Sep. 28, 2015
Saudi Arabia has withdrawn as much as $70 billion from global asset managers as OPEC’s largest oil producer seeks to plug its budget deficit.
Apple sold a record 13 million iPhones during the debut weekend of its latest handsets, as enthusiasts from Beijing to New York rushed to stores to be the first with the new devices.
Alcoa, the top U.S. aluminum maker, will break itself up by separating manufacturing operations from a legacy smelting and refining business that’s struggling to overcome booming production from China.
Household spending climbed more than forecast in August and incomes also rose as the biggest part of the U.S. economy continued to power past a global slowdown. Consumer purchases climbed 0.4 percent, matching the gain in July that was larger than previously reported.
Whole Foods Market Inc. plans to eliminate 1,500 jobs to reduce costs and fight back against rivals that are undercutting its prices.
Limits on how much the U.S. can borrow have forced the Treasury Department to sell less of its shortest-term debt, exacerbating a shortfall that’s caused yields to turn negative and squeezed money-market funds that buy the securities.
Contract signings to purchase previously owned U.S. homes unexpectedly declined in August for just the second time this year, signaling residential real estate might have difficulty building on recent momentum.
About 15 percent of high-income households, those in the top third of the earnings ladder, reported debt declined in September, more than any other time since 2005
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Stargazers were treated to a rare astronomical phenomenon when a total lunar eclipse combined with a so-called supermoon. It was the first time the events have made a twin appearance since 1982, and they won’t again until 2033.
The Supreme Court justices reconvene in private to consider a huge number of new cases for its new term. Known as the “long conference,” the nine justices will somehow evaluate about 2,000 petitions and other motions, and accept just a few for the term that starts on the first Monday in October.
When President Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin talk at the United Nations in their first meeting of any length since 2013, the two estranged presidents will hardly be motivated by the same interests on Syria.
A low-pressure system over the south-central Gulf of Mexico, about 100 miles north of the northeastern Yucatan peninsula, has a 40 percent chance of developing into a tropical cyclone in the next 48 hours, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.
A rocket fired from war-torn Syria strayed into the Israeli-occupied sector of the Golan Heights Sunday, prompting the Israeli army to respond after the second such incident in as many days.
In a major shift in immigration patterns over the next 50 years, Asians will have surged past Hispanics to become the largest group of immigrants heading to the United States, according to estimates in a new immigration study.
Royal Dutch Shell said Monday it was halting its search for oil off the Alaskan coast, with environmentalists claiming a huge victory in their battle to protect local wildlife.
Homophobic mobs have repeatedly attacked lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in Kenya but police are unwilling to even attempt to bring the perpetrators to justice, rights groups said on Monday.
The Taliban seized control of half of a major Afghan city Monday, the first time they have done so since being ousted from power by a US-led invasion.
Investors have filed a flurry of court cases claiming banks and brokers have been rigging the Treasury bond market and increasing the cost of selling debt for the US government.
The Syrian conflict is at the center of intense diplomatic activity in New York, where world leaders are attending the UN General Assembly.
Is it snowing in India’s tropical southern city of Bangalore? What looks like snow is actually harmful snow-white froth that floats up from the city’s largest lake and spills over into neighboring areas. Over the years, the 9,000-acre Bellandur lake in India’s technology capital has been polluted by chemicals and sewage. IT professional Debasish Ghosh has been taking pictures of the lake of “harmful snowy froth” for months now. Here is a selection of his pictures.
A mass brawl has erupted at a tented camp for migrants in Germany, with Albanians and Pakistanis fighting each other with sticks and irritant sprays. It took police several hours to quell the violence between some 400 migrants at Calden, near Kassel in central Germany,
There have been fresh clashes between Israeli forces and Palestinians at a disputed holy site in Jerusalem.
A group of US-trained Syrian rebels has handed over their vehicles and ammunition to fighters linked to al-Qaeda, the US military has admitted.
“What’s basically happened is that those who have conservative moral values and biblical values, they have become the new Ku Klux Klan,” said Michael Brown, an author and talk-radio host. “What’s happened is that gay activism is the new civil-rights movement. This is the new kid on the block that everyone’s standing with.” Among those standing with the “gay” rights movement are numerous businesses. In the 2015 Corporate Equality Index, compiled by the pro-homosexual Human Rights Campaign, a record 366 major businesses earned a perfect score of 100 percent, indicating HRC completely approves of their policies, practices and benefits for LGBT employees.
Top News – 9/28/2015
U.S. post-Christian population soars in 2015
“While the United States remains shaped by Christianity, the faith’s influence — particularly as a force in American politics and culture — is slowly waning,” the Barna Group reports from its recent study. “An increasing number of religiously unaffiliated, a steady drop in church attendance, the recent Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage, and the growing tension over religious freedoms all point to a larger secularizing trend sweeping across the nation.”
Thousands of fish dead as California reservoir disappears overnight
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife confirmed that somewhere between hundreds and thousands of fish died when a northern state reservoir apparently ran dry in the span of a single night. The utility company that owns the water rights blamed the drought for the loss, but residents have expressed skepticism and are looking for answers.
Rare ‘Super Blood Moon’ Appears Worldwide After More Than 30 Years
What made this particular supermoon special is the fact that it appeared in conjunction with a lunar eclipse, creating a “Super Blood Moon.” Light still reaches the moon as it passes through Earth’s atmosphere and red light tends to make it through easier during an eclipse, weather.com also reports. This gives the moon a reddish glow, hence the nickname “blood moon.”
‘Super typhoon’ Dujuan batters Taiwan
The storm intensified as it approached Taiwan, with gusts of 227 kilometres (141 miles) per hour.
BIG SUNSPOT FACES EARTH
Big sunspot AR2422 has developed an unstable ‘beta-gamma-delta’ magnetic field that harbors energy for strong solar flares. NOAA forecasters estimate a 40% chance of M-class solar flares and a 5% chance of X-flares….
China to launch cap-and-trade system
Climate commitment could help build momentum for a new global pact to limit greenhouse-gas emissions. The program will begin in 2017. Xi’s announcement builds on a 2014 climate agreement between the United States and China — the world’s two largest emitters — and could help build momentum for a new global climate pact ahead of United Nations talks in Paris in December.
Sanctions No More: Tehran to Purchase Sukhoi Superjet, Satellite Equipment in $21 Billion Deal with Russia
As international sanctions fall apart, it looks like the US has made Russia the biggest winner.
New clashes at Jerusalem’s Temple Mount
Israeli riot police briefly clashed with young Palestinian protesters at Jerusalem’s most sensitive holy site early Sunday, raising tensions ahead of a major Jewish holiday.
Obama’s half-brother continues to live in poverty
Many people are familiar with President Obama’s half-brother Malik and his notorious ties with the Muslim Brotherhood. But fewer people are familiar with Obama’s younger half-brother. Twenty-nine year old George Hussein Obama lives in a squalid hut in Nairobi’s filthy Huruma slum.
‘Counter to Islamic law’: Saudi diplomat refuses to discuss gay rights at UN
Saudi Arabia has protested any references to homosexuality in a new UN development program, saying it is “counter to Islamic law.” Punishments for those engaging in same-sex relationships in the absolute monarchy are brutal, such as being stoned to death.
Iraq Steps Up Anti-ISIS Coordination with Iran, Syria, Russia
Iraq, Russia, Iran and Syria have agreed to set up an intelligence committee in Baghdad, a spokesman said Sunday, a further sign of Moscow’s growing role in the region’s conflict.
Govt. workers have right to refuse gay marriage licenses: pope
Francis said on Monday government officials have a “human right” to refuse to discharge a duty, such as issuing marriage licenses to homosexuals, if they feel it violates their conscience. Speaking to reporters as he returned home from a 10-day trip to the United States and Cuba, Francis also repeated his condemnation of priests who had sexually abused children, saying the victims had been “crushed by evil”.
Not Good: The Doomsday Seed Vault Was Tapped Due To The Syrian Civil War
The Svalbard Global Seed Vault, built in 2008, stores more than 850,000 seed samples from nations all over the world. Extending nearly 500 feet into the mountain, it’s intended to safeguard the planet’s food supply and biodiversity in the event a doomsday catastrophe like nuclear war or crippling disease wipes out varieties of plants.
Iraq to share intelligence on IS with Syria, Russia and Iran
Iraq’s military said Sunday it will begin sharing “security and intelligence” information with Syria, Russia and Iran to help combat the Islamic State group, a move that could further complicate U.S. efforts… A statement issued by the Joint Operations Command said the countries will “help and cooperate in collecting information about the terrorist Daesh group,” using the Arabic acronym for the IS group.
Typhoon Dujuan approaches Taiwan, thousands evacuated
Thousands of people have been evacuated and tens of thousands of troops are on standby ahead of Typhoon Dujuan’s arrival in Taiwan. Taiwan’s Central Weather Bureau upgraded Dujuan to a “strong typhoon” on Sunday – also known as “super typhoon” by some weather agencies. Landfall in Taiwan is expected at 11:00 pm local time (1500 GMT), bringing heavy rain and high winds.
Taliban assault Afghanistan’s Kunduz city from three directions
Hundreds of Taliban fighters have launched an attack on the strategic northern Afghan city of Kunduz. Militants are attacking from several directions and are reported to have briefly entered a hospital. There are casualties on both sides, police say. Kunduz province has seen a number of attacks since April, with the Taliban joining forces with other insurgents.
British troops for Somalia peacekeeping mission
Dozens of British troops are to be sent to Somalia to help peacekeeping efforts to counter Islamist militants, David Cameron has announced. Up to 70 personnel will join a United Nations contingent supporting African Union troops fighting al-Shabab. Up to 300 could also be deployed in South Sudan over time.
Police enter Temple Mount after Palestinians in Aksa mosque throw stones, firebombs
Dozens of police officers entered the Temple Mount complex early Monday morning after dozens of Palestinians holed up in al-Aksa mosque began hurling stones and firebombs at them, police said. Security forces used crowd-dispersal methods and pushed the worshipers back into the mosque in order to calm things down.
Mark Levin: Conservatives ‘Sick and Tired’ of GOP ‘Funding the Obama Agenda’
Radio talk show host Mark Levin said Saturday that conservatives are “sick and tired” of the Republican leadership in Congress “funding the Obama agenda.”
Whistleblowers claim Obama White House uses ‘doctored’ intel reports
Some of those career intelligence operatives who complained were bullied and forced to take early retirement, or the younger analysts just quit. Some of the U.S. intelligence community’s top analysts reportedly informed the Pentagon watchdog that their reports have been systematically edited to backup President Barack Obama’s—and his national security team’s—assertions that the war on the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) as more successful than it actually is, according to news reports from outlets such as The Hill.
Massive Category 4 Typhoon Dujuan heads for Taiwan
Typhoon Dujuan maintained its Category 4 intensity throughout the day on Sunday, which was the overnight hours on Sunday night into Monday morning in Taiwan. As of 7:30 p.m. ET, which was 7:30 a.m. local time in Taipei, Typhoon Dujuan had maximum sustained winds of 140 miles per hour, or 63 meters per second, though this may be a slight underestimate.
Thousands of Coloradans view super moon eclipse
Sunlight bent around Earth and beamed a dusty-orange image of the planet on a swollen harvest moon, captivating millions of people Sunday night, including thousands across Colorado. “It’s different,” said college student David Mesker, 19, off his skateboard for a bit in northwest Denver.
Clashes rock Jerusalem mosque compound with holy week ahead
Palestinians and Israeli security forces clashed at Jerusalem’s flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound on Sunday, with further trouble feared in the week ahead as Jews celebrate the Sukkot holiday.
Russia pushes for anti-IS co-ordination
Russian President Vladimir Putin has called for a regional “co-ordinating structure” against Islamic State (IS). Mr Putin reiterated his support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who Western countries and the Syrian opposition have said must go.
Obama Administration Enables ‘Boy Play’
Last week, in a strange fit of actual news reporting, the New York Times published an exposé revealing that, under this Obama administration, the Department of Defense is not only permitting the homosexual abuse of little boys at the hands of Muslim allies in Afghanistan, but is effectively facilitating it.
Israel hits back after Golan rockets fired from Syria
A rocket fired from war-torn Syria strayed into the Israeli-occupied sector of the Golan Heights Sunday, prompting the Israeli army to respond after the second such incident in as many days.
Top Headlines – 9/28/2015
UN’s 70th general assembly: the greatest political show on earth
Abbas to give Israel ultimatum in UN speech
Abbas confidant: ‘Bombshell’ speech will be no surprise
Official: Israel did not cancel Netanyahu-Abbas meeting
Report: Kerry Blocked Netanyahu-Abbas Meeting
Clashes rock Jerusalem mosque compound with holy week ahead
Police enter Temple Mount after Palestinians in Aksa mosque throw stones, firebombs
Jerusalem police limit Muslim access to Temple Mount following violence
PA Strangely Silent after Muslims Set Bethlehem Church Afire
Hamas operative dies after Gaza tunnel collapses, Palestinian media reports
Analysis: How Egypt’s Sisi can save Israel from the threat of BDS
Netanyahu praises Sisi’s call to expand Egypt-Israel peace to other Arab states
AP Interview: Egypt’s leader says country in ‘ferocious war’
Errant projectile from Syria again explodes in Golan, none hurt
IDF strikes Syrian military targets in response to stray fire into Israel
French airstrikes destroy ISIS training camp in Syria, France’s president says
U.N. General Assembly to Open With Focus on Syria, ISIS and Refugees
US support for Syria rebels illegal, Putin says ahead of Obama meeting
Immigrants will drive US population growth in next five decades, new study shows
German president warns of limits to number of refugees
Japan to offer $810 mln to support refugees fleeing Syria, Iraq
France says Iran can help facilitate political solution in Syria
Russia and Iran throw weight behind Assad at UN meet
Rouhani says beating Syria militants is priority
Rouhani: Iran has ‘religious duty’ to abide by terms of nuclear deal
‘GOP critics of nuclear deal couldn’t find Iran on a map,’ Rouhani says
Iran’s Rouhani to cut short NY visit due to haj tragedy
Iran Escalates Criticism of Saudi Arabia After Fatal Stampede
Iran ready for prisoner swap with US: Rouhani
Putin to meet Rouhani, Castro on Monday at UN
Obama, Putin to meet face-to-face for first time in 10 months at UN General Assembly
US official: Kerry, Russian PM discussed possible ‘transition’ in Syria
Putin says Russia has no plans to deploy combat troops in Syria
Iraq to share intelligence on IS with Syria, Russia and Iran
ISIS Militants Destroy 2,000 Years of Christian Civilization
It’s Official: Ground Zero Mosque Defeated!
Taliban assault Afghanistan’s Kunduz city from three directions
Attack on Afghan cricket match kills nine, wounds over 50
Rumors Persist That The CIA Helps Export Opium From Afghanistan
CAR clashes in Bangui after Muslim taxi driver killed
Mark Levin: Conservatives ‘Sick and Tired’ of GOP ‘Funding the Obama Agenda’
GOP Discontent That Helped Sink John Boehner Isn’t Easing Up
Mitch McConnell pushed to resign as Senate Majority Leader
17.4 million Americans hit by identity theft in 2014
DARPA is implanting chips in soldiers’ brains, according to this new book
Scientists conduct brain-to-brain connection without spoken words
Feds Developed App That Predicts ‘Psychological Status’ of Americans
Texting and walking – Eyes down, minds elsewhere, ‘deadwalkers’ are among us
Oil prices slip as demand outlook eclipses supply falls
Photos: A total lunar eclipse turned a supermoon blood red for the first time in 33 years
Sunday was last chance to catch a blood moon until 2033
5.6 magnitude earthquake hits near Saumlaki, Indonesia
5.1 magnitude earthquake hits the Northern Mid-Atlantic Ridge
5.0 magnitude earthquake hits the Northern Mid-Atlantic Ridge
4.2 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Northwest Nevada, 3rd Recent 4+ Quake To Strike Swarm-Prone Region
Earthquake: M 3.0 – 17km E of Stamford, New York
Another small earthquake reported in central Virginia
Small earthquake hits the Louisa area
No relief for Nepal quake victims as $4.1bn fund in limbo
Massive Category 4 Super Typhoon Dujuan heads for Taiwan
Tropical Storm Marty Approaches Mexico
Tropical Storm Niala Passes South of Hawaii
Tropical Depression 11 forms in Atlantic, moves slowly toward East Coast
Cotopaxi volcano in Ecuador erupts to 21,000ft
Ruiz volcano in Colombia erupts to 20,000ft
Tungurahua volcano in Ecuador erupts to 18,000ft
Malaysia again shuts schools as Indonesian smoke thickens
Obama to Press Growth, Climate Issues at U.N.
Bed bugs are an increasing problem in many American cities, following bans on several insecticides
Pope: Workers Have ‘Human Right’ to Refuse Same-Sex Marriage Licenses
Obama says religious freedom no reason to deny gay couples right to marry
Obama: Marriage equality probably won’t be 2016 issue
Obama Administration Enables ‘Boy Play’
Parents beware: San Francisco Folsom Street Fair – BDSM and leather pride subculture fair
University Hits Pause on Kiss Cam in Stadium – Some complain that the practice encourages male entitlement and sexual assault
Video – Pope Says Jesus Life Ended in Failure – Text
Multitudes Honor Pope Francis, But Jesus Warned – Take Heed That No Man Deceive You
Frontrunning: September 28
- Headline winner: “Read Beyond Massive Job-Cuts Headlines: Labor Market Is Fine” (Read More)
- And speaking of lies: The More Yellen Talks Up Inflation, the Less Traders Believe Her (Read More)
- How Some Investors Get Special Access to Companies (Read More)
- Victorious Catalan separatists claim mandate to break with Spain (Read More)
- Russia seizes initiative in Syria (Read More)
- Former VW boss Winterkorn investigated for fraud (Read More)
- Investors Pull Back From Junk Bonds (Read More)
- VW’s New CEO Is Moving Forward With a Strategy Shift (Read More)
- Qatar to Invest $35 Billion in U.S. With New York Office (Read More)
- Alcoa splits into mining and metal groups (Read More)
- Fed’s Tarullo Suggests U.S. Will Change Rules for Big Insurance Firms (Read More)
- Billionaire Carl Icahn Endorses Donald Trump (Read More)
- Trump Plan Cuts Taxes for Millions (Read More)
- Oil prices slip as demand outlook eclipses supply falls (Read More)
- Clinton Clashes With Xi Over Women’s Summit She Attended in 1995 (Read More)
- Big US banks lose patience with Fed (Read More)
- House conservatives vie for clout over Boehner successor (Read More)
1) Boehner resignation from Speaker of House signals fissures within conservatives in America
John Boehner, House Speaker, Will Resign From Congress, New York Times (Jennifer Steinhauer)
John Boehner just sacrificed his career for the good of the Republican Party, Washington Post (Chris Cillizza)
2) Planned Parenthood conflict reveals life and death significance of political process
Reacting to Videos, Planned Parenthood Fights to Regain Initiative, New York Times (Jackie Calmes)
Don’t shut down government over Planned Parenthood, The Tennesseean (David Plazas)
3) Pope’s statements in US leave confusion, paving way of leftward trajectory for Catholicism
Pope Departs, After Showing a Deft Touch, New York Times (Jim Yardley and Laurie Goodstein)
For Finale, It’s ‘Francis Effect’ vs. Core Catholic Doctrine, New York Times (Jason Horowitz)
4) Liberal theology’s marriage to liberal politics leads to secular liberalism
Springtime for Liberal Christianity, New York Times (Ross Douthat)
In other news…
September 28, 2015
“The great principles of right and wrong are legible to every reader; to pursue them requires not the aid of many counselors. The whole art of government consists in the art of being honest. Only aim to do your duty, and mankind will give you credit where you fail.” —Thomas Jefferson, 1775
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On Friday, conservatives celebrated John Boehner’s announced resignation. After all, the trouble with congressional Republicans isn’t the lawmakers elected in the sweeping victories of 2010 and 2014, it’s leadership that is more interested in the position of power than the principles of good governance. As we noted Friday, Boehner’s likely successor is current Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy. He is arguably more conservative than Boehner though largely cut from the same cloth. That said, if elected speaker, he will undoubtedly face pressure to move the congressional agenda to the right. Option B is for House conservatives to rally around an alternative candidate, but Boehner’s surprise announcement left little time for a successful campaign.
Boehner also had some parting words over the weekend, echoing the biblical warning to “beware of false prophets.” He was referring to those who think holding congressional majorities means getting your way all the time, even with a president of the opposite party. So far as that goes, he’s correct that expectations have sometimes been too high. For example, shutting down the government to stop ObamaCare was never going to succeed. But what has grassroots conservatives outraged is, again, the failure of principled leadership. Boehner was such a failed leader and negotiator that he made Obama stronger than he should have been after two electoral “shellackings.” Conservatives don’t expect to roll back most of Obama’s overreach until we retake the White House, but Democrat majorities didn’t have much trouble getting things done with George W. Bush at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Is it too much to ask that a Republican Congress do likewise? Certainly we expect more than preemptive surrender at every opportunity.
Editor’s Note: Stay tune for further coverage in Mark Alexander’s column Wednesday.
On Friday, the State Department announced that it handed over 900 emails to the House Select Committee that Hillary Clinton had sent and received regarding Libya and Benghazi. Last December, the Department of Defense discovered email conversations between then-Gen. David Petraeus and Clinton dating back to Jan. 2009. The Pentagon handed the documents over to State and the revelation was reported Friday. This news contradicts three of Clinton’s lies: First, that she is fully cooperating with the investigation. Second, she previously claimed she operated her homebrew server from March 2009 onward. And third, that she only deleted emails that were private in nature. Just last week, Clinton said, “When I did it, it was allowed, it was above board. And now I’m being as transparent as possible, more than anybody else ever has been.” As the revelations have grown more damning, Clinton has become more dismissive — one of the only rhetorical tricks she has left. Last week, she joked, “You can count on me not to have a private email server,” in response to a question about how transparent her administration will be if she attains the White House. When Chuck Todd of “Meet the Press” grilled Clinton Sunday on her email use, Clinton replied, “Another conspiracy theory?! Ha ha ha ha.” It’s no laughing matter, though, Clinton’s dishonesty is on display, and the fact that she’s continuing to be dishonest indicates that this scandal may hide a larger one that may have hurt the nation.
Barack Obama just made the easiest cyber-security agreement in the world. From the administration that brought you the Russian reset, the red line in Syria and the nuclear deal with Iran comes an agreement with China that is billed as protecting American trade secrets and intellectual property. In the past, the U.S. has accused China of stealing billions of dollars’ worth of information through hacking — for example, information about America’s F-35 fighter jet from the plane’s manufacturers. When China’s President Xi Jinping visited Obama in Washington last week, they agreed: No more cyber stealing. “Both countries affirm that states should not conduct or knowingly support misappropriation of intellectual property, including trade secrets or other confidential business information with the intent of providing competitive advantages to their companies or commercial sectors,” reads a White House Fact Sheet on the agreement. “Both countries affirm that states and companies should not by illegal methods make use of technology and commercial advantages to gain commercial benefits.” But here’s the catch: Both countries deny spying on the other. So why make the agreement in the first place? As The Washington Post points out, this agreement doesn’t stop attacks against the information held by the two governments, like the theft of federal employees’ data from the Office of Personnel Management. The Chinese are too good at cyber espionage to give up simply because Obama made a pinky-promise with them.
FEATURED RIGHT ANALYSIS
By Arnold Ahlert
Of the hypocrisy that is an integral part of progressive ideology, perhaps the most annoying aspect is the “do as I say, not as I do” variety of self-righteous puffery. Thus, a former vice president grown rich lecturing the rest of us about our carbon footprint often flies on private jets, rides around in Lincoln Town Cars and has a house that consumes 20 times the national average of electricity usage. The leading Democrat Party presidential candidate maintains a socialist/populist pose of railing against the rich, even as Wall Street yearns for her to win the Oval Office and she rakes in speaking fees of as much as $325,000. Unfortunately, Pope Francis, who has chosen to thrust himself into some very un-pope-like parts of the political arena, must be taken to task for the same affliction, specifically for his take on immigration.
While Francis apologized for “pleading my own case,” he nonetheless exhorted Catholic bishops in the United States to embrace the massive influx of Hispanics into America during an address last Wednesday at Saint Matthew’s Cathedral. “Perhaps you will be challenged by their diversity,” he said. “But know that they also possess resources meant to be shared. So do not be afraid to welcome them.”
When he addressed a joint session of Congress on Thursday, he offered a similar take, further implying America has a unique responsibility in that regard. “On this continent, too, thousands of persons are led to travel north in search of a better life,” he said. “Is this not what we want for our own children?” One sentence later his agenda became far more transparent: “We must not be taken aback by their numbers, but rather view them as persons, seeing their faces and listening to their stories, trying to respond as best we can to their situation.”
That is a profoundly Christian view individuals must heed, but it requires nuance and adjustment when applied to national policy.
Americans are taken aback by the free-for-all at our southern border and, frankly, what they want and what the Catholic Church wants are hardly in alignment. While many Americans have been cowed into silence by the political Left and its media enablers who label any resistance to the fundamental transformation of America into a polyglot of statist-loving sub-groups as xenophobic or nativist, there is little doubt they believe America should prioritize the interests of Americans.
The priorities of the American Catholic Church are another matter altogether. There has been a precipitous decline in America’s Christian population, with Catholics and mainline Protestants taking the biggest hit over the last seven years, according to a Pew Research Center survey. And while the Conference on Catholic Bishops seemingly recognizes a right for a country to maintain its territorial integrity, they ultimately insist that “the first principle of Catholic social teaching regarding immigrants is that people have the right to migrate to sustain their lives and the lives of their families,” and that the “native does not have superior rights over the immigrant.” In 2013 the Church announced a coordinated effort aimed at pushing Congress to embrace the pro-amnesty agenda known as “comprehensive immigration reform,” even as it was revealed Hispanics have become the Church’s largest demographic group.
In other words, despite all the pieties, practicality explains the Church’s motivation: More Hispanic immigrants, legal or illegal, equals more Catholics sitting in Church pews on Sunday.
The immigrants’ motivation to move northward is primarily economic — as in away from the basket cases in Central and South America to the so-called land of plenty. Ironically, Pope Francis embraces the Marxist-influenced, anti-capitalist ideas emanating from the “liberation theology” that gained popularity in the ’70s, especially in the pope’s home country of Argentina. “And he carried that into the Vatican,” explains columnist Charles Krauthammer. “So, it’s completely understandable that he would complete and repeat and amplify the anti-capitalist message.” Krauthammer further notes that “if you adopt liberation theology economics, the ones who suffer most, as in Argentina, are the poor.”
Thus, whether Pope Francis realizes it or not, he is taking a typically leftist position of embracing a disastrous idea that creates a big problem, while calling for a “solution” that creates an even bigger problem. In other words, if Latin American countries embraced genuine free market capitalism and an affinity for Rule of Law, the need to “travel north in search of a better life” would become moot. And while the pope may be sanguine about the current influx levels, a Senate report reveals the sobering details: America already has 10 million more foreign-born citizens than the entire European Union, and more immigrants admitted than all 21 Latin American and 27 EU nations combined.
Which brings us to the “do as I say not as I do” part of the equation regarding the pope’s current “country,” more familiarly known as Vatican City. As The Washington Times indelicately reveals, while the Vatican welcomes millions of visitors on an annual basis, “only a very select few, who meet strict criteria” are admitted as citizens. According to a 2012 Library of Congress report, such citizens include church cardinals, the pope’s diplomats around the world, and those with job-related citizenship, such as the Swiss Guard and maintenance workers. The Times notes that Francis has responded to criticism from Italian leaders who bristle at the pope’s call for immigration leniency with “a vow that the Vatican itself would take in a couple of refugee families” [emphasis added].
Two refugee families is a symbolic commitment. Amnesty for 11 million illegals is not. Furthermore, while the pope advocates for what is essentially a borderless world, the massive walls that surround the Vatican remind us that no one is immune from leftist double-standards. Double standards that extend to championing the huge financial burdens that accrue for nations tasked with absorbing millions of migrants, even as the vast and largely inestimable wealth of the Catholic Church will never be sold off to mitigate those burdens.
New York Post columnist Michael Goodwin calls Pope Francis “an inspiring example for all mankind” — politics aside. That idea was put a far better way more than 2,000 years ago. “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s,” said Jesus Christ. Amen to that.
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John Goodman: “The marketplace uniquely melds altruism and self-interest. Take Bill Gates, the man who pioneered the personal computer revolution. By empowering computer users everywhere, he became the world’s richest man; and now he is giving all his wealth away. Was he motivated by selfishness? Or was he altruistically trying to create the greatest good for the greatest number? The beauty of the marketplace is that Gates’ motivation doesn’t matter. You get pretty much the same result either way. In a voluntary exchange, both parties are made better off. Moreover, new entrants into a real market are opportunities for more mutually beneficial exchanges. But under zero sum rationing, other people are a threat. One person’s gain is invariably another person’s loss. One person’s place in the bread line is a place another cannot have. One person’s state-owned housing unit is an apartment another cannot have. It is under statism, not capitalism, that the powerful exploit the powerless. And unlike Bill Gates, socialist rulers derive their income by theft, not by trade.”
The Gipper: “It is not my intention to do away with government. It is rather to make it work — work with us, not over us; stand by our side, not ride our back. Government can and must provide opportunity, not smother it; foster productivity, not stifle it.”
For the record: “Republicans should be the party of smaller government. Given that the most noticeable cutbacks in government in 2013’s shutdown were Twitter accounts announcing they were not going to post anymore and the federal government barring veterans from visiting memorials, I think we all got a clear example of just how frivolously the government chooses to spend its money. In all likelihood, more essential services could have and possibly should have been cut.” —Joe Cunningham
Observations: “The right thing to do is to defund Planned Parenthood. If President Obama shuts down the government, Republicans should explain what the shut down is for. They should wonder why the President is more invested in funding Planned Parenthood than children’s food assistance programs. We have been confronted with savagery. We have been confronted with seventeen hours of videos showing American citizens carving up dead children for profit. If Republicans in Washington are not willing to fight that, shame on them. The rest of us will just keep having to replace them.” —Erick Erickson
Annals of the absurd: “I don’t stipulate that these [Planned Parenthood] videos are real…. [Y]ou can create any reality that you want. … [The Center for Medical Progress] should be investigated as to how they obtained those and doctored those and then had them be accepted as something that was an indictment against Planned Parenthood, because that’s not true.” —Nancy Pelosi
Village Idiots: “I have never seen so much expended on so little.” —Bill Clinton in Hillary’s email scandal
Demo-gogues: “I happen to believe … that in a Democratic, civilized society, all people should be entitled to health care as a right. Yeah, I do believe that. Is this a radical idea? No it’s not. Every other major industrialized country on earth does the same. … Yes, I do believe that public colleges and universities should be tuition free. Is this a radical idea? Well gee, Germany does it. Other countries around the world do that.” —Bernie Sanders
Late-night humor: “After Pope Francis became the first pontiff to address a joint session of Congress … he went to meet with a group of homeless people. That’s right, he spoke to some people who spend all their time begging for money, and then he met with the homeless.” —Seth Meyers
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Interesting to note that while Bible prophecy clearly mentions Russia, Iran and China, the world’s greatest superpower America gets no mention at all.
Russia has set up military bases in Syria, and Iran is fighting Israel by proxy with Hamas, but Obama still has time to call for support for the “religion of peace” Islam. He said there must be a “rejection by non-Muslims of the ignorance that equates Islam with terrorism.” Sorry, Barry, but it is intelligence and discernment that equates Islam with terrorism, not “ignorance”. He also went on to say that America is increasing the amount of Muslim migrants we are planning on taking in.
Then, while criticising Russia for violating Syria’s sovereignty by coming in and setting up a military presence, Obama then called for “regime change” by “removing Assad from power” in order to “set up a new government”. Lol, so he is not actually against violating any nation’s sovereignty so long as he is the one who gets to do the violating.
What he failed to mention was that under his leadership, America is being badly outmaneuvered by a rising, aggressive Russia, and that Vladimir Putin is beating him at every turn. The entire balance of power in the Middle East is now shifting, primarily due to the newly-formed axis of power by Russia, Iran and China.
Interesting to note that while Bible prophecy clearly mentions Russia, Iran and China, the world’s greatest superpower America gets no mention at all. I think we are beginning to see one of the reasons for that. Perhaps God has allowed Barack Obama to be be president of America to bring that to come to pass. Certainly starting to look that way.
We will continue to bring you meaningful updates of all the shenanigans at the United Nations this week as they occur, so stay tuned…
In geopolitics, this is the greatest show on earth. For the best part of a week, the world’s leaders – more than 150 of them – will mingle, bargain and argue over the state of the world at the UN General Assembly in New York.
“And I will bring upon that land all my words which I have pronounced against it, even all that is written in this book, which Jeremiah hath prophesied against all the nations.” Jeremiah 25:13 (KJV)
EDITOR’S NOTE: In the Bible, all the nations gathering together is never a good thing. The Bible says that in the end of times all the nations of the world, united in purpose, will band together and come against Israel. At which point God Himself steps in to fight for His chosen people the Jews. Think about that as you listen to all the world’s leaders uniting this week to discuss how best to govern our global, one world society. The leader that the Bible says all the world will follow just might be getting ready to step out from the shadows.
For much of the proceedings, “show” is the operative word. When the presidents and prime ministers mount the green marble podium, there will be a strong element of theatre. They will be playing to different galleries, declaiming their positions to their peers in the chamber, but also to domestic audiences.
The drama will be greater than ever this year, at the 70th session of the UN General Assembly, known inside the institution by its acronym UNGA (rhyming with hunger). Within the space of two hours on Monday morning, Presidents Barack Obama, Xi Jinping, Vladimir Putin, Hassan Rouhani and François Hollande will take their turn to speak. Each will try to anticipate and respond to the other, seeking rhetorical advantage and one-upmanship in their claims to global leadership. The global balance of power will be laid out in the open.
The leaders will huddle on Sunday to discuss climate change and global development goals. They will discuss the future of UN peacekeeping on Monday, with several countries pledging troops to the task, and on Tuesday, debate strategies of defeating the Islamic State and other violent extremists.
The greatest wild card this year will be Putin. It will be the first time he has shown up to talk at UNGA for a decade, and he flies to New York at a critical time. While he has eased the pressure on Ukraine, dialling down Russia’s covert military campaign alongside the separatists in the east, Putin at the same time has raised his country’s stakes in Syria in support of Bashar al-Assad, setting up an air base in Latakia and consolidating Russia’s hold on a naval base at Tartus.
In so doing, he has backed up by force of arms the argument he has been trying to win since the war started more than four years, and 250,000 lives, ago: that the only road to peace is through support for Assad and a concerted campaign against ISIS.
Obama will be co-hosting a summit meeting on countering ISIS starting on Tuesday morning. Putin is not expected to attend, as he seeking to claim his own leadership of the anti-ISIS campaign.
That will be the state of play when Obama meets Putin on Monday afternoon, at what is likely to be the most critical summit of the week. The president will be seeking assurances of Russian agreement to a relatively brisk abdication by Assad (months rather than years) in return for legitimising the Russian boots-on-the-ground campaign in Syria. But right now, those are assurances Putin seems in no mood to give.
The symbolic highlight of the UN General Assembly in 2013 was a phone conversation between Obama and Rouhani as the latter was in his car heading to the airport. Two years on, US-Iranian exchanges are now routine. A deal on the future of Iran’s nuclear programme was finally clinched in July, and in getting there the US secretary of state, John Kerry, and his Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif, spent more time in each other’s company than any other two foreign ministers on earth.
On Monday, Zarif will be meeting ministers from the six nations who negotiated the nuclear agreement, in order to discuss its implementation. But the White House has said there is still no meeting expected between Obama and Rouhani this year. Rouhani told National Public Radio that Iran was ready to start discussing Syria with the US “right now” but a personal encounter has not been approved by Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei. The nuclear agreement has yet to have a diplomatic domino effect. Iran and the US remain far apart on each other’s role in the Middle East. Iran has reportedly not been invited to Obama’s summit on countering Isis.
The White House says, however, that the president will have a brief meeting with Raùl Castro, who will be addressing the general assembly for the first time on Monday afternoon. Obama met the Cuban leader at the Summit of the Americas in Panama in April, and Kerry went to Havana to reopen the US embassy in August, ending a 54-year break in relations. source
United Nations: Holy See Flag to Be Raised For The First Time
The Vatican officially confirmed that the flag of the Holy See will be raised for the first time at the UN Headquarters.
The decision to raise both the Holy See’s and Palestine’s flag came following a unanimous vote by the U.N. General Assembly last week. Both are non-member observer states. The flag will be raised on the morning of September 25th, prior to Pope Francis’ arrival for his address to the U.N. General Assembly.
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FBI dramatically expanding biometrics programs: EFF
Article: One World Government
The FBI has expanded its biometrics programs with two major developments that will reportedly impact Americans on a day to day level more than any other biometrics initiative the national law enforcement agency has previously implemented, according to a report by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF).
The first change, which the FBI revealed quietly earlier this year in a Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA), is the consolidation of civil and criminal fingerprints into a single searchable database. As such, all fingerprints and biographical data sent to the FBI for a background check will now be stored and searched in the same database as those containing fingerprints collected for criminal purposes. Those U.S. citizens who have their fingerprints collected for licensing or for a background check will likely be stored in the FBI’s Next Generation Identification (NGI) database, where they will be regularly searched by law enforcement agencies across the country.
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Pentagon Drawing War Plans Against Russia
Article: Wars And Rumors Of Wars
The Pentagon is drawing up contingency plans for a war with Russia. The move, the first since the collapse of the Soviet Union, reflects that Russia aggression is now considered a very real threat to the national security of the United States.
“Given the security environment, given the actions of Russia, it has become apparent that we need to make sure to update the plans that we have in response to any potential aggression against any NATO allies,” a senior defense official familiar with the updated plans told Foreign Policy.
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For decades, DARPA, the secretive research arm of the Department of Defense, has dreamed of turning soldiers into cyborgs. And now it’s finally happening.
The super-secret agency has funded projects that involve implanting chips into soldiers’ brains that they hope will enhance performance on the battlefield and repair traumatized brains once the fog of war has lifted. “Of the 2.5 million Americans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, 300,000 of them came home with traumatic brain injury,” journalist Annie Jacobsen told NPR. “DARPA initiated a series of programs to help cognitive functioning, to repair some of this damage. And those programs center around putting brain chips inside the tissue of the brain.”
First Lieutenant Jay Park is pictured undergoing cognitive testing at the Fort Campbell Army Base in Kentucky. It’s estimated more than 280,000 soldiers have some form of brain injury. The DARPA project is a section of President Obama’s BRAIN initiative.
In her new book about the history of DARPA, titled “The Pentagon’s Brain,” Jacobsen writes that soldiers have had chips surgically implanted in their brains, but that despite her multiple appeals to the Defense Department, she was not allowed to interview any of the “brain-wounded warriors.”
Creating super soldiers isn’t the only thing that DARPA is trying to do. According to Jacobsen’s new book, published by Little, Brown, government scientists hope that implanting chips in soldiers will unlock the secrets of artificial intelligence, and allow us to give machines the kind of higher-level reasoning that humans can do.
“When you see all of these brain mapping programs going on, many scientists wonder whether this will [be what it takes] to break that long-sought barrier of AI,” said Jacobsen in a phone interview.
For Jacobsen, digging through DARPA documents provided a glimpse at the future of war, but also raised questions about whether that future is one we really want.
“Are hunter-killer robots right around the bend?” she writes in the book. source
The U.S Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has revealed more details about its memory stimulator. Its implants will be used to restore memories in wounded soldiers, as well as Alzheimer’s sufferers, and could involve stimulating the hippocampus, highlighted, the part of the brain involved in processing memories. The DARPA project is a section of President Barack Obama’s BRAIN initiative, created to fund research that could treat common brain disorders.
But DARPA is not in the medicine and rehabilitation business, DARPA makes weapons. Has Obama ordered the creation of brain chip-infused ‘super soldiers” under the guise of brain injury research? It sure looks that way, stay tuned…
For decades, DARPA, the secretive research arm of the Department of Defense, has dreamed of turning soldiers into cyborgs. And now it’s finally happening. The agency has funded projects that involve implanting chips into soldiers’ brains that they hope will enhance performance on the battlefield and repair traumatized brains once the fog of war has lifted.
“Of the 2.5 million Americans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, 300,000 of them came home with traumatic brain injury,” journalist Annie Jacobsen told NPR. “DARPA initiated a series of programs to help cognitive functioning, to repair some of this damage. And those programs center around putting brain chips inside the tissue of the brain.”
In her new book about the history of DARPA, “The Pentagon’s Brain,” Jacobsen writes that scientists are already testing “neuroprosthetics” brain implants, but that despite her multiple appeals to the Defense Department, she was not allowed to interview any of the “brain-wounded warriors.”
People in Washington DC are very concerned with “narratives” and “optics.” Such things drive the place in many respects.(Second only to money, and the 2 are entwined.) How do people think about stories? How do stories look in the eyes of the public. Spin. Bull. Propaganda.
Propaganda. It’s on the rise in this country, though it is not a new phenomenon. But now, the Obama administration is positioning psychologists and behavioral economists in government agencies in an effort to “nudge” the American public toward policies of which the administration – and the larger government apparatus approve. This is a new level of propaganda, more subtle. Potentially, much more dangerous.
Remarks made by Pope Francis at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Manhattan have sparked a firestorm of criticism from those that do not believe that Christians and Muslims worship the same God. Many have taken the Pope’s remarks as a major step in the direction of a one world religion, and the truth is that the Pope has made other such statements in the past. In recent years, the theory that Christianity and Islam are just two distinct paths to God among many others has rapidly gained traction all over the planet. Some religious leaders have even gone so far as to try to merge Islamic and Christian practices, and the term “Chrislam” is now often used to describe this ecumenical movement. If all this sounds incredibly strange to you, just keep reading, because this is just the tip of the iceberg. (Read More…)
One of the biggest steps toward a one world government that we have ever seen is happening this week, and yet barely anyone is even talking about it. In fact, it is even being called a “new universal Agenda” for humanity. Those are not my words – those are the words that the United Nations is using. If you don’t believe this, just go look at the official document for this new UN agenda. You won’t have to read very far. The phrase “new universal Agenda” is right near the end of the preamble. Officially, the name of this ambitious new program is “the 2030 Agenda”…..
With Republican congressional leaders under fire from conservatives for cowering in the face of a Democratic Party onslaught, all that they needed was to roll out the welcome mat for a Marxist pope who would put them further on the defensive. But that’s exactly what happened.
Congressman Steals Papal Water Glass, Drinks from It: ‘Anything Pope Touches Becomes Blessed’
Posted: 27 Sep 2015 06:50 PM PDT
A Pennsylvania Congressman is raising eyebrows after he snatched the half-full water glass of the Roman Catholic pontiff known as Francis following his speech before Congress, and then sipped from it out of his belief that the water was now “blessed” because the pope touched it. “Anything the pope touches becomes blessed,” Pennsylvania Rep. Bob Brady (D-Philadelphia) told The Washington Post.
“I think so and no one is going to change my mind.” According to reports, after the pontiff left the Congressional chamber following the conclusion of his speech on Thursday, Brady walked to the lectern and took Francis’ glass, which he noted had been drank from three times during his address to Congress. Brady then carried the glass back to his office, where he took a sip from it. He then offered a drink to his wife Deborah and two staffers, who also took photos of the occasion. FULL REPORT
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|Russia threatens to take nuclear ‘countermeasures’ over reports U.S. plans to upgrade weapons in Europe
Posted: 27 Sep 2015 06:27 PM PDT
Russia has threatened to take “countermeasures” if the United States goes ahead with the deployment of a new type of nuclear weapon in Germany, raising fears of a return to a Cold War arms race in Europe. The Kremlin said plans reported by German media for the U.S. to upgrade its nuclear weapons arsenal in the country would be “a serious step towards raising tension” in Europe. “Unfortunately, in the case of these plans – and we can say with certainty that they are moving towards realization – this can lead to a violation of the strategic balance in Europe,” said Dmitry Peskov, Vladimir Putin’s spokesman.
“Therefore, of course, that would require Russia to take counter-steps and countermeasures to restore balance and parity,” he added. The deployment of U.S. nuclear weapons in Europe is subject to secrecy. But Washington is reportedly planning to replace 20 nuclear weapons deployed at Buchel airbase in western Germany with a more modern variant, according to ZDF television. FULL REPORT
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|‘Doomsday asteroid’ speeds past and Earth survives unscathed but is there a new threat on the horizon?
Posted: 27 Sep 2015 06:16 PM PDT
The so-called ” doomsday asteroid ” sped past the UK at 9.40am this morning, leaving our great nation and wider world intact. Despite the dire warnings of crackpots and conspiracy theorists , the 270-metre Asteroid 2012 TT5 zoomed past the planet at a distance of 5 million miles. After passing Britain, it then headed towards Paris, where it also failed to bring about the apocalypse. NASA confirmed Asteroid 2012 TT5 now passed during a Twitter exchange with a woman who admitted she was “freaked out” by end of the world rumours.
The American space agency warned the world to keep an eye out for more tangible dangers than the massive space rock circling up in the heavens. But social media is still gripped with fear, after space gazers began to circulate pictures of a bright light shining out in space. Luckily, there’s a clear explanation for this mystery object: it’s probably Venus. FULL REPORT
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|Asteroid that could wipe out London on course for hair-raising pass of Earth in five days
Posted: 27 Sep 2015 06:08 PM PDT
The Blood-Moon will be over and then more “Signs in the Heavens” will continue, Such as the case with The space rock 2015 SZ2 that is one of six “near-Earth” flybys due on Wednesday, but while most will pass by several million miles away, it is estimated to be on an orbit of just 309,000 miles – only 1.3 times the distrance from Earth to the Moon (238,000 miles). Significant asteroids pass Earth every week, and Nasa monitors them at up to 12 million miles away, so this is considered a cosmic close shave. A rock of 50 metres could destroy all of London out to the M25 boundary, and a space rock of 100metres long or more could devastate a continent, causing mass destruction and tsunamis.
But the US space agency insists it, and all the others WILL pass by safey – for the next few hundred years at least. The cosmic skim comes straight after wild predictions were made online that a huge space rock would strike Puerto Rico by the end of this month. Fears became so widespread a rock may be about to strike that Nasa took the unusual move of issuing a statement ruling this out. The most unsettling pass was a monster 270-metre space rock called 2012 TT5 – one of six “near-earth” flybys between September 22 and 28 when online doomsday prophets claimed the world could end. FULL REPORT
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|Rare Super-Blood Moon Sparks “Apocalyptic” Fears around the World
Posted: 27 Sep 2015 05:44 PM PDT
On Sunday night, we are going to see something take place that only happens four or five times a century. A lunar eclipse is going to occur while the moon is making its closest approach to our planet. When this happens, the moon will temporarily appear to be red as sunrises and sunsets all over the world are reflected off the surface of the moon. This blood red “supermoon” has created apocalyptic fears all over the globe, and many people have stocked up on enormous amounts of food and supplies in anticipation of this event.
This particular blood moon is the fourth in a series of blood moons that have fallen on Biblical festival days in 2014 and 2015, and this one will be clearly visible from the city of Jerusalem. Personally, I do not know if anything will or will not happen tonight or tomorrow. I want to make that very clear. What we do know is that there has not been a “super blood moon” since 1982, and there will not be another one until 2033. The following is what the Telegraph says we should expect to see on Sunday night… FULL REPORT
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|Feds Developed App That Predicts ‘Psychological Status’ of Americans
Posted: 27 Sep 2015 05:35 PM PDT
Big Brother is picking up their game on keeping tabs on Americans as, Researchers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have developed a system that can predict the “psychological status” of users with smartphones and hope to private companies to bring the invention to the market. The technology appeared on a list of NIH inventions published in the Federal Register that are now available to be licensed by private companies. The government allows companies to license inventions resulting from federal research in order to expedite their arrival on the marketplace.
The system uses smartphones to ask people how they are doing mentally during the day and based on the results can “deliver an automated intervention” if necessary. “The NIH inventors have developed a mobile health technology to monitor and predict a user’s psychological status and to deliver an automated intervention when needed,” according to the notice published Wednesday. “The technology uses smartphones to monitor the user’s location and ask questions about psychological status throughout the day.” FULL REPORT
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|Pope tearing down Christianity in bid for One World Religion?
Posted: 27 Sep 2015 05:23 PM PDT
The US visit of the first Jesuit Pope in history concluded with a speech in Philadelphia’s Independance Mall for a crowd of an estimated 50,000 at the “World Meeting of Families.” He pushed for globalization and his usual immigration agenda, preaching for immigrants’ religious freedoms in the prescence of many celebrities which arrived from all over America. This after receiving an unusual blessing from Madonna during her concert in Philadelphia two days earlier, which featured lots of religious imagery including crosses used improperly, and fake nuns. The closing event for Pope Francis followed his Mass in “Francisville,” which the archbishop of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia renamed the city during mass, at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Peter and Paul.
It was quite boring compared to his appearance in New York at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Manhattan for the evening prayer, where he delivered pretty shocking words, stating with no shame to his flock that: “We need to remember that we are followers of Jesus Christ and his life, humanly speaking, ended in failure, the failure of the cross.” These words have of course outraged most true Christians around the world who cannot imagine Christianity without the value of the cross, which symbolizes the ultimate sacrifice of Jesus for mankind. It’s impossible for a Christian of any denomination to imagine the very essence of their faith being discussed in this way, let alone by the Pope. The fact that blood was shed on the cross by Jesus for the ultimate self-sacrifice that could help rid mankind of all sins is one of those essentials of the Faith that should never be questioned. FULL REPORT
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|Pentagon implanting chips in soldier’s brains
Posted: 27 Sep 2015 05:18 PM PDT
How far are we planning on taking the Micro-Chips?, For decades, DARPA, the secretive research arm of the Department of Defense, has dreamed of turning soldiers into cyborgs. And now it’s finally happening. The agency has funded projects that involve implanting chips into soldiers’ brains that they hope will enhance performance on the battlefield and repair traumatized brains once the fog of war has lifted. “Of the 2.5 million Americans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, 300,000 of them came home with traumatic brain injury,” journalist Annie Jacobsen told NPR. “DARPA initiated a series of programs to help cognitive functioning, to repair some of this damage. And those programs center around putting brain chips inside the tissue of the brain.”
But creating super soldiers isn’t the only thing that DARPA is trying to do. In her new book about the history of DARPA, titled “The Pentagon’s Brain,” Jacobsen reports on government scientists’ hope that implanting chips in soldiers will unlock the secrets of artificial intelligence, and allow us to give machines the kind of higher-level reasoning that humans can do. FULL REPORT
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What is The Gospel?
God made everything out of nothing, including you and me. His main purpose in creation was to bring him pleasure.
The chief way in which we as humanity do this is through loving, obeying, and enjoying him perfectly.
Instead of this, we have sinned against our loving Creator and acted in high-handed rebellion.
God has vowed that he will righteously and lovingly judge sinners with eternal death.
But God, being merciful, loving, gracious, and just, sent his own son, Jesus Christ, in the likeness of man to live as a man; fulfilling his perfect requirements in the place of sinners; loving, obeying, and enjoying him perfectly.
And further, his son bore the eternal judgment of God upon the cross of Calvary, as he satisfied the eternal anger of God, standing in the place of sinners. God treated Jesus as a sinner, though he was perfectly sinless, that he might declare sinners as perfect.
This glorious transaction occurs as the sinner puts their faith (dependence, trust) in the Lord Jesus Christ as their substitute. God then charges Christ’s perfection to the sinner, and no longer views him as an enemy but instead an adopted son covered in the perfect righteousness of his son.
God furnished proof that this sacrifice was accepted by raising Jesus from the dead.
God will judge the world in righteousness and all of those who are not covered in the righteousness of Christ, depending on him for forgiveness, will be forced to stand on their own to bear the eternal anger of God.
Therefore, all must turn from sin and receive Christ Jesus as Lord.
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