Top News – 2/17/2017
Barren Island volcano erupts again in Andaman Sea
India’s only active volcano in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands is erupting once again. The Barren Island volcano, located about 140km northeast of Port Blair, started erupting in 1991 after a dormant phase of over 150 years and has shown intermittent activity since then. A team of scientists led by National Institute Of Oceanography’s Dr Abhay Mudholkar said that the volcano is active and spewing smoke and lava once again.
Woolly mammoth will be back from extinction within two years, say Harvard scientists
“De-extincting” the mammoth has become a realistic prospect because of revolutionary gene editing techniques that allow the precise selection and insertion of DNA from specimens frozen over millennia in Siberian ice.
Netanyahu: Trump meeting ‘historic’, we see eye-to-eye
Prime Minister says Trump administration ‘a new age’ in US-Israel relations, says he and the president have same views on the region. “I think it was a historical meeting,” said Netanyahu. “It was a meeting of the minds and a meeting of the hearts.”
Trump Signs Bill Repealing Another Obama-era Environmental Regulation
President Trump on Thursday signed a bill getting rid of an Obama-era coal mining rule, the second environmental regulation he nixed from the previous administration this week.
Comment: How Trump and Netanyahu resurrected the two state solution
…While it is true that Trump said he was open to two states or one state…he said the word “deal” in the Israeli-Palestinian context a dozen times at the press conference. A “deal,” if we consider the Palestinian’s position, removes the possibility of a one state…that leave us with…A two-state solution. Add to this what both leaders said about a larger-scale regional deal – what Trump called a “terrific thing” – that would include the Gulf states, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Jordan, and not just the Palestinians.
Nasrallah warns: Hezbollah’s missiles can hit Israel’s nuclear reactor
Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah called on Israel to dismantle its nuclear reactor in Dimona on Thursday, warning that it poses a threat to Israel’s existence should it be hit by one of Hezbollah’s missiles. Nasrallah made a similar threat against Haifa’s ammonia tank last year, saying that a missile hitting the facility could have the affect of a nuclear bomb. Last week, a Haifa court ordered the tank closed, citing the security threat.
Lal Shahbaz Qalandar shrine attack prompts Pakistan security crackdown
Pakistan says dozens of militants have been killed in a security crackdown following Thursday’s attack on a shrine that left at least 80 people dead. Some 18 militants were killed in southern Sindh province, where the Sufi shrine is located, and another 13 in the north-west, officials said. A suicide bomber blew himself up among devotees at the Sufi shrine in the town of Sehwan.
Baghdad car bomb kills at least 48
At least 48 people have been killed in Baghdad in the third blast in the Iraqi capital in three days, security and medical sources say. A car packed with explosives blew up near car dealerships in the Shia area of Bayaa in the south of the city. More than 50 people were injured. The Islamic State (IS) group claimed the attack, saying it targeted “a gathering of Shias”.
Israel-Palestinian conflict: US ‘thinking outside box’
The US ambassador to the UN has said her country “absolutely” supports the idea of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian dispute. But Nikki Haley also said the Trump administration was “thinking outside the box as well”, suggesting it was open to other possible solutions. For many years, the US has advocated the establishment of a Palestinian state next to Israel.
Facebook algorithms ‘will identify terrorists’
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has outlined a plan to let artificial intelligence (AI) software review content posted on the social network. In a letter describing the plan, he said algorithms would eventually be able to spot terrorism, violence, bullying and even prevent suicide. He admitted Facebook had previously made mistakes in the content it had removed from the website.
Richland florist discriminated against gay couple by refusing service, state Supreme Court rules
A Richland florist who refused to provide flowers to a gay couple for their wedding violated anti-discrimination law, the state Supreme Court ruled Thursday. The court ruled unanimously that Barronelle Stutzman discriminated against longtime customers Rob Ingersoll and Curt Freed when she refused to do the flowers for their 2013 wedding because of her religious opposition to same-sex marriage.
Atmospheric River taking aim on beleaguered #OrovilleDam
We’ve already had two big events like this so far this year, now forecasts show a clear pattern of a heavily moisture laden “atmospheric river” taking aim directly onto the Oroville Dam watershed over the next week. Accumulated precipitation forecasts show that the Lake Orovile watershed will score a direct hit with the maximum amount of precipitation over the next 10 days…
Europe must not bow to U.S. spending demands on NATO: EU’s Juncker
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said on Thursday that Europe must not cave in to U.S demands to raise military spending, arguing that development and humanitarian aid could also count as security. U.S. President Donald Trump has raised questions about his commitment to the NATO defense alliance if European countries do not raise defense spending to 2 percent of economic output. The United States puts up 70 percent of alliance funds.
Over 9,000 People Sign Petition Urging Trump to Expel Soros From US
George Soros is a billionaire as well as the founder of the Open Society Foundations philanthropic organization, which “supports democracy and human rights in more than 100 countries.” Opponents of Soros accuse him of interfering in internal relations of foreign countries and supporting revolutions there.
Mark Zuckeberg Rejects “America First”, Calls For Global Community
Hot on the heels of retailers who have halted sales of Ivanka Trump’s clothing line in protest against Trump (and free marketing buzz), the tech “resistance” against Trump got its lead from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckeberg who on Thursday posted a lengthy note “rebuking isolationist “America First” sentiment, and touting the merits of globalization and a “global community” working for innovation and progress.”
Russia violated a ‘key cornerstone’ of arms control — and it may cause a nuclear arms race
(A Russian serviceman walks past Russian Iskander-M missile launchers before a rehearsal for the Victory Day parade in Moscow.Thomson Reuters) Prominent US senators and defense analysts are calling for the US to respond to Russia’s recent deployment of nuclear cruise missiles by deploying missiles of its own to Europe.
Islamic State suicide bombing at Pakistan shrine kills 75
An Islamic State suicide bomber struck inside a famed shrine in southern Pakistan on Thursday, killing at least 75 people in the deadliest attack in the country in more than two years.
There’s a Wire Above Manhattan That You’ve Probably Never Noticed
It’s hard to imagine that anything literally hanging from utility poles across Manhattan could be considered “hidden,” but throughout the borough, about 18 miles of translucent wire stretches around the skyline, and most people have likely never noticed. It’s called an eruv (plural eruvin), and its existence is thanks to the Jewish Sabbath.
102 ‘Lost’ Indian Jews Immigrating to Israel This Week
One-hundred and two members of India’s Bnei Menashe community are arriving in Israel this week, marking the latest group of so-called “lost” Jews to make aliyah (immigrate to Israel).
New video details how Amazon.com SPIES on your most private thoughts, fetishes
Amazon.com isn’t merely a massive retailer; it’s also a dangerous spy machine that collects detailed profiles of your most private thoughts, fetishes and conversations.
The ruthless political assassination of Michael Flynn was just one battle of a major civil war that has erupted for control of the U.S. government. Donald Trump and his new administration are now under relentless assault by “the deep state”, and at this point it is not clear who will emerge as the victor. There are many that use the term “deep state” as a synonym for the intelligence community, but the truth is that it is much broader than that. In reality, the deep state encompasses thousands upon thousands of unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats that never seem to change no matter which party wins an election. Certainly the intelligence community is at the heart of this system, but there are countless others that are embedded within key government agencies and the Pentagon that deeply resent Donald Trump and the kind of change that he is attempting to bring to Washington. (Read More…)
Did you know that 4,000 world leaders from 130 different countries gathered in Dubai this week for the World Government Summit? It was held from February 12th to February 14th, and it featured more than 100 internationally-known speakers including UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, Christine Lagarde and Elon Musk. If you would like to know more about this shadowy group, you can visit the official website right here. The first World Government Summit was held back in 2013, and that one was actually attended by Barack Obama. Unfortunately the mainstream media in the United States was almost entirely silent about this summit, so most of us in the western world didn’t even hear about it. (Read More…)
When the cost of living rises faster than paychecks do year after year, eventually that becomes a very big problem. For quite some time I have been writing about the shrinking middle class, and one of the biggest culprits is inflation. Every month, tens of millions of American families struggle to pay the bills, and most of them don’t even understand the economic forces that are putting so much pressure on them. The United States never had a persistent, ongoing problem with inflation until the debt-based Federal Reserve system was introduced in 1913. Since that time, we have had non-stop inflation and the U.S. dollar has lost more than 98 percent of its value. If our paychecks were increasing faster than inflation this wouldn’t be a problem, but in recent years this has definitely not been the case for most Americans. (Read More…)
No matter what your particular political perspective is, if there is one thing that virtually everyone in the United States can agree upon it is the fact that America’s infrastructure is crumbling. Previous generations of Americans conquered an entire continent and erected the greatest system of infrastructure that the world had ever seen, but now thousands upon thousands of those extremely impressive infrastructure projects are decades old and in desperate need of repair or upgrading. The near catastrophic failure of the Oroville Dam is a perfect example of what I am talking about. We should be constructing the next generation of infrastructure projects for our children and our grandchildren, but instead we are in such sorry shape that we can’t even keep up with the maintenance and upkeep on the great infrastructure projects that have been handed down to us. (Read More…)
House Votes to Overturn Obama Admin Rule Banning States From Defunding Planned Parenthood
Christian News reports:
Congress used its authority under the Congressional Review Act, which allows the legislative branch to overturn orders issued within the past 60 days. It agreed 228-188, under House Joint Resolution 43, to return power to the states to distribute Title X funding as they see fit.
“This resolution does not cut a dime from family planning funding available to states. It simply enables states to direct the funding towards non-abortion, whole-women health care providers,” explained Rep. Vicky Hartzler, R-Mo.
The Briefing 02-17-17
Washington state Supreme Court rules against Christian florist Barronnelle Stutzman in gay wedding case
- Associated Press (Rachel La Corte) — Washington court rules against florist in gay wedding case
- Washington State Supreme Court — State of Washington v. Arlene’s Flower, Inc.
6th Circuit says Christian prayer at public meetings unconstitutional, challenging SCOTUS precedent
- ABC News (Ed White) — Court says Jackson County Christian-only prayer is illegal
- 6th Circuit Court Appeals — Bormuth v. County of Jackson
Church of England on the precipice of rejecting 2000 years of Christian teaching on homosexuality
- NBC News (Reuters) — Church of England Stance on Gay Marriage in Disarray After Vote
- The Telegraph (Olivia Rudgard) — Church of England gay marriage vote thrown into chaos after members ‘get confused and press wrong button’
CHERYL CHUMLEY — With Barack Obama gone, and the future of Obamacare on shaky ground, the Internal Revenue Service has quietly decided, in all its President Donald Trump-era wisdom, to stop turning away filers who fail to provide the once-required proof of health-insurance coverage on their tax forms…. (more)
FRANK MAGUIRE — Back in 2010, I became associated with RenewAmerica.com. One major reason was that I came to know the wonderful Christian woman and exquisite writer, Bonnie Alba. Bonnie and I shared thoughts and ideas for a number of years, and right up until her demise, Bonnie and my wife Helen were Facebook friends…. (more)
NEIL BRIAN GOLDBERG — Has there ever, ever been such an all-out assault by every element of the press, the media, the teachers (and thus the students and the schools), the entertainment industry, the judiciary, the betrayers in his own party, and the world press on any president in history?… (more)
WASHINGTON TIMES — President Trump forced Michael Flynn to resign as national security adviser because of broken trust, not broken laws, the White House said Tuesday, trying to clean up the mess after the first major shake-up of the administration. The explanations, however, failed to quell calls from both sides of the aisle to expand the Senate probe into Russian email hacks during the presidential campaign to Mr. Flynn’s contacts with Russian officials, including possibly calling him in to testify…. (more)
WASHINGTON TIMES — The White House’s national security adviser resigned Monday night and President Trump tapped retired Lt. Gen. Joseph Keith Kellogg Jr. to serve as acting adviser in his place, in the first major shakeup of the still-young administration…. (more)
DAVID FRENCH — If Donald Trump doesn’t understand now, he will eventually. Integrity and truth ultimately do matter, and if he wants to be a successful president, he’s going to have to appoint people to high office who won’t violate the public’s trust…. (more)
WASHINGTON TIMES — At least 72 convicted terrorists came from the seven countries President Trump targeted in his extreme vetting executive order, according to a new report this weekend that directly undercut part of the courts’ rulings halting the program…. (more)
Top Headlines – 2/17/2017
- ‘In Trump We Trust’ Is Market Mantra as Turmoil Besets White House (Read More)
- World stocks lose momentum after record-breaking week (Read More)
- As Tax Debate Heats Up, Lawmakers Struggle to Think of a Plan B (Read More)
- Mnuchin Warned as G-20 Sees New Economic Order (Read More)
- Deutsche Bank examined Donald Trump’s account for Russia links (Read More)
- Stop hurling insults and listen, Pope Francis tells politicians (Read More)
- Carney, Wrong on Brexit, May Have Called Consumer Collapse Right (Read More)
- SCOTUS to frame Trump’s immigration plans (Read More)
- Trump Assails Critics as Russia Questions Mount (Read More)
- French Bonds Drop on Potential Left-Wing Candidacy Merger (Read More)
- S&P downgrade warning sends Toshiba shares falling (Read More)
- Meet the Gold Rush Towns at Risk of Flooding From California Dam (Read More)
- Kremlin says not disappointed by how U.S-Russia ties are developing (Read More)
- Kraft Heinz to pursue merger despite Unilever rejection (Read More)
- Hurdles Mount for Saudi Aramco’s IPO (Read More)
- Malaysia says needs kin’s DNA before releasing Kim Jong Nam’s body (Read More)
- Theranos Had $200 Million in Cash Left at Year-End (Read More)
- Congress Tests Trump Officials on Trade (Read More)
- Zuckerberg Lays Out Vision for Facebook in New Mission Statement (Read More)
- Pakistan crackdown after suicide attack claimed by Islamic State (Read More)
Posted: 17 Feb 2017 07:56 AM PST
The Trump administration is considering mobilizing as many as 100,000 National Guard troops to round up illegal immigrants, according to a draft memo obtained by…
Posted: 17 Feb 2017 07:49 AM PST
(Reported By Michael Snyder) No matter what your particular political perspective is, if there is one thing that virtually everyone in the United States can…
|CIA Director Pompeo denies agency hides intelligence from Trump
Posted: 17 Feb 2017 07:40 AM PST
CIA Director Mike Pompeo on Thursday denied allegations that the agency was hiding intelligence from President Trump. Pompeo called reports that the agency was keeping…
|DEVELOPING: Police On Edge as Week-Long Paris Riots Spread to City Capitol
Posted: 17 Feb 2017 07:21 AM PST
French police have been filmed fleeing from armed mobs as riots continue in Paris for the second week and the unrest has now spread to…
Posted: 17 Feb 2017 07:02 AM PST
Former CIA operative and 2016 third-party presidential candidate Evan McMullin took to Twitter and CNN on Wednesday to defend rogue intelligence agents who break the…
Posted: 17 Feb 2017 06:46 AM PST
Fifty years ago, Catholic Charismatics as a group didn’t exist. Today, there are around 120 million of them. Their emergence began when the Holy Spirit…
Posted: 17 Feb 2017 06:40 AM PST
(By Mark Ellis) Tesla and SpaceX tech mogul Elon Musk has strong opinions about artificial intelligence (AI), suggesting that AI may “summon the demon” that…
|After Church Members Surround This Celebrity In Prayer, ‘God’s Grace’ Allows the Incredible to Happen
Posted: 17 Feb 2017 06:37 AM PST
Actress Alexa PenaVega says she’s witnessed a miracle brought forth with the power of prayer. “I would like to take a moment to talk about…
|Church Too Occupied With Growing From Outside In Than Inside Out
Posted: 17 Feb 2017 06:34 AM PST
(By Bret Farias) The nature of the kingdom of God is that it grows from within, from the inside out and not from the outside…
|Chile and Argentina on alert after 60 quakes in 45 minutes shake Lanin Volcano
Posted: 17 Feb 2017 06:11 AM PST
The alert level of Lanin volcano was raised to yellow by the Chilean National Geology and Mining Service (Sernageomin) after a swarm of 59 quakes…
|Christian Florist Charged with breaking “Anti-Discrimination laws”
Posted: 17 Feb 2017 05:53 AM PST
A Washington state florist who refused to provide services for a same-sex wedding in 2013 broke the state’s antidiscrimination law, the state’s Supreme Court ruled….
|Germany: ‘Settlements’ could lead to war
Posted: 17 Feb 2017 05:50 AM PST
Germany’s Foreign Minister, Sigmar Gabriel, on Thursday warned that building more Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria could end the prospect of a “two-state solution”…
|Zuckerberg hints at secret artificial intelligence surveillance…
Posted: 17 Feb 2017 05:43 AM PST
Mark Zuckerberg appears to have accidentally revealed plans to use artificial intelligence to spy on Facebook users’ private messages in a bid to combat “terrorism”….
|Police Body Cams Have Real-Time Face Recognition
Posted: 17 Feb 2017 05:41 AM PST
The police body camera industry is the latest to jump on the artificial intelligence bandwagon, bringing new powers and privacy concerns to a controversial technology…
|Oklahoma Republicans Act to Legalize Ten Commandments Monuments on Public Property
Posted: 16 Feb 2017 07:47 PM PST
Oklahoma is one step closer to approving a bill that would allow for the Ten Commandments to be displayed on public property alongside other historic…
|Why Trump’s Top LGBT Activist Pick is Ruffling Conservative Feathers
Posted: 16 Feb 2017 07:42 PM PST
Evangelicals are raising their brows after President Trump decided to keep Randy Berry as the State Department’s leading LGBT diplomat. President Obama appointed Berry to…
|Artificial intellgence could destroy human race
Posted: 16 Feb 2017 07:38 PM PST
Tech billionaire Elon Musk believes artificial intelligence could be catastrophic for humanity who are set to become a cyborg race which will have to grapple…
|Restaurants register as sanctuary businesses…
Posted: 16 Feb 2017 06:18 PM PST
Bay Area restaurant owners are joining the national debate about immigration policy. President Donald Trump’s hard-line stance on the issue has sparked the Sanctuary Restaurants…
|Venezuela shuts down CNN for ‘misinterpreting & distorting truth’
Posted: 16 Feb 2017 06:10 PM PST
Venezuela’s media watchdog has ordered CNN’s Spanish-language channel off the air across the country, accusing it of engaging in a propaganda war. Nicolas Maduro said…
|New Boy Doll From American Girl Is a ‘Trick’ to Emasculate Men
Posted: 16 Feb 2017 05:57 PM PST
Days after one toy maker announced its doll modeled after a transgender teen, another toy maker announced a new doll, enraging one pastor. “The devil…
|Severe Winter Kills 46,000 livestock in Mongolia
Posted: 16 Feb 2017 05:40 PM PST
Severe winter conditions in Mongolia, known as Dzud, are threatening the livelihoods of thousands of Mongolian herders in eastern and northern parts of the country….
|Experiments suggest that monkeys and dogs have a human-like sense of morality
Posted: 16 Feb 2017 05:12 PM PST
A team of researchers from Kyoto University has found that dogs and capuchin monkeys watch how humans interact with one another and react less positively…
|Robot Bee Could Soon Pollinate Earth’s plants
Posted: 16 Feb 2017 01:02 PM PST
Bees pollinate more than $15 billion worth of crops in the US each year, but with the population dwindling, experts are searching for new ways…
|Atheist Activist Group Seeks to Stop Ceremonial Prayers at New Hampshire Air National Guard Base
Posted: 16 Feb 2017 11:17 AM PST
A prominent professing atheist organization is seeking to put an end to prayers and Bible readings that are presented by a chaplain during ceremonies at…
|Why Are Christian Women Watching ‘Fifty Shades Darker’?
Posted: 16 Feb 2017 11:13 AM PST
(By Shane Idleman) The unavoidable truth is that many are becoming desensitized. When the Holy Spirit no longer fills hearts and minds with a passion…
|Humana to Drop Out of Obamacare Exchanges in 2018
Posted: 16 Feb 2017 11:08 AM PST
The health insurance giant Humana will exit the Obamacare exchanges in 2018. Humana believes the Obamacare exchanges have too few healthy patients to balance out…
Posted: 16 Feb 2017 11:01 AM PST
A Spanish mayor has been urged to hire an exorcist after town councilors said they were being haunted by the ghost of a girl. An…
|DEVELOPING: USGS Records Small Earthquakes Near Oroville Dam
Posted: 16 Feb 2017 10:56 AM PST
Two small Earthquakes were recorded near Lake Oroville in the last 24 hrs, which appear to be a result of the fast level lake level…
|Russia Issues Warning to US Ahead of Key Military Meeting…
Posted: 16 Feb 2017 10:51 AM PST
U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Thursday rejected any kind of military collaboration with Russia, following a call by President Vladimir Putin for more intelligence…
Posted: 16 Feb 2017 10:45 AM PST
Geologists claim to have discovered a new continent to the east of Australia: Zealandia. At 4.9 million square kilometres of land mass, 94 per cent…
|This Is One Of The Big Reasons Why So Many Families Are Feeling Extreme Financial Stress
Posted: 16 Feb 2017 10:41 AM PST
When the cost of living rises faster than paychecks do year after year, eventually that becomes a very big problem. For quite some time I…
|‘Telephone Terrorism’ Rattles 48 Jewish Centers.
Posted: 16 Feb 2017 10:35 AM PST
Samantha Taylor was at Orlando’s Jewish Community Center for a morning meeting when she heard reports of a bomb threat crackle from the director’s walkie-talkie….
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