May 16, 2018 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)


North Korea threw next month’s summit between Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump into doubt on Wednesday, threatening weeks of diplomatic progress by saying it may reconsider if Washington insists it unilaterally gives up its nuclear weapons.

A U.S. Senate committee voted on Wednesday in favor of Gina Haspel, President Donald Trump’s nominee to be CIA director, and she is expected to be confirmed by the full Senate as soon as next week.

The White House has eliminated the position of cyber security coordinator after President Donald Trump’s first appointee for the job departed last week, a spokesman for the National Security Council confirmed on Tuesday.

The head of the U.S. Homeland Security Department on Tuesday told Congress that the agency needs new legal authority to track threatening drones and disable or destroy them if necessary.

Explosions intensified on Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano on Tuesday, spewing ash and triggering a red alert for aircraft for the first time since the latest eruption began 12 days ago.

Ninety-four percent of U.S. public school teachers spend their own money on classroom supplies without reimbursement, according to a Department of Education survey on Tuesday that follows protests by educators who are asking for more pay and funding.

Indonesian police shot dead four men on Wednesday after they used samurai swords to attack officers at Riau police headquarters in Pekanbaru, Sumatra, a police spokesman said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that Russian military vessels with Kalibr cruise missiles would be on permanent standby in the Mediterranean to counter what he said was the terrorist threat in Syria.

Hundreds of thousands of people remained without power in the U.S. Northeast on Wednesday after ferocious storms packing fierce winds and hail battered the region, killing three people.

Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union’s Iowa branch said they sued on Tuesday to stop a state law that would impose the strictest abortion limits in the United States from taking effect.

AP Top Stories

Chlorine gas was likely used during an attack in Syria this past February, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons confirmed.

The Syrian government retook full control of central Syria on Wednesday as rebels and their relatives were evacuated from final pockets of territory still outside the regime’s grasp.

The Palestinian Authority has recalled its envoys to Romania, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Austria after their ambassadors attended an Israeli reception marking the US embassy’s move to Jerusalem, it said Wednesday.

A mere 72 hours after the Chinese government agreed to put a half-billion dollars into an Indonesian project that will personally enrich Donald Trump, the president ordered a bailout for a Chinese-government-owned cellphone maker.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused Hamas Tuesday of deliberately putting children in the line of fire amid an outcry over the Israeli army’s killing of dozens of Palestinians along the Gaza border.

A man who claimed allegiance to the Islamic State group when he shot a Philadelphia police officer in 2016 was sentenced Monday to a minimum 48 and a half years in prison.

President Donald Trump has picked Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s brother-in-law – a man with apparently no government experience and unclear qualifications – to lead a Department of Labor agency responsible for current and future pensions of about 1.5 million people.

A federal lawsuit filed by a Chicago nonprofit in an attempt to block the Obama Presidential Center from being built in Jackson Park accuses organizers of pulling an “institutional bait and switch” by shifting the center’s purpose away from being a true presidential library. Protect Our Parks Inc. also claims in its lawsuit, which was filed in U.S. District Court on Monday, that the Chicago Park District and the City of Chicago don’t have the authority to transfer public parkland to nongovernmental entity such as the Obama Foundation.

As a group, Americans have shockingly little saved for retirement. Northwestern Mutual’s 2018 Planning & Progress Study , which surveyed 2,003 adults, found that 21 percent of Americans have nothing saved at all for their golden years, and a third of Americans have less than $5,000. Only 24 percent of Northwestern Mutual respondents say it’s ‘extremely likely’ that Social Security will be available when they retire.


The organizer of a gay pride week in Lebanon says authorities have forced him to cancel the remaining events. Last year, Lebanon became the first Arab country to hold a gay pride week.

Authorities in Venezuela have seized a plant owned by the American cereal manufacturer Kellogg. It comes after the firm announced it was pulling out of the country because of the worsening economic situation. The factory had been handed to workers and would continue production.

A new report says the number of Africans taking refuge within their countries because of conflict has doubled in a single year.

Japan’s economy shrank in the first quarter of 2018 for the first time in two years, ending the longest stretch of economic growth since the 1980s.


A judge in California has pulled the plug on the state’s assisted-suicide law, and while Attorney General Xavier Becerra is expected to continue to fight for the provisions that can be used to take peoples’ lives, the decision offers a reprieve from that process for now.

A team of California scientists has been given $213,000 to study … cow farts.

The Briefing — Wednesday, May 16, 2018

1) Why the reality of implicit racial bias is even more true than the secular world can grasp

USA Today (Derek Thomas) –
Before the next videotaped Starbucks disaster, everyone should take implicit bias training

2) Understanding the inevitable implicit bias in tests for implicit bias


3) The ad-hoc nature of meaning in a secular age as seen in the wedding announcements of the New York Times


4) Why is the popularity of biblical names declining for girls but not for boys?

Social Security Administration –
Top 10 Baby Names of 2017

News – 5/16/2018

Effort to revive brains could invoke ‘living hell’
Reanimating dead brains could lock humans in an eternal “living hell,” a “fate worse than death,” says Nottingham Trent ethics and philosophy lecturer Benjamin Curtis, the London Daily Mail reported. The British paper reported Yale University announced the successful resuscitation of the brains of as many as 200 slaughtered pigs. The brains were kept alive for up to 36 hours. Scientists says the breakthrough could one day allow humans to become immortal by hooking up their brains to artificial systems after their natural bodies have perished.

The US And Europe To Go Separate Ways Pursuing Divergent Goals
What the US did manage was to deal a heavy blow to trans-Atlantic solidarity. Washington set a six-month deadline for European companies doing business in Iran to get out. They’ll have to either terminate their operations or face heavy penalties. This means that the US has now become the main threat to Europe’s economy.

Meet Tesla’s new bondholder: Billionaire George Soros
The investment firm founded and chaired by billionaire George Soros took a stake in Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) bonds during the first three months of the year, giving the electric carmaker run by Elon Musk a prominent supporter.

Trump team ready to ‘pressure’ Mueller at probe’s one-year mark
President Donald Trump’s attorney has an unlikely new role model for special counsel Robert Mueller: James Comey. “Come on! They’ve had a whole year,” “We’re going to raise the pressure to try to get this thing over with. It’s gone on long enough,” he added.

Planned Parenthood joins Soros scheme to give Democrats control of Senate
Left-wing billionaire George Soros is putting his money behind a new campaign to return the United States Senate to Democratic control, and Planned Parenthood is reporting for duty.

Guatemala opens embassy in Jerusalem, two days after U.S.
Just as Guatemala followed the United States in May 1948 and was the second country to recognize Israel, it became the second state after the US on Wednesday to open its embassy in Jerusalem. “This is the beginning of something extraordinary,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at the dedication of the new embassy on the third floor of a high-rise office building in the Malha Technological Park in Jerusalem.

Defense Minister: Hamas is a group of cannibals that uses kids as weapons
Hamas is a “group of cannibals” who uses their women and children as weapons, Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said Wednesday after deadly clashes along the Gaza border fence left over 60 Palestinians dead. “The Hamas leadership is a group of cannibals that treats their children as weapons. They have rockets, sidearms and a different kind of weapon: Women and children,” he claimed during a visit to the Gaza Division.

Hamas turns away truckloads of Israeli humanitarian aid destined for Gaza
Hamas turned away two large truckloads of Israeli humanitarian aid intended to relieve medical shortages in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday. The IDF said it coordinated the transfer of eight truckloads of vital medical equipment through Israel’s Kerem Shalom crossing due to severe humanitarian conditions in the Hamas-controlled enclave, exacerbated by two days of violent clashes on the Gaza-Israel border.

Pope condemns Gaza killings, says Mideast needs justice, peace
Pope Francis on Wednesday condemned the killing of Palestinians near the Gaza-Israel border, saying the deaths would only lead to more violence, and appealed for dialogue to bring justice and peace to the Middle East. “I express my great pain for the dead and wounded and I am close in prayer and affection to all those who are suffering,” he told tens of thousands of people at his general audience in St. Peter’s Square.

North Korea is dismantling its nuclear site, but is it abandoning its arsenal or hiding evidence?
Satellite imagery shows North Korea dismantling facilities at its nuclear test site, but experts say the images can’t reveal whether it is the first step toward full denuclearization, or an attempt to cloak nuclear capabilities from outside observers. North Korea’s intentions were thrown further into doubt on Wednesday, when it abruptly announced it may “reconsider” meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump in June…

Russia’s new hypersonic weapon will likely be ready for war by 2020
A Russian weapon the U.S. is currently unable to defend against will be ready for war by 2020, according to sources with direct knowledge of American intelligence reports. The sources, who spoke to CNBC on the condition of anonymity, said Russia successfully tested the weapon, which could carry a nuclear warhead, twice in 2016.

Turkey and Israel expel envoys over Gaza violence
Turkey and Israel expelled each other’s senior diplomats on Tuesday in a dispute over the killing by Israeli forces of 60 Palestinians a day earlier during protests on the Gaza border. Turkey told Israel’s ambassador to leave the country on Tuesday after Israeli forces killed 60 Palestinians during protests on the Gaza border against the opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem.

Pentagon Wants Cloud Secure Enough to Hold Nuke Secrets
The Defense Department’s Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure cloud will be designed to host the government’s most sensitive classified data, including critical nuclear weapon design information and other nuclear secrets. The Pentagon is expected to bid out the controversial JEDI cloud contract this week…the winning company must be able to obtain the full range of top secret government security clearances…

Hundreds of thousands remain without power after deadly storm pounds U.S. Northeast
Hundreds of thousands of people remained without power in the U.S. Northeast on Wednesday after ferocious storms packing fierce winds and hail battered the region, killing three people. Hours after the storms knocked down power lines and trees across the region, some 360,000 customers in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and West Virginia were without power, tracking service said.

Pence: Trump ‘Greatest Defender of Israel Ever’ in White House
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said on Monday that President Donald Trump is the “greatest defender of the Jewish state to ever to sit in the Oval Office” at a celebration of the opening of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem in Washington, D.C. “Just as President Truman made history then Trump has made history now—thanks to his leadership, almost exactly 70 years to the minute since the rebirth of the Jewish state, the American Embassy officially opened in Jerusalem, the capital of the State of Israel,”

An End-of-Days Guide to the Embassy Move
On Monday, the US Embassy was officially opened in Jerusalem as per the orders of President Donald Trump in what many believe was an integral part of the Messianic process that will culminate in another architectural landmark: the building of the Third Temple. Several prominent rabbis weigh in on what this really means and why it is not simply another short-lived political agenda. Rabbi Gimpel said. “It would be a tragic mistake to view this historic move as unintentional or a coincidence, coming, as it does, on Israel’s 70th anniversary.”

DOJ responds to request for info on Comey’s law professor friend
“The committees are aware James Comey, the former director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), shared or instructed staff to share at least some portion of the memos he drafted memorializing his conversations with President Donald J. Trump (the Comey Memos) to an individual named Daniel Richman,” the letter read. Richman, who works at Columbia University, previously worked as a “special government employee” for Comey’s FBI on an unpaid basis. The lawmakers said they wanted more information on that arrangement.

Hawaii volcano eruption intensifies, triggering ‘red’ warning
The U.S. Geological Survery upgraded its previous volcano warning from “orange” to “red,” signifying that an “eruption is forecasted to be imminent with significant emission of ash into the atmosphere likely,” or that an eruption is already underway.

Turkey humiliates Israeli ambassador
Israeli Ambassador to Turkey Eitan Naeh was subjected to special security checks in Istanbul Wednesday, after the Turkish government ordered him out of the country amid rising tensions with Israel. On Tuesday, Turkey announced it was expelling Naeh, following Israel’s use of force to defend the border with Gaza…

MSNBC hosts: Trump’s pro-Israel moves are ‘appalling’
Mika Brzezinski slams Trump family for taking part in J’lem embassy ceremony while Gazans rioted, backs claim embassy move was ‘appalling’.

Bennett: we will never even discuss dividing Jerusalem
Education Minister tells critics of US embassy in Jerusalem to ‘get over it’ in interview with CNN.

Forecasters: 2018 Hurricane Season Will Be a Busy One
Parts of the country are still cleaning up after 2017’s devastating hurricane season, but forecasters are already sounding a warning bell about 2018. And even though hurricane season doesn’t officially begin until June 1, the first named storm could arrive as soon as this weekend.

Violent storms in India kill at least 86
Indian authorities said Monday at least 86 people have been killed and over 100 injured in a fresh wave of violent sandstorms and thunderstorms that battered vast swathes of the country.

Canada’s Prime Minister Trudeau instructed the Canadian ambassador to Israel to boycott the opening of the US Embassy in Jerusalem
A mere three years later, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has turned Canada into a fake friend of Israel, so that he can appease his large Muslim voting base.

Judge pulls plug on California’s assisted-suicide law
A judge in California has pulled the plug on the state’s assisted-suicide law, and while Attorney General Xavier Becerra is expected to continue to fight for the provisions that can be used to take peoples’ lives, the decision offers a reprieve from that process for now.

Disney Parks To Sell Rainbow Gay Pride Mickey Ears As They Continue To Promote Left-Wing Values
Nothing like some good old fashioned youth indoctrination, which seems to be Disney’s primary goal as of late.

Paddock 2.0? Man Claiming to Be Federal Agent Found in Hotel With Arsenal & Psych Meds
After a man’s social media posts were flagged by the FBI, a tip to the Honolulu Police resulted in officers finding a large cache of loaded weapons during a welfare check at his hotel room.

Apocalyptic Lightning Cloud Formation Envelops Skies Above Oklahoma
In a scene uncannily reminiscent of apocalyptic Hollywood sci-fis, the skies over Oklahoma were host to a rare meteorological phenomenon which covered the area in strange puckered clouds.

Facebook Report Shows Censorship Numbers
Facebook removed millions of accounts and pieces of content in the past several months, the company stated in its first ever such report.

Is This The Worst Scandal In Minnesota History? – American Experiment
Five years ago the Fox 9 Investigators were first to report that daycare fraud was on the rise in Minnesota, exposing how some businesses were gaming the system to steal millions in government subsidies meant to help low-income families with their childcare expenses.

United Nations Quietly Working Towards International Gun Control
No matter what is going on in the world, you can count on the United Nations to be slowly and consistently working towards their goal of global dominance.

VIDEO: Gazan Muslim “Protesters”, Meat Cleavers, Bombs, Firebombs in Hand, Cut Through Gaza Fence, Chant “Khaybar, Khaybar!” – Evoking Muhammad’s Genocide of Jewish Tribe
Much like Hitler knew he could count on Der Stürmer,  genocidal, Jew hating Muslims can always count on the enemedia and Euro-Nazi-lefttists government officials to spin, scrub and market Islamic Jew-hatred.

CANADA CHAOS: ‘Migrant Surge’ Hits Major Canadian Cities
Canadian authorities are struggling to get a grip on a massive “migrant surge” that hit major cities across the country in April, with new data showing nearly 3,000 people illegally entered the country in just one month.

University’s Alleged ‘Hate Crime Epidemic’ Dries Up After 400 Security Cameras Installed
After the Massachusetts school installed 400 security cameras, the weekly rate of people reporting bias and hate crimes there dropped by a whopping 93 percent.

Turkey, South Africa Recall Envoys to Israel, Blaming Jewish State For ‘Genocide,’ ‘Violent Aggression’
Turkey, in the face of violent protests from the formal opening of America’s new embassy in Jerusalem, recalled its ambassadors and declared three days of mourning for the “Palestinians” who were killed during riots. South Africa pulled its envoys as well.

Top 7 noticeable signs of anti-health sabotage indicating the depopulation agenda
The U.S. medical paradigm shuffles pills to treat symptoms, not looking for causes.

Mid-Day Snapshot

NoKo Threatens to Cancel Summit, but Will China Let It?

Kim is angling for concessions from Trump before any deal is done, but Beijing is the key.

Jobless in Seattle

Seattle’s new “head tax” of $275 per full-time employee is going to kill jobs.

Compromise in Transgender Debate Demands Rejection of Reality

Conservatism is rooted in the pursuit of objective truth, and the truth is there are only two genders.

Palestinian ‘Demonstrators’ Aren’t Innocent Bystanders

Hamas is convenient cannon fodder, which explains the media’s assigning blame for violence elsewhere.

SNAP: Off the Dole and Back to Work

Republicans aim to revamp food stamps to help more people to be self-sufficient.

Trump Is Correct: China to Blame for Millions of Job Losses

The primary culprit for the loss of American manufacturing jobs is China, not technology.

Video: Israel = Controversial, Cuba = Historic

When it comes to Leftmedia coverage, there’s really no comparison.

Wednesday Short Cuts

“I believe [the FBI] never should have opened a counterintelligence investigation into a political party.” —Rep. Devin Nunes

Wednesday Opinion

Read Rich Lowry, Jonah Goldberg, Marc A. Thiessen, Michelle Malkin, Walter Williams and more.

Wednesday Top Headlines

North Korea’s threats, Haspel’s votes, primary results, Seattle’s tax, California malaise, and more.

Today’s Meme

Today’s Cartoon

The Foundation

“It is a principle incorporated into the settled policy of America, that as peace is better than war, war is better than tribute.” —James Madison (1816)

ZeroHedge Frontrunning: May 16

  • North Korea Bristles at U.S. Demands; Summit in Jeopardy (Read More)
  • Trump Is ‘Ready to Meet’ Despite North Korea’s Threat on Summit (Read More)
  • Italian markets jolted by 5-Star, League coalition proposals (Read More)
  • Italian Bonds Fall While Populists Debate $300 Billion Write-Down (Read More)
  • EU Readies Measures to Protect Firms From U.S. Sanctions on Iran (Read More)
  • Israel says Hamas curbed Gaza protests after Egyptian warning (Read More)
  • Why the Credit-Card Boom May Have Just Peaked (Read More)
  • How Rusal escaped the noose of U.S. sanctions (Reuters)
  • Military firms flourish in Sisi’s Egypt (Read More)
  • Pennsylvania’s Voters Break Up All-Male Congressional Delegation (Read More
  • EU leaders explore ways to save Iran economic ties from U.S. sanctions (Read More)
  • Trump’s Goal for Nafta Rewrite Looks Unattainable in 2018 (Read More)
  • Top Novartis lawyer exits over Trump attorney deal error (Read More)
  • Justice Department and F.B.I. Are Investigating Cambridge Analytica (Read More)
  • Meet Tesla’s new bondholder: Billionaire George Soros (Read More)
  • Tesla Workers Can Now Make Dinner With Vending-Machine Meal Kits (Read More)
  • You’ve Got Air Miles, but Can You Use Them? Top Frequent-Flier Programs for 2018 (Read More)
  • Hundreds of thousands remain without power after deadly storm pounds U.S. Northeast (Read More)
  • A Venezuelan paradox: Maduro’s critics long for change but won’t vote (Read More)
  • Amazon cuts Whole Foods prices for Prime members in new grocery showdown (Read More)

Headlines – 5/16/2018

Quelling health fears after ‘minor’ ear op., Abbas calls for two-state solution

UN chief calls for political solution for Gaza: “a two state solution allowing Palestinians and Israelis to live in peace and security together”

Netanyahu: ‘No point of peace based on lies’

Cheering Israel’s 70th, descendants of Nazis march in Jerusalem

Pence calls Trump the greatest defender Israel ever had in White House

Democrats conspicuously absent from Israeli embassy’s DC party

The U.S. embassy move: A powerful message, America will stand by our friends

In rare rebuff of Trump, Saudis reject US embassy transfer to Jerusalem

Saudi Arabia: US embassy in Jerusalem represents prejudice against Palestinian rights

Colbert Rips Into Ivanka and Jared as ‘Peace-Treaty Barbie’ Opens U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem

Guatemala to follow in U.S. footsteps, move embassy today

State Department: Hamas using embassy move as excuse for violence

Arab League calls on ICC to investigate ‘Israeli crimes’

White House: Israel Not To Blame For 58 Palestinian Deaths

Haley to UN: ‘No country would act with more restraint than Israel’

‘Enough is enough’: UN condemns Israel as Palestinians bury their dead

UNHRC: Palestinians approaching fence not ‘sufficient grounds’ for live fire

UNHRC: Israel ‘ignores international law again and again’

UN Human Rights Council to hold special session on Israel-Gaza violence

Gaza violence: Israelis and Palestinians in fierce exchanges at UN

Hamas said to offer Israel quiet at Gaza border if airstrikes curbed

Hundreds In Israel And Beyond Protest Killings Of Palestinians On Gaza Border

Ramadan in Gaza: Muslim Holy Month Comes as Israel Kills More Palestinian Protesters

24 out of 61 slain protesters were terrorists

Trump marks start of Ramadan by praising Muslims

Nakba Day draws only 2,000 demonstrators in West Bank and Israeli Arab towns

Uneasy Calm Falls Over Gaza After Israel Kills Scores at Protests

Gaza hospitals struggles to cope with high casualty toll

Hamas trying to use deadly Gaza clashes to secure humanitarian relief, Israel believes

Israeli military sends aid to Gaza

Pipe bomb thrown at IDF force in Hebron

Gaza violence spurs global worry about US Mideast policies

France says Middle East is ‘explosive,’ disagrees with US policy

Ireland dresses down Israeli ambassador over Gaza border deaths

Meeting Erdogan, UK’s May calls for investigation into Gaza border violence

Erdogan: Hamas is not a terrorist organization

Erdan calls to resume targeted killings of Hamas leaders

In Gaza, Palestinians feel abandoned to their fate by an indifferent world

Marking new low in ties, Abbas recalls Palestinian envoy from US

‘Freedom Flotilla’ sets sail from Sweden to the Gaza Strip

In rare move, Knesset c’tee pushes for applying new city elections bill in settlements – within weeks

Al-Qaeda chief says Tel Aviv is also Muslim land

Nasrallah: ‘If Israel crosses red line, next strike will be at its heart’

‘I gave the US trucks and ammunition to Al Qaeda’: The chaotic US effort to arm Syrian rebels

Iraq election: Prime minister trails rivals

Tunisian policemen foil knife attack outside synagogue – Would-be assailant reportedly shouted that he hates Israel

South African leaders tell country’s Jews to reject ‘Nazi-like’ Israel

Israel expels Turkish consul in Jerusalem after Ankara boots Israel’s ambassador

PM Netanyahu: ‘Erdogan knows terrorism and slaughter well, he shouldn’t preach to us’

Bahrain strips 115 of nationality over ‘terrorism’

Netanyahu discusses Iran with Merkel, Gaza with Macron

Iran says will not renegotiate nuclear deal; Warns Israel

Iran to resume uranium enrichment if nuclear talks with EU fail

Report: Iran says can resume nuclear activity to much higher level than before 2015 deal

Iran says EU should make up for US withdrawal from nuclear deal

Iran’s Rouhani asks EU to stand against US ‘illegal and illogical’ actions

Merkel says European ties with US set back over Iran

US imposes sanctions on Iran’s central bank chief, others

EU tells Iran it will try to protect firms from US sanctions

Iran upbeat on nuclear deal after EU talks

North Korea suspends high level talks with South Korea over military drills with US

North Korea threatens to call off U.S. summit amid military drills

Putin drives truck over new controversial bridge linking Russia to Crimea peninsula

Russia’s bridge to Crimea: A metaphor for the Putin era

Putin’s bridge to Crimea illustrates his power – and his regime’s weakness

Russia inches towards making observation of US sanctions a crime

Filling up the gas tank cost Americans an extra $4.4 billion in April

3,000 People In Sweden Have Inserted Microchips Under Their Skin

Lie-detecting computer kiosks equipped with artificial intelligence look like the future of border security

Subcutaneous Fitbits? These cows are modeling the tracking technology of the future

5.8 magnitude earthquake hits near Pamandzi, Mayotte

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Enarotali, Indonesia

Ring Of Fire On Alert After Philippines Earthquake: California Is Warned

Miscoded test Tsunami Warning wrongly distributed in Alaska and causes public concern

La Palma volcano: Canary Islands hit by 40 tremors

Red alert declared on Hawaii’s Big Island; major Kilauea eruption ‘imminent’

Hawaii volcano sees new burst of volcanic ash as officials warn of ‘continuous explosive activity’

Hawaii Volcano Escalates, Threatening to Shoot Rocks ‘the Size of Trucks’

Hawaii residents near volcano deal with falling ash, toxic gas, fears of the ‘big one’

Dangerous sulfur dioxide near Hawaii volcano may cause ‘inability to breathe’

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 26,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 14,000ft

Reports: State of Emergency issued in New York after severe storms batter northeastern US

At least 2 dead, hundreds of thousands without power after violent storms slam Northeast

Two surgeons in China developing a method to transplant a human head

Judge overturns CA assisted-suicide law on legislative process grounds

Spikes in chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis take STDs to record highs in California

Untreatable ‘super gonorrhea’ case could be ‘tip of the iceberg’

Italy anti-abortion posters spark outcry in Rome

Lebanon’s gay pride week brought to halt after crackdown

Maryland Becomes the 11th State to Ban Gay Conversion Therapy for Minors

Does the Devil Make Us Do Things?

Posted: 16 May 2018 10:29 AM PDT

Does the Devil Make Us Do Things?“When the devil had ended all the temptations, he departed from Him until another time” (Luke 4:13).

(By Shane Idleman) One simple story illustrates an example of an opportune time, “Alexander was trying to save all the pennies that he could in order to buy a baseball bat. But he had a hard struggle. One night when he was saying his prayers, his mother heard him say fervently, ‘O Lord, please help me save my money for a baseball bat. And, God, don’t let the ice cream man come down this street anymore’!”

Isn’t that true of temptation? It takes from us, while at the same time, it looks so appealing. Commentator Klyne Snodgrass states it well, “Mention of the ‘schemes’ of the devil reminds us of the trickery by which evil and temptation present themselves in our lives. Evil rarely looks evil until it accomplishes its goal; it gains entrance by appearing attractive, desirable, and perfectly legitimate. It is a baited and camouflaged trap.” That’s important to note: we can miss evil for what it really is until after it has accomplished its purpose. Only by comparing thoughts and actions to God’s Word can we have the insight to see beyond the circumstances. READ MORE

PROPHECY WATCH: King of Turkey urges Islamic Nations to “Unite against Israel”

Posted: 16 May 2018 10:23 AM PDT

PROPHECY WATCH: King of Turkey urges Islamic Nations to “Unite against Israel”Prophetic headlines are once again leaping off the pages as reports are now indicating that Turkey has urged Islamic countries to review their ties with Israel after dozens of Palestinians were killed by Israeli fire on the Gaza border.  Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim told his ruling party in parliament that Ankara would call an extraordinary summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).  “Islamic countries should without fail review their relations with Israel,” Premier

Yildirim said, adding, “The Islamic world should move as one, with one voice, against this massacre.” Yildirim said that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who currently holds the rotating chairmanship of the body, called the OIC summit on Friday.  Yildirim said that after the summit at 3:00 pm a giant rally would be held at the vast Yenikapi meeting area in Istanbul under the slogan of “Stop the Oppression” to express solidarity with the Palestinians.  READ MORE

Hawaii Volcano In chain Of 169 Volcanoes, 50 Are Ready To blow

Posted: 16 May 2018 06:20 AM PDT

Hawaii Volcano In chain Of 169 Volcanoes, 50 Are Ready To blowThe Kilauea volcano in Hawaii is not the only one people should be concerned about. In fact, the volcano is in a long chain of 169 others and of those, 50 are poised to explode, said scientists.  The United States Geological Survey (USGS) lists a total of 169 volatile volcanoes across the Western US, Hawaii, and Alaska. The US volcanoes have been active to varying degrees over the years but the ongoing eruption in Hawaii has reminded people of the unexpected dangers of mother nature;

especially considering scientists say that at least 50 of the fiery mountains listed have been deemed by the USGS to be a “high priority” for the scientific monitoring for an eruption.  According to the USGS, “volcanic unrest is persistent” in Alaska and Hawaii. The Hawaiian Islands are at the end of a chain of volcanoes that formed more than 70 million years ago.  Mauna Loa, for example, the world’s largest active Hawaiian volcano and neighbor to Kilauea on Big Island, has erupted 33 times in the last 175 years. A yellow volcanic advisory for Mauna Loa has been in effect since April after a bout of tremors rocked deep underground beneath the volcano.  READ MORE

Colorado hailstorm so powerful snowplows were dispatched to clear roads of 3 inches of hail

Posted: 16 May 2018 06:10 AM PDT

Colorado hailstorm so powerful snowplows were dispatched to clear roads of 3 inches of hailA May hail storm caused some trouble for residents on the southern and eastern edge of the Denver metro area with more than 3 inches of hail reported near Parker and drivers forced to pull over on Monday afternoon.

Here some incredible pictures and videos of that sizeable hail that pelted cars and quickly piled up on roads to the point that snowplows were dispatched to clear high traffic areas.  It looked a lot like snow but it was more than three inches of hail that was reported at the Pinery.  READ MORE

3 ways the devil Is attacking the Church today

Posted: 16 May 2018 05:53 AM PDT

3 ways the devil Is attacking the Church today

(By Asher Intrater) One of the amazing graces we receive from God through Yeshua, along with forgiveness of sins, eternal life and the Shekhina presence of the Holy Spirit, is the power and authority to heal the sick and cast out demons. Although casting out demons is portrayed in the entertainment world as some kind of weird, insidious, dark ritual, it is actually a commonplace event in the lives of true followers of Yeshua,

to be accompanied by true repentance and a commitment to a pure and honorable life afterwards.  While it is exciting to think of the ability to cast out demons, there is also spiritual warfare against the works of the devil on a wider, more corporate level. Individual demons cause sin and sickness, but greater powers of evil are assigned to destroy the community of faith as a whole. That corporate attack on the Ecclesia comes on three levels: CONTINUE

Theologians warn that Andy Stanley’s message to ‘Unhitch’ Old Testament Is heresy

Posted: 16 May 2018 05:46 AM PDT

Theologians warn that Andy Stanley’s message to ‘Unhitch’ Old Testament Is heresyMegachurch pastor Andy Stanley’s recent message in which he urged Christians to “unhitch” their faith from the Old Testament continues to draw flak, with some calling it heresy.   Both Kevin DeYoung of Christ Covenant Church and Wesley Hill of Trinity School for Ministry are calling Stanley

out for what they contend is heretical teaching — namely, Marcionism — that stems from the early church days. “Most of the 39-minute talk can really only be described as an elaborate and educated flirtation with the old Christian heresy of Marcionism—the belief that the Old Testament is not authoritative in matters of Christian doctrine and morals,” Hill stated, referring to Stanley’s sermon from April. READ MORE

Russia’s new hypersonic weapon likely to be ready for war by 2020

Posted: 16 May 2018 05:40 AM PDT

Russia’s new hypersonic weapon likely to be ready for war by 2020A Russian weapon the U.S. is currently unable to defend against will be ready for war by 2020, according to sources with direct knowledge of American intelligence reports.  The sources, who spoke to CNBC on the condition of anonymity, said Russia successfully tested the weapon, which could carry

a nuclear warhead, twice in 2016. The third known test of the device, called a hypersonic glide vehicle, was carried out in October 2017 and resulted in a failure when the platform crashed seconds before striking its target.  The latest revelations come more than two months after Russian President Vladimir Putin touted his nation’s growing hypersonic arsenal as “invincible.”  READ MORE

4 Ways Porn Can Destroy Your Child

Posted: 16 May 2018 05:35 AM PDT

4 Ways Porn Can Destroy Your ChildThe increase of pornography use and addiction among adults is a growing concern around the world. Sadly, it is far worse for today’s children who are growing up in a fully connected world. Porn is devastating an entire generation of young people.  According to ChildLine founder Dame Esther Rantzen, “Young people are turning to the internet to learn about sex and relationships. We know they

are frequently stumbling across porn, often unintentionally, and they are telling us very clearly that this is having a damaging and upsetting effect on them.”  Many studies report that the average age of a child’s first exposure to pornography is 11 years old. But security technology company Bitdefender’s research states that children under the age of 10 now comprise 22 percent of online porn viewing for youth under 18 years old. The under-10-years-old group now accounts for 1 in 10 visitors to porn video sites. READ MORE

At least 61 dead in four states from deadly dust storms

Posted: 16 May 2018 05:26 AM PDT

At least 61 dead in four states from deadly dust stormsAt least 61 people have died in fierce dust storms across four Indian states since Sunday evening, with officials warning of more bad weather to come.  High-speed winds and lightning devastated many villages, bringing down homes and leaving dozens injured.  The northern state of Uttar Pradesh reported the highest death toll – 38.

More than 70 people had died in dust storms in the state earlier in May.  Officials told BBC Hindi that casualties could go up further.  Twelve people were reported dead in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh, which was also severely hit by the storms. Nine people were killed in the eastern state of West Bengal, while two people have been confirmed dead in Delhi. READ MORE

Ring Of Fire on alert after Philippines earthquake: California has been warned

Posted: 16 May 2018 05:21 AM PDT

Ring Of Fire on alert after Philippines earthquake: California has been warnedAfter a 5.2 magnitude earthquake struck the Philippines, the Ring of Fire was put on alert. After dozens of earthquakes rocked Hawaii this month, followed by a volcanic eruption, many fear the Ring of Fire has become much more active, which has prompted scientists to warn California.   The recent and strong Philippines earthquake struck 113 miles from Davao, which is home to about 1.2 million people. No tsunami threat has been issued for the Philippines, however, which is made up of more than 7,500 islands.

The lack of tsunami warning has slightly calmed the fears of those living in the vicinity of the quake, but those who reside near the Ring of Fire are on alert. Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano, which could be set to unleash its biggest eruption yet in the coming week, along with the 5.2 magnitude earthquake in the Philippines has scientists looking more closely at the densely populated state of California. According to The Express UK, the Pacific Ring of Fire volcanoes are more explosive than the ones located in the island state of Hawaii. READ MORE

Pence says Trump is ‘Greatest Defender of Israel Ever’ in White House

Posted: 15 May 2018 12:34 PM PDT

Pence says Trump is ‘Greatest Defender of Israel Ever’ in White HouseU.S. Vice President Mike Pence said on Monday that President Donald Trump is the “greatest defender of the Jewish state to ever to sit in the Oval Office” at a celebration of the opening of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem in Washington, D.C.  “Just as President Truman made history then Trump has made history now—thanks to his leadership, almost exactly 70 years to the minute since the rebirth of the Jewish state, the American Embassy officially opened in Jerusalem, the capital of the State of

Israel,” Pence declared at the event that also celebrated Israel’s 70 anniversary, which fell on May 14 on the secular calendar.  Pence’s speech came several hours after the United States officially moved its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, a key promise made by Trump and Pence. Pence added: “By finally recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, the United States has chosen fact over fiction—and fact is the only true foundation for a just and lasting peace.”  READ MORE

CUP OF TREMBLING: Israel faces diplomatic fallout after dozens killed in Gaza…

Posted: 15 May 2018 12:24 PM PDT

CUP OF TREMBLING: Israel faces diplomatic fallout after dozens killed in Gaza…Israel faced a growing backlash Tuesday and new charges of using excessive force, a day after Israeli troops firing from across a border fence killed 59 Palestinians and wounded more than 2,700 at a mass protest in Gaza.  Turkey expelled Israel’s ambassador, while Ireland and Belgium summoned Israeli envoys. Leading European countries and the U.N. human rights office called for an

investigation of the bloodshed, and the U.N. Security Council held a moment of silence for the Palestinians killed Monday as it opened discussions on the Gaza situation.  Israel says it has the right to defend its border against a possible mass breach and accuses Gaza’s Hamas rulers of trying to carry out attacks under the cover of the protests. A military spokesman said Tuesday that 14 of those killed a day earlier were involved in attacks.  MORE

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