Donald Trump reached across the aisle in his first State of the Union address, offering to work with Democrats on infrastructure, criminal justice and drug prices after a divisive first year in office. But those overtures in Tuesday’s speech fell flat with his opponents, who found little reason to warm to his vision for 2018.
President Donald Trump issued an executive order to keep open the prison at the U.S. military’s Guantanamo Bay base in Cuba, the White House announced.
Zimbabwe’s government will allow white farmers to apply for 99-year leases on land, rescinding a policy implemented under former President Robert Mugabe that limited them to five-year contracts.
Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro said the country is pushing ahead with plans for the first sale of its cryptocurrency next month, and developing plans for its use with a national ID card held by at least 15 million Venezuelans.
Total U.S. employee compensation rose 0.6% q/q in the fourth quarter and matched the biggest 12-month gain since 2008, as private-sector pay picked up, Labor Department figures showed Wednesday.
It’s no secret Jeff Bezos has been looking to crack health care. But no one expected him to pull in Warren Buffett and Jamie Dimon, too. News Tuesday that Bezos’s Amazon.com Inc., Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. and JPMorgan Chase & Co., led by Dimon, plan to join forces to change how health care is provided to their combined 1 million U.S. employees sent shock waves through the health-care industry.
America may never recover its glory as a manufacturing powerhouse, but the Brooklyn Navy Yard is doing what it can, transforming itself from a 20th-century warship builder to a 21st-century high-tech hub. Now it’s about to unveil a $2.5 billion building plan that would more than quadruple its current workforce.
On Tuesday, during a routine earnings call, Harley-Davidson Inc. announced it will produce an all-electric motorcycle. It’s an active project we’re preparing to bring to market within 18 months.’ The announcement accompanied news of additional job cuts and a plant closure at the Milwaukee-based company.
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A strong magnitude 6.1 earthquake rattled Pakistan and Afghanistan on Wednesday, including the capital cities of both countries, killing a young girl and injuring 15 others, officials said.
Pakistan disclosed Tuesday it recently extradited 27 suspected Taliban and Haqqani militants to Afghanistan as part of an effort to stop insurgents from using Pakistani soil for cross-border terrorist activities, information Islamabad kept confidential until now. The disclosure comes amid growing accusations the Afghan Taliban and its allied Haqqani network of militants used Pakistani soil for plotting recent bombings in Kabul that killed and wounded hundreds of people.
Weeks of confusion and inconsistencies from immigration officials ended on Monday after authorities deported a Palestinian man who had been living in the U.S. for nearly 40 years.
A Warsaw governor took steps Wednesday to prevent a far-right protest outside the Israeli Embassy by banning traffic in the area, citing security concerns.
The delivery of oil and oil products to North Korea should not be reduced, Moscow’s ambassador to Pyongyang was cited as saying by RIA news agency on Wednesday, adding that a total end to deliveries would be interpreted by North Korea as an act of war.
The director of the CIA says he is worried that North Korea could have a nuclear missile capable of striking the US “in a matter of a handful of months”.
More than $50 million worth of gold bars, coins and dust that’s been described as the greatest lost treasure in U.S. history is about to make its public debut in California after sitting at the bottom of the ocean for more than 150 years. The 3,100 gold coins, 45 gold bars and more than 80 pounds of gold dust recovered from the wreckage of the S.S. Central America steamship are now sitting in a makeshift laboratory just south of Los Angeles.
Taliban fighters, whom US-led forces spent billions of dollars trying to defeat, are now openly active in 70% of Afghanistan, a BBC study has found.
Pope Francis is sending the Vatican’s top expert on sexual abuse to Chile to investigate accusations that a bishop covered up for an abusive priest.
The Foreign Office has sold its British embassy in Bangkok for £420m, the biggest property sale in its history. Money raised will be used to renovate other embassies around the world. British diplomats in Thailand’s capital city will move to a modern tower block in 2019, which has been leased for the next 15 years.
A court in Istanbul has ordered the release of the head of human rights group Amnesty International in Turkey, who was detained last June. Taner Kilic had been charged with membership of a terrorist organization, an accusation the London-based group had described as “baseless”.
Yemeni separatists have taken almost full control of the southern port city of Aden after days of fighting with government forces, residents said.
Twenty-four members of the Council of Europe have signed a document demanding Turkey release an American Christian pastor who has been imprisoned without charges for more than a year.
Attending a Super Bowl game is a rare treat for most fans, and you can bet that there will be plenty of sick people in the stands who just didn’t want to miss out on the action. With that in mind, health officials are urging any Super Bowl travelers to get a flu shot in advance of the big game. Attendees should wash their hands as often as possible and not rely on hand sanitizer alone to keep them healthy, as most sanitizing sprays and gels are inadequate to combat this particular virus.
The Briefing — Wednesday, January 31, 2018
1) On the most important of all political stages President Trump strikes a different note, even as there are few surprises
2) New debates about homeschooling take on a new urgency
The Week (Damon Linker) –
The sickening danger of home-schooling
American Conservative (Rod Dreher) –
Homeschooling & Bullying
AP (Carolyn Thompson) –
Case of shackled kids revives home-school regulation debate
3) As Murphy Brown returns we have to ask, “Will she even be interesting today?”
Washington Post (Travis Andrews) –
‘Murphy Brown’ is returning to television again with Candice Bergen
It isn’t going to be a surprise when U.S. stock prices fall 50, 60 or 70 percent from where they are today. The only real surprise is that it took this long for it to happen. Even after falling 362 points on Tuesday, the Dow Jones industrial average is still ridiculously high. In fact, the only two times in our entire history when stocks have been this overvalued were right before the stock market crash of 1929 and right before the dotcom bubble burst. Not even before the financial crisis of 2008 were stock valuations as absurd as they are right now. (Read More…)
News – 1/31/2018
Trump is getting ready to dump the PLO
President Trump and America’s UN Ambassador Nikki Haley – virtually within hours of each other – have laid the groundwork for Jordan to replace the PLO as Israel’s negotiating partner under President Bush’s 2003 Roadmap – endorsed by the United Nations, European Union, and Russia – and Bush’s 2004 Congress-endorsed commitments to Israel.
Greenblatt: Trump won’t force an agreement on Israel
“I want to take this opportunity to cut through the noise,” he said. “Our approach is rooted in the belief that instead of working to impose a solution from the outside, we must give the parties space to make their own decisions about their future. Our approach is also guided by the belief that instead of laying the blame for the conflict at the feet of one party or the other, we must focus on unlocking new areas of cooperation that benefit both Israelis and Palestinians.”
Top U.S. diplomat warns Iran against missile proliferation, destabilizing region
US Assistant Secretary of State David Satterfield warned against Iran’s growing regional interventions in Syria, Lebanon and Yemen, and cautioned that the US would not stand idly by all the while. Iran will not escape punishment if it continues advancing the production of sophisticated missile technology in the region, US Assistant Secretary of State David Satterfield said on Wednesday.
Paris officials investigate suspected anti-Semitic attack on schoolboy
An eight-year-old boy wearing a Jewish skullcap, or kippa, has been attacked in a suburb of the French capital, Paris, in what officials suspect is the latest case of anti-Semitic violence. Two teenage suspects, who fled the scene, did not shout any insults or steal anything from the boy, who also wore a traditional Jewish belt. President Emmanuel Macron has condemned it as “an attack on the republic”.
Anguished Germany raises anti-Semitism alarm
German leaders are increasingly alarmed about a resurgence of anti-Semitism 73 years after the Holocaust, stemming from an emboldened far right and an influx of refugees from countries hostile to Israel. Germany is marking the 1945 liberation of the Nazi death camp at Auschwitz with solemn ceremonies, but also warnings of the need for stronger vigilance.
House Intel Committee Shocks the World, Votes to Release Controversial FISA Memo, Heads to Roll
President Trump and his party just made a move. And not simply any move: a monumental, history-changing, power move. If you’ve been paying attention to the news the past couple of weeks, you know the #ReleaseTheMemo campaign has been under full swing and is gaining momentum. Regardless of who is right and who is wrong, we are about to find out the truth. The House Intelligence committee has voted in favor of releasing the memo, much to the relief of those who have been pushing for the truth on this matter. It’s being reported that this memo will radically shake the foundation of the FBI and result in numerous firings—and possibly even criminal charges.
Trump rocks America in 1st State of the Union
“Over the last year, we have made incredible progress and achieved extraordinary success,” President Trump said. “We have faced challenges we expected, and others we could never have imagined. We have shared in the heights of victory and the pains of hardship. We endured floods and fires and storms. But through it all, we have seen the beauty of America’s soul, and the steel in America’s spine.
Trump renews aid threat against countries opposing Jerusalem decision
Trump will seek to draw a distinction between foreign nations aligned with his administration and those that are not. US President Donald Trump called on Congress Tuesday night to pass legislation that would undergird his threat against countries which vote against his policies at the UN, following a scathing referendum there last month on his recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. In his first State of the Union address, Trump took note that his December 6 decision on Jerusalem to move the US embassy there from Tel Aviv has previously earned bipartisan support from lawmakers.
A Chinese Cardinal Met With The Pope And Came Out Accusing The Vatican Of Selling Out The Chinese Church
The former Bishop of Hong Kong accused the Vatican of “selling out” the church in China after holding a private audience with Pope Francis. Cardinal Joseph Zen asserted that the Vatican was betraying the Chinese church and strengthening the communist party’s control over it by requesting that two bishops of China’s underground church step down and be replaced by Chinese government approved bishops, according to Catholic Herald. Zen published an open letter to Facebook, saying that while Francis’ response to the situation during their private audience on Jan. 12 comforted him, he still believed that the Vatican was “selling out” the Chinese church.
EU urges US not to go it alone with Mideast peace efforts
EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said at a launch of an emergency meeting of an international committee coordinating Palestinian development aid that “nothing without the United States, nothing with the United States alone.” The meeting is the first of its kind since President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, breaking with an international consensus that the holy city’s status should be resolved in negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.
6.1 magnitude earthquake strikes Afghanistan; tremors felt across North India, one child killed in Pakistan
A powerful 6.1-magnitude earthquake jolted Afghanistan, Pakistan, eastern Uzbekistan and several parts of India around noon on Wednesday.
Persistent dryness ‘worrisome’ for Southern California as drought, water supply shortage issues loom
Unlike the winter of 2016-2017, this season is turning out quite dry for Southern California and the majority of the southwestern United States. While a seemingly endless string of warm, dry days may make travel and outdoor plans a breeze, this dry spell is threatening to become a prolonged drought.
Swine flu, bird flu hit North Korea and South Korea days before Winter Olympics kickoff
Super flu outbreaks are ravaging the Korean Peninsula less than two weeks before the Winter Olympics — leaving North Korea scrambling to treat more than 81,000 people infected with swine flu as the South kills off nearly 1 million chickens to contain the bird flu on its side of the border.
Flu Vaccine Bombshell: 630% More “Aerosolized Flu Virus Particles” Emitted By People Who Received Flu Shots, Flu Vaccines Actually SPREAD The Flu
A bombshell new scientific study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) finds that people who receive flu shots emit 630% more flu virus particles into the air, compared to non-vaccinated individuals.
Jim Caviezel: New ‘Passion of the Christ’ to be ‘biggest film in history’
Jim Caviezel, who stunned the world with his portrayal of Jesus in the 2004 blockbuster “The Passion of the Christ,” is now confirming he’s on board with director Mel Gibson for a sequel, and predicts it will be “the biggest film in history.” “There are things that I cannot say that will shock the audience,” the 49-year-old actor told USA Today. “It’s great. Stay tuned.”
Health Experts Tell Zuckerberg to Delete New Messenger App for Kids
…“Younger children are simply not ready to have social media accounts. They are not old enough to navigate the complexities of online relationships, which often lead to misunderstandings and conflicts even among more mature users,” the letter states. “They also do not have a fully developed understanding of privacy, including what’s appropriate to share with others and who has access to their conversations, pictures, and videos.”
Shocking New Twilight Zone Predicts Trump Assassination!
Episode One: The Big Event
Since 2015 Nuclear Deal, Iran Fired 23 Missiles – And International Community Did NOTHING According to a report obtained by Fox News, Iran has fired some 23 missiles since signing the nuclear deal in 2015, with as many as 16 of them nuclear-capable.
Europe orders the British press NOT to reveal when terrorists are Muslims, in crackdown on freedom of speech
European human rights chiefs have told the British press it must not report when terrorists are Muslim. The recommendations came as part of a list of 23 meddling demands to Theresa May’s government on how to run the media in an alarming threat to freedom speech.
Muslim US soldier “obsessed” with bloody jihad videos, watched them for hours daily, laughed and insulted the victims
This is more of the poison fruit of the Obama administration’s refusal to acknowledge that Islamic terrorism was Islamic. The U.S. government was desperate to have Muslims to prove that this was not a war on Islam. Those Muslim soldiers were golden boys who could get away with anything. Whoever is responsible for this treatment of Ikaika Kang should be court-martialed and disgraced, but won’t be.
DOMINATION OF THE SKIES: Israeli Air Force Ranked Mightiest in the World
The Israeli Defense Forces is the strongest military in the Middle East in spite of its relatively small size, according to a new ranking by Business Insider. The Israeli Air Force was ranked as not only the best air force in the Middle East, but in the entire world.
#Releasing the Memo Will Unleash Extreme Deep State Revenge Upon America
The release of the memo regarding illegal FISA issued spy warrants on Candidate Trump and his staff should send Deep State servants to prison including Obama and Clinton. Now that the memo is being released, how far will the DOJ go in bringing the guilty to justice? How far will the Deep State go in diverting attention away from the memo?
Trump: ‘We Don’t Want to Talk to the Taliban. We’re Going to Finish What We Have to Finish’
President Trump said Monday he opposes talks with the Taliban, signaling an apparent departure from U.S. Afghanistan policy in the aftermath of two deadly terrorist attacks in Kabul.
CBO Claims: A Late-Term Abortion Saves Feds $7,000
The federal government saves an average of about $7,000 for each unborn child 20 weeks or more into pregnancy it allows a doctor to terminate in his or her mother’s womb, according to a cold-blooded “estimate” published by the Congressional Budget Office.
The Return Of Sumptuary Laws? Dutch Cops To ‘Undress’ Youths Wearing “Clothes Deemed Too Expensive For Them”
The Independent reports that police in the Dutch city of Rotterdam have launched a new pilot program which will see them confiscating expensive clothing and jewellery from young people if they look too poor to own them.
US, Turkish Troops Headed For Military Showdown In Syria
Two days after we reported that Turkey valiantly demanded that US forces vacate military bases in the Syrian district of Manbij, when Turkey’s foreign minister Melet Cavusoglu also said that Ankara is calling upon the US to cease any and all support to Syrian Kurdish forces and militias, not surprisingly the US refused, and on Monday a top American general said that US troops will not pull out from the northern Syrian city of Manbij, rebuffing Ankara demands to withdraw from the city and risking a potential confrontation between the two NATO allies.
ZeroHedge Frontrunning: January 31
- As Yellen Hands Off at the Fed, Whither Her Go-Slow Approach? (Read More)
- ‘This is our American moment,’ Trump urges cooperation (Read More)
- President Tries Taking On a New Role: Optimist (Read More)
- Trump’s Olive Branch to Democrats Cut Short by Divisive Tone of Speech (Read More)
- Signs of Old Age Abound in a Bull Market Closing In on History (Read More)
- Japan’s Fujifilm to take over Xerox in $6.1 billion deal, create joint venture (Read More)
- Bitcoin Is Having Its Worst Month in Three Years (Read More)
- For Bezos, Buffett and Dimon, a Health Push Years in the Making (Read More)
- Rival Employers Dread Possible Arrival of Amazon HQ2 in Their Town (Read More
- For Bezos, Buffett and Dimon, a Health Push Years in the Making (Read More)
- One Indicator Says Bond Rout Going Too Fast for Stocks to Escape (Read More)
- Skywatchers in western North America will see moon turn red in rare eclipse (Read More)
- Immigration Fight Shifts From Trump’s Wall to Family Green Cards (Read More)
- Bond Selloff Sends Ripples Through Corporate Debt Market (Read More)
- Facebook Really Wants You to Come Back (Read More)
- Boeing says to deliver more planes in 2018 (Read More)
- Judge Dan Polster Is Singlehandedly Trying to Solve the Opioid Crisis (Read More)
Headlines – 1/31/2018
|RUMORS OF WAR: Is There A War Brewing Between Israel And Lebanon?
Posted: 30 Jan 2018 07:31 PM PST
Lebanon was warned recently by Israeli spokesperson and Israel Defense Force Brig. Gen. Ronen Manelis that war could break out between the two countries if Iran continues its development of precision missiles within Lebanon. Manelis blames the Lebanese government and the “blind eye” of some in the international community who have stood by and watched as Hezbollah, the political and
militant arm of the Shiite Islamist political party based in Lebanon, has built an arsenal within the country. “Lebanon has become – both by its own actions and omissions and by a blind eye from many members of the international community – one large missile factory,” Manelis wrote. He went on to add that Iran is no longer just funding Hezbollah in Iran’s quest to destroy Israel but rather Iran is “now here.” READ MORE
|Some speculate that Supermoons may spark ‘Biblical year’ with the return of Christ
Posted: 30 Jan 2018 06:52 PM PST
This year could be biblical according to Christians because two supermoons may spark the second coming of Jesus Christ. Christians believe the upcoming super blue blood moon which will dazzle the skies tomorrow, January 31, along with the supermoon that kicked off the year on January 1, are signs from God that 2018 will be a ‘biblical’ year, as it also marks the 70th anniversary of the birth of Israel.
Believers in Jesus Christ and God cite Israel as the Holy Land. In March 1948, Israel was declared as an independent nation following the Second World War. Christian conspiracy theorists are now saying the events are lining up in what could prove to be a biblical year. Website Unsealed writes: “If the Great American Eclipse was the darkened sun piece of the puzzle, perhaps this blood moon is the missing piece, which could mean the Day of the LORD begins soon, perhaps even this year. READ MORE
|Market Jitters As The Dow Falls 362 Points – Worst Drop In More Than A Year
Posted: 30 Jan 2018 06:45 PM PST
It isn’t going to be a surprise when U.S. stock prices fall 50, 60 or 70 percent from where they are today. The only real surprise is that it took this long for it to happen. Even after falling 362 points on Tuesday, the Dow Jones industrial average is still ridiculously high. In fact, the only two times in our entire history when stocks have been this overvalued were right before the stock market crash of 1929 and right before the dotcom bubble burst. Not even before the financial crisis of 2008 were stock valuations as absurd as they are right now. At one point on Tuesday, the Dow had declined by more than 400 points, and we have not seen this sort of panic in the stock market in a very long time.
In fact, we have to go all the way back to June 24, 2016 to find the last time that the Dow fell by at least this much. The Dow has dropped by triple digits on back to back days for the first time since last April, and a lot of analysts are wondering what is coming next. Of course most in the financial community have been waiting for some sort of a decline, because even mainstream analysts are openly admitting that what we have been witnessing is “not sustainable”… “We’ve had a unilateral move higher [in stocks] to start things off and people are realizing this is not sustainable,” said Art Hogan, chief market strategist at B. Riley FBR. “You’re also seeing some cracks in the global story with interest rates rising.” FULL REPORT
|Jim Caviezel Claims New ‘Passion of the Christ’ Sequel to be ‘biggest film in history’
Posted: 30 Jan 2018 06:24 PM PST
Jim Caviezel, who stunned the world with his portrayal of Jesus in the 2004 blockbuster “The Passion of the Christ,” is now confirming he’s on board with director Mel Gibson for a sequel, and predicts it will be “the biggest film in history.” “There are things that I cannot say that will shock the audience,” the 49-year-old actor told USA Today. “It’s great. Stay tuned.” Both Gibson and Caviezel have not said much about the story focusing on the resurrection of Christ,
but the star indicated he’s encouraged by the direction the project is taking. “I won’t tell you how he’s going to go about it,” Caviezel said of Gibson. “But I’ll tell you this much, the film he’s going to do is going to be the biggest film in history. It’s that good.” The original “Passion of the Christ” followed the last 12 hours of Christ’s life. The movie brought in more than $611 million worldwide on a $30 million budget, and remains the highest-grossing R-rated film ever in North America with $370.8 million. READ MORE
|Top scientist who claims human-chimp hybrids were born in Florida says we could soon crossbreed with all great apes
Posted: 30 Jan 2018 06:17 PM PST
A top evolutionary psychologist believes humans could soon crossbreed with all great apes to create hybrid “hurillas” and “hurangs”. Gorgon Gallup’s bombshell claim comes after he alluded to a human-chimpanzee hybrid born in a Florida lab 100 years ago, before doctors killed the “humanzee”. The scientist, who teaches biopsychology at the University of Albany in New York, insists crossbreeding is not limited just chimpanzees.
He said: “All of the available evidence – fossil, paleontological and biochemical – including DNA itself, suggests that humans can also breed with gorillas and orangutans. “Humans and all three of the great apes species are all descended from a single common ape-like ancestry. “I’ve also coined what would be the appropriate terms to refer to human-gorilla hybrids and human-orangutan hybrids which would be a ‘hurilla’ and a ‘hurang’.” READ MORE
|Mysterious 8.5-mile pyramid’ discovered at bottom of the ocean
Posted: 30 Jan 2018 01:05 PM PST
Could this bizarre object, described as a giant ancient pyramid and found at the bottom of the sea, be a clue to the site of the mythological City of Atlantis? The structure, estimated as being between 3.5 and 11 miles across, was spotted on Google Earth in the Pacific Ocean just west of Mexico. A video about the discovery uploaded to YouTube has drawn vast speculation about what it could be, including an ancient sunken city, a bizarre UFO, or even an alien base.
The “discovery” was made by Argentinian Marcelo Igazusta. He says in a video about the find it is an alien UFO left underwater. The video commentary described it has being “an intense light in the Pacific Ocean” of 3.5 miles in length, with a shape similar to a plane. Scott C Waring, an alien conspiracy theorist, said: “It is a perfect pyramid that measures over 8.5 miles across one side of its base. Thats a conservative estimate, it could be up to 11 miles across.” READ MORE
|Police Identified 2nd ‘person of interest’ days after Vegas shooting…
Posted: 30 Jan 2018 12:53 PM PST
A judge on Tuesday unsealed nearly 300 pages of search warrant records, including one document that publicly identified for the first time an additional “person of interest” in the Oct. 1 massacre on the Las Vegas Strip. “Until the investigation can rule otherwise, Marilou Danley and Douglas Haig have become persons of interest who may have conspired with Stephen Paddock to commit Murder with a Deadly Weapon,” according to the Metropolitan Police Department document, which was prepared in October.
Danley was Paddock’s girlfriend and initially was named as a person of interest in the investigation. Haig, whose name had not been previously released, could not be reached for immediate comment Tuesday. When contacted by phone Tuesday about the newly released name, Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo said only, “If you’ve got it, publish it.” He said he could not comment on a federal case. READ MORE
|Pentagon Warns Of China and Russia Soon Capable of Destroying U.S. Satellites
Posted: 30 Jan 2018 10:35 AM PST
China and Russia are developing anti-satellite missiles and other weapons and will soon be capable of damaging or destroying all U.S. satellites in low-earth orbit, according to the Pentagon’s Joint Staff. The Joint Staff intelligence directorate, known as J-2, issued the warning in a recent report on the growing threat of anti-satellite (ASAT) weapons from those states, according to officials familiar with the assessment.
The report concludes that “China and Russia will be capable of severely disrupting or destroying U.S. satellites in low-earth orbit” in the next several years, said the officials. The capability to attack low-earth orbit satellites could be in place by 2020, the officials said. A Joint Staff spokesman declined to comment, citing a policy of not discussing internal reports. The J-2 report echoes a similar but less specific warning from Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats in May. READ MORE
|Florida Female Student Who Identifies as Male Sues to Use Boys’ Restroom, Locker Room at School
Posted: 30 Jan 2018 10:12 AM PST
A female student in Florida who identifies as a male has filed a lawsuit along with her parents in an effort to obtain access to the boys’ restroom and locker room facilities. The 15-year-old, who is only being identified as John Doe in the legal challenge, has suffered from gender dysphoria since she was in the second grade. According to the American Psychiatric Association, which publishes the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, a “gender dysphoria diagnosis involves a difference between
one’s experienced/expressed gender and assigned gender, and significant distress or problems functioning.” The youth’s parents had her named changed to a boy’s name during the third grade, and she began presenting herself as male. She also underwent hormone replacement therapy in middle school and had chest reconstruction surgery last year. Throughout her schooling in Volusia County, the student has requested to use the boys’ restroom and locker room, and has been directed to use the single occupancy restrooms as a compromise. READ MORE
|Lab-bred mosquitoes to fly near Miami to help combat Zika virus
Posted: 30 Jan 2018 10:01 AM PST
Thousands of bacteria-infected mosquitoes will be flying near Miami to test a new way to suppress insect populations that carry Zika and other viruses. According to a statement from the Kentucky-based company MosquitoMate, the first mosquitoes will be released in the city of South Miami. The test is in collaboration with the Miami-Dade County Mosquito Control and Habitat Management Division.
MosquitoMate infects male Aedes aegypti mosquitoes with the naturally occurring Wolbachia bacteria. Any offspring produced when the lab-bred mosquitoes mate with wild female mosquitoes won’t survive to adulthood. Male mosquitoes don’t bite, and Wolbachia isn’t harmful to humans. READ MORE
|Life expectancy in the United States keeps dropping
Posted: 30 Jan 2018 06:35 AM PST
Life expectancy in the United States has dropped again following last year’s decline, which marked the first downturn in more than two decades. On average, Americans can now expect to live 78.6 years, a statistically significant drop of 0.1 year, according to a report on 2016 data published Thursday by the National Center for Health Statistics. Women can now expect to live a full five years longer than men: 81.1 years vs. 76.1 years. The last time the agency recorded a multiyear drop was in 1962 and 1963. “I still don’t think you can call it a trend,
because you really need more than two data points to call something a trend,” said Bob Anderson, chief of the mortality statistics branch at the National Center for Health Statistics, part of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “But it’s certainly concerning to see this two years in a row.” Anderson said he is particularly concerned about drug overdose deaths, most of which are opioid-related. “We have data for almost half of 2017 at this point. It’s still quite provisional, but it suggests that we’re in for another increase” in drug-related deaths, he said. READ MORE
|Mysterious orange cave crocodiles mutating into a new species
Posted: 30 Jan 2018 06:28 AM PST
A group of mysterious orange cave crocodiles who live in complete darkness in Africa may be mutating into a new species. Researchers discovered the 1.5-metre-long (5 ft) reptiles in 2008 in a remote cave in Gabon, western Africa, where they fed only on bats and crickets. Experts first thought they were a type of African dwarf crocodile, but new research shows they could be an entirely separate species.
Scientists led by the Institute of Research for Development in Marseille found about 30 specimens in the cave, including 10 orange crocodiles. They suspect more crocodiles remain hidden in the depths of the cave’s system of rooms, which are filled with water. The team said new genetic tests show the isolated group may be branching off from their African dwarf cousins. READ MORE
|First snow in 50 years leaves southern Morocco paralyzed
Posted: 30 Jan 2018 06:15 AM PST
Following unprecedented road conditions across Morocco on January 20, 2018, when 5 000 km (3 100 miles) of roads were closed due to what authorities described as ‘exceptional’ snowfall, heavy snow arrived to the country’s southern regions on January 29, for the first time in 50 years. To address the unprecedented road conditions earlier this month, the Moroccan Ministry of Equipment, Transport, and Logistics mobilized 117 snow plows, acknowledging that the blockages disproportionally affected rural areas and promising huge investment in rural roads.
The minister also made a public reminder that, before getting behind the wheel, Moroccans can use the application “MaRoute” to access the most recent information about the state of the roads across the country, the Morocco World News reported. As if that wasn’t enough, an unusually heavy snowfall started affecting Morocco’s southern regions on January 29, after several decades of extremely dry weather. The snowfall is currently affecting Ouarzazate (gateway to the Sahara Desert), Taroudant and even Zagora, which hasn’t experienced snowfall since 1968. READ MORE
|DEVELOPING: Major volcano cluster in Japan, Eruption Imminent, Warning raised to highest level
Posted: 30 Jan 2018 05:59 AM PST
A major cluster of volcanoes in Japan could be set to erupt after officials raised the warning to the highest level. The country’s meteorological agency lifted the warning on Zao, a series of volcanoes in northern Japan whose highest point is 1,841 meters (6,040 ft). It comes a week after another volcanic eruption in Japan killed one man and left dozens of others injured at a tourist ski resort. The Zao warning increased from two from one, meaning that people should avoid going near the crater. “There is a possibility of a small-scale eruption,” the Japan Meteorological Agency said in a statement.
The agency said small earth movements were detected on Tuesday, along with a slight bulging of the ground in one area. It also warned of the possibility that volcanic rocks could be thrown as far as a mile in any eruption. The announcement came a week after a member of Japan’s military was struck and killed when rocks from the sudden eruption of the Kusatsu-Shirane volcano which rained down on skiers at a mountain resort in central Japan. READ MORE
|Atheist Group Forces New Mexico College to Remove Crosses Displayed on Campus
Posted: 30 Jan 2018 05:50 AM PST
A junior college in New Mexico has been forced by the nation’s largest atheist legal group to remove several Christian crosses that were previously displayed throughout the public school campus. New Mexico Junior College in Hobbs has taken down a number of crosses that were either hung up or displayed in several areas throughout the campus after the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation sent a letter to the college’s President Kelvin Sharp earlier this month.
The letter was written by FFRF legal fellow Christopher line and sent on Jan. 18. “It is our understanding that New Mexico Junior College has numerous crosses on display. We understand that there is a cross in the main reception area of the Ben Alexander Student Center that sits on the counter and faces the public,” the letter reads. “We also understand that several offices, including the cashier’s office, contain crosses that are easily visible to anyone visiting or passing by these offices.” READ MORE
|US chief warns of North Korea missile launch in days as Kim uses Winter Olympics as cover
Posted: 30 Jan 2018 05:43 AM PST
US Army General Jack Keane has claimed the sporting event could be used as a disguise for the test launch of one of the dictator’s deadly ICBM rockets. North Korea had seemingly relaxed World War 3 tensions by engaging in diplomatic talks with its neighbors in the South and agreeing to send athletes to the winter games across the border. But General Keane has urged people to remember the danger the hermit nation and its despot leader continue to pose.
The US Army veteran said: “I think if he does something, it’ll likely be another missile test.” Gen Keane added he was “speculating” about “one of the things” Kim Jong-un “could do”. He added: “I think he is getting out of this what he wanted. “He uses negotiations to promote goodwill, and it’s obviously not going to work, trying to drive a wedge between South Korea, the United States and Japan, which is not going to happen here. READ MORE
|Ford developing AI-driven police car to catch speeding drivers
Posted: 30 Jan 2018 05:38 AM PST
Car company Ford is developing an Artificial Intelligence-driven police vehicle to catch law-breaking motorists. The US automotive firm revealed its plans to revolutionize how the roads are policed used state-of-the-art technology. The automation cop car will be designed to snare drivers going too fast; will be used as a surveillance device and will even be able to issue tickets to people. The AI police car will be fitted with cameras,
wireless communication sensors and is designed to go out an about on its own or with a human inside. And it can even be linked to other police vehicles so it can call for back-up in an emergency situation. A patent for the design released by Ford states: “An autonomous police vehicle may enforce traffic laws by identifying violators, pulling over the offending vehicle, capturing an image of the license plate of the offending vehicle… determining whether to issue a warning or a ticket. READ MORE
|PROPHECY WATCH: Netanyahu warns Putin: ‘We’ll act in Lebanon if necessary’
Posted: 29 Jan 2018 08:27 PM PST
Israel will act to prevent the transfer of precision missiles to Lebanese soil if forced to, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday, following a meeting earlier with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow. “I just finished in-depth and good talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin. I told him that Israel views two developments with utmost gravity: First is Iran’s efforts to establish a military presence
in Syria and second is Iran’s attempt to manufacture—in Lebanon—precision weapons against the State of Israel,” he told journalists at the conclusion of the meeting, the first since their last last tête-à-tête in August 2017. “I made it clear to him that we will not agree to either one of these developments and will act according to need,” Netanyahu added. On the subject of Iranian ambitions to entrench its military forces in Syria, Netanayhu told Putin he would take action if such a reality ever materialized. READ MORE
|Rescuing your Bloodline from Captivity
Posted: 29 Jan 2018 08:16 PM PST
(By Ricky Scaparo) In this message, we will continue our series on “Lessons from the Life of Abraham” and discuss how Abraham heard of the captivity of Lot and how he did not turn a blind eye but went into the enemy’s camp to take back what the Devil stole! What are we doing about our bloodline held in captivity to the enemy?
|‘Radioactive’ mutant fish with horns produced by Russian nuclear rocket tests
Posted: 29 Jan 2018 04:42 PM PST
A terrifying mutant fish believed to have been contaminated by radiation from space rocket tests has been caught by fishermen in Russia. Alexey Volkov, 25, was left reeling when he caught two sinister “underwater dragons” with a frightening faces, sharp teeth and multiple horns. The angler, who caught the bizarre pike from Siberia’s River Irtysh was bemused by the apparently mutated creatures. Volkov
has no idea why the pike, which was pulled from the river last autumn, sprouted monstrous horns on the tops of their heads. But one theory put forward by locals suggests radioactive debris from space rockets launched at Baikonur Cosmodrome in neighboring Kazakhstan could be to blame. “I was impressed with the catch,” said Volkov, from Tara, a small town in Omsk Oblast, Russia “The fish were 14kg and 7kg. “They had horns bent back towards their tail. READ MORE
|Couple contracts parasites walking barefoot on Caribbean beach
Posted: 29 Jan 2018 04:26 PM PST
A young Canadian couple who recently returned from the Dominican Republic is warning those who are planning to travel “somewhere tropical” about the risks of walking barefoot in the sand after coming home with “incredibly itchy” feet — which turned out to be parasites. Katie Stephens, 22, of Ontario, told CTV News that while staying at the IFA Villas Bavaro Resort in Punta Cana, she and her boyfriend, 25-year-old Eddie Zytner, “found that we were scratching our feet quite a bit.”
She told the news station the two had heard about sand fleas and “kind of assumed it was that at first.” After returning home on Jan. 18, Zytner noticed his feet had become very swollen and small bumps had developed on his toes. Stephens wrote on Facebook that the couple “simply thought it was just bug bites and it became worse as each day passed.” Two doctors were stumped by what was causing the swelling, but Zytner said a third doctor recognized the condition, as he had recently seen a similar case from a tourist who traveled to Thailand. 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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