Aug. 27, 2015
Defense Secretary Ashton Carter is visiting Silicon Valley Friday as part of a continuing effort to bridge the divide between the Pentagon and a tech community wary of excessive surveillance and privacy violations.
Consumer confidence in the U.S. improved to a five-week high, buoyed by more positive views about personal finances and the buying climate.
At a time when the oil price is languishing at its lowest level in six years, producers need to find half a trillion dollars to repay debt. Some might not make it. The number of oil and gas company bonds with yields of 10 percent or more, a sign of distress, tripled in the past year, leaving 168 firms in North America, Europe and Asia holding this debt.
The European Union is working on a political agreement that would set the stage for future energy deals in Iran.
China has cut its holdings of U.S. Treasuries this month to raise dollars needed to support the yuan in the wake of a shock devaluation two weeks ago, according to people familiar with the matter. The People’s Bank of China has been offloading dollars and buying yuan to support the exchange rate, a policy that’s contributed to a $315 billion drop in its foreign-exchange reserves over the last 12 months. The $3.65 trillion stockpile will fall by some $40 billion a month in the remainder of 2015 because of the intervention.
China’s top prosecutor is holding 10 officials and port executives as well as a senior Transport Ministry official under criminal detention for alleged neglect of duty and abuse of power in the Tianjin warehouse explosions that killed at least 139 people.
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President Obama says New Orleans is “moving forward” a decade after Hurricane Katrina dealt it a devastating blow, and has become an example of what can happen when people rally around each other to build a better future out of the despair of tragedy.
Now scientists from the USA have made a breakthrough discovery related to how cells replicate in cancer patients, how to put a stop to the process, and even how to reverse a tumor. Scientists at the Mayo Clinic in Florida have identified the cell’s microprocessor that controls cell growth.
Iran appears to have built an extension to part of its Parchin military site since May, the U.N. nuclear watchdog said in a report on Thursday delving into a major part of its inquiry into possible military dimensions to Tehran’s past atomic activity.
The consequences of global sea level rise could be even scarier than the worst-case scenarios predicted by the dominant climate models, which don’t fully account for the fast breakup of ice sheets and glaciers, NASA scientists said.
The consequences of global sea level rise could be even scarier than the worst-case scenarios predicted by the dominant climate models, which don’t fully account for the fast breakup of ice sheets and glaciers, NASA scientists said.
Poland’s defense minister said Thursday the United States would deploy heavy weapons to the EU state next year, as regional tensions run high over Russia and the conflict in Ukraine.
Taliban fighters seized a district headquarters in Afghanistan’s Helmand province on Monday despite repeated U.S. air strikes to repel them, adding to the insurgents’ recent advances in a heavily fought over region of opium farms and trade routes.
A Texas teenager is fighting for his life after contracting a rare brain-eating disease from swimming in a lake about 70 miles north of Houston, his parents have told a local broadcaster.
Belittled by the judge and jeered by spectators, James Holmes was sent to prison for the rest of his life Wednesday, while the survivors of his murderous attack on a Colorado movie theater wondered aloud how they would spend the rest of their days. Judge Carlos A. Samour sentenced Holmes to the maximum – 12 consecutive life terms without parole plus 3,318 years – then made a final, contemptuous order: “Sheriff, get the defendant out of my courtroom, please.”
A Southern California man who picked up a rattlesnake to pose for a photograph was badly hurt when the reptile bit him on the hand, a Los Angeles television station reported.
China’s central bank on Thursday set its daily reference rate for the yuan currency at a four-year low against the US dollar, but it closed stronger than the previous day.
Even as the job market continues to improve, salaried employees can expect their base pay to increase 3 percent, or about a percentage point smaller than the raises employers were handing out 20 years ago.
At least 20 migrants have been found dead in a truck abandoned in a motorway lay-by near the eastern border with Hungary, the Austrian authorities said. The number of dead could be as high as 50.
A 16-year-old girl has pled guilty to two terror offences including possessing “recipes for explosives” and a bomb-making guide.
A Chinese state-owned engineering company has signed a deal worth $4.3bn to build factories for a Nigerian cement company run by Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote.
The Ukrainian government says it has reached a debt restructuring deal with its creditors including a write-off of up to $3.8bn. Ukraine’s sovereign debt, estimated at $19bn, would be cut by 20% and the repayment period extended.
With the passage of a new law this summer mandating vaccines for schoolkids in California, home school advocates and organizations say they are seeing surging interest in off-campus education options that would exempt them from the requirement.
In the wake of two companies now selling the first commercially available flamethrowers in the United States, at least one mayor has called for increased restrictions on their use. And to no one’s surprise, the prospect of prohibition has driven an increase in sales.
Top News – 8/27/2015
We Want ’50 More Baby Livers a Week,’ Says Planned Parenthood Partner Who Jokes About Shipping Severed Heads
another step in the process is to remove the hands and feet from babies’ limbs before they send the body parts to academic labs because researchers don’t want to know that they’re working on aborted babies. Many researches, according to Dyer, leave the field because they cannot ethically and emotionally handle working on aborted babies.
1,000+ black activists endorse boycott of Israel
More than 1,000 African-Americans have signed a letter reaffirming black solidarity with the plight of Palestinians and endorsing resistance to Israel and its products, known as the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement.
EU envoy warns of more steps against Israeli settlements
John Gatt-Rutter says EU will ‘use more tools’ to force Israel out of Jewish settlements expansion.
Iraq: PM facing calls to sever ties with party, declare state of emergency
Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi is facing calls to sever his links to the Islamic Da’wa Party. Several Iraqi lawmakers have also called on Abadi to declare a state of emergency in the country and freeze its current constitution. The calls come amid mounting public anger and widespread, weeks-long protests over corruption, sectarianism, and the threat of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group in the country.
Washington Wildfires the ‘Worst in the State’s History’ as Firefighters Travel from Australia and New Zealand to Help Battle the Blazes
Fires are being started by lightning strikes that ignite the tinder-dry forests, quickly spreading on the wind The wildfires spreading across Washington and Oregon are now officially the worst since records began – with firefighters having to be drafted in from Australia and New Zealand to fight the flames.
Obama’s Pentagon Declares Journalists To Be ‘Unprivileged Belligerents’ With No Rights
New Defense Department guidelines allow commanders to punish journalists and treat them as “unprivileged belligerents” if they believe journalists are sympathizing or cooperating with the enemy.
History of Unmistakable Divine Wrath Serves as Warning for Nuclear Deal
We have already seen that natural phenomenon can often be seen as divinely guided. Is it a coincidence that after announcing the nuclear deal Iran was hit with an apocalyptic-like heat wave and, in a separate incident, a meteor? While the heavenly warning are clearer to some than others, a quick look at the timeline of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and the accompanying natural disasters makes claims of coincidence lose their credibility.
Jeb Bush Seeking Jewish Support
Jeb Bush is preparing to reach out the senior Jewish leaders to endorse him for Republican party’s presidential nominee, the Jewish Insider reported.
Democrat pollster: This 1 issue could kill the party
Obama appears to be on pace to find enough votes to save the Iran nuclear deal, but longtime Democratic pollster and strategist Pat Caddell says the party is at risk of an electoral disaster by propping up a deal the public hates and may well pave the way to a nuclear-armed Iran.
Catholics Support Gay Marriage as Much as General Population and Believe Pope Francis Has Backed It, PRRI Study Finds
A study by the Public Religion Research Institute released in August on the beliefs of American Catholics has found that despite the Church’s teachings, they support same-sex marriage and abortion just as much as the general population. What is more, a large percentage of Catholic respondents mistakenly believed Pope Francis has backed gay marriage.
Putin: Russia Planning to Build Nuclear Plant in Egypt
Russian President says his country will build a nuclear power plant in Egypt, announces greater economic cooperation with Cairo.
GEOMAGNETIC STORM, NOW!
A G2-class geomagnetic storm is underway and intensifying on Aug. 27. This is sparking some of the first visible auroras in months around the Arctic Circle.
Terror Tensions The results of the firebomb on the border police vehicle The results of the firebomb on the border police vehicle The border poli
Several firebombs were thrown at a border police vehicle in East Jerusalem’s A-Tur neighborhood on Wednesday night, mere hours after a convicted killer stabbed a border policeman near Damascus gate in Jerusalem’s Old City. One of the firebombs hit the border police jeep, setting the vehicle alight. The policemen in the vehicle managed to free themselves, while the fire began spreading to nearby cars.
French intelligence fears Islamist ‘missile strike on airliner’ or 9/11-style attack
French security forces are bracing for the eventuality of civil unrest and fear there could be a missile strike on a passenger airliner or a September 11-style attack, according to sources close to French intelligence. “Airlines have been warned of a possible attack on a plane with an anti-tank missile,” a source told The Telegraph. “But pilots are unsure how to take evasive action.”
Venezuela’s Food Shortages Trigger Long Lines, Hunger and Looting
Hours after they looted and set fire to a National Guard command post…earlier this month, a mob infuriated by worsening food shortages rammed trucks into the smoldering edifice, reducing it mostly to rubble. The incident was just one of numerous violent clashes that have flared in pockets around the country in recent weeks as Venezuelans wait for hours in long supermarket lines for basics like milk and rice.
Sydney dam spills as flood clean-up continues
Sydney’s giant Warragamba Dam is spilling for the first time since 2013, in the wake of days of heavy rain in the region. Authorities have warned of flooding in low-lying areas near the dam but don’t expect any homes to be at risk. Residents south of Sydney are still waiting to return to their flood-affected homes after the wild weather.
Report: Hamas summons Palestinian factions to discuss terms of ten-year truce with Israel
Amid rumors of backchannel talks…the Palestinian Islamist organization has reportedly summoned other Palestinian factions to Beirut where the details of a long-term truce with Israel will be discussed. According to…newspaper Rai-al-youm, Moussa Abu Marzouk, a senior Hamas figure, had already met with some of the factions in the Lebanese capital regarding the possibility of a ten-year truce with Israel.
Israel Air Force targets Hamas munitions operation in Gaza after rocket attack
After a rocket landed in Israel on Thursday, the Israel Air Force responded by attacking a weapons manufacturing target in Gaza, the IDF said. The site belonged to Hamas and was located in the central part of the coastal territory, according to the IDF. The army said that it viewed the “Hamas terror organization as solely responsible for what happens in Gaza.”
US drone strike kills British IS hacker in Syria: sources
A British hacker who US and European officials said became a top cyber expert for Islamic State in Syria has been killed in a US drone strike, a US source familiar with the matter said on Wednesday.
Gunmen in Afghan uniforms kill two US troops in Helmand
Men wearing Afghan military uniforms shot dead two Nato soldiers in the country’s south on Wednesday, the coalition said, the first insider attack on foreign troops since the Taliban’s bitter power transition.
Why Saudi Arabia Won’t Cut Oil Production
Nine months after OPEC decided to leave its production target unchanged and pursue market share instead of trying to prop up prices, the group is facing a set of complex problems and decisions going forward.
David Duke: Donald Trump Is Too Zionist for Me
The white supremacist insists he has not endorsed the billionaire ‘either informally or formally’—because while Duke likes Trump’s immigration plans, his support of Israel is a problem.
Saudi arrested in 1996 bombing that killed 19 Americans
A man described as the mastermind of the 1996 Khobar Towers bombing that killed 19 American servicemen in Saudi Arabia has been captured, a U.S. and a Saudi official said Wednesday, ending a nearly two-decade manhunt for one of the FBI’s most-wanted terrorists.
Hungary scrambles to confront migrant influx, Merkel heckled
Hungary made plans on Wednesday to reinforce its southern border with helicopters, mounted police and dogs, and was also considering using the army as record numbers of migrants, many of them Syrian refugees, passed through coils of razor-wire into Europe.
Venezuela Is Adding More Zeroes to Its Currency to Deal With Hyperinflation
Venezuela is preparing to issue bank notes in higher denominations next year as rampant inflation reduces the value of a 100-bolivar bill to just 14 cents on the black market. The new notes — of 500 and possibly 1,000 bolivars — are expected to be released sometime after congressional elections are held on Dec. 6, said a senior government official who isn’t authorized to talk about the plans publicly.
Top Headlines – 8/27/2015
1) Aurora shooter given 12 life sentences plus as statement on limitations of human justice
Colorado movie gunman sentenced to 12 lifetimes and 3,318 years, Reuters (Keith Coffman)
2) Debate over life without parole, death penalty reflects devaluing of human life
Death without killing, Christian Century (Steve Thorngate)
3) New York Times editors oppose Down Syndrome abortion ban on basis of sanctity of choice
Ohio Bill Would Ban Abortion if Down Syndrome Is Reason, New York Times (Tamar Lewin)
Abortion and Down Syndrome, New York Times (Editorial Board)
4) Clash between law and Indian sect suicide fast exposes clash between worldviews
Sect’s Death Ritual Clashes With Indian Law, New York Times (Ellen Barry and Mansi Choksi)
Ministry in the Killing Fields, Christian History (Evangeline Anderson-Rajkumar)
In other news…
Should Prostitution Be a Crime?, New York Times (Gillian Abel and Taina Bien-Aimé)
Is feminism destroying the institution of marriage?, The Telegraph (Martin Daubney)
August 27, 2015
“Nothing is more certain than that a general profligacy and corruption of manners make a people ripe for destruction. A good form of government may hold the rotten materials together for some time, but beyond a certain pitch, even the best constitution will be ineffectual, and slavery must ensue.” —John Witherspoon, The Dominion of Providence Over the Passions of Men, 1776
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|An American F-16 takes off from Turkey. Photo courtesy U.S. Air Force|
No wonder the Obama administration continues insisting the campaign against the Islamic State is peachy despite the deluge of reports to the contrary. The Pentagon inspector general has launched an investigation after it was alleged that U.S. Central Command was skewing intelligence reports to make it appear the fight against the Islamic State was working, The New York Times reports. That means the Obama administration was told a pie in the sky story about the effectiveness of its no-boots-on-the-ground strategy. National Review’s David French, a veteran of the Iraq war, writes of the investigation, “I keep getting the ominous feeling that the clock is ticking on a truly significant terror attack, one that will leave our political leadership answering to the American people — why didn’t you do more to defeat the enemy? And if one answer is that Pentagon officials lied about success against ISIS, then courts-martial should be the response.” If the IG’s investigation uncovers doctoring of intelligence reports, the next question is why. Were military leaders cowing to Obama’s assumptions? This doctoring may have been the work of civilian appointees at the Defense Department working to prop up the narrative of Obama’s successful leadership. That provides cover for him to avoid taking any further action after his disastrous pullout from Iraq.
Ten years ago, on Aug. 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina barreled into the Louisiana coast with 145mph winds. Its 27-foot swells surged against the levee protecting New Orleans, crushing concrete and leaving government on all levels unprepared to handle the devastation. This week, Barack Obama will visit the city to remember the decade-old disaster that left 1,800 people dead. Everyone agrees that everything from the outdated levee to flooded school buses to the slow FEMA response was a stark demonstration of government incompetence. It just shows individual preparedness is key. Reuters reports that Obama will tell an audience in New Orleans, “What started out as a natural disaster became a manmade one, a failure of government to look out for its own citizens. But what that storm revealed was another tragedy, one that had been brewing for decades. New Orleans had long been plagued by structural inequality that left too many people, especially poor people of color, without good jobs or affordable health care or decent housing.” Who wants to bet that Obama will skim over the failure of Democrat leadership in the offices of the governor and mayor of New Orleans leading up to the disaster? Instead, he’ll do what he’s always done: Blame George W. Bush — at least by implication, since Bush will also attend. We’re also expecting him to throw in a warning about climate change for good measure. But today a new New Orleans stands on the receded floodwaters. As The Wall Street Journal notes, it was built on education reform, and a mayor and governor that tout fiscal conservatism and business growth.
Congress was always getting a bum deal when it agreed, thanks to the efforts of Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN), to vote to disapprove the agreement with Iran instead of voting to approve it. That means Barack Obama needs only a third of Congress to back his foreign policy wheedling, instead of the usual two-thirds. Obama is only a handful of Democrat votes short from being able to block Congress’ attempt at rejection. But that political path may be too messy for Obama, because a high-profile veto fight may call into question the wisdom of the deal, both here and abroad. So he’s decided to circumvent the political process and lobby Senate Democrats to filibuster the Iran vote, Politico reports. “Is that where they really want to be?” Corker said in an interview. “Do they really want to vote to block consideration of … probably the biggest foreign policy endeavor?” The only significant group supporting this deal now is Democrats in Congress too partisan to oppose Obama. In response to a letter sent by 36 military officers supporting the deal, about 200 retired admirals and generals signed a letter to Congress saying, “The agreement will enable Iran to become far more dangerous, render the Mideast still more unstable and introduce new threats to American interests as well as our allies.” Despite the outcry from the military, bipartisan distrust and opposition from a majority of Congress and the American people, Obama may still get what he wants. Funny what you can do with a tireless minority.
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|Adam Ward and Alison Parker|
Yesterday, it happened again: People were going about their daily lives only to be struck down by a crazed murderer. This time, the backdrop was Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia, where 24-year-old reporter Alison Parker and 27-year-old cameraman Adam Ward were up early on a Wednesday morning, delivering a live broadcast for WDBJ, the local CBS News affiliate where both worked.
During the 6:45 a.m. broadcast, the murderer walked up and shot dead both Alison and Adam. He also wounded Vicki Gardner, executive director of the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce, whom Alison was interviewing. In an act of psychotic narcissism, he filmed his crime and posted the video online before taking his own life. Due to the fire-like speed of social media, many people unintentionally found themselves viewing both versions of the horrific footage as videos auto-played in their browsers or on their phones.
The killer faxed ABC News a 23-page manifesto showing just how deranged he was. In it, he praised by name the killers in the 1999 Columbine High School massacre as well as the man who murdered 32 people at Virginia Tech in 2007. Yesterday’s murderer was a former WDBJ employee who claimed discrimination as a homosexual black man and wrote that the Charleston mass murder, in which a white man killed nine black churchgoers in June, was the last straw motivating his homicidal targeting of white individuals.
His anger and instability were no surprise to some. According to his former supervisor at WDBJ, the killer had a history of lodging complaints against co-workers — none of which were ever validated. Eventually, he was fired for bizarre and threatening behavior, and police even had to escort him out of the building.
Yet despite the overwhelming evidence that yesterday’s tragedy was perpetrated by a sick man bent on vengeance, almost immediately Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe and other leftists used the tragedy to blame their favorite scapegoat — guns.
First, Obama spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters, “This is another example of gun violence that is becoming all too common in communities large and small across the United States.”
Then Obama himself said, “What we know is that the number of people who die from gun-related incidents around this country dwarfs any deaths that happen through terrorism.” So in one astonishingly stupid statement, he managed to blame the tool and minimize the (*jihadi*) terrorist threat that has claimed hundreds of thousands of victims around the world just during his presidency. And, by the way, 3,000 Americans were killed on 9/11 without a single firearm.
His comments also come on the heals of his lament last month that the area he feels “most frustrated and most stymied” is that the U.S. “is the one advanced nation on earth in which we do not have sufficient common-sense, gun-safety laws.”
Not to be outdone, Hillary Clinton declared, “We have got to do something about gun violence in America. And I will take it on.”
Likewise, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe used the killings to call for stricter gun control, saying, “There are too many guns in the hands of people who should not have guns. That is why I’ve long advocated for background checks. … This is why we need to restrict access to guns.”
Unfortunately, emotion plays better than facts in times of tragedy — and that’s what Obama, Clinton and McAuliffe are banking on. Contrary to McAuliffe’s insinuation, the murderer passed a background check in order to buy his gun. But leftists won’t stop with more checks because, as McAuliffe said, they’re after “restricting access.”
And despite Obama’s claim of increased gun violence, such violence has actually drastically decreased over the last couple of decades. In fact, in 2010, the gun homicide rate was 49% lower than in 1993, according to a 2013 Pew Research Center study. The downward trend appears to have remained steady since 2011 — all while gun laws have been loosened and gun ownership has increased.
Thanks in part to leftist rhetoric, though, just 12% of Americans believe gun crime is lower now than in the early 1990s. In fact, the 2013 Pew study reveals 56% erroneously believe it’s higher.
Unavoidably, false information leads to faulty judgment, such as one absurdly ignorant tweet saying the county where yesterday’s murders occurred supported Romney in the last presidential election, so it must be gun-friendly. Evidently this person hasn’t heard of Chicago, Baltimore, Ferguson, or any other inner city Democrat poverty plantation where murder and violent crime are rampant.
Yesterday’s killings were perpetrated not by a county, a community, a tool, or the Second Amendment but by a sick individual driven by racial and anti-heterosexual hatred. His hatred — not his gun — drove him to kill. More to the point, the killer wasn’t a Romney voter but reportedly was reprimanded for wearing an Obama button during campaign coverage. That’s a report the American Leftmedia won’t bother getting around to.
Heartbreakingly, this unchecked hatred cost the lives of Adam Ward, who was engaged to be married to a coworker (who saw the murder happen while watching the broadcast in the control room), and Alison Parker, who was also dating a coworker and by all accounts was a vibrant and joyful woman.
Adam and Alison’s deaths should not be used as props for political gain. Instead, they should motivate us to counter the hatred that drives killers to take innocent lives and inflict unspeakable heartache to satisfy their delusional sense of vengeance.
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OPINION IN BRIEF
Victor Davis Hanson: “Being white and male supposedly means enjoying innate and undeserved privileged. But now trans-elites reinvent themselves as females or minorities and have access to special advantages or privileges. We are still fighting the old battle between nature and culture. Our 21st-century postmodern culture says that we can become whatever we declare ourselves to be. But age-old realities suggest that only nature determines our gender and race. How odd that progressives publicly insist that we can be what we wish to be, but privately accept the ancient wisdom that we really cannot quite do that — at least not without dropping the accepted criteria for social institutions such as racially based scholarships, female sports programs or affirmative action for women and minorities.”
Insight: “Governments last as long as the undertaxed can defend themselves against the overtaxed.” —American art historian Bernard Berenson (1865-1959)
Upright, part I: “[Virginia shooter Bryce Williams] couldn’t deal with his inadequacy, so he woke up [Wednesday] morning, he looked in the mirror, didn’t like what he saw, and decided the only way he was going to make a name in TV news was to go out and find two people doing their job, that had nothing to do with his … inferiority complex, and take them out so that he could be the headline news. I think the best thing that we can do after today is never speak of this guy again.” —Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke
Upright, part II: “We saw evil in Charleston. We saw evil yesterday. Unfortunately, too many are too blind to evil. Those who have eyes to see can see the evil in Planned Parenthood decapitating children and sending their heads in the mail making sure their eyes are closed. Those who have eyes to see can see the evil in the collapse of families and the rise of dysfunctional young people without a relationship with one parent or the other. … Evil is always going to exist. It is never going to be exterminated by us. It will not be legislated away. But it will be exterminated on that final day.” —Erick Erickson
Non Compos Mentis: “Another proud moment for the NRA. Thank you, NYC, for your strict gun laws!” —New York Post columnist Bart Hubbuch on the slaying of a Roanoke, Virginia, television crew
Village Idiots: “I believe we are smart enough, we are compassionate enough, to figure out how to balance the legitimate Second Amendment rights with preventive measures and control measures… There is so much evidence that if guns were not so readily available, if we had universal background checks, if we could just put some time out between the person who is upset because he got fired and the domestic abuse or whatever other motivation may be working on someone who does this, maybe we could prevent this kind of carnage.” —Hillary Clinton
Late-night humor: “The CEO of Starbucks sent a message to Starbucks employees, instructing them to be sensitive to customers who might be feeling stressed out about the market. I like that the place that charges $5 for a cup of coffee is concerned about our finances.” —Jimmy Kimmel
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Have you noticed that more Americans than ever seem to be going totally insane? When even reporters start going on racially-motivated shooting sprees, you know that things are getting crazy in this country. On Wednesday, most Americans were absolutely stunned to learn that a former WDBJ-TV reporter shot and killed a 24-year-old female reporter named Alison Parker and a 27-year-old male cameraman named Adam Ward right as they were in the middle of shooting a live news segment at 6:45 in the morning. As a reporter, the shooter was known as “Bryce Williams”, but his legal name was Vester Lee Flanagan II. He fled the scene, but was later tracked down by police. Before they could take him into custody he shot himself, and he later died at a hospital in northern Virginia. So what would cause a talented young man to do such a thing? (Read More…)
On Wednesday we witnessed the third largest single day point gain for the Dow Jones Industrial Average ever. That sounds like great news until you realize that the two largest were in October 2008 – right in the middle of the last financial crisis. This is a perfect example of what I wrote about yesterday. Every time the market crashes, there are huge up days, huge down days and giant waves of market momentum. Even though the Dow was up 619 points on Wednesday, overall we are still down more than 2,000 points from the peak of the market. During the weeks and months to come, we are going to see many more wild market swings, but the overall direction of the market will be down. (Read More….)
Nearly 200 retired US generals, admirals and former political officials have come out strongly against the Iran nuclear accord, and have called upon Congress to sink the agreement on the grounds that it will “enable Iran to become far more dangerous.”
Among the signatories are top former career officers from every branch of the US military, as well as officials who have served in the White House, under both Democratic and Republican administrations, The Washington Post reported Wednesday.
“The agreement will enable Iran to become far more dangerous, render the Mideast still more unstable and introduce new threats to American interests as well as our allies,” the letter, which was addressed to Republican and Democratic senators and congressmen, stated.
Yellowstone: Natural Wonder or Cauldron of Death?
Posted: 27 Aug 2015 07:48 AM PDT
It’s time to repent for a spirit of entitlement that is destroying our testimony.
the condition of having a right to have, do or get something
In a self-centered, narcissistic world, one can only presume entitlement would be in the mix, as well. This attitude is doing great harm to our testimony as Christians in addition to creating a proud, lazy people who expect to be served instead of to serve.
“Let nothing be done out of strife or conceit, but in humility let each esteem the other better than himself. Let each of you look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Let this mind be in you all, which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped. But He emptied Himself, taking upon Himself the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men. And being found in the form of a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to death, even death on a cross” (Phil. 2:3-8).
Attitudes of entitlement have overwhelmed so many and it is actually a clear manifestation of the enemy. His character is defined by selfish ambition. Lucifer presumed it was his right, his portion, to be exalted. MORE
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|God’s Redemptive Plan in the Feasts of Israel
Posted: 27 Aug 2015 05:57 AM PDT
In preparation for the fall feasts of Israel, let’s take a step back and look at the feasts as a whole. Are they merely fascinating historical occurrences, or do they hold deeper relevance for believers in Yeshua (Jesus) today, whether you’re Jewish or Gentile Throughout the ages, God has sought after the people of Israel, in order to bless them and to make them a blessing to many peoples (Gen. 12:2-3). He also gave Israel a sacred trust—to bear His Name and to be the nation from which His redemptive plan for the world would go forth (John 4:22). This plan is illustrated in the feasts He ordained.
These annual feasts are called “moedim” in Hebrew, meaning, “appointments.” In a sense, these “appointed times of the Lord” (Lev. 23:4) constitute God’s agenda with His redeemed people. Ultimately, they provide a Biblical and historical foundation for faith in Yeshua. Messiah Yeshua was to be the fulfillment of the feasts; indeed, He is the purpose for their existence. “These (Feasts, Sabbath day …) are a shadow of the things to come, but the substance belongs to Messiah” (Col. 2:17). Even as all Scripture is inspired and profitable, these “shadows” are relevant for followers of Messiah today because they never stop pointing to Him! (2 Tim. 3:16). FULL REPORT
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|Congressional Budget Office warns U.S. debt will soon become unsustainable
Posted: 27 Aug 2015 05:51 AM PDT
The economy is sluggish yet developing and expansion stays low, painting a quite blended picture for the government, the Congressional Budget Office reported Tuesday, saying the financial circumstance is enhancing this year yet will snap back by 2018 to swelling deficiencies and unsustainable obligation. The expansion rate is low to the point that Social Security recipients presumably won’t get an average cost for basic items raise after this year, the CBO said. In any case, charge income is up and spending has stayed pat, which is helping diminish the pool of red ink in the government spending plan.
Joined, those numbers mean the legislature will run a deficiency of $426 billion in monetary year 2015, down about $60 billion from 2014 and denoting the littlest shortfall of President Obama’s residency. The uplifting news will proceed for a few years as the economy belatedly yet completely bounce back from the subsidence of December 2007 to June 2009. By 2018, however, obligation will ascend as government spending develops and the economy will cool once more, the CBO said.
“The development in the red is not reasonable,” CBO Director Keith Hall said in showing the assessments. “Eventually, it’s going to get to an abnormal state. Clearly, you can’t anticipate tipping focuses, yet sooner or later this turns into an issue.” Democrats saw the fleeting viewpoint as advancement and said it’s chance to close tax reductions and acquire more income for spending on speculations, for example, base. Republicans kept their attention on the more extended term notices in the CBO report. They noticed that expenses will stay higher than their memorable normal in the course of recent decades however deficiencies will hold on in light of the fact that spending will even now outpace income. MORE
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|Robots will cut 25% of US jobs in 4 years and transform workforce
Posted: 27 Aug 2015 05:45 AM PDT
The encroachment of self-help kiosks and grocery store scanners has led doomsayers to suggest automation threatens the workforce of the future. A new report argues it will create new business sectors and new jobs as well. By studying large companies in various industries, from Delta Airlines Inc. to Whole Foods Market Inc., as well as many startups, analysts have forecast that automation will erase 22.7 million jobs by 2025, or 16 percent of today’s total.
The prediction comes in a report titled “The Future of Jobs, 2025: Working Side-By-Side with Robots,” published by Forrester Research this week. The study’s findings were drawn from government employment data, and interviews with businesses and academics. Automation in daily life is already prevalent and expanding beyond the grocery store scanner. Robots are now delivering room service to guests in the Aloft hotel in San Francisco, and self-service kiosks filling orders at delis rather than humans. Lowe’s hardware is testing Oshbot, a robotic sales assistant that can answer questions, and show customers a floorplan of the store or lead them directly to products they seek. It was recently featured in an RT segment. FULL REPORT
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|Chick-fil-A Blocked From Opening At Denver Airport Due To Christian Views
Posted: 27 Aug 2015 05:29 AM PDT
A board of trustees of the Denver City Council has slowed down what was relied upon to be standard approbation of a Chick-fil-A Restaurant at the Denver International Airport after no less than four gathering individuals communicated dissatisfaction with the organization’s charged restriction to same-sex marriage.
Amid an Aug. 18 hearing, chamber part Robin Kniech said she was concerned in regards to a neighborhood establishment creating “corporate benefits used to reserve and fuel segregation,” The Denver Post reported. Councilman Paul Lopez looked at the ace family positions of some Chick-fil-A pioneers to presidential applicant Donald Trump’s remarks about movement and different issues, calling restriction to the air terminal eatery “truly, really an ethical issue.”
The chamber’s Business Development Committee will take up the matter again at its Sept. 1 meeting. At issue is whether to favor a seven-year lease for a Chick-fil-A that would be worked by a 60-40 organization including Atlanta-based Concessions International and Denver’s Delarosa Restaurant Concepts. Chick-fil-A would get 7 percent of the eatery’s benefits, as per The Post. On the off chance that the panel rejects the lease, an individual part could in any case acquaint the matter with the full board. FULL REPORT
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|Why did Obama nationalize the U.S. food supply with executive order 13603?
Posted: 27 Aug 2015 05:10 AM PDT
In March 2012, President Obama quietly signed an Executive Order that has major implications should some sort of national emergency arise, such as enabling the federal government to take over management and distribution of all food, water and other resources. In issuing the order, EO 13603, titled, “National Defense Resources Preparedness,” Obama claimed authority under the Defense Production Act of 1950, a Korean War-era statute (50 U.S.C.) (see it here) that gives the government the power to marshal whatever resources are necessary to protect and defend the country during “military conflicts, natural or man-caused disasters, or acts of terrorism within the United States,” the statute says.
In justifying the order, Obama wrote in Section 102 under “Policy:” The United States must have an industrial and technological base capable of meeting national defense requirements and capable of contributing to the technological superiority of its national defense equipment in peacetime and in times of national emergency. The domestic industrial and technological base is the foundation for national defense preparedness. The authorities provided in the Act shall be used to strengthen this base and to ensure it is capable of responding to the national defense needs of the United States. FULL REPORT
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|Elites preparing last phase of New World Order?
Posted: 26 Aug 2015 08:41 PM PDT
There’s a passage of holy writ that has haunted Bible teachers for centuries, confounding and teasing them, to the point where most modern preachers pass right by it like a trucker skirting a weigh station. Who is “Mystery Babylon,” that “great whore” spoken of in Revelation 17-18 that commits “fornication” with world rulers, lives in extreme luxury and gets “drunk with the blood of the saints” before finally meeting her fiery destruction? Who is this mysterious woman?
Popular theories say it’s the Roman Catholic Church. Others point to New York City, seat of the United Nations, Wall Street and all manner of human greed and fleshly lusts. Some say it’s apostate Christianity in general, not just the Catholic Church, or America as a whole, not just New York. Still others point to Mecca and Saudi Arabia’s royal family, which lives in opulence and owns everything from diamond-studded cars, a harem of sex slaves and more than a few Washington politicians. FULL REPORT
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|North Dakota to use police drones with non-lethal weapons
Posted: 26 Aug 2015 08:33 PM PDT
North Dakota police have been authorized to equip drones with Tasers, tear gas, and other non-lethal weapons after interference from a police lobby group led to an amendment to a bill, which was initially intended to limit police powers to deploy drones. The adopted amendment to House Bill 1328 enables police drones to use “less than lethal” weapons, such as Tasers, bean bags, pepper spray, sound cannons and rubber bullets. The amendment was pushed through by Bruce Burkett of North Dakota’s Peace Officer’s Association, a police lobby group, the Daily Beast reports.
The bill was passed earlier this year and initially prohibited “any lethal or nonlethal weapons” on the drones, but that was eventually amended to permit the deployment of “less than lethal weapons.” “This is one I’m not in full agreement with. I wish it was any weapon,” Rick Becker, the Republican sponsor of the original bill, said at a March hearing as cited by the Daily Beast. “In my opinion there should be a nice, red line: Drones should not be weaponized. Period,” he added. FULL REPORT
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|Malaysia To Introduce RFID Tracking For Every Vehicle
Posted: 26 Aug 2015 08:28 PM PDT
Here on Techdirt, nationwide tracking schemes tend to raise a red flag. In Malaysia, by contrast, there seem to be no such worries, as ambitious plans to introduce RFID tagging for all vehicles, reported by The Sun Daily, indicate: A new vehicle security tracking system suitable for all types of vehicles — the Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) — will be implemented nationwide by the Road Transport Department (JPJ) by 2018. According to the article, there are plenty of advantages of doing so:
This new system will enable the police and other authorities to effectively track down criminals And: the RFID technology will herald a new era for vehicle security in Malaysia and it could be the answer to combat vehicle theft and cloned vehicle syndicates. Moreover: the RFID can also be used to provide real-time monitoring on road traffic situation. And if you’re worried that ne’er-do-wells might seek to avoid being tracked simply by ripping off said RFID tags, fear not, Malaysia has that covered: the Sun understands that the RFID tag is designed to shatter should any one attempt to tamper with it and can transmit a warning to the JPJ and police, should any one try to remove the sticker. FULL REPORT
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|CNN Tells Americans That The Stock Market Is Not Going To Crash
Posted: 26 Aug 2015 08:21 PM PDT
On Wednesday we witnessed the third largest single day point gain for the Dow Jones Industrial Average ever. That sounds like great news until you realize that the two largest were in October 2008 – right in the middle of the last financial crisis. This is a perfect example of what I wrote about yesterday. Every time the market crashes, there are huge up days, huge down days and giant waves of market momentum. Even though the Dow was up 619 points on Wednesday, overall we are still down more than 2,000 points from the peak of the market.
During the weeks and months to come, we are going to see many more wild market swings, but the overall direction of the market will be down. Sadly, the mainstream media is still peddling the lie that everything is going to be just fine. So millions upon and millions of Americans are just going to sit there while their investments get wiped out. In the six trading days leading up to Wednesday, Americans lost a staggering 2.1 trillion dollars as stocks plunged, and the truth is that this nightmare is only just beginning. FULL REPORT
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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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