August 21, 2018 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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President Donald Trump said on Monday he was “not thrilled” with the Federal Reserve under his own appointee, Chairman Jerome Powell, for raising interest rates and said the U.S. central bank should do more to help him to boost the economy.

Microsoft Corp charged that hackers linked to Russia’s government sought to launch cyber-attacks on the U.S. Senate and conservative American think tanks, warning that Moscow is broadening attacks ahead of November’s congressional elections.

The Kremlin said on Tuesday it did not understand allegations from Microsoft that hackers linked to Russia’s government had tried to target the websites of two right-wing U.S. think-tanks.

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said it was within his agency’s power to eliminate rebates on prescription drug purchases, a key element of the Trump administration’s plan to lower prescription medicine costs.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov accused Britain on Tuesday of trying to impose its hostile Russia policy on the European Union and the United States, Russian news agencies reported.

Iran said on Tuesday it would boost its military might and also unveiled a new fighter jet amid increased tensions with the United States and with regional rivals over conflicts in the Middle East.

Pope Francis will meet victims of clergy sexual abuse during his visit to Ireland this weekend, the Vatican said on Tuesday.

Protesters toppled a statue of a Confederate soldier on the campus of University of North Carolina, the latest move to dismantle Civil War symbols amid debate about race and the legacy of slavery in the United States.

An Indonesian court sentenced a Buddhist woman to 18 months in prison for blasphemy on Tuesday, after she was accused of insulting Islam for complaining that neighborhood mosque was too loud.

AP Top Stories

Inmates who are working alongside firefighters in California. For $2 a day, inmates have been assisting the West Coast firefighters. They earn additional $1 per hour when they battle fires. California firefighters make an average of $264 per day, not including overtime. So employing inmates saves the state up to $100 million annually.

A Houston doctor who raped a “heavily sedated” patient will not serve any jail time for the crime. Shafeeq Sheikh was instead sentenced to 10 years’ probation and ordered to register as a sex offender. He was also fined $10,000.

An anti-gay review on Yelp that called a restaurant in Dorchester, Massachusetts “absolutely disgusting and unacceptable” prompted other customers to voice their support for the cafe.

Venezuela has agreed to pay a $2 billion settlement to US oil giant ConocoPhillips, to stop the seizure of the South American nation’s assets, the American firm announced Monday.

The Taliban released more than 160 civilian passengers a day after they were kidnapped from three buses in northern Afghanistan but kept at least 20 soldiers and policemen as captives, an official said on Tuesday.

The UK government has announced it will end funding for some aid programs in rebel-held areas of Syria, which have become too risky ahead of an imminent government offensive.

Multiple rockets hit near the diplomatic area in the Afghan capital Kabul early Tuesday, as officials said fighting had broken out between security forces and militants in the city’s old quarter.

China’s ship-owners are shunning Iran’s oil, while the OPEC producer is using its own tankers to supply top customers as impending U.S. sanctions threaten to disrupt global crude trade.

BBC

A 95-year-old former Nazi collaborator who served in the notorious SS as a labor camp guard in World War Two has arrived in Germany after a long deportation battle in the US.

US officials are confident that al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula’s suspected chief bomb maker, Ibrahim al-Asiri, has been killed, reports say.

The Colombian government has started to use drones to destroy the plants that produce cocaine. Small aircraft loaded with herbicide are being sent to search for illegal fields of coca.

The number of Venezuelans entering Brazil is rising, officials say, despite Saturday’s attacks on makeshift migrant border camps.

Lawyers have gone to court in Chad to challenge a social media shutdown that has prevented mobile phone user from using apps and messaging services since March.

About 22,000 people were rescued from the flood-hit Indian state of Kerala on Sunday, officials say, after monsoon rains finally eased.

WND

Pro-family activists in California are asking citizens to urge Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown to veto a bill some critics say would effectively ban the sale of the Bible in the state.

Plans for 3D-printed guns have spread across the internet over the past three weeks despite the efforts of a federal judge and some of the country’s largest social media companies to try to impose limits.

China pays some $10 billion yearly for propaganda units in America called Confucius Institutes, which are located on the campuses of many major educational institutions, and now some members of Congress are wondering how big a threat they are to national security.

An Obama administration decision to ban incandescent light bulbs was based on a misunderstanding of the law, according to the Department of Energy, meaning those faithful products that had been in use for a century may be returning.


News – 8/21/2018

‘Far-Right’ Swedish Party Poised To Make Historic Dent In Country’s Socialist Government
The Sweden Democrats, a far-right party with an anti-socialist platform that seeks to limit immigration to the Scandinavian country, could win up to 25 percent of the vote in Sweden’s upcoming September elections. Akesson, who called the European Union “a large web of corruption,” has pledged to conduct a “Swexit” referendum directly after the September elections, should his party win a majority. Leftists around the world are more than a little concerned. “This is Sweden,” NBC noted, “something of a lodestar for leftists around the world.”

US Foreclosures Rise For First Time In 36 Months
One month ago we discussed why according to the recent data, the “Housing Market Headed For “Broadest Slowdown In Years.” Fast forward to today, when we received the latest confirmation that the US housing market appears to have recently hit a downward inflection point: according to the just released July 2018 U.S. Foreclosure Market Report released by ATTOM Data Solutions, foreclosure starts in July increased by 1% from a year ago — the first year-over-year increase following 36 consecutive months of decreases. Los Angeles, California (up 20 percent).

DNA Tests of 6,500-Year-Old Skeletons Found in Galilee Disclose Origins
According to the research, just published in the prestigious journal Nature Communications, the population of Peki’in in northern Israel was during the prehistoric Chalcolithic (“Copper Age”) Period – 4,500 to 3,900 BCE – a mixture of a local population with a group that arrived from northern Mesopotamia (today’s Turkey and Iran).

Taking the brain apart to put it all together again
A new Organ Chip system linked a Brain Chip with two blood-brain barrier (BBB) Chips to recapitulate the interactions between the brain and its blood vessels. This system reacts to methamphetamine exposure just like a human brain, and has allowed scientists to make new discoveries about just how important our blood vessels are for our mental function.

Bolton visits Yad Vashem and new US embassy in Jerusalem
President Trump’s National Security Advisor, John Bolton, visited the new US embassy in Jerusalem on Tuesday, as part of his three-day visit to Israel. Bolton was received at the embassy by US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman a day after the NSA met with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and took part in a joint press conference. Bolton arrived in Israel Sunday night, and is expected to meet with Netanyahu several times during the trip, with a focus on Iran’s nuclear program and US efforts to convince European powers to leave the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.

In shadow of Benalla affair, France’s Macron readies next reform wave
At Wednesday’s first cabinet meeting of the new semester, Macron will decide where the axe will fall on government spending in 2019. So far his government has been tightlipped on promised savings and forecasts of slower-than-expected growth complicate reaching a deficit target of 2.3 percent of GDP. “It won’t be a one-size-fits-all trim,” an Elysee official said, adding that priorities including education, security and sustainable development will see increases while departments including housing will see “sharp cuts”.

Israeli prison to join Armageddon’s list of ancient ruins
The end is nigh at Armageddon—at least for an old Israeli prison near the ancient ruins of Megiddo, by tradition the site of the apocalyptic Biblical battle between good and evil. “Now that the government has decided to move this prison, we can explore this really amazing and interesting part of the development of early Christianity in a way that we didn’t think we’d be able to.” The prison, whose inmates once included Hamas and Islamic Jihad militants, lies a few hundred yards south of Tel Megiddo itself, the ancient mound at which archeologist have found walls dating back at least 7,000 years.

Trump: ‘Very dangerous’ to trust Facebook, Twitter
President Trump, who has been loud and direct in his criticism of social-media companies and their censorship of conservatives, says it’s nothing more or less than “very dangerous” to trust companies like Facebook and Twitter with the content on their own platforms.

Iran unveils fourth-generation fighter jet
Iran unveiled what it called its first domestic fighter jet named “Kowsar” at a defense show in Tehran on Tuesday. The Kowsar was described by Iran’s Tasnim news agency as a fourth-generation fighter jet capable of carrying “various weapons” systems with advanced avionics, multi-purpose radar and a fire control system. The dual-cockpit single tail fin jet is expected to be used for short aerial support missions.

Greek warship docks in Haifa port
Greek warship HS Prometheus docked in Haifa Port on Tuesday for a visit as part of summer training of Hellenic Navy cadets. It will take part in several joint exercises with the Israeli Navy. The HS Prometheus, which supports the long-range missions of the Hellenic Navy, is headed by captain Athanasios Spanos. On board there are 133 Hellenic Naval cadets, cadets from the Greek Air Force and medical academies and two Romanian cadets.

Trump vows ‘no concessions’ with Turkey over detained U.S. pastor
US President Donald Trump ruled out agreeing to any demands from Turkey to gain the release of a detained American pastor in an interview to Reuters Monday. Trump said he was not concerned that his tough stance could end up hurting European and emerging market economies…Trump said he thought he had a deal with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan when he helped persuade Israel to free a detained Turkish citizen.

Kabul’s diplomatic area targeted by mortars during Eid speech
Militants have fired mortars at the diplomatic quarter of the Afghan capital Kabul during a speech by the president to mark a Muslim holiday. President Ashraf Ghani was speaking live on television to celebrate Eid al-Adha when explosions were heard near the presidential palace. A combat helicopter later fired on a building where militants were believed to have taken up position.

Israel eases gun controls following lone-wolf attacks
Israel has changed its gun regulations to enable hundreds of thousands more civilians to apply for licences, a move authorities say will increase security but others argue will stoke violence. The shift in policy, announced by the public security ministry late Monday, means that up to 600,000 Israelis could apply for gun licences, a dramatic increase on the current 140,000 civilians with permits.

South Africa begins seizing white-owned farms
The South African government has begun the process of seizing land from white farmers. Local newspaper City Press reports two game farms in the northern province of Limpopo are the first to be targeted for unilateral seizure after negotiations with the owners to purchase the properties stalled. While the government says it intends to pay, owners Akkerland Boerdery wanted 200 million rand ($18.7 million) for the land — they’re being offered just 20 million rand ($1.87 million).

Who needs democracy when you have data?
…China’s leader…Xi Jinping…strategy for understanding and responding to what is going on in a nation of 1.4 billion relies on a combination of surveillance, AI, and big data to monitor people’s lives and behavior in minute detail…Xi has laid out a raft of ambitious plans for the country, many of them rooted in technology—including a goal to become the world leader in artificial intelligence by 2030.

Memo reveals Soros-funded social-media censorship plan
The recent wave of censorship of conservative voices on the internet by tech giants Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Apple mirrors a plan concocted by a coalition of George Soros-funded, progressive groups to take back power in Washington from President Trump’s administration. A confidential, 49-page memo for defeating Trump by working with the major social-media platforms to eliminate “right wing propaganda and fake news” was presented in January 2017…

53 Major Earthquakes Just Hit The Ring Of Fire In A 24 Hour Period
Is something unusual starting to happen to the crust of our planet? The USGS defines any earthquake of at least magnitude 4.5 as “significant”, and there were 53 earthquakes that met that criteria along the Ring of Fire on Sunday alone. Not too long ago, I wrote about how “Earth changes” seem to be accelerating all over the world, but even I was stunned by the ferocity of the seismic activity that we witnessed over the weekend.

Rev. Graham: Chelsea Clinton’s Abortion Claim Sounds Like Something Hitler Might’ve Said
…In a post on his Facebook page, Rev. Graham refuted Clinton’s economic argument for abortion, comparing it to something Adolf Hitler might have claimed in defense of the mass murder of Jews:

As We Predicted, South Africa to Seize Private Farms
“The South African government has begun the process of seizing land from white farmers,” reports Frank Chung of news.com.au. “Local newspaper City Press reports two game farms in the northern province of Limpopo are the first to be targeted for unilateral seizure after negotiations with the owners to purchase the properties stalled.”

South Africa Heading Toward Communist Disaster, Says Winemaker
An award-winning South African winemaker foresees a potential catastrophe as government steers the country from socialism to a communistic failed state.

800,000 displaced in flooding in southern India’s Kerala state
Some 800,000 people have been displaced and over 350 have died in the worst flooding in a century in southern India’s Kerala state, officials said Sunday, as rescuers searched for people stranded in the worst-affected areas.

Drought takes toll on Missouri farmers’ crops, cattle
Parts of Missouri are so dry that corn crops are suffering and hay for cattle is in short supply, with water becoming increasingly scarce, experts say.

India flood death toll jumps to 357 amid fears of disease in camps
The death toll from the worst flooding to hit India’s Kerala state in a century has jumped to 357, authorities said Sunday, with losses to infrastructure pegged at some $3 billion.

Bed bug outbreak hits British cities
The United Kingdom is dealing with an exponential increase in bed bug infestations this summer due to the brutal heat, according to experts.

More people died from opioid overdoses than by guns or car crashes in 2017, preliminary data shows
Preliminary data released by the Centers for Disease and Control paints a grim picture of America’s opioid crisis. Even as awareness has increased across the nation and opioid makers have vowed to stop pushing the drugs to physicians as they face lawsuits, estimates updated on Aug. 15 by the CDC show that there has been a 6.6 percent increase from 2016 – a year that had the highest opioid overdoses ever recorded.

Intentional Deception? The US Bank Stadium Management Clueless About Radical Imam Speaking at the Muslim EID Event
The stealth, “Super EID (or is IED?) Muslim, “feast of the sacrifice” national conference we first wrote about on August 9th, breaking the story nationally, and then again on August 15th, is set to take place at the US Bank (Minnesota Vikings) Stadium on August 21st and 22nd. And it will be in fact a National Conference, and not a “Muslim prayer” event as the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority will tell you if you ask them why isn’t this event listed on their website.

The Chinese Have Infiltrated American Universities and Trump and Ted Cruz Are Moving to Counter
…after an extensive search, I found my notes on the exchange I had with a former professor of journalism at WKU and myself back in 2012. In this article, I am going to share the details of tis professor’s revelations. Their story is, in part, validated by two unlikely sources, President Trump and Senator Ted Cruz.

‘The devil’s aspirin’: why do so many celebrities blame Ambien?
Elon Musk’s erratic public declarations are reportedly worrying Tesla board members, and a main concern for executives is a sedative Musk says he has been using: Ambien.

Florida Republican State Attorney Candidate’s Father Tied To Palestinian Terrorists
A Republican candidate for State’s Attorney in Fort Myers, Florida has family ties to the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO), a known terrorist group that is responsible for the slaughter of thousands of Israelis.

Atheists Want General Behind Bars for Praying for the US
The Military Religious Freedom Foundation is an organization that trolls military bases in search of any public display of the Christian faith. They are typically triggered by nativity scenes and Bibles placed on Missing Man tables.

As Hajj Begins, Ayatollah Urges Pilgrims to ‘Ask Allah to Cut The Hands of the US’
As the annual hajj rituals got underway in Mecca on Sunday, Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei issued a rallying call to Muslim pilgrims: “Ask Allah to cut the hands of the U.S. and other arrogant powers.”

Oprah’s Magazine Promotes ‘Shout Your Abortion’ Movement
The “Inspiration” section of entertainment celebrity Oprah Winfrey’s magazine, “O,” promotes the founder of a movement to publicly celebrate abortion and her new “Shout Your Abortion” book.

Let there be light bulbs! Trump looks to flip switch on Obama ban
An Obama administration decision to ban incandescent light bulbs was based on a misunderstanding of the law, according to the Department of Energy, meaning those faithful products that had been in use for a century may be returning.

Green Beret Caught Allegedly Sneaking 90 Lbs Of Cocaine Into The US
A U.S. Army Special Forces operator was apprehended after allegedly sneaking 40 kilos of cocaine into the United States late last week.

Venezuela’s Socialist Economy Is Near Collapse – Inflation at One-Million Percent
In the Socialist mecca of Venezuela the people have resorted to eating out of trash cans and from garbage dumps.


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Never Been Born Again? Then You Will Never See Heaven!

Scolding Invalids: Joyce Meyer Turns Jesus Into The Invalid Scolder

Steven Furtick Says Jesus Cannot Override Your Unbelief

I grew up in a cult — and there is nothing more intoxicating than knowing you have the ‘Truth’

Disgraced Pastor Tullian Tchividjian Calls on Churchgoers to Show Grace to Disgraced Pastors

Mexican cardinal says abuse victims should think about skeletons in their own closet

Minnesota: 50,000 Muslims Expected at US Bank Stadium for 2 day festival of slaughter (EID)

Oprah Winfrey Promotes “Shout Your Abortion” Movement Where Women Brag About Their Abortions


Headlines – 8/21/2018

Report: ‘Deal of the Century’ to be unveiled next month

Former Jordanian Foreign Minsiter says no Arab leader will be able to accept the Kushner-Greenblatt peace plan, since it is a “total surrender to Israel”

Abbas’s son said to tell US envoy he supports one-state formula

Hamas: We won’t disarm as part of any truce with Israel

Muslims at haj blame Arab disunity for Jerusalem embassy move

Israel is under massive Chinese, Russian cyber espionage attack

Two Iranian-Americans Charged With Spying on Jewish, Israeli Facilities

In Jerusalem, Bolton and Netanyahu blast ‘wretched,’ ‘disastrous’ Iran deal

Iran tells EU to speed up efforts to save nuclear deal

Iran oil minister: Frances oil giant Total pulls out of Iran

Iran lawmakers target Rouhani’s finance minister as sanctions bite

Outgoing UN rights chief rails against Security Council veto system

UN rights chief warns UN could ‘collapse’ without change

Moscow says UN hampering Syria reconstruction

Russia says U.S. refusal to rebuild Syria a ploy to slow refugee return

Trump Says He Has ‘Obliterated’ ISIS. The Terror Group Seems Not To Have Noticed.

US rejects Turkey’s offer to release pastor: report

Trump vows ‘no concessions’ with Turkey over detained US pastor

Trump on Israel’s release of Turkish terror suspect: ‘I got that person out’

Islamic militants launch attacks in Chechnya, 5 killed

Barcelona police station attacker shot dead, incident treated as terror attack

South African White Farmers’ Land to Be Seized in Controversial Land Redistribution Claim

Russian Military on High Alert for Massive War Games in the East

Trump calls Russia probe ‘McCarthyism at its ‘WORST’

Trump says his White House counsel not a ‘RAT’ like Nixon’s

Trump says ‘nothing to hide’ from Special Counsel Mueller

Trump claims he could ‘run’ the Mueller investigation if he wanted

Trump worries that Mueller interview could be a ‘perjury trap’

UN Human Rights Chief Slams Trump’s Attacks on the Media as Dangerous

Over 175 U.S. Officials Rebuke Trump as Brennan Doubles Down on ‘Treason’ Allegation

Bull market in stocks poised to set record for longest ever

There are signs the U.S. economy is approaching its speed limit

Greece is finally done with its epic bailout binge

Venezuela Adds to Chaos With One of Biggest Currency Devaluations Ever

Neighboring South American countries stiffen borders as chaos in Venezuela triggers exodus

Some Venezuelans, alarmed by Maduro’s measures, speed up plans to flee

10 pictures reveal the huge amounts of cash Venezuelans need to buy everyday things

Trump says it is ‘dangerous’ for Twitter, Facebook to ban accounts

The DroneHunter knocks killer drones out of the sky

Russia says will not deploy arms in space first

She claimed aliens kidnapped her as a child. A major newspaper endorsed her bid for Congress.

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits near Ndoi Island, Fiji

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Sibolga, Indonesia

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Mapinkebak, Indonesia

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits Carlsberg Ridge

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Visokoi Island, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Namuac, Philippines

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 25,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 16,000ft

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

Hurricane Lane grows to Category 4 storm as it heads toward Hawaii

More bodies found as floods recede in India’s Kerala

Hard to see, hard to breathe: US West struggles with smoke

Florida red tide update:Toxic organisms span 130-mile stretch; 12 dolphins killed

Measles cases hit record high in Europe

A New CRISPR Technique Let Researchers Repair a Genetic Mutation in Viable Human Embryos

Pope vows no more cover ups on sexual abuse in letter to Catholics

Police: Man yells ‘Jesus is coming’ before stabbing toddler


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