Nov. 10, 2015
President Obama’s plan to shield more than 5 million undocumented immigrants from deportation before he leaves office was dealt another blow by an appeals court’s refusal to let the program begin while 26 states fight to derail it, increasing the likelihood that the U.S. Supreme Court may be asked to weigh in.
Millennials are increasingly shunning big banks and going local with their money. Community banks won with younger customers last year, netting a 5 percent increase in account holders ages 18 to 34, while credit unions recorded a 3 percent gain, according to data compiled by Accenture Plc. By comparison, large national and regional banks struggled to retain millennial clients — losing 16 percent of them over the same period.
The threat from a slowdown in China reasserted itself on financial markets, as fresh signs of weakness in the world’s second-largest economy sent industrial metals lower with U.S. and emerging equities.
Chinese billionaire Liu Yiqian bought Amedeo Modigliani’s painting of a reclining nude woman for $170.4 million, the second-highest price for an artwork at auction, in a volatile sale at Christie’s in New York.
Credit Suisse Group AG Chief Executive Officer Tidjane Thiam said he sees the risk of a “traumatic event” in global markets once the current period of low interest rates comes to an end.
Wage growth is poised to accelerate at small U.S. companies this month after a slowdown in October. A net 17 percent of managers last month said they plan to increase pay, up 1 percentage point from September and matching the highest level since 2007.
The U.S. economic expansion isn’t set to die of old age. Seventy six months after emerging from the longest recession since the Great Depression era, the U.S. economy’s upswing is now the fifth longest of 34 since 1900 and almost twice the length of the average. It has defied “double dip” warnings by seeing off external threats including Europe’s debt crisis and the recent China-led slowdown in emerging markets as well as home-grown risks including double-digit unemployment, a government shutdown and repeated cold snaps.
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Since recreational use of the marijuana became legal in several states, authorities report a major jump in the number of pot-filled packages being sent through the mail.
At least 22 people were killed in mortar fire Tuesday on Syria’s coastal city of Latakia, in one of the bloodiest shellings there since the country’s war began, state media reported.
Two weeks of new thermal scanning in Egypt’s Giza pyramids have identified anomalies in the 4,500 year-old burial structures, including a major one in the largest pyramid, the Antiquities Ministry announced Monday.
A Marksville, La. police body camera recorded the father of a 6-year-old autistic boy with his hands up and posing no threat as police fired into his car, severely wounding the motorist and killing his son, the man’s lawyer said Monday.
A U.S. federal judge on Monday for the first time ordered the National Security Agency to cease collecting the phone call records of a lawyer and his firm, providing an unprecedented but narrow and largely symbolic victory to privacy advocates.
The air campaign against the Islamic State group has made progress in degrading the jihadist organisation but will not be enough without local boots on the ground, the US air force secretary said on Tuesday.
For most of its history, Hamtramck, Mich., was a Polish city, but in recent decades it became increasingly Muslim. In 2013, it became the first city in America to have a majority Muslim population, with most immigrants coming from Yemen, Bangladesh, and Bosnia. And last week, it elected a majority-Muslim city council – Muslims now occupy four of the six council seats – likely the first American city to do so. Karen Majewski, the city’s mayor, is of Polish descent.
Ohio’s prison system pushes low-income offenders deeper into poverty by charging fees for their jail time, saddling inmates with debts as high as $35,000, according to a report released by the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio. Forty of the state’s 75 county jails that house low-level nonviolent offenders charge a booking fee, daily fees of as much as $50 to $60 a day, or both and of those just half take the offender’s income into account when deciding how much of a fee to impose, the report found.
As China’s industrial base needs more and more energy sources, and the United States becomes more energy independent, the People’s Republic will import five times what America will by 2040. And India will become a massive importer.
The European Commission has called on Turkey urgently to address significant failings on human rights and democracy. A delayed annual report on Turkish prospects for EU membership says there have been serious setbacks in the past two years on freedom of expression.
Australia’s immigration minister has said police used tear gas to bring an end to unrest at the Christmas Island migrant detention center.
Two Palestinians aged 12 and 13 have stabbed and wounded an Israeli security guard in East Jerusalem, police say.
For the first time in four years, NASA is looking for more astronauts.
Boston Mayor Walsh gave his signature OK to an ordinance that allows police to confiscate fake guns that appear real from kids and adults alike who carry them on city streets.
3D printing has exploded in recent years and has rapidly gone from something in research labs to something people do at home, but some of the objects produced by commercial 3D printers could be toxic to your health and to the environment, according to new research.
Two Muslim truck drivers were awarded $240,000 by a federal jury in Peoria, Illinois last month after they were fired for refusing to deliver beer because they claimed that doing so would violate their religious beliefs.
Top News – 11/10/2015
It’s All Because Of The Temple Mount
the Temple Mount is being used as an excuse for Muslims to slaughter Jews. For deep down, the Muslims feel that the front lines of the struggle are on the Temple Mount, regardless of the presence of Jews there. The Mount is not just a sentimental site. It is not even a historic site. It is more like a huge power socket that connects to, and has nourished, the Israeli motor for the past 3,000 years.
Second cyclone kills 6 on Yemen island
The cyclone caused panic and prompted appeals for help for residents on the island, already badly battered by last week’s cyclone Chapala. World Meteorological Organization (WMO) spokeswoman Clare Nullis said Friday tropical cyclones are extremely rare over the Arabian Peninsula, and two back-to-back was “an absolutely extraordinary event”.
Yesterday, Nov. 9th, the magnetic canopy of sunspot AR2449 erupted, producing an M3-class solar flare and a bright CME. Radio emissions from shock waves in the CME suggest that it blew away from the sun faster than 950 km/s (2 million mph).
Deeply Flawed Film Attempt to Disarm Evangelicals With The “Armor of Light”
Liberals, as a general rule, dislike religion, and in specific, they dislike Christianity. This fact was made perfectly clear at the 2012 Democrat Convention in Charlotte, as the crowd literally and loudly denied God three times.
Oklahoma world’s No. 1 earthquake area
“We have had 15 (earthquakes) in Medford since 5 o’clock Saturday morning,” he noted. “We’ve got an earthquake issue.” Skinner said the world is going through a seismic phase.
12 quakes jolt Andaman & Nicobar islands in 24 hours
The sea around the Andaman and Nicobar archipelago has witnessed 12 earthquakes in 24 hours, with almost all measuring 5 and more on the Richter scale, but no tsunami alert has been issued. The region yesterday saw nine quakes, of these, one was recorded in North Sumatra region in Indonesia while others have been recorded in and around the Andaman and Nicobar islands.
White House: Israeli-Palestinians talks unlikely in Obama’s last 14 months
“I think we have been quite candid about the fact that given the dynamic on both sides, it is unlikely that the two state solution will be reached within the next 14 months,” Earnest said.
Obama’s immigration action blocked again; Supreme Court only option left
President Barack Obama’s executive action to shield millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation suffered a legal setback on Monday with an appeal to the Supreme Court now the administration’s only option. The 2-1 decision by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans to uphold a May injunction deals a blow to Obama’s plan, opposed by Republicans and challenged by 26 states.
Navy launches second test missile off Southern California coast
The U.S. Navy said it launched a second — and final — missile in a planned exercise Monday afternoon from a submarine off the Southern California coast. The second test launch of the Trident II (D5) missile from a ballistic submarine in the Pacific Ocean took place Monday afternoon, the Navy said.
Egypt pyramids scan finds mystery heat spots
An international team of architects and scientists have observed “thermal anomalies” in the pyramids of Giza, Egyptian antiquities officials say. Thermal cameras detected higher temperatures in three adjacent stones at the bottom of the Great Pyramid. Officials said possible causes included the existence of empty areas inside the pyramid, internal air currents, or the use of different building materials.
Jordan policeman shoots dead foreign trainers
A policeman has opened fire at a police training centre in Jordan, killing two Americans, a South African and two Jordanians, officials say. The Jordanian embassy in Washington said the Jordanian assailant also wounded two Americans and two Jordanians, before being shot dead. President Barack Obama said the US was taking the attack “very seriously”.
EU criticises Turkey over human rights and democracy
The European Commission has called on Turkey urgently to address significant failings on human rights and democracy. A delayed annual report on Turkish prospects for EU membership says there have been serious setbacks in the past two years on freedom of expression. It also says the independence of the judiciary had been undermined and that new laws run against EU standards.
David Cameron sets out EU reform goals
David Cameron has outlined his goals for reforming the UK’s membership of the EU, saying they will be difficult, but not impossible, to achieve. He said Britain faced the biggest decision of “our lifetimes” in an in/out referendum promised before the end of 2017. But he was confident of getting the reforms he wanted, describing talks with EU partners “mission possible”.
Senegal’s President Sall condemns ‘excessive form of Islam’
Senegal’s President Macky Sall has called for a fight against the “excessive form” of Islam which has led to the growth of jihadi groups. Muslim clerics needed to be trained to promote “tolerant Islam”, he added. Mr Sall, a Muslim, also called for greater intelligence-sharing between governments.
Amnesty International criticizes proposal to halt ICC action against Israel
Amnesty International on Tuesday criticized a section of New Zealand’s proposed UN Security Council resolution which calls for a renewal of negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA), yet proposes that the Palestinians pause their efforts to bring Israel to the dock of the International Criminal Court (ICC) at the Hague. In a statement, Amnesty expressed that it is “deeply concerned” that the move could damage chances for a lasting peace.
Starbucks Plain Red Cups Spark Controversy
As the holiday season approaches, retailers are hauling out their holiday merchandise. Starbucks is doing the same, but a design change to their holiday cups has many Christians up in arms.
Jordanian officer fatally shoots two Americans, South African at security training site
A Jordanian officer shot dead two U.S. government security contractors, a South African trainer and two Jordanians at a U.S.-funded police training facility near Amman on Monday before being killed in a shootout, Jordanian authorities said.
Obama, Netanyahu at White House seek to mend U.S.-Israel ties
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu assured U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday that he remained committed to a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as they sought to mend ties strained by acrimony over Middle East diplomacy and Iran.
Portugal Socialists threaten to topple new government
Portugal’s parliament is expected to topple the country’s right-of-centre administration, led by Pedro Passos Coelho of the centre-right Social Democratic Party (PSD), on Tuesday – just a day after it put forward its programme for government.
On climate change, Catholic leaders must believe in miracles
The bishops want to protect the poor from climate risks, but the risks from poverty are much greater and more immediate than those from climate change. For the first time, “Catholic leaders representing all regional and national bishops conferences” have come together in a “joint appeal.” According to reporting in the New York Times, Cardinal Oswald Gracias, archbishop of Mumbai, India, called the October 26 meeting at the Vatican a “historic occasion.”
How Obama and Kerry Caused the Stabbing Terror Spree in Israel
Before the Muslim terror stabbing spree, Netanyahu had made repeated efforts to meet with the leader of the PLO. And for once, Abbas, the PLO leader, had not been averse to a meeting.Instead it was Secretary of State John Kerry who told Abbas not to meet with Netanyahu.Abbas went to the UN and disavowed the Oslo Accords. The first Muslim stabbings of Jews, with the encouragement of the PLO, began a few days later
Pope stumbles in church for second time in three days
ROME – Pope Francis had to be helped up the steps to an altar at a Rome basilica on Monday after stumbling in public for the second time in three days. Two church officials flanked the 78-year-old pontiff and took him by the arm as he faltered on his way up the steps during a service in the Basilica of St. John Lateran. On Saturday, the pope tripped on the steps of St. Peter’s Basilica, stopping his fall with his outstretched hands, before two aides helped him back to his feet.
Europe – and echoes from the past
It is up to Israel to display the wit and the will to resist this European pressure, because the Europeans, as with much of what they are doing to themselves and to us, are simply wrong.
12 quakes jolt Andaman & Nicobar islands and around in 24 hrs
The sea around the Andaman and Nicobar archipelago has witnessed 12 earthquakes in 24 hours, with almost all measuring 5 and more on the Richter scale, but no tsunami alert has been issued.
Top Headlines – 11/10/2015
Frontrunning: November 10
- Bonds Rise as China Drags Down Metals, Selloff in Stocks Resumes (Read More)
- European Stock Rally Runs Out of Steam Amid China Growth Concern (Read More)
- Obama’s immigration action blocked again; Supreme Court only option left (Read More)
- Ukraine: Cyberwar’s Hottest Front (Read More)
- With $170.4 Million Sale at Auction, Modigliani Work Joins Rarefied Nine-Figure Club (Read More)
- IEA Sees OPEC Market Share Growth in 2020 as Rivals Stagnate (Read More)
- Hedge Funds Load Up on Sugar (Read More)
- Tencent Profit Hits Record as Online Games, Video Lure Users (Read More)
- Cameron Confident of EU Reforms as He Seeks to Keep Britain in EU (Read More)
- Airstrikes Alone Can’t Defeat Islamic State, U.S. Air Force Says (Read More)
- How the Unshackled Ruble Has Changed Russia’s Economy Forever (Read More)
- Debate gives Rubio chance to win over big-money Republican donors (Read More)
- Jeb Bush’s Comeback Plan Looks Weaker Than Advertised (Read More)
- Bank of America Cut Off Finance Sites From Its Data (Read More)
- Millennials Ditch Big Banks and Go Local With Their Money (Read More)
1) Obama immigration executive order blocked by court, sets up Supreme Court ruling
Appeals Court Deals Blow to Obama’s Immigration Plans, New York Times (Michael D. Shear and Julia Preston)
2) University of Missouri system president resigns in midst of racial concerns
University of Missouri president and chancellor step down amid race row, CNN (Elliott McLaughlin)
3) Concern about trajectory of nation shared by both partisan groups, with problem differing
Values, outlook worry voters, Baltimore Sun (David Lauter)
4) Study finds journalists, interpreters of news overwhelmingly identify as politically liberal
Republicans’ media bias claims boosted by scarcity of right-leaning journalists, Washington Times (Kelly Riddell)
5) Authoritative view of science overlooks role of politics in scientific formulation
How Politics Shaped General Relativity, New York Times (David Kaiser)
The Price of Denialism, New York Times (Lee McIntyre)
6) Morality looms large even in article on demand for ‘natural’ food for dogs
Frozen Turducken for Fido? Here’s the Whole Foods of animal food., Washington Post (Thomas Heath)
In other news…
What it Means to be Pansexual, CNN (Emanuella Grinberg)
All over America, the middle class is dying and poverty is on the rise. One of the primary reasons for this is the rapidly rising cost of living in the United States. The cost of just about everything that average families shell out money for on a regular basis – food, rent, health insurance, etc. – is rising much faster than wages are. In a previous article I noted that the federal poverty level for a family of five is $28,410, but 51 percent of all American workers are making less than $30,000 a year at this point. We have seen an explosion in the number of people in this country that are considered to be “the working poor” and it gets worse with each passing year. (Read More…)
If you have been watching for the next major global economic downturn, you can now stop waiting, because it has officially arrived. Never before in history has global trade collapsed this dramatically outside of a major worldwide recession. And this makes perfect sense – when global economic activity is increasing there is more demand for goods and services around the world, and when global economic activity is decreasing there is less demand for goods and services around the world. So far this year, global trade is down about 8.4 percent, and over the past 30 days the Baltic Dry Index has been absolutely plummeting. A month ago it was sitting at a reading of 809, but now it has fallen all the way to 628. However, it is when you look at the trade numbers for specific countries that the numbers become particularly startling. (Read More….)
The US Dollar rally, combined with the ECB’s policies and the Fed’s hint at raising rates in December, is at risk of blowing up a $9 trillion carry trade.
When the Fed cut interest rates to zero in 2008, it flooded the system with US Dollars. The US Dollar is the reserve currency of the world. NO matter what country you’re in (with few exceptions) you can borrow in US Dollars.
And if you can borrow in US Dollars at 0.25%… and put that money into anything yielding more… you could make a killing.
A hedge fund in Hong Kong could borrow $100 million, pay just $250,000 in interest and plow that money into Brazilian Reals which yielded 11%… locking in a $9.75 million return.
This was the strictly financial side of things. On the economics side, Governments both sovereign and local borrowed in US Dollars around the globe to fund various infrastructure and municipal projects.
Simply put, the US Government was practically giving money away and the world took notice, borrowing Dollars at a record pace. Today, the global carry trade (meaning money borrowed in US Dollars and invested in other assets) stands at over $9 TRILLION (larger than the economy of France and Brazil combined).
The movement toward electronic money is moving at high speed but few of us have stopped to consider the implications of a cashless society where the loss of privacy and freedom may be facing it’s greatest challenge yet. The global establishment increasingly views a “cashless society” as the ultimate answer to many political and social woes but to get there is going to take some arm twisting to those who still like their cash……………. Click here for full story
Residents in the German town of Ellwangen are reporting that thousands of Muslim migrants who recently arrived are defecating on people’s gardens, staging riots in church and stealing from local stores, while police in the area struggle to cope with the disorder.
Ellwangen, which has a population of around 23,500 and a strong Catholic community, was recently inundated with 4,500 Muslim asylum seekers who are staying in the old army barracks on the edge of town.
The original plan was to house just 500 immigrants, but this quickly ballooned to ten times that figure, at which point “serious mass brawls and conflicts” began, prompting the police to be called out routinely. The state government is set to fork out €5.1 million euros of taxpayer money to renovate and expand the barracks.
A friend of a local reports that store owners are struggling to do any business since people are afraid to go into town because of the migrants.
“I read about serious theft problems in stores where ‘refugees’ walk in, take what they want or need, and walk out again without paying,” writes the individual. “In the beginning, grocery stores called the police, but stopped doing so after they were told to write up the losses and contact someone at the local municipality to reimburse them. (I had a verbal confirmation from a wife of a German police officer).”
Women are also afraid to walk into town alone, with reports of a woman being raped and a 10-year-old girl being sexually harassed.
“The most disturbing news he informed me about, however, was that the so called refugees go into churches to disrupt service. They would simply walk in and start to riot. ‘These people want to destroy us’, is what he said, literally. He is a very well educated business man; not someone inciting hatred against refugees. Most of the people living in that town and neighboring villages are honest, hard working people, trying to do good and be good, and now are forced to watch how their town and livelihoods are destroyed by the decision of the government to take in people that are violently opposed and opposite to the German and Christian culture.”
The report also states that residents have been forced to put up signs asking migrants not to defecate in their gardens, a common practice, and to use toilets instead.
According to the individual, anyone who criticizes the behavior of the migrants is immediately labeled a “Nazi”. Locals are so enraged that a dead cat was placed on the doorstep of the Mayor.
While Austrians are purchasing shotguns, the individual also adds that many Germans are buying pepper spray as a means of self-defense.
Similar stories are also emerging from all over Germany as small villages and towns begin to feel the impact of the migrant influx. In the post below, a woman relates how rapes, theft, the killing of pets and drug dealing all shot up after the arrival of asylum seekers. source
Is It Iran’s Middle East Now?
by Jonathan Spyer
|What Happens When Sin Goes From Shocking to Amusing?
Posted: 10 Nov 2015 05:25 AM PST
( Shane Idleman) Unlike today, many early political leaders were not ashamed to admit the true source of America’s strength—they were biblically correct, rather than politically correct. They were statesmen, not politicians. A politician thinks of the next election; a statesman thinks of the next generation. You may say, “Times change.” And you are correct, but God’s standards do not. The sin that once amazed us now amuses us; just look at what is considered “entertainment” today. When sin begins to amuse us, we are dangerously close to the edge—”Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil” (Isaiah 5:20).
Darwin is praised and curriculum that removes God is applauded. Boys can be girls, and girls boys. Men can marry men—women marry women. Chaplains can no longer look to the true source of truth and comfort. Up is down and down is up. America, wake up—we are a nation void of understanding … void of truth. No matter how many laws are passed in favor of same-sex marriage or how many Facebook users update their profiles to self-identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (800,000 in the last year), it will not change God’s mind. “I am the Lord thy God—I change not” (Malachi 3:6). FULL REPORT
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|Is Africa the Western world’s testing ground for microchip implants, weaponized viruses and experimental vaccines?
Posted: 10 Nov 2015 05:14 AM PST
The African continent continues to be used by Western powers as a testing ground for some pretty heinous things, the latest of which appears to be microchip implants. This is a concept privacy advocates in the U.S. have long warned about. According to Patriot Truther and BusinessWire, credit card company Visa recently introduced a new specification for the use of biometrics with chip card transactions that can enable palm, iris, facial or voice biometrics. The first-of-its-kind technology is designed to be incorporated for use with the EMV® (Europay, MasterCard, Visa) chip industry standard to ensure the cards can be used around the globe.
With current surveillance technology, the biometric cards will also be traceable and trackable, as will the biometric data. This information will be valuable to merchandising corporations, technology companies and, of course, governments. “There is increasing demand for biometrics as a more convenient and secure alternative to signatures or PINs, especially as biometrics technologies have become more reliable and available,” claimed Mark Nelsen, senior vice president of Risk Products and Business Intelligence for Visa Inc. “However, to support wide adoption, it is equally important that solutions are scalable and based on open standards. Building on the EMV chip standard provides a common, interoperable foundation, as well as encourages innovation in cutting-edge biometric solutions.” FULL REPORT
|Second nuclear missile test launched by Navy, Warning message to America’s enemies
Posted: 10 Nov 2015 05:08 AM PST
To the astonishment of Californians, the U.S. Navy has now launched a second thermonuclear missile over Los Angeles. “The second test launch of the Trident II (D5) missile from a ballistic submarine in the Pacific Ocean took place Monday afternoon,” reports the LA Times. As Natural News readers know, two days ago I exhaustively documented the escalation of the covert war between the United States and a Russian-Chinese partnership. The Trident missile launch, I explained, was a “warning shot” against Russia and China:
Last night’s test launch of the Trident missile over Orange County was staged near a high population area for a tactical reason: To have as many witnesses (and videos) as possible, sending a very visible warning message to China that says, “We can destroy you if you don’t back off.” Russia and China, I explained, are partnering for a “massive first strike” against the United States, involving cyber attacks, economic attacks, missile attacks against US Navy warships and even the possibility of EMP weapons that attack America’s power grid infrastructure. As published in the LA Times, U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter all but said the missile launches are a warning against global aggressors: (bolding added) FULL REPORT
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|Michele Bachmann: ‘We’re Seeing the Fulfillment of Scripture In Front of Our Eyes … He’s Coming Soon’
Posted: 10 Nov 2015 05:01 AM PST
Speaking about her trip to Israel and current world events, former Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) said “we’re seeing the fulfillment of scripture right in front of our eyes,” and Christians must do all they can to “share Jesus Christ with everyone” because “He’s coming soon.” Rep. Bachmann made her remarks from Israel during a Nov. 4 radio interview with Family Research Council President Tony Perkins, the host of “Washington Watch with Tony Perkins.”
“Almost every article in the paper” concerns Israel and Middle East events “and it ties with so much biblical prophecy,” said Bachmann. “This week really was about biblical prophecy in many ways.” “And we’re seeing as events are speeding up,” she said, “events are speeding up so quickly right now, and we see how relevant the Bible is, and we’re reading our newspaper at the same time we’re learning about these biblical events.” FULL REPORT
|US and Chinese Ships Face Off Again In The South China Sea
Posted: 10 Nov 2015 04:46 AM PST
The U.S. and China have come face-to-face once again on the issue of the South China Sea. Tensions between the two countries are rising as a result of Washington’s decision to deploy a U.S. Navy warship to a region that Beijing insists is a part of Chinese territory. On Tuesday, October 27, 2015 the U.S. Navy deployed the USS Lassen into the 12-nautical mile boundary of some islands in the Subi Reef. China claims this region to be a part of it sovereign territory and so, Beijing views the deployment of a U.S. Navy warship in the area as a strong violation of its territorial integrity. The U.S. Navy guided missile destroyer was ordered into the region prior to U.S. Secretary of Defence Ashton Carter’s visit to the USS Theodore Roosevelt, also operating in the region. The fact that the U.S. chose a warship and not any ordinary seafaring vessel to conduct a run-of-the-mill surveillance operation has sent a strong message to China.
While Washington has advised China against its land reclamation projects and island building in the South China Sea over the last two years, the recent naval mission is the first example of the U.S. adopting a strong military position on the matter. As such, it has been interpreted as a powerful warning to Beijing that the U.S. will not condone indiscriminate territorial assertions in the South China Sea. China has announced its sovereign rights over much of the South China Sea, and the state has singlehandedly claimed more territory in the last two years alone than all the other disputants have, put together, over the last forty years. FULL REPORT
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|It’s a Starbucks coffee cup, America, not the Holy Grail
Posted: 09 Nov 2015 08:19 PM PST
( Todd Starnes ) There’s trouble brewing at Starbucks and if you believe what you read on social media – their 2015 Red Holiday Cups are the greatest threat to Christianity since the Islamic State started beheading the faithful. A very vocal group of Christian coffee lovers is a bit perturbed at the lack of yuletide flavor in their 2015 Red Holiday Cups. Previous designs have included all sorts of Yuletide accessories from scarves to ornaments to snowflakes.
But this year Starbucks decided to go minimalistic. It’s just a plain red cup – no holiday messages, no holiday images. And that has folks accusing the coffee giant of being anti-Christmas. “It’s not just about a cup,” said Arizona-based evangelist Joshua Feuerstein in a message to The Washington Post. “The cup is symbolic of a larger war against Christianity in this country.” FULL REPORT
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|We Have Never Seen Global Trade Collapse This Dramatically Outside Of A Major Recession
Posted: 09 Nov 2015 08:04 PM PST
If you have been watching for the next major global economic downturn, you can now stop waiting, because it has officially arrived. Never before in history has global trade collapsed this dramatically outside of a major worldwide recession. And this makes perfect sense – when global economic activity is increasing there is more demand for goods and services around the world, and when global economic activity is decreasing there is less demand for goods and services around the world.
So far this year, global trade is down about 8.4 percent, and over the past 30 days the Baltic Dry Index has been absolutely plummeting. A month ago it was sitting at a reading of 809, but now it has fallen all the way to 628. However, it is when you look at the trade numbers for specific countries that the numbers become particularly startling. Just within the last few days, new trade numbers have come out of China. China accounts for approximately one-fifth of all global factory exports, and for many years Chinese export growth has helped fuel the overall global economy. FULL REPORT
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|University of Kansas Student Senate Bans Gender Pronouns Because They’re Microaggressions.
Posted: 09 Nov 2015 07:56 PM PST
A governing body made up of students at the University of Kansas has voted to eliminate their use of gender specific pronouns, stating the terms pose “microaggressions” towards people who don’t fit traditional gender roles. Last Wednesday, the KU Student Senate, in a 2/3 majority vote, passed a bill altering the Senate’s official Rules & Regulations which would require senators to use “inclusive” terminology, such as “they them or their,” as opposed to “his,” “her,” “he,” or “she.”
“This is a key first step in making our campus more inclusive,” said Harrison Baker, the student senator who authored the bill. “Hopefully this will be a catalyst to create discussions on campus and cause change to happen elsewhere.” The elimination of gender pronouns, the bill claims, is “to increase the inclusivity of Student Senate and prevent the microaggressions gender pronouns pose to individuals who don’t use them.” Critics say the student body has little evidence to back up the claim that gender pronouns produce microaggressions. FULL REPORT
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Our Time is Short
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.
There is no greater message to be heard than that which we call the gospel. But as important as that is, it is often given to massive distortions or over simplifications. People think they’re preaching the gospel to you when they tell you, ‘you can have a purpose to your life’, or that ‘you can have meaning to your life’, or that ‘you can have a personal relationship with Jesus.’ All of those things are true, and they’re all important, but they don’t get to the heart of the gospel.
The gospel is called the ‘good news’ because it addresses the most serious problem that you and I have as human beings, and that problem is simply this: God is holy and He is just, and I’m not. And at the end of my life, I’m going to stand before a just and holy God, and I’ll be judged. And I’ll be judged either on the basis of my own righteousness–or lack of it –or the righteousness of another. The good news of the gospel is that Jesus lived a life of perfect righteousness, of perfect obedience to God, not for His own well being but for His people. He has done for me what I couldn’t possibly do for myself. But not only has He lived that life of perfect obedience, He offered Himself as a perfect sacrifice to satisfy the justice and the righteousness of God.
The great misconception in our day is this: that God isn’t concerned to protect His own integrity. He’s a kind of wishy-washy deity, who just waves a wand of forgiveness over everybody. No. For God to forgive you is a very costly matter. It cost the sacrifice of His own Son. So valuable was that sacrifice that God pronounced it valuable by raising Him from the dead – so that Christ died for us, He was raised for our justification. So the gospel is something objective. It is the message of who Jesus is and what He did. And it also has a subjective dimension. How are the benefits of Jesus subjectively appropriated to us? How do I get it? The Bible makes it clear that we are justified not by our works, not by our efforts, not by our deeds, but by faith–and by faith alone. The only way you can receive the benefit of Christ’s life and death is by putting your trust in Him–and in Him alone. You do that, you’re declared just by God, you’re adopted into His family, you’re forgiven of all of your sins, and you have begun your pilgrimage for eternity.
If you picked up a hitchhiker (not that I recommend doing that) and he saw a Bible on your car seat and said, “I’ve heard about this thing called the Gospel – can you explain it to me before you drop me off in one minute up the street?” What would you say?
Can you explain the gospel in 30 seconds? In one minute? In five minutes?
Here’s one way I have found helpful. The five main components of the gospel can be remembered on 5 fingers of one hand. Here they are:
1) Jesus’ birth
2) Jesus’ life
3) Jesus’ death
4) Jesus’ resurrection
5) Jesus’ ascension
Obviously each point can be elaborated on depending on how much time you have. Here’s the short version:
1) Jesus’ birth – Jesus, God himself, the creator of the universe, the Messiah, became a human being – took on flesh, and was born of a virgin.
2) Jesus’ life – Jesus lived a life of perfect obedience to his Father. Though he was tempted in every way as we are, he never once sinned.
3) Jesus’ death – on the cross, Jesus himself took all our sins and paid for them. God the father counted all our sins to Jesus as if he himself had personally committed them. Then Jesus bore God’s wrath towards sin – the punishment we deserved – as a substitute for us.
4) Jesus’ resurrection – within 3 days, Jesus rose physically from the dead, proving that his sacrifice for sins have been accepted by God, since the punishment for sin was death. Jesus was seen by numerous people after he rose including 500 at one time (1 Corinthians 15).
5) Jesus’ ascension – Jesus ascended physically into heaven where he reigns as King of kings and Lord of lords. And someday he will return to the earth.
That’s the gospel, the good news, and if we believe in Jesus Christ and this good news and call upon him he will save us from our sins and give us eternal life.
That’s a simple way to remember the gospel – five fingers. Even a child can do it. So ask God to give you opportunities to share his good news today.
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