May 29, 2015 Truth2Freedom Daily News/Commentary Collection


May 29, 2015


Former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Dennis Hastert was indicted on charges of evading currency-reporting requirements and lying to the FBI as part of a hush-money scheme.

The Obama administration is set to pledge $100 million Friday to expand the use of special fuel pumps that allow drivers to blend more ethanol into their gasoline, according to people briefed on the announcement.

Republican and Democratic supporters of a fast-track trade bill are confident the U.S. House will pass the measure, sending it to President Barack Obama’s desk, two House aides said.

Consumer confidence in the U.S. fell to a six-month low in May as Americans became less sanguine about the prospects for the economy.

The world’s largest economy hit a bigger ditch in the first quarter than initially estimated, held back by harsh winter weather, a strong dollar and delays at ports. Gross domestic product in the U.S. shrank at a 0.7 percent annualized rate.

Carl Icahn may be on to something in his push for Apple to continue to send more money back to shareholders. According to new research from Citigroup, companies that have been making higher payouts to their investors have been heavily rewarded by the market.

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An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.0 struck off the southwest coast of Alaska late on Thursday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

Air France faces its second safety investigation in as many weeks after pilots were forced to recover in mid-takeoff after entering the wrong data into the computer of a cargo jet, airline and safety officials said.

Four commercial planes leaving Kennedy airport were targeted by a laser.

Singapore’s prime minister called on countries on Friday to break the “vicious cycle” of the South China Sea row, as the United States and China exchanged increasingly angry barbs over reclaimed islands in the disputed waterway.

The United States said on Friday that China had placed mobile artillery weapons systems on a reclaimed island in the disputed South China Sea, a development that Republican Sen. John McCain called “disturbing and escalatory.”

A 31-year-old woman and a young boy were shot in the head Thursday, becoming Baltimore’s 37th and 38th homicide victims so far this month, the city’s deadliest in 15 years.

China destroyed more than six hundred kilograms of ivory as it seeks to shed its image as a global trading hub for illegal elephant tusks.

Eureka! After about a century of research, Swiss scientists have finally cracked the mystery of the holes in Swiss cheese. Despite what you may have been told as a child, they are not caused by mice nibbling away inside cheese wheels. Experts from Agroscope, a state center for agricultural research, said the phenomenon was caused by tiny bits of hay present in the milk and not bacteria as previously thought. They found that the mystery holes in such cheeses became smaller or disappeared when milk used for cheese-making was extracted using modern methods.

California transit officials have determined that a second high-strength steel anchoring rod for the eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge failed a key seismic “pull” test, and officials were due to meet on Thursday to address the issue.

The US is split over right-to-work laws-literally. Exactly half of the 50 states are now right-to-work states, and the next will tip the balance.

According to PNC Financial Group’s latest Household Economic Stress Index (HESI), financial stress faced by U.S. households is moderating. The index, which measures the amount of stress household budgets are feeling in response to changing macroeconomic conditions, declined to 2.2 percentage points in Q4 of 2014, down from 2.7 in Q3.


Islamic State militants in Libya said they have seized the airport in the city of Sirte, as the group continues to make advances in the country.

A Ukrainian man suspected of being a Nazi war criminal has died in Canada. Vladimir Katriuk was second on a most wanted list compiled by the Simon Wiesenthal Center, a US organisation which investigates Nazi war criminals.

Brazil’s economy shrank 0.2%in the first quarter of the year as severe droughts held back growth, the country’s statistics agency reported.

As many as 12 young women have tried to leave Melbourne to join the Islamic State (IS) militant group, according to Australian police. The women, aged between 18 and 29, have been recruited on social media.

Asian countries have agreed to work together to try to stem the region’s migrant crisis, as Myanmar brought to shore another boat full of 727 migrants.

India’s economy grew 7.5% in the three months ending in March, higher than the previous quarter and above expectations.

A bomb has exploded outside a Shia mosque in Saudi Arabia, reportedly killing four people.


Boko Haram has killed dozens of people, including many Christians, in a slew of separate attacks carried out in raids on villages in Nigeria in the past week.

ISIS terrorists have conducted mass executions in the ancient city of Palmyra, Syria, killing a reported 250 since they took the city, including 13 children.

The Charlie Charlie Challenge is a cheaper version of an Ouija board that needs just two pencils and a piece of paper. There is a dangerous game going around on social media which openly encourages impressionable young people to summon demons.

Researchers may have discovered fountain of youth by reversing aging in human cells
Their research indicates that the issue may not be that mitochondrial DNA become damaged, but rather that genes get turned “off” or “on” over time. Most intriguing, the team led by Professor Jun-Ichi Hayashi was able to flip the switches on a few genes back to their youthful position, effectively reversing the aging process.

Some Troubling Results In Latest Jerusalem Survey
In exchange for a peace treaty with the Palestinian Authority, half the Israeli public would agree to divide the Holy City, giving the Arab neighborhoods to the PA. Nearly a quarter would even hand over the Muslim and Christian quarters, as well as the Temple Mount.

After Giving ‘Space To Destroy,’ Baltimore Mayor Wants Americans To Save Her Skin In Big Way
The dollar costs of the recent Baltimore riots are starting to be added up, and they’re staggering. Not only are these figures climbing into the tens-of-millions of dollars, but Baltimore officials are looking for outside help to pay the bills — that means they want U.S. taxpayers to shell out to bail out the budget of a city criticized by many for doing little to stop the mayhem.

Blast outside mosque in Saudi Arabia, fatalities reported
Four people were killed in eastern Saudi Arabia after a suicide bomber tried to enter a Shiite mosque during Friday prayers. Islamic State has reportedly claimed responsibility. It is the second attack of its kind in a week.

Russia stockpiling weapons on Ukraine border
Russia’s army is massing troops and hundreds of pieces of weaponry including mobile rocket launchers, tanks and artillery at a makeshift base near the border with Ukraine, a Reuters reporter saw this week. Many of the vehicles have number plates and identifying marks removed while many of the servicemen had taken insignia off their fatigues.

Cameron, Merkel in EU reform talks
Cameron’s post-election tour of European capitals ends with a lunch at which he is likely to ask Merkel’s help in securing a deal of concessions that he could sell to a divided British public before the referendum by the end of 2017. French President Francois Hollande told Cameron on Thursday he wanted Britain to stay in the world’s biggest trading bloc while Cameron said the status quo in Europe was “not good enough”.

NORAD jets train in Arctic as Russian flights close to North America increase
U.S. and Canadian fighter jets are to practise intercepting foreign aircraft high over the Arctic in the coming days as Russian military flights up to the edge of North American airspace increase.

Researchers prove magnetism can control heat, sound
Phonons—the elemental particles that transmit both heat and sound—have magnetic properties, according to a landmark study supported by Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC) services and recently published by a researcher group from The Ohio State University.

Europe No Longer has to Kowtow to Saudis
It seems that the EU has not yet internalized the fact that Saudi Arabia is not as powerful as it used to be. Since the 1973 oil crisis, Europe has gotten used to dancing to the tune of the Saudis. Yet as time passes, standing-up to Saudi Arabia becomes economically sustainable. Saudi Arabia is no longer the world’s largest oil producer, having been displaced by the United States thanks to the technological revolution of shale oil.

7.0 magnitude quake strikes offshore Alaska: USGS
An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.0 struck off the southwest coast of Alaska late on Thursday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. The USGS said the quake’s epicenter was 104 km (64 miles) south-southeast of Ugashik and 61.7 km deep. The agency upgraded the temblor to a 7.0 after initially stating it was slightly weaker.

Radioactive leak at India’s Delhi airport
Radioactive material leaked from a medical shipment on Friday at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport, …the incident had been contained and there was no risk to passengers. The leak was found at the airport’s cargo-handling complex in a consignment of sodium iodide 131 – a radioactive liquid used in so-called nuclear medicine – that had been on board an inbound Turkish Airlines passenger flight.

More rain pounds Texas as residents try to clean up
At Horseshoe Bend along the Brazos River in Parker County, residents hope their luck holds. Authorities say…the floodwaters have begun to recede — for now. …Brazos River Authority closed the floodgates on the Possum Kingdom Lake dam upstream, allowing the river to crest at 23.6 feet about noon Thursday, almost 3 feet above flood stage.

Syrian Islamist rebels ‘seize Ariha in Idlib province’
An Islamist coalition that includes Syria’s al-Qaeda affiliate al-Nusra Front has taken over one of the last government strongholds in western Idlib province, activists say. The Jaish al-Fateh, or Conquest Army, took control of the city of Ariha after a “lightning offensive”, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Young Australian women trying to join IS, say police
As many as 12 young women have tried to leave Melbourne to join the Islamic State (IS) militant group, according to Australian police. The women, aged between 18 and 29, have been recruited on social media. Five of them are now living with IS militants in the conflict zones, according to a special investigation by Victoria Police.

Home Front Command drill simulating multiple-front conflict set to begin on Sunday
A nationwide Home Front Command drill simulating conflict on multiple fronts will begin on Sunday, lasting through the week. On Tuesday, air raid sirens will go off across the country at 11:05 a.m. to test school responses to heavy rocket attack, and again at 7:05 p.m. to prompt civilians to seek cover in preselected safe areas.

Al Qaeda-led rebels take Syrian regime bastion
A rebel coalition led by the Syrian affiliate of Al Qaeda stormed and seized the last regime-held city in Idlib province on Thursday, as Iraq exhumed the remains of 470 jihadist victims.

Greece could use ‘Zambia’ option as progress on deal unclear
Greece and rescue lenders remained at odds over whether the two sides are close to a breakthrough in negotiations, as the International Monetary Fund confirmed Thursday that Athens had the right to ask for “bundled” repayments next month.

Volcano erupts on southern Japanese island
A volcano erupted on a small island in southern Japan on Friday, spewing black clouds of ash and rock towering into the sky and prompting authorities to tell residents to evacuate the island.

Iran, N. Korea ‘collaborate’ on nuclear arms: Iranian opposition
An exiled Iranian opposition group accused Tehran Thursday of a “vast collaboration” with North Korea in developing nuclear arms, alleging that experts from both countries made regular intelligence-sharing visits.

Israeli Military: Iran Is Not Most Dangerous Threat
Israel’s military doesn’t consider Iran to be the greatest threat to the Jewish state, according to a new report.

Martial law in Ukraine can be declared within hours – Poroshenko
Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko says he can declare martial law in his country within hours, in case there is an advance on the Ukrainian army’s positions.

Headlines – 5/29/2015

Netanyahu: Any deal with PA will necessitate long-term Israeli presence in West Bank

Netanyahu backs ‘general idea’ behind Arab Peace Initiative

Rivlin: Jews must acknowledge that Arabs are part and parcel of this land

Barak: Israel should seriously consider unilateral disengagement from Palestinians

Palestinians happy to see Tony Blair go

Pro-Israel critics claim Hamas front group nearing coveted UN status

UN eyes keeping Israel off list of children’s rights violators

Annual Home Front exercise to test Israel’s war readiness

Man arrested in Cyprus suspected of planning terror attack against Israelis

Former Mossad Chief: Day by Day Hezbollah is Contributing to Israel’s Security

Report: PA soccer chief ‘promotes terror’ through sports

Pro-Palestinian activist storms FIFA Congress waving Palestinian flag

Officials scramble to prevent FIFA vote to oust Israel

Netanyahu: Ousting of Israel from FIFA would spell end of world soccer body

Netanyahu: Palestinian FIFA bid to suspend Israel stems from opposition to a Jewish State

Indicted former FIFA official blamed ‘Zionism’ for undoing in 2011

Putin accuses US of meddling into FIFA affairs

Turkish Prime Minister: “We will march to liberate Jerusalem”

Sources: US defense aid to Israel to rise over Iran deal fears

Obama’s nuke deal will leave Iran funding even more terror

Iran’s Zarif hopes for a nuclear deal within a ‘reasonable period of time’

Iranian cartoon features Netanyahu leading Islamic State

Source: US training of Syria rebel fighters expands to Turkey

Report: ISIS-linked terrorists in Sinai threaten to strike Eilat port

Isis in Palmyra: Civilians rounded up and forced to watch execution of 20 men at amphitheatre

Over 470 bodies exhumed from mass grave in Tikrit believed to be the work of ISIS

Al-Qaida-affiliated insurgents claim capture of last Syrian town in Idlib province

Kurdish fighters on the march against Islamic State

Islamic State: At least 12 Melbourne women attempt to join militant group, become jihadi brides

9 dead in bombings at Baghdad hotels

White House: US won’t be ‘responsible’ for ‘security situation’ in Iraq

Lebanon, Saudi Arabia cooperate in case against Hezbollah officials

UN: Fight Against Boko Haram Requires Regional Might

Spain charges Nigerian Boko Haram chief with crimes against humanity

Boko Haram Hacks to Death Dozens, Including Scores of Christians; Continues Forcing Young Girls to Carry Out Suicide Bombings

2 people arrested in UK on suspicion of preparing terrorism acts

Muhammad cartoon contest planned for Phoenix anti-Islam rally

Baltimore Gets Bloodier As Arrests Drop Post-Freddie Gray

Baltimore residents fearful amid rash of homicides

Defeat: Obama Won’t Take Executive Amnesty Fight To The Supreme Court

Alleged Nazi war criminal sought by Russia dies in Canada at age 93

Russian opposition leader hospitalized after sudden illness that has raised fears of foul play

Putin orders all Russian military deaths be classified as state secrets

Martial law in Ukraine can be declared within hours – Poroshenko

Iran, N. Korea ‘collaborate’ on nuclear arms: Iranian opposition

North Korea deploys new generation of fast warships

Major construction at North Korea rocket site, US research institute says

Carter defends US military flights over China’s artificial islands

Philippines could get caught in crossfire between U.S., China

Star managers battered by rocky ride in yields, currencies

Bullard Warns Delaying Fed Rate Rise Boosts Asset-Bubble Threats

Implants to aid payment with a wave of the hand

6.9 magnitude quake strikes offshore Alaska

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Vallenar, Chile

Four mild tremors jolt Nepal month after devastating earthquake

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 25,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 15,000ft

Southern Japanese island evacuated after volcanic eruption

Residents along Texas rivers urged to leave amid flood threat; death toll in US at 23

Floods in Texas and Oklahoma bringing surprise snakes to homes

California’s largest lake is slipping away amid an epic drought

Indian heatwave death toll rises above 1,800

Tropical Storm Andres, First of the 2015 Eastern Pacific Hurricane Season, Expected to Become a Hurricane

Obama links hurricane force to climate change

26 people treated after Army’s accidental anthrax shipments

Popularity of ‘hookup apps’ blamed for surge in sexually transmitted infections

McCrory vetoes NC religious objection bill on gay marriage

Obama to Force Faith-Based Grant Recipients to Hire LGBTs

Tel Aviv kicks off 2015 Pride Month

IG says VA boss pressured subordinates to pay for psychic readings

Israeli Burning Man festival torches ancient remains

Woman accused of witchcraft axed to death in Papua New Guinea

Is ‘Charlie Charlie’ a harmless game? Exorcist says absolutely not

Predatory Lending is Theft: Why it’s time for Christians to call for an end to payday loans

Was Beth Moore’s “Vision” Concerning the Roman Catholic Church Really From God?

I could’ve been a Duggar wife: I grew up in the same church, scandal doesn’t shock me

The Duggars: How Fundamentalism’s Gothard’s Teachings on Sexuality Create Predatory Behavior

America The Obese: Is There A Multibillion Dollar Conspiracy To Make Sure Americans Stay Overweight?

Fast Food - Public DomainAccording to Gallup, America is now fatter than it has ever been before.  But how can this possibly be?  After all, Americans spend an astounding 60 billion dollars a year on weight loss programs and products.  After putting so much time, effort and energy into losing weight, shouldn’t we be some of the healthiest people on the entire planet?  Sadly, the truth is that obesity has become a national epidemic, and we are known around the globe for our huge size.  The term “fat Americans” has become synonymous with overweight tourists, and other cultures mock us for our apparent sloth.  But could there be more to this than just the fact that we eat too much?  Could it be possible that we have been fattened up by design? (Read More…)

Baltimore Has Descended Into A State Of Lawlessness – And More Cities Will Soon Follow

Baltimore Riot Police - Public DomainDid you really think that Baltimore would return to normal after everything that has happened?  On Thursday, a mother and her 7-year-old son were both shot in the head in a double murder that has shocked the entire nation.  Police believe that the son may have been shot in order to prevent him from identifying the individual that shot his mother.  So is this what America is turning into?  A place where 7-year-old kids are executed in cold blood?  That mother and son were the 37th and 38th murder victims in the city of Baltimore so far this month.  That makes this the deadliest month in Baltimore in 15 years, but because of all the controversy surrounding the death of Freddie Gray, police in Baltimore are afraid to do their jobs at this point.  In some areas of the city, young men boldly smoke weed in public and wave guns around at innocent bystanders without any worry that police will intervene.  Baltimore has descended into a state of lawlessness, and this is just the beginning.  As I discussed just the other day, the same kind of lawlessness will soon sweep all across this country. (Read More….)

‘Born Bad’: How the idea that we’re all sinners has shaped Western culture, Washington Post (Michael Dirda)

The Rev. Franklin Graham speaking with WIAT 42 News in an interview posted on May 14, 2015. (photo credit: WIAT 42 News Screen Capture)

The Rev. Franklin Graham has spoken out on a case concerning a Marine Corporal who was court-martialed for refusing to remove a Bible verse from her computer at work, stating that it shows that there is no tolerance in culture for Christians.

Marine Lance Cpl. Monifa Sterling was court-martialed earlier this week after she was convicted Feb. 1, 2014, for refusing to remove the verse “No weapon formed against you shall prosper” (Isaiah 54:17) from her computer.

“Unbelievably, she was criminally prosecuted by the U.S. government for displaying this encouraging scripture on her computer in her workspace. Give me a break, really? Can our society be at a point where a supervisor can order a young Marine to remove a Bible verse from her computer? Others are able to display secular messages without any opposition, but Sterling was targeted by her supervisor,” Graham wrote in a Facebook post on Wednesday.

Secret meeting on cash elimination to take place in London

An American financier Martin Armstrong, best known for his economic predictions, is deeply concerned over the cash elimination.

The European countries are reportedly to eliminate cash in favour of electronic transactions, which will be easily controlled by the government.

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Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore calls for Ruth Bader Ginsburg impeachment

by Marsha West

Christian Examiner informs us that the very liberal Supreme Court Justice “gave a sly look and emphasized the word ‘Constitution’ when she pronounced the two men married by the powers vested in her by the United States Constitution.” So according to Judge Moore this means she’s “actually commenting on a case that is the same issue that is before her – the constitutionality vel non of same-sex marriage, and she’s pronouncing a marriage by saying under the authority of the Constitution.”

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Catholic group exposes Red influence in the Vatican

by Marsha West

(Accuracy In Media) Doing the research and investigative work that the major U.S. media have all but abandoned, an organization called the American Life League (ALL) has uncovered dramatic evidence of links between the highest levels of the Roman Catholic Church and an international communist group known as the World Social Forum. The evidence suggests […]

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Marine Court-Martialed For Refusing To Remove Bible Verse

“This is a very scary time when you are not allowed to have a very small printed Bible verse in your own personal workspace because it might offend other Marines,” Sasser told me. “Our Marines are trained to deal with some of the most hostile people on the planet. I don’t think they are afraid of tiny words on a tiny piece of paper.”

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7 Reasons I’m Not a Christian Dominionist

NOTE: Dominionism is a false teaching that says the church will make the world perfect. It is promoted by the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR), IHOP, Latter Rain, and many, many more. — OTM

7. I do not believe all nations will be Christianized before the bodily return of Christ.

The Bible teaches us that Jesus will not return until the restoration of all things (Acts 3:21) and all His enemies are under His feet (Ps. 110:2). Furthermore, Jesus as the last Adam (1 Cor. 15:45) came to fully implement the cultural mandate given to the first Adam (Gen. 1:28), which is why He called believers to disciple whole nations (Matt. 28:19). While some Christians (some, not all Christian dominionists) have interpreted these passages to mean that every nation will eventually become Christian before He returns, I do not agree.

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Pastor spills secret on kids summoning ‘demons’

‘We are seeing more of this because it was predicted in the Word of God’

Parents should not overreact if their children are participating in the “challenge” and should instead encouraging them to show what a simple con it really is, Gallups said. However, he also notes that the old parlor game, framed in its new context as an attempt at demonic conjuration, could lead to real dangers.

Gallups warned: “This is the Ouija board of our time in the sense that it is a trick, but also a gateway drug. This is a gateway to the occult.

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Major international unrest showing

Posted: 29 May 2015 08:31 AM PDT

A large 6.8 magnitude earthquake has struck off the shores of Alaska. Measuring at a magnitude 6.8 (some services showing 7.0M), this large event follows a week of major activity along the West coast of the United States, and multiple unexpected Pacific eruptions in Japan, and Central America. 

Also, worthy to note the THREE additional 6.8M earthquakes which struck Papua New Guinea this past week. See the unexpected volcanic blast which just occurred a few hours ago in South Japan: FULL REPORT

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5.1 magnitude earthquake strikes Northern California near Mount Shasta volcano, directly at Trinity Lake DamPosted: 29 May 2015 08:23 AM PDT

A noteworthy 5.1 magnitude earthquake has struck Northern California near Mount Shasta volcano, directly at Trinity Lake Dam. The Northern California earthquake directly followed an even larger 6.8M which struck just minutes before off the coast of Alaska. The Alaska earthquake was just a few hours after a large unexpected volcanic blast from a volcano in South Japan. The Japan blast, the Alaska earthquake, and this California earthquake all occurred within less than 12 hours time.

A review of the surrounding area shows the earthquake in California is very close to Mount Shasta, and also the Lassen Volcanic center (seen with multiple dark lava flows to the East). This activity is a sign of the greater unrest happening in the Pacific due to the “global seismic unrest event” currently taking place across the planet. FULL REPORT

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Is The 505 Trillion Dollar Interest Rate Derivatives Bubble In Imminent Jeopardy?Posted: 29 May 2015 08:15 AM PDT

All over the planet, large banks are massively overexposed to derivatives contracts. Interest rate derivatives account for the biggest chunk of these derivatives contracts. According to the Bank for International Settlements, the notional value of all interest rate derivatives contracts outstanding around the globe is a staggering 505 trillion dollars. Considering the fact that the U.S. national debt is only 18 trillion dollars, that is an amount of money that is almost incomprehensible. When this derivatives bubble finally bursts, there won’t be enough money in the entire world to bail everyone out.

The key to making sure that all of these interest rate bets do not start going bad is for interest rates to remain stable. That is why what is going on in Greece right now is so important. The Greek government has announced that it will default on a loan payment that it owes to the IMF on June 5th. If that default does indeed happen, Greek bond yields will soar into the stratosphere as panicked investors flee for the exits. But it won’t just be Greece. If Greece defaults despite years of intervention by the EU and the IMF, that will be a clear signal to the financial world that no nation in Europe is truly safe. Bond yields will start spiking in Italy, Spain, Portugal, Ireland and all over the rest of the continent. By the end of it, we could be faced with the greatest interest rate derivatives crisis that any of us have ever seen. FULL REPORT

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Powerful 7.0 magnitude earthquake strikes off southwest coast of AlaskaPosted: 29 May 2015 05:22 AM PDT

BREAKING NEWS – An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.0 struck off the southwest coast of Alaska on Friday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. The USGS said the quake’s epicenter was 104 km (64 miles) south-southeast of Ugashik and 51. km deep. The quake was originally measured as a 6.8 magnitude event, but was later upgraded to a 7.0 event by the USGS.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said that based on its available data, no tsunami was expected. The USGS said the quake had a low likelihood of causing casualties and damage, and there were no immediate reports of such. The area near the quake, centered some 400 miles (643 km) southwest of Anchorage, is lightly populated, according to the USGS. Reuters

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Australia’s businesses take out full-page ad backing same-sex partnershipsPosted: 28 May 2015 08:17 PM PDT

Some of Australia’s biggest businesses have thrown their weight behind the push for gay marriage, with a full-page newspaper advertisement today. Corporations including Google, Qantas, Optus and the ANZ and Commonwealth banks have put their names to a list of Australian businesses backing marriage equality.

Others supporters include law firms Slater and Gordon and Gilbert and Tobin, and the Football Federation of Australia. Australian Marriage Equality national director Rodney Croome said the corporations approached the organisation send the message that Australia’s business community was behind marriage equality.

“It was about corporate saying it’s not just about us individually supporting this, we want to do it collectively and send the strongest possible message,” Mr Croome said. FULL REPORT

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J.P. Morgan Chase expected to lay off more than 5,000 by next yearPosted: 28 May 2015 08:11 PM PDT

J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. has begun layoffs that are expected to total more than 5,000 by next year, people familiar with the matter said. This latest phase of cuts started earlier this year and would eliminate at least 2% of the bank’s JPM, -0.41% workforce over the next year.

The moves come as the nation’s largest bank overhauls its 5,570 branches to rely more on technology and less on human tellers. Chairman and Chief Executive James Dimon said Wednesday that the average J.P. Morgan Chase branch would lose one employee over the next two years, mostly through attrition.

The layoffs on the other hand are more broad-based, affecting all four of the bank’s major business units: corporate and investment banking, consumer and community banking, asset management and commercial banking. FULL REPORT

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ECB warns of contagion risk as Greece delays continuePosted: 28 May 2015 08:07 PM PDT

A failure to reach an agreement on Greece’s aid program soon may drive yields on bonds issued by other euro-area countries higher, the European Central Bank said. “In the absence of a quick agreement on structural implementation needs, the risk of an upward adjustment of the risk premia demanded on vulnerable euro-area sovereigns could materialise,” the ECB said in its twice-yearly Financial Stability Review published Thursday in Frankfurt.

“The lengthy and uncertain process of negotiations between the newly formed Greek government and its creditors” has already contributed to bouts of extreme volatility in Greek markets, it said. Three months after taking office, the new Greek government has still failed to reach agreement with its creditors to unlock bailout funds, bringing it ever closer to default. While ECB policy makers have claimed the region is better insulated against a disorderly Greek outcome than previously, a failure to meet payments could still create spillover effects for bond markets in neighboring countries as well as domestic banks. FULL REPORT

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China Warns Of World War 3 Unless The US Backs Down On South China SeaPosted: 28 May 2015 08:00 PM PDT

An increasingly assertive China has warned that World War 3 is “inevitable” unless the United States stops meddling in the South China Sea affairs. Earlier this week, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) said in a new white paper that it is going to up the ante in the South China Sea. In a sign of its growing self-confidence, Beijing said that it would now focus less on defensive capabilities, and step up efforts to build offensive capabilities.

China is aggressively building artificial islands in the disputed Spratly Islands. The construction includes runways and port facilities that could harbor military planes and warships. Islands in the region are also claimed by the Philippines, Malaysia, Taiwan, and Vietnam, who have all protested against China’s expansion.

Last week, a U.S. military plane ignored repeated warning from the PLA to fly a reconnaissance mission over the disputed islands. U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has refused to recognize artificial islands as “maritime zones control by a nation.” He said Washington was determined to protect the freedom of navigation in the South China Sea, as is allowed under International conventions. FULL REPORT

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Telica volcano in Nicaragua shaken by explosive eruption – ejects ash cloud 3 km highPosted: 28 May 2015 07:56 PM PDT

BREAKING NEWS – After a week of calm, a new phase of explosive activity occurred yesterday at the volcano, beginning with a moderately large explosion at 12:02 local time. An ash plume rose approx. 3 km above the summit: Several smaller explosions and phases of calm ash venting followed this event. Ash falls were noted in up to 15 km distance to the SW, in areas of the villages Posolega and Quezalguaque.

So far it is unclear whether the explosions are the result of phreatic or hydrothermal activity, i.e. caused by pressurized fluids in the shallow hydrothermal system, or whether they are result of new magma reaching the surface. For now, INETER has not found evidence of fresh magmatic material in the deposits of the explosions – all ash and blocks are fragmented older rocks from near the surface – and the accompanying seismicity has been very shallow. This would favor the first scenario. FULL REPORT

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Indonesia’s Mt. Sinabung volcano ceaseless eruptions for 5 years – driving some local residents to mental institutionsPosted: 28 May 2015 07:48 PM PDT

Monitoring officials have warned residents to remain alert as Mount Sinabung in North Sumatra continues with intense volcanic activity. A local chief reported that ongoing eruptions had taken a mental toll on residents, with two people being sent to mental institutions. The volcano erupted twice early on Wednesday, at 1:21 a.m. and 3:30 a.m., and sent hot clouds southward. The Sinabung observation station recorded at least 87 tectonic quakes and lava flow from 12 a.m. to 12 p.m. Observation station staff member Deri Alhidayat said the volcanic intensity over the past few days had shown a significant increase, evident from the tectonic quakes occurring thus far. “Tectonic shock waves have been detected almost every day. As many as 20 tectonic and volcanic quakes have taken place today alone,” said Deri on Wednesday. He added the eruptions were expected to continue for a long time.

He urged residents living around the mountain to raise their awareness until the government issued an official announcement on the volcano’s status. Residents in Karo regency, especially those living around the volcano, are said to be depressed as the volcano has continued to erupt for almost five years with no sign of stopping. Pelin Sembiring, the chief of Guru Kinayan village, which is also affected by the eruption, said many residents had suffered from depression from the impacts of the eruptions. Two of his residents had to be treated at the Simalingkar mental hospital in Medan, North Sumatra, for severe depression as all their belongings had been destroyed and their farms, which they relied upon as a source of income, had been damaged by volcanic ash and pyroclastic flows. “Many residents are mentally depressed because they couldn’t stand facing the impacts of the eruption disaster which prevails up until now,” said Pelin. FULL REPORT

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Pamela Geller Is Right About Islam And Why You Should Support Her (VIDEO)

I will say one thing for the left — they are consistent. They are always up for the fight against anyone who is trying to expose and destroy evil. They have a obsession with Islam. It defies reason, logic and common sense.

Pamela Geller is attempting to show the American people that if we succumb to the political correctness of the left wingers, we will be like the frogs in the pot, who happily jump around, oblivious to the fact the temperature of the water is very slowly being increased. They continue to play, until that temperature reaches boiling and then it’s too late. Poor guys didn’t see it coming.


We Christians know that political correctness is simply shutting down those on the right. The left make the rules, and when we don’t abide by them, we are labeled racist, islamophobes and a danger to our country.

This president is the stuff that nightmares are made of. I always knew he was evil, but I guess not to this extent. What do we hear from the White House in response to the news which reported that ISIS is converging on Baghdad, and quite possibly will take all of Iraq.

The Caliphate which is their goal is solidifying right before our eyes. The White House makes a wishy washy statement about their air strikes, and then more drivel about training those on the ground in Iraq to deal with ISIS. PLEASE!!! Don’t talk to us like we are idiots. BHO should never have pulled completely out of Iraq, in a military capacity, in the first place!!

Back to Pam Geller and her fight to preserve our Constitutional rights. I say “YOU GO, GIRL!”. Some are saying that it will put Americans in harms way on the buses who agree to display Pam’s advertisement. Don’t these people see that this thinking of theirs is backwards??

Our Constitution was designed to ensure life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. LIBERTY – that’a a word upon which whole books have been written. Without Liberty, we are not the shining beacon on the hill. Why do you think that so many people from all over the world wanted to come to America? Liberty and Capitalism were the two main attributes of American life. For many who had been pushed down by communism and tyrannical governments – America was the country they dreamed about.

I watched Pamela Geller be interviewed by the lame stream media. The man kept saying to her that doing the things that she has been doing, is offensive to the Muslims. REALLY??? Are not the beheadings of hundreds, (maybe thousands) of Christians and others which ISIS deem as not worthy to live…..THIS is not offensive?? It is not offensive when these people cry out in unison “Death to America.?”

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The Left does not understand Sharia Law. They don’t believe that these who are following the Qur’an want world domination. They still call them “peaceful” and insist that ISIS is not representative of Islam! They heard that from their leader, Obama, and they take their cues from him.

If America is given the chance to come back to the greatness which she once possessed in the world, only then will this ridiculous political correctness be tossed aside and replaced with common sense.

Unfortunately, America’s sins are so great— it leads me to think that we are close to physical destruction. God only strives for so long with a country like America.

So, I say to Pamela Geller – God bless you and keep you safe in your great work to save this once great country from total destruction.

Shalom b’Yeshua


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ISIS Boldly Announces That Southern Israel Will be Attacked In Coming Days

ISIS terrorists in the Sinai Peninsula linked to the radical Islamic State group reportedly threatened Thursday to strike the port in Israel’s southern city of Eilat “in the coming days,” according to Egyptian media.

“They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance.” Psalm 83:4 (KJV)

According to reports, the Islamist group Sinai Province, formerly knows as Ansar Bait al-Maqdis, “threatened to strike the Eilat Port, following coordination with Islamic State’s wing in the Gaza Strip.”


“ISIS will begin operations against Hamas positions in the Gaza Strip,” the Egyptian reports added. Tensions between the Islamist group ruling the coastal Palestinian enclave and ISIS have mounted amid waves of arrests by the former of Salafi-jihadists in Gaza linked to Islamic State.

Abu Othman Al-Mosley, one of the leaders of the northern Sinai group took to the ‘Sinai Province’ Facebook page, calling for its members to “enlist new members from jihadist factions and the Muslim Brotherhood organization in other provinces of Egypt.” In addition, he called for new recruits to emigrate to the Sinai region in order to operate against opposing Egyptian security forces.

In addition, the call urged the ISIS-aligned terrorists in Sinai to “make their way to the Gaza Strip to fight against Hamas’s military branch, the Izzadin al-Kassam Brigades, and takeover control of the Strip.”

Sinai Province changed its name from Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis after pledging allegiance to Islamic State, the ultra-hardline Sunni group that has seized large parts of Iraq and Syria.

Egypt is facing a Sinai-based insurgency that has killed hundreds of policemen and soldiers since the army toppled Islamist president Mohamed Morsi after mass protests against his rule in 2013. source


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Christian Headlines Daily – Friday, May 29, 2015

Top Headlines

Al Sharpton Asks: Are Texas Floods God’s Judgment on America?

Texas Senate Advances Bill Banning Sharia Law in Family Court When in Conflict With U.S. Law

Family Christian Stores Lives On, For Now

Hillsong pastor: If you don’t like our song, don’t sing it

Netanyahu: Nuclear Iran Far Exceeds ISIS Danger

Franklin Graham Says There Is No Tolerance for Christians in Culture After Marine Court-Martialed for Keeping Bible Verse on Her Computer

The faith of Denzel Washington in 8 quotes

‘Gay’ Activist’s Call for Churches to Be Forced to Take Homosexuality Off ‘Sin List’ Draws Concerns

This Pregnancy Center Plans to Open Ten Feet Away From an Abortion Clinic

Prayers around the world for worship pastor and wife who lost both their children in tragic car accident


Matt Chandler, The Village Church offer apology to Karen Hinkley

A Word to Self-Righteous Christians Attacking Josh Duggar

IRS Admits Massive Identity Theft

What Marriage Means to Young Evangelicals

Boy Scouts of America Face Moral Disaster

Hate the Sin, Love the Sinner?

“My Last Day” — the Jesus Anime

9 powerful minutes of animation that begins with a thief behind bars watching the scourging of Jesus, and it ends with the thief dying next to Jesus, and waking to see Him in a beautiful place.

The dying thief: What was so great about his faith?

There are many acts of extraordinary faith in the Bible. The one that has impressed me the most concerns the dying thief on the cross. We could take the approach that he had nothing to lose, so he decided to cast his lot with Jesus. But this makes absolutely no sense of the text and the context.
In this conversion we have a specific fulfillment of Christ’s first words on the cross. No sooner had Christ spoken the words, “Father, forgive them,” had the Father answered that prayer by turning a once-reviling criminal into a Christ-glorifying saint. While the soon-to-be converted criminal was not directly responsible for Christ’s death, he nevertheless joined with those who were and was thus indirectly addressed when Christ asked for God to forgive “them.”
Christ, the sinless one, was numbered with or counted among the transgressors (Isa. 53:12; Luke 22:37), all of whom have a bigger problem than the day-to-day sins they commit. They hate Christ, the God-man. Anyone who has a master other than the Lord Jesus hates him (Lk. 16:13; Gal. 4:8). That these two criminals loathed him is clearly manifested during the crucifixion: “And the robbers who were crucified with him also reviled him in the same way” (Matt. 27:44).
When the criminal who was converted was doing his worst against Christ, Christ was doing his best for this criminal.
The conversion of the one criminal was most extraordinary and testifies to the power of Christ’s prayer and the grace of God. Why?
This criminal’s faith did not come at a time such as when Christ turned water into wine; or performed miracles, such as walking on water, opening the eyes of a blind man, or raising Lazarus from the dead. No! The criminal believed on the Messiah while he was hanging as one cursed upon a tree. The criminal trusted in and boldly defended the one whose disciples had abandoned him. Jesus was at his lowest when this criminal asked to be remembered in Christ’s kingdom.
When he was on the cross, did anyone publicly cry out, as John the Baptist did, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” (Jn. 1:29)? But this is essentially what the dying thief did. Little wonder, then, that Christ should promise him a place in his kingdom: “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise” (Lk. 23:43).
The criminal acknowledged he was guilty; he acknowledged that Christ was not (“this man has done nothing wrong”); he feared God; but, and here is the key: the criminal did not merely want to be in a better place. He wanted to be with Christ in a better place: “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom” (Lk. 23:42). The criminal believed “against all hope”.
Heaven is a better place because that is where Christ is. Everyone wants to go to heaven, but not everyone wants to go to Christ’s heaven. Not so with this criminal: he saw, with his eyes, Christ at his worst; but with the eyes of faith, he believed that Christ would soon be at his best, and so put his faith in a dying king.
Christ is always – always! – willing to save even the most miserable of sinners. A recognition of guilt (Lk. 23:40) and a confidence in him and not ourselves (Lk. 23:42) will always lead to the most assuring truth a sinner can receive: the Savior welcomes such into his paradise!
“One is saved, and we may not despair; the other is lost, and we may not presume.” Spurgeon

Remember the thief.

It can be a difficult situation if someone you are witnessing to asks about the fate of a loved one who died and was not a Christian. Simply say, “Only God knows the eternal destiny of the person, and the Scriptures assure us that He will do what is right. So we can take consolation from that.” Some may be tempted to say that the loved one went to hell, but the truth is that we don’t know what happened minutes before their death. Remember the thief on the cross.

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