Dutch priest shot dead in Syria’s Homs/US sending anti-tank weapons to Syrian rebels/Pro-Russian activists scuffle with police/Scientist Invent Injectable Oxygen Particle That Lets You Live Without Breathing! and more signs of JESUS’ soon return

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Woman SWAT Teamed At Gunpoint After Shopping At Garden Centre

Drug Enforcement Administration agents stormed into an Illinois woman’s home and arrested her after she shopped for some organic fertilizer in a local garden store.  Police reports released as part of a lawsuit detail how Four DEA agents and five local cops from Shorewood descended on 46 year old Angela Kirking’s home at 5am last October. The raid was a culmination of a MONTH long stake out, during which feds searched through Kirking’s trash, monitored her electricity usage, and generally spied on her activities, all in the belief that she was growing marijuana. A trip to an indoor garden center sealed the deal for the feds when Kirking emerged with “a green plastic bag containing unknown items.” Speaking with local media Kirking described the raid, noting “They had a gun pointed at me when they said, ‘Are there any illegal substances in your house?’” Kirking was eventually charged with just two misdemeanors, as the feds turned up a paltry 9.3 grams of marijuana in her study, as well as a book on growing marijuana and some weighing scales. Kirking’s attorney is demanding that the case be thrown out of court, claiming that the search warrant cops obtained was bogus. More

Volcanic island eats another off Japan

One Japanese island has swallowed another. NASA’s Earth Observatory reports that Niijima island, a volcano which broke through the ocean’s surface last November, has now merged with a nearby island that formed from a volcano which last erupted 40 years ago. Niijima emerged about 500 meters (550 yards) from the older Nishinoshima in November. Now, according to observations taken at the end of March, they are one, measuring about a kilometer (six-tenths of a mile) across. And at its highest point, the new island is 60 meters (almost 200 feet) above sea level. That’s triple the highest point observed in December, according to the NASA report. More

BREAKING NEWS: Assad using chemical weapons again, Israeli official says


Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime used chemical weapons in two attacks in Damascus 10 days ago, a senior Israeli defense official said Monday.  The official said that nonlethal agents were used to incapacitate opposition fighters. He claimed that two attacks were carried out on March 27 in the Harasta neighborhood of Damascus, and that the effects of the chemicals lasted for several hours. According to the official, the compound used in the attacks was not listed among the chemicals that Syria committed to dispose of when it signed an agreement in September 2013 to give up its chemical weapons. The assertion backs reports from opposition groups, which last month claimed that Assad loyalists had used chemical agents in attacks. More

White House Warns Russia: Don’t Intervene In Eastern Ukraine

The White House is warning Russia against intervening in eastern Ukraine and threatening further sanctions. White House spokesman Jay Carney says there’s strong evidence that some pro-Russian protesters who have taken over government buildings in eastern Ukraine were paid, and not local residents. He says escalation in Ukraine is the result of increased Russian pressure. Carney says if Russia moves into eastern Ukraine either overtly or covertly, it would be a very serious escalation. He’s calling on Russian President Vladimir Putin to cease efforts to destabilize the area. He says Russia must pull back its troops from the border. Pro-Russian separatists in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk have also proclaimed the region independent. The chain of events has raised concerns about a repeat of Russia’s annexation of Crimea. More

China warns US over Hong Kong

China has warned the US not to interfere in Hong Kong’s affairs, following a meeting between US Vice President Joe Biden and anti-Beijing activists. A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman on Sunday urged Washington to “proceed discreetly” regarding the affairs of Hong Kong to avoid damage to China-US ties, Xinhua news agency reported. The Chinese spokesman also said that Hong Kong is going through a critical time of political reform and that Beijing is opposed to interference by any country in its internal affairs. “The people in Hong Kong are enjoying unprecedented democratic rights and freedom, which has won international acclaim,” said the Chinese official. The warning came after Biden met with Martin Lee, a founder of Hong Kong’s opposition Democratic Party, and Anson Chan, the former number two in the city’s government, at the White House on Friday. Biden “underscored our long-standing support for democracy in Hong Kong,” the White House said in a statement after the meeting. Hong Kong is a special administrative region of China. The financial hub used to be a British colony before it was returned to China back in 1997. Press TV

Chinese Govmnt Wants to Curb Spread of Christianity, Threatening to Demolish Their Church.

In the face of an official campaign to curb the rapid spread of Christianity, thousands of Chinese Christians have camped in and around a church in the eastern part of the country in order to prevent its demolition, the Washington Post reported.  Local officials in the province of Zhejiang embarked on a campaign in February to demolish any church buildings that violated local regulations, according to a government Web site, given their concern that Christianity was growing too fast and in an “unsustainable” manner. When leaders of Sanjiang Church in Wenzhou refused to remove small spires on the rooftop, officials threatened to tear down the entire building, according to Zheng Leguo, an evangelical church leader from Wenzhou. A local Christian leader who requested anonymity for fear of retaliation told the Post he’s been staying in the church since Thursday with about 3,000 other Christians — some of whom are from neighboring churches and are helping to guard the building. More

 

Mom Speaks Out After Son Defied Alleged Bible Ban and Stood Up for His Right to Read the Religious Text

The American Civil Liberties Union is claiming victory in the case of a young boy who was reportedly banned from reading his Bible during an after school program in Tennessee. And in the wake of the resolution, the child’s mother has said she’s proud that her son defended his religious rights. As TheBlaze previously reported, the civil rights group recently wrote a letter to Tennessee’s Cannon County REACH after-school program, defending the child and attempting to clarify First Amendment protections.  According to the American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee, REACH, a publicly funded organization, subsequently educated staff members on students’ constitutional rights in public schools and circulated the letter with its staff. “We are pleased that the REACH program has trained their staff on their obligation under the law to safeguard their students’ religious liberties without imposing religion on them,” Thomas H. Castelli, American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee legal director, said in a statement. “We will continue monitoring the program to ensure that students’ religious freedom is protected.” More

‘Created on the Sixth Day’: Proposed South Carolina Bill Recognizes Creation of Woolly Mammoth


COLUMBIA, S.C. 
– Despite criticism from evolutionists, a proposed bill in South Carolina has been amended to include a reference to the biblical creation account. House Bill 4482 (HB4482) is a short bill which would officially designate the Columbian Mammoth as South Carolina’s state fossil. Lawmakers say the remains of hundreds of mammoths have been unearthed across South Carolina, so they want to commemorate the animal’s heritage in their state. Kevin Bryant, a state senator from Anderson, initially proposed to insert three verses from the King James Bible—Genesis 1:24-25 and Genesis 1:31—into HB4482, saying he wanted “to recognize the creator” in the bill. “And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so,” the Genesis 1:24-25 passage states. “And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good.” “And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good,” says Genesis 1:31. “And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.”More

Idaho School Board Votes to Pull Profane Novel Mocking Christianity from Curriculum


MERIDIAN, Idaho –
 A school board in Idaho has voted to pull a controversial novel from its 10th grade curriculum after parents complained about its profane and vulgar language and anti-Christian sentiments. The Meridian School Board voted 2-1 this past week to remove The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian from the supplemental reading list. The novel, written by Sherman Alexie, centers on the life of a young American Indian boy who leaves his school on an Indian reservation and begins attending an all-white school. It won the 2007 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. However, in addition to using racial epithets and profanity, the book also reportedly contains a reference to masturbation, a depiction of Jesus Christ passing gas, and uses language that degrades women and the disabled. Therefore, while The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian is an award-winning book, it is also one of the most controversial across the nation. Prior to the vote last week, numerous area residents spoke during the public comment period about their concerns regarding the novel. Two hours of testimony passed with most parents asking the board to boot the book from the curriculum, while others defended the publication as being reflective of teen life. More

US arms Syrian rebels with first heavy weapons, anti-tank BGM-71 TOW missiles – raising war stakes

Two Syrian rebel militias judged moderate in Washington have in the last few days taken delivery and begun using – mostly in the Idlib region – the first advanced US weapon to be deployed in more than three years of civil war, DEBKAfile’s military sources reveal. It is the heavy anti-tank, optically-tracked, wire-guided BGM-71 TOW, which is capable of piercing 50mm thickness of Syrian tank armor and Syrian fortifications at a range of 4 kilometers. Armed with this weapon now are Brig-Gen. Abdul-Hila al Bashir, the new commander of the rebel Free Syrian Army, which is headquartered at the Golan town of Quneitra, and Jamal Maarouf, head of the rebel Syrian Revolutionary Front fighting in the north. The appearance of this advanced missile radically alters the balance of strength on the Syrian battlefield. It also denotes a striking change in Obama administration policy, which hitherto flatly resisted every demand to provide Syrian rebel groups with the heavy arms essential for them to have any chance of standing up to Bashar Assad’s superior military strength. More

 

DAYS OF LOT – Judge to Revoke Ohio’s Ban on Recognizing Out-of-State Same-Sex Marriage

A federal judge in Cincinnati said Friday that he will strike down as unconstitutional Ohio’s voter-approved ban on recognizing the marriages of same-sex couples from other states. The state plans to appeal the ruling once it is issued.  ”I intend to issue a written decision and order by April 14, striking down as unconstitutional under all circumstances Ohio’s bans on recognizing legal same-sex marriages from other states,” U.S. District Judge Timothy Black said in a statement. The plaintiffs are four same-sex couples who got married in other states and are seeking to be recognized as parents on their children’s birth certificates. ”I intend to issue a declaration that Ohio’s recognition bans, that have been relied upon to deny legal recognition to same-sex couples validly entered in other states where legal, violates the rights secured by the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution,” the judge said, adding that same-sex couples are “denied their fundamental right to marry a person of their choosing and the right to remain married.” More

Do The Chinese Know More Than They’re Letting On About Flight MH370?

The Australians have reported that a Chinese ship has reported hearing a ping, a pulse signal for a second time, just hours after they reported hearing a pulse that could have come from the black box recorders.  Jon Donnison from the BBC says: Given that not a single piece of debris from the missing plane has been found, it would be remarkable if the Chinese ship had managed to stumble across signals from the black box flight recorder without any real idea of where the plane crashed. Some will ask whether the Chinese know more than they are letting on. After thousands of man-hours spent searching the ocean he has a point, could a Chinese vessel just have gotten lucky and happened upon the site? The Haixun 01 picked up the first ‘ping’  at 25° south latitude and 101° east longitude, about 1,000 miles northwest of Perth, Australia, on the same frequency used by the black box recorders, 37.5Hz. They were using a hand-held device called a hydrophone. Mounted on the end of a pole it was held over the side of a very small Chinese boat. Experts have said that discovering the wreckage with this method is not entirely impossible but is extremely unlikely. More

Armed Feds Prepare For Showdown With Nevada Cattle Rancher

A Ruby Ridge-style standoff is brewing in Nevada, where dozens of armed federal agents are closing in on cattle rancher Cliven Bundy over claims that Bundy has allowed his cows to graze illegally on government land, endangering a protected species of tortoise.  Vowing to take a stand for, “your liberty and freedom,” Bundy says he is prepared to be killed as authorities surround a 600,000 acre section of public land as a result of Bundy violating a 1993 Bureau of Land Management ruling which changed grazing rights in order to protect the endangered desert tortoise. “With all these rangers and all this force that is out here, they are only after one man right now. They are after Cliven Bundy. Whether they want to incarcerate me or whether they want to shoot me in the back, they are after me. But that is not all that is at stake here. Your liberty and freedom is at stake,” Bundy said. More

Obama To Sign Executive Orders On Equal Pay

President Barack Obama will sign two new executive orders on equal pay for women Tuesday, Politico reports. The executive actions coincide with “Equal Pay Day” — the date that symbolizes how far into 2014 women must work to earn the same amount of money men earned last year. Both executive orders mirror provisions of the Paycheck Fairness Act, which Congress has twice failed to pass. One would prohibit federal contractors from retaliating against employees who share their salary information with each other. The provision is inspired by Lilly Ledbetter, the namesake of the first bill Obama signed on equal pay in 2009, who worked for nearly 20 years at Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. before discovering that men in her same job with equal or lesser experience were earning significantly more money than she was. The second executive order will instruct the Department of Labor to create new regulations requiring federal contractors to report wage-related data to the government, in the hope that it will hold them more accountable for salary differences based on sex or race. More

 

Bitcoin Could Be A Good Threat To Central Banks

 

Last week, St. Louis Fed Vice President and Director of Research David Andolfatto released a presentation on Bitcoin, becoming one of the most prominent central bank officials to study the cryptocurrency. We caught up with Andolfatto to ask him about why he put this deck together, where he thinks Bitcoin is going, and whether he personally has anything invested in it. More

Should America be concerned about Ebola Outbreak?

A virus that causes people to bleed from their ears and pops open blood vessels has spread from remote tropical forests in Guinea to the West African country’s teeming capital. It has hopped the border to Liberia and is suspected in more than 90 deaths in an outbreak Doctors Without Borders has called “unprecedented.” It is almost always deadly, and there is no vaccine or treatment. Is it time to panic? The answer from health workers responding to an Ebola outbreak in West Africa that began last month is a qualified “No.” Transmission requires such close contact that the chance of a widespread epidemic is unlikely. So although health officials try to avoid creating hysteria, they are also trying to make sure that people living in affected areas watch for symptoms in themselves or others, avoid contact with people who are ill and suspend burial practices that involve touching the dead. “You probably couldn’t get Ebola if you went to Conakry now if you tried,” said Daniel Bausch, director of virology at the U.S. Naval Medical Research Unit in Lima, Peru, referring to the capital of Guinea. Ebola is passed through bodily fluids — blood, saliva, sweat — of people showing symptoms. That’s important: The disease can incubate in people for up to 21 days before they show symptoms, but the infected person cannot pass on the disease during that period. More

Malaysian Airline ‘purposely’ flown around Indonesian airspace

Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 may have been “purposely” flown around Indonesian airspace on its way to the southern Indian Ocean to avoid radar detection, a government source has claimed. The Boeing 777, which was carrying 239 people when it disappeared on March 8, flew north of Indonesia and around that country’s airspace while making its way to the southern Indian Ocean, a senior official, who was not named, was quoted as saying. The latest revelation about the missing plane came as Australian officials coordinating the international search for MH370 said they were investigating three reports that signals potentially related to the missing aircraft’s black box had been detected. On Sunday, an Australian vessel called the Ocean Shield said its underwater “pinger locator” had detected an “acoustic event” that could be linked to the incident. More

School Districts Begin Exodus From Common Core

Some local school districts in the United States are making the decision to abandon the Common Core standards and the associated testing, choosing instead higher-level learning standards and curricula, then sharing these with other school districts. As Loren Heal observes at the Heartland Institute, Manchester, New Hampshire, Bradley County, Tennessee, and Germantown, Wisconsin are a few of the school districts that have rejected the Common Core standards. Ann Marie Banfield, Education Liaison at New Hampshire-based Cornerstone Policy Research, said the school board in Manchester “decided to develop local standards because of the numerous parents who attended school board meetings demanding something better.” Charlie Rose, the chairman of the board of education in Bradley County Tennessee,said, “They haven’t piloted [Common Core] anywhere. They just said, ‘Here it is.’ And in Tennessee they’re just shoving it down our throats, as far as I’m concerned.” Rose, a retired teacher, said mandates like Common Core limit the curriculum and are essentially one-size-fits-all systems. “We should be introducing our children to everything we possibly can through the twelfth grade, and then they can start specializing in college and when they get out of school,” added Rose. “I don’t think every kid needs to go to college. I’m sorry. They need to get education beyond twelve years, but it may be in a specialty like welding, or vocational courses.” More

Muslim Brotherhood Launches Own U.S. Political Party

With an eye toward the 2016 election, the radical Muslim Brotherhood has built the framework for a political party in America that seeks to turn Muslims into an Islamist voting bloc. ‘Muslim voters have the potential to be swing voters in 2016,” said Nihad Awad in launching the benign-sounding U.S. Council of Muslim Organizations, whose membership reads like a Who’s Who of Brotherhood front groups. “We are aiming to bring more participation from the Muslim community.” USCMO also aims to elect Islamists in Washington, with the ultimate objective of “institutionalizing policies” favorable to Islamists — that is, Shariah law. This development bears careful monitoring in light of the U.S. Brotherhood’s recently exposed goal to wage a “civilization jihad” against America that explicitly calls for infiltrating the U.S. political system and “destroying (it) from within.” The subversive plan was spelled out in hundreds of pages of founding archives that the FBI confiscated from a Brotherhood leader’s home in the Washington suburbs after 9/11.More

 

Your Pulse Could Be Your New Password

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Passwords, pin numbers, and credit cards could soon be a thing of the past. Soon, your heart and your body might be used to keep track of just about everything if new technology is able to unlock “pulse passwords”. Your heartbeat reveals more about you than your health, Bionym chief executive officer Karl Martin explained. “There’s actually unique characteristics that relate to the size of the heart, the position of the heart, and the physiology surrounding the heart,” he said. Our heartbeats are as unique to us as our fingerprints and now they are being used to replace passwords, key cards, and bank cards, CBS 2′s Kristine Johnson reported. “It’s like your personal pin number is your heartbeat,” Mashable.com’s Lance Ulanoff said. The technology could allow you to open a door without a key or have tech gadgets like smartphones and tablets unlock the second that you walk into a room. It sounds like something out of a science fiction movie, but experts say it is the wave of the future. More

CIA Official Dies in Apparent Suicide

A senior CIA official has died in an apparent suicide this week from injuries sustained after jumping off a building in northern Virginia, according to sources close to the CIA. CIA spokesman Christopher White confirmed the death and said the incident did not take place at CIA headquarters in McLean, Va. “We can confirm that there was an individual fatally injured at a facility where agency work is done,” White told the Washington Free Beacon. “He was rushed to a local area hospital where he subsequently died. Due to privacy reasons and out of respect for the family, we are not releasing additional information at this time.” A source close to the agency said the man who died was a middle manager and the incident occurred after the man jumped from the fifth floor a building in Fairfax County.  More

Central banks’ investment in yuan puts currency nearer reserve status

At least 40 central banks have invested in the yuan and several others are preparing to do so, putting the mainland currency on the path to reserve status even before full convertibility, Standard Chartered said. Twenty-three countries have publicly declared their holdings in yuan, in either the onshore or offshore markets, yet the real number of participating central banks could be far more than that, said Jukka Pihlman, Standard Chartered’s Singapore-based global head of central banks and sovereign wealth funds. Pihlman, who formerly worked at the International Monetary Fund advising central banks on asset-management issues, said at least 12 central banks had invested in yuan assets without declaring they had done so. More

Palestinians dismiss Netanyahu’s threat of unilateral moves

The Palestinian Authority on Sunday dismissed Israel’s threat to unilaterally act against it in response to the PA’s application last week to join 15 international treaties and conventions. “The Israeli government has sabotaged the peace process by embarking on unilateral moves,” said Nabil Abu Rudaineh, spokesman for PA President Mahmoud Abbas.  Some Palestinians, such as PLO Executive Committee member Wasel Abu Yusef, warned that preparations were underway to apply for membership in additional international treaties and agencies. The statements were part of the escalating verbal blame game that has erupted in the past week, with the peace process appearing to be on the verge of collapsing. More

DAYS OF LOT – Argentina’s president becomes godmother of lesbian couple’s baby

Argentina’s President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner became the godmother of a lesbian couple’s baby girl in a Roman Catholic ceremony on Saturday – though the Church opposes gay marriage.  Baby Umma Azul is just over 2 months old and was baptized as mothers Carina Villarroel and Soledad Ortiz, who were married last year, looked on. She’s the first child known to receive this church blessing in Argentina.  The ceremony took place in the Cathedral of Cordoba and was officiated by Father Carlos Varas,Reuters reports. The city is located 435 miles from the capital. More

 

 

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