The Briefing — Wednesday, February 28, 2018
1) Are boys broken? How a basic change in the moral air of American society has led to the systemic devaluation of life
Wall Street Journal (Peggy Noonan) –
The Parkland Massacre and the Air We Breathe
2) Symptoms of the subverted family present themselves on America’s college campuses
New York Times (David Brooks) –
A Generation Emerging From the Wreckage
3) Is there a morality to eating one animal rather than the other?
New York Times (Andrew Keh) –
An Olympic Challenge: Eat All the Korean Food That Visitors Won’t
USA Today (Martin Rogers) –
Inside the grim scene of a Korean dog meat farm, just miles from the Winter Olympics
4) Do dogs feel guilt? What the doctrine of creation tells us about our pets
New York Times (Kelly Whiteside) –
No, That’s Not a Mop. It’s a Puli.
The Atlantic (William Brennan) –
Your Dog Feels No Shame
News – 2/28/2018
Iran to host ‘Hourglass Festival’ to count down to Israel’s destruction
Themes of the festival include Israel, a cancerous tumor; Israel, a fake, racist and colonialist regime; and the Quds-occupier regime (Israel) and terrorism promotion. This coming April, Iran will host its first-ever International Hourglass Festival, dedicated exclusively to counting down to the “imminent collapse of the Zionist regime.”
Jerusalem embassy will bring war, warns grand mufti
A key Palestinian religious leader is warning that there will be war if the United States follows through on its announced plan to open an embassy in Jerusalem, which Washington now formally recognizes as Israel’s capital. The threat, according to Palestinian Media Watch, comes from Sheik Muhammad Hussein, the grand mufti of Jerusalem. Last week, the State Department announced the new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem will open May 14, 2018, the 70th anniversary of Israel’s declaration of independence in 1948.
Reputed MS-13 defendants laugh, smile as slain teen’s family glares
Three members of the notorious Salvadoran gang MS-13 showed no remorse as they laughed and joked while the family of one the Long Island high school teenage girls they are accused of killing grimly looked on. Enrique Portillo and brothers Alexi Saenz and Jairo Saenz laughed, smiled and joked with each other as prosecutors said they were waiting to hear from the U.S. Justice Department about whether they can pursue the death penalty.
U.S. finds China aluminum foil imports dumped, subsidized
The U.S. Commerce Department said on Tuesday it had made a final determination that imports of aluminum foil from China are being sold in the United States at less than their fair value and producers are benefiting from subsidies from Beijing.
Sweden to host donors’ conference for UNRWA
A donors’ conference will be held next month to help fill a funding gap at the UN agency for “Palestinian refugees” in the wake of the U.S. cutting its aid to the agency, Sweden’s deputy UN ambassador said Tuesday, according to AFP. The U.S. recently announced it would cut some of its funding to UNRWA, citing a need to undertake a fundamental re-examination of the organization, both in the way it operates and the way it is funded.
United States may help expand Saudi nuclear capability
The Trump administration is in talks with Saudi Arabia over a deal that would allow Riyadh to enrich and reprocess uranium domestically in exchange for the US building nuclear reactors there. The negotiations appear pressing, as the White House directed US Energy Secretary Rick Perry to cancel planned travel to India for talks in London with his Saudi counterpart.
U.N. report links North Korea to Syria’s chemical weapons program
North Korea has been shipping materials to the Syrian government that could be used for the production of chemical weapons, according to a secret UN report, the New York Times reported on Tuesday. The report, which was written by a panel of experts, stated that the supplies, which included acid-resistant tiles, valves and thermometers, were part of at least 40 previously unreported shipments to Syria between 2012 and 2017. Additionally, North Korean missile experts were spotted inside Syria, working at known chemical weapons and missile facilities.
Report: Images reveal new Iranian military base outside Damascus
New satellite images of an area near the Syrian capital of Damascus show a new permanent military base which may house missiles capable of striking Israel, Fox News reported Wednesday. The images of the base, some 12 kilometers northwest of Damascus, were taken by ImageSat International (ISI) and shared with Fox. They show two recently constructed hangars which are similar in appearance to Iranian bases in Syria.
How Russia is using Syria as a military ‘guinea pig’
Russia’s deputy defense minister claimed Thursday that Moscow has tested over 600 new weapons and other military equipment in Syria since intervening in the conflict in 2015. “The chance to test in real combat can’t be overestimated,” Yuri Borisov asserted, adding that “customers have started queuing up for the arms that have proven themselves in [battle].”
Iran to host ‘Hourglass Festival’ to count down to Israel’s destruction
This coming April, Iran will host its first-ever International Hourglass Festival, dedicated exclusively to counting down to the “imminent collapse of the Zionist regime.” At a press conference announcing the festival on Tuesday, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, the Secretary General of the International Conference on Supporting Palestinian Intifada, said that “the Islamic Republic won’t allow the Zionists to play with the security” of the Middle East.
Boris Johnson: Irish border row being exploited to stop Brexit
Boris Johnson has said the row over the border in Northern Ireland is being used to frustrate Brexit. The foreign secretary insisted there were “very good solutions” to avoid the need for a hard border. There is a stand-off on the issue with the EU publishing a legal draft of its Brexit withdrawal agreement.
Europe freezes as ‘Beast from the East’ arrives
Much of Europe has been blanketed in snow as cold weather spreads as far south as the Mediterranean coast. The cold spell, nicknamed “the Beast from the East” in the UK, is carrying freezing winds across the continent, and temperatures as low as -30C (-22F). At least 10 people have died since Monday, including many who were sleeping rough in cities.
N Korea ‘providing materials to Syria chemical weapons factories’
North Korea has been sending equipment to Syria that could be used to make chemical weapons, a UN report says. Some 40 previously unreported shipments were made between 2012 and 2017, the report found. Materials included acid-resistant tiles, valves and pipes. The report – yet to be released – said N Korean missile specialists had been seen at Syrian weapon-making centres.
Dow falls 299 points after Powell signals Fed will keep raising rates to contain inflation
U.S. stocks fell for the first time in four days Tuesday after comments from new Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell sent rates higher. The new chair signaled the central bank could hike rates more than three times this year in an effort to keep the economy from overheating, sparking anxiety among equity traders.
Russia Claims It Now Has Lasers To Shoot Satellites
Russian defense companies have created a plane-mounted laser that can hit satellites — at least according to an anonymous source quoted by Russian news agency Interfax. On Saturday, an Interfax report cited the source as saying that weapons maker Almaz-Antey has “completed work on the anti-satellite complex,” which includes the laser and associated ground control gear.
People in Sweden Now at Risk of Losing Access to Notes
People living in the world’s most cashless society may soon lose their access to notes and coins. To avoid that extreme scenario, Swedish cash-handling provider Loomis AB wants authorities to force banks and retailers to continue accepting cash. The warning follows similar calls from the Swedish central bank, which is worried that the rapid disappearance of cash will ultimately…undermine its task to promote a safe and efficient payment system.
Polish delegation heads to Israel for talks on Holocaust Law
A Polish delegation headed by Deputy Foreign Minister Bartosz Cichocki will arrive in Israel Wednesday to attempt to reach an understanding regarding the wording of the controversial Polish Holocaust Law which has sparked a diplomatic crisis between the two countries. The delegation will meet with a team headed by the Director-General of the Foreign Affairs Ministry Yuval Rotem on Thursday.
Oil to edge higher in 2018 as OPEC cuts help offset U.S. supply growth
Oil analysts expect the price of crude to rise steadily this year but remain in a tight band dictated by U.S. shale output growth on one side and OPEC supply restraint on the other, a Reuters poll showed on Wednesday. The survey of 37 economists and analysts forecast Brent crude LCOc1 would average $63 a barrel in 2018, slightly higher than $62.37 projected in the previous month’s poll.
Government now looking to hire pagan priests
Move over Christians, there’s now a demand for pagan priests to help Wiccans and Druids behind bars. The British government is now taking out advertisements looking for seven pagan chaplains to minister across the nation. The part-time job pays the equivalent of up to $40,000 per year.
DEEP Voice AI Can Scan Vocal Cords In Seconds Then Say Anything In Your Voice
Chinese AI titan Baidu announced earlier this month it’s new ‘Deep Voice AI’ was now capable of cloning voices of individuals just by a few seconds of hearing the persons vocal cords in action.
River flooding: Cities brace for more damage after deadly storms
A new storm is expected to bring additional weather misery this week to areas struggling to recover from a relentless series of weekend storms and tornadoes. On Tuesday, downpours and gusty thunderstorms will drench areas from central Texas to central Arkansas and southern Tennessee, AccuWeather said.
Breaking: Possible Chemical Attack, 11 People Treated for Nose Bleeds, Burning Sensations after Suspicious Letter Opened at VA Base
At least 11 people were treated for nose bleeds and burning sensations after a suspicious letter was opened at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall in Arlington on Tuesday afternoon.
Group Sues PA Over Noncitizen Voters
A conservative legal group is suing Pennsylvania for records that could show thousands of noncitizen residents registered to vote over the last two decades.
United Nations Boss Unveils New Global Mass Migration Policy: ‘No More Borders’
United Nations Secretary General António Guterres has announced new plans for global mass migration in which countries will need to “welcome” foreign migrants.The UN’s new policy is designed to teach people how “migration can benefit the world,” by allowing immigrants to “take jobs” local workers “cannot fill.”
Obama to Skip Billy Graham Memorial Services
Former President Barack Obama is not planning to attend memorial services for the late evangelist Rev. Billy Graham this week.
Norway to Spend $12.7M Upgrading ‘Doomsday’ Seed Vault
Norway plans to spend $12.7 million upgrading its “doomsday” seed vault, which was built 10 years ago to protect the world’s crops and plants from being wiped out in the event of a natural or man-made disaster, such as nuclear war or global warming.
Obama Admin Official Who Helped Anti-Trump Dossier Author Was Exec at Lobbying Firm for Russians Who Bought Uranium One
Jonathan M. Winer, the Obama State Department official who acknowledged regularly interfacing with the author of the controversial, largely discredited 35-page anti-Trump dossier, served as senior vice president of a firm that did lobbying work for Tenex, the U.S. subsidiary of Rosatom, the Russian state corporation headquartered in Moscow.
The Vatican Teams Up With Vogue And Versace To Display Rare Papal Vestments Of Mystery, Babylon The Great
Yahoo News reports that the Vatican’s culture minister joined Donatella Versace and Vogue’s Anna Wintour on Monday to offer sneak peek of ‘gorgeous Vatican liturgical vestments, jeweled miters and historic papal tiaras’ that will star in a spring exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
New Chicago ID Card Created For Illegal Aliens Will Be Accepted For Voter Registration
Leftists normalizing the crime of voting by non-citizens
BREAKING: Ingraham=> Sheriff’s Dept Told Broward Deputies NOT to Enter School Unless Their Body Cameras Were On
On Monday night, Fox News’ Laura Ingraham revealed sources told her the Sheriff’s Dept instructed the Broward Deputies NOT to enter the school unless their body cameras were on. WOW.
ZeroHedge Frontrunning: February 28
- Dick’s Raises Age for Gun Buyers, Won’t Sell Assault Weapons (Read More)
- How Defective Guns Became the Only Product That Can’t Be Recalled (Read More)
- The First Day of School After Florida Shooting (Read More)
- NFL Partners With Pizza Hut After Split With Papa John’s (Read More)
- Manafort Joined Trump as Ukraine Work Dried Up (Read More)
- Summers Warns Next U.S. Recession Could Outlast Previous One (Read More)
- GM Is Raking In the Cash (Read More)
- Goldman Sachs, Adviser to the Elite, Wants to Be Your Local Bank (Read More)
- U.S. regulators examine Wall Street’s Volcker rule wish list (Read More)
- State Health Policies Show Stark Divide Along Party Lines (Read More)
- In Syria, Foreign Powers’ Scramble for Influence Intensifies (Read More)
- Mogul Is $13 Billion Richer After Leaving NYC for China (Read More)
- China’s military flexes muscles for domestic objective: more funding (Read More)
- Lowe’s Punished by Investors for Not Growing Like Home Depot (Read More)
- Cyprus’s Anastasiades says no peace talks as natgas standoff persists (Read More)
- Big Short’s Eisman Says U.S. Bank Outlook Is Best Since 1990s (Read More)
- Forecasts for Oil Prices Rise for Fifth-Straight Month (Read More)
- Musk’s Dream of Space-Based Internet Sent Others Crashing to Earth (Read More)
- Bayer to win EU approval for $62.5 billion Monsanto deal (Read More)
Headlines – 2/28/2018
|Actor Chris Pratt Faces Twitter Storm After Offering This Prayer Request
Posted: 27 Feb 2018 04:31 PM PST
The war against prayer that ignited after politicians began calling for “thoughts and prayers” instead of “taking action” after the Florida school shooting has made its way into Hollywood. Actor Chris Pratt is receiving a massive backlash on Twitter for offering up prayers to a fellow Hollywood star, Director Kevin Smith, who suffered a heart attack on Sunday. Pratt, a Christian, took to Twitter when he got wind
of Smith’s circumstance after the director tweeted that he “could’ve died” from the 100 percent blockage in his heart had he not gone to the hospital. The “Guardians of the Galaxy” star was quick to voice his admiration for Smith tweeting, “I have loved you since Clerks,” and “You inspired me.” Pratt went on to say he would be praying for him. READ MORE
|New Orleans secretly tests predictive policing technology
Posted: 27 Feb 2018 04:20 PM PST
In May and June 2013, when New Orleans’ murder rate was the sixth-highest in the United States, the Orleans Parish district attorney handed down two landmark racketeering indictments against dozens of men accused of membership in two violent Central City drug trafficking gangs, 3NG and the 110ers. Members of both gangs stood accused of committing 25 murders as well as several attempted killings and armed robberies. Subsequent investigations by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and local agencies produced further RICO indictments,
including that of a 22-year-old man named Evans “Easy” Lewis, a member of a gang called the 39ers who was accused of participating in a drug distribution ring and several murders. According to Ronal Serpas, the department’s chief at the time, one of the tools used by the New Orleans Police Department to identify members of gangs like 3NG and the 39ers came from the Silicon Valley company Palantir. The company provided software to a secretive NOPD program that traced people’s ties to other gang members, outlined criminal histories, analyzed social media, and predicted the likelihood that individuals would commit violence or become a victim. READ MORE
|DEVELOPING: Marines Hospitalized After Suspicious Letter Opened At Base…
Posted: 27 Feb 2018 04:12 PM PST
Two patients are currently being assessed following a hazmat incident at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall in Arlington Tuesday, according to Arlington County Fire officials. Fire officials report 11 people fell after coming in contact with a suspicious letter in the Consolidated Administration Building on-base.
Three people were transported to the hospital. Their condition is stable. CNN reports a corporal, gunnery sergeant and a colonel “exhibited symptoms of burning hands and face and one person had a nosebleed” when the letter was opened. READ MORE
|Dutch Sheets Claims A Turnaround Is Coming That Will Save Billions of Souls
Posted: 27 Feb 2018 06:17 AM PST
Internationally-known evangelist Dutch Sheets is bringing word to the nation’s capital that a turnaround is coming that will lead to a worldwide harvest of billions of souls. “We are about to see the greatest influx of souls in history,” Sheets told CBN News in an exclusive interview. Just before the February 22-24 Turnaround Conference began at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, Sheets explained what’s led to such an audacious prediction.
He said his frequent ministry partner Chuck Pierce prophesied back in April, “10 months of turmoil before the breakthrough came. And then it’d be three years of a turnaround for America.” These last 10 months certainly have seen all sorts of turmoil — political upheaval, hurricanes, fires, floods and more. But Sheets said now’s the time for God’s people to push for the promised turnaround. “There’s another level of intercession, prophetic declaration, kingly intercession, making decrees for Him that is going to now launch us into what we’ve been asking for 25, 30 years: a Third Great Awakening in America, another great awakening around the world. READ MORE
|California Could Become First State to Force Universities to Provide Abortion Pill
Posted: 27 Feb 2018 06:13 AM PST
Abortion advocates estimate that more than 1,000 pregnant college students in California get an abortion every month. Still, they’re pushing for a new law to make having an abortion easier by requiring campus health centers to provide abortion pills. The state Senate has already approved the bill, known as SB320, and the Assembly is currently considering it. “I firmly believe that all students should be able to decide what to do with their own bodies and when to factor a family into their life,” said Sen. Connie Leyva, D-Chino, the bill’s author.
“After all, women do not lose the constitutional right to end a pregnancy simply because they are a college student.” If the bill passes, California will become the first state to require that its campus health centers offer abortion pills. Currently, very few campus health centers across the country provide the pill. A 2015 survey by the American College Health Association (ACHA) found just two campuses that said they offer it. READ MORE
|Deputies were told not to enter Florida High School
Posted: 27 Feb 2018 06:02 AM PST
Fox News’ Laura Ingraham reported Monday that Broward Country deputies were told not to go into Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School during the mass shooting earlier this month. The alleged reason? They didn’t have any body cameras with them. “Now, our sources near the Broward County sheriff’s department are telling us that the deputies who arrived at the scene of the shooting were told
not to enter the school unless their body cameras were turned on, and then we found out that the deputies did not have body cameras so they did not enter the building or engage the shooter,” Ingraham said. “Curiously, police also lost radio communications during the parkland shooting. And our source claims that radio communication also went dead during the Fort Lauderdale airport shooting in 2017 that he also got a lot of criticism for.” FULL REPORT
|Scriptural Ways to Keep the Devil From Sabotaging Your Mind
Posted: 27 Feb 2018 05:55 AM PST
(By Selenia Vera) Most of us can relate to this example: You’re doing just fine, heart content, emotions at peace; all in life is seemingly going well. When suddenly, someone says something, an experience or event takes place and in a moment, you feel your peace and joyful resolve leave you. Before you know it, the warmth of God’s love and goodness seems to be blocked. It happens faster than you can blink. It’s a mystery—your thought life swept up in the seduction of self-talk, your body now paralyzed. You sigh, breathe deeply and welcome regret into your conversation. He whispers, You wish things had been different in your life, your relationships, experiences. You wish you had known better, done differently, everyone around you seems to have what you would like to have—in their relationships, life circumstances—emotionally, materially, spiritually, physically, intellectually, professionally.
They’ve won, and you have lost. You immediately muster up smiles, but no one notices. You cover up so no one suspects. You are silent, and no one relates. Locked away in loneliness, your heart aches. The happiness of others only seems to make your pain feel worse. Social media taunts you: “You are not enough, never will be.” Envy, jealousy, grief, anger—you feel hopeless. You coast along, muttering through emotions now flooded by the slow raindrops of failure. Self-pity, your familiar friend, wraps her arms around you and holds her spoon up, offering it as if it were ice cream. It’s icy alright, just one spoon will freeze you paralyzed. CONTINUE
|‘Living Biblically’ Producer Says CBS Show Will Inspire People to Talk About Faith Again
Posted: 27 Feb 2018 05:48 AM PST
To encourage Americans to “start talking about faith,” Hollywood producer Patrick Walsh made the largely unprecedented — and admittedly risky — decision to marry religion and comedy with his new show, “Living Biblically.” “People need to start talking about religion again,” Walsh told The Christian Post in an exclusive interview. “I don’t buy the idea that we live in a ‘godless society.’ Eighty-four percent of the world aligns themselves with religion, and 9 out of 10 people believe in God, yet religion is never discussed because everyone is too scared to offend. In talking about it, you can erase so many misconceptions about it on either side.”
Airing on CBS Feb. 26, “Living Biblically” follows Chip Curry, a modern-day man at a crossroads in his life, who decides to live strictly in accordance with the Bible. A film critic for a New York newspaper and a soon-to-be father, Chip wants to be a better man following the loss of his best friend and decides to live his life 100 percent by the Bible to find direction. Seeking guidance, Chip forms a “God Squad” with Father Gene, a Catholic Priest who helps Chip translate the rules of the Bible to a modern world, and Father Gene’s best friend, easygoing Rabbi Gil Abelman. READ MORE
|Superbugs set to kill more people than cancer
Posted: 27 Feb 2018 05:35 AM PST
Superbugs will kill more people than cancer without swift action to stop GPs doling out needless antibiotics, Jeremy Hunt has warned. It came as new research found at least one in five prescriptions by family doctors should never have been issued, fuelling antibiotic resistance. Health officials urged GPs to rein in prescribing of the drugs, amid warnings that routine hospital operations could become too dangerous if common medications become ineffective.
Leading family doctors said the findings were “extremely disappointing,” but said GPs should not be blamed for handing out so many needless drugs. The study by Public Health England (PHE) and Imperial College London found British doctors were twice as likely as those in the Netherlands to prescribe the drugs. Overuse of antibiotics fuels the rise of drug-resistant superbugs, which kill 5,000 a year in the UK. The medication only works against bacterial infections, when the vast majority of coughs, colds and sore throats are caused by viruses. READ MORE
|South Carolina church vandalized with satanic messages, derogatory comments about Billy Graham
Posted: 27 Feb 2018 05:22 AM PST
Yet another church community in Greenville County went to Sunday service only to be welcomed by satanic messages spray-painted on to the church walls, some of it involving Billy Graham. The vandalism
discovered at Life Spring Community Church in Simpsonville on Sunday was one of four to occur in the County in less than a month. At this time, no suspects have been identified. READ MORE
|Purdue University Tells Students to Stop Using Sexist ‘Man’ Words
Posted: 27 Feb 2018 05:17 AM PST
Purdue University is instructing its students to use “non-sexist” language in their writing assignments by making sure they don’t include words that have “man” in them — such as “congressman” or “mailman.” An updated handout produced by the Indiana public research institution’s Online Writing Lab tells students to avoid “using language that is stereotypical or biased in any way.” Purdue University is
instructing its students to use “non-sexist” language in their writing assignments by making sure they don’t include words that have “man” in them — such as “congressman” or “mailman.” An updated handout produced by the Indiana public research institution’s Online Writing Lab tells students to avoid “using language that is stereotypical or biased in any way.” READ MORE
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