House Republicans passed their version of legislation to overhaul the U.S. tax code by slashing the corporate tax rate, lowering tax burdens for most individuals and adding an estimated $1.4 trillion to the federal deficit over the next decade.
U.S. new-home construction rebounded in October to the fastest pace in a year, partly reflecting recovery efforts in the hurricane-stricken South, government figures showed Friday. A pickup in permit applications for one- family dwellings indicates building will remain firm in coming months. Residential starts rose 13.7% to a 1.29 m annualized rate (est. 1.19 m) after upwardly revised 1.14 m pace in prior month. Single-family home starts rose 5.3%; multifamily jumped 36.8%.
North Korea hasn’t secured the key technologies needed to build ballistic missile that can survive a return through the atmosphere, according to South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency.
Zimbabwe entered a third day of political limbo as talks dragged on between President Robert Mugabe and military generals who took power and want him to end his 37-year rule.
Elon Musk pulled off a Steve Jobs-ian “one more thing” surprise at the unveiling of Tesla Inc.’s Semi model, rolling a new Roadster sports car out of the back of a big rig on stage. The Semi-truck going into production in 2019 will boast 500 miles of range, a battery and motors that will last 1 million miles and cheaper total operating costs than diesel models. The Roadster’s has a 1.9-second 0-60 miles per hour time and 620 miles of range.
The U.S. could lose its status as the top destination for international students in the not-so-distant future if new enrollments continue to recede – a change that will come at an economic cost. For the first time in 12 years, the Institute of International Education reported a decline in the number of new international students enrolled in U.S. colleges and universities for the 2016-2017 school year. The 10,000-person drop came amid growing global competition.
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The Iraqi army retook the last town in the country still held by the Islamic State group on Friday as the jihadists’ self-proclaimed “caliphate” faced collapse on both sides of the border with Syria.
Thousands gathered in Texas on Wednesday to grieve with a family ripped apart by the Sutherland Springs church shooting. Three generations of the Holcombe family lost their lives in the mass shooting at First Baptist Church on Nov. 5. The eight family members ranged widely in age ― from an 18-month-old child to the church’s 60-year-old associate pastor. One of the victims was also pregnant.
Mass murderer Charles Manson (83) is alive in a California hospital, but new reports suggest he may be near to death after serving more than four decades behind bars for committing one of the most notorious crimes in modern history.
A Chicago law firm filed 14 civil complaints on Wednesday over the Oct. 1 shooting at a concert in Las Vegas that left 58 people dead and more than 500 others wounded.
Philippine troops shelled positions held by a small group of pro-Islamic State militants in southern marshland on Friday, as the military pushed on with a new offensive after the country’s biggest urban battle in decades. The army estimated 2,000 villagers had been displaced by several days of operations in a region straddling two provinces on the island of Mindanao, as the army went after the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF), a small and splintered rebel group inspired by Islamic State.
The Chinese and Russian militaries will next month hold anti-missile drills in Beijing, China’s Defense Ministry said on Friday, amid concern in both countries about the deployment of a U.S. anti-missile system in South Korea.
A middle school in Connecticut was forced to cancel an event involving a Muslim speaker after threatening messages and complaints from parents.
Hillary Clinton responded to news that Attorney General Jeff Sessions is considering whether to appoint a special counsel to investigate allegations leveled against her and other Democrats. Clinton on Wednesday called the accusations “personally offensive, this is such an abuse of power and it goes right at the rule of law.”
Egyptian security forces killed three suspected militants and arrested 74 others in raids targeting militant groups in North Sinai in recent days, the military said in a statement on Thursday. Egypt faces an Islamist insurgency led by the Islamic State group in the Sinai Peninsula, where hundreds of soldiers and police have been killed since 2013.
Approximately 3,000 additional American troops have now deployed to Afghanistan under President Donald Trump’s revised strategy for the war-torn country, the Pentagon said Thursday.
A North Korean soldier who was shot 5 times while fleeing across the border has an extremely high level of parasites in his intestines, his doctors say. Doctors say the patient is stable – but “an enormous number” of worms in his body are contaminating his wounds and making his situation worse.
Iraqi forces say they have recaptured Rawa, the last town in the country controlled by so-called Islamic State.
The Argentine navy is searching the South Atlantic for a submarine, with its crew of 44, that has not made contact for 48 hours.
A group of prominent U.S. senators is coming to the defense of a highly decorated Air Force colonel who could be booted out of the military over his religious views on same-sex marriage.
Sinclair Broadcasting, which could soon own more U.S. television stations than any other company, has a plan to create a near-national network of local stations delivering the news with a conservative bent. And thanks to some help from federal officials, that plan is inching closer to reality.
The Briefing — Friday, November 17, 2017
1) One of the nation’s most influential journalists claims donations to Planned Parenthood didn’t affect her coverage of Supreme Court
Washington Times (Bradford Richardson) –
Prominent ex-NYT reporter comes out as longtime Planned Parenthood donor
2) How the mainstream media lost the monopoly
Washington Post (Margaret Sullivan) –
Trump’s message of mistrust is sinking in, even in journalism’s new ‘golden age’
3) Is the NFL taking a political turn?
Wall Street Journal (Jason Whitlock) –
Is Roger Goodell Deliberately Pushing the NFL Leftward?
USA Today (Glenn Harlan Reynolds) –
Hollywood, ESPN and other debacles: Why can’t our ruling class do its job?
4) Why our fascination with superheroes reveals our hunger for a savior
USA Today (Brian Truitt) –
How ‘Justice League’ weathered supersized setbacks to assemble DC’s greatest heroes
News – 11/17/2017
Trump Team ‘Working Very Hard’ on Mideast Peace Plan: Ambassador David Friedman
Speaking exclusively with JNS.org, U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman on Sunday night confirmed a report that a team from the Trump administration is drafting an Israeli-Palestinian peace plan. “We’re working very hard on it,” Friedman said of the Mideast peace proposal, in an interview at the Zionist Organization of America’s (ZOA) annual awards dinner in New York City. “It’s hard to comment on it while we’re in the middle, because it’s delicate.” He added that more information about the plan will be publicized in “a few months.”
Report: Saudi Crown Prince will ‘crush’ Hezbollah with Israel
British newspaper reports Saudi King Salman will step down next week and announce his son as his successor. “Unless something dramatic happens, King Salman will announce the appointment of MBS as King of Saudi Arabia next week. King Salman will play the role of the queen of England. He will only keep the title ‘Custodian of the Holy Shrines,’” said the source. The high level source further said that once crowned king, the prince will shift his focus to Iran, Saudi Arabia’s longtime regional rival.
At Museum of the Bible, DC Visitors Touch Biblical History in One-Ton Western Wall Fragment
On Saturday, the Museum of the Bible in Washington DC will open its doors to the public, exploring the greatest book ever written and featuring a hands-on exhibit intended to connect the visitors physically with the Holy Land. The museum partnered with the Israeli Antiquities Authority (IAA) to bring approximately 800 artifacts from Israel to the U.S. This was the first time the IAA has created a permanent exhibit of archeological pieces outside of Israel.
Sanhedrin/Mount Zion Group Prepares Oil for Temple Menorah, Fulfilling Amos Prophecy on Jewish Land
In preparation for the Third Temple, the nascent Sanhedrin and the United Temple Movement (UTM) under the auspices of the Mount Zion Association annually prepares olive oil that is ritually pure and ready for use in the Temple, but this year, the olives were harvested from a special orchard, intended to send a special light into the world that adheres to a prophecy with current-day political ramifications.
Anti-Trump groups fund ‘trust indicators’ to combat ‘fake news’ on social media
Under pressure to stop the spread of false information, Facebook, Google and Twitter have turned to the Trust Project to inform users of the credibility of news sources. But the supposed nonpartisan effort is funded by deep-pocketed anti-Trump forces.
‘ISIS has lost 95% of its caliphate’
The Islamic State (ISIS) group has lost 95 percent of the cross-border “caliphate” it declared three years ago in Iraq and Syria, the U.S.-led coalition fighting the jihadist group says. “Since our coalition was formed in 2014, ISIS has lost 95 percent of the territory it once controlled in Iraq and Syria,” Washington’s envoy to the coalition, Brett McGurk, said late Wednesday after a meeting in Jordan, according to AFP.
A Rare ‘Medicane’ Is Forming in Europe Right Now
Right now, off the coast of Italy, a tropical storm-like weather system is developing in the Mediterranean Sea. That’s not a typo: It’s nearly winter, but temperatures in the Mediterranean are warm enough to support a storm more commonly found in the Caribbean. Meteorologists call these storms “medicanes”—Mediterranean hurricanes—but there’s no official forecasting center dedicated to studying or predicting them. Earlier this month, another medicane caused damage in Malta and Crete.
Joint declaration calls on US to demand Palestinians recognize Jewish state
It’s a demand that has been made of the Palestinians by various Israeli leaders in the past, but an unprecedented Knesset-congressional joint declaration issued on Wednesday called on the US administration to demand that the Palestinians recognize the State of Israel as the national homeland of the Jewish people as a precondition to future talks.
Syria: Russia blocks extension of chemical attacks probe
Russia has vetoed a UN Security Council resolution that would have extended an international inquiry into chemical weapons attacks in Syria. It is the 10th time Moscow has used its veto powers at the UN in support of its ally since the conflict began. US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, accused Russia of undermining the organisation’s ability to deter future chemical attacks.
Saudi Arabia king to step down and hand over the crown to his 32-year-old son
The King of Saudi Arabia plans to step down and announce his son as his successor next week, a source close to the country’s royal family has exclusively told DailyMail.com. The move is seen as the final step in 32-year-old Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s power grab, which began earlier this month with the arrests of more than 40 princes and government ministers in a corruption probe.
Satellite images reveal North Korea is dangerously close to finishing new ballistic missile submarine
SATELLITE images taken this month of a North Korean naval shipyard indicate Pyongyang is pursuing an “aggressive schedule” to build its first ballistic missile submarine. Washington-based 38 North, a North Korea monitoring project, published images taken on November 5 showing activity at North Korea’s Sinpo South Shipyard.
FCC approves TV technology that gives better pictures but less privacy
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission voted 3-2 to allow broadcasters to voluntarily use the new technology, dubbed ATSC 3.0, which would allow for more precise geolocating of television signals, ultra-high definition picture quality and more interactive programming, like new educational content for children and multiple angles of live sporting events.
Vatican: Depopulation is the ‘Only Solution to Climate Change Crisis’
Vatican conference speakers push for global population reduction
BREAKING: House Republicans Pass Historic Tax Reform! — Stock Market JUMPS 215+ Points! – ZERO DEMOCRAT VOTES
The Republican House passed historic tax reform today. The final vote was 227 to 205 no votes.
Secret FBI Informant Breaks Silence on Uranium One Scandal — Says Proof of Wrongdoing ‘Exists’
…In a major win for the American people, the DOJ lifted the informant’s gag order which means he will be able to testify to Congress.
Alaskans Quietly Told to Prepare for a North Korean Attack
By now everyone is tired of threats from North Korea and the attention of the public has been diverted to other more “important” things, such as sexual harassment charges in Hollywood, against members of Congress, and against every man alive in the Continental U.S. The public is still focused on GQ’s “Man of the Year,” Colin Kaepernick, and the who the new “front man” is for the band Stone Temple Pilots.
Dozens of Christian, Conservative and Pro-Family Leaders Sign Letter in Support of Judge Roy Moore – Will Attend Rally Tomorrow
Christian, conservative and pro-family leaders release powerful statement in support of Alabama judge Roy Moore
City threatens grandfather for reading Bible without a permit
‘No one should need government permission to preach’
Obama Rarely Prosecuted Illegal Gun Buys
More than 100,000 convicted felons or other “prohibited persons” tried to buy guns each year during President Barack Obama’s administration by lying on their applications, but the Justice Department only considered prosecuting about 30 to 40 people each year, according to a Daily Caller News Foundation investigation.
Audio Recordings Show Russian Officials Suggested Bribing Bill and Hillary in Exchange for Favors (Video)
Peter Schweizer, author of “Clinton Cash,” appeared on Fox News program “Hannity,” and told Sean Hannity that audio recordings reportedly show Russian officials suggesting they would be open to bribing Bill and Hillary Clinton in exchange for favors.
LEAKED: Democrats, RINOs Helping N. Korea Prepare ‘Devastating’ Attack On U.S. … Pure TREASON
…According to Py, who has exclusive insider knowledge as a former nuclear strategist for the CIA and served as the Chief of Staff for the Congressional EMP Commission, confirmed our suspicions – even though Donald Trump won the presidency, Washington is still infested with liberal Democrats who are running the show.
UNREAL: Roy Moore Makes EPIC Statement, Finished Off The Swamp For Good
…“We believe in God, the Constitution, the Sanctity of Life and the Sanctity of Marriage. We are everything the Washington Elite hate,” Moore declared on Twitter. “They will do whatever it takes to stop us. We will not quit. #ALSen”
Did you know that the House of Representatives has paid out $15,000,000 to victims of sexual harassment in recent years? I am going to share some things with you in this article that are deeply disturbing, but it is for a purpose. The status quo is not acceptable in Washington, and once people truly understand how deep the corruption runs I believe that they will get motivated to finally drain the swamp once and for all. So yes, I am going to share some things in this article that are truly disgusting, but the goal is to show you that it is time to take our government back from the corrupt career politicians that are completely and utterly out of control. (Read More…)
For decades, Americans have known that very sick things happen behind the scenes in Washington D.C., but the mainstream media nearly really talks about any of it. But now the curtain is starting to be pulled back, and the revelations about Al Franken are just the beginning. Earlier this week, I wrote an article about how “sexual harassment is rampant in the halls of Congress”, and that was before a female radio anchor named LeeAnn Tweeden revealed that Al Franken had “forcibly kissed” and groped her during a USO tour in 2006. The following comes from an article in which Tweeden shared her story… (Read More…)
Headlines – 11/17/2017
|Keystone Pipeline leaks 210,000 gallons of oil in South Dakota||Posted: 16 Nov 2017 06:22 PM PST||
TransCanada Corp.’s Keystone pipeline leaked an estimated 210,000 gallons of oil in northeastern South Dakota, the company and state regulators reported Thursday. Crews shut down the pipeline Thursday morning and activated emergency response procedures after a drop in pressure was detected resulting from the leak south of a pump station in Marshall County, TransCanada said in a statement. The cause was being investigated.
Officials don’t believe the leak affected any surface water bodies or threatened any drinking water systems from the spill onto agricultural land, said Brian Walsh, an environmental scientist manager at the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources, which has dispatched a staff member to the site. “Ultimately, the cleanup responsibility lies with TransCanada, and they’ll have to clean it up in compliance with our state regulations,” Walsh said. READ MORE
|FCC Plans December Vote to Kill Net Neutrality Rules||Posted: 16 Nov 2017 06:11 PM PST||
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission next month is planning a vote to kill Obama-era rules demanding fair treatment of web traffic and may decide to vacate the regulations altogether, according to people familiar with the plans. The move would reignite a years-long debate that has seen Republicans and broadband providers seeking to eliminate the rules, while Democrats and technology
companies support them. The regulations passed in 2015 bar broadband providers such as AT&T Inc. and Comcast Corp. from interfering with web traffic sent by Google, Facebook Inc. and others. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, chosen by President Donald Trump, in April proposed gutting the rules and asked for public reaction. The agency has taken in more than 22 million comments on the matter. READ MORE
|Members Of Indian ‘Lost Tribe’ Finally Reunited With families||Posted: 16 Nov 2017 06:03 PM PST||
62 members of India’s Bnei Menashe Jewish community immigrated to Israel this week, some of them reuniting with family members after years of separation. The aliya was facilitated by Shavei Israel, a Jerusalem-based non-profit organization, which works to reconnect descendants of Jews around the world with their people and the State of Israel. The last group to arrive this week landed at Ben-Gurion
Airport on Thursday morning to a special welcoming ceremony, greeted by Interior Minister Arye Deri, Deputy Finance Minister Yitzhak Cohen and Shavei Israel Founder and Chairman Michael Freund. Some of the new immigrants hadn’t seen members of their families for over 10 years, as only portions of the family had been approved for aliya by the government and Chief Rabbinate. READ MORE
|Bakery replaces baby Jesus with sausage roll in advent calendar, sparking outrage||Posted: 16 Nov 2017 04:55 PM PST||
British bakery chain Greggs apologized on Wednesday after it recreated the nativity scene image for this year’s advent calendar — but replaced baby Jesus with a sausage roll. Greggs released several photographs on its social media pages to promote its advent calendar set to be released next Monday, the Telegraph reported on Wednesday. But one image showing three men surrounding a sausage roll — instead of baby Jesus —
prompted outrage among consumers and Christian groups. Some people called for a boycott on the chain for its “sick anti-Christian advent calendar.” “Please boycott @GreggsOfficial to protest against its sick anti-Christian Advent Calendar. What cowards these people are: we all know that they would never dare insult other religions! They should donate every penny of their profits to @salvationarmyuk,” a Twitter user wrote. READ MORE
|School Forces boy to remove ‘Fake News’ T-shirt on field trip to CNN||Posted: 16 Nov 2017 04:47 PM PST||
A Georgia family is under fire for allowing a seventh grader to wear a T-shirt that mocked liberal news network CNN on a school field trip to CNN’s Atlanta headquarters — but the boy’s parents think the school violated the First Amendment by making their son take it off. Nancy and Stan Jester, of Dekalb, are both local elected officials, she a county commissioner and he is a member of the local school board. Their son, seventh-grader Jaxon, wore a shirt mocking the CNN logo as “FNN” with the caption, “Fake News Network.”
A teacher asked him to remove it before the tour, but the school has since apologized to the Jesters. However, the parents want an apology for Jaxon because, they say, the whole thing was his idea and he has the right to free speech. “This year when the CNN tour was announced, my 7th grade son Jaxon asked me if he could purchase an FNN-Fake News Network shirt to wear for his field trip,” Stan Jester wrote in a blog post. “As an advocate for the First Amendment, I agreed to his request.” READ MORE
|Man Who Lost Wife, 4 Kids, His Parents, Brother and Niece in Texas Church Shooting Delivers Powerful Eulogy||Posted: 16 Nov 2017 04:32 PM PST||
The Texas family that lost nine of its members in a horrific mass shooting earlier this month at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, held a joint public funeral on Wednesday that attracted thousands of attendees. A venue that held 3,000 people was reportedly filled to capacity, as mourners showed up to honor the lives of the nine victims who were killed when gunman Devin Kelley burst into the church and murdered 26 people innocents.
In addition to the 3,000 inside the emotional event, hundreds of others had to be turned away from Franklin Funeral home due to space issues, according to ABC News. The members of the Holcombe family who were memorialized during the event include: Crystal Holcombe, 36, her unborn baby, three of her kids, Greg, 13, Emily 11, and Megan, 9, Crystal’s in-laws, Bryan, 60, and Karla Holcombe, 58, and her brother-in-law Marc Colcombe, 36 and his 18-month-old daughter, Noah. READ MORE
|Former Google Exec Says Artificial Intelligence is ‘God,’ Creates New Religion||Posted: 16 Nov 2017 04:25 PM PST||
Artificial intelligence is already disrupting employment, recreation, the economy–and now religion. A former Google executive is so inspired by artificial intelligence, that he’s creating its first church. Anthony Levandowski says AI should be seen as a God because it’s smarter than any human being. “It’s not a god in the sense that it makes lightning or causes hurricanes. But if there is something
a billion times smarter than the smartest human, what else are you going to call it,” Levandowski told Wired. According to paperwork filed with the IRS, this new church, called “Way of the Future,” will focus on: “the realization, acceptance, and worship of a Godhead based on Artificial Intelligence (AI) developed through computer hardware and software.” READ MORE
|City Threatens Grandfather For Reading Bible Without a Permit||Posted: 16 Nov 2017 04:17 PM PST||
Paul Johnson, a grandfather, just wanted to share his religious faith with people in his town, Sweetwater, Tennessee, so he went downtown for the Solar Eclipse Festival in August and stood on the side of the road to greet people. His lawyers explain he did not “enter the parking lot adjacent to him or the portion of the festival where booths were set up but stayed on a public way.” “He did not in any way obstruct traffic or cause any other problems.” Such actions, however, have been determined by city
officials to be a “demonstration” and, therefore, illegal without a permit. And no one’s handing out permits. That’s the basic outline of a demand letter from First Liberty and the Center for Religious Expression that was sent to Mayor Doyle Lowe, police chief Robert Byrum, city attorney John Cleveland and recorder Jessica Morgan. The letter demands that the city change its practices and allow Johnson to read the Bible “on a public sidewalk without a permit.” READ MORE
|Oil Being Prepared for Temple Menorah, Fulfilling Amos Prophecy on Jewish Land||Posted: 16 Nov 2017 04:08 PM PST||
In preparation for the Third Temple, the nascent Sanhedrin and the United Temple Movement (UTM) under the auspices of the Mount Zion Association annually prepares olive oil that is ritually pure and ready for use in the Temple, but this year, the olives were harvested from a special orchard, intended to send a special light into the world that adheres to a prophecy with current-day political ramifications.
The oil-making is part of an ongoing effort by the Mount Zion Association to recreate Temple rituals and become familiar with them in every detail, so they can be reinstated without delay, should the need arise in the near future. But making this olive oil is also an effort to bring about prophecy as written in the Bible. On Sunday, volunteers will harvest olives for Temple oil in the orchards of Amona, a Jewish community in the Biblical region assigned to the tribe of Benjamin. READ MORE
|Voters in Colorado Elect Known Killer To School Board||Posted: 16 Nov 2017 12:55 PM PST||
An admitted murderer was elected to serve on the East Otero School Board in La Junta. Thomas Seaba pleaded guilty to murdering a fellow Marine in the 90s. A detective on the case said Seaba shot the victim five times. Seaba moved back to Colorado after getting out of jail and got a job with La Junta’s Wastewater Department. His past was well known during the school board race.
“Although, it was obvious a set of horrific mistakes compounding on one another which led to me serving time in prison,” said Seaba. The East Otero School District’s superintendent, Rick Lovato, said “We researched to see what the criteria was. It is not outside of the rights of a person with a felony conviction to run for the office.” READ MORE
|Middle School Quiz Asks 6th Graders to Identify Terms Like ‘Affair,’ ‘Trophy Wife,’ ‘Boy-Toy’||Posted: 16 Nov 2017 12:44 PM PST||
Sixth graders at a school in Virginia were given an assignment that a concerned parent says contains inappropriate questions about extramarital and adulterous relationships. A parent of an 11-year-old child at Carter G. Woodson Middle School in Hopewell, Virginia turned to social media and to the news media this week to voice her displeasure after her sixth-grade daughter and her classmates were given a family quiz.
The quiz seemed harmless at first but drew her ire in the final few questions. ABC8 reports that sixth grader Faith Sample received a quiz in her Family and Consumer Sciences class that asked students to name different familial relationships. While the first few questions asked things like “What do you call the father of your father?” and “What do you call the daughter of your sister?,” the quiz took a turn in the last four questions. READ MORE
|Toxic algae becoming nationwide threat||Posted: 16 Nov 2017 12:40 PM PST||
Competing in a bass fishing tournament two years ago, Todd Steele cast his rod from his 21-foot motorboat — unaware that he was being poisoned. A thick, green scum coated western Lake Erie. And Steele, a semipro angler, was sickened by it. Driving home to Port Huron, Michigan, he felt lightheaded, nauseous. By the next morning he was too dizzy to stand, his overheated body covered with painful hives. Hospital tests blamed toxic algae, a rising threat to U.S. waters. “It attacked my immune system
and shut down my body’s ability to sweat,” Steele said. “If I wasn’t a healthy 51-year-old and had some type of medical condition, it could have killed me.” He recovered, but Lake Erie hasn’t. Nor have other waterways choked with algae that’s sickening people, killing animals and hammering the economy. The scourge is escalating from occasional nuisance to severe, widespread hazard, overwhelming government efforts to curb a leading cause: fertilizer runoff from farms. READ MORE
|China orders the US to stop carrying out military exercises off North Korea||Posted: 16 Nov 2017 11:21 AM PST||
China has demanded the US military stops carrying out exercises on the Korean peninsula in a bid to cool off tensions between North Korea state and the Trump administration. Officials from Xi Jinping’s government have told their US and South Korean counterparts to stop carrying out joint drills in the region – exercises that are often used as a show of force in response to military tests carried out by Kim Jong-un’s nuclear cronies.
In return they believe they can negotiate a stop to the tyrant’s nuclear and missile provocations amid fears tensions could trigger the start of World War 3 on the Korean peninsula. Geng Shuang, China’s foreign ministry spokesman, claims freezing military drills in exchange for a freeze on North Korean missile testing was the best means of achieving peace in the region. He said: “China sees the freeze-for-freeze scheme is the most reasonable way.” READ MORE
|Scientist attempt to explain what happens when you die||Posted: 16 Nov 2017 11:16 AM PST||
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A World renowned doctor has revealed to the world what it is like to die and says the process is “peaceful” and “pleasant”. Dr Sam Parnia, director of critical care and resuscitation research at NYU Langone School of Medicine in New York City, said dying is “very comfortable”. And the doctor said people who have had a near-death experience sometimes describe encounters with deceased relatives but insists the sensation is not evidence of the afterlife. Regarding the physical process, Dr Parnia told a
recent Oz Talk: “Death is a process, it is not a black and white moment. “The final result is we have a deduction of oxygen that gets inside the brain when we are about to die and that causes our brain circuits to shut down and we become unconscious to the outside world. “When the heart stops, all life processes go out because there is no blood getting to the brain, to the kidneys, and liver and we become lifeless and motionless and that is the time that doctors use to give us a time of death.” READ MORE
|Destructive floods sweep through Athens outskirts, 15 killed||Posted: 16 Nov 2017 11:09 AM PST||
A severe overnight storm turned roads of towns on the outskirts of Greek capital Athens into raging rivers of mud and debris on November 15, 2017. At least 14 people have been killed and many injured. “Everything is lost, the disaster is biblical,” authorities said. Severe weather is expected to continue over most of the country and peak on Friday, November 17. Torrential rains hit Greek capital Athens overnight Wednesday, November 15, leaving at least 15 people dead and several missing in the town of Mandra, west of Athens.
Many of the dead were elderly people whose bodies were found inside their homes. At least two bodies were recovered from the sea by the Greek Coast Guard. According to the Greek Reporter, the industrial towns of Mandra, Nea Peramos, and Megara, 27 km (17 miles) west of Athens, were the worst hit by the severe storm that started after midnight (local time). Roads quickly turned into fast-flowing rivers of mud and debris, flooding homes and stranding drivers on roads. READ MORE
|Georgia School District Bans Coaches from Praying with Team: Players Pray Anyway||Posted: 16 Nov 2017 11:05 AM PST||
Fans noticed one difference last Friday night when the East Coweta High School football team in Georgia took off their helmets to pray before the game — no coaches were present. The Coweta County School System has banned the coaches from participating in the traditional pre-game prayer. So in a show of solidarity, the entire team took off their helmets and standing shoulder to shoulder, prayed right next to the bleachers with many parents and students in the stands clasping hands and praying with the team.
Last month, a group called the Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF), a Wisconsin-based non-profit, wrote a letter to the Coweta County School System, warning them it was illegal for public school employees to participate with students in prayer. It included a video showing Coach John Small bowing his head in prayer with his team. The video, the group said, was taken by a local concerned citizen. READ MORE
|Strong Magnitude 6.2 earthquake strikes Japan||Posted: 16 Nov 2017 11:01 AM PST||
A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the JMA as M6.2 hit Izu Islands region, Japan at 09:43 UTC (18:43 JST) on November 16, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 20 km (12.4 miles). USGS is reporting M5.8 at a depth of 71 km (44 miles), EMSC M5.8 at a depth of 100 km (62 miles). According to the EMSC, the epicenter was located 357 km (221 miles) S of Yokohama-shi (population 3,575,000) and
297 km (184 miles) SE of Shimoda (population 26,000), Japan. There are about 100 people living within 100 km (62 miles). Some 22 905 000 people are estimated to have felt weak shaking, according to the USGS. This earthquake poses no tsunami risk, JMA said. READ MORE
|Sonic boom heard and felt across North Alabama||Posted: 16 Nov 2017 10:57 AM PST||
Shortly after 1:40 p.m., a loud ‘boom’ was heard across North Alabama in Blount, Jefferson, Walker, Cullman, Talladega, Calhoun, Clay, Winston, Randolph, Tuscaloosa, and St. Clair counties. It’s the sound everybody is talking about. So much so, Trey Cochran wrote a song about it: Alabamians flocked
to Twitter, with many reporting, the event shook their homes. Lincoln resident Dawn Stanton described it as “…a propane tank just exploding. I looked and I didn’t see nothin’ sailing through the air.” The National Weather Service in Birmingham hypothesized the sound originated from an aircraft sonic boom or a meteorite from the Leonid shower. READ MORE
|Deadly plague in Madagascar escalates as doctors are now the latest victims||Posted: 16 Nov 2017 06:40 AM PST||
Dozens of medics treating patients infected by the lethal Black Death plague ravaging Madagascar have been struck down by the deadly disease. Scientists have warned Madagascar’s health system is at risk of reaching breaking point if the disease continues to spread. At least 165 people have been killed by the “medieval disease” to date with an estimated 2,000 thought to be infected, according to health officials.
Yesterday infection and immunity expert Dr Matthew Avison, of the University of Bristol, told Daily Star Online the health crisis is likely to “get worse before it gets better”. Doctors have issued warnings about a new strain of the airborne disease which “can kill in three hours”, local reports say. Dr Derek Gatherer, from Lancaster University, revealed the plague could spiral out of control in the same way Ebola did back in 2014. READ MORE
|F-15s Involved In Bizarre Encounter With Mystery Aircraft…||Posted: 16 Nov 2017 06:34 AM PST||
Something quite out of the ordinary occurred in the skies over Oregon on October 25th, 2017. A mystery aircraft was flying in daylight hours among the steady stream of airliners that traverse from south to north, between locales in California and Nevada and cities like Portland and Seattle and beyond. The incident began, at least as best we can tell, around 4:30pm near the California-Oregon border and resulted in multiple pilot eyewitnesses, recorded air traffic control audio, and eventual confirmations
from both the FAA and North American Aerospace Command (NORAD) that it did indeed occur. The first inklings of the story came to me shortly after the incident occurred from friends of mine in the aviation world. Sparse on details at the time, it sounded like it was probably just another one of the often misconstrued incidents that happen in the skies around the US everyday—ones where aircraft with inoperable radios or transponders stray into areas they shouldn’t. And sometimes these occurrences result in local fighter jets paying the wayward aircraft a visit at the direction of NORAD. FULL STORY
|Nearly half of people 65 or over are on at least five drugs a day||Posted: 16 Nov 2017 06:25 AM PST||
Almost half of over-65s in England are taking at least five different drugs a day, a Cambridge University study has found. The figure has risen from just 12 percent 20 years ago, while the proportion taking no pills at all dropped from around 20percentt in the late 1990s to just seven percent today. Researchers tracked more than 15,000 older people who took part in two long-term health studies which began in the 1990s.
Some of those who took part in the long-term investigation said they were on up to 23 tablets every day. Researchers expressed concern at the increasing dependence on prescription and over-the-counter medicines – known as ‘polypharmacy’. Studies show polypharmacy can increase the dangers of interactions between different drugs and the risk of frailty in older patients. It’s feared many patients are left on medications long-term without thorough or regular GP reviews. READ MORE
|Jim Caviezel to Star in Upcoming Biblical Film ‘Paul, Apostle Of Christ’||Posted: 16 Nov 2017 06:06 AM PST||
AFFIRM Films released an exclusive first-look teaser trailer for the upcoming Biblical epic film “Paul, Apostle Of Christ.” The movie is set to bring to life the thrilling story of Saul of Tarsus, the man that once persecuted Christians who went on to become one of the most powerful and important figures of the church. “Paul, Apostle Of Christ” stars Jim Caviezel as Luke, James Faulkner as Paul (“Game of Thrones”), Olivier Martinez (“S.W.A.T.”), Joanne Whalley (“A.D. The Bible Continues”) and John Lynch
(“The Secret Garden”). Caviezel won wide acclaim for his 2004 portrayal of Jesus in the most popular Christian film in blockbuster history, “The Passion Of The Christ.” “Our ‘first-look’ teaser shows both the dramatic heart and biblical authenticity of ‘Paul, Apostle Of Christ’” Director and Screenwriter Andrew Hyatt said in a statement shared with The Christian Post. “Each aspect of Paul’s life is based on what we know from the Bible, and we set that true story in the perilous world of Rome in the time of Nero’s persecution of Christians. It’s a captivating, emotional drama that brings the Bible to life.” READ MORE
|Would You Get Chipped?||Posted: 16 Nov 2017 06:00 AM PST||
The use of microchip implants has been a focal point for many science fiction movies and books over the past few decades. Whereas it used to be the stuff of science fiction and Hollywood, the technology has now become a reality for humans. Earlier this year, one Wisconsin-based company, Three Square Market, announced that it was planning surgically to implant up to 50 employee volunteers with a small microchip in each employee’s hand.
The implant would then give an employee the ability to work more efficiently by unlocking doors, logging into computers, and doing a number of other basic tasks by a simple wave of their hand. Three Square Market is a vending machine software company is hoping that this technology takes off and becomes mainstream. The company believes that it could soon provide a range of benefits to the consumer, including the ability to use the chip as a form of identification, a way to make purchases in a secure manner, and a simple way to access public transportation. MORE
|Taxpayers Pay for Military Service Member’s Sex Reassignment Surgery||Posted: 16 Nov 2017 05:55 AM PST||
The Department of Defense has announced that it will pay for an active-duty service member’s gender reassignment surgery, marking the first time since the Obama administration opened the door for transgender individuals to openly serve in the United States military that the Pentagon will pay for such a procedure. As first reported by BuzzFeed News, the Pentagon released a statement Tuesday announcing that the service member in question received a sex reassignment procedure at a private hospital.
“This afternoon, an active-duty military member received a sex-reassignment surgery. Military hospitals do not have the surgical expertise to perform this type of surgery, therefore it was conducted in a private hospital,” a statement attributed to Pentagon Chief Spokesperson Dana W. White, reads. “Because this service member had already begun a sex-reassignment course of treatment, and the treating doctor deemed this surgery medically necessary, a waiver was approved by the director of the Defense Health Agency. READ MORE
|DEVELOPING: At&t Customers Reporting Nationwide Outages||Posted: 15 Nov 2017 08:18 PM PST||
AT&T Inc on Wednesday said that some U.S. customers were not able to make wireless calls but that restarting their cellphones would fix the issue. DownDetector.com, which monitors outages, said customers across the country reported outages, including in Houston, New York and San Francisco. AT&T, which also owns satellite television service DirecTV, told customers on Twitter that it had no
estimate when service would be restored and technicians were working to fix the problem. According to DownDetector.com, customers reported more than 6,000 incidents by 6 p.m. EST (2300 GMT), out of which 44 percent found problems with the internet service, while 31 percent faced issues with the phones. READ MORE
|Democrats Take First Step to Impeach President Trump||Posted: 15 Nov 2017 06:52 PM PST||
A handful of Democrats have introduced articles of impeachment in Congress against President Donald Trump accusing him of obstruction of justice and other offenses. “We have taken this action because of great concerns for the country and our Constitution and our national security and our democracy,” Rep. Steve Cohen, a Democrat from Tennessee said at a news conference Wednesday. The five articles accuse the president of obstruction of justice relating to the firing of former FBI Director James Comey, which
the Democrats say was designed to impede an investigation, and undermining the independence of the federal judiciary. The action is likely to be stopped dead in its tracks in the Republican-led House of Representatives. Even a majority of Democrats don’t seem interested in supporting the route of impeachment, instead content to await the results of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into whether or not the Trump campaign coordinated with Russia in last year’s election. READ MORE
|The Last Time These 3 Ominous Signals Appeared Simultaneously Was Just Before The Last Financial Crisis||Posted: 15 Nov 2017 06:42 PM PST||
(Reported By Michael Snyder) We have not seen a “leadership reversal”, a “Hindenburg Omen” and a “Titanic Syndrome signal” all appear simultaneously since just before the last financial crisis. Does this mean that a stock market crash is imminent? Not necessarily, but as I have been writing about quite a bit recently, the markets are certainly primed for one. On Wednesday, the Dow fell another 138 points, and that represented the largest single day decline that we have seen since September. Much more importantly, the downward trend that has been developing over the past week appears to be accelerating. Just take a look at this chart.
Could we be right on the precipice of a major move to the downside? John Hussman certainly seems to think so. He is the one that pointed out that we have not seen this sort of a threefold sell signal since just before the last financial crisis. The following comes from Business Insider… On Tuesday, the number of New York Stock Exchange companies setting new 52-week lows climbed above the number hitting new highs, representing a “leadership reversal” that Hussman says highlights the deterioration of market internals. Stocks also received confirmation of two bearish market-breadth readings known as the Hindenburg Omen and the Titanic Syndrome. MORE
|New Planet Discovered That Could Sustain Life||Posted: 15 Nov 2017 06:23 PM PST||
You may want to get used to the name Ross 128 b. The newly discovered exoplanet is the second-closest found to our solar system, only 11 light-years away. And it could support life. Announcements about exoplanets, those found outside our solar system, seem almost commonplace in this golden age of discovery for astronomers. So why is Ross 128 b unique — apart from its rather human-sounding name?
The planet is about the same size as Earth, and it may have a similar surface temperature, making it a temperate world that could support life. Every 9.9 days, it completes an orbit around its host star, Ross 128, which is what’s known as a red dwarf star: They’re the coolest, faintest and most common stars found in the universe. CONTINUE
|Words Of Christ Coming To Pass With Global Wars and Conflicts Mounting||Posted: 15 Nov 2017 06:15 PM PST||
One of the things that Jesus told us to pay attention to regarding the “End Times” was the increase in global conflicts prior to his second return. In the book of Matthew, he tells us: “And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all[a] these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.” – Matthew 24:6-7
Now according to a new report from the Express, World War 3 fears are spreading around the globe as nations fall into political, diplomatic and financial crisis. I believe this new report once again shows us how truly close we are to the end of the age. A comprehensive global conflict map shows where tourists would encounter danger and violence across the world, including North Korea and the Middle East. But the conflict zones are not constricted the Middle East, with Africa and Asia also being deemed as unsafe.North Korea is naturally included on the map as the country’s aggressive nuclear testing campaign threatens to spark World War 3. Air raid sirens rang out across North Korea’s capital city, Pyongyang, over the weekend as the country forces its citizens to prepare for the possibility of conflict. While Kim Jong-un’s war of words with world leaders such as Donald Trump have made the global geopolitical climate increasingly volatile. CONTINUE
|Israeli Soldiers Petition Chief to Restore Army Bible Studies||Posted: 15 Nov 2017 06:05 PM PST||
Following the cancellation of a weekly Bible study class in October, over 800 Israel Defense Forces soldiers have signed a petition imploring IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot to reinstate the lessons. The popular class was canceled by General Aharon Haliva, commander of the IDF’s Technological and Logistics Directorate, without an explanation. General Haliva is known for his anti-religious sentiments. In 2010, several Knesset members even called for his dismissal following harsh rhetoric against
observant soldiers. “‘Sunday Sadness’ is a running phrase among Israel’s soldiers, which is used to describe their mood at having to return to base on Sundays after the Sabbath,” shared Dr. John A.I. Grossman, Chairman of LIBI USA, an organization which supports Israeli soldier welfare outside of the IDF budget, with Breaking Israel News. “This Bible class was called ‘Sunday Happiness’ to counteract that feeling. It brought a deeper purpose and understanding to our soldiers about the Holy Land and the importance of protecting it.” READ MORE
|Fireballs seen over AZ, OH, Germany, Switzerland, Austria and France in 10 hours||Posted: 15 Nov 2017 05:37 PM PST||
Four giant fireballs have been spotted in the skies above Texas, A large part of Europe – Germany, Switzerland, Austria, and France within 10 Hours! It all started on Nov. 14th around 4:50 pm (UTC) with a fireball exploding over Germany and reported by over 1180 witnesses also from Switzerland,
Lichtenstein, Luxembourg, and Italy. Less than five hours later, at 9:30 pm (UTC), France also reported another significant fireball lighting up the sky. Two significant fireballs disintegrated over the United States at 01:40 am (UTC) over Arizona and 03:30 am (UTC) over Ohio on Nov. 15th. Here some videos now: READ MORE
|Radioactive Cloud Over Europe Targets Russia as Chief Suspect||Posted: 15 Nov 2017 05:30 PM PST||
Scientists across Europe have been puzzling about a phenomenon that seemed laden with mystery and menace in somewhat uneven proportions — a concentration of radioactive pollution caused by a nuclide called ruthenium 106. Official monitors in France and Germany concluded that, based on weather patterns, the contamination detected since late September had emanated from southern Russia or from Kazakhstan. “The most plausible zone of release lies between the Volga and the Urals,” the French
Institute for Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety said on Nov. 9. Jean-Marc Peres, the institute’s director, told Reuters that the geographic area could indicate a spillage in Russia or in Kazakhstan. On Oct. 8, the German Federal Office for Radiation Protection said, “Russia must be assumed to be the region of origin of radioactive release” — a suggestion that was denied by Rosatom, the state company that runs Russia’s nuclear industry. READ MORE
|Grade School Terminates “Illegal” Lunchtime Bible Study||Posted: 15 Nov 2017 05:26 PM PST||
(Reported By Todd Starnes) Thou shall not study thy Bible — at least not during lunchtime. That’s the new commandment at Hudsonville Elementary School in Michigan. The school district shut down a lunchtime Bible study for fifth graders that was led by a teacher. “The teacher (who thought the Bible discussion was appropriate because it was during lunch and voluntary) immediately put an end to these lunch meetings,”
Hudsonville Public Schools wrote in a statement to television station WOOD. “We will continue to communicate and educate staff at all levels on the District’s policies related to religion in schools.” The controversy started after the Michigan Association of Civil Rights Activists ratted out the young Bible scholars. And they wasted no time in gloating over their victory. “This illegal and unconstitutional activity was being conducted without parental notification or consent,” READ MORE
|Alaska urged to prepare for nuke attack, Residents told to have emergency food and water||Posted: 15 Nov 2017 02:16 PM PST||
Alaska is being urged to prepare for a North Korean nuclear attack – amid fears that a warhead ‘could reach residents in 20 minutes’. The country will NOT attempt evacuations if maniac despot Kim Jong-un fires a nuclear missile, emergency planners have warned. Jeremy Zidek, from the state’s disaster planning team, urged locals to shelter in place should an attack happen – rather than risk being caught in the open for the blast.
He also urged families to have an emergency stash of food and water, flashlights, and radios. And while he insisted that Alaska was an unlikely target for a nuclear strike, Mr Zidek admitted that the state’s defensive facilities could be picked for an attack. Alaska is home to Fort Greely, where the US has interceptor rockets designed to destroy incoming intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs). READ MORE
|Family’s Home Burns to the Ground — One Item Left Totally Unscathed||Posted: 15 Nov 2017 02:01 PM PST||
A family in Rockhouse, Kentucky, lost absolutely everything during a horrific fire this week — everything aside from one prized possession: a Bible. The family went out for a doctor appointment and came back to their beloved house engulfed in flames, as oxygen tanks that were inside reportedly helped fuel the fire, according to WYMT-TV. “It just went,” Alisha Clevinger, daughter-in-law of home owner John Clevinger, told the outlet. “It was gone in no time.”But while the family’s belongings and memories were
gone from the home that John Clevinger had kept in his family for more than 100 years, spanning multiple generations, his Bible remained untouched by the flames.“Our entire living room was on fire except for a circle surrounding the table that the Bible was on,” the man’s grandson, John Clevinger III, told the outlet. “As soon as they grabbed it a piece of the ceiling came through and broke the table.” READ MORE
|US scientists attempt “gene editing” in the body for the first time||Posted: 15 Nov 2017 01:57 PM PST||
Scientists for the first time have tried editing a gene inside the body in a bold attempt to permanently change a person’s DNA to cure a disease. The experiment was done Monday in California on 44-year-old Brian Madeux. Through an IV, he received billions of copies of a corrective gene and a genetic tool to cut his DNA in a precise spot. “It’s kind of humbling” to be the first to test this, said Madeux, who has a metabolic disease called Hunter syndrome. “I’m willing to take that risk. Hopefully, it will help me and other people.”
Signs of whether it’s working may come in a month; tests will show for sure in three months. If it’s successful, it could give a major boost to the fledgling field of gene therapy. Scientists have edited people’s genes before, altering cells in the lab that are then returned to patients. There also are gene therapies that don’t involve editing DNA. But these methods can only be used for a few types of diseases. Some give results that may not last. Some others supply a new gene like a spare part, but can’t control where it inserts in the DNA, possibly causing a new problem like cancer. READ MORE
|North Korea mapping specific plan for ‘devastating’ EMP strike||Posted: 15 Nov 2017 10:00 AM PST||
Only a few weeks after a team of experts warned Congress that the nation faces an “existential threat” from North Korea from a possible electromagnetic pulse attack, a new report says the rogue nation is mapping a specific plan. Paul Bedard at the Washington Examiner wrote in his “Washington Secrets” column that the White House “is being warned that North Korea is mapping plans for a ‘devastating’ attack on the United States with an atmospheric nuclear explosion that would disable the nation’s electric grid, potentially leading to the deaths of virtually all impacted.” He said President
Trump “is being urged to create a special commission to tackle the potential for an electromagnetic pulse attack, one similar to the iconic Manhattan Project.” Bedard cited Marine Corps veteran Tommy Waller, an advocate for an EMP commission, now the director of special projects at the Center for Security Policy. “The first and foremost thing he must write is an executive order establishing his own EMP commission in the White House – a task force that draws from the experience of the previous EMP Commission,” Waller wrote. READ MORE
|Egyptian and Hindu Gods Appear on Washington Mall||Posted: 15 Nov 2017 09:53 AM PST||
A three-day weekend event on the Mall in Washington DC featured a massive seven-headed dragon as an exaggerated symbol of Satan in what one prominent rabbi sees as part of the reappearing battle against paganism, an ancient sin that is creeping back into the world. The third annual Catharsis on the Mall titled a Vigil for Healing, was held as a politically motivated incarnation of the desert Burning Man Festival from which it evolved. Catharsis, held from November 10-12, featured an array of art, music, lectures, interactive exhibits, meditation, healing, and workshops.
But unlike the Burning Man, held in an isolated desert location, the Washington gathering was politically oriented. “We sought a local experience that integrated the best of our … values with the immediate desire for political and cultural change that brings people to DC,” the organizers stated on their website. The event featured a 70-foot long seven-headed red metal dragon on wheels. The dragon, named after the ancient Egyptian god Abraxas, was clearly intended to reference Satan as described in the Christian Book of Revelations. MORE
|Here is Map Of All the UFO Sightings in America||Posted: 15 Nov 2017 09:40 AM PST||
Are we witnessing mass deception sweeping across America? Are we being conditioned for the coming Antichrist and his lying signs and wonders? A map of the US reveals all of the reported sightings of UFOs from 1995-2014. It shows a sharp spike in recent years of reported contact with alien life. It was first created by a team including Adam Crahen, for Kaggle UFO Sightings. Crahan is one half of the ‘Data Duo’. Click here for a full view of the map. The hot spots for alien visitors appear quite interesting. The numbers as crunched by Kaggle, also show that
the majority of sightings take place on a Saturday, and the most common time of day is 9-11pm. It also shows that July-January is UFO spotting season in the United States. The data also reveals that more and more have been reported since 2009 – perhaps suggesting a new interstellar bypass has been built that brings alien aircraft closer to Earth. On the other hand, this could mean nothing more than the rise of the Internet has made reporting sighting easier than it was in the 1990s. READ MORE
|Invasive New Education Technology Turns Students Into Lab Rats||Posted: 15 Nov 2017 09:32 AM PST||
As education-technology lobbyists persuade policy-makers that “personalized learning” is the golden ticket to academic achievement, parents must understand exactly what this concept is and what it means for children. What they discover should trigger a rebellion. As we’ve explained (see here, here, and here, for example), personalized learning means using technology to deliver instruction based on the “needs” of the student. A child will be propped in front of a screen and directed to interact with a sophisticated
software program that records thousands of behavioral data points. His physiological data can be harvested via the “Internet of Things,” which refers to a connected network of devices, such as wristbands, that deliver physical data to a smartphone or computer.All this psychological and physiological data will be fed into an algorithm that not only analyzes how the child’s brain works but predicts what he’ll do in the future. None of this is explained to parents when they’re told “personalized learning” is the wave of the future. MORE
|What I Learned from the Road to Damascus Encounter!||Posted: 15 Nov 2017 09:28 AM PST||
(By Ricky Scaparo) In this powerful message, you will discover how the road to Damascus encounter that Saul had with the Lord reveals to us that God can and will raise up anyone for his Kingdom purpose, regardless of their past, present or future!
|False prophets are back, claiming Nibiru is coming November 20th!||Posted: 15 Nov 2017 06:27 AM PST||
Some sources in the international media recently claimed the cataclysmic arrival of Nibiru will take place next week but Yuval Ovadia, an expert on the subject, uses Jewish esoteric sources to reject these claims. While Ovadia insisted the arrival of the end-of-days star is indeed imminent, he believes its appearance may not be disastrous as secular sources fear. Ovadia is an Israeli director/actor known for his documentaries about Nibiru, also referred to as Planet X. As such, he has been quoted by media
outlets around the world, one of which claimed on Tuesday that Ovadia set the date for Nibiru’s arrival on Monday, November 20. “I never announced a date for the arrival of Nibiru, and there are many reasons why I never will,” Ovadia told Breaking Israel News. “Citing a precise arrival is not part of the process and is used as disinformation by critics as a method for discrediting the entire theory. Every few months, a date is announced in the media for Nibiru, and then when Nibiru does not arrive, the cynics can claim it is proof that Nibiru doesn’t exist.” READ MORE
|Black Death plague can kill ‘in 3 hours’ as lethal disease goes ‘Airborne’||Posted: 15 Nov 2017 06:20 AM PST||
Doctors are struggling to keep a new lethal outbreak of the “Black Death” – also known as pneumonic plague – under control as numbers of recorded cases soar. The disease has already killed more than 165 people in Madagascar alone, with thousands more confirmed cases across the east African country. Malawi became the 10th neighboring nation to be placed on high alert following the deadly outbreak of the disease which wiped out a third of the medieval population. Madagascar’s health authorities have
installed medical checkpoints across the parts of the capital city of Antananarivo in an attempt to curb the spread of the plague. A local news crew following one health worker in the stricken city heard doctors informing residents that the new strain of the disease “can kill in three hours”. Earlier this week, infection and immunity expert Dr Matthew Avison told Daily Star Online that the “extremely rare” disease has been “resilient” to antibiotics. READ MORE
|Fears grip Madagascar as black death plague resistant to antibiotics||Posted: 15 Nov 2017 06:14 AM PST||
At least 165 people have been killed by the devastating outbreak of an airborne disease spreading like wildfire in Madagascar. Around another 2,000 people have been struck down by the – called pneumonic plague – by the lethal “medieval disease”. Infection and immunity expert Dr Matthew Avison, of the University of Bristol, has revealed the outbreak in East Africa is likely to become more serious
before the “crisis” ends. Speaking exclusively to Daily Star Online, Dr. Avison said because the disease is “extremely rare” it has been “resilient” to antibiotics. “Because this disease is extremely rare, it doesn’t get exposed to antibiotics that often,” he said. “That means it’s more resistant to antibiotics and the risk of death is higher.” However, he said if antibiotics are handed out quickly then the disease “can still be treated”. READ MORE
|FDA approves first digital drug with tracking system||Posted: 15 Nov 2017 06:03 AM PST||
Following the doctor’s orders might soon be unavoidable advice. The US Food and Drug Administration on Monday approved the first drug in the US with a digital ingestion tracking system. Abilify MyCite, an aripiprazole tablet embedded with an ingestible sensor, uses digital tracking to record whether the medication was taken. The tablet has been approved for the treatment of schizophrenia, acute treatment
of manic and mixed episodes associated with bipolar I disorder, and for use as an add-on treatment for depression in adults, the FDA said. The pill’s sensor sends a message to a wearable patch that transmits the information to an app, allowing patients to track the medication’s ingestion on their phone. Patients can also let their doctor or carer view the information through a portal online. READ MORE
|Woman who flipped off Trump rewarded with $100k and Job Opportunity||Posted: 15 Nov 2017 05:54 AM PST||
Welcome to America! Where disrespecting the president of the United States rewards you with $100k dollars and a high paying job! Now, what is the lesson this teaches our children? According to reports, The Northern Virginia woman who was fired for flipping off Pres. Trump’s motorcade is set to get about $100,000.
She also has a job offer. As of Tuesday evening, a GoFundMe set up for Juli Briskman had nearly reached its $100,000 goal. “I never imagined that my ‘one-finger salute’ to the Presidential motorcade and its occupant would cost me my job,” Briskman wrote in a note on the fundraising website’s page. The viral photo showed Briskman on her bicycle giving the middle finger as the president returned from golfing at his course in Loudoun County. READ MORE
|Mystery booms increasing in intensity across the US in November||Posted: 15 Nov 2017 05:45 AM PST||
Residents on both sides of the United States are currently reporting mystery booms and officials are only come up with general explanations or have no idea about the origin of these loud booms. Most probable sources are earthquakes, sky quakes, army training, and frost quakes… On the west coast, you can
certainly, talk about earthquakes being the culprit of these booms. In the Northeast, the current polar vortex – record cold temperature beaten in Boston – and thus frost quakes may be responsible for the loud noises. Other sources will be army training. But what about Idaho, Alabama, Texas, Louisiana, Texas, South Carolina and Florida? Read below to debunk the mystery: CONTINUE
|War between Iran & Saudi Arabia could send oil to $300 per barrel||Posted: 15 Nov 2017 05:38 AM PST||
An armed conflict between Riyadh and Tehran would have a major impact on oil markets and the global economy. RT asked experts what a war between the two Middle East superpowers would mean for crude prices. If a conflict happens, oil prices could increase 500 percent. “Energy prices will seriously depend on the severity of the conflict. Let’s remember the unrecognized Iraqi Kurdistan, which in a state of
continuous war exported about 550,000 barrels per day through Turkey. In this connection, we can expect a panic rise in oil price to $150-$200 on the first day of the conflict… If Saudis and Iran attack each other’s oil facilities, crude prices can skyrocket to $300,” Mikhail Mashchenko, an analyst at the eToro social network for investors told RT. MORE
|Phoenix residents report large fireball in the sky||Posted: 15 Nov 2017 05:26 AM PST||
Residents in Phoenix observed what appeared to be a bright meteor flying across the night sky on Tuesday. City officials in Phoenix tweeted about the event at around 11:30 p.m., calling it “something brilliant,” after a security camera captured the sight. Witnesses reported seeing a bright fireball-like flash in the sky. Check out the video of the dazzling display below about 10 seconds in on the right side
of the screen. “Did anyone just see that the meteor or asteroid just now? I’m in Arizona and it turned night sky’s into daylight,” one Twitter user wrote late Tuesday. Separately, the American Meteor Society said it received more than 200 reports of a fireball meteor seen above New York on Saturday night, AMS said. READ MORE
|Huge fireball seen by over a thousand people over western Germany||Posted: 15 Nov 2017 05:20 AM PST||
A huge fireball has been observed streaking across the sky over western Germany at 16:48 UTC (17:48 CET) on November 14, 2017. The event lasted between 7 and 20 seconds, according to eyewitness reports. The International Meteor Organization (IMO) received 1 188 reports by 12:00 UTC on November 15.
The event was primarily seen from southwestern Germany but people from northern Switzerland, northeastern France and as far south as northern Italy also reported seeing the event. IMO has so far received 2 photos and 3 videos of the event and is asking people who observed, recorded or photographed the event to submit their reports. MORE
|Rare 5.4 earthquake strikes South Korea: Heavy damage, several injured||Posted: 15 Nov 2017 05:10 AM PST||
A 5.4-magnitude earthquake shook South Korea’s southeastern coast on Wednesday afternoon, but no casualties were immediately reported. People evacuated buildings near the epicenter and the shaking was felt in Seoul.
The quake was centered off the coast about 9.3km northwest of the port city of Pohang, according to the US Geological Survey. South Korea’s state-run Korea Meteorological Administration measured the quake at the same strength but said the epicenter was inside Pohang. CONTINUE
|Strong 5.8 magnitude earthquake strikes Guam||Posted: 14 Nov 2017 06:56 PM PST||
According to reports, The island of Guam was shaken by a magnitude 5.8 earthquake Wednesday morning, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, the earthquake struck at 10:33 a.m. with a depth of
about 80 miles, about 66 miles southwest of Merizo. Guam Homeland Security/Office of Civil Defense has not yet received reports of damage. This is yet another strong quake in a series of earthquakes that have rattled the globe over the past 24 hours. MORE
|UPDATE: California gunman tried to access classrooms to target children||Posted: 14 Nov 2017 06:38 PM PST||
The gunman who killed four people and wounded at least 10 others, including two children, in Northern California Tuesday tried to access rooms at an elementary school to shoot more kids as part of a “bizarre and murderous rampage,” police said at a press conference Tuesday night. The shooter was killed by police after he opened fire at multiple “random” locations near Rancho Tehama Elementary School in
Corning early Tuesday. School officials heard shots being fired about a quarter-mile away and the school went into lockdown mode, Johnston said. He added the incident “could have been much worse if it wasn’t for the quick thinking” of the school’s staff, who put the school in immediate lockdown mode without instruction from police. READ MORE
|Drag queens drafted into nursery schools to teach children about sexual diversity||Posted: 14 Nov 2017 06:24 PM PST||
Drag queens are being brought into taxpayer-funded nursery schools so that children as young as two can learn about transgender issues. The cross-dressers are reading nursery rhymes and singing specially adapted songs ‘to teach children about LGBT tolerance’. Nursery bosses say the sessions are needed so that children can ‘see people who defy rigid gender restrictions’ and grow up to combat hate crime.
They want to target two and three-year-olds to influence them early, as they say at this age children have not yet developed any discriminatory ‘isms’. The ‘performances’ are the brainchild of Thomas Canham, a Bristol University law graduate and part-time cross-dresser who dismisses traditional notions of masculinity as ‘meaningless’. READ MORE
|Australians Vote in Favor of Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ in Nationwide Postal Survey||Posted: 14 Nov 2017 06:16 PM PST||
Australians have voted emphatically in support of same-sex marriage, paving the way for parliament to legalize homosexual unions before the end of the year. Some 61.6 percent of the more than 12 million people who took part in the government-run postal survey backed same-sex “marriage,” with 38.4 percent against, the Australian Bureau of Statistics announced on Wednesday. While the voluntary survey doesn’t legally bind parliament, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said the public “overwhelmingly” backed changing the law and urged lawmakers to respect the outcome. “We must
respect the voice of the people,” Turnbull told reporters in Canberra. “We asked them for their opinion and they have given it to us. It is unequivocal. It is overwhelming.” Turnbull’s call is supported by business, including Australia & New Zealand Banking Group Ltd., which says homosexual “marriage” would add A$650 million ($496 million) to the economy in the first year alone. But the right-leaning coalition government remains divided on the issue, with lawmakers arguing whether to let celebrants and other service providers opt out of marrying gay couples on religious grounds. MORE
|California Residents On Edge After A Swarm Of 10 Earthquakes Hits Near The San Andreas Fault||Posted: 14 Nov 2017 06:07 PM PST||
(Reported By Michael Snyder) Is the San Andreas Fault starting to wake up? On Monday, a “swarm” of 10 significant earthquakes struck Monterey County, California. The largest was a magnitude 4.6 earthquake that could be felt all the way over in San Francisco. Of course this comes at a time when other portions of “the Ring of Fire” are starting to awaken as well. For example, just yesterday I wrote about the alarming eruption of Mt. Popocatepetlthat just took place down in Mexico. For decades the west coast of North America has been relatively stable compared to the rest of the Ring of Fire, but now that is changing. So should those living along the west coast be on alert? Without a doubt, the shaking that happened on Monday definitely got a lot of attention…
A 4.6-magnitude earthquake rattled Monterey County on Monday and was felt more than 90 miles away in San Francisco, officials said. The quake hit at 11:31 a.m. about 13 miles northeast of Gonzales, near Salinas, and was followed by nine smaller aftershocks, with the largest measuring magnitude 2.8, said Annemarie Baltay, a seismologist with the U.S. Geological Survey in Menlo Park. Some experts are trying to assure us that we have nothing to be concerned about, but others are claiming that an earthquake swarm such as this “dramatically increases the likelihood of a major quake in California”. READ MORE
|Herbal supplement claims 36 lives||Posted: 14 Nov 2017 06:02 PM PST||
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With that brief question Jesus Christ confronted His followers with the most important issue they would ever face. He had spent much time with them and made some bold claims about His identity and authority. Now the time had come for them either to believe or deny His teachings.
Who do you say Jesus is? Your response to Him will determine not only your values and lifestyle, but your eternal destiny as well.
Consider what the Bible says about Him:
JESUS IS GOD
While Jesus was on earth there was much confusion about who He was. Some thought He was a wise man or a great prophet. Others thought He was a madman. Still others couldn’t decide or didn’t care. But Jesus said, “I and the Father are one” (John 10:30). That means He claimed to be nothing less than God in human flesh.
Many people today don’t understand that Jesus claimed to be God. They’re content to think of Him as little more than a great moral teacher. But even His enemies understood His claims to deity. That’s why they tried to stone Him to death (John 5:18; 10:33) and eventually had Him crucified (John 19:7).
C.S. Lewis observed, “You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come up with any patronizing nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to” (Mere Christianity [Macmillan, 1952], pp. 40-41).
If the biblical claims of Jesus are true, He is God!
JESUS IS HOLY
God is absolutely and perfectly holy (Isaiah 6:3), therefore He cannot commit or approve of evil (James 1:13).
As God, Jesus embodied every element of God’s character. Colossians 2:9 says, “In Him all the fulness of Deity dwells in bodily form.” He was perfectly holy (Hebrews 4:15). Even His enemies couldn’t prove any accusation against Him (John 8:46)
God requires holiness of us as well. First Peter 1:16 says, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”
JESUS IS THE SAVIOR
Our failure to obey God—to be holy—places us in danger of eternal punishment (2 Thessalonians 1:9). The truth is, we cannot obey Him because we have neither the desire nor the ability to do so. We are by nature rebellious toward God (Ephesians 2:1-3). The Bible calls our rebellion “sin.” According to Scripture, everyone is guilty of sin: “There is no man who does not sin” (1 Kings 8:46). “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). And we are incapable of changing our sinful condition. Jeremiah 13:23 says, “Can the Ethiopian change his skin or the leopard its spots? Neither can you do good who are accustomed to doing evil.”
That doesn’t mean we’re incapable of performing acts of human kindness. We might even be involved in various religious or humanitarian activities. But we’re utterly incapable of understanding, loving, or pleasing God on our own. The Bible says, “There is none righteous, not even one; there is none who understands, there is none who seeks for God; all have turned aside, together they have become useless; there is none who does good, there is not even one” (Romans 3:10-12).
God’s holiness and justice demand that all sin be punished by death: “The soul who sins will die” (Ezekiel 18:4). That’s hard for us to understand because we tend to evaluate sin on a relative scale, assuming some sins are less serious than others. However, the Bible teaches that all acts of sin are the result of sinful thinking and evil desires. That’s why simply changing our patterns of behavior can’t solve our sin problem or eliminate its consequences. We need to be changed inwardly so our thinking and desires are holy
Jesus is the only one who can forgive and transform us, thereby delivering us from the power and penalty of sin: “There is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men, by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).
Even though God’s justice demands death for sin, His love has provided a Savior, who paid the penalty and died for sinners: “Christ … died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, in order that He might bring us to God” (1 Peter 3:18). Christ’s death satisfied the demands of God’s justice, thereby enabling Him to forgive and save those who place their faith in Him (Romans 3:26). John 3:16 says, “God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.” He alone is “our great God and Savior” (Titus 2:13).
JESUS IS THE ONLY ACCEPTABLE OBJECT OF SAVING FAITH
Some people think it doesn’t matter what you believe as long as you’re sincere. But without a valid object your faith is useless
If you take poison—thinking it’s medicine—all the faith in the world won’t restore your life. Similarly, if Jesus is the only source of salvation, and you’re trusting in anyone or anything else for your salvation, your faith is useless.
Many people assume there are many paths to God and that each religion represents an aspect of truth. But Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me” (John 14:6). He didn’t claim to be one of many equally legitimate paths to God, or the way to God for His day only. He claimed to be the only way to God—then and forever.
JESUS IS LORD
Contemporary thinking says man is the product of evolution. But the Bible says we were created by a personal God to love, serve, and enjoy endless fellowship with Him
The New Testament reveals it was Jesus Himself who created everything (John 1:3; Colossians 1:16). Therefore He also owns and rules everything (Psalm 103:19). That means He has authority over our lives and we owe Him absolute allegiance, obedience, and worship.
Romans 10:9 says, “If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved.” Confessing Jesus as Lord means humbly submitting to His authority (Philippians 2:10-11). Believing that God has raised Him from the dead involves trusting in the historical fact of His resurrection—the pinnacle of Christian faith and the way the Father affirmed the deity and authority of the Son (Romans 1:4; Acts 17:30-31).
True faith is always accompanied by repentance from sin. Repentance is more than simply being sorry for sin. It is agreeing with God that you are sinful, confessing your sins to Him, and making a conscious choice to turn from sin and pursue holiness (Isaiah 55:7). Jesus said, “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments” (John 14:15); and “If you abide in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine” (John 8:31).
It isn’t enough to believe certain facts about Christ. Even Satan and his demons believe in the true God (James 2:19), but they don’t love and obey Him. Their faith is not genuine. True saving faith always responds in obedience (Ephesians 2:10).
Jesus is the sovereign Lord. When you obey Him you are acknowledging His lordship and submitting to His authority. That doesn’t mean your obedience will always be perfect, but that is your goal. There is no area of your life that you withhold from Him.
JESUS IS THE JUDGE
All who reject Jesus as their Lord and Savior will one day face Him as their Judge: “God is now declaring to men that all everywhere should repent, because He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead” (Acts 17:30-31).
Second Thessalonians 1:7-9 says, “The Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with His mighty angels in flaming fire, dealing out retribution to those who do not know God and to those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. And these will pay the penalty of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power.”
HOW WILL YOU RESPOND?
Who does the Bible say Jesus is? The living God, the Holy One, the Savior, the only valid object of saving faith, the sovereign Lord, and the righteous Judge.
Who do you say Jesus is? That is the inescapable question. He alone can redeem you—free you from the power and penalty of sin. He alone can transform you, restore you to fellowship with God, and give your life eternal purpose. Will you repent and believe in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior?
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