Jun. 11, 2015
The House will vote Friday on a bill that would give fast-track trade authority to President Obama, a measure likely headed for passage in a close vote after months of lobbying by the White House and business groups.
Applications for U.S. unemployment benefits remained below 300,000 for a 14th straight week, a sign of labor market strength that will help fuel U.S. growth. Jobless claims rose by 2,000 to 279,000 in the week ended June 6.
The American consumer, missing in action for much of 2015, showed up in May. Retail sales increased 1.2 percent last month.
Consumer confidence dropped for a record ninth straight week as Americans’ views of the buying climate deteriorated to a seven-month low.
Cases of MERS coronavirus increased by 14 to 122 in South Korea, where more than 2,000 schools are closed in response to the outbreak that has disrupted businesses and hurt tourism.
Delta Air Lines will enter into an agreement with Boeing to purchase 40 737-900ER planes valued at about $4 billion at list prices, and will add smaller Embraer SA jets after it ratifies a tentative agreement with its pilots.
Pacific Investment Management Co. says U.S. inflation is poised to quicken — at a time when costs are falling at the fastest pace in five years.
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N.Y. – Authorities searching for two escaped killers who have been on the loose for the better part of a week acknowledged being in the dark about their whereabouts or doings, even as the hunt for the men expanded past state borders.
Russia warned the United States of consequences if it moves to deploy land-based missiles in Europe in contravention of a key Cold-War era arms control treaty.
At least 20 members of Syria’s Druze minority have been killed in an unprecedented shoot-out with Al-Qaeda affiliate Al-Nusra Front in northwestern Syria.
An American fighting with Kurdish forces against the Islamic State group in Syria has been killed in battle, authorities said Wednesday, making him likely the first U.S. citizen to die fighting alongside them against the extremists.
South Florida has battled drug traffickers who ship boatloads of cocaine from South America. Now the region is dealing with a new epidemic – cheap, synthetic drugs that arrive from China through the mail. As authorities in the Sunshine State battle with the surge of Alpha-PVP, better known as “flakka” or “gravel,” police departments have begun equipping officers with field detection kits, employing sniffer dogs at mail facilities and training patrol units to look for signs of delirium.
Some might find the dress code at Bangkok University-yes, colleges in Thailand often impose a uniform-old-fashioned, with male students required to wear pants and female students assigned skirts. But in a move toward inclusiveness, the school recently announced that it’s A-OK with students switching up the outfits to match their gender identity.
Two buses crashed in the Lincoln Tunnel linking New York City and New Jersey, injuring 18 people at the end of morning rush hour, none of them critically, officials said.
The Lebanese army on Wednesday conducted a live-fire demonstration of advanced missiles supplied by the United States to help combat Islamic extremists along the country’s volatile border with Syria.
Saudi Arabia is ready to increase its oil output in the coming months to a new record to meet a rise in global demand, despite increased domestic use, a senior state oil company official said.
The World Bank has become the latest global organization to urge the U.S. Federal Reserve to delay raising interest rates until 2016, amid growing expectations that the central bank could hike as early as September.
Israel has denied it bugged talks on Iran’s nuclear program, after a security company said a computer virus hacked the venues of the negotiations.
Three astronauts from the International Space Station (ISS) have returned to Earth, after the loss of a spacecraft delayed an earlier return attempt. The trio handed control of the ISS over to Russian cosmonaut Gennady Padalka, after more than 200 days in space.
UN peacekeepers regularly barter goods for sex with people in the countries the world body is meant to be helping, a draft UN report said.
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has urged Asia Pacific nations to fight jihadist groups, saying Islamic State (IS) has global ambitions.
About 50 teachers and administrators at one Pennsylvania school district attended a recent training session on Islam and Arabic culture, during an all-day in-service workshop that came at taxpayer expense. “I think this is the first time ever in the United States that a school district goes to a mosque,” mosque founder Hamid Housni told the Daily News. “Usually a representative of a mosque goes somewhere. We don’t have words to explain to you how we appreciate that. This is very, very special.”
International free-trade agreements like those being negotiated with countries in the Pacific and Europe should help to export American values such as human rights, including for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people, according to seven openly homosexual U.S. ambassadors.
The American military this month is celebrating homosexuality with a series of events, including a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month at the Pentagon, where Brig. Gen. Randy S. Taylor introduced the crowd to his “husband.”
Top News – 6/11/2015
Thync mood-changing wearable officially launches – we go hands-on (again)
My second Thync session has the wearable batting 1.000, as the device’s two different modes left me feeling a meditative calm and an inspired energy – just as they’re supposed to.
Al Qaeda leaders say group near collapse amid rise of ISIS, report claims
Abu Qatada and Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisi have described Al Qaeda as being without “organizational structure,” the Guardian reports. Maqdisi said Al Qaeda leader Ayman Al-Zawahiri is isolated from his top lieutenants and “operates solely based on the allegiance.
Ocean temperatures continue to rise in the tropical Pacific
The 2015 El Niño continues to develop. International climate models surveyed by the Bureau of Meteorology suggest further warming of the tropical Pacific is likely, with sea surface temperatures forecast to remain above El Niño thresholds for the remainder of the year.
Nation Of Islam And Black Panthers Arrive In McKinney, Texas To Start Race Riots
An already tense situation was reportedly exacerbated with the arrival of the New Black Panther Party and the Nation of Islam. First there was Ferguson, then Baltimore, now the race baiters have chosen McKinney, Texas, as the next location for what is shaping up to be an endless summer of racial tension across America.
Putin Keeps Pope Waiting, Gets Told Off by Francis on Ukraine
Pope Francis waited for more than an hour to tell Russian President Vladimir Putin to commit to peace and dialogue on Ukraine. The meeting got off to a chilly start. Francis looked solemn as he greeted Putin in German with a simple “welcome” in his study at the Apostolic Palace. Putin, who picked up the language as a KGB agent in East Germany, responded with a gesture of thanks.
Two Russian military aircraft intercepted by RAF Typhoons over the Baltic Sea
Two Russian military aircraft flying over the Baltic Sea without sharing a flight plan have been intercepted and shadowed by RAF Tycoons. The Typhoons were scrambled yesterday from the Amari Air base in Estonia after the Russian aircraft approached Baltic airspace.
MERS virus spreading across Asia, South Korea fails to contain outbreak
Hong Kong issued a red alert and advised against traveling to South Korea, where an epidemic of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) is gaining pace. The virus is spreading despite attempts to contain the outbreak.
CHANCE OF STORMS
NOAA forecasters estimate a 55% chance of polar geomagnetic storms on June 12th when a CME is expected to hit Earth’s magnetic field. The solar storm cloud was hurled in our direction on June 9th by an eruption near sunspot AR2364.
Stocks extend gains, dollar lifted by Fed feelings
European shares saw fresh gains on Thursday after their best day in over a month and as bets that the United States could be edging towards its first interest rate rise kept upward pressure on global bond yields and the dollar.
5.3 Magnitude Earthquake East of Crete
The Geodynamics Institute of the National Observatory of Athens has announced that a 5.3-magnitude earthquake hit the east of Crete on Wednesday morning at 00:45 pm.
5.2-magnitude earthquake shakes East Sumba, no tsunami potential
“The earthquake was large enough to be felt as it reached between 2 and 3 on the Modified Mercalli Intensity (MMI) scale in Waingapu. It had no tsunami potential.
Bond crash across the world as deflation trade goes horribly wrong
The global deflation trade is unwinding with a vengeance. Yields on 10-year Bunds blew through 1pc today, spearheading a violent repricing of credit across the world. The scale is starting to match the ‘taper tantrum’ of mid-2013 when the US Federal Reserve issued its first gentle warning that quantitative easing would not last forever, and that the long-feared inflexion point was nearing in the international monetary cycle.
Mideast’s worst case: A ‘big war’ pitting Shia Muslims against Sunni Read more here: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2015/06/10/269371/mideasts-worst-case
The Middle East crisis…may result in the breakup of Iraq and an indefinite continuation of a war in Syria that’s already out of control …“The conditions are very much like 1914,” says Michael Stephens of the Royal United Service Institute…“All it will take is one little spark, and Iran and Saudi Arabia will go at each other, believing they are fighting a defensive war.”
Sessions Warns TPA Would Create ‘Pacific Union’ Akin to European Union
In a joint appearance…Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL)and Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA)warned against the passage of the so-called Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) currently being considered by the Congress. Sessions argued it was more than just a framework for a process for the president of the United States to use in negotiating trade agreements, but instead was creating an economic union with wide-ranging powers.
Syria conflict: Al-Nusra fighters kill Druze villagers
At least 20 Druze villagers have been shot dead by the al-Qaeda-affiliated al-Nusra Front in north-western Syria, activist and opposition groups say. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said elderly people and a child were among those killed in Qalb Lawzah in Idlib province on Wednesday afternoon. The Druze faith is an offshoot of Islam considered heretical by jihadists.
Australia PM Tony Abbott urges regional action against IS
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has urged Asia Pacific nations to fight jihadist groups, saying Islamic State (IS) has global ambitions. At a conference in Sydney on countering terrorist propaganda, he said IS was a death cult with far-reaching tentacles. Australia says more than 100 of its citizens are fighting with militant jihadist groups in Syria and Iraq.
UN peacekeepers ‘barter goods for sex’
UN peacekeepers regularly barter goods for sex with people in the countries the world body is meant to be helping, a draft UN report says. The document by the UN Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) says it has found that hundreds of women in Haiti and Liberia have been motivated by hunger and poverty to sell sex. They are paid with cash, jewellery, mobile phones and other items.
UN report suggests Iran’s satellite tech advancing ballistic missile program
The launch of a space satellite by Iran’s military may indicate the Islamic Republic’s possession of ballistic missile technology, a United Nations panels of experts claims. …that while Tehran official’s “have not been reporting any new ballistic missile developments”…the Islamic Republic intends to deploy three more satellites by March 16 which it hopes to propel “from more powerful launchers and on the back of bigger carriers.”
Legendary Rabbi of England Calls for Jewish Surrender in Europe
This week England’s Former Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks gave a speech described by the media as doom and gloom at a conference in Herzliya. He admitted a belief that the BDS movement had succeeded in making the State of Israel a “divisive factor” in Jewish life and claimed that, as a result, supporting Israel was “almost impossible” for European Jews.
Pope tells Putin: ‘Sincere’ peace efforts needed for Ukraine
Pope Francis encouraged Russian President Vladimir Putin to engage in “sincere” international efforts aimed at bringing peace to Ukraine as the two men met privately at the Vatican on Wednesday.
Suicide bomber, 2 other armed men target Egypt’s temple site at Luxor
Militants with explosives battled Egyptian security forces outside the ancient Karnak temple in Luxor on Wednesday, striking one of Egypt’s most famous tourist sites and raising fears over the potentially expanding reach of the country’s Islamist insurgency.
“Profits Over Public Health” – Big Pharma Revealed As Puppetmaster Behind TPP Secrecy
It is no secret that US healthcare corporations have been among, if not the biggest beneficiaries of Obamacare: by “socializing” costs and spreading the reimbursement pool over the entire population in the form of a tax, pharmaceutical companies have been able to boost medical product and service costs to unprecedented levels with the help of complicit insurance companies who have subsequently passed through these costs to the consumer, in the process sending the price of biotech and pharma stocks to levels not seen since the dot com bubble.
Hezbollah announces battle with IS on Syria-Lebanon border
The head of Lebanon’s Hezbollah movement announced Wednesday that the powerful Shiite militia had begun to fight the Islamic State jihadist group along the rugged Syrian-Lebanese border.
Indonesia volcano at high alert level unleashes fresh burst
A volcano in western Indonesia that has been spewing clouds of searing gas high into the air let out a new powerful burst Wednesday. Authorities are closely monitoring Mount Sinabung on Sumatra, one of Indonesia’s main islands, after placing it at the highest alert level last week.
‘Complete takeover’: Israel unleashed one of the world’s most sophisticated cyberweapons on the Iran talks
US Secretary of State John Kerry looks out of his room at the Beau Rivage Palace Hotel during a break during the Iran nuclear program talks in Lausanne April 1, 2015. The computers in three luxury hotels that hosted high-stakes negotiations on Iran’s nuclear program were infected with an improved version of one of the world’s most powerful computer viruses, The Wall Street Journal reports. The discovery of the Duqu virus — a collection of malware used primarily for sensitive intelligence-collection operations — by cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab ZAO provides the first solid evidence that Israel had in fact been spying on the talks, a suspicion that was first reported in March 2015.
Top Headlines – 6/11/2015
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June 11, 2015
“The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands, whether of one, a few, or many, and whether hereditary, self-appointed, or elective, may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny.” —James Madison, Federalist No. 47, 1788
TOP RIGHT HOOKS
Last fall, we noted that the FBI used bogus stats in its pre-election mass shooting report. Researchers counted some mass shootings that weren’t “mass” at all, and entirely omitted actual mass shootings that occurred early in the carefully selected timeframe. All of it was an effort to show an increasing trend of “gun violence” since 2000, we suspect in concert with Democrat campaign talking points about the necessity of gun control. The Wall Street Journal’s Jason Riley picked up on a quiet announcement that, indeed, the researchers pretty much made it up: “[L]ate last week, J. Pete Blair and M. Hunter Martaindale, two academics at Texas State University who co-authored the FBI report, acknowledged that ‘our data is imperfect.’ They said that the news media ‘got it wrong’ last year when they ‘mistakenly reported mass shootings were on the rise.’ Mind you, the authors did not issue this mea culpa in the major news outlets that supposedly misreported the original findings. Instead, the authors published it in ACJS Today, an academic journal published by the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. ‘Because official data did not contain the information we needed, we had to develop our own,’ wrote Messrs. Blair and Martaindale. ‘This required choices between various options with various strengths and weaknesses.’ You don’t say.” The truth is the number of mass shootings has remained essentially flat for the last 40 years, while violent crime has dropped significantly in the last decade as firearm ownership has grown. But that doesn’t fit the leftist agenda.
The Department of Labor is preparing to unveil a revision to America’s overtime compensation rule called for by Barack Obama last year. Unfortunately, it’s entirely the wrong prescription for even the best economy — let alone our still ailing one. Heritage Foundation research fellow James Sherk writes, “Reports indicate the Department plans to require overtime for any salaried employee making less than $45,000 to $52,000 a year.” That’s significantly higher than what the current law requires, and though it may not sound like a big deal the repercussions are far fetched— impacting everything from base salaries to scheduling and office flexibility. As Sherk explains, “Economists have studied how businesses respond to overtime requirements. They find that overtime doesn’t affect workers’ total pay or hours much. Instead, businesses offset new overtime costs with lower base wages.” Moreover, he says, “[T]he overtime regulations will have a major unintended side effect: They will force entry- and mid-level salaried employees to track their hours.” That means more micromanaging, and many employers will nix work-from-home options altogether to avoid lawsuits. Just like minimum wage laws, this new rule may seem like a good idea at first glance, but the results are economically damaging.
This isn’t simply the Environmental Protection Agency slapping more regulation on the American economy. The EPA released a report Wednesday claiming that jet engines endanger human health, opening the door for regulation. And no, we’re not talking chemtrails here. But the EPA would not be issuing its own regulation. Instead, it would look to adopt regulation developed by the United Nation’s International Civil Aviation Organization that would require some aircraft engines manufactured after 2020 to conform to “green” regulation. “The U.S. transportation sector is a significant contributor to total U.S. and global anthropogenic GHG [greenhouse gas] emissions,” said the EPA’s regulatory announcement. “Aircraft remain the single largest GHG-emitting transportation source not yet subject to GHG standards in the U.S.” The announcement went on to say U.S. aircraft contribute to only 0.5% of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide. Is it worth it for the U.S. to regulate an industry, control its innovation and adopt regulation from a global governing body to deal with just one fraction of the effort needed to supposedly prevent global temperatures from rising by 0.001 degree? There’s a fallacy in ecofascism: They think humans are in control of nature. More…
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FEATURED RIGHT ANALYSIS
By Allyne Caan
Given Barack Obama’s contempt for the Second Amendment — after all, an armed citizenry is the last line of defense against a tyrannical government — it’s little wonder that a proposed rule relating to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) governing the export of certain “defense articles” is raising concerns.
The rule, published in the June 3 issue of the Federal Register, proposes to regulate speech — including online speech — relating to firearms and to require government approval before individuals can share certain information publicly. Penalties for violations climb as high as $1 million or 20 years in jail.
Specifically, the proposed rule rewrites key definitions in ITAR, including “technical data,” “public domain” and “export.” Currently under ITAR, any weapons-related information that is in the “public domain” can be shared without penalty. However, now that the age of technology has thrown a wrinkle into the meaning of “public domain,” the government feels the need to “clarify.” At first glance, the clarification sounds well and good, as the rule states, “Except as set forth in paragraph (b) of this section, unclassified information and software are in the public domain, and are thus not technical data or software subject to the ITAR, when they have been made available to the public without restrictions upon their further dissemination.”
But it’s what comes in paragraph (b) that has folks concerned. It turns out that, this “clarification” notwithstanding, “public domain” really means only what the government says it means. The rule continues, “Technical data or software, whether or not developed with government funding, is not in the public domain if it has been made available to the public without authorization from: (1) The Directorate of Defense Trade Controls; (2) The Department of Defense’s Office of Security Review; (3) The relevant U.S. government contracting entity with authority to allow the technical data or software to be made available to the public; or (4) Another U.S. government official with authority to allow the technical data or software to be made available to the public.”
According to the National Rifle Association, the outcome of such a rule is troublesome: “Gunsmiths, manufacturers, reloaders, and do-it-yourselfers could all find themselves muzzled under the rule and unable to distribute or obtain the information they rely on to conduct these activities.” One minute you’re posting a description of a new firearm design, and the next you’re accused of exporting technical data to a foreign government.
Particularly noteworthy, too, is the timing of the proposed rule, as it comes on the heels of Defense Distributed’s lawsuit against the federal government. Defense Distributed is a pro-Second Amendment organization targeted by the State Department in 2013 for allegedly exporting technical data illegally. Two years ago, it published online plans to 3D print a pistol after it developed a single-shot .22 pistol named The Liberator.
As The Federalist’s Sean Davis reports, Defense Distributed’s supposed crime was little more than “mak[ing] its data, compiled entirely from publicly available information, available for free on the internet.” In response, the government demanded the group submit its speech to Uncle Sam for approval before dissemination. When Defense Distributed attempted to comply, the government delayed by doing nothing. So Defense Distributed filed suit in May, and, voila, on June 3 we have the newly proposed rule.
While it’s certainly important that the government protect against the public sharing of confidential weapons information, the wording of the proposed rule — particularly given the nature of this administration — is hardly comforting. Indeed, as National Review’s Charles C. W. Cooke notes, “[I]t is difficult to imagine how any firearms website would be able to survive the regulators’ caprice.” And while it’s possible such an outcome was not the administration’s intent, it’s also possible it was.
The good news is that the administration is accepting public comment until August 3 on the proposed rule, and it certainly wouldn’t be a bad idea to push for clarification. After all, trusting the good intentions of any government has never proven an effective defense of Liberty.
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OPINION IN BRIEF
George Will: “Without [Trade Promotion Authority], any trade agreement will be nibbled to death in Congress by persons eager to do organized labor’s bidding. So, Republicans who oppose TPA are collaborating with those who oppose increasing the velocity and rationality of economic life. … Republicans can extinguish the Export-Import Bank, a deplorable instrument for government intervention in economic transactions, simply by not reauthorizing it. How perverse it would be to do so while also opposing TPA and (hence, in effect) freer trade, which would make economic activity less subject to distortions by governments. … Some Republicans resist granting fast-track authority, a traditional presidential prerogative, to a president who has so arrogantly disregarded limits on executive discretion. It is, however, unnecessary to defeat fast-track authority (thereby defeating freer trade) in order to restrain this rogue president. The 22nd Amendment guarantees his departure in 19 months. His lawlessness has prompted congressional resistance on multiplying fronts. The judiciary, too, has repeatedly rebuked him for illegal executive overreaches. So, it is neither necessary nor statesmanlike to injure the nation’s future in order to protest Obama’s past.”
Insight: “Without seeking, truth cannot be known at all. It can neither be declared from pulpits, nor set down in articles, nor in any wise prepared and sold in packages ready for use. Truth must be ground for every man by itself out of it such, with such help as he can get, indeed, but not without stern labor of his own.” —British author John Ruskin (1819-1900)
Braying Jenny: “[Wi]th every word you speak, with every choice you make, with the way you carry yourself each day, you are rewriting the story of our communities. And that’s a burden that President Obama and I proudly carry every single day in the White House. Because we know that everything we do and say can either confirm the myths about folks like us, or it can change those myths.” —Michelle Obama
The BIG Lie: “My first job in Chicago when I moved after college to work as a community organizer. … I saw the power of faith — a shared belief that every human being, made in the image of God, deserves to live in dignity; that all children, no matter who they are or where they come from or how much money they were born into, ought to have the opportunity to achieve their God-given potential.” —Barack Obama (What about the millions of unborn children sacrificed on the altar of “choice”?)
Village Idiots: “Obama seems to be white inside. There is an obvious racial division in America and it’s exploding and Obama doesn’t ever support the innocent black people who are murdered by white police officers who are never held accountable. You would expect him to be more understanding of what it means to be black. But so far, he hasn’t been.” —British singer/songwriter Steven Patrick Morrissey
And last… “I’m so progressive, that if a tree falls in the woods and no one is there to hear it, I’m still offended.” —Frank Fleming
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1) As global descent into terrorism continues, al Qaeda is broken by rise of ISIS
Isis onslaught has broken al-Qaida, its spiritual leaders admit, The Guardian (Spencer Ackerman, Shiv Malik, Ali Younes and Mustafa Khalili)
2) Contrary nature of abortion training to medical community evidenced by stigma
The Scarcity of Abortion Training in America’s Medical Schools, The Atlantic (Mara Gordon)
3) Survey shows worldview positions tend to cluster in professions
The most liberal and conservative jobs in America, Washington Post (Ana Swanson)
4) Kareem Abdul-Jabbar criticizes social injustice of prosperity gospel
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Prosperity Gospel Is War on the Poor, TIME (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar)
In other news…
Pope Francis Sets Up Court to Address Mishandling of Sex-Abuse Cases, Wall Street Journal (Francis X. Rocca)
Death Without Dignity, New York Times (Annabelle Gurwitch)
Why a ‘yes’ to gays is often a ‘no’ to evangelicalism, Washington Post (Jacob Lupfer)
A Thai University’s New Dress Code Accommodates Transgender Students, TIME (David Stout)
“Why are there so few forced marriage prosecutions?” asks BBC News — Markind at IW Blog
by Johanna Markind • Jun 10, 2015 at 5:48 pm
Duty, honor, country and gay pride? Pentagon opens “Pride Month”
by Marsha West
From Berean Research:
Steam is coming out of my ears. For the first time in 20 years the U.S. Army brass says it will not provide an honor guard from nearby Fort Gordon for Abilene Baptist Church’s annual Independence Day celebration because of a 2011 regulation instituted by the Obama Administration. The regulation declares that the Army cannot participate in any event that promotes a religious movement. Yet the Pentagon promotes LGBT “Pride Month”? There is something wrong with this picture.
Radioactive: ISIS May Soon Build ‘Dirty’ Bomb
The Isis militant group has seized enough radioactive material from government facilities to suggest it has the capacity to build a large and devastating “dirty” bomb, according to Australian intelligence reports. According to the Australian foreign minister, Julie Bishop, Nato has expressed deep concerns about the materials seized by Isis from research centres and hospitals that would normally only be available to governments. The threat of Isis’s radioactive and biological weapons stockpile was so severe that the Australia Group, a 40-nation bloc dedicated to ending the use of chemical weapons, held a session on the subject at its summit in Perth last week……….. Click here for full story
IDF Drills For War With Hezbollah and Gaza
The IDF is planning a drill that will simulate a “nightmare” scenario of blanket missile attacks emanating from both the north and south of Israel on a scale so large that the Iron Dome missile defense system would not be able to combat it. Israel could suffer over 4,000 casualties in the first few days of such an attack. It is currently estimated that Hezbollah possesses over 100,000 missiles of various sizes that are currently stockpiled in Lebanon and intended for use against Israel in a future conflict……….. Click here for full story
Saudis Ready To Go Nuclear If Iran Talks Fail, Egypt, Turkey Next?
Western intelligence agencies believe that the Saudi monarchy paid for up to 60 per cent of Pakistan’s nuclear programme, in return for the ability to buy warheads for itself at short notice. Any failure by Iran to provide the necessary safeguards by the end of this month could see Riyadh activate that deal, thereby enabling Saudi Arabia to become the Arab world’s first nuclear power. And if that were to happen, then many other regional powers, such as Egypt and Turkey, would also attempt to follow suit – a nuclear arms race in the world’s most unstable region……… Click here for full story
Iraq: Despite Thousands Fleeing ISIS, Churches Are Full Of New Believers
Hundreds of thousands of Christians have been forced to flee Iraq as Islamic State continues to tighten its grip, but still people are turning to Jesus, a church leader has told Christian Today. Dagher estimates that 80 per cent of his original church congregation in Baghdad have left, but “the church is still full with new people coming,” he says. “We have about 400 people every Sunday in Baghdad, and about 30 per cent of those are from different religions.” Currently, 73 people who have converted to Christianity are waiting to be baptised in the church………. Click here for full story
Will The World Turn On Israel This September?
Israel wishes to delay the signing of a nuclear deal between world powers and Iran, but not solely because such an agreement would be dangerous to the Jewish State. The concern is that immediately following such an agreement, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict will become the UN Security Council’s and European Union’s top priority, and the international community will be freed up to deal with the party it sees as responsible for the stagnation in the peace process – Israel……. Click here for full story
Posted: 10 Jun 2015 08:16 PM PDT
Dozens of books have been written in recent years by liberal theologians in an attempt to demonstrate that homosexuality, homosexual relationships, and homosexual marriage are fully consistent with Biblical Christianity. I have grown weary of reading that King David was a homosexual because he loved Jonathan, or that Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed because of a lack of hospitality, or – my personal favorite – that the Bible never actually addresses the issue of homosexual behavior.
I would suggest that the fact that some of such foolishness comes from persons who once professed to be Christians is yet further evidence of the fact that the nation – indeed the world – is well along in the Biblically-foretold age of apostasy. During such a period, we are warned about the prevalence of false teachers. How can we tell whether a teacher is false? Who can we rely on? But for the fact that we have the Word of God, we would be adrift on such matters. FULL REPORT
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|World may see a bigger number of large quakes, says Singapore professor
Posted: 10 Jun 2015 08:08 PM PDT
Nature’s wrath struck in 2004, when a tsunami hit the coasts of several countries around the Indian Ocean. This marked the beginning of what geologists call an “active cycle”, where the Earth experiences greater seismic activity. Professor Kerry Sieh, director at the Earth Observatory of Singapore said: “The Earth goes through cycles of seismic energy release, and less release and more release. We have definitely been in the active cycle in the last 11 years since 2004. All the magnitude-8.4 earthquakes and bigger, up to 9.2, they all happened in the last 11 years. Several of those have been in Asia.”
The previous active cycle was in the 1950s to mid-1960s, which saw several earthquakes with a magnitude of a high 8 and above 9. But for the next 40 years, there were no records of a quake with a magnitude above 8.3, until 2004. Since then, a string of devastating earthquakes has caused much destruction, like in Sumatra in 2005 and Fukushima, Japan, in 2011. “We don’t know whether we are at the end of the cycle or not,” said Professor Sieh. “My hunch is we will continue to see a larger number of large earthquakes. But that’s only a hunch because we don’t really have a way of telling whether we are at the end of the cycle or not.” FULL REPORT
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|Tension builds: five more earthquakes strike off the coast of Japan in one day
Posted: 10 Jun 2015 07:58 PM PDT
Five earthquakes have struck off the coast of Japan in a 24 hour period, raising concerns that pressure may be building along the complex network array of tectonic plates that collide under the sea, just off the coast of Japan. A 5.0 magnitude earthquake (11 km deep) struck 52km S of Kushiro, Japan.
A 4.2 magnitude earthquake (26 km deep) struck 264km ESE of Kamaishi, Japan. A 4.7 magnitude earthquake (50 km deep) struck 19km ESE of Hasaki, Japan. A 5.5 magnitude earthquake (26 km deep) struck 120km E of Miyako, Japan, which was followed by an aftershock of a 4.7 magnitude earthquake (19 km deep) 170km E of Miyako, Japan. Fears may be mounting, along with the seismic tension, which may be an indicator that some larger seismic event may be brewing for Japan in the near future. EP
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|Record Number of Americans Renounce Citizenship in First Quarter of 2015
Posted: 10 Jun 2015 07:24 PM PDT
Between January and March of 2015, a record 1,336 Americans renounced their U.S. citizenship, according to a quarterly report by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) that was published in The Federal Register. The list includes long-term permanent residents who are considered American citizens under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPPA), the IRS noted. The previous record was 1,130 in the second quarter of 2013, according to Treasury Department data.
A record total of 3,415 Americans renounced their citizenship last year, according to the “Quarterly Publication of Individuals Who Have Chosen To Expatriate.” In a survey conducted by the University of Kent between December 2014 and January 2015, 1,546 U.S. citizens and former citizens were asked why they no longer wanted to be Americans. Survey participants stated that high taxes were the primary reason for renouncing their citizenship. But the survey also found that contrary to popular belief, income was not a key factor in their decision. FULL REPORT
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|Police Shut Down Girls’ Lemonade Stand for No Permit
Posted: 10 Jun 2015 07:14 PM PDT
A lemonade stand operated by two young girls received national attention after police asked for a permit. Wednesday, police released the video of their encounter with the girls’ mother. In the video, released by the Overton Police Department, the first question to the girls’ mother was in reference to a permit. You see in the video the city’s code enforcement officer drive up to the location of the girls’ stand, get out, and ask for their mother.
Once the officer identifies the mother, she asks about the permit. Both women are off-camera. “You get a permit with the city to serve this?” the officer asks. “I didn’t know I had to,” the mother replies. “Yes ma’am,” the officer says. “Really?” the mother asks, “for a lemonade stand? I had no clue.” “Yes ma’am,” the officer replies. FULL REPORT
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|Get Ready For 4,000-Point DOW Drop
Posted: 10 Jun 2015 02:17 PM PDT
The stock market has an empirical rule: interest rates lead stocks. And the current interest rate environment is pointing to a massive decline for the U.S. market. Consider: The Federal Reserve has taken rates to the lowest level in more than a generation. This has energized stock prices. The Fed has persisted in its directive to “stay the course,” having made no raises in the discount rate for more than seven years. Such monetary policy has no precedent; this is the longest stretch of accommodation by the Fed in the post-World War II era.
But there’s Fed-induced rates, and “actual” rates. The most widely followed Treasury markets are the longer-term 10-year and 30-year markets. These two markets are highly sensitive to longer-term actual interest-rate pressures. For example, banks use longer-term Treasurys to make decisions on pegging personal loan rates to clients for mortgages, businesses, and other uses. The commercial and industrial areas of the economy also are susceptible to the actual cost of money. FULL REPORT
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|Los Angeles passes minimum wage hike to $15/hour
Posted: 10 Jun 2015 01:19 PM PDT
Los Angeles on Wednesday approved a minimum wage hike to $15 an hour, becoming the latest large city to increase pay amid mounting pressure. The incremental wage increase in the second-largest U.S. city—which the city council passed in a 12-1 vote—will take place by 2020. The hourly rate would more than double the current federal rate of $7.25 per hour. Los Angeles follows Seattle and San Francisco, which previously passed measures to hike wages to $15 an hour over several years.
Higher wage floors have served as a point of contention in recent years. Advocates have argued that hikes are necessary for minimum wage workers to cover the cost of living, while some detractors contend that higher pay burdens businesses. FULL REPORT
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|New WIFI Systems Will Take The Police State To A New Level Tracking Your Every Move
Posted: 10 Jun 2015 12:54 PM PDT
Now there might be a new concern on the horizon – public WiFi signals that can identify and track groups of individuals, even if they are not holding a personal connected device. As we have come to learn, one of the hallmarks of technology is dual- or multi-use capability. It is for this reason that we are softened up with all of the benefits, before being introduced to the darker side. Researchers continue to pursue invisible, pervasive ways to track human beings. Below is a chronicle of how WiFi signals are being used in creative new ways to ensure that whether or not you have opted out of the latest gadgetry, you still will be caught in an ever-widening net of the latest surveillance tech.
A little more than two years ago, the first enhancement of Wi-Fi was labeled WiTrack. It marked an improvement over a discovery by MIT researchers a few months previous that they had called Wi-Vi. At the time, researchers were able to use dual signals to detect the general location of moving objects behind walls, but not an exact image.WiTrack uses radio signals to pinpoint a person’s location more accurately. An MIT press release explained the significant difference between Wi-Vi and WiTrack: WiTrack operates by tracking specialized radio signals reflected off a person’s body to pinpoint location and movement. FULL REPORT
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|Alberta’s ‘creeping disaster’: Cattle industry hit hard as dry weather sparks drought fears
Posted: 10 Jun 2015 12:41 PM PDT
Gray clouds gather near Greg Bowie’s Alberta ranch, but not a raindrop in sight. Bowie’s 350-acre pasture is so thirsty that it hasn’t grown enough to feed his 100 cattle. He spent $3,600 in May to truck in hay. “It basically doubles your cost on every animal every day,” Bowie, chairman of Alberta Beef Producers, said from his ranch near Ponoka. “The pasture and the hay land need considerably more moisture this time of year and we just haven’t had it.”
Dry conditions have worsened in pockets of Canada’s cattle country, with some areas receiving less than 40 per cent of normal rainfall, according to Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. Livestock producers are bringing in extra hay as forage and some are considering selling animals to reduce costs, said Fred Hays, policy analyst at the Calgary-based beef-producers organization, an industry group that represents 20,000 ranchers. FULL REPORT
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|Misled Campolo Misleading Church and Culture on Homosexuality
Posted: 10 Jun 2015 12:09 PM PDT
Religion and culture expert and Christian apologist Dr. Alex McFarland is responding today to controversial comments by former evangelical leader Tony Campolo about the full acceptance of gay couples in the church. Campolo wrote in a blog post that it’s time for the church to fully accept Christian gay couples.
“Unfortunately, this former evangelical leader is misleading the culture because he is misled,” said McFarland, who is also Director for Christian Worldview and Apologetics at the Christian Worldview Center of North Greenville University in Greenville, S.C. “Tony Campolo has influence even though he is not resting on conservative, orthodox biblical theology.” McFarland added that many Christians struggle with the acceptance of homosexuality and same-sex marriage, especially as the culture increasingly accepts these as the norm. But the Bible, he says, clears up the confusion. FULL REPORT
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If you were laid off from your job, would you be willing to train your replacement if your company threatened to take away your severance pay if you didn’t do it? And how would you feel if your replacement came from India, and the only reason your company was replacing you was because the foreign worker was a lot less expensive? Sadly, this is happening all over America – especially in the information technology field. Huge corporations such as Disney and Southern California Edison are coldly firing existing tech workers and filling those jobs with much cheaper foreign replacements. They are doing this by blatantly abusing the H-1B temporary worker visa program. Workers that had been doing a solid job for decades are being replaced without any hesitation just because it will save those firms a little bit of money. There is very, very little loyalty left in corporate America today. Even if you have poured your heart and your soul into your company for years, that ultimately means very little. The moment that your usefulness is over, most firms will replace you in a heartbeat these days. (Read More….)
The Pope Just Invited Islam Into The Vatican, Christians Aghast
Marking the first time Islamic prayer will be held at the Catholic palace, many question the propriety of hosting leaders of a faith that teaches the conversion or slaughter of nonbelievers.
A sense of disbelief was evident in a series of Twitter posts Friday afternoon:
Gay Pride Participants Mock Jesus and the Bible in a Disturbing Way
Pictures are offensive as they show the depravity of the gay agenda. — OTM
The parade also targeted Christians. Banners like “Christians are homophobe” “Jesus was Gay” etc…could be seen all over the parade.
Even a gay Jesus…
Your bank account: The next thing to go obsolete
It might finally be time to break up with your bank.
Not only is banking not for everyone, accounts are inaccessible to about half of the world. People are too poor, live too far from a bank or don’t have the required documentation. Abra, a new startup, makes banking more accessible while completely cutting out the actual bank.
Christian Headlines Daily – Thursday, June 11, 2015
Newest Target of ISIS: 88 Eritrean Christians
Pakistani Christians Threatened with Blasphemy Charges if They Refuse to Hand Over Church Property
Baltimore Residents Turn to Prayer to Fight Crime and Violence
Court Upholds Texas Pro-Life Law Closing Abortion Clinics
Israeli Court Rules ‘Jesus Tomb’ That Shows Jesus was Married and Had Children is Not a Fake
ISIS Turns Historic Mosul Church into Mosque for Fighters
Physician-Assisted Suicide Bill Passes California Senate
Christianity Today Speaks Out in Support of Traditional Marriage
Benjamin Netanyahu Blasts World’s Silence on Gaza Rocket Attacks
Man Saves 2 Million Babies through Plasma Donations
Church Discipline Gone Wrong: More Common than You Think
Which Way, Evangelicals? There is Nowhere to Hide on Gay Marriage
Driver Describes Lion Attack That Killed Tourist
Christianity Growing in the Muslim World
Why Christian Denominations Aren’t Going Away
“My Last Day” — the Jesus Anime
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Who do you think that I am?
With that brief question Jesus Christ confronted His followers with the most important issue they would ever face. He had spent much time with them and made some bold claims about His identity and authority. Now the time had come for them either to believe or deny His teachings.
Who do you say Jesus is? Your response to Him will determine not only your values and lifestyle, but your eternal destiny as well.
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