December 28, 2015 US and World Briefing Report


Dec. 28, 2015


President Obama told U.S. military service-members on Christmas that “we never take for granted” the risks they take to keep Americans safe, and that the killing of six troops in Afghanistan by a suicide bomber this week reminded the nation that the dangers were real.

For an industry that already was pushing its cost-cutting efforts to the limits, the new oil declines are a devastating blow. These drillers are “not set up to survive oil in the $30s,” said R.T. Dukes, a senior upstream analyst for Wood Mackenzie Ltd. in Houston.

Opinions vary on how to fix Puerto Rico’s $70 billion debt crisis, but analysts, investors, credit-rating companies and even Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla agree on one thing: the commonwealth will default in 2016. The question is, will it happen as soon as Jan. 1?

The ruble fell to its weakest level this year as oil resumed declines and investors speculated a traditional pick up in end-of-year budget spending will hurt the Russian currency by pumping extra cash into companies and banks.

China’s net imports of gold from Hong Kong dropped for a second month in November as investors were deterred by bearish prospects for prices amid rising U.S. interest rates.

More than 60 people died in the northeastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri as suicide bombers targeted civilians and the army clashed with suspected Islamist militants on Sunday.

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Bettie Jones, known in her Chicago neighborhood for her work with anti-violence community groups, was killed by police responding to a domestic disturbance just hours after she hosted family on Christmas Day. The fatal shooting of Jones, 55, and 19-year-old Quintonio LeGrier, a college student visiting his father for the holiday, at a West Side home has raised further questions about a police department already under intense scrutiny.

Iraqi security forces have successfully routed the Islamic State group from the city of Ramadi, one of the group’s largest strongholds. ISIS has ruled the city, the capital of Anbar province, since May 2015, when a wave of more than 30 suicide attacks drove government forces out of the city to more defensible positions. The New York Times dubbed it ISIS’ biggest victory of 2015, with at least 500 deaths among civilians and security personnel.

For 70 years since the Nazi defeat in World War II, copyright law has been used in Germany to prohibit the publication of “Mein Kampf” – the notorious anti-Semitic tome in which Adolf Hitler set out his ideology. That will change next month when a new edition with critical commentary, the product of several years’ work by a publicly funded institute, hits the shelves.

Saudi authorities said that they had seized more than five million amphetamine tablets and arrested 11 people in one of the kingdom’s largest drug busts. The interior ministry announced in November that it had seized a total of 22.4 million amphetamine tablets, 28.8 tons of cannabis and 26.2 kilograms of heroin in the last Islamic calendar year, which ends in mid-October.

A marijuana banking case set for arguments Monday is testing the federal government’s stated goal of addressing the cash-only nature of the quasi-legal pot industry.

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg urged India to approve a controversial plan that would provide a free Internet service to the poor, his latest bid amid an escalating row with authorities.

China passed a controversial new anti-terrorism law that requires technology firms to help decrypt information, but not install security “backdoors” as initially planned, and allows the military to venture overseas on counter-terror operations.

The owner of a Chinese gypsum mine drowned in an apparent suicide during rescue efforts for 17 workers still trapped two days after the mine collapsed and killed one person, state media said.

The head of an urban enforcement agency in the Chinese district where a huge landslide left scores of people missing has killed himself, authorities said Monday.

Germany has recruited 8,500 people to teach child refugees German, as the country expects the number of new arrivals to soar past the million mark in 2015.

Strong online sales and demand for furniture and women’s apparel helped U.S. retail sales grow by a “solid” 7.9 percent this holiday season, according to MasterCard Advisors SpendingPulse.


At least 43 people have been killed over the past five days by severe storms across southern and western parts of the United States.

Japan and South Korea have agreed to settle the issue of “comfort women” forced to work in Japanese brothels during World War Two, in their first such deal since 1965.

The 53 US victims of the Iran hostage crisis are to receive compensation 36 years after their ordeal up to $4.4m., reports said.

An exclusion zone is in place after a 26-carriage freight train carrying some 44,000 gallons of sulfuric acid derailed in Australia.

The first in-depth analysis of North Korea’s internal computer operating system has revealed spying tools capable of tracking documents offline.

Two of Italy’s largest cities, Milan and Rome, are restricting car use as smog levels build up.


About 75 percent of Americans still identify as Christians, after a 5-percent drop since 2008, according to a new Gallup poll, which also shows that the number of those having no formal religious identification has increased by 5 percent, amounting to 20 percent.

U.S. News and World Report which reported that Louisiana’s board of education is going to implement a new policy which requires all students to fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid in order to receive a high school diploma.

Rep. Peter King, one of New York’s feistiest, told a “Fox News Sunday” audience that what America needed was more surveillance of mosques, no matter what the civil libertarians say.

Top News – 12/28/2015

Strong deep earthquake below the coast of Saint-pierre, Martinique
Although relatively close to the island of Martinique the quake only resulted in a max. moderate shaking due to the depth of the hypocenter. Most important Earthquake Data: Magnitude : 5.6 GMT/UTC Time : 2015-12-28 06:55:30

An Actual Death Panel in Texas
The Act, which was signed into law in 1999 by then-Governor George W. Bush, allows hospitals to withdraw life-sustaining treatments if an ethics committee agrees that further treatment is futile. Their only responsibility to the family is a written ten-day notice.

Saudi mufti: ISIS are soldiers of Israel
“his threat against Israel is entirely false. The reality of ISIS is that they are soldiers of Israel.”

Exclusive: Seized documents reveal Islamic State’s Department of ‘War Spoils’
Islamic State has set up departments to handle “war spoils,” including slaves, and the exploitation of natural resources such as oil, creating the trappings of government that enable it to manage large swaths of Syria and Iraq and other areas.

2,000-strong Kentucky mall brawl leads to shutdown, no arrests
“As they were responding to those disturbances, others were breaking out. … Disturbances started to feed on themselves,” police spokesman Dennis McDonald said. “They were just overwhelmed with the number of calls for service and reports of disorder.” The officers had to call for backup, and 50 more officers arrived from five different agencies.

At Least 24 Dead After Texas Tornadoes and Midwest Flooding
At least 24 people have been killed and one person is missing after tornadoes barreled through Texas and heavy rain inundated parts of the Midwest. The Dallas area was ravaged by several massive tornadoes that left at least 11 people dead Saturday night. Five people died in a flash flood in Illinois, and eight deaths have been confirmed in Missouri…

Surveillance powers will help to unmask online bullies
Police are to use sweeping new surveillance powers to unmask anonymous internet bullies and bring them to justice. A new power that forces internet providers to retain web browsing information will help police to hunt down and identify the most serious cyberbullies and trolls, Theresa May has said.

80 primary school pupils a year seeking help to change gender – charity
Up to 80 primary school-aged children a year in the UK are now seeking help towards potentially changing their gender amid signs of classmates encouraging each other to do so… In some cases children as young as four are already in the process of “transitioning” to another sex, according to Susie Green, chair of Mermaids, a charity which provides support for families of children and teenagers with gender identity issues.

Islamic State leader Baghdadi goads West in rare audio statement
The leader of the self-declared Islamic State issued a defiant message to the West, warning “crusaders” not to dare fight on his turf. …”Crusaders and Jews don’t dare to come on the ground because they were defeated in Iraq and Afghanistan,”… “Jews, soon you shall hear from us in Palestine which will become your grave,” the voice, purporting to be Baghdadi, is heard saying.

Gonorrhoea ‘could become untreatable’
Gonorrhoea could become an untreatable disease, England’s chief medical officer has warned. Dame Sally Davies has written to all GPs and pharmacies to ensure they are prescribing the correct drugs after the rise of “super-gonorrhoea” in Leeds. Her warning comes after concerns were raised that some patients were not getting both of the antibiotics needed to clear the infection.

Five ways to celebrate a digital Christmas
Log on to a virtual church and talk about Star Wars…Everyday Church Online…runs virtual services every Sunday for a net-based congregation from around the world. Everyone’s invited to log on and chat while a recorded sermon is streamed… Carry out a Christmas mission in a virtual world…Guardians of Ancora is a recently launched, free-to-play fantasy game available on Android, iPhone and Kindle platforms…

Dozens dead in US Christmas storms
At least 43 people have been killed over the past five days by severe storms across southern and western parts of the United States. Flash floods, tornadoes and now snow have destroyed hundreds of homes and businesses and snarled transport links. The National Weather Service has issued tornado warnings for Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Mississippi.

Syria fighters’ evacuation from Zabadani ‘under way’
Dozens of Syrian rebel fighters are being evacuated from the village of Zabadani near the Lebanese border under a UN-brokered deal. A convoy of buses and ambulances has reached Zabadani to take the fighters, and some civilians, to Beirut. The evacuation is part of a truce agreed in September covering Zabadani and two towns in the north which had been under siege from rebel forces.

Anti-Islamic State journalist murdered in Turkey
An anti-Islamic State activist and filmmaker has been shot dead by assassins in broad daylight in Turkey. Naji Jerf, 38, was shot with a silenced pistol in downtown Gaziantep, near the Syrian border, Turkish media reported. Mr Jerf was the film director for Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently (RBSS), a group of journalists who risk their lives daily to report on IS abuses.

Milan and Rome ban cars as pollution rises
Two of Italy’s largest cities, Milan and Rome, are restricting car use as smog levels build up. Milan is banning cars, motorcycles and scooters for six hours a day over the next three days. In Rome, cars with odd-numbered plates have been banned for nine hours on Monday. On Tuesday, cars with even-numbered plates will be restricted.

‘Department of Slaves’ and other ISIS horrors revealed in documents seized by US
Islamic State has set up departments to handle “war spoils,” including slaves, and the exploitation of natural resources such as oil… The hierarchical bureaucracy, including petty rivalries between officials, and legal codes in the form of religious fatwas are detailed in a cache of documents seized by US Special Operations Forces in a May raid in Syria that killed top IS financial official Abu Sayyaf.

Sudan Hopes for Strategic Partnership with Russia
“We are counting on this ministerial committee to improve relations with Russia in all fields, we consider it the most successful ministerial committee and we hope to become a strategic partner of Russia,” the vice president said at the end of the third Sudanese-Russian Joint Ministerial Committee.

Magnitude-4.2 quake strikes northwest of Barstow
A magnitude-4.2 earthquake struck about 26 miles northwest of Barstow in the Mojave Desert early Sunday and could be felt in the Victor Valley and as far as Los Angeles, according to U.S. Geological Service.

Hitler’s ‘Mein Kampf’ returns to German market in new form
For 70 years since the Nazi defeat in World War II, copyright law has been used in Germany to prohibit the publication of “Mein Kampf” — the notorious anti-Semitic tome in which Adolf Hitler set out his ideology.

Damage from sinking land costing California billions
A canal that delivers vital water supplies from Northern California to Southern California is sinking in places. So are stretches of a riverbed undergoing historic restoration. On farms, well casings pop up like mushrooms as the ground around them drops.

2015: The Year That Exposed The “Experts” And Left The “Smart-Crowd” Dumbfounded
It wasn’t supposed to be this way. We were all told by the “experts” and the so-called “smart crowd” ad nauseam the economy and markets of 2015 were “ready for lift off.”

Shale’s Running Out of Survival Tricks as OPEC Ramps Up Pressure
In 2015, the fracking outfits that dot America’s oil-rich plains threw everything they had at $50-a-barrel crude. To cope with the 50 percent price plunge, they laid off thousands of roughnecks, focused their rigs on the biggest gushers only and used cutting-edge technology to squeeze all the oil they could out of every well.

Top Headlines – 12/28/2015

Sudan Hopes for Strategic Partnership with Russia

Ukrainian legislator toasts Adolf Hitler

Hitler’s ‘Mein Kampf’ returns to German market in new form

Dramatic video of Russian air strikes ‘on Islamic State oil empire’

Using Laser Scanners to Preserve Antiquities in ISIS’ Cross Hairs

ISIS Has Been Defeated in the City of Ramadi, the Iraqi Military Says

‘The only country ISIS fears in the Middle East is Israel’

Palestinian Authority leaders to discuss cutting ties with Israel

‘Israel warns Hezbollah of crushing response if provoked’

Nasrallah: Israelis hiding like rats along border, Kuntar revenge will come

Saudi cleric on TV: Treachery courses through the veins of the Jews like blood

Iran accuses Saudi of promoting poverty, terrorism

Iran’s Rouhani to visit Vatican in January

One killed, 13 wounded in Kabul suicide attack: Afghan officials

New York GOP Rep. Peter King says terror threat coming from mosques, calls for better surveillance

Mall Mayhem: Over 1,000 Teens Shut Down Kentucky Mall

Japan Protests Intrusion of Armed Chinese Vessel Into its Waters

Shale’s Running Out of Survival Tricks as OPEC Ramps Up Pressure

Damage from sinking land costing California billions

Official in China city hit by deadly landslide takes own life

5.6 magnitude earthquake hits near Saint-Pierre, Martinique

‘Total devastation’: Nine tornadoes confirmed; storms leave 11 dead, hundreds without homes

Army evacuates hundreds as UK floods worsen

California wildfire contained, authorities worry about landslides if rain hits charred hills

Cars and Pizza Ovens Targeted as Italy Combats Air Pollution

Previously Wiped Out Diseases Are Starting to Resurface In England

New strain of ‘super Gonorrhoea’ means the sexually transmitted disease could be untreatable

Abortion to be a hot issue on presidential campaign trail

Children as young as four ‘encouraging each other to consider a sex change’

‘Christian’ Rapper Jahaziel Renounces Christianity

Caitlyn Jenner catches fury after praying with Houston pastor

Christmas Day Massacre: Boko Haram Kills 16, Including Children

Image On Church Window Resembles Virgin Mary, Draws Throngs Of Spectators

Pope Issues Christmas Indulgences to Spread Message of Mercy

Merry Christmas and get out of Israel, you blood-drinking Christian vampires

Shin Bet: Jewish Extremists Seek To Overthrow Government and Crown A King

Christian Zionists prefer to ignore Bethlehem’s Palestinian Christians

ZeroHedge Frontrunning: December 28

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The Cashless Society Cometh: European Nations Such As Sweden And Denmark Are ‘Eradicating Cash’

Cashless Society - Public DomainDid you know that 95 percent of all retail sales in Sweden are cashless?  And did you know that the government of Denmark has a stated goal of “eradicating cash” by the year 2030?  All over the world, we are seeing a relentless march toward a cashless society, and nowhere is this more true than in northern Europe.  In Sweden, hundreds of bank branches no longer accept or dispense cash, and thousands of ATM machines have been permanently removed.  At this point, bills and coins only account for just 2 percent of the Swedish economy, and many stores no longer take cash at all.  The notion of a truly “cashless society” was once considered to be science fiction, but now we are being told that it is “inevitable”, and authorities insist that it will enable them to thwart criminals, terrorists, drug runners, money launderers and tax evaders.  But what will we give up in the process? (Read More….)

Wildfires And Tornadoes In December? Two More Major Disasters Hit America

Tornado Destruction - Public DomainIt is not normal for the United States to experience massive wildfires and giant tornadoes right around Christmas. The huge wildfire that erupted northwest of Los Angeles on Christmas Day and the devastating tornadoes that ripped through the Dallas area on Saturday can be added to a growing list of freakish disasters that have hit the United States since the month of September. So why in the world is this happening? Many are blaming the worst El Nino pattern that we have seen in at least 15 years. Right now we are witnessing very strange weather all over the world, including an unprecedented heat wave in Australia and the worst flooding in South America in 50 years. And it is true that El Ninos have significantly disrupted weather patterns in the past. But is the current El Nino really to blame for everything that we have been seeing? Because without a doubt, the last few months have been truly bizarre. (Read More…)


You are no longer safe  . . .

The Housing Authority of Baltimore City is secretly relocating Section 8 subsidized housing families from the inner city into suburban homes – and some critics are charging it is part of a plan to deliberately cause damage to the communities there.

“They’re going to be destroying every suburb that they move into, just as they’ve done the inner cities,” said Jesse Lee Peterson. “This is ‘forced diversity.'”

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NYC Will Fine You $250,000 For ‘Misgendering’ A Transsexual

Liberalism has lost its mind and is out-of-control . . .

Did you call a transsexual person “he” or “she” when they preferred to be called “zhe?” According to a newly updated anti-discrimination law in New York City, you could be fined an eye-watering $250,000.

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It Is Now A Crime To ‘Misgender’ A Transsexual Or Transgender Person

Did you call a transsexual person “he” or “she” when they preferred to be called “zhe?” According to a newly updated anti-discrimination law in New York City, you could be fined an eye-watering $250,000

“Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.” Jude 1:7 (KJV)

EDITOR’S NOTE: So here’s the really funny part in all this. You believed them when they told you it was all about “tolerance” and “acceptance”, when in reality it was all about control. The LGBT Mafia now controls the narrative, and any objections to the contrary is now considered hate speech. And it will be punished. Harshly. It is starting with massive fines, but will end with imprisonment and even with the execution of the dissenters. These are the new Nazis, and your reeducation camp is waiting to receive you. The dictator may be wearing pink, but that will not soften the blow. 

In the latest, astonishing act of draconian political correctness, the NYC Commission on Human Rights have updated a law on “Discrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity or Expression” to threaten staggering financial penalties against property owners who “misgender” employees or tenants.

Incidents that are deemed “wilful and malicious” will see property owners face up to $250,000 in fines, while standard violations of the law will result in a $125,000 fine. For small business owners, these sums are crippling.

It’s not as simple as referring to transmen “he” or transwomen as “she,” either. The legislation makes it clear that if an individual desires, property owners will have to make use of “zhe,” “hir” and any other preferred pronoun. From the updated legislation:

The NYCHRL requires employers and covered entities to use an individual’s preferred name, pronoun and title (e.g., Ms./Mrs.) regardless of the individual’s sex assigned at birth, anatomy, gender, medical history, appearance, or the sex indicated on the individual’s identification. Most individuals and many transgender people use female or male pronouns and titles.

Some transgender and gender non-conforming people prefer to use pronouns other than he/him/his or she/her/hers, such as they/them/theirs or ze/hir

Other violations of the law include refusing to allow individuals to use single-sex facilities such as bathrooms that are “consistent with their gender identity,” failing to provide employee health benefits for “gender-affirming care” and “imposing different uniforms or grooming standards based on sex or gender.”

Examples of such illegal behaviour include: “requiring female bartenders to wear makeup,” “Permitting only individuals who identify as women to wear jewellery or requiring only individuals who identify as male to have short hair,” and “permitting female but not male residents at a drug treatment facility to wear wigs and high heels.”

In other words, if a bar owner prevents male bartenders from wearing lipstick and heels, they’ll be breaking the law. They’ve now got a choice between potentially scaring off customers, and paying hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines. Regardless of the establishment’s clientèle or aesthetic, every property owner will be forced to conform to the same standard.

This is the latest in what Spiked Online editor-in-chief Brendan O’Neill calls “The Crisis of Character” in the west, in which identities become grounded in subjective interpretation rather than objective reality. The state is now forcing society to recognise the subjective identities of individuals, regardless of how absurd or surreal they may seem. In New York City, recognising someone’s identity is no longer a matter of case-by-case common sense and courtesy. It’s zir way or the highway. source

Obama Intends to ‘Squeeze Every Ounce of Change’ He Can Into Final Year

Ahead of his last State of the Union address on January 12, President Obama emailed his supporters Sunday with news that he has plenty of New Year’s resolutions to take care of during his final year in office:

“I’ve got 12 months left to squeeze every ounce of change I can while I’m still in office. And that’s what I intend to do.”

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5 Things We Do Today Instead of Preaching the Word

Posted: 28 Dec 2015 07:28 AM PST

(James Macdonald) I wish I could tell you that most pastors are preaching the Word. I can’t—some are not preaching the Word. So here are five things we may choose to do instead of preaching the Word.

1. Entertaining – “Music, drama and video, felt needs, topics, more stories” None of those things are wrong—unless they displace the preaching of the Word of God. Some teachers will tell you that you need to tell stories in your sermons or you will bore people. I’m not bored. If you’re not bored, no one is going to be bored. Can you take hold of the Word of God and take hold of a group of people and make them listen because you have something to say?

Are you bored? The greatest sin in ministry is to bore people with the Bible. Martin Lloyd Jones said, “Preaching is theology coming through a man who is on fire. A man who can speak about these things dispassionately has no right whatsoever to be in a pulpit and should never be allowed to enter one.”

You have to get the Word of God, let it grip your heart by the power of the Holy Spirit, and drive over to church with something to say.

Now if a story fits in, I might tell you a story before I sit down, but don’t make that your thing. If people come up to you afterwards and say, “I love that story you told,” it should make you crazy. Really, that’s what I am? I’m a storyteller? The Gospel is the main story that you should be telling. FULL REPORT

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Guns In Church? FEMA Helps Churches Prepare For ‘Active Shooter Incidents’

Posted: 28 Dec 2015 07:20 AM PST

(Michael Snyder) If Islamic terrorists were to even just hit one or two of our churches, attendance all across America would immediately plummet. Nobody wants to feel like they are taking their family to a place of danger, and so that is the power of random attacks like the ones that we recently witnessed in Paris.

If terrorists can make us feel that they could strike anywhere and at any time, the panic and fear that will create will fundamentally change the way that we go about doing things. Just look at what is already happening. Church greeters are already being trained to “feel for weapons” as they are hugging people coming in the front door…

Christian churches have been refining their security plans ahead of receiving some of their largest crowds of the year for Christmas. On a FEMA webinar last Wednesday on protecting houses of worship, the chief security executive at The Potter’s House, the Rev. TD Jakes’ megachurch in Dallas, gave tips about behavior that should raise concern, such as a congregant arriving in a long coat in hot weather. If needed, church greeters could give a hug and feel for weapons, said the executive, Sean Smith. FULL REPORT


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Giant Squid from the deep mysteriously surfaces in Japanese harbor

Posted: 28 Dec 2015 07:16 AM PST

(CNN) It isn’t every day that a mystery from the deep swims into plain sight. But on Christmas Eve, spectators on a pier in Toyama Bay in central Japan were treated to a rare sighting of a giant squid. The creature swam under fishing boats and close to the surface of Toyama Bay, better known for its firefly squid, and reportedly hung around the bay for several hours before it was ushered back to open water.

It was captured on video by a submersible camera, and even joined by a diver, Akinobu Kimura, owner of Diving Shop Kaiyu, who swam in close proximity to the red-and-white real-life sea monster. “My curiosity was way bigger than fear, so I jumped into the water and go close to it,” he told CNN.

“This squid was not damaged and looked lively, spurting ink and trying to entangle his tentacles around me. I guided the squid toward to the ocean, several hundred meters from the area it was found in, and it disappeared into the deep sea.” FULL REPORT

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Evolutionists Startled by ‘Exceptionally Preserved’ Embryos in Ancient Fossils

Posted: 28 Dec 2015 07:11 AM PST

(Christian News Network) A team of French and Canadian scientists have identified preserved embryos within the eggs of a tiny shrimp-like creature believed to have lived over 500 million years ago, raising questions about both the development of the creatures’ brooding abilities and the likelihood of such delicate materials surviving for thousands of millennia.

Waptia fieldensis is a tiny, shrimp-like arthropod whose fossilized remains were first found 100 years ago in Cambrian layers of fossils in Canada. Now extinct, Waptia was a frail creature that carried the eggs of its young within its own body.

Canadian researchers studying Waptia specimens recently made a startling discovery: despite the fossils’ purported ages, collections of tiny eggs somehow survived within their fossilized bodies. The scientists marveled at the remarkable condition of the creatures, describing them as “exceptionally preserved.” FULL REPORT

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DEVELOPING: Australian train derails with tens of thousands of gallons of acid on board

Posted: 28 Dec 2015 07:07 AM PST

(CNN) Australian authorities have declared an emergency after a train derailed with tens of thousands of gallons of sulfuric acid on board. The freight train was carrying roughly 200,000 liters (53,000 gallons) of the highly corrosive acid when it came off the tracks Sunday morning in a remote area of northern Queensland, police said.

A 2-kilometer (1.2-mile) exclusion zone was put in place around the area and remained in effect Monday as authorities dealt with “minor leakage of sulfuric acid and spillage of diesel fuel,” the Queensland Police Service said.

The train’s locomotive ended up on its side, and all 26 freight cars it was pulling derailed, according to authorities. Photos from the scene showed the jumble of cars sprawled across mangled tracks and waterlogged terrain. FULL REPORT

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New Ban Bill Hits Congress: Targets Semi-Automatic Rifles & Handguns

Posted: 28 Dec 2015 07:03 AM PST

(SHTF Plan) In the wake of the Sandy Hook shootings we warned that sweeping changes were in the works for Americans’ right to bear arms. It started with ammunition tax proposals, restrictions on firearm accessories imports and most recently Governors began bypassing Congress altogether by banning gun ownership for those on any of the government’s many watchlists. The Obama administration has also targeted licensed firearms sellers across the United States by forcing banks to treat them like pornography businesses and impeding their access to transaction processing systems and business banking accounts.

States like California already ban “assault weapons” and outlaw “high capacity” magazines that can hold more than ten rounds of ammunition. But the kinds of restrictive laws that strike at the very heart of the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution have thus far been limited to just a dozen or so heavily liberal states.

Until now. While Americans anxiously prepared for their Christmas festivities, anti gun proponents in Congress were hard at work drafting a new bill. If passed H.R. 4269 would literally redefine the Second Amendment as evidenced by the bill’s description, which in no uncertain terms clarifies its ultimate goal: FULL REPORT

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Wildfires And Tornadoes In December? Two More Major Disasters Hit America

Posted: 28 Dec 2015 06:59 AM PST

(Michael Snyder) It is not normal for the United States to experience massive wildfires and giant tornadoes right around Christmas. The huge wildfire that erupted northwest of Los Angeles on Christmas Day and the devastating tornadoes that ripped through the Dallas area on Saturday can be added to a growing list of freakish disasters that have hit the United States since the month of September. So why in the world is this happening? Many are blaming the worst El Nino pattern that we have seen in at least 15 years.

Right now we are witnessing very strange weather all over the world, including an unprecedented heat wave in Australia and the worst flooding in South America in 50 years. And it is true that El Ninos have significantly disrupted weather patterns in the past. But is the current El Nino really to blame for everything that we have been seeing? Because without a doubt, the last few months have been truly bizarre. For example, who has ever heard of a giant wildfire erupting on Christmas Day?

That is precisely what happened this year in southern California. A mammoth blaze that quickly engulfed more than 1,200 acres erupted near Ventura, California, and it shut down both the Pacific Coast Highway and U.S. 101 for an extended period of time. This was truly a frightening fire. You can watch some amazing footage of a family actually driving through the wildfire right here. Fortunately, firefighters seem to be getting the blaze under control at this point. FULL REPORT

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Muslim Student Association demands all ‘Islamophobic speech’ be punished

Posted: 28 Dec 2015 06:53 AM PST

(The College Fix) The Muslim Student Association at San Diego State University is demanding that administrators combat Islamophobia by developing a “zero tolerance policy explicitly for Islamophobic speech and actions.”

The demands, modeled after similar ones issued by black student associations at campuses across the nation, were lodged after a female Muslim student was allegedly attacked by a white man in a campus parking lot on the afternoon of Nov. 19, about a week after the Paris terrorist attacks, which killed 130 people.

At SDSU, despite reports that several witnesses stood by and did nothing as the attacker grabbed the woman’s hijab, as well as a police sketch of the alleged attacker, a police investigation could not identify a suspect, according to the San Diego Union Tribune. FULL REPORT

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Our Time is Short

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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.

What Is the Gospel?

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.

The Gospel on 5 Fingers

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.

Ready to start your new life with God?

Who do you think that I am?

With that brief question Jesus Christ confronted His followers with the most important issue they would ever face. He had spent much time with them and made some bold claims about His identity and authority. Now the time had come for them either to believe or deny His teachings.

Who do you say Jesus is? Your response to Him will determine not only your values and lifestyle, but your eternal destiny as well.

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