New study warns world is facing sixth great extinction/DRONE AGE: LAPD adds drones to arsenal, says they’ll be used sparingly/Obama Sounds Alarm: ‘Climate Change’ Growing Threat to Health and more signs of JESUS’ soon return

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Sudanese Woman Sentenced to Hang for Refusing to Convert to Islam to be Freed


KHARTOUM, Sudan
 – A Sudanese woman who was sentenced to death by hanging for refusing to convert to Islam will soon be freed, reports state. As previously reported, Meriam Ibrahim, 27, was officially sentenced on May 15th after she was convicted of apostasy against Islam for professing to be an Orthodox Christian. Ibrahim was born to a Muslim father, but was raised by an Ethiopian Orthodox Christian mother as the father left the home when Ibrahim was a child. In Sudan, children are expected to follow the religion of their fathers, and her father’s family had reportedly turned her into authorities for rejecting Islam. Ibrahim was also sentenced to 100 lashes for allegedly committing “zena”—that is, having illegitimate sex by marrying a non-Muslim. The expectant mother married a professing Christian man, Daniel Wani, in 2011, and the two have an 18-month old son together, along with the child in Ibrahim’s womb. Sudanese law prohibits women from marrying non-Muslims, although men can marry whomever they wish without penalty. More

Irish Pastor Under ‘Hate Crime’ Investigation for Sunday Sermon Against Islam


BELFAST, Northern Ireland
 – A 75-year-old Irish preacher was subjected to a police probe after he condemned Islam in a sermon and was accused of ‘hate mongering.’ James McConnell, pastor of the Whitewell Metropolitan Church in North Belfast, Ireland, discussed the religion of Islam during an evening sermon on Sunday, May 18th. During the sermon, McConnell denounced Islam and said the contrast between it and Christianity is stark. “The God we worship and serve this evening is not Allah,” he proclaimed, according to a video of his sermon. “The Muslim god—Allah—is a heathen deity. Allah is a cruel deity. Allah is a demon deity.” McConnell then criticized the “foolish” British government for attempting to appease Muslims financially, saying Islam is “a doctrine spawned in hell.” He also noted that Christians around the world are persecuted for their faith by the “fanatical worshipers” of Allah. More

Dutch Scientists Successfully Teleport Data for the First Time

Scientists in the Netherlands have managed to reliably teleport quantum data for the first time, bringing us one step closer to the possible wonders of (data) teleportation. The research was published this week in the journal Science. The New York Times explains that “teleportation” in this context refers to the instantaneous sharing of quantum information; specifically, the spin state of an electron. The Times adds that “classical bits, the basic units of information in computing, can have only one of two values — either 0 or 1. But quantum bits, or qubits, can simultaneously describe many values.” More

Hundreds evacuated as heavy floods sweep across Russia’s Siberia

Hundreds of people have been evacuated and tens of thousands left without power after heavy floods struck southern Siberia. A state of emergency has been introduced in three regions. Those areas are the Altai region, Khakassia Republic, and Altai Republic, said Russian Emergencies Minister Vladimir Puchkov, who added that a “high alert” has been issued for two other regions – Tuva Republic and Buryatia Republic. Meanwhile, Puchkov also noted that other regions are at risk from the flooding – such as Sakha (Yakutia) Republic and the Amur region – due to the fact that rivers in southern Siberia have responded quickly to the heavy rains. More

Bilderberg actually talks nukes, euro nationalism and… Barack Obama – leak

The officially released agenda of the prestigious Bilderberg club meeting is not true, claims RT show host Daniel Estulin, a longtime watcher of the ‘secret world govt’ group. He says he obtained the real agenda for this year’s gathering in Copenhagen. An insider leaked the list of talking points for the ongoing Bilderberg conference to the investigative journalist last week, he said. The list has nine items, seven of which he shared: More

Could Tensions in the South China Sea Spark a War?


RUMORS OF WAR
 – In the South China Sea, where China’s ambitious “nine-dash line” claim of sovereignty has been disputed by several other claimants, relations have in recent weeks turned remarkably chillier. Vietnam and the Philippines are facing the brunt of Beijing’s ire, and the potential for crisis and conflict is significant. Positions are hardening, willingness to compromise is low, and the fact that the Philippines is an ally of the United States raises the potential for a disastrous crisis and potential conflict between the U.S. and China. More

Hand Grenade Found in Los Angeles Airport, Arrest Made

A hand grenade found in a carry-on bag at Los Angeles International Airport prompted officials to delay five flights and disrupt travel plans for some 800 passengers for a couple of hours, according to the Transportation Security Administration.  Officials arrested one person in relation to the incident, according to a TSA statement on Friday. It was not immediately clear when the incident occurred. ”The Terminal 1 checkpoint was closed while the Explosive Ordnance Disposal team transported the grenade to an offsite location to be disrupted,” the statement added. “Five flights were delayed 2 hours, 19 minutes, affecting 800 passengers.” More

‘Syria-related’ terror arrest at Heathrow Airport

Police at Heathrow Airport have arrested a 19-year-old man suspected of terror offences, the Met has said. He was detained by counter-terror SO15 officers on suspicion of “preparing for acts of terrorism”. A spokesman said the arrest was “Syria-related”. The force said it had searched an address in Camden, north London, but that the arrest was “not in response to any immediate risk or threat”. The teenager is being held in custody at a south London police station. In a separate incident at the airport, the Met said officers from the same unit arrested a 20-year-old who they believe sent “money/property overseas for the purposes of assisting terrorism in Syria”. The British national was arrested as he entered the UK and is also being detained in south London. More

Hagel warns China to “Back Off”!

The United States and China squared off at an Asian security forum on Saturday, with the U.S. defense secretary accusing Beijing of destabilizing the region and a top Chinese general retorting that his comments were “threat and intimidation”. Using unusually strong language, U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel took aim at Beijing’s handling of territorial disputes with its Asian neighbors. ”In recent months, China has undertaken destabilizing, unilateral actions asserting its claims in the South China Sea,” Hagel said. More

Author Claims Earthquakes Predictable, Says Next Big Ones This Summer.

They are pretty rare in our area, but every few years the Pittsburgh area will feel an earthquake that will shake the ground enough to give us a scare. Mainstream science says that earthquakes cannot be predicted, but David Nabhan author of “Earthquake Prediction: Answers in Plain Slight” says otherwise. Nabhan is a former teacher in California and now lives in Pittsburgh. He became interested in earthquakes while he was the earthquake preparedness coordinator for the school he worked at. He says he noticed every earthquake happened at dusk or dawn. More

 

 

Ethiopian volcano spews stunning, deadly blue gas


New Scientist interviewed French photographer Olivier Grunewald, who captures striking images of nature like the Dallol volcano, located in the Danakil Depression of Ethiopia’s Afar region. Grunewald’s work uses no filters or digital enhancement, and the results are stunning. To capture the Ethiopian volcano, Grunewald waited until after dusk, when the blue flames were more visible against the night sky. Wondering where the blue effect comes from? The Dallol volcano’s lava is still red, like other volcanoes — the blue color appears when the flames mix with deadly sulphuric gases. Grunewald must wear a gas mask while working, but he says it’s worth the risk to experience nature’s wonders. “The phenomenon is so uncommon,” he told New Scientist. “We really feel like we are on another planet.”  More

New study warns world is facing sixth great extinction

Species of plants and animals are becoming extinct at least 1,000 times faster than they did before humans arrived on the scene, and the world is on the brink of a sixth great extinction, a new study says. The study looks at past and present rates of extinction and finds a lower rate in the past than scientists had thought. Species are now disappearing from Earth about 10 times faster than biologists had believed, said the study’s lead author, biologist Stuart Pimm of Duke University. “We are on the verge of the sixth extinction,” Pimm said from research at the Dry Tortugas. “Whether we avoid it or not will depend on our actions.” The work, published Thursday by the journal Science, was hailed as a landmark study by outside experts. Pimm’s study focused on the rate, not the number, of species disappearing from Earth. It calculated a “death rate” of how many species become extinct each year out of 1 million species. More

1 in 8 Men Between Ages 25-54 Not Working.


Startling charts from the Republicans on the Senate Budget Committee about male participation in the labor force, particularly men between the ages of 25-54: ”There are currently 61.1 million American men in their prime working years, age 25–54. A staggering 1 in 8 such men are not in the labor force at all, meaning they are neither working nor looking for work. This is an all-time high dating back to when records were first kept in 1955. An additional 2.9 million men are in the labor force but not employed (i.e., they would work if they could find a job). A total of 10.2 million individuals in this cohort, therefore, are not holding jobs in the U.S. economy today. There are also nearly 3 million more men in this age group not working today than there were before the recession began,” the Republicans on the Senate Budget Committee claim. More

Obama warns of ‘Devastating’ Hurricanes from “Climate Change”

President Obama warned Friday that storms like Hurricane Sandy will become more frequent as climate change intensifies. While being briefed by emergency response officials at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) headquarters, Obama urged the public to prepare now for this year’s hurricane season. ”The changes we’re seeing in our climate means that, unfortunately, storms like Sandy could end up being more common and more devastating,” Obama said. ”And that’s why we’re also going to be doing more to deal with the dangers of carbon pollution that help to cause this climate change and global warming. And that’s why we’re also, with the terrific help of these departments, thinking of how we can build more resilient infrastructure,” he added. More

ALERT: Massive Indonesian volcano eruption grounds flights…

A huge volcanic eruption in Indonesia has covered the region in a vast cloud of ash, grounding flights in Australia and south east Asia. Sangeang Api, a volcano off the Indonesian island of Sumbawa, which lies in one of the most active areas of the Pacific ‘ring of fire’, has erupted at least three times since Friday. Dramatic images show smoke, ash and debris shooting into the sky, while a flying saucer shaped current of gas wraps around the plumes. More

 

Obama Sounds Alarm: ‘Climate Change’ Growing Threat to Health.

President Barack Obama said the curbs on carbon emissions to combat climate change that his administration plans to unveil next week will also help address a growing threat to the nation’s health. “We don’t have to choose between the health of our economy and the health of our children,” he said in his weekly address, which was recorded yesterday at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington. “As president, and as a parent, I refuse to condemn our children to a planet that’s beyond fixing.” The Environmental Protection Agency is scheduled to announce a plan to limit carbon emissions from U.S. power plants on June 2. The two-tired regulation will seek reductions in greenhouse gases of as much as 25 percent over 15 years, according to people familiar with the proposal. More

Openly Gay Male Student Named Connecticut School’s Prom Queen


DAYS OF LOT 
–  A 17-year-old boy has been named prom queen at his high school and says he’s making a point about gender labeling and discrimination. Nasir Fleming won the title last week at Danbury High School, where he’s a popular senior. He was nominated as prom king and as prom queen but decided to be considered only for queen. Fleming told the News Times newspaper ( http://bit.ly/1tOB5xa ) for a story on Tuesday that he’s been openly gay since sixth grade and has struggled with bullying. He said he isn’t sure whether the students who submitted his name were making fun of his sexuality but decided it was a good opportunity to make a point about the importance of being who you are. ”Either way, I’m still fabulous,” he said. Fleming said students at the prom were supportive and erupted in cheers when he won. More

Swimming advisory issued for 6 locations

A swimming advisory has been issued for six areas of Bay County waterfronts, according state health department reports. Poor results due to fecal bacteria content tests prompted the Florida Department of Health in Bay County to issue the advisory at affected beaches, because increased levels of the bacteria may cause human disease, infections or rashes. DOH officials issued a swim advisory at the Panama City Beach Pier , Spy Glass Drive ,Delwood Beach , Carl Gray Park, Beach Drive and Dupont Bridge . DOH officials can safely bet on fecal bacteria levels soaring in the days following a heavy rain. More

Colorado baker must make cakes for gay weddings, panel rules


DAYS OF LOT 
– Colorado’s Civil Rights Commission on Friday ordered a baker to make wedding cakes for same-sex couples, finding his religious objections to the practice did not trump the state’s anti-discrimination statutes. The unanimous ruling from the seven-member commission upheld an administrative law judge’s finding in December that Jack Phillips violated civil rights law when he refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple in 2012. The couple sued. ”I can believe anything I want, but if I’m going to do business here, I’d ought to not discriminate against people,” Commissioner Raju Jaram said. More

 

LAPD adds drones to arsenal, says they’ll be used sparingly

Draganflyer X6
The Los Angeles Police Department has acquired some eyes in the sky.  On Friday, the department announced that it had acquired two “unmanned aerial vehicles” as gifts from the Seattle Police Department. The Draganflyer X6 aircraft, which resemble small helicopters, are each about 3 feet wide and equipped with a camera, video camera and infrared night-vision capabilities.  In making the announcement, however, department officials were at pains to make it clear the LAPD doesn’t intend to use the new hardware to keep watch from above over an unsuspecting public. If they’re used at all, the remotely controlled aircraft will be called on only for “narrow and prescribed uses” that will be made clear to the public, the statement said. More

‘Faster than Usain Bolt’: Prehistoric carnivore inspires two-legged sprinter robot

South Korean scientists have taken tips from the prehistoric Velociraptor dinosaur to build one of the world’s simplest and fastest robots, capable of reaching a speed of 46 kilometers per hour (28.5 mph). Just like the carnivore that roamed the earth 75 million years ago, the ‘Raptor’ robot has two legs and a mechanism that works like a tail. The machine was built by the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST). More

 

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