Donald Trump is headed to the heart of “the resistance” — California, a state that remains the anchor of the U.S. economy even as it has become the forefront of opposition to his presidency.
President Donald Trump signaled Monday that age increases for gun purchases are in the hands of states because some members of Congress won’t back such changes, as the White House forges ahead with a plan to give firearms training to teachers.
The U.S. will make no concessions to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in discussions leading to potential talks between the reclusive leader and President Donald Trump, and during any subsequent negotiations, CIA Director Mike Pompeo said.
China’s parliament voted to repeal presidential term limits, allowing President Xi Jinping to keep power indefinitely in a formal break from succession rules set up after Mao Zedong’s turbulent rule.
Hedge funds that use artificial intelligence and machine learning in their trading process posted the worst month on record in February, according to a Eurekahedge index that’s tracked the industry from 2011. The first equity correction in two years upended their strategies as once-reliable cross-asset correlations shifted.
A plane carrying 71 people from Bangladesh swerved erratically and flew dangerously low before crashing and erupting in flames as it landed Monday in Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital, killing at least 50 people, officials and witnesses said.
Most Americans in a new poll support stricter gun regulations, with even a majority of National Rifle Association in the survey backing stiffer background checks.
Kim Jong Un wants to sign a peace treaty after meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump, South Korean media reported, reviving a long-held goal of the North Korean regime.
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Florida enacted its first gun control measures in more than two decades on Friday when Gov. Rick Scott (R) signed the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act ― in open defiance of the National Rifle Association.
Elon Musk, the founder and CEO of SpaceX, has suggested that his company will be ready to fly a rocket to Mars in 2019.
Myanmar’s military is razing emptied Rohingya villages in northern Rakhine state and building bases on the rubble, raising fears that evidence of atrocities may be destroyed, according to a new report by rights watchdog Amnesty International.
Afghan security forces recaptured a district headquarters in western Farah province on Monday, just hours after the Taliban overrun the police and administrative offices, killing eight policemen, a spokesman said.
The United Arab Emirates will have a rail link with Saudi Arabia by the end of December 2021, a senior transport official said on Monday.
The UN’s political chief on Sunday condemned anti-Muslim violence that has targeted mosques and businesses in Sri Lanka as he wrapped up a three-day visit to the Indian Ocean island-nation.
President Donald Trump wants a new nuclear weapon. Just a “small” one, no bigger than the ones that leveled Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. This new one, with a lower yield, would be more “usable” against Russia because it would cause less damage.
At least 44 pro-Islamic State militants were killed and 26 more were wounded when Philippine soldiers shelled positions held by the rebels in southern Maguindanao province, the army said.
There have been at least 429 cases of immigrant parents being separated from their children in the past two years, according to a class-action lawsuit filed on Friday against the Trump administration.
A drone owner has been charged with starting a fire that destroyed 300 acres of grassland in Arizona’s Coconino national forest. A drone reportedly caught fire after it crashed, igniting dry grasses on an area called Kendrick Park, near Flagstaff.
An Australian MP has wed his partner, three months after proposing to him in parliament during a debate on legalizing same-sex marriage.
Burundi’s President Pierre Nkurunziza has been named “Eternal Supreme Guide” by his political party. The move means no one in the governing CNDD-FDD is allowed to disagree with his choices, secretary-general Evariste Ndayishimiye said. “He is our leader. Therefore in our party… no one is comparable to him,” Mr Ndayishimiye said.
A lightning strike killed at least 16 people and injured dozens more at a Seventh-Day Adventist church in Rwanda on Saturday, an official said. Most of the victims died instantly when lightning hit the church in the southern district of Nyaruguru
Mauritian President Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, Africa’s only female head of state, is to quit over a financial row.
Russia says it has successfully test-launched a hypersonic missile, one of a range of nuclear-capable weapons announced by President Vladimir Putin earlier this month.
As schools around the country brace for student walkouts following the deadly shooting in Parkland, Florida, principals and superintendents are scrambling to perform a delicate balancing act: How to let thousands of students exercise their First Amendment rights while not disrupting school and not pulling administrators into the raging debate over gun control.\
U.S. consumers’ total credit card debt exceeded $1 trillion for the first time, according to a new study by the personal finance website WalletHub. Consumers took on an additional $92.2 billion in debt last year, the highest single-year amount since 2007. The average U.S. household owes $8,600 on credit cards, WalletHub found.
The Briefing — Monday, March 12, 2018
1) Statecraft in the 21st century: What happens when a drama is played out on the world stage
The New York Times (Nicholas Kristof) –
President Trump’s North Korea Gamble
2) How a recent decision by the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals may threaten religious liberty
Slate (Mark Joseph Stern) –
Businesses Can’t Fire Trans Employees for Religious Reasons, Federal Appeals Court Rules in Landmark Decision
NBC News (Julie Moreau) –
Religion can’t be used to justify workplace discrimination, court rules
3) The inevitability of the obituary column: the quest for longevity reminds us that there is nothing more certain than death
The New York Times (Pagan Kennedy) –
The Secret to a Longer Life? Don’t Ask These Dead Longevity Researchers
What would you say if I told you that committee chairs were for sale in Congress? And what would you say if I told you that many members of Congress spend far more time on the telephone raising money than on the jobs that the people of their states actually elected them to do? There is a reason why so many Americans absolutely hate Congress. At this moment, Congress has an approval rating of just 15 percent, and approval ratings for Congress have been at extremely low levels for a very long time. We all know that Congress has become completely corrupt, that it is completely unresponsive to the American people and that it has become all about the money. Many have asked why I would want to become part of such a corrupt institution, and I respond by saying that it is time to take our government back. (Read More…)
Opioid crisis is just getting worse
(Reid Wilson – The Hill) The number of Americans turning up in emergency rooms suffering from opioid overdoses has risen sharply in recent years, according to new federal data, as the size and scope of a devastating public health crisis evolves in ways officials say is difficult to combat.
Data released this week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show emergency room visits for suspected opioid overdoses increased by 30 percent between July 2016 and September 2017.
Rust Belt states have been hardest hit, with emergency room visits rising 108 percent in Wisconsin, 80 percent in Pennsylvania and 65 percent in Illinois. Indiana and Ohio also experienced substantial growth in overdose treatments.
While the crisis began in rural America among low-income whites, it has now moved into larger urban areas, where minority communities now account for the fastest growth among overdoses and deaths. Emergency room visits in large cities rose by 54 percent over the last year, the CDC data show.
“We often talk about the opioid epidemic as a singular epidemic. But if you look at it it’s actually two distinct epidemics going on simultaneously,” said Jon Zibbell, a senior public health scientist at RTI International, a public health nonprofit. “In some states, prescription opioids were driving the epidemic. In other states, illicit opioids are driving the epidemic. And in some states it’s both.”
Those watching the epidemic unfold say deaths caused by opioid overdoses will rise before they fall — perhaps dramatically.
Opioid overdoses killed an estimated 33,000 Americans in 2015, more than half the total number of deaths caused by drug overdoses, according to the latest data made available by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. As recently as 2001, fewer than 10,000 Americans died of opioid overdoses.
Homosexual Actor/Singer Ricky Martin: ‘I Want to Normalize’ Same-Sex, Open Relationships
(Christian News) In a recent interview with the website Vulture, actor and singer Ricky Martin said that he wants to “normalize” same-sex and open relationships, remarking that he believes that it is “good for the world.”
Martin was talking about his role in the sensual and sin-saturated FX television series “American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace,” as he plays Antonio D’Amico, the homosexual partner of Gianni Versace. “I want to normalize relationships like this. It’s good for the world; it’s good for me as a gay man with kids,” he told the outlet. “It’s important that we shed some light on power couples like this, even though he was quiet and behind the scenes and he was just there supporting his man for 15 years.”
Government Accountability Office: American Taxpayers Gave $1.5 Billion to Abortion Providers
(Breitbart) The report, which was requested by 120 members of Congress led by Reps. Diane Black (R-TN), Pete Olson (R-TX) and Chris Smith (R-NJ), and Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA), shows that, between 2013 and 2015, taxpayers sent $1.5 billion to abortion providers Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA), International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), and Marie Stopes International (MSI). GAO found that these three organizations spent $410 million in federal funding between 2013 and 2015, and received $1.2 billion combined federal and state funds under federal health programs that require shared funding.
News – 3/12/2018
Jim Barfield, founder and director of The Copper Scroll Project, believes he has found in the enigmatic Copper Scroll the key to the location of the cave where the Ark of the Covenant is hidden, along with the Tabernacle in the Wilderness and the Altar of Incense.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned of potential nuclear proliferation in the Middle East, while addressing a weekly Cabinet meeting on Sunday. “Many countries in the Middle East are saying that they are also allowed to enrich uranium if Iran is allowed to do so,” Netanyahu said. “Therefore, the way to prevent this danger, the nuclearization of the Middle East, is to either thoroughly correct the agreement or abrogate it.”
A Pentagon memo sent to the Joint Chief of Staff on Thursday announced that the military parade President Trump requested in January will be added as part of the usual November 11, Veterans Day celebrations, though it will not be as extravagant as the president hoped.
Tonight into Tuesday another nor’easter will develop off the east coast, but this one should stay for the most part offshore. The greatest impacts will be felt across eastern New England eastern Long Island and parts of upstate NY.
“But to get peace, to get peace President Abbas has to embrace peace and to stop supporting terror. Raise your hands high if you agree with me that President Abbas should stop paying terrorists who murder Jews. You know how much he pays? He pays about $350 million dollars a year to terrorists and their families, each year. That’s about a little less than 10% of the total Palestinian budget.
RADICAL plans for Eurozone reform championed by France and Germany have been put on hold, with the two countries failing to even express support for their own proposals ahead of a major summit later this month. And according to EU officials, any future announcement for Eurozone reform has now been postponed indefinitely. An anonymous EU official told Der Spiegel: “The thing has been cancelled.
As Pope Francis marks the fifth year of his papacy next week, the pontiff once hailed as a fearless reformer is under fire for his handling of the sex abuse scandals that have rocked the Roman Catholic Church.
Given their association and personal meetings with the hateful, anti-Semitic Louis Farrrakhan, seven members of the Democratic Party should resign, because their meetings with Farrakhan are morally and politically no different than if they had met with the Ku Klux Klan, said the Republican Jewish Coalition in a March 8 statement.
….Obama encouraged illegal aliens to vote right before the 2016 presidential election. Criminal Obama assured illegal aliens that nobody would be able to track them down and there would be no repercussions if they voted in the election so they had nothing to worry about.
…The Chronicle investigated several state and federal agencies—including county health departments, coroners’ and medical examiners’ offices, the California Department of Public Health, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)—and found that none had records of homeless deaths.
For the first time, scientists have corroborated with direct evidence that the Earth has oceans of water deep within mantle by actually recovering some trapped inside diamonds.
A lightning strike killed at least 16 people and injured dozens more at a Seventh-Day Adventist church in Rwanda on Saturday, an official said. Most of the victims died instantly when lightning hit the church in the southern district of Nyaruguru, local mayor Habitegeko Francois told AFP.
Nearly one-third of all adult Muslim migrants arriving in Germany are traveling there by airplane, according to discoveries made by a member of parliament. “Speculation has been rife that the country is ushering in thousands of migrants via Cologne Bonn Airport, fuelled by the fact every night numerous planes from Turkey are landing,” and no doubt being funded by the UN and George Soros.
NCREASED Russian military activity over the Baltic region has triggered concern from a top military chief Vladimir Putin is preparing for a covert invasion of Europe.
A KILLER microbe with the potential to wipe out human life has been identified by scientists at the World Health Organisation.
On Oct 26, 2015, I interviewed Deborah Tavares and she covered the cntroversial topic of toilet to tap reusable water that cannot fully be treated. The practice is disgusting and dangerous and now, a full 3 years after Deborah’s revelation, California has OK’d toilet to tap water practice. What are the implications?
Waitrose is selling gender-neutral Mother’s Day cards as retailers reduce their use of the M-word to make today’s celebration more “transgender inclusive”. The supermarket chain is selling a “Happy You Day” card in its Mother’s Day range in which the word “mother” does not appear.
Dr. Tedros Adhanom, director-general for the World Health Organization(WHO), has said that the next outbreak that will hit us will be a “terrible” one, causing huge amounts of death all over the world. Fears of a pandemic have been hovering lately after the worst flu outbreak in recent years devastated Australia, France, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
Researchers in Israel said they have succeeded in cultivating commercially desert truffles whose market price reaches $120 per pound — slightly less than the cost of silver and four times that of uranium.
Headlines – 3/12/2018
|Netanyahu warns that ‘Darkness is descending on our region”||Posted: 12 Mar 2018 06:21 AM PDT||
Speaking before the annual American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference in Washington Tuesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reaffirmed the strong bond between Israel and the U.S. while also issuing strong words of warning about a nuclear Iran. “It is especially great to be in America’s capital now that it’s acknowledged Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Thank you, President Trump, for that historic decision,” the prime minister said to a round of applause from the AIPAC audience.
He also praised the Trump administration for reinforcing that move with the relocation of America’s embassy. “Thank you for announcing another decision—to move the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem this Independence Day,” Netanyahu said, drawing more applause. Netanyahu made it clear that the US was not the only country with which Israel had strong ties. He went on to tout the Jewish state’s flourishing diplomatic relations with its neighbors in the Middle East and beyond—160 countries to be exact. READ MORE
|PROPHECY WATCH: 57 Muslim nations urged to besiege Israel||Posted: 12 Mar 2018 06:11 AM PDT||
2 For behold, Your enemies make a tumult;
They form a confederacy against You:
A Turkish newspaper close to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his ruling party is urging 57 Islamic nations to build a joint army specifically to attack Israel, notes a new report in Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin. The Middle East Media Research Institute reports the article appeared on the paper’s website under the title “What If an Army of Islam Was Formed against Israel?” It was published shortly ahead of a summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, which has 57 members, MEMRI reported. The
article notes, MEMRI said, “that such a joint army will greatly exceed the Israeli army in manpower, equipment and budget, and presents statistics to prove this.” “It also advocates establishing joint bases for the army’s ground, air and naval forces that will arrive from all over the Muslim world to besiege Israel, while noting that Pakistan, as the only nuclear country, has ‘a special status’ among the OIC countries,” the report said. MEMRI explained that many of the major points in the newspaper article were “taken from the website of the Turkish SADAT International Defense and Consulting Company, READ MORE
|Russia test fires planet’s most deadly and unstoppable nuke||Posted: 12 Mar 2018 06:00 AM PDT||
Amid British dithering over how best to respond to the poisonings in Salisbury Vladimir Putin put on a defiant show of massive Russian strength today launching an ‘unstoppable’ Kinzhal nuclear missile. The Russian ministry of defense announced a MiG-31 interceptor jet successfully made a training launch of the terrifying new hypersonic missile in the early hours of Sunday morning.
The test launch comes just days after the Russian President Vladimir Putin announced Russia had developed a terrifying array of nuclear weapons that can reach anywhere in the world and are “invulnerable to enemy interception”. And it follows an announcement by Theresa May on Friday that she was working on a “full spectrum” retaliation against Mr Putin if Moscow is found responsible for the nerve agent hit on spy Sergei Skripal. READ MORE
|YouTube Quietly Relies On Far-Left Organization To Help Police Content||Posted: 12 Mar 2018 05:48 AM PDT||
(By PNW) Silicon Valley has enormous power over the flow of information that reaches people around the globe. That’s why it’s vital for Americans to understand how tech giants can manipulate information, either intentionally or unwittingly, to advance a political agenda. A report by The Daily Caller said that Youtube, which is owned by Google, is using the Southern Poverty Law Center, a left-wing activist nonprofit that bills itself as an objective civil rights organization, to assist in policing content on their video-sharing website.
In 2016, Youtube was accused of censoring PragerU videos, and more recently, Google was lambasted for creating a seemingly partisan “fact-checker” function for its search engine that almost exclusively targeted right-leaning media outlets. “The left-wing nonprofit [SPLC]—which has more recently come under fire for labeling legitimate conservative organizations as ‘hate groups’ is one of the more than 100 nongovernment organizations … and government agencies in YouTube’s ‘Trusted Flaggers’ program,” according to The Daily Caller. READ MORE
|Volcanologists warn world is unprepared for next major eruption||Posted: 11 Mar 2018 03:23 PM PDT||
The world needs to do more to prepare for the next huge volcanic eruption, a team of leading scientists says. The devastating Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004 and the Tōhoku earthquake in Japan in 2011 highlighted some of the worst-case scenarios for natural disasters. But humanity has not had to deal with a cataclysmic volcanic disaster since at least 1815, when the eruption of Tambora in Indonesia killed tens of thousands of people and led to a ‘year without a summer’ in Europe and North America.
Such world-altering blasts rank at 7 or more on the Volcanic Explosivity Index (VEI) scale of eruptions, which goes to 8. “The next VEI-7 eruption could occur within our lifetimes, or it could be hundreds of years down the road,” says Chris Newhall, a volcanologist with the Mirisbiris Garden and Nature Center in Santo Domingo, Philippines. But the time to have this discussion is now, he says, so that researchers and government officials can plan and prepare before an emergency strikes. READ MORE
|At least 16 dead and more than 140 injured after single lightning hits church in Rwanda, Africa||Posted: 11 Mar 2018 03:18 PM PDT||
Lightning killed at least 16 people and injured 140 others after it struck a Seventh Day Adventist Church in Rwanda. The injured churchgoers were taken to a nearby hospital. Most of the injured have been released, but 17 remain in the hospital. Most of the victims died instantly when lightning hit the church in the southern district of Nyaruguru. Two people died from their injuries, and 140 people were rushed to hospital and health centers.
The weather accident in the mountainous region near the border with Burundi took place around midday on Saturday while parishioners of the town of Gihemvu were at a church service. The deadly church incident comes less than two weeks after the closure of more than 700 Rwandan churches for failing to comply with building regulations and for noise pollution. A high number of the closed churches did not have required lightning rods to prevent from lightning strikes. READ MORE
|5 Mysteries of Jesus Hidden in the Old Testament||Posted: 11 Mar 2018 01:42 PM PDT||
(By Carole Schryber) No child likes to go to the doctor’s office, but I do have one fond memory of the waiting room—the Highlights magazine! I would immediately turn to the Hidden Pictures page. How many items could I find? In a similar way the Old Testament has “hidden” pictures of Jesus. He doesn’t just show up for the first time in a manger in Bethlehem. He is in the Bible from the beginning! How many pictures of Him can we find? Here are five:
At creation: When we consider the account of creation, we tend to think of only God the Father. Yet when God is about to create man, He declares, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness” (Gen.1:26a). Who is included in “our”? John, the Gospel writer, gives us the answer: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were created through Him, and without Him nothing was created that was created” (John 1:1-3). We know that “The Word” is Jesus, who “became flesh and dwelt among us”(John 1:14b)
With Abraham: In Genesis 14, Abraham had just succeeded in battle when he was greeted by Melchizedek, the king of Salem, who had a few interesting characteristics. First of all, he was both a priest of the God Most High and a king—unheard of anywhere else in the Old Testament. His name means “king of righteousness.” He was from Salem, which means “peace.” In other words, he was a king of righteousness and peace. He brought to Abraham bread and wine, and he blessed Abraham. Abraham felt compelled to give him a tithe. Does this remind you of anyone else? Jesus is both King and Priest. Jesus is the King of righteousness and the Prince of Peace. Jesus broke bread and wine with His disciples to remind them of His body and blood which would be sacrificed for them. Jesus gives blessings to those who believe, and is alone worthy of our worship and our tithes. While scholars have debated whether Melchizedek was the pre-incarnate Christ, at the very least, we can agree that He was a “type,” or picture, of Christ. READ MORE
|Dentists keep dying of deadly lung disease, Leaving CDC baffled||Posted: 11 Mar 2018 01:36 PM PDT||
Seven of the patients were dead, and two more were dying of a rare chronic, progressive lung disease that can be treated but not cured. It’s estimated that about 200,000 people in the United States have Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) at any one time. But the common denominator of a small group of patients at a Virginia clinic over a 15-year period is worrying the Centers for Disease Control: Eight were dentists; a ninth was a dental technician.
The dental professionals were 23 times more likely to have IPF than the rest of the population, the CDC said in its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, released on Friday. Something in their workplace environment may have been poisoning them, investigators said, although they don’t know what. IPF causes scarring of the lungs, according to the report. It can be slowed, but nothing can remove the scar tissue. Over time, the lungs have difficulty getting oxygen to vital organs like the heart and brain. READ MORE
|Footage of mysterious object above ocean stuns military…||Posted: 11 Mar 2018 01:33 PM PDT||
Newly-released video of a mysterious object streaking over the Atlantic Ocean shows the Pentagon needs to take UFOs seriously, a researcher says. The sensational two-minute clip captured by a camera aboard a US Navy F/A 18 jet flying at 25,000 feet wowed military personnel. “What the f— is that thing?” shouted the pilot in the video posted online by the To the Stars Academy of Arts and Science, a
private research company. “Oh my gosh dude!” exclaimed the jet’s weapons systems officer. The video was shot off the East Coast in 2015. To the Stars Academy did not say how it obtained the declassified footage, but said others could obtain it through a Freedom of Information Act request. Three videos showing similar incidents became public last year in reports of $22 million in Pentagon spending on UFO research. READ MORE
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