June 14, 2018 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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President Donald Trump said that North Korea no longer posed a nuclear threat and his top diplomat offered a hopeful timeline for “major disarmament,” despite skepticism at home that Pyongyang will abandon its nuclear weapons following this week’s summit.

Vice President Mike Pence plans to visit Guatemala and meet with victims of a recent deadly volcanic eruption as part of a Latin American trip to Brazil and Ecuador.

Venture capitalist Tim Draper, fresh off an attention-grabbing victory getting a proposal onto the November ballot to split California into three states, said on Wednesday he was confident voters ill-served by their government would embrace the plan.

The United States will release $6.6 million to a Syrian group that rescues civilians caught up in fighting and a United Nations group that monitors human rights abuses, the State Department said.

Arab warplanes and warships pounded Houthi positions in Yemen’s Hodeidah for a second day on Thursday, as a Saudi-led alliance tried to seize the main port in the largest battle of a war that has created the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

Russia vowed on Thursday to retaliate for a plan by Norway to more than double the number of U.S. Marines stationed there.

Russian police detained veteran British LGBT rights campaigner Peter Tatchell in Moscow on Thursday for what they said was an illegal protest on the first day of the soccer World Cup.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman told Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday that Saudi Arabia wants to continue cooperation with Russia on global oil markets, adding that this cooperation was beneficial for the whole world.

North and South Korea failed to reach any concrete agreement during their military talks on Thursday, as two-star generals from both sides met just two days after U.S. President Donald Trump floated his plan to halt joint exercises with South Korea.

U.S. retail sales increased more than expected in May as consumers bought motor vehicles and a range of other goods even as they paid more for gasoline, the latest indication of an acceleration in economic growth in the second quarter.

The Labor Department said initial claims for state unemployment benefits dropped 4,000 to a seasonally adjusted 218,000 for the week ended June 9.

AP Top Stories

A New Jersey special education teacher has stunned her coworkers by donating $1m to her former school district – seven years after her death.

Dozens of football hooligans have failed to surrender their passports ahead of Thursday’s World Cup opening ceremony, raising fears they could attempt to travel to Russia. Police are now visiting known hooligans who have yet to hand over their travel documents in a bid to ensure they remain at home.

A fast-moving brush fire destroyed eight homes in the Utah tourist town of Moab, while more than 3,000 people in Colorado and Wyoming fled multiple wildfires scorching the drought-stricken U.S. West on Wednesday.

George H.W. Bush enjoyed a relaxing birthday on Tuesday as he became the first former U.S. president to turn 94.

The melting of Antarctica is accelerating at an alarming rate, with about 3 trillion tons of ice disappearing since 1992, an international team of ice experts said in a new study.

Women roared to victories Tuesday in Democratic primaries across Virginia on Tuesday, falling in line with what has been a national trend. In every Democratic primary where a woman was on the ballot in Virginia, a woman won the nomination.

France should stop plowing large amounts of cash into a welfare system that fails to rescue the poor from poverty, President Emmanuel Macron said in a video clip released by his office that critics said showed he was uncaring.

The Federal Reserve raised interest rates on Wednesday for the seventh time since the financial crisis. In its monetary policy statement released Wednesday, the central bank increased the target range for its benchmark interest rate by 0.25% to a range of 1.75%-2%, the highest since September 2008. All eight voting members of the FOMC voted in favor of Wednesday’s decision.

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Catholic Argentina’s lower house has backed a bill legalizing abortion in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy.

San Francisco is to have its first-ever female black mayor – at a time when African-Americans are becoming increasingly scarce in the US city.

Police and prosecutors in Chile have raided offices and seized documents of the Roman Catholic Church amid a child sexual abuse and cover-up scandal.

Motorists in New South Wales, Australia, will soon be scanned by camera technology to detect if they are using mobile phones.

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The U.S. House approved a ban Wednesday on the importation and trafficking of anatomically correct child sex dolls and robots that “normalize sex between adults and minors.”

The federal government Wednesday announced a special Place to Worship initiative to ensure religious organizations have a “place to gather for worship.” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said that while such rights are protected in the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act of 2000, they are not adequately enforced. “The goal of the Initiative is to increase enforcement and public awareness of the land use provisions of RLUIPA.”


News – 6/14/2018

Austrian-Born Chancellor Calls For New ‘Axis’ Against Immigration
Kurz, 31, a conservative, pressed for Italy, Germany and Austria to join together and form an “axis” against illegal migration in Europe, Politico reported. Kurz met with Horst Seehofer, the conservative German interior minister, about tightening borders to combat the rise of illegal migration. “In our view, we need an ‘axis of the willing’ in the fight against illegal migration,” Kurz told reporters following his meeting with Seehofer, according to Deutsche Welle. “I am happy about the good cooperation that we want to develop between Rome, Vienna and Berlin.

America’s biggest enemy is ‘fake news’
President Trump has made it official, at least on Twitter. America’s biggest enemy is “fake news.” Upon returning from the Singapore summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, trump tweeted Wednesday that it was “so funny” to watch coverage by NBC and CNN, whom he labeled as “fake news” and “fools,” indicating both networks were doing their best to downplay the agreement with North Korea.

Hezbollah refused Russian demand to leave south Syria
A Syrian human rights monitoring group reported on Thursday that the Hezbollah terror group’s leadership has refused to accede to a Russian request that its forces vacate a number of locations in southwest Syria near the Lebanese border. Despite the refusal, no dispute or fraying of relations were detailed in the report. The rights group said that Hezbollah is sporadically “renewing its ranks” in military posts straddling the Syrian-Lebanese border, serving as proof that it has no intention to evacuate the area.

Sessions Says More Firings Possible Following DOJ Report
The Justice Department’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) on Thursday will release a 500-page report of an investigation into the FBI’s handling of former Secretary of State Clinton’s email investigation. The report is expected to be heavily critical of former FBI Director James Comey, former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and former Attorney General Loretta Lynch.

Civilians flee bombardment as Arab states pound Yemen port
Arab warplanes and warships pounded Houthi positions in Yemen’s Hodeidah for a second day on Thursday, as a Saudi-led alliance tried to seize the main port in the largest battle of a war that has created the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

Assad: I wouldn’t object to permanent Iranian base in Syria
Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad said on Wednesday that relations with Iran and its presence in Syria were non-negotiable. Speaking with the Iranian-based Al Alam television network, Assad added that he would not object to the establishment of a permanent Iranian military base within his country’s borders if such a base is necessary.

First time in Judea and Samaria: Offensive drone in action
This drone can fly about half third of a mile in a very short time, sending a large quantity of riot dispersal material, especially tear gas, very accurately, all at a height of around 300 feet. “No stone will reach this height,” explains Major A., the liaison officer at the Binyamin Brigade who was one of the project’s leaders. “The moment they recognize that a drone is approaching them, they are already leaving,”

Haley Decries ‘Morally Bankrupt’ UN
“The nature of this resolution clearly demonstrates that politics is driving the day. It is totally one-sided. It makes not one mention of the Hamas terrorists who routinely initiate the violence in Gaza,” U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley told the U.N. body.

US Negotiation Team Heading to Israel, ME to Push Peace Plan
US Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt and White House special adviser Jared Kushner will arrive to Israel as part of a Middle East tour next week to discuss previously undisclosed details of a peace plan being promoted by US President Donald Trump. The delegation is also expected to visit Egypt and Saudi Arabia. The trip may be further expanded to include additional countries.

U.N. votes down U.S. bid to condemn Hamas violence against Israel
In a public relations blow to Israel’s right to self-defense the United Nations General Assembly voted not to condemn Hamas violence and in favor of international protection for the Palestinian people along the Gaza border, in the West Bank and east Jerusalem. The dramatic three hour debate…ended on Wednesday evening with resounding applause for the Palestinians as a resolution that censured Israeli actions in Gaza passed by 120-8, with 45 abstentions.

Israel and Germany green light billion dollar killer drone deal
German lawmakers approved on Wednesday a $600 million military deal to lease several Heron TP drones manufactured by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI)… IAI confirmed the agreement was signed with Airbus to lease the company’s Heron TP Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) RPASs (remotely piloted air vehicle system) to Germany’s Federal Ministry of Defence pending approval of the German federal budget, which is expected in the second half of 2018.

North Korea sanctions remain until complete denuclearisation, says US
North Korea will not see any economic sanctions lifted until it has demonstrated “complete denuclearisation”, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said. Mr Pompeo was speaking at a press conference in Seoul with his South Korean and Japanese counterparts. It comes days after President Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un held a historic summit in Singapore.

Chile police raid Catholic Church offices amid sex abuse scandal
Police and prosecutors in Chile have raided offices and seized documents of the Roman Catholic Church amid a child sexual abuse and cover-up scandal. The surprise raids took place in the capital Santiago and in the city of Rancagua. They come as two Vatican envoys are in Chile to investigate the claims and advise dioceses how to respond.

First human case of plague in Idaho since 1992 confirmed in Elmore County child
A child in Elmore County was confirmed to be infected with the plague this week, according to the Central District Health Department, marking the first human diagnosis in Idaho since 1992. The child is recovering after receiving antibiotics. Cases of plague in Idaho were diagnosed in squirrels as recently as 2016, though none have been found in southern Ada County or Elmore County this year.

The Rampage: Supersonic missile developed to destroy high quality targets
With tensions still high between Israel and Iran, a new supersonic air-to-surface missile designed for the annihilation of high-quality targets has been developed by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and Israel Military Industry Systems (IMI). Dubbed “The Rampage”…it is an accurate supersonic, long-range air-to-ground assault missile with a warhead, rocket engine and advanced navigation suit which allows for precision targeting…

Virginia School District Sparks Outrage Over Plan to Remove Clergy From List of ‘Trusted Adults’
A Virginia school district is raising eyebrows this week for their plans to remove clergy from their suggested “trusted adults” and begin using the phrase “sex assigned at birth” instead of “biological sex” in their Family Life Education curriculum.

Catholic Bishops Conference In Florida Calls For Catholics To Disobey Trump Immigration Policies, Threatens ‘Canonical Punishment’
EDITOR’S NOTE: The Catholic Bishops Conference in Florida has produced some intense results so far, not the least of which was calling for massive civil disobedience against our duly-elected president’s immigration policies. Not only that, the bishops also suggested that catholics who don’t disobey the president’s policies should be harshly punished with Catholic ‘canonical penalties’ which include everything from denial of taking the magic cookie, all the way up to being ex-communicated from the Whore of Babylon.

DEMONS really are possessing people, warns psychiatrist, as pure evil sweeps over humanity
An Ivy League-educated psychiatrist is convinced that there’s a growing epidemic of demonic possession in the world today, and that most everyday people now recognize the dark reality of this scary situation.

ASSAD: The West Funds Terrorists In Syria, They’re The Problem Not Us
Syrian President Bashar Assad has slammed the US, the UK, and France for supporting terrorists in Syria, adding they are responsible for all the bloodshed in the country.

Hanging From Doorknobs: 12 Pedophile Related Celebrity ‘Suicides’ So Far
Aside from the way they were found, Spade and Bourdain were both linked to the Clintons and it has since transpired that they may have also had knowledge of high-reaching child trafficking operations.

In a brazen act of defiance, the ‘Palestinian Authority’ says that no force in the world can prevent them from paying terrorists and their families…WITH YOUR TAX MONEY
The Palestinian Authority (PA) government in Ramallah sent a defiant message to the United States and Israel on Monday regarding its support for terrorists and their families.

The potential future leader of South Africa says blacks aren’t calling for the killing of whites…AT LEAST FOR NOW
Julius Malema says he has not called for the murder of white people, “at least for now.”

Groundbreaking: Israeli Team Using Special Enzyme To Treat Volcano Burns In Guatemala
An Israeli medical team dispatched to Guatemala last week to treat victims of a devastating volcano there were using a special enzyme developed at the Soroka-University Medical Center in Beersheba to treat the wounded, a Foreign Ministry spokesman said Saturday.

Royal Family calls Israel ‘Occupied Palestinian Territories’ in latest disgraceful act against the Jewish State
Royal family announcement on ‘nonpolitical trip’ to region calls Judea and Samaria ‘occupied Palestinian territories.’

Feds begin project to protect worship!
The federal government Wednesday announced a special Place to Worship initiative to ensure religious organizations have a “place to gather for worship.”

Researchers ‘See Through Walls’ Using WiFi & AI
Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) are using WiFi and artificial intelligence (AI) to “see through walls.”

Christian teacher booted for refusing to call girls by boys’ names
A school board in Indiana has formally decided to accept the “resignation” of a teacher who was ordered to adopt the transgender social agenda by using opposite sex names for students who wanted it that way.

Intelligence Community Wants to Use DNA to Store Exabytes of Data
The U.S. intelligence community wants to unlock more efficient ways to store the trove of data humans generate every day, and it believes our DNA could hold the key.

One in three Americans take meds with depressive side effects: study
One third of Americans are taking prescription and over-the-counter drugs, such as birth control pills, antacids and common heart medications, that may raise the risk of depression, researchers warned on Tuesday.

Spanish City Cancels Israeli Concert in Submission to Islamic Jew-Hatred – Geller Report

Oviedo, Spain, the city that serves as the capital of the country’s Asturias region, has canceled a concert of Israel’s NK Orchestra because of pressures from Islamic forces. According to Ynet News, Oviedo has been taken over by left-wing factions with open hostility to Israel.

77 holistic practitioners now dead since 2015: This is beyond strange, they are dropping like flies and MSM ignores them
Since June of 2015, 77 holistic practitioners, more with other deaths associated with them, have died, official causes ranging from suicide to heart attacks, with the latest woman, doctor Annie Fairbanks, found murdered in her home, along with her husband, their 3-year-old daughter and 9-month-old son, in Arizona.


Mid-Day Snapshot

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“I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. ’Tis the business of little minds to shrink; but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death.” —Thomas Paine (1776)

In Today’s Edition

  • Trump has a strategy with all of his hyperbole about North Korea.
  • Yes, the Leftmedia often are the enemies of American Liberty.
  • Philosophical trends in our suicidal culture.
  • The GOP faces a stark choice as Congress considers immigration bills.
  • Today is both Flag Day and the U.S. Army’s birthday.
  • Daily Features: Top Headlines, Memes, Cartoons, Columnists and Short Cuts.

What Did Trump Say? What Did He Mean?

He’s surely guilty of hyperbolic bluster, but what he’s doing is far more important than how he says it.

The Media Enemies of Liberty

Trump declared, “Our Country’s biggest enemy is the Fake News.” CNN objects.

Philosophical Trends in Our Suicidal Culture

The suicide rate is up and life expectancy is down. What are the broader causes?

Amnesty vs. America First

Congressional Republicans face a stark choice with upcoming immigration legislation.

Pelosi and Corker — Which Side Are You On?

Both Beltway politicos made statements this week that will have implications for the 2018 midterms.

The AMA Moves Left on Guns and Suicide

It now supports an “assault weapons” ban and refuses to condemn physician-assisted suicide.

Flag Day and U.S. Army Birthday

Celebrating Liberty in more than one way — honor the flag and wish the Army a happy 243rd!

Video: Everyone Should Stand for the National Anthem

Because the anthem and the flag represent America, and America is a free nation.

Geopolitics: Trump Plays Chess, MSM Plays Checkers

Trump is closer to disarming the NoKo regional and global threat than any president in 60 years.

Thursday Short Cuts

“Think of how stupid the average person is, and then realize half of ’em are stupider than that.” —George Carlin

Thursday Top Headlines

Nobel Peace Prize, North Korea, China, Hillary Clinton, interest rates, and more.

Today’s Opinion

Edwin J. Feulner
There’s No Denying the U.S. Economy’s Remarkable Strength
Gary Bauer
Nattering Nabobs of Negativism
Victor Davis Hanson
The Silencing of the Inspectors General
Tony Perkins
Left Coast Rallies for Freedom to Change
Larry Elder
If Tough Antidrug Laws Are ‘Racist,’ Blame Black Leaders

ApostasyWatch Daily News

Mike Ratliff – Justification and Original Sin

Differences Between the Qur’an and the Bible: An Introduction

WOW Life Church Disco Divine Prophetic Word for 2018

Perry Noble Responds to Celebrity Suicides, Urges People Not to Give Lectures on Hell

Gay Irish Prime Minister: Catholic hospitals ‘will be required’ to abort babies

What South Korean Christians Want for North Korea


Headlines – 6/14/2018

Kushner, Greenblatt to visit region for peace plan talks and will ask Israeli, Egyptian and Saudi Arabian leadership for input on when might be best to release the detailed peace plan

Report: US official says Trump peace proposal won’t be the ‘Bibi plan’

Palestinians to U.S.: No ‘Deal of the Century’ if Jerusalem Not Addressed

‘Peace plan will not be presented unilaterally’ – as long as PA refuses to speak with US, the plan won’t be finalized

From Jerusalem, Miss Iraq calls for Israeli-Palestinian peace

After vote fails to condemn Hamas, Haley calls UN an unserious force for Middle East peace

Netanyahu praises Nikki Haley for strong defense of Israel at U.N.

UN votes by strong majority to condemn Israel over Gaza violence

UN General Assembly condemns Israel for ‘excessive’ force at Gaza border

UN Assembly blames Israel for Gaza violence, but not Hamas

U.N. Envoy: Another Gaza war could spark a regional conflict

Deaths of Palestinian protesters may amount to Israeli war crimes, Human Rights Watch says

‘The people of Gaza are not our enemy. Hamas is’

‘This Is Terrorism’: Israeli Farmers Still Reeling From Gaza’s Burning Kites

IDF fires at Gazans preparing incendiary kite to send into Israel

West Bank Palestinians urge Abbas to ease sanctions on Gaza Strip

PA bans anti-Abbas West Bank protests after hundreds rally in support of Gaza

The Palestinian Authority Joins the Chemical Weapons Convention

Caroline Glick: Prince William’s Problematic Itinerary in Israel

Israeli woman charged in Islamic State US terror plot

Sarin ‘Very Likely’ Used in 2017 Attacks Blamed on Assad Regime, Watchdog Says

Syria’s Assad says still pursuing political solution for rebel-held south

In Iran TV interview, Assad says Israel, US preventing south Syria settlement

Assad: Iran’s presence is non-negotiable, but deal over south Syria possible

Assad ‘will not hesitate’ to move Iranian bases to Syria if necessary

Trump, Iran spar over oil prices ahead of OPEC meeting

Turkey Coordinating With Iran on Possible Military Incursion Into Kurdish Iraq

Poll shows support for Turkey’s Erdogan eroding, vote going to second round

Arab states launch biggest assault of Yemen war with attack on main port

Arab States Attack Yemen Port Key to Feeding 8.4 Million Starving People

Yemen port city gripped by panic and fear as Saudi-led forces close in

Italy’s refusal of rescue ship leaves 629 migrants at sea and exposes growing EU fault lines

Trump Has Created ‘Worldwide Vacuum,’ Says Germany’s Top Diplomat

Trump: If Russia were in G-7 I could ask Putin ‘to do things that are good for the world’

Pentagon expected to cancel August military exercise with South Korea, senior administration official says

Pompeo: North Korea Will Take Major Steps To Disarm In Trump’s First Term

North Korea’s dispersed and hidden weapons complex highlights the challenge of denuclearization

Pompeo says Trump made it ‘incredibly clear’ to Kim that denuking is key to lifting sanctions

Pompeo: Trump North Korea tweet was done with ‘eyes wide open’

S. Korea’s Moon meets Pompeo, says world has escaped nuclear weapons threat

Trump says summit removed North Korean nuclear threat, but Democrats doubtful

Senators move to prevent Trump from removing US troops in South Korea

Trump Confronted Kim Jong Un About Atrocities Against Christians

Christians in North Korea Will Benefit Because of President Trump, Franklin Graham Says

Almost 1 million people moved from Venezuela to Colombia in just two years, study shows

Arizona state lawmaker: Immigration is ‘existential threat’ to US

Franklin Graham criticizes Trump policy of separating families at border

No Coke, no Pepsi: Bottlers leave Mexican city hit by crime

113 Mexican politicians killed since September

After nine years of U.S. recovery, Fed sheds anxieties

Fed hikes rates, points to two more increases by year’s end

Stage set for bombshell IG report on Clinton email case: Who’s in the crosshairs?

Only 100 nuclear bombs needed to cause catastrophe around the world

Russia Constructing Powerful ‘Space Laser’ To Remove Some 500,000 Junk Items Orbiting The Earth

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Muara Siberut, Indonesia

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Tonosi, Panama

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Volcano, Hawaii

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Isangel, Vanuatu

Sabanacaya volcano in Peru erupts to 23,000ft

Reventador volcano erupts to 17,000ft

Volcanic ash forces Guatemala airport to suspend operations after the Pacaya volcano erupts

Hawaii’s Volcano Is Literally Erupting Gems

The Category 4 hurricane named Bud collapsed in spectacular fashion

Floods inundate southern Israel as freak rains batter country

Couple takes wedding photos amid wildfire blazing in Colorado

Berkeley declares ‘climate emergency’ worse than World War II, demands ‘humane’ population control

First human case of plague in Idaho since 1992 confirmed in Elmore County child

‘My body, my choice’: Argentina moves closer to legal abortion with key vote

Religious Freedom Isn’t Baked Into Wedding Cake Ruling

Drag Queen Children TV Shows Coming to America, ‘Drag Tots!’ Features Cross-Dressing Toddlers

House votes to ban sale of child sex robots

NHS ‘picking up the pieces’ of mental illness epidemic caused by social media

7 More Signs to Discern False Prophets

Posted: 14 Jun 2018 08:23 AM PDT

7 More Signs to Discern False Prophets(By Joseph Mattera) The following is part two of my article “7 Signs That Help Discern Between Flaky and False Prophets.” As already stated in the first part of this article, by flakey I am referring to a prophetic leader who has serious flaws in their ministry, but their heart and motive is generally right before God. By a false prophet I am referring to a person who is not only erroneous in some of their methodology, but in their motive and ambition. This is the kind of person I believe Jesus was referring to when He told His followers to beware of false prophets who come in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravening wolves (Matthew 7:15).

1- They prophesy to people based on info they receive on social media – I have heard of so-called prophets that will google the names of pastors and people they know they are going to minister to, and then prophesy to them things already written about them online. Furthermore, they also go on the social media pages of the people they will minister to and garner specific personal and ministerial information about them. Unfortunately, most people are so gullible and so desperate to receive a word from the Lord they will likely not correlate what they wrote online with what they are hearing from the so-called prophet – or they will just think it was a confirmation of what they already wrote, sensed or said about themselves (on social media). CONTINUE

Deadly storms continue in India, 22 killed, dozens injured and thousands marooned

Posted: 14 Jun 2018 08:09 AM PDT

Deadly storms continue in India, 22 killed, dozens injured and thousands maroonedThirteen people were killed and at least 28 others injured due to powerful dust storms and thunderstorms in different parts of Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday. Sitapur, Gonda, Shravasti, Faizabad, and Basti districts, along with other adjoining areas of the state, were affected. Of the thirteen people who died, six people were killed in Sitapur, three people died in Gonda,

two in Kaushambi, and one person each in Faizabad and Hardoi. 17 people were injured in Sitapur, while 11 were hurt in Faizabad. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has ordered district magistrates of the affected areas to ensure proper treatment to all those injured due to severe weather conditions on Wednesday. He also ordered officials to compensate the families of those killed in the storms, and asked for it to be done on priority. CONTINUE

New study suggests young people’s IQs are in decline

Posted: 14 Jun 2018 07:52 AM PDT

New study suggests young people’s IQs are in declineA new study, conducted by Norwegian scientists, shows that IQ scores of today’s young people are in decline, putting an end to the post-war trend of rising intelligence.  After the Second World War young people’s IQs were steadily rising. It was dubbed the Flynn effect after New Zealand intelligence researcher James Flynn. This phenomenon saw average IQ scores rise about three points per decade. But researches from the Ragnar Frisch Centre for Economic Research in Oslo say the Flynn effect is

now past its peak. In a paper, published in the PNAS journal, Norwegian scientists Ole Rogeberg and Bernt Bratsberg analyzed the data from standardized IQ tests of about 730,000 men, born between 1962 and 1991, who underwent mandatory IQ tests to join the national service. The study revealed that the IQ points of those tested peaked among those born in 1975, while people born in 1991 scored five points lower. According to the scientists, this shift could be due to many factors, including the way children are brought up and educated. CONTINUE

CUP OF TREMBLING: United Nations condemns excessive Israeli force against Palestinians

Posted: 14 Jun 2018 06:06 AM PDT

CUP OF TREMBLING: United Nations condemns excessive Israeli force against PalestiniansThe U.N. General Assembly condemned Israel on Wednesday for excessive use of force against Palestinian civilians and asked U.N. chief Antonio Guterres to recommend an “international protection mechanism” for occupied Palestinian territory.  The General Assembly adopted a resolution with 120 votes in favor, eight against and 45 abstentions. It was put forward in the General Assembly

by Algeria, Turkey and the Palestinians after the United States vetoed a similar resolution in the 15-member U.N. Security Council earlier this month. The General Assembly text condemned the firing of rockets from Gaza into Israeli civilian areas, but did not mention Hamas, the Islamist group that controls Gaza. General Assembly resolutions are not legally binding but carry political weight. CONTINUE

Unborn Babies Are No More of a Person Than Zombies, Ex-Evangelical Psychologist Argues

Posted: 14 Jun 2018 05:46 AM PDT

Unborn Babies Are No More of a Person Than Zombies, Ex-Evangelical Psychologist ArguesFormer evangelical psychologist and author Valerie Tarico, a graduate of the evangelical Wheaton College in Illinois, has claimed that babies who are in danger of being aborted in their mothers’ wombs are about as human as zombies in some kind of science fiction movie.  Tarico posted an op-ed to the politically progressive news website AlterNet on Monday arguing that “[r]eligious opposition to abortion is based on a kind of magical thinking much like that in zombie stories.” In the piece titled

“What the Unborn and the Undead Have in Common,” Tarico makes the argument that just like babies, zombies “look like people even though they aren’t.” “Sometimes stories and movies explore personhood by drawing us into the lived experience of mythical creatures who don’t look like humans but who share our capacity to think and feel, suffer and love, and cherish conscious life,” she wrote. “Zombie stories do the opposite — they take us into a world of creatures that look like us but who lack the qualities of personhood.” CONTINUE

Kilauea Volcano enter 7th Week of Eruptions, Raining green gemstones over Big Island

Posted: 14 Jun 2018 05:36 AM PDT

Kilauea Volcano enter 7th Week of Eruptions, Raining green gemstones over Big IslandHawaii’s Kilauea volcano is entering the seventh week of eruptions and the list of volcanic hazards looming over Big Island has just grown quite surreal. The residents of Hawaii have now been warned of green gems falling from the sky. She said: “Friends of mine live in Hawaii right next to the area impacted by the most recent lava flows.

“In the midst of the destruction nearby and stress of the unknown, they woke up to this – tiny pieces of olivine all over the ground. “It is literally raining gems. Nature is truly amazing.” Olivine is an incredibly common magnesium iron silicate and one of the most abundant minerals below Earth’s surface. The green mineral is found in big concentrations in the Earth’s mantle – the source of Kilauea’s energy. CONTINUE

Has Ezekiel 22:30 Come to Pass in America?

Posted: 14 Jun 2018 05:22 AM PDT

Has Ezekiel 22:30 Come to Pass in America?(By Larry Tomczak) Thirty-five years ago, I shared impressions with my friend and songwriter, Mark Altrogge, to capture something prophetic for a new song. “I Have a Destiny” became a signature piece for our network of churches, People of Destiny International.  Recently, a Nashville artist, Ben Patterson, handed me his new CD, “Candle in My Soul”, featuring the song. He was stunned when I told him the history behind it. He was clueless but grateful to know its origin as we sang it in our church lobby. “I have a destiny I know I shall fulfill.

I have a destiny in that city on a hill. I have a destiny and it’s not an empty wish, for I know I was born for such a time as this.” God’s purpose in creation and redemption is to bring people into a dynamic relationship with Him where we’re “predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son” (Rom. 8:29b). Additionally, His plan is for each person to fulfill a unique destiny He prepared for us in our generation. As we approach Father’s Day, we have a wonderful opportunity to freshly examine God’s destiny for men contrasted to cultural counterfeits. As Ed Cole challenged us, “You’re male by birth but man by choice.” CONTINUE

Ireland is set to require Catholic hospitals to perform abortions

Posted: 13 Jun 2018 07:52 PM PDT

Ireland is set to require Catholic hospitals to perform abortionsFresh off the repeal of the 8th amendment of their constitution prohibiting abortion nationwide, Ireland is set to require Catholic hospitals to perform the procedure, a move that is alarming many.  The BBC reported Tuesday that the European island nation, whose voters overwhelmingly opted to strike the pro-life provision of their national constitution on May 25, is now drafting legislation

allowing any woman to request an abortion up to 12 weeks. This is subject to a “cooling off period,” and will also allow abortion in what are considered extreme cases between 12 and 24 weeks. Irish prime minister Leo Varadkar said the law would be patterned after the 2013 Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act which allowed for abortion in extreme medical situations, and allow individual medical professionals to decline to participate. READ MORE

Victoria’s Secret Model Quits Job to Follow Jesus and Issues Stark Warning for Young Girls

Posted: 13 Jun 2018 07:40 PM PDT

Victoria’s Secret Model Quits Job to Follow Jesus and Issues Stark Warning for Young GirlsA former Victoria’s Secret model who sacrificed a successful modeling career to follow Jesus has warned other young girls against going into the business. Following her exit from the industry, Nicole Weider founded the largest online community for teen girls in 2010 called Project Inspired. Through her vital work, Weider hopes to point girls to their inner beauty and free them from the unrealistic and

unhealthy standards society places on them. Weidman has also been a part of a campaign to censor some of the more explicit content published by Cosmopolitan magazine, which is often directed at young teenagers. She saw it as a “huge victory” when Walmart decided to remove Cosmopolitan from the checkout aisles of over 5,000 stores and introduced a new age requirement for anyone seeking to purchase the magazine.  CONTINUE

People of faith live four years longer than atheists…

Posted: 13 Jun 2018 07:33 PM PDT

People of faith live four years longer than atheists…Researchers have found a surprising correlation between longevity and religious faith.  Church-goers appear to live up to four years longer than atheists, at least according to an analysis of 1,000 obituaries published across the United States. The Ohio State psychology researchers behind the study insist there is merit to the connection: people with religious affiliations often volunteer and engage in social

activities throughout their lives – something routinely tied to longer lifespan. But they found that this socializing only appeared to boost longevity by a year at most – suggesting other elements of religious life, such as low alcohol intake, could contribute. ‘There’s still a lot of the benefit of religious affiliation that this can’t explain,’ study lead author Laura Wallace, a doctoral student in psychology at The Ohio State University. READ MORE

First human case of plague in Idaho since 1992 has been confirmed…

Posted: 13 Jun 2018 07:21 PM PDT

First human case of plague in Idaho since 1992 has been confirmed…A child in Elmore County was confirmed to be infected with the plague this week, according to the Central District Health Department, marking the first human diagnosis in Idaho since 1992. The child is recovering after receiving antibiotics.  Cases of plague in Idaho were diagnosed in squirrels as

recently as 2016, though none have been found in southern Ada County or Elmore County this year. It is unknown whether the child was exposed to the disease in Idaho or during a recent trip to Oregon. Plague has been found historically in wildlife in both states. Since 1990, there have been two cases of plague in humans in Idaho and eight in Oregon. CONTINUE

Brain-Eating Amoeba Found In Louisiana Water System

Posted: 13 Jun 2018 07:11 PM PDT

Brain-Eating Amoeba Found In Louisiana Water SystemA potentially deadly brain-eating amoeba has been found again in Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana. Independent testing returned positive results for Naegleria fowleri, which causes fatal brain swelling and tissue destruction, in the community of Pointe-aux-Chenes, according to WWL-TV, as well as The Courier.   The Terrebonne Consolidated Waterworks District issued the notification Sunday and has temporarily switched to a different disinfectant to kill the organism.

Despite the Louisiana heat, residents are ignoring their swimming pools and nearby bayous. They’re terrified of something they can’t see but that officials warn is present. “It kinda freaks me out because this is my home, I can’t do what I usually do,” said Lindsey Dupre, WWL-TV reports. “I want to know I’m secure rather than freak out over an amoeba.” CONTINUE

‘Pregnant’ male models steal the show at London Fashion Week

Posted: 13 Jun 2018 12:46 PM PDT

‘Pregnant’ male models steal the show at London Fashion WeekOn Monday at London Fashion Week, all eyes were on the “pregnant” male models who strutted down the runway in Chinese designer Xander Zhou’s clothing.  The male models at Zhou’s show sported prosthetic baby bumps under their looks, though some of their bellies saw the spotlight more than others.

Those whose “pregnant” stomachs were covered by shirts, however, clutched their bumps in order to highlight the theme of the show, while another wore a white t-shirt reading, “New World Baby.”  Zhou later explained his odd choice, of having the male models appear pregnant, on Instagram. CONTINUE

California university’s website says its OK for children to engage in ‘sexual play,’ and watch porn

Posted: 13 Jun 2018 12:24 PM PDT

California university’s website says its OK for children to engage in ‘sexual play,’ and watch porn

A public university in California features a controversial website that encourages parents to react “positively” when 4-year-olds touch each other’s private parts and says young children should be allowed to watch porn.  The University of California, Santa Barbara hosts an online platform, within the sociology department, called “SexInfo Online,” which is maintained by students “who have studied advanced topics in human sexuality” that seek to answer a myriad of questions on sexuality, The College Fix reported.

“The majority of sexual play between children takes place between the ages of 4 and 7,” the website states in a section titled “Childhood Sexuality,” accompanied by a photo of two little girls that appear to be kissing on a beach. “Children might display affection to their friends by hugging and kissing, or even more which we won’t go into detail here, which is perfectly normal. Parents should not react in a negative way because children are just exploring.” CONTINUE

Tennis Ball-Sized Hail Damages Homes Across Colorado Springs…

Posted: 13 Jun 2018 12:14 PM PDT

Tennis Ball-Sized Hail Damages Homes Across Colorado Springs…Hail the size of tennis balls caused a lot of damage to communities south of Colorado Springs early Wednesday morning.  That hail storm caused a lot of damage. According to the National Weather Service, it was the strongest overnight hail storm in El Paso County in more than 20 years. The NWS says that the county has not seen hail measuring more than two inches since 1995.

The storm’s impact was mostly in Fountain with hail measuring as large as three inches. Hail broke glass at several homes and shattered car windows. “We’ve got damage to the siding,” said homeowner Valorie Munoz. “There’s big holes all over here, all throughout the sides. We’ve got broken windows we’ve got this broken one here.” CONTINUE

Hawaii Has Been Hit By More Than 12,000 Earthquakes In 30 Days

Posted: 13 Jun 2018 11:50 AM PDT

Hawaii Has Been Hit By More Than 12,000 Earthquakes In 30 Days(By Michael Snyder) We haven’t seen anything like this since Hawaii first became a state back in 1959. Kilauea began erupting on May 3rd, and it hasn’t stopped rumbling yet. In fact, authorities are telling us that Hawaii has been struck by “over 12,000 earthquakes”during the last 30 days. That is an extraordinary amount of shaking, and many are now becoming concerned that fundamental physical changes are happening to the islands.

As one USGS official has noted, we have never seen earthquakes happen on the Big Island with this sort of frequency ever before…  While most of the earthquakes have been relatively mild at magnitude 2 or 3, the largest earthquake was a massive 6.9 magnitude tremor on May 4, along with a 5.5 magnitude quake on June 4. Brian Shiro, a supervisory geophysicist at the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, said the island was witnessing the highest rate of quakes ever measured at the summit. CONTINUE

Despite Colorado Baker Victory, Arizona Court Rules Against Christian Business

Posted: 13 Jun 2018 11:45 AM PDT

Despite Colorado Baker Victory, Arizona Court Rules Against Christian BusinessMany religious liberty advocates were thrilled with last week’s Supreme Court ruling, which seemingly vindicated a Colorado baker who declined to bake a wedding cake for a gay couple, citing his Christian beliefs.  A recent decision by an Arizona appellate court, however, indicates any celebration is premature. Last Thursday, the Arizona Court of Appeals ruled against Joanna Duka and Breanna

Koski, owners of Brush & Nib Studio, a small wedding invitation business founded on Christian principles. The June 8 decision upholds a Phoenix law that makes it illegal for business owners to deny service to same-sex couples on the basis of religion. “We have previously found that eliminating discrimination constitutes a compelling interest,” Judge Lawrence Winthrop wrote, noting that “anti-discrimination ordinances are not aimed at the suppression of speech but at the elimination of discriminatory conduct.” CONTINUE

Record-breaking rain hits France again, Paris breaks rainfall record set in 1960

Posted: 13 Jun 2018 11:38 AM PDT

Record-breaking rain hits France again, Paris breaks rainfall record set in 1960France is again on our radar with record-breaking June rainfall that triggered floods and caused damage and injuries on June 11 and 12, 2018.  Fire and rescue service of Seine-et-Marne department in northern France responded to 816 calls for assistance on Monday and Tuesday, June 11 and 12, 2018, after torrential rains caused rivers to rapidly rise, flooding homes and disrupting traffic.

Authorities said they dispatched 250 firefighters with more than 70 vehicles to worst affected areas such as Chessy, Claye-Souilly, Pomponne, Chambry, Crécy la Chapelle, Rebais, La-Ferte Gaucher and Bellot. Some 100 homes were flooded in Chambry. Between Saint-Remy-les-Chevreuse and Courcelle-sur-Yvette, southwest of capital Paris, heavy rain caused an embankment to collapse, causing a suburban train to overturn and injuring 7 people. CONTINUE


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