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August 24, 2016 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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Aug. 24, 2016 |

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Members of Congress are in an unusual position as they demand an explanation for Mylan NV’s 400 percent price hike for the EpiPen and focus attention squarely on its CEO: Heather Bresch. If lawmakers follow the usual script, Bresch could get called up to Capitol Hill next month to explain her company’s justification for raising the price on the life-saving allergy shot. But that could be awkward, since she’s the daughter of Democratic Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia.

As the U.S. draws down the prison population by transferring inmates to friendly nations, the cost of housing terrorism suspects at the detention facility in Cuba has climbed to about $6 million per person, according to an analysis of Defense Department figures. That’s produced a politically convenient byproduct for an administration determined to close the site: sticker shock. The per-inmate cost will only increase as Obama continues to transfer prisoners, as he did last week when 15 detainees were sent to the United Arab Emirates.

Since the beginning of the year, the Baltimore Police Department had been using the plane to investigate all sorts of crimes, from property thefts to shootings. The Cessna sometimes flew above the city for as many as 10 hours a day, and the public had no idea it was there. A company called Persistent Surveillance Systems, based in Dayton, Ohio, provided the service to the police, and the funding came from a private donor. No public disclosure of the program had ever been made.

UBS Group AG and peers on both sides of the Atlantic plan to seek regulatory approval to use a new form of digital cash to settle financial transactions, cutting costs and time.

On Tuesday, Tesla Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk released a new, 100-kilowatt-hour battery pack for the dual-motor versions of the Model S and Model X. The upgrade makes the Model S the first all-electric sedan with a range of more than 300 miles, and it cuts the zero-to-60 miles per hour interval to just 2.5 seconds.

Royal Bank of Scotland has told about 3,000 of its global transaction-services clients to speed up their search for another bank. Their checking accounts, cash management and trade-finance services probably won’t work after Dec. 31.

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The FBI and other U.S. security agencies are investigating cyber breaches targeting reporters at the New York Times and other U.S. news organizations that are thought to have been carried out by hackers working for Russian intelligence, CNN reported.

Pakistani police charged the exiled leader of a major political party with treason and inciting terrorism Tuesday, as his own second-in-command vowed to disown him a day after a violent protest in Karachi.

Five days after an explosive wildfire in Southern California drove About 82,000 people from their homes, authorities lifted all evacuation orders on Sunday to allow them to return.

In 2007, when drugmaker Mylan bought the autoinjecting device, which contains epinephrine (otherwise known as adrenaline), the list price was $57. Now, a two-pack EpiPen will set you back more than $600 without insurance, according to prescription-drug price comparison website GoodRx. Since 2009, when it was $100 for a pack of two, the price has gone up about 500% (though the price varies among pharmacies). And senators are starting to ask for answers.

New data from the National Safety Council found approximately 19,100 people were killed in crashes on U.S. roads during the first six months of the year, a 9 percent increase over the same period in 2015. The organization blames the increase on a combination of factors, including a stronger economy and lower gas prices, which cause people to drive more miles. There is also an alarming number of teenage drivers who are willing to use social media behind the wheel.

Running a city, especially one with more than 20 million people, is no easy task. Running it from inside a jail cell is infinitely more difficult. But that’s exactly what Waseem Akhtar – the new mayor of Pakistan’s largest city, Karachi – will be doing, the Guardian reports. The charges against him include arranging medical care for alleged terrorists and inciting riots across the city in 2007.

The world’s longest aircraft, the Airlander 10 airship, has crash-landed after a test flight in Bedfordshire, central England, its British manufacturer Hybrid Air Vehicles said on Wednesday.

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At least 73 people have been killed in a magnitude 6.2 earthquake that hit a mountainous area of central Italy, authorities say.

Turkish tanks and other vehicles have rolled across the Syrian border after heavy shelling of an area held by so-called Islamic State (IS). Military sources told Turkish media 70 targets in the Jarablus area had been destroyed by artillery and rocket strikes, and 12 by air strikes.

North Korea has fired a ballistic missile from a submarine off its east coast, say the US and South Korea.

Montana officials have indefinitely closed the Yellowstone River over concerns of a deadly parasite that has killed thousands of fish.

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The State University of New York (SUNY) at Binghamton is now offering a course called “#StopWhitePeople2K16” as part of routine training for residential assistants.

A 16-year-old boy who contracted a brain-eating amoeba in South Florida before doctors in Orlando diagnosed him was called a “miracle” as he prepared to leave the hospital. The infection has been fatal in 97 percent of the 138 cases in the United States. He is now one of four people in the last 50 years known to have survived an infection of Naegleria fowleri, which is found in warm freshwater.

The heroin epidemic that has plagued the nation’s urban and rural communities alike had not spared West Virginia, but nothing prepared Cabell County officials for 26 overdoses in a four-hour span last week. Victims injected from a batch of the drug believed to have been laced with Fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid up to 100 times more potent than morphine.


 Top News – 8/24/2016

Confirmed earthquake hits southern Colorado
The United States geological survey initially reported a 4.5 magnitude earthquake around 26 miles west-southwest of Trinidad, close to the border of Colorado and New Mexico.

Italians evacuate Rome over ‘big one’ fears
Romans are taking it so seriously that local newspapers have even been publishing survival guides with tips of what to do – if – the ground starts to tremble. The panic has been fanned by Facebook, Twitter and text messages around a prediction by Raffaele Bendani, a seismologist who forecast in 1915 that a “big one” would hit Rome on Wednesday.

China’s Covert Weapons Procurement Revealed in Florida Case
China’s government covertly tried to obtain advanced U.S. fighter jet engines and a Reaper drone in a high-technology spying operation uncovered by federal authorities in Florida. A Chinese-born woman, Wenxia Man, was sentenced to 50 months in prison on Friday following her conviction for conspiracy to export restricted American defense articles…

French national screaming ‘Allahu Akbar’ stabs British woman to death in Australia
The assault took place on Wednesday at a backpackers’ hostel near Townsville in northern Queensland. A 21-year-old British woman died at the scene, while a 30-year-old British man was taken to hospital in critical condition, state police reported.

Brewing tropical storm may threaten Bahamas, Florida as a hurricane
A budding tropical disturbance has the potential to strengthen significantly and reach Florida with strong winds, coastal flooding and torrential rainfall during Sunday and Monday.

BREAKING: Leaked e-mails show George Soros paid $650K to influence bishops during Pope’s US visit
billionaire globalist George Soros – one of Hilary Clinton’s top donors – paid $650,000 to influence Pope Francis’ September 2015 visit to the USA with a view to “shift[ing] national paradigms and priorities in the run-up to the 2016 presidential campaign.” “Buy-in of individual bishops to more publicly voice support of economic and racial justice messages…”.

Putin, Netanyahu, Talk Peace Process on Phone
“The leaders exchanged opinions on Middle East settlement issues and topical aspects of the general situation in the region. They agreed to continue active Russian-Israeli contacts at different levels,” the report said.

Secret Cameras Record Baltimore’s Every Move From Above
…a small Cessna airplane equipped with a sophisticated array of cameras was circling Baltimore…The plane’s wide-angle cameras captured an area of roughly 30 square miles and… transmitted real-time images to analysts on the ground… Since the beginning of the year, the Baltimore Police Department had been using the plane to investigate all sorts of crimes…and the public had no idea it was there.

Syria Jarablus: Turkish tanks roll into northern Syria
A dozen Turkish tanks and other vehicles have rolled across the Syrian border after heavy shelling of an area held by so-called Islamic State (IS). Military sources told Turkish media 70 targets in the Jarablus area had been destroyed by artillery and rocket strikes, and 12 by air strikes. Turkish-backed Syrian rebels are accompanying the Turkish advance.

Myanmar hit by 6.8 magnitude earthquake
A 6.8 magnitude earthquake has hit central Myanmar, and was felt as far away as Thailand, Bangladesh and India, reports say. The quake struck 25km (15.5 miles) west of Chauk, at a depth of 84km, the US Geological Survey said.

Obama Admin Won’t Tell Congress How It Paid Iran $1.3 Billion in Taxpayer Funds
The Obama administration is withholding from Congress details about how $1.3 billion in U.S. taxpayer funds was delivered to Iran… The Departments of State, Treasury, and Justice have all rebuffed a congressional probe into the…$1.3 billion payment to Iran which is part of an additional $400 million cash payout that occurred just prior to the release of several U.S. hostages…

The NSA Leak Is Real, Snowden Documents Confirm
“ShadowBrokers” announced an auction for what it claimed were “cyber weapons” made by the NSA. Based on never-before-published documents provided by the whistleblower Edward Snowden, The Intercept can confirm that the arsenal contains authentic NSA software, part of a powerful constellation of tools used to covertly infect computers worldwide.

Commentary: Evidence points to another Snowden at the NSA
if Russia had stolen the hacking tools, it would be senseless to publicize the theft, let alone put them up for sale. A more logical explanation could also be insider theft. If that’s the case, it’s one more reason to question the usefulness of an agency that secretly collects private information on millions of Americans but can’t keep its most valuable data from being stolen, or as it appears in this case, being used against us.

Zika virus: Florida announces five new cases
Florida’s governor has announced five new cases of Zika, including one in the Tampa Bay area, 265 miles (425 km) north of Miami. Four other cases of the virus, which is often spread by mosquitoes, were found in Wynwood in Miami, where officials have sprayed pesticides. The Tampa case involves a woman in Pinellas County without a travel history, suggesting local transmission.

North Korea submarine fires ballistic missile
North Korea has fired a ballistic missile from a submarine off its east coast, say the US and South Korea. The KN-11 missile was launched from waters near Sinpo and flew about 500km (300 miles) before falling into the Sea of Japan, a US official said. Japan’s PM said it fell inside Japan’s Air Defence Identification Zone, calling it a “reckless act”.

Russian ‘documentary’ claims Jews behind Titanic, Chernobyl and 9/11
A documentary recently aired on a Russian television station with a potential reach of 100 million viewers laid blame for some of history’s greatest calamities at the feet of the Jews. According to The Jewish Chronicle, the short film, which aired on Russia’s REN TV, claimed that Jews were behind the sinking of the Titanic, the nuclear disaster at Chernobyl and the September 11 terror attacks.

Turkey, US-led coalition launch large-scale border offensive against ISIS
Turkish special forces, tanks and jets backed by planes from the US-led coalition launched their first coordinated offensive into Syria on Wednesday to try to drive Islamic State from the border and prevent further gains by Kurdish militia fighters. Turkish tank units and Syrian rebels backed by the NATO member crossed into northern Syria to push Islamic State out of the border town of Jarablus, military sources said.

ABC News: Hillary Lied About Donor Access During 2009 Confirmation Hearing
The evidence that shows close ties between the Clinton Foundation and the State Department proves Hillary Clinton lied during her confirmation hearing in 2009, according to ABC News.

Celtic fans raise over £136,000 for ‘Palestine’ after Israel match debacle
Celtic fans have so far raised over £136,000 in two days for Palestinian charities after the club received a disciplinary charge from the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA). Last week, fans of Scotland’s Celtic soccer team staged a protest, organized by Green Brigade fans, against Israel when their team faced off with Hapoel Beersheba in the Champions League.

Dozens Killed, Widespread Damage After Strong Quake in Central Italy
A magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck central Italy early Wednesday, with reports of fatalities and significant damage surfacing quickly in its aftermath.

Emails: Top Hillary Aide Was Researching Drug That Treats Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s
Jake Sullivan, Hillary Clinton’s top foreign policy adviser, extensively researched the drug Provigil while working for her at the State Department in 2011.

Something “Unexpected” Happened When Seattle Raised The Minimum Wage
Seemingly no amount of empirical evidence can convince progressives that raising minimum wages to artificially elevated levels is a bad idea. Somehow the basic idea that raising the cost of a good ultimately results in lower consumption of that good just doesn’t compute.

US Service Member Killed by IED in Afghanistan
A U.S. service member has died from wounds sustained today in an operation near Lashkar Gah in Helmand province in Afghanistan, the Pentagon confirmed. The service member was conducting “train, advise, assist” activities with Afghan counterparts when the patrol “triggered an improvised explosive device,” or IED, according to a news release from U.S. Forces Afghanistan.

‘Failed State’ Venezuela Now Bleeding Cash
Bad news for distressed asset investors. Venezuela’s cash position is deteriorating and that makes for a lack of clarity on the left wing government’s ability to pay its debts. This is particularly worrisome for PDVSA investors, a favorite holding among foreign investors playing — and praying — for Venezuelan regime change.

Earthquake strikes central Italy
A magnitude 6.2 earthquake has struck central Italy, south of the city of Perugia, the US Geological Survey says, with the shock also felt in Rome.

Putin offers Middle East peace talks
President Putin is pushing to host peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians in the latest sign of his ambition for Russia to replace the United States as chief power broker in the Middle East.


Top Headlines – 8/24/2016

Aqaba spill dumps 200 tons of crude oil into Red Sea

Hamas: We’re Uninterested In New Gaza War

Defense minister: Israel won’t let Hamas rearm

IDF raids West Bank weapons facilities

Israel targeted ‘key Hamas strategic assets’ in Sunday’s barrage

Rivlin at Gaza border: ‘Israel ready to face any threat, above or below ground’

The IDF’s first combat robot

Violent protests in Nablus after Palestinian detainee killed in Palestinian police custody

Hamas accuses Egypt of abducting 4 Palestinians a year ago

French Jewish families make aliyah-to Samaria

Palestinians Fume as Europe Fails to Back BDS

A George Soros-Funded Palestinian Media Outlet Runs an Anti-Semitic Article Series

Honduras seeks Israel’s help against organized crime

Turkish Foreign Minister: Turkey and Israel to appoint ambassadors in coming days

Turkey hunts alleged coup plotter who was Clinton donor

Turkey evacuates town amid anti-IS Syria campaign

U.S. Eyes Aiding Turkish-Backed Rebels Against Islamic State in Syria

‘Apex of horror’ Aleppo faces catastrophe if truce isn’t called to let in aid: U.N.

UN: Over a Million Could Be Displaced by Mosul Offensive

Moscow and Tehran: Russia done launching Syrian airstrikes from Iran

Iran unveils its own version of S-300 air defense system

Iran rounds up 450 social media users for ‘immoral activities’

White House: Payment to Iran was neither ransom nor leverage

Obama Admin Won’t Tell Congress How It Paid Iran $1.3 Billion in Taxpayer Funds

Iran Expanding Terror Network in Latin America

Boko Haram crisis: Nigeria air strike ‘kills commanders’

Nigerian army: Self-declared Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau ‘fatally wounded’

Gang Rape Of Aid Workers In South Sudan Is A Turning Point

Afghans push India for more arms, despite Pakistan’s wary eye

Roadside bomb kills US soldier in southern Afghanistan

Planned Muslim cemetery, mosque face opposition in Georgia community over terror training camp concerns

NYPD repeatedly broke rules when investigating Muslim groups, inspector general report charges

FBI investigating whether Virginia stabbings were ISIS-inspired

Suspect in stabbing says he was hearing voices

Car bomb explodes outside Thai hotel

Anti-Islam group sparks terror scare after staging mock ‘Isil attack’ in Prague

Italy, Germany, France eye beefed up EU defense after recent terror attacks

Following a series of violent attacks last month, German right-wing leader backs citizens’ right to arm themselves

Paris tourism hit by militant attacks, strikes and floods

Paris tourism lost 750 million Euros after attacks

Paris tourism chiefs demand rescue plan as attacks scare off visitors

Worldwide concern over ‘too many immigrants’: study

Washington Post: U.S. needs illegal immigrants for ‘washing dishes,’ ‘mowing lawns’

North Korea lays new landmines near border truce village: report

North Korea test-fires submarine-launched ballistic missile, says Seoul

Crimea ready to sue Ukraine over ’20 years of looting’ – official

Russia, Germany, France raise alarm over fighting in Ukraine

Politico: US Election Is Increasing Russia-Ukraine Tensions

Attempted hack of New York Times might fuel more talk of Russia assisting Trump

Biden vows ‘rock solid’ NATO ties as allies slam Trump

Obama tours Louisiana amid criticism that he’s late

In Louisiana, Barack Obama Dismisses Donald Trump: I’m Leaving In Five Months Anyway

Leaked Docs: Soros Aims to Enlarge Electorate by 10 Million Voters by 2018

Clinton’s pathetic ‘Colin Powell made me do it’ defense

Clinton calls claims about her health ‘wacky’

FBI investigating possible cyberbreach of New York Times reporters’ email accounts

The US Air Force Reveals Radical Plan to ‘Bomb the Sky’ to Improve Radio Reception

Fed Admits Another $4 Trillion In QE Will Be Needed To Offset An “Economic Shock”

Eight Facebook users indicted for mocking Thai junta leader

Prison inspector calls for inmates to be given access to social media and Skype to keep in touch with family

Rare Pokemon sparks stampede in Taipei

Secret Cameras Record Baltimore’s Every Move From Above

EPA: North Texas earthquakes likely linked to oil and gas drilling

6.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Nebe, Indonesia

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Mawlaik, Burma

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Visokoi Island, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Taron, Papua New Guinea

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 24,000ft

Santa Maria volcano in Guatemala erupts to 16,500ft

Tropical Storm Gaston Forms; Disturbance Eyes Florida

Tropical Storm Gaston Forms in the Eastern Atlantic; Forecast to Strengthen into a Hurricane

Hermine may brew in Atlantic following birth of Tropical Storm Gaston

Brewing tropical storm may threaten Bahamas, Florida as a hurricane

More Than 300 Killed, Hundreds of Thousands Evacuated as Monsoon Rains Flood India

Over 200,000 villagers evacuated by rescue teams in Bihar

Hundreds Of Thousands Of Dead Fish Wash Into New Jersey Marina

National Insitutes of Health Wants Funds for Human-Animal Hybrids

Florida sends another $5 million to fight Zika in Miami-Dade

U.S. lawmakers demand investigation of $100 price hike of lifesaving EpiPens

DA warns of drug ‘10,000 times’ more powerful than heroin

W. Va. city swamped by overdoses, as nation battles surging opioid epidemic

Seattle could open housing for homeless where it’s OK to use heroin

LSD Might Make You More Creative

Suspected face-biter may have ingested ‘caustic’ chemicals from garage, sheriff says

One California city is paying people not to commit crimes

No Scientific Evidence That People Are Born Gay or Transgender, Johns Hopkins Researchers Say

UC Berkeley insurance to cover range of gender-reassignment procedures

New Mexico school sends mixed signals on gender policy

Rodeo clown fired for comments about gender identity at Calhoun Co. fair

The Salvation Army and the LGBT Community

Southern Africans Set to Test Anglican Ban on Same-Sex Unions

Parents fuming over Pledge of Allegiance ‘waiver’


Frontrunning: August 24

  • ‘Voices under the rubble’ after quake hits Italy; at least 38 dead (Read More)
  • Turkish tanks, special forces launch first major push into Syria to battle IS (Read More)
  • A Year After Stocks Armageddon, It’s Smooth Sailing for Markets (Read More)
  • Global stocks ease, dollar holds ground as U.S. rate bets abound (Read More)
  • Merkel Tells Renzi He Can’t Bend Euro Rules to Boost Growth (Read More)
  • Fine-Print Fortune: Two Ex-Goldman Traders Look for Bonanza in Mortgage Bonds  (Read More)
  • Derivatives Users Hit as Negative Rates Raise Collateral Costs (Read More)
  • Philippines says sea dispute not led to shift in ties with China or U.S. (Read More)
  • Lavrov, Kerry to meet on Syria and Ukraine in Geneva on Friday (Read More)
  • France’s DCNS does not rule out ‘economic war’ after documents leak (Read More)
  • Largest Oil Companies’ Debts Hit Record High (Read More)
  • Secret Cameras Record Baltimore’s Every Move From Above (Read More)
  • EU calls on Greece to defend statistics office (Read More)
  • Voters With Student Debt Flock to Clinton in Poll (Read More)
  • Lockheed’s F-35 Still Falls Short, Pentagon’s Chief Tester Says (Read More)
  • Tesla touts speed and driving range with new upgraded battery (Read More)
  • The Senator’s Daughter Who Raised Prices on Anti-Allergy EpiPen (Read More)

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US State Department Warns Iran Wants to Capture US Citizens

Posted: 24 Aug 2016 05:57 AM PDT

It appears that Iran would like some more money from the Obama Administration and now the The US State Department has issued a travel warning,…

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Muslim ‘compound’ sparks terror fears in Georgia

Posted: 24 Aug 2016 05:52 AM PDT

Many Georgians are in an uproar and Hundreds of them turned out Monday night at the Historic Newton County Courthouse in opposition to a Muslim Mosque…

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Christianity in Decline in Britain, Rise of Humanist ‘Pastors’

Posted: 24 Aug 2016 05:47 AM PDT

I believe this news pertains to not only Britain but also America. According to a report from CNS News, With participation in traditional faiths at near-record…

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UPDATE: North Korea test fires missile towards Japan…

Posted: 24 Aug 2016 05:39 AM PDT

North Korea appears to be poking a hornet’s nest as they continue to provoke Japan and once again has reportedly fired a submarine-based missile toward…

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Foul-Mouthed Rapper DMX Embraces God’s Calling to the Pulpit

Posted: 24 Aug 2016 05:31 AM PDT

Did Rapper DMX come to the light? Earl Simmons, aka DMX, fulfilled his God-given calling to be a preacher when he stepped in a pulpit…

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BOMBSHELL: Many donors to Clinton Foundation met with her at State

Posted: 24 Aug 2016 05:21 AM PDT

Looks the lid is being blown off the Clinton “Donor list” as reports indicate that More than half the people outside the government who met…

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Could Quake In Italy Be Pre-Cursor To Deadly Volcano?

Posted: 24 Aug 2016 05:07 AM PDT

UPDATE: A powerful earthquake has struck Italy and killed at least 38 and destroyed and reportedly wiped out small mountain villages in Central Italy early…

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Magnitude 6.8 Earthquake Strikes Central Burma

Posted: 24 Aug 2016 04:54 AM PDT

DEVELOPING: On the heels of a powerful earthquake that has struck Italy producing death and destruction a powerful earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.8…

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Powerful 6.2-Magnitude Earthquake strikes Central Italy

Posted: 23 Aug 2016 07:04 PM PDT

According to reports from the USGS a strong 6.2 magnitude earthquake has struck central Italy early on Wednesday near the city of Perugia, the USGS…

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St. Louis Deemed Most Dangerous City In the United States

Posted: 23 Aug 2016 06:41 PM PDT

According to a new report, St Louis tops the FBI’s list of most dangerous cities across the Unites States. More than 88 violent crimes took…

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“The Decline of the American Empire”

Posted: 23 Aug 2016 06:33 PM PDT

(By Giulio Meotti) At the end of the film “The Decline of the American Empire” (1986), the Canadian director Denys Arcand inserted this monologue of…

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China Takes Huge Step Towards Becoming A Global Military Power

Posted: 23 Aug 2016 05:25 PM PDT

It looks like the Kings of the East are growing into their shoes as a new report is indicating that China is building its first…

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‘Pokemon Go’ Causes Stampede in Taiwan

Posted: 23 Aug 2016 05:12 PM PDT

If you think people are going nuts over Pokemon Go in the United States, You should see what just took place in Taiwan. In a…

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Cher Compares Trump To Hitler

Posted: 23 Aug 2016 05:05 PM PDT

Well, I guess Cher isn’t a big fan of Donald Trump because she just compared him to Hitler, likened his campaign to a “racist” version…

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Doctor Speaks Of Life-After-Death Experience, Rare Glimpse Of Heaven

Posted: 23 Aug 2016 04:58 PM PDT

A doctor claims he had an out-of-body experience while undergoing life-saving surgery. Dr Rajiv Parti was rushed into the emergency room at UCLA Medical Center…

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WAR DRUMS: North Korea Fires Ballistic Missile From Submarine

Posted: 23 Aug 2016 04:50 PM PDT

North Korea continues to flex their military muscles and attempt to intimidate the US and other opponents such as South Korea. In its latest missile test, North…

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Tropical Storm May Threaten Bahamas and Impact Florida as a Hurricane

Posted: 23 Aug 2016 04:47 PM PDT

A budding tropical disturbance has the potential to reach Florida with gusty winds, showers and thunderstorms during Sunday and Monday. Only one of two active…

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700 Inmates have been released from Gitmo — Over 200 Return to the fight…

Posted: 23 Aug 2016 04:43 PM PDT

Last week the Obama Administration approved its largest-ever release of detainees from Guantanamo Bay, sending 15 extremists back into the world. By now, the pattern…

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19% of NY Firms Cutting Jobs Due to Obamacare

Posted: 23 Aug 2016 11:25 AM PDT

The ripples of Obamacare is now being felt from the The Federal Reserve Bank of New York which found out today that found that 17…

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DEVELOPING: Nigeria claims Boko Haram killed in raid

Posted: 23 Aug 2016 11:19 AM PDT

Has Nigeria finally eliminated one of the worst terrorists in its history? According to a new report, Nigeria’s military said Tuesday it believes an airstrike…

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Parents fuming over Pledge of Allegiance ‘Waiver’

Posted: 23 Aug 2016 11:15 AM PDT

(Reported By Todd Starnes) A Waiver in Tallahasee, Florida has many parents outraged and in a state of disbelief. At first Micah Brienen thought his sister-in-law’s…

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Conspiracy Theorists Claim ‘Planet X’ on collision course for Earth

Posted: 23 Aug 2016 11:09 AM PDT

And here we go again with yet another doomsday prediction of the “End of the World”. Last month it was the second coming of Jesus…

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New Wonder Drug Melts Cancer Cells Approved For US

Posted: 23 Aug 2016 09:42 AM PDT

Could this be “too good to be true?” Could a new wonder drug now be available to destroy cancer? A tablet developed in Melbourne that…

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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 In A Nutshell

Now, with regard to this rule of faith—that we may from this point acknowledge what it is which we defend—it is, you must know, that which prescribes the belief that there is one only God, and that He is none other than the Creator of the world, who produced all things out of nothing through His own Word, first of all sent forth; that this Word is called His Son, and, under the name of God, was seen “in diverse manners” by the patriarchs, heard at all times in the prophets, at last brought down by the Spirit and Power of the Father into the Virgin Mary, was made flesh in her womb, and, being born of her, went forth as Jesus Christ; thenceforth He preached the new law and the new promise of the kingdom of heaven, worked miracles; having been crucified, He rose again the third day; (then) having ascended into the heavens, He sat at the right hand of the Father; sent instead of Himself the Power of the Holy Ghost to lead such as believe; will come with glory to take the saints to the enjoyment of everlasting life and of the heavenly promises, and to condemn the wicked to everlasting fire, after the resurrection of both these classes shall have happened, together with the restoration of their flesh. This rule, as it will be proved, was taught by Christ, and raises amongst ourselves no other questions than those which heresies introduce, and which make men heretics.

Tertullian, “On Prescription Against Heretics,” Chapter XIIl


Ravi Zacharias explains the gospel in two minutes:


The Gospel on 5 Fingers

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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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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The Perseverance (Security) of the Saints

Notice all the Scripture references!

It is not just a handful of texts that teach the perseverance of the saints: the entire gospel sustains and confirms it. The Father has chosen them before the foundation of the world (Eph. 1:4), ordained them to eternal life (Acts 13:48), to be conformed to the image of his Son (Rom. 8:29). This election stands (Rom. 9:11; Heb. 6:17) and in due time carries with it the calling and justification and glorification (Rom. 8:30). Christ, in whom all the promises of God are Yes and Amen (2 Cor. 1:20), died for those who were given him by the Father (John 17:6, 12) in order that he might give them eternal life and not lose a single one of them (6:40; 17:2); he therefore gives them eternal life and they will never be lost in all eternity; no one will snatch them out of his hand (6:39; 10:28).

The Holy Spirit who regenerates them remains eternally with them (14:16) and seals them for the day of redemption (Eph. 1:13; 4:30). The covenant of grace is firm and confirmed with an oath (Heb. 6:16–18; 13:20), unbreakable like a marriage (Eph. 5:31–32), like a testament (Heb. 9:17), and by virtue of that covenant, God calls his elect. He inscribes the law upon their inmost being, puts his fear in their heart (Heb. 8:10; 10:14ff.), will not let them be tempted beyond their strength (1 Cor. 10:13), confirms and completes the good work he has begun in them (1 Cor. 1:9; Phil. 1:6), and keeps them for the return of Christ to receive the heavenly inheritance (1 Thess. 5:23; 2 Thess. 3:3; 1 Pet. 1:4–5).

In his intercession before the Father, Christ acts in such a way that their faith may not fail (Luke 22:32), that in the world they may be kept from the evil one (John 17:11, 20), that they may be saved for all times (Heb. 7:20), that their sins will be forgiven them (1 John 2:1), and that they may all be where he is to behold his glory (John 17:24). The benefits of Christ, which the Holy Spirit imparts to them, are all irrevocable (Rom. 11:29). Those who are called are also glorified (8:30). Those who are adopted as children are heirs of eternal life (8:17; Gal. 4:7). Those who believe have eternal life already here and now (John 3:16). That life itself, being eternal, cannot be lost. It cannot die since it cannot sin (1 John 3:9). Faith is a firm ground (Heb. 11:1), hope is an anchor (6:19) and does not disappoint us (Rom. 5:5), and love never ends (1 Cor. 13:8).

Herman Bavinck, Reformed Dogmatics: Holy Spirit, Church, and New Creation, volume 4 (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 2008), 270.


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Poll: Americans giving up on God, miracles

According to the Washington Examiner:

No GodHalf of Americans who have left their church no longer believe in God, leading a surge of nearly one quarter of the nation who have no affiliation with any religion, according to a new survey.

Pew Research Center said Wednesday that 49 percent of what they term “nones” left their church and religion because they “don’t believe.” Another 20 percent said they don’t like organized religion. Other reasons included “common sense” and a lack of believe in miracles.

The survey is the latest from Pew that demonstrates a growing trend in America: More and more people are junking religion and many are giving up on God.

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Charisma News & Hillsong: The Spirit of The Age

I heard a remark the other day, on some intellectual-esque podcast – far above my own cranial capacities, by the way – that the post-modern era has ceased. We are now in a post, post-modern era, as yet unnamed. This may, or may not be true, but a couple of clear carry-overs from the post-modern mindset still prevail – subjectivism and experientialism.

When the modern era, driven as it was by humanistic rationalism, gave way to the post-modern one, the prevailing evidence of its arrival was disdain for concrete rationalism and a recognition that humanism had failed to fulfill man’s nobly inspired ambitions.   Rationalism became subjectivism – we can no longer know anything for certain. What’s true for you is great, it just may not be true for me.

The embrace of absolute truth in the modern era transitioned from a universally accepted reality to a self-defined, personal perspective. What I feel is true, is true … though I can’t even prove that. The spirit of the age – the ubiquitous idol of tolerance – ensures the veracity of your truth for you, and vigorously defends your right to it.  It could not, should not, dare not be challenged. Who are you to say that what I feel is true isn’t, in fact, true?

Believers know the source of this deception.

We know that we are from God, and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.  1 John 5:19

Whatever this new era in the world may be, the “church” is increasingly vigorous in its embrace of the spirit of post-modernism.  The influence of absolute truth, while lurking virtually unseen in the shadows of popular, modern “Christianity” – where Scripture is given oral homage and practical disregard – is only verified personally by experience. You can know God is at work because of what you feel. The veracity of His inspired Word is insufficient; the implications of your warm fuzzy are far more validating.

One of the clearest examples of this is an August 23rd post in the “news” outlet Charisma News. The article ‘Hillsong: Let Hope Rise’ Shows Revelation 7:9 In Action is exemplary of Biblical ignorance, experiential affirmation, and the pervasive influence of a “you” centered, false form of Christianity. The writer is trapped in a false religious system that promises hope and confirms it with feelings.

“Goosebumps prickled my skin as I immediately recognized the presence of the Holy Spirit in my home. What surprised me, though, was how He entered: through my computer screen.”  (Source)

The opening paragraph highlights the all-important, widely sought-after “goosebumps” experience. The Holy Spirit was present because warm fuzzies confirmed it.

“God wants to give you His Spirit only through His external Word.”  Martin Luther

Now, not to discount the omnipresent attribute of God, if you are a regenerate believer, you’re not going to walk into your home and bump into the Holy Spirit. He’s not going to leap out of your closet, ooze out of your kitchen cabinet, or esoterically un-pixellate Himself from your computer screen.  He does not announce His presence with “Holy Ghost bumps.”

If you are Christ’s, His Spirit indwells you. How do we know? Because Scripture proclaims it … in numerous places. Check out 1 Corinthians 3:16, Ezekiel 36:27, Isaiah 63:11, Romans 8:11, 2 Timothy 1:14. There’s more, of course, but the surest truth of the indwelling of the Spirit in each believer comes from Christ Himself:

“If you love me, you will keep my commandments.  And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.”  John 14:15-17

The article’s author, however, seemed to only confirm the presence of the Holy Spirit by her feelings, not by the Christ-promised truth of Scripture. But the goosebump emotionalism wasn’t all. Oh, no. The next level of mystical confirmation came. She started crying.

“Admittedly, tears uncontrollably streamed down my face as I heard “Mighty to Save,” a song I’ve known since high school, sung in different languages. This, I thought, really is the next great move of God.”  (Source)

If emotional experience is the foundation of your faith, you don’t have faith. You have an idol of feelings. Feelings are not the validation of the truth of faith; God’s Word is the validation of the truth of faith, followed by the evident fruit of the Spirit in His sanctifying work.  And, no … tears, goosebumps, and emotionalistic highs are not “fruits of the Spirit.”

“The Spirit and the Word must be combined.   If I look to the Spirit alone without the Word, I lay myself open to great delusions.”  George Mueller

Of the ministries of the Holy Spirit, for the believer His function as illuminator of truth is foremost.  He guides us to understanding His Word.  Never pointing the believer to Himself, the Holy Spirit always points to Jesus in the Word.

“The Holy Spirit is evident as these men and women write songs, record music, spend time with their families and move about town. He fuels their callings, even those who don’t travel. What’s more, He can be felt by anyone so much as watching the documentary. I was alone in my home and keenly aware He was there.”  (Source)

Do you read the experiential validation of faith in this? “He fuels,” “He can be felt by anyone,” “keenly aware He was there” affirm the foundation of this “faith” on feelings as opposed to the propositional truth of God in His inspired Word.  And “anyone” can “feel” the Holy Spirit just by watching a Hillsong documentary?  Really?  Sans regeneration first?  Umm, no.

“I know the Holy Spirit is invisible, the Holy Spirit works in a supernatural, and divine, and imperceptible way within us.”  John MacArthur (Source)

The Apostle Paul’s introductory thanksgiving and prayer in his letter to the church at Colossae give us more than a clue about the eternal importance of our apprehension of truth as knowledge, not emotions.

“We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love that you have for all the saints, because of the hope laid up for you in heaven. Of this you have heard before in the word of the truth, the gospel, which has come to you, as indeed in the whole world it is bearing fruit and increasing—as it also does among you, since the day you heard it and understood the grace of God in truth, just as you learned it from Epaphras our beloved fellow servant. He is a faithful minister of Christ on your behalf and has made known to us your love in the Spirit.  

And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.”   Colossians 1:3-11

Paul didn’t pray that the Colossians would have warm fuzzies; he prayed that they would grow in “spiritual wisdom and understanding.” If you’re a believer, take this as encouragement. But if you’re an acolyte of a false, emotions-driven form of faith, take it as a warning. Feelings are not the foundation of faith, nor are they a guide for it. Why? Because the “heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick.”  (Jeremiah 17:9)

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“Let Hope Rise proves worship is a unifying experience among believers. Hillsong United’s lyrics allow Christians to place their own hearts within the songs and cry out to God in a way that feels personal. The documentary shows that this is not a perfected formula, but the heartbeat of the band.”  (Source)

The article’s headline is summarized in this paragraph. However, the vision of the Apostle John in Revelation is of the glorified church in Heaven, not a crowd of ecumenism embracing revelers at a Christianized rock concert from a prosperity gospel church from down under. While the use of narcigetics is a well-known technique by the Word-Faith likes of Hillsong, the author here indicates the great value the technique offers by inserting one’s self within band’s tunes. Doing so helps  “Christians .. cry out to God in a way that feels personal.”  Yippee and pass the Kleenex … I guess.

“Show me a person obsessed with the Holy Spirit, and I’ll show you a person not filled with the Holy Spirit.”  John MacArthur

While Charisma News can be a great source of cathartic comic relief, it reveals the woeful, unscriptural condition of what the world increasingly views as the face of Christianity. In this case, Hillsong is merely one featured evidence of a faux form of faith, falsely called Christian, that is an intrinsic expression of the post-modern spirit of the age in which truth is subjective and experiential. The pursuit, and experience, of “Holy Spirit” feelings is the validation of truth.

Yet, in authentic Christianity, Truth is verified by the Word.

You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.  John 8:32

And, oh, don’t think that authentic faith is void of emotions. It isn’t.   But those emotions are eternally permanent, given as promised gifts of Christ to His chosen. The peace, love, joy, and the fruits of the Spirit (John 14:27, John 15:10, Galatians 5:22) that Christ brings, though, are not things the enemy of our Lord, try as he might, can counterfeit. But he does try and, sadly, many fall victim to a deceptive faith founded on feelings.

Rely on the Truth of His Word and take seriously our Lord’s warning in Matthew 24:4, “See that no one leads you astray,” even if you do get goosebumps.

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Source: harisma News & Hillsong: The Spirit of The Age

The Coming Free Speech Apocalypse

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There was a time in this country when liberals were the ones who called for free speech. They marched for it. They fought for it. Berkeley Free Speech – Berkeley – was a real thing. Now however the sons and daughters of this crowd have embraced the totalitarianism their parents and grandparents fought against. It’s not supposed to be totalitarianism. It’s supposed to be “inclusive.” But we stare now at a mini-dark age in academia and in the media.

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Amir Tsarfati: Israel, Islam and the West Part 2

Absolute Truth from the Word of God

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ABOUT AMIR TSARFATI

Amir was born to a Jewish family in Jerusalem. He grew up in the Jerusalem area and heard about the Messiah while living with a foster family as a high school senior. It was when he saw the “Jesus” film by Campus Crusade that he accepted Jesus into his heart, the turning point in his life.

Amir joined the Israel Defense Forces in 1990 and underwent basic training during the first Gulf War. He served for close to a year in the IDF Armored (Tank) Corps and after graduating from officer’s academy in 1992, he was stationed in Jericho. Shortly afterward, the peace process began and Jericho was the first city transferred to the Palestinian Authority. Amir, then 21, was appointed as active Deputy Governor of Jericho and the Jordan Valley, also becoming one of…

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Amir Tsarfati: Israel, Islam and the West Part 1

Absolute Truth from the Word of God

Enjoy this video with Amir Tsarfati and Jack Hibbs:

Please visit Amir’s website:

Behold Israel

You can download the “Behold Israel”App!

ABOUT AMIR TSARFATI

Amir was born to a Jewish family in Jerusalem. He grew up in the Jerusalem area and heard about the Messiah while living with a foster family as a high school senior. It was when he saw the “Jesus” film by Campus Crusade that he accepted Jesus into his heart, the turning point in his life.

Amir joined the Israel Defense Forces in 1990 and underwent basic training during the first Gulf War. He served for close to a year in the IDF Armored (Tank) Corps and after graduating from officer’s academy in 1992, he was stationed in Jericho. Shortly afterward, the peace process began and Jericho was the first city transferred to the Palestinian Authority. Amir, then 21, was appointed as active Deputy Governor of…

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Survey of over 200 peer-reviewed studies finds no biological basis for “sexual orientation”

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This is a big deal.

I was e-mailed and messaged by billions of people to write about this, even though I had already tweeted it Monday morning, from Ryan Anderson, and then again Monday afternoon, from Kelsey Harkness.

Anyway, there was a new report published in the journal The New Atlantis, surveying all the peer-reviewed research that has been done on sexual orientation and gender identity. (H/T Roland, George, William, and many, many others)

This article from the Daily Signal explains what the report is about:

A major new report, published today in the journal The New Atlantis, challenges the leading narratives that the media has pushed regarding sexual orientation and gender identity.

Co-authored by two of the nation’s leading scholars on mental health and sexuality, the 143-page report discusses over 200 peer-reviewed studies in the biological, psychological, and social…

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