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May 25, 2018 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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A fundraiser for U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday added several defendants to a lawsuit claiming the Persian Gulf state of Qatar hacked his email accounts and shared the contents with news organizations.

President Donald Trump said on Friday it was possible a planned summit with North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un could still take place on June 12 as originally planned.

Norway hopes to open bilateral trade talks with Britain before London’s transition period to leave the European Union ends in 2020, as Brussels seems willing to show some flexibility on the question, the Norwegian foreign minister said on Friday.

A Democratic candidate among front-runners in the race for Iowa governor dropped out on Thursday after accusations of sexual misconduct by three women.

The U.S. Senate on Thursday unanimously approved legislation that would step up protections for congressional staffers facing workplace harassment, including requiring lawmakers to use their personal funds to cover the cost of settlements if they were the alleged harassers.

A U.S. Senate panel has put a measure to tighten oversight of foreign investment in the United States into a must-pass defense policy bill, a Senate committee said on Thursday.

Berlin and Beijing must revamp their relationship to adapt to digital changes, said Angela Merkel, who has made the issue a top priority of her fourth term as German Chancellor.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said that Russia and Japan should sign a peace treaty so that they can realize their economic cooperation ambitions.

Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said he was quietly confident that a strong early turnout in Ireland’s abortion referendum on Friday would favor those seeking change in what only two decades ago was one of Europe’s most socially conservative countries.

Saudi Arabia and Russia are discussing raising OPEC and non-OPEC oil production by some 1 million barrels a day, sources said, while OPEC’s chief said a complaint from U.S. President Donald Trump over high prices had triggered the idea of upping output.

AP Top Stories

Two unidentified men walked into a restaurant on Thursday in the Canadian city of Mississauga and set off a bomb, wounding more than a dozen people, local police said.

A young man who opened fire in an Oklahoma City restaurant, leaving two people with gunshot wounds and two others hurt in the ensuing chaos, was then shot dead by a handgun-carrying civilian in the parking lot, police said.

Taiwan scrambled fighter jets to shadow Chinese bombers conducting a drill around the island, just hours after Beijing welcomed Burkina Faso’s move to sever diplomatic ties with Taipei.

The Senate judiciary committee voted Thursday to advance U.S. District Court nominee Wendy Vitter, a vocal opponent of abortion rights who initially didn’t tell senators about her past extreme comments on the topic.

A judge plans to issue an order Friday requiring that an Alaska jail provide suitable meals to Muslim inmates as they break their daily fasts during Ramadan.

A U.S. Senate committee passed its version of a $716 billion defense policy bill on Thursday, including a measure to prevent Turkey from purchasing Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jets.

Some experts have argued that the rising cost of gas could negate the benefits consumers reaped from the Trump tax cuts passed in late 2017. But when it comes to the overall economic impact of rising oil prices, some economists think we’d need to see another 50% rise in the price of oil before the drag from oil prices turns outright negative.

BBC

Malaysian police say they found $28.6m in cash stuffed in bags during a search of several apartments linked to ousted leader Najib Razak.

Nearly 120lbs of fentanyl, a powerful synthetic painkiller, has been seized by police in Nebraska – one of the largest busts in US history. The drugs, seized last month, could kill over 26 million people, according to estimates by the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

A US jury has awarded $1bn in damages to a woman who was raped by an armed security guard when she was 14.

The Caribbean island of Barbados has elected its first woman prime minister since gaining independence from Britain in 1966.

An Algerian court has sentenced blogger Merzoug Touati to 10 years in prison for sharing sensitive information with a foreign country.

The Duke of Cambridge, Prince William, is to visit Israel, the Palestinian territories and Jordan in the summer. It will be the first official tour of Israel or the Palestinian areas by a member of the Royal Family on behalf of the British government.

WND

A sweeping set of new data privacy regulations descending on Europe is leaving internet companies in the U.S. scrambling to overhaul their practices to avoid steep penalties.

The US Justice Department has opened a criminal investigation into potential market manipulation of bitcoin prices, according to a Bloomberg report.

After a major campaign to impose controversial LGBTQ policies on the state’s 4-H youth program – including the admission of biological males into female restrooms, locker rooms, showers and overnight accommodations, as well as mandatory use of exotic transgender pronouns – those in charge of Iowa’s 4-H program now say they will not be adopting the transgender guidelines after all.


The Briefing — Friday, May 25, 2018

1) Why one Yale graduate who grew up as a foster child tells us that family structure really matters

New York Times (Rob Henderson) –
Why Being a Foster Child Made Me a Conservative

2) The wealth gap and families: Recent economic changes are far more demonstrable in families compared to individuals

New York Times (Christina Gibson-Davis and Christine Percheski) –
Why the Wealth Gap Hits Families the Hardest

3) Failing the intersectionality test: LGBT community deems pro-LGBT mayor unworthy of their support

LEO (Deena Lilygren) –
Why an LGBTQ endorsement should weigh all issues of social justice

4) Remembering the lives of Richard Pipes and Bernard Lewis, two titanic figures in the world of foreign policy

New York Times (William Grimes) –
Richard Pipes, Historian of Russia and Reagan Aide, Dies at 94

Washington Post (Brian Murphy) –
Bernard Lewis, eminent historian of the Middle East, dies at 101

5) The literary legacies of Tom Wolfe and Philip Roth—two very different, very fascinating writers

New York Times (Deirdre Carmody and William Grimes) –
Tom Wolfe, 88, ‘New Journalist’ With Electric Style and Acid Pen, Dies

New York Times (Charles McGrath) –
Philip Roth, Towering Novelist Who Explored Lust, Jewish Life and America, Dies at 85


News – 5/25/2018

Report: Syrian air defense intercepts Israeli missile strike on airport
Syrian state media said a military airport near Homs had come under missile attack which was repelled by its air defense systems on Thursday. “One of our military airports in the central region was exposed to hostile missile aggression, and our air defense systems confronted the attack and prevented it from achieving its aim,” state news agency SANA said.

The ‘Gaza Spring’? Palestinian man sets himself on fire
A young man in the Gaza Strip committed an act of self-immolation, pouring gasoline over his body and setting himself on fire, in protest of what many Palestinians view as a hopeless situation…Harb was a Gaza-based employee of the Palestinian Authority whose salary had been withheld for several months. Local reports said he cursed the Palestinian government as onlookers rushed to put out the flames engulfing him.

MH17: Russia ‘liable’ for downing airliner over Ukraine
Australia and the Netherlands have formally accused Russia of being responsible for downing a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet in 2014. All 298 people on board MH17, which was en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, died when it was shot down over rebel-held territory in Ukraine. On Thursday, Dutch-led international investigators concluded that the missile belonged to a Russian brigade.

Irish abortion referendum voting opens
Polls are open in the referendum on the Republic of Ireland’s abortion laws. The vote will decide whether to repeal a part of the constitution, known as the Eighth Amendment, which effectively bans terminations in the country. Currently, abortion is only allowed when a woman’s life is at risk, but not in cases of rape, incest or fatal foetal abnormality.

North Korea ready to talk ‘at any time’ with Donald Trump
North Korea has said it is still willing to talk “at any time in any form” after US President Donald Trump abruptly cancelled his meeting with Kim Jong-un. Vice-foreign minister Kim Kye-gwan said Mr Trump’s decision was “extremely regrettable”. President Trump blamed the North’s “open hostility” for the cancellation.

Tech companies scramble as sweeping data rules take effect
A sweeping set of new data privacy regulations descending on Europe is leaving internet companies in the U.S. scrambling to overhaul their practices to avoid steep penalties. Companies like Google, Twitter, Yelp and Uber have in recent weeks sent notices to their users about updates to privacy policies and user agreements aimed at making their data collection practices more transparent.

Mortgage rates have been rising at a pace not seen in almost 50 years
Mortgage rates continued their upward march this week, extending the most prolonged increase in rates in 46 years. According to the latest data released Thursday by Freddie Mac, the 30-year fixed-rate average climbed to 4.66 percent with an average 0.4 point. (Points are fees paid to a lender equal to 1 percent of the loan amount.) It was 4.61 percent a week ago and 3.95 percent a year ago.

NFL players reportedly already discussing new forms of protest after national anthem rule
Various NFL players are reportedly discussing different forms of protesting in response to a new policy requiring players to stand for the national anthem. “I talked to a former NFL player yesterday who has said that players are already talking about other ways in which they can protest,” NBC’s Craig Melvin said on “Today” on Thursday.

Hybrid human chicken embryos: HALF HUMAN – HALF CHICKEN abomination created in US lab
A TEAM of stem cell researchers have done the seemingly impossible and successfully combined artificial human cells with the embryo of a chicken in a shock new experiment aimed at trying to better understand developing life. Until now, scientists have been unable to answer how certain cells in a developing embryo decide to become muscles or limbs, while others become bones and nerves.

Hawaii helicopter evacuation readied as new lava stream hits ocean
A third lava flow from Hawaii’s erupting Kilauea volcano streamed into the ocean on Thursday as U.S. Marine Corps helicopters stood by to evacuate a Big Island community should molten rock or huge cracks block its final escape route. Six huge fissures sent rivers of molten rock through a blackened, volcanic wilderness that was once jungle, farmland and rural homes.

Taiwan sends aircraft to shadow Chinese bombers around island
Taiwan’s air force scrambled aircraft on Friday as Chinese bombers flew around the self-ruled island, just a few hours after Taiwan vowed not to be cowed having lost another diplomatic ally amid growing Chinese pressure. Taiwan is China’s most sensitive territorial issue and a potential dangerous military flashpoint. China claims the island as its sacred territory and has vowed not to allow any attempts at what it views as Taiwan separatism.

Mysterious Booms, House-Rattling Sounds In Pennsylvania Under Investigation By FBI
Federal and local authorities are investigating mysterious booms being reported in Upper Bucks and Lehigh Counties. Springfield Township police say there have been multiple reports of loud explosions, with the most recent one happening shortly after 4 a.m. on Tuesday.

Someone Has Infected At Least 500,000 Routers All Over The World And No One Knows Why
Unknown hackers have reportedly infected at least 500,000 routers and other network devices all over the world with sophisticated and potentially destructive malware—and the Ukrainian government believes Russian hackers may use this botnet in an attack ahead of the Champions League soccer final this week in Kiev.

Tropical cyclone Sagar cause deaths and floods in Somalia, Djibouti}
A tropical cyclone has wrecked havoc across the Horn of Africa, leaving at least 15 people dead and tens of thousands displaced.

Is East Africa is splitting in two? A big crack raises question
A large crack, stretching several kilometres, made a sudden appearance recently in south-western Kenya. The tear, which continues to grow, caused part of the Nairobi-Narok highway to collapse and was accompanied by seismic activity in the area.

Tropical Cyclone Mekunu Brings Life-Threatening Flooding Concerns to Oman, Yemen and Might Be an Unusual Landfall
Tropical Cyclone Mekunu is strengthening as it tracks toward the Arabian Peninsula, where it is expected to make landfall near the border of Oman and Yemen late this week.

Paris hit by flash flooding in shock hailstorm
The streets and Métro stations in Paris have been flooded after unseasonal storms brought heavy rainfall and strong hail to the capital – while strong hail further south in Vaucluse has destroyed crops.

Trump Quotes Jeremiah 1:5 at Pro-Life Gala, Says ‘Every Life Has Meaning’
President Donald Trump assured a prominent gathering of pro-life leaders and activists Tuesday night that the pro-life movement will “never fail” as long as “we keep trusting God” and quoted the Old Testament to argue that “every child is a precious gift from God.”

Sweden distributes 4.8 million leaflets demanding their citizens be prepared for WAR – are they referring to Russia or Muslim migrants?
“The publication comes as the debate on security – and the possibility of joining Nato – has intensified in Sweden in the wake of Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014 and recent incursions into Swedish airspace and territorial waters by Russian planes and submarines.”

WATCH: Israeli “Flying Car” Makes Successful First Trip
A “flying car” being developed by an Israeli firm successfully completed its first trip over terrain this past November, Reuters reported Tuesday.

MEDIA BLACKOUT: Turkish soldiers shoot read Syrian refugees (including children) at the border, why no outrage?
Eight Syrian civilians, half of them are children, were shot dead by Turkish border guards while attempting to cross into Turkey, local activists reported.

Massive Explosions Reported From North Korea’s Nuclear Site
Witnesses have reported huge explosions from the Punggye-ri nuclear test site as North Korea announces it wants to achieve peace by destroying its nukes.

Surprise outcome for Iowa 4-H LGBT coup
After a major campaign to impose controversial LGBTQ policies on the state’s 4-H youth program – including the admission of biological males into female restrooms, locker rooms, showers and overnight accommodations, as well as mandatory use of exotic transgender pronouns – those in charge of Iowa’s 4-H program now say they will not be adopting the transgender guidelines after all.

Valedictorian Ordered Not to Thank ‘Jesus’ During Graduation Speech
The valedictorian at a high school in Illinois is considering legal action after officials barred him from referencing God and Jesus during his graduation speech.

Population of England set to rise by 3.2million in 10 years, London by 774,000
The latest set of data from the Office for National Statistics shows the population of England is set to rise by 3.2million by mid-2026. As you would expect, migration plays a huge role in that population surge. In fact, in the North East of England, out of a projected population growth of 50,000, 44,000 is down to international migration.

Dartmouth Survey Finds Democrat Students Are the Most Intolerant
“also are much less likely than Republican students to study and work on course projects with those of differing ideology”


Mid-Day Snapshot

Trump Walks Away With a Win Over North Korea

Canceling the Singapore summit with Kim Jong-un is not a loss for the U.S. — far from it.

In Time for Memorial Day: Overdue VA Reform

Private-sector influence is exactly what the VA needs, not simply more taxpayer money.

Democrats Blame Trump for High Gas Prices

Meanwhile, Dems regularly call for more tax hikes on gasoline.

Demo Identity Politics Chasing Whites Away

You may have heard that whites are becoming Republican because they’re racist.

Immigration Is Becoming a November Issue

Moderate House Republicans are trying to force a vote on legalizing “dreamers.”

Why China’s Belt and Road Initiative Matters

China is hungry to play an expanding role on the world stage and is willing to spend a lot to do it.

Trump Slashes $6B in Red Tape

The president is cutting government regulations at double the rate he campaigned on.

Friday Short Cuts

Braying Jenny: “I think it’s a good thing for Kim Jong-un.” —House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi

Friday Top Headlines

North Korea, Medal of Honor, Dodd-Frank rollback, NFL protests, armed citizen, and more.

Today’s Opinion

Marc A. Thiessen
Trump Should Make Clear to North Korea That the Libya Model Is Indeed on the Table
Mona Charen
The Commencement Speech You Never Hear
Michael Barone
Obama Administration’s Spying on Trump a Departure From Norms
Tony Perkins
NFL Gets Off the Sidelines in Anthem Fight
Jonah Goldberg
Conservatives Need to Argue About Ideas, Not About Trump

Today’s Meme


Today’s Cartoon


The Foundation

“If we desire to secure peace, one of the most powerful instruments of our rising prosperity, it must be known that we are at all times ready for war.” —George Washington (1793)

Headlines – 5/25/2018

Israel to advance plans for 3,900 West Bank settler homes

Israeli court approves demolition of Palestinian village in West Bank

Israel calls on EU to end funding to pro-boycott groups

Including Israel in anti-Semitism definition, Congress wades into political mire

GCC warns against ‘serious consequences’ of US move, denounces Israeli actions in Gaza – Oman called for “the Palestinian people to establish an independent state” along the 1967 borders

Somali FM meets Turkish counterpart in Istanbul and reiterates its clear position that Jerusalem is the capital of Palestine

Czech FM: Hamas alone responsible for deadly Gaza violence

Gaza ministry removes baby from list of people killed by Israeli army

High Court rejects petitions to stop IDF from using live fire on Gaza protesters

Israel said to consider long-term cease fire with Hamas

CAIR Official Calls on US Government to Investigate American Jews Who Join IDF

Israeli TV airs apparently leaked photo of F-35 flying over Beirut

New Hezbollah sanctions may hamstring formation of Lebanese government

Strike on Syrian air base said to target Hezbollah arms depot

France, Russia to push coordination mechanism efforts on Syria

Iraq says suicide bomber kills 7 in northern Baghdad park

Turkey’s economy at risk as currency hits record low

Israel accuses Iran of testing 2 missiles this year, violating UNSC resolution

Is Iran hiding an ICBM test site in plain sight?

UN nuclear watchdog says Iran in compliance with deal as U.S. imposes new sanctions

Macron to discuss Iran nuclear deal with Putin as points of view coincide

Putin welcomes European efforts to save Iran nuclear deal

Iran wants Europeans to present economic package by end of May

Iran nuclear deal signatories meet for first time since US pullout

Council of Iranian Democrats: America’s strategy weakens Shiite crescent

At least 7 dead in Benghazi attack in Libya

The rising tensions between China, US

N. Korea demolishes nuclear test site as journalists watch

US official: Trump-Kim summit called off after broken N. Korea promises

Trump cancels historic North Korea summit, citing ‘tremendous anger and open hostility’

Trump says US military ready if North Korea’s Kim acts foolishly

Trump cancels Kim summit: ‘Pray our massive nuclear capabilities are never used’

After Trump nixes summit, North Korea says still open to meeting

Pompeo says Pyongyang relations would return to ‘situation normal’

France’s Macron urges US, North Korea to continue efforts towards a summit

Putin defends N. Korea after Trump cancels summit

Here’s What We Know About Russia’s Hypersonic Waverider Weapon

Norway worried by intensified Russian naval activity

Investigators identify Russian military unit in downing of flight MH17

Two men set off bomb in restaurant in Canada, 15 wounded

Man opens fire inside Oklahoma restaurant before ‘armed citizen’ shoots, kills him, police say

Trump proposes linking foreign aid to illegal immigration

Border Patrol union boss calls Trump’s National Guard deployment a ‘colossal waste’

Soros spends big in California’s DA races in bid to reshape criminal justice system

Trump fundraiser expands U.S. lawsuit accusing Qatar of hacking his emails

Mark Zuckerberg said the ‘vast majority’ of people actively opt into one of Facebook’s most invasive features

Facebook accused of conducting mass surveillance through its apps

Chelsea Manning says mass surveillance ‘getting worse’

Assange’s refuge in Ecuadorian embassy ‘in jeopardy’

‘Biggest’ change in oil market history: Crude prices set to soar ahead of shipping revolution

Rising oil prices won’t hurt the economy until they hit $120 a barrel

Over 300 homes destroyed after big cracks appear in Uganda

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits the Central Mid-Atlantic Ridge

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Ndoi Island, Fiji

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Nago, Japan

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits the Southeast Indian Ridge

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Amsterdam Island, France

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Pamandzi, Mayotte

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 27,000ft

Newest Hawaii volcanic ash plume rises to about 10,000 feet

As Hawaii’s Kilauea erupts, volcanologists swarm: ‘I expect great science from this event’

Hawaii volcano produces methane and ‘eerie’ blue flames

Hawaii volcano’s blue flames trigger fears of explosions

Mekunu turns into category 1 cyclone, heads toward Salalah

Oman Braces for ‘Extremely Severe’ Cyclone Mekunu

Saudi-led Arab Coalition announces aid on the way to Yemen’s Socotra after Cyclone Mekunu hits

Tropical cyclone possible in Gulf of Mexico this weekend, National Hurricane Center says

Beach bummer? Tropical storm could drench Gulf Coast over Memorial Day weekend

Aerial video shows rain, hail flooding Colorado street, swamping cars

Trace amounts of opioids found in shellfish off Seattle coast: report

Study Links Some Antidepressants, Bipolar Medications, Parkinson’s Drugs To Dementia

Catholic priest ‘infected with Ebola’ in DR Congo

Harvey Weinstein to surrender in sexual misconduct case in Manhattan


ApostasyWatch Daily News

Amy Spreeman – Do You Love The Deceived?

End Time Fatigue Has Hit an Iceberg…..And That’s a Good Thing

Clash of the cults in Singapore; Apostolic pot calling the Islamic kettle black

This church has a history of sexual abuse and coverups. Ex-members blame the culture

Police arrest dozens of Christians in Pakistan

Mike Ratliff – What are Justification and Sanctification?

Tim Hurd – Marx in Sheep’s Clothing

Jesus Tells Jesse Duplantis, “Do You Want to Come Where I am? Then You Need a New Private Jet.”

Jim Bakker: The Coming Judgment

6,000 Attend UMC Women’s Assembly, Speakers Lament Failure to Pass ‘God Isn’t Male or Female’ Amendment

Judge Rules School District Engaged in ‘Sex Stereotyping’ by Not Allowing Girl to Use Boys’ Restroom

‘We Have Devalued Life’: Texas Lieutenant Governor Calls Out ‘Culture of Violence’ Following Santa Fe High School Massacre

Amazon provides Police with scary facial recognition system that some deem as “recipe for authoritarianism and disaster,”

Posted: 25 May 2018 07:11 AM PDT

Amazon provides Police with scary facial recognition system that some deem as “recipe for authoritarianism and disaster,”In what’s been called a “recipe for authoritarianism and disaster,” Amazon has reportedly been selling a facial recognition software called “Rekognition” to law enforcement agencies in the United States since last fall.  Civil-rights groups are crying foul while citing concerns about the potential misuse of such a tool, which can be utilized on a police officer’s body camera.  Dozens of organizations, including the American Civil Liberties Union, submitted a letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, asking the company

to stop the distribution of their new tool. The statement read: “Rekognition is a powerful surveillance system readily available to violate rights and target communities of color. … With Rekognition, Amazon delivers these dangerous surveillance powers directly to the government.” But Amazon pushed back in an emailed statement about the program, saying that it had “many useful applications in the real world” and that the firm “requires that customers comply with the law and be responsible when they use” its products.  READ MORE

Canadian Authorities Search for 2 Men After IED Injures 15 at Toronto Restaurant

Posted: 25 May 2018 06:47 AM PDT

Canadian Authorities Search for 2 Men After IED Injures 15 at Toronto RestaurantAn explosion caused by an “improvised explosive device” ripped through an Indian restaurant in a mall in the Toronto suburb of Mississauga, wounding 15 people, Canadian police said.  Peel Region Sergeant Matt Bertram said two suspects with their faces covered to conceal their identity entered the Bombay Bhel restaurant late Thursday, dropped the device and fled.

“We have no indication to call it a hate crime or any kind of terrorism act,” Bertram said. Peel Region paramedic Joe Korstanje said three people suffered critical injuries and were taken to the hospital while the remaining 12 victims suffered what he described as minor and superficial injuries. Police later updated the condition of the three critically injured patients to stable. READ MORE

4.6-magnitude earthquake rumbles off Oregon coast

Posted: 25 May 2018 06:41 AM PDT

4.6-magnitude earthquake rumbles off Oregon coastA 4.6-magnitude earthquake rumbled beneath the ocean more than 100 miles west of Bandon early Sunday morning.  The Oregonian/OregonLive reported the quake occurred at 2:47 a.m. at a depth of more than six miles,

the third in the same general area off the southern Oregon coast reported by the U.S. Geological Survey.  A magnitude-3.1 quake was recorded April 20 and a 4.0 shook on April 29. Another, magnitude-3.8 earthquake struck April 26 a bit closer to shore, about 77 miles west of Coos Bay. READ MORE

Is Amazon removing Conservative Sites?

Posted: 25 May 2018 06:34 AM PDT

Is Amazon removing Conservative Sites?A popular legal blogger whose site was abruptly terminated without an opportunity for appeal by the revenue-sharing program Amazon Associates has concluded that someone at the web retail giant “wanted us gone” for political and ideological reasons. William A. Jacobson of the blog Legal Insurrection said his participation in Amazon Associates was ended April 28 “without warning, with false and shifting explanations.”  Amazon further told Jacobson it was holding back any accumulated money his site was owed.

“There was no prior indication of a problem, or chance to cure,” he said.  Now, after the “month-long futile process of seeking reinstatement is over, it is clear to me that someone at Amazon wanted us gone.”  “The wholesale effort to marginalize and silence voices that dissent from the Leftist agenda was not as obvious then as it is now, and at the time I thought the whole thing was just one of those inexplicable and unfortunate mistakes that happen sometimes,” Spencer wrote Thursday.  Now, based on Amazon’s explanation of what happened to him and reading Legal Insurrection’s post, he said, “I realize that it was far more insidious.” READ MORE

 

Atheists Declare War Against the Ten Commandments in Arkansas

Posted: 25 May 2018 06:26 AM PDT

Atheists Declare War Against the Ten Commandments in Arkansas(By American History and Heritage Foundation INC) “This week, I was informed that several anti-American organizations have filed two federal lawsuits basically declaring their own war on the Arkansas Ten Commandments Monument and ACT 1231. I was proud to sponsor ACT 1231, which passed with an overwhelming majority by the Arkansas legislature and was signed into law by Gov. Asa Hutchinson in 2015,” says Sen. Jason Raport. “I am encouraged that Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge and her office are prepared to defend the people of Arkansas and the Ten Commandments Monument, which honors part of the historical and moral foundation law.

If the Ten Commandments are good enough to be displayed in the United States Supreme Court Chamber and other state capitol grounds in Texas and around our nation, then they are good enough to be displayed in Arkansas. I look forward to a vigorous defense of the law in Arkansas.” The state of Arkansas installed the second Ten Commandments Monument donated by the American History & Heritage Foundation on April 26, 2018. On April 8, 2015, the Arkansas General Assembly passed SB939—The Ten Commandments Monument Act—and Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed the bill into law becoming, ACT 1231. READ MORE

No amount of alcohol, sausage or bacon is safe according to cancer experts

Posted: 25 May 2018 06:20 AM PDT

No amount of alcohol, sausage or bacon is safe according to cancer expertsNo amount of alcohol, sausage or bacon is safe according to a new global blueprint on how to beat cancer.  Even small amounts of processed meats and booze increase the risk of a host of cancers outlined in World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) guidelines updated every decade.  The respected global authority has unveiled a 10-point plan to cut your risk of getting cancer by up to 40%. Brits

have been told to banish favorites such as ham, burgers and hot dogs from their diets by experts who say they are a direct cause of bowel cancer. Processed meats also cause people to be overweight which can trigger many more cancers. But UK experts have disagreed with the draconian advice insisting the odd bacon sandwich “isn’t anything to worry about”.  READ MORE

Facial recognition can now identify liars

Posted: 25 May 2018 06:15 AM PDT

Facial recognition can now identify liarsSurveillance cameras at airports could be used to identify passengers who are not telling the truth, helping better identify terrorists and drug-smugglers while minimizing instances of racial profiling.  The artificial-intelligence programme was developed by a team of computer scientists at the University of Rochester, New York, using crowdsourcing technology to build the largest public data

resource of liars’ facial expressions. Researchers used a machine-learning algorithm to analyze over 1.3 million frames of one-to-one interactions. Among the most common traits associated with lying identified by the programme was a high-intensity version of the so-called Duchenne smile, in which people effectively smile with their eyes. READ MORE

DAYS OF NOAH: Half Human-Half Chicken abomination created in lab…

Posted: 25 May 2018 06:11 AM PDT

DAYS OF NOAH: Half Human-Half Chicken abomination created in lab…A team of stem cell researchers has done the seemingly impossible and successfully combined artificial human cells with the embryo of a chicken in a shock new experiment aimed at trying to better understand developing life.  Until now, scientists have been unable to answer how certain cells in a developing embryo decide to become muscles or limbs, while others become bones and nerves. But

now researchers led by Dr Ali Brivanlou, from Rockefeller University in New York, have achieved the unimaginable in a shock experiment. By grafting petri dish-grown human cells onto the embryo of a chicken the scientists were for the first time ever able to observe how cells organize themselves. The study was published this week in the science journal Nature where the scientists unveiled the inner machinations of so-called ‘organiser cells’.  READ MORE

DAYS OF LOT: America’s LGBT Population Rises to 4.5 Percent, Mostly Among Millennials

Posted: 24 May 2018 12:35 PM PDT

DAYS OF LOT: America’s LGBT Population Rises to 4.5 Percent, Mostly Among MillennialsIn the United States, the percentage of adults identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender has increased to 4.5 percent, according to a year-long survey, which also shows that the biggest increase has been among millennials.  Gallup’s daily tracking in 2017 has found that more than 11 million adults now identify as LGBT in the country, which is 4.5 percent of the population — up from 4.1

percent in 2016 and 3.5 percent in 2012. The increase is driven primarily by the millennials, meaning those born between 1980 and 1999, as those from this group who identify as LGBT rose from 7.3 percent in 2016 to 8.1 percent in 2017. It stood at 5.8 percent in 2012. In Generation X, meaning those born from 1965 to 1979, the LGBT percentage was up 0.2 percent from 2016 to 2017. READ MORE

Pakistan heatwave kills 65 people in Karachi and death toll could rise

Posted: 24 May 2018 12:29 PM PDT

Pakistan heatwave kills 65 people in Karachi and death toll could riseA heatwave has killed 65 people in Pakistan’s southern city of Karachi over the past three days, a social welfare organization said on Tuesday, amid fears the death toll could climb as the high temperatures persist.  The heatwave has coincided with power outages and the holy month of Ramadan, when most Muslims do not eat or drink during daylight hours. Temperatures hit 44 degrees Celsius (111

Fahrenheit) on Monday, local media reported. Faisal Edhi, who runs the Edhi Foundation that operates morgues and an ambulance service in Pakistan’s biggest city, said the deaths occurred mostly in the poor areas of Karachi. “Sixty-five people have died over the last three days,” Edhi told Reuters. “We have the bodies in our cold storage facilities and their neighborhood doctors have said they died of heat-stroke.” READ MORE

Caitlyn Jenner calls Trump ‘worst president’ on LGBT issues, says she won’t support his re-election

Posted: 24 May 2018 12:23 PM PDT

Caitlyn Jenner calls Trump ‘worst president’ on LGBT issues, says she won’t support his re-electionThough she’s an unapologetic Republican, Caitlyn Jenner says she won’t be supporting President Trump’s 2020 re-election because she has been “disappointed” in his views on LGBTQ issues.  Jenner called Trump the “worst president we have ever had” when it comes to representing the LGBTQ community in a recent interview with Broadly. The former Olympic athlete and reality TV star has

Watch the latest video at foxnews.comfaced fierce backlash from peers since she revealed she voted for Trump in the 2016 election. At the time, she said it was harder to come out as transgender than as a member of the Republican Party. “I would rather convince the Republican Party to do a better job when it comes to all LGBT issues than to try to convince the Democrats to lower taxes and lower regulations and let our country thrive financially and economically,” Jenner told “Tucker Carlson Tonight” in April 2017. READ MORE


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May 23, 2018 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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Democratic voters rallied for the chance to make history in November by selecting a ticket filled with female candidates, including a bid to elect, in Georgia, the first African-American female governor in the United States.

The House of Representatives passed bipartisan legislation that would ease bank rules introduced in the wake of the 2007-2009 financial crisis, giving President Trump a major legislative victory.

President Trump signaled a new direction in U.S. and China’s trade talks, saying the current track appeared “too hard to get done” and that any possible deal needed “a different structure.”

Sinopec, Asia’s largest refiner, will boost U.S. crude oil imports to an all-time high as part of efforts by China to reduce its trade deficit with the United States.

A congressional panel will grill top executives from the U.S. Olympic Committee and governing bodies of four sports on whether they have done enough to protect athletes from sexual abuse.

The Trump administration, working to increase exports of U.S.-made weapons, has asked the U.S. Congress to review the sale of more than 120,000 precision-guided munitions to allies Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, sources said on Tuesday.

The Trump administration is preparing to publish on Thursday long-delayed proposed rule changes for the export of U.S. firearms, a State Department official said on Tuesday.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the U.S. is prepared to walk away from negotiations with North Korea if upcoming talks on its nuclear weapons program head in the wrong direction.

International journalists left on a marathon journey to a North Korean nuclear test site, after Pyongyang belatedly cleared a number of South Korean media to witness what it says will be the dismantling of its only nuclear test facility.

Cisco Systems warned that hackers have infected at least 500,000 routers and storage devices in dozens of countries with highly sophisticated malicious software, possibly in preparation for another massive cyber-attack on Ukraine.

Deutsche Bank is planning to cut 10,000 jobs, or about a tenth of its global workforce, as part of efforts to reduce costs.

AP Top Stories

President Donald Trump said he will propose new tax cuts sometime prior to November, when Republicans look to retain their control of the Congress in midterm elections.

Lawmakers in the California Assembly voted Monday to advance a bill that would authorize employers, co-workers and school personnel to request the temporary confiscation of guns from individuals determined to pose a danger to themselves or others.

Israeli warplanes blasted Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip early Wednesday in a fresh round of retaliation after a Palestinian cross-border raid the day before, the army said.

Five people were killed and 22 wounded by a Houthi missile fired at the Yemeni city of Marib, which falls under control of the internationally recognized government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.

A former head of the Southern Baptist Convention was removed Wednesday as president of a Texas seminary following allegations of “unbiblical teaching” through sexist and demeaning comments to women who he suggests should tolerate abuse.

Republican Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam announced Monday he will let a push against sanctuary cities to become law without his signature after complaining that it has stirred up irrational fear on both sides. Tennessee has no sanctuary cities and state law prohibits them.

At least 16 people were killed Tuesday when Afghan security forces tried to dispose of a container full of explosives found in the southern city of Kandahar, officials said.

By the time college graduates reach age 30, those without student loans are expected to have double the amount saved for retirement as those with them.

BBC

The US state department has urged its staff in China to alert them to any abnormal hearing or vision issues after one employee reported mystery symptoms.

BMW’s car computer systems have been found to contain 14 separate flaws, according to a study by a Chinese cyber-security lab. They could, in theory, let hackers take at least partial control of affected vehicles while in use.

Venezuela has expelled the senior US representative in the country amid an international backlash against Nicolás Maduro’s re-election as president.

Australian investigators have rejected claims that the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 was deliberately brought down by the pilot. Recent speculation that the jet was the subject of a “controlled ditching” into the sea was dismissed on Tuesday by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau. The bureau maintains that the pilot was unconscious during the final moments.

A top presidential aide in Kenya has lashed out at the country’s “entitled” millennials “who sit at home and expect jobs”.

Saudi Arabia has reportedly arrested three more women’s rights activists in a crackdown launched just weeks before a ban on women driving will be lifted. Officials have said they are suspected of “suspicious contact with foreign parties” and undermining “stability”.

WND

Children are indeed being kidnapped or borrowed by illegal immigrants trying to pose as families, according to Homeland Security numbers, which show the U.S. is on pace for more than 400 such attempts this year. That would be a staggering 900 percent increase over 2017’s total.

Five ancient coins – believed to be among the first ever minted by Jews – have been found by a special project that is sifting through thousands of tons of dirt removed from Jerusalem’s Temple Mount by Muslims.


The Briefing — Wednesday, May 23, 2018

1) After Supreme Court ruling on sports betting, groups look to cash in on potential windfall

Wall Street Journal (Alexandra Bruell and Shalini Ramachandran) –
TV Salivates Over Potential of Sports Betting to Boost Viewers and Advertising

New York Times (Kevin Draper, Tim Arango, and Alan Blinder) –
Indian Tribes Dig In to Gain Their Share of Sports Betting

2) Why a certain brand of feminist ideology won’t be satisfied by anything less than a comprehensive victory

New York Times (Jessica Valenti) –
The Myth of Conservative Feminism

3) Secularism and the new understanding of human rights: Why human dignity must be rooted in concrete, objective truth

New York Times (Paul Krugman) –
What’s the Matter With Europe?


News – 5/23/2018

Beams of antimatter spotted blasting towards the ground in hurricanes
Although Hurricane Patricia was one of the most powerful storms ever recorded, that didn’t stop the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) from flying a scientific aircraft right through it. Now, the researchers have reported their findings, including the detection of a beam of antimatter being blasted towards the ground, accompanied by flashes of x-rays and gamma rays.

Pirate attacks grow in South America and Caribbean:
Pirate attacks around South American and Caribbean waters are growing, and violence is increasingly used during robberies committed on vessels at anchor, a report showed on Wednesday. The Oceans Beyond Piracy (OBP) non-profit group recorded 71 incidents in Latin America and the Caribbean in 2017, a 163 percent increase over 2016.

FBI Agents Want Congress To Issue Them Subpoenas So They Can Reveal The Bureau’s Dirt
“There are agents all over this country who love the bureau and are sickened by [James] Comey’s behavior and [Andrew] McCabe and [Eric] Holder and [Loretta] Lynch and the thugs like [John] Brennan–who despise the fact that the bureau was used as a tool of political intelligence by the Obama administration thugs,” former federal prosecutor Joe DiGenova told The Daily Caller Tuesday. “They are just waiting for a chance to come forward and testify.”

MS-13 member named ‘Animal’ gets 40 years for killing 15-year-old
Last week’s big question – whether it’s OK to call people “animals” when they decapitate others for fun, rip out their hearts and rape and slaughter children – has been answered.

U.S. can’t stop Security Council talks on protection force for Palestinians
US opposition hasn’t stopped United Nations Security Council members from holding closed-door talks…about the possibility of sending a UN force to protect Palestinians in the West Bank, east Jerusalem and Gaza. A Monday meeting on a draft resolution for such a force submitted by Kuwait ended without any conclusions. The UNSC is expected to resume talks on the Kuwait draft during its closed-door session Wednesday…

Iran calls U.S. leaders cruel and disloyal, says armed forces ‘prepared’
A senior Iranian military official branded US leaders disloyal and cruel on Wednesday and told parliament Tehran would not bow to Washington’s pressure to limit its military activities. “Iranian armed forces are now, thanks to God, more prepared than ever and will not wait for the permission or approval of any power to develop defense capabilities,” Major General Mohammad Bagheri was quoted as saying by the state news agency IRNA.

Syria says Iranian withdrawal not up for discussion
The withdrawal of Iranian forces is not up for discussion, the Syrian deputy foreign minister was quoted as saying on Wednesday, after Washington demanded they pull out of Syria’s conflict. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has demanded Iran make sweeping changes — from dropping its nuclear program to leaving the Syrian war — or face severe economic sanctions.

Venezuela election: Maduro expels top US diplomat
Venezuela has expelled the senior US representative in the country amid an international backlash against Nicolás Maduro’s re-election as president. Mr Maduro announced the expulsion of charge d’affaires Todd Robinson as his victory in Sunday’s vote was being proclaimed officially. He accused Mr Robinson of conspiring against his socialist government.

Drought on tap to intensify over US Southwest
Rivers are drying up, popular mountain recreation spots are closing and water restrictions are in full swing as a persistent drought intensifies its grip on pockets of the American Southwest. Climatologists and other experts are scheduled Wednesday to provide an update on the situation in the Four Corners region — where Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and Utah meet.

Landmark lawsuit claims Monsanto hid cancer danger of weedkiller for decades
At the age of 46, DeWayne Johnson is not ready to die. But with cancer spread through most of his body, doctors say he probably has just months to live. Now Johnson…hopes to survive long enough to make Monsanto take the blame for his fate. On 18 June, Johnson will become the first person to take the global seed and chemical company to trial on allegations that it has spent decades hiding the cancer-causing dangers of its popular Roundup herbicide products…

U.S. warns citizens in China after ‘abnormal’ sound injures consulate worker
An American citizen working at the U.S. consulate in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou has reported suffering from “abnormal” sounds and pressure leading to a mild brain injury, the U.S. embassy said on Wednesday. The embassy, which issued a health alert to Americans living in China, said it could not link the case to health issues suffered by U.S. government staff in Cuba dating back to late 2016.

‘The EU can go straight to hell’
Likud Minister responds to EU demands that Israel investigate use of force against Arab demonstrators in Haifa: ‘Let them go to hell.’

Disagreements begin to emerge between Moscow, Tehran regarding Syria
Small cracks in ties between Iran and Russia regarding Syria emerged for the second day in a row on Tuesday, when Russian sources were quoted as rejecting the idea that Moscow would use its advanced anti-aircraft batteries in Syria against Israeli planes going after Iranian targets.

Caputo says Mueller team didn’t seem to care about alleged informants in Trump campaign
“I gave this information to the House and Senate Intelligence Committees, and I gave this information to the Mueller team. They never reached out to the intermediary to check on it,” he told Neil Cavuto Tuesday on “Your World.” “They didn’t even seem to be taking notes.” “When we finally find out the truth about this, Director Clapper and the rest of them will be wearing some orange suits,” Caputo said on Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle” Monday night, referring to former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.

First Fruits’ Ceremony Reenacted Overlooking Temple
…at the promenade in Armon Hanatziv overlooking the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, a group of Kohanim (Jewish men of the priestly caste descended from the Biblical figure Aaron) recreated the ritual of the first fruits as it was performed in the Temple.

Trump Mocks Dems: ‘Pelosi Came Out in Favor of MS-13’
“Just the other day, Nancy Pelosi came out in favor of MS-13. That’s the first time I’ve heard that,” he said. “She wants them to be treated with respect, as do other Democrats. That’s not going to be happening. We’re not going to release violent criminals into our country.”

Azerbaijani defense minister meets NATO generals
Azerbaijan’s Defense Minister, Colonel General Zakir Hasanov on Wednesday met with Major General Odd Egil Pedersen, Chief of the NATO Staff Military Partnerships Directorate and Major General Erhan Uzun, Chief of the Staff of NATO Allied Land Command. Minister Hasanov noted that Azerbaijan attaches special importance to cooperation with NATO. He said that Azerbaijani military servicemen regularly participate in NATO-led programs, in particular, in the Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan.

Canadian PM Justin Trudeau sides with Islam yet again and proves yet again he is no friend of Israel
While 33 ambassadors and dignitaries participated in the recent celebration of the US embassy’s relocation from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, one country was noticeably absent. Though considered by many to be one of Israel’s strongest allies, Canada chose to boycott the dedication.

CATASTROPHIC DANGER: The first bee has officially been added to the endangered species list
It’s official. As tragically revealing as the move might be, the rusty patched bumble bee has now joined the grizzly bear, gray wolf, northern spotted owl, and some 700 others on the endangered species list — the first bee ever to garner those protections in the continental United States.

PM Netanyahu outrages the Islamic world by promising that more country’s embassies are on their way to Israel’s Capital of Jerusalem
More embassies are set to open in Jerusalem, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Monday. “I am now coming from a meeting with a great friend of Israel – the president of Paraguay,” Netanyahu said at the start of the weekly Likud faction meeting.

Inuit Elders Are Warning Humanity: ‘The Earth’s Axis Has Shifted’
…The indigenous people of northern Canada and parts of Greenland and Alaska warn that devastating changes coming to the Earth’s climate are a natural occurrence and not the result of man-made “climate change” or “global warming.”

Candles in Thursday evening’s ‘Reclaim Jesus’ White House March Destined to Sputter Out
A group of pious pastors are marching on the White House Thursday evening to “Reclaim Jesus from President Trump”. They will rally with lighted candles on White House grounds   claiming that “America First is heresy against Christ.” But wait a minute, isn’t it the job of sincere, ordained pastors to bring souls to Jesus, rather than to go about reclaiming them?

GLAAD Report: Hollywood Films Not Gay Enough
Gay advocacy group GLAAD slapped Hollywood with a failing grade on its annual report card for the lack of roles for gays and a dearth of gay storylines in films for 2017.

AI Computers Now Deciding Who Lives And Dies In US And UK Hospitals
Alex Jones breaks down how artificial intelligence computers are being installed into US and UK hospitals to help determine patients’ illnesses and decide whether or not the hospital will treat them.

“It’s Ridiculous” – Parents Furious As Australia Seeks To Ban Use Of “Boy” Or “Girl” In Books
…That is an example of the furious reaction from parents in Victoria, Australia where the local city council has announced plans to audit children’s books and toys with a plan to ban them from kindergartens, schools and libraries if they don’t meet strict gender guidelines.

Google Removes “Don’t Be Evil” From Its Conduct As Employees Quit In Droves Over Project Maven
Google has removed the phrase “Don’t be evil” from its Code of Conduct; this comes as at least 4,000 employees have expressed outrage over the company’s decision to work with the Pentagon’s Project Maven and amid a leaked video called the “Selfish Ledger” exposing internal Google dialogue to create a dystopia run by the big social giant.

White South African farmers claiming persecution at home seek refuge in Australia
More than 200 farmers from South Africa have applied for humanitarian visas in Australia after allegedly suffering attacks for being white, according to the Australian Home Affairs Ministry.

“I said Israel should be ashamed – now I am the one who is ashamed” 
Virtually the entire world condemned Israel for the Gaza protests. They were wrong. One man admitted it. Daniel Sugarman may be the only leftist Jewish writer in the world to admit he was wrong to condemn Israel after it came to light that the people killed at the Gaza border were not “innocent civilians,” but Hamas operatives. Sugarman is a good man to admit that he was wrong, but what about the UN? What about the international media? What about all the others who condemned Israel? Sugarman’s apology just illustrates how dishonest and antisemitic they are.


Mid-Day Snapshot

Rising Income, Dodd-Frank Rollback Yield GOP Support

Republicans have passed significant financial deregulation that will keep the good economic news coming.

Spygate: Brennan Was the Deep-State Boss

Former Obama CIA Director John Brennan is seemingly implicated in a plot to spy on Trump.

Netflix Gives Obama a Huge Platform

Netflix has signed Barack and Michelle to produce original content sure to peddle The Narrative.

Putting U.S. Energy Production in Perspective

“The increase in oil and gas production is equal to seven times the energy output of all domestic solar and wind.”

No Conservative or Republican Professors Wanted

There are almost no Republican faculty on nearly 80% of America’s leading liberal arts colleges.

Video: Junk Science Locks Up Innocent People

John Stossel says real life forensics isn’t quite like popular television shows would have us believe.

Wednesday Short Cuts

Interesting choice of terminology: “If you’re going to shoot [Trump], you have to shoot to kill.” —Harvard Law professor Laurence Tribe

Wednesday Top Headlines

Household income record high, primary results, House bills, China trade, and more.

Today’s Opinion

Michelle Malkin
Crapweasel of the Week: Educrat Arne Duncan
Rebecca Hagelin
School Shootings and a Generation Adrift
Star Parker
A First Step for Prison Reform
Tony Perkins
BSA Scouts Out New Condom Policy
Rich Lowry
The Chinese Threat Isn’t Just Trade

Today’s Meme


Today’s Cartoon


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ZeroHedge Frontrunning: May 23

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  • U.S. warns citizens in China after ‘abnormal’ sound injures consulate worker (Read More)
  • The Hard Truth at Newspapers Across America: Hedge Funds Are in Charge (Read More)
  • Eurozone composite PMI down to lowest in 18 months (Read More)
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Headlines – 5/23/2018

Palestinians demand full ICC investigation into ‘Israeli war crimes’

ICC prosecutor won’t be rushed to probe Israel’s ‘crimes’ – rejects Palestinian demands for immediate investigation

Israel says Palestinian request to ICC has no legal validity

White House mulling possible move against Palestinian mission over ICC push

Erdogan wishes Abbas speedy recovery, promises to investigate Israel’s crimes

Palestinians release pictures of Abbas, still in hospital for lung infection

Scholar: Abbas Deliberately Chose to Be Photographed With Antisemitic Cartoon

No timeframe for Palestinian president Abbas discharge: hospital

Israeli jets strike Gaza seaport, Hamas tunnel

EU denies Israeli report it agreed to rebuild Gaza crossing

Video shows Gazans cross fence, destroy IDF post unhindered

Israel urges farmers near Gaza border to harvest wheat early due to threat of burning kites

New flotilla set to leave Denmark in bid to break blockade on Gaza

Palestinian vineyard vandalized in second suspected hate crime within a week

Erdogan says he will reevaluate economic ties with Israel

Erdogan throws support behind boycott of ‘products of illegal Israeli settlements’

Report: As Tensions With Israel Peak Over Gaza, Turkey Hands Out Money to East Jerusalem Arabs

Rosy Outlook for Turkey’s Banks Is Clouded by Currency Plunge

European official said to warn Israel: ‘Trump won’t be president forever’

Controversial J’lem photo gifted to U.S. Ambassador Friedman causes storm

US Embassy: Image of Jewish Temple ‘thrust in front’ of envoy Friedman for photo

Panama says 1994 plane crash that killed Jewish passengers was terrorist attack

Israel Air Force head: Israel first country to carry out airstrikes with F-35

Israel’s security cabinet now holds its meetings in an underground bunker

Assad’s forces say ISIS out, capital city “completely safe”

Syrian army, police celebrate recapturing all of Damascus

Following Damascus victory, Syrian government to target rebel-held south

At least 30 killed in Islamic State attack on Syrian army near Palmyra

Baby powder helping fund Islamic State in Afghanistan: report

UN chief rips into Hezbollah as most armed militia in Mideast, urges group to disarm

Senior IAF officer says Israel keeps disrupting Iranian activity in Syria

Disagreements begin to emerge between Moscow, Tehran regarding Syria

Poland breaks with EU on Iran deal, plans to defend U.S. stance

Pompeo says confident US can develop common approach with Europeans on Iran

Commander says Iran’s people will punch U.S. Secretary of State in the mouth

Forget Iran. Russia is the real threat to the US in the Middle East

Russian sub test-fires 4 intercontinental missiles in salvo

Turkey’s Erdogan says nuclear-armed states ‘threatening the world’

Pentagon report: Nukes are central to North Korea strategy

Trump willing to walk away from North Korea summit: Pence

Trump says summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un could be delayed

Pompeo says US still planning for June 12 Trump-Kim summit

Myanmar Rohingya militants massacred Hindus, says Amnesty

Venezuela expels U.S. envoys in response to sanctions

President Maduro expels top US diplomat from Venezuela, accuses him of conspiring against his government

NYT Columnist Worries Mueller Investigation Actually Helping Trump

Republicans, no Democrats, invited to see documents on U.S. election probe

Al Green: Democrats Will Impeach Trump if We Retake the House

Harvard Law Professor Laurence Tribe Warns Dems Pushing Trump Impeachment: ‘You Have to Shoot to Kill’

Amazon urged not to sell facial recognition tool to police

Comcast bug made it shockingly easy to steal customers’ Wi-Fi passwords

Drivers quickly losing trust in self-driving cars after incidents: survey

40% of Americans can’t cover a $400 emergency expense

Russia is out to prove that ‘doomsday’ forecasts of economic collapse have failed

Discovery of “interstellar rock” near Jupiter prompts calls to probe it for life signs

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Ust’-Kamchatsk Staryy, Russia

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Neiafu, Tonga

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near L’Esperance Rock, New Zealand

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Santiago de Cao, Peru

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Pamandzi, Mayotte

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Cotacachi, Ecuador

Sabanacaya volcano in Peru erupts to 23,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 20,000ft

Merapi volcano in Indonesia eurpts to 20,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 17,000ft

Sakurajima volcano on Japan erupts to 11,000ft

Langila volcano in Papau New Guinea erupts to 10,000ft

Israeli-owned geothermal plant in Hawaii under fire as lava oozes nearby

New eruptions at Hawaii volcano send lava closer to power plant: ‘No one has faced this before’

Oman, Yemen on alert for strengthening Cyclone Mekunu

Tropical disturbance near Gulf could develop into depression

Burundi: Floods in Gatumba affecting nearly 13,000 people

Israelis asked to cut down shower time in bid to combat five-year drought

Pakistan heatwave kills 65 people in Karachi

An actual sinkhole has opened on the White House lawn. It’s growing

Aerial footage shows massive sinkholes swallowing Florida neighborhood

Conservationists fight to save animals as mass extinction looms

Landmark lawsuit claims Monsanto hid cancer danger of weedkiller for decades

Superstition stopping Ebola victims from seeking medical care

Trump, speaking at pro-life gala, urges supporters to vote ‘for life,’ GOP

Irish abortion vote: ‘propagandistic’ use of children with Down’s syndrome condemned

As Ireland prepares for a possible abortion ban repeal, some New York-based voters are flying home to weigh in

Ending China’s Birth Limits Won’t Bring a Baby Boom

The Catholic Church’s Looming Fight Over Same-Sex Blessings

U.S. court backs transgender student at center of bathroom dispute

Father of Accused Texas Shooter Believes Bullying Was Behind Rampage


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Finding God at Beyonce “Mass?”

Condoms required at Scouts’ 24th World Jamboree

Posted: 23 May 2018 06:39 AM PDT

Condoms required at Scouts’ 24th World JamboreeThe Boy Scouts have decided to accept people who identify as gay and lesbian among their ranks. And girls are welcome now, too, into the iconic organization, which has renamed itself Scouts BSA.  So what’s next? A mandate that condoms be made available to “all participants” of its global gathering.  It’s among the demands of the World Scout Committee for any host country of a World Scout

Jamboree.  That would include the 24th World Scout Jamboree, scheduled July 21-Aug. 1, 2019, in West Virginia.  The Scouts say: “For the first time, a world jamboree will be hosted by three national Scout organizations: Scouts Canada, Asociación de Scouts de México, and the Boy Scouts of America. These three distinct cultures will join together to host the world Scouting community in a celebration of cultural exchange, mutual understanding, peace, and friendship.” With condoms. READ MORE

FALLING AWAY: Rev. Graham Slams Episcopal Church on ‘Marriage’ Change: ‘Caving to the Gay Agenda’

Posted: 23 May 2018 06:18 AM PDT

FALLING AWAY: Rev. Graham Slams Episcopal Church on ‘Marriage’ Change: ‘Caving to the Gay Agenda’Commenting on the Episcopal Church’s decision to change marriage terminology from “husband and wife” to “union of two people,” evangelical leader Rev. Franklin Graham said that to “change what God has defined” is “disobedience,” sin, and added that “all of this is caving to the gay agenda.” In a May 18 post on Facebook, Rev. Graham said, “I have many friends in the Episcopal Church and I was saddened when I recently learned that the church wants to remove the terms ‘husband’ and ‘wife’ from

their standardized marital vows. They want to replace the phrase the ‘union of husband and wife’ with the ‘union of two people.” “I’ve got news for them — just changing their words in their ceremony won’t make it right,” said Graham. “You cannot change what God has defined.” “Through the centuries, people have tried to reinterpret, repackage, or rewrite God’s laws to suit themselves and their own evil desires,” he said. “It’s nothing new; but the end result is always the same. It’s called disobedience—it’s called sin. And sin brings God’s judgment.” READ MORE

More Than 4 Out Of 10 Americans Do Not Even Have Enough Money To Cover An Unexpected $400 Expense

Posted: 23 May 2018 06:09 AM PDT

More Than 4 Out Of 10 Americans Do Not Even Have Enough Money To Cover An Unexpected $400 Expense(By Michael Snyder) The U.S. economy is not doing nearly as well as the mainstream media would have you believe.  A few days ago I wrote about a new study that discovered that nearly 51 million U.S. households “can’t afford basics like rent and food”, and just yesterday I discussed the fact that we are on pace for the worst year for retail store closings ever.

Now we have just gotten new numbers from the Federal Reserve which are absolutely staggering.  According to the Fed’s latest study, more than 4 out of every 10 Americans do not even have enough money to cover an unexpected $400 expense without borrowing the funds or selling something.  In essence, nearly half the country has no significant financial cushion whatsoever.  So what are all of those people going to do when the next economic crisis hits? READ MORE

Parents Outraged Over Transgender Book’s Inclusion in Statewide School Reading Competition

Posted: 23 May 2018 05:58 AM PDT

Parents Outraged Over Transgender Book’s Inclusion in Statewide School Reading CompetitionParents in Oregon have voiced outrage after a book about a transgender boy was included in a statewide reading competition for third through fifth grades, and at least two school districts have opted out of the competition because of the pro-LGBT book’s inclusion.  Over 1,000 people have signed onto an online petition calling on the state to drop the 2015 children’s book George from the

reading list for its 2018-2019 voluntary “Battle of the Books” competition.  The book, which is written by Alex Gino and published by Scholastic, focuses on the story of a biologically male fourth-grader who goes by the name Melissa seeking to play a female role in a school play. “We don’t feel that it’s an age-appropriate book for a variety of reasons, and more so than the transgender aspect, when they talk about dirty magazines and use the word ‘porn,’” Pete Cakebread, a parent of a second grader at Turner Elementary School told The Statesman JournalREAD MORE

Rare Jewish coins linked to Judea found in Temple Mount debris

Posted: 23 May 2018 05:46 AM PDT

Rare Jewish coins linked to Judea found in Temple Mount debrisFive ancient coins – believed to be among the first ever minted by Jews – have been found by a special project that is sifting through thousands of tons of dirt removed from Jerusalem’s Temple Mount by Muslims.   According Breaking Israel News, five coins were found. Three were in pristine condition and two showed signs of wear.

They have the letters “YHD,” or Yehud, which, the report said, is the Aramaic name for the biblical kingdom of Judea. They date to about the end of the fourth century B.C. They were found, the report said, “as part of the Temple Mount Sifting Project, an archaeological initiative started in order to sift thousands of tons of dirt illegally excavated and dumped in the Kidron Valley by the Islamic Waqf in 1999.” READ MORE

The Shocking Connection Between Everyday Items and Demonic Activity

Posted: 23 May 2018 05:39 AM PDT

The Shocking Connection Between Everyday Items and Demonic ActivityMost people today consider dolls to be collectibles or children’s toys. But Kimberly Daniels thinks twice about having one in the house. In her book, Breaking the Power of Familiar Spirits: How to Deal With Demonic Conspiracies (June 5, 2018), Daniels writes on how evil spirits operate under covers that make up our everyday lives. From fashion to furniture, from trends to traditions, and from rituals to dolls, Daniels shows how the familiar areas of our lives can harbor demonic influences. One of these areas is fetishes.  “Most idolatry is rooted in fetishism,” Daniels writes.

“Simply put, a fetish is an object with a spirit attached to it. If we’re not vigilant, we can open doors to familiar spirits in our lives and homes simply by the items we possess and the practices we keep.” In writing on fetishism and idolatry, Daniels goes back in history to when dolls had a spiritual value attached to them. In religions and occult practices, dolls were used as supernatural intermediaries to confer favor, represent gods and enact witchcraft. READ MORE

Mysterious Booms, House-Rattling Sounds In Pennsylvania Under Investigation By FBI

Posted: 23 May 2018 05:35 AM PDT

Mysterious Booms, House-Rattling Sounds In Pennsylvania Under Investigation By FBIFederal and local authorities are investigating mysterious booms being reported in Upper Bucks and Lehigh Counties of Pennsylvania.  Springfield Township police say there have been multiple reports of loud explosions, with the most recent one happening shortly after 4 a.m. on Tuesday.  No one seems to know the source of the mysterious booms. “I thought that somebody was making a tunnel or space

junk fell out of the sky,” said Susan Crompton, who lives in Haycock Township. “From poachers, gunfire, to explosions to a sonic boom,” said Jerry Hertz of the mysterious sound. There have been no shortages of theories, but still no answer as to why so many residents have been jolted by mysterious and near-deafening sounds. “It’s a rumble, it actually like rumbles the ground like an earthquake would happen but with a loud like boom,” Crompton added. READ MORE

 

Illinois High School Prohibits Valedictorian From Mentioning Jesus in Graduation Speech

Posted: 22 May 2018 11:03 AM PDT

Illinois High School Prohibits Valedictorian From Mentioning Jesus in Graduation SpeechOfficials at an Illinois high school recently prohibited a valedictorian from speaking about Jesus in his graduation speech.  Student Sam Blackledge, 18, told the Todd Starnes Radio Show that he was called to the principal’s office at West Prairie High School last week where it was outlined by school and district officials that he needed to take his religious references out of his speech. “They said they didn’t

want to make it a religious ceremony,” he stated. “They told me that if I took out Christ I could say everything else.”  Blackledge told the officials he wanted to speak from personal experience, but his request was denied. He was informed that his speech might come across as being an endorsement from the school district. Blackledge, therefore, offered to begin his valedictorian speech with a disclaimer. Officials said no. READ MORE

4 new sinkholes open at The Villages in Florida sparking fears from residents

Posted: 22 May 2018 10:54 AM PDT

4 new sinkholes open at The Villages in Florida sparking fears from residentsFour sinkholes have opened up in a fast-growing retirement community, The Villages, in Florida, including one in front of a home that was abandoned months ago because of an earlier sinkhole. The new sinkholes opened up Monday in The Villages following a week of nonstop rain in central Florida.  The sinkholes are near two homes in the area that had to be evacuated because of sinkholes last

February. The residents were never allowed to return to the homes. Here some images of the biggest of the four:  The 4 new sinkholes are in a golf course community lined with homes and a lake. Three of the sinkholes are visible. One of them is in the road, while the other two are on individual properties. The fourth sinkhole reopened underneath the lake on the golf course behind the homes.  READ MORE

Beyoncé’s Family Buys a Church, Goddess Worship may have just Gone to a Whole New Level

Posted: 22 May 2018 10:47 AM PDT

Beyoncé’s Family Buys a Church, Goddess Worship may have just Gone to a Whole New LevelBeyoncé’s family reportedly purchased a historic church in New Orleans, complete with pews, a pulpit, and ready for service. The church is over 100 years old and located on the corner of Camp and 7th in downtown New Orleans.  Its uncertain if worship is what the property will be used for since the church is zoned HU-RD1, meaning it could be transformed into a small residence. City ordinance states that HU-RD1 zoning is, “limited non-residential uses such as places of worship, historic neighborhood commercial establishments, and recreational facilities that are compatible with surrounding

residential neighborhoods.” The Knowles family is also connected to a Garden District home about five blocks away.  The church was purchased on May 11, just weeks after a San Francisco church held a Beyoncé mass. Nearly 1,000 people showed up to sing Beyoncé songs and listen to a sermon by Reverend Yolanda Norton about the Biblical themes in the music. Broadly reports that the event was “to tell a story of empowerment for particularly women of color, but for anyone who happens to sing praises to the goddess herself, Beyoncé.”  READ MORE


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U.S. President Donald Trump signed into a law a congressional resolution overhauling a rule issued by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) that aimed to bar discrimination in auto lending, the White House said on Monday.

The contest for an open governor’s seat in Georgia could set up a Democratic bid to elect the first African-American female governor in the United States.

U.S. President Donald Trump is willing to walk away from an unprecedented summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un scheduled for next month, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said on Monday, after North Korea called into question the meeting last week.

At least nine were killed on Tuesday after police fired at protesters calling for the closure of a Vedanta Resources-controlled copper smelter in southern India.

Texas political leaders are considering installing airport-style security at public schools and screening students for mental health issues as alternatives to gun control to thwart a repeat of last week’s deadly shooting at a Houston-area high school.

Russia and Japan have warned they could retaliate against U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum by imposing sanctions worth almost $1 billion combined, filings published by the World Trade Organization showed on Tuesday.

The USS Milius, one of the U.S. Navy’s most advanced guided missile destroyers, arrived in Japan on Tuesday to reinforce defenses against any ballistic missile attacks by North Korea, or anyone else in East Asia.

A blast in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar on Tuesday caused dozens of casualties, officials said, as fighting across the country showed no sign of easing off during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

AP Top Stories

A teenager who started a major wildfire in the scenic Columbia River Gorge in Oregon has been ordered to pay restitution for at least the next decade, though it’s unlikely the boy will ever cover his nearly $37 million bill.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday presented a lengthy list of grievances against the Iranian government and vowed to forge a new, better nuclear agreement – but he offered few details on how the United States would accomplish that goal without support from European allies, Russia or China.

Molten lava from the erupting Kilauea Volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island crept onto a geothermal power plant site on Monday, as workers rushed to shut down the facility to prevent the uncontrollable release of toxic gases.

The Israeli military has used its newly acquired F-35 stealth fighters in combat, making it the world’s first to do so, the air force said Tuesday.

A suicide car bomber from Somalia’s Islamist group al Shabaab hit a military convoy outside Mogadishu on Tuesday, causing an unknown number of deaths.

The New York Stock Exchange is set to get its first female leader in its 226-year history. Stacey Cunningham, the NYSE’s chief operating officer, will become the Big Board’s 67th president. She will start her new role Friday.

Sears announced the company is shuttering the doors of at least 40 more stores in the coming months.

Former President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama’s post-White House legacy will now include being media moguls, marking a new step in expanding their already influential cultural footprint. The Obamas will produce films and series for Netflix, the streaming service confirmed on Monday.

BBC

Salmon balls, tea lights and wet wipes. These are just some of the things Sweden has advised every household to stock up on in the case of war. Its government has sent leaflets to 4.7 million households explaining how to best prepare for various major crises. These include terror and cyber-attacks, natural disasters, serious accidents and military conflicts. Those who prepare improve “the ability of the country as a whole to cope with a major strain”, the booklet reads.

Denmark’s immigration minister has been widely rebuffed after she suggested Muslims should take time off work during Ramadan because of potential safety risks to the rest of society.

An Australian court has found Catholic archbishop, Philip Wilson, guilty of concealing child sexual abuse in the 1970s and becomes the most senior Catholic in the world to be charged and convicted of the offence. Wilson will be sentenced in June and faces a maximum two-year jail term.

A study of nearly half a million people in China suggests a daily egg may reduce the risk of heart disease and strokes.

Belarus has slammed the UK embassy in Minsk for flying a rainbow flag on the International Day Against Homophobia, calling LGBT relationships “fake”. The Interior Ministry said the UK was challenging the country’s “traditional values”.

Human Rights Watch says the Egyptian army has greatly intensified the demolition of buildings and farms in North Sinai as part of its campaign against Islamist militants. The campaign group said satellite images showed that at least 3,000 homes and commercial premises had been destroyed since February, and hundreds of hectares of land rendered useless.

WND

Government agencies, businesses and other organizations in Arizona plan to participate in an exercise to practice how the state would respond to a migration of 400,000 people following a catastrophic earthquake in Southern California.

The Boy Scouts have decided to accept people who identify as gay and lesbian among their ranks. And girls are welcome now, too, into the iconic organization, which has renamed itself Scouts BSA. A mandate that condoms be made available to “all participants” of its global gathering.


The Briefing — Tuesday, May 22, 2018

1) With a wink and a nod, Pope Francis’ reported comments signal new level of acceptance of homosexuality

2) How are evangelical Christian to think about homosexuality and sexual orientation?

3) Why an unborn child shouldn’t be recognized as an unborn child only when that unborn child is wanted by his or her parents

New York Times (Ashley Southall) –
Actress Struck by Car in Park Slope Loses Unborn Daughter


News – 5/22/2018

Second special counsel needed because DOJ can’t ‘investigate themselves’

Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., argued Monday that a second special counsel will ultimately be needed to examine why the Justice Department launched its investigation into President Trump, because the department has shown it can’t investigate itself. “I don’t think that the Justice Department’s going to be able to investigate themselves,” DeSantis said on Fox News. “I think that they’ve resisted our inquiries here in Congress for long enough, and so it’s time that we did have a special counsel.”

‘Religious lingo’ a misguided effort to erode Trump’s evangelical base

A number of Never-Trump “progressive evangelicals” have banded together and released a document they hope will draw evangelicals away from the president. “I pray that people will not be misled by the religious lingo sprinkled throughout this document and [by] the either accidentally or intentionally crafted logical fallacies that permeate this very unsettling tome called Reclaiming Jesus,”

Iran Launched 32 Missiles at Israel in May: Israel Air Force Commander

“Iran launched 32 missiles and we intercepted 4 of them and the rest fell outside Israeli territory,” Norkin said on Tuesday, at an Israel Air Force senior Conference in the coastal city of Herzilya.

New explosive eruption at Kilauea summit, ash plume could affect surrounding areas

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that an explosive eruption at Kilauea summit has occurred at 5:51 p.m. Monday. The resulting ash plume may affect surrounding areas. Scientists also say eruptive lava activity at multiple fissures continues with one flow entering the ocean.

Another ‘informant’ attempted to infiltrate Trump campaign under Obama, campaign aide says

“Let me tell you something that I know for a fact,” Caputo told host Laura Ingraham. “This informant, this person that they tried to plant into the campaign — and even into the administration, if you believe Axios — he’s not the only person who came at the campaign. And the FBI is not the only Obama agency who came at the campaign. “I know because they came at me,” Caputo added. “And I’m looking for clearance from my attorney to reveal this to the public. This is just the beginning.”

Syrian army, police celebrate recapturing all of Damascus

Syrian government forces raised their flag over the Yarmouk Palestinian camp in Damascus on Tuesday as state media promoted what it said was the “liberation” of the last quarters of the capital from rebels and Islamic State group militants.

Senior IAF officer says Israel keeps disrupting Iranian activity in Syria

After the Air Force commander reveals Israel was first country in the world to use F-35 stealth fighter jet in Middle East attacks, a senior officer says Israel maintaining its freedom of action in Syria even after the May 10 strikes.

FBI reviewing claims against ‘head-twisting’ abortionist

Allegations against a Texas abortionist by former employees that he killed infants who survived abortion by “slashing or twisting their necks” are being reviewed by the FBI, says a new report.

Trump Meeting With Rosenstein, Wray On Spying Concludes: Congress To See All “Highly Classified” Information

the White House issued a statement according to which the DOJ said it has asked the inspector general to “expand its current investigation to include any irregularities with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s or the Department of Justice’s tactics concerning the Trump Campaign” and adds that “White House Chief of Staff Kelly will immediately set up a meeting with the FBI, DOJ, and DNI together with Congressional Leaders to review highly classified and other information they have requested.” Translated: a lot of dirty laundry is about to become public.

F-35 stealth fighter sees first combat, in Israeli operation

The US-made F-35 stealth fighter has seen its first ever combat action, flying in an operation for the Israeli air force. The air force chief showed an image of jets over Beirut, Lebanon, and said the planes had “already attacked twice on two different fronts”. Israel recently carried out scores of air strikes in Syria.

Palestinian Authority takes Israel to task at ICC over alleged war crimes

Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki met with International Criminal Court Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda at The Hague on Tuesday and said that further delay to decide on the alleged war crimes issues would allow Israel impunity. Maliki and the PA are accusing Israeli soldiers and officials of war crimes relating to the IDF’s killing of over 100 Palestinians on the Gaza border during…the last six weeks.

Australian archbishop Philip Wilson guilty of concealing child sex abuses

An Australian court has found a Catholic archbishop guilty of concealing child sexual abuse in the 1970s. Philip Wilson, now archbishop of Adelaide, becomes the most senior Catholic in the world to be charged and convicted of the offence. He was found to have covered up the abuse of altar boys by a paedophile priest colleague in New South Wales.

North Korea summit: Pence warns Kim Jong-un not to ‘play’ Trump

US Vice-President Mike Pence has warned North Korea’s Kim Jong-un not to “play” President Donald Trump if they meet next month. Mr Pence said in a Fox News interview that such a move would be a “great mistake” by the North Korean leader. He also said there was “no question” that Mr Trump could walk away from the 12 June summit.

China Celebrates Social Credit System Blocking People from over 11 Million Flights

China’s state-run Global Times newspaper reported on Monday that over 11.14 million instances of individuals not being able to board flights – and 4.25 million similar incidents on trains – had occurred “by the end of April.”…China has not yet made clear how the numerical system works or where the cut-off score is to be prevented from flying or riding trains.

Canada granting refugee status to fewer illegal border crossers

Canada is rejecting more refugee claims from people who crossed the border illegally as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government seeks to dissuade, block and turn back thousands more, according to new data obtained by Reuters. Forty percent of such border crossers whose claims were finalized in the first three months of this year were granted refugee status, down from 53 percent for all of 2017…

Russia and Japan warn U.S. of $1 billion in tariff retaliation

Russia and Japan have warned they could retaliate against U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum by imposing sanctions worth almost $1 billion combined, filings published by the World Trade Organization showed on Tuesday. The documents from Russia and Japan, following similar filings last week by the European Union and China, notified the United States of the cost of its tariff plan, based on 2017 exports.

After 7 years, Syrian government declares Damascus back under its full control

Syria’s military on Monday captured an enclave in southern Damascus from Islamic State militants following a ruinous monthlong battle, bringing the entire capital and its far-flung suburbs under full government control for the first time since the civil war began in 2011.

Sweden distributes ‘be prepared for war’ leaflet to all 4.8m homes

The Swedish government has begun sending all 4.8m of the country’s households a public information leaflet telling the population, for the first time in more than half a century, what to do in the event of a war.

Israeli Startup Says It Is First to Copy Spider’s Silk Spinning Process

As territorial and cannibalistic creatures, Spiders have defied our attempts to domesticate them for the purpose of harvesting their silk. But because a strand of spider silk is as much as six times stronger than steel and five times lighter, scientists have long searched for ways to replicate or mimic the production of this natural protein fiber.

Russian warships armed with Kalibr cruise missiles will soon be positioned off the shores of Israel – is this a message to Israel and the west

Light was shed on Wednesday, May 16, on Russia’s mysterious intentions after its puzzling non-interference in the Israeli-Iranian clashes in Syria.

FBI reviewing claims against ‘head-twisting’ abortionist

Allegations against a Texas abortionist by former employees that he killed infants who survived abortion by “slashing or twisting their necks” are being reviewed by the FBI, says a new report.

ENEMIES OF ISRAEL: Erdogan, Pope Form Unholy, Anti-Trump Alliance to Control Jerusalem

A meeting on Monday between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Pope Francis may have grave implications for Jerusalem as both leaders appear to be building an agenda based upon their joint opposition to US President Donald Trump’s recognition of the city as Israel’s capital.

The majority of European politicians are traitors, says intelligence analyst

…“They lost their identity. If someone declares himself a Christian in Western Europe, he does it shamefacedly, or is even afraid to admit it. So it started with some very serious brainwashing; multiple generations have been raised by such logic.”

ISRAEL STRIKES: Iranian electronic warfare facility blown up south of Damascus, second explosion in 4 days

Powerful explosions were reported early Monday, May 21, in the Naijah area south of Damascus. A Syrian military academy situated there serves as an Iranian/Hezbollah intelligence war room and an Iranian electronic warfare facility.

Obama, Clinton Pastors and US Bishop Who ‘Stole Show’ at Royal Wedding Set to March on White House to ‘Reclaim Jesus’ from Pres. Trump; ‘America First is Heresy Against Christ’

A theological who’s who of Leftist Christian leaders are organizing a march on the White House to ‘Reclaim Jesus’ from President Donald Trump that is set for the evening of May 24. One of the leaders of the anti-Trump march is Rev. Michael Bruce Curry who ‘stole the show‘ with his lengthy sermon at the British royal wedding on Saturday between Prince Harry and American Meghan Markle. Three march organizers were spiritual advisors to President Barack Obama while one counseled President Bill Clinton during the Lewinsky scandal and later endorsed Hillary Clinton for president in 2016.

Starbucks employees, customers express concern over new policy: ‘I can’t see how this will work’

…Someone claiming to be an employee who works at a store in the loop in Chicago said they hate the new policy because the store bathrooms have turned into a hub for drug activity. “We haven’t been allowed to change our bathroom codes since April. So almost all the junkies and homeless people know the code now. About once a week we find needles, drug baggies, blood all over the toilet or walls,” the user wrote.

Condoms required at Scouts’ 24th World Jamboree

The Boy Scouts have decided to accept people who identify as gay and lesbian among their ranks. And girls are welcome now, too, into the iconic organization, which has renamed itself Scouts BSA. So what’s next? A mandate that condoms be made available to “all participants” of its global gathering.

The latest in the Left’s culture wars: Disturbing Canadian poster subtly promotes pedophilia – after all, love knows no age

…It’s the “no age” part that’s particularly disturbing, as Mrs. Maciel had her students draw a picture of an adult-age “Barney” dinosaur alongside a youth-age”Tweety” bird cartoon character. The implication, of course, is that “love” is perfectly fine between an adult and a child – and no, this isn’t talking about normal love.

Swedish police warn lots of rapes will happen this summer and advise women not to go out late

After two rape attempts in Östersund this weekend, the police urged women not to go out late. They also issued a warning that “much like this” will happen this summer, Fria Tiderreports.


Mid-Day Snapshot

Boycott Schools Over Lack of Anti-Gun Legislation?

Once again, Democrats ignore the facts to play off emotional irrationality.

Trump’s Not Messing Around With MS-13 ‘Animals’

He issued a statement titled “What You Need To Know About The Violent Animals Of MS-13.”

Yes, a Drop in Global Temperatures, But…

The last two years saw a decline, but that’s typical for La Niña cycles and temps are still higher overall.

SCOTUS: Contracts Mean What They Say

The Left-Right divide on the Court was once again the theme of a case that shouldn’t have been hard.

Pompeo Announces New Hardline Against Iran

The secretary of state’s warning message for Iran is ultimately aimed at Europe.

Tuesday Short Cuts

“We’ve seen that the less [Mueller and his team] come up with, the more they investigate instead of the opposite.” —Mark Penn

Tuesday Opinion

Read Dennis Prager, Tony Perkins, James Shott, E. Calvin Beisner, Jeff Jacoby and more.

Tuesday Top Headlines

China cuts tariffs, Congress to check FBI, Obama’s Netflix, “prank” mass shooting, and more.

Today’s Meme


Today’s Cartoon


The Foundation

“Children should be educated and instructed in the principles of freedom.” —John Adams (1787)

Headlines – 5/22/2018

‘Trump peace deal to make Jerusalem suburb Palestinian capital’

Lapid challenges Netanyahu: Would you accept Abu Dis as capital of Palestine?

Flashback: Saudi offers Abu Dis as future capital of Palestine stirring widespread anger

Majority of Americans don’t believe Trump can get Mideast peace deal, poll says

As health worsens, Israeli intelligence sees the beginning of the end of Abbas’ rule

Abbas said suffering from pneumonia, but now on his feet, condition improving

Abbas to stay in hospital at least another night

Palestinians urge Arabs to sever ties with countries that moved embassies

Palestinians: Opening of Paraguay Embassy in J’lem is fulfilling Israeli, US dictates

Paraguay officially moves embassy to Jerusalem: ‘We have no better friend,’ Netanyahu says

Palestinian crowd pelts US diplomats with eggs in West Bank

US envoy accuses ‘liberal media’ of ‘glorifying’ Hamas terrorists

IDF spokesman says world ‘fell for Hamas lies’ in Gaza

Israel rebukes Spanish, Slovenian envoys for backing UN Gaza probe

5 rare Jewish coins discovered by Temple Mount project

MK pushes Israel to recognize Kurdistan as an independent state

Israeli Lawmakers Told 22,000 Jobs Could Be Lost Under New U.S. Military Aid Package

Israel lawmakers hope Trump could ease made-in-USA rules for military aid

Even hawks are wary of new law that lets PM, defense minister declare war

Netanyahu hails tough new US strategy on Iran as ‘the right policy’

Senior UAE official says US taking right approach on Iran

Pentagon threatens ‘new measures’ to confront Iran

Mike Pompeo Promises To ‘Crush’ Iran And Achieve A Better Deal

US vows ‘strongest sanctions in history’ on Iran, will ‘crush’ terror proxies

Iran’s leaders blast US ‘sham’ diplomacy on renewal of sanctions

Pompeo demands Iran withdraw forces from Syria, end support for Hezbollah and Hamas

Iran: ‘No one will take us out of Syria, we will remain there so long as it needs help’

Iran Goes Against Russia, Says It’s Staying in Syria as U.S. Military Threatens ‘New Actions’

‘We expect regime will come to its senses’: Full text of Pompeo on Iran strategy

Pompeo lays out 12 requirements for signing new nuclear deal with Iran

Rejecting Pompeo, Iran says US cannot make demands for new nuke deal

Rouhani on Pompeo: We do not accept that a spy chief decides for others

Iran’s Zarif tweets that US is repeating mistakes on Iran

Iran says US trying to divert attention from its violation of nuclear deal

Iran responds to US: we don’t need your permission to fulfill our regional role

UAE Minister of State: US strategy demands a change in Iran’s agenda

Netanyahu: ‘We call on all countries to follow US’s lead against Iran’

‘No alternative’ to Iran deal, EU’s Mogherini tells US

How Pompeo’s Plan For Iran May Further Alienate U.S. From Its European Allies

Nation’s defense firms to lose over $1b. annually with U.S. aid deal

As ISIS targets disappear in Iraq and Syria, US military shifts focus back to Afghanistan

Syria war: Army takes full control of Damascus after ousting IS

After 7 years, Syrian government declares Damascus back under its full control

Palestinian camp Yarmouk, back in Assad hands, gutted by years of war

Russia Says Syria Rejects New Constitution Diluting Assad Powers

Russia shoots down ‘unidentified drone’ near air base in Syria

At rally in Bosnia, Erdogan flexes his muscles as strongman of the Muslim world

Turkey sentences 104 people to life in prison in post-coup case

Saudi Arabia strongly condemns attack on church in Russia’s Chechnya republic

North Korean Hackers Spying on Defectors Using Facebook to Spread Android Malware

The Korean Peninsula: Peaceful Change or Back to Square One?

With N. Korea summit on shaky ground, Trump to press S. Korean leader

Trump aides growing skeptical of Kim summit as South Korea’s President visits

Russia’s first sea-borne nuclear power plant dubbed the ‘nuclear Titanic’ arrives in the Arctic

Sweden distributes ‘be prepared for war’ leaflet to all 4.8m homes

Oil rallies to multi-year highs on Venezuela worries

After Venezuela Strongman’s Victory, Isolated Nation Faces Growing Chaos

Trump administration slams Venezuela’s election as a “sham”

Trump unleashes new political earthquake with FBI spy charge

China launches unprecedented moon mission with Saudi technology

Asteroid is first known ‘permanent resident’ from outside our solar system

Storage capacity for radioactive water at Fukushima power plant nears limit

5.6 magnitude earthquake hits near Inarajan Village, Guam

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Panguna, Papua New Guinea

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Esso, Russia

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Inarajan Village, Guam

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Bitung, Indonesia

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 22,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 17,000ft

Turrialba volcano in Costa Rica erupts to 15,000ft

Cyclone Sagar kills 16, displaces thousands in Middle East, East Africa

Is that trouble brewing in the Gulf of Mexico? It’s not even hurricane season yet

Update: Memorial Day weekend Gulf storm? Too early to say, but something to watch

8 months after Hurricane Maria, the death toll in Puerto Rico remains a mystery

Robots grow mini-organs from human stem cells

Soldiers may soon have implantable health monitors and robotic surgeries done remotely

Nipah virus kills at least three in India, sparks alert

Vaccination method that wiped out smallpox gets unleashed today on Ebola

China Considers Ending Birth Limits as Soon as This Year

Jimmy Carter Condemns Sex-Selective Abortion, Killing at Birth of 160 Million Girls, in Liberty U Address

Former Gays, Lesbians Blast Calif. for Regarding Them as ‘Frauds’ With Pending Therapy Ban

LGBT community cheers pope’s ‘God made you like this’ remark

Vatican announces sainthood for Pope Paul VI who made history with Israel visit and reached out to Jews

On heightened alert after Santa Fe, districts report gun incidents at several schools

Lawmakers return to Washington amid calls for gun control

GOP senators point to school safety, mental health – and not gun control – for Santa Fe response

Unnecessary and accidental use of ADHD drugs increases over 60%, study suggests

Schumer: Deadly ‘super pills’ are making opioid epidemic even worse


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Ex-Faith Healer Mark Haville Explains the Tricks of the Fake Faith Healing Trade

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WOFF congregants to appear in court Friday

77 Million Square Feet Of Retail Space And Counting – America’s Retail Apocalypse Is Spiraling Out Of Control In 2018

Posted: 22 May 2018 10:30 AM PDT

77 Million Square Feet Of Retail Space And Counting – America’s Retail Apocalypse Is Spiraling Out Of Control In 2018(By Michael Snyder) In 2017 we absolutely shattered the all-time record for retail store closings in a single year, and this year it looks like we are going to shatter the record once again. In fact, there are some that are projecting that up to 9,000 retail stores could close by the time that we get to the end of this calendar year. Already, the amount of retail space that has shut down is simply jaw-dropping. If you total up all of the retail store closings that have been announced so far in 2018, it accounts for 77 million square feet of retail space.

Let that number sink in for a bit. Many shopping centers and strip malls around the country already have a post-apocalyptic feel to them, and more “space available” signs are going up with each passing day. And in case you are tempted to think that I am making this figure up, here it is straight from Bloomberg… At last count, U.S. store closures announced this year reached a staggering 77 million square feet, according to data on national and regional chains compiled by CoStar Group Inc. That means retailers are well on their way to surpassing the record 105 million square feet announced for closure in all of 2017. READ MORE

DEVELOPING: Growing sinkhole opening up on White House lawn.

Posted: 22 May 2018 10:23 AM PDT

DEVELOPING: Growing sinkhole opening up on White House lawn.Construction on the US White House began in 1792. It has been almost continuously occupied by US presidents since 1800, barring a few years after the British set it on fire in 1814.  But that doesn’t mean that the present-day building is free of hazards—there are mice, cockroaches, and ants. And as of this past weekend, a sinkhole has been growing on the north lawn, Voice of America reporter Steve Herman observed, just near the press briefing room.

Often described as a “swamp” of corruption, parts of the city of Washington, DC, are also literally built on a swamp. The city’s geological issues also include “forebulge collapse,” a post-Ice Age condition that means the city could sink as much as six inches this century.  Sinkholes have opened up across the city in recent years. They forced two residents to abandon their homes in March, and swallowed up a school bus last year. This is the first report of one on the White House lawn.  Last year, a giant hole opened in the earth in front of Donald Trump’s Florida resort, but that was due to a new water main, not a geological condition. READ MORE

Evacuations ordered in Indonesia following Merapi volcano alert level being raised

Posted: 22 May 2018 07:15 AM PDT

Evacuations ordered in Indonesia following Merapi volcano alert level being raisedFollowing four new explosions at Indonesia’s Merapi volcano on May 20 and 21, 2018, authorities have raised the alert level for the volcano from Alert Level 1 to 2 at 23:00 UTC on May 21, 2018. All residents living within 3 km (2 miles) are ordered to evacuate.  The eruptions took place after a major eruption on May 11, 2018 sent ash up to 15 km (50 000 feet) above sea level. The previous eruptive phase of this volcano lasted from March 9 to April 20, 2014. It had Volcanic Explosivity Index (VEI) of 3.

According to Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, spokesman for the national disaster mitigation agency, some 600 people living within the exclusion zone of 3 km (2 miles) have evacuated since early Tuesday (local time), May 22.  There have been no reports of casualties and operations at Adi Sucipto airport in Yogyakarta have not been affected, Nugroho said, adding that climbing on Merapi is now prohibited and only disaster agency personel or related researchers should enter the restricted area. READ MORE

Christians in Nepal Suspect Hindu Extremists in Sudden Attacks on Churches

Posted: 22 May 2018 07:12 AM PDT

Christians in Nepal Suspect Hindu Extremists in Sudden Attacks on ChurchesChristians in Nepal are alarmed after this month’s sudden series of arson and bomb attacks on four church buildings, and church leaders suspect authorities are lax in investigating.  At the same time, six Christians were arrested for evangelizing while suspected Hindu extremists launched attacks on three church buildings and bombed another. The attacks caused extensive property damage but no casualties.

The Hebron Church building in the eastern hilly region was set on fire on May 9, Emmanuel Church’s building in western Nepal’s Doti District was burned on May 10, and the Kanchanpur Emmanuel Church building in the midwest hilly region was set ablaze on May 11. Before midnight on May 12, the Mahima Church building in Dhangadhi, in western Nepal, was bombed.  READ MORE

3 Power-Packed Scriptures to Pray Over Your Kids and Grandkids

Posted: 22 May 2018 07:04 AM PDT

3 Power-Packed Scriptures to Pray Over Your Kids and Grandkids(By Becky Harling) Whether they are toddlers, teens or adults, your kids need prayer.  You may not have kids, but you might have nieces, nephews or friends’ kids who desperately need prayer. Or you might have “spiritual children” you have mentored. Are you willing to take time to cover them in prayer? One of the best practices you can cultivate in your prayer life is the power of praying Scripture.

When you pray God’s Word over those you love, you have an instant guarantee that you are praying in His will. As you faithfully claim Scripture over the lives of those you love, you’ll see God work miracles. To help you get started in this practice, I’ve chosen three passages I love to pray over my kids and grandkids. I know you’ll have more ideas, so I’d love to hear from you: CONTINUE

How Israel Is Fulfilling Gen. 12:3 Before Our Eyes

Posted: 22 May 2018 07:00 AM PDT

How Israel Is Fulfilling Gen. 12:3 Before Our EyesIsrael leads the world in technological advances that make the world a better place.  From a device called the “Nano Artificial Nose,” which sniffs out cancer, to technology that gives sight to the blind and a contraption called the “ReWalk” exoskeleton that allows paraplegics to walk again, Israel leads the world in medical innovation. Every day, millions around the world use some kind of medical

treatment that came from Israel. Israeli entrepreneurs and scientists are also pioneers in agriculture and invented techniques that allowed the tiny nation to turn rocky desert landscapes into lush orchards and mosquito-infested swamps into citrus groves. And Israel has exported those techniques to the rest of the world. READ MORE

Strange asteroid becomes first known ‘permanent resident’ from outside our solar system

Posted: 22 May 2018 06:54 AM PDT

Strange asteroid becomes first known ‘permanent resident’ from outside our solar systemHey bub, you’re going the wrong way.  The solar system’s first known “resident” that came from interstellar space — an asteroid orbiting backward around Jupiter — has been discovered, scientists announced Monday.  “How the asteroid came to move in this way while sharing Jupiter’s orbit has until now been a mystery,” said Fathi Namouni,

lead author of the new study and a scientist at the University of Cote d’Azur in Nice, France.  The planets and most other objects in our solar system travel around the sun in the same direction. This asteroid is different — moving in the opposite direction in “retrograde” orbit.  The asteroid has the inelegant name of 2015 BZ509, indicating the year of its discovery. READ MORE

Arizona prepares for mass exodus of Californians in event of catastrophic earthquake

Posted: 22 May 2018 06:49 AM PDT

Arizona prepares for mass exodus of Californians in event of catastrophic earthquakeThe state of Arizona started a full-scale, three-and-a-half-day-long exercise Monday to prepare for a mass exodus of Californians in the event of a catastrophic earthquake.  Beginning at 1 p.m., more than 1,000 participants from government agencies, volunteer organizations, and the private sector will play out the scenario of a major earthquake rattling Southern California, triggering a mass migration of

400,000 evacuees to Arizona. “We’re looking at what are we doing for mass shelter and what might we have to do to feed all these people,” says Judy Kioski, a spokesperson for the Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs (DEMA).  Kioski says another important issue to explore is ” family reunification.” “If it was a massive earthquake, maybe there are people who left and who can’t get in touch with their relatives and they’ve come this way due to road closures,” Kioski says. READ MORE

‘The Simpsons’ Mocks Christianity Calling It A ‘Dopey Religion’

Posted: 22 May 2018 06:37 AM PDT

‘The Simpsons’ Mocks Christianity Calling It A ‘Dopey Religion’In it’s latest mockery of religion, The Simpsons TV show makes a quick jab at Christianity when one of the characters calls it ‘dopey.’  Bart Simpson is struck by lightning in the episode and experiences nightmares that he has died and is being haunted by ghosts.  During the episode, Bart decorates his

tree house in crucifixes to ward off spirits, even though he isn’t a Christian.  Meanwhile, the character of Millhouse, who is a Christian, gets excited when he sees it and asks, “What’s going on, Bart? Are you into God now? I always was. Look at those abs. The secret is less loaves, more fishes.”  Bart then replies, “I don’t believe in some dopey religion. This is to keep out ghosts.” READ MORE

Why you need the “Baptism of the Holy Spirit”

Posted: 22 May 2018 06:34 AM PDT

Why you need the “Baptism of the Holy Spirit”In this message, we will show you why Jesus commanded the disciples to wait for the Promise of the Father on the day of Pentecost and how this same Baptism is readily available to believers today to empower them to fulfill the Great Commision.

Robots now capable of growing human organs

Posted: 21 May 2018 02:58 PM PDT

Robots now capable of growing human organsIs there anything robots can’t do? They can perform our jobs, get periods and now . . . grow human organs.  Scientists at the University of Washington School of Medicine have developed an automated system that uses robots to produce human mini-organs from stem cells. According to Science Daily, the ability to mass produce “organoids” promises to expand the use of mini-organs in basic research

and drug discovery. “This is a new ‘secret weapon’ in our fight against disease,” the university’s Benjamin Freedman tells Science Daily. Before, scientists would grow cells for biomedical research by culturing them into flat sheets. But these were too simplistic to truly mimic the ways true cells behaved. More recently, researchers have had some success growing these cells into more complex, and three-dimensional, structures called mini-organs. READ MORE

‘Purge Against Christians’ Underway in China as Persecution Ramps Up

Posted: 21 May 2018 02:49 PM PDT

‘Purge Against Christians’ Underway in China as Persecution Ramps UpIt feels like every day we are hearing more news about China increasing persecution on the Christian community.  Abuses are escalating to unprecedented levels as we’re seeing a full out “purge against Christians” in the Zhejiang province in Eastern China perpetrated by the government, according to organizations monitoring the situation on the ground. ChinaAid, a watchdog group, stated that local

governments are stepping up and taking charge of the persecution and outlaw of Christianity.  The government has banned all kinds of religious meetings, meaning no church services, no Bible studies, and no prayer meetings. Not only are they banning religious events but they are calling for people to renounce their faith, particularly in Jesus Christ.  READ MORE

Vegas shooting victim experiences Heaven during tragedy

Posted: 21 May 2018 02:44 PM PDT

Vegas shooting victim experiences Heaven during tragedyOne of the first people shot during the Las Vegas shooting massacre has reunited with the retired firefighter who saved her.  Las Vegas resident Rosemarie Melanson wouldn’t be alive today had it not been for her the “guardian angel” who got her to safety on October 1 when a gunman opened fire on the Route 91 Harvest music festival from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel.  Melanson – a

mother of four — was attending the country music festival with two of her daughters. The tickets were a Mother’s Day gift from her eldest daughter, Stephanie Melanson.  The trio were having a great time at the concert, evident by selfies taken before the shots rang out. “I pulled them by the hand and we went all the way up to the front,” Melanson told CNN. “We were like kids in a candy store. I mean, just so excited.”  READ MORE

LGBT community cheers pope’s ‘God made you like this’ remark

Posted: 21 May 2018 11:16 AM PDT

LGBT community cheers pope’s ‘God made you like this’ remarkPope Francis’ reported comments to a gay man that “God made you like this” have been embraced by the LGBT community as another sign of Francis’ desire to make gay people feel welcomed and loved in the Catholic Church.  Juan Carlos Cruz, the main whistleblower in Chile’s clerical sex abuse and cover-

up scandal, said Monday he spoke to Francis about his homosexuality during their recent meetings at the Vatican. The pope invited Cruz and other victims of a Chilean predator priest to discuss their cases last month.  Cruz said he told Francis how Chile’s bishops used his sexual orientation as a weapon to try to discredit him, and of the pain the personal attacks had caused him. READ MORE

PROPHECY WATCH: Macron wants to build French-led new world order – but no-one is listening

Posted: 21 May 2018 11:10 AM PDT

PROPHECY WATCH: Macron wants to build French-led new world order – but no-one is listeningEmmanuel Macron has been a busy man. While he has a unique vision for France’s global role, his vision is falling on deaf ears.  At the end of April, French President Macron received a standing ovation from the US Congress. At around the same time, he also had a phone call with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani who informed Macron the Iranian nuclear deal was “not negotiable.” Approximately

one week prior, he received similar treatment from the European Parliament as he did in Washington. Then, he went to Australia and the wider Pacific region, to try his hand at building a new Pacific relationship aimed at confronting China’s expanding influence. But what has he achieved in doing so? And why is it that, despite all of his attempts to build a close relationship with the United States, France and America’s relationship is actually at an all-time low?  READ MORE


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

REUTERS

President Donald Trump on Friday nominated Admiral Harry Harris, head of the U.S. Pacific Command, as U.S. ambassador to South Korea ahead of a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un scheduled next month but since called into question by Pyongyang.

The Syrian army has restored control over all areas surrounding the capital Damascus, for the first time since early in the seven-year war, after pushing Islamic State militants out of a south Damascus pocket.

The United States on Sunday said it hopes to use strong shared interests that have emerged with its European Union partners in recent months to move forward on addressing Iran’s nuclear program, missile development and role in regional conflicts.

The Philippines expressed “serious concerns” over the presence of China’s strategic bombers in the disputed South China Sea and its foreign ministry has taken “appropriate diplomatic action”.

U.S. state and Canadian regulators have opened “as many as 70 investigations” into cryptocurrency scams, according to The Washington Post.

AP Top Stories

The National Rifle Association’s incoming president Retired Lt. Col. Oliver North has linked school shootings and other violence to using medications such as Ritalin.

Hawaii residents dealing with Kilauea’s volcanic eruption faced a potentially deadly new challenge on Sunday as lava that reached the Pacific Ocean threatened to send up laze, a hazardous mix of glass particles and noxious gas.

Ahead of a planned reform to the ban on women drivers in Saudi Arabia, the country’s leading women’s rights activists have been detained and are being victimized by a “smear” campaign, say international human rights observers.

A cougar attacked two mountain bikers in Washington state Saturday morning, killing one and seriously injuring the other man. The biker who was killed fled into the woods to get away from the cougar after the initial attack and the animal chased him down, officials said.

More than 10,000 Moroccans chanting “Death to Israel” took to the streets of Casablanca on Sunday to protest against the U.S. decision to move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (R) on Sunday pushed for arming teachers and reducing the number of entrances into school buildings after the latest mass shooting at a U.S. school afflicted his state.

Pope Francis said on Sunday he would elevate 14 churchmen from five continents to the rank of cardinal, picking candidates who work with the poor or where Catholics are in a minority and putting his stamp on the group that will elect his successor.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in and U.S. President Donald Trump held discussions on Sunday to ensure that the North Korea-U.S. summit remains on track after North Korea threatened to pull out of the high-level talks.

China’s LGBT advocates cautiously organized awareness-raising events across the country to celebrate International Anti-Homophobia Day on Thursday amid concern of growing intolerance towards LGBT causes.

Investigators seized a semi-truck truck on Saturday that had $90.8 million worth of liquid methamphetamine in the driver’s side fuel tank.

China’s air force has landed bombers on islands and reefs in the South China Sea as part of a training exercise in the disputed region, it said in a statement.

Residents of Pakistan’s largest city Karachi were urged to seek shelter as the temperature hit 111.2 F, sparking fears of widespread heatstroke during the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan.

The U.S. Supreme Court delivered a blow to the rights of workers on Monday by allowing companies to require them to sign away their ability to bring class-action claims against management, agreements already in place for about 25 million employees.

The social credit system in China has blocked people from taking more than 11 million flights and 4 million train trips. The social credit system is used to punish citizens for bad behavior with numerous blacklists preventing them from traveling, getting loans or jobs, or staying in hotels, and even by limiting internet access.

BBC

Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro has won re-election to another six-year term, in a vote marred by an opposition boycott and claims of vote-rigging.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said the US is imposing the “strongest sanctions in history” on Iran.

India police say they have successfully extracted 106 cocaine capsules from a woman who was allegedly trying to smuggle the drugs into the country.

Around 50 competitors have remained in Australia illegally after going missing during this year’s Commonwealth Games. Nearly 200 are hold bridging visas and are applying for refugee status.

Health workers in the Democratic Republic of Congo have begun an immunization campaign in an attempt to halt the spread of an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus.At least 26 people are believed to have died in the current outbreak.

WND

The average price of regular-grade gasoline in the U.S. jumped 10 cents a gallon over the past two weeks to $3.00.

God loves gay people and it is fine to be homosexual, Pope Francis has reportedly said.

Seventh-graders at a West Virginia public school were asked to write the Islamic declaration of faith in Arabic calligraphy in a social-studies class, drawing outrage from a Christian parent.

The Fairfax County School Board in Northern Virginia is considering teaching children there is no such thing as “biological sex” and also that “clergy” are not to be trusted if students have questions.


The Briefing — Monday, May 21, 2018

1) Why a sane society cannot ‘throw their hands up’ after another school shooting, this time in Texas

USA Today (Mary Ann Cavazos Beckett, Rick Jervis, Julie Garcia, Bart Jansen and Christal Hayes) 
Student kills 10 at Texas school, says he targeted kids he didn’t like

New York Times (James Poniewozik) –
This Is School in America Now

2) Prayer is at the center of the conversation after shooting in community that has famously fought for their right to pray

3) Monarchy in the modern age: The societal and moral shift reflected in the royal wedding


Royal Wedding Emblematic of the Decline of the Church of England

PJ Media

The couple opted for a secular song, “Stand by Me,” performed by a predominantly black gospel choir—jaws literally dropped—in addition to old-school Christian hymns sung by the congregation. The traditional Anglican vows were altered slightly to allow the outspoken feminist Markle to opt out of the traditional promise to obey her husband.


News – 5/21/2018

World’s Largest Geyser is Mysteriously Erupting a Lot Lately

While the world’s eyes are gazing warily at the erupting Kilauea volcano in Hawaii, someone needs to be watching the Steamboat Geyser in Yellowstone National Park. After being dormant since 2014, the world’s largest active geyser has suddenly spewed steam skyward (your tongue-twister for today) for the fifth time in less than two months … and researchers can’t explain why. Old Faithful gets all of the attention, but Steamboat is in the record books for its 300-foot (91 meter) eruptions that can last up to 40 minutes.

‘GOD LOVES YOU’ Pope Francis tells gay man ‘God made you like this and loves you like this’

The remarks were apparently made to a victim of clerical sexual abuse and are the most striking acceptance of homosexuality by the Catholic Church to date. In a private dialogue, the Pontiff is understood to have told Juan Carlos Cruz, a victim of sexual abuse at the hands of Catholic priests, that God loves gay people and it is fine to be homosexual.

DoJ Confirms Inspector General Will Probe “Impropriety, Political Motivation” Of Obama FBI Spying On Trump

Update: Just a few hours after President Trump “hereby demanded” that the DoJ investigate whether or not the “FBI/DOJ infiltrated or surveilled the Trump campaign for Political Purposes,” Axios’ Jonathan Swan reports that Justice has confirmed a probe has begun.

Abbas is a pain in everyone’s neck, not just Israel’s

The Israelis are not the only ones who have had enough of the Palestinian president. The king’s palace in Saudi Arabia, the king’s palace in Jordan, President al-Sisi’s headquarters in Cairo and the Gulf emirates—none of them will shed a tear if he resigns. They’ve already realized that he has no power, no vision and no integrity.

Israel, US attempt to block Security Council resolution on Gaza international force

Israel and the United States made a joint effort Sunday to foil a similar Kuwaiti-Palestinian attempt to pass a resolution in the United Nations Security Council calling for the stationing of an international force in the Gaza Strip to defend Palestinians from “Israeli aggression.” The Israeli-American push was intended to head off Palestinian attempts to secure the nine country majority—out of the Security Council’s 15 member states—needed to pass the resolution.

Deadly Nipah virus claims victims in India

Health officials in the south Indian state of Kerala say nine people have died in confirmed and suspected cases of the deadly Nipah virus. Three victims have tested positive for the virus in the past fortnight. The results from the remaining six samples will be available later on Monday. Twenty-five others have been hospitalised with symptoms of the infection in Kozhikode, officials said.

‘GOD LOVES YOU’ Pope Francis tells gay man ‘God made you like this and loves you like this’

POPE Francis has told a gay man that God loves him during a private meeting, it has been claimed. In a private dialogue, the Pontiff is understood to have told Juan Carlos Cruz, a victim of sexual abuse at the hands of Catholic priests, that God loves gay people and it is fine to be homosexual. The comments are the most striking public acceptance about homosexuality ever made by a head of the Roman Catholic Church.

Putin Seeks Common Cause With Merkel Over Trump

Russian President Vladimir Putin said at a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday that he would stand up to any attempts by U.S. President Donald Trump to block a Russian-German gas pipeline project,

Philippines takes ‘appropriate action’ over Chinese bombers in disputed South China Sea

The Philippines expressed “serious concerns” over the presence of China’s strategic bombers in the disputed South China Sea and its foreign ministry has taken “appropriate diplomatic action”, the spokesman of President Rodrigo Duterte said on Monday.

DOJ asks watchdog to look into possible ‘impropriety’ after Trump demands probe on alleged campaign ‘infiltration’

The Justice Department asked its watchdog to look into any alleged “impropriety or political motivation” in the FBI’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election, the DOJ said Sunday night — hours after President Trump ordered a review looking into whether federal agents infiltrated or surveilled his campaign for political purposes. “I hereby demand, and will do so officially tomorrow, that the Department of Justice look into whether or not the FBI/DOJ infiltrated or surveilled the Trump Campaign for Political Purposes — and if any such demands or requests were made by people within the Obama Administration!”

Trump Mideast Peace Plan to Be Released Next Month:

Reports that the Trump administration is set to release its much-awaited Middle-East Peace Plan next month indicate that it will come as a disappointment to the Palestinians. A report by Associated Press cited five U.S. officials and a congressional aide who said that the plan, composed by Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner and Trump’s special envoy for international negotiations Jason Greenblatt, should be made public by late June, though the timing could change due to developments in the region.

UN Human Rights Council Approves ‘War Crimes’ Probe Against Israel

The United Nations Human Rights Council approved a “war crimes” probe on Friday to “provide recommendations to protect civilians against any further assaults” in the Gaza Strip. The resolution was approved in a 29-2 vote, with 14 abstentions. The United States and Australia were the only countries to vote against the resolution.

ISIS Leaves Damascus In Evacuation Deal

Islamic State fighters began evacuating their last remaining positions in southern Damascus on Sunday, under an agreement with the Syrian government reached after months of furious fighting, according to a war monitor and local reports.

School Holds Moment Of Silence For Hamas

The Beacon School in Manhattan is under fire from parents for holding a moment of silence for the people killed by Israel last week during clashes organized by Hamas.

THE NEW NAZIS: Muslim Gazan brags that the true intentions of the riots on Israel’s border is the burning of Jews like Hitler did

A Gazan man interviewed by NPR Wednesday bragged about flying a flag covered in anti-Semitic writing and stated the message from Gazans to Israelis is “we want to burn them.”

Outrage hits America as California high school yearbook proudly featured Islam, makes no mention of any other religion

Jihad Watch (h/t Catherine P) is reporting that the Rancho Cucamonga High School yearbook contains no pages on Judaism, Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, etc. but devotes two pages to Islam. Because it is the prevailing view among Leftists today that Muslims are persecuted, harassed and discriminated against on a large scale in America today, and that this happens because of Americans’ ignorance of Islam.

UN, EU call for global action to protect bees

The United Nation’s food agency and the European Union on Saturday called for global action to protect pollinators, and bees in particular, which are crucial for ensuring food security.

Hotel pools linked to many disease outbreaks

Here is something to think about before jumping into the pool on your next vacation.  Hotel pools and hot tubs are breeding grounds for waterborne diseases.

Northern Australia mining town demands the Health Department blood test its residents after water supply found contaminated with lead

The population of Borroloola, a remote mining town in central northern Australia, got the shock of their lives when they heard that their drinking water had higher amounts of lead than normal.

First, fountain of youth for dogs, then humans?

A company called Rejuvenate Bio is working on gene therapy for dogs to make them live longer with an eye to doing the same for human beings.

U.S. 7th-graders told to declare submission to Allah

Seventh-graders at a West Virginia public school were asked to write the Islamic declaration of faith in Arabic calligraphy in a social-studies class, drawing outrage from a Christian parent.

China Escalates Militarization of South China Sea, Preparing for War

This morning’s key headlines from GenerationalDynamics.com China escalates militarization of South China Sea, preparing for war China prepares for war on multiple fronts

Michael Moore on Reviving ‘TV Nation,’ Which Premieres This October

…Although originally titled “Live from the Apocalypse,” Moore told IndieWire on Wednesday, “Then we decided, we’re going to be on the air for five to 10 years. We’re going to outlive the apocalypse, right? Think of this as the first post-Trump show while Trump is still in office.”

SHOCK REPORT: New Evidence of Foreign Government Meddling in 2016 Election Finally Uncovered — But it was from the UK – not Russia!

New evidence proves that a foreign government meddled in the 2016 US Election. But the government identified is the UK, not Russia!


Mid-Day Snapshot

Trump: Time to Probe FBI’s Collusion Probe

Details regarding the FBI’s informant within Trump’s campaign were leaked to the media.

Trade War Ceasefire?

China announces that it will buy “significantly” more U.S. goods and services.

Another ‘Win’ for Socialism in Venezuela

Venezuela’s implosion is the result of the policies pushed by American Democrats.

America’s Corrupt Collaborative Leftmedia

Last week, a trio of news stories reminded Americans that the Leftmedia is fundamentally corrupt.

Video: Laurel, Yanny or…?

The White House had a unique take on the Laurel vs. Yanny debate. Trump hears…

Video: My Strained Relationship With Facebook’s Algorithm

YouTube humorist JP Sears has some fun talking about how Facebook keeps changing the rules.

Monday Short Cuts

Belly laugh of the week: “We are going to take back the country we love.” —Hillary Clinton on the “deplorable” country she detests

Monday Opinion

Read Kay Coles James, Hans von Spakovsky, Tony Perkins, Ken Blackwell, Joe Bastardi and more.

Monday Top Headlines

Probe of the probe, Iran sanctions, new VA nominee, farm bill defeat, and more.

Today’s Meme


Today’s Cartoon


The Foundation

“I know no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education. This is the true corrective of abuses of constitutional power.” —Thomas Jefferson (1820)

ZeroHedge Frontrunning: May 21

  • Justice Department to Review FBI Probe of Trump Campaign (Read More)
  • Trump’s Russia Probe Attacks Escalate From Tweets to Action (Read More)
  • U.S.-China Trade Truce May Not Last With Differences Unresolved (Read More)
  • U.S. Sends Mixed Messages on China (Read More)
  • ‘Don’t Scream’: How the Texas School Shooting Unfolded (Read More)
  • China Considers Ending Birth Limits as Soon as This Year (Read More)
  • GE to Merge Rail Division With Wabtec in $11 Billion Deal (Read More)
  • Rising Dollar Sparks Tumult in Emerging Markets (Read More)
  • An Arab Plan B for Containing Iran (Read More)
  • Venezuela’s President Keeps His Grip on Power (Read More)
  • Forget About Oil at $80. The Big Rally Is in Forward Prices (Read More)
  • Trans-Atlantic Oil-Price Spread Soars as Supply Glut Disappears (Read More)
  • Surging Prices, Rates Test Demand in Housing Market (Read More)
  • Fall of a Malaysian Dynasty Puts Target on Alleged 1MDB Mastermind (Read More)
  • The Beginning of the End of Forward Guidance (Read More)
  • Cohen Probe Trips Up Bridgewater, World’s Biggest Hedge Fund (Read More)
  • How Canada’s Brookfield snatched bargain assets amid Brazil panic (Read More)
  • Modi’s Party Fails to Form Government in India’s Karnataka (Read More)
  • China’s Bond Market Is a Real Minefield for Investors (Read More)

Headlines – 5/21/2018

Trump team still debating timing of Mideast peace plan release

After U.S. Embassy Move, What Actually Changes For Israelis And Palestinians?

Moroccan capital shelves twin city plan with Guatemala after Israel embassy move

Thousands chant ‘Death to Israel’ in Morocco, protest U.S. embassy move to Jerusalem

Paraguay president lands in Israel for Jerusalem embassy opening

The Walls Within Walls of ‘Undivided’ Jerusalem

Abbas taken to hospital for the third time in a week

Abbas hospitalized in Ramallah over severe ear infection

Abbas is a pain in everyone’s neck, not just Israel’s

Israeli envoy urges UN Security Council to reject Arab-backed Gaza resolution

Israel, US attempt to block Security Council resolution on Gaza international force

Pope says ‘dialogue and reconciliation’ needed after deadly week in Gaza

Police to be probed for alleged violence in dispersing pro-Gaza protest in Haifa

Police release Israeli Arabs in detention for protesting against Gaza shootings

Palestinian in Gaza sets himself on fire in apparent protest

5 West Bank Palestinians arrested for suspected involvement in terror, riots

Liberman calls Arab party chief a ‘terrorist’ who belongs in jail

Death toll from blasts at Syria airbase climbs to 28; rebels take responsibility

Islamic State surrendering in Syria’s capital

Syria war: IS militants ‘leave Damascus suburbs’

Islamic State claims responsibility for church attack in Chechnya

New Clues Bolster Belief That ISIS Leader Is Still Alive – And Busy With A Chilling New Mission

Report: Explosions heard at Iranian facility near Damascus

Zarif describes nuclear deal as a ‘dying patient’, Iran MP says

Iran Uses Nuclear Pact as Bargaining Chip With EU Over U.S. Sanctions

Iran says EU not doing enough to save nuclear deal

EU could compensate firms hit by US sanctions over Iran

Russia, Europe and China reportedly discussing new Iran nuclear deal

In first US foreign policy speech, Pompeo to discuss ‘totality of Iran’s threats’

Turkey reports likely assassination plot on Erdogan’s life

Saudi air defenses destroy ballistic missile fired from Yemen

Washington, Seoul discuss North Korea’s threat to scrap summit

Mnuchin says US has deal with China to cut trade deficit, will hold off on tariffs

Oil prices rise as China, U.S. put trade war ‘on hold’

Venezuela’s Maduro eyes second term despite economic crisis

Venezuela’s re-elected Maduro faces foreign backlash

With Brexit clarity, Scotland will look again at independence – Sturgeon

Britain to tackle ‘Wild West’ internet with new laws

As election probe spreads to Israel, Trump protests ‘witch hunt’ has gone global

Trump to ‘demand’ Justice probe whether feds spied on campaign for political purposes

Arizona Is Planning For Exodus to State in Event of Major Calif. Quake

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits near Pamandzi, Mayotte

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Pamandzi, Mayotte

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Xalpatlahuac, Mexico

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Al Mazzunah, Tunisia

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 26,000ft

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 16,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 15,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecudar erupts to 15,000ft

Merapi volcano in Indonesia erupts to 14,000ft

Kilauea volcano in Hawaii erupts to 10,000ft

Lava eruptions from Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano light up the night sky

Hawaii lava finally reaches the Pacific – only to create another deadly danger

‘Laze’ plume could carry toxic substances miles away from lava’s ocean entry

A Noah’s Ark of animals rescued from Hawaii lava

Hailstones the size of tennis balls damage vehicles in northwest China

Congo to begin vaccinating against Ebola after new cases in major city

Harvard start-up Rejuvenate Bio aims to increase human lifespan to 130 years

Doctor who slipped abortion pill into pregnant girlfriend’s drink gets three years in prison

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio Preparing City For Marijuana Legalization, Instructs NYPD To Halt Arrests

Incoming NRA President Oliver North blames school shootings on ‘culture of violence,’ Ritalin

Texas shooting suspect’s choice of guns complicates debate over assault rifles

Texans turn to God as school rocked by latest shooting

Pope Francis reportedly tells gay man, ‘God made you that way and loves you’


ApostasyWatch Daily News

Ray Stedman – The Mystery of History

The False Prophet Paradigm on Display – a la Vallotton

Michael Curry & the Royal Wedding. A star-turn offers the world ‘Christianity-lite’

Why Jesus Is No Longer the Only Way for Many American Christians

Catholic Council –  Christians and Muslims: From Competition to Collaboration

How Southern Baptist Leaders Aided My Escape from Abuse

‘Your Prayers Don’t Work’; Hollywood Uses Shooting to Push Gun Control

Sentence Upheld for Pastor in Algeria Stopped for Carrying Christian Literature

Kuwait Demands UN Force to ‘Protect’ Gazans From Israel

Posted: 21 May 2018 06:17 AM PDT

Kuwait Demands UN Force to ‘Protect’ Gazans From IsraelKuwait asked the UN Security Council to “guarantee the safety and protection of the Palestinian civilian population,” and to consider the deployment of “an international protection mission,” the AP reported on Friday. Kuwait is a current member of the UNSC. The draft circulated by Kuwait demands that Israel “immediately cease its military reprisals,

collective punishment and unlawful use of force against civilians, including in the Gaza Strip.” The resolution has no chance of passing while the United States remains a staunch defender of Israel’s right to defend itself against infiltrators from the Gaza Strip, so that if the resolution is put to a vote it would be vetoed. However, it would be interesting to see how many of the members, permanent and otherwise, would support the idea.  READ MORE

Hawaii volcano’s two-story lava wall blocks crucial escape route, residents urged to steer clear of toxic cloud

Posted: 21 May 2018 06:02 AM PDT

Hawaii volcano’s two-story lava wall blocks crucial escape route, residents urged to steer clear of toxic cloudLava gushing out of cracks caused by Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano over the weekend formed a two-story wall blocking parts of a highway crucial for residents to escape. as authorities warn them to steer clear of the plumes of acid and extremely fine shards of glass billowing into the sky.  The active flows from some of the 22 fissures that have opened up on the Big Island since volcanic activity began more than

Watch the latest video at foxnews.comtwo weeks created a 20-foot wall of lava on Highway 137. Scientists said the new lava is hotter and moves faster to cover a wider area.  By Saturday night, the lava flow crossed over the highway, cutting off the route for thousands of residents in the Lower Puna communities, officials said.  “(Look at) how huge this thing is,” Herman Andaya with Maui Emergency Management, told Hawaii News Now. “The magnitude in the flow, and everything.”  READ MORE

Christian therapist fired over biblical marriage beliefs

Posted: 21 May 2018 05:57 AM PDT

Christian therapist fired over biblical marriage beliefsA longtime licensed clinical social worker who was ordered to be a “social worker first, Catholic second” and then fired because of her biblical beliefs about marriage is suing the agency that dismissed her.   The suit was filed by the Thomas More Law Center on behalf of Kathleen Lorentzen.

Lorentzen had asked permission from her former employer, HealthSource Saginaw in Michigan, for permission to refer a homosexual duo to another counselor for “marriage” counseling. She then was fired. Tyler Brooks, senior counsel for TMLC, said the case shows “that people of faith are under assault in the workplace.”  READ MORE

School Board in Virginia considering teaching students there is no “Biological Sex”

Posted: 21 May 2018 05:50 AM PDT

School Board in Virginia considering teaching students there is no “Biological Sex”In an apparent competition among American public school boards to see which sex-education program can be made the most graphic and politically correct, there’s likely a new leader.  In a stunning development, the Fairfax County School Board in Northern Virginia is considering teaching children there is no such thing as “biological sex” and also that “clergy” are not to be trusted if students have questions.  Within just the past few weeks, WND has reported on the Albemarle district in Virginia, which was warned its explicit sex videos to classes of 14-year-old girls likely were

felony violations of state and federal laws.  And the Sunnyside Unified School District in Tucson, Arizona, was warned that its proposed sex-ed program is both “illegal” and “obscene.” Now, according to the Family Research Council, comes the Fairfax board.  “Already, each public school student must suffer through 80 hours of sex ed. That’s not a typo: 8-0,” the report said. “They call it ‘Family Life Education’ but everybody knows that’s a joke. You won’t find lessons on building happy marriages and healthy families here. No, instead you’ll find hour after hour of instruction on your evolving ‘sexual identity,’ on the proper handling of contraceptive drugs and devices, and on how to give consent for sex.” READ MORE

More Americans than ever belief that Jesus is not the only way to Heaven

Posted: 20 May 2018 06:58 PM PDT

More Americans than ever belief that Jesus is not the only way to HeavenJust over two months ago, as winter landed its final blows of snow in New York City, Michael A. Walrond Jr. of Harlem’s 10,000-member First Corinthian Baptist Church landed an ideological blow of his own in traditional Christendom.  Walrond, who was named “One of the Lord’s Foot Soldiers” by Newsweek magazine, told his congregants that the belief that anyone who doesn’t believe in Jesus is going to hell is “insanity.”

“There was a time when you would see people in the pulpit say, ‘well, if you don’t believe in Jesus you going to Hell. That’s insanity in many ways because that is not what Jesus even believes,” he said in a viral clip posted to Facebook. People take many paths to God, he argued, noting that he personally celebrates the paths others take in finding Him — even if that path does not involve faith in Jesus. “And so the key is you believe in God. And whatever your path is to God I celebrate that. Personally, I celebrate that,” Walrond said.  READ MORE

Ebola death count is growing and fears of outbreak gripping Congo

Posted: 20 May 2018 06:50 PM PDT

Ebola death count is growing and fears of outbreak gripping CongoThe death toll from an outbreak of the Ebola virus in the Congo has hit 26 with fears it could spread to neighboring countries.  The country’s government has agreed to increase emergency-response funding to over $4 million, AP reported. Ebola victims are being provided with free health care. Some 4,000 vaccines were ordered Saturday – but officials may struggle to keep them cold enough to remain effective. An emergency committee convened by the World Health Organization met but decided the

situation didn’t yet merit being classed as a public health emergency and stopped short of calling for travel restrictions. However, WHO warned that nine neighboring countries are at a high risk of being affected.  The U.S. government is preparing its most direct response yet to the outbreak that appears to have begun in April, readying staffers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to deploy to multiple communities in Congo. READ MORE

West Virginia 7th-graders told to declare submission to Allah

Posted: 20 May 2018 06:44 PM PDT

West Virginia 7th-graders told to declare submission to AllahSeventh-graders at a West Virginia public school were asked to write the Islamic declaration of faith in Arabic calligraphy in a social-studies class, drawing outrage from a Christian parent.   Parent Rich Penkoski contacted Principal Ron Branch at Mountain Ridge Middle School in Gerrardstown about the assignment, which was part of a world-religions unit, the Christian Post reported.

The assignment was included in a packet sent home with students of information about the history of Islam, the prophet Muhammad and the five pillars of the religion.  But Penkoski, the Christian Post said, was most upset with a worksheet that instructs students to practice calligraphy by copying by hand the Arabic form of the Shahada.  The Shahada is the Islamic profession of faith that declares Allah is the one true god and Muhammad is his messenger.  READ MORE

Pope Francis tells gay man ‘God made you like this and loves you like this’

Posted: 20 May 2018 06:37 PM PDT

Pope Francis tells gay man ‘God made you like this and loves you like this’The comments are the most striking public acceptance about homosexuality ever made by a head of the Roman Catholic Church.  The remarks were made during a private meeting at the Vatican between the pair, in which the Pope offered a heartfelt apology.  Cruz was a victim of Chile’s most notorious pedophile priest Fernando Karadima. Father Karadima, now aged 87, was found guilty of sexual abuse by the Vatican in 2011.  Cruz claims that his suffering was ignored by a number of Latin American

bishops who used his homosexuality to brand him a liar when he spoke out. Speaking to Spanish newspaper El País, Cruz said: “He [the Pope] told me, ‘Juan Carlos, that you are gay does not matter. “God made you like this and loves you like this and I don’t care. “The pope loves you like this. You have to be happy with who you are.” The Pope’s words signal a much more open and inclusive approach by the often restrictive faith – READ MORE


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News – 5/18/2018

Report: IG refers FBI, Justice officials for criminal prosecution
State Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz has found “reasonable grounds” for believing the FBI and the Justice Department violated federal criminal law in their handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation, according to investigative reporter Paul Sperry. Horowitz, who informed members of Congress Wednesday that his draft report has been completed, has referred his findings to John W. Huber, the U.S. attorney in Utah, for possible criminal prosecution, Sperry said.

Ebola Outbreak Spreads In Congo And The Death Count Is Rising
Ebola has spread to a major city in Congo, and the death toll is rising rapidly. Congo officials have reported 23 are dead and that there are 42 confirmed cases of the deadly virus. First discovered close to Congo’s Ebola River in 1976,

Report: Hamas Leader Haniyeh ‘Severely Admonished’ by Egypt Over Gaza Border Violence
During a visit to Cairo on Monday, Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh was “severely admonished” by the Egyptian government over that day’s violence on the Israel-Gaza Strip border, Israel Hayom reported.

France suffering ‘intifada,’ Jewish lawmaker says following Paris attack
Following the stabbing of five people in central Paris by a man who shouted about Allah, a French-Jewish lawmaker said France was experiencing a “knife intifada.”

Palestinians to submit applications to join three U.N. agencies
The Palestinians intend to submit applications to join three United Nations agencies as full members in the coming days, a Palestinian Authority official said on Thursday. The three agencies include bodies that PA President Mahmoud Abbas previously told the US administration they would not join, according to the official, who said he could not reveal the names of the organizations.

Trump to announce new federal funding curbs on US abortion clinics
The Trump administration is expected to announce that organisations that offer or mention abortion to their patients will lose federal funding. One such organisation, Planned Parenthood, said the proposal was “dangerous” and “outrageous” and would “have devastating consequences”. Anti-abortion activists thanked US President Donald Trump for “delivering on a key promise”.

Growing resistance to antifungal drugs ‘a global issue’
Scientists are warning that levels of resistance to treatments for fungal infections are growing, which could lead to more outbreaks of disease. Intensive-care and transplant patients and those with cancer are most at risk because their immune systems cannot fight off the infections. Writing in Science, researchers said new treatments were urgently needed.

Google’s Selfish Ledger is an unsettling vision of Silicon Valley social engineering
Google has built a multibillion-dollar business out of knowing everything about its users. Now, a video produced within Google and obtained by The Verge offers a stunningly ambitious and unsettling look at how some at the company envision using that information in the future…The video…imagines a future of total data collection, where Google helps nudge users into alignment with their goals…and even guides the behavior of entire populations…

Hamas secures Egyptian humanitarian relief in return for dialing back protests
During his meeting in Egypt with the country’s intelligence chiefs this past Sunday, Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh agreed to decrease the number of people attending border protests and their severity as well as halt plans for a mass exodus towards Israel in return for humanitarian relief measures for the isolated enclave, a Lebanese newspaper reported Friday morning.

Paraguay to open Jerusalem embassy next week
Paraguay’s President Horacio Cartes will open the country’s new embassy to Israel in Jerusalem on Tuesday, following similar steps by the United States and Guatemala. Government spokesman Mariano Mercado said Cartes will leave for the trip to Israel on Saturday. The decision to move the embassy to Jerusalem has been controversial in Paraguay.

George Soros-Linked Think Tank Partnering With Facebook
Facebook is partnering with the Atlantic Council to combat election meddling, the company announced on Thursday. The Atlantic Council, an anti-President Donald Trump, George-Soros funded think tank, has a “stellar reputation looking at innovative solutions to hard problems,” Facebook said in a press release.

Pope Francis Demotes Jesus Christ to Third, and Claims Mary as the Source of Our Hope
Pope Francis, the Jesuit, now claims that mother mary is the source of our hope, not Jesus Christ. The blasphemy sustained in this statement should make every catholic repent and turn to the truth; The Bible, rather than the doctrine of lies, the Catholic Church.

Watch: South Africa Announces Plan To Steal All Private Property, Black And White
Major humanitarian crisis lies ahead

Broke Illinois Pension System Leaves Every Resident With $11,000 Of Debt
For those unfamiliar, here’s a quick recap: Illinois (rate just one notch above junk) is drowning under a mountain of debt, unpaid bills and underfunded pension liabilities and it’s largest city, Chicago, is suffering from a staggering outbreak of violent crime not seen since gang wars engulfed major cities from LA to New York in the mid-90’s, while rising taxes have prompted a mass exodus with the state lost 1 resident every 4.3 minutes in 2017.

Golfers brave erupting volcano in Hawaii to sneak in a round: PHOTOS
Photographer Mario Tama captured images of two men playing golf in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park with the massive ash plumes from Kilauea rising behind them, which you can see below.

Guatemalan Embassy opens in Jerusalem: ‘This Is the Land of Jesus’
…Guatemalan congressman Marcos Fernano Yax, whose constituency is 96% indigenous Mayan President Jimmy Morales traveled to Israel for the occasion. “It is important because this is the land of God. This is the land of Jesus,” he told reporters outside the embassy, praising the “wonderful” decision by President Jimmy Morales to move the Guatemalan embassy back to Jerusalem.

PROPHECY IN MOTION: Young French Jews are fleeing France in droves as Islamic anti-semiti reaches unimaginable levels in the once beacon of freedom
More than 50,000 Jews, or 10% of the Jewish population in France, have already departed in just the past few years – emigrating mainly to Israel – as the handwriting on the wall becomes hard to ignore. Unlike past generations, these young people do not want to take the chance that the new Nazis of Europe, today known as ‘IslamoNazis,’ will try to finish off what Hitler started.

57 Muslim nations urged to besiege Israel with a united Islamic army
A Turkish newspaper close to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his ruling party is urging 57 Islamic nations to build a joint army specifically to attack Israel, notes a new report in Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.

Virus Found in Pigs Could Threaten Humans, Study Suggests
A pig virus found in China in 2012 and in Ohio in 2014 could threaten humans, researchers found when they studied the virus in a lab setting.

Obama Armed Al-Qaeda Linked Rebels: Infowars Vindicated Again
Jake Lloyd reports on the Fox news article proving that arms sent to rebels by Obama ended up in the hands of Al-Qaeda… which Infowars reported 5 years ago.

Sounding More Like A King, Pope Francis Lashes Out With Another Stinging Critique Of Global Capitalism
EDITOR’S NOTE: Pope Francis, who rarely misses a chance to miss the chance to preach the gospel of the grace of God, never misses the chance to pontificate on such biblical topics like global capitalism, credit default swaps and income redistribution. Not finding those topics in your King James Bible? Well, they’re not there, just like the office of a pope, a ruling class of priests, and a magic cookie that becomes the ‘body of Christ’ aren’t there either.  Ruling over Babylon is not enough for Francis, he desires to be the king that Revelation 17 says the Roman pope will be. 

Hamas Turns Away Truckloads of Israeli Humanitarian Aid Destined For Gaza – Geller Report
Hospitals in the Gaza Strip have been reportedly dealing with scores of wounded “Palestinians” — but when Israel tried to provide aid via truckloads of supplies, Hamas turned away the trucks.

The Briefing — Friday, May 18, 2018

1) Questions of morality, truth, and spycraft raised as Haspel is confirmed as CIA director

New York Times (Nicholas Fandos) –
Senate Confirms Gina Haspel to Lead C.I.A. Despite Torture Concerns

2) The reality of morality: Is there such a thing as absolute right or wrong?

Wall Street Journal (Fay Vincent) –
At the CIA, Immorality Is Part of the Job

3) What do spiralizers, kale leaf strippers, and avocado slicers tell us about the world in which we live?

New York Times (Penelope Green) –
All Those Kitchen Gadgets, but a Sharp Knife Just Might Do

Mid-Day Snapshot

‘Animals’: The Leftmedia’s Latest BIG Lie

The mainstream media is exposed for spinning a narrative to paint Trump as a racist.

Trump Uses Reagan Rule to Block Abortion Funding

Contrary to the Leftmedia narrative, this does not amount to “sweeping new abortion restrictions.”

The Cultural Shift Against Free Speech

Social media has changed the way American think about First Amendment issues.

Taxpayers Get Half-Billion-Dollar Bill for Nassar’s Crimes

Michigan State agrees to a $500 million settlement for the victims of Nassar’s sexual abuse.

Farm Subsidies and the Farm Bill: Truth vs. Fiction

The farm bill is currently constructed in a way that ignores several realities.

Video: Why Did America Fight the Korean War?

Mention the Korean War today and most people will look at you with a blank stare.

Friday Short Cuts

“The sexual revolution has been a catastrophic failure… Maybe it’s time to cut our losses and go back to the old way” —Matt Walsh

Friday Opinion

Read Marc A. Thiessen, Erick Erickson, David Harsanyi, Rich Lowry and Tony Perkins.

Friday Top Headlines

Texas shooting, DOJ Clinton probe complete, Haspel confirmed, Warren’s plan, and more.

Today’s Meme


Today’s Cartoon


The Foundation

“It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself. Subject opinion to coercion: whom will you make your inquisitors?” —Thomas Jefferson (1781)

Headlines – 5/18/2018

Longtime Palestinian official speaks on protests, violence, Israel and seeking peace without U.S. help

Middle East needs a new honest broker

Mideast Turmoil Complicates Arab Support for Trump Peace Plan

Former Shin Bet chief: Hamas doesn’t want a conflict, it wants a state

Palestinians to submit applications to join three U.N. agencies

Israel condemned for ‘eye for an eyelash’ violence in Gaza deaths

Arab League demands probe into Israeli ‘crimes’ on Gaza border

Erdogan hosts Islamic summit to back Palestinians, condemn Israel

Israeli diplomats said scrambling to nix UN rights probe into Gaza deaths

‘Agreeing’ with Hamas, Netanyahu defends Israeli actions on Gaza border

Netanyahu tells world about Gaza clashes: ‘We’re defending our families, you would too’

Security forces remain on high alert in Jerusalem, Gaza border and West Bank despite apparent calm

Israeli army prepares for mass Gaza protests on first Friday of Ramadan

‘Day of Rage’ declared in Arab sector in solidarity with Gaza

Egypt and Qatar working on long-term ceasefire, Hamas disarmament plans for Gaza

Kuwait urges international force on Gaza border

Why Does the Media Keep Encouraging Hamas Violence?

Israel denies rejecting Hamas prisoner swap offer

US thanks Guatemala, urges others to move embassies to Jerusalem

Paraguay to open Jerusalem embassy next week

Netanyahu: Israel thwarted terror attacks in more than 30 countries

Netanyahu implies Israel moving closer to Arab states, says public isn’t aware

Israel activates Iron Dome missile defense after false alarm triggers rocket sirens on Syrian border

Congress set to consider proposal to recognize Israeli sovereignty over Golan Heights, ending decades of refusal to accept 1981 annexation

Bashar Assad travels to Russia to meet with Putin

Putin meets Assad, says ‘foreign armed forces will start leaving Syria’

France freezes company assets over Syria chemical weapons

UN calls on Iraq to probe election complaints

Iraq’s election result is a backlash against foreign influence – and a curveball for the US and Iran

‘Shame upon shame’: Iran denounces US, Saudi sanctions against Hezbollah

Has Turkey violated UN sanctions by selling Israeli equipment to Iran?

Maersk says U.S. sanctions make doing business in Iran impossible

Trump’s Iran deal withdrawal sparks corporate exodus

Iran nuclear deal: The EU’s billion-dollar deals at risk

EU sets course for US clash with law blocking Iran sanctions

German economy minister: If US adopts ‘America First’ policy Europe will respond

Washington: Accelerating sanctions is first step towards defeating Iran

Washington seeks global ‘coalition’ against Tehran

Deadly protests continue in southern Iran for a second day: ‘Streets look war-torn’

Egypt’s military kills 19, arrests 20 in Sinai operation

France says foiled suspected terror attack

Ukraine leader enacts new sanctions against Russia

North Korea says won’t hold talks with ‘incompetent’ South unless differences settled

S. Korea downplays Pyongyang’s threats to cancel talks

Trump promises N.Korea’s Kim can stay in power

Trump’s warning to Kim Jong-un: make a deal or suffer same fate as Gaddafi

Pentagon stands firm: No talk of scaling back U.S.-South Korean military drills

Trump: US dealing with North Korea ‘as though nothing happened’

China says it stands for stability, peace on Korean peninsula

China is reportedly offering Trump a $200 billion trade-deficit reduction package, and the US’s largest exporter is poised to be the biggest winner

Qatar, Kushner and Cohen: The Latest Scandal Rocking the Trump White House

Avenatti: Two more women claim they were paid hush money to stay quiet about Trump affairs

Donald Trump claims Robert Mueller probe is interfering with his presidential duties

Trump: Report that Obama FBI spied on campaign could be ‘bigger than Watergate’

Now that’s power: Trump tweets reach 76% of the nation

Google’s Selfish Ledger is an unsettling vision of Silicon Valley social engineering – a Google concept for how total data collection could reshape society

Watch List Shields T.S.A. Screeners From Threatening, and Unruly, Travelers

Intel is testing self-driving cars in ‘challenging’ Jerusalem conditions

Why Is A Government Drone Flying Over A Sacramento Neighborhood?

Pope warns of ‘a ticking time bomb’ whose explosion would devastate market

Peso plunge: Collapse of currency dredges up old frustrations, threatens Argentina’s president

Scientists Lost Track Over Over 900 Asteroids

6.2 magnitude earthquake hits South of the Kermadec Islands

5.8 magnitude earthquake hits near Nemuro, Japan

5.7 magnitude earthquake hits near L’Esperance Rock, New Zealand

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Mala, Peru

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Raoul Island, New Zealand

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Hihifo, Tonga

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Tadine, New Caledonia

Two strong earthquakes in Bardarbunga volcano

Explosive eruption at Kilauea summit sends ash 5 miles into air

New eruption at Hawaii Kilauea volcano prompts evacuation, produces volcanic ash cloud higher than Mount Everest

Explosive eruption at Kilauea summit was ‘short-lived’ but more possible, scientist says

‘Ballistic blocks’ shoot from Hawaii volcano, may mark start of violent eruptions

Kilauea Eruption Now Threatens Hawaii With Damaging Earthquakes, Acid Rain, ‘Vog’

Quakes damage roads as ash streams from Hawaii volcano

Hawaii’s erupting volcano is still going, and now it’s a threat to passing planes, too

Hawaii volcano eruption costs tourism industry millions

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 24,000ft

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 24,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 16,000ft

Turrialba volcano in Costa Rica erupts to 12,500ft

Sakurajima volcano on Japan erupts to 12,000ft

Flooding fears downstream of Colombia’s largest dam project prompt evacuations

Earth just had its 400th straight warmer-than-average month thanks to global warming

If Renewables Are So Great for the Environment, Why Do They Keep Destroying It?

Ebola outbreak in the Congo spreads to major city, health officials confirm

Americans are having fewer kids than ever before, fueling fears of a ‘demographic time bomb’

Trump to Propose Sweeping New Abortion Restrictions

Trump Administration to Tie Health Facilities’ Funding to Abortion Restrictions

Mobile blood donation unit to be set up at gay pride event in Tel Aviv

Hong Kong’s behind-closed-doors gay weddings


ApostasyWatch Daily News

Warren. B. Smith – Jesus Calling, Contemplative Prayer, the New Age, and Psalm 46:10

Cries for False Unity Increase As End Times Deepens

God Sends a Moth to Show the Gullibility of Charisma Magazine

The Great Somali Welfare Rip-Off


Five dead, nearly 500,000 without power after deadly storms engulfs US Northeast

Posted: 18 May 2018 06:07 AM PDT

Five dead, nearly 500,000 without power after deadly storms engulfs US NortheastAt least 5 people died and nearly 500 000 homes were left without power after severe thunderstorms swept through the US Northeast on May 15, 2018. And it is not over! Now, the eastern US is at risk until the end of the week!  Two people died in Connecticut, including a Danbury man who was killed

when a tree fell on his truck. Connecticut State Police say a tree also fell on a car on Brush Hill Road in New Fairfield, killing a 41-year-old woman. In Kunkletown, Pennsylvania, a man was killed when a tree fell on a vehicle near the town of Effort in the Poconos. An 11-year-old New York girl was killed when a large tree toppled onto the car she was in with her mother in Newburgh. Another woman was killed in the same town of Newburgh when a tree fell on her vehicle.  READ MORE

DEVELOPING: Multiple explosions reported at Syrian military base near Hama

Posted: 18 May 2018 06:01 AM PDT

DEVELOPING: Multiple explosions reported at Syrian military base near HamaSyrian state television has reported a series of explosions at a military base near Hama in the west of the country.  Local sources are reporting hearing four explosions at the site. No casualties or injuries

have been reported. Syrian journalist Mousa Alomar tweeted a video showing a large plume of smoke in the aftermath of the explosions. A short time later another explosion was heard inside the airport, according to Syrian state media. MORE

Cross Removed From Michigan Hillside Following Complaint

Posted: 18 May 2018 05:53 AM PDT

Cross Removed From Michigan Hillside Following ComplaintA cross that has stood on a Michigan hillside since 1950 has been removed following a complaint from a local resident who asserted that crosses shouldn’t be displayed on state property.  While the cross is displayed atop Sackrider Hill in the Waterloo Recreation Area, it belongs to the Grass Lake Ministerial Association, which holds a permit to erect the display on state property. Residents who hike up the hill will find it at the top overlooking I-94. According to a YouTube video by Brian Kruger, who hosts a

local “Guess What I Found Series” to highlight landmarks in the area, local congregations have held a sunrise service every year atop the hill since the 1930’s. Evangelist George Bennard, who penned the hymn “The Old Rugged Cross,” was a participant of one of the services. “The cross was brought up by the congregations. Every year they’d bring [it] up and set it here, and then they’d take it down and do it again next year,” he explained. READ MORE

Nearly 51 Million Households In The United States ‘Can’t Afford Basics Like Rent And Food’

Posted: 18 May 2018 05:45 AM PDT

Nearly 51 Million Households In The United States ‘Can’t Afford Basics Like Rent And Food’(By Michael Snyder) If the U.S. economy is performing well, then why can’t 51 million households in the United States “afford basics like rent and food”.  A stunning new report that was just put out by the United Way ALICE Project shows that the gap between the wealthy and the poor in this country is perhaps the biggest that it has been in any of our lifetimes.  In some of the wealthiest areas of the nation, homes are now selling for up to 100 million dollars, but meanwhile tens of millions of families are barely scraping by from month to month.  Many believe that this growing “inequality gap” is setting the stage for major societal problems.  In general, the U.S. economy seems to be performing better than expected so far in 2018, but the ranks of the poor and the working poor just continue to grow.  The following comes from CNN… . Nearly 51 million households don’t earn enough to afford a

a monthly budget that includes housing, food, childcare, healthcare, transportation and a cell phone, according to a study released Thursday by the United Way ALICE Project. That’s 43% of households in the United States.  The figure includes the 16.1 million households living in poverty, as well as the 34.7 million families that the United Way has dubbed ALICE — Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. This group makes less than what’s needed “to survive in the modern economy.” MORE

 

 

CA Public high school yearbook has lavish two-page Islam presentation entitled “ALLAH AKBAR”

Posted: 18 May 2018 05:37 AM PDT

CA Public high school yearbook has lavish two-page Islam presentation entitled “ALLAH AKBAR”“Allahu akbar” means Allah is greater, i.e., greater than your god. It’s a declaration of superiority. Jihad mass murderers the world over scream “Allahu akbar” as they murder people.” 9/11 hijacker Mohamed Atta reminded himself to “shout, ‘Allahu Akbar,’ because this strikes fear in the hearts of the non-believers.”  And here it is in the Rancho Cucamonga High School yearbook, because they are tolerant, multicultural, diverse, and against “racism.” The Rancho Cucamonga High School yearbook

contains no pages on Judaism, Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, etc. Why does it contain these pages on Islam? Because it is the prevailing view among Leftists today that Muslims are persecuted, harassed and discriminated against on a large scale in America today, and that this happens because of Americans’ ignorance of Islam.  Both claims are nonsense. The FBI’s latest hate crime statistics show that Jews are twice more likely to be the victims of hate crimes than Muslims. Yet there is no presentation on Judaism in Rancho Cucamonga High School’s yearbook. READ MORE

Scientists Bring A Severed Brain Back To Life, Humans Next?

Posted: 18 May 2018 05:20 AM PDT

Scientists Bring A Severed Brain Back To Life, Humans Next?Has science gone too far? That’s the question some experts are asking after Yale University researchers announced that they have successfully reanimated a pig’s brain, which had been severed from its body.   Yale neuroscientist Nenad Sestan revealed the breakthrough during a meeting at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) on March 28. Sestan’s team reportedly experimented on over 100 pig brains obtained from a slaughterhouse and restored their circulation using a system of pumps,

heaters, and artificial blood. The researchers said they managed to reactivate the brains for up to 36 hours. “It’s at the extreme of technical know-how, but not that different from preserving a kidney,” Steve Hyman of the Broad Institute said, via MIT Technology Review. “It may come to the point that instead of people saying ‘Freeze my brain,’ they say ‘Hook me up and find me a body,’” the director of psychiatric research added. READ MORE

‘Explosive increase’ in Ebola cases feared as outbreak spreads to city…

Posted: 17 May 2018 10:49 AM PDT

‘Explosive increase’ in Ebola cases feared as outbreak spreads to city…Experts fear an ‘explosive increase’ in Ebola cases after an outbreak in Congo entered a ‘new phase’ and spread to a city.  The deadly virus was detected in the northwest city of Mbandaka, with a population of about 1 million people, the country’s health minister revealed last night.  So far, the 23 deaths believed to have been caused by Democratic Republic of Congo’s latest Ebola outbreak were in more isolated areas, giving authorities a better chance of ring-fencing the virus.

The first urban case to be announced threatens to change that. The World Health Organisation, which on Wednesday deployed the first experimental vaccines in the vast central African country, will decide tomorrow whether to declare a ‘public health emergency of international concern’.  Such a declaration by the Emergency Committee would trigger more international involvement, mobilizing research and resources, WHO spokesman Christian Lindmeier said. READ MORE

 

Hawaii volcano experiences ‘explosive’ eruption sends ash plume soaring

Posted: 17 May 2018 10:42 AM PDT

Hawaii volcano experiences ‘explosive’ eruption sends ash plume soaringAn “explosive” eruption from Hawaii’s Kilauea summit sent a plume of ash soaring 30,000 feet into the air Thursday morning that threatened to cover parts of the Big Island, as residents nearby are being urged to shelter in place. The National Weather Service issued an ashfall advisory in effect until 8 a.m. Friday.

Watch the latest video at foxnews.comUSGS Volcanoes reported the explosion around 5 a.m. local time, showing photos at the Halemaumau crater that captured volcanic ash billowing out. Officials said wind could carry the ash toward the southeast and told residents to shelter in place and avoid driving, due to low visibility and slick roads. READ MORE 


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News – 5/17/2018

Turkey urges Islamic world to unite against Israel, calls summit

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim told his ruling party in parliament that Ankara would call an extraordinary summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). “Islamic countries should without fail review their relations with Israel,” Premier Yildirim said, adding, “The Islamic world should move as one, with one voice, against this massacre.” Yildirim said that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who currently holds the rotating chairmanship of the body, called the OIC summit on Friday.

Sweden In Free Fall

If it is considered ‘objectionable’ in the West to talk about the factual consequences of migration, in Sweden it is now viewed as a crime. a Swedish police report, “Utsatta områden 2017”, (“Vulnerable Areas 2017”, commonly known as “no-go zones” or lawless areas) showed that there are 61 such areas in Sweden. They encompass 200 criminal networks, consisting of an estimated 5,000 criminals. Twenty-three of those areas were especially critical: children as young as 10 had been involved in serious crimes there, including ones involving weapons and drugs. Most of the inhabitants were non-Western, mainly Muslim, immigrants.

Cosmic rays hitting Earth are ‘bad and getting worse’ says NASA

Back in 2014, Schwadron et al used a leading model of solar activity to predict how bad cosmic rays would become during the next Solar Minimum, now expected in 2019-2020. “Our previous work suggested a ~ 20% increase of dose rates from one solar minimum to the next,” says Schwadron. “In fact, we now see that actual dose rates observed by CRaTER in the last 4 years exceed the predictions by ~ 10%, showing that the radiation environment is worsening even more rapidly than we expected.”

‘Ballistic blocks’ shoot from Hawaii volcano, may mark start of violent eruptions

“Ballistic blocks” the size of microwave ovens shot from Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano on Wednesday in what may be the start of explosive eruptions that could spew huge ash plumes and hurl smaller rocks for miles (km), the U.S. Geological Survey said.

Hamas Official Admits 50 Killed in Gaza Riots Were Terrorists

A Hamas official admitted in an interview that 50 of some 62 Palestinians killed in clashes with Israeli security forces along the Gaza border were members of the Palestinian terrorist group. “In the last rounds of confrontations, if 62 people were martyred, 50 of the martyrs were Hamas and 12 from the people. How can Hamas reap the fruits if it pays such an expensive price?” posed Hamas official Salah Bardawil in an interview with the Palestinian Baladna news outlet.

Turkey Sold Israeli Technology to Iran in Violation of UN Sanctions: UN

The UN has launched an investigation against Turkey for allegedly selling electronic equipment to Iran which is listed as banned, nuclear-related products and technologies. Security Council Resolution 2231 of 2015 which prohibits the transfer of this equipment to Iran.

Trump hails ‘rebellion’ by local California lawmakers against state’s ‘sanctuary’ laws

President Trump on Wednesday praised local California leaders for standing up to “deadly and unconstitutional sanctuary state laws” and hailed what he called a “rebellion” against the state’s immigration policies. “Each of you has bravely resisted California’s deadly and unconstitutional sanctuary state laws,” Trump said at the White House roundtable of local officials on the issue.

Erdogan: Turkey will not allow Israel to steal Jerusalem from Palestinians

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday that the United Nations had “collapsed” in the face of events in Gaza where Israeli forces killed 60 Palestinian protesters on Monday as the United States relocated its Israel embassy to Jerusalem. Turkey has been among the most vocal critics of the Israeli use of deadly force against protesters at the Gaza border and of the U.S. decision to open its new embassy in Jerusalem.

DR Congo Ebola outbreak spreads to Mbandaka city

The Ebola outbreak in DR Congo has spread from the countryside into a city, prompting fears that the disease will be increasingly hard to control. Health Minister Oly Ilunga Kalenga confirmed a case in Mbandaka, a city of a million people about 130km (80 miles) from the area where the first cases were confirmed earlier this month. The city is a major transportation hub with routes to the capital Kinshasa.

Bee crisis: EU court backs near-total neonicotinoids ban

The EU’s top court has backed an almost complete EU-wide ban on the use of three insecticides, which studies have linked to declining bee populations. Chemicals giants Bayer and Syngenta had gone to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) hoping to get the restrictions on neonicotinoids overturned. Last month EU governments agreed to ban all use of three neonicotinoids outdoors. Seeds treated with them can still be used in greenhouses.

China does not want to see escalation in Sino-U.S. trade tension

China does not want to see escalation in Sino-U.S. trade tensions, its commerce ministry said on Thursday, expressing hope that the two sides could minimize conflict during talks being held in the United States. China hopes the U.S. will take action as soon as possible on the case of Chinese technology company ZTE and resolve it in a fair manner, ministry spokesman Gao Feng told reporters at a regular briefing.

Peaceful protest? Hamas admits 50 of 62 ‘martyrs’ were members

Amid global condemnation of Israel for the deaths of Palestinians who tried to breach the Gaza border Monday on the day the U.S. opened a new embassy in Jerusalem, a Hamas official admitted in a television interview that 50 of the claimed 62 casualties were members of the terrorist organization.

Captured terrorist reveals Hamas forces civilians to riot

The Israel Defense Forces released a video Wednesday of a Palestinian man, described as a Hamas terrorist, explaining how the terrorist organization that controls Gaza incites residents to engage in violent protest against Israel.

South African leaders tell country’s Jews to reject ‘Nazi-like’ Israel

South Africa’s ruling party on Tuesday slammed Israel’s recent actions at the Gaza border, comparing the IDF’s efforts to prevent Palestinian protesters from breaching the border fence with Nazi Germany’s cruelty against Jews.

Lie detectors with artificial intelligence are future of border security

International travelers could find themselves in the near future talking to a lie-detecting kiosk when they’re going through customs at an airport or border crossing.

At least 2 dead, hundreds of thousands without power after violent storms slam Northeast

A powerful storm system pummeled the Northeast on Tuesday with drenching rain, golf-ball-sized hail and damaging winds, leaving at least two people dead and knocking out power to hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses.

Red alert declared on Hawaii’s Big Island; major Kilauea eruption ‘Imminent’

The U.S. Geological Survey has raised the alert for Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano from an orange to a red warning.

Spikes in chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis take STDs to record highs in California

California reached a record high in the number of sexually transmitted disease cases last year, with the state seeing an overall 45 percent spike in the number of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis cases over the past five years.

Warning: Enrolling in Obamacare allows government to link your IP address with your name

We have already established that Healthcare.gov is not a functioning database application that allows people to shop for competing health plans. It is actually a government-run Trojan Horse that suckers people into creating accounts where they hand over:

FBI Spied on Trump’s Camp With Informant and Obtained Trump Campaign Phone Records Through Secret Subpoena” href=”http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2018/05/confirmed-fbi-spied-on-trumps-camp-with-informant-and-obtained-trump-campaign-phone-records-through-secret-subpoena/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>CONFIRMED=> FBI Spied on Trump’s Camp With Informant and Obtained Trump Campaign Phone Records Through Secret Subpoena

An FBI investigation dubbed “Crossfire Hurricane” was opened into Trump’s campaign 100 days before the Presidential election.


The Briefing — Thursday, May 17, 2018

1) Why the worldview displayed at life’s most crucial moments is going to be theological in one way or another

USA Today (Svetlana Shkolnikova) –
Cremation gaining in popularity fast as burial costs rise

2) Theism vs. secularism at the point of death: Why Christianity has historically frowned upon cremation

3) The inevitable embrace of abortion as a new generation moves in a more secular direction

New York Magazine (Ed Kilgore) –
America’s Views on Abortion Are Undergoing a Generational Shift


Mid-Day Snapshot

Mueller Investigation One Year Old, Still No Collusion

Meanwhile, the Senate Judiciary Committee says Russia interfered in 2016 to help Trump.

Wasserman Schultz Calls Five Million Americans ‘Terrorists’

“The NRA is kind of just shy of a terrorist organization,” she contemptuously declared.

My Country or My Tribe?

The real divide in America? The Right believes the Left is wrong. The Left believes the Right is evil.

Gillibrand’s Mythical Version of the 2008 Financial Crisis

It was bad Democrat policies, not sexism, that was to blame for 2008 financial crisis.

Free Markets, Free People

Our culture increasingly and falsely characterizes capitalism as a form of oppression and exploitation.

Video: Seattle’s ‘Amazon Tax’

John Stossel breaks down the “head tax” and explains how politicians created the mess in the first place.

Never Take Them for Granted

“The more you sweat in peace, the less you bleed in war.”

Thursday Short Cuts

“We’re at the point where Hamas are freedom fighters and the NRA is a terrorist organization.” —Twitter satirist @hale_razor

Thursday Opinion

Read Jeff Jacoby, Veronique de Rugy, Ed Feulner, Hans von Spakovsky, Joe Bastardi and more.

Thursday Top Headlines

Mueller hits one year, FBI secrets, $2.8 trillion fighting terrorism, Facebook ignorance, and more.

Today’s Meme


Today’s Cartoon


The Foundation

“Let justice be done though the heavens should fall.” —John Adams (1777)

ZeroHedge Frontrunning: May 17

  • Japan Considers Retaliation Against U.S. Steel Tariffs (Read More)
  • US sanctions war against Iran prompts fight-back from Europe (Read More)
  • North Korea says won’t hold talks with ‘incompetent’ South unless differences settled (Read More)
  • Trump Shows Flexibility on North Korea Talks (Read More)
  • Bolton Emerges as Potential Wrecking Ball for Trump’s Kim Summit (Read More)
  • Top Trump Adviser Peter Navarro to Take Part in China Talks After All (Read More)
  • Partial Surrender of Nukes Could Solve North Korea Impasse: Diplomat (Read More)
  • Farms, Factories Won’t Meet U.S. Goal to Cut China Deficit (Read More)
  • Einhorn Is Having a Hedge-Fund Midlife Crisis as Losses Mount (Read More)
  • Strong Earnings? Don’t Expect the Market to Rally (Read More)
  • Taking Silicon Valley startups to China (Read More)
  • U.S. weekly jobless claims rise; unemployment rolls smallest in 45 years (Read More)
  • Walmart Holds Its Ground in U.S. Amid Unseasonable April Weather (Read More)
  • Oil Is Above $70, but Frackers Still Struggle to Make Money (Read More)
  • Kroger Counters Amazon’s Grocery Offensive With Ocado Deal (Read More)
  • Harvard’s Reinhart Says Emerging Markets Are in Tougher Spot Than During ‘08 Crisis (Read More)
  • Dubai Aerospace in talks to place huge order for 400 jets (Read More)
  • Takeda CEO prescribes surgical R&D cuts after $62 billion Shire deal (Read More)
  • As Rosneft’s Vietnam unit drills in disputed area of South China Sea, Beijing issues warning (Read More)
  • 40% in U.S. can’t afford middle-class basics (Read More)

Headlines – 5/17/2018

Greenblatt in Qatar to discuss Gaza and Trump’s peace plan

Netanyahu: ‘PA needs to abandon fantasy it will conquer Jerusalem’

Lindsey Graham: If You Have A Problem With Jerusalem As Israeli Capital, ‘Take It Up With God’

Erdogan: Turkey will not allow Israel to steal Jerusalem from Palestinians

Guatemala embassy move seen as domestic win, pleasing US

Palestinians blast Guatemala over Jerusalem embassy opening

Palestinians recall envoys to 4 EU nations that attended US embassy reception

Iranians rage against Israel, US over embassy move, Gaza deaths

‘They Are Experienced in This Kind of Terrorist Act:’ Iranian Analyst Highlights IRGC-Linked Group’s Threat to Destroy US Embassy in Jerusalem

Hamas official: 50 of the 62 Gazans killed in border violence were our members

Thousands of Gaza Hamas Thugs Attack Israel for $100 a Day

Hamas co-founder admits ‘we are deceiving the public’ about peaceful protests

Hamas wants Palestinians killed to score propaganda points against Israel

Haley says Hamas pleased by Gaza deaths; PA envoy calls her racist

Nikki Haley not the world’s ‘schoolmarm’: Palestinian official

New weapon against rioters: ‘The Choco Drone’ – Drone which releases bags of foul-smelling ‘chocolate’

Hamas refuses IDF’s trucks containing medical supplies enter Gaza

Blood is on Hamas’ hands, not Trump’s

Pope condemns Gaza killings, says Mideast needs justice, peace

Protests Rage Worldwide In Response To Israel Killing Dozens Of Palestinians

Arab League will meet on Thursday to discuss escalating situation in Gaza

International court’s prosecutor warns on Gaza violence

UN human rights body to hold special session on violence in Gaza

Liberman urges exit from UN Human Rights Council; Israel not a member

Turkey’s Erdoan says UN has ‘collapsed’ in the face of Gaza violence

Kremlin: Putin, Erdogan express ‘serious concern’ over casualties in Gaza

Putin urges ‘renunciation of violence’ in Gaza during call with Erdogan

Canada slams ‘inexcusable’ use of live fire at Gaza border, says citizen injured

Netanyahu credits army’s ‘determination’ for drop in Gaza clashes

Hamas leader says group reached deal with Egypt to stop riots from escalating

Sisi says US Embassy move in Israel causes regional instability

Hamas Gaza leader: If Israel spills too much blood we will be forced to respond

Israeli air force strikes Hamas compounds in northern Gaza strip

IDF confirms targeting buildings, infrastructures, armament production facilities in northern Gaza

White House Urges Qatar to End Support of Iran’s Terror Proxies

Iran, Turkey discuss uniting against Israel and US

Turkey urges Islamic world to unite against Israel, calls summit

As tensions with Turkey rise, MKs push to recognize Armenian genocide as diplomatic revenge

Netanyahu’s son insults Turkey in explicit Instagram post

Noting rise in global anti-Semitism over 1,000 religious leaders urge Pompeo to name anti-Semitism monitor

International Day of Living Together in Peace 16 May

U.S. Has Spent $2.8 Trillion on Terrorism Fight, Study Finds

U.S. has more than 2,000 probes into potential or suspected terrorists: FBI Director

Gulf states put Hezbollah leadership on their terror lists

US, Gulf Arab states place sanctions on Hezbollah leadership

Syria Used Chlorine Gas in February Attack, Chemical Weapons Inspectors Confirm

Europe To Pay Iran In Euros For Oil, Abandoning The Dollar

EU chief lashes out at Trump amid new push to save Iran deal

Russia backs EU plan to meet on Iran nuclear deal in Vienna next week

India declares Kashmir cease-fire in Ramadan after 18 years

China says US should cherish opportunity for peace on Korean peninsula

US demanded N. Korea ship some nuclear warheads, ICBM abroad within 6 months

North Korea is dismantling its nuclear site, but is it abandoning its arsenal or hiding evidence?

Buying time? North Korea threat to cancel U.S. summit calculated to hide nukes, intel officials say

Trump: ‘We’ll see’ if N. Korea summit still on, will insist on denuclearization

North Korean Threats Are ‘Splash of Cold Water’ on Expectations for Talks

White House: U.S. still hopeful for North Korea summit

S. Korea to play “mediator” to resolve N. Korea-US summit doubts

B-52 bomber excluded from drills after North Korea complains

Key US senators: ‘No doubt’ Russia sought to interfere in US election

Mueller Issues Grand Jury Subpoenas to Trump Adviser’s Social Media Consultant

Trump team ready to ‘pressure’ Mueller at probe’s one-year mark

Giuliani says Mueller ‘has all the facts … and he has nothing’ on Trump

Trump met federal disclosure requirement by reimbursing Cohen for Stormy Daniels payment: Government

Men in suits reportedly sweep the West Wing to find contraband White House staffers’ cell phones to try and stop leaks

In veiled shot at Trump, Tillerson warns lies are a threat to American democracy

Earth’s Magnetic Field Is Drifting Westward, and Nobody Knows Why

5.8 magnitude earthquake hits near L’Esperance Rock, New Zealand

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Hasaki, Japan

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Gefyra, Greece

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 24,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 16,000ft

Sakurajima volcano on Japan erupts to 11,000ft

Golfers brave erupting volcano in Hawaii to sneak in a round

Northeast storms were powerful enough to generate ‘meteotsunami’ along coast

Five dead from vicious storm as thousands remain without power in Northeast

Thunderstorms unleash hail along the Front Range, accumulations look like spring snow

Ozone-Depleting Chemical Emissions On The Rise, Possible Violation Of International Protocol Suspected

CDC comes close to an all-clear on romaine lettuce as E. coli outbreak nears historic level

Florida county to battle mosquitoes through federal drone program

Ebola Case In Urban Area Leaves Experts Worried About The Outbreak’s ‘New Phase’

California’s Assisted Suicide Law Overturned as Christian Mom Once Offered Lethal Drugs Celebrates

‘Heroic’: Police Resource Officer Shoots Suspect Who Opened Fire At Dixon High School

Vatican reminds cloistered nuns not to tweet too much


ApostasyWatch Daily News

Keith Giles – What’s Happening In Israel Isn’t About Jesus

Forgotten Palestinian Christians Are Fighting to Survive in Land Where Jesus Lived and Died

Anthony Wade – Jennifer Leclaire and Charisma News — Making an Epic Mockery of Prophecy

Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Famer Reveals How Marrying Paula White Was a ‘Game Changer’ for Him

Birmingham Pastor Slams Local Megachurch as Racist, Tells Blacks to Get Out of White Churches

Hearing delayed for ex-counselor facing porn charges

Groups sue to stop Iowa’s ‘fetal heartbeat’ abortion ban

Iowa AG refuses to defend state abortion ban

NOW President: Babies Wouldn’t Die So Much If We’d Just Kill Them Before They Died

Trump expected to cut Planned Parenthood funding through regs

Europe to ditch US dollar in payments for Iranian oil

Posted: 17 May 2018 07:16 AM PDT

Europe to ditch US dollar in payments for Iranian oilThe European Union is planning to switch payments to the euro for its oil purchases from Iran, eliminating US dollar transactions, a diplomatic source told RIA Novosti.  Brussels has been at odds with Washington over the US withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal, which was reached during the administration of Barack Obama. President Donald Trump has pledged to re-impose sanctions against the Islamic Republic.

“I’m privy to the information that the EU is going to shift from dollar to euro to pay for crude from Iran,” the source told the agency.  Earlier this week, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said that the foreign ministers of the UK, France, Germany, and Iran had agreed to work out practical solutions in response to Washington’s move in the next few weeks. The bloc is reportedly planning to maintain and deepen economic ties with Iran, including in the area of oil and gas supplies. READ MORE

Maryland Becomes the 11th State to Ban Gay Conversion Therapy for Minors

Posted: 17 May 2018 07:02 AM PDT

Maryland Becomes the 11th State to Ban Gay Conversion Therapy for MinorsMaryland Governor Larry Hogan has signed a bill into law that bans sexual orientation conversion therapy for youth, making it the eleventh state to do so.  Governor Hogan signed Senate Bill 1028 into law on Tuesday, joining California, Connecticut, Illinois, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York via executive action, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington State, as well as the District of

Columbia.  Also called the Youth Mental Health Protection Act, SB 1028 was introduced in February and passed in the Senate by a vote of 34-12 and then in the House by a vote of 95-27. Debat e over the proposed legislation struck a personal nerve as Delegate Meagan Simonaire voted for the bill, while her father, Senator Bryan Simonaire, voted against it.  READ MORE

Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii has triggered the state’s highest-level warning

Posted: 17 May 2018 06:38 AM PDT

Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii has triggered the state’s highest-level warningThe US Geological Survey (USGS) raised its alert level for Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano on Tuesday evening.  The alert level has been raised to “red,” which the USGS defines as: “Major volcanic eruption is imminent, underway, or suspected with hazardous activity both on the ground and in the air.” Early

in the morning local time, eruptions of ash increased in intensity and have since been rising continuously. Ash-fall has been reported in Pahala, about 18 miles downwind. The ash cloud has reached as high as 10,000 to 12,000 feet above sea level. READ MORE

34 fatalities and over 600 animals dead after flash floods strike Afghanistan

Posted: 17 May 2018 06:13 AM PDT

34 fatalities and over 600 animals dead after flash floods strike AfghanistanFlash floods affecting Afghanistan over the past 7 days have claimed lives of at least 34 people and left 4 injured. Severe weather hit the country following an unusually dry winter. Hashmat Khan Bahaduri, spokesman for the Afghanistan Natural Disaster Management Authority (ANDMA), said that flooding affected 11 provinces (Samangan, Takhar, Kapisa, Baghlan, Badakhshan, Badghis, Ghor, Panjshir, Sari

Pul, Ghazni and Parwan), destroyed 240 homes and damaged 624. Around 600 animals have also been killed and 80 ha (197 acres) of agricultural land severely damaged. Bahaduri added that floods came after an unusually dry winter that has led to drought in many areas, underlining Afghanistan’s vulnerability to natural disasters. READ MORE

Iran Group Offers $100,000 to Bomb US Embassy in Jerusalem

Posted: 17 May 2018 06:05 AM PDT

Iran Group Offers $100,000 to Bomb US Embassy in JerusalemA student organization in Iran has offered a $100,000 reward to whoever bombs the new US Embassy in Jerusalem, according to Farsi-language reports cited by The Washington Free Beacon.  The Iranian Justice Seeker Student Movement has reportedly disseminated posters calling for the bombing of the embassy.  There will be a “$100,000 dollar prize for the person who destroys the illegal American

embassy in Jerusalem,” the poster states in Farsi, Arabic and English, according to an independent translation of the propaganda poster provided to the Free Beacon. “It is necessary to mention that the steps by Trump to transfer the US Embassy to Holy Quds [Jerusalem] has led to the anger and hatred of Muslims and liberators throughout the world,” the group stated. READ MORE

Earth’s magnetic field Is drifting Westward leaving experts baffled

Posted: 17 May 2018 06:01 AM PDT

Earth’s magnetic field Is drifting Westward leaving experts baffledOver the 400 years or so that humans have been measuring Earth’s magnetic field, it has drifted inexorably to the west. Now, a new hypothesis suggests that weird waves in Earth’s outer core may cause this drift.  The slow waves, called Rossby waves, arise in rotating fluids. They’re also known as “planetary waves,” and they’re found in many large, rotating bodies, including on Earth in the oceans and atmosphere and on Jupiter and the sun. [6 Visions of Earth’s Core]

Earth’s outer core is also a rotating fluid, meaning Rossby waves circulate in the core, too. Whereas oceanic and atmospheric Rossby waves have crests that move westward against Earth’s eastward rotation, Rossby waves in the core are “a bit like turning atmospheric Rossby waves inside out,” said O.P. Bardsley, a doctoral student at the University of Cambridge in England, and the author of a new study on the Rossby wave hypothesis. Their crests always move east.  READ MORE

3,000 People In Sweden Have Inserted Microchips Under Their Skin

Posted: 17 May 2018 05:50 AM PDT

3,000 People In Sweden Have Inserted Microchips Under Their SkinAround 3,000 people in Sweden have had microchips embedded into their hands, AFP reports.  The chips, which are only about as small as a grain of rice, are designed to hold entry keys, credit card information, access to vending machines and printers, and technology to collect train fair while the passenger is already on-board.   Ulrika Celsing is one of 3,000 Swedes with a chip implanted in her

hand — a process known as “biohacking.” As the 28-year-old told AFP, “It was fun to try something new and to see what one could use it for to make life easier in the future.” One example of the ways Celsing uses the chip, or “electric handbag,” as she calls it, is by waving her hand in front of a keycard scanner at work, instead of having to carry a physical keycard around, and then pressing a code to unlock the door. READ MORE


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May 16, 2018 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

REUTERS

North Korea threw next month’s summit between Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump into doubt on Wednesday, threatening weeks of diplomatic progress by saying it may reconsider if Washington insists it unilaterally gives up its nuclear weapons.

A U.S. Senate committee voted on Wednesday in favor of Gina Haspel, President Donald Trump’s nominee to be CIA director, and she is expected to be confirmed by the full Senate as soon as next week.

The White House has eliminated the position of cyber security coordinator after President Donald Trump’s first appointee for the job departed last week, a spokesman for the National Security Council confirmed on Tuesday.

The head of the U.S. Homeland Security Department on Tuesday told Congress that the agency needs new legal authority to track threatening drones and disable or destroy them if necessary.

Explosions intensified on Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano on Tuesday, spewing ash and triggering a red alert for aircraft for the first time since the latest eruption began 12 days ago.

Ninety-four percent of U.S. public school teachers spend their own money on classroom supplies without reimbursement, according to a Department of Education survey on Tuesday that follows protests by educators who are asking for more pay and funding.

Indonesian police shot dead four men on Wednesday after they used samurai swords to attack officers at Riau police headquarters in Pekanbaru, Sumatra, a police spokesman said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that Russian military vessels with Kalibr cruise missiles would be on permanent standby in the Mediterranean to counter what he said was the terrorist threat in Syria.

Hundreds of thousands of people remained without power in the U.S. Northeast on Wednesday after ferocious storms packing fierce winds and hail battered the region, killing three people.

Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union’s Iowa branch said they sued on Tuesday to stop a state law that would impose the strictest abortion limits in the United States from taking effect.

AP Top Stories

Chlorine gas was likely used during an attack in Syria this past February, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons confirmed.

The Syrian government retook full control of central Syria on Wednesday as rebels and their relatives were evacuated from final pockets of territory still outside the regime’s grasp.

The Palestinian Authority has recalled its envoys to Romania, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Austria after their ambassadors attended an Israeli reception marking the US embassy’s move to Jerusalem, it said Wednesday.

A mere 72 hours after the Chinese government agreed to put a half-billion dollars into an Indonesian project that will personally enrich Donald Trump, the president ordered a bailout for a Chinese-government-owned cellphone maker.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused Hamas Tuesday of deliberately putting children in the line of fire amid an outcry over the Israeli army’s killing of dozens of Palestinians along the Gaza border.

A man who claimed allegiance to the Islamic State group when he shot a Philadelphia police officer in 2016 was sentenced Monday to a minimum 48 and a half years in prison.

President Donald Trump has picked Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s brother-in-law – a man with apparently no government experience and unclear qualifications – to lead a Department of Labor agency responsible for current and future pensions of about 1.5 million people.

A federal lawsuit filed by a Chicago nonprofit in an attempt to block the Obama Presidential Center from being built in Jackson Park accuses organizers of pulling an “institutional bait and switch” by shifting the center’s purpose away from being a true presidential library. Protect Our Parks Inc. also claims in its lawsuit, which was filed in U.S. District Court on Monday, that the Chicago Park District and the City of Chicago don’t have the authority to transfer public parkland to nongovernmental entity such as the Obama Foundation.

As a group, Americans have shockingly little saved for retirement. Northwestern Mutual’s 2018 Planning & Progress Study , which surveyed 2,003 adults, found that 21 percent of Americans have nothing saved at all for their golden years, and a third of Americans have less than $5,000. Only 24 percent of Northwestern Mutual respondents say it’s ‘extremely likely’ that Social Security will be available when they retire.

BBC

The organizer of a gay pride week in Lebanon says authorities have forced him to cancel the remaining events. Last year, Lebanon became the first Arab country to hold a gay pride week.

Authorities in Venezuela have seized a plant owned by the American cereal manufacturer Kellogg. It comes after the firm announced it was pulling out of the country because of the worsening economic situation. The factory had been handed to workers and would continue production.

A new report says the number of Africans taking refuge within their countries because of conflict has doubled in a single year.

Japan’s economy shrank in the first quarter of 2018 for the first time in two years, ending the longest stretch of economic growth since the 1980s.

WND

A judge in California has pulled the plug on the state’s assisted-suicide law, and while Attorney General Xavier Becerra is expected to continue to fight for the provisions that can be used to take peoples’ lives, the decision offers a reprieve from that process for now.

A team of California scientists has been given $213,000 to study … cow farts.


The Briefing — Wednesday, May 16, 2018

1) Why the reality of implicit racial bias is even more true than the secular world can grasp

USA Today (Derek Thomas) –
Before the next videotaped Starbucks disaster, everyone should take implicit bias training

2) Understanding the inevitable implicit bias in tests for implicit bias

 

3) The ad-hoc nature of meaning in a secular age as seen in the wedding announcements of the New York Times

 

4) Why is the popularity of biblical names declining for girls but not for boys?

Social Security Administration –
Top 10 Baby Names of 2017


News – 5/16/2018

Effort to revive brains could invoke ‘living hell’
Reanimating dead brains could lock humans in an eternal “living hell,” a “fate worse than death,” says Nottingham Trent ethics and philosophy lecturer Benjamin Curtis, the London Daily Mail reported. The British paper reported Yale University announced the successful resuscitation of the brains of as many as 200 slaughtered pigs. The brains were kept alive for up to 36 hours. Scientists says the breakthrough could one day allow humans to become immortal by hooking up their brains to artificial systems after their natural bodies have perished.

The US And Europe To Go Separate Ways Pursuing Divergent Goals
What the US did manage was to deal a heavy blow to trans-Atlantic solidarity. Washington set a six-month deadline for European companies doing business in Iran to get out. They’ll have to either terminate their operations or face heavy penalties. This means that the US has now become the main threat to Europe’s economy.

Meet Tesla’s new bondholder: Billionaire George Soros
The investment firm founded and chaired by billionaire George Soros took a stake in Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) bonds during the first three months of the year, giving the electric carmaker run by Elon Musk a prominent supporter.

Trump team ready to ‘pressure’ Mueller at probe’s one-year mark
President Donald Trump’s attorney has an unlikely new role model for special counsel Robert Mueller: James Comey. “Come on! They’ve had a whole year,” “We’re going to raise the pressure to try to get this thing over with. It’s gone on long enough,” he added.

Planned Parenthood joins Soros scheme to give Democrats control of Senate
Left-wing billionaire George Soros is putting his money behind a new campaign to return the United States Senate to Democratic control, and Planned Parenthood is reporting for duty.

Guatemala opens embassy in Jerusalem, two days after U.S.
Just as Guatemala followed the United States in May 1948 and was the second country to recognize Israel, it became the second state after the US on Wednesday to open its embassy in Jerusalem. “This is the beginning of something extraordinary,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at the dedication of the new embassy on the third floor of a high-rise office building in the Malha Technological Park in Jerusalem.

Defense Minister: Hamas is a group of cannibals that uses kids as weapons
Hamas is a “group of cannibals” who uses their women and children as weapons, Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said Wednesday after deadly clashes along the Gaza border fence left over 60 Palestinians dead. “The Hamas leadership is a group of cannibals that treats their children as weapons. They have rockets, sidearms and a different kind of weapon: Women and children,” he claimed during a visit to the Gaza Division.

Hamas turns away truckloads of Israeli humanitarian aid destined for Gaza
Hamas turned away two large truckloads of Israeli humanitarian aid intended to relieve medical shortages in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday. The IDF said it coordinated the transfer of eight truckloads of vital medical equipment through Israel’s Kerem Shalom crossing due to severe humanitarian conditions in the Hamas-controlled enclave, exacerbated by two days of violent clashes on the Gaza-Israel border.

Pope condemns Gaza killings, says Mideast needs justice, peace
Pope Francis on Wednesday condemned the killing of Palestinians near the Gaza-Israel border, saying the deaths would only lead to more violence, and appealed for dialogue to bring justice and peace to the Middle East. “I express my great pain for the dead and wounded and I am close in prayer and affection to all those who are suffering,” he told tens of thousands of people at his general audience in St. Peter’s Square.

North Korea is dismantling its nuclear site, but is it abandoning its arsenal or hiding evidence?
Satellite imagery shows North Korea dismantling facilities at its nuclear test site, but experts say the images can’t reveal whether it is the first step toward full denuclearization, or an attempt to cloak nuclear capabilities from outside observers. North Korea’s intentions were thrown further into doubt on Wednesday, when it abruptly announced it may “reconsider” meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump in June…

Russia’s new hypersonic weapon will likely be ready for war by 2020
A Russian weapon the U.S. is currently unable to defend against will be ready for war by 2020, according to sources with direct knowledge of American intelligence reports. The sources, who spoke to CNBC on the condition of anonymity, said Russia successfully tested the weapon, which could carry a nuclear warhead, twice in 2016.

Turkey and Israel expel envoys over Gaza violence
Turkey and Israel expelled each other’s senior diplomats on Tuesday in a dispute over the killing by Israeli forces of 60 Palestinians a day earlier during protests on the Gaza border. Turkey told Israel’s ambassador to leave the country on Tuesday after Israeli forces killed 60 Palestinians during protests on the Gaza border against the opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem.

Pentagon Wants Cloud Secure Enough to Hold Nuke Secrets
The Defense Department’s Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure cloud will be designed to host the government’s most sensitive classified data, including critical nuclear weapon design information and other nuclear secrets. The Pentagon is expected to bid out the controversial JEDI cloud contract this week…the winning company must be able to obtain the full range of top secret government security clearances…

Hundreds of thousands remain without power after deadly storm pounds U.S. Northeast
Hundreds of thousands of people remained without power in the U.S. Northeast on Wednesday after ferocious storms packing fierce winds and hail battered the region, killing three people. Hours after the storms knocked down power lines and trees across the region, some 360,000 customers in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and West Virginia were without power, tracking service PowerOutage.us said.

Pence: Trump ‘Greatest Defender of Israel Ever’ in White House
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said on Monday that President Donald Trump is the “greatest defender of the Jewish state to ever to sit in the Oval Office” at a celebration of the opening of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem in Washington, D.C. “Just as President Truman made history then Trump has made history now—thanks to his leadership, almost exactly 70 years to the minute since the rebirth of the Jewish state, the American Embassy officially opened in Jerusalem, the capital of the State of Israel,”

An End-of-Days Guide to the Embassy Move
On Monday, the US Embassy was officially opened in Jerusalem as per the orders of President Donald Trump in what many believe was an integral part of the Messianic process that will culminate in another architectural landmark: the building of the Third Temple. Several prominent rabbis weigh in on what this really means and why it is not simply another short-lived political agenda. Rabbi Gimpel said. “It would be a tragic mistake to view this historic move as unintentional or a coincidence, coming, as it does, on Israel’s 70th anniversary.”

DOJ responds to request for info on Comey’s law professor friend
“The committees are aware James Comey, the former director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), shared or instructed staff to share at least some portion of the memos he drafted memorializing his conversations with President Donald J. Trump (the Comey Memos) to an individual named Daniel Richman,” the letter read. Richman, who works at Columbia University, previously worked as a “special government employee” for Comey’s FBI on an unpaid basis. The lawmakers said they wanted more information on that arrangement.

Hawaii volcano eruption intensifies, triggering ‘red’ warning
The U.S. Geological Survery upgraded its previous volcano warning from “orange” to “red,” signifying that an “eruption is forecasted to be imminent with significant emission of ash into the atmosphere likely,” or that an eruption is already underway.

Turkey humiliates Israeli ambassador
Israeli Ambassador to Turkey Eitan Naeh was subjected to special security checks in Istanbul Wednesday, after the Turkish government ordered him out of the country amid rising tensions with Israel. On Tuesday, Turkey announced it was expelling Naeh, following Israel’s use of force to defend the border with Gaza…

MSNBC hosts: Trump’s pro-Israel moves are ‘appalling’
Mika Brzezinski slams Trump family for taking part in J’lem embassy ceremony while Gazans rioted, backs claim embassy move was ‘appalling’.

Bennett: we will never even discuss dividing Jerusalem
Education Minister tells critics of US embassy in Jerusalem to ‘get over it’ in interview with CNN.

Forecasters: 2018 Hurricane Season Will Be a Busy One
Parts of the country are still cleaning up after 2017’s devastating hurricane season, but forecasters are already sounding a warning bell about 2018. And even though hurricane season doesn’t officially begin until June 1, the first named storm could arrive as soon as this weekend.

Violent storms in India kill at least 86
Indian authorities said Monday at least 86 people have been killed and over 100 injured in a fresh wave of violent sandstorms and thunderstorms that battered vast swathes of the country.

Canada’s Prime Minister Trudeau instructed the Canadian ambassador to Israel to boycott the opening of the US Embassy in Jerusalem
A mere three years later, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has turned Canada into a fake friend of Israel, so that he can appease his large Muslim voting base.

Judge pulls plug on California’s assisted-suicide law
A judge in California has pulled the plug on the state’s assisted-suicide law, and while Attorney General Xavier Becerra is expected to continue to fight for the provisions that can be used to take peoples’ lives, the decision offers a reprieve from that process for now.

Disney Parks To Sell Rainbow Gay Pride Mickey Ears As They Continue To Promote Left-Wing Values
Nothing like some good old fashioned youth indoctrination, which seems to be Disney’s primary goal as of late.

Paddock 2.0? Man Claiming to Be Federal Agent Found in Hotel With Arsenal & Psych Meds
After a man’s social media posts were flagged by the FBI, a tip to the Honolulu Police resulted in officers finding a large cache of loaded weapons during a welfare check at his hotel room.

Apocalyptic Lightning Cloud Formation Envelops Skies Above Oklahoma
In a scene uncannily reminiscent of apocalyptic Hollywood sci-fis, the skies over Oklahoma were host to a rare meteorological phenomenon which covered the area in strange puckered clouds.

Facebook Report Shows Censorship Numbers
Facebook removed millions of accounts and pieces of content in the past several months, the company stated in its first ever such report.

Is This The Worst Scandal In Minnesota History? – American Experiment
Five years ago the Fox 9 Investigators were first to report that daycare fraud was on the rise in Minnesota, exposing how some businesses were gaming the system to steal millions in government subsidies meant to help low-income families with their childcare expenses.

United Nations Quietly Working Towards International Gun Control
No matter what is going on in the world, you can count on the United Nations to be slowly and consistently working towards their goal of global dominance.

VIDEO: Gazan Muslim “Protesters”, Meat Cleavers, Bombs, Firebombs in Hand, Cut Through Gaza Fence, Chant “Khaybar, Khaybar!” – Evoking Muhammad’s Genocide of Jewish Tribe
Much like Hitler knew he could count on Der Stürmer,  genocidal, Jew hating Muslims can always count on the enemedia and Euro-Nazi-lefttists government officials to spin, scrub and market Islamic Jew-hatred.

CANADA CHAOS: ‘Migrant Surge’ Hits Major Canadian Cities
Canadian authorities are struggling to get a grip on a massive “migrant surge” that hit major cities across the country in April, with new data showing nearly 3,000 people illegally entered the country in just one month.

University’s Alleged ‘Hate Crime Epidemic’ Dries Up After 400 Security Cameras Installed
After the Massachusetts school installed 400 security cameras, the weekly rate of people reporting bias and hate crimes there dropped by a whopping 93 percent.

Turkey, South Africa Recall Envoys to Israel, Blaming Jewish State For ‘Genocide,’ ‘Violent Aggression’
Turkey, in the face of violent protests from the formal opening of America’s new embassy in Jerusalem, recalled its ambassadors and declared three days of mourning for the “Palestinians” who were killed during riots. South Africa pulled its envoys as well.

Top 7 noticeable signs of anti-health sabotage indicating the depopulation agenda
The U.S. medical paradigm shuffles pills to treat symptoms, not looking for causes.


Mid-Day Snapshot

NoKo Threatens to Cancel Summit, but Will China Let It?

Kim is angling for concessions from Trump before any deal is done, but Beijing is the key.

Jobless in Seattle

Seattle’s new “head tax” of $275 per full-time employee is going to kill jobs.

Compromise in Transgender Debate Demands Rejection of Reality

Conservatism is rooted in the pursuit of objective truth, and the truth is there are only two genders.

Palestinian ‘Demonstrators’ Aren’t Innocent Bystanders

Hamas is convenient cannon fodder, which explains the media’s assigning blame for violence elsewhere.

SNAP: Off the Dole and Back to Work

Republicans aim to revamp food stamps to help more people to be self-sufficient.

Trump Is Correct: China to Blame for Millions of Job Losses

The primary culprit for the loss of American manufacturing jobs is China, not technology.

Video: Israel = Controversial, Cuba = Historic

When it comes to Leftmedia coverage, there’s really no comparison.

Wednesday Short Cuts

“I believe [the FBI] never should have opened a counterintelligence investigation into a political party.” —Rep. Devin Nunes

Wednesday Opinion

Read Rich Lowry, Jonah Goldberg, Marc A. Thiessen, Michelle Malkin, Walter Williams and more.

Wednesday Top Headlines

North Korea’s threats, Haspel’s votes, primary results, Seattle’s tax, California malaise, and more.

Today’s Meme


Today’s Cartoon


The Foundation

“It is a principle incorporated into the settled policy of America, that as peace is better than war, war is better than tribute.” —James Madison (1816)

ZeroHedge Frontrunning: May 16

  • North Korea Bristles at U.S. Demands; Summit in Jeopardy (Read More)
  • Trump Is ‘Ready to Meet’ Despite North Korea’s Threat on Summit (Read More)
  • Italian markets jolted by 5-Star, League coalition proposals (Read More)
  • Italian Bonds Fall While Populists Debate $300 Billion Write-Down (Read More)
  • EU Readies Measures to Protect Firms From U.S. Sanctions on Iran (Read More)
  • Israel says Hamas curbed Gaza protests after Egyptian warning (Read More)
  • Why the Credit-Card Boom May Have Just Peaked (Read More)
  • How Rusal escaped the noose of U.S. sanctions (Reuters)
  • Military firms flourish in Sisi’s Egypt (Read More)
  • Pennsylvania’s Voters Break Up All-Male Congressional Delegation (Read More
  • EU leaders explore ways to save Iran economic ties from U.S. sanctions (Read More)
  • Trump’s Goal for Nafta Rewrite Looks Unattainable in 2018 (Read More)
  • Top Novartis lawyer exits over Trump attorney deal error (Read More)
  • Justice Department and F.B.I. Are Investigating Cambridge Analytica (Read More)
  • Meet Tesla’s new bondholder: Billionaire George Soros (Read More)
  • Tesla Workers Can Now Make Dinner With Vending-Machine Meal Kits (Read More)
  • You’ve Got Air Miles, but Can You Use Them? Top Frequent-Flier Programs for 2018 (Read More)
  • Hundreds of thousands remain without power after deadly storm pounds U.S. Northeast (Read More)
  • A Venezuelan paradox: Maduro’s critics long for change but won’t vote (Read More)
  • Amazon cuts Whole Foods prices for Prime members in new grocery showdown (Read More)

Headlines – 5/16/2018

Quelling health fears after ‘minor’ ear op., Abbas calls for two-state solution

UN chief calls for political solution for Gaza: “a two state solution allowing Palestinians and Israelis to live in peace and security together”

Netanyahu: ‘No point of peace based on lies’

Cheering Israel’s 70th, descendants of Nazis march in Jerusalem

Pence calls Trump the greatest defender Israel ever had in White House

Democrats conspicuously absent from Israeli embassy’s DC party

The U.S. embassy move: A powerful message, America will stand by our friends

In rare rebuff of Trump, Saudis reject US embassy transfer to Jerusalem

Saudi Arabia: US embassy in Jerusalem represents prejudice against Palestinian rights

Colbert Rips Into Ivanka and Jared as ‘Peace-Treaty Barbie’ Opens U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem

Guatemala to follow in U.S. footsteps, move embassy today

State Department: Hamas using embassy move as excuse for violence

Arab League calls on ICC to investigate ‘Israeli crimes’

White House: Israel Not To Blame For 58 Palestinian Deaths

Haley to UN: ‘No country would act with more restraint than Israel’

‘Enough is enough’: UN condemns Israel as Palestinians bury their dead

UNHRC: Palestinians approaching fence not ‘sufficient grounds’ for live fire

UNHRC: Israel ‘ignores international law again and again’

UN Human Rights Council to hold special session on Israel-Gaza violence

Gaza violence: Israelis and Palestinians in fierce exchanges at UN

Hamas said to offer Israel quiet at Gaza border if airstrikes curbed

Hundreds In Israel And Beyond Protest Killings Of Palestinians On Gaza Border

Ramadan in Gaza: Muslim Holy Month Comes as Israel Kills More Palestinian Protesters

24 out of 61 slain protesters were terrorists

Trump marks start of Ramadan by praising Muslims

Nakba Day draws only 2,000 demonstrators in West Bank and Israeli Arab towns

Uneasy Calm Falls Over Gaza After Israel Kills Scores at Protests

Gaza hospitals struggles to cope with high casualty toll

Hamas trying to use deadly Gaza clashes to secure humanitarian relief, Israel believes

Israeli military sends aid to Gaza

Pipe bomb thrown at IDF force in Hebron

Gaza violence spurs global worry about US Mideast policies

France says Middle East is ‘explosive,’ disagrees with US policy

Ireland dresses down Israeli ambassador over Gaza border deaths

Meeting Erdogan, UK’s May calls for investigation into Gaza border violence

Erdogan: Hamas is not a terrorist organization

Erdan calls to resume targeted killings of Hamas leaders

In Gaza, Palestinians feel abandoned to their fate by an indifferent world

Marking new low in ties, Abbas recalls Palestinian envoy from US

‘Freedom Flotilla’ sets sail from Sweden to the Gaza Strip

In rare move, Knesset c’tee pushes for applying new city elections bill in settlements – within weeks

Al-Qaeda chief says Tel Aviv is also Muslim land

Nasrallah: ‘If Israel crosses red line, next strike will be at its heart’

‘I gave the US trucks and ammunition to Al Qaeda’: The chaotic US effort to arm Syrian rebels

Iraq election: Prime minister trails rivals

Tunisian policemen foil knife attack outside synagogue – Would-be assailant reportedly shouted that he hates Israel

South African leaders tell country’s Jews to reject ‘Nazi-like’ Israel

Israel expels Turkish consul in Jerusalem after Ankara boots Israel’s ambassador

PM Netanyahu: ‘Erdogan knows terrorism and slaughter well, he shouldn’t preach to us’

Bahrain strips 115 of nationality over ‘terrorism’

Netanyahu discusses Iran with Merkel, Gaza with Macron

Iran says will not renegotiate nuclear deal; Warns Israel

Iran to resume uranium enrichment if nuclear talks with EU fail

Report: Iran says can resume nuclear activity to much higher level than before 2015 deal

Iran says EU should make up for US withdrawal from nuclear deal

Iran’s Rouhani asks EU to stand against US ‘illegal and illogical’ actions

Merkel says European ties with US set back over Iran

US imposes sanctions on Iran’s central bank chief, others

EU tells Iran it will try to protect firms from US sanctions

Iran upbeat on nuclear deal after EU talks

North Korea suspends high level talks with South Korea over military drills with US

North Korea threatens to call off U.S. summit amid military drills

Putin drives truck over new controversial bridge linking Russia to Crimea peninsula

Russia’s bridge to Crimea: A metaphor for the Putin era

Putin’s bridge to Crimea illustrates his power – and his regime’s weakness

Russia inches towards making observation of US sanctions a crime

Filling up the gas tank cost Americans an extra $4.4 billion in April

3,000 People In Sweden Have Inserted Microchips Under Their Skin

Lie-detecting computer kiosks equipped with artificial intelligence look like the future of border security

Subcutaneous Fitbits? These cows are modeling the tracking technology of the future

5.8 magnitude earthquake hits near Pamandzi, Mayotte

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Enarotali, Indonesia

Ring Of Fire On Alert After Philippines Earthquake: California Is Warned

Miscoded test Tsunami Warning wrongly distributed in Alaska and causes public concern

La Palma volcano: Canary Islands hit by 40 tremors

Red alert declared on Hawaii’s Big Island; major Kilauea eruption ‘imminent’

Hawaii volcano sees new burst of volcanic ash as officials warn of ‘continuous explosive activity’

Hawaii Volcano Escalates, Threatening to Shoot Rocks ‘the Size of Trucks’

Hawaii residents near volcano deal with falling ash, toxic gas, fears of the ‘big one’

Dangerous sulfur dioxide near Hawaii volcano may cause ‘inability to breathe’

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 26,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 14,000ft

Reports: State of Emergency issued in New York after severe storms batter northeastern US

At least 2 dead, hundreds of thousands without power after violent storms slam Northeast

Two surgeons in China developing a method to transplant a human head

Judge overturns CA assisted-suicide law on legislative process grounds

Spikes in chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis take STDs to record highs in California

Untreatable ‘super gonorrhea’ case could be ‘tip of the iceberg’

Italy anti-abortion posters spark outcry in Rome

Lebanon’s gay pride week brought to halt after crackdown

Maryland Becomes the 11th State to Ban Gay Conversion Therapy for Minors

Does the Devil Make Us Do Things?

Posted: 16 May 2018 10:29 AM PDT

Does the Devil Make Us Do Things?“When the devil had ended all the temptations, he departed from Him until another time” (Luke 4:13).

(By Shane Idleman) One simple story illustrates an example of an opportune time, “Alexander was trying to save all the pennies that he could in order to buy a baseball bat. But he had a hard struggle. One night when he was saying his prayers, his mother heard him say fervently, ‘O Lord, please help me save my money for a baseball bat. And, God, don’t let the ice cream man come down this street anymore’!”

Isn’t that true of temptation? It takes from us, while at the same time, it looks so appealing. Commentator Klyne Snodgrass states it well, “Mention of the ‘schemes’ of the devil reminds us of the trickery by which evil and temptation present themselves in our lives. Evil rarely looks evil until it accomplishes its goal; it gains entrance by appearing attractive, desirable, and perfectly legitimate. It is a baited and camouflaged trap.” That’s important to note: we can miss evil for what it really is until after it has accomplished its purpose. Only by comparing thoughts and actions to God’s Word can we have the insight to see beyond the circumstances. READ MORE

PROPHECY WATCH: King of Turkey urges Islamic Nations to “Unite against Israel”

Posted: 16 May 2018 10:23 AM PDT

PROPHECY WATCH: King of Turkey urges Islamic Nations to “Unite against Israel”Prophetic headlines are once again leaping off the pages as reports are now indicating that Turkey has urged Islamic countries to review their ties with Israel after dozens of Palestinians were killed by Israeli fire on the Gaza border.  Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim told his ruling party in parliament that Ankara would call an extraordinary summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).  “Islamic countries should without fail review their relations with Israel,” Premier

Yildirim said, adding, “The Islamic world should move as one, with one voice, against this massacre.” Yildirim said that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who currently holds the rotating chairmanship of the body, called the OIC summit on Friday.  Yildirim said that after the summit at 3:00 pm a giant rally would be held at the vast Yenikapi meeting area in Istanbul under the slogan of “Stop the Oppression” to express solidarity with the Palestinians.  READ MORE

Hawaii Volcano In chain Of 169 Volcanoes, 50 Are Ready To blow

Posted: 16 May 2018 06:20 AM PDT

Hawaii Volcano In chain Of 169 Volcanoes, 50 Are Ready To blowThe Kilauea volcano in Hawaii is not the only one people should be concerned about. In fact, the volcano is in a long chain of 169 others and of those, 50 are poised to explode, said scientists.  The United States Geological Survey (USGS) lists a total of 169 volatile volcanoes across the Western US, Hawaii, and Alaska. The US volcanoes have been active to varying degrees over the years but the ongoing eruption in Hawaii has reminded people of the unexpected dangers of mother nature;

especially considering scientists say that at least 50 of the fiery mountains listed have been deemed by the USGS to be a “high priority” for the scientific monitoring for an eruption.  According to the USGS, “volcanic unrest is persistent” in Alaska and Hawaii. The Hawaiian Islands are at the end of a chain of volcanoes that formed more than 70 million years ago.  Mauna Loa, for example, the world’s largest active Hawaiian volcano and neighbor to Kilauea on Big Island, has erupted 33 times in the last 175 years. A yellow volcanic advisory for Mauna Loa has been in effect since April after a bout of tremors rocked deep underground beneath the volcano.  READ MORE

Colorado hailstorm so powerful snowplows were dispatched to clear roads of 3 inches of hail

Posted: 16 May 2018 06:10 AM PDT

Colorado hailstorm so powerful snowplows were dispatched to clear roads of 3 inches of hailA May hail storm caused some trouble for residents on the southern and eastern edge of the Denver metro area with more than 3 inches of hail reported near Parker and drivers forced to pull over on Monday afternoon.

Here some incredible pictures and videos of that sizeable hail that pelted cars and quickly piled up on roads to the point that snowplows were dispatched to clear high traffic areas.  It looked a lot like snow but it was more than three inches of hail that was reported at the Pinery.  READ MORE

3 ways the devil Is attacking the Church today

Posted: 16 May 2018 05:53 AM PDT

3 ways the devil Is attacking the Church today

(By Asher Intrater) One of the amazing graces we receive from God through Yeshua, along with forgiveness of sins, eternal life and the Shekhina presence of the Holy Spirit, is the power and authority to heal the sick and cast out demons. Although casting out demons is portrayed in the entertainment world as some kind of weird, insidious, dark ritual, it is actually a commonplace event in the lives of true followers of Yeshua,

to be accompanied by true repentance and a commitment to a pure and honorable life afterwards.  While it is exciting to think of the ability to cast out demons, there is also spiritual warfare against the works of the devil on a wider, more corporate level. Individual demons cause sin and sickness, but greater powers of evil are assigned to destroy the community of faith as a whole. That corporate attack on the Ecclesia comes on three levels: CONTINUE

Theologians warn that Andy Stanley’s message to ‘Unhitch’ Old Testament Is heresy

Posted: 16 May 2018 05:46 AM PDT

Theologians warn that Andy Stanley’s message to ‘Unhitch’ Old Testament Is heresyMegachurch pastor Andy Stanley’s recent message in which he urged Christians to “unhitch” their faith from the Old Testament continues to draw flak, with some calling it heresy.   Both Kevin DeYoung of Christ Covenant Church and Wesley Hill of Trinity School for Ministry are calling Stanley

out for what they contend is heretical teaching — namely, Marcionism — that stems from the early church days. “Most of the 39-minute talk can really only be described as an elaborate and educated flirtation with the old Christian heresy of Marcionism—the belief that the Old Testament is not authoritative in matters of Christian doctrine and morals,” Hill stated, referring to Stanley’s sermon from April. READ MORE

Russia’s new hypersonic weapon likely to be ready for war by 2020

Posted: 16 May 2018 05:40 AM PDT

Russia’s new hypersonic weapon likely to be ready for war by 2020A Russian weapon the U.S. is currently unable to defend against will be ready for war by 2020, according to sources with direct knowledge of American intelligence reports.  The sources, who spoke to CNBC on the condition of anonymity, said Russia successfully tested the weapon, which could carry

a nuclear warhead, twice in 2016. The third known test of the device, called a hypersonic glide vehicle, was carried out in October 2017 and resulted in a failure when the platform crashed seconds before striking its target.  The latest revelations come more than two months after Russian President Vladimir Putin touted his nation’s growing hypersonic arsenal as “invincible.”  READ MORE

4 Ways Porn Can Destroy Your Child

Posted: 16 May 2018 05:35 AM PDT

4 Ways Porn Can Destroy Your ChildThe increase of pornography use and addiction among adults is a growing concern around the world. Sadly, it is far worse for today’s children who are growing up in a fully connected world. Porn is devastating an entire generation of young people.  According to ChildLine founder Dame Esther Rantzen, “Young people are turning to the internet to learn about sex and relationships. We know they

are frequently stumbling across porn, often unintentionally, and they are telling us very clearly that this is having a damaging and upsetting effect on them.”  Many studies report that the average age of a child’s first exposure to pornography is 11 years old. But security technology company Bitdefender’s research states that children under the age of 10 now comprise 22 percent of online porn viewing for youth under 18 years old. The under-10-years-old group now accounts for 1 in 10 visitors to porn video sites. READ MORE

At least 61 dead in four states from deadly dust storms

Posted: 16 May 2018 05:26 AM PDT

At least 61 dead in four states from deadly dust stormsAt least 61 people have died in fierce dust storms across four Indian states since Sunday evening, with officials warning of more bad weather to come.  High-speed winds and lightning devastated many villages, bringing down homes and leaving dozens injured.  The northern state of Uttar Pradesh reported the highest death toll – 38.

More than 70 people had died in dust storms in the state earlier in May.  Officials told BBC Hindi that casualties could go up further.  Twelve people were reported dead in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh, which was also severely hit by the storms. Nine people were killed in the eastern state of West Bengal, while two people have been confirmed dead in Delhi. READ MORE

Ring Of Fire on alert after Philippines earthquake: California has been warned

Posted: 16 May 2018 05:21 AM PDT

Ring Of Fire on alert after Philippines earthquake: California has been warnedAfter a 5.2 magnitude earthquake struck the Philippines, the Ring of Fire was put on alert. After dozens of earthquakes rocked Hawaii this month, followed by a volcanic eruption, many fear the Ring of Fire has become much more active, which has prompted scientists to warn California.   The recent and strong Philippines earthquake struck 113 miles from Davao, which is home to about 1.2 million people. No tsunami threat has been issued for the Philippines, however, which is made up of more than 7,500 islands.

The lack of tsunami warning has slightly calmed the fears of those living in the vicinity of the quake, but those who reside near the Ring of Fire are on alert. Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano, which could be set to unleash its biggest eruption yet in the coming week, along with the 5.2 magnitude earthquake in the Philippines has scientists looking more closely at the densely populated state of California. According to The Express UK, the Pacific Ring of Fire volcanoes are more explosive than the ones located in the island state of Hawaii. READ MORE

Pence says Trump is ‘Greatest Defender of Israel Ever’ in White House

Posted: 15 May 2018 12:34 PM PDT

Pence says Trump is ‘Greatest Defender of Israel Ever’ in White HouseU.S. Vice President Mike Pence said on Monday that President Donald Trump is the “greatest defender of the Jewish state to ever to sit in the Oval Office” at a celebration of the opening of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem in Washington, D.C.  “Just as President Truman made history then Trump has made history now—thanks to his leadership, almost exactly 70 years to the minute since the rebirth of the Jewish state, the American Embassy officially opened in Jerusalem, the capital of the State of

Israel,” Pence declared at the event that also celebrated Israel’s 70 anniversary, which fell on May 14 on the secular calendar.  Pence’s speech came several hours after the United States officially moved its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, a key promise made by Trump and Pence. Pence added: “By finally recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, the United States has chosen fact over fiction—and fact is the only true foundation for a just and lasting peace.”  READ MORE

CUP OF TREMBLING: Israel faces diplomatic fallout after dozens killed in Gaza…

Posted: 15 May 2018 12:24 PM PDT

CUP OF TREMBLING: Israel faces diplomatic fallout after dozens killed in Gaza…Israel faced a growing backlash Tuesday and new charges of using excessive force, a day after Israeli troops firing from across a border fence killed 59 Palestinians and wounded more than 2,700 at a mass protest in Gaza.  Turkey expelled Israel’s ambassador, while Ireland and Belgium summoned Israeli envoys. Leading European countries and the U.N. human rights office called for an

investigation of the bloodshed, and the U.N. Security Council held a moment of silence for the Palestinians killed Monday as it opened discussions on the Gaza situation.  Israel says it has the right to defend its border against a possible mass breach and accuses Gaza’s Hamas rulers of trying to carry out attacks under the cover of the protests. A military spokesman said Tuesday that 14 of those killed a day earlier were involved in attacks.  MORE


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May 15, 2018 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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The Trump administration is considering expanding Medicare’s ability to negotiate the cost of drugs by giving private payers a role in setting the price of medicines administered in hospitals and doctors’ offices, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said on Monday.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke to German, French and British counterparts in recent days to discuss cooperation over Iran, a State Department spokeswoman said on Monday a week after U.S. President Donald Trump withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal.

Voters head to the polls on Tuesday in crucial party primaries in Pennsylvania, a state that has become central to Democrats’ hopes of retaking control of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner said on Monday he is seeking to reinstate the death penalty for mass murder and killing a police officer, a move that comes when capital punishment nationwide is at lows not seen for about a quarter century.

A court in Bahrain revoked the citizenship of 115 people and gave 53 of them life sentences on terrorism charges, the public prosecutor said on Tuesday, in one of the most severe rulings yet in the Gulf island kingdom.

Thirty-four Chilean bishops summoned to the Vatican over a cover-up of sexual abuse by clergy began crisis meetings with Pope Francis on Tuesday that could result in a purge of Chile’s Catholic hierarchy.

European relations with the United States have taken a knock after Washington pulled out of a nuclear deal with Iran, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Tuesday.

The U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee will vote on Wednesday morning on President Donald Trump’s nominee to be the new director of the CIA, Gina Haspel, a committee aide said on Monday.

U.S. retail sales increased moderately in April as rising gasoline prices cut into discretionary spending, but consumer spending appeared on track to accelerate after slowing sharply in the first quarter.

AP Top Stories

Thousands joined funeral processions Tuesday for some of the dozens of Palestinians killed by Israeli troops in a mass march on the Gaza border, as Israeli faced growing diplomatic fallout from the use of lethal force against unarmed protesters.

People nixing vacations to Hawaii’s Big island has cost the tourism industry millions of dollars as the top attraction, Kilauea volcano, keeps spewing lava.

The White House has refused to condemn Israel for shooting dead at least 55 Palestinian protesters or even call for restraint, instead seeking to put the blame on Hamas and describing the protests as a “gruesome propaganda attempt”.

President Donald Trump has fulfilled biblical prophecy by moving the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, Fox News host Jeanine Pirro said over the weekend.

Taliban fighters with heavy weapons and night-vision equipment fought their way close to the center of the western city of Farah on Tuesday, as Afghan government forces backed by U.S. air strikes battled to keep control, officials and residents said.

The co-pilot of a Sichuan Airlines flight that was forced to make an emergency landing on Monday was “sucked halfway” out of the plane after a cockpit windshield blew out, media reported, citing the aircraft’s captain.

An asteroid the size of the Statue of Liberty will zoom past Earth today. The asteroid, dubbed 2010 WC9, is about the size of a football field and will fly past Earth at about 28,655 miles per hour, according to EarthSky. It will come within 126,419 miles of Earth – the closest it has come to our planet in 300 years – though it is still considered a safe passing distance.

Wildlife rangers in Colorado on Monday shot and killed a black bear suspected of attacking and trying to drag off a five-year-old girl from her yard.

Indonesia’s chief security minister said on Monday that police backed by the military would step up security across the Southeast Asian country after a series of deadly suicide attacks by suspected Islamist militants.

BBC

US retailer Gap has apologized for selling T-shirts which it said showed an “incorrect map” of China. The design featured just the mainland and not territories that China also claims, such as Taiwan.

Six ex-employees of German gun maker Heckler & Koch have gone on trial in Stuttgart, accused of illegally sending guns to strife-torn parts of Mexico. The indictment focuses on 4,500 G36 assault rifles and smaller firearms sent in 16 batches.

A Chinese climber who lost his feet by frostbite after giving his sleeping bag to a sick teammate during a high-altitude storm on Everest more than 40 years ago has scaled the summit at the start of this year’s climbing season. Australian Steve Plain, meanwhile, set the record for the fastest climb of the highest mountains on seven continents.

Reports from Nigeria say at least 80 people have been abducted by gunmen in the north-western state of Kaduna.

WND

Disney has stirred controversy in recent years with its depictions of homosexuality in animated features for children, and now the iconic Mickey Mouse ears are available in a gay theme.

Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri urged Muslims carry out jihad against the United States.

As many as a dozen Google employees quit their jobs Monday in protest over the company’s agreement to provide artificial intelligence technology to the Pentagon for use in improving weaponized drone strikes.


The Briefing — Tuesday, May 15, 2018

1) U.S. embassy in Israel officially moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem as protests erupt in Gaza

New York Times (David Halbfinger) –
Israel Kills Dozens at Gaza Border as U.S. Embassy Opens in Jerusalem

Wall Street Journal (Felicia Schwartz) –
U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem Opens to a Fraught Climate

New York Times (David Halbfinger) –
Israel Feels Pride but Senses Peril as U.S. Moves Embassy

2) Supreme Court rules that states are free to authorize sports betting in constitutionally sound but morally fraught decision

3) Why it’s important to know that an asteroid’s near miss is no mere accident

California Democrats Push Communist Holiday Over President’s Day

Canada Free Press

California’s elected Democrats are pushing for a communist holiday, at the expense of a U.S. President’s Day. Remember during the Cold War when “better dead than Red?” was the thinking?

History repeats itself because evil never goes away.

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News – 5/15/2018

Gazans bury dead after bloodiest day of Israel border protests

Palestinians rallied in Gaza on Tuesday for the funerals of scores of people killed by Israeli troops a day earlier, while on the Gaza-Israel border, Israeli forces took up positions to deal with the expected final day of a Palestinian protest campaign. Monday’s violence on the border, which took place as the United States opened its new embassy in Jerusalem, was the bloodiest for Palestinians since the 2014 Gaza conflict.

Italy anti-abortion posters spark outcry in Rome

“Abortion is the prime cause of femicide in the world,” declare the black-and-white posters that have appeared in several areas of Rome. But the campaign has provoked widespread anger and led to appeals to the mayor to get the posters removed. One feminist group condemned the posters as “disgraceful” while others objected to the use of a word often used for the killing of women by men.

Iraq election: Prime minister trails rivals

The bloc led by Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi is trailing in third place in Iraq’s parliamentary elections, according to partial results. With more than half of votes counted, a nationalist alliance between Shia Muslim cleric Moqtada Sadr and mostly secular groups is in the lead. It is followed by a bloc linked to Iranian-backed Shia paramilitaries who fought the Islamic State (IS) group.

Face recognition police tools ‘staggeringly inaccurate’

Police must address concerns over the use of facial recognition systems or may face legal action, the UK’s privacy watchdog says. Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham said the issue had become a “priority” for her office. An investigation by campaign group Big Brother Watch suggested the technology flagged up a “staggering” number of innocent people as suspects.

Drug target for curing the common cold

UK scientists believe they may have found a way to combat the common cold. Rather than attacking the virus itself, which comes in hundreds of versions, the treatment targets the human host. It blocks a key protein in the body’s cells that cold viruses normally hijack to self-replicate and spread. This should stop any cold virus in its tracks if given early enough, lab studies suggest. Safety trials in people could start within two years.

Look at What’s Going to Happen to Sweden’s Fabled Welfare State

Sweden’s got a major supply and demand problem. Its fabled welfare state is forecast to need an extra 208,000 employees by 2025 just to keep up with growing demand. Trouble is, only 207,000 workers are projected to join the country’s entire labor force (comprising both the private and public sector) over the same period. The mismatch is one of the biggest headaches facing Sweden’s next government.

America Can’t Afford to Cede the Seas

The escalating territorial disputes in the Pacific between China and America’s allies create an ever-more-urgent need for U.S. sea power. But even as China rapidly expands and modernizes its navy, the Trump administration has not proposed enough funds to maintain America’s maritime advantage. Beginning with the coming 2019 federal budget, the president and Congress must commit to funding a full, modern fleet—or risk ceding essential U.S. and allied interests.

Supreme Court puts brakes on police searches of rental cars

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday limited the ability of police to search rental cars driven by someone other than the person who signed the rental agreement, shoring up privacy rights behind the wheel. The nine justices unanimously threw out a lower court ruling that had approved of a search by Pennsylvania police of a Ford Fusion driven by Terrence Byrd, whose girlfriend had rented the car.

Subtropical or Tropical Development is Possible in Gulf of Mexico, But a Heavy Rain Threat to Florida and the Southeast Regardless

An area of low pressure in the eastern Gulf of Mexico is being monitored for subtropical or tropical development this week as it spreads heavy rainfall across Florida and other parts of the Southeast, potentially giving the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season an early start.

40 Killed in India Dust Storm, Heavy Rains

A powerful dust storm, heavy rains and thunderstorms have killed more than 40 people across northern India.

Treason: Obama Shut Down Efforts To Stop Iran’s Nuke And Bomb Smuggling Network

Obama’s Iran deal was a boost for its weapons program. So why should any of his dirty deals with the Islamic terror state not be a vital part of the same treasonous agenda.

Human Feet Are Washing Ashore In Canada

More than a dozen human feet in shoes have washed up on the shore of British Columbia and Washington over the past 11 years.

3,000 Swedes Get Microchips Put In Skin

…The chips, which are only about as small as a grain of rice, are designed to hold entry keys, credit card information, access to vending machines and printers, and technology to collect train fair while the passenger is already on-board.

Rush Limbaugh: Why Did Obama’s FBI Place An Informant Inside The Trump Campaign?

Syndicated radio host Rush Limbaugh discusses Wall Street Journal columnist Kim Strassel’s report that Obama’s FBI had infiltrated the Trump campaign with a spy, and while they had that spy implanted, they were unmasking and leaking and obtaining FISA spying warrants and conducting criminal investigations on Trump advisers.

Iranian Hardliner Group Offers $100,000 to Blow Up New US Embassy in Jerusalem

A hardliner Iranian group offered $100,000 to any Islamist willing to bomb the new US Embassy in Jerusalem.

Shock Study: Major Depression Diagnoses Spike 33 Percent Since 2013

Major depression cases skyrocketed by 33 percent from 2013 to 2016, according to a study by health insurer Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA).

WATCH: US Teacher Encourages Kids to Throw Rocks at 4-Year-Old for Punishment

A day care worker in Arkansas has been accused of encouraging other kids to throw rocks at a four-year-old child for not following the teacher’s directions.

Report: Doctors caught overprescribing drugs to older people as profits overtake ethics

Aging takes a serious toll on humans, and most older people take a lot of pills for various reasons. At first, it might be concerning when family members have to start taking regular medications, but eventually it becomes a new way of life and people stop questioning doctors when they add new pills to an older person’s daily regimen.

Israel says three ‘armed terrorists’ among 52 reported dead in Gaza border clashes

At least three of the 52 Palestinians reportedly killed Monday in clashes ahead of the Jerusalem opening of the U.S. Embassy to Israel were “armed terrorists” caught trying to plant a bomb near the Gaza border fence, Israel’s military said.

Bomb terror targets Christian churches in Indonesia

As the Christian minority in Indonesia celebrated Sunday services a week before Pentecost, Islamic terrorists attacked three churches with bombs, killing at least 13 and wounding scores in the worst such onslaught in 18 years.


Mid-Day Snapshot

Dear Dems: Stop Attacking the Electoral College

The National Popular Vote Interstate Compact aims to undo the Founders’ system by default.

European Officials Bribed Into Accepting Iran Nuke Deal?

Iran’s foreign minister threatens to expose bribe deals if Europe follows Trump’s lead.

Democrats Love Playing Sexism Games

Hillary Clinton (again) blames sexism for why she lost votes, trashing America in Australia.

Tuesday Short Cuts

“These [Gaza] demonstrations would be better described as suicide-riots.” —Weekly Standard

Tuesday Opinion

Read Tony Perkins, Cal Thomas, Stephen Moore, Bill Wager, John Sparks and more.

Tuesday Top Headlines

Senate obstructionists, DOJ trouble, China’s jobs, Facebook’s latest data leak, and more.

Today’s Meme


Today’s Cartoon


The Foundation

“Even mercy, where conquest is the object, is only a trick of war; the cunning of the fox is as murderous as the violence of the wolf.” —Thomas Paine (1776)

ZeroHedge Frontrunning: May 15

  • Gazans bury their dead after bloody day of protests (Read More)
  • U.S. Embassy Move, Bloodshed Add to Friction With Allies (Read More)
  • Britain calls for investigation into Gaza violence (Read More)
  • China Data Shows a Hint of Slowdown While Factories Still Hum (Read More)
  • Iran’s Zarif meets EU foreign policy chief as Europe tries to save nuclear deal (Read More)
  • Volcker Rule Rewrite Is Said to Drop Key Trading Burden on Banks (Read More)
  • North Korea Starts to Dismantle Nuclear-Test Site (Read More)
  • Safety, verification questions hang over North Korea’s plan to close nuclear site (Read More)
  • A World Apart: Charting the Gulf Between Chinese and U.S. Tariffs (Read More)
  • US, China still ‘very far apart’ on trade: ambassador Terry Branstad (Read More)
  • Investors Are Wary as Companies Ramp Up Capital Spending (Read More)
  • Thomson Reuters to move forex derivatives to Ireland from London due to Brexit (Read More)
  • How to Lease a $50,000 BMW for Less Than a Subway Pass (Read More)
  • Soros’s Foundation Quits Hungary Under Government Pressure (Read More)
  • Second Wynn Picasso Yanked From Christie’s Sale After Mishap (Read More)
  • Uber Ends Forced Arbitration for Harassment Claims (Read More)
  • Allianz making plans to wind down Iran business (Read More)
  • Forget Florida—More Northern Retirees Head to Appalachia (Read More)
  • Japan’s SoftBank to open Saudi Arabian office (Read More)

Headlines – 5/15/2018

‘You have made history’: Netanyahu hails Trump at Jerusalem embassy opening

‘There’s a new sheriff in town’: U.S. officials say Jerusalem embassy move was long overdue

Pence: By recognizing Jerusalem, we chose fact over fiction

US Embassy opens in Jerusalem: ‘When Trump makes a promise, he keeps it’

Fox News Host: Trump Fulfilled Biblical Prophecy By Moving U.S. Embassy To Jerusalem

Watch: Opening ceremony of the US embassy in Jerusalem

57 nation OIC condemns US embassy move to Jerusalem

Turkey: Protesters burn flags over embassy move

European countries blast US embassy move to Jerusalem

Theresa May: UK will not move its embassy to Jerusalem

Abbas pans new US embassy as a ‘settlement outpost’ in Jerusalem

In video at Jerusalem embassy opening, Trump stresses commitment to peace

Jerusalem Embassy Is a Victory for Trump, and a Complication for Middle East Peace

Jared Kushner hails the new US Embassy in Jerusalem as hopes stall for an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal

Jared Kushner hypes peace deal as Israel kills scores of Palestinian protesters during US embassy move to Jerusalem

Kushner: Peace deal to benefit both sides in Mideast conflict

VP Pence: US Embassy move is way to peace

Embassy move to Jerusalem will not hinder peace process: Former Israeli PM Ehud Barak

Trump Mideast envoy: Moving embassy to Jerusalem ‘necessary condition’ for peace

Senior US official: ‘Trump won’t demand anything from Israel for embassy move’ – Israel isn’t expected political ‘compensation’ for embassy move

Jewish dreams of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital go back thousands of years

‘We returned to our home and we will keep it forever’

Minister urges PM to ask for ‘Jerusalem, Israel’ to be listed on US passports

Bennett: we will never even discuss dividing Jerusalem

Israel is 70 – is hope for a two-state solution gone?

US has lost its status as mediator in Middle East peace process with embassy move: Erdogan

The dream of ‘peace in our time’ in the Middle East died on Monday

Jerusalem Embassy, Gaza Bloodshed Puts Trump’s Mideast Promise at Risk

A house divided: Gaza violence and embassy divides American lawmakers

Trump Just Made it Much More Likely the Next Democratic President Will Open an Embassy to Palestine in Jerusalem

Trump threw a match into Jerusalem with no plan to put out the fire

Trump moving the US embassy to Jerusalem may cause a chain reaction in the Middle East that he can’t control

Kremlin says fears US Jerusalem embassy opening to fuel M. East tensions

Kremlin urges countries to avoid action potentially destabilizing Middle East

France tells Israel to show restraint, disapproves of US Embassy move

Iranian Group Offers $100,000 to Blow Up New U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem

Al-Qaida leader calls for Jihad on eve of U.S. embassy move to Jerusalem

Hamas calls for Intifada in Gaza, West Bank

Funerals for 60 Gazans killed expected to ratchet tensions on border

Defiance, then death: Gaza suffers most horrific day of violence for four years

Kushner: Gaza protesters ‘part of the problem’

Ivanka And Jared’s Jerusalem Visit Slammed On Twitter

‘Daddy’s Little Ghoul’: New York Daily News Rips Ivanka Trump Over Embassy Opening – first daughter was “all smiles” as protesters died in Gaza

UN rights experts slam Israel’s ‘disproportionate use of force’

Defending Gaza action, Netanyahu says Israel has obligation to secure border

Netanyahu calls Israeli actions in Gaza self-defense against Hamas

IDF calls Gaza riots ‘unprecedented,’ insists it followed rules as dozens killed

IDF has ‘enough bullets for everyone,’ senior MK says of deadly Gaza clashes

Israeli jets strike 5 Hamas targets in Gaza

Inside look: How Gaza protesters attempted to breach the border fence

Responsibility for Gaza deaths ‘squarely with Hamas,’ White House says

White House Blames Deadly Gaza Violence On Hamas ‘Propaganda’

Israel girds for second day of violence amid fears protests may spread

Sirens blare in West Bank to honor Palestinian Nakba Day

Egypt condemns Israel’s “targeting of Palestinian civilians” in Gaza

Kuwait seeks UN Security Council meeting on Gaza violence

US quashes Security Council call for probe of Gaza deaths

UN warns of more Gaza violence, condemns Israel’s use of force

UN rights chief demands end to Gaza killings, calls for justice

Justice minister plays down prospect of war crimes charges over Gaza deaths

Fmr. CIA chief: Gaza deaths result of ‘utter disregard for Palestinians’ rights’

After dozens of Gazans killed, Hamas leader says patience of armed factions ‘will not last’

Israel threatens to kill Hamas leaders if riots continue

Israel demands UN condemn Hamas’s use of children, civilians as human shields

Palestinian baby dies from tear gas inhalation at Gaza border protest

Israel to reopen Gaza crossing after rioters burn it for 3rd time

False alarm triggered on Gaza border, amid sky-high tensions

Turkey recalls ambassadors to Israel, US over Gaza ‘genocide’

Turkey says US Embassy move encouraged “massacre” by Israeli security forces

‘My condolences to the martyrs’ killed in Gaza protests, Erdogan says

Turkey’s president blames US for returning world to ‘dark days’

Turkish PM says US and Israel partners in crime against humanity

Turkish PM: Muslim countries should review ties with Israel

South Africa recalls ambassador to Israel in wake of ‘indiscriminate’ killing in Gaza

U.S. Marines deployed to protect American embassies in the Middle East after embassy move

Saudi Arabia reiterates its commitment to stand with Palestinian people

Two-thirds of UN Security Council upset by non-implementation of Mideast resolution

Palestinians to file war crimes complaint in Hague over settlements

Natalie Portman will receive the ‘Jewish Nobel’ even though she refuses to attend its ceremony in Israel

Hezbollah says rocket attack on Israel marks ‘new phase’ in Syrian war

Iran wants Israel off the map

Israeli, US finance chiefs meet, agree to keep coordinating on Iran sanctions

Iran FM in Moscow as Russia moves to save nuclear deal

Kremlin: Russia’s Putin, France’s Macron discuss Iran deal by phone

EU leaders to discuss Iran economic options on Wednesday

Pompeo reaches out to European counterparts amid Iran tensions

Trump’s Iran Decision Has Turned Allies Into Adversaries

By ending the Iran deal, Trump has put America on the path to war

US Navy chief expects Iranian behavior to enter ‘period of uncertainty’

US Navy expects ‘uncertainty’ in Gulf after Iran deal withdrawal

US concerned Iran may start harassing ships in Gulf again

Global oil supplies robust enough to cut Iran’s exports – Trump memo

UK, France, Germany to discuss ways to shield firms after US exits Iran deal

Iraq’s Sadr supporters chant ‘Iran is out’ while celebrating electoral victory

Iraq’s shock election result may be turning point for Iran

Iraq PM Abadi says ready to work with election winners

Turkish Currency Woes Put Erdogan in Tight Spot in Re-Election Bid

Bodies of 20 Egyptian Christians beheaded in Libya arrive in Egypt

North, South Korea to hold high-level inter-Korea talks on May 16

S. Korea official: Incremental N. Korean denuclearization will be unacceptable

Trump denies going soft on Beijing amid ‘make China great again’ mockery

Soros fund quits Hungary over government’s ‘repressive’ policies

Why one-third of American working-age men could be displaced by robots

‘Lost’ asteroid the size of the Statue of Liberty to buzz by Earth Tuesday

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

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

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Pamandzi, Mayotte

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Miyako, Japan

Kluchevskoy volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 33,000ft

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 30,000ft

Kirishimayama volcano on Japan erupts to 25,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 16,000ft

Sakurajima volcano on Japan erupts to 13,000ft

Karymsky volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 13,000ft

18th fissure opens and lava bombs fly as Kilauea’s eruption shows no sign of slowing down

After a Record Hurricane Season in 2017, Forecasters Warn U.S. to Brace for More This Year

Violent storms in India kill at least 86

At least 15 killed, several injured in storm and flashfloods in Pakistan

B.C. town swamped by historic flood braces for melting snow

‘Already catastrophic’: Southern B.C. braces for second wave of flooding

‘This is the worst anybody has seen,’ uncertainty looms around BC floods

Major Depression Diagnoses Up 33 Percent Since 2013, Study Finds


ApostasyWatch Daily News

The prophecy clock has now run out for Dispensationalism

The Eternal Jerusalem Is In Heaven Above and Faith In Jesus Christ Is The Only Way In!

How To Deal With Those Who Teach False Doctrine – According to Scripture

Che Ahn: “The 1994 revival in Toronto restored the office of the apostle”.

Artificial Intelligence Summoning Demons According To Tech Genius – “No One Is Paying Attention.”

Two Beijing House Churches Investigated

New Mickey Mouse ears are stirring much controversy

Posted: 15 May 2018 10:15 AM PDT

New Mickey Mouse ears are stirring much controversyDisney has stirred controversy in recent years with its depictions of homosexuality in animated features for children, and now the iconic Mickey Mouse ears are available in a gay theme.  Exclusive to Disney World and Disneyland shops, “Mickey Mouse Rainbow Love,” selling for $17.99, can be customized with the wearer’s name in rainbow embroidery at an additional cost, according to the

website Hornet, reported Christian News.  A social-media post with a photo of the Mickey Mouse ears said: “Disney World got gay ears and I need to get them just to [vulgarity] off old religious people.” A Disney representative told the Huffington Post the company offers “a wide range of merchandise items that appeal to guests of diverse backgrounds.” Last October, the Disney Channel teen series “Andi Mack” featured a “coming out scene” for one of its main male characters, noted Christian News. READ MORE

Trump Fulfills His Promise to Support Israel in What Many See as a “Prophetic Event”

Posted: 15 May 2018 10:04 AM PDT

Trump Fulfills His Promise to Support Israel in What Many See as a “Prophetic Event”(By Steve Strang) As Israel marks its 70th anniversary as a modern nation today, most faithful evangelicals are familiar with the words of Genesis 12:3, in which God says to Abraham, the father of the Jewish race, “I will bless them who bless you and curse him who curses you, and in you all families of the earth will be blessed.”  The promise of this passage is simple enough: The nation of Israel is sacred in God’s eyes.

His blessings have preserved the Jewish people through destruction and disaster countless times over the centuries. He has blessed the nation and its people, and He has promised to bless those who uphold the Jewish nation and to curse those who harm His chosen people. Evangelical Christians believe this to be one of the most fundamental promises of Scripture. But not everyone agrees. Today’s opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem came with mass protests yesterday along the Israel border, casting a cloud over the event. MORE

Asteroid to buzz earth tonight, closest approach of this size in 300 years

Posted: 15 May 2018 09:57 AM PDT

Asteroid to buzz earth tonight, closest approach of this size in 300 yearsAn asteroid will narrowly miss striking the planet tonight, the closest an asteroid of this size has been to Earth in the last 300 years.  EarthSky reports the asteroid is 197 to 427 feet, or “as big across as a city block,” Dr. Erin Ryan, an asteroid expert at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, tells NBC News. Sky watchers can see the asteroid fly past at 6:05 p.m. Eastern Time with a telescope.  The Northolt

Branch Observatories in London began live streaming the asteroid last night on Facebook. “There are many close approaches from asteroids, [but] most are very small. Only very few objects of [this] size have ever been seen coming closer than the Moon,” NBO astronomer Guy Wells told Newsweek.  READ MORE

Tensions rise between Israel and Turkey over US Embassy move and Gaza violence

Posted: 15 May 2018 09:48 AM PDT

Tensions rise between Israel and Turkey over US Embassy move and Gaza violenceIsrael has told Turkey’s consul to leave the Jewish state, according to the Israeli foreign ministry. It comes after Ankara ordered Israel’s ambassador out of Turkey over the violence in Gaza. “The Israeli ambassador was told that our envoy to Israel was called back for consultations, and was informed that it would be appropriate for him to go back to his country for some time,” a Turkish Foreign Ministry source told Reuters.

The ambassador, Eitan Naeh, was summoned to the Foreign Ministry in Ankara on Tuesday, according to Haaretz. He has served in the position since October 2015.  It comes after Turkey recalled its own ambassadors in Israel and the United States “for consultations” over the violence on Monday. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan referred to the crackdown by Israeli forces as “genocide” and called Israel a “terrorist state,” while reaffirming his country’s commitment to standing in solidarity with the Palestinian people. READ MORE

College Orders Student to Remove Jesus From Graduation Speech

Posted: 15 May 2018 09:23 AM PDT

College Orders Student to Remove Jesus From Graduation SpeechA Colorado university was forced to backtrack after it questionably demanded a student remove Bible passages from a graduation speech she was elected to give by her classmates. Colorado Mesa University nursing student Karissa Erickson was chosen to address graduates at an event days before their commencement this month, but her speech was nearly derailed by school administrators who were concerned about the religious themes of her prepared remarks.

As the Daily Sentinel reported, Erickson was to speak at the CMU nursing program’s pinning ceremony on May 10. Prior to the ceremony, the student was asked to submit her remarks to school officials—though no formal guidelines regarding what could and could not be said were reportedly ever given—and she was soon told that she would not be able to deliver her speech as written because she cited John 16:33. “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace,” the passage reads. “In the world you have tribulation, but take comfort, I have overcome the world.”  MORE

Church members claim they saw Jesus in the fire

Posted: 15 May 2018 09:20 AM PDT

Church members claim they saw Jesus in the fireMoses found God in a burning bush, and some North Dakota churchgoers believe they saw an apparition of Jesus in the form of flame at an Easter Vigil mass in March. Amateur photographer Paulette Osborne captured the photo of the burning Easter candle at Holy Spirit Church in Fargo taking the shape of the a cloaked man on March 31, and, while she is cautious about using the term “apparition,” she admits to being wowed by the image.

“You have to be careful because an apparition has to be thoroughly researched and approved by the [Catholic] Church,” she told KFGO radio station. “I mean, it’s a beautiful symbol of the evening and it was so appropriate for that Easter Vigil service. It really cannot be called an apparition.”  As Osborne explained, she began snapping pictures that the vigil mass after noticing a crowd of people gathering around the flame. MORE

Did Trump Fulfill Bible Prophecy Like King Cyrus?

Posted: 15 May 2018 09:13 AM PDT

Did Trump Fulfill Bible Prophecy Like King Cyrus?ATTENTION: The following report does not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of ETH

President Donald Trump is like the Bible’s King Cyrus and fulfilling prophecy in his move to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, a Fox News host and former judge claims.  “Donald Trump recognized history. He, like King Cyrus before him, fulfilled the biblical prophecy of the gods worshiped by Jews, Christians and, yes, Muslims, that Jerusalem is the eternal capital of the Jewish

state and that the Jewish people deserve a righteous, free and sovereign Israel,” Judge Jeanine Pirro argued in an op-ed in Fox News published on Sunday.  The former Westchester County Court judge and district attorney lauded Trump ahead of Monday’s official opening of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem, a move which has sparked protests and condemnation throughout the Muslim world, but has been hailed by Israel and several religious leaders in America. READ MORE

Officials warn catastrophic volcanic eruption imminent in Hawaii

Posted: 15 May 2018 09:03 AM PDT

Officials warn catastrophic volcanic eruption imminent in HawaiiDEVELOPING: Officials in Hawaii are reportedly warning residents of an imminent large eruption in Hawaii. When the lava lake inside Kilauea drops,

a catastrophic explosion could launch ballistic boulders the size of cars into the air and plumes of ash could rise 20,000 feet. MORE

STDs in California reach all-time high: 300,000 cases…

Posted: 15 May 2018 08:56 AM PDT

STDs in California reach all-time high: 300,000 cases…The number of cases of sexually transmitted diseases in California reached a record high last year and officials are particularly concerned by a spike in stillbirths due to congenital syphilis, state health authorities said Monday. More than 300,000 cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis were in 2017, a 45 percent increase from five years ago, according to data released by the California Department of

Public Health.  Chlamydia and gonorrhea are most common among people under 30, the report said. Rates of chlamydia are highest among young women, while men account for the majority of syphilis and gonorrhea cases.  If left untreated, chlamydia and gonorrhea can lead to infertility, ectopic pregnancy and chronic pelvic pain. Syphilis can result in blindness, hearing loss and neurologic problems.  READ MORE

This Generation shall not pass….

Posted: 14 May 2018 02:27 PM PDT

This Generation shall not pass….In this special “Prophetic” message we will discuss the significance of Israel and the 70th Anniversary of their Independence. We will also show you 10 major prophecies regarding Israel that have or is coming to pass as we speak!


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

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President Donald Trump said that Congress must have a deal to fund the federal government before the summer break in August or lawmakers would have to stay in Washington.

President Donald Trump on Friday blasted drug makers and healthcare “middlemen” for making prescription medicines unaffordable for Americans, but healthcare stocks rose as his administration avoided aggressive direct measures to cut prices.

Lebanon’s foreign minister on Monday called the U.S. decisions to move its embassy to Jerusalem and to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal policy failures that will lead to more tensions and extremism in the region.

A bill aimed at tightening oversight of foreign investment in the United States because of concern about China’s acquisition of critical technology is headed for a vote this month in the U.S. Senate Banking Committee, the panel said on Friday.

President Trump spoke by phone with British Prime Minister Theresa May and the two leaders condemned Iran’s rocket attacks on Israel from Syria, the White House said in a statement.

Israeli forces killed at least 41 Palestinians along the Gaza border on Monday as angry protesters demonstrated at the frontier on the day the United States opened its embassy in Jerusalem.

A device discovered in a mosque near the South African port city of Durban where worshippers were attacked by armed men last week has been confirmed as explosive, police said on Monday.

A family of Islamist militants in Indonesia carried an eight-year-old into a suicide bomb attack against police in Surabaya on Monday, a day after another militant family killed 13 people in suicide attacks on three churches in the same city.

Facebook has so far suspended around 200 apps in the first stage of its review into apps that had access to large quantities of user data, in a response to a scandal around political consultancy Cambridge Analytica.

HSBC Holdings Plc said on Monday it has performed the world’s first trade finance transaction using a single blockchain platform, in a push to boost efficiency in the multi-trillion-dollar funding of international trade.

A global oil glut has been virtually eliminated, figures published by OPEC showed on Monday, thanks to an OPEC-led pact to cut supplies that has been in place since January 2017 and due to rising global demand.

AP Top Stories

A massive new fissure opened on Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano, hurling bursts of rock and magma with an ear-piercing screech on Sunday as it threatened nearby homes within a zone where authorities had just ordered an evacuation.

Suicide bombers suspected to be from an Islamic State-inspired group killed at least 11 people and wounded 40 in attacks on Christians attending Sunday morning services at three churches in Indonesia’s second-largest city of Surabaya, officials said.

A new “faith-based” adoption law signed by Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin on Friday is raising red flags for LGBTQ groups. Oklahoma Senate Bill 1140 allows agencies to deny adoptions and foster care placements if a given placement violates an agency’s “written religious or moral convictions or policies.”

A knifeman shouting Allahu akbar was shot dead by police in central Paris late Saturday after he killed one person and injured four, prompting a terror probe.

China’s first domestically manufactured aircraft carrier started sea trials Sunday, state media said, a landmark in Beijing’s ambitious plans to modernize its navy as the Asian giant presses its claims in disputed regional waters.

Twenty-two world records have been set at a Christie’s auction, including the $832 million total for the priciest private collection of artworks and other treasures, owned by Peggy and David Rockefeller.

North Korea will destroy its nuclear test site later this month, ahead of a summit with the United States, it said Saturday, blowing up its tunnels in front of invited foreign media.

Russia has been on the forefront of building unmanned ground vehicles and last week the Russian Defense Ministry confirmed that their armed drone tank Uran-9 was tested in Syria.

China’s mainland stocks are moving a step closer to inclusion in the global financial community. The MSCI is changing the makeup of three widely-followed indexes.

BBC

China has welcomed a pledge from Donald Trump to help save ZTE, one of China’s biggest telecoms companies.

At least 61 people have died in fierce dust storms across four Indian states since Sunday evening, with officials warning of more bad weather to come.

Two Britons kidnapped in a national park in DR Congo have said they are “very grateful” after their release.

WND

The US Postal Service is headed in the wrong direction. It posted a controllable loss of $656 million in the second quarter, compared with income of $12 million for the same period a year ago.

A plan developing now would give the federal government ownership of an infant’s DNA, obtained from blood samples taken at birth to screen for threatening diseases.

Robots which can listen, learn and react to people are being introduced in care homes to help look after residents and prevent loneliness. The humanoid companions, which are equipped with artificial intelligence, will be able to recognize the needs and emotions of frail, elderly residents.


The Briefing — Monday, May 14, 2018

1) Senior Anglican clerics call for Church of England to be stripped of its legal right to operate according to its convictions

2) With secularism on the rise, Quakers consider dropping God because it makes some ‘feel uncomfortable’

The Guardian (Simon Jenkins) –
The Quakers are right. We don’t need God

3) How does a secular society create meaning in the face of death?

New York Times (Alison McQueen) –
How to Be a Prophet of Doom

4) In the age of digital media, do we really have more friends?

New York Times (Teddy Wayne) –
Are My Friends Really My Friends?


News – 5/14/2018

Europe has chosen disgrace

America and Israel have strong stomachs, Europe has a soft belly. The honor of the West is once again being saved by America. Europe, the vapid and childish Venus, has chosen disgrace.

Brutalized by Trump’s Winning, Liberals Nip at Conservatives’ Ankles

The Democrats are having a major case of the sadz, and it’s hilarious. Their generic lead in the midterms ballot has evaporated. After the Iran and North Korea triumphs, Obama’s legacy is just a smoking ruin of broken dreams and corrected failures.

SHOCK as politician calls for Putin to be PRESIDENT FOR LIFE by ripping up constitution

RUSSIAN President Vladimir Putin could remain in office for the foreseeable future under proposed plans to rip up the Russian constitution which currently limits Presidents to serving only two consecutive terms, and bars him from serving another term after 2024. The Kremlin is exploring plans which would allow Putin to remain in office for another 12 years, which some individuals believe would see Putin become a virtual “President for life”.

US Jerusalem embassy: Gaza clashes before controversial opening

At least 16 Palestinians in Gaza have been shot dead by Israeli troops in some of the bloodiest clashes for weeks, Palestinian officials say. It comes ahead of the controversial opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem, which has infuriated Palestinians. They see it as clear US backing for Israeli rule over the whole city, whose eastern part Palestinians lay claim to.

IS still threatens Europe, warns MI5 chief

The head of MI5 has warned that Islamic State aspires to commit “devastating” and “more complex” attacks in Europe after losing territory in the Middle East. Andrew Parker told European security chiefs in Berlin the group required international focus “for years”. He revealed 12 terror attacks have been stopped in the UK since the Westminster attack in 2017.

Should we ask babies for consent before changing their nappies?

There’s never been much debate around nappy changing. It can be a bit gross sometimes (ok, most of the time), but it’s not usually that political. It’s a non-negotiable part of being a new parent. But that all changed this week, when a sexuality educator suggested that people ask their babies for consent before changing their nappies.

PGP: ‘Serious’ flaw found in secure email tech

A widely used method of encrypting emails has been found to suffer from a serious vulnerability, researchers say. PGP (Pretty Good Privacy) is a data encryption method sometimes added to programs that send and receive email. Details about the vulnerability were released by the Suddeutsche Zeitung newspaper prior to a scheduled embargo.

Arab league to meet over ‘illegal’ U.S. embassy move to Jerusalem: MENA-

The Arab League will hold an extraordinary meeting to discuss the United State’s “illegal” move of embassy to Jerusalem, state news agency MENA reported on Monday, citing an Arab diplomat. MENA said the meeting will be held on Wednesday at the level of permanent representatives to the Arab League “to counter the illegal decision taken by the United States of America to transfer its embassy to Jerusalem”.

Microchips get under the skin of technophile Swedes

It’s the size of a grain of rice but could hold the key to many aspects of your life. A tiny microchip inserted under the skin can replace the need to carry keys, credit cards and train tickets. That might sound like an Orwellian nightmare to some but in Sweden it is a welcome reality for a growing number who favours convenience over concerns of potential personal data violations.

DOJ, USCIS, Team Up to Stop Employers Illegally Hiring Immigrants

The two agencies announced a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), which will allow for better mutual training, collaboration, and sharing of information. The end goal of this shared work is a crackdown on U.S. employers who hire foreign labor rather than employing Americans in line with federal law. “In the spirit of President Trump’s Executive Order on Buy American and Hire American, today’s partnership adds to the Civil Rights Division’s tools to stop employers from discriminating against U.S. workers by favoring foreign visa workers,” explained Acting Assistant Attorney General John Gore of the Civil Rights Division.

Jews, Arabs clash on Temple Mount on Jerusalem Day

The Jerusalem Police said that several Jewish visitors broke the rules of conduct and created provocation, leading to their removal from the site. Nevertheless, visits to the Temple Mount were allowed to continue.

An “Audible Gasp” Was Heard When The Chicago Fed Unveiled Its “Solution” To The Pension Problem

That was when a speaker from the Chicago Fed proposed levying, across the state and in addition to current property taxes, a special property assessment they estimate would be about 1% of actual property value each year for 30 years. Homeowners with houses worth $250,000 would pay an additional $2,500 per year in property taxes, those with homes worth $500,000 would pay an additional $5,000, and those with homes worth $1 million would pay an additional $10,000.

WHO says 19 dead, 39 infected so far in Congo Ebola outbreak

Democratic Republic of Congo reported 39 suspected, probable or confirmed cases of Ebola between April 4 and May 13, including 19 deaths, the World Health Organization said on Monday.

Cloaking devices—it’s not just ‘Star Trek’ anymore

These materials redirect approaching waves around an object without scattering the wave energy, concealing the object from the sound waves.

Perfect Timing: America is About to Make King David Very Proud!

Nearly 3000 years ago, in a landmark achievement, King David established Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Throughout history, ever since the Holy Temple stood in all its glory, through thousands of years of exile and until today, Jerusalem has remained the eternal capital of the Jewish People. Once again, Jerusalem history is in the making. And to many, this is another example of the fulfillment of Biblical prophecy. For the first time in over 2000 years, a world power will recognize Jerusalem as the eternal capital of Israel – and in a most dramatic way. This is historic!

Time to Start Crediting the Christians

What motivated US President Donald Trump to go against decades of American policy at a time when the peace process is frozen, amid warnings of Arab outrage and a looming nuclear threat from Iran? When neither mainstream American Jews or Israeli leaders were pushing for this? The answer is evangelical Christians, which represents a major shift in American-Israeli policy.

Church leaders protest over plans to legalise assisted suicide on Guernsey

REVOLUTIONARY plans for assisted dying laws in Guernsey are being fought by medical professionals and church leaders. Fears have been raised that desperately sick people would be coerced into taking their own lives.

Swarm of earthquakes hits seismically active region along California border

A swarm of small earthquakes hit a town near the U.S.-Mexico border Saturday and continued into Sunday. Dozens of quakes were reported in and around Ocotillo Wells in Imperial County, six of them larger than a magnitude 3, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The largest were felt in a scattering of locations in Imperial, San Diego and Riverside counties, according to the USGS.

Joe Lieberman: Trump had the courage past presidents lacked

2000 VP candidate tells Arutz Sheva why past presidents declined to move embassy, and why Trump was right to ignore their precedent. Former US Senator and 2000 Democratic Vice Presidential nominee Joseph Lieberman praised President Donald Trump for his decision to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, saying Trump demonstrated a “courage” and “confidence” his predecessors lacked.

I never thought I’d live to see the day’

US senators in Jerusalem celebrate embassy move: ‘I voted for the move in 1995, but it took Trump to make it happen. I’m lucky to see it.’ US lawmakers who joined the 250-member delegation to Israel for the unveiling of the new US embassy in Jerusalem slated for Monday afternoon met with reporters at the King David Hotel in Jerusalem Monday morning, expressing their satisfaction with the decision to move the embassy.

Mike Huckabee: California in ‘massive attack on Christianity’

A plan pending in the California legislature that promoters say is necessary so people with same-sex inclinations don’t hear messages challenging them has now gotten the attention of Gov. Mike Huckabee.

Feds plan to take ownership of your baby’s DNA

Obama rule change could put most personal of data in government’s hands

A pioneering vaccine is being sent to Congo in hopes of containing a new Ebola outbreak

On Friday, the World Health Organization announced its plan to send the experimental vaccine to northwest Congo, where there have been about 32 suspected or confirmed cases since early April, and 18 deaths.

The Bible and Clergy According to CBS

In a recent, short-lived series, Living Biblically, the CBS Network took a stab at religion — literally though unintentionally. It focused on Chip Curry, played by Jay R. Ferguson, a newspaper columnist who is married to Leslie (Lindsey Kraft), a doctor. Leslie is expecting their first child.

Trump, King Darius, And Jerusalem

It’s all set to happen this coming May 14: A huge, 250-member delegation of top U.S. officials and others will arrive in Jerusalem for the official dedication of the new embassy in Israel’s capital. The date marks the 70th anniversary of the end of the British Mandate over what was then called Palestine and the declaration of the new-old State of Israel

Trump Administration Rejects Iranian and Somali Refugees Cast-off From Australia

One of the most egregious policy decisions Obama made (and there were too many to enumerate here), one of the most dangerous, or as President Trump described it, “the worst deal ever,” was the refugee deal he made to take more than 1,000 “illegal immigrants [migrants] who were in prisons” from Australia.

Record numbers of NHS operations cancelled at last minute

The number of patients who had NHS operations cancelled at the last minute is the highest in almost 25 years, new figures show.

220 cases of “nightmare bacteria” with antiobiotic-resistant genes recorded in 27 states

Antibiotic resistance has been an issue for years now but is still being taken too lightly by many. According to recent findings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 220 cases of “nightmare bacteria” have been found in 27 states across the U.S. These bacteria reportedly have special genes that make them either virtually untreatable, or allow them to spread antibiotic resistance.

Minnesota Democrats wage war on God, faith and American history

A bill in the Minnesota Senate that would allow schools in the state to voluntarily display the national motto “In God We Trust” has state Democrats spiraling into fits of outrage, because God offends them.

13 DEAD: Muslim family bombs 3 Indonesian churches, even 2 young daughters had bombs strapped on

Image of devout suicide bomb family – even the two young daughters had bombs strapped to their waists. Religion of peace – respect it!

‘Allahu Akbar’ Paris Knife Killer Was Radical Muslim Migrant on Jihadist Watch List

A terrorist who attacked and killed people at random in Paris last night has been named as Khamzat Azimov, a migrant and Islamist radical from Chechnya.

Over a million children under the age of six are currently on psychiatric drugs in America

…Antidepressants and antipsychotics put forth some surprising figures, but the biggest category of psychotic drugs given to children appears to be anti-anxiety drugs. Just over 227,132 babies under one and nearly 248,000 of those aged four to five take these medications.

PHOTOS EMERGE of Iranian Officials Who Met Secretly With John Kerry in Paris on Saturday — One Is Identified

Barack Obama’s former Secretary of State, John Kerry has been secretly meeting with Iranian officials to salvage Iran’s nuclear weapons program.

ASSAD: ‘Donald Trump Isn’t In Control Of America, THE DEEP STATE IS’

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has said in an interview that meeting with Donald Trump would “pointless” because the Deep State, not the president, is in control of the US.  Assad went on to note that the deep state’s agenda is to create a conflict with Russia.

Soros-Financed, Kerry-Linked Group Furious USA Out of Iran Nuke Deal

A George Soros-financed organization that was previously identified by the Obama White House as central in helping to market the Iran nuclear deal to the news media has warned Donald Trump that he will “own the consequences” of bolting the international nuclear accord.


Mid-Day Snapshot

Did the FBI Have a Spy in the Trump Campaign?

Questions mount as to when and why the Obama-era DOJ initiated its probe of the Trump campaign.

Promise Kept — Jerusalem Embassy Opens for Business

The opening coincides with the 70th anniversary of the creation of Israel in 1948.

What’s Next for Trump’s Iran Strategy?

“Trumping” Iran’s appeasers was worthwhile. Planning for the future is now on the docket.

The Spoonful of Sugar: Competition in Medicine

Trump’s new plan, “American Patients First,” is a free-market solution to drug pricing.

Demo Hypocrisy for Just $25

How many babies will never wear this outfit because the Democrats ensured they would never be born?

Second Study: Fracking Doesn’t Contaminate Groundwater

Once again, the ecofascist dogmatic narrative against fracking isn’t supported by the facts.

Video: Medal of Honor Recipient Says Trump Is a Patriot

Sgt. Dakota Meyer discusses Trump’s patriotism as well as his efforts against ISIS.

Video: Voters Celebrate Trump’s Foreign Policy

CNN is surprised to discover that many Trump voters actually still support the president.

Video: Heritage Conversation With House Speaker Paul Ryan

Welfare reform, poverty, the importance of work, and the opportunities to forge a better future.

Monday Short Cuts

Alpha Jackass: “[Trump] really is an incredibly skillful and talented communicator. He really is, which Hitler was, too.” —Tom Steyer

Monday Opinion

Read Rebecca Hagelin, Jeff Jacoby, Tony Perkins, Todd Starnes, Gary Bauer and more.

Monday Top Headlines

Iran sanctions, NoKo’s denuclearization, illegal hiring, ObamaCare, SCOTUS, and more.

Today’s Meme


Today’s Cartoon


The Foundation

“The present Constitution is the standard to which we are to cling. Under its banners, bona fide must we combat our political foes.” —Alexander Hamilton (1802)

Headlines – 5/14/2018

Report: Jared Kushner Finalizing Mideast Peace Plan

On eve of Israel embassy move, US says it is ‘hard at work’ on peace

Kushner briefs Netanyahu on US reluctance to present peace plan

Due to anticipated Palestinian rejection, US mulls not presenting peace plan

US’s Pompeo says Mideast peace process not dead

U.S. To Open New Embassy In Jerusalem, But Other Nations Prefer To Wait For Peace Deal

Netanyahu calls on world leaders to follow US lead, move embassies to Jerusalem

‘Trump is making history,’ Netanyahu says ahead of US Embassy opening

Ahead of official embassy opening, it’s Jerusalem of red-white-and-blue

Pro-Trump Pastor Who Claims Islam Is a “Cult” Picked to Lead Prayer at Opening of US Embassy in Jerusalem

Romney denounces pastor slated to speak at US embassy in Jerusalem

The UK must act to counter Trump’s destructive Jerusalem decision

As Israel Celebrates Dream of Independence, Many See Nightmare Taking Shape

Tens of thousands parade through Old City of Jerusalem during annual Flag March

Police, Palestinians clash at Temple Mount as record number of Jews visit holy site

Police boot Jews from Temple Mount for raising Israel flag on volatile day

Opening tense week, government okays huge East Jerusalem ‘sovereignty plan’

Government approves allocation of NIS 50 million for applying sovereignty in east Jerusalem

Jews, Arabs clash on Temple Mount on Jerusalem Day

IDF gears up for mass Gaza riots, warns that Hamas plans to ‘massacre’ Israelis

Gazans prepare for violent culmination of mass border protests

Ahead of planned mass riots, Israel warns Gazans: ‘Don’t be Hamas’s puppets’

Armed Hamas members will guard ‘March of Return’

IDF: Hamas dismantles border post to intensify unrest

Hamas: Israel pleading for halt of protests in exchange for easing blockade

Gaza faces fuel, gas shortage after vandals trash crossing

US Mideast Envoy: Incendiary kites are terror, not peaceful protest

Not just Gaza: Palestinians in West Bank and Jerusalem urged to hold mass protests

High-level Hamas delegation visits Cairo day before major protests

Western country said brokering Israel-Hamas talks on long-term ceasefire

Al Qaeda chief says Israel’s Tel Aviv is also Muslim land

Defying 50-Year Taboo, Palestinians Run for Jerusalem Elections

New images show damage at Damascus International Airport from Israeli strike

Iran’s ‘Toy’? Israeli Defense Chief Draws Inspiration From Eurovision Win in Warning to Assad

Russia’s Lavrov says to discuss how to save Iran nuclear deal with Zarif

Rhetoric over US exit from Iran deal rises amid sanctions threat

Iran may remain in nuclear deal, ‘despite America,’ Rohani says

Iran: Europe has 60 days to guarantee Iranian interests in nuclear deal

President Trump’s nixing of nuclear deal exposes Middle East divisions

Trump: Iran tried to take over the Middle East

Bolton: ‘Regime change’ in Iran not policy of Trump administration

Bolton confident Europe won’t have ‘choice but to join U.S. sanctions’ on Iran

Bolton: US sanctions ‘possible’ on European firms over Iran

MI5 chief: ISIS planning more attacks

France defends its anti-terrorism strategy after a deadly attack by a man on its watchlist

Trump calls for ‘changes to our thought process on terror’ after Paris attack

Indonesia Family, With Children in Tow, Carries Out Suicide Bombings at 3 Churches

Father of children killed in Australia mass shooting says their grandfather planned the attack

John Bolton says North Korea has prospect to become ‘a normal nation’

Pompeo: U.S. to lift sanctions if North Korea dismantles nuclear weapons program

‘Buckle up’: As Mueller probe enters second year, Trump and allies go on war footing

France says June is ‘ultimate deadline’ for Brexit progress on Northern Ireland

Microchips get under the skin of technophile Swedes

Long Lost Asteroid is Rediscovered Just Before Making a Close Pass by Earth

Swarm of earthquakes hits seismically active region along California border

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Sarangani, Philippines

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits the Southwest Indian Ridge

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Mohean, India

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 24,000ft

Klyuchevskoy volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 24,000ft

Kirishimayama on Japan erupts to 16,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 14,000ft

Karymsky volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 13.000ft

Sakurajima volcano on Japan erupts to 11,000ft

17th fissure emitting steam and lava leads to more evacuations on Hawaii’s Big Island

Fears of explosive eruptions at Kilauea grow as lava lake continues to lower

Subtropical or Tropical Development Possible in Gulf of Mexico, But Heavy Rain Threat to Florida Regardless

40 Killed in India Dust Storm, Heavy Rains

Congo, U.N. deploy specialists to tackle Ebola epidemic

Here’s What the Next Pandemic Pathogen Might Look Like


ApostasyWatch Daily News

Mike Oppenheimer – Is Francis Chan Right That God Will Destroy Those Who Challenge Christian Leaders?

Fraud charges filed against 2 members of Word of Faith Fellowship

What is Rick Joyner’s ‘Apostolic Commission’?

What is the ‘Highway of Holiness’ vision (aka ‘The Vision of the Chariots’)?

The fruit of Christian Zionism – Michele Bachmann apologizes for urging Jews to convert

Kansas, Oklahoma Pass Bills Protecting Religious Beliefs of Adoption Agencies

23 Major League Baseball Teams to Promote Homosexuality at ‘LGBT Pride’ Nights

Canadian pediatricians tell parents: it’s normal for your kid to switch genders every day

George W. Truett Theological Seminary releases list of the top 12 “most effective” pastors

Posted: 14 May 2018 05:56 AM PDT

George W. Truett Theological Seminary releases list of the top 12 “most effective” pastorsThis past week, Baylor University’s George W. Truett Theological Seminary released a list of the top 12 “most effective” pastors, Christianity Today reported. Popular pastors like Tim Keller, John Piper and Andy Stanley made the cut, along with several other phenomenal pastors.  The pastors come from a

wide range of backgrounds — from evangelical legends like Chuck Swindoll, to newer voices like Ralph Douglas West.  The 12 picks represent “the most effective preachers in the English-speaking world” (though all are based in the U.S.). To determine who would make the list, Truett’s surveyed 180 different sermon experts from the Evangelical Homiletics Society and the Academy of Homiletics. READ MORE

New giant crack measuring more than 400 meters appears in Mexico

Posted: 14 May 2018 05:46 AM PDT

New giant crack measuring more than 400 meters appears in MexicoA giant crack measuring more than 400 meters long and 4 meters deep opened up at the border between Tláhuac and Milpa Alta, two of the 16 boroughs of Mexico city, Mexico on May 10, 2018. The day after, the same water main broke up again forming a huge sinkhole, that narrowly swallowed up a nearby house.

Officials are investigating if there could be a link between the water main break, these geological events and the strong earthquake of September 19, 2017.  A large crack nearly 400 meters long and four meters deep damaged at least five houses after the rupture of a potable water pipe.  READ MORE

World’s tallest geyser erupts for the third time in six weeks at Yellowstone

Posted: 14 May 2018 05:41 AM PDT

World’s tallest geyser erupts for the third time in six weeks at YellowstoneYellowstone National Park’s Steamboat Geyser just erupted for the third time in two months, and scientists aren’t sure why.  It doesn’t erupt very often, but when it does, it is the tallest active geyser in the world. The Steamboat Geyser — known to eject a column of water 300 feet in the air — erupted for

the third time April 27.  “It is a spectacular geyser. When it erupts, it generally has very big eruptions,” Michael Poland, the US Geological Survey’s scientist-in-charge of the Yellowstone Volcano Observatory, wrote in an email.  According to seismicity data, the recent eruptions have been a little bit smaller than in the past. Even if these latest eruptions are smaller, they are still impressive compared with, say, Old Faithful.  READ MORE

Feds plan to take ownership of your baby’s DNA

Posted: 14 May 2018 05:33 AM PDT

Feds plan to take ownership of your baby’s DNAThere are some parents who adopt, or become parents in a blended marriage. But for many, there still is that infinite joy of coming home from a hospital or birthing center with their very own newborn.  Except soon, the newborn might not be all theirs.  A plan developing now would give the federal government ownership of that infant’s DNA, obtained from blood samples taken at birth to

screen for threatening diseases.  The warning comes from the Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom, which has fought for the privacy rights of parents and children for years. “As things stand, in just over two months parents will lose their consent rights for the use of their newborn baby’s DNA for federally funded research, once the revised Common Rule goes into effect on July 19, 2018,” the organization said. READ MORE

Mike Huckabee warns that California is launching a “Massive attack on Christianity”

Posted: 14 May 2018 05:29 AM PDT

Mike Huckabee warns that California is launching a “Massive attack on Christianity”A plan pending in the California legislature that promoters say is necessary so people with same-sex inclinations don’t hear messages challenging them has now gotten the attention of Gov. Mike Huckabee.   In a message to supporters, he says the proposal, AB 2943, on which WND has reported multiple times, is “a terrible storm that’s brewing on the horizon.” It would ban counseling, conferences and even printed materials that advocate for ways to get rid of unwanted same-sex

attractions, and several experts have not only confirmed the vaguely written proposal could ban sales of Bibles, but one ministry expert has announced plans to boycott the state with his conferences. “You may have heard the news or seen the reports, but people of faith in California are bracing for one of the most dramatic ideological shifts away from the First Amendment in our nation’s history,” Huckabee said. “It’s the kind of storm that destroys the foundations of liberty and a free society.” READ MORE

Subtropical Cyclones Don’t Normally Form Near Chile – But One Just Did

Posted: 14 May 2018 05:21 AM PDT

Subtropical Cyclones Don’t Normally Form Near Chile – But One Just DidI am often amazed at the Earth. It is such an amazing planet. All aspects of weather fascinate me, and my sheer awe of it defined my career pathway early on. When I see something extraordinary, it captures my attention even more. Meteorologists and weather enthusiasts marveled at something quite amazing this week. A tropical cyclone-like feature formed off the coast of Chile. Yep, that one in South America. Technically, it is what we call a subtropical cyclone. What does that mean and just how rare is this?

I want to deal with the second question first. It is very rare. This part of the Pacific Ocean is typically too cold to support the development of tropical cyclones. One of the reasons is that there is a process called upwelling that brings deep, cold water up near the Chilean coast (see diagram below). Chile is also located in a global circulation pattern in which the air typically sinks. Any basic meteorology course describes how latitudes near 20 to 30 deg North (and South) are situated in sinking branches of something called the Hadley Cell. READ MORE

5 Reasons We Should Always Support Israel

Posted: 14 May 2018 05:13 AM PDT

5 Reasons We Should Always Support Israel(By Jentezen Franklin) I’m thrilled to have been invited to join the celebration of the grand opening of America’s embassy in Jerusalem this week. This is a historic moment, and the decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and move our embassy there is the just and respectful move for the people of Israel. Jerusalem is the seat of Israel’s government, and Israel reserves the right to determine its own capital city, as does any other sovereign nation throughout the world.  Israel has survived as a people and as a nation against all odds. They have suffered unprovoked wars, genocide, slavery and every physical and rhetorical attack imaginable. The reasons for standing with Israel are clear and overwhelming, but in case there’s any doubt, here are the five most important ones:

First, God has promised to bless those who bless Israel. In Genesis 12:3, the Lord says of Israel, “I will bless those who bless you and curse him who curses you, and in you all families of the earth will be blessed.” I firmly believe this promise from God is as true today as it was centuries ago. And I take His promises seriously. There’s no denying God’s sovereignty and His hand both in history and in each of our lives. I dare not test God of the consequences for denying our friendship and support of Israel. CONTINUE

CUP OF TREMBLING: Mideast unraveling as Jerusalem prepares for embassy dedication on 70th Anniversary

Posted: 14 May 2018 05:06 AM PDT

CUP OF TREMBLING: Mideast unraveling as Jerusalem prepares for embassy dedication on 70th AnniversaryAs the World is watching history being made in Israel it is apparent that we are now seeing what the Prophet Zechariah spoke of when he foretold that Jerusalem would become a “Cup of trembling” to all the Nations around the World. It appears that the powder keg may have been lit in the Mideast:

Many See Nightmare Taking Shape…  When Israel declared its independence in 1948, President Harry Truman rushed to recognize it. He took just 11 minutes, and Israelis, about to go to war to defend their infant state, were euphoric.  Seventy years to the day — and nearly as long since Israel declared the holy city of Jerusalem its “eternal capital” — the United States will formally open its embassy on a hilltop here two miles south of the Western Wall. The embassy’s move from Tel Aviv and President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital — reversing decades of American foreign policy — comes at a moment so fraught with both pride and peril that Israelis seem not to know what to feel. MORE

Arab league to meet over ‘illegal’ move…  The Arab League will hold an extraordinary meeting to discuss the United State’s “illegal” move of embassy to Jerusalem, state news agency MENA reported on Monday, citing an Arab diplomat.  MENA said the meeting will be held on Wednesday at the level of permanent representatives to the Arab League “to counter the illegal decision taken by the United States of America to transfer its embassy to Jerusalem”. Washington is due to officially move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem on Monday in a move that has delighted Israel but infuriated Palestinians. MORE

Iran urges global resistance…  Iran denounced President Donald Trump as “feeble-minded” over Monday’s controversial move of the US embassy to Jerusalem, and called for resistance from the Palestinians and the international community. “America has entered a crisis of strategic decision-making that looks at the international arena immaturely and adventurously,” said parliament speaker Ali Larijani, a key establishment figure, at a conference on the Palestinian situation in Tehran. MORE

Yemen Fires Missile at Saudi Oil Facility…  Yemen’s armed Houthi movement launched a missile at a distribution centre belonging to oil giant Saudi Aramco in Saudi Arabia’s southwestern Jizan province on Monday, the group’s al-Masirah TV reported. The Houthis, an Iran-allied group that holds much of Yemen including the capital Sanaa, have fired a series of missiles into the kingdom in recent months, part of a three-year-old conflict in Yemen widely seen as a proxy battle between Saudi Arabia and Iran. MORE

Al-Qaeda leader calls for jihad…  Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri on Sunday urged Muslims carry out jihad against the United States.  Ayman al-Zawahiri said America’s decision to shift its Israeli embassy to Jerusalem was evidence that negotiations and “appeasement” have failed Palestinians. In a five-minute video entitled “Tel Aviv is Also a Land of Muslims,” the Egyptian doctor who took charge of the global terror group after its founder Osama bin Laden was killed in 2011 referred to the Palestinian Authority as the “sellers of Palestine” while urging followers to take up arms. US President Donald Trump “was clear and explicit, and he revealed the true face of the modern Crusade, where standing down and appeasement does not work with them. MORE

Violence erupts along Gaza-Israel border ahead of US embassy inauguration …  Clashes erupted along the Gaza Strip’s border with Israel on Monday between Palestinians and Israeli forces ahead of the controversial inauguration of the US embassy in Jerusalem, AFP journalists reported. Gaza’s health ministry said 12 Palestinians were wounded. Several thousand had gathered near the border, while smaller numbers of stone-throwing Palestinians were approaching the fence and seeking to damage it, with Israeli snipers positioned on the other side. MORE

Beware of This First Step in Spiritually Deadly Compromise

Posted: 14 May 2018 04:51 AM PDT

Beware of This First Step in Spiritually Deadly Compromise(By Ben Goodwin) When I was a kid, my family attended many summer camp meetings in Tennessee. Having a large family, my parents decided to save money on motels by staying at a KOA campground. So we borrowed a huge tent and set up on a spacious, shaded campsite. I’ll never forget the sense of adventure I felt being on a “real” camping trip. It was such a nice campsite we wondered why no one else had claimed it.  Then it happened! While we attended one of the church services, heavy rain pounded our flimsy fortress.

When we returned, everything (our luggage, bedding, food and so on) was either submerged or floating in ankle-deep water. Apparently, everyone else realized that that campsite was on a low spot prone to flooding. I learned a valuable lesson that summer—be careful where you pitch your tent. The book of Genesis tells the story of Lot, Abraham’s nephew, a good man who made some bad decisions that cost him dearly. A conflict erupted between Abraham’s and Lot’s herdsmen over a land dispute about grazing rights. How do molehills become mountains? You just add dirt! READ MORE

Doctors alarmed by ancient HTLV-1 virus: ‘Prevalence is off the charts’ in Australia

Posted: 13 May 2018 06:39 PM PDT

Doctors alarmed by ancient HTLV-1 virus: ‘Prevalence is off the charts’ in AustraliaAn ancient virus infecting residents across Australia’s Northern Territory is leaving death and despair in its path, and doctors are now calling for greater efforts to stop the spread of infections.  The rates of human T-cell leukemia virus type 1, or HTLV-1, infection are exceeding 40% among adults in remote

regions of central Australia, with indigenous communities being the hardest hit, especially in the town of Alice Springs. Many doctors — including the man who discovered the virus nearly four decades ago — are raising the alarm about how little has been done to prevent, test for and treat HTLV-1, which can cause leukemia and lymphoma.  READ MORE

4.0 magnitude earthquake shakes up Central Oklahoma

Posted: 13 May 2018 06:07 PM PDT

4.0 magnitude earthquake shakes up Central OklahomaAccording to reports, At 6:28 a 4.0 earthquake could be felt emanating near central Oklahoma.  The epicenter was 12KM North of Crescent, Okla.

According to USGS the depth of the earthquake was 7.2 KM which could be felt throughout Logan and Oklahoma County. READ MORE

PROPHECY WATCH: US Delegation Arrives in Jerusalem to Celebrate Embassy Move

Posted: 13 May 2018 05:48 PM PDT

PROPHECY WATCH: US Delegation Arrives in Jerusalem to Celebrate Embassy MoveThe US delegation has arrived for the official embassy dedication ceremony in Jerusalem.  That delegation includes advisors Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan, and several members of Congress. The group arrived at Ben Gurion International Airport Sunday. The ceremony will take place Monday. President Trump

will not attend the ceremony. However, daughter Ivanka took to Twitter to celebrate the momentous occasion.  In December, Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and in February he announced that the Embassy would move in May from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The president has boasted the move is under budget.  READ MORE

23 Major League Baseball Teams to Promote ‘LGBT Pride’ Nights

Posted: 13 May 2018 01:07 PM PDT

23 Major League Baseball Teams to Promote ‘LGBT Pride’ NightsTwenty three out of thirty Major League Baseball (MLB) teams are promoting homosexuality through “LGBT Pride” nights this year, reported Outsports.com. In addition, only two MLB teams — New York Yankees and Los Angeles Angels — have never held such “pride” nights.  Outsports.com co-founder Jim Buzinski wrote that the teams were continuing “to court their LGBT fan base” and that the “pride

nights will be a big draw in Major League Baseball this season.” MLB Vice President Billy Bean, an openly homosexual former player, said of the “pride nights” in 2017, “I couldn’t be prouder of baseball — we’re really leading the way,” reported LifeSiteNews.com.  “In the spirit of Jackie Robinson, on the 70th anniversary, we feel like we have to lead the industry and be strong role models.” READ MORE

11 dead after suicide bombers attack Indonesia churches

Posted: 13 May 2018 12:59 PM PDT

11 dead after suicide bombers attack Indonesia churchesSuicide bombers who carried out deadly attacks on three churches in Indonesia’s second-largest city on Sunday were a family of six that included two young children, police said, as the world’s most populous Muslim nation recoiled in horror at one of the worst attacks on its Christian minority.  At least seven people plus the six bombers died in the attacks in Surabaya, according to police.

At least 41 people were injured in the attacks, which Indonesia’s president condemned as “barbaric.” The bombings were the worst to target churches in Indonesia since a series of attacks on Christmas Eve in 2000 killed 15 people and wounded nearly 100. Religious minorities in Indonesia, especially Christians, have been repeatedly targeted by militants.  READ MORE

Hawaii volcano raises concerns of eruptions along West Coast

Posted: 13 May 2018 12:53 PM PDT

Hawaii volcano raises concerns of eruptions along West CoastThe eruption of a Hawaii volcano in the Pacific “Ring of Fire” has experts warily eyeing volcanic peaks on America’s West Coast that are also part of the geologically active region.  The West Coast is home to an 800-mile (1,300-kilometer) chain of 13 volcanoes, from Washington state’s Mount Baker to California’s Lassen Peak. They include Mount St. Helens, whose spectacular 1980 eruption in the

Pacific Northwest killed dozens of people and sent volcanic ash across the country, and massive Mount Rainier, which towers above the Seattle metro area. “There’s lots of anxiety out there,” said Liz Westby, geologist at the U.S. Geological Survey Cascades Volcano Observatory in Vancouver, Washington, in the shadow of Mount St. Helens. “They see destruction, and people get nervous.”  READ MORE

PROPHECY WATCH: Multitudes embracing Microchips under the skin for convenience

Posted: 13 May 2018 12:45 PM PDT

PROPHECY WATCH: Multitudes embracing Microchips under the skin for convenienceIt’s the size of a grain of rice but could hold the key to many aspects of your life.  A tiny microchip inserted under the skin can replace the need to carry keys, credit cards and train tickets.   That might sound like an Orwellian nightmare to some but in Sweden it is a welcome reality for a growing number who favors convenience over concerns of potential personal data violations.

The small implants were first used in 2015 in Sweden — initially confidentially — and several other countries. Swedes have gone on to be very active in microchipping, with scant debate about issues surrounding its use, in a country keen on new technology and where the sharing of personal information is held up as a sign of a transparent society. READ MORE


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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s trip to Singapore for talks with U.S. President Donald Trump poses logistical challenges that are likely to include using Soviet-era aircraft to carry him and his limousine, as well as dozens of security and other support staff.

Immigrants from Honduras, Haiti, El Salvador and other countries who were given protected status to live in the United States should have a path to citizenship, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly told National Public Radio on Friday.

The Philippine Supreme Court voted on Friday to remove its top judge, whom President Rodrigo Duterte called an “enemy” for voting against controversial government proposals, citing violations in the way she was appointed.

Iran’s foreign minister will travel to Moscow on May 14 and meet his Russian counterpart, the RIA news agency reported on Friday citing Zamir Kabulov, a Russian foreign ministry official.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel discussed the Iran nuclear deal after Washington announced its withdrawal from it, the Kremlin said on Friday.

U.S. and Chinese officials are set to meet in Washington on Friday to discuss trade disputes between the world’s two largest economies ahead of a pending visit by China’s top economic official, a U.S. Treasury official said.

A dam on a Kenyan commercial farm that burst this week, killing at least 45 people, was built illegally, the water resource regulator said on Friday as police opened an initial investigation into the disaster.

Russia is not in talks with the Syrian government about supplying advanced S-300 ground-to-air missiles and does not think they are needed, the Izvestia daily cited a top Kremlin aide as saying on Friday, in an apparent U-turn by Moscow.

U.S. President Donald Trump will meet 10 major automakers at the White House on Friday to discuss the fate of landmark fuel efficiency standards and a looming confrontation with California and other major states.

Residents on the Big Island of Hawaii were alerted on Thursday to rising levels of toxic gas from lava-oozing fissures, and geologists warned that new areas east of the erupting Kilauea volcano may be at risk of molten rock bursting from the ground.

AP Top Stories

This month, Dartmouth College announced plans to eliminate loans from its student financial aid packages and increase the size of scholarship awards. Currently, half of all Dartmouth undergraduates receive some form of financial aid. The hope is that eliminating student loans will provide more opportunities for middle- and low-income families.

Uber Technologies plans to deliver food by drone in San Diego as part of a wide-reaching commercial test program approved by the federal government on Wednesday.

The Senate voted Thursday to confirm Michael Brennan to a lifetime seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit ― a vacancy that Republicans prevented President Barack Obama from filling for six years.

Defense attorneys for the man suspected of being the ‘Golden State Killer’ argued Wednesday that prosecutors’ search and arrest warrants should not be released publicly.

U.S. import prices rose less than expected in April as a rebound in the cost of petroleum products was tempered by a drop in food prices, the latest indication that inflation pressures were increasing moderately.

Rolls-Royce unveiled its first SUV on Thursday. The Cullinan, named for the diamond in Britain’s Crown Jewels, carries a $325,000 price tag plus an estimated $5,000 gas-guzzler tax.

BBC

Iran has backed Syria’s “right to defend itself” after Israel launched strikes on what it said was Iranian military infrastructure inside Syria.

Tens of thousands of Nicaraguans have taken part in fresh anti-government protests in the capital, Managua, and in Matagalpa y Chinandega.

France has condemned as “unacceptable” a US move to re-impose sanctions on companies trading with Iran. The action from Washington followed President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of a landmark deal that sought to curb Iran’s nuclear program.

A man has been fined a record-breaking $120m for making more than 90 million automated marketing telephone calls in the US. Miami salesman Adrian Abramovich was accused of trying to sell holidays and timeshare properties with the unsolicited robocalls. The fine is the largest the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has ever issued.

Google says it will take steps to ensure that humans are not fooled when they get called by software bots that can convincingly mimic the human voice. Anyone called by the bot will be told they are conversing with a machine.

Scientists in New Zealand have documented what they believe is the largest wave ever recorded in the southern hemisphere. The 78ft wave was measured by a buoy on New Zealand’s Campbell Island in the Southern Ocean. Larger waves have been recorded in the northern hemisphere.

Some 400,000 children are at risk of starving to death in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

WND

A CNN poll has revealed that 57 percent of respondents say things are going well in the United States today, stunningly more than double that figure from a similar survey in 2010.

Scientists have called for more research into the risk posed by “thirdhand smoke” after finding chemicals from cigarette fumes can account for nearly a third of the air particles in non-smoking environments.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Europe can no longer count on the U.S. for military protection and must “take its destiny into its own hands.”


The Briefing — Friday, May 11, 2018

1) Mormons move to end relationship with Boy Scouts of America is about more than Mormons and Boy Scouts

Deseret News (Tad Walch) –
Mormons to drop Scouting as part of new global initiative

2) Why the grounding of life in human autonomy inevitably leads to a society that claims to author both birth and death

Washington Post (Lindsey Bever) –
David Goodall, 104, just took his own life, after making a powerful statement about assisted death

3) When it comes to sex education, the big battle is not over sex, it’s over morality

USA Today (Alia E. Dastagir) –
An age-old struggle of morality vs. reality enters a new era


News – 5/11/2018

The Blood Libel of the 21st Century
For the sixth Friday in a row, protestors from Gaza came to Israel’s border with intentions to penetrate it. They come with scissors to cut through the fence, with burning tires, Molotov cocktails, slingshots with rocks, and kites with firebombs attached to them to destroy Israeli farmlands and villages. This is not some peaceful demonstration akin to Selma in the 1960s when blacks were simply trying to sit together with whites at a lunch counter. The usage of the word “demonstrators” is a misnomer; these are “rioters.”

Liberman to Syria: Throw Iranians out
In an address Liberman made during a visit to Israel’s Golan Heights Friday, the Defense Minister advised Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to “throw” Iran’s Revolutionary Guards out of the country. “I will take advantage of this opportunity to send a message to Assad: Throw the Iranians, Qassem Suleimani [a Revolutionary Guards chief] and the Quds Forces out of your country,” said Liberman. “They are not acting in your interest, they are only hurting you. Their whole presence only brings problems and destruction.”

Showing appreciation for blessings from Trump
Throughout the American presidential election campaign, President Donald Trump issued promise after promise to Jewish leaders. He said he would end the international delegitimization of Israel, abandon the terrible Iran deal, and move our embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. He kept the first promise by sending Nikki Haley to the United Nations…The second promise was kept Tuesday, when Trump officially nixed the Iran deal. President Trump will keep his third promise Monday, when our embassy moves from Tel Aviv to Israel’s capital, Jerusalem.

Cleric says Iran should not trust EU after U.S. quits nuclear deal
A senior Iranian cleric said on Friday that Europeans could not be trusted, after President Hassan Rouhani said Tehran would remain in a 2015 nuclear deal even after the United States quit the pact, Iranian state TV reported.

WSJ: The FBI Hid A Mole In The Trump Campaign
On Tuesday, the Washington Post reported that Nunes was denied access to the information on the grounds that it “could risk lives by potentially exposing the source, a U.S. citizen who has provided intelligence to the CIA and FBI.” Because it appears that the FBI may have had a mole embedded in the Trump campaign.

Russia, after Netanyahu visit, backs off Syria S-300 missile supplies
Russia is not in talks with the Syrian government about supplying advanced S-300 ground-to-air missiles and does not think they are needed…in an apparent U-turn by Moscow. The comments, by Vladimir Kozhin, an aide to President Vladimir Putin who oversees Russian military assistance to other countries, follow a visit to Moscow by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu this week, who has been lobbying Putin hard not to transfer the missiles.

Security of Israeli institutions abroad boosted for fear of Iranian retaliation
The security of Israeli and Jewish institutions around the world has been greatly boosted in recent days for fear that Iran, frustrated by its failed missiles launch on Israeli bases at the Golan Heights and the following Israeli retaliation on its installations in Syria, will change its strategy and attempt to harm Israelis abroad.

Bahraini official issues rare defense of Israel’s right to defend itself
The Bahraini foreign minister said Israel had a right to defend itself from Iran. The message on Twitter Thursday, a day after Israel once again struck targets in Syria believed to house Iranian materiel and personnel, was unusual for an Arab leader in its blunt defense of Israel. Bahrain is one of a number of Gulf states that have in recent decades moderated their views on Israel and allowed Israelis to visit and do business…

Poll: 97% of east J’lem residents oppose Israeli control over entire city
When it comes to the future of Jerusalem, 97% of the Palestinians living in the city say that they strongly object to the idea that Jerusalem should maintain its current municipal boundaries and be fully annexed to and controlled by Israel, according to a comprehensive survey conducted by the Leonard Davis Institute of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

Iran nuclear deal: France condemns US move to re-impose sanctions
France has condemned as “unacceptable” a US move to re-impose sanctions on companies trading with Iran. The action from Washington followed President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of a landmark deal that sought to curb Iran’s nuclear programme. French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said European companies should not have to pay for the US decision.

Iran condemns wave of Israeli air strikes in Syria
Iran has backed Syria’s “right to defend itself” after Israel launched strikes on what it said was Iranian military infrastructure inside Syria. In the first comments by Iran since Thursday’s wave of strikes, the foreign ministry condemned the “blatant violation of Syria’s sovereignty”. The strikes were the heaviest carried out by Israel on Syria in decades.

ISRAELI FIREPOWER: The most devastating airstrikes in recent memory had 28 planes, shoot 60 advanced missiles at Iranian targets in Syria that left 23 Iranian soldiers DEAD
According to Russian defense ministry, Israel attacked with 28 fighter jets, shot about 60 missiles. Syrian monitor says at least 23 killed.

Pro-Life Vans Saving Babies From Abortion
A couple’s decision to forego purchasing a home to instead buy a van to help pregnant women in crisis has turned into a life-saving operation that aids women across America.

Kenyan rose-farm dam bursts, ‘sea of water’ kills 47
A dam on a commercial flower farm in Kenya’s Rift Valley burst after weeks of torrential rain, unleashing a “sea of water” that careered down a hillside and smashed into two villages, killing at least 47 people.

E. coli-tainted romaine outbreak spreads to 29 states, sickens 149 people
The nationwide food poisoning outbreak from E. coli-tainted romaine lettuce has spread to 29 states and sickened 149 people, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday. That is an increase of 28 people and four states — Florida, Minnesota, North Dakota and Texas — since the most recent CDC update May 2.

TRUE ALLIES: White House makes statement that the US supports Israel in whatever efforts it has to do in order to defend itself
“We support [Israel] in whatever efforts they have in order to defend themselves,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders told Fox News.

Outrage in America as a Catholic University opens a GENDER-SEPARATED ISLAMIC PRAYER SPACE, in order to make Muslim students feel more comfortable
The prayer room comes in honor of a deceased professor who taught at the college on world religions.

Disney World Drops ‘Night of Joy’ Christian Music Festival
Fans of faith artists will need to make other plans and arrangements — while LGBTQ events are proliferating

Five Top ISIS Officials Captured in U.S.-Iraqi Sting 
Five senior Islamic State officials have been captured, including a top aide to the group’s leader, in a complex cross-border sting carried out by Iraqi and American intelligence, two Iraqi officials said Wednesday.


Mid-Day Snapshot

Tax Revenue Hits Record High; Dems Hardest Hit

Good employment numbers coupled with the Republican tax cut proves to grow tax revenue.

Freed Prisoners Set Stage for Trump-Kim Summit

There are high hopes for the U.S.-North Korea summit in Singapore on June 12.

Motherhood: More Than a Full-Time Job

“Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her.”

More Leftmedia Bias, Higher Trump Approval

The president has gotten nothing but negative news coverage, and yet he’s succeeding.

Video: The Trump Economy

April 2018 was the best month in history in government income. Maybe Trump’s economics work.

Friday Short Cuts

“I honestly believe this president is doing something that is nothing short of a miracle.” —James Inhofe

Friday Opinion

Read Rich Lowry, Jonah Goldberg, Mona Charen, Erick Erickson, Lewis Waha and more.

Friday Top Headlines

Iran policy shift, top ISIS leaders caught, ending right-to-work, conservatives and poverty, and more.

Today’s Meme


Today’s Cartoon


The Foundation

“If duties are too high, they lessen the consumption; the collection is eluded; and the product to the treasury is not so great as when they are confined within proper and moderate bounds.” —Alexander Hamilton (1787)

Headlines – 5/11/2018

IDF Golan commander says troops will defend border ‘with any means necessary’

Netanyahu: Iran rocket fire ‘crossed a red line and we reacted accordingly’

PM Netanyahu: Iran has crossed a red line, its tentacles of evil in Syria will be severed

Iran: Israeli strikes in Syria meant to support ‘terrorists’

Iran didn’t notify Assad before attacking Israel

Russia: Israeli strikes used 28 planes, fired 70 missiles

Israeli airstrikes on Iranian targets in Syria kill 23, watchdog group says

In addition to Iranian targets, Israeli strike pummels Syrian air defenses

UN chief urges immediate halt to ‘hostile acts’

White House condemns Iran’s ‘highly dangerous’ missile barrage into Israel

Iranian military official denies firing rockets at Israel

Iran does not want ‘new tensions’ in Mideast, Rouhani tells Merkel

Iran and Israel have little incentive to hurry down the path to war

Israel security cabinet meets as Iranian official warns ‘revenge will come’

Rare E.U. backing of Israeli strike against Iran in Syria: “Israel has the right to defend itself”

Bahraini official supports Israel’s right to defend itself

Pompeo warned Iran, ‘Harm Israel, and US will respond’

France tells Iran not to provoke regional states after rocket attack

Russia seeks mediator role between Israel and Iran

Iran foreign minister to meet counterpart in Moscow on May 14

Turkey’s Erdogan and Russia’s Putin say US wrong to quit Iran deal

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards: EU can’t save Iran nuclear deal

Oil minister says Iran needs foreign investment, but can survive without it

US slaps sanctions on Revolutionary Guards after Iran nuke deal pullout

Iran nuclear deal: France condemns US move to re-impose sanctions

Germany ready to help its firms keep doing business in Iran

UAE puts nine Iranian entities, individuals on terrorism list

Danon demands UN condemn Iranian attack on Golan

UN chief asks for halt to ‘all hostile acts’ in Middle East

Mass cancellations by tourists hit Israel’s north as fear of war with Iran grows

Middle East Peace Will Come Through Containment of the Iranian Threat

Iran deal exit: With Netanyahu’s backing, Trump sought to shatter Obama’s legacy

Netanyahu, Trump discuss joint legal troubles amid corruption allegations back home

Israel, Cyprus, Greece push East Med gas pipeline to Europe

Hamas leader hopes to see hundreds of thousands storm Israel-Gaza fence

Liberman says Lebanon now under ‘complete control’ of Hezbollah

Trump says five ‘most wanted’ ISIS leaders captured

Saudi tests siren after Yemen rebels fire new missiles

Trump vows US ‘will not be walked into an Iran deal’ at next month’s North Korea summit

Something’s going on at North Korea’s nuclear test site. Maybe it really is closing.

Thousands of Facebook ads bought by Russians to fool U.S. voters released by Congress

The ‘Russian Collusion’ Trial Is On, And Mueller May Be The First Casualty

5.9 magnitude earthquake hits near Gadung, Philippines

5.6 magnitude earthquake hits near Libjo, Philippines

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Saumlaki, Indonesia

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Larsen Bay, Alaska

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Tobelo, Indonesia

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Ndoi Island, Fiji

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits the Northern East Pacific Rise

Indonesia volcano: Mount Merapi erupts sending giant ash cloud into sky

Indonesia evacuates residents, shuts airport after Java volcano erupts

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 30,000ft

Klyuchevskoy volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 20,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 15,000ft

Sakurajima on Japan erupts to 13,000ft

Hawaii volcano’s next eruption could spew lethal gas and boulders big as fridges

Worst river flooding in decades to threaten lives, property in Montana

Kenya dam bursts, killing at least 41 and sweeping away houses in ‘sea of water’

San Francisco’s many free syringes are littering its streets

Ask Your Baby’s Permission Before Changing Diaper, Says Sexual Consent Expert

7 dead in what may be Australia’s worst mass shooting in 22 years

ApostasyWatch Daily News

Mike Ratliff – The Church’s Firm Foundation

Michelle Lesley – Discernment: A Spiritual Battle, Not a Logical One

Paula White Is ‘Taking Care of Trump’s Soul,’ Says Husband Jonathan Cain

Neighbors File Noise Complaint Against Elevation Church

NAR Alert! – Sam Rodriguez, Johnnie Moore Launch New ‘Congress of Christian Leaders’ to Unite Global Church

Catholic University in Iowa Opens Sex-Segregated Islamic Prayer Space

Church and religion take back seat as a secular Ireland votes on abortion

School District Accused of Punishing LGBT Students By Forcing Them to Read the Bible

Posted: 11 May 2018 06:13 AM PDT

School District Accused of Punishing LGBT Students By Forcing Them to Read the BibleAn Oregon school district is accused of forcing LGBTQ students to read the Bible for punishment.  The allegations are detailed in a March 6 letter from the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) to North Bend School District Superintendent Bill Yester. The letter claims that a building administrator demanded that LGBTQ students read the Bible as a form of punishment. The World reported Tuesday

that the North Bend School District initially denied the allegations. However, the administrator involved in the case later admitted in an interview with state officials that the claims were true. “There is substantial evidence to support the allegation that the district subjected LGBTQ students to separate or different rules of behavior, sanctions, or other treatment…,” the letter said, adding that the LGBTQ students “had little choice but to comply with the building administrator’s established form of punishment.”  READ MORE

Israeli organization reveals Trump coin in expression of ‘gratitude’ over embassy move

Posted: 11 May 2018 05:43 AM PDT

Israeli organization reveals Trump coin in expression of ‘gratitude’ over embassy moveAn Israeli nonprofit announced Wednesday that it would be releasing a celebratory coin in honor of the 70th anniversary of Israel’s independence, and it will feature the face of President Donald Trump as an expression of “gratitude” for his decision to move the American Embassy to Jerusalem.  The “Temple Coin” depicts King Cyrus, who allowed the Jews to return to Jerusalem 2,500 years ago, alongside Trump, KOBI reported.

The seal of the United States government are also pictured, with biblical verses written in in Hebrew on the face of the coin. On the back is a dove, holding an olive branch in its beak, above a temple. “The coin expresses our joy and gratitude that the American Embassy will be transferred to Jerusalem in honor of Israel’s Independence Day,” the Mikdash Educational Center said on its website. “It is the fulfillment of the Trump declaration recognizing the centrality of Jerusalem as the capital of the state of Israel.” READ MORE

Megachurch Pastor Calls Christians to “Unhitch” their Faith from the Old Testament

Posted: 11 May 2018 05:38 AM PDT

Megachurch Pastor Calls Christians to “Unhitch” their Faith from the Old TestamentAn evangelical Christian megachurch located in the suburbs of Atlanta is home to the latest Biblical interpretation controversy. The Senior Pastor of North Point Community Church, Andy Stanley finished up a three-part sermon series called “Aftermath” where he concluded that Christians should detach their faith from the Old Testament.  Stanley’s argument was based on Acts 15, the chapter in the Bible that tells of the early churches debate over whether they needed to follow Jewish laws. Stanley notes that

some believers today start their faith journey wanting to follow the law, but soon come to find that they can’t and must depend on the grace of God.  “[First century] Church leaders unhitched the church from the worldview, value system, and regulations of the Jewish scriptures,” said Stanley.  The pastors reasoning behind this was that the early church wanted to be more inclusive of gentiles. “Peter, James, Paul elected to unhitch the Christian faith from their Jewish scriptures, and my friends, we must as well.” READ MORE

29 deaths from lightning in last 24 hours – 112 in first 10 days of May 2018 in Bangladesh

Posted: 11 May 2018 05:33 AM PDT

29 deaths from lightning in last 24 hours – 112 in first 10 days of May 2018 in BangladeshScores of people die every year after being struck by lightning during Bangladesh’s wet season, which runs from April to October, but officials say the numbers are exceptionally high this year.  More than 112 people – mostly farmers who harvest rice during this time of the year – had been killed in strikes in the first 10 days of May. This means that every day, 10-12 people are dying from lightning strikes.

Experts say deaths are rising as Bangladesh, one of the world’s poorest nations, witnesses the increased deforestation of rural areas. Farmers are known to chop down trees to free up space to grow more rice. Disaster management officials are trying to reduce the high death toll by planting five million palm trees to provide better shelter.  READ MORE

Volcano erupts in Indonesia, Residents forced to evacuate, Shuts down airport

Posted: 11 May 2018 05:28 AM PDT

Volcano erupts in Indonesia, Residents forced to evacuate, Shuts down airportIndonesian authorities ordered people living near a volcano to leave their homes on Friday and a major city closed its airport after the 5,500 meter (18,000 ft) peak sent a column of steam and ash into the sky.  The Mount Merapi volcano on densely populated Java island is one of the most active in Indonesia and a series of eruptions in 2010 killed more than 350 people. A disaster mitigation agency told residents

living within a 5 km (3 mile) radius of the mountain to move to shelters, agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said in a statement. He said that 120 people who had been hiking up Merapi were safe.  The airport in Yogyakarta, the nearest big city to the volcano, shut because of the threat from the ash, the state-owned aviation agency AirNav said in a statement. READ MORE

Rabbi warns that war with Iran and Israel about to get “Biblical”

Posted: 11 May 2018 05:21 AM PDT

Rabbi warns that war with Iran and Israel about to get “Biblical”Iran and Israel are on the brink of war – and one doomsayer has warned things are “about to get biblical”.  Tehran and Jerusalem have exchanged fire in Syria as the Middle Eastern powers square up to one another.  Israel believes Iran is plotting to attack them through Syria, while Iran has warned it will

“destroy Israel” within 25 years. US officials have also dubbed an open war between Israel and Iran the “most likely” for “live hostility”.  And now Rabbi Pinchas Winston, a prolific end-times theorist who has penned 50 books, has predicted a conflict is on the brink. He eluded to prophecy predicted by 13th century scholar which said Iran would spark an apocalyptic war.  READ MORE

Facebook Blocks 70 Million From Conservative Content

Posted: 10 May 2018 06:20 PM PDT

Facebook Blocks 70 Million From Conservative ContentAfter Facebook blocked more than 70 million people from Steven Andrew’s conservative and President Trump messages, he decided to “save the internet” by beginning a powerful conservative social media network. It has an attractive name to unite the nation, USA.Life, and people are “signing up as soon as they hear the news,” he said.  “USA.Life empowers conservatives with freedom and privacy,” Andrew said.

Conservatives love finding out they have an answer to no longer be censored by Facebook and Twitter. The new social network hopes to launch this summer. “USA.Life is safer than Facebook and Twitter, because we don’t spy on people,” he said. Andrew is a leading Silicon Valley technology and Christian leader, who has led Fortune 500 quality initiatives for Cisco, Better Homes and Gardens, Stanford, Sega and others. He is building USA.Life so people are “safe, strong and blessed.”  READ MORE

14th Human foot found on beach since 2007 in bizarre mystery

Posted: 10 May 2018 06:09 PM PDT

14th Human foot found on beach since 2007 in bizarre mysteryPolice have launched an investigation after a human foot was found washed up on the shores of a beach in British Columbia, Canada.  The grisly discovery was found on Sunday by a man walking along a beach on Gabriola Island at around noon local time (8 pm UK time).  It is the 14th foot to have washed up on

British Columbia’s coastline since 2007, leaving locals and police puzzled. Even more strangely, all of the feet have been found in either running shoes or hiking boots. Some locals believe a serial killer is behind the mystery, while others suggest plane or boat accidents at sea are to blame.  READ MORE

European Leaders Set to Abolish the EU, Signed Agreement to Create European Superstate

Posted: 10 May 2018 06:01 PM PDT

European Leaders Set to Abolish the EU, Signed Agreement to Create European SuperstateFrance and Germany plan to enact a European Superstate abolishing the European Union and formally altering the current world order to establish a European Superstate that can challenge the United States’ dominance. In addition, the EU Chief has stated his desire to replace the United States on the World Stage.  According to signed documents by France and Germany, obtained by TVP; the superpowers of the world better get ready for another contender; the European Superstate. In the West it’s America, in the

East, it’s Russia and China, but now there is a plan to create a monstrous superstate and abolish the European Union.  The countries in the proposed superstate would not be allowed to have their own army or special services. The European Superstate would bring about a unified law and taxation system and abolish the member countries central bank and currency. They would then bring about their own visa administration and enact a common foreign policy with other organizations and counties. Finally, the member countries would have their role within NATO limited.  READ MORE

PROPHECY WATCH: Storm exposes 70-year-old copy of independence declaration

Posted: 10 May 2018 01:11 PM PDT

PROPHECY WATCH: Storm exposes 70-year-old copy of independence declarationA copy of Israel’s Declaration of Independence dating back to the year that the State of Israel was born was discovered Monday during efforts to remove an old tree damaged during surprise storms two weeks ago . Perfectly preserved in a sealed taxidermy jar, normally used for keeping creatures that have been stuffed, the scroll was originally placed between the roots of a cypress tree on Kibbutz Degania Alef in the

Jordan Valley, east of the Sea of Galilee.  The tree fell during unseasonable storms two weeks ago.  Two kibbutz members were spraying clumps of dirt off its roots before removing the tree when they noticed something round and un-tree-like poking out.  The kibbutz will keep the new find enclosed in its special jar, as it already has a copy of the declaration in its archives.  READ MORE

‘Sexuality Expert’ Says Babies Should ‘Give Consent’ to Diaper Changes

Posted: 10 May 2018 01:04 PM PDT

‘Sexuality Expert’ Says Babies Should ‘Give Consent’ to Diaper Changes‘Sexuality expert’ and author Deanne Carson has attracted mass ridicule after suggesting babies should “give consent” to having their nappies/diapers changed by their parents.  Speaking to ABC News (Australia), Carson was asked what age clients she works with She replied: “We work with children from three years old, we work with parents from birth”.  “From birth?” the host responds, to which Carson

smugly retorts: “Yeah, just about how to set up a culture of consent in their homes. So, ‘I’m going to change your nappy now, is that ok?’ “Of course the baby isn’t going to respond, ‘Yes mum that’s awesome, I’d love to have my nappy changed’. But if you leave a space and wait for body language and wait to make eye contact then you’re letting that child know that their response matters”.  READ MORE


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