Two major crop scourges are hybridizing to produce a new mega-pest
The impact of these evolving pests is already damaging agricultural output in Brazil, and the researchers warn that if these mega-pests establish as a discrete species it would be agriculturally problematic for the entire Americas and beyond.
Was Monday’s Strike in Syria the Damascus Fire Prophesied by Jeremiah?
Rabbi Yekutiel Fish, known in Israel as the author of the Torah blog “Sod Ha’Chashmal,” understands the recent attack as having end-of-days ramifications. “Jeremiah predicted a fire in the fortresses of Damascus that will presage Messiah,” “Though the Arabs certainly did not intend a reference to the Midrash, Assad is referred to in the Arab world as the ‘Nero of the East,” Rabbi Fish explained.
“Toxic Assets”: Ruble Crashes, Russian Stocks Plunge Most In 4 Years After US Sanctions
Last Friday’s sanctions imposed by the US on Putin-allied Russian oligarchs and billionaires – including aluminum magnate Oleg Deripaska – as well as associated companies, have had an adverse impact on both the Russian currency and local equities, with the ruble crashing 2.3% to a fresh YTD low of 60 to the USD, the biggest drop since November 2016 and bringing the 3-day drop to 3.5%…
Apple Co-Founder Deletes His Facebook Page
Elon Musk isn’t the only Silicon Valley luminary to delete Facebook pages (or rather, the pages belonging to Tesla and SpaceX) in response to the widening scandal over how Facebook stores, shares, leverages and sells its users’ personal data: on Sunday, Woz also deactivated his account saying the social network had brought him “more negatives than positives.” “I am in the process of leaving Facebook. It’s brought me more negatives than positives. Apple has more secure ways to share things about yourself. I can still deal with old school email and text messages.”
Trump’s Pro-Life Credo: Children Are Endowed with Human Dignity ‘from Conception’
In a powerful statement on the right to life of unborn children, President Donald Trump has declared that a child’s human dignity begins at conception. “We must always remember that all children are blessings from our Creator,” the president said in proclaiming April 2018 as National Child Abuse Prevention Month. “They are endowed from conception with value, purpose, and human dignity.”
Two For Israel: US Blocks Second Proposed UN Probe Into Latest Gaza Escalation
For the second week in a row, the United States has blocked a United Nations (UN) Security Council statement that would demand a probe into the IDF’s response over the last two weeks, to Palestinian riots at the Gaza border.
Iran: US will ‘regret it’ if they violate the deal
Hassan Rouhani on Monday warned the United States not to cancel the 2015 “Iran deal.” “We won’t be the first ones to break the deal, but they need to know that if they break it, they will regret it,” Rouhani told participants at a conference honoring Tehran’s National Nuclear Technology Day. “We are a lot more ready than they think, and they will see that if they violate this deal, in a week – in less than a week – they will see the results.”
PA lifts ‘disguise’ on ‘martyr’ payments, defying Taylor Force Act
After three years of disguising its payments to families of martyrs and imprisoned terrorists, the Palestinian Authority has lifted its veil on those payments in a “blatant act of defiance against the US,” a new intelligence center report says. The Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center report…argues that the PA’s removal for the first time of its disguise on payments is its response to the Taylor Force Act.
Russia, Syria accuse Israel of carrying out strike on Syrian air base
The Russian Ministry of Defense accused Israel of bombing an air base in Syria overnight, the Russian news agency Interfax reported on Monday. Syrian state media also accused Israel of carrying out the strike. Russia said Syrian air defense systems shot down five of eight missiles fired by two Israeli F-15 combat jets from Lebanese air space, Interfax said.
Iran warns: Donald Trump will regret pulling out of nuclear deal
Donald Trump will regret it if he pulls out of the nuclear deal with Iran, President Hassan Rouhani said on Monday, warning the US president that the Iranian response would be stronger than he thinks. US sanctions that were lifted under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) signed in 2015 will resume unless Trump again waives them on May 12. Trump has effectively set that as a deadline for European powers to “fix the terrible flaws” of the deal.
Israel strikes Gaza target following infiltration attempt
The Israeli Air Force struck a terrorist target belonging to Hamas in the northern Gaza Strip, said the IDF on Monday morning. The IDF said the strike was executed in response to the attempted infiltration of Israeli territory by a squad of terrorists with an improvised explosive device on Sunday. The IDF attack targeted a Hamas military compound.
N Korea-US talks: Pyongyang ‘ready to discuss’ nuclear programme
North Korea has promised the US it is ready to discuss the future of its nuclear arsenal when the two nations’ leaders meet, US officials say. Preparations for the summit have included secret, direct talks with North Korea, unnamed Trump administration sources said. US and North Korean intelligence officials are said to have spoken many times, and met in a third country.
Iran hit by global cyber attack that left U.S. flag on screens
Hackers have attacked networks in a number of countries including data centers in Iran where they left the image of a U.S. flag on screens along with a warning: “Don’t mess with our elections”… “The attack apparently affected 200,000 router switches across the world in a widespread attack, including 3,500 switches in our country,” the Communication and Information Technology Ministry said in a statement carried by Iran’s official news agency IRNA.
Chinese facial recognition company becomes world’s most valuable AI start-up
The Chinese government’s plans for mass surveillance using facial recognition have received a boost from one of the country’s tech powerhouses, after Alibaba led a $600m investment in SenseTime, which develops technology for tracking individuals. The company is working on facial and object recognition technology that accurately can spot people using cameras, recently demonstrated on CCTV in Beijing.
Arab citizens back Israel, slam Hamas over Gaza border protests
Aside from the usual clamor flooding the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Arabic social media outlets denouncing Israel for its treatment of the Palestinian populace, a surprisingly large number of people voiced their support of the state…”This is the land (of Israel), and who are you?” wrote one commentator addressing the Great March of Return protesters, questioning their right of return to territories that are now Israel. “My heart is with my Jewish cousins. There is no escaping the fact that Hamas’ Palestinian terrorism will inevitably end,” he added.
Has the California backlash against liberal craziness finally begun?
…in the most ridiculous and egregious example of overreach, the state legislature says it will arrest any waiter who gives a customer a plastic straw if they don’t ask for one. With all the problems in our state, I don’t think that jailing unsolicited straw distributors in restaurants should be a top priority.
Is Jesus Suddenly Appearing To People All Over The World Or Is It The Promised End Times Deception?
The Bible says that in the end times, there will be a worldwide deception that will take place, and people will be deceived into thinking they have met Jesus Christ when in fact they have actually met Antichrist. Now we know that this will take place during the time of Jacob’s trouble after the Rapture of the Church, but could it be that the Devil is getting a jump start on things by manifesting himself even now?
Video: George Soros Says The Happiest Time Of His Life Was Rounding Up Jews For The Nazis
Alex Jones presents video footage of George Soros’ 60 Minutes interview where he claims that the year he worked for the Nazis, rounding up Jews for concentration camps, was the happiest time in his life.
The Real Reason Why Trump Ordered the Military to the Border
…there is a well-orchestrated coup underway against the sovereignty of the United States and the enemies of the Republic are apparent for all that have eyes to see.
Syria turns Kurds over to Turkish forces for slaughter
Just when you thought things couldn’t get any worse in Syria, the government in Damascus appears to be turning over the Kurdish city of Afrin to the Turkish military and pro-Turkish militias.
Russia Says ‘Chemical’ Attack In Syria ‘Fake News,’ Warns Against Intervention
Reports of an alleged gas attack in the Syrian town of Douma are ‘fake news’ aimed at justifying potential strikes against Syria, Moscow said. It warned of “dire consequences” in the event of any military interference.
American Medical Association now pushing for transgender troops on the front lines of war
The nation’s largest physicians organization has made it a top priority to demand that men who think they’re women, and women who think they’re men, be allowed to brandish high-tech weaponry and fight on the front lines of America’s proxy wars around the world.
Strikes hit Syrian airfield, state media report
A military airport in Syria has come under missile attack, the country’s state media has reported.
Muslim Mayor of London Declares New ‘Knife Control’ Policies as Fatal Stabbings Soar
The Muslim Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan declared a new knife control policy as stabbings in London soar to unprecedented levels.
Bloody Nose for Brussels: Landslide Triumph as Anti-Globalist, Anti-Soros Orban Wins Third Term in Hungary
Hungary’s conservative-populist premier Viktor Orbán has won a third term in office in a landslide election victory.
Top NASA scientist previously claimed all ice will VANISH from the Arctic by this summer
Climate alarmists are everywhere — but real science continues to show that these scaremongers are the ones full of hot air. Back in 2008, a top “climate prophet” from NASA predicted that the Arctic would be free of sea ice by summer 2018. But data from 2017 has shown quite the opposite: Ice mass in the Arctic has been growing — not disappearing, much to the chagrin of climate change propagandists everywhere, no doubt.
Belgium: Islamic party says, “Our goal is a 100% Islamic State…establishing Sharia law”
For the second time in 6 years the ‘Islam’ party will participate in Belgium’s municipal elections. The party wants to create an Islamic State and separate men and women in public transport, Belgian newspaper HLN reports.
Terrorists Rt to False-Flag Chemical Attack Scenario again amid Syrian Army Rapid Advances in Douma
Terrorists have embarked on launching a false-flag chemical operation in Douma to blame the Syrian Army for the attack, field sources said Sunday, reminding that the Syrian and Russian military forces had continuously warmed of such a move by Jeish al-Islam terrorists.
“Besides the advantage of being armed, which the Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation, the existence of subordinate governments, to which the people are attached and by which the militia officers are appointed, forms a barrier against the enterprises of ambition, more insurmountable than any which a simple government of any form can admit of.” —James Madison (1788)
ZeroHedge Frontrunning: April 9
- Russia Points Finger at Israel as Missiles Strike Base in Syria (Read More)
- Russian stock indexes, the ruble tumble on U.S. sanctions (Read More)
- Deripaska’s Rusal Roiled by Sanctions as Aluminum Prices Jump (Read More)
- Stocks Point Higher as Trade Concerns Ease (Read More)
- Appointing New CEO Only Fixes One Crisis at Deutsche Bank (Read More)
- Tough Questions Zuckerberg Can Expect From Congress (Read More)
- Xi Takes Center Stage to Defend China’s Trade From Trump Barrage (Read More)
- North Korea confirms that it is willing to talk about denuclearization (Read More)
- Older, educated, white voters are shifting from GOP (Read More)
- Europe’s Boom Reawakens the Ghost of Crisis Past (Read More)
- Britons Back Holding a Vote on May’s Brexit Deal (Read More)
- Saudi Plans Military Base and Nuclear Dump Near Qatar (Read More)
- China Is Studying Yuan Devaluation as a Tool in Trade Spat (Read More)
- As GM union faces big job losses, South Koreans turn cold shoulder (Read More)
- America’s Virtual Border Wall Is a 1,954-Mile-Long Money Pit (Read More)
- Meet the Judge Presiding Over the Government’s Case Against AT&T (Read More)
- Ryan Fundraising Committee Pulls in $11.1 Million for Midterms (Read More)
- ‘Smile and nod’: Latin American leaders brace for tense Trump visit (Read More)
- PayPal Makes a Move Toward Traditional Banking (Read More)
- Brazil Turns Rightward, Heralding New Chapter for Latin America (Read More)
Headlines – 4/9/2018
Abbas sets conditions for hearing out Trump’s anticipated peace plan
Residents of Jerusalem neighborhood petition High Court against US Embassy
Israel and Hamas may both be violating international law at Gaza fence, ICC says
Arab-Israeli lawmaker calls for West Bank Palestinians to join Gaza protests
PA won’t be responsible for Gaza if Hamas stays in charge, Abbas warns
Abbas says won’t return to Gaza unless Hamas cedes control
Abbas adviser: Hamas is ‘sending Gazans to their deaths for good headlines’
Hamas official signals that Israeli boosting of Gaza economy could curb protests
Chief ICC lawyer calls for end to violence along Gaza border
Gaza war crimes may be prosecuted: ICC prosecutor
IDF shoots at 3 Palestinians who breach border fence, flee back to Gaza
IDF: Palestinians who breached fence planted explosives
Israeli jets strike Gaza after Palestinians plant bombs on fence
Amid Gaza unrest, Jeremy Corbyn calls for UK to review arms sales to Israel
Swastika Flag at Gaza March Exposes Underlying Antisemitism of “Palestine”
Senior Iranian cleric: Hezbollah will destroy Haifa and Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv Stock Exchange inks cybersecurity deal with Kazakhstan counterpart
Iceland welcomes its first rabbi while considering a ban on circumcision
Israeli chief rabbi: Jews have ‘moral obligation’ to intervene in Syria
Lapid: ‘Use of chemical weapon in Syria is illegal, world must act’
‘Most of them were going to die’: Syria aid workers tell of apocalyptic scenes
Syria chemical attack: Footage shows families ‘gassed to death’; death toll could surpass 100
After Syria gas attack, Saudi-backed rebels give up last foothold in Damascus
Syria war: Trump condemns Syria for ‘chemical attack’ on Douma
Trump, Macron agree to ‘strong, joint response’ to Assad’s chemical attack
Trump threatens to retaliate against Syria for chemical weapons attack
White House official says won’t ‘take anything off the table’ in response to Syria attack
Trump: ‘big price to pay’ for Syria chemical weapons attack
Israeli officials: U.S. must strike in Syria
Syrian media: Major air base struck by missile attack overnight
Syria says suspected U.S. missiles fired at air base; U.S. denies strike
‘We are not striking Syria:’ Pentagon denies reports of US missile attack
Syrian news reports missile attack as likely ‘American aggression’
John McCain Accuses Trump Of ‘Emboldening’ Assad With Talk Of Withdrawal
Trump slams Obama over not crossing ‘red line’ in Syria with ‘Animal Assad’
Trump Blames Putin, Iran For Backing ‘Animal Assad’ In Wake Of Reported Chemical Attack
Iran condemns Syria chemical charges as ‘conspiracy’
Moscow denies claims Syrian regime used chemical weapons in Douma
Russia says Syria gas attack reports ‘fabricated’
U.S.: If true, deadly Syria chemical attack demands international response; Russia to blame
Pope condemns Syria attack as unjustifiable use of ‘instruments of extermination’
After Syria attack, France calls for UN security council meet
Syria attack shows we now live in a world where using chemical weapons is considered OK — and that should terrify us
Former IDF Intel Chief urges grounding of Assad’s helicopter fleet
Rebels reach final deal with Russia to evacuate Douma – negotiators
Russia is aiding Iran Axis prepare for war with Israel
Russian FM taunts UK counterpart with UK players’ 1938 Nazi salute
North Korea ready to discuss denuclearization with US – report
Trump predicts trade concessions by China, despite rising tensions
Farmers who propelled Trump to presidency fear becoming pawns in trade war
26,000 evacuated in west German town for WWII bomb removal
Soros Organisations Seeking to ‘Break Hungary’ Ahead of Sunday Election, Says Government
Why millennials will learn nothing from Facebook’s privacy crisis
Facebook suspends another data analytics firm after CNBC discovers it was using tactics like Cambridge Analytica
Zuckerberg to face angry lawmakers as Facebook firestorm rages
Facebook could face record fines, say former FTC officials
Stock market cooling off from the ‘Trump bump’
Americans Face Highest Pump Prices in Years
Did astronaut really see a UFO on way to the moon? Buzz Aldrin reportedly passed a lie-detector test over claims he saw an alien craft
5.6 magnitude earthquake hits near Oda, Japan
5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Biha, Indonesia
5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Nueva Concepcion, Guatemala
Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 23,000ft
Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 16,000ft
Aoba volcano on Vanuatu erupts to 16,000ft
Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 15,000ft
Strengthening Tropical Cyclone Keni to renew flood threat across Fiji
Meet the ‘fearless’ drag queens of Beirut
After Nearly 100 Years of Gun Control, London Adding Knife Control
Mike Oppenheimer – His stripes healed who when?
Dr. Michael Brown – The Shepherd for Wolves
Billy Graham’s regrets, in his own words – What I Would Have Done Differently
NAR Apostle Randy Clark, his Apostolic Network & his ‘Voice of the Apostles’ Conference
Raise the Dead for $50: Todd Bentley Will Teach You How to Raise the Dead
Conjuring Hell at the Cafe with Apostle Dave Kelly
Muslims given say as New York City drafts surveillance guidelines
This Group Slaughtered 225 Christians in March Alone but World Is Silent
|California Introduces ‘Dangerous Bill’ That Would Make It Illegal for Christians to Counsel LGBTQ Adults
Posted: 09 Apr 2018 06:24 AM PDT
California LGBTQ activists have introduced a bill that would make it illegal for Christians to provide biblically based counseling for those wanting to get help for unwanted same-sex attractions. N Assemblyman Evan Low’s bill, AB 2943, states that “advertising, offering to engage in, or engaging in sexual orientation change efforts with an individual” is illegal under state’s consumer fraud law. This comes six years after the state deemed it illegal for minors to receive counseling for same-sex attraction,
even if they and their parents wanted help. AB 2943 would essentially stop adults from getting counseling as well. “California can be an instigator of broadening these laws across the country,” Mat Staver, Founder, and Chairman of Liberty Counsel, told CBN News. Staver said the Liberty Counsel is working to stop this legislation from becoming a law. He believes this bill is harmful. READ MORE
|This Church Is Warning Christians Not To Do Yoga
Posted: 09 Apr 2018 06:15 AM PDT
The debate surrounding yoga has always been a hot topic in the church, but in recent years it has grown increasingly more controversial. Recently, a church in India took a stand against the practice of yoga, stating it did not align with Christian beliefs. The Syro-Malabar Church, in Kerala India, is an Eastern Catholic Major Archiepiscopal Church. Their doctrinal commision recently released a report against the practice of yoga.
The Mananthavady diocese claimed that even though yoga brings positive benefits, it cannot unite a person in a closer relationship with God. The report stated, “There is danger in interpreting the results obtained through yoga practice as spiritual benefits. Hindu leaders also do not agree in presenting yoga as separate from Hindu religion. The contention that yoga practice will help in building religious amity in a multi-religious culture is baseless.” READ MORE
|Robots Replace Soldiers in First Exercise of its Kind…
Posted: 09 Apr 2018 06:06 AM PDT
Humans took a backseat during a base exercise on Friday, in which robots cleared obstacles for manned tanks and fighting vehicles. U.S. and British troops participated in the Robotic Complex Breach Concept demonstration, during which several remote-controlled vehicles performed a task usually carried out by soldiers. “We did a robotic breach today, which has never been done before. This is a historic moment,”
said 1st Lt. Cody Rothschild, an officer with the 1st Infantry Division’s 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, currently on rotation in Europe. “This is a great step forward for the Army, and for robotics.” The rotational armor brigade was the main armor element during the exercise. It provided suppressing fire with M1A2 Abrams tanks and Bradley Fighting Vehicles, while remote-controlled U.K. Terrier engineering vehicles cleared a simulated minefield and bridged a tank trench. READ MORE
|Israel blamed for missile strike in Syria; 14 reported dead
Posted: 09 Apr 2018 04:20 AM PDT
Russia and the Syrian military blamed Israel for a pre-dawn missile attack Monday on a major air base in central Syria, saying Israeli fighter jets launched the missiles from Lebanon’s air space. A war-monitoring group said the airstrikes killed 14 people, including Iranians active in Syria. Russia’s Defense Ministry said two Israeli aircraft targeted the T4 air base in Homs province, firing eight missiles. It said Syria shot down five of them while the other three landed in the western part of the base. Syrian state TV
quoted an unnamed military official as saying that Israeli F-15 warplanes fired several missiles at T4. It gave no further details. Israel’s foreign ministry had no comment when asked about the accusations.B Since 2012, Israel has struck inside Syria more than 100 times, mostly targeting suspected weapons’ convoys destined for the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, which has been fighting alongside Syrian government forces. READ MORE
|WAR DRUMS: Russia warns of ‘gravest consequences’ if US takes military action over Syrian chemical attack
Posted: 09 Apr 2018 04:12 AM PDT
Russia has threatened the “gravest” of consequences to any foreign power considering military action against Syria over “fabricated” reports of a chemical attack. Moscow warned against taking action as US President Donald Trump said there would be a “big price to pay” for the atrocity. Russia, whose military backing of President Bashar al-Assad turned the course of the war in his favor, denied that Syrian government forces deployed chemical weapons in the Syrian city of Douma.
A joint statement by the medical relief organization Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS) and the civil defense service, which operates in rebel-held areas, said 49 people had died in the attack late on Saturday. Others put the toll even higher. But Syrian state media denied government forces had launched any chemical attack as soon as the reports began circulating. READ MORE
|BREAKING: Airstrike on Syria’ reports of fighter jets and missiles over Lebanon
Posted: 08 Apr 2018 06:42 PM PDT
DEVELOPING: Reports of explosions have been heard at Syria’s Tiyas Military Airbase amid reports of jets flying across Lebanon into Syria as well as unknown projectiles, it has been reported. Lebanon residents have reported hearing unidentified jets towards Syria. Speculation is rising of a foreign attack against the Syrian regime just a day after a chemical attack. It happened roughly at 3.30 am local time on
Monday. Residents reported hearing loud booms and the sound of jets. There are reports that Syrian air defense has intercepted missiles. There are also reports that US warships from the Mediterranean are reportedly launching Tomahawk missiles into Syria. Syrian state television has reportedly confirmed. READ MORE
|Iran claims Syria gas attack reports ‘excuse’ for military action
Posted: 08 Apr 2018 04:18 PM PDT
Iran’s Foreign Ministry said on Sunday reports of a gas attack in Syria were not based on facts and were an “an excuse” by the United States and Western countries to take military action against Damascus, the official Iranian news agency IRNA reported. “Such claims and allegations by the Americans and some
Western countries point to a new plot against the Syrian government and people, and are an excuse to take military action against them,” IRNA reported foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi as saying. The news agency also quoted Qasemi saying that the reports of the gas attack “do not match facts.” READ MORE
|Mattis authorizes up to 4,000 National Guard troops for US border with Mexico…
Posted: 08 Apr 2018 04:05 PM PDT
Defense Secretary James N. Mattis has signed an order to send up to 4,000 National Guard troops to to the U.S.-Mexico border but barred them from interacting with migrants detained by the Border Patrol in most circumstances. The order, issued in response to President Trump’s call for using troops to stem illegal immigration, specifies that National Guard troops will assist the Department of Homeland
Security along the border but not perform law enforcement missions and will be armed only when necessary for self-defense. Given the restrictions, it’s unclear if the Guard units will play a significant role in Trump administration efforts to lock down the border. The Border Patrol has more than 19,000 sworn agents, although not all are assigned in the Southwest, and illegal immigration is at its lowest level in decades. READ MORE
|WAR DRUMS: Russia calls Assad gas attack “Fake News”
Posted: 08 Apr 2018 03:51 PM PDT
Russia’s Foreign Ministry said on Sunday reports of a gas attack in Syria were bogus and any military action taken based on such “invented and fabricated excuses” could lead to severe consequences. “The spread of bogus stories about the use of chlorine and other poisonous substances by (Syrian) government forces continues. Yet another such fabricated piece of information about an alleged chemical attack in
Douma appeared yesterday,” the ministry said in a statement. “We have warned several times recently against such dangerous provocations. The aim of such deceitful speculation, lacking any kind of grounding, is to shield terrorists … and to attempt to justify possible external uses of force.” READ MORE