The Bible does not present an art of prayer; it presents the God of prayer. —Edmund Clowney
May 5, 2015
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, for an unannounced visit to underscore America’s commitment to help defeat the Islamist militant al-Shabaab group and call for accelerated reforms.
The State Department hasn’t seen evidence that decisions made by Hillary Clinton when she was secretary of state were influenced by donations to her family’s foundation or speaking fees to her husband, a department spokesman said.
The terrorist group that calls itself Islamic State claimed that “two soldiers of the caliphate” carried out the attack in Garland, Texas, over the weekend, in an audio statement on the Al Bayan radio station on Tuesday, the Associated Press reports.
The U.S. trade deficit widened in March to the highest level in more than six years, fueled by a record surge in imports as commercial activity resumed at West Coast ports following a resolution to labor disputes. The gap increased 43.1 percent, the biggest jump in 18 years, to $51.4 billion.
Angela Ahrendts, Apple Inc.’s senior vice president of retail and online stores, was the highest-paid female executive in the U.S. last year. The former chief executive officer of London-based fashion retailer Burberry Group Plc was awarded $82.6 million in 2014, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.
China’s stocks tumbled the most in three months amid concern the government will introduce measures to cool the world’s best-performing market as valuations surge and new share sales potentially divert funds from existing equities.
In the past two years, at least seven states have outlawed the use of drones to violate privacy, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. California is considering a bill that would expand trespassing laws to include piloting a drone within 350 feet above private property without permission.
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Paraguay’s decision to deny a pregnant 10-year-old girl an abortion after she was allegedly raped by her stepfather has sparked a national debate over the country’s strict abortion law.
California’s drought led to the deaths of 12.5 million trees in the state’s forests last year, leaving behind huge amounts of dry fuel that could burn easily as the summer wildfire season begins.
Molten lava, rocks and gas went flying through the air on Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano after an explosion was caused by the partial collapse of a crater wall.
Thousands of soldiers from 18 countries took part Tuesday in military drills in Jordan jointly overseen by the US army, officials said. Around 10,000 troops are participating in Jordan’s fifth “Eager Lion” annual war games, which will last for two weeks.
The second person in France to receive a much-hyped new-generation artificial heart has died eight months after receiving the transplant, biomedical firm Carmat said.
India will push ahead this week with plans to build a port in southeast Iran, two sources said, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi keen to develop trade ties with Central Asia and prepared to fend off U.S. pressure not to rush into any deals with Iran.
Government-controlled mortgage finance firm Freddie Mac on Tuesday said it will cut a check to the U.S. Treasury for $746 million, its smallest dividend to taxpayers since 2009. Freddie Mac reported a first quarter profit of $524 million, up from $227 million in the fourth quarter.
Oil prices jumped more than $1 a barrel, pushing North Sea Brent and U.S. light crude to 2015 highs, after protests stopped crude flows to the eastern Libyan oil port of Zueitina, hampering exports. Brent crude oil climbed to a high of $67.65 a barrel, up $1.20, its highest since Dec. 8.
Growing numbers of workers expect to rely heavily on Social Security as a major source of income in retirement, but almost three-quarters of current retirees are receiving reduced benefits.
The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) has cut its key interest rate by 25 basis points to an all-time low of 2%.
Armed groups in Central African Republic have agreed to release all the children that are working with them and end child recruitment, the UN says. Militias are said to have recruited 6,000-10,000 children to work as soldiers, messengers or cooks.
Thai officials say they have found two skeletons possibly linked to people smuggling, days after the discovery of 26 bodies in a mass grave. Both skeletons were found in abandoned camps in Phang Nga province, the local governor said. One was tied to a tree.
There is a risk of serious outbreaks of disease in the aftermath of the Nepal earthquake, aid agencies have warned. A lack of shelter, contaminated water and poor sanitation could lead to cholera, dysentery and other water-borne diseases, the charities said. The 7.8-magnitude earthquake is now known to have killed more than 7,500 people and injured more than 14,500.
Brazil has registered nearly 746,000 cases of the mosquito-borne disease dengue fever this year with nine states experiencing an epidemic, the health ministry has announced. A total of 229 people have died of the disease.
Civilians in Syria’s second city of Aleppo are suffering unthinkable atrocities. Government forces and many rebel groups are committing war crimes on a daily basis.
Major retailers announced the closing of more than 6,000 stores from coast to coast.
New York Rep. Peter King called for more government surveillance of the Muslim community because “that’s where the threat comes from,” he said.
Lawmakers from both parties are pressing forward with a bill to bar members of Congress from using tax dollars to pay for first-class flights.
Top News – 5/5/2015
Italian police ‘reveal’ what Jesus looked like as a young boy
Detectives claim to have revealed how Jesus Christ looked as a child – based on computer forensics and the world’s most famous relic. Using the Turin Shroud, the supposed burial cloth of Jesus, police investigators have generated a photo-fit image from the negative facial image on the material. And from this they reversed the ageing process to create an image of a young Jesus, by reducing the size of the jaw, raising the chin and straightening the nose.
Former Lesbian to President Obama: Why Won’t You Listen to Voices of Ex-Homosexuals Jesus Set Free?
Although we people of faith in America are not yet being physically attacked in large numbers, there is a bully who would like to silence what we believe. For years, the President of the United States has sat down with those in the LGBTQ community but has failed to hear the stories of those of us who have successfully left the homosexual lifestyle.
Large ocean swell hits Pacific coast of Central and South America
Strong waves are lashing the Pacific coast from Mexico to Chile since May 2, 2015. According to media reports, at least three people were killed, one is missing and hundreds had to evacuate from the coastline.
Two Chinese Naval Ships Enter Black Sea Heading to Novorossiysk
The purpose of entry of the ships into the Black Sea waters is still unknown, as there are no reports of previous visits of the Chinese ships. China’s 19th naval escort task force consisting of a Type 903 replenishment ship and two Type 054A guided-missile frigates entered the Black Sea through the Bosporus on May 4.
Feds to regulate Christmas lights
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a regulation for Christmas lights on Monday, deeming some holiday decorations a “substantial product hazard.”
Is Axial Seamount erupting? Seafloor off the coast of Oregon has dropped 8 FEET due to movement in the ‘wired’ underwater volcano
An undersea volcano situated 300 miles (480 km) off the coast of Oregon is thought to be erupting after signs of magma were spotted near its deep sea vent. Geologists predicted the volcano, called Axial Seamount, would erupt this year during a public lecture in September.
ISIS claims responsibility for cartoon exhibition attack in Texas
The Islamic State has reportedly declared it was behind the attack in Garland, Texas, via its Al Bayan radio station. The Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) made a statement on Tuesday, claiming this was the terrorist group’s first attack on US soil.
Peak of Eta Aquarid Meteor Shower to illuminate Southeast skies Wednesday morning
The peak of the Eta Aquarid meteor shower is set for this week and favorable viewing conditions are in store for parts of the Southeast and Southwestern US. The shower’s peak lasts from the evening hours of Tuesday, May 5, into the predawn hours of Wednesday, May 6, but meteors can still be seen several days before and after the peak…
Last week, the face of the sun was blank and quiet as all visible sunspots faded away. The quiet spell is over. Today, a large sunspot is emerging in the sun’s southern hemisphere, and it is turning to face Earth.
4.3 Earthquake Strikes Off Northern California Coast
The U.S. Geological Survey is reporting an earthquake with a magnitude of 4.3 has struck off the coast of northern California. The USGS says the quake was centered in the Pacific Ocean, about 153 miles from Ferndale, California, and struck at about 12:17 p.m. PDT Monday.
Earthquake strikes Papua New Guinea, triggers tsunami fear
A powerful earthquake rattled the South Pacific island nation of Papua New Guinea on Tuesday, and officials warned that a local tsunami was possible. The 7.5-magnitude quake struck about 140 kilometers (90 miles) south of the town of Kokopo in northeastern Papua New Guinea, at a depth of 10 kilometers (6 miles), the U.S. Geological Survey reported.
Nasrallah: If Assad falls, Hezbollah falls
Syrian President Bashar Assad and his regime cannot fall, Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah has said, as it would also mean the fall of Hezbollah and the so-called axis of resistance, Lebanese newspaper Al Akhbar, a Hezbollah mouthpiece, reported Tuesday. Nasrallah’s Lebanon-based organization has strong ties to the Syrian regime, and has dispatched its own fighters to join Assad’s battle against Syrian opposition forces seeking to oust him.
Liquidity drought could spark market bloodbath, warns IIF
Investors face a “painful” adjustment in a world of evaporating liquidity and higher US interest rates that will trigger huge market swings with potentially catastrophic consequences… Timothy Adams, the chief executive of the IIF, which represents the world’s biggest banks, described liquidity as the “top issue” at high level meetings of central bankers, chief executives and other financial institutions.
French parliament due to approve new surveillance rules
New rules to provide help for France’s intelligence services trying to prevent Islamist attacks are expected to be approved by parliament. The law on intelligence-gathering comes nearly four months after three days of attacks in Paris in January, in which 17 people were killed. The Socialist government says the law is needed to take account of changes in communications technology.
‘Texas Ranger’ Chuck Norris Warns of Military Takeover in Lone Star State
Conspiracy theories have swirled around Operation Jade Helm ever since it was announced. The massive, seven-state military exercise has many sweating over a potential government takeover, including Texas Governor Greg Abbott and preeminent “Texas Ranger” Chuck “Roundhouse” Norris.
Extreme secrecy eroding support for Obama’s trade pact
If you want to hear the details of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal the Obama administration is hoping to pass, you’ve got to be a member of Congress, and you’ve got to go to classified briefings and leave your staff and cellphone at the door.
Texas Prophet cartoon attack: Gunman was previous terror suspect
One of two gunmen shot dead at an event in Texas exhibiting cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad had been a terror suspect, court documents show. Elton Simpson had been under surveillance since 2006 and was convicted in 2010 for lying about plans to go to Somalia, the files reveal. He had shared a flat in Arizona with the person named by authorities as the other gunman, Nadir Soofi.
Pension, labor disputes dog Greek talks as cash dwindles
Wide differences over pension and labor reforms continued to dog intensive negotiations between Greece’s leftist government and its international creditors despite progress in other areas as the country’s cash position becomes increasingly critical.
3rd Dallas-Area Earthquake In Just Over A Day!
A temblor struck at 8:58am Monday and was centered just slightly to the northwest of Dallas Love Field. It measured 2.7 in magnitude, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. A smaller one struck again that day; the 2.0 magnitude quake shook 6 miles south of Dallas during the 5 o’clock hour.
At least 5 earthquakes strike San Francisco Bay Area on Sunday
Residents of the San Francisco Bay Area were a bit startled when they felt the ground beneath them shaking from at least five earthquakes on Sunday, officials said.
Top Headlines – 5/5/2015
Did you know that the word “transhuman” literally means “beyond human”? All over the world, scientists and intellectuals are joining the transhumanism movement. Those that adhere to this philosophy believe that the time has come for us to use technology to take control of our own evolution. By doing so, they believe that we can give ourselves superhuman powers and radically extend our lifespans. Right now, the most popular movie in America is “Avengers: Age of Ultron“, and in recent years we have watched films about “mutants” and “superheroes” become some of Hollywood’s biggest moneymakers. But transhumanists believe that we will soon be able to literally turn ourselves into such superheroes as technology continues to increase at an exponential rate. And once we have superhuman powers and superhuman intelligence, they are convinced that we will eradicate all sickness, disease, poverty and war. Many of them actually believe that we will be able to achieve immortality and establish a utopia on Earth just a few decades from now. In other words, we won’t need a “God” because we will have become our own gods. (Read More…)
The McAvany Intel Memo
[Continued from last week.] America overthrew the freely elected government of the Ukraine (the US Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, Victoria Nuland, bragged that we spent $5 billion to do so) and stirred up the present upheaval in that country, and the American people remain silent. America is dictating to every bank, securities broker, and insurance company in the world that they must keep extensive records and report on all financial dealings of Americans abroad or face serious reprisals (i.e., lose the ability to do business in America, or have their funds in America seized), and the American people remain silent. The free speech and activities of Christians are being severely restricted across the US in schools, public places, and in the military, while the privileges of Muslims are being dramatically expanded, and the American people (and most Christians) remain silent.
Thousands of new laws, rules, and regulations are being passed each year by the Congress, the bureaucracy, or by Executive Order, which criminalize every American, young or old, and the American people remain silent. Americans are now subjected to TSA body and baggage searches at airports, bus and train stations, and at roadblocks; 24/7 surveillance by police and various government agencies; and warrantless invasions of their homes (all in the name of “fighting terrorism”); and the American people remain silent. Obama has opened the southern US border to a flood of millions of illegal immigrants, who quickly get put on welfare and illegally get the vote, and the American people remain silent.
The US government has dozens (i.e., 100 or more) of federal detention camps set up across America, guarded by the military, but still empty (similar to the detention/concentration camps in the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany, set up for “enemies of the state” and Jews), and the American people remain silent. The American government, via its intelligence operatives (think CIA, Black Ops, Blackwater, etc., and hundreds of trained assassins), assassinates anyone who it believes opposes them – including foreign government leaders (when deemed necessary). The whole world knows this, but the American people remain silent. People who fled communist tyranny in the Soviet Union, China, Cuba, Romania, etc. – see the same kind of communist tyranny rising up in America today, and the American people remain silent.
The whole world (at least thinking people and a growing number of governments) now see the incredible arrogance and evil emerging from the US government, its desperate attempts as it loses control to preserve the US dollar’s reserve currency status and America’s faltering financial fortunes, and are beginning to pull away from what is more and more being seen as the “New Evil Empire” – (albeit, a declining empire). America is now turning “communist” (although that term is now in disuse) and unless the American people, who have remained silent in the face of all of this evil, wake up quickly, we will lose what is left of our dwindling freedom.
(Excerpt from McAlvany Intelligence Advisor, January 2015)
May 5, 2015
“Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclination, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.” —John Adams, in Defense of the British Soldiers on trial for the Boston Massacre, 1770
TOP RIGHT HOOKS
During a radio broadcast in Syria, ISIL, a.k.a. the Islamic State, claimed responsibility for the attack at the art contest and show featuring images of Muhammad in Garland, Texas. Jihadist roommates Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi drove 1,000 miles from Arizona to launch an attack with rifles, body armor and copious amounts of ammunition. Simpson had been monitored by the government since 2006. In 2010, the FBI charged Simpson with trying to travel to Somalia to engage in jihad, but the charges were dropped. After wounding an unarmed security guard, the two jihadists were stopped by a traffic cop who used a few well-aimed shots from his pistol to drop the terrorists. Regardless if Simpson and Soofi actually had a connection to ISIL, the group used the opportunity to threaten the U.S. “We tell … America that what is coming will be more grievous and more bitter and you will see from the soldiers of the Caliphate what will harm you, God willing,” ISIL said in its radio broadcast. But after all that effort and planning, this attack was stopped by a lone cop with what may possibly be his standard-issue sidearm. At their peril, jihadists forget that, unlike France, the U.S. is armed. More…
Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD) pontificated on the Baltimore rioting and what she believes is contributing to poverty and, ultimately, violent behavior among minorities. Fox News anchor Chris Wallace brought up the city’s excessive crime rates, high unemployment and stunning student illiteracy and wondered if liberal policies are to blame since Baltimore has been under Democrat leadership for five consecutive decades. “No, I think it’s been unevenly spread,” Edwards responded. “I mean I would say, for example with our schools, just prior to the Freddie Gray incident, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake was actually prevailing upon our Republican governor to release money for school funding.” When host Chris Wallace pointed out that “Baltimore spends the third highest amount per capita on its public schools,” Edwards rebutted, “There’s uneven spending in the public schools.”
But if the solution is simply to invest more money, how do Democrats explain the city’s past spending? Baltimore threw more money at the problem, courtesy of Barack Obama, and it failed spectacularly. According to The Washington Free Beacon, “Baltimore received over $1.8 billion from President Barack Obama’s stimulus law, including $467.1 million to invest in education and $26.5 million for crime prevention. President Obama claimed last Tuesday that if the Republican-controlled Congress would implement his policies to make ‘massive investments in urban communities,’ they could ‘make a difference right now’ in the city, currently in upheaval following the death of Freddie Gray.” What we need is less government and more parental involvement. No amount of funding can fill the void left by dysfunctional, single-parent families. And that’s why liberal policies, well-intentioned as they may be, are to blame for urban unrest.
For an increasing number of Americans, it’s easier to go to the emergency room than a doctor’s office. A wide majority of ER physicians, 75%, say they’ve seen the number of people walking through their doors increase, according to a poll by the American College of Emergency Physicians. This trend is, in part, due to the “Affordable” Care Act because it places a greater number of people on Medicaid. Many doctors don’t accept patients on Medicaid because of its low reimbursement rate. In other words, the government created a larger demand for doctors’ services while mandating how much doctors will get paid, contrary to the laws of economics. As a result, patients face long wait times for appointments, so they look for alternatives. Dr. John O’Shea, a senior fellow at The Heritage Foundation, said, “I’ve seen it personally. I’ve seen patients who come into the ER because their primary care physician couldn’t see them for weeks or months.” The Left sold ObamaCare on the promise that it would decrease the number of ER visits, but having state-mandated health insurance does not make people healthier, nor does it create timely access to a doctor. More…
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By Lewis Morris
Businesswoman Carly Fiorina officially announced her bid for the White House Monday, becoming the fourth Republican (followed immediately by the fifth, Ben Carson), to join a rapidly growing and increasingly diverse field of candidates.
Fiorina, best known for her six years as CEO of tech giant Hewlett-Packard (HP), announced her candidacy in a video that started out with a swipe at Hillary Clinton. “Our Founders never intended for us to have a professional political class,” Fiorina said, adding, “We know the only way to reimagine our government is to reimagine who is leading it.”
Fiorina has taken a number of shots at Clinton in recent weeks at appearances in Iowa, New Hampshire and elsewhere, pointing out Clinton’s glaring failures as secretary of state and calling out her appalling hypocrisy. For example, Fiorina noted Hillary “tweets about women’s rights in this country and takes money from governments that deny women the most basic human rights.”
We bet she could teach Hillary a few things about email servers, too.
In her announcement, Fiorina called for an end to the very identity politics Clinton and her ilk employ to turn America upside down. Fiorina insists the fact she is a woman negates the shield that seems to exist around Clinton, making male opponents reluctant to engage her majesty for fear of being called a misogynist or worse. Of course, that won’t stop liberals from attacking Fiorina. After all, they invented identity politics, which means they can break their own rules whenever they choose.
Fiorina has made the economy a focal point of her bid. “The real reason why our economy isn’t helping everyone is because we are destroying more businesses than we are creating,” she says. Her platform calls for undoing complex regulations that are strangulating business growth and for bringing an end to the “web of dependence” that both traps the poor and creates more poverty.
Fiorina’s business background gives her some authority in this regard. A self-made woman who started her career at AT&T and went on become an executive at Lucent, a French telecommunications company, Fiorina became the first woman to run a Fortune 20 company when she took over as CEO of HP in 1999. During her tenure, HP became the world’s largest computer manufacturer, but her reputation was damaged after the company laid off 30,000 workers and she was ousted in a board-room fight in 2005.
While shattering the glass ceiling works in Fiorina’s favor, the messy details behind her removal as CEO leaves her open to accusations for being a bad boss who fired tens of thousands of employees. She is also going to face a lot of heat for being one of the dreaded One Percent, a CEO in a time when being the boss of a major international company automatically makes you a bad person in the eyes of much of the country. A website that runs under a URL her team neglected to purchase — carlyfiorina.org — is already going after her for the HP firings.
Fiorina’s political background is sparse. She served as an adviser to John McCain’s ill-fated 2008 campaign, and ran for Senate against Barbara Boxer in 2010. She won a hard fought Republican primary (who can forget her hilariously infamous “demon sheep” ad), but lost to Boxer in the general election by 10 points. It is California, after all.
There’s no denying Fiorina’s candidacy is a long shot. Perhaps she’s really running for the more realistic possibility of a vice presidential slot on the Republican ticket.
Yet she remains undeterred by the attacks that have already come her way. She’s certainly comfortable with her track record running a $90 billion company, and she uses it to provide a contrast to Hillary, whose accomplishments boil down to marrying Bill and using that to secure a couple of political posts. Fiorina says, “I come from a world where speeches are not accomplishments. Activity isn’t accomplishment. Title isn’t accomplishment. I come from a world where you have to actually do something; you have to produce results.”
Now we’ll see if Carly Fiorina can continue producing results in the world of politics.
TODAY AT PATRIOTPOST.US
- ANALYSIS: Al-Qaida on the Run? Not Quite
- ISIL Carrying Out Attacks in Afghanistan
- Paging Dr. Carson
- Political Justice: The Christie vs. Clinton Comparison
- Profiles in Gun Ownership: Man Stops Carjacking in Progress
BEST OF RIGHT OPINION
- Thomas Sowell: Race, Politics and Lies
- Dennis Prager: Why the Left Won’t Call Rioters ‘Thugs’
- Arnold Ahlert: Running on Empty Is Unsustainable
- Ed Feulner: A Sour Decision Over ‘Sweet Cakes’
- Cal Thomas: Unruly Britannia
- Joe Bastardi: Now Seismic Upheavals Are Humans’ Fault?
- Joe D’Aleo: A Winter to Remember
OPINION IN BRIEF
Thomas Sowell: “The ‘legacy of slavery’ argument is not just an excuse for inexcusable behavior in the ghettos. In a larger sense, it is an evasion of responsibility for the disastrous consequences of the prevailing social vision of our times, and the political policies based on that vision, over the past half century. Anyone who is serious about evidence need only compare black communities as they evolved in the first 100 years after slavery with black communities as they evolved in the first 50 years after the explosive growth of the welfare state, beginning in the 1960s. You would be hard-pressed to find as many ghetto riots prior to the 1960s as we have seen just in the past year, much less in the 50 years since a wave of such riots swept across the country in 1965. … Such trends are not unique to blacks, nor even to the United States. The welfare state has led to remarkably similar trends among the white underclass in England over the same period. … You cannot take any people, of any color, and exempt them from the requirements of civilization — including work, behavioral standards, personal responsibility and all the other basic things that the clever intelligentsia disdain — without ruinous consequences to them and to society at large.”
Insight: “It is not our task to secure the triumph of truth, but merely to fight on its behalf.” —French mathematician Blaise Pascal (1623-1662)
Non Compos Mentis: “If you feel the need to mock Muhammad in a cartoon, just realize that Muslims may decide to exercise their [Second Amendment] rights on you.” —pro golfer Bob Estes
Dezinformatsia: “[W]e’re learning more about the gunmen who opened fire at an event where an anti-Islamic group held a contest on who could … draw the nastiest cartoon of Muhammad. Do you believe that people set that kind of a mousetrap? … I remember the old days when the Nazi Party and the Communist Party would sort of team up in a weird, sick, symbiotic way. One would have an event, and the other would attack it, you know? Well, I think [organizer Pamela Geller] caused this trouble.”—MSNBC’s Chris Matthews
Demo-gogues: “[T]here’s no shortage of people telling you who and what is to blame for the plight of these communities [like Baltimore]. But I’m not interested in blame. I’m interested in responsibility and I’m interested in results.” —Barack Obama, who never misses a chance to blame Republicans
The BIG Lie: “There is no doubt in my mind that we have never done anything knowingly inappropriate in terms of taking money to influence any kind of American government policy. … [T]he idea that there’s one set of rules for us and another set for everybody else is true. The people who have attacked the [Clinton] Foundation have practiced selective nondisclosure.” —Bill Clinton
And last… “A new report shows that 181 Clinton Foundation donors also lobbied the State Department when Hillary Clinton was secretary of state. No connection. I’m sure all those donations were strictly for email server maintenance.” –Fred Thompson
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Posted: 05 May 2015 08:25 AM PDT
Looks like we dodged another bullet with a potential devastating tsunami such as the one in 2011 with Japan after a mega-quake. A powerful earthquake rattled the South Pacific island nation of Papua New Guinea on Tuesday, generating a small tsunami near the epicenter, bringing down power lines and cracking walls, but causing no widespread damage. A tsunami estimated at under 1 meter (3 feet) was seen in the harbor of Rabaul, a town near the epicenter of the 7.5-magnitude quake, said Chris McKee, assistant director of the Geophysical Observatory in the capital, Port Moresby. There were no reports of flooding, as the tsunami didn’t rise beyond the normal level of high tide, McKee said. The temblor struck at a depth of 42 kilometers (26 miles), about 130 kilometers (80 miles) south of the town of Kokopo in northeastern Papua New Guinea, the U.S. Geological Survey reported, after issuing varying estimates of the quake’s power.
The earthquake brought down power lines in the Rabaul area, knocking out power to residents and to the local Geophysical Observatory office, McKee said. There were a few reports of structural damage in Kokopo, including cracks in some walls, but no reports of injuries, he said. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said that tsunami waves of up to 1 meter (3 feet) were possible within 300 kilometers (186 miles) of the epicenter, but lifted the warning a few hours later. Apart from Rabaul, there were no other reports of unusual wave activity, and any further threat was likely to be minimal, with waves of less than 0.3 meters (1 foot) predicted, McKee said. MORE
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|NSA Converting Spoken Words Into Searchable Text
Posted: 05 May 2015 08:15 AM PDT
Most people realize that emails and other digital communications they once considered private can now become part of their permanent record. But even as they increasingly use apps that understand what they say, most people don’t realize that the words they speak are not so private anymore, either. Top-secret documents from the archive of former NSA contractor Edward Snowden show the National Security Agency can now automatically recognize the content within phone calls by creating rough transcripts and phonetic representations that can be easily searched and stored. The documents show NSA analysts celebrating the development of what they called “Google for Voice” nearly a decade ago.
Though perfect transcription of natural conversation apparently remains the Intelligence Community’s “holy grail,” the Snowden documents describe extensive use of keyword searching as well as computer programs designed to analyze and “extract” the content of voice conversations, and even use sophisticated algorithms to flag conversations of interest. The documents include vivid examples of the use of speech recognition in war zones like Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as in Latin America. But they leave unclear exactly how widely the spy agency uses this ability, particularly in programs that pick up considerable amounts of conversations that include people who live in or are citizens of the United States. MORE
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|U.S. bird flu outbreak may mean no turkey for Thanksgiving
Posted: 05 May 2015 08:09 AM PDT
The largest-ever U.S. outbreak of avian influenza, which has devastated Midwestern poultry and egg producers in recent weeks, could be felt at Thanksgiving tables across the nation come November, farmers and some trade groups say. The virulent H5N2 strain has already spread to 14 states and led to the deaths or scheduled euthanizations of more than 21 million birds, including 3.3 million turkeys in Minnesota, the nation’s top turkey producer. And now, with Thanksgiving just seven months away, farmers say they may be running out of time to raise enough turkeys –the traditional centerpiece of holiday feasts – to meet the demand.
Once a farm has been infected, flocks must be culled, composted in barns, then disposed of. Buildings must then be thoroughly disinfected. The whole process can take up to three months before a new flock of turkey poults can be brought in, said Steve Olson, executive director of the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association. After chicks are re-introduced to the barns, farmers say, it typically takes about four months to produce a full-sized hen – the type of turkey most Americans prefer for their holiday feasts. MORE
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Posted: 05 May 2015 08:01 AM PDT
Astronomers have discovered two new alien worlds a bit larger than Earth circling a nearby star. The newfound exoplanets, known as HD 7924c and HD 7924d, are “super Earths” with masses about 7.9 and 6.4 times greater, respectively, than that of our home planet, researchers said. The planets orbit the star HD 7924, which lies just 54 light-years from the sun — a mere stone’s throw considering the size of the Milky Way, which is on the order of 100,000 light-years wide.
The discovery brings the number of known planets in the HD 7924 system to three. (Another super Earth, called HD 7924b, was spotted there in 2009.) HD 7924b, HD 7924c and HD 7924d all lie closer to their host star than Mercury does to the sun. They complete one orbit in five, 15 and 24 days, respectively, researchers said. “The three planets are unlike anything in our solar system, with masses seven to eight times the mass of Earth and orbits that take them very close to their host star,” study co-author Lauren Weiss, a graduate student at the University of California, Berkeley, said in a statement. MORE
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|Human trials for bionic eye with ‘wireless brain chip’ to start next year
Posted: 05 May 2015 07:57 AM PDT
Researchers working on the ambitious project led by Monash University to build a bionic eye have revealed they are ready to start human trials next year. “We have gone past the point of no return, where the device has been manufactured in prototype form and it is working in the laboratory,” said Jeffrey Rosenfeld, director of the Monash Institute of Medical Engineering. Professor Rosenfeld outlined the group’s progress in Washington DC on Monday, at the American Association for Neurology Surgeons’ annual scientific meeting.
The human trial will involve patients who have lost their sight having tiny “ceramic tiles” the size of a small fingernail implanted into their brain’s visual cortex at the Alfred Hospital, where Professor Rosenfeld is director of neurosurgery. Up to five patients will participate in the trial. All will have lost their sight but Professor Rosenfeld said this could be due to a range of reasons. This is because the device bypasses the normal visual pathway, unlike the other bionic eye being developed by Bionic Vision Australia which relies on an implant in the retina. MORE
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|Seafloor off the coast of Oregon has dropped 8 feet due to movement in the ‘wired’ underwater volcano
Posted: 05 May 2015 07:52 AM PDT
An undersea volcano situated 300 miles (480 km) off the coast of Oregon is thought to be erupting after signs of magma were spotted near its deep sea vent. Geologists predicted the volcano, called Axial Seamount, would erupt this year during a public lecture in September. And for more than a week the region has experienced thousands of tiny earthquakes – a sign that magma is moving towards the surface.
The seafloor has also reportedly dropped by almost 8ft (2.4 metres), additionally said to be a sign of magma being withdrawn from a reservoir beneath the summit. It is dubbed Axial Seamount due its location along the axis of an underwater mountain ridge. The earthquakes were first recorded by William Wilcock from the University of Washington using instrumentation from the NSF-funded Ocean Observatories Initiative. And the forecast was made by geologists Bill Chadwick of Oregon State University and Scott Nooner of the University of North Carolina Wilmington during a lecture last year, followed by a blog post. MORE
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|Pentagon: Texas has nothing to fear from upcoming military exercise
Posted: 05 May 2015 07:47 AM PDT
The Pentagon has a message for Texas: chill. Defense officials Monday dismissed as “wild speculation” an Internet-fueled claim that a massive summertime exercise called Jade Helm 15 for special operations commandos is a covert operation by President Barack Obama to take over Texas. That claim was given legitimacy by Texas Gov. Gregg Abbott’s order last week for the Texas State Guard to monitor the exercises. “Operation Jade Helm poses no threat to any American’s civil liberties,” Army Col. Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman, said Monday. “Operation Jade Helm is being conducted by Americans – by, specifically, American special forces personnel.”
Jade Helm 15 will be one of the biggest peacetime military exercises in six decades. Starting July 15 and lasting two months, thousands of Army Rangers, Green Berets, Navy SEALS and other special operations forces will simulate war missions in mainly remote areas of Arizona, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, Texas and Utah. Jade Helm 15 will take place on tracts of both public and private land in the seven states. MORE
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|Georgia Town to Remove Christian Flag Flying Over City Hall
Posted: 05 May 2015 07:36 AM PDT
Leaders of a central Georgia city say they’ll remove a Christian flag flying over City Hall. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Monday that Cochran city officials voted, against the advice of the city attorney, to fly a Christian flag over City Hall. The move prompted a response by the Washington-based Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
The group sent letters to city and county officials saying flying the flag violated the First Amendment. The group’s Executive Director Rev. Barry W. Lynn said in a statement that flying the flag gives the impression that city officials favor one religion over others. Cochran city officials said in a statement that they got a second opinion from a constitutional law attorney and voted 4-1 to remove the flag Friday. SOURCE
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Posted: 05 May 2015 07:29 AM PDT
An estimated 12 million trees across California’s forestlands have died over the past year because of extreme drought conditions, according to an aerial survey conducted April 8-17 by the U.S. Forest Service. In San Diego County, 82,528 trees, mostly Jeffrey pines across Mt. Laguna, have succumbed to a lack of rainfall, with many more struggling to survive, said Jeffrey Moore, interim aerial survey program manager for the U.S. Forest Service. There is “very heavy mortality, a lot of discoloration in the pine trees that probably will expire sometime during this growing season, as well as oak trees that are suffering,” Moore said.
Moore was part of a team that surveyed the trees visually, using a digital mapping system while flying in a fixed-wing aircraft 1,000 feet above ground. A tree’s survival often depends on its proximity to other trees, he said“A lot of trees are competing for whatever available moisture there is in a drought situation,” Moore said. “When you have too many trees in an area, it makes it hard on all of the trees.” MORE
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|Minnesota farm with 1.1 million hens, largest yet, gets bird flu
Posted: 05 May 2015 07:22 AM PDT
An egg-laying operation in southern Minnesota with 1.1 million hens has been hit by the bird flu, the largest single incident in the state since the lethal virus surfaced two months ago. The big hen flock in Nicollet County is one of eight more Minnesota farms with presumptive positive tests for the H5N2 virus, bringing the total to 80, the Minnesota Board of Animal Health announced Monday. The Nicollet County farm — one of the state’s largest — is the third Minnesota egg operation stung by flu. Animal health regulators, citing state law, don’t release the names of stricken farms.
The bird toll in Minnesota is now at least 5.34 million, including 1.57 million chickens. Meanwhile, a total of over 18 million birds — egg-laying chickens mostly, but turkeys, too — have been struck by the flu in Iowa. Another 1.8 million chickens and turkeys have been afflicted in Wisconsin. Turkey flocks have borne the brunt of the flu in Minnesota, with about 8 percent of the state’s annual turkey production wiped out so far. Minnesota is the nation’s largest producer of turkeys, usually churning out about 46 million birds. MORE
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1) Value of democratic process as a national worldview test enhanced by increase of candidates
Three New GOP Candidates to Enter 2016 Race, Wall Street Journal (Reid J. Epstein and Elizabeth Williamson)
Ben Carson for President, Wall Street Journal (Editorial Board)
Enter the un-politicians for 2016, Washington Post (Editorial Board)
2) Texas gunmen exposes collision between honor religion of Islam and gospel religion
Gunman in Texas Was F.B.I. Suspect in Jihad Inquiry, New York Times (Manny Fernandez, Richard Pérez-Peña and Fernando Santos)
3) Fascination over Nepali deities reveals distance between secular and Eastern worldviews
Nepal earthquake fails to shake child goddess from her home, Financial Times (Victor Mallet and Binod Bhattarai)
4) Hindu pyres following quake reminder of significance of Christian doctrine of resurrection
Hindu Funeral Pyres Line the River, Chicago Tribune (Julie Makinen)
In other news…
If taking the text literally seems nonsensical, then we must take the text in its proper context. Many Christian’s almost seem antagonistic to the idea that Christ would return at all. So let us look at one controversial passage that deals with the timing of Christ’s return and see how only one interpretation can actually fit it, given the screening parameters of history, scriptural consistency, and context.
“Now learn this parable from the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near.
Shooting outside of Dallas leaves liberals attacking…the victims? — Glenn Beck
The lack of outrage over the attacks stunned Glenn. He said he woke up to see what The New York Times reported on the story, and it “was completely clean. There was no outrage. There was nothing.”
FCC Commissioner: Feds May Come for Drudge
(CNSNews.com) – Federal Communications Commission (FCC) member Ajit Pai said over the weekend that he foresees a future in which federal regulators will seek to regulate websites based on political content, using the power of the FCC or Federal Elections Commission (FEC). He also revealed that his opposition to “net neutrality” regulations had resulted in personal harassment and threats to his family.
Storing Up Wrath
The Bible is very plain about the judgment that all lost souls face in the afterlife. The wicked also face the possibility of suffering God’s vengeance in the material world. There are times when God decides He has enough of someone’s misdeeds, and He decides to take action.
Retail apocalypse: Major chains closing 6,000 stores
Big names plan to shutter outlets from coast to coast
The long feared “retail apocalypse” may be hitting with little or no fanfare if a growing list of store-closing plans by major chains is any indication.
Major U.S. retailers have announced the closing of more than 6,000 stores from coast to coast. The list includes only those retailers that have announced plans to close more than 10 outlets this year and next.
For example, 1,784 Radio Shack stores are vanishing, 400 stores in the Office Depot/Office Max chain by 2016, and 340 Dollar Tree/Family Dollar stores.
Get Ready for Persecution in the West
Before we dig in, I want to make a quick distinction about timing. One thing I firmly abhor is date setting and making ridiculous unbiblical predictions about last days events. When I say that persecution is coming, I’m referring to the hate and actions of a godless world against Christians….not to the persecution that will certainly take place during the last half of Daniel’s 70th week under antichrist. Having made that distinction, it’s worth noting that the spirit of antichrist is already at work even now, and this growing Christian persecution is certainly an indicator of the nearness of the Lord’s return and may very well be setting the stage for end time persecution.
Civil Rights and Wrongs
by Marsha West
Robert Knight of the American Civil Rights Union makes the case that forcing gay marriage on Americans would be an act of tyranny.:
While the U.S. Supreme Court held an Alice-in-Wonderland session on the nature and value of marriage, one of the nation’s largest cities lay partly in ruins over the death of a black man in police custody.
What do the two events have in common? In each instance, the concept of “civil rights” has been redefined to the breaking point. Each represents an unraveling of the moral order that makes civilization possible.
In Baltimore last weekend, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake expanded civil rights to include giving “space” to rioters “who wished to destroy.” Even though she later claimed her words were taken out of context, here’s what she said:
“I’ve made it very clear that I work with the police and instructed them to do everything they could to make sure that the protesters were able to exercise their right to free speech,” she said, as recorded by NBC, on the weekend before rioting began over the death of Freddie Gray in police custody on April 19. “It’s a very delicate balancing act because while we try to make sure that they were protected from the cars and the other things that were going on, we also gave those who wished to destroy space to do that as well.” Say what?
“Jesus Calling” Book Sales Soar After Walker Speech at Iowa Faith Summit
Things Jesus our Savior never said, but the false spirit of “Jesus Calling” did: When the path before you is dotted with difficulties, beware of measuring your strength against those challenges. Without Me, you will not make it past the first hurdle. Hat tip to Warren B. Smith for alerting me to this. Warren has […]
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Christian Headlines Daily – Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Justice Kennedy Holds Key Vote for Legal Gay Marriage
Principal Claims He was Fired for Praying at Fellowship of Christian Athletes Meeting
Indonesia Executes Drug Smuggler Whose Faith Inspired Hillsong’s Brian Houston
Scientific Community Blasts Chinese Researchers for Editing a Human Genome
Vatican Pushes Ahead with Sainthood for Missionary Priest Junipero Serra
Nepal’s Tiny Christian Minority Responds to Nation’s Devastating Earthquake
Historical Society Press Cannot Keep Up with Demand for ‘Pioneer Girl’
Carson, Fiorina, Huckabee Join Republican Presidential Race
Modern Family Indeed: Sofia Vergara’s Embryo Fight Raises Ethical Questions
Report: 214 Women and Girls Rescued from Boko Haram are Pregnant
May the Fourth be with You
Supreme Court Can Change the Law, Not Scripture
Nepal Teenager Saved after 6 Days under Rubble
Baltimore’s Unsung Peacemakers
Should God be Allowed in Public School?
Retail Apocalypse: Major Chains Closing 6,000 Stores
If the U.S. economy really is improving, then why are big U.S. retailers permanently shutting down thousands of stores? The “retail apocalypse” that I have written about so frequently appears to be accelerating …………. Click here for full story
Increasing Tremors Across Multiple States – Sign Of Something Bigger On The Horizon?
Did you know that Michigan was just hit by the worst earthquake that state has seen in more than 60 years? In recent days, there has been a series of alarming earthquakes all over the United States ………… Click here for full story
Oprah Winfrey’s Deceptive Prayer Practices Leading Many Astray
Remember when Oprah Winfrey created a firestorm among believers by suggesting that Jesus is not the only way? Apparently, her drift away from the Way, the Truth and the Life started decades ago when her Baptist pastor referred to God as a jealous God (see Ex. 20:4-5) ……….. Click here for full story
Most Births Will Be ‘Out Of Wedlock Within 10 Years’
More children will be born out of wedlock than within marriage in ten years’ time, according to an expert forecast. The prediction by the Marriage Foundation comes as the number of children born to married couples has continued to fall in almost all of the past 30 years, reaching an all-time low of 53 per cent in 2012. The figure has dropped from 88 per cent of births in 1980. ……….. Click here for full story
Princeton Ethicist: It’s ‘Reasonable’ To Kill Disabled Newborn Babies
Princeton professor and animal rights activist Peter Singer argued in a radio interview that it is “reasonable” for healthcare providers, insurance companies, and government programs such as Medicare or Medicaid to kill mentally disabled babies. “A normal newborn baby has no sense of the future,” Singer writes, “and therefore is not a person.” ………. Click here for full story
Civil rights and wrongs
by Marsha West
Forcing gay marriage on Americans would be an act of tyranny By Robert Knight While the U.S. Supreme Court held an Alice-in-Wonderland session on the nature and value of marriage, one of the nation’s largest cities lay partly in ruins over the death of a black man in police custody. What do the two events have in […]
Huffington Post gay editor calls for “intolerance” toward “antigay-media”
by Marsha West
A group known for exposing media bias,News Busters,reports:
The media is not pro-gay enough. In fact, according to Michelangelo Signorile, the media is explicitly anti-gay. It’s hard to argue with crazy.
The editor of Huffington Post’s Gay Voices, Signorile, is calling for the media to be intolerant “of all forms” of “bigotry against LGBT people.” And by bigotry, he means anything less than celebration.
In Signorile’s new book, It’s Not Over: Getting Beyond Tolerance, Defeating Homophobia and Winning True Equality he whines that the media is not gay-friendly in the least. Indeed, he claims, “a higher level of vocal hate appears to be tolerated of all pundits when it’s directed at gays.”
His reasoning? Well, from time to time conservative and Christian pundits are given air time on the major networks. That’s right, Signorile protests at the very notion that someone who disagrees with his lifestyle is allowed to speak in public.
U.S. Supreme Court Declines to Hear Appeal Over N.J. Ban on Helping Homosexual Youth
by Marsha West
Christian News Network reports:
The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal over a New Jersey law that bans therapists and counselors from providing help to homosexual youth to overcome temptation.
As previously reported, reiterating his belief that homosexuality is “not a sin,” the Republican governor of New Jersey signed a bill into law in August 2013 that bans the use of conversion or reparative therapy, or to otherwise help minors who are struggling with feelings toward those of the same sex.
Text of the bill notes that the law bans “the practice of seeking to change a person’s sexual orientation, including, but not limited to, efforts to change behaviors, gender identity, or gender expressions, or to reduce or eliminate sexual or romantic attractions or feelings toward a person of the same gender.” However, the regulation does not apply to counseling that seeks to affirm homosexual emotions or behaviors.
Hate the Sin, Love the Sinner?
“My Last Day” — the Jesus Anime
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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.
Consider what the Bible says about Him: Read more
Look to Jesus
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30 Day Next Steps
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