May 25, 2018 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

REUTERS

A fundraiser for U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday added several defendants to a lawsuit claiming the Persian Gulf state of Qatar hacked his email accounts and shared the contents with news organizations.

President Donald Trump said on Friday it was possible a planned summit with North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un could still take place on June 12 as originally planned.

Norway hopes to open bilateral trade talks with Britain before London’s transition period to leave the European Union ends in 2020, as Brussels seems willing to show some flexibility on the question, the Norwegian foreign minister said on Friday.

A Democratic candidate among front-runners in the race for Iowa governor dropped out on Thursday after accusations of sexual misconduct by three women.

The U.S. Senate on Thursday unanimously approved legislation that would step up protections for congressional staffers facing workplace harassment, including requiring lawmakers to use their personal funds to cover the cost of settlements if they were the alleged harassers.

A U.S. Senate panel has put a measure to tighten oversight of foreign investment in the United States into a must-pass defense policy bill, a Senate committee said on Thursday.

Berlin and Beijing must revamp their relationship to adapt to digital changes, said Angela Merkel, who has made the issue a top priority of her fourth term as German Chancellor.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said that Russia and Japan should sign a peace treaty so that they can realize their economic cooperation ambitions.

Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said he was quietly confident that a strong early turnout in Ireland’s abortion referendum on Friday would favor those seeking change in what only two decades ago was one of Europe’s most socially conservative countries.

Saudi Arabia and Russia are discussing raising OPEC and non-OPEC oil production by some 1 million barrels a day, sources said, while OPEC’s chief said a complaint from U.S. President Donald Trump over high prices had triggered the idea of upping output.

AP Top Stories

Two unidentified men walked into a restaurant on Thursday in the Canadian city of Mississauga and set off a bomb, wounding more than a dozen people, local police said.

A young man who opened fire in an Oklahoma City restaurant, leaving two people with gunshot wounds and two others hurt in the ensuing chaos, was then shot dead by a handgun-carrying civilian in the parking lot, police said.

Taiwan scrambled fighter jets to shadow Chinese bombers conducting a drill around the island, just hours after Beijing welcomed Burkina Faso’s move to sever diplomatic ties with Taipei.

The Senate judiciary committee voted Thursday to advance U.S. District Court nominee Wendy Vitter, a vocal opponent of abortion rights who initially didn’t tell senators about her past extreme comments on the topic.

A judge plans to issue an order Friday requiring that an Alaska jail provide suitable meals to Muslim inmates as they break their daily fasts during Ramadan.

A U.S. Senate committee passed its version of a $716 billion defense policy bill on Thursday, including a measure to prevent Turkey from purchasing Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jets.

Some experts have argued that the rising cost of gas could negate the benefits consumers reaped from the Trump tax cuts passed in late 2017. But when it comes to the overall economic impact of rising oil prices, some economists think we’d need to see another 50% rise in the price of oil before the drag from oil prices turns outright negative.

BBC

Malaysian police say they found $28.6m in cash stuffed in bags during a search of several apartments linked to ousted leader Najib Razak.

Nearly 120lbs of fentanyl, a powerful synthetic painkiller, has been seized by police in Nebraska – one of the largest busts in US history. The drugs, seized last month, could kill over 26 million people, according to estimates by the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

A US jury has awarded $1bn in damages to a woman who was raped by an armed security guard when she was 14.

The Caribbean island of Barbados has elected its first woman prime minister since gaining independence from Britain in 1966.

An Algerian court has sentenced blogger Merzoug Touati to 10 years in prison for sharing sensitive information with a foreign country.

The Duke of Cambridge, Prince William, is to visit Israel, the Palestinian territories and Jordan in the summer. It will be the first official tour of Israel or the Palestinian areas by a member of the Royal Family on behalf of the British government.

WND

A sweeping set of new data privacy regulations descending on Europe is leaving internet companies in the U.S. scrambling to overhaul their practices to avoid steep penalties.

The US Justice Department has opened a criminal investigation into potential market manipulation of bitcoin prices, according to a Bloomberg report.

After a major campaign to impose controversial LGBTQ policies on the state’s 4-H youth program – including the admission of biological males into female restrooms, locker rooms, showers and overnight accommodations, as well as mandatory use of exotic transgender pronouns – those in charge of Iowa’s 4-H program now say they will not be adopting the transgender guidelines after all.


The Briefing — Friday, May 25, 2018

1) Why one Yale graduate who grew up as a foster child tells us that family structure really matters

New York Times (Rob Henderson) –
Why Being a Foster Child Made Me a Conservative

2) The wealth gap and families: Recent economic changes are far more demonstrable in families compared to individuals

New York Times (Christina Gibson-Davis and Christine Percheski) –
Why the Wealth Gap Hits Families the Hardest

3) Failing the intersectionality test: LGBT community deems pro-LGBT mayor unworthy of their support

LEO (Deena Lilygren) –
Why an LGBTQ endorsement should weigh all issues of social justice

4) Remembering the lives of Richard Pipes and Bernard Lewis, two titanic figures in the world of foreign policy

New York Times (William Grimes) –
Richard Pipes, Historian of Russia and Reagan Aide, Dies at 94

Washington Post (Brian Murphy) –
Bernard Lewis, eminent historian of the Middle East, dies at 101

5) The literary legacies of Tom Wolfe and Philip Roth—two very different, very fascinating writers

New York Times (Deirdre Carmody and William Grimes) –
Tom Wolfe, 88, ‘New Journalist’ With Electric Style and Acid Pen, Dies

New York Times (Charles McGrath) –
Philip Roth, Towering Novelist Who Explored Lust, Jewish Life and America, Dies at 85


News – 5/25/2018

Report: Syrian air defense intercepts Israeli missile strike on airport
Syrian state media said a military airport near Homs had come under missile attack which was repelled by its air defense systems on Thursday. “One of our military airports in the central region was exposed to hostile missile aggression, and our air defense systems confronted the attack and prevented it from achieving its aim,” state news agency SANA said.

The ‘Gaza Spring’? Palestinian man sets himself on fire
A young man in the Gaza Strip committed an act of self-immolation, pouring gasoline over his body and setting himself on fire, in protest of what many Palestinians view as a hopeless situation…Harb was a Gaza-based employee of the Palestinian Authority whose salary had been withheld for several months. Local reports said he cursed the Palestinian government as onlookers rushed to put out the flames engulfing him.

MH17: Russia ‘liable’ for downing airliner over Ukraine
Australia and the Netherlands have formally accused Russia of being responsible for downing a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet in 2014. All 298 people on board MH17, which was en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, died when it was shot down over rebel-held territory in Ukraine. On Thursday, Dutch-led international investigators concluded that the missile belonged to a Russian brigade.

Irish abortion referendum voting opens
Polls are open in the referendum on the Republic of Ireland’s abortion laws. The vote will decide whether to repeal a part of the constitution, known as the Eighth Amendment, which effectively bans terminations in the country. Currently, abortion is only allowed when a woman’s life is at risk, but not in cases of rape, incest or fatal foetal abnormality.

North Korea ready to talk ‘at any time’ with Donald Trump
North Korea has said it is still willing to talk “at any time in any form” after US President Donald Trump abruptly cancelled his meeting with Kim Jong-un. Vice-foreign minister Kim Kye-gwan said Mr Trump’s decision was “extremely regrettable”. President Trump blamed the North’s “open hostility” for the cancellation.

Tech companies scramble as sweeping data rules take effect
A sweeping set of new data privacy regulations descending on Europe is leaving internet companies in the U.S. scrambling to overhaul their practices to avoid steep penalties. Companies like Google, Twitter, Yelp and Uber have in recent weeks sent notices to their users about updates to privacy policies and user agreements aimed at making their data collection practices more transparent.

Mortgage rates have been rising at a pace not seen in almost 50 years
Mortgage rates continued their upward march this week, extending the most prolonged increase in rates in 46 years. According to the latest data released Thursday by Freddie Mac, the 30-year fixed-rate average climbed to 4.66 percent with an average 0.4 point. (Points are fees paid to a lender equal to 1 percent of the loan amount.) It was 4.61 percent a week ago and 3.95 percent a year ago.

NFL players reportedly already discussing new forms of protest after national anthem rule
Various NFL players are reportedly discussing different forms of protesting in response to a new policy requiring players to stand for the national anthem. “I talked to a former NFL player yesterday who has said that players are already talking about other ways in which they can protest,” NBC’s Craig Melvin said on “Today” on Thursday.

Hybrid human chicken embryos: HALF HUMAN – HALF CHICKEN abomination created in US lab
A TEAM of stem cell researchers have done the seemingly impossible and successfully combined artificial human cells with the embryo of a chicken in a shock new experiment aimed at trying to better understand developing life. Until now, scientists have been unable to answer how certain cells in a developing embryo decide to become muscles or limbs, while others become bones and nerves.

Hawaii helicopter evacuation readied as new lava stream hits ocean
A third lava flow from Hawaii’s erupting Kilauea volcano streamed into the ocean on Thursday as U.S. Marine Corps helicopters stood by to evacuate a Big Island community should molten rock or huge cracks block its final escape route. Six huge fissures sent rivers of molten rock through a blackened, volcanic wilderness that was once jungle, farmland and rural homes.

Taiwan sends aircraft to shadow Chinese bombers around island
Taiwan’s air force scrambled aircraft on Friday as Chinese bombers flew around the self-ruled island, just a few hours after Taiwan vowed not to be cowed having lost another diplomatic ally amid growing Chinese pressure. Taiwan is China’s most sensitive territorial issue and a potential dangerous military flashpoint. China claims the island as its sacred territory and has vowed not to allow any attempts at what it views as Taiwan separatism.

Mysterious Booms, House-Rattling Sounds In Pennsylvania Under Investigation By FBI
Federal and local authorities are investigating mysterious booms being reported in Upper Bucks and Lehigh Counties. Springfield Township police say there have been multiple reports of loud explosions, with the most recent one happening shortly after 4 a.m. on Tuesday.

Someone Has Infected At Least 500,000 Routers All Over The World And No One Knows Why
Unknown hackers have reportedly infected at least 500,000 routers and other network devices all over the world with sophisticated and potentially destructive malware—and the Ukrainian government believes Russian hackers may use this botnet in an attack ahead of the Champions League soccer final this week in Kiev.

Tropical cyclone Sagar cause deaths and floods in Somalia, Djibouti}
A tropical cyclone has wrecked havoc across the Horn of Africa, leaving at least 15 people dead and tens of thousands displaced.

Is East Africa is splitting in two? A big crack raises question
A large crack, stretching several kilometres, made a sudden appearance recently in south-western Kenya. The tear, which continues to grow, caused part of the Nairobi-Narok highway to collapse and was accompanied by seismic activity in the area.

Tropical Cyclone Mekunu Brings Life-Threatening Flooding Concerns to Oman, Yemen and Might Be an Unusual Landfall
Tropical Cyclone Mekunu is strengthening as it tracks toward the Arabian Peninsula, where it is expected to make landfall near the border of Oman and Yemen late this week.

Paris hit by flash flooding in shock hailstorm
The streets and Métro stations in Paris have been flooded after unseasonal storms brought heavy rainfall and strong hail to the capital – while strong hail further south in Vaucluse has destroyed crops.

Trump Quotes Jeremiah 1:5 at Pro-Life Gala, Says ‘Every Life Has Meaning’
President Donald Trump assured a prominent gathering of pro-life leaders and activists Tuesday night that the pro-life movement will “never fail” as long as “we keep trusting God” and quoted the Old Testament to argue that “every child is a precious gift from God.”

Sweden distributes 4.8 million leaflets demanding their citizens be prepared for WAR – are they referring to Russia or Muslim migrants?
“The publication comes as the debate on security – and the possibility of joining Nato – has intensified in Sweden in the wake of Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014 and recent incursions into Swedish airspace and territorial waters by Russian planes and submarines.”

WATCH: Israeli “Flying Car” Makes Successful First Trip
A “flying car” being developed by an Israeli firm successfully completed its first trip over terrain this past November, Reuters reported Tuesday.

MEDIA BLACKOUT: Turkish soldiers shoot read Syrian refugees (including children) at the border, why no outrage?
Eight Syrian civilians, half of them are children, were shot dead by Turkish border guards while attempting to cross into Turkey, local activists reported.

Massive Explosions Reported From North Korea’s Nuclear Site
Witnesses have reported huge explosions from the Punggye-ri nuclear test site as North Korea announces it wants to achieve peace by destroying its nukes.

Surprise outcome for Iowa 4-H LGBT coup
After a major campaign to impose controversial LGBTQ policies on the state’s 4-H youth program – including the admission of biological males into female restrooms, locker rooms, showers and overnight accommodations, as well as mandatory use of exotic transgender pronouns – those in charge of Iowa’s 4-H program now say they will not be adopting the transgender guidelines after all.

Valedictorian Ordered Not to Thank ‘Jesus’ During Graduation Speech
The valedictorian at a high school in Illinois is considering legal action after officials barred him from referencing God and Jesus during his graduation speech.

Population of England set to rise by 3.2million in 10 years, London by 774,000
The latest set of data from the Office for National Statistics shows the population of England is set to rise by 3.2million by mid-2026. As you would expect, migration plays a huge role in that population surge. In fact, in the North East of England, out of a projected population growth of 50,000, 44,000 is down to international migration.

Dartmouth Survey Finds Democrat Students Are the Most Intolerant
“also are much less likely than Republican students to study and work on course projects with those of differing ideology”


Mid-Day Snapshot

Trump Walks Away With a Win Over North Korea

Canceling the Singapore summit with Kim Jong-un is not a loss for the U.S. — far from it.

In Time for Memorial Day: Overdue VA Reform

Private-sector influence is exactly what the VA needs, not simply more taxpayer money.

Democrats Blame Trump for High Gas Prices

Meanwhile, Dems regularly call for more tax hikes on gasoline.

Demo Identity Politics Chasing Whites Away

You may have heard that whites are becoming Republican because they’re racist.

Immigration Is Becoming a November Issue

Moderate House Republicans are trying to force a vote on legalizing “dreamers.”

Why China’s Belt and Road Initiative Matters

China is hungry to play an expanding role on the world stage and is willing to spend a lot to do it.

Trump Slashes $6B in Red Tape

The president is cutting government regulations at double the rate he campaigned on.

Friday Short Cuts

Braying Jenny: “I think it’s a good thing for Kim Jong-un.” —House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi

Friday Top Headlines

North Korea, Medal of Honor, Dodd-Frank rollback, NFL protests, armed citizen, and more.

Today’s Opinion

Marc A. Thiessen
Trump Should Make Clear to North Korea That the Libya Model Is Indeed on the Table
Mona Charen
The Commencement Speech You Never Hear
Michael Barone
Obama Administration’s Spying on Trump a Departure From Norms
Tony Perkins
NFL Gets Off the Sidelines in Anthem Fight
Jonah Goldberg
Conservatives Need to Argue About Ideas, Not About Trump

Today’s Meme


Today’s Cartoon


The Foundation

“If we desire to secure peace, one of the most powerful instruments of our rising prosperity, it must be known that we are at all times ready for war.” —George Washington (1793)

Headlines – 5/25/2018

Israel to advance plans for 3,900 West Bank settler homes

Israeli court approves demolition of Palestinian village in West Bank

Israel calls on EU to end funding to pro-boycott groups

Including Israel in anti-Semitism definition, Congress wades into political mire

GCC warns against ‘serious consequences’ of US move, denounces Israeli actions in Gaza – Oman called for “the Palestinian people to establish an independent state” along the 1967 borders

Somali FM meets Turkish counterpart in Istanbul and reiterates its clear position that Jerusalem is the capital of Palestine

Czech FM: Hamas alone responsible for deadly Gaza violence

Gaza ministry removes baby from list of people killed by Israeli army

High Court rejects petitions to stop IDF from using live fire on Gaza protesters

Israel said to consider long-term cease fire with Hamas

CAIR Official Calls on US Government to Investigate American Jews Who Join IDF

Israeli TV airs apparently leaked photo of F-35 flying over Beirut

New Hezbollah sanctions may hamstring formation of Lebanese government

Strike on Syrian air base said to target Hezbollah arms depot

France, Russia to push coordination mechanism efforts on Syria

Iraq says suicide bomber kills 7 in northern Baghdad park

Turkey’s economy at risk as currency hits record low

Israel accuses Iran of testing 2 missiles this year, violating UNSC resolution

Is Iran hiding an ICBM test site in plain sight?

UN nuclear watchdog says Iran in compliance with deal as U.S. imposes new sanctions

Macron to discuss Iran nuclear deal with Putin as points of view coincide

Putin welcomes European efforts to save Iran nuclear deal

Iran wants Europeans to present economic package by end of May

Iran nuclear deal signatories meet for first time since US pullout

Council of Iranian Democrats: America’s strategy weakens Shiite crescent

At least 7 dead in Benghazi attack in Libya

The rising tensions between China, US

N. Korea demolishes nuclear test site as journalists watch

US official: Trump-Kim summit called off after broken N. Korea promises

Trump cancels historic North Korea summit, citing ‘tremendous anger and open hostility’

Trump says US military ready if North Korea’s Kim acts foolishly

Trump cancels Kim summit: ‘Pray our massive nuclear capabilities are never used’

After Trump nixes summit, North Korea says still open to meeting

Pompeo says Pyongyang relations would return to ‘situation normal’

France’s Macron urges US, North Korea to continue efforts towards a summit

Putin defends N. Korea after Trump cancels summit

Here’s What We Know About Russia’s Hypersonic Waverider Weapon

Norway worried by intensified Russian naval activity

Investigators identify Russian military unit in downing of flight MH17

Two men set off bomb in restaurant in Canada, 15 wounded

Man opens fire inside Oklahoma restaurant before ‘armed citizen’ shoots, kills him, police say

Trump proposes linking foreign aid to illegal immigration

Border Patrol union boss calls Trump’s National Guard deployment a ‘colossal waste’

Soros spends big in California’s DA races in bid to reshape criminal justice system

Trump fundraiser expands U.S. lawsuit accusing Qatar of hacking his emails

Mark Zuckerberg said the ‘vast majority’ of people actively opt into one of Facebook’s most invasive features

Facebook accused of conducting mass surveillance through its apps

Chelsea Manning says mass surveillance ‘getting worse’

Assange’s refuge in Ecuadorian embassy ‘in jeopardy’

‘Biggest’ change in oil market history: Crude prices set to soar ahead of shipping revolution

Rising oil prices won’t hurt the economy until they hit $120 a barrel

Over 300 homes destroyed after big cracks appear in Uganda

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits the Central Mid-Atlantic Ridge

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Ndoi Island, Fiji

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Nago, Japan

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits the Southeast Indian Ridge

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Amsterdam Island, France

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Pamandzi, Mayotte

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 27,000ft

Newest Hawaii volcanic ash plume rises to about 10,000 feet

As Hawaii’s Kilauea erupts, volcanologists swarm: ‘I expect great science from this event’

Hawaii volcano produces methane and ‘eerie’ blue flames

Hawaii volcano’s blue flames trigger fears of explosions

Mekunu turns into category 1 cyclone, heads toward Salalah

Oman Braces for ‘Extremely Severe’ Cyclone Mekunu

Saudi-led Arab Coalition announces aid on the way to Yemen’s Socotra after Cyclone Mekunu hits

Tropical cyclone possible in Gulf of Mexico this weekend, National Hurricane Center says

Beach bummer? Tropical storm could drench Gulf Coast over Memorial Day weekend

Aerial video shows rain, hail flooding Colorado street, swamping cars

Trace amounts of opioids found in shellfish off Seattle coast: report

Study Links Some Antidepressants, Bipolar Medications, Parkinson’s Drugs To Dementia

Catholic priest ‘infected with Ebola’ in DR Congo

Harvey Weinstein to surrender in sexual misconduct case in Manhattan


ApostasyWatch Daily News

Amy Spreeman – Do You Love The Deceived?

End Time Fatigue Has Hit an Iceberg…..And That’s a Good Thing

Clash of the cults in Singapore; Apostolic pot calling the Islamic kettle black

This church has a history of sexual abuse and coverups. Ex-members blame the culture

Police arrest dozens of Christians in Pakistan

Mike Ratliff – What are Justification and Sanctification?

Tim Hurd – Marx in Sheep’s Clothing

Jesus Tells Jesse Duplantis, “Do You Want to Come Where I am? Then You Need a New Private Jet.”

Jim Bakker: The Coming Judgment

6,000 Attend UMC Women’s Assembly, Speakers Lament Failure to Pass ‘God Isn’t Male or Female’ Amendment

Judge Rules School District Engaged in ‘Sex Stereotyping’ by Not Allowing Girl to Use Boys’ Restroom

‘We Have Devalued Life’: Texas Lieutenant Governor Calls Out ‘Culture of Violence’ Following Santa Fe High School Massacre

Amazon provides Police with scary facial recognition system that some deem as “recipe for authoritarianism and disaster,”

Posted: 25 May 2018 07:11 AM PDT

Amazon provides Police with scary facial recognition system that some deem as “recipe for authoritarianism and disaster,”In what’s been called a “recipe for authoritarianism and disaster,” Amazon has reportedly been selling a facial recognition software called “Rekognition” to law enforcement agencies in the United States since last fall.  Civil-rights groups are crying foul while citing concerns about the potential misuse of such a tool, which can be utilized on a police officer’s body camera.  Dozens of organizations, including the American Civil Liberties Union, submitted a letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, asking the company

to stop the distribution of their new tool. The statement read: “Rekognition is a powerful surveillance system readily available to violate rights and target communities of color. … With Rekognition, Amazon delivers these dangerous surveillance powers directly to the government.” But Amazon pushed back in an emailed statement about the program, saying that it had “many useful applications in the real world” and that the firm “requires that customers comply with the law and be responsible when they use” its products.  READ MORE

Canadian Authorities Search for 2 Men After IED Injures 15 at Toronto Restaurant

Posted: 25 May 2018 06:47 AM PDT

Canadian Authorities Search for 2 Men After IED Injures 15 at Toronto RestaurantAn explosion caused by an “improvised explosive device” ripped through an Indian restaurant in a mall in the Toronto suburb of Mississauga, wounding 15 people, Canadian police said.  Peel Region Sergeant Matt Bertram said two suspects with their faces covered to conceal their identity entered the Bombay Bhel restaurant late Thursday, dropped the device and fled.

“We have no indication to call it a hate crime or any kind of terrorism act,” Bertram said. Peel Region paramedic Joe Korstanje said three people suffered critical injuries and were taken to the hospital while the remaining 12 victims suffered what he described as minor and superficial injuries. Police later updated the condition of the three critically injured patients to stable. READ MORE

4.6-magnitude earthquake rumbles off Oregon coast

Posted: 25 May 2018 06:41 AM PDT

4.6-magnitude earthquake rumbles off Oregon coastA 4.6-magnitude earthquake rumbled beneath the ocean more than 100 miles west of Bandon early Sunday morning.  The Oregonian/OregonLive reported the quake occurred at 2:47 a.m. at a depth of more than six miles,

the third in the same general area off the southern Oregon coast reported by the U.S. Geological Survey.  A magnitude-3.1 quake was recorded April 20 and a 4.0 shook on April 29. Another, magnitude-3.8 earthquake struck April 26 a bit closer to shore, about 77 miles west of Coos Bay. READ MORE

Is Amazon removing Conservative Sites?

Posted: 25 May 2018 06:34 AM PDT

Is Amazon removing Conservative Sites?A popular legal blogger whose site was abruptly terminated without an opportunity for appeal by the revenue-sharing program Amazon Associates has concluded that someone at the web retail giant “wanted us gone” for political and ideological reasons. William A. Jacobson of the blog Legal Insurrection said his participation in Amazon Associates was ended April 28 “without warning, with false and shifting explanations.”  Amazon further told Jacobson it was holding back any accumulated money his site was owed.

“There was no prior indication of a problem, or chance to cure,” he said.  Now, after the “month-long futile process of seeking reinstatement is over, it is clear to me that someone at Amazon wanted us gone.”  “The wholesale effort to marginalize and silence voices that dissent from the Leftist agenda was not as obvious then as it is now, and at the time I thought the whole thing was just one of those inexplicable and unfortunate mistakes that happen sometimes,” Spencer wrote Thursday.  Now, based on Amazon’s explanation of what happened to him and reading Legal Insurrection’s post, he said, “I realize that it was far more insidious.” READ MORE

 

Atheists Declare War Against the Ten Commandments in Arkansas

Posted: 25 May 2018 06:26 AM PDT

Atheists Declare War Against the Ten Commandments in Arkansas(By American History and Heritage Foundation INC) “This week, I was informed that several anti-American organizations have filed two federal lawsuits basically declaring their own war on the Arkansas Ten Commandments Monument and ACT 1231. I was proud to sponsor ACT 1231, which passed with an overwhelming majority by the Arkansas legislature and was signed into law by Gov. Asa Hutchinson in 2015,” says Sen. Jason Raport. “I am encouraged that Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge and her office are prepared to defend the people of Arkansas and the Ten Commandments Monument, which honors part of the historical and moral foundation law.

If the Ten Commandments are good enough to be displayed in the United States Supreme Court Chamber and other state capitol grounds in Texas and around our nation, then they are good enough to be displayed in Arkansas. I look forward to a vigorous defense of the law in Arkansas.” The state of Arkansas installed the second Ten Commandments Monument donated by the American History & Heritage Foundation on April 26, 2018. On April 8, 2015, the Arkansas General Assembly passed SB939—The Ten Commandments Monument Act—and Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed the bill into law becoming, ACT 1231. READ MORE

No amount of alcohol, sausage or bacon is safe according to cancer experts

Posted: 25 May 2018 06:20 AM PDT

No amount of alcohol, sausage or bacon is safe according to cancer expertsNo amount of alcohol, sausage or bacon is safe according to a new global blueprint on how to beat cancer.  Even small amounts of processed meats and booze increase the risk of a host of cancers outlined in World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) guidelines updated every decade.  The respected global authority has unveiled a 10-point plan to cut your risk of getting cancer by up to 40%. Brits

have been told to banish favorites such as ham, burgers and hot dogs from their diets by experts who say they are a direct cause of bowel cancer. Processed meats also cause people to be overweight which can trigger many more cancers. But UK experts have disagreed with the draconian advice insisting the odd bacon sandwich “isn’t anything to worry about”.  READ MORE

Facial recognition can now identify liars

Posted: 25 May 2018 06:15 AM PDT

Facial recognition can now identify liarsSurveillance cameras at airports could be used to identify passengers who are not telling the truth, helping better identify terrorists and drug-smugglers while minimizing instances of racial profiling.  The artificial-intelligence programme was developed by a team of computer scientists at the University of Rochester, New York, using crowdsourcing technology to build the largest public data

resource of liars’ facial expressions. Researchers used a machine-learning algorithm to analyze over 1.3 million frames of one-to-one interactions. Among the most common traits associated with lying identified by the programme was a high-intensity version of the so-called Duchenne smile, in which people effectively smile with their eyes. READ MORE

DAYS OF NOAH: Half Human-Half Chicken abomination created in lab…

Posted: 25 May 2018 06:11 AM PDT

DAYS OF NOAH: Half Human-Half Chicken abomination created in lab…A team of stem cell researchers has done the seemingly impossible and successfully combined artificial human cells with the embryo of a chicken in a shock new experiment aimed at trying to better understand developing life.  Until now, scientists have been unable to answer how certain cells in a developing embryo decide to become muscles or limbs, while others become bones and nerves. But

now researchers led by Dr Ali Brivanlou, from Rockefeller University in New York, have achieved the unimaginable in a shock experiment. By grafting petri dish-grown human cells onto the embryo of a chicken the scientists were for the first time ever able to observe how cells organize themselves. The study was published this week in the science journal Nature where the scientists unveiled the inner machinations of so-called ‘organiser cells’.  READ MORE

DAYS OF LOT: America’s LGBT Population Rises to 4.5 Percent, Mostly Among Millennials

Posted: 24 May 2018 12:35 PM PDT

DAYS OF LOT: America’s LGBT Population Rises to 4.5 Percent, Mostly Among MillennialsIn the United States, the percentage of adults identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender has increased to 4.5 percent, according to a year-long survey, which also shows that the biggest increase has been among millennials.  Gallup’s daily tracking in 2017 has found that more than 11 million adults now identify as LGBT in the country, which is 4.5 percent of the population — up from 4.1

percent in 2016 and 3.5 percent in 2012. The increase is driven primarily by the millennials, meaning those born between 1980 and 1999, as those from this group who identify as LGBT rose from 7.3 percent in 2016 to 8.1 percent in 2017. It stood at 5.8 percent in 2012. In Generation X, meaning those born from 1965 to 1979, the LGBT percentage was up 0.2 percent from 2016 to 2017. READ MORE

Pakistan heatwave kills 65 people in Karachi and death toll could rise

Posted: 24 May 2018 12:29 PM PDT

Pakistan heatwave kills 65 people in Karachi and death toll could riseA heatwave has killed 65 people in Pakistan’s southern city of Karachi over the past three days, a social welfare organization said on Tuesday, amid fears the death toll could climb as the high temperatures persist.  The heatwave has coincided with power outages and the holy month of Ramadan, when most Muslims do not eat or drink during daylight hours. Temperatures hit 44 degrees Celsius (111

Fahrenheit) on Monday, local media reported. Faisal Edhi, who runs the Edhi Foundation that operates morgues and an ambulance service in Pakistan’s biggest city, said the deaths occurred mostly in the poor areas of Karachi. “Sixty-five people have died over the last three days,” Edhi told Reuters. “We have the bodies in our cold storage facilities and their neighborhood doctors have said they died of heat-stroke.” READ MORE

Caitlyn Jenner calls Trump ‘worst president’ on LGBT issues, says she won’t support his re-election

Posted: 24 May 2018 12:23 PM PDT

Caitlyn Jenner calls Trump ‘worst president’ on LGBT issues, says she won’t support his re-electionThough she’s an unapologetic Republican, Caitlyn Jenner says she won’t be supporting President Trump’s 2020 re-election because she has been “disappointed” in his views on LGBTQ issues.  Jenner called Trump the “worst president we have ever had” when it comes to representing the LGBTQ community in a recent interview with Broadly. The former Olympic athlete and reality TV star has

Watch the latest video at foxnews.comfaced fierce backlash from peers since she revealed she voted for Trump in the 2016 election. At the time, she said it was harder to come out as transgender than as a member of the Republican Party. “I would rather convince the Republican Party to do a better job when it comes to all LGBT issues than to try to convince the Democrats to lower taxes and lower regulations and let our country thrive financially and economically,” Jenner told “Tucker Carlson Tonight” in April 2017. READ MORE


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