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Two Pakistani media workers shot dead in Karachi

UK City Installs ‘Giant Eyes’ To Spy On Citizens -Even babies know this is so wrong

Revolt Brewing Inside Vatican As Cardinal Conservatives Seek To Stop Pope Francis Power Grab

CONSERVATIVE DISSENT IS BREWING INSIDE THE VATICAN “And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials,…Continue Reading …

Holy Spirit Pours Out Miracles as 250,000 Gather in Zambia

Our final meeting here in Lusaka, Zambia, came to a climax as the crowd grew from 150,000 from one night…

Interest-rate hike could tank stocks by 40%

Despite the stock market’s return to triple-digit gains on Tuesday in apparent response to signs that China will take steps…

Russian troops have entered combat in Syria

BREAKING NEWS – It is now official! Russian forces have begun participating in military operations in Syria in support of…

KHAMENEI: Israel Won’t Exist in 25 Years!

Israel will not survive the next 25 years, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Wednesday, making a series of…

General rushes to White House to warn of Taliban surge

A U.S. general has quietly returned to Washington to brief the White House about a Taliban surge threatening the survival…

Squirrel tests positive for the plague at Lake Tahoe

A squirrel found dead at Lake Tahoe last month has tested positive for the plague, health officials said, marking the…

War expands in Yemen – 10,000 coalition troops in country now battling insurgents

Emirati and Bahraini soldiers who were “martyred” in Yemen will be treated as Saudis “materially and morally,” said Deputy Crown…

New Zealand’s Rotorua Geyser erupts after 35 years of inactivity

A geyser which has been dormant for more than 35 years has caught locals off guard after suddenly erupting. The…

Fox News’ Shepard Smith Rails Against Christians Supporting Kim Davis During Live TV: ‘Haters Are Going to Hate’

During live coverage of Kentucky clerk Kim Davis’ release from prison, Fox News’ Shepard Smith unexpectedly started speaking over the…

Palestinian Leadership Considers Annulling Oslo Peace Accords With Israel at U.N.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is considering opening a “new chapter in Palestinian history” in his U.N. General Assembly speech later…

Russia Warns “Prepare for Nuclear Drone-Submarines”

The age of Russian nuclear drone submarines will be ushered in by Vladimir Putin. An unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) capable of…

Choir replaces Jesus with Hillary in gospel song

It was quite a spectacle over the weekend in New Hampshire — when followers of Hillary Clinton sang praise songs…

Christians warned to pull kids from public school

Imagine an America in which all children are educated according to biblical, Christian principles instead of modern, secular, liberal values. Chaplain…

One Ex-Lesbian’s Plea to Pastors Across America

Dear Pastors, There are things I urgently need for you to know. And there are things I desperately need you to…

Panicked super rich buying boltholes with private airstrips to escape if poor rise up

Super rich hedge fund managers are buying ‘secret boltholes’ where they can hideout in the event of civil uprising against…

Greek island of Lesbos ‘on the verge of explosion’ with more than 15,000 asylum seekers

The Greek island of Lesbos is “on the verge of explosion” with the arrival of more than 15,000 mainly Syrian…

Massive dust storm blankets the Middle East

A massive sandstorm that enveloped much of the Middle East on Tuesday sent Jeddah into total darkness at 6 p.m….

China’s new oil contract signals shift from Brent and US dollar

Brent crude has been the global benchmark against which most oil is measured ever since the field from which it…

End-of-the-world fears sparked by ‘blood moon’ and meteor strike prophecy

Minority Christian groups have predicted the world will end later this month – when they say a ‘blood moon’ will…

Parents Object After 7th-Graders Write ‘Allah Is the Only God’ in History Class

Tennessee parents are voicing their concerns about a middle school history assignment in which students were asked to write “Allah…

North Dakota becomes first state to legalize use of armed drones by police

Armed drones could be used by police in the US state of North Dakota after local lawmakers legalised their use. While…Continue Reading …

U.S. Moves to Block Russian Military Buildup in Syria

The United States on Tuesday moved to head off preparations for a suspected Russian military buildup in Syria as Bulgaria…

What happens when you mess with Israel?

Solomon’s Temple in Jerusalem was destroyed by the Babylonians in 587 B.C. on the date in the Jewish calendar 9th…

More Warnings As California Faces Threat of Earthquake-Triggered Tsunamis

More warnings are coming out for those living on the West Coast as a new report is echoing those of…

One explosion is an accident; four is sabotage: Fourth industrial explosion rocks China in string of covert attacks on industry

Mike Adams of Natural News.com Belives China and America may have laready entered a “Proxy War” as reports indicate A…

Judge orders Kim Davis released, bars her from withholding marriage licenses

BREAKING NEWS – U.S. District Court Judge David Bunning in Kentucky has ordered that Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis be…

Iranian Warships Confront U.S. Navy On ‘Daily Basis

U.S. naval forces operating in and around the Strait of Hormuz, a critical shipping lane, are “routinely approached by Iranian…

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Hamas detonates bomb, kidnaps IDF soldier 90 minutes into ceasefire…/For the First Time in 2,000 Years, Mosul Is Devoid of Christians and more signs of JESUS’ soon return

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China media exposes long range missiles that can reach USA…

China has acknowledged the existence of a new intercontinental ballistic missile said to be capable of carrying multiple nuclear warheads as far as the United States, state-run media reported Friday.  A government environmental monitoring centre in Shaanxi said on its website that a military facility in the province was developing Dongfeng-41 (DF-41) missiles, the Global …

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THE GREAT DECEPTION:NASA getting closer to finding alien life/More Rockets Fired at Israel From Lebanon/Over 180 Palestinians killed, thousands flee as Israel broadens bombing blitz/Massive Heat Melts Roadway, ‘Turns Asphalt Into Soup’!/3 parents are coming in 2 years if approved “as in the days of Noah” and more signs of JESUS’ soon return

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U.N. seeking to intervene in U.S. border crisis

 

Representatives of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, or UNHRC, are “intensely discussing in meetings” the possibility of extending U.N. protection to the thousands of Central Americans crossing the U.S. border with Mexico illegally by defining them as “refugees” who are seeking asylum from political and domestic violence in their home nations, WND has …

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‘They Are Satan’s Church’ – John MacArthur’s response to Homosexual embracing Denominations

 

Famed pastor John MacArthur of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, recently reacted to denominations that have taken more liberal approaches to gay marriage, among other issues, telling TheBlaze that “they have no allegiance to the Bible.”  MacArthur, author of “Being a Dad Who Leads,” said that these denominations — like Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), which recently voted to allow same-sex …

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Israeli Cabinet to consider possible Cease-Fire

 

The Israeli Cabinet will meet early Tuesday to consider a cease-fire proposal that could provide a possible breakthrough in the ongoing crisis. The proposal, put forward by Egypt, calls for all sides to cease hostilities in Gaza. It also calls for the opening of border crossings, once the security situation is stable, and for high-level talks …

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‘If 7:14′ Prayer Campaign Makes National Call for Prayer and Repentance

 

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad has signed a proclamation calling for prayer around the country to begin on Monday. The date, July 14, is now tied to a familiar healing Scripture and a national prayer campaign called “If 7:14.” Second Chronicles 7:14 reads, “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and …

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‘Married at First Sight’ Reality TV Show Makes Mockery of Marriage

 

A new reality show called Married at First Sight is legally marrying two complete strangers as part of a “social experiment”—all in the name of entertainment. The show debuted last week on the FYI channel and follows three couples who are thrown into a legal marriage the moment they meet. A sexologist, psychologist, sociologist and spiritual adviser use …

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Big Corporations Have An OVERWHELMING Amount Of Power Over Our Food Supply

 

From our fields to our forks, huge corporations have an overwhelming amount of power over our food supply every step of the way.  Right now there are more than 313 million people living in the United States, and the job of feeding all of those people is almost entirely in the hands of just a …

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Iowa Governor: I Do Not Want To House Immigrant Children In My State

 

Gov. Terry Branstad said Monday that he does not want Iowa to host any of the thousands of children from Central America who have crossed the U.S.-Mexico border alone. During a news conference, Branstad said he was not aware of any of the children currently living in Iowa and that state has not been contacted by …

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Italian Mayor Wants To Ban PDA, Kissing Between Gay Couples

 

DAYS OF LOT –  An Italian mayor said this week that he finds kissing between people of the same-sex so “morally harmful” that he wants to ban it in his municipality. ”Kissing in public between homosexuals? No thanks,” Gianluca Buonanno, the mayor of the Italian municipality Borgosesia, told Italian newspaper La Repubblica, per a Huffington Post …

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US resumes drone strikes in Pakistan/Islamists unleash all-out assault on Iraqi cities with US weapons/China military drill video: Land, naval, air forces flex muscles/’Phosphorus’ reports: Ukraine military ‘dropped incendiary bombs’ on Slavyansk and more signs of JESUS’ soon return

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‘Unprecedented’: 13 aircraft mysteriously disappear from radars in heart of Europe


A total of 13 aircraft suddenly vanished off radars for about 25 minutes on two occasions over Austria and neighboring countries, Austria’s flight safety monitor said, calling for an EU probe into the “unprecedented” incidents. The flights vanished from air traffic controllers’ screens in Austria on June 5 and June 10 for 25 minutes each time, Marcus Pohanka of Austro Control – Austria’s flight safety organization – said Thursday. Air traffic control in neighboring regions of Germany and the Czech Republic also reported similar problems.. Pohanka said the location, height, and identity of the 13 aircraft vanished over Austria both times, in what he called “unprecedented” incidents, AP reported.  More

 

US pushing local cops to stay Quiet on surveillance


The Obama administration has been quietly advising local police not to disclose details about surveillance technology they are using to sweep up basic cellphone data from entire neighborhoods, The Associated Press has learned. Citing security reasons, the U.S. has intervened in routine state public records cases and criminal trials regarding use of the technology. This has resulted in police departments withholding materials or heavily censoring documents in rare instances when they disclose any about the purchase and use of such powerful surveillance equipment. More

Baghdad prepares for the worst as Islamist militants vow to capture the city


Iraq is breaking up. The Kurds have taken the northern oil city of Kirkuk that they have long claimed as their capital. Sunni fundamentalist fighters vow to capture Baghdad and the Shia holy cities further south. Government rule over the Sunni Arab heartlands of north and central Iraq is evaporating as its 900,000-strong army disintegrates. Government aircraft have fired missiles at insurgent targets in Mosul, captured by Isis on Monday, but the Iraqi army has otherwise shown no sign of launching a counter-attack. More

Al-Qaeda Establishes Islamic Caliphate Across Syria and Northern Iraq


Al-Qaida has established a new Islamic Caliphate. The Obama administration’s failure to secure a status-of-forces agreement with the government of Iraq, or to take decisive action in Syria to end that civil war, has provided al-Qaida an opportunity to fulfill its dream of creating an new Islamic Caliphate governed under Sharia law — and it is a direct threat to U.S. national security. On Tuesday, June 10, 2014, just days shy of the two and a half year anniversary of the departure of the last U.S. combat forces from Iraq, news broke that hundreds of al-Qaida-linked terrorists belonging to Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) had taken Iraq’s second-largest city, Mosul, and possibly all of the surrounding Nineveh Province. Iraq security forces abandoned their posts, leaving advanced military equipment and weaponry to al-Qaida. As they advanced, 500,000 civilians out of an estimated two million that live in Mosul fled, and al-Qaida now controls the city — a gateway to Iraq’s oil rich north.More

Iran deploys forces to fight rebels in Iraq


Iran has sent elite troops to Iraq to assist the country’s government against al Qaeda-inspired rebels, according to the Wall Street Journal.  These militants overran some cities in Iraq as the country’s government tries to regain control. With help from the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, Iraq has been able to regain control of about 85 percent of Tikrit, an Iraqi city. More

Russian tanks enter Ukraine


Russian military columns including tanks have crossed into Ukraine, Ukrainian acting Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said Thursday in Kiev. Three Russian tanks have been observed in the Donetsk region, Avakov said. He added that two headed in the direction of Gorlovka, also known as Horlivka, and were attacked by Ukrainian military forces, and “part of this military column is destroyed.” CNN

 


The Bible encourages us to understand the times we live in. In the Old Testament the tribe of Issachar understood the signs of the times: “…the sons of Issachar who had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do…” (1 Chronicles 12:32). We are living in unprecedented times. We are seeing changes take place in America we thought could never take place. I cannot recall a time in my life where the culture calls things that are evil, good, and good, evil.  Isaiah warned us against this. “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; 
Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness;
 Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! (Isaiah 5:20). Every day I hear of more and more churches and government leaders falling to cultural pressure to make something that is immoral, civil. It’s the new way to make something evil, good. More

The Gospel Is Not Lost Even if America Crumbles Away


Southern Baptist Convention leader Russell Moore said Christians do not need to fear the gospel’s ineffectiveness even if religious liberties erode and the United States continues its moral decay. Moore made the remarks during the SBC’s annual convention this year being held in Baltimore. Christian leaders Rick Warren, David Platt and Samuel Rodriguez joined Moore, who heads the SBC’s Ethics and Religious Liberties Commission, to discuss key issues facing religious liberty in the United States. They focused on Hobby Lobby’s case against Obamacare‘s birth control coverage mandate, currently before the U.S. Supreme Court. ”If we lose this case, the gospel is not lost,” Moore said. “If the United States of America crumbles away, the gospel is not lost.” However, Moore said that many Christians “shrug off” the issue of religious libertybecause they don’t understand they are responsible to defend it. More

Jihadist advances in Iraq send shock waves through Mideast


The war currently raging in north and central Iraq – with armed insurgents from a faction connected to Al-Qaida in pursuit of fleeing Iraqi army units – seemingly is the most important strategic development in the Middle East in recent months. The fighting may not end in a conclusive outcome, but it is already sending shock waves through all the neighboring countries, and also requires the United States to rethink its policy in the region. A record number of players have been participating in the Middle East chess game in recent years, many of them new. But the shock being produced by this week’s occupation of the Iraqi city of Mosul could bring about a real change in the opposing deployment of forces and alliances in the region. More

 

IS A SECOND AMERICAN REVOLUTION NOW INEVITABLE?


“Stand your ground. Don’t fire unless fired upon, but if they mean to have a war, let it begin here.” – Militia Captain John Parker at the Battle Of Lexington Just a couple days ago, two armed assailants, a married couple purported by the mainstream media to be “white supremacists” and “conspiracy theorists,” ambushed two police officers at a CiCi’s Pizza in Las Vegas, killing the officers after screaming, “This is a revolution!” The suspects then reportedly covered one officer’s body with a Gadsden Don’t Tread On Me flag and then fled to a Walmart, where they killed another man with a CCW who attempted to reason with them, then committed suicide. Yes, it reads like a Southern Poverty Law Center fantasy story; and in many ways, it is. As we all predicted the MSM has followed the pattern they have always followed, which is to equate the actions of one or two psychotics with the beliefs and principles of the liberty movement in general. More

 

 


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And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared.

The Syrian civil war has once more taken a dire turn for the worse. Turkey has altered its strategy against its opponents, the forces of Syrian President Bashar Assad. Instead of simply aiding the Syrian rebels, Turkey is now also killing them with dehydration. The problem is, this brutal act threatens the lives of millions of Syrian and Iraqi citizens. The crisis revolves around the Euphrates River, which quickly became the Euphrates Creek when Turkey completely cut off the water flow upstream of Syria, reported Al Akhbar on May 30. The Euphrates originates in Turkey and passes through the Atatürk Dam before flowing into Syria and Iraq. By cutting off the flow and directing it into the reservoir, Turkey has lowered water levels downstream. Water levels in Lake Assad, Syria’s largest body of water, have dropped by 20 feet since Turkey shut off the water supply. The Euphrates hydrates large parts of Syria. Middle East expert Daniel Pipes explained the looming disaster as genocide by way of “terminal dehydration.” Cutting off a nation’s water supply is potentially fatal in its severity and indiscriminate in its victims. The dry and arid regions of northeastern Syria will quickly empty if one of the most basic necessities of human life dries up. More

DAYS OF LOT – Gay pride flag flies over US Embassy in Tel Aviv


The U.S. Ambassador to Israel, Dan Shapiro, has hoisted the gay pride flag over the embassy building in Tel Aviv.  Todd Starnes grabbed the pic from the embassy’s Facebook page. “Proudly flying the colors,” Ambassador Dan Shapiro wrote on the embassy’s Facebook page. He posted a photograph showing a rainbow colored flag flying alongside the American flag outside the embassy in Tel Aviv. “For the first time in history, the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv has raised the Pride flag together with our American flag,” Shapiro wrote. “We are proud to join with the municipality of Tel Aviv-Yafo and its residents in celebrating LGBT Pride Week.” More

Topless women in public not breaking the law, says NYPD


In February, New York City’s 34,000 police officers received a rather unusual memo: For “simply exposing their breasts in public,” women are guilty of no crime, reports The New York Times. The police officers were ordered that, should they encounter a bare-bosomed woman walking in public, they should not arrest her. In fact, should a crowd form around a topless woman, officers are to “give a lawful order to disperse the entire crowd and take enforcement action” against those who do not comply, says an official memorandum included in a federal lawsuit filed this week byHolly Van Voast. Van Voast, a Bronx photographer and performing artist, is known for stripping naked in Times Square, Grand Central Station and outside a Hooters restaurant in Midtown. More

Russia, China, and India—a new Eurasian economy in the making


The Gazprom (OGZPY)-China National Petroleum Corporation (or CNPC) natural gas trade deal has been under the spotlight for many reasons. Apart from it being beneficial for both Russia and China, it’s also gained attention from neighboring nations including India. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (or EIA), India is the fourth largest energy consumer in the world. Currently, 35% of the gas consumed in India is imported. India has been paying a very high price for its gas imports. India was purchasing liquefied natural gas (or LNG) from Qatar at $12 per million British thermal units (or MMBtu) when the U.S. was paying just $3 for LNG from Qatar at the same time. Although Russia’s price to supply gas hasn’t been disclosed, there are reasons to believe it could be in the range of $8-9 per MMBtu. India will benefit if it’s able to get gas at this price. In fact, India could be a strong proponent to build a gas pipeline from Russia to India with the pipeline going through China. It will help reduce India’s dependence on Qatar and the West. More

Southern Baptists Take Official Stand Against Gender Reassignment


Pushing back against a cultural tide of growing acceptance of transgender people, Southern Baptists adopted a statement affirming the creation of “two distinct and complementary sexes.” The resolution was passed overwhelmingly Tuesday as some 5,000 people attended the annual meeting of the nation’s largest Protestant denomination and elected as president the Rev. Ronnie Floyd, pastor of a northwest Arkansas megachurch. The delegates, known as “messengers,” affirmed “God’s good design that gender identity is determined by biological sex and not by one’s self-perception.” They added that they had compassion for people with gender conflicts, called them “image-bearers of Almighty God” and condemned “acts of abuse or bullying committed against them.” More

‘Aborted Baby Jesus Dolls’ Cross the Pro-Life Line

hobbyWith Hobby Lobby at the center of one of the most important religious liberty cases of our lifetime, it’s no surprise that the Christian-owned arts and crafts company is getting its fair share of persecution. But pro-abortion artist Ron English has crossed the line in harassing Hobby Lobby—and many of its customers. An anonymous pro-abortion activist invaded a Hobby Lobby store and placed a gruesome item on the shelves in between colorful plastic Easter eggs—baby Jesus dolls hanging from coat hangers. The dolls have long hair and beards like Jesus—and are naked like Jesus was when He hung on a cross to pay for the sin of abortion (and every other sin). More

Satanic Temple: Gay Marriage is ‘a Sacrament’

save copyThe Satanic Temple, which gained international notoriety in May when it tried to hold a Black Mass reenactment at Harvard University, said one of the issues it feels strongly about is “gay rights” and explained that homosexual marriage is “a sacrament,” just like heterosexual marriage. The Satanic Temple (TST) spokesman, Lucien Greaves, who reportedly is a graduate of Harvard University, explained why TST focuses on gay rights in a recent interview with the Detroit Metro Times and expanded on those views in an email to CNSNews.com. When asked about its work on gay rights, Greaves told The Times, “We work on social issues, engaging the socio-political dialogue. One of the things we felt strongly about is gay rights. And there’s been a lot of progress, but there’s still a lot of progress to be made.” More

Will Churches Be Forced To Perform Same-Sex ‘Weddings’?

bookDAYS OF LOT –  In 1989 Denmark became the first country to offer civil unions for same-sex couples. In 2012 “Homosexual couples in Denmark … won the right to get married in any church they choose, even though nearly one-third of the country’s priests have said they will refuse to carry out the ceremonies.” In 2013 a gay couple in England sued the Anglican Church for the right to “marry” in the church of their choice. Could this be coming to a church near you right here in America? Not too long ago, very few of us would have believed that Americans would embrace same-sex “marriage” or that People magazine would celebrate the “wedding” of Ellen DeGeneres and her female partner. (This took place in 2008.) More

 

China Construction Bank to be first UK clearing bank for renminbi


China Construction Bank (CCB), China’s second-largest lender, has been selected to become the first clearing service for renminbi trading in London, according to reports The clearing bank will help secure London’s position as a global centre for foreign exchange trading, as financial capitals around the world race to secure a slice of the fast-growing offshore yuan trade. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang is expected to announce the deal when he visits London next week for an annual summit, a reciprocal visit following a trip by Prime Minister David Cameron to China last year. More

 

FLASHBACK – IMF warns of housing bubble


Australian homes are among the most expensive in the world when household incomes and rents are taken into account, International Monetary Fund figures show. As part of a move to push governments to act against housing bubbles, the fund unveiled comparative data on Thursday morning intended to underline the high cost of homes. It shows rising prices have pushed two key measures of home values – the ratios of house prices to incomes and prices to rents – well above their long-term averages. With houses selling for more than four times the average household income, the IMF said this ratio in Australia was much higher than its historical average. A 24-country comparison showed that Australian homes were behind only those of Belgium and Canada when judged by this measure.More

Large denomination RMB bills opposed in China


A number of Chinese media outlets have reported that Beijing may issue 500 yuan (US$80) or 1,000 yuan (US$160) bills later this year in response to the country’s rapid economic development, according to our Chinese-language sister paper China Times. The media outlets cited He Zhicheng, chief economist at Agricultural Bank of China, as saying that the larger denominations will soon be printed, though He has since denied making such a prediction. The largest denomination currently in circulation is the 100 yuan (US$16) banknote, issued by the People’s Bank of China in 1987. Over the past 27 years the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference and National People’s Congress have made several proposals to issue larger denominations, but a lack of consensus between the government and public has meant that no changes have been made. More

 


The $65 billion U.S. corn industry faces a range of water-related risks that could disrupt production of this key crop: unchecked groundwater withdrawals, nutrient pollution, shifting precipitation patterns from climate change, and increasing demand from cities and industries. But companies, investors, and governments have the opportunity to intervene. That’s the central message of a U.S.-focused report released today by Ceres, featuring analysis and mapping from WRI’s Aqueduct Water Risk Atlas. While the United States accounts for nearly 40 percent of global production, corn production all over the world faces similar threats. WRI finds that one-third of the world’s corn production occurs in highly or extremely highly water-stressed regions. More

 

Japan to keep printing money for years to come, so learn to enjoy it


There are no one-way bets in global finance, but Japan’s stock market comes close. The authorities are about to funnel large sums into Japanese stocks openly and deliberately under the next phase of Abenomics, both by regulatory fiat and by purchasing the Nikkei index directly with printed money. Prime minister Shinzo Abe is unshackling the world’s biggest stash of savings, the $1.3 trillion Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF). Officials say the ceiling on equity holdings will rise from 12pc to around 20pc as soon as August, opening the way for a $100bn buying blitz. Fund managers are suddenly in a race to get there first. Japan Post Bank – where Mrs Watanabe dutifully places the family money, confiscated from her Salaryman each month before he can spend it – is itching to rotate more of its $2 trillion holdings into equities before inflation pummels the bond market. So is Japan Post Insurance, no minnow either at $850bn. More

Scientists condemn ‘Crazy, Dangerous’ creation of deadly Airborne Flu Virus

Scientists have created a life-threatening virus that closely resembles the 1918 Spanish flu strain that killed an estimated 50m people in an experiment labelled as “crazy” by opponents. US researchers said the experiments were crucial for understanding the public health risk posed by viruses currently circulating in wild birds, but critics condemned the studies as dangerous and called on funders to stop the work. Scientists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison used a technique called reverse genetics to build the virus from fragments of wild bird flu strains. They then mutated the virus to make it airborne to spread more easily from one animal to another. “The work they are doing is absolutely crazy. The whole thing is exceedingly dangerous,” said Lord May, the former President of the Royal Society and one time chief science adviser to the UK government. “Yes, there is a danger, but it’s not arising form the viruses out there in the animals, it’s arising from the labs of grossly ambitious people.”  More

DAYS OF LOT – Gay-focused tours find gold in Tel Aviv’s rainbow


Across the front windows of several branches of the Tel Aviv supermarket chain Super Yuda this week, a massive rainbow sign bearing the words “We are proud to be a part of this city!” has popped up. And since the Hebrew word here for proud – “gayim” – is practically identical to the plural word for homosexuals, the sign has a thoroughly unsubtle double meaning. Yes, it’s Pride Week in Tel Aviv, which means that the town named the world’s best gay city by American Airlines and GayCities.com in 2011 becomes even gayer. More buff, shirtless men, more fluttering rainbow flags, and yes, even more supermarket ad campaigns angling for the thousands of LGBT tourists packing its sundrenched avenues. More

 

FBI embracing facial recognition to “find Bad Guys”


The Federal Bureau of Investigation is piloting a facial-recognition surveillance project that will store millions of mug shots, bureau Director James Comey told lawmakers Wednesday. ”We’re piloting the use of mug shots, along with our fingerprint database, to see if we can find bad guys by matching pictures with mug shots,” Comey told the House Judiciary Committee during an oversight hearing. Comey said the project is focused on a database of mug shots taken of those arrested. The director wavered, however, when asked if the database would store drivers’ license pictures. More

2-Year-Old With Heart Defect Said She Saw Jesus Before She Died

faceNo one guessed little Giselle had a heart problem until a routine doctor’s check-up at seven months old. But her short, joy-filled life ended with visions of Jesus and heaven, a comfort to those who loved her most. ”I don’t know why Giselle was born this way,” says Tamrah Janulis, Giselle’s mother. “That’s one of the questions I will ask God.” At seven months, doctors discovered a congenital heart defect known as tetralogy of Fallot, the most common cause of blue baby syndrome. Tamrah and husband Joe were completely surprised when doctors informed them that Giselle lacked a pulmonary valve and arteries. ”I thought there was nothing wrong,” Tamrah recalls. “I wasn’t prepared. I was at the hospital and my world completely stopped. I was in shock, speechless.” More

White House plans more transfers from Guantanamo prison


The White House is making plans to transfer more detainees from the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay despite the mounting political furor over the exchange of five Taliban prisoners for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, officials said Tuesday. Caitlin Hayden, spokeswoman for the National Security Council, said the White House was “making progress on a number of additional promising opportunities” to transfer more prisoners and that officials were reviewing Yemeni detainees “on a case-by-case basis.” More

The Obama Administration’s Slow-Motion Surrender to Jihad


If there’s one political silver lining for the Obama administration in the ongoing firestorm over handing the Taliban a substantial victory to retrieve a probable American deserter, it’s that the pundit class has been all but ignoring the supreme foolishness of administration policy in Palestine. Is the State Department actually justifying its embrace of the new Palestinian “unity government” (that includes Hamas, a designated foreign terrorist organization) by claiming that the PA is really run by “technocrats?” Why, yes it is. Hamas certainly has a long history of complying with the rule of law, supporting an independent civil service, and overall policy wonkery, doesn’t it? What’s next, a Palestinian technocrat blog on Vox? Complete with charts? More

 

Sid Roth to interview ‘Blood Moons’ author


Pastor Mark Biltz, author of “Blood Moons: Decoding the Imminent Heavenly Signs,” will be featured in an in-depth interview on the popular Sid Roth “It’s Supernatural!” television program Thursday.  Biltz will provide Roth’s “It’s Supernatural!” audience an understanding of the divine link between prophecy, heavenly signs and historical events. Roth started “It’s Supernatural!” more than 15 years ago with the desire for all people to know Jesus. His God-ordained strategy is to go “to the Jew first” (Romans 1:16). Sharing God’s miracles is the best method available for reaching Jewish people with the Gospel, he contends. More

12 Numbers About The Global Financial Ponzi Scheme That Should Be Burned Into Your Brain


The numbers that you are about to see are likely to shock you.  They prove that the global financial Ponzi scheme is far more extensive than most people would ever dare to imagine.  As you will see below, the total amount of debt in the world is now more than three times greater than global GDP.  In other words, you could take every single good and service produced on the entire planet this year, next year and the year after that and it still would not be enough to pay off all the debt.  But even that number pales in comparison to the exposure that big global banks have to derivatives contracts.  It is hard to put into words how reckless they have been.  At the low end of the estimates, the total exposure that global banks have to derivatives contracts is 710 trillion dollars.  That is an amount of money that is almost unimaginable.  And the reality of the matter is that there is really not all that much actual “money” in circulation today.  In fact, as you will read about below, there is only a little bit more than a trillion dollars of U.S. currency that you can actually hold in your hands in existence.  If we all went out and tried to close our bank accounts and investment portfolios all at once, that would create a major league crisis.  The truth is that our financial system is little more than a giant pyramid scheme that is based on debt and paper promises.  It is literally a miracle that it has survived for so long without collapsing already. More

Scientists say it’s extremely likely an El Niño will affect the world’s weather in 2014


There is a 90 percent chance that a global El Niño will hit in 2014, The Guardian reports. An El Niño starts as a huge pool of warm water swelling in the tropical eastern Pacific Ocean, a phenomenon that triggers weather events around the world. It’s not clear what makes the unstable Pacific Ocean-atmosphere system turn into an El Niño, but weaker trade winds that blow to the west are a key component. In India, under El Niño conditions, it’s likely that weaker monsoon rains will cause problems for the country’s food supply, while Australia will probably see soaring temperatures and droughts. It’s not all disastrous, though: The western half of the United States could see the rain that is so desperately needs. More

“Suspicious device” explodes at Nogales power plant


A makeshift bomb exploded at a Nogales, Ariz. power plant Wednesday, rupturing a large fuel tank and prompting the FBI and federal bomb experts to respond. Local officials were alerted at 9:30 a.m. to a call of “suspicious activity” at the UniSource Energy Services Valencia Plant. An explosion had ruptured a diesel storage tank and caused what Nogales Police Lt. Carlos Jimenez described as a relatively small spill that was confined to the immediate area. Officials closed off the power plant and an adjacent car dealership on North Grand Avenue. The FBI, the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Arizona Department of Public Safety were called. Agents were still processing the scene at 5 p.m. Wednesday. Arizona Corporation Commission spokesman Rebecca Wilder said there were no power disruptions related to the explosion and the plant sustained only minor damage. More

 

Solar Flares Disrupt Communications on Earth, Could Send Shockwave on Friday the 13th


The sun has had three major solar flares on its surface in the past two days that have affected communications on Earth and could send a shockwave through Earth this Friday, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The “solar events” caused brief blackouts in high frequency communications when they struck, twice on Tuesday morning and once this morning, all between the hours of 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. EDT. Solar flares are bursts of radiation on the sun’s surface. The disturbance to Earth’s atmosphere can disrupt GPS and communications signals, according to NASA. One of the flares created a “coronal mass ejection” that actually could come into contact with Earth on Friday, according to NOAA. The ejection is essentially a huge cloud of plasma that could hit the Earth and cause a shock wave, affecting communications systems. If an ejection were to hit Earth on Friday, scientists expect it would only cause a minor geo-magnetic storm, according to NOAA.More

Russian Bombers Fly Within 50 Miles of California Coast.


Four Russian strategic bombers triggered U.S. air defense systems while conducting practice bombing runs near Alaska this week, with two of the Tu-95 Bear H aircraft coming within 50 miles of the California coast, the North American Aerospace Defense Command (Norad) confirmed Wednesday. “The last time we saw anything similar was two years ago on the Fourth of July,” Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, a Norad spokesman, told the Free Beacon. Davis said the latest Bear H incursions began Monday around 4:30 p.m. Pacific time when radar detected the four turbo-prop powered bombers approaching the U.S. air defense zone near the far western Aleutian Islands. Two U.S. Air Force F-22 jets were scrambled and intercepted the bombers over the Aleutians. More
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DAYS OF LOT – Nordstrom Promotes Gay Pride Month


It isn’t the first time that Nordstrom has taken a public stance on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights. In 2012, representatives for the Seattle-based retail chain backed same-sex marriage in Washington state via a company-wide memo. ”With respect to our gay and lesbian employees, Nordstrom was an early adopter of adding sexual orientation to our anti-discrimination policy, which means we guarantee the same legal rights and protections in our workplace to gay and lesbian employees just as we do for other employees regardless of sex, race, color, creed, national origin, religion, age, marital status, pregnancy, physical, mental or sensory disability, and gender identity,” the memo, which was also posted to GLAAD’s official website, read. More

74 School Shootings Since Sandy Hook


Since the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, there have been an average of 1.37 school shootings for each school week, according to data maintained by Everytown for Gun Safety, a group fighting to end gun violence. Including Tuesday’s incident at a high school in Troutdale, Oregon, 74 school shootings have taken place in the approximately 18 months since the Dec. 14, 2012, Newtown shooting. The average school year typically lasts about 180 days, which means there have been roughly 270 school days, or 54 weeks, of class since the shooting at Newtown. With 74 total incidents over that period, the nation is averaging well over a shooting per school week. More

CNN SAYS LIBERTY MOVEMENT MORE THREATENING THAN AL-QAEDA


CNN, formerly under the control of the Army’s Fourth Psychological Operations Group, has jumped on the shooting in Las Vegas to kick start the rightwing extremist meme. The narrative has languished since the Department of Homeland Security backed off characterizing Americans who disagree with the establishment as domestic terrorists. “The attack in Vegas is far from the only incident of violence by the American far right,” writes Peter Bergen, billed as CNN’s national security analyst. “According to data collected by the New America Foundation, right-wing extremists have killed 37 people in 16 violent incidents, in the United States since the 9/11 attacks. That number is more than the 21 people killed by militants motivated by al-Qaeda’s ideology in the United States in the post-9/11 era.” More

Reports of Salvations, Healings and Holy Spirit Baptisms Flood In


The celebration of the Holy Spirit around the world, coordinated and promoted by Empowered21, spanned a full week with thousands of believers marking the date that the Holy Spirit descended upon believers in the upper room. Regional Empowered21 celebrations were held in Canada, Ghana, Hong Kong and the United States, among others. Believers and churches from more than 130 countries participated in this year’s initiative with testimonies and reports of salvations, healings and baptisms in the Holy Spirit pouring in. More

 

New York Megachurch Picks First Female Pastor in 84-Year History


New York’s Riverside Church, one of the best-known liberal Protestant congregations in the United States, selected a woman to lead it for the first time in its 84-year history, the church said on Monday. The Rev. Amy Butler was elected on Sunday as the church’s seventh senior minister after a two-year search. Butler has served as the senior minister of the Washington-based Calvary Baptist Church since 2003 and spent years before that ministering to homeless women in New Orleans, according to the church’s website. The previous senior minister for the church, the Rev. Brad Braxton, resigned in 2009 about a year after being selected, citing divisions in the congregation about the church’s future. More

15 Quotes From Our Founding Fathers About Economics, Capitalism And Banking


Why have we turned our backs on the principles that this nation was founded upon?  Many of those that founded this nation bled and died so that we could experience “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness”.  And yet we have tossed their ideals aside as if they were so much rubbish.  Our founders had experienced the tyranny of big government (the monarchy) and the tyranny of the big banks and feudal lords, and they wanted something very different for the citizens of the new republic that they were forming.  They wanted a country where private property was respected and hard work was rewarded.  They wanted a country where the individual was empowered, and where everyone could own land and start businesses.  They wanted a country where there were severe restrictions on all large collections of power (government, banks and corporations all included).  They wanted a country where freedom and liberty were maximized and where ordinary people had the power to pursue their dreams and build better lives for their families.  And you know what?  While no system is ever perfect, the experiment that our founders originally set up worked beyond their wildest dreams.  But now we are killing it.  Why in the world would we want to do that? More

US military base within Iranian striking distance, official warns


A top Iranian defense official’s claim that a U.S. military base in the Indian Ocean is now within missile range served both as a threat to American interests and a revelation that, if true, Tehran has doubled its striking distance. ”In the event of an irrational attack by the U.S., America’s military bases will not be safe from our missiles, whether in Bahrain or at Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean,” the senior official, Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) adviser Mojtaba Zonnour, was quoted as saying to Iran’s “Defa Moghadas,” or Holy Defense. More

Putin on notice: Stealth bombers head to Europe for first time amid tension.

putin copyTwo U.S. B-2 Spirit stealth bombers are being deployed to Europe for the first time. The deployment of the advanced aircraft will be used for “short term deployment” at Fairford, a Royal Air Force base in England — just three hours from Russia. “This deployment of strategic bombers provides an invaluable opportunity to strengthen and improve interoperability with our allies and partners,” said Adm. Cecil Haney, commander of U.S. Strategic Command, CNN reported Tuesday. “The training and integration of strategic forces demonstrates to our nation’s leaders and our allies that we have the right mix of aircraft and expertise to respond to a variety of potential threats and situations,” he continued. More

 

Rise of antibiotic resistance rekindles Phage therapy

riseFor decades, patients behind the Iron Curtain were denied access to some of the best antibiotics developed in the West. To make do, the Soviet Union invested heavily in the use of bacteriophages — viruses that kill bacteria — to treat infections. Phage therapy is still widely used in Russia, Georgia and Poland, but never took off elsewhere. “This is a virus, and people are afraid of viruses,” says Mzia Kutateladze, who is the head of the scientific council at the Eliava Institute in Tbilisi, which has been studying phages and using them to treat patients for nearly a century. Now, faced with the looming spectre of antibiotic resistance, Western researchers and governments are giving phages a serious look. In March, the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases listed phage therapy as one of seven prongs in its plan to combat antibiotic resistance. And at the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) meeting in Boston last month, Grégory Resch of the University of Lausanne in Switzerland presented plans for Phagoburn: the first large, multi-centre clinical trial of phage therapy for human infections, funded by the European Commission. More

 

As many as 100 feared dead, as northern Afghanistan hit by floods

floodsAFGHANISTAN – It is believed that 58 people have died and it is feared that the death toll could reach three figures as a remote part of northern Afghanistan is hit by floods. In addition, thousands more have been left homeless. The flooding is the most recent in a series of deadly flash floods, landslides and avalanches in a part of the country that is almost cut off from the rest. Lt Fazel Rahman, the chief of police in the Guzirga i-Nur district of northeastern Baghlan, said that 54 bodies have been recovered so far including the remains of women and children, but many others are still missing. The Afghanistan Natural Disaster Management Authority has begun shipping out stockpiles of food and other supplies to the affected area, said Mohammad Aslim Sayas, the deputy director of the agency. More

Temperatures in New Delhi hit 47.8 C, the highest in 62 years


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Death toll from Ebola in Sierra Leone more than doubles to 12


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Assistant ‘Pastor’ Resigns in Opposition to Co-Pastor’s Sunday Sermon Against Islam


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 An assistant pastor of a church in Ireland has resigned over his opposition to a co-pastor’s recent Sunday sermon against Islam, which resulted in an official ‘hate crime’ investigation by the Irish government. As previously reported, 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 that 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

Virginia Students Defy ACLU’s Demand to Remove Christian Song from Graduation


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 – Members of the senior class at a high school in Virginia defied the American Civil Liberties Union’s (ACLU) demand to remove a Christian song from their graduation ceremony this past Friday, which would have ended a 70-plus year tradition at the school. Students at Thomas Walker High School in Ewing lined up after receiving their diplomas, linked arms and began to sing God Be with You Til We Meet Again, a song that has been sung during graduation since the school was founded in 1940. Members of the audience began to sing along, and some clapped in support of the student’s stand for their faith. The ACLU had sent an email to officials at the school last month, stating that students should not be allowed to sing the song at the ceremony because of its religious content. More

China and America at a Dangerous Tipping Point


Just a year ago, presidents Barack Obama and Xi Jinping met in California and, in shirtsleeves, proclaimed a “new type of major-power relationship.” A noble aspiration, perhaps. But in the interim, such stage-managed optimism has been dangerously overtaken by a cascade of troubling events. One day, the United States indicts five PLA officers for cybercrimes; the next, the United States claims victory in WTO disputes over car tariffs and rare earth minerals. All this is happening while the United States promises enduring support for Asian allies, and it has moved openly to challenge the legitimacy of Chinese territorial claims in the South China Sea. Meanwhile, China is busy creating facts on the ground and water. Last month, a $1 billion Chinese oil rig set up operations in territorial waters claimed by Vietnam. In the East China Sea, Chinese SU-27 fighter jets have come within 100 feet of Japanese surveillance aircraft. More

ACROSS AMERICA, POLICE DEPARTMENTS ARE QUIETLY PREPARING FOR WAR


At first blush, the title of this post could be perceived as somewhat hyperbolic by those who still have an impression of America’s police departments as bastions of safety, designed “to protect and to serve” the population of the “land of the free.” However, said impression would be promptly washed away upon reading an article in today’s NYT which citing Pentagon data, reveals that under the Obama administration, “police departments have received tens of thousands of machine guns; nearly 200,000 ammunition magazines; thousands of pieces of camouflage and night-vision equipment; and hundreds of silencers, armored cars and aircraft.” More

5 U.S. troops killed by ‘friendly fire’ in Afghanistan.


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 – Five American service members were killed in southern Afghanistan when a coalition jet, called in to help ward off a Taliban attack, mistakenly bombed them, an Afghan official said Tuesday. The five were killed Monday night along with an Afghan soldier in Zabul province, said Ghulam Sakhi Roghliwanai, the province’s police chief. According to NATO, the troops were conducting a security operation. Such operations have been stepped up ahead of Afghanistan’s presidential runoff election, which will take place Saturday. More

 


Lycopene, a powerful antioxidant found in fruit and vegetables, widened the blood vessels of cardiovascular disease patients by more than half in a landmark study. Constriction of the blood vessels is one of the key factors that can lead to heart attack and stroke, which kill thousands of people in the UK each year. Doctors now believe a daily dose of lycopene or a “tomato pill” may reduce the risk of heart disease by widening the blood vessels. The study was led by Dr Joseph Cheriyan, consultant clinical ­pharmacologist at Addenbrooke’s Hospital and associate lecturer at the University of Cambridge. More

Sheriff: Local cops need MRAPs because America has turned into ‘war zone’


In a pole barn in Franklin, sharing space with a motorcycle and a boat, sat an imposing military vehicle designed for battlefields in Iraq or Afghanistan, not the streets of Johnson County. It is an MRAP — a bulletproof, 60,000-pound, six-wheeled behemoth with heavy armor, a gunner’s turret and the word “SHERIFF” emblazoned on its flank — a vehicle whose acronym stands for “mine resistant, ambush protected.” “We don’t have a lot of mines in Johnson County,” confessed sheriff Doug Cox, who acquired the vehicle. “My job is to make sure my employees go home safe.” Johnson County is one of eight Indiana law enforcement agencies to acquire MRAPs from military surplus since 2010, according to public records obtained by The Indianapolis Star. The vehicles are among a broad array of 4,400 items — everything from coats to computers to high-powered rifles — acquired by police and sheriff departments across the state. More

 

 

Slender Man Now Linked to 3 Violent Acts


A fictional horror creature popularized by Internet memes is now linked to three violent crimes. A week after two 12-year-old Wisconsin girls allegedly stabbed their friend 19 times to honor Slender Man, more real-life connections to the spooky character are emerging. A man accused of killing two cops and a civilian before committing suicide with his wife in Las Vegas on Sunday often dressed up in costume as Slender Man, a neighbor told KTNV. And a Cincinnati mom told WLWT she thinks her daughter may have been inspired by Slender Man when she attacked her with a knife in their kitchen, wearing a hood and white mask. A key to Slender Man’s appeal may be that he is faceless and Andrew Peck, a University of Wisconsin lecturer who studies Slender Man and other folklore, likened the amorphous Slender Man to the villain of so many campfire horror stories – a man with a hook hand. More

‘Organized campaign’ to impose Islam in UK


Conservative Muslim school leaders in Britain’s second city, Birmingham, conducted an “organised campaign” to impose faith-based ideology on their pupils, Education Secretary Michael Gove says. Clashes between Muslim governors and non-Muslim senior staff had led to a “culture of fear and intimidation” in which some head teachers felt forced to leave their jobs, leaving those remaining free to impose a narrow curriculum, the minister said on Monday. Mr Gove was reporting the findings of two investigations into allegations of an Islamist plot to take over the leadership of state-funded schools in Birmingham with the intention of imposing a religious agenda. More

Russia sees NATO Military Build-Up as “Hostile” and could respond with Force


Russia would consider any further expansion of NATO forces near its borders a “demonstration of hostile intentions” and would take political and military measures to ensure its own security, a senior diplomat was quoted on Monday as saying. The comments come amid a deep crisis between Russia and the West over Ukraine and days after U.S. President Barack Obama offered increased military support for eastern European NATO members to ease their concerns over Moscow. “We cannot see such a build-up of the alliance’s military power near the border with Russia as anything else but a demonstration of hostile intentions,” Deputy Foreign Minister Vladimir Titov told Interfax in an interview. More

10 Nato Member War Games Prepared, 4700 Troops, 800 Military Vehicles


A major military exercise kicked off in Latvia, with 10 NATO member countries participating. The war games involve 4,700 troops and 800 military vehicles. Russia sees NATO’s military build-up as a sign of aggression. The Saber Strike ground forces exercise is being conducted for the fourth time this year and coincides with Baltic Host 2014 and Baltops 2014 naval drills. Troops from the US, Canada, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Norway and the UK are taking part. The two-week exercise is hosted by the three Baltic States, although some parts will be conducted in Germany. More

IDF gets set to target 50,000 Al Qaeda fighters piling up around Israel in Syria and Iraq


IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz’s cryptic remark Monday, June 6, that “The Israeli Air Force will next month dramatically change its mode of operation,” meant that a decision has been taken to start directing the IAF’s fire power against military and terrorist targets in the Syrian and Iraqi arenas – in particular the al Qaeda forces foregathering ever closer to Israel’s borders with Syria, Iraq and Jordan. By aerial fire power, the general meant not just warplanes but also Israel’s long-range unmanned aerial vehicles and helicopters. He was lecturing to the Herzliya meeting of the Interdisciplinary Center’s policy and strategy institute. On May 28, foreign sources were quoted as reporting that the Israeli Air force had shut down its last AH-1 Cobra attack helicopters squadron, which had served manly for strikes against armored and ground targets. Instead, lighter and cheaper drones have been commissioned for use against those targets. More

 

The middle class is even worse off than the numbers show


The “average” American worker earns about $44,000 per year and saves around 4% of his income. And the “average” household has a net worth of approximately $710,000, including the value of homes, investments, bank accounts and so on. But many Americans, needless to say, fall well below those benchmarks, which fail to capture widespread financial distress. The gargantuan fortunes of the rich have become a cause célèbre scrutinized by, among others, French economist Thomas Piketty in his surprise bestseller, Capital in the 21st Century. Now, the growing gap between the rich and the rest may be distorting numbers long used to gauge the health of the middle class. More

BIZARRE BATMAN CONNECTION SHOWS UP IN ANOTHER MASS SHOOTING

mom copyA curious theme running through several recent shootings seems to be a connection to the Batman comic book franchise, a coincidence which runs parallel with CIA mind-controlled assassins of the past being found with copies of the book The Catcher in the Rye. A recent shooting in Las Vegas appears to be the work of two crazed Batman fans. The Facebook pages of Jerad and Amanda Miller, the two accused shooters who allegedly killed two police officers inside a Cici’s Pizza in Las Vegas, as well as a Walmart patron, are littered with photos of the married couple dressed as Batman villain The Joker and his love interest and criminal accomplice Harley Quinn. Similarly, on July 20, 2012, James Holmes walked into a theater in Aurora, Colorado, and threw smoke grenades into an audience before unloading a hail of bullets, killing 12 people. Patrons had flocked to watch the latest Batman flick, “The Dark Knight Rises,” and many publications claimed Holmes painted his hair red as a reference to the Joker in a scene from “The Dark Knight.” More

Israeli farmers to give fields a rest


The nation that made the desert bloom like a rose is about to let its farmland have a year off, as the Bible commands … sort of.  Following Rosh Hashanah in September – the beginning of the Jewish new year – the agricultural sabbath year, or shmitah, begins. Rooted in God’s command given to Moses at Sinai, agricultural fields, vineyards and orchards are to be worked and harvested for six years, but in the seventh year they are to be allowed to “rest and lie fallow, that the poor of your people may eat; and what they leave, the beasts of the field may eat.” While the Bible reveals little about how the agricultural sabbath year worked in practice, it’s clear the command was given great weight, with the writer of 2 Chronicles linking it to the destruction of the Kingdom of Judah in 586 B.C. The people were exiled to Babylon for 70 years, he wrote, so the land could enjoy the 70 sabbath rests it had been denied for centuries. More

 

BOB BERGDAHL SENT ANOTHER ‘JIHAD MESSAGE’


The father of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl puzzled many Americans with his Arabic declaration at the White House Rose Garden event with President Obama that announced the release of his son in exchange for five top Taliban commanders At the White House, he said in Arabic, “In the name of Allah, the merciful, the compassionate,” which, according to an Islam expert, amounted to him claiming the White House as a spoil of war. It’s doubtful he understood the significance of what he was saying, the expert said. Indeed, while the elder Bergdahl began studying Arabic and Pashto and growing a beard that made him look more and more like a sympathizer of the Taliban captors of his son, friends and two former pastors of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church he attended, insist he has not converted to Islam but remains “a brother in the Lord.” The Washington Post reported worried friends sometimes asked him if he hadn’t succumbed to some form of the captive-bonding Stockholm syndrome. On Monday, according to the London Daily Mail, Bergdahl’s neighbors said he has shaved his beard. More

 

IRS caught breaking law to target conservatives


The IRS appears to have been caught red-handed breaking federal law in its zeal to criminally prosecute conservatives for their political activities. The House Oversight Committee has revealed the IRS sent the FBI a database containing more than a million pages of confidential taxpayer information that is protected by federal law. Attorney General Eric Holder’s Department of Justice, or DOJ, is now admitting the FBI should never have had that data in the first place. The information was delivered just weeks before the 2010 elections to the FBI, after a conversation between Richard Pilger, an official with the Justice Department’s Election Crimes Branch and former IRS Director of Exempt Organizations Lois Lerner, a central figure in the scandal. More

 

World stock markets up near record High


Global equity markets edged higher on Monday, boosting a gauge of world stock performance to near an all-time high, as low interest rates bolstered sentiment even as U.S. Treasury yields rose. Wall Street’s Dow industrials and benchmark S&P 500 closed at all-time peaks, with the latter rising to its seventh record close in eight trading sessions. Asian stocks earlier touched their highest levels in nearly three years. Europe also advanced as Spain, Italy and Portugal spurred regional indices on bets those markets would benefit most from last week’s European Central Bank stimulus measures.More

 

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Here’s What Happened After Christians Begged God to Bring Rain to Water-Starved Texas City

Hundreds of Christians in Austin, Texas, last week sought heavenly intervention to alleviate their city’s severe drought. And just days after making mass pleas to the Lord, rain came pouring down. Divine intervention or coincidence? That’s in the eye of the beholder. Either way, some much-needed precipitation came to an area of Texas that badly needed it.  Members of the Hyde Park Baptist Church prayed and fasted last week to bring rain to their water-starved lands. “I believe that God can do big things and I believe he’s going to do it,” Emily Davis, an Austin resident, told KTBC-TV before the rain came. Afterward, some said they had witnessed the power of prayer in action. More

Historic LGBT Sites To Be Featured In U.S. National Park Service Initiative


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– The National Park Service is launching an initiative to make places and people of significance to the history of lesbian, gay, transgender and bisexual Americans part of the national narrative. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell is convening a panel of 18 scholars next month that will be charged with exploring the LGBT movement’s story in areas such as law, religion, media, civil rights and the arts. The committee will identify relevant sites and its work will be used to evaluate them for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places, designation as National Historic Landmarks, or consideration as national monuments, Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis said.More

Republican Senator says Gay Marriage Will Become “Law Of The Land”

DAYS OF LOT – Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch conceded Wednesday it’s only a matter of time before gay marriage is legal across the country, even though he doesn’t think that’s the right way to go. Hatch said people who can’t see what’s happening aren’t living in the real world. He made the remarks during an appearance on KSL-Radio’s Doug Wright Show (http://bit.ly/1koFdlh). ”Let’s face it: anybody who does not believe that gay marriage is going to be the law of the land just hasn’t been observing what’s going on,” said Hatch, a seven-term Republican senator who has been a proponent of keeping marriage exclusively between a man and a woman. More

OBAMA CONSIDERED USING MILITARY AGAINST BUNDY AND SUPPORTERS

Bill Gertz, writing for The Washington Times, reports the Obama administration had considered using the military during a standoff between Cliven Bundy and the BLM in Nevada in April. A 2010 Pentagon authorization, Directive No. 3025.18, “Defense Support of Civil Authorities,” issued on December 29, 2010, states U.S. military commanders “are provided emergency authority” to use military arms and forces, including drones, in domestic unrest situations. The directive is in direct conflict with the Posse Comitatus Act. The federal law, enacted following Reconstruction in 1878, prohibits the federal government from using federal military troops to enforce the state laws. Posse Comitatus was modified under the John Warner National Defense Authorization Act of 2007 (H.R. 5122). Section 1076 of the act allows the federal government to use “the Armed Forces in major public emergencies… as a result of a natural disaster, epidemic, or other serious public health emergency, terrorist attack or incident, or other condition.” More

MOCKINGBIRD MEDIA PUSHES “TRANSGENDER” AS NEXT CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT

DAYS OF LOT – Time, the weekly news magazine founded by CIA operative Henry Luce, is pushing the transgender agenda as the next civil rights movement. A photo of Laverne Cox, the star of Orange Is the New Black, a comedy-drama television produced by Netflix, is featured on the cover of the June 9 edition of the magazine. Evan McMurry, writing for Time’s website, says Cox talked with the magazine “about the movement’s growing ownership of its narrative, what the world still needs to learn about trans people, and the role of the internet and social media in easing the isolation of transgender teens.” Cox says America is now “in a place now where more and more trans people want to come forward and say ‘This is who I am.’” “If someone needs to express their gender in a way that is different, that is okay, and they should not be denied healthcare,” Cox said. “They should not be bullied. They don’t deserve to be victims of violence.” More

BREAKING NEWS: Iran announces first MERS death

BREAKING NEWS: A woman has died from the MERS coronavirus in Iran’s southeastern province of Kerman, the Islamic republic’s first victim, media reported on Thursday. The 53-year-old woman was one of two sisters the health ministry said on Wednesday had tested positive for the illness. ”Despite all the efforts made by the medical staff, the patient who was infected by the coronavirus passed away,” Mohammad Mehdi Gooya, transmissible diseases unit chief, told Fars news agency. The patient, suffered from high blood pressure and her immune system could not fight the virus, Gooya added. Gooya said the second sister was in good condition and had been discharged from hospital. More

WAR DRUMS – China is Ready for War!


Over the past two months, as China’s maritime disputes with Japan, the Philippines, and Vietnam have escalated, most foreign observers and American officials, though worried, have shown little concern that the conflicts would explode into a full-scale war. After all, for more than three decades China has profited enormously from being part of the global economic system. Its military, though growing, remains far less technologically advanced than American armed forces. And for 30 years, predictions that China one day would try to dominate its region by force have always been proven wrong. More

Peres and Abbas to pray for peace at Vatican on June 8

President Shimon Peres and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas will meet at the Vatican and pray for peace together on June 8, the Vatican said on Thursday. Pope Francis invited the two leaders to hold an unprecedented prayer meeting during his trip to the Holy Land last week.  The Vatican said the two had accepted that the meeting would take place on a Sunday afternoon. That morning the pope will be presiding at a Pentacost Sunday service in St Peter’s Square. The pope, who made the surprise invitation at the end of a Mass in Bethlehem last Saturday, told reporters on the plane returning to Rome that he was not getting directly involved in the stalled Mideast peace process. More

All four boxes of The Ledge, the 103rd floor tourist attraction atop Chicago’s Willis Tower, were closed Thursday morning for what an official said was a routine inspection The move comes hours after cracks appeared in what the official said was a coating designed to prevent scratches on the glass. ”Skydeck Chicago is open today while the protective coating is being replaced,” said Brian Rehme, a spokesman for public relations firm FleishmanHillard. “We have temporarily closed the four Ledge boxes for routine inspection we hope to reopen them shortly.” Rehme insisted the structural integrity of The Ledge boxes were sound. More

 DEVELOPING: Possible sinkhole opens up in parking lot near Legoland, FL

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Winter Haven, Florida — Winter Haven police say a possible sinkhole has opened up on Cypress Gardens Blvd, in the parking lot of a Publix shopping center. This is right across the street from Legoland. Police say the hole is about 30 feet wide and 5 feet deep. The parking lot continues to buckle in areas out from the hole. The property owners have contacted geologists to come out and evaluate the hole. More

 

Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan sign ‘epoch’ Eurasian Economic Union

Russia, Belarus, and Kazakhstan signed the historic Eurasian Economic Union which will come into effect in January 2015. Cutting down trade barriers and comprising over 170 million people it will be the largest common market in the ex-Soviet sphere. ”The just-signed treaty is of epoch-making, historic importance,” Russian President Vladimir Putin said. The troika of countries will cooperate in energy, industry, agriculture, and transport. ”In fact, we are shaping the largest common market in the CIS, with huge production, scientific and technological potential and enormous natural resources,” the President added. Citizens of Russia, Belarus, and Kazakhstan will have the right to work freely throughout the member states without having to be issued any special work permits, Putin said. Over the last three years, trade within the Customs Union has increased by $23 billion, or nearly 50 percent. At the end of 2013, it stood at $66.2 billion. More

UPDATE: Court Dismisses Most of Atheist Lawsuit Against Hawaiian Churches


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 A Hawaiian court has dismissed the majority of an atheist lawsuit that asserted that several area churches had bamboozled area public schools out of millions in rental fees. As previously reported, the suit, Kahle v. New Hope International Ministries, was filed by atheists Mitchell Kahle and Holly Huber in March of last year. Kahle, the founder of Hawaii Citizens for the Separation of Church and State, and public advocate Huber, alleged that five churches in Hawaii that rent school facilities for worship have committed fraud by using false records or statements to “reduce or forgo payment of rental fees or utility charges.” The complaint filed in the First Circuit Court of Hawaii asserted that the churches collectively owe the government $5.6 million in that they filed false applications to obtain discounted rates and have used the facilities for longer than their contracts allow. Kahle and Huber lodged the complaint under the state’s False Claims Act. More

Former Abortion Facility Manager Turns to Christ, Recants Pro-Abortion Beliefs

ORLANDO, Fla. – A woman who operated a Florida abortion facility for over ten years told a pro-life counselor last week that she has quit her career and dedicated her life to Jesus Christ after becoming convinced that abortions are wrong. The woman, named Terri, shared her story with John Barros, who has been involved in pro-life ministry for over 10 years. Since August of 2010, Barros has daily reached out to women visiting Orlando Women’s Center (OWC) and encouraged the women to not terminate their pregnancies. As previously reported, OWC generated national media attention last year when police raided the facility and seized property from the center’s notorious owner, James Pendergraft. The property seizure was the result of a court ruling, in which Pendegraft was fined $36.7 million for a botched abortion which left a child severely disabled. More

In complete contrast to the claims of “global warming,” Lake Superior has experienced the highest concentration of ice in late May since modern satellite records began in 1980 and the ice coverage may even be the highest since at least 1897. In comparison, reconstructed past records on the largest of the Great Lakes of North America show that ice coverage for May is typically far, far less and ice is almost unheard of for June, which is fast approaching. The records also indicate that average April ice coverage for Lake Superior is usually 17%, but the lake was covered nearly 60% in ice last month. More

PROPHECY WATCH: Rebuilding God’s Temple from the inside out

If the Jewish Temple is ever to be rebuilt in Jerusalem, the massive curtain – 66 feet high by 33 feet wide and 2 inches thick – that once hung in the Second Temple and was consumed by fire in A.D. 70, will need to be recreated. That task is already underway in the Jewish community of Shiloh, located in biblical Samaria about 40 minutes north of Jerusalem, reports Israel Today. More

Nigeria’s Jonathan vows ‘total war’ against Boko Haram

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan Thursday vowed total war against terrorism as the country’s security forces stepped up efforts to rescue more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram Islamists 45 days ago. ”I am determined to protect our democracy, our national unity and our political stability by waging a total war against terrorism,” Jonathan said in an address marking 15 years since the return to civilian rule in Africa’s most populous country and largest economy. ”The unity and stability of our country, and the protection of lives and property are non-negotiable,” he said. More

U.S. Military’s ‘Iron Man’ Suit Prototype Debuts This Month

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Move over, Tony Stark — the military could soon have its own “Iron Man” suit, a robotic exoskeleton designed to augment human abilities on the battlefield. A prototype of the Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit, or TALOS, will be available later this month, and a more complete version should be ready between 2016 and 2018, according to Battelle, a science and technology research institute headquartered in Columbus, Ohio. ”How do you protect against direct action engagement?” said John Folkerts, vice president for the special operations market group at Battelle. To protect troops in combat, soldiers must have access to better armor, better protection and better communication, Folkerts told Live Science. More

On a summer evening in late July 1840, Catholic parents, teachers, and community members congregated in the basement of St. James Church in Lower Manhattan awaiting the address of Rt. Rev. Bishop John Hughes. Interrupted by applause throughout, Hughes stood before the crowd calling for what the largely immigrant Catholic population in the city longed for — public funding of parochial schools. Their efforts were met with great hostility. Opponents claimed the public was in danger, the Constitution was at risk of subversion, and “union” of the Catholic Church and our government was imminent. Nearly 175 years later, not unlike that summer night in 1840, students and their families assembled at P.S. 69 in Jackson Heights, Queens rallying to persuade the city to accommodate the Muslim population by closing school on Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha, the two most celebrated holidays in Islam. In response, critics have warned of the “Islamization of New York,” and have accused Mayor Bill de Blasio, who vowed to add the holidays to the school calendar, of succumbing to “Islamic supremacist demands.” Of course, this ignorance is hardly representative of public sentiment on the issue, but even reasonable onlookers may question why religion and public schools are said in the same breath — is there not a “wall of separation” that stands between church and state? More

The economy in the U.S. contracted for the first time in three years from January through March as companies added to inventories at a slower pace and curtailed investment. Gross domestic product fell at a 1 percent annualized rate in the first quarter, a bigger decline than projected, after a previously reported 0.1 percent gain, the Commerce Department said today in Washington. The last time the economy shrank was in the same three months of 2011. The median forecast of economists surveyed by Bloomberg called for a 0.5 percent drop. More

Cancer Patient With Dozens Of Tumors Denied Coverage.

 A Sonoma County man battling more than a dozen tumors in his body is fighting a new battle with his insurance carrier, who has denied coverage for his treatments. Jeffrey Rusch of Camp Meeker knew the news was bad when an MRI found 20 tumors in his brain. Two days later, a C-T scan at Sutter medical center in Santa Rosa brought another devastating blow, discovering a large tumor in his lungs, and more in his liver and bones. More

 

Washington scrambles to provide food, housing to DREAMers pouring across border.

Tens of thousands of children unaccompanied by parents or relatives are flooding across the southern U.S. border illegally, forcing the Obama administration and Congress to grapple with both a humanitarian crisis and a budget dilemma. An estimated 60,000 such children will pour into the United States this year, according to the administration, up from about 6,000 in 2011. Now, Washington is trying to figure out how to pay for their food, housing and transportation once they are taken into custody. The flow is expected to grow. The number of unaccompanied, undocumented immigrants who are under 18 will likely double in 2015 to nearly 130,000 and cost U.S. taxpayers $2 billion, up from $868 million this year, according to administration estimates.More

North Korean nuclear missiles ‘imminent,’ some experts fear

North Korea, which this month threatened to carry out a fourth nuclear test, may be closer than previously thought to mounting a nuclear warhead on a missile, some experts say, making a mockery of years of U.N. sanctions aimed at curbing its efforts to obtain nuclear weapons. North Korea has long boasted of making strides in acquiring a “nuclear deterrent,” but there has been general skepticism that it can master the step of miniaturizing a nuclear warhead to fit on a ballistic missile. No one outside the inner circle of North Korea’s nuclear program likely knows what advances the country has made. But there has been a shift in thinking by some who study the North since it conducted a nuclear test in February last year and amid on-off indications that it is preparing another. More

US military shuts down HAARP, Projects’ mystery to remain Unsolved

The US Air Force has notified Congress that it intends to shut down the infamous HAARP project, blamed by conspiracy theorists for every global natural disaster from a landslide in 2006 in the Philippines to the 2010 devastating floods in Pakistan and the earthquake in Japan in 2011.
Indeed, HAARP (High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program) has always been at the center of heated debate because of its “hidden” and allegedly harmful functional assignment: some said that the program was designed to control the weather, others claimed it was developed for global population mind control experiments. More

 

Maine fines national anti-gay marriage group 50K, demands donor list

DAYS OF LOT – Maine’s ethics panel on Wednesday fined a national anti-gay marriage group more than $50,000 and ordered it to reveal the donors who backed its efforts to repeal the state’s gay marriage law. The Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices found that the National Organization for Marriage violated campaign finance laws by failing to properly register as a ballot question committee and file financial reports in the 2009 referendum that struck down gay marriage. Same-sex unions were legalized by voters in 2012. The commission also ruled that the organization must file a campaign finance report, which would force it to disclose the names of its donors. More

Gold price hits an 18 week low

Gold prices fell to the lowest level in 18 weeks as investors ditched the safe-haven metal following decreasing tensions in Eastern Europe and solid US economic numbers. Gold for June delivery, the most actively traded contract, closed down 0.5 per cent, or $US6.20, at $US1,259.30 a troy ounce on the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange, the lowest level since February 7. The move follows a nearly two per cent drop on Tuesday. Prices for the precious metal spent most of May hovering around $US1,300 an ounce, as investors weighed fallout from the political conflict between Russia and Ukraine against an improving US economic picture. More

Excessive Porn Exposure Produces Decrease in Brain Matter and Activity


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 – Men who report watching a lot of pornography tend to have less volume and activity in regions of the brain linked to rewards and motivation, says a new German study. The study, published in JAMA Psychiatry, can’t say watching porn caused the decrease in brain matter and activity, however. It’s not clear, for example, whether watching porn leads to brain changes or whether people born with certain brain types watch more porn, said Simone Kühn, the study’s lead author from the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin, in an email. “Unfortunately we cannot answer this question based on the results of the present study,” Kühn said. But, she noted, the results provide the first evidence for a link between pornography consumption and reductions in brain size and brain activity in response to sexual stimuli. More

 

1,700 vets not on Phoenix VA wait list, at risk of being ‘lost or forgotten’

At least 1,700 military veterans waiting to see a doctor were never scheduled for an appointment and never placed on a wait list at the Veterans Affairs medical center in Phoenix, raising the question of just how many may have been “forgotten or lost” in the system, according to a preliminary report made public Wednesday. Describing a “systemic” practice of manipulating appointments and wait lists at the Phoenix Health Care System, the VA’s Office of Inspector General called for a nationwide review to determine whether veterans at other locations were falling through the cracks. It also appears to indicate the scope of the inquiry is rapidly widening, with 42 VA medical centers across the country now under investigation for possible abuse of scheduling practices, according to the report. More

On May 28 Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) said Democrats “may offer” gun control amendments to the Commerce, Justice, Science spending bill this week in response to Elliot Rodger’s Santa Barbara attacks. Rodger stabbed three people to death in a scene law enforcement officials described as “horrific,” shot and killed three others, and tried to kill yet four others with his car. According to USA Today, Hoyer said he does not believe the amendments will be successful because only “one party (wants to vote on this).” The Republican Party, he said, is “moving in the opposite direction.” More

 

A Massachusetts gun seller says it’s the latest victim of a federal multiagency task force that is squeezing financing sources for industries deemed “high-risk” by the Obama administration, such as porn stores, drug paraphernalia shops and gun merchants. Powderhorn Outfitters, which sells firearms, archery gear and fishing equipment in Hyannis, Massachusetts, posted in an online forum this week that its longtime bank — TD Bank — had suddenly dropped its account. “TD Bank does not support the Second Amendment and has contacted us here at the Powderhorn to say that due to our involvement in firearms sales, we as a business are no longer welcome to have an account at their bank,” the sporting goods store posted on northeastshooters.com, an online forum for shooting enthusiasts in New England states. “They classify us in the same gray area as the local weed shops sprouting up on the Cape.” More

 

Directive outlines Obama’s plan to use the military against citizens

A 2010 Pentagon directive on military support to civilian authorities details what critics say is a troubling policy that envisions the Obama administration’s potential use of military force against Americans. The directive contains noncontroversial provisions on support to civilian fire and emergency services, special events and the domestic use of the Army Corps of Engineers.  The troubling aspect of the directive outlines presidential authority for the use of military arms and forces, including unarmed drones, in operations against domestic unrest. “This appears to be the latest step in the administration’s decision to use force within the United States against its citizens,” said a defense official opposed to the directive. More

 

Has The Next Recession Already Begun For America’s Middle Class?

Has the next major economic downturn already started?  The way that you would answer that question would probably depend on where you live.  If you live in New York City, or the suburbs of Washington D.C., or you work for one of the big tech firms in the San Francisco area, you would probably respond to such a question by saying of course not.  In those areas, the economy is doing great and prices for high end homes are still booming.  But in most of the rest of the nation, evidence continues to mount that the next recession has already begun for the poor and the middle class.  As you will read about below, major retailers had an absolutely dreadful start to 2014 and home sales are declining just as they did back in 2007 before the last financial crisis.  Meanwhile, the U.S. economy continues to lose more good jobs and 20 percent of all U.S. families do not have a single member that is employed at this point.  2014 is turning out to be eerily similar to 2007 in so many ways, but most people are not paying attention. More

Sudanese Woman Sentenced to Hang for Refusing to Convert to Islam Gives Birth


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 – A Sudanese woman who was sentenced to death by hanging for refusing to convert to Islam has given birth in prison, 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

UPDATE – Two more Northern California counties may support breakaway state

Voters in Del Norte and Tehama counties will decide next week whether they should support a proposed move to secede from California and form a breakaway state of Jefferson. If approved on June 3, Measure A would essentially ask the Board of Supervisors in each county to take up the matter and officially discuss supporting the secession movement, which has so far been joined by nearby Modoc, Siskiyou and Glenn counties. More

‘US needs to be aware of China, Russia trading in their own currencies’

There are many emerging markets, and particularly China and Russia, which do not really want to hold many US dollars, consequently they will move away from it in trade deals, the CEO of The Motley Fool Singapore David Kuo told RT. The biggest energy deal between China and Russia could be the catalyst that dethrones the greenback as the world’s reserve currency. Some economists, commenting on Russia and China’s 400 billion dollar natural gas accord, say that the dollar is becoming rather weak since many countries are likely to prefer trading in their national currencies. More

NYPD stocking up heroin antidote

Following revelations that New York City has become one of the country’s largest heroin trade centers, the New York Police Department announced that nearly 20,000 officers will soon carry an anti-overdose drug in order to help save lives. According to the New York Times, the effort will be backed by the New York State attorney general’s office, which has secured about $5 million statewide for the antidote naloxone through criminal and civil asset seizures. About 19,500 kits will be distributed to officers in New York City, with each one composed two pre-filled syringes, sterile gloves, instructions, and two atomizers that would allow officers to deliver the drug through the nose. More

Obama rejected $50 million for birth records

Billionaire Donald Trump has revealed he offered Barack Obama a $50 million donation to the president’s favorite charities in exchange for releasing his personal records, but Obama never responded. “I would take it, and I’d give it to Chicago charities, and I would give it to all sorts of charities,” Trump said at a recent appearance at the National Press Club. “And they can use the money.” Trump originally offered to give $5 million to Obama’s pick of charities if he would release his college and passport records. WND reported that Trump wanted to know the place of birth Obama claimed when applying for college admission and aid. But there was no deal. More

 

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WAR DRUMS – Third NATO ship expected in the Black Sea

A third NATO ship is expected in the Black Sea late this week, after two US ships arrived last week and this week. The French frigate Dupleix, now stationed in Cyprus, should arrive in the Black Sea on Saturday or Sunday. However, USS Donald Cook will return to the Mediterranean Sea, according to diplomatic sources quoted by the Russia agency Itar-Tass. The French ship should have already arrived in the Black Sea on April 14. The US ship USS Donald Cook, currently stationed in the Western part of the Black Sea, would leave today, and the French ship Dupuy de Lome, which patrols the center of the Black Sea, would leave next Thursday, on April 30. More

Banker Death ‘Epidemic’ Spreads To China

Until now, the terrible trail of dead bankers has been only among US and European financial executives. However, as Caixin reports, the increasing pressures on the Chinese banking system appear to have take their first toll. Li Jianhua, director of China’s Banking Regulatory Commission (CBRC), died this morning due to a “sudden heart attack” – he was less than 49 years old. Li was among the main drafters on new “caveat emptor” market-based rules on China’s shadowy banking system and recently said in an interview that “now is not only a time to control risk, but to transform the trust industry.. if it’s too loose, it’s a big problem.” Li was found by his wife. More

Strongest sandstorm in decades sweeps China

A strong sandstorm swept Gansu Province in northwest China on Wednesday, reducing visibility to less than 65ft, according to the provincial meteorological center. The sandstorm, the strongest since 1996 according to reports, started in the early afternoon in Dunhuang County. ”Suddenly it became dark and I can’t tell whether it’s day or night,” said one resident. ”My nose hurts and I can’t open my eyes,” another resident said. The Jiuquan City Meteorological Center, which includes Dunhuang, issued a sandstorm red alert, the highest level alert, forecasting that visibility would be reduced to less than 164ft throughout Jiuquan on Wednesday evening. More

As the Vatican prepares the canonization ceremonies for Pope John Paul XXIII and Pope John Paul II this Sunday, the unspoken issue dividing the Roman Catholic Church and the White House is President Obama’s determination to force faith-based groups to pay for abortions and contraception as part of Obamacare. Pope Francis, affirming Catholic doctrine, recently characterized abortion as an “unspeakable crime.” Obama, nevertheless, is sending to the Vatican a three-person delegation with an activist pro-abortion history to represent the U.S. at the canonizations. At a Planned Parenthood conference in Washington, D.C., one year ago, President Obama ended his remarks with: “Thank you, Planned Parenthood. God bless you. God bless America,” despite the group’s status as the No. 1 provider of abortions in the U.S. More

 

The pattern of your vein just might change your next trip to the hospital or even save your life in an emergency situation.  Palm vein scanners are being used to get the right care to the right patient with a new system called PatientSecure. The new registration process with Lake Charles Memorial Health System centers on biometric identification.  “You place your right hand on the scanner and scoot it all the way up,” explained Patient Access manager, Kimberlee Roberts. I was curious to see how it worked, so Roberts led me through the quick process.  It starts with stating your birthday, then placing your hand on the palm scan device, followed by a picture.  “Next time you come in, we’ll just simply ask for your date of birth and scan your hand and we’ll be able to find you,” said Roberts. More

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Russia may ban swearing in films and music

The Russian parliament has reportedly taken steps towards banning swearing in public, including in films and music. The bill, passed in Moscow’s lower house, would impose fines for swearing in films, plays, concerts and shows, and could be enforced as soon as 1 July, the BBC reported via the Itar-Tass news agency. Those who swear in public could be punished with a fine of up to 2,500 roubles (£42), while officials would have to pay double. What is classed as swearing will be decided upon by a committee… More

Nigerian Christians: ‘Our Blood Will Speak about Christ’

In Nigeria, Christians in the Muslim-majority North have been the targets of relentless deadly attacks by Islamic extremists. More than 200 pastors in the Northeastern Borno state have either fled, closed their churches, or have been murdered by the militant Islamic group Boko Haram. Christian leaders who remain have committed to fasting and praying for the region one week each month. “We have to stay and uphold the name of Christ in this state,” one pastor named James told the international ministry Open Doors. “We are willing to pay the price for our calling. We don’t only share the Gospel when things are rosy,” he continued. “It is to be done in every situation. Hunger and want will never discourage us. Swords and guns, even the roar of the devil, will only encourage us to stand first for Christ.” More

This Past Winter was so bad Starving Rats ate Trees to Survive

By now, most of North America has thawed out from a brutal winter that introduced unhappy phrases such as “polar vortex” into the lexicon. But some effects of the long-lasting, subfreezing temperatures are only now becoming apparent. One surprise was the discovery that starving rats in New York City had attacked the trees in urban parks for sustenance. “With the deep snow and the cold winter, probably they didn’t have access to the normal food supply and it was a lot colder this winter,” Rich Hallett, a research ecologist with the U.S. Forest Service, told WNYC. “So they went after the trees.” The trees — which even in winter have some carbohydrates (mostly sucrose) in the vascular tissue beneath their bark — had been gnawed by rats all the way around the base of the trunk, a practice called “girdling” that usually kills a tree. More

 

 

 

Record ice covers large chunk of Great Lakes

The cold winter and spring have caused a record amount of ice to remain on the Great Lakes, wreaking havoc with shipping and wildlife, according to data from Environment Canada, a government agency. ”It’s been a very tough ice season on shipping,” especially in the upper Lakes, says George Leshkevich, a scientist with the Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.  He added that the unusual ice cover “has had societal, economic and ecological impacts.” As of Wednesday, ice covered 33.9% of the Great Lakes, the largest ice cover so late in the season since accurate measurements from satellites began in the late 1970s. Usually by this time, all but about 2% of the Great Lakes are free of ice.More

 

Preparing For A Reset Of The World’s Reserve Currency

 

Willem Middelkoop and Terence van der Hout of the Netherlands-based Commodity Discovery Fund believe that when the world’s reserve currency is reset away from the U.S. dollar in the next decade, gold prices will rise and mining equities will follow. Van der Hout and Middelkoop tell The Gold Report that by focusing on producers, near-producers ,and turnaround stories, they plan to capitalize on the opportunities in North America, Africa and beyond. More

Feds Beg Supreme Court to Let Them Search Phones Without a Warrant

American law enforcement has long advocated for universal “kill switches” in cellphones to cut down on mobile device thefts. Now the Department of Justice argues that the same remote locking and data-wiping technology represents a threat to police investigations–one that means they should be free to search phones without a warrant. In a brief filed to the U.S. Supreme Court yesterday in the case of alleged Boston drug dealer Brima Wurie, the Justice Department argues that police should be free to warrantlessly search cellphones taken from suspects immediately at the time of arrest, rather than risk letting the suspect or his associates lock or remotely wipe the phone before it can be searched. The statement responds to briefs made to the court by the Center for Democracy and Technology and the Electronic Frontier Foundation arguing that warrantless searches of cellphones for evidence represents a serious violation of the suspect’s privacy beyond that of a usual warrantless search of a suspect’s pockets, backpack, or car interior. More

Hidden surveillance recorders all over NYC are tweeting people’s conversations

A pair of artists have hidden recording devices in random public and private places around New York City and have been tweeting people’s private conversations for months as part of an experiment to increase surveillance awareness. Kyle McDonald and Brian House installed the Wi-Fi-enabled audio recorders in lamps at McDonalds, a library, a bank, Washington Square Park and even a bedroom. The captured audio is then sent to the crowdsourcing Internet marketplace Mechanical Turk, where workers transcribe the conversations and post them on Twitter. They call the project “Conversnitch.” More

 

The reconciliation agreement between the two major Palestinian factions, Fatah and Hamas, which was signed in Gaza on Wednesday, is based on a two-state solution and recognizes the State of Israel, senior Fatah official Jibril Rajoub said on Thursday. ”The reconciliation that we achieved will be implemented according to the program of Abu Mazen [Palestinian President Mahmuod Abbas] which recognizes the state of Israel,” Rajoub said, in an interview with Army Radio’s Good Morning Israel program. He added that the two-state solution envisages “a Palestinian state in the 1967 borders and the state of Israel with its capital in West Jerusalem.” Hamas leader Ismail Haniya “is obliged to uphold Abu Mazen’s policy,” Rajoub stressed. More

Why A New Skyscraper In Saudi Arabia Could Mean Doom For The Global Economy

Saudi Arabia is expected to begin work on the Kingdom Tower next week. The building in Jeddah is expected to cost $1.23 billion and stand 3,280 feet tall, according to the Saudi Gazette. That’s 568 feet taller than Dubai’s Burj Khalifa. Construction is also underway on Sky City in China, projected to be 2,749 feet tall. Sky City is expected to finish before the Kingdom Tower and will, for a very brief period, hold the title of the world’s tallest building. Two years ago, Barclays introduced its Skyscraper Index, which suggests that construction booms, highlighted by record-breaking skyscrapers, coincide with the beginning of economic downturns. More

Though the European Central Bank continues to play down deflation concerns, it is preparing measures to combat falling prices in the event of an emergency. Are the growing fears warranted? One of European Central Bank President Mario Draghi’s most important duties is watching his mouth. One ill-considered utterance is enough to sow panic on the financial markets. But during a press conference earlier this month, Draghi allowed himself a telling slip. Speaking to gathered journalists at the Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, Draghi twice almost uttered a word he has been at pains to avoid. “Defla…”, Draghi began, before stopping himself and continuing with the term “low inflation.” Yet despite Draghi’s efforts, the specter of deflation was omnipresent in Washington during the meetings. And it is one that is making central bank heads and government officials nervous across the globe. The IMF in particular is alarmed, with Fund economists warning that there is currently up to a 20 percent risk of a euro zone-wide deflation. IMF head Christine Lagarde has called on European central bankers to “further loosen monetary policy” to address the danger. More

 

‘Praise Darwin!’ UConn Professor Goes Ape During Campus Preaching


STORRS, Conn.
 – A University of Connecticut professor asserted that he came from an ape on Tuesday as he went wild during a campus gospel presentation that included discussion on evolution. James Boster, Professor of Anthropology at University of Connecticut, spent over two hours attempting to draw students away from several evangelists that were open-air preaching and distributing gospel literature on campus. Evangelist Don Karns of Hampton, Virginia told Christian News Network that Boster approached him as he was holding a sign about evolution and became condescending and confrontational. “He asked me if I had accepted Darwin as my lord and savior,” Karns stated. “He was very agitated, very demonstrative. … It was very unbecoming of a professor.” Minutes later, Boster also began to heckle campus tour coordinator Scott Smith of Schoolmaster Ministries of Raleigh, North Carolina as he preached. More

 

WAR DRUMS – First troops land in Poland as US beefs up Baltic presence

The first American troops arrived in Poland on Wednesday, after Washington said it was sending a force of 600 there and to the Baltic states amid rising tensions with Russia over Ukraine. Some 130 soldiers from the 173rd Airborne Brigade — nicknamed “Sky Soldiers” — touched down early afternoon in Swidwin, in the northwest of the country, and were welcomed by Poland’s defence minister. ”Every day we work on the defence of our country but in a world that is changing, and that is full of threats, we need strong and steadfast allies such as the United States and NATO,” Minister Tomasz Siemoniak said under a cloudy sky. The troops, who are usually based in Vicenza, Italy, arrived at the base on two Hercules transport planes. More

Exactly Like 7 Years Ago? 2014 Is Turning Out To Be Eerily Similar To 2007

The similarities between 2007 and 2014 continue to pile up.  As you are about to see, U.S. home sales fell dramatically throughout 2007 even as the mainstream media, our politicians and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke promised us that everything was going to be just fine and that we definitely were not going to experience a recession.  Of course we remember precisely what followed.  It was the worst economic crisis since the days of the Great Depression.  And you know what they say – if we do not learn from history we are doomed to repeat it.  Just like seven years ago, the stock market has soared to all-time high after all-time high.  Just like seven years ago, the authorities are telling us that there is nothing to worry about.  Unfortunately, just like seven years ago, a housing bubble is imploding and another great economic crisis is rapidly approaching.More

 

OPPOSITION RISING TO COLORADO GUN CONTROL


DENVER
— More than a year after pushing through through some of the toughest gun control measures in the country, Colorado Democrats are finding it harder than ever to get the state’s residents to get behind them. A Quinnipiac University Poll released Wednesday found that the strict new gun-control laws are losing support among voters.= The survey found that only 39 percent of Colorado voters favor the state’s hotly debated 2013 package of gun control measures, down from 43 percent support in Quinnipiac’s Feb. 5 poll. At the same time, opposition to the gun control laws is rising. The poll found that 56 percent of Colorado voters oppose the firearms laws, up from 52 percent in the Feb. 5 survey. More

Fourth graders busted for selling pot at elementary school…


DENVER
  – Two Colorado fourth graders were busted for selling marijuana at their elementary school, prompting officials today to urge adults to keep their weed locked away from kids. School officials said a 10-year-old fourth grade boy brought a small quantity of leafy marijuana to Monfort Elementary School in Greeley, Colorado, on Monday. “He sold it to three other fourth graders on the school playground, which resulted in a profit to the young man of $11,” John Gates, director of safety and security for the Greeley-Evans School District, told ABC News. The next day, Gates said one of the three young buyers brought a marijuana edible to school and gave it to the boy who sold the pot on Monday. That boy took a bite, but did not suffer any ill effects, Gates said. Both boys apparently got the weed from relatives, according to Gates. More

 

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