Top News – 6/17/2015
Palestinian unity government ‘resigns’
The Palestinian unity government formed last year in a bid to heal rifts between Hamas and president Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah party resigned on Wednesday, an official said.
Aliyah from France Soars 25 Percent
Aliyah to Israel from France has soared 25 percent so far this year, from 4,000 to 5,100, according to figures supplied by French Jewish officials. A sharp increase in the number of Jews moving to Israel from France also was recorded in 2013 following the escalation of violent anti-Semitism.
Donald Trump Running to Be ‘Greatest President God Ever Created’
Trump loves Israel and Netanyahu and hates Obama. His candidacy for the GOP nomination is going to wake up people tired of political correctness. I will be the greatest jobs president that God ever created.” I’ve watched the politicians, I’ve dealt with them all my life. They will never make America great again. They don’t even have a chance.
Obama Has Remorse for Morsi
Obama is “deeply troubled” over yesterday’s death sentence to former Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi, who led the Muslim Brotherhood’s violent rebellion against Hosni Mubarak and then was thrown out of office for the same crimes as his predecessor.
Moscow will respond to NATO approaching Russian borders ‘accordingly’ – Putin
If NATO threatens Russia’s territories Moscow will respond to the threat accordingly, said President Vladimir Putin. This comes after he announced Russia’s strategic forces will be getting over 40 new intercontinental ballistic missiles in 2015.
Greece likely to exit euro and EU without deal with creditors – central bank
Athens is likely to leave the eurozone and the EU if it fails to reach an agreement to unlock a €7.2 billion bailout installment, said a statement from the Bank of Greece. “Failure to reach an agreement would, …, mark the beginning of a painful course that would lead initially to a Greek default and ultimately to the country’s exit from the euro area and – most likely – from the European Union,”
Southern Baptists: Supreme Court Is Not Final Authority on Gay Marriage
The president of the Southern Baptist Convention has a message regarding the looming Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage: We will not obey. “The Supreme Court of the United States is not the final authority nor is the culture itself,” declared Ronnie Floyd, the elected leader of the nation’s largest Protestant denomination. “The Bible is God’s final authority about marriage and on this book we stand.”
WHO says MERS outbreak in S. Korea a ‘wakeup call’
The World Health Organisation said Wednesday that the MERS outbreak in South Korea was a “wakeup call” and urged all countries to be more vigilant. The warning came as South Korea reported its 20th death from the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome virus.
Earthquake jolts Kathmandu
An earthquake shook Kathmandu and its adjacent districts early Wednesday. People came out to the streets and open spaces screaming as the tremor jolted Kathmandu soon after dawn. Some people were seen coming out of their homes in nightgowns. According to the National Seismological Centre (NSC), the earthquake measured 4.4 on the Richter scale and had its epicentre in Kathmandu.
Pope Francis Ready To Talk About Climate Change, Global Depopulation And World Government
He has also called for an “Earth Constitution that would transcend the UN Charter” along with the creation of a “Global Council…elected by all the people on Earth”.
Obama Prepares More ‘Executive Actions’ On Global Warming
President Barack Obama is preparing to unleash a series of “executive actions” aimed at boosting the green energy industry as part of the president’s global warming agenda. Obama is launching a “Clean Energy Impact Investment Center” at the Energy Department to “make information about energy and climate programs … accessible and more understandable to the public, including to mission-driven investors.”
US orders ban on ‘unsafe’ trans-fats
Trans-fats are unsafe to eat and must be banned from the food supply within three years, US regulators have said. The US Food and Drug Administration said partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs), the main source of trans-fats, are not “generally recognised as safe”. It said a ban would save lives by preventing fatal heart attacks.
Palestinian unity government ‘to resign over Gaza row’
The Palestinian Authority’s unity government will resign, President Mahmoud Abbas has said. He told his Fatah faction that the cabinet had to be dissolved because the rival Hamas movement would not allow it to operate in Gaza, which it dominates. But a Hamas spokesman said it rejected any unilateral dissolution.
Greek central bank warns of ‘painful’ euro and EU exit
Greece’s central bank has warned for the first time that the country could be on a “painful course” to default and exit from both the eurozone and the EU. It comes as the Greek government and its international creditors blamed each other for failing to reach a deal over economic reforms. That failure is holding up the release of €7.2bn (£5.2bn) in bailout funds.
Australia’s robot-led future puts squeeze on humans
Almost 40% of Australian jobs that exist today could disappear in the next 10 to 15 years thanks to advances in digital technology. A new report by the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA) has found that automation in the next generation could transform the shape of the Australian workforce.
Swiss probe espionage claims after Iran talks hotels hacked by Israel-linked virus
Swiss authorities have searched multiple premises in relation to an investigation into allegations that hackers – presumably working for Israel – had targeted venues which hosted international negotiations on Iran’s nuclear program, Attorney General Michael Lauber said on Wednesday. “We have an open investigation into political espionage in Switzerland,” Lauber told a news conference.
Study: Anti-Semitism Skyrockets in Canada
Anti-Semitic incidents in Canada skyrocketed over the last year and have now hit the highest levels “ever recorded” by human rights groups tracking the number of anti-Jewish episodes, according to a new study.
Al-Qaida’s No. 2 leader killed in US strike in Yemen
A U.S. airstrike has killed al-Qaida’s second-most-powerful figure, the head of its Yemeni branch, dealing the terror network its biggest blow since the killing of Osama bin Laden at a time when it is vying with the Islamic State group for the mantle of global jihad.
North Korea says hit by worst drought in 100 years
North Korea has been hit by what it describes as its worst drought in a century, which could worsen chronic food shortages in a country where the United Nations says almost a third of children under five are stunted because of poor nutrition.
Greek leader, top EU executive clash over austerity claims
Greece’s leader and a top EU official ignited a war of words on Tuesday, a rare public spat that highlights how tense the talks have become over how to save the country from financial disaster.
Egyptian court confirms death sentence for Egypt’s first freely elected leader
An Egyptian court on Tuesday confirmed the death sentence of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi over a mass prison break during the country’s 2011 uprising, making him the first leader in Egypt’s modern history to potentially face execution.
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.
Top Headlines – 6/17/2015
1) CA physician-assisted suicide bill passes after medical association drops opposition, redefining physicians’ role
California Medical Association removes opposition to physician aid in dying bill, California Medical Association
America needs to talk about physician-assisted suicide, Columbus Dispatch (John M. Crisp)
2) Expected Supreme Court approval of gay marriage will raise parenting questions of law
Justices’ Words Are Combed for Clues as Major Decisions Loom at Court, New York Times (Adam Liptak)
The Same-Sex Marriage Decision: What’s at Stake for Couples, New York Times (Tara Siegel Bernard)
3) Conflict over revisionist AP history standards shows significance of worldview to interpretation of history
Bye, Bye, American History, Wall Street Journal (Daniel Henninger)
In other news…
June 17, 2015
“Wherever the real power in a government lies, there is the danger of oppression.” —James Madison, letter to Thomas Jefferson, 1788
TOP RIGHT HOOKS
The United Nations is apparently now writing “climate change” encyclicals for the Vatican. On Monday, an Italian magazine leaked a draft copy of Pope Francis’ 191-page address on the topic. Taking a page from the Left’s playbook, the pope insists that curbing global warming is a moral imperative. “Humanity is called on to be aware of the need to change lifestyles, production and consumption,” he says, because the world is filled with a “culture of waste.” We are all for using energy judiciously and curbing waste, but not under the pretense of a UN-Vatican mandate. The encyclical coincides with Obama’s announcement this week of his plans for more climate “executive actions” in order to bypass Congress. Like Obama, the Pope has long advocated for liberation theology, a doctrine similar to that propagated by Obama’s religious mentor, Jeremiah Wright, and other Marxist promoters of “social justice.” Many Catholics in the U.S. take strong exception to the pope acting as a water boy for the UN. Big-government statists at the UN welcome the pope’s statement, as it may assist with the UN’s global climate treaty negotiations at the upcoming Paris summit — a treaty which would be more accurately called a “global economic control” treaty. Obama insists, “If I can encourage and gain commitments from the Chinese to put forward a serious plan to start curbing their greenhouse gases, that then allows us to leverage the entire world.” However, Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) made clear that neither he nor his Republican colleagues are drinking Obama’s Kool-Aid: “The Senate is not going to ratify any international climate treaty that continues this trend [centralizing the global economy].”
The Obama administration claims that the money dropping into the U.S. debt hole has declined. Jobs are up. The economy is coming back. (Y’know, except for those pesky winters.) But the reports are coming in that counter the administration’s propaganda. First, the Congressional Budget Office issued a report Tuesday claiming that, if left unchecked, the U.S. debt will become much, much worse. “The long-term outlook for the federal budget has worsened dramatically over the past several years, in the wake of the 2007-2009 recession and slow recovery,” the CBO said in its report. The debt could double by 2040 if left unchecked. It’s a massive problem, almost too large for any politician in Washington to recognize, but one that will affect the economic vitality of the nation far into the future. Part of the problem is that entitlement spending is going to increase as the baby boomer generation heads into retirement. As for the generation that’s supposed to keep entitlement spending going, millennials have entered the job market at the lowest part of the recession. According to statistics blog Five Thirty Eight, that generation holds more personal debt, makes less money and owns fewer and less expensive homes. Furthermore, because millennials entered the job market in a tough economic time, they will make less money over the course of their careers. Thank to his administration’s shenanigans, Barack Obama could have the legacy of fundamentally transforming the American economy.
In 2014, Hillary Clinton spoke at a Boys and Girls Club fundraiser. Like most of the “dead broke” politician’s speeches, this one was for a fee: $200,000. Usually, a speaker appearing at a nonprofit will charge a fee and then donate it back, especially if it’s a smaller organization. That’s what Condoleezza Rice did when she spoke at the Boys and Girls Club in 2009. But not Clinton. She turned around and deposited the check into the Clinton Foundation. Politico reports, “[F]undraising experts and people affiliated with some nonprofits on the list — including the Boys and Girls Club — grumbled that the hefty price tag for securing a Clinton speech is a significant drain on small charities’ fundraising and that community-based nonprofits could put the money to better use.” Furthermore, Clinton’s campaign is running off the work of full-time interns who work for free. The Guardian reports that the people taking these jobs are seasoned politicos who wish to enter Clinton’s good graces. How can she talk about a bad economy and a wage gap when she doesn’t take care of the people working to get her elected? Remember, this is the same Hillary Clinton that said, “I don’t think Americans are against success, I think they’re against people who get on top of the ladder and starts pulling it up so that nobody else has the same chance that they had. … Those of us who do have opportunities how to be doing more to help other people do the same.”
FEATURED RIGHT ANALYSIS
By Jim Harrington
In the year 1975, a mother was likely to give her children a snack with trans fats in it. Those fats were considered healthier, the benefits of nutritional innovation. Fast-forward 40 years and America considers trans fats a pariah and a substance that directly leads to heart disease.
Last week Mommy Government decided that no level of trans fat is healthful in the American diet. It therefore completely banned the substance by 2018 so that you’ll have one less danger stalking you.
In banning a certain ingredient from food, the government assumes too much responsibility over Americans’ lives. David Harsanyi points out that the government’s justification that the ban prevents heart disease could justify a battery of food bans — including on alcohol and cigarettes. Instead, big-government social engineering must decide what we consume — even if its groupthink may be wrong.
Trans fats can be found in fried foods, margarine and commercial baked goods. They are manufactured fats that take saturated fats and stabilize the substance through a process called hydrogenation.
Trans fats were initially developed in Germany and later went into large-scale production in England. In 1909, Proctor and Gamble bought the rights for the U.S. market, and their first product, a partly hydrogenated cottonseed oil used as shortening, was named Crisco.
Products using trans fats quickly became popular. During World War II, when dairy products were scarce, margarine took the place of butter. Trans fats also found uses as preservatives and for improving products’ texture. In the 1960s the government and scientists both recommended using them in food preparation rather than saturated fats such as lard and butter. Of course, cigarettes were being advertised as a boon to your health, too.
The Atlantic points out, “A 1961 Time magazine article that railed against the dangers of saturated fat (found in meat and dairy products), and … consumers began to view margarine and shortening as healthier alternatives.”
“In the 1980s,” the Atlantic continues, “some scientists began to associate heart disease with saturated fats, and in response, groups such as the Center for Science in the Public Interest and the National Heart Savers Association … began to hound manufacturers [to stop] poisoning America … by using saturated fats… In 1990, a New York Times food writer said CSPI’s campaign prompted fast-food chains to ‘slim down’ by switching to frying in shortening.”
Activists got their wish. Low fat became de rigeaur in restaurants and among “health-conscious” people. Fat was out. Chicken breast was in. And those of us who revel in our Royale with cheese and a good donut or two have become politically incorrect.
But a funny thing happened. In the late 1980s, just as Al Gore was warming up, scientific “consensus” began to shift away from trans fats. A decade later, healthy food activists were saying the fats contributed to clogged arteries. Indeed, they may be a more insidious threat than saturated fats, they said.
Ironically, as The Atlantic reported, Center for Science in the Public Interest, the organization that initially lobbied for the wide use of trans fats, turned around and told the FDA to add warning labels to any food that contained them. In 2006, the FDA required companies to label their products with the quantity of trans fats they contain and include a warning that no amount of trans fat is safe. Enjoy your meal.
This comes at a time when the average consumption of trans fats has dropped 80% in the last decade. The FDA was issuing its warnings, and people were making their own decisions about their diets.
Large food companies have already started to make the switch to other kinds of oils, but smaller businesses likely still have a stock of trans fat products. With rent, wages, taxes and now additional regulation, it doesn’t make sense to get rid of them any sooner than necessary.
Once again we see the absurd spectacle of a government treating its citizens like infants. Not only are we regulated beyond absurdity, the rules also change every generation or so. Who are these people who spend their careers writing these preposterous warnings for the “children” who work at real jobs and pay their salaries?
Adding injury to insult, now that time has passed in which “grave damage” has been visited upon millions of victims of trans fats by manufacturers that knew all along they were poison, the wolves are coming out of the woods. Personal injury lawyers are lining up to go after the deep and not so deep pockets of firms that produced an entirely legal product.
As long as the government is allowed to treat citizens as infants — a situation with which far too many are comfortable — regulations will continue getting more ridiculous and more expensive for everyone. Is it too much to tell the government to start treating Americans like a group of adults?
TODAY AT PATRIOTPOST.US
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BEST OF RIGHT OPINION
- Arnold Ahlert: The Death of the Neighborhood
- Ben Shapiro: Yes, Rachel Dolezal Is Black
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- Stephen Moore: The Young and Investment-Less
- Star Parker: The Audacity of Jeb Bush
- Walter Williams: Culture and Social Pathology
- Tony Perkins: A Call to Lead
OPINION IN BRIEF
Ben Shapiro: “[W]hat distinguishes [Bruce] Jenner from [Rachel] Dolezal? On what basis can we reject Dolezal’s blackness, given that the left has now redefined objective reality as self-definition? If you want to be a woman, you are a woman. If you want to be black, why can’t you be black? … By the left’s standards, Rachel Dolezal is black. She can choose her race, just as Bruce Jenner can choose his sex. And she didn’t choose. She always felt that way. After all, no one would choose to be black, just as no one would choose to be gay — blacks are so put upon in American society that no one would fake being black for, say, the benefits of employment or mainstream leftist celebration. Perhaps we can all learn from Rachel Dolezal: Race doesn’t matter. Except that it does for people like Rachel Dolezal, which is why she went black. Rachel Dolezal is a poster child for the deconstructionist, victim-manufacturing left. But now she’s learning: Once you go black, the left will make you go back.”
Insight: “If it was necessary to tolerate in other people everything that one permits oneself, life would be unbearable.” —French novelist Georges Courteline (1858-1929)
Upright: “[Rachel Dolezal] actually said when explaining her deceptions, her lies, her constructions, her inventions, her delusions, ‘I hope that [my story] can drive at the core of the definitions of race, ethnicity, culture, self-determination, and ultimately empowerment.’ Is there a cliché from the marxist lexicon of identity politics that she has not used? … This is oppression envy. I can’t quite figure out if this is psychopathological deception on her part, or has she actually shifted over into delusion?” —Charles Krauthammer
The BIG Lie: “I’ll be honest with you. With all the crises we were dealing with … [technology and IT] did not get the kind of laser-focused attention until Healthcare.gov, which was a well-documented disaster, but ended up anyways being the catalyst for us saying, ‘Okay, we have to completely revamp how we do things.’ The results there were so outstanding.” —Barack Obama
Non Compos Mentis: “The records of Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, of cleaning up the messes they inherited, is something that speaks to Democratic values. Both my husband and President Obama created more opportunity coming from a lower base, because they believe, fundamentally, that real and lasting prosperity must be built by all and shared by all.” —Hillary Clinton
Village Idiots: “We are rolling out major policy proposals over the summer/fall. Among those proposals will be revenue enhancements.” —Hillary Clinton’s press secretary Brian Fallon (“Of course, ‘revenue enhancements’ is code for tax hikes. During the Bill Clinton administration, another code word for this was ‘broad-based contributions.'” —Washington Examiner’s Jason Russell)
Braying Jackass: “The Supreme Court shouldn’t have taken up [ObamaCare]. … I think the language is clear. I hope the Supreme Court can read English.” —Harry Reid
Late-night humor: “It was a beautiful weekend in New York. This is how nice the weather was: I went outside without sunscreen for about an hour, and I was elected to run the Spokane NAACP.” —Seth Meyers
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Pope Francis says that global warming is a fact and that a new global political authority is necessary in order to save humanity from utter disaster. The new encyclical that was scheduled to be released on Thursday has been leaked, and it is being reported that this new global political authority that Pope Francis envisions would be in charge of “the reduction of pollution and the development of poor countries and regions”. The funny thing is that this sounds very much in line with the new sustainable development agenda that is going to be launched at the United Nations in September. This radical new agenda is already being called “Agenda 21 on steroids” because it goes so much farther than Agenda 21 ever did. The new UN agenda does not just address the environment – it also addresses issues such as poverty, agriculture, education and gender equality. It is essentially a blueprint for governing the entire planet, and that sounds very much like what Pope Francis also wants. In fact, Pope Francis is going to give the speech that kicks off the UN conference in September where this new sustainable agenda will be launched. For some reason, this Pope has decided to make the fight against climate change the central pillar of his papacy, and he is working very hard to unite as much of humanity as possible to get behind that effort. (Read More…)
The Greek financial system is in the process of totally imploding, and the rest of Europe will soon follow. Neither the Greeks nor the Germans are willing to give in, and that means that there is very little chance that a debt deal is going to happen by the end of June. So that means that we will likely see a major Greek debt default and potentially even a Greek exit from the eurozone. At this point, credit default swaps on Greek debt have risen 456 percent in price since the beginning of this year, and the market has priced in a 75 percent chance that a Greek debt default will happen. Over the past month, the yield on two year Greek bonds has skyrocketed from 20 percent to more than 30 percent, and the Greek stock market has fallen by a total of 13 percent during the last three trading days alone. This is what a financial collapse looks like, and if Greece does leave the euro, we are going to see this kind of carnage happen all over Europe. (Read More….)
I remember in college my professor explaining to us that the US system of government was too slow. That it was inherently difficult – too difficult he argued. A parliamentary system was much better and would allow “things to get done.” My professor, it was clear resented the restrictions placed on government by the Constitution.
One gets the sense that Obama feels the same way.
This is interesting.
Former Israeli Ambassador: Obama Has a Problem–with America
Struggling to understand how Obama, Oren says–could adopt policies and postures so hostile to the Jewish state, Oren turns to Obama’s first memoir, Dreams from My Father.
What he reads shocks him:
More alarming for me still were Obama’s attitudes towards America. Vainly, I scoured Dreams from My Father for some expression of reverence, even respect, for the country its author would someday lead. Instead, the book criticizes Americans for their capitalism and consumer culture, for despoiling their environment and maintaining antiquated power structures.
Americans Substitute Comedy for News
Who wants the truth? Very few.
Steven Colbert, John Stewart, Jimmy Kimmel, Amy Schumer, and John Oliver are just some of the names young Americans revere and trust for current events and cultural commentary. But they’re more interested in the laughs than in the truth.
Markell: Israel will react, God will protect
A Messianic Jewish leader expects Israel may attempt to take out Iranian nuclear sites within the next year or so.
“I still believe we’re going to wake up one of these mornings with big headlines – either in 2015 or 2016 – and read that Israel has taken out most or all of those nuclear reactors,” she shares. “Israel has no choice but to do that, and she’ll probably do it alone. I guarantee you America won’t be by her side under this current administration.”
Posted: 17 Jun 2015 07:48 AM PDT
Kern County assemblywoman is responding to criticism after a speech in which she reportedly suggested God eased Texas’ drought after the state passed anti-abortion legislation and now “has his hold on California.” According to RH Reality Check, an online publication that covers reproductive health, Assemblywoman Shannon Grove (R-Bakersfield) told a group of anti-abortion advocates that “Texas was in a long period of drought until Gov. [Rick] Perry signed the fetal pain bill.
It rained that night.” She apparently was referring to controversial legislation that banned nearly all abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy and will close most of the state’s abortion clinics. Grove was speaking earlier this month at the California ProLife Legislative Banquet in Sacramento and brought a Bible to the podium, according to RH Reality Check. FULL REPORT
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|Should stores be allowed to digitally scan shoppers’ faces?
Posted: 17 Jun 2015 07:42 AM PDT
Retailers have the ability to scan your face digitally, and use that identification to offer you special prices or even recognize you as a prior shoplifter. But should they use it? Should they get your permission first? Privacy advocates announced Tuesday they have walked away from a government-run effort with industry intended to answer these questions. The idea behind the negotiations was to hash out voluntary protocols for facial recognition technology in a way that doesn’t hurt consumers.
The Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration, or NTIA, was acting as mediator. The two sides had been meeting for 16 months, including last week, until the nine major privacy groups said they had hit a dead end and that “people deserve more protection than they are likely to get in this forum.” FULL REPORT
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|UK bank customers set to share DNA data with banks for biometric authentication
Posted: 17 Jun 2015 07:35 AM PDT
Two-thirds of UK consumers regard biometric technology as more secure than usernames and passwords for banking, and a quarter are ready to share data about their DNA for identification purposes. Biometric authentication could change the perception that making things easier to use makes them less secure and financial services companies need to invest in the technology or risk losing customers, according to a report from communications supplier Telstra.
As more people use mobile banking apps with the promise of instant services at your fingerprints, they don’t want to constantly type in usernames and passwords. Small touchscreens can make it particularly difficult on the move. Telstra found that, in the UK, two-thirds of consumers believe identification technologies such as voice, fingerprint, iris and facial recognition are more secure than passwords and would help reduce the risks of fraud. A total of 32% of UK survey respondents said they had experienced identity theft either directly or indirectly, compared to the global average of 38%. FULL REPORT
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|Vatican speaker and California Governor in push for massive depopulation
Posted: 17 Jun 2015 06:51 AM PDT
The depopulationists are on the move again, pushing hard for the elimination of six billion people on planet Earth in order to bring the planet down to what’s being touted as its “sustainable carrying capacity of one billion people.” But this time, the depopulation agenda may be codified by the Vatican. Professor John Schellnhuber has been chosen as a speaker for the Vatican’s rolling out of a Papal document on climate change.
He’s the professor who previously said the planet is overpopulated by at least six billion people. Now, the Vatican is giving him a platform which many expect will result in an official Church declaration in support of radical depopulation in the name of “climate science.” “The teaching document, called an encyclical, is scheduled for release on June 18 at Vatican City,” reports Breitbart.com. “Perhaps with the exception of the 1968 encyclical on contraception, no Vatican document has been greeted with such anticipation.” FULL REPORT
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|Southern Baptists: Supreme Court is not final authority on gay marriage
Posted: 17 Jun 2015 06:46 AM PDT
The president of the Southern Baptist Convention has a message regarding the looming Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage: We will not obey. “The Supreme Court of the United States is not the final authority nor is the culture itself,” declared Ronnie Floyd, the elected leader of the nation’s largest Protestant denomination.
“The Bible is God’s final authority about marriage and on this book we stand.” Dr. Floyd’s powerful and provocative comments were met with thunderous applause and standing ovations from thousands of Southern Baptist messengers meeting in Columbus, Ohio. “While some evangelicals may be bowing down to the deception of the inclusiveness of same-sex marriage, we will not bow down nor will we be silent,” Floyd declared in a fiery speech on Tuesday. “We do not need to redefine what God Himself has defined already.” FULL REPORT
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|Hundreds of US Marines to be deployed on British warship amid Russia threat
Posted: 17 Jun 2015 06:41 AM PDT
Hundreds of elite troopers will be stationed with British troops on a Royal Navy gunship, as part of a thinly-veiled warning to the Russian president. The move is also designed to be a show of strength to nervous NATO allies across Europe, who are worried they might be the next victims of Putin’s expansionist ambitions. However, embarrassingly for Britain, the Marines may have to turn to other European nations to host their air support because the Royal Navy no longer has an aircraft carrier. Their MV22 Osprey vertical take off craft will be tested aboard the helicopter-carrying assault ship HMS Ocean, to see whether the landing deck is strong enough to withstand the force of it taking off.
In previous tests the ship has proved it can operate the Osprey. The Pentagon is being forced to rely on its allies to base Marines in Europe because the intense focus on the Middle East has stretched the resources of even the world’s richest military. The normal force based in the Mediterranean – the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit – has been relocated to the US Central Command in Iraq. Instead the US Marines will be based on British, Spanish, French and Dutch ships. FULL REPORT
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|Indonesian volcano Mount Sinabung erupts: Over 10,000 evacuated
Posted: 17 Jun 2015 06:31 AM PDT
More than 10,000 villagers have fled a rumbling volcano in western Indonesia this month, most in recent days after a series of violent eruptions, an official said on Tuesday. Authorities raised the alert status of Mount Sinabung, on Sumatra island, to the highest level at the start of June after detecting a sharp increase in activity. The volcano, which came back to life two years ago after a period of inactivity, erupted violently at the weekend, spewing hot ash and rocks high into the air.
Sinabung – which killed 16 people in a fierce eruption last year – was continuing to belch out a thick plume of smoke high into the sky on Tuesday, covering homes far away with a coating of ash About 7500 residents have been evacuated from their villages following the weekend eruptions, disaster agency official Tri Budiarto told AFP. FULL REPORT
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|Mount Asama volcano erupts near Tokyo – geologic activity increasing for Japan
Posted: 17 Jun 2015 06:22 AM PDT
Mount Asama, 87 miles from Tokyo, is thought to have had a small eruption, the latest in a string of recent volcanic incidents across Japan. Mount Asama, one of Japan’s most active volcanoes, is believed to have spewed a small quantity of ash, but Tokyo was not affected, according to Kyodo News. A warning against the dangers of falling rocks within a mile radius of the mountain, which is located 87 miles northwest of the capital, was subsequently issued by the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA). Experts have been keeping a close eye on the 8,425 feet volcano in recent months, with tremors detected since April and a subsequent surge in sulphur dioxide emissions.
The incident came just a week after the JMA warned about Mount Asama’s activity, raising its risk level from 1 to 2 and advising people against approaching the crater. Flights by Japan’s major airlines were reportedly unaffected by the incident and the alert was not raised further as there were no signs of further volcanic activity on the mountain. Poor visibility due to thick clouds meant that it was not immediately possible to establish whether there was a volcanic plume, according to the JMA. Mount Asama is the latest in a string of volcanoes to have experienced activity in recent months across Japan, which is home to 110 active volcanoes scattered across its mountainous landscape. FULL REPORT
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|Officials scramble for solutions in the wake of another fish kill in New York
Posted: 16 Jun 2015 08:20 PM PDT
As the Peconic River teems with thousands of dead fish after another bunker kill, town and county officials are struggling to find solutions to deal with the clean-up – and the stench. “It’s totally disgusting,” said Joanne Tyte, who lives on Howell Lane on the Peconic River. “The smell is so bad that we can’t even go outside.” Last month’s major fish kill washed up tens of thousands of dead bunker on shores from the Peconic River to the Peconic Bay after algal blooms starved the water – and its bunker fish – of oxygen.
And last weekend, oxygen levels in the Peconic River once again dropped very low due to another algal bloom, triggering yet another fish kill. Fortunately, this weekend’s kill appears to be smaller than last month’s, but it has washed up thousands more stinky dead fish near the homes of fish-weary residents who are still reeling from the remains of the last kill. “Since June 7, we’ve had nothing but southerly winds, and that’s just been carrying that smell to our house,” said Jennifer Parillo, who lives on Riverside Drive. “It just hasn’t stopped. It keeps on coming. FULL REPORT
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|California Water Cuts Leave City Days Away From Running Out Of Water
Posted: 16 Jun 2015 08:12 PM PDT
The community of Mountain House is days away from having no water at all after the state cut off its only water source. Anthony Gordon saves drinking water just in case, even though he never thought it would come to this. “My wife thinks I’m nuts. I have like 500 gallons of drinking water stored in my home,” he said. The upscale community of Mountain House, west of Tracy, is days away from having no water.
It’s not just about lawns—there may not be a drop for the 15,000 residents to drink.“We’re out there looking for water supplies as we speak,” said Mountain House general manager Ed Pattison. “We have storage tanks, but those are basically just to ensure the correct pressurization of the distribution system. No more than 2 days are in those storage tanks.” The community’s sole source of water, the Byron-Bethany Irrigation District, was one of 114 senior water rights holders cut off by a curtailment notice from the state on Friday. FULL REPORT
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Inside An Asian ‘Click Farm’ That Sells Fake Facebook Likes Through Fake Profiles (VIDEO)
Just Google “buy Facebook likes” and you’ll see how easy it is to purchase black-market influence on the Internet though foreign click farms
EVERY MORNING, KIM Casipong strolls past barbed wire, six dogs, and a watchman in order to get to her job in a pink apartment building high above the slums in Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines. She is a pretty, milk-skinned, 17-year-old girl who loves the movie Frozen and whose favorite pastime is singing karaoke. She is on her way to do her part in bringing down Facebook.
Casipong huffs to the third floor, opens a door decorated with a crucifix, and greets her co-workers. The curtains are drawn, and the artificial moonlight of computer screens illuminates the room. Eight workers sit in two rows, their tools arranged on their desks: a computer, a minaret of cellphone SIM cards, and an old cellphone. Tens of thousands of additional SIM cards are taped into bricks and stored under chairs, on top of computers, and in old instant-noodle boxes around the room.
Richard Braggs, Casipong’s boss, sits at a desk positioned behind his employees, occasionally glancing up from his double monitor to survey their screens. Even in the gloom, he wears Ray-Ban sunglasses to shield his eyes from the glare of his computer. (“Richard Braggs” is the alias he uses for business purposes.)
Casipong inserts earbuds, queues up dance music, and checks her clients’ instructions. Their specifications are often quite pointed. A São Paulo gym might request 75 female Brazilian fitness fanatics, or a bar in San Francisco’s Castro district might want 1,000 local gay men. Her current order is the most common: fake Facebook profiles of beautiful American women between the ages of 20 and 30. Once a client has received the accounts, he will probably use them to sell Facebook likes to customers looking for an illicit social media boost.
Most of the accounts Casipong creates are sold to these digital middlemen — “click farms” as they have come to be known. Just as fast as Silicon Valley conjures something valuable from digital ephemera, click farms seek ways to create counterfeits. Just Google “buy Facebook likes” and you’ll see how easy it is to purchase black-market influence on the internet: 1,000 Facebook likes for $29.99; 1,000 Twitter followers for $12; or any other type of fake social media credential, from YouTube views to Pinterest followers to SoundCloud plays. Social media is now the engine of the internet, and that engine is running on some pretty suspect fuel.
Casipong plays her role in hijacking the currencies of social media — Facebook likes, Twitter followers — by performing the same routine over and over again. She starts by entering the client’s specifications into the website Fake Name Generator, which returns a sociologically realistic identity: Ashley Nivens, 21, from Nashville, Tennessee, now a student at New York University who works part-time at American Apparel. Casipong then creates an email account. The email address forms the foundation of Ashley Nivens’ Facebook account, which is fleshed out with a profile picture from photos that Braggs’ workers have scraped from dating sites. The whole time, a proxy server makes it seem as though Casipong is accessing the internet from Manhattan, and software disables the cookies that Facebook uses to track suspicious activity.
Next, Casipong inserts a SIM card into a Nokia cellphone, a pre–touch screen antique that’s been used so much, the digits on its keypad have worn away. Once the phone is live, she types its number into Nivens’ Facebook profile and waits for a verification code to arrive via text message. She enters the code into Facebook and — voilà! — Ashley Nivens is, according to Facebook’s security algorithms, a real person. The whole process takes about three minutes.
Casipong sometimes wonders what happens to profiles like these once she turns them over to the clients. But it’s just a job. Once she earns a degree in web design, she hopes to join the Philippine diaspora and find work in Australia, New Zealand, or the United States.
When Casipong stands up at 6 p.m., a night-shift worker is waiting to take her chair.
ONCE, IF YOU wanted to make money scamming people on the internet, you used email. For two years, Braggs made his living spamming half a billion email addresses, hawking blueprints for a mythical perpetual energy machine or e-books that explained the secret to winning the lottery. Filipinos even invented a term for this kind of work, “onlining,” and for about a decade it was a semi-honorable career path in Cebu City, the metropolitan area that encompasses Lapu-Lapu City and is one of the foremost business-outsourcing centers in the world.
But from 2010 to 2012, teams of internet security researchers and law enforcement officials dismantled several spambot networks across the world. These efforts, combined with the improved defenses of email hosts, effectively disabled many onliners in Cebu City. They had to look for new ways to make money.
Meanwhile, social media’s takeover of the internet had been swift and dramatic. Between 2005 and 2012, the percentage of internet-using American adults on a social media platform mushroomed from 8 to 70 percent. In 2005, Facebook had 5.5 million users; at the end of 2014, it claimed 1.4 billion active monthly users — a little less than half of all people with internet access.
In 2009, Facebook introduced the “like” button, which quickly became a way for people to celebrate an engagement or the birth of a baby, but also for brands to get people to endorse their products. Companies loved social media for the ostensible humanity it lent them; sales leads that came through social media, studies showed, had a much higher chance of converting into actual purchases. Google’s and Bing’s algorithms take social media into account, so large followings could also improve a company’s position in search-engine rankings, where appearing even one slot higher can mean significant additional revenue.
Facebook Farming: The Scam of “Like”
Celebrities — and more minor personalities, like bloggers trying to get endorsement deals — have increasingly found their value measured in Facebook fans and Twitter followers, and the payments they receive proportionate to their social media clout. Khloé Kardashian reportedly earns around $13,000 every time she tweets things like, “Want to know how Old Navy makes your butt look scary good?” to her 14.5 million followers. Politicians desire large followings for obvious reasons. Even ordinary people have discovered perks to having an extensive social media presence: Some employers, for instance, now require social media savvy for jobs in marketing, PR, or tech.
To help companies, celebrities, and everyday people boost their social media standing, onliners set up internet stores — click farms — where customers can buy social media influence. Click farms can be found across the globe, but are most commonly based in the developing world, in countries like India, Indonesia, Bangladesh, and the Philippines. Most are run by smaller teams that manage software to give digital life to accounts like “Ashley Nivens.”
Researchers estimate that the market for fake Twitter followers was worth between $40 million and $360 million in 2013, and that the market for Facebook spam was worth $87 million to $390 million. International corporations like Pepsi, Coca-Cola, Mercedes-Benz, and Louis Vuitton have all been accused of employing click farms, and celebrities like 50 Cent, Paris Hilton, and LeAnn Rimes have been suspected of buying fake followers. During his 2012 presidential campaign, Mitt Romney gained more than 100,000 Twitter followers in a single weekend, despite averaging only 4,000 new followers a day previously. (His campaign denied having bought any fakes.) One Indonesian click farmer told me that he had funneled 2 million Facebook likes to a candidate in his nation’s hotly contested July 2014 presidential election.
Click farms jeopardize the existential foundation of social media — the idea that the interactions on it are between real people. Just as importantly, they undermine the assumption that advertisers can use the medium to efficiently reach real people who will shell out real money. More than $16 billion was spent worldwide on social media advertising in 2014; this money is the primary revenue for social media companies. But if social media is no longer made up of real people, what is it?
BRAGGS GOT INTO onlining in 2011 after a friend who had struck it rich spamming gave him the software to start his own operation. When Braggs’ email spam business failed in 2012, he opened his own click farm, manually forging thousands of Facebook accounts and selling likes from them, incrementally hiring workers as his business grew.
By July 2013, he was making phone-verified accounts — or PVAs — full time. He hired 17 employees, including Casipong, and established round-the-clock shifts so his farm never went dark. Casipong guesses that she makes over 100 Facebook PVAs a day. Other employees average more than 150. Braggs sells PVAs for 70 cents; “premium” PVAs — accounts that are fleshed out with more than bare-bones biographical details — can be bought for $1.50.
Since his business began, Braggs has expanded into Yahoo, Gmail, and Twitter PVAs, and his customers have used the fake accounts in all sorts of scams. On the dating site Tinder, for example, Braggs said he believes seductive women solicit male users for pay-to-access porn sites. His biggest order, he told me, was for Chinese hackers trying to fleece the digital payment exchange Stellar; he hired every freelance worker he could find, but he was still only able to fulfill a small portion of it.
But Braggs’ farm feels more like a startup than a developing-world sweatshop. Most of his employees are young IT university graduates infused with the excitement of beating the system. There is an office puppy named Hacker, and Braggs pays for a cook to prepare lunch for the employees every day. Casipong earns about $215 a month, significantly more than the local minimum wage for a domestic helper, which can be as low as $34 a month.
What Braggs and click-farm managers are doing is not illegal in the Philippines. Facebook’s terms of service are not international law. “Click farming raises serious consumer protection questions,” said Ian Ayres, a professor at Yale’s law and business schools. But the actual law is less explicit. And Braggs has his own business ethics: He’s not hacking anyone’s bank account, only offering a service that people are clamoring to pay for. And in the process, he’s providing for himself, his family, and his countrymen.
THIS FEBRUARY, FACEBOOK stated that about 7 percent of its then 1.4 billion accounts were fake or duplicate, and that up to 28 million were “undesirable” — used for activities like spamming. In August 2014, Twitter disclosed in filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission that 23 million — or 8.5 percent — of its 270 million accounts were automated.
It is in the interest of Facebook and other platforms to downplay the severity of the fake-accounts problem. In 2014, more than 90 percent of Facebook’s $12.5 billion in revenue and about 90 percent of Twitter’s $1.4 billion in revenue came from advertising. If researchers are correct that advertising on social media leads to a high percentage of fake likes and fans and followers, the entire business model could be called into question by advertisers.
It seems impossible that Facebook, with its army of coders and multibillion-dollar war chest, won’t eventually crush Braggs and his operation. The company knows his real name. It barrages his inboxes with cease-and-desist orders. But he’s hopeful. “Every system is made by humans,” Braggs told me, “so there is always a way to beat it.” source
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Media Praise Chobani Yogurt Commercial Showing Lesbians Naked in Bed Together
by A. Spreeman
Is the whole world shifting into depravity as the new “normal?” Money talks: Adweek reports, the LGBT community is currently estimated to represent a $743 billion market. NewsBusters reports that the ad is being praised by media types: The ad shows a woman lying in bed, seductively licking a spoon while eating yogurt, wrapped […]
Gay-Marriage Advocates Launch New Attack on Regnerus Family Study
The research published by Regnerus in 2012, surveyed 2,988 adults aged 18 to 39 and examined the outcomes of those who had grown up in a variety of family structures, compared with those who had grown up with both biological parents. The outcomes included such things as employment status, criminal history, marital status, income level, suicidal tendencies, sexual abuse, drug and alcohol abuse, and overall happiness. The results showed children raised by same-sex parents did not fare nearly as well in adulthood as those raised in an intact biological family.
Rolling in Green
Environmental grant-making is big business. In 2012, 673 U.S. foundations gave thousands of grants worth $1.59 billion for advocacy and programs involving animals, wildlife, and the environment, according to the Foundation Center. The top environmental donor that year was the liberal William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, a major funder of Planned Parenthood and the pro-abortion Population Council.
The Prospects for Polygamy
So it’s hard to imagine polygamy being embraced as a major progressive cause or hailed as the next great civil rights movement. (I’m doubtful that most of Gallup’s pro-polygamy 16 percent see it that way now.) And the courts, being political entities, are unlikely to redefine marriage further merely because the logic of past rulings points that way.
Video of Young Boy Dancing Sexually in Streets as “Gay” Pride Attendees Cheer Raising Concerns
by Marsha West
So those of us who think it’s wrong for a young boy to simulate sex in public are labeled homophobes. Homosexuals can’t defend this sort of behavior so what do they do? Name call. Adults should protect this child, not exploit him. Heather Clark, columnist for Christian News Network, reports: A video recently posted to […]
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