Top News – 8/22/2015
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Israeli-Hamas negotiations for a long-term ceasefire deal look “positive,” the group’s political chief Khaled Mashal told London-based publication Al-Araby Al-Jadeed on Friday.
WTI crude drops below $40 first time since 2009
American benchmark WTI crude briefly slipped below $40 per barrel for the first time since 2009, showing an eighth straight weekly decline , the longest streak in almost 30 years.
14 countries, 7 months, on bitcoin: Programmer travels the world using digital money
A programmer from Luxembourg has set a challenging goal – to travel across the world for a whole year using just bitcoins. He has already completed seven months of his journey and visited 14 countries.
Venezuela declares state of emergency along Colombia border
Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro on Friday declared a state of emergency along parts of the border with Colombia to restore order after a clash between smugglers and troops left three soldiers wounded.
Report: ISIS’s Second-in-Command Killed in Airstrike
The official has been named as “Mutazz,” a top deputy to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Bagdadi believed to be the financial leader for the group as well. ISIS is believed to be the richest terror group worldwide.
IDF Attacks Syrian Positions
The IDF Spokesperson announced that the IDF attacked 14 Syrian positions in the central Golan Heights region late Thursday night using tanks, artillery and the Air Force. The IDF strikes were in response to the Syrian attacks that hit Israel earlier Thursday afternoon.
CHANCE OF WEEKEND STORMS
NOAA forecasters estimate a 40% chance of polar geomagnetic storms today, increasing to 70% by Aug. 23rd. These storms, if they occur, would be caused by a pair of solar wind streams now heading for Earth.
4.7 Earthquake Struck El Salvador
A magnitude 4.7 on the Richter scale earthquake shook off central El Salvador. According to authorities, no casualties or damage are reported.
Spotify defends itself after outcry over data collection
Online music streamer Spotify defended itself Friday after angry users accused it of abusive personal data collection by asking for access to their contacts and photos. …Users of the streaming service’s application for smartphones and mobile devices will over the next few weeks receive a prompt asking them to agree to the new terms, which include being asked for access to their address books, photos and GPS location.
Court Removes Injunction on Planned Parenthood Video, New Video Immediately Released
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Joanne O’Donnell ruled on Friday afternoon the Center for Medical Progress has First Amendment rights to release videos it covertly took of StemExpress executives talking about buying aborted baby tissue from Planed Parenthood. Almost immediately afterwards, CMP released a new video that among other thing showed the StemExpress CEO Joking about receiving entire dead babies from Planned Parenthood (over lunch).
Dow Plunges 531 Points in Global Selloff
Stocks plummeted on global-growth fears for a second straight day Friday in a plunge that dragged the Dow industrials into correction territory. The global market rout pummeled stocks and commodities as fresh evidence emerged that China’s economy is slowing, spooking investors. …The Dow’s more than 1,000-point drop this week was the largest weekly drop since the week ended Oct. 10, 2008.
Venezuela state under martial law against smugglers
The Venezuelan president has declared a state of emergency in a border region near Colombia following an attack by smugglers in which three soldiers and a civilian were injured. Nicolas Maduro said there would be 60 days of martial law in five municipalities of the state of Tachira. He also said the closure of the border, announced on Thursday, will be extended until further notice.
Israel blames Iran for Syrian rocket attack in letter to P5+ 1
Israel submitted a formal diplomatic complaint to world powers about a recent rocket attack from Syria — blaming a specific Iranian general and warning of increased regional aggression by the Islamic Republic in the wake of the nuclear deal. The demarche was sent Friday to the P5+1 — the six world powers, including the United States…a day after a barrage of four rockets hit Israel from Syria.
Iran unveils new missile with 500 km range, says seeks peace through strength
Iran on Saturday unveiled a new surface-to-surface missile it said could strike targets with pin-point accuracy within a range of 500 km (310 miles) and it said military might was a precondition for peace and effective diplomacy. The defense ministry’s unveiling of the solid-fuel missile, named Fateh 313, came little more than a month after…a deal that requires Tehran to abide by new limits on its nuclear program…
Report: Obama unveils compensation package for Israel after Iran deal
The New York Times on Friday revealed the details of a compensation package Israel is set to receive from the United States after world powers and Iran agreed to a historic nuclear agreement in early July. Laid out in a letter dated August 19 to US Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), the president promised to increase American military aid for Israel in developing new anti-missile systems and tunnel detection technologies.
Trump making biased experts look foolish
When Donald Trump first burst on the political scene two months ago as a presidential candidate, many of the analysts, commentators and pollsters who populate cable news programs, the so called “experts,” claimed it was all a publicity stunt. Then, they said he would never release his financial statements. Then, they said his controversial comments about Mexican illegal immigration, Senator John McCain and Fox News Host Megyn Kelly would doom his campaign. Now, they are saying his lead cannot continue for his support has a “ceiling” and his campaign is a flash in the pan. Unfortunately for the “experts,” they are completely wrong on every one of these issues.
Black Skin Privilege: The Media’s Love of Black Racism & Violence
It is a sad commentary on our nation that the mainstream media refuses to take a critical look at the increasingly violent, racist Black Lives Matter movement, and often promotes those activists’ depraved view of America, the least racist nation on the face of the earth.
France: 2 Americans subdue gunman on high-speed train
A gunman opened fire on a high-speed train traveling from Amsterdam to Paris on Friday, wounding two people before two American passengers subdued him, officials said.
South Koreans calm despite North Korean threat
Most South Koreans are calm ahead of a Saturday afternoon deadline set by the rival North Korea, which is threatening with war unless Seoul dismantles loudspeakers broadcasting anti-North Korean propaganda along their border.
US air strike kills ‘IS number two’: White House
The second-in-command of the Islamic State jihadist group has been killed in a US air strike in northern Iraq, the White House said. The National Security Council identified the slain militant as Fadhil Ahmad al-Hayali, also known as Haji Mutaz, and said he was IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s senior deputy.
6 killed in Syria after Israel retaliates for rocket attack
Israeli airstrikes in southern Syria killed six people and wounded seven, Syrian state TV reported Friday, in retaliation for a rocket attack on Israel the previous day that Israeli officials blamed on militants backed by Iran.
The Iran Nuclear Deal Means War Between Israel and Hezbollah
The debate over President Obama’s Iran nuclear deal has grown increasingly bitter inside the Beltway. The acrimony is unavoidable, and not just because of the hyper-partisanship that is ripping Washington apart from within. Rather, it’s because the deal is being painted as the only thing standing in the way of war. But this characterization is not only unfair, because it is binary and fails to account for creative scenarios. Lost in this debate is whether the deal could itself cause a war.
Two dead in shooting at New York federal building
A gunman shot and killed a private security guard at a US federal building in downtown New York by the metal detector on Friday before killing himself, police said. The motive for the attack was not immediately clear, but police said preliminary evidence ruled out a link to terrorism.
Why are white evangelicals supporting Trump?
Donald Trump’s first major rally of the 2016 campaign takes place Friday night in the heart of the Bible Belt. It’s not a natural fit for the often-crude, always-immodest New Yorker. But Trumpmania has even found its way to Mobile, Ala.
Top News – 8/23/2015
Upcoming Jewish Holidays Begins Period of Cataclysmic Events for Israel
The Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashana, will begin on the evening of September 13 and end after sunset on September 15. According to Jewish tradition, Rosh Hashana is the day that God begins the process of judging the entire world. As the second and final day of the holiday of Rosh Hashana ends on September 15, the 70th United Nations General Assembly will commence. The issue of the creation of a Palestinian state is expected to be decided by world representatives during the General Assembly.
Catholic monastery in Syria ‘destroyed by Isil bulldozers’
Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) militants have destroyed a historic monastery seized in their latest advance across central Syria. Photographs appeared online of fighters from Isil with bulldozers at the Mar Elian monastery in Al-Qaryatain, in Homs province.
Stock markets in the Middle East fall sharply
Stock markets in the Middle East have fallen sharply after a difficult week for all major global share indexes. The Dubai Financial Market fell almost 7%, while the Saudi exchange was down 4% after Fitch ratings agency cut its outlook for the country. Last week, the Dow Jones in the US fell 6%, while the UK’s FTSE 100 posted its biggest weekly loss this year of 5%.
India-Pakistan talks cancelled amid recriminations
Planned high-level talks between India and Pakistan have been cancelled hours before they were due to start on Sunday, amid mutual recriminations. Pakistan said that it could not accept India’s “preconditions” for the talks, while India denied that it was to blame. Delhi said that it was only willing to discuss “terrorism-related issues” at the talks and nothing else.
Britain to reopen embassy in Iran after 4 years
Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said he would reopen the UK’s embassy in Iran on Sunday, four years on since it was trashed by a mob, as Tehran’s ties warm with the West.
Abbas quits PLO leadership ahead of internal election: official
Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas resigned Saturday as head of the Palestine Liberation Organisation’s Executive Committee in a bid to force new elections for the top body, an official said. Wassel Abu Yussef said that more than half of the 18-member committee had also stepped down.
One of Pacific’s twin typhoons kills 10 in Philippines
One of the twin typhoons in the Pacific has claimed its first casualties, killing 10 people in the Philippines and forcing the evacuation of almost 13,000 people, authorities said Saturday.
Police fear Bangkok bombing suspect may have fled
Despite new surveillance video that may offer a possible clue to the bombing in central Bangkok that killed 20 people, Thai police said Sunday the perpetrators may have already fled the country.
Why It Really All Comes Down To The Death Of The Petrodollar
In short, the world seems to have underestimated how structurally important collapsing crude prices are to global finance. For years, producers funnelled their dollar proceeds into USD assets providing a perpetual source of liquidity, boosting the financial strength of the reserve currency, leading to even higher asset prices and even more USD-denominated purchases, and so forth, in a virtuous (especially if one held US-denominated assets and printed US currency) loop. That all came to an abrupt, if quiet end last year when a confluence of economic (e.g. shale production) and geopolitical (e.g. squeeze the Russians) factors led the Saudis to, as we put it, Plaxico’d themselves and the US.
Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood chief gets new life term
Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Badie, who has been sentenced to death, was handed another life term in prison Saturday for an attack on a police station.
Greek opposition leaders weigh coalition despite crises, poll pressure
Greek opposition politicians embarked on Saturday on the laborious and apparently futile exercise of trying to form a new government, oblivious to pressure for rapid elections so the nation can start tackling an array of crises.
Israel wanted to attack Iran’s nuclear facilities in 2010, 2011 and 2012, but backed away
Israel’s political leaders pushed to attack Iran at least three times in the past few years but had to back down on the advice of the military and due to concerns about its ally the United States, former defense minister Ehud Barak said.
Light earthquake 4.9 mag, 69 km ESE of Le Vauclin, Martinique
A tsunami warning has not been issued (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist). The 4.9-magnitude earthquake has occurred at 09:03:10 / 9:03 am (local time epicenter). The earthquake occurred at a depth of 74.84 km (47 miles) below the earth’s surface.
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Expert: Market ‘Aftershocks’ Are Coming
Nobel laureate Robert Shiller of Yale University warned that this week’s market bloodbath may get even nastier.
“It could be followed by even bigger and bigger moves,” he told CNBC. “I have a general bias towards down because the market is overpriced, but these things unfold over years.”
This is where we are as a country now. The lawyer for the former head of the IRS, Lois Lerner, whose emails magically disappeared and who magically was able to avoid prosecution for obstruction of justice and other things is now handling the dissemination of the Clinton emails to investigators?
This is Washington.
We witnessed something truly historic happen on Friday. The Dow Jones Industrial Average plummeted 530 points, and that followed a 358 point crash on Thursday. When you add those two days together, the total two day stock market crash that we just witnessed comes to a grand total of 888 points, which is larger than any one day stock market crash in U.S. history. It is also interesting to note that this 888 point crash comes in the 8th month of our calendar. Perhaps that is just a coincidence, and perhaps it is not. It just struck me as being noteworthy. This is the first time that the Dow has dropped by more than 300 points on two consecutive days since November 2008, and we all remember what was happening back then. Overall, this was the worst week for the Dow in four years, and there have only been five other months throughout history when the Dow has fallen by more than a thousand points (the most recent being October 2008). Of course we still have six more trading days left in August, so there is plenty of time remaining for even more carnage. (Read More….)
Why is the stock market turning down now? Why the current carnage?
Here’s a good dose of gloom for you. The author is not saying it will happen, but he is arguing that Dow 5000 is not completely crazy. Frankly I’d be for it. If we could carve out all of the central bank fluff created post-2008 and returned to a real live market such a crash would be worth it. (It might not be so great for all those baby boomers who have ridden the Fed induced rally right before retirement however.)
I wouldn’t say that a crash on this scale or a re-institution of real, at least close to honest pricing in equities is likely. But I would say the both are possible. (OK, perhaps one is possible.)
In the mean time go cook a steak on the grill. It’s supposed to be nice weather in most of the USA this weekend. Monday can wait.
Iran’s supreme leader claimed Saturday that Islamic nations were being manipulated into internal strife by the world’s “bullies” and urged Islamic unity in the face of what he identified as the Umma’s two greatest enemies: the US and Israel.
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said the US had long sought to incite “third-party” states against Iran but “such third parties are only deceived puppets,” the Islamic republic’s Fars news agency reported.
“The root cause of the problems returns to their real enemies, the US and Israel,” he said.
Weak manufacturing data out of China was the latest bad news to wreak havoc in financial markets this week. The devaluation of the yuan last week sparked global growth concerns that hit almost every global asset class, finally reaching what had until now been a bastion of stability: the S&P 500.
European shares entered a correction while emerging-market stocks faced the biggest weekly drop in more than three years. Equities in Hong Kong, Indonesia, and Taiwan entered bear markets. And with the S&P 500’s steepest decline in 18 months yesterday, its two-day loss is the worst since 2011. Investors are selling the biggest winners of 2015 — including Netflix, Apple and Amazon.
Iran: We “Reject the Existence of Any Israeli on This Earth”
Yet Barack Obama is the best friend Iran ever had. What does that say?
Earlier this week, Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said on his English-language Twitter account that Iran will “take all possible means to support anyone who fights Israel, is against the Zionist regime and supports resistance.”
Are your health care records safe? Private?
Brase says she and Health Freedom are warning the public that their electronic record is not safe and does not protect their privacy, and it can leave both patients and doctors in trouble if the information goes offline.
“It doesn’t follow the typical way that doctors and nurses take care of patients,” she further explains. “Therefore they should let their members of congress know, they should let their state legislators know, that this should not be mandated.”
Time to Choose: God or Man – Whom Will You Serve?
Here’s the bottom line: Homosexual activists don’t want the white picket fence; they want to burn down the white picket fence. The endgame is not to achieve so-called “marriage equality” but rather, to render marriage reality meaningless.
U.S. stocks closed deep in the red on Friday as global growth concerns accelerated selling pressure to push the Dow and Nasdaq into correction territory.
The major averages had their biggest trade volume day of the year and posted their worst week in four years. The Dow Jones industrial average closed at session lows, off nearly 531 points and in correction territory for the first time since 2011 as all blue chips declined. The last time the index closed more than 500 points lower was on Aug. 10, 2011. In the last five years, the index has only had four instances with closing losses of more than 400 points.
“For investors the momentum and the drive of the market is now lower (than) it used to be because there’s no place to hide,” said Lance Roberts, general partner at STA Wealth Management. “Every time we hit the major technical points we kept selling.”
“What is important is the price action of the market has done something we haven’t seen since the last bull market peak,” Roberts said. “There is something going on internally in the market. That illness that has been building up in the market.”
A trader also noted that investors stopped looking at technicals and were plowing through them. “It’s an expiration day and it looks like they’re to have for sale on the close maybe as much as a billion dollars,” said Art Cashin, director of floor trading for UBS.
The Nasdaq Composite lost 3.5 percent, also closing in correction territory and joining the other major averages in negative territory for the year.
“Right now there is a feeling of fear in the marketplace and all news is interpreted negatively and it’s interpreted indiscriminately,” said Tom Digenan, head of U.S. equities as UBS Global Asset Management.
The S&P 500 fell through a support level of 1,980 to end at 1,970, off 7.6 percent from its 52-week high. The index is off about 4.3 percent for the year so far. Information technology and energy led all 10 sectors lower on the day.
Energy was the worst decliner for the week, with no sectors posting weekly gains. As of Friday morning, 28 percent of the S&P 500 was in a bear market.
“It’s more of the same,” said Peter Boockvar, chief market analyst at The Lindsey Group. “From a technical perspective we broke” 2,040 on the S&P 500, the lower end of the trading range. The Russell 2000 fell into correction territory in the open and failed attempts to stay out of it. source
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Posted: 22 Aug 2015 08:13 AM PDT
BREAKING NEWS – Just on the heels of a massive explosion that occurred last week in CHina that left scores dead and injured and left destruction that resembled a nuclear explosion, Now according to RT News Another explosion has occurred at a chemical warehouse in Shandong province in eastern China on Saturday evening, the People’s Daily China reported. The site is only one kilometer from a residential area. Firefighters were dealing with the aftermath of the blast in Zibo County, Chinese media reported. FULL REPORT
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|Christian Leaders: ‘War Room’ Could Change a Nation
Posted: 22 Aug 2015 06:11 AM PDT
War Room comes to theaters Aug. 28 and Christian leaders who received a recent sneak peek at Atlanta’s Convergence Conference are singing its praises. They’re saying this cinematic tale of one woman teaching another to go to war spiritually in her prayer closet could be nation-changing. “If you’re really going to fight and be engaged in these last days battles for the Lord, we’re going to have to do it in our prayer closets first,” Kay Horner, Awakening America Alliance executive director, told CBN News.
“War Room is something that helps us realize that unless we engage in prayer in our personal lives and become an example in our families, to our children, that we’re really just playing around and kind of like shadow-boxing,” she added. One thing the movie highlights is why the word “war” is right in the middle of the term “prayer warrior.” FULL REPORT
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|Self-Proclaimed ‘Prophet’ Stands on John MacArthur’s Stage and Rebukes Him
Posted: 22 Aug 2015 06:05 AM PDT
A man claiming to be a prophet disrupted John MacArthur’s sermon recently. The man hopped on the stage and began to call out the pastor for his cessationism. The “prophet” was pointing and yelling, telling MacArthur the Holy Spirit is grieved. Charisma
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|John Hagee Declares ‘The Antichrist is Here’
Posted: 22 Aug 2015 06:00 AM PDT
Where is all this Chaos leading? Is the Antichrist alive and well on the earth? Will the Church be here to see him? According to John Hagee “All of this chaos is leading to a global dictator. Europe is going to call him the economic czar. The press will call him the ‘new Caesar.’ The Bible calls him the Antichrist.” Here is a short clip from one man’s perspective. Charisma
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|2017 Total Solar Eclipse Is Coming, Hasn’t Occurred In 40 Years
Posted: 22 Aug 2015 05:48 AM PDT
Two years from today, on Aug. 21, 2017, North Americans will get an opportunity to observe nature’s greatest sky show. Picture this: The day starts off bright and sunny. Then, a bit later, you begin to notice that, although it is still sunny, the day doesn’t seem quite so bright. And still a little while later, it almost seems like some big storm is brewing. Then, suddenly, and without any warning, the midsummer day turns strangely dark.
A few stars come out. Birds and animals become confused and quickly head home to sleep. Night insects begin to chirp. All around the horizon, there is a strange yellow-orange glow resembling a weird sunset. And meanwhile, up in the sky where the sun should be, there appears instead a jet-black disk surrounded by a softly glowing halo. Then, just as suddenly, the sky brightens up. The stars disappear, birds and animals awaken, and the sun returns.
What you have just witnessed is a total eclipse of the sun. This total solar eclipse of 2017 will be the first time in nearly four decades that such an event will be visible so close to home. “Close,” of course, is a relative term. But for most Americans, this spectacular phenomenon will occur literally in their own backyards. On another interesting note, According to many Jewish Rabbis a Full Solar Eclipse is an omen of Wars or Disasters to Gentile Nations. FULL REPORT
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|Global Food Shock On The Horizon As US Grain Reserves Sit At Zero
Posted: 22 Aug 2015 05:37 AM PDT
Once upon a time, it was popular to say that the U.S. government only had enough wheat stored up to provide everyone in America with half a loaf of bread. But that is not true anymore. Recently, I discovered that the U.S. does not have any strategic grain reserves left at all. Zero. Nada. Zilch. As you will see below, the USDA liquidated the remaining reserves back in 2008. So if a major food crisis hit this country, our government would have nothing to give us. Of course the federal government could always go out and try to buy or seize food to feed the population during a major emergency, but that wouldn’t actually increase the total amount of food that was available. Instead, it would just give the government more power over who gets it.
The U.S. strategic grain reserve was initially created during the days of the Great Depression. Back then, the wisdom of storing up food for hard times was self-evident. Unfortunately, over time interest in this program faded, and at this point there is no strategic grain reserve in the United States at all. The following comes from the Los Angeles Times… The modern concept of a strategic grain reserve was first proposed in the 1930s by Wall Street legend Benjamin Graham. Graham’s idea hinged on the clever management of buffer stocks of grain to tame our daily bread’s tendencies toward boom and bust. When grain prices rose above a threshold, supplies could be increased by bringing reserves to the market — which, in turn, would dampen prices. And when the price of grain went into free-fall and farmers edged toward bankruptcy, the need to fill the depleted reserve would increase the demand for corn and wheat, which would prop up the price of grain. FULL REPORT
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|California councilman ‘purged’ for views on marriage
Posted: 22 Aug 2015 05:28 AM PDT
A California city councilman targeted for his biblical defense of natural marriage should send a message that a “purge” is under way, says an attorney who fights for religious liberty. “Where we’re at now,” says Pacific Justice Institute attorney Brad Dacus, “is an agenda to purge people from expressing their Christian worldview, who are in public service or heads of corporations.”
Newport Beach City Councilman Scott Peotter, a committed Christian, sent an email to constituents critical of the U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing unnatural marriage. That sent homosexual activists into an uproar.”Of course if he’d uttered his support for same-sex marriage,” says Dacus, “that would have been acceptable and he would not have been censured.” FULL REPORT
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|Why we need to pay close attention to Hurricane Danny as it has strengthened to a Category 3
Posted: 21 Aug 2015 08:23 PM PDT
Hurricane Danny has strengthened further and is now a major hurricane, classified as Category 3 on the Saffir-Simpson scale, the National Hurricane Center reported Friday. But that’s not what makes this hurricane interesting, It’s the name it has. The name Danny comes from the origin of Hebrew Daniel, meaning God has judged, or God is judge.
The winds are estimated at 115 miles per hour, the center said in an advisory. Danny, the first hurricane of the 2015 Atlantic season, is not expected to further intensify. “Danny is moving into an area of unfavorable upper-level winds, and a weakening trend is expected to begin later today,” said the advisory. Danny is expected to reach Puerto Rico in about 96 hours, according to an earlier advisory. Could this Hurricane end up growing into a devastating storm fulfilling its name? Only time will tell. SOURCE
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|Earthquakes, Drought, Wildfires and now San Joaquin Valley in California is Sinking
Posted: 21 Aug 2015 08:10 PM PDT
It’s bad enough that California is being battered by one of its worst droughts on record and that thousands of wildfires are consuming over 100,000 acres of woods amid fears that global warming may be making matters even worse. Now comes a report that huge chunks of the state are literally sinking into the ground – posing serious threats to homes, businesses and roads in the affected areas.
As the result of a bizarre and tragic confluence of drought, earthquakes, ground water mismanagement and overpopulation, a vast segment of the San Joaquin Valley in northern California is literally sinking into the ground. The geological crisis – a fit subject for a wild science fiction thriller and one more crisis for Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown to contend with — was confirmed by aerial imagery by the National Aeronautic and Space Administration (NASA). Areas of the state are literally turning into giant sinkholes. FULL REPORT
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|The Iran Nuclear Deal Means War Between Israel and Hezbollah
Posted: 21 Aug 2015 08:04 PM PDT
The debate over President Obama’s Iran nuclear deal has grown increasingly bitter inside the Beltway. The acrimony is unavoidable, and not just because of the hyper-partisanship that is ripping Washington apart from within. Rather, it’s because the deal is being painted as the only thing standing in the way of war. But this characterization is not only unfair, because it is binary and fails to account for creative scenarios. Lost in this debate is whether the deal could itself cause a war.
To be sure, war could erupt if Iran cheats. That is a real possibility, given Iran’s history of nuclear mendacity. But Iran may actually abide by the deal. If the regime simply waits a decade, it will be in possession of a legitimate industrial-sized nuclear program. As one seasoned Israeli reporter recently noted, a new Israeli strategy document released by Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot is planning for other conflicts. This squares with conversations I have had with several senior Israeli officials in recent months. The Middle East war that is most likely to erupt first, as a result of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, is one between Israel and the Lebanese terrorist group Hezbollah. FULL REPORT
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|Dangerous Move To Implant Abortion-Inducing Device Into Teen Girls
Posted: 22 Aug 2015 09:35 PM PDT
Just weeks after a prominent health-care expert predicted that Democrats would begin a nationwide push for taxpayer-funded contraception for schoolgirls, including abortion-inducing drugs, Virginia is proving to be the next battleground. The idea started in a Colorado pilot program, in which teenage girls were given contraceptives including implanted abortafacients known as long-acting reversible contraceptives, or LARCs, and intra-uterine devices, also called IUDs.
The program showed marked reductions in teenage births and reported abortions. Efforts then began to enact a taxpayer-funded version of the program, but it died in the Colorado Legislature over conscience and religious liberty concerns. Writing in the Washington Post, Virginia Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam, who is also a pediatric neurologist, hailed the Colorado numbers as a proven way to bring teenage pregnancies way down. FULL REPORT
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|Greece reverts back to a BARTER economy as global financial system unravels
Posted: 22 Aug 2015 09:27 PM PDT
Greece’s finances and its national economy have both deteriorated so dramatically that now average citizens are being forced to do something they haven’t had to do since the country was occupied by Nazi Germany: Barter for their basic needs and essentials. As reported by Reuters, the rise in bartering comes amid a government-imposed cash squeeze stemming from an Athens-imposed three-week closure of the country’s banks on June 28. Since then government capital controls, put in place to avoid a run on banks, have limited the supply of cash in the hands of ordinary Greeks.
Reuters further reported: Wild boar and power cuts were Greek cotton farmer Mimis Tsakanikas’ biggest worries until a bank shutdown last month left him stranded without cash to pay suppliers, and his customers without money to pay him. Squeezed on all sides, the 41-year-old farmer began informal bartering to get around the cash crunch. He now pays some of his workers in kind with his clover crop and exchanges equipment with other farmers instead of buying or renting machinery. FULL REPORT
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|Atheist Activist Group Seeks ‘Permanent Benching’ of University Football Chaplains Nationwide
Posted: 22 Aug 2015 09:09 PM PDT
A prominent atheist activist organization is seeking to “permanently bench” university chaplains nationwide out of its belief that their presence suggests the endorsement of Christianity at secular institutions. The Wisconsin-based Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF) released a 25-page report this week in which it takes issue with the idea of football chaplains, stating that “Christian coaches and chaplains are converting football fields into mission fields.”
“Coaches, players, and even chaplains can worship as they want. They can go to church, read the Bible, and pray as often as they like. Nothing prevents them from doing so,” the report reads. “But they cannot use a publicly subsidized position at a university to promote their personal religion. Nor can they use the coercive nature and structure of a public football program to mandate, order, or even suggest that players under their control should worship as the coaches wish.” FULL REPORT
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|School band told to Stop Performing ‘How Great Thou Art’
Posted: 22 Aug 2015 08:57 PM PDT
There was no halftime show under the Friday night lights at Mississippi’s Brandon High School — the marching band had been benched. The band was ordered off the field because the Christian hymn “How Great Thou Art” was a part of their halftime show — in violation of a federal court order. “The Rankin County School Board and District Office are very saddened students will not be able to perform their halftime show they have worked so hard on this summer,” the district wrote in a statement to the Clarion Ledger newspaper.
In 2013 a student sued the district over a series of Christian meetings that had been held on school property, the newspaper reported. The district later settled the lawsuit and acknowledged they had violated the student’s First Amendment rights. In July, U.S. District Court Judge Carlton Reeves ruled the district had violated the agreement after a Christian minister delivered a prayer at an awards ceremony. FULL REPORT
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|Blood Moons Tetrad is World’s ‘3rd Warning’
Posted: 22 Aug 2015 08:36 PM PDT
Pastor Mark Biltz, discoverer of the blood-moons phenomenon and the author of “Blood Moons: Decoding the Imminent Heavenly Signs,” says Christians today are being given signs from the heavens. In Biltz’s opinion, the current sequence of blood moons “is a sign for today’s Christians as judgment always begins in the house of God.” “I believe the current blood moons also signal the end of an era,” he said. Biltz notes there’s something else unique about this tetrad: its convergence with biblical holy days.
The April 15 event in 2014, for example, happened during Passover. On Oct. 8, 2014, the blood moon occurred during the Feast of Tabernacles, or Sukkot. Another of the blood moon’s occurred during Passover on April 4, 2015. The last will happen on Sept. 28, 2015, another Feast of the Tabernacles.
A blood-moon tetrad also occurred in 1493, while the Jews were being expelled from Spain. Another tetrad occurred in 1949, soon after the state of Israel was founded. The last tetrad happened in 1967, during the Six-Day War between Arabs and Israelis. FULL REPORT
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|WAR DRUMS – United States puts forces in South Korea on enhanced status as war looms
Posted: 22 Aug 2015 08:26 PM PDT
The United States has put its troops in South Korea on an uplifted condition of caution – known as “upgraded status” – as war in the middle of Seoul and Pyongyang looms. On Friday, North Korea cautioned its southern neighbor to end the “incitements” and its publicity shows against Pyongyang by Saturday evening or pay the cost. “In the event that South Korea does not react to our final offer,” North Korea’s representative UN representative, A Myong-hun, told correspondents in New York, “our military balance will be inescapable and that balance will be extremely solid.”
Despite the high pressures, the United States continued joint war recreations, known as Ulchi Freedom Guardian 2015, with South Korea on Friday taking after a brief suspension on Thursday. The drills mimic a full-scale intrusion by North Korea. Pyongyang has decried the joint drill as provocative. “With respect to the circumstance on the Korean promontory, the United States is extremely concerned by the [North Korean] August 4 infringement of the peace negotiation understanding and we are checking the circumstance firmly,” said David Shear, the right hand secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific security undertakings. “We are in close touch with our authorities and with our [South Korean] associate, and the United States stays resolute in its duties to the resistance of its partners and will keep on organizing nearly with the Republic of Korea,” FULL REPORT
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|Jim Bakker’s Prophetic Dream of What’s to Come
Posted: 22 Aug 2015 08:13 PM PDT
Jim Bakker is begging you to listen about what’s to come. The televangelist had a dream about the future, and he’s sounding the alarm. “The people did not know who the enemy was,” Bakker said. “… Some, they’ve snuck in around, and they’ve destroyed the church.” Charisma
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|Thousands protest outside Planned Parenthood clinics around the country
Posted: 22 Aug 2015 08:07 PM PDT
Thousands of anti abortion activists descended upon Planned Parenthood clinics on Saturday to participate in a nationwide protest aimed at cutting off federal funding for the controversial health-care organization.
The demonstrations unfolded at about 320 clinics around the nation, according to organizers, with some gatherings drawing a few dozen protesters and others drawing hundreds and perhaps thousands more. The protests kicked off at 9 a.m. Saturday and included speakers, prayer groups and chants, as well as signs distributed by organizers. FULL REPORT
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|Should We Believe the Doom and Gloom Prophecies?
Posted: 22 Aug 2015 07:59 PM PDT
I’m sober. My eyes are wide open. I see the conditions in America. I hear the cries of legitimate prophetic voices that are warning us of the destruction they see in the days ahead. I’ve been told Puerto Rico is going to be hit with a massive meteor. I’ve been told a tsunami on the East Coast will put much of Florida underwater. I’ve been told a great earthquake is coming that will split the nation in half. I’ve been told the economy is going to collapse and a widespread famine will see multitudes starve to death.
I’ve been told many things. Yet I’m still believing for a Great Awakening. I believe it’s going to be just as God told me it would be. Yes, I do believe God is disciplining America. Yes, I do believe that we’re reaping what we’ve sown. Yes, I do believe that things are going to get worse before they get better. But I absolutely, positively refuse to buy into the notion that God is not going to pour out His Spirit once again. I reject the idea that widespread transforming revival that sees a great harvest of souls is not possible in America. FULL REPORT
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|Thousands of Dead Fish Wash Up on Tianjin’s Shores, a Week After the Blasts
Posted: 22 Aug 2015 07:48 PM PDT
A huge number of dead fish have appeared on the shores of the northern Chinese city of Tianjin, eight days after a progression of dangerous blasts at a stockroom killed no less than 114 individuals, harmed hundreds more, and left 69 individuals, chiefly firefighters, as yet missing.
Photographs shared on online networking have racked up a large number of perspectives since Thursday and show substantial quantities of dead fish accumulated on the banks of the Haihe River, around 4 miles from the impact website, reports the state-run daily paper China Daily.The immense cease to exist of fish has driven occupants to stress that lethal chemicals from the impact could have defiled the waters around the city — the world’s tenth biggest port.
Chinese powers have affirmed that the distribution center at the focal point of the impact put away around 40 unique perilous chemicals — among them were 700 tons of exceedingly dangerous sodium cyanide, the New York Times reports. Be that as it may, nearby ecological authorities said they discovered no dangerous levels of cyanide in the water where the dead fish showed up, in spite of the fact that they were all the while examining the exact reason for the mass passings. Nook Xiaowen, executive of the Tianjin Environmental Monitoring Center, said it was not unordinary to see expansive amounts of dead fish in summer.
“At the point when the temperature rises, oxygen will vanish and fish may pass on of hypoxia,” he said at a question and answer session Thursday. Powers reported Thursday that eight out of 42 water-quality observing destinations set up around the impact zone distinguished inordinate levels of cyanide, with one site surpassing 356 times the typical level. Cleanup groups have set up isolated zones to hinder the cyanide-spoiled water were all the while attempting to sterilize the territory, reports the state-connected Global Times. Source
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Only Two Religions!
I don’t know if you know this but there are only two religions in the entire world.
You might say I’m nuts. There are hundreds if not thousands!
But there is one religion that likes to put on hundreds if not thousands of different masks on, and so ultimately there are only two: the religion of Human Achievement and the religion of Divine Accomplishment.
You see Islam, Mormonism, Buddhism, Catholicism, Judaism and every single religion that you have ever heard of, ultimately teaches some form of a works-based salvation. They say that you have to be a little more good than bad in order to make it to heaven. These religions encourage you to hand God a resume when you face Him one day. The resume will be filled with all your accomplishments. It will list everything you’ve done for other people, every penny you’ve given to charity and every good deed you’ve done. God will look over this resume and say, “Good job! You’ve made it into heaven”.
The problem is that if you were to enter into heaven because of a resume based on your accomplishments God would get no glory; you would be the one who gets all the praise. In fact, Ephesians 2:9 would say that salvation is not of works lest you should boast! Genesis chapter one shows us that God created the entire universe including you. Everything He created is designed to bring Him glory. The problem is that sin has entered the world, and from birth we all have replaced exalting God with exalting ourselves. Everything we do from birth is geared towards bringing us glory and bringing praise to ourselves. We all have a throne in our hearts that God should be sitting and reigning on, but instead we are born with ourselves sitting on it. We are so used to it we don’t even notice it to the point where we all think that our resumes are good enough to get us into heaven.
Of course we are going to think that we are good people! Of course my mom is going to tell me I’m a good person! But what does your Creator think? He says in Romans 3:23 that we all have sinned and fall short of His glory. He also says in Romans 6:23 that the wages of sin is death. So if we stand before God and start listing accomplishments or hand Him a resume we might as well slap Jesus in the face because God is going to look at the resume and say, “I killed my only Son because you were not good enough to get to me!”
And that’s where the only other religion comes in.
The religion of Divine Accomplishment. God saw your situation, and decided that since man was so sinful and could not save himself, that He would come Himself and take the form of a man. He humbled himself, spent nine months in a womb he created, grew up with every temptation you and I face every day, but without sinning. He then died on the cross for our sins, and then rose from the dead and defeated death. He made it possible for human beings to stand before God one day and not hand Him a resume and condemn themselves further, but rather, tell God that they deserve His wrath but have placed their faith and trust in the work that Jesus did on their behalf on the cross and through His resurrection.
You see we need someone to be a substitute for us because no matter how hard we try, we can never bridge the gap between God and us. And the substitute can’t be merely a human. It must be God Himself.
Do you see the difference between Christianity and every other religion?
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