News – 12/6/2017
With Historic Announcement, President Trump Will Declare End to Jerusalem’s 70-Year Exile
After a Biblically significant 70-year gap since an American president first recognized the state of Israel, White House sources announced on Wednesday that President Donald Trump will recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, and that the US State Department will begin making plans to move its embassy from Tel Aviv. “On December 6, 2017, President Trump will recognize that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel,” White House officials announced to the media. “While President Trump recognizes that the status of Jerusalem is a highly sensitive issue, he does not think it will be resolved by ignoring the truth that Jerusalem is home to Israel’s legislature, its Supreme Court, the Prime Minister’s residence, and as such, it is the capital of Israel,” one of the officials said.
Pope Francis defends Jerusalem ‘status quo’
“I cannot silence my deep concern over the situation that has emerged in recent days. At the same time, I appeal strongly for all to respect the city’s status quo, in accordance with the relevant UN resolutions,” the pope said in his weekly address.
Retired CIA Agent Working With Blackwater Founder Claims H.R. McMaster Approved NSA Spy Job On Trump Family
A retired CIA officer reportedly working with Blackwater founder Erik Prince to pitch the White House on a global, private spy network which as we reported yesterday would allow the White House to circumvent and counter “deep state enemies” within U.S. intelligence agencies, is said to have made the stunning claim that National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster worked with the NSA to perform surveillance on Donald Trump Jr, Eric Trump, Steve Bannon and others, according to a report in The Intercept.
150,000 Flee Los Angeles As Wildfires Rage – “We’ll Be Fighting This All Week”
Powerful Santa Ana winds and extremely dry conditions have fueled the wildfires, according to the Washington Post, adding hundreds of millions – if not billions – of dollars in damage to what has already been a devastating year for fires. The winds that caused the fires were part of the season’s longest and strongest wind event – driving down from the desert and mountains into the city of Los Angeles. So far, the latest fires have forced tens of thousands to flee their homes, burned down more than a hundred buildings and triggered power outages in the region. According to CNN, on Tuesday, the city of Ventura declared a daily curfew, beginning 10 pm to 5 am. The curfew is to protect residents and prevent crime such as looting in the evacuation areas, the city said.
France says Syrian government obstructing peace talks
France accused the Syrian government on Wednesday of obstructing U.N.-led peace talks with its refusal to return to Geneva and called on Russia not to shirk its responsibilities to get Damascus to the negotiating table. Talks on ending the war in Syria resumed on Wednesday, but with no sign of President Bashar al-Assad’s negotiators returning to the table in Geneva.
‘Why doesn’t anyone ask why the US has an embassy in Tehran?
“Why doesn’t anyone ask about the fact that we have an embassy in Iran’s capital (Tehran)? Or in North Korea? Or in Syria and Libya? But in the state capital of our closest ally in the Middle East, a democratic state, where there is 3,300 years of Jewish history and heritage since King David, this is a subject that raises so much speculation? “When President Trump visited the Western Wall and made a declaration recognizing Jerusalem as holy to the Jews after the denunciation of UNESCO, there was not even one flare-up, not one demonstration, because when you do the right thing, you shouldn’t ask questions, just do it.”
Hamas plans ‘day of rage’ in response to Trump’s Jerusalem decision
Terror group Hamas is calling for a “day of rage” Friday, urging Palestinians to protest President Donald Trump’s plan to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and move the U.S. Embassy there from Tel Aviv.
Nearly Insolvent Illinois Just Issued AAA-Rated Bonds Via This Shady Goldman Sachs Financing Structure
“It’s a bit of smoke and mirrors…”
EX-CIA AGENT: H.R. McMaster Authorized NSA to Spy on Donald Trump Jr. — Sent Intel to Facility Owned By George Soros
Former CIA paramilitary officer and member of the Trump transition team, John R. Maguire, reportedly revealed during a fund raising meeting for an intelligence gathering operation in Afghanistan, that National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster “authorized surveillance of Steven Bannon and Trump family members, including Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump.”
NEVER FORGET=> On Christmas Day 2016 Barack Obama Signed Over Judaism and Christendom’s Holiest Sites to Muslims
…On Christmas Day 2016, in a final despicable act against Christians and Jews, Barack Obama effectively signed over Christendom’s and Judaism’s holiest sites to radical Muslim groups. And…. The Christian and Jew-hating Obama administration HELPED WRITE the UN draft!
BIG BROTHER: Google Unleashes 10,000-Strong Army To Censor & Shut Down Conservatives On YouTube
Google, owning a virtual monopoly on the entire internet, is running a left-wing Ministry of Truth from its stronghold in Silicon Valley. The liberal powerhouse was exposed for intolerance and leftist bigotry after it fired one of its engineers, James Demore, over a memo that dared to dissent against the corporation’s code of hiring based on race, sex, and religion.
Byron York Calls Out Obama For Entrapping Michael Flynn With 218-Year-Old Law, Dems Are Desperate
The Logan Act states that no private citizen has the right to negotiate in place of the president – and reporter Byron York of the Washington Examiner has reported on the circumstances leading up to the arrest of Michael Flynn, with Obama using the 280-year-old law as a pretense for illegally spying on Flynn. It’s just downright absurd.
Gates Foundation Manipulated United Nations Over Genetically Modified Mosquitoes, Gene Drives
According to information obtained through Freedom of Information requests the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, through a PR firm, manipulated the United Nations over Gene Drives by recruiting a covert coalition of academics to manipulate the decision-making process.
‘Palestinians’ Devastated : Three Days Of Rage Over Trump’s Decision On Jerusalem Recognition And Embassy Move
The Palestinian factions announced three days of rage from Wednesday to Friday in protest of US President Donald Trump’s announcement to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and to transfer the American embassy from Tel Aviv.
White House Reveals: President Donald Trump will give speech on Jerusalem tomorrow – and it is expected to ROCK the world
White House press secretary says Trump will give speech regarding Jerusalem Wednesday, won’t go into details.
FBI Issues Over 4000 Gun Seizures: US Government Start Taking Citizen’s Firearms
The FBI has issued 4,170 orders to seize guns from US citizens who owned firearms deemed to be ‘unauthorized’ by the US government.
Jim Carrey: ‘The Illuminati is Brainwashing Children into Worshipping Satan’
“Those dark forces who control everything – the Illuminati – the Illumi-nutty – they are working hard to eradicate tradition values.”Satanism is being pushed through movies, TV, and pop music to brainwash young minds into following Satan.”You must of all seen that, right?”It’s everywhere and has been for years.
WW3 RED ALERT: US families urged to EVACUATE military bases near Seoul amid fears North Korea WAR ‘close’
FAMILIES of US military should leave South Korea because war between America and Pyongyang is “getting close”, according to a senior US Senator and ex-Air Force Colonel.
MAHDI: Is Iran Trying to Bring Islamic End-of-Days in Syria?
Iran is establishing bases in Syria, but according to some sources, their preparations to engage Israel are motivated far more by Messianic aspirations than military or political ones.
Does Israel really want this Christmas present from President Trump?
Trump does not worry me. Jerusalem is the right place and Trump’s heart is in the right place. His advisors, still in 2-state solution mode, are the worry.
Muslims outraged as US Supreme Court allows FULL TRAVEL BAN that blocks 7 Islamic countries
The Supreme Court on Monday allowed the Trump administration to fully enforce a ban on travel to the United States by residents of six mostly Muslim countries. This is not a final ruling on the travel ban: Challenges to the policy are winding through the federal courts, and the justices themselves ultimately are expected to rule on its legality.
Obama slams India and says it needs to “cherish and nurture” its Muslims
This comes from the assumption that jihad terror is all the fault of non-Muslims. It’s simply Muslims lashing out at being treated harshly by non-Muslims. Thus if non-Muslims show good will to Muslims, and shower them with money and favors, all will be well. U.S. foreign policy was built on this under Obama (and Bush before him), and to a great extent still is.
Pope Francis defended the “status quo” of the city hours before Trump’s speech, saying: “Jerusalem is a unique city, sacred for Jews, Christians and Muslims.
“Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem. And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.” Zechariah 12:2,3 (KJV)
EDITOR’S NOTE: As President Trump prepares to declare Jerusalem as the capital of Israel later today, Pope Francis chimed in with a prayer of his own. The Pope’s prayer is that Jerusalem, a place that God says is the eternal capital of the Jewish land of Israel, remain a divided region and not be subject to Jewish rule or authority. When he says that he wants the “status quo to remain” he is saying he wants it to remain divided and out of Israeli control. Don’t you just love it when the Catholic king says and does things to reveal that he sides with Antichrist? As if there was any question…(SMH)
Pope Francis Wednesday defended the “status quo” of Jerusalem, hours ahead of an announcement by US President Donald Trump in which officials said he will recognize the disputed city as Israel’s capital.
“I pray to God that this identity is preserved and reinforced, for the sake of the Holy Land, the Middle East and the whole world, and that wisdom and prudence prevail.”
Palestinian terror group Hamas has threatened a “day of rage” on Friday in response to the announcement, releasing a chilling message ordering Palestinians to rise up and send a message to Israel.
Israel annexed eastern Jerusalem after winning the Six Day War with Jordan in 1967 but the move was not recognized by the United Nations. Israel regards it as its capital while Palestinian sees the eastern half of the city as the centre of its ‘future state’.
“I cannot silence my deep concern over the situation that has emerged in recent days. At the same time, I appeal strongly for all to respect the city’s status quo, in accordance with the relevant UN resolutions,” the pope said in his weekly address.
Trump is also expected to order the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem but this move could take several years to push through.
The United States would become the first country to make the distinction since Israel was created in 1948. The city has been at the heart of constant and violent conflicts between the nations because it is home to key religious sites holy to Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
Trump’s move could not only undermine the US administration’s fledgling effort, led by his son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner, but anger the wider international community.
In recent days, the European Union, Germany and France have all implored Trump not to take action on Jerusalem. source
This is what can happen when you go to a socialized healthcare system. A lot of people out there believe that the United States has a free market healthcare system, but that is actually not true. The percentage of the population that receives government-subsidized healthcare is rapidly approaching 50 percent, and the healthcare industry may be the most heavily regulated sector of the entire U.S. economy. Every year the rules, red tape and regulations seem to get even worse, and every year health insurance premiums rise much faster than the overall rate of inflation. If we don’t start applying free market principles and start getting healthcare costs under control, our entire healthcare system could very easily implode. (Read More…)
It should upset you that virtually everything stocking the shelves of our major retailers seems to have been made somewhere else. As a nation, we are consuming far more wealth than we are producing, and that is a recipe for national economic suicide. This week we learned that imports from China hit an all-time record high in October, and that was one of the primary reasons why our trade deficit hit a staggering 48.7 billion dollars during that month. Year after year we buy far more stuff from the rest of the world than they buy from us, and this is systematically impoverishing us. (Read More…)
This is one of the most historic things to happen in the Middle East in decades. Just a few days ago I reported that Donald Trump would recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel “in December”, and now we are being told that Trump will make this announcement at 1 PM eastern time on Wednesday. Administration officials are stressing that this move is a “recognition of reality”, because of course the seat of the Israeli government has been in the holy city for a very long time. But without a doubt this announcement will shake the Middle East to the core, because Israel’s neighbors are extremely displeased that Trump is doing this. (Read More…)
“Technocracy’s ‘science of social engineering’ is taking a strange and dangerous twist with the invention of AI therapy bots that help humans with their psychological issues. As you confess your darkest secrets to Woebot, rest assured that they will stay in your file forever.” — Technocracy Editor
Amy Ellis Nutt of the liberal Washington Post has the story:
My therapist wanted to explain a few things during our first online session:
“I’m going to check in with you at random times. If you can’t respond straight away, don’t sweat it. Just come back to me when you’re ready. I’ll check in daily.”
“Daily?” I asked.
“Yup! It shouldn’t take longer than a couple minutes. Can you handle that?
“Yes, I can,” I answered.
There was a little more back-and-forth, all via Messenger, then this statement from my therapist:
“This might surprise you, but . . . I am a robot.”
Amy K. Hall of Stand to Reason explains what the case is really about:
Today, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in the Masterpiece Cakeshop case. I recommend you read this article by David French to clear up a major misconception about the case that’s being promoted out there. The article responds to a New York Times opinion piece that completely misunderstands the case, claiming it’s about denying people services “because of who they are.” (See here and here for more responses to this common mistake.)
Headlines – 12/6/2017
Despite Arab leaders’ warnings, Trump intends to announce Jerusalem embassy move
Trump to recognize Jerusalem as capital, plan embassy move, White House confirms
Trump to recognize Jerusalem as Israel capital, upending decades of US policy
White House: Jerusalem embassy move a ‘recognition of reality’
Ten reasons for recognizing Jerusalem as the Capital of Israel
US to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in world first
TV: Netanyahu and aides were ‘active partners’ with Trump team on Jerusalem move
Putin tells Abbas he supports talks on Jerusalem
Flashback: Moscow surprisingly says west Jerusalem is Israel’s capital
For Abbas, come hell or intifada, Jerusalem is the hill to die on – he is leading the charge and will be the one directing violence if the street explodes
US officials: Trump’s Jerusalem endorsement may include two-state support
MK Zoabi: ‘J’lem capital of Palestinian state, we will keep fighting for that’
Trump Is Bringing Bloodshed, Not Peace, to Jerusalem
Trump phones Sissi on Jerusalem moves as Abbas rallies world to intervene
Saudi king to Trump: Jerusalem embassy move a ‘dangerous step’
Saudi King tells Trump: any declaration on Jerusalem will harm peace negotiations
U.S. Issues Travel Warning for Jerusalem’s Old City, West Bank Amid Embassy Row
Prepare for violence, US Consulate in Jerusalem warns ahead of Trump embassy announcement
Liberal US Jews blast Trump’s expected Jerusalem declaration
Why would moving the US embassy to Jerusalem be so contentious?
Trump’s Jerusalem Decision: Palestinians Declare Three ‘Days of Rage’ Across West Bank; Arab World Outraged
Palestinians burn pictures of Trump as Israel braces for violent protests
Middle Eastern Allies Threaten Trump Over Jerusalem Announcement
Turkey president Erdogan tells Trump declaring Jerusalem Israel’s capital is a ‘red line’ for Muslims
War with Iran’s proxies looming, Israel’s US envoy warns
Iran asks Muslims to disrupt Israeli ties in region
‘More countries not only willing, but eager to embrace Israel,’ says Dore Gold
Palestinian Authority Faces Massive Cut in US Aid as Taylor Force Act Targeting Terror Payments Passes House Vote
Israel Forced to Cancel Dead Sea Scrolls Exhibit due to Palestinian Claim
By Joining US-Led Energy Project, Israel Further Expands Newly-Flourishing Ties With African Nations
Greece, Cyprus, Italy, Israel sign MoU for East Med gas pipeline
Putin Vows to Rebuild Christian Syria, Restoring Churches and Bringing Refugees Home
A message to Putin: No calm in Syria as long as Iran calls the shots
Iraq accused of violating due process for ISIS suspects
Islamic terror plot to assassinate British PM Theresa May thwarted, report says
Fatal Flood Leaves Saudis Asking When Their Prince Will Deliver
UAE announces new Saudi alliance that could reshape Gulf relations
It’s Official: Lebanese Prime Minister Not Resigning After All
The Strange Case of Lebanon, France, and a Prime Minister’s Unresignation
‘No One Is Safe’: Violence Soars In Yemen After Death Of Former Dictator
Killing of Ali Abdullah Saleh changes dynamics of Yemen’s civil war
Mattis: Yemen humanitarian situation likely to worsen with Saleh death
Houthis ‘murder 200 prisoners’ and spread forces across Yemen capital
US official on Saleh’s death: ‘Iranian regime exploiting Yemen war’
Iran FM says US travel ban ‘sad!’
Mueller deputy praised DOJ official after she defied Trump travel ban order: ‘I am so proud’
Team Obama attempted ‘stealth coup’ by undermining Trump
Why Democrats Don’t Want To Talk About Flynn’s First Meeting With The Russians
Dem says he will force House vote on impeachment Wednesday
The Democrats’ Dangerous Obsession With Impeachment
Inside China’s Big Tech Conference, New Ways to Track Citizens
World’s first ‘living tattoo’ could be a wearable device in the future
Airlines Are Physically Restraining More Drunk and Unruly Passengers
How the law responds when emoji are the weapon of choice
North Korea crisis: UN political chief in rare visit to Pyongyang
‘The threat is very real’: Millions in Tokyo to take part in North Korean nuclear attack exercise
U.S. B-1B bomber flies over Korean peninsula during military drills
To counter North Korea, South Korea seeks weaponized drones, report says
The Military Is Using Falcons to Build a Drone Killer
5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Kirakira, Solomon Islands
5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Tobelo, Indonesia
5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Hotaka, Japan
5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Salcedo, Philippines
Klyuchevskoy volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 17,000ft
Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 15,000ft
Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 14,000ft
Southern California hit with worst Santa Ana winds in a decade
Wildfires raging in Southern California cap most destructive season in state history. Here’s why it’s so bad
Southern California fires growing quickly, forcing thousands to evacuate
Pollution wipes out the benefits of exercise, study suggests
Doctor designs a 3D-printable device that helps people end their life
UN warns of drug-resistant germ risk brewing in nature
Gates Foundation Manipulated United Nations Over Genetically Modified Mosquitoes, Gene Drives
Genetically mutated rats could be released in Britain to solve rodent problem
Russia banned from 2018 Winter Olympics over state-sponsored doping
Where Silicon Valley Is Going to Get in Touch With Its Soul – hippie hotel in Big Sur, Calif., has reopened with a mission to help technologists who discover that “inside they’re hurting.”
Austria’s supreme court paves way for same-sex marriage from 2019
Supreme Court sounds skeptical of Colorado baker’s refusal to make a wedding cake for gay couple
If the baker wins Supreme Court wedding cake case, will faith-based discrimination be legal?
The 3 Western plagues: Post-God, Post-national, Post-family
Socialist ministers cry “murder” over tax cuts, ignore abortions right down the road
Ravi Zacharias: Why I Don’t Think His Response at Christianity Today Cleared Things Up
Perry Noble Calls Pulpit & Pen “Idiots, White Washed Tombs, Brood of Vipers.”
Charismatics Prophesy of Terrorism (Captain Obvious Rolls His Eyes)
Megachurch pastor with 95,300 Twitter followers says he may quit social media
Golden Krust CEO Lowell Hawthorne Fatally Shoots Himself Days After Thanking God for Success
Former Florida cult leader arrested on charges of abusing and murdering a toddler in the 1980s
Thousands of Pro-Lifers Protest North Carolina’s Busiest Abortion Clinic
Trump to declare Jerusalem capital of Israel
|California sued because too many children can’t read
Posted: 05 Dec 2017 12:56 PM PST
A group of prominent lawyers representing teachers and students from poor performing schools filed a lawsuit against the state of California on Tuesday, arguing that the state has done nothing about a high number of school children who do not know how to read. The advocacy law firm, Public Counsel, filed the lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court to demand the California Department of Education address its
“literacy crisis.” The state has not followed suggestions from its own report on the problem five years ago, according to the lawsuit. “When it comes to literacy and the delivery of basic education, California is dragging down the nation,” said Public Counsel lawyer Mark Rosenbaum, who filed the lawsuit along with the law firm Morrison & Foerster. READ MORE
|WAR DRUMS: Millions in Tokyo to take part in North Korean nuclear attack exercise
Posted: 05 Dec 2017 12:48 PM PST
Millions of residents of Tokyo are to take part in evacuation drills simulating a North Korean nuclear attack on the Japanese capital. The national and city governments are to carry out a series of exercises between January and March to prepare for a potential attack on Tokyo, the Sankei Shimbun newspaper reported, the first time that a major Japanese city will have carried out responses to a simulated attack. Towns facing the Korean Peninsula have in recent months conducted similar drills, with residents
instructed to seek shelter in response to sirens warning of an imminent missile strike. But the Japanese government has until now resisted calls for major cities to carry out similar exercises on the grounds that they would alarm the public. Shinzo Abe, the prime minister, has also called in local governments throughout the country to identify underground facilities or buildings that are sufficiently sturdy to withstand a missile attack and to designate those facilities as shelters. READ MORE
|U.S. Braces for Violence at Embassies Around Muslim World as Donald Trump Nears Jerusalem Move
Posted: 05 Dec 2017 12:45 PM PST
The U.S. government’s diplomatic staff braced for violent protests around the Muslim world as speculation mounted that President Donald Trump planned to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and recognize the city as Israel’s capital. Trump’s stated intention to relocate the embassy has been met with anger in the Arab world for months. The move is controversial due to the city’s significance to Jews, Muslims and Christians. Diplomats fear these tensions will come to a head if
Trump follows through on his campaign pledge. The warning of violence came in the form of two classified cables to staff in the past week, according to Politico. The State Department had not responded to a request for comment at the time of writing. Employees at the U.S. Embassy in Amman, Jordan, and the U.S. consulate in Istanbul declined to comment on the matter. Jerusalem police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld was not available for comment. READ MORE
|First Icelandic Pagan Temple in 1,000 Years Built in Iceland
Posted: 05 Dec 2017 10:14 AM PST
“On that day, men shall fling away, to the flying foxes and the bats, the idols of silver and the idols of gold which they made for worshiping.” (Isaiah 2:20
As the pagan Norse religion makes a roaring comeback in Iceland, the Asatru Society is expected to finish construction of a new temple – the first structure dedicated to the Norse god Odin in over one thousand years. The Icelandic Ásatrú religion follows the belief systems of the Old Norse religion, or Germanic neo-paganism. The followers worship the ancient Norse gods such as Ódin, Thor and Freyja. There have been no temples to the Norse gods in Iceland for over 900 years, but in 2015, the Ásatrú
Society, re-established in 1972, began construction on a modern temple in Reykjavík, the capital of Iceland. It is expected to be ready for use sometime this summer at a final cost of around $1.25 million. The pagan religion is making a comeback in Iceland, necessitating the construction of the new facility. Established 45 years ago by farmer Sveinbjörn Beinteinsson, the Ásatrú Society initially had 12 members. According to the National Bureau of Statistics in Iceland, there were 2,382 members in 2014; today there are 3,583 members. READ MORE
|Evangelical Support for Israel Declining, Especially Among Millennials
Posted: 05 Dec 2017 10:08 AM PST
Support for Israel is decreasing among evangelical Christians, particularly among younger generations, a new survey shows a decline borne out of confusion about or indifference to the world’s only Jewish state. Seventy-seven percent of evangelicals ages 65 and older say they support the existence, security and prosperity of Israel, according to a LifeWay Research survey released Monday. Only 58 percent of evangelicals ages 18 to 34 say the same.
The survey was conducted using a web-based utility, a probability-based panel designed to be representative of the American population, measuring the attitudes of 2,002 evangelicals pertaining to Israel from Sept. 20–28. “For the most part, younger evangelicals are indifferent about Israel,” said Scott McConnell, executive director of LifeWay Research. Some say such indifference is the result of how young people view recent geopolitical events and conflicts in the region. READ MORE
|POWDER KEG: Palestinians call for three days of rage over Trump’s decision on Jerusalem …
Posted: 05 Dec 2017 09:54 AM PST
The Palestinian factions announced three days of rage from Wednesday to Friday in protest of US President Donald Trump’s announcement to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and to transfer the American embassy from Tel Aviv. The Palestinian factions called President Trump’s policy “political blackmail, which would destroy his ability to achieve regional or colonialist achievements in the region.”
In a joint statement, the Palestinian “national and Islamic forces” announced three days of rage that
would begin Wednesday and end on Friday. “We call on all our people in Israel and around the world to gather in city centers and Israeli embassies and consulates, with the aim of bringing about general popular anger,” the statement said. The statement added that “a huge protest should be launched in order to reject out of hand the attempts of the US administration to transfer the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem or recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel. READ MORE
|Trump Informs Abbas He Intends to Move U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem
Posted: 05 Dec 2017 09:48 AM PST
U.S. President Donald Trump informed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Jordan’s King Abdullah that he plans to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem on Tuesday, according to Abbas’ spokesman and Jordanian reports. Trump also called Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi to inform him of the decision. Abbas warned Trump in response that the action will have “dangerous consequences,” says Abbas spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeineh. Abu Rudeineh said “the
Palestinian stance is determined and steadfast – there will not be a Palestinian state without East Jerusalem as its capital according to decisions by the international community. Abu Mazen [Abbas] is now holding an emergency meeting in his bureau following the phone conversation with Trump.” Following the call, Abbas urged Pope Francis as well as French and Jordanian leaders to intervene on Trump’s plan to move the embassy. READ MORE
|Japan seeking missiles capable of striking range of North Korea
Posted: 05 Dec 2017 05:59 AM PST
Japan is preparing to acquire precision air-launched missiles that for the first time would give it the capability to strike North Korean missile sites, two sources with direct knowledge of the matter said. Japan plans to put money aside in its next defense budget starting April to study whether its F-15 fighters could launch longer-range missiles including Lockheed Martin Corp’s extended-range Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM-ER), which can hit targets 1,000 km (620 miles) away, said one the
sources with knowledge of the plan. He said: “There is a global trend for using longer-range missiles and it is only natural that Japan would want to consider them.” The sources asked to remain anonymous as they were not authorized to talk to media. Japan is also interested in buying the 500 km-range Joint Strike Missile designed by Norway’s Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace to be carried by the F-35 stealth fighter, Fuji Television reported earlier. READ MORE
|UN warns of drug-resistant germs brewing in the natural environment
Posted: 05 Dec 2017 05:50 AM PST
The UN warned Tuesday of a ticking time bomb of drug-resistant germs brewing in the natural environment, aided by humans dumping antibiotics and chemicals into the water and soil. If this continues, people will be at an even higher risk of contracting diseases, incurable by existing antibiotics, from swimming in the sea or other seemingly innocuous activities, a report warned. “Around the world,
discharge from municipal, agricultural and industrial waste in the environment means it is common to find antibiotic concentrations in many rivers, sediments and soils,” the investigation said. “It is steadily driving the evolution of resistant bacteria,” it warned bluntly. “A drug that once protected our health is now in danger of very quietly destroying it.” READ MORE
|Scientists and residents on edge waiting for imminent volcanic eruption in Indonesia
Posted: 05 Dec 2017 05:46 AM PST
The question Indonesian volcanologist Devy Kamil Syahbana gets most is the one he cannot answer – when, or if, rumbling Mount Agung on Bali island will blow up in a major eruption. The 3,000 metre (9,800 ft) Agung – a so-called strato-volcano capable of very violent eruptions – has recorded a sharp rise in activity that has raised worries about a repeat of a 1963 eruption that killed more than 1,000 people.
“There’s no instrument in the world that can estimate precisely when there will be a major eruption,” said Syahbana, who runs an observatory monitoring the towering volcano, just outside a 10-km exclusion zone. Sensors beeped and walkie-talkies crackled he spoke to Reuters at the monitoring station. READ MORE
|GOOGLE supercomputer creates its own ‘AI Child’…
Posted: 05 Dec 2017 05:33 AM PST
The tech giant’s computer-made system known as NASNet is able to identify objects, such as people and cars, in photos and videos. According to studies, the Google “brain” can pick out these objects with a 82.7% accuracy rate – something the company says is better than any man-made AI system. And the AI breakthrough will have a huge impact on the entire field. Experts have said the findings show automation is the key to creating the most accurate AI systems – meaning Artificial Intelligence would
actually create more AI. NASNet itself was actually created earlier this year AutoML, which is an AI system capable of creating more learning programmes. The Google Brain team, which developed the mother system AutoML, said: “We hope that the larger machine learning community will be able to build on these models to address multitudes of computer vision problems we have not yet imagined.” But ethical concerns have been raised about the invention of such powerful machines. READ MORE
|Turkey warns recognition of Jerusalem as capital is “Red Line” For Muslims
Posted: 05 Dec 2017 05:21 AM PST
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday that US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital would be a “red line” for Muslims. He also warned such a step would force Ankara to cut diplomatic ties with the Jewish state. “This could go as far as cutting our diplomatic relations with Israel. You cannot take such a step,” Erdogan told a parliamentary group meeting of his ruling Justice and Development Party. The Turkish president also said he would call for a meeting with the Organization
for Islamic Cooperation to oppose any move recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. He said the measure would not only be a violation of international law, but also “a big blow to the conscience of the humanity.” US President Donald Trump was expected to weigh in on the sensitive foreign policy matter Monday, but public warnings from allies and private phone calls between world leaders led to the White House delaying its decision. Turkey has been a vocal critic of the proposed move. READ MORE
|150 structures destroyed, 27,000 people evacuated in raging CA wildfire
Posted: 05 Dec 2017 05:17 AM PST
fast-moving, wind-fueled wildfire swept into the city of Ventura early Tuesday, burning 31,000 acres, destroying homes and forcing 27,000 people to evacuate. About 150 structures — including at least one large apartment complex — were consumed by flames, and much more were threatened as the fire crept about a quarter mile away from City Hall. Engulfed in flames, the Hawaiian Village Apartments collapsed about 4 a.m. Residents watched with their cameras and cell phones out, the sound of propane
tanks bursting filled the air. Hundreds of firefighters working through the night tried to prevent the blaze from spreading, block by block, as they were confronted by wind gusts of up to 50 mph. One firefighter was injured, though it’s unclear how. Water gushed down North Laurel as firefighters work to put out a flaming Hawaiian Village Apartments. About 4 a.m., the building continued to collapse. READ MORE
|Pink Raising Her Children to Be Gender-Neutral
Posted: 04 Dec 2017 06:29 PM PST
Pop star Pink says she is raising her children to be gender-neutral because her family lives in a “label-less household.” The singer, who is 38 and married to motorcycle racer Carey Hart, 42, told the U.K.’s The People she does not want her children defined by their gender. Pink said she is delighted her 6-year-old daughter Willow told her she wants to marry an African woman when she grows up. “We are a very l,
label-less household,” Pink, whose real name is Alecia Beth Moore, explained, “Last week Willow told me she is going to marry an African woman. I was like: ‘Great, can you teach me how to make African food?’” “And she’s like: ‘Sure mama, and we are going to live with you while our house is getting ready,’” Pink continued. “I was like ‘what the f***, who are you? Who is paying for this by the way?’” READ MORE
|Feds issue 4,000 orders to seize guns from people who failed background checks
Posted: 04 Dec 2017 06:15 PM PST
Federal authorities sought to take back guns from thousands of people the background check system should have blocked from buying weapons because they had criminal records, mental health issues or other problems that would disqualify them. A USA TODAY review found that the FBI issued more than 4,000 requests last year for agents from the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives to
retrieve guns from prohibited buyers. It’s the largest number of such retrieval requests in 10 years, according to bureau records – an especially striking statistic after revelations that a breakdown in the background check system allowed a troubled Air Force veteran to buy a rifle later used to kill 26 worshipers at a Texas church last month. The FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) vets millions of gun purchase transactions every year. READ MORE