FAA approves first commercial use of drones over land/Japan beefs up military might, mulls multi-billion Aussie deal/Return to Homs: Syrian city siege end brings hope after years of war and more signs of JESUS’ soon return

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IAF strikes target in Gaza, kills Hamas operative following rocket attack


The Israel Air Force struck on Wednesday night a terror target operating in the northern Gaza Strip and planning attacks against Israel. The IDF with the Shin Bet (Israel Security Service) coordinated the strike targeting Jihad Salafist operative Mohammed Adwar, stated IDF spokesman Peter Lerner. Adwar was also being employed by the Hamas police force in Gaza. Palestinian media sources have reported a casualty from in the strike, according to Israel Radio. The IDF spokesman also stated that  Adwar was targeted by Israeli forces in  a “preemptive strike.” The IDF reported that the action prevented Adwar and the Jihadist elements he worked with from realizing their intentions to carry out terrorist plans aimed at Israel. One such plan included the targeting of an Israeli helicopter with anti-aircraft rockets. More

Tennessee man accused of chopping up woman and eating her remains

chopedWarning: This story contains material that some may find disturbing due to the graphic nature of the material.   It wasn’t enough for Gregory Scott Hale to kill his victim, authorities say. He also chopped off her head, her hands, her feet. Buried her torso in a burn pile outside his south-central Tennessee home. And — by his own admission — ate some of her remains, according to the affidavit filed against him. According to the same document, Hale confessed to the killing of the 36-year-old woman, identified as Lisa Hyder by Capt. Frank Watkins of the Coffee County, Tennessee, Sheriff’s Department. “Lisa was a sweet girl, a very pretty girl,” her friend and neighbor Vicki Keenan told CNN affiliate WSMV. “… It’s got to be a very sick mind to do something like that.” More

Hipster Hillsong ‘Pastor’ Drawing Concern for Concealing Beliefs on Homosexuality


NEW YORK – 
Progressive ‘pastor’ Carl Lentz of New York City draws thousands of followers—including Justin Bieber—to concert-like services each week, but many Christians are concerned that he seems to be concealing his stances on moral issues, including homosexuality. Hillsong New York City is a popular Pentacostal congregation, which meets each week in nightclubs, theaters, and other venues across New York City. Trendy concert-like music, strobe lights, and Lentz’s unconventional messages draw thousands of attendees every Sunday. Lentz, who sports tattoos, leather jackets, body piercings, and even a mohawk hairdo, says his weekly assembly is “awesome.” “Our church is awesome; I love it,” he told CBN News. “It’s extremely imperfect and that’s why everybody fits in.”More

Christian Group Loses Recognition at College for Requiring Leaders to be Christian


BRUNSWICK, Maine –
 A Christian group at a liberal arts college in Maine has lost its recognition for refusing to follow the school’s ‘anti-discrimination’ policy by requiring group leaders to be born again Christians. Bowdoin Christian Fellowship has been recognized on the campus of Bowdoin College for the past forty years. But after this summer, it will be losing its privileges at the school simply because the groups wants its leaders to be Christian. “I want them on campus, because it’s a sanctuary for many of our conservative evangelical students—Bowdoin has accepted these students, and they need a place, and they need to have their faith challenged,” Robert Ives, a United Church of Christ minister who also serves as the director of religious and spiritual life at the college told the New York Times.”But every organization has to be open to every student, and every position of leadership has to be open to any individual, without discrimination.” More

 


Al-Qaeda-inspired militants seized effective control Wednesday of Saddam Hussein’s hometown of Tikrit, expanding their offensive closer to the Iraqi capital as soldiers and security forces abandoned their posts following clashes with the insurgents. Fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant took control a day earlier of much of Mosul, the country’s second-largest city, in a major blow to the authority of the country’s Shiite government and a sign of Iraq’s reversals since U.S. forces withdrew in late 2011. More

NASA scientist claims faster-than-light travel possible, designs spaceship prototype.

spaceLast month, Dark Knight director Christopher Nolan unveiled his next science-fiction blockbuster. Called Interstellar, it envisages a future where travel to other stars is not only a possibility but a necessity, and tasks actor Matthew McConaughey with leading the main mission. But a Nasa scientist claims such a mission isn’t necessarily just something reserved for science fiction – and has revealed a Star Trek-style ship that could make interstellar travel a reality.  Dr Harold White is famous for suggesting that faster than light (FTL) travel is possible. Using something known as an Alcubierre drive, named after a Mexican theoretical physicist of the same name, Dr White said it is possible to ‘bend’ space-time, and cover large distances almost instantly. This, in essence, would allow a spaceship to travel almost anywhere in a tiny fraction of the time it would take a conventional spacecraft. More

Why the Church Needs to Stand Up to Save Meriam Ibrahim


Christians have a responsibility to speak for those who can’t speak for themselves. Proverbs 31 calls Christ-followers to defend the cause of the weak. All throughout, Scripture clearly instructs Christians to raise their voice for those who have no voice. Today, you have the opportunity to help speak up for someone who is not able to speak for herself. She is a wife. She is a mother of two young children. She sits jailed in a Khartoum prison, a place she already knows far too well. Why is she there? Simply because she is a Christian. More


In Detroit, a pro-life sidewalk counselor is being told to stay at least 500 feet away from an abortion clinic. Chris Coatney advocates the sanctity of life outside of the Summit Women’s Center, where he speaks with abortion-bound women and couples in an effort to save their babies. The order was entered after Denise Burrell, the manager of the inner-city abortion clinic, claimed that Coatney’s speech was threatening and that she was afraid of him. This assertion was made despite video evidence showing Burrell and colleagues threatening and abusing Coatney. The Chicago-based Thomas More Society filed a brief last week in The Michigan Court of Appeals, challenging the personal protective order. More

The Lord God Almighty Is Directing ‘Duck Dynasty,’ Says Si Robertson


Duck Dynasty
 almost didn’t make it to a sixth season after the flap last year about Phil Robertson’s controversial statements about homosexuality in GQ magazine. But God had other plans in mind. Season six of the popular reality TV show debuts on June 11. Here’s the description: ”When the governor of Louisiana announces he will becoming to Duck Commander to present Willie with a commerce award, John Luke volunteers to give the introduction speech. But Willie can’t help but give John Luke some public speaking pointers, along with Si’s unwanted help. Meanwhile, Miss Kay enlists Korie and Sadie’s help to pick out a nice outfit for the visit, trying to convince a reluctant Phil to give his opinion of her outfit options.” More

19 REASONS WHY YOU CAN LAUGH WHEN ANYONE TELLS YOU THAT THE ECONOMY IS IN GOOD SHAPE


Have you heard the one about the “economic recovery” in the United States?  It’s quite funny, but it is not actually true.  Every day, the establishment media points to the fact that global stock markets have soared to unprecedented heights as evidence that the economy is improving.  But just because a bunch of wealthy people have gotten temporarily even richer on paper does not mean that the real economy is in good shape.  In fact, as you will see below, things just continue to get even tougher for the poor and the middle class.  Retail stores are closing at the fastest pace since the fall of Lehman Brothers, the rate of home ownership in this country is the lowest that it has been in 19 years, one out of every five families do not have a single member that is employed, and one out of every five children is living in poverty.  We are working harder, earning less and going into more debt.  With each passing day, the middle class gets a little bit smaller and the ranks of the poor get a little bit larger.  But at least the stock market is doing great, eh? More

 

OBAMA PREPARED TO ACT ‘UNILATERALLY’ AGAIN USING ‘EXECUTIVE AUTHORITY’ ON GUNS


President Barack Obama is looking for new ways to act “administratively, unilaterally using his executive authority” to enact new gun control legislation, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said during a press conference Tuesday. The official was responding to a journalist’s questions about the President’s reaction to news of a shooting that occurred at an Oregon high school. Two people were killed, including the shooter. While the President is looking for ways to implement his gun control agenda unilaterally, Earnest stressed that the Administration would also like to see legislative action to increase gun control. “The President’s goal is to look for opportunities to act administratively, unilaterally using his executive authority to try to make our communities safer,” Earnest said. “We’re always looking for those opportunities. But none of those opportunities when they present themselves is going to be an acceptable substitute for robust legislative action.” More

 


Texas Sen. Ted Cruz told a small gathering of pro-Israel American leaders Tuesday that an Israeli strike against Iranian nuclear facilities “could happen in a matter of months.” “In my view, [Iranian Supreme Leader Ali] Khamenei believes there is no credible deterrence from the United States, there’s not realistic risk of significant consequence for moving forward with their nuclear development,” the Republican told the Spring National Leadership Meeting of the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA) at the Willard Hotel. “That means, that if they keep going forward, I think if it comes down to it, I have real confidence that the nation of Israel will act to preserve her national security, even if this administration will not act first. And that could happen sooner rather than later — that could happen in a matter of months.” More

 

PLANNED PARENTHOOD OFFERED FREE BIBLES


Planned Parenthood is being offered as many free Bibles as there are waiting rooms in the abortion giant’s chain after it made a “religious argument” for abortion, according to the Alliance Defending Freedom.  Casey Mattox, senior counsel for ADF, made the offer in an open letter to Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of American, the largest player in the nation’s abortion industry. Mattox explained that Planned Parenthood’s own “pastoral letter” argued the Bible doesn’t condemn abortion. Planned Parenthood said: “The truth is that abortion is not even mentioned in the Scriptures – Jewish or Christian – and there are clergy and people of faith from all denominations who support women making this complex decision.” More

Moms on antidepressants producing babies with malformed brains


Almost one in five children born to mothers taking antidepressants during pregnancy have a brain defect – called a “Chiari type 1 malformation” – according to a groundbreaking study by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  The study, titled Rate of Chiari I Malformation in Children of Mothers with Depression with and without Prenatal SSRI Exposure, was published May 19 in the peer-reviewed journal Neuropsychopharmacology. The researchers found that “children of depressed mothers treated with a group of antidepressants called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) during pregnancy were more likely to develop Chiari type 1 malformations than were children of mothers with no history of depression,” according to their press statement. More

 

 


The Russians are actually making a move against the petrodollar.  It appears that they are quite serious about their de-dollarization strategy.  The largest natural gas producer on the planet, Gazprom, has signed agreements with some of their biggest customers to switch payments for natural gas from U.S. dollars to euros.  And Gazprom would have never done this without the full approval of the Russian government, because the Russian government holds a majority stake in Gazprom.  There hasn’t been a word about this from the big mainstream news networks in the United States, but this ishuge.  When you are talking about Gazprom, you are talking about a company that is absolutely massive.  It is one of the largest companies in the entire world and it makes up 8 percent of Russian GDP all by itself.  It holds 18 percent of the natural gas reserves of the entire planet, and it is also a very large oil producer.  So for Gazprom to make a move like this is extremely significant. More

Sun unleashes two huge solar flares


The sun unleashed two major solar flares early Tuesday (June 10) in amazing back-to-back storms from our nearest star. The first flare, a powerful X2.2-class solar flare, hit its maximum at about 7:42 a.m. EDT (1142 GMT). The second powerful X1.5-class flare, followed quickly behind, blasting out from the sun at 8:36 a.m. EDT (1236 GMT). Both flares could cause radio communication blackouts on Earth for about an hour, according to an alert from the U.S. Space Weather Prediction Center in Boulder, Colorado. NASA’s sun-observing Solar Dynamics Observatory captured a video of the flares from space. More

 


It’s a mysterious brain illness that triggers psychotic and violent behavior. It is rare, and it is often misdiagnosed. One desperate family grabbed a video camera to document what was happening. In the tape, seven-year-old Paul Michael Nelson can be seen yelling uncontrollably while being restrained. He started to experience the episodes in 2009. “In the night, he was tearing up the flooring, he took a knife to the office door,” recalls his mother, Mary Nelson. His family started recording the outbursts because some doctors didn’t believe them. More

 

 

World Bank cuts global economic growth forecast


The World Bank has cut its growth forecast for the global economy in 2014 following a weak start to the year in both rich and poor countries. Bad weather in the US, tension in the Ukraine, the slowdown in China and political strife in countries such as Turkey will all delay an expected pick-up in activity, the bank said in its half-yearly Global Economic Prospects. Its president, Jim Kim, expressed disappointment at the prospect of a third straight year of sub-5% growth in the developing world, which he said was insufficient to meet his aim of eradicating extreme poverty by 2030. More


U.S. farmers are in an uproar over signs that Japan will maintain some barriers to agricultural exports under a Pacific trade pact, which threatens to unravel a deal that is central to U.S. efforts to retain economic and security influence in the region. Four years into Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) talks, U.S. negotiators are fighting to balance the goal of total tariff elimination with the sensitivities of Japanese and American farmers and the needs of other trading partners. Central to President Barack Obama‘s strategic shift toward Asia, the TPP would connect a dozen economies by cutting trade barriers and harmonizing standards in a deal covering two-fifths of the world economy and a third of global trade. More

Hillary Clinton Doesn’t Want to Turn Over Her Benghazi Notes


Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said she would be unwilling to turn over her notes on the 2012 Benghazi terrorist attack in an interview shown Tuesday on NBC Nightly News. Asked by Cynthia McFadden if she’d give them to the congressional committee investigating the assault and the subsequent White House response, Clinton pointed to her new book “Hard Choices” instead. The terrorist attack took place during her tenure, and Clinton has been the subject of criticism for the lack of security around the consulate, among other factors. “They can read it in the book,” she said. “Let’s see whether this is on the level or not because that really matters to me. I don’t want to be part of something which, in any way, politicizes or demeans the sacrifice that we saw happen there.” More

 

FAA approves first commercial use of drones over land


The Federal Aviation Administration took a big step on Tuesday in easing restrictions on commercial drone use in the US. For the first time, the government agency gave permission for a commercial drone to fly over land. The approval went to drone maker AeroVironment and BP energy corporation. The FAA will allow AeroVironment to fly unmanned Puma aircrafts over Prudhoe Bay in Alaska — home to the largest oilfield in North America — to survey pipelines, roads, and equipment for BP.More


The NSA could technically listen in to the microphone of an iPhone even if it switched off, experts have revealed. The claim was first made by Edward Snowden during an interview with Brian Williams of NBC Nightly News. Today, experts confirmed the technique was technically possibly – and revealed a way to sidestep it. More

Obama praises Australia’s gun control, brings country into US gun debate


Even as police were still on the scene of yet another American school shooting – the 74th since the massacre of primary school children in Newtown – President Barack Obama praised Australia’s gun laws in an online question and answer session. “Couple of decades ago, Australia had a mass shooting, similar to Columbine or Newtown. And Australia just said, well, that’s it, we’re not doing, we’re not seeing that again, and basically imposed very severe, tough gun laws, and they haven’t had a mass shooting since,” said the president in a pre-arranged session held to discuss his plans to help cut student debt. “Our levels of gun violence are off the charts. There’s no advanced, developed country that would put up with this.” More

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