U.S. Trained ISIS At Secret Jordan Base/Seven die in Monrovia Ebola outbreak/Obama Not Asking Congress’ Permission on Iraq/California citrus crippled by bacteria and more signs of JESUS’ soon return

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Heavy Metal Christian Rock Star Tim Lambesis: ‘I’m an Atheist’


Heavy metal Christian rock star Tim Lambesis admitted last month to hiring a hit man to kill his estranged wife. He was sentenced to six years in prison for paying to have Meggan Murphy Lambesis murdered. Here’s the back-story: Lambesis was in a custody dispute with his wife over their three children. According to charging documents in the criminal case, in May 2013 he asked a personal trainer at his gym if he knew anyone who could kill his wife. The trainer called the cops and an undercover sting led to his arrest. Now, the founder of As I Lay Dying is now making another confession—the Grammy-nominated Christian metal singer says he’s not really a Christian at all.More

BABYLON RISING! ISIS May Skip Baghdad and Instead Build a New State

Mideast Syria Militants Rise AnalysisPROPHECY WATCH: The extremist group ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) is not acting alone in Iraq but is part of a de facto alliance of other disaffected Sunni opposition groups, including former Baathist army officers and civilians. And that is what makes the changes to the political map more lasting. The fortunes of ISIS might rise or fall, but the Sunni population of Iraq, like much of the Sunni population of Syria, has made a decisive break with the Shiite- (or in the case of Syria, Alawite) dominated central government. Sunni opposition groups in Syria and Iraq, with backing from regional players, have been battling to topple the regime in Damascus, and to topple Maliki or at least regain a meaningful share of power in Baghdad. Having failed in both goals, ISIS has effectively shown another way forward: to forget about Damascus and Baghdad for now, forget about the Sykes-Picot borders and create a new political space out of the parts of Syria and Iraq that their capitals do not control–a large and viable political territory with major historic cities, trade routes, oil resources and borders potentially abutting Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Jordan. For now, let’s call it Syriaq. In this, they might be emulating the Kurds, who long ago decided to concentrate on controlling their own areas rather than relying on politics in the capital. More

Obama Not Asking Congress’ Permission on Iraq.


President Barack Obama is still considering what to do about Iraq, but he told the top congressional leaders Wednesday that he doesn’t think he needs Congress’ permission to act. “We had a good discussion,” said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., arriving back at the Capitol after the meeting. “The president basically just briefed us on the situation in Iraq and indicated he didn’t feel he had any need for authority from us for the steps that he might take and indicated he would keep us posted.” Obama met for about an hour in the Oval Office with McConnell, Speaker John A. Boehner, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. More

Terror Group “ISIS” issued threat to New York in 2009, NYC ‘Vigilant’ Against Any Terror Threat


Mayor Bill de Blasio says New York City is “constantly vigilant” against any terror threat posed by the recent violence in Iraq. The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL, has already captured major cities in Iraq and is threatening its capital.
A U.S. official said this week that its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, said “I’ll see you guys in New York” when he was released in 2009.  Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said Wednesday the NYPD is not aware of any specific threat to New York City. “I think the comments that are being widely reported on from the apparent leader of the ISIS group reflect the reality of our city, that we have been and will continue to remain one of the top terrorist targets in the world,” Bratton told reporters, including WCBS 880′s Rich Lamb reported. More

Catholic Bishop: Marriage is ‘First Domino of Civilization’ – When it Falls, ‘Then Fall All Subsequent Dominos’


In response to a federal judge’s ruling that Wisconsin’s ban on homosexual marriage was unconstitutional, Bishop Robert Morlino, head of the Catholic diocese of Madison, Wisc., said the judge had “shaken one of the most precious and essential building blocks of our civilization,” and that when this “first ‘domino’ of civilization’” – man-woman marriage – is toppled, then “all subsequent ‘dominos’” of civilization fall. The bishop also said that in felling this first domino, “everything that is good, true, and beautiful, which is rooted in the natural family, is seriously threatened.” Back on June 6, U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb ruled that Wisconsin’s 2006 prohibition against gay “marriage” violated the equal protection and due process rights under the Constitution, but on Friday, June 13, the judge put a stay on her ruling pending an appeal to a higher court by Wisconsin’s Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen. More

Seven die in Monrovia Ebola outbreak


The deadly Ebola virus has killed seven people in Liberia’s capital, Monrovia, health officials have said. These are the first deaths reported in the city since the outbreak of the contagious virus in several West African states. Among the dead are a nurse and four people from the same household, including a baby, officials said. Guinea has been worst-affected by Ebola, with 208 deaths since the outbreak was first reported in March. There is no cure or vaccine for Ebola – one of the world’s deadliest viruses. More

British Spy Agencies Assert Power to Intercept Web Traffic


In a broad legal rationale for collecting information from Internet use by its citizens, the British government has asserted the right to intercept communications that go through services like Facebook, Google and Twitter that are based in the United States or other foreign nations, even if they are between people in Britain. The British position is described in a report released Tuesday by Privacy International and other advocacy groups. The report, confirming a summary seen Monday by The New York Times, says the findings are based on a government document that the groups obtained through a lawsuit. More

POWDER-KEG: Extremist Gains in Iraq Confirm Fears in Middle East


The recent capture of Iraqi cities by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, the Sunni militant group known as ISIS, has added credence to widespread fears in the Middle East of extremists taking control of Syria and of violence spilling beyond its borders. In a poll of some nearby countries conducted in April and May by the Pew Research Center, large majorities in all but Turkey expressed fear that Al Qaeda or some other extremist group could take control of Syria. Concern was greatest in neighboring Lebanon, where about two-thirds of Christians were very concerned, along with about half of Sunnis and Shiites. More

 

Trademark board rules against Washington Redskins name


The U.S. Patent Office ruled Wednesday that the Washington Redskins nickname is “disparaging of Native Americans” and that the team’s federal trademarks for the name must be canceled. The 2-1 ruling comes after a campaign to change the name has gained momentum over the past year. The team doesn’t immediately lose trademark protection and is allowed to retain it during an appeal. Redskins owner Daniel Snyder has refused to change the team’s name, citing tradition, but there has been growing pressure including statements in recent months from President Barack Obama, lawmakers of both parties and civil rights groups. More

Exxon carries out major evacuation from Iraq as Isis closes in


BREAKING NEWS: ExxonMobil has carried out a “major evacuation,” and BP had evacuated 20 percent of its staff, the head of Iraq’s state-run South Oil Company said Wednesday. Dhiya Jaffar also said ENI, Schlumberger, Weatherford and Baker Hughes had no plans to evacuate staff from Iraq following the lightning advance of Sunni militants through the country. The companies, which are based in southern Iraq where the government is still in firm control, were not immediately available for comment. ”This message is not satisfactory for us. We are not convinced the work should not be done remotely. They should be here on the ground,” Jaffar told Reuters. More

 

ISLAMISTS SEIZE IRAQ OIL REFINERY, CRUDE OIL PRICES SPIKING


Crude-oil prices edged higher on Wednesday, with the U.S. benchmark pushing back toward $107 a barrel after militants in Iraq attacked the country’s biggest oil refinery, underlining worries about potential threats to export facilities in the south. Nymex WTI crude oil for July delivery CLN4 -0.33%  picked up 34 cents, or 0.4%, to $106.73 a barrel, partly recovering from a 54-cent loss on Tuesday. WTI crude is also taking a cue from expectations for tighter domestic supplies in the U.S. The European benchmark, Brent oil for August delivery UK:LCOQ4 +0.34% , which is the most sensitive to developments in Iraq, rose 18 cents, or 0.2%, to $113.63 a barrel. Nymex crude last week topped $107 a barrel as the conflict in Iraq heated up, while Brent had briefly topped $114.More

The Water Wars Are Coming


Water scarcity is omnipresent in the developing world. Today, 768 million people lack access to safe drinking water worldwide. And in Central Asia, a growing population and water-hungry resource extraction industries have made the problem even worse. The balance of resources in Central Asia is far from a happy one. The region is divided into water-rich upstream states, and water-poor downstream ones, and the division leads to conflict and tit-for-tat exchanges, in which water is used for leverage. Lawmakers in Kyrgyzstan, for instance, are currently toying with the idea of cutting water flow to semi-arid Uzbekistan, the nation with the region’s largest population and standing army, after Uzbekistan cut gas supplies to the Kyrgyz city of Osh in April — a move that Uzbekistan’s President Islam Karimov warned could lead to full-blown war. More

 


Russian fifth-generation submarines will be armed with military robots, Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Navy said. ”The combat capabilities of the multipurpose nuclear and conventional submarines will be improved in the future through integration of promising robotic systems into their weaponry,” admiral Viktor Chirkov said on Tuesday. He stressed that tough laws of shipbuilding demand to avoid pauses in the creation of new generations of submarines. This is due to the construction time, cyclical use of ships and submarines, and the rapid development of scientific and technical progress. ”Therefore, we demand from the industry to avoid pauses and start designing the next generation of submarines as soon as they finish designing the previous one,” Commander-in-Chief said. More

California citrus crippled by bacteria

fruitsUS Federal agriculture officials are allocating millions of dollars toward research to solve problems caused by the devastating citrus greening bacteria that threatens Florida’s $US9 billion citrus industry. UNITED States Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told The Associated Press that $US25 million in funding comes from the 2014 Farm Bill. Another $US6.5 million will be sent to projects through a group formed to combat greening. Florida’s citrus growers have been the hardest-hit in the US – experts say virtually all of the state’s groves are infected – and researchers are working furiously to come up with a vaccine or cure. Growers warn that if a solution isn’t found, Florida’s iconic crop could be lost. More

How Soon Might We Have Genetically Modified Meat?


There are no genetically engineered animals sold for human consumption right now. The only candidate that’s anywhere close, AquaBounty’s fast-growing GM salmon, seems to have stalled in its approval process, in spite of positive scientific reviews finding AquaBounty fish safe to eat and safe for the environment. As you might guess, the lack of genetically modified meat on the market isn’t because of a lack of technology. It’s because of politics—GM foods are deeply unpopular, and GM food animals especially so. More

Anonymous plans global cyber attacks on energy firms on Friday


AnonGhost, a politically motivated group of hacktivists, is planning to launch cyber attacks on energy companies globally, including Adnoc and Enoc in the UAE, on Friday for using the dollar in oil trades.

This is according to a YouTube post link tweeted by the AnonGhost team. “It is a follow-up from the #opPetrol operation in 2013. They [Anonymous] are serious about its political message and they will deliver it,” Nicolai Solling, director of technology services at Help AG, told ‘Gulf News’. There was another hacking campaign that took place last week. The attack was on Fifa World Cup sponsors and Brazilian government websites to protest against the huge money spent on the tournament when massive social inequality still exists in the country. More

Americans renouncing citizenship to flee tax fines hit record highs


The number of Americans who have been renouncing their citizenship in order to escape costly tax compliance penalties has skyrocketed in recent months, the Wall Street Journal found. Between January and March, a total of 1,001 U.S. citizens gave up their American roots — a number that puts 2014 on a path of surpassing all of last year’s totals, at 2,999, Newsmax reported. “The increase is due to current and future changes in tax law and enforcement, said Freddi Weintraub, a New York attorney who specializes in immigration law, the Wall Street Journal reported. More

 

Veteran told not to say Pledge at college meetings to avoid offending international students


An Army veteran attending University of Wyoming was told that as a senator in its student government he should not say the Pledge of Allegiance before meetings. The reason: It might offend international students. “Multiple senators sat me down and said it was a ‘very touchy subject’ and ‘we don’t want to offend anybody,’” former Army Staff Sgt. Cory Schroeder told the education watchdog Campus Reform Tuesday. More

 

Suicide bomber targets World Cup fans in Nigeria

sidsA suicide bomber detonated a tricycle taxi packed with explosives at an outdoor World Cup viewing centre in a northeast Nigerian city on Tuesday night, killing 14 people and injuring 26 others, police said. The blast ripped through the Crossfire venue in Damaturu at around 8pm (7pm GMT), just as tournament hosts Brazil kicked off against Mexico. Several pickup trucks carrying bodies arrived at the nearby General Sani Abacha Specialist Hospital, a hospital source said, adding: “There are also many casualties in the emergency room.” A Reuters witness near the scene heard a loud boom, and some residents said they also heard a second explosion. More

Saddam’s men return to power in city once held by US

pointIt was once the emblem of US military success in Iraq – the city where American forces defeated their adversaries twice. First they drove out the army of Saddam Hussein, and later the Islamist militants who rose up against the occupation. Less than a decade later, the two US foes have joined forces to seize back Tal Afar, and the machine guns and armoured vehicles that American troops left behind to defend its new-found freedom are being used by the very insurgents they sought to defeat. The arrival of the jihadists from the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham in northern Iraq has brought on sectarian insurgency anew, and loyalists to the late Saddam Hussein have once again picked up their arms to fight. More

 

U.S. Trained ISIS At Secret Jordan Base


Members of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIS, were trained in 2012 by U.S. instructors working at a secret base in Jordan, according to informed Jordanian officials. The officials said dozens of ISIS members were trained at the time as part of covert aid to the insurgents targeting the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Syria. The officials said the training was not meant to be used for any future campaign in Iraq. The Jordanian officials said all ISIS members who received U.S. training to fight in Syria were first vetted for any links to extremist groups like al-Qaida. More

Convoys Of Russian Tanks Heading For Ukraine Border Ahead Of 2amET Deadline


As the ‘negotiations’ between Europe, Ukraine, and Russia were taking place this afternoon, technically unconfirmed reports of convoys of Russian military vehicles moving towards the Ukraine border were growing. As the 2amET gas-cut-off deadline looms, it appears Putin is mobilizing a significant force ahead of what will likely mean retaliatory actions by either Ukraine military forces or Ukraine militants. As InfoResist reports, up to 200 units are moving towards Ukraine from Kaluga and in the Rostov region, Russia. More

Mosquito Born Virus on the rise in Florida


Florida health leaders are reminding people to protect themselves against mosquitoes during the state’s rainy season. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have reported at least 25 cases of a mosquito-borne virus called Chikungunya. That’s more than 60 percent of the cases in the United States. The virus can be transferred from mosquitoes to humans and back to other mosquitoes. The virus can cause severe joint pain and arthritis-like symptoms that last for months. More

SEN. FEINSTEIN CALLS FOR RENEWED WAR IN IRAQ


California Democrat Senator Dianne Feinstein is calling for the U.S. military to attack ISIS in Iraq. She has also said the besieged country’s current leader, Nouri al-Maliki, needs to step down. ”I think most important is that we take direct action now against ISIS, marching down to Baghdad, and prevent them from getting into Baghdad,” said Feinstein, who is the chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee. Feinstein believes a “reconciliation” government needs to replace al-Maliki, who was approved by the Iraqi government for a second term as president in December, 2010. More

 

Lightning Strikes During Church Service—What Are the Chances?


Lightning struck a church in Bolivia, sending shockwaves through the building’s electrical wiring. A pianist suffered minor injuries during the incident at Zion Hill Baptist Church.WECT.com reports that Chief John Eeten with the Sunset Harbor and Zion Hill Fire Department said the piano player was treated on the scene and did not need to go to the hospital. What are the chances? The odds of becoming a lightning strike victim in the U.S. in any one year are one in 700,000. The odds of being struck in your lifetime are one in 3,000. There’s no data on the odds of being struck while playing piano in a church. More

TN holding earthquake response exercise


Tennessee National Guard members and emergency response officials are holding an exercise this week to simulate the response to a large earthquake along the New Madrid fault. More than 1,000 guardsmen and other responders will participate in the exercise that runs through Thursday. The New Madrid zone stretches 150 miles, crossing parts of Tennessee and six other states. In 1811 and 1812, it unleashed a trio of powerful jolts that rattled the central Mississippi River valley. More

 

Urgent Prayer Call for Andraé Crouch and Bob Bennett


Two recording artists, Andraé Crouch and Bob Bennett, are in need of prayer for significant health issues. Pastor Crouch’s twin sister, Sandra Crouch, is requesting prayer for her brother, as he is experiencing serious health challenges. Messages may be sent by email to him at pastorandraecrouch@newchristmemorial.org. Singer-songwriter Bennett also posted a message on his Facebook page asking for prayer. ”On Friday, June 20th, I’m scheduled for open heart surgery due to severe aortic stenosis as well as chronic atrial fibrillation.” More

DAYS OF LOT- Transgender Policy Adopted By Vancouver School Board


Vancouver School Board trustees have adopted a controversial update to school policy that will provide supports for transgender students. After a lively debate packed with parents, both for and against the motion, all but two trustees voted in favour of the policy, amid shouts from the crowd and despite calls for more consultation. The policy update will allow students to be addressed by the name that corresponds with their own gender identity. It will also allow transgender students to use the washroom of their choice. Vancouver School Board chair Patti Bacchus says the consultation process for this motion was unprecedented. More

DAYS OF LOT- White House Set To Meet With LGBT Activists


The White House has scheduled a meeting Thursday with gay rights activists, to discuss moving forward on barring workplace discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals and providing benefits to same-sex couples. According to a copy of the invitation obtained by The Huffington Post, the meeting will focus on the fallout from the Supreme Court’s United States v. Windsor decision, which overturned a major portion of the law that barred federal recognition of same-sex marriages. It will also address the White House’s announcement on Monday that President Barack Obama has directed his staff to draft an executive order that would ban LGBT workplace discrimination among federal contractors. More

 

MAJORITY OF AMERICANS OBJECT TO ENGAGING IN FRESH IRAQ CONFLICT


As the President announced that he is sending 300 troops to the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, an overwhelming majority of Americans have indicated that they want nothing to do with fresh conflict in the country. A survey conducted by Public Policy Polling found that 74 percent of the public is opposed to deploying combat troops back into Iraq. Across all political lines, large majorities of Americans do not want to see the US become embroiled in another war, despite the atrocities that the radical Sunni group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is committing as it rampages across Iraq, taking control of major cities and strategic areas. Republicans, Democrats and independents all strongly rejected the idea of US troops engaging in conflict, with only 16 percent saying that they support such military action. More

The Impact of El Niño on North America

horA slacking of prevailing winds and the resulting slosh of warm water across the Pacific Basin has continued to raise ocean surface temperatures. Now just about every climate model is predicting an El Niño this year, but what exactly does that mean? More

AL-QAeDA ATTACKS, KNOCKS OUT YEMENI GRID


Al-Qaida has a new way to bring its targets down: Attack the electrical grid systems that provide power.  No power means no communications, defenses or much of anything else. Sources have confirmed that on June 9, al-Qaida of the Arabian Peninsula, or AQAP, which uses Yemen as a base, attacked there. The attack, however, wasn’t on just a city, it was on the entire country. Jihadists attacked power lines in the central province of Marib, and sources report they knocked out Yemen’s entire national power grid, leaving services such as gas stations without power. The attack went after power lines connecting outlying regions to the capital, Sanaa, which is in the Jaham district of Marib province. More

 

 

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