Jun. 9, 2015
Obama said there was a strong consensus among the G-7 leaders on keeping sanctions in place and the leaders discussed what additional measures could be taken if Russia “doubles down” on its interference in Ukraine. He didn’t specify what those might be, saying they were being discussed by lower-level officials.
An array of friends in high places came to the aid of retired Army general and former CIA Director David Petraeus as he faced sentencing for providing classified data to his mistress. Senator Lindsey Graham and former U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair were among almost three dozen people who wrote a federal judge urging leniency for Petraeus. The former general was sentenced to two years probation after he signed a plea deal to avoid jail time.
The Chinese government is developing detailed profiles of U.S. workers and private citizens as part of a long-term strategic espionage campaign that might include blackmailing key government officials, said the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee.
The U.S. Army temporarily shut down its public, unclassified website after it was hacked, the service said. A group calling itself the Syrian Electronic Army claimed credit for the intrusion in a posting on its Twitter account.
Investigators found 73 people were cleared by the Transportation Security Administration to work in sensitive jobs at U.S. airports despite possible links to terrorism in their backgrounds, according to a government report made public on Monday.
Government spending to fight the worst U.S. bird flu outbreak and compensate farmers for their losses will exceed the $410 million so far budgeted and may top a half-billion dollars, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said.
While the outbreak of avian influenza, which sent egg prices to record highs, may be ebbing with warmer weather in the Midwest, spending to fight the disease will outstrip what’s been approved, Vilsack told Bloomberg reporters and editors Monday in Washington. About 45 million turkeys and chickens, including more than 10 percent of the country’s laying hens, have been wiped out by the spread of avian influenza across the Midwest.
HSBC, Europe’s largest bank, plans to eliminate as many as 25,000 jobs and sell operations in Turkey and Brazil to help restore profit growth.
In a note out this morning, analysts at Societe Generale are telling their clients to increase cash and reduce their holdings of both equities and bonds.
AP Top Stories
Dennis Hastert, a former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, is due to be arraigned in federal court in Chicago on Tuesday on charges of trying to hide large cash transactions and lying to the FBI about it.
An American man held for nearly three years as a teenager without trial at a notorious New York prison who later inspired efforts to reform the complex has committed suicide.
Russian Defense Minister Shoigu ordered the speeding up of construction of infrastructure on islands in the Pacific Ocean where Moscow and Tokyo have rival territorial claims.
A city council in western India is planning to pay residents to use public toilets in a desperate attempt to stop legions of people urinating and defecating in public.
The U.S. Supreme Court, in a majority opinion from Justice Kennedy, said that the President, and not Congress, has the power to determine how Jerusalem is listed on U.S. passports.
Guyana warned Monday it would “vigorously” resist any attempt by Venezuela to enforce a new claim over coastal waters where Exxon Mobil recently announced an important oil find.
Michigan on Monday said Canadian geese in the state tested positive for a lethal strain of bird flu, bringing the worst outbreak of the disease in U.S. history to a 21st state.
The Damascus High School Class of 2015 walked across in the stage in green caps and gowns for the first time in the school’s history, thanks to a new gender-neutral graduation robe policy.
The shale oil boom that turned the U.S. into the world’s largest fuel exporter and brought $3 gasoline back to America’s pumps is grinding to a halt.
A judge in Louisiana has ordered the release of an inmate who has been in solitary confinement for more than 40 years. He has been in solitary confinement since April 1972, after he was blamed for the death of a guard during a prison riot.
The UN’s emergency Ebola response headquarters in Ghana’s capital, Accra, will close as the outbreak slows.
Hong Kong has issued a red alert warning against travel to South Korea, which is battling an outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). The warning means South Korea is considered to pose significant threats to tourism, and Hong Kong residents are advised to cancel non-essential travel.
Rebels in Syria said they have captured a major army base in the south of the country.
The Jade Helm 15 military training exercise slated to hit the American Southwest this summer may be the military’s attempt to “master the human domain,” according to one reporter who’s been digging into the matter.
Reports are surging from around the world that unborn baby girls, infants, young girls and more are being targeted by pro-male policies and practices, and even the UN has stepped into the controversy with a stunning estimate that there are 200 million women and girls “missing.”
A U.S. defense official confirmed ISIS terrorists have taken captive 88 Eritrean refugees – all of whom are believed to be Christians – in Libya.
The U.S. Ambassador to Indonesia, Robert Blake, said American workers celebrated the Fourth of July a month early – on June 4, actually – in order to show respect for the mostly Muslim nation and the month of Ramadan.
Top News 6/9/2015
Is the State Department Trying to Gag Gun Blogs and Forums?
Is the federal government moving to muzzle online gun blogs and forums? The NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) recently blasted a move by the Obama administration that it called a “regulatory assault.” According to the NRA, a new proposed rule could change what gun owners could say or write online—or face federal charges. Part of this involves regulating technical data on firearms, such as development details, blueprints, instructions, photographs, and other documentation related to the production of guns and ammunition. Of course, this is also information commonly shared between enthusiasts online, and technical data always remains a source of interest to many gun owners.
Colorado sees 1st camp resort for pot users
Colorado is full of all-inclusive ranch resorts where guests hike, fish, play horseshoes and roast marshmallows. This one has a new offering — smoking pot.
Diplomats: EU has Israel sanctions ready, and Uncle Sam may not be able to help
Western diplomatic sources say that EU may levy sanctions against Israel unless an initiative is presented to break the stagnation in the peace process.
Saudi Poll: Iran and ISIS are Far Greater Enemies than Israel
The poll was conducted over the phone with Saudi natives, 85 per cent of whom said that Iran is their worst enemy. The Islamic State (ISIS) state was rated by 53 percent as enemy, but only 18 percent thought Israel is in the same category.
Magnitude 6.2 Earthquake Strikes Off Japan Coast
Despite the shaking, there have been no immediate reports of damage or injuries.
Deepest known high-temperature hydrothermal vents in Pacific Ocean
Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) researchers have discovered a large, previously unknown field of hydrothermal vents in the Gulf of California, about 150 km (100 miles) east of La Paz, Mexico.
Cyclonic Storm “Ashobaa” forms in the Arabian Sea, heading toward Pakistan and Iran
A deep depression located over eastcentral Arabian Sea has intensified into Cyclonic Storm “Ashobaa” early morning June 8, 2015. Ashobaa is moving NNW, toward Pakistan and Iran, dumping heavy rain over the sea and is expected to intensify into a Severe Cyclonic Storm.
Nearly three quarters of Israeli Jews feel that the ‘whole world is against us’
According to the report’s findings, the Jewish public is aware of the deterioration that has occurred in Israel’s international status, which seems to stem from the intensification of voices calling to boycott Israel and its institutions. The report highlights the clear majority (71 percent) of the Jewish public, which agrees with the assertion that: “The countries of the world make moral demands of Israel that they do not make of other countries that are in situations of conflict.”
HSBC to cut 50,000 jobs in quest for higher dividends
HSBC (HSBA.L) pledged a new era of higher dividends on Tuesday, laying out plans to slash nearly one in five jobs and shrink its investment bank by a third to combat sluggish growth across its sprawling empire.
Nearly 50 Indiana students test positive for tuberculosis
Rock Creek Community Academy Principal Sara Hauselman said officials at the school, a few miles north of Louisville, Ky., are working with the health department. Because tuberculosis is so uncommon in the United States, they’re trying to figure out the best course of action.
‘The US Refuses to Recognize Israel’s Sovereignty’
Zivotofsky has spent 12 years fighting for her son to be listed as a citizen of “Jerusalem, Israel” instead of merely “Jerusalem,” but that fight was lost Monday, in a precedent-setting ruling by 6 Supreme Court justices. Three are Jewish.
Bird flu found in Michigan geese, officials confirm
A “highly pathogenic” bird flu virus that is spreading across North America has reached Michigan, officials confirmed on Monday. H5N2 avian influenza was detected in free-ranging Canadian geese in Macomb County, according to the Michigan departments of of Natural Resources and Agriculture and Rural Development.
SLIGHT CHANCE OF FLARES
Sunspot AR2360 has an unstable ‘beta-gamma’ magnetic field that harbors energy for strong flares. Despite its potential, however, the sunspot remains relatively quiet.
5.2-magnitude quake strikes north of Athens
A 5.2-magnitude earthquake struck north of Athens early Tuesday morning, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS), but while it was felt in the Greek capital there were no reported casualties.
The Bilderberg Group: Founded By A Nazi And Continuing The Agenda Of The Nazis
It turns out that the Bilderberg Group has had Nazi connections from the very beginning, and it continues to advance the agenda of the Nazis to this very day. This year, the Bilderberg Group is meeting from June 11th to June 14th at the Interalpen Hotel which is near the city of Telfs, Austria. This organization has so much power that even several days before the event police are keeping everyone (including reporters) 10 kilometers away from the hotel.
Why Is The Army Hiring People To Provide ‘Emergency Support To Disaster Stricken Areas Throughout The US’?
a job advertisement has been posted on a federal website seeking workers that “will provide emergency support to disaster stricken areas throughout the US“. What parts of the nation does the U.S. Army believe will soon be “disaster stricken”? By itself, this job ad wouldn’t be raising that many eyebrows, but when you combine this with the unusual number of “military training exercises” that are taking place all around the country……
Heads of CIA and US military visit Israel ahead of Iran deadline
CIA Director John Brennan paid a visit to Israel last week, meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and top security officials to discuss the emerging agreement with Iran over its nuclear program and ways to ensure that it adheres to its terms. His unpublicized visit…came several days before…the chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey…as the guest of Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot.
Your bank account: The next thing to go obsolete
Not only is banking not for everyone, accounts are inaccessible to about half of the world…Abra, a new startup, makes banking more accessible while completely cutting out the actual bank. With Abra, all of your banking lives on your phone. You can withdraw funds, deposit cash and send money using the app. There are no ATMs and no bank branches… The idea is that all banking should be as easy as sending a text message.
McKinney video: Hundreds march over Texas police gun incident
Hundreds of people have marched through a city near Dallas, Texas after a video showed a police officer pointing his gun at teenagers. The video, filmed on Friday, shows an officer in McKinney pinning a black 15-year-old girl in a bikini to the ground with his knees. The protesters are demanding that the police officer, who is white, should be dismissed.
US army shuts website after hacking attack
The US army has temporarily taken down its website after a hacking attack. It says an element of the army.mil website was compromised and preventative measures had to be taken to ensure there was no breach of data. The Syrian Electronic Army – which supports President Bashar al-Assad – says it was behind the attack.
Libya crisis: UN presents ‘unity’ plan to warring factions
The UN has presented a draft proposal for a Libyan unity government to warring factions in an attempt to stabilise the conflict-torn country. The plan unveiled at talks in Morocco on Monday addresses terms of a truce and disarmament of armed groups. UN special envoy Bernardino Leon urged the Libyans to back the proposal.
Mexico elections: President’s party set to retain power
In Mexico’s elections for Congress, President Enrique Pena Nieto’s Institutional Revolutionary Party and its allies look set to retain control. On current projections, the PRI will win around 30% of the vote and see its number of seats drop slightly. An independent candidate has won a state governorship for the first time since legal change allowed that.
Greece submits new reform plan to EU and IMF
Greece has submitted a revised reform plan to the European Union (EU) and International Monetary Fund (IMF). It comes days after Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras rejected a set of reforms put forward by EU Commission President Jean Claude Juncker. The EU and IMF want further economic reforms before they release €7.2bn (£5.3bn) of bailout funds.
Egypt summons U.S. ambassador over Muslim Brotherhood
Egypt summoned the U.S. ambassador in Cairo to show displeasure at Muslim Brotherhood figures coming to Washington for a private conference, sources familiar with the matter said on Monday.
Exclusive: Patient With Extreme Form of TB Sent to NIH
A female patient with an extremely hard-to-treat form of tuberculosis is being treated at the National Institutes of Health outside Washington D.C., and federal and state officials are now tracking down hundreds of people who may have been in contact with her. The woman traveled to at least three states before she sought treatment from a U.S. doctor. While TB is not easily caught by casual contact, extensively drug resistant (XDR) TB is so dangerous that health officials will have to make a concerted effort to warn anyone who may be at risk.
Pam Geller launches billboard campaign with Muhammad cartoons
The human rights advocacy group the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI) has announced a new billboard campaign to defend freedom of speech and stand up to violent intimidation.
Haaretz exclusive: Israel tested ‘dirty-bomb cleanup’ in the desert
Israel recently carried out a series of tests in the desert in conjunction with a four-year project at the Dimona nuclear reactor to measure the damage and other implications of the detonation of a so-called “dirty” radiological bomb by hostile forces. Such a bomb uses conventional explosives in addition to radioactive material.
Franklin Graham is pulling bank accounts from Wells Fargo for featuring same-sex couple in ad
Franklin Graham is calling on Christians to boycott corporations that feature same-sex relationships in their commercials. And he says he’ll do his part by moving all the bank accounts for his two ministries out of Wells Fargo because of its ad featuring a lesbian couple.
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1) New York jailbreak coverage reminder of power entertainment has to confuse moral reality
Wide Net Cast for Escaped Killers; They Could Be ‘Anywhere’, New York Times (Jesse McKinley and J. David Goodman)
2) Religious coalition urges Obama to allow government to fund abortions by breaking federal law
Religious Leaders Urge U.S. to Fund Abortions for Rape Victims in Conflicts Abroad, New York Times (Michael D. Shear)
AFFILIATES, Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice
3) Tony Campolo affirms gay couples in the church, continuing in predictable trajectory
Tony Campolo: For the Record, TonyCampolo.org (Tony Campolo)
Holding It Together, Sojourners (Tony Campolo)
Homosexuality: Campolos discourse on their disagreement, Calvin College Chimes (Nathan Vanderklippe)
In other news…
Christians Debate Bible Verses on Homosexuality, New York Times
Why I Defaulted on My Student Loans, New York Times (Lee Siegel)
June 9, 2015
“In vain are schools, academies, and universities instituted, if loose principles and licentious habits are impressed upon children in their earliest years.” —John Adams, Diary, 1778
TOP RIGHT HOOKS
Not exactly profiles in courage, but the Supreme Court declined to review two lower court rulings upholding San Francisco’s draconian gun control laws. The Associated Press reports, “The court on Monday let stand court rulings in favor of a city measure that requires handgun owners to secure weapons in their homes by storing them in a locker, keeping them on their bodies or applying trigger locks. A second ordinance bans the sale of ammunition that expands on impact, has ‘no sporting purpose’ and is commonly referred to as hollow-point bullets.” Of course, in DC v. Heller, the Supreme Court struck down a requirement about locking down a firearm in the home, saying the Second Amendment protects the right of the people to keep a “lawful firearm in the home operable for the purpose of immediate self-defense.” So by declining to hear this case, the justices are allowing a patchwork of wrong interpretations of its ruling to stand. As Justice Clarence Thomas wrote, “Despite the clarity with which we described the Second Amendment’s core protection for the right of self-defense, lower courts, including the ones here, have failed to protect it.” Furthermore, they’re passing on an opportunity to clarify the most important point of all: The Second Amendment is not “for sporting purposes.” The ban on hollow-point ammunition is beyond asinine, but the justices can’t be bothered to fire anything but blanks.
Now, after a security breach of its own making, the Transportation Security Agency wants more of the nation’s data on terrorists to sift through, as if building a bigger haystack will solve the problem. The Office of Inspector General for the Department of Homeland Security reports that the TSA let 73 people linked to terrorism work inside the nation’s airports. According to the report, the TSA checks the Consolidated Terrorist Watchlist every time it’s updated. But the DHS inspector general took the list of more than 900,000 airport workers and ran it against the National Counterterrorism Center’s database. “TSA acknowledged that these individuals were cleared for access to secure airport areas despite representing a potential transportation security threat,” the report read. The inspector general also found the TSA works with shoddy data, clearing people with incomplete names and missing passport numbers, for example. Step one for the TSA is to clean up the data. But questions remain: Will more access to the terrorism watchlist help? Who were the people the IG considers to have links to terrorism? Those details were redacted. And without that information, we can only take the TSA’s word that this was a serious breach. On top of recent news of TSA screening failures, this doesn’t increase our faith in bureaucracy.
In May, a new study commissioned by Harvard and Syracuse University claimed that the EPA’s soon-to-be-released Clean Power Plan will eliminate around 3,500 pollution-related deaths annually. The celebratory reaction quickly went mainstream. The EPA, whose proposal it already posited will save lives, suddenly had the benefit of an independent verification. Or did it? Writing in Breitbart, junkscience.com publisher Steve Milloy found that the researchers of said study had personally partaken in various multi-million dollar EPA-funded studies. Furthermore, one author’s assertion that the agency “did not participate in the study or interact with its authors” was found to be complete hogwash. Says Milloy, “I submitted a request to EPA under the Freedom of Information Act for email between the study authors and EPA staff. Although subsequent wrangling with agency staff gave me doubt that I would ever get anything, I received, much to my surprise, 99 pages of emails after mere weeks. The emails reveal that [the] study co-authors … were definitely in contact with key EPA staff regarding this research.”
“This issue goes deeper than mere truth-telling,” he adds. “The EPA’s controversial Clean Power Plan hinges on the notion that shuttering coal plants will save lives.” In fact, shuttering coal plants may very well cost lives. Yet EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy recently postulated, “We can speak to the science because it’s complicated and we do a lot of research and we do a lot of translation of the science into what it means for people so that the decisions can be made on the basis of real science and on the basis of a real technical understanding.” In other words, “Trust us.” But they keep giving us every reason not to.
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FEATURED RIGHT ANALYSIS
By Lewis Morris
A new report released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in the latest issue of the journal “Science” claims the global warming hiatus that began in the late 1990s never actually happened. In fact, according to NOAA, temperatures actually rose twice as high as the previous global scale had predicted or measured. This wouldn’t by any chance be an attempt to influence climate treaty talks in Paris later this year, now would it?
“Newly corrected and updated global surface temperature data from NOAA’s [National Centers for Environmental Information] do not support the notion of a global warming ‘hiatus,’” wrote NOAA scientists, contradicting the work of the Nobel Peace Prize-winning UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
The hiatus, which in the scientific community refers to a period in which global surface temperatures appeared to stabilize, has flummoxed climate alarmists. It flies in the face of their exceedingly shrill predictions of extreme global warming — indeed, it’s part of the reason they’ve switched their terminology to “climate change.” If there’s been no warming, it undermines their calls for ever more drastic measures to combat it, like dismantling the U.S. coal industry, heavily regulating fossil fuel production, and financially burdening the citizens of the world’s richest countries.
By many scientific accounts, temperatures rose during the period of 1998-2013 at a much slower rate than the previous bellwether period between 1950-1998, a time frame during which global surface temperatures supposedly significantly spiked. According to satellite measurements, the most accurate tool we have, temperatures have remained flat — an ongoing trend. How is it that NOAA was able to come to its contrary conclusion?
The NOAA study was essentially able to raise the rate of warming during the pause by putting a greater emphasis on data collected from ocean buoy arrays, and slightly raising land-based temperatures that had been previously recorded. NOAA also shifted the time frame of the pause, defining it as 2000-2014 in order to conveniently include two years that supposedly saw the highest recorded temperatures on record. They ridicule skeptics for cherry-picking data, yet that’s exactly what they just did.
“This new analysis exhibits more than twice as much warming as the old analysis at the global scale,” NOAA scientists claim with a straight face. The report goes on to state that the overall warming trend since 1880 has not significantly changed, but the sharp uptick in temperatures in recent decades is cause for concern.
This manufactured spike in global surface temperatures in the NOAA study certainly comes at a convenient time. World leaders will be gathering in Paris at the end of this year to hammer out the details of a global warming treaty that is sure to place harsh restrictions on international commerce and energy production. That treaty is harder to justify if the lull in rising temperatures persists.
Yet the NOAA report has landed with a thud among many in the scientific community. Climate experts Bob Tisdale and Anthony Watts noted that to “manufacture warming during the hiatus, NOAA adjusted the pre-hiatus data downward. It’s the same story all over again; the adjustments go towards cooling the past and thus increasing the slope of temperature rise. Their intent and methods are so obvious they’re laughable.” Georgia Tech climate scientists Judith Curry noted, “The global surface temperature datasets are clearly a moving target. So while I’m sure this latest analysis from NOAA will be regarded as politically useful for the Obama administration, I don’t regard it as a particularly useful contribution to our scientific understanding of what is going on.”
In its investigation of the story, the online news site Mashable talked to a dozen top climate scientists not associated with the NOAA report and found that they were nearly unanimous in refuting the conclusion that the warming pause never happened.
“It is clear that [NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information director Thomas] Karl et al. have put a lot of careful work into updating these global products,” said Lisa Goddard, director of Columbia University’s International Research Institute for Climate and Society. “However, they go too far when they conclude that there was no decadal-scale slowdown in the rate of warming globally. This argument seems to rely on choosing the right period — such as including the recent record-breaking 2014.”
NOAA’s data cherry-picking won’t help advance their cause — at least not honestly. But this behavior is typical of the leftist mindset that seeks to bend others to their will by any means necessary.
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OPINION IN BRIEF
Tony Perkins: “In [the CDC’s] 2015 ‘Sexually Transmitted Diseases Treatment Guidelines,’ a two-word change made all the difference. Five years ago, the CDC used to say abstinence and monogamy were ‘a reliable way to avoid disease.’ As of last Friday, the agency agrees it’s ‘*the* most reliable way.’ That may not seem like a radical edit to most people, but in this administration, moral purity is as foreign a concept as political transparency. … Somewhere along the way, too many adults started operating from a position of lower expectations, as if teenagers were incapable of exercising any self-restraint. It became assumed, not discouraged, that children would have sex. With or without the government’s help, it’s time for parents to speak up and encourage their teens to do what’s counter-cultural. Too many moms and dads think their kids aren’t listening to what they say about abstinence. Think again. Parents are the single biggest influence on their children’s sexual decisions. If the cultural influences from Hollywood and the media are committed to marketing promiscuity and immodesty at every turn, then as parents, we have to be just as committed to helping our teenagers fight those temptations.”
Insight: “One’s first step in wisdom is to question everything — and one’s last is to come to terms with everything.” —German scientist Georg Christoph Lichtenberg (1742-1799)
Upright: “Congress does two things well: nothing and overreact. Well, I have some good news: Doing nothing when it comes to the Ex-Im Bank is exactly what we need right now. That’s because the charter for the Export-Import Bank, which provides taxpayer-backed loans to foreign countries and companies to pay for U.S. products, is set to expire June 30. To get rid of this poster child for crony capitalism, lawmakers don’t have to lift a finger. Imagine: For a change, we’d have good reason to applaud a ‘do-nothing’ Congress.” —Ed Feulner
Non Compos Mentis: “[King v. Burwell] should be an easy case. Frankly, it shouldn’t have even been taken up [by SCOTUS]. … There is no reason why the existing exchanges should be overturned through a court case. … I think it’s important for us to go ahead and assume that the Supreme Court is going to do what most legal scholars who’ve looked at this would expect them to do. … Part of what’s bizarre about this whole thing is, we haven’t had a lot of conversation about the horrors of ObamaCare because none of them have come to pass.” —Barack Obama, politically attacking the Supreme Court yet again, this time for ObamaCare subsidies as outlined by the law itself
Ya think? “We don’t yet have a complete strategy.” —Barack Obama on decimating the Islamic State
Village Idiots: “A new Pew Research Center report states that 52 percent of Americans support gun rights, the highest percentage in the last two decades. Yet the gun rights that they believe are guaranteed by law may very well be an illusion. That’s because we have allowed lawyers instead of language professionals to interpret the Constitution of the United States.” —Chicago Tribune contributor and College of DuPage professor David McGrath
Late-night humor: “The TSA is under fire for major security lapses. Because of the security lapses, the TSA has let through pipe bombs, knives, and the last three Nicolas Cage movies.” —Conan O’Brien
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As ISIS Brutalizes Women, a Pathetic Feminist Silence :: Chesler in New York Post
by Phyllis Chesler
The New York Post
June 7, 2015
The McAvany Intel Memo
In order for a government to control a nation, it must first control the youth. The very fact that anyone wants to control what children learn throughout an entire country (all learning exactly the same thing) should be a warning sign that they have ulterior motives. They aren’t doing it for the sake of the children, as they insist. They are doing it to follow a global socialist agenda, wherein children are dumbed down so they cannot think, and history is completely revised to eradicate all concepts of freedom and evidence of free people fighting back against tyranny in the past. As you’ll see in this article, Common Core is the next step in the socialist revolution of the United States. We’ve detailed in past issues how socialists recognized long ago that the US would not fall from a violent revolution.
They recognized that the American people as a whole abhor violence, and consider anyone leading violent uprisings to be criminal at best – a tyrant at worst. So they determined to do it slowly through the political and educational process – to create support for and eliminate all resistance to their socialist system. We have detailed how the public (i.e., government) school system was the first major coup in doing this. But many other steps have led us to a place where Common Core can now become the final indoctrination tool for America’s youth.
(Excerpt from McAlvany Intelligence Advisor, March 2015
When you want to discover what an organization is really all about, it is important to dig down to the roots. And when you uncover the roots of the Bilderberg Group, you find some very unsettling things. It turns out that the Bilderberg Group has had Nazi connections from the very beginning, and it continues to advance the agenda of the Nazis to this very day. This year, the Bilderberg Group is meeting from June 11th to June 14th at the Interalpen Hotel which is near the city of Telfs, Austria. This organization has so much power that even several days before the event police are keeping everyone (including reporters) 10 kilometers away from the hotel. If this is just a group of private citizens getting together to chat about world issues, why all the security? What is so special about this group of people that rates such extraordinary measures? And why are they so bound and determined to keep all of the rest of us away from them? (Read More…)
Central banking has truly taken over the entire planet. At this point, the only major nation on the globe that does not have a central bank is North Korea. Yes, there are some small island countries such as the Federated States of Micronesia that do not have a central bank, but even if you count them, more than 99.9% of the population of the world still lives in a country that has a central bank. So how has this happened? How have we gotten the entire planet to agree that central banking is the best system? Did the people of the world willingly choose this? Of course not. To my knowledge, there has never been a single vote where the people of a nation have willingly chosen to establish a central bank. Instead, what has happened is that central banks have been imposed on all of us. All over the world, people have been told that monetary issues are “too important” to be subject to politics, and that the only solution is to have a group of unelected, unaccountable bankers control those things for us. (Read More….)
July 4th Re-Scheduled to Not Offend Muslims
Now, comes the shocking news that the Obama Administration’s embassy in Jakarta, celebrated the 4th of July one month early on June 4th. Why? Because they wanted to be “respectful” for the Ramadhan month which begins on June 17 and lasts until July 17. This time of fasting for Muslims is sacred, but somehow an American embassy celebrating American traditions interferes with this? Outrageous!
Extreme Weather & the Last Days
Over 6,300 people perished in Haiyan’s ferocious winds and this was just one storm. Names like Andrew, Charlie, Katrina, and Sandy are forever etched in the minds of many coastal residents with sad memories of massive loss of life and property. Hurricanes, tornado outbreaks, flooding, severe droughts, and earthquake born tsunamis all have taken their toll. Extreme weather and natural disasters have always been with us but, like other last day events…these extreme weather birth pains are increasing in intensity and frequency.
U.S. passports must say ‘Jerusalem,’ not ‘Israel’
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday turned back a demand from Congress that Americans born in Jerusalem be allowed to have their passports changed to reflect Israel as their birthplace, heeding a warning from the State Department “a simple passport alteration could ‘provoke uproar throughout the Arab and Muslim world,'” USA Today reports.
A massive, silent cultural revolution has changed America
It happened without a Summer of Love, without Timothy Leary, without a groovy anthem or a shaggy new national look. In the past decade or so, there’s been a silent revolution in American culture, one at least as profound as the ’60s upheavals.
We’ve hardly taken notice of it, because it happened in people’s minds instead of in the streets, happened in ordinary people instead of in the elites and the punditocracy.
Note this article by Jim Fletcher. Our times have changed in more ways than one. — OTM
You need to understand that while there were many sincere, well-intentioned people at the Justice Conference, the gathering was left wing to the core. Whatever you want to call us — conservative Christians, fundamentalists, Bible-believing Christians — our worldview is very different from the presenters in Chicago. We do not see many things the same.
For them, Israel is an Occupier. Her Christian Zionist supporters are rigid, angry obstacles to peace.
Fox’s ‘Lucifer’ Series Draws Protests
“Bored and unhappy as the Lord of Hell, the original fallen angel, Lucifer Morningstar has abandoned his throne and retired to L.A., where he owns Lux, an upscale nightclub,” the Fox website for the show says.
Why Is The Army Hiring People To Provide ‘Emergency Support To Disaster Stricken Areas Throughout The US’?
Does the Army expect that there will soon be “disaster stricken” areas all over the country? A job advertisement has been posted on a federal website seeking workers that “will provide emergency support to disaster stricken areas throughout the US“. By itself, this job ad wouldn’t be raising that many eyebrows, but when you combine this with the unusual number of “military training exercises” that are taking place all around the country and with the very strange movements of military equipment that have been reported recently, it gives the appearance that the U.S. military is feverishly making preparations for something big. …………. Click here for full story
The Quest For A One World Government – Secretive Bilderberg Group To Meet This Week
When you want to discover what an organization is really all about, it is important to dig down to the roots. And when you uncover the roots of the Bilderberg Group, you find some very unsettling things. It turns out that the Bilderberg Group has had Nazi connections from the very beginning, and it continues to advance the agenda of the Nazis to this very day. This year, the Bilderberg Group is meeting from June 11th to June 14th at the Interalpen Hotel which is near the city of Telfs, Austria………….. Click here for full story
U.S. Supreme Court Turns It’s Back On Israel – Rejects Jerusalem Passports To List Country As Israel
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday turned back a demand from Congress that Americans born in Jerusalem be allowed to have their passports changed to reflect Israel as their birthplace, heeding a warning from the State Department “a simple passport alteration could ‘provoke uproar throughout the Arab and Muslim world,’” USA Today reports.. ………… Click here for full story
A Rare Win – Christian Employee Wins Tribunal Over Sharing Her Faith
A Christian woman who was fired from her position at a London nursery school after telling a lesbian co-worker that her lifestyle was sinful has won a tribunal case against her former employer. Sarah Mbuyi, 31, claimed that she was discriminated against when she was fired from Newpark Childcare in Shepherd’s Bush, United Kingdom, after the co-worker approached her and started a discussion about religion and gay marriage………… Click here for full story
Are Passwords And PINs History? Biometrics Are Closer Than You Think
Lost your ATM card or can’t remember the PIN? Don’t worry, your index finger, face or voice may soon be all you need to access bank accounts, emails, and even the security gates at work. While many Australians may think biometrics are the stuff of science-fiction (think Minority Report, where citizens were constantly tracked via retina scans), they are already an integral part of our prisons and immigration system, and are quickly becoming a convenient way to pay for things, thanks to smartphone technology…………. Click here for full story
After Most Profitable Year Ever, Disney Replaces American Employees With H-1B Foreign Guestworkers
There was a lot to celebrate in the Magic Kingdom this year, for some people
The Disney Corporation had its most profitable year ever, with profits of $7.5 billion—up 22 percent from the previous year. Disney’s stock price is up approximately 150 percent over the past three years. These kinds of results have paid off handsomely for its CEO Bob Iger, who took home $46 million in compensation last year.
Disney prides itself on its recipe for “delighting customers,” a recipe it says includes putting employees first. They tout this as a key to their success in creating “a culture where going the extra mile for customers comes naturally” for employees. One method of creating this culture is referring to its employees as “cast members.” In fact, Disney is so proud of its organizational culture that it’s even created an institute to share its magic with other businesses (for a consulting fee, of course).
So, you would expect a firm that puts its employees first to share the vast prosperity that’s been created with the very employees who went above and beyond to help generate those record profits.
Well, how did Mr. Iger repay his workers—sorry, I mean cast members—for creating all this profit? Not with bonuses and a big raises. Instead, as the New York Times just detailed in a major report, he forced hundreds of them to train their own replacements—temporary foreign workers here on H-1B guestworker visas—before he laid them off.
What motivates a company to replace its American workers with H-1B guestworkers? One word: Profit. H-1B guestworkers are cheaper than American workers and don’t have much bargaining power, and any company would be foolish not to take advantage of this highly lucrative business model that has been inadvertently created by Congress and multiple presidential administrations. Of course, this business model is paid for by destroying the livelihoods and dignity of tens of thousands of American workers. The costs are also borne by American taxpayers, through foregone tax revenue and the additional social services that need to be provided for those newly unemployed American workers.
When it comes to using the H-1B to cut costs, Disney is far from an isolated case. The Disney news comes on the heels of multiple reports of corporate layoffs with H-1B replacements, atSouthern California Edison, the Fossil Group in Texas, Pfizer and Northeast Utilities in Connecticut, Harley Davidson in Milwaukee and Kansas, and Cargill in Minnesota.
The full story of Disney’s injustice hasn’t yet come to light, because the company isn’t willing to speak about it, and displaced American workers are afraid to talk because they fear they won’t be hired elsewhere. Further, the Obama administration has refused to investigate any of the recent listed H-1B abuse cases. We know that Disney hired HCL, a major India-based offshore outsourcing firm, to bring in its H-1B workers. Like its rivals Tata, Infosys, and Wipro, HCL is one of the top H-1B employers in America. HCL is a publicly traded company, whose CEO Vineet Nayer once proclaimed that recent American graduates are “unemployable” because they expect too much and are too expensive to train. source
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Obama’s US Supreme Court Rejects Law To Allow ‘Jerusalem, Israel’ On Passports
Vote seen as a victory for US President Obama who claims that law would set a precedent harming his ability to set foreign policy.
“Let them all be confounded and turned back that hate Zion.” Psalm 129:5 (KJV)
The word Jerusalem appears 811 times in the pages of the King James Bible. Book after book of the Bible that were written thousands of years ago attest to the fact that the God of Abraham gave Jerusalem to His people, the Jews. To say that Jerusalem is not the capital of Israel is to call God a liar. Which, of course, is exactly what Obama is doing with this latest ruling.
“Blessed be the LORD God of our fathers, which hath put such a thing as this in the king’s heart, to beautify the house of the LORD which is in Jerusalem:” Ezra 7:27 (KJV)
The US Supreme Court has struck down a disputed law that would have allowed Americans born in Jerusalem to list their birthplace as Israel on their US passports. It’s an important ruling that underscores the president’s authority in foreign affairs.
The court ruled 6-3 Monday that Congress overstepped its bounds when it approved the law in 2002. It would have forced the State Department to alter its long-standing policy of not listing Israel as the birthplace for Jerusalem-born Americans.
“And they made proclamation throughout Judah and Jerusalem unto all the children of the captivity, that they should gather themselves together unto Jerusalem;” Ezra 10:7 (KJV)
The policy is part of the government’s refusal to recognize any nation’s sovereignty over Jerusalem, until Israelis and Palestinians resolve its status through negotiations. The ruling ends a 12-year-old lawsuit by a Jerusalem-born American and his US citizen parents.
“Blessed be the LORD out of Zion, which dwelleth at Jerusalem. Praise ye the LORD.” Psalm 135:21 (KJV)
The case was instigated by the parents of Jerusalem-born US Citizen Menachem Zivotofsky because they want his passport to state that he was born in Israel. Ari and Naomi Zivotofsky sued on behalf of their then-baby son in 2003. source
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Posted: 09 Jun 2015 05:34 AM PDT
Defense officials confirm the official public Army website has been hacked by unknown intruders demanding the U.S. stop training rebel fighters inside Syria. (Tweet this) Unlike the massive hack into Office of Personnel Management records, the officials stress the website contains no official classified information or private personal data of any Army personnel, military or civilian.
The messages reportedly proclaimed “YOU’VE BEEN HACKED” and added “YOUR COMMANDERS ADMIT THEY ARE TRAINING THE PEOPLE THEY HAVE SENT YOU TO DIE FIGHTING.”
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|DAYS OF LOT – More Americans support same-sex marriage than everPosted: 09 Jun 2015 05:27 AM PDT
In yet another sober reminder of just how much we are repeating the “Days of Noah and Lot”, Support for same-sex marriage is at a record high, according to a Pew Research Center poll released Monday. A majority of Americans — 57% — are in favor of gay marriage. Just five years ago, only 42% of Americans supported same-sex marriage. The Pew Research Center survey, conducted via telephone interviews among 2,002 adults nationwide, found divides along racial lines in terms of support for same-sex marriage.
While 59% of whites and 56% of Hispanics support gay marriage, only 51% of blacks are in favor. Pew has noted a sharp partisan divide over legalization — 65% of both Democrats and independents polled favor gay marriage. Only 34% of Republicans are in favor. The Supreme Court is expected to issue a landmark ruling on same-sex marriage this month and 72% of Americans believe “that legal recognition of same-sex marriage is inevitable.” FULL REPORT
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|Bird Flu Pushes U.S. to Import European Egg ProductsPosted: 09 Jun 2015 05:19 AM PDT
Commercial bakers and producers of processed food in the U.S. will soon be able to buy egg products from the Netherlands, a move that will mark the first European egg imports in more than a decade and aim to reverse the domestic shortage in the wake of a large bird flu outbreak. Five Dutch producers will start sell egg products to American producers within days, the Associated Press reported Monday, citing a spokesman for the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).
Some 47 million birds have been killed or are dying as a result of the H5N2 virus, with 35 million egg-laying hens among them that accounted for 80% of the eggs that are processed by being broken and liquefied, frozen or dried for commercial use. While the U.S. typically produces enough eggs to export tens of millions of them a month, the shortage has sent prices for egg products used by bakeries and manufacturers soaring by 200% in just the past few weeks. FULL REPORT
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|Bird Flu found in Michigan GeesePosted: 09 Jun 2015 05:12 AM PDT
A “highly pathogenic” bird flu virus that is spreading across North America has reached Michigan, officials confirmed on Monday. H5N2 avian influenza was detected in free-ranging Canadian geese in Macomb County, according to the Michigan departments of of Natural Resources and Agriculture and Rural Development.
“While this is disappointing news that the H5N2 virus has been found in Michigan’s free-ranging bird population, it was not unexpected given avian influenza has been found in a number of our neighboring states and Ontario,” MDARD Director Jamie Clover Adams said in a statement. Michigan is the 21st state to report a case of the H5 bird flu virus since December, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. To date, no human infections have been detected in the United States. FULL REPORT
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|Nearly 50 Indiana students test positive for tuberculosisPosted: 09 Jun 2015 05:08 AM PDT
Nearly 50 Southern Indiana students exposed to a classmate with a confirmed case of tuberculosis have tested positive for the disease in preliminary tests, health officials said. Clark County Health Department administrator Mike Meyer said Friday that the 48 positive skin tests for the bacterial disease don’t mean those students have diagnosed TB cases. He said the students at Rock Creek Community Academy in Sellersburg will undergo chest X-rays and possibly other tests to determine whether they indeed have the illness.
Because about 300 Rock Creek students have not been tested, another round of skin testing will be held Monday, with those results expected Wednesday, Meyer said. Rock Creek Community Academy Principal Sara Hauselman said officials at the school, a few miles north of Louisville, Ky., are working with the health department. Because tuberculosis is so uncommon in the United States, they’re trying to figure out the best course of action. FULL REPORT
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|Extreme TB Strain Brought Into USPosted: 09 Jun 2015 05:02 AM PDT
A female patient with an extremely hard-to-treat form of tuberculosis is being treated at the National Institutes of Health outside Washington, D.C., and federal and state officials are now tracking down hundreds of people who may have been in contact with her. The woman traveled to at least three states before she sought treatment from a U.S. doctor. While TB is not easily caught by casual contact, extensively drug resistant (XDR) TB is so dangerous that health officials will have to make a concerted effort to warn anyone who may be at risk.
“The patient was transferred to the NIH via special air and ground ambulances,” the NIH said in a statement.”The patient is staying in an isolation room in the NIH Clinical Center specifically designed for handling patients with respiratory infections, including XDR-TB. The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the NIH, is providing care and treatment for the patient in connection with an existing NIH clinical protocol for treating TB, including XDR forms. NIAID has treated other XDR-TB patients in the past under this protocol,” the NIH said. FULL REPORT
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|UK Tribunal Rules in Favor of Christian Woman Fired Over Lesbian Co-Worker’s ComplaintPosted: 08 Jun 2015 12:44 PM PDT
A Christian childcare worker who was fired for “gross misconduct” after she explained the biblical position on homosexuality to her lesbian co-worker has won her legal challenge before an employment tribunal. As previously reported, Sarah Mbuyi, 30, was repeatedly asked about her beliefs over a period of several months in 2013 at Newpark Childcare in Highbury after her lesbian co-worker discovered that she is a Christian. The latest discussion occurred in January 2014 when her co-worker remarked that she was unhappy that she could not ‘marry’ her partner because of the Church’s beliefs, and stated that she thought God had nothing against homosexual behavior.
When Mbuyi replied by explaining the biblical position on the matter, she was reported to her boss. “When I said ‘No, God does not condone the practice of homosexuality, but does love you and says you should come to Him as you are’, she became emotional and went off to report me to my manager,” Mbuyi stated in a press release. FULL REPORT
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|Supreme Court strikes down ‘Born in Jerusalem’ passport lawPosted: 08 Jun 2015 12:36 PM PDT
The Supreme Court struck down a disputed law Monday that would have allowed Americans born in Jerusalem to list their birthplace as Israel on their U.S. passports in an important ruling that underscores the president’s authority in foreign affairs. The court ruled 6-3 that Congress overstepped its bounds when it approved the law in 2002. It would have forced the State Department to alter its long-standing policy of not listing Israel as the birthplace for Jerusalem-born Americans and listing only “Jerusalem.”
The policy is part of the government’s refusal to recognize any nation’s sovereignty over Jerusalem, until Israelis and Palestinians resolve its status through negotiations. Justice Anthony Kennedy said in his majority opinion that the president has the exclusive power to recognize foreign nations, and that the power to determine what a passport says is part of this power. “Recognition is a matter on which the nation must speak with one voice. That voice is the president’s,” Kennedy wrote. FULL REPORT
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|85 different blasts from South Japan Volcano in ONE DAYPosted: 08 Jun 2015 12:27 PM PDT
Also, notice the steady steaming off the back side of Sakurajima, which is Mount Ontake caldera (a different volcano in this complex)… Ontake caldera could also erupt in a large blast if things carry on this way. Video sped up 64X speed to just get a rough count from 6am to dark.. 15 hours long sped up 64X reduces the length of this video to 14min 10sec.
No exaggeration to say these 85+ blasts (over the course of 1 day) are a huge number of volcanic events from a single volcano. Yes, Sakurajima is “active” , but this takes the cake by far when it comes to number of different blasts in one days time. I’ve seen this volcano send of 10 or 15 large blasts in one day before.. but in this case.. its OVER 85 different blasts since yesterday morning. FULL REPORT
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Christian Headlines Daily – Tuesday, June 9, 2015
Asia Bibi is So Weak She Can Barely Walk, Family Says
Christian Schools Seek Legislation to Protect Traditional Marriage Views
New Dating App Claims to “Liberate” People from Monogamy
Man Claims GoDaddy Rejected Him from Employment for being Overweight Christian
ISIS Abducts Dozens of Eritrean Christians in Libya
Missionaries Hope to Revolutionize Chinese Church with Old Translation of Bible
Homeschooled, Musical Clan Hopes to be TLC’s New Breakout Hit
Twitter Account Demands Transgender Pronoun Compliance
Hillsong Church Cancels Mark Driscoll’s Australian Visit after Backlash
North Carolina Passes 72-Hour Abortion Wait Period
For Summertime or Anytime: A Summer Reading List for 2015
Scientist Sneaks Marriage Proposal into Publication
Dr. Robert George’s Defense of Marriage: This Year’s Wilberforce Award Winner
Why the Duggars serve as a warning against fundamentalist Christianity
Bruce Jenner: Christianity and Transgenderism Debate
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