Daily Archives: September 8, 2019

September 8 This Grace in Which You Stand

Scripture Reading: Ephesians 2:1–10

Key Verse: Ephesians 2:5

Even when we were dead in trespasses, [He] made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved).

There are times when we say words that we wish we could take back. Or perhaps we do something in such a way that we wish we could retrieve our actions and correct them. As these moments mount, we wonder how much longer our favor with God will last. We seek His forgiveness, but we wonder if we are in danger of exhausting God’s grace for our lives.

The truth is this: you cannot exhaust the grace of God. He loves you even when you act unlovable. He does hold us accountable for our words and actions. When our words or actions hurt another, we need to admit what we have done and ask God and the person we have hurt to forgive us.

Humility is a sign that God’s grace is flowing unhindered through us. Realize also that grace is a gift—something God gives us and something we should give others. When you are hurt by another’s actions or words, remember the grace that God has extended to you. Forgive and allow God to restore your relationship with the other person. God desires to transform our lives by the realization that His grace never ends. We are saved by grace (Ephesians 2:5), and we are called to live grace-filled lives.

When is the last time you thanked God for His grace toward you? Take time to do this, and extend grace, love, and acceptance to another today.

Lord, thank You for Your grace extended to me. Help me to extend grace, love, and acceptance to someone today.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 263). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

September 8 Vision Without Boundaries

Scripture Reading: Matthew 28:16–20

Key Verse: Matthew 28:19

Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

Four stirring, motivational forces were behind the disciples’ desire to proclaim the gospel message: (1) their personal experience with the Lord; (2) the promise of Christ’s presence with them; (3) the promise and the coming of the Holy Spirit; and (4) the memory of the way Jesus dealt with those who were hurting. Theirs was a vision without boundaries.

However, their ministry certainly did not begin that way. There was a time on the Sea of Galilee when doubt and confusion ruled their minds. That was until Jesus stood up in the boat and commanded the waves and the winds to be still.

There was a night when all but one deserted our Savior, and that one was frightened and overcome with sorrow. The disciples wanted to believe Christ was the One promised by God, but their vision was shortsighted—much like ours at times.

Jesus knew the Father’s plan reached to eternity. It was His destiny to become the Lamb of God who would take away the sins of the world. No boundaries erected by man or Satan could stop the plan of God.

The same God who raised Christ from the grave is alive in every believer. Never place boundaries on the vision God brings: “He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus” (Phil. 1:6 nasb).

What a wonderful, glorious Friend, Master, and Savior we have in Jesus.

Dear heavenly Father, remove every boundary that limits Your work in my life. Expand my spiritual borders. Give me vision without boundaries.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 263). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Tulsi Gabbard says Trump impeachment would ‘tear our country apart’ | FOX news

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, said in a new interview that she opposes an impeachment inquiry into President Trump because it would “tear our country apart.”

Source: Tulsi Gabbard says Trump impeachment would ‘tear our country apart’

Google’s ‘Dramatic Bias’ May Have Swayed Millions of Voters to Hillary Clinton in 2016, US Researcher Claims | Sputnik International

Hillary Clinton claims the study has been debunked, but its author, a one-time Clinton supporter, insists he has adhered to high standards of integrity.

Psychology researcher Dr. Robert Epstein claims he has found a “dramatic” bias in Google search results that may have shifted millions of undecided voters to Hillary Clinton in the 2016 campaign.

His study focused on election-related searches from a “diverse group of American voters” – a total of 95 people across 24 states.

“I looked at politically-oriented searches that these people were conducting on Google, Bing and Yahoo,” he said in an interview with Fox News. “I was able to preserve more than 13,000 searches and 98,000 web pages, and I found very dramatic bias in Google’s search results – not on Bing and Yahoo, just Google’s – favoring Hillary Clinton, whom I supported strongly.”

Millions of Votes at Stake

He said the level of “bias” was sufficient to covertly sway between 2.6 and 10.4 million votes to Hillary Clinton.

He said it was manifested in as-you-type suggestions, as well as in subsequent search results. “We now know that those search suggestions have a very, very powerful effect on people, and that they alone can shift opinions and votes dramatically,” Dr. Epstein explained.

“And then search results appear below,” he continued. “The point is if there’s a bias in them – which means if a search result that’s high up on the list, if that takes you to a web page that makes one candidate look better than another – if you’re undecided and you’re trying to make up your mind, what we’ve learned is that information posted high in Google search results will shift opinions among undecided people dramatically because people trust Google and they especially trust high-ranking search results.”

“We found a very dramatic pro-Hillary Clinton bias on Google, but not the other search engines, and in all ten search positions on the first page of search results.”

Dr. Epstein findings, first presented in 2016, appear to demonstrate that Google’s search engine was withholding negative search terms for Mrs. Clinton, suggesting positive ones instead – but worked “a bit less hard to suppress negative search suggestions” for Donald Trump and some other politicians.

Trump and Clinton React to the Study

Trump paid attention to Epstein’s findings last month, albeit inflating the number of people that could have been swung to Clinton’s side, and suggested that Google should be sued.

Wow, Report Just Out! Google manipulated from 2.6 million to 16 million votes for Hillary Clinton in 2016 Election! This was put out by a Clinton supporter, not a Trump Supporter! Google should be sued. My victory was even bigger than thought! @JudicialWatch

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 19, 2019

Mrs Clinton was quick to react, claiming that the report has been “debunked” already.

The debunked study you’re referring to was based on 21 undecided voters. For context that’s about half the number of people associated with your campaign who have been indicted. https://t.co/0zHnWvGjSv

— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) August 19, 2019

​But Epstein described her comments as “outrageous” and “blatant lies”, recalling that Alphabet, the company managing Google, was a top donor of Clinton’s campaign, and that her chief technology officer Stephanie Hannon previously was a director of product management at Google.

“She says my work has been ‘debunked’ – that’s blatantly false. My work has always adhered to the very high standards of integrity,” he maintained.

“Dr. Epstein’s study is reflective of what happens when a political crisis meets big monopoly tech corporations,” political analyst and author Danny Haiphong said, suggesting that the research “shows a coordinated effort among the corporate sector to support whichever political candidate they believe will serve their profit margins.”

He added: “Monopoly tech giants and the National Security State possess a vested interest in manipulating the hearts and minds of working people in the United States.”

Google maintains that its products have no political bias, and that its search algorithms are not programmed otherwise.

This is not the first time Google’s stated non-bias is put into question. In the summer, internet watchdog group Project Veritas leaked purported internal e-mails of the company’s “transparency and ethics” team, in which the employees discussed disabling the search suggestions feature for conservative commentators such as Jordan Peterson and Dennis Prager.

Source: Google’s ‘Dramatic Bias’ May Have Swayed Millions of Voters to Hillary Clinton in 2016, US Researcher Claims

September 8 The Gift of Forgiveness

Scripture reading: Matthew 18:21–35

Key verse: Luke 6:37

Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.

That’s it. I’ve had it. No more chances,” the girl said in exasperation. For the umpteenth time, her good friend had done something that greatly annoyed her.

After she dealt with the situation, the conflict would not leave her mind. The issue of repeat offenses made her think about the time that Jesus explained to Peter what unlimited forgiveness really means. We can easily become weary of forgiving, but it is essential to our spiritual health.

Yet Jesus calls us to that kind of forgiveness. This girl shares the common feeling that there’s a limit to human patience. She is right. There is a limit to your emotional resources when you do not rely on Jesus to do the job of forgiving. Peter thought he was being gracious by suggesting the number seven as the maximum. Then Jesus blew apart his limited thinking.

When Jesus died on the cross to pay for sin, He didn’t pay only for a select few. He paid for all of them, in full—no limitations or reservations or exceptions. As you deal with personal relationships and people hurt you, sometimes repeatedly, you can draw on the unlimited account of His forgiveness.

You do not have to be concerned with protecting your rights and feelings because Jesus is in charge of taking care of you. You can never run out of love, the ingredient of forgiveness.

Thank You, Lord, for dying to pay for all sin. Help me draw on the limitless account of Your forgiveness as I deal with others.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 263). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

US Terror Syndicate | Sputnik International

A recent investigation has uncovered explosive evidence that the US is supplying weapons to terror groups in Syria, Iraq and Yemen. The finding blows the lid sky-high on Washington’s much-vaunted claims of “fighting terrorism”.

Bulgarian journalist Dilyana Gaytandzhieva and her Arms Watch website have uncovered perhaps some of the most incriminating evidence yet linking the Pentagon to al-Qaeda*-affiliated jihadi groups across the Middle East.

In a feat of investigative reporting carried out over the past two years, Arms Watch has pieced together an entire network of covert arms dealing orchestrated by the Pentagon. The devastating implication is that such a global syndicate involving US arms contractors, American government officials acting as buyers, and the use of hundreds of civilian airliners given “diplomatic clearance” – all of these logistics must have had top-level authorization in Washington.

So when President Trump crows about “defeating terror” in Syria or fighting against “Iran-backed proxies” in Yemen, he is either a liar or he has not a clue about what his military and intel chiefs are really up to. Up to their necks in supporting terrorism on an industrial scale.

The giant gun-running scheme operates to purchase non-standard US weaponry from arms companies in the Balkans – Bulgaria, Croatia and Serbia. The cargos comprising millions of weapon pieces, including assault rifles, mortars and rockets, are usually flown to the US airbase, Al Udeid, in Qatar. From there, the arms are transported to various terrorist outfits in Syria, Iraq and Yemen.

How are the weapons tracked back from the terrorists to US government buyers?

Armoured vehicles of the US-led coalition patrol the city of Ras al-Ain in Syria's Hasakeh province on July 28, 2019.

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Armoured vehicles of the US-led coalition patrol the city of Ras al-Ain in Syria’s Hasakeh province on July 28, 2019.

As Arms Watch explains, the serial numbers on individual weapons recovered in hauls by the Syrian Arab Army from former militant bases show an exact match with order and lot numbers on documents that Arms Watch received from anonymous leaks. Other leaked documents (emails, passport scans) reveal US government officials purchasing inventories of weapons bearing the same serial numbers from arms companies in Bulgaria, Croatia and Serbia.

Another method of identification is a close examination of propaganda videos released by so-called Islamic State (ISIS or Daesh)* and other Al Qaeda affiliates such as Nusra Front (rebranded as Tahrir Hayat al-Sham). From the weapons displayed in the videos being handled by militants, the serial numbers can be identified and tracked back to the Balkans and the US buyers.

We are talking here about millions of weapons and tens of millions of dollars. This could not be carried out by rogue American intel agencies acting without authorization. It must have top-level clearance, perhaps even from President Trump’s national security council headed up by John Bolton.

As journalist Dilyana Gaytandzhieva comments: “The documents expose the biggest lie in the US foreign policy – officially fighting terrorism while secretly supporting it.”

This is by no means the first time that Washington has been accused of covertly sponsoring terror groups for regime-change machinations.

In Syria, US and other NATO weaponry has been recovered over and over again in former terrorist dens. There have also been several reports of American military helicopters making secretive arms drops or transporting militants to safe havens.

Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai made damning claims in a media interview in 2017 in which he said that he was convinced US special forces were aiding and abetting the ISIS network in Afghanistan.

U.S. military advisers from the 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade work with Afghan soldiers at an artillery position on an Afghan National Army base in Maidan Wardak province

© REUTERS / James Mackenzie

U.S. military advisers from the 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade work with Afghan soldiers at an artillery position on an Afghan National Army base in Maidan Wardak province

The Russian Ministry of Defence has also reported suspicious movement by US helicopters and arms drops to militants in Syria and Afghanistan.

However, the latest investigative findings by Arms Watch expose an international weapons supply chain to internationally proscribed terror groups – all under the direction of Washington.

The evidence cannot be clearer: the US government is arming, sponsoring and directing terror networks as a proxy force in several countries. Remember these proxies have committed unspeakable barbarities against hundreds of thousands of civilians, including decapitating women and children, across the Middle East.

That means that when the US air force is bombing countries like Iraq, Syria and Yemen (vicariously with regional allies’ warplanes), Washington is really serving as the air command for terrorist ground forces.

Since the 9/11 terror attacks on the US in 2001, the world has been utterly changed by constant American warmongering. Whole countries have been demolished, civilizations desecrated, millions of civilians have been killed or maimed, millions of children orphaned, millions of refugees on the move. This astounding record of de facto criminality and state terrorism by Washington has been repeatedly justified or concealed by its claims of conducting a war on terror.

If the US is not fighting terrorism but rather actually mobilizing it and weaponizing it, as the above investigation demonstrates, then the conclusion is truly awesome.

The world is being held hostage by the biggest terror syndicate ever – which masquerades as a democratic government in Washington.

The views and opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect Sputnik’s position.

* Daesh, also known as ISIS, Islamic State and al-Qaeda are terrorist groups, banned in Russia

Source: US Terror Syndicate

Head of MIT Media Lab Resigns Over Institute’s Financial Ties to Epstein | The Epoch Times

Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) Media Lab director, Joi Ito, resigned on Sept. 7, a day after a new report detailed how the lab attempted to hide it’s financial relationship with recently-deceased sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, who had been facing trial on child sex-trafficking charges.

According to dozens of pages of emails and other documents obtained by The New Yorker, the Media lab continued to accept gifts from Epstein even though he was listed as as “disqualified” in MIT’s official donor database. The lab concealed the full amount of donations they received from Epstein by marking his contributions as anonymous.

The documents also revealed that Epstein apparently served as a mediator of sorts between the lab and other wealthy donors where he managed to solicit millions in donations including from Microsoft founder Bill Gates and investor Leon Black, the report said. According to The New Yorker, the financial connections between the lab and Epstein went “well beyond” what the lab and its director previously described in public statements.

In resigning from his position, Ito wrote in an internal email, “After giving the matter a great deal of thought over the past several days and weeks, I think that it is best that I resign as director of the media lab and as a professor and employee of the Institute, effective immediately.”

Ito also left the boards of three other organisations he was on: the MacArthur Foundation, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and The New York Times Company, as well as a visiting professorship at Harvard University, according to The New York Times.

In one instance in 2014, Ito wrote in an internal email that the Media Lab had received a “$2M gift from Bill Gates directed by Jeffrey Epstein.” Peter Cohen, MIT Media Lab’s Director of Development and Strategy at the time, replied to Ito’s email, stating, “For gift recording purposes, we will not be mentioning Jeffrey’s name as the impetus for this gift.” A spokesperson for Gates denied to The New Yorker that Epstein directed any grants from Gates.

In a previous August statement, Ito said he was “never involved in, never heard [Epstein] talk about, and never saw any evidence of the horrific acts that he was accused of.” In that statement Ito said he met Epstein in 2013 at a conference, “through a trusted business friend.” In his fundraising efforts, Ito invited Epstein to the lab and also visited several of the financier’s residences.

Epstein pleaded guilty in Florida in 2008 to state charges of soliciting a child for prostitution under a non-prosecution agreement that required him to spend 13 months in jail and register as a sex offender. The agreement has been condemned for ending a broad federal child sex abuse probe involving at least 40 teenage girls, which could have landed Epstein in jail for life.

In a Sept. 7 internal email, the university’s president, L. Rafael Reif announced they would be conducting an independent investigation into the allegations brought up by The New Yorker. Reif called the allegations in the report “deeply disturbing” in the email adressed to members of MIT’s community.

“Because the accusations in the story are extremely serious, they demand an immediate, thorough and independent investigation,” he wrote. “This morning, I asked MIT’s General Counsel to engage a prominent law firm to design and conduct this process. I expect the firm to conduct this review as swiftly as possible, and to report back to me and to the Executive Committee of the MIT Corporation, MIT’s governing board.”

Reif also noted that Ito had submitted his resignation as director, professor, and employee of the institute.

In a previous email to members of MIT’s community, Reif said the university received $800,000 via foundations controlled by Epstein over the course of 20 years. In August, two educators affiliated with the lab left their positions over the institute’s financial ties to Epstein.

Epstein was in a Manhattan jail when he was found dead in his cell on Aug. 10. His death was ruled by the New York City Medical Examiner’s office as a suicide by hanging. However during a court hearing on Aug. 27, Epstein’s lawyers told a judge they had doubts about whether the office’s conclusion was correct.

The new allegations come days after reports that Nicholas Negroponte, the lab’s previous director who co-founded the lab in 1985, said that he would still recommend taking the money even if he could go back in time. Negroponte said he had advised Ito to take Epstein’s money.

“If you wind back the clock, I would still say, ‘Take it,’” he said, reported the MIT Technology Review.

He then repeated, more emphatically, “Take it.”

Negroponte was speaking at a meeting involving the entire staff at the Media Lab. His comments “shocked many people in the audience,” the review alleged.

‘Disturbing’ Allegations

New-York based attorney and MIT graduate, Manny Alicandro, told The Epoch Times on Sept. 8 that he was troubled after seeing the internal email and the new allegations.

“I was upset,” he said in a phone call. “When we spoke last time I felt there was more to the story that we didn’t know and apparently that was true. I’m very disappointed. But I’m glad that the university is undertaking a full investigation.”

Alicandro said the details in the new report were “eye opening” and “disturbing” to him.

“It showed a distinction in my mind between negligence and intentional conduct,” he said. “To me, based on what I read, it seems the university knowingly, intentionally continued their course of conduct with someone that they knew wasn’t a good person … they continued their relationships with him.”

“If that [New Yorker] article didn’t come out, would the school have undertaken these efforts now and would Joi have resigned? Unfortunately the answer is I don’t think so. I think because of the pressure from the article, now the school is taking steps.”

Alicandro said he believes the independent investigation ordered by MIT’s president will spur the media lab to update its policies and procedures.

“Things are going to happen, policies and procedures aren’t foolproof but they are the best efforts we can take. They are strong efforts and for the most part I think with banks they work,” he added.

Source: Head of MIT Media Lab Resigns Over Institute’s Financial Ties to Epstein

Taliban says US will suffer more than anyone after Trump called off landmark peace talks | RT World News

President Donald Trump’s decision to cancel talks with the Taliban will backfire in the future, inflicting more damage to the US, the group said following a terrorist attack that put the Afghan peace process in jeopardy.

The United States will suffer more than anyone else for ditching the negotiations, Reuters quoted Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid as saying. He claimed that negotiations with the US were going smoothly until Saturday, when Trump tweeted his condemnation of a blast in Kabul that killed 12 people, including civilians and a US service member.

Also on rt.com

‘No power to negotiate’? Trump scraps Afghan talks after Taliban attack, hints at ‘decades’ more war

The abrupt cancellation came as senior Taliban representatives were about to meet US officials in Washington, discussing how both sides could come to terms following nearly two decades of the Afghan war, it was reported.

US negotiators held several rounds of low-key talks with the militants in their political office in Doha, Qatar, providing some opening for a possible truce.

But while the US envoy, Zalmay Khalilzad, claimed the Americans and the Taliban were close to reaching ‘a deal in principle’, there is no sign of calm on Afghan soil. The insurgent movement frequently targets local and foreign forces, sometimes even taking control over important cities and locations.

Also on rt.com

‘We’ll always have a presence’: Trump says 8,600 US troops will stay in Afghanistan

The US is also not very keen to withdraw from Afghanistan where it once proclaimed a “major victory” against global terrorism. In fact, Trump recently said the troops will have to stay in the war-torn country forever.

Source: Taliban says US will suffer more than anyone after Trump called off landmark peace talks

Report: Taliban Statement Seems to Threaten Terror Attacks on US in Response to Trump Canceling Camp David Meeting — The Gateway Pundit

A terror researcher posted that a Taliban statement issued Sunday appeared to threaten terror attacks on the U.S. after President Trump announced the abrupt cancellation of secret peace talks to be held at Camp David with leaders of the Taliban and Afghanistan government.

Zabihullah Mujahid, unsourced image

“BREAKING Taliban/IEA spreads a statement on Trump’s tweets affirming, by the way, “now that Trump has cancelled talks with Islamic Emirate, many terrorists will reach US and US credibility will be damaged””

The researcher noted a follow-up Taliban statement with changed language, “BREAKING UPDATE Taliban/IEA spreads another statement on Trump’s tweets replacing “many terrorists will reach US ” with “the stop to talks will damage US more than anyone else” trying to eliminate the threat against US”

Further, the official Taliban English version said the U.S. would, “increase its loss of life and treasure.”

Reuters’ translation comes up with softer language that still threatens more US deaths:

“Both sides (U.S., Taliban) were busy with preparation for the announcement and signing the peace deal, but now the U.S president called off the peace dialogue… this will lead to more losses to the U.S.,” said Zabihullah Mujahid, a Taliban spokesman, said in a statement.

“Its (U.S.) credibility will be effected, its anti-peace stance will be exposed to the world, losses to lives and assets will increase,” he said.

However, this tweet by Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid contains a link to the statement on a hosting site that, when put through Google Translate Pashto-to-English ,has the following passage that jibes with the researcher’s translation:

“Now that US President Trump has announced a delay in the negotiations with the Islamic Emirate, it will bring terrorists a lot of damage to the United States, damaging its credibility, making its anti-peace stance even more visible to the world…?

Taliban statement posted at JustPasteIt, translated by Google Translate.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan Announces Donald Trump Tweet

We had fruitful negotiations with the US negotiating team and the agreement was finalized, the US negotiation team was happy with the progress made so far and ended the talks in a good atmosphere, both sides preparing for the announcement and signing of the agreement. Was busy

After the signing of the agreement and the announcement of the agreement, we set the first day of the inter-Afghan dialogue meeting on September 7.

Local and international countries and international organizations have also blocked the process.

Now that US President Trump has announced a delay in the negotiations with the Islamic Emirate, it will bring terrorists a lot of damage to the United States, damaging its credibility, making its anti-peace stance even more visible to the world. Wealth will increase and its role in political interaction will be diminished.

By continuing the negotiations, the Islamic Emirate has proved to the world that war has been imposed on us by others, and if the path of understanding is to be replaced by war, we are ultimately committed.

Responding to an attack before the signing of the agreements shows neither enthusiasm nor any experience, while hundreds of Afghans were martyred and wealthed in multiple attacks by the United States and internal supporters before the terrorist attack. He made a fire.

President Zalmay Khalilzad’s invitation to visit the United States in late August has delayed the trip until the signing of the agreement in Doha.

The Islamic Emirate has a strong policy and an irrelevant position, we called it a compromise more than 20 years ago.

Our struggle for the past eighteen years will prove to the US that we will not be convinced that we will never end our occupation of the country as a whole and that the Afghans will be left to their own ends. We continue our Jihad and firmly believe in the ultimate victory. In the meantime, Ali Allah Baiziz

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan

Those with the language skill might find this analysis of a 2018 interview of Zabihullah Mujahid of interest.

via Report: Taliban Statement Seems to Threaten Terror Attacks on US in Response to Trump Canceling Camp David Meeting — The Gateway Pundit

Sunday Talks – Secretary of State Mike Pompeo -vs- Chris Wallace… — The Last Refuge

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo appears on Fox News for an interview with swamp gatekeeper Chris Wallace.  Geopolitical topics include the cancelled Taliban negotiations; the ongoing nuclear ambitions of Iran; and Pompeo’s political career.

via Sunday Talks – Secretary of State Mike Pompeo -vs- Chris Wallace… — The Last Refuge

“Requiem for the American Dream” with Noam Chomsky (YouTube Documentary Video)

‘Requiem for the American dream’ is the definitive discourse with Noam Chomsky, widely regarded as the most important intellectual alive, on the defining characteristic of our time – the deliberate concentration of wealth and power in the hands of a select few.

Through interviews filmed over four years, Chomsky unpacks the principles that have brought us to the crossroads of historically unprecedented inequality – tracing a half century of policies designed to favor the most wealthy at the expense of the majority – while also looking back on his own life of activism and political participation.

Profoundly personal and thought provoking, Chomsky provides penetrating insight into what may well be the lasting legacy of our time – the death of the middle class, and swan song of functioning democracy. A potent reminder that power ultimately rests in the hands of the governed, REQUIEM is required viewing for all who maintain hope of a shared stake in the future.

September 8, 2019 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

Simeon’s Proclamation

then he took Him into his arms, and blessed God, and said, “Now Lord, You are releasing Your bond-servant to depart in peace, according to Your word; for my eyes have seen Your salvation, which You have prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light of revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of Your people Israel.” And His father and mother were amazed at the things which were being said about Him. (2:28–33)

Having met Joseph, Mary, and Jesus, Simeon took Jesus into his arms. It is hard to imagine how thrilled he must have been as he realized that God’s promises had come true. Salvation had come to Israel, and he was holding the consolation of Israel, the Messiah, in his arms. Overwhelmed with joy and gratitude, Simeon blessed God.

His song of praise (cf.1:41–45, 46–55, 67–79; 2:13–14, 38) is known as the Nunc Dimittis (Now Lord), from the first two words of the hymn in Latin. God was releasing His bond-servant to depart (die) in peace, according to His word of promise revealed to Simeon by the Holy Spirit. His hope fulfilled, his joy complete, his heart at peace, Simeon was content to die. With his own eyes he had seen God’s salvation, personified in the infant Jesus (cf. 1:69; 2:11). He understood that salvation for Israel involved much more than the national deliverance promised by the Abrahamic and Davidic covenants, whose blessings will not be fully realized until the millennial kingdom. In the incarnation, Jesus came not to save His people from their enemies, but from their sins (Matt. 1:21; cf. Acts 4:12).

Simeon’s next statement would shock Jewish sensibilities. Fiercely proud of their status as God’s chosen, covenant people, the Jews believed Messiah was their deliverer. They assumed He would establish their kingdom, which would then rule over the infidel Gentiles. The truth that God had prepared salvation in the presence of all peoples, and that Messiah would be a light of revelation to the Gentiles (cf. Acts 26:23), as well as the glory of God’s people Israel (cf. Isa. 46:13; 45:25), ran counter to all their preconceptions. Even after the resurrection, the apostles still did not understand. Shortly before the Lord ascended to heaven “they were asking Him, saying, ‘Lord, is it at this time You are restoring the kingdom to Israel?’ ” (Acts 1:6).

Centuries of animosity toward the idolatrous Gentiles, whose corrupting influence had contributed to Israel’s downfall, was not easily set aside. The Jewish believers in Jerusalem were horrified that Peter “went to uncircumcised men and ate with them” (Acts 11:3) because, as Peter reminded the Gentiles gathered in Cornelius’s house, “You yourselves know how unlawful it is for a man who is a Jew to associate with a foreigner or to visit him” (Acts 10:28). But salvation is offered to all people, Jews and Gentiles alike, since Christ “made both groups into one and broke down the barrier of the dividing wall” (Eph. 2:14) and “there is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for [believers] are all one in Christ Jesus” (Gal. 3:28). Thus the Lord directed that “repentance for forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed in His name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem” (Luke 24:47; cf. Matt. 28:19–20).

Speaking prophetically of Messiah’s ministry Isaiah wrote,

But there will be no more gloom for her who was in anguish; in earlier times He treated the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali with contempt, but later on He shall make it glorious, by the way of the sea, on the other side of Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles. The people who walk in darkness will see a great light; those who live in a dark land, the light will shine on them. (Isa. 9:1–2; cf. Matt. 4:12–16)

According to Isaiah 42:6, Messiah would be “a light to the nations,” while in 49:6, the Lord said to Him, “It is too small a thing that You should be My Servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob and to restore the preserved ones of Israel; I will also make You a light of the nations so that My salvation may reach to the end of the earth.” In Isaiah 51:4–5, God declared, “A law will go forth from Me, and I will set My justice for a light of the peoples. My righteousness is near, My salvation has gone forth, and My arms will judge the peoples; the coastlands will wait for Me, and for My arm they will wait expectantly.” Isaiah 52:10 notes that “the Lord has bared His holy arm in the sight of all the nations, that all the ends of the earth may see the salvation of our God.” In Isaiah 60, God once again addressed His Servant, the Messiah:

Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you. For behold, darkness will cover the earth and deep darkness the peoples; but the Lord will rise upon you and His glory will appear upon you. Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising. (60:1–3)

With each confirmation of their Son’s true identity, Joseph and Mary’s astonishment grew. After hearing Simeon’s song of praise, they were amazed at the things which were being said about Him. Their son, in every sense a normal human baby, was the Divine Savior of the world, the Messiah who would fulfill all the Old Testament promises of salvation and blessing.[1]

27–33 God, active by means of the guidance of the Holy Spirit, has Simeon come to the temple at just the right time and place. God, active by means of “what was customary under the law,” requires Jesus’ parents to bring their son to the temple at this time also. The result of this choreography is this rendezvous. This appointment is not the result of divine coercion, however. Although God is operative through the law and the Spirit to achieve this end, this encounter is dependent on the obedience of these human actors, who by their actions are helpers or supporters of the divine purpose. Their status as helpers contrasts sharply with those about whom Simeon will cryptically speak in 2:34–35a.

The location of this encounter is not without significance: the temple is the locus of God’s presence, the meeting place between the divine and the human. Here it is presented as an important site of divine revelation (cf. 1:11–20; 2:36–38; Acts 22:17–21). This portrayal is ironic, for here and in Acts 22:17–21 this location helps to legitimate the universal reach of the gospel: precisely in the center of the world of Israel, the Jerusalem temple, God discloses that salvation for Israel includes salvation for the Gentiles.

At the center of this pericope stands Simeon’s response to his encounter with Jesus. This “song” is framed by other responses—praise from Simeon (2:28–29), wherein Simeon seems to join the angelic chorus in praise of God (2:13), and the amazement of the child’s father and mother (2:33). Amazement is neither negative nor necessarily positive (cf. 2:18). It is an expected reaction to the miraculous, but does not promise correct understanding or faith in the present or future. That such a response is credited to Mary and Joseph—especially Mary, who has been portrayed so positively—should encourage us to pause for reflection. What Simeon has asserted in his prayerlike hymn is so extraordinary that even Mary and Joseph are amazed. Apparently this portion of the narrative has opened up possibilities requiring further development and clarification.

The Song itself is presented in three couplets, opening with an implicit word of praise (2:29) and proceeding to an explication of the motive for praise (2:30–32). The Song borrows heavily from the vision of salvation resident in Isaiah 40–66 LXX, especially 40:5; 42:6; 46:13; 49:6; 52:10; 56:1; 60:1. These echoes function at a number of levels: (1) they root Simeon’s message firmly in the purpose of God, manifest in the Scriptures; (2) they root Simeon’s message more particularly in the Isaianic vision of divine restoration and healing; (3) they emphasize the universalistic reach of God’s redemption; and (4) they point to the image of the Isaianic Servant of Yahweh as a fundamental scriptural metaphor for interpreting the mission of Jesus as a whole.29

In the Greek text, the word “now” has been placed in the emphatic position: “Now you are releasing your servant, Master.” This emphasizes once again the importance for Luke that salvation has already dawned on humanity with the coming of Jesus (cf. 1:48; 2:11). Also in an emphatic position, at the end of this opening phrase, is the unusual address for God, “Master.” This term, emphasizing submission to God, appears only here and in Acts 4:24 (“Sovereign Lord”) in Luke-Acts. In both co-texts God as “Master” is set in apposition to particular humans as “servants”—here, Simeon; there, David (4:25), Jesus (4:27), and the Jerusalem church (4:29). This underscores that God is the one whose primary aim drives the narrative from creation to redemption, that God will overcome the efforts of those who oppose his purpose, and that the persons named above are those who act in submission to God and through whom God’s purpose is realized (cf. 1:38).

These images are conjoined here with that of “release” or “dismissal,” with the result that we hear a dual message. On the one hand, “to dismiss” can be a euphemism for “to let die.” Cast as it is in proximity to God’s promise that Simeon “would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah” (2:26), a vow God has kept (2:29b), this is a viable reading here. On the other hand, “to dismiss” can be used in the sense of “to discharge,” as from faithful vigil or service.33 This also describes Simeon, particularly insofar as we picture him as a prophetic figure, serving God while awaiting the peaceful era of God’s dominion. With the arrival of God’s “salvation” (2:30), his task is complete.

God’s “salvation,” introduced in 2:30, might be rendered “instrument of salvation.” In the NT this term appears only in 2:30; 3:6; Acts 28:28; Eph 6:17. In Luke 3:6 and Acts 28:28, it is used in contexts that emphasize the universalism of God’s salvation, which “all flesh shall see,” including the Gentiles. And in each case of its appearance in Luke-Acts the Isaianic background of this terminology is evident. Simeon identifies Jesus as this agent of salvation, practically equating the arrival of Jesus, the Lord’s Messiah, with the advent of the new era of divine consolation. In 2:30, 32, “salvation” is set in apposition with “light” (cf. Isa 51:4–5), and in 2:31–32 salvation for “all peoples” is clarified as “revelation to the Gentiles” (cf. Isa 49:6; 49:9) and “glory to your people Israel” (cf. Isa 46:13; 60:1, 19). This complex patterning leaves us in no doubt that the salvation that God has brought is universal in its reach.

Some have doubted whether the phrase “a light for revelation to the Gentiles” implies that the Gentiles are included in God’s salvation, since “open disclosure” need not imply inclusion in salvation. However, the metaphor of “light” is already familiar to us from Zechariah’s Song (1:78–79; cf. 2:8–9), where its salvific purpose is manifest: Through God’s agent of salvation, people do not merely see evidence of the advent of God’s dominion, they are engulfed in it; they are, as it were, led from the dominion of darkness into the light.[2]

2:30–31 / For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all people: Isa. 40:5 (see Luke 3:6); 52:10. Luke’s word for “salvation” (sōtērion) is relatively rare in the nt, with three of its four occurrences in Luke–Acts. Tannehill (pp. 40–42) notes that Luke borrowed it from the lxx (as seen in the evangelist’s citation of Isa. 40:5) and probably wanted the reader to understand that Simeon was one of the first to see God’s salvation, a salvation which, thanks to the apostolic mission, the whole Roman Empire would eventually see.[3]

30. For my eyes have seen. This mode of expression is very common in Scripture; but Simeon appears to denote expressly the bodily appearance of Christ, as if he had said, that he now has the Son of God present in the flesh, on whom the eyes of his mind had been previously fixed. By saving I understand the matter of salvation: for in Christ are hid all the parts of salvation and of a happy life. Now if the sight of Christ, while he was yet a child, had so powerful an effect on Simeon, that he approached death with cheerfulness and composure; how much more abundant materials of lasting peace are now furnished to us, who have the opportunity of beholding our salvation altogether completed in Christ? True, Christ no longer dwells on earth, nor do we carry him in our arms: but his divine majesty shines openly and brightly in the gospel, and there do “we all,” as Paul says, “behold as in a glass the glory of the Lord,”—not as formerly amidst the weakness of flesh, but in the glorious power of the Spirit, which he displayed in his miracles, in the sacrifice of his death, and in his resurrection. In a word, his absence from us in body is of such a nature, that we are permitted to behold him sitting at the right hand of the Father. If such a sight does not bring peace to our minds, and make us go cheerfully to death, we are highly ungrateful to God, and hold the honour, which he has bestowed upon us, in little estimation.

31. Which thou hast prepared. By these words Simeon intimates, that Christ had been divinely appointed, that all nations might enjoy his grace; and that he would shortly afterwards be placed in an elevated situation, and would draw upon him the eyes of all. Under this term he includes all the predictions which relate to the spread of Christ’s kingdom. But if Simeon, when holding a little child in his arms, could stretch his mind to the utmost boundaries of the world, and acknowledge the power of Christ to be everywhere present, how much more magnificent ought our conceptions regarding him to be, now that he has been set up as a “standard to the people,” (Isa. 49:22,) and has revealed himself to the whole world.[4]

2:27–33. The Spirit controlled everything Simeon did. He spied Mary and Joseph, Jesus’ parents, as they entered the temple. They were simply obeying God’s law. Simeon intercepted them and took the child in his arms. He gave them a blessing they did not expect. Praising God (cf. 1:68), Simeon first claimed his dismissal from God’s army. His tour of duty was done. God had fulfilled his promise. Simeon could now die and claim his eternal peace. He had seen God’s salvation. Named Jesus, “Yahweh is salvation” (v. 21) and proclaimed by the angel as Savior (v. 11), Jesus was what Simeon had longed for and looked for all these years—the salvation, the deliverance of his people.

Such salvation is not a human act or human possession. It is God’s salvation. He prepared for it clearly on the stage of world history where all people could see. He made it a light for revelation to the Gentiles. Yes, salvation was more than fulfillment of Israel’s nationalistic hopes. Salvation was a light revealing God and his purposes and ways to all people, Jew and Gentile alike (see Isa. 40:5; 42:6; 46:13; 49:6; 52:9–10). Israel did have a special place. They were your people. In Jesus they received glory, for the Gentiles saw them as the important instrument God used to bring salvation to the whole world.

Shepherds amazed Bethlehem with their message (v. 18). Simeon amazed Joseph and Mary with his. News about Jesus is never ordinary, daily newspaper stuff. News about Jesus leaves the audience wondering: How can this be? Who is this?[5]

[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2009). Luke 1–5 (pp. 180–182). Chicago: Moody Publishers.

[2] Green, J. B. (1997). The Gospel of Luke (pp. 146–148). Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.

[3] Evans, C. A. (1990). Luke (p. 45). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[4] Calvin, J., & Pringle, W. (2010). Commentary on a Harmony of the Evangelists Matthew, Mark, and Luke (Vol. 1, pp. 144–145). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

[5] Butler, T. C. (2000). Luke (Vol. 3, p. 32). Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers.

Erdogan: We’ll Flood Europe With Syrian Refugees Unless ‘Safe Zone’ Established | Zero Hedge News

“We will be forced to open the gates. We cannot be forced to handle the burden alone,” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned on Thursday while demanding that European countries give political support to his controversial ‘safe zone’ plan in northern Syria.

Ankara is currently in tense negotiations with the United States over Erdogan’s plan to militarily carve out a large swathe of territory along the Turkish-Syrian border which would serve as a buffer zone of sorts where US-backed Kurdish militias could not operate.

Erdogan said one million refugees could settle in the new buffer territory, thus alleviating the crisis on Turkish soil, and ultimately for Europe as well.

Syrian refugees in a Turkish camp. Image source: AP

Turkey sees the YPG core of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) as a terrorist extension of the outlawed PKK. Turkey has of late vowed to carve out the proposed ‘safe’ territory on a unilateral basis if it can’t make progress with Washington.

Also during the speech Turkey’s president complained his nation “did not receive the support needed from the world” to help it cope with the refugee crisis through the eight-year long war.

Erdogan issued a ‘with us or against us’ ultimatum to the world on Thursday:

You either support us to have a safe zone in Syria, or we will have to open the gates. Either you support us or no one should feel sorry. We would like to host 1 million refugees in the safe zone,” he said.

It goes without saying that the territory in question is not his to control or dole out, and Damascus has slammed what it sees as a big Turkish land-grab.

Turkey has pressed hard for the proposed safe zone east of the Euphrates for the past year (‘safe zone’ envisioned in blue in map below):

It’s also the case that many analysts see Turkey as a prime external party to the conflict that’s done more than any other to exacerbate and prolong the war, including fueling the rise of ISIS.

Turkey’s president previously claimed the country has spent a total of $35 billion on hosting some 4 million Syrian refugees, but that the European Union hasn’t upheld previously agreed to commitments under a refugee settlement plan.

Erdogan speaks to his ruling party officials Thursday in Ankara, Turkey, via the AP.

It’s not the first time Ankara has threatened to allow Syrian refugees and migrants to leave for EU countries and it likely won’t be the last, but it’ll be interesting to see if Erdogan’s blackmail will witness any positive movement out of Europe.


Hong Kong Riot Police Fire Tear Gas After Thousands Beg Trump For Help | ZeroHedge News

Hong Kong Riot Police Fire Tear Gas After Thousands Beg Trump For Help

Clashes erupted once again between Hong Kong police and pro-democracy protesters – many of whom called on US President Donald Trump to help bring democracy to the Chinese-ruled city.

Man wearing “Make Hong Kong Great Again” hat (Getty)

While the protest was largely peaceful, some activists constructed barricades, smashed windows, set objects on fire, and vandalized the MTR metro station in the Central district – home to banks, jewelry shops and high-fashion shopping arcades. They were met with a sharp response from police.

Crowds dispersed from the Central business district moved on to the nearby Admiralty bar district of Wan Chai, and then on to Causeway Bay in what Reuters describes as a “now familiar pattern of cat-and-mouse clashes” over the past three months of unrest.

“We can’t leave because there are riot police,” said 20-year-old ‘Oscar’ in Causeway Bay. “They fired tear gas from the station. We are heading to North Point,” located to the east.

Thousands of protesters earlier sang the Star Spangled Banner and called on U.S. President Donald Trump to “liberate” the city. They waved the Stars and Stripes and placards demanding democracy.

“Fight for freedom, stand with Hong Kong,” they shouted before handing over petitions at the U.S. Consulate. “Resist Beijing, liberate Hong Kong.” –Reuters

A riot police officer fires a tear gas canister during a rally in Central, Hong Kong, China September 8, 2019. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

On Saturday speaking from Paris, US Defense Secretary Mark Esper urged Beijing to exercise restraint over the Hong Kong protests.

President Trump last month suggested that China should “humanely” settle the Hong Kong situation before a trade deal is inked between the two countries.

China, meanwhile, has accused the United States and Britain of fomenting unrest.

Last week Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Carrie Lam announced that she would meet some of the protesters’ demands – chief among them fully withdrawing a controversial extradition bill which would have allowed the extradition of suspects to mainland China to stand trial in Communisty Party courts, vs. Hong Kong’s independent judiciary which dates back to British rule.

Lam’s olive branch hasn’t worked, however, as the protests have evolved into a broad anti-government call for democracy.

Washington Responds

US lawmakers will address the Hong Kong protests as a top priority when they return to work after recess next week, according to Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY).

Schumer urged Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican who sets the floor agenda, to bring up a bipartisan bill that would require an annual justification of the special treatment afforded by Washington to Hong Kong, including special trade and business privileges, under the U.S. Hong Kong Policy Act of 1992.

The legislation, called the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act, would also mandate that officials in China and Hong Kong who have undermined the city’s autonomy are vulnerable to sanctions. –Reuters

On Sunday, protest organizer Joshua Wong – the face of the “Umbrella” movement from five years ago, was re-arrested at the airport while returning from Germany and the United States for breaching the conditions of his bail. He was previously charged with inciting and participating in an unauthorized rally outside police headquarters on June 21, and subsequently released on bail.

“Preliminary legal advice suggested that the court had acknowledged and approved my trips to Germany and the U.S. when it granted bail on Aug. 30,” Wong said in a statement. “Therefore, it is believed that there are some mistakes have been made on the bail certificate.”

Source: Hong Kong Riot Police Fire Tear Gas After Thousands Beg Trump For Help

EXCLUSIVE: Abnormalities in Hillary’s Emails Identified – She Even Replied to an Email She Never Received! — The Gateway Pundit

The Obama White House was reportedly running the Hillary email investigation and they virtually let every one go, including Hillary!   Now new information on the investigation shows that Hillary replied to an email that she never received!

What’s going on here?

Recent uncovered documents show that the Obama White House ran the Weiner email investigation.  The corrupt FBI and DOJ worked with them.

We raised this question in April 2018 – Why would Mueller, Comey, Hillary and the Deep State go all in to remove President Trump from office?  Their actions are more like rabid dogs than sore losers. There must be something more.

The DOJ IG’s report on McCabe released on Friday April 14, 2018 was a bombshell. We discovered hidden in it were pieces of information that when put into context with information released at that time indicate unimaginable corruption!

We also know that the MYE was a joke with numerous individuals obtaining immunity and searches on Hillary’s devices limited to almost nothing.  This information was uncovered yesterday.

Now we know that the Obama White House was running the Hillary email investigation and they let every one go, including Hillary!  They also reopened the Hillary email investigation at the end of October 2016 and closed the investigation a few days later after performing a ‘review’ of Weiner’s laptop. 

We’ve found additional evidence showing what a mess the Hillary email investigation was.  One email reported in August in a report to Senate leaders showed that Hillary replied to an email that was never received

After a review of the letter to Senator Chuck Grassley dated August 14, 2019, we were able to put together shocking and verifiable information showing that Hillary’s emails were placed on the cloud at one time.  We currently don’t know where these emails are at.

Additionally, per a further review, the email address that Hillary’s emails were sent to was not a Chinese email address, it only looked like one.  The email address inserted in all of Hillary’s emails was “carterheayindustries@Gmail.com”.  But we uncovered that the “Shandong Carter Heavy Industry Machinery CO., Ltd” uses the “carter.cn” domain email address like in “ct002@carter.cn”.  (cn is for accounts in China).

But the gmail account “carterheayindustries@Gmail.com” is not a China email address.  It is as gmail email address.  The email address only looks like a China company’s email address but it is not.  We know this is not a China email address because gmail was unavailable in Shandong province in China.  This tactic of duplicating the name of an individual or company address and creating a similar address in gmail is a common method for hackers to obtain proprietary information.
We also have identified that Hillary’s email address was not included in an email to the carterheavyindustries@gmail.com.  So how could it be forwarded to this address?

Notice all the addresses above? None of them are to/from @clintonemail.com. McManus’s address is blacked out, but he would have a state.gov address and/or a private email address, but he wasn’t receiving email from @clintonemail.com.

Ummmm, if @carterheavyindustries@gmail received Hillary’s emails then why is her email address not in this email?

So many questions, so much corruption, so many lies.

Literally nothing about Comey’s corrupt FBI and Obama’s Justice Department made any sense.

via EXCLUSIVE: Abnormalities in Hillary’s Emails Identified – She Even Replied to an Email She Never Received! — The Gateway Pundit

US House Panel Is Preparing to Take Steps to Formalize Trump Impeachment Probe – Reports – Sputnik International

The US House of Representatives Judiciary Committee, led by Chairman Jerrold Nadler, a Democrat, is poised to vote next week on a resolution to formalize the investigation, a person familiar with the matter said on Saturday.

The panel has reportedly rebranded an oversight probe of Trump’s presidency as an “impeachment” investigation, aiming to decide by the end of the year on whether to recommend articles of impeachment to the House, Reuters reported. The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told the news agency that committee members might vote on a measure that would better define the investigation as soon as Wednesday.

The committee’s current impeachment approach has been criticized by Republicans for avoiding a precedent set during impeachment inquiries against former President Richard Nixon and former President Bill Clinton, where inquiries were formally authorized by the full House. This time, however,  Democrats have tried to avoid a House vote that could prove risky for Democratic freshmen from swing districts where impeachment is unpopular with voters.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler had reportedly been focused on the findings of former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into alleged Russian election meddling in the 2016 presidential election and evidence of Trump’s potential obstruction of justice during the probe.  Muellerneither concluded that Trump committed obstruction nor exonerated him on the matter, leaving the judgement to the Congress. Nadler’s investigation has since expanded to include allegations that Trump has improperly mixed his business interests with his role as president, and paid money during the 2016 campaign to silence women claiming to have had affairs with him.

The details are still being negotiated, but a procedural vote next week could set rules for the hearings, according to the source. The resolution would allow staff attorneys to question hearing witnesses, set procedures for closed-door reviews of grand jury material, allow White House counsel to respond in writing to the committee and usher in other changes.

It remains unclear whether the panel would recommend a new resolution for a full House vote. At least 134 House Democrats support an impeachment inquiry, according to Reuters, which is below the 218 votes needed for the House to approve an impeachment resolution.

— Read on sputniknews.com/us/201909081076748943-us-house-panel-preparing-formalize-trump-impeachment-probe/

FNC’s Wallace Presses Pompeo on Why Trump Would Meet with Taliban Days Before 9/11 | Breitbart News

On this week’s broadcast of “Fox News Sunday,” anchor Chris Wallace pressed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on why President Donald Trump planned to meet with Taliban leaders in the United States three days before the anniversary of 9/11.

Wallace asked, “[T]he Taliban had the deaths of thousands of Americans just three days before 9/11. No concerns about that? And I guess my question is you know, I can understand the envoy talking, but why is the president have to confer that status on them?

Pompeo said, “President Trump was very clear. He wanted to make sure we got to the right place. He has always been someone, I’ve observed is now for my entire time working for him, now as CIA director and now secretary of state — he is willing to take risks if he believes he can deliver a good outcome for the American people.”

Source: FNC’s Wallace Presses Pompeo on Why Trump Would Meet with Taliban Days Before 9/11

Uh Oh: U.S. Layoffs Rise 38 Percent – Highest Level For August Since 2009 | The Economic Collapse

We continue to get more numbers that indicate that U.S. economic activity is really starting to slow down.  According to Challenger, Gray & Christmas, the number of layoffs in the United States was 38 percent higher in August than it was in July.  A 38 percent increase in one month is more than just a little bit startling, and many believe that if this momentum continues we could soon be facing an avalanche of job losses similar to what we witnessed in 2008.  And without a doubt, all of the other economic numbers that have been rolling in lately also confirm that the U.S. economy is heading into harder times.  But is our country ready to handle another major economic downturn?

Even though there have been moments of difficulty over the past decade, we truly haven’t seen anything like this since the last recession.  In fact, the latest job cut numbers that we just got from Challenger, Gray & Christmas are the highest that we have seen during any August since 2009

Employers also announced the most layoffs of any August since 2009, the outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas said.

Job cuts rose 38 percent over July, with 53,480 positions to be slashed from employer payrolls, led by workforce reductions in health care, which had been a mainstay of recent job creation, the tech sector and manufacturing.

So why is this happening?

Well, certainly there are many factors at play, but Andrew Challenger has singled out “the trade war” as one of the biggest reasons

“Employers are beginning to feel the effects of the trade war and imposed tariffs by the US and China,” Andrew Challenger, the firm’s vice president, said in a statement.

Other nations are really starting to feel the effects of the trade war as well.  This week, Germany reported a startling drop in new manufacturing orders

Contracts for ‘Made in Germany’ goods fell 2.7% from the previous month in July, data showed on Thursday, driven by a big drop in bookings from non-euro zone countries, the economy ministry said. That undershot a Reuters consensus forecast for a 1.5% drop.

“The misery in manufacturing continues. The decline in new orders significantly increases the risk of a recession for the German economy,” VP Bank analyst Thomas Gitzel said.

During the second quarter, German GDP growth fell into negative territory, and it looks like that will happen again here in the third quarter.

That would mean that Germany is already in a recession right now, and that is very troubling news for all of Europe.

Here in the U.S., just about everything that we would expect to see happen just prior to the beginning of a recession is happening in textbook fashion right in front of our eyes.

In particular, the transportation industry is already mired in a very deep downturn, and we just learned that orders for heavy trucks in August were down by 80 percent compared to a year earlier…

Orders for heavy trucks that haul part of the economy’s goods across the US plunged by 80.1% in August 2019 compared to August last year, to about 10,400 orders, according to preliminary estimates by FTR Transportation Intelligence. It was the 10th month in a row of year-over-year declines, and the second month in a row of 80%-plus declines, with orders in July having plunged 81.2% to about 9,800, not seen since 2010.

I don’t know about you, but an 80 percent decline sure seems like an awfully big red flag to me.

Overall, it is still being projected that the U.S. economy will stay out of contraction territory in the third quarter, but GDP forecasts have continued to slip.  The following comes from Reuters

The U.S. economy is likely growing at a 1.7% annualized rate in the third quarter, based on weaker-than-forecast data on domestic manufacturing activity and construction spending, the Atlanta Federal Reserve’s GDPNow forecast model showed on Tuesday.

This was slower than the 2.0% pace estimated by the Atlanta Fed’s GDP program on Aug. 30.

In the end, any number above zero for the third quarter should be considered a big victory in this global economic environment.

But even if we eke out slight growth in the third quarter, nobody should be using the word “booming” to describe our economy.  In fact, we haven’t been “booming” for a very, very long time.  We haven’t had a full year when U.S. GDP grew by at least 3 percent since the middle of the Bush administration, and at this point nearly 40 percent of the nation struggles to pay for the basics

Many people still struggle to pay bills — even for something as basic as food.

That’s the difficult conclusion of a new report released this week by the Urban Institute, a nonpartisan, nonprofit policy group based in Washington, D.C., which surveyed almost 7,600 adults last December. Some 39.4% of adults said their families had trouble meeting at least one basic need for food, health care, housing, or utilities last year.

The gap between the “haves” and the “have nots” continues to grow in our country, and that has dire implications for our future.  If those with money and power continue to have a “let them eat cake” attitude about all of this, eventually we will see chaos in our streets, and this is something that Umair Haque recently discussed

How can the economy be “strong” when 40% of people are struggling to eat? Isn’t that a little bit like the Hunger Games actually coming to life? Is that where America is now? What on earth?

Think about the fact itself for a second, before we discuss it — 40% of people in the world’s richest country struggle to afford food. It’s a “Let Them Eat Cake” moment happening before our eyes. How much more Versailles can you get? There’s nothing — nothing — more basic than being able to afford food. When a society can’t provide food for its people, it’s one of the most severe and fundamental indicators that something’s badly, badly wrong.

More government handouts are certainly not the answer.  The U.S. government already hands out money and benefits to more than 100 million people every month, and yet our problems just continue to escalate.

In the end, people want to be able to work hard and provide for their own families.  We need an economy that creates more good paying jobs and makes it easy to start businesses, and we haven’t had such an economy for a very long time.

And now it appears that we are heading into a new economic crisis.  The job losses are likely to escalate in the months ahead, and many believe that the economic pain that we will experience will be even greater than what we experienced during the last recession.

— Read on theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/uh-oh-u-s-layoffs-rise-38-percent-highest-level-for-august-since-2009

Hillary Clinton & Elizabeth Warren’s ‘secret talks’ ignite outrage, mockery on social media | RT Daily News

Hillary Clinton & Elizabeth Warren's ‘secret talks’ ignite outrage, mockery on social media

Democratic presidential candidate Senator Elizabeth Warren is reportedly in talks with failed presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, a move that’s at odds with Warren’s progressive image, and people really aren’t happy about it.

The two have been in communication since the Massachusetts senator announced her presidential run, although both are keeping quiet about it, NBC reports, citing several people who wished to remain anonymous.

It isn’t clear how often the two women speak or what they discuss, but a source close to the former secretary of state said their contact has been recent and has “clearly not gone unnoticed.” 

Warren’s team reportedly don’t want to speak about Clinton, likely because of her loss to Donald Trump in 2016 and her unpopularity with progressive Democrats, as well as with Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders’ supporters.

Also on rt.com

Twitter wars over Susan Sarandon’s refusal to vote for Hillary Clinton still raging … in 2019

The news that Warren is in talks with Clinton has sparked anger on social media, with some calling her a “centrist opportunist” and saying she is “not an ally to Bernie but to the establishment.” 

Others mocked her for taking advice from the woman who lost to Trump, while one even predicted Warren would pick Clinton to be her vice-president.

Although centrist Clinton is problematic within progressive circles of the Democratic Party, she holds sway within its establishment and “would absolutely have influence over a number of delegates to [the Democratic party] convention,” said Deb Kozikowski, the vice chair of the Massachusetts Democratic Party.

Source: Hillary Clinton & Elizabeth Warren’s ‘secret talks’ ignite outrage, mockery on social media