August 8, 2018 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

REUTERS

A hotly contested race in Ohio for a U.S. House of Representatives seat that has gone Republican for more than 30 years remained too close to call on Wednesday, in an encouraging sign for Democrats heading into the Nov. 6 elections.

White House national security adviser John Bolton on Tuesday said North Korea has not taken the necessary steps to denuclearize despite an agreement between Pyongyang’s leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump in June.

Saudi Arabia said on Wednesday it had stopped all medical treatment programs in Canada and was working on the transfer of all Saudi patients from hospitals there, in an escalating row after Ottawa urged it to free rights activists.

China is slapping additional import tariffs of 25 percent on $16 billion worth of U.S. goods ranging from oil and steel products to autos and medical equipment, the commerce ministry said, as the world’s two largest economies escalate their trade dispute.

The New York Times reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit but the company added fewer paid digital subscribers, sending its shares down about 5 percent in premarket trading.

The nightmare scenario for computer security – artificial intelligence programs that can learn how to evade even the best defenses – may already have arrived. That warning from security researchers is driven home by a team from IBM who have used the artificial intelligence technique known as machine learning to build hacking programs that could slip past top-tier defensive measures. The group will unveil details of its experiment in Las Vegas on Wednesday.

AP Top Stories

Known for making inflammatory claims about the LGBTQ community, Pastor Kevin Swanson is drawing a link between California’s devastating wildfires and the state’s embrace of same-sex marriage and other pro-equality efforts.

Joe Biden announced a new initiative Tuesday aimed at emphasizing the importance of family and community acceptance to LGBTQ youth. The “As You Are” campaign was launched under the former vice president’s eponymous foundation, which lists LGBTQ equality as one of its pillars. The social media campaign hopes to collect testimonies from LGBTQ youth, family members, educators and others.

A controversial scheme to clean up plastic in the Pacific Ocean could harm wildlife and release unnecessary greenhouse gases into the air, conservationists have warned. The system uses a 2000ft long u-shaped floating cylinder with a 10ft skirt beneath which moves along with the current capturing plastic as it goes.

A German mother and her partner were convicted and jailed Tuesday for repeatedly raping the woman’s young son and selling him to pedophiles on the internet, abusing him for more than two years in a case that has horrified the country.

Venezuelan government sympathizers on Monday rallied to show support for President Nicolas Maduro following weekend drone blasts that he called an assassination attempt, but the socialist leader surprised the crowd by skipping the event.

Chicago officials called on community members to hold shooters and gangs responsible after a violent weekend left at least 12 dead in shootings across the city.

Pakistan Wednesday defended its economic partnership with China, amid fears that the terms of opaque multi-billion dollar investments by Beijing could be exacerbating Islamabad’s economic woes as it considers a fresh IMF bailout.

A string of Taliban attacks in Afghanistan have killed 12 people, including four women who died in the crossfire during a shootout between insurgents and soldiers, while an errant NATO airstrike killed nine Afghan police, Afghan officials said Tuesday.

If Snap’s second-quarter earnings are any indication, Snapchat’s user growth may have flatlined – the parent of the ephemeral messaging app beat expectations on revenue but fell far short of expectations on user growth.

U.S. mortgage application activity decreased to its lowest in 2-1/2 years last week as loan requests to refinance an existing home fell to their weakest level since December 2000.

BBC

More women candidates than ever will contest US governorships and House seats in November’s mid-term elections. After Tuesday’s primaries across four states, there are now 11 female nominees for governor and at least 182 for the House of Representatives. The results were hailed as a continuing success story by activists for women in politics.

Venezuelan opposition lawmaker Juan Requesens has been arrested after President Nicolás Maduro accused him of involvement in Saturday’s alleged drone attack against him.

The US has said it will impose further tariffs on Chinese goods starting 23 August, as a trade war between the world’s two biggest economies continues.

Ruby Rose will play the first openly lesbian lead superhero in a new TV production of Batwoman. The Australian actress will play the title lead in a new series on The CW Network in America. The series will see Batwoman’s alter ego Kate Kane portrayed as a lesbian, and is expected to air in late 2019/early 2020.

WND

A border lawmaker had drawn up a plan to pay for the wall in part by fining Mexico and other countries $2,000 for every illegal immigrant caught crossing into the United States. With up some 400,000 illegal immigrants being apprehended at the border yearly, his tax could raise $800 million a year. The border wall could cost up to $25 billion.

The student club Business Leaders in Christ won a short-lived victory against the University of Iowa when a judge ordered the taxpayer-funded institution to recognize the Christian group on the same terms as others that require leaders to adhere to the club’s beliefs, such as a Muslim student group.


News – 8/8/2018

Senate Democrats Are Circulating Plans For Government Takeover Of The Internet
The paper also suggests making it a rule that tech platforms above a certain size must turn over internal data and processes to “independent public interest researchers” so they can identify potential “public health/addiction effects, anti-competitive behavior, radicalization,” scams, “user propagated misinformation,” and harassment – data that could be used to “inform actions by regulators or Congress.” And – of course – these include further revisions to Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, recently amended by Congress to exclude protections for prostitution-related content. A revision to Section 230 could provide the ability for users to demand takedowns of certain sorts of content and hold platforms liable if they don’t abide,

Trump Vows to Expose Clinton-FBI Collusion by Declassifying FISA Docs
Donald Trump has vowed to step in and override Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to expose collusion between Hillary Clinton and the FBI. The president says he is going to declassify FISA documents proving federal agents have colluded with the Clinton campaign. According to former IBC Bureau Chief Paul Sperry, Trump is preparing to declassify 20 redacted pages of a June 2017 FISA renewal.

Russia’s Building Warships Faster Than America—or even China
The Russian navy will get a total of 26 new ships in 2018, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced this week at a reception honoring Moscow’s fleet. In raw numbers, the Russian navy is adding ships faster than the U.S. and Chinese navies are doing. Putin is preparing for a naval war. But the kind of war Putin is preparing for might not be the same kind of war the United States expects. Putin’s new fleet is well suited to his increasingly aggressive foreign policy along Russia’s borders.

43% of Republicans want to give Trump power to shut down media
The survey by Ipsos found 43 percent of Republicans, 21 percent of independents and 12 percent of Democrats want to give Trump the authority to close down certain news outlets. The Daily Beast, which was given exclusive access to the polling, said the findings “present a sobering picture for the fourth estate, with respondents showing diminished trust in the media and increased support for punitive measures against its members.”

Defense Bill Pushes Trump Toward Tougher China Policies
Congress has sent the fiscal 2019 defense authorization act to the White House with several provisions targeting China. The China measures call on the Pentagon to improve arms sales to Taiwan and hold joint military exercises with the island’s forces, along with increasing high-level U.S.-Taiwan military exchanges. The legislation authorizes $717 billion for defense and was completed recently after a House-Senate conference reconciled two versions of the bill.

Experts: New U.S. Sanctions on Iran Impose Cost on Regime’s Hostile Behavior
‘Iranians escalate when they sense American mush … they back down when they perceive American steel’ The first round of U.S. sanctions reinstated against Iran this week makes clear to the Islamic Republic the Trump administration’s willingness to financially squeeze the regime until it curbs its destabilizing behavior, according to regional experts.

Facebook: Farrakhan’s Anti-Semitic Conspiracy Theories Don’t Violate ‘Hate Speech’ Rules
Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan’s official Facebook page is rife with anti-Semitic conspiracy theories and other hateful speech, which have not been censored by Facebook content monitors, a Daily Caller News Foundation review of the page reveals. Videos posted to Farrakhan’s Facebook page show the Nation of Islam leader claiming that Jews are secretly controlling government agencies to suppress black Americans and blaming Jews for “weaponizing” marijuana with “chemicals” to “feminize” black men.

Egyptian Military Kills 52 Islamic Extremists In The Sinai Peninsula
The Egyptian military has killed more than 50 Islamic terrorists during operations on the Sinai Peninsula over the weekend. These latest operations are part of a broader push by the Egyptian government, which began in February to rid the Sinai of Islamic extremists. According to Reuters, 52 jihadis were killed in recent days, and another 49 were arrested by the Egyptian military and security personnel.

Court to DOJ: Save Comey’s personal emails
To aid the developing investigation of fired FBI chief James Comey’s conversations with Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and others, a federal judge has ordered the Justice Department to save and protect any relevant personal emails. “Defendant is ordered to take all necessary and reasonable steps to ensure that any records that are potentially responsive to either of the plaintiffs’ FOIA requests located on former Director Comey’s personal email account are preserved.”

First, they came for Alex Jones …
I’ve been warning everyone who would listen about the greatest threat to freedom of speech, freedom of the press and freedom of religion in America today. It’s not government. Instead, the overt attack on America’s First Amendment comes from the corporate behemoth new media gatekeepers who are in ideological lockstep with each other – from Google to YouTube to Facebook to Twitter to Apple to Amazon.

Amb. Danon blasts official who suggested Israel be suspended from U.N.
Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon harshly criticized a suggestion by UN official Michael Lynk that Israel be suspended from the world body over what the United Nations characterizes as violations of international law, Fox News reported Wednesday. Lynk’s comments is “another reason why the [Human Rights Council] lost its credibility,” Danon said.

China continues ‘fair and lawful’ business in Iran, despite U.S. sanctions
China’s business ties with Iran are open, transparent and lawful, its foreign ministry said on Wednesday, after US President Donald Trump said companies doing business with Iran would be barred from the United States. New US sanctions on Iran have taken effect… Iran dismissed a last-minute offer from the Trump administration for talks, saying it could not negotiate while Washington had reneged on a 2015 deal to lift sanctions…

Russia and Israel reach understanding on Golan border line
Israel and Russia have reached an understanding to ensure the preservation of the 1974 cease-fire line on the Golan Heights, according to Israel’s Ambassador to Russia Gary Koren. According to a TASS Russian News Agency report, Koren…said, “we coordinated the arrangement under which Russia pledged to make sure…that the Syrian Army will not cross the cease-fire line established under the 1974 agreement…”

New South Wales drought now affects entire state
Australia’s most populous state, New South Wales (NSW), is now entirely in drought, officials have confirmed. A dry winter has intensified what has been called the worst drought in living memory in parts of eastern Australia. NSW produces about a quarter of Australia’s agricultural output. It was officially listed as “100% in drought” on Wednesday.

Iran crowds reportedly chant ‘death to the dictator!’ as US sanctions increase economic unrest
Days of unprecedented protests aimed at Iran’s sluggish economy along with “biting” sanctions imposed by President Trump are ramping up pressure Tuesday on the Islamic Republic’s ruling class… Videos circulating on social media…from inside Iran show thousands of protesters marching through the streets. In one video, crowds leaving a soccer match are heard yelling “death to the dictator! Death to Khamenei! Death to Rouhani!” and “Islamic regime must get lost!”…

Christian heartland opens window into fight for China’s soul
The 62-year-old Chinese shopkeeper had waited nearly his entire adult life to see his dream of building a church come true…But in March, about a dozen police officers and local officials suddenly showed up…and…ordered that the cross, a painting of the Last Supper and Bible verse calligraphy be taken down. And they demanded that all services stop until each person along with the church itself was registered with the government, said the shopkeeper…

…Movies Made Under The Direct Influence And Supervision Of The Pentagon
A year ago we featured a detailed report by authors Tom Secker and Matthew Alford exposing just how vast the Pentagon and CIA programs for partnering with Hollywood actually are, based on some 4,000 new pages of formerly classified archived documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act. The report noted at the time that “These documents for the first time demonstrate that the US government has worked behind the scenes on over 800 major movies and more than 1,000 TV titles.”

END OF TIMES: Ancient Judaic Sources Indicate Trump Will Pave Way for Third Jewish Temple
“It sounds illogical that the Third Jewish Temple will be built by non-Jews,” Rabbi Berger told Breaking Israel News. “But Rabbinic sources state explicitly that this is what they must do to fix the historic wrongs that were committed.”

Italian Gov’t Proposes Displaying Crucifixes in All Public Buildings
The coalition government of Italy is now debating legislation to place Christian crucifixes in all public buildings, including universities, ports, train stations, airports, libraries, court houses, and post offices.

Damascus creates body to repatriate Syria refugees
Syria’s government is to set up a committee to coordinate repatriating millions of its nationals who fled the country’s seven-year conflict, state media has said.

Pastor Asks God to Protect President Trump from ‘jungle Journalism’
..”Tonight, I pray that You will protect our President and his family with a shield of faith, Lord, that shield of faith against the fiery darts of the wicked one, Lord, against that jungle journalism (that) extorts the truth and distorts honesty and integrity every single day, gets in his face with lies and mistruths and innuendos,” he told the crowd, as reported by CNN. “Lord, protect him.”

Indonesia evacuates tourists as Lombok earthquake death toll climbs
Indonesia evacuated hundreds of tourists from popular resorts and sent rescuers fanning across the holiday island of Lombok after a powerful quake killed at least 91 people and reduced thousands of buildings to rubble.

Children are being euthanized in Belgium
Deliberately taking a small child’s life is unlawful everywhere in the world..There is an exception to this rule: Belgium. In 2014, that country amended its law on euthanasia…authorizing doctors to terminate the life of a child, at any age, who makes the request.

Sen. Feinstein Was Aiding and Abetting Treason On Behalf of Communist China
Senator Dianne Feinstein once held an automatic weapon on the floor of the Senate and told the American people that they were going to take all of their guns. Now she’s aiding and abetting espionage from the Chinese government. Her husband sells vast amounts of California land to the Chinese and is involved in Calexit. The Chinese are involved in Calexit.  These are not coincidences. What is most frightening is that Feinstein will be defeated this year, in the Democratic primary, by Kevin De Leon because she is “too conservative”. Here is the complete story.

George Soros Pushes for Facebook To ‘Ban Anyone’ Who Denies Global Warming
The infamous George Soros-funded Media Matters activist group has taken it upon themselves to push Facebook to ban anyone who dares to question global warming.

Twitter Shuts Down Ron Paul Institute Director as Conservative Cull Continues
Just one day following the seemingly coordinated attack by media giants Facebook, Apple, Spotify and Google on radio host Alex Jones, Twitter continued its crackdown against conservative and independent media figures.

Mendocino Complex Fire Now The Size Of LA, Largest Fire In CA History
As of midday on Tuesday, the Mendocino Complex Fire, the largest in California’s history, had ravaged over 290,000 acres, or 453 square miles, making it roughly as big as the city of Los Angeles, which encompasses 469 square miles. The fire is 34% contained.

Judicial Watch Sues to Obtain Anti-Israel Boycott Records of Obama Administration
The government watchdog group Judicial Watch has filed a lawsuit against the Defense Department, Homeland Security, and the State Department to obtain the records concerning the anti-Israel group Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions’ (BDS) efforts “to lobby the Obama administration to adopt policies to harm companies doing business with Israel,” reported the group in a statement.

FDA Acquiring ‘Fresh’ Aborted Baby Parts to Make Mice With Human Immune Systems
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration signed a new contract on July 25 to acquire “fresh” human fetal tissue to transplant into “humanized mice” so that these mice will have a functioning “human immune system,” according to information published by the FDA and the General Services Administration.

British PM Theresa May Refuses to Ban Dog Eating in the UK
British Prime Minister Theresa May is facing mounting pressure as she refuses to ban the practice of dog eating in the United Kingdom.

Refugees in Austria Demand Access to Citizens Homes and Money
A refugee living in Germany has demanded that all Austrians should give refugees access to their homes and money if the country wants integration to work.

WATCH VIDEO: “Palestinian” Muslim Professor Says Koran Teaches ‘Jews Are Behind Every Conspiracy,’”
Abdul Samee’ Al-‘Arabeed here confirms what I have been saying for years: Islamic Jew-hatred is in the Quran. The “Palestinian” hatred for Israel is not really based on land claims, or “occupation,” or settlements, or any of the other common claims. What it’s really all about is that the Quran demonizes and scapegoats the Jews, and makes these libelous claims about them — so anyone who believes in the Quran can’t help but hate the Jews.

Graham: ‘I Am’ Advocating Regime Change in Iran, Regime ‘Will Collapse’ with US Support
On Monday’s “Fox News @ Night,” Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) advocated for regime change in Iran and stated, “with our moral support and isolating the ayatollah and cutting off this cash, he will collapse.”


ApostasyWatch Daily News

The Pastors Who Run Evangelical Hollywood

In Spite of Decreeing the Fire Away, 25 Bethel Staff Lose Homes in Carr Fire

Bethel Church to Give $1000 to Every Family Whose Home Burned in Carr Fire

Prophetess’ Kat Kerr Guarantees ’24 Years Of God (Republicans) In The White House’

Pastor Greg Locke: “Adulterer in God’s Eyes” Marries Church Secretary

Tyler Perry Reveals He Was Minister, Attended Seminary in Message at Lakewood Church

InterVarsity Sues University of Iowa After 38 Student Groups Are Expelled Over Policies

Rwanda Restricts Fasting as 8,000 Churches Closed


Headlines – 8/8/2018

U.S. Official: Trump’s Peace Plan Will Cause Discomfort to Both Israel and Palestinians

Hamas official says truce with Israel to be inked within weeks

Hamas expresses optimism over UN brokered deal

Israel kills 2 Hamas operatives in tank attack

PA demands full authority in Gaza

Fractured union: Israel has all but given up on the EU

Russia and Israel reach understanding on Golan border line

Defense Minister Liberman: Assad regime rebuilding stronger army

Israel sees Syrian army growing beyond pre-civil war size

Iraq reluctantly agrees to abide by US sanctions on Iran

Seeking ‘WORLD PEACE,’ Trump says US won’t trade with those who trade with Iran

In swipe at Trump, Iran FM says world affairs not a ‘beauty pageant’

Germany blocks $400 million cash delivery to Iran amid heightened US sanctions

Iran Braces For New U.S. Sanctions To Further Cripple Economy

The Iranian regime is in deep trouble

‘A matter of life and death’: Iranians despair as US sanctions bite

Iran crowds reportedly chant ‘death to the dictator!’ as US sanctions increase economic unrest

Iranian Revolutionary Guards: We asked Houthis to attack Saudi oil tankers

Canada Defiant Against Saudi Arabia: We Will Always Stand Up for Human Rights

US, Europe seek answers from Riyadh but steer clear of Canada spat

Muslim group plans to sue US over terror watch list system

Russia warns of ‘horrible’ conflict if Georgia joins NATO

North Korean foreign minister visits Iran as US sanctions take effect

John Bolton admits it: The North Korea summit was a bust

White House’s Bolton says North Korea has not lived up to denuclearization deal

Trump says North Korea making progress on denuking

China claims to have successfully tested its first hypersonic aircraft

China’s stock market plunge will not force the country to give up on its trade war with US

Apple could be used as a ‘bargaining chip’ in the trade war, Chinese state media warn

Apple tells lawmakers iPhones are not listening in on consumers

FCC net neutrality cyberattack wasn’t real, says internal report

National debt is about to roar back to life as a pressing issue

Mattis throws support behind new space-focused military command

‘Incredible Hulk’ Comet Will Soon Whiz Past Earth

Landslides, debris hinder Lombok quake rescue efforts

5.8 magnitude earthquake hits the Greenland Sea

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits near Ofunato, Japan

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Aratoca, Colombia

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 23,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 18,000ft

Karymsky volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 17,000ft

Ebeko volcano in the Kuril Islands erupts to 14,000ft

Hawaii volcano eruption slows to virtual halt after more than three months

Hurricane Hector – one of 3 storms in Pacific – should slide south of Hawaii

Baseball-Size Hail Kills Zoo Animals In Colorado

Mendocino wildfire explodes into raging monster nearly the size of Los Angeles

Spain heatwave death toll rises to nine

Why Italy’s U-turn on mandatory vaccination shocks the scientific community

Opioids Have Sparked An HIV Outbreak In Massachusetts

FDA Acquiring ‘Fresh’ Aborted Baby Parts to Make Mice With Human Immune Systems

Argentina Votes on Legalizing Abortion Tomorrow. Here’s What That Means for Women’s Rights Across Latin America

Argentina braces for abortion vote in Pope’s homeland

NYT Guilty of ‘Anti-Christian Bigotry’ with Mike Pence ‘Hit Piece,’ Focus on the Family Director Says

Franklin Graham Says ‘Pray for Chicago’ Following Latest News of Extreme Violence


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