December 4, 2018 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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The historic and ornate U.S. Capitol Rotunda hosted mourners on Tuesday paying respects to the 41st U.S. president, George H.W. Bush, who died last week at the age of 94 and will be buried on Thursday in his home state of Texas.

President Donald Trump’s top diplomat promised on Tuesday a new democratic world order in which Washington will strengthen or jettison international agreements as it sees fit to stop “bad actors” such as Russia, China and Iran from gaining.

Republican lawmakers in Wisconsin and Michigan are scrambling to pass last-minute legislation to limit the powers of incoming Democratic officials before their iron grip on state governments is loosened following last month’s elections.

Key U.S. senators are making a last-ditch effort to win approval of a bill to speed the use of self-driving cars without human controls, but face an uphill battle on Capitol Hill.

GMs Chief Executive Mary Barra, will meet with Ohio’s two U.S. senators about the Detroit automaker’s plans to idle five North American plants and cut up to 15,000 jobs.

Iran wants to increase its missiles’ range, a move that would irk the United States which views Tehran’s weapons program as a regional security threat.

The French government on Tuesday suspended planned increases in three taxes on fuel for a six-month period starting Jan.1 in response to nationwide protests against high pump prices and living costs, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced.

Fifteen migrants have died in a boat off the Libyan coast after spending 12 days at sea without food or water, an Egyptian survivor said on Tuesday.

Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Tuesday that he is in favor of the free market and that the market cannot be regulated by decree, amid questions about how he will manage Latin America’s second largest economy.

Thomson Reuters said on Tuesday that it will cut its workforce by 12 percent by 2020, axing 3,200 jobs, as part of a plan to streamline the business and reduce costs.

Europe’s Airbus is teaming up with a new U.S. partner, Lockheed Martin, to try to crack the U.S. military air tanker market nearly eight years after losing out to rival Boeing in a bitter battle to supply refueling planes to the U.S. Air Force.

OPEC and its allies are working toward a deal this week to reduce oil output by at least 1.3 million barrels per day, four sources said, adding that Russia’s resistance to a major cut was so far the main stumbling block.

AP Top Stories

Canned tuna might be too stinky, processed and inconvenient for Millennials, a new report said. Millennials seem to be choosing yoga pants over jeans, and hot sauce over mayo. Now, it seems that they’re avoiding a former mainstay of American lunches- canned tuna.

Ukrainian authorities on Monday raided three Orthodox churches aligned to Russia as political and religious tensions between the two countries grow.

Men with deep-rooted homosexual tendencies should not be admitted to the Catholic clergy, and it would be better for priests who are actively gay to leave rather than lead a double life, Pope Francis says in a new book.

Former U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Monday to take concrete steps toward complete denuclearization and gain the trust of the international community if he wants sanctions lifted.

A soldier based in Hawaii is scheduled to be sentenced Tuesday for trying to help the Islamic State group.

Israel’s army said Tuesday it had detected Hezbollah tunnels infiltrating its territory from Lebanon and launched an operation to destroy them, a move likely to raise tensions with the Iran-backed group.

BBC

bout two dozen migrants climbed over the border wall separating Mexico from the US near Tijuana on Monday. While some ran to evade capture, most handed themselves in to border guards.

A handwritten letter by Albert Einstein in which he grapples with the concept of religion is being auctioned in New York on Tuesday. The so-called “God letter” was written in 1954 and is expected to fetch up to $1.5 million.

South Africa has picked a new chief prosecutor – a key figure in the country’s struggle against corruption. Shamila Batohi – the first woman in the role – said she was ready to fight the good fight.

Three astronauts have docked at the International Space Station, on the first crewed Soyuz rocket launch since a dramatic failure in October.

Islamic State (IS) militant Abu al-Umarayn, who murdered several Western aid workers, has been killed in an air strike in Syria, the US said.

WND

Twitter users have responded with sarcasm to a proposed resolution by lawmakers in Michigan that would pressure fast-food chains such as McDonald’s to stop putting “gender-classified” toys in their kids’ meals.

Bible scholars believe the legendary Ark of the Covenant may have landed in Africa after it was taken out of Israel. The Ark is said to be a gold-covered wooden chest containing two stone tablets on which the Ten Commandments – which Moses brought down from Mount Sinai – are written. It is also said to contain other biblical items such as Aaron’s rod, which is thought to have magical powers.


News – 12/4/2018

Switzerland: “Creeping EU Accession”

The EU is now pressing Switzerland to sign a comprehensive “framework agreement” that would require Bern to cede even more sovereignty to Brussels. The EU, for instance, wants Switzerland to subject itself to the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice (ECJ). If Switzerland complies with the demand, the ECJ would outrank the Swiss Supreme Court as the final arbiter of legal disputes in the country.

IDF opens Operation Northern Shield, destroying Hezbollah tunnel from Lebanon

The IDF destroyed a Hezbollah tunnel that penetrated into Israeli territory south of the Lebanese village of Kfar Kila, the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit announced in a statement Tuesday, launching Operation Northern Shield to protect Israel from cross-border tunnels dug by Hezbollah. The Lebanese army was placed on high alert following the IDF’s announcement.

Iran announces new weapons and cyber army, ships arms to Hezbollah

The US accused Iran of launching a new missile on Saturday while Tehran boasted it had developed a “radar evading stealth” warship. The two incidents are linked to increased Iranian activity, including a flight to Beirut that allegedly brought arms for Hezbollah, and Tehran’s claims it has pioneered a new cyber army. It shows that Iran is serious about challenging adversaries on sea, land, in the air and online, in a full court press designed to keep the region on alert for Tehran’s next move.

Macron Folds: France Suspends Fuel Tax Hike After “Yellow Vest” Riots

With his popularity rating at record lows (recent polls put it at around 26%, on par with Hollande), his capital city burning and the populists he defeated during his stunning electoral victory last year making serious electoral inroads, French President Emmanuel Macron finally caved, and on Tuesday ordered a six month suspension of planned ‘fuel taxes’ which spurred widespread and destructive protests across France over the past three weeks.

Report highlights growing funding, scope of China’s overseas influence tactics

“In light of growing evidence of China’s interference in various sectors of American government and society, we propose three broad principles that should serve as the basis for protecting the integrity of American institutions [and] core American values, norms, and laws,” a report authored by dozens of scholars under the aegis of the Hoover Institution said.

IDF says found Hezbollah terror tunnel, first of Operation Northern Shield

The IDF destroyed a Hezbollah tunnel that penetrated into Israeli territory south of the Lebanese village of Kfar Kila, the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit announced in a statement Tuesday. The tunnel, the first discovered in Operation Northern Shield, did not represent a threat to Israel’s security, the IDF said.

UNSC to meet on Iranian ballistic missile test

The United Nations Security Council on Tuesday is set to hold closed door consultations on Iran’s test over the weekend of a medium-range ballistic missile… UNSC members France and Great Britain requested the meeting, which will be held in New York. “France is concerned about Iran’s mid-range ballistic missile test…It condemns this provocative and destabilizing action,” France’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Agnes von der Muhll said…

France fuel protests: PM Philippe to halt fuel tax rise

The French government will suspend a fuel tax rise which has led to weeks of violent protests, the PM has said. Edouard Philippe told ruling party MPs he would present “gestures of appeasement” in a TV address to prevent the situation from deteriorating. The protests have hit major French cities, causing considerable damage for the past three weekends.

ISIS Group’s NYC New Year’s Threat: ‘Harvest Them with Silencers and Snipers’

An ISIS-supporting media group threatened New York City attacks for New Year’s with suggested tactics including snipers and package bombs. The latest threat circulated online follows other message from jihadists that have specifically cited Jan. 1 in calling for attacks. One poster distributed online in mid-November superimposed a masked jihadist wielding a bloody knife over a collage of images from the 2016 Berlin Christmas market attack.

UN climate chief has solution to ‘urgent’ climate threat: ‘We require deep transformations of our economies and societies’

In a rare intervention, presidents of previous UN climate summits issued a joint statement as the talks got underway, calling on states to take “decisive action… to tackle these urgent threats”. “The impacts of climate change are increasingly hard to ignore,” said the statement, a copy of which was obtained by AFP. “We require deep transformations of our economies and societies.”

Nasa admits ‘tiny super-intelligent’ aliens may have ALREADY visited Earth – and says some UFO sightings ‘cannot be explained or denied’

A NASA scientist admits that it’s entirely possible aliens have already visited Earth – and we simply never noticed. The space expert also noted that not all UFO sightings can be “explained or denied”, and said scientists should be more open-minded about the possibility of alien visitors. Nasa has long been investing in SETI, the “search for extraterrestrial intelligence” – better known as aliens.

HAVE A NICE TRIP Oregon is close to becoming the first US state to legalise magic mushrooms

MAGIC mushrooms could soon be legalised in one US state after officials took a step closer to a potential ballot on the issue. Oregon’s Secretary of State approved the language needed for the ballot which means those in favour of decriminalising the psychedelic drug now need to get 117,578 signatures. If they reach that target it could go to a vote in the 2020 general election, CNN reports.

Some 1,800 aftershocks have been measured since Friday’s 7.0 earthquake in Alaska

Small aftershocks continued Monday from Friday’s 7.0 earthquake, with more than 1,800 measured by early evening. A total of 153 measured greater than 3.0, 18 were at 4.0 or greater and five were greater than 5.0, according to the Alaska Earthquake Center.

Tired of waiting for asylum, migrants from caravan breach U.S. border

Central American migrants stuck on the threshold of the United States in Mexico breached the border fence on Monday, risking almost certain detention by U.S. authorities but hoping the illegal entry will allow them to apply for asylum. Since mid-October, thousands of Central Americans, mostly from Honduras, have traveled north through Mexico toward the United States in a caravan, some walking much of the long trek.

Shi’ite rivalry paralyzes Iraq’s government

A growing rivalry between two powerful Shi’ite Muslim factions has paralyzed efforts to form a government in Iraq six months after an election… The two largest parliamentary groupings…one led by populist cleric Moqtada al-Sadr and the other by Iranian-backed militia leader Hadi al-Amiri – formed a tacit alliance in October when they picked a president and approved 14 out of 22 cabinet ministers.

Vladimir Putin Is Preparing For WW3: Will FORCE The West And Ukraine To Make Tough Choices

Russia’s president Vladimir Putin is actively preparing for a third world war. In his preparations are plans to make the West and Ukraine make choices that will be difficult, as he shows just how expensive it will be to wage a war against Russia.

Feminist theologians draft ‘A Women’s Bible,’ challenging male interpretations of Biblical women

A group of feminist theologians have come together to produce a draft of A Woman’s Bible, meant to counter traditional male interpretations of women characters in the Bible.

CONFIRMED: Iran Violates United Nations Treaty, Test Fires Multiple Nuclear-Capable Ballistic Missiles

FROM WASHINGTON BEACON: Refuting Iranian claims that its illicit missile tests are defensive in nature, Trump administration Iran envoy Brian Hook vowed tough reprisals for Iran’s most recent missile tests, which are among the most provocative in recent memory.

Black South African leader says they have permission to kill whites

In this video by Katie Hopkins of TheRebel.media: “Land expropriation without compensation” means that black gangs, the ones currently carrying out brutal farm attacks, now have political permission to carry out murder and torture.”

Supreme Court Turns Down Challenge To The Border Wall

The U.S. Supreme Court declined to take up a challenge to President Donald Trump’s border wall Monday, which asserted that the administration violated the Constitution when it exempted border barrier projects from environmental regulations.

SAFE SPACE: University In Michigan Arms Its Students With Hockey Pucks As Protection Against Possible Active Shooter Attack
Don Rickles died too soon. Insult comic Don Rickles, when he really wanted to insult someone for being stupid, he called them a ‘hockey puck‘. Now, an institute of ‘higher learning’ in Michigan, is arming their students with hockey pucks to ward off an active shooter. Hmm. How exactly would that work?

Walmart Getting Ready To Roll Out Autonomous Floor-Cleaning Robots To Replace Janitors, Shelf Stockers Next

For those of you who work at Walmart and constantly complain about how much you hate your job, we have good news. You may not have to do it much longer! Walmart is rolling out robots to clean the floors, robots to take inventory stock the shelves, and may soon be following Amazon’s lead with cashierless locations. So you no longer have to worry about Mexicans taking your jobs, the robots will be happy to do that.

UN passes 6 anti-Israel resolutions in one day, rejects Jewish ties to Jerusalem

Meanwhile, Israel continues to innovate and invent solutions that make the world a better place and alleviate misery and hunger.

Here We Go: Gun Control Advocates In California Now Want to Tax Semi-Automatic Firearms

California Assemblyman Marc Levine (D) has proposed a new gun control measure: taxing the sale of semi-automatic firearms and using the money to support gun violence prevention programs,

Emergency room promoting shocking practice

An advertisement being run on TVs in the emergency rooms of a health system in Canada, where those who are hurting, injured, depressed and suffering wait for help, is promoting … euthanasia.

Google now SPYING on students using classroom technology, while pretending to be “teaching” them

…Google is using school devices to spy on grade-school students in a way that would have certainly made Hitler’s Gestapo and Stalin’s KGB smile with glee:

Global warming data FAKED by government to fit climate change fictions

When drug companies are caught faking clinical trial data, no one is surprised anymore. When vaccine manufacturers spike their human trial samples with animal antibodies to make sure their vaccines appear to work, we all just figure that’s how they do business: lying, cheating, deceiving and violating the law.

Six MS-13 Gang Members Accused of Butchering Massachusetts Teen

Six members of the MS-13 gang are accused of butchering a Massachusetts teenager with a knife as if they were “chopping wood.”

Uganda: Muslim mob screaming “Allahu akbar” incites police to arrest six Christian pastors for “blasphemy”

Uganda doesn’t even have a law against blasphemy. But it seems as if everywhere in the world authorities are afraid to stand up to violent intimidation.


Mid-Day Snapshot

The Foundation

“[The Judiciary] may truly be said to have neither FORCE nor WILL, but merely judgment; and must ultimately depend upon the aid of the executive arm even for the efficacy of its judgments.” —Alexander Hamilton (1788)

SCOTUS Rejects Ecofascist Challenge to Border Wall

President Trump gets an all-too-rare immigration win in the courts.

Demo High Hopes for Mueller’s Nothingburger

“Special Counsel Mueller is building a report, not a case,” argues Andrew McCarthy.

China, NAFTA, and the Trade Trump Card

The president made some progress toward his goals over the weekend with key trade deals.

Study Finds Humans Came From One Pair

Researchers say 99% of all animal and human life originated no more than 200,000 years ago.

Kids These Days

The young generation is learning things that will have to be unlearned or undone.

Video: Is Rudolph the Reindeer Racist?

Ben Shapiro explains how the Huffington Post’s accusation of racism is insane.

Tuesday Short Cuts

Delusions of grandeur: “I think the field is shaping up to be even more advantageous for someone like me, not less.” —Michael Avenatti

Tuesday Top Headlines

Bush tributes, asylum denials, illegal-immigrant welfare, Mueller hit with criminal complaint, and more.

Today’s Opinion

Cal Thomas

George H.W. Bush: Man of Character

Gary Bauer

Goodbye, George

Tony Perkins

Google Maps Out Plan to Drive Away Right

Stephen Moore

Regaining Trust on Money Issues

James Shott

Hypersensitivity and Victimhood Have Risen to Epidemic Levels


Today’s Meme


Today’s Cartoon


Headlines – 12/4/2018

UN General Assembly approves 6 anti-Israel resolutions

US envoy: United Nations cannot just ‘vote away’ Jerusalem’s status as capital

EU, in unusual move, warns Palestinians to drop Muslim-only language for Temple Mount

Pope renews call for two-state solution after meeting with Abbas

Abbas, in first meeting since J’lem embassy move, says he’s ‘counting on’ Pope

Merkel urged EU countries not to move embassies to Jerusalem

Palestinian leadership has ‘no vision,’ Greenblatt charges

US Ambassador discusses upcoming vote in the UN on condemnation of Hamas – ‘Countries must ask themselves if they’re for or against Hamas’

Hamas head asks international community to thwart UN resolution condemning terror group

Hamas: Violence will resume if there is no progress on ceasefire arrangement

Gaza court says six sentenced to death for collaboration with Israel

Lieberman says money transfer to Gaza makes Israel look like ‘losers’

Hungary politician resigns top positions over recording of anti-Semitic act

Brett Favre, Other Celebrities Duped Into Recording anti-Semitic Messages for White Supremacists

Egypt, France navy vessels carry out joint drills in Red Sea

Report: Syrian Army Raises Alert Over Israel Air Force Activity Along Lebanese Border

Netanyahu’s Meeting With Pompeo Is a Warning to Iran and Lebanon – Before Israel Takes Military Action

Meeting Pompeo, Netanyahu said to threaten Lebanon if no clampdown on Hezbollah

Iran, facing off against Israel in Syria, now sending arms directly to Lebanon

Report: Iranian plane transfers weapons to Hezbollah, returns via Doha

Prince Khalid: Hezbollah helped Iran in ‘killing dozens of Americans’

Iran, Hezbollah targets not hit in alleged Israeli strike, terror group claims

Iran vows to continue with missile tests despite US accusations

France concerned by ‘provocative, destabilizing’ Iranian ballistic missile test

Iran missile tests may breach UN resolution, France and UK warn

US urges Europe to get tough on Tehran over missile tests

Khashoggi friend sues Israeli firm over hacking he says contributed to the journalist’s murder

Qatar will pull out of OPEC amid tension with Saudi Arabia

Opec summit: cut expected to balance price fall and global slowdown

Yemen Foes Set to Attend Sweden Peace Talks After Coalition Allows Wounded Evacuation

Did Russia just put a new weapon in orbit? Mysterious launch prompts new concerns

Russia Test-launches Missiles for Its Moscow Defense System

Russia deploys S-400 surface-to-air missile battery in Crimea, seen in new satellite images

Ukraine Calls Up Reservists Amid Tensions With Russia

Putin trip to Washington to meet with President Trump is now ‘out of question,’ Kremlin says

Trump sends letter to Pakistan asking for help with Afghan peace process

ISIS leader behind beheading of American is killed in airstrike

ISIS Group’s NYC New Year’s Threat: ‘Harvest Them with Silencers and Snipers’

Christians in Middle East at risk of ‘imminent extinction,’ warns Anglican head

U.S. Government Broadcaster Apologizes to Soros for ‘Multimillionaire Jew’ Report

Soros-founded School Says It Is Being Forced Out of Hungary

The Global Carbon Tax Revolt – The French are the latest to refuse to sacrifice growth for green piety

France fuel protests: ‘Yellow vests’ pull out of PM meeting

Presenting legal advice, PM May fans flames of Brexit rebellion

Britain’s May launches high-stakes parliamentary debate on Brexit plan

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari denies he died and was replaced by clone

U.S. top court snubs environmental challenge to Trump’s border wall

Trump: Border wall would save taxpayers ‘billions’

Trump urges ‘full sentence’ for his ex-lawyer Cohen in Russia probe

Dr. Robert Epstein: Research Documents Google Search ‘Irregularities’ in 2018 Election

Tim Cook: Hateful views ‘have no place’ on tech platforms

Why Amazon is a ‘bully’ and Facebook and Google are ‘the enemies of independent thought’

Parents are using GPS ankle monitors to track their teenagers like criminals

Robot Janitors Are Coming to Mop Floors at a Walmart Near You

The US Military Is Genetically Engineering New Life Forms To Detect Enemy Subs

Some 1,800 aftershocks have been measured since Friday’s 7.0 earthquake in Alaska

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits near Saumlaki, Indonesia

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Carlsberg Ridge

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Ohonua, Tonga

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Finschhafen, Papua New Guinea

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 28,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 20,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 17,000ft

Ebeko volcano in the Kuril Islands erupts to 17,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 16,000ft

Turrialba volcano in Costa Rica erupts to 14,000ft

First sun-dimming experiment will test a way to cool Earth – Researchers plan to spray sunlight-reflecting particles into the stratosphere

Why the world is becoming more allergic to food

Polio-like illness AFM ‘appears to have peaked’ in US for the year

TV producer Ryan Murphy announces multimillion-dollar initiative to vote out anti-LGBTQ lawmakers

Pope Francis says gay life has become ‘fashionable’ and is hurting the Catholic Church

Dear Lauren Daigle: Shine for Jesus, not culture – even if it means calling homosexuality sin

Millennial Men Ditching Traditional ‘Masculine’ Values, More Likely To Embrace ‘Emotional Strength’

Cross-dresser fooled men, posted secret sex videos online. Now, he’s going to jail

Stanford Fraternity Told to Take American Flag Down to ‘Improve Image’


Apostasy Watch Daily News

John Allen Chau Was a Product of the Missions Marketing System

Transactional Christianity — the Whoring Out of Jesus Through a Laodicean Spirit

Prosperity gospel boosts mood, encourages financial risk, weak on theology, study finds

Here we go again! – Rare lunar celestial event in January 2019 a sure sign of apocalypse, claim doomsday mongers

Another Idaho faith healing documentary in the works


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