News – 4/30/2018
The Bacteria Eats Through Skin, Is Causing Mystery in Australia
“It is difficult to prevent a disease when it is not known how infection is acquired,” reads a study published Monday that tracks the spread of a flesh-eating ulcer in Australia, and that’s not the only mystery surrounding the rise in Buruli ulcers. The disease has historically most often struck in tropical and swampy parts of Africa, but incidents of it have surged in Victoria, which the BBC notes has a “temperate” climate—and only Victoria, with no cases reported in the neighboring Australian states….
Senator’s Islam expert reposts al-Qaida video
The “go-to” guy on Muslim issues for Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., for the past six years, Mongi Dhaouadi, reposted a video by a designated al-Qaida terrorist on his Facebook page last month and contends Palestinian attacks against Israel are not terrorist acts. Dhaouadi, a board member of the Connecticut chapter of the Hamas-tied Council on American Islamic Relations, has issued extreme anti-Israel statements.
Showdown builds between Comey, House: Just what did FBI director say about Michael Flynn?
The Republicans say there’s a transcript — not just of Comey’s testimony but of fired top FBI deputy Andrew McCabe, too — that will prove them right. But so far, the intelligence community has prevented that proof from seeing the light of day. A resolution to the matter might come as soon as the next few days.
Iran leader: US will be ‘hit multiple times’ if it enters conflict with Iran
Ali Khamenei calls on US to ‘leave’ Middle East, says any power challenging Islamic republic will be defeated; US ‘provoking region’s inexperienced rulers to create further regional crisis’; in meeting with Iranian lawmaker, Syrian President Assad says region’s maps being redrawn, ‘hostile countries now trying direct aggression after proxies failed.’
Arab world on the BRINK of second wave of revolutions, warn experts
THE ARAB world faces a second wave of revolutions just eight years after the Arab Spring due to uncontrolled urbanisation, critical unemployment and financial pressures, according to experts.
Still No Action Taken Against Honduran Bishop Accused of Sexual Abuse
Despite serious allegations involving abuse of seminarians and financial misconduct leveled against him, Honduran Auxiliary Bishop Juan José Pineda Fasquelle of Tegucigalpa remains in position, and put in charge of the archdiocese during the frequent times Cardinal Oscar Andrés Rodriguez Maradiaga is away.
Iranians killed in alleged Israeli strike on military site in Syria
The Syrian army confirmed that Sunday that several military bases in northern Syria were struck in an attack blamed on Israel by the Hezbollah-affiliated newspaper Al Akhbar. According to official news agency SANA, a military source said that “some military sites in the countryside of Hama and Aleppo provinces were exposed at 10:30 PM to a new aggression with hostile rockets.”
U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo calls on Palestinians to negotiate
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called on Palestinian to return to the negotiating table with Israel, as he spoke in Jordan on Monday at the end of a whirlwind Middle East visit. “We believe that the Israelis and Palestinians need to have political engagement. We urge the Palestinians to return to that political dialogue,” Pompeo said during a joint press conference in Amman with Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi.
Kabul bombings: Photographer Shah Marai among 25 dead
At least 25 people have been killed in two bombings in the Afghan capital Kabul, including several journalists documenting the scene. AFP chief photographer in Kabul, Shah Marai, is among the victims. The first explosion was carried out by an attacker on a motorbike. A second followed about 15 minutes later after a crowd, including several reporters, had gathered at the scene.
North Korea: Chinese foreign minister to visit Pyongyang after historic talks
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi is to visit North Korea this week, after historic talks between the North and South last Friday. The trip comes amid a flurry of diplomatic activity following the landmark day on the peninsula. China is North Korea’s only remaining economic ally, but this will be its highest level visit there in years.
Danish citizen is first person convicted under Malaysian anti-fake news law, jailed 1 week, fined RM10,000
A Danish national has become the first person to be convicted under Malaysia’s new anti-fake news law. Salah Salem Saleh Sulaiman, 46, on Monday (April 30) pleaded guilty to maliciously publishing fake news in the form of a YouTube video on the recent shooting of Fadi al-Batsh, an alleged member of militant Palestine group Hamas in Kuala Lumpur, reported The Star.
China is mining data directly from workers’ brains on an industrial scale
Workers outfitted in uniforms staff lines producing sophisticated equipment for telecommunication and other industrial sectors. But there’s one big difference – the workers wear caps to monitor their brainwaves, data that management then uses to adjust the pace of production and redesign workflows, according to the company.
Iran leader: US will be ‘hit multiple times’ if it enters conflict with Iran
Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Monday the time when Iran’s enemies can “hit and run” is over. “They know if they enter military conflict with Iran, they will be hit multiple times,” he said in comments during a meeting with workers, according to his website. He did not specifically refer to the latest attack in Syria.
Korea: Trump deserves Nobel Peace Prize
South Korean President Moon Jae-in hailed the recent meetings between North Korean leaders and representatives of both the US and South Korea, adding that the talks underway towards halting North Korea’s nuclear weapons program should earn President Donald Trump a Nobel Peace Prize.
Israeli security cabinet calls emergency meeting
Israel’s Security Cabinet held an emergency meeting Monday afternoon, hours after explosions rocked military facilities in Syria. The special meeting of the cabinet was convened at 1:30 p.m. at IDF headquarters in the Kirya compound in Tel Aviv. Several military facilities around Hama and Aleppo in Syria were reportedly hit by missiles at approximately 10:30 p.m. Sunday night.
Quantum radar to render stealth technologies ineffective
Stealth technology may not be very stealthy in the future thanks to a US$2.7-million project by the Canadian Department of National Defence to develop a new quantum radar system. The project, led by Jonathan Baugh at the University of Waterloo’s Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC), uses the phenomenon of quantum entanglement to eliminate heavy background noise, thereby defeating stealth anti-radar technologies to detect incoming aircraft and missiles with much greater accuracy.
Powerful earthquake in Bárðarðarbunga, one of Vatnajökull’s monster volcanoes
The monster volcano Bárðarbunga, one of the most active and powerful volcanoes in Iceland and Europe, trembled yesterday afternoon. A sharp 3.9 magnitude earthquake was detected at 16:13 on Sunday afternoon, followed by a handful of smaller quakes.
Scientists confused by erratic behaviour of Yellowstone geyser
A geyser at Yellowstone National Park in the USA has mystified scientists with its spike in activity, erupting three times in the past six weeks. The Steamboat Geyser is known to spout 91 metres into the air, making it the world’s tallest active geyser. And scientists aren’t sure why the iconic landmark has been erupting more often of late
4.0 magnitude earthquake hits off Southern Oregon Coast
A 4.0 magnitude earthquake struck off the Southern Oregon coast on Sunday night. The earthquake’s epicenter was over six miles deep and over 120 miles off the coast in Bandon, according to the USGS. It happened at approximately 7:20 p.m.
Trump May Attend Embassy Opening in Jerusalem
At a White House press conference, a reporter from the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) asked who would represent the White House at the historic inauguration. The president gave the surprising answer, “I may go. Very proud of it.”
Hundreds Flock to Cathedral’s ‘Beyonce Mass’ Blending Secular Pop Star’s Music With Scripture Readings, Communion
An estimated 750-900 people flocked to a San Francisco cathedral’s “Beyonce’ Mass” on Wednesday night, an event that blended renditions of the secular pop star’s music with the reading of Scripture, communion, and the presentation of a related message by a seminary professor. While the event was popular with the locals, others state that the world’s music has no place being performed in what is supposed to be the holy house of God.
Border Caravan? Call it the George Soros Express
Hundreds of Central American migrants demanding asylum at the U.S. border with Mexico Sunday may be poor, but they have support of major foundations, corporations and billionaire George Soros for their well-organized caravan-style invasion.
New Fukushima nightmare for Japan utility
There’s a building boom going on at the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan where on March 11, 2011, as the coast was catastrophically flooded by an earthquake-triggered tsunami, three of the six reactors melted down.
Senator’s Islam expert reposts al-Qaida video
The “go-to” guy on Muslim issues for Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., for the past six years, Mongi Dhaouadi, reposted a video by a designated al-Qaida terrorist on his Facebook page last month and contends Palestinian attacks against Israel are not terrorist acts.
Israeli Source: Trump Will Unveil Peace Plan After Embassy Move
President Donald Trump will unveil his long-gestating peace plan after the U.S. opens its new embassy in Jerusalem, an Israeli source stated on Saturday.
Syrian army, ISIS wage fierce battle in south Damascus
The Syrian army and its allies engaged in a fierce battle on Saturday with ISIS fighters in an enclave south of Damascus held by the militant group.
Army issues waivers to 1,000 recruits for mental health issues
The Army issued waivers over 13 months to more than 1,000 recruits who had been diagnosed and treated for mood disorders and 95 more for self-mutilation, according to data obtained by USA TODAY.
Penn State Outing Club Banned as Too Risky
…That’s right. In the past, members of the Outing Club would participate in activities such as hiking, canoeing, kayaking, and camping, however, the university’s offices of Student Affairs and Risk Management have since decided that these things are just too treacherous for college students…
University of Texas to Treat Masculinity as a ‘Mental Health’ Issue
The Counseling and Mental Health Center at the University of Texas at Austin recently launched a new program to help male students “take control over their gender identity and develop a healthy sense of masculinity.”
Bill Gates thinks a coming disease could kill 30 million people within 6 months — and says we should prepare for it as we do for war
…Gates presented a simulation by the Institute for Disease Modelling that found that a new flu like the one that killed 50 million people in the 1918 pandemic would now most likely kill 30 million people within six months.
How the Deep State Destroys Education and Healthcare In the Name of Corporate Profits at the State Level
Every facet of our government from the federal government to the state, city and county level are under the control of the Deep State globalists. They create organizations such as the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) which, in effect controls our local politics. If you wonder why your schools are underfunded and teaching porn disguised radical sex-ed that parents cannot opt out of, I just told you who is responsible… ALEC was funded in 1973, in Bill Ayers/Obama town of Chicago. It was known as the Conservative Caucus of State Legislators at its onset.
Trump threatens to ‘close down the country’ over funding for border wall
President Trump hreatened on Saturday to “close down the country” — an apparent reference to a government shutdown — unless Congress approves funding for his long-promised wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Jihadis slaughter more than 40 women, CHILDREN and old people in Islamic attacks in Mali
Jihadists kill 40 people Mali France islamist militants ISIS al-Qaeda GETTY The Tuareg ethnic group was targeted in two separate attacks Rebel group MSA and tribal leaders said more than 30 people were killed on Friday and 12 a day after by gunmen on motorbikes in the Menaka region. Menaka governor, Daouda Maiga, said: “There are various versions, but I know there are women and children among the victims, as well as elderly.”
Headlines – 4/30/2018
Palestinians must make peace or shut up, Saudi crown prince said to tell US Jews
Hamas slams German parliament for endorsing Israel as Jewish state
Palestinians vote this week on PLO’s aging leaders, as Abbas tightens grip
Pompeo Snubs Abbas During Israel Visit, Palestinian Official Says
Pompeo and Palestinians Have ‘Nothing to Discuss’ Amid Gaza Crisis
IDF escalates response to Gaza border clashes
In third separate incident, 2 armed Palestinians arrested after crossing Gaza border into Israel
Is Hamas embrace of ‘nonviolence’ opportunism or policy shift?
Jordan, Israel, Palestinians in rare Japan-hosted meeting
Amnesty International renews call for arms embargo against Israel
Trump, Netanyahu team up to confront Iran’s hostile interference in Middle East
Sect. Pompeo to PM on Iran: ‘Israel has right to defend itself’
Nuke deal deadline nearing, Netanyahu and Trump discuss ‘problems posed’ by Iran
PM Netanyahu to sect. of state: Nuclear weapons in Iranian hands poses greatest danger
Pompeo: Trump will quit Iran nuke deal if he ‘can’t fix it’
Pompeo ahead of Netanyahu meet: Iran deal does not ensure they won’t get nukes
Macron, Rouhani agree to work on saving Iran nuclear deal
Rouhani tells Macron Iran nuke deal is ‘not negotiable’
Hanegbi: We will prevent Iranian entrenchment in Syria
Israel Will Continue to Operate Freely in Syria, Defense Minister Says
Liberman: Israel will react forcefully if Syria uses S-300 against it
Israel preparing for emergency sessions at UN Security Council, says Ambassador Danon, adds that ‘rules of the game for Iran’ will change
Explosions reported at alleged Iranian militia base in northern Syria
Syrian army says ‘enemy’ rocket attacks strike at military bases
Missile strike: Explosions reported at Iranian base in Northern Syria
Syria war: ‘Iranian personnel among dozens dead’ in missile attacks
Former intel chief: Iranian dead in Syria blast spells looming payback
US-backed forces clash with Syrian regime backed pro-Iranian militias
Syrian army says captured villages from US backed forces
Syrian army tightens noose around Palestinian camp
Pompeo stresses that Saudi Arabia’s security is a priority for US
Twin suicide bombings kill 25 in Kabul, including journalists
Kim Jong Un Willing to Rectify Relations With Japan, South Korea Says
North Korea’s Kim vows to give up weapons if US promises not to invade
U.S. warns North Korea must take ‘irreversible’ steps to denuclearize
Kim’s Charm Offensive Pressures Trump Before Summit
‘History cries out for us to be skeptical’: Experts urge caution on N. Korea’s vow to close test site
Michigan Crowd Chants ‘Nobel’ When Trump Takes Credit for North Korea Summit
Nazi symbols, salutes on display at Ukrainian nationalist march
Nazis and Porn Stars: White House Correspondents’ Dinner Goes Way Off the Rails
Russian Twitter accounts tried to help opposition in UK election
Israeli Firms Unprepared as Tough EU Data-privacy Rules Take Effect
Amsterdam Schiphol Airport closed as power outage sparks major flight delays for passengers
The new stock-market fear: Signs that a period of harmonious global growth is crumbling
5.9 magnitude earthquake hits near Southwest Indian Ridge
5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Port-Vila, Vanuatu
5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Rumung, Micronesia
Strong earthquake activity in Bardarbunga volcano
Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 26,000ft
Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 20,000ft
Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 15,000ft
Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 14,000ft
10 Things Christians Should Know about the Alfie Evans Case
How Cosby verdict could signal #MeToo impact on criminal justice system
Worshipers get in ‘formation’ at Beyonce-themed mass
Mike Leake – 4 Big Heresies Still Alive in the Church
Mike Oppenheimer – About the Occult concepts and practices in the church
Andy Stanley: Church Unity Is More Important Than ‘Being Theologically Correct’
Many Americans Prefer A ‘Higher Power’ To The God Of The Bible, Study Finds
Jewish Rabbis Demand Candidate Stop Calling the Aborting of 60 Million Babies a “Holocaust”
Christians Face 2 Years in Prison for Evangelism in 8th India State to Pass ‘Anti-Conversion’ Law
|United States joins forces with Israel against Iran
Posted: 30 Apr 2018 07:42 AM PDT
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Jordan Sunday evening on the last leg of his trip to the Middle East, which included stops in Saudi Arabia and Israel, where he’ll meet with Jordanian King Abdullah II. It was Pompeo’s first trip abroad in his new position. His theme throughout the region has been stopping Iran. Pompeo’s message on Iran was clear. “We remain deeply concerned about Iran’s
dangerous escalation, threats to Israel and the region, and Iran’s position to dominate the Middle East remains,” he said. “The United States is with Israel in this fight and we strongly support Israel’s sovereign right to defend itself,” he said. In a joint statement with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu following their meeting late Sunday afternoon, Pompeo said the words Israel wanted to hear about the Iranian nuclear deal. READ MORE
|Andy Stanley Says Church Unity Is More Important Than ‘Being Theologically Correct’
Posted: 30 Apr 2018 07:32 AM PDT
Church unity is more important than “theological correctness,” according to North Point Community Church Senior Pastor Andy Stanley at a conference with approximately 8,000 attendees. At the Orange Conference, which focuses on issues of church leadership, Stanley spoke on Thursday about the importance of Christians of different denominations being “one” in their mission.
Stanley centered on John 17, in which Jesus prayed that His followers “may be one as we are one — I in them and you in me — so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.” The influential author and speaker said that he found it significant that Jesus prayed for the disciples to be one, rather than for other things, including good health and being theologically accurate. READ MORE
|3.1 magnitude earthquake shakes up Morristown, and Eastern TN residents
Posted: 30 Apr 2018 05:21 AM PDT
The National Weather Service in Morristown tweeted out information from USGS about a 3.1 magnitude earthquake shaking homes near Morristown on Sunday. It was originally reported as a 2.8 magnitude. The earthquake happened right around 6:30 p.m. Sunday night. It appears to have happened near the Hamblen County and Grainger County border, north of both Rutledge and Morristown. Multiple viewers
say they felt their homes shake during the quake. Earlier this week on Wednesday, a 2.9 magnitude earthquake rattled the Mascot community. The small quakes are common in East Tennessee. Many counties across the area have seen at least one minor quake within in the 2-3 magnitude range within the last year. READ MORE
|World’s largest active geyser at Yellowstone National Park erupts for third time in six weeks
Posted: 30 Apr 2018 05:16 AM PDT
Yellowstone National Park geologists have reported the third eruption from the world’s largest active geyser in the past six weeks. The National Park Service says a park visitor reported seeing a rare eruption of Steamboat Geyser on Friday.
Park geologists compared the report with seismic activity and the discharge of water and concluded the eruption probably started at 6:30 a.m. The geyser also erupted on March 15 and April 19. All three eruptions were smaller than the last major eruption that occurred on Sept. 3, 2014. READ MORE
|PROPHECY WATCH: Arab world on the brink of second wave of revolutions
Posted: 30 Apr 2018 04:46 AM PDT
The Arab world faces a second wave of revolutions just eight years after the Arab Spring due to uncontrolled urbanization, critical unemployment and financial pressures, according to experts. Arab and Middle Eastern commentators said a second wave of revolts was “inevitable” as key socio-economic factors which spurred the revolutions between December 2010 and December 2012 still exist. Mohamed Mahjoub Haroon, Professor of Social Science at the University of Khartoum, said: “Massive
uncontrolled urbanization, pressure on the job markets are, among other socio-economic factors, the leading causes behind greater expectations of the youth in the Arab societies.” Mr Haroon noted uncontrolled urbanization, economic stagnation and market forces were the three central socio-economic forces which caused the Arab Spring to spread across numerous countries in North Africa and the Middle East. He added that as long as these factors continue to exist, so too will the divides within Arab nations and the desire among their citizens to seek political change. READ MORE
|New Jersey Is Dealing With A Tick Species That Is New To America
Posted: 30 Apr 2018 04:37 AM PDT
Looks like a bunch of New Jersey residents survived the winter. But that is not really good news. On Friday, the New Jersey Department of Agriculture announced the latest follow-up to what was described in a February 2018 publication in the Journal of Medical Entomology. The publication detailed an “uptick” in the New Jersey population that occurred last Summer. On August 1 , 2017, after shearing a 12-year-old Icelandic sheep named Hannah, a farmer went to the Hunterdon County Health Office with
some new companions. Thousands of them, in fact. No, she didn’t form a flash mob. Instead, she had thousands of ticks covering her body. Yes, you can say ewe and ewwwww. What was particularly disturbing about this situation (besides the fact that she was covered with thousands of ticks) was that this was a tick species not typically found in the United States. And it certainly wasn’t one of the 5 tick species that were known to be present in New Jersey, which, of course, you know are Ixodes scapularis, Amblyomma americanum, Dermacentor variabilis, Rhipicephalus sanguineus, and Ixodes cookei. READ MORE
|The Miracle Behind Israel’s 70th Anniversary
Posted: 30 Apr 2018 04:25 AM PDT
(By Archer and Asher Intrater) The regathering of the Jewish people is an event that was prophesied many times in the Scriptures. It is hard to fathom that what we are seeing now was actually written about thousands of years before it happened. The days are coming, says YHVH, that they will no more say, “as YHVH lives who brought up the children of Israel from the land of Egypt” from but rather “as YHVH lives who brought up the seed of
the house of Israel from the land of the North and from all the lands to which I dispersed them and brought them that they would dwell on their land” (Jer. 23:7-8). This is a huge statement. We are experiencing something greater than what the people experienced who left Egypt with Moses. This is a miracle of biblical proportions. CONTINUE
|UPDATE: Hundreds Flock to Cathedral’s ‘Beyonce Mass’ Blending Secular Pop Star’s Music With Scripture Readings, Communion
Posted: 30 Apr 2018 04:21 AM PDT
An estimated 750-900 people flocked to a San Francisco cathedral’s “Beyoncé Mass” on Wednesday night, an event that blended renditions of the secular pop star’s music with the reading of Scripture, communion, and the presentation of a related message by a seminary professor. While the event was popular with the locals, others state that the world’s music has no place being performed in what is supposed to be the holy house of God.
“Countless professing Christians seem to have little or no shame about the compromises they will make with God’s word to attract a larger crowd. Substituting godly music, filled with words that glorify the Lord, for Beyoncé’s music, is just more evidence that we are in the apostasy that was prophesied by Jesus and the apostles (2 Tim. 4:2-4),” Joe Schimmel, pastor of Blessed Hope Chapel in Simi Valley, California and host of the documentary “They Sold Their Souls for Rock ‘N’ Roll,” told Christian News Network. The event, hosted at Grace Cathedral in Nob Hill, was part of the weekly “Vine” offering, first launched in March 2017 for “urbanites and spiritual seekers.” READ MORE
|University of Texas to Treat Masculinity as a ‘Mental Health’ Issue
Posted: 29 Apr 2018 06:23 PM PDT
The Counseling and Mental Health Center at the University of Texas at Austin recently launched a new program to help male students “take control over their gender identity and develop a healthy sense of masculinity.” Treating masculinity as if it were a mental health crisis, “MasculinUT” is organized by the school’s counseling staff and most recently organized a poster series encouraging students to develop a
“healthy model of masculinity.” The program is predicated on a critique of so-called “restrictive masculinity.” Men, the program argues, suffer when they are told to “act like a man” or when they are encouraged to fulfill traditional gender roles, such as being “successful” or “the breadwinner.” READ MORE
|RUMORS OF WAR: 80,000 Iranian fighters’ could launch ground invasion to break up Israel
Posted: 29 Apr 2018 06:17 PM PDT
The shock revelation of an alleged Iranian base in Syria, close to the Israeli border, holding up to 80,000 fighters has threatened to push the world closer to an outbreak of conflict, according to expert commentators on the BBC. The Israeli ambassador to the UN revealed earlier this week a photo of an alleged Iranian base near Damascus, holding up to 80,000 fighters. In response, Israel insisted the country would launch a military strike to prevent Tehran from launching a ground invasion across the
nearby border. Ambassador Danny Danon presented the aerial photograph on Thursday, telling the UN Security Council: “There are over 80,000 extremists from all over the Middle East who are members of Shia militias in Syria under Iranian control. “It is at this base, just over five miles from Damascus, where these dangerous extremists are trained and then assigned their missions of terror throughout Syria and the region.” READ MORE
|DEVELOPING: Military targets in Syria struck by unidentified aircraft
Posted: 29 Apr 2018 06:08 PM PDT
Powerful explosions have been heard in the countryside of Hama and Aleppo provinces, the Syrian state news agency reports. The state media says military bases there were hit by rockets launched by an unspecified enemy. The alleged attacks were reported by Syria’s Sana news agency on Sunday evening. Citing a military source, it said that “a new aggression with hostile missiles” took place at around 10:30 pm local time, targeting military positions in the Hama and Aleppo villages. A Syrian law enforcement
source told RIA Novosti that the army’s munition depots were hit, in what was most likely an airstrike. The source said one of the targeted military sites was a munition depot belonging to the Syrian Army’s 47th Brigade. A fire at the depot broke out as a result of the attack, he said. Another target was reportedly a munition depot to the east of Aleppo, in northern Syria, located between the Al-Malikiayh and Al-Nayrab airport. READ MORE