President Donald Trump toned down his harsh rhetoric toward North Korea during a visit to Seoul, telling reporters the Pyongyang regime should “come to the table” to make a deal and refusing to rule out direct talks.
Richard Trumka, the head of America’s biggest labor organization, opened its October national convention in an unusual way: the AFL-CIO president read a passage from the code-of-conduct and gave out the contact information of two people designated to field any complaints about sexual harassment or other discriminatory or inappropriate behavior.
The push to salvage a Pacific-rim trade pact will come to a head this week as nations diverge on whether it should be preserved, abandoned or renegotiated from scratch after President Donald Trump pulled the U.S. out of the deal.
The first country to give women the vote has another world-leading ambition: closing the gender pay gap. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, the world’s youngest female leader, says her government aims to achieve pay equity for women in the public service within four years as a catalyst for widespread change.
Saudi Arabia’s surprise crackdown, which led to the arrests of princes, billionaires and officials over the weekend, is expanding beyond those previously detained in what authorities described as an anti-corruption drive.
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s crackdown on some of Saudi Arabia’s richest and most powerful men has put $33 billion of personal wealth at risk.
OPEC said shale oil production will grow considerably faster than expected over the next four years after the group’s output cuts triggered a crude-price recovery that helped U.S. producers. North American shale output will soar to 7.5 million barrels a day in 2021, the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries said.
Offers are starting to trickle in for the world’s most expensive house. Villa Les Cedres, a 14-bedroom mansion set in 35 acres on the French Riviera and listed at $405 million, has received interest, visits and offers. None of the bids were acceptable to a committee of the Marnier-Lapostolle family that’s administering the sale.
The $5.1 trillion-a-day currency market is losing its human touch. That’s the conclusion of trading and foreign-exchange heads surveyed by the organizers of the TradeTech FX conference in Miami. Of the 100 North America-based respondents, 94 said they aimed to automate more of their foreign-exchange trading operations in the next three years.
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The presidents of South Korea and the United States agreed Tuesday to completely remove the limit on the payload of South Korean ballistic missiles and discuss Seoul’s introduction of nuclear-powered submarines and other advanced weapons, Seoul officials said.
Tesla is moving to turn around its output challenges with the Model 3, with a new acquisition reported by Bloomberg of a supplier whose focus is on automating production.
Saudi Arabia says Lebanon has declared war because of what it calls Hezbollah’s acts of aggression against it. It’s a dramatic escalation of a regional crisis that threatens to destabilise Lebanon.
If reports from in country are accurate, it appears that the North Korean people in the area are paying a high price for the regime’s nuclear ambitions.
The United States said Monday it is resuming limited visa services in Turkey, following an almost month-long suspension in a diplomatic row between the two NATO allies.
A debate over whether to bury Vladimir Lenin, whose embalmed body remains on display on Red Square, has risen again and even led to a stabbing ahead of the 100th anniversary of the Bolshevik revolution. The ruling party has tried to play down Tuesday’s centennial as the antithesis of Vladimir Putin’s tenets of stability and traditional values.
At least 17 people were killed after dozens of masked militants stormed a Yemeni government security compound yesterday, sparking a gun battle that continued into the night.
It’s unclear whether Tiffany & Co. is trolling or fishing for press, but they’re definitely succeeding with the latter. The line is described on the company’s website as a collection that “transforms utilitarian items into handcrafted works of art.” It features a $1,500 Sterling silver coffee can, a $9,000 ball of yarn, and $350 straw.
Officials say Offutt Air Force Base, south of Omaha, has expanded its defenses against drones and can stop any that venture within its boundaries of airspace.
The US has announced that in January 2019 it will terminate a program which gave Nicaraguan immigrants protection from deportation.
People with malaria give off a distinctive “breath-print” that could be used as a test for the disease, according to American scientists. The test was reasonably good at detecting cases in children, but needs developing to become a routine device.
Panic has gripped the Indian capital, Delhi, as residents woke up to a blanket of thick grey smog on Tuesday. Visibility is poor as pollution levels reached 30 times the World Health Organization’s recommended limit in some areas.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has called for elite soldiers in a new force – the National Guard – to protect the country’s regional governors.
Wall Street is bracing for more signs of the retail apocalypse this week when Macy’s and Nordstrom (JWN) detail the latest pain from the loss of mall shoppers who’ve migrated online. Worse than slumping sales, department stores are likely to paint a gloomy picture about their busiest and most critical time of the year.
The Zika virus, which caused a panic in Miami last summer, is back, but only in the form of one sexually transmitted case caused by a mosquito bite in another country, the Florida Department of Health reported on Friday.
News – 11/7/2017
Arm the churches, Minnesota preacher says
In wake of Texas shooting, Rev. Robert Bakke tells pastors to stop teaching weakness. The only answer to the Texas church shooting is for houses of worship to arm themselves, said a Minnesota preacher who also has a black belt in Shotokan karate. “This is not about gun control, rental trucks or fertilizer bombs. It is about evil, and you will never stop evil because it is in the world,” said Rev. Robert Bakke. “But you can deter a coward by letting him know you have plenty of firepower on the premises.”
German Army Prepares For “Break-Up Of European Union” Or Worse…
The future projection describes a world in which the international order erodes after “decades of instability”, the value systems worldwide diverge and globalization is stopped. “The EU enlargement has been largely abandoned, other states have left the community Europe has lost its global competitiveness,” write the Bundeswehr strategists: “The increasingly disorderly, sometimes chaotic and conflict-prone world has dramatically changed the security environment of Germany and Europe.”
Saudi mass arrests jolt markets, play to ire over corruption
Most major Gulf stock markets slid early on Tuesday on jitters about Saudi Arabia’s sweeping anti-graft purge, a campaign seen by critics as a populist power grab but by ordinary Saudis as an overdue attack on the sleaze of a moneyed ultra-elite. But some analysts see the arrests as the latest in a string of moves shifting power from a consensus-based system dispersing authority among the ruling Al Saud to a governing structure centered around 32-year-old Prince Mohammed himself.
Putin, wary of political tumult, shuns Russian Revolution centenary
Vladimir Putin stayed away from events marking the centenary of the Russian Revolution on Tuesday, an event that changed the world but has awkward associations for the former KGB operative who was trained to keep a lid on dissent, not celebrate it.
Early Comey memo accuses Clinton of ‘gross negligence,’ a federal felony – report
New memos presented to Congress show former FBI director James Comey initially accused ex-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton of “gross negligence” in her handling of classified information, a crime punishable by imprisonment, according to a new report. In an early draft statement on the investigation into Clinton’s use of a private email server, the FBI reportedly said there was evidence that she and her team were “grossly negligent” in handling classified information, The Hill reported Monday. The Senate Judiciary Committee reportedly sent a letter to current FBI Director Christopher Wray on Monday, demanding the FBI to reveal who was behind the changes.
Saudi Arabia says Lebanon has declared war against its kingdom
Saudi Arabia accused Lebanon on Monday of declaring war against it because of aggression by the Iran-backed Lebanese Shi’ite group Hezbollah, a dramatic escalation of a crisis threatening to destabilize the tiny Arab country. Lebanon has been thrust to the center of regional rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran since the Saudi-allied Lebanese politician Saad al-Hariri quit as prime minister on Saturday, blaming Iran and Hezbollah in his resignation speech.
Saudi Crown Prince: Iran supply of rockets is military aggression
Saudi Arabia’s crown prince said Iran’s supply of rockets to militias in Yemen is an act of “direct military aggression” that could be an act of war, state media reported on Tuesday, remarks reflecting sharply heightened strains between Riyadh and Tehran.
Moderate earthquake, 5.7 mag has occurred near Lambasa in Fiji
A moderate earthquake with magnitude 5.7 (ml/mb) was reported 261 km ESE of Lambasa, Fiji (162 miles) on Monday. The epicenter was at a depth of 554.72 km (345 miles). A tsunami warning has not been issued (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist).
WOW! Journalists Suspected Of Taking Bribes To Spread “Russian Collusion” Fake News
The House Intelligence Committee suspects journalists may have been paid to report on alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
Obama hid al-Qaida threat, Iran link
The killing of America’s archenemy, Osama bin Laden, by a Navy SEAL team in 2011 was a campaign coup for Barack Obama, who hailed it during his reelection bid as proof that the U.S. had al-Qaida “on the run.” But the 470,000 files recovered from the raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound – released only this month by the CIA – tell a much different story, documenting al-Qaida’s global strength as well as its relationship with Iran prior to the Obama administration’s nuclear pact with the mullah-led regime.
First Comey Memo Concluded Hillary Was “Grossly Negligent,” Punishable By Jail
According to a new report from The Hill, early drafts of former FBI Director James Comey’s statement on Hillary Clinton’s email case accused the former Secretary of State of “gross negligence” in her handling of classified information as opposed to the “extremely careless” phrase that made its way into the final statement.
Blaming Iran, Saudi says Huthi strike may be ‘act of war’
Saudi Arabia and Iran traded fierce accusations over Yemen on Monday, with Riyadh saying a rebel missile attack “may amount to an act of war” and Tehran accusing its rival of war crimes.
Pope Francis to Urge Priests to ‘Find Wives’ to Fight Pedophile Epidemic
Pope Francis has raised the prospect of allowing married men to become priests in a bid to tackle the pedophile epidemic amongst clerics.
White House Prepares Executive Order to Weaken Obamacare
President Donald Trump’s White House staff have prepared an executive order that would weaken the requirement that all Americans have health insurance, The Washington Examiner reports.
First In Israel: Surgery That Removes Shaking Due To Parkinson’s Disease
In a medical breakthrough, a treatment has been found to treat Parkinson’s disease. In a rare procedure, brain surgery was performed to treat Parkinson’s and its subsequent shaking via ultrasound waves.
FBI Raided Muslims’ House In Virginia – Walked In On Final Step Of America’s Worst Nightmare
The Muslim Brotherhood’s strategic 30-year plan for taking over America from within was a closely-guarded secret until the FBI raided a house in Annandale, Virginia, where agents found a disturbing bundle of documents containing a blueprint for the Muslim takeover of our country. Now that the cat is out of the bag, we must do everything in our power to expose what’s going on, as startlingly, these American-hating vermin are in the final phase of their 5-step plan to destroy our country.
Muslims Fleeing Town In Droves After What Fed-Up Mayor Just Made It Legal For People Do To Them
…Knowing that his city is on ISIS’ target as terrorism begins to rapidly escalate across Europe, the mayor of Venice, Luigi Brugnar, isn’t taking any chances of Muslims launching an attack in his city. He just issued a formal warning that anyone heard yelling “Allahu Akbar” on the streets will be shot dead on sight.
Newborn Babies Dying En Masse in Flint Due To Manmade Water Crisis
Women from the largely low income and black community told Rewire News they now believe that the poisoned water contributed to their recent miscarriages.
SHAMEFUL: UN Launches ‘Unprecedented’ $1.3 Billion Legal Campaign Against Israel, in Latest Bid to Destroy Jewish State
The United Nations has earmarked some $1.3 billion to fund Palestinian legal campaigns against Israel and to support the creation of an independent Palestinian state, in what experts are calling an unprecedented act singling out the Jewish state at the world body.
Podesta Didn’t File FARA For Uranium One
Tony Podesta’s lobbying firm, the Podesta Group, represented the Russian-owned company Uranium One during former President Barack Obama’s administration and did not register under the Foreign Agents Registration Act, The Daily Caller News Foundation has determined.
WASHINGTON TIMES — A former National Rifle Association instructor has come forward as the “good Samaritan” who shot and wounded the gunman who attacked the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. Stephen Willeford, 55, has been hailed as a hero for confronting the shooter and forcing him to flee, but he insisted in an interview Monday that “I’m no hero.”… (more)
NEWSMAX — The gunman who slaughtered 26 people at a Texas church was able to buy weapons because the Air Force failed to report his domestic-violence conviction to the federal database that is used to conduct background checks on would-be gun purchasers, authorities said Monday…. (more)
DAILY MAIL — New details about the Texas church shooter paint the picture of a menacing bully, who was prone to violent outbursts and had a disturbing interest in teen girls. Public records detail Devin Patrick Kelley’s history of physical abuse – including arrests for animal cruelty and domestic violence…. (more)
THE BLAZE — Matt Drudge, founder of the famed Drudge Report, doesn’t tweet much and keeps a very low profile on the internet. But when he does tweet, his statements usually make a very large impact. Saturday was no different…. (more)
WASHINGTON TIMES — A gunman wearing black tactical gear and a ballistic vest killed 26 congregants Sunday at a small South Texas church, fled after being shot at by a local man, and died a short time later as his car veered off the road and crashed. The shooting, the worst in state history, left Texans stunned by the extent of the carnage and the unlikely location, a tiny First Baptist Church in the remote town of Sutherland Springs, population 683…. (more)
CBS SPORTS — Saturday night, former Dodgers announcer and Hall of Famer Vin Scully was at the Pasadena Civic Center for an event called “An Evening With Vin Scully.” At some point during the event, Scully was asked about the NFL’s national anthem protests, in which players have taken a knee during the anthem to protest police brutality and racism. Scully said he “will never watch another NFL game” because of the protests…. (more)
NY DAILY NEWS — They say they want a revolution. Hundreds of protesters calling on President Trump to resign took to the streets of Manhattan on Saturday – – beginning their day with a rally in Times Square and a plan to force the commander-in-chief from office. “One of the things we say is we need to make a wake up call,” said co-organizer Luis Barrios, 65…. (more)
REUTERS — U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl on Friday was spared prison time for endangering fellow troops when he deserted his post in Afghanistan in 2009, but a military judge ordered he should be dishonorably discharged from the service…. (more)
DONNA BRAZILE — Before I called Bernie Sanders, I lit a candle in my living room and put on some gospel music. I wanted to center myself for what I knew would be an emotional phone call. I had promised Bernie when I took the helm of the Democratic National Committee after the convention that I would get to the bottom of whether Hillary Clinton’s team had rigged the nomination process, as a cache of emails stolen by Russian hackers and posted online had suggested…. (more)
NEWSMAX — President Donald Trump on Thursday tapped Fed Governor Jerome Powell to become head of the U.S. central bank, promoting a soft-spoken centrist to replace Janet Yellen when her term expires in February 2018…. (more)
USA TODAY — Despite railing against the Republican establishment during his primary campaign, Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore came to Washington on Tuesday to address the GOP senators he hopes will be his future colleagues…. (more)
ZeroHedge Frontrunning: November 7
- U.S. Allies Fear Trump Will Pull a Nixon in China (Read More)
- Partisan Tensions Flare as GOP Revises Tax Bill (Read More)
- Tax Overhaul Faces Major Hurdles (Read More)
- Multinationals Scurry to Defuse House Tax Bill’s ‘Atomic Bomb’ (Read More)
- Parties Watch New Jersey, Virginia Votes for Wider Signals (Read More)
- Trump Softens Tone on North Korea, Urges Deal on Nuclear Weapons (Read More)
- Saudi Crackdown Widens as More Bank Accounts Said Frozen (Read More)
- Texas Gunman’s Violent Past Didn’t Prevent Him From Buying Guns (Read More)
- New Delhi pollution hits dangerous level, putting runners at risk (Read More)
- Amazon’s Price Left Alleged Trail of Harassment (Read More)
- Broadcom Bid Marks Upheaval in Chip Industry (Read More)
- Trump’s Longtime Bodyguard Schiller Faces Russia Probe Scrutiny (Read More)
- Chinese fans prepare to welcome rich, powerful, ‘free-spirit’ Trump (Read More)
- ‘Buy Bitcoin’ Overtakes ‘Buy Gold’ as Online Search Phrase (Read More)
- Tesla Learned About Dyson’s Secret Car Plans Two Years Early (Read More)
- Why Church Shootings Don’t Intimidate the Church
- New Podcast: “Mega-Faith”
- The Answer Is Evil (2017)
- Truth, Grace and Lesbian Fans
- Let God Be Your Editor
Headlines – 11/7/2017
|Secret Service arrest man near White House targeting ‘all white police’
Posted: 06 Nov 2017 06:18 PM PST
A man who was arrested Monday in Washington, D.C. allegedly traveled to the nation’s capital to kill “all white police” at the White House. Michael Arega, of Dallas, Texas, was arrested Monday afternoon after the Secret Service Protective Intelligence Division received an alert just before 3 p.m. from the Montgomery County Maryland Police Department to be on the lookout for Arega. He reportedly traveled
from Texas to kill “all white police” at the White House, according to a statement from the U.S. Secret Service. Secret Service at the White House searched for Arega until he was arrested without incident around an hour later. He was found on the north side of Pennsylvania Avenue near Lafayette Park. Arega was brought to the Metropolitan Police Department and is awaiting charges. MORE
|Sexually transmitted case of Zika confirmed in Florida
Posted: 06 Nov 2017 06:12 PM PST
The Zika virus, which caused a panic in Miami last summer, is back, but only in the form of one sexually transmitted case caused by a mosquito bite in another country, the Florida Department of Health reported on Friday. Although the patient has not recently traveled, officials said his or her partner had just traveled to several countries, including Cuba, which is still battling the mosquito-borne virus. The
couple lives in Miami-Dade County, but the health department did not specify where. Both partners tested positive for Zika. Though there is no evidence of ongoing, active transmission of Zika anywhere in Florida, officials are warning Floridians to take precautions if they or their partners have recently traveled. “If the department identifies an area where ongoing, active transmission of Zika is taking place, we will notify the public immediately,” the department said. CONTINUE
|RUMORS OF WAR: Is Saudi Arabia Heading For War With Iran?
Posted: 06 Nov 2017 06:02 PM PST
(By Michael Snyder) Is a major war in the Middle East looming on the horizon? Most of us living in the western world simply do not realize how much Saudi Arabia and Iran truly hate one another. Saudi Arabia is the global center for Sunni Islam, and Iran is the global center for Shia Islam, and the two major sects of Islam have a history of bad blood that literally goes back for over a thousand years. The Saudis and the Iranians are already engaged in “proxy wars” in Syria and in Yemen, and now a missile that was fired at Riyadh’s international airport threatens to turn the conflict between the two regional powers into a hot war. If you
are tempted to think that I am exaggerating one bit, just consider what the New York Times is saying about this… Saudi Arabia charged Monday that Iran had committed “a blatant act of military aggression” by providing its Yemeni allies with a missile fired at the Saudi capital over the weekend, raising the threat of a direct military clash between the two regional heavyweights. The accusations represent a new peak in tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran at a time when they are already fighting proxy wars in Yemen and Syria, as well as battles for political power in Iraq and Lebanon. And Yahoo is reporting that the Saudis are saying that this missile attack “may amount to an act of war”… CONTINUE
|U.S. to launch drill with three carriers as Trump visits Asia
Posted: 06 Nov 2017 05:57 PM PST
Three U.S. aircraft carrier strike groups will exercise together in the Western Pacific in the coming days in a rare show of force as President Donald Trump visits Asia with warnings about the nuclear threat from North Korea, U.S. officials say. U.S. officials have previously said the drill was under consideration and that planning was underway. The decision to soon go forward with the exercise in the Western Pacific has not been previously published. The drill will include the aircraft carriers USS Nimitz, the
Ronald Reagan, the Theodore Roosevelt and their accompanying warships. Three U.S. aircraft carrier strike groups have not exercised together in the region since 2007. The four officials who discussed the drill with Reuters spoke on condition of anonymity and did not disclose the precise date or location of the exercise. The Pentagon and the Navy’s Pacific Fleet declined to comment on future operations. Reuters was not aware of any plans for Trump to visit the carriers. READ MORE
|Pastor Rick Warren On Whether Homosexuality Is A Sin
Posted: 06 Nov 2017 02:04 PM PST
Pastor Rick Warren, the founder and senior pastor of Saddleback Church, in Lake Forest, California recently conducted an interview on the Piers Morgan show and was asked about homosexuality and whether or not it is a sin and here was his response:
|They Lost a Child, Grandchild and Great-Grandchildren During TX Church Massacre — Here’s Their Powerful Response
Posted: 06 Nov 2017 01:51 PM PST
Joe and Claryce Holcombe lost nine family members during Sunday’s horrific mass shooting at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, but, despite the unimaginable carnage, the couple are remaining firm and resolute in their Christian faith. The extent of the impact that the event had on the Holcombe family is both staggering and unfathomable, as the elderly couple lost their son,
Bryan Holcombe, and his wife, Karla, in addition to their grandson, Marc Daniel Holcombe, as well as his baby daughter — and their great-granddaughter — Noah. They also lost Crystal Holcombe, the wife of their grandson, John Holcombe, three of their great-grandchildren — Emily, Megan and Greg — and the unborn baby Crystal was carrying, who was reportedly due to be born in April; John Holcombe and two additional children survived. MORE
|Madagascar Plague Cases Rise 37 percent in 5 days
Posted: 06 Nov 2017 12:32 PM PST
The Plague epidemic sweeping across Madagascar has reached crisis point after cases of the deadly disease soared by 37 percent in just five days, officials figures revealed last week. The outbreak has been dubbed “the worst in 50 years” after the number of suspected cases rocketed to 1,801 – up from 1,309 last week, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).
At least 127 deaths have been recorded as Madagascar enters peak epidemic season, which began in November and lasts until April and is when cases of plague are usually recorded. The World Bank has released an extra £3.8million ($5million) to tackle the deadly plague outbreak in Madagascar. Madagascar’s finance and budget minister, Vonintsalama Andriambololona, welcomed the World Bank’s decision. READ MORE
|Retail Apocalypse Picks Up Steam!
Posted: 06 Nov 2017 12:18 PM PST
More trouble in mall land: Wall Street is bracing for more signs of the retail apocalypse this week when Macy’s and Nordstrom (JWN) detail the latest pain from the loss of mall shoppers who’ve migrated online. Worse than slumping sales, department stores are likely to paint a gloomy picture about their busiest and most critical time of the year. Morgan Stanley recently warned that sales will outright decline during the holiday quarter at both Macy’s (M) and Nordstrom. The obvious reason for shrinking
sales is that fewer and fewer Americans are heading to the malls to do their Christmas shopping. Instead of battling the crowds, they’re finding great deals and more convenience on Amazon and elsewhere online. Not only is online shopping growing more popular, but Amazon (AMZN, Tech30) is becoming an increasingly-powerful player, despite serious efforts by Walmart (WMT) and other traditional retailers to catch up. Boosted by innovations like Alexa and its Dash buttons, Amazon is expected to capture 35% of total e-commerce sales during the fourth quarter, according to Morgan Stanley. That’s up from about 20% in early 2016. MORE
|US warships, bombers, missiles and 80,000 soldiers ready and waiting for war!
Posted: 06 Nov 2017 11:59 AM PST
North Korea is nearly totally surrounded by a wall of US warships, bombers, and missiles with more than 80,000 soldiers on alert as Donald Trump heads for Asia. The US President is jetting into the Pacific this week for a whistle-stop tour of the nations surrounding North Korea. Trump will be popping in for one-on-one meetings with the leaders of China, South Korea, and Japan – with Kim Jong-un’s nukes right at the top of the agenda.
At his back with what looks to be the world’s largest military war machine – poised to strike should the crisis go south with North Korea. He visited the US Pacific Command just days ago – who will oversee every single vessel, plane, and soldier sitting in a ring of steel around Kim. Daily Star Online can now reveal the monstrous arsenal at Trump’s fingertips as he faces down North Korea. READ MORE
|RUMORS OF WAR: Kim ready to send message to Trump, May Launch Largest Missile Yet
Posted: 06 Nov 2017 11:52 AM PST
North Korea is feared to be ready for missile test tonight in a final warning to Donald Trump as he arrives on Kim’s doorstep. Trump will bet jetting into South Korea today on his tour of Asia – set for a one-on-one chat with President Moon Jae-in. The US President will be in Seoul, which is just 35 miles from the border with North Korea and just 120 miles from the capital Pyongyang. Spooks now fear the
rogue state will be planning a massive missile launch to send a message to Trump as he gets the closest he has ever been to Kim. Missile movements have been detected across North Korea, while US and South Korean spy planes have been working overtime as they try to sniff out what Kim is up to. War fears have reached an all-time high this year as the two powers square-up to each other promising nuclear annihilation. READ MORE
|Homeless explosion on West Coast pushing cities to brink…
Posted: 06 Nov 2017 11:46 AM PST
Housing prices are soaring here thanks to the tech industry, but the boom comes with a consequence: A surge in homelessness marked by 400 unauthorized tent camps in parks, under bridges, on freeway medians, and along busy sidewalks. The liberal city is trying to figure out what to do. “I’ve got economically zero unemployment in my city, and I’ve got thousands of homeless people that actually are
working and just can’t afford housing,” said Seattle City Councilman Mike O’Brien. “There’s nowhere for these folks to move to.” That struggle is not Seattle’s alone. A homeless crisis is rocking the entire West Coast, pushing abject poverty into the open like never before. Public health is at risk, several cities have declared states of emergency, and cities and counties are spending millions — in some cases billions — in a search for solutions. MORE
|Hindu Extremists Savagely Beat Pastor After 5 Families Convert to Christianity
Posted: 06 Nov 2017 11:38 AM PST
A group of drunken Hindu nationalists brutally beat a 26-year-old pastor in southern India who had been falsely accused of “forcibly” converting five families. It was an attempt to murder, the victim’s wife says. Pastor Banothu Sevya was in a coma for two days following the attack by masked men near Jamandlapalli village in Telangana state last month while he was returning from a prayer meeting on a motorcycle, Morning Star News reported Sunday. “They pushed me off the bike and started beating me
with sticks and kicking me,” the pastor was quoted as saying. “My nose and ears were bleeding. I lost my consciousness.” Local rightwing Hindus had threatened and warned the pastor against “converting” tribal families in his village. “Most Banjaras (aboriginals) say they get afflicted by evil spirits,” the pastor explained. “They want them to be sent away. Some want to be healed, some need the Lord’s help in their pursuits to get educated. I share the gospel and pray for them. We witnessed the Lord doing miracles among them. He does not forsake anyone who comes to Him.” CONTINUE
|Atheist Immigrant Sues Gov’t to Remove ‘So Help Me God’ in US Citizenship Oath
Posted: 06 Nov 2017 11:33 AM PST
A French national and green card holder who lives in Massachusetts has filed a federal lawsuit against the U.S. government over its citizenship oath, which ends with “so help me God.” In her lawsuit, Olga Paule Perrier-Bilbo, an atheist and a resident of Scituate, claims she wants to become an American citizen but she can’t do so because the oath requires her to say those four words, according
to MassLive.com. “By its very nature, an oath that concludes ‘so help me God’ is asserting that God exists,” says the lawsuit. “Accordingly, the current oath violates the first 10 words of the Bill of Rights, and to participate in a ceremony which violates that key portion of the United States Constitution is not supporting or defending the Constitution as the oath demands.” CONTINUE
|Powerful Sermon Sutherland Springs Pastor Delivered Just Days Before Horrific Mass Killing at His Church
Posted: 06 Nov 2017 11:27 AM PST
Just one week before a horrific mass shooting devastated First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, Pastor Frank Pomeroy had a stirring message for his congregation. Pomeroy, who was not at the church during the shooting on Sunday, certainly had no idea just how pertinent his message — titled, “You Don’t Need Training Wheels, You Need Christ!” and based on Proverbs 3 — would be when he
delivered it on Oct. 29, just days before the mass shooting. Citing Proverbs 3:5, which reads, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding,” Pomeroy encouraged his congregation to focus on God while navigating life’s storms.“You’re going to have ups, you’re going to have downs, you’re going to have curves, you’re going to have speed you’re going to have slow,” he said, encouraging parishioners to trust God through it all. READ MORE
|Harry Connick Jr. Boldly Professes His Faith, ‘I Want to Do God’s Will’
Posted: 06 Nov 2017 06:44 AM PST
Singer, actor, and talk show host Harry Connick, Jr., says God is the foundation for everything he does. “If I had three wishes I want to do God’s will, I want to do God’s will, I want to do God’s will,” he told Matthew Faraci during an interview on the Dove Channel. While some may view doing God’s will as boring or unexciting, Connick believes it gives him more creativity and energy. “I just want to do what
I’m supposed to do and for me, knowing that that is the premise on which everything is built, it allows me to be childlike. It allows me to be spontaneous and more creative.” Connick is ranked among the top 60 best-selling male artists in the country and has reached chart-topping success with multiple jazz albums. He made a quick name for himself in the music industry back in the ’90s. From there, he got into movies and television, and onto Broadway. READ MORE
|Teenage Girls Turn to Prostitution to Fight Starvation in Venezuela
Posted: 06 Nov 2017 06:37 AM PST
A growing number of young girls in Venezuela are turning to prostitution in exchange for food as the crisis-stricken country’s humanitarian crisis continues to worsen. A report from the American Spanish-language channel Telemundo recounts a 13-year-old girl’s experience of the sex trade. “Neither my
mother nor my father can give me the things I need, such as food or school necessities,” the girl said. “Now what we need is food, you know, you wake up with nothing to eat,” another child prostitute said. “I’ve been two weeks just eating plantains and with nothing—boiled plantains, fried plantains, boiled plantains, with nothing. So what am I going to do? Get to work.” MORE
|Australia struck by giant hail, unseasonal snow and destructive winds
Posted: 06 Nov 2017 06:33 AM PST
A severe weather anomaly swept across New South Wales, Australia on November 6, 2017. Two people were sent to hospital after a roof collapsed due to intense rain, giant hail and destructive winds across NSW. Unseasonal snow also reported. Some describe the storm as the most severe hailstorm experienced in 30 years in the area. The Bureau of Meteorology issued severe thunderstorm warnings, a
marine wind warning and hazardous surf warning for Monday over the North West Slopes and Plains, parts of the Upper Hunter and inland parts of the Mid-North Coast, NSW. Officials also warned of “giant hail and destructive winds” with thunderstorms for the whole Monday mostly from Port Macquarie, Taree, Armidale, Tamworth, Gunnedah, Moree, Narrabri, Walgett to Lightning Ridge. MORE
|Should All Churches In America Have Armed Security?
Posted: 06 Nov 2017 06:26 AM PST
(By Michael Snyder) The mass shooting at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas on Sunday morning is already being called the deadliest church shooting in modern U.S. history, and we need to be in prayer for the victims and for their families. At about 11:30 AM, a heavily armed man entered the sanctuary and began shooting. At this point it is being reported that “at least 27 people have been killed” and at least another 30 have been injured. Tragically, reports indicate that several small children are among
those that were murdered. As I write this, we are still waiting to hear from authorities about a motive. We do know that the gunman is dead, but we haven’t been given any information about his identity. But whatever the motive was, this just goes to show that something like this could literally happen anywhere. Only about 400 people live in Sutherland Springs, and I am sure that nobody ever expected something like this to happen on a Sunday morning… At least 27 people have been killed and 30 people have been injured in a mass shooting at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. CONTINUE
|Mumps Makes a Comeback, Even Among the Vaccinated
Posted: 06 Nov 2017 06:15 AM PST
If you think you’ve been seeing mumps in the news more often in the past couple of years, you’re absolutely right. “Mumps outbreaks are on the rise,” said Dr. Janell Routh, a pediatrician who is a medical officer on the mumps team at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More than 6,000 cases of mumps were reported in the United States last year, the highest number in 10 years. Around 2010, total annual cases were down in the hundreds.
Most of the recent cases occurred in outbreaks, including a large one in Arkansas, rather than as a sporadic here-a-case, there-a-case disease. And most of the outbreaks were among people 18 to 22 years old, most of whom had had the requisite two doses of mumps vaccine in childhood. “We are seeing it in a young and highly vaccinated population,” Dr. Routh said. READ MORE
|The No. 1 Lie People Tell Themselves About Pornography
Posted: 06 Nov 2017 06:12 AM PST
One of the greatest lies men tell themselves when viewing pornography is that it isn’t hurting anyone else. The truth is that the pornography industry regularly exploits the women and children used in its making. Over 620,000 child porn traders have been discovered online in the U.S. More than 30 percent of the searches conducted in one adult pornography network were related to child sexual abuse. In their analysis of over 80 million child pornography images since 2002, The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children found that 1 in 6 of runaways reported in 2016 were likely sex-trafficking victims.
This means these children were likely involved in either the adult entertainment industry (pornography) or sex trafficking. These telling statistics also reveal many “porn stars” are involved against their own will. A common practice is to “groom” women through online ads luring them to serve in an escort service. A trafficker or “madam” (female leader of trafficking victims) then continues to push the victim toward a one-time and then ongoing role in prostitution, pornography filming or a combination of these practices. READ MORE
|Four Mideast Conflicts to Watch
Posted: 06 Nov 2017 06:04 AM PST
Islamic State is making a last stand in Iraq and Syria. But the region will not rest with the group’s defeat, and is gearing up for a war for influence among the regional and international players that were drawn into conflict with the radical militants. A sign of the escalating tensions emerged in Lebanon on
Saturday, when Prime Minister Saad Hariri abruptly announced his resignation, blaming Iran in an announcement from Saudi Arabia, its rival for regional hegemony. “Now the real war starts, after the players stop fighting their common enemy, Islamic State,” said Sami Nader, head of the Beirut-based Levant Institute for Strategic Affairs. Here are potential conflicts to keep an eye on: MORE
|Markets hit highs not seen since Black Tuesday
Posted: 06 Nov 2017 05:59 AM PST
A boom in stock market valuations on either side of the Atlantic have sparked fears of an imminent financial crash. There is a growing sense of foreboding amongst economists who believe the market is poised to repeat what happened during the dotcom bubble and the Wall Street crash. Stock values have reached levels not seen since those two disasters and a correction would throw the world economy –
currently seeing an ongoing boom period – into disarray. Graham Hacche at the National Institute for Economic and Social Research (NIESR) said:“In both cases, sharp market declines followed these high readings.”He went onto say the cyclically adjusted price-earning ratio (the Shiller CAPE ratio) has risen above 30 which shows “markets may have become increasingly vulnerable to shocks.” READ MORE
|Has This Evil Trend Sneaked Into Your Home and Trapped Your Teen?
Posted: 06 Nov 2017 05:52 AM PST
What are your teens reading these days? You really should find out. Especially if they’re into the newest trend in young adult fiction. For the first decade or so of the 21st century, the hottest trend in young adult fiction was dystopian novels. Book series like The Hunger Games, The Maze Runner, and Divergent sold tens of millions of copies, were turned into successful film franchises and spawned so many imitators that the genre became, as Vox.com put it, a cliché.
While there are still plenty of young adult dystopians being written, a new genre seems to be emerging—one that will make us look back on the young adult dystopia boom as the “good old days.” That genre is teen suicide. In a recent article in Vox, Constance Grady pointed out that young adult dystopias have been “a license to print money” for publishers. Though there are many theories about why the genre exploded, virtually everyone agrees that the popularity of the books, like pop culture in general, reflects the readers’ concerns and moods. 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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