DAYS OF LOT – Why the Government’s 3-Parent Baby Plan Is So Dangerous/New “Creepware” Software allows your Webcam to be Controlled by Others for Spying./Man Claims His 3 Year Old Daughter Initiated Sex and more signs of JESUS’ soon return


DAYS OF LOT- Man Claims His 3 Year Old Daughter Initiated Sex

 — A man who claimed his 3-year-old daughter initiated sexual contact with him in 2012 was sentenced Thursday to 12 years in prison after a judge ordered he remain behind bars long enough for his child to grow up without being re-victimized. The 39-year-old man also was sentenced to eight years of extended supervision and ordered to have no contact with the girl or minors without prior approval. In June 2013, he pleaded no contest to first-degree child sex assault, a felony punishable by up to 60 years in prison. ”I suspect he plays up his mental illness either to gain sympathy or deflect the severity of his acts, and that’s problematic when we’re dealing with sexual deviancy,” Outagamie County Judge Mitchell Metropulos said. “He needs long-term treatment, and to protect the victim, I want her to be a sufficient age so (the defendant) cannot re-victimize her (upon release).” More

Was Co-Ed Killer “Demon Possessed” ?

WARNING: VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED- In the biblical account of the Garden of Eden, the ancient serpent – later described as “the devil, or Satan” – tempted the first humans by declaring if they defied their Creator, “Ye shall be as gods.” Those haunting words were echoed in a video released by Elliot Rodger, the 22-year-old suspect in an Isla Vista, California, shooting that killed seven, including the shooter, May 23. “I will be a god compared to you,” Rodger declares in the haunting video posted to YouTube only hours before the shooting. “You are animals, and I will slaughter you like animals. I’ll be a god, exacting my retribution.” More



A new study released by the Boston-based Pioneer Institute finds that new technology development that has been encouraged through the use of federal grants has served to threaten children’s privacy by allowing the collection of data on every child. Authors of the study Emmett McGroarty, Joy Pullmann, and Jane Robbins make the case that by means of the nationalized Common Core standards, which states were lured into adopting through competitive grants in the Obama administration’s Race to the Top (RttT) stimulus program in 2009, the federal government has used grant funds to induce states to build identical, increasingly sophisticated student data systems. More


President Obama is taking a swipe at the Founding Fathers, blaming his inability to move his agenda on the “disadvantage” of having each state represented equally in the Senate. At a Democratic fundraiser in Chicago Thursday night, Mr. Obama told a small group of wealthy supporters that there are several hurdles to keeping Democrats in control of the Senate and recapturing the House. One of those problems, he said, is the apportionment of two Senate seats to each state regardless of population. “Obviously, the nature of the Senate means that California has the same number of Senate seats as Wyoming. That puts us at a disadvantage,” Mr. Obama said.More

Dinosaur bones prove creationism right

The Australian man building a Noah’s ark in America has defied his critics again, unveiling a dinosaur fossil named “Ebenezer” he says proves humans lived alongside dinosaurs. Ken Ham, the founder of the Creation Museum in Kentucky, will be unveiling a new exhibit of a 30-foot-long skeleton of an Allosaurus on Saturday. The fossil resembles a Tyrannosaurus rex and is the centerpiece of a new exhibit called “Facing the Allosaurus”. More

RUMORS OF WAR – Could Washington Be Dragged into a “Sea” of Fire?

Tensions are rising fast in East Asia as relations between China and several of its neighbors continue to deteriorate.  There have been ominous developments in just the past few days.  Speaking in Shanghai to the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA), Chinese President Xi Jinping issued a veiled warning to countries about forming or strengthening alliances to counter China. “To beef up military alliances targeted at a third party is not conducive to maintaining common security in the region,” he admonished.   Just hours later, the governments of Vietnam and the Philippines issued a statement that they would jointly oppose “illegal” Chinese actions in the South China Sea. More

UPDATE: Saudi Arabia, UAE report 6 more MERS cases

 – Six more MERS-CoV cases were reported today, three each in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), as the springtime surge of illnesses continued, though at a more modest pace than it showed through most of April and early May. Also today, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) appealed for an urgent increase in research on MERS-CoV (Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus) in animals, including a systematic hunt for animal and environmental sources of human infections. The new cases in the UAE were reported today by the World Health Organization (WHO), following its receipt of a report from UAE officials 2 days ago. All three cases were in Abu Dhabi. One case is in a 71-year-old man who has several preexisting illnesses and has been hospitalized since Feb 11, the WHO reported. He got sick with a fever on May 4 and tested positive for MERS-CoV 3 days later. He had had contact with another MERS case-patient, a 39-year-old female healthcare worker whose case was reported to the WHO on May 11. The second case involved a 26-year-old man whose infection was detected on May 8 through general screening at his (unnamed) workplace, though he had had no exposure to other MERS patients and no symptoms on the day of screening. He had contact with cows and sheep but not camels, nor had he consumed any raw camel products, the WHO said. For isolation purposes, he was hospitalized from May 8 to 14. More
Three people were killed and another was seriously injured in a shooting Saturday at the Jewish Museum of Belgium in Brussels, Belgian officials said. A person arrived by car at the museum in central Brussels, entered and quickly opened fire before leaving the scene, Belgian Interior Minister Joelle Milquet told CNN affiliate Bel RTL. The circumstances of the shooting have raised suspicions that it may have been an anti-Semitic attack, but no motive has been determined. The shooter remains at large, and the nation’s terror alert level was raised. Belgian public broadcaster RTBF quoted Brussels Mayor Yvan Mayeur as saying those killed were two men and a woman, while a man was seriously injured at the museum, which is near the tourist sites. More



 (KABC) — The alleged gunman who killed six people and died in a mass drive-by shooting in Isla Vista has been identified as 22-year-old Elliot Rodger by an attorney representing his father.  Peter Rodger, an assistant director on “The Hunger Games”, confirmed through his attorney, Alan Schifman, that his son was the gunman Saturday morning. Schifman says that the family has not yet seen his body, but they have been told their son was killed and believe he killed six people. At least seven others were wounded in the drive-by shootings. The injured were being treated at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital for gunshot wounds and traumatic injuries, including at least one person who underwent surgery for life-threatening injuries. More

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland’s former president and Nobel Peace laureate, Lech Walesa, said Friday he plans to urge President Barack Obama to take a more active world leadership role when he visits Poland in June. Speaking to The Associated Press, Walesa said “the world is disorganized and the superpower is not taking the lead. I am displeased.” The former Solidarity leader said that when he meets Obama in Warsaw, he wants to tell him that the U.S. should inspire and encourage the world into positive action. More






UPDATE: Darlene Zschech Ends Chemo, Starts Worshipping Again

Nearly five months ago, former Hillsong Church worship pastor Darlene Zschech announced that she had breast cancer and would undergo chemotherapy. Now the popular singer and songwriter is thanking prayer warriors for their efforts during the battle. Zschech announced she has officially finished her last round of chemo and says hallelujah is the best word to describe how she feels about it. The battle isn’t over. She starts radiation this coming week—and that will last six weeks. ”I shall be glowing from the inside out,” she quips. “And then that’s it. Never again.” Zschech again thanks her fans for continued prayers. ”On the days where I have felt I cannot do it anymore, I literally have felt the strength of people praying for me,” she wrote on her blog. “The power of the Holy Spirit to comfort and strengthen has been beyond what I have ever experienced before. Again, I am so thankful for every one of you.” More


DAYS OF LOT – School Shows Children Same-Sex Marriage Propaganda Video

Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) sent Janesville School District in Wisconsin a letter Wednesday applauding its apology for showing students a one-sided video that promotes same-sex marriage and attacks religious views to the contrary. ”Schoolchildren should receive an education that is free from ideological or political bias and that does not disparage any of their beliefs,” says ADF senior legal counsel Jeremy Tedesco. “Student indoctrination is inappropriate, especially on an issue as important as marriage. Students and parents deserve better. The district recognized its mistake and deserves to be commended.” More

Jacksonville police will knock on 18,000 doors in Northwest Jacksonville in an attempt to stop gun-related crime

The Sheriff’s Office will blanket crime-ridden neighborhoods, install surveillance cameras and knock on 18,000 doors in Northwest Jacksonville in an attempt to stop gun-related crime — which has spiked by 43 percent this year. Sheriff John Rutherford, Mayor Alvin Brown and Councilwoman Denise Lee talked about the crime reduction initiative code-named Operation Ceasefire on Tuesday afternoon outside a Sheriff’s Office station on Myrtle Avenue. The Sheriff’s Office largely tied the sky-rocketing gun-related crime to drug dealing. In April, there were 60 reported aggravated assaults or batteries where a gun was fired in the city. A majority of those shootings took place in police Zone 5, which is in Jacksonville’s northwest. More

New “Creepware” Software allows your Webcam to be Controlled by Others for Spying.

For one year, a hacker spied on Miss Teen USA Cassidy Wolf through her computer’s webcam.
The man, who went to high school with Wolf, downloaded software for about $40, “creepware,” that let him manipulate her web camera without her knowing. He listened to private conversations she had in her bedroom with her family and took nude photos of her changing clothes. Wolf is one of half-a-million people who have been victims of creepware. Ninety-seven people were recently arrested for spying with the software, called Blackshades Remote Access Tool. More

Putin on Obama: ‘Who Made Him a Judge?’

A defiant Vladimir Putin declared today that the U.S.-led world order “has failed.” Speaking to business leaders a at a forum in St Petersburg, the Russian president railed against U.S. sanctions and dismissed allegations that Russia is meddling in Ukraine, which he said was in the midst of “civil war” thanks to the West. He also rejected accusations by President Obama in unusually pointed terms. The Russian president was addressing the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, Russia’s answer to World Economic Forum in Davos. This year fewer Western executives were in attendance after the White House leaned on them not to attend as the Obama administration seeks to isolate Russia over its policy in Ukraine and Crimea. More


EL PASO, Texas
 — El Paso police are investigating two mysterious billboards that appeared just off I-10, each with a mannequin hanging from a noose. .“It’s not an advertisement,” said Mike Mons, regional manager for Lamar Outdoor advertising. The first vandalized billboard off I-10 had Plata o Plomo in large black letters which translates into silver or lead. It is usually a warning targeting police or government officials in Mexico. The warning: work with a cartel and take a bribe or get a bullet. The hanging mannequin was dressed in a suit and tie. “This symbol has historically been used by Mexican drug cartels to threaten or intimidate Mexican citizens, business owners and government officials; however, we have never experienced this in El Paso,” said police in a statement released to media. More

Border residents fear message on mysterious billboards

Police investigate hanging mannequins and mysterious messages on border billboards vandalized in El Paso. view full article


DAYS OF LOT – Why the Government’s 3-Parent Baby Plan Is So Dangerous

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Christian Concern has warned the British government of the serious health, social and ethical dangers posed by its plans to introduce a new IVF technique that will result in the creation of children with three parents. In its response to a public consultation, which closed on Thursday, the campaign group said the proposals could lead to “lasting emotional damage” to children and submit them to serious, irreversible health risks, which would pass from generation to generation. Ministers published draft regulations to allow the technique—known as “mitochondrial donation”—in February, saying the procedure will prevent mothers from passing mitochondrial diseases to their children. The technique involves transferring the nucleus of an egg from one woman who carries the disease to the egg of another woman with healthy mitochondria. More


19-year-old college student commits suicide after shooting first porn scene

A 19-year-old college student committed suicide just two weeks after making her first pornographic video. Alyssa Funke, who starred in her first porn film earlier this year for a website called Casting Couch-X, used a shotgun to kill herself on April 16. The teen, who adopted the stage name “Stella Ann,” was a straight-A student at the University of Wisconsin at River Falls. She told the pornographers, “I want to be a major in biology, minor in chemistry, and I want to be an anesthesiologist.” It is widely thought she killed herself after former classmates at her high school in Stillwater, Minnesota, taunted her through Twitter and Facebook. Police say their investigation, which is still ongoing, has not yet found any criminal harassment. More

Washington Worries Boko Haram Planning Attack on U.S. Interests in Africa

Fragmentary evidence” and a sense of inevitability that Boko Haram may be planning an attack on U.S. interests in Nigeria has intelligence and counterterrorism officials in Washington on alert. U.S. intelligence officials, speaking with NBC News on condition of anonymity, declined to characterize the nature of the evidence, other than to say it was recent and non-specific. But they said it is prompting efforts to locate the terrorist group’s “military assets” and identify other senior leaders beyond Abubakar Shekau. They also said that Boko Haram’s desire to strike against a U.S. target apparently has been heightened by the increasing U.S. involvement in the hunt for 276 missing Nigerian schoolgirls abducted by the group last month, though the goal itself is not new. More


Russia plans to develop hypersonic missile by 2020

The Tactical Missiles Corporation plans to develop the first model of a hypersonic missile by 2020, the corporation’s director-general Boris Obnosov said at the Kadex 2014 exhibition of weapons and military equipment in Astana, Kazakhstan. Russia had completed developing a program to create hypersonic missile technologies. The Defense Ministry and the Ministry of Industry and Trade had already approved the program, Obnosov said. Twelve working groups were formed with the participation of dozens of institutes and companies. The program was already developed and approved. The main thing was to implement it, he said. More


Congress Hears About the Hunt For Alien Life

Experts told members of a Congressional science committee Wednesday that it seems very likely that we will discover signs of potential life in the galaxy within the next few decades. ”At least a half-dozen other worlds that might have life are in our solar system. The chances of finding it, I think, are good, and if that happens, it’ll happen in the next 20 years,” Seth Shostak, senior astronomer with the California-based SETI Institute, said during a hearing before the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee, according to Discovery News. More

When Judy Appel and her partner of 22 years, Alison Bernstein, wanted to have children, the state of California didn’t make it easy. Bernstein gave birth to their son using an anonymous sperm donor. But in order for Appel to gain legal custody of her child, she had to go through lengthy, complicated and costly measures to adopt him, which included allowing authorities into the family’s home multiple times for evaluations. “It was really invasive,” Appel told The Huffington Post of the process. “They came into our home and studied it. It’s this extra legal hoop that, just by its nature, sends the message that our family isn’t equal.” Appel and Bernstein’s son is now 16 years old, and much has changed in California since then. Gay marriage is now recognized under state law, and the adoption process for non-biological children of LGBT couples has become more streamlined. But certain counties in the state still require home visits as part of the adoption process. And if a same-sex couple with children moved to a state that didn’t recognize their marriage, the parents’ legal custody could be in jeopardy had no formal adoption taken place beforehand. More


After Matthew Vines Flap, Another Christian Publisher Gives ‘Gay Christian’ a Platform

Four years ago, when musician Jennifer Knapp declared to the world that she was in a lesbian relationship, conservative Christians around the country released a collective gasp. They had traveled from far and wide to hear her sing and purchased more than 1 million of Knapp’s albums. But the Grammy-nominated musician’s revelation tested their loyalty. At the time, Knapp had already been on a seven-year professional hiatus and declared she was not interested in being a poster girl for the gay Christian community. Neither did she feel equipped. ”I’m in no way capable of leading a charge for some kind of activist movement,” Knapp bluntly told Christianity Today in 2010, adding, “I’m not capable of getting into the theological argument as to whether or not we should or shouldn’t allow homosexuals within our church.” But her sense of readiness has apparently changed. Simon and Schuster is preparing to release a book by Knapp in October titled, Facing the Music: Discovering Real Life, Real Love, and Real Faith. More

The Recession Is Coming: Economist Warns It’s Beyond Control: “I Don’t See What Will Save It At This Point”

We are on the verge of another recession. So says Shadow Stats economist John Williams, who warns that by the end of July it will become apparent to all Americans. That’s when the government will release its latest GDP economic figures and according to Williams those numbers, combined with revisions for the first quarter of 2014, will show negative economic growth for a second quarter in a row, the official definition for recession. In an interview with Greg Hunter’s USA Watchdog, Williams explains that it all boils down to one critical factor. Credit lending has tightened up since the crash of 2008 and without it U.S. consumers don’t have enough money to continue fueling the economy through consumption, the single most important element of economic growth. More


There are already more than 101 million working age Americans that are not employed and 20 percent of the families in the entire country do not have a single member that has a job. So what in the world are we going to do when robots start taking millions upon millions more of our jobs? Thanks to technology, the balance of power between employers and workers in this country is shifting dramatically in favor of the employers. These days, many employers are wondering why they are dealing with so many human worker “headaches” when they can just use technology to get the same tasks done instead. When you replace a human worker with a robot, you solve a whole bunch of problems. Robots never take a day off, they never get tired, they never get sick, they never complain, they never show up late, they never waste time on the Internet and they always do what you tell them to do. In addition, robotic technology has advanced to the point where it is actually cheaper to buy robots than it is to hire humans for a vast variety of different tasks. From the standpoint of societal efficiency, this is a good thing. But what happens when robots are able to do just about everything less expensively and more efficiently than humans can? Where will our jobs come from? More



A controversial morning after pill known as Plan B, once a prescription, behind-the-counter contraceptive, is now being sold freely on the widely popular online marketplace Amazon, bringing the option to abort an unborn embryo right to people’s doorsteps.  Multiple listings have cropped up on the retail giant’s digital shelves, with prices starting at just $16.90 plus shipping, but increasing the drug’s availability not only reinforces the culture teaching women that motherhood is horrible and having babies is disempowering; it also feeds into the cultural worship of death. Opponents of Plan B contend the drug’s manufacturers have knowingly misled consumers by claiming it does no harm to a “fetus,” attempting to relieve potential parents of the guilt associated with having an abortion. More

New York mom fuming after daughter gets school letter calling her overweight

A New York City mom was fit to be tied Wednesday after her 4-foot-1, 66-pound daughter came home from school with a note calling her fat. Eight-year-old Gwendolyn Williams is anything but fat, but her mom worries that the school’s note, citing her body mass index, has left her daughter confused about her body. ”My daughter is thin; she knows she doesn’t have a weight problem, but that night, I caught her grabbing the skin near her waist, and she asked me, ‘is this what they were talking about?”‘ Laura Bruiji Williams, the girl’s mom, told “It was awful to see.” Gwendolyn, along with her classmates, were handed a “Fitnessgram” sealed with a sticker at her public school in Brooklyn. The class was told not to open the letters, issued by the New York City Department of Education, but like most of her friends, she couldn’t resist and read it. More


The severe drought in California could have a lasting effect on U.S. fruit, dairy and egg prices, while prices for meats, especially beef, look likely to continue climbing, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Friday. The agency said overall U.S. food price inflation for 2014, including food bought at grocery stores and food bought at restaurants, would rise by 2.5 percent to 3.5 percent in 2014. That is up from 2013, when retail food prices were almost flat, but in line with historical norms. ”The food-at-home consumer price index (CPI) has already increased more in the first four months of 2014 then it did in all of 2013,” USDA said. More


Iran to test-fire missiles on drones

A senior Iranian commander says the Army’s Ground Forces will test-fire air-to-air and air-to-surface missiles mounted on drones during an upcoming specialized military exercise. Commander of the Iranian Army’s Ground Forces Brigadier General Ahmadreza Pourdastan made the remarks on Friday on the sidelines of a major missile drill code-named Beit ul-Muqaddas 26 in the central province of Isfahan. Pourdastan said the Ground Forces will hold three more specialized maneuvers, including a drone drill, by the end of the current Iranian calendar year, which ends in March 2015. The Iranian commander said reconnaissance and online imaging drones will be used in the drill, adding that air-to-air and air-to-surface missiles mounted on the aircraft will be also tested. More

Ashley Madison webpageThe way Noel Biderman sees it, having an affair can save a marriage. That’s just one of the many altruistic reasons the president and CEO of, which went live in Israel this week, gives for the service his website provides: helping married men and women have affairs discretely outside of marriage. “None of us anywhere are engineered for monogamy,” he told The Jerusalem Post in a Thursday morning interview in Tel Aviv. Monogamy, he argued, was put in place for keeping inheritance issues in line. More

 An Iowa-based federal judge has granted an injunction to two Christian colleges who are seeking an exemption from the abortion pill mandate in Obamacare. U.S. District Court Judge Mark Bennett, nominated to the bench by then-President Bill Clinton, issued the restraining order on Wednesday, allowing Dordt College in Iowa and Cornerstone University in Michigan a reprieve while their case moves forward in court. “I find that granting Plaintiffs preliminary injunctive relief is appropriate,” he wrote. “First, Plaintiffs may suffer irreparable harm without an injunction in that they would be forced to comply with the Mandate to the detriment of their religious exercise. Even if I were to later grant Plaintiffs relief on their underlying claims, that would not remedy the harm caused by forcing the Plaintiffs to do something they deem religiously objectionable.” The two colleges had been represented in court by the Christian legal organization Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), which argued that the mandate violates the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act, as well as the First and Fifth Amendments to the United States Constitution. More

Prayer Added to City Council, County Meetings Following Supreme Court Ruling

A number of city councils and county commissioners nationwide have decided to add prayer to their public meetings following this month’s Supreme Court ruling that declared invocations at government gatherings constitutional. As previously reported, in a divided 5-4 opinion, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld prayers predominantly in Jesus’ name amid a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on behalf of Greece, New York residents Susan Galloway and Linda Stephens. Galloway and Stephens contended that the prayers made them feel “marginalized” as they are not followers of the Christian faith. Galloway is Jewish and Stephens is an atheist. “[I]t’s a form of coercion,” Stephens told the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. “Some of these pastors tell you to stand up and bow your heads to pray to Jesus, and what if you don’t believe that? And if you refuse to stand up and bow your head, you stick out. It’s a coercive situation.” But the Supreme Court found otherwise, noting the nation’s history of government prayer. More

MANILA, Philippines
 –  The U.S. military commander in the Pacific warned Friday that the risk of a miscalculation that could trigger a wider conflict in a tense territorial standoff between China and Vietnam is high and urged both nations to exercise restraint. Adm. Samuel Locklear also urged Southeast Asian nations and China to hasten the drafting of a legally binding “code of conduct” to prevent territorial rifts from turning into armed conflicts that could threaten the region’s bustling economies. Southeast Asian diplomats have accused China of delaying the start of negotiations for such a nonaggression pact while it tries to consolidate its control of disputed territories. More

Russia will respond to increased NATO activity near border

Russia’s top general said on Friday that Moscow would retaliate against increased NATO activity near its border as tensions with the western alliance over Ukraine escalate. Since Russia annexed Ukraine’s Crimea region, NATO has moved to reassure its nervous eastern European allies. Ships and planes have been temporarily deployed to their countries and military exercises in the region stepped up. ”NATO’s military groupings in the Baltic states, Poland and Romania are being built up, as well as the military presence of the bloc in the Baltic, Mediterranean and Black Sea,” General Valery Gerasimov, the chief of general staff of the Russian armed forces, told a defense conference in Moscow. ”The intensity, the operational and combat readiness of the alliance’s troops is being increased near the Russian border. In these circumstances … we have to take retaliatory measures.” More

UPDATE: Two more Filipino healthcare workers die of MERS in Saudi Arabia

– The Philippines said Thursday that two of its citizens working in Saudi Arabia have died from the MERS coronavirus. Foreign Department spokesman Charles Jose said their relatives have been informed and efforts were being made to bring the bodies home. “Our consul general in Jeddah confirmed that there were two Filipinos who died of MERS,” he told AFP. “The consulate is helping to repatriate their remains,” he said, adding that the deaths were recorded on May 12 and 18. The identities of the two, as well as other details, were not revealed to protect their relatives’ privacy. This brings the current death toll to 177 worldwide with about 652 reported infections. Thousands of Filipinos work in the Middle East, while it is estimated as many as 10 million work overseas to escape widespread poverty at home. Extinction Protocol 

‘Duck Dynasty’ Star: ‘They Railed Against Me For Giving Them The Truth About Their Sins’

Phil Robertson, star of the popular “Duck Dynasty” television show, defended his controversial comments on homosexuality, giving a church sermon in which he ridiculed media coverage and others “blurring” the lines between “sinners” and homosexuals. In a video of an Easter Sunday sermon at Whites Ferry Road Church in his hometown of West Monroe, La., that has gone viral, the “Duck Dynasty” star – who was suspended for making similar comments in a GQ interview last year – told the congregation that he refuses to back down on his beliefs. Robertson called the media outrage absurd over his GQ interview comparing homosexuality to bestiality and various other “sinners.” More

Secretary of Defense Hagel Says New World Order Being Built

During an event honoring the 223rd anniversary of Poland’s constitution last night — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said we are seeing a new 21st century world order being built and although there are conflict and complications, there’s still hope. More

Creatures from the deep signal major Earth Changes: Is anyone paying attention?

When we pay attention to what is happening with the animals of the world, they can tell us a lot about our environment and predict changes that we, as mere humans, would normally not pick up on as quickly (or at all). Like the canaries that were once used to detect toxic gas in coal mines, animals are sensitive to things that humans are often oblivious to (before it’s too late), and noticing those ‘things’ can sometimes mean the difference between life or death for large numbers of people. Besides having senses that humans lack, animals also inhabit places that we don’t, like the oceans and the skies, places that border our living space and eventually impact it. So, what happens to them often happens to us a little later.  Recently, I’ve noticed what seems to be a significant increase in odd animal behavior – particularly, very recently. I’ll only talk about marine life here, though similar weirdness is affecting other animals and insects of the world. Let’s begin with a few reports from the start of this month. More


A once-in-a-lifetime meteor shower may be on its way

Skywatchers in North America may be in for a once-in-a-lifetime meteor shower this weekend if the May Camelopardalids light up the night sky early Saturday morning. It’s been 10 years since astronomer Peter Jenniskens predicted the event, which could produce as many as 200 meteors per hour. Or not.  As my colleage Deborah Netburn explained, the May Camelopardalids could happen as Earth moves into a debris field left by a small comet named 209P/LINEAR. But nothing is certain. The cloud of comet dust may turn out to be too small, or too sparse, to put on a show. ”That is the big mystery,” Jenniskens told the Los Angeles Times. Even if all goes well, the meteor shower isn’t likely to be repeated. That’s because Jupiter’s gravity will have pulled the debris out of our way by the time Earth reaches this spot next year. More

Chikungunya Virus Spreads in Caribbean Islands

Thousands of people in the Caribbean are becoming sick with a virus called chikungunya, which causes debilitating fever and severe joint pain, according to news reports. The chikungunya virus was once confined to Africa and Asia, but was brought into the Americas likely by an infected traveler in December. Since then, more than 51,000 suspected and nearly 5,000 confirmed cases of infection have occurred throughout the Caribbean islands, according to The Pan American Health Organization. More



Facebook Wants To Listen In On What You’re Doing

Facebook had two big announcements this week that show the company’s wildly divergent takes on the nature of privacy. One announcement is that the company is encouraging new users to initially share only with their “friends” rather than with the general public, the previous default. And for existing users, the company plans to break out the old “privacy dinosaur” to do a “ check-up” to remind people of how they’re sharing. Facebook employees say that using an extinct creature as a symbol for privacy isn’t subtle messaging, but simply an icon to which their users respond well. Meanwhile, Facebook’s second announcement indicated just how comfortable they think their users are in sharing every little thing happening in their lives. Facebook is rolling outa new feature for its smartphone app that can turn on users’ microphones and listen to what’s happening around them to identify songs playing or television being watched. The pay-off for users in allowing Facebook to eavesdrop is that the social giant will be able to add a little tag to their status update that says they’re watching an episode of Games of Thrones as they sound off on their happiness (or despair) about the rise in background sex on TV these days. More

Army of robots may soon be deployed: to care for the aged

Imagine you’re 85, and living alone. Your children are halfway across the country, and you’re widowed. You have a live-in aide – but it’s not human. Your personal robot reminds you to take your medicine, monitors your diet and exercise, plays games with you, and even helps you connect with family members on the Internet. Some technology experts see this as the answer to a predicted shortage of caregivers to serve our rapidly aging population. Labs around the world are working on this, and already some robots are being marketed successfully. Robots have been designed to help people with physical rehabilitation, assist in a nursing home, and even provide “telepresence” – in which a robot acts as an avatar, a physical presence for someone you communicate with at long distance. More



Why Russia, U.S. are guarding the world’s last stocks of smallpox

Should the world finally destroy its last remaining samples of variola , one of the deadliest viruses known to man? For many, a better question might be: why is this even a question? Variola causessmallpox , a highly-infectious disease that kills about a third of its victims and wiped out as many as 500 million people in the 20th century. While smallpox was eradicated in 1980 ( thanks, vaccines! ), the virus lives on in just two countries: Russia and the United States, where just-in-case samples are still being stored in high-security laboratories. The World Health Organization has said these stockpiles should be destroyed – but the question of “when” remains less clear. The General Assembly has met six times to settle on a date for burning the stockpiles but the decision has been deferred each time; on Friday, the question will come up once again at the 67 th World Health Assembly , currently underway in Geneva. Why is the virus being kept around at all? The short answer is fear — fear that smallpox could someday return. More

Unusually warm western Pacific waters linked to global warming may be the paradoxical cause of a bone-chilling winter in parts of the United States this year, a scientific study said on Thursday. The theory contrasts with other experts’ views, including that the freeze was simply a freak natural event or that it was linked to a thawing of the Arctic in recent years that sent a blast of cold air south. “People’s reaction when they sit under 10 feet of snow is to say ‘this cannot be man-made climate change’,” said Professor Tim Palmer of Oxford University, who published his research in the journal Science. “But there is a plausible link,” he told Reuters. He said a strengthening of trade winds had led to a build-up of warm water in the western tropical Pacific, aggravated in recent years by global warming from man-made emissions of greenhouse gases.More

Air Force security failed nuke test

Armed security forces at a nuclear missile base failed a drill last summer that simulated the hostile takeover of a missile launch silo because they were unable to speedily regain control of the captured nuclear weapon, according to an internal Air Force review obtained by the Associated Press. The previously unreported failure, which the Air Force called a “critical deficiency,” was the reason the 341st Missile Wing at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Montana flunked its broader safety and security inspection. The security team was required to respond to the simulated capture of a Minuteman 3 nuclear missile silo, termed an “Empty Quiver” scenario in which a nuclear weapon is lost, stolen or seized. Each of the Air Force’s 450 Minuteman 3 silos contains one missile armed with a nuclear warhead and ready for launch on orders from the president. More

The IRGC (Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps), the branch of Iran’s military whose role is to protect Tehran’s Islamic system, has published on Twitter an interesting drawing showing how they imagine an attack on an enemy warship entering the Persian Gulf. The plan is to use several different weapons systems in a coordinated attack, opened by high speed boats to create a diversion. More


The U.S. last week held a clandestine meeting in Egypt with Ghazi Hamad, the deputy foreign minister of Hamas, according to informed Middle Eastern security officials. The officials would not say whether the meeting was with a current member of the U.S. government or a former diplomat acting as a proxy for the Obama administration. Messages were exchanged about Hamas’s intentions as part of a newly formed Palestinian unity government with the rival Fatah party, led by Mahmoud Abbas, the officials said. Last week, Israel’s Haaretz newspaper quoted an unnamed White House official stating the Obama administration is leaning toward cooperating with the Hamas-Fatah Palestinian unity government, even if Hamas does not recognize Israel’s right to exist and despite objections from the Israeli government. Previously the Middle East Quartet, made up of the U.S., Russia, European Union and United Nations, declared it would not deal with Hamas unless the terrorist group renounces violence and recognizes Israel. More



US assigns 13,000 servicemen to first ever combined US-Jordan-Israeli exercise.

Under cover of conjoined military exercises with Israel (Juniper Cobra) and Jordan (Eager Lion), the US has moved more than 6,000 Marines to Jordan and several thousand servicemen to Israel.. The Jordanian drill starts Sunday, May 25 and will last until June 8. The US-Israeli exercise began this week with the participation of another 6,000 combat personnel from the US European Command and 1,000 airmen to operate missile defense systems. Sailing opposite Israel’s Mediterranean shore are two US warships carrying Aegis Combat Systems. Due to arrive in the Jordanian Red Sea port of Aqaba over the coming weekend are large US landing craft, that will drop marines on land. Gulf units are also taking part in the combined exercise. This is the first time that the US has unified two large military exercises. The Jordanian and Israeli drills will be coordinated by US command centers. More


South Korean navy fires warning shots as Kim Jong-Un’s boats cross into their territorial waters

South Korea’s navy has fired warning shots after three North Korean patrol boats crossed the maritime border into its territory, it was revealed today. The North Korean boats crossed into the South Korean waters at the Yellow Sea boundary, known as Northern Limit Line, at around 4pm local time on Tuesday. The ships returned to the northern side after a South Korean naval vessel fired ten warning shots, an official with the South Korean Defense Ministry said. More

Russia may build eight nuclear reactors for Iran.

Russia plans to sign a contract with Iran this year to build two more nuclear reactors at its Bushehr power plant as part of a broader deal for up to eight reactors in the Islamic state, a source close to the negotiations told Reuters on Thursday. It was not immediately clear how this might affect six global powers’ talks with Iran addressing disputed aspects of its nuclear program. Iran has resisted demands for cuts in its uranium enrichment capacity, pointing to plans for a future network of nuclear power stations. Western powers want any lasting agreement with Iran to put to rest suspicions that it could develop nuclear weapons-making ability through enrichment. Iran denies any such intent. More


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