The U.S. House on Thursday passed new sanctions in response to Iran’s ballistic missile program, while stopping short of addressing the Islamic Republic’s compliance with the multinational accord designed to curb its nuclear program.
In a visit to the Demilitarized Zone that separates the two Koreas, U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis on Friday accused North Korea of building a nuclear arsenal to “threaten others with catastrophe,” the Yonhap news agency reported.
Catalan lawmakers voted to set up an independent state, an irrevocable step that augured a dramatic confrontation with Spanish authorities while delighting their supporters in the streets.
Firms such as Blackstone, Apollo Global Management and Fortress Investment Group are often slapped with the vaguely sinister label, shadow bank, because they provide financing but aren’t regulated like traditional lenders. President Trump’s Treasury Department now says that’s unfair and wants global regulators to stop using the term when describing investment giants.
Singaporeans on the verge of retiring are prepared to keep working for longer than those that came before them. Men aged 55 to 59 had greater expectations to work full-time past 65 and 70 than employees currently are, while women had higher such projections beyond 62, 65, and 70.
President Vladimir Putin personally fired four ballistic missiles during tests of Russia’s strategic nuclear forces, according to the Kremlin.
The U.S. economy expanded at a 3% annualized rate, a faster pace than forecast in the third quarter, indicating resilient demand from consumers and businesses even with the hit from hurricanes Harvey and Irma, Commerce Department data showed Friday.
President Donald Trump blocked the release of hundreds of records on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, bending to CIA and FBI appeals, while the National Archives came out Thursday night with a hefty cache of others. “I have no choice,” Trump said, citing “potentially irreversible harm” to national security if he were to allow all records to come out now. He placed those files under a six-month review while letting 2,800 others come out, racing a deadline to honor a law mandating their release.
Apple Inc. began accepting early orders for its iPhone X at 12:01 a.m. in California and within minutes shipping times quickly lengthened to as much as six weeks in the U.S., signaling supplies will likely remain tight as the new device goes on sale Nov. 3.
Millennial Muslims — those aged between 18 and 36 — are projected to spend more than $100 billion annually on traveling by 2025, almost double last year’s figure.
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Newly released satellite images offer a never-before-seen glimpse of North Korea’s “brutal and inhumane” network of political prisons, including secret labor camps. Pyongyang denies the existence of its political penal labor camps, known as kwan-li-so, and says prisoners in its long-term “re-education” penitentiaries, termed kyo-hwa-so and run by a police force known as the Ministry of People’s Security, are treated with “warm love and consideration.”
Senior Intelligence and military officials tell NBC News the U.S. is quietly paving the way for lethal strikes against terrorists in Niger – with a plan to arm Reaper drones that fly over the country.
Two American women and their dogs were rescued this week by the United States Navy, after being adrift in the Pacific Ocean for five months.
A plan to split California into three separate states has cleared its first hurdle. Supporters are set to begin collecting signatures to qualify for next year’s ballot.
A newly completed comprehensive Navy analysis says producing more Virginia-Class attack submarines on a much faster timetable is “achievable” and necessary to ensure future undersea dominance for the US – in an increasingly contested strategic global environment.
A Chicago Catholic priest has performed a spiritual cleansing of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino room used by gunman Stephen Paddock during a mass shooting in Las Vegas earlier this month.
Iraq surpassed Saudi Arabia as a crude supplier to the U.S. in September, and it’s poised to repeat that this month.
Australian Deputy PM Barnaby Joyce and four other politicians were wrongly elected because they held dual citizenship, a court has ruled. The High Court of Australia decision means three of the politicians, including Mr. Joyce, are disqualified from office. The others quit in July. Australia’s constitution prohibits dual citizens from being elected.
A new vaccine that could prevent up to nine-in-10 cases of typhoid fever has been recommended by the World Health Organization. Experts say it could have a “huge impact” on the 22 million cases, and 220,000 deaths, from typhoid each year.
North Korea says it will release a South Korean fishing boat it seized six days ago for “illegally” sailing into its waters, state media report.
Iraqi forces have launched an offensive on al-Qaim and Rawa, in the Euphrates river valley to recapture the last bastion of so-called Islamic State in the country.
The Canadian Pediatric Society says its members are “increasingly” being asked by parents about the option of seeking medically assisted death for children, while a survey of doctors found nearly half of the respondents supported assisted death for kids with “progressive terminal illness or intractable pain.”
Belgium is one of five countries that allow doctors to kill patients at their request, and one of two, along with the Netherlands, that grant the procedure for people with mental illness. The idea is that those with a psychiatric illness should be afforded the same rights as those suffering from a physical one.
The Briefing 10-27-17
Why you may not know anyone in the military and why it matters
100 years later, effects of Bolshevik Revolution have long outlasted death of its promises
‘Xi Jinping Thought’ elevated as Chinese tap to clap for their dictator
- New York Times (Chris Buckley) — China Enshrines ‘Xi Jinping Thought,’ Elevating Leader to Mao-Like Status
- Wall Street Journal (Alyssa Abkowitz) — Three Cheers for Xi Jinping! Wait, Make That a Billion
News – 10/27/2017
Trump’s Storm Is Lashing The Halls Of Corruption
About two months ago, I wrote an article here on Zero Hedge entitled, “Trump Is Slow-Playing His Cards In This Game Of Deep State Poker.” Since that article, and since Trump’s seemingly cryptic statement, we have been witness to the following:
Clinton and Obama friend Harvey Weinstein’s disgraceful fall from his perch atop Hollywood. Confirmation that James Comey sought to exonerate Hillary Clinton before even interviewing her. Fusion GPS executives invoking the Fifth Amendment, their lawyers fighting, red of tooth and claw, to keep Congressional investigators from combing through Fusion’s bank records.
A slate of Project Veritas videos embarrassing the legacy media.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t believe in that many coincidences in that short a period of time. It rather strikes me as coordinated effort.
The Anti-Israel UN List of Shame: Is Your Company on it?
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Jordan’s Prince Zeid bin Ra’ad Zeid al-Hussein, sent out letters to approximately 190 companies informing them that they have been blacklisted due to their operations in the “occupied Palestinian territories”. This is the term used to describe the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and the Golan Heights. The blacklist targets many prominent Israeli businesses as well as multinational corporations. The list reportedly includes some 30 American firms as well. Some of the companies listed are large Israeli and international corporations, like Israel Aerospace Industries, Hewlett-Packard, Motorola, Ahava cosmetics, the Cellcom and Partner telecommunications companies, and RE/MAX real estate.
‘We will not rest until every Jew wishing to immigrate is here’
Two hundred twenty seven new immigrants (olim) from Belarus, France, Russia and Ukraine arrived in Israel during Israel Aliyah (immigration) Week. 174 of the new olim arrived on the Tuesday, as the Knesset celebrated Yom Ha’aliyah (Immigration Day). The new Israeli citizens join over 10,000 others who were brought to Israel by International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (IFCJ)
Is Madagascar’s Spreading Plague Outbreak Precursor to End-of-Days Epidemic?
But the disease may have even deeper roots in human history. The sixth plague in Egypt, boils, may very well have been bubonic plague, whose characteristic symptom is boil-like skin lesions that form black ulcers. “It shall become a fine dust all over the land of Egypt, and cause an inflammation breaking out in boils on man and beast throughout the land of Egypt. Exodus 9:9”
Planned bridge to connect Saudi Arabia with Egypt
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman announced Tuesday his intention to create a new high-tech mega city in western Saudi Arabia, called NEOM, for a cost of $500 billion. According to the plans, the Saudi kingdom intends to erect a bridge passing over the Red Sea and linking NEOM to Egypt, reported American news site Bloomberg, a project Israel may have to assent to for it to go forward. The 1979 peace accords between Israel and Egypt enshrine Israel’s free passage through the Straits of Tiran in the Red Sea, over which the bridge is planned to pass.
ESPN preparing for more layoffs, report says
ESPN is planning another round of layoffs just six months after the network fired more than 100 employees, Sporting News reports. Multiple sources told the sports news site that 40 to 60 people including on-air talent and radio personalities may be sent packing. The layoffs could come as soon as late November or early December. ESPN declined Fox News’ request for comment.
NFL Popularity Plummets In New Poll, Especially Among Republicans
The survey found that 46 percent of the viewers had a positive opinion of the NFL while 41 percent viewed the league negatively. In comparison, just four years earlier, 64 percent of the people had a positive view while 19 percent had an unfavorable one.
Turn Israel into pariah state to ‘end occupation,’ UN official urges
The United Nations must “review Israel’s status as a law-abiding member of the United Nations” by declaring its “occupation as illegal,” UN Human Rights Council special investigator Michael Lynk said on Thursday. Such a move would isolate Israel internationally by way of forcing it to end its “occupation” of Palestinian territories, Lynk said at a press conference in New York.
IN PICTURES: Flames threaten Jerusalem forest
Fires broke out in the Jerusalem hills Thursday night, and continue to burn as of Friday morning. According to The Jewish National Fund, forty firefighting teams are battling the flames, which broke out in a forest in the Sataf area of the Jerusalem hills. Eight fire-fighting planes and a helicopter also aided in the effort. It is estimated that 2,000 dunams (about 500 acres) of woodlands have been thus far destroyed.
Catalan crisis: Spain PM Rajoy demands direct rule
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has called on senators to approve direct rule over Catalonia, amid an escalating crisis over the region’s push for independence. He said he wanted to dismiss Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont, his vice-president and all regional ministers. Mr Rajoy’s speech was met with applause in the Spanish senate, where his Partido Popular has a majority.
Catholic Hospital Group Grants Euthanasia to Mentally Ill, Defying Vatican
A chain of Catholic psychiatric hospitals in Belgium is granting euthanasia to non-terminal patients, defying the Vatican and deepening a challenge to the church’s commitment to a constant moral code. The board of the Brothers of Charity, Belgium’s largest single provider of psychiatric care, said the decision no longer belongs to Rome.
Watch: Flaw Allows Hackers to Spy with Robot Vacuum
A flaw discovered by security researchers would have allowed hackers to take control of numerous LG smart devices including a camera-equipped robot vacuum.
24,000 Homicides: Mexico On Pace For Most Violent Year In History As Drug Wars Spiral Out Of Control
“2017 might be the most violent year in Mexican history. Semáforo Delictivo said that, due to the 24,000 homicides between January and September, the year is proving even worse than 2011, when President Felipe Calderón’s war on drugs led to 22,000 homicides.”
Trump Admin. Settles With Tea Party Groups Targeted By Obama IRS for Unfair, Extreme Scrutiny
Finally, some good news for more than 400 conservative groups who were illegally singled out for their political affiliations and subsequently targeted and subjected to unfair and extreme scrutiny by the Obama Era Internal Revenue Service.
The Pneumonic Plague Is Spreading: Warnings Issued to 9 Countries
…When I wrote about the plague less than two weeks ago, I cited a source that said there were 200 infections and 33 deaths. As of today, those numbers have increased dramatically to more than 1300 infections and 124 deaths. And according to many infectious disease experts, the outbreak has not yet reached its peak.
Obama Justice Department’s $1 Billion ‘Slush Fund’ Boosted Liberal Groups
President Barack Obama’s Justice Department created a “slush fund” of nearly $1 billion using legal settlements with banks and steered those funds to political allies on the left while excluding conservative groups, internal documents show.
Trey Gowdy Officially Cleared to Go After Lynch, Clinton
…a good number of the goofy, ridiculously fishy goings on of the Obama-era DOJ are on their way to being brought into the light, and we couldn’t be happier. Former President Barack Obama’s Justice Department is as scandal-ridden as scandal-ridden gets, with former Attorneys General Loretta Lynch and Eric Holder potentially on the hook for a bevvy of misbehavior.
BREAKING: Entire Indiana Police Dept. Quits After Being Told To Do These 3 SICK Things
Unfortunately, liberalism has so infected our culture that disregard for our police officers is now widespread….. One of the main charges against the Bunker Hill Town Council is that they wanted to use the police to collect information on their political rivals. The police officers refused to take part in unethical abuses of their resources.
Baby Food: Arsenic Found in 65 Percent of It, Study Says
Sixty-five percent of baby food brands tested positive for arsenic, and smaller percentages also had lead, cadmium, and BPA, according to a new study.
Campaigners Demand ‘Urgent Action’ as Child Sex Grooming Cases Rise 64 Per Cent in Just One Year
..Data released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed there were 1,771 grooming offences recorded across England and Wales in the year up to June, rising from 1,080 in the previous year.
Trump Directs State, USAID to Bypass United Nations, Deliver U.S. Aid More Directly to Christians, Yazidis In Iraq
President Trump has issued a White House directive forcing the State Department and USAID to bypass the United Nations and stop its “ineffective” relief efforts aimed at helping Iraqi Christians, Yazidis, and other persecuted religious minorities, and instead to provide the assistance either directly or through “faith-based groups.”
FOX NEWS — The White House released 2,800 classified files related to former President John F. Kennedy’s assassination on Thursday, but said it would temporarily keep some “sensitive” records under wraps…. (more)
NEW YORK POST — After more than a year of lying denials, Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee now stand exposed as the funders of that salacious dossier alleging years of collusion between the Kremlin and Donald Trump…. (more)
NEWSMAX — Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee helped pay for political research into Donald Trump that ultimately produced a dossier of allegations about his ties to Russia, The Associated Press has learned…. (more)
WASHINGTON TIMES — The IRS admitted in court Wednesday that it wrongly targeted tea party and other conservative groups for intrusive scrutiny, placing specific blame on former senior executive Lois G. Lerner, and entered into a settlement designed to make sure that kind of political targeting never takes place again…. (more)
WASHINGTON TIMES — The acting chief of U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Tuesday that illegal immigration across the southwest border will be at a 45-year when final 2017 numbers are fully tallied, and he credited President Trump with the success…. (more)
ALAN KEYES — U.S. District Judge Tanya S. Chutkan recently “ordered the government to allow an illegal immigrant minor in its custody to abort her preborn child ‘promptly and without delay.'” But the premise of the U.S. Constitution, set forth in the Declaration of Independence, is that all human beings are endowed by their Creator with the certain unalienable rights, including first of all the right to life…. (more)
BOB UNRUH — Democratic North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper has completed the reversal of state legislation that barred men from women’s public restrooms and showers. The move is drawing a warning from one of the state’s most prominent personalities: Franklin Graham…. (more)
NEWSMAX — North Korea should be again listed as a state sponsor of terrorism, according to Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas. A sanctions bill against Iran, Russia, and North Korea requires the secretary of state to decide within 90 days whether to relist North Korea, legislation that Cruz introduced, the senator said in a Sunday New York Times opinion piece…. (more)
WORLDNETDAILY — In today’s America, supporting traditional marriage is unlawful discrimination. To advocate for national borders is hateful. To exercise one’s faith in the public square is bigoted. The Bible wrote about it millennia ago: “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!”… (more)
ZeroHedge Frontrunning: October 27
- U.S. Economy Expected to Show Momentum, Despite Storms (Read More)
- As Trump tax comes to floor, failure could spell stocks selloff (Read More)
- Washington’s Biggest Mystery: What’s in the Republican Tax Plan? (Read More)
- Spain set to impose direct rule in Catalonia as crisis spirals (Read More)
- Catalans Send Emissary to Madrid to Plead for a Deal (Read More)
- Catalan Leader Runs Out of Options as Streets Demand Secession (Read More)
- Trump releases some JFK files, blocks others under pressure (Read More)
- Fed Candidate Taylor Calls for Reforms That Echo Trump Agenda (Read More)
- It’s Going to Stay a Yellen Fed No Matter Who Gets the Job (Read More)
- CVS, Aetna in Talks Over $66 Billion Tie-Up Deal (Read More)
- Energy, not tech or finance, in CEO line-up for Trump’s China visit (Read More)
- Bond Managers Who Can Go Anywhere May End Up Lost (Read More)
- Sinclair’s Washington Winning Streak Has Democrats Crying Foul (Read More)
- U.S. probes Ford Fusion cars for potential detached steering wheels (Read More)
- Weinstein Sues Former Firm, Seeking Access to Documents (Read More)
- Hackers’ Latest Move: Using Your Computer to Mine Bitcoin (Read More)
- Activist investors scupper $20 billion Clariant-Huntsman merger (Read More)
- Americans Will Have to Wait Five Weeks to Get an iPhone X (Read More)
- On North Korea Border, Mattis Says Kim Is Threatening ‘Catastrophe’ (Read More)
- ECB, Fed Are Growing Apart, Moving Markets (Read More)
- Barclays and U.S. Renew Talks Over Toxic Mortgages Lawsuit (Read More)
- Mattis talks diplomacy on North Korea ahead of Trump’s Asia tour (Read More)
- Tennessee Towns Heighten Security Ahead of White Nationalist Rallies (Read More)
- Norway’s $1 Trillion Wealth Fund Gains 3.2% as Stocks Soar (Read More)
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Headlines – 10/27/2017
|Map of Britain Reveals High Levels Of Demonic Activity
Posted: 27 Oct 2017 06:30 AM PDT
EDITOR’S NOTE: The following report uses the term “ghosts” but in reality, it is demonic spirits.
Uncover the terrifying truth about where you live by putting your postcode into our paranormal map of Britain…if you dare! Our database is crawling with thousands of spine-tingling real-life tales of ghost-sightings across the nation. All you have to do to reveal the scariest stories from your area is to put your postcode into the search engine below. Perhaps the ghost of a murdered landlady stalk the corridors of your local pub – or maybe a monk wanders around the cemetery near you at night?
Site boss Darren Mann, 44, from Suffolk said the number of sightings has stayed consistently high over the past two decades. He added: “I’ve had police officers reporting ghosts in their stations, bizarre beasts stalking through woodland, staff bumping into strange shadow people in shops and more. “Many of these ‘paranormal’ events become the new ‘normal’ for some witnesses.” READ MORE
|Priest Experiences “Evil Presence” When Entering Las Vegas Shooter’s Hotel Room
Posted: 27 Oct 2017 06:22 AM PDT
A Catholic priest recently blessed the Las Vegas hotel room from which shooter Stephen Paddock fired hundreds of rounds of ammunition on Oct. 1, killing 58 people and injuring hundreds of others. The Rev. Clete Kiley of Chicago, Illinois, told Newsweek that he confronted evil when he approached a hallway inside the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino’s 32nd floor on Oct. 18 — and that he felt the same presence when he walked into the room. “I felt surrounded by the mystery of evil,” he told The Chicago Sun-Times.
In fact, Kiley told the outlet that he even felt something physically push him back as he made his way toward the room. “I felt like I was being pushed back, like, ‘Don’t come in here,’” he told Newsweek, noting that he started to pray the “St. Michael, the Archangel, to defend us in battle” invocation as he walked toward the room. “On the inside, I’m going, ‘Oh no, you have to go.’” READ MORE
|Yellowstone spawned twin super-eruptions that caused volcanic winters
Posted: 27 Oct 2017 06:16 AM PDT
A new geological record of the Yellowstone supervolcano’s last catastrophic eruption is rewriting the story of what happened 630 000 years ago and how it affected Earth’s climate. This eruption formed the vast Yellowstone caldera observed today, the second largest on Earth. Two layers of volcanic ash-bearing the unique chemical fingerprint of Yellowstone’s most recent super-eruption have been found in seafloor sediments in the Santa Barbara Basin, off the coast of Southern California. These layers of ash, or tephra, are sandwiched among sediments that contain a remarkably detailed record of ocean and
climate change. Together, both the ash and sediments reveal that the last eruption was not a single event, but two closely spaced eruptions that tapped the brakes on a natural global-warming trend that eventually led the planet out of a major ice age. “We discovered here that there are two ash-forming super-eruptions 170 years apart and each cooled the ocean by about 3 °C (37.4 °F),” said U.C. Santa Barbara geologist Jim Kennett. Attaining the resolution to detect the separate eruptions and their climate effects is due to several special conditions found in the Santa Barbara Basin, Kennett said. READ MORE
|Most Brits Think Only 6 of the 10 Commandments Are Relevant Today
Posted: 27 Oct 2017 06:09 AM PDT
Most Britons believe that only six of the Ten Commandments are relevant today, and Christians are split over whether some, like the Commandment to not worship other gods, are essential to their faith, according to a new survey. A YouGov research poll released on Wednesday found that 93 percent of Britons still find the Commandments against murder and stealing to be fundamental.
Another 87 percent agreed that “you shall not bear false witness against other people” is still relevant, along with 73 percent who agreed with the the Commandment against adultery. Sixty-nine percent said that honoring one’s father and mother is important, along with 61 percent who said the same for not coveting other people’s possessions. But only 31 percent said that not worshiping idols is still essential, and 23 percent agreed with not using God’s name in vain. READ MORE
|British reporter knew about JFK assassination before shots fired
Posted: 27 Oct 2017 06:01 AM PDT
A senior reporter at a British newspaper received an anonymous phone call prior to President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, alerting the reporter to “some big news” about 25 minutes in advance, according to a CIA file released Thursday. “The caller said only that the Cambridge News reporter should call the American Embassy in London for some big news and then hung up,” reads the document from former CIA Deputy Director James Angleton. The reporter, who was not identified in the Nov. 26, 1963,
report, “never received a call of this kind before and MI5 said that he is known to them as a sound and loyal person with no security record.” (MI5 is Britian’s Security Service, similar to the CIA in the United States.) After Kennedy’s death, the reporter told the Cambridge police about the call and the police informed MI5. “The important point is that the call was made, according to MI5 calculations, about 25 minutes before the President was shot.” CONTINUE
|Madagascar Hospitals On High Alert: ‘No One Is Safe’ From The Black Plague
Posted: 27 Oct 2017 05:48 AM PDT
Travelers are being warned to keep their distance from areas of Madagascar affected by the bubonic plague. As the outbreak worsens, some doctors are even warning that “no one is safe” from the disease. The outbreak of the black plague in Madagascar has so far killed 97 people, and doctors are warning that it will be continuing to spread and worsen, meaning no one is safe. Health officials say the disease, which contributed to the deaths of more than 50 million people in Europe during the Middle Ages, has spread from rural areas to the more urban areas not usually affected. Hundreds of cases are
reported on the tropical island every year, but experts are warning the epidemic is “much more dangerous” than in previous years. Officials have reported infections in 17 of the island nation’s 22 regions since the outbreak started in August. And the number of cases is growing by the day, said Elhadj As Sy, the secretary general of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) as the nation put all hospitals on high alert. The hospitals have also begun implementing preventative measures with attempts to stall the spread of the bacterial infection. MORE
|Disney Channel to Introduce First Ever Gay Storyline
Posted: 27 Oct 2017 05:43 AM PDT
The Disney Channel is set to introduce the children-oriented cable network’s first-ever gay storyline.
The storyline, set to air on Friday, will form part of the second season of the show Andi Mack and will explore the realization of a young male that he is attracted to one of his male classmates. The series, which premiered earlier this year, is a coming of age comedy-drama, which details the life of 13-year-old Andi Mack as she deals with some bizarre revelations surrounding her family life. The median age of the
Disney series’ viewers is 10 years old. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Friday’s episode will show how another 13-year-old, named Cyrus, confides his feelings for his classmate despite having a new girlfriend, which then jumpstarts his journey into discovering his sexuality. “Andi Mack is a story about tweens figuring out who they are; Terri Minsky, the cast and everyone involved in the show takes great care in ensuring that it’s appropriate for all audiences and sends a powerful message about inclusion and respect for humanity,” READ MORE
|UNRAVELING: Teddy Roosevelt attacked at Museum of Natural History
Posted: 27 Oct 2017 05:40 AM PDT
Red paint was splashed at the statue of Theodore Roosevelt on the steps of the American Museum of Natural History early Thursday, according to cops. Someone was seen around the statue before it was vandalized on Central Park West between 3 and 7 a.m., law enforcement sources said. Police are checking for surveillance video of the incident and are looking for at least one person who was seen near the statue.
Images on social media show the base of the 10-foot-tall statue covered in red paint, which also streaks on the sides. The equestrian sculpture itself does not appear to be hit. The bronze statue by James Earle Fraser, which was erected in 1939, depicts the former president on horseback flanked by an indigenous African and an American Indian. READ MORE
|Is Madagascar’s Spreading Plague Outbreak Precursor to End-of-Days Epidemic?
Posted: 27 Oct 2017 05:37 AM PDT
Bubonic plague, a terrifying disease that once killed off half the world’s population, is breaking out in Madagascar, defying the best efforts of world health organizations attempting to prevent its spread through East Africa. The key to understanding this dread disease lays in the Bible, which describes its Egyptian origins – and its terrifying role in the end-of-days. The number of deaths in Madagascar has almost doubled in the past week, with 124 dead and over 1,200 infections diagnosed. The majority of cases, 67 percent, were the pneumonic form of the disease, which is airborne and highly contagious,
spread via coughing or sneezing. Though international health officials insist the risk of the disease spreading to other regions is low, they have set up operations to prepare for such an occurrence in the nine East African nations adjacent to Madagascar. The strong reaction to the recent outbreak is understandable. Bubonic plague in the 14th century, also known as the Black Death, was one of the most devastating pandemics in human history, resulting in the deaths of an estimated 75 to 200 million people in Eurasia and in Europe. If untreated, the disease has a 100 percent mortality rate, and the pneumonic form can be fatal within 12-24 hours. CONTINUE
|Mike Pence Announces Major Policy Change That Iraqi Christians Have Been Begging For
Posted: 26 Oct 2017 04:24 PM PDT
Vice President Mike Pence promised Christian leaders from the Middle East Wednesday night that their days of receiving little to no help from the United States government to rebuild their ancient communities “are over.” While giving the keynote address at an annual solidarity dinner sponsored by the international advocacy organization In Defense of Christians, Pence announced that President
Donald Trump has ordered the State Department to enable U.S. aid funding to go directly to faith-based organizations actively supporting Christians and other religious minorities displaced by the Islamic State.The announcement comes as human rights advocates have urged the administration to make a change to a previous policy that required all U.S. humanitarian and reconstruction aid funding for Iraq to be funnelled through the United Nations. READ MORE
|Scientists Baffled That Universe Survived The “Big Bang”
Posted: 26 Oct 2017 04:13 PM PDT
Despite the organization’s $1.24 billion annual budget for 2017, the physicists at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, are being forced to admit failure in their latest effort to explain why any of us are here. Indeed, why there’s even a “here” here at all. “The universe should not actually exist,” said Christian Smorra, a physicist at CERN’s Baryon–Antibaryon Symmetry Experiment (BASE) collaboration. CERN, founded in 1954, features a circular tunnel some 17 miles around that houses a
particle accelerator, which uses peak energy of 14 trillion electron volts to speed particles to nearly the speed of light and allow them to collide. It is underneath Switzerland near its border with France. Smorra and other scientists are trying to resolve the mystery of why – given the assumption the universe is the result of the Big Bang – the resulting matter was not annihilated back into nothingness by the equal amount of resulting antimatter. READ MORE
|Gay Icon Little Richard Renounces Homosexuality
Posted: 26 Oct 2017 04:06 PM PDT
Iconic musician Little Richard is renouncing his past life of sexual immorality, saying he believes same-sex relationships are “unnatural affections.” In previous interviews, the famous singer referred to himself as “omnisexual,” revealing in an interview with GQ five years ago that he lived a life of perversion, including orgies. But in an extensive interview with Three Angels Broadcasting Network, an
Illinois-based Christian and health-oriented television and radio network, Little Richard says he has repented and turned to Jesus Christ for salvation. “When I first came in show business, they wanted you to look like everybody but yourself,” he recalled. “And anybody [who] comes in show business, they gonna say you gay or straight,” he said. “God made men, men and women, women. You’ve got to live the way God wants you to live … He can save you,” the 84-year-old singer told the Christian broadcaster. READ MORE
|U.S. widens surveillance to include ‘homegrown violent extremists’
Posted: 26 Oct 2017 04:00 PM PDT
The U.S. government has broadened an interpretation of which citizens can be subject to physical or digital surveillance to include “homegrown violent extremists,” according to official documents seen by Reuters. The change last year to a Department of Defense manual on procedures governing its intelligence activities was made possible by a decades-old presidential executive order, bypassing congressional and court review. The new manual, released in August 2016, now permits the collection of
information about Americans for counterintelligence purposes “when no specific connection to foreign terrorist(s) has been established,” according to training slides created last year by the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI). The slides were obtained by Human Rights Watch through a Freedom of Information Act request about the use of federal surveillance laws for counter-drug or immigration purposes and shared exclusively with Reuters. READ MORE
|Jesus Campos reportedly left the country days after Vegas massacre
Posted: 26 Oct 2017 03:53 PM PDT
Mandalay Bay security guard Jesus Campos mysteriously left the country just days after the Las Vegas massacre, a report says. Customs and Border Patrol documents obtained by Fox News show that the 25-year-old entered the United States from Mexico at the San Ysidro border crossing in California — one week after the mass shooting. It’s unclear how long Campos was out of the country. The documents only show that he re-entered the US. The young man reportedly crossed the border at the same location in
January. While Campos was driving his own vehicle with Nevada plates during that trip, sources told Fox he took a rental car this time around — which was registered in California. The new information raises even more questions about Stephen Paddock’s Oct. 1 massacre — such as why authorities would allow Campos to leave the country in the middle of their investigation or how the security guard managed to make it down to Mexico with a gunshot wound to his leg. READ MORE
|Trump Goes Light On JFK Records after National Security Agency Intervention
Posted: 26 Oct 2017 03:47 PM PDT
President Donald Trump will not release the full tranche of records relating to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, instead following last-minute recommendations of his national security agencies that some of those records be redacted, White House officials said. The National Archives will release 2,800 records on Thursday, with the remaining documents remaining secret for the time being.
Trump’s decision to keep some documents secret is likely to keep conspiracy theories alive, fueling those who have long questioned official conclusions about the assassination and argued that the government has helped cover up the truth. Senior administration officials declined to discuss the contents of the files that will be released, including whether they contain evidence of a conspiracy surrounding Kennedy’s death. FULL REPORT
|Twitter bans ads from Russian media outlets Russia Today and Sputnik
Posted: 26 Oct 2017 03:41 PM PDT
Twitter has banned ads from all accounts owned by Russia Today (RT) and Sputnik following the social media giant’s probe into alleged Russian interference in the U.S. election. “This decision was based on the retrospective work we’ve been doing around the 2016 U.S. election and the U.S. intelligence community’s conclusion that both RT and Sputnik attempted to interfere with the election on behalf of the Russian government,” explained Twitter, in a blog post-Thursday. “We did not come to this decision
lightly, and are taking this step now as part of our ongoing commitment to help protect the integrity of the user experience on Twitter.” Last month, Twitter confirmed that state-owned RT spent $274,100 on U.S. ads on its platform during 2016. In its blog post-Thursday, Twitter said that it will be using RT’s ad spending (projected to be $1.9 million since 2011) for research around civic engagement and electoral misinformation. RT slammed Twitter’s move. READ MORE
|Tectonic Tremor Detected In CA Raises Risk of Massive Earthquake
Posted: 26 Oct 2017 03:34 PM PDT
America’s most famous fault line, the San Andreas, is known for its frequent earthquakes, but one part of the system, the San Jacinto Fault zone, in inland Southern California, has been surprisingly quiet for the last 200 years. Now new research has detected small tremors deep under the fault system, suggesting it’s not as calm as we once thought and may be ready to release a massive earthquake sometime soon. The San Jacinto Fault zone in Southern California is not actually a plate boundary but
rather serves as the stress release point between the North American Plate and the Pacific Plate as they grind together at the San Andreas Fault. An area of the San Jacinto Fault zone, known as the Anza Gap, is the main focus of the recent study.The researchers used a new highly sensitive detection method called multibeam back projection, which calculates plate movement while minimizing incoherent outside noise, to take measurements deep beneath the fault zone in inland Southern California. FULL REPORT
|Rasing up the Church from Dark Places!
Posted: 26 Oct 2017 11:21 AM PDT
(By Ricky Scaparo) In this message, we will show you how the Lord strategically goes to the darkest and lowest of places to handpick his leadership for the Church. What are the criteria that you are looking for in leadership today? Are you looking through the eyes of man or God? For the entire message watch the video below:
|Severe hailstorm strikes Argentina damaging thousands of buildings and cars
Posted: 26 Oct 2017 10:31 AM PDT
A strong hailstorm hit the municipality of Formosa in northern Argentina late Wednesday afternoon (25). Thousands of buildings, cars, trees and boats on the Paraguay River were damaged by ice stones up to eight centimeters in diameter. National Weather Service (NMHS) issued an alert for severe weather
(wind, rain and hail) for Córdoba, part of Catamarca, Chaco, Corrientes, Formosa, La Rioja, Misiones, Santa Fe, Santiago del Estero and Tucumán. In rural areas, plantations were completely destroyed, including newly germinated soybeans. READ MORE
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.
Consider what the Bible says about Him:
JESUS IS GOD
While Jesus was on earth there was much confusion about who He was. Some thought He was a wise man or a great prophet. Others thought He was a madman. Still others couldn’t decide or didn’t care. But Jesus said, “I and the Father are one” (John 10:30). That means He claimed to be nothing less than God in human flesh.
Many people today don’t understand that Jesus claimed to be God. They’re content to think of Him as little more than a great moral teacher. But even His enemies understood His claims to deity. That’s why they tried to stone Him to death (John 5:18; 10:33) and eventually had Him crucified (John 19:7).
C.S. Lewis observed, “You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come up with any patronizing nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to” (Mere Christianity [Macmillan, 1952], pp. 40-41).
If the biblical claims of Jesus are true, He is God!
JESUS IS HOLY
God is absolutely and perfectly holy (Isaiah 6:3), therefore He cannot commit or approve of evil (James 1:13).
As God, Jesus embodied every element of God’s character. Colossians 2:9 says, “In Him all the fulness of Deity dwells in bodily form.” He was perfectly holy (Hebrews 4:15). Even His enemies couldn’t prove any accusation against Him (John 8:46)
God requires holiness of us as well. First Peter 1:16 says, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”
JESUS IS THE SAVIOR
Our failure to obey God—to be holy—places us in danger of eternal punishment (2 Thessalonians 1:9). The truth is, we cannot obey Him because we have neither the desire nor the ability to do so. We are by nature rebellious toward God (Ephesians 2:1-3). The Bible calls our rebellion “sin.” According to Scripture, everyone is guilty of sin: “There is no man who does not sin” (1 Kings 8:46). “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). And we are incapable of changing our sinful condition. Jeremiah 13:23 says, “Can the Ethiopian change his skin or the leopard its spots? Neither can you do good who are accustomed to doing evil.”
That doesn’t mean we’re incapable of performing acts of human kindness. We might even be involved in various religious or humanitarian activities. But we’re utterly incapable of understanding, loving, or pleasing God on our own. The Bible says, “There is none righteous, not even one; there is none who understands, there is none who seeks for God; all have turned aside, together they have become useless; there is none who does good, there is not even one” (Romans 3:10-12).
God’s holiness and justice demand that all sin be punished by death: “The soul who sins will die” (Ezekiel 18:4). That’s hard for us to understand because we tend to evaluate sin on a relative scale, assuming some sins are less serious than others. However, the Bible teaches that all acts of sin are the result of sinful thinking and evil desires. That’s why simply changing our patterns of behavior can’t solve our sin problem or eliminate its consequences. We need to be changed inwardly so our thinking and desires are holy
Jesus is the only one who can forgive and transform us, thereby delivering us from the power and penalty of sin: “There is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men, by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).
Even though God’s justice demands death for sin, His love has provided a Savior, who paid the penalty and died for sinners: “Christ … died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, in order that He might bring us to God” (1 Peter 3:18). Christ’s death satisfied the demands of God’s justice, thereby enabling Him to forgive and save those who place their faith in Him (Romans 3:26). John 3:16 says, “God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.” He alone is “our great God and Savior” (Titus 2:13).
JESUS IS THE ONLY ACCEPTABLE OBJECT OF SAVING FAITH
Some people think it doesn’t matter what you believe as long as you’re sincere. But without a valid object your faith is useless
If you take poison—thinking it’s medicine—all the faith in the world won’t restore your life. Similarly, if Jesus is the only source of salvation, and you’re trusting in anyone or anything else for your salvation, your faith is useless.
Many people assume there are many paths to God and that each religion represents an aspect of truth. But Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me” (John 14:6). He didn’t claim to be one of many equally legitimate paths to God, or the way to God for His day only. He claimed to be the only way to God—then and forever.
JESUS IS LORD
Contemporary thinking says man is the product of evolution. But the Bible says we were created by a personal God to love, serve, and enjoy endless fellowship with Him
The New Testament reveals it was Jesus Himself who created everything (John 1:3; Colossians 1:16). Therefore He also owns and rules everything (Psalm 103:19). That means He has authority over our lives and we owe Him absolute allegiance, obedience, and worship.
Romans 10:9 says, “If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved.” Confessing Jesus as Lord means humbly submitting to His authority (Philippians 2:10-11). Believing that God has raised Him from the dead involves trusting in the historical fact of His resurrection—the pinnacle of Christian faith and the way the Father affirmed the deity and authority of the Son (Romans 1:4; Acts 17:30-31).
True faith is always accompanied by repentance from sin. Repentance is more than simply being sorry for sin. It is agreeing with God that you are sinful, confessing your sins to Him, and making a conscious choice to turn from sin and pursue holiness (Isaiah 55:7). Jesus said, “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments” (John 14:15); and “If you abide in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine” (John 8:31).
It isn’t enough to believe certain facts about Christ. Even Satan and his demons believe in the true God (James 2:19), but they don’t love and obey Him. Their faith is not genuine. True saving faith always responds in obedience (Ephesians 2:10).
Jesus is the sovereign Lord. When you obey Him you are acknowledging His lordship and submitting to His authority. That doesn’t mean your obedience will always be perfect, but that is your goal. There is no area of your life that you withhold from Him.
JESUS IS THE JUDGE
All who reject Jesus as their Lord and Savior will one day face Him as their Judge: “God is now declaring to men that all everywhere should repent, because He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead” (Acts 17:30-31).
Second Thessalonians 1:7-9 says, “The Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with His mighty angels in flaming fire, dealing out retribution to those who do not know God and to those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. And these will pay the penalty of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power.”
HOW WILL YOU RESPOND?
Who does the Bible say Jesus is? The living God, the Holy One, the Savior, the only valid object of saving faith, the sovereign Lord, and the righteous Judge.
Who do you say Jesus is? That is the inescapable question. He alone can redeem you—free you from the power and penalty of sin. He alone can transform you, restore you to fellowship with God, and give your life eternal purpose. Will you repent and believe in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior?
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