track legislation.
At issue is bipartisan, bicameral trade-promotion authority (TPA) legislation, introduced last week by Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI). It would give the president authority, within the parameters of certain rules, to negotiate the Asian trade agreement and present it to Congress for an up-or-down vote, no amendments allowed. Obama claims such authority is necessary to close negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a 12-nation free-trade deal that some say would be jeopardized if the participating nations think Congress may amend the deal after terms are finalized.
But while Republicans generally favor free trade, many high-powered liberals oppose Obama and are saying “not so fast,” despite the fact that almost every president since FDR has had similar authority. One reason for the opposition could be that the powerful AFL-CIO, which, according to OpenSecrets.org, spent $1 million supporting Democrat candidates in the 2014 election cycle and an equal amount opposing Republicans, has not only come out strongly against TPA but also announced it is suspending campaign contributions to federal candidates in order to fight the White House trade plans.
Obama promised he will sign his name only “to an agreement that helps ordinary Americans get ahead.” But Democrats opposing him aren’t buying it. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), for example, said, “All evidence I’ve seen is that this hurts middle-class incomes,” and as a result he “can’t be for it.”
Former Maryland governor and potential Democrat presidential candidate Martin O’Malley also declared his opposition to TPP, writing in an email to supporters, “To me, opposing bad trade deals like TPP is just common sense.”
Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, who championed an Asian trade pact while secretary of state, hasn’t yet taken a public position on TPP. After all, any AFL-CIO contributions may have to outweigh whatever the Clinton Foundation brought in. Hillary’s positions go to the highest bidder.
Meanwhile, Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) believes only a quarter of Senate Democrats are with the White House. In Durbin’s words, “A fourth, hell no; a fourth, lean yes; and a big group undecided.” At least one of those “hell no’s” comes from Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, who said of supporting the TPA, “You couldn’t find a person to ask this question who feels more negatively about it than I do. … So the answer is not only no, but hell no.”
Also in Reid’s camp is Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, who wrote a scathing opposition to the TPP and fast-track legislation, claiming the government doesn’t want Americans to see what’s in the deal. For Democrats, that’s usually a plus (think ObamaCare), but how do the arguments change when Warren tries to fight a trade deal.
Of Warren specifically, and of TPA and TPP’s detractors generally, Obama said they are “wrong on this,” adding that while “some of the information that has been getting thrown out there plays into legitimate fears that Democratic voters have, and progressives have, it’s simply not true. It’s simply not the facts.”
Come on. When have “progressives” ever cared about facts?
The Senate Finance Committee approved TPA Wednesday night by a vote of 20-6, and the bill now moves to the full Senate, where most believe it will pass. On the House side, however, the outcome is less certain, as the vote count is tighter. Some House conservatives are (understandably) hesitant about giving Obama any additional power, meaning at least some Democrat “yes” votes will be needed.
But with the intraparty fight in full swing, it’s a question all its own whether Democrats will pause long enough to cast those votes.
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FRC president Tony Perkins: “Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) chief Michele Leonhart [is] stepping down after a Department of Justice Inspector General’s (IG) report documented that DEA agents in Colombia had participated in ‘sex parties’ with prostitutes — in some cases hired by the very drug cartels the agents were supposed to be fighting. This comes following a similar well-publicized scandal in Colombia (where prostitution is tolerated) involving Secret Service agents, but the IG report covered problems of sexual harassment and misconduct not only in the DEA, but also in the FBI, U.S. Marshals Service, and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Meanwhile, the Defense Department continues to struggle with problems of sexual assault and pornography in the military. White House spokesman Josh Earnest insisted, ‘The president … maintains a very high standard for anybody who serves in his administration.’ Perhaps, however, what President Obama needs to do is engage in some soul-searching about his party’s unqualified affirmation of the values of the sexual revolution — namely, sex without boundaries (such as homosexuality) and without consequences (hence the necessity of abortion). If it is not permissible for the society or culture to demand sexual self-restraint from anyone, it inevitably makes it harder to demand such restraint even in the professional context of the military or law enforcement, which by now, should be very evident.”
Insight: “When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.” —British statesman Edmund Burke (1729-1797)
Dezinformatsia: “[V]ery few people stop to think: [Hillary] Clinton has been in our faces for 20-plus years. Where is any evidence of real corruption? I don’t mean stuff you may not have liked or that kinda looked funny. I mean actual, Rhode-Island-style, steal-a-hot-stove corruption.” —The Daily Beast’s Michael Tomasky in his piece, “The Clintons Still Aren’t Corrupt”
Non Compos Mentis: “[W]e do not as a country, in our culture, have any collective acknowledgment that slavery happened, that it built our economy and that every single one of us … are shaped by the legacy of racism in this country.” —Heather McGhee, president of Demos (*The problem is that today’s race-baiters want us to remain slaves to the past. Some folks will never move on…*)
Alpha Jackass: “Policy makers who deny basic scientific truth should also be denied penicillin, horseless carriages, [and] air time on the magic box of shadows.” —Hollywood director Joss Whedon on climate change
Demo-gogues: “[Y]ou do not have time to deny the effects of climate change. Folks are already busy dealing with it. And nowhere is it going to have a bigger impact than here in south Florida. No place else. It has to be paying closer attention to this and acknowledging it, and understanding that if we take action now we can do something about it.” —Barack Obama on Earth Day
And last… “[For Earth Day] Obama flew a jet all the way to the Everglades then rode in a massive SUV motorcade to tell you to cut carbon emissions.” —twitter satirist @hale_razor
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Ark Of The Covenant Coverup?
Posted: 23 Apr 2015 06:47 AM PDT
An unauthorized project by Muslim authorities on the Temple Mount has revealed the existence of previously undocumented ancient floor designs at the site thought to be where the Bible’s First and Second Temples once stood, but Israeli archaeologists were denied the opportunity to view them. Nearly two weeks ago Israel National News reported the Waqf, the Muslim authority that administers the Temple Mount, had brought a small tractor into the famous gold-domed Dome of the Rock and dug and removed earth there, claiming the project was to “replace carpet.” The required permission from and supervision by the Antiquities Authority, as well as approval from the Ministerial Committee on Archaeological Digs in Holy Sites, was never obtained. The Waqf denied doing any destructive work. The Dome of the Rock is believed to stand over the site of the two Temples’ Holy of Holies. Word of the new floor mosaics sparked speculation they could point to the location where the golden Ark of the Covenant was hidden 2,500 years ago. “Something is there. I don’t know what. But something is hidden there,” Israeli archaeologist Zachi Dvira, who studies the site, told the London Daily Mail. FULL REPORT
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|New eruption at Turrialba produced ash column reaching more than 6,500 feet
Posted: 23 Apr 2015 06:40 AM PDT
Costa Rica’s Turrialba volcano erupted again Tuesday afternoon, producing a column of ash, gas, and water vapor that reached some 6,500 feet over the volcano’s crater, according to the Volcanological and Seismological Observatory of Costa Rica (OVSICORI). The eruption began at 4:04 p.m. and continued for 22 minutes, according to OVSICORI. Constant seismic activity has been recorded at the volcano since Saturday, and local residents have reported a strong smell of sulfur for the last several days.San Jose’s Tobias Bolanos Airport announced a partial closure of the airport Tuesday evening due to potential ashfall, but was back to normal operation by Wednesday morning. An eruption of similar magnitude most recently occurred on Tuesday, April 7th. One of Costa Rica’s most well-known volcanologists, Gino Gonzalez of the National Seismological Network (RSN), said in December that Turrialba could remain active and belching ash for as long as two years. Extinction Protocol
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|Nevado de Ruiz volcano shaken by earthquake swarm, ash emissions
Posted: 23 Apr 2015 06:34 AM PDT
Nevado del Ruiz – Activity at the volcano has increased during the past week. Accompanied by elevated seismic activity, ash emissions have been occurring since 14 April. The strongest phase of activity was on 19 April, when ash plumes rose to estimated 900 meters above the summit. The Ingeominas volcano observatory in Manizales reported a change in seismicity detected since 12 April, when an increase in volcanic-tectonic (rock-fracturing) signals was detected, signs of pressurization and possible magma intrusion at depth. Extinction Protocol
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|Evacuation of 4000 as Calbuco volcano erupts in Chile after 40 Years of Silence
Posted: 23 Apr 2015 06:29 AM PDT
The Calbuco volcano in southern Chile has erupted twice in the space of a few hours – having lain dormant for decades. Footage from the area shows a huge column of lava and ash being sent several kilometres into the air. The authorities have declared a red alert and evacuated more than 4,000 people within a 20km (12 mile) radius. The Calbuco volcano is one of the most active in Chile, but its eruption took officials in the area by surprise. Alejandro Verges, an emergency director for the region, said Calbuco had not been under any special form of observation.The inhabitants of the nearby town of Ensenada – along with residents from two other smaller communities – have been ordered to evacuate their homes. Schools in the area have been shut and some flights cancelled. FULL REPORT
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|US Steel Warns Of Layoffs In Arkansas And Texas As Trans-Pacific Partnership Looms
Posted: 22 Apr 2015 09:37 PM PDT
United States Steel Corporation issued layoff notices to 1,404 workers in the latest sign of struggle for the American steel industry. The missives went out in recent days to workers producing pipe and tube products that are used in the oil and gas sector. Job cuts could come as early as June for 17 to 579 employees at a plant in Lone Star, Texas, 166 at a factory in Houston, 255 at a mill in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, and 404 managers across the company’s tubular operations nationwide. Since last June, the company has informed 7,800 employees of potential job cuts, a tally from Pittsburgh Business Times indicated. U.S. Steel spokeswoman Sarah Cassella said the ongoing layoffs are the result of “challenging market conditions and global influences in the market including a high level of imports, reduced prices for oil and natural gas and reduced steel prices.” Looming in the distance is the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a proposed trade agreement with 11 other Pacific Rim countries that includes major steel producers like Japan and South Korea, and has the support of the White House. Critics say it could exacerbate domestic steel’s woes. FULL REPORT
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|Man arrested in France in plot to attack churches
Posted: 22 Apr 2015 09:13 PM PDT
A 24-year-old man is in custody after he called for an ambulance, only to have French authorities come and discover weapons, ammunition and evidence of his plans to target churches — an attack that someone in Syria requested, a top prosecutor said Wednesday. The man was identified later as Sid Ahmed Ghlam, French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve told television broadcaster TF1. Paris Prosecutor Francois Molins said Ghlam asked for medical help at his home in Paris’ 13th district Sunday morning, claiming he had accidentally injured himself when he mishandled a weapon. FULL REPORT
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|The Big One could trigger series of large earthquakes, study finds
Posted: 22 Apr 2015 08:10 PM PDT
A new research released Wednesday suggests that the shaking from “the Big One,” the long-predicted major earthquake on the San Andreas fault, could trigger additional large temblors on nearby faults, intensifying the overall seismic impact. The study suggests that such a quake “could presage a flurry of ‘other Big Ones’ on other faults,” said USC earth sciences professor James Dolan, “as stresses related to the original San Andreas fault earthquake are redistributed on other faults throughout Southern California.” The study, being presented by Dolan on Wednesday at a meeting of the Seismological Society of America in Pasadena, focuses on whether earthquakes are generated in “super-cycles.” An earthquake “super-cycle” refers to when a large number of earthquakes rupture on a single fault system in a relatively short period of time, like over a matter of decades or a few centuries. The concept of more than one Big One in a lifetime might feel outlandish to Californians today. But it wasn’t so long ago when this state had more powerful earthquakes more frequently. The San Andreas fault, for example, suffered two major ruptures in the 19th century: an earthquake of about magnitude 7.5 in 1812 and a much worse 7.9 earthquake in 1857. FULL REPORT
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|New England Journal of Medicine comes out of the closet
Posted: 22 Apr 2015 07:18 PM PDT
One week before the U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments on the controversial issue, the oldest medical journal in the U.S. has taken an editorial position in support of same-sex marriage. The New England Journal of Medicine, published since 1812, today called on the court to rule on behalf of same-sex marriage advocates, saying to do so is “a matter of justice” and “a measure that promotes health.” “A fundamental tenet of all medical care is the acceptance of patients as they are, for who they are, with respect and without prejudice or personal agendas,” read the editorial. “Medicine and psychiatry once saw homosexuality as deviant behavior and produced many baseless, foolish theories to explain it. Until 1987, it was included (albeit increasingly less prominently) in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, despite mounting evidence to the contrary. And there are still health-care providers who offer ways to ‘treat’ homosexuality as if it were an illness.”This move to endorse what have been the political demands of militant-homosexual activists would come as no surprise to Dr. Nicholas Cummings. FULL REPORT
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|Christians facing new status as ‘hated minority’
Posted: 22 Apr 2015 06:51 PM PDT
James Dobson hosted a panel of Christian leaders on his “Family Talk” radio show Wednesday and warned that Christians are about to face a new status in America as a “hated minority” if the U.S. Supreme Court decides, as many expect, to mandate same-sex “marriage.” “The heart of what’s happening is an attempt to impose a new morality on all of America,” said Maggie Gallagher, a traditional-marriage advocate for 25 years. The author of “The Case for Marriage,” Gallagher is co-founder of the National Organization for Marriage and a senior fellow with the American Principles Project. Homosexual advocates have no interest in a “live and let live tolerance,” she said. “After redefining marriage, the next thing on their agenda is to redefine Christianity.” Under the new regimen there will be no difference between man and woman, husband and wife, she said. The attitude is that if you “see something different, there’s something morally wrong with you.” Christianity, she said, “will enter a new phase, as a hated minority group.” She and several others joined Dobson to discuss the U.S. Supreme Court case in which justices, including Elena Kagan and Ruth Ginsburg, who already publicly have endorsed same-sex marriage, will hear arguments April 28. FULL REPORT
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|Iranian Warships Arrive Near Yemen
Posted: 22 Apr 2015 06:40 PM PDT
BREAKING NEWS – A fleet of Iranian warships arrived near the southern coast of Yemen on Wednesday in a move likely to add greater tension in a developing U.S.-Iranian standoff in the region, according Iranian military leaders. Just days after the United States announced it would send its own warships to Yemen in order to prevent Iran from smuggling weapons to terror forces fighting there, a flotilla of Iranian destroyers docked in the same area. Iran’s military moves are likely to increase tensions between the two countries as each seeks to bolster opposing sides in the fight currently unfolding in Yemen. An Iranian fleet including a destroyer warship and a helicopter-carrying warship arrived in the waters off the southern tip of Yemen on Wednesday, according to Iranian state-controlled media. The warships will “protect [Iran’s] cargo ships and oil tankers against pirates,” according to Iran’s Fars News Agency. The United States and other countries fear Iran is using these cargo ships to deliver weapons and other deadly hardware to opposition forces in Yemen. The Iranian warships will remain in the area for at least three months, according to Fars. FULL REPORT
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Federal Judge Orders NY Transit Authority To Display ‘Hamas Killing Jews’ Ad On Buses
A federal judge in NY ordered NY’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority to display on their buses a very controversial ad. The ad refers to Muslims killing Jews. The judge rejected the argument that displaying the ad might incite terrorism or put people in harms way.
EDITOR’S NOTE: To those of you who are confused by this story, you are not alone. These ads were not placed by a Muslim group, they were placed by AFDI, a group run by Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer. Even I wasn’t quite sure immediately what was happening here. These ads are a reaction to a previous ad campaign that was run by Muslims called “What’s Your Jihad?“.
“U.S. District Judge John Koeltl in Manhattan said the ad from the American Freedom Defense Initiative, which had previously run in Chicago and San Francisco, was protected speech under the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
The ad portrays a menacing man wearing a scarf around his head and face, includes a quotation “Killing Jews is Worship that draws us close to Allah” attributed to “Hamas MTV,” and then states, “That’s His Jihad. What’s yours?”
Koeltl said he was “sensitive” to the security concerns, but noted that the MTA and Chairman Thomas Prendergast “underestimate the tolerant quality of New Yorkers and overestimate the potential impact of these fleeting advertisements. It strains credulity to believe that New Yorkers would be incited to violence by ads that did not incite residents of Chicago and San Francisco.”
MTA buses and subways are often forums for policy debates. The agency has accepted other ads from the American Freedom Defense Initiative, which is characterized as an anti-Muslim group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Koeltl delayed enforcing his preliminary injunction by 30 days so the MTA could decide whether to appeal.
Adam Lisberg, an MTA spokesman, said: “We are disappointed in the ruling and are reviewing our options.” The ad includes a disclaimer that its display does not imply an MTA endorsement.
The MTA said the ad did not meet standards it adopted in 2012 after a judge, in another lawsuit by the American Freedom Defense Initiative, said its earlier ban on ads that demeaned people based on race or religion violated the First Amendment.
Koeltl, however, said the MTA did not show that the latest ad could prompt imminent violence, noting that none occurred in Chicago and San Francisco, or that New York City should be treated differently because it is a more prominent terrorism target.
David Yerushalmi, a lawyer for the American Freedom Defense Initiative, said the decision follows similar rulings in Washington and Philadelphia.
“There is no question that transit authorities have the right and duty to protect their riders from violence,” Yerushalmi said in a phone interview. “They do not have the right to give terrorists or potential terrorists a ‘heckler’s veto.’ source
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PayPal Working On ‘Natural Body Identification’ Via Implantable Microchips
PayPal is working on a new generation of embeddable, injectable and ingestible devices that could replace passwords as a means of identification.
“And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.” Revelation 13:16,17 (KJV)
Jonathan LeBlanc, PayPal’s global head of developer evangelism, claims that these devices could include brain implants, wafer-thin silicon chips that can be embedded into the skin, and ingestible devices with batteries that are powered by stomach acid.
These devices would allow “natural body identification,” by monitoring internal body functions like heartbeat, glucose levels and vein recognition, Mr LeBlanc told the Wall Street Journal.
Over time they would come to replace passwords and even more advanced methods of identification, like fingerprint scanning and location verification, which he says are not always reliable.
“As long as passwords remain the standard methods for identifying your users on the web, people will still continue to use ‘letmein’ or ‘password123′ for their secure login, and will continue to be shocked when their accounts become compromised,” said Mr LeBlanc.
Mr LeBlanc said PayPal is already working with some partners on developing vein recognition technologies and heartbeat recognition bands, and is also working with developers on prototypes of futuristic ID verification techniques. source
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1) Human trafficking bill finally passes in Senate despite conflict over abortion restriction
Senate, Clearing Hurdle, Sets a Thursday Vote on Loretta Lynch, New York Times (Emmarie Huetteman and Jennifer Steinhauer)
2) Republican candidates’ approach to same sex marriage reveals tension between two values
Republicans in knots over gay marriage ahead of supreme court decision, The Guardian (Sabrina Siddiqui and Nicky Woolf)
3) Americans approve gay marriage legalization on basis of practicality, not Constitution
Poll: No turning back on gay marriage, USA Today (Susan Page)
4) Editorial dismisses religious liberty concerns while attacking religious liberty
The Guardian view on religious liberty: Christians in the west have nothing to fear, The Guardian (Editorial Board)
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Poll: Israel is One of the World’s Least Religious Countries
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Michele Bachmann: ‘Rapture of The Church’ Is ‘Coming Faster Than Anyone Can See,’
Former U.S. congresswoman and 2012 Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann claimed that the “rapture of the Church” is looming and will be brought to reality due to the foreign policies of president Barack Obama, and added that God will punish the United States for disobeying His will.
As previously reported by The Christian Post, the 59-year-old Minnesotan recently spoke with Jan Markell on the “Understanding the Times” radio program and labeled Obama’s foreign policy — specifically his desire for a nuclear deal with Iran – as being “pro the goals of Islamic Jihad.” She added that Obama’s foreign policy will lead to the coming of the Islamic Messiah (Mahdi) and the return of Jesus Christ.
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Is there anything good happening? – Farah
Joseph Farah responds to reader’s request for more positive news
The other day, “Greg” sent this pithy contribution to my inbox.
“I am a staunch conservative and Christian, and I enjoy and appreciate WND’s reporting of the news. But, I have to ask, is there anything GOOD happening that you might report on? Every day it seems like we’re one step closer to a police state or LGBTs taking over the country. The Bible says that where sin increases, grace superabounds. So in the midst of the darkness, please throw in some rays of light that glorify God and the finished work of His Son. … it can’t all be bad!”
Now there’s a challenge!
How to know when migrant gravy train arrives in your town
White House report provides clues to watch for
What are the signs that your community has been secretly selected for an infusion of refugees from Muslim nations like Syria or Somalia, or migrant workers from Central America?
The Obama White House released a report last week on the integration of immigrants and refugees that provides some clues.
The War On Cash: JPMorgan Chase Bans Storage Of Cash In Safety Deposit Boxes
Some JPMorgan Chase customers are receiving letters informing them that the bank will no longer allow cash to be stored in safety deposit boxes …………. Click here for full story
Is The Number Of Volcanic Eruptions Worldwide Increasing?
All over the planet, volcanoes that have long been dormant are beginning to wake up, and this is greatly puzzling many scientists. Fortunately, most of the eruptions in recent years have been relatively small. But scientists tell us that if we do see a VEI 7 or a VEI 8 eruption today, the amount of energy that would be released would be somewhere in the neighborhood of a million nuclear bombs going off all at once, and such an eruption would completely transform our civilization almost overnight……….. Click here for full story
Paypal: Embeddable, Injectable And Ingestible Devices Are The Future For Commerce
The payments firm says people will start inserting security devices into their body to enable their unique bodily characteristics to let them into their PayPal accounts, which are commonly targeted by hackers and phishers ……….. Click here for full story
Poll: Israel Is One Of The World’s Least Religious Countries
Perhaps it’s the Jewish state, but the state of Judaism in Israel might raise a few eyebrows: according to an international Gallup poll, Israel is now one of the world’s least religious countries ……….. Click here for full story
19 Statistics About Abortion That Every American Should Know
Every single day a tragedy greater than 9/11 takes place, but hardly anyone is talking about it anymore. Today, the United States has the highest abortion rate in the entire western world, and hardly anyone makes a fuss about it anymore. In fact, a lot of Americans laugh about it, and some even do comedy skits about it………. Click here for full story
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