Massive explosion kills seven in Somali capital/Thousands of Fish Die Off In Menifee Lake: Dead Birds and Ducks/MERS virus arrives at the USA/Teen Murders Newborn Out of Fear of Losing Boyfriend as Baby Resembled Ex and more signs of JESUS’ soon return

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BREAKING NEWS: Two blasts in Mombasa, Kenya, kill three people


Three people were killed, dozens wounded in twin blasts in Kenya’s second largest town, Mombasa Saturday. The three were killed in a grenade attack on a packed bus in the Mombasa bus terminal. The other blast was caused by a bag packed with explosives in the up-market crowded Nyali beach. DEBKAfile: This sort of coordinated attack using hand grenades on a vehicle is typical of Al Qaeda’s Somali offshoot, al Shabaab. Debka

Several highly respected Christian theologians are responding to a series of tweets by the lead singer of the popular Christian band Jars of Clay that downplayed the authority of Scripture on moral issues and suggested there was nothing wrong with same-sex marriage.  Dan Haseltine tweeted: “I just don’t see a negative effect to allowing gay marriage. No societal breakdown, no war on traditional marriage. ?? Anyone?” Further, in a statement he later regretted, he said: “I don’t particularly care about Scripture’s stance on what is ‘wrong.’ I care more about how it says we should treat people.” More

It’s An Illusion: Here Are the REAL Unemployment Numbers

Mainstream financial pundits are falling over themselves today following a report from the Labor Department indicating that the national unemployment rate has fallen yet again, this time to just 6.3%. The Associated Press, whose report on the new rate is being distributed to news services around the country, says this is “the strongest evidence to date that the economy is picking up.” They cite numerous economic experts, claiming that the U.S. economy is now experiencing vigorous job growth, which they say is confirmation that the economic health of our nation is bouncing back from a rough winter. In fact, they mention bad “weather” and “winter” eight times in a single article just to make sure we understand that the problems we’ve seen over the last few months were seasonal. More

Rare Goblin Shark Caught In Florida Hasn’t Been Seen In More Than A Decade


On Wednesday, a Florida fisherman accidentally pulled up an 18-foot Goblin shark while he was going for shrimp, NOAA Fisheries Service reported. This is only the second-ever goblin shark to be spotted in the Gulf of Mexico, according to the agency. The first goblin shark sighting in this area was nearly 15 years ago when commercial fishers captured one in 2000, David Shiffman at Southern Fried Science pointed out. More

KINGDOM AGAINST KINGDOM – Massive explosion kills seven in Somali capital


At least seven people have been killed in a massive bomb explosion that appeared to be targeting a government vehicle in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, an official says. The bomb went off on Saturday as a government vehicle drove near a busy district close to the Turkish Embassy in the center of the capital, police official Mohamed Abdi said. Several police officers are said to be among the victims, with roughly half-a-dozen others wounded. More



Several killed in Damascus car bomb blast
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Several people have been killed after a car bomb rocked the al-Somariya area in the suburb of the Syrian capital, Damascus. The blast took place on Saturday, when a car loaded with explosive devices went off at a garage located in a busy area of Somariya. Earlier in the day, four people, including a 16-year-old girl, were killed after mortar shells fired by foreign-backed militants hit a minibus in al-Dwel’a area of the capital. More

 

 

WAR DRUMS – Ukraine nears full-scale civil war

Pro-Russian protesters gather May 3 in Donetsk, Ukraine, to honor the memory of comrades who died during fighting in Odessa this week.
Slavyansk, Ukraine 
 – On the one side, Ukraine’s interior minister said Saturday that military operations in the east would continue and vowed, “We are not stopping.” On the other, there was the pro-Russian separatist leader in Luhansk who announced the formation of an army to march on Kiev. These and other statements suggest Ukraine’s future will feature yet more unrest, more fighting and more likelihood that it will spawn a full-scale civil war and, perhaps, an international one. Saturday actually featured a rare bright spot in the volatility: the release of seven international observers and five Ukrainians from the defense ministry who’d been seized together. More

 

 

Lawmakers fight to shelve drug known as ‘heroin in a capsule’

State and federal lawmakers are working in tandem to get the controversial painkiller Zohydro ER permanently shelved, even as the head of the Food and Drug Administration defends the agency’s decision to approve the powerful opiate some critics call “heroin in a capsule.” Since its approval last October, Zohydro, an extended-release form of hydrocodone, has come under scrutiny from members of Congress, state attorneys general, doctors and addiction specialists who have worked to block the pill from being sold in the U.S. More

North Korea releases list of US ‘human rights abuses’

North Korea is pushing back against a United Nations report on its human rights violations with a report of its own — one that lists “human rights abuses” in the U.S. The official Korean Central News Agency on Wednesday released a news article titled “News Analysis on Poor Human Rights Records in U.S.,” which discusses racial discrimination, unemployment and poverty, The Washington Post reported. More

Bus-Size Asteroid Buzzes Earth, Comes Closer Than the Moon

A small asteroid about the size of a city bus zipped by Earth at a range closer than the moon early Saturday (May 3), but posed no threat to our planet. The newly discovered asteroid 2014 HL129 came within 186,000 miles (299,338 kilometers) of Earth when it made its closest approach on Saturday morning, which is close enough to pass between the planet and the orbit of the moon. The average distance between the Earth and moon is about 238,855 miles (384,400 km). You can watch a video animation of asteroid 2014 HL129′s orbit around the sun on Space.com. The asteroid is about 25 feet (7.6 meters) wide, according to NASA’s Asteroid Watch project based at the agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. It made its closest approach to Earth at 4:13 a.m. EDT (0813 GMT). More

Just south of Canyonlands National Park, the redrock wonders merge into a scrubland oasis with a peak that juts 11,000 feet into the sky. Mesas and buttes provide panoramic views and canyons, and ancient cliff dwellings offer a unique retreat. It’s a region that holds sacred and historic value to the Navajo Nation, which has pitched Congress on creating the Diné Bikéyah National Conservation Area to protect the 1.9 million acres in San Juan County from development. But as with most things involving Congress, inaction has been the order of the day. More

 

‘Unrestrained Immorality’ Mirrors ‘Pandemic Godlessness’ Seen in the Bible

Is mankind evolving into a more peaceful and prosperous people – or are we on a path toward ever-increasing moral depravity, social chaos and destruction? Answering that dichotomy depends on one’s worldview, but Christian author Jeff Kinley is in the latter camp, telling TheBlaze that he sees human beings continuously and perilously cutting God out of society. “I look around my world and I think, ‘Wow, we’ve written God out of our own story here,’” Kinley recently said in an interview. “We’re content in living in our own lives.” The author, who believes Noah, the flood and the ark unfolded as the Bible recounts, draws parallels between contemporary culture and the “pandemic godlessness of the earth” during Noah’s in his new book “As It Was in the Days of Noah.” More

Cancerous cows processed at meat plant, feds say


PETALUMA, CA
 – Federal investigators say a California meat plant processed diseased cows for use in U.S. foods. It’s the same company that was forced to recall 8.7 million pounds of meat back in March. CNN has learned what investigators believe happened inside the Rancho Feeding Corporation – the plant behind one of the biggest meat recalls in years. It involves cancerous cows, meat not fit for human consumption, and an illicit romance. Federal officials familiar with the investigation believe Rancho processed cancerous cows when government inspectors weren’t there. And after they were slaughtered they hid the warning signs of the cancer by trimming off diseased parts, using a fake stamp of approval, or even replacing the heads of sick cows with healthy ones. More

 

WAR DRUMS – Military Allies Caution U.S. Against Rupturing Putin’s Ties With West

Some of Washington’s closest military allies, including Japan, Egypt and Israel, are cautioning the Obama administration against taking steps that could permanently rupture Russian President Vladimir Putin‘s ties to the West, according to Asian and Middle East officials. Much of the U.S.’s focus in recent weeks has been on getting European countries, particularly Germany, Italy and France, to back tough economic sanctions on the Kremlin for its military incursion into Ukraine. Washington’s campaign has achieved only limited results, due to Europe’s expansive energy trade with Russia. Japan, Egypt and Israel, key U.S. defense allies in Asia and the Mideast, however, have their own security and economic interests that are also limiting their support for a tough American line against the Kremlin, according to these officials. More

American officials directly involved in the failed Israeli-Palestinian peace process over the last nine months gave a leading Israeli columnist a withering assessment of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s handling of the negotiations, indicated that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has completely given up on the prospect of a negotiated solution, and warned Israel that the Palestinians will achieve statehood come what may — either via international organizations or through violence. Speaking on condition of anonymity to Nahum Barnea, a prominent columnist from Israel’s best-selling daily Yedioth Aharonoth, the officials highlighted Netanyahu’s ongoing settlement construction as the issue “largely to blame” for the failure of Secretary of State John Kerry’s July 2013-April 2014 effort to broker a permanent peace accord. More

Spy Plane Fries Air Traffic Control Computers, Shuts Down LAX

A Relic from the Cold War appears to have triggered a software glitch at a major air traffic control center in California Wednesday that led to delays and cancellations of hundreds of flights across the country, sources familiar with the incident told NBC News. On Wednesday at about 2 p.m., according to sources, a U-2 spy plane, the same type of aircraft that flew high-altitude spy missions over Russia 50 years ago, passed through the airspace monitored by the L.A. Air Route Traffic Control Center in Palmdale, Calif. The L.A. Center handles landings and departures at the region’s major airports, including Los Angeles International (LAX), San Diego and Las Vegas. More

Pasadena health director put on leave over controversial comments about Evolution and Homosexuality

Pasadena city officials placed Public Health Director Eric Walsh on temporary paid administrative leave Thursday after they learned of controversial statements he had made about homosexuality and evolution in online videos and audio clips. In sermons uploaded to various websites, Walsh, a Seventh-day Adventist preacher, calls evolution “a religion created by Satan,” compares Disney to a “dark empire” of superstition and witchcraft, and criticizes homosexuality. Walsh’s comments came to the city’s attention after he replaced Oscar-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black as Pasadena City College’s commencement speaker, said city spokesman William Boyer. College officials said they replaced Black because they found stolen photographs of him and an ex-boyfriend engaged in sexual acts on Internet gossip sites, according to the school newspaper, the PCC Courier. More

Legal expert warns of home-grown jihadi threat

A legal expert whose work includes religious rights is warning that America needs to recognize the threat of jihad before it’s too late. “Under Obama, we refuse to call what happened at Fort Hood terrorism and try to blame Benghazi on a video,” said Mathew Staver, founder of Liberty Counsel. “This administration is absurd. Obama will go down in history as the president who most jeopardized our national security,” he said. A Muslim at Fort Hood, Texas, killed more than a dozen and injured many more after shouting “Allahu Akbar” and firing on his victims. The Obama administration classified it was workplace violence. More

In the latest stunning assault on Americans’ right to grow their own food, the freedom-crushing state of Michigan has ruled that local governments (cities, towns, counties) can now ban any animal they wish from small residential farms. The move opens the door to the mass criminalization of backyard farms and small, residential farming operations where people might keep a few goats or honey bees for food security. According to Michigan Public Radio (1), the ruling could ban all chickens, goats, honey bees and other animals from farms which have another residential house less than 250 feet away. Off The Grid News(2) goes on to report: Some homesteaders in Michigan could find themselves in a complete regulatory limbo because of the Commission’s action. Blogger, writer and organic farmer Michelle Regalado Deatrick does not know if she’ll be able to keep her livestock, because about half of her 80-acre farm may not be zoned for farm animals. More

Teen Murders Newborn Out of Fear of Losing Boyfriend as Baby Resembled Ex


CHICAGO –
 An Illinois teenager is facing first-degree murder charges after she allegedly suffocated her newborn son out of fear that her boyfriend would leave her because the child resembled her ex. Ana Rosa Mora, 18, of Chicago is accused of placing her baby in a plastic Walmart bag following birth on April 19th and leaving him outside to die. A construction worker located the child hours later, but the baby was already deceased. Mora then returned to school at Kelvyn Park High School, where staff members recognized that she had given birth. The student then pulled out her iPad, where she began showing pictures of a baby girl to staff.More

Syrian Islamists Carry Out Mock Public Crucifixions in City Square


RAQQA –
 Islamic militants in the Syrian city of Raqqa carried out two mock crucifixions in the public square this past week, hanging two men accused of fighting Muslims, reports state. A group called the Islamic State of Iraq and ash-Sham (ISIS) is said to be behind the crucifixions, which occurred on Tuesday. In total, seven prisoners were executed in the city, which were held responsible for a grenade attack on Muslims in the Euphrates Valley. The men were captured by members of the group, some being shot in the head. “Ten days ago, attackers on a motorbike threw a grenade at an ISIS fighter at the Naim roundabout. A Muslim civilian had his leg blown off and a child was killed,” the group posted on Twitter. “Our fighters immediately set up a roadblock and succeeded in capturing them. They were then able to detain other members of the cell.” More

 

US Should Be Increasingly Worried About Persecution in Nigeria, Egypt, Pakistan and Syria

The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom has recommended that the State Department add eight more nations to a list of “countries of particular concern,” which designates them as places where “severe violations of religious freedom are tolerated or perpetrated.”  Among the eight already included on the list are Burma, China, Eritrea, Iran, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, and Uzbekistan. The USCIRF report has also petitioned that Egypt, Iraq, Nigeria, Pakistan, Syria, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Vietnam also be added. Christian persecution advocacy group Open Doors International includes 11 of the countries on the top 15 of its “World Watch List” and all of them on its top 50 offenders. More

Subway removes ham and bacon from nearly 200 stores to appeal to Muslims

Fast food giant Subway has removed ham and bacon from almost 200 outlets, and switched to halal meat alternatives in an attempt to please its Muslim customers. It has confirmed turkey ham and turkey rashers will be used instead in 185 of its stores, where all the meat will now be prepared according to halal rules. The chain, which has around 1,500 outlets across the UK, explained its decision by saying it had to balance animal welfare concerns with ‘the views of religious communities’.  Traditional halal slaughter sees animals have their throats slit before bleeding to death. But Subway stressed that the meat served in its sandwiches would come from animals that have been stunned first, a practice that aims to reduce any suffering. In Arabic the word halal means ‘permitted’ or ‘lawful’ and defines anything that is allowed or lawful according to the Qur’an. It is often used to indicate food – particularly meat – has been prepared in accordance with Muslim principles and techniques. More

 

 

Obama forced to concede new ‘international order’

The rise of China and Russia is forcing the US president, Barack Obama, to concede the dawn of a new “international order” that is no longer controlled by the United States, reports Duowei News, an outlet run by overseas Chinese. Delivering a commencement speech over the weekend at the US Military Academy at West Point, Obama said he would seek a new international order with more international cooperation, stronger international standards and institutions and alliances to help resolve challenges ranging from terrorism, nuclear proliferation, climate change to economic decline. ”Our adversaries would like to see America sap its strength by overextending our power,” Obama said. “So we have to shape an international order that can meet the challenges of our generation.” More

Ukraine’s security service said in Kiev on Saturday illegal military groups from Moldova’s breakaway region of Transdniestria and Russian groups worked together to foment unrest in the southern port city of Odessa. ”The unrest, which occurred on May 2 in Odessa and led to clashes and many casualties, was due to foreign interference,” a spokeswoman for the SBU security service told a news conference. She said former top officials, once part of ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich’s inner circle, had financed “saboteurs” to foment the unrest, blaming Serhiy Arbuzov and Oleksander Klymenko, who were now “hiding in a neighboring country”. More

North Korea has been testing engines for an inter-continental ballistic missile, a US think-tank said Friday, as Pyongyang announced a top military reshuffle that coincided with signs of a looming nuclear test. The US-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins University said satellite images of the North’s Sohae rocket launch site suggested one “and maybe more” recent tests on the engine of what is probably the first stage of a road-mobile ICBM called the KN-08. More

Submarine volcano reportedly erupts near Mariana Islands


MARIANA ISLANDS
 – During the past week, we have been keeping a close watch on the Northern Mariana Islands (NMI), as seismometers on the islands record high levels of seismicity from an undersea volcano near the island of Farallon de Pajaros. The seismic signals almost certainly herald an eruption. In fact, submarine explosions were heard by scuba divers who are conducting coral reef research in the area. The divers even felt the shock waves from the explosions, and one of the most powerful ones reverberated through the hull of the NOAA base ship, Hi‘ialakai, leading the crew to think something had happened to the ship. Shipboard personnel also reported a large sulfur slick on the southeast coastline of Farallon de Pajaros. Unfortunately, the ship had to leave the area under threat of an advancing typhoon. If they can get back to the vicinity soon, they may be able to investigate the source of the explosions with great caution, keeping in close contact with U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and CNMI emergency management personnel, who are monitoring the seismicity. The CNMI emergency management office and the volcano observatories of the USGS have been working together for over 30 years to establish volcano monitoring networks and assess volcanic hazards in the Mariana Islands. The most likely source of the current activity is Ahyi seamount, about 20 km southeast of Farallon de Pajaros. Ahyi rises to within 64 m (210 ft) of the ocean surface and is associated with several reports of possible eruptions in historical times, the most recent in 2001. More

INDIANA
 – The first U.S. case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus has been reported in Indiana, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday. The patient is a health-care provider who recently traveled to Saudi Arabia to provide health care, said Dr. Anne Schuchat, assistant surgeon general with the U.S. Public Health Service and director for the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases. The person, an American male, traveled on April 24 from Riyadh to London, then to Chicago, and took a bus to Indiana, officials said. He began experiencing shortness of breath, coughing, and fever on April 27, according to the Indiana State Department of Health. The patient was admitted to Community Hospital in Munster, Indiana, on April 28, the same day he visited the emergency department there, the health department said. He has been isolated and is in stable condition. He is receiving oxygen support, but does not require a ventilator, Schuchat said.The CDC and the Indiana State Department of Health are conducting a joint investigation into the case, according to a CDC statement. The CDC confirmed Indiana test results on Friday.  “The CDC, IDPH (Illinois Department of Public Health) and CDPH (Chicago Department of Public Health) do not consider passengers on the flight or bus to be close contacts of the patient and therefore are not at high risk,” said Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck, director of the IDPH. Passengers on the same plane and bus as the patient will be contacted by the CDC as a precautionary measure, starting Saturday, the Illinois statement said. More

 

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