U.S. May OK Babies From DNA Of 3 People/Radiation contaminated more than 20,000 square miles and 43 million people in Japan According to EU Report/The bee apocalypse/29 Killed In Nigerian School/North Korea “Violates” Sea Border With South Korea and more signs of JESUS’ soon return


Official: Iran has studied Israeli strike tactics

A senior Iranian military official said Tuesday that the Islamic Republic has analyzed Israeli strikes during the 2006 war in Lebanon to boost its own defense capabilities against the U.S. and Israel.

 Iran sees Israel as its arch-nemesis. The Jewish state fought a 2006 war against Iran’s ally, the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah. Israel and the U.S. have not ruled out a military option against Iranian nuclear facilities.Gen. Gholam Reza Jalali, who heads a unit in charge of civil defense, said Iran sent a team to Lebanon to study strikes during the 2006 war and changed its defense plans accordingly.More

Marilyn Hickey Reports ‘Unusual Miracles’ During Muslim Indonesia Meetings

I’ve just spent three weeks in Indonesia ministering in four different churches throughout Jakarta and Solo. This was my 10th trip to this wonderful country, which is known as an archipelago nation. With more than 17,000 islands, 6,000 are inhabited.   Indonesia is the fourth most-populated country and reportedly is known as the largest Muslim country in the world, yet it has had continual revival for years. I find the people are open to the gospel, especially to healing and miracles. During this trip, I ministered from my study guide, entitled Seeing Jesus Bible Encounter, where you perceive Jesus in every book of the Bible. The teaching and study guide were received with enthusiasm. I love that they are so hungry for the Word. I was able to provide the study guide in their common language, and it will continue to be used throughout the nation. More

Megachurch Pastor Steven Furtick Under Fire for ‘Spontaneous Baptisms’

A Southern Bapitst megachurch pastor in North Carolina, already under fire for buying a $1.6 million house, is in the spotlight again for “spontaneous baptisms” that turn out to be not nearly so spontaneous. Steven Furtick, 34, routinely draws about 14,000 worshippers to several campuses of Elevation Church in and around Charlotte. The church, launched in 2006, have been listed by Outreach magazine as one of the top 100 fastest-growing churches in the country. Part of that growth has been attributed to Elevation’s flashy baptism ceremonies, particularly as the Southern Baptist Convention grows increasingly concerned about declining baptism rates as a key measure of evangelism and church vitality. But a new report from NBC Charlotte suggests that Elevation’s supposedly spontaneous baptisms are carefully planned ahead of time, with people planted in the congregation to start the walk down the aisle. More

The State of Connecticut is now demanding that gun owners across the state turn in all newly-banned, unregistered firearms and magazines or face felony arrest.  The State Police Special Licensing & Firearms Unit began mailing out notices to gun owners who attempted to register their firearms and accessories with the state but did not do so in time for the Jan. 1 deadline of Connecticut’s newly enacted gun control law. The law bans the sale of magazines holding over 10 rounds and “assault rifles” manufactured after 1994 and requires that residents who possessed either before the ban to register them with the state. “We are returning your application for [an] assault rifle certificate and/or [a] large capacity magazine declaration because it was not received or postmarked prior to January 1, 2014 as required by law,” the notice states. The letter breaks down the gun owner’s “options,” including surrendering their firearms and magazines to the police, selling them to a gun dealer, removing them from the state or rendering them inoperable. More

7 Christians Found Shot Execution-Style in Libya

Seven Egyptian Christians were found shot dead on a beach in eastern Libya after they were abducted from their apartments, security officials and local residents said, in the second such execution-style killing this year. Three years after the revolution that ousted Moammar Gadhafi, Libya’s weak government and army is struggling to impose state authority and control brigades of former rebels and Islamist militias in a country awash with weapons. A police officer told Reuters the bodies were found with gunshots to the head outside Benghazi in the east, where assassinations, kidnappings and car bombs are common and Islamist gunmen are active. ”They were killed by head shots in execution style,” a police officer said. “We don’t know who killed them.” Local residents and an Egyptian worker, who asked not to be identified because of fears for their security, said unknown gunmen had arrived at the Benghazi building where the Egyptians lived and dragged them away after going door to door asking if residents were Christian or Muslim. More

Olympic skier, gold medalist and Jesus-follower David Wise, 23, is leading an “alternative lifestyle” because he is married with a child. That’s according to a piece from NBC as part of its Sochi Olympics coverage. ”At such a young age, Wise has the lifestyle of an adult,” the article begins, begging the question—is Wise anything other than an adult at 23? ”Not to say the rest of the freestyle skiers of halfpipe are not mature, but Wise is mature far beyond his years,” the report continues. “At only 23 years old, he has a wife, Alexandra … and together they have a 2-year-old daughter waiting for them to return to their home in Reno, Nev.” According to the NBC piece, Wise is a also regular churchgoer who could imagine himself as a pastor someday. Backlash erupted quickly from Christians and advocates of traditional values, who said Wise’s lifestyle isn’t “alternative” but a forgotten norm. More

Yet Another “Successful Banker” Found Dead! Brings Count to 9

The dismal trail of dead bankers continues. As The Journal Star reports, a successful Lincoln businessman and member of a prominent local family died last week. Former National Bank of Commerce CEO James Stuart Jr. was found dead in Scottsdale, Ariz., the morning of Feb. 19. A family spokesman did not say what caused the death. This brings the total of banker deaths in recent weeks to 9 as Stuart is sadly survived by three sons and four daughters.  Stuart was a native of Lincoln and graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a degree in Business Administration. In 1969, Stuart joined Citibank in New York City and served as a loan officer until 1973, when he joined First Commerce Bancshares (then NBC Co.) as executive vice president.He was named president in 1976, chairman and CEO in 1978, and also became chairman and CEO of National Bank of Commerce in 1985. Stuart spent his life building the organization into an important business voice in Lincoln, friend and colleague Brad Korell said. More

Ukrainians Demand 2nd Amendment in New Constitution

The question of how much the Ukrainian revolution was a grass roots effort versus being driven by external influences will be put to the test by a demand from some Ukrainian citizens that a right to bear arms be included in the country’s new constitution.  Citing how riot police used force to crush dissent during the recent uprising, the Ukrainian Gun Owner’s Association has announced that it will, “start to work on the preparation of amendments to the Constitution, which will provide an unconditional right for Ukrainian citizens to bear arms.” “People should have the right to bear arms, which will be put in written into the Constitution. Authorities should not and will not be stronger than its people! Armed people are treated with respect!” states the press release. Whether the newly formed Ukrainian government (which will almost inevitably be comprised of EU-friendly puppets) will allow Ukrainians the bedrock freedom of the right to bear arms seems highly unlikely given Europe’s restrictive firearms laws. More

Does Belief in Heaven and Hell Impact Happiness?

Hell is a place few people aspire to go after they die — a spiritual realm that, in the Christian tradition, is described as being devoid of God’s presence. And a new study found that a belief in hell could actually lead to a lower level of happiness in life. Researchers from Simon Frasier University looked at how belief in both theological realms — heaven and hell — impacts peoples lives, but focused intensely on those who believe in one spiritual realm over the other, not those who embrace both simultaneously. Typically, this meant looking at data from individuals who believe in a heaven that is unchecked by hell, as Live Science reported. More

When I Should Have Died

I used to be fearful of a lot of things. I worried about money. I agonized over work projects and whether I was competent to perform a job well done. Seeking the approval of others was another fear. Did I offend them? Will they like me or secretly laugh at me? It’s funny the things I let consume my thoughts—such trivial matters in comparison to reality. Money? I could always make more. Work? I could always refine my skills. Approval? People, I’ve learned, are typically more concerned with themselves, not my little blunders. But a life-threatening sickness? That’s bone-wearying business. That’s real fear that trumps a host of nonsense. More


Major Bitcoin exchange website goes offline

A major bitcoin exchange has gone bust after secretly racking up catastrophic losses, other virtual currency companies said Tuesday — a potentially fatal blow for the exotic new form of money. The website of Tokyo-based Mt. Gox was returning a blank page Tuesday. The disappearance of the site follows the resignation Sunday of Mt. Gox CEO Mark Karpeles from the board of the Bitcoin Foundation, a group seeking legitimacy for the currency, and a withdrawal ban imposed at the exchange earlier this month. Prominent members of the Bitcoin community — including San Francisco-based wallet service Coinbase and Chinese exchange BTC China — sought to shore up confidence in the currency by saying Mt. Gox’s collapse was an isolated case of mismanagement. They said it had abused users’ trust, but did not offer details on how. More


Uganda newspaper names 200 ‘Homosexuals” after anti-gay law signed…

A Ugandan newspaper listed Tuesday 200 people it accused of being gay, a day after the president called homosexuals ‘mercenaries’ and signing one of the world’s toughest anti-gay laws. ”Exposed!” the headline of the Red Pepper tabloid read, beneath photographs of Ugandans it said were gay, as well as reporting on lurid stories of alleged homosexual actions. ”Uganda’s 200 top homos named,” the daily newspaper added, which listed both those who have openly declared their sexuality as well as those who had not, including gay rights activists, priests and music stars.  ”In salutation to the new law, today we unleash Uganda’s top homos and their sympathisers,” the newspaper added. In 2011, prominent Ugandan gay rights campaigner David Kato was bludgeoned to death at his home after a different newspaper splashed photos, names and addresses of gays in Uganda on its front page along with a yellow banner reading “Hang Them”. More

Chicago Could Get More Record-Breaking Cold.

010414_ff_dean_640It seems to be a little late in the season to be talking about this, but potentially record-breaking cold air is set to move into the area Wednesday and Thursday. Temperatures Tuesday will shoot toward 20 degrees with single-digit wind chills before colder air descends upon the Chicago area in the first of two cold fronts. Overnight lows into Wednesday will range from 0 degrees in the city to -10 degrees in the Fox Valley by dawn. The standing record low for Feb. 26 is -1 degrees, set in 1963. Forecast models show that record could be threatened. Wind chill is the other part of the story. The National Weather Service has posted a Wind Chill Advisory from midnight through noon Wednesday with values predicted between -20 degrees and -30 degrees.  More

Cheney: Obama Would Rather Fund Food Stamps Than the Military

The military cuts announced Monday by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will hurt future presidents’ ability to protect the country, says former Vice President Dick Cheney. ”I’ve obviously not been a strong supporter of Barack Obama, but this really is over the top. It does enormous long-term damage to our military,” Cheney said Monday on Fox News Channel’s “Hannity.” “They act as though it’s like highway spending in that you can turn it on and off.” The cuts, which would reduce the military to pre-World War II levels, would have a huge impact on the ability of presidents to deal with future crises, he said. Cheney was President George H.W. Bush’s secretary of defense during Operation Desert Storm in 1991, the relatively short incursion into Iraq, which had invaded U.S. ally Kuwait over oil. Cheney said the first thing he did after that victory was call former President Ronald Reagan and thank him for building up the military in the 1980s. More


Ukrainian synagogue reportedly firebombed in first violence against Jews

Molotov cocktails were thrown at the newly-built synagogue and Jewish community center of Zaporozhye, in southeastern Ukraine, on Monday night, according to a blog of the Chabad movement. It was the first known violence against Ukraine’s Jewish community since the unrest in that country began three months ago. The masked perpetrators managed to leave the premises without being apprehended by the community center’s security personnel, but were caught on camera, according to the Chabad blog. The community center was dedicated a little more than two years ago. The Molotov cocktails struck its exterior stone walls and apparently caused little damage. More

Radiation contaminated more than 20,000 square miles and 43 million people in Japan According to EU Report

In the three months following the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, which occurred back in March 2011, a land area larger than 20,000 square miles (mi2) became contaminated with high levels of radionuclides of both cesium and iodine, says a new European Commission report. Using the most realistic estimates in a mathematical model, scientists determined that as many as 43 million Japanese people, and perhaps even more, were exposed during that time to high levels of the two contaminants, which are still being spewed from the shuttered plant to this very day. As explained in a Science for Environment Policy News Alert, the study calculated the atmospheric deposition of the two radionuclides using a widely respected circulation model and focused specifically on emissions in gaseous form. The study also took into account factors that might affect radionuclide concentrations upon dispersion, including precipitation, wind patterns, particle sedimentation and radioactive decay. More

Google’s Schmidt: We don’t (yet) have a connection inside your brain

schmidti_610x336When I heard that Google’s Eric Schmidt had sat down to chat with a curiously trendy-looking Glenn Beck, I was hoping for questions like: “C’mon, Eric. Are you a commie?” Instead, what ensued was a conversation about man and machine achieving perfect harmony, something that Lenin spectacularly failed to master. Some might suspect that, in Google’s eyes, such harmony would involve Google being able to control your arm as it reaches to scratch your head. Schmidt, though, was at pains to put that concept to rest. He said: “Google does not have a connection inside of your brain.” More


PROPHECY WATCH: Two-state solution is essential to Israel’s security – Merkel

8ca5e281c2e6c3074c0f6a7067004508Chancellor Angela Merkel said Monday that she is visiting Israel with most of her new cabinet in order to show Germany’s friendship with the Jewish state and that her country is working to secure the future of Israel.  Merkel was speaking at an evening press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Germany is Israel’s closest European ally and holds an annual joint Cabinet session with its Israeli counterparts. Recently, however, tensions with Europe, and also Germany, have raised over West Bank settlement policies. ”We have come here with almost the whole of our new government and we wanted to show you in this way that this is indeed a very strong friendship,” Merkel said in German and relayed in English through a translator. More


You Can Pay Via Fingerprint With Samsung’s Latest Phone

At Mobile World Congress today, Samsung announced the latest version of its flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S5. If it’s anything like the S4, lots of people will buy it. Since it has a larger number in the front, it will probably be better: bigger, faster, etc.  But more intriguingly, it’s going long on biometrics: not only does it feature a pulse-detector, there’s also a fingerprint scanner stuffed inside, a la the latest iPhone. Unlike Apple’s machine, though, Samsung has teamed up with PayPal to get you shopping through, literally, the press of a single button. Rather than logging in with a standard password on sites accepting PayPal, S5 users will soon be able to access their accounts through their fingers. More

DAYS OF NOAH – U.S. May OK Babies From DNA Of 3 People

1937768448-dna-testing-UK-may-OK-creating-babies-with-DNA-from-3-peoplFederal health regulators will consider this week whether to green light a provocative new fertilization technique that could eventually create babies from the DNA of three people, with the goal of preventing mothers from passing on debilitating genetic diseases to their children. The Food and Drug Administration has framed its two-day meeting as a “scientific, technologic and clinical” discussion about how to test the approach in humans. But the technique itself raises a number of ethical questions, including whether the government should sanction the creation of genetically modified humans. The FDA panel will hear from several prominent critics who oppose any human testing of the approach, arguing that it could be a slippery slope toward “designer babies,” – in which parents customize traits like eye color, height and intelligence. But the field’s leading U.S. researcher will be on hand to explain and defend his work, which he describes as “gene correction,” rather than “gene modification.” More

Boehner and Obama, to hold closed-door meeting Tuesday

dt.common.streams.StreamServerPresident Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner will hold a closed-door meeting at 11:30 am at the White House Tuesday. A proposed immigration rewrite is high on the list of likely topics. The news of the meeting was announced late Monday night by White House officials. But the press will be excluded. “This meeting is closed press,” according to the White House statement. The speaker’s blog didn’t offer any information about the meeting. The meeting is a risky move for Boehner because numerous polls show the proposed immigration increases are very unpopular among swing-voters and GOP-leaning voters. Those increases are popular among wealthy Americans, business executives, progressives and Wall Street donors. Public opposition has already persuaded many House legislators, and several Senate GOP leaders, to oppose votes on immigration bills, and caused Boehner to announce he was putting the brakes on consideration of any bill. More

State Department pressing Iraq for answers after report of arms deal with Iran

Iran has signed a deal to sell Iraq arms and ammunition worth $195 million, according to documents seen by Reuters – a move that would break a U.N. embargo on weapons sales by Tehran. The agreement was reached at the end of November, the documents showed, just weeks after Iraq’s Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki returned from lobbying the Obama administration in Washington for extra weapons to fight al Qaeda-linked militants. Some in Washington are nervous about providing sensitive U.S. military equipment to a country they worry is becoming too close to Iran. Several Iraqi lawmakers said Maliki had made the deal because he was fed up with delays in U.S. arms deliveries. A spokesman for the Iraqi prime minister would not confirm or deny the sale, but said such a deal would be understandable given Iraq’s current security troubles. More

Three Republicans who supported a bill bolstering the rights of business owners to refuse service to gays and others on the basis of religion reversed course Monday and asked the governor to veto the controversial measure. Republican state Sens. Adam Driggs, Steve Pierce and Bob Worsley delivered a letter to Gov. Jan Brewer  pleading for her to reject SB 1062. The measure is intended to bolster a business owner’s right to refuse service to gays and others if the owner believes doing so violates the practice and observance of his or her religion. “While our sincere intent in voting for this bill was to create a shield for all citizens’ religious liberties, the bill has instead been mischaracterized by its opponents as a sword for religious intolerance. These allegations are causing our state immeasurable harm,” they wrote. “As Arizona leaders, we feel it is important to loudly proclaim that we strongly condemn discrimination in any form.” More

JPMorgan Chase is planning more job cuts in its mortgage business on top of the 13,000-15,000 positions already due to be slashed because of plunging demand for home loans. Several thousand more cuts are planned, according to people familiar with the matter, and could be announced at JPMorgan’s annual investor day on Tuesday. They are part of a new efficiency drive at the largest US bank by assets that also encompasses staffing branches with fewer employees. Jamie Dimon, chief executive, and his management team are due to address shareholders for the first time since the bank agreed to a record $13bn settlement with the Department of Justice and regulators to resolve allegations of mortgage mis-selling. Despite two years of giant legal costs and fraught run-ins with regulators, the investor meeting comes at a time when the bank’s share price of $58.03 is close to a record high. More

Russian Ships Arrive On Ukraine’s Crimean Coast As Fears Mount Over Russian Invasion In the Region

According to Russian news site flot.com, Russian military ships carrying soldiers have arrived on Ukraine’s Crimean coast in what some are claiming could be the early signs of a Russian coup in the hotly disputed autonomous region of the Crimea. Russia’s large landing ship Nikolai Filchenkov has arrived near the Russia Black Sea Fleet’s base at Sevastopol, which Russia has leased from Ukraine since the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991. The ship is reported to be carrying as many as 200 soldiers and has joined four additional ship carrying an unknown amount of Special Forces troops. Flot.com also reported over the weekend that personnel from the 45th Airborne Special Forces unit and additional divisions had been airlifted into Anapa, a city on Russia’s Black Sea coastline. In addition, it is believed that Russia’s Sevastopol base contains as many as 26,000 troops already, according to the German Institute for International And Security Affairs. More

After reported strike on Hezbollah, PM says Israel will defend itself

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hinted Tuesday at Israeli involvement in a reported air raid on a Hezbollah position on the Lebanon Syria border a night earlier. Speaking at a joint press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Netanyahu said he would not speak to the reports that Israeli planes struck a missile shipment or missile base in the Baalbek region on the border between the Syria and Lebanon. However, he added that Israel would defend itself through whatever means necessary. “Our policy is clear,” he said to a reporter’s question about the reported strike. “I won’t speak about what is being claimed or not being claimed. However, we will do everything we need to in order to defend the security of our citizens.” More

 4.4 billion-year-old crystal is oldest piece of Earth

140224140510-zircon-story-topFrom a sheep ranch in Western Australia comes the oldest slice of Earth we know. Scientists say they have dated an ancient crystal called a zircon to about 4.4 billion years, making it the earliest confirmed piece of the planet’s crust. The findings — the first to describe the zircon — were published in the journal Nature Geoscience on Sunday. ”This is the oldest and the best dated of all the crystals that have been reported,” said John Valley, lead study author and professor in the Department of Geoscience at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. This crystal is a translucent red, Valley said, but glows blue when bombarded with electrons. At 400 micrometers long, its biggest dimension is just a tad larger than a house dust mite, or about four human hairs. The crystal was found in an arid region north of Perth, Australia, in a low range of hills called the Jack Hills, in 2001. More

Arizona bill letting businesses deny service for religious reasons sparks heated debate

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer is facing pressure from both sides of a heated debate over religious rights, as she weighs whether to sign a bill that would legally protect businesses that deny services to customers for religious reasons.  The bill cleared the Arizona Legislature last week. Opponents are calling the measure “state-sanctioned discrimination” and raising such scenarios as gays being denied restaurant service or medical treatment when a business owner’s religion doesn’t condone homosexuality. The bill updates existing Arizona law on the “exercise of religion” and protects businesses, corporations and people from lawsuits if they deny services based on a “sincere” religious belief. Supporters argue the bill is about protecting religious freedom, not about allowing discrimination. And they frequently cite the case of a New Mexico photographer sued for refusing to take wedding pictures of a gay couple. More

What Is Happening In Ukraine Is Far More Important Than Most People Realize

APTOPIX_Ukraine_Protest-04734What the people of Ukraine are being put through is absolutely horrible.  They are caught in the middle of a massive tug of war between the East and the West, and they are paying a great price for it.  Ultimately, Ukraine will end up either being dominated by Russia (a bad outcome) or by the EU and the United States (another bad outcome).  Most Ukrainians just want to be free and want to be able to build a better future for themselves and their families, but it is extremely unlikely that they will be able to escape the specter of foreign domination.  Meanwhile, the violence in Ukraine is planting the seeds for a potentially much larger conflict down the road.  The days of “friendly relations” between the United States and Russia are now gone.  Russia is absolutely furious that the U.S. has fueled a violent revolution on its own border, and it is something that Russian officials will not forget for a very long time.  In return, U.S. officials are taking an increasingly harsh stance toward Russia.  In the end, the seeds that are being planted right now could ultimately blossom into a full-blown conflict between the superpowers in the years to come.More

Acetaminophen in Pregnancy Linked to ‘ADHD’ in Children

344574437f58331cca1f26c613529bed745b1a8bDoctors frequently recommend acetaminophen, commonly found in over-the-counter pain relievers including Tylenol, to pregnant women for treating mild pain.  But a new study out of Denmark suggests the use of acetaminophen during pregnancy could be associated with ADHD-like behavioral problems in children. “(Pregnant women) shouldn’t worry at this point,” says study author Dr. Beate Ritz, professor and chair of the epidemiology department at the University of California, Los Angeles. “But if I were a woman who was pregnant … I would try to avoid taking painkillers as much as I can until we know more about this.” The study, published Monday in the medical journal JAMA Pediatrics, analyzed data from more than 64,000 children enrolled in the Danish National Birth Cohort study between 1996 and 2002. Mothers in the cohort study reported on their children’s behavior, and the researchers looked at databases to determine how many prescriptions for ADHD drugs were written and how many children received a diagnosis of a severe form of ADHD called hyperkinetic disorder, or HKD. More

New Mexico admits nuclear plant leaking radiation

CARLSBAD, N.M. — Officials investigating a leak from the federal government’s only underground nuclear waste dump tried to reassure skeptical southeastern New Mexico residents Monday night that their health is safe. More than 250 people attended a two-hour meeting to ask questions about back-to-back accidents at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad and the first-known release of radiation from the repository. ”I’m just a mom,” said Anna Hovrud, “and my first reaction was to start praying. … Basically I am not understanding about two-thirds of what has been said here. Is there a chance we could be exposed to radiation, that we are being poisoned somehow, while we are waiting for these samples?” Joe Franco, who manages the Department of Energy’s Carlsbad office, told Hovrud “there is no risk from this event that would be a hazard to you or your children.” Farok Sharif, president of the Nuclear Waste Partnership that runs the plant, told Hovrud his family also lives in the community. And he said he has been to the site repeatedly in the past week — without protective gear — to gather readings “because I know it is safe.” More

Return of the Polar Vortex?

Another bout of painfully cold Arctic air is on its way to the northern United States, reviving talk of what has become popularly known as the “polar vortex.” By Thursday, temperatures will have dropped to as low as 30 degrees Fahrenheit (17 degrees Celsius) below the average temperature for this time of the year, meteorologists say, with highs dipping down into the teens in New York City and into the single digits in Chicago. Average temperatures for this time of year in those regions are generally closer to 45 and 40 F (7.2 and 4.4 C), respectively, said Bernie Rayno, a meteorologist with Accuweather. While it’s not necessarily inaccurate to refer to the event as the “polar vortex,” Rayno said, the increased hype around this phrase since January’s deep chill has warped people’s perceptions of what is actually a fairly common weather phenomenon. [Weirdo Weather: 7 Rare Weather Events] ”We have seen this happen every winter in the past 24 years I have been a meteorologist, but this winter, it has happened more frequently in the upper Midwest and Northeast,” Rayno told Live Science. More


While Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was awaiting the arrival of German Chancellor Angela Merkel at his Jerusalem residence Monday evening, his mind was undoubtedly on the case being heard across town at the Supreme Court. In his meeting with Merkel, Netanyahu sought to determine how much support he would receive from Germany in his efforts to prevent a nuclear Iran and maintain as much as possible of the Land of Israel in an agreement with the Palestinians. But both of those issues could end up being decided by a new prime minister if he loses the support of his party. Channel 2 mocked the expense Netanyahu paid for multiple high-profile lawyers who represented him in court, but it was not surprising that the prime minister spared no expense when his political career was on the line. More

Disappearance of bees leads to human extinction

486701772_ef16bea559_bDiseases that afflict domestic bees are also contagious to bumblebees and other wild fertilizers, British scientists say. Some 90 percent of domestic and wild bees have died in the US for the last ten years. In Great Britain this rate has reached 50 percent. Wholesale deaths are also seen in Sweden, Germany, Austria, Italy, Israel and other countries. This threatens the planet’s ecosystems and may strengthen the food crisis, specialists say. The danger of extinction threatens bees. Billions of honeybees worldwide die, leaving people face to face with unpollinated flowers. According to the latest data, productivity of horticultural crops, especially apples and almond-tress, has fallen in the US. Every spring hives are transported or even imported from other countries to the leanest regions of the US. But this can hardly help, as the most of the transported bees dies to the next season. Moreover, during the transportation, there is a risk of epidemic spreading. More


Eric Holder tells State Level Counterparts “You Don’t Have To Defend Gay Marriage Bans”

DAYS OF LOT –  U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder urged his state-level counterparts to recognize that they’re not required to defend any state ban on same-sex marriage, speaking to The New York Times on Monday. Holder argued that attorneys general should apply significant scrutiny to laws — like gay marriage bans — that raise constitutional issues before deciding to defend them. “Engaging in that process and making that determination is something that’s appropriate for an attorney general to do,” he told the Times. Holder has been a vocal proponent of social justice as attorney general, refusing to legally defend the portion of the Defense of Marriage Act that banned the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages sanctioned by the states — a move that ultimately led to the Supreme Court declaring that part of the law unconstitutional last summer. More

Bible stops bullets, saving bus driver’s life

DAYTON, OH (KTRK) – A bus driver’s faith might have saved his life. Dayton police say a religious devotional book was in the man’s shirt pocket over his heart and it stopped two bullets shot at his chest Rickey Waggoner, 49, was driving a public transit bus when it broke down, so he pulled to the side of the road to try to fix the problem. That’s when he was attacked by a group of males who shot him three times and stabbed him in the arm. One bullet struck Waggoner in the leg, but the other two jammed into the Bible and didn’t penetrate his chest. Waggoner was taken to a hospital and is expected to recover. ABC

Three cases involving Second Amendment issues were turned away from the Supreme Court on Monday. The cases concerned the right of Americans to carry firearms outside their homes for self-defense. The Court did not comment on petitions for certiorari for NRA v. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and FirearmsNRA v. McCraw and Lane v. HolderConstitution Daily reports the cases were considered on Friday in private conference. A fourth case, however, may ultimately be considered by the Court and settle the matter. Drake v. Jerejian addresses gun control in New Jersey. The case argues that the Second Amendment permits a resident of the state to carry a firearm outside the home without providing justification to the state. A number of amici curiae briefs were filed with the Court on February 12. The Court is set to respond by March 14, according to the SCOTUSBlog. The Court has not ruled on the Second Amendment since 2010 when it issued a decision onMcDonald v. City of Chicago. The case added to the 2008 Heller decision. Heller held in a 5-4 decision the Second Amendment applies to the District of Columbia and protects an individual’s right to possess a firearm for self-defense. It struck down a DC law outlawing the possession of handguns in the home. More

Death Toll Rises to 12 in Divided Venezuela

Anti-government demonstrators set up barricades and started fires in Venezuela’s capital on Monday despite calls from within the opposition to rein in protests in which at least 12 people have died in the OPEC nation. Traffic slowed to a crawl around Caracas, and many people stayed at home, as protesters burned trash and piled debris along main avenues a day after opposition leader Henrique Capriles called on them to keep demonstrations peaceful. ”We know we’re bothering people but we have to wake up Venezuela!” student Pablo Herrera, 23, said next to a barricade in the affluent Los Palos Grandes district of Caracas. Authorities in the convulsed border state of Tachira confirmed the latest death from the unrest: a man hit by a stray bullet watching a protest from the balcony of his apartment. More


Uganda president: Homosexuals are ‘disgusting’

President Yoweri Museveni, who made anti-homosexuality laws in Uganda much tougher Monday, told CNN in an exclusive interview that sexual behavior is a matter of choice and gay people are “disgusting.” After signing the bill that made some homosexual acts punishable by life in prison, Museveni told CNN’s Zain Verjee that, in his view, being homosexual is “unnatural” and not a human right.  ”They’re disgusting. What sort of people are they?” he said. “I never knew what they were doing. I’ve been told recently that what they do is terrible. Disgusting. But I was ready to ignore that if there was proof that that’s how he is born, abnormal. But now the proof is not there.” Museveni had commissioned a group of Ugandan government scientists to study whether homosexuality is “learned,” concluding that it is a matter of choice. ”I was regarding it as an inborn problem,” he said. “Genetic distortion — that was my argument. But now our scientists have knocked this one out.” More

Dragon’s head appears from magical Northern Lights in the Arctic Circle

article-2566374-1BC256D100000578-704_964x422With their vivid colours and swirling shapes, the northern lights are already considered one of the most magical sights to see. But this might just be the most enchanting sight yet – the image of a dragon’s head appearing as the Northern Lights dance across the night sky.  The ghostly shape of the mythical creature was formed out of swathes of green as the lights appeared in the Arctic Circle.  These long-exposure images were captured by astrophotographer Juan Carlos Casado, 55, who described them as ‘mesmerising’. ’Auroras make you relaxed and you dream like you are a kid,’ he said. ’The movements cause changing and beautiful forms within minutes, sometimes with intense colours, and if activity is high their size can completely fill the sky. ’There is a sense of great joy to observe directly something you’ve previously only known from photographs or documentaries.’ Other spectacular shapes forming included a bird above a jacuzzi full of tourists and a rainbow arching over a still fjord. More

DAYS OF LOT – Arizona GOP State Senator Regrets Voting For Anti-Gay SB 1062: ‘I Screwed Up’

Arizona state Sen. Steve Pierce (R) was one of the lawmakers who voted to pass SB 1062, a controversial bill that would allow businesses to refuse service to same-sex couples. He is now saying he made a mistake in supporting the legislation and wants the governor to veto it. ”I screwed up,” he told Capitol Media Services Sunday. “I’m trying to make it right.” On Saturday, Pierce also said he didn’t like the image and attention Arizona was getting because of the bill. ”I don’t like the negative picture of Arizona, and I’m on board asking the governor to veto the bill,” Pierce told the Daily Courier. He added, however, that he didn’t like calling the bill “anti-gay.” ”To say [the bill is] anti-gay is following the feeding frenzy,” Pierce said. “I have friends that are gay and I wouldn’t do anything to hurt them. This is blown way out of proportion and it’s too bad.” More


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