Jun. 12, 2015
President Obama is meeting with lawmakers on Capitol Hill in a final push to win votes for fast-track trade legislation, a key priority of his second term.
Rupert Murdoch is preparing to step down as chief executive officer of 21st Century Fox Inc. and hand the title to his son James, according to a person familiar with the matter, confirming a long-expected generational succession.
Unilever NV, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and other large companies reliant on agriculture agreed to encourage farmers who supply them to cut carbon pollution, the White House said, as President Obama pushes forward on initiatives to try to stem climate change.
Yuan liberalization and the opening up of China’s capital account are likely to attract $400 billion of overseas funds to the nation’s stocks and bonds over the next five years, Morgan Stanley estimates.
As if fighting a year-long war against pro-Russian separatists wasn’t enough, Ukraine is also scrambling to shore up a banking system that’s bleeding assets amid a tumbling economy, wavering talks with creditors about overdue debt and skyrocketing inflation, which the central bank estimates will end this year at between 45 percent and 50 percent. A run of liquidations has shaken consumers’ confidence in the often mismanaged financial institutions they once trusted to protect their money. Since 2014, the central bank has declared a quarter of the former Soviet republic’s 180 domestic banks insolvent, liquidated 37 of them as of the end of May and earmarked $1.7 billion for bailouts this year alone.
Goldman Sachs, which called for reform of high-speed stock trading before Michael Lewis’s “Flash Boys” spurred an outcry last year, is diving back in.
The Zimbabwean dollar will be taken from circulation, formalizing a multi-currency system introduced in 2009 to help stem inflation and stabilize the economy. The central bank will offer $5 for every 175 quadrillion, or 175,000 trillion, Zimbabwean dollars.
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A landmark trade bill that tops President Obama’s second-term agenda faces a showdown vote in the House as Democrats mount a last-ditch effort to kill it.
A study of road rage conducted by GfK on behalf of Expedia revealed that left lane drivers who are driving below the speed limit are the third top reason to get other drivers’ blood boiling, right after texting while driving and tailgating.
Norwegian scientists have seen polar bears eating dolphins in the Arctic for the first time ever and blame global warming for the bears expanding their diet. Polar bears feed mainly on seals.
A large protest blocked downtown streets in Oakland last night, but police never showed up.
Three astronauts landed in Kazakhstan on Thursday, safely returning to Earth after their flight back home was delayed for a month by a Russian rocket failure.
Thousands of bare-chested muscular men, drag queens in heavy makeup and high heels, women in colorful balloon costumes and others partied at Tel Aviv’s annual gay pride parade on Friday, the largest event of its kind in the region.
A new regional fighting force against Boko Haram will be headed by a Nigerian commander, the five-nation coalition agreed on Thursday, after talks on military strategy against the militants.
It has a remote-controlled turret, it bristles with state-of-the-art defense systems and its computerized controls make driving it feel “like playing a video game.” Russia’s Armata tank, which its creator says can be turned into a fully robotic combat vehicle, is the crowning glory of a sweeping military modernization drive that is rumbling forward amid a perilous confrontation with the West over Ukraine.
In a small room close by the Sydney Opera House, 60 people representing a vast range of communities and industries are working feverishly to come up with ways to combat the Islamic State group’s online propaganda machine. The extremists’ ideology and use of social media has struck a chord with thousands of youngsters across the world, drawing them to fight in Iraq and Syria or show support from their home countries.
Engineers began flooding a newly enlarged section of the Panama Canal on Thursday as authorities prepare to test a series of new locks that will allow the waterway to accommodate much bigger ships, affecting trade around the world.
Four tourists who posed naked on a mountain in Malaysia have been given jail terms and fined. The group was blamed for a magnitude 5.9 earthquake after stripping on Mount Kinabalu, which is considered sacred. They were jailed for three days, but their sentences were back-dated to reflect time already served.
The US spends more than $9m a day on the war against Islamic State, and has poured $2.7bn into the bombing campaign since the start.
Colombia’s Farc rebels have shot dead three police officers and cut off power to almost half a million people, the military has said.
Zimbabwe is phasing out its local currency, the central bank said, formalizing a multi-currency system introduced during hyper-inflation. Foreign currencies like the US dollar and South African rand have been used for most transactions since 2009.
Germany has dropped an investigation into alleged tapping of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s phone by the US National Security Agency (NSA).
“Based on the sketchy information OPM has provided, we believe that the Central Personnel Data File was the targeted database and that the hackers are now in possession of all personnel data for every federal employee, every federal retiree and up to one million former federal employees,” he wrote, Fox News reported.
Australian intelligence is reporting ISIS may have enough radioactive material to build its own “dirty” bomb, and the 40-nation bloc of NATO is expressing concern.
Top News – 6/12/2015
British lawmakers back EU referendum plans
Lawmakers on Tuesday backed Prime Minister David Cameron’s plan for a referendum on Britain’s EU membership, but a heated debate highlighted passions that could split his Conservative Party and re-open Scotland’s bid for independence.
Ukraine conflict could spark ‘all-out war’
Alexander Hug, deputy chief of the Special Monitoring Mission of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) said: “The Special Monitoring Mission [SMM] has seen a sharp increase in tension levels in the conflict since June 3. “We see no indication of adhesion to the first measure of the Feb. 15 Minsk Agreement, which calls for a ceasefire.”
5.3-Magnitude Earthquake rocks Nepal’s Sindhupalchowk
An earthquake measuring 5.3 on the Richter scale hit Nepal on Thursday night, a media report said on Friday. The National Seismological Centre of Nepal said that the epicentre of Thursday’s quake was in Sindhupalchowk district, 65 km off Kathmandu, Xinhua news agency reported.
Asama volcano (Japan): alert level raised
The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) raised the alert of the volcano from 1 to 2 (on a scale of 1-5), as the volcano has recently been showing growing signs of unrest – increased seismic activity and strongly elevated gas emissions.
Anti-Virus Maker Kaspersky Labs Attacked with with Duqu 2.0
Kaspersky says the virus was extremely difficult to detect, but they did manage to uncover it with some new testing software they’ve been working on. They added that all their customer data is safe. Kaspersky claims the hackers made a mistake, as now Kaspersky has the virus’s frameworks, which they described as being a generation ahead of anything they’ve ever seen.
Bond selloff a wild card that could delay Fed rate hike
The sharp bond market selloff is starting to pinch American consumers and companies, causing a mild economic tightening that, if sustained, could raise alarms at the Federal Reserve and even delay a plan to hike interest rates in coming months.
S. Korea announces 11th MERS death
South Korea saw its 11th death on Friday in the midst of the MERS epidemic gripping the country.
CHANCE OF STORMS
NOAA forecasters estimate a 55% chance of polar geomagnetic storms on Friday, June 12th, when a CME is expected to hit Earth’s magnetic field. The CME was hurled in our direction on June 9th by an eruption near sunspot AR2364.
DHS secretly videotaping citizens to ‘predict crime’
…On Tuesday, the DHS quietly released online a “privacy impact assessment” that provides the legal justification for an ongoing experiment it is calling “Data Collection for the Centralized Hostile Intent Project.” …The DHS is planning to collect video images at designated areas throughout the (T. F. Green Airport) airport, including at TSA security checkpoints, ticket counters, baggage claim and the airport entrance.
U.S., Russian aircraft came within 10 feet over Black Sea
A Russian fighter jet, flying at high speed, came within 10 feet of a U.S. Air Force reconnaissance aircraft in international airspace over the Black Sea late last month, several U.S. officials told CNN Thursday. The Russian jet flew alongside the U.S. plane at the same altitude, broke off, and then shadowed the plane before leaving the area in the May 30 incident, the officials said.
Zimbabwe dollars phased out
Zimbabwe is phasing out its local currency, the central bank says, formalising a multi-currency system introduced during hyper-inflation. Foreign currencies like the US dollar and South African rand have been used for most transactions since 2009. Local dollars are not used except high-denomination notes sold as souvenirs.
Boko Haram crisis: Nigeria to lead regional force
Five African countries have agreed to set up a joint military force led by Nigeria to fight the Islamist militant group Boko Haram. The leaders reached the deal at a summit hosted by Nigeria’s new president Muhammadu Buhari, who made tackling it a key campaign pledge. Most of the troops will be from Nigeria with Chad, Cameroon, Niger and Benin also contributing.
Gay Pride Parade to draw 180,000 to Tel Aviv
Around 180,000 people are expected to party in central Tel Aviv Friday for the annual Gay Pride Parade… The march will begin at noon after a party at Gan Meir on King George Street. It will then make its way down Bograshov Street to Ha-Yarkon Street, Frishman Street and then south on Herbert Samuel Boulevard along the seaside and ending at Charles Clore Park, where a party will be held until nightfall.
Putin, once critical of Stalin, now embraces Soviet dictator’s tactics
But Putin’s view of history appears to have undergone a startling transformation. Last month, the Russian leader praised the 1939 nonaggression accord with Hitler as a clever maneuver that forestalled war with Germany. Stalin’s 29-year reign, generally seen by Russians in recent years as a dark and bloody chapter in the nation’s history, has lately been applauded by Putin and his supporters as the foundation on which the great Soviet superpower was built.
Prime Minister of Australia: Tony Abbott denies Isis ‘death cult’ term promotes its propaganda
Tony Abbott has refused to change his language on Islamic State, which critics say promotes its propaganda, as he stepped up a national security campaign by visiting the site where terrorism suspect Numan Haider was shot dead. On the second day of the summit on countering violent extremism , the prime minister was asked about his language, given one of the participants had suggested use of the term “death cult” was promoting propaganda by Isis. Abbott said: “It is a death cult in the sense that the people who join it are in love with death.”
Pentagon again asks China to end island building, seeks more military contact
U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter met a top Chinese general on Thursday and repeated a U.S. call for a halt to land reclamation in the South China Sea, while stressing that the Pentagon remained committed to expanding military contacts with China.
US spending on Islamic State fight totals $2.7bn
The US spends more than $9m (£5.7m) a day on the war against Islamic State, and has poured $2.7bn (£1.7bn) into the bombing campaign since the start. An international coalition has been conducting air strikes in Iraq and Syria since last August.
Islamic State says blows up two warplanes at Libya base
The militant group Islamic State’s Libya wing released a video on Thursday purportedly showing it blowing up two warplanes at an air base while its fighters paraded heavy weapons in a show of force.
Union:Hackers have personnel data on every US gov’t employee
Hackers stole personnel data and identity numbers for every federal employee, a government worker union said Thursday, saying that the cyber theft of U.S. employee information was more damaging than the Obama administration has acknowledged.
Greece gets wake-up call: coming week could seal its fate
International creditors sent Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras home from a summit Thursday with a clear message: swiftly tone down your demands in the bailout talks over the next week or face financial ruin.
Top Headlines – 6/12/2015
Weeping Jeremiahs – This is God’s Purpose
June 12, 2015
“If individuals be not influenced by moral principles; it is in vain to look for public virtue; it is, therefore, the duty of legislators to enforce, both by precept and example, the utility, as well as the necessity of a strict adherence to the rules of distributive justice.” —James Madison, in response to Washington’s first Inaugural address, 1789
TOP RIGHT HOOKS
When the Office of Personnel Management announced that the data of four million past and present federal employees were taken by China, it could have been running damage control. The American Federation of Government Employees, the largest union for federal employees, accused OPM of being not forthright about the hack. The union believes China targeted the Central Personnel File and is now in possession of the information of every federal employee, including those who retired and left the government’s employ. But it could be much, much worse. An unnamed government official told ABC News China could have targeted the database that stored government employees’ SF-86 forms — the 127-page form public workers fill out when they apply for a security clearance. For a malicious government seeking to recruit spies, it’s the Holy Grail, as the form asks the applicant to list the applicant’s network — the people slept with, the foreign nationals in contact with, family members. We don’t yet know what information is in China’s hands. But one thing is clear: Big government stands directly opposed to privacy, and by extension, Liberty. This is why the big data that comes with ObamaCare is so insidious. When it comes to cybersecurity, Liberty is America’s greatest strength.
The Internet Tax Freedom Act passed the House by voice vote this week, and now heads to the Senate. The best news is that it’s a permanent extension. In place since 1998, Harry Reid’s Senate only permitted a one-year extension last year because he wanted a hostage for other negotiations. But the law becomes increasingly important in the age of so-called net neutrality (which takes effect today), because it prevents taxation on Internet and email services in America’s 9,600 tax jurisdictions. House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte warned that the FCC’s decision to regulate the Internet like telecommunications “emboldens states to apply these telecom taxes to Internet access immediately, should ITFA lapse.” Goodlatte also laid bare the problem with Internet taxes, saying that granting states such powers would allow “lawmakers to dodge accountability for the burdens associated with their policy choices by shifting them onto non-residents who cannot hold them accountable at the ballot box.” Furthermore, he said, “[I]f Congress lets ‘economic presence’ rather than ‘physical presence’ become the standard, states will mostly exempt resident companies from tax obligations while imposing them on out-of-state companies.” In other words, taxation without representation. For those with any sense of American history, that phrase should ring loud and clear.
The City of Spokane is investigating a critical matter, and the outcome should be black and white. The president of the city’s NAACP chapter likely violated the city’s code of ethics because she’s actually white. Rachel Dolezal identifies as African-American and has even modified her appearance accordingly. She’s also claimed to be the victim of several “hate” crimes. But public records indicate she and both of her parents are white. The obvious comparison is Bruce Jenner, the former male Olympic decathlon champion who now says he’s a woman. Many leftists gladly accepted him as a her, even giving him awards for “courage.” But while Jenner is affirmed, Dolezal has committed an unforgivable sin by doing pretty much the same thing. Perhaps a less obvious comparison is the example of a prominent man who has a white mother and black father (who abandoned him early on), and yet who identifies solely by the race of his father — well, unless his Irish ancestry happens to be politically beneficial. Any guesses who that might be? Identity sure is an interesting thing with liberal social mores.
FEATURED RIGHT ANALYSIS
By Michael Swartz
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It’s a deal that’s been in the works since before Barack Obama took office, but as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a free trade pact, is being hammered into shape, some members of Congress — especially Democrats — are reluctant to give Obama the same “fast-track” authority other presidents have had over the last few decades. Specifically, that would happen through the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), the full text of which is here. Some conservatives also have a problem with awarding any authority to this particular chief executive, given his track record of abusing his power on immigration and regulation.
There’s an argument to be had, however, from conservatives who remind us that free trade is the bailiwick of the Republican Party. George Will leads the charge:
“It is … 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.”
There’s also the libertarian free-trade perspective of the Cato Institute:
“Historically, trade agreements have expanded Americans’ economic liberties, even though that outcome has never been the principal objective. It happens residually. Trade negotiators prioritize the export-oriented goals of their business interests and, in the process of reaching those objectives, make Americans more economically free.”
In both instances, we’re reminded that the process doesn’t end with congressional passage of the TPA, which, in short, grants Obama negotiating power and provides for Congress to then hold an up-or-down vote on whatever agreement Obama makes — without being able to amend it. While nothing is certain in Congress, the House is slated to vote on the TPA legislation today, following the Senate’s passage of the measure last month.
However, the “sausage-making,” as White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest termed it, has a number of other fillers that could be added to the mix. A previous version of the legislation cuts Medicare to pay for the Trade Adjustment Assistance that Democrats wanted in the bill. However, that particular cut was deleted in favor of measures intended to increase revenue through stricter enforcement of fraudulent claims and enhanced penalties against businesses failing to submit correct 1099 data. It’s also been speculated that the reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank — a favorite target of conservatives — may be included with TPA legislation to draw a few additional Democrat votes.
Opponents also have some tricks up their sleeves. While the usual protectionist suspects of Big Labor (and some of the 2016 Democrat presidential hopefuls) continually grouse about being “isolated,” “marginalized,” and otherwise abandoned by their administration allies, immigration hawks are also crying foul about “secret immigration powers” they claim are in the TPP, based on leaked information from Wikileaks. This goes back to the lack of trust many have with this president, length of time left in office notwithstanding.
The obvious question, then, is whether the votes are there. Trade negotiators for the U.S. argue that the other TPP parties won’t put their final offers on the table until Obama is allowed to have TPA, but some conservatives worry about what dangers to our sovereignty lurk in the proposal, which hasn’t been made public except for those provisions that have leaked. While it’s not a complete secret, access to draft copies of the TPP is controlled by the same laws that were placed in effect for NAFTA in the 1990s. Obama must publish the deal 60 days before entering into it, and Congress has final approval.
Opponents are convinced that the TPA is the last best chance to kill the TPP, or at least push it off until the next (hopefully conservative) administration has a chance to negotiate a more favorable pact. But the TPA and the TPP are not the same thing, and support for the former doesn’t necessarily mean support for the latter.
TODAY AT PATRIOTPOST.US
- ANALYSIS: Obama Puts Immigration Enforcement in Limbo
- Free Trade Pollaganda
- Some Encouraging Social Trends
- Concerns Mount Over Islamic State Creating Dirty Bomb
- Miami Principal Fired for Thoughtcrime Supporting Police
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OPINION IN BRIEF
Mona Charen: “Republicans can deny that voter ID laws are about voter suppression till they bore everyone into a coma. It won’t have an impact. But that doesn’t mean they should surrender. What they should be concerned about is not any particular issue but rather their image as the party of haters. I would love to see all of the Republican candidates staging multiple events in places like Detroit, Baltimore and Cleveland. They should be asking what Hillary Clinton proposes to do about improving the climate for small business. They should demand to know what Democrats have done to improve the schools — or rather, draw attention to the fact that Democrats stand in the way of improving education for poor kids. They should demand accountability for the millions of taxpayer dollars intended for poor families that wind up in the pockets of the well-connected and the well-heeled, while praising the work of churches and other private groups. The shame of the cities belongs squarely in the Democrats’ laps. Even if it doesn’t yield a single new African American voter, it’s worth doing for two reasons: 1) because it will improve the image of the Republican Party, and 2) because it’s right.”
Upright: “Your petulance is unbecoming, Mr. President, and your criticism of anyone who disagrees with you is downright unmanly. You come off like a spoiled child who has been denied his way. And while you blame your shortcomings on opposing political parties, you have had both houses of Congress and the White House in the first two years of your term. Plus an electoral mandate to do just about anything you wanted to, so the least you can do is cowboy up and take the blame for the messes you’ve made.” —Charlie Daniels
Dezinformatsia: “[I]n a country where the vast majority of police officers patrol with batons and pepper spray, the elite cadre of British cops who are entrusted with guns almost never use them. Police in Britain have fatally shot two people in the past three years. … [E]xperts say the way British bobbies are trained, commanded and vigorously scrutinized may offer U.S. police forces a useful blueprint for bringing down the rate of deadly violence and defusing some of the burning tension felt in cities from coast to coast.” —The Washington Post, simply hoping for disarmament
Demo-gogues: “Elections should be about choices, and my argument is you won’t have a choice if Secretary Clinton is the Democratic nominee because she’s so similar to the Republicans.” —Democrat presidential candidate Lincoln Chafee
Braying Jackass: “I’ve been joking with Lindsey [Graham] … [about] a rotating first lady. He’s a bro with no ho.” —Sen. Mark Kirk
Non Compos Mentis: “Has anybody proved that we did anything objectionable? No.” —Bill Clinton
Late-night humor: “Hillary Clinton joined Instagram … and somehow she’s already deleted thousands of photos.” —Seth Meyers
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1) Shared understanding of value of marriage does not equal shared understanding of marriage
Marriage Today: Rich-Poor Gap, Later Vows, Gays Gain Access, Associated Press (David Crary)
Marriage Opportunity: The Moment for National Action, Institute for American Values (Marriage Opportunity Council)
Regan: Marriage is going out of style, and that could hurt, USA Today (Trish Regan)
2) Consequences of single-parent family inescapably apparent in children’s lives
The North-South Divide on Two-Parent Families, New York Times (David Leonhardt)
Red State Families: Better Than We Knew, Institute for Family Studies (W. Bradford Wilcox and Nicholas Zill)
3) Impact of modernized economies, societies on men economic and moral
The weaker sex, The Economist
4) Ten-year old bullying online reminder online and real-world behavior equally moral
Lord of the Screens, New York Times (Nick Bilton)
In other news…
Search for escaped killers focuses on wooded area near New York prison, Washington Post (J. Freedom du Lac and Sarah Larimer)
Ohio judge recommends police officers face charges in Tamir Rice case, Reuters (Kim Palmer)
What does Rupert Murdoch own? A little bit of everything, USA Today (Anita Balakrishnan)
Rupert Murdoch Positions Sons to Lead 21st Century Fox, Wall Street Journal (Keach Hagey)
Is something really big about to happen? For months, people have been pointing to the second half of this year for various reasons. For some, the major concern is Jade Helm and the unprecedented movement of military vehicles and equipment that we have been witnessing all over the nation. For others, the upcoming fourth blood moon and the end of the Shemitah cycle are extremely significant events. Yet others are most concerned about political developments in Washington D.C. and at the United Nations. To me, it does seem rather remarkable that we are seeing such a confluence of economic, political and spiritual events coming together during the second half of 2015. So is all of this leading up to something? Is our world about to change in a fundamental way? Only time will tell. The following are 7 key events that are going to happen by the end of September… (Read More…)
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….)
I use the term left-fascist to refer to the anti-speech, anti-intellectual, highly conformist cadre of politically correct brownshirts who populate many college campuses and are now infecting the workplace and society in general. It’s not a perfect term, but it is accurate.
I am sorry if I offend you. I was raised to be polite and respectful. I was also taught however not to suffer fools and the politically correct Utopian cultural Marxism cult is a cult of fools. For the most part the PC critique is nonsense. It’s bull. It’s an elaborate code of thought (and speech) which by its nature protects the dim and conformist while it rails against the independent thinker and innovator.
We need more independent thinkers and innovators. We have too many dim conformists already.
After Tony Campolo’s Confusion, Expect Transgenders to Seek Full Acceptance in Churches
Having approved the lie of gender as divorced from biology, we can expect to see this pastoral family to further divorce themselves from orthodoxy by embracing the transgender agenda—denying the objective differentiation of male and female. This is an absolute departure from truth—both scientific and revelatory.
Jeff Sessions Issues Final ‘Critical Alert’: Obamatrade Just Like Amnesty, Obamacare
It’s unclear what will happen when it does come up for a vote on Friday in the House, but one thing is absolutely certain: Pass or fail, Ryan’s credibility on the right is shot. What’s more, there’s likely to be a conservative grassroots rebellion against establishment Republicans in Washington that may dwarf the one Obamacare caused back in 2010.
Who is the Bilderberg Group, Meeting This Week?
Are they pursuing global government?
Well, the truth is that the Bilderberg Group first met in 1954, and one of the key founders of the group was Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands. Not only was he a founder, Prince Bernhard actually served as the organization’s chairman until 1976. So why is this important? Most people do not realize this, but Prince Bernhard actually belonged to the Nazi Party at one time.
U.S. credit cards switch to chips
By autumn, millions of Americans will have made the switch from the old magnetic strip cards. That 50-year-old technology, replaced in most of world, lingers on the back of U.S. cards and is copied easily by thieves, leaving people vulnerable to fraud.
Tel Aviv Shuts Down Entire City For Annual Gay Pride Parade In Israel
Tel Aviv expects some 180,000 people to march in Friday’s annual Gay Pride parade, the nation’s largest and oldest gay pride event.
“But the men of Sodom were wicked and sinners before the LORD exceedingly.” Genesis 13:13 (KJV)
EDITOR’S NOTE: In the Bible, God destroyed the twin cities of Sodom and Gomorrah because of their homosexual activity. Israel was regathered physically officially on May 14, 1948, but they have not yet had their spiritual restoration. This will come during what the Prophet Jeremiah calls the “time of Jacob’s trouble”. Jesus, in Matthew 24, calls this time the Great Tribulation. Pray for Israel and the Jewish people for the coming time of refinement in the fiery trial that the God of Abraham has prepared for them.
“Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble; but he shall be saved out of it.” Jeremiah 30:7 (KJV)
The parade, now in its 17th year, began at 11 a.m. local time as participants gathered at the city’s Meir Park. At noon, marchers are slated to begin walking down some of the city’s busiest thoroughfares, ending at Charles Clore Park on the Mediterranean beach. The event is scheduled to end at 4 p.m.
The event has become one of Tel Aviv’s most popular annual festivals. Streets and stores have been decorated with rainbow flags for days. Thousands of Israelis flocked to the city center Friday to observe the parade, filling cafes and restaurants along the route to capacity.
“For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.” Matthew 24:21 (KJV)
The theme of this year’s parade is focused on transgender rights. Events like the parade are key to advancing recognition for the transgendered, Tel Aviv activist Elisha Alexander said earlier this week.
Major arteries in the coastal metropolis will be shut at intervals as the march passes through the city, including parts of Tschernichovsky Street, Bograshov, Hayarkon, Frishman, Marmorek, Arlozorov and the Herbert Samuel beachfront promenade.
This year’s celebration features Eurovision winner and LGBT rights representative Conchita Wurst. source
Miley Cyrus Slams Christians Who Believe In Old Testament ‘Fairy Tales’
Pop singer Miley Cyrus recently slammed Christian conservatives for believing in “fairy tales” like the story of Noah’s ark and argued that those who hold to a traditional definition of marriage should not be permitted to make laws within the United States.
In a recent interview with Paper magazine, Cyrus, who appears nude within the publication, refers to herself as the “least judgemental person ever.” However, the magazine notes that while she was raised in a Christian home and was baptized in a Southern Baptist church, the “Wrecking Ball” singer “maintains a particular contempt for fundamentalist lawmakers who rally against this sort of progressive, potentially life-saving changes for the LGBT community.” “Those people shouldn’t get to make our laws,” Cyrus said of Christians who hold to a traditional view of marriage.
The 22-year-old “Party in the USA” singer went on to slam Christians who believe Noah’s Ark was a real vessel: “That’s ******* insane,” she told the magazine. “We’ve outgrown that fairy tale, like we’ve outgrown ******* Santa and the tooth fairy.” The former Disney Channel star also criticized her parent’s political views, calling them “conservative-ass ********-*******.” Cyrus revealed that she views her gender identity as “fluid,” and told her mother that she was attracted to women when she was just 14 years old. source
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Is Sexual Purity Possible In A Hyper-Sexualized World?
This article is going to begin with a confession and end with a challenge.
“And Nathan said to David, Thou art the man.” 2 Samuel 12:7 (KJV)
There are areas in my Christian life where I do very well. Witnessing, sharing the gospel with the lost and prodigal both through this website and on the streets, fulfilling the Great Commission are all some of the gifts that the Lord has given me and I exercise them often. I love to tell people about Jesus. I am not a pastor, I have no church, am not part of the clergy. I am just a beggar telling other beggars where the Bread is.
But sadly, however, there are two areas in my life where I do not do well. Everyone has besetting sins, but they don’t usually like to talk about them. No one enjoys discussing their failures. But if anything I can share will help another brother or sister who is struggling, and God can get the glory from it, then good. And maybe it will help me too in the process.
My two main sin hotspots are sexual temptation and alcohol. I have done better with conquering alcohol than I have with resisting sexual temptation, but not by much. I will go for years at a time with never even one sip of alcohol, but invariably, a moment will arise even after years where I again find myself with a beer in my hand. Conviction sets in and the process of cleaning up starts again. Before I was saved I never had the desire to quit drinking, and since I have been saved it’s been a struggle. I may not get the permanent victory here in the life, but I know I will in the life to come in Heaven with the Lord. How I long for that Day!
Sexually, I have been a mess since I was about 10 years old. It was an important year for me for two reasons. Its the age where I was introduced to “girlie magazines”, pornography, and it’s also the age where I was sexually assaulted by my closet homosexual piano teacher. Even just typing to words still brings tears to my eyes even after all this time. How well I can still feel his hot breath on shoulder, and his peculiar “old man” smell as each week he would slide his hands down into my pants. Anymore than that is none of your business, but I think that’s enough to get the idea. After a few weeks of this, I told my mom I “just didn’t feel like taking piano lessons anymore”, and she mercifully allowed me to quit. But the scars remained, and do remain till this day. Some of the closest people to me in my life have not heard this about me until just now, and my prayer is that it will help just one other person to step out of the shadows, plead the Blood, and get clean.
As my life progressed, sexual impurity was a constant companion. The world sees nothing wrong with this type of behavior, and in fact, applauds it and rewards it. Kim Kardashian became a multimillionaire after releasing a video of her having sex. Fornication. Sex sells just about everything we look at in magazines, on television, in the movies, and at the ball game. It’s anywhere and everywhere.
I got saved in 1990, and for the first time in my life I experienced what true forgiveness was all about. And for the first time since high school, I became sober and stopped fornicating. But the hooks that were put in at such a young age would not be removed so easily, and the struggle began. It is a struggle that endures now 25 years after receiving the Lord Jesus Christ as my Saviour. The Apostle Paul says this:
“For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I. For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.” Romans 7:15,18 (KJV)
The Bible is well aware of our struggle against sin, and acknowledges that it is no easy battle. When a person gets saved, sometimes the Lord just removes a certain sin from our life like it was never there. And other times, He for whatever His reasons are, will allow us to struggle with something because He knows it’s for our good and for His glory. I will not pretend to know why God does a lot of the things He does, I just know He is always right, always fair, and always merciful to all those who call upon His Name.
Today in 2015, I have come face to face with the reality that I have failed when it comes to the biblical command of sexual purity. And it grieves me to the point where the Lord has laid upon my heart to write this article. I have fornicated when the Bible has told me not to. I have sent and received sexually impure text and picture messages when the Bible has told me not to, and you know what? I am sick and tired of not getting the victory promised me as a Blood-washed Christian. I refuse to live like this one day longer. Like Jacob, I am wrestling with the Lord and will not quit until He gives me the blessing I am asking Him for. The trash is going to the curb.
Now how about you? I said that this article would end with a challenge, and here it is. Over the past 6 years, so many Christians have written to me and shared their struggles with me. I have been given first-hand accounts of women who cheated on the their husbands, and husbands who strayed from their wives. I personally know women who have struggles with lesbian temptations and men who are desperately fighting a same-sex attraction because the Bible calls it sin. I know some bitter, hardened people who are being eaten alive by the sin of pride. Every single of them born again, saved Christians.
I think one reason why there is so much struggle and so little victory is because we surround ourselves with temptation. If I right now deleted every account profile of my Facebook friends of women who have “boob shots” and bikini pics, my friend count would drop about 10-15% immediately. I have about 5,000 friends, you do the math. Nearly every television show includes references and visualizations of fornication, and yet we watch them anyway. Turn on your favorite football game, and the barely-dressed cheerleaders are shown every couple of minutes over a three hour period. Our society is saturated with it.
“Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:” Philippians 1:6 (KJV)
Society is never going to change, in fact, Bible prophecy says it will only get worse the closer we get to the Rapture. I believe that that Day is almost here, and I know I can do better as a Christian living pure for the Lord. God’s word promises me that I can. So today, I challenge you to join me in cleaning up the filth in our lives. Open up your phone, and delete everything that Jesus would not approve of. Go through your social media accounts and remove profiles that only serve to tempt and lead you astray. Some of the greatest boxing matches of all time were won by efforts in the 15th round when the fight was almost over. This is no different.
Has someone wronged you? The Bible says to forgive them. Do you know a fallen brother or sister? The Bible commands us to help them back up again. Paul says this about that very thing:
“Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.” Galatians 6:1 (KJV)
If we are honest, the command to restore a fallen brother or sister is equally as hard to do as living sexually pure and sober lives. One of our greatest weaknesses as Christians is that we stink at forgiving others. Are you living a completely victorious-over-sin life today? Great! Now go out and help someone who needs help lifting themselves out of the mud of sin. But if you are honest, there are things in your spiritual closet that need to be thrown out in the trash. I received emails just this week from some brothers and sisters in Christ who are struggling with sin, losing the battle and asked me for prayer. I did pray for them, and then went the extra mile. I decided to write about my struggles and my failures in the hopes that I will get the victory, and that others will too in their own lives.
I have recently been on my face before God, confessing my sins and asking for forgiveness for the thoughts that are in my head, and for some of the junk that comes out of my mouth. I am not a sexually pure person, not since the age of 10, but that’s going to change. I am counting on the same God that forgave King David to do the same for me, and to give me the same victory. And I just did something that I have never done before in my life. With tears in my eyes, I prayed and forgave my piano teacher, hoping that he was saved before he died. And hard as it was to do, really hard, I truly meant it. I don’t wish Hell on anyone, not even him. Forgiveness changes everything.
“They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou? So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.” John 8:4,5,7 (KJV)
Who do you need to forgive today? I think that the worst, hardest-to-fight sin of them all is pride. Maybe that’s why the Lord lets us struggle, to learn how to be humble and to understand that we are no better than anyone else. Don’t hate a brother or sister who sins different than you. All sin is equal, it’s pride that tells you otherwise.
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9 (KJV)
Maybe if we truly started doing what Jesus would do, the Church could be a spiritual powerhouse which, sadly, it is not. I think one reason is because of our lack of forgiveness of others. That festers like a cancer inside us, causing nothing but bitterness. Let the shed Blood of Jesus Christ wash it away from you today.
The war is real, the battle is hot and the time is short. To the fight!
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Posted: 12 Jun 2015 08:13 AM PDT
At least 13 people died and many more are missing after mudslides hit villages reeling from April’s earthquake, authorities said Thursday. A dozen landslides triggered by torrential rain have hit six villages in the Taplejung district in eastern Nepal, said Surendra Bhattarai, the assistant chief district officer. Nineteen people remain missing, he said. Dozens of families have been taken to safer areas as security forces and police search for survivors. The April earthquake killed thousands, and was Nepal’s worst natural disaster in more than eight decades. –CNN
Another quake: An earthquake measuring 5.3 on the Richter scale hit Nepal on Thursday night, a media report said on Friday. The National Seismological Centre of Nepal said that the epicenter of Thursday’s quake was in Sindhupalchowk district, 65 km off Kathmandu, Xinhua news agency reported. The quake is considered an aftershock of the April 25 temblor that devastated Nepal and claimed over 8,500 lives. Sindhupalchowk was one of the worse-hit districts in the massive quake of April 25. According to officials, the people have been experiencing three to four mild tremors almost every day in Nepal since the devastating earthquake. EP
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|Tornado capsized doomed Chinese cruise ship – which killed 434 peoplePosted: 12 Jun 2015 07:45 AM PDT
A tornado caused the Eastern Star cruise ship to capsize on the Yangtze River in China earlier this week, the China Meteorological Administration said Wednesday. The report emerged as Chinese authorities escalated efforts to recover more than 400 people believed to be trapped inside the overturned boat, deploying scores of additional divers Wednesday.
Meteorologists said the tornado was rated an EF-1 with wind speeds of 86-100 mph when it struck the vessel late Monday. It was about a half-mile wide and lasted for about 15 to 20 minutes in a part of China that commonly sees twisters. Only 14 of the 456 passengers and crew on board the ship have been found alive as of Wednesday morning. Chinese state broadcaster CCTV said the bodies of 26 victims have been recovered. Many of the passengers were elderly tourists taking in the scenic vistas of the Yangtze on a cruise from Nanjing, in the east, to Chongqing, in the southwest. The disaster happened in the Hubei province county of Jianli, about halfway between the two cities. FULL REPORT
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|Military Records and Veterans’ Data Stolen
Posted: 12 Jun 2015 07:37 AM PDT
A major union says the cyber theft of employee information is more damaging than it first appeared, asserting that hackers stole personnel data and Social Security numbers for 4 million current and former federal workers . The Obama administration had acknowledged that up to 4 million current and former employees whose information resides in the Office of Personnel Management server are affected by the December cyber breach, but it had been vague about exactly what was taken.
But J. David Cox, president of the American Federation of Government Employees, said in a letter Thursday to OPM director Katherine Archuleta that based on incomplete information OPM provided to the union, “we believe that the Central Personnel Data File was the targeted database, and that the hackers are now in possession of all personnel data for every federal employee, every federal retiree, and up to 1 million former federal employees.” FULL REPORT
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|‘It Is Absolutely Astounding How the Holy Spirit Is Working Around the World’Posted: 11 Jun 2015 11:08 AM PDT
Disgraced journalists who’ve fabricated, exaggerated and stolen content for publication while working in secular media aren’t alone in their disregard for truth-telling. Christian writers fall prey to the same temptations, according to a journalism professor at Grace College and Seminary, where students’ work is routinely checked with computer software that detects plagiarism.
Dr. Terry White, who teaches advanced news-writing at the Indiana-based Bible school, requires his students to pen stories about reporters—including Christians—who’ve fallen from grace inside newsrooms at the New York Times, Washington Post and USA Today. An author himself, White speaks to Christian writers telling them that, in an age of moral relativism and cultural decline, truth is still a godly virtue that flows from holding to a biblical world view. FULL REPORT
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Posted: 11 Jun 2015 11:02 AM PDT
Russia on Thursday 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. “It is clear that such actions would mean complete destruction by the American side of the regime of the treaty with all its attendant consequences,” the Russian foreign ministry said, referring to the 1987 INF treaty on intermediate-range and shorter-range missiles.
“We urge the United States to ensure the full implementation of the INF, (and) not to threaten the feasibility of this document,” the ministry said in a statement. The two countries have accused each other of violating the treaty signed by US President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev in 1987. US defence officials said last week Washington is considering a range of moves to counter Russia’s alleged violation of the treaty, including bolstering missile defences or deploying land-based missiles in Europe. FULL REPORT
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|Scientists just got the first close-up look at some perplexing white spots in space, and they’re more mystified than ever
Posted: 11 Jun 2015 10:56 AM PDT
Last March, NASA’s Dawn spacecraft made history when it became the first mission to ever orbit a dwarf planet. Before Dawn, the best images we had of the dwarf planet Ceres were taken by the Hubble Space Telescope in the early 2000s from a distance of 257 million miles away.
And about the only thing these fuzzy photos were good for was to spark one of the most outstanding questions in astronomy today: What is that bright, white dot?As Dawn approached Ceres earlier this year, it snapped pictures that slowly but surely resolved the white dot so scientists at least had some idea of its size. This photo was taken on January 25 when Dawn was 147,000 miles away: FULL REPORT
|This Coming Week Could Could Seal The Fate Of Greece
Posted: 11 Jun 2015 10:49 AM PDT
International creditors sent Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras home from a summit Thursday with a clear message: swiftly tone down your demands in the bailout talks over the next week or face financial ruin. The International Monetary Fund took the toughest stance, saying it was bringing its negotiators back to Washington as there had been no sign of compromise.
“There has been no progress in narrowing these differences,” IMF spokesman Gerry Rice said Thursday. “There are major differences between us in most key areas.” The creditors – the IMF and Greece’s fellow eurozone states – want the country to commit to new economic reforms before they pay out another 7.2 billion euros ($8.2 billion). Athens needs the money to repay debts worth 1.6 billion euros at the end of the month and later this summer. FULL REPORT
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|‘Homeland Security’ Secretly Videotaping Citizens to ‘Predict Crime’Posted: 11 Jun 2015 10:40 AM PDT
Traveling through the T. F. Green Airport of Providence, Rhode Island? If so, the Department of Homeland Security may be collecting video of you as part of a project to sniff out behavioral indicators of “malicious intent.” In other words, the DHS wants to use video images of passengers to predict crimes. On Tuesday, the DHS quietly released online a “privacy impact assessment” that provides the legal justification for an ongoing experiment it is calling “Data Collection for the Centralized Hostile Intent Project.”
The 14-page document, reviewed in full by WND, reveals the DHS’s Science and Technology Directorate will conduct an exercise at the Providence airport at an undisclosed date. The DHS is planning to collect video images at designated areas throughout the airport, including at TSA security checkpoints, ticket counters, baggage claim and the airport entrance. No audio will be recorded at any time, states the document. FULL REPORT
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Christian Headlines Daily – Friday, June 12, 2015
American Killed Fighting ISIS in Syria
Christians Suspect Islamic State Influencing Muslims in Palestinian Territories, Israel
Saeed Abedini Beaten in Prison, Told the Only Way Out is to Deny Christ
Pope Francis Moves to Hold Bishops Accountable in Sex Abuse Crisis
Pentagon Embraces Homosexuality Allowing Gays to Serve Country in Open
Australian Couple Vows to Get a Divorce if Gay Marriage is Legalized
Baghdad: 70 Percent of Christian Homes Illegally Seized
Eritrea’s Gross Religious Freedom Violations Force Many to Flee, UN Report Says
100-Year-Old Woman Sews Over 1,000 Dresses for African Girls
Jep Robertson Reveals Past Sex Abuse
Can You Affirm LGBT People and Still be an Evangelical?
Are Christians Changing Their Minds on Gay Marriage?
Christianity Sees Explosive Growth in China
Church Discipline Gone Wrong: More Common than You Think
Which Way, Evangelicals? There is Nowhere to Hide on Gay Marriage
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